Oct 16 2014


He Called Her A What?!


The Sex and the City series may have lost its way in the end (as many successful television series do) and the movies it spawned were disappointingly superficial but like many women, the series in its early incarnation remains dear to my heart.

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Oct 14 2014


Porter Magazine Persuades.


I should state from the outset that I'm a huge fan of Net-A-Porter and the people behind it. I've been a loyal customer since 2006 and the bulk of my fashion-related purchases are made on their site. Whether or not that makes me more inclined to like Porter magazine as a result, I couldn't say for sure. What I can say however is that to date, I'm fairly impressed by what the team behind Porter has managed to do in only five issues.

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Oct 13 2014


What Would Sade Say?


Unless you live under a rock, you've probably already come across the film commissioned by the Musee d'Orsay to publicise its upcoming exhibit on the Marquis de Sade, Sade: Attacking The Sun. The film depicts a highly stylised, artfully lit orgy.

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Oct 10 2014


Happy Friday!!!


Not me but a reasonably accurate depiction of my current state of mind.

In a few short hours, it will be the official start of the weekend...

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Oct 09 2014


Isn't It Ironic?

Anya Hindmarch F14 Counter Culture show 2

When it comes to protecting trademarks, logos and intellectual property in general, no sector has been as aggressive or as persistent as the luxury industry.

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Oct 08 2014


World Retail Congress 2014: A Review.

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I had the opportunity to attend the World Retail Congress which took place in Paris last week. Over the course of three jam-packed days, some of the world's leading retailers and retail service providers converged on my fair city to present and discuss current and emerging retail challenges including the tremendous potential of new payment technologies, digital integration and the ever changing consumer behaviours that are forcing retailers to radically rethink the in-store experience. Not surprisingly, the terms "disruptor" and "disruption" were on virtually everyone's lips.

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Oct 07 2014


Galliano's Second Act.

Galliano Runway

Like many, I greeted yesterday's news that John Galliano was headed to Maison Martin Margiela with a mixture of surprise and confusion. I read the news on my Twitter feed as I was headed back to Paris from Epernay after spending the better part of the day sampling vintage champagnes at Moët & Chandon so I had to read the WWD Tweet twice.

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Sep 29 2014


Reminder: World Retail Congress.

Le Printemps Department Store Paris

Just a brief post to remind you that I will be attending the World Retail Congress and live tweeting at @LuxeChronicles using #wrc2014.

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Sep 17 2014


Oh, So You're A Feminist Now?

Pharrell Williams:Blured Lines:Feminist

"I'm using you as a prop but I want you to know that I totally respect you."

Have you heard? Women now have a new knight in shining armour in their corner ready to stand up for the feminist cause. His name is Pharell Williams and he's fond of making sweeping public pronouncements about his deep respect for and support of women. #Swoon.

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Sep 16 2014


Jean Paul Gaultier To Cease Pret-A-Porter Activities.

Jean Paul Gaultier Ceases Pret a Porter Activities

Today is a sad day indeed for the world of French fashion. Citing the "accelerated pace of the fashion schedule and commercial constraints", Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that he would be ceasing his pret-a-porter activities to concentrate exclusively on haute couture.

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The Luxe Chronicles is a collection of interviews, profiles and musings on various aspects of the luxury industry and occasionally, a rant on our celebrity obsessed culture and the dumbing down of our collective sense of style and esthetic.

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