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When Artists Act Like Brands.

Apr 11 2016

Anish Kapoor:Vantablack

Can I get away with this?

Tiffany blue, Hermes orange and now Kapoor black? I've been mulling over news reports from a few weeks ago that British artist Anish Kapoor has secured the exclusive right to use the high-tech color "Vantablack".

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Saint Laurent Under Slimane: A Legacy?

Apr 05 2016


So it's now official. Hedi Slimane has left the once-fabled house of Saint Laurent. His replacement is a relatively unknown young Belgian designer by the name of Anthony Vaccarello.

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On Risks And Rewards: Erwin Olaf For Ruinart.

Mar 29 2016


To anyone who observes the luxury industry even casually, it's fairly clear that while many brands talk a good game about innovation and risk-taking, a lot of it is just that, talk. Advertising and communication styles have become formulaic with brands relying largely on glossy images of famous people. It's all very pretty but rarely generates more than a blip on your radar.

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London, We Have A Problem.

Feb 15 2016


I was perusing the March edition of British Vogue this weekend and I came to one rather sad conclusion.

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Art Above The Fragrance Counters?

Jan 27 2016

Ai Weiwei Bon Marche

I must admit, I was curious about the Ai Weiwei installation at Paris' Le Bon Marche but I had my doubts. Can serious, culturally relevant art co-exist with fragrance samples? Would the art of commerce overshadow or even cheapen the artist's message?

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Progress Measured One Advert At A Time?

Jan 26 2016


Last April, I wrote a post on racial diversity in the fashion industry in which I suggested that progress on this front seemed to be more forthcoming from brand adverts and e-commerce sites like Net-A-Porter than mainstream fashion editorials in magazines like Vogue.

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Musings On Fame And Privacy.

Jan 25 2016

David bowie:privacy

So much has been written about David Bowie's legacy since his recent death that there seems nothing truly of consequence to add. Except perhaps one thing: The manner in which he lived his life is, to me, proof that fame does not have to come at the expense of either privacy or dignity.

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Friday At Last ...

Jan 15 2016


I've spent altogether too much time in airports this week and it has taken it's toll. And to think there was a time when the thought of zipping through airports seemed grown up and oh so very glamorous. What was I thinking?

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Everything Old Is New Again?

Jan 13 2016

Theatre-District:1967:Sepp Werkmeisterjpg

Is that a Prada coat? Or is it Mui Mui? Marni? Marc Jacobs maybe? Gucci under Alessandro Michele?

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Champagne Life? Not Quite.

Jan 12 2016

MIA FEUER:Saatchi Gallery

Work by Mia Feuer, Saatchi Gallery.

Champagne Life, Saatchi Gallery's showcase of 14 emerging artists, all women, is set to open tomorrow, January 13.

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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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