Still think all that online data being collected from you and about you is relatively unimportant and without real value? The French tax authorities beg to differ. A new report commissioned by France's Ministry of Finance has just been tabled and it suggests placing a tax on the personal data collected by e-commerce and social networking sites.
When I read the piece on bloggers "cashing in" on The Guardian Blog on Monday, I shrugged it off as merely "old media" finally catching on to the ways of "new media". But then, I read a very similar article in French daily Libération and I started to suspect I was caught up in some freaky space/time continuum snafu.
I've been a rather naughty blogger. Last week was a blur of meetings, travel and follow-up e-mails and this week seems to be shaping up pretty much the same way. Despite my best intentions, I simply have not had time to post new content. Rather than publish insipid drivel or posts which are simply not à la hauteur of my distinguished readers, I decided to not publish at all. I promise I'll do better next week.
I will be attending the annual one day summit of Club eLuxe at the Ritz Hotel here in Paris tommorrow (June 6). The topic of this year's event will be "E-Commerce, F-Commerce & M-Commerce: Integrating & Optimising the Online & Offline Selling Channels for Luxury". No matter what the topic, I always look forward to this event because unlike the typical luxury industry conference, the limited number of participants ensures an opportunity for genuine interaction and exchange with speakers and fellow attendees.
The recession has done little to dampen the ardour of luxury brands for celebrity spokesmodels and so the love affair between perveyors of fineries and practitioners of the seventh art continues unabated. French cosmetics brand Guerlain is set to unveil today the first of a series of short films dedicated to its Orchidée Impériale skincare line featuring Michelle Yeoh.
Unless you live deep within the caves of Afghanistan with little or no communication with the outside world, you no doubt are aware that "Irreverent", the tribute book dedicated to former Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld penned by Olivier Zahm (Purple Magazine) is set to drop just in time for Paris Fashion Week. Ms. Roitfeld is therefore currently doing a series of press interviews for the book including one in which she graciously sat down with a group of French fashion bloggers.
First came the heavyweight lobbyist in the form of Joel Kaplan, former deputy chief of staff under George W. Bush and the man known throughout Washington as responsible for successfully shepherding the highly invasive Patriot Act through Congress. Now comes the PAC (Political Action Committee) which will funnel political donations to various political candidates who might be persuaded to help them advance their policy interests. This is no coincidence.
Apologies for the delay in posting this morning. I was momentarily dazed and confused after reading an actual honest critique of Tom Ford's Spring/Summer 2012 collection in The Guardian this morning. I'm collecting myself right now but please do take the time to read this short piece posted by Jess Cartner-Morley. I also suggest you bookmark the webpage as this type of event doesn't happen every fashion season.
In my work, I have the opportunity to interact with a great many PR firms and reps who are polite, effective and utterly professional. Having said this, my "IN" box is currently clogged with e-mails from PR reps representing celebrities, designers and/or brands with a rather questionable grasp of business etiquette or even common courtesy.
Isn't it ironic that fashion bloggers, once plucky outsiders who were unafraid to speak their mind honestly and hold brands accountable for their missteps are now eagerly embracing business opportunities with those same brands? Fashion blogging has obviously come a long way. The latest high-profile blogger/brand alliance features controversial US-based high street fast fashion chain Forever 21 and UK-based blogger Bip Ling. The latter is fronting the media campaign for the opening of the chain's first UK store.
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.