I won't lie, it's been a bit of a struggle to get back into the swing of things after the holidays. In an effort to combat my embarrassing lack of motivation, I decided to make a list of specific events I have my eye on. In no particular order, here are ten things I'm looking forward to in 2016.
We're frequently told that digital platforms constitute a "disruptive force". Streaming services like Spotify threaten to disrupt the recording industry, Uber the taxi industry, Airbnb the hotel industry, and so on.
The duel announcements that Chanel would be joining the e-commerce fray in 2016 and debuting a fine jewellery collection on Net-A-Porter starting this week may not seem like much at first blush but in luxury industry terms, it amounts to a minor earthquake.
Roy Lichtenstein's "The Ring (Engagement)" (1962).
It has been a rather frothy two weeks in the world of fashion what with all the talk of mergers and acquisitions relating to Net-A-Porter. As my regular readers will attest, I'm a huge fan and loyal customer of the pioneering luxury fashion site so I've been following these stories very closely.
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.
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.