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Eagerly ANTICIPATING: Mykro : Spring 2014

Caroline de Maigret in Chanel Photographed by Rad Hourani for Mykro Spring 14.Caroline de Maigret in Chanel Photographed by Rad Hourani for Mykro Spring 14.

My favorite thing about the experience of The Imagist is watching the evolution of a new-generation of image-makers in this industry.

Lorenzo Petrantoni 's Baroque Encrustation

Petrantoni smashes visual codes from  late 19th century newspapers channeling the architectural mores of the Baroque.Petrantoni smashes visual codes from late 19th century newspapers channeling the architectural mores of the Baroque.

Adolf Loos' opinion that ornamentation was a crime gets quite the explication in the work of Lorenzo Petrantoni whose exuberant style gleefully commits every conceivable visual crime in defiance of the laws of Classic Modernism. Which is why I've become a groupie.

TI IS MAD FOR: Chanel Fall 2013 Couture rings

Chic Is The New Punk!Chic Is The New Punk!

Chanel's layered gemstone encrusted phalange rings (styled a la Karl) at its couture show are a huge hit in the fashion sphere.

ON TO INDIA: THE NEW CHAPTER IN LUXURY IMAGING

Hermes, too, would probably love to put a bid in as brand pioneers.Hermes, too, would probably love to put a bid in as brand pioneers.

I ought to be ashamed of myself, actually, for that title slug... "The New Chapter".

Iconic Beauty: Carole Bouquet

Miss Bouquet as the ultimate paragon of unattainable sang froidMiss Bouquet as the ultimate paragon of unattainable sang froid

Her beauty is mutable (cold/warm),(tan/pale) , (feminine/powerful) and provided a blank screen and a perfect template for beauty as cultural myth.

TI IS MAD FOR: 1970's ISSUES OF ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

Ashes to ashes. Sepia on sepia.Ashes to ashes. Sepia on sepia.

They are glimpses of a world that was on the brink of dissipating.

EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: No 5 CULTURE CHANEL : PALAIS DU TOKYO (PARIS) MAY 5-JUNE 5 2013

To go with this exhibition, graphic designer Irma Bloom has created a special edition with images referring to CHANEL Nº5To go with this exhibition, graphic designer Irma Bloom has created a special edition with images referring to CHANEL Nº5

To a blurred eye, that could read "Culture Channel". But why shouldn't there be a Chanel cultural channel? 24/7. 365!

TI IS MAD FOR: Facettes D'OR: Chanel

This incredibly elegant  book/press kit  presents  Chanel's makeup collection via a collaboration with  Peter PhillipsThis incredibly elegant book/press kit presents Chanel's makeup collection via a collaboration with Peter Phillips

One of the shrewdest art direction outfits on the circuit right this minute is Base Design, the global company with a decided handle on how to deliver an ideal of contemporary luxury.

The Luxury Ideal : (Post-Empire)

A vital luxury brand has to engage and reflect a contemporary world to maintain its relevancy.A vital luxury brand has to engage and reflect a contemporary world to maintain its relevancy.

The ideas about to be expressed are not all mine. They were gleaned during a dinner conversation at Kingdom in Bushwick, which is a pretty funny place to have a sustained conversation about "luxury".

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