In the clutter of contemporary culture, where hits and likes threaten to overtake content in value, the purity of an idea takes on increasing currency. “I think now more than ever it’s important to be clear, to be singular,” he says, “and to have a perspective, one you didn’t generate as the result of doing a lot of focus groups.” Developing concepts and creating prototypes leads to “fascinating conversations” with his team, says Ive. “It’s a process I’ve been practicing for decades, but I still have the same wonder.”
Two of the best perspectives, on the [Luxury] Apple Watch, I've read since its announcement.
In short: hundreds for Sport, a thousand for stainless steel, thousands for gold.
Most people think I’m joking when I say the gold ones are going to start at $5,000.
There should be no confusion on that last part. The Apple Watch Edition is solid 18-karat gold, not gold-plated. I confirmed this with Apple last week.
Apple is in a completely different world here with the Apple Watch, and the same rules that apply to consumers purchasing phones or computers don’t apply to people purchasing luxury goods at all. Do you really think it costs Hermes $8,500 to make a Birkin? Do you really think Christian Louboutin shoes cost $1,500 to manufacture? You do realize that all of Louis Vuitton’s monogram products are not even leather, they are basically plastic, right?
When you’re talking about luxury goods, fashion and art, the the price you pay is not related to what it costs to make or to the value. One of the reasons is because this is an entirely artificial industry that is created solely for companies to make a profit. It is one in which you can own something that almost no one else is going to own; you were willing to pay whatever it takes to get it, and it says something about your personality, good or bad (I’m not here to debate that last point).
T Style Magazine: The Personal Arcadia of John Richardson
Sitting on the bench with the sphinx heads, Richardson mused: “Some people say to me: ‘Oh John, how could you put something so hideous in front of your house!’ But they don’t understand that bad taste is an essential ingredient in the pudding. It takes the curse off ghastly good taste.”
Sorrenti’s desire to remain relevant fuels a recent campaign for the CK One fragrance line (#ckmeforme), which employs Millennial creatives including photographer Petra Collins and musician Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange) and the singer Samantha Urbani. He shot a bevy of models, many found on Instagram and Facebook, who appear partially clad with sexually ambiguous expressions in selfie-inspired GIFs, still photos, and videos splattered on the campaign’s Tumblr page.
“The whole idea is about self-exploration through photography and film and social media,” Sorrenti says. “We used everything from digital cameras to iPhones to little point-and-shoots. We used high-res video cameras and throwaway cameras. We created environments where kids could just go and be on their own and we gave them cameras. And we mixed all that material with what we made.”
Interview Magazine: Charlotte Rampling
I felt very special in Paris, more special than I felt in London. I love London for different reasons. I've always been close to London, being English. But somehow there's something special about living as an Englishwoman in Paris.
“I remember one time being in a meeting,” he recalls, “and it was always important to put a number on the cover, something like ‘600 Day Looks for Fall.’ Someone said, ‘We counted all of the looks and there aren’t 600 looks!’ and Anna said, ‘Did you count every pair of shoes?’
‘Yes, we did,’ came the reply.
‘Well did you count every bracelet?’ she countered.
‘Is a bracelet a look?’
And, in a way that only she could, Anna says: ‘Yes, a bracelet is a look.’”
W Magazine: Saving Grace
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are reinventing Valentino’s legendary elegance for the next generation. Meet the keepers of the flame as they open the new Valentino flagship in New York.