Archive for June, 2010

Le Monde cites Deluxe in item on Vuitton’s deceptive Ad campaign

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Louis Vuitton has been accused of false advertising. Two ads have been banned in the UK for being deceptive in how they portray the fabrication of their bags. ¬†Thanks to the muckraking I did in Deluxe, the truth is out there and being picked up all the time- the luxury world is starting to sit up and take notice- you can’t claim “handmade” anymore without someone calling you out. ¬†Unless you are actually doing what you say.

A Renaissance Man from Kansas

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The first time I met Dennis Hopper was in the mid-1990s when I was seated next to him at a formal dinner at the Cannes Film Festival. He was there with his bride, Victoria Duffy, she looking ravishing in a pink taffeta Richard Tyler gown, he in a natty tuxedo. He was in Cannes for a special screening of “Easy Rider,” which had debuted at Cannes three decades earlier and he recalled how cool and relaxed the festival was back then; the film’s star Jack Nicolson carried the reels to the screening himself, under his arms. Hopper was surprisingly cordial–a surprise given all the stories I had read about him of his drug years and his scarily convincing roles as madmen in “Blue Velvet” and “Speed.” But it was one of those official events where you make polite conversation and move on. So we did, and we did.