1. All right, by this time we’ve all seen pictures (or the real thing) of Christian Louboutin’s Rouge nail color right?
Yes, the price ($50) is crazy. My current theory is that Mr. Louboutin is friends with the Chanel Beauty people and have entered into a conspiracy to make Chanel nail polish prices ($25) appear reasonable.
As a nail polish fan, I would never consider forking over the $50. As someone who works in product for their day job however, I have become more and more intrigued by this polish. The design, materials, and packaging are all perfection. A part of me wants to pay the $50 just to marvel at the whole product package.
What do you all think about this polish?
2. Somehow I randomly came across this NY Times article from a few years back (2011) by the talented Alex Kuczynski, discussing the “undercover luxury” trend, particularly in clothing. I feel like this trend is still going on today somewhat, though it seems like the mood is shifting to more ebulliance a bit. Anyway, the article makes for an interesting fashion read, plus mentions Marie Antoinette – always an interesting combination for me.
3. I almost never link to “subscriber only” WSJ articles as they are more difficult to access, and I feel bad for cheating poor Mr. Murdoch out of his paywall. However, I found this Michael Kors article so interesting that I had to link it (the link itself is a Google search, click the first result, “Popular or Overexposed?”) and I wanted to hear your opinion about it. Do you agree or disagree? For me, yes I do see Michael Kors everywhere, in particular the watches and bags. But there is a reason they are popular – they’re stylish and at a great price point. It will be interesting to see how potential ubiquity impacts the brand in the coming years.
4. This week I’m re-reading an old favorite of mine, A Man In Full.
The book is very engaging although sometimes uneven (and I almost never like it when writers try to make up their own rap lyrics…oy). But I remember how much I wanted to visit Atlanta when I first read this book…and I still do! The stories of Charlie Croker and Conrad Hensley…as well as the host of supporting players, are all memorable. Learn about the South, Atlanta, and even a little bit about real estate development and speculation…all with a grain of fiction based salt, of course.Enjoy!