Philippe Starck | India Hicks | Central Saint Martins | Anna Wintour


Philippe Starck

60 Seconds with Philippe Starck WSJ April 23, 2011

Philippe Starck says the best street in the world is on the small island of Burano in Venice, where the designer lived for 25 years. It’s the perfect successful society: no poor, no rich — everybody has the same thing.

My favorite hotel is La Coorniche. Near my oyster farm there is the biggest sand dune in Europe called the Dune du Pyla and on this dune last year I built a small cabana with 12 rooms and a big kitchen. It’s facing the sea and the sunset. It’s astonishing. ( )


Central Saint Martins

Central Saint Martins, The New School NYTimes T Magazine April 14, 2011

In July 2011 London’s Central Saint Martins is moving to a new location, leaving its ‘mental hospital’ atmosphere to a new $320 million complex on King’s Cross. Not everyone is happy with the new digs, which have 20 percent less space. 

Countless fashion design talent has been nurtured at Saint Martens, including Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, Hussein Chalayan, John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

 … what makes Central Saint Martins special is that it is a full-fledged arts college, unlike many of its peers in Europe. “Saint Martins was really an art school where fashion happened to be a department in it,” said Hussein Chalayan, who graduated in 1993. “I had a lot of interaction with people from the fine art and sculpture departments, which really affected my outlook.”


India Hicks

An Interview with India Hicks | 20 Odd Questions WSJ April 23, 2011

India Hicks, one-time bridesmaid to Princess Diana, mother of four, interior designer, author and creative partner to Crabtree & Evelyn will cover next week’s royal wedding for ABC. While India Hicks would probably never call herself a feminist, she feels most beautiful in jodputs and a riding crop, saying it gives her respect.

I’d liked to have lived as Cleopatra. She didn’t take any crap from anyone, had lots of children out of wedlock, was intelligent and witty, known for her abilities and was a good stateswoman. I like most that she didn’t take any crap.

Dov Charney

He’s Only Just Begun to Fight NYTimes April 13, 2011

Dov Charney, the founder and chief executive of American Apparel, drowning in charges of sexual harrassment as he seeks $5 million in funding, refuses to be defined by American society. Is Dov a modern day Hugh Hefner? He argues that America is split between a politically correct left and religious right.

More Dov Charney: American Apparel Gets Adult Supervision BusinessWeek April 14, 2011

Anna Wintour

Brand Anna WSJ Magazine March 24, 2011

WSJ explores the influence of US Vogue editor Anna Wintour beyond American fashion. In a flattering portrayal of Wintour, WSJ lays out her influence into business, politics as she pushes forward on her relentless focus of making things happem.


Wine Tasting

Can You Taste the Difference? On Wine WSJ April 14, 2011

A blind taste test at the Edinburgh International Science Festival proved that half the 570 members couldn’t distinguish between cheap wines priced at $6 a bottle and expensive ones at $50.



Deluxe Hotel Bathrooms

Grand Hotel, Starring the Shower WSJ April 14, 2011

At the Sanderson Hotel in London, a glass wall separates the shower from the guest room. Bathers who don’t want to be on display can pull the curtain.Hotels are investing in bathrooms, offering travelers a luxurious fantasy escape for a night or two. The execution of five-head showers and dual-control knobs is comfusing, capable of raising stress rather than reducing it. Travelers speak of being overwhelmed. But the industry presses on with upgrades and WSJ takes us on a tour of the changes. As for the bath tub, bye bye.