Monthly Archives: February 2011

wondergirls chloe

China shifting to no-logo luxury

wondergirls chloe

The tastes of China’s wealthy are shifting away from designer goods with flashy logos to more understated luxury brands, the chief executive of French fashion house Chloe said Friday.

That shift has helped Chloe become one of the Swiss luxury goods company Richemont Group‘s fastest-growing labels in China, its CEO said.

“China has been very fast at picking up the most well-known brands,” Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye said in a group interview.
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visitbritain

Filthy rich? Britain needs YOU

visitbritain

The United Kingdom is aiming to attract an altogether different class of visitor with the launch of a new marketing campaign with Dubai-based airline Emirates.

A new marketing campaign dubbed “Britain. A tradition of Luxury” is unashamedly targeting wealthy individuals — those with over $1 million in disposable funds — to persuade them that Britain is worth visiting.

The campaign, which launched February 25, is being launched in China, India, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
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Bentley leather cases

Bentley iPad, iPhone and Blackberry leather cases

Bentley leather cases

Bentley and its luxury leather partner Ettinger have devised a range of modern must-have personal accessories to be launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Inspired by the Beluga and Hotspur interior trim colours of the Bentley Continental Supersports, the capsule collection of leather items in black and red leather with contrast stitching includes keyrings and iPad, iPhone and Blackberry cases.

The collections include everything from purses and wallets, passport cases, luggage labels and portfolios, as well as the iconic Bentley key case.
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michelin france 2011

New French Michelin guide gets makeover

michelin france 2011

In an effort to distance itself from accusations of being elitist, this year’s Michelin Guide France 2011 has revamped itself to cater to the mainstream diner.

This year’s edition, to be released March 3, has expanded its “Bib Gourmand” section with a listing of 601 restaurants offering a complete prix fixe (fixed price) menu for less than 35 euros in France –the largest selection in its history.

Bib listings are considered restaurants that offer “good food at moderate prices.”
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Breitling for Bentley Ice Record

Breitling for Bentley (Ice Record Edition)

Breitling for Bentley Ice Record

The new watch commemorates a special version of the Bentley Continental GTC Supersports which recently set a new world speed record on ice by driving at the impressive speed of 205.48 mph (330.695 km/h).

The event took place upon the frozen waters of the Baltic sea near Oulu, Finland.

The titanium-cased Breitling watch (worn by the driver during the feat) is set to be officially unveiled at Baselworld 2011.
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Aston Martin Virage photo

Aston Martin unveils new Virage

Aston Martin Virage photo

Aston Martin took the wraps off its latest model, the new Virage, February 23, promising that it “does everything with the perfection that you would expect today.”

The Virage, which sits somewhere between the brand’s luxury DB9 and sporting DBS, is designed to complete the British brand’s sporting Gran Turismo lineup and will be displayed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

Like its siblings, the new Virage offers a V12, a 6.0L engine which delivers 365 kW of power and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
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Dior suspends chief designer John Galliano

john galliano suspended

Dior suspends chief designer John Galliano following his arrest for alleged assault

French police briefly detained British fashion designer John Galliano in Paris on Thursday evening for alleged assault and making anti-Semitic remarks

The detention in Paris’ fashionable Marais district came after Dior’s chief designer allegedly verbally accosted a couple seated on a cafe terrace. Galliano’s lawyer strongly denied accusations of anti-Semitism.
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MrPorter website

Mr Porter Makes Its Stylish Debut

MrPorter website

Mr Porter, Net-à-Porter’s new shopping site for men, is now live, offering established menswear brands such as Paul Smith and Alfred Dunhill, but also a broad range of more ‘niche’ labels including Lock & Co Hatters or Band of Outsiders.

Regularly updated editorial content brings you inspiration from style icons (Mick Jagger, Basquiat, Johnny Depp), advice from the likes of Pharrell Williams, an online wardrobe manager, and features on all non-fashion items the stylish man should own. This one will have the Mrs turning green with envy.

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati GranCabrio Sport

Maserati will introduce its latest performance model, the GranCabrio Sport, next week at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show.

The 4.7-liter V8 has been retuned to deliver 444 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque.

The powerplant works with a ZF six-speed automatic transmission that uses a MC Auto Shift software based on the one features on the Quattroporte Sport GT S.
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Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse

World’s most expensive purse worth $3.8 million

Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse

The House of Mouawad has just unveiled the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse, the world’s most expensive handbag, valued at a staggering $3.8 million.

The most expensive purse in the world was designed by Robert Mouawad and handcrafted by 10 artisans in over 8,800 hours.

The heart-shaped purse incorporates 18kt gold and 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colorless) with a total weight of 381.92 carats.
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fiat 500 gucci

Fiat 500 by Gucci

fiat 500 gucci

Fiat today took the wraps off of its latest co-branding project, the Fiat 500 by Gucci that will be showcased at next week’s Geneva Salon.

The car is customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini in partnership with Fiat’s Centro Stile and is available in just black or white.

Both cars are garnished with Gucci’s signature green-red-green stripe, which runs along the entire perimeter and links the exterior to the interior.
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Miss Dior Cherie Portman

Natalie Portman’s Miss Dior Chérie Commercial

Miss Dior Cherie Portman

Black Swan star Natalie Portman features in a new TV ad for Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Chérie fragrance.

Again directed by Sofia Coppola, this latest installment for the scent shows the Oscar nominee as her most French self, dressing up in Dior (bien sûr), lounging around a dreamy bedroom, and blindfolding her male counterpart.

Natalie Portman follows fellow actress Marion Cotillard as a face for the brand; Cotillard starred in the Lady Dior series, directed by the likes of David Lynch. Miss Dior Chérie was previously embodied by the model Maryna Linchuk.
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Ferrari FF World Premiere

Ferrari FF World Premiere online today

Ferrari FF World Premiere

According to an official press release issued by Ferrari, the FF will make its world premiere today, February 23rd 2011, at 6:00pm CET on Ferrari.com.

Clients and enthusiasts can experience this exceptional event in eight different languages by simply connecting to the website.

The world premiere in Maranello will be presented by Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo and CEO Amedeo Felisa.
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Lamborghini Gallardo Singapore Limited Edition

Lamborghini Gallardo Singapore Limited Edition

Lamborghini is celebrating its 10 years of presence on the Singapore market with the unveiling of a new special edition Gallardo Singapore Limited Edition.

What sets this limited edition Gallardos apart from the regular Raging Bulls are the red stripes on the sides and a Merlion logo that’s labeled on the exterior of each car.

They will be available in two colors only (black and white) and in a limited run of just ten units worldwide.
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Chivas Regal 18 Vivienne Westwood Bottle and Box

Westwood Teams Up With Chivas Regal

Chivas Regal 18 Vivienne Westwood Bottle and Box

British luxury brands Chivas Regal and Vivienne Westwood have announced a new collaboration at London Fashion Week – the limited edition Chivas Regal 18 Year Old by Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood’s creation for Chivas Regal clearly illustrates Westwood’s unparalleled reputation for design excellence and pattern cutting know how.

With the current design of the Union Flag dating back to 1801 and Chivas Brothers roots also being traced back to this iconic year, the distinctive bottle appears cloaked in Vivienne Westwood’s Union Jack print.
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Royal Wedding Invitation

Royal Wedding: William and Kate’s Invitation

Royal Wedding Invitation

Gold embossed invitations to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton have been sent out to 1,900 guests.

Gilded invitations issued in the name of Queen Elizabeth II began dropping onto doormats this week after being sent out on Wednesday and Thursday, with the monarch’s EIIR cypher die-stamped in gold.

While names of the guests were not released, the list of dignitaries due to attend the wedding on April 29 is likely to meet Kate’s expectations that marrying into the royal family would amount to “quite a daunting prospect.”
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Ultra-luxury automakers still hesitant over EVs

Rolls-Royce 102EX

Rolls-Royce will join the electric car club at the Geneva Motor Show, but like many of its luxury counterparts, it seems uncertain that electrified vehicles are the future.

It will show a one-off electric version of its $300,000 Phantom sedan at the show before sending the vehicle on a global test tour.

Rolls-Royce, one of the world’s most iconic — and expensive — automakers, described the model, known as the 102EX, as a “test bed” to gather research for future decisions about alternative drive trains.
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