Monthly Archives: March 2011

airbus phoenix cabin concept

New Airbus cabin targets Asian corporate jet market

airbus phoenix cabin concept

A new cabin concept called Phoenix, featuring a colour-scheme and layout designed to appeal to Asian tastes, is being offered to Airbus Corporate Jet customers.

The main cabin features seating for six people around a large circular-table – the focus of family life in many Asian cultures – which facilitates work-related discussions and dining.

Airbus Corporate Jets are able to offer this feature because they have the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, existing or planned.
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Gucci Weibo

Western luxe brands turn to China’s Twitter, Weibo

Gucci Weibo

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, and Burberry are testing the Chinese microblogging service Weibo to research their most promising market of the future from the inside.

The platform, which grows at 10 million users per month, has been attracting an elite of Western luxe brands over the past month, testing ideas for campaigns or other projects directly on their Chinese audience.

“You can immediately see how the market and your following will respond to something if you want to do research” said Leaf Greener, fashion editor of Elle China.
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hong kong severn road

Top 10 most expensive streets in the world 2011

hong kong severn road

Hong Kong’s Severn Road, a winding street of mansions and tony apartments, is still the priciest address on the planet.

For the second year running, Financial News has determined that properties on Severn Road cost more per square foot than those anywhere else.

Properties on Severn Road were valued at US$78,200 a square meter (about US$8,689 a square foot), up from US$70,000 in last year’s survey.
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Kate Moss smoking Vuitton

“Hotel Louis Vuitton”

Kate Moss smoking Vuitton

Marc Jacobs spends a lot of time on the road, so what better theme for his fall-winter collection for Louis Vuitton than the goings-on inside a grand old hotel?

To the sound of elevators arriving, uniformed bellboys opened wrought-iron doors for models stepping out in tongue-and-cheek outfits inspired by, among other things, porn films from the 1940s.

“I spend a good part of my life in hotels and I like watching their secret lives, especially the ballet between call girls, mistresses and wives,” said Jacobs, 47, on the final day of Paris fashion week.
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Ferrari ff sold out

Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador: sold out for 2011

Ferrari ff sold out

Both the Ferrari Four and the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 have already been sold out for the next year’s worth of production.

This information is revealed just after the official public release of both sports cars at the Geneva Motor Show last week and even before the cars are heading to dealerships around the world.

All 800 Ferrari FFs planned to be produced in 2011 are sold, according to Ferrari CEO Luca Cordero di Montezemolo. The car will be priced at $ 359,000.
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Louis Vuitton Lippo Plaza Shanghai

China may double luxury sales by 2015

Louis Vuitton Lippo Plaza Shanghai

China’s luxury spending may more than double by 2015, surpassing Japan to become the world’s largest market for branded goods, according to McKinsey & Co.

Sales of luxury items in China, including clothes, handbags, watches and fine jewelry, are expected to increase to about 180 billion yuan in 2015.

The 2015 estimate would be equivalent to 20 per cent of global luxury spending, the consulting company said.
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jewelry mona lisa

Mona Lisa made of 100000 carats of jewelry

jewelry mona lisa

A Chinese jewelry collector has created a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” with 100,000 carats of jewelry.

He has spent the last five years working on this one-of-a-kind jewelry painting and the last 30 years collecting all the necessary raw gem stones.

This bedazzled replica of the Mona Lisa is currently on display in a shopping mall in Shenyang City, China.
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Chanel Autumn Winter 2011 2012 ready-to-wear collection show

Lagerfeld feels a volcanic autumn chill at Chanel

Chanel Autumn Winter 2011 2012 ready-to-wear collection show

Karl Lagerfeld sent a volcanic chill of autumn swirling through the Grand Palais on Tuesday as he presented a tomboyish Chanel fall-winter collection.

In a deliberate contrast from the Parisian garden theme that framed the spring-summer show, Lagerfeld sent darker, looser looks down a wooden boardwalk the length of a venue carpeted with volcanic dust that crunched underfoot.

The soundtrack – “A Forest” by The Cure, about a man who goes looking for a woman in, well, a forest – set the tone, even if there wasn’t a tree in sight.
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Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace To Open Nobu Hotel

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace Las Vegas has announced plans for a multimillion-dollar renovation that would transform one of its hotel towers into the luxury Nobu Hotel.

Under the deal, the Centurion Tower will be revamped and the 9,500-square-foot Nobu Restaurant and Lounge will open at the site.

The Nobu tower, named after the famous Japanese restaurant brand, will feature 180 guest rooms, 16 suites and a separate check-in for guests.
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autograph hotel

High-end hotelier Autograph lands in Europe

autograph hotel

Marriott‘s new Autograph brand is to appear in Europe for the first time within months, the firm said March 7.

Autograph, an upscale brand which brings together independent hotels and resorts under the Marriott name, will appear first in Spain, where the company plans to add four properties currently owned by AC Hotels into the exclusive group.

The hotels include the historic AC Santo Mauro and AC Palacio del Retiro buildings in Madrid, which have been converted from houses into five-star properties.
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blake lively for chanel

Blake Lively for Chanel Ad Campaign (preview)

blake lively for chanel

Blake Lively was hired to be the spokesmodel for Chanel Handbags print campaign and now the first image has appeared online.

The ad, shot by Karl Lagerfeld, has the Gossip Girl against a set of mirrors staring at the viewer from her reflection and carrying the new Mademoiselle bag.

In contrast to singer Lily Allen’s playful Breakfast at Tiffany’s–inspired ads, Lively’s campaign feels edgier and more sophisticated, with a moody, Hitchcockian tone.
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Rafael Nadal’s New Armani Underwear Ad

The new video ad for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans featuring Tennis star Rafael Nadal has made its way out in full.

The 50-second clip sees Nadal player going shirtless, wearing only Armani’s jeans and briefs. He leans on the wall and a piece of wood, and lies on the wet floor.

The video is made for the clothing line’s Spring/Summer 2011 advertising campaign.
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Princess Yachts 32M

LVMH Debuts M Class Princess Superyachts

Princess Yachts 32M

LVMH acquired UK-based yacht builder Princess Yachts in 2008 and they are now entering the superyacht sector with the launch of the first of their M class vessels.

The first model in the series, the 32M, was unveiled at the London Boat Show in January 2011. It is also the first craft truly worthy of the world-class LVMH imprimatur.

For the yacht’s debut the company brought in some of its other brands, including Fendi, De Beers and Moet to demonstrate the glamour of the new range.
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Chanel J12 Chromatic

Chanel J12 Chromatic

Chanel J12 Chromatic

The Chanel J12 Chromatic is made of a new proprietary ceramic titanium material that is of course highly scratch resistant with a hardness close to that of sapphire.

The J12 Chromatic features a spectrum of models — 38mm and 41mm case sizes each with an automatic mechanical movement, and a more petite 33mm case size with a quartz movement.

Water resistant to 200 meters. There are also diamond and diamond baguette encrusted models (set in an 18k white gold bezel).
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Nude, Green Leaves and Bust

World’s most expensive painting on show in London

most expensive painting on display

Pablo Picasso’s “Nu au Plateau de Sculpteur”, the world’s most expensive painting, was to go on display Monday for the first time at London’s Tate Modern museum.

The 1932 painting set a world record when it was snapped up by a mystery bidder for 106.5 million dollars at New York’s Christie’s auction house last May.

It will be the first time the painting has been displayed anywhere since 1961 and prompted the famous London museum to create a new Pablo Picasso room to house the loaned work.
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Gresso iPhone4 Black Diamonds for Lady

Gresso iPhone 4 Black Diamonds for Lady

Gresso iPhone4 Black Diamonds for Lady

Luxury phone maker Gresso has unveiled the new iPhone 4 Black Diamonds for Lady, in the case of the 200-year-old African Blackwood, combined with black and white diamonds, platinum and 18K rose gold.

The buttons on the panel feature 2-carats worth of black diamonds and an inside frame made of 18-carat rose gold with white diamonds.

The iPhone 4’s back panel has been decked out with black diamonds in 6 carats, in combination with 13 carats of stunning white diamonds.
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British designer Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton To Design Royal Wedding Dress

British designer Sarah Burton

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress for her marriage to Britain’s Prince William will be designed by Sarah Burton of the Alexander McQueen fashion house.

Sarah Burton, who took over as creative director at the prestigious house after McQueen’s suicide, was selected by Middleton to help her develop her own style.

Burton, 36, denied she had been handed the “most coveted commission” in fashion but tradition dictates that royal bridal-gown designers are bound to secrecy by the royal family’s office at Buckingham Palace.
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bulgari bvlagri ad

LVMH to buy Italian jeweler Bulgari

bulgari bvlagri ad

French luxury group LVMH has agreed to buy Rome-based jeweler Bulgari SpA in a cash-and-shares deal worth euro4.3 billion ($6 billion).

The deal will see Bulgari’s founding family become the second largest family shareholders in LVMH behind that of Chief Executive Bernard Arnault.

LVMH also announced a tender offer of 12.25 euros per share to acquire the remaining shares of Bulgari, a 61 percent premium over where they were trading before the announcement.
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queue LV china

China’s middle class stampede for luxury handbags

queue LV china

It could be a queue for a pop concert, a top nightclub or even the opening night at the theatre. But the hundreds of people lined up in a Hong Kong street are actually waiting to bag a bit of luxury.

“We’re looking for new handbags,” says student Celeste Law as she queues patiently alongside her friend Karina Luh outside the supermarket-sized branch of Chanel on Hong Kong’s Canton Road.

The students, both 20, already sport impressive accessories — Celeste carries a Louis Vuitton monogrammed bag, while her friend’s is from Chanel.
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Delta plane

Delta tops the world’s most admired airlines

Delta plane

Delta Air Lines has been voted the world’s most admired airline by Fortune magazine, managing to push Singapore Airlines into second place.

The award means that Delta came out top in a string of assessments including social responsibility and quality of product, as well as business-related criteria such as quality of management and global competitiveness.

Delta has moved steadily up the ranks over the past four years to reach top spot, which was awarded to Singapore Airlines last year — the airline’s boss Richard Anderson described the award as a “remarkable achievement” in a note to staff.
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