New Airbus cabin targets Asian corporate jet market

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 … Continued

Western luxe brands turn to China’s Twitter, 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 … Continued

Top 10 most expensive streets in the world 2011

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 … Continued

“Hotel Louis 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 … Continued

Ferrari FF, Lamborghini Aventador: sold out for 2011

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. … Continued

China may double luxury sales by 2015

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 … Continued

Mona Lisa made of 100000 carats of jewelry

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 … Continued

Lagerfeld feels a volcanic autumn chill at Chanel

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 … Continued

Caesars Palace To Open Nobu Hotel

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, … Continued

High-end hotelier Autograph lands in Europe

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 … Continued

Blake Lively for Chanel Ad Campaign (preview)

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

LVMH Debuts M Class Princess Superyachts

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

World’s most expensive painting on show in London

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. … Continued

Gresso iPhone 4 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 … Continued

Sarah Burton To Design Royal Wedding Dress

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 … Continued

LVMH to buy Italian jeweler Bulgari

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 … Continued

China’s middle class stampede for luxury handbags

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 … Continued

Delta tops the world’s most admired airlines

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. … Continued