Arabian fantasy for royal wedding

Luxury hotels in the United Arab Emirates are offering their guests an Arabian fantasy as Britain’s Prince William marries Catherine Middleton on Friday. The Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, promises “a majestic experience fit for a king and deserving of an emperor” and said it wants to make the … Continued

Mario Sorrenti to shoot next Pirelli calendar

The illustrious calendar’s casting director, Jennifer Starr, has confirmed that Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti is 2012’s Pirelli man, Stylecaster reports. Other fashion sites, including Fashion Copius and Fashionologie, had previously assumed that Steven Meisel would capture next year’s edition. Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, or Patrick Demarchelier were chosen to shoot the calendar, which is commissioned … Continued

Ralph Lauren car collection goes on display in Paris

A selection of cars owned by fashion legend Ralph Lauren will go on display in Paris this week, in a unique exhibition of one of the world’s most distinctive collections. Ralph Lauren, who famously described cars as “moving art” in his 2004 book Speed, Style and Beauty, owns an extensive collection of vehicles which is … Continued

Moscow art museum honors Dior

After the John Galliano debacle, Christian Dior can use all the positive publicity it can get, and a new retrospective of its history at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts sets out to bring back the fashion house’s magic. Opening on April 28, the exhibit showcasing the brand’s 64-year history will not only present … Continued

Top chef Joel Robuchon opens Singapore restaurants

French celebrity chef Joel Robuchon on Wednesday announced the opening of two restaurants at a casino resort in Singapore, his first outlets in Southeast Asia. L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, a workshop-inspired concept with chefs closely interacting with guests, and the more formal Joel Robuchon Restaurant will open on Thursday at the seaside Resorts World Sentosa … Continued

Gucci chooses Japan for anniversary celebrations

While fashion brands have recently turned to China to stage prestigious events, Gucci will fete its 90 years at Kyoto’s Golden Temple, Women’s Wear Daily reports. The Japanese city being the sister city of Gucci’s native Florence, the Italian brand deemed it an appropriate place to showcase a selection of rare and unique items from … Continued

Pol Roger Champagne selected for royal wedding

When guests clink glasses in honor of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials on Friday, they’ll be sipping on Pol Roger bubbly, a champagne maker with a long history of serving British aristocracy. According to UK wine magazine Decanter, they have it “on the highest authority” that the couple has chosen the family-owned winery to … Continued

Luxury carmakers see golden age in China

One of Rolls Royce boss Torsten Muller-Otvos’ most memorable auto show moments came last year in Beijing when a man walked through the crowd to the carmaker’s stand and set down a suitcase. “Millions of renminbi,” the man said of the suitcase’s contents. “Really, that was amazing. He bought a Phantom,” Muller-Otvos said. The Rolls … Continued

Manchester United is world’s richest club

Manchester United has been named as the world’s most valuable football club for the seventh year in a row by Forbes. Real Madrid is again No. 2 with a value of $1.45 billion, followed by Arsenal at $1.19 billion; Bayern Munich at $1.1 billion; and Barcelona, with a value of $975 million. It uses data … Continued

Angelina Jolie to star in Louis Vuitton campaign

The American actress has landed what is believed to be her most lucrative advertising deal to date. According to E! News, French luxury house Louis Vuitton has tapped Jolie for a global, print-only campaign to be released in the summer. Jolie joins other entertainment heavyweights including Jennifer Lopez and Madonna as Vuitton’s spokesmodel.

Hilton unveils new lobby design

US hotel chain Hilton has unveiled a new lobby design intended for its global hotels and resorts. The new lobby, which is being premiered in the chain’s hotel at McLean Tysons Corner, Virginia, is designed with distinct “zones” for guests and visitors and radically overhauls the brand’s current reception areas. Instead of a desk-oriented approach, … Continued

Royal for a day: London’s luxury hotels cash in

In a bid to stand out among the host of deals marking Prince William’s wedding, London’s luxury hotels are offering guests the chance to live like a royal for a night. A red carpet and champagne reception awaits customers buying the “royal opulence” package at the Hyatt Regency London, which includes four nights in the … Continued

New Balmain designer named

Virtually unknown Olivier Rousteing will succeed Christophe Decarnin at the Parisian fashion house, Women’s Wear Daily reports. According to the trade paper, Rousteing has worked under Decarnin at Balmain for the past three years after a six-year stint at Roberto Cavalli. Balmain had announced on April 6 that it was parting ways with Decarnin. His … Continued

Gucci Loves You Bracelet for Japan

Gucci have created a limited edition bracelet to help support the relief efforts in earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan. Featuring a white-red-white web that recalls the colors of the Japanese flag, the bracelet carries a medal with a message that reads, “Gucci loves you.” The bracelet will go on sale in Gucci stores throughout Japan … Continued

Roberto Cavalli Eyewear Ad Campaign S/S 2011

Sexy, stylish and chic, the Roberto Cavalli sunglasses designed with soft and sensual lines are the perfect accessory for your summer look! The campaign, photographed by Mert & Marcus, features Laetitia Casta and Malgosia Bela.

World’s Oldest Champagne to be Auctioned

Two bottles of 200-year old champagne recently salvaged from a Baltic Sea shipwreck will be auctioned off in June. Finland’s autonomous province of Aaland “has decided that two bottles will be sold at an exclusive champagne auction held in (the capital) Mariehamn on June 3, 2011″. One of the auctioned bottles will be from the … Continued

Scarlett Johansson in new D&G beauty campaign

Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has released its latest summer ads starring actress Scarlett Johansson. Channeling “Italian Summer Time,” the name of the brand’s summer beauty range, Johansson is wearing a floral bustier dress by the designers, matched with a classic light smoky eye and nude lip gloss. The eye catcher of the ad … Continued

Ukrainian tycoon buys Britain’s costliest apartment

Ukraine’s richest man has set a record for property in Britain, spending $213 million on two London flats. The flats cover 2,323 square metres across three floors of a luxury development overlooking Hyde Park, and have been bought by Rinat Akhmetov. The oligarch plans to combine them to make a penthouse, including a further $93.6 … Continued