Holidaymakers can now rent Sir Richard Branson‘s private leisure haven, Makepeace Island, located 20 minutes from Noosa in Queensland, Australia.
Once a muddy patch of land floating in the Noosa River, this 9.2 hectares heart-shaped island has been transformed into an ultra-luxurious Balinese-style retreat.
Since buying Makepeace in 2007, Branson’s reserved his Balinese-style retreat for private parties with friends and staff.
Jimmy Choo has unveiled its Autumn Winter 2011 advertising campaign, shot for the first time by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.
The campaign is inspired by cinematic 1970s Parisian glamour and conveys the darker, subversive side of femininity.
Meisel lenses Raquel Zimmermann in the old-world glamour of New York City’s Waldorf Astoria and captures a scene of stolen, or perhaps forbidden, romance.
Versace voiced its support on Thursday for a campaign to stop the sandblasting of jeans — a practice used to give jeans a fashionable faded look.
The Italian fashion giant said that none of its suppliers were using the controversial technique and that it had now joined an international campaign “to encourage the elimination of sandblasting as an industry practice.”
Following collaborations with H&M and French mail-order company La Redoute, Karl Lagerfeld has been working on a collection with US department store Macy’s.
Scheduled for an August 31 launch at more than 200 Macy’s stores and online, the 45-piece collection will be priced from $50 to $170.
In addition to the sketches just released by the designer, curious shoppers can take a first look at the range in the August issue of American Vogue where a $109 dress from the collection is featured in one of the fashion spreads.
2011 saw the launch of the first automatic mechanical movement for Corum’s iconic Golden Bridge watch, featuring an innovative linear winding system.
Corum has take the watch to a new level for the special Only Watch event – the one-of-a-kind piece has a titanium case with a matte finish and provides great views of the movement from both the dial, case-back and sides of the watch.
The back of the watch is specially engraved with the Corum logo and the “Only Watch Piece Unique” inscription in red
Hyphen Design was drafted in by Fitch London to help them design and realise mobile customer configurator kits for the new McLaren MP4-12C supercar.
Hyphen have, so far, supplied Mclaren with 50 of the cases, which contain all the paint, material and trim options for Mclaren’s much anticipated new car.
The cases are designed to be taken outside the dealers for visiting customers in their homes, and give the customers a chance to choose paint colour, fabric choices, upholstery stitching colour, wheel colour and brake calliper colour.
Luxury department store Harrods has just opened it’s first ever hotel concession at London’s stunning new Corinthia Hotel.
The beautiful boutique, nestled in the lobby at the heart of this five-star hotel, is illuminated by charming, modern blue and white chandeliers.
White marble floors, high ceilings and glass adornments create a light and airy atmosphere – making it the perfect place to shop – a haven of calm in the hustle and bustle of busy London.
Valentino iPhone case is made from black leather with silver pyramid studs, gold designer stamp and topstitch detail. It features snap-fastening fold-over tab – $245.
Cult beauty brand Kiehl’s launched its first-ever spa in New York, the city where it all began 160 years ago, on Wednesday.
Fans of the label will be able to enjoy treatments performed exclusively with its products in a two-story locale at 157 East 64th Street on the Upper East Side.
The ground floor hosts a conventional Kiehl’s store, while the spa called 1851 — alluding to the brand’s founding year — occupies the second floor.
When it comes to the best-performing fashion brand on the international stock exchange, you would most probably expect a name along the lines of the Pradas of this world, but it’s under-the-radar Mulberry that takes the crown.
Bloomberg reports that the British luxury handbag maker’s stock rose by 526 percent over the past year. Overseas revenue more than doubled over the same period.
In retail, its growth is currently only topped by PT Mitra Adiperkasa, a company that runs Starbucks coffee shops and Sogo department stores in Indonesia.
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has collaborated with Cartier to bring a traveling exhibition called “Cartier Time Art”.
Cartier Time Art is an exhibition that will take visitors “on a journey to the heart of Cartier watchmaking.”
The exhibition unites the largest number of Cartier timepieces ever displayed in public, from its origins through to the present day.
This Hermes leather work station for iPad allows you to prop up your device up for working or viewing media.
The work station also doubles as a protective cover. Crafted using of ebony evergrain calfskin, the 10.2″ x 8.5″ cover is priced at $1,400.
Girard-Perregaux‘s contribution to this year’s Only Watch auction is a unique version of their worldwide time control model.
The entire piece has a very soft, smooth look to it, with rounded edges on the case, chrono pushers and strap.
Girard Perregaux used ultra-light titanium oxide to produce the white single-piece watch-case middle, and the thin bezel is made of ceramic.
Angelina Jolie’s ad for Louis Vuitton is out in full! The 10-minute clip features Angelina discussing her experiences in Cambodia.
In the film, Angelina talks about the significance of the country for her family with her sons eating the local delicacy of crickets “like Doritos”.
She first travelled to Cambodia 10 years ago while on the set of the Tomb Raider film and was surprised to learn that it was the first film to be shot there after the war.
Online travel agent Expedia has revealed that it is seeing an increased interest in cruises to Europe in response to cuts in air capacity between America and Europe.
The year so far has seen increased interest in European cruises from US consumers. There was “tremendous value” to be secured for travelers right now.
According to the firm, cruise lines are currently cutting rates for European tours, “without cutting services,” sometimes giving travelers a cheaper option than flying to the region and staying in a hotel.
Rappers’ fascination with luxury brands is far from dying down: following this summer’s surprise hit “Gucci Gucci” by Kreayshawn, it is Soulja Boy who is expressing his fashion love with an EP dedicated to Bernard Arnault.
Soulja Boy has turned his attention to Arnault’s signature brand Louis Vuitton, offering lyrics such as: “It don’t make no sense why they LV fake. But mine’s real!”
But while Soulja Boy manages to mention and correctly pronounce the label more than 60 times, Arnault likely won’t be pleased with being called Robert instead of Bernard several times as part of the new song.
Chanel created a different version of their J12 Diver Watch in celebration of Only Watch 2011.
The case, in sand-blasted black ceramic and 18kt rose gold, measures 38mm. It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant to 300 meters.
Movement is a Swiss automatic (base ETA) with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Six months after he finally took delivery of the Eclipse, the world’s largest yacht, Roman Abramovich is offering it up for charter at a rate of $2 million per week.
The 538-ft. Blohm + Voss behemoth is available via ultra-exclusive brokerage SuperYachtsMonaco, and is the world’s most expensive yacht charter by far.
The yacht, which has space for 30 guests and 75 crew, reportedly features a military-grade missile defense system, armor plating, bulletproof windows, three helipads, two swimming pools and a wellness center, among other luxe amenities.
Luxury hotel chain Ritz-Carlton is to open its second “reserve” property in Puerto Rico, the company announced July 18.
The 114-room resort will be situated on Dorado Beach, a name many Caribbean-lovers will be familiar with as the site of Laurance S Rockefeller’s original eco-resort, launched in 1958 as the first of its type in the region.
As of December 2012, the resort will also be home to the second Ritz-Carlton Reserve, surrounded by Rockefeller’s original “great park” and spread across 50 acres with a mile (1.6 km) of beachfront.
Gucci created a limited edition bag collection for Summer 2011, which will be exclusively sold in the flagship stores in Capri, Cannes, Marbella and Monte Carlo.
A different color for each boutique: sea green for Capri, lavender for Cannes, orange for Marbella and bright red for Monte Carlo.
The collection consists of three elegant proposals: the Tote Bag, a casual-chic shopping bag in caracas raw linen fabric and leather trims; a practical zipped wallet and a beige pashmina shawlwith the color of the boutique where it is sold.