Monthly Archives: July 2011

Dolce Gabbana e-commerce

Dolce & Gabbana’s new e-commerce

Dolce Gabbana e-commerce

Dolce & Gabbana launched its e-commerce site today – together with e-tailer Yoox – with content in seven languages.

The site will display magazine-style catalog through which shoppers can “shop the look.” There are also links to videos of its runway shows and advertising campaigns.

DolceGabbana.com will sell all of the label’s collections, and in order to attract customers quickly, you won’t pay any shipping fees for the first three months.
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Luanda Angola

World’s most expensive city? Try Luanda

Luanda Angola

Angola’s capital Luanda retained the unenviable title of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, narrowly edging out Tokyo, according to a new survey.

The Mercer group‘s study named the Pakistani port Karachi as the least expensive city, with living around three times cheaper than in Luanda.

Oil-rich Angola is a magnet for foreign workers who push up already high prices inflated by a reliance on imports.
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special welcome for Chinese guests

Traditional Chinese welcome coming to Hilton hotels

special welcome for Chinese guests

Hilton is to roll out a global welcome program for Chinese travelers as it seeks to capture a larger part of China’s outbound tourism pie.

A new “Hilton Huanying” package will debut this August in 30 properties around the world, including San Francisco, New York City, Vancouver, London, Tokyo and Sydney.

The aim of the scheme is to make the steadily-increasing number of Chinese road-warriors feel at home, offering what Hilton describes as “familiar comforts” on arrival, in the rooms, and at breakfast.

This includes providing a front desk team member fluent in Chinese, tea kettles and selection of Chinese teas available in rooms, dedicated Chinese television channels and a welcome letter written in Chinese.

dim sum

Participating hotels will also roll out specific breakfast offerings such as congee (rice porridge) with condiments, fried rice or fried noodles, a dim sum selection and fried dough fritters (crullers), along with Chinese tea.

Guests will also be offered Chinese cutlery utensils such as chopsticks, Chinese spoons and a soy sauce dish.

With the number of Chinese outbound tourists expected to reach a whopping 65 million this year, it’s somewhat unsurprising hotels are pulling out all the stops to attract them.

In April this year, French chain Accor announced a similar welcome package for Chinese and Indian guests would be offered by its brands in Australia, which include Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, ibis and Motel 6, with additional food, entertainment and staff training to be rolled out to select properties.

liv tyler

Liv Tyler in new Givenchy beauty ads

liv tyler

The Hollywood actress is expanding her portfolio: apart from modeling for denim brand G-Star, she is now also the face of Givenchy beauty.

Having previously starred in the French house’s Very Irresistible fragrance ads, Tyler can now be seen promoting Givenchy’s makeup campaigns, including for its Démesure Audacious Lashes mascara.

All of these latest images were captured by fashion photographer Willy Vanderperre.
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Rihanna Las Vegas

Rihanna is the new face of Emporio Armani

Rihanna Las Vegas

Rihanna will replace Megan Fox in the next cycle of underwear and jeans ads for Emporio Armani.

Rumors were previously swirling when the star tweeted: “U would NEVER guess what I’m doing right now!!! Hint Hint #Armani,” but now it’s official: she will star in the campaign for both lines starting this fall.

Rihanna is upping her advertising game at the moment, also having just been named the new face of skincare brand Nivea.
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Humberto Leon Carol Lim

New artistic directors at Kenzo

Humberto Leon Carol Lim

LVMH on Tuesday announced the appointment of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim as artistic directors of the ready-to-wear label Kenzo with immediate effect.

They replace Sardinian designer Antonio Marras, who has held the post for eight years and who shows his own name label in Milan,

“After eight successful years, LVMH and Antonio Marras have decided to end their collaboration,” LVMH said in a statement, without giving details.
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Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima for Blumarine Fall 2011 Campaign

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima, who has fronted Victoria’s Secret as well as Givenchy ads, has landed a new gig right in between both brands for the sexy yet high-fashion Blumarine.

For fall/winter 2011/12, Italian designer Anna Molinari’s fashion label revisits earlier campaigns: Lima already starred in its ads back in 1997.

Shot by Michelangelo di Battista in Paris, the new images show Blumarine’s trend-conscious fall/winter collection, with Lima modeling everything from color block to animal print and lace.
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Singita Sasakwa Lodge

And the world’s best hotel is …

Singita Sasakwa Lodge

Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania has been named the best hotel in the world by influential magazine Travel + Leisure in its Annual World’s Best Awards 2011.

The destination, which is comprised of Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp and Faru Faru Lodge, was named at the top of the list of the world’s best hotels, one of many category winners announced by the magazine July 7.

Impressively, Singita Grumeti Reserves was one of six African properties to place within the world’s top ten hotels this year, suggesting that the continent is fast becoming a significant player on the global tourism scene.
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Absolut Blank Campaign launched in Shanghai

The Absolut Art Collection Tour is about to make its final stop in Shanghai after touring across Asia Pacific over the past few months.

The Absolut Art Collection, a celebration of art, creativity and popular culture, includes works by Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Rosemarie Trockel, Béatrice Cussol and Angus Fairhurst, to name a few.

This will be the last chance to see the collection before it returns to Sweden. The exhibition will run from July 14th to 30th in Longmen Art Projects Shanghai.
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Audemars Piguet Only Watch

Audemars Piguet Gstaad Classic for Only Watch 2011

Audemars Piguet Only Watch

Luxury timepiece maker Audemars Piguet will be once again present to Only Watch 2011 with the Jules Audemars Gstaad Classic.

This one-of-a-kind model in pink gold features a caseback engraved with the inscription “Audemars Piguet Only Watch – Gstaad Classic – 2011”.

Its dial is inspired by the 1920s, lending a discreetly vintage touch that contributes to an aesthetic that is at once chic and sporty, classic yet contemporary.

bangkok sightseeing

Bangkok named ‘World’s Best City’

bangkok sightseeing

Thailand’s capital Bangkok has been named the world’s best city by influential US travel magazine Travel + Leisure.

Announced as part of its World’s Best 2011 Awards issue to be published July 22, the prestigious title was awarded based on the votes of thousands of Travel + Leisure readers who voted for cities around the world.

It is the second year in a row that Bangkok has been named in the top spot, despite a period of civil unrest last year which did considerable damage to Thailand’s international reputation as a tourism haven.
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Van Cleef Arpels From the Earth to the Moon

Van Cleef & Arpels for Only Watch 2011

Van Cleef Arpels From the Earth to the Moon

The wonderful “ONLY Watch” you see here was conceived and brought to this world by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Named “From the Earth to the Moon”, this unique piece will be auctioned in September at the ONLY Watch 2011 charity auction.

On the dial you will see a fantastical space theme, executed with inlays of jade, agate, meteorite and champlevé-style enamel.
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Vietnam AutoExpo 2011 show

Vietnam luxury car sales on the rise

Vietnam AutoExpo 2011 show

Luxury cars are increasingly irresistible for many Vietnamese, say industry players who report rising sales even as daily life becomes harder for the majority struggling to cope with one of the world’s highest rates of inflation.

Audi’s A6, launched at the Vietnam Auto Expo last month, costs almost $142,000 — which would take the average Vietnamese worker 182 years to earn.

Yet Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Audi and other high-end brands are increasingly common on the narrow streets of Hanoi, where they vie for space with the motorcycles which are standard transport for most people.
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Frederique Constant Runabout Moonphase wooden case

Frederique Constant Runabout Moonphase watch

Frederique Constant Runabout Moonphase wooden case

Since 2009, Swiss watch Manufacturer Frédérique Constant celebrates the legendary Runabout yachts of the roaring 20s by offering an attractive series of limited edition timepieces named “Runabout”.

To complete the best-selling range, the Geneva-based brand this year introduces a new version: the Runabout Moonphase.

Absolutely magnificent through its stunning design, this model is available in a limited quantity of just 1’888 pieces per material.
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Nicolas sarkozy Anna wintour

Anna Wintour receives the Legion of Honor

Nicolas sarkozy Anna wintour

Anna Wintour, Editor of U.S. Vogue Anna Wintour was awarded a Legion d’Honneur award by French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on July 6

Wearing brand-new Chanel Couture that had walked the night before, Anna accepted her pin in front of a crowd that included Bernard Arnault, Karl Lagerfeld, Stefano Pilati, Donatella Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Alber Elbaz, Franca Sozzani, and Riccardo Tisci.

Wintour was awarded a Chevalier (Knight) of the Order, which was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and signifies the highest order of decoration in France.
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Joie de vivre hotels

Joie de Vivre Announces First Hotel Outside California

Joie de vivre hotels

Californian hotel favorite Joie de Vivre has announced Arizona is to be its first destination outside of its home state.

The boutique hotel chain, which operates over 30 properties in California, confirmed last week that it had selected Scottsdale, Arizona for its next opening, where it will compete with the likes of Fairmont, Four Seasons and W Hotels.

As of fall this year, The Drinkwater, a 195-room property in the popular town described by the New York Times as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach,” will join the Joie de Vivre fold of properties as its easternmost outpost.
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Trump Ocean Club tower

Trump Panama Opens

Trump Ocean Club tower

Donald Trump marked his entry into Latin American real estate Wednesday with the Panama City opening of his 70-story resort, the tallest building in Latin America.

The sail-shaped structure, soaring 284 meters (932 feet) into the sky, is a luxury resort and residential address that added to a real estate boom in Panama.

The Trump Ocean Club reflects “the modern sensibility of the new generation of luxury travel,” the company said in an invitation to the inauguration of the resort, where the cheapest room costs $300 per night and homes sell for $250,000 to $1 million.
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Jimmy Choo AW11 Mens

Jimmy Choo – Walking The Line

Jimmy Choo AW11 Mens

‘Walking the Line’ is a short film made by Jimmy Choo in collaboration with Mr Porter showcasing key pieces from the new men’s shoe collection.

Shot in New York City, the short film follows a man who takes risks in life by “Walking The Line”.

As well as online at Jimmy Choo and Mr Porter, the Jimmy Choo men’s shoes will be selectively distributed from 5th July, 2011 at exclusive men’s outlets worldwide.
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