Monthly Archives: September 2011

Consuelo Castiglioni Veronique Gabai Pinksy

Marni to launch first fragrance

Consuelo Castiglioni Veronique Gabai Pinksy

Beauty giant Estée Lauder announced Wednesday that it had partnered with the Italian fashion brand for the latter’s first foray into fragrances.

“Wearing Marni is like wearing a piece of art. It is an expression of individuality. Few designers can make the fashion community smile the way Consuelo Castiglioni does,” Veronique Gabai-Pinsky of Estée Lauder’s Aramis and Designer Fragrances stated.
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Fisker Surf photo

Fisker Surf Concept

Fisker Surf photo

Green car maker Fisker Automotive has confirmed that it is to launch a second model at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Following in the footsteps of rival Tesla, which is working feverishly to ready its new Model S sedan for a launch next year, Fisker will expand its lineup beyond its $95,000 sports model with the launch of stablemate for the Fisker Karma.

The Fisker Surf concept was formally unveiled September 13 and is an extended-range electric vehicle, powered by batteries but capable of using a small gasoline generator to top up the charge when necessary.
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Absolut Crystal Pinstripe bottle

Absolut Vodka Crystal Pinstripe

Absolut Crystal Pinstripe bottle

Pernod Ricard launches Absolut Vodka Crystal Pinstripe which is “the most exclusive and luxurious version of [its] iconic Absolut bottle”.

Inspired by the Savile Row pinstripe suit, the bottle has been designed by Swedish designer duo Skogsberg & Smart.

It was hand-blown, hand-cut and hand-engraved in crystal by craftsmen at the Reijmyre glassworks in the Östergötland region in southern Sweden.
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Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 4 Model Car

The world’s most expensive model car

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 4 Model Car

Hailed the world’s most expensive and precious car model by Guinness World Records, this creation is based on the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.

The car was crafted by Robert Gülpen — who has also created miniatures of the Mercedes Benz 500 SL and Aston Martin DB5 from precious metals and gems.

The Lamborghini is made from carbon fibre like the original and its shell was milled using computer modelling data handed over from the Italian car manufacturer.
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Laduree Matthew Williamson

Matthew Williamson for Ladurée

Laduree Matthew Williamson

Gift boxes at luxury macaron boutique Laduree have undergone a makeover with the help of British fashion designer Matthew Williamson.

The macarons boxes — designed in his signature kaleidoscopic, graphic style — will be available during London Fashion Week starting Sept, 16 before moving across the channel to the pastry shop’s home to coincide with Paris Fashion Week Sept, 27.

A box of eight macarons — light airy cookies made with egg whites, sugar, ground almond powder and ganache filling — costs €15. 60.
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Trump Tower Manila

trump tower makati

International real estate tycoon Donald Trump has collaborated with Century Properties for the first Trump Tower in the Philippines.

Century Properties is licensing the Trump brand to build and sell the P6-billion ($150-million) Trump-branded residential tower in Makati called Trump Tower Manila.

The tower will feature a grand triple-height lobby, a fine dining restaurant on the ground floor, a library, a business centre and lounge and video room at the third level.
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Eterniti Hemera

Eterniti debuts Hemera luxury SUV

Eterniti Hemera

New luxury car brand Eterniti has unveiled its first vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show (actually only the exterior was revealed).

The automaker revealed the Hemera September 13, promising that the world’s first ‘super-SUV’ will provide new levels of luxury, exclusivity and performance.

Eterniti says that it closely resembles the production version, with carbon composite panels disguising the car’s original roots in the VW large SUV platform.
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InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

InterContinental, Hyatt head to Russia

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

InterContinental has announced ambitious plans to open 100 hotels in Russia by 2020, an expansion of almost ten times the number operating there today.

The hotel chain announced September 12 that it aimed to capitalize on growing tourism to the country by significantly adding to the number of hotels it operates, across brands such as InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Hotel Indigo.

Among the new properties will be Europe’s largest Holiday Inn, a 1,000-room behemoth in Moscow set to open in 2014.
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The Feathers Inn

Hilltop pub in rural England named best in Britain

The Feathers Inn

A country pub in a small village in rural England that gastro-ports diners back centuries with traditional British fare has been named the best in Britain.

Set high on a hilltop with an arresting view of the bucolic Northumberland and Tyneside countryside in the northwest of England, The Feathers Inn took top honors at the 2011 Great British Pub of the Year awards.

The annual contest is organized by trade publication The Morning Advertiser. Judges chose the pub for its “excellent food offer,” drinks range and community focus.
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Maserati Kubang Photo

Maserati Kubang SUV concept

Maserati Kubang Photo

The Maserati Kubang SUV concept, unveiled yesterday at the Frankfurt motor show, is the company’s answer to the success of the Porsche Cayenne.

The new Kubang was created by the Maserati Style Center headed by Lorenzo Ramaciotti and despite its Jeep platform, is supposed to be all Maserati.

Maserati has also promised that the production version will be powered by a new-generation high-tech Maserati proprietary engine designed in Modena by Paolo Martinelli and produced in Maranello by Ferrari.
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Roberto Cavalli Fall Winter 2011 2012

Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Campaign

Roberto Cavalli Fall Winter 2011 2012

The Roberto Cavalli Fall/Winter 2011-2012 ad campaign features Natasha Poly, Mariacarla Boscono and Karen Elson. It was shot by Mert & Marcus.

According to Cavalli, the woodland setting with flowers, trees and leaves were selected to help create a magical, mysterious and enchanting atmosphere.
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Louis Vuitton opens first airport store

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Louis Vuitton has made a spectacular airport debut in association with The Shilla Duty Free at South Korea’s Incheon International Airport.

The 550sq m Incheon store is dedicated to Louis Vuitton’s passion for travel.

It features leathergoods, women’s and men’s shoes, belts, ties, textiles, fashion, jewellery, sunglasses, watches and other accessories.
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Vertu Ermenegildo Zegna China anniversary

Ermenegildo Zegna Celebrates 20 Years in China

Vertu Ermenegildo Zegna China anniversary

Year 2011 sees Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna celebrating its 20th Anniversary in China.

To commemorate this occasion Ermenegildo Zegna made a special limited edition collection of just twenty pieces to mark this important milestone.

The collection include watches, cufflinks, mobile phones and fabrics made in collaboration with Girard-Perregaux, Tateossian and Vertu.
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Piper Heidsieck Bodyguard

Piper Heidsieck’s New Champagne Bodyguard

Piper Heidsieck Bodyguard

Champagne Piper-Heidsieck has wrapped its new limited-edition Bodyguard in a “sexy red crocodile skin” for its launch this month in selected travel retail outlets.

The 75cl bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut can be described as having “springtime citrus aromas with notes of apples and pears”.

Piper-Heidsieck reveals that the the flavour of Bodyguard is reminiscent of the Pinot Noir grape from which it derives its “distinctive flavour”.
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Yves Saint Laurent retrospective

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective

After Paris, the eagerly awaited retrospective of late French designer Yves Saint Laurent will open in Madrid in October.

The public will discover 40 years of the work of the designer who changed the face of French and international fashion during the 20th century.

The collection will display over 300 pieces like haute-couture and prêt à porter creations, drawings, personal objects, films, photographs and sketches.
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Bentley Ettinger of London accessories

Bentley Collection by Ettinger

Bentley Ettinger of London accessories

Bentley has announced a partnership with London luxury leather brand Ettinger of London to produce a leather collection, coinciding with the launch of the new Bentley Continental GT Convertible.

The new Bentley Collection leather line is inspired by the new color Breeze which will be available with the Continental GTC for the first time.

Also added to the collection to coincide with the launch will be a new range of Bentley Eyewear pieces, crafted by Estede and designed to reflect the new, more muscular appearance of the Continental GTC.
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YS Black x Julien Perera

Working under the mysterious and promising luxury label YS Black, Julien Perera is a web designer by day.

Has to bring his talent to balance form with function, to provide his websites and webapps visitors with tools and information in a logical order ….

But when he gets home after work, the man can’t stop being creative and his imagination is given full rein!
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Ponam boat Toyota Motor Corp

Toyota Ponam-35 Luxury Boat

Ponam boat Toyota Motor Corp

More renowned for its prowess with wheeled vehicles, Toyota Motor Corp. is increasing its seaborne fleet with the launch of a new leisure boat, the Ponam-35.

But the 11.95-meter cruiser is still related to the car manufacturer’s mainstream products as its two V8-cylinder engines are adapted versions of the 4.5-liter V8 diesel engine that can be found in the Toyota Land Cruiser.

And while elsewhere it might be considered unusual for a car firm to dabble in pleasure boats, several of Japan’s other major auto firms also have boat divisions.
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Christian Louboutin Men Paris Store

Christian Louboutin Men’s Paris Store Opening

Christian Louboutin Men Paris Store

Christian Louboutin has been selling 25 pairs, costing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars, in his first-ever men’s store in Paris that opened in August.

Apparently, the more lavish models are most popular, with Louboutin saying that his male customers “come in and they say, ‘What do you have with studs?'”

And that his studded high-top sneakers ($993) and a more elaborate version with crystals ($2,278) belong to his bestsellers.
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