Monthly Archives: December 2011

Boats on the water at the London Boat Show

London Boat Show to wow with luxury

Boats on the water at the London Boat Show

Visitors to next month’s London Boat Show are set to step into a new world of luxury, with organizers opting to showcase products and services for big-money buyers alongside the boats, even as the global economy continues to shake.

The show will be complemented by a new Luxury Lifestyle & Supercar Showcase aimed at capitalizing on the event’s wealthy audience.

The ‘show within a show’ will feature 50 new brands, including names such as a diamond investment company Elite Gems, designer sunglasses maker Robert Roope, Wayne Pollock bespoke holidays and contemporary fine art by Gallery Rouge.
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Porsche Speedster Miguel Paredes

Porsche 911 Speedster Art Car by Miguel Paredes

Porsche Speedster Miguel Paredes

The 2011 911 Speedster art car was created by famous artist Miguel Paredes in collaboration with Champion Porsche for the 2011 Art Basel.

Miguel Paredes, born and raised in New York’s Upper West Side, is an urban realist that specializes in New York graffiti art.

Paredes designed a psychedelic Japanese-inspired visage on the 911 Speedster, replete with colorful tones, a geisha on the hood, and lots and lots of flowers.
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military monopoly

£100,000 Military Monopoly

military monopoly

A diamond encrusted version of Monopoly has been launched in the UK just in time for Christmas — and it’s yours for just £100,000.

Called Military Monopoly, it replaces the traditional place names such as Bond Street and Mayfair, with the names of Royal Navy ships, Army units and RAF stations.

It has been launched by luxury leather-goods company Pemberton and Milner along with jewellers Garrard and a quarter of the profits raised will go to services charities. Continue reading

Fendi Inglesina strollers

Fendi launching infant accessories

Fendi Inglesina strollers

Rome-based fashion house Fendi is teaming up with Italian manufacturer Inglesina for a collection of baby accessories.

WWD reports December 23 that items including a stroller, pram and baby carrier have been designed in keeping with the fashion house’s classic style.

Featuring the brand’s iconic “F” logo and with a color palette comprising cream, mahogany and blue, the pieces will be available at selected outlets worldwide.
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Oscar de la Renta Stationery

Oscar de la Renta Introduces Stationery

Oscar de la Renta Stationery

Fashion fans who can’t afford Oscar de la Renta‘s elaborate runway creations will be able to get their own fix as the label is launching a stationery collection.

The label has created a stationery set adorned in bows and other common Oscar de la Renta motifs.

The fashion house is launching note cards, invitations and place cards thanks to a deal with US luxury stationery firm Mrs. John L. Strong.
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Hublot’s Magic Gold Timepiece

hublot magic gold

Hublot is launching the first ever timepiece that has a scratch-resistant gold case. Called the Hublot Magic Gold, the watches will be presented at BaselWorld 2012.

Hublot gold has a hardness rating of almost 1000 Vickers (most hardened steels are up to 600 Vickers).

This makes Hublot the hardest in the world, and by some margin it can only really be “scratched” by a diamond.

buche de Noel La Maison du Chocolat

2011 Yule Logs from Paris pastry chefs

buche de Noel La Maison du Chocolat

Forget yule logs shaped like fire wood and studded with holly berries. When master French pastry chefs make their bûches de Noël, they’re wrapped in gold leaf, shellacked in a glossy caramel veneer and covered in leopard print.

In a YouTube video created by food blog Paris by Mouth, a bevy of cakes made by masterful French pastry houses like Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat and Pierre Hermé are featured to a surprising soundtrack of Salt-N-Pepa’s classic “Push It.”
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Studded men shoes Christian Louboutin

Louboutin plans first US store for men

Studded men shoes Christian Louboutin

, whose red-soled footwear is coveted by women worldwide, is to open his first US boutique for men in New York next spring.

News of the 1,035-sqf shop in the Meatpacking District comes after the brand opened his first boutique dedicated to men’s shoes last September in Paris.

“The men’s shoes only represent a small portion of the business at present but we think it has huge potential for the future,” Alexis Mourot, CEO for the brand, said.

Louboutin’s current line of footwear for men includes a two-tone satin “John John” derby for $895 and a black leather sneaker-like boot for $995 that features corset-like laces running all the way down to the toebox.

Christian Louboutin Men Paris Store

Hilton Frankfurt Airport

Hilton opens two properties at Frankfurt airport

Hilton Frankfurt Airport

Hilton has announced the opening of two new properties in a landmark development at Frankfurt Airport.

The hotels are part of the new SQUAIRE building, a huge center built within Frankfurt’s Airport, continental Europe’s second-busiest terminal.

Comprising a five-star Hilton and a three-star Hilton Garden Inn, the chain’s new developments offer a total of 583 rooms.
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Cessna Citation M2

Cessna Citation M2 business jet

Cessna Citation M2

In late September, Cessna introduced the Citation M2, a light business jet that fills the gap between the Mustang entry-level jet and the Citation CJ family.

The new design has been in development for three years and it’s slated to fly during the first half of 2012.

With room for two crew and six passengers, the $4.195 million Citation M2 has a maximum cruise speed of 741 kilometers per hour and a range of 2,408 kilometers.
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Prada Spring / Summer 2012 Campaign

Prada Spring Summer 2012

The spring 2012 campaign from Prada feature Natasha Poly, Meghan Collison, Elise Crombez, Ymre Stiekema and Katryn Kruger photographed by Steven Meisel.

According to the release, “the gas station is cast as a central symbol in this post-modern crossroads of new horizons and economic fulfillment, a stage set where fashion, fantasy and the promise of new discoveries collide.”
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Perini Navi 69m sailing yacht hull C2227

Perini Navi to Build Second Largest Yacht

Perini Navi 69m sailing yacht hull C2227

Launched nearly six years ago, the masterful 289-ft. Maltese Falcon remains Perini Navi’s crowning achievement.

While the yard has constructed many stunning yachts since then, none have approached the Falcon’s impressive length.

Now Perini Navi has signed a contract for a 226-ft. sailing superyacht, that, when completed, will be the second largest PN ever built, Superyacht Times reports.
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15 Central Park West

$88m NYC penthouse sold to billionaire’s daughter

15 Central Park West

The daughter of a Russian billionaire has broken New York real estate records by paying $88 million for a huge Manhattan apartment, Forbes magazine reported.

Yekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of former fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev, paid full asking price for the multiroom spread at 15 Central Park West.

This is a record for an individual transaction in a city renowned for pricey property. The record was previously owned by Sanford Weill, a former chairman of Citigroup.
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