Chinese wines beat Bordeaux in blind tasting

A region of northern China that began growing grapes for fine wine just a decade ago has beaten the French wine-producing region of Bordeaux in a blind tasting. A group of wine experts ranked the bottles from the remote and sparsely populated Ningxia region above those from Bordeaux at the tasting, held in Beijing. The … Continued

One57 to be NYC’s Tallest Residential Tower

One57, the ultra-luxury condo tower that’s under construction on West 57th Street, is being billed as the tallest residential tower in New York City. Thirteen condos in the building are listed with asking prices of $42 million or more, and two high-floor duplexes are priced at $98.5 million. The 90-story glass tower will feature 95 … Continued

2013 Mercedes-Benz SL

The first official images of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class have been leaked online, showing the all-new shape in full detail. The 2013 SL bears a completely new look that draws inspiration from its smaller SLK sibling and the SLS AMG supercar. As Mercedes has released, 89% the body is constructed of aluminum, making the SL … Continued

L.A.dy Dior The Film

Dior presents the latest version of its Lady Dior film series with a comedy directed by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Marion Cotillard. The new Dior film features Marion as a young Hollywood movie-star, frolicking pool-side for a Dior TV commercial. The fifth installment of the Lady Dior films was inspired by a 1973 short … Continued

Elizabeth Taylor pearl sells for $11.84 million

A huge pearl once worn by European royalty and last owned by Elizabeth Taylor sold for a record $11.84 million at a blockbuster auction in New York on Tuesday. “La Peregrina,” depicted in art works over the centuries and coveted by kings and queens, was bought for Taylor by her actor husband Richard Burton in … Continued

Moet & Chandon 1911 Grand Vintage collection

Moët & Chandon have released 11, limited-edition coffrets of six bottles of Grand Vintage Collection 1911, to go on display in one of Harrods’ Christmas windows. Available exclusively from Harrods for a price tag of £65,000 ($100,000), the 100-year-old Champagne comes from one of its most memorable vintages. Even at the time of its harvest … Continued

Omega iPad Cover

The newest addition to OMEGA‘s Fine Leather Collection is a hand-made iPad 2 sleeve created from fine Italian calf leather. The sleeve folds back allowing iPad 2 users to stand their device in the classic “view” position or angled 45° for a perfect ergonomic work surface. A perfectly-placed hole makes it possible to use the … Continued

Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard rental sells

The Martha’s Vineyard estate that President Barack Obama and his family have rented for their past three summer vacations has sold to British architect Norman Foster for $22.4 million. The property is known as Blue Heron Farm. It has 28½ acres of land in Chilmark, Mass., and an additional 3.8 acres in Tisbury. The property … Continued

“Bianchi by Gucci” bicycles introduced

Gucci and Bianchi have unveiled the exclusive Bianchi by Gucci bicycles designed by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. This new collaboration joins two uniquely Italian traditions of design and craftsmanship, from leaders in their respective industries. The Bianchi by Gucci is available in two models, both with Gucci’s signature green-red-green web stripe.

The most expensive beach apartment in the world

Originally listed for $27M in 2010, this penthouse just sold for $21.5 million and was owned by Netscape Founder Jim Clark. The Miami Beach condo property is a 5803 square-foot, multi-story residence that sits at the top of The Setai, overlooking South Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The world-famous 40-storey Setai Resort is serviced by … Continued

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe

BMW has unveiled the 6-Series Gran Coupe. Designed to battle the Mercedes CLS, the sedan measures 4.4 inches (111 mm) longer than the 6-Series Coupe. The exterior styling is instantly recognizable but highlights include xenon headlights and 18-inch alloy wheels. The car will hit USA showrooms with three models: a 3.0L 315 hp Twin Turbo … Continued

Is Alice Dellal the New Face of Chanel?

WWD suggests that Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld’s latest muse is model/rocker Alice Dellal, hinting she could be the next face for Chanel handbags. Dellal, famed for her half-shaved head and being a drummer in Thrush Metal, can typically be seen wearing ripped jeans, biker jackets and fishnet tights. Gossip Girl star Blake Lively is … Continued

Stella McCartney Launching LILY Fragrance

Stella McCartney has announced the launch of her latest fragrance, which unusually features truffle as a top note. Entitled L.I.L.Y, the perfume will launch exclusively in the UK at department store Selfridges January 26 before reaching other retailers February 15. L.I.L.Y stands for ‘Linda I Love You’, which was the nickname given by Stella McCartney’s … Continued

Traveller blows $66,000 on wine at Paris duty free

A shopper has broken the record for duty-free purchases at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport by splurging nearly 50,000 euros on six bottles of exclusive wine. The shopper, who was identified only as “an Asian”, bought a bottle of Romanee Conti 1995, a Chateau Margaux 2003, two bottles of Chateau Lafitte 1982 and two bottles … Continued

Bentley Continental GT V8

Two new Bentley Continental V8 models will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on 9th January 2012. The new Continentals will come in GT coupe and GTC convertible versions with power from a turbocharged 4.0-liter eight-cylinder engine that puts out 500 hp. With a new 8-speed automatic transmission directing the … Continued

London’s Dukes hotel introducing ‘women only’ rooms

A London hotel has become the latest to roll out a suite of amenities for women, despite a ruling that declared a similar scheme in Copenhagen as illegal under discrimination laws. The Dukes Hotel in London will assign some of its rooms ‘Duchess Rooms’, loading them with treats to tempt single female travelers or groups … Continued

Repetto announces dance-inspired perfume

Repetto is the latest footwear brand to venture into the realm of fragrance, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Choo and Nine West. Launched in 1947, the French ballet shoe company’s signature ballerina pumps have become eponymous with Parisian chic across the globe, and its more recent developments into handbags and high-end accessories have proven … Continued

Audi set to overtake Mercedes-Benz this year

Audi is set to overtake rival Mercedes-Benz for the first time in luxury car sales, finishing 2011 as the world’s second biggest premium automaker. The German brand is poised to finish the year just behind the world’s most popular luxury automaker, BMW, beating Mercedes-Benz in the race to woo well-to-do buyers. As automakers enter the … Continued

Oscar de la Renta to launch childrenswear line

Oscar de la Renta is the latest designer to launch a childrenswear line, although it will buck the current trend for children looking like mini adults. The label has taken on childswear expert Catherine Monteiro de Barros as VP of design for children’s wear, with the in-house collection currently in development. Monteiro de Barros has … Continued

Dining predictions for 2012

In 2012, chefs will rescue forgotten food ingredients from the brink of extinction and obscurity, invite guests to pull up a chair to their kitchen table, and shrink portion sizes to bite-sized morsels. At least those are some of the new dining predictions being made at the James Beard Foundation in the US. In its … Continued