Monthly Archives: January 2012

One World Trade Center

The World’s Most Expensive Office Tower

One World Trade Center

The price tag for One World Trade Center, the signature skyscraper under construction at Ground Zero in New York, has risen to more than $3.8 billion.

According to WSJ, the price tag for the building has shot up $700m from the latest public estimate, making it the world’s most expensive new office tower.

Once completed, the 1,776-foot tower will be the tallest in the U.S., but it won’t be the highest in the world.
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Lane Crawford Spring 2012 campaign

Lane Crawford Spring 2012 Campaign

Lane Crawford Spring 2012 campaign

Lane Crawford, a leading retailer in Hong Kong and Beijing, unveiled its gorgeous Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott-photographed Spring Summer ad campaign.

The images feature actress Li Bingbing, “It” girl Chen Ran and model Sui He — each woman featuring in a collage of images of herself against an emerald background.

The labels featured include Alexander McQueen,  Azzedine Alaïa, Lanvin, Yves Saint Laurent, Celine and Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, according to WWD.
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Adam Senn Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana The One Sport fragrance launch

Adam Senn Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana has revealed the campaign images for its very first men’s sports fragrance, which goes on sale next month.

Following 2008’s original The One for Men and 2010’s The One Gentlemen, the third scent in The One collection is a lighter and fresher sports scent, with notes including patchouli and cardamom, as well as accents of rosemary and sequoia forest.
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Danish chef Rene Redzepi

The 10 Hardest to Get Restaurant Reservations

Danish chef Rene Redzepi

Eater.com has just released a list of the 10 hardest restaurant reservations to get in the world — and also offers tips on how to defy the odds and squeak one in.

Not surprisingly, Danish chef Rene Redzepi’s restaurant Noma topped food blog Eater.com’s list, as it receives 20,000 reservation requests a day.

The Copenhagen restaurant has quickly filled the vacuum left behind by the closure of legendary Spanish restaurant el Bulli last year.
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BMW i3 i8

BMW electric i5 for 2015?

BMW i3 i8

BMW will launch a mid-range MPV aimed at larger families in 2015, to complete its ‘Project i’ series of upcoming electric vehicles.

Although the first ‘i’ model — the i3 — hasn’t even hit the roads yet, BMW executives are already planning to augment the range.

Essentially, the proposed i5 is designed to compete with models such as the recently launched Toyota Prius V, an enlarged version of the hybrid bestseller which can seat up to seven passengers and offers plenty of cabin space.
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Place Vendome Paris

Louis Vuitton to unveil jewellery studio, perfume

Place Vendome Paris

French luxury brand Louis Vuitton will open a boutique and jewellery studio on Paris’ Place Vendome this spring and is preparing its first perfume.

“In April we will have our own jewellery workshop and in May will will open our boutique in the same building,” the label’s head Yves Carcelle said.

The project, unveiled in an area of Paris synonymous with luxury, will allow Louis Vuitton to “rejoin the exclusive club of the few jewellers who have their own workshops on the Place” and make the coveted adornments in situ, he said.
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Eva Cavalli Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli reveals beauty line ‘dream’

Eva Cavalli Roberto Cavalli

Roberto Cavalli has divulged beauty projects, with his wife and label’s creative director Eva Cavalli revealing makeup plans are to be explored in the coming year.

In an interview with WWD published January 27, Eva described launching a color cosmetics collection as “a dream,” while Roberto suggested hair dye could even be a potential area for expansion in the future.

“I love it. Color is key for me,” said the creator. “I’d like to make many, many things with color and cosmetics — even color for the hair.”
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Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Aston Martin V12 Zagato set for Kuwait debut

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

Luxury British automotive brand Aston Martin is to unveil the first production model of its V12 Zagato in Kuwait next month.

The V12 Zagato first premiered at the Villa D’Este Concours in May last year, but has until now only been seen in race specification whizzing around the Nürburgring.

The production version intended for customers will be seen for the first time at the Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, which runs February 15-18.
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Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Gift Set

Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Gift Set

Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose Gift Set

For Valentine’s Day, Laurent-Perrier has just released this limited edition gift set.

Comprising four Champagne glasses and a 750ml bottle of the House’s signature Cuvée Rosé Brut, the gift set captures the very essence of the House’s elegant Rosé.

The four glasses are decorated with a delicate cherry blossom design and the set is packaged in a lovely pink gift box!
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Trump Card

The New Trump Card Privileges Program

Trump Card

Trump Hotels has announced a new loyalty program for its luxury-loving members, promising unique benefits to guests who hand over their Trump Card.

The Trump Card Privilege Program was unveiled by the luxury chain January 25 as a way for Trump to compete with other brands such as Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont, which both offer their own elite loyalty programs.

Unlike its competitors though, the Trump Card is sold on the well-known faces behind Trump, promising access to “once-in-a-lifetime experiences associated with the Trump family and lifestyle.”
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Golden silk cape

Gold Silk Cape Spun By Spiders

Golden silk cape

An astonishing golden outfit made from the silk of spiders has gone on display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

It took more than four years to make the four-metre-long hand-woven textile from the silk of 1.2million female golden orb spiders, native to Madagascar.

It was made by Englishman Simon Peers and American Nicholas Godley, both of whom have lived and worked in Madagascar for many years.
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rolls royce ghost bespoke design

Rolls-Royce Bespoke Boom

rolls royce ghost bespoke design

More than half of clients who specified a Rolls-Royce Ghost in 2011 turned to bespoke personalisation.

The service, which includes anything from the application of unique paint colours, coach lines and tread plates to whole vehicle designs featuring champagne sets, humidors and picnic cabinets, helped drive Rolls-Royce to record sales last year.

In total, 56% of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase models sold around the world featured bespoke design in 2011.
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Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo voted tops for luxury

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo suite

The Shangri-La Hotel in Tokyo has been named as the number one Luxury Hotel in the World in the Traveler’s Choice 2012 Awards by TripAdvisor.

The awards are based on reviews and opinions provided by travelers and were introduced 10 years ago.

The categories for 2012 have been expanded to include top-25 lists for 30 countries and regions, as well as an international competition for the best properties to visit.
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most expensive t-shirt

World’s Most Expensive T-shirt

most expensive t-shirt

A United Kingdom-based company called Superlative Luxury has created an eco-friendly t-shirt priced at $400,000.

The t-shirt is made of 100% organic cotton and the manufacturing process uses only renewable energy, such as wind and solar, reducing the carbon footprint by 90%.

The t-shirt features a spherical pattern created from 16 one-carat diamonds; half of which are white diamonds and the other half are enhanced rare black diamonds.
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