Monthly Archives: May 2012

Gustavo Kuerten Lacoste

Gustavo Kuerten new face of Lacoste

Gustavo Kuerten Lacoste

French brand Lacoste has chosen retired Brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten as the new face for its “Unconventional Chic” campaign.

The three-time champion of the French Open (between 1997-2001) appears in the company’s new ads, some of which were shot in black and white.

When the choice was announced by the brand behind the crocodile logo, the tennis player described the French Open and Lacoste as being part of his childhood dreams, now “become reality.” 
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Shangri La hotel website

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts unveils new website

Shangri La hotel website

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has recently unveiled a revamped website. New features, which include sharing the best of the group’s photography, aim to help travellers get closer to their destinations.

To commemorate the new site, the group is set to launch the ‘#LovingTheMoment’ Instagram initiative to encourage everyone to share photos of their location.
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Adidas by Stella McCartney shop

Adidas by Stella McCartney shop opens in London

Adidas by Stella McCartney shop

After working together for eight years, sporting goods giant Adidas has opened its first Stella McCartney flagship store in London, UK.

The 800-square-foot (75 sq m), two-story shop is located next to the Adidas flagship store on Fulham Road in the Brompton Cross area.

The store features McCartney’s luxury performance line of yoga and tennis outfits, fashion-forward running ensembles, swimwear, gym bags, and outerwear.
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counterfeit products

French luxury brands fight back against fakes

counterfeit products

French luxury brands from Chanel to Vuitton on Wednesday launch a campaign with several European countries to fight back against the increasingly lucrative and damaging flood of counterfeit goods.

The global market for luxury fakes has exploded, fed by Asia where 85 percent of articles seized in Europe are produced and the increasing popularity of on-line shops that give the buyer a sense of anonymity and impunity.
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Dinner in the Sky Brussels

Dine in the sky in Brussels

Dinner in the Sky Brussels

From June 4 to July 1, Brussels is offering a sky high culinary experience with “Dinner in the Sky”, a unique opportunity to discover Belgian gastronomy in an unusual way.

The Dinner in the Sky event will allow more than 600 guests to take part in this lofty eating experience, seated at a “flying dinner table” set 30 meters above one of four key tourist sites in the city.
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soho house new york pool

Soho House unveils expansion – next stop, Canada

soho house new york pool

Soho House, the boho-chic private members’ club and hotel chain, has announced the launch of five new properties by 2014.

The expansion of the group, which was founded as a club in 1995 and has grown to include restaurants, hotels and cinemas, will see new venues opening up in five destinations deemed ‘cool’ enough for the brand, long regarded as an arbiter of taste on London’s art and media scene.
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Missoni for Havaianas flip-flop

Missoni designs sandals for Havaianas

Missoni for Havaianas flip-flop

Italian brand Missoni, which specializes in original printed knitwear, is collaborating with Brazilian brand Havaianas for a high-end capsule collection of thong sandals.

Sporting iconic Missoni motifs, the thong sandals are composed of leftover pieces of the Brazilian brand’s multicolored rubber flip flops, which are then put together to create various forms of zigzag patchwork.

One of the new models for 2012, the “Missoni Loves Havaianas Slim,” is adorned with several jewel-style lucky charms and will be available in select retail outlets in mid-June for a price of 90 euros.
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Porsche 911 Club Coupe Special Edition photo

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Exclusive Edition

Porsche 911 Club Coupe Special Edition photo

Porsche has announced a special edition 911 Club Coupe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Porsche club scene.

Representative of the 13 original Porsche drivers who founded the world’s first Porsche Clubs in Germany, only 13 units will be built and they will be available exclusively to Porsche Club members.

However, Porsche will keep one of the 911 Club Coupes for itself. Porsche Club members now total more than 181,000 members worldwide.
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Serendipity Burger

Serendipity 3 Serving World’s Most Expensive Burger

Serendipity Burger

New York City restaurant Seredipity 3 has unveiled the world’s most expensive hamburger, Le Burger Extravagant which sells for $295.

Made from white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef, the burger is topped with James Montgomery cheddar cheese, black truffles and a fried quail egg.

It is served on a gold-dusted campagna roll spread with white truffle butter, and the roll is topped with a blini, creme fraiche and caviar.
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Aston Martin one-77 crash

Aston Martin One-77 Crash in Hong Kong

Aston Martin one-77 crash

The number of Aston Martin One-77 supercars in existence has now dropped from an original 77 cars to 76 following a crash that took place last week in Hong Kong.

This sole image, found on Weibo, shows that the wreckage inflicted on the supercar was quite severe, suggesting that significant speed was a factor in the crash.

The incident was the result of the driver hitting a kerb at high speed. Reports have stated there were no other cars involved in the crash and no-one was injured.
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Ferrari SP12 EC

Ferrari SP12 EC for Eric Clapton

Ferrari SP12 EC

Ferrari has created a special one-off car, the SP12 EC, as an homage to famed guitarist Eric Clapton‘s career and his long-lasting passion for Ferrari.

Designed by the Centro Stile Ferrari, in collaboration with Pininfarina and engineers from Maranello, the bespoke model is based on the 458 Italia and draws inspiration from the 512 BB.

Ferrari says Clapton wanted a car inspired by the 512 BB but presumably with modern underpinnings, so it keeps the same 570bhp 4.5-litre V8 and seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
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Replica fragrances by Maison Martin Margiela

The Maison Martin Margiela ‘Replica’ fragrances

Replica fragrances by Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela will next month launch a trio of female fragrances inspired by its Replica fashion line that aims to capture “familiar scents and moments of varying locations and periods.”

The house’s seasonal capsule collection, Replica, is based on reproducing iconic garments and accessories from specific cultures and time periods.
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Angelina Jolie Exceptional Emerald Necklace

Angelina Jolie Launches Jewelry Collection

Angelina Jolie Exceptional Emerald Necklace

The Style of Jolie jewelry line designed in collaboration between Angelina Jolie and Robert Procop is set to go on display in the South of France this summer via two month-long pop-ups.

An array of necklaces, earrings and bracelets worn by the actress at various movie premieres will hit the Grand Hotel in Cap Ferrat and Monaco‘s prestigious Hotel de Paris concurrently between July 15 and August 15.

The movie star showcased her jewelry collaboration during an expo at Julien’s Gallery in Beverly Hills back in April last year, while the new French exhibition is set to showcase some additional new jewels.
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Living room by Hermes

World’s First Hermes-Decorated Apartment

Living room by Hermes

Luxury property developer SC Global Developments has unveiled a private apartment decorated by Hermès at its flagship development, The Marq on Paterson Hil in Singapore.

This is the first apartment entirely decorated by Hermès and SC Global said it will not be for sale, but to be used only for private engagements.
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The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata costs $1,000

Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata

A restaurant in New York is offering something special to customers with expensive tastes – a $1,000 omelette.

Diners at Norma’s in Le Parker Meridien hotel can now order the “Zillion Dollar Frittada”, a Spanish omelette with lobster and 10oz (280g) of caviar.

Restaurant manager Steven Pipes said it began as a lesser dish, but his chefs “decided to have some fun with it”. “We thought we should really make something that would be a spectacular feast for a celebration,” he said.
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