Monthly Archives: May 2012

Baccarat Zenith crystal chandelier

Baccarat Hotel to Open in New York in 2014

Baccarat Zenith crystal chandelier

Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York will open in 2014 in time for Baccarat’s 250th year anniversary. It will be located at 20 West 53rd St., just off Fifth Avenue.

The project is a partnership between Starwood Capital and Tribeca Associates, a New York-based real estate development and acquisitions company.

The $403 million development will include 115 hotel rooms with some rates that Starwood said will exceed $800 a night and 64 residences that the real-estate investor hopes will be among the city’s most expensive on a square-foot basis.

The hotel looks to capitalize on the tony image of Baccarat Crystal, the French manufacturer of fine glassware that Starwood acquired in 2005.

The hotel will feature Baccarat chandeliers, a boutique store selling crystal with price tags up to $10,000, and crystal museum pieces that will rotate through the lobby. Source: wsj.

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Karl Lagerfeld to make over Monaco’s Hotel Métropole

glass panels Ulysses journey

Karl Lagerfeld has been tapped to redesign portions of the famed Hotel Métropole in Monte Carlo. The architectural project is scheduled to debut this summer.

The collaboration between Lagerfeld and the Leading Spas of the World property comprises a makeover of the hotel’s outdoor premises, including the pool, terrace and gardens, along with a new, third Joel Robuchon restaurant.
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Anna Dello Russo For H&M Accessories

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After its recent team-ups with big name labels including Marni and Versace, H&M is taking a different direction with its latest collaboration by joining forces with global style icon Anna Dello Russo.

The fashion director at large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan is a fashion week favorite, regularly appearing on best-dressed lists thanks to her extravagant sartorial choices.

Her H&M accessories line will hit some 140 stores worldwide and online October 4, comprising jewelry, sunglasses, shoes, bags and a trolley.
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Looking for the best baguette in Paris?

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The title of Paris’s best baguette has, for the fifth time in six years, gone to one of the bakeries situated in the city’s 18th arrondissement.

And while first-time visitors to Paris may delight in any which baguette from any which bakery, not all are created equal.

Here’s primer on how to tell a good baguette from a mediocre one, with tips collected from popular Paris food bloggers David Lebovitz, an American expat and former professional baker, Paris by Mouth and Chocolate and Zucchini.
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Dior Versailles

Dior takes over Versailles for Secret Garden video

Dior Versailles

France’s Château de Versailles is continuing its moment in the fashion spotlight, with the latest Dior video seeing the famous castle transformed into a secret garden.

Just last month it was reported Chanel will host its annual Croisière presentation at the Château de Versailles on May 14, and now the prestigious location, which is situated near Paris, provides the setting for a dreamlike fashion video by Dior.
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MB&F HM3 MoonMachine Watch

stepan sarpaneva mbf hm3 moonmachine

MB&F has just unveiled the Moonmachine, created together with Finnish watchmaker Stepan Sarpaneva. It is a variant of the bug-eyed HM3 Frog.

To create Moonmachine, Stepan has reconfigured HM3 Frog by 90° and added his iconic moon-face moon-phase indicator complication set in a scintillating firmament of northern stars.
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Ritz-Carlton iPhone App

Ritz-Carlton Launches iPhone App

Ritz-Carlton iPhone App

Hotel chain Ritz-Carlton has launched a mobile app that incorporates QR codes and location-based services, designed to provide users with special in-hotel offers and experiences.

Expanding upon basic hotel search and reservation functionality, the new app integrates with other social platform, such as Foursquare and World Concierge, and provides location based recommendations.
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Munch Scream

Munch’s Scream sells for record $120 million

Munch Scream

The only privately owned version of Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” set a world record Wednesday when it sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby’s in New York.

Heated competition between seven bidders took the price to the highest for a work of art at auction in just 12 minutes, sparking applause.

The previous record was held by Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust which sold in 2010 for $106.5 million.
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Christian Louboutin Retrospective

Christian Louboutin exhibition

In honor of Christian Louboutin’s 20th anniversary, London’s Design Museum will launch the first UK retrospective of the acclaimed French shoe designer, looking at his work and sources of inspiration over the past two decades.

Get into the mood with a selection of his most iconic stilettos, booties and pumps here, and if you want to catch the expo in person it will run May 1 – July 9, 2012.
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Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta America’s Cup

 

Louis Vuitton has released a limited edition regatta watch for the 2012 America’s Cup. Often called the “oldest trophy in international sport”, this year marks the 34th America’s Cup.

The 34th America’s Cup consists of three main stages – the America’s Cup World Series; the Louis Vuitton Cup (the Americas’s Cup Challenger Selection Series) and the America’s Cup Finals.
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Mercedes-Benz to overtake Audi by 2015

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Mercedes-Benz‘s plans to regain its historical position as the world’s most popular premium automaker could be paying off, research from Germany has suggested.

The famous tri-star brand was the world’s best-loved luxury automaker until 2005, when it lost the title to rival BMW, which has held it since.

In 2011, it suffered another blow when it slipped behind Audi into third place, selling 1.26 million vehicles compared to 1.3 million for Audi and 1.38 million for BMW.
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