Airbus unveils images of “plane of the future”

Airbus has given a glimpse of the future of flight with its Concept Plane, which was showcased at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire today. The images released today illustrate what air transport could look like in 2050 – even 2030 if advancements in existing technologies continue apace. The aircraft is more fuel-efficient and features … Continued

Stella McCartney to design British Olympic kit

Fashion designer Stella McCartney will oversee the design of the athletes’ clothing for the British team at the 2012 London Olympics. She has been appointed creative director for Team GB at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and will help shape the clothing to be made by Adidas. The British Olympic Association said it was the … Continued

The World’s Richest Royals

Thailand’s King Bhumibol remains the world’s richest royal for the third year in a row, despite his country’s riots and turmoil. Royal assets are held under Thailand’s Crown Property Bureau, which benefited from stock market and real estate gains in 2009. As a result, his fortune remains stable at $30 billion, at least for now. … Continued

Gucci And Fendi To Dress Your Kids

Gucci and Fendi are launching their first full children’s collections, entering a sector that has weathered the global downturn better than others. Gucci presented its Gucci Kids line at its historical Firenze boutique during the Pitti Bimbo international childrenswear fair last week. The line, aimed at children from newborn to age eight includes shoes, dresses, … Continued

Salvatore Ferragamo Leather iPad Cases

Joining the growing list of designers to release iPad cases, Salvatore Ferragamo announces they too will offer a collection of iPad cases. The cases come in two full-leather versions and a fabric version, lined with premium leather Fully encasing Apple’s iPad with a unique envelope design, both shell and touchscreen are completely protected by this … Continued

Chinese Limited Edition Bottle of Absolut Vodka

This August, Absolut is planning to release 350,000 of its newest limited-edition bottles, but only for the Chinese market. The Absolut 72变 (Absolut 72 bian/Transform) bottle was designed by a Chinese artist, Gao Yu. The name of the edition “Absolut 72变” refers to an old legend about a monkey god (Sun Wukong), which had a … Continued

The World’s Richest Self-Made Women

Only 14 of the world’s 1,000 billionaires are self-made women, and only seven of them had no help from relatives, a new list has found. By contrast, 665 men are self-made billionaires including the three richest people in the world, Carlos Slim Helú , Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Among the list are talk-show star … Continued

40 Hotels by Gucci by 2025

Luxury Italian hotel brand Elisabetta Gucci is to focus on building its top-end boutique hotels in developing countries. Elisabetta Gucci Hotels & Resorts will aim to build 40 hotels over the next 15 years in countries such as Russia, China and Brazil. Elisabetta Gucci is the daughter of Paolo Gucci and the fourth generation of … Continued

Gucci Ipad Case

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton was the first big luxury firm to release an iPad-specific case, designed by its flagship Louis Vuitton brand, for $320.

Louis Vuitton Unveils World Cup Trophy Trunk

French fashion house Louis Vuitton has unveiled an elegant leather-bound case that it produced to carry the trophy to South Africa on Tuesday. This case has been unveiled in the presence of Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Yves Carcelle (CEO of Louis Vuitton), and also the supermodel Naomi Campbell. From the tournament’s beginning in 1930, the World Cup … Continued

Fendi yacht Lady Lara by Benetti

Yacht maker Benetti and Fendi Casa, the home-furnishing brand of fashion house Fendi, have collaborated to produce Lady Lara, the 194-foot custom megayacht. Fendi Casa – under the direction of interior design firm Studio Massari – has provided the furnishings for Lady Lara, which Benetti delivered last summer. The glamorous touch has been achieved by … Continued

Luxury market rebounding

The luxury goods market is rebounding from the slump caused by the global recession, but analysts say upscale sellers will be facing a hard slog due to changing demographics and lingering consumer caution. Global luxury goods industry sales are expected to grow four percent in 2010 to 158 billion euros (195 billion dollars) after a … Continued

Louis Vuitton unveils London flagship

Luxury fashion and accessories retailer Louis Vuitton opened its new London flagship this week. The 1,500 sq ft store occupies a corner site at the junction of New Bond Street and Clifford Street. Set over three levels, the store incorporates Louis Vuitton heritage touches such as trunks and leather, as well as modern features including … Continued

Jean-Paul Gaultier Is Leaving Hermes

Jean-Paul Gaultier, the enfant terrible of French fashion, is stepping down as designer of women’s ready-to-wear for Hermès. He will be replaced by Christophe Lemaire, who has revitalised Lacoste since and has also worked under Christian Lacroix and Thierry Mugler. The spring-summer 2011 collection, to be presented in October, will be the last designed by … Continued

Lufthansa unveils new first class

Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, has lately received its first Airbus A380 jetliner, and they claim its cabin to be the “world’s quietest first class.” The First-Class bathroom features wide vertical mirrors and a five-star hotel-style vanity area. The bathroom is fitted with separate wash, changing and toilet areas. “There’s a leather banquette seat in the … Continued

Marc Jacobs poses naked for new fragrance ad

His colleague Tom Ford has been sniffed at for appearing in his own fragrance ads, but designer Marc Jacobs is topping it off by appearing sans clothes. For Jacobs, who is only covered by a strategically placed, oversized flacon, it was a matter of stressing how personal his latest fragrance was. In the print ad, … Continued

Abu Dhabi Gets Gold Vending Machine

Abu Dhabi’s top hotel, the Emirates Palace, recently debuted a vending machine that dispenses gold bars. The machine, named Gold To Go, allows customers to trade cash for gold in quantities ranging from coins up to 10-gram bars. Customers using the shiny machine — itself gold-plated — can choose from 320 items, including gold customized … Continued

Exuma Private Island for sale at $110 Million

The stunning Exuma District, Bahamas is home to a wealth of private islands. Now a personal, private get-away is for sale with a price tag of $110 million. The island, called Cave Cay, features a protected deep-water harbor and marina with floating cement dock system and 35 dock slips, a 2,800 ft. private airstrip and … Continued

Configure your Rolls Royce on your iPhone

Luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce said its first app for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available at the App Store. Exclusive to Rolls-Royce’s latest model – the Ghost – this application allows consumers to design and configure it to their exact specifications. The Ghost app allows you to choose from the thousands of design … Continued

Mercedes-Benz Helicopter Unveiled in Geneva

German automaker Daimler has just released the details and images of the Mercedes Eurocopter EC145 helicopter which had its debut in Geneva. The Mercedes Eurocopter EC145 helicopter is built by EADS and has received the styling touch of the German carmaker. Designed at the automotive manufacturer’s studio in Como, Italy, the EC145 is a mid-sized, … Continued