Once again, Dior’s head fashion designer John Galliano is returning to The Claridge’s Hotel in London for the holidays with his Dior Christmas Tree.
For 2010, Galliano is creating a truly dazzling design, using the ocean as his muse for his â€œUnder the Seaâ€ Christmas tree.
Made of sparkling silver leaves, pink coral, sea horses, fish, anemones, starfish and jelly fish, this whimsical design is truly one of a kind.
Last year he designed an Asian-inspired tree (pictured below) that featured snow leopards, dragon flies and parrots among its baby blue, “frozen” branches.
To celebrate the opening of the first Gap store in Italy, Italian luxury fashion house Valentino will unveil a limited edition women’s collection for GAP.
The seven-piece Valentino for Gap collection will launch at select boutiques worldwide on November 27, including Gap’s new Milan store on Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Gap’s London flagship on Oxford Street
The pieces will also be available at the high-end fashion boutiques Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market in London. It has not been slated for release in the US.
Icehotel Jukkasjarvi in Swedish Lapland – the world’s largest ice hotel – welcomed its first guests this week, one month earlier than usual.
This year’s hotel features 60 ice rooms and is the 21st hotel at the site, which was the world’s first ever ice hotel and remains the largest.
It also offers a luxury suite, an ice reception desk, an ice church, an ice bar in association with Absolut and a main hall featuring a crystalline ice chandelier.
A crack team of experts is responsible for creating the 5,500 meter-square Ice Hotel, building it by shooting a mixture of snow and ice over huge steel forms which are then removed when it is set.
Specially-selected artists from all over the world then begin crafting blocks of ice harvested from a nearby river to create the interior, each participant mentored by another with previous experience of building ice and snow.
Icehotel remains open until Spring, when it is left to melt and flow back into the Torne River, from where it came.
The Hotel de Glace, a similar property and the only ice hotel in North America, is currently set to open on January 7.
Aston Martin has released a new and exclusive derivative of the Rapide, the new Rapide Luxe model.
The new trim essentially adds more functional features, a greater choice of paint and leather finishes as standard, and special bespoke accessories.
The automotive producer offers top standard colors for the vehicle, with the list including Concours Blue and the Bond-inspired Quantum Silver.
The list of goodies offered for the vehicle includes a special key that combines glass with stainless polished steel, as well as a bespoke six-piece Luggage Set.
Hermes has released “Les 4 Mondes”, a coloring book for kids and adults. 12 pages with 24 designs for you to fill with color!
“Les 4 Mondes“, which is likely the most expensive coloring book in the world, is priced at $130 and is available now from USA.Hermes.com.
Lotus F1 boss Tony Fernandes said he will auction off seats on an AirAsia flight where Virgin boss Richard Branson will dress up as a ‘stewardess’.
The two airline bosses placed a bet at the beginning of the 2010 Formula One championship, agreeing that the one whose Formula One team lost would serve as a “stewardess” on the winner’s airline.
Although both teams completed the season with zero points on Sunday, Lotus were placed ahead of Branson’s Virgin Racing in the rankings by virtue of their better race finishing positions.
The new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong will be the tallest hotel in the world and there will be an infinity-edge pool on the top floor.
The current record for the highest hotel pool is the infinity pool on the edge of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, an open-air pool perched 55 stories up.
Like the Marina Bay Sands, the Ritz-Carlton pool will also be an infinity pool, but it will be located indoors on the 118th floor.
British designer Vivienne Westwood is the latest to create a special packaging for Chivas Regalâ€˜s 18 year Scotch bottle.
The last limited edition bottle was designed by Christian Lacroix and the design was more traditional.
The limited edition of Chivas Regal 18 will sell for around the 200 Euro mark, and will be available for Christmas 2010 and into the new year.
All of the 356 Porsche Speedsters planned for production already have owners, despite the fact that the model has just being launched at the 2010 Paris Show.
Even with the high price of EUR201,682 ($263,667), all the cars have been sold ahead of the original planned dealership launch in December this year.
Forbes magazine, known for its lists, including The World’s Billionaires, Most Powerful Women, Top Earning Dead Celebrities, and Best Countries for Business, has selected this year’s list of the Most Powerful People in the World.
The top ten from the list are primarily heads of state, major religious figures and entrepreneurs, which is indicative of the full list of 68 people.
A large bronze sculpture of a woman’s back by Henri Matisse sold Wednesday for nearly 49 million dollars, setting a new record for the French impressionist.
Measuring 74.5 inches (189.2 cm), “Nu de dos” was the star of the auction at Christie’s in New York.
It went under the hammer just a day after rival Sotheby’s auctioned an Amedeo Modigliani painting for a record 69 million dollars.
“Nu de dos, 4 etat (Back IV),” had been estimated to sell for between 25 and 35 million dollars, before a bidding war sent the price spiraling to 48,802,500 dollars.
H&M continues to build anticipation around its latest designer collaboration with storied French couture house Lanvin.
Over the past few weeks, H&M has been posting videos of designer Alber Elbaz discussing his inspiration for the line on its YouTube channel.
Starting November 2, a sneak peak video of the collection is now available on H&M’s main website.
The four-minute 25 second fashion video clip stars Hannelore Knuts, Jane Schmitt, Tati Collitar and Natasha Poly decked out in frilly Lanvin for H&M frocks.
Bottega Veneta have just released these stunning iPhone/Blackberry and iPad cases as part of their up coming Fall/Winter 2010 Collection.
The cases sport Bottega Venetaâ€™s trademark woven motif, produced with the finest of cotton-lined napa leather in two featured colorways (white and black).
There is a strap and brass snap to secure the gadget, and all cases have reinforced panels for additional protection.
The bathrooms in Paris’s swanky Le Meurice hotel have been voted by best in Europe, beating a list of other contenders that prove the French know best when it comes to the salle de bain.
The honor was awarded last week at the industry Villegiature Awards, which recognizes the best aspects of Europe’s hotels — from terraces to websites.
The Philippe Starck-designed bathrooms of Le Meurice were judged to be the best, managing to top competition from Hotel Raphael in Paris, Le Palais Stephanie in Cannes, La Mas Candille in Mougins, and Muse in Ramatuelle (all in France) as well as Luna Baglioni in Venice, Italy.
Pop singer Madonna is opening a chain of fitness centers around the world to be known as Hard Candy Fitness global gyms.
The first gym opens in Mexico City on November 29, with Madonna planning to attend the launch.
The first Hard Candy Fitness center is “a beautiful and uniquely designed 30,000 square foot space” (9,100 square meters) in the Bosque de las Lomas area of Mexico City, states the release.
Global hotel chain Hilton has announced that it is to follow competitor Sheraton in revamping its global spas.
The brand, which operates 123 spas around the world and has another 80 under construction, says that its new “eforea” spas will “bring balance and wellness to the body and take guests on a transformative journey of the senses.”
In an attempt to broaden the appeal of the spas, Hilton has opted to add a “Men’s Journey,” which comprises “goal driven treatments” such as body repair and a heated bamboo massage, as one of three signature offerings.
Burberry crossed a social media threshold this week: earning two million fans on Facebook.
The British company has invested heavily in its online platforms and digital marketing strategy and has quickly risen to become luxury’s digital darling.
Burberry regularly posts product announcements, photos, and even acoustic performances on the social networking site.
John Galliano will be collaborating with famous Parisian pastry café Ladurée to release limited edition macarons.
The Dior designer’s macaroons – which come in boxes of either 6, 12, or 18 – pay tribute to his new perfume Parlez-Moi d’Amour.
He chose rose and ginger flavors and created a limited edition box featuring references to the new fragrance.
India’s richest man, and Forbes’s fourth richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has built the world’s most expensive house in Mumbai. It is estimated to be worth $1 billion.
The 37,000-square meter home, which took seven years to build, is bigger than the Palace of Versailles, London’s Telegraph reported.
It contains a health club with a gym and dance studio, at least one studio, a ballroom, guestrooms and a range of lounges and a 50 seater cinema.
To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the five-star Mandarin Oriental Tokyo hotel is offering the opportunity to rent the entire property for one night for $670,000.
Under the plan, the entire hotel — 178 guest rooms, all nine restaurants and all spas — would be reserved from 3:00 in the afternoon to noon the next day.
There will also be the option to have a cocktail party for 500 people featuring pastries from an award-winning Japanese pastry chef.