remains the world’s richest royal for the third year in a row, despite his country’s riots and turmoil. Thailand’s King Bhumibol
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.
The rioting that broke out in March, led by protesters demanding new elections, may irreparably damage the country’s tourism and investment markets.
Collectively the group’s fortune is down 9 per cent, or $10 billion, to $99 billion. (That is $32 billion below their 2008 sum).
and Gucci are launching their first full children’s collections, entering a sector that has weathered the global downturn better than others. Fendi
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, accessories and sunglasses created by Gucci star designer Frida Giannini.
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
with a unique envelope design, both shell and touchscreen are completely protected by this rich, structured case. Appleâ€™s iPad
is planning to release 350,000 of its newest limited-edition bottles, but only for the Chinese market. Absolut
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 long journey to the east.
Only 14 of the
are self-made women, and only seven of them had no help from relatives, a new list has found. world’s 1,000 billionaires
By contrast, 665 men are self-made billionaires including the three richest people in the world, Carlos Slim HelÃº , Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
Among the list are talk-show star Oprah Winfrey, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and former eBay head, Meg Whitman.
The richest on the list was Chinese real estate billionaire Wu Yajun, whose fortune is worth $US3.9 billion.
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 the
that has spawned a global fashion empire. Gucci dynasty
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton was the first big luxury firm to release an
, designed by its flagship Louis Vuitton brand, for $320. iPad-specific case
Now, with two million iPads sold by Apple , Gucci jumps into the iPad game too!
Designed by Gucci’s creative director, Frida Giannini it`s available in black leather and neoprene rubber Guccissima GG.
French fashion house
has unveiled an elegant leather-bound case that it produced to carry the trophy to South Africa on Tuesday. Louis Vuitton
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 trophy has always been transported in an armored metal case â€” largely for reasons of security.
But as Louis Vuitton spokesman Antoine Arnault put it: “There was no reason why security couldn’t be synonymous with elegance.”
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.
– under the direction of interior design firm Studio Massari – has provided the furnishings for Lady Lara, which Benetti delivered last summer. Fendi Casa
The glamorous touch has been achieved by the use of warm colours, as well as incorporation of gold, silver and mother of pearls.
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. luxury goods market
Global luxury goods industry sales are expected to grow four percent in 2010 to 158 billion euros (195 billion dollars) after a painful 8.0 percent decline in 2009, according to the consulting firm Bain & Company.
Luxury fashion and accessories retailer
opened its new London flagship this week. Louis Vuitton
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 a LED staircase.
The new London LV maison has been designed by the New York-based architect, Peter Marino, who also worked on the brandâ€™s Champs ElysÃ©es maison.
, the enfant terrible of French fashion, is stepping down as designer of women’s ready-to-wear for HermÃ¨s. Jean-Paul Gaultier
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 Gaultier for
Germanyâ€™s largest airline, Lufthansa, has lately received its first
jetliner, and they claim its cabin to be the â€œworldâ€™s quietest first class.â€ Airbus A380
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.
â€œThere’s a leather banquette seat in the changing area, for heaven’s sake,â€ travel website, Jaunted, said in a review.
His colleague Tom Ford has been sniffed at for appearing in his own fragrance ads, but designer
is topping it off by appearing sans clothes. Marc Jacobs
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, the designer lies naked on a silver Mylar bed, with a strategically-placed, over-sized bottle of the scent, revealing his muscles and multiple tattoos.
Abu Dhabi’s top hotel, the
, recently debuted a vending machine that dispenses gold bars. Emirates Palace
The machine, named
, allows customers to trade cash for gold in quantities ranging from coins up to 10-gram bars. Gold To Go
Customers using the shiny machine — itself gold-plated — can choose from 320 items, including gold customized with logos.
The price of gold, which was up to $1,245 an ounce yesterday, is measured by the machine every ten minutes.
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 several completed buildings.
Luxury car manufacturer
said its first app for the iPhone and iPod touch is now available at the App Store. Rolls-Royce
Exclusive to Rolls-Royceâ€™s latest model â€“
â€“ this application allows consumers to design and configure it to their exact specifications. the Ghost
The Ghost app allows you to choose from the thousands of design combinations available at Rolls-Royce dealerships.
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, twin-engine helicopter, which can accommodate eight passengers.
The Eurocopter EC145 chopper was presented for the first time this week at Geneva’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
Barbie continues to take the fashion world by storm and thanks to shoe designer
, she’s just received a third, red-carpet worthy makeover. Christian Louboutin
Dressed in a satin gown with lilac Anemone Louboutin’s, the Anemone Barbie is ready to attend the Cannes film festival in style.
Barbie revealed her first outfit in the Christian Louboutin collection last November, the Cat Burglar.
Her second look,
, was revealed in February, a safari chic ensemble with fuschia over-the-knee fringed boots. Forever Dolly
As you probably know the Italian supercar maker has entered the entertainment business by building the
in Abu Dhabi. Ferrari World Theme Park
Among the twenty or so rides and attractions featured at the park will be the GT roller coaster and this here is the first photograph of the car.
Each coaster vehicle in this particular ride is a replica of a Ferrari F430 Spider that can seat up to four people.