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Matthias Schoenaerts LV

Matthias Schoenaerts for Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has released the first images of its Spring-Summer 2014 campaign featuring Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, known primarily for his roles in “Bullhead” and “Rust and Bone.”

Matthias Schoenaerts LV

The Belgian actor, though clearly a heartthrob, has the kind of rugged good looks that are not typically associated with high-end luxury brands. So it’s no surprise that Louis Vuitton set the internet abuzz with its announcement that Matthias Schoenaerts has become its latest brand ambassador.

For its Spring-Summer 2014 campaign, the brand asked its “gentleman traveler” to pose in the great outdoors of the American Southwest, specifically in Page, Arizona at the edge of the Glen Canyon Dam.

Matthias Schoenaerts

Shot by photographer Mikael Jansson, the images show the actor in a stunning desert landscape, equipped with the Sirius and Cabas East/West bags from the Spring-Summer 2014 collection designed by Kim Jones. The entire campaign will be seen in magazines worldwide from this February.

Gisele Bundchen Louis Vuitton

Marc Jacobs’ all-star final Louis Vuitton campaign

Louis Vuitton has celebrated outgoing creative director Marc Jacobs‘s legacy with a stunning new campaign. Featuring a series of the American designer’s muses, the photos were shot by Steven Meisel with makeup by Pat McGrath and hair by Guido Palau.

Gisele Bundchen Louis Vuitton

The chosen women include actresses Catherine Deneuve and Fan Bingbing, director Sofia Coppola, and models Gisele Bündchen, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell.

Edie Campbell Louis Vuitton

Edie Campbell was the winner of the 2013 British Fashion Award for ‘model of the year’, and was handpicked by Marc Jacobs to open the designer’s final show at Louis Vuitton, in which she wore a stunning black headdress with her body plastered in Stephen Sprouse’s famed graffiti imagery.

Catherine Deneuve Louis Vuitton

For the new campaign, the models were all photographed against simple backgrounds, designed to show off new seasonal variations of the iconic Noé bag with a range of feathered, monogrammed, alligator, crystal and sequined finishes.

The eight single-page portraits, will appear in the February 2014 issues of magazines worldwide.

Bling Ring: 8 Bracelet Watches

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Piaget Gouverneur Tourbillon
Go all the way with Piaget’s Gouverneur Tourbillon. Loved for its unique design that harmonises two shapes – round case with an oval dial – it is a worthy addition to the brand’s Black Tie collection. The ultra-thin calibre 642P mechanical movement runs within the timepiece. Bearing the Piaget crest above the flying tourbillon at 12 o’clock, this watch features a pointer-type moon phase which only requires a one-day correction once every 122 years. Generously adorned with baguette cut diamonds, this piece is a definitely a show stopper and a conversation starter.

 

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5980/1AR Nautilus Chronograph
Arguably the epitome of elegant sport watches Patek Philippe’s Nautilus is a horological icon with a cult following. Now available in a trendy bicolour option (stainless steel and rose gold), it is bound to reel in more fans. The Nautilus Chronograph has a gorgeous black-blue dial with the signature Nautilus horizontal embossed pattern that houses an integrated tone-on-tone monocounter, indicating elapsed minutes and hours, at six o’clock. This unconventionally sleek arrangement for the counters runs on the automatic calibre CH 28-520C. Its 18K rose gold hands and indexes are layered with luminescent coating, and the timepiece is fitted with a stainless steel and 18K rose gold bicolour bracelet, as well as a Nautilus fold-over clasp.

 

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Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Chronograph
If technology and advanced craftsmanship existed during in medieval times, the knights of the round table would undoubtedly be donning the Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 chronograph. Not only would it provide accurate timings for battles, thanks to its chronograph function, but the rest of the signature elements of the Excalibur series – the elongated Roman numerals, fluted bezel, and the triple horns that attach the bezel – give off the stately aura of knightly regalia. The timepiece houses the new chronograph calibre RD681 with a micro-rotor and power reserve of 52-hours. Comprising 280 components, the movement comes embellished with Côtes de Genève motif and bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.

 

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Louis Vuitton Tambour eVolution
A distinctive rounded case body, eight-sided crown and side engraving of the 12 letters of Louis Vuitton are all signature elements of a Tambour timepiece. As LV introduces its new Tambour eVolution, we see the addition of some new rules to Tambour’s DNA. Like an eager neophyte, it asserts its presence with robust features and definitely more attitude. ‘Black MMC’, a durable metal matrix composite mainly utilised in the aerospace industry and Formula 1 arena, is used to create its bezel and the flat-edged insert with the monogram logo on its crown. Bid adieu (at least for now) to the eight-sided crown and side engraving as they are respectively replaced with an ergonomic screw-down crown with nine groves and a large ‘V’ at the case side. It comes in a 43mm steel case for the GMT three-hand model and 45mm pink gold case for the GMT Chronograph.

 

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Bulgari Octo Steel
If there is one watch that oozes Italian sprezzatura, the Bulgari Octo Steel is it. With a distinctive and unique case shape – a mash up of an octagon and a circle – this timepiece carries a mix of eastern and western symbols representing balance, perfection and harmony. Beauty runs deep within the timepiece as its movement boasts a host of refined finishing and decorations including chamfered and polished edges as well as Côtes de Genève pattern on the bridges, and perlage finishing on the main plate. While this macho timepiece is busy turning heads, the automatic calibre BVL 193 ensures that this watch does not stop working for at least 50 hours on a full wind.

 

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Longines Conquest Classic
Longines’s Conquest evokes the genteel world of race horses, jockeys and triumphs. Specially created as a tribute to chronographs produced in 1881 for race-goers and New York jockeys, this collection eloquently communicates class, elegance, and the spirit of horse racing with an uncommon refinement. Fitted with the Calibre L688, a self-winding movement specially produced by ETA for Longines, it hosts 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-seconds counters, and is backed by a 54-hour power reserve. This steel and rose gold model is accompanied with a matching bracelet, bringing out the essence of timeless beauty.

 

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Oris Aquis Depth Gauge
Every diver needs a diving buddy, and one could do worse than with the reliable Oris Aquis Depth Gauge which tells you exactly how deep you have gone underwater. Engineered by applying the Boyle Mariotte Law – which demonstrates how the volume of gas changes according to pressure – this is also the first diver watch that allows water to flow into the timepiece – how cool is that! Its sapphire crystal case top is 50 per cent thicker than average watches and it features a channel, milled into the side in anti-clockwise direction. As one descends into the depths with this timepiece, water will flow through this channel via the 12 o’clock inlet, causing the trapped air to indicate how far south the diver has gone based on the water pressure of that depth. Needless to say, this device could well save your life underwater, warning you not to get too carried away as you explore the deep blue.

 

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Raymond Weil Maestro Phase De Lune
The Raymond Weil Maestro Phase De Lune demonstrates an intriguing interplay of the old and the new. While its exudes classicism with slender appliquéd Roman indices and a discreet 39.5mm round steel case with matching polished bracelet, it throws us a curveball with a contemporary grey dial and a sophisticated automatic movement with a moon phase complication – a first for the Swiss marquee. The RW4500 movement deserves special mention as it is incredibly easy to use for a moon phase calibre. When it comes to setting the phase of the moon on this watch, there’s no need to fuss with pins or special tools. Instead, Raymond Weil has thoughtfully incorporated two pushers between each set of the lugs to make adjustments a cinch. Remarkably, the pushers are flushed with the polished case so they do not disrupt the clean lines of the timepiece.

Louis Vuitton Courchevel

Louis Vuitton Opens Pop-up Store in Courchevel

Louis Vuitton will open a pop-up store in the ultra-chic Courchevel ski resort this season, from this December 13 to April 6, 2014.

Louis Vuitton Courchevel

The temporary boutique at Courchevel Village 1850, with decor inspired by the region’s signature chalet style, will showcase items from the latest Louis Vuitton collections. Shoppers will find luggage and bags, ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, accessories, watches and jewelry from the prestigious brand.

LV Courchevel

The store will offer some of the very latest Louis Vuitton creations, including the Capucines bag available in pastel colors or in vison and the Lockit bracelet in white gold and diamonds.

Louis Vuitton for Design Miami

Louis Vuitton builds beach house in Miami

Louis Vuitton has constructed a beach house planned by French designer Charlotte Perriand, 80 years after the iconic architect first designed the property.

Louis Vuitton for Design Miami

“La Maison au bord de l’eau” is currently being displayed as part of Miami Art Week.

Designed in 1934 as a competition entry for the magazine “l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui,” (Architecture Today), the modernist house was intended as a prefabricated economical holiday home suitable for mass production, but the project received second prize and was never realized.

Designed to be assembled and dismantled as required, it has now been built according to the original plans, in partnership with Perriand’s daughter Pernette Perriand-Barsac.

Louis Vuitton Charlotte Perriand Beach House

Minor adaptations were necessary to translate the drawings into a physical structure. The prototype is furnished, as specified in the drawings, with items designed by Perriand herself during the 1930s.

This is not the first time Louis Vuitton has looked to Perriand for inspiration. The fashion house’s Spring-Summer 2014 “Icônes” collection was inspired by the designer’s talent and lifestyle.

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“La Maison au bord de l’eau” will be on display until December 8 at The Raleigh, Miami Beach.

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Louis Vuitton’s Red Square Trunk To Be Removed

 giant Louis Vuitton suitcase in Moscow

Louis Vuitton thought a two-story designer suitcase plonked in the middle of Red Square was a way to celebrate its more than century-old ties to Russia. Turns out not so much

The massive trunk measures 100 feet long and 30 feet high. It’s actually a pavilion set up, in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum to host an exhibition of the company’s luggage for the next six weeks.

But despite their apparently insatiable appetite for luxury brands, Muscovites saw the structure as a tacky. That message appears to have finally gotten the Kremlin’s ear.

Russian officials today reportedly announced they would have the massive structure removed, citing complaints from residents as well has building code violations.

A spokesman for the GUM shopping center, which takes up one side of Red Square and is home to LV and other ultra-high end shops, also said it would ask the company to remove the suitcase.

The trunk was not only considered an eyesore, but also an impediment to the upcoming New Year’s celebrations. Muscovites usually gather in the square for fireworks and drinking at midnight and were not happy about the prospects of sharing the space with a massive suitcase.

Louis Vuitton Trunk Red Square Moscow

Is this the biggest Louis Vuitton trunk in the world?

A giant Louis Vuitton trunk has been assembled in Moscow’s Red Square ahead of the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the famous fashion brand.

Louis Vuitton Trunk Red Square Moscow

The “Red Square trunk” is a gigantic replica of monogrammed luggage owned by Russian Prince Vladimir Orlov, who was part of the Imperial Family.

From December 2, 2013 to January 19, 2014, a special Louis Vuitton exhibition will be held in Moscow dedicated to legendary adventurers and travelers entitled ‘L’Ame du Voyage’ (or The Soul of Travel).

The visitors will discover the history of the House and the Louis Vuitton family as well as the history of new design through various artistic collaborations.

The exhibition will spotlight famous travellers that led them to meeting Louis Vuitton including: Karen Blixen, Pierre de Brazza Savorgnan, Sofia Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Isadora Duncan, the Empress Eugenie, Greta Garbo, Zaha Hadid, Ernest Hemingway, Damien Hirst and more.

The trunk-bed, steamer trunk, tea case, toiletry kit, circus trunk, library trunk, and caviar box are just a few of the many incredible pieces featured at the show, along with their incredible stories.

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David Bowie for Louis Vuitton

WATCH: David Bowie Stars in a Film for Louis Vuitton

Legendary singer David Bowie stars in a short film titled L’Invitation au Voyage, which is part of a new ad campaign for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Set in Venice, the film features the famous red and white striped balloon from the earlier ‘Voyage’ advert which starred Arizona Muse, some shots of the American model herself, ornate tribal face paint, a baroque masked ball, and a few snatched glimpses of the Thin White Duke.

The clip was directed by Romain Gavras, who also recently collaborated with another luxury company, shooting the black and white Dior Homme fragrance advert starring British actor Robert Pattinson.

David Bowie for Louis Vuitton

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Nicolas Ghesquiere new creative director of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Twitter

Former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has taken the top role at Louis Vuitton, one month after Marc Jacobs announced his departure.

“Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière as artistic director of the women’s collections,” tweeted Louis Vuitton on the afternoon of November 4, by way of an announcement.

Ghesquière is currently in a protracted legal battle with his former employer, which he left last year (to be replaced by American Alexander Wang) after 15 years at the helm.

Jacobs left Vuitton last month in order to focus on his own Marc Jacobs brand alongside business partner Robert Duffy and LVMH (a major stakeholder).

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013

15 years of the Louis Vuitton City Guides

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013

This November, Louis Vuitton will launch the 15th edition of its city guides, each of which invites readers to explore one of the world’s top destinations through insider tips and recommendations.

The Louis Vuitton city guides have all of the world’s continents covered in this latest edition. The guidebooks are available for a total of 15 cities, including Paris, New York, San Francisco and Moscow.

Journalists and authors reveal their favorite hotels, restaurants, boutiques and cultural attractions in each city, presenting more famous landmarks alongside some of each city’s best kept secrets.

In keeping with the reputation of the Louis Vuitton brand, the listings in each guide are chosen by travelers with high standards and a taste for luxury.

The city guides are written in an open and subjective tone meant to immerse readers in the city’s history and atmosphere, and to urge both first-time visitors and inhabitants of the city to explore a new side of their home town. Each city guide also features tips from a local celebrity, such as South Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun for Seoul or Lourdes Lopez, director of the Miami City Ballet.

Louis Vuitton invited the French photographer’s collective Tendance Floue to illustrate the guides with photos that convey the mood and soul of each destination.

Each guide is available individually at €30 (around $40). For the avid world traveler, the brand also offers a limited edition lacquered wooden box containing all 15 city guides at the price of €450 ($600).

Louis Vuitton lacquered box city guides

Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History

Louis Vuitton City Bags

Since establishing its reputation as a purveyor of fine monogrammed luggage over a century ago, the Louis Vuitton brand has evolved to meet the demands of modern women, both in terms of fashion trends and lifestyle.

This evolution is explored with an almost scientific rigor in “Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History,” a new illustrated book published by Rizzoli.

Fashion historian Florence Müller collaborated with sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann, author Ian Luna and journalists Colombe Pringle and Mariko Nishitani for a multidisciplinary approach.

The result is an in-depth history and impressively complete taxonomy of the French brand’s famous bags, which have come to symbolize the essence of modern fashion.

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Family trees and family portraits

From trunks and suitcases to the Steamer bag, a soft-sided tote that was a step along the road to today’s city bags, the authors trace the roots of each line of LV’s iconic luggage and handbags.

Readers can discover the genealogy of the “Neverfull” and the iconic “Sac Plat,” for example, which descended from a laundry bag and a rigid clothing case.

The work also includes a selection of “family portraits,” illustrating various lines and styles of Louis Vuitton bags through the ages. One photograph, taken by Patrick Gries, brings together around 30 prestigious pieces, ranging from early trunks to modern handbags.

The authors also cover some of the brand’s most notable collections, including the Speedy, Papillon, Alma, Lockit, Noé, Bucket and Pochette lines, providing a sweeping overview of the luxury brand’s bags across the generations.

LV miniature Papillon bag

Campaigns and brand ambassadors

Collectors and loyal fans will also get a look at the brand’s campaigns through the years, illustrated with archival images of early Louis Vuitton advertisements and more modern fashion photographs.

The book includes images from Bert Stern’s 1967 shoot for Vogue UK, for example, featuring the British model Twiggy posing with the Papillon bag and the Toilette pouch.

“Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History” is published by Rizzoli and priceed at $85.

Twiggy

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Marc Jacobs Is Leaving Louis Vuitton (Confirmed)

Louis Vuitton owner LVMH has confirmed the departure of the American designer, who will be leaving the French fashion label to focus on his own brand.

Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton show SS2014

LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault and Marc Jacobs have announced the designer’s departure from Louis Vuitton on the final morning of this season’s Paris Fashion Week.

Jacobs’s contract is set to run out in 2014, and the 50-year-old designer, who has been with the brand since 1997, will not be renewing it, according to a report published Wednesday by WWD.

It is thought that he will focus, along with business partner Robert Duffy, on an IPO for his own multi-million dollar Marc Jacobs brand, which should occur within the next three years.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 collection

Nicolas Ghesquière has been touted as the US designer’s replacement. The former Balenciaga creative director left that label after 15 years last November (later replaced by Alexander Wang).

Dree Hemingway LV

Louis Vuitton presents new shoe collection with Dree Hemingway

 Dree Hemingway LV

The Fall/Winter 2013 shoe collection from the French luxury brand has arrived. Louis Vuitton announced the news by posting a photograph of the American model Dree Hemingway on Facebook.

Elegance and chic style are in the mix for this new collection, which draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic luggage and handbag lines. In fact, the photo inviting Louis Vuitton fans to check out the new footwear depicts more bags than shoes.

Dree Hemingway, the great granddaughter of the American author Ernest Hemingway, poses in a doorway surrounded by Louis Vuitton bags and cases. The image bears a tagline in French: “Settle into the Crillon [hotel in Paris] with Dree Hemingway and the new Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter shoe collection.”

Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta Spin Time

Louis Vuitton for Only Watch 2013

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Participating for the fourth time, Louis Vuitton has produced a superb piece unique for the upcoming Only Watch charity auction. As in prior years, Louis Vuitton’s piece for Only Watch 2013 is extra special because it was designed in collaboration with young Paul Pettavino.

Paul has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and it is research towards a cure for this disease which proceeds of the event go to support. Paul’s father LUC is president of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophies and a figurehead in the Only Watch event.

This year, Paul designed the enamel and gold sailboat or painted on the dial and the painted Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk. A message signed by the young boy is also stuffed inside.

This Tambour Regatta Spin Time has a 45.5mm x 16mm rose gold case, and the regatta timing function uses LV’s novel “spin time” mechanics (the red squares are actually rotating cubes). The “spin time” collection was first introduced by LV in 2010, and then in 2012 it was applied to regatta timing.

The regatta timing is managed by the button on the case at 8 o’clock. Pushing the button sets the watch to regatta timing mode. Note the subdial up top starts at “25″ and counts to “30″ (marking the five minutes preceding the start of the regatta). The red cubes then mark race time in 5 minute increments.

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Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk Only Watch 2013

Louis Vuitton Paris store

Louis Vuitton tops 2013 global luxury brand list

Louis Vuitton Paris store

Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci were the top three global luxury brands of 2013, with Fendi and Coach entering the top 10 for the first time, a study said Wednesday.

The 2013 BrandZ Top 100, a ranking of the most valuable global brands compiled by research firm MillwardBrown, found luxury firms struggling with the need to balance exclusivity with attracting new customers through use of social media.

“On Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms, brands across the luxury spectrum mediated the tension between the exclusivity that protects brand desirability and the inclusivity needed to attract new customers,” it said.

The survey said luxury brands had become more “accessible, collaborative and experimental”.

After a modest purchase, for example, a firm might send a thank you note on twitter while a couture fashion customer might receive an invitation to an exclusive show.

Handbag firm Coach owed its position at number 10 on the list to its presence in China where it added 30 stores by the end of 2012, taking its total there to 69.

The survey said it was among the firms making extensive use of social media and the Internet, “emailing over 1.2 billion messages to selected customers”.

And it found that the Chinese customer continued to be key to the fortunes of luxury firms in Europe.

Although, the sector felt the impact of government limits on official gift giving and slowing economic growth in China, purchases by Chinese and other Asian tourists to Europe “buoyed luxury sales in the economically troubled markets of western Europe”, it said.

Overall in the past year, the value of the luxury sector had risen six percent, compared with a 15 percent increase a year ago, it added.

The top ten brands were: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Fendi and Coach.

Michelle Williams For Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams For Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has tapped actress Michelle Williams to appear in a campaign spotlighting two new handbags, the W and the Capucines.

Perhaps best known for her role in the 2005 hit “Brokeback Mountain,” the 32-year-old has never previously appeared in a major fashion campaign despite her strong red-carpet pedigree.

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, the actress leans on vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks and shows off the new ‘W’ and ‘Capucines’ bags.

We love her messy crop by Sam McKnight, and the strong red lip and dark eyebrow makeup created by Stéphane Marais.  Williams also sports pieces from the Fall-Winter ready-to-wear 2013 collection designed by creative director Marc Jacobs.

Debuting on August 2 in Marie Claire France, the two adverts are set to appear across the September and October issues of fashion magazines.

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Cup Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton Cup Pop-up store in San Francisco

On, July 3, 2013, Louis Vuitton opened the Louis Vuitton Cup Pop-up store in San Francisco, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup.

Located in the America’s Cup Village at the end of Pier 27/29, the store provides visitors with views of the sailing finish line on San Francisco Bay, while offering the most extensive assortment and exclusive product from the Louis Vuitton Cup Collection.

The collection includes the greatly desired Tambour Louis Vuitton Cup Flyback Automatic Countdown watch, and limited edition of “San Francisco” Neverfulls, beach towels, and sandals.

Designed with a sleek, modern sailing aesthetic accented in navy blue and white, the store will remain open until the races conclude on September 21, 2013.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

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The new Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Ad Campaign Features supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, Karen Elson and Carolyn Murphy wearing the brand’s latest fall 2013 offerings.

Photographed by Steven Meisel, the quartet poses on a moody set wearing fur jackets, silk dresses and matching short coifs which evoke a retro elegance as they lounge in a hotel room.