China’s top design hotels honored

The cream of China’s hotel industry has been selected by a Chinese publication, with the top gongs going to properties in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Hangzhou. The China Best Design Hotel Awards were awarded last month in Shanghai, with three exclusive properties coming top of the list — The Mira Hong Kong, the Waldorf Astoria … Continued

Hotel Indigo Opens In Shanghai

InterContinental has confirmed that it is to launch boutique Hotel Indigo brand in Asia-Pacific, opening the first property in Shanghai by the end of the year. The new Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund will sit alongside luxury properties such as Fairmont’s Peace Hotel and the Peninsula Shanghai, although it’s set to offer travelers an … Continued

Chanel Sets ‘Culture’ Exhibition in Shanghai

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Shanghai will hold an exhibition during winter 2011 on Chanel, the iconic haute couture label. Titled Culture Chanel, it will trace the many inspirations behind the designs of the French house. It’s the latest move by a luxury label to expand its presence in the cosmopolitan Chinese city. … Continued

Hermes launches new brand in China

Hermes has opened its first boutique for its new brand Shang Xia — a bold strategy that highlights China’s growing importance to luxury goods companies. “We are very moved — this is like the birth of a child,” Hermes chief executive Patrick Thomas said ahead of the inauguration of the shop in Shanghai. The store, … Continued

Harrods in talks to open Shanghai store

Luxury department store, Harrods is currently negotiating the possibility of launching its first branch outside the UK in Shanghai’s Bund area. However, if the talks resulted in a partnership with Shanghai’s municipal government, it would take around two-and-a-half years to finalize the project. “China is the most probable [option for a foreign branch], but we … Continued

Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Opens

The Ritz-Carlton Pudong opened June 21 as the latest luxury hotel to hit Shanghai, occupying the top 18 floors of the city’s giant International Finance Center South Tower. The hotel offers 285 rooms designed by Richard Farnell, ranging from 50 meters squared to 400 meters squared for the Ritz-Carlton suite. The rooms offer a modern … Continued

Dior shows Parisian chic in Shanghai

Following Chanel’s much-talked-about resort showcase in Saint Tropez, Dior presented its cruise collection for 2011 in Shanghai. The Chinese metropolis further manifested its status as fashion hotspot by hosting another event of this scale, after Chanel chose Shanghai to show its Maison d’Arts collection last year. But while the latter drew on Chinese tailoring, Dior … Continued

Lady Dior And Marion Cotillard Land In Shanghai

Marion Cotillard is back for the latest installment of the Lady Dior campaign titled Lady Blue. For this fourth chapter, Cotillard has been taken to Shanghai. The short film follows a teaser clip that was released a few weeks ago, where Marion Cotillard, dressed in black, recites a poem penned by David Lynch, and dances … Continued

China’s 10 Most Luxurious Cities

Chinese news portal People’s Daily Online has compiled a list ranking China’s 10 Most Luxurious Cities. The criteria? Living standards of the city’s elite, “internationalness”, designer shopping, and infrastructure. Not surprisingly, Shanghai, long known as the “Paris of the East”, has come out on top.

Dior Does Shanghai

To mark the reopening of Dior’s boutique at Plaza 66 in Shanghai, Dior is launching a limited-edition selection of iconic pieces in Dior blue, which will be sold exclusively at the Shanghai store. The reopening of the Plaza 66 boutique also coincides with the World Expo and the Dior Cruise 2011 fashion show, which will … Continued

Harrods to open in Shanghai?

After London’s most famous department store Harrods changed hands this weekend, new owner, Qatar Holding is considering a Chinese branch. The company behind the investments of the Qatari royal family bought the store on May 8 for £1.5 billion after months of negotiating between Qatar Holding’s CEO, Ahmad al-Sayed, and former Harrods owner, Mohammed al-Fayed. … Continued

Shanghai’s new luxury hotels

2010 has seen a flurry of new hotels opening in Shanghai ahead of the start of the World Expo, which runs for six months from May 1. Marriott, Peninsula, InterContinental and Fairmont are amongst the brands joining Shanghai’s luxury market. InterContinental has opened the new Shanghai Expo hotel as the city completes its final preparations … Continued

Citroen Metropolis Concept inspired by China

The French carmaker has just unveiled today the Citroen Metropolis concept which will be premiered at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st of May 2010. Created by Citroën‘s international design team – based in Shanghai since 2008 – Citroën Metropolis will be on show in the French Pavilion at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st … Continued

China’s mainland has over 875,000 multimillionaires

The Hurun Research Institute published the 2010 Hurun Wealth Report today for the second consecutive year. The report analyses the number and distribution of China’s wealthy across the nation’s major cities and provinces. The report shows that there are 875,000 people with more than RMB 10million (EUR 1.1M / USD 1.47M) in China today, an … Continued

Chanel Celebrating the 2010 Shanghai World Expo

To celebrate the Universal Exhibition in Shanghai, Chanel is launching the Chanel Shanghai accessories collection inspired by the delights of China. This limited-edition collection, which includes bracelets, necklaces, handbags and earrings, will debut at Chanel’s five mainland boutiques this May.

Prada First Spring by Yang Fudong

The short film “First Film” is Prada‘s latest collaboratin with avant-garde filmmaker Yang Fudong. Featuring young men dressed in Prada menswear, the black & white film portays a timeless, dreamlike realm where anything is possible. The film was shot in Shanghai, according to Prada the film was inspired by the Chinese adage that “the whole … Continued

Chanel’s Shanghai fashion show

After last year’s Moscow extravaganza, Chanel’s designer Karl Lagerfeld relocated to Shanghai last week to present his yearly Maison d’Arts collection.

David Lynch for Dior?

Dior has confirmed that filmmaker David Lynch will follow in Oliver Dahan’s footsteps, directing the label’s next Lady Dior ad. The second ‘episode’ of the campaign, which started with Dahan’s secret agent-inspired chapter earlier this year, was shot in Shanghai this week. Lynch, the maker of US TV series Twin Peaks and movies such as … Continued

How super rich live in China

A new report has revealed that Beijing has the maximum number of rich people in China. The latest Hurun Report on China’s wealthiest people said that there are 143,000 (yuan-)multimillionaires and 8,800 billionaires in Beijing. In Shanghai, there are 116,000 multimillionaires and 7,000 billionaires, reports the China Daily.

Shanghai’s Best Presidential Suites Awards

Hurun Report, renowned for its annual China Rich List of tycoons, has recently hosted Shanghai’s Best Presidential Suites Awards. The awards ceremony was held on 15 June, timed to coincide with the opening of the Asia Luxury Travel Market, the region’s leading showcase for the luxury travel industry. “Before now China’s luxury consumers have had … Continued