After last year’s Moscow extravaganza, Chanel’s head designer Karl Lagerfeld relocated to Shanghai last week to present his yearly Maison d’Arts collection at the label’s freshly inaugurated boutique at the Peninsula Hotel.
As in past years, ‘King Karl’ has documented his creation process meticulously — videos can now be watched on YouTube.
All the videos have been removed from Youtube by Chanel
Beginnings — After a nostalgic black-and-white opening, the ‘Kaiser’ is shown sketching the first drafts for the collection.
Fittings — Models show Lagerfeld the first results of his work.
Fine tuning — Whatever the label’s creative head decides is implemented in Chanel’s Paris ‘ateliers.’
Shooting the movie — Coco Chanel never made it to Shanghai herself, even though she imagined the place as very inspiring.
Lagerfeld tried to capture her relationship with the city in a new short movie, which he can be seen directing here.
More fittings — The collection starts to take shape.
Working overtime — This is where the ‘Art’ in ‘Maison d’Art’ comes from.
Fit for the press kit — Lagerfeld photographs the collection for the press, as always with a little help from his ‘muse du jour,’ Baptiste Giabiconi.
Leaving on a jet plane — Chanel’s staff gets ready for the departure to China.
Shanghai impressions — The team arrives in the metropolis.
Getting ready — This short summary of the actual fashion show also gives you a few glimpses of the backstage scenery.
The show — Lagerfeld’s favorite models including Jessica Stam, Heidi Mount, Freja Beha Erichsen and Abbey Lee Kershaw paraded down the runway in richly embellished creations inspired by Asian art and antiques.
While the clothes didn’t fail to impress, the Kaiser’s ‘yellow-face’ make-up for the girls caused hot debate this week.
The awards ceremony was held on 15 June, timed to coincide with the opening of the Asia Luxury Travel Market, the regionâ€™s leading showcase for the luxury travel industry.
“Before now China’s luxury consumers have had little idea of Shanghai’s top suites and executive club lounges, despite the fact that hotels spend so much money on them,” says Rupert Hoogewerf, founder of Hurun Report
“We created a scorecard to assess and rank the top Presidential Suites and Executive Club Lounges, many of which are truly outstanding.” Continue reading →
In June, the 209-room PuLi Resort and Spa will offer all the trappings of an urban resort, including 24-hour butler service, bathtubs with views of the Shanghai skyline, an Anantara Spa and an exclusive lounge for guests of The PuLi Club.
Prices: from $650 (opening specials will be available until the end of September)
The 2009 edition of the China International Luxury Property Show will be held on September 25-27, in Shanghai, supported by LP â€“ Luxury Properties magazine.
For the fourth consecutive year, CILPS will present to Chinese elite and wealthiest investors a selection of exclusive properties for sale from all over the world.
More than 4,000 high profile investors visited the Show last year, confirming the appetite of China’s elite for overseas premium real estate investments, and the growing globalization of the China market. Continue reading →
The immense popularity of the Pershing brand on the Chinese market has been reconfirmed for 2009, too.
An awards ceremony was held recently in the elegant setting of the Hotel Pudong Shangri-La in Shanghai, during which Pershing, a Ferretti S.p.A. brand and famous Italian shipyard specialising in the production of luxury yachts, was presented with the important â€œBest Luxury Performance Yacht 2009â€ award, following data issued by the â€œBest of the Bestâ€ survey.
The â€œBest of the Bestâ€ is the most authoritative survey which the Editorial Office of â€œThe Hurun Reportâ€, an important Chinese magazine devoted to the financial world and luxury, has drawn up every year for the past five in order to make an in-depth investigation of the lifestyles and spending habits of the most prominent figures in the Chinese economy.
LuxuryMart09, an annual luxury business-to-business event will be held in Shanghai next Thursday (January 15th) and is set to welcome over 50 of the worldâ€™s top luxury brands including Bentley, Princess Yachts, Cartier, Bank of China and Relais & Chateaux.
The premier event for luxury brands targeting Chinaâ€™s fast-growing affluent sector, is now in its third year and is the leading annual platform for brands to exchange ideas and collaborate on marketing products and services for high-end Chinese consumers.
China is the worldâ€™s fastest-growing market for luxury brands, expected to rank second only to Japan by 2015. Continue reading →
LuxuryMart09, the premier event for luxury brands targeting China’s fast-growing affluent population, is to be held in Shanghai on January 15th 2009.
Now in its third year, LuxuryMart09 is expecting to welcome around 250 senior executives from 120 top brands to attend the prestigious B2B matchmaking event at the Pudong Shangri-La.
The “luxury brand summit” is the leading annual platform for brands to exchange ideas and collaborate on marketing products and services for high-end Chinese consumers.
China is the world’s fastest-growing market for luxury brands, expected to rank second only to Japan by 2015. The country’s “Rich List” includes 1,000 individuals with more than RMB 0.7 billion (USD 1 billion) each in assets and 800,000 millionaires. Continue reading →
Construction projects are grinding to a halt as financing runs dry elsewhere in the world, but in China’s biggest city, they’re still going strong.
Today, Shanghai is scheduled to officially begin work on what will become its tallest skyscraper â€” a 2,073-foot building in the city’s Lujiazui financial center that will tower over the current highest building, the recently completed 1,614-foot Shanghai World Financial Center.
Though China’s economy is slowing and exporters are feeling the pinch, the sinuous glass building, to be called the Shanghai Tower, is one of a slew of government-funded projects that authorities are using to stimulate growth and create jobs. Continue reading →
Two visionary hotel concepts, Zendai Hotel Yin – an ultra luxury, boutique-style “city retreat” and Zendai Art Hotel â€“ a 5-star business hotel, will open in Shanghaiâ€™s latest architectural masterpiece, the â€˜Himalayas Centreâ€™ which is due to open in Pudong in spring 2010, in time for the Shanghai World Expo.
The Himalayas Centre is located opposite to Shanghaiâ€™s New International Expo Centre and just 15 minutes from the cityâ€™s main financial district in Pudong.
Behind the design of the mixed-use development, located opposite the New International Expo Centre, is Arata Isozaki, renowned for his work on the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art
Designed by one of the worldâ€™s leading architects, Arata Isozaki who is renowned for his work on the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, the Himalayas Centre is being hailed by developers, the Zendai Group, as an “archisculptural icon for 21st century China”. The Himalayas Centre will incorporate the Daguan Theatre with multi-functional auditorium seating 1,600, the Himalayas Mall and Himalayas Creative Complex / Museum Zone, as well as the two luxury hotels.
As we reported two weeks ago, the highly anticipated KEE Shanghai â€“ the first overseas branch of the famous Hong Kong private members club that counts celebrities and royalty among its habituees – has now opened its doors to Shanghai society.
Elegantly located behind the grand stone entrance and cast iron gates of 796 Huai Hai Rd, past a beautifully cultivated garden, KEE Shanghai discreetly resides in the striking 1920s heritage maison Twin Villas.
A location it shares with the Richemont Shanghai headquarters, sitting above the flagship stores for China of distinguished brands such as Alfred Dunhill and Vacheron Constantin. Continue reading →
The Super Sense Spa, designed by architecture and design studio KUU, a 3-level spa in Shanghai completed in late 2007.
An additional floor in steel was added and the staircase leading up lands at several platforms which are for the spaâ€™s complementary purposes such as consultation, beauty treatment, manicure or pedicure.
I am amazed at the way the designer play with the form and function of the wall that creates lighting, niches and even form spaces. Absolutely uplifting and delightful !