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6 Must See Events: Dubai Design Week

6 Must See Installations: Dubai Design Week

For six days in October, the United Arab Emirates will see the international design community in town for Dubai Design Week. Filled with exhibitions, conferences and workshops from October 24 to 29, we take a look at six installations that you simply cannot miss, if you’re in town.


The Super Future Design Showroom is marking the opening by featuring an ephmeral botanical installation. The installation will also play the role of setting for furniture from Italian brand Moroso’s M’Afrique collection. The African-inspired furniture line is the work of such noted designers as Tord Boontje, Patricia Urquiola and Sebastian Herkner.

6 Must See Events: Dubai Design Week

Abwab: Bahrain

If the archaeological digs have been any indication, Bahrain has practiced the tradition of pottery for some time. Though the use of clay has now given way to other materials in the modern age, the art is still alive. Visitors to the Bahraini pavilion will have the chance to learn about how to manipulate “basic and necessary” shapes. The introduction into the world of pottery is the brainchild of an architect and a designer who have collaborated with the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities.

Contemporary Practices in Islamic Design

Amongst the exhibits is a discussion group that explores how Islamic design has been retained in the modern world. With experts in the fields of Islamic architecture and design on hand, the group looks at how the traditional design elements still exist.

Bernar Venet Solo Exhibition

This is French artist Bernar Venet’s first-ever solo exhibition in the region. It will present an introduction to his work based on “variations of the line.” The main exhibit will be a 6.5 meter high monumental sculpture, installed at the entrance to the gallery. Visitors will also have the opportunity to view new steel sculptures from the “Arc,” “Angles” and “GRIB” series, and a selection of works on paper.

20 Icons of French design

The exhibition brings together 20 highly influential pieces of French design that were produced between the 1920s till today. The designers featured in the exhibition, include Philippe Starck, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Paulin and even the Bouroullec brothers.

Tom Dixon Pop-UpJunglemania The Super Future Design Showroom is marking the opening by featuring an ephmeral botanical installation. The installation will also play the role of setting for furniture from Italian brand Moroso’s M’Afrique collection. The African-inspired furniture line is the work of such noted designers as Tord Boontje, Patricia Urquiola and Sebastian Herkner.

This is the first pop-up store for Tom Dixon, in the Middle East. This serves as an opportunity for visitors to experience and purchase lighting as well as selected furniture by the British designer.

For more information, visit the Dubai Design Week.

Savoir Flair: 3 Brands Scoring High on Knowhow

The fast-paced world of fashion storms the world with a slew of designs each season, but what’s aesthetic ingenuity if it is not underscored by knowhow? With these words, L’Officiel Singapore won us over and we had to share the story. We are always banging on about craftsmanship and so are luxury brands, big and small, but there is a good reason for this. This article, first published in L’Officiel Singapore, looks at three luxury fashion brands whose accessories are creatively on-point and score high on craftsmanship.

Sole Searching


The sport-luxe statement boots that stalked Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2016 runways aren’t exactly what come to mind when one mentions handmade shoes, but that’s exactly the level of quality the house devotes to its footwear collection. In Venice, Italy, a town called Fiesso d’Artico is the stomping ground of shoe manufacturing, particularly for women’s shoes. It is no coincidence that in 2009, Louis Vuitton chose to set up its shoe plant in Fiesso d’Artico as a space solely for the development and production of footwear – not just bespoke orders and the classics that form the brand’s permanent collections, but the seasonal runway shoes as well.

Just as every pair of shoes from Fiesso d’Artico requires around 200 separate steps both by hand and machine to create, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s amplified ankle boots with sneaker influences sport a marriage of traditional shoemaking savoir faire and modern technology.

Timeless Treasure


Every established luxury brand has a signature item with an appeal that withstands the test of time. For Bottega Veneta, it’s safe to say that the Cabat has been one of its most coveted bags since its debut (it was creative director Tomas Maier’s first design in 2001). An understated classic tote, it’s been reincarnated season after season, year after year, for 15 years – in nappa leather in seasonal colors and exotic skins including croco, karung and ostrich. Trendy editions included Memory (English Lamb with aluminum foil), Crystal Cabat made of polyurethane, and the Lana Cabat made of nappa with wool.

As Cabat fans know, the leather is woven such that the bag has no side seams. About 100 double-faced leather strips, each about 1.60m long, are handwoven in the diagonal pattern that made “intrecciato” synonymous with Bottega Veneta. This can only be done standing up as it requires a lot of strength to work those long strips into a perfect weave – one artisan handles the weaving, and another stitches the base and handles. The bag is always left unlined because it’s as beautiful inside as out, since two-sided leather strips are used.



Feel the softer side of leather as we know it with Ermengildo Zegna’s Pelle Tessuta, a luxe fabric-like woven nappa featured in the brand’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection of shoes and accessories. Instead of the traditional fabric yarns used in cloth weaving, lamb nappa leather strips are placed in a warp position and woven together to create an incredibly supple and light material that’s handsome too. While Zegna has always been known for its heritage of quality fabrics and weaving technique, the innovative Pelle Tessuta further cements the brand’s standing in leather-making savoir faire. To maintain high craftsmanship standards, quality control is essential in creating the Pelle Tessuta. Before the woven leather can be cut for sewing, an artisan inspects the leather fabric to ensure the strips are perfectly aligned at the right angles, with not a strand out of place.

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Michael Jackson Top Earning Dead Celebrity: Forbes

Gone but not forgotten is probably the best way to describe the artists on Forbes’ latest update. Morbidly fascinating is another way. Taking the top spot amongst the “Top-earning dead celebrities of 2016” was the late ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson. Though he passed on in 2009, the sale of half his share in the Sony-ATV Music Publishing catalog made up the bulk of his earnings this year that helped clinch the title. Earning $825 million, of which $750 million came from the aforementioned sale, Jackson, easily beat everyone else on the list.

Well, we say ‘beat’ but really this was all accomplished through no special effort on Jackson’s part, nor any of the other celebrities on the list. It is not unlike the performance of a Basquiat or Picasso at auction we suppose.

Turning back to the list at hand though, Jackson not only smoked second-placed Charles M. Schulz but he actually made more than the entire top 10 put together. Schulz, the Peanuts creator, earned $48 million, followed closely by Arnold Palmer in third with $40 million. Proving to be a truly royal gathering, the “King of Rock n’Roll” Elvis Presley and “His Purple Majesty” Prince round up the top five with $27 million and $25 million respectively. The “Purple Rain” hit-maker and David Bowie were the two new entrants to the list, with their unexpected deaths earlier this year.

Top Earning Dead Celebrities for 2016.
  • Michael Jackson ($825 million)
  • Charles M Schulz ($48 million)
  • Arnold Palmer ($40 million)
  • Elvis Presley ($27 million)
  • Prince ($25 million)
  • Bob Marley ($21 million)
  • Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel ($20 million)
  • John Lennon ($12 million)
  • Albert Einstein ($11.5 million)
  • Bettie Page ($11 million)
  • David Bowie ($10.5 million)
  • Steve McQueen ($9 million)
  • Elizabeth Taylor ($8 million)

Top Luxury Travel Destination Revealed

Italy leads the list of top luxury travel destinations for the coming 12 months in a survey put together by the Travel Leaders Group. Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group (TLG), commented that Italy is popular among “affluent travelers who are seeking authentic, enriching experiences paired with a multitude of very high-end accommodations.”

So what do luxury travelers expect when they explore the world? According to TLG, affluent holidaymakers expect fine dining, private concierge-level access, spas, butler service, and a personalized or private check-in and check-out. “That’s important for industry partners to recognize,” said Gail Grimmett, President of Protravel International and Tzell Travel Group.

Italy and Africa had already been on the radar of luxury travelers, as has the United StatesAside from Italy, other top-ranked luxury travel destinations include European river cruises, the United States, Mediterranean cruises, and Australia. Iceland, New Zealand, and Cuba are also recognized in the list as a destination with growing interest. Here is the full list:

1. Italy

2. European river cruise

3. United States

4. Mediterranean cruise

5. Australia

6. Mexico

7. Ireland

8. Caribbean cruise

9. France

10. England (Tie)

10. Iceland (Tie)

11. South Africa

12. New Zealand

13. Jamaica

14. Costa Rica

15. Cuba

3 Beauty Trends: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

3 Beauty Trends: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

We have traveled through four cities in a span of 28 days without even leaving the country and boy do we need a breather. As the editors and designers take a well-deserved break from being on the go for nearly a month for the Spring/Summer 2017 ready-to-wear shows, we parse our favorite looks from Fashion Week and identify three key trends.

80s Fever
3 Beauty Trends: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017


The designers in London, Milan, Paris and New York embraced the ‘draping’ technique with bold blusher applied all the way up to the temples. Another trend from the decade is the bright eyeshadow paired with vibrant lip color such as those seen at Kenzo (above). For a truly impactful effect, theatrical scarlet eyeshadow was teamed with statement red lipstick. Paule Ka went matching cherry-stained lips and eyes for a tropical vibe. Louis Vuitton and Cividini chose to skip the bold lips and instead made a statement with deep blue and red winged shadow that was brushed out towards the hairline.

Shine On
3 Beauty Trends: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017

Hood by Air

Updating the matte, clean ‘wake-up-and-go’ aesthetic that was popular last season, designers in New York added a hint of gloss to the conservative look. In London, Christopher Kane showed that high shine made a striking statement while Oday Shakar and Nicholas K in New York used strobing and highlighting as the basis for a wet-look makeup concept. Hood by Air chose to show that the trend is on point for hair too.

Crazy Talk
3 Beauty Trends: Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017


The final trend (for now) happened to be the bold, fun and often disco-themed lips that models sported. Fendi kicked things off with full-on glitter lipstick that was later echoed by Maison Margiela. Acne showcased holographic lips that shimmered between violet, blue and silver tones. Fenty x Puma chose to go with an iridescent beige-pink tone. A surrealist approach was used by Atushi Nakashima, who painted misplaced lips on the models faces.

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

The recently concluded Intermot may be full to the brim with new sportsbikes from the Honda Fireblade to the Ducati SuperSport S (pictured top) but it will also be remembered as a bike event with a serious focus on retro style, marrying the cooler looks of classic biking with cutting-edge technology and modern handling.

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

Triumph Street Cup

The king of the retro bike is Triumph. Every time it looks like its run out of new angles for its classic range or classic angles for its modern range, the brand somehow surprises and Intermot was no exception. The Triumph Street Cup is a Street Twin underneath but thanks to a host of custom touches – drop handle bars, single seat with cowl, tiny fly screen visor and mirrors coming out of the handlebars – it is now every inch the café racer.

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

Honda CB1100RS

Honda’s new Fireblade was one of the stand out stars of this year’s show, but the marque is also trying to woo riders that put a premium on style with its seriously overhauled CB1100RS. It’s aiming to get the retro look and feel right this time with new forks, aluminum side panels and an improved café racer-style riding position.

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

BMW R Nine T Racer

Showing what a huge difference a couple of pieces of injection moulded fairing, a new seat and fuel tank can make to a model, the BMW R nine T Racer (officially it is ‘nine’, not ‘Nine’) channels the spirt of 1970s racing bikes but, thanks to an 1170cc boxer engine putting out 110bhp plus ABS as standard, it should feel very much 2016.

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

Yamaha SCR 950 Street Scrambler

Scramblers were one of the big trends of the 2014 show, thanks to Ducati, and this year, it is Yamaha’s turn to go back in dirt track time. The SCR 950 Street Scrambler takes many of its styling cues from the 1980s, put not its moving parts. They’re mostly from the XV90, including the torque-y V-Twin engine.

5 Big Bike Names Going Retro: Intermot 2016

Moto Guzzi Audace Carbon

Last but not least, Moto Guzzi turned the retro approach on its head by taking its already retro-looking (though they would prefer ‘classically styled’) Audace and bedecking it in carbon fiber. The result is one part stealth cruiser, one part BatPod. The only elements of the bike that aren’t either carbon fiber finished or matte black painted are the brake calipers and cylinder heads, which are red instead.


5 Beauty Trends: Paris Fashion Week

As one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris did not disappoint during fashion week. From the designs to the drama off the runway, the city ensured that all eyes were on it for one week. While the collections certainly captured our attention, we could not ignore the various makeup looks that models sported down the runway. We take a look at five of the top trends from Paris Fashion Week.



Models who walked for Rihanna’s Fenty X Puma collection showed off holographic pink highlighter and doubled-up lashes that gave off a doll-like look while their temples sported blusher with the help of the ‘draping’ technique. Chanel went with a similar theme where models sported low-slung side ponytails and baseball caps that were worn at a jaunty sideways angle. To cap off the look, was pink lip gloss.

Disco Lips
Maison Margiela Paris Fashion Week

Maison Margiela

While Fendi captured the audience at Milan Fashion Week with glitter lips, Maison Margiela brought it to Paris. Acne was another brand that adopted the trend though it went with a striking holographic gunmetal blue shade. The hue caught the light and was paired with thick, brushed brows, matter foundation and just a hint of under-eye highlighter.

The New Smokey

Dries Van Norton

The smoky eye look was turned up a notch at Dries Van Noten and saw eye shadow applied across the bridge of the nose for a shimmering mask. To enhance the effect of the eye shadow, the area immediately beneath was lightened. At Vivienne Westwood’s unconventional show, metallic shadow was applied to the inner eyes and bridge of the nose for a hollowed out effect.

French Girl Beauty


Loose curls, a matte base and just a smudge of liner under the eyes gave the models at Chloe (Main Picture) that laidback Parisian look that the brand is known for. Another fashion house that embraced sophisticated French beauty was Balmain with matte skin, soft taupe eyes, nude lips and a dash of highlighter that provided a carefree and glamorous evening look.

The Red Eye


Paule Ka chose to match cherry-stained lips with the eyes to bring about a tropical look. Over at Kenzo, the rulebook was thrown out the window by teaming statement red lipstick with a theatrical red eye for a greater impact.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Against all odds, the Paris Motor Show is managing more than a few high notes this year, as seen in these five superlative cars. This list includes a few prototypes because, well we just liked the look of them, but overall these are the buzz-worthy models. Before we get to those though, we do have to say that the Volkswagen I.D. concept car seems like a really great idea and Peugeot has done the unthinkable and (literally) elevated the 5008. These aren’t typically the sorts of cars we cover but we’ll expend a sentence here to give them props.

Returning to the main event for us, we ask once again that you bear with us as we revisit the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta. It was either that or take another look at the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6, which we’ve seen quite a bit off (including the featured image, top).

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce

Trust Alfa Romeo to name a car Giulia and then amp it up to hyper masculine proportions. Just take a gander at the lines on this sedan and tell us that doesn’t just scream testosterone-fueled muscle. The new high-end Giulia Veloce features all-wheel drive, and two different engine options: 210hp (diesel) or an all-new 280hp (gasoline). On the occasion of the show, the diesel version is being launched in France.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Citroën CXperience

We can’t resist suicide doors and the Citroën CXperience helpfully obliges this silly tendency. The AFP reports that this concept car is almost certainly a forerunner to Citroën’s upcoming C5 generation. This 4.85-meter-long (16ft) sedan stands out with its two-box design, 22-inch wheels and, of course, those suicide doors, Seriously, if this gets made in this form, we look forward to reading about all the mishaps those doors will get the owner into. This hybrid vehicle (gas/electric) promises 300 horses in total. The front end also showcases what could be a future brand identity, with resigned daytime running lights.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

LaFerrari Aperta

Like its hardtop sibling, this new hypercar offers hybrid hyper performance (we just love this tongue-twister), thanks to an electric motor and V12 engine working in concert. The result is a sprint to 100km/h in under 3 seconds and a top speed of 350+km/h – all without a solid roof. It would have reportedly cost more than 2 million euros but Ferrari has saved you all that dough by not having any more models to sell.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Honda Civic Type R

Ok so here is a concept that is so workable we aren’t even sure why Honda is bothering with parading about the prototype. Well, maybe the Japanese automaker just wanted to start rubbing it in rivals’ faces early – the full production model will hit the streets in the second half of 2017. The concept car stands out with its carbon fiber side skirts and splitter – it adds a triple exhaust pipe that makes us wonder what it sounds like. This mean machine also boasts smoked glass headlights and LED indicators.

5 Crowd-Pleasing Cars: Paris Motor Show

Renault Trezor

If we’ve never featured a car just because it was bananas (can you say Faraday Future), this will take care of that deficiency. Basically, the Renault Trezor is car-sized eye-candy with a hood and roof that lift up! That alone would have sold us on including this car here but that is not the end of the story. The exposed interior you can just make out here is futuristic and connected, full of ultra-high-definition touch screens. This GT concept has an entirely electric powerplant that Renault has developed directly from the world of auto racing (Formula E). It promises 0-100 km/h (0-62mph) acceleration in under four seconds.

5 Runway Highlights: Paris Fashion Week SS17

It was a week filled with designer debuts, endearing expectations, and simply fearless fashion. As Paris Fashion Week closes this week, we highlight the five top trends from the spring/summer presentations in the city of lights:


We may not get transparency from nation leaders and corporations but our wardrobes have no such shortcomings. Among the see-through mavens were three of the highly-buzzed designer debut shows of the week.

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s debut at Dior (above) presented a series of gossamer lingerie tulle dresses. Meanwhile, Anthony Vaccarello delivered bra-less sheer tops and a mono-boob dress that exposed a single breast. Bouchra Jarrar’s Lanvin debut was more restrained and elegant, with a couple of bedroom/party-appropriate lingerie dresses.

Newcomer Neith Nyer and veteran stagers Carven, Rochas, Y Project, Vionnet and John Galliano at Maison Margiela all got in on the act too.

Gender Flux

Fashion has embraced androgyny and challenged gender stereotypes over the last few years. This week, transgender models turned up on the catwalks for Neith Nyer, Y Project, and Koche. Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne evoked gender flux in a show inspired by 1960s sexual liberation, which seemed to fit in seamlessly in Woody Allen’s 1972 film Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex.

A model presents a creation for Chloe during the 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on September 29, 2016 in Paris.BERTRAND GUAY / AFP © BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

One Bare Shoulder

Blame it on Hedi Slimane for resurrecting the 1980s trend with his final show for Saint Laurent, the now notorious love-it-or-more-likely-hate-it 1980s super-bling “bat-wing” shoulders collection. His successor Vaccarello didn’t exactly imitate the excess part, but did gave the off-the-shoulder part his own interpretation.

The “one bare shoulder” was translated to a floaty bohemian look at Chloe (above), and Barbara Bui’s shiny vinyl variant.  The trend was also spotted at Mugler, Wanda Nylon, Vionnet, Isabel Marant, Haider Ackermann and Yohji Yamamoto shows.



Frills are flourishing, despite the triumphant march of the minimalist brigade in the industry. Young Ukranian brand Paskal used frills as a contrasting accent to the otherwise minimalist collection, while Japanese street avant gardist Junya Watanabe folded frills into this geometrical origami creations. Anne Sofie Madsen, Andrew GN, Alexis Mabille, Lanvin (above), and even street-favorite label Off White also went the frilly direction.

Paule Ka - spring/summer 2017 - Paris © PATRICK KOVARIK / AFP

Converting Japanese

Kenzo, Yohji Yamamoto, and Comme des Garcons led the pack of an ever-expanding brood of Japanese designers participating in Paris Fashion Week, including Undercover, Junya Watanabe and Anrealage.

However, the influence of Japan on Western designers has been indisputably strong. Young talents Terra, Paule Ka’s (above) Alithia Spuri-Zampetti and Liselore Frowijn cited their trips to anime-land as the key to their collections. Japanese aesthetics and techniques were also widely seen on the catwalks.


Chef Virgilio Martinez of Central restaurant, Lima, Peru © Central

Best Restaurant Latin America: Central, Peru

For the third consecutive year, Chef Virgilio Martinez’s Central restaurant, Lima, Peru is honored as Latin America’s Best Restaurant, as listed by Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.

Central presents a unique menu where dishes are labeled by the altitude at which the ingredients are found, spanning from 20 meters below to 4,100 meters above sea level. Diners are taken to a vertical tour of Peru through the culinary experience.

The dish “Marine Soil” (labeled 20 meters below sea level) features a medley of clams, pepino melons, and sweet lemon. Meanwhile, its polar opposite “Aija High Mountain” (labeled 4,100 above sea level) captures the concept of Andes mountains, with ingredients of huacatay, “pamper petals and moraya”.

"Green Highlands" at Central restaurant in Lima, Peru © Central

“Green Highlands” at Central restaurant in Lima, Peru © Central

Brazil, Peru, and Argentina tied for the most number of restaurants inside the top 50 list, with nine addresses each. Panama and Paraguay also made the top 50 list (the first of the year) for Maito (36) and Colorada Gastro (47), respectively.

The awards event held at Mexico CIty also recognized Enrique Olvera’s Mexico City restaurant Pujol with the inaugural Art of Hospitality Award. The Chef’s Choice award went to Guillermo Gonzalez Beristain of Pangea in Monterrey, Mexico. The ranking is based on the votes of 252 members of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy.

Here are the top 10 restaurants on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list:

  • 1. Central, Lima, Peru
  • 2. Maido, Lima, Peru
  • 3. D.O.M. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 4. Borago, Santiago, Chile
  • 5. Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 6. Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
  • 7. Astrid y Gaston, Lima, Peru
  • 8. Mani, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 9. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 10. Biko, Mexico City, Mexico
Chiara Ferragni

Follow These: 5 Fashion Influencers Making Waves

The drama extended beyond the runway at Milan Fashion Week, reaching into cyberspace, with no less than Vogue getting its daggers out and drawing first blood in a new (and perhaps ill-advised) battle against fashion bloggers and influencers. In an incendiary article published on Vogue.com, the editors who were in attendance at the runway shows did not hide their displeasure with the bloggers and boy did it trigger a feud! Check out the comments section on the article for some spicy feedback to the writers of the piece.

We cannot deny the ability of bloggers (they are actually referred to as influencers in the article and industry parlance) to seduce both readers and advertisers with their mere presence and their reach. Here is how Huffington Post reacted to this. Yes, the Internet is on the case!

This new generation of influencers is taking the fashion world by storm and the old guard is not going to sit idly by. And we have not even gotten to models such as Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner who are bolstering their already substantial paychecks with endorsements thanks to their massive social media followings. Actually, even Vogue is getting in on the Snapchat act so this is as much about overcrowding in cyberspace as it is about stuffing the front row with influencers. As you can tell, this is about livelihoods and integrity so things could get messy…

Here then are five of the leading bloggers in the business, overall, as curated by AFP Relaxnews because Vogue didn’t mention any names… Susie Bubble and Bryanboy are the only two to have responded thus far but we will update this list based on any significant responses we track. After all, who laughs last laughs loudest, as they say.

Chiara Ferragni

The blogger (main picture) behind “The Blonde Salad” has been in the business for seven years and remains one of the most influential bloggers in the scene. With her own namesake brand under her belt, the blogger has also collaborated with Steve Madden and Superga for various collections. Earlier this year, Ferragni was named the European Ambassador of Amazon Fashion and boasts nearly seven million followers on Instagram. Our own research suggests that Ferragni was a cover subject for Vogue but we are unsure which edition and what issue.

Susanna Lau

She is better known as Susie Bubble and is based in the UK where she runs a blog called “Style Bubble”. With a reach of over 300,000 followers on Instagram, and a career as a professional blogger, Lau has collaborated with brands from GAP to Google. Lau was also one of the first to hit back at the writers behind the article on Vogue.com, to defend the blogging community.

Shea Marie

The Hollywood-based fashion influencer and blogger runs “Peace Love Shea” she has become a fixture on the fashion circuit. In her capacity as a blogger, Marie has collaborated with major brands such as Dior, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana. Away from her blog, she is a designer with her own swimwear collection called Same Swim.


As one of the few male bloggers in the industry, the Filipino has proven that men can be successful in this game as well. The blogger behind “Bryanboy” who has nearly a decade under his belt, was one of the many bloggers who was up in arms against Vogue’s criticism. He is known for his signature pose, which sees him holding a handbag on an outstretched arm, and has had a Marc Jacobs bag, the BB Ostrich, named after him.

Aimee Song

She can be called a fashion blog veteran, in the best way possible and boasts 3.9 million Instagram followers. Since 2008, when she set up her blog “Song of Style”, the blogger has developed her own jewelery and clothing brands and has even collaborated with brands such as Levi’s, True Religion and 7 For All Mankind.

German Gymnasium Most Beautiful London Restaurant

German Gymnasium Most Beautiful London Restaurant

The most beautiful restaurant in all London is a German gymnasium… Well, the German Gymnasium, in fact. This stunning two-story restaurant served in a former life as England’s first purpose-built gym and helped to host London’s first National Olympic Games in 1866. In a twist that might be hard to understand, the German brasserie has been named the most beautiful eatery at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2016.

The German Gymnasium, located in the heart of King’s Cross in London, was named the overall winner at the eighth annual event, which shines the spotlight on the most beautifully designed spaces around the world.

Lovers of good design will appreciate the German Gymnasium as it pays respectful homage to its heritage in preserving original details like the climbing hooks in the ceiling and cast steel columns.

German Gymnasium Most Beautiful London Restaurant

The building was completed in 1865 and was funded from London’s Germany community for the German Gymnastics Society.

Designed by Conran & Partners, the restaurant is described as a modern interpretation of a classic brasserie with German overtones. Warm walnut timber paneling and black and grey distressed leather upholstery are set off against fresh, contemporary accents like an occasional pink and red tone. The space features two bars, first floor restaurant, Grand Cafe and outdoor terrace.

The menu is likewise a celebration of the landmark’s German roots under the culinary vision of chef Bjoern Wassmuth, who has created a menu featuring a few classic Mittel-European dishes like schnitzel, currywurst, sauerkraut and strudels.

The Black Forest menu features black forest ham, truffled potato soup, venison “Baden Baden” with Spatzle and lingonberries and a chocolate sponge cake with cherries and chantilly called the “Danube.”


In the category of best overall bar design, the Blue Wave bar in Barcelona was given the top honor. Designed by El Equipo Creativo, the interior is conceived to evoke a wave about to break.

Located on the water’s edge in the Barcelona Port, designers used reflective elements and ceramic tile in various shades of blue and white to harken sea foam, sea waves and light.

Here are the international winners of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2016:

  • Best Overall Restaurant: German Gymnasium, London, UK designed by Conran & Partners
  • Best Overall Bar: Blue Wave, Barcelona, Spain, El Equipo Creativo

Regional winners:

  • Best Restaurant North America: Torafuku, Vancouver, Canada, by Scott & Scott Architects
  • Best Bar North America: Kat & Theo, New York, USA by Aviva Collective
  • Best Restaurant Europe: Les Bains, Paris, France, RDAI
  • Best Bar Europe: Blue Wave, Barcelona, Spain, El Equipo Creativo
  • Best Bar Asia: Foxglove, Hong Kong, NCDA
  • Best Restaurant Asia: Shugaa, Bangkok, Thailand, Party Space Design
  • Best Restaurant Australia & Pacific: So 9, Sydney, Australia, Brand Works
  • Best Bar Australia & Pacific Bar: Pink Moon Saloon, Adelaide, Australia, Sans-Arc Studio
  • Best Bar Middle East Africa: News Cafe, Johannesburg, South Africa, Studio A
  • Best Restaurant Middle East & Africa Restaurant: Jo Grilled Food, Tehran, Iran, White Rhino Design Group

Game Changers: 5 Bags For All Seasons

This season’s most memorable bags are all about reform (nothing destructive, though). Whether it is newly introduced styles or impeccable updates of icons, our picks aren’t only attractive, they’ll also shift your perspective.

Holographic City Trunk PM by Louis Vuittonlouis-vuitton

We never thought Nicolas Ghesquière could be so… Zen. This little piece of hardware proves that. Yes, there’s a dent in it, and that’s the beautiful reason why we’re rethinking the entire sphere of Ghesquière’s spirituality. Despite its overtly contemporary form, the City trunk emanates wabi-sabi (the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection), which is enlightening, considering how every other brand strives, instead, for perfection.

Tweed Amazona by Loeweloewe

As far as tweed bags go, most of them have been chichi. Thank god for Jonathan Anderson, the holy mastermind of the Amazona reinvention. Now he’s bringing a chic, fringy update that masks the bag’s actual silhouette. With plenty of texture, it’s the one-of-a-kind bag you’ll sport to death. Every inch of it will end up frayed and we reckon that’s the look Anderson wants you to achieve.

MIUlady by Miu Miumiu-miu

Miuccia Prada knows how to spoil her girls: this is the bag for 2k16 aristocracy. Coming from a designer who consistently plays with ostentation in an ironic fashion, you have the license to have every kind of fun with it. Even if you’re not born a Jenner or a Hadid (who are both atypical of a Miu Miu runway), make sure your purchases convince everyone of your royal lineage.

Runway by Diordior

For Fall/Winter 2016, the Runway proved that studio heads Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux are going strong, even without a creative director. Pictured here is a version embroidered entirely with sequinned flowers and fringes – it’s intense. The bag comes in such delicate versions, you’re likely to be engulfed with the fear of getting tangled in everything – but fret not, the workmanship is fantastic.

La Pionnière by Pradaprada

We understand the thrill and prestige of being the first (hence the name) in any field — who wouldn’t want to be associated with innovators and groundbreakers? In today’s world of chaos, we rely on what’s inventive to move us forward. The hunting-inspired cross-body was the first bag Prada offered at the dawn of the “see now, buy now” game, which begs the question: if our lady Miuccia is doing it, will the rest of the industry follow suit?

This article was first published in L’Officiel Singapore.

Kevin Hart Highest Earning Comedian 2016

All hail the new King of Comedy! After dominating the Forbes list of best paid comedians from the very first one 10 years ago, Jerry Seinfeld has been dethroned by Kevin Hart. For as long as Forbes can remember, Seinfeld has reigned supreme as the “King of Comedy”. But in a year full of changes, Hart has taken the spot as the world’s highest-paid comedians. Between June 2015 and June 2016, Hart earned a total of $87.5 million, nearly $30 million more than Seinfeld.

The reason for his rise to the top is down to the number of shows he racks up. With more than 100 shows in the last 12-months, Hart tours like no other comedian and earns more than $1 million each stop. Supporting these earnings are his roles in both movies and TV shows as well as commercials for the likes of Foot Locker, Hyundai and H&M.

Bear in mind though that Forbes estimates Seinfeld has earned $900 million from 2006 till today, making him the most successful comic of all time, by far.

Another major change for the Forbes list of highest paid comedians of 2016 is the addition of Amy Schumer with $17 million. She is the only woman on the list this year but that’s not the real story. Despite many fine comics such as Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Amy Pohler, Schumer is actually the first woman to ever make the top earners’ list.

  • 1. Kevin Hart ($87.5 million)
  • 2. Jerry Seinfeld ($43.5 million)
  • 3. Terry Fator ($21 million)
  • 4. Amy Schumer ($17 million)
  • 5. Jeff Dunham ($13.5 million)
  • 6. Dave Chappelle ($13 million)
  • 7. Jim Gaffigan ($12.5 million)
  • 8. Gabriel Iglesias ($9.5 million)
  • 9. Russell Peters ($9 million)
  • 10. John Bishop ($7 million)
Etro does stripes - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

5 Highlights from Milan Fashion Week SS17

Spring/summer 2017 of Milan Fashion Week bridged subtle sentiments and exuberant opulence. Even though eyes will be on Paris now, some offerings were just simply unforgettable. Here, we recap five highlights of the Milan presentations.

Frills for days

Like many labels showing collections in Milan, Diesel Black Gold brought frills to its spring/summer 2017 line. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

Just like New York and London, frills were the trend-of-the-moment at Milan Fashion Week. It brings a display of flamboyance with a side of sensuality. Gucci’s interpretation was adorned with golden embellishment, while Blugirl and Diesel Black Gold (above) incorporated frills on their dresses.

Prints plethora

Prints on the Dolce & Gabbana runway - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © AFP PHOTO/ALBERTO PIZZOLI

No matter the shape and size, prints and patterns are here for the season. Florals in spring may not be groundbreaking, but it is a perfect match – as demonstrated by Blumarine and Roberto Cavalli. Other designers also played with varieties of stripes (Etro, Cristiano Burani, Fendi), spots (Anteprima), geometrics (Versace, Byblos Milano), ethnic prints, and abstract patterns (Giorgio Armani). Dolce & Gabbana (above) stood out with Italy-inspired prints. 

Diverse array of dresses

A long dress by Blumarine - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

Dresses were all the rage at the Milan shows. Some were cut short, like at Francesco Scognamiglio, Fendi, Giorgio Armani and Giamba. Longer iterations carrying a bohemian and romantic vibe were seen at Blumarine (above), Gucci, and Etro. Meanwhile, N°21, Anteprima, and Bottega Veneta opted for calf-length cuts

A sporty finish

A pleated dress by Byblos Milano - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP

The trend was spotted at Fendi, Versace, Byblos Milano (above), Philipp Plein and Francesco Scognamiglio. Even though most collections were naturally feminine and elegant, designers added more color with sportswear accents. Specialist materials, zips, hoods, pockets, and sneakers were incorporated to the collections. Athletic-inspired pleated dresses were also spotted.


etro hot pants from Prada - spring/summer 2017 - Milan. © ALBERTO PIZZOLI / AFP

The past merged with the present in conversation-worthy attire. Designers paid tribute to the 1970s with tight high-waisted hot pants and sensational prints at Prada (above), as well as Roberto Cavalli’s flared pants. Gucci in particular, fully embodied the retro spirit as it continues its current period.

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

To mark coachbuilder Touring Superleggera’s 90th anniversary, the Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (the Italian National Motor Museum or ‘MAUTO’) in Turin is hosting a retrospective exhibition of the Milanese car design and coachbuilder’s work. When the show opened to the public over the weekend, the work shown was in the form of 11 of the company’s greatest automotive creations. These ranged from the 1930s to the present day alongside sketches, design blueprints, photos and video footage.

“There is no better venue to celebrate our first 90 years than MAUTO. Not only is it the most important national car museum in Italy, but Turin was the cradle and the industrial heart of the Italian car industry,” said Piero Mancardi, CEO of Touring Superleggera.

Mancardi has been overseeing the company’s fortunes since it turned its attentions from designing mass-production models – Touring’s last production car design commission was the quixotic Jensen Interceptor – to creating truly bespoke commissions for the most demanding of car collecting clients and creating cutting-edge concepts for the likes of Mini and Maserati.

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The Jensen Interceptor R. © Jensen International Automotive

But times and technological processes have changed over the automobile’s first 130 years, with design and development moving in-house. What the exhibition, co-curated with MAUTO itself, aims to show, is how much influence a single coachbuilder has had on the appearance of cars over that 130 years, particularly those of Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati.

“MAUTO is pleased with having participated in the development of this exhibition which, following the museum’s guidelines and applying a tutorial approach, develops the theme of creativity and its evolution in car design,” said MAUTO’s director, Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi.

The very first Lamborghini, the 1963 350 GT was a Touring design, as was the Aston Martin DB5, the most iconic British car in history, thanks to James Bond. Between 1948 and 1953 the firm designed five Ferraris, and undertook most of the marque’s production including for the 166 MM Barchetta, the vehicle that in 1949 laid the foundation on which the Ferrari legend was built (pictured top).

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1963 Lamborghini 350GT. © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

And all of these iconic cars will be present as part of the exhibition, as will a 1956 Maserati 3500 GT, a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport and a 1939 BMW 328 Berlinetta Aerodinamica Touring.

“We chose to showcase Touring Superleggera’s design progress through a series of cars which we feel best represent our capability in adapting to the evolution of the automobile industry in rolling chassis, materials and production techniques, often allowing us to dictate new styles and trends ahead of their times,” said Louis de Fabribeckers, Head of Design.

And that’s why the final elements of the show will consist of the company’s latest designs including the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring which has been turning heads and emptying wallets since making its debut at the 2013 Geneva motor show.

“Touring Superleggera: Ninety Years of Forward-Looking Elegance” runs until November 20 at MAUTO, Turin, Italy. More images of the iconic Touring Superleggera cars follow below:

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1963 Aston Martin DB5. © Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

The 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport ‘Villa d’Este’ © Touring Superleggera

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante By Touring. © Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera srl

11 Top Touring Superleggera Automobile Hits

BMW 328 Berlinetta Aerodinamica Touring from 1939. © Touring Superleggera

10 Tips for Motor Yacht Ownership

Owning a yacht is a great motivation for many of us. Wanting something is such a blessing, fuelling a relentless drive to achieve. A magical energy builder and I wish everyone to find his own, whether spiritual or material.

For as long as I can remember, as a child, I would browse through magazines, marveling at the beauty of the sceneries where they could cruise me to, drooling over the lavishness of the inaccessible lifestyle the owners seemed to enjoy whenever they pleased. My parents named my brother and I after famous French navigator Eric Tabarly, and Alain Colas, whose adventures I followed during my youth. I thank them for that because yachting is an immense source of happiness now.

Today, I thank yachts for having made me want so much, making me work so hard and finally realizing my dream. Throughout the past few years, I have been striving to make yachting more accessible, more affordable and more fun in Asia. This passion has become my everyday job. Years of bouncing ideas about finding the best solutions for owning and operating efficiently, years of listening to doubtful buyers, as well as sharing experience with both happy and unhappy owners.

So, for the lucky few who, like me, are motivated by owning a yacht, here are my lessons:

1.Do not underestimate what you already know: a yacht does cost substantial amounts to maintain. Count 10 per cent annually off the new price as a reasonable estimate, all in +/- 3 per cent depending on age and location of usage. You can choose to spend less, but the boat condition will catch up on you, and end up costing more. No cutting corners there or outsmarting the sea and mother nature.

2.Buy New or almost new, with a solid manufacturer warranty and negotiated price. Yes, second hand boats are cheaper at face value, but they can’t compare with newer models, integrating more improvements year after year – technology, comfort, material, engines, generators, wiring, electronics, safety equipment… you might very rarely find a real deal, but unless you know the history well, do not gamble on such an important asset. There is nothing in common between a dated second-hand boat and a new one when you go down to the specifications of components. Even-though a second hand comes at a cheaper price tag, keep in mind the maintenance will still cost you 10 per cent of the New Value. The older, the more.

3.For the boat to remain a pleasure and not a burden, do not allocate more than 10 per cent of your net assets to the purchase. Private bank allocation matrix actually recommends 3-5 per cent as an acceptable bracket. I double that to make up for the joy. We only live once, and I know people who have gone way overboard yet are happy as can be.

4.Select a competent crew, starting with the captain, and pay them well. Crews become part of the family, they keep the boat in good condition and its value high. Finding the right crew is no easy matter, so allocate the right amount of time to check recommendations from previous employers, and once you have secured a competent crew, keep them happy and motivated.

5.Choose an interior that “nobody dislikes” to ensure a better resale value. The lighter, the bigger the perception of space inside.

6.Decide whether to buy / rent / buy a share in a fractional program based on the location in which you will enjoy your boat. For an urban usage, I find fractional to be the most reasonable (in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. where you use the boat for very short period of time of 4 hours to 3 days throughout the year). In a Holiday destination, either charter or buy outright.

7.Assess how often you will use the yacht in a year – below 3 usages: charter, between 3-8 usages: fractional, above 8 usages: own the boat.

8.If you go fractional, use a professional frame. I will brag now, as the one my company created is my biggest pride: www.lysa.asia program. If you find a flaw in it, or something unfair, you win a charter for free! Do not jeopardize a friendship by neglecting to clarify all the issues that will arise when owning a yacht. Having a professional program helps avoid misunderstanding.

9.Optimize your enjoyment time by having your boat managed (administration, accounting, licensing, maintenance, crewing…) at a negotiated price by a reputable company. Do not become the slave of your captain or crew.

10.Buy the right boat for your needs by answering basic questions: is your aim to relax with the family, party all night, cruise through high-seas, host business dinners, commute quickly from one place to another… finding the right boat is key to a happy experience and can generate substantial savings as you won’t pay for what you don’t need.
If you are thinking of acquiring a boat, I will be pleased to share my experience with you. Happy cruising!

About Eric Noyel:

Mediterranean raised and long-time yachting enthusiast, French entrepreneur Eric Noyel started Asia Marine Yachting Services (AMYS) as a “luxury” charter operation in Hong Kong. It has grown quickly to be one of Asia’s leading regional operators. The company offers charter, fractional ownership, yacht management and is the distributor for Sunseeker (Indonesia and the Philippines), Numarine (Regional), Galeon (Regional), Hatteras sports fishing boats, and has interests in marinas and media.

This article was first published in Yacht Style.

Big Bang Theory Actors Top 2016 TV Earnings

Big Bang Theory Actors Top 2016 TV Earnings

In somewhat anticlimactic news, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are the top four best-paid actors on TV (in that order), according to Forbes. The Big Bang Theory stars made $94 million in 2016, collectively, and are widely known to be the top earners in television, alongside Kaley Cuoco ($24.5 million). The stars of long-running comedy negotiated their deals collectively.

The stars of The Big Bang Theory earned $118.5 million from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016, Forbes reports, with Parsons earning $25.5 million, making him top dog on this list for the second year in a row.

Co-star Galecki came in at second place, with $24 million, while Helberg and Nayyar claimed third and fourth place respectively. NCIS actor Mark Harmon came fifth place with $20 million, making the top five an all-CBS affair.

While Parson’s earnings put him top of this list, as previously reported, the best-paid actor of any gender this year is Sofia Vergara. Despite her dominating payday, the top 10 men made $174 million this year to edge out the top 10 women, who made $168.5 million.

Here are the top 10 highest paid actors in TV for 2016:

  • 1. Jim Parsons – $25.5 million
  • 2. Johnny Galecki – $24 million
  • 3. Simon Helberg – $22.5 million
  • 4. Kunal Nayyar – $22 million
  • 5. Mark Harmon – $20 million
  • 6. Ty Burrell – $12.5 million
  • 7. Nathan Fillion – $12 million
  • 8. Jesse Tyler Ferguson = $12 million
  • 9. Ray Romano – $12 million
  • 10. Ed O’Neill – $11.5 million
Ford GT

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

When we think about supercars – and hypercars too of course – the names that come to mind are typically European, with the notable exception of the Ford GT. You know the names of course – Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin and McLaren. The news that the Saleen S7 is rolling back into extremely limited production after nearly a decade reminds us though that American automakers have indeed made valuable contributions to the world of supercars.

That Saleen S7 may just be able to lay claim to the title of the first true American mid-engine supercar but that is just a technicality. Despite a penchant for muscle over handling finesse, the Saleen is just the latest in a long line of supercars with an American helping hand.

1971 DeTomaso Pantera © by Sicnag Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

1971 DeTomaso Pantera © by Sicnag Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The DeTomaso Pantera

It may have been built in Italy but it was designed by an American – Tom Tjaarda – and used American horsepower in the shape of the Ford V8 block. What’s more it was imported directly into the US by Ford who sold it at its Mercury dealerships and ironed out all of the issues that plagued all Italian built cars of the era. As a result of Ford’s direct involvement, within three years of production, the Pantera was a genuinely good car capable of challenging the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini on the track and on the road.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

The 1993 Lamborghini Diablo VT

Lamborghini Diablo

Another Italian supercar, this one was built while Lamborghini was owned by Chrysler. It was the first raging bull-badged vehicle to surpass the 200mph barrier and in its second iteration the first to get all-wheel drive to cope with those ferocious levels of power. Chrysler sold Lamborghini in 1994, but not before the two companies had worked together to create the phenomenal V10 engine that would power the Dodge Viper.


Ford GT

Unlike the car that inspired it – the original GT40, this car was built from the start to be a road-going supercar. However, one thing remained constant, it had to surpass the benchmark set by Ferrari and that it did thanks to a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 that delivered 550hp, a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and 205mph top speed. The result was a faster lap time than a Ferrari 350 Modena.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

A 2006 SSC Ultimate Aero

The SCC Ultimate Aero

This car – that no one outside the US had ever heard of – made global headlines in 2007 when it briefly beat the Bugatti Veyron to become the world’s fastest production car, setting a Guinness-verified 256.14mph. It managed this thanks to a twin-turbocharged Chevy V8 sitting in its middle but stealing Bugatti’s record simply made the VW-owned firm go back to the drawing board and return with the SuperSport, which took the record back. All versions of the Ultimate Aero went out of production in 2013.

Top 5 American Supercar Superstars

The Hennessey Venom GT

No list of US performance cars would be complete without the Venom which uses the nose and doors from a Lotus (to meet crash testing regulations) but everything else is 100% American mechanical know-how. Its twin turbo V8 in its latest state of tune is capable of outputting 1415hp and the Spyder version is currently the world’s fastest open top street legal car, having set a top speed of 265.6mph

Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes Top UX Awards

Audi, BMW, Lexus, Mercedes Top UX Awards

The inaugural WardsAuto Top 10 Best User Experience Awards highlight those cars where technology and infotainment systems are a pleasure rather than a punishment to use.

Why is a user interface like a joke? If it needs to be explained, it’s not very good. This programmer’s mantra is very quickly moving from software and website design and into the lexicon of automotive design.

Once upon a time, the only knobs and dials found in a car’s interior did little more than turn on the air conditioning or re-tune the radio. Today’s cars offer everything from turn-by-turn navigation and 360° camera-assisted external views, to semi-autonomous system, wi-fi hotspots and, of course smartphone integration.

Therefore, to help buyers know which car companies are getting the hang of simplifying this “user experience” issue, WardsAuto created the 10 Best UX Competition and over the past several months has been putting 29 new cars on sale in the US through their paces.

“We’re trying to quantify how easy it is overall to interact with a vehicle,” said WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “Are controls easy to understand, or do you have to consult the owner’s manual? Are the driver-assistance systems, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping, functioning reliably, and do the interior materials enhance the user experience?”

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And the good news is that of the inaugural award winners, announced this week ahead of an official ceremony in October, there is an equal split among US, European and Japanese cars (three entries, each) with the final spot going to Korea’s biggest car company, Hyundai.

However, just as important as country split is that mass-market vehicles like the Ford Escape and the Hyundai Elantra have made the cut alongside the likes of the Audi Q7 and Mercedes E-Class and the latest generation BMW 7-Series which, at $128,445, is by far the most expensive car on the list to win an award.

All of which shows that all car companies are taking the concept of user experience seriously, from simple pairing of smartphones to available USB charging ports and voice recognition systems that actually understand what the driver is saying.

The winners, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW 7-Series
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Ford Escape
  • GMC Acadia
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Infiniti Q50
  • Lexus RX
  • Mercedes E-Class