Nicholas Kirkwood launches a new film to celebrate the brand’s most iconic design, the Casati Pearl pump, and to celebrate the holiday season. The short video shows off elegantly the intricate detail and inspiration behind the shoe design. The perfect gift this Christmas!
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A touch of Luxury – REEM ACRA New York
Why walk on the runway when you can stride in the sky? Here’s the video presentation of Hermès spring/summer 2015 women’s shoe collection.With balance and grace watch the mouth wateringly beautiful Hermès shoes zigzag across the tight rope to perfection.
A Superstar Collection presented by Versace…. !!!! Bravo !!!
The house of Dior has a long history with Japan. In the early ’50s Christian Dior designed a series of looks in fabrics from Kyoto’s famous Tatsumura workshop. Around the same time, the Tokyo department store Daimaru began selling his haute couture. Later, Dior was commissioned to design three dresses for the civil portion of Princess Michiko’s wedding ceremony. But the designer’s fascination with the country began earlier than that. In his autobiography, he recalled his childhood obsession with the Japanese screens in his Granville home, likening them to his “Sistine Chapel.”
The country looms large in the imagination of today’s Dior creative director Raf Simons, as well. The Japanese were the first customers for his signature menswear line in the ’90s, and he came to Tokyo as often as twice a year. “It’s a sublime city to be in,” he said. “From a fashion point of view, they take so much liberty to express themselves.”
2 days ago, the house staged its first-ever show for Pre-Fall before a crowd of 1,400 that included Audrey Tautou and Hailee Steinfeld. The location was Tokyo’s Kokugikan, one of the country’s pre-eminent sumo wrestling arenas. Last June, Simons presented Dior’s Resort offering in New York—Brooklyn, to be precise. The two addresses are a road map to the brand’s expansion plans. “Why Tokyo? We think Japan is a key country for luxury and fashion,” said Sidney Toledano, Dior CEO. “We just renewed our store in Omotesando, and we have many flagship stores here.” The snaking line of young people who queued up to get into the after-party offered a glimpse of the city’s enthusiasm for the brand.
But this was not a “Japanese” show. There were no kimonos, no obis. Simons already did his “continent collection” for Fall ’13 Haute Couture. Here, with fake snow falling from the rafters and Blade Runner‘s Harrison Ford and Sean Young talking replicants on the soundtrack, the designer set about expanding the Dior vocabulary. Specifically, he went beyond the special-occasion clothes—the cocktail dresses, the red-carpet gowns—the house has been synonymous with. “I tried to imagine a woman who was very much into the language of Dior,” Simons said, “but she also has her garden, and she has her boyfriend with a motorcycle in the city, or she’s with her kids by the sea, or out with her dogs.” There were waxed-cotton storm coats; knit vests worn with sturdy, wide-legged trousers; mid-calf shift dresses just shy of sensible; and, in a small nod toward Japanese youth culture, short plaid dresses worn with flat boots. If all that sounds slightly unglamorous, it wasn’t for a second.
The other side of the story was told by the second-skin sequin turtlenecks that Simons layered with most of the looks, giving the show a sensual, futuristic edge. Sure to be the season’s hands-down must-haves (high street will try to knock off these babies in no time), they peeked out from the neckline of Bar coats and sleeveless Bar dresses, showed up with long fur vests with a 1960s zing, and eventually inspired the show’s best pieces: Fair Isle sweaters and sweaterdresses rendered entirely in paillettes. Platform boots, fistfuls of rings, and Princess Leia braids finished off the look.
Once the photographers in the camera pit got their shot, the models zigzagged around the Kokugikan’s enormous square dohyo. The Shibuya scramble came to mind. Simons isn’t alone in his new interest in utility—”clothes for real life” has become fashion’s meme of the moment—but he did a bang-up job of it.
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Valentino took its haute couture show on the road this week. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli descended on New York to present a special haute couture collection they designed specifically to celebrate the opening of the biggest flagship store in the brand’s worldwide stable of shops, on the city’s famous Fifth Avenue.
This was the first time in the over fifty years history of the brand that the house has shown its couture creations in the United State and the duo did not disappoint. They even added an extra level of reverence and reference to the heritage of the brand. In a nod to founder Valentino Garavani’s famous White Collection of 1968, from which Jacqueline Kennedy chose her wedding gown to marry Aristotle Onassis, the designers created their own all white line up of one-of-a-kind creations.
When the maestro himself stood to kick off the standing ovation at the conclusion of last night’s show, it was clear that Chiuri and Piccioli had another success on their hands.
They had done many things right, most notably the second to the last exit of the show, a smock patterned in ivory with a high frilly collar and equally frilly half-sleeves completed only with full length pleated skirt, all done in the sheerest fabrication imaginable. And less we forget, the dress was embroidered in forget-me-nots. Embroidery and intricate details played a huge part in this collection. Seeing as the palette was so restrained. Dresses came down with orange flower and lily stand-ins, done in leather as well as a few stars. The finale look itself sported the words “Love NY” in bubble letters, scrawled all over it as an homage to the brand’s new home in the city.
That wasn’t the only homage though. In the notes there was a Jackie O pleated muslin dress matched with a cashmere cape and even a 5th Avenue double silk suit. Cut beautifully, the suit is sure to find it’s way into the closets of some of the 25 couples that were flown in for the show that comprise the brand’s top customers. As will the accessories with their Constantin Brancusi inspired detailing.
The presentation was a one-off event and was bookended by a walkthrough of the Fornasetti Five Senses exhibit and a live music performance. The white floaty dresses, sometimes gauzy and sheer, other times sleek and minimal, seen by the likes of Ben Stiller, Peter Dundas, Calvin Klein, Katie Holmes, Tommy Hilfiger, Padma Lakshmi and Martha Stewart — the latter of whom missed the first third of the looks as she scampered into her seat a little late — will not be shown to the public again.
Rather the busy Valentino couture team will hit the road once again next year. The house will skip the official haute couture fashion week in Paris in the coming summer. Instead it will unveil its haute couture collection in Rome on July 10th. Once again to celebrate the opening of another flagship store, this time in the founder’s home city.
CHANEL N°5: The One That I Want – The Film
You say Chanel and attention grows. Imagine if we talk about the scent-Myth No.5 and the new commercial, starring an intense and (really good as an interpreter) Gisele Bündchen. Put then the signature of director Baz Luhrmann (the same who had directed the legendary spot with Nicole Kidman) and the result will be the ones to remember.
Here the movie … In a few seconds is condensed a new woman, sports, mom, supermodel, no longer a diva who runs away from real life but on the contrary, the lives and choose. The final scene sees a dead run for Manhattan.
Director Sam Mendes revealed a handful of new details about the next instalment YESTERDAY, they were as follows:
The title: Spectre
The new cast members: Andrew Scott (Denbigh), Dave Bautista (Mr Hinx), Monica Bellucci (Lucia Sciarra), Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Christoph Waltz (Oberhauser).
The returning cast members: Daniel Craig (James Bond), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner), Ben Whishaw (Q), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny), Ralph Fiennes (M)
Bond’s new car: Aston Martin DB10
Filming locations: London, Rome, Mexico City, Tangier, Sölden, Obertilliach, Lake Altaussee
The release date: 6 November, 2015
UPDATE: We now have a synopsis too – ‘A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.’
Bond fans will remember Spectre (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) from Ian Fleming’s novel Thunderball and the movie Dr. No.
It was led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, (his character’s name has now been confirmed as ‘Oberhauser’), and its logo was an octopus, which is echoed in the poster for Spectre.
Andrew Scott, believed to be playing a Whitehall employee, is already proving a popular new arrival on Twitter, having played the nefarious Moriarty in Sherlock, as is Waltz, who won an Oscar last year for his superb performance in Django Unchained.
Italian actress Monica Bellucci and France’s Lea Seydoux have been unveiled as the new ‘Bond girls’, named Lucia Sciarra and Madeleine Swann respectively.
Let’s see the video presentation
H&M is proud to present a magical holiday with Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett. This Holiday season, H&M is celebrating with a spectacular campaign and festive collection starring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, performing “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” from their #1 album Cheek To Cheek.
It’s that time of year again when we voluntarily expose ourselves to the self-inflicted torture that is Christmas shopping. Less than a month before the big holiday most of us turn into reckless warriors, the high streets our battle fields, where we fight the equally merciless and desperate fight for buying presents. This year will be different. This time around we will manage to complete our gift shopping in time. We will not have to go out on Christmas day to buy just about ANYTHING to please our greedy relatives and our guilty conscience. At least this is what we tell ourselves the moment we shove our elbows into that one person blocking our way to the bargain bin.
I have to admit, I am the worst when it comes to Christmas gift shopping. The anxiety inducing thoughts of the Christmas highstreet battle ground have kept me from going out…
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For your next ski vacation, you need not look around for resorts but rent a chalet for the family or your friends. The chalet come with the latest amenities and the best in luxury. You need to pay for the exclusive accommodations and personalized service.
We bring for you here the best of the world’s most luxurious ski chalets:
Aurelio Clubhouse, Lech (€148,000 per week)
Aurelio Clubhouse is amongst the most exclusive chalet. The owner has to approve the prospective guests before they can expect to secure a stay here. The highlight of the chalet is a 23 meter pool which is difficult to find in any other similar accommodation. In addition the chalet boasts of a massage room and a team of staff to take care of all your needs. Even a chauffeur is available on request. The chalet that is designed for 18 guests also feature a library and a formal dining room.
Chalet Chesa Falcun, Klosters (€126,520 per week)
Chalet Chesa Falcun justifies its high rental with its understated luxury. Its massage room, sauna, fluffy dressing gowns, and Jo Malone bath and beauty products are all designed to pamper the guests. A chef, chauffeur and housekeeper provide unmatched personalized service. The chalet has accommodation for only 12 guests and so it costs £8,350 per person during high-season
The Lodge, Verbier (€118,700 per week)
This is a large chalet designed to sleep 18 guests. Its unique feature is its own mini ice-rink and a hot tub large enough for 12 people to enjoy simultaneously. The chalet also boasts of a heated pool, party area complete with disco ball, cinema and games room. The chalet belongs to Richard Branson and you can see the touches of his personality everywhere. Since the chalet has accommodation for 18 guests the cost is just € 6,600 per person
Top of Mill, Aspen (€85,840 per week)
The Top of Mill is located in exclusive Aspen. One of the most expensive chalets has its own cinema, gym, games room and wine cellar. It provides luxurious accommodation for 12, so that’s a mere €7,153 per person in high-season. The chalet scores over other more expensive chalets by having its own dedicated concierge and housekeeper. In fact if the guests request a chef, butler and chauffeur are also available.
Chalet Seven, Crans-Montana (€125,248 per week)
Chalet Seven is ideal for large groups as it can accommodate a total of 24 guests. It provides roaring log fires, stylish cinema, funky bar and dreamy en-suites. The high rental when split between 24 guests works out to only €5,218 in high-season.
Chalet Le Petit Chateau, Courchevel 1850 (€115,000 per week)
Chalet Le Petit Chateau is relatively new as it was built in 2010. The modern construction boasts an indoor pool, massage room and Hammam-style steam room. There are many luxurious touches available at the chalet. The guests are pampered with a high level of personalized service. For this price they get concierge service, butler, chef and chauffeur. The guests even have a greater priviledge that they need not go shopping and ask the shop staff to come to the chalet. If shared by 14 people which is the capacity of the chalet then the cost per person is €8,214
Marco Polo, Val d’Isere (€90,480 per week)
Marco Polo is somewhat extravagant and a favorite of the rich from Russia. It boasts of a swimming pool decorated in gold leaf, an outdoor kitchen with heated seating. It has a dedicated party area complete with lasers, smoke machines and entertainment system. It can accommodate 12 persons and in high-season it will cost you an eye-watering €7,540 per person. Consensio is the company offering this chalet and has employed staff who are fluent in both English and Russian.
Chalet Le Blanchot, Courchevel 1850 (€211,500 per week)
Chalet Le Blanchot is the most expensive chalet available on rent. A peak season week at the chalet could cost you as much as a house. Costing €17,625 per person, based on 12 sharing the chalet is spread over five floors. There is an internal lift so that the guests are not inconvenienced by climbing stairs. The chalet has an indoor pool, along with hammam-style steam room, hot tub and a massage room. There is a chalet manager and house keeper to maintain the chalet and the services of a chef, chauffeur and butler are also available on request at extra cost.
Chalet Grace, Zermatt (€82,350 per week)
You could call it the basic model of luxury ski chalet. The chalet boasts of a wellness area – complete with sauna, massage room and a space for pilates – a games room, and a cinema. In addition Chalet Grace has stirring Matterhorn views. A peak season stay is €8,235 per person, based on 10 sharing.
Chalet Gentianes, Courchevel 1850 (€111,280 per week)
Chalet Gentianes is a high end ultra luxurious chalet. The price which is on the higher side includes the services of a butler. The chalet boasts of blonde wood interiors and plush furnishings. The highlight of the chalet however is its swimming pool and Hammam-style steam room. The chalet can sleep 14 and the peak season rate works out to €7,950 per person.
Chesetta, St Moritz (€87,450 per week)
Chalet Chesetta is actually a converted blacksmith. It exudes class as it is stuffed with original oil paintings and antiques. It features a formal and informal dining room, a sauna and a steam room. Personalized service is available as a team of staff cater to guests every whim. It accomodates 12 in style and does not work out very expensive at €7,280 per person in peak season.
Chalet Les Brames, Meribel (€113,120 per week)
Chalet Les Brames will pamper you with an in-chalet masseur and an ice-bath. The other treats at the chalet are log fires and ultra luxurious furnishings and fabrics. The chalet is built on landscaped private grounds. The chalet boasts of an outdoor hot tub and as bonus provides glorious views of Mount Vallon. The chalet sleeps 12 in luxury and charges €9,426 per person in peak season.
Shemshak Lodge, Courchevel 1850 (€154,720 per week)
Shemshak Lodge, designed for only eight guests provides the highest levels of luxury. It boasts of an indoor pool with wonderful views of Courchevel and the Trois Vallees. There is a team of staff to take care of all your needs and whims. Only the best and the most beautiful soft furnishings have been used to provide the highest level of comfort. The rentals during the Russian New Year are the highest at €19,340 per person.