24 Aug

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

The bohemian look is going a more polished route this fall. Designers such as Ralph Lauren, Rodarte, Anna Sui, Diane Von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, and Marchesa feature lots of soft, flowy, feminine looks in their collections.

Ralph Lauren Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Ralph Lauren's floral skirt and knitwear

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Diane von Furstenberg's evening wear

Anna Sui Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Anna Sui's Nude Print Dress and Tights

Anna Sui Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Anna Sui

Rodarte Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Rodarte

Rodarte Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Rodarte

24 Aug

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Eccentric Ladylike”

This fall, designers are bringing back ladylike clothes with an eclectic twist. Lots of pattern mixing, bold colors, quirky pairings and “piled on charm.” This stand-out look requires fun pieces and a good editing eye. If done right, you will look fabulous, glamorous but nonchalant, and just a touch eccentric. Jason Wu’s look, pictured below, is a neutral take on the “Eccentric Ladylike” trend and is very wearable. Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and Chris Benz took a more bold approach.

Jason Wu Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trends: "Eccentric Ladylike" with Jason Wu

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trends: "Eccentric Ladylike" with Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Eccentric Ladylike" with Oscar de la Renta's Short Coat, Blouse and Skirt

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010
2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Eccentric Ladylike” with Oscar de la Renta’s Bold Coat and Skirt
Caronlina Herrera Fall 2010
2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Eccentric Ladylike” with Carolina Herrera’s Pants Ensemble
Chris Benz Fall 2010
2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Eccentric Ladylike” with Chris Benz’s 2 Evening Wear Looks
23 Aug

2010 Fall Fashion Trends: “Conservative Glamour”

This fall marks the return of ladylike “Conservative Glamour” with a modern twist. This timeless look features streamlined, simple cuts in muted color palettes, and an emphasis on quality fabrics.  There were classic pieces like cashmere car coats, suits, and subtly sensual evening wear.

Behnaz Sarafpour Fall 2010
2010 Fall Fashion Trends: “Conservative Glamour” with Behnaz Sarafpour’s ladylike Top and Skirt Ensemble
Isaac Mizrahi Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Conservative Glamour" with Isaac Mizrahi's Evening Wear

Preen Fall 2010
2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Conservative Glamour” with Preen’s  Skirt, Blouse and Jacket
Preen Fall 2010
2010 Fall Fashion Trend: “Conservative Glamour” with Preen’s Blouse and Pants
Preen Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Conservative Glamour" with Preen's Pants Outfit

Max Azaria Fall 2010

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Conservative Glamour" with Max Azaria Fall

23 Aug

2010 Fall Fashion Trends: “Urban Warrior”

For Fall, the concept of the “Urban Warrior” was prevalent on the runway. The Urban Warrior is a strong, successful woman. Think luxe minimalism, black, fine tailoring, architectural construction, and fur. If you wear black often and already have a lot of black clothes, you will probably only need a few new pieces to update your wardrobe and achieve this look.

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Calvin Klein's Blouse and Pants Outfit

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Calvin Klein's Blouse and Pants Outfit

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Calvin Klein's Slinky Silver Dress

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Calvin Klein's Slinky Silver Dress

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Calvin Klein's Structured Coat

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Calvin Klein's Structured Coat

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Chado Ralph Rucci's Fur Coat and Boots

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Chado Ralph Rucci's Fur Coat and Boots

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Chado Ralph Rucci's Fur Hood and High-Slit Dress

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Chado Ralph Rucci's Fur Hood and High-Slit Dress

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Chado Ralph Rucci's subtly sensual Evening Wear

2010 Fall Fashion Trend: "Urban Warrior" with Chado Ralph Rucci's subtly sensual Evening Wear

4 May

World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brands

Millward Brown Optimor just released their annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands. They’ve noted that the luxury category overall is down 3%, and brands that focused on heritage rather than high fashion fared better.

1. Louis Vuitton: up 2% to $19.78 Billion
- Focused on their primary consumer, the Jetsetter.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

2. Hermes: up 8% to $8.46 Billion
- Charge much more for their bags than their competitors, tight control over selected retailers.

Hermes 2010 Campaign

Hermes 2010 Campaign

3. Gucci: up 2% to $7.59 Billion
- Developed a partnership with Christie’s to appraise vintage Gucci luggage and handbags.

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

4. Chanel: down 11% to $5.55 Billion
- The decrease in sales is a sign of the times. Their classic quilted bag was still a good seller, as well as fragrances and cosmetics, but people were not willing to spend the extra money on ready-to-wear.

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

5. Hennessy: down 1% to $5.37 Billion
- This LVMH brand is super popular in China.

Hennessy

Hennessy

6. Rolex: down 14% to $4.74 Billion
- Suffered due to the recession, just like Cartier

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

7. Moet & Chandon: down 12% to $4.82 Billion
- Still the #1 champagne brand despite the decline.

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

8. Cartier: down 19% to $3.96 Billion
- Severe decline in sales to 3rd party retailers.

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

9. Fendi: down 8% to $3.2 Billion
- Known for “it” bags in the US, super popular in Asia; ready-to-wear designed by Karl Lagerfeld as an answer to Gucci’s ready-to-wear.

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

10. Tiffany & Co.: up 6% to $2.38 Billion
- Did not place last year; brand refused to discount in 2009, plans to expand to Asia and Western Europe.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.

28 Apr

Armani Hotel Dubai

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa, by Emaar Properties

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa, by Emaar Properties

The Armani Hotel Dubai, designed by Giorgio Armani for Emaar Properties, has finally opened its doors after much anticipation. The hotel has 160 rooms and suites and is located in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building ever made. The Armani Hotel Dubai lobby occupies the ground floor, guest rooms on floors 1-8, suites on floors 38-39, and Armani Residences on floors 9-16.

One night at the best suite in the Armani Hotel Dubai will cost you $10,900 at full price (or visit their website for an already discounted price of $6,530). There are 8 different types of guest rooms and suites, all incorporating the minimalistic elegance of Giorgio Armani. Rooms and suites are all finished with precious materials, walls are clad in custom-made luxe fabrics and hand made leather from Florence, floors are covered in Japanes Tatami, and bathroom floors feature green bamboo marble from Brazil. Rooms also feature Armani Casa pieces, including oak tables with a liquid metal finish, created just for Armani Hotel Dubai.

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai provides a variety of fine and casual elegant dining, with 8 different places to choose from. Prive lounge has marble tables and the largest LCD TV in the world, playing Armani fashion shows. Prive’s table minimum is $816, and features resident and international DJs.

The Spa is available to “Armani Style” members only. Hotel staff will review guest profiles to determine if they meet certain, mysterious criteria.

Retail spaces include Armani Dolci, for Italian sweets; Armani Fiori, for floral arrangements personally designed by Giorgio Armani; and Armani Galleria, for haute couture fashion accessories from the Armani Prive collection, previously only available to a select few upon invitation only.

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai Residences in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai Residences in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

Armani Hotel Dubai in the Burj Khalifa designed by Giorgio Armani

16 Apr

Hollywood Sign To Become A Luxury Hotel?

Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Ever since the real estate investors who own adjacent land to the famous Hollywood sign expressed an interest in selling it to developers to build luxury homes, there has been concern about the future of this famous Hollywood landmark.

The Trust for Public Land and the Hollywood Sign Trust began an emergency fund-raising campaign. They have $1 million left that they need to raise before the April 30th deadline in order to save the 138 acres of land the Hollywood sign lives on.

A proposal was recently submitted by Danish architect, Christian Bay Jorgensen. He met with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to suggest a luxury hotel that would incorporate the sign by rebuilding each letter 90 feet tall (twice the current size). The hotel would be built behind the letters, and would include public space to host awards ceremonies.

Fortunately, this proposal was refused, but the sign’s future remains uncertain. Perhaps celebrities of Hollywood should step up – like in 1978, when the letters were in need of refurbishing, and Hugh Hefner hosted an auction and each of the letters were sold to a different celebrity!

13 Apr

Le Carre Hermes Book

What are the ultimate travel accessories? A Hermes scarf and big black sunglasses! Now you can learn all about the history and stories behind your favorite Hermes scarf in the new Le Carre Hermes book

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The limited version is bound with the “Quadridge” print silk Hermes scarf, gilded with real gold. It is also available in a hardback version.

Le Carre Hermes book.

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

Le Carre Hermes book

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9 Apr

Atreides Luxury Yacht

The Atreides Luxury Yacht was designed by Serbian designer Vuk Dragovic. This super luxurious yacht has a hot tub and a retractable pool that goes out into the ocean. The pool includes a lining to keep you safe while swimming!

Atreides Luxury Yacht

Atreides Luxury Yacht

Atreides Luxury Yacht

Atreides Luxury Yacht

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2 Apr

Crocodile Bentley

Russia has made yet another crazy car! With all the outlandish automobiles in Russia, I guess it takes a lot to stand out. This time they’ve covered a Bentley Continental GT in African Buffalo hide and painted and embossed it to look like crocodile skin:

Crocodile Bentley Continental GT
Crocodile Bentley Continental GT

Bentley Continental GT Crocodile Skin
Crocodile Bentley Continental GT

 

Igor Kozin, Robert Mauser, Igor Ryabov and Nikolai Mikhailov spent 9 months completing this project.

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