Rococo Dessous, the first lingerie line made of 24-karat gold thread, hit Lingerie Fashion Week Friday with a collection dedicated to "the modern princess."
According to the Rococo Dessous website, each piece is produced from Swiss gold fabric and hand-stitched in New York, made-to-order for each client with a unique number.
"The desire for gold fashion was born in the world’s first grand civilization in Egypt where Tutankhamun wore linens embroidered with the precious metal. All great empires then followed in this tradition, from the Chinese dynasties to Russian Tsars to Louis XIV, who prohibited the use of gold for everybody except himself and his court. Then, with the French revolution, gold disappeared from fashion…until now."
The Veyron EB 16.4 is named in honour of Pierre Veyron, a Bugatti development engineer, test driver and company race driver who, with co-driver Jean-Pierre Wimille, won the 1939 24 hours of Le Mans while driving a Bugatti.
This particular Veyron was constructed to special order in 2009 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Veyron’s win in this legendary race.
The EB in the title are the initials of Ettore Bugatti and the 16.4 denotes that the engine comprises 16 cylinders in a W configuration with 4 turbochargers. The 8 litre power plant produces 1001 horsepower (736 kW) and 922 lbf·ft of torque (1,250 Nm). The Veyron will accelerate to 62 mph (100km/h) in 2.46 seconds thanks to its four wheel drive system and can achieve a top speed of 253 mph (405 km/h).
The eye catching colour scheme of metallic gold and metallic brown paintwork is complemented by a beige and tobacco leather interior. The Le Mans script can be found on the door sill plates, on the front wings and embroidered into the seat backs. The Bugatti has covered only 4,500 km from new and will be supplied with a fresh service along with the spare key and speed key in a presentation box, trickle charger and original brochure.
This car represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire a specially commissioned one-of-a-kind Bugatti Veyron with very low mileage and only one owner in exceptional condition.
In 1916, master perfumers created a new fragrance in a small perfumer's laboratory in the old town centre of Parma.
It was unusually fresh and modern compared to the perfumes of German origin, stronger and more intense, that were then so popular. This was the first real Italian eau de cologne, and it expressed a new sensibility. The most striking thing was the purity of the fragrance produced exclusively with natural ingredients. To this day, its composition has never been changed.
Over the years, the popularity of Acqua di Parma continued to grow. The iconic Art Deco bottle known and loved today was created in the 1930s and instantly saw Colonia become the perfume of the era. For Acqua di Parma international success came in the 1950s, when Hollywood film stars travelled to Italy and discovered Colonia in highly exclusive tailor shops, where it's unmistakeable Italian style and elegance was heightened. By the 1960s, Acqua di Parma had become an exclusive, high society perfume house.
In 1993 Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Diego Della Valle and Paolo Borgomanero, worldwide known among most successful Italian entrepeneurs, invested in Acqua di Parma out of their desire to safeguard an ancient Italian tradition. Growth was rapid: the opening of the first Acqua di Parma boutique in 1998, in via Gesù, Milan, alongside better known names of high fashion and prêt-à-porter, was followed by numerous counters in the most exclusive stores around the world.
Meanwhile, the success of Colonia led to the launch of a wide range of Acqua di Parma products, all true to the characteristics that had made it a byword for Italian sophistication over the years. New interpretations of Colonia were launched, new product lines were created; such as a feminine fragrance, Profumo, Blu Mediterraneo fragrances, and a refined home and leather collection. This evolution gradually widened Acqua di Parma's horizons, enabling it to grow into a successful lifestyle brand.
An important new chapter in the history of Acqua di Parma arrived in 2001, when LVMH bought into Acqua di Parma. This enhanced the brand's international appeal and led to a translation of its values into new lines and products expressing an original concept of contemporary luxury. A new feminine collection was introduced (Le Nobili) and the world of Blu Mediterraneo increased its range with a specific skincare line, the Blu Mediterraneo Italian Resort. In 2008, Acqua di Parma diversified further, into the world of luxury health spas.
All the lines continue to be produced strictly in Italy and are distributed in 36 countries worldwide.
Quentin Tarantino’s favorite actress is following in the footsteps of Penelope Cruz as the star of the Campari calendar, whose 15th edition will be released for 2014.
The star will interpret “Worldwide Celebrations,” the theme of this year’s edition, to be photographed by Koto Bolofo.
In the 2014 calendar from the Italian spirits brand, each month will honor a certain culture and its signature holidays and celebrations.
Rather than an everyday reference, this calendar is above all an artistic creation, sold in limited edition to collectors worldwide.
Uma Thurman will be the 15th star of the Campari calendar. She marks the end of Campari’s recent streak of selecting Spanish actors, as she was preceded by Benicio Del Toro and Penelope Cruz in previous years.
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The sales of ultra-luxury services and goods are booming.
This trend is likely to continue because the number of exceptionally wealthy individuals is increasing arithmetically.
More telling is that their levels of wealth are magnifying at an even greater rate.
The strong demand for the highest quality services is a clear indication of the appeal of extreme luxury.
The 007 Experience it’s not just a high-end travel that is pointing to the breathtaking experience of ultra-luxury; but it’s the array of extraordinarily high caliber products being to your disposal.
Luxury cars, Hotel 5 Stars, Hostess for Dinner, Exclusive venue in the best Restaurants & Night Club, Elicopter or Private Jet transfer, Yacht charter...
Skorpyo Team organize every thing to give you a unique and unforgettable experience.
Let’s consider live a week end with some of the finest services in the world in Principality of Monaco.
Without question, the future of 007 Experience is extremely bright.
Australian actress Michelle Williams is the face of Louis Vuitton's Fall/Winter 2013 ad campaign.
Williams looks downright sultry, posing with the latest bags from Louis Vuitton's fall/winter 2013 range. Her quirky pixy-cut, chocolate colored nails, bold red lips and perfectly shaped eyebrows show off the 32 year-old's natural beauty and elegance.
Louis Vuitton also released a behind-the-scenes video at the shoot, where her quirky and fun-loving personality shines through.
Nothing defines absolute luxury better than superyacht sailing in open water.
Last year, at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show, a UK based firm ‘Silver Arrow Marine’ showcased concept Granturismo motor yacht which was being developed in partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
The design renderings were convention breaking and managed to become the show stopper.
Almost a year later, yesterday, the company announced they have cruised past a significant new milestone in its development with the signing-off of the final design jointly developed with Mercedes Benz Style team.
London’s vibrant dining scene showcases quality, diversity and innovation with a continuing explosion of restaurant openings, pop-ups and street food vendors that deliver a global range of innovative cuisines for every meal of the day.
At the same time, there is now more focus than ever before on the provenance and quality of ingredients ensuring that the very best from local and national producers is sourced to go onto our plates.
Spoilt for choice
The result? It’s harder than ever to decide where to eat out in the capital. All In London (www.AllinLondon.co.uk) has one solution: its own definitive index of London’s best restaurants, the All In One Ultimate Restaurant List for London 2013.
How it works
The All In One Ultimate Restaurant List is formulated using a closely-guarded algorithm to index the most respected restaurant awards, reviews and scores, producing a definitive, impartial list of London’s best restaurants.
The list collates ratings from established guidebooks such as Michelin, AA and The Good Food Guide, as well as expert industry and media awards including The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, The Sunday Times Top 100 and the Observer Food Monthly Awards, to name but three. The formula normalises the various ratings and awards into an easily digestible score allowing you to directly and fairly contrast one London restaurant with another.
Another great year for The Ledbury
Brett Graham and his team at The Ledbury have scooped the gong for a second year running as they top the unified list of London’s top 100 restaurants.
Second place is taken by Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, who topped the list in 2011; and third place went to The Square: Philip Howard and co-owner Nigel Platts-Martin’s eatery is still a culinary force to be reckoned with after 21 years.
The Top 10
01. The Ledbury
02. Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
03. The Square
04. Gordon Ramsay
05. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
06. Le Gavroche
08. Pollen Street Social
09. Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
10. Pitt Cue Co
Movers and shakers
The full list of 100, of course, makes fascinating reading, with Pitt Cue Co’s fashionable menu of BBQ ribs, pulled pork, brisket and bourbon enters at number 10 this year: other entrants to the list include Corner Room, The Delaunay, Hawksmoor Guildhall, and Dabbous.
Watch out for…
The List is based on third party awards, accolades and results, which means that some new openings will not have had the opportunity to gain a listing. All in One expects the following to feature strongly next time round: Restaurant Story, Balthazar, Duck and Waffle, Lima, Bubbledogs, and HKK.
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Qatar Airways has launched its flagship high-street ticket office at the iconic Harrods department store in Knightsbridge London - next to the Harrods Bank.
Customers will be able to book flights to over 128 destinations around the world from the office, as well as take advantage of the company’s personalised booking service.
With an emphasis on luxury, the world-famous store seems a natural fit for the airline, which offers meals created by Michelin-starred chefs for passengers flying in its Premium Class.
Mohammed Al-Fayed sold Harrods for £1.5 billion to investment company Qatar Holdings in 2010, forging a close link to the Arab state.
The Hublot Classic Fusion series is now adorned with the magic of Greek islands.
After the runaway success of Classic Fusion Extra–Thin Skeleton, and Ferrari 250 GTO Classic Fusion last year, Hublot has added two new limited edition series called Mykonos, which glorifies Greece. These watches represent the classiness of a windmill, which a symbol of Mykonos representing the link between earth and sea. The watches sport a 45 mm diameter and are equipped with a chronograph movement with date, 280 components, 59 jewels, and a power reserve of 42 hours.
The blue and white theme represents the Greek waters, with gold time indexes and counters which gives the impression of shimmering sea surface bathed in sunshine.