New York Fashion Week, held in February and September of each year, is a semi-annual series of events (generally lasting 7–9 days) when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, the press and the general public.
The Louis Vuitton Cup was a yachting competition connected with the America’s Cup. The Louis Vuitton Cup was used as the selection series to select the team to sail as the challenger in the America’s Cup.
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, also known as the KCAs or Kids Choice Awards, is an annual awards show that airs on the Nickelodeon cable channel, which is usually held on a Saturday night in late March or early April, that honors the year’s biggest television, movie, and music acts, as voted by Nickelodeon viewers.
The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) Nascar Sprint Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is one of the four restrictor plate races on the Sprint Cup schedule. The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse.
Italian fashion house Valentino and Vogue magazine agree: male model Derek Zoolander is so hot right now.
While fictional, Derek Zoolander, played by actor and comedian Ben Stiller, is taking the high fashion industry by storm through catwalk appearances, in-store happenings and by landing the coveted cover of Vogue’s February issue.
French leather goods house Hermès is furthering its La Nature theme for 2016 by collaborating with an African art collective.
The art collective, Ardmore, established in 1985, features the ceramics of Zulu, Zimbabwean and Sotho potters based in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has cast Sophia Loren in a three-act film, capturing the generational appeal of its latest women’s fragrance and its inspiration, the rose.
Dolce & Gabbana’s film was created to support the Dolce Rosa Excelsa fragrance and stars Italian Academy Award winners Ms. Loren, Giuseppe Tornatore and Ennio Morricone.
Yves Saint Laurent will be the subject of two museums, one in Paris and another in Marrakech, Morocco, cities in which the late fashion designer split his time.
Both the Paris and Marrakech museums are being organized by the Foundation Pierre Bergé, founded in 2004 to preserve the fashion house and Mr. Saint Laurent’s legacy.
Exclusivity and desirability go hand in hand for China’s wealthy, with the same brands ranked in the top five for both characteristics in a new study by Promise Consulting and BNP Exane.
Hermès takes home top prize for exclusivity, which measures the consistent quality of goods, the brand’s prestige, the valuation of the brand’s customers and its ability to justify a high price point.
French luxury conglomerate LVMH has reported a 16 percent revenue increase from the year-ago, with recorded revenue for the group being $38.9 billion for 2015.
Overall for 2015, the group saw organic revenue growth of 6 percent as momentum in Europe, the United States and Japan continued, despite a slowdown in other Asian markets.
Exhibitions give brands an opportunity to extend that attention. A four-week run for an exhibition like this may not sound like long but compared to a 12-minute catwalk show, it is a lifetime. And the money invested seems wise when you compare the dollars-per-second of a catwalk show versus a month-long exhibition.
Citing Kim Kardashian West’s daughter North as a muse, French fashion house Balmain has introduced its first children’s line.
Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing announced the collection on his personal Instagram saying, “Welcome to my new Balmain Kids!”, with the brand’s official channels following suit with a personal statement from the designer.
British accessories label Anya Hindmarch is making strategic additions to its leadership team to aid in its global development.
Vanessa Van Dyke is starting as commercial director in February, while Orianna Cirocco joined the brand in late 2015 as collections director.
Italian menswear label Ermenegildo Zegna has announced the departure of head of design Stefano Pilati, confirming rumors that surfaced earlier this week.
The designer is ending his three-year tenure with the family-owned brand, during which he oversaw the creation of the label’s couture collections.
French fashion house Chanel has selected actress Kristen Stewart as the new face of its cosmetics.
In the past, Ms. Stewart has worked with Chanel in both print and digital marketing, but for the atelier’s ready-to-wear lines and concepts exploring heritage. Selecting a familiar face for the cosmetics segment maintains brand consistency, and given Ms. Stewart’s fanbase of young girls from the “Twilight” film franchise, beauty products offer an entry-level price point.
French fashion house Christian Dior is writing a new narrative for its Poison fragrance line in a bid for a younger demographic’s interest.
Developed by Francois Demachy, Dior’s Poison Girl is a new addition to the fragrance range, offering a “sweet floral, scandalously delicious” scent for women with an “alluring and nonchalant femininity.”
Italian jeweler Bulgari is reinforcing the timelessness of craftsmanship and design with a new B.zero1 collection.
Back in 1999, Bulgari designed three different prototypes to usher in the new millennium, with the uniform gold design ultimately being revealed to the world under the name B.zero1. Reviving a design from the same period as a continuation of the line embodies Bulgari’s ethos of fusing the past and present in its products.
Italy’s Fendi has drawn inspiration from the timepiece industry by allowing the consumer to personalize the strap of her handbag.
Handbags are commonly referred to as the most personal aspect of a woman’s wardrobe, as a style can work to define her personality traits while also echoing a statement.
Known for its plush setting, exclusive invite list, and top-of-the-line timepieces, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) is the high-end watch industry’s annual coming-out party.
Held in Geneva from January 18 through 22, this year’s show played host to 24 prestige watchmakers—from power brands Cartier and IWC to independents MB&F and Kari Voutilainen—who took the occasion to woo an adoring community of retailers, collectors, and watch writers.
Earlier this month, Lucara Diamond, a Canadian-based mining company with quarries in Botswana and Lesotho, unearthed the second-largest diamond ever discovered, the Karowe AK6.
Discovered in Botswana using newly installed X-ray technology, the 1,111-carat gem is roughly the size of a tennis ball. It is second only to the 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond that was discovered in 1905 and cut into the Crown Jewels of the British monarchy.
Italian automaker Maserati is demonstrating the snow-friendly properties of its Q4 all-wheel drive system with a limited engagement in Aspen, CO.
From Feb. 11- 20, consumers will be able to test-drive the brand’s all-wheel drive sedans, the Quattroporte and the Ghibli, in the mountainous ski town from a number of local resorts.
A collector in California will be the first consumer in the world to receive British automaker Rolls-Royce’s new model, Dawn.
The collector placed a winning bid of $750,000 for the Dawn during the Naples Winter Wine Festival Auction in Naples, FL on Jan. 31. With the release of the Dawn model, which was promoted heavily on social media and through a digital launch, Rolls-Royce is ushering in a new era.
British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is investing in a “living laboratory” to help develop connected and autonomous vehicles.
Forty-one miles of roads running through Coventry and Solihull in the United Kingdom will turn public roads into a laboratory for testing new connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies.
British automaker Bentley’s in-house coach building division Mulliner is rolling out a new range of possibilities for consumers to personalize their bespoke Flying Spur sedans.
Now, consumers will be able to make their vehicle their own with the addition of a refrigerated cooler, sterling silver atomizers, quilted leather or painted veneers.
It’s love month which means Valentine’s day and award season. I think showing love to someone can be very simple and special if you give it some sort of thought. I love really intimate places and being able to spend quality time with the person you care about is very important. For example intimate; dinners at The Waverly Inn in New York and Jules Verne in Paris at the Eiffel Tower, or a very lovely dinner at the Mark Hotel. A really special place for love is the Glenmere Mansion even though it is just a little over an hour outside of the city, it feels like you’ve been transported back to Tuscany. The service is really good, the rooms are amazing, and it is a very special place to stay. This would be the perfect place to go to for a weekend getaway.
One of the things I want to talk about is diversity. The Oscars are the Oscars. It is the shining star of the entertainment industry and should always be respected as such. I don’t know why Jada and Will Smith decided to pick the oscars for their diversity campaign. The Oscars are just an opportunity for people who’ve done very well in their craft to be rewarded with that honor. Not an opportunity for people to eat sour grapes. Will and Jada wake up!
I love the new iPad pro. It’s very cool and fits perfectly into my backpack, yet still big enough to feel as if I’m carrying my computer around with me.
The typical love gifts are chocolate, jewelry, or some type of sexy lingerie. Why not do some research and find cool things such as Jean – Georges doing a private dinner for two or spa treatments at the couples suite at the Mandarin Oriental. Do something that two people can do together and you will remember. You could do something off the chart by dropping everything and booking 2 tickets to Paris and stay at Le Bristol. There’s nothing more romantic in life than being able to pick up and spend some time at this beautiful palace.
One of the things that I do love is the Tao groups new restaurant venture, Vandal. The artwork and the collaboration with the decor was extremely interesting. The fact that they used my favorite florist, Ovando for the entrance for this establishment, was very special. The food on the other hand still needs to be worked on.
So if you do plan to travel during love/award season, feel free to call me so I can connect you with Michelle Rosen of Pro Travel, who can put together any trip you could possibly think of. All of you last minute shoppers, the perfect gift in my opinion is always something from Jo Malone. If anyone is thinking about me, I’m looking for a new luxury candle. To Will and Jada: find something else to bitch about. I’m more than happy to send you a list.
Hope everyone had an amazing Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to watch the Oscars.
LVMH-owned Krug is hosting a multi-sensory tasting event to better acquaint consumers with its Champagnes.
The fourth edition of “Krug en Capitale,” taking place March 8-12, will feature a “musical vegetable garden,” which guests can experience before siting down to a meal prepared by a Michelin-starred chef.
LVMH-owned Champagne house Veuve Clicquot is letting consumers send a message in a bottle with a personalization feature.
Veuve Clicqout is letting its Rosé do the talking with new novelty boxes that give lovers the opportunity to record a message or spell out a note to their beloved with adhesive letters.
Danish star chef and restaurateur Claus Meyer, co-owner of Noma, is opening his next New York project in Brownsville, according to DNAinfo. Meyer’s nonprofit The Melting Pot Foundation, which has opened restaurants and culinary schools teaching prisoners and marginalized youth how to cook, will be debuting an outpost at 69 Belmont Ave. in a former 99-cent store.
The Ritz-Carlton, Macau is making itself a site for all occasions with its latest set of promotions.
Three new room packages capitalize on recent trends without ignoring more traditional reasons for travel and are billed as “providing guests with extraordinary experiences.”
Japanese department store Isetan Mitsukoshi has opened an airport-style duty-free store within its Ginza, Tokyo location to appeal to the increasing number of tourists visiting the country.
Isetan opened the Japan Duty Free Ginza store on Jan. 27 on the 8th floor of the Mitsukoshi department store, in partnership with Tokyo’s airport authorities and the NAA Retailing Corp.
Four Seasons Resorts Bali in Indonesia is taking advantage of a celestial coincidence to immerse guests in local culture.
On March 9, both Four Seasons Bali resorts will host Nyepi Eclipse Yoga to commemorate the Balinese holiday and the solar eclipse. The program not only capitalizes on growing trends, but also is designed in accordance with local traditions that lend the activity an authentic cultural experience.
British automaker Jaguar Land Rover is offering consumers the trip of a lifetime to promote the latest Range Rover model.
Over a three week period, consumers will drive the Range Rover SVAutobiography from Nice, France to Monaco, through the Dolomite and Atlas mountain ranges, the Atacama desert in Chile and many more destinations.
LVMH-owned watchmaker Tag Heuer is continuing focus on its connected timepiece through a partnership with German football league Bundesliga.
Bundesliga is the first partner outside Tag Heuer’s ambassadors to work with the watchmaker on an exclusive for the Tag Heuer Connected watch.
This morning, the applause of audiophiles everywhere filled the air after the announcement of Sennheisser’s new Orpheus headphones—the German sound pioneer’s latest acoustic alchemy.
Touted as “the best headphones in the world,” the elite electrostatic system culls cutting-edge technology, materials, and craftsmanship for a listening experience unrivaled in precision of sonic reproduction, spatiality, and frequency response.
Many of today’s top luxury cars can be equipped with a high-fidelity stereo system, either as a standard amenity or as an option. During the last several years, companies including Burmester, Meridian, and Bang & Olufsen, which are revered for their home audio systems, have begun manufacturing high-fidelity systems for luxury carmakers.
Marco Arment, a developer who helped found Tumblr and then Instapaper, has written a blog post describing the Apple Watch as a “confused product” that needs to be “rethought to do less, better.”
“The Apple Watch is a confused product, designed like a tiny iPhone,” Arment writes. “To be great, the Apple Watch needs to be rethought to do less, better.”