Luxury Facts http://www.luxuryfacts.com The Unique, The Exquisite And The Rare LVMH becomes the majority investor in Off-White http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6463 July 22, 2021: Announcing a definitive agreement on the significant expansion of the relationship between American designer Virgil Abloh and LVMH, the latter is set to become the majority investor in Off-White, Mr. Abloh’s brand. Owning 60% interest in the trademark following the acquisition, Mr. Abloh will retain a 40% interest and stay on as the creative director of his 2013-founded label.



Virgil Abloh Off-White LVMH



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Appointed the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection in March 2018, Mr. Abloh will continue in that role while jointly pursuing new projects with LVMH. This controversial designer has skillfully combined his penchant for streetwear with the historical elegance of Louis Vuitton. 



In addition to this acquisition, Mr. Abloh and LVMH have agreed to leverage the Group’s expertise to launch new brands and partner with existing ones in a variety of sectors beyond the realm of fashion.



Expressing his pleasure over this, Bernard Arnault, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH spoke about how they are thrilled to expand their successful partnership with Mr. Abloh, and are looking forward to supporting him and the team in both driving the growth of Off-White and in working together with him to bring his unique sensibility to a broader range of luxury categories.



The Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Louis Vuitton, Michael Burke echoed Mr. Arnault’s words and talked about the lasting impression that Mr. Abloh has made on the House of Louis Vuitton, with a profoundly inclusive philosophy, creating a new contemporary men’s fashion language.



Born in Rockford, Illinois to Ghanaian immigrant parents and based in Chicago now, Mr. Abloh spoke about his vision for this partnership, on how he has built Off-White to be a brand designed to empower our generation and challenge the status quo. Combining that with the additional firepower and scale to accelerate that momentum by LVMH, Off-White can evolve into a truly multi-line luxury brand. 



While the New Guards Group will remain an operating partner for Off-White through its licensing agreement with Off-White LLC, this investment transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to be completed within the next 60 days.


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Explore Norway from north to south with Finding Kos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6462 Up Norway Finding Kos journey





July 20, 2021: Sustainable luxury operator Up Norway has debuted a slow journey after the recent announcement that Norway’s border should begin to reopen to fully vaccinated US travellers on August 10.





Spanning over 28 days, this slow journey includes experiences that embody the intangible concept of Kos. It is a state of mind, being wholly grateful and appreciative, peaceful and happy. It is a feeling that can be felt alone or with others. It is said that one is more likely to achieve kos when they take their time travelling, basking in the simple joys of natural beauty and culture - all that is found in Norway especially. 





The new Up Norway Kos Journey enables travellers to explore the well-known western coast of Norway, the iconic Lofoten islands and the more exotic area of Finnmark in the far north, over the course of four weeks. This journey features awe-inspiring sceneries and Arctic light, traditional Nordic gastronomy, a rich and forward-thinking culture and the absolute best of hosts in hotels and lodging - incorporating many key elements synonymous with Norway.



Up Norway Finding Kos journey





The journey includes many diverse locations, each more remote than the last:





1. Aurland/Lærdal - A UNESCO heritage fjord landscape that has fresh air, green rolling hills and waterfalls within its surroundings. Guided experiences here include a tour of the famed King’s Road and stave church, a fjord rowing experience and pasture farm hike.





2. The Sunnmøre Alps - Breathtaking natural scenery is combined with a vineyard visit and lunch, a fjord cruise with village visit, a traditional Norwegian flatbread (lefse) baking course with a local resident and an authentic Nordic massage.



Up Norway Finding Kos journey





3. Western Lofoten – Offering spectacular vistas as far as the eyes can see, Norwegians joke that this area is “nature on steroids”. Here, travellers can get active with a privately guided mountain hike and kayaking tour, a Lofoten fishing experience, and a cheese making course at a goat farm.





4. Finnmark- Located in the most northern reaches of Norway, this place is an explosion of colours in the summers, which is a stark difference from the battered landscape during the long-lasting winters. Travellers can enjoy the Northern lights and dog sledding in the winters, whale watching in the spring, or hiking, fishing and river boating in the summer - all depending on when they choose to travel. The experience also includes an introduction to indigenous Sami culture and their close bonds to animals and nature.



Up Norway Finding Kos journey





Itineraries can also be adjusted to travellers’ interests, preferences and the season. Celebrating the reopening, and to encourage travellers to find kos, Up Norway is offering a special “Welcome Back” savings of 10% on its journeys taken between September and November 2021. Also recognising the need for flexibility at this time, Up Norway is also currently offering no penalties for postponement for up to 18 months, alongside the option to cancel for any reason up to 31 days in advance of a journey.





Starting at US$ 12,500 per person, the Kos Journey includes authentic and premium accommodations. The prices will vary according to the number of people traveling together, the mode of domestic transportation, room/cabin/suite category, meal and activity inclusions.


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The Gucci X 100 Thieves backpack is an uber-cool, distinctive accessory to sport http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6461 Gucci X 100 Thieves red backpack



July 20, 2021: Unveiling its latest adventure in the field of esports, Gucci has announced its new collaboration with the Los Angeles based apparel, lifestyle and gaming brand, 100 Thieves.



This collaboration features a limited-edition numbered series of backpacks from the Gucci Off The Grid collection, which are bright red in colour, with a black leather trim and multiple pockets, and a distinctive circular black leather patch with the 100 Thieves logo in silver. These special backpacks are made from sustainably sourced and recycled materials, including ECONYL, which is made from carpets, fishing nets and other scraps. The manufacturing process of this collection furthers the Gucci-ECONYL Pre Consumer Fabric Takeback Program, by incorporating the recovery and upcycling of nylon fabric scraps.



Gucci X 100 Thieves red backpack



Available on gucci.com and Gucci Beverly Hills, these 200 backpacks will be presented in a box made from recycled paper, and within a red pouch in recycled nylon, featuring both the Gucci and the 100 Thieves logos. 



Drawing on the shared values of diversity, self-expression and championing the importance of being able to hold a personal perspective without feeling limited by convention; this collaboration also stands for both companies’ commitment to sustainability and respect. 



Gucci X 100 Thieves red backpack



This collaboration is also representative of the first chapter of many that Gucci and 100 Thieves will write together to promote their shared values, helping drive the fashion and gaming industries towards a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable future.



A digital campaign spotlighting the backpacks and their significance, while also introducing alongside the dynamic people behind 100 thieves to the Gucci community was shot by Guy Arch, the New York based director and photographer. 



Gucci X 100 Thieves red backpack



This campaign features seven of the 100 Thieves content creators: Valkyrae, Neekolul, BrookeAB, Nadeshot, CouRageJD, Yassuo and Kris London; and two of its pro players, Ssumday and Kenny. Showing a day in the office, the campaign was shot at their world class gaming facility, known as the Compound.


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Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala opens up in Himachal Pradesh http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6460 Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala



July 20, 2021: Set in the scenic foothills of the mighty Dhauladhar mountain range, Radisson Blu Dharamshala has recently opened its doors to guests. The location of this resort makes it the perfect idyllic getaway for travellers, with the ideal combination of leisure and business amenities on offer.



With 120 uniquely designed rooms, the hotel is easy accessible from Kangra airport and overlooks the most spectacular view of the picturesque Kangra valley. It also has an independent access from the Khaniyara road connected to NH 503. It is conveniently located to make it much more easier to explore popular tourist destinations around Dharamshala. 



Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala



The Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala is a unit of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, with Radisson Blu as their chosen strategic partner, according to the Director, R.P. Singh.



Radisson Hotel Group’s Managing Director and Vice President of Operations for South Asia, Zubin Saxena, also spoke about how the opening of this resort marks new milestones for the business; being the fourth hotel opening in 2021, one step closer to achieving the 15 new hotels set to open this year.



Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala



The resort is located 6 kilometres away from the iconic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium,  and is spread over 30,000 sqm. The portfolio of the rooms at the resort include standard, superior, deluxe, suite and presidential suite categories. With three banquet halls of capacities upto 100 pax, the place also boasts of another outdoor venue which makes it ideal for hosting weddings and social functions set in the backdrop of the unparalleled views of the Kangra valley. Also on offer are numerous onsite dining options serving a variety of cuisines as well as an enviable selection of premium wines and spirits.



In addition to this, the resort amenities include a full-service branded spa, offering guests a 360° immersive experience through natural, holistic and rejuvenating beauty treatments, aside from a contemporary fitness studio, a temperature-controlled infinity pool and a meditation room. With several family recreation options such as an outdoor kids’ play area, family picnic spots in the serene pine forest and a cozy cards room, the resort is an ideal getaway for families and groups of travellers.



Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala



Maintaining the health and safety of its guests and team members as a top priority, the resort follows the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol. In-depth cleanliness and disinfection protocols were developed with a world leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS, and are designed to ensure guests’ safety and peace of mind of mind from check-in to check-out.


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One of the rarest Air Jordans up for auction at Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6459 July 20, 2021: Coinciding with the release of the sequel of Space Jam, Sotheby’s is offering Michael Jordan signed ‘Player Sample’ Deadstock Air Jordan ‘Space Jam’ sneakers in a single-lot, online auction. 



Space Jam Jordan Air for auction



These are one of the rarest, most-coveted Air Jordans which were created in 1995 for the smash hit film released in 1996, Space Jam. They are also one of the few handful known to exist. This pair was made according to Michael Jordan’s specifications, and are the same model that he wore throughout the famous finale basketball game in the movie.



The pair is estimated to fetch bids as high as US$ 150,000 to 200,000 and would be offered in a custom designed wood and velvet box. On public view in Sotheby’s Avenue galleries from July 15 to 26, this pair is in perfect deadstock condition and never-been-used before, and are a ‘Player Exclusive’.



Space Jam Jordan Air for auction



This colorway was exclusively produced for Mr. Jordan and not sold in retail stores. The coding on the interior states ‘BBMN04-950112-FTPS’. BBM means ‘Basketball Mens’ and “950112-FTPS” indicates the production date of 1995. “FTPS” means that they are made out of the Feng Tay factory, and are Player Samples. This pair of shoes are in Michael Jordan’s Air Jordan 11 size 13, and have been signed by him in silver ink.



Designed by the legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, the patent leather on the uppers of the shoe also allowed Mr. Jordan to wear these sneakers with a suit. 


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Burberry’s new TB Summer Monogram collection campaign stars Naomi Campbell http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6458 Burberry Naomi Campbell Monogram campaign



July 20, 2021: Naomi Campbell has been revealed as the face of Burberry’s new campaign for the TB Summer Monogram collection, which is an evolution designed by the Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci.



Celebrating the spirit of summer and the optimism of a new season, this campaign plays on Burberry’s house code of duality and expresses a journey between worlds - combining the exquisiteness of still imagery with the modernness of CGI technology.



Burberry Naomi Campbell Monogram campaign



The images captured by photographer Danko Steiner show the inimitable Ms. Campbell standing strong atop architectural plinths reflected in mirrored water - a starkly minimalist reinterpretation of coastal terrains. The powerful, effortless, beautiful imagery of the campaign seamlessly transforms into a dream-like digital realm in the campaign video, which features a CGI embodiment of Ms. Campbell and has been created by visual artist Frederik Heyman.



Burberry Naomi Campbell Monogram campaign



The video is like a harmonious and futuristic vision, with beautiful structures melding nature and machine, as suspended shell sculptures rise from the crafted seaside environments.



Talking about how magical an experience it is to be working with Mr. Tisci, Ms. Campbell praises his unique vision and his ability to bring out differing facets by pushing one to do things that they don’t think they are capable of. She says, “Working with Burberry is also always such an honour. It’s a British institution and has been since it started in 1856 - in a way, you feel like you’re representing your country. I feel that British style and attitude always lead the trends. We don’t just wear it, we live it.”



Burberry Naomi Campbell Monogram campaign



A symbolic ode to the brand’s founder, Thomas Burberry, the bold interlocking TB initials have been refreshed with new colour ways inspired by the summer, with cobalt blue, mid grey and deep royal blue. This collection is available to purchase online and in select Burberry stores globally.


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Salvatore Ferragamo uses upcycled materials for its Pre-Spring 2022 Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6457 July 20, 2021: Reflecting the positive future ahead and repurposing the heritage of innovation at Salvatore Ferragamo, the brand has launched its Pre-Spring 2022 Collection.



Ferragamo Pre Spring 2022



Staying true to its fundamental expression, this collection by Ferragamo epitomises the combination of modern craftsmanship with sustainable and modern values.



Ferragamo Pre Spring 2022



Photographed at the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, it was only fitting to have this collection to be recorded at a space whose past incarnation, as first a church, and then a factory; have always been updated to reflect the present. And it was most recently reshaped by Marina, the wife of artist Marino Marini, to be a space dedicated to his creations.



Ferragamo Pre Spring 2022



From an upcycled, overdyed vintage scarf print yardage from the Ferragamo archives to a semi-sheer dress in recycled jersey, the womenswear collection is created keeping the environment in mind. Biker jacket, skirt and sleeveless coat, marinière striped top and black silk knitted skirt. 



Ferragamo Pre Spring 2022



A patchwork upcycled leather minidress and a crinkled washed bomber with logo knit and flared refreshed denim reference to an uber young personality. The split-chino pleated skirt in cotton silk gabardine and an artisan kaleidoscope marbling fil coupe dress bring innovation to the table.



Ferragamo Pre Spring 2022



Menswear is equally conscious with creations made from fully sustainable quilted Gancini (Ferragamo’s monogram). Leather dressing in rich caramel suede, deconstructed silk smoking jacket with mohair trousers, and reinvented carpenter’s jeans make a smart Ferragamo man.



Ferragamo Pre Spring 2022



Accessories are smart, referencing the brand’s classic, successful designs, with men’s accessories giving an ode to the Gancini.


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A. Lange & Soehne launches a limited-edition Cabaret Tourbillon Handwerkskunst http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6456 July 19, 2021: Precision watchmaking becomes an art form with A. Lange and Söhne’s limited edition, Cabaret Tourbillon Handwerkskunst. A milestone in the history of the brand, the 2008 Cabaret Tourbillon could instantaneously stop the balance inside the rotating cage and instantly restart it by pushing the crown home. Lange’s only rectangular model, the Cabaret has been synonymous with extravagance and has been known for a distinctive movement philosophy.



A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon Handerwurkst



Limited to just 30 pieces, the new Cabaret Tourbillon Handwerkskunst emphasises its artistic aura. An extravagant timepiece, this watch combines superb watchmaking artistry with traditional yet elaborate and rare techniques. These include the semi-transparent enamelling of the dial and several manual engravings in lozenge design style.



The three-part dial of this watch is crafted in the manufactory and is made of solid white gold. With the typical Lange outside date manually engraved with a lozenge pattern in the inner area, the regular motif sets a challenge for the engraver as every small deviation is almost instantly visible. 



A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon Handerwurkst



Inspired by the six lozenge-shaped hour markers in the centre, the Roman numerals III, IX and XII stand in the outer zone of the dial with a delicate surface that serves as a stage. A thin line decorated with tremblage visually separates the dial parts from one another, and an engraving technique also graces the frame of the date aperture and of the hand eye.



The dial is coated with a semi-transparent enamel layer which adds an extra depth to the engraving and showcases various metallic shapes of grey, making an outstanding dial with a three-dimensional effect.



A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon Handerwurkst



The separately integrated subsidiary dials for the small seconds and power-reserve indicator, which are traditionally executed with the UP/DOWN display, consist of rhodium-coloured gold, and the hands are also made of rhodium gold. An aperture in the dial reveals the on-minute tourbillon which is suspended between two diamond ends tones. On its top side, the matte-finished tourbillon bridge has a black polishing that is applied using a technique that ranks among the most difficult types of finissage.



The precious frame for this new exclusive version of the first tourbillon with a stop-seconds mechanism is formed by a rectangular case in platinum measuring 29.5 by 39.2 millimetres. Graced with a delpoyant buckle in platinum and a black leather strap with grey stitching, this extravagant masterpiece comes with a limitation engraving on the caseback indicating the rarity of the horological masterpiece.


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Beaded & sequined brilliantly, Fendi’s Couture Autumn-Winter 2021 collection is a delicate vision http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6455 July 19, 2021: Inspired by film director Pier Paolo Pasolini’s neorealistic Roman cinema, with every iconic architecture of the city visible on its mock horizon, designer Kim Jones presented Fendi’s couture collection for Autumn/Winter 2021 recently.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Mr. Jones traced his transition from England to Rome with his debut couture collection, where the Autumn/Winter 2021 collection follows him settling into the Eternal City. 



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Drawn to Pasolini because of his vision of the world, Mr. Jones has found his inspiration in the fascination of Rome with its plenty pasts. He talks of Pasolini as one whose remained constant while he was something of an outsider in Roman history. 



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Reflecting and refracting throughout is Pasolini’s perspective on reality, interwoven with chapters of Rome’s history and addressed within a contemporary context. This collection is one in which nothing is quite as it seems, forms and fabrics introduce infinite illusions. 



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Setting a direction for Fendi that epitomises a popular comprehension of haute couture as easily identifiable, Mr. Jones brings together bold ballroom silhouettes, sumptuous scarface decoration and famous faces with 32 looks. Manifesting his couture expression into decoration and fabrication above all, Mr. Jones talks about how couture clients turn to Fendi for ‘something extravagant’.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



The collection displays overlapping temporalities directly expressed within pieces that reanimate antique garments, with their furs and fabrics scanned and reiterated as ghostly silk jacquards. Locating a poetic transfiguration of the past within the present day are the cornely embroidery and crystal beads. 



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



With life breathed into the Roman statues surrounding the Fendi Palazzo, the expression of their marble drapery is expressed through tromp l’oeil silks, and the arches they inhabit adapted into the heels of the shoes. 



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



The strength of their silhouettes are translated into delicate lace mini dresses, and classic volutes are conjured through intricate embroidery.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Appearing as a constant conceit is the immortal allure of Italian stone, and the methods of its manipulation. Pietra dura inlays become supple leather intarsia and pressed leather pleats capture the delusive spirit of Bernini’s sculptures.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Hand-carved jewellery, made from Italian marble, seem to ripple with movement, as though frozen in time. Mother of pearl mosaics have been layered across handbags, shoes and tulle dresses.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Catching eyes were the allover petal work of Kate Moss’s oversized dress, and the marbling of Amber Valleta’s swathing gown. Mr. Jones’s play with shape and amped up cutting created compelling silhouettes.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021



Reflecting the cultural crossroads through a diverse cast comprising models of all ages, Mr. Jones talked about how the spirit of Fendi is revitalised once more, looking to Rome’s past as it projects towards the future.



Fendi Couture Autumn Winter 2021


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Designer Vaishali Shandangule’s couture debut at Paris meets huge admiration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6454 July 19, 2021: Proudly representing Indian heritage on the global stage, coupled with her conceptual design language, designer Vaishali Shandangule presented her debut couture collection at the Paris Haute Couture Week 2021.



Vaishali Shandungle Paris Couture Week 2021



The first woman designer, and one of the two international guest designers that have been invited by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, Ms. Shandangule’s debut added the extra sparkle to the celebration of two decades of her label.



Presented live at an iconic landmark on the left bank in Paris, Lycée Victor Duruy, the show titled ‘Shwas’ which means breath in Sanskrit, made history in Indian fashion and also marked a groundbreaking moment for the label.



Drawing her inspiration from two things indispensable to designers - breath and thread, Ms. Shandangule was struck by the parallel between this instinctive, involuntary biological function and thread, an equally essential element of the fashion industry.



Vaishali Shandungle Paris Couture Week 2021



This collection not only showcased her unique talent for easily blending traditional weaves and techniques with dramatic silhouettes, but also her unique interpretation of nature and its flow of energy.



The 30 garments in this futuristic collection featured craftsmanship from all over India, including indigenous weaves from West Bengal, Khun from Karnataka and Merino wool woven in Maheshwar. Comprising of darker hues, and known as ‘wearable art’, this collection included some of the designer’s signature techniques such as engineered deconstruction, texturing and cording. The presentation was partnered with Forevermark, a diamond brand from the De Beers Group.



Vaishali speaks of her showcase at PHCW with elation, “As an Indian woman showcasing at the pinnacle of global couture, this is a significant milestone. India has a strong design language in terms of craftsmanship combined with social impact, richness of technique beyond embroidery or plain manufacturing. The idea was to put the Indian peace on the highest platform, in its purest form.”



Vaishali Shandungle Paris Couture Week 2021



But more than a personal milestone, she also talked to WWD about the crisis that the pandemic has brought upon the Indian textile sector. By showcasing the beautiful textiles, handmade fabrics and threads, she feels that she attempts to bring some hope to the approximately 900 families spread all over the country, that depend on her business.


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Tag Heuer teams up with Super Mario for an animated watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6453 July 19, 2021: Celebrating the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the two brands, Tag Heuer and Nintendo have created a limited-edition smartwatch featuring one of Nintendo’s most famous characters: Mario.



Tag Heuer X Super Mario smartwatch



A limited-edition smartwatch that takes fans around the world on a wonderful trip down memory lane - an intrepid iconic hero comes to life in a luxury smartwatch. Super Mario meets Tag Heuer Connected, adding excitement to both watchmaking and gaming worlds, with a watch that brings daring style and new creativity to the avant-garde watchmaker’s collections.



Action is at the heart of this Tag Heuer x Super Mario collaboration, combining luxury and sport with fun features along the way. This watch is a unique combination of the elegance and refinement of a chronograph-inspired timepiece crafted with sterling watchmaking tradition, with a modern, custom-designed digital experience geared towards performance. Offering wearers a versatile and distinct wristwatch to enhance their individual lifestyles, from immersive sport experiences to daily connected services, it encourages them to step up their physical activity with Mario, to be rewarded by the satisfaction and pleasure of marking their progress.



Tag Heuer X Super Mario smartwatch



This edition of the Tag Heuer Connected changes as its user makes progress. The more the wearer is active, the watch face becomes more animated and livelier, which makes for a fun motivation to keep active throughout the day.



An idea inspired by the famed ‘easter egg’ concept, well known by gamers, which includes hiding features and surprises as a bonus in video games, the animations of this smartwatch are based on the gamification rewards system. Greeting the wearer with a welcoming salute in the morning, rewards are unlocked at every stage of the user’s daily target, as they rack up their step count - with a different animation playing out on the dial. And each of these animations takes the form of Super Mario’s famous objects, from the Super Mushroom which makes Mario grow when it’s 3 o’clock to Mario climbing the Goal Pole when 100% of the daily step count target is reached.



Tag Heuer X Super Mario smartwatch



Aside from the unique digital experience, this limited-edition watch delivers on more exclusives - with the interface being completely redesigned in the colours of Super Mario. The exterior of the watch has also been designed with subtle and exclusive references to Super Mario. The crown, push buttons and bezel graduation are filled with the colour of the famous red cap of Super Mario, making it stand out from the core collection. Three iconic symbols are featured in the bezel at the three, six and nine o’clock positions. With the ‘M’ symbol of Mario engraved on the crown, the watch comes with two new interchangeable straps, both featuring the signature Super Mario red colour: an elegant black leather on red rubber and a sporty alternative in complementing red perforated rubber. The spew-down caseback also bears the special inscription of ‘TAG Heuer x Super Mario Limited Edition’.



This Limited Edition watch is presented in a packaging exclusively designed for this collaboration, also available with a travel case in Super Mario red. Limited to 2,000 watches, this edition is available in selected Tag Heuer boutiques and at www.tagheuer.com in some regions.


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Pamper your pooch with ACH’s new pet collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6452 ACH4 Luxury pet beds for dogs



July 19, 2021: Striking the perfect balance between functionality and beauty, while also caring for the planet, home décor brand ACH’s new pet collection, ACH4, features stylish and comfortable beds for dogs and cats, which fit in effortlessly with the decor of modern luxury homes.



ACH4 Luxury pet beds for dogs



No more hiding your pet’s bed when you have guests over, because it just doesn’t match the theme of your interiors. Now you have the choice of bold yet beautifully designed beds, which can be easily combined with modern furniture, contemporary art pieces and trendy home accessories.



Bathed in neutral shades of cream, beige, gold, navy, the beds can be paired with some modern bowls as well in gold, silver, black and pastel pink shades as well.



ACH4 Luxury pet beds for dogs



Made of vegan leather, these sustainable beds are ethically produced without chemicals harmful to the planet. With soft textures and a removable zipper cover, these beds are resistant and washable.




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Kross Studio reaches a fun dimension with Space Jam: A New Legacy Collector Set http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6450 Space Jam A New Legacy Kross Studio Tourbillon watch



July 15, 2021: The upcoming animated/live-action Space Jam: A New Legacy film is the centerpiece of the latest partnership between Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Kross Studio. Kross Studio devised a high-end smart wristwatch and a functional artwork to commemorate the occasion, combining four intriguing worlds: basketball, horology, art and Looney Tunes. 



The watch, with 3 Hz caliber KS 7'000, represents Kross Studio’s efficiency, showcasing their supremacy as a premier design and watch company.  In the middle of the mechanism is a manual hand-wound movement with an enlarged barrel capable of delivering a 5-day power reserve. Leaving no room for the regulator, it is hence placed in a tourbillon cage above the barrel in the center. The core tourbillon cage is surrounded by an open-work basketball-like framework that displays the regulator underneath, towering over the piece. Each of the watch's 281 components are handcrafted to provide the utmost fine-tuned finish.



Space Jam A New Legacy Kross Studio Tourbillon watch



The Tunes Squad enters the stage engraved on the fixed hour wheel, where each character of the “Dream Team” appears ready for action, from Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Tweety to Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Yosemite Sam, Granny, Taz, Speedy Gonzales, Elmer Fudd to Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner.



The watch comes with two straps: one in deep blue calfskin leather and the other in laser abraded rubber, which is colored and textured to seem like the renowned basketball orange. The Space Jam Tourbillon watch features an easily replaceable strap system that enables for quick and easy strap adjustments with a single click of the quick-release buttons on the underneath. 



Space Jam A New Legacy Kross Studio Tourbillon watch



The watch is accompanied by the Kross Studio B-BALL, a design object that serves as a valuable art piece. Each watch comes with an owner's book, a certificate of authenticity, and art handling gloves, all wrapped in a customized wood box. 



Space Jam A New Legacy Kross Studio Tourbillon watch





Space Jam A New Legacy Kross Studio Tourbillon watch



Kross Studio, encouraged by the Tune Squad, aspires to aim higher and play the game in its own unique way. Every aspect of these Collector Sets showcases the design studio's performance and technical proficiency, paired with the whimsical nostalgia of Looney Tunes icons. Launched in time with the release of the film on July 16, 2021, the collector set is a colorful, pulsating take on a game that has global fandom.


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Philippe Lebru’s KB2 clock is a geometrical delight http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6449 KB2 clock MAD Gallery



July 15, 2021: The “KB2” clock (short for Kontwaz Bauhaus 2) is an outcome of a collaboration between Alain Silberstein, a well-known watch designer, and Philippe Lebru, the founder and director of the UTINAM Besancon timepiece company. 



KB2 clock MAD Gallery



Limited to 88 pieces, KB2 is fully developed and crafted by the UTINAM manufacture. Its dial and hands use primary colors and geometric patterns, which are adequate to establish a distinctive design on their own. The fun shapes and shades make the watch as simple as complex. 



Combining the characteristics of a Krono Bauhaus or other Silberstein clocks with a pendulum clock, identical to Lebru's "Pop-up" that was designed and constructed by the UTINAM company, this combination of horology, artistry, craftsmanship, and style is perfect to make any place pop.



KB2 clock MAD Gallery



With prices starting at Euros 22,000, and available at M.A.D. Gallery, this remarkable modern clock is one of the most prominent standard bearers for this renowned worldwide label.




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BMW launches a striking Black Vermillion Edition of the new 2022 BMW X5 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6448 BMW X5 Black Vermillion



July 15, 2021: Combining the characteristic luxury, comfort and high-level performance of an X5 Sports Activity Vehicle with edition-exclusive equipment and details, and a distinct and aggressive exterior design, the 2022 BMW X5 Black Vermillion is unmissable.



Focused on a unique interplay between black and red, the BMW Shadowline high-gloss black kidney grille with red vertical bars creates an eye-catching contrast against the BMW Individual Frozen Black Metallic paint finish.



BMW X5 Black Vermillion



The high-powered character of the X5 Black Vermilion edition is further emphasised by the standard M Sport content, composed of an aggressively styled front and rear bumpers as well as an M high-gloss extended Shadowline exterior trim. With 22-inch, double-spoke 742M light alloy wheels having an edition-exclusive Orbit Grey matte finish and high-gloss red M Sport brake calipers, it creates a striking visual highlight. And the sound matches the looks is an M Sport exhaust system.



BMW X5 Black Vermillion



The interiors of the cabin of this limited-edition BMW X5 showcase additional exclusive elements such as the BMW Individual Full Merino Black leather with red piping and contrast stitching for the front and rear seats. To complete the look, the front and rear floor mats have been finished with red binding. And the cupholder cover bears a finely crafted Edition logo in a BMW Individual Piano Black finish to resonate the limited model’s exclusivity.



Providing a sporty yet sophisticated accent are the glass controls for the iDrive Controller, the automatic gear selector and the Start/Stop button; and the BMW Carbon Fiber Trim which is not regularly available on the X5 40i model. Ensuring comfortable travel for the driver and passengers are standard multi-contour ventilated seats, alongside the M Alcantara Anthracite headliner providing an exceptionally sophisticated ambience.



BMW X5 Black Vermillion



The model is scheduled to be produced in the US for September - December 2021, with approximately 350 units reserved for the US market.


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Omega launches the new Seamaster Aqua Terra as its dedication to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6447 Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Olympics 2021



July 12, 2021: Dedicated to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, Swiss watchmaker Omega has crafted two unique timepieces in tribute to the epochal sporting event, a gold medal of which is the ultimate prize for any athlete.



The Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, and serving in this role for the 29th time this year in July, Omega is embodied with the precision, excellence and commitment required to stand at the top of the podium at the Olympic Games.



Made in full 18K yellow gold, and offered in 38mm or 41mm sizes, the new Seamaster Aqua Terra watches are striking in their radiant yellow gold cases, symbolising the premium standard in watch and jewellery making, and its brilliant balance between usefulness and purity.



Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Olympics 2021



With a distinct polished blue ceramic dial and a laser-engraved pattern inspired by the emblem of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the watches are presented on beautiful blue leather straps. Powered inside by a Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre, the watch also bears the full emblem on the caseback; with the guarantee of the Swiss industry’s highest standard of performance, precision and magnetic resistance.



And donning this new watch on their wrist is the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, who has a total of 28 Olympic Games medals under his belt, out of which 23 are gold. A member of the Omega brand family since 2004, Mr. Phelps speaks about the importance of time for an athlete: “If you’re an Olympian, or trying to become an Olympian, it’s a 24-hour, 7 day a week job. It’s non-stop. It’s around-the-clock.” 



Further talking about the mindset of a medal winner, and what it takes to win one, he says, “To really be prepared for an Olympic Games, you have to put in the work. You have to go through the struggle. For the journey I went five times, it was never easy, but I know the work that I was doing gave me the results that I deserved.”



These limited-edition timepieces are delivered inside a special presentation box, and come with a full 5-year warranty by Omega.


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Arnold & Son’s Globetrotter Gold is a glowing atlas with magnificent arches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6446 July 12, 2021: Launching a watch as artistic as precise, Arnold & Son’s Globetrotter Gold is a limited edition with only 28 Globetrotter Gold models created in 18 carat red gold. 



Arnold & Sons Globetrotting Gold



A world time model with a golden touch, the Globetrotter Gold symbolizes our planet like a finely constructed atlas. The lands shown on the surface have been precisely sculpted, and they serve as a background to the global time dual time zone display, along with the deep, hand-painted waters. 



The Globetrotter Gold has a diameter of 45 mm. In the middle, an enormous open-worked bridge etched in red gold holds the dome symbolizing the Northern Hemisphere from side to side. 



Arnold & Sons Globetrotting Gold



On two surfaces, the appliqué indexes are etched in red gold and coated in Super-LumiNova. The dial's bottom section, which circles the globe map, has a delicate sunny texture in blue hues, and the ring displaying universal time is made of clear sapphire. 



The Globetrotter Gold crossways bridge has a unique design. The bridge is made up of one gold plated core piece. The arch's flat sections are glossy, while its edges are satin-finished. It was completely designed, manufactured, ornamented, assembled, adjusted, and fixed at Arnold & Son's plant in La Chaux-de-Fonds.  



Arnold & Sons Globetrotting Gold



Its skeletonized oscillating weight is composed of 22-karat gold and also has the Clou de Paris guilloché design. 



The watch is a classy interpretation of global timekeeping where minimalism combines with incredible ease.


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Kering acquires Danish luxury eyewear brand Lindberg http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6445 Lindberg eyewear Kering Group



July 12, 2021: Lindberg, a luxury Danish eyewear manufacturer, has been acquired entirely by Kering Eyewear. This acquisition is a significant step forward in Kering Eyewear's massive success and aligns perfectly with the company's growth strategy. 



Founded in 1969 by optician Poul-Jørn Lindberg and his wife as an optical store and turned into a multinational company by their son Henrik, Lindberg is a high-end manufacturer of design-oriented, lightweight, and customizable optical frames with a specialization in titanium. Offering made-to-order capabilities, customers can create their very own bespoke pair of Lindberg glasses through an extended modular system which contains billions of combinations, in a wide array of materials from titanium to acetate, buffalo horn, wood or precious metals. Lindberg has developed and patented manufacturing techniques and innovations such as hypoallergenic, multi-adjustable and screwless frames that are key differentiating factors in the high-end eyewear market. 



Lindberg eyewear Kering Group



This acquisition would further strengthen Kering Eyewear's position as one of the most prominent players in the luxury eyewear market segment, by bringing a complementary and distinctive optical frame brand with strong credibility, undeniable expertise, and excellent customer service to its portfolio. 



Roberto Vedovotto, President and CEO of Kering Eyewear, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Lindberg into the Kering Eyewear family. Lindberg is the absolute luxury eyewear and it will come as a perfect complement to the brand portfolio that Kering Eyewear has been assembling since 2014, making it even more relevant to our specialized distribution network.” 



Kering and Lindberg share a common belief that design is mainly about elevating eyewear to greater levels. Which is why the Lindberg family is delighted to pass the legacy to Kering Eyewear.


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Launching in Koh Samui, the latest Hyatt Regency has a design-forward philosophy http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6444 Hyatt Regency Koh Samui lobby



July 9, 2021: With travellers beginning to pack their bags again, Hyatt Regency gets set to welcome guests at the newly opened Hyatt Regency Koh Samui in Thailand. The resort, which is Hyatt's first on Koh Samui, allows visitors to make everlasting connections and have exhilarating experiences. 



Hyatt Regency Koh Samui pool villa



“The pandemic has been a challenging time for Koh Samui as it has been for the entire tourism industry in Thailand. That’s why we are so delighted to debut with such a special resort,” said Adrian Pulido, general manager, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.



Because of its diversity of visual elements, the resort describes itself as a "vacation gallery," employing a design-forward strategy. There's a showstopper lobby, the world's longest lobby arrival point in Koh Samui, with multiple skylights. 



Hyatt Regency Koh Samui pools



Other prominent features include luxury suites with amazing sea views, as well as one of the island's biggest, multiple pool zones, each cascading downwards from the resort's uppermost decks. The Gallery of Eight, a collection of eight beautiful points dispersed across the resort, is another significant dealbreaker. 



There are around 140 guestrooms, including 24 spacious suites and villas with personal balconies and beautiful sights of the sea. Select rooms come with Regency Club privileges, while seven beachfront pool villas offer much more luxury. The minimalism of the interior design—created by August Design—in a neutral palette with ocean-inspired decor and blue highlights, enhances the spaces. 



Hyatt Regency Koh Samui pool villa



Yangna, an all-day dining restaurant serving Thai and foreign cuisine, and the open-air Sesun Grill & Beach Bar, where guests can savor fresh seafood and Mediterranean sides while relaxing with sea views, are among the resort's four restaurants and bars.



Camp Hyatt takes care of young guests by offering activities from arts and crafts to movie nights. Adults can at the resort’s spa, a tranquil sanctuary, featuring five treatment rooms, including two couple’s suites with a private deck and outdoor tub.



Hyatt Regency Koh Samui lobby



“This island has a central role in how Thailand fares following the pandemic, and it’s an honor to be leading the way as we begin to look positively towards the future,” added Mr. Pulido.




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Large spinels & rare tourmalines feature in Bvlgari’s Magnifica high jewelry collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6443 Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry necklace Watch



July 9, 2021: Bvlgari, the Roman maison, has poured all its experience and knowledge to devise the most remarkable blend of exquisite jewels, unbeatable craftsmanship, and bold design with the latest Magnifica range of high jewelry. Stupendous and brilliant, the collection literally makes the jaw drop with its awe-inspiring language and aura.



Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry necklace



Magnifica is the most valuable luxury jewelry collection that the brand has ever created, with over 350 designs, 122 of which are new. These patterns are dynamic, adaptable, and were created to be worn in a variety of ways. It is a modern concept for high-end jewelry.



Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry tourmaline necklace



The collection features a dazzling array of High Jewelry masterpieces and watches. A Colombian emerald cabochon is positioned between the jaws of a beautiful serpent. Five gorgeous oval Paraiba tourmalines resemble the Mediterranean Sea's crystal-clear waters of Italy's Sardinia Island. These gemstones are the world's rarest and emanate a sense of serenity.



Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry 4th largest spinel necklace



The fourth largest spinel in the world – an immense 131.21 carats – is the centerpiece in the Imperial Spinel Necklace. As per Bvlgari, the three larger spinels are a part of the British and Russian imperial crowns. The spinel is combined with emeralds and diamonds to form a cascading design that is as elegant as dazzling. 



Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry necklace



Always a master in combining multi-coloured stones to create a kaleidoscopic vision, Bvlgari follows tradition to create some beautifully vibrant pieces. 



Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry necklace



Conceived and designed in Bulgari’s High Jewellery laboratory in Roma, artisans and craftsmen have dedicated up to 2,500 hours of handwork and years of creative thinking to combine these glorious stones into unimaginable art pieces.



Bvlgari Magnifica High Jewelry necklace



Bvlgari achieves greater heights in jewel craftsmanship and displays its everlasting creativity with this magnificent collection.


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JADE by Monica & Karishma’s ‘Shubhra’ presents a refreshing perspective on bridal dressing http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6442 July 8, 2021: JADE by Monica & Karishma, known for reinventing the norms of Indian couture by blending Indian handcraft culture with global trends, takes inspiration from their own personal collection of classic silver jewelry to create ‘Shubhra’, a line for modern day brides woven with subtle silver strands.



Shubhra Jade by Monica & Karishma pink lehenga



Every outfit is driven by the elegance and suppleness of silver, resulting in an everlasting fashion statement with the label's signature writing.



Shubhra Jade by Monica & Karishma marsala lehenga



Shubhra is a fresh take on a traditional approach, where silver is entrenched into the collection through revered ancient processes while embracing a modern perspective.



Shubhra Jade by Monica & Karishma gold lehenga



Monica Shah of JADE says, “We are passionate about silver! Silver has always been a favorite, be it jewelry or artefacts. We bring this age-old form of silver craft into our work for the first time. This metallic hue is perfect for injecting celebrations with just the right touch of chic sparkle. Shubra is for women who love Indian craft and are not afraid to try something different.”



Shubhra Jade by Monica & Karishma silver lehenga



Brimming with simple sophistication and fine craftsmanship, the entire range is bathed in shades of blush pink, pewter, Aegean blue, Marsala and Champagne gold to offer a beautiful color palette to silver.


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Ginori 1735 launches Arcadia, a new tableware collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6441 Ginori 1735 Arcadia Tableware collection



July 8, 2021: After showcasing the Arcadia collection at Pitti Uomo 100 recently, Ginori 1735, an Italian brand creating high-end aesthetic design in purest porcelain, has now made it officially available at Ginori 1735's flagship stores in Florence and Milan, as well as through its online distribution network.



Ginori 1735 Arcadia Tableware collection



Ginori 1735 presents Arcadia as a realm of imagination, a world occupied by fascinating and free creatures whose movements leave euphoric traces. Flowers with eyes, sea horses, angels, and demons are among the various creatures seen on the plates, trays, glasses, and teapots in the collection. Elegance is combined with childish joy to depict a fantasy world. 



Ginori 1735 Arcadia Tableware collection



There are 24 different items in the Arcadia collection. The edge is finalized with the threading technique, and the decoration is a hand-applied in 18 distinct shades. 



Unique and fashionable aspects include the black glazed teapot and sugar bowl lids, as well as the Ginori inscription that runs over all the pieces. 



Ginori 1735 Arcadia Tableware collection



Arcadia depicts a surreal touch that makes you want to follow in the footsteps of the cheerful, bright and discover your inner happiness.


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With its latest diamond jewelry collection, Zoya creates a narrative about women, water & life http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6440 July 8, 2021: Indian jewelry brand Zoya’s new collection, Samavé, takes inspiration from ancient narratives of women, water and life. It is an all-white collection which is entrancing. It flawlessly identifies architectural features from ancient Indian stepwells, and converts them into a distinct design, leading to a dynamic selection of rings, earrings, neckpieces, and bracelets. 



Samave by Zoya diamond earrings



It isn't confined to a locker. In fact, the diamond jewelry is designed to be worn on a regular basis. The luxury boutique is thrilled to unveil its first, registered patent ‘Zoya Baoli' setting, a signature, which will emerge in future collections and evolve into a distinctive brand identity. 



Samave by Zoya diamond bracelets



Business Head, Amanpreet Ahluwalia, says, “It is a passion for immaculate design and an innate understanding of the woman and her journey that drives Zoya. Samavé is designed to make your daily wear meaningful, with artistic pieces that that reflect your individuality, resonate with personal meaning, are crafted to be wearable and celebrate your everyday.” 



Samave by Zoya diamond pendant



Zoya's experienced craftsmen use exquisite artistry to draw out the shine of the stones. For convenience and a good finish, diamonds are cast straight into the gold with azure-cut openings. This minimalistic collection has complex integrations. 



Samave by Zoya diamond stackable rings



Samavé is completely made up of the purest jewels, handpicked for their ability to withstand the extreme heat of the furnace casting process. Behind the stones, tiny azure-cut windows permit polishing equipment to reach the stones, ensuring the flawless finish that has become iconic with Zoya.


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Aston Martin introduces hypercar Valkyrie AMR Pro http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6439 Aston Martin Hypercar Valkeyrie



July 7, 2021: Aston Martin anticipates a thrilling Le Mans this year with the Valkyrie AMR Pro, that has been unveiled as a much more extreme track-only production car designed to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. 



The basic, race-optimized structure, aerodynamics, and powertrain advancements of the Le Mans project profit the new Valkyrie AMR Pro. The AMR Pro's skills now outstrip those of the vehicle created to compete for victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours, courtesy to its quality and performance being free of race rule restrictions. 



The Valkyrie AMR Pro seems to be a car with unrivalled performance and potential. It is designed on a modified version of the Valkyrie chassis that has a 380mm longer wheelbase and a 96mm wider track in the front and 115mm in the back. It also includes an advanced aerodynamic system that adds 266mm to the length of the aircraft and produces enormous amounts of downforce. The Valkyrie AMR Pro will reach lateral acceleration of more than 3G, securely delivering almost double the amount of downforce as that of the Valkyrie Road car. 



Aston Martin Hypercar Valkyrie



Valkyrie AMR Pro depends primarily on a revamped version of the phenomenal Cosworth-built 6.5-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine in order to accomplish the lightest weight and best lap times. With a rev limit of 11,000rpm, this combustion engine powerhouse is on track to produce 1000bhp. The battery-electric hybrid technology will be eliminated, along with a slew of other weight-saving features like ultra-lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, carbon suspension wishbones, and Perspex windshields and side windows.



More information about the Valkyrie AMR Pro's specifications and efficiency will be announced later this year, but it is said to have a lap time of 3 minutes 20 seconds around the 8.5-mile 24H Le Mans circuit – a blazing performance that will see the Valkyrie AMR Pro competing with the front-running LMP1 cars for the outright victory in the world 's largest endurance race. 



Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers, said: “The entire Aston Martin Valkyrie program has been an extraordinary adventure in engineering. Valkyrie AMR Pro is a project beyond compare, a true ‘no rules’ track-only version. It is a testament to Aston Martin’s commitment to pure performance and this performance DNA will be evident in our future product portfolio”. 



Aston Martin Hypercar Valkyrie



Customers will be able to experience a unique track day organized by Aston Martin at a handful of International FIA Circuits around the world to complement the track-only Valkyrie AMR Pro. The event will feature track and pit lane access, as well as FIA exclusive racewear and a VIP hosted meal. 



Valkyrie AMR Pro is currently undergoing physical testing to assure that it offers the best driving experience possible. All cars will be left-hand drive, with a production run of 40 cars plus two prototypes. First deliveries are scheduled to commence in Q4 2021.


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Bombay Baking Company introduces a new menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6438 Bombay Baking Company Deli Menu



July 7, 2021: Coffee, desserts, and lively conversations takes on a whole new definition as Bombay Baking Company, the patisserie-deli at the JW Marriott, Mumbai, introduces an all-new menu this season. 



To deliver flavorful, power-packed meals, their specially designed menu includes nutritious breakfast bowls, all-time deli favorites, and fresh house-made smoothies made with superfoods and immunity-boosting ingredients. 



Bombay Baking Company Green Machine



It's an ideal spot for catching up with some friends or simply sitting alone and channeling your inner creativity. Explore morning classics like Acai Bowl, Granola Yogurt Parfait, and Omega Bowl to get your juices flowing, as well as everyone's beloved Pancakes and Waffles for a sweet delight. 



Signature Club Sandwich, Croissants, Lox and Bagel, Mushroom Bruschetta, Farmhouse Panini, and refreshing, nutrition-packed smoothies like Avocado & Blueberries, Beetroot & Banana, Date & Cinnamon, Avocado & Moringa, and Spinach & Kale are also among the wholesome meals on the menu. 



Bombay Baking Company Sweet bakery



Coordinates: Juhu Rd, Juhu Tara, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


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Paul Smith’s Spring-Summer 2022 collection celebrates positivity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6437 July 7, 2021: In tune with his characteristic quirkiness and love for vivace, Paul Smith’s Spring Summer 2022 collection moves from warm orange morning colors to dazzling sky blues and midnight blacks, and a natural color palette that leads the shift from dawn to dusk. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2022 menswear



Tuscan terracotta, putty, and red clay are earth tones that further tone the collection in natural hues, while vibrant red and acid yellow accentuate the palette. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2022 menswear



In a sequence of photo prints, the four elements of earth, wind, water, and fire are portrayed through natural textures and bold color splashes. Sunflowers, as a symbol of spring, pop up as a recurring printed motif, an intarsia knit pattern and textural embroidery on essential pieces like a rust or white loose linen suit. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2022 menswear



Fabrics have been chosen for their light weight and how they flow around the space, accentuating the main theme of lightness. Transparent nylons have been used to make complete garments or to add tactile layers to linen designs. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2022 menswear



Other important outdoor apparel pieces, such as storm cuffs, have been integrated and enhanced, with detailed design influenced by boat sails, notably a zigzag stitch pattern. Check fabrics add charm to Paul Smith's tailoring background, which is a constant theme throughout the Paul Smith collection.



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2022 menswear



Paul Smith's great eye for stripes is paired with Porter's unparalleled luggage, which varies from little shoulder bags to holiday duffel bags, for this first collaboration for Spring-Summer 2022. 



Paul Smith Spring Summer 2022 menswear



Footwear is developed for both land and sea adventures, with Gore-Tex trainers providing weather-proof comfort for land explorations and deck shoes with suede uppers alluding at sea voyages.


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Meet ‘Universal Passport’- Burberry’s Spring-Summer 2022 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6436 July 7, 2021: Ever since Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci joined Burberry, this is his boldest, most off-the-beaten-path collection for the historically traditional brand yet. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



Huge swathes of sand are juxtaposed against the minimal and raw urban form of the spectacular Millennium Mills in Royal Victoria Docks East London. The collection challenges traditional codes in an unsparing picture of free expression. Faux piercing accessories and black leather halter neck vests, coats, and briefs have been used to represent young exploration and sensuality. With sleeveless non-conforming forms and graphic patterns, tailoring and outerwear are also reworked. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



Mr. Tisci’s collection Burberry's long-standing support of community spirit and freedom of expression. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



In new non-conforming designs, outerwear basics are brought to the forefront. The classic trench coat is redesigned with upholstered cuffed sleeves and a stand collar. Cotton twill automobile jackets are designed without collars and include buttoned shoulders, resulting in a boat-neck appearance. With rib-knit trims and press-stud straps, sleeveless leather bomber jackets are back again. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



The title 'Universal Passport' is imprinted over sleeveless mesh T-shirts and cotton shirts throughout the collection, reinforcing the idea of connectivity and exploration. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



Sleeveless shirts, shorts, and trousers with a plethora of strap details, complement top-stitched bib-front pants, and hoods with oversized embellishments. Cargo straps are positioned in symmetrical rows on front of the coats. The undulating forms of camouflage are evoked by creative curved prints on sheer T-shirts, mesh vests, and cotton shirts. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



In womenswear collection, a series of metallic finishes is mixed with the season's translucent materials. A sequined transparent trench is supplemented with zebra-print embellishments. Mirrored square sequins are affixed to bikinis with a wrap-around strap feature, worn beneath cargo pants and a globe graphical theme quilted gilet. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



Fresh quilted checkered leather handbags, including a backpack and crossbody bag with the Thomas Burberry Monogram, are now accessible. Also, the simple leather messenger handbags in beige or monochromatic with whipstitch straps embossed with the 'Universal Passport' print.



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear



Coming to the accessories, the collection includes exaggerated flaps on an oversized padded baseball cap. Solid, transparent, glossy, and tortoiseshell hoop jewelry has a punk vibe. Headbands made of chunky knit are worn over leather and cotton-canvas baseball caps. New eyewear styles include translucent orange, pink, or tortoiseshell acetate navigator sunglasses, as well as orange or black ski goggles. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2022 menswear womenswear


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Sotheby’s to open new summer gallery in Monaco http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6435 July 3, 2021: This summer, auction house Sotheby's plans to unveil a new private sales gallery in Monaco. Given the success of Sotheby's new exhibition spaces in Palm Beach and East Hampton last year, this is the first "pop up" private sales location for the auction house in Europe. 



Glenn Spiro at Sotheby's Monaco



The gallery, which will be located on the Avenue de la Costa in the core of Cote d’Azur, will showcase a constantly moving and updated collection of crucial Contemporary and Modern works, highlighting the finest representation from across Sotheby's offerings of fine art around the world. The first exhibition will exhibit a collection of works by classic artists such as Picasso, Picabia, Braque, Renoir, Leger, Matisse, Nolde, and Twombly, as well as Italian artists such as Fontana, Boetti, and Burri. 



These masterpieces will be on display along with fashion and luxury items such as watches, bags, sneakers, and one-of-a-kind creation by British Master Jeweler Glenn Spiro, all of which will be accessible immediately. 



Hermes Birkin at Sotheby's Monaco



The inauguration of a new gallery space is a step forward in the company's private sale approach, which aims to allow customers to purchase and sell outside of the conventional auction calendar and offer them year-round access to the best property.



Martin Klosterfelde, Senior Director, International Private Sales says: “Sotheby’s private sales reached an all- time-high last year, and as we continue to expand this area of our business, pop-up galleries have become an important and really popular component of our approach. The launch of our Monaco space marks the next evolution in our strategy to meet collectors, so that they can enjoy the finest offerings from Sotheby’s global private sales team.”



Pablo Picasso at Sotheby's Monaco



Providing collectors with a broader menu of opportunities to transact, private sales witnessed an exponential growth in 2020, achieving $1.6 billion - a 60% increase on $1 billion annual sales in both 2018 and 2019.


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Luxury home brand Kanchi brings modern elegance with the Dare 2021 collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6434 July 3, 2021: Kanchi, a luxurious home furnishings brand with more than 70 years of history, has launched its latest Dare 2021 collection. 



Kanchi Home Decor brands



Mrs. Shobhna and Mr. Kunal Mehta, Kanchi's current driving forces, have a remarkable 25 years of experience in luxury home decor. Over the years, their attention to luxury and precision has steered the brand in creating interiors for elite and prestigious clients. Handcrafted furniture, interior decor, and luxurious fabrics for homes, hotels, and even yachts are among the brand's products. Clients include Taj Hotels, the ITC group, Accor Group, Hyatt Hotels, and a slew of other luxury boutique hotel brands. 



Kanchi Home Decor luxury furniture



Dare 2021 is a new range of home decor that combines contemporary and historical elements with a quirky elegance inspired by mid-century 60s opulence. 



“The idea of creating a bolder and vibrant collection was to emphasize our philosophy of expressing individuality with our designs. We do that by introducing colors that add personality to the home space,” says Mr. Mehta, co-founder of Kanchi. 



Kanchi Home Decor luxury furniture



Details, such as design, cutting, and colors, are infused with modern cultural references. Neutral colors such as taupe and cream are offset by a burst of bright colors and patterns.



Kanchi Home Decor luxury furniture



The collection also features luxurious textiles with floral motifs that have been tweaked to fit the quirky mood, as well as geometric designs.


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Good Earth launches ‘Flow’, a classic ready-to-wear apparel line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6433 July 3, 2021: In commemoration of its 25-year design tradition, Indian brand Good Earth has introduced ‘Flow’, a new range of contemporary ready-to-wear pieces created for ease, flexibility, and long-lasting style. 



Indian luxury brands fashion



Flow is a celebration of thoughtful consumption and diligent dressing, made from sustainable materials such as Malkha, Kala Cotton, and Linen, which are handmade by Indian artisan communities. Energy-efficient, ecologically friendly, and long-lasting techniques have been used to create these textiles. Because the clothing is not subjected to extensive industrial processing, they have gentle textures that retain their shape after multiple uses. 



Good earth fashion



Each design is created to be styled with future collections and could be easily coupled with personal favorites. Modern, minimal shapes such as classic trousers, fitted blouses and shirts, structured dresses, and wrap jumpsuits are featured in the new collection, which can be paired and coupled for quick, adaptable, and long-lasting looks.



womens contemporary fashion



Deepshikha Khanna, Good Earth Flow’s Creative Director, elaborates on the inspiration behind this creation, “Our post-pandemic reality has instilled in us to pause and introspect, make conscious choices – people are now looking for clothes that last longer and can withstand the creative transition between work and play and make one feel confident and comfortable as we move through the day. Flow is designed for the global Indian woman, keeping in mind her changing body type, her lifestyle, her worldview and her refined aesthetic.”



Indian luxury brands fashion



The Flow Suit is redesigned in magnificent handloom textiles and a soft silhouette that emphasizes on individualism and thoughtful dressing, making it a wardrobe staple and star of the all-new apparel range. The suits have been recreated in comfortable shapes and breezy fabrics to easily transfer one from day to night with a calm sense of comfort and convenience. 



Dove-grey sufa, hand-dyed indigo blue, neutral grey, black, khaki, and earth tones are contrasted with the iconic Good Earth mogra white.


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Marco Gobbetti steps down as CEO of Burberry to join Salvatore Ferragamo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6432 Marco Gobbetti



June 29, 2021: Marco Gobbetti, who led the transformation of Burberry since 2017, will be stepping down after nearly five years, enabling him to “return to Italy and be closer to his family” as per a Burberry release.



As Burberry begins the search for a successor, Mr. Gobbetti will be joining Salvatore Ferragamo. Gerry Murphy, Chairman of Burberry said that Mr. Gobbetti “has had a transformative impact and established a clearly-defined purpose and strategy, an outstanding team and strong brand momentum.” 



“With Burberry re-energised and firmly set on a path to strong growth, I feel that now is the right time for me to step down,” Mr. Gobbetti said.



In one of his most controversial moves, Mr. Gobbetti brought in Riccardo Tisci to join Burberry as Creative Director, having previously hired him at Givenchy. Together they have executed a complete overhaul of Burberry’s look, bringing in a new monogram and edging towards a bold streetwear aesthetic alongside its traditional trench coats.



As per an article by UK’s The Guardian, Mr. Gobbetti took the brand more upmarket, pulling out of the less luxurious department stores and cutting jobs at head office and in stores to improve efficiency and free up cash for more digital marketing. His methods led to a 35% rise in Burberry’s share price from when he took over as CEO to the end of last week – despite the effects of the pandemic.



Mr. Gobbetti will join Salvatore Ferragamo as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Burberry, he was the CEO of Moschino. He has also spent 13 years in the LVMH group where he was CEO of Givenchy and Celine.


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Sotheby’s to accept cryptocurrency for a 100+ carat-diamond http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6431 June 29, 2021: As new forms of investments emerge, the old world and new world collide in this extremely astute step, where Sotheby’s is accepting cryptocurrency against a valuable and rare 101.38 carat diamond!



Diamond 101 carat sothebys sale



This notion that cryptocurrency will be accepted as payment is a breakthrough moment in the market's evolution. No other tangible artefact worth more than US$ 10-15 million has ever been publicly offered for sale via cryptocurrency. 



‘The Key 10138' is the second largest pear-shaped diamond ever sold in the market. The diamond's name is meant to represent the past, present, and future. Keys, like diamonds, have long been associated with power and the pride that comes with it. 



The diamond will be presented in a single-lot live auction at Sotheby's Hong Kong on July 9, 2021, with online bidding having already commenced. Payment in either Ether or Bitcoin will be accepted and will be handled by Coinbase Commerce, one of the world's major cryptocurrency exchanges. 



Sothebys diamond auction



Wenhao Yu, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby’s Jewelry in Asia, said: “This is a truly symbolic moment. The most ancient and emblematic denominator of value can now, for the first time, be purchased using humanity’s newest universal currency.”



The sale of the diamond, which coincides with the launch of Sotheby's Luxury Edit series in Hong Kong, occurred at a time when demand for white diamond is at an all-time peak. 



The ‘Luxury Edit’ sale combines a unique cross-category selling approach alongside exceptional goods to showcase them in a completely new way. This structure, including jewelry, watches, bags, and rare sneakers, caters to the growing trend of cross-collection.


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The new Gucci High Jewelry collection is maximalist & dazzling http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6430 Gucci High Jewelry 2021



June 29, 2021: Unveiling an explosion for our senses, Alessandro Michele's second High Jewelry collection for Gucci is called ‘Hortus Deliciarum’, which translates from Latin as “Garden of Delights”. The inspiration behind the collection lies in the transient yet recurring beauty of the changing sky, with its varying colors and constellations. The collection consists of over 130 pieces which are split into four chapters inspired by nature. 



Gucci High Jewelry 2021



The first chapter is a homage to natural landscapes' magnificent beauty, reconstructing them as precious talismans. Diamond cascades evoke the dazzling streams of a waterfall. Mr. Michele creates fringed and tasseled necklaces, as well as chandelier earrings. Dazzling necklaces, such as a bibbed, spinel-dotted explosion of diamonds is as mesmerizing as the Aurora Borealis, or a 6.13-carat emerald parure is as vibrantly green as a springtime leaf. 



Gucci High Jewelry 2021



The second chapter is inspired by the deep, captivating hues of a sunset sky. Styles here draw inspiration from the immensely romantic — perhaps even gothic — bygone settings of the 19th century. Bold new settings and highly unusual gemstones define this set of jewels. Opals and topazes lie alongside spessartite garnets and tourmalines in a skyscape of warm, bright colors.



Gucci High Jewelry 2021



The romanticism of a rose garden serves as the framework for the most gentle narrative in the third chapter of ‘Hortus Deliciarum’. Each gemstone was carefully selected for its exquisite, light color, such as the sunset-hued pinkish-orange Padparadscha sapphire, which resembles a rose petal on the verge of flowering, or the deep indigo of indicolite tourmalines, which is as inky as a night sky. Some necklaces have detachable pendants that can be worn as lucky charms chosen by the bearer. 



Gucci High Jewelry 2021



The fourth chapter focuses on the animal domain, conjuring up mythic creatures and antique flora. A 16.36-carat opal is accompanied by 22 leonine figurines in one collier-style necklace, making a gleaming pride of lions as a statement of personal strength. The richness of yellow gold is introduced as a new motif, heightened by sunny yellow beryls, in a variety of pieces. With maximalist charm, distinctive and stunning solitaires are redefined. Afghani mint tourmaline, sunset-pink rubellite, velvety violet tanzanite, light orange sapphires, blushed-rose topaz, and the hypnotic brightness of mandarin garnet are paired with pave heritage settings. 



Gucci High Jewelry 2021



Watchmaking is also being revamped in an attempt to find a link between “luxury” and “soul”. Lion heads — one of Mr. Michele’s most treasured symbols — revolve to show and conceal ocean-blue Australian opal dials on a range of dazzling diamond-laden bracelets set with violet tanzanite and rainbows of peridots, pink tourmalines, rubellites, and mandarin garnets. A bangle watch with 275 perpendicular Art Deco diamond baguettes, elegant and modern with a dazzling veiled turquoise dial, is studded with 275 perpendicular Art Deco diamond baguettes.


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Fendi Men’s Spring Summer 2022 collection innovates with silhouettes & styles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6429 June 29, 2021: “How you see things – and from where you see them – has never been more important,” says Silvia Venturini Fendi, Artistic Director of Fendi Accessories and Menswear. Taking inspiration from the sweeping 360° vistas towards the seven hills of Rome, the Apennine mountains, and glimpses of the Mediterranean Sea from the Fendi headquarters inside the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, this collection is light, airy and fluid.



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



The Fendi Men's Spring/Summer 2022 collection is a rich combination of delicacy and ease with a laser sharp emphasis on the future of luxury. Pastel images of lemon and lime, ice blue, lavender, pistachio, and peony contrast with mineral colors of travertine, chalk, graphite, and slate in a subtle palette that evokes spring flora.



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



Roman hinterlands inspire prints, shapes, and craftsmanship. Abstract contoured motifs float across linen silk suiting, jacquard denim, plush crochet tees, and intarsia shearling in the Fendi Earth collection.



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



Peak lapel linen blazers are laced with pen pockets and EarPods compartments. Abbreviated wool jackets, cropped at the torso, seem to be a satirical take on ‘work from home’. Pockets drop beneath hemlines and jackets unbutton down the hips, while multi-pocket city shorts and straight trousers split at the ankle. 



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



Vented trench coats, spacious windcheaters, and overshirts are accentuated by ‘Selleria’ stitching and embossed embellishments on reversible suede, calfskin, and sustainable garment-dyed cotton. Shirting in crisp poplin or light woven cashmere incorporates fabric buttons for an all-over monotone tonality, which is broken up by a mosaic of mismatched jacquard collars and striped cotton sleeves. 



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



Knits in lightweight cashmere intarsia and zipped two-tone double cashmere, as well as polo tops in ribbed or crochet cotton, follow the precise contours of the Fendi Earth patterns. 



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



The accessories collection is a fun diversion from reality. In collaboration with ARENA, swimming goggles and caps join ping-pong racket bags as satirical summer necessity, while the Baguette is shrunk into a jewelry pouch on a fine waist chain. The Peekaboo comes in matte nylon with burnished edges or Selleria macro stitching, while the Baguette is available as a spacious messenger bag or a Perspex clutch. 



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



The new Fendiness utility buckle appears on a variety of nylon webbing backpacks and crossbody styles, while new luggage forms in canvas and printed FF logo mesh incorporate a bonded convex profile for a ‘fisheye' look. 



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



Buckled sandals join a monochromatic slip-on knit sneaker with injected appliqué accents in a pastel palette. Flatform wicker double strap sandals with plush accents or Selleria stitching complement soft suede desert boots with FF logo buckles.



Fendi Spring Summer Menswear 2021



“Our singular point of view in this period has modified our perception of the world – and mine has become so linked to what I see from the arches and the rooftop of our building. It is almost like a bird’s eye view of Rome from here. The colours and the perspective are always changing – the soft palette of the Roman sky across the day is so beautiful and I wanted it to be a focal point of this collection,” explains Ms. Fendi.


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Canali’s Spring-Summer 2022 collection is relaxed, urban http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6428 June 29, 2021: For the Spring-Summer 2022 collection, menswear brand Canali takes inspiration from 1990s Los Angeles. This season is encouraged by the changing light of dawn and sunset, the colors of the coast and hills, and the many atmospheres of the city's different neighborhoods. 



Canali menswear Spring Summer 2021



The exclusive items express a relaxed elegance with delicate detailing and high-quality materials. Leather garments are a key element this season: the style is completed with a polished taupe single-breasted buckskin blazer, a green suede jacket decorated with handmade nappa leather stitching, a suede aviator jacket with patch pockets, and buckskin espadrilles with stitched rope uppers. 



Canali menswear Spring Summer 2021



The silhouettes of the season are “dandy” fitted suits and jackets. Attention to detail and elements of high sartorial tradition define this new, distinct identity of the contemporary dandy. Anoraks, bomber jackets, and silk scarves, as well as a cotton boat-neck sweater with a distinctive structured stitch and real horn buttons, and wide leg pants with a drawstring waist, all illustrate this.



Canali menswear Spring Summer 2021



The trucker jackets are available in a wide range of colors and materials, including white denim, aqua, and tobacco suede. The traditional trucker jacket is also redesigned in white denim with tobacco suede patch pockets. The tailored pants with double pleats that complement the delicate lines of the jacket and the blue shirt with contrasting tobacco stitching are also in this shade. Proceeding on to knitwear, geometric designs are constructed with white, blue, and tobacco weaves on garments made with braid stitch. The suits are dominated by blue tones, which range from deep denim to turquoise. 



Canali menswear Spring Summer 2021



The pieces in the Black Edition are influenced by street art, music, and sports. The ultimate result is a fusion of vibrant colors and powerful, textured designs. White drawings on a black background adorn the hooded jacket, while maxi prints adorn the short-sleeved shirts with bowler collars. Rubber elements can be found on technical fabric outerwear like the black anorak with vertical pockets and shoulder opening, as well as stretch cotton jerseys with tiny flat rib knitting. 


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Serapian takes a ‘cool’ turn with the Serapian x Space Invaders collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6426 June 25, 2021: As heritage brands find new design connotations in the current world, Italian classic brand Serapian takes inspiration from Space Invaders – a video game launched by the Japanese company Taito Corporation in the 1970s – for its latest capsule collection.



Serapian X Space Invaders Collection 2021



The limited edition “Serapian x Space Invaders” collection of leather accessories will be available in November. 



The SS 2022 collection is all about new mobility, a necessary reinvention of life in big cities: bags, backpacks, pouches, and clutches all talk about the chicness of formal events, which blends with a more positive outlook to establish a realistic way of life, without constraints among business and leisure attire. 



For the first time in its history, Serapian integrates top-quality Japanese selvedge denim into the collection, expertly profiled with Cachemire leather with black metal elements and Japanese cotton fabric for the interior, patterned with a geometrical pattern. This also relates to one of the bag's two configurations, a Two-in-One Tote bag featuring two shoulder belts that can be linked on the back to transform it into a backpack. 



Serapian X Space Invaders Collection 2021



The Casual Business bag redefines work aesthetics by displaying a less structured approach to style. Stepan clutch, a quick easy-chic passepartout, is the third new silhouette. 



New deep shades complement the popular Evoluzione leather intarsio, which is a symphony of blue tones ranging from navy to denim and lapis lazuli. The renowned Mosaico hand-crafted nappa, with a captivating game of greens, and the Cachemire line, where the cream canvas is embellished by ruby or coffee leather, both feature strong colors.


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Ermenegildo Zegna’s New Set collection is light, effortless http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6425 Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



June 25, 2021: At menswear brand Ermenegildo Zegna, the process of resetting is ongoing. The slate has been cleaned for a restart over the past few seasons, and it now takes the form of ‘New Set’: an evolutional, fluid code to re-enter the world by keeping the connotations of tailoring in both methodology and construction, while concocting new forms in new fabrications, tuned to the needs of today. 



Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



“My aim at Zegna is to create an accord between the essence of tailoring, which is our reason for being, and the rhythm of the modern world. What I have done is a rewiring of luxury crafting, following a flow that frees the man while keeping the distinctiveness, offering pieces that are easy to wear as they are inventive. Effortlessness is the key,” says artistic director Alessandro Sartori.



Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



A distinct sense of lightness surrounds the collection. Collar-less kimono shapes, utilitarian chore coats, long dusters, oversized overshirts, and a new generation of knitwear are among the smooth and comfy silhouettes. Shapes may show off the clarity and consistency of design without any padding or structures, courtesy to light, finely woven fabrics and paper-thin leathers. 



Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



The New Set relies on the practicality and simplicity of workwear to give tailoring a progressive touch, with considerably larger pocket flaps and enlarged drawstrings making a statement without sacrificing utility. 



Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



The movement is defined by the fusion of shapes and innovative textiles, which include vegetable fibers, new blends, jersey, and #UseTheExisting fabrics. Long parkas are formed of overdyed wool, silk, hemp, and linen twills, while boxy blazers are made of padded, washed silks or featherlight nylons. 



Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



Summer coats with glazed wool have a liquid, shiny sensation. Geometric patterns are amplified and diluted, or patchworked into faded compositions, including the unprocessed blend of Italian wool from Bielmonte. 



Ermenegildo Zegna Spring Summer 2022 menswear



The colour palette is a wide spectrum, ranging from pastel, lemony shades, to earthy greens and browns, and deep marine blues.


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Anjul Bhandari’s Tabeer presents Chikankari in pastel shades http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6424 Anjul Bhandari Chikankari collection



June 25, 2021: Anjul Bhandari, a renowned Indian Chikankari designer, has unveiled ‘Tabeer,' her latest collection for men and women for 2021. The collection was made purely at home by Lucknow's female craftsmen. The design is perfect for friendly gatherings and close-knit wedding celebrations, which are becoming increasingly popular this season. 



Anjul Bhandari Chikankari collection



“Tabeer signifies the personal culture, values and hopes of the artisans coming together to form a collection which showcases the artist’s perception and creative aesthetic. A manifestation of their dreams with our passion for preserving a heritage craft of India. The collection is a statement in understated elegance,” says Ms. Bhandari. 



Anjul Bhandari Chikankari collection



The collection is made from sustainable handwoven fabrics and includes a variety of light ensembles that emphasize the exquisite skill of Chikankari. It's a mix of subtle sequins, baby pearls, and handcrafted Chikankari in pastel colors on fabrics like chiffon, georgette, and organza, which are all perfect for this season. 



Anjul Bhandari Chikankari collection



Ivory, white, aqua, blush pink, old rose, baby blue, mint, and sage green have been used to form a delicate mood board that emphasizes Chikankari's old-world elegance and charm. The collection's mainstays are traditional silhouettes including Lehengas, Shararas, A-line Kurtas, and free-flowing organza Chikankari jackets.



Anjul Bhandari Chikankari collection



The menswear collection comprises of timeless kamdani kurtas, and elegant pintucked kurtas with mukaish work. Other classic must-haves are “jaal” kurtas paired with kamdani sherwanis to make a perfect statement at weddings. The kurtas and sherwanis can also be meticulously styled with handwoven luxurious chikankari pashmina shawls.



Anjul Bhandari Chikankari collection



As the post-pandemic consumer continues to inspect and invest in eternal, valuable pieces, Tabeer fulfils that demand, while also paying homage to the artists of Lucknow who make a living from this craft in these tough circumstances.


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Gucci introduces Demetra: a new revolutionary material http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6423 Gucci New Ace made with Demetra



Gucci New Ace made with Demetra





June 25, 2021: Gucci, moving fast towards sustainability, has introduced Demetra, a new revolutionary luxury material that combines quality, softness, durability, and scalability with an environmentally conscious ideology. Three sneaker styles have been produced with Demetra to demonstrate the material's versatility. 



Demetra is the result of two years of research and development by Gucci's technicians and artisans, and is the pinnacle of Gucci's desire to explore and revolutionize materials for the future. Named after the Greek goddess of agriculture and new harvest – Demeter – the material is formed completely in Italy in Gucci’s factory. Demetra utilises the same tanning techniques and procedures to achieve characteristics that give it a distinct, malleable, and robust performance, as well as a soft and opulent finish. Demetra's eco-innovation blends efficient processes with animal-free raw materials, predominantly derived from sustainable, renewable, and bio-based sources with over 77% plant based raw materials been used. 



Gucci Rhyton made with Demetra



Gucci Rhyton made with Demetra





To put in a little more detail, Demetra is made of viscose and wood pulp compound sourced from sustainably managed forest; and bio-based polyurethane from renewable sources. Other compounds needed to guarantee quality and aesthetics have been used at a bare minimum, however, Gucci is researching to replace them with more sustainable elements.



“In our 100th anniversary year, Demetra is a new category of material that encapsulates Gucci’s quality and aesthetic standards with our desire to innovate, leveraging our traditional skills and know-how to create for an evolving future,” said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci. 



Demetra, being a versatile, environmentally friendly material, can be used in a variety of product categories. Unlike the bulk of new materials being invented, there are no scalability or volume constraints, which might be a problem for brands looking for scale and quantity. Gucci will also make Demetra accessible to the fashion industry as a new material source that can be modified to create exclusive finishing, thus simplifying application and distinction. 



Gucci Basket made with Demetra



Gucci Basket made with Demetra





The Gucci Basket, Gucci New Ace, and Gucci Rhyton sneakers are the first Gucci products to feature Demetra, that is used for the majority of the exterior and a portion of the linings. Organic cotton, recycled steel, and recycled polyester are among the other components. 



Gucci Basket, specifically, has been launched in North America. It is a genderless sneaker with a unique identifying tag that is inspired by basketball. The style is available in three distinct color and fabric combinations worldwide, with a red, white, and blue colorway that is specific to North America.  



The shoes have a distressed appearance, and vibrant color elements in mixed materials, such as blue soles, violet mesh tops, padded and ribbed orange backs that wrap around the ankles, and green laces, are incorporated into the distinctive design. On the tongues and outsides of the shoes, fluorescent rubber trim with House motifs, including the Interlocking G, is affixed. 



Gucci Basket made with Demetra



Gucci Basket made with Demetra





A new game will debut on Gucci Arcade, the ever-growing digital environment where users can actively participate with the House's products and codes in unpredictable ways, to bring the shoes into a parallel virtual dimension. The game, titled Gucci Burst, places the Gucci Basket in a graphic environment of swirling geometric shapes, where time and space have their own will.


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Breguet launches the Type XXI 3815 chronograph in titanium http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6422 Breguet Type XXI chronograph



June 23, 2021: Although the House of Breguet is best recognized for its huge impact on watchmaking and classic collections, the name Breguet is also linked to aviation. The House of Breguet gained a reputation for itself with the Type XX aircraft chronographs, which were created by Louis Charles Breguet, Abraham-Louis Breguet's great-great-grandson. Breguet now adds to its illustrious collection with the Type XXI 3815 chronograph, a new, particularly sporty and contemporary model. 



The Type XXI 3815 chronograph debuted this year as the modern equivalent to the previous vintage-style model, the Type XXI 3817 of 2016. The new model has a 42-millimeter titanium case, which is notable for its anti-corrosive characteristics as well as its light weight. This new watch is athletic in appearance and functions, with a delicately fluted caseband that makes it simple to hold. It also has a 100-meter water resistance, a screw-down crown, and a finish that alternates polished and satin-finished surfaces. 



Breguet Type XXI chronograph



The modifications don't end here. The Type XXI 3815 chronograph features a deep black dial with vibrant hues that emphasize the watch's current style and sports personality. This new dial is equipped with luminescent green or orange numerals, markers, and hands. It also has a display with only two counters, with a 24-hour indicator and tiny seconds at 3 and 9 o'clock, respectively. The chronograph's minutes totaliser, as well as the seconds totaliser, are both in the center. 



The mechanical self-winding movement, which is an important part of this collection, has a flyback function and integrates the newest Breguet technology, such as the silicon escapement and balance spring. The sapphire caseback displays all of the movement's intricacies, including a gold rotor with a special finish for this edition. Featuring a calfskin-leather strap with stitching that echoes the color of the markers and hands on the dial, rounded off with a new triple folding buckle for comfort and security on the wrist, the Type XXI 3815 chronograph is produced in a limited edition of 250 pieces per color.


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Partnering with Ironman, Breitling launches the Endurance Pro Ironman watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6421 Ironman Endurance Pro watch red by Breitling



June 23, 2021: Watchmaker Breitling and Ironman – a world famous and revered sporting event - have formed a long-term collaboration to produce the Endurance Pro Ironman watches, a limited-edition version of Breitling's ultimate athleisure watch. As a result, a collection of lightweight and playful luxury sports watches that combine high precision, new technology, and brilliant design, have been created. 



For sports fanatics, there is a red version available worldwide at all Breitling boutiques and retailers, as well as online on the brand’s website, and a black and gold piece available only for Ironman race finishers. This collaboration takes forward from the brands’ successful partnership in 2019. More models dedicated to the Ironman community will be released in the coming months.



“Ironman truly reflects our core values of performance and endurance. We’ve designed this to be an ideal watch for elite athletes as well as a casual, everyday sports chronograph for active people who want that winning combination of performance and luxury,” said Breitling CEO Georges Kern. 



Ironman Endurance Pro watch red by Breitling



Breitlight, which is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, but much harder, is used in the 44 mm watch case. This advanced material is scratch-resistant, traction-resistant, and corrosion-resistant. It even has anti-magnetic and anti-allergic qualities, as well as thermal stability, which makes it seem warmer than metal. It's spurred by the Breitling Caliber 82, a COSC-certified thermo compensated Super Quartz movement that's ten times more accurate than conventional quartz and has a three-to-four-year battery life. 



The etched compass needles on the bidirectional rotating bezel, as well as the tactile shaped crown, offer massive grip and agility. The hour and minute hands are plated with Super-LumiNova. Aside from the small-second sub dial, there are also 1/10th second and 30-minute chronograph counters that are easy to read. 



Ironman Endurance Pro watch gold by Breitling



Endurance Pro Ironman and Endurance Pro Ironman Finisher are the two versions currently available. The former has a red dial with a pulsometer scale and a black inner bezel. The watch is exhibited on a red rubber band with a Breitlight double tang-type buckle. Also, instead of the Breitling inscription, it has an IRONMAN inscription. The latter, which is black with gold accents, is designed for athletes who have successfully completed an Ironman race. This edition will be offered only through Ironman outlets, with a distinctive Ironman Finisher Series inscription. 



The Breitling Sprint, a bright and impressively lightweight watch from the 1970s, was the inspiration for the original Endurance Pro. Because of its pulsometer, it was great for athletes who wished to keep track of their heart rates.




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Diversifying into fashion, hospitality brand Aman introduces The Essentials http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6420 Aman The Essentials fashion collection



June 15, 2021: Hospitality brand Aman, that has aced the art of hosting in boutique, resort properties, has now launched a new fashion retail collection, The Essentials by Aman, marking the next steps in the brand’s vision to expand outside the parameters of its inspiring hotels and resorts. Exclusively available at Aman boutiques across the globe, the inaugural collection comprises activewear, loungewear, knitwear, swimwear, resort wear and soft accessories.



Designed, developed and manufactured in Italy - from sourcing delicate fabrics to the choice of craftsmen - each piece in The Essentials collection is defined by quality. Tailored to encourage uncomplicated living, clean lines and subtle prints inspired by Aman destinations form the design language, with understated detailing transcending the seasons. The colour palette is also reminiscent of Aman locations, with warm terracotta capturing the vibrancy of Amanjena, Marrakech, sea blue and deep green celebrating the azure seas and olive groves of Amanzoe, Greece and warm yellow celebrating the desert landscapes of Amangiri, USA.



Aman The Essentials fashion collection



The brand focused on ensuring sustainability while creating this range of apparel. Kristina Romanova, Director of Product Development at Aman, said, “We wanted The Essentials to be made up of pieces that guests could wear for years to come, at any Aman property.” For this reason, each piece is incredibly versatile and can be paired seamlessly with other items from the collection. 



Freedom of movement was also a key consideration to ensure wearability, whether seeking chic linens for an al fresco dinner or cosy loungewear for a trip to the Aman Spa. Ideal for gentle morning yoga or even high-altitude training, activewear has been developed using extra fine microfibre elastane; a performance fabric offering shape retention and breathability. Each piece has a figure-hugging fit with practical points of detail such as bi-colour panelling, heat-sealed raw edges, zip-pockets and sun and chlorine resistance. Each features a motif derived from the A of the Aman logo. 



Aman The Essentials fashion collection



Men and women’s knitwear and loungewear is crafted in Japanese cotton and Italian cashmere, offering comfort and a relaxed fit for everyday wear. For women, button-down blouses and elegant silk shirt dresses pair effortlessly with sophisticated swimwear, while more formal pieces, such as wrap dresses and palazzo trousers are ideal for balmy evenings. For men, knitted cotton polo shirts can be styled with the finest linen trousers for a casual feel, while neatly monogrammed swim shorts take guests from beach to bar. Unisex pieces include a monogrammed matching set, comprising cotton shirt and trouser separates which can be worn as loungewear or alternatively dressed up with accessories and styled for dinner. 



Central to The Essentials, the Amanpuri Heritage Blanket pays homage to Aman’s flagship resort in Phuket and was manufactured by Loro Piana. It features an iconic Amanpuri image, screen printed onto soft cashmere and trimmed with suede edging.



Aman The Essentials fashion collection



Aman will also be launching leather accessories and fine jewellery to expand The Essentials collection. Showcasing beautiful raw materials from tanneries across Italy and France, the leather range will include essential goods such as wallets, passport covers and totes, while jewellery pieces will celebrate the intricate skill of Italian goldsmiths, crafted by hand in Valenza in 18 carat yellow and white gold.



The collection is available now to purchase at selected Aman hotel and resort boutiques.


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Auctioning the origin of life as we know it today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee to sell the Source Code for the World Wide Web as an NFT http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6419 Sir Tim Berners-Lee



Sir Tim Berners-Lee





June 15, 2021: Understanding the origin of World Wide Web is as thrilling as understanding the origin of the world, if not more. And for those who don’t know, British Computer Scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, in a moment that changed the world forever. This month, Sotheby’s will be auctioning the source code for the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s original time stamped files, signed by him, as an NFT, in what will be Sotheby's first digital-born artefact to come to auction. 



The NFT will be offered in a standalone online auction titled ‘This Changed Everything’. It is the first historical artefact relating to this landmark moment ever to be sold, offered directly by Sir Tim himself. The sale will open from June 23-30, 2021, with bidding starting at $1,000. 



Sir Tim Berners-Lee autographed source code poster



Autographed poster of the Source Code of World Wide Web





Sir Tim said, “Three decades ago, I created something which, with the subsequent help of a huge number of collaborators across the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity. For me, the best bit about the web has been the spirit of collaboration. While I do not make predictions about the future, I sincerely hope its use, knowledge and potential will remain open and available to us all to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation, that we cannot yet imagine. NFTs, be they artworks or a digital artefact like this, are the latest playful creations in this realm, and the most appropriate means of ownership that exists. They are the ideal way to package the origins behind the web.”



The NFT – completely unique on the Ethereum blockchain – is composed of four elements; the original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Sir Tim; an animated visualization of the code; a letter written by Sir Tim reflecting on the code and the process of creating it; as well as a digital “poster” of the full code created by Sir Tim from the original files using Python including a graphic of his physical signature; all digitally signed. The files referenced by the NFT contain code with approximately 9,555 lines, whose contents include implementations of the three languages and protocols invented by Sir Tim that remain fundamental to the World Wide Web today; HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers), as well as original HTML documents that instructed early web users on how to use the application.





Oliver Barker, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said, “The brainchild of one of the most important thinkers that the UK has ever produced, the web is a truly great British invention – one that has gone global in all senses of the word. As a company that itself took its first steps in London, and is now making its mark all over the world, we at Sotheby’s could not be more proud to be part of a celebration of this defining moment three decades on."


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Burberry gets into the NFT game with Blankos Block Party http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6418 June 15, 2021: Being a pioneer in digital luxury, and associated with ‘cool’ gaming technologies for a long time, Burberry has now announced it is partnering with Mythical Games to launch a limited-edition Blanko in the technology company’s game, Blankos Block Party. 



Burberry Blankos Block Party



To be released in July 2021, Blankos Block Party is an open-world multiplayer game featuring NFT (non-fungible token) vinyl toys known as Blankos, that players can collect, upgrade and sell. By introducing these playable NFTs, Blankos Block Party is creating a new play-to-earn economy and paving the way for the future of digital ownership in gaming.  



“Pushing boundaries and discovering new ways to innovate with our communities have always been at the heart of what we do as a brand. Being a part of this creative and pioneering community with Mythical Games is an incredible synergy for us and a perfect evolution of our existing engagement with the gaming communities. Launching our limited-edition Burberry Blanko in Blankos Block Party is our first exploration into the world of NFTs; unlocking an entire new platform of possibilities, empowering digital natives and gamers to own a piece of our brand and to actively engage and participate with our house codes,” said Rod Manley, Chief Marketing Officer at Burberry.


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Electric carmaker Polestar offers its car to be purchased with art http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6416
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June 10, 2021: Art collectors and artists, who appreciate a well-crafted car, will be thrilled with this novel idea! Swedish automaker Polestar is accepting art against a Polestar 1. 



Polestar 1 Gold



Polestar, an independent premium electric performance car brand founded by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding, is introducing an additional way of buying its halo electric performance hybrid before it reaches end of production later this year. Prospective buyers will be offered the opportunity to pay for the $155,000 vehicle by trading art they already own.



Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar, says: “I love the idea of letting artists and collectors buy a Polestar 1 with art - it is such a special car and we wanted to find a unique way of celebrating it before its production reaches an end. It is hand-made, precious and tangible, much like a piece of art.”



Theodor Dalenson, a leading private art advisor who serves as Polestar’s consultant on this initiative, says, “Going back several hundred years in time, art trading mainly took place between artists and patrons. Painters like Picasso were known to trade sketches for restaurant meals. Polestar’s initiative is essentially a very natural extension of the tradition of art being used as payment for precious goods.”



Mr. Dalenson has been involved in the art world as a benefactor and has been a board member of institutions such as Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Perez Miami Art Museum, Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, Aspen Art Museum and Americans for the Arts.



Polestar 1 Gold



Polestar will consider all forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, photography, installations and more. Incoming proposals will be reviewed by Mr. Dalenson, and, if deemed relevant, receive a valuation estimate by Sotheby’s and Phillips. Polestar, after a period of ownership, will sell the art, either via the auction houses or through the dealers that represent the artists.



The initiative will run until August 15, 2021 in North America and Europe. Submissions can be made at polestar.com/art/.



In April 2021, a special edition Polestar 1 was revealed at the Shanghai Auto Show, featuring a bespoke matte gold exterior paint job with matching brake callipers and black wheels. Inside, color-matched gold stitching gives the interior an even more unique feel. A maximum of 25 will be built and a handful will be eligible for the initiative.



A technical tour de force, the electric performance hybrid has a light-weight body made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer, twin rear electric motors with genuine torque vectoring and high-performance components like Akebono brakes and adjustable Öhlins dampers. With a combined power output of 619 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, and a purely electric driving range of 60 MPGe – still the longest of any hybrid car in the world – Polestar 1 is a performance car that can be driven as a full EV in daily use, doubling as a great long-distance GT at any moment.


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Bonhams to highlight red gems in its upcoming jewellery sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6415 June 10, 2021: Giving the stage to three red gemstones – rubies, red spinels and incredibly rare red diamonds – Bonhams is preparing quite a sight for collectors for its next jewellery sale. 



Ruby diamond ring for auction



A 5.02-carat unheated Mozambique ruby and diamond ring, estimated at HK$620,000-750,000





For ruby collectors, Burma has long been the preferred origin of the fiery gemstone. But with Burmese rubies weighing five carats or more becoming increasingly rare, the market is turning towards Mozambique rubies. As a result, the price of Mozambique rubies has steadily grown. Therefore, Bonhams is offering a 5.02-carat unheated Mozambique ruby and diamond ring, boasting the most desirable ‘pigeon’s blood’ colour. It is estimated at HK$620,000-750,000.

 

The sale also offers an exquisite Burmese 3.21 carat ruby and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, estimated at HK$2,800,000-3,200,000.



Red Spinel Louis Vuitton ring



A 20.03 carat red spinel ring by Louis Vuitton estimated at HK$2,600,000-3,200,000





Glistening red spinels have also been treasured by kings, queens, and emperors. Red spinels have long been found in Sri Lanka, Burma, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, but over recent decades, collecting-quality spinels have also been sourced in Tanzania. The 20.03-carat rare spinel and diamond ring by Louis Vuitton (2014), offered in the Bonhams sale, is a perfect example. Superior in terms of size, colour and clarity, this spinel represents the fine quality of the gemstones recovered from the Mahenge deposit in Tanzania. Carrying an estimate of HK$2,600,000-3,200,000, this is a highly desirable spinel that more than holds its own among its Burmese peers.

 

A natural miracle, red diamonds are the rarest of all coloured diamonds. The gleaming red hue is caused by glide planes in the diamond crystal, along which carbon atoms have undergone slight displacement to alter light transmission. The June sale presents a purplish-red diamond and diamond ‘flower’ ring by Tiffany & Co., from the property of an Australian collector (estimate: HK$900,000 - 1,200,000). 



Red diamond Tiffany ring



A purplish-red diamond and diamond ‘flower’ ring by Tiffany & Co., estimated at HK$900,000 - 1,200,000





Those attracted to shades of red, this Bonhams Jewellery Sale is certainly worth considering!




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Burberry accelerates its sustainability efforts to achieve climate positivity by 2040 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6414 June 10, 2021: British luxury brand, Burberry, has announced its pledge to become Climate Positive by 2040, which goes further than the company’s current 2040 net-zero target. To achieve this, Burberry will shake up its own value chain, guided by climate science. 



Burberry sustainability goals



Some of the goals drafted by Burberry include accelerating the process to reduce emissions across its extended supply chain, aiming to reduce them by 46% (from a previous target of 30%) by 2030; becoming Net-Zero by 2040, 10 years ahead of the 1.5°C pathway set out in the Paris Agreement; and accelerating low-carbon future solutions and investing in nature-based projects with carbon benefits that restore and protect natural ecosystems and enhance the livelihoods of global communities through the Burberry Regeneration Fund.



“Burberry was built upon a desire to explore nature and the great outdoors and they have remained our inspiration for more than 150 years. Drawing on this heritage of exploration and driven by our creative spirit, today, we are setting a bold new ambition: to become climate positive by 2040. As a company, we are united by our passion for being a force for good in the world. By strengthening our commitment to sustainability, we are going further in helping protect our planet for generations to come,” said Marco Gobbetti, Chief Executive Officer at Burberry.



Apart from hauling up its own operations and processes, Burberry will also invest in initiatives that support the world’s efforts to create a resilient, zero carbon future. The brand promises to invest in programmes that protect and restore natural ecosystems that remove carbon from the atmosphere; and fund climate resilience projects that empower vulnerable, frontline communities to adapt to changing realities and protect livelihoods.



These investments will be sponsored by the Burberry Regeneration Fund, which was established in 2020, to support a portfolio of verified carbon offsetting and insetting projects. For its inaugural insetting project, Burberry is partnering with PUR Projet to implement a regenerative agricultural programme with wool producers in Australia. The project works at farm level to improve carbon capture in soils, strengthen watershed and soil health and promote biodiverse habitats.



In addition, Burberry announces its support for the Fashion Avengers, a coalition of global fashion organisations that have come together to inspire action towards achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of this, Burberry is supporting the Forest for Change, a UN Global Goals installation created by British designer Es Devlin for the 2021 London Design Biennale. From June 1-27, 2021, the courtyard of Somerset House in London has been transformed into a forest, inviting visitors to discover the 17 UN Global Goals.


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The next adidas + Kanye West Yeezy boasts a fiery design! http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6413 June 10, 2021: Announcing a new sneaker ready to hit the road, adidas + YEEZY are launching the Yeezy Boost 700 Enflame Amber. 



Yeezy Adidas Kanye West 2021



This fiery-designed shoe, which seems to go forward from the Yzy Qntm Flash Orange, features an upper composed of full-grain leather and suede overlays that offer a premium finish, soft hand feel, along with a supportive and durable wear. A mesh upper provide lightweight breathability and comfort where it is needed, while reflective material on the heel adds unique design cues and visual interest. 



Yeezy Adidas Kanye West 2021



The TPU midsole features a stonewash effect that creates a distinctive look, making no two pairs alike. A boost drop-in midsole offers the ultimate underfoot cushioning experience.



Available at shop.adidas.co.in 

Price: INR 21,999


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Gucci’s latest jewelry collection is soft with strong shapes http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6412 Gucci Link to Love jewelry collection



June 8, 2021: Luxury brand Gucci has launched Gucci Link to Love, a new collection of contemporary, gender-neutral jewelry representing the infinite cycles of life, romance and togetherness. A selection of sleek, geometric styles that can be stacked together, these pieces are reminiscent of the 1980s.



The collection is crafted in three colors of gold – yellow, white and pink – and includes rings, bracelets, necklaces and a variety of earrings. The GUCCI logo is used throughout as a decorative element, infusing pieces with brand recognition.



Gucci Link to Love jewelry collection



The octagonal shape of the rings and rigid bracelets evokes the idea of the number eight as a symbol of infinity, but it also allows for perfect stacking. The selection comes in 18kt white, yellow or pink gold, in a plain finish, with studs, or finely engraved with modern-looking stripes. The bracelets feature an easy-to-open clasp. Some of the rings are embellished with gemstones and diamonds: the plain band comes in white gold set with a pavé of diamonds, while the striped version is set with green tourmalines, rubellites, or baguette-cut diamonds.



The collection also includes fine necklaces, bracelets and earrings, all featuring a small bar pendant displaying the GUCCI logo as a graphic detail. The necklaces with a delicate chain and a central bar pendant come in 18kt yellow or pink gold, as well as in white gold with a diamond-set bar. The Lariat necklace, which emphasizes the neckline in a refined way, comes in 18kt yellow and pink gold, or white gold with diamonds, and loops around the neck without a clasp, fastening through a sliding circle element. 



Gucci Link to Love jewelry collection



Fine bracelets and earrings are also offered in 18kt yellow and pink gold, or white gold with a diamond-set bar. The pendant earrings have a dangling design and a thin chain. The bracelets are adjustable in length, thanks to a special closing mechanism.


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Panerai introduces Jeremy Jauncey as new global ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6411 June 8, 2021: Watchmaker Panerai has announced Jeremy Jauncey as one of its Global Ambassadors. The internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor, and business advisor will collaborate with Panerai for the next year on projects focusing on adventure and environmentally sustainable practices.



Jeremy Jauncey for Panerai



As founder and CEO of Beautiful Destinations, an award-winning strategy and creative agency for travel businesses, Mr. Jauncey is one of the most compelling and influential voices in his industry. His company was recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative. He is a tireless champion of travel as a force for good for both travelers and the destinations they visit. Mr. Jauncey has also been an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund and GoldStandard.org. 



Forging a relationship with Mr. Jauncey was a natural decision according to Panerai CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué: “At Panerai, we believe that the most formidable challenges are only solved through visionary leadership and innovation. Environmental degradation is among the most critical challenges imaginable. With projects like the Submersible eLAB-IDTM, the watch with the highest percentage of recycled-based material ever, Panerai has taken the initiative in addressing the environmental impacts of watchmaking. Jeremy is at the forefront of contending with the same issues in the travel sphere and he is a global citizen in the very best sense. We look forward to bringing together our respective know-how to create products and systems and that will change the world for the better."


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Crystal brand Saint-Louis launches a spectacular glassware collection - Queens Hall http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6410 Saint Louis Palace of Versailles Queens Hall



June 8, 2021: A brand that was given a royal seal of approval by King Louis XV in 1767, Saint-Louis crystal is a permanent fixture in elite dining rooms, imperial palaces and presidential banquets around the world. Staying true to its opulent character, this celebrated brand has unveiled a new series of crystal glassware—the Queens Hall Collection.



Born from a collaboration between Saint-Louis and the Palace of Versailles, the Queens Hall Collection includes four crystal stemmed glasses with patterns inspired by the decorations of Versailles in homage to four emblematic sovereigns: Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Leszczynska, Marie Antoinette of Austria and Maria Amelia of Bourbon Siciles. These low-stemmed glasses offer optimal ergonomics. 



Saint Louis Palace of Versailles Queens Hall



The last queen to the French people, Maria Amelia distinguished herself through her commitment to charity. She reigned over the French people at the side of Louis Philippe, and opened a museum with him in the Palace of Versailles. The côtes plates (flat cuts) embellishing the Maria Amelia glass are reminiscent of knights’ helmets, linking the collection to the Crusades Hall in the Palace’s Historic Galleries, which were inaugurated by this queen. 



Maria Theresa of Austria was an Infanta of Spain, the “Empire on which the sun never sets.” She would become Queen of France at the side of Louis XIV, bringing the Spanish court’s joy and flair for life into the Palace of Versailles. The sun like crown, outlined through bevelled cuts, harks back to these early days of Versailles, an era of splendour and celebration.



Saint Louis Palace of Versailles Queens Hall



Marie Antoinette of Austria - a strong woman with a tragic destiny - inspired the artistic avant garde of her day. She reigned at the side of Louis XVI. Cut into her namesake glass are ears of wheat, reminiscent of the countryside – alluding to the queen’s taste for antiquity, and to the picking gardens she had planted at Versailles.



Queen Marie Leszczynska was a painter and a polyglot, and reigned alongside Louis XV. She strongly influenced the artistic life of her era, which was characterised by the Rocaille style. Bringing to mind the shells that are associated with the Rocaille style, the Marie Leszczynska glass motifs also evoke the fireworks from this period of delight and rejoicing.



The glasses are available in India through Emery Studio in New Delhi.


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Adidas Originals brings Jeremy Scott back into the fold for an iconic partnership http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6409 June 7, 2021: Moschino’s current Creative Director, designer Jeremy Scott, and Adidas, have a shared moment in history. Taking that sentiment forward, the designer and Adidas are coming together for a partnership.



Jeremy Scott for Adidas



In 2003, adidas and Mr. Scott first came together at a time when designer sportswear collaborations were virtually unheard of. In the years following, adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott amassed a cult fanbase as the unparalleled designer continuously pushed the boundaries of fashion and sportswear with his playfully avant-garde, tongue-in-cheek, takes on a number of the brand’s classic archival looks.



Reigniting their iconic partnership and reprising his role as creative collaborator, Mr. Scott is set to bring his inimitable lens to an ongoing series of projects over the coming seasons, each time reimagining adidas’ suite of apparel, footwear, and accessories in quintessentially playful fashion.



“Partnering again with Adidas feels like a homecoming and I’m thrilled to be home!” said Mr. Scott.



The first iteration of the new adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott partnership arrives in Fall 2021.


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Aston Martin & Girard Perregaux unveil an extraordinary tourbillon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6408 Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch



June 7, 2021: Unveiling the first creation born as a result of the recently announced partnership between Girard-Perregaux and Aston Martin, the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition unites the watchmaking expertise of Girard-Perregaux with Aston Martin’s knowledge of luxury and performance.



This latest model celebrates the iconic Three Bridges pocket watch from the 19th century in a contemporary way, down to the smallest details, including the strap which is presented in black calf leather and featuring Rubber Alloy. The design of the strap evokes Aston Martin racing cars of the past.



Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch



The 44 mm case of the Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges – Aston Martin Edition is formed of Grade 5 titanium, a strong, hypoallergenic alloy selected by Aston Martin for its lightweight properties. It is suffused with black DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), bestowing the watch with a stealthy appearance. 



A sapphire crystal ‘box’ is positioned front of house, as well as to the rear, coaxing light to illuminate the case interior, thereby augmenting readability. The movement eschews a mainplate, sitting between both panes of sapphire crystal and seemingly floating in mid-air. Three bridges, an iconic signature of Girard-Perregaux, span the dial and are formed of titanium with black PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and polished angles. 



The design endows the timepiece with an airy appearance, affording breathtaking views of movement components ordinarily hidden from view. While Girard-Perregaux has a long history of making the invisible visible, in this instance it has ventured off-piste, creating a watch whose movement appears to levitate within the case. This is achieved by paring back the movement, causing the mainplate to seemingly disappear, thereby creating the illusion of the movement flying within the case. It was this particular characteristic that led to the term ‘Flying Bridges’.



Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch 



The cage of the tourbillon, positioned in the lower portion of the dial, is ‘lyre-shaped’, a characteristic found on all the company’s tourbillons dating back to the 19th century. A blued hand affixed to the cage imparts the running seconds. The tourbillon cage, measuring a mere 10mm in diameter, is composed of 79 components which collectively weigh only 0.25 grams. This remarkably low figure helps mitigate energy consumption. 



The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is openworked, affording partial views of the mainspring. A white gold micro-rotor, positioned beneath the barrel, energises the mainspring and, unlike most automatic watches, it grants unobstructed views of the movement. Aston Martin’s name is engraved on the vertical flank of the micro-rotor and is filled with white luminescent treatment which appears blue in restricted light. Likewise, the indexes and hands are also treated with white luminescent treatment and, once again, emit a blue glow in dim light. 



Aston Martin Girard Perregaux collaboration watch



Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, said, "The greatest of the challenges we faced with the design of this new timepiece were those of scale, as you can imagine. We had to consider lines and proportion on a far smaller scale than we are used to in the realm of automotive design. That said, good design is good design, whether it is a watch or a car, the principles remain the same. I’m delighted with the finished watch and congratulate everyone who worked on this project as this collaboration has produced a timepiece of great beauty."



The Tourbillon with Three Flying Bridges - Aston Martin Edition, a limited edition of 18 pieces, is available worldwide in all authorised Girard-Perregaux retailers. One of the most exciting car and watchmaker collaborations of our times, we look forward to future projects!


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An iconic manuscript, Christie’s presents Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6406 June 3, 2021: Bringing the world’s attention to one of the most iconic works of its times, Christie’s Classic Week Exceptional Sale will present Isaac Newton’s (1642-1727) handwritten revisions to the Principia, arguably the most important single work in the history of science (estimate: £600,000–900,000). This is an unpublished, working manuscript for Newton’s projected and ultimately abandoned second edition, and includes additional notes by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory (1659-1708). The manuscript was in the archive of Gregory until the 1860s, and was most recently in the notable collection of Maurice Car.



Newton's manuscript auction



Thomas Venning, Head of Christie’s Books & Manuscripts, London: “Autograph scientific manuscripts by Newton are of the greatest rarity on the market, with no other autograph manuscript relating to the Principia having been publicly offered for over two decades. It is a tremendous privilege to present this work to collectors, allowing a glimpse into the mind of one the foremost influences in the field of mathematics and science, and it is incredibly exciting knowing that this unpublished leaf was once in the hands of Newton, documenting his workings for his planned second edition of the Principia.”

 

To be auctioned on July 8, 2021, the autograph manuscript, handwritten in Latin on paper, comprises one and a half pages, with 39 lines in Newton’s hand, alongside 14 lines and two diagrams by the Scottish mathematician and astronomer David Gregory. The draft revisions relate to key sections from each of the three books of the Principia, on the compression of liquids, the orbits of comets and the motion of bodies in eccentric conic section.



The manuscript is one of a series of papers prompted by a visit by Gregory to Newton in Cambridge on May 4-10, 1694. During the visit, the two engaged closely with Newton’s planned second edition of the Principia, a project which he had been contemplating since at least 1691. Gregory’s surviving papers include a number of comparable leaves which were produced either during his initial visit or through subsequent correspondence between the two scientists over the following two months. 

 

The Principia explains the universal physical laws of gravitation and motion which lie behind phenomena described by Newton's predecessors Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. Newton establishes the mathematical basis for the motion of bodies in unresisting space (the law of inertia); the motion of fluids and the effect of friction on bodies moving through fluids; and, most importantly, sets forth the law of universal gravitation and its unifying role in the cosmos. For the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens. Newton’s scientific views were not seriously challenged until Einstein's theory of relativity and Planck's quantum theory, but his principles and methods remain essential for the solution of many scientific questions.


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Inspired by sailboats, Rolls-Royce’s Boat Tail is a marvelous sight http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6405 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



June 3, 2021: To fulfil some extraordinary client commissions, in conjunction with its few special clients, Rolls-Royce has initiated a distinct department within the company, Rolls-Royce Coachbuild.



This new division is a highly distilled expression of Rolls-Royce Bespoke and is reserved for those who look to move beyond existing constraints. It is based on a true commission model and represents a collaborative exploration of meaningful luxury, design and culture between the marque and its commissioning client. 



The first result of Coachbuild is Rolls-Royce Boat Tail.



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, unveiled recently, is a curation of exceptional thoughts, concepts and items. The commissioning patrons, a successful couple who are highly proficient in the appointment of Rolls-Royces, truly personify connoisseurship; their luxury curation is an artform in itself. Their proposition was purposefully self-indulgent. Their desire was to create a response to a life of hard work, success achieved, and celebration required. Their Rolls-Royce Boat Tail should be joyful, a celebratory car to enjoy with their family.



At nearly 5.8m long, its generosity of proportion and clarity of surface present a graceful and relaxed stance. The front profile is centred on a new treatment of Rolls-Royce’s iconic pantheon grille and lights. A strong horizontal graphic with deep-set daytime running lights forms Boat Tail’s intense brow line and frames classical round headlamps, a design feature recalled from the design archives of Rolls-Royce.



In profile, nautical references are very suggestive. The wrap-around windscreen recalls the visor on motor launches, while the gentle rearward lean of the A-pillar, the large, crisp volumes at the front and the tapered rear create a gesture that recalls a motor launch rising out of water under power. A progressive negative sculpture in the lower bodyside creates a lithe impression, while making an historical reference to the running boards of prominent heritage Rolls-Royce designs.



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



It is at the rear where the nautical references become more apparent. The aft deck, a modern interpretation of the wooden rear decks of historical Boat Tails, incorporates large swathes of wood. Caleidolegno veneer is applied in a feat of Rolls-Royce engineering; the grey and black material which is typically housed in the interior, has been specially adapted to be used on the exterior, with no compromise to the aesthetic. 



The open pore material features a linear wood grain which is visually elongated by brushed stainless steel pinstripe inlays, serving as an optical nod to the typical wooden construction of yachts – both old and new. 



The exterior of Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is swathed in a rich and complex tone of the client’s favourite colour – blue. To ensure the smoothest possible application when rendering the exterior, a finger was run over the definitive body line before the paint had fully dried to soften its edges. The wheels are finished in bright blue, highly polished and clear coated to add to Boat Tail’s celebratory character. 



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



A hand-painted, gradated bonnet, a first for Rolls-Royce, rises from a comparatively subdued deeper blue which cascades onto the grille, providing a progressive but informal aesthetic and a solidity of overall volume when viewed from the front.



The interior leather reflects the bonnet’s colour tone transition with the front seats swathed in the darker blue hue, while the rear seats are finished in the lighter tone. A soft metallic sheen is applied to the leather to accentuate its pairing with the painted exterior while detailed stitching and piping is applied in a more intense blue inspired by the hands of the car’s timepieces. A brilliant blue is also found woven at a 55 degree angle into the technical fibre elements to be seen on the lower bodywork, precisely orientated to emulate the spill of a water’s wake.



The fascia is distilled in its appearance, purposefully reduced to provide a modern aesthetic. This minimalist canvas accentuates the jewel like features of the completely unique BOVET 1822 timepieces specifically commissioned by the client for Boat Tail. Collecting pens is another of the clients’ great passions. A particularly cherished Montblanc pen will reside in a discretely placed, hand-crafted, case of aluminium and leather, in Boat Tail’s glove box.



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



The instrument panel dials are adorned with a decorative technique named Guilloché, more commonly perfected in the workshops of fine jewellers and watchmakers. 



In response and in reflection of the commissioning couple’s character, the rear deck inconspicuously houses a highly ambitious concept never seen before in the automotive world. At the press of a button, the deck opens in a sweeping butterfly gesture, to reveal an intricate and generous hosting suite. Its complex movement was inspired by cantilever concepts explored by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava.



The hosting suite creates a celebratory focal point for a shared occasion and affords ample opportunity to reveal the individuality of the clients’ tastes and desires. Hinged towards the centre line, the synchronised balletic opening movement reveals a treasure chest of moving parts that offer themselves to the host at a precise angle of 15 degrees. 



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



The chest is appointed with the perfect accoutrements for a true Rolls-Royce al fresco dining experience; one side dedicated to aperitifs, the other, cuisine, complete with cutlery engraved with the name ‘Boat Tail’, made by Christofle in Paris.



A double refrigerator has been developed to house the clients’ favourite vintages of Armand de Brignac champagne. Elegant cradles were created to stow the specific bottle size within the refrigerator, the surrounds are highly polished and colour matched to the bottle.



In a delightful twist and to heighten the languid experience of Boat Tail, a unique parasol is housed beneath the rear centre line in anticipation of fine weather. A telescopic movement opens this beautiful and whimsical canopy inversely, ensuring effortless deployment.



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



Cocktail tables, which elegantly rotate to mimic the offering of an attendant, open on either side of the hosting suite providing access to two contemporary, minimalist stools, which are discretely stowed below. Designed by Rolls-Royce and created by Italian furniture maker Promemoria, the slim-line interlocking stools are formed from the same technical fibre found on the exterior of the car. The interior blue Rolls-Royce leather provides the stools’ suitably comfortable seating materials.



To fulfil the clients’ extraordinary ambitions, 1,813 new engineering parts were created specifically for the cars. While designs were being finalised with the clients, the marque’s body-in-white, with its scalable aluminium spaceframe architecture, was completely reconfigured to support Boat Tail’s generous proportions, a process that took eight months in itself. As ever, the 15-speaker Bespoke Rolls-Royce Audio System was intended from the motor car’s inception, but the spaceframe architecture was exploited differently. Rolls-Royce’s existing product portfolio use a specially designed sill section of the architecture as the resonance chambers for the sound system’s bass speakers. In Boat Tail, the entire floor structure is utilised, creating an exceptional audio experience for the client.



To support the complex requirements of the hosting suite to the rear of Boat Tail, a unique electronic treatment was required. Five electronic control units (ECUs) were created for the rear of the car alone – a process that required a completely redesigned, dedicated wiring harness, which was the product of nine months of intensive research and development. Only then was it possible for the aft deck lids to open to an appropriate 67-degree angle, incorporate a highly secure locking mechanism and integrate a total climate control system to the rear hosting suite to preserve any cuisine stowed on board.



Rolls-Royce Boat Tail



The inside temperature of the hosting suite was a specific consideration. Boat Tail was created in anticipation of fair weather, so measures needed to be taken to ensure that heat absorption did not adversely affect the contents of the suite, which could include food, liquids and of course champagne. To that end, two fans are mounted in the lower section of the hosting suite to dissipate heat. 



Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce, concluded, “Boat Tail is the culmination of collaboration, ambition, endeavour, and time. It was born from a desire to celebrate success and create a lasting legacy. In its remarkable realisation, Rolls-Royce Boat Tail forges a pivotal moment in our marque’s history and in the contemporary luxury landscape."


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Art Déco jewels to appear at Sotheby’s New York Luxury Week http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6404 June 3, 2021: Dazzling and showstopping jewels are set to come under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York’s Luxury Week on June 9, 2021. The much-anticipated sale will comprise a rich selection of 94 lots. The sale is distinguished by exceptional Kashmir and Ceylon sapphires, Colombian emeralds and Burmese rubies set into iconic designs, signed by the most prestigious maisons. Immediately following the Magnificent Jewels sale, online bidding will open for the single-lot auction of an exceptional 50.03-carat G color Round Diamond, offered with no reserve.



The Sienna Star Sothebys auction





The undeniable highlight of the sale is an exceptionally important and truly magnificent Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond, crafted by Mayfair-based high-jeweller, Glenn Spiro. At 73.11 carats, The Sienna Star, carries the highest color grading for a yellow diamond by the GIA. The scarcity of fine yellow diamonds exceeding 50 carats makes the appearance of this stone at an auction a landmark moment in the world of fine gems! Representing a culmination of Mr. Spiro’s oeuvre, pairing the relentless pursuit of the world’s finest gemstones with daring and innovative design, The Sienna Star is offered with a pre-sale estimate in the region of $3 million.



Emerald diamond necklace harry winston





The June auction is headlined by a Distinguished Private Collection boasting six breath-taking jewels, together estimated in excess of $13 million and sold to benefit a charitable foundation. A masterpiece of true opulence, an impressive Colombian emerald and diamond necklace by Harry Winston combines elegant and delicate design with exceptional stones and exquisite workmanship (est. $1.5-2.5 million).



diamond necklace auction





Complementing this is an exquisite 13.02-carat Burmese ruby ring, mounted by Carvin French (est. $1/2 million) and a showstopping necklace by Andrew Clunn, set with 28 graduated oval-shaped diamonds totaling over 168 carats (est. $2/3 million). The collection is further completed by 23.59-carat D Color, Internally Flawless, Type IIa diamond ring (est. $1.8/2.8 million) and a pair of D Color diamond pendants, weighing 27.01 and 29.84 carats and estimated at $1-1.5 million and $1.2-1.8 million, respectively. 



Van Cleef Arpels Zip Udaipur





Van Cleef & Arpels’ now-iconic ‘Zip’ designs came to life in 1950. It elevated a functional item into a technically brilliant and glamourous jewel which could be worn open as a necklace or closed as a bracelet. A rare design, Van Cleef & Arpels has produced a limited number of ‘Zips’ in several different iterations, with the ‘Antique Udaipur’ being among the most stylish and substantial ($250-350,000). Many ‘mystery-set’ jewels by Van Cleef & Arpels are also on offer at the auction.



Bvlgari serpenti enamelled





A Gold, Pink Enamel and Diamond 'Serpenti' Bracelet-Watch by Bulgari, estimated at $120-150,000, is also on offer. Combining the design house’s signature tubogas technique with rarely seen pink translucent enamel, this particular Bulgari Serpenti wristwatche epitomizes seduction, sophistication and glamour.


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Indian designers Shivan & Narresh introduce wallpapers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6402 May 20, 2021: An Indian luxury brand with an eye towards modern casual, Shivan and Narresh have now introduced a bespoke range of art wallpapers, translating their iconic print series onto a renewed canvas of spatial elegance.



Shivan & Narresh wallpapers



With the essence of escape wrapped in the spirit of eccentric style and culture, the curated collection breathes life into different nooks and corners of a home, transporting you to a realm of experiential artistry and sophisticated lifestyle. Each design is a distinct rendition of invigorating colors, stories of travel and intricate motifs that lend striking accents to modern day interiors.



Shivan & Narresh wallpapers



Drawing from the brand's five evocative stories — Seoul, Araki, Edomer, Patu & Wilding 20's, the artworks are illustrated across 10 unique prints that promise to immerse you in the pulsating wilderness of Seoul, picturesque eminence of Seychelles, indigenous tribes of Asia to the whimsical romance of a glorified past - reimagined through the kaleidoscopic lens of designers Shivan & Narresh. 



Shivan & Narresh wallpapers



The collection is available to shop online on the brand’s website.


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Canali’s iconic Nawab jacket celebrates 10 years http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6401 May 20, 2021: Launched a decade back as a tribute to the rich culture and heritage of Indian royalty – the Canali Nawab is marked by a fusion of heritage and modernity. The Nawab, originally inspired by the Nehru Jacket, has been reinterpreted year after year since 2009.



Canali nawab jacket



Celebrating 10 years of this truly remarkable garment, Canali has now introduced a special anniversary collection. The collection introduces a distinctive Diagonal Placket and 4 new styles in opulent materials ranging from wool to cashmere to luxurious blends of silk.



The iconic Nawab Suit makes a comeback in a modern avatar, while maintaining its timeless essence. The suit is available in fine wool in black, textured blue & a versatile deep teal. The jacket has well-constructed shoulders, with a diagonal placket, front pockets with flaps and mother of pearl buttons. The trousers are modern, minimal and without pleats.



Canali nawab jacket sleeveless



The New Nawab Jacket is crafted with an exotic blend of silk in paisley pattern, adding an extra luxurious and distinguished touch to this royal collection. The jacket has well-constructed shoulders, diagonal placket and front pockets with flaps and concealed buttons for that added mystery. The black fine wool option is perfect for the ceremonial season that reflects warmth and exuberance.



In its new avatar, the impeccably handcrafted sleeveless Nawab exudes timeless modernity. The two new versions have been introduced in diagonal placket with five buttons and the nine buttons in central placket. These new styles have been realized in a variety of fine wools and exotic blends of wool, silk & cashmere. The beautiful white paisley sleeveless Nawab Jacket in an alluring silk blend is fit for royalty. The gold & white bone buttons have been handcrafted.


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Distinctively designed, Adidas + Kanye West announce the YZY QNTM Flash Orange http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6400 May 19, 2021: Quite a psychedelic vision in orange and black, the new Adidas + Kanye West YZY QNTM Flash Orange features an upper composed of embroidered mono mesh that provides a soft, resilient thread with a synthetic suede overlay that offers toe protection and durability. 



Yeezy Flash Orange 2021



Reflective material throughout the inner webbing and heel counter emits light in darkness. The INR 23,999 worth YZY QNTM elevates the cushioning experience with a reengineered full-length drop-in Boost midsole. A semitranslucent clear TPU cage wraps the Boost and adds a distinct design element while the herringbone patterned rubber outsole offers optimal traction.



Yeezy Flash Orange 2021



Available at: Shop.adidas.co.in


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Anya Hindmarch launches a new, expansive retail concept http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6399 Anya Hindmarch The Village



May 17, 2021: Redefining the concept of traditional retail and giving it magnanimous proportions, luxury brand Anya Hindmarch has launched ‘The Village’. 



A completely new retail concept and the realisation of Ms. Hindmarch’s long-held dream, The Village is a collection of five neighbouring Anya Hindmarch stores located on Pont Street, London, the original home of the brand. It will be the destination for Brand experiences, collaborations and exhibitions, all of which will be amplified digitally. It will also be the home for all the Brand’s collections.



Anya Hindmarch The Village



“If retail is to exist in a digital world, there needs to be a reason to visit,” says Ms. Hindmarch.



The Village includes The Anya Café – an all-day café at the heart of The Village inspired by the quintessential British café of old but reimagined with the Brand’s trademark humour.



Anya Hindmarch The Village Anya Cafe



The Village Hall is an ever-evolving concept space launching as the ‘Anya Hair Salon – Shampoo & Therapy’ to celebrate the publication of the designer’s first book, ‘If In Doubt, Wash Your Hair.’ (Bloomsbury Publishing). 



Anya Hindmarch The Village



The Plastic Store is a space to showcase and collaborate with others focused on issues of sustainability, circularity and the reduction of plastic consumption. It will also be the destination for the ‘I Am A Plastic Bag’ collection which is made from an innovative cotton- canvas feel fabric entirely created from recycled plastic bottles.



The Labelled Store is dedicated to the art of organization, offering the best-selling Labelled collection, a system of cases and bags that are, quite literally, labelled to keep you organised. The Bespoke Store is the original Bespoke store which will continue to offer personalised pieces designed to mark special moments in time and be handed down through the generations.



Anya Hindmarch The Village



The Village aims to become a new type of retail experience Ms. Hindmarch wants to offer her customers and followers in the post-pandemic world – a special place where the Brand can focus all of its creative energy, a place to meet, collaborate and share both in person and virtually.



“I feel that the next ten years are going to be about ‘localisation’ not ‘globalisation’ and it feels so right to return to the Brand’s roots here on the Cadogan Estate and to realise my dream of The Village,” explains Ms. Hindmarch.


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Made with unusual ingredients, the new Gucci Garden eau de parfum is made in limited numbers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6398 The Gucci Garden eau de parfum



May 14, 2021: The new Gucci Garden eau de parfum joins The Alchemist’s Garden, Gucci’s collection of luxury fragrances. The House’s first limited-edition fragrance coming in individually numbered bottles, only 1,000 of these are being made. 



The Gucci Garden is a living, collaborative and creative space expressing Gucci’s evolving aesthetic and philosophy, located in the House’s city of birth. The new limited-edition fragrance will join the exclusively designed range of products showcased at the Gucci Garden, which comprises gifts, accessories and ready-to-wear. 



Concocted by Master Parfumer Alberto Morillas, the key ingredient in the Gucci Garden fragrance is the broom flower, which was traditionally associated with magic and alchemy, and was used in spells for purification and protection. It has also long been employed for its medicinal properties. An uncommon ingredient in perfumery, broom has a sweet, long-lasting and voluptuous note: floral, sweet, honey-like and fruity, with a hint of bitterness and with warm tobacco-like nuances. Broom flower is underlined with the sensuality of violet and benzoin. The violet flower note is floral, powdery and slightly sweet - close to the scent of iris; while benzoin, a balsamic resin collected from the barks of species of trees in the Styrax genus, has a sweet, warm and vanilla-like aroma. It is delicate, with cinnamon and amber-like balsamic facets. The combined effect of these three ingredients is a sophisticated floral scent.



The Gucci Garden eau de parfum



The packaging makes the parfum bottle a collectable and will appeal to those who value idiosyncratic aesthetics of objects. Inspired by the types of bottles, perfumery containers and jars that might be found on the ancient wooden shelves of a vintage apothecary, the lacquered glass bottle features a hand-written label which carries the product’s individual number.



The glass flacon is in an intense black colour. “Gucci Garden” is written in gold lettering on the front, while on the back a white black-framed label bears the ingredients list in a vintage newspaper font, with a smaller label below displaying the hand-written identity number. All bottles come inside a black moiré pouch. The carton is a white black-framed box displaying “Gucci Garden” in the Gucci Garden script in black, and the emblematic Gucci Eye and Stars motif, also in black.



The Gucci Garden fragrance is available only at the Gucci Garden boutique, located in the elegant, ancient Palazzo della Mercanzia in Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy.


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Tiffany & Co. launches the modern, sleek Atlas X collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6397 Tiffany & Co. Atlas X collection



May 14, 2021: Luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. has launched Atlas X—a bolder, more modern update to the iconic Atlas collection. Inspired by the Roman numerals on the iconic clock at the Tiffany Fifth Avenue flagship store and evolving the original Atlas designs that launched in 1995, the Atlas X collection is about making your mark in time. Powerful angles, clean lines and statement silhouettes are united with graphic simplicity. 



Tiffany & Co. Atlas X collection



Crafted from 18k gold, sterling silver and pave diamonds, the collection plays with three different motifs: Closed, X and Open. In the Closed and Open styles, knife edge profiles—a code of Tiffany’s since the introduction of the Tiffany® Setting engagement ring in 1886—are pushed to a magnified scale for a bold, visual impact. Incised Roman numerals create sharp reflections and shadows that emphasize strong silhouettes. The X styles feature crisscrossing elements that reinforce the ethos in a modern way on earrings, pendants and more.



Tiffany & Co. Atlas X collection



Within the range of Closed, Open and X styles, there are designs with diamond accents that sparkle with intense radiance. The Atlas X wide bangle and ring feature pave diamonds that are set in a honey comb pattern to maximize the appearance of the stones and limit the presence of metal between them. Juxtaposing closed and open forms in a myriad of textures, robust angles and modern proportions, Atlas X offers versatility via numerous combinations for stacking, mixing and matching.


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Villeroy & Boch adds more looks to its Manufacture Rock collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6396 Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock



May 14, 2021: Recognising an affinity for natural material fashioned with elaborate craftsmanship, Villeroy & Boch launched Manufacture Rock tableware collection two years ago. Due to its overwhelming success, the home décor brand has crafted more products to join the range in 2021. 



New items include coffee and espresso cups with saucers, a mug as well as square and rectangular plates and platters in two different sizes. Moreover, there is a new dip bowl that is also available as a four-piece set consisting of three bowls and a platter. New Manufacture Rock Glow products add elegant copper accents to saucers in three sizes, a bowl and a flat bowl.



Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock



The Manufacture Rock collection embraces the typical slate look in black, coloured through Premium Porcelain. Recreated on a fine relief with a touch of glaze, the characteristic layers of rock give the crockery a distinctly authentic look and feel.



Manufacture Rock Blanc creates a vibrant effect in brilliant white, an unusual colour for a slate look. Each colour version has a distinctive effect, but they create contrasting black and white compositions when mixed and matched with each other. Combining individual pieces with the hand-painted Manufacture Rouge and Manufacture Gris ranges or the elegant Manufacture Glow with a vibrant copper look brightens any table setting with attractive dashes of colour. 



Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock



The new Manufacture Rock Glow décor combines the slate-looking tactile surface of Manufacture Rock products with the elegant copper colour of Manufacture Glow. The rims and outer surfaces of the saucers and bowls have a slate look, while the interior shines in a striking copper shade. As the softly shimmering CoverSeal surface does not contain any metal, the products are suitable for the dishwasher and microwave.



Villeroy & Boch Manufacture Rock



Glasses and cutlery also add elegant copper detailing to table settings: the elegant crystal glasses for white wine, red wine and champagne feature a soft copper colour gradient along the delicate stem, which flows seamlessly into the bowl. The red shimmering metal of the matching streamlined Manufacture cutlery has a fine matt finish. Thanks to their elegant look, the Manufacture glasses and cutlery create an exciting contrast to the rough slate texture of the porcelain.


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Aged for 5 years, Ardbeg Wee Beastie launches in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6395 May 14, 2021: A Moet Hennessy brand, Ardbeg has launched the powerful Ardbeg Wee Beastie in India. And at just 5 years old, this feisty and intensely smoky whisky is untamed by age and its barbecue-like intensity is sure to get taste buds raving this summer.



Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 years



Matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, Wee Beastie bristles with intense aromas of cracked black pepper, sappy pine resin and sharp tangs of smoke. An explosive mouthfeel bursts forth with chocolate, creosote and tar. As savoury meats sink into the palate, the long salty mouth coating finish slinks away.



Ardbeg’s Director of Whisky Creation, Dr Bill Lumsden said, “I’m in no doubt that Ardbeggians will love this tongue-tingling expression. The casks chosen for its creation make it ideal for enjoying neat or as the mouth-watering main ingredient in a powerfully smoky cocktail."




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Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear to be offered at Christie’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6394 May 11, 2021: Quite a realistic interpretation, Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Bear will be offered for sale at Christie’s in London as a highlight lot in the Exceptional Sale, taking place live on July 8. 



Leonardo da Vinci Head of a bear



One of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo still in private hands outside of the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth, this artwork measures 2 3⁄4 x 2 3⁄4 inches (7 x 7 cm), and is executed in silverpoint on a pale pink-beige prepared paper, using a technique which Leonardo was taught by his master Andrea del Verrocchio. It is expected to sell for £8,000,000-12,000,000.



The drawing’s history can be traced back to Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), a renowned British painter whose collection of old master drawings is considered among the greatest ever assembled. After Sir Lawrence’s death in 1830, the drawing passed to his dealer (and major creditor) Samuel Woodburn, who sold it at Christie’s in 1860 for £2.50. In the first half of the 20th century, the drawing was in the collection of another great British collector, Captain Norman Robert Colville, who also owned Raphael’s Head of a Muse, sold at Christie’s in 2009 for £29,161,250 ($48,009,960).



Since its first public exhibition in 1937, it has also been shown at museums around the world including the London National Gallery’s Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in 2011-12. The work was exhibited in London, The National Gallery, Leonardo da Vinci Painter at the Court of Milan, 2011-12; Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi; Moscow, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts and Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum in 2018.



Stijn Alsteens, International Head of Department, Old Masters Group, Christie’s Paris comments, “After having sold Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing Horse and Rider in 2001 for over £8m ($11m), still the world record for a drawing by the artist today, Christie’s is proud to offer another work by arguably the greatest draughtsman the world has ever known. I have every reason to believe we will achieve a new record in July for Head of a Bear, one of the last drawings by Leonardo that can be expected to come onto the market."


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Benefiting Indian artists affected by the pandemic, Baro Market hosts a Relief Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6393 May 10, 2021: India had just begun to rise from the ashes of the last pandemic wave, when it got swept under a second, even more tragic wave of COVID-19. In these unprecedented times, art has been the last priority in a world struggling just to breathe. This, in turn, has adversely affected the makers of art who are now threatened with extinction if not supported.



Baro Market Chitrakar Relief Sale



With this aim in mind, Baro Market and Peepul (a communication consulting firm) have launched an SOS fundraising effort called Chitrakar Relief Sale. Srila Chatterjee – Founder, Baro Market, has identified 10 artists from across the country and representing centuries-old arts legacies who need our assistance.



The 10 masters, not only support their own families, but also students who represent the next generation of their art-forms. The online sale has been devised to provide some relief to both, the artists, and their communities. Sales of all artworks will be paid directly to the artists, with no deductions.



Baro Market Chitrakar Relief Sale



From terracotta and pinch pottery to Pattachitra and Gadwakam, the selected artists and art pieces represent the length and breadth of India’s indigenous creativity. 



Baro Market Chitrakar Relief Sale



The sale will begin on May 13 and can be accessed on the Baro Market website.


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Bovet’s new watch takes a sweet avatar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6392 Bovet Audrey Sweet Art sugar dial



May 10, 2021: Watchmaker Bovet has expressed its craftsmanship and supremacy in innovative dial making via various materials through the years. But it’s latest creation is a crazy idea that is simple and sweet!



Bovet’s new Miss Audrey Sweet Art uses a completely new material and a new process to create a dial that has never been seen before in watchmaking: one made from pure sugar.



Bovet Audrey Sweet Art sugar dial



Representing sweetness and purity, the sugar crystals covering the dial of the Miss Audrey Sweet Art represents a breakthrough in engineering innovation, materials, and miniature painting – all hallmarks of the House of BOVET.



Imagined by Mr. Pascal Raffy, the owner of the House of BOVET, Miss Audrey Sweet Art takes this material and transforms it – all with the goal of capturing the sweetness of love and the purity of a child’s carefree desire for confections.



Bovet Audrey Sweet Art sugar dial



The process of producing this dial is extraordinarily complex. First, the pure sugar crystals are prepared so their structure will not change when exposed to light or heat (no, the sugar crystals will not melt). Then the sweet crystals are chosen for size, then combined with special paints and hand-applied to the dial by one of BOVET’s miniature painting artisans. This demanding process, protected by a patent, leaves no room for error. One misstep and the entire process has to start again.

   

Thanks to its artisanal and hand-made nature, each dial is unique. A variety of colors are available, including solid hues as well as gradients. The result is an intriguing mix of texture and sparkle.



Bovet Audrey Sweet Art sugar dial



The special hands of the dial of the Sweet Art are whimsical, romantic. Uniquely shaped, they form a beautiful heart once every hour, as the minute hand catches up to the hour hand, reminding the wearers of the loved ones in their lives.



The signature 36mm Fleurier Amadéo convertible case is available in stainless steel hand-set with sparkling white diamonds. The unique and patented Amadéo case can be transformed into a wristwatch, table clock, or pendant all without the use of any tool.


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Visionnaire introduces a collection of outdoor furniture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6391 Stankar Sofa Visionnaire



May 10, 2021: Italian luxury furniture brand Visionnaire unveiled a collection of outdoor furniture at Furisalone, which was held in Milan in April 2021. The new Outdoor Collection is constructed with exquisite materials in ultrachic designs that convey a completely new perspective to outdoor decor. 



Farnese Chair Visionnaire



The collection addresses the need for us to rediscover familiarity with nature, creating an incessant dialogue with the earth, from the heart. Visionnaire, thus, strives to make nature a structural part of design through strategic choices, generating higher environmental standards, starting with factors of great importance such as orientation, natural ventilation and thermal efficiency.



Stankar Sofa chair by Visionnaire



The Stankar sofa– designed by La Conca – establishes a dialogue with the world of fashion, thanks to a cord structure made with natural hemp and Lurex threads, inspired by espadrilles cult footwear. The Farnese family of furniture designed by Samuele Mazza has been expanded this year with an elegant daybed made in natural rattan, enhanced by bindings in cowhide and wicker. This fiber taken from the innermost part of an Asian palm species is curved by hand in the form of small ovals, joined by metal strips bearing the logo. The art of wicker workmanship is still passed down today in various Italian towns. 



Farnese Day bed Visionnaire



The Aminta chair by Giuseppe Viganò is a product with a dual indoor-outdoor value. The framework of the seat is in steel tubing, accompanied by a removable padded cover attached to the back for indoor use, or a throw cushion for outdoor settings.



Aminta chair Visionnaire



The collection is a fine blend of luxury and utility that allows you to settle in comfort as you pull yourself back to a normalcy, which also includes nature this time...


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This new Dom Pérignon bottle is adorned with a Bvlgari serpentine necklace http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6389 April 29, 2021: Iconic brands Bvlgari and Dom Pérignon have fused their savoir-faire to co-create an ultra-limited edition luxury case of champagne. And as is evident from the images, Bvlgari Serpenti x Dom Pérignon Rosé is an alluring expression from the two storied houses.



Bvlgari X Dom Perignon vintage 2004



With only four cases crafted, each of them opens to reveal a custom interior lined in saffron and fuchsia containing three magnums of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004, jealously protected by a Bvlgari Serpenti necklace. Bvlgari’s iconic, signature Serpenti is crafted in pink gold with onyx and white diamonds, and is sensually wrapped around a magnum of Dom Pérignon. 



For this exceptional occasion, the bottle itself is also engraved with the snake scale motif and has a rose gold label that evokes both the hue of the Bvlgari Serpenti and the rosé robe of the champagne. 



Bvlgari X Dom Perignon vintage 2004



The vines yielded abundant and sizable grape clusters in 2004. Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2004 is the fruit of 12 years of slow and meticulously controlled elaboration in the cellars. The nose begins with fresh notes of red currants and wild strawberries, complemented by warm notes of ripe hay, blood orange and cocoa. On the palate, after a smooth and embracing attack, an impression of precision dominates. The wine’s intense and penetrating integrity is prolonged with an unexpected hint of green citrus that marks the vintage.



The Bvlgari Serpenti x Dom Pérignon Rosé limited edition is available exclusively on request in London, Milan and Tokyo.


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Adding sustainability to its company goals, Beam Suntory to invest more than $1 Billion for the cause http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6388 April 29, 2021: The Japanese company Beam Suntory, one of the world leaders in premium spirits, representing luxury brands such as Laphroaig and Bowmore among others, is making long-term commitments to sustainability across every facet of its value chain, from seed to sip – a program known as Proof Positive. These commitments to the environment, consumers, and society are aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 



Bowmore Beam Suntory



Beam Suntory’s President & CEO, Albert Baladi, said, “Proof Positive is inspired by Suntory’s vision of Growing for Good and represents a step- change in our sustainability ambitions. Our quality products start with the blessings of nature, and we’re determined to give back to nature more than we use. We’re fundamentally committed to reducing harmful drinking, and we’ll increase investment to support consumers in making responsible choices. We’ll use our platform to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, and leave a lasting legacy for our teams, community and our industry. Proof Positive is a critical roadmap towards 2030, 2040, and beyond for how we will positively impact the environment, our consumers and our communities.”



Through investments in efficient technology and cleaner fuels, Beam Suntory has reduced water use per unit of production by 22% and reduced greenhouse gases emitted by direct operations by 19%+. Building on this, Beam Suntory’s new goals include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% across direct operations by 2030, with an ambition to remove more carbon than is emitted across the entire value chain by 2040. The Fred B. Noe Craft Distillery, set to open later this year in Clermont, Kentuky, will be the company’s first distillery powered by renewable energy. Beam Suntory sites across the world have begun transitioning from higher carbon fuels, like coal and fuel oil, to lower carbon fuels, such as natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas. 



The company aims to reduce water usage for every unit of production by 50% by 2030 and replenishing more water than what is used in direct operations to water sources, shared with local communities and nature, by 2040. Both Maker’s Mark and the James B. Beam Distilling Co. have established Natural Water Sanctuaries in Kentucky to protect local water sources that are vital to the crafting of bourbon.



Wheat barley



Planting more trees than those harvested to make whiskey barrels is also a commitment taken up by Beam Suntory. The brand will plant 500,000 trees annually by 2030 to not only ensure a sustainable source of American White Oak for future use in bourbon production, but to support sustainable forestry practices as well.



The company is also aiming towards working only with suppliers that use sustainable practices by 2040. Beam Suntory will use 100% recyclable packaging and 40% recycled materials by weight across the packaging portfolio by 2030.



From a consumer perspective, Beam Suntory provides tools for consumers to make positive choices for their personal wellbeing and impact on others through its Drink Smart program. It partners with organizations around the world on evidence-based programs to combat underage consumption, binge drinking and impaired driving, and provides consumers with calorie and alcohol content for its key products. 



Beam Suntory will also foster a more inclusive and equitable culture, while working to increase gender, racial, and ethnic representation across its business, and continue to engage and support employees around the world to volunteer their time. Goals include reaching 50% women in leadership positions globally, 45% racially and ethnically diverse employee representation in the US, and achieve an industry-leading sense of belonging among employees by 2030.



The company will contribute 1 million cumulative volunteer hours to communities around the world by 2030 and continue to invest in initiatives and organizations that support on-trade partners, build stronger communities, and promote social justice.


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Highlighting royal Indian textiles, Karkhana Chronicles II launches digitally http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6386 April 23, 2021: Bringing forth India’s phenomenal treasure of textile heritage and alluring royal style, Karkhana Chronicles II is presenting a series of installations and traditional textiles in collaboration with the royal families of Indore, Kathiwada, Bhavnagar and Mysore. The digital exhibit is available to view on a special microsite.



Maharani of Indore installation



The ‘Sanyogita’ saree, a reinterpretation of the Maharani of Indore’s resplendent yellow Maheshwari saree, paired with ‘Nazneen’ Varanasi silk brocade blouse





Looking back to tradition to find design solutions of the future, the project draws its inspiration from the artisanal workshop or ‘karkhana’ - a timeless site of creativity and innovation that distinguishes India’s rich textile heritage.



Supported by The ReFashion Hub - a sustainability-focused initiative with a special emphasis on water stewardship - Karkhana Chronicles II hopes to open a conversation on the revival of traditional knowledge and practices in the Indian fashion industry, and advocate for fashion that is kinder to the climate, natural resources and the people engaged within this sector. The project builds on Karkhana Chronicles I which launched in late 2020.



Maharaja of Indore installation



A cape, inspired by the Maharaja of Indore’s tuxedo





The four installations include a collaboration between REHWA+WomenWeave and designer Sanjay Garg (Raw Mango) which draws inspiration from the iconic Boutet de Monvel portraits of HH Maharaja Yeshwantrao II and HH Maharani Sanyogitaraje Holkar. The installation will present the ‘Sanyogita’ saree, REHWA’s reinterpretation of the Maharani’s resplendent yellow Maheshwari saree which will be paired with ‘Nazneen’ Varanasi silk brocade blouse by Raw Mango that features all-over ‘jaal’ of floral motifs. Raw Mango will also present a cape, inspired by the Maharaja’s tuxedo and woven by WomenWeave. 



The installation by the Bhavnagar royal family, brings women weavers and beadmakers of Bhavnagar city, with brass and copper karigars of Sihor to create a vision that shows the range and versatility of traditional skills. Placed on a delicate silk textile the installation presents a fine embroidery Chaniyo produced in the ‘bharat kaam’ technique; a traditional choli or khadi blouse; a bandhani cotton saree draped in the local kathiyawadi style and adorned with bead work jewellery, a famous craft of Bhavnagar.



Bhavnagar installation Karkhana Chronicles



The installation by Bhavnagar for Karkhana Chronicles II







Conceptualised by HH Yaduveer Wadiyar and his sister, Jayathmika Lakshmi, the installation from Mysore will incorporate silks and Khadi, in a sculptural piece of a styled sari and jacket. The beauty and symbolism of Mysore’s textile heritage will be highlighted by a third component - the Navalgund Dhurrie, a style of weaving that dates back to the Vijaynagar empire and is woven exclusively by women. The craft is rapidly dwindling with less than 50 weavers still carrying forth this unique technique. 



Mysore installation Karkhana Chronicles



The installation by Mysore for Karkhana Chronicles II





The Kathiwada installation brings together indigenous communities and highlights their traditional craft practices through various weaves, prints and jewellery crafts. The legacy of Kathiwada will be demonstrated through the languishing craft of Kasota weaves, adapting it to make contemporary wearable pieces. Showcasing the versatility of bamboo, the installation will adorn a bamboo jacket stitched by the native communities. Sustained by the Khatri community at Bagh, the craft of hand-block fabrics, made with natural vegetable dyes, will also accompany the look, adorned with intricate bead jewellery. 



Kathiwada installation Karkhana Chronicles



The installation by Kathiwada for Karkhana Chronicles II





Akshita Bhanj Deo, the Creative Director of Karkhana Chronicles says, "Karkhana Chronicles II seeks to highlight heritage textile art that is not limited to its positive impact on the environment but also the exceptional quality and exclusivity in design that comes along with these textiles. Concepts such as circularity that have come into contemporary discourse on sustainability are actually ideas that have organically existed within our traditional production systems for centuries. Through this exhibition we invite discerning audiences of makers and consumers to engage with this rich legacy of craftsmanship and explore the potential within these traditional knowledge systems to create sustainable futures."


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Burberry’s Autumn-Winter 2021 Womenswear collection plays to the tune of powerful feminism http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6385 April 23, 2021: Not that this style of power dressing is new, but it certainly is a new direction for Burberry. Riccardo Tisci’s first womenswear presentation for Burberry sets out a bold interpretation of modern femininity, shedding archetypes and readdressing preconceptions. The collection carries a sense of unflinching pride and conviction. The looks reinvent tradition, literally.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



Continuing the theme laid out at the Burberry Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear presentation, the womenswear collection too pays homage to the indomitable force of Mother Nature and the widespread British craft and outdoor movements of the early 20th century. With fluttering capes and references to flags, the collection nods to people who daringly venture into nature. 



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



“Throughout my life, my mother has been this incredible force of nature. As a single parent, she raised me and my eight sisters with unfaltering purpose and pride. So, naturally, I have always been drawn to strong women and, in turn, they have also given me the confidence to express my own femininity. They are not afraid to challenge expectations and I have always been in such awe of their determination. They are warriors,” says Mr. Tisci, Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



Referencing the animal kingdom, a Burberry house code, trompe l’oeil prints and tactile faux furs play on the natural and the fashioned. The trench coat is crafted in bonded faux fur and leather, photographic fox print wool, and geometric intarsia. Reconstructed duffle coats in faux mink and curly shearling add luxuriousness. Unexpected adornment on hoods and exaggerated pelt fringing add drama. Faux fur is embroidered into the caped silhouette of a dress, and the paneling of tailored shorts. 



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



A rich and earthy palette of green, soft fawn, camel, beige, copper, pecan brown, black, and saffron express the collection. Bright inflections in a rainbow of red, gold, orange, pink and tulip yellow express optimism.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



Evoking a sense of freedom, fluttering cape-sleeve dresses in colour block and animal print, and fluid unlined outerwear make an impression. The collection, though minimalist, is bold and bright. A sharp-shouldered boxy blazer; tapered trousers with cut-out cuffs; and fringed and panelled longline shorts spell muscle. The Burberry cape finds new expression, silhouetting the shoulders in magnified check cashmere, and spliced with a tailored jacket. A gleaming gold lamé trench coat with eyelet fringing, and draped silhouettes illuminated with hundreds of lightcatching paillettes – evoke the colour and patina of the sun - the strength of feminine energy.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



“I wanted this collection to feel truly emblematic of the power of feminine energy: a modern armour that captures its characteristic fierce aura. There’s an underlying attitude to the collection that’s very British; of being unique, eccentric and totally authentic in how you express yourself. This presentation is a love letter to women and a celebration of their incomparable strength,” explains Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



In accessories, a sense of fluidity inspires the new Flag bag, a soft tote with metallic embroidered fringing – presented in paillette adorned silk, and smooth lambskin annotated with Thomas Burberry’s initials. The Olympia collection evolves with fresh iterations, its athletic aura redefined with a new femininity – an Olympia scarf tote and clutch. The supersized messenger bag in faux fur and shearling is again inspired by the animal kingdom.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 womenswear



A new wraparound eyewear – evolved from a sports-influenced frame – in injected nylon with a graphic gold-plated brow bar made an appearance in the show. Bells, bolts and resin pearls punctuate rings and earrings.


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Maserati’s new Levante Hybrid is electric, breathtaking http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6384 Maserati Levante Hybrid



April 23, 2021: Maserati’s new electric Levante Hybrid is faster than a diesel, more sustainable than diesel or gasoline, and unique in its specific characteristics. The Maserati SUV, which has already made an impact in the history of the brand with its record- breaking figures, now presses ahead into a future in which all new Trident models will be electrified.



Maserati Levante Hybrid



Levante Hybrid combines the 4 cylinder, 2 litre engine with a 48 volt Hybrid system to recover energy during deceleration and braking. The hybrid car weighs less than the 6 cylinder engine equivalent (both diesel and gasoline), and above all has an even better weight distribution since the battery is placed in the rear without compromising the load capacity and optimally balancing the masses of the vehicle. All designed to make Levante Hybrid even more agile and fun to drive.



Thanks to a maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 2,250 rpm, the Levante Hybrid reaches a top speed of over 240 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 6 seconds.



Maserati Levante Hybrid



In terms of appearance, the Levante Hybrid launch version is characterised by a new metallic tri-coat colour called Azzurro Astro, available as part of the Brand’s customisation programme, Maserati Fuoriserie.



Other exterior and interior details contribute to this car’s immediately recognisable design: some are in blue, the shade chosen to identify hybrid cars, already used by Maserati on Ghibli Hybrid.



On the exterior, blue characterises the three iconic side air ducts, the brake calipers and the C- pillar logo. The same blue shade reappears inside the car, specifically on the embroidered seams of the seats.



Maserati Levante Hybrid



Levante Hybrid is connected, thanks to the new Maserati Connect program, which will alert the driver when a service is due, improving the customer care experience. With a Smartphone or Smartwatch, drivers can stay in contact with their car via the Maserati Connect App; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa and Google Assist).


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LVMH, Prada & Cartier partner on Aura, the first global luxury blockchain http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6382 April 21, 2021: Luxury conglomerate LVMH has joined forces with Prada and Cartier (part of Richemont) to develop Aura Blockchain Consortium, the world’s first global luxury blockchain. This unprecedented collaboration between competitors represents a single, innovative solution to shared challenges of communicating information on authenticity, responsible sourcing and sustainability in a secure, digital format. The objective is to provide consumers with a high level of transparency and traceability throughout the lifecycle of a product.



LVMH blockchain



The state-of-the-art technology of Aura Blockchain matches a product ID to a client ID, providing the infrastructure – through a chain of secure, non-reproducible, digital blocks – to enable consumers to access the history of a product and proof of its authenticity at every step of the value chain, from raw materials to point of sale, and even more. Consumers can thus follow the entire lifecycle of a product. Aura represents a new way for luxury brands to communicate directly to consumers, telling a unique story around the quality of their materials, craftsmanship and creativity, and strengthening the relationship between client and brand.



Aura Blockchain Consortium is a multi-nodal, private blockchain secured by ConsenSys technology and Microsoft. Aura is open to all luxury brands, offering flexibility to support companies of varying sizes and adapt to individual needs.



Among LVMH Maisons, Hublot, Bvlgari and Louis Vuitton are already active on the platform. Hublot, for example, has launched a digital e-warranty, which is stored in the Aura infrastructure and allows customers to verify the authenticity of their watch via a simple photo taken with a mobile phone. Brands using Aura develop their own experience according to their specificities and customer expectations. They also maintain their own data and adhere to the strictest standards of client privacy, since information stored on the blockchain cannot be changed, tampered with, or hacked.


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Michael Kors introduces its 40th Anniversary Fall/Winter 2021 Collection with ‘Opening Night’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6381 April 21, 2021: If there is one thing we all have been dreaming about since the pandemic struck, it’s that feeling of stepping out at night again, all dressed up, for that fabulous party. ‘Opening night’ was, therefore, the theme of Michael Kors’ 40th anniversary collection for Fall/Winter 2021. Shot in the heart of the Broadway to a musical performance by singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright, the show immersed guests in a true The Devil Wears Prada inspiration.



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



“For my 40th anniversary collection, I was really thinking about the joy in getting dressed up and stepping out for a night on the town,” says Michael Kors. “Whether you’re going to the office, having a casual dinner in the neighborhood or are in fact ready to go to a party again, this collection is all about making every moment a special occasion and feeling confident, glamorous and upbeat. There’s a sense of timelessness and big-city optimism that has been a linchpin of Michael Kors since the very beginning—a yin-and-yang balance between opulence and simplicity, something that’s laid-back and at the same time luxurious.”



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



The runway film, directed by longtime collaborator Alexandre de Betak and produced by Bureau Future, shined a light on the unique glamour and energy of Broadway, one of New York City’s most beloved industries and among the hardest hit by the pandemic. “The theater is the heartbeat and the pulse of New York City and an endless source of inspiration for me, so to see Broadway shut down has been really heartbreaking,” says Mr. Kors. 



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



The collection, in a true MK style, is glamourous, replete with figure hugging dresses, silver streaked suits, shimmering gowns, and voluminous shearlings that will cozy you up in those winter nights. Monochromatic neutrals are accented with metallic gold and silver accents. Pinstripes, houndstooth, zebra and leopard prints make the collection bold. Trenches and cashmeres, boots, strappy open-toes and sleek miniaudieres spell big city shine. 



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



Michael Kors Collection Fall Winter 2021



In support of the theater industry, Michael Kors, the company, has made a donation to The Actors Fund, a national organization that fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. Mr. Kors also made a personal donation to The Fund.


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Chopard makes Julia Roberts the ambassador for the Happy Sport watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6380 Julia Roberts Chopard Happy Watch



April 21, 2021: Watchmaker and jeweler Chopard has paired its popular Happy Sport watch with actress Julia Roberts. The brilliant actress has bewitched audiences world over with her dazzling smile and natural acting instincts. This film legend was welcomed to the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 with a sense of honour and emotion. The first time she strode up the famous steps of the Palais de Festival in Cannes – barefoot and wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress highlighting a Chopard Haute Joaillerie emerald and diamond necklace – has become one of the most memorable red carpet events in recent editions of the Festival. Since then, she has uniquely personified the ultimate free-spirited woman.



It comes with no wonder then that passionate film-lover Caroline Scheufele asked Julia Roberts to embody the face of the Happy Sport woman when launching new versions of the iconic watch. Ms. Scheufele said, “It was her and nobody else! Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the spirit that I see in Happy Sport.” 



Julia Roberts Chopard Happy Watch



The new Happy Sport campaign, featuring Ms. Roberts, has been shot under the artistic direction of Xavier Dolan – another Cannes Film Festival renowned director. Known for the intensity with which he conveys his protagonists’ emotions through the camera, The short film shows how Ms. Roberts instinctively related to the Joie de Vivre inherent in Happy Sport watches. The still photo shoot has been shot by photographer Shayne Laverdière.


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A diamond ring with an incredibly rare Blue-Gray Diamond could fetch $350,000 at Heritage Auctions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6379 Blue-Gray Diamond ring for auction



April 21, 2021: A spectacular Fancy Blue-Gray Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring could bring $350,000 or more at Heritage Auctions’ upcoming Spring Fine Jewelry Auction on May 3, 2021.



“Blue diamonds are very, very rare,” said Jill Burgum, Senior Director of Fine Jewelry at Heritage Auctions. “The color is impacted by the presence of boron in the lattice of the stone, which is formed extremely deep within the earth’s surface. It is rare to mine a blue diamond, let alone one with such distinct color, and this is a breathtaking example.”



The awe-inspiring ring features a pear-shaped fancy blue-gray diamond weighing 1.38 carats nestled between pear-shaped diamonds weighing a combined 1.41 carats, all set in platinum.



“Not only is the blue-gray diamond absolutely magnificent, but the stones on each side are D color, internally flawless,” Ms. Burgum said. “For someone looking for perfect stones, this ring fits the bill.”



Blue Diamond ring for auction



The ring is one of two blue diamond lots in the auction, which also includes a Fancy Blue Diamond, Diamond, Platinum Ring (estimate: $30,000-50,000). It features an oval-shaped fancy blue diamond weighing 0.73 carat, flanked by full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.30 carat, set in platinum.


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Gucci celebrates a century with a collection that spans 100 years of high fashion http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6377 April 21, 2021: Encapsulating 100 years in a single collection is no small feat. Yet Alessandro Michele manages to do with Aria – a phenomenal collection that celebrates Gucci’s 100 years of existence. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



From the equestrian heritage of the brand and the flapper Hollywood looks, to the modern glamour of 1990s-2000s and Mr. Michele’s very own floral designs, each look is a flood gate of memories. The collection not just celebrates a centenary, but different eras which the brand has seen.



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



The collection is dreamy, scintillating, seductive, glittering, attractive and everything that Gucci has ever been. From power dressing to exaggerated maximalism, Aria takes you into a world of stupendous high fashion. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Calling it a ‘hacking’ job, Mr. Michele says Gucci is akin to an alchemist’s factory, “where everything connects to everything.” But perhaps, the most iconic aspect of this collection is Gucci’s collaboration with Balenciaga. Several jackets with sharp shoulders and a nipped waist advertised the Balenciaga logo. A long coat, similarly tailored, mashed up Gucci’s double-G monogram with Balenciaga branding. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



The Gucci logo has been given much of the centrestage. Romantic and fantastic at the same time, Mr. Michele has indeed combined sequined fabrics with lace and golden chains with equestrian straps to bring forth Gucci’s earlier guardians – from Guccio Gucci to Tom Ford. No look is the same, yet utterly familiar with hidden house codes and emotions. 



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Mr. Michele’s show notes indeed reference to this cross-inspiration: “I have plundered the nonconformist rigour of Demna Gvasalia and the sexual tension of Tom Ford; I have lingered over the anthropological implications of what shines, working on the brightness of fabrics; I have celebrated the equestrian world of Gucci transfiguring it into a fetish cosmogony; I have sublimated Marilyn Monroe’s silhouette and old Hollywood’s glamour; I sabotaged the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie and the codes of men’s tailoring.”



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



Gucci Aria 2021 100 years collection



A collection that is as magnificent as Gucci’s much-popular history, it is a story to view, a piece to cherish.


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Yeezy sneakers designed and worn by Kanye West, valued at over $1 million, to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6373 Kanye West Yeezy auction



April 13, 2021: Kanye West sneakers help transform athletic shoes into coveted fashion items. One particular example is now to be auctioned by Sotheby's. Estimated to be worth more than $1 million, this pair of shoes is the prototype of the Yeezy series designed by Mr. West and Mark Smith for Nike and revealed at the 2008 Grammy Awards.



Sotheby’s declared that the Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype will be sold privately. The auction house called them one of the most valuable sneakers of all time.



In recent years, sneakers have become collectibles and joined more traditional goods such as art, wine, and jewelry in auction houses. Last May, Sotheby’s sold a pair of 1985 Air Jordan 1s designed and worn by the basketball player Michael Jordan, for what was then a world-record of $560,000.



Kanye West Yeezy auction



The Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes in black leather and size 12 has a Yeezy belt on the front foot and a distinctive pink Y-shaped lace medallion. A custom lasered wooden box is included, which features a design and etching by the Yeezy 1 creator, Mark Smith. These shoes were worn during Mr. West's emotional performances in "Hey Mama" and "Stronger" at the 2008 Grammy Awards, which caused a social media sensation among fashionistas.



The shoes are being auctioned by New York sneakerhead and collector Ryan Chang. The prototype sneakers will be exhibited in Hong Kong from April 16 to 21. 


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House of Rugs & Gur Organics unveil a sustainable collection of rugs - Kairos http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6372 House of Rugs Eartha



April 13, 2021: House of Rugs, a new e-commerce platform founded by Aishwarya Gupta, has collaborated with Gur Organics by Pernia Qureshi, to create a collection of rugs that are influenced by nature, and are tranquil and exquisite.



To promote sustainability and commit more towards zero-waste emissions, the young entrepreneurs have created hand-made and long-lasting products. Called Kairos, the collection of rugs celebrates the essence of simple and minimal design using eco-friendly materials as well as promotes women’s education – a prime concern harboured by Ms. Gupta. Parts of the sale proceeds will go towards a women’s college Ms. Gupta’s family is building in Badhohi.



House of Rugs carpets



Designed by Ms. Qureshi, she says, “I was inspired by Japanese minimalism. To form it as art, I chose Japandi – the combination of Scandinavian functionality and Japanese rustic minimalism to create a feeling of art, nature and simplicity. The fusion creates the perfect blend of function and form, focusing on clean lines, bright spaces and light colours. Calming, tranquil, and peaceful palettes are typically chosen, and when brighter colours are incorporated, they are done so meaningfully and subtly.” 



The collection sees touches of Art Deco, which when combined by Japandi, gives a sophisticated edge of bold and pastel shades full of textures offering a cozy and relaxed vibe. Where Japandi tends to be neutral, the rich colour palette from Art Deco gives the room more warmth.



House of Rugs carpets



Two of the dhurries from the collection are made of PET yarn derived from recycled plastic, while three rugs are in a combination of wool and jasmine silk, and one in wool and viscose.



The collection is available on House of Rugs website.


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Falguni Shane Peacock’s latest couture collection is an ode to Udaipur http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6371 Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



April 9, 2021: To celebrate everlasting love and the feelings it evokes, Falguni Shane Peacock unveils their latest bespoke wedding collection ‘Mon Amour Jag Niwas’. The magnificent palace of Jag Niwas, famously known as the Taj Lake Palace, nestled amidst the Lake Pichola in Udaipur gives the stunning backdrops that make the romance around weddings come to life! 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



Falguni Shane Peacock’s latest bespoke wedding collection is a fitting ode to the breathtaking brides and their dream weddings. Together the couple can make a statement of royal, head-turning elegance. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The collection is inspired by the palace, and the rich flora and fauna in and around Jag Niwas. It offers motifs depicting the architectural marvels of the domes and arches, the filigree works in the pillars, the carvings at the doorways and windows, mirrors and other ornate elaborations. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The color palette is royal where traditional classic bridal shades of deep reds and golden sunsets join sky blues and dainty pinks. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The bride can choose a signature ball gown style bespoke red Lehenga while the groom can select from a collection that is equally ornate, rich, and yet subtle. 



Falguni Shane Peacock bridal wear 2021



The signature Sherwani portions with stunning tone embroidery allow enhancing the groom’s appearance with fine, elaborate jewellery or a traditional Saafa or a dupatta. When paired with a signature gold-dusted Bundi, it completes the royal appearance.


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Dazzling jewellery owned by the Countess of Rosse to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6370 Countess of Rosse cameo bracelet



The Onyx Cameo, Enamel, Pearl, and Diamond bracelet from the mid-19th century, owned by Countess of Rosse





April 9, 2021: An impressive set of jewels from Countess of Rosse, mother-in-law of Princess Margaret of the British Royal Family, will be auctioned at Bonhams. It includes two pieces from the collection of socialite Anne Parsons: an emerald, pearl, and diamond bangle from the end of the 19th century; and an onyx Cameo, enamel, pearl, and diamond bracelet from the mid-19th century. The pieces will be brought to sale in London on April 28, nearly 30 years after her death in 1992.



The cameo bracelet, which also once belonged to Adrian Hope of the famous Anglo-Dutch banking dynasty, is worth £15,000-20,000, and the estimated value of the emerald bangle is £20,000-30,000.



Countess of Rosse emerald bangle



The Emerald, Pearl, and Diamond bangle from the end of the 19th century, owned by Countess of Rosse





The 19th-century onyx cameo, enamel, pearls, and diamonds bracelet has been seen at many weddings. In 1935, Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, himself a descendent of the illustrious Hopes, gave it to his bride, the then Anne Armstrong-Jones. The bracelet is a symbol of a successful marriage - the lion proffering its paw to Eros is an allegory, expressing that love conquers all.



When her son, photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, later the 1st Earl of Snowdon, married Princess Margaret in 1960, the Countess can be seen wearing both the bracelets in the Cecil Beaton's wedding photos – both clearly visible, one on each wrist. 



Spinel and Diamond ring



Pieces offered in the sale also include a Spinel and Diamond Ring worth £10,000- £15,000, as well as 19th-century spinel and diamond necklaces and bracelets estimated to be between £150,000- £250,000.



Bulgari Serpentine bracelet



The sale will also include Property from an Important Private Collection of Bulgari. Leading the selection is an Emerald and Diamond Ring, which is expected to fetch between £180,000-£250,000. Other attractions include mother-of-pearl and diamond 'serpentine' bracelets, valued at an estimate of £30,000-£50,000.


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Good Earth celebrates Spring with a new range of drinkware http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6369 April 9, 2021: Celebrating the pastel hues of Spring, Good Earth’s charming springtime essentials for High Tea & Coffee afternoons and handcrafted art-glassware for sundown cocktails personify refined elegance.



Good Earth floral Tea Set



The exquisite Camellia tea set, inspired by Camellia Sinensis (the scientific name of the plant which produces tea leaves), is decorated with perfect flowers and has a golden hue. The long flowering period and evergreen leaves symbolize sophistication and perfection. 



Ideal for those English tea times, the fine bone china Camellia tea set includes an antique round teapot and six delicate cups and saucers, as well as a small pot for sugar and milk. The collection is handmade and decorated with 24-carat gold accents.



Good Earth floral coffee Set



The 1800s transformed coffee drinking into an art. The Wild Himalaya Demitasse coffee set from Good Earth reflects that classic sophistication. The magical deep purple brings to life the wild Himalayan foliage, with exquisite poppies and wild irises depicted in 4 delicate coffee cups, saucers, and silver plated spoons. The hand-painted patterns are decorated with 24-carat gold finishing.



Good earth glassware for cockatils



Presenting glassware from Bollenglass Design, this exquisite collection is handmade to reflect Czech traditions. Czech glass is considered to be one of the most complex examples of glass art in the world. Their glass cutting technique and the practice of blowing glass on furnaces are considered to be signs of excellence. Each style is mouth-blown in traditional workshops. The collection includes eye-catching cocktail glasses, dessert bowls, and vases, which are specially designed for families that romanticize tradition and style. 


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Drawing cues from its Spring 2021 Couture collection, Fendi launches a ready-to-wear interpretation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6368 April 7, 2021: For his first couture show at Fendi, designer Kim Jones had assembled quite the crop of names to present his designs for the storied Italian label. Fendi is now launching a Capsule Collection that translates the sensibility of the couture designs into ready-to-wear. 



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



The capsule will be exclusively available for two weeks only and in strictly limited quantities at selected boutiques across the globe from April 15, 2021.



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



Simpler and timeless, the capsule collection focuses on a neutral color palette, with silhouettes matching to the original collection. Ballerina slippers embossed with Karligraphy beaded monograms, or knee-high satin boots, are evolved from the styles presented at Couture, while a new collection of baroque pearl jewellery, frozen in resin and embossed with rhinestones, is introduced. 



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



Limited-edition iterations of the iconic Baguette and Peekaboo styles see the bags trimmed in pearls or rendered in prints inspired by the Bloomsbury Group’s Sussex home of Charleston House. 



Fendi ready to wear capsule collection 2021



The collection will be available at Fendi stores in London’s New Bond Street, Paris’ Avenue Montaigne, Seoul’s Galleria, Tokyo’s G6, Hong Kong’s Landmark, Shanghai’s Plaza 66, Beijing’s SKP,  Miami’s Bal Harbour and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo.


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TUMI & McLaren unveil their Luggage Capsule collaboration http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6367 April 7, 2021: There’s nothing better than a weekend road trip in a McLaren. Surely you require special luggage that perfectly fits your ride. Taking inspiration from this, high-end luggage manufacturer Tumi has teamed up with luxury supercar maker and Formula 1 team, McLaren, to create a capsule-shaped luggage series that fully embodies the spirit of each brand and is extremely stylish, allowing you to travel anytime, anywhere. 



Tumi McLaren collection



Design, combined with cutting-edge technology and enhanced with a focused aesthetic defines the TUMI brand. Both companies take the pursuit of excellence seriously, regardless of cost, which is the basis of this collaboration series. 



The new series includes nine items, including a sports bag, a backpack with an integrated USB port, and a travel suit. 



Tumi McLaren collection



Each piece is specially designed. It combines the road and racing elements of the car manufacturer, such as CCX6 carbon fiber accents and the iconic papaya orange colorway. The Aero International Expandable 4 Wheel Carry-O, for example, has a sturdy thermoplastic composite shell and exposes an internal compression strap inspired by the six-point racing harness of the brand's exclusive racing car. Other supercar-inspired items include a utility pouch, a small packing cube, and an expandable organizer.



Tumi McLaren collection



“At McLaren, we focus on developing a clear design language and selecting materials that match the performance of our vehicles and define their performance,” said Rob Melville, brand design director. "We want to capture these aspects through Tumi, so we spent a lot of time analyzing and perfecting all aspects of this series."


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Chandon India unveils new visual identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6365 Chandon India  



April 5, 2021: Seven years after making its debut in India, Chandon, LVMH’s sparkling-wine Maison, has launched a new brand identity with beautifully updated packaging that is as exquisite as the liquid within.

 

In a statement, the company stated that its fresh label design reinforces “the brand’s unparalleled quality and consistent craftsmanship”. 



Chandon India

 

Chandon’s new visual identity pays tribute to the brand’s expansive winery community with its seven points ‘star’, representative of Chandon’s six globally renowned wineries across Argentina, Brazil, California, Australia, China, and India. The mark celebrates the brand's premium position as the world's largest sparkling wine estate with 1400Ha solely dedicated to growing grape varieties dedicated to bubbles.



Born as an Argentinian winery in 1959, the brand always looks for pioneering, unexpected lands, and brings up innovative techniques to delight its customers. Consequently, CHANDON's dynamic new look and feel mirror the brand's values while simultaneously delighting loyal consumers and attracting adventurous new shoppers with its eye-catching vertical design. 



Chandon India

 Today, the company is a diverse community of explorers with winemakers representing seven nationalities across six countries spanning four continents.


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Christie’s & Sotheby’s to offer imperial jewels in May http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6364 April 5, 2021: On May 31, a collection of sapphires and diamonds jewelry once owned by Stephanie de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte who married Prince Charles of Baden in 1806, will be offered at a Christie’s live auction in Geneva. 



Christies crown auction



The pieces will be sold in separate lots that includes nine pieces: a tiara, one collier, one pair of earrings, two pendants and brooches as well as one ring and one bracelet. An important sapphire crown of Maria II Queen of Portugal, set with a remarkable Burmese sapphire in the center, is also on offer. These exclusive pieces were crafted in the 1800s with a total of 38 sapphires originating from Ceylon.



Stephanie de Beauharnais, who became the Grand Duchess of Baden, was the niece of Josephine de Beauharnais, who married Napoleon Bonaparte in 1796. Stephanie was born in 1789, but sadly her mother died just two years later. Sent to live with nuns in the French countryside, her aunt Josephine soon took her in and raised her in Versailles and Paris.



However, a month before her own wedding, she was adopted by Napoleon and became Her Imperial Highness Princess Stephanie Napoleon, which made it possible for her to marry Prince Charles of Baden. 



Sapphire suite auction Christies



The provenance of the sapphire and diamond jewelry is quite interesting: in between boxes of jewels, a written record was found. It states that they were given to Stephanie by her cousin Hortense de Beauharnais, a known jewelry lover who was immortalized in paintings wearing “precious belts.” Later the statement continues that “Hortense’s financial papers, which are kept in the Napoleon archive in Paris, give evidence of her fortune between 1817 and 1837, the year she passed away. They show that she left Paris in 1816 with little money, but a lot of jewelry.”



After Stephanie died in 1860, the sapphire parure was passed to her second daughter, Josephine, Princess of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen. The present-day tiara was probably once a belt; in Napoleon’s court, women wore belts high up, directly under their bust.



In Josephine’s will, she left the sapphire set to her eldest son, Léopold. Around this time, the crown with detachable brooches from Queen Maria da Gloria of Portugal joined the collection. The tiara is estimated to sell for CHF 140,000–250,000 ($149,000–$266,000), while the crown is estimated to fetch CHF 170,000–350,000 ($180,000–$372,000).



Turning into a grand month, May will also see the auction of a royal tiara by Sotheby’s, which has passed down through generations of the Royal family of Italy. The diamond and pearl tiara will be offered with an estimate of $1-1.5 million (CHF 930,000 – 1,395,000) as part of Sotheby’s “Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels” auction in Geneva on May 11.



Italy royal family tiara auction by Sothebys



Dating to the second half of the 19th century, the tiara hails an extraordinary provenance, having belonged to two Royal Collections of Europe, and steeped in the rich history of the House of Savoy, among the world’s oldest royal families. Likely to have been presented to Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo as a wedding gift on the occasion of her marriage to Amadeo I of Savoy, Duke of Aoste, later King of Spain (1870-1873) in 1867, the natural pearl and diamond tiara, which has remained with the family for over 150 years, is believed to have been created by Musy Padre e Figli – Court Jeweller of Turin, and one of the oldest goldsmiths in Europe. It is composed of graduated scroll motifs set with cushion-shaped, circular- and single-cut diamonds, framing eleven slightly baroque drop-shaped natural pearls.


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Lady Gaga collaborates with Dom Perignon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6363 Lady Gaga Dom Perignon



April 1, 2021: The 35-year-old Lady Gaga is making her mark on the world of vintage champagne through an exciting collaboration with Dom Pérignon.



This collaboration is definitely the beginning of an inspiring story that is far from over and the main idea behind coming together is to celebrate creative freedom, a force to share and be shared, a force to open up new horizons. A radical declaration of freedom, this collaboration aims to be a source of inspiration, power, and force.



In the promotional image, the superstar is holding a 2006 vintage sparkling rosé in a deep purple-tinted bottle. However, there is no official declaration about how her limited-edition bottles will look like. The duo will be launching limited edition bottles and a sculpture designed by the ‘Mother Monster’ – as Lady Gaga is lovingly called by her fans – on April 6.



This collaboration was natural for the storied champagne maker. Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon are brought together by the profound realization that a creative pursuit without craft, without work, cannot be fully realized. And that the work itself is the noblest reward. This collaboration is above all the collision of two effervescent energies in a celebration of creativity.



This collaboration will also benefit pop superstar’s “Born This Way Foundation” as with her avant-grade creativity and bold voice, she stands as an advocate for the LGBT+ community and has joined the fight against the pandemic. This multi-faceted artist reinvents herself, again and again, pursuing her desires and commitments.


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The largest, flawless purple-pink diamond is up for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6362 April 1, 2021: The unprecedented sized 15.81 carat Sakura diamond, the largest of its kind, is going under the hammer soon. This naturally coloured purple-pink diamond is amongst the rarest and most valuable gemstones. It will be offered at Christie’s upcoming Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels Live Auction on May 23. 



Sakura purple pink diamond



Fewer than 10% of pink diamonds weigh more than 1/5 of a carat, but this Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink diamond is an unprecedented 15.81 carats. Its estimated value is US$25 million to 38 million. The diamond’s exceptional rarity, extraordinary optical transparency, brilliant colour, and enormous size make it an exceptionally important and eternal masterpiece of nature.

 

This glorious purple-pink gem is graded ‘fancy vivid’ for its perfect display of strong saturation and remarkable pink hue with a secondary colour of purple, resembling the fascinating colour of cherry blossoms — appropriately coinciding with spring. Its unique expression of mesmerizing beauty undoubtedly captures the hearts of discerning connoisseurs and collectors worldwide.


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Kross Studio brings alive your Star Wars dreams with the Death Star Tourbillon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6360 Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon



March 26, 2021: The Swiss company Kross Studio that is “determined in creating innovative and exclusive art objects”, had made its debut with the Batmobile clock in 2020. Now, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, the brand has produced a 10-piece series of Death Star-inspired Ultimate Collector Set. 



The officially licensed set consists of the Death Star Tourbillon watch and an authentic kyber crystal movie prop from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the 2016 film about the conception of the original Death Star, and it was the first standalone Star Wars movie not directly connected to the Skywalker saga. Together, the two are very much something for diehard Star Wars fans who happen to like watches.



Kross Studio Death Star Tourbillon

 

Kross Studio took up the challenge of the central tourbillon - a mechanical complication honoring the prominent Death Star. Featured in a 45 mm black DLC coated grade 5 titanium case, the captivating Death Star-inspired Tourbillon cage makes one revolution per minute. On the surface of the Death Star-inspired Tourbillon, a green super laser cannon stands reminiscent of the space station’s kyber crystal enabling power. 

 

The house-developed manual-winding mechanical movement delivers a robust 5-day power reserve. The hands have been affixed to a peripheral display that orbits 360 degrees around the tourbillon. Furthermore, the hour hand takes the shape of an Imperial-Class Star Destroyer, the bane of the rebellion, while the minute hand appears as a Super-Class Star Destroyer, able to carry no less than 38,000 stormtroopers. 



At last, the fixed hour's wheel, filled with white superluminova "blue emission”, is inspired by the lighting halls embedded in the Imperial vessels. A traditional crown system has been replaced by an ingenious, inset push-button system. Kross Studio developed a D-ring-shaped crown on the case back for winding the watch, stowed out of sight to help maintain the timepiece’s sleek, space-age styling.

 

These clean lines are also preserved by cleverly hiding quick-release buttons on the underside of the case. Moreover, the watch is available with interchangeable bands in black, grey, and orange. 



Kross Studio Death Star Collection Set

The Kross Studio Death Star Container is hand-assembled with 700 parts, all handmade and hand-painted  





Kross Studio conceived an official reproduction of the famed containers, made of wood and aluminum, which were featured on screen in Rogue One. Kross states that these props have never been made available to the public, until now. Altogether 700 parts were required to produce each container, scaled to half the original film dimensions of 3.94 feet long (1.20 meters). The process was fully hand-assembled and hand-painted, the containers embody the iconic saga story down to the smallest detail. 

 

Every aspect of these substantial art objects, like fine sculptures, have been thoroughly conceptualized and executed with immersive details that take the viewer into the Star Wars galaxy, from the electronic control panel to the backlit manifest panel inscribed in the Aurebesh language of the Galactic Empire. 



Kross Studio Death Star Collection Set Kyber crystal

The original Kyber Crystal movie prop that comes as a part of the Collector Set  





Inside, the container is divided into nine storage units. Three interior sections secure three removable capsules, containing: the Death Star Tourbillon watch, three accompanying timepiece straps sets, and the genuine movie prop kyber crystal.



The other 6 free storage spaces within the crate offer ample storage space for collectors to house their personal Star Wars collectibles and ephemera, secured within a removable top cover.



Priced at an incredible $150,000, the entire offering is certainly worth it!


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MB&F celebrates 10 years of Legacy Machines with LMX http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6359 MB&F LMX 2021



March 26, 2021: MB&F’s first Legacy Machine was dropped way back in 2011 - the first creation of a new collection - alongside the existing Horological Machines. Now, 10 years later, the new MB&F LMX celebrates a decade of innovation with the Legacy Machine collection, utilising the same expression comprising a central flying balance wheel and two dials, although everything else is different.



Echoing the traits of the first Legacy Machine No.1 but in an entirely new execution, LMX features two time zones on tilted dials, along with a rotating hemispherical 7-day power reserve indicator allowing the choice of day-of-the-week or numerical indication - in a sleek case design taken from the LM FlyingT and LM Thunderdome.



MB&F LMX 2021



LMX is available in two limited launch editions: 18 pieces in 18k red gold with black dial and 33 pieces in grade 5 titanium with blue-green dial.



LMX reveals functional elements such as the battle-axe-shaped escapement bridge and gear-train components. Three large wheels are particularly visible: two are set in motion when setting the time on the corresponding time display, while the gear at 6 o’clock is the common seconds’ wheel. Under its sapphire crystal dome, a new bespoke 13.4mm balance wheel with inertia blocks.



MB&F LMX 2021



In a nod to the world-first vertical power reserve indicator of Legacy Machine No. 1, LMX features a novel three-dimensional display showcasing the impressive seven days (168 hours) of power reserve. There is the option between two modes of counting down the power reserve: two markers are positioned on opposite sides of a hemisphere; one framed by an arched scale numbered 1 to 7, another with a scale showing the days of the week.



This complex and novel interplay of components is given an additional level of intricacy, by the rotation of the entire power-reserve display itself. This allows wearers to adjust the orientation of the indication, making the day-of-the-week or numeric scale more visible when LMX is on the wrist.




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Hublot releases second timepiece in collaboration with street artist Shepard Fairey http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6358 Hublot Shepard Fairey Mandala watch



March 26, 2021: Aiming to carry his designs to different levels and mediums, street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey's trichromatic, propaganda-style pieces have a vision for action and empowerment.



In his second collaboration with Swiss luxury watchmaker Hublot, the brilliant American artist’s design takes on a message of harmony and hope. The limited edition watch’s mandala emblem serves to represent the nature of time within the mind, symbolizing natural cycles of life and unity between different cultures. The concept seems more relevant now than ever.



Hublot Shepard Fairey Mandala watch



The Classic Fusion Chronograph Shepard Fairey timepiece is Hublot’s third watch in collaboration with an artist as part of its “Hublot Loves Art” program. It's their second time working with Mr. Fairey. Engraved on the watch’s exterior is an expansion of Shepard Fairey’s mandala design. The case contains black brushed titanium, offering a metallic finish in Hublot's signature material. 



Mr. Fairey’s signature “Star Gear” mark is subtly engraved in the center of the watch. True to his style, the design beautifully mixes the ornamental symbol with an urban art form.



Hublot Shepard Fairey Mandala watch



“I wanted to integrate the art of the mandala into the piece as, for me, this evokes the connection between the inner self and the outer world,” Mr. Fairey remarked. “A powerful concept to consider when looking at a watch and thinking about time.”



The artist chose to donate some of the funds to Amnesty International, an NGO that campaigns to put an end to human rights violations. The organization’s mission falls under the watch engraving’s theme of global and cultural unity.


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Moynat launches first Nicholas Knightly designs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6357 Moynat new collection 2021



March 26, 2021: After appointing ex-Louis Vuitton designer Nicholas Knightly last year, French label Moynat has launched his first collection for the brand. Created by the artisans at the Moynat atelier, the collection includes contemporary interpretations of the Maison’s signature designs since 1849.



Out of the latest creations by Mr. Knightly, the new Le Flori bag evokes the founder Pauline Moynat’s spirit of freedom and discovery with a removable crossbody strap, the detailing of the handle giving way to the sensual form of the lock mechanism.



Le Limousine is named after the brand’s first invention in 1902 of the eponymous trunk, with an elegant convex bottom made as an exact fit for an automobile body and available on prior order in a color to match the car.



Four years later came the Moynat Wheel Trunk, particularly designed to elegantly hide a spare tire. Nicholas Knightly’s modern take is La Wheel, a playful round minaudière that is fantastic for a nocturnal escapade. Another bag designed as a miniature Moynat souvenir is La Little Suitcase, encapsulating the entire story of Moynat in its hard sided frame. The trunkmaker’s traditional savoir-faire is meticulously replicated in miniature scale, including a matching pouch inside the bag, a tribute to Pauline Moynat’s brilliant idea in 1890 to fasten a red leather pouch onto the interior bottom of her trunks where owners could keep their travel documents.



Moynat new collection 2021



These two miniatures are made in the Toile 1920 canvas with the famed M monogram, a signature motif designed by Art Deco artist Henri Rapin, who joined Moynat in 1905. Henri Rapin was so much ahead of his time that examples of his lettering in the archive still look breathtakingly modern.



The prolific avant-garde artist also created the Moynat medallion logo found notably at the center of the metal locks on the new Voyage handbag and the bucket-shaped Le Baluchon. Designed for modern women on the go, the tactile button mechanism opens and shuts at the push of a finger. These creations become veritable treasures for contemporary travellers.


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‘Collection One’ marks a new era for Swarovski with Giovanna Engelbert http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6354 March 24, 2021: The luxury crystal company, Swarovski, which turned 125 recently, has begun a new era with a dramatic new vision by unveiling its first-ever collection under the creative direction of fashion stylist Giovanna Engelbert. 



Swarovski Collection I 2021



“I am thrilled to be leading the creative vision of a cultural powerhouse like Swarovski in the future,” Ms. Engelbert had said during her appointment.



The brand is focusing most of its marketing efforts on its jewellery line. Swarovski is mainly known for pieces that resonate with the masses: simple, everyday signature pieces. 



Swarovski Collection I 2021

 

As part of the Wonderlab, an imagined space "where science and magic meet" — Swarovski dropped Collection One, which showcases rings, necklaces, and bracelets in a dazzling array of hues such as green, purple, yellow, and red, that manifest the fundamental but magical properties of the crystal. An inventive approach to scale, cut and color creates a hyper-chunky, hyper-expressive, and hyper-versatile collection that invites the world to tap into their creativity with a sense of grandeur and play.



Swarovski Collection I 2021



The designs are a reflection of Ms. Engelbert’s personal bold street style and the vibrant direction Swarovski wants to head towards in 2021 and beyond. Complex designs, layered placements, oversized cuts and a vibrant play of shades define this collection.



Swarovski Collection I 2021



"I wanted to explore the fundamental geometry of crystal and its potential as a material," Ms. Engelbert said. "Looking at Daniel Swarovski's first drawings was an absolute inspiration, discovering the magic of his early inventions and understanding the power of his dream to create something the world had never seen. 


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Burberry unveils exclusive designs for the popular Honor of Kings game http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6353 March 23, 2021: Burberry has revealed two exclusive designs for Honor of Kings, which marks the mobile games’ first co-creation with a luxury brand on their ‘Legend’ skin offering.



Burberry Honor of Kings



Burberry’s CEO, Riccardo Tisci, has exclusively designed two skins for the mobile game’s popular star, Yao, wearing a classic cotton gabardine off-the-shoulder trench coat in Burberry beige and House check, styled with a cropped top, shorts and thigh-high boots. Titled the ‘Spirit of the Forest and Ocean’ Legend skin for Yao, it was created using one of the runway looks from the house’s Spring/ Summer 2021 collection ‘In Bloom’ – a collection inspired by thoughts of regeneration, dynamic youth and reconnecting with nature.



However, for Yao’s second look, she is wearing look 9 from Tisci’s spring/summer 2021 collection for Burberry, a warm royal blue collarless trench coat and bib-front trousers, with a crystal-embroidered vest and black leather wader boots. Fans of the game can buy the look as the trench coat and trousers are available to purchase online and in stores in mainland China.



Remarking on the project, Mr. Tisci said, “I am excited to see how technology has found a way to build and nurture the core human needs of personal and emotional connections. Honor of Kings has created an incredible digital world where we can find a new way to dream with our Burberry community. The power of creativity is that it can open spaces and push boundaries, and I am so excited to have designed exclusive skins that will bring Burberry house codes into this immersive universe.” 



Burberry Honor of Kings



The collaboration draws upon Burberry’s exploration of the relationship between humans and nature and its continued affinity to the outdoors. Honor of King’s character Yao embodies the spirit of nature as she can take the form of a deer, which is also an expression of the Burberry animal kingdom house code.



The exclusive Burberry skins will be available to purchase for all Honor of Kings players in mainland China. The skins will then remain part of the players’ permanent collection.



This collaboration marks the second between the luxury fashion house and Chinese technology giant Tencent. In November 2019, Burberry and Tencent had partnered to develop social retail in China, which offers unique experiences that connect luxury customers’ social and online lives to their physical environments, powered by Tencent technology.





UPDATE (March 25, 2021): Since this article was published, Tencent has discontinued its partnership with Burberry. The special Burberry skins are no longer available on the Honor of Kings game.


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Lamborghini’s wallpaper collection by Zambaiti Parati is graphic, 3D & vibrant http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6352 Lamborghini wallpaper



March 23, 2021: Italy’s sports car manufacturer Lamborghini and luxury wall coverings designer Zambaiti Parati have collaborated to produce a new collection of wallpaper and decorative panels. 



However, this second collaboration draws on the iconic aesthetic characteristics of the Sant’Agata Bolognese car manufacturer, to create an evocative 2021 collection in gray, shades of copper, and different tones of green with a natural effect. 



Lamborghini wallpaper



The two luxurious brands’ association is based on the shared essence of modernity and strong design, reflecting tastes and trends found in both the furnishing and automotive industries for new materials, such as carbon fiber and metals with different finishes. Working hand-in-hand closely with Lamborghini’s Centro Stile, both the brands presented the first wallpaper collection in January 2019 and the second in February 2021. 



Lamborghini wallpaper



Fetching details from Lamborghini models such as the carbon fiber materials and even specific car parts, the Centro Stile scanned pieces and translated their lines into graphic effects on the wallpapers. Out of all collections from Zambaiti Parati, three-dimensional and tactile effects are peculiar to the solidity and thickness of its wallpaper products: qualities that reflect the technical materials used by the prestigious car brand. 



Lamborghini wallpaper



The wallpapers are available in rolls of seven square meters on non-woven support that allows direct gluing and quick and easy replacement. The materials are fireproof and thus suitable for dining and hospitality applications.


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Luminary jewelry designer Elsa Peretti passed away at 80 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6351 March 22, 2021: The famed Italian jewelry designer behind some of Tiffany & Co’s elegant pieces, Elsa Peretti, passed away on March 18 in Spain, as per a statement from the company. She was 80 years old.



Elsa Peretti



Elsa Peretti at home in New York City (Vogue, 1976, Horst P. Horst)





She was a member of the Tiffany family since the yard line began in 1974. “Elsa was not only a designer but a way of life,” Tiffany & Co. said, describing her as “a woman who was larger-than-life”. 



A masterful artisan, Ms. Peretti bought revolution in the ecosystem of jewelry design. Over the past 50 years, she crafted several innovative designs and her collections of organic, sensual forms have rejuvenated generations. She explored nature with the acumen of a scientist and the vision of a sculptor.



She was deeply inspired by nature, the relationship between nature and style for her was profoundly personal, and drew inspirations from items such as a bean, a bone, an apple, vases or lighters, scorpions, and snakes, but aimed to return to the world by creating innovative jewellery like cufflinks, bracelets, vases or lighters, appealing necklaces, and rings, often in sterling silver, a metal which gratified her and she favored to popularize it as a luxury choice. However, her cuff bracelets, bean designs, and open-heart pendants are the most appreciated work among all of them.

 

A successful model in the beginning of her career, who breathed life into every creation she wore, Ms. Peretti was also the president and founder of Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation, which supported projects related to human rights, environmental conservation and arts, and cultural preservation. She believed that protecting the planet was a “duty of all said humanity”.

 

“We could do so much better”, she said. “I’m trying to do something good.”


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Indian brand Harit Zaveri Jewellers’ new collection signifies celebrations http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6350 Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



March 22, 2021: Ahmedabad-based jewellery house, Harit Zaveri Jewellers, has unveiled their new heritage jewellery line - Jashn. Jashn is a Hind-Urdu term that gives a sense of happiness and celebration of the finest. 



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



Keeping in mind modernity and aesthetics, this intricate collection pays homage to a regal design, showcasing these extraordinary pieces for the upcoming bridal season.



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



The brand is well-known for creating timeless jewels with expert craftsmanship, and this collection is confined to stand the test of time and tradition. Consequently, the jeweller's statement, classic sets are the most popular pieces for versatile brides-to-be who are looking for coordinated jewellery, which not only adorn them during bridal functions, but even years later as a standalone piece. 



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



As a classic family treasure, pieces from this collection can be passed down and worn over the years owing to the royal look and attention to detail. The Jashn range comprises layered rani haars, polki choker sets, rings, bangles, and maangtikas



Harit Zaveri Jewellery collection



Flawlessly encrusted in 18kt gold along with a combination of emeralds and rubies, the elegant, heirloom jewellery collection is deeply rooted in Indian culture. 


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Lush fabrics & a refined color palette define Punit Balana’s latest collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6348 March 17, 2021: Combining modernism, minimalism and aestheticism, Indian designer Punit Balana’s creations are rooted in Indian culture. Inspired by the local arts of Jaipur and Rajasthan as a whole, he has combined fashion with the need to make conscious choices, thus giving birth to the brand’s latest Spring/Summer edit ‘Mandana’.



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection 



Inspired by one of the oldest forms of art in India - ‘Mandana’, this collection celebrates traditional prints with the revival of hand-block motifs. Shades of nature dominate this collection – ranging from greens to ivories to pinks,  personifying  joy, elation and bliss. Rooted in the principles of comfort and wearability, Mandana is an edit of lehengas, sarees, kurta sets and contemporary prét wear that are easy to move in comfortably. The brand has also designed a head-turner pant-suit to be a part of this collection. 



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection



Making a sustainable choice, for Mandana, the brand has only made use of the existing blocks that were already available at the manufacturing unit for over 10 years, to create this entire collection. In terms of fabrics, the brand has incorporated sustainable cotton in this collection which contributes to conscious consumption, thus making this collection a responsibly sourced and produced one.



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection



Modest yet extravagant, Mandana is understated with distinctive charm, while being rooted in the traditional craftsmanship of India.



Punit Balana Mandana fashion collection


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Sotheby’s spirits auction achieves $508,750 for three one-of-a-kind bottles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6347 Macallan Sothebys auction



March 17, 2021: Although the lots consisted of multiple rare bottles, Sotheby’s latest spirits auction in New York achieved much to celebrate. A specialty lot comprising a one-of-a-kind bottle of 1967 whisky from The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection, created in collaboration with the globally renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake, achieved $437,500.



A New Era of Advertising bottle is one of only 13 original bottles from this newly-launched whisky and art collection, and was offered alongside a print donated by Sir Peter Blake as well as a bespoke VIP experience at The Macallan Estate in Speyside, Scotland. Proceeds of this sale will benefit the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s diversity, equity, access and inclusion initiatives, with the objective to increase both free access and outreach to a variety of diverse audiences within the New York metropolitan area. Audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy free admission to the Guggenheim Museum on select Saturdays through a new initiative, ‘Saturday on the House’.



Macallan Sothebys auction



Igor Boyadjian, Managing Director for The Macallan, said: “The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection is an extraordinary art and whisky collaboration with globally renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake that celebrates The Macallan’s rich legacy and Sir Peter Blake’s remarkable contribution to the art world.”



The excitement continued just six lots later, when a unique bottle of D’USSÉ Cognac sold for $52,500, with proceeds benefiting the Shawn Carter Foundation – the charity launched by the acclaimed artist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur “JAY-Z” to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education at institutions of higher learning. 



D'USSE 1969 Jay Z signed bottle



Bottled in celebration of Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter’s 50th birthday on December 4, 2019, “Bottle No. 1” of the D'USSÉ 1969 Anniversaire Limited Edition Grande Champagne Cognac is the only bottle in the collection to also carry Mr. Carter’s engraved signature, and the first to be made available for public sale. A Cognac connoisseur, Mr. Carter first tasted the unique Grande Champagne Cognac many years ago and found it so remarkable that he noted it must be reserved for a momentous occasion. D'USSÉ surprised him with the first ever bottle in celebration of his 50th birthday. Just 50 bottles were issued to mark this milestone, the majority of which were given to his family and friends. The Cognac comes housed in a diamond-shaped cut crystal bottle, adorned with 24 karat gold leaf wrapping on the neck and decorated with the symbol of Le Croix de Lorraine, the historic French emblem of courage, honour and perseverance.



D'USSE 1969 Jay Z signed bottle



Immediately following the D’USSÉ Cognac, a Masterpiece Hennessy X.O Decanter designed by Frank Gehry achieved $18,750. Proceeds from the sale of the decanter will benefit the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC) as part of Hennessy’s Unfinished Business initiative. Launched last May, the initiative is committed to help small businesses power through the immediate financial challenges of COVID-19 and help ensure they have the resources needed to get back on their feet.



Hennessy cognac by frank gehry



On offer from the AABDC, this stunning decanter and its original design moulds were created by the architect extraordinaire in collaboration with Hennessy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the storied brand’s most recognized expression, the X.O or “Extra Old”. Mr. Gehry’s gold and glass glorifier mixes contrasting themes of movement and freedom of form to clothe this bottle – Bottle #1 of only 150 decanters produced – in a second skin. The contours around the X.O Decanter evoke the River Charente – which once carried precious cognac barrels to maritime trading routes – and illuminate the deep colour of the Cognac within. To house the Masterpiece Decanter, he called on the cardboard design skills showcased in his Easy Edges furniture line to create a protective case.


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Payal Singhal’s Spring-Summer ’21 captures the new state of mind http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6346 Payal Singhal Spring Summer 2021 collection



March 17, 2021: Reflecting the signature design aesthetics of the designer, Payal Singhal’s latest Spring Summer 2021 collection is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope of colors and tassels. Taking hints from the idea of a new life, a ‘new normal’ that everyone is looking forward to, this new collection was unveiled with a vintage, Gucci-ish campaign on Instagram.



Payal Singhal Spring Summer 2021 collection



The collection sports bright Kilim prints and textured surface designs on crepes and silks. Vibrant purples, pinks, corals, and yellows radiate a new, albeit restrained hope. The mix of trademark athleisure and traditional Indian silhouettes offer the perfect look for this new life as we now know it.



Payal Singhal Spring Summer 2021 collection



Highlighting intricate, delicate details, the New Normal PSSS21 Collection is perfect for intimate gatherings.


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Zenith and Felipe Pantone together create a highly chromatic timepiece http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6345 Zenith Defy 21 Felipe Pantone



March 12, 2021: A sensation in the world of contemporary art, Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone’s work is coveted by art-lovers and those with an eye for radical design. The artist has now reimagined Zenith’s most advanced chronograph.



The result is the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone, a strikingly colourful creation that is all about playing with frequencies - visually and mechanically. With its 1/100th of a second El Primero 21 chronograph movement beating at an extremely high frequency of 360’000 vibrations per hour for unrivalled precision, the DEFY 21 is a logical choice of canvas onto which Felipe Pantone could express his “visible spectrum concept”, where all the detectable frequencies of light and its refracted colours come into play with the highest-frequency chronograph in production. 



Zenith Defy 21 Felipe Pantone



Limited to 100 pieces, the watch employs new techniques previously unheard of in watchmaking. One of its most striking features are the multi-coloured bridges, a signature trait in Pantone’s work. Using the principal of interference colours, the coating on the bridges reflects a gradient of metallic rainbow tones. Requiring months of trials and finding the appropriate solution with specialists to achieve this rainbow effect, the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone is the first watch to ever use this innovative kind of three-dimensional PVD with silicon particles as a surface treatment on a movement to produce a spectrum of perfectly transitioning colours. While the process has been standardized, each piece will take on slightly different colours, essentially becoming a unique work of art.



The central hour and minute hands take on an intentionally distorted look resembling the lightning bolts that figure in much of Pantone’s work with a rainbow gradient of colours applied through the same state-of-the-art process as the movement’s bridges. Both the unusual shape and scale of the hands, as well as the precise application of the gradient PVD so that the colours transition perfectly between the different segments of the hands, proved far more challenging to create than anyone could have anticipated. But the engineers at Zenith refused to compromise even the littlest details. In the process, the development of this collaborative edition allowed Zenith to think out of the box and accomplish several world-firsts in watchmaking.



Zenith Defy 21 Felipe Pantone



The moiré optical effect produced by thin alternating white and black bands is a recurring theme in Felipe Pantone’s paintings and sculptures, which has been miniaturized and reproduced on the top bridges and portions of the dial of the DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone, using fine laser-engraving and lacquering techniques so precise that they provide an optical illusion of fluidic movement in the contrast of the stripes. The open dial is no less dynamic, with a mix of gradient and block colours on the markers and counters.



The black ceramic DEFY 21 features a grid pattern engraved on the bezel, and “FP#1” engraved on the four corners of the case, denoting “Felipe Pantone El Primero”. Allowing the various details of the chromatic dial and movement to stand out, the artist opted for a black textured rubber strap with a warped grid motif.




For those who prefer an even bolder look that matches the striking tones of the dial and movement, a second rubber strap is offered, with a central insert that goes from dark grey to a flash of all the colours in the spectrum, depending on the angle of light. 



The DEFY 21 Felipe Pantone will drop on March 15, 2021 at Zenith boutiques around the world as well as on the Zenith online shop.


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Sotheby’s to offer Stuart Weitzman’s ‘Three Treasures’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6344 Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps



March 12, 2021: Sotheby’s New York will be presenting Three Treasures – Collected by Stuart Weitzman, a dedicated live auction of three legendary treasures from the personal collection of the renowned fashion designer and collector. On June 8, 2021 Sotheby’s will offer the fabled and elusive 1933 Double Eagle Coin, which set a world record when it last sold at auction in 2002, and the only example that is legally sanctioned by the United States government for private ownership; the sole-surviving example of the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, the most famous and valuable stamp in the world; and The Inverted Jenny Plate Block, the most well-known and sought-after American stamp rarity. 



Iconic as they are rare, the Double Eagle and the British Guiana will be offered with estimates of $10/15 million each and are poised to set new world auction records in their respective categories, and the Inverted Jenny will carry an estimate of $5/7 million, set to eclipse its own record for an American philatelic item.



Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps



Richard Austin, Sotheby’s Global Head of Books & Manuscripts, commented: “As the most aspirational objects in their respective collecting fields and each with their own illustrious provenance, the Double Eagle, the British Guiana and the Inverted Jenny all hold an indelible place in history, and in our collective imagination…It is a testament to Stuart’s perennial passion and dedication to his childhood ambition of acquiring these prized pieces that we are able to create a special moment to share their stories with the world at once.”



Desginer Stuart Weitzman added, “I had a life-long dream of collecting the single greatest rarities in the two great collecting areas of stamps and coins and then placing these extraordinary treasures, hidden away for decades, on continuous public view. I determined to do that, and I did that. That was my dream. Today my dream is to leave a legacy of charitable works to which the proceeds from the sales of these treasures will go.”



Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps



Mr. Weitzman is a life-long philatelist and numismatist with a deep appreciation for one-of-a-kind objects. Growing up collecting stamps and coins at an early age in Queens, New York, he fulfilled his boyhood pursuits at the highest echelon with his acquisition of the Double Eagle in 2002 and the British Guiana and Inverted Jenny Plate Block in 2014. Mr. Weitzman had loaned the British Guiana to the Smithsonian National Postal Museum where it has been on public display since 2015 in its own special exhibition. He also loaned the Double Eagle first to the Federal Reserve in Manhattan and then later to the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. The Double Eagle has been exhibited at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library since 2013 and was joined by the Inverted Jenny in 2014 following Mr. Weitzman’s acquisition of the plate block.



Stuart Weitzman collection auction rare coin stamps

 

All of the seller’s proceeds will benefit charitable ventures, including The Weitzman Family Foundation, which supports medical research and higher education such as the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Other major Foundation projects include a museum in Madrid, the first of its kind, devoted to Spanish Judaica.




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Expedition company Explora offers itineraries to the word’s largest salt flat and driest desert across Chile & Bolivia http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6343 Explora luxury travel itineraries salt flats



March 12, 2021: Offering serenity, awe and adventure, the Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni private guided nomadic journey from Explora, takes travelers across the border of Chile and Bolivia. Running 7 to 11 nights, Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni invites travelers to witness the endless white expanse of the Uyuni Salt Flat, the world’s largest salt flat, and the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert, with mesmerizing scenery and explorations from every angle along the way.

 

Like Explora hotels in remote destinations across South America, Explora Travesías are inspired by the art of travel, celebrating remote-yet-culturally rich regions. 



Explora luxury travel itineraries driest desert



Available in either direction from Uyuni, Bolivia to Calama, Chile, the journey weaves along the Qhapaqnan section of the ancient Inca trail through a supernatural highland world both sheer in its immensity and dotted with volcanoes, vibrantly colorful lagoons, flamboyances of flamingos, steaming geysers, and monumental rock formations. 

 

Hiking, biking, and excursions by van take travelers to local villages and breathtaking terrain, including places so removed even some locals don’t know about them. Connecting with farmers and experiencing their ancient cultures is also a highlight, with travel along old community trails and opportunities to learn about quinoa cultivation and highlands shepherds, and savor a culinary experience from Bolivian Chef Mauricio Lópex of Ancestral restaurant in La Paz. True adventurers will be tempted by a hike to Tunupa volcano, a sacred protector of local villages.



Explora luxury travel itineraries Explora homes hotels



The Travesia Explora Atacama & Uyuni route includes two new Explora Mountain Homes and one new Explora lodge purpose-built for adventure and set in isolated locations in the Andes. The two Explora Mountain Homes, Ramaditas and Chituca, are essential spaces of prefabricated, minimalistic, and light construction to ensure as little interference as possible with the ground beneath and the surrounding territory. Each private Explora Mountain Home is arrayed for comfort and restoration, with space for up to 8 travelers in 4 bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms, as well as a separate dining area serving indigenous cuisine created from local ingredients and a lounge pouring local wines. The new Explora lodge, Explora Uyuni, has 6 rooms and can host up to 12 travelers. 



Explora luxury travel itineraries fauna



Explora offers Travesía Explora Atacama & Uyuni with departures available daily. Each traveler (or couple) will travel in their own 4x4 vehicle with a private local driver and Explora-trained, bilingual guide (English and Spanish). The season runs April 15-December 15. The all-inclusive rates range from USD $6,104 to USD $8,008 per person, depending on the length of the journey. For more information, to make reservations, email Explora.


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Indian designers Sarah & Sandeep introduce first couture collection for ‘Power Brides’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6341 Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



March 10, 2021: Indian designer label Sarah & Sandeep has announced the launch of its Summer Festive 21 collection ‘Equivalence’ with contemporary styles for both brides and grooms. With this collection, the designers wished to capture the change in the distribution of power amongst men and women, not only in the workplace, but also when it comes to Indian family dynamics. 



Always focusing on power and structure in their design aesthetics, the new concept couture bridal styles are a reflection of their previous menswear collections. 



Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



Some signature concept pieces include the Couture Bridal Power Suit, The Power Lehenga, The Bandhgala Saree & The Palazzo Power Lehenga. The Power Lehengas have embroidered panels, blouses with suit lapels, statement pleated drapes and a truly signature Sarah & Sandeep bridal look - a full sleeve bandhgala blouse paired with a lehenga with geometric hand worked artistry. 



Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



Tuxedos have been reimagined for brides looking to elevate their style quotient. A concept ensemble that represents this new design approach is a white fully embroidered Off-Shoulder Double Breasted Tuxedo styled with a veil as Sarah & Sandeep attempt to break the norms of what can pass off as an Indian bridal look.  



The styles for grooms are flawless and have an essence of their own with Bandhgalas with fabric manipulation and Kurta Bandi Sets with pleats on the hem.



Sarah & Sandeep Bridal collection



Equivalence is now available to shop directly at the Sarah & Sandeep flagship store in Khar(West).


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A salute to the incredible bravery of healthcare workers, Banksy’s Game Changer to be auctioned http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6340 March 10, 2021: On May 6, 2020, during the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a painting by Banksy was mysteriously sent to Southampton General Hospital in UK. ‘Game Changer’ was accompanied by a note: “Thanks for all you’re doing. I hope this brightens the place up a bit, even if it’s only black and white.” The street artist donated the artwork to the hospital as a thank-you to the staff. Now Banksy is auctioning the original canvas to raise funds to benefit NHS (National Healthcare Service) charities, while a reproduction of the work remains in Southampton Hospital.



Banksy Game Changer painting auction



The iconic artwork, reflective of our current times, will be offered at Christie’s 20th Century Art Evening Sale on March 23, with a pre-sale estimate of £2,500,000-3,500,000. 



Appearing at a time when countries across the world applauded their frontline workers from their doorsteps during the first global lockdown, and painted rainbows in support, Game Changer spoke directly to the international zeitgeist. Until now, the work has only been seen in person by frontline medical staff and those admitted to hospital for treatment: the auction marks Game Changer's first appearance outside of the hospital. 



The hand-painted Game Changer shows a young boy playing with a selection of superhero dolls. In the painting, Batman and Spiderman lie discarded in a bin; instead, the child clutches a new idol. A masked nurse dressed in the international uniform of the Red Cross soars to the rescue, her cape fluttering and arm outstretched towards the sky. 



Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe: “Game Changer is a universal tribute to all those fighting worldwide on the frontline of this crisis. At a time when we can dare to hope once more, and look at life beyond the pandemic, it is important to reflect on the many symbols of strength and hope we have seen internationally since the beginning of 2020. Banksy’s Game Changer was a beacon of light for the staff and patients at Southampton General Hospital and it was the artist’s wish to then auction it with proceeds benefitting the NHS. The work pays tribute to the strength and resilience of those who have demonstrated true leadership throughout the pandemic, the staff of our vital NHS, the nation’s true heroes. At the same time, our young protagonist engaged in the simple pleasure of playing with his action figures, captures the other side of this pandemic, the focus on family, friends and loved ones.”



An image of quiet poignancy, the composition is monochrome, save for the red cross that glows from the nurse’s uniform. It captures a moment of unstudied innocence, as the boy appears to look towards a brighter dawn, safe in the knowledge that real superheroes do walk among us. As an artwork, it will remain forever a symbol of its time: a reminder of the world’s real game changers, and of the vital work they perform.


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Elie Saab's debut collection of wallpapers is now available in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6339 March 10, 2021: Fashion maven Elie Saab entered the world of wallpapers in 2020, and now the collection is available in India as well through UDC Homes. The collection is produced by Zambaiti Parati.



Elie Saab wallpaper designs



The wallpapers, indicative of the Lebanese designer’s magnanimous designs, has enthralling textures. Defining nature and architecture, the project is a long journey into imagination. The mysticism of Beirut meets the elegance of Made in Italy with fine touches of Parisian chicness.  



Elie Saab wallpaper designs



The wallpaper collection contours into gold and metallic with a very feminine touch in a neutral palette, reminiscing the brand's signature style. It is a fusion of contemporary, vintage and classical nuances with intricate designs, elegant textures and regal self-prints.



Elie Saab wallpaper designs



The exclusive collection is a seamless blend of art deco influences, contemporary designs and mural paintings, thus playing their part in creating an impressive décor.



Coordinates: UDC IMPEX LLP- No.99, third floor, Shiva market, Pitampura, Delhi-110034


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Sotheby’s to valuate & auction Karl Lagerfeld's estate http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6337 March 9, 2021: Auction house Sotheby's has been presented the mandate to valuate and auction property from the residences of legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld.



Karl Lagerfeld portrait



The valuation (planned to last two months) will be followed by an auction in Monaco to highlight the designer’s strong connection to the Principality and the Sovereign family. This inaugural sale will take place in the second half of 2021.

 

The designer, loved and revered by many, had passed away on February 19, 2019.


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Redefining traditional brunches, Shangri-La New Delhi introduces Moonlight Brunch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6336 Moonlight Brunch Shangri-La New Delhi



March 9, 2021: If you thought brunches could only be a day thing, think again. Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi is introducing the Moonlight Brunch, a bespoke experience at the hotel's restaurants Sorrento and Grappa. Diners can relish the eclectic Italian spread and enjoy groovy beats amidst the pleasing moon-lit outdoor seating on Grappa’s gorgeous patio.

 

The Moonlight Brunch is served from sundown until wee-hours into the night. The innovative night brunch offers a line-up of scrumptious hand-picked Italian delicacies such as Anti Pasti, Insalata, Cheese course, handmade pasta and Neapolitan pizzas. The brunch will be aided with a grilling station and specially curated desserts. Innovative cocktails will set the mood right along with live music from DJ Sunny Trehan.



Moonlight Brunch Shangri-La New Delhi

 

Available every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Grappa and Sorrento, the Moonlight Brunch starts at INR 3,500.


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Euphor by Amit Aggarwal is a well-defined collection for the modern millennial generation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6335 March 4, 2021: Indian designer Amit Aggarwal, known for his unique take on Indian fashion, has launched his latest collection ‘Euphor’. Taking inspiration from the pacifying, relaxing effects that nature has on our overwhelmed, stressed senses in today’s corporate, cut-throat world, the collection captures the current state of mind quite well.



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



Mr. Aggarwal explores the therapeutic balance of botanicals - the visual and mental unleashing rendered by flowers. The collection draws heavily from scientific journals that describe the physiological effects of nature on human health. In bringing this collection to life, Mr. Aggarwal taps into his deep understanding of couture and an experimentation of traditional print and embroidery techniques. 



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



“This past year has pushed us to explore the limits of what we’re capable of in a constantly heightened state of mind. Unwinding has become a conscious, forceful choice. I used fashion as a canvas to explore this escape into a reality that was our shared collective in the past decades before industrialisation. To me ‘Euphor’ is the exploration of time into a mental state. It’s brought to life through delightful material and precise karigari,” he explains.



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion



Innovating with technique, Euphor prints over hand embellished fabric to create unique surface textures. The collection also uses metallic cording moulded to create organic patterns. With the color pallete of Blush Lisianthus, Fuchsia, Mint, Emerald and Camella, the collection brings nature’s calm into our everyday life.



Amit Aggarwal 2021 fashion


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Tarun Tahiliani’s Spring-Summer 2021 collection is light, ethereal http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6334 Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



March 4, 2021: Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani launched his S/S 2021 collection – Timelessness – on Instagram via a virtual fashion show. Presenting his patrons with a light yet exquisite collection, the audience was enraptured by the simplicity of the designs. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

For the past two and half decades, Mr. Tahiliani has keenly focused on creating hancrafted creations while maintaining their lightness and concentrating on the ease of wear for brides on their special day. Never compromising on the garments’ movement and fluidity, he has found ways to work with traditional and modern techniques to create these veritable pieces of art in motion. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

During the last year, Mr. Tahiliani revisited techniques that he has employed for a long time in his work and come up with more advanced application methods to artisanal crafts such as ari, kashida, kasab, chikankari and others. And with the change in focus –from large weddings to more intimate set-ups with a handful of guests, every bride is now focusing on the quality of what she will wear and how comfortable she will be so that she can let loose and truly enjoy her own special day. Mr. Tahiliani’s new styles of applications help him do just that.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

Speaking on the collection, Mr. Tahiliani says, “Persian jaali in monuments has always been of great inspiration to me and I love to find ways to incorporate it in my design work. This season I have used laser-cut jaalis in 3-4 tones on light silk, accentuated with kasab and kundan and the use of precisely cut gota, not only to ensure the sumptuousness of these techniques but also to maintain lightness in the final garment.”



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

With the easing of restrictions and a year of staying indoor, the weddings of 2021 will be all about colour, brightness and sunny outdoors. Using playful pastels and metallics and reds, the latest Tarun Tahiliani collection is full of hand-embroidered pieces. While the traditional red lehengas have a fine tulle base with silks and bandhani adorned with the use of kundan with handloom textures in intricate Benarasi brocades. For the day wedding and other functions, the Tarun Tahiliani atelier presents a fun range of pastels and metallics. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

The silhouettes that make up the collection include lightweight lehengas, shararas, peplum blouses, concept saris, newly structured drapes and anarkalis.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

Using a unique fusion of ari and kasab and chikan on signature, hand-painted Tarun Tahiliani prints, there is an infusion of handlooms such as Chanderi squares and stripes as well as unique Kanjivaram weaves along with bandhini. The designer experiments with greater use of gota, kundan and dull metallics and thread-work to bring a soft fluffiness and drama to each of the pieces. 



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

Completing the bride’s looks, the collection also comprises a range of bejewelled evening clutch bags, bucket potlis and jewelled belts. With unusual handles, splashes of navratan, innovative latkan and fringing, each of these is a statement piece in itself.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

  

The collection also includes elegant designs for men with sherwanis, kurta sets, bundi and bandhgalas in raw silk, mutka silk, linen and much more. An unlikely choice, linen also makes an appearancs in the men’s collection. Pale brocades, woven in antique zari and trademark Tarun Tahiliani chikankari in shades of pale blush onion and ivory set the menswear apart.



Tarun Tahiliani Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion

 

The brand Tarun Tahiliani has recently been invested into by Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd (ABFRL). The company will acquire a 33% stake in the couture business for Rs. 67 crore (approximately $9.25 million).


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Fellows Auctioneers to host a talk on London’s Lost Jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6333 March 4, 2021: If ancient, vintage jewels always fascinated the historian in you, then Fellow’s upcoming event will certainly enchant you.



Over 100-years ago, in 1912, a cache of magnificent jewels was discovered on a building side in Cheapside, London. The objects are evocative reminders of London’s past, which had been undisturbed for 300 years. The hoard was discovered during a demolition of a 17th century timber-framed building in Cheapside near St Paul’s Cathedral.



London's Lost Jewels talk by Fellows



The talk at Fellows will divulge how The Cheapside Hoard gives the perfect insight into the Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellers’ trade, life, and fashion in London. Hazel Forsyth, the Senior Curator of the Medieval and Early-Modern Collections at the Museum of London, will be enlightening the audience with some facts and opinions. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; a Freeman of the City of London; a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths' and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.



London's Lost Jewels talk by Fellows



Alexandra Whittaker, PR & Communications Manager at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “I’m very much looking forward this event. It is perfect for our audience as it will detail the phenomenal story behind London’s lost jewels. Following the success of our talk on the jewellery of Henry VIII’s wives, I know that there is a lot of interest in jewellery of this era. Now, more than ever, we could all do with escapism from the current climate. What could better for that than an hour or so of learning about an intriguing part of the UK’s jewellery history.”



Ms. Forsyth has worked on numerous exhibitions in this country and abroad and has published widely on a range of subjects including: London’s Lost Jewels: The Cheapside Hoard (2013) and Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Surviving the Great Fire of London (2016).



London's Lost Jewels talk by Fellows



In the last year, Fellows has hosted many fascinating talks via Zoom with historians, jewellers, and horologists. These events have covered topics such as the Jewellery of Henry VIII’s Wives, Watches For War, and Forensic Jewellery. 



Tickets and more information on the event are available via the Fellows website.


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Prominent Indian artists come under the spotlight in Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6332 MF Hussain art auction



Untitled by MF Husain; estimated at $120,000 to $180,000





March 4, 2021: Throughout March, auction house Christie’s is holding its traditional South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art Sale on March 17 as Live auction, which will be accompanied by an online sale which is open for bidding until March 18. Additionally Christie’s will offer an online sale entitled Calligraphy: Art in writing which will include works by South Asian, Middle Eastern artist and Islamic art opening for bidding on March 17 until April 7.



FN Souza art auction



Untitled by FN Souza; estimated at $150,000 to $250,000





Christie’s South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art auction celebrates a wide variety of artistic practices from the South Asian subcontinent and its diaspora across the 20th and 21st centuries.



The online sale includes excellent modern works on paper by artists Maqbool Fida Husain, Francis Newton Souza, Manjit Bawa, Prabhakar Barwe and Jogen Chowdhury, alongside those by their mentors and pioneers of regional schools like Abdul Rahman Chughtai, Walter Langhammer, Nek Chand, K.G. Ramanujam and Kamrul Hasan. Of particular note are early works by Souza, K.H. Ara and Satish Gujral, originally from the collection of the eminent critic Rudy von Leyden.



Amrita Sher-Gil art auction



'Portrait of Denyse' by Amrita Sher-Gil; estimated at $1,800,000 to $2,800,000





Rounding out the online catalogue is a section of exceptional works by modern Pakistani artists including Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Jamil Naqsh, Ismail Gulgee and Ahmed Parvez, and a group of contemporary works by artists including Surendran Nair, Nilima Sheikh, Arpana Caur and Paresh Maity.



Part I of the live auction is led by important early works by Amrita Sher-Gil (a recently discovered ‘Portrait of Denyse’ circa 1932), Tyeb Mehta (Confidant, 1962) and Francis Newton Souza (Family, 1946). Also included are exceptional examples by modern masters Maqbool Fida Husain, Sayed Haider Raza and Narayan Shridhar Bendre. Also featured is a fine group of paintings by Krishen Khanna from the collection of Arthur and Lilly Banwell, acquired directly from the artist over the course of a long family friendship and held privately for over half a century. A diverse contemporary section includes impressive prints and a sculpture by Zarina, and significant works by the region’s most renowned practitioners like Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Ranjani Shettar, Jitish Kallat and Subodh Gupta, to name a few.



christies art auction 2021



Abstract Collage by Benodebehari Mukherjee; estimated at $12,000 to $18,000







Part II includes a significant collection of works by Benodebehari Mukherjee (1904-1980) from the Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation. Ethereal landscapes by this pioneer of modern Indian art are complemented by a group of figurative works and nature studies representing every phase of his career. Particularly important are collages, sketches and prints from the final stage of his life, executed after the artist’s complete loss of eyesight.


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Lakmé Fashion Week & FDCI join hands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6329 Lakme Fashion Week FDCI 2021 combined fashion week 



March 1, 2021: Combining forces for a positive change, Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW) - organised by Lakmé & RISE Worldwide (formerly IMG Reliance) - and Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) will present a joint schedule this season at Lakmé Fashion Week. The Phygital Fashion Week will take place from March 16-21, 2021. The event will have a special “unity logo” designed to mark this occasion.



The joint schedule and lineup will comprise the best of curation and designers from Delhi, Mumbai and across India. FDCI & Lakmé Fashion Week will jointly present the Opening Show on March 16, and will culminate with the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale on March 21. The event will also feature the prestigious talent discovery programme GenNext for designers as well as promote modelling talent through FDCI’s #GetNoticed Model Hunt besides other innovations. Both FDCI and LFW will continue their buyer programmes launched last season as well.



Lakme Fashion Week FDCI 2021 combined fashion week



Sunil Sethi, Chairman, FDCI, commented, “The Fashion Design Council of India for decades has tirelessly worked to make the design industry lead from the front and leave a global footprint. The pandemic has darkened the clouds, this will add a silver lining to the business of fashion and help sharpen the needs of the fast changing world. Lakmé, RISE Worldwide and FDCI will now have a shared purpose and belonging as we both reinvent the wheel in uncertain times. We are delighted to present this fashion week together.”

 

Jaspreet Chandok, Head – Lifestyle Businesses at RISE Worldwide, said, “RISE Worldwide’s ultimate goal is the development of eco-systems that we operate in and we feel this partnership will help elevate the fashion industry to new heights. We are glad to partner with the FDCI and look forward to jointly present Lakmé Fashion Week this season, as we RISE as one."


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Swarovski reveals new logo & brand identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6328 March 1, 2021: With a rich 126 year old history in innovation and crystal cutting, Swarovski has redesigned its brand identity to charge ahead with its next chapter—a bold vision that celebrates crystal in all its forms. The new Swarovski debuts under the helm of Creative Director, Giovanna Engelbert, with a joyful universe that invites you to ‘ignite your dreams.’



Swarovski new brand logo



A long-standing beacon of the brand’s self-expression, the Swarovski Swan is reimagined through the filter of the Wonderlab, Ms. Engelbert’s imaginary crystal world. In her own words, “The Wonderlab is where science and magic meet, where extra and elegance collide, it is a feeling of wonder that everyone should experience as we invite them into our new world at Swarovski.”



The new Swarovski Swan turns to face the brand’s new direction head on, poised to take flight. Evolving from its most recent iteration, it takes on a streamlined form – with an elongated neck and positioning crafted to reinforce the brand’s ever-forward momentum.



The finishing touch of Swarovski’s new brand icon comes in the form of a candylike octagon wrapping. Representing rebirth, the octagon is an immediate nod to a faceted crystal, evoking the unrivalled craftsmanship of Swarovski’s master cutters.



The Swarovski Wonderlab comes alive with the unveiling of 28 Instant Wonder stores in key global markets. Beginning with Milan’s Galleria (which opened on February 23, 2021), a further 27 store openings will follow across North America, Europe and APAC—including new locations in Paris and New York.



Designed to reflect the brand’s upcoming campaign and new visual identity, guests will be welcomed into a sensorial retail space enhanced by vibrant colors and textures, metallic sculptures, and innovative materials that work together to encourage exploration and self-expression. Swarovski’s Instant Wonder stores realize joyful wonder, a candy-like dreamscape filled with the full spectrum of crystal lifestyle pieces—loose components, jewelry, watches, figurines and accessories— and furnished with a captivating backdrop of Swarovski’s octagonal logo silhouette, created from the new packaging.



Swarovski’s Instant Wonder store unveilings will be supported by both live and digital activations, including virtual tours, sneak previews of collection pieces and lifestyle content to further immerse and engage customers. Designed in partnership with Paris-based Villa Eugenie, these stores will create an emotive stirring of magic for customers.


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Glorifying the art & architecture of Rajasthan, AMPM’s Spring Summer 2021 collection has a minimalistic appeal http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6327 March 1, 2021: With the designer duo belonging to the magical state of Rajasthan, Ankur and Priyanka Modi of AMPM have taken inspiration comes from the land of majestic palaces, rugged forts, golden sand and a scorching sun for its Spring Summer 2021 collection.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Called Aārthai, the name is a culmination of two words - ‘art’ a recurring source of inspiration and ‘athai,’a Marwari origin word meaning ‘here’. Aārthai simply means ‘art lies here’.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



The collection takes cues from the vibrant artistic heritage of the royal state. There are two key inspiration stories followed throughout the season, the art of Pichwai and of the Amer Fort in Jaipur. While Pichwai is characterized by its beautiful motifs from mythological tales, the Amer Fort is known for its intricately decorated doors, ceilings and archways. 



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



“Being a Marwari myself, I’ve experienced Rajasthan in many different ways throughout my life. I have travelled there, lived there, been schooled there, but the one thing that’s remained a constant has been my sense of awe at the sheer width and variation of art, craft, topography and culture that this desert land has to offer,” says Priyanka Modi.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



The traditionally busy artform of Pichwai is reimagined in a unique minimal rendition for the collection. Motifs for the summer range feature details from fabled stepwells and jharokha laden havelis.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Through Aārthai, art and architecture transcend into a modern, more abstract realization. The strokes are free and intuitive but strike a nuanced balance, forming a very contemporary portrait of Rajasthan.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Cowled jackets and tunics play canvas to dreamy prints. The signature AMPM pre-draped saree is heightened by intricate surface design. Each motif is painstakingly hand drawn and stylized to have a life of its own. The playful monkeys, majestic horses, lush banana leaves and art inspired from patterned floors and temple facades are drawn in hues of pearl ivory, purple, burgundy and sage.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



“So many times over nearly two decades, I’ve thought of exploring Rajasthan. And every single time I was overwhelmed by the number of possibilities it presented and the fact that I’d have to whittle it down to fit into a collection. So I kept pushing it into the future. For most of us, it took an unforeseen global event to realize that we cannot wait for a perfect time for things to happen; and how out of control we truly are of our own lives. I had seen Jai Khanna’s work at his solo show some time ago and saw how beautifully he had taken a traditionally busy and colorful artform, and depicted it so minimally, so emotively. That spark of inspiration came right there,” explains Ms. Modi.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



The collection features summer shirts, godet palazzos and soft drapery that has now become a house signature. Soft chanderis and sumptuous silks, are punctuated by silk satin embroidery, applique dori work and gold faux leather embossing.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion



Gold-plated coiled brooches, plush buttons and beautiful branch fasteners add a luxe element. The classic corset belts and shoes are also amplified with exotic charms and figurines.



AMPM Spring Summer 2021 Indian fashion


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Serapian’s Fall-Winter 2021/22 collection is a vibrant mosaic of accessories & furniture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6326 February 26, 2021: The new Serapian season is a tribute to Milano, the brand’s birthplace, thus capturing the soul of Milano, its elegant understatement and the outstanding ability of the inhabitants to create, design and innovate. Milanese photographer Guido Taroni puts together the project #MilanoBySerapian, picturing 20 friends of the brand interpreting the collection.



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Either born and raised in Milano or eventually moved to the city, they all share with Serapian the same passion for style, creativity and authenticity. And they led the photographer to their most loved or secret places, in an exciting visual exploration of what being Milanese means.



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Protagonists include Amina Marazzi Gandolfi (photographer), Angelica Morandini (lawyer), Claudia D’Arpizio (partner Bain & Company), Derek Castiglioni (landscape designer), Enrica Stabile (vintage dealer), Federico Sigali (interior designer), Ferruccio Laviani (architect), Francesca Mapelli (journalist), Giampiero Bodino (artistic director), Gile Bae (pianist), Guido Taroni (photographer), Imen Boulahrajne (media expert & co-founder Will), Luchino Visconti (entrepreneur) and Sava Bisazza Terracini (communication & events), Luna Bonaccorsi (entrepreneur), Madina Visconti di Modrone (jewellery designer) Marta Sala (interior designer), Micol Sabbadini (jewellery designer), and Umberta Gnutti Beretta (philanthropist and entrepreneur).



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



The Women’s collection highlights once again the Mosaico craft with its hand-woven soft nappa stripes. Some symbols of Milano turn into color references, like Nero Brera, recalling the artists’ originality in experimenting with bold hues, such as fuchsia, yellow and mint green. Nero Villa Mozart pays homage to the unsurpassed beauty of Serapian’s headquarters, where bronze, blush and yellow resemble its precious marbles. 



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Cuoio Prezioso is a marriage of nude, bronze and gold inspired by the extraordinary mosaics of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, where the Futuristic cultural movement was born, and which is now celebrated by the orange shades of Arancio Futurista. Then a declaration of love from Serapian to the city comes from Rosso Milanese, a passionate variation on red with touches of white and coral. 



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



Nero Brera and Nero Villa Mozart also come with a fringed décor on the hem on both Secret and Mini Secret models, while new shapes get the spotlight: the super light Hobo Secret and the Nano Secret, the micro version of one of Serapian’s top sellers, developed in a wide color range. Plus, the Soft Diamante, with a chain strap and soft side folds, and the Soft Pouch, an ultra-light pochette, with two woven leather ties.



Serapian Milano Fall Winter 2021-22



As a special project, Serapian joins forces with Azucena, a Milanese brand by architects Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Ignazio Gardella and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acquas. Serapian’s artisans enhanced an extraordinary piece of Italian interior design, the Catilina Chair presented in Milano by Caccia Dominioni at the beginning of the 1950s at the Triennale. Serapian and Azucena, both linked to Milano, re-read the iconic chair with a new cushion where the sides are enriched by the Mosaico craft, playing with color combinations from the iconic black & white to touches of fuchsia, mint, red, bronze or navy blue.


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Fabergé’s Cosmic Curve collection takes inspiration from ancient beliefs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6325 February 26, 2021: Inspired by the belief that every gemstone contains energy from one of the planets in our solar system, Fabergé has launched the Cosmic Curve collection of rings. Set with tsavorites, a rainbow of coloured sapphires and Gemfields’ Zambian emeralds and Mozambican rubies, these rings are available in 18k yellow, white and rose gold. In line with this belief, which has its origin in ancient times, it is hoped that the energy from the gemstones will help the wearer to increase their sense of wellbeing and happiness.



Faberge Cosmic Colour Collection



It was the Babylonians who, thousands of years ago, believed that gemstones were guarantors of health and joy: their unusual colours and scarcity contributed to this idea that they were associated with magical powers. Today, it is still believed that the healing powers of gemstones derive from the special cosmic influences of their associated ruling planets.



This belief is corroborated by ancient Indian gemmological texts as well, which explain that white light is composed of seven primary and two secondary colours blended together. The primary colours are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet; the secondary colours are ultra-violet and infra-red. The former become visible in the form of a rainbow, but the latter two always remain invisible. These nine colours are thought of as the cosmic matrix, and are the very essence of the nine planets; and it is through these bright hues that the planets radiate their energy and influence.



Faberge Cosmic Curve Collection



Gemstones constitute the most condensed form of concentrated colour and thus can provide a limitless source of cosmic colour rays. In ancient Indian texts, gemstones with their corresponding colours were said to possess powers that could be used in a targeted manner to heal symptoms of certain illnesses.



For example, if the Sun (Surya) is exalted in a horoscope, it is believed a person will be well-read, strong, and compassionate. Red is the cosmic colour transmitted by rubies, and red colour waves are hot, and therefore reputed to be useful in curing diseases caused by excessive cold and moisture in the body, including colds, anaemia, low blood pressure and heart and circulatory problems. In addition, solar gemstones confer courage and eliminate sadness.



Faberge Cosmic Curve Collection



When Saturn (Shani) is exalted, one will be charitable, lavish and affectionate. Violet is the cosmic colour transmitted by blue sapphires and other natural blue and violet gems. Violet colour waves are related to Saturn, the planet believed to govern the entire nervous system. Saturn Astral Talismans are known to help strengthen a person’s nervous system.



Ideal to be stacked or worn alone, the Cosmic Curve collection is available from £4,600/$6,000 and can be purchased at faberge.com. Virtual appointments are also available to view the rings or find out more about your colour.


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Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear collection reminisces the outdoors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6323 February 22, 2021: The recently presented Burberry Autumn/Winter 2021 menswear collection by Riccardo Tisci, Burberry’s Chief Creative Officer, honours a connection to the outdoors. The young and vibrant menswear collection reinvents traditions. 



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



“For my first Burberry menswear-focused collection, I wanted to celebrate the freedom of expression. Enclosed indoors, I dreamt of the outdoors and its beauty, fuelled by the thought of the creativity that comes when we are together,” said Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



With a focus on outerwear, the clothes are engineered to reflect motion and activity – with pleats, panels and fringes – as if moving in the wind. The tailoring has a sense of twisted classicism, while Burberry’s quintessential house codes – the trench coat and Burberry beige – are evolved.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



The Burberry animal kingdom, a signature house code, is once again revisited through prints and shapes – a nod to the wilderness. Deer motifs inspire the silhouettes of knitted beanies, while boots and sneakers on moulded soles are also sculpted to resemble hooves. The collection’s distinct palette is tonal and rich, including Burberry beige, bark brown, oxblood burgundy, city greys and shirting shades of pale blue and pink. 



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear



“This collection is an homage to the relationship between humanity and nature, where we can break free and come together to discover new forms of expression. It’s for those who are defining their own path, whose strength and energy have inspired this Burberry collection,” explains Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Autumn Winter 2021 Menswear


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Debuting in the Pink City, the newly opened Leela Palace Jaipur is a grand sight http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6322 The Leela Palace Jaipur



February 22, 2021: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts have unveiled The Leela Palace Jaipur, which has gone through extensive refurbishment and enhancements, as it opens to travelers looking for a post-pandemic vacation.



Located amidst tranquil environs near the Amber fort on Delhi-Jaipur highway, The Leela Palace Jaipur is set against the majestic backdrop of the Aravalli range, on over 8 acres of landscaped gardens. Within easy driving distance from Delhi, the hotel is within easy distance from historical places of interest, buzzing bazaars brimming with textiles, art and handicrafts and the famous silver and gemstone markets.



The Leela Palace Jaipur



Inspired by the royal Rajputana heritage, the design of the hotel pays homage to the intricacies of regional craftsmanship. From the 400-year-old heritage craft of Thikri, the art of inlaying mirrors, to the traditional Shekhawati paintings that adorn the walls to the glimmering domes that have been carefully crafted with silver foiling, every detail evokes a sense of place and majestic splendour. 



The Leela Palace Jaipur



The Leela Palace Jaipur houses 200 lavishly appointed rooms suites and villas. Villas with private plunge pools are the largest in the city, blending exquisite details with contemporary charm. Opulent décor and plush interiors are accentuated by bespoke elements such as delicately designed chandeliers. The Villas offer a true Leela Palace experience defined by the signature intuitive Palace Service, thoughtfully curated and delivered by the Palace Butlers.



The Leela Palace Jaipur



The rich culinary repertoire at The Leela Palace Jaipur seduces the palate with everything from the royal kitchens to traditional Indian to contemporary fine dining. Sukh Mahal offers delectable flavours, both Indian and international, thoughtfully crafted with the fresh ingredients. Mohan Mahal, the speciality Indian restaurant inspired by the famed Sheesh Mahal at Amber Fort, offers a magical dining experience. Lit only by candles, the iridescent ambience of the restaurant lends a unique charm as guests relish the most authentic Awadhi and Rajasthani cuisine. Hawa Mahal satiates the longing for an exclusive rooftop dining experience where sights and tastes are both tended to with charming warmth. The hotel will also open a contemporary Italian restaurant soon.



The Leela Palace Jaipur



The Leela Palace Jaipur boasts of over 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space including a stunning pillarless Grand Ballroom and verdant lawns, providing a superlative venue for celebrations, memorable weddings and bespoke events. The serene setting of The Leela Palace Jaipur makes it a beautiful vacation destination for families.


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Indian jewelry brand Studio Renn launches international e-commerce presence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6321 Studio Renn ring



Bleeding Tooth Sapphire Ring by Studio Renn





February 19, 2021: Studio Renn, a proud Bombay-based jewelry design house, is offering its curious, atypical jewelry pieces globally with a new e-commerce platform



"The pandemic gave us the opportunity to fast-track our international roll-out – to go out beyond our borders and showcase our work to a wider audience," says Rahul Jhaveri, founder of Studio Renn. 



Studio Renn earring

Gemstone Puffball Sapphire Earrings by Studio Renn





True to the name Renn, which means rebirth, the Studio explores concepts and perspectives, realizing abstract ideas and feelings through fine jewelry. The design practice pursues development of jewelry as precious wearables that are beautifully imperfect.



Offered on the e-commerce platform is Studio Renn’s new collection – (An)otherness – which is inspired by a series of sketches, made for the Studio by contemporary artist Prashant Salvi.



Studio Renn ring



Boletus Sp Three Finger Ring by Studio Renn





Shadows, airgaps, volume and textures are used with finesse to lend life to the design. Diamonds, precious stones, gold and concrete merge and contrast to explore infinite possibilities. While the design probes tactile sensibilities and atrophy, reverse-set and hidden gemstones and asymmetric arrangements contemplate materials and techniques.



The collection in Volume I focuses on unheated Burmese ruby cabochons, Burmese sapphires and diamonds set in 18k white, yellow and rose gold with blackened and high-gloss finishes. Volume I, comprising 28 pieces, includes earrings, rings, bracelets, pendants, brooches, and collar clips.



Studio Renn collar clip



Boletus Sp Collar Clip by Studio Renn





The new e-commerce platform showcases the Studio’s unique vocabulary and universe to an international clientele. “The virtual store is a platform for us to share our work and show who we are. It is meant to tear down boundaries that were never really there, and to have our voices heard from afar,” explains Mr. Jhaveri.


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Part of Gucci’s Epilogue collection, the Ken Scott capsule is a burst of colors http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6320 February 19, 2021: Gucci has launched a selection of special pieces from its Epilogue collection incorporating the work of American fashion designer Ken Scott, who resided in Milan in the 1960s and 70s, where he created his colourful patterned fabrics and line. 



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



Given the name ‘the gardener of fashion’, Mr. Scott would regularly feature large scale flowers in his creations, including peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers. Designs from his archive appear on Epilogue’s clothing and accessories for men and women. Colour and floral patterns define the looks. The prints turn up unexpectedly on fleeces, on down jackets, evening gowns, as well as silk accessories including headbands and printed on bags.



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



The Gucci Ken Scott collaboration is also applied to shoes. For men, the look is sporty and casual; a black cotton base fabric has been printed with contrasting gold lettering – the initials KS and GG – mixed with gold and silver flowers. This material also features for the Gucci Tennis 1977 in lace-up and slip-on models, and the Pursuit slide. The lace-up Tennis shoe also features the green-red-green House Web stripe. Then for another version of the Pursuit, and a Screener sneaker, a bright Ken Scott floral print called ‘Giardino d’Aprile’, translated as ‘April Garden’, displaying a combination of bright flowers, makes a powerful impact. The Screener sneaker has blue heels and a blue-red-blue House Web stripe, while the floral Pursuit slide features a large blue interlocking GG on each shoe.



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



For women’s shoes and boots there are four different Ken Scott prints (‘Giardino d’Aprile’, ’Zia’, ‘Jenni’ and ‘Pomponica’), all featuring bright combinations of flowers in different colours, and all detailed with micro Ken Scott and Gucci script logos. These have been applied to a fabric base to create the materials for a number of footwear styles: sneakers (Rhyton, Ace and Screener), slides, loafers (Princetown and Jordaan), flats and high boots.



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



For the soft accessories, silk carrés have been developed in different sizes, from small (70x70 cm), to classic (90x90 cm), to maxi (140x140 cm), to maximise the visibility of Mr. Scott’s prints. Furthermore, the offer is completed by colourful ribbons, cosy and refined shawls and stoles, headbands in lamé or cotton and characterful baseball caps and bucket hats. 



Gucci Ken Scott Collection 2021



Today, Ken Scott is a brand of Mantero, a renowned textile company, and designs from Mr. Scott’s rich archive are preserved by the Ken Scott Foundation, now based in Como.


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Moët & Chandon collaborates with Ambush for a new bottle design http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6318 Moet & Chandon X Ambush Champagne bottle design



February 15, 2021: Champagne house Moët & Chandon has collaborated with fashion designer Yoon Ahn of Ambush to reveal a new design of its bottles, which also supports the environment. The new limited-edition bottle of Impérial Moët & Chandon has a contemporary edge.



A brand born in 1743 with strong ties to history and heritage, Moët & Chandon’s association with Ms. Ahn is a bold, disruptive step for them. The new design of the iconic cuvee connects Moët & Chandon with the spirit of the times and speaks to the values championed by today’s generation.



Moet & Chandon X Ambush Champagne bottle design



The partnership between Moët & Chandon and Ambush is particularly momentous because it marks the first time in 152 years that the iconic bottle of Moët Impérial, born in 1869, has been redesigned by an artist. 



The Champagne house is also donating a portion of profits from sales of the limited-edition Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH to the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity that protects threatened natural habitats. The funds will be targeted to protecting the Canandé Reserve in the Ecuadorian Chocó Forest, a place as biodiverse as the Amazon rainforest but far more threatened. World Land Trust CEO Jonathan Barnard says that support from the Moët & Chandon x AMBUSH collaboration will have a direct impact on protecting fragile species and stopping deforestation. 



Moet & Chandon X Ambush Champagne bottle design



Ms. Anh says, “On my visit to Epernay, I saw the devotion of the people at Moët & Chandon to nature and to their precious terroir. This inspired me to select the World Land Trust to receive the support of the House, so that together we could help preserve other terroirs around the world.”



While the content of this limited edition is faithful to the Champagne region’s vineyards, Moët & Chandon gave Yoon carte blanche to redesign the bottle with her minimalist aesthetic. Yoon has given the bottle a deep black neck that contrasts with a new embossed white label. Her design resembles an open window which gives a glimpse into the golden liquid housed inside this delicate bottle.


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JJ Valaya launches another interpretation of Bursa for summer 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6317 JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



February 15, 2021: Crafting new interpretations of Bursa – Indian designer JJ Valaya’s winter 2020 collection – the new collection is richer, with more magnificence shining through. 



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



An ode to the culturally rich, elaborate Ottoman Empire, BURSA is an alluring tribute to Persian heritage. Mr. Valaya has long sought inspiration from the alluring alleys of Turkey for his collections. Keeping intact the inspiration points behind the former Bursa Collection, yet respecting the change of season, the collection plays with lighter silks and organzas in order to bring forth the requisite resplendence required for weddings and occasions that are being held in the new season.



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



While traditional colours like reds and its family are synonymous with Valaya, this collection also welcomes the changing season with open arms by celebrating soft summer shades and myriad hues. The collection utilises antiquated metals, gotta, silk threads and intricate gold embroidery for this new interpretation. 



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



This collection showcases a diverse range of modern cuts and styles. One such example is the use of faux leather and velvet patches, beautifully appliqued onto silk, which bestows a modern element to intricate bygone work. The modern cut blouses have interesting necklines and puffed sleeves. The collection also uses tulle and organza to provide that light sheen for the summer months. 



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021



A fresh addition to this selection of lehengas, blouses, dupattas and sherwanis would be an assortment of embellished hair bands. However, the highlight of this collection is the EMROOZ (‘today’ in Persian) border which is a timeless bejeweled border carefully sewn into several pieces of the collection.



JJ Valaya Bursa Summer 2021


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Bvlgari offers a mix & match experience with Allegra, its new personalized fragrance collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6316 Bvlgari Allegra perfumes



February 11, 2021: Luxury brand Bvlgari has created an Italian sensorial experience with its new Bvlgari Allegra fragrance collection which includes five eaux de parfums and five magnifying essences. The parfums and essences can be combined to create a uniquely personal scent. 



“All roads lead to Rome, all magnificent ingredients lead to Rome, and all fragrances lead to Rome,” says Jacques Cavallier about his creations for Bvlgari. Inspired by the history and lifestyle of Italy, the master perfumer put his passion and art into crafting the collection.



Bvlgari Allegra perfumes 2021



Riva Solare has citrus-y notes, while Fiori d’Amore takes roses as its central focus. Amaretti and orange blossom are highlighted in Dolce Estasi while Rock’n’Rome has fruity notes. Fantasia Veneta, with patchouli, peach and vanilla, is perhaps the most complex of them all. 



The glass bottles are inspired by the sculptured elegance of Roman columns and the colors of precious gems. The five Magnifying essences have white bottles, symbolizing the purity of the ingredients: musk, bergamot, rose, patchouli and vanilla. The Bvlgari Allegra collection is made entirely in Europe and protected by packaging that uses recycled materials. The glass bottles are designed for recycling.


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Residential superyacht M/Y NJORD partners with health & wellness pioneer Chenot http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6315 MY Njord ship design



February 11, 2021: Ocean Residences Development Ltd. – creators of M/Y NJORD – and Chenot (HC International S.A.) have agreed a partnership to offer the very best in health and wellness on board M/Y NJORD, a private residential superyacht which is yet to be launched.



Chenot will operate from M/Y NJORD, offering a world-class medical spa facility, alongside their extensive health and wellness programmes. Their services include transformative wellbeing treatments, individually tailored holistic routines and preventative therapies, all based on the Chenot Method. This popular philosophy is about detoxing the body with the aim of anti-ageing, which it does by integrating and transmitting energetic, physical and emotional signals to the body. In addition, the Chenot diet, stimulate the body and mind to detoxify, rebalance and reset the body’s functions and physiology.



chenot health and wellness technique



Located on Deck 10 with stunning open-ended panoramic views, the 930 sq m Chenot facility is set within the signature Chenot interiors of modern understated luxury. In addition to the spa and wellness facilities, the yacht has a fully equipped and professionally staffed medical centre on Deck 3. M/Y Njord offers 118 residences in 21 different configurations.



While travelling, residents will be able to devote time to their health with bespoke holistic, dietary and physical treatments complemented by natural therapies to detox, de-stress, re-energise, reset and rebalance both body and mind. 



chenot health and wellness technique



“There is clearly a growing demand for a private, bespoke yachting lifestyle where residents, their families and guests can travel in a safe and healthy environment,” says COO of Ocean Residences Development, Alain Gruber. “M/Y NJORD will be very appealing to those who share a sense of adventure, desire personal enrichment and life-changing experiences. The partnership with Chenot will give our residents the assurance of receiving treatments based on profound scientific research at every level,” says Mr. Gruber. 



M/Y Njord ship exterior



At an enormous 293 metres length, M/Y NJORD will be the most technically advanced “green ship” operating at the highest environmental standards. The superyacht will offer multiple amenities, which includes a marina, yacht and sailing club, an expedition and dive centre with various watercraft including submersibles. Additionally, there is a professional-standard oceanographic research laboratory and a gyroscopic telescope housed in the top deck observatory. Six restaurants, a gourmet market and culinary studio will satiate the gourmet and food lover. The yacht accommodates up to two eight-seater twin-engine helicopters and four purpose-built luxury tenders. Further features include a high-speed satellite communication system, a range of sporting facilities including a fully equipped golf centre, pools, a gym, arts and craft centre, a library and theatre.


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The Simone Rocha x H&M collaboration reveals a collection full of delicate shades & details http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6314 February 11, 2021: Unveiling the full Simone Rocha x H&M collection, the pieces highlight the inspirations and emotions that have defined the Simone Rocha world. The collection is a cross-pollination of Rocha’s sensibilities and signatures. A tribute to Ireland, Hong Kong, texture, shape, tactility, history, family, intimacy and joy.



Simone Rocha X H&M black dress



Displaying her feelings for this special collection, Ms. Rocha says, “I hope that the items in this collection will be worn and treasured for years to come. They were all informed by ideas and inspirations that have shaped me and my brand over the last 10 years, and I am so excited to see them worn out-and-about and interpreted and styled in new ways.”



Simone Rocha X H&M boys shirt



This is a full wardrobe for the family - the first time Ms. Rocha has offered menswear and childrenswear, alongside her signature womenswear. For women, there are tulle dresses in pinks, tartan and classic black. There is a special fil coupe floral dress, with full puff sleeves, and day dresses in organic cotton with broderie anglaise detailing. For outerwear, there are classic trenches, and, as is signature in Rocha’s collection, a special pink coat, here in sparkling tweed. 



Simone Rocha X H&M white pearls



Apron tops and dresses in tulle can be layered over other items; from slim dresses, to check trousers and short cloque dresses. There are cosy bubble knits, and wool cardigans with pearl decorations around the neck.



Simone Rocha X H&M dress details



Everywhere, there are classic Rocha elements; special tinsels, sparkling embellishments, floral motifs, frills and spherical cut-outs and full skirts blooming from neat waists. For every day, there are spongy hoodies and joggers, and jersey t-shirts embellished with pearls.



Simone Rocha X H&M mens sweater



Menswear includes a reworked trench, with pearl embellishments on the collar, a rounded summer parka, Aran knits and cardigans, classic wool suiting and a vibrant checked blazer with matching drawstring trousers. There are shirting, hoodies and t-shirts in colour pallets of white, pink and black as well as some printed with photographs by Jacob Lillis.



Simone Rocha X H&M pink trench



Ms. Rocha spreads joy with refinement in her first ever childrenswear collection which includes miniaturised versions of some of her classics, including smocks and frill dresses. There are Aran knit jumpers, cosy cardigans with pearl shaped-buttons, soft joggers and sweatshirts, and a button-through puffer, in pink floral, crafted from recycled polyester. The tartan that runs through the collection reappears on tiny dungarees.



Simone Rocha X H&M girls pink dress



For accessories, there are twists on Rocha’s footwear staples: brogues with pearl-shaped embellishments, alongside feather decorated ballerinas and slides. The numerous sparkling choices for adorning hair and ears include beaded-bow earrings and matching tiaras, earrings decorated with real glass beads, flowers and hairslides, and sets of oversized bow hairclips.  Also available are neoprene totes with bow details on the straps and various coordinating socks to match the collection.



Simone Rocha X H&M plaid dress



“This feels like the perfect collection for this moment; a dynamic proposition from a female designer with such a clear sense of who she is, and what she wants to say. It is a joyful collection, that will hopefully enliven spirits and inspire,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson from H&M.



Simone Rocha X H&M mens trench



The Simone Rocha x H&M collection launches on March 11 and will be available at hm.com as well as on Myntra.


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Presenting rare meteorites under the hammer, Christie’s offers 75 lots http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6313 February 10, 2021: Offering a rare look into the wonders of space, Christie’s presents Deep Impact: Martian Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites, an online-only sale of rare meteorites open for bid until February 23, 2021. 



The sale will offer 72 of the 75 lots at no reserve, with estimates starting at $250. Included in Deep Impact is a meteorite that contains the oldest matter mankind can touch and another that contains the raw ingredients of our planets. There are a dozen offerings of the Moon and the planet Mars and another dozen from some of the most famous museums in the world — as well as meteorites containing gems from outer space.



Christie's oriented rock sale



A highlight from the sale is a highly aesthetic oriented stone meteorite (estimate: $50,000-80,000; offered at no reserve), weighing nearly 7.2kg (16lbs). Unlike 99% of all other meteorites, this meteorite did not tumble or invert as it plunged to Earth but maintained a stable orientation throughout its descent. The surface that faced Earth showcases elongated flight marks that radiate outwards.



James Hyslop, Head of Science and Natural History, Christie’s, commented: “Everyone has an image in mind of how a meteorite "should look" – an extraterrestrial body frictionally heated while punching through Earth's atmosphere. Rarely do the objects survive this fiery descent look like that shared ideal seen in this meteorite. It is a wonder to behold and an honor to have been entrusted with its sale.”



Christie's gem rock sale



Also offered at no reserve is a large slice of a rock from Mars (estimate: $30,000-50,000) within which bubbles of impact glass contain Martian atmosphere; a large iron meteorite from Odessa, Texas — home of the single largest meteorite shower to have occurred in the U.S. (estimate: $40,000-60,000), and specimens from the Macovich Collection, the world’s foremost collection of aesthetic iron meteorites, several of which are offered for the first time at an auction.



There is also the most unlikely of meteorites: one that never hit the Earth. The day after the Tirhert meteorite shower in Morocco, a man took his young son to the site of the strewn field. While adults searched the ground, the young boy instead searched for some shade where he found the specimen now offered wedged between the branches of his shade tree (estimate: $15,000 – 25,000; offered at no reserve).



Christie's oriented rock sale



A Swedish meteorite from the core of a shattered asteroid was fashioned into a sphere. ;With its robust natural crystalline structure seen in three dimensions, this is literally an extraterrestrial crystal ball (estimate $14,000 – 18,000; offered at no reserve).


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Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla & Lodha Luxury co-design one of India's highest residence http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6312 Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design



February 10, 2021: Indian luxury real estate brand, Lodha Luxury, joined hands with designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla to create one of India’s highest residences. The grand designer residence at Lodha Ciel, the latest in Lodha Luxury’s ensemble titled Delos, exudes a heightened level of panache and refined elegance to create a bespoke living experience for luxury connoisseurs.  



Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have made a significant mark in the interior design and furniture space. With this collaboration, Lodha Luxury and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla brought magic into the 76th-floor sky villa at one of India’s highest residences, Lodha Ciel.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design



Some eye-catching pieces at the residence include the Prabhavali, the antique Peacock, the Moghul Bracket, the Deepa Lakshmi Diya, the Marble Dwarpals and Dancing Elephants and Brass Birds. Unhindered city views from the high-rise residence complete the picture.



The stunning interiors in the residence have been carefully designed, keeping in mind both Lodha Luxury’s vision and trademark exclusivity and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla’s exquisite design sensibilities. Inspired by Indian and Art Deco influences, this residence showcases both heritage and contemporary craftsmanship. Wood work by local artisans to outre modern brass furniture highlight fine tastes. Mirror installations play with natural light to amplify both the interiors and the stunning vistas of the Mumbai skyline. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Lodha Luxury highest luxury home design



Designers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla say, “We believe that your home is the truest reflection of who you are, and your space must show the world who you are. During this pandemic’s difficult times as we spend more and more time at home, we wanted to create a sanctuary that showcases luxury at its highest pinnacle. A symphony of physical beauty and spiritual bliss, a perfect amalgamation."



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Maserati launches the 2021 Ghibli range in India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6311 Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



February 6, 2021: Taking life to the fast lane, luxury car maker Maserati has launched the renewed Ghibli MY21 range, while a new hybrid version will make fans swoon with thrill. 



The latest Ghibli model carries on the spirit that shaped its first incarnation in 1966. That means exclusive luxury, glorious style, progressive technology and of course, empowering performance. 



The 2021 restyled signature grille of the Ghibli bears the iconic Maserati Trident. Inspired by the Giugiaro-penned Maserati 3200 GT “boomerang” rear lights that pioneered the use of LED in the industry, the new MY21 tail lights are a delight. Featuring dynamically sculpted curves and gracefully flowing lines, it’s a striking coupé look. 



In addition to class-leading 3.0-litre V6 and V8 Petrol engines, an all-new 4-cylinder 2.0-litre engine with a 48V Hybrid system is now available. All powertrains offer everything you would expect of Maserati: massive power, snarling responsiveness, effortless long-distance refinement and impressive efficiency.



Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



The MY21 Ghibli is equipped with a comprehensive range of Level 2 ADAS, the highest level of autonomous driving currently permitted. It means even greater peace of mind in a variety of traffic conditions.



Nothing can compete with the Maserati engine note. You would listen back to it over and over, just like you’d do with your favourite song, as it sends shivers down your spine. 



Release and close the trunk with a foot movement in the area under the rear bumper. Sensors will detect your foot movement all along and underneath the central portion of the rear bumper - a system that will only operate when the key fob is within a 3-foot range.



Dramatically dark with sport-styled customizations inside and out, both the Nerissimo Package and the Nerissimo Carbon Package are designed to give your Maserati a more seductive, intimidating and aggressive look. An array of wheel rims allows each owner to add a personal touch to the vehicle. The Maserati range of boldly sculpted wheel rims emphasize the vehicle’s speed, power and style brilliantly.



Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



The central HD touch screen, enlarged from 8”4 with a ratio of 4:3 to 10”1 with a ratio of 16:10, is now frameless for a more contemporary look, with almost all the surrounding bezel removed. This new high-resolution display with multi-touch function carries a new graphic interface that mixes black with a golden color to enhance its elegance. There is a subtle but very sophisticated change to the instrument cluster, which now includes a large rev counter and speedometer on either side of a 7” TFT display with real anti-dazzle flat glass covers over the instruments.



Starting from the MY21 range, all Maserati cars are connected thanks to the new Maserati Connect program. Having the Maserati connected at all times enables an eye to be kept on the car’s health, and Maserati Connect will alert the driver when a service is due, improving the customer care experience. Maserati Connect also enhances safety and security, with assistance in emergencies and in case of car theft. With a Smartphone or Smartwatch, drivers can always stay in contact with their Maserati thanks to the Maserati Connect app; this is also possible from home via their virtual personal assistant (Amazon Alexa and Google Assist). Through the MIA (Maserati Intelligent Assistant) multimedia system, the Maserati Connect connected services deliver a new experience for the driver and passengers.



The spark of electrification ignites Maserati’s future: with the new Ghibli Hybrid, the Trident Brand enters the world of electrification. The new Ghibli Hybrid represents one of the most ambitious projects for Maserati. The new Ghibli Hybrid is introduced in India at a starting price of Rs 1.15 Crore and as the name suggests, is something new, electrifying, and fearless.



Maserati Ghibli MY21 range



The response to your desire for speed is 0.7 seconds faster compared to the Ghibli Diesel version, covering the 0-100 km/h in a mere 5.7s. They call it “mild”, but the Ghibli Hybrid excites with best in class power.



Thanks to its maximum power output of 330 hp and torque of 450 Nm delivered from just 1,500 rpm, the new Ghibli Hybrid’s performance data is very impressive: top speed of 255 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. 



Featuring a cold, high-tech grey shade with blue overtones, Grigio Evoluzione is a bespoke exterior paint that gives its elegant shape the evolution it embodies. And as electric sparks pass through the iconic triple side air vents, they make the Ghibli Hybrid unmistakably distinctive.


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Tag Heuer & Porsche enter a strong partnership fuelled by innovation http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6308 Tag Heuer Porsche Carrera Chronograph



February 4, 2021: Swiss luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer and the German sportscar manufacturer Porsche have announced their new partnership: an authentic alliance that builds over their common DNA in motorsports and racing. The holistic and long-term collaboration will range from competitions to product development. A new watch, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph, is unveiled as the first celebration of the iconic brands.



TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault says, “TAG Heuer and Porsche have common history and values, of course, but more importantly, we share an attitude. Like Porsche, we are disruptors at heart, always in pursuit of high performance. With this alliance, TAG Heuer and Porsche finally come together officially after decades of close encounters and will create unmatched experiences and products for customers and fans that are passionate about both our brands and what we stand for.”



Both brands have had a close relationship with the Carrera races. Porsche had a class win in the Carrera Panamericana race of 1954. In honour of its successful participation, Porsche calls its most powerful engine ‘Carrera’. Jack Heuer created the first Heuer Carrera chronograph in 1963, designed to let drivers tell the time at a glance in the heat of action. This ground-breaking timepiece and Porsche’s most powerful Carrera engine united Porsche and Heuer – for the first time – in the spirit of the ‘Carrera’ (or ‘race’).



Jack Heuer was also responsible for the Heuer Monaco, the first square-faced, water-resistant automatic chronograph watch. Its name evoked the Monaco Grand Prix as well as the Principality’s renowned Monte Carlo Rally, which Porsche won in three consecutive years, from 1968 to 1970, with its signature 911 model. 



Ferry Porsche Jo Siffert



Ferry Porsche & Jo Siffert





The Heuer Monaco’s innovations had come at a significant financial cost and as an alternative to an expensive advertising campaign, Jack Heuer further cemented his brand’s link to Porsche with a creative sponsorship arrangement with Fribourg, Switzerland-based racing driver and Porsche dealer Jo Siffert. In 2005, at the premiere of the film Jo Siffert: Live Fast – Die Young, Jack Heuer remembered the terms of their contract: “In exchange for CHF 25,000, he would put our logo on his car and suit. In addition, he could buy our watches at wholesale prices and resell them to his racing friends at a substantial profit. Which he did with great success because half of the F1 paddock was wearing Heuer watches by the end of the 1969 season!”



It was this connection that led Steve McQueen to wear the Heuer logo on his racing suit during the filming of Le Mans in 1970, in which he drove a Porsche 917. 



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Steve McQueen as Jo Siffert





In 1999, TAG Heuer, as a founding partner of the Formula E championship, helped raise the profile of thrilling single-seater races in electric cars. Porsche created its own Formula E team with TAG Heuer as title and timing partner in 2019, marking a starting point for an even more powerful and far-reaching collaboration. And now, the brands have announced an official brand partnership, celebrated by a special-edition timepiece.



The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph picks up from a common inspiration between the two brands: Carrera. Based on TAG Heuer’s Carrera Sport Chronograph design, with its distinctive tachymeter scale engraved on the bezel, it introduces a number of features inspired by Porsche’s design essence. Porsche’s engraved inscription is visible on the bezel and the unmistakable font is also used for the indexes. The Porsche colours of red, black, and grey – which also recall historic Heuer models – are incorporated throughout the watch, and on clear display through the transparent cristal case back is the oscillating mass, which has been redesigned in affectionate tribute to Porsche’s celebrated steering wheel. It is printed with “Porsche” and “TAG Heuer”. The dial’s asphalt effect, created especially for this watch, perfectly expresses a passion for the road, while Arabic numerals suggest the numbers on the dashboard of fine Porsche sportscars.



Tag Heuer Porsche Carrera Chronograph



At the heart of this stunning timepiece is the in-house Calibre Heuer 02 manufacture movement with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. The chronograph mechanism’s vertical clutch and column wheel demonstrate the brands’ unflinching demand for absolute precision.



Finally, the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph is a Special Edition watch and is delivered in bespoke packaging with colours and a style consistent with the remarkable watch inside. The black watch box features the logos of TAG Heuer and Porsche in white. Inside the box is a perfectly-sized black travel pouch with an unmistakably Porsche red interior.



The 2021 partnership will feature a rich portfolio of joint projects that reflect TAG Heuer’s and Porsche’s shared commitment to speed and precision sports.



Tag Heuer Porsche Formula E



Tag Heuer & Porsche for Formula E





The TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team made history in its debut season. It set a milestone at the opener in Diriyah (SA) in November 2019, when André Lotterer crossed the finish line in second place. In its second year, the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team will not only continue to attract new fans to a circuit that pits all-electric cars against each other, but also fight for the World Championship. Behind the wheel of Porsche’s latest all-electric racecar, the 99X Electric, will be drivers André Lotterer and his new teammate, Pascal Wehrlein.



Porsche has long distinguished itself in endurance events and together with TAG Heuer its GT Team is well prepared for the coming FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The milestone year will also include series partnerships in ten editions of the worldwide one-make cup series Porsche Carrera Cup. In addition to physical competitions, TAG Heuer also engages in virtual racing by supporting the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup. 



TAG Heuer and Porsche also share a passion for golf and tennis. Tag Heuer will become the official partner of the many golf and tennis championships that Porsche hosts. 



Coming together for the benefit of their shared clients, TAG Heuer and Porsche are aiming to create unforgettable moments through different experience formats.


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Indian company Migrations launches their inaugural wilderness expedition to The Sundarbans http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6307 February 4, 2020: Migrations, an Indian travel company, has launched their Inaugural Journey, a luxury cruise to the world's largest protected Mangrove Forest, The Sundarbans, departing on February 26, 2021.



Inspired by the few pristine environments left in today’s world, Migrations aims to create immersive, sustainable and luxurious journeys with the goal of conservation through tourism. The company focuses on slow travel experiences, in environments where luxury travel has never existed before.



Sundarbans India



The Sundarbans | ©Avijit Dutta





One of India’s most pristine and fascinating environments is the Sundarbans, a labyrinth of crisscrossing waterways that are home to an incredible amount of biodiversity, and hence recognized by UNESCO. 



The immersive 4 four-day experience in the Sundarbans by Migrations is designed to get beneath the surface of the land, exploring not just the wilderness, but connecting with its people and the extraordinary lives they lead in this beautiful yet raw landscape. From a chance of spotting the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, to interacting with some of India’s foremost conservationists, guests onboard will leave with memories of a lifetime, and the knowledge that their journey is contributing to the long- term conservation of this fragile ecosystem.



Mrs. Loveleen Arun Multani, Co- Founder of Migrations, says, “Some places pull you towards themselves and then change you forever! That happened to me last month when I was in the Sundarbans. As I cruised slowly through the creeks, I fell in love with every aspect of it; the mysterious mangroves, the elusive wildlife, the sunsets, the misty mornings, the genteel people who obviously lived a tough life fighting against the vagaries of nature. And I wondered how to open it up for sensitive, mindful travelers who would love this pristine bastion of India. From that thought at the core of which lies an inherent need to give back to the fragile destination has risen this passion project with the steadfast help of friends in the industry. A culmination of an innate desire to bring a very simplistic and yet enigmatic experience alive for whoever would value it.”



Antara luxury cruise



Ensuring luxury accommodation, Migrations has partnered with Antara Luxury River Cruises for this journey, to host travellers on board the Ganges Voyager I. Besides the lavish facilities on-board, which includes the ‘all-suite’ offering, French balconies, expansive social spaces, plush-on-board amenities, unique gastronomy experiences, wellness, sunrise yoga, butler service, expert led on-board and off-board activities; customization and personalization is part of the key offerings to guests. “Antara, derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Antar’ meaning ‘the distinction’, has been the source of inspiration for us to make a difference and take our guests on a journey to not just rediscover themselves but also discover parts of the country that have previously been inaccessible,” says Hemant Mediratta, COO & Founder Antara Cruises.



Mr. Keshav Arya, Co-Founder of Migrations is a second-generation travel entrepreneur, with a passion for wildlife exploration, diving, and all things luxury. He says, “In a world where travel has been democratized, rare experiences are exceedingly hard to come across, and Migrations creates precisely these moments, while still giving guests every creature comfort they can dream of.”



He further adds, “The Sundarbans have been a place that have fascinated me since I was a schoolboy and we were told tales of its famous man eaters. While the thought of coming face to face with the Royal Bengal Tiger still excites me, what I really hope for is to create sustainable luxury tourism in the area, that supports local livelihoods, and brings in a new relationship between man and cat.”



Antara luxury cruise accommodation



Accommodation aboard Antara Luxury Cruise





Sailing from and to Kolkata on board Antara Cruises, Migrations is now open to bookings for their Inaugural Journey to The Sundarbans, which sets sail from February 26 and docks back on March 1, 2021.



Committed to the safety and security of guests and the team, Assure Antara, a list of stringent health and safety protocol, including flexible bookings, is followed across all ships, services and experiences.


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Christie’s International Real Estate enters India http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6306 Aspen luxury home



February 4, 2021: While the pandemic has created havoc in almost every industry in the world, including real estate, Christie’s International Real Estate announces its expansion into India through an affiliation with Delhi-based real estate firm, Himmat & Rohini Singh LLP.  



As the luxury real estate market experiences a resurgence the world over, this collaboration will serve connoisseurs of high-end homes, estates and villas in India.  



With the maturing of the Indian real estate market, discerning buyers and sellers of luxury properties are increasingly looking for the highest levels of professional and personalized services for their property transactions. And as high net worth Indians seek second-home opportunities not only within the country but throughout the world, the company can now assist with their luxury real estate needs by leveraging the global network of Christie’s International Real Estate specialists.



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Helena De Forton, director of regional operations for Europe, Middle East, Russia, India and Africa of Christie’s International Real Estate, said: “The business ethos of Himmat Singh and Rohini Chaudhri Singh are perfectly aligned with Christie’s values, making them the obvious choice to be invited to our network. They are sophisticated and expert advisors to their clients, understanding the need for discretion while fostering these important and on-going personal relationships. Their long-standing respect in the region’s real estate market makes them the ideal advisors for buyers and sellers of luxury real estate in the region.”



The luxury real estate market has grown substantially in India after the initial impact of the pandemic as buyers look for larger, more versatile spaces in which they can effectively combine their professional and personal lives as part of the growing work from home culture. The pandemic has also given rise to an added focus on the element of financial security of owning a home versus renting, thereby converting long time renters into buyers. These factors combined with regulatory benefits among others, have resulted in a renewed interest in the luxury real estate market in India.


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Sans Souci’s new chandelier embodies the spirit of the Spanish Flamenco dancers http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6304 Sans Souci Flamenco chandelier



February 2, 2021: Czech lighting giant Sans Souci, well-known for crafting bespoke decorative lighting fixtures, glass objects and architecture features, has launched the stunning new chandelier Flamenco.



Designed by Jiri Krisica, Flamenco features hand-blown glass pieces in a whimsical optical pattern, which are hung from the ceiling with polished stainless steel strings. Smitten with Spainʼs sights as well as its culture, Krisica was particularly touched by Andalusian flamenco dancers. Their performance, filled with emotion and passion, prompted him to imprint the movement and atmosphere into glass. This piece has been formed to resemble the undulation of the dancersʼ skirts. The edges are equally waved, enhancing the overall dynamism.



Sans Souci Flamenco chandelier



The Flamenco chandelier is available in two optical patterns, both evocative of Spain’s flamenco dancers. This distinctive lighting is striking and exudes a strong character. Furthermore, the Flamenco chandelier can be customised in various sizes and colours.



Available at: Sans Souci Sro – India


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Coral to moonstone, Hindman Auctions presents jewelry by Tony Duquette, Christopher Walling, and Nicholas Varney http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6303 JAR white resin earrings



JAR white resin arum earclips





February 2, 2021: Taking place on February 9, 2021 at their Palm Beach, Florida location, Chicago-based Hindman Auctions’ latest sale will feature 116 lots with vibrant statement jewelry from renowned designers such as Tony Duquette, Christopher Walling, Nicholas Varney, de Grisogono, Evelyn Clothier, and more. With a range of distinct pieces, the sale is full of brightly hued jewelry for the bold collector. 



Tony Duquette brooch Hindman auctions



Tony Duquette multigem and coral brooch





Jewelry designed by legendary artist and designer Tony Duquette – known for his interiors, stage settings, costumes, jewelry, and more – will be among the standout pieces offered in the sale. A magnificent Duquette moonstone and opal pendant/brooch is estimated at $5,000-7,000. Another lively piece is a multigem and coral brooch with a blue fluorite at the center surrounded by green citrines (estimate is $6,000-$8,000).



Christopher walling brooch Hindman auctions



Christopher Walling cultured biwa pearl, blue chalcedony and diamond-brooch





A number of pieces by influential jewelry designer Christopher Walling will be offered in the auction, including a cultured biwa pearl, diamond, and sapphire bracelet (estimate is $4,000-6,000). Additional pieces by Walling include a bright coral bead necklace and a cultured biwa pearl, blue chalcedony, and diamond brooch (estimates are $2,500-3,500 and $1,500-2500 respectively).



Nicholas varney brooch Hindman auctions



Nicholas Varney multigem Bird of Paradise brooch





The sophisticated yet whimsical designs of Nicholas Varney will also be featured in the sale. One outstanding design is Varney’s abalone, diamond, colored diamond, and sapphire Bird of Paradise brooch (estimate is $6,000-8,000). A multigem 'brick' bracelet is another striking piece that consists of three rows of links containing cultured biwa pearls surrounded by round brilliant cut diamonds and colored diamonds with an elongated opal for the clasp (estimate is $6,000-8,000).



de grisogono bracelet Hindman auctions



de Grisogono brown leather and diamond Allegra bracelet





Other notable pieces in the auction include a pair of Evelyn Clothier cultured baroque pearl and diamond flamingo brooches (estimate is $3,000-5,000); a pair of Elizabeth Locke yellow gold, intaglio, and cultured pearl earclips (estimate is $2,000-3,000); a de Grisogono brown leather and diamond 'Allegra' bracelet (estimate is $4,000-6,000); an Angela Pintaldi multistrand emerald bead necklace (estimate is $4,000-6,000); and a pair of JAR, white resin arum earclips (estimate is $3,000-5,000).



Evelyn Clothier brooch Hindman auctions



Evelyn Clothier cultured baroque pearl and diamond flamingo brooches





Bidding for the auction will begin at 10am ET. Bidders will be able to participate via absentee bid, by phone, or live online through the Digital Bid Room.


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Parisian jewelry brand FRED celebrates love with a ‘new’ Pretty Woman collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6302 Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



February 2, 2021: FRED, an LVMH-owned jewelry brand, has relaunched a new Pretty Woman collection of jewelry and high jewelry, a tribute to the cult movie. This bold declaration of love features the “heart within a heart” motif in rubellites and diamonds for the high jewelry pieces, and white and pink gold for the jewelry creations. 



Julia Roberts Pretty Woman Diamond Ruby necklace



Julia Roberts wearing the iconic diamond and ruby necklace by Fred in the movie 'Pretty Woman'





The iconic ruby and diamond necklace by Fred, which featured in the 1990 movie ‘Pretty Woman’, has become an iconic piece of jewelry. “When our Rodeo Drive boutique in Beverly Hills received a visit in 1990 from the production team of the film Pretty Woman, who were looking for a jewelry piece for the leading actress, we had no idea that the ruby and diamond hearts necklace they chose would become such a special part of the movie, thanks to Julia Roberts’ legendary burst of laughter and Richard Gere’s elegance,” says Valérie Samuel, Vice-President and Artistic Director of FRED. 



Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



The iconic necklace was named after the movie that immortalized it and has inspired fresh reinterpretations over the years. With its “Your way, Your love” spirit, the 2021 Pretty Woman collection symbolizes freedom through creativity. It’s high jewelry that can be worn every day, mixing and matching to change looks, and endless ways to wear the pieces. 



The 22 exceptional high jewelry pieces revisit the original necklace with diamonds and rubellites – precious gemstones in the tourmaline family said to open the heart chakra. With a pink magenta hue that morphs to purple depending on the light, rubellite symbolizes the different facets of love. 



Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



The star of the collection is the Audacious necklace. With 554 diamonds and eight heart-cut rubellites, the necklace transforms into different jewels with seven detachable hearts that become earrings, a broach, a lapel pin or a sautoir. With its 659 diamonds and 11 rubellites, the Glamourous necklace takes over 340 hours of craftsmanship to complete. The original necklace from the Pretty Woman film has also been reprised in a flow of hearts paved with 992 diamonds, with 17 beating rubellite hearts set inside. 



Emma Roberts Fred Pretty Woman collection of jewelry 2021



Actress Emma Roberts for Fred's new Pretty Woman collection





The collection includes a dazzling array of cuff bracelets, broaches, rings and earrings. Embodying this new take of the collection is actress Emma Roberts, the niece of Julia Roberts.


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Guided by literature & a radical love story, Fendi’s Couture Spring Summer 2021 collection romances the viewer http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6300 January 28, 2021: The Bloomsbury Group, a group of English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists, created in the beginning of the 20th century, heralded ideas and thoughts that were considered revolutionary by many. Among the many liberal ideas that they professed, there was a love story that practiced what the group preached. That of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Reflecting on this transcendent romance and timeless creativity, for his debut Fendi collection, Kim Jones draws on the renegade British sensibility of the Bloomsbury Group while paying homage to the history of the Roman maison. 



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



For Fendi Couture Spring / Summer 2021, Mr. Jones takes cues from Orlando, Virginia Woolf’s literary masterpiece, which is often considered as “the longest and the most charming love letter in history” to Vita Sackville-West. Adopting the time-travelling, binary-blurring novel as a central motif, temporalities are warped while exquisite femininity and masculine androgyny appear as fluid choices.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Orlando’s literary conceits are directly interspersed throughout the collection: sometimes in the form of metal-bound book clutches, sometimes lines from the text inscribed into Mother of Pearl minaudières or leather boots.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Extracts from letters written between Virginia and Vita during their decades-long courtship are read aloud by friends and family of Fendi throughout the Max Richter composition that scores the show.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Motifs discovered at Charleston farmhouse–the Sussex home of the Bloomsbury set, located only a short distance from where Mr. Jones spent much of his childhood – are revived and recontextualised through ornately beaded boots and hand-painted heels; the Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant frescoes which decorate its walls adapted into embroidered embellishments on gowns.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



“I like how this family of people–and particularly these two pioneering sisters [Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell]–moved things forward,” notes Mr. Jones. “I admire the way that they lived their lives, the freedom that they created for themselves and the art that they left behind for the world.”



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



The hand-printed, marble-bound books published by Virginia and Leonard Woolf for Hogarth Press – displayed at the show’s accompanying literary exhibition – offer a seamless segue into classical Italian aesthetics. Mirroring the marble palette of Rome’s Galleria Borghese, whose Bernini sculptures inform the dramatic deshabillé drapery found in the collection, they showcase the harmony between the two movements (so fascinated was Vanessa Bell by Italian Classicism that she would paint in the Borghese gardens, or reprise Old Masters to hang on the walls of Charleston).



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Visible in woven jacquards and on silken gowns; through intarsia furs and hand-beaded tailoring, marbles become a key component in the collection’s visual language.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



The 19 Victorian, baroque style looks are injected with freedom, pride and a defiance of the bourgeois. Gowns, while being delicately embroidered, have a sense of power and confidence. Sequinned or pearl-encrusted overlays are tantalizing. Organzas shine with gracefulness. Clutches are embroidered with pearls, graced with fringes. Hair ornaments and jewellery are vintage, wistful, dramatic.



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Fendi Couture Spring Summer 2021



Not forgetting the legend of Karl Lagerfeld, Karligraphy monograms taken from Mr. Lagerfeld’s final collection are beaded onto boots.


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Incorporating all the elements of romance, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese unveils a $22,000 Valentine’s Day experience http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6299 Sofitel Rome champagne bar



January 28, 2021: From art to jewellery to champagne, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese’s ultimate romantic getaway offers amourous ingredients in its Over-The-Top Valentine’s Day Experience. For €20,000 (approximately $22,147 USD), inclusions range from a custom jewelry shopping experience, helicopter tour to one of Rome’s countryside vineyards, bath for two in Roman donkey milk, private viewing of Caravaggio’s only fresco, extravagant floral display insuite by renowned Roman florist Flavia Bruni, and much more. The couple will be staying in Sofitel Rome’s Venus or Cupid Suite, inspired by the Roman Divinities and with amenities befitting the gods to boot.



Cazzaniga brooch



A Cazzaniga brooch auctioned by Sotheby's in 2006





In collaboration with luxury jeweler Cazzaniga, an Italian family-owned atelier, the experience includes a personal shopping trip at its studio off the famed Piazza del Popolo. During the visit, guests will meet Paolo Cazzaniga, son of founder Angelo Giorgio Cazzaniga, to collaborate on a custom design. If the guest purchases a selection, they can don their wares during a night out among Italian society with Angelo’s grandson Giorgio Cazzaniga. The evening will start at Cazzaniga’s luxury private residence to learn more about the family history before venturing to dinner at one of Rome’s hottest restaurants.



History and art lovers will appreciate a private tour of the Boncompagni Ludovisi family-owned Villa Aurora to admire incomparable artwork in the form of Michelangelo sculptures and Caravaggio’s only ceiling fresco. The experience rounds out with a nighttime drive through the city, past its illuminated monuments, including fountain Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and Giardino degli Aranci, and a Roman Holiday Movie Tour, where guests can see the most memorable locations from the Audrey Hepburn film on a vintage Vespa.



sofitel rome valentines day package



If serenity is what you seek, escape the city on a helicopter to one of the countryside’s vineyards for a private tasting and tour, as well as a picnic in the middle of the vineyard.



The Cupid Suite comes with books by Italian poet Alda Merini and more. The Venus Suite boasts décor and amenities that hint of beauty and sensuality, including indulgent skincare products and body treatments to enhance the mood, and more. Also included insuite is a candle-adorned bath in Donkey Milk, believed to be an elixir of long life that helps rejuvenate the skin as well as reduce wrinkles. Cleopatra reportedly bathed in donkey milk every day to preserve her beauty and youthful looks. Dinner on the suite’s private terrace with panoramic views of Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, completes the experience.



Sofitel Rome suite



For more information on Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, visit the hotel website.


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Resplendent Ceylon from Sri Lanka launches bespoke, private jet experiential journeys http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6298 Resplendent Ceylon resort Sri Lanka



January 28, 2021: As Sri Lanka reopens its doors with safety protocols, no minimum stays and no restrictive quarantine, Resplendent Ceylon – a hospitality group owned by Dilmah Tea Company - has partnered with Jetpooling to launch bespoke, private jet experiential journeys for Indian travellers. 



Sole member of Relais & Chateaux in Sri Lanka. Resplendent Ceylon has been curating a range of authentic experiences with distinctive hospitality over the years, while consistently contributing towards local communities and the environment. Its properties - Ceylon Tea Trails, Cape Weligama and Wild Coast Tented Lodge - offer an enchanting circuit in the destination - from tea fields to clifftop beach and safari lodge. The brand’s SafeStay initiative implemented across the three resorts ensures the health and safety of all guests, teams, their families, and local communities.



Resplendent Ceylon resort Sri Lanka



As an example, the private jet experiential package curated for Ceylon Tea Trails invites guests to escape to the magical heart of the Ceylon tea region. Perched at an altitude of 1250 meters, this boutique resort consists of restored colonial era tea planters’ bungalows. This one-of-a-kind experience includes a 7-night fully inclusive stay and accommodation at one of the three bungalows. During the stay, guests can choose from a range of signature activities such as - indulgent dining experiences that include tea infused dinner or tea planter’s picnic lunch, kayaking and hiking for adventure enthusiasts, heritage city excursions and a guided tour of the Dunkeld Tea Factory. 



Resplendent Ceylon’s collaboration with Jetpooling adds to the luxe quotient by providing specially crafted journeys via private jets to whisk the guests away for an ultimate vacation. Guests can choose to fly from Delhi or Mumbai to Colombo in a Dassault Falcon 2000 (12-seater) or an Embraer Legacy 650 (13-seater), respectively. Once in Colombo, their transfers to Ceylon Tea Trails will be via a helicopter ride. This package starts at Rs. 22.5 lakh++ for a couple.



Resplendent Ceylon resort Sri Lanka



All three properties in the Resplendent Ceylon collection are a part of the certified list and look forward to welcoming back international and Indian guests in 2021.


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London’s McQueens Flowers creates a £5000 Valentine’s Day floral extravaganza http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6297 McQueens Flowers London Valentines Day



January 28, 2021: Nothing can confess love more than a beautifully arranged bouquet of flowers. And then McQueens Flowers amplifies that by providing multiple bouquets to spread over as you choose!



Exclusive to lovers in London, McQueens Flowers’ ‘Display of Affection’ is a glorious collection of captivating hand-crafted bouquets in different sizes - delivered to your home in a selection of beautiful, almost 25 vases, brimming with the finest roses and seasonal tulips for you to arrange, however and wherever you choose. 



McQueens Flowers London Valentines Day



Along with fabulous flowers, you’ll also receive a generous bag of velvety rose petals for you to scatter in the bath, on the bed, on the floor, or wherever the mood takes you, a bottle of delectable Belle Epoque Rosé by Perrier-Jouët and a box of delicious Charbonnel et Walker Salted Caramel Truffles.



McQueens Flowers’ Chief Romance Officer Gina Hardy explains, “This year more than ever, Valentine’s Day will be about indulging the one you love at home, and we wanted to make sure that loved-up couples can celebrate that in style. Display of Affection is a very special collection and the culmination of our signature Valentine’s Day designs.”



McQueens Flowers London Valentines Day



Costing £5000, Display of Affection is available to preorder online. Limited to ten couples only, it must be pre-booked by February 10, 2021.


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Magnificent, historic, property from the collection of the 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma to be offered at Sotheby’s http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6295 Patricia Mountbatten John Knatchbull



(L) Patricia Mountbatten and John Knatchbull at their wedding | (R) The couple with friends and family at their wedding





January 26, 2021: The 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, great-great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, great niece of Russia’s last Tsarina, first cousin to Prince Philip and the daughter of Britain’s last Viceroy of India, the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten was born into a dazzling dynasty of royal and political relations. Over her eminent life at the very heart of Britain’s cultural establishment, she is known and remembered for her “unwavering perseverance and beguiling sense of humour”.



Her collection of curiosities and precious objects, amassed with her usual sense of keen, will now be going under the hammer by Sotheby’s on March 24, 2021. 



Gold enamel elephants Patricia Mountbatten



A pair of jewelled gold and enamel elephants, Jaipur, 1946 (est. £2,000-3,000)





The eldest daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900-1979), and glamorous heiress turned philanthropist Edwina Ashley (1900-1960), Patricia had an unconventional upbringing. In 1943, at the age of 19, Patricia entered the Women's Royal Navy Service. It was there that she met, and fell in love with, John Knatchbull, 7th Lord Brabourne (1924-2005) – an encounter that sparked an enduring love affair and an almost 60-year marriage. As a Captain in the armed forces, Brabourne had worked for Patricia’s father in India, and later became an Academy-Award nominated film producer, behind titles such as A Passage to India and Agatha Christie adaptations Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. Their wedding at Romsey Abbey in 1946 was witnessed by thousands, with members of the public lining the streets. The Archbishop of Canterbury officiated over a ceremony which saw the King and Queen in attendance, the Royal princesses Elizabeth and Margaret among the bridesmaids and Prince Philip as an usher. 



When Patricia inherited her father’s peerages, the pair became one of the very few married couples in England each of whom held a peerage in his or her own right and the custodians of two great inheritances. John’s included Mersham le Hatch, an elegant house by Robert Adam in the Kent countryside, where the Knatchbull family had settled in the 15th century. Furnished by the great Thomas Chippendale in the 1770s, it held within it objects with extraordinarily diverse provenances, including the explorer and botanist Sir Joseph Banks who travelled to Australia on Cook’s first expedition, Jane Austen’s beloved niece Fanny and the Marquesses of Sligo. 



tutti frutti style jewels Patricia Mountbatten



‘Tutti Frutti’ style Jewels: A gem set and diamond wreath of carved rubies, emeralds and sapphires (est. £40,000-60,000) together with other Tutti Frutti style pieces including, dress clips, earrings and a ring





Patricia inherited precious objects associated with her parents from their glamorous Art Deco penthouse on Park Lane – with treasures from Edwina’s maternal grandfather, the great Edwardian financier Sir Ernest Cassel – and their time in India.



The over 350 lots from Newhouse, Patricia and John’s charming 18th century home, will be offered for sale with estimates ranging from £80 – 100,000. Through each lot, viewers and visitors will have the opportunity to enter the world of an important family, crossing the paths of the 20th century’s leading figures along the way.



The Banks Diamond Patricia Mountbatten



The Banks Diamond: A historic jewel passed down through the Knatchbull Baronets which commemorates Sir Joseph Banks (est. £40,000-60,000)





Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s Chairman, UK & Ireland, said “Lady Mountbatten’s residence, Newhouse was a private place for entertaining only the closest of family and friends, capturing all the magic of a stately home on an intimate scale. Through her belongings, many passed down from members of the extended family over the years, collectors have the chance to see the story of the twentieth century unfold and acquire evocative vestiges of a glittering way of life.”



The sale highlights include a pair of jewelled gold and enamel elephants (est. £2,000-3,000). Inscribed in Lord Mountbatten’s handwriting; ‘Edwina from Dickie’ and ‘18 July 1946’, these gold enamel elephants made in Jaipur were a gift from Lord Mountbatten to his wife Edwina commemorating their 24th wedding anniversary.



rare robot Patricia Mountbatten



A rare TM (Masudaya) battery-operated Radicon Robot, 1957, in original box (est. £4,000-6,000)





A gem set and diamond wreath of carved rubies, emeralds and sapphires (est. £40,000-60,000) together with other Tutti Frutti style pieces including, dress clips, earrings and a ring are also a part of the collection. Patricia’s mother Edwina Mountbatten, who was one of the best dressed women in the world, was revered for her style, and owned a renowned collection of jewels, decorations and tiaras. Edwina had a particular penchant for Art Deco “Tutti Frutti” jewels, which took inspiration from Indian cut-coloured gems, and so held a special resonance for the Countess. In 1928, she purchased a Tutti Frutti tiara from Cartier, which until recently was on loan to the Victoria and Albert museum, immortalised in a photograph by Cecil Beaton. These exquisite pieces from Patricia’s collection, some of which were inherited from her mother, are the perfect pairing to the famous tiara.



The Banks Diamond is a historic jewel passed down through the Knatchbull Baronets, commemorating Sir Joseph Banks (est. £40,000-60,000). A scientist, explorer and botanist, Sir Joseph Banks joined Captain James Cook on his voyage to the Pacific as part of the Royal Society’s expedition, collecting thousands of plant specimens previously unknown in Europe. This late 18th century brooch incorporates a cushion-shaped yellow diamond given to Joseph Banks by his sister Sarah around the time of his marriage in 1779, the reverse of the stone featuring a glazed locket with woven hair and their initials JSB. Originally gifted to Sir Joseph Banks’ wife Dorothea, it passed to her sister Mary, Lady Knatchbull and thence by descent, until finally to Lord Brabourne and its last wearer, Patricia.



faberge timepiece Patricia Mountbatten



A silver, enamel and hardstone Fabergé timepiece, St Petersburg, 1896-1903 (est. £15,000-25,000)





A rare TM (Masudaya) battery-operated Radicon Robot, 1957, in original box (est.£4,000-6,000), which was given by Lord Mountbatten to his grandchildren, is also a part of the auction. He delighted in anything modern and mechanical, constructing a large train set in the cellar at Newhouse.



A silver, enamel and hardstone Fabergé timepiece, St Petersburg, 1896-1903 (est. £15,000-25,000) will also be under the hammer. Patricia’s father, Louis Mountbatten was closely related to the Russian Royal family through both his mother and father: the last Tsarina was his aunt, with whom he spent many summers. A number of lots in the sale hark back to the lost world of Imperial Russia, including the exquisite Fabergé timepiece which was used by Patricia in her bedroom. 



Imperial order of India Patricia Mountbatten



The Imperial Order of the Crown of India, the decoration mounted with diamonds, pearls and turquoises (est. £15,000-20,000) | Below: A rare Anglo-Indian inlaid bureau mounted on a mahogany stand supplied by Thomas Chippendale to Sir Edward Knatchbull in 1767 (est. £40,000-60,000)





Perhaps the most exquisite, in terms of construction and political importance, is the Imperial Order of the Crown of India, the decoration mounted with diamonds, pearls and turquoises (est. £15,000-20,000). This rare Anglo-Indian order, still in its original case, was an award that could only be bestowed by the Monarch to a female recipient. The diamond, pearl and turquoise-set decoration would have been worn at State occasions by Doreen, Lady Brabourne, Patricia’s mother-in-law. The only person who still wears this Order today, and the last to hold it, is Her Majesty the Queen.



A rare Anglo-Indian inlaid bureau mounted on a mahogany stand supplied by Thomas Chippendale to Sir Edward Knatchbull in 1767 (est. £40,000-60,000) is a rare celebration of the link between England and India. The incredibly rare stand was made by Chippendale for the sum of £4 to house a Knatchbull heirloom, an Indian inlaid miniature bureau.



Anglo-Indian bureau Patricia Mountbatten


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Maldives’ Soneva Jani launches chapter two of upgrades and new offerings http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6294 Soneva Jani Maldives Overwater villas



January 26, 2021: After launching eight overwater retreats last year, Soneva Jani has launched Chapter Two which expands upon the resort’s portfolio of luxurious water villas, as well as introducing exciting new dining concepts, the Soneva Wellness Centre, and a whole new way to experience the best of the resort with Soneva Unlimited.



Twenty-seven new over-water villas can be accessed via a winding jetty off the southern tip of the resort’s main island. The new villas in Chapter Two have been carefully positioned to maximise privacy and create a true sense of seclusion, with the ocean on all sides and unmatched views of the sunrise or sunset.



Soneva Jani Maldives Overwater villas



Ranging from the spacious One Bedroom Water Reserves to a Four Bedroom Water Reserve, they are among the largest and most luxurious over-water villas of their kind in the world. Each has a private pool, while some have slides straight into the private lagoon, and outdoor bathrooms for bathing under the sun and stars. The one- and two-bedroom reserves also have retractable roof over the master bed for stargazing. Ideal for families, all the rooms can be closed off, with a children’s sleeping area located just behind the master bedrooms.



The new Water Reserves have been crafted using sustainable materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council-certified woods, and state-of-the-art technology to reduce their impact on the planet. 



Soneva Jani Maldives Spa



When guests book a stay in any of the Chapter Two overwater or island villas, they get to experience Soneva Unlimited, an indulgent new offering that invites guests to enjoy every facet of Soneva Jani to their heart’s desire, all included in the price of the villa. Soneva Unlimited includes unlimited: dining at all bars, restaurants and in-villa dining; alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at all bars and restaurants; visiting Michelin-starred chef dinners and experiences; wines from the Soneva Unlimited list; experiences, diving, and children’s experiences; and spa treatments. Also included under Soneva Unlimited is a dedicated Barefoot Butler, return shared seaplane transfers from Malé, daily laundry service, and daily replenishment of the in-villa minibar. 



Chapter Two welcomes the launch of the new Wellness Centre on Soneva Jani’s picturesque South Beach. Set to open its doors in Q2 of 2021, the 1,742 sqm centre will offer ancient Ayurvedic techniques with cutting-edge therapies. The breath-taking beachside setting can be viewed from two indoor therapy rooms and three open-air treatment pavilions.



Soneva Jani Maldives Overwater restaurant



The new additions also include new choice of dining destinations. Overseas by Mathias Dahlgren is the brainchild of celebrated Swedish chef and restaurateur, Mathias Dahlgren. This casual, overwater restaurant serves lunch and dinner menus of plant-based and pescatarian dishes, with produce freshly picked from Soneva Jani’s organic gardens, or sustainably caught in the waters around the resort.



So Wild by Diana Von Cranach is a fully plant-based restaurant in the midst of the Organic Garden. The menu draws inspiration from Ayurveda and highlights ingredients grown at the resort. Having forged her own culinary path in Asia, the internationally renowned raw food chef and cookbook author has created a menu that revives historical recipes from around South East Asia and Indonesia. Ingredients are prepared using techniques like steaming, flash-frying, and dehydrating when they aren’t presented raw.



Soneva Jani Maldives So Wild restaurant



The third new culinary addition to Soneva Jani is So Primitive. Set around the central fire pit, this dining experience puts the element of fire in the spotlight. Think roasting, grilling, searing, salt-crusted baking, and cooking in kettles and clay pots over coals. Choose from a menu that features fresh seafood, meats, and plant-based dishes.



Soneva Jani Maldives So Primitive restaurant


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Presenting a glittering piece, Arnold & Son launches Perpetual Moon “Year of the Ox” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6293 January 26, 2021: In honor of the Chinese year of the Metal Buffalo, watchmaker Arnold & Son has produced a scintillating new 8-piece production of the Perpetual Moon "Year of the Ox." Their glittering hematite dials feature a majestic golden buffalo stationed beneath an oversized mother-of-pearl moon. 



Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Year of the Ox



Golden and glittering by day, the luminous, hand-painted scene comes alive at night. The large moon in the night-sky forms the dial of this exceptional timepiece. In a large aperture, a disc turns to show us the various phases of the heavenly body, the appearance of its crescent and its light.

 

The shadows of this mother-of-pearl moon have been hand-painted and coated with Super-LumiNova. By day, it appears almost pure white, but in the dark, it appears lit from within and new details appear to emerge. The constellations on the disc have also received the hand-painted, luminous treatment.

 

Following the obsidian and aventurine Perpetual Moon editions, spectacular hematite has been chosen for this dial, laminated in successive layers to produce a surface that is naturally smooth and shiny.



Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Year of the Ox

 

As with all hematites, due to their iron composition, silvery flakes bring variety to its otherwise totally black appearance. These glittering specks have also been incorporated into the double-faced alligator-skin strap. Its black outer face has been flake-speckled and embellished with genuine platinum thread stitching.



The majestic ox stands posed at 6 o’clock beneath the celestial light of the moon. In the background, Pagodas, each hand-painted with gold powder, stand in the distance, appearing in the dark as if lit from within. Here too, hand painted Super-LumiNova brings life to the windows.  



Like all the movements used by Arnold & Son, the hand-wound mechanical caliber A&S1512 was entirely developed, produced, assembled, decorated, adjusted, and fully assembled in the brand’s Manufacture in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. This caliber, housed within a 42mm 18 carat red gold case, is based on a large barrel with an oscillation frequency of 3 Hz, offering a 90-hour power reserve. The moon-phase display of this movement will remain accurate for 122 years before deviating by one day from the actual appearance of the moon in the night-sky.


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Tag Heuer announces Tennis player Naomi Osaka as new brand ambassador http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6292 January 26, 2021: Swiss luxury watch brand Tag Heuer has announced the signing of Naomi Osaka as a brand ambassador. A top tennis player, and an exceptional athlete, Ms. Osaka is also recognized as a committed social activist.



Naomi Osaka tag heuer



Since joining the WTA professional circuit in 2013, Naomi Osaka has become one of the most influential tennis players in the world, even defeating Serena Williams in a U.S. Open championship. She was named “Newcomer of the Year” at the 2016 WTA Awards. Ms. Osaka was the first Asian woman to hold the number one position in singles, and the first Japanese player ever to win a Grand Slam event: the U.S. Open in 2018. That was followed by her Australian Open championship in 2019 and a second U.S. Open title in 2020.



The superstar has also become a leading voice for social justice. Ms. Osaka also expresses herself through fashion, which she describes as a passion second only to tennis. Her sense of style is as bold and eye-catching as her tennis game and her new TAG Heuer watches will complement her fashion choices and elevate the profile of the brand’s new pieces for women.



Naomi Osaka tag heuer



Ms. Osaka says, “I’m excited and honored to join TAG Heuer as brand ambassador. It’s a partnership and friendship that exemplifies our shared mindset and values. The brand’s trailblazing approach with their ‘Don’t crack under pressure’ motto speaks to the way I live my life both on and off the court.”



As per an official statement, TAG Heuer recognizes in Ms. Osaka “a bold expression of its founding values - passion for action, high performance, mental strength and avant-garde – and sees her as a natural and authentic fit for the company.” 



Naomi Osaka tag heuer



A multicultural citizen of the world, Ms. Osaka was born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian-born father. She moved to the USA when she was a toddler and still makes her home there, but when the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are finally contested in August of 2021, she will be playing for the host nation.



“We are very proud to have Naomi join the TAG Heuer family. Her athletic record and commitment to excellence are outstanding but even more impressive is her passionate spirit and drive for advocacy which is an inspiration to so many. We are excited to support Naomi as she kicks off her 2021 season and prepares for her Olympic debut,” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.


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Chopard celebrates Chinese New Year with 3 new watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6291 January 26, 2021: The Year of the Ox, beginning on February 12, 2021 and ending on January 31, 2022, represents a period conducive to both nature and agriculture. An Earth sign, this benevolent animal ensures the prosperity of the soil and the crops, the success of which depend on a peaceful climate. Signifying, and celebrating, this hard-working animal, Chopard has introduced three special timepieces.



Chopard year of the ox watch



Chopard’s L.U.C collection once again picks up the aesthetic codes of the finest Asian craftsmanship to create the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox timepiece. This 88-piece limited series is ultra-thin and exquisitely refined. Its Urushi lacquer dial, made by the workshops of the century-old Yamada Heiando company and its Master lacquer artist Minori Koizumi, reveals a scene evocative of ancestral toil and humble prosperity. As the Maki-e technique requires, captured between the layers of lacquer drawn from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree (Chinese lacquer tree), gold flakes illuminate a background that features a golden ox with straight horns and an abundant coat, harnessed to a wagon. Made of gold, mother-of-pearl and coloured lacquer, it conveys agricultural symbolism and prosperity.



Its L.U.C 96.17-L in-house movement testifies to the horological expertise of the artisans at Chopard Manufacture.



Chopard Shi Chen watch



Steeped in the aesthetic codes of Chinese culture, the L.U.C XP Urushi Spirit of Shí Chen is the first L.U.C timepiece to display the traditional Chinese timekeeping system, Shí Chen. The animals of the zodiac that symbolises them parade slowly by on an Urushi lacquer disc, accompanied by the symbol of prosperity and its god Lu Xing. It consists of twelve two-hour units, each one represented by an animal from the zodiac cycle. The day thus begins at 11pm with the hour of the Rat and ends with the hour of the Pig, while noon is in the middle of the hour of the Horse. 



This creative new complication also exists as an 88-piece limited edition. The dials are also produced by Yamada Heiando company. And as per the distinctive Maki-e technique, gold flakes are sprinkled between the layers of lacquer to illuminate the 40 mm ethical 18-carat rose gold case from within, which also houses the L.U.C 96.29-L Chopard Manufacture movement.



Chopard Happy Sport Red



The third watch in this repertoire, Chopard’s iconic Happy Sport watch appears in a festive attire for a majestic luck-themed dance. Clad in splendid crimson, crafted in accordance with the golden ratio embodied in its 33mm-diameter ethical 18-carat rose gold case, this watch embodies the sport-chic trend while carrying eight dancing diamonds: a lucky number accentuating its talisman qualities. Paired with a red leather strap, the Happy Sport beats to the rhythm of the Chopard 09.01-C in-house movement.


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Velas Resorts and Air Partner launch a $500,000 once-in-a-lifetime journey http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6287 Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico 



January 20, 2021: If the prospect of post-pandemic travel is already exciting you, then consider this well-planned excursion to re-enter your global arena with a bang. 



Mexico’s Velas Resorts and Air Partner, a global private aviation services company, have together launched the Grand Velas Journey for travelers looking to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip in 2021. The two-week adventure features 15 unique travel experiences, such as microadventures to Mexico’s natural wonders and spirited day trips to Tequila and Valle de Guadalupe; tasting of the world’s most expensive taco (costing a whopping $25,000); cooking with one of Mexico’s only Maitre Cuisiners de France; and much more. 



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



Accommodations will all be in Presidential Suites at the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas properties in Riviera Maya, Riviera Nayarit, and Los Cabos. Private jet transportation for the entire trip has been coordinated by Air Partner, including to and from the U.S. as well as between each property. Pricing for the Grand Velas Journey starts at $500,000 USD for 2 people. 



The journey kicks off with a personalized private jet charter from anywhere in the U.S. to Cancun. Upon arrival, travelers will take a private transfer to Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen. During their visit, guests will stay for 4 nights in the resort’s Grand Class Presidential Suite. A microadventure to Chichen Itza, visit to an underwater museum on an opulent VanDutch 40, lunch 60ft underground in one of the destination's relatively undiscovered cenotes, and an ancestral beverage tasting are just a few unique activities. Additional exclusive experiences included in the Mexican Caribbean are a cooking class with Velas Resorts’ Culinary Director, Michel Mustiere, one of only ten Maitre Cuisiners de France in Mexico as well as a Mystic Mayan Spa evening complete with a traditional Mayan live performance with music by snail drums and copal auric cleansing by Mayan shamans.



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



Next on the journey is Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Enroute, travelers will be whisked away on a private jet for a daylong adventure to Tequila to visit Casa San Matías, one of Mexico’s oldest tequila houses. Here, guests will learn about traditional and modern tequila making processes, indulge in a Mexican picnic in the agave fields and a tequila tasting, create a bespoke tequila blend to take home in a Huichol-designed bottle, and more. Then, it’s on to Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit where guests will check in to the resort’s Presidential Suite, with spacious oceanfront terrace and 12-person Jacuzzi, for four nights. Special experiences here range from the Wixáritari Journey, a private microadventure to visit the ancient holy site of Altavista in the hills of Nayarit, to Sportfishing with the Chef, where guests can fish with a resort chef and enjoy a personally prepared meal by the chef with the catches. A private cinema beachfront and Huichol Massage including copal cleansing to balance low energies and encourage self-reflection are also offered. 



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



Before venturing to the last stop on the journey, Grand Velas Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, guests will travel to Ensenada, Mexico via private jet to experience the resort’s Over-The-Top Wine Lovers’ Getaway. While in Valle de Guadalupe, travelers will visit three top wineries for private tastings before heading to the D’Poncelis vineyard to make their own vintage. Afterwards, guests will be pampered with an extra special dinner including a wine pairing in the middle of the vineyard from the resort’s two-star-Michelin Chef Sidney Schutte.



Before heading back to the U.S., travelers will embark to Grand Velas Los Cabos. In Baja California Sur, travelers will enjoy an adventure to the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains to hike through the canyon, see endemic species, ancient rock formations, flora and fauna, and learn about the Pericúes, the first aboriginal inhabitants of the area. Following the hike, guests will enjoy a multi-course dining experience while witnessing a one-of-a-kind rock mapping light show. At the resort, travelers can enjoy an Art to Table Dinner where dishes on the plate are inspired by pieces from Mexico’s leading artists displayed in the on-property art gallery, a Damiana Massage which employs the therapeutic effects of the native plant and the world’s most expensive taco. The culinary masterpiece includes premium ingredients like langoustine, Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and more. Among other facilities, the 5,451 sq. ft. suite in Grand Velas Los Cabos, where travelers will be staying for four days, offers a 127 mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope to spot whales and other marine life in the adjacent Sea of Cortez.



Grand Velas Air Partner Luxury Travel Itinerary Mexico



For reservations, please contact Dinorah Tobon, Tour & Travel Sales Manager of Velas Resorts at 01-984-877-4418. The full itinerary for the Grand Velas Journey can be found here.


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JADE by Monica & Karishma offer a simple, luxury pret collection to signify reunions http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6286 JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



January 20, 2021: As vaccine distribution spreads across the world, people can’t stop dreaming about overdue vacations and get-togethers. Joyful Reunions, a luxury pret collection from JADE by Monica & Karishma, aims to don you up for those new beginnings and moments. 



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



The fabrics are easy-going yet score high on glamour, the palettes are soothing, refreshing and captivating, the silhouettes prioritise comfort, while also making the wearer feel empowered to soak up the moments that matter and experience joy in its purest forms. 



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



Crafted for the modern woman, the collection features chic jumpsuits, textured organza and tie & dye skirts and gowns, romantic separates, glamorous trousers, stylish sarees in palettes that are lush and dreamy. Aegean blue, platinum silver, ivory white and garnet red vibrate the atmosphere.



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



To add the perfect finishing touch, the collection also has handcrafted accessories like Kasab and Macrame bibs, jackets and belts handcrafted with pure silver threads, handcrafted vegan mules and bags.



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021



The collection transcends the wearer to an elevated sense of luxury, and adds a unique form of beauty into the moments that matter.



JADE by Monica & Karishma Luxury Pret 2021


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Burberry mixes formal and streetwear codes for its Autumn/Winter 2021 Pre-Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6285 January 20, 2021: Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci defines Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2021 collection as “…my uniform for the outdoors.” 



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre CollectionBurberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection



My love for all the contrasting elements of nature has been explored and reflected throughout this collection, combining the romance and beauty of nature with utility and practicality. I have been inspired by the rich heritage of traditional British dress codes and given them a fresh perspective: tempering camouflage prints to blend harmoniously within natural environments, combining them with structured tailoring and romantic florals, broderie anglaise details and references to the animal kingdom. This collection is about mirroring the natural environments within its dynamic prints, colours and textures,” continues Mr. Tisci.



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre CollectionBurberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection



The collection, indeed, is a phenomenally well-balanced take on ensuring Burberry’s signature elegant dressing is merged well with outdoor influences, and codes from streetwear. 



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre CollectionBurberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection



Camouflage over trench coats and mesh bodysuits, as well as floral prints applied to field jackets, cargo trousers, short-sleeve shirts and jogging pants present an eclectic image of the modern wardrobe. Khaki greens and deep browns make up the most of this pre-collection.



Burberry Fall Winter 2021 Pre Collection


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From robes to track pants, Zegna’s Fall Winter 2021 collection adapts to the new reality http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6284 Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



January 20, 2021: Called The (Re)Set, Ermenegildo Zegna’s Fall Winter 2021 collection mirrors the new reality that the world is facing by presenting designs that are relaxed, comfortable and plush. 



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



As the personal space and the public space meld together, Alessandro Sartori’s creations reflect that as lounging, living and working collide in one single activity. “We all are experiencing a new reality concerned with new needs, which lead us to previously unseen lifestyles and attitudes. It is precisely at a time like this, when everything is under discussion, that we, at Zegna, have decided to (Re)set. We have looked at our roots to (Re)interpret our style codes and (Re)tailor the modern man. Outdoor and indoor come together and a new way of dressing takes hold, where comfort and style blend to create a new aesthetic,” says Mr. Sartori.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



A new and varied generation of jersey fabrics take center stage at Zegna. Shapes are fluid, comfortable and adaptable. Mr. Sartori takes inspiration from shawl collars, belted robe de chambre, and track pants to create the next level of ‘formal’ collection. 



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



Archetypal items get new functions in a switch of forms, weights and materials. Chore coats in cashmere, wrapped as a robe, take up the role of habitual sport codes, hybrid suits are in double cashmere, unreleased groups of knitwear replace shirts, new sweaters made of felted cashmere and knit, or knitted out of leather, are meant as outerwear; trousers and jackets are cut in shearling. Even briefcases, the very epitome of business, are deconstructed.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



The reimagined suit, either loose or with a blazer tailored close to the body, is crafted to take the wearer’s form, instead of the wearer conforming to it. It can be as supple as being cut entirely in knitted cashmere or jacquard, and is worn with loose turtlenecks or zip-up tops in place of a shirt.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



Volumes are relaxed for the dropped shouldered jackets and the shirt jackets matched with full trousers, for the belted coats, the blousons and the double front jumpers.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear



The #UseTheExisting mindset continues to be imperative. The collection is painted in notes of Alpine star white, Autumn foliage beige, Felce green, smoky grey, dense black, forest mud with sudden accents of orange. The overall chromatic solidity is broken by the glitched pied de poule that swarm in optical jacquards, and by diagonal stripes.



Zegna Fall Winter 2021 luxury menswear


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Indian designer label Gazal Gupta opens flagship store in Mumbai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6282 Gazal Gupta Mumbai store



January 15, 2021: Floral, voluminous and with a sophisticated sheen, Indian designer Gazal Gupta’s style is now finding a new home in Mumbai. 



After operating two stores in New Delhi, Gazal Gupta’s new Mumbai store is located in Kala Ghoda. The new store houses the designer's multi-faceted range of sarees, suits, lehengas, dresses, drapes and the newly launched Pret collection in signature prints especially designed with the Mumbai mood. 



Gazal Gupta Mumbai store



Ms. Gupta’s designs cater to all kinds of occasions - weddings, an evening soiree, resort escapes or just an everyday feel good dress. Entirely handmade by over 200 craftsmen and creative designers from across the country, her collection evokes effortless femininity and is sure to strike a chord with women of all walks and ages. 



Gazal Gupta collection



Commenting on the store launch, Ms. Gupta says, “All these years I had been generally consumed with our flagship outlets and operations in Delhi, but the year 2020 brought us closer to our customers than before. Due to the travel restrictions in force, we had so many queries from people across the major towns of our country that I felt the urge and the reason to reach out to all the love more than ever, and the first step in that direction was launching our website and online operations. And the eye opening data we gathered from our analytics, clearly paved the way for us to open an outlet in Mumbai at the soonest."


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Serapian Men’s FW 2021 collection redefines classic aesthetics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6281 January 15, 2021: Serapian creations have always been high on class, elegance and sophistication. However, donning itself in new colors and styles, Serapian is welcoming the year in a novel avatar. 



Serapian Mens FW 2021 accessories



Serapian’s Autumn-Winter 2021/22 men’s collection has new appealing details. Inspired by the prestigious marble floors of distinctive Milanese villas, a new animation enriches the Stepan range. The same motif decorates the Evoluzione models, with a carefully hand-crafted leather “intarsio” combining different shades of grey with white and black. A new compact backpack, featuring multiple pockets for electronic devices, has been debuted in both the lines.



The iconic Mosaico handcraft bears an evocative new colour combination called Marea - tide in Italian - where different tones of blue graciously blend into the other to bring forth a marine dream. There is also an eye-catching clutch evolution with a broader shape and a perfect handle, to be easily taken everywhere.



Serapian Mens FW 2021 accessories



The Cachemire leather selection speaks to refined classic gentlemen, offering a new Khaki canvas with anthracite grey and black Cachemire leather trimmings on different shapes from the Secret, to backpacks, belt bags and weekenders. This range is charming, relaxed and tasteful yet.



Carrying forward from its first sustainable collection (which was made from grapes leftover in the Italian winemaking process), Serapian carries on its commitment to social responsibility issues, releasing the second sustainable capsule collection. Made of a leather substitute derived from the apple peel leftovers, from the Tyrol region in Northern Italy, it is printed with the Maison’s iconic “S” pattern with bold colours, on pouches (also for filtering masks) and wallets, available in red and green.


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Bathed in hues of reds and pinks, Fendi launches its capsule collection for 2021 Chinese New Year http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6280 fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



January 15, 2021: Celebrating the 2021 Chinese New Year - the Year of the Ox – Fendi’s new capsule collection exemplifies strength, determination and ambition in life, while giving it a celebratory mood as well. 



Symbolizing good fortune and joy, the common thread of this capsule is the red colour, combined for the occasion with sophisticated pink hues and flowers from the Chinese tradition. In the Chinese culture, the Chrysanthemum represents longevity, while the Peony is a symbol of prosperity, beauty and honor. Considered the most symbolic flower of all, each petal of the bright pink plum blossoms stands for one of the five blessings: happiness, good fortune, longevity, success and harmony. These flowers are combined for the occasion with Fendi’s FF logo, injecting an elegant festival look into the collection.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



The Peekaboo family – including a practical Peek-a-phone smartphone pouch – is crafted in red leather with surprising pink linings for a real Peekaboo effect: a bright pink colour-contrasting pocket for the ISeeU and a pink canvas with a multicolour FF logo embroidery for the Iconic Mini. 



The same embroidery peppers the Baguette in its Regular, Mini and Nano sizes, the latter also available in a multicolour floral print in satin, and an adjustable Strap You. An exquisite red micro beaded embroidery with pink and gold fringes and enameled floral details defines the tiny Pico Baguette, which is also available in a China-exclusive variant in multicolor floral printed satin with red and gold fringes and ox horn and flower details on the buckle.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



Hair accessories, all crafted in silk, portraying a circular moon in honor of the Chinese lunar calendar. The fashion jewelry pieces include earrings, an ear cuff, a ring and a bracelet with a red strap.



Adding a precious touch to the collection, the signature Forever Fendi watch is embellished with a genuine pink mother-of-pearl dial with diamond hour-makers that dazzle on a 29 mm stainless steel or 19 mm and 29mm rose-gold stainless steel case, further enriched by a bezel set with 62 diamonds.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



The ready-to-wear pieces have been crafted from printed twill, jersey and knitwear. 



The FF logo also takes center stage in the Men’s Collection, but in a red and black varian. The iconic symbol pervades a selection of ready-to-wear pieces in black chenille and knitwear, as well as a variety of leathergoods, accessories and shoes, including a Flat Baguette, a backpack, a clutch, a card case and mid-top city sneakers.



fendi chinese new year 2021 collection



The FENDI Chinese New Year Capsule Collection is available in select FENDI boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com, whilst the Forever Fendi watches will be available in in Greater China and on fendi.cn from January 2021 and in the rest of the world from April 2021.


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Continuing its designer collaborations, H&M shakes hands with Irish designer Simone Rocha http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6279 January 14, 2021: After legends like Karl Lagerfeld, Roberto Cavalli, Versace, Balmain graced its hallways, H&M has now announced a new collaboration with the London-based Irish fashion designer SIMONE ROCHA. 



Simone Rocha



Ms. Simone Rocha



The SIMONE ROCHA x H&M collection will include SIMONE ROCHA’s signature womenswear, alongside menswear and childrenswear. Primarily a womenswear designer, this marks the first time that Ms. Rocha will design a wardrobe for the entire family. Each category combines a full wardrobe; special occasionwear, including tulle dresses and tailoring, alongside knits, shirting, outerwear such as trenches, casual t-shirts, accessories, including SIMONE ROCHA’s signature sparkling jewellery and Simone Rocha-embellished footwear.



“I am so thrilled to be working with H&M on this very special collection. It truly is a celebration of the signatures of my brand, and the influences that have shaped me. As a designer, and as a customer, I’ve been such a fan of the H&M collaboration concept. Margiela, Alber Elbaz, Comme des Garcons – it’s such an amazing list of alumni to be a part of,” says Ms. Rocha.



Simone Rocha X H&M



Ms. Rocha’s design aesthetic is minimal with a seamless blending of the feminine with tomboyish silhouettes. This collection will also display her signature appeal, highlighting her personal inter-ethnic heritage and the myriad inspirations which have defined the growth of her label, from the traditions and crafts of Hong Kong through to the greats of art history.



The SIMONE ROCHA x H&M collection will also give centerstage to the interplay of fabrics and embellishments for which the Irish designer is popular. Expect to see glimmers of Tudor courtiers, of wild florals, of portraits and photographs, of dolls and playthings. Tartan, beading, florals, pinks, reds, and bespoke fabrications have been developed in house, especially for this collaboration. 



“SIMONE ROCHA has been on the H&M wish-list for some time. This collaboration offers a new audience the chance to own a very special piece of design history. All of us at H&M have been so inspired to work with a female designer who spends so much time thinking about contemporary femininity, and womanhood, and who is so committed to excellence in craft and design, from the process of developing special fabrications, to pushing silhouettes, shapes and embellishments. Every garment within this collection is unique, special and the result of years of work and meticulous research,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson of H&M.



The collection, which will be launched on March 11, 2021, also celebrates a decade of the SIMONE ROCHA label. 


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Designer Krsnaa Mehta collaborates with Godrej’s U&Us to create luxe homes http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6278 January 14, 2021: Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej group has announced a collaboration between renowned home interior designer Krsnaa Mehta, and U&Us, its professional home interior designing and solutions brand, to co-create luxe and exquisite limited-edition homes and spaces.



Krsnaa Mehta and U&U Godrej home interiors



This new collaboration, called ‘Krsnaa Mehta Signature Homes by U&Us’, brings the best of both worlds to homeowners. Not only will they benefit from Mr. Mehta's eye towards a vibrant, happy style which has been honed over two decades, but also with high quality bespoke interior solutions and professional services using U&US’ state-of-the-art visualization and customization technology platform.



Imbued with a vision of ‘home is where a story begins’, the new homes will help homeowners translate their persona and vision with panache and a large dose of distinctiveness. Every room will be customized to high standards, completed with signature upholstery, wallpaper, and décor accents from the India Circus brand along with customized furniture curated by U&Us.



Krsnaa Mehta and U&U Godrej home interiors



After launching in Mumbai in January 2021, the Krsnaa Mehta Signature Homes by U&Us experience will launch across Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. This collaboration will see U&US venture into the luxury home interior segment and aims at addressing the 15% (home value ≥ INR 3 crore) of the 70,000 homes sold annually in Mumbai. The average ticket size of these projects will be approximately INR 40 lakhs. 



In order to experience Krsnaa Mehta Signature Homes by U&Us customers need to visit the India Circus website to book an appointment for a virtual/physical meeting with the design experts, followed by a one-to-one consultation with Mr. Mehta himself.


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Aman introduces Driving Journeys in USA, Europe and Japan http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6274 January 13, 2021: If there is anything the pandemic has taught us, it's the renewed promise of open roads and a long driving stretch to satisfy our wanderlust needs. Taking advantage of this new scenario, resorts brand Aman has introduced Driving Journeys that will take you through the mountains and canyons of the American West, the wind-carved dunes of the Sahara or the sacred forests of Japan.



Aman Driving Journeys



With the new bespoke journeys, guests have the option to drive impeccable sportscars, SUVs or classic vehicles on supported three to five-day trips using Aman’s incredible locations as a base. Events are ideal for like-minded friends and family members with a passion for motoring and independent travel, with guests also able use their own vehicles to travel in utmost comfort, with Aman assisting with any shipping required.



With flexible itineraries and between three to five hours of driving per day, guests are free to set off in their own time, exploring and pausing en-route as the mood takes them. Personalised Aman iPhones will be pre-loaded with guides, recommending off-the-beaten-track stop-off points – from coffee shops and galleries to all the best photo opportunities. Lunch stops range from picnics and casual meals in authentic road-side eateries, to exquisite fine dining when the opportunity arises, all arranged by Aman. Aman GPS systems ensure easy route-finding, and a support vehicle is never far away. For a more relaxed approach, shamrock-style routes even allow for non-drivers to skip a day on the road and spend it relaxing at the resort instead.



Best planned for spring and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, Aman Driving Journeys can be arranged from a number of iconic Aman resorts and hotels worldwide. These include Amangani and Amangiri in the USA, Amanjena in Morocco, Aman Kyoto and Amanemu in Japan, Amanzoe in Greece, Aman Venice and Rosa Alpina in Italy and Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro. 



Aman Driving Journeys



From the untamed wilderness of Amangiri in Utah to the wildlife inhabited valleys surrounding Amangani in Wyoming, Aman Driving Experiences in the USA showcase the very best of America’s great roads. Driving through Escalante National Park, Monument Valley and around the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, the journey can be complemented by a half-day in speedboats on Lake Powell and a helicopter ride up Tower Butte for sunrise yoga, with plenty of time at the end of each day to experience the healing powers of Amangiri’s 2,322 sq m spa and otherworldly surroundings. 



Perched atop East Gros Ventre Butte with awe-inspiring views of the Grand Tetons, Amangani is the perfect base from which to experience the thrill of Wyoming’s open roads. From the wonders of Yellowstone National Park into the long, winding highways of Idaho and around the Palisades Reservoir, the surrounding regions offer a fantastic mix of scenery and wide, smooth roads suited to both sports and classic cars. Back at the resort, soak in the open-air heated pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the Snake River Valley or dine by a roaring log fire in the Grill Restaurant, the perfect antidote to a day of driving.



From the impossibly scenic Peloponnese, where coastal roads lead to bustling seaside villages and ancient ruins, to the spectacular mountain passes of Morocco, Montenegro and Italy, Aman’s one-of-a-kind driving itineraries commencing from Amanzoe, Aman Venice, Amanjena and Aman Sveti Stefan allow guests to experience the best of each region. Amanzoe’s hilltop setting in Greece is an island-lovers adventure, where driving routes showcase the rolling Peloponnese countryside. Surrounded by 360-degree views of olive groves and with the Tripoli Mountains in the distance, guests can admire the epic scenery, savour coffee breaks in traditional villages, explore quaint port towns such as Paralios Astos and uncover ancient Greek structures including Epidavros. 



Aman Driving Journeys



While the floating city might not be the most obvious location for a driving experience, Aman Venice whisks guests from the palazzo to the dock, where cars are ready and waiting for guests to explore the Padua Hills, the foothills of the Dolomites, Lake Garda and the Valpolicella vineyards. Venture along the edge of the dramatic Eugenean hills and visit Fiorano – home to Ferrari’s private racing track – where lunch can be enjoyed in the iconic Ferrari restaurant before an optional tour of the Ferrari museum. Alternately, head to the beguiling waters of Lake Garda, driving the tunnels featured in James Bond’s Casino Royale en-route. 



Elsewhere on Montenegro’s coastline, Aman Sveti Stefan driving journeys traverse the Aegean and can include Kotor’s famous hill climb, the backroads to Croatia and numerous mountain passes. Driving through the Bay of Kotor, experience winding roads surrounded by dramatic vistas or venture into the country with its cliffsides hiding secret beaches. Cross the border to visit Dubrovnik for lunch on the cobbled streets of the Old Town, stroll through the vineyards of the famous Radevic Wine Estate or stop at the Skadar Lake for a picnic surrounded by an abundance of birdlife. Return to the island solace of Aman Sveti Stefan at dusk, just in time for a pre-dinner treatment in the extensive beachfront Aman Spa.



Resting on the outskirts of Marrakech, Amanjena is perfectly situated for an Aman Drive 4x4 experience designed for dedicated drivers and thrill-seekers alike. From coastal tracks and rolling hills to cedar forests and vast tracts of desert sand and dune, Morocco is a country made for adventurous driving. The terrain is rugged, the scenery magnificent and the roads stretch for miles. Camel rides, Bedouin picnic lunches and elegant alfresco dinners in Amanjena’s tranquil gardens enhance the experience.



Aman Driving Journeys



Aman Kyoto and Amanemu in Japan are ideally placed for exploring the countryside between and around them. From the shores of Ago Bay where the sacred forests of Ise Shima embrace Amanemu and its healing hot springs, to Aman Kyoto’s secret garden in the country’s ancient capital, the roads between these two private sanctuaries are some of the most stunning on Earth.



Starting and finishing at Aman Kyoto, two distinct driving routes to and from Amanemu take in the Japanese Alps, cross the Kanto Plain, and include the famous Hakone Turnpike, Venus and Izu Skylines with their twisting turns, huge elevation changes and panoramic views. Guests also journey along Japan’s highest road, the mind-blowing Norikura, which rises to 2,700m and offers extraordinary views of the Yatigatake and Hodaka Mountain Ranges. At Amanemu, time in a private onsen and forest treks to Shinto temples instill a deep sense of peace, while at Aman Kyoto, picnics in the private gardens and visits to the area’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites provide natural and cultural distraction.


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Gucci celebrates the Lunar New Year with a collection featuring the Japanese Manga character Doraemon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6273 Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



January 13, 2021: If you see Doreamon suddenly making a presence on the streets and in intimate parties, credit Gucci for it. To celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year, which heralds the Year of the Ox, Gucci’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele has imagined a dedicated collection of special items that feature the famous Japanese manga and anime character, Doraemon – the cat-type robot sent from the XXII century to help a young boy called Nobita Nobi with secret gadgets from his four-dimensional pouch. The resulting Doraemon X Gucci collaboration is also marking the manga’s 50th anniversary.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



The special collection features the pop icon Doraemon in his classic blue color superseding over the GG motif, across different product categories. 



The Gucci 2021 Lunar New Year Collection has its own sustainable packaging, which comprises fully recyclable green bags and matching swing tickets referencing the 50th anniversary of the cartoon, all featuring Doraemon.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



The playful Japanese manga character will also take over selected store façades and street installations in different cities across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Doraemon will also be the star of two Gucci ArtWalls in Shanghai and Hong Kong, where he will pose over the GG motif, as in the collection.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021



Bespoke entertainment will be available on the Gucci App bringing Doraemon figure to life thanks to Augmented Reality. Scanning the Gucci ArtWalls and the dedicated packaging, users will discover a choreography by their favourite character.



Gucci Chinese New Year Doreamon collection 2021


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Indian brand Inhabit unveils a maximalist collection of furniture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6272 Inhabit furniture brand Noveau dining set



January 13, 2021: Launched in 2004, Indian furniture brand Inhabit has an anti-minimal and passionately original approach to design, which reflects in the brand’s new bespoke series of furniture pieces – Noveau. Crafted with high-end materials and exhibiting innovative design, every piece is meticulously created.



Inhabit furniture brand Noveau dining set



The Noveau collection is a magnificent range of modern furniture for contemporary homes. ‘Noveau’ which translates to ‘new art’ features bold furniture pieces with curved lines. The timeless pieces have strong silhouettes and colorful tones, showcasing the brand’s trademark high quality carpentry and upholstery. The furniture is vibrant, quirky, yet displaying refinement.



Inhabit furniture brand Noveau dining set



The striking Noveau collection comprises statement chairs, a sofa set and a dining table. Florals to zigzags to stripes, the furniture pieces exhibit one-of-a-kind forms, flawless craftsmanship and an eye-catching sense of detail. The Noveau range is ideal for trendsetters who like to socialize and host at home, especially with the lockdown making it imperative for homes to display personality and originality.



Inhabit furniture brand Noveau seating set



The collection is available at the brand’s stores in Delhi (Mehrauli) and Hyderabad (Banjara Hills).


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LVMH completes the acquisition of Tiffany & Co. & announces new leadership http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6270 January 7, 2020: After a public saga that turned from friendly to hostile, luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE has now completed the acquisition of luxury jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. As per the official statement, the “acquisition of this iconic US jeweler will deeply transform LVMH’s Watches & Jewelry division and complement LVMH’s 75 distinguished Maisons”.



LVMH and Tiffany & Co agreement acquisition new CEO



Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, commented: “We are committed to supporting Tiffany, a brand that is synonymous with love and whose Blue Box is revered around the world, with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to each of our prestigious Maisons over the years. We are optimistic about Tiffany’s ability to accelerate its growth, innovate and remain at the forefront of our discerning customers’ most cherished life achievements and memories.”



In conjunction with the closing of the transaction, LVMH has announced several leadership appointments at Tiffany.



Anthony Ledru, previously Executive Vice President, Global Commercial Activities at Louis Vuitton and formerly Senior Vice President of North America at Tiffany, becomes the new CEO of Tiffany, effective immediately.



Alexandre Arnault, previously CEO of RIMOWA, becomes Executive Vice President, Product and Communications of Tiffany, effective immediately.



Michael Burke, the Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton, will become Chairman of Tiffany Board of Directors.



Alessandro Bogliolo, the current CEO of Tiffany, has agreed to remain with the company to facilitate the transition, after which time he will depart the company.



Reed Krakoff, Chief Artistic Director, and Daniella Vitale, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of Tiffany, will depart Tiffany after a short transition of responsibilities.



Anthony Ledru, Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, said: “I am delighted to re-join Tiffany, the most iconic American luxury brand which I have long admired. The inclusiveness and optimism upon which Tiffany was founded resonate now more than ever. I also come back to a Maison that is at the forefront of the environmental and sourcing standards in its industry. Going forward, I have deep confidence in LVMH’s commitment to protect the brand, drive its growth strategy and apply the highest standards of retail excellence to Tiffany. The potential ahead is limitless, and I look forward to writing this next deeply promising chapter, along with the 14,000 Tiffany employees around the world.”



Alessandro Bogliolo, former Chief Executive Officer of Tiffany, commented: “I am honored to have led Tiffany as a public company and contributed with such a talented team to further strengthening Tiffany’s iconic standing. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of all our team members, Tiffany is ideally positioned to continue its growth. I would also like to take this moment to thank Reed and Daniella for having led the creative vision, digital and marketing direction for the company. We can all be proud of what we achieved together over the past three years and, I am convinced that Tiffany will thrive under LVMH leadership."


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Burberry’s new collection for the Year of the Ox gives its monogram a new personality http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6269 January 7, 2020: Burberry has revealed its new collection celebrating the Chinese New Year 2021- the Year of the Ox. The capsule collection is expressed in classic Burberry check, featuring heritage Burberry trench coats and sports-influenced pieces, as well as a new colour way of the Olympia bag.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



A limited-edition Thomas Burberry Monogram Motif, inspired by the Chinese zodiac and animated with an original illustration in honour of the Year of the Ox, is also placed on the collection, which is available to purchase now.



The collection includes the Iconic Pocket Bag, an archive-inspired check tote woven with a bio-based nylon yarn created from castor oil. The design features topstitched leather trims and a contrasting front pocket. The Olympia bag, a runway shoulder bag sculpted from tri-tone topstitched leather, with a curved silhouette‚ is inspired by the architecture of Olympia London. The slim, structured style features gold-plated hardware and exterior slip and zip pockets for easy access. The collection also introduces a new Beach Tote in check nylon lined with a refreshed Monogram motif pattern featuring a zip pouch for smaller essentials.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Outerwear for women includes a raglan-sleeved trench coat in Italian-woven check nylon, cut to a relaxed Waterloo fit. A bomber jacket is cut from check nylon, patterned with striped rib-knit trims in a textured towelling. Tailoring in a boxy fit jacket is also cut from Italian-woven check technical wool.



Straight-fit tailored trousers cut from Italian-woven check technical wool, a form-fitting turtleneck top in stretch jersey, a pussy-bow blouse in Italian-woven silk crepe de chine, and a column skirt cut from lightweight check all feature the Monogram motif.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Technical knitwear in a Merino wool cardigan in jacquard-woven check, detailed with rib-knit trims, oversized polo shirt in check wool and a jacquard-woven check polo shirt dress are cut to a relaxed fit. The loop-back cotton sweatshirt is printed with the new logo and a montage of motifs. A T-shirt in cotton jersey and high-waisted leggings are cut from Italian-knitted stretch jersey.



For men, a clean-lined car coat crafted in Italy from yarn-dyed check nylon can be reversed to a contrast check. The merino wool polo shirt in jacquard-woven check is topped with a contrasting collar and placket. A cardigan in jacquard-woven check is cut to a relaxed fit and finished with rib-knit trims. A long-sleeved top in Italian-knitted check stretch jersey is styled with a zipped funnel neck.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Menswear also includes a classic-fit long sleeve shirts in Italian-woven check cotton poplin, a short-sleeved shirt in check silk with contrasting collar detail, and a straight-fit cropped trousers cut from Italian-woven check technical wool.



T-shirt’s and hoodies are printed with the Burberry logo and a montage of motifs. Polo shirts are animated with a patchwork of checks, topped with a contrasting cotton collar. Classic drawcord swim shorts in check-print nylon, with breathable mesh lining lends comfort and a Velcro-fastening pockets.



Burberry Year of the Ox collection



Shoes for women include Point-toe pumps in yarn-dyed check nylon, patterned with a refreshed Monogram motif. For men, an Arthur sneaker crafted in check nylon and capped with a polished overshoe is inspired by rain boots with cross-detailed tread.


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Blending outdoors with elegance, Gucci & The North Face reveal a special collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6268 Gucci The North Face collection 2021



January 7, 2020: Luxury brand Gucci has collaborated with The North Face to launch a collection that celebrates the spirit of exploration. Literal or metaphorical exploration, Creative Director Alessandro Michele has always catered to the curious, presenting Gucci’s clothes as tools that push the wearer into different territories.



The North Face outfits literal adventurers and travelers, thus being aligned with Gucci, which similarly empowers people in their quest to celebrate and express their own characters and personalities, amplifying Mr. Michele’s approach towards fashion as a powerful instrument of freedom.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The North Face Gucci collection campaign has been shot by Daniel Shea, and set in the Alps. The campaign leads viewers through a trip to the great outdoors with a group of Gucci-clad hikers, who camp by the lakes. The forests and peaks of the region form a vast and breath-taking scenic backdrop to the imagery, while group photos are reminiscent of holiday snaps, effortlessly showcasing the distinctive products. The campaign’s atmosphere evokes the aesthetic of the 1970s.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



This special cross-category collection for men and women comprises ready-to-wear, soft accessories, luggage and shoes, as well as some more unexpected pieces linked to the outdoor world of The North Face, such as tents and sleeping bags.



Luggage in The North Face X Gucci collection contains ECONYL®— a nylon fabric sourced from regenerated materials (from fish nets, carpets and other scraps) that can be recycled and recreated, aiding in decreasing its ecological footprint. The color palette was also inspired by the 70s and curated from The North Face materials library. Archival fabrics have been partially incorporated into the collection to give them a new life.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



Packaging for the pieces come in vibrant pink featuring The North Face X Gucci logo. The garment and carrier bags, boxes and pouches have been strategically designed to reduce the environmental impact at every step of creation. All paper and cardboard come from sustainably managed forest sources and an uncoated paper has been used to ensure it is fully recyclable. To reduce the amount of paper, boxes are equipped with handles to avoid using shopping bags. Larger items come in shopping bags and cotton covers without boxes.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The ready-to-wear collection features not only goose-feather down padded coats, bomber, and vest but also shirts, skirts and jumpsuits. The outerwear silhouettes and equipment are based on original designs from The North Face in the 70s. Also included in the offer are quilted jacket, nylon shirts and skirts and windbreakers; refined silk-twill bowling sets, skirts and chemise dresses; T-shirts, sweatshirts and a fleece jacket with the matching.  



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



Some pieces come in bright colors and feature several floral prints created in partnership with The North Face especially for the collaboration, some of which have a new The North Face x Gucci logo incorporated into their designs. 



Gucci The North Face collection 2021

 

The luggage features eight new graphic patterns, designed in collaboration with The North Face. All feature bright colors and a variety of either Gucci House motifs or different versions of the new The North Face logo x Gucci print. Two new backpacks and two new belt bags are dressed up in these exclusive prints. A dome-shaped medium backpack (available in five different prints) has contrast leather patches, rope zip pullers and web straps, while a larger size (available in six different prints) recalls hiking backpacks with its multiple pockets and top flap with snaps, and also features the same detailing as its smaller cousin. A small belt bag comes in seven different prints, and a maxi size one with three front flap pockets is offered in two different prints.



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The shoe is a gender-neutral hiking boot with a chunky and sturdy Goodyear-welted sole. The boot comes in three colors of leather (brown, black and cream), features eyelets and rope-like striped laces, as well as The North Face x Gucci logo prominently displayed on the side.



To celebrate the drop of The North Face x Gucci collection, Gucci has also released a documentary video. Taking in the design and production processes that forged the collection, the film reveals the pieces through the eyes of those who made them possible, featuring conversations with Mr. Michele, as well as with The North Face Design Manager Global Collaborations, Archives, and Special Projects, David Whetstone. Additionally, insights from the design team, product developers, and skilled craftsmen are also shared. American professional rock climber Nina Williams and influential graffiti artist Post AOW have also presented their views. 



Gucci The North Face collection 2021



The North Face x Gucci collection is now available first in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Toronto, and will be available online as well as in select Gucci locations beginning in mid-January.




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Giving a grander proportion to jewelry, Raniwala 1881 launches its new Bridal collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6265 Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



December 21, 2020: In homage to where it all began, Raniwala 1881 has launched their new 2020-21 Bridal Collection – Beawar Legacy. The collection acknowledges and pays tribute to the brand’s rich heritage and legacy that stems from the town of Beawar in Rajasthan and started with the late visionary forefather, Rai Bahadur Seth Champalal-ji Raniwala.



The narrative of this collection is centred around three sisters of style and substance, as they return to their ancestral home in Beawar. But going beyond just honoring history, the collection reimagines the jewelry to give them a modern a flair and a global outlook.



Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



The Beawar Legacy collection from Raniwala 1881 stems from not just metaphorical, but also literal inspirations rooted in the family’s Beawar haveli. The design language comes from the palatial structure. Its history and splendour are resonated in every piece. The juxtaposition of Rajput and Mughal architecture in the sprawling estate can be seen in the collection as well. 



Additionally, fine design features like the intricate ornamentation and detailing in the mehrabs and gumads, the latticework in every corner, the iconic baradari, and the artefacts of Champalal-ji are all echoed in the collection. The motifs in the collection follow the contours of the intricate wall carvings, while the colours borrow from the multi-hued inlay work on the marble flooring and interiors. Furthermore, a deep dive into the Raniwala 1881’s family archives (and albums) brought to life the individualistic sensibilities of the formidable women from the founders’ family. 



Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



The collection has been broadly divided into three main looks. The Mahadevi Look, named after Late Rai Bahadur Champalal-ji wife, is an aristocratic range. The collection has recreated her opulent taste and penchant for gold zari silk saris and magnificent jewelry with sizeable polki sets with statement embellishments including sheesh pattis, tikkas spruced with Zambian emeralds, bajubandhs, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.



The Radha Rani Look is personified by Radha Rani, late Ganeshilal-ji’s wife, whose style was characterized by wispy chiffon saris and minimal jewellery. This line retains her signature old-world-charm with back-to-basic designs, inspired by the Raniwala haveli. There is a generous use of pearls in the flat-cut tikkas, bajubandhs, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.



Raniwala 1881 Beawar Legacy collection Indian bridal jewelry



Chandrakanta, Sushil-ji’s wife, was renowned for her forward-thinking outlook. She balanced her customs with modernity; just like the Chandrakanta line of ethno-contemporary jewels that boast a young-yet-rooted sensibility. Raniwala 1881 have employed navratna gemstones and coloured stones to infuse a youthful spirit to the collection. This range features sheesh pattis, navratan kathi necklaces layered with pearl strings, kadas, bangdis and hathphools.


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Kim Jones creates a fantastical men’s Fall 2021 collection for Dior http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6264 December 17, 2020: For his Fall 2021 Men’s collection, Dior’s artistic director Kim Jones drew inspiration from the universe of contemporary artist Kenny Scharf, bursting beyond the boundaries of time and space with a dazzling virtual show. It was a “one-way trip to Planet Dior”.  



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



 “When we started the collection we were coming out of the first lockdown and I wanted to spread some joy, happiness and hope,” says Mr. Jones. Painting a wave of optimism, and drawing inspiration from the pop universe of Mr. Scharf, an American artist, the collection is a perfect meld of couture tradition and technological precision.   



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



A huge fan of science-fiction and street art replete with cheeky characters and shades, Mr. Scharf infuses his work with humor. “I love the clash of colors – yellow and purple, orange and blue, red and green. When you take the happy and sad opposites and put them together, it creates the tension and excitement that I love,” he smiles. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



These bright-hued mélanges appear in the dyed hair of models as well as the scenography by French director Thomas Vanz, who avows a fascination with astrophysics. His colorful ink and glitter videos created a magical galaxy as the backdrop for Kim Jones’ silhouettes. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



In an homage to the Bar, jackets are belted at the waist over pants cropped above the ankle. At once reminiscent of Star Wars’ costumes, the outer space look is embellished with chrysanthemum blooms as boutonnieres, created specially by Maison Lemarié.  



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



Dior Ateliers translated Mr. Scharf’s works into prints, fusing them with the famous Dior Oblique motif and appropriating them for embroidery executed using traditional Chinese techniques. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



China, in fact, was an inspiration as well as Chinese zodiac animal characters make an appearance printed on sweaters, complemented by stunning jade jewelry by Yoon Ahn. Tamborin-style berets – a favorite of Christian Dior – were designed by Stephen Jones and embroidered in China. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021



Thousands of tiny pearls and stitches were embroidered using a centuries-old Chinese technique to meticulously reproduce the fantastical Kenny Scharf cartoon characters curated by Kim Jones. 



Dior Menswear Fall 2021


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Fendi expresses the holiday with a Caffe at Selfridges London http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6263 Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



December 17, 2020: Luxury brand FENDI has announced the opening of the pop-up Fendi Caffe in partnership with Oxford Street’s department store Selfridges, starring a special Holiday creative.



The Fendi Caffe is a takeover of the 14-seater Champagne Bar, The Fount, located in the heart of Selfridges’ Accessories Hall on the Ground Floor, with an exclusive FENDI curated menu and transformation of the space into a modern contemporary experience.



Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



The concept for Fendi Caffe is inspired by the new Fendi Roma Holiday collection, featuring the distinctive colour palette of powder pink and signature FENDI yellow. The FENDI Pack styles personify the décor of the Fendi Caffe, expressing the Maison’s instinct sense of humour and ingenuity.



Reimaging the iconic FF logo in pink, the space will also be adorned with this print to create a captivating graphic look, enriching the setting for the FENDI CAFFE. The pink theme will be seen throughout on glassware, coasters, napkins as well as decorative details for the menu’s food and beverage.



Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



The Fendi Caffe menu includes Champagne, personalised FENDI Cocktails (take your pick from the FENDI 1925, or the Roman Passion to the FENDI Cosmo and many more) served with FF ice cubes, as well as sweet and savoury FENDI Bites. The coffee selection’s highlight is the signature FF cappuccino served in porcelain cups decorated with FENDI’s iconic Pequin striped motif designed in 1983… bringing the spirit of the Maison from Roma to London.



Fendi Caffe Selfridges London



The Fendi Caffe is open at Selfridges London until January 2021.


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Audemars Piguet introduces 5 new Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie watches http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6262 Audemars Piguet Grand Sonnerie enamel dials



December 17, 2020: Expanding its much popular Code 11.59 line, Audemars Piguet has released five Grande Sonnerie Carillon Supersonnerie timepieces, each endowed with a unique bespoke enamel dial crafted by Anita Porchet and her atelier. 



Audemars Piguet has specialised in chiming mechanisms since its establishment in 1875 and crafted complex Grande Sonnerie, Petite Sonnerie and Minute Repeater mechanisms ever since. Today, only a handful of specialised watchmakers at Audemars Piguet are trained to assemble and adjust a Grande Sonnerie, which is considered as one of the most sophisticated complications in the history of Haute Horlogerie.



Audemars Piguet Grand Sonnerie enamel dials



To celebrate the complexity and rarity of Grande Sonnerie watches, Audemars Piguet collaborated with Swiss enameller artisan Anita Porchet on hand-crafted “Grand Feu” enamel dials. Using her creativity to craft elegant and contemporary art, she created a trilogy of enamel dials decorated with antique gold spangles (“paillons”). Ms. Porchet’s artistic work adds an artistic touch to the complicated timepieces they adorn.



Audemars Piguet Grand Sonnerie enamel dials



For the remaining two pieces, clients have the possibility of requesting a personalised enamel dial crafted by Ms. Porchet’s atelier.


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Aman New York to open in Spring 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6261 Aman New York outdoor terrace



December 14, 2020: Luxury resorts brand Aman is set to open Aman New York in spring 2021. At the crossroads of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, one of the finest corners in the world, the opening of Aman New York coincides with the Crown Building’s 100th anniversary. 



Aman New York will offer unparalleled service, world class dining, a comprehensive Aman Spa, and exclusive branded residences – the very first urban Aman Residences worldwide. 



Aman New York entrance



Designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston, Aman New York is in its final stages of a monumental transformation, which will see the Crown Building restored and imbued with the spirit of Aman. 



Aman New York will comprise of 83 elegant guest rooms and suites, with each have a functioning fireplace! Aman New York will also house 22 private branded residences, many with spacious outdoor terraces, including a one-of-a-kind, five-storey penthouse. Guests and residents will have access to unrivalled facilities, including three principal dining venues, a jazz club, and the 2,300-square-metre Aman Spa. An Aman Club will be available for private members.



Aman New York residences bedroom



Bringing authentic omakase (chef-chosen) washoku cuisine to Manhattan, Aman’s signature fine dining Japanese restaurant, Nama, will serve exquisite sushi and sashimi at its live-cooking counter and on its outdoor terrace. The Wine Library, Aman New York’s wine cellar, will sit adjacent to Nama and will be available for private wine tastings and events. 



Arva, Aman’s signature Italian restaurant, will offer exceptional all-day dining with views of Central Park. The menu will revolve around the freshest, sustainably sourced, seasonal produce available, true to Arva’s farm-to-table ethos. The Bar will serve cocktails created by award winning mixologists, craft beers and gin from leading local breweries and distilleries, and a global selection of fine wines, while the addition of a Cigar Bar, provides an al fresco terrace.



Aman New York spa pool



Aman New York will bring to life the fullest expression of the Aman Urban Wellness concept. Extending over three-storeys, the Aman Spa will be a serene, private haven for hotel guests, residence owners and Aman Club members. Guests will benefit from comprehensive medical and wellness assessments and evaluations, integrated preventative and functional medical services, sleep and nutrition programmes, and short but effective itineraries to improve health and longevity. The space will also provide a range of results-orientated, non-invasive and evidence-based beauty treatments and holistic therapies such as TCM and Chinese herbology.



The Wellness Centre will be home to seven spa treatment suites and two unique Banya and Hammam Spa Houses. Other spa facilities will include the boutique and lounge, and a 20-metre indoor swimming pool lined with double daybeds around cosy fire pits. The 280-square-metre innovative Aman Fitness is complemented by the yoga studio, and a full experience hydrotherapy facility with saunas, steam rooms, ice fountains and sensory showers. A classic gentlemen’s barber and a ladies’ hair and nail salon will provide professional grooming and further beauty services.



Aman New York residences bathroom



Aman New York’s 22 residences, over half of which have already pre-sold during construction, range from one to six bedrooms, many with private pools and fireplaces.


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Zegna & Leica’s collaborative capsule collection is now available http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6260 December 14, 2020: In a perfect example of fashion meets photography, Ermenegildo Zegna and Leica Camera have joined hands to offer a capsule collection of high-end camera accessories.



Zegna Leica capsule collection 2020



Designed for the modern photographer, the collaboration strengthens the link between two expressions of art and creativity. Zegna Artistic Director Alessandro Sartori, a photography enthusiast and authentic Leica lover, has always been inspired by photography as a creative language that he often visually uses as a reference for his collections. 



Zegna Leica capsule collection 2020



The collaboration collection consists of PELLETESSUTA TM camera holsters for Leica Q2 and Leica M cameras; PELLETESSUTA TM protectors for Leica Q2 and Leica M cameras; functional crossbody bags called Insta-Pack, inspired by photographers’ attitude that fit almost all Compact Leica cameras (Leica V-Lux excluded) and the Leica CL with the 18mm ‘pancake’ Leica lens; carrying and wrist straps; Leica keyrings and round wallets (both for coins or the Leica Q2 lens cap) that feature luxury details and precious touch of the PELLETESSUTA TM collection, an iconic Zegna special woven nappa, result of an innovative Ermenegildo Zegna research aimed to recreate precious fabric using extremely thin strips of selected nappa leather in place of fabric yarns.



“What a wonderful addition: The creation of a Leica camera, moving images and a Zegna garment is unique and outstanding. Both brands share the same humanistic approach for values, design, sustainability, and quality,” says Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Leica Global Director Art and Leica Galleries. 



Zegna Leica capsule collection 2020



The Zegna and Leica collaboration collection is distributed globally in an exclusive selection of Zegna flagship Stores (such as New York City, Paris, London, Milan, Dubai, Shanghai, Beijing, Ginza, Isetan) as well as in 60 select Leica stores worldwide. The collection is also available online, on zegna.com and leica-camera.com.


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Good Earth presents a charming range of dinnerware inspired by florals & fragrances http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6259 December 14, 2020 : Indian luxury design house, Good Earth, is offering a new dinnerware collection ‘Jessamine’. Crafted with fine bone China, it is inspired by the fragrant wild growing creepers and shrubs from Himalayan countryside. 



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



As the sweet fragrance of the delicate creamy-white blooms permeates the breeze in summer, the mixed creepers of Jessamine and pink rose buds nestle in moss green foliage. The brand aimed to express this vision which delight the senses.



The collection presents a full dinnerware service with salad bowls and soup bowls, generous mugs and tea plates and stands. Crafted for the warm winter brunches under the sun as well as indulgent holiday spreads, the collection has an elegant opulence which makes it ideal for this festive season.



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



Each piece is handcrafted and finished with 24 carat gold highlights. 



Along with the dinnerware, Good Earth complements the collection with the Jasmine glass collection, which includes is delicately handcrafted glass vases made by hand blowing technique, featuring hand-cut patterns of growing jasmines and creepers that dot the Himalayan hillside. 



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



Designed in three sizes, the statement vases can be used in multiple ways – as striking centrepieces to hold gorgeous flower arrangements, as table accessories to add visual warmth with sweet-smelling candles and even as a champagne cooler for evening soirees.



Good earth Dinnerware Jessamine



The collection is available at Good Earth’s online store and across all Good Earth physical stores.


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Villeroy & Boch unveils Christmas collection with a tinge of nostalgia for festive celebrations http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6257 Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



December 10, 2020: In this festive season, Villeroy & Boch is presenting The Toy’s Delight and Toy’s Delight Royal Classic Christmas collections, to decorate the table magnificently full of Christmas memories.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



Along with a special Christmas edition, which has been developed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Toy’s Delight series, the Collection also offers an array of new products for Christmas table designs and decorations.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The 10 years of Toy’s Delight special anniversary tableware edition includes a bowl, breakfast plate and mugs, which are decorated with fine scattered patterns and high-quality real-gold décor.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The premium porcelain items have been decorated with nostalgic motifs in the classic seasonal colours red, green and white, and enchanted with lots of loving details: a plate for soft cakes, a large round serving plate ornamented with a nostalgic central motif and a handleless cup.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The La Boule decorative orb, an eye catching piece, tailor made for Christmas decorations, enhanced by tea light holders and dinner candle holders – are a perfect souvenir for the occassion.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection



The Toy’s Delight Royal Classic collection offers a modern yet festive version of Toy’s Delight in seasonal white, made of cheerful  ornaments and festive scattered patterns. Toy’s Delight Royal Classic is perfect for mixing & matching with items from the Toy’s Delight collection.



Villeroy & Boch Christmas collection


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Christofle’s Graphik barware collection has a geometric design with a mirror finish http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6256 December 10, 2020: To celebrate the art of sharing, the famous French silversmith Christofle is expanding its iconic Graphik collection, already expressed in a selection of crystal glasses and wine accessories.



Christofle Graphik Barware collection



The collection includes five new silver-plated items dedicated to the bar universe. Graphik’s geometric design is positioned on the base or top of each piece and highlighted by the mirror finish, a signature of Christofle’s know-how.



This silver plated collection is inspired by the intimate universe of private bar with a distinguished style and bold modernity, offering all the essentials for making the best cocktails. 



Christofle Graphik Barware collection



The collection offers a champagne bucket and a wine cooler for one bottle, a silver plated insulated Ice Bucket with signature mirror polish finish, a shaker that encourages cooling to give a perfectly blended cocktail at just the right temperature and a jigger which allows us to precisely measure the ingredients for a  perfect  cocktail.



From preparing your cocktails to presenting your finest bottles, this collection by Christofle will accompany you through your evening parties, to celebrate an event, share and enjoy a magical moment.



Christofle Graphik Barware collection



The collection is available in India at Emery Studio. 



Coordinates: Shakuntla Farm, Ghitorni, New Delhi

Ph: 9810081810, 9953884908, 9718000961


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MB&F unveils exclusive LM FlyingT edition with precious Lapis Lazuli http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6255 December 10, 2020 : MB&F has launched the sixth edition of the Legacy Machine FlyingT dedicated to women embodying elegance and vitality. This LM FLYINGT Lapis Lazuli limited edition watch features a dial plate and subdial in the deep blue gemstone, in an 18k white gold case set with diamonds.



MB&F LM Flying T for women with lapis lazuli



This is the first of a series of gemstone editions, while Lapis Lazuli was the obvious choice because of its intense deep blue colour enhanced by the gold flecks (which are actually Pyrite). Prized since antiquity for its intense colour, Lapis Lazuli has been mined as far back as 7000 BC and is found in many artifacts from civilisations across the world. During the Renaissance, it was ground into powder and made into ultramarine, the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments.



The soaring vertical structure of the FlyingT movement is topped by a 60-second flying tourbillon. The sun-shaped winding rotor ensures the automatic movement is fully wound, offering 100 hours of power reserve. The time is displayed thanks to delicate serpentine hands on a tilted subdial placed at 7 o’clock, visible only to the wearer of the watch; an unconventional layout underlining the intimate, personal nature of the LM FlyingT.



MB&F LM Flying T for women with lapis lazuli



The design of Legacy Machine FlyingT is replete with associations drawn from the feminine and maternal influences in Maximilian Büsser’s life. Says Büsser, “I wanted LM FlyingT to possess the epitome of femininity as reflected by the women in my life, particularly my mother. It had to combine supreme elegance with tremendous vitality. The column-like structure of the flying tourbillon was very important to me as I felt very strongly that women form the pillar of humanity. At the same time, there is another layer of meaning coming in from the sun-shaped rotor, which incorporates the element of life-giving, a source of sustenance which we gravitate towards and around.”



MB&F LM Flying T for women with lapis lazuli



For Mr. Büsser, elegance was key, but so was an infectious energy that could captivate an entire roomful of people.

The LM FlyingT Lapis Lazuli costs CHF 125,000 (USD 138,000 / EUR 118,000).


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Rolls Royce launches bespoke Pursuit Seat http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6253 December 8, 2020: Rolls-Royce’s new Pursuit Seat is a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional portable seat, designed by the Bespoke Collective at the Home of Rolls-Royce. Created with contemporary craft materials such as carbon fibre and polished aluminium, the embossed leather seat is coloured to match or contrast the car’s interior. It has a concealed torch which bears the double R Badge of Honor.



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



Mathew Danton, Rolls – Royce Bespoke Designer said, “We have applied Sir Henry Royce’s maxim, ‘Take the best that exists and make it better’, to a quintessentially British product. Elevated to Rolls-Royce’s precise and exacting standards yet true to the original concept, the Pursuit Seat has been reimagined for a contemporary world. Our clients can now enjoy the comfort of a Rolls-Royce seat, no matter the activity or where it may lead.”



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



The Pursuit Seat offers instant, portable comfort, bringing ease and style to ever diversified lifestyles. A perfect perch for flying a drone, painting a landscape or simply pausing to take in the view, the Pursuit Seat is the latest accessory designed to enhance the lifestyle experience of Rolls-Royce clients.



The seat is made from the finest Rolls-Royce leather and embossed with the Spirit of Ecstasy. Customers can personalise the seat from an array of bespoke colours to match, or contrast, with their car’s interior. While the gently flared aluminium ferrule on the end of the stick provides a solid grip on hard surfaces, the retractable spike, cleverly concealed within, offers the same security on grass and other soft ground.



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



The Pursuit Seat effortlessly fits within the Cullinan Recreation Module. The compact dimensions and elegant leather case also allow it to be stowed unobtrusively in any Rolls-Royce motor car.



Rolls Royce Pursuit Seat



The Pursuit Seat is available to purchase individually or as a pair through the Rolls-Royce Boutique and at dealerships worldwide. Prices for an individual seat start from 6,581 GBP.


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Kross Studio & Warner Bros unveil limited edition Batmobile Studio Desk Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6252 Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



December 5, 2020: Inspired by creative freedom, local craftsmanship, high performance materials, experience and innovation, Kross studio collaborates with Warner Bros., to offer the 1989 Batmobile X Kross Studio Desk Clock, an exclusive art piece for the finest collectors.



Kross Studio specifically chose the unforgettable model from the 1989 Batman movie directed by Tim Burton to embody this first-of-its-kind Batmobile clock. The modern infrastructure of Kross studio allows complete integration of the internal processes from design to retail, that further allows the studio to create sophisticated timepieces for its customers.



Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



The greatest challenge facing Kross Studio was to conceive, develop, and integrate a state-of-the-art, tailor-made clock movement while respecting the exact shape of the Batmobile. Months of research and development were required to create this masterpiece, which contains a total of 512 components (115 in the body alone and 397 within the movement). 



The streamlined bodywork in black aluminium composite has been painstakingly shaped to faithfully reproduce the same curves and proportions of the 1989 Batmobile, after which the surface was carefully sealed with an aeronautical grade, scratch resistant coating to protect the matte surface.



Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



Kross Studio has equipped the Batmobile with its own powerful engine: a mechanical manual-winding movement crafted in-house, a feat that underlines the expertise of the Kross Studio founders.



This launch is the first collaboration between Swiss Kross Studio and Warner Bros, reinterpreting a multigenerational symbol of pop culture with new collaborations to be unveiled in the upcoming months. This partnership aims at creating incredible experiences immersed in unconventional universes.



Batmobile Desk Clock Kross Studio



This exclusive 1989 Batmobile X Kross Studio Desk Clock is produced in a limited edition of 100 numbered pieces and is available now and shipping in time for the holidays at kross-studio.ch.


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Maison Kenzo launches a Kenzo x Kansai Yamamoto Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6251 Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



December 5, 2020: Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Creative Director of Kenzo, unveiled an exceptional collection for the Maison, originally founded by Kenzo Takada. A tribute to Mr. Takada and his equally well-known counterpart, Kansai Yamamoto, the revered Japanese designer duo gave their blessing to the collection before passing away this year. The collection is inspired by their archives and their shared passion for animalia.



The collection is created with “a burst of joy”, a homage to the incredible designers who revolutionised fashion in 1960s and 70s.



Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



Kenzo and Yamamoto were proponents of a joyful fashion that spoke to everyone, the ultimate symbol of unrestrained, punk and liberal style. Mr. Baptista had a close affinity to the design approach of Kenzo and Yamamoto. Therefore, for this collection, he cross-referenced the designers’ archives, artworks and motifs. The collection is inspired by the fantastic bestiary of Pop felines, animal motifs, bamboo, stripes and Japanese calligraphy, giving the pieces delightful buoyancy.



The collection offers a black t-shirt with a tiger head created by Kansai Yamamoto on the front and handwritten calligraphy by the designer on the back that reads “Kenzo, Kansai, Felipe”. A trio for whom fashion is unabashedly festive. 



Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



The shoot features a group of young Parisian friends – actors, photographers and models – captured in a raw and spontaneous atmosphere, true to the spirit that resonates with the three talented designers. 



The collection also offers a Kenzo x Kansai Yamamoto playlist, put together by Erick Faulkner, and available on Spotify, creating an immersive Kenzo X Kansai experience.



Kenzo Kansai Yamamoto Collection 2020



The collection is available in Kenzo stores globally and on Kenzo.com.


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Aman offers a sensory journey with Fine Fragrances http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6250 Aman Fine fragrances



December 5, 2020 : Resorts brand Aman has launched its first collection of fine fragrances, a range of sophisticated scents, each representing a unique element of Aman’s exquisite destinations. The five 50 ml eau de parfums aim to awaken Aman memories through one of the most powerful senses, created by master perfumer Jacques Chabert.



Each bottle is designed by Kengo Kuma, renowned Japanese architect, where each fragrance bottle visually reflects its associated Aman destination through the subtle use of colour. Each tone is inspired by the resort’s local environment, surrounding nature and culturally significant hues – respecting surroundings instead of overlooking them.  



Aman Fine fragrances

 

Handcrafted in Japan from Paulownia wood, the fragrances are enclosed in a box, with each scent stored behind its own uniquely patterned laser cut lid. The Paulownia tree is one of the fastest growing trees and hence a sustainable choice, with the ornately designed case also fully re-usable. The outer packaging takes further inspiration from traditional Japanese design principles of wrapping. Using an exquisitely textured Takeo paper made in Japan, each Paulownia box is carefully hand-wrapped before the label is added as a finishing touch.



Master parfumer Jacques Chabert, who has legacy of creating unique fragrances for the past 50 years, created notes under the artistic direction of Mr. Vladislav Doronin – Chairman and CEO of Aman.



Aman Fine fragrances collection



The fragrance collection transports you through sun-kissed fresh summers of Amanpuri, Thailand (VAYU), floral jungles of Amanjiwo, Indonesia (AYOM), venetian opulence of Venice, Italy (UMBER), moorish architecture of Marrakech, Morocco (ZUAC) and bold city with rich architectural history of New York, USA (ALTA).



Free from phthalates, artificial colourants, parabens and formaldehydes, Aman Fine Fragrance stays true to values upheld across Aman’s wellness brands. Available online via the Aman Shop and in the resort boutiques, the five-scents are ready to order now, with two-further scents set to launch in Spring 2021.



Aman Fine fragrances


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Oetker Collection, in collaboration with Bastion Group, is launching The Woodward http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6249 The Woodward Geneva



December 3, 2020: Oetker Collection has announced the inauguration of “The Woodward” in spring 2021, the latest hotel in the heart of Geneva next to the shores of Lake Geneva, offering a panaromic view of Mont Blanc. Owned by Bastion Holdings, the property was originally built in 1901 by French architect François Durel, in a post-Haussmann style. The hotel is located on Quai Wilson and is currently being completely transformed and carefully reimagined by world-renowned architect Pierre-Yves Rochon.



The hotel has classic meets contemporary interiors, providing a stylish city sanctuary with spectacular lake and mountain views. Each of the 26-suites have been carefully curated to possess their own distinct character and individual design details with signature flourishes including marble fireplaces and bookcases. Twenty one of the suites have a full lake view. The jewels in the crown are the Presidential Suite, designed in elegant ivory tones and offering panoramic lake views from every room with a private dining room and loggia, and the Royal Suite, reached by private lift and designed to resemble a chic Parisian apartment.



The Woodward Geneva



World-class dining experiences will be provided by L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and Le Jardinier, both recipients of Michelin stars for their New York outposts which are owned and operated by Bastion Group. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon will feature the legendary chef’s open kitchen concept, creating a theatrical dining experience for 36 guests seated around the counter, as well as two dining rooms that can be privatised.



The exquisite property will offer two bars and a tea-room, as well as a private digestif lounge, which takes the buildings history as a bank into the modern-day through the transformation of a former vault.



The Woodward Geneva



It will also allow its guest to relax in the the hotel’s 1,200 square metre spa, which will also include a Wellness Institute by Maison Guerlain and a 21-metre indoor swimming pool – the longest in Geneva. The spa will offer exclusive treatments by Guerlain across six wellness suites, including one for couples and a corner dedicated to men.



Christophe Aldunate, CEO of Bastion Management commented, “We are delighted that The Woodward will be joining the iconic Oetker Collection, a brand that upholds the highest standards in hospitality and who we trust to breathe renewed passion, flair and life into this historic Geneva location.”



The Woodward Geneva



The current portfolio of Oetker Collection includes Le Bristol Paris, Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, Château Saint-Martin & Spa in Venice, The Lanesborough London, L’Apogée Courchevel, Eden Rock-St Barths, Jumby Bay Island in Antigua, Palácio Tangará in São Paulo and more than 150 private villas and estates around the globe. The Bastion Collection group owns 15 unique restaurant & food concepts globally.


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MB&F launches the unique “Kittyhawk”, celebrating 10 years of the HM4 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6248 MB&F Kittyhawk HM4



December 3, 2020: A decade ago, MB&F shocked the watchmaking world with a radical machine: the HM4 Thunderbolt. This aviation-inspired timepiece was awarded Best Concept & Design Watch at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève; and more recently, in an article published 2019, the New York Times listed the HM4 as one of the 10 timepieces that shaped modern watch design.



To celebrate this 10th anniversary, MB&F has recreated the HM4 prototype into a Pièce Unique: the HM4 ‘Kittyhawk’. The HM4 exceeded expectations, matched inside by an engine that defies conventional watch movement construction. Limited edition from the beginning, its 100 pieces were all sold years ago.



MB&F Kittyhawk HM4



This new version is a dedication to Curtiss P-40, one of the most important WW2 allied aircraft, produced between 1938 and 1944. Depending on the version, it carried nicknames like Warhawk, Tomahawk… and Kittyhawk. Criticised for its average performance on paper, its track record in combat was surprisingly good. Still today, aviation experts argue about the plane’s merits and weaknesses. Regardless, it remains one of the most iconic aircraft of that time – especially the samples rocking the typical “shark mouth” and eyes.



As a tribute to this world war aircraft, this Pièce bears a unique hand-painted shark mouth and eyes, along with aged time and power reserve dials. The titanium case of the 10-year old prototype was first prepared to welcome the recessed painting by carefully removing microns of metal from the sides of the fuselage, following the shape of the illustrations. 



MB&F Kittyhawk HM4



It was then handed over to the incredibly talented miniaturist painter Isabelle Villa, who delicately painted the menacing teeth and angry eyes. A final coat of transparent varnish was applied to protect the miniature painting, flush with the case.


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Bovet 1822 launches exclusive limited edition Sunshine Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6247 Bovet Sunshine Yellow Dial watch



December 3, 2020: House of Bovet has unveiled the Sunshine Collection, starting with a very limited edition of only 7 Brainstorm Chapter Two with a magnificent Yellow Dial, once again presenting exceptional engineering brilliance and artistry of human watchmaking.



For this collection, nature has been the true source of inspiration. Reflecting positive energy and happiness, Pascal Raffy imaged this new bright and vibrant yellow dial while watching the sun at the zenith from the Castle in Môtiers. 



Bovet Sunshine Yellow Dial watch



Yellow represents happiness, optimism, enlightenment, creativity, and sunshine. This collection is a homage to dedication, passion, respect for tradition, and care for the minor details that are the hallmarks of exquisite and unparalleled high watchmaking.



The new Récital 26 Brainstorm® Chapter Two Sunshine is available in fully hand-engraved movements, all in the crafted monoblock Sapphire "Writing Slope" case (47.8 mm). It features a yellow dome-shaped dial, hand-coated by the BOVET artisans with a green Super-LumiNova® (SLN) that gives the dial a powder finishing to the surface. The yellow dial accumulates light from the sun, transforming it into a vibrant green dial at dusk.



Bovet Sunshine Yellow Dial watch



It features a patented double-face flying tourbillon, and a patented three-dimensional V-shaped needle that allows the collector to display the time zone of their choice. 



This innovative combination imagined by Mr. Raffy, united with the dome, allows for an intuitive Universal Time function, permitting each of the 24 time-zones to be read simultaneously.


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Audemars Piguet launches Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6246 Audemars Piguet Self Winding Flying Tourbillon



December 2, 2020: The Swiss Haute Horologerie manufacturer Audemars Piguet launched the timeless Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon in titanium, stainless steel and 18 carat pink gold, all complemented with a refined dial design.



The full titanium reference presents an elegant sandblasted slate grey dial, with snailing in periphery, offers an alternative to the Royal Oak’s trademark “Tapisserie” pattern. The dial’s grey shades and white gold hour-markers and hands subtly echo the flying tourbillon making its rotation at 6 o’clock. 



The stainless steel version adorns a refined smoked blue “Tapisserie” dial while  state-of-the-art sunburst motif evolves from the flying tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock.



Audemars Piguet Self Winding Flying Tourbillon



The 18 -carat pink gold model provides a contemporary contrast with a smoked grey sunburst “Tapisserie” dial enriched with pink gold hour-markers and hands. The flying tourbillon cage adds a delicate glimmer of pink gold which illuminates the pink gold case and bracelet.



Michael Friedman, Head of Complications, said, “The Royal Oak Tourbillon first made its debut in 1997 for the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak. This latest evolution featuring the flying tourbillon and selfwinding mechanism reintroduces this modern classic with updated aesthetics for the new decade.”



Each timepiece has 24 carat gold Audemars Piguet signature as a first in the Royal Oak collection, achieved through a chemical process akin to 3D printing known as galvanic growth. Each letter is connected with thin links almost invisible to the eye.



Audemars Piguet Self Winding Flying Tourbillon



The collection is powered by Calibre 2950, the Manufacture’s latest generation of selfwinding movement combining a flying tourbillon with a central rotor, released in 2019. 



The hand crafted flying tourbillon cage provides a beautiful view of some of the watch’s regulating components enabling its rotation. The caseback also reveals the movement’s refined decorations such as “Côtes de Genève,” satin-brushing, snailing and hand-polished chamfers, as well as the dedicated openworked oscillating weight in pink gold or rhodium- toned pink gold.


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Hennessy launches the first ‘BLENDS by Hennessy’ concept bar in Shanghai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6245 Hennessy Blends Shanghai concept bar



December 2, 2020: Hennessy has inaugurated BLENDS by Hennessy in the iconic BUND 18 building in Shanghai, a hugely popular spot that draws fashionable local and international clientele. 



The new bar has a futuristic white ambience and lunar shell look transcending space and time.



Hennessy Blends Shanghai concept bar



The bar offers five cocktails crafted by Chris Xi , molecular mixology specialist. Each cocktail evokes signature personality trait of the celebrated cognac house, matched to its own Pantone color and associated with a memorable sensorial experience.  



BLENDS also hosts special events including master classes in mixology and offers array of services such as online reservation/e -shopping through BLENDS Mini Program.



Hennessy Blends Shanghai concept bar



Hennessy has successfully created a space to celebrate cognac culture in an intimate, avant-garde atmosphere naturally infusing with Shanghai lifestyle.


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BMW launches the first look of the Mini Vision Urbanaut http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6243 BMW Mini Urbanaut



December 2, 2020: BMW has presented the digital interpretation of the NextGen car with more interior space, versatility and minimal footprint, the Mini Vision Urbanaut. It is an innovative space concept focusing on the interior frame before developing the exterior. Augmented Reality was employed to create a digital model and systemically optimised.



Oliver Heilmer, Head of Mini Design,  said, “MINI sees its future self primarily as an enabler of and companion for unforgettable times – what we might call ‘MINI moments’. The MINI Vision Urbanaut uses three curated MINI moments – “Chill”, “Wanderlust” and “Vibe” – to present a wide range of possible usage scenarios. The Chill moment invites you to catch a breath and pause in the here and now. The car becomes a kind of retreat, a haven where you can relax – or work with full concentration – during a journey. Wanderlust is the only MINI moment where the MINI Vision Urbanaut is being driven or driving with automated driving functions. The moment Vibe puts time with other people at centre stage – in every way.”



BMW Mini Urbanaut



Featuring a retro meets futuristic design, occupants enter the innovative cabin through a large sliding door in the side of the car. The cutting-edge slide and swivel mechanism is the ideal design for urban driving conditions where space is at a premium. There are no other doors on the driver’s side or front passenger side.



When the car is stationary, the dashboard lowers and the driver’s area becomes a comfortable seating corner – the “daybed”, while windscreen transforms become “street balcony”  and the darker environs of the cabin’s rear section provide a quieter space – the “Cosy Corner”.



BMW Mini Urbanaut



The principle of making things as simple as possible to use (“natural interaction”) is highlighted by the “analogue”, tactile, haptic experience of initiating a feature, e.g. the direct touch operation option in the Loop over the rear seat bench.



The MINI Token is the centrepiece of the MINI Vision Urbanaut’s experience worlds. It is roughly the same size as a worry stone and activates the three preconfigured MINI moments – Chill, Wanderlust and Vibe – when placed in purpose-designed slots in the table at the centre of the car.



As with the headlights, mulitcolour dynamic matrix rear lights behind milled aluminium covers deliver a fresh aesthetic and present different looks in the various driving modes and MINI moments.



BMW Mini Urbanaut



The matt exterior shade Zero Gravity transitions from a metallic green with blue flip effect to a subtly toned grey. The windows show a pattern in body colour, fading in a gradient from bottom to top. This creates a harmonious transition from the vehicle body to the windows and roof.



BMW has ensured sustainable design approach by responsible sourcing with maximum space within a small footprint and the all-electric drive system. The design is also free of chrome and leather.“The MINI brand has always stood for 'Clever Use of Space'. In the MINI Vision Urbanaut, we extend private space far into the public realm, creating completely new and enriching experiences," explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. 


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Arnold & Son 1764 unveils Perpetual Moon Obsidian http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6242 Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian



December 2, 2020: Swiss watchmaker Arnold & Son has launched the Perpetual Moon Obsidian watch, a limited edition of 28 pieces, with a dial made from the extraordinary material – golden obsidian – which was obtained from Mexico. Coupled with the large rhodium-plated moon, the 42mm red gold case and the perfectly polished hour-markers, the watch is an interplay of reflections, vibrations and warmth that echoes the light of Earth’s satellite.



The golden obsidian, a volcanic stone, was mined in Mexico and used in the religious ceremonies of pre Columbian civilisation. The golden Obsidian shimmers because of high silica content and its specific crystallisation. Even though a minute amount was used for the dial, it still produces a glistening effect, reflected in turn in the hands and hour markers.



Arnold & Son Perpetual Moon Obsidian



Arnold & Sons selected cool shades to contrast with the stone. The moon and hands are rhodium plated and the hour markers are made from diamond polished white gold. Reflecting a contrasting interplay of warm and cool tones, the brand chose a blue alligator leather strap with visible silver coloured topstitching.



The watch is supposed to be accurate for 122 years before deviating from the actual lunar cycle by one day. The 90 hour power reserve testifies the ingenuity and expertise of Arnold & Sons.


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Christie’s highlights sapphires in its live digital auction of Magnificent Jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6241 cartier panther jewelry christie's auction



December 2, 2020: Christie’s is offering a magnificent private collection of jewels on its online platform on December 8. The live auction will offer over 380 jewels featuring a notable selection of colored diamonds, colorless diamonds, and gemstones, alongside important signed pieces by Suzanne Belperron, René Boivin, Bulgari, Cartier, David Webb, Harry Winston, JAR, Marina B, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura.



kashmir sapphire jewelry christie's auction



As is the current auction flavor, the highlight of the auction is a Kashmir sapphire and diamond bracelet estimated at $5,000,000-7,000,000). Other notable sapphires include a cabochon Kashmir sapphire ring of 21.72 carats by Van Cleef & Arpels from 1917 ($1,700,000-2,700,000); a Burma sapphire necklace of 80.86 carats ($800,000-1,600,000); and an Art Deco Kashmir sapphire of 12.64 carats and diamond brooch by Cartier, formerly from the collection of Jean Stralem ($1,000,000-1,500,000). 



kashmir sapphire jewelry christie's auction



Among other top lots are a pair of fancy intense purplish pink and fancy intense pink diamond earrings of 2.61 and 2.34 carats, potentially internally flawless ($1,200,000-2,200,000); a diamond of 102.61 carats, Y to Z color, VS2 clarity ($800,000-1,200,000); and the Vanderbilt Diamond Necklace ($500,000-800,000) formerly belonging to Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman.



fancy pink diamond earrings christie's auction



The online auction includes Important Jewels from the Estate of Mrs. Henry Ford II - offering a selection of 43 lots featuring significant signed pieces by Boucheron, Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Verdura. Property from the du Pont Family Collection includes ‘The du Pont Padparadscha’ sapphire ring weighing 24.58 carats ($500,000-700,000) and the 'Sydney Queen' black opal and diamond brooch and two unmounted black opals by Raymond Yard ($60,000-80,000). Property from the Collection of Mary M. and Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. presents over 20 elegant signed jewels including a Burmese ruby and diamond necklace by Cartier, circa 1955 ($150,000-250,000).



DuPont sapphire christie's auction



Property from the collection of Athena Blackburn sold will benefit charitable causes. Three lots offered in memory of Lana Chenko Haddad will be sold to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).



JAR ring christie's auction



Christie’s will also offer a collection of contemporary designs including jewels by JAR and Moussaieff. A dedicated section - A Collection of Objects by Daniel Brush – will feature early designs by the artist, the subject of a recent exhibition at the L'Ecole Van Cleef & Arpels in New York.



All the proceeds from sale of a custom-ring by JAR, recreated after the signature jewel made for Elizabeth Taylor on the occasion of her 70th birthday, will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).


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Bonhams auctions rare Kashmir Sapphire and other rare, vintage American jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6240 November 26, 2020: Bonhams New York is offering a Kashmir Sapphire and Diamond Brooch, circa 1910, estimated at $500,000–$800,000, from a private collection that has delighted the descendants of a prominent American family, on December 7, 2020.



sapphire diamond brooch bonhams auction



The Kashmir sapphire has remained in the same family for more than 100 years. The Smith family, of Vermont, were politicians, entrepreneurs, farmers, philosophers, philanthropists and writers. The patriarch, Gov. J. Gregory Smith, led Vermont in the 1860s during the Civil War and was one of the founders of the Northern Pacific Railway. His wife, Ann Eliza Smith, was an American author whose father was a prominent figure in the Underground Railroad and used his home and other properties to hide freedom seekers. The son of Gov. J. Gregory Smith, Edward Curtis Smith, also served as the governor of Vermont and was the one to acquire this remarkable brooch for his wife, Anna Bailey James Smith. Passed down through generations, the jewel was later worn by Margaret Smith at Richard Nixon’s inauguration. She wore the brooch frequently, never realizing the rare treasure she held.



Also in the same family for a century, the auction will sell property from the collection of Grace Underwood Barton, including A Diamond Ring (5.80 carats E VS1 pear shape type IIA), $80,000-100,000 and a Carved Emerald and Diamond Pendant by Georges Le Saché, French, circa 1915 (Le Saché created jewels for Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron and other great houses), estimated at $40,000–$60,000.



emerald diamond bonhams auction



Bonhams New York Jewels also offers an impressive selection of both vintage and contemporary jewelry and gemstones that includes several important signed jewels, including an unusual Diamond and Gem-set Horse Bangle, Bulgari, circa 1960, estimated at $30,000–$50,000. Author and Bulgari specialist Amanda Triossi said of the bangle: “Bulgari's confronted overlapping horse head bangle is probably one of the first of its kind, it is most likely unique and thanks to its restrained use of gemstones it is also very wearable.”



bvlgari horse bangle bonhams auction



Also of note are a set of Carved Jade, Enamel, Coral, Diamond and Gem-set Foo Dog Boxes, David Webb, estimated at $100,000–200,000, a Diamond Bracelet, Schlumberger Studios for Tiffany & Co. estimated at $25,000–$45,000, and a fancy Colored Diamond and Diamond Ring, (2.32 carats fancy intense orangey pink SI1), estimated at $275,000-$375,000.



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Parfum Givenchy launches La Collection Particulière inspired by Haute Couture http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6239 givenchy perfumes 2020



November 26, 2020: Givenchy’s new perfume collection, La Collection Particulière, sports a minimalist rectilinear design, topped with a sleek black cap and a label inspired by haute couture. 



Each fragrance has a distinctive personality. Even then, Accord Particulier, the keystone of the collection, can be mixed and matched with other perfumes such as the woody Trouble-Fête, the natural Sans Artifice, the sensual Peur de Rien, the vivacious Oiseau Rare, the bold Indompté, the determined Sans Merci, the disquieting Garçon Manqué or the surprising Enflammé, thus giving a layering effect.



givenchy perfumes 2020



“You have your own style, personality. Accentuate them. And if you have a favorite perfume, cherish it. Because it’s a part of you,” Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous Couture house, had once said.



Layered with another fragrance, Givenchy’s new collection creates the sensorial harmony that is equally difficult to achieve in both music and scents. This layering also embodies the feel and spirit of Hubert de Givenchy’s very first collection in 1952, the Seperable.



givenchy perfumes 2020



Coordinating seemingly disparate or opposite elements has always been a source of creativity for the Couture house. When Indompté is paired with Accord Particulier, the notes of mandarin and amber oud take on an entirely new luminosity. With its major chord built from Damascena rose, Patchouli essence, Haitian vetiver and Ambrox, Accord Particulier heightens the intensity of the initial fragrance.



The perfumes can be personalised by replacing the 4G logo with engraved initials on a gold or silver plate, an animal print, or a marble pattern. With the La Collection Particulière, everyone can now express the myriad facets of their own personality.


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Serapian unveils bespoke interior for Lancia Dilambda http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6237 Lancia Dilambda vintage car interiors



November 17, 2020: Italian luxury fashion brand Serapian Milano recreated the vintage experience of Lancia Dilambda Cabriolet BS car with its bespoke Mosaico Craft on the request of Filipino Sole, the Italian vintage cars collector. Giovanni Nodari Serapian, a third-generation member of the Serapian family, personally led the master artisans to re-create the seats of this unique vehicle.



The Lancia Dilambda Cabriolet Carlton BS was specially designed and produced in 1930 for the British Colonel Lieutenant Sir Bernard Montgomery Hall, a true eccentric, who personalized every single detail. Assumingly lost in 1949, it eventually reappeared thanks to Filippo Sole, who reached out to Serapian Milano.



Lancia Dilambda vintage car interiors



This project took more than one year to be completed with a set of two bags, a weekender and a folio, matching the car perfectly. Mosaic craft is an unique weaving process created in 1947 by the founder Stefano Serapian, becoming the core value of the maison.



The vintage car was unveiled to the public from October 22nd to the 25th, during the 1000 Miglia 2020, the 38th edition of the historical re-enactment of the race held from 1927 to 1957 in Italy, when the participants had to drive from Brescia to Rome and back. The 1000 Miglia event gathers the most important collectors and connoisseurs from all over the world.


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BMW gives the first look of the visionary BMW iX http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6236 BMW iX 2022 first look front



November 18, 2020: BMW has unveiled the first look of the much awaited BMW iX, earlier named as BMW Vision iNext, which will be launched in US Market in early 2022. With a futuristic design, this will be the first representative of a generation of cars poised to redefine the driving experience, the feeling of space inside and the relationship between vehicles and those on board.



BMW iX flaunts the purely electric mobility and exhilarating driving experience combined with a sense of wellbeing for both drivers and passengers all the while enjoying the journey with safety, security. It is a new form of luxury that reimagines SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle).



BMW iX 2022 first look side view



From BMW i3, the first sustainable urban vehicle, to BMW i8 which has become leading-edge drivetrain technology in the premium sports car segment, the design and technology of BMW iX form an integrated package that lays the foundations for what is in many respects a new kind of driving experience.



The fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology – which encompasses two electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology and the high-voltage battery – delivers improved efficiency and performance.



BMW iX 2022 first look console



The new charging technology of the BMW iX enables DC fast charging at up to 200 kW. The battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent capacity in under 40 minutes. In just ten minutes, enough energy can be fed into the battery to increase the car’s range by around 75 miles. It takes less than eleven hours to charge the high-voltage battery from 0 to 100 per cent at 11 kW Level 2 charging station.



BMW is partnering with EVgo, the largest US public fast charging network and the first in the U.S. to be powered by 100% renewable energy. 



“The BMW iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and emotional design. The car is technologically complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated. The BMW iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease, where the car’s intelligence is only there when you need it,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President, BMW Group Design.



BMW iX 2022 first look side view



Muscular SAV proportions and intelligent kidney grille, Groundbreaking panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading, LED headlights and BMW Laserlight, aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors, black body edging, optimizing its aerodynamic properties and weight, intelligent material mix: combining weight reduction and maximum rigidity, newly designed center console, new hexagonal steering wheel design, automatic climate control with new controls and integral nanofiber filter are some of the features of the new BMW iX. 



Interested U.S. customers can sign up for BMW iX updates on their website.


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Sotheby’s to offer the Black Bowmore ‘Archive Cabinet’, a collection of whiskeys http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6235 Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



November 18, 2020: Sotheby’s Wine, in partnership with Bowmore, is offering Black Bowmore single malt whisky collection direct from the Bowmore Distillery for auction, to be scheduled for Spring 2021 in Hong Kong. Bowmore is the oldest distillery on Islay, producing handcrafted single malt whisky, hidden in a special location – Scotland’s oldest maturation warehouse, creating magic.



This auction presents five archive bottles of Black Bowmore, spanning 1993 to 2016, in a unique bespoke piece of furniture created by award-winning craftsman John Galvin. Estimated to be HK$4,000,000 (US$500,000 / £400,000), the Black Bowmore ‘Archive Cabinet’ will be the centrepiece of an auction of Finest & Rarest Wines and Spirits. 



Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



The winning bidder will also be invited to the Bowmore distillery for a tasting of Bowmore’s rarest and oldest single malts, with proceeds from the sale donated to an Islay charity.



David Turner, Bowmore distillery manager, said: “This full collection of five Black Bowmore bottlings is spectacular, made even more special by the cabinet within which it is beautifully housed. Each element of the cabinet comes from our home; from the workings of the distillery preserving time gone by. This exceptional detail not only reflects the craftsmanship inherent in Bowmore, but makes this unique masterpiece rooted in our Islay home. This means whoever buys this not only owns some of our spirit’s history, but also actual elements of the distillery’s production history.”



Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



An original Bowmore Spirits safe was used in the cabinet’s construction, making it a completely one-off piece never to be replicated. Placed inside on handblown glass pillars, each in varying heights corresponding to the age of the whiskies, the bottles are showcased to spectacular effect.  



An ancient Japanese technique was used to char its surface to resemble the inside of a cask. Featuring Scottish oak, custom cask solid bronze, and drawers constructed from the original pine wash back staves and brass whisky safe sourced from the distillery, the cabinet has been handcrafted at every stage of its production.



Black Bowmore Archive Cabinet auction



This auction also offers a one-off book which details the journey of Black Bowmore over its five releases and the creation of the cabinet.


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Bonhams Natural History sale auctions the world’s largest Amethysts, Chess pieces, T-Rex skeleton and a rare meteorite http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6234 November 16, 2020: Bonhams is offering one of the largest Geodes from Uruguay in Los  Angeles on December 3 for its upcoming Bonhams Natural History Sale. The amethyst exudes various hues of lilac, rose and blue depending on the light. To add to the color, there is the presence of very rare yellow hemispherical calcite crystals. It is estimated to worth $300,000-400,000.



largest amethyst auction



“For me an item of particular note is the spectacular fossil of an Eocene turtle. Superb preservation and beautiful natural coloration make this magnificent very large turtle specimen, from the famed Green River Formation in Wyoming, particularly special. It’s awe-inspiring size is matched only by its fine detail and astounding completeness,”said Tom Lindgren, Co-Director of the Natural History Department at Bonhams.



The auction house is also offering a Gem-Encrusted Malachite and Mother-Of-Pearl Chess Set by Konstatin Libman. The chess pieces are carved of malachite and white agate and are mounted with hand-fabricated silver. Estimated at $25,000-30,000, the pieces are accented with emeralds and peridots, as well as black and white cultured pearls.



eocene turtle fossil auction



Claudia Florian, Co-Director of the Natural History Department at Bonhams, said: “We are very excited to be offering so many fascinating items in our Natural History Sale. In all 5 sections, Dinosauria, Fossils, Meteorites, Minerals and Décor, there are rare and remarkable pieces from the Earth’s history before humankind. With a sale range of $500 to 300,000 this sale is suited to every bidder, from the seasoned collector to the enthusiast seeking to start a collection.’



Bonhams is also auctioning a Tyrannosaur Skeleton, 23 foot long and over 10 foot tall, meticulously produced of cast bones taken from a mould of the original specimen, and estimated to be worth $35,000-50,000.



malachite mother of pearl chess set



A museum -display-ready representation of Megalodon jaws with teeth cast from original Megalodon teeth which is  estimated to be $7,500-10,000 ,will be sold without a reserve.



And the final highlight of the sale is a rare Muonionalusta Iron Meteorite discovered in Norrbotten, Sweden in 1906. Muonionalusta was formed when two large asteroids were destroyed by collision in the asteroid belt billions of years ago. Muonionalusta is classified as a fine octahedrite and has one of the most beautiful Widmanstatten patterns when it is etched. Widmanstatten patterns form when the two alloys of nickel, kamacite and taenite, separate as the iron core cools at a rate of only a few degrees per million years. These patterns are not found in any materials on Earth. It is estimated at $25,000 to 30,000.



You can visit the Bonhams website to see the timeless pieces to be on sale on December 3, 2020 in Los Angeles.


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French luxury bakery Ladurée to debut in India via CK Lifestyle http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6233 Laduree store



November 16, 2020: With a history of over 150 years, the luxury French bakery Ladurée is one of the world's best-known sellers of macarons and other patisserie offerings. 



Now CK Lifestyle is planning Ladurée’s first outlet in New Delhi in March-April 2021, with a planned roll-out of up to 20 bakeries and restaurants over the next five years across India. CK Israni said “Customers will get the same menu, same experience here, similar to whatever they would have experienced at Ladurée globally, be it Paris, be it London or Dubai. Even our chefs are coming from Paris and would maintain the same macarons.” 



Laduree store macarons



The first stores are to be opened in Delhi and then Mumbai. 



In 1862 Louis Ernest Ladurée opened a bakery in Paris at 16 Rue Royal, which became emblematic to Parisian high society. From Paris, London’s Harrod’s, New York’s Madison Avenue, to Hong Kong, Cannes, Saint Tropez, São Paulo, Stockholm, Miami, Bangkok, Brussels, Dubai, Azerbaijan, Dubai, Philippines, and Luxembourg, Ladurée has about 40 restaurants and tea rooms and 107 stores in 21 countries (most of which are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak).


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Satya Paul unveils the Valley of Flowers collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6232 Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



November 16, 2020: Satya Paul presents the new Collection “Valley of Flowers” by Rajesh Pratap Singh, inspired by the meadows in the valley and the wildflowers. The collection also evokes inspiration from music album covers of Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, Henry Darger collages and the wilfully lost hippie communes in the mountains.



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



The collection offers Ready to Wear, Saris, Bags, and Scarfs. You can pick signature Print Saris with 3D embroidery and hand-woven interpretation, reversible Kimonos, Tailored Pant Suits, Pleated Tunics, Evening Capes, Tie Up Bow Tops and Dresses in floral patchwork with hand stitch details in “Boro“ style and much more to keep your imagination flowing. 



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



For this winter, the collection includes luxurious silk, wool, and pure cashmere scarfs with an antivirus finish’s and hand-crafted leather bags in solid hues with 3D embroidery. These items accent this collection with utilitarian elegance and an inherent sense of fun, elevating everyday items into glamorous tools.  



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection



The collection caters to the needs of the modern-day woman who is not just free-spirited in her heart but embraces it in her everyday attitude as well and is proud to wear her fearless attitude on her sleeve. This new vision of the brand celebrates luxury with a wink.



Satya Paul Valley of Flowers collection


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Casa Paradox presents luxury décor pieces for festive season http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6231 Casa Paradox Blue Decor Plate



November 12, 2020: In this festive season, home brand Casa Paradox unveils luxury decor pieces for loved ones. The collection offers semi-precious stones such as onyx and malachite, in everything from plates to accessories and lamps. Beautiful delicate porcelain decor items, high on quality with intricate detailing, gold plated cutlery and a beautiful bar cart or rock crystal obelisk are crafted to enhance the the interior.



An inspiring canvas or sculpture give back joy, while bright and bold colours transform the  mood and temperature. 



Casa Paradox golden sculpture



For an enhanced dining experience, Casa Paradox also offers high end serveware and centrepieces which lift the mood. 



Casa Paradox emerald servingware



A seamless infusion of colour, from the muted to the striking, highlight the beauty of contrast with the elegance of rich materials. Soft furnishings, velvets and cashmere in combination of natural and jewellery tone set a joyous tone to the celebration space. From cushions in Nakkashi to exciting décor pieces, the Casa Paradox vision is to create warm and seductive nesting spaces.


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Hands presents the novel ‘Sculpted’ carpet collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6230 November 12, 2020 : Hands Carpets, founded in 1881, unveils the ‘Sculpted’ collection of carpets in fine wool and botanical silk that feature mesmerising 3D handcrafted patterns.



Hands Sculpted Carpet



The ‘Sculpted’ Collection is a unique mix of fine craftsmanship, hand crafted 3D Patterns  and each element is created using the lattice or grid-like design, to create cohesive illusion. Each carpet is an art piece transforming the space around it with beautiful 3D patterns and textures.



Ideal for family or office settings, the modern Sculpted carpets collection complements any contemporary space with minimalistic decor.



Hands Sculpted Carpet



Housed in some of the world’s most prestigious palaces, luxury hotels, and residences, Hands offers hand knotted carpets with an incredible 4900 knots per square inch. Personalisation is one the cornerstone of the company  as well.


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MB&F recreates its HM3 Frog for an anniversary edition http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6229 MB&F Frog X 2020 watch



November 12, 2020: One of the first horological machine to be made by MB&F, HM3 Frog’s great precision, design, micro mechanics and unique three dimensional construction made it an iconic watch for collectors. Its globular eyes, battle axe rotor and glistening titanium skin was revolutionary.



HM3 Frog X makes its comeback with radiant raw sapphire crystal called Corundum, as the time domes. Machining and polishing each case of HM3 Frog X requires weeks of intensive and meticulous work, a number that would be multiplied greatly if not for MB&F’s 15 years of experience in boundary-pushing sapphire crystal design since 2005.



MB&F Frog X 2020 watch



The watch engine, built by award-winning master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, is based on a Girard- Perregaux calibre, which has been literally turned upside down to allow for an uninterrupted view of the enlarged 22k gold and titanium winding rotor and the oscillations of the balance wheel.



The two 22K gold blades of the MB&F battle-axe rotor make what is called a “mystery” rotor because, in appearing to be symmetrically balanced, instead of having a visibly off-centred mass, they seem to defy the laws of physics.



MB&F Frog X 2020 watch super luminova



The sapphire crystal case may be totally transparent, but the winding crown of Frog X hides a message... When it receives just the right amount of light, at just the right angle, it reflects a secret signature: the MB&F battle-axe.



HM3 Frog X is crafted in three limited editions of 10 pieces each, with matching rotor, gasket and Super-LumiNova in Purple, Blue or Turquoise.



MB&F Frog X 2020 watch



At a retail price of CHF 138,000 + VAT (USD 152,000 / EUR 128,000 + tax), the first pieces have been shipped out to watch retailers and are available at the eShop.


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Fendi launches the ambitious “Hand in Hand” project in tribute to Italian craftsmanship http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6227 Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette Lace



November 9, 2020: Fendi launched its “Hand in Hand” project collection in the Fall/Winter 2020 – 2021 runway show, which was a collaboration between between Fendi and Italian artisans. The Italian maison invited 20 ateliers from 20 regions to reinterpret the iconic Baguette bag – which was originally designed in 1997 by Silvia Venturini Fendi.



Ms. Fendi plans to expand this project to pay homage to the best artisans of the world. As part of the “Hand in Hand” project to transform the iconic bag into a jewel of craft workmanship, each Baguette is stamped with the atelier’s name and the gold “Fendi Hand in Hand” logo, created specially for the occasion.



Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette Jacquard



A collaboration between Fendi and craftspeople at the Florentine atelier Peroni in Tuscany, the Baguette is fashioned from a single seamless piece of molded vegetal-tanned leather with no stitches from bag to buckle, using an impressive traditional technique known as cuoio artistico fiorentino. 



The Venetian artisans at Bevilacqua, creator of jacquard for five centuries, handweaves the fabric on 18th century looms, making rich floral brocade motif, producing just a few centimetres per day. Using it to make a Baguette, an interlaced satin strap and a buckle sculpted in jasper with lizard details elevates this tiny bag. The absolutely breathtaking result is an ode to patient talent, to experience, and to the historic beauty of Venice.



Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette Roman coins



The women artisans of Giuditta Brozetti, from Umbrian town of Pergia, interpret the baguette bag with a horse, a peacock, a unicorn and a dove in a bright royal blue and white color scheme. It is inspired by the bestiary of Medieval history meticulously crafted on 19th century loom.



The master jeweller Massimo Maria Melis, recreates the leather baguette with original bronze coins portraying Roman emperors. The piece uses ancestral Roman goldsmith techniques which brings ancient roman history to life with elegance.



Fendi Hand in Hand Baguette



The artisan Simona Iannini, took 100 hrs to make the shape of the baguette bag using the delicate technique of tombolo aquilano. This lacework technique imploys continuous threads of linen interlaced and never cut or sewn, passed from one generation to another since the 15th century in the Abruzzo Region.



“Each bag is unique, because the imperfections inherent to handmade craftsmanship are what express intrinsic beauty. Fashion often focuses on the designer, and I think it’s time that we celebrate the community of artisans behind these amazing creations,” says Ms. Fendi in an honest tribute to fiercely proud Italian artisans.


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Bonhams London auctions Dame Joan Collins’ collection of jewels http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6226 Ruby Diamond earring Bonhams auction



November 9, 2020: Auction house Bonhams is offering an exceptional collection of jewels of Dame Joan Collins, one of the most celebrated stage and literary star. The auction will take place on November 12 with five exquisite pieces which reflects her inimitable style, glamour and extraordinary career.



“The fabulous thing about jewellery is how extraordinary it makes you feel - these pieces of jewellery have brought me so much joy over the years and I felt it was time for others to experience this. I am also delighted to support The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice through part of the proceeds of the lots – the charity is vitally important, and it is an honour to be able to support it,” said Dame Joan Collins.



Diamond necklace Bonhams auction



A Diamond Necklace is the most impressive piece from the collection designed as a graduated series of brilliant and marquise-cut diamonds, with a scrolling ribbon of step-cut diamonds. The total diamond weight is approximately 60.50 carats, and is estimated to be £50,000 – 70,000 (US$65,000 – 91,000). It was purchased in 1985 when she was awarded multiple times for her famous role in the Dynasty as the legendary character Alexis Carrington Colby.



The sale also includes a beautiful pair of Ruby and Diamond Pendent Earrings. Each earring is a faceted ruby plaque within a surround of similarly cut diamonds, one accented by a brilliant-cut diamond-set panel, suspended from a bullet-shaped and brilliant-cut diamond surmount.



Collar necklace Bonhams auction



An exceptional Diamond Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, dating back to 1930, estimated at £15,000 – 20,000 (US$20,000 – 26,000), is a token of time. It is designed as a corkscrew curl ribbon which enables a flower to be inserted and is set throughout with brilliant and baguette-cut diamonds, mounted in platinum and gold.



The auction also offers A Diamond Collar and A pair of Diamond Pendent Earrings to be sold at Bonhams London Jewels.



Diamond earring Bonhams auction



Dame Joan was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts and in 2015 was made a DBE for her lifetime contribution to charitable causes. Dame Joan is passionately committed to many charitable organizations with a particular focus on women, children and the family unit, including The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice.


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Arnaya X Gauri Khan: A signature compendium for loved ones http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6225 November 9, 2020: Lifestyle brand, Arnaya, with a global footprint in 12 countries across the globe, has launched an exclusive Festive Collection in collaboration with celebrated designer Gauri Khan. Inspired by Hope and Humanity, the impeccably crafted collection will make a luxurious addition to any home or office. The collection offers a signature compendium of luxurious marble objet d’arts designed by Gauri Khan. 



Candle stand Arnaya Gauri Khan



Manan Trivedi, MD of Arnaya, spoke about how this collection has been inspired by people gracefully managing this unprecedented crisis, “Arnaya’s curation of Gauri Khan designs for the festive season is a poignant reminder that even when problems seem insurmountable, change is always possible and hope will always be our guiding force. The brand applauds the relentless efforts and salutes all across borders, race, gender and professions for demonstrating compassion, courage and exemplary strength in restoring hope for all of humanity.”



This luxury festive collection  offers uniquely designed candle stands and exquisite art elements that represent faces of humanity. This opulent collection has been inspired by the natural beauty of marbles and stones, reimagined by blending it with wood, metals and semi-precious stones to create bespoke designs. This collaboration is true testament of Gauri Khan’s elegant design sensibility and Arnaya’s futuristic technological capabilities.



Marble Candle stand Arnaya Gauri Khan



Mr Trivedi added, “ The partnership brings together Gauri Khan’s immense sense of style as a designer and Arnaya’s deep experience with crafting stone. Her vision for this unique collection of gifting products is brought to life by Arnaya with peerless technology that sets the seal on quality and precision. Arnaya is not only revolutionising stone work in terms of design, textures, materials and treatments but, by collaborating with renowned designers like Gauri Khan, it also achieves harmony between form and function in all its products.”



Marble sculpture Gauri Khan



The collection is available on Arnaya.in.


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A. Lange & Söhne launches its 2nd boutique in Dubai http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6224 A. Lange Sohne Dubai boutique Mall of Emirates



November 4, 2020:  A. Lange & Söhne, the legendary  German watch manufacturer, has inaugurated their second Dubai boutique in the Mall of the Emirates. With a presence in 60 countries, the 175 year old brand’s new boutique is in one of the world’s most luxurious shopping destinations. 



A. Lange & Söhne Middle East, India & Africa Brand Director, Jean Bitar explained why this is stepping stone for their retail strategy: “Our second boutique in Dubai is a significant milestone for the brand. The number of knowledgeable watch enthusiasts and collectors in the UAE and the Middle East is continuously growing and so is the demand for our watches.”



A. Lange Sohne Dubai boutique Mall of Emirates



The new location features spacious and unique interior design created through authentic materials and elaborate surface treatments that transports you to the craftsmanship of the Saxon watchmaker. It makes you travel back in time, especially in December 1845, when Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange moved to Glashütte and opened a pocket watch workshop with the ambition to “craft the world’s finest watches”, thus laying the cornerstone for fine watchmaking in Saxony.



You can experience an extensive range of A. Lange & Söhne timepieces in the new boutique, including highlights from the 2020 collection. The exceptional “Homage to F.A. Lange” edition celebrates the 175th anniversary of Saxon fine watchmaking accompanied by the new LANGE 1 TIME ZONE and the ODYSSEUS collection.



Today, A. Lange & Soehne crafts only a few thousand wristwatches per year, predominantly in gold or platinum. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated by hand and assembled twice. 


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Christie’s digitally auctions iconic jewels from some of the most renowned brands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6223 November 4, 2020: Auction house Christie’s is presenting a diverse array of jewels dating back from the late 18th century through to present day, from a group of Victorian insect brooches, opulent Belle Epoque and Art Deco jewels, bold yellow gold gem-set and enamel designs from the 1960s to 1980s, to a wide selection of signed contemporary pieces by the world’s most renowned jewellery houses including Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Graff and Tiffany & Co.



Christie's online jewelry auction



The online auction, held between November 4 to 18, includes many exquisite pieces. An elegant Edwardian garland design tiara (estimate £45,000-65,000), an impressive Art Deco diamond and ruby cabochon strap bracelet by Drayson (estimate £40,000-60,000), a rare antique foil-backed diamond collar necklace with a detachable cluster pendant (estimate £100,000- 150,000), and a limited edition diamond ‘Crash’ bracelet watch by Cartier (estimate £40,000-60,000), are only a click away from anywhere from the world.



All the proceeds from the sale of the beautiful cultured pearl, diamond and enamel bracelet, formerly the property of the late Dame Vera Lynn (estimate £8,000-12,000), will benefit The Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity. This special and highly personal bracelet was made in 2007 by the Queen’s Jeweller Harry Collins to mark Dame Vera’s 90th birthday. Dame Vera was known as Britain’s Wartime Sweetheart for being the symbol of hope and fortitude through her captivating songs. She created this charity in 2001, which has helped more than 600 families who have children affected by cerebral palsy.



To participate in the auction, visit their official website.


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Couturiers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collaborate with Needledust for a beautiful Diwali Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6222 October 30, 2020: This Diwali, Indian designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla collaborated with NeedleDust for a festive collection, which merges Abu Sandeep’s iconic and classic embroideries with NeedleDust style.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



The illustrious collaboration introduces four intricately crafted juttis and two extraordinary new mules, finished with exquisitely handcrafted metallic embellishments and sparkling sequins, add a refreshing and glamorous touch to the upcoming season.



Aztec patterns and strong geometric motifs, that have now become synonymous with the designer duo's eponymous brand, dominate the juttis and mules. The motifs are fluid and are entwined with weaves and mix-embroidery. The meticulously crafted footwear features shimmering crystals. Beads and sequins giving a futuristic and contemporary aesthetic. 



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



The eclectic collection has a unique mix of bright hues of red and fuschia, balanced with metallic shades of gold, silver and champagne. The collection will showcase two new, chic styles for mules - the square toe mule and the arrowhead.



When asked about the inspiration of the collection, Shirin Mann Sangha, Founder and Creative Director of Needledust, said, “Considering how hard the year has been for everyone, our sole quest in launching the collection in the midst of the pandemic, was to bring hope and cheer back in people’s lives in our own little way. It's about celebrating the little things, adding cheer to the season and creating our own little silver lining! It is exuberant and lush, it's got pop colours and glam tones, it's really embracing the hand we've been dealt and making it brighter.”



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear

Echoing similar sentiments, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla said, “It’s time to walk towards a brighter future in fabulous footwear. It’s an absolute feast, full of options, for your every mood. From the bling of silver and gold, to the brightest hues to the shine of crystals and tassels, it’s comprehensive, distinct and diverse style. We have explored our passion for embroideries be it thread, gota, sequins or beading. This collection puts the glamour into Happy Feet.”Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



Needledust is ‘Born of India’ and is the first footwear label to ‘reinvent and redesign’ juttis which are handcrafted and hand-sewed by India’s finest artisans. Worn by celebrities, Needledust had created special Mehendi tokens for actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding at Lake Como. Priyanka Chopra was styled in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust juttis for her Mehendi function.



Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla X Needledust 2020 juttis mules Indian footwear



The new collection is available in NeedleDust stores in Delhi and Chandigarh and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla's stores nationwide. The collection is also live on Needledust.com and shipping worldwide.


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A new location has been added into the roster of Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6221 Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg exterior



October 28, 2020: Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has been serving delicious meals since 1979. Beginning as a small butcher shop, Perry’s has grown into a renowned group of award-winning restaurants featuring USDA Prime beef, tableside carvings, signature selections, flaming desserts and handcrafted cocktails at its Bar 79. 



Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill has now launched its second Chicagoland location at 1780 E. Golf Road in Schaumburg. It promises to delight customers with its vibrant color palette and modern lighting and textures, bringing an exciting vibe to the Schaumburg community.



Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg interior



The main dining room welcomes with a spectacular wine wall and allows customers to see Perry’s chef in action. The inventive menu, extravagant tableside presentations, and the sights and scents amplifies the ‘Rare and Well Done’ experience.



Perry’s has also launched Perry’s Steakhouse Online Market for guests who want to bring the Perry’s experience directly to their door. 



Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg wine wall



With award-winning steakhouse locations in Birmingham, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Raleigh and across Texas, Perry’s has remained true to its roots with its butcher-fresh Prime USDA-Aged steaks and signature table-side carving presentations for its famous seven-finger-high pork chop, Chateaubriand and hanging symphony kabob as well as desserts flamed tableside. 



Other fan favorites include signature steak additions as well as innovative seafood entrees created by Perry’s Master Development Chef Rick Moonen, a celebrity chef, a member of the American Culinary Hall of Fame and the nation’s leading authority on sustainable seafood.



Perry's Steakhouse Schaumburg fine dining



To experience the delicacies and to make reservations, call 847-648-7451 or visit PerrysSteakhouse.com.


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A rare and exclusive Pink Diamond and ruby jewels to be auctioned by Bonhams http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6220 October 28, 2020: Renowned auctioneer Bonhams will auction exceptional diamonds and coloured gems on November 12, 2020, in London.



The Fancy Pink diamond ring, by Meister circa 1968, “is an exceptional combination of characteristics: a pure pink hue with no secondary modifying component colours,” as per Emily Barber, UK Director of Bonhams Jewellery. The beauty of the diamond’s colour and its high clarity grade is further offset by its elegant cut, with a minimum of facets. 



Fancy pink diamond ring for auction by Bonhams



The Fancy Pink step-cut diamond, graded as VS1 clarity, potentially flawless, weighs 3.62 carats and is nestled between tapered baguette-cut diamond shoulders and carries an estimate of £550,000 - 750,000 (US$700,000 – 950,000). A very small percentage of one in ten thousand gem quality diamond are pink. And pink diamonds of this quality and size are exceptionally rare.



A diamond necklace/bracelet combination by Harry Winston is another exceptional piece up for auction, this beguiling collar necklace is designed as a graduated series of step-cut diamonds alternating with pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds and converts to two bracelets. The total weight for the piece is 89.03 carats and is accompanied by six GIA reports with diamonds ranging from D to F, VS1 to VS2.



The third queen of the auction is the ruby and diamond ring by Italian Jeweller Repossi. This dreamy and beautiful Burmese Ruby weighs 12.78 carats, a well saturated red hue and an appearance unaltered by heat treatment. The oval-cut ruby sits within a pear-shaped diamond surround (approx. 5.20 carats), between graduated baguette-cut diamond shoulders.



Fancy ruby diamond ring for auction by Bonhams



The finest rubies on earth have been found in the Mogok Stone Tract region of Burma, now Myanmar. Burmese rubies are prized for their vibrant, fiery colour, caused by high levels of chromium saturating the ground from which they are mined. This combined with their strong fluorescence results in the glowing, fiery radiance. The ruby has been an important stone for many cultures and was ascribed various values of power, protection, wealth, status, cures for illness and peace. The Sanskrit name, ratnaraj or ‘King of Precious Stones’, given to rubies, embodies the value bestowed upon this gemstone.


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Ulysse Nardin takes a step towards sustainability - from the sea to the wrist – with a new strap http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6219 Ulysse Nardin r Strap watch



October 28, 2020: Ulysse Nardin, creator of marine chronometers and luxury watches from 1846, is using recycled fishing nets to make straps for its watches. Inspired by swimmer and adventurer Ben Lecomte’s work towards creating awareness towards ocean pollution, Ulysse Nardin has appointed him as the latest ambassador to the family of ‘Ulysses’.



In order to raise money for cancer research, Mr. Lecomte was the first person to swim across the Atlantic without a board in 1998. In 2018, when he travelled for 1500 nautical miles at sea, he was overwhelmed by the enormous amount of plastic. He said, “I was fascinated by this spectacle that was both magnificent and repulsive. It became clear that the sporting challenge would no longer be a goal for me. The mission of raising awareness about pollution had become much more important.”



Ben Lecomte excavating ocean junk



In 2019, he embarked on an extraordinary journey into the Pacific plastic Vortex, which was discovered by Charles Moore, a yachtsman, in 1997. Pacific plastic vortex is an area of swirling ocean currents where human trash accumulates. He was appalled by the view and expressed his disappointment: “Small crabs adrift on the waste sought refuge by climbing onto me, leaving behind pieces of floating plastic which had carried them far, far away from the coasts.The nets are mostly tangled in a ball, held together with ropes that have clearly been tossed overboard.”



Almost 10,000 whales, dolphins, sea lions, seals and turtles are killed by discarded plastic nets. The non-degradable plastic, with time, converts into micro plastic, which is even more dangerous for marine life.



After covering 300 nautical miles and seeing more than 300 million tonnes of plastic produced every year, Mr. Lecomte has become a strong proponent of reducing waste from the source.



Recycled fishing net thread to make watch strap



In response to Ben Lecomte’s quest to save marine life, Ulysse Nardin has selected an innovative polyamide yarn, fully recycled from fishing nets, to weave its new wrist strap, compatible with Diver 44 mm, Diver 42 mm, Diver Chronograph, Marine Torpilleur and Freak X watches. 



This strap is the watchmaker's first 100% waterproof fabric. It is interwoven on the edges to prevent fraying and withstand abrasion. The dying technique used before extrusion by the supplier JTTi for its YTT+ yarn reels (100% recycled from fishing nets) gives a uniform black color and has the non-negligible environmental advantage of not using water during production.



Mr. Lecomte responded enthusiastically, “Reusing sea nets for jewelled watches is unique and a fantastic combination. Ulysse Nardin is very close to the marine environment and I'm interested in seeing how the watches people have used for years can evolve. The entire business is changing and adapting to the new conditions and demands with a more circular model. This circular economy approach is fairly unique for a luxury product. The plastic is not being created for the watch as it has already been used. In the sea, it’s a pollutant. Around my wrist, it becomes powerful.”



Ulysse nardin R strap



Ulysse Nardin adheres with United Nations guidelines and committed to achieve their 17 sustainable development goals by 2030. The brand concentrates its attention toward sustainable management of the ocean. It prioritises reducing marine pollution and acquiring greater oceanographic knowledge.




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Soccer legend Luis Campos partners with Angelus to create new limited-edition U52 watch series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6217 Angelus X Luis Campos watch



October 26, 2020: Known for its athletically-inspired tourbillon timepieces, Swiss watchmaker Angelus has collaborated with Luis Campos for its U52, a renowned soccer scout and one of the best technical directors in the world of football.



The new limited edition watch, with just 25 copies, is a powerful yet lightweight skeleton tourbillon executed in vivid turquoise.



Angelus X Luis Campos watch



Mr. Campos is the sporting advisor to Gérard Lopez, Owner and President of LOSC football club in Lille, France. He has an exceptional career of 30 years, managing European soccer clubs. For this collaboration, Mr. Campos chose the blues that adorn the watch and its strap and selected the football motif for the small seconds. He also determined the technical specifications for the piece, which is directly descended from the U50 diving watch and its A-300 flying tourbillon skeleton caliber.



Such technicity and precision means that the U52 can reach depths of 300 meters unscathed and features a 60-minute timing system. Instead of occupying the bezel, the system is situated inside the case on the flange divided into five-minute intervals. This unidirectional rotating ring is operated using the crown at 2 o’clock. 



Angelus X Luis Campos blue watch



One of U52’s specific features is that the markings from zero (the Angelus logo) to 45 are in a different shade of blue. Their distinct color means they can be used to time each half of a football match. Another characteristic that makes this edition so special is the small seconds which, instead of being indicated by a hand, is mounted on a disc painted with a Super-LumiNova soccer ball. 



A recently revived brand, originally born in 1891, Angelus has yet again proved its savoir faire in house-made movements and vintage timepieces which continue to be coveted by collectors all around the world.


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The Imperial Hotel in New Delhi reopens in the post-pandemic world http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6216 The Imperial Hotel New Delhi facade



October 26, 2020: The Imperial Hotel New Delhi, situated in the heart of the capital, has reopened and launched its “I Care” wellness initiative for guests. This unrivalled safety program focuses on post pandemic hygiene and well-being procedures and protocols for both the guests and associates.



Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. Executive VP and GM at The Imperial New Delhi, proudly said, “We have complete wellness procedures under ‘I Care’ and have enhanced health and safety protocols for our guests in all areas of operations. Moreover, our interiors and technical teams have brought back the hotel to its original form in just one month’s time by undertaking all the hygiene practices and social norms. We have gone one step ahead by acquiring a machine which sanitizes pillows after use, not just the covers.”



The Imperial Hotel New Delhi associate with mask



In a true revival of this Lutyens Hotel, the walls of The Imperial have now been restored with the historic artworks. Beautiful high ceiling rooms, jasmine scented corridors and buzzing chefs in the restaurants are ready to welcome guests.



Smiling associates with a mask on the face, exude the same warmth and joy The Imperial is known for. The hotel is geared up to make your stay and dining experience as refreshing and exciting as it used to be before the pandemic.


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Christie’s offers an outstanding collection of artifacts from the Qing Dynasty for auction http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6215 October 26, 2020: Christie’s, the world's leading art business, is offering unique Chinese Art Works from Springfield Museums, the largest cultural institution in western Massachusetts, in continuation of the tradition to offer renowned institutional collections. The live auction will be conducted in Hong Kong on November 30 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.



Chinese antique vase for auction by Christie's



Some spectacular pieces included are 12 jade and cloisonné enamel pieces from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). These pieces were acquired by George Walter Vincent Smith (1832 -1923), an American entrepreneur and art collector who founded the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1896. The Museum is best known for its extraordinary depth of rare and unusual objects from China and Japan, featuring a striking collection of Chinese porcelains, cloisonné ware and jade and Japanese bronzes, iron, lacquer and ivory.



Chinese antique sculpture for auction by Christie's



An exquisitely carved white jade figure of Shoulao, the Star God of Longevity, rare for its substantial size and superb quality from Qianlong - Jiaqing Period (1736 - 1820) is estimated to be auctioned for HK$ 5,000,000 – 7,000,000.



Chinese antique vase for auction by Christie's



While another masterpiece, a massive imperial cloisonné enamel vase decorated with dramatic mask motifs, exceeding 64 cm. in height, Taotie Hu Form Vase from Yongzheng - Qianlong Period (1723 - 1795) will be auctioned for HK$ 3,000,000 – 5,000,000.



Chinese antique vase for auction by Christie's



All proceeds from the sale of the art pieces will be used for the care of the collections, and to advance the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, and access through future art acquisitions of works by women artists, artists of color and under-represented artists.


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Ahmedabad-based Harit Zaveri Jewellers introduce Heirloom Jewelry collection ‘Gaatha’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6213 Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry



October 22, 2020: Harit Zaveri Jewellers have launched their new collection of heirloom jewelry titled ‘Gaatha’. 

 

‘Gaatha’ means a verse of a poem used for narrating ancient legends in Sanskrit and it is perfectly in tune with the collection’s focus on age-old and timeless Indian traditions. The jewelry pieces from the collection portray a very strong narrative and are designed to take one down the memory lane and stories of grandmother’s treasured ornaments. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry long earrings



The ensemble comprises traditional kundan, jadau and polki jewellery sets which are entirely handmade and are an ode to excellent artisanship. The stones used are rubies, emeralds, turquoise, tourmalines and pearls with uncut diamonds, set immaculately in heritage styles that reflect the rich culture and history of India. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry pearl polki rings



With only the very highest quality stones used in each piece, the forms and shapes are majorly inspired by Hindustani art, folk motifs, birds and fish, and the Mughal Indian jewellery.



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry heavy gold necklace



The jewelry pieces are perfect as Indian festive season kicks off with the flamboyant 9-day Navratri festival. 



Harit Zaveri Indian traditional jewelry pearl bangles


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Burberry revolutionises fashion designing with a new software http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6212 October 22, 2020: Always at the forefront of digitization, British luxury fashion house Burberry has now teamed up with a digital production agency Koffeecup for an innovative software which will simplify fashion designing. The software uses gaming technology and merges it seamlessly with design to speed up the process of placing prints on fabrics. 



Burberry uses gaming technology for fashion designing



With the help of this technology, the two-dimensional print will be placed on a 3D product template, consequently providing a real-time feedback and instantly displaying how the final product will look. An integral part of Burberry’s merchandising model and in the process of print engineering, the software enables a more sustainable, efficient and creative operation. 



Mark Morris, Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce at Burberry, believes that this new software is a great example of digital innovation and cross-functional collaboration. He commented, “Our internal 3D development team, who built the successful games B Bounce and B Surf, saw an opportunity in how their technology could streamline a part of the product design process.” 



Thomas Michelou, Managing Director at Koffeecup, said, “At Koffeecup, we saw this as an opportunity to leverage technology that is usually used in gaming development and apply it to the luxury fashion space. This pioneering shift from gaming to design allowed us to move towards generating a real-time visual experience that resonated well with our creative audiences.”



The first edition of the products designed using this software is now available in stores in the Pre-Fall 2020 collection.


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Christie’s Handbags & Accessories online auction will feature iconic designs from Hermès, Louis Vuitton & Chanel http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6211 October 22, 2020: After a successful online-only auction of handbags in London earlier this year, Christie’s will be presenting a Handbags and Accessories auction from November 3 to November 17, 2020. The online sale will have handbags, luggage, accessories and collectibles from iconic luxury brands like Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Chanel. 



Hermes matte white birkin for auction Christies



The sale’s most coveted lot is the rare Hermès 2020 Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 25 with Palladium Hardware. Priced at an estimate of £60,000-80,000, the gradient bag takes its name from its semblance to the colors of the majestic, snow-capped Himalayan massif. Other highlights from Hermès include a 2018 Étain Swift Leather Kelly Lakis 28 with Gold Hardware (estimate: £8,000-10,000) and a 2020 Rose Pourpre & Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 25 with Brushed Gold Hardware (estimate: £6,000-8,000). 



LV monogram flower trunk for auction Christies



From Louis Vuitton, iconic pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries include an incredibly rare Hermetic Explorer’s Zinc Cabin Trunk from the 1890s (estimate: £40,000-50,000). Designed for the most intrepid of explorers, Louis Vuitton asserted his dominance in the travel-trunk market with the use of lightweight materials. The auction also includes examples of the Louis Vuitton Malle Fleurs, the iconic 20th century flower trunks, including a beautiful monogram canvas trunk from the 1920s (estimate: £15,000-20,000). Representing  an iconic moment in the history of Louis Vuitton, they were introduced as gifts for the most exclusive clients of the house. The trunks included a zinc liner to allow flowers and water to be placed inside, without causing any damage to the trunk.



Lime Chanel handbag for auction Christies



Chanel’s offerings include a 2014 White Lucite & Crystal Lego Clutch (estimate: £2,000-3,000), a 2018 Lime Sequin Mini Single Flap with Silver Hardware (estimate: £1,000-2,000) and a 2018 Clear Plexi Glass Chain Bag with Rainbow Hardware (estimate: £3,000-4,000).



The bidding opens on November 3, 2020 and the lots will also be on view for those in London at Christie’s King Street.



Christie’s Hong Kong is also auctioning a range of iconic Louis Vuitton trunks on November 27, from the original creations of 1886, to more current ones created by Virgil Abloh. 


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Tarun Tahiliani’s new Wedding Couture collection goes back to the roots http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6210 October 21, 2020: During FDCI’s Lotus Makeup India Fashion Week SS’21, Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani launched his Wedding Couture collection - The Age of Innocence. 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021



Mr. Tahiliani took inspiration from Indian roots to express a sense of normalcy amidst chaos, reminding everyone that celebrations have become even more sacred in the post-pandemic world. As the definition of an Indian ‘wedding’ undergoes a new meaning, weddings are no more about bright lights, big rooms and thousands of people. It is all about “Lightness”, “Joy”, and above all.. “to be herself”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 jamevaar lehenga



Explaining his thought process, Mr. Tahiliani says, “In an ode to this new luxury and this new stillness, we’ve gone back to a time before Instagram, before magazines, before red carpets – where luxury was created for the wearer alone, for them to really immerse themselves into. There was an innocence in that, there was a purity. The clothes have been drawn, sculpted, engineered to upgrade lightness, to be glamorous and yet be Indian, very Indian. We have taken all the learnings of the studio from 25 years and put them into this new celebration of life, lightness and innocence”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 lehenga with pocket



Hidden minakari work and celebrated colours such as aquas, shell pinks, pale jades and tea roses have been the primary inspiration for the collection. This unique savoir faire juxtaposed with that of jamevaars gave birth to this Indian Modern Bride. These exquisite pieces, with hand painted motifs, are delicately embroidered by hand, resulting in rich and weightless distinctive modern pieces of today.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pearl lehenga belt



The studio has reimagined the same jamevaar techniques for the groom, where an age old weave, a piece of art worn by royalty has come alive in Mr. Tahiliani’s own signature way. 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 boho Indian bride



Modern fits and silhouettes, lehengas with pockets that weigh almost nothing, are the designer’s diktat for “Freedom , Lightness and Love”.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pastel lehenga



Mr. Tahiliani expresses: “I have always been obsessed with the quest of ‘how does one make things lighter and more contemporary?’ So, we decided to hand paint unique colours that you may not find a Jaamevar shawl in and then go back to our Kashida technique, which is hand-embroidering over the base and along the way somehow in that subtlety also came our inspiration from minakari – which is the fine art of enamelling and painting on the back of the necklaces that are often made all over India.



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 pink sari



"To me that represents the highest form of luxury, because the detailing is at the back and it is so beautifully done – it sits on the wearer’s neck and it is only for the wearer, just like a beautiful garment. Whoever sees it will understand what real luxury feels like on your skin.” 



Tarun Tahiliani Wedding couture 2020-2021 red lehenga



The collection truly celebrates special moments, simpler times and revisiting your roots. A collection of lightness that couples find within themselves and celebrations with people who truly matters. It is, indeed, the return of the Age of Innocence.


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Michael Kors’ Spring Summer 2021 collection focuses on easy, flowy classics http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6209 October 21, 2020: Michael Kors recently launched its Spring Summer 2021 collection on the brand’s site and social media channels, through a unique digital experience accessible coupled with digital lookbook and biographies on the talent featured in the videos.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 black coat



When asked about his inspiration for the collection, Mr. Kors said, “I designed this season with more thought and more intent than anything I've ever done. We were all forced to slow down this year, and I think we all started to appreciate things in a new way—suddenly, a flower blooming, a beautiful sunset, a walk along the river, these were things that brought us hope. I wanted to look at nature and rebirth through an urban lens.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 blue shirt dress



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 bronze relaxed dress



The first video features a documentary style film titled ‘Up on The Roof’ that allows it’s audience to connect with mood and inspirations of the season; directed by newcomer Haley Elizabeth Anderson. The second video features a traditional runway show which was filmed in a New York Restoration Project Community Garden, featuring a live performance by Samantha Diaz. And the third video focuses on Ms. Diaz’s moving performance of “You’ve Got a Friend”, written by Carole King.



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 green silk dress



The collection itself is modern, relaxed with a boho chic aura. Straight trenches, belted summery shirt dresses, luscious silks, cozy knitwears and shimmering eveningwear defined Michael Kors’ Spring Summer 2021 collection. 



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 mens trench coat



Michael Kors Spring Summer 2021 white voluminous top



Mr. Kors also made a donation to the New York Restoration Project and the Renaissance Youth Center, which will support the organization’s “Music on Wheels” initiatives.




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AstaGuru’s latest auction features a magnificent collection of heirloom jewellery, fine silver & exceptional timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6208 October 20, 2020: AstaGuru, a premium Indian online auction house, is featuring Heirloom Jewellery, Fine Silver and Exceptional Timepieces on October 20-21, 2020. 



The annual online auction has 100 lots comprising a curated collection of exquisite vintage jewelry from India as well as Europe. The sale will also have a collection of 54 timepieces including clocks and watches from the world’s most illustrious luxury brands like Patek Phillipe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Rolex, Richard Mille, and many more. 



Basra pearl necklace for auction by astaguru



Leading the jewelry sale is the ‘Four Row Basra Pearl Necklace’, from the 1940s, estimated at INR 1,25,00,000 – 1,30,00,000 (US$ 176,056 – 183,099). Composed of 327 graduating Basra pearls, it features Art Deco terminals set with diamonds and baguettes in white gold. Given the lengthy process of assembling such a well-matched arrangement of natural pearls similar in shape, lustre, and colour that may take up to a few years, this is an extremely significant piece. 



Another important highlight is an elegant ‘Gold Bracelet set with Rose Cut Diamonds’ from 1900s estimated at INR 40,00,000 – 42,00,000 (US$ 56,338 – 59,155). The stunning vintage bracelet is composed of a delicate floral motif at the centre and is entirely set with rose-cut diamonds. The central portrait cut diamond is approximately 6cts, and the bracelet has a foil back setting. 



gold diamond bracelet for auction by astaguru



Other highlights from the jewelry segment include a stunning ‘Pair of Diamond Ear Pendants Set in Platinum’ & ‘An Important Pair of Diamond and Emerald ear pendants’ estimated between INR 25-27 lakhs (US$ 35,211 – 38,028) and INR 79-83 lakhs (US$ 111,268 – 116,901) respectively. 



Diamond emerald earrings for auction by astaguru



Men will be interested in the ‘Set of 12 Vintage Diamond Sherwani Buttons’, circa 1940s, consisting of six large and six small buttons. The larger buttons have diamonds set in a star-shaped motif with a turquoise blue guilloche enamel background. The smaller buttons have diamonds set in the foreground in a slightly different star shaped motif with a deep green guilloche enamel as the background. All the 12 pieces are set in gold and white metal and carry an estimate between INR 3,50,000 – 4,00,000 (US$ 4,930 – 5,634). 



The Fine Silver sale is characterized by an impressive dinner service set designed by Robert & Belk from the 1980s. Estimated at a price of INR 55 – 60 lakhs (US$ 77,465 – 84,507), it has  75 pieces that include 10 Dinner Plates, 12 Cream Cups, 8 Dessert Bowls & serving apparatus. 



fine silver dinner set for auction by astaguru



The Exceptional Timepieces segment runs the gamut from Vintage table clocks to state-of-the-art contemporary timepieces. Leading the sale is a Richard Mille Extra Flat Gold Skeleton Dial Wristwatch carrying an estimate of INR 45 – 50 lakhs (US$ 63,380 – 70,423). The automatic movement watch has 42 hours power reserve, 29 jewels and a gold case with a transparent dial & back case (skeleton). 



Two elegant and exquisite Patek Phillipe watches - Annual Calendar 18ct Yellow Gold "Complete Set" and  Patek Philippe White Golden Elipsse Wristwatch are included in the sale. A Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Silver Dial Wristwatch is estimated at INR 8 – 9 lakhs (US$ 11,268 – 12,676). Some of its many features include the automatic antimagnetic movement, power reserve of 40 hrs, steel case, and a silver dial with three subsidiary dials – power reserve, date & dual time zone display. 



vacheron constantin for auction by astaguru



The Art Deco Marble Clock Set by Japy Freres is also an interesting lot. Executed in marble and embellished by bronze figurines of women on both sides, the dial of the clock has Arabic numerals with crafted hands indicating hour & minutes. This one-of-a-kind piece is estimated INR 3 – 4 lakhs (US$ 4,225 – 5,634).



The entire auction catalogue can be viewed on Astaguru.com and the auction will take place on the website on October 20-21, 2020.


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The Lodhi launches an all-new Keto, gluten-free and vegan menu http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6207 Broccoli tart the lodhi new delhi



October 19, 2020: The Lodhi, New Delhi, has introduced a new 'Gluten Free-Keto-Vegan Menu’, specially designed for a healthier lifestyle. 



Curated carefully by expert chefs with research and guidance, the unique menu has been pumped with immune-boosting nutrients which is beneficial, especially in the wake of the pandemic. Brimming with flavors, the meal is wholesome and prepared with fresh, handpicked ingredients. 



almond soup the lodhi new delhi



The menu comprises of delicacies like Cabbage Poriyal (sauteed or fried cabbage) with Coconut, Gucchi (Morel Mushrooms) and roasted walnut; Salmon Carpaccio, Fried Caper, Salmon Roe and Micro Green; Squash and Avocado Cannelloni; Chocolate Coconut Panna Cotta with Berries and more. 



Avocado squash cannoli the lodhi new delhi



Available at Elan, the timings are 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Lunch) and 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm (Dinner). 


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Limited edition watch containing steel from Titanic up for auction in Birmingham http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6206 Romaine Jerome Titanic watch for auction



October 19, 2020: A limited edition watch made from the steel of the storied Titanic ship will be going under the hammer at Fellow Auctioneers. 



Designed by Swiss watchmaking brand Romain Jerome, the unique timepiece is 67 of the 100 released in 2012, the centennial of the disaster. The brand purchased a piece of the Titanic’s hull, weighing about 1.5 kg (3 pounds) that was retrieved in 1991 and used its elements to construct these watches. 



Romain Jerome Titanic watch for auction



The bi-colour gentleman's Titanic-DNA Steampunk Auto features a medallion on the back depicting the Titanic, with the words “made from parts of the Titanic, tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, 1912-2012”, included. Along with metal from the ship itself, the watch is also fused with metal from Harland & Wolff shipyards, where the gigantic ship was built. 



Built into the dial are roman numerals marking the 6 and 12 o’clock points. The watch has a PVD-coated stainless steel case with a stabilised rusted steel bezel. It contains a reference RJTAUSP002, serial 21116, and an automatic movement. There is a skeleton steampunk dial with a subsidiary seconds indicator to nine, and the watch is fitted to a signed black rubber strap with titanium double folding clasp. A box and papers are included with the lot.



Romain Jerome Titanic watch for auction



Laura Bishop, Watch Manager at Fellows Auctioneer, expressed great pride in presenting this unique watch as one of the most interesting pieces to go up for auction at Fellows’. It has an estimate of £3,600 - £5,600 in Fellows’ Luxury Watch Sale, taking place in Birmingham on October 26, 2020.


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Legendary architect Frank Gehry celebrates 150th anniversary of Hennessy X.O with striking new carafe designs http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6204 Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



October 15, 2020: Iconic cognac brand Hennessy X.O is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, and to mark this milestone, the brand asked architect Frank Gehry to reinterpret the timeless bottle containing the exceptional elixir.



First created in 1870, the ‘X.O.’ in Hennessy X.O. stands for ‘Extra Old’, and the exceptional blend follows that with a rich and complex structure. Beyond seasons and decades, the eaux-de-vie that compose Hennessy X.O are selected to create a harmony of notes and balance, chosen by the Master Blender to work seamlessly together. 



Hennessy X.O is also known for its iconic carafe. When the cognac was first created, it was contained in the “charentaises” bottles that had appeared a few years earlier. The innovative flacon renowned today was born in 1947, when Maurice Hennessy asked his nephew and grandson of James Hennessy, Gérald de Geoffre, just 27 at the time, to design a distinctive bottle for Hennessy X.O. The shape of his new sculpted glass bottle was inspired by an upturned cluster of grapes.



Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



To celebrate the 150th anniversary of this exceptional cognac, Mr. Gehry – the world-renowned architect who has given birth to the legendary structures of the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Ontario, the Opus Tower in Hong Kong and the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – revisited the iconic carafe.



“I wanted to bring Hennessy X.O.” to life, and so I took inspiration from its birthplace and used this crumpling effect of the material that gives it a feeling of movement. The materials I’ve chosen catch the light and make this a really beautiful object on its own, but then you realize it is a bottle of Hennessy X.O,” explains Mr. Gehry.



Frank Gehry carafe design for 150 years of Hennessy XO



Mr. Gehry has created several striking designs, including a bottle enveloped in a crinkled sleeve of 24 carat gold-dipped bronze, encased in a sculptural glass glorifier. In another design Mr. Gehry has created a decanter with a brass and gold fusil.



The carafe is available at the Hennessy store in Cognac in 150 numbered decanters imprinted with Frank Gehry’s signature.


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Louis Vuitton reinterprets the iconic Capucines bag in 6 ways http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6203 October 15, 2020: Launching the second edition of its Artycapucines collection, Louis Vuitton invited artists Beatriz Milhhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao to create handbags that are at once vibrant and whimsical.



The Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection is a unique meeting of contemporary art, fashion and striking artisanal craftsmanship. The brand’s iconic Capucines bag – named after rue des Capucines in Paris, where Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854 – the artists give a new face to this stylish handbag. 



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



Each of the artists in this second wave appropriated the trapezoid shaped bag, rethinking the design with their personal style to create one-of-a-kind models. Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhares superposed a kaleidoscope of textures and colors in lambskin onto the bag’s sleek form.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel – known for his Kiosque des Noctambules at the entrance to the Palais Royal metro station in Paris – completely reworked bag in a raffia weave topped with a boa like silk trim, completed by a twisted handle adorned with black pearls.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



New York artists Josh Smith drew inspiration from his original series of paintings titled Name, faithfully reproducing canvases spelling out his name in bright colors.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



American Henry Taylor transposed an original painting using cutting-edge laser printing and traditional marquetry techniques. He reproduced the expressive face of the founder of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles from his 2017 portrait, creating a remarkable sculptural bas-relief on the Capucines bag canvas.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



The Louis Vuitton Capucines by Beijing-based Liu Wei is futuristic and sculptural, with aluminum plates and rings covered in metal spheres to hold the handle in place.



Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines 2020



Giving us a sophisticated, universal piece, Zhao Zhao created a graphic pattern that covers the entire surface of the bag like a puzzle.



The six new creations in the Artycapucines collection will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces for each bag at select Louis Vuitton stores worldwide beginning October 30.


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Indian jewelry brand Hazoorilal Legacy launches e-boutique http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6202 Hazoorilal Legacy ruby diamond jewelry



October 15, 2020: With the pandemic accelerating innovation, luxury fine jewelry brand Hazoorilal Legacy has ventured into the digital ecosystem with the launch of its e-commerce platform

 

The launch drop consists primarily of en vogue diamond jewelry collections priced under INR 7 lakh and available exclusively online. The brand will extend its offerings to gold and uncut diamond jewelry soon. The brand is currently shipping to Mumbai and Delhi NCR at no added cost to the customer. Hazoorilal Legacy intends to take this model pan India before the end of the year.



Hazoorilal Legacy diamond bracelet



The jewelry pieces in Bella, Blume, and Jardin Collections have been specially designed, curated and priced for an online audience while staying true to the brand’s aesthetics of presenting bespoke jewelry with superior craftsmanship. The range also extends to the male buyers through the Kaiser Collection.


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Kering’s new Japan headquarters are more than just an office http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6201 October 15, 2020: Global luxury group Kering has opened its new headquarters in Japan, located in Omotesando, Tokyo. 



Kering Japan headquarters



Omotesando is a key area for the Kering Group as its brands Gucci, Saint Laurent and Boucheron stores already situated on its main avenue. Alexander McQueen relocated to the area in September 2020 and Balenciaga will be opening one of its largest stores worldwide here in November 2020. In 2021, Bottega Veneta will open a new flagship designed by Creative Director Daniel Lee, on the first three floors of the Kering Building.



The building, acquired by Kering in 2019, was designed in 2004 by Pritzker winning Japanese architect Toyo Ito, its unique façade resembling the Zelkova trees that line the Omotesando avenue.



In the new Kering Japan building, four floors are devoted to office space, with the interior designed by architect Fara Taraie creating a welcoming environment. By incorporating elements of nature into the design concept, the space feels like a truly “Japanese home” for the Kering Group. Neutral colors and traditional Japanese interior features, such as Shoji (sliding wooden panels with paper) and Engawa (passageways) are all part of the design approach, along with the use of natural and recycled materials, while PVC is completely absent for sustainability reasons. Artworks by female Japanese artists have been placed around the office area, reflecting Kering’s worldwide commitment to supporting women in the arts and culture, namely through the Women In Motion program.



Along with the office areas, the building also has a dedicated space on the 6th floor, where Kering and its Houses will be able to host a range of events, such as Women In Motion talks and Sustainability events. 



The rooftop terrace on the seventh floor is a space surrounded by nature. “Inspired by Kering’s iconic owl, I designed a ‘nest’ that a bird might have created on top of the building,” says architect Taraie. This beautiful terrace, with its panoramic view of Omotesando, also embraces the nest theme in the choice of furniture, with egg-shaped chairs. The space is home to seasonal plants and flowers that are popular in both Japan and France, such as the lavenders that can also be seen in the beautiful gardens of Kering’s Paris headquarters in the former Laennec Hospital, built in the 17th century. 



 “We are very proud of our new headquarters in Japan, a historic and strategic country for the Group and its Houses. We want this place to be more than offices. Reflecting who we are as a luxury Group, this unique building is a place for creativity. Here, in this iconic building, we hope not only to welcome our visitors, but also to create a spirit of inspiration, audacity and innovation, and to showcase both our vision and our expertise,” said François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kering Group.


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Tiffany & Co. debuts the Tiffany T1 collection re-highlighting its popular ‘T’ motif http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6200 Tiffany T1 bracelets rings India



October 14, 2020: Reiterating its popular, contemporary ‘T’ motif, Tiffany & Co. has launched the next chapter of the Tiffany T legacy with the introduction of Tiffany T1. The iconic ‘T’ motif has featured in the brand’s jewelry designs since the early 1980s. Building on the pioneering motif, Tiffany T1 offers extraordinary jewelry to wear every day. 



Designed by Reed Krakoff, Tiffany’s chief artistic officer, Tiffany T1 is launching in India with a curated edit of nine 18k rose gold key styles. Five of the nine designs are intricately set with radiant Tiffany diamonds. These modern and effortless jewelry pieces create a bold yet refined statement. 



Tiffany T1 bracelets rings India



The minimalist Tiffany T1 jewelry combines clean lines and graphic forms with new elegantly angular and feminine proportions. Encircling the wrist, finger or neck, the ‘T’ motif forms an unbroken circle that represents individual strength and self-empowerment. An innovative beveled bar with a subtle clasp is integrated seamlessly on the reverse.  



Tiffany T1 choker



Also including a sleek, elegant choker, the Tiffany T1 collection launches in India only with bracelets and rings in 18k rose gold that are available in wide and narrow widths, including styles with pavé diamonds expertly set by hand in a honeycomb pattern, and priced between Rs. 73,000 – Rs. 24,00,000. 


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JADE by Monica & Karishma’s new bridal couture collection continues the legacy of EkTaar http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6199 Jade Monica Karishma golden bridal lehenga



October 14, 2020: Preparing the field for the upcoming bridal season, Indian brand JADE by Monica & Karishma have launched ‘Threads of Love’ – a hypnotic bridal collection – yet again highlighting the technique of EkTaar, a painstaking craft form used to create timeless masterpieces for brides to be.



Jade Monica Karishma pink bridal lehenga



Using the EkTaar technique as the primary craft form, this collection further reinforces the label’s commitment to presenting crafts with contemporary handwriting. EkTaar is one of the oldest, most intricate and laborious techniques in India, which has been deftly handcrafted on airy fabrics like organza, giving birth to couture pieces that are lightweight, ethereal and exquisite in every way. 



Jade Monica Karishma fuchsia bridal lehenga



These carefully envisioned pieces by Monica & Karishma invite the bride to step away from the noise, the chaos, and the clutter, to take her eyes off the big picture and feast her senses on her self, her emotions, and on the elaborate, intricate and exquisite details.



Jade Monica Karishma pink bridal lehenga



The collection has been realized in pastel shades accentuated with bright shades such as burnt orange and fuchsia. The ethnicity of the design and craft has been merged beautifully with stylish, modern silhouettes. 



Jade Monica Karishma multi pastel bridal lehenga



To unveil this couture collection, the duo take their commitment to craft support a step further by collaborating with a community of artists abd craftsmen, under the aegis of The Craft and Community Development Foundation (CCDF). 



Jade Monica Karishma orange pink bridal lehenga



The JADE x CCDF collaboration sees an integration of artworks from The Gondwana Art Project across different creative expressions. The larger than life, landmark windows of the JADE flagship store at Peddar Road will showcase artworks in an installation by Monica Shah that beautifully juxtaposes the Threads of Love couture collection with breathtaking works from CCDF’s Gondwana Art Project. A series of captivating visuals have also been shot where select pieces from the collection have been placed against the backdrop of these artworks, giving fans and followers of JADE a breathtaking view.


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Hyatt enters Cambodia with a new opening in 2021 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6198 Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh aerial view



October 14, 2020: Set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2021, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will mark the first Hyatt hotel in the Cambodian capital and the debut of the Hyatt Regency brand in one of Asia’s most dynamic destinations. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh guest room



Offering 247 guestrooms including 43 suites, the new contemporary-meets-colonial property is ideally situated in the heart of Phnom Penh’s cultural and business district of Doun Penh and is within walking distance to the Royal Palace, National Museum and the riverside. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh restaurant



The interiors of the hotel will reflect Cambodia’s diverse heritage, seamlessly blending Khmer architectural accents with French colonial influences. The large outlook of the hotel is complemented by the specially-commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artist, FONKi. 



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh spa



Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh will feature five dining venues including The Attic, an old world speakeasy-style bar, and a stylish indoor/outdoor open-plan dining concept called FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Mekong River, the Royal Palace and the city skyline alongside refreshing cocktails and lively DJ performances. In addition, the hotel will feature 1,400 square meters of meeting space as well as a slew of recreational facilities including a 24-hour fitness center, tropical infinity pool, spa and the Regency Club Lounge.


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Christie’s 20th Century Evening sale surpasses $340 million as a T-Rex fossil, a Picasso & more historic artifacts exchanged hands http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6197 October 12, 2020: Global auction house Christie’s innovative 20th Century Evening Sale live streamed on October 6 from New York’s Rockefeller Center, realised US$340,851,500 (including buyer’s premium), selling 96 per cent by value and 84 per cent by lot.



Around 280,000 people were digitally a part of this highly anticipated spectacle, through Christie’s official website and social media channels like YouTube, Facebook and WeChat, along with registered bidders on Christie's LIVE online bidding platform. 



Cy Twombly Untitled Bolsena Christies auction 2020



Comprising 59 quality works, the top lot of the Evening sale was Cy Twombly’s Untitled [Bolsena] (1969), one of a series of 14 paintings — known today as the ‘Bolsena’ series — inspired by the Apollo 11 space mission. The painting features scattered and scorched black lines over cool overlays of white paint, evoking the rocket’s movement upwards. Appearing for the first time at an auction, the painting was sold at $38,685,000. 



Mark Rothko Untitled Christies auction 2020



Among the second and third highest selling paintings were the works of Mark Rothko and Pablo Picasso. Rothko’s Untitled (1967) vibrant painting realised $31,275,000 and Picasso’s Femme dans un fauteuil (1941), depicting his then-muse and lover Dora Maar, sold for $29,557,500. 



Paul Cezanne Nature Morte Christies auction 2020



A remarkable record was created for a watercolour work. Paul Cézanne’s Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier was offered from the collection of Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, which was its home for 80 years. The painting was sold at  $28,650,000. Willem de Kooning’s Woman (Green) realised $23,260,000 while Emil Nolde’s Herbstmeer XVI created a world record for the artist by getting sold at $7,344,500. Ruth Asawa’s lyrical wire sculpture and Takashi Murakami’s fusion sculpture Oval Buddha Silver were among some of the many significant lots of the sale. 



T-Rex STAN fossil Christies auction 2020



STAN, one of the most impressive and complete T-Rexes ever found, was the closing lot of the evening sale. Described as ‘one of the best specimens ever found’ by James Hyslop, Head of Christie’s Science & Natural History department, the fossil skeleton of the male Tyrannosaurus Rex was sold at a record-breaking price of $31,847,500. 



The three-day October season concluded with an online sale of Robert Motherwell prints of Dedalus Foundation, an initiative founded in 1981 by the artist to protect his legacy. The sale of 37 works collectively raised $212,625 that went to the non-profit organisation.


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Jewels from the fabled treasury of Ranjit Singh, the Lion of Punjab, lead Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6196 October 12, 2020: Bonhams’ Islamic and Indian Sale will be led by glorious jewels from the royal treasury of Ranjit Singh, the Lion of Punjab. The sale, which will be held on October 26, will comprise three precious jewelry pieces which once belonged to Maharani Jindan Kaur, last wife of Maharajah Ranjit Singh, and were inherited by her granddaughter Princess Bamba Sutherland.



Maharani Jindan Kaur jewels for Bonhams auction



Maharani Jindan Kaur (1817- 1863) is known for her resistance against the British encroachment in the Punjab region. While she was imprisoned and later escaped to Nepal in 1848, more than 600 jewelry pieces were confiscated from the storied Lahore treasury. The jewels in the sale - the gem-set gold forehead pendant (chand-tikka), gem-set gold mirrored roundel and a pearl-mounted gold pendant, were most certainly in the casket handed back to her by British authorities when she agreed to live in London with her son, Duleep Singh, with whom she was reunited in Calcutta in 1861. The jewels are estimated at £60,000-80,000.



Amritsar Golden Temple painting Bonhams auction



Other highlights include a rare and large 19th century panoramic watercolour view of the Golden Temple and the city of Amritsar, attributed to Cyril Herbert (1847-1882). Estimated at £60,000-80,000, this is believed to be the largest depiction of the Golden Temple in watercolour ever to have come into the market.



Viscount Harding painting auction Bonhams



A large and impressive portrait, dated 1853, of Rajah Shere Singh Attariwala, Sikh commander and general, once owned by the Marquess of Dalhousie, Governor-General of India by Colesworthy Grant (1813-1880) is estimated at £35,000-45,000. A portrait of Viscount Hardinge of Lahore, Governor-General of India, accompanied by his two sons and his aide-de-camp Colonel Wood, on the battlefield after the victory at Ferozeshah during the first Anglo-Sikh war by Sir Francis Grant (1803-78) is estimated at £40,000-60,000.


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Beyond Designs Home furnishes the table with a new collection of festive dinnerware http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6194 Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



October 7, 2020: Beyond Designs, renowned for their bespoke furniture, home decor accessories and luxurious interior designs, has launched their new festive dinnerware collection, showcasing the brand’s unmistakable luxury and timelessness. 



Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



The vast collection comprises Fuchsia charger plate (purple); Octagon Luzia dinner and salad plate; French Crown dinner plate in two sizes; Linium blue dessert plate; Lisboa tumbler; Mikasa dinner plate, salad plate, quarter plate and pasta bowl; Astain dinner plate and salad plate; and some more with charming floral designs and pretty colours. 



Beyond Designs Home Dinnerware Set



The luxury dinnerware collection is made of highest quality fine china and stoneware. The allure of the craftsmanship is evident through its subtle, elegant designs and colors coupled with the fine golden rims that render them ageless. This latest dinnerware is bound to add a touch of grandeur to the festive dining experience this season. 


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Genes Lecoanet Hemant announces a special-edition collection: Love In Black & White http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6193 October 7, 2020: Genes Lecoanet Hemant has come up with a special edition collection of reinvented classics, inspired by its inimitable designs and global brand identity, called ‘Love in Black & White’.



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



Handcrafted, the upcycled collection encapsulates styles that are inspired from the personal storyboard of Creative Director, Didier Lecoanet. The collection has been presented entirely in black and white and crafted consciously with love and purposeful design at its heart. 



Crafted skillfully in signature white staples from the GENES archive, spontaneous textile manipulations like inlays and patchwork with diverse construction techniques offer interesting designs that amp up your comfort wardrobe. A shirt has been playfully combined with a t-shirt, a piece of t-shirt sleeve cut into the shape of a heart has been inlaid on a shirt, and hand made musings that embrace the wearer's personal style. 



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



Commenting on the collection, Hemant Sagar of Genes Lecoanet Hemant, “The biggest luxury is time, and the pieces from this collection carry the essence of time with them. The essence of a lived life - of a prior purpose. Each garment from Love in Black and White addresses the true meaning of timelessness; that of appreciating the character that every cut, fold and detail holds. Our hope for the collection is that it is able to present the wearer with a language of expression that transcends fashion and embraces personal style." 



Genes by Lecoanet Hemant Love in Black and White



The special edition collection has been designed to give fashion-enthusiasts a glimpse into a sartorial world not tagged by seasons and trends. Featuring classic pieces for both women and men, the collection is now available on the Genes website and in stores across Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow and Delhi. 


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Seema Gujral’s new bridal collection “Portraits” is a tribute to Indian royalty http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6192 October 5, 2020: Couturier Seema Gujral’s latest bridal collection is an effort to showcase the vintage glamour of Indian royalty. Innately regal and inspired by the Maharanis of yore, the collection is a blend of royal charm coupled with modern sensibility, driven by a holistic vision of when luxury meets comfort. 



Seema Gujral pastel floral lehenga



The unique collection comprises 12 ensembles for the modern bride, heavily influenced by the heritage imagery of royal couture, and the architecture of Rajasthan’s forts and palaces. The designs in this collection are Indian in sensibility yet international in quality and finesse. The old world charm merges seamlessly with nouveau Indian grandeur through fine, intricate embroidery, stylizing and attention to detail. Decoding the evolving phases of the Maharanis where craftsmanship remained timeless, the collection features two forms of design - Ghararas and Lehengas, each one unique with their subtle detailing. 



Seema Gujral pastel floral lehenga



The signature of this collection is the three-dimensional floral embroideries using varied fabrics, embroidery materials and a combination of various embroidery techniques along with traditional Rajasthani mirror work and soft multicoloured sequins. The lavishness of the garments is also brought alive with some delicate gotta patti work. 



Seema Gujral bright orange mirror work lehenga



The colour palette is an eclectic mix of softer hues for the day occasions such as ivory, beige, yellow and deep mustards, rusts, and reds for the night. For occasions that span through the day, a glamorous light gold silhouette embroidered with gota patti work is accented with crystals and pearls. 



Seema Gujral pastel pink floral lehenga



The collection also features trending elements like double dupattas and embroidered belts which bring a modern element to essentially traditional Indian festive wear. Every piece is truly artisanal and handwoven. 



Seema Gujral red rust mirror work lehenga



Speaking about her latest couture collection, Ms. Gujral said, "Through this collection I have tried to express my love for Indian royalty through elaborate embroideries and intricate craftsmanship making each piece timeless. I believe that there is a sense of hidden royalty in every woman & this collection will help them unleash the queen within.”



Seema Gujral yellow mirror work lehenga



Portraits by Seema Gujral is now available at Seema Gujral’s Studio as well as Aza, Ogaan, Pernia’s Pop Up Shop and Origins.


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International health resort Chiva-Som launches Online Intensive Wellness Series http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6191 October 5, 2020: Following the successful launch of Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, the pioneering resort, Chiva-Som in Hua Hin, Thailand, has introduced their Online Intensive Wellness Series. The new service offers interactive sessions, designed to gradually enhance participants’ knowledge, strengthen abilities, and most importantly, promote maximum benefit for health and wellbeing. The virtual health consultation with Chiva-Som’s expert wellness advisors caters perfectly to individual wellness goals and needs. 



Chiva-Som online wellness series



Chiva-Som kicks off the Online Intensive Wellness Series with a six-week Pilates programme to restore physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 



The tailor-made Pilates Intensive Series focuses on improving the participant’s joint posture and strength along with a full-body workout to alleviate stress and tension, contributing to an overall healthier state of mind. Following the online consultation with Chiva-Som’s expert Health and Wellness advisors, participants are introduced to their personal fitness trainer to discuss physical abilities before receiving a bespoke programme. Every weekly session will focus on new topics from Core Management and Axial Elongation; Healthy Spine; Head, Neck and Shoulder Organisation; Alignment and Weight Bearing Exercise; and Movement Integration. Participants are expected to continue their own practice throughout the week before moving on to the next session. The Pilates programme is priced at THB 9,500.



Chiva-Som yoga classes



Expanding on the Chiva-Som Online Wellness Services, individuals have access to a wider collection of resort treatments to enhance and support their wellness goals, including Nutritional Consultation, Pilates on Mat, Corrective Posture Exercise and Pranayama. 



The new Online Intensive Wellness Series will connect individuals with the resort’s wellness team from the comfort of home via video link communication and give personalised feedback regarding lifestyle and nutrition to the participants. The Series can be booked via their website.


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Straw marquetry master Lison de Caunes collaborates with DS Aero Sport for an innovative automobile project http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6189 DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge



September 30, 2020: Historic French car manufacturer DS has got master of straw marquetry Lison de Caunes on board for their latest design concept, the DS Aero Sport Lounge. Reinventing luxury, DS’ 100% electric concept car with a futuristic design will have its dashboards and backrests made by Lison de Caunes using traditional straw marquetry techniques. 



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Interior



The modern interiors of the DS Aero Sport Lounge will be transformed using the modest rye straw material for stylish car parts. Rye straw, harvested in the same way as it was in the 17th century, is hardly modified and preserves its intrinsic qualities. The natural silica varnish makes it heat resistant and waterproof while giving it a silky finish.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge dashboard



The vehicle's interior perfectly illustrates the neologism "sustainoble", where luxury and respect for the environment blend harmoniously to bring future projects to life.



DS Automobiles Aero Sport Lounge Backrest closeup



Ms. de Caunes has revolutionised the technique of straw marquetry and a number of luxury brands have commissioned her to make pieces for their flagship stores: the Guerlain parfumerie on the Champs-Élysées, the Louis Vuitton store on Place Vendôme, the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, and many others. Awarded the title of Maitre D’art in 1996, she is also dedicated to the creation of furniture, objects and wall coverings, either in her own name (Lison de Caunes Créations) or in collaboration with renowned interior architects and designers such as Peter Marino, Hubert le Gall and Vincent Darré.



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Indian luxury brand Zoya reiterates the beauty of forests in its new collection ‘Rooted’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6188 September 30, 2020: Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tatas, introduced its new collection, Rooted — an exquisite lineup of over 45 pieces for the modern sophisticate. The stellar collection was launched virtually by celebrated designer Gauri Khan along with Ajoy Chawla, CEO of Titan’s Jewellery Division, and Titan’s Chief Design Officer, Revathi Kant. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Emeralds Diamonds



The collection draws inspiration from the inner strength of the feminine spirit along with the exotic rainforests of the world while keeping with Zoya’s fine design and intricate craftsmanship. The rainforest, with its self-sufficient mechanisms and immense strength, mirrors the Zoya woman’s inner resilience. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Scarlet Mackaw



Revathi Kant, Titan’s Chief Design Officer said, “This is the first time Zoya is presenting a collection with carved stones, and the craftsmanship is masterful with intelligent design and construction that is visible in the strategic juxtaposition of colours, the lustrous play of light and shadows and the unexpected hints of movement that together unite to offer a poetic spin on revered classics.” 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Royal Flycatcher



The rainforest motifs in the line-up range from clusters of flowers, meticulously recreated to mirror the intricacy of the original, to exotic birds — their majestic plumage perched upon pendants and fluttering from earrings. The rainforest is further brought out by colourful gemstones including emeralds, sapphires, tanzanites, tourmalines, pink opals, rose quartz, peridots, rock crystals, iolites, turquoises and chrysoprase. 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Light of the Rainforest



The myriad cuts display the breadth of Zoya’s artistry, ranging from custom cut carved stones and cabochons to beads and faceted stones. The textural elements and colour gradation employed in specific pieces are guaranteed to inspire dreams of an endless summer. The versatile collection is perfect for an intimate wedding, a garden brunch or a quiet cocktail evening with loved ones.



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Dew Drops



Commenting on the collection, Gauri Khan says, “The beauty and strength of a rainforest is meticulously brought alive in Zoya’s Rooted, with unparalleled craftsmanship, vibrant gems with intricate carving, making pieces that really stand out. The whole rainforest imagery is a lovely reminder that moments, both big and small, should be celebrated.” 



Rooted Jewelry Collection Zoya Sapphire diamonds



The collection can be viewed online on Zoya.in or in the Zoya stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore.


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Fendi’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection is all about family http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6187 September 26, 2020: Bringing the element of comfort and domestic life, the latest Spring/Summer 2021 collection by Fendi is a reflection of the time spent at home and with family during the quarantine. Designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi, the collection is a patchwork of memories. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



From the fabric, motifs to the color palette, the collection embodies the quietude and peace of domestic life. Flax linen, cotton, feather, fur and eiderdown quilting are reminiscent of embroidered tablecloths and beddings. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



The palette runs from flaxen hues like milky white, light browns, sky blue to more vivid and bolder shades like black and red. Windows – metaphorical and physical – are a leitmotif impressed upon garments in a game of transparency and texture throughout. Boutis satin quilting, linear encrustations of jour d’echelle ladder-work, flourishes of ajouré flowers that expose skin are used to create layers of light and shade. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Formal structures are softened – coat backs and shirt sleeves unbutton, tailored details are ‘debossed’ in trompe l’oeil knitwear, and embroidered housecoats and flared tunics elevate the comforts of home. Lightness and depth intermingle in faded flora print linens and latticework furs, or the intricate workmanship of apron dresses in silk duchesse, embroidered tulle and gazar.



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi’s Spring Summer 2021 accessories play with construction and embellishment to conceal and reveal. Embroidered silk veils floats over Baguette and Peekaboo bags while woven texture pervades the accessories assortment through market baskets in recycled PVC, stretch lattice frame totes, picnic baskets and canvas luggage. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



Celebrating Italian craftsmanship, the ‘hand in hand’ Baguette project is a unique collaboration with local artisans across Italy, including the Abruzzo and Marche regions shown on the runway. Laser-cut and ajouré apron belts hold the second iteration of the FENDI X CHAOS ‘tech jewellery’ capsule collection dipped in pastel colours, and chain drop earrings feature pearls and pairs of cheeky Fendi dice. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



On foot for Women – woven boots, elastic pumps, and rattan pool slides evoke a tonal spring elegance. For Men – sling-back boat shoes and T-bar plimsolls are new twisted classics.



The collection was unveiled in an intimate fashion show where the setting evoked domestic and traditional Italian inspirations. An airy scenography composed of fresh white curtains was complemented by the white sofas from the Fall Winter 2020-21 Women’s show set. Digital ‘windows’ were projected across walls and floors showing glimpses of nature - from garden flora, passing birds and the setting sun. Continuing the personal narrative of the Fendi Family, the show casting included a selection of related models: mothers, fathers, sisters and sons featuring Edie and Olympia Campbell, Cecilia and Lucas Chancellor, and Philippe and Dries Haseldonckx. 



Fendi Spring Summer 2021 Mens and Womens



The full show can be viewed below. 




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Fendi and Maison Francis Kurkdjian present FENDIFRENESIA Pink Baguette Line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6185 Fendi Pink Baguette line



September 26, 2020: Italian luxury fashion house Fendi has teamed up with Francis Kurkdijan, the master perfumer and co-founder of eponymous Roman fragrance house to create a stunning edition of the FENDIFRENESIA baguette line, this time in pink. 



Crafted in the signature scented Selleria Cuoio Romano leather, the noble and natural material which inspired the creation of FENDIFRENESIA from the very beginning, the line features a regular baguette bag, a nano baguette bag and a new card case awash in heavenly light pink hue. The color as interpreted by Francis Kurkdijan is perfectly merged with the floral and cheerful eau de parfum. The line also comes with a 5ml bottle of the fragrance. 



A new sensorial dimension is added to the FENDI synaesthesia, the evocative, inimitable and evanescent experience of feeling and visualizing a fragrance: hearing, with Sine, a synthetic interpretation of the fragrance by Roman StudioAIRA! 



Fendi Pink Baguette line



The new FENDIFRENESIA Pink Scented Collection was launched on September 24, 2020, during Milan Fashion Week at the FENDI Men’s Pop-Up Store in Via Montenapoleone, where two booths dedicated to the Yellow and Pink FENDIFRENESIA lines were displayed. For the occasion, the Maison will also launch five Yellow Men’s Regular Baguette bags. 



The FENDIFRENESIA Yellow and Pink Scented Collection are available in selected Fendi boutiques worldwide and on fendi.com in Europe, Middle East and US.




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Ralph & Russo and Audemars Piguet announce a creative partnership http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6184 September 23, 2020: Haute Horlogerie meets Haute Couture as Audemars Piguet and Ralph & Russo join for a unique creative collaboration. Audemars Piguet’s latest Royal Oak and Royal Oak Concept models will complement Ralph & Russo’s Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection this fall to mark the beginning of the partnership. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Both family-owned companies are known for their inventive designs combined with the technical precision of age-old skills and exceptional craftsmanship. For the Spring/Summer 2021 Prêt-à-Porter collection, models are seen in stellar creations by the British designer duo, flaunting the latest watches from Audemars Piguet. From sequined cocktail dresses, white and red tulle gowns to organza silk ballgowns in pastel hues, these stunning looks are enhanced by latest Royal Oak Selfwinding models as well as the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Conceived for smaller wrists, the Royal Oak Selfwinding models has 34mm dial and comes in four styles - in stainless steel and/or 18-carat pink gold. The 18-carat pink gold model is adorned with a diamond-set bezel and a silver-toned guilloché “Grande Tapisserie” dial, a Royal Oak trademark. The two steel models are enhanced by a silver-toned or blue-grey “Grande Tapisserie” dial. The blue-grey watch is embellished with a diamond-set bezel. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



An elegant two-tone model is also available that combines a stainless steel case and bracelet with an 18-carat pink gold bezel and bracelet links. This model comes with a silver-toned “Grande Tapisserie” dial. All four iterations are powered by a new selfwinding movement, calibre 5800, and endowed with a dedicated oscillating weight specifically developed for this new 34 mm version. 



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Ralph & Russo’s new collection is further enhanced by a new take on the Royal Oak Concept Flying Tourbillon, a blend of Royal Oak Concept’s refined feminine aesthetics and complicated micro-mechanics.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Available in 18-carat pink or white gold with a shimmering Frosted Gold finish case, these watches are powered by hand-wound Manufacture calibre 2964. The two highly contemporary models are adorned with a blue “large square-scale” alligator strap for an elegant contrast.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



Speaking about this collaboration, François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet said, “Our partnership with Ralph & Russo came together naturally. I was struck by Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo’s warm welcome when we first met; they represent talent at the highest level mixed with simplicity and authenticity. The fun part was when we actually realised that our watches had already been paired with their exceptional designs many times by clients in real life who didn’t need to wait for this partnership to match our two brands!”



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches



These unique pairings will highlight how the two brands’ latest collections mirror one another in savoir-faire and refinement.



Ralph & Russo Spring Summer 2021 Pret a Porter collection Audemars Piguet watches


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MB&F collaborates with master engraver Eddy Jaquet for 8 limited edition timepieces http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6183 MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



September 23, 2020: Bringing an element of storytelling to horology, MB&F and Switzerland’s master engraver Eddy Jaquet have teamed up to create eight new timepieces. This one-of-a-kind, limited edition series of watches incorporates the iconic works of 19th century science-fiction French author Jules Verne. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



The celebrated author was the inspiration for the Legacy Machine and coming to a consensus was easy since Mr. Jaquet is an expert on the subject. Given its wide expanse of surface for detailed engravings, the brand’s Legacy Machine Split Escapement (LM SE) was the obvious choice. Mr. Jaquet read and re-read upto 60 novels and short stories by Verne and narrowed down to eight written works - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, Around the World in Eighty Days, Five Weeks in a Balloon, The Adventures of Captain Hatteras, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Michael Strogoff and Robur the Conqueror. Drawing inspiration solely from reading the source books and viewing any other secondary films or creative work based on the books, the illustrations are completely original and not conceived from any pre-existing art. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



Each engraving is an intricate tableau of scenes and key moments from the stories, synthesised in the imagination of Mr. Jaquet and designed to be interpreted through the medium of the LM SE engine. Mr. Jaquet used several techniques to bring out the scenes perfectly. The smoke of the fire on the Michel Strogoff dial, for example, required an attenuated touch, while the underground sea depicted on the Journey To The Centre Of The Earth dial incorporated gradient-shading techniques. Mr. Jaquet frequently uses darkening treatments as a means to draw the eye to certain elements in his dials and to enhance the dramatic rendering of a scene. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



Numerous changes were made to the original design of the watch to maximise the space for engraving such as creating new, openworked date and power-reserve subdials with wider plates, slimming the bezel and producing a new crystal dial. Each of the eight unique pieces comes in an 18K redgold case. The watches are equipped with LM SE movement developed for MB&F by Stephen McDonnell and have a power reserve of 72 hours. 



MB&F Eddy Jaquet Jules Verne watches



These stunning works of art by Mr. Jaquet lend a classical touch to the usually modern or retro MB&F timepieces. Appreciators of literature and art can spend hours trying to absorb and understand each tiny detail in the scenes created by the engraver. 





Priced at $162,000, the series is already sold out in pre-launch sales, according to MB&F.


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Aman introduces its new wellness brand ‘SVA’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6182 September 23, 2020: Aman is known globally for its world-class restorative retreats and its complete focus on holistic wellness. Following the success of Aman Skincare, the luxury group has launched a new wellness brand SVA that offers holistic formulas and supplements created for reaching optimal mental and physical well-being.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The name SVA has been derived from the Sanskrit word for health, svasthya, which signifies the universal wisdom of staying (stha) true to one's own self (sva). Made with all-natural ingredients, it has Aman’s essence of combining traditional knowledge with contemporary science and nutrition. SVA’s sustainable product range responds to those seeking Aman’s acclaimed on-property equilibrium in their routine life. 



SVA formulas come in a combination of granules, capsules and tonics and can help to support immunity, digestion, circulation and to sustain a healthy mind. A total of 19 products have been formed in three plant-based and gluten-free ranges - Chinese Herbal Formulas, Micronutrient Supplements and Botanical Tonics. SVA Chinese Herbal Formulas and Micronutrient Supplements are the first ranges to launch, with Botanical Tonics following later this year.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The SVA range of seven Chinese Herbals is inspired by the traditional Chinese medicines and the principle of treating imbalanced elements in the body for organs to function positively. Respiratory Support is a hero formula in the range which has been designed to help maintain a healthy respiratory system especially during cold and flu. Six more formulas are available in the range. Formulas Balance, Vitality, Uplift and Calm are accompanied by Immune Support which targets optimal lung functioning while rebalancing the immune system, and Nourish, which supports the digestive system and stimulates the spleen. These vegan formulas feature Chinese ingredients like the Ziziphus Jujbe Fruit found in Chinese provinces of Shadong and Henan, to Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root, a fundamental ancient herbs found in the northern regions. 



Created in partnership with industry leader Biogena, the six SVA Micronutrient Supplements are crafted with high-quality raw ingredients and are completely free of technological additives, providing essential nutrients ideal for smooth daily functioning. The capsule supplements make it easier to administer. Digestion helps maintain enzyme function for the gastrointestinal system; Heart & Brain Function supports physical and cognitive performance and Immune Defence uses an astaxanthin and vitamin complex to support immune defences. Liver Detox boosts the liver’s natural detoxifying function while Relax & Sleep focuses on emotional wellbeing. Resilience provides a vitamin and mineral complex with ubiquinol to help maintain healthy bodily functions as stress levels increase. While SVA Micronutrient Supplements take a contemporary scientific approach, their natural composition and sustainable production mirrors the Aman pathway to wellness.



Aman SVA Wellness Health brand of capsules formulations supplements



The range comes in sustainable glass bottles with a sleek monochrome design. The supplements are now available online on Aman’s web store and will also be selectively available in Aman’s resorts and spas.


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Golay-Spierer "Napoleon" watch to be offered in Sotheby's online sale in October http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6181 Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



September 23, 2020: Global auction house Sotheby’s October watch auctions in Geneva will be highlighted by a one-of-a-kind and unprecedented wristwatch created by Swiss independent watchmaker Golay-Spierer which incorporates the original signature of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. 



The watch is the first from the series titled “Heroïca Tempus”, a planned capsule collection of unique watches, each one including in its design the signature of an important historical figure. 



Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



The timepiece, which was painstakingly assembled in Golay-Spierer’s Geneva workshop, is encased in stunning rose gold with a 46 mm dial that accommodates the original handwritten signature of the famous statesman and military commander, dating from a letter he wrote in March 1807. The symbolism associated with the famous military commander is echoed in an imperial bee meticulously incorporated into the dial (using the traditional Swiss craft known as ‘decoupage’), as well as on the hand engraved bezel, which bears a laurel wreath and the letter ‘N’ at 12 o’clock. The back of the watch is set with a 20-franc gold Napoléon coin, minted in 1807, the same year as the original handwritten letter which was used to create the dial. This first piece in the ‘Heroïca Tempus’ collection was born from the meeting between Christophe Golay and French designer and creator Gaël Bonnel Sanchez. 



Golay Spierer Napoleon watch



A direct descendant of Swiss master watchmaker Auguste Golay, Christophe Golay reignited a centuries-old family tradition by establishing Golay-Spierer, the only Swiss watchmaking company specializing in the design and manufacture of unique tailor-made timepieces. Commenting on his latest collection, he said, “Our mission is to create bespoke timepieces working with the finest watchmaking craftsmen to bring to life the individual visions of our clients. This beautiful Napoleon watch is a perfect example of this: an exclusive piece reflecting a singular innovative vision.” He added that the next watch in the series will be bearing the original signature of Albert Einstein among many other historically significant figures.



The Napoleon Bonaparte watch will be offered in a single lot online sale, open for bidding from 8 until 15 October, with no reserve and an estimate of CHF 40,000 – 80,000. A portion of proceeds from the sale will support the work of two non-profit organizations: Footballeurs sans Frontières, which funds projects for underprivileged children, and Aua Help Noma, which works to support children suffering from the debilitating disease, Noma.


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Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2021 show ‘In Bloom’ focuses on a modern mythology http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6178 Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show Group Shot



September 19, 2020: For Burberry’s Spring/Summer 2021 show ‘In Bloom’, Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci takes the house’s most recognizable emblems and motifs and remasters them with a modern, flamboyant imagination.  



The collection is an interplay between natural elements like the sea as well as a multifaceted view of Britain – simultaneously rural and urban, spanning earth and ocean, always expressing freedom. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show Menswear



Conceptualized as a modern mythology inspired by the sea, the contemporary reimagination blends Burberry’s heritage perfectly. The palette, while immersed in a spectrum of blue tones, is accented with sandy Burberry beige and mariner orange. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear black



Womenswear reflects the juxtaposition of the mystical and the natural; strong and delicate, hard and soft, with the elegant details of tulle and chiffon, fishnets studded with crystals, allegorical prints and artworks. Menswear draws from the rugged elegance and practicality of the wardrobes of seafarers with rubberised finishes, hardy denim and Thomas Burberry’s gabardine. The signature Burberry trench coat has been redesigned with sculptural loop-back and cut-out styles as well as expanding to a full-length coat cross-bred with contrast tails of denim. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear blue



Describing his inspiration, Ricardo Tisci comments, “It began with a thought of British summertime; embracing the elements with a trench coat on the beach mixing with the sand and the water. I envisioned the people of this space, like the lighthouse keeper, and a love affair between a mermaid and a shark, set against the ocean, then brought to land. The circle is hugely symbolic – regrowth, renewal, the circle of life. The collection is called In Bloom because I was thinking about regeneration, about dynamic youth, about nature constantly recreating itself, always growing and evolving, always alive. Water is a symbol of that also – of newness, freshness and cleansing. And through water, life grows – water is what allows nature to bloom. Everything is circular. The collection is focused and refined – one vision, one story. This is the essence of both Burberry’s identity and my own creativity. Reaffirming the codes of Burberry – my codes of Burberry, our DNA.”



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear evening silver



The Burbery Spring/Summer 2021 show experience, staged for a digital audience on Twitch, is conceived as an expression of freedom. Collaborating with artist Anne Imhof, known for her endurance art, the digital experience shows a setting that combines British, fairytalesque forest with raw, urban elements. Musician Eliza Douglas’ performs a unique, real-time soundtrack blurring the boundaries between art, fashion and live events. 



Burberry Spring Summer 2021 In Bloom show womenswear graphic



Lofty and vibrant, Burberry’s new collection is a modern celebration of its British heritage and most treasured symbols.



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Natural Diamond Council launches campaign starring Ana De Armas http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6177 September 19, 2020: World’s leading diamond producers, Natural Diamond Council, have roped in Hollywood star Ana de Armas for their new campaign to promote natural diamonds and support the integrity of the diamonds industry. The company, previously known as Diamond Producers Association, relaunched as the Natural Diamond Council (NDC) in June 2020.



Ana de Armas for Natural Diamond Council



This global level campaign marks a number of firsts for the Natural Diamond Council. Apart from being the first ever celebrity-led campaign for a diamond group, it is also the first campaign dedicated to NDC’s “Only Natural Diamonds” platform, and the first marketing initiative to showcase a diverse roster of jewellery designers that work with natural diamonds in contemporary ways. 



Ms. de Armas, a celebrated Hollywood star, is a Golden Globe nominee and will be seen in the latest James Bond movie ‘No Time To Die’. She is at the center of this multi-part campaign, which celebrates the myriad connections that lead to natural diamonds being worn or exchanged. Ms. de Armas reflects poise, modernity in her elegant and easy-going demeanor as the 30-second video shows the actress in diverse settings with friends, with a parent, and with a partner, emphasising the notion that diamonds are not solely the purview of romantic interests or formal occasions, but are meant for every type of connection. This ad will be complemented by a series of shorter video segments, spotlighting the various relationships portrayed in the clip. 



“I love thinking of diamonds this way, as special emblems of even our small personal moments,” said Ms. de Armas. “They represent joy, warmth and beauty.”





Richa Singh, Managing Director, NDC, India, commented, “The campaign fits perfectly as consumers have greater respect for everything natural and want to buy fewer but better things. They are looking for things that last and have a meaning and emotion attached to it. We wish to create desirability for diamonds in the mind of consumers when it comes to celebrating life’s every moment and our campaign featuring Ana De Armas portrays that beautifully. The TVC redefines special moments, celebrating a variety of personal connections with natural diamonds.’’



Lensed in coastal Portugal, directed by Manu Cossu and photographed by Camilla Åkrans, the global marketing campaign will run in India, the United States of America, United Kingdom and China. The campaign materials will be distributed through NDC’s website as well, which will feature behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Ms. de Armas. It will also have comprehensive information about the brands and designers that are seen. For an enhanced connect with the local consumers and retail trade, there will be a section dedicated to similar jewellery designs that are available in India.


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Richard Ginori announces a new brand identity ‘Ginori 1735’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6176 September 19, 2020: Storied Italian porcelain manufacturer, Richard Ginori, known for its superlative dinnerware and home decor accessories, has announced a new brand identity - ‘Ginori 1735’. 



Richard Ginori’s past dates back to the 18th century when Marquis Carlos Ginori started the porcelain manufactory in the town of Doccia. The new name ‘Ginori 1735’ features the foundation year of the company. 



Richard Ginori new brand identity



The renewed visual representation comprises the ‘Ginori 1735’ signature in elegant, sinuous, hand-crafted lettering, a combination of heritage and innovation. The logo remains a recognizable hallmark that authenticates every piece of Ginori porcelain. This new brand identity supports the transition of the company to a global lifestyle design brand, specializing in artisanal porcelain tableware and homewares. 



Speaking about this new chapter in the company’s 285 years of history, Chairman and CEO Alain Prost commented, “Today, we are returning to our roots, changing our name, and investing in our legacy of bringing a deep sense of place, a graceful manner, and an effervescent spirit to all who embrace our mission. Richard Ginori is now, and once again, Ginori 1735.”



With the iconic crown at the back of the tableware symbolizing its distinguished quality, the Kering Group owned Richard Ginori is found in some of the most famous restaurants and homes around the world. Over the years, the atelier has evolved to bring to the contemporary world its ancient and extraordinary techniques. Ginori 1735 is, now, designed to celebrate the deep heritage of the company and signify a renewed attention to the evolving tastes and lifestyle of the next generation of luxury consumers.


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Indian online auction platform Prinseps opens the season with rare artist estates & launch of a luxury gallery http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6175 Humayun's Tomb by Atul Bose painting



September 19, 2020: Prinseps, the Indian online auction platform, is set to open the culture season with a strong note. There will be two auctions sales along with fixed price sales at the luxury online gallery featuring a range of luxury items across jewellery, carpets, Art Deco furniture, objet d’art and property, with prices ranging from INR 10,000 to 10 crores.



The two separate online auctions will have rare estates from renowned artist and Oscar-winning costume designer Bhanu Athaiya and famed Bengali artist Atul Bose. The auctions will be accompanied by introductory catalogue essays by India’s leading scholars and art historians - Ranjit Hoskote, writing on Bhanu Athaiya and Partha Mittar, writing on Atul Bose.



A fashion sketch by Bhanu Athaiya



The Bhanu Athaiya sale features remarkable artworks which will be coming to auction for the first time in almost 70 years, including Prayers, which was first exhibited in the 1953 group show of the Progressive Artists Group, where Athaiya was the only woman artist among the Progressives. Known as India’s premier costume designer, she is best known for her work on Richard Attenborough’s iconic film Gandhi which won her an Academy Award.



The sale of works by Atul Bose – an artist contemporary of Jamini Roy and Hemen Majumdar - will include lots that have never been offered in over 50 years to the market. A prolific landscape and portrait artist, Bose’s paintings find prized place in prestigious collections such as that of the Rashtrapti Bhavan in New Delhi. 



Kerman carpet for auction



The online luxury gallery fixed price sales has high-end collectibles like the Laver Kerman “Tree of Life” carpet from 1920 or the spotlight stealer 16ct antique cushion cut Burmese Ruby priced at a whooping INR 56 lakhs. 



Speaking about the upcoming calendar and the auction market during these difficult times, Indrajit Chaterjee, Founder of Prinseps, notes, “There is a belief that a purely online auction may not be that vibrant, however we believe the works in the two upcoming auctions will see both collector and museum interest - these are rare first time to market works from artists who are important contributors to both modernism and the art movement in India.


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Beyonce designs Adidas Superstar Platform shoes to mark the footwear’s 50th anniversary http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6174 Beyonce Adidas Superstar Platform shoes 2020



September 19, 2020:  Shoe brand Adidas got singer Beyonce on-board to redesign the iconic Superstar shoes on the occasion of the footwear’s 50th anniversary. 



The new edition of the shoes feature leather upper in white with rubber shell toe, contrasted by the heel tab and Three Stripes branding in black color. While the latest iteration of the shoes retains elements from the original design, the most distinctive addition that reflects Beyonce’s style is the chunky platform rubber outsole to add extra height to the shoe and make a bold statement. 



Beyonce Adidas Superstar Platform shoes 2020



Adidas has successfully added Beyonce to their list of collaborations which includes names like Kylie Jenner, The Beastie Boys, Kanye West, to name a few. The Beyoncé x Superstar is available in India on shop.adidas.co.in at INR 19,999. 


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Sotheby’s to offer timepieces from Sir David Lionel Salomons’ private collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6173 September 16, 2020: Sotheby’s, in a very unique auction, is offering a piece of history. Three  exquisite Breguet watches are up for bidding in the Sotheby’s London Watches sale on October 28, 2020. 



Prince Regent's Breguet pocket watch



The three Breguet pieces come originally from the private collection of Sir David Lionel Salomons (1851-1925), a British engineer and industrialist who was instrumental in the development of electricity, motor cars and many mechanical inventions at the end of the 19th century. He amassed the world's largest private collection of Breguet watches and clocks, comprising 124 pieces. Upon his death, the most important pieces passed on to his daughter, Vera Frances Bryce Salomons who, in 1969, founded the L.A. Mayer Museum in Jerusalem and bequeathed her father’s watch collection to the institution. 



Abraham-Louis Breguet, the celebrated watchmaker, created watches for the crowned heads and elites of Europe in the early 19th century. The watch auction will be spearheaded by three important watches made by Abraham-Louis Breguet - The Prince Regent’s Resonance watch, The Duc de Praslin's “Perpétuelle” and Princess Murat’s Thermometer Watch. 



Princess Murat's Breguet pocket watch



The Prince Regent’s Resonance Watch (Est. £400,000-600,000) is a very rare experimental gold precision watch purchased by the Prince Regent (later George IV) in 1818. One of the most expensive watches ever sold by Breguet for £350 (7,200 francs), it was the first ever watch featuring Breguet’s greatest discoveries applying the principle of resonance (based on the theory of two oscillating bodies placed in close proximity) to a watch movement. 



The “Perpétuelle” (Est. £250,000 - 350,000) was owned by Breguet’s long-time friend and supporter, the Duc of Praslin. Sold for 4000 francs in 1792, it is one of the most complicated self-winding watches ever made by Breguet. The watch combines chronometer escapement and dial displays, days of the week state of winding and a thermometer. 



The Duc of Praslin's Breguet pocket watch



The third Breguet timepiece is the thermometer watch (Est. £200,000 - 300,000) created for Princess Murat, better known as Caroline Bonaparte (1782-1839), the younger sister of Napoleon. The watch, sold to the Princess in 1807, boasts a complex but elegantly executed arrangement with its gold engine-turned dial displaying day, date, month and, unusually, the year and a quarter repeater. Princess Murat was a loyal patron of the Parisian watchmaker for whom he also created one of the first ever wristwatches. 



The Sotheby’s London Watches sale is a part of a series of two sales featuring select works from the Collection of the L.A. Mayer Museum including Islamic art, vertu and watches. 


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Raf Simons & Fred Perry offer a tribute to London’s famous venue ‘100 Club' http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6172 September 16, 2020: Paying homage to London’s basement music venue called the 100 Club and the distinctive youth subcultures created in the venue, designer Raf Simons has teamed up with Fred Perry, a renowned British clothing brand founded in 1952 by three-time Wimbledon Champion Fred Perry. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Inspired by the energy of the youth, Raf Simons - who is also the current Co-Creative Director of Prada - reinterprets classic Fred Perry pieces blended with the subtleties of his eponymous line. Reflecting the vibrancy and character of the famed venue and its bands, the collection is decorated with images from the book published by Fred Perry and Ditto that celebrates the club’s 75-year long history through anecdotal stories. Raf Simons draws inspiration from mentions of influential figures like Bev Elliott (Canadian actress) and Iain R Webb (renowned fashion writer and journalist) in the book. 



The Fred Perry pique polo shirt is reinterpreted once more in a way that feels new and subversive, darted and with digitally printed photographs - detachable with a special Raf Simons branded pin badge in silver. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Oversized woven shirts come with various patches in different sizes while retaining traditional shirting details. Other clothing pieces comprise oversized chunky knit jumpers with fixed patches on the back and sleeve, and a long woollen coat with a relaxed fit like in the Raf Simons mainline collection. 



There is also an olive-green parka with detachable fleece liner. Dropped shoulders on sweatshirts unexpected print and logo applications feature on a palette of black, red, blue and white. 



Fred Perry Raf Simons 100 Club 2020 collection



Themes from the 100 Club Stories book like cross-generations of kids coming of age and using their clothes as a powerful tool for expressing their identity inspired Raf Simons to bring his distinctive design approach to Fred Perry archive styles. The autumn/winter 2020 range will be available online on FredPerry.com along with select Fred Perry shops.


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Ronald Van Der Kemp and Christie’s to auction couture face masks for charity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6171 September 16, 2020: Dutch fashion designer Ronald Van Der Kemp (RVDK) and global auction house Christie’s will be staging an online charity auction titled ‘Couture For Change.’ The designer has donated 29 unique and exceptionally crafted couture face masks which will be sold to benefit The Refugee Company, a public benefit organization based in Amsterdam. 



Floral Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



It was on April 28, 2020 when RVDK made an astonishing statement of hope and peace to the world. At five to midnight, 29 models in stellar couture gowns and matching, imaginative couture face masks, appeared on the balconies of their rooms at Hotel L’Europe in Amsterdam. They waved white flags as a symbol of peace and sustainability, creating an extraordinary moment during these troubled times. 



Golden Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



These 29 couture face masks, crafted in the atelier of RVDK, are being offered without reserve along with an original framed sketch by the designer. The beneficiary foundation of the auction revenue, The Refugee Company, has recently opened the first local face mask factory in the Netherlands, run by refugees. 



Red Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



The online auction will be accepting bids from September 17 to September 30, 2020 on Christies.com. All 29 face masks can be viewed by appointment weekdays from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Christie’s Amsterdam between these dates. 



White sequinned Couture mask by Ronald Van Der Kemp



The auction is a part of the Amsterdam Fashion Week.


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Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani kickstarts Blenders Pride Fashion Tour http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6170 Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



September 16, 2020: Tarun Tahiliani opened the first ever digital edition of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour by showcasing his collection ‘Infinite - My Design, My Pride’. The Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has set a benchmark for the Indian fashion industry. Evolving from conventional runway shows, fashion festivals to now a virtual show, this collaboration with Mr. Tahiliani is a unique narrative of his 25 years of inspiration and creativity. 



The evening depicted elements of Pride in his craft and heritage, being modern and having ‘Stream of Consciousness’ as an entity. Encapsulating glitz and glamour through an on-ground set up, the striking digital experience unveiled the idea of ‘INFINITE’ possibilities in one’s life by setting an example for everyone to follow. 



Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



A theatrical representation of fashion in a grand set designed by the veteran designer himself, 25 muses donned 25 stunning looks, both in menswear and womenswear, showcasing his 25 year long journey. The show was an immersive experience with modern Indian pieces of clothing fully accessorized with modern-day versions of chotis, bindis and more, adding a touch of historical opulence to a more contemporary notion. 



Speaking on the unique digital premiere, Ishwindar Singh, GM Marketing, Pernod Ricard India, said, “Blenders Pride Fashion Tour has been bringing alive unique experiences for over 15 years in the fashion and style landscape. We’ve had a long and special journey with Tarun, and today, as he celebrates 25 years in the industry, we’re equally excited for our consumers to experience this show from the comfort of their homes. The journey of ‘Pride’ that we set off on over the last two years continues to take center stage this year as well, bringing alive a distinct expression of ‘My Identity, My Pride’.



Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Tarun Tahiliani 2020



Weaving a seamless story around ‘My Identity, My Pride’, Mr. Tahiliani said, ‘There is nothing more important than one’s identity, an expression that defines you as being distinct from the world. This collaboration is a celebration of my journey and the myriad and varied influences that have inspired its course over the years. I take immense pride in expressing who I am and where I stand today, and in my association with Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2020, because it gives me the opportunity to celebrate my identity with Pride.” 



The extraordinary digital show which was live streamed on September 10, 2020 can be viewed here.




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Ulysse Nardin unveils a new iteration of the Dual Time watch http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6168 September 12, 2020: Ulysse Nardin has redesigned its celebrated Dual Time watch, a series which has garnered a lot of attention from watch enthusiasts, especially travelers, given its patented time zone adjustment, invented by the company in 1994. The latest and renewed Dual Time styles are a part of the Executive Collection.



Ulysse Nardin Dual Time new design 2020



Ergonomic and elegant, the new models share the same case as the 2019’s Skeleton X watch series, with its iconic three-horns signature, and Roman numerals at twelve, three, six and nine o’clock. 



Equipped with the UN 24 dual time movement, the watch has permanent home time display and instant time zone with patented time zone setting. The ‘+’ and ‘-’ pushers located opposite the crown ensure adjustment of the hand forward or backward and the self-winding movement is visible through the exhibition case back. 



Ulysse Nardin Dual Time new design 2020



The dial, also inspired by the Skeleton series’, is 42 mm in dimensions and features an oversized small seconds hand register at 6 o’clock and a large date in a double window at two o’clock. There are two variants available in terms of the case - 18 carat rose gold or stainless steel, depending on the model.



There are three editions in the new dual-time series. The Dual Time Black in stainless steel, Dual Time Blue in stainless steel and Dual Time Rose Gold. All three variants come in rubber as well as alligator straps. The watches come with a power reserve of 42 hours and water resistance of upto 50 meters. The new dual-time watches are priced at $8,300 (steel) and $22,800 (rose gold).


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Salvatore Ferragamo aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2029 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6167 September 12, 2020: With the goal of creating a sustainable future, Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo has set science-based targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. To prevent the most damaging effects of climate change, the brand aims to achieve two significant goals by 2029. 



Salvatore Ferragamo sustainability goals 2020-2029



The goals set by the company, in line with the latest climate science, are:



- Reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 GHG emissions 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year;

- Reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services and downstream transportation and distribution 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year. 



These have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, who deemed them as consistent with levels required to meet the ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement: to limit warming to 1.5°C. 



The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) is formed by CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This joint initiative promotes science-based, meaningful target setting to reduce GHG emissions among corporates and also independently assesses their goals. 



Ferruccio Ferragamo, Chairman of Salvatore Ferragamo, commented, “For Salvatore Ferragamo, operating responsibly translates into being aware of its impact, while looking for creative, innovative, and serious solutions to mitigate it. Setting quantitative targets to reduce our climate impact is a challenging commitment; however, it makes us factual and proud to have started this journey.”



The approval by the SBTi bolsters the company’s previous efforts towards sustainability, which includes programs like the Sustainable Thinking project, the joining of the Fashion Pact, and the SI Rating Silver Certification.


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Gucci reintroduces its iconic bag, ‘The Jackie’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6166 September 12, 2020: The Jackie Bag, one of Gucci’s most recognizable styles, was imbued with a new relevance in the House’s latest Autumn Winter 2020 men’s and women’s fashion show. 



Gucci Jackie bag 1961 - 2020



The Hobo bag, created in 1961, is named after Jackie Kennedy who was photographed often with the bag and it came to be known simply as “The Jackie”. An important member of the Gucci bag family, ‘the Jackie’ has been reinterpreted by creative director Alesandro Michele as ‘the Jackie 1961’. 



Combining the archival house codes and Mr. Michele’s contemporary vision, the bag transcends traditional categorization of accessories with its non-binary attitude. The latest iteration of the Jackie comes in three different sizes - small, medium and mini and has been rendered in a pared down silhouette. With cleaner lines, the emphasis is on the rich leather and the piston closure. 



Cate Blanchett with Gucci Jackie bag 1961 - 2020



All styles of the Jackie 1961 are available in black and red leather as well as GG Supreme canvas with Web stripe. The small and mini versions come in a diverse colour palette including neutral-colored python as well as candy pastel hues of lilac, butter, light blue and soft pink. The long, detachable shoulder straps add to the versatility and functionality of the bag.



The new edition debuted in the men’s Fall Winter 2020 fashion show. Styled in diverse looks on both men and women, the most iconic bag has been successfully reinvented. 


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Aman Nai Lert Residences Bangkok to debut in 2023 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6165 September 12, 2020: Luxury hotel and resort brand Aman has teamed up with Nai Lert Park Development, a subsidiary of Nai Lert Group, to manage Aman Nai Lert Bangkok, which will comprise branded residences as well as a luxury hotel slated for completion in 2023. 



Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Residences



Nestled in the century-old tropical gardens of the Nai Lert Park, Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will occupy 11th to the 28th floors of the 36-storey edifice. Offering a leafy retreat and unparalleled vistas of the stellar park and city skyline, the 50 residences will be split across the 18 floors. With private terraces and private entrance, there will be one, two and three bedroom units along with penthouses. 



World-renowned architect, Jean-Michel Gathy, founder of Denniston and a long-time collaborator with Aman, is entrusted with creating an urban sanctuary. Remaining true to Aman’s identity of drawing influences from the culture and history of the location, Gathy is inspired by the rich tapestry of the Nai Lert Heritage Home and the Nai Lert Park, owned exclusively by the Nai Lert family since 1915.



Bringing the splendor of Aman to a private home, residents will have access to world-class amenities like a private Dining Room & Lounge serviced by its own dedicated chefs, a Garden Lounge with a library and business centre opening directly onto Nai Lert Park, and a private infinity swimming pool on the 30th floor and a private Aman Fitness Centre and Yoga/Pilates Studio. A private Aman Kids’ Club, a children’s swimming pool and a private garden within Nai Lert Park are also some of the perks. 



Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Residences



Truly luxurious and exuding the Aman spirit, the pet-friendly residences come with Nai Lert butlers, in-residence spa and salon, sommelier, chef and dining services, and “away from home” maintenance. 



The 52 Aman Nai Lert Bangkok Hotel Suites will be housed from floors 9 to 19 along with Arva, Aman’s Italian all-day dining concept; Nama, a Japanese restaurant; the Aman Cigar Club and a 1,500- square-metre Holistic Wellness Centre with a fully integrated medical clinic, a wellness lounge, and a spa house. 



Located in close proximity to shopping malls, cultural centers, international schools and hospitals, the Aman Nai Lert Bangkok will have the superior facilities Aman is known for along with the heritage of the city as well as the Nai Lert Park.


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Burberry launches the Animal Kingdom Pop-Up series worldwide http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6164 September 12, 2020: Burberry has unveiled a unique pop-up series across its stores to celebrate its signature bags and accessories. The brand has reinvigorated its iconic house code ‘Animal Kingdom’ for this new campaign. 



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



Featuring large-scale sculptures of monkeys, gorillas and birds of paradise, the pop-ups are inspired by the brand’s recognition of the power and symbolism of animals since the time of Thomas Burberry. 



The assortment comprises reimagined editions of Burberry’s signature leather products from its archives. The iconic Pocket Bag has been reinterpreted and comes in medium as well as mini size. With leather details and contrasting trims, the bags come in various canvases. The TB bag, that was inspired by Thomas Burberry and has a distinctive clasp with his initials, comes in medium and mini size and exclusive new colorways. They have adjustable gold straps. Softly structured bucket bags and The Robin, a small structured bag, are punctuated with the Thomas Burberry monogram. 



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



Smaller accessories include compact card cases, crossbody leather phone cases and a leather airpods case. Silk scarves in refreshing colors come with the logo graphic and Thomas Burberry Monogram. Jewellery ensemble features necklace, ring, earrings and cuffs along with key charms. 



This accessories pop-up launch is bolstered by Burberry’s partnership with Snapchat for an in-store gamified experience. Snapcodes are embedded in the pop-ups allowing players to not only see the animals come alive on their phones but also collect rewards, create their own shareable content and use the Snapchat lens to get information on the location of the pop-ups in their area.



Burberry animal kingdom pop up stores 2020



With an aim to support environmental conservation, Burberry has teamed up with Wildlife Works, the world's leading REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation), project development and management company, to make the pop-ups carbon neutral.


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A. Lange & Söhne launches special watch collection “Homage to F. A. Lange” http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6163 A Lange & Sohne 1815 Honeygold watches 2020



September 12, 2020: Dresden-based watchmaker, A. Lange & Söhne, unveiled a limited edition collection titled ‘Homage to F.A. Lange” at the Watches & Wonders event in Shanghai 2020. The collection features three limited edition watches belonging to the 1815 watch family, dedicated to the birth year of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, the pioneer of Saxonian precision watchmaking. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Honeygold watches 2020



Inspired by the tradition and classic side of Ferdinand A.Lange, the three styles from the 1815 watch family are reminiscent of the pocket watches of yesteryear. The cases are made of honey gold, a very rare gold alloy that is exclusive to Lange watches. Featuring a special dial, all three watches boast special movement decorations, which include grained plates made of German silver and black-rhodiumed engravings on the balance cock. The collection’s limited edition watches are named 1815 Thin Honeygold, 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold and Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold. 



The 1815 Thin Honeygold edition is an elegant two-hand watch with a diameter of 38 mm and a height of 6.5 mm.The hand-made enamel dial with Arabic numerals and a railway-track minute scale, is redolent of classic pocketwatches. There are 175 watches in this edition. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold watches 2020



The 1815 Rattrapante Honeygold brings together two complex mechanisms- chronograph and ratrrapante. It has a power reserve of 58 hours and is equipped with a Lange manufacture calibre L101.2. The exquisite honey gold case has been combined for the first time with a black dial in solid silver. This edition is limited to 100 pieces. 



A Lange & Sohne 1815 Tourbograph Honeygold watches 2020



The Tourbograph Perpetual Honeygold is the most complex timepiece in the anniversary collection. The Lange manufacture calibre L133.1 comes with the tourbillon and fusée-and chain transmission, that bolsters the watch’s accuracy. The diameter is 43 mm and the dial is 18-carat honeygold, black-rhodiumed with relief-engraved numerals and scales. This stellar edition has only 50 pieces. 


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Lighting brand Sans Souci unveils the ‘Vice Versa’ lighting design http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6161 Sans Souci chandelier design



September 9, 2020: Known for creating bespoke decorative lighting fixtures, glass objects, interior decoration and architectural features, Czech lighting brand Sans Souci has revealed a stellar new light collection in India under the name ‘Vice Versa’. 



The newest collection symbolizes Sans Souci’s exquisite craftsmanship and extravagance along with its smart integration of technology. Created by designer Jiri Krisica, the lights in the ensemble have a soft blend of nano-coating on crystal glass, highlighted with a texturized touch on slumped glass. Combining the deep gold hues with transparent, crystallized shards, the lights are no less than a piece of art that make a bold and grandiose statement. The eye-catching assortment is very versatile. From an awe-inducing spectacle to a grand curtain, the lights can be fashioned in different ways. 



Sans Souci chandelier design



The brand draws inspiration from the Czech glass-making heritage and vast experience of past generations of glass-makers. Produced in the world-renowned region of North Bohemia that is associated with glass manufacturing across European continent, Sans Souci collections are purely Czech in origin and spirit.


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Audemars Piguet introduces 10 new styles to the CODE 11.59 line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6160 Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches blue



September 4, 2020: Audemars Piguet, the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer, has introduced ten refreshing new timepieces to their CODE 11.59 collection that was launched last year. The colored dials in burgundy, blue, purple and grey add an elegant and a contemporary touch. 



Including in these ten new iterations are two-tone watches in 18k white and rose gold. Designed for both men and women, these ergonomic watches come in glare-proof complex double curved sapphire crystal and are 41mm in diameter. The lacquer-finish dials are a graceful combination of handfinished matte and mirror surface, which is the signature style of Audemars Piguet. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches grey



The cases are beautifully contrasted by the hues of the dial - burgundy watches with 18-carat white gold base while purple and blue with 18-carat pink gold. Every new wrist-watch comes with an alligator strap matching with the color of the dial. 



The two-tone watches, a rarity among the brand’s collections over the years, come in grey sunburst dials in light and dark tones. The 18-carat pink gold octagonal middle case complements the white gold case and lugs while 18-carat pink gold hour-markers and hands add a glimmer of colour. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches purple



The Selfwinding Chronographs and Selfwinding date, hour, minute and second models both come with a power reserve of 70 hours and water resistance of 30 meters. The Selfwinding Chronograph models are equipped with calibre 4401, an integrated chronograph with column wheel and flyback function that enables to restart the chronograph without stopping and resetting it first. The micro-mechanisms are visible from the sapphire caseback. 



Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 chronograph and self winding watches red



The rose and white gold hour/minute/seconds model is priced at $26,800. The chronograph in rose and white gold is priced at $42,400. The three-hand two-tone watch comes at $26,800, and the two-tone chronograph is $42,400. 


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Soneva Fushi reveals new Water Retreats in the Maldives http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6159 Soneva Fushi Overwater Villas



September 4, 2020: Soneva Fushi, Maldives has designed and unveiled eight new luxurious water retreats. Juxtaposed against the breathtaking blue ocean, these overwater villas come in 1 and 2 bedroom.



The 1 Bedroom Water Retreats (6,286 sq ft.) and 2 Bedroom Water Retreats (9,224 sq ft.) are the largest one- and two-bedroom overwater villas in the world. These villas are located near the Dolphin Beach and can be reached by a jetty, ensuring complete privacy for guests. Suitable for all ages, the water retreats boast spacious interiors with decks and rooms that can be easily sealed off.



Soneva Fushi Overwater Villas water slide



The highlight is the water slide present in all the villas, adding an element of fun to the isolated retreat. Other interesting features are the pool suspended over the ocean in front of the pool deck, catamaran nets where guests can sit above the waves and curved steps from the pool deck that lead directly into the ocean water below. The retractable roof in the master bedroom allows guests to sleep under starlit skies. 



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



Both villa types feature an expansive upper level with a dining sala, as well as Soneva’s signature outdoor bathroom with direct access to the sea. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the spacious dining and living areas with natural light. Additional amenities include fully-stocked minibar and pantry, and signature en-suite bathroom.



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



These retreats are different from the iconic ones in Soneva Jani. Instead of the whitewashed interiors, the decor is designed in oceanic hues of light greens, blues and soft beige, reflecting the rustic castaway style that Soneva Fushi is known for. Continuing the resort’s idea of sustainable luxury, they have been carefully designed using sustainable wood panels, recycled Styrofoam for walls that keeps the rooms cooler and provides soundproofing. The water retreats are raised above the ocean so that ocean waves don’t break against the underside.



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives bedroom



“When we had to add more villas, we didn’t want to touch the beach, as we believe it should be for our guests and the turtles that visit our shores. So, we built over the ocean. We hired all the right people to come and assess the proposed location, ensuring there would not be any live coral in the area,” said Eva Malmstrom Shivdasani, Soneva’s Creative Director and Conscience. 



Soneva Fushi overwater villas maldives



Offering awe-inducing views and superlative comfort, the new water retreats are set to open for all the guests on September 25, 2020.


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Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen launches Virtual Boutique http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6158 IWC Schaffhausen Middle East virtual boutique



September 4, 2020: In a bid to advance their global customer experience, Swiss luxury watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has announced the launch of their new virtual boutique. The exquisite virtual store draws inspiration from the lavish interiors of the IWC boutique at The Galleria Al Maryah Island shopping centre in Abu Dhabi. 



Accessible by phone, laptop or desktop, the virtual journey starts at the facade of the IWC boutique at The Galleria Al Maryah Island and takes the customer inside the boutique. With a bright interior accentuated with wooden accents, the store gives a panoramic display of the exquisite timepieces. The user can explore on their own or can opt for getting an online client advisor feature before entering the boutique. 



The boutique allows shoppers to explore six iconic watch families of the brand - Portugieser, Pilot’s Watches, Portofino, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and Da Vinci. Apart from technical specifications of the selected timepiece, there are features where shoppers can click on displays and compare products, read online catalogues and take a guided tour of the boutique. For a more personalized experience, shoppers can connect with customer advisors and book store appointments to preview or buy the watch.



IWC Schaffhausen Middle East virtual boutique



Mehdi Rajan, Regional Brand Director of IWC Schaffhausen for the Middle East, India and Africa, commented, “IWC is always looking to elevate the journey of discovery for its customers and we are very excited to be bringing a personalized online experience to our customers in the Middle East, especially at a time when the world is undergoing a digital revolution and virtual connections are of utmost importance. With the launch of our new virtual boutique, customers can expect a captivating, engaging and enjoyable online experience with IWC.”



This new virtual boutique will be used as a platform for online events, launching new collections and connecting with new as well as existing IWC customers across the Middle East. 


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Hannah Colman appointed as new CEO of Jimmy Choo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6157 September 3, 2020: Capri Holdings Limited, the multinational fashion holding group, has appointed Hannah Colman for the role of Chief Executive Officer of the British luxury house Jimmy Choo. 



Hannah Colman Jimmy Choo CEO



Ms. Colman has inimitable knowledge and deep understanding of the Jimmy Choo brand, having been one of the earliest employees of the company. She served as a Store Manager 24 years ago, in Jimmy Choo’s first boutique on Motcomb Street in London. Since then, she has taken over several major roles like President EMEA and Global E-commerce. 



Sandra Choi, Founder and Creative Director of Jimmy Choo, commented, “Hannah and I have worked together since the start of our fashion luxury house. I couldn’t be happier that she will now lead our company as we continue to grow Jimmy Choo as one of the most important British luxury brands in the world. We share the same vision for the future of this brand that we both love.” 



Functioning as the brand's Interim CEO for the past few months, this new announcement comes among a slew of other leadership changes in the luxury industry



Ms. Colman was currently serving as the interim CEO of the company. Commenting on her new role, she said, “Having been part of the Jimmy Choo team since 1996 I am thrilled to be leading such an iconic British luxury house. Working alongside Sandra over the last few months as Interim CEO has been a great experience and it’s a privilege to lead such a talented team who have done an incredible job of steering the brand through the events of this year. I take the responsibility of writing the next chapter of this remarkable luxury house incredibly seriously and couldn’t be more excited by the opportunity.”



Ms. Colman has grown strength by strength with the Jimmy Choo brand, and showing incredible confidence in her knowledge and loyalty, John D. Idol, Jimmy Choo’s Chairman, has expressed faith that “she will continue to lead Jimmy Choo to even greater heights."


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India Couture Week goes digital for the first time http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6156 September 3, 2020: For the first time ever, India Couture Week (ICW) will be entering the digital realm this year. The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) presents a new era for showcasing Indian couture at the ICW, from September 18 to 23. 



Keeping up with digitization in the wake of the pandemic, FDCI has advanced towards a robust digital transformation. ICW will offer designers an opportunity to reach out to a more savvy audience by showcasing their collections in innovative ways. 





The six day long event will feature top couturiers like Amit Aggarwal, Anju Modi, Dolly J, Falguni Shane Peacock, Gaurav Gupta, JJ Valaya, Kunal Rawal, Manish Malhotra, Rahul Mishra, Reynu, Taandon, Shantanu & Nikhil and Suneet Varma. Exhibiting their stellar collections through videos, films and supporting content, the live digital event will follow the format of physical fashion shows and have a preset schedule. The content will be live streamed across FDCI digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the FDCI official website. 



Digital India Couture Week 2020



The official hashtag for the event is #DecodingCouture, and the event is graphically themed around “waves”, considering ‘digital’ is creating ripples in the fashion industry around the world. 



FDCI Chairman Sunil Sethi commented, “FDCI has been a frontrunner in establishing a fresh template, in tandem with the changing times. Couture has all the elements of fantasy, and as screens take over our lives, we hope to recreate the magic of this genre, with pure creativity.”


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Luxury porcelain brand Richard Ginori makes an entry on WeChat http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6155 Richard Ginori Porcelain collection



September 3, 2020: Taking a new step into the digital world, Richard Ginori has landed on WeChat, the most widely used Chinese multi-functional platform around the world for chatting, browsing and e-commerce. With a monthly base of 1 billion active users on WeChat, the Italian brand will be making itself accessible to a wider set of audience. 



Richard Ginori is an Italian brand known for its luxury porcelain products since 1735 and this historic company will now be offering a unique experience through the innovative functionalities of this multipurpose platform. Features like sending weekly push messages in the form of articles with clickable content, animations, internal and external links to WeChat are integrated. A series of APIs have enabled other functions like user analyses, loyalty initiatives, social CRM and e-commerce. Users can comment on the published content, interact with the company, get information on Richard Ginori products and their availability in China. 



This account will allow access to real time insights to all the connoisseurs of the brand while increasing brand awareness and engagement with Chinese consumers. With a vision of approaching a younger and more connected audience, Richard Ginori’s brand narrative will enhance with the support of Chinese resources to fit the cultural model, seasonality, consumption trends and the aesthetic principles of the Chinese consumer.



Richard Ginori Porcelain collection



Richard Ginori further reinforces its competitiveness in the Chinese luxury market that, according to estimates, will have a total value of approximately 160 billion euros in 2025, with internal demand that will account for 50% of worldwide demand, and online sales of approximately 19 billion euros. 



Alain Prost, Chairman and CEO of Richard Ginori commented, “Richard Ginori is a brand with 285 years of history, projected into the future, both international and exclusive. In this view, the new account is strategic for our digital growth and to create a direct connection with the Chinese consumer. Our goal is to further introduce the Richard Ginori soul also in China, and we are certain that the opening of the account will help improve the dialogue and make the brand experience more enveloping and exciting. WeChat is, in fact, a direct and modern channel that allows us to offer a dynamic and interactive tool that puts access to our entire collection at the click of a fingertip."


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Michael Kors’ Your Voice Matters campaign for 2020 elections makes a political statement http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6154 September 3, 2020: In an initiative to encourage voters to register and participate in the upcoming 2020 American presidential elections, Michael Kors has launched an exclusive campaign titled ‘Your Voice Matters’. For the campaign, Michael Kors will be releasing a special MICHAEL Michael Kors T-shirt and a Michael Kors Collection sweater. These will benefit the major American legal organization, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), fighting for racial justice. 



Michael Kors Your Voice Matters campaign tshirt



Exclusive to the United States, the T-shirt and sweater emphasise the campaign’s message: that no matter who you are, your voice, and your vote, can make a difference. The MICHAEL Michael Kors t-shirt comes at a retail price of $40, with the phrase “YOUR VOICE MATTERS” on the front and “VOTE” on the back. The Michael Kors Collection cashmere intarsia sweater, simply features “VOTE” and is priced at $850. All the profits from the sale of these special pieces will go to LDF. Michael Kors has partnered with Black-owned business FKSP, operated by African American fashion designer Folake Kuye Huntoon, to produce the t-shirts for the campaign. They will be manufactured in the FKSP factory in the Los Angeles fashion district. 



“Our greatest right and privilege as Americans is the right to have our voices heard,” says Michael Kors. “Voting is the ultimate way to make sure that your voice is not lost. These T-shirts and sweaters are a reminder for all Americans to vote and not let their voices be extinguished. It’s also an opportunity to raise money for legal and social justice.”



Michael Kors Your Voice Matters campaign Vote Sweater



Making a strong political statement in hopes to better the future of America, specially amidst the current tumultous time, the campaign will be showcased across online and offline platforms through the Fall season. The store windows at the Michael Kors Rockefeller Center Flagship Store will be specially designed for the initiative in the first week of September. 



The t-shirts will be available in select Michael Kors Lifestyle Stores and the sweater will be available in Michael Kors Collection Stores. Both the pieces can be bought online on MichaelKors.com. 


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An iconic Tiffany Diamond has been recreated to shine in the upcoming movie ‘Death on the Nile’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6152 September 1, 2020: First made famous by Audrey Hepburn and last worn by Lady Gaga, the 128 carat Tiffany Diamond is all set to make a stunning appearance in the upcoming 20th Century Studios thriller movie ‘Death on the Nile’, based on Agatha Christie’s 1937 novel of the same name. 



Gal Gadot in Tiffany Diamond in Death on the Nile



The celebrated Tiffany Diamond is a rare yellow diamond which was uncovered in 1877 from the Kimberley Mines of South Africa. Procured by Charles Lewis Tiffany himself, the rough diamond was cut into a 128.54 carat in Paris. The storied, cushion-shaped jewel, set in a necklace, was worn by Audrey Hepburn for her promotional shots during Breakfast at Tiffany’s and later by Lady Gaga during Oscars 2019. Now, a recreation of this fiery diamond will reappear in the much awaited Death on the Nile. Gal Gadot, playing one of the most significant characters in the movie, can be seen flaunting the dazzling jewel.



“The Tiffany Diamond is a priceless symbol of the highest standards of virtuosity and craftsmanship at Tiffany, and rarely makes an appearance beyond its vault,” said Reed Krakoff, chief artistic officer. “A central role in the adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic novel is deserving of our priceless diamond.”



A number of other jewelry pieces by Tiffany & Co. will be seen in the film. The luxury jewelry maker will be promoting the movie online as well as offline. Select Tiffany stores will offer a special ‘Death on the Nile’ curated collection of diamond-intensive jewelry based on the looks from the movie, including the exquisite Tiffany & Co. Victoria and Schlumberger designs. The store windows at Tiffany Flagship Next Door in New York, the Beverly Hills boutique in Los Angeles, and the Old Bond Street location in London will showcase the spirit of intrigue and mystery of Christie’s renowned novel, and also feature jewelry from the movie.



Death on the Nile, a Hercule Poirot mystery, stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Russell Brand, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer, Rose Leslie, Emma Mackey, Sophie Okonedo, Jennifer Saunders, and Letitia Wright. Set amid the undulating desert and pyramids of Egypt, the Tiffany Diamond is a perfect fit in the gilded and elegant world of impeccably dressed characters, who are caught amid a shocking turn of events.


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Gauri Khan collaborates with Hèrmosa Design Studio for a new furniture line http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6151 September 1, 2020: In a creative collaboration, interior designer Gauri Khan will be designing an exclusive furniture line for Hermosa Design Studio, an Indian luxury and bespoke furniture company. 



Ms. Khan has successfully carved her niche in the realm of luxury interior design. This furniture line will see the combination of her elegant taste and unmatched sense of style and Hermosa’s prized craftsmanship. Pranjal Agarwal, CEO of Hèrmosa Design Studio, says, “It has been an honour to merge our distinct design ideologies for this exclusive collaboration. As an interior designer par excellence, Gauri Khan needs no introduction. The individuality of her design is something we’ve always looked up to, and we are excited to blend her elevated sense of aesthetics with Hèrmosa’s design philosophy for our collaborative line of furniture.” 



Hermosa Design Studio X Gauri Khan coasters



The teaser of the upcoming furniture line will be revealed in the premium coasters released on the eve of the brand’s second anniversary. The fusion of the dual logos on the coasters is a fitting metaphor for the melange of the two distinct design ideologies. 



The upcoming furniture line is attuned to the collective vision of India’s changing interior design landscape which is a blend of fashion, form and function. The furniture pieces are expected to be aspirational yet timeless in neutral tones which can fit into the cosmopolitan, contemporary lifestyles of today. 


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Rolex launches new creations in Oyster Perpetual Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6150 September 1, 2020: Rolex has unveiled stellar new iterations in the Oyster Perpetual Collection, including Oyster Perpetual Submariner, Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller and Oyster Perpetual 41. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 2020



The Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, professional divers’ watches, have been redesigned with a new 41 mm case and equipped with calibre 3230 and calibre 3235 respectively. The new Submariner – in Oystersteel – has a black dial and matching Cerachrom bezel insert. The first version of the Submariner Date is also made of Oystersteel with a black dial and green bezel insert. A second, yellow Rolesor version of the watch (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold) has a royal blue dial and blue bezel insert. The third, 18 ct white gold version features a black dial and blue bezel insert. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 2020



The new Oyster Perpetual Datejust edition watches are fitted with calibre 2236 and have a power reserve of 55 hours. The sunray-finish aubergine dial flaunts 18 ct white gold Roman numerals – with the VI set with 11 diamonds. Three other versions in fluted bezel are available in mint-green sunray finish dial, white lacquer dial and dark grey sunray finish dial. 



Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2020



Oyster Perpetual 41 and Oyster Perpetual 36 are two new models to the range and both are equipped with calibre 3230. The Oyster Perpetual 41 comes in silver, sunray-finish dial and a bright black, sunray-finish dial. The first version’s hour markers and hands come in 18 ct yellow gold while the second one is in 18 ct white gold. The Oyster Perpetual 36 flaunts a vibrant look with lacquer dials in five bright hues: candy pink, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red and green. These watches are fitted with an Oyster bracelet and an Oysterclasp with the Easylink comfort extension system – a first for the Oyster Perpetual range. The Chronergy escapement, developed and patented by Rolex, enables a power reserve of 70 hours.



Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky Dweller 2020



The Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is the first watch in the Classic category to boast a Rolex patented Oysterflex bracelet. Equipped with one of the most complex movements developed and manufactured by the watchmaker, calibre 9001, the watch has a power reserve of 72 hours. The 18 ct yellow gold version comes in bright black, sunray-finish dial and high-performance elastomer bracelet with an Oysterclasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system for wrist comfort. 



These new novelties from Rolex carry the Superlative Chronometer Certification, satisfying all performance criteria exceeding watchmaking norms and standards in terms of precision, water-proofness, self-winding and power reserve. 


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Bovet launches the second edition of the iconic Virtuoso VIII Tourbillon http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6148 Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter 2 Tourbillon



August 31, 2020: The House of Bovet has come up with a second chapter to the Virtuoso VIII 10 Day, Flying Tourbillon, Big Date. Redesigning the iconic watch, it is inspired from the maison’s previous collections reflecting the artisanal craftsmanship and mechanical ingenuity. 



An amalgamation of Bovet’s two exemplary cases, the watch is housed in the Fleurier case with its crown and bow at 12 o’clock with an inclined crystal aperture on the 12-6 o’clock axis, reminiscent of the Dimier collection’s writing slope case. The caliber, or the movement of the watch, is manufactured in Bovet’s workshops and showcases the technical prowess of the House of Bovet. The arms flying over the tourbillon are polished and rounded off and the bridges on both the sides are embellished with a “Côtes de Genève” circular motif. The single barrel provides a 10 day power reserve. 



Bovet Virtuoso VIII Chapter 2 Tourbillon



The dial, made of blue aventurine glass, forms the horizontal number eight symbolizing luck, perfection and infinity. Reducing space between the units’ disk and hours’ disk optimizes readability and the ease of date correction is enabled by a simple press on the crown positioned at the 12 o’clock. The ingenious spherical differential winding system ensures lesser friction between gears during the full winding of the spring required for the 10 days power reserve. 



Available in limited edition of 50 pieces, the Virtuoso VIII Chapter Two is an exquisite reflection of Bovet’s extraordinary dedication and unparalleled watchmaking.


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The Art Institute of Chicago presents its latest exhibition ‘Monet and Chicago’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6147 Apples and Grapes by Claude Monet



August 31, 2020: Titled ‘Monet and Chicago’, the Art Institute of Chicago will be presenting a special exhibition of the world renowned French painter Claude Monet. Known as the Father of Impressionism, the exhibition honors the painter’s connection with Chicago. 



This interrelation started when Chicago-based business and philanthropist couple Bertha and Potter Palmer acquired 20 paintings by Monet in 1891 and influenced several private collectors. The Art Institute of Chicago hosted the artist’s first solo collection called 20 Works by Claude Monet in the United States in the year 1895. It featured the Apple Trees in Blossom (1872) purchased by the Union League Club of Chicago. The Institute’s 1995 exhibition Claude Monet: 1840–1926 broke all the previous attendance and sales records. A detailed research for each one of the projects has been compiled in the Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, a groundbreaking digital scholarly catalogue published in the year 2014. 



Water Lily Pond by Claude Monet



The latest exhibition Monet and Chicago offers meaningful insights into the painter’s extraordinary techniques and materials, which will help viewers understand Monet’s creative process. Seventy artworks from the institute’s holdings as well as Chicago-based collections, comprising a diverse range of paintings from still lifes, landscapes, early caricatures made at Le Havre to the last spectacular canvases inspired by his garden and water lily pond at Giverny, will be on display for this exhibition. The Art Institute of Chicago has redesigned a powerful and intimate experience while promoting social distancing. The exhibition will have a virtual line upon arrival in the museum. 



Irises by Claude Monet



More information on member access and general admission is available on the Institute’s website.


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MB&F and L'Epée 1839 launch the exquisite limited edition Trinity Clock http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6146 MB&F Trinity Clock Green



August 27, 2020: MB&F has teamed up with L'Epée 1839 yet again to create a limited edition clock titled ‘Trinity’. The announcement of their 13th collaboration comes during the Geneva Watch Days, a multi-brand watch event held from August 26 to 29, 2020, where top Swiss brands showcase their newest creations in their showrooms. 



The mechanical clock Trinity gets its name from its components: three insect-like legs, three insect-eye spheres and three movement levels comprising the creature’s mechanical body. Trinity clock is also the third in the trilogy of half animal-half robot creations called ‘Robocreatures’ which is a three-way collaboration between MB&F, L'Epée and designer Maximilian Maertens. Maertens first creation in the series T-Rex was inspired by dinosaurs of Jurassic Park and he has continued the same theme even for Trinity. The idea for the clock was inspired by the mosquito caught in amber which provides the DNA to genetically craft new dinosaurs. But for the main design, he decided to mimic a water strider insect with hydrophobic legs. “It feels much like a levitating insect walking over the water,” Mr. Maertens explains, “and this inspired me to create something that looks very delicate.”



MB&F Trinity Clock blue movement



The clock has an optical time display where two concentric rotating disks denote hours and minutes. The time on this unique dial can be read through the magnifying optical mineral glass spheres. The dials make one full rotation every 36 hours. With a power reserve of 8 days, the mechanical movement of the clock, designed and manufactured in-house by L'Epée 1839, is a beacon of fine Swiss clock-making. The water strider body of the clock is made of plated brass, optical mineral glass and fluorescent acrylic shields. It requires manual winding with a double-ended key to set the time and wind the movement. 



MB&F Trinity Clock Red Close Up



Trinity has three limited editions of 50 pieces each in Neon Green, Neon Red and Neon Blue. It is available at their online shop at a retail price of CHF 22,500 + VAT. 


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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 to commence on August 30, 2020 http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6145 Rolex Maxi Yacht Race 2020



August 27, 2020: One of the biggest events of the international yachting season, the Maxi Yacht  Rolex Cup 2020 will be held from August 30, 2020 to September 4, 2020. The Swiss watchmaker has been an active partner to yachting since the 1950s while its partnership with the Maxi Rolex Cup, and its organisers Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), came into prominence in the 1980s. 



The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 is an exciting and an elite regatta featuring first class competitors, challenging circumstances and also showcases impressive latest monohull yacht design and technology, all set against the picturesque backdrop of Porto Cervo in Italy. The fleet is categorized by its length and style. With victory being the ultimate focus, the determined Maxi owners engage in a fierce competition against equally adept crews in their class. 



Rolex Testimonee and United States sailing legend Paul Cayard, who has competed in the event for 30 years, commented, “As sailors, we love coming to compete – the winds, the sea, the spectacular scenery around the Sardinian coast and the organizational capacity of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda make it second to none. The entirety of the package makes it a must do for the world’s top sailors. It is the best big-boat event on the circuit.” 



Rolex Maxi Yacht Race 2020



Another former Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup competitor and Rolex Testimonee, the four time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie, highlights the regatta’s natural fit with Rolex’s values. “Precision and excellence are core to the overall performance in sailing from a sporting perspective and this is no more so than at the Maxi Yacht Cup. There is a clear and common link with the ideals Rolex stands for.”



This year, given the pandemic, the fleet will be much smaller compared to its previous years. However, the consecutive five-day racing event is touted to be as enthralling and intense with powerful yachts sailing through the narrow passages and rocky outcrops. 


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Celebrated Indian designer JJ Valaya launches e-commerce site http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6144 August 27, 2020: Notable Indian fashion designer JJ Valaya has launched his e-commerce site valaya.com, thereby renewing his niche in the digital world after 10 years. 



JJ Valaya Luxury Fashion



“In the mid 90s, we were perhaps one of the first Indian fashion houses to launch a website at a time when the world had only just been introduced to the wonders of the internet. Over time, our focus shifted to brick-and-mortar stores and the expansion of the brand, and our virtual world took a back seat. Now, after nearly a decade, valaya.com comes back in an all-new avatar. The website was always a part of my post-sabbatical plans, the only change being that it now precedes the launch of our flagship experience, the WORLD OF JJ VALAYA, in early 2021,” says Mr. Valaya.



Bridging the gap between the online and offline worlds, the online store will offer a complete bespoke experience to not just patrons who are in the comfort of their homes, but also to a global audience. The online site will feature several new collections. 



JJ Valaya Indian Luxury Fashion



The Tabriz 2019-2020 is a tribute to the Persian culture ranging from the 16th to 19th century. Divided into three collections, it blends Persian intricacies with the brand’s themes of royal legacy, nomadic spirit and Art Deco glamour. The Shifting Leaves Chevron collection is inspired from Rajasthani motif of chevrons, found in Rajasthani architecture as well as the Art Deco movement. The house will present a limited-edition collection every year with the designs and patterns inspired by it. 



The accessories collection features an exquisite assortment of add-ons for both men and women. Fashion jewelry in association with Swarovski, silk scarves and the newly launched Valaya Phoenix Belt are available in the women's section. The men’s segment includes fine silk pocket squares, inlay buttons and cufflinks in gold-plated silver, handcrafted footwear, turbans, stoles, as well as the Phoenix Belt. Customers can also order bespoke pieces from the men’s capsule collection titled ‘Jhalamand House’ comprising linen and cotton shirts and kurtas. 



JJ Valaya jacket



Women can personalize their brand new IKA jacket, a younger sibling of the Valaya classic Alika jacket from 2010. Right from choosing the fabric to the patterns, the store will offer a rich customized experience. Showcasing the Valaya ethos, the magnificent online store will be elegant as well as cutting edge.


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Rolls Royce announces a new, millennial brand identity http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6143 Rolls Royce new brand colours



August 26, 2020: Coming up with a refreshing new brand identity, British automobile company Rolls Royce has decided to redefine itself which will be more attuned to its changing clientele. Partnering with Pentagram, a renowned multi-disciplinary design studio, the luxury brand is recreating the new identity that transcends beyond being the ‘Best Car in the World’. 



One of the most significant changes in this rebranding is redesigning of the Rolls Royce logo. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy figurine which has always been on the prow will now become the primary logo of the company. A recognisable mark of British luxury and perfection, which was designed by Charles Sykes, the enigmatic emblem has undergone a stellar reinterpretation. Facing right instead of left, the icon depicts the bold vision towards the future and depicts quiet strength. 



Rolls Royce new Spirit of Ecstasy



Marina Willer, partner at Pentagram, commented, "The use of the Spirit of Ecstasy marks a shift in the resonance of the brand – from an automotive to a lifestyle context. She commands an aspirational quality in the luxury sphere and by placing her at the centre of the visual language, the Spirit of Ecstasy can now be interpreted as the muse for the marque, in addition to the motor cars themselves." The Spirit of Ecstasy expression has taken a much more versatile and a fluid form which can be used for engravings, projections, embroidered pieces in physical as well as digital form. 



In the past, the color scheme of Rolls Royce was based on brown and slate palettes. With changing times, the brand wanted striking but luxurious hues that would appeal to both men and women. The new brand identity will now have purple as the central color, called the Purple Spirit, signifying power and future of luxury. It will be complemented by metallic Rose Gold that will be used in digital form and also for items of longevity. Pentagram has also changed the typeface of the brand from Gil Sans Alt to a new font called Riviera Nights. Letters are capitalised and each of them look more crafted. 



Rolls Royce new brand font and logo



With so many new changes made, the brand however, has decided to keep its double R monogram unchanged. A symbol of excellence and a beacon of the brand’s founding fathers, the monogram has replaced the Badge of Honor on collateral. The wordmark ‘Rolls Royce Motor Cars’ has also been altered with the words ‘Motor Cars’ reduced in size, with an art-deco style showcasing a more refined and whispering power of the contemporary Rolls Royce. 



The new identity of the Rolls Royce will come into effect on September 1, 2020. 


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Gucci introduces its newest 2020 Decor Collection ‘Souvenir From Rome’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6142 August 26, 2020: The latest Gucci Decor Collection titled ‘Souvenir From Rome’ is a reflection of Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s eclectic, romantic aesthetic. Integrating a number of motifs from the House’s repertoire, including blooms and creatures, the decor collection is a melange of colors, patterns and texts. Comprising furniture pieces, furnishings and decorative items, the collection is inspired by the Musei Capitolini of Rome which was also the venue for House’s Cruise 2020 collection. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome



Made 100% in Italy with extraordinary craftsmanship, the porcelain assortment includes an ashtray in a square and star design, a porcelain circular box, a candle holder with lid in porcelain, a folding metal table, a circular metal tray, wallpaper and a folding screen. The patterns are first hand-painted to get the opulent, marble effect and then put into production. Every piece, except the porcelain ashtray which has the GG script, has “Souvenir From Rome” inscribed on it. A celebration of Italian culture, the porcelain used in this collection is produced by renowned 18th century Florentine company, Richard Ginori. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome Mickey Mouse cup



Bringing contemporary sophistication, the collection has cloches, an antique and elegant piece to add to the dining table. Engraved with phrases like  “Gucci Orgasmique” or “Maison de l’Amour”, they come in five different handles featuring animals and designs taken from the House archive: a hare, hand, snake, wolf and pomegranate. They can also be personalized with initials. An Asian tea cup with green Herbarium pattern, and a black “Maison de l’Amour” coffee pot are also a part of the table service collection. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome cushion



Celebrating the Chinese New Year 2020 - the year of the rat, the famous Mickey Mouse makes an appearance on a porcelain mug with lid and a round porcelain box. Introducing a multitude of patterns from florals to rainbows, newer reinterpretations like a red and green apple formed by two interlocked G’s add to the pop-art element. 



Blankets and cushions in Tartan prints in various colors as well as GG motif in diagonal stripes or in surrealist square shaped clouds in blue or green are also present. New wallpapers in different designs and iconic house patterns like a multicolour macro isometric GG print with a 70s look or a toile de Jouy pattern comprising an 18th-century pastoral landscape will add a bold statement to a modern space. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome yellow plate



For an accent piece, the collection features hinged folding high and low screens. The low screen made in metal, has three panels, has a fabric characterized by a design featuring Una Woodruff’s artwork ‘Hua Fish’. Another metal-made low screen flaunts the G squared cloud pattern in velvet. The high screen is made in wood and has a black velvet covering. It has multicoloured rising stars pattern, the star and eye print embroidered at the top of the central panel, while the back is plain black, with the star and eye print again embroidered at the top of the central panel. 



Gucci Home Decor Souvenir from Rome butterfly floral cup



The seasonal collection reflects consistency even in its unusual patterns and combinations, ensuring seamless blending for those who wish to add these pieces to their previous collections. The Souvenir From Rome collection is available in Gucci flagship stores and boutiques. It is also available online at gucci.com and in select specialty stores. 


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Christie’s to auction iconic dresses from the wardrobes of Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham & more http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6140 August 24, 2020: Christie’s is hosting an online charity auction with Telegraph’s Stella Magazine. This fundraising sale for Smart Works, a UK based organization that helps unemployed women by providing job interview training and free clothes, will comprise 33 lots. Each one is an iconic outfit donated by very significant woman that represents a notable memory, an achievement or a moment in their individual fashion journeys.



Alexander McQueen silk organza layered chiffon dress Christies auction



The 33 high-profile donors include the likes of Victoria Beckham, Kate Moss, Lara Stone and Kylie Minogue to name a few. 



The auction features remarkable items like the Jane Birkin's iconic Black Togo Leather Birkin 35 (estimate: £8,000-10,000) and Dame Helena Morrissey's Alexander McQueen gown (estimate: £10,000-15,000), worn to the Soiree d’Or dinner in 2011, and part of the legendary designer’s final 2010 collection.



Hermes leather Birkin 35 with rose gold hardware Christies auction



Other highlights of the sale are two of Victoria Beckham's black bustiers (estimate: £700-1,000); Kate Moss's vintage jumpsuit worn to Moët Impérial's 150th Anniversary at the Château de Saran, France, May 2019 (estimate: £500-800); Dame Twiggy Lawson’s Tommy Nutter suit, 1971 (estimate: £800-1,200), of the same design as she wore on the cover of her debut album; and Ralph & Russo's silver liquid velvet asymmetric dress worn by Kylie Minogue to the Royal Academy Summer Party in 2019 (estimate: £2,000-3,000). 



Tom Ford blue silk fringe dress Christies auction



Kate Stephens, the CEO of Smart Works, commented, “Passing on a treasured possession to help another woman succeed is a powerful concept and one we passionately believe in at Smart Works. All proceeds from the incredible pieces in this auction will help give women across the UK the toolkit they need to transform their lives. As we navigate this pandemic, we know more women than ever before will need our support and it’s been wonderful to see our community come together to help us during this time.”



Victoria Beckham One William Tempest Black Bustiers Christies auction



This charity auction is now live here and will close on September 15, 2020.


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Soneva introduces new Conscious Experience in all three resorts in Maldives & Thailand http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6139 Soneva Fushi Garden to Table Conscious Experience



August 24, 2020: Centered around sustainable philosophy and practices, Soneva Resorts has announced new conscious experiences in Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani in Maldives and Soneva Kiri in Thailand. 



Soneva Fushi’s ocean adventure, titled ‘Fishing is a Family Matter’ allows guests to have a first-hand sustainable fishing experience with the Maldivian fisherman Rocket who has been a long-time fish supplier for the resort. The catch of the day by the guests is then prepared back at the resort. Another program called the Wildlife Explorer experience is a guided expedition along the island trails for those who wish to discover the flora and fauna, read animal tracks and names of every plant and animal spotted in Dhivehi. The Wildlife Explorer badge at the end of the experience is certainly rewarding. 



Soneva Fushi Slow Life Coconut Oil Conscious Experience



Other two experiences are the Namoona Island Visit and the Slow Life Journey. Here the guests get a closer look at the eco-conscious efforts of the island like recycling and how Soneva Fushi makes the best out of the island’s coconuts such as making compost or even coconut oil. The unique highlights are having refreshments at a Soneva Host’s family and weaving out of screw pine leaves along with learning permaculture and hand-picking ingredients in the organic gardens for a three-course meal. 



Soneva Jani has numerous experiences for ocean and marine life enthusiasts. The Turtle On Call experience is an up and close experience to witness sea turtle activity during the stay. Guests can see turtles laying their eggs, with the tiny hatchlings making their way into the ocean, and they can also help the turtles stuck in the middle of the island back into the sea. The Marine Conservation Expedition allows guests to volunteer for cleaning the beach or taking surveys to gain data on micro-plastic and coral bleaching. The Coral Planting experience is a very unique initiative for rehabilitation of coral reefs. Guests are taken out on a platform in the lagoon where the ready coral fragments attached to the frame are lowered into the bottom of the lagoon. Every six months guests are updated about the progress of the coral pieces which are later used as donor reef colonies. 



Soneva Fushi Wilderness exploration Conscious Experience



Soneva Kiri offers the Mangrove Paddle-Boarding Experience where guests can paddle the shoreline and explore the unique ecosystem of Koh Kood’s mangrove forests. Turtles, nesting birds and fish are spotted during this expedition. For those with an artistic side, the DIY Workshop at the Den is the place to paint a t-shirt, decorate a bag or design a photo frame as a souvenir. 



Soneva’s holistic approach by blending luxuriousness with an ecologically conscious philosophy makes the guest experience relaxing as well as meaningful.


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Bonhams to display Chinese embellishments dating back to more than 2,000 years http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6137 Chinese headband for auction



August 21, 2020: From intricate earrings to remarkable headbands, Bonhams New York is presenting a spectacular collection of Chinese ornaments on September 21, 2020. There are 63 lots in total comprising accessories like earrings, necklaces, bangles, ear cups and mat weights in gold, silver and bronze. 



The first 50 lots are from the collection of well-known Los Angeles based artist and designer Robert Kuo. Offering pieces from antiquity as well as modern interpretations of classic designs in jewelry and adornments, Kuo’s collection shows his discerning eye for objects spanning across all eras and also the aesthetic appeal in Chinese history. 



Chinese embellishments for auction Bonhams



Other lots reflect high regard for gold and silver and also acute craftsmanship among Chinese aristocracy and the imperial family. The two highlights from the sale - a rare inlaid gilt bronze belt hook (estimate: US$6000–8000), and a fine and rare inlaid bronze garment hook (estimate: US$20,000–30,000) - showcase the engraving and gilding from the Warring States Period (475 BC- 221 BC). The pair of gold ‘bird’ earrings (estimate US$3,000–5,000) and a pair of gold bracelets (US$8,000–12,000) from the Song dynasty era (960-1279) reflect the aesthetic of the natural world and simple elegance of that period. 



Chinese bracelet for auction Bonhams



The Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1636-1912) era ornaments were resplendent and luxurious, reminiscent of the imperial aura which is reflected in the a pair of gold ‘figural’ earring pendants (US$8,000–12,000), which dangle in complex elegance; as well as in a gold dragon bracelet (estimate US$8,000–12,000). The concluding lot includes 12 pieces from different private collections, one of the pieces being a stellar phoenix gold headband from Mid to late Qing Dynasty (US$180,000–220,000). 



Chinese marble torso of Buddha for auction Bonhams



Bonhams will also be hosting an afternoon session on Chinese Paintings and Works of Art sale comprising artworks like a rare Marble Torso of The Buddha Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$200,000–300,000) Qi Baishi (1862-1957); Narcissus, Rock And Quail (estimate: US$80,000–120,000); a Massive Sancai Glazed Pottery Figure of a Camel Tang Dynasty (estimate: US$80,000–120,000), and; a rare Imperial Gilt-Lacquered Bronze ‘Phoenix’ Vase, Qianlong Mark And of The Period (estimate: US$70,000–100,000).


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Swarovski presents the Wonder Woman Collection with Warner Bros. & DC http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6136 Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



August 21, 2020: As an ode to one of the most adored and powerful superheroes, Swarovski has created a stellar new jewelry collection titled ‘Wonder Woman’. In partnership with Warner Bros. and DC, Swarovski is launching the collection globally on August 21, 2020, ahead of the release of Wonder Woman 1984, the highly anticipated sequel to the 2017 movie Wonder Woman. 



Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



An inspiration for women around the world, Wonder Woman symbolizes femininity, strength and determination and is known for personifying the inner hero in her own distinctive style. The latest Swarovski x Wonder Woman Collection reinterprets her iconic golden armor and eagle wings with signature Swarovski craftsmanship. 



The Fit Wonder Woman Cuff, the versatile Fit Wonder Woman Hoop earrings and the Fit Wonder Woman Necklace flaunt the iconic Swarovski pavé. The collection also features Fit Wonder Woman Double Ring, Fit Wonder Woman Bracelet and Fit Wonder Woman Tassel Earrings. The Wonder Woman logo is present on all the jewelry pieces of the ensemble. 



Wonder Woman Swarovski jewelry



This impressive collection is a celebration of strength, style and endurance of women across the globe.


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Christie’s to Auction Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan’s private collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6135 August 21, 2020: The remarkable private collection of Prince and Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan will be presented by Christie’s on October 1, 2020. The collection display in their former home, the Bellerive Castle, had been entrusted to prominent French interior designer Henri Samuel. 



Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Christie's auction



Patrons of philanthropy, the couple was always at the forefront of environmental protection as well as cultural preservation at significant sites like the European Alps and Egyptian temples. The outstanding private collection in the Bellerive Castle depicts their open-culture and universal approach towards arts. From fascinating objects dating back to centuries and each one with a rich cultural history, the collection also features commissioned paintings and other artworks from eminent artists who were friends with the couple. 



The remarkable ensemble comprises furniture pieces like a pair of royal armchairs from the era of late George III (€20,000-40,000) and an early 16th century Gothic Tapestry (€40,000-60,000). Contemporary creations include a pair of patinated and gilded bronze candelabra by Claude Lalanne (each estimated at €60,000-80,000). The highlights of the collection are artworks like Guitare et compotier sur un guéridon, gouache and graphite on paper from 1929 (€180,000-220,000) by Pablo Picasso alongside a portrait of the horse Mahmoud IV by Sir Alfred James Munnings (€200,000-300,000). 



Henri Samuel’s juxtaposition of all the objects and artworks is a symphony of associations and contrasts. Orientalist paintings like Femme orientale allongée entourée d'un lion et d'un esclave executed by Henrich Faust (€10,000-15,000), are paired with Bohemian crystal carafes, poufs covered with luxurious Iranian textiles and Japanese furniture carefully curated by the illustrious French interior designer himself. 



Prince & Princess Sadruddin Aga Khan Christie's auction



François Curiel, Christie’s Chairman Europe, commented, “It is Christie’s honour to have been entrusted with such a wonderful project, to make this magnificent collection known to the public, and pay tribute to Prince Sadruddin and Princess Catherine Aga Khan as well as to the many good causes they supported dearly over decades.” 



An exhibition will be held from September 26, 2020 to September 30, 2020 with a live auction on October 1, 2020 at 2 pm. The online sale at www.christies.com is from September 23, 2020 to October 6, 2020.


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Nature Morte & Vadehra Art Gallery present a virtual art exhibit highlighting our surreal future http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6134 Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



August 21, 2020: Curated by Arjun Sawnhey, managing director of The Communication Council & Green Goose Design, a new virtual art show is a first-of-its-kind creative partnership between India’s two very distinguished art galleries: Nature Morte and Vadehra Art Gallery. The month-long exhibit is being organised from August 20 to September 20, 2020. 



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



Titled ‘Future Is Not Fixed’, it is a series of artworks that depict the uncertainty of our future and the anxiety that comes with it. Reflecting the unfamiliar inner and outer worlds, the sense of isolation and the besmirched notions of the past and the future have ignited the artworks in this exhibit. Mr. Sawnhey comments in his curatorial note, “This show is an attempt to illustrate these feelings as we live through this point in history. This is the reality of today and this is the truth. The future is not fixed. Not at all anymore.”



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



The presentation displays excellent pieces of art from 24 prominent artists including Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Thukral & Tagra, Dhruvi Acharya, Anju Dodiya, Gigi Scaria, Jitish Kallat, Riyas Komu and many more. These works display themes of fear, loneliness and spiritual connection in times like these to mythological influences and personal experiences, to name a few. 



Nature Morte Vadehra Art Gallery Arjun Sawhney Art Show



The exhibit can be viewed online at NatureMorte.com and VadehraArt.com.


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Christie’s announces Charity Auction for Beirut’s cultural community http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6133 August 20, 2020: In an effort to aid the artists and the cultural community of Beirut who suffered devastating losses due to two massive explosions that rocked the city on August 4, 2020, Christie’s will be staging a charity auction under the name ‘We Are All Beirut’. The online auction will be held from late October to the first half of November 2020. 



Middle Eastern artwork Christies



Christie’s has been long associated with Lebanese art and feels strongly about coming together to aid the artists. Michael Jeha, Chairman of Christie’s Middle East commented, “Lebanese art has been at the heart of our Middle Eastern auctions since 2006 and Christie’s feels a deep sense of responsibility to be part of the global efforts to help rebuild Beirut, a city so rich in culture. We have been so affected by the solidarity shown and the sincere wishes to help that Christie’s has received in the past week.” 



This auction will feature 40 to 50 lots of regional and international art, watches, jewellery and designs, confirms Caroline Louca-Kirkland, Managing Director Christie’s Middle East. This initiative will help in supporting the cultural scene of Beirut including historical landmarks of the city like the Sursock Museum. 



Guillaume Cerutti, CEO of Christie’s, has urged all the international clients, collectors and friends to contribute to this cause. He commented, “Seeing the images of devastation…will always remain in all our collective memory and our thoughts are with all families, friends and artists who have lost so much. We hope to raise enough funds with this initiative to make a significant difference. My deepest thank you to all who have already committed or inquired about what Christie’s plans are to help rebuild the artistic community of Beirut.” 



Christie’s first charity sale ‘Camel Caravan Charity Auction’, which was held in the Middle East in 2004, raised $1.3 million/AED 4.7 million. In June 2019, a sale titled ‘Art of Al Balad’ was held in partnership with the Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Raising $1.3 million/SAR 4.7 million, the funds helped in building a new heritage museum at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jeddah’s Historical District. 


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Miller Harris & MQueens Flowers create an exquisite Candle Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6132 August 20, 2020: Luxury brand Miller Harris’ MD, Sarah Rotherham, has teamed up with florist brand McQueens  to make a limited edition scented candle collection. Inspired deeply by the unique floral scents in the McQueens Flower workshop, each candle in the collection is redolent of different floral notes. 



Miller Harris McQueens Flowers Candle collaboration



Available in three variants, these mood enhancing candles are evocative of the atmospheric elements of the flower shop but still reminiscent of the freshness of flowers and foliage. 



The Green Stem candle has herby tones from the foliage along with aromatic lavender, together creating a tranquil scent. The top notes are Bergamot, Green Stem, Dew, Humus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Angelica, Pistachier. The Heart Notes are Water Lily, Muguet, Orris and the lasting Impressions are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Musk, Moss. 



Exuding a verdant fragrance from the trimmed stems, the Water Wood Candle has top notes of Bergamot, Artemisia, Olibanum, Humus, Hay. The middle notes are Lavender, Orris and the base notes are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber. 



Miller Harris McQueens Flowers Candle collaboration



The Petal Storm candle is enriched with the scent of white florals with pink pepper on a base of amber and musk. With middle tones of Water Lily, Wisteria, Gardenia and Muguet, the candle’s moist and delicate fragrance is alluring. 



Priced at £65 each, these candles are ideal for creating a serene vibe. 


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Good Earth launches Pre-Festive 2020 Capsule collection titled ‘Savannah’ http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6131 Good earth home decor style



August 20, 2020: Exploring the allure of the brilliantly vivid African flora and fauna and the untamed allure of the Savannah grasslands, Good Earth has created a Pre-Festive 2020 Collection under the name ‘Savannah’. This stunning capsule collection reflects the rustic elements redolent of the magical jungles of the culturally rich continent. 



Good earth home decor lanterns



The Savannah Tea & Coffee range depicts the African wildlife through stylised hand-drawn motifs. Fashioned from fine bone china with 24K pure gold detailing, these stunning tea and coffee sets perfectly capture the essence of indigenous wildlife like giraffes and elephants trudging past Baobab trees or a reposing leopard under a tree. 



Good earth home decor tea set



The Savannah Decor Accents are made out of recycled brass and draw inspiration from the verdant foliage. Bringing earthy sophistication to modern interiors, the lanterns, votives, cushion covers patterned with flowers, lemurs and elephants are elegant as well as bucolic. 



Good earth kaftans



The collection also features apparel in bold hues, nature-inspired patterns and flowy, soft silhouettes in lightweight silk, cotton and linen. Breezy kaftans in hand-block and discharge prints and print-on-print dresses in bright colors make the perfect combination for relaxed yet stylish. 



Good earth relaxed fashion



This capsule collection is now available in all Good Earth stores and also at the online boutique


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Aman launches new wellness programmes aimed towards optimal health http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6130 August 18, 2020: Bringing together advanced scientific and medicinal knowledge with age-old wellness rituals, the latest wellness programmes announced by Aman are designed to boost the body’s immune system. Personalized for every guest and keeping in mind all the factors that affect immunity, like seasonal changes, personal hygiene and nutritional habits, these wellness programmes are unifying in their approach and aim to achieve optimal health for the guests. 



Available at Aman’s resorts worldwide, we list some interesting programmes. 



Amanera Dominican Republic spa



Harnessing the healing powers of the Ayurveda in the tranquil Amanbagh, a Mughal era hunting lodge, the Ayurveda Immune Support Retreat focuses on inner balance and longevity of good health. The resident Ayurveda physician offers a private consultation with the guest on the day of arrival. After that, the programme entails yoga sessions with a trained in-house yoga instructor, immune-boosting shots and herbal teas, morning walks, Ayurveda spa treatments like a special herbal oil massage called abhyanga. Available from March 12 to December 20, 2020, this retreat includes healthy and delicious meals prepared from the fresh local produce grown in Amanbagh’s sprawling two acres organic vegetable garden. 



The Holistic Immune Support Retreat, available year-round, can be accessed at Amanera, Dominican Republic; Amanemu, Japan; and Amanjena, Marrakech. Apart from the yoga and meditation sessions and herbal juices, this programme has special 90-minute balancing facial and feet reflexology treatment. The highlight of the Holistic Immune Support Retreat is the waning moon ritual. The waning moon is considered the time to let go of any distressing emotional imbalances and build a strong immune response system. Guests are offered an herbal tea made of guanábana and limoncillo, followed by a mint-ocean salt exfoliation treatment. Placing medicinal cataplasms or poultices on abdomen and a facial drainage massage using Lariman stone additionally help in relieving stress and bolstering immunity. 



amanbagh India spa



The Amanemu, Japan includes the traditional Toji Bathing while the Amanjena, Marrakech boasts a marble Hammam where all the special treatments take place. 



With spectacular views of the glistening Tokyo skyline, the 2,500 square meters of spa at Aman Tokyo offers the perfect escape to all its guests right in the middle of bustling urban life. The specially designed Ginger Tea journey is a unique feature of the New Immune Support Spa Treatments, where the guest is enveloped in wrap made of Japanese pepper and the warm ginger tea is smoothly poured over the body. It results in relieving stress from the tightened muscles. Followed by a relaxing full body massage with pepper oil and herbal ball compress, the treatment aids in amplifying immunity. Available year-round, guests can also opt for acupuncture and Shiatsu. 



Amanbagh India ayurveda



The Aman Wellness Programmes are not only holistic, they also incorporate the regional and local wellness and health related practices to give their guests the best retreat experience. The programmes have been tailored in a way that physical and mental well-being reach the perfect balance. Reviving and soothing at the same time, Aman has carefully blended the two elements coupled with the idyllic environs of its resorts. For more details on wellness programmes in other Aman locations, please visit their website.


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Christie’s announces Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites Sale http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6129 August 18, 2020: The Christie’s Deep Impact: Lunar and Rare Meteorites Sale has put up for auction some extraordinary curios from outside our planet. The auction is being held between August 12 to 25, 2020. 



Lunar sphere Christie's auction



One of the most coveted items for sale is the largest lunar sphere on Earth. A piece of the moon was released into the space following an impact on the lunar surface. This lunar meteorite is shaped in the form of a moon and is one of the few meteorites that is very similar to the 400kg of material brought to Earth by the Apollo astronauts. It has a diameter of 98 mm (4 inches) and is priced approximately between $300,000 to $500,000. Apart from this lunar sphere, the sale also has a smaller lunar sphere at an estimated price of $15,000 to $20,000 and also a lunar jewelry piece embellished with gemstones at an estimated price of $25,000 to $35,000. 



The Lake Murray meteorite is another fascinating item up for auction. Boasting an alluring crystalline pattern, this meteorite emerged from the molten core of an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter. Found covered in Antler Sandstone of the Lower Cretaceous Period, this meteorite is touted to have landed on Earth’s surface 110 million years ago, before even the earliest human evolution. 



extraterrestrial gems from space Christie's auction



The sale also features a large partial slice of Pallasite, known as the most beautiful extraterrestrial substance, from the collection of renowned meteorite hunter Robert Haag. The slab for auction, the Esquel Pallasite, is eight inches across and contains translucent olivine crystals colored in amber and emerald. It also features the semi-precious gem-quality Peridot, the birthstone for the month of August. Constituting only 0.2% of all meteorites, this rare and exotic specimen of the Esquel meteorite is priced between $15,000 to $25,000. 



The sale has different items from the Macovich Collection, one of them being an oriented heat shield parabolic meteorite at an estimated price of $40,000 to $60,000. Other specimens are the Gibeon Iron Meteorite (estimate: $40,000 to $60,000) in the form of a tabletop structure known for its unusual shape. 



Gibeon meteorite Christie's auction



There are three other lots in the auction that comprise  the oldest matter mankind can touch, one with over 70 amino acids from outer space (estimate: between $12,000-18,000); two specimens from the largest meteorite shower since civilization (estimate: $15,000-30,000); five specimens with extraterrestrial gemstones – including one with nanodiamonds (estimate: between $4,000-25,000); a slice of a meteorite from Meteor Crater, Arizona (estimate: $2,500-3,500) and the main mass of the New York meteorite ($25,000-40,000). 



peridot moon pendant Christie's auction



With so many exceedingly striking celestial lots, this auction has something to appeal to every collector. 


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MB&F & MAD Gallery announce Frank Buchwald’s final Nixie Machine III http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6128 MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



August 17, 2020: The third and the last of the Nixie Machine series is now on display at the MAD Galleries located in Geneva, Dubai, Hong Kong and Taipei. Made out of Nixie tubes, the sculptural cyberpunk style table clock is designed by Frank Buchwald. 



The cold cathode display clock, where the numerals are displayed with a glow discharge, first came out in the 1950s. Frank Buchwald’s latest creation takes it a notch higher with the intricate manual craftsmanship that went into the design and construction of this unique clock. Manufactured by Dalibor Farny, the Nixie Machine III is made of six Nixie tubes, each filled with low-pressure, neon-based gas. The wire mesh anodes and cathodes for every number are enclosed in the tube. Once supplied with power, the numerals light up in orange. 



MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



The apparatus is placed on a stainless steel duo-support bracket with all components polished and hand-sanded. The central switch at the core, illuminated in blue, resembles an other-worldly blue eye. 



The clock is autonomous and can work online as well as offline. However, the WiFi enabled electronics at the center of the machine ensures accurate time displays without manual interference. Other aspects like time zone setting, scroll effects and day/night mode can be set up online. 



MB&F MAD gallery Frank Buchwald Nixie Clock III



Frank Buchwald has been long associated with MAD Galleries when his creation “Machine Lights” was inaugurated at MAD Gallery in Geneva. MB&F founder Maximilian Busser was inspired by his work and so Buchwald’s work became a permanent exhibit across MAD Galleries. The first two editions of his Nixie Machines were launched in 2015 and 2017 respectively. He has maintained the sci-fi element for his final version of the Nixie Machine III. These sculptural clocks are priced at CHF 32,000 (approximately $35,000 USD)


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Mia Becar launches The Krissy Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6127 August 17, 2020: Mia Becar’s latest Krissy Collection combines classic styles with a touch of freshness. The ensemble comprises pumps, sandals and tri-strap sandals in a range of hues. 



Mia Becar Krissy Collection Womens shoes



The sculpted heels are embellished in a trio of metallic links in delicate gold, rose gold and silver. These links signify unity in strength and are combined to display solidarity. The shoes, handcrafted in premium leather in Italy, are available on the Mia Becar website.



Mia Becar Krissy Collection Womens shoes



The American brand is led by Founder and Creative Director Betzabe Gonzalez. With exquisite details, exotic colors and most importantly, handmade craftsmanship by skilled artisans, each piece in the assortment reflects a chic, elegant and super-feminine style. The brand launches capsule collections digitally, allowing them to cater to client preferences. 


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Hublot adds white watches to the Big Bang Sang Bleu II Collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6126 Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches



August 14, 2020: Collaborating with Swiss tattoo artist and founder of Sang Bleu, Maxime Plescia-Büchi, Hublot has added stellar new editions in white to its Big Bang Sang Bleu II Collection. The intricate geometric designs come alive on these watches that are made in titanium and gold. 



Bringing Plescia-Buchi’s angular mastery in hexagons and triangles, the unique symmetry of the hands forms the semblance of a tattoo in motion. Adding the chronograph function for the first time to the Sang Bleu collection, the watches are powered by UNICO manufactured HUB1240 automatic movement and have a power reserve of 72 hours. The black and white color combination works perfectly for the detailed design of the watch. 



Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II watches



200 pieces of the titanium edition and 100 of King Gold, Hublot’s trademarked red gold alloy, are available. The white rubber straps can be changed for another strap by the One Click system, the watchmaker’s patent. These stunning watches can be accentuated with diamonds, for those who wish to add an extra touch of opulence to the creations.


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The Luxury Collection marks its debut in Abu Dhabi http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6125 Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



August 14, 2020: The Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa is the latest addition to the repertoire of The Luxury Collection, a Marriott International brand. Nestled amid the undulating deserts of Abu Dhabi, this luxurious resort draws inspiration from the rich culture and hospitality of the Middle East. Located roughly 30 minutes away from the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa has a lot to offer to guests. 



Boasting 103 guest rooms and villas, the previously Jumeirah-owned resort forms the semblance of a traditional desert village. The understated elegance of the resort comes from its neutral hues coupled with native architectural elements like the Mashrabiya detailing and Bedouin accessories. With private plunge pools in the villas and desert vistas away from the bustle of the city, this resort is a haven of tranquility. 



Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



The resort offers multi-cuisine dining with six different restaurants and bars. Bait Al Hanine, the all-day dining, has Lebanese classics on its menu and Al Mabeet offers Emirati cuisine in an atmospheric desert ambiance. Terra Secca is an open kitchen trattoria serving authentic Italian dishes. For afternoon tea and sandwiches, Hayaakom is a Bedouin style lounge. Al Mesayan is the rooftop bar and Panache is by the poolside. 



The spa and wellness facilities are the resort’s most prized features. Comprising a crystal salt sauna, an IceLab cryo-experience, snow caves, steam rooms and a traditional Turkish Hammam, the spa has indoor as well as outdoor relaxation areas and 11 treatment rooms. 



Al Wathba Marriott Luxury Collection hotel Abu Dhabi



Apart from the extraordinary amenities, Al Wathba also arranges guided tours for guests who wish to explore the rich desert topography and Al Wathba Wetlands which is home to migratory birds like the flamingos. Visitors can discover the rolling fossil dunes on horsebacks, see the famous camel race or enjoy private falcon shows. 



This newest luxury resort by The Luxury Collection is an opulent oasis in the vast deserts of Abu Dhabi.


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Aston Martin and Bowmore create a limited edition whisky http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6124 Aston Martin Bowmore Whisky



August 13, 2020: Aston Martin and Bowmore had decided to collaborate back in 2019 but it is now that they will be coming up with the first fruit of their partnership. The limited edition whisky, called the Black Bowmore DB5 1964, is well on its way to becoming one of the most coveted ones for both car and whisky aficionados. 



Priced at $65,000, the single malt scotch whisky is one-of-a-kind with an actual Aston Martin DB5 piston incorporated in the bottle. The name of the whisky signifies iconic products of both the brands. The singular and rare Black Bowmore was first distilled in 1964, the same year when Aston Martin’s DB5 impressed audiences in Goldfinger, the legendary James Bond movie. With only 25 bottles, this is an ode to the storied past of the two world class brands. 



Aston Martin Bowmore Whisky case



The 700 ml whisky bottle is handcrafted by Glassstorm, a renowned producer of bespoke premium glass. It comes in a stunning handmade box which is held together by string-grain calfskin with a brass latch and nickel-plated hinge. The box also contains a book containing Bowmore’s rich history that goes back to the year 1779. 



The collaboration between these two brands is expected to result in more such products in the coming future. 


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Valentino bans Alpaca fleece http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6123 Alpacas in Peru



August 13, 2020: Luxury brand Valentino has issued a release regarding its ban on using Alpaca wool following an appeal from PETA UK. 



An extensive investigation launched by PETA uncovered the truth of cruelty towards the Alpacas in the Mallkini, which is the world’s largest privately owned alpaca farm in Peru. A heartbreaking video revealing the plight of the animals went viral. PETA has been appealing to brands as well as consumers to refrain from using any product made of Alpaca fleece.



Valentino’s decision comes as a huge victory for animal rights activists, being the first high-end luxury brand to ban the material. It has confirmed to “discontinue the production of garments in which [alpaca] is present by the end of 2021”. 



Valentino sweater with Alpaca wool



PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman said in a statement, “Valentino’s compassionate decision will go a long way in helping to prevent vulnerable alpacas from being abused and roughly shorn for their fleece.” 


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Khenshu launches exquisite Rose Quartz furniture collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6122 Khenshu Furniture Pink Chaise



August 12,2020: Exuding opulence, the latest furniture collection by Khenshu, an Indian luxury design house, brings together European inspiration and traditional Indian craftsmanship. The Rose Quartz Collection is a masterful blend of Rococo and Neoclassicism, two very distinct styles of art, decoration and architecture, that grew when Louis XV and Louis XVI ruled France. The Rose Quartz, a beautiful pink semi-precious stone that is said to open and heal the heart chakra, decorates every furniture piece in this ensemble. 



Khenshu Furniture Green velvet chair big mirror



Made out of old building teak, the furniture is pasted on with silver sheets that are weathered through seasons and made durable. Reminiscent of royalty, the collection comprises  mirrors, sofas, bookends, chaise loungers, table-lamps and consoles. Carefully crafted over six months, skilled Indian artisans have used age-old techniques to create this stellar assortment. 



Aishwarya Reddy, the Founder and Creative Director of Khenshu, shares, “India has an abundance of heritage and craftsmanship to offer and it is our responsibility to support this. We are rebuilding a community of forgotten Indian artisans who’ve worked in palaces; and are reviving their crafts and highlighting and bringing forward their expertise.”



Khenshu Pink Royal Chairs



Khenshu was founded in November 2019 with a vision of preserving forgotten art forms and the intricate handiwork behind them. The Bangalore-based brand brings traditional grandeur from the rich architectural past to fit into minimalist or luxurious modern settings.


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Lancome’s first virtual flagship to open in Singapore http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6121 August 12, 2020: Lancome is going digital with its first virtual immersive store which is named after the brand’s serum ‘Lancome Advanced Génifique’. The first of its kind global augmented reality store for the brand will be live from August 28 to September 20, 2020. 



Lancome Virtual store Singapore



There are five different zones to explore: Discover, Explore, Inspire, Live and Shop. In the first zone, the customers can take a ‘Lancome Strength-Finder Personality Test’ that allows them to identify their personality type from six archetypes, such as joyful optimism, poised composure, fearless independence, steadfast discipline, fiery conviction and intrinsic wisdom. The second zone is where skin diagnosis through artificial intelligence is enabled when the customer uploads a selfie. A one-on-one session with a Lancome beauty expert is also available here.



Lancome Advanced GenifiqueThe third zone is where 100 women from the Find Your Strength campaign have shared their anecdotes of strength. Here, visitors can identify the women they share similar personality archetypes with. The fourth zone of the store features regional and local celebrities doing live stream sessions. The fifth and final zone is where the customers are finally introduced to the world class range of Advanced Genifique with customization enabled for limited products. 



Visitors can access the store through a URL that they will be provided with directly by the brand. With the hashtag #LiveYourStrength trending and a major virtual launch event in store, Lancome is all set to carve its niche in the digital world. 


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Maserati launches Ghibli Trofeo & Quattroporte Trofeo http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6119 Maserati Quattroporte Torfeo



August 11, 2020: Maserati has added two super sedans to its Trofeo collection called the Ghibli Trofeo and the Quattroporte Trofeo. They are the fastest cars from Maserati production and can reach the top speed of 326kph. 



Maserati Ghibli Torfeo



The range-topper cars are both powered by the Ferrari sourced 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 engine which is linked to a ZF derived eight-speed automatic gearbox. The V8 engine in these rear-wheel drive sedans is equipped to supply 572 bhp at 6,750 rpm along with 730 Nm of maximum torque at 2,250 – 5,000 rpm. An additional feature is the Corsa driving mode that allows faster gearshifts, improved throttle and engine control, opens the exhaust valves fully and monitors the interference of electronic chassis control systems. 



Maserati Quattroporte Torfeo



Elegant and sporty, the latest Trofeo editions of Ghibli and Quattroporte flaunt some design alterations that are different from their earlier counterparts. Leather sports seats, new front grille in piano black finish, air vents with red accents are some of the changes. The most striking ones being the fresh set of tail lights and signature LED lights shaped like a boomerang. The cars boast a 10.1-inch touchscreen with the advanced Maserati Connect Infotainment system, which can be personalized according to the driver’s needs. 



Maserati Ghibli Torfeo



With such extraordinary features in place, the Ghibli Trofeo can go from 0 to 100 km/hr in 4.3 seconds while the Quattroporte Trofeo in 4.5 seconds.


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Bvlgari & Ambush unveil their limited-edition handbags & accessories http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6118 Bvlgari Ambush handbags



August 11, 2020: Bvlgari, along with Japanese brand Ambush, has created stunning new limited-edition handbags and accessories. Yoon Ahn, the creative director of Ambush, reimagines the Italian luxury house’s most adored and recognizable motif, Serpenti. The collection is a part of Bvlgari’s 2017 series ‘Serpenti through the eyes of’ and is titled ‘Serpenti through the eyes of Ambush.’



Bvlgari Ambush accessories



The design has been inspired by the eye-catching colors and swift movements of the Tree Python found usually in South East Asia. Forming the semblance of a coiled snake, the bags sport a snakehead in the center accentuated with mother of pearl or black onyx for its eyes. The collection has three distinct styles - the Serpenti shoulder bag, Serpenti belt bag and the heart-shaped Serpenti minaudiere that come in monochromatic hues like black, green and blue. The detachable shoulder straps render a lot of versatility to the bags. 



Ms. Ahn said, “For this capsule collection I wanted to express the bold and contemporary character of Serpenti. Snakes are wondrous and fascinating creatures of nature but with Bvlgari, they also became a symbol of glamour in constant evolution. Natural beauty meets human creation, all guided by a contemporary aesthetic.”



Bvlgari Ambush miniaudieres



Apart from handbags, other smaller accessories include credit card holders and coin cases. The digital campaign of the collection shot by Tyler Mitchell and styled by Carlos Nazario features supermodels Bella Hadid, Xiao Wen and Ellen Rosa.


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Dior’s ‘Tie & Dior’ jewelry collection bedazzles http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6117 Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



August 10, 2020: The stunning new jewelry collection by Dior adds a resplendent dash of colors to the already rich repertoire of the house’s Haute Joaillerie. Victoire de Castellane, the creative director for the brand’s fine jewelry, drew her inspiration from the tie-dye technique. Titled ‘Tie & DIOR’, the assortment of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and brooches is a polychromatic mélange of diamonds, pearls and gemstones.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



To reflect the exuberance of the multicolored tie-dye clothes, the collection uses different gemstones like tsavorite garnets, emeralds, rubies as well as sapphires in pink and blue. De Castellane’s signature mismatched earrings also make an appearance, however, it would be one of the first times in two decades with Dior that she has extensively used pearls in her designs. The dyed pearls in pinks, greens and yellows guide the flow of colors while the diamonds provide the contrast to the bright hues in the jewelry pieces.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



The collection was launched at an exclusive private dinner at the Amanyangyun Resort, outside of Shanghai city. The setting of a magical garden was absolutely befitting to the theme of the dreamy fine jewelry. Dressed in gradient silk gowns specially designed for the event by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the female models flaunted the dazzling jewelry suites. Their male counterparts were clad in all-black outfits sporting brooches and rings.



Dior Tie & Dior Haute Jewelry collection



The jewelry collection designed for both men and women, along with the extraordinary launch event, centers around the idea of escapism and experiencing moments of happiness amid these trying times.


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Louis Vuitton launches a quirky menswear collection http://www.luxuryfacts.com/index.php/sections/article/6116 August 10, 2020: With most fashion shows going digital during the pandemic, Louis Vuitton has managed to make the traditional fashion shows come alive once again with its Spring Summer 2021 menswear show. The stellar collection was unveiled by the Port of Shanghai.