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Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

High street retailer H&M has confirmed that it will launch a collaboration with avant-garde label Maison Martin Margiela for a fall rollout. The news that the Paris-based avant-garde fashion label of Belgian origin will be collaborating with H&M was first reported by WWD on June 11 and was confirmed by the high street store the [...] Continue reading

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First Apple computer heads to Sotheby’s auction

There’s no screen, it was built in 1976, and the clunky design does not exactly recall today’s iPads, but the first Apple computer is expected to fetch up to US$180,000 (RM558,000) in New York. Sotheby’s in New York is auctioning the rare piece of computer history, which actually still works, on June 15. The Apple [...] Continue reading

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London, Paris most popular cities for tourists in 2012

London is set to welcome 16.9 million visitors this year, the top city worldwide for tourism, according to a MasterCard study. Paris, in second place, is in line to host 16 million. After London and Paris, Bangkok (12.2 million), Singapore (11.8 million) and Istanbul (11.6 million) are forecast to be attractive draws for tourists in [...] Continue reading

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Nokia To Sell Luxury Phone Brand Vertu For $200 Million

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is in talks with private equity group EQT to sell its luxury handset subsidiary Vertu for around 200 million euros ($249 million), sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Vertu makes some of the world’s most expensive mobile phones, often featuring crystal displays and sapphire keys. The phones can [...] Continue reading

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Apple Siri for cars

Apple Siri is coming to a car near you. At this week’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) it was revealed that automakers including BMW, Audi, Chrysler, Honda, General Motors, Jaguar, Land Rover and Toyota plan to integrate Siri into their vehicles in what they’ve termed the ‘Eyes Free’ system. Very few details were provided, however. [...] Continue reading

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Dolce & Gabbana Gold Edition Sunglasses

Via Swide: For SS12 Dolce&Gabbana launch a very special and precious limited edition sunglass collection to satisfy your most luxurious eyewear needs. The Dolce&Gabbana Gold Edition is born of the love the designers have for gold: its precious, malleable, luxurious, steeped in crafts. The Pure Gold sunglasses are a vintage yet streamlined shape. The square [...] Continue reading

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Gisele Bundchen for Vogue Paris by Inez & Vinoodh

Gisele Bundchen is ready for summer. The supermodel hits the beach in an editorial for the June-July issue of Vogue Paris entitled ‘Perfect Girl.’ Shot by photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, and styled by Emmanuelle Alt, Gisele… Continue reading

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Michele Puzzolante’s Floating Hotel Suite Concept

Italian industrial designer Michele Puzzolante has come up with a conceptual floating luxury hotel suite he claims could be entirely self-powering thanks to the dye-sensitized solar cells which would be integrated into the vessel’s walls.

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Author Ray Bradbury dead at 91

Science fiction author Ray Bradbury died this morning in Los Angeles at the age of 91. The late author’s grandson, Danny Karapetian, gave the following statement to i09.com: “If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone’s memories about him. [...] Continue reading

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Karmen Pedaru & Nadja Bender Star in Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2012 Campaign

Photographed by Mert & Marcus, here’s the first look at Gucci’s pre-fall 2012 campaign featuring Karmen Pedaru and Nadja Bender.

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Adachi Museum of Art, Japan

The Japanese garden at the Adachi Museum of Art has been named as the best in the country for the ninth consecutive year, which also puts it among the most impressive in the world. The bi-monthly US magazine Journal of Japanese Gardening identified the top 50 Japanese gardens in its January edition, but singled out [...] Continue reading

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Top 10 Most Expensive Cities In The World

For the first time in at least two decades of reporting the worldwide cost of living survey Zurich sits atop the ranking as the world’s most expensive city. An index swing of 34 percentage points pushed the Swiss city up 4 places compared to last year to overtake Tokyo which remains in 2nd place. Geneva, [...] Continue reading

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Louis Vuitton and Hans-Peter Feldmann Celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen, Louis Vuitton is showcasing an exclusive art exhibition at the brand’s New Bond Street Maison. The art exhibition is being conducted in collaboration with German visual artist, Hans-Peter Feldmann. Feldmann is known for his unique approach to art-making – collecting, ordering and re-presenting amateur snapshots, print photographic [...] Continue reading

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Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton

Here’s the first look at the collaboration between Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton. We love the look — a brilliant partnership.

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Style of Angelina Jolie Jewelry Collection

The Style of Jolie jewelry line designed in collaboration between Angelina Jolie and Robert Procop is set to go on display in the South of France this summer via two month-long pop-ups. An array of necklaces, earrings and bracelets worn by the actress at various movie premieres will hit the Grand Hotel in Cap Ferrat [...] Continue reading

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Sigg Bianchi Pista road bicycle

Sigg, the Swiss brand that makes aluminum bottles for outdoor use, has teamed up with high-end road bicycle manufacturer Bianchi to create a limited edition bike with a Sigg bottle holder on the handlebars. Its production is limited to 99 units and the single-gear bicycles’ pastel color theme give it a retro style. The handlebar [...] Continue reading

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$1 Million NYC Parking Spot

The private garage located at 66 E. 11th Street in Manhattan, is the city’s first million dollar parking spot, according to the New York Post. Its 12 feet wide, 23 feet long, 15 feet in length and can be “duplexed” if the buyer wants to insert an elevator life for an additional car. It may [...] Continue reading

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Beau Sancy Diamond Sells for $9.7 million

A centuries-old diamond passed down through generations of European royalty fetched $9.7 million at auction in Geneva on Tuesday. The 34.98-carat “Beau Sancy” diamond measures 2.3 centimetres in height, is 1.9 cm wide and 1.1 cm deep. Passed down through the royal families of France, England, Prussia and the Netherlands, the Beau de Sancy has [...] Continue reading

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Chanel beauty spot face stickers

Chanel’s Cruise collection at Versailles earlier this week didn’t disappoint in the beauty stakes, and now fashionistas will be able to recreate the Marie Antoinette-inspired aesthetic with the launch of Chanel logo beauty spot stickers. For Monday’s runway show, Chanel’s creative director of makeup Peter Philips adorned models’ cheekbones with black velvet Chanel logo beauty [...] Continue reading

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Meet Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, The Facebook Founder’s New Wife

Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg sprung into the spotlight on Saturday when it was revealed she had married longtime boyfriend Mark Zuckerberg — the Facebook founder & CEO (and billionaire after the Facebook IPO). The wedding had been planned for months and the couple was waiting for Chan to finish medical school, but the date of the [...] Continue reading

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Milla Jovovich in Versace at the 2012 Life Ball in Vienna #LIFEBALL

Nearly 40,000 people dressed in colorful costumes attended this year’s Life Ball, Vienna’s glitzy annual AIDS charity, Saturday, with actress Milla Jovovich and former U.S. president Bill Clinton among those adding to the star factor. It’s the high profile event where fashionistas don their brightest colours to help raise money for a good cause, and [...] Continue reading

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The Birdcage Aquarium Duplex

Meet The Birdcage Aquarium Duplex — an aquarium slash cage featuring an “improbable encounter between a bird and a fish” by Constance Guisset. Via here.

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Kate Moss in Alexander McQueen for Terry Richardson

Kate Moss looks amazing as she covers the June-July edition of Harper’s Bazaar US. Wearing a feathered Alexander McQueen piece, Kate poses for Terry Richardson’s lens with a bold red lip and smokey eyes.

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Paramount Hotels & Resorts

Movie studio Paramount Pictures has announced plans to launch a chain of hotels called Paramount Hotels & Resorts. “We will offer something unique,” Paramount Hotels & Resorts Chief Executive Officer Thomas Van Vliet said in an interview in the hotel-management company’s Dubai headquarters. “In addition to luxury and services, our hotels will add Paramount entertainment [...] Continue reading

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Gwyneth Paltrow the new face of Hugo Boss fragrance

Hugo Boss has selected actress Gwyneth Paltrow as the face of its new perfume Boss Nuit Pour Femme, which is inspired by the elegance of the little black dress. As the current face of Scandinavian chain Lindex and luxury leather goods brand Coach, the Oscar-winning actress is no stranger to the realm of modeling, and [...] Continue reading

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Volcano Tours, Iceland

Volcano-loving tourists are spoiled for choice in Iceland, a country with over 100 volcanic mountains to admire, but few would relish the opportunity climb inside — until now that is. This week, tour company Discover the World launched a new tour which will take visitors to the country inside a volcano for the first time, [...] Continue reading

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Sotheby’s champagne

Pop! Sotheby’s has launched its own private-label champagne, the first from an auction house, with a bottle costing $29.99 and a magnum $69.95. The bubbly is being produced by sixth-generation French champagne house R & L Legras, which supplies many Michelin-starred restaurants such as Guy Savoy, La Tour d’Argent and Ledoyen. The in-house brand will [...] Continue reading

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Mia Wasikowska for Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2012

Marie Antoinette is continuing to prove a source of fashion inspiration this season, with Australian actress Mia Wasikowska doing her best impression of the famed French queen in the latest Miu Miu video campaign. The technicolor pop art-influenced ad sees Wasikowska showcasing the Spring/Summer 2012 offerings of the Italian fashion house including an array of [...] Continue reading

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Rihanna by Terry Richardson

Artist Rihanna posed for photographer Terry Richardson. Of the experience, she tweeted: “Check out what me and @Terry_World do in 10 mins after work #impromptuShit.”

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2013 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder

Meet the 2013 Venom GT Spyder from Hennessey Performance, the open top variant of the Venom GT Coupe. A massive 1,200 bhp (895 kW / 1217 PS) is produced by the Venom GT Spyder’s engine and the model’s weight is stated to be 1,200 kg ( 2,645 lbs ). Pricing for the coupe is set [...] Continue reading

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Light House Indoor/Outdoor Light by Thomas Sandell for Zero

Indoor/Outdoor Floor Lamp with an Elemental Form Design: Thomas Sandell Create a new atmosphere with Light House. A freestanding floor lamp with soft light that filters through a matt opal acrylic diffuser. Light House is available as both an indoor and outdoor version, so you can place it in your garden. The outdoor version has [...] Continue reading

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Louis Vuitton Polo Bike

The iconic France brand Louis Vuitton has partnered with renowed polo bike players Grégory Barbie and Hannes Hengst to design the Louis Vuitton Polo Bike and Mallet. With classic Vuitton patterns and shapes, the bike also features a machined chainring created by Victoire Cycles from Clermont-Ferrand, France, an area that has a tradition of hand-made [...] Continue reading

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Kate Middleton Wears Jesire

Kate Middleton made her first solo appearance while Prince William is in the Falklands, wearing an affordable gray Jesire dress and four-inch heels. The 30-year-old Duchess of Cambridge attended a preview of Lucian Freud paintings at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The National Portrait Gallery is one of several charities Middleton officially supports. Middleton [...] Continue reading

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Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks to Appear in London Fog Campaign

Talk about life imitating art — just last season on Mad Men, London Fog was a client of Sterling-Cooper. Now, London Fog has hired Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks to appear in the fall marketing campaign. Brilliant move, London Fog. Here’s the official news: Iconix Brand Group announced today that Emmy® Award-nominated actress Christina Hendricks [...] Continue reading

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First Look at Keira Knightley as Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle

Here’s the very first look at Keira Knightley as Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle, a new campaign for the Chanel fragrance. Talking about the new campaign, Keira said: “I knew it was something about a motorbike and they said something about a catsuit. It was completely unexpected. It is the Chanel superwoman I think.” Previously: Actress Keira [...] Continue reading

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Anna Wintour on The Colbert Report

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour stopped by The Colbert Report and discussed The Met’s Costume Institute exhibit “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” with Stephen Colbert.

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Megan Fox is the new face of Sharper Image

Sharper Image has chosen actress Megan Fox as the new face of the iconic brand. Her sexy campaign will debut later this year, and will likely include TV commercials as well as print ads. Here’s the first campaign photo of Megan for Sharper Image… Continue reading

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Toyota Unveils All-Electric RAV4 SUV

Toyota took the wraps off what it’s calling the world’s first all-electric SUV, to be based on the RAV4 with a top range of 100 and minimum six-hour charge time. The car will be sold initially only in California with a base price of $49,800, and the Japanese car company hopes to sell a relatively [...] Continue reading

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Brad Pitt to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar

Brad Pitt has been tapped to star in a movie based on the controversial book The Billionaire’s Vinegar based on the true story centred around a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, purportedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. The movie, which is slated to hit theatres this year, is produced by Will Smith who bought the [...] Continue reading

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Brad Pitt to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar

Brad Pitt has been tapped to star in a movie based on the controversial book The Billionaire’s Vinegar based on the true story centred around a bottle of 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, purportedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. The movie, which is slated to hit theatres this year, is produced by Will Smith who bought the [...] Continue reading

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Vidal Sassoon Dies at 84

Famous stylist Vidal Sassoon died of apparent natural causes at age 84, at his home in Bel Air. Last year, the famed hair stylist and fashion icon admitted he’d been diagnosed with leukemia in 2009 but had kept the news private. He was treated for the disease in Beverly Hills and the Cromwell Hospital in [...] Continue reading

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James Beard Foundation Names San Francisco Restaurant ‘Boulevard’ The Best in the US

San Francisco restaurant Boulevard, set in a historic building and designed in the manner of France’s Belle Epoque, has been named the best in the US. At the James Beard Foundation Awards, an event known within the hospitality industry as the ‘Oscars’ of the food world, chef Nancy Oakes’s eatery was named Outstanding Restaurant Monday [...] Continue reading

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Linda Evangelista and Francois-Henri Pinault Reach Agreement

In the midst of a trial that brought tales of the high life and high fashion to family court, supermodel Linda Evangelista and a billionaire French businessman have reached an agreement to end their child support fight, their lawyers said Monday. Evangelista, Francois-Henri Pinault and their attorneys were mum about the details, which they planned [...] Continue reading

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Humphrey Bogart VS Burberry

The estate of Humphrey Bogart is suing British-based clothes company Burberry over use of the Hollywood icon’s name in what it said was an advertising campaign. But Burberry has filed a countersuit, insisting it did not breach Bogart’s rights by using a photo of Bogart wearing one of its trenchcoats in the movie “Casablanca,” and [...] Continue reading

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Arianna to Spin-off Huffington Post from AOL?

The wider separation of the Huffington Post and the rest of AOL, however, has fueled questions about the Huffington Post’s long-term future at the company. Ms. Huffington said Thursday that she had been approached by private-equity firms interested in buying the Huffington Post, although the overtures went nowhere. She said she had no intention of [...] Continue reading

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Anna Dello Russo for H&M

H&M is taking a different direction with its latest collaboration by joining forces with global style icon Anna Dello Russo. The fashion director at large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan is a fashion week favorite, regularly appearing on best-dressed lists thanks to her extravagant sartorial choices. Her H&M accessories line will hit some 140 [...] Continue reading

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Blood Painting by Amy Winehouse to be auctioned

A portrait painted in blood, by British musician and artist Pete Doherty and late singer Amy Winehouse, is set to fetch a staggering £80,000 at a forthcoming auction. The artwork – Ladylike – is reportedly an artistic illustration of Doherty’s one-time band The Libertines, along with a small self-portrait of Winehouse painted with her own [...] Continue reading

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Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2012 Lookbook

Tom Ford is a bit sexy and playful for 2012. The collection showcases menswear look as well as the eyewear available now.

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Bar Refaeli by Dudi Hasson for Go Style

Bar Refaeli goes au naturel for the pages of Go Style magazine. The Sports Illustrated model showcases her hippie style in a fairly subdued, minimalistic natural photoshoot with photographer Dudi Hasson which really lets her personality shine through. … Continue reading

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Nicholas Kirkwood’s NYC Meatpacking District Boutique

After its recent opening in Mayfair London, celebrity luxury shoemaker Nicholas Kirkwood inaugurated this week its boutique in New York’s hip Meatpacking District, precisely at 830, Washington Street. The boutique covers 140 sqm and follows the creative design concept of the flagship store in Mayfair, London. The store stocks the brand’s complete collection, as well [...] Continue reading

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