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Dragon-i collaborates with Splash Foundation’s kids learn-to-swim programme


Dragon-i collaborates with Splash Foundation’s kids learn-to-swim programme


 

Dragon-i collaborates with Splash Foundation’s kids learn-to-swim programme

August 7, 2019 / by CDLP

Looking for a worthy cause linked to a practical combination of shopping and dining to get behind this summer; try Hong Kong’s iconic Dragon-i. Throughout August and until September 8, 10% from the proceeds of every lunch package sold at the city’s exclusive lounge will be given to the city’s Splash Foundation. It is the only charitable organisation that offers free swimming lessons to children from low-income families. 

The Dragon-i deal applies to the following items: Dim sum all you can eat with Chinese tea HK$238; Dim sum all you can eat with free flow champagne (Veuve Clicquot Brut), House Red/White Wine, House spirits, beers, soft drinks HK$558; and a children’s lunch package for HK$138. All include 10% service charge. 

In addition, on September 7 and 8, from 10:30-4:30pm, Dragon-i will also be hosting a KidsDressSmart (KIDS) pop-up of designer kids’ clothing (Armani, Bonpoint, Jacadi, Petit Bateau and many more). KIDS is a consignment store that transforms unwanted children’s clothes into a force for good. Sixty percent of their sales will go towards helping Splash kids to swim. It’s a must-shop-and-eat for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles alike. Happy shopping, eating, and swimming.

(Until September 8; from 11am-3pm, Dragon-i, 60 Wyndham Street, Hong Kong, Central).  dragon-i.com.hk

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Potter at Its Best


The magic of Harry Potter is enhanced through a live Italian orchestra at MGM Theater in MGM Cotai, Macau

Potter at Its Best


The magic of Harry Potter is enhanced through a live Italian orchestra at MGM Theater in MGM Cotai, Macau

 

Potter at Its Best 

April 24, 2019 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

If you thought you knew Harry Potter think again. Running from now until May 4 at the expansive MGM Cotai Theater in Macao - the world’s largest indoor LED screen - is the first four films in the Harry Potter franchise, but screened to the accompaniment of Orchestra Italiana del Cinema, in its world-first residency, who perform the entire score of each film. 

The spirited orchestra is led by Chinese conductor Shih-Hung Young and the following shows can still be seen; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (April 25); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (April 26); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (April 27) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (April 28, May 4). 

Young encouraged the audience at the outset to clap and roar during the drama, as though they were taking sides between Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff. “This is not your typical concert symphony,” he joked. Although we’d seen Potter before, the Sorcerer’s Stone was raised to a whole new dramatic and dynamically magical level with the stirring sounds of the world-renowned Italian ensemble, which both complement and enhance the viewing experience; it also raises the tension to a whole new level at all the most edge-of-the-seat moments too – the mountain troll, the Quidditch, the Chess match, et al. 

The cinema is as grand and luxuriant as an exaggerated pleasure dome with ample comfort and spectacle to match, all of which make this Potter a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And when the credits rolled and Young and orchestra played their final note, the audience stood as one to applaud the brilliance they had rendered. Young came back to the stage for four encores to a standing ovation. 

If it is our choices that show what we truly are, then get to MGM Cotai with open hearts and minds and eyes, and enjoy and be transported by this rousing performance.  (Tickets: https://www.mgm.mo/en/cotai/entertainment/harry-potter-in-concert)

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7 Things You Should Know About Krug


7 Things You Should Know About Krug


 

7 Things You Should Know About Krug

January 1, 2019 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

As a niche champagne house, Krug, founded in 1843 by German immigrant Johann-Joseph Krug in the small town of Reims in northern France’s Champagne region, still remains relatively unknown to the general public, but is highly coveted and collected by discerning oenophiles. Since 1999, Krug has been part of LVMH, the world’s largest luxury goods group, is distributed internationally by Moët-Hennessy and is currently led by sixth-generation family member Olivier Krug. Here are some interesting facts about the historic house. 

  • In the 1955 film The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe asks: “Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in champagne. It’s real crazy!” In 2016, pop star Madonna admitted her ultimate guilty pleasure was Krug Rosé paired with French fries. And Pattie Boyd, the ex-wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, claimed to have bathed in Krug, proclaiming it “very good for smoothing the elbows”.
  • During the First World War, the house was run by Jeanne Krug after her husband, Joseph Krug II, was captured and imprisoned. Reims was only 1,200 metres from the front and suffered more than 1,000 days of bombardment. With a skeleton crew, Jeanne ran Krug while helping with the war effort in Reims, working with the Red Cross, treating wounded soldiers. The house still managed to complete the 1915 harvest, from which only four bottles of Krug still remain.
  • A Krug ID, found above the barcode on the back label of each bottle, can be scanned with an app or entered on the brand’s website to discover how many wines were used, when the bottle was corked and from which plots of land the grapes were blended. In effect, it’s the story of your bottle. In addition, there are cellar master Eric Lebel’s impressions of the year, food pairings and music playlist suggestions.
  • All Krug champagnes are “prestige cuvees”, meaning it uses its best grapes all the time and is one of the few champagne houses to ferment all its wine in small oak casks, rather than more economical stainless steel vats. The house produces roughly 500,000 bottles per year – just 0.2% of the entire Champagne region’s production.
  • Krug is the most musical of champagne houses, with a lyrical approach to the libation’s creation. Music has always been an integral part of Krug’s universe; the family residence, built by Joseph Krug’s son Paul I, was the first private home in Reims to contain a music room.
  • The house runs a series of events each year called Krug Encounters, in which three Krug cuvees are paired with a set of playlists curated by musicians. This year sees maverick Japanese jazz band Bloodest Saxophone compiling a blend of bebop and swing to accompany the sensations, vibrations and finer notes of the cuvees themselves. The concept of Krug Encounters was born in Hong Kong when Olivier Krug attended a dinner with Richard Bamping, principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • When England’s Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, a member of that elite but unofficial Krug club known as Krugists, fell and damaged her hip in a fall, she had a case of Krug sent to her hospital for her pre- and post-operation treatment.

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Golden Ticket


24K gold meets crocodile skin – in a handbag

Golden Ticket


24K gold meets crocodile skin – in a handbag

 

Golden Ticket

January 10, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Ever wanted gold and leather in the same bag? American exotic leather accessories house Stalvey has developed an innovative technique to inject 24K gold particles into porosus alligator skin. The brand was founded in 2014 by Jason Stalvey, who made a drastic career switch from being a doctor at Columbia University (in the neurological sleep medicine division) to making handbags. 

The brand’s exclusive technique took more than two years to develop, in partnership with an aeronautic technology laboratory and a tannery in France. According to Stalvey, each product is handmade through a process that first melts pure gold at extreme temperatures (above 1000°C) to turn the gold particles into gases. This is followed by a step that stretches the gas atoms, forming a thin layer in a vacuum so they can then be embedded into the porosus crocodile skin particle by particle. Once the gas cools down, the particles revert to their solid state, rendering a soft golden shade on the leather.

Stalvey’s ultra-luxurious 24K gold capsule collection includes top handles and shoulder bags (both available in mini and large), the Aliza framed clutch, the Adysen envelope clutch, a pillow and a teddy bear. Prices range from US$22,500 to US$100,000. To find out more, visit stalvey.com. Stalvey is also sold at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong (IFC Mall store), Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.

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Michael Kors x DFS Exclusive Collection


Michael Kors x DFS Exclusive Collection


 

Michael Kors x DFS Exclusive Collection

September 1, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

 

The DFS Group has announced the launch of an exclusive Michael Kors collection at its DFS and T Galleria by DFS stores worldwide from September 1. Inspired by Michael Kors’ jet-setting lifestyle and New York’s urban jungle, the collection delivers 14 women’s and men’s styles across ready-to-wear, accessories, sunglasses and watches, as well as an exclusive edition of the Michael Kors Mercer convertible tote in mulberry and soft pink. In the second capsule collection Michael Kors has launched with DFS, the campaign stars Chinese actress Yang Mi.

Shoppers at the six T Galleria by DFS stores across Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Hawaii will be able to participate in two virtual reality games featuring a “pink jungle” and can win a trip to New York City through a lucky draw. To capture the gaming experience and share instantly on social media, a specially designed augmented-reality filter is also available at the stores.

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Volkswagen creates a Buzz


Volkswagen creates a Buzz


 

Volkswagen creates a Buzz

August 24, 2017 / by Simon Webster

 

Volkswagen Microbus - Hippie style

Volkswagen Microbus - Hippie style

Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ

Volkswagen I.D. BUZZ

Volkswagen’s Microbus, a long-time favourite of hippies, budget travellers and movie-makers, is about to make its comeback as an all-electric vehicle that retains the funky charm of the original. The Germany automobile manufacturer plans to launch the eight-seater I.D. BUZZ in 2022 and says it will be targeting the European, US and Chinese markets. The original VW Microbus was launched in 1950 and was an instant hit thanks to its roomy interior and simple mechanics. And it became a cult classic as hippy owners decorated their buses with outlandish, psychedelic paint jobs. The first versions produced a puny 30 hp, while the I.D. BUZZ prototype produces 360 hp, has a range of 300 miles and can be charged to 80 percent capacity in just half an hour. With its distinctive front V in the bodywork it has retained the two-tone paint design of the original, which finally went out of production in Brazil at the end of 2013.

Images: © Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.;vwcampin via Foter.com/Creative Commons

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A Ticket to Planet Gucci


A Ticket to Planet Gucci


 

A Ticket to Planet Gucci

August 24, 2017

 

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Gucci’s AW17 campaign is an eye-opening experience – especially the one-minute director’s cut of Gucci and Beyond, shot by British photographer and filmmaker Glen Luchford. It proves again that Alessandro Michele, the powerhouse’s creative director, has continuously been transforming the brand since he took the position in 2015.

Based on a vintage sci-fi theme, the campaign pays homage to Japanese manga Black Lagoon and the 1956 film classic Forbidden Planet. There’s a gang of aliens, dinosaurs, monsters and more things beyond your imagination. Pay special attention to the eyewear offerings – the unconventional shapes, exaggerated volumes and sparkling drama make for an eccentrically perfect look on the gender-neutral aliens.

Images: Courtesy of Gucci

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High rollers – Saint Laurent roller-skate stilettos


If conventional high heels are too easy to walk with, try these

High rollers – Saint Laurent roller-skate stilettos


If conventional high heels are too easy to walk with, try these

 

High rollers – Saint Laurent roller-skate stilettos

August 17, 2017

 

Saint Laurent’s new shoes bring added dimension to the term ‘upward mobility’, and will challenge your urban nerves too – three-inch stiletto heels on four roller-skate wheels. Either category boasts a challenge, but how about putting the two together? These ‘high rollers’ represent status and stylish weapons for fast-forward fashionistas, but what about the more pedestrian shopper.

Designed by Anthony Vaccarello, the Italian-Belgian creative director of the French fashion house, the elevated roller-skaters are not his first gravity-defying footwear. Earlier this year at the Saint Laurent Fall 2017 show in March, the designer introduced the so-called “physics defying” shoes - which were heel-less - but enticed a Physics professor to draw diagrams explaining the dynamics behind their seemingly invisible architecture. 

Whether for the girl-on-the-go, or the more stationary shopper, the stilettos come in four delicious designs, all inspired by a mix of chic and fun: the polka dot, the female face and red lip in pop-art style, the combination of snakeskin with sequins and patent leather. 

The projected price is £1,995 (approx. HK$20,057) per pair. For a less vertiginous and lower velocity style, a practical sneaker version is also available in select stores. 

They say “give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” – is this quirky quartet the new fashion revolution, brave girls? 

Images: Courtesy of Saint Laurent

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Sicily is My Love


Sicily is My Love


 

Sicily is My Love

April 21, 2017

Following last year’s acclaimed refrigerator collaboration Frigorifero d’Arte, Dolce & Gabbana has again joined hands with Smeg, the upmarket domestic appliances brand that shares the same Italian roots. Last April, a limited edition of 100 FAB28 Smeg refrigerators were created using strong Dolce & Gabbana styling, with iconic Sicilian territorial elements hand-painted. Each fridge sold at a cost of approximately US$34,000.

The latest Dolce & Gabbana and Smeg collaboration, launched this April, encompasses those small but essential kitchen appliances: a toaster, juicer, coffee machine, kettle and blender. With the theme “Sicily is My Love”, the two creative houses’ endearing feelings for the Italian island are expressed through vibrant Sicilian motifs – such as brightly coloured citrus fruits, lemons and prickly pears, as well as the iconic coast and landscape (including Mount Etna), and the trinacria (in the shape of Sicily) that can be seen on the Sicilian flag.

The luxury fashion house and the technology-meets-style home appliance manufacturer aim to deliver, for the second time, the Made-in-Italy excellence they’re known for through this latest collaboration.

For more information: dolcegabbana.com

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Fantastic Beasts


Fantastic Beasts


 

Fantastic Beasts

April 21, 2017

Wondering about those fantastic beasts – and where to find them? Look no further than your wrist. The Astronomia Octopus, presented at this year’s Baselworld by New York City-based haute horologerie house Jacob & Co, is a definite eye-catcher and a true work of art.

Octopi are recognised as being among the most intelligent creatures on earth. The twisting-and-turning cephalopod is a handcrafted sculpture composed of titanium, an ideally light material notorious for being difficult to engrave or sculpt. Fortunately, the fine craftsmanship has made it possible to keep the weight down to an amazingly light 2.83 grams. 

Where the underwater dweller is encased – in an entirely transparent sapphire monoblock – is also an impressive part of this piece, which took 37 weeks to produce. As far as the inner workings, the Astronomia Octopus is made complete with the collection’s gravitational triple-axis tourbillon.

Aside from the octopus, the collection features the Astronomia Dragon, also produced as the only model of its kind. Each of the two timepieces is priced at CHF 1 million (same price in US$), excluding VAT.

Image: Jacob&Co.

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Hats off to Borsalino


Hats off to Borsalino


 

Hats off to Borsalino

April 6, 2017

Renowned for its rakishly stylish fedoras, hat maker Borsalino is marking its 160th anniversary this year -- and Italy has issued an eye-catching commemorative stamp to celebrate.

Priced at 0.95 euro (HK$7.88), the stamp features the Borsalino logo and one of its iconic fedoras. Long a film industry favourite, Borsalinos have adorned the heads of many Hollywood stars, such as Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942), and Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series. The 1970 French gangster romp Borsalino featured Alain Delon and Jean-Paul Belmondo both wearing the distinctive head gear.

The company was founded in the town of Alessandria in northwest Italy in 1857 by brothers Alessandro and Lazzaro Borsalino.

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