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#lecolevancleefarpels – Jewellery School’s in Session


Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, get hands-on for the jewellery workshops in Hong Kong at L’École School of Jewellery Arts 

#lecolevancleefarpels – Jewellery School’s in Session


Supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, get hands-on for the jewellery workshops in Hong Kong at L’École School of Jewellery Arts 

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#lecolevancleefarpels – Jewellery School’s in Session

September 21, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

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From September 16 to October 1, the Paris-based L’École School of Jewellery Arts returns to Hong Kong for a three-week extravaganza packed with workshops and courses on the knowledge of jewellery – and it just may help you become a true connoisseur. 

It’s the third time the Van Cleef & Arpels-supported school has come to Hong Kong, alongside other overseas destinations including Tokyo, New York and Dubai. For this edition, 10 different courses are being offered, six of which are newly added. Based on a three-pillar curriculum consisting of the Art History of Jewellery, Savoir Faire and Gemmology, anyone is invited (no prior jewellery knowledge required) to discover the world of haute joaillerie through the guiding hands of art historians, gemmologists, jewellers and designers from luxury labels. 

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In an Art History course with professors Inezita Gay-Eckel and Gislain Aucremanne, who respectively holds an academic background at Princeton University and École du Louvre in Paris, you’re led to discover the relationship between history and great jewels, from the big picture down to the specific, alluring period of art nouveau. And one of the most popular courses, “From French Jewels to Japanese Lacquer”, shows you how to make your own lacquered butterfly jewel using the traditional Japanese urushi lacquer technique. During the four-hour session, you’ll draw your own motifs on the butterfly’s wings with inlaid vegetable ivory – and you even get to bring the unique art piece home at the end of the class. 

Hosted at PMQ, the school has taken over the Qube and styled the hall into an elegant space. The venue is complemented by a design gallery exhibiting the school’s Legacy Programme (jewellery and photography creations from local talent), a library and refreshments. And of course, classrooms are comfortable and spacious – ensuring you’re in for a great time for all of the sessions. 

Each course lasts from two to four hours; register early at hk.lecolevancleefarpels.com/en/courses as seats are limited (up to 12 people a class) and fill up fast.

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Michael Kors x DFS Exclusive Collection


Michael Kors x DFS Exclusive Collection


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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


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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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Downtown Cocktails


Get ready for a fun-filled weekend with live music, yoga, cocktails and a best-of-British beverage experience

Downtown Cocktails


Get ready for a fun-filled weekend with live music, yoga, cocktails and a best-of-British beverage experience

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Downtown Cocktails

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August 24, 2017

 

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From September 8 to 10, gather at Chater Garden to enjoy three days of cocktails and good vibes. The first festival of its kind in Hong Kong brings together about 20 popular bars in town – including The Pawn, Aqua, Fang Fang and many more – which will offer specially made cocktails at affordable prices.

Some other highlights of the festival include cocktail-making workshops, cocktail competitions, a yoga session on Sunday and a savoury experience courtesy of Best of British Hong Kong – wet your whistle with some real British ale, gin and tonics, fruit-based Pimm’s and more.

For a full list of bars attending, visit downtowncocktailshk.com. Advance tickets are available online for HK$130 (which includes one drink) or you can pay HK$180 at the entrance.

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A Ticket to Planet Gucci


A Ticket to Planet Gucci


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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

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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


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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


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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


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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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