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Sinomatography


Chinese stars

Sinomatography


Chinese stars

May 12, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium
From our correspondent in Cannes / photos by Li BoHan

After supposedly not entering into the spirit of the faith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala in New York, Chinese stars brought hyperwatt power and style to the kleigs lights of the 71st Cannes Film Festival and its glamourous red carpet on the French Riviera. Fan Bingbing set the tone as a Cannes Film Festival jury member this year gracing the festival opening in De Beers jewels, and appearing at the press conference for spy thriller 355. Miao Miao and Aaron Kwok followed, making the picture-perfect leading man and lady in Wang Yang’s suspense caper June. Attending Jia Zhengke’s Ash is Purest White world premiere, Zhao Tao and Liao Fan paraded their most Prada-ry wares for the world’s eager paparazzi, while Chinese actress Nazha dazzled in Hong Kong jeweller Qeelin’s Couture Wulu collection at Kering Group’s Women in Motion dinner, also attended by Chris Lee. And from black to white, Miao Miao and Zhao Tao eased into white with Dior Haute Couture and Dior Homme for another turn down the Riviera.

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Cheers to Cheese


Cheers to Cheese


 

Cheers to Cheese

March 21, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

La Fromagerie in Soho is a convivial, intimate little Elgin Street gem that’s redolent of Frenchness. Passionate owner Thierry Rochas Duperier is present to ensure all the sundries are kept in the best of spirits. Certainly, the happy-hour wine, priced at HK$39 a glass, is a rich incentive. The full-bodied Puy de Guirande 2016 merlot/cabernet blend from Bordeaux and the syrah/grenache-based Côtes du Rhône Laudun 2015 on the night we attended (normally HK$85 and HK$90 outside of happy hour, respectively) were the perfect entry point to pleasure – and natural bedfellows for the sumptuous raclette. Named after a semi-hard cheese made on both sides of the French and Swiss Alps, the raclette is presented three ways: smoked, natural and peppered. It’s accompanied by cold cuts, salad and bread. The cheese is bought directly from producers and flown in weekly from France. Styles run the gamut: Reblochon, Mimolette, Brie, Beaufort, Comte, Crottin, Perail, Rove des Garrigues and a whole lot more. Turophiles, it’s love at first bite – with high quaffability at a price that’s right. (Happy hour runs from 3pm to 7.30pm, with a choice of four to five wines, as well as beers.)

Image: © 2017 by La Fromagerie

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Magic in the Air


Gravity-defying drinkware – and more – to amaze your guests

Magic in the Air


Gravity-defying drinkware – and more – to amaze your guests

 

Magic in the Air

January 10, 2018 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

Technology has penetrated almost every aspect of our lives – and now it’s going to change the way we party. Imagine you’ve gotten a little tipsy at a wild soiree. It’d be a serious faux pas if your wine glass or beer mug spills all over the place. Enter Chicago-based company Levitating X, which has designed a shatterproof fake-glass cup that can float in the air when you place it above its metallic base, using the principles of electromagnetic suspension.

Besides cups in various sizes and shapes, Levitating X offers a variety of floatable options for your home or office – including plates, plants, decorative sculptures, and pillows to show off your jewellery and watches. Prices start at US$139 for a wired base plus a cup of your choice (US$149 for a wireless base). For more information, visit levitatingx.com

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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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Can You Keep a Secret?


London’s Secret Theatre brings its immersive experience to Hong Kong with Project Mayhem – Tyler Durden would be proud

Can You Keep a Secret?


London’s Secret Theatre brings its immersive experience to Hong Kong with Project Mayhem – Tyler Durden would be proud

 

Can You Keep a Secret?

October 27, 2017 / by Jon Braun

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Shh… this is one show we can’t really tell you much about. Suffice to say that you’ll leave a changed person. Described as an “immersive, site-specific thriller” with roaming characters, the globally acclaimed London-based Secret Theatre is staging a unique experiential show called Project Mayhem; any guesses as to what novel and film that references? Expect a dystopian tale of “fraternity, violence and all-out psychological warfare” – and remember, the first rule of Project Mayhem is that we don’t talk about Project Mayhem.

Following on the global successes of other cult film-inspired shows including Edward Scissorhands, Reservoir Dogs, Se7en Deadly Sins and Hell Hath No Fury from Dusk ’til Dawn, this one will be held in a secret warehouse location – you’ll only get the exact directions and details after you purchase a ticket.

For Hong Kong, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights feature something extra-special – the option for a three-course dinner service courtesy of The Butchers Club and a bottle of wine from Wine Brothers. You’ll chow down on Australian black mussels, 45-day dry-aged Australian Black Angus rib-eye and a whole bunch of other surprises in keeping with the theme of the show. The question is: how much pain and suffering can you stomach?

Ages are strictly 18+: contains violence, provocative imagery and strong language.

Where? ???
When? Various dates from Nov 3–Dec 10
Space Monkey Dinner & Show (Thu–Sat nights only): 6.45pm (no entry after 7pm)
Matinee Show: 3.30pm (no entry after 4pm)
Evening Show: 8.15pm (no entry after 8.45pm)
(ticketflap.com/projectmayhemhk)

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Ride with Sally


If you’re a bike rider and a fan of Line Friends, this is one for you

Ride with Sally


If you’re a bike rider and a fan of Line Friends, this is one for you

 

Ride with Sally

October 6, 2017 / by China Daily Lifestyle Premium

 

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For the second year in a row, British folding bicycle manufacturer Brompton has teamed up with Line Friends (Japanese-Korean messaging app Line’s character brand) to produce a cartoon-themed bike.

Last year, the edition featuring male bear Brown sold out in just a few hours, according to Brompton. This year’s edition features Sally, the adorable female chicken who becomes a world traveller; in the campaign, she embarks on an adventure with Brompton to New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and Seoul.

The bike is handmade in London and adopts a yellow-and-orange colourway like Sally. Convenient and light, the folding bike also features a specially designed zinc yellow mainframe and orange front frame. Accessories add character to the bike, including a front-mounted luggage rack with an S bag, frame stickers and a Sally figurine perched atop the handlebars.

A limited number of 250 Brompton x Line Friends “Sally Special Edition” bikes are available in five markets worldwide: China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and the US; the retail price is US$2,250.

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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

Images: DOLCE&GABBANA

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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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