Evian has partnered with French fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier to produce a unique and exclusive creation. With his characteristic imagination and boldness, Jean Paul Gaultier offers us an avowedly youthful and playful take on Evian natural mineral water.
With giant crystals and oversized letters generously enveloping the bottle this special edition Evian bottle offers an extravagant celebration of the simplicity of pure beauty.
To be appreciated alone or as a pair, these playful and stylish objects emphasize the clearness of the meeting between the designer and his source of inspiration, Evian natural mineral water.
Available for Xmas at Harvey Nicholls, Harrods and Selfridges, visit www.evian.com. RRP £3.99
Cirrus Design’s SR22-G3 is a luxurious, top-of-the-line, personal airplane built for upscale clientele looking to fly higher, farther, and faster in style. With lush leather seating, XM satellite radio, glass avionics and a full-plane parachute system, the Cirrus SR22-G3 offers customers exceptional value, extraordinary safety features, and exquisite craftsmanship. Base prices start at approximately $400,000 and clients interested in this chic plane can even customize color schemes, interiors and features.
More than a means of travel, Cirrus aircraft is a voyager’s sanctuary for comfortable transportation. Cirrus’ sleek, high-performance planes will truly transform any trip into an amazing. You can find a sales center near you, anywhere in the country, by logging on to www.cirrusdesign.com and typing in your area code.
Balblair Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky is a super-premium malt, distinguished by its use of hand-selected vintages and devotion to detail.
Renowned for its contemporary appeal and sumptuous taste, Balblair is firmly focused on international luxury markets and is enjoying continued global success amongst discerning consumers.
At Balblair Distillery, on the shores of the Dornoch Firth in Edderton, Tain, each vintage is carefully chosen by distillery manager John MacDonald. Great attention is paid to the selection process and only the most excellent whiskies – those that have reached the peak of their perfection – are picked and named after the year of their casking. Those vintages currently available - Balblair 1975, Balblair 1989 and Balblair 1997 – are each unique but share the whisky’s core style: vanilla notes, rich fruit characters, spicy tones and a creamy, smooth finish.
To complement its mantra of ‘originality, good taste and fine quality’, Balblair has been building partnerships with outward-looking, like-minded brands including Mackintosh Rainwear, wall-paper and textile designers Timorous Beasties and Scottish, contemporary artist, JoLoMo in an effort to shift traditional stereotypes of Scotland both in the UK and abroad.
Furthermore, Balblair’s innovative approach and commitment to excellence has been recognized with a plethora of awards, including Gold and Gold Best in Class at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2008 and Gold at the Scotch Whisky Masters 2008. Balblair also contributed significantly to Inver House (its parent company)’s win as “Distiller of the Year” at this year’s Icons of Whisky awards, beating hundreds of regional and global finalists.
Balblair - visit www.balblair.com
Ducati North America have announced the latest additions to its iconic Monster line of “naked” sport bikes, the Monster 1100 and 1100 S models.
The arrival of the new Monster 1100 and 1100 S models increases the displacement of the redesigned Monster family, which defines the naked motorcycle and has been staking its claim worldwide as the new icon of Italian excellence.
The 'less-is-more' philosophy behind all Monsters underlines Ducati's never-ending pursuit of genuinely compact, high performance motorcycles; but these new models have succeeded in being even more 'pared down' than their predecessors. The Monster 1100 weighs only 371 lbs (369 lbs for the S version), making it by far the lightest bike in its category.
The new Monster 1100 design perfectly balances sports performance, riding pleasure and stunning looks. With its single-sided aluminum swingarm, high-spec componentry, race-oriented chassis and 15 years of evolution, the Monster 1100 now takes its place at the head of the Monster family.
The Monster 1100 S is a pure concentrate of light weight, power, design and exclusivity. The 'S' features fully adjustable 43mm titanium nitride coated Ohlins forks and progressive Ohlins rear shock absorber with adjustable pre-load and return damping. Carbon fiber cam belt covers, silencer guards and front fender reduce weight by a further 2.2 lbs. The distinctive gold five spoke wheels of the Monster 1100 S give it the elegant style and same sporting look as historical Ducati race bikes.
Both versions of the new Monster 1100 come with removable single seat covers and neat micro-bikini fairings; and are powered by the charismatic two-valve 1100cc Desmodromic twin-cylinder engine that boasts 95hp at 7500rpm and an impressive 79.5 lb/ft of torque at 6000rpm.
The base selling price for the Monster 1100 is $11,995.
Alone, designed by Daniele Trebbi , is an “illuminated circular outline”, a coat hook that casts an eye at the concept of a wall light. Its clear-cut, linear design is enhanced at the rear by an opal finish ring that fills with white light creating a bright halo focusing on the hanging garment. Alone can be used in various ways – on its own, in a row or randomly scattered – contributing with its light to outlining visual and functional paths, while furnishing and enhancing also the narrowest and dimmest corners on the home. It is available in two versions :for connection to mains voltage ,with wall on/off switch and fitted with 3 high-efficiency white LEDs or battery-powered with push on/off switch located on the opal finish ring and a battery charger as optional, fitted with 1 high-efficiency white
The Windfall cocktail, is a new $6,200 cocktail that was introduced as part of Mohegan Sun’s Casino of the Wind grand opening events.
Lipstick Jungle’s Lindsey Price unveiled this luxurious libation, garnished with a Tiffany & Co. platinum diamond and pink sapphire celebration band, at an exclusive cocktail reception held at Leffingwells Martini Bar on Saturday, October 11, 2008.
This cocktail will be available at Leffingwells Martini Bar and Todd English’s Tuscany through October 31, 2008.
Additional VIP guests attending this weekend’s events included cast members from 30 Rock, Gossip Girl, Ugly Betty, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Heroes, Dancing with the Stars, Desperate Housewives, House and more.
STYLEBOP is a new luxury online fashion retailer, originally from Germany, that has recently launched in the U.S. STYLEBOP brings the best of European and local designer labels including Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Calvin Klein, Celine, Balmain, Marc By Marc Jacobs and Burberry to the fingertips of American shoppers.
Presented as a high-fashion magazine, insider styling tips, seasonal trends and runway looks are brought to life in editorial-style market pages with head-to-toe product and styling suggestions.
For 85 years BMW has been building some of the world’s best motorcycles--an accomplishment that this lavish book duly celebrates, with exquisite photographs and detailed descriptions of classic bikes, along with a concise history of the legendary company. From the first model, the R32, through the bikes that catapulted BMW out of the ruins of World War II, to the latest motorcycles with the revamped opposed-twin-cylinder “boxer” engines that brought the company its first fame--these are the bikes that made BMW great.
Royal Copenhagen received Bo Bedre’s coveted “Design of the Year” prize for the ground-breaking Elements service, created by Danish designers, Louise Campbell. Elements marks the I first time this century that Royal Copenhagen has launched a new service for which all the items were completely newly developed. The new service incorporates elements from Royal Copenhagen’s most richly traditional services over three centuries: the Blue Fluted, Flora Danica and Half Lace. A daring new color scheme in bright orange, turquoise, green and red signals that this is an innovative breakthrough in style, emanating new modern thinking and vitality.
Elements includes everything from cups and plates in various sizes and shapes to jugs and square serving tiles that are suitable for sushi, tapas and desserts, as well as salad bowls and dishes. Besides plain white, each item is available in its own individual color.
VERUSCHKA - in the series of THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Assembled using the traditional anglaise technique and color-tipped by hand on art-quality paper, each page of this limited edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. The Assouline Ultimate Collection heralds a return to luxury, care, and mystique of a fine, hand-bound book.
by Vera von Lehndorff and David Wills
Foreword by Richard Avedon
KVA is a collaboration with European Designer Kris Van Assche, who is now the Artistic Director for Dior Homme. The frame is hand-crafted in thick polished plastic and is just as sophisticated as it is sporty. Unique technology includes a coin-edge mechanism that allows for changeable lenses (two different lens colors are included), offering the wearer greater opportunity to define his personal style. Metal inlay with the KVA logo is detailed on the top of the frame front.
The Limited Edition Neiman Marcus Ducati Hypermotard takes on urban canyons and mountain curves with total abandon.
Special features include a full Termignoni exhaust system and performance ECU, Ducati Performance race seat, specially designed "Tricolore" color and graphics package, and an array of carbon fiber accessories—all conceived and executed by Advanced Motorsports, one of the premier Ducati racing shops in North America. Production is limited and each unit carries an individually numbered plaque signifying its exclusivity.
Samsonite has announced a limited edition version of their Black Label by Alexander McQueen for the holiday season. The new edition comes in silver and includes the ribcage Hero piece (Al1) and the Travel piece (Al2) in crocodile skin design.
The new Samsonite Black Label collection will be available in Samsonite stores worldwide from November 2008.
Jaguar has launched the Jaguar XKR-S , touted as the fastest Jaguar since the Jaguar XJ220 of the early nineties. The XKR-S is a limited edition car based on the Jaguar XK Type.A top speed of two hundred and eighty kilometers an hour, thirty kilometers. The XKR-S also features a large rear spoiler and numerous small aerodynamic changes to the exterior body, the interior features a Bower & Wilkins sound system.
An in-depth exploration of Bergman’s complete works
The complete works of Ingmar Bergman: an homage to one of the most esteemed film and theater artists of all time, began in cooperation with Bergman himself and made with full access to his archives
Since 1957, when he released The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, Ingmar Bergman has been one of the leading figures in international cinema. In a career that spanned 60 years, he wrote, produced, and directed 50 films that defined how we see ourselves and how we interact with the people we love, in films like Persona, Scenes from a Marriage, and Fanny and Alexander.
Before his death in 2007, Bergman gave TASCHEN and the Swedish publishing house Max Ström complete access to his archives at The Bergman Foundation, and permission to reprint his writings and interviews, many of which have never been seen outside of Sweden. Picture researcher Bengt Wanselius, who was Bergman’s photographer for 20 years, scoured photo archives all over Sweden, discovered previously unseen images from Bergman’s films, and selected unpublished images from the personal archives of many photographers. Text editor Paul Duncan gathered a team of Bergman experts as contributing editors—Peter Cowie and Bengt Forslund (for film/TV), and Ulla Åberg & Birgitta Steene (for theater)—who have researched and written a narrative that, for the first time, will combine all of Bergman’s working life in film and theater. Such is the depth of Bergman’s writings that most of the story is told in his own words. This book also features a new introduction by Bergman’s close friend, actor and collaborator Erland Josephson, as well as a DVD full of rare and previously unseen material, and an original film strip from Fanny and Alexander.
The publishers have been given complete access to the files and archives of the Swedish Film Institute, Svensk Filmindustri, Sveriges Television, and the Royal Dramatic Theater, as well as many other institutions, publishers, and newspapers, making this not only the most complete book ever published on Ingmar Bergman, but also about an individual director.
Colombian designer Miguel Caballero has launched the Caballero $12,000 Bulletproof Polo now available from Harrod’s of London. Caballero has been dubbed the “Armani of armor” by high-profile clients such as Prince Felipe of Spain, President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia and President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. His proprietary lightweight, removable ballistic panels allow for maximum flexibility and discretion while providing protection from weaponry ranging from a 9mm pistol to an Uzi. Just the thing for riding in the back of your new Maybach Landaulet.
A 1,000-year-old carved rock crystal ewer, one of only seven known surviving examples, fetched 3.2 million pounds ($5.6 million) at a Christie's auction.
The ewer is the same one that came up for auction in Britain in January this year, when it was cataloged as a 19th century French claret jug and valued at 100-200 pounds reports Reuters.
In fact experts now believe it is an extremely rare ewer from the Fatimid dynasty which ruled parts of northern Africa and the Middle East in the 10th-12th centuries.
Garvan Acoustic has announced the limited edition of the Goccia Speakers. The Limited edition of Golden Goccia is a collaboration with Tecnosolution for the “Una Goccia per un Sorriso” project. Part of the profit will be donated to charity projects to help children all over the world.▪
Continental Mobiles has cast the Nokia E7 in gold. The Nokia E71 is compatible with Gmail, Yahoo, Exchange or your preferred personal email provider, and incorporates a responsive, accurate full QWERTY keyboard all encased in the slimmest of designs.
The E71 is finished in 24k Gold and costs £799.00.
DEOS offers interchangeable diamond- and crystal-encrusted earphone covers for the Apple iPod and iPhone.
Inspired by Apple’s iconic design aesthetic, founder Allison Lee Zeiss, marries technology, luxury and design to offer Apple users another vehicle to showcase their individuality.
DEOS earphone covers come in three collections – DEOS Diamond, CVRZ with Swarovski crystals, and the CVRZ aluminium range – each targeting a particular price segment.
The DEOS Diamond collection, made of titanium and encrusted with colored diamonds, is manufactured using the latest in casting technology. Each piece is handcrafted and hand-set – at a price. “DEOS Diamond retails from about US$60,000 for the ones fully covered with coloured diamonds (yellow, pink or black) to about US$4,500 in white and in black diamonds.”
Anticipation is building for RM Auctions’ second annual Automobiles of London event, to be held at the state-of-the-art Battersea Evolution event arena in London UK, October 29th, 2008.
With 100 vintage motor cars set to cross the block, the single day auction, held in association with Sotheby’s, is set to capture the attention of the collector car world as it brings together some of the world’s finest automobiles with some of the world’s most discerning collectors.
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Tronconi has announced Mirage, a new fluorescent table lamp in time Christmas. The new lamp shows perfectly Tronconi’s research for new materials and technologies. An optical illusion, a hologram representing the archetype of the table lamp. The front diffuser shows the hologram, while the opal back side spreads a powerful light ideal for reading.
Design by Lorenzo Longo ( de-signum studio) , available in white, black or violet
French artist Andrée Putman has created a box for Veuve Clicquot’s La Grande Dame 1998 champagne. La Grande Dame comes in a special casket that doubles as an ice holder
The item is only available in a limited edition of 2,000 and the box along with a bottle of the champagne sells for around $500.
The limited-edition Fighter Motorcycle. Part of Neiman Marcus's Christmas Book exclusively courtesy of Confederate Motor Company®. The first ever Fighter packs 190 mph of performance into its cutting edge carbon fiber, titanium, and aluminum chassis. There's the 64" wheelbase, 27"H seat, integrated braking system, lots of high-tech bells and whistles, and custom NM edition features. But, honestly, ride it once and you'll be too jacked up on adrenaline to remember all the details.
To score one of only 45 of these raw, raging, right on machines, call 1.877.9NM.GIFT.
Ralph Lauren's Maxine Metallic Jacket is finely composed in a slim, feminine shape with a refined off-the-shoulder portrait collar in soft-touch tweed with a hint of Lurex® for a subtle shine.
* Short double-breasted silhouette with bound buttonholes.
* Stylish three-quarter sleeves and double besom pockets. Ventless back.
* Fully lined in silk twill. 19" length.
* 65% wool, 17% viscose, 18% nylon. Lining: 100% silk. Dry clean. Imported.
The BlackBerry Storm smartphone with a unique touch screen and cutting-edge multimedia capabilities has the power and performance to drive your desires. The Blackberry Storm will be the first BlackBerry with touch-sensitive screen. It is consumer oriented, Blackberry Storm features a 3.2 Megapixel camera , Bluetooth stereo, along with Built in GPS Navigation and microSD/microSDHC slot.
Exceptional attention to detail and precision engineering make AEG-Electrolux's S85628SK1 truly stand out from the crowd. When the appliance is in sleep mode, the lights are turned off, giving a clean look and conserving energy. Just wave at the screen to bring it back to life.
The Chill Zone Drawer operates at a temperature between -2°C to +2°C -the perfect temperature to store chilled food such as ready made meals, meat and fish. Food stays fresher for longer, extending the shelf life, and reducing food waste. All the nutritional value and colour of food is preserved.
The S85628SK1 holds a huge supply of fruits & vegetables thanks to the large vegetable drawers with glide out runners and the humidity control keep salads and vegetables fresher for longer.
Royal Copenhagen has announced the availability of their 2008 Christmas plate. The plate beautifully illustrates a Copenhagen Christmas, with blooming Christmas roses and marvelous architecture in the strokes of painter Sven Vestergaard. The evocative motifs also mark the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of Royal Copenhagen’s traditional Christmas plates.
Burberry Studded T-bar sandals. Black leather T-bar sandals, approximately 130mm / 5 inches high with a 30mm / 1 inch patent platform and stud embellishment. Burberry sandals have a buckle fastening ankle strap. Italian sizing. This style runs true to size.
Alexander McQueen All-in-one tuxedo as seen on the runway. The Black all-in-one crepe tuxedo with padded cap sleeves has a has a notch satin collar, a deep V-neckline a single button and zip fastening at the waist, a faux breast pocket, an internal pocket and is fully lined. 50% acetate, 50% rayon; lining: 100% silk. Dry clean.
Italian yacht maker Ferretti is set to show the the Mochi Craft Long Range 23. The yacht is reportedly the first hybrid yacht over 20 feet long that produces negligible tailpipe emissions. The yacht is a 75-foot tri-deck that has a a hybrid propulsion system. When running on diesel and cruising at eight knots, it emits 10 kilograms of carbon dioxide for each nautical mile. And the engine charges a battery pack that can also power the boat.
Billionaire Roman Abramovich's $355 million, 555-ft. Eclipse, will have a military-grade missile defense system reports Luxist. The megayacht when completed next summer will be 25 ft. longer than Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's 530-ft.
Designer Christophe Pillet has created a limited-edition collection of items including a crystal glass, a silver illuminated serving platter, a crystal candleholder and a display case for Louis XIII Cognac .
Christie's will offer one of the two Lucian Freud portraits of Francis Bacon in its Post-War and Contemporary Art auction in London this October. The piece is estimated to reach bids of up to £7 million.
INCRUDO have covered the Phantom phone in titanium alloy making it the world’s most durable handset. The INCRUDO Phantom features like a QVGA sapphire crystal display with 16 million colors, 8GB of internal memory, 3.2 megapixel camera, and a blue sapphire on the navigation key. Price $850.
Geoffrey Beene was fiercely independent, radical, subversive, and loved by ladies who lunched and underground scenesters alike. As an adventurous artist and an experimental designer, Mr. Beene (as his friends called him) helped define modern American fashion in the latter twentieth century. His designs explored the shapes and contortions of the human body using seams, geometry, and even hardware to define and insinuate the shape and scope of nature’s most proud creation. From his infamous zipper dress to the jumpsuit and bolero to his witty design details, bold prints, and contrasts, Mr. Beene’s influence rocked a new generation of designers and the closets of women across the world. Close friend and cultural maverick Kim Hastreiter recounts the life and work of a passionate artist who was as freethinking, original, and antiestablishment as they come.
To celebrate their one hundred and fiftieth anniversary this year, Parisian jewelers Boucheron have commissioned Harumi Klossowska to design a necklace. Harumi Klossowska's necklace features two intertwined snakes which are inlaid with emeralds, sapphires, turquoise scales with matte gold.
Infusion D'Homme, the new refined men's fragrance from Prada. Utilizing the finest artisan traditions of classic perfumery, Infusion d'Homme works closely with the body to create a subtle yet distinctive scent. This sensuously crafted essence blends intoxicating citrus and woody notes for an understated, but lasting, impression.
Hawker Beechcraft has unveiled the Hawker 450XP. The Hawker 450XP features a sleek cabin and infotainment system. The plane uses the new Pratt & Whitney PW535D turbofan engines which provide ten percent better fuel efficiency and a longer range. Deliveries of the Hawker 450XP are expected to commence in 2010.
Soul i-D is a 600-page visual anthology of ideas and images featuring personal insights and contributions from some of the most creative names in contemporary fashion, music, art, and design. Looking at issues that affect all of our lives, from family values to global responsibility and personal lessons learned to inspirational survival stories, all of the best special projects are here—and with the mix of quirky irreverence that has been part of the i-D vocabulary since its launch by Terry Jones in 1980.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled ConceptFASCINATION at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. This unique vehicle, whose innovative and unconventional proportions interpret the emotional appeal of a coupé in a new way, represent an exciting and intelligent combination of sporty and elegant design with stylish practicality. Wood, aluminium and smoked glass give a particularly exclusive look and feel to the luggage compartment which incorporates a refrigerated compartment and a humidor as well as offering a large load space. These attributes embody the two objectives of ConceptFASCINATION – to provide a high level of practical usability and to create a coupé which appeals to the heart with fast, thrilling lines. In developing this design study, Mercedes-Benz has given fresh impetus to the long-established (although now rarely seen) “shooting brake”, a vehicle category with its own distinctive charisma. Freed from the constraints of a specifications book, the designers have created an automotive sculpture with great aesthetic appeal which once again demonstrates Mercedes-Benz’s high level of design expertise.
The Venturi Volage, was presented for the first time at the "Mondial 2008" (Paris Motor Show), marking a major step forward in the evolution of the Automobile. This new Venturi incorporates innovations which have enabled radical changes in terms of the vehicle's architecture, style, dynamic behaviour and, more generally, the design of a modern vehicle. The Voltage is the first vehicle to be equipped with the Michelin Active Wheel, an advanced system of in-wheel electric motors at each corner of the car. Each wheel comes with two motors – one to drive a reduction gear, and the other to manage the active suspension.
The car’s 45 kWh lithium batteries are capable of taking it as far as 199 miles (320 km) at a speed of 56 mph (90 km/h) on a single charge, with a top speed of 93 mph. Production on the limited run of Voltages is set to begin in 2012, with each vehicle being individually hand-assembled in Venturi’s Monaco atelier.