OFF Paris Seine: Paris’ hottest dig

Offering views of the Seine and the city, Paris has got its first floating hotel, OFF Paris Seine. With it’s trendy interiors and stunning location, this one is a must visit.

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This hotel poses as the unique amalgamation of a French riviera setting, interspersed with historical sights and Parisian culture.

With 58 rooms and 4 suites, this is the latest hotel, Paris has to offer. The USP is its choice of views.  You have the luxury of choice of having a view of the Seine and its banks and the historic Austerlitz railway station or to gaze at barges sailing down the Seine.

 

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The rest of the hotel discreetly contours the Seine with elegant zinc roofs that slant skywards and open up the façade whilst a central glass ceiling lets in natural light into the heart of the vessel.

With great views and a unique way of living on the riverfront, this hotel should be on everyone’s list.

From Classic to Customization: My Lady Dior

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The classic quilted Lady Dior has been a staple handbag in many a style maven’s closet for years. However the brand eponymous classic is getting a retake to appeal to the young luxury consumers, by introducing a concept that allows for the It bag to be personalised to the wearer’s individual taste.

The My Lady Dior is the first such customizable bag from the French maison.

It is a slow change for the brand as the size remains the same. The only bespoke element is the adjustable strap which comes equipped to hold three of Dior’s enamel Lucky Badges. The 41 available badges are inspired by Christian Dior’s own famous lucky charms and can be clipped to the shoulder strap of My Lady Dior which accommodates 3 badges at a time. The designs for the badges include the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, and familiar symbols like the bee, the rose and the star.

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Whilst this not much of a change, it is a significant step for the French Maison and the influence of the new age luxury consumers.

Runaway to Retail Experience adopted by Ralph Lauren

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These gorgeous ensemble  by Ralph Lauren is now up for grabs. Ralph Lauren is one of the few brands that is going to adopt the see now, buy now concept.

On Wednesday, Ralph Lauren will present a see now, buy now collection for fall, which will be available immediately at its boutiques, online and at wholesalers, according to Vogue.

“Showing clothes, then delivering them six months later. it’s over. With the Internet, social media… you have to change,” Lauren told Vogue.

Clients are interested in getting their hands on the last fashion trends and ensembles. Ralph Lauren is set to expedite their collection coming into stores to concede to the buyer’s demands.

“I’ve always looked at the business as an evolution. We’re never standing still, and we’re never chasing anyone. Everything is a new chapter,” Lauren continued.

In addition to Ralph Lauren’s consumer-facing runway show, which will take place outside the brand’s Madison Avenue flagship store, the label will also have a traditional show for industry types.

Club Monaco, which is owned by Ralph Lauren, also debuted a shoppable collection during its first New York Fashion Week appearance at Grand Central Terminal on Friday. The 35 men’s and women’s looks that were unveiled are part of what Club Monaco has dubbed “The New York Fashion Week Fall Collection.”

 

Travel Diaries – Honeymoon Edition

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After planning the magnanimous event of one’s life, that is the wedding: right from the venue, the dress to the flowers and even invites, the last thing is to scout for new and exciting destinations for the honeymoon. These are some of the best places to visit for newlyweds. Honeymoon pressure is real, and these are the picks for this year’s hottest destinations and romantic getaways.

  1. Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

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This is for those honeymooners who, like to completely douse themselves in nature sprinkled with a bit of adventure and serenity.

When you start planning your Serengeti adventure, you’ll soon learn about “the Big Five.” These are the five most popular animals to search for while on your African safari: the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros.

“Big” doesn’t have to do with size. The term originated with big game hunters, who deemed these the most challenging large animals to corner and shoot. But in the Serengeti National Park, the only shooting is done with a camera!

Nonetheless, the Big Five still maintain their allure. When you’re out on game drives, your safari guide will help you check off your sightings of these sought-after animals. You’re likely to spot some of them right at Four Seasons Safari Lodge. They might come for a drink at our two watering holes, or stroll by while you’re relaxing on your guest room’s private sundeck.

Check out the Four Seasons Safari Lodge. Wake up every morning to a parade of elephants at the watering hole before a dip in the pool, a visit to the spa, or heading out on a game drive across the Plains. The recent launch of their Honeymoon Package, which includes upgrades like a candlelit dinner and complimentary massage, makes this top notch stay that much sweeter.

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For more information visit http://www.fourseasons.com/serengeti/

Best Time to Go: June-October, the region’s rain seasons typically fall between March and May, November and December.

Fashion + Fitness Collaboration – Alexander Wang and Adidas

Design maverick Alexander Wang has partnered with sports label favourite Adidas for a new unisex collection.

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New York Fashion Week is full of surprises, and at the end of his runway show on Saturday night, Alexander Wang shocked the audience by unveiling an unexpected collaboration with Adidas.

After showing off Wang’s spring/summer 2017 designs for his namesake label, models ran backstage to change into looks from the designer’s 84-piece unisex collaboration of apparel and footwear with Adidas while a teaser film for the collection was played to entertain the audience.

For Wang, this collaboration, which will launch for spring/summer 2017, provided him the opportunity to work with a brand he wore in his youth and a footwear style — sneakers — that he loves.

“I grew up on sneakers. It’s a very interesting time obviously for (all) sportswear, the whole market and how people utilize fitness, incorporate it into their daily uniform. So the sneaker is something that I’ve always been very close to. And it’s always been something that’s very hard for us to do in house, to be honest – obviously Adidas has the most innovative resources,”

With the collection, Wang aimed to make Adidas’ aesthetic feel fresh while still keeping the designs recognizable as being Adidas.

“It was really about saying, how do we take something and shake it up a little, disrupt it, but at the same time not change it so much where it doesn’t feel right,” Wang said.

Adidas hopes to capitalize on Wang’s downtown-cool style.

“I’ve been a fan for a long time, this connection he has with culture and New York and breaking down boundaries. What I really love about Alex is that he is a really established part of the fashion world, but he stands for not being elitist.

Alexander Wang fits the bill of the non elitist but fashionable designer. He lets people in and pushes the boundaries of high street and high fashion.

 

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When Fashion Meets Fragrance : Louis Vuitton’s Scents

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The brand known for its exclusivity, craftsmanship and tradition is entering a new phase. With the ex Bond girl, Lea Seydoux as the face of the campaign, this lethal combination could not get any better.

The house, founded in 1854 as a packer of women’s fashions and then a trunk-maker for sophisticated travelers, had dipped its toe into the sandbox before. In the 1920s, Vuitton’s free-spending and increasingly mobile clientele requested something to fill the crystal flacons Vuitton had already been crafting for the intricate nécessaire de voyage train cases they took on their transatlantic trips. And so fragrances like Je, Tu, Il (“I, You, He”) and Eau de Voyage were born. The endeavor ended in the late ’40s, and it would be more than 60 years before Vuitton got back in the game, discreetly.

According to Arnault, there was no rush: “The luxury is to be able to take that time and do it right.”

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Vuitton has done it right. Les Parfums Louis Vuitton are serious, more resembling niche perfumery, like Chanel’s Les Exclusifs or the Hermessence of Hermès, than the flashier, more accessibly priced fashion fragrances that fill department stores; their high quality is apparent from the first spritz to the long dry-down.

It is a minimalist, heavy glass version of an apothecary flacon, whose LV-emblazoned metal cap snaps shut with a satisfying magnetic clack.

Particularly indulgent fragrances, these scents are a tribute and ode to flowers and a meant to evoke an emotional narrative than just mere ingredients.

And, of course, Léa Seydoux’s presence settles any question. Seydoux is a rare combination of pure carnality and sparkly braininess, something which embodies the true spirit of the LV woman.

Hydra: The New Island Hotspot in Greece

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A mix of international art circuit hotspot and the unconventional bohemian, Hydra is the new Greek island to visit.

The port – a perfect horseshoe – backs into a high amphitheatre dotted with 18th-century mariners’ mansions painted citrine, picked out now by the morning sun. It is a Rip Van Winkle town, cute-warm and coiled around dazzling-bright labyrinths of steep steps and slender streets.

The unique part is that there are no street names on Hydra either. You simply set off and see what lies around the next corner. Flora’s café, perhaps, in a bright square full of lemon trees, with its pots of exquisite cold rice pudding spiced with cinnamon. Or a sweet supermarket where the freezer bursts hilariously with octopus tentacles and the honey comes in tins stacked in a quivering 10ft pyramid.

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It is the ultimate relaxation destination, known to but a few visitors.

But no activity on Hydra compares to a trip out in a boat. The island is only 50 kilometres square and completely riveting when seen from the water, despite not being particularly lush or landscaped with the comely vines and olive trees of other Greek islands. Still, whichever way you turn, the impact is captivating.

Check out the Bratsera Hotel for a slice of Greek Island life.

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