Travel Diaries – Friday

Zen Lovers: Machu Picchu

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The 15th-century Inca ruins at Machu Picchu make up a panoramic citadel that is so hauntingly beautiful, you can’t help but find your inner peace just looking at it. Deep in the Sacred Valley, you’ll marvel at the simultaneous wonders of both human innovation and Mother Earth.

For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the long-anticipated highpoint of their trip. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. In the high season, from late May until early September, 2500 people arrive daily. Despite this great tourist influx, the site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery, and is a must for all visitors to Peru.

A great place to stay at is the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.

 

Rihanna X Dior for Sunglasses!

RiRi has joined forces with the luxury French label for the second time to design a new futuristic eyewear collection simply called Rihanna, which was inspired by LeVar Burton’s character Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Rihanna has collaborated on an exclusive sunglasses line with Dior, and the collection will be debuting in early June.

As part of her brand ambassadorship with Dior, the “Anti” singer collaborated with the french fashion house to create a line of futuristic frames.

According to WWD, the new “Rihanna” sunglasses collection will only be available in Dior stores. One style of shades will be offered in six different mirrored, metallic colors, from a cobalt blue to a steely silver. The styles will retail for $840 and an exclusive 24-karat, gold-plated deluxe pair will be available for $1,950.

“We are very pleased to partner for the second time with Rihanna,” Dior chief executive officer Sidney Toledano told WWD (the first official collaboration being a campaign and short film for Dior titled “Secret Garden IV.”) “She is an artist, an entertainer, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, and a style icon for today’s generation,” Toledano stated.

Rihanna’s eyewear collaboration with Dior follows on the heels of her footwear collection designed in collaboration with Manolo Blahnik — “Denim Desserts” — which debuted last month in May. The singer also launched her Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection for FW16 at New York Fashion Week in February.

The megastar took to Instagram to tease her new sunglasses collection and recently posted this image below to her account:

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Travel Diaries – Thursday

FOR DESIGN LOVERS – OSLO, NORWAY

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If you’re a design fanatic, Oslo belongs at the top of your summer travel list. The Norwegian city is known for its architecture, museums, open spaces, and contemporary shops. Practically every room you enter will be a unique (and Instagrammable) design moment.

To the rest of the world, Norway is where Mother Nature has created one of her finest works of art. Against such a wonderful natural canvas, it’s easy to forget that man can also be artistic, and many a visitor has been left surprised to discover that Oslo is home to world-class museums and galleries rivalling anywhere else on the European art trail.

But even here Mother Nature has managed to make her mark, and Oslo is fringed with forests, hills and lakes awash with opportunities for hiking, cycling, skiing and boating.

Add to this mix a thriving cafe and bar culture, top-notch restaurants, nightlife options ranging from opera to indie rock, and a large and visible immigrant community who add their own colourful touch to the city and the result is a thoroughly intoxicating place in which to forget about the fjords for a while.

Oslo Opera House is a must visit.

The place to stay at is the Continental Hotel, Oslo

 

Sydney Fashion Week 2017 – Karla Spetic

A mix of Sydney and Dubrovnik, Karla showcased a lot of whites for the Sydney Cruise Fashion Week. 

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Designer Karla Špetić has been in business since 2008, turning out clean, tailored pieces that feature crisp lines and the occasional graphic element. For Resort 2017, Špetić showed a collection of whites, lilacs and navys that felt perfectly fresh for a holiday. While dresses with oversized beach photos framed by ruffled organza felt like lazy versions of Dolce & Gabbana’s postcard dresses, the ribbed knit dresses with cutouts at the side are just what we want to wear to the office on a sunny spring day.

It was all about lace, whites and romanticism.

Celebrity favourite Karla Špetić sent models down the runway in sheer panelled designs, and cut-out lace and applique.

Stand-out designs in the covetable collection included a floaty jumpsuit with scalloped edges, and a sheer long-sleeved white dress with floral motif.

The lavender prints on jumpsuits, two-piece ensembles and dresses made for a whimsical, summery theme throughout the Resort 17 presentation.

Fresh and natural make along with white ensembles was the highlight of this show.

 

 

 

Travel Diaries – Thursday

TOKYO – RETAIL THERAPY LOVERS

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Yoking past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new.

Tokyo may be forever reaching into the future but you can still see traces of the shogun’s capital on the kabuki stage, at a sumo tournament or under the cherry blossoms. It’s a modern city built on old patterns, and in the shadows of skyscrapers you can find anachronistic wooden shanty bars and quiet alleys, raucous traditional festivals and lantern-lit yakitori (grilled chicken) stands. In older neighbourhoods you can shop for handicrafts made just as they have been for centuries, or wander down cobblestone lanes where geisha once tread.

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Tokyo is full of shopping haunts for basically any kind of consumer. If you’re looking to go big with some retail therapy, a trip to the vivid city might be just the exotic change of pace you need. Whether you’re looking for streamlined, well-designed home goods, quirky souvenirs, or some standout fashion picks that you won’t find stateside, you’ll find them here.

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From giant robots to saucer-eyed school girls to a certain, ubiquitous kitty, Japanese pop culture is a phenomenon that has reached far around the world. Tokyo is the country’s pop culture laboratory, where new trends grow legs. Come see the latest looks bubbling out of the backstreets of Harajuku, the hottest pop stars projected on the giant video screens in Shibuya, or the newest anime and manga flying off the shelves in Akihabara. Or just pop ’round to the nearest convenience store to pick up treats in wacky flavours emblazoned with cute characters.

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Check out the Aman, Four Seasons or the Mandarin Oriental for the luxury experience.

 

Chanel goes to Cuba!

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Karl Lagerfeld took his Resort 2017 Chanel show to Cuba today, bringing with him his celebrity friends, collaborators, and a slew of fashion press. In Cuba, guests were treated to a long weekend of activities that culminated in the house’s Cuba-inspired Resort show. Aside from the scenery, highs will no doubt include both a Gisele Bündchen and Tilda Swinton sighting, and Fidel Castro’s grandson walking the runway.

Some of the interesting things that happened in the show are:

  1. Guest were ushered into the show in colourful convertibles.
  2. The show was held en plein air in Havana’s Paseo de Prado, the dividing line between Old and New Havana.
  3. The accessories of choice in Cuba? Pearl-studded berets, floral-trim fedoras, and spectator shoes.
  4. The vintage cars of Cuba appeared as a print on several pieces, including a flowing dance dress.
  5. Taking a page from the streets—of New York, perhaps—were denim jackets with clusters of Chanel-themed pins on them.
  6. In lieu of a traditional finale, the Chanel show ended with a lively conga line of dancing models and musicians.
  7. Lagerfeld took his bow in a sequin Saint Laurent jacket from Hedi Slimane’s Spring 2016 men’s collection.

Cuba is slowly becoming a tourist must visit and after Chanel launches its Cuban inspired collection in Havana, Cuba has got its approval from the Houdini of Haute Couture.

Rolls Royce Diversifies….

Roll’s Royce branches out into Luxury Luggage.

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Traveling can be a hassle. For those with deep enough pockets, it presents a chance to ease a little of the stress in getting from point A to point B by indulging in some seriously luxurious luggage.

Rolls-Royce knows and they want to help. The premiere British car manufacturer has unveiled a collection of stylish and pricey luggage to compliment its classic Wraith line of cars. The six-piece set of travel essentials retails for $45,854 and is tailor-made to fit cozily in the trunk of the Rolls-Royce Wraith, which costs around$320,000.

It’s undeniably an investment but Rolls-Royce promises it makes for the “ultimate travel companion.”

The company consulted top hoteliers and butlers to learn how to best cater to well-heeled travelers. Rolls-Royce said in a statement, “From observing the techniques of the Head Butler at a prestigious London hotel, the Goodwood Design Team have created a luggage concept to complement the design principles of Wraith. Innovative engineering meets exquisite craftsmanship and an elegant aesthetic.”

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The set includes two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags, and a Garment Carrier. The valises and weekenders are lightweight and stylish in two-tone, black-and-white leather, but it’s the Garment Carrier that truly holds court. It’s reinforced with a high-grade aluminum frame, which not only makes it a breeze to maneuver but also gives it a sleek, polished look.

We’re sure they’ll look just as impressive in the overhead bin as they will in the trunk of your Rolls-Royce. That is, unless you’re chartering a private jet.