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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Going back to it’s Roots: Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall Winter Campaign

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Dolce & Gabbana just unveiled its cultural fall/winter 2016 ad campaign. The images were photographed by Franco Pagetti on the cobblestone streets of Naples, Italy.

The energetic new images star Naples locals, as well as models Bianca Balti, Leila Goldkuhl, Sasha Kichigina, Mayowa Nicholas and Cong He. The “regular” people also appear sporting Armani and Louis Vuitton products — which Dolce & Gabbana made no effort to hide, according to Fashionista.

“We’re here in Naples because we think these people are the best people in the world. Very strong. With unlimited heart,” the Milan-based brand wrote the label on its Facebook page. “It is still like the 1950s here, in a way. This is a place that hasn’t lost its roots and we appreciate that.”

Back in February, hearsay began to circulate in the fashion industry that former Gucci CEO Patrizio di Marco would reportedly be joining Dolce & Gabbana’s board, people familiar with the situation said at the time. Then, in April,WWD reported that the match did not work out in the end.

In December 2014, di Marco and wife Frida Giannini, Gucci’s former creative director, left the Italian fashion house. She was replaced by popular designer Alessandro Michele.

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                                               Picture courtesy: Dolce & Gabbana

Slice of Southern India – Kovalam!

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Once a calm fishing village clustered around its crescent beaches, Kovalam today is Kerala’s most developed resort. The main stretch, Lighthouse Beach, is touristy with hotels and restaurants built up along the shore, while Hawa Beach to the north is usually crowded with day-trippers heading straight from the taxi stand to the sand. Neither beach is particularly clean, but at less than 15km from the capital it’s a convenient place to have some fun by the sea, there’s some promising surf, and it makes a good base for ayurvedic treatments and yoga courses.

About 2km further north, Samudra Beach has several upmarket resorts, restaurants and a peaceful but steep beach.
There are a large number of beach resorts in and around Kovalam. The sea port of Vizhinjam is about 3 km away and famous for its special varieties of fish, old Hindu temples, big churches and a mosque. The Proposed International Trans shipment Terminal at Vizhinjam is also close to Kovalam.

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Kovalam was among the most prominent tourist spots in India during the hippy era. It still has a high status among tourists, who arrive mostly from Europe and Israel.Kovalam is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, and recuperation and regeneration resorts which provide a wide variety of Ayurvedic treatments for tourists.

One of the most notable places to stay is the Leela Kovalam. The decor is an adaptation of the traditional south Indian architecture sprinkled with modern amenities.

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Enjoy this largely unperturbed part of India and get whim of the sun, sand and beaches. 

Burberry’s New Ad Campaign!

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Burberry has just revealed a unique June ad campaign which includes illustrations from British artist Luke Edward Hall alongside stylish Mario Testino-lensed images. Model Edie Campbell and Callum Turner posed for the photographer sporting the brand’s new, singular line.

Burberry’s new ads — which don’t fit into the fall, spring or holiday seasons — are set to break in June and run through September.

“When I first saw the collections, the variety of textures and jewel tones inspired me to get my paints out — I love color and it was a joy to be able to experiment freely,” Hall told Grazia Daily U.K. “I was lucky to be given free reign and to be one of the first to be able to interpret the iconic trench coat in my own way. As a British artist and designer, it’s been a pleasure to work with Burberry, a brand rooted in British heritage and Craft.”

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Hall’s stunning illustrations were done in watercolor, chalk, oil pastels and acrylic.

“Luke is a great talent and it has been wonderful working and collaborating with him on our campaign,” the British brand’s chief creative officer Christopher Bailey said.

Right when Burberry’s June ads break, consumers will be able to purchase some of the pieces featured in the campaign.

“I love the human element of the drawings onto the photographs. In this digital world we are living, the softness and handmade feeling adds something intimate,” Testino said.

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Burberry’s new ad campaign is a testament to the the amalgamation of art and fashion. Seems like its heading in a new and fresh direction.