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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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.

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.