Tuesday, June 10, 2014
June 9th, Moët & Chandon lifted the veil on Le &, a pop-up luxury restaurant at its historic L’Orangerie estate featuring the cuisine of Yannick Alleno, a world-famous Michelin-starred chef. Open now through July 9th, the restaurant combines Alleno’s culinary technique with Moet winemaker Benoit Gouez’s expert understanding of Champagne to offer consumers an unprecedented gastronomic experience highlighting Champagne’s versatility with food.
Introduced to celebrate the release of Moët’s Grand Vintage 2006, its newest vintage bottling, the restaurant is not only a pilgrimage-worthy attraction for the luxury consumer, but makes for a fantastic news item as your readers plan their summer vacations. I’d love to work with you on a piece showcasing the unique experience it offers to Champagne lovers, francophiles and luxury travelers.
Le & offers 4 stand-out culinary experiences:
A “7 salt bar” showcases the effects of salinity on Champagne through texture and taste in a series of gourmet appetizers including dim sum with pork extract, Fregola Sarda with shellfish, oyster with cucumber extract and more.
The Cookooning Cellar is the restaurant’s main dining room connected to an open Molteni kitchen where pike terrine brioche with mushroom extract and butter with lobster coral is prepared to be served with Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage Collection 1985 – a fantastic magnum bottling from the house’s expansive cellar.
A Blind Shot Room, with all light and sound removed, offers guests the opportunity to heighten their senses of taste and smell while all other senses are deprived, so that they may focus only on the sublime sparks that fly when Champagne is married to gourmet cuisine.
The Delice Club transforms the 19th-century estate into a contemporary lounge, where Alleno’s dessert courses are served along Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1999 and Imperial Rose wines.
Reservations for Le & at Moët & Chandon can be made at www.moet.com, for 450 Euro per person, with a minimum party size of 4 people
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The "new" world economy is upon us. Luxe is back, and bigger than ever, from Basel News in Switzerland comes Buccellati's introduction of a solid-gold made-to-order iPhone case from one of the world’s most distinguished family-built, haute-jewelry houses in Europe.
"Since 1919, every piece coming out of the house has been designed by a Buccellati family member, beginning with Mario in 1919, followed by his son, Gianmaria, then Andrea and finally his daughter, Lucrezia, who assumes co-design responsibilities on the brand’s new collections in 2014 and onward."
"In representing the youngest generation of Buccellati design, it is only natural for Lucrezia to challenge the family’s expert artisans with an unexpected product that will be released during Baselworld 2014 – completely solid gold iPhone and iPad mini cases blanketed by illustrations of the sun inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s historic drawings. Each sun has been molded, sculpted, and encrusted with precious diamonds by the skilled hands of an artisan. Along with masterfully illustrating the link between the past and the future, the collectors’ items also mark a specific moment in time as only the fleeting nature of technology can."
Sadly though, as any die-hard Apple-fan knows, the release from this venerable design-icon may come too late for those with a high-enough expendable income to afford such luxuries. The new iPhone 6 will premiere by September (if not August, I hope) and exhibit it's own blingy Saphire Glass screen with a larger form-factor (most likely 4.7"), making this little charmer more quaint than necessary. But then, you'll simply have to order up a new one, as they're all individually hand-crafted to order.
Lucrezia Image: http://www.lexpress.fr/
**UPDATE: I just received this intriguing KickStarter option for those looking for an alternative to bling and seeking functionality for your life "on the go," TaskLab developed an iPhone case that makes your smartphone even smarter. If you'd like to support the little guy, take a look at what entrepreneur Addison Shelton and his team at TaskLab has dreamt up.
"myTask" not only protects your iPhone, but it also incorporates a hidden compartment with a range of tools designed to help in times of need and customized for your life. The shell case is slim, beautifully designed, looks and feels great. Also, it is fully TSA compliant and weighs a feathery 65 grams so barely adds any bulk to your phone.
- myTask BIKE includes tire patches, wrenches, a screw driver and a bottle opener. All of our tools are manufactured of the highest quality 440C stainless steel and Polycarbonate.
- myTask URBAN is outfitted with an array of travel tools including: a pen/stylus, bottle opener, mirror, LED light, USB drive, large 2" scissors, eye-glass screwdrivers, nail file, ruler, tweezers and more.
- myTask STASH features the slide-out tray that you can customize to hold whatever you want!
You can learn more about myTask at http://kck.st/Ospc0C and on their site here:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Miu Miu invests in great storytelling, as the film Spark & Light highlights. The film debuted this week, directed by So Yong Kim stars Riley Keough and is set to an original soundtrack by Icelandic electronic band mùm which was screened this past week at the Diamond Horseshoe in New York. The seventh short film of the series is a moving reflection of So Yong Kim’s keen eye for the subtle intricacies of family bonds.
This latest addition to Miu Miu's Women's Tales is redolent of So Yong Kim's previous features—such as For Ellen, Treeless Mountain and Inbetween Days, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. "I've always been obsessed with family dynamics," says the Korean born American writer and director, "I'm always trying to develop my understanding of that."
The series has premiered films at a bevy of notable film events including the Venice Film Festival since it launched in 2011 when Miuccia Prada commissioned international female directors to bring the brand to life in unique and interesting, often haunting ways. The series can be seen in total at www.miumiu.com
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Ripping a page from Game of Thrones mixed with the real-world Norman Kingdom of Sicily as historical reference, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana anointed Kings and brave knights to tread their catwalk in Milan on January 11, 2014.
While it may only be winter here now, glimpse the future with a look at the intense atmosphere behind the scenes of the Dolce&Gabbana Men's Winter 2015 Fashion Show and how these warriors and their leaders prepared for the conquest of Milan Fashion Week.
FROM THE BRAND: The Dolce&Gabbana Men’s Winter 2015 collection takes inspiration from the Norman Kings Ruggero I, Ruggero II, William I, William II, Tancredi, Henry VI, Federico II and Manfredi as well as from the architecture of Norman Sicily as seen in Palermo in the Norman Building, the Cathedral and the Church of the Martorana.
They represent Norman Sicily through the Kings’ crests, the armour of the knights and the reproduction of Norman architecture. Featuring embroidered and studded sheepskin coats: with knits embroidered to obtain the effect of an armor. Tight fitted suits appear in Grey, bordeaux, brown, bottle green, black and blue.
Handmade wool hoods embroidered to obtain an amour-like effect. Crowns. Embroidered gloves. Shoes are made of fur, embellished and in velvet and studded. Boots are studded. Multi-colored sneakers. Satchel and backpacks adorned with Norman prints.
For more, visit: www.dolcegabbana.com/fashion-show
For more, visit: www.dolcegabbana.com/fashion-show
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Barrett-Jackson Car Auction Company, home of "the world's greatest collector car auctions," will offer a once-in-a-lifetime driving experience for charitable auction. On , The Bugatti Experience will cross the block at Barrett-Jackson’s 43rd Annual Scottsdale Auction, which is held from Jan. 12-19, 2014 at the all-new facility at West World of Scottsdale. Bugatti has donated The Bugatti Experience auction package to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
This is the first time in the United States that the chance to drive the ultimate car has been available at auction. The winning bidder will participate in one of the most exclusive Bugatti-driving events: Test drive the ultimate car, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse on the world-renowned Formula 1 Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France. Achieve speeds of 200+ miles per hour on the finest circuit in the world. Here are the details:
- Day One. Arrival in France.
- Day Two. Travel to Molsheim. Tour the Bugatti Chateau, see vehicles in assembly. Test drive (winning bidder and guest). Dinner that evening with Bugatti team.
- Day Three. Travel by train to Le Castellet. Join Bugatti team and clients for dinner and drinks.
- Day Four. Over-the-road drive, which starts late morning and concludes at the track. 1-hour drive on the track (winning bidder only).
Hotel accommodations are covered upon arrival into France, through the night of Day Four. Business-class airfare provided for winning bidder and guest. Participant must be 25 years old with a valid license.
Images from GTSpirit.com and Buggatti.com