Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Ignites a New Visual Identity: Buccellati’s First-Ever Entry into Tech

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: thetasklab.com

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Miu Miu Makes Fashion History: Stunning Storytelling

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

Dolce&Gabbana F/W 2015 Go Back, To The Future

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


Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Bugatti Experience: Drive Grand Sport Vitesse For Charity

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 Saturday, January 18, 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

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sandra Bullock Chosen For Desert Palm Achievement Award

Love it or hate it, the reviews are in and Sandra Bullock rocked her performance in Gravity and the accolades have now begun. While I personally found the film visually spectacular, and a strong argument to pay the $18 for 3D glasses, but Clooney I thought was yet again...being George Clooney (this time, in space!) which took away from the overall enjoyment of the film. Interestingly Robert Downey Jr. was originally slated for the "comic" relief in zero-gravity, before leaving the project.
The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at its annual Awards Gala.  Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award.  Matthew McConaughey will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, which was previously announced.  Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs Jan 3-13, 2014.

“Sandra Bullock is the epitome of cinematic talent and versatility, said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner.  “In her latest and arguably most demanding role as first-time astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity, Bullock faces the primal nightmare of being stranded in space with no apparent way of returning.  Throughout the entire film, her determination to survive is masterfully portrayed.  To this consummate performer who continues to captivate audiences with her artistry, it is our honor to present the 2014 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Sandra Bullock.
Past actress recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams. 

Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Alfonso Cuarón.  Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command.  But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes.  The shuttle is destroyed by space debris, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.  The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue.  As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left.  The only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the true-life drama The Blind Side. This year, in addition toGravity, Bullock also starred opposite Melissa McCarthy in the smash hit buddy cop comedy The Heat. She has also recently starred in such diverse projects as the drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the romantic comedy The Proposal, and the Oscar®-winning Crash. In addition to her Oscar®, Bullock has received numerous awards and nominations for her acting work, including a Golden Globe, two SAG® Awards, two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, four MTV Movie Awards, an American Comedy Award, ten Teen Choice Awards, and four People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Female Movie Star.
           
About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees annually for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.  The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight.  The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival.  Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s.  Major sponsors are AARP, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, PalmSpringsOasis.com, Ocean Properties, Panavision, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.

For more information visit www.psfilmfest.org