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June 30, 2015

Our Paris editor’s diary prior to couture week: jewellery, beauty and polo

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Keoma Zec

France is notorious for its dazzling jewellery brands and impressive fashion houses. Its fragrances symbolize an art form that has been worked on and mastered.
   Atelier Cologne is a name that resonates with exceptional luxury, representing divine scents that both men and women can appreciate. The international maison de parfums was established in 2009 by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, who were on a mission to introduce fragrance-savvy wearers with scents also called cologne absolue (pure perfume).
   Exclusive, high-end ingredients provide to their clients’ needs. Their boutique in Paris is a quaint and picturesque getaway from the French capital, tucked away in one of the many Parisian streets steps away from la Concorde and la Place Vendôme. Clients take their time to discover the opulent products. Before haute couture fashion week landed in the city celebrated for its fashion sense, the maison introduced clients to their most recent fragrances.
   Their first scent, Jasmin Angélique, incorporates decadent components of Sichuan pepper, lemon and Siberian angelica. The foundation of the scent is a combination of Persian galbanum, fig, incense from Somalia, and white amber along with Brazilian tonka. This is a fresh and luscious scent that is both attractive and long-lasting.
   For a stronger, bolder scent, one can indulge in Oud Saphir, a mix of birch wood, the audacious aroma of oud, and a Mediterranean tang, all boldly pronounced along with the rich aroma of amber from the Indian peninsula, pink pepper from China and bergamot from Calabria. The scents are delicate, smooth and bold.



   For shimmering skin, Menard’s decadent collection, Saranari, features amazing ingredients for a naturally vibrant glow, and is known for working into the skin’s pores. Its reinvented collection has lys Casablanca at its core, with washing cream, refresh massage, lotion, emulsion, day cream, night cream and eye cream each separately working on rejuvenating the skin, allowing regenerated skin to radiate.


   Swiss-born jewellery designer, Suzanne Syz, creates outstanding, contemporary pieces. The pieces attract the eye with colours and innovative designs, each founded on originality, exclusivity and modernity, always sustaining a look of sophistication.






   For European flair in the heat of the Californian sun, the British Polo Day USA landed at the Will Rogers Estate Park in Los Angeles. The full day of events combined polo tournaments, a dining experience and tea-time together to offer guests an élite getaway. Sponsors included Land Rover, Harrods, Hackett London, Jaeger-LeCoultre and others.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor







Keoma Zec

June 26, 2015

Adidas Originals adds four ’90s-inspired designs to its Tubular line

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Dominique Charriau

Adidas Originals released four new shoe designs in its Tubular line for spring–summer 2016 last night at Paris Fashion Week.
   The line of shoes is inspired by the technology of ’90s footwear, in particular the Tubular 93. The collection was unveiled by local performers moving around architectural obstacles in an atmospheric underground venue. This athletic performance perfectly embodied the lightness and agility of the shoes with an intricate light show, which was scored by sound engineer and DJ Michel Gaubert.
   These shoes feature innovative technology with a unique design language, perfectly fitting with the contemporary lifestyles of Adidas Originals customers. The four styles are called the Nova, Doom, X, and Defiant, created by a design team directed by the vice-president of global design at Adidas Originals, Nic Galway. Galway has also helped launch some of the most famous collaborations to date including those with Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto (Y-3) and Adidas by Rick Owens.
   For this line of footwear, Galway wanted to create trainers that belonged to a new generation of radical shoes, and focused on the most iconic characteristics from the ’90s trainers, the signature sole unit. While the functionality and design have been updated to meet 21st century demands, the shoes’ sensibilities still run true to the original design. The shoes themselves all have monochromatic colour schemes and feature the eye-catching EVA sole unit and a similar challenging silhouette to the previous collections in the Tubular line.—Fenella Clarke


















Dominique Charriau

June 11, 2015

Chivas Regal the Icon launches with Dubai tasting; on sale for US$3,500

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Warren Little

Chivas Regal has released its most iconic Scotch whisky yet, called, appropriately, Chivas Regal the Icon. Having released its first luxury whisky in 1909, Chivas Regal has since been known for its style, substance and exclusivity.
   Its latest whisky is Chivas Regal’s biggest feat yet, mixing from more than 20 different distilleries, including some rare whiskies from distilleries that have gone. ‘Chivas Regal the Icon is a truly exquisite blend, perfectly smooth with an intense concentration of sumptuous flavours that develop into an exceptionally long, lingering finish,’ said Colin Scott, master blender, a veteran at the company who joined in 1973, and learned his craft over the decades under his predecessor. At the heart of the whisky is a malt from Chivas Regal’s spiritual home, Strathilsa, a distillery the company brought in the 1950s which has featured in all of the brand’s blends.
   Chivas Regal the Icon has rich notes of honey, vanilla and dark chocolate, creating a bold, balanced and unforgettable blend. It comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter created at Dartington Crystal that has been delicately etched and finished with precision metalwork. The bottle itself has a slight green finish that is a homage to the first Chivas bottle, which was also green. It is finished with the signature luckenbooth stopper, a traditional Celtic symbol of love.
   Chivas Regal celebrated the release of its new whisky with both a tasting and a launch party in Dubai. From May until September 2015, this whisky will be sold at Dubai Travel Retail at an RRP of US$3,500.—Fenella Clarke










Warren Little

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May 2, 2015

EON previews Spectre car chase with more Aston Martin DB10 and Jaguar C-X75 glimpses

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EON Productions Ltd. has shown off the cars of Spectre, the 24th official James Bond movie to be released later this year, including brief footage from the Roma car chase.
   Neil Layton, technical coordinator for the action vehicles on the film, explains that the Aston Martin DB10 cars in Spectre are bespoke.
   As revealed earlier in Lucire, the DB10 is not a model on sale to the public but was designed by Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman, in collaboration with Spectre director Sam Mendes.
   While the DB10 is not on sale, it does preview Aston Martin’s future design direction.
   Special effects’ wizard Chris Corbould, who has been part of the James Bond family since 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, explains there is one “hero” DB10 used for close-ups, while the rest are being used for stunts, including some with roll cages.
   The Aston is complemented by a Jaguar C-X75, driven by the Mr Hinx character, played by Dave Bautista. Hinx is a henchman working for SPECTRE, the shadowy organization that appeared in the Ian Fleming novels and some of the early EON films. The C-X75 is another car that is not on sale, and was displayed on the motor show circuit.
   The chase itself is expected to be a car enthusiast’s dream given the rarity of the models. Bautista expects the sequence to be ‘iconic’.
   A limited-edition Lagonda saloon can also be seen in the background of the Roma sequences.



April 29, 2015

HTC taps into body art for One M9; Jourdan Dunn fronts campaign

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HTC’s One M9 cellphone will get a body art-inspired design with a limited edition to be released this year, as part of its HTC Ink campaign.
   The design, by Cally-Jo Pothecary, will be engraved on the back of some of the M9s, while HTC will also release temporary, metallic body-art transfers to consumers.
   HTC said of the design in a release, ‘The open hand and eye symbolize the need for protection and strength, whilst still being open and approachable in personality and style. The natural leaf elements and patterns around the outside of each visual reflect the growth in creativity that she is feeling at this time, whilst the sun and moon together indicate balance and harmony in her character.’
   Model Jourdan Dunn is the face of the campaign, and collaborated with Pothecary on the first design.
   HTC says other celebrity-inspired body-art designs will be released.
   The company’s CEO, Cher Wang, says that modern phones should be as personalized as one’s haircut or outfit, and that tapping in to body art seemed like a natural fit for the brand.

April 13, 2015

Mini’s augmented reality glasses include X-ray vision

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Augmented reality for drivers may be here sooner than some might think, as BMW’s Mini brand reveals its prototype eyewear at Auto Shanghai.
   The Mini Augmented Vision eyewear links the car and the driver, transmitting basic information such as speed and speed limits, but adds other practical features for the 2010s lifestyle.
   Mini foresees that one can enter the destination when outside the car, and have the data sent there for use in the eyewear. There will be a navigation display from one’s current location to the car, or from the car to the final destination. If a message has been received, an icon will appear, and the SMS can be read out by the car. Points of interest and navigation arrows can also appear in the eyewear; the latter can show highlight available parking spaces.
   The science-fiction-sounding features, which BMW believes can be realized, include “X-ray vision”, a virtual view through parts of the car, such as A-pillars and doors, rendering items that may be hidden from the driver’s seat.
   Finally, the company’s augmented parking feature projects images from a camera in the passenger’s side door mirror so the driver knows how far the car is from the kerb.
   All of this is in line with the BMW Group’s research, which forecast increasing urbanization and the need for associated services.
   BMW cooperated with Qualcomm on the technology, while the design and colour concept of the eyewear was created by Designworks.
   Project manager for Mini Augmented Vision, Dr Jörg Preißinger, said in a release, ‘This prototype with its customised, interactive functions succeeds in fusing augmented reality with the brand’s trademark sense of lifestyle.’
   ‘We are proud to have helped develop a breakthrough augmented reality interface between eyewear and the automobile,’ said Jay Wright, vice-president of Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. ‘Mini Augmented Vision offers a compelling example of what’s possible today, and what we can expect in the future.’









April 1, 2015

Jaguar launches second-generation XF saloon: lighter, roomier, more class-leading tech

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A week after previewing the new XF in a high-wire stunt over Victoria Docks in London, Jaguar has released images and details of the car as it enjoyed its official début at the New York Auto Show.
   The second-generation XF is recognizably Jaguar, stylistically an evolution of the 2007 X250 model that brought the company’s saloon car range into the 21st century. Prior to the XF, Jaguar saloons had been stuck in a sort of time warp, reminding customers regularly of the 1968 XJ6. The original XF changed that, with its fresh, fastback styling and, in the interior, the rotary dial gear selector, which helped give the cabin a feeling of airiness.
   But underneath the svelte styling, the XF did not share the aluminium-intensive construction methods of the larger XJ, something which the second-generation model remedies. Now up to 190 kg lighter than the outgoing model, the use of aluminium has allowed Jaguar to create a more rigid, refined car that’s also more fuel-efficient, according to the company’s figures. Jaguar cites carbon dioxide emissions of 104 g/km and the new four-cylinder Ingenium diesel gets 71·7 mpg (Imperial) in fuel economy, though it remains to be seen just how well it will fare in the real world.
   The weight saving means that the new XF is cleaner, and Jaguar claims it is 80 kg lighter than the competition, using the base model for comparison. In terms of environmental impact, Jaguar Land Rover uses a form of aluminium alloy called RC5754, which is predominantly made from recycled material, for its pressings.
   The body is also more slippery, helping with efficiency, with the drag coefficient dropping from 0,29 to 0,26 on the new model.
   The company is emphasizing its leadership in aluminium usage, especially extending it from the large XJ saloon down to its entry-level XE, launched last year.
   By increasing the wheelbase by 51 mm while cutting overall length, Jaguar has increased the interior room, and with the sixth light added in the design, the car now appears lighter and roomier inside.
   The cockpit is dominated by a configurable 10·2-inch touch-screen, while the maps for the sat-nav are stored on a 60 Gbyte solid-state hard drive.
   The front suspension is modelled after the F-type sports car’s, with the company claiming segment-leading handling for the new model.
   Other goodies include parking assist for bay and parallel parking, adaptive cruise control, and even reverse traffic detection, to warn drivers of fast-approaching traffic. The laser head-up display is also sharper than comparable TFT systems, with higher contrast; the unit is also a third lighter, which helps the XF save weight.




March 20, 2015

Will.i.am, Gucci collaborate on wearable technology: a new, stand-alone smart watch

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Will.i.am’s star power saw him create I.am+, a brand for consumer products that link fashion and technology. A camera accessory for the Apple Iphone was introduced several years ago, and now Will.i.am can add a Gucci timepiece to its credits.
   The new watch has been described as a a stand-alone ‘smartband’, untethered from a smartphone, by Gucci. So far only a concept has been shown at Baselworld, and planned functions include telephone, SMS, emails, music, maps, calendar, a fitness app, and a voice-activated personal assistant.
   The musician noted, ‘I.am+ and Gucci Timepieces are setting the pace with our vision for a untethered wearable. In creating a device that is both fashionable and technologically advanced, we aim to define this category. I coined the term “fashionology”, a merging of the worlds of fashion and technology, and that is exactly what this collaboration with Gucci represents.’
   Stéphane Linder, president and CEO of Gucci Timepieces, said, ‘Today, through this innovative collaboration with I.am+ and Will.i.am, Gucci Timepieces is fully embracing the future of wearable technology that is now ahead of us, with the objective of launching a wearable device concept that is a fashion accessory, incorporating the most comprehensive and advanced technological functionalities.’

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