Folli Follie @ AW2014 Presentation

Folli Follie AW2014 collection is a stylish adventure travelled once more to Greece to capture the picturesque capital Athens. The beloved <Flower Ball> handbag collection by Folli Follie is being refreshed with new colors following the trends of this season. Orange fantasy, shimmery gray, classic black and misted amber will find a place in every fashionista’s wardrobe. Perfectly combining design and functionality, this handbag will accompany all your appearances, no matter the occasion.

Folli Follie puts a fresh spin on its best-selling <Heart4Heart> Colorful accessories collection by introducing a splash of vibrant colored accessories. The collection includes a tote, a shoulder bag and a wallet, all bringing the iconic Heart4Heart motif - to choose from for fashionable and out-of-the-ordinary looks. Make a statement with the Heart4Heart Colorful accessories and choose amongst violet, yellow and orange fantasy hues. The <Nomad> collection comes in an impressive variety of designs and colours to cater for the needs of the fashionable nomads from day to night, from street to runway. A posh, structured bowler’s bag; a spacious yet elegant shopping bag; a statement IT bag; a cross-body bag with clean-cut lines; All make up for the breathtaking designs that characterize the Nomad Collection by Folli Follie. Available in bright yellow, electric blue, passion red, warm orange and sophisticated black.

 The <Buggy> Collection of bags by Folli Follie is eEasy-going, easy to combine, oversized, paying homage to the ultimate hues of autumn, the Buggy Collection is bound to become the favourite choice of all fashion-loving women. From an oversized IT bag to a boho pouch and evening clutch, the Buggy Collection is a pure definition of on-trend elegance. The beautifully pleated texture adds a touch of carefree flair to all bags of this collection that will be embraced by women who do not wish to come across as “too polished”. The carefully crafted styles are highlighted by the timeless colour proposals, such as black, burgundy and tan, all colors that instantly read autumn.

The <Gradate Bag> Collection inspired by very classic forms, lines and structure, Folli Follie takes a very elegant bowling-shaped bag, adds a bit of dramatic texture through a croco-like pattern, adds a bit of glam through a shiny touch-and-feel and adds a little bit more of fashion through the ombré look. Keep your outfit more elegant through a monochromatic proposal, but also keep on track with the ubiquitous faded look of ombré.

Available in two sizes that cater for the needs of women-about-town the Gradate Bag Collection of Folli Follie comes in colors that you will fall in love with. Navy blue, black, orange and fuchsia in daring ombré combinations that will make it hard for you to simply choose one. The silver details add a touch of luscious elegance to the Gradate bags that can be worn in two ways; either as a handbag or as a cross-body bag.

The <KK Collection Black Line> bearing the personal signature of Mrs. Ketty Koutsolioutsos - the inspiration and the driving force behind the successful designs and emitting all these on-trend connotations of the ultimate colour, the Black Line collection is bound to take the fashion world by storm. KK Collection Black Line is not simply one statement limited collection; it is designed to become the most coveted collection of the season to come. Ethnic motifs interchange and interrelate with skulls making direct reference to the rock attitude that makes all fashionistas stand out. Black chains acquire an extra touch of elegance thanks to the 925ο silver rose gold plated motifs, all hand assembled, whereas a plethora of designs for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings ensure that (at least) one of the Black Line designs will find its way to your jewellery box. As a distinctive Folli Follie collection, the bulky, statement items of the Black Line Collection are set to awaken the true fashion aficionado in you!

The <Heart4Heart> Sweetheart bracelets the leather style braiding (in black and nude hues) meets alluring dangling motifs. The Heart4Heart motif becomes more abstract and is embellished by dazzling crystal stones, whether a plain motif heart in stainless steel or with red enamel, makes it clear that this bracelet is for those that save a special place for love in their heart.

LEE GARDENS Presents An Nam Classic Vietnamese Restaurant “LEE GARDENS Only” Exclusive Cuisine

LEE GARDENS Presents “LEE GARDENS Only Exclusive Cuisines” by Renowned International & Local Restaurants with a dazzling selection of renowned dining options from international cuisines to famous local delicacies. For the first time, 23 star restaurants at Lee Gardens One and Two, Hysan Place and Lee Theatre have worked together to present “LEE GARDENS Only Exclusive Cuisines” to satisfy the taste buds of food enthusiasts while shopping at LEE GARDENS and embark on a journey of exquisite tastes.The novelty of this culinary experience is undoubtedly a tribute to food gourmets. An Nam, the classic Vietnamese restaurant with a French influence participated in the campaign and created a few unique dishes. During the promotion period, diners who spend HK$1,500 at any restaurants at LEE GARDENS (with a maximum of 3 receipts and the corresponding credit card slips) can redeem a complimentary dining voucher worth HK$100 to enjoy more great food. Promotion ends on 16th November 2014.

<Wok-fried Tamarind Lobster> 
The wok-fried Tamarind Lobster comes with signature tamarind sauce, black pepper, dark sugar, red cluster pepper, garlic and purple onions. It is rather on the sweet side, since Tamarind is used, the sourish to stimulate the palette shall be in consideration. An extra hint of pungent spice could give more complexity adding to the dish. Vietnamese crabs weight 3 to 4 kilo could be another substitute.

<Steamed Rice Flan in Hue Style>
A famous local treat in Hue, the middle part of Vietnam. A 5mm layer of rice paste, grounded from Vietnamese rice, is spread on the small plates to be steamed for only 2 minutes. The toppings are crunchy croutons and stir-fried shrimps. This dish brought back a fond nostalgic memory, don't be afraid to add on a dash more fish sauce to enhance the bland taste of the flan. We prefer the stir-fried shrimps to be grounded by bringing out more fragrance by blending into the flan.

<Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup>
Selected US rib eye and local beef briskets are cooked with carrots, onions, shallots, ginger and ox bones forms a sweet and intense beef soup base, essential for any Pho dishes. The hearty taste is enhanced by toppings of raw onion rings, Vietnamese herbs, parsley, spring onions, deep fried shallots, bean sprouts, red cluster pepper, lime and basils. Pho is the all time favorites to many when dining in any Vietnamese's eatery and by far this Pho dish in an Nam is among one of the best in town.

Tried & Tested
Ambience: 4.5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5

Le Gardens One 4F
33 Hysan Avenue
Causeway Bay Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2787 3922

H&M Autumn 2014 @ Men & Women Collection

H&M Autumn 2014 women collection is playful yet sophisticated spirit of the 21st century Bohemian look with effortless, charming and always ready for the night. The return of the slip dress as a wardrobe staple, held on thin straps and worn on its own or for layering. Lace appears elsewhere for insets and borders. Pieces adopted from menswear add the sleekness of tailoring through blazers, or the attitude of leather biker jackets.

A drapped top with matching trousers is the new suit. The exposed shoulder is a focus, both with off-the-shoulder and one shoulder looks. A new width in trousers, often trimmed with tuxedo details for permanent night-time elegance. Silk crepe and chiffon for the most delicate slip dresses. Leather, either patent with a glossy shine, distressed and worn-looking, or metallic. Fake fur, patchworked together, velvet, for tops, dress and an evening take on the trackpant. Fine cashmere gives both softness and transparency in tanks, sweaters and dresses.

The men collection is about the wardrobe of the modern mod, mixing Parisian cool with the attitude of London and the sleekness of New York. The pieces are worn with a rebellious attitude, with updated biker and wool city coats. Leather adds rock’n’roll spirit, from a black leather biker to leather trousers, while classics have new youthful energy, especially the check flannel shirt worn untucked. Staples are given a fresh update, such as the elongated bomber that extends to mid-thigh. Padded outdoor pieces add a sense of urban protection, while zips add sharp detail. The three-button blazer with skinny lapels works everywhere, from day to night. Crewneck sweaters in mohair blends add a contrasting texture, while tailored trackpants are the trouser choice. Zips as both functional and decorative items, traditional tailoring techniques, such as jet or welt pockets, hybrid garments fuse together the classics of menswear.

Leather for the new urban outlook.
Wool for 21st century updates traditional garments.
Cotton for the sharpest shirts.
Nylon and padded fabrics for future-now feel.
Mohair blends for texture.

A strict colour palette for the city, focused on black, greys and whites.

Sequin and stone embroidery, laced knits, cord and grosgrain details, asymmetric hems, intricate patchwork effects.

Pointed boots with either a low or high heel come in metallic or patchworked leather, mules, caps trimmed with fake fur.

Florence Welch in Roberto Cavalli

Florence Welch in Roberto Cavalli look in <The Impossible Orchestra> and perform in the BBC Music video of <God Only Knows> song. Catch the video below of the gorgeous outfit.

Caudalie New Polyphenol Overnight Detox Oil & Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil

 Caudalie consider essential oils and plant oils to be the purest, most precious and natural source of beauty. That’s why in 1999, Mathilde Thomas began developing grape-seed based face and body oils for exclusive use by Vinotherapists working at Les Sources de Caudalie Vinotherapie® Spa. This unique expertise in skincare oils earned Caudalie Spas international recognition and a glowing reputation. Caudalie selects the best from plants flowers, leaves, and fruits to add to a base of top-quality grape-seed oil bursting with nourishing and softening active ingredients. 100% of the ingredients are active, and the essential oils are selected for their extremely high purity and naturalness. The new oil acts deep within the skin to provide the nutrients it needs at night, when most renewal happens. By morning, skin is transformed.

NEW POLYPHENOL [C15] OVERNIGHT DETOX OIL is an unprecedented, powerful anti-oxidant revolution against current and future wrinkles. It is plant-derived and natural dry oil that helps overworked skin renew itself overnight and recover from the effects of stress, pollution, UV radiation, and other sources of oxidizing free radicals. Including a perfect balance of 5 essential oils and 3 plant oils in precise balance, at night, it stimulates cell renewal and eliminates the toxins and other cell debris that accumulates during the day. In the morning, skin is detoxified, and the complexion is fresh and radiant. Event the dullest skin is instantly and lastingly revitalized. The oil is perfectly compatible with the skin, for quick absorption with no greasy film. The relaxing, cocooning fragrance created by the essential oils features notes of orange blossom combined with petigrain and lavender accords.

NEW VINOSOURCE OVERNIGHT RECOVERY OIL is a 100% plant-derived, natural dry oil specially developed for dry and sensitive skin. It deeply nourishes, soothes skin prone to redness and irritation, and repairs the skin barrier. This naturally potent elixir contains 6 precious oils that act deep within the cells overnight so that in the morning, skin is transformed: perfectly nourished and soothed, it is left comfortable, supple, and refreshed. Its texture is perfectly compatible with the skin, for quick absorption with no oily film; it leaves only a delicate, relaxing rose fragrance from the plant oils.


In Conversation With Jens Henning Koch @ Executive Vice President of MONTBLANC

Sharing the passion for fine watchmaking, MONTBLANC brings its high intensity, innovation and attention to details leveraging different segments to a journey into the heart of the brand's spirit to the Watches & Wonders Exhibition in Hong Kong recently. Jens Henning Koch, Executive Vice President of MONTBLANC spent a small part of his busy schedule with mylifestylenews on how the brand drives him to another level of fine watchmaking.....

Since I came on board in Aug 2013, our passion in innovation watchmaking remain unchanged. We are leveraging into different segments and paying attention to details like thehigh-inertia balance spring is the most important part of a watch, is made entirely in-house and counted by hand in the company’s workshops. Only very few manufactures worldwide today still possess the level of skill required for such precise work.

A “manufacture” philosophy, master craftsmanship, a thrilling combination of tradition and innovation, these elements are all part of the Montblanc spirit and can be found in this authentic, intimate and welcoming space.

The Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret benefits from over 150 years of uninterrupted traditional Swiss watchmaking expertise. With timeless aesthetics and intricate mechanical movements crafted entirely in-house, the watches produced there still express the same core values upon which the workshop was established in 1858.

A great deal of thought has gone into the set in order to transfer the atmosphere of precision of the horological ateliers of the Montblanc manufactures in Villeret to the Hong Kong exhibition.

The Montblanc stand connects Switzerland to Asia with spectacular giant screens resembling the ateliers’ windows offering a panoramic view of the Jura mountains and the village of Villeret where the manufacture first started - the same view Montblanc watchmakers enjoy from their working benches at home.

This sensation of being in the Montblanc manufacture is completed by macroscopic photos which transform the beauty and the meticulous detail of the hand crafted movements into huge works of art. Other images serve as "windows" opening onto the ateliers, allowing visitors to follow the various stages of the watchmaking process as if they were actually there.

When you step into our booth, you will instantly experience the Maison's universe. To enhance the feeling of being at the very heart of Montblanc’s watchmaking world, master watchmakers demonstrate their skills at an impressive wooden work bench that reflects the round shape of the balance wheel including the spring hanging above it in the centre of the hall. They share their passion for fine watchmaking with the visitors, who are invited to take their seats in order to experience the complexity of Montblanc’s in-house balance wheel production and to carry out some of the meticulous working processes themselves under the guidance of Montblanc’s artisans.

The entire décor of the Montblanc stand is inspired by the aesthetics and architecture of the Villeret manufacture, using natural materials, light colours and soft lighting. Cosy corners, a library and an exhibition of documents and items tracing Montblanc's watchmaking heritage - every detail has been carefully thought through to reflect the spirit at the heart of the manufacture: a deep passion for Fine Watchmaking.

We like our visitors to have a hand-on experience by going through a few actual process in watch making from part of the many complicated process on how precise a fine hand made watch process need going through.

From manufacturing, craftsmanship to international distribution, the passion & emotion in fine watchmaking drives me to a different level especially from the timeless design approach turns into a lifetime companion. The connection with customer also an essential motivation getting the constructive feedback and compliments on our watchmaking. 

The person who wears Montblanc shall be a person who is confident and has a character of substance with a contemporary and urban style. There are people from all walks of life, the connoisseurs, the collectors and etc. They enjoy the quality and contemporary refinement and usually not for a short term enjoyment. They love the history and heritage behind it and have the confident to express what they have or own.

There are a lot of initiation in order to educate the consumers in terms of product knowledge. Even though the product could speak for itself and yet there are other education still need to be given in order for them to appreciate what the brand could provide. Through exhibition and watch fair is part of education implementation to consumers.

The new Metamorphosis II at Watches & Wonders turns the spotlight on one of the most complex movements ever developed and designed in Montblanc’s manufacture workshops in Villeret, revealing the timepiece in a completely new aesthetic.The most striking feature of this new Montblanc timepiece is its "metamorphosis" concept which is driven by a highly complex mechanical movement with 746 components and protected by various patents that took over 4 years in development. It was at SIHH 2010 when Montblanc first introduced connoisseurs to the astounding concept of overlaid dials, which open majestically like a theatre curtain. The aim of this unique complication is to offer a spectacular change of design and function of the timepiece from classic time to chronograph and back using the same movement. A bold, creative and innovative way to combine the characteristics of traditional fine watchmaking with revolutionary principles of innovation. Metamorphosis II is the first timepiece to perform such a capacity for transformation. To master this challenge, the Montblanc master watchmakers took the 156 years of expertise as a chronograph specialist of the Montblanc manufacture in Villeret- the former manufacture Minerva- and borrowed traditional methods from the art of automaton manufacture, an age-old artisanal craft long practised alongside fine watchmaking in the Swiss Jura mountains. Crafted entirely by hand, Metamorphosis II represents the perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation, and will rightfully  claim its place among the grand complications in the world of fine watchmaking. A skilful alchemy between classical, timeless beauty and sporty elegance, the new aesthetic of the Metamorphosis II enables Montblanc to open up a new chapter in the history of horological design. The functioning principle of the Metamorphosis II is as simple to explain as it is difficult to create : In the classic position, the timepiece displays the classical face of time showing the hours, minutes and date. A slide on the left side of the case is used to transform this elegant, classic indication, by revealing a new face. Additionally, the control device initiates a highly sophisticated mechanical process that transforms the dial with the classical time indication into a chronograph and new function.

The new Montblanc Bohème collection, Montblanc embodies ultra-femininity, independence and sophistication and gives a new expression to its passion for fine watchmaking. Designed for women, the Bohème line combines distinctive style, elegant design and respect for the watchmaking tradition. All the traditional codes of fine watchmaking with a clear feminine expression have transpired into this collection created for contemporary and sophisticated women with authentic and strong personality. It is rare for a watch to express the grand complications of fine watchmaking in such a feminine way: beyond its aesthetic beauty, the Montblanc Bohème collection, with its self-winding calibre, date or perpetual calendar, welcomes women to fine watchmaking who want to express their femininity in the true Bohème spirit. Aattaining their unique character through a refined attention to detail that enriches the codes of fine watchmaking with superb elegance and femininity. The floral Arabic numerals with their sensuous curves are discreetly raised by a minute scale displaying the beautiful character of a “filet sauté”. The finely guilloché 60 or 90-facet or diamond paved dial serves as a backdrop to the race of the hours and the minutes. The leaf-shaped hands assert their blued or their red gold profusion with strength and refinement. With the simple elegance of its case with a diameter of 30 or 36 mm, and its delicately curved, bevelled horns, in red gold or stainless steel, the Montblanc Bohème collection bears the hallmark of authenticity. This classic elegance can be enhanced individually by choosing diamonds for the bezel or the mother-of-pearl dial and by selecting a leather or stainless steel wristband. In addition, the contemporary Bohème lady can express her passion for fine watchmaking by wearing a grand complication timepiece.

Nicolas Rieussec’s first patented chronograph from 1821 inspired the watchmakers at Montblanc to create the Nicolas Rieussec watch collection with manufacture movements and distinctive styling. The timepiece’s unmistakable appearance combines an off-centre hour-circle in the upper part of the dial and the chronograph’s elapsed-time displays in the lower portion of the face. As on the original from 1821, elapsed time is shown on two rotating discs, above each of which a motionless hand indicates the passing seconds and minutes. Nicolas Rieussec, watchmaker to the French royal court, invented this construction to precisely measure the running times of individual horses at a horserace. When the starting gun was fired at the track, the patented “ink chronograph” was set in motion so that two white enamelled discs began to turn: one disc was calibrated for 60 elapsed seconds, the other for 30 elapsed minutes. The user pressed a button each time a horse crossed the finish line: this pressure momentarily lowered an elongated rhombic carrier with two ink-filled tips onto the enamel discs, where each tip left a droplet of ink. These inky markings on the scales of the chronograph’s discs enabled the user to read the exact running time of each horse. Rieussec’s device was literally a “time writer,” so he accordingly named it a “chronograph” from the Greek words “chronos” (time) and “graphein” (to write). In 1822, the Académie des Sciences in Paris granted a patent on this device to Nicolas Rieussec, who went down in horological history as the inventor of the world’s first patented chronograph. In 2014, Montblanc pays tribute to this great watchmaker with a new interpretation of his chronograph from 1821. The Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition” chronograph faithfully replicates every detail of the colour scheme and the styling of the hands as they appeared on the original “time writer”, but relies on innovative materials and technologies to transport the historical device into our contemporary day and age. The new “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition” chronograph from the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec collection shows the date, indicates the time in two different time zones and also offers a day/night display. The timepiece will be manufactured in limited editions in red gold and steel.

In 1924 Montblanc designed a revolutionary writing instrument that was to become iconic in the art of writing. Thanks to a design as elegant as it is functional, an innovative ink supply system and a hand-decorated gold nib, Montblanc’s Meisterstück has become one of the greatest design legends of our time. For 90 years it has been the embodiment of excellence - the result of marrying artistic craftsmanship and the very best technology. A perfect symbiosis of tradition and innovation, the high standards and quality values set by the Montblanc Meisterstück now stretch far beyond the art of writing. On its 90th anniversary, this great symbol of the Montblanc spirit has inspired a new collection of watches: the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage line. Now these refined timepieces, fitted with mechanical movements created in the Montblanc manufactures of Villeret and Locle in the heart of the Swiss Jura, also bear the legendary name of Meisterstück.The inspiration for the entire Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection is drawn from the history of this legendary fountain pen, and its legacy can be seen in classic watches with functional complications and wonderful decorations. Down to the very last detail, these remarkable timepieces transpose the spirit of  the Montblanc Meisterstück into the heart of traditional fine Swiss watchmaking. Born almost a century ago, the Meisterstück is now enjoying a new lease of life through the Meisterstück Heritage collection.