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2020-07-13

OMEGA Presents De Ville Trésor


More than 70 years after the collection was first released in 1949, the slim and elegant timepieces have been updated with modern design touches and manual-winding Master Chronometer movements. The latest selection of De Ville Trésor models for men has now arrived in OMEGA Boutiques around the world. The full range includes models in stainless steel or 18K gold. To complement those materials, the watches also offer a beautiful choice of domed dials, including those in enamel, opaline silvery colour, or with a unique embossed silk pattern. Several models also feature a bezel encircled by diamonds.



Furthermore, each timepiece is presented on a luxurious leather strap, and is certified as a Master Chronometer, assuring that the watch and manual-winding movement have passed the 8 tests set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), the highest industry standard for precision, performance and magnetic resistance.


2020-07-10

SAINT LAURENT SUMMER 20 #YSL31 BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO


SAINT LAURENT
SUMMER 20
#YSL31 BY ANTHONY VACCARELLO


Art Direction : 
Anthony Vaccarello

Photographer: 
Juergen Teller


Talents: 
Freja Beha Erichsen
Binx Walton
Zoe Kravitz
Aylah Peterson
Elise van Iterson
Charlie Brown (Snake)


#YSL 
#SaintLaurent 
#YvesSaintLaurent 
@anthonyvaccarello


2020-07-08

GIVENCHY SS2020 Advertising Campaign

The House of Givenchy revisits its signature “couple” theme with an iconoclastic new pairing for its SS2020 advertising campaign. In a glamorous, fresh dichotomy, the House reveals two icons - Charlotte Rampling and Marc Jacobs in a campaign lensed by the photographer Craig McDean, with guidance from Givenchy Artistic Director
Clare Waight Keller. 


Together and individually, the Paris-based actress and the New York-based designer appear in portraits that boldly celebrate individualistic beauty and the liberated, self-assured attitude so emblematic of Givenchy. The series honors the “Givenchy sitting” style of portraiture, a celebration of strength, wit and innate elegance. It follows the campaign starring Ariana Grande, for the AW2019 season.


Wearing directional looks and key accessories from the SS2020 collection, each icon appears in his or her signature style, Rampling in masculine tailoring and Jacobs in more feminine pieces. Both radiate strength of character, their natural grandeur further underscored by a neutral setting. Dual perspectives feature close-ups and three-quarter length images in color and black and white.


In single portraits, they offer a personal take on Bond accessories. Dressed in graphic black and white, Rampling folds the Bond shopper under her arm while Jacobs, dressed in a shiny black overcoat, carries a men’s Bond duffle that’s filled to capacity. In a naturalistic three-quarter portrait, Rampling gazes at the viewer with her signature mysterious half-smile, the season’s star handbag, the ID93 in buttery yellow suede, slung casually over her shoulder.



In another image, she appears dressed in a trench and smoky aviators with the Mystic bag in cognac leather. A dual portrait shows the stars radiating grace and confidence. Posing back-to-back, they embody a complementary take on the season’s sophisticated red floral motifs.





2020-07-06

BLANCPAIN Presents Two New Models Join The Villeret Collection

This year, Blancpain is reinterpreting its 38 mm Quantième Complet with moon phases. Emblematic of the Villeret collection, this combination of complications has been a brand signature for nearly four decades. The complete calendar is one of Blancpain's flagship complications. Its success is due to its usefulness, as well as to its design and construction. Slim apertures serve to display the day of the week and the month, while Blancpain often uses a blued steel serpentine hand to indicate the date. The reason for this choice lies in the 18th watchmaking tradition calling for the secondary information of a watch to be provided by a characteristically shaped hand. Blancpain's complete calendar is usually combined with a moon phase. This complication, which reproduces the cycles of the star, was brought back to the forefront of the watchmaking scene by the Manufacture in 1983. The new 38 mm Villeret Quantième Complet model celebrates the heritage of mechanical watchmaking while adopting the contemporary attributes of the collection. In this spirit, the dial features subtly reworked slender hour-markers and cut-out sage leaf-shaped hands. The moon phase has also been redesigned. These aesthetic codes guarantee the clarity of reading and stylistic purity of this timepiece embodying the utmost respect for the Villeret identity. The case of this new model is characterized by a delicately rounded double-stepped bezel along with a sleek profile. It is equipped with discreet lateral correctors, harmoniously integrated into the case middle band. The watch's wide sapphire crystal case-back reveals the high-end finishing of the self-winding 6763 caliber. Entirely designed and produced by the Manufacture, this movement has a four-day power reserve and houses a silicon balance-spring. The new Villeret Quantième Complet model is available in steel with a white dial and in red gold with an opaline dial. The hour-markers in gold and the hands match the case color. Each timepiece is also available in a gem-set version. Additionally, Blancpain offers a choice for each model between an alligator strap and a Mille Mailles bracelet made from over 500 patiently hand-assembled individual components.


The appeal of the Villeret collection lies in its pure aesthetics, faithfully reflecting the values of traditional watchmaking. Over the decades, Blancpain has made a point of subtly reinterpreting this line while safeguarding its emblematic characteristics. This year, in this same spirit, the Manufacture is revisiting a great classic: the Villeret Ultraplate 38 mm watch with date display. Born in the early 1980s, the design of the Villeret collection took shape around a set of attributes rooted in the grand watchmaking tradition. Easily recognizable at first glance, these features include a slender double-stepped case, an understated dial, applied gold hour-markers and sage leaf-shaped hands. This year, Blancpain is introducing a new addition to the family of Villeret models: an ultra-slim 38 mm-diameter timepiece displaying the date and offering a contemporary take on the collection’s signature codes. Respectively framed by a steel or red gold case, the luminous white or opaline dial is enhanced by 28 gold appliques patiently positioned and affixed by hand to form the Roman numerals. These are swept over by hours and minutes hands shaped like hollowed sage leaves, while the seconds are marked by a slender hand bearing the initials of the founder, Jehan-Jacques Blancpain. This information is enriched by a date display at 3 o'clock, through an aperture sized to ensure optimal visual balance and legibility. While simplicity reigns supreme on the dial, the sapphire back reveals a finely structured movement brimming with contrasts, Blancpain Calibre 1150. Circular-grained and adorned with the traditional côtes de Genève motif, it also features a gold oscillating weight with a honeycomb pattern. The 1150 movement is a watch industry benchmark that paved the way for generous power reserves. Thanks to the use of two series-coupled barrels and high-performance springs, it has doubled the standard capacities – of around 40 to 48 hours – in order to achieve a comfortable four days of autonomy while ensuring constant energy throughout this period. These technical features are complemented by the use of a silicon balance-spring guaranteeing remarkable non-magnetic and chronometric properties. The new Villeret Ultraplate from Blancpain reproduces the onward march of time through a refined blend of slimness and purity, distilled within a case whose dimensions are suited to each and every wearer. For those looking for additional sparkle, a gem-set model is available. Paired with an alligator strap that is black for the steel version and brown for the red gold iteration, this timepiece is also available with a refined mille mailles bracelet in steel or gold respectively.

2020-07-03

CAFÉ CHA CHA Amsterdam Swing Into Dining Mood

In a relaxed, friendly and social atmosphere where casual dining with tasty comfort food to share, you are likely swing yourself into the dining mood at Café Cha Cha in no time, with a few pleasant surprises.  mylifestylenews writes.


Amsterdam can seem like a very touristy city to some and if you are familiar with this city, you tend to avoid the high traffic tourist areas with touristy eat outs, but there are still quite a few hidden gems that are favorably hidden along those extremely main tourist precincts if you know where to find some great eateries or being well informed by the local experts for the missing bits, you will then leave the good hand to them for what’s next to come.


So we threw caution to the wind and headed to the Rokin, off the Damrak in Amsterdam Centraal to try out Café Cha Cha. Just when you thought you were about to step into a tourist trap, Café Cha Cha will give you pause for thought and is the perfect place for a light lunch or dinner, even more happening for late night supper as we were told by the owner, Mr. Sun, who has a very engaging personality and is passionate about running his own establishment in such a competitive area.


The name may sounds like a café cum dance place, yet according to the humble, soft spoken and polite Mr. Sun, it was named Café Cha Cha without any specific reasons but a fun, friendly and easy name for everyone to remember. Despite this, Café Cha Cha will turn into a proper evening bar with funky music playing for patrons to get into the groove with their house signature cocktails and crafted breweries from around the region.


Residing in a traditional old Dutch building that is over 500 years old, Café Cha Cha interior can be described as shabby chic, with treated concrete walls that have a rough paint finish that is very appealing. Walls are decorated with a lot of old vintage artwork, framed photos and posters that on closer inspection are very attractive with eye-catching images and a great deal of humour.


The ceiling is pressed tin and the long mirror bar and countertop runs the full length of the café with a wide selection of beers on tap and liquors well organized on display. A good mix of high tables with stools and traditional tables overall, it has a very friendly unpretentious cozy cool vibe. Parquet flooring adds some warmth along with throw cushions on the window seats and alfresco seating is the most popular by demand during summer.


Arty whimsical interior settings may easily move and shift your mood as the day progresses, as it stay open until the wee small hour on the weekend and they up the amp factor for music later in the day, but kick off at 11am with soft, easy listening music. Café Cha Cha focuses on simple yet well cooked elevated café slash bar snack food and platters as well as quick bites where Mr. Sun manages the kitchen by himself to ensure his food is delivered with that umami flavour.


<Chicken Wings with House Marinade>
Whole fat chicken wings marinade in house secret sauce that are lightly deep fired, resulting in a very crispy skin that is not oily. These wings are so meaty and with a lightly burnt finish which is to be savoured. This is perfect café food that goes well with a beer.  A warm and great start over our lunch!


<Tomato Soup>
The perfectly judged hearty soup that is redolent of ripe, fresh tomatoes and a thick consistency…..the perfect tonic for a wintry day!


<Steak Salad>
A generous portion of meat and combination of mixed lettuce, tomato, arugula, red onions, sesame and tossed with the tender grilled beef in teppanyaki sauce which is another wholesome dish to order. A simple salad that punches well above its weight with beautifully tender cubes of meat that are so tasty. Simplicity at it best and utterly delicious!


<Spareribs with House Marinade>
Absolutely delicious flavor and cooked to perfection, with the meat falling apart (no knife needed). The house marinade is spot on and this is no question being their house special and highly recommended by Mr. Sun.


Indian Pale Ale and Affligem



<Kapsalon>
This is also known as “the fill your stomach dish” but is a classic Dutch dish that is executed brilliantly with fries, sweet potato fries, pulled chicken, sambal, cheddar, cucumber, tomato lettuce, pickled onions and mayonnaise. A truly Dutch experience with a guilty pleasure!


<Red Velvet Cake>
Who can go past this classic dessert and this rendition is worth tasting. Not as light as some, but very satisfying even for a post dinner snack over another beer or a glass of wine to complete the night out.


The food falls into that category of bar “categorized” food in a roundabout way, but the flavours and quality of ingredients are very elevated, so must be enjoyed. As previously mentioned, the perfect accompaniment is beer and they have a few good ones to consider, which we could not help but enjoy the India Pale Ale and Affligem. While tourists discover Café Cha Cha by chance, the locals should reacquaint themselves with this hangout, as the quality of Café Cha Cha’s cooking is certainly more than just regular bar snacks, as well as with a great price that will surprise you!


Tried & Tested:
Location: 5/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Service: 5/5
Value For Money: 5/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Rokin 103,
1012 KM Amsterdam 
Netherlands
Tel: +31 62 663 2534

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Armani Prive SS2020 Collection - mylifestylenews' Top 10's Pick

Armani Prive SS2020 Collection is a journey into the world of ikat. With a gesture of inclusion that has always belonged to him, Giorgio Armani journeys into the imagination, and with signs and suggestions he sketches out distant universes.


Harnessing his ability to combine visual motifs from other cultures with conceptual geometries, he creates true masterpieces of manual skill.


These garments enchant the eye like shining, chromatic, decorative follies, and through the creative imagination lead us to the ends of the earth.


The designer, acting freely and in search of freedom, makes each piece a gesture of joy, a thrill of sensuality, delving into light and colour, redefining the boundaries of taste with grace and wisdom.


Thus, the embroideries, prints and inlays bring the flair of ikat into the contemporary world.


This evocative technique seems to melt in the impalpable lightness of crystal- covered tulle, or in the slow, sensual movement of long, shining strands of beads.


Bright fabrics, taffeta and embroidered tulle overlap each other, while lightweight crinoline gives the skirts volume. compact jackets with precise proportions define the bust.


Peacock green, cornflower blue, fuchsia, red and black, often combined in contrast, provide the dominant colour nuances, and alternate with the transparencies of thin layers.


The neutral shades of rope and beige, both used for the small, sophisticated daytime outfits, suggests a sense of deep harmony with the natural world.


The sparkling touch of a bijou hat highlights the elegance of the silhouette.