Louis Vuitton has chosen actor and director Xavier Dolan as the new male face of Louis Vuitton’s new advertising campaign. A true visionary and both deeply committed, Xavier Dolan also shares his sense of courage with the Louis Vuitton Man, as well as a strong feel for design and style. “I’ve fondly dreamed of becoming the face of an important brand since I was a child, in the same way that others dream of becoming an astronaut. By this, I mean dreams that are very easily pushed aside to make way for work. I dreamed of this as I first and foremost dreamed of becoming an actor and would look up at these huge posters of celebrities while driving along motorways or crossing under bridges. That I am today the face of Louis Vuitton almost seems like a twist of fate. You dream back to front, wanting the rewards before putting the work in. And then you work, get on with life and just sometimes these childhood dreams have a way of catching up with you. This is a true privilege for which I am eternally grateful”, says Xavier Dolan. The new campaign shot by Alasdair McLellan celebrates Ombré, Louis Vuitton’s newest line of leather goods, featuring two iconic bags – the Keepall and the Porte-Documents Voyage Bandoulière. Since he first stepped on the scene at only 20 years old with his debut feature film J’ai tué ma mère, Xavier Dolan has been referred to as “Quebec cinema’s boy wonder”. His fifth feature film, Mommy (2014) won the Jury Prize at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. At only 26 years old, he was selected to be on 2015 Cannes Film Festival jury presided under the Cohen brothers, becoming the youngest member ever. 2016 will see Xavier Dolan release his sixth film Juste la fin du monde, an adaptation of Jean-Luc Lagarce’s eponymous play, starring Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel and Nathalie Baye. 2016 will also mark the release of his first English-language film, The Death and Life and John F. Donovan , alongside Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Kathy Bates and
The Michelin two-star Golden Flower in Wynn Macau celebrates the life of Cantonese Qing dynasty official Tan Zongjun, offering you a rare chance to experience authentic Tan cuisine, an exclusive tradition presenting the flavours of China’s interior: Tan, Lu (Shandong), and Sichuan. mylifestylenews embarks on a journey of cuisine that aims to impress with delicate flavours.
The delicacies of Tan are rooted in the passion of a historic Cantonese official who made it his personal quest to blend the finest of northern and southern cuisines. Tan Zongjun inspired several generations of chefs to uphold the traditions of Tan Cuisine, including Golden Flower’s very own Master Chef Liu Guo Zhu, who worked for more than a decade in the same kitchen as a chef from the original Tan household. Master Liu, who heads Golden Flower and oversees Wynn Macau’s entire Chinese kitchen operations, was discovered during Wynn Macau’s exhaustive two-year search for China’s best Mainland Chinese chefs. His four decades of work experience include more than twenty years at the legendary Beijing Hotel (where he cooked for Her Royal Highness the Queen of England, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and Chinese leader Deng Xiao Ping); Executive Chef at the Beijing Grand Hotel; and Chief Instructor at the Chinese Culinary Institute of Hong Kong.
Set in an opulent and exclusive dining room, this restaurant is the proud recipient of two Michelin stars and Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Restaurant, and to ensure you have a truly memorable dining experience, the interior design is absolutely stunning. Hundreds of tea pots are used as the ceiling lights as well as many of the old and new tea pots and porcelain vases collections from around the world are display on the wall when you enter Golden Flower restaurant. A live tea pot museum is around you, not too busy dizzy just yet we hope but you must spend time to appreciate the owner’s unique yet delicate collection.
Enters to the main dining room, the busy yet organized art deco inspired chairs and couches with Chinese elements attached create an almost full-house impact together with the Feng Shui mini “wishing tree” center-staged the restaurant with harmony. The venue reflects elements inspired by the home of British tycoon Frederick Leyland known as the “Peacock Room”, on permanent display at Washington D.C.’s Freef Gallery of Art. Other extravagant touches include a red-and-white cloisonné mosaic floor from Ravenna, Italy and Mariano Fortuny light fixtures that borrow the aesthetic of Chinese silk lanterns.
Complimenting the opulent interior is tableware by award-winning designer Alan Chan and staff uniforms by Rene Ozorio, the creative director of Jim Thompson, the Bangkok-based silk design house. Another unique touch is the in-house tea sommelier to present a wide selection of premium teas from China’s best known tea regions.
A set menu has been arranged to showcase the quality of ingredients and some signature dishes, which starts off with a plate of assorted cold appetizers: Sweet and sour cabbage with chili vinaigrette; tossed jellyfish head with vinegar and garlic; pork hock terrine; and spicy roasted yellow croaker (a type of fish). The cabbage was a great combination of flavours with the chili vinaigrette creating that punch of flavor which we very much enjoyed. The jellyfish was poignant for the vinegar and garlic and was a perfect foil for the first tasting. The terrine was a delicate gamey flavor encased in aspic and after the first two morsels, it reset the palate with a refined taste. Lastly, the spicy fish was delicious, with a juicy tenderness that was very much appreciated by all.
Next were two soups, both using chicken stock as a base. The fresh clam and jasmine chicken soup was very delicate in flavor with the underlying chicken stock being punctuated by the jasmine and the clams added some texture without overpowering the other flavours, an award winning Chinese version of consommé of sort.
The Stewed fish maw with crab in supreme chicken soup was equally delicate, with the fish maw and crab claw adding some depth of texture and yet the main focus on the supreme chicken soup which we enjoyed immensely.
The next dish was a quintessential Chinese signature dish for any Chinese reputable restaurant, so the braised seas cucumber with Shandong leeks was presented beautifully with a glistening coating of special sauce with the leeks to offset the richness of the sea cucumber texture. It may not be a dish to everyone’s taste, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.
The sizzling beef slice brought us back to very familiar territory and this was perfect in every way, with juicy tender meat packed with flavor and to be enjoyed in a sesame puff. Another signature dish that resonated well with us, as this familiar dish was superb in execution by the kitchen.
The seasonal vegetables that followed were well received with just the right level of cooking, so the vegetables were overly cooked and we enjoyed the crunchy texture and flavours.
Throughout the meal, each course was matched with a tea by the restaurants in-house tea sommelier, so it was an interesting journey to enjoy Chinese high end teas that we felt did compliment each course and thus, we were able to continue to focus on the flavor of the food without finding food being overshadowed by a wine as in the Western practice. So a rather expansive meal that ended with some delectable Imperial Petits Fours and our journey of Chinese cuisine came to an end for the evening.
The staff were faultless in their service and attentiveness and we could see that every table was given the same attention and care. As this food cannot be taken casually, as every step needs to be explained and savoured. A wonderful evening that we will not forget, with the addition of a sumptuous décor that caught our attention from beginning to end and you cannot help but marvel at the beautifully chosen ceramics that adorn the entrance and other areas of the restaurant. Golden Flower at Wynn Macau, the Chinese fine dining is backed in action.
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Rare & Delicate Tan Cuisine
Rua Cidade de Sintra,
Tel:+853 8986 3663
Safilo announces the launch of the very first ELIE SAAB eyewear collection. The licensing agreement has been signed today and will run until 2025. The first collection will be available worldwide starting from January 2017 in a selected network of exclusive eyewear specialists and in ELIE SAAB boutiques worldwide. The ELIE SAAB eyewear collection will celebrate the philosophy of its creators, with sophisticated designs and the finest craftsmanship, showcasing intricate details, precious materials and a lightness that is characteristic of the house. The collections will be crafted in Italy and Japan, using the most refined and qualitative techniques. Luisa Delgado, CEO of Safilo comments: “We are delighted to work with Mr. Elie Saab and proud of his trust in us. This long-term partnership offers a unique opportunity to create, craft and distribute worldwide exquisite eyewear that represents infinite creative inspiration, timeless elegance and preciousness. With this new brand, we enhance our portfolio and open new opportunities for Safilo to play in the Atelier segment, as outlined by our 2020 Strategic Plan.” Elie Saab adds: “Creating an eyewear collection is a logical evolution that follows the development of our accessories line. In Safilo, I have found a partner of trust able to operate at the highest levels of sophistication, envisioning and then bringing to life my creative vision in wondrous frames of outstanding quality, with the finest materials and details.”
Alexander Wang celebrates its 10th anniversary and teamed up with Joyce Group with a crowd-sourced 10-year capsule collection comprised of 10 re-issued pieces from runway collections of the past decade.
The 10-year capsule collection features model Anna Ewers, photographed by Gregory Harris. The part 1 of this capsule collection is avilable exclusively at Alexander Wang stores and www.alexanderwang.com
M Missoni FW2015/16 Ad Campaign find inspiration in the collection’s mood: “the techno-girl from shangai”: it looks to a far-off world girl, living in china, but close in time, in a contemporary universe, who is very much into the metallic glints, the intrigues and enchantment that city sparks.
Behind the lens, fashion photographer Mel Bles, working with the Australian model Astrid Holler, gave life to an hyper-real and hyper-contemporary idea of woman, having as backdrop for the M Missoni collection a dichotomist location, with a synthetic and technologic nature, capturing the textures, kaleidoscopic colors and patterns of the whole collection. Art direction is by Jasmine Raznahan, styling by Vanessa Reid. The images are accompanied by a video based on the concept of digitalized and distorted speed, “techno” indeed, and on the over lapping of graphics and surreal images, where sounds and colors are matching together to make the whole collection shine
Chloe Perrin's inaugural collection is inspired by 1920's French Art Deco artist Jean Dunand, who paired innovative design with traditional Oriental lacquer techniques. Tradition and modernity are thus at the center of this collection, executed with a particular irony and a strict attention to details.
The color palette is rich and sensuos; nuances of red range from bright lipstick to bordeaux; teal jade and done o grey provide subtle balance.
Astonishing materials such as caviar stingray, lacquered wood, and gold leaf evoke European furniture design inspired by the East. New shapes this season include the Mini Baggala, a perfectly proportioned day to night bucket bag made of luxurious calf skin and crocodile.
Le Madame Travail is elegantly organized breifcase, combining practical structure with signature Perrin femininity.
The classic Jet Set inspired the new smaller version, a smart wristlet just large enough for the essentials such as phone and credit cards.
The signature glove clutch continues to fascinate and has evolved in many interesting variations.
Jurlique introduces the NEW Nutri-Define with Biosome5: Luxury, nature and science combined. Women around the world embraced the first three products from Nutri-Define, Jurlique’s luxurious anti-ageing range. Now three NEW additions to the range make Nutri-Define the ultimate natural skin care ritual for ageless beauty.
Five years ago, Jurlique began a quest to create the most potent anti-ageing skin care possible and set a clear goal: to develop a range that targeted the multiple signs of ageing including deep lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity, and extreme dehydration without compromising on luxury or our commitment to nature.
That quest drove them to develop Nutri-Define and Biosome5, the patent-pending liposomal technology that lies at its heart. Last year the first three products in the Nutri-Define ritual for ageless beauty was unveiled: Nutri-Define Superior Retexturising Facial Serum, Nutri-Define Multi-Correcting Day Cream and Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Cream.
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Southpaw is not just a movie for those fans of boxing, as it is riveting entertainment for all, providing you don’t mind close-up shots of boxers being pummeled in a ring. The film tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. He seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdamas), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend Jordan Mains (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and looses everything, including his daughter to social services. There is only one thing to do when you are at the bottom and that is to claw your way back up again. He seeks help and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym, Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers.
And so begins this story about redemption and fighting for your future with tenacity, without giving in to the bad influences in life, so whatever you achieve will be truly great. This film is directed by the acclaimed talent of Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and is about as real as you get with a total immersion in what is good and bad about a sport. The camera close-ups really do not miss a single bloody eye or bruised cheek or jarring upper cup move. The film opens with Billy winning a fight, but it is clear that he takes a lot of beating from his opponent and his body is not in great shape, including a constantly blurred eye and with this baggage Gyllenhaal creates a very believable character, not just in body bulk and build, but in mannerisms, the ability to box realistically and show how important family is to a great sportsman.
Rachel McAdams is equally impressive, showing what it takes to keep a family together when your husband is a champion sportsman, but she knows his foibles and the bad influences within the world he moves in and does her best to steer him away from temptations, but it is not enough and this is what creates the emotions which drive Billy to redeem himself. Oona Laurence as the daughter is very credible and shows a big emotional range to emphasize the love between a father and his daughter. 50 Cent is okay, but a one dimensional character who goes wherever the money is, but Forest Whitaker provides a great character portrait and the means for salvation for Billy and how he does this forms the key part of the second half of the film.
We don’t want to give too much away, as there is a lot of tension and emotion that propels you to a higher plain and it makes this film an absolute must see. Yes, you wince a bit during the boxing fights with the close camera work, but it makes it all the more visceral and realistic, but make no mistake, Jake Gyllenhaal is the main reason to watch this film, as he gives a wonderful performance of a proud and broken man where family is all.