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2019-02-22

DIOR Homme SS2019 Collection - mylifestylenews' Top 10 Pick

Dior, by Dior. In his autobiography, Christian Dior reasoned that there are two Diors - the man, and the myth. The latter is the house of Christian Dior, born in 1947; the former, monsieur dior himself. For his debut collection as artistic director of Dior men, Kim Jones has chosen to interpret the codes of monsieur Dior himself through the language of his couture house. It is a dual tribute - to the reality of Dior, and the fantasy.



Drawing inspiration from Christian Dior’s private life and his creative output, the collection represents a dialogue between these two sides of his personality. Couture has inspired the savoir-faire and informed the choice of materials – notably in a reference to the house of Dior itself, through the use of a toile de jouy chosen for the original boutique at 30 avenue Montaigne, decorated by Victor Grandpierre in 1947.



A new Dior emblem, inspired by this heritage, it appears as jacquards and embroideries, on materials as diverse as tulle and soft leather, and executed in feathers. Translating a quintessentially feminine couture identity into a masculine idiom results in clothes which are softer, with rounded shoulders and eased shapes. A slashed cowl is added to the back of shirts, exposing the nape of the neck.



A new Dior jacket, the tailleur oblique, wraps the body in a diagonal line, a subtle reference to the shape of monsieur Dior’s autumn-winter 1950 collection. It is executed in featherweight cashmere and summer mohair, as well as in the British wools beloved of Christian Dior for his own wardrobe and those of his clientele.



Combining tradition with modernity, Kim Jones fuses references to haute couture with sportswear, representative of contemporary masculinity. Floral motifs are a constant. they echo both monsieur Dior’s love of nature, and his “femmes-fleurs”: they are actually drawn from his personal porcelain, the shapes reassembled into contemporary patterns for prints and embroideries.



Feather embroideries by lemarié are overlaid with vinyl, an effect that mirrors the glaze of bone china. Porcelain inspires the color palette, which also echoes monsieur Dior’s Edwardian upbringing and love of the eighteenth century: blue, white, the pale pink of his childhood home at granville, and the symbolic Dior gray.  A shot of brilliant yellow-gold reflects Jean Cocteau’s definition of Dior as “this agile genius of our times whose magical name contains dieu (god) and or (gold).



The summer 2019 collection also references the profoundly personal and intimate - an almost secret history of monsieur Dior. his dog, bobby, who inspired a limited edition of the miss Dior perfume bottle and provided the name for a suit in the autumn-winter 1948 collection, makes a witty recurring motif. the jewelry introduces a new modernist logo derived from the one used for the Dior family’s business ventures in the 1920s; an embroidered cipher comes from the announcement of Christian Dior’s birth in 1905.


The abstract notion of the interior also inspires techniques: a series of jackets seemingly reversed to expose striped linings, and overlays of organza - both silk, and a technical sportswear organza - which allow the insides to be revealed. These, in turn, also transform the clothes into another homage, to couture savoir-faire.



Accessories also draw on the inimitable Dior heritage. the emblematic Dior ‘saddle’ bag is interpreted for the first time for men, offered in cross-body, backpack and belt-bag styles. It is even reappropriated as pockets on ‘archive’ leather jackets. an embroidered version of the toile de jouy features on leather goods, alongside other Dior codes - the cannage pattern laser cut in leather, the Dior oblique canvas in a new tricolor variation. Christian Dior stated that his identity as a couturier was actually not one man but many - a composite of people. Kim Jones draws on this same sense of community for his debut: yoon of ambush has created the jewelry, employing Dior emblems such as the neoclassical ‘CD’, flowers and insects; Matthew Williams of 1017 alyx 9sm has designed a new metal buckle, used on accessories.



Stephen Jones has created millinery based on original ‘christian Dior monsieur’ pieces, found in the house’s archives. In a special commission, the artist Kaws has created the centerpiece of the show décor using his signature character BFF covered entirely in roses, as an avatar of Christian Dior himself, clutching a replica of the bobby perfume bottle.  Kaws’ designs for bee motifs - a Dior men emblem - punctuate the collection as idiosyncratic embroideries and prints, reflecting monsieur Dior’s own observation: “you can never go wrong if you take nature as an example.” here, the inspiration is both the natural world, and the nature of Dior itself. it results in not only a new look, but a new outlook.


2019-02-21

VERSACE SS2019 Advertising Campaign


 VERSACE SS2019 Advertising Campaign is a campaign in perfect Versace stance - Bella Hadid, Shalom Harlow and Irina Shayk get their most confident Versace pose on for the SS2019 campaign shot by Steven Meisel.


The series of images speak to the bond that links the greater Versace family. The images show Donatella’s mark, an indelible reminder that the Versace connection is as permanent as ink on skin. The subject of all the chatter, all the talk, Versace is EVERYWHERE.


We are fashion, we are art, we are music, we are news…we are family. As timeless as gold, Versace is forever.


Artistic Director: 
Donatella Versace

Photographer: 
Steven Meisel

Creative Ad Campaign Director: 
Ferdinando Verderi

Casting Director: 
Piergiorgio Del Moro

Stylist: 
Jacob K

Makeup: 
Pat McGrath

Hair: 
Guido Palau

Talents:
Adut Akech
Vittoria Ceretti
Luc Defont
Salomon Diaz
Kris Grikaite
Bella Hadid
Imaan Hammam
Shalom Harlow
Joao Knorr
Blesnya Minher
Irina Shayk
Rianne Van Rompaey

#VersaceSS19
#VersaceEverywhere

Michael Kors Resort 2019 Collection - Mylifestylenews' Top 10 Pick


Michael Kors Resort 2019 Collection


Sportif opulence, lush brocades, delicate lace and extravagant embroideries in leggy silhouettes finished with sporty surf and scuba details.


Painterly florals, plaids, leopard and gingham in eclectic pattern mixes. Graphic color blocking with a modernist edge.



Gleaming metallic silver and gold play off of black for night and day.


Crisp coats, trim jackets and cropped trousers.


The mix of deep lapis, turquoise and aqua with sharp black and white.



Athletic sandals, mod boots and sleek stilettos finish the silhouette.



Romantic ruffled skirts, dresses and blouses juxtaposed with neat tailoring.



The mini shoulder bag, the maxi tote, the utilitarian sport crossbody, luxe nonchalance.


2019-02-20

Chloé Spring 2019 Collection - Mylifestylenews' Top 10 Pick

Through adaptation and evolution, the Chloé woman for Spring 2019 personifies the vision of Creative Director Natacha Ramsay-Levi – a bold expression of multiple feminine identities that transition effortlessly from day to night.


The silhouette is glamorous yet urbane, the palette awash with powdery neutrals, marigold, navy, sage and saffron. Considering an innate confidence by embracing allure, sharp and fluid silhouettes twist French classicism to channel the vital spirit of Chloé’s cinematic past.


Perennial daywear classics emphasize Chloé signatures, and a decisive focus on the dress as a staple of the Maison sees the concept of flou refined; slim, floating skirts kick at the calf, slash at the leg or fall into a pointed hem.


Feminine lace is scalloped and striped, pieced into crepe de chine or zebra satin as a sensuous counterpoint. Saharienne shirt dresses echo outerwear details with press studs and a rolled epaulette, whilst capped, flounced or keyhole sleeves emphasise a statement shoulder.


A Chloé icon reinstated by Natacha Ramsay-Levi, the rearing horse motif alights throughout the collection, appearing as an allover print on flared denim, dissolving across striped shirting, and mirrored as sequin embellishment. Flowing line prints, macro paisley, and tiny ‘forget-me-not’ flowers provoke a subtle and graphic clash.


Echoing the collection’s textural play, the Tess bag returns in spazzolato sfumatto leather or stamped croc calfskin, and the Roy is accented by a sporty framed logo.


A future classic, the new Chloé bag closes with a polished ‘C’ clasp, featuring matte or shiny calfskin and two-tone metal hardware.


On foot, sandals are draped with chains or webbed utility straps, mules cut away in scalloped water snake print and tall Cuban boots are crafted in stamped croc.


Gold bracelets and rings reprise geometric shapes and artisanal finishes, whilst the horsehead becomes a pierced winding cuff. Suspended earrings are a patchwork of pearls, beaten metalwork, and the new Chloé ‘C’ logo. Gilded cross-body jewelry (harnesses, chain belts) is worn independently or integrated into garments like delicate modern armour.


2019-02-19

Lady Gaga In Jimmy Choo

Lady Gaga wore the signature ROMY and ANOUK pump in her Jazz  Piano Residency during her performance in Las Vegas recently.

2019-02-18

早春有禮 Pre Spring Shopping


早春有禮


消失的光陰散在風裏
農曆新年伊始,大地回春轉換新氣象,時尚也不落人後,在來勢洶洶的春夏季系列未正式上架之前,先來個熱身,為早春添上新裝,一洗之前秋冬的沉寂。迎豬送狗,為新的一年斷捨離,帶來更潮和型,實行Shine Bright 潮爆己亥豬年。


彷彿想不起再面對

率先登場先來個熱身,為創新精神喝采,去擁抱新元素,亦不忘加入個人風采,重新演繹去創做屬於自己的作品。Diane Von Furstenberg 2019的早春設計系列設計延續女性獨立及自強的光輝歷史。雪紡襯衫及不對稱剪裁長裙上的金色花卉圖案媲美天邊的霞彩,印花圖案乾濕褸之下,勾勒女性曲線美的蟒蛇紋連身裙套於寛鬆剪裁上衣之上,散發神秘而嫵媚的女性美,帶來一抹色彩。在追尋自由的路上,獨立自主將絢麗的生命點滴編織於設計中。



在美夢裏競爭
乘著碧海藍天的風, Michael Kors 2019 早春系列處處洋溢著清新而時髦的渡假氣息,將時尚運動風與奢華浪漫完美結合,既充滿了年輕的活力,又不乏十足女人味。靈感來自設計師幼時在紐約長島南岸的生活靈感,色彩上以大膽的深青金色、綠松石色搭配淺綠色為主色調,以及對比鮮明的黑白色,猶如一股混雜著海洋氣息的清風撲面而來。與此同時,大面積的金屬色,又為整個系列增添了一絲叛逆的味道。華麗織錦搭配精美刺繡,袖口和裙擺的荷葉邊設計,不規則花卉與格紋圖案,從質感、剪裁、到印花,濃郁的現代氣息的背後體現了設計師對品質的追求。伴隨服裝上的珠寶鑲嵌、亮片面料與綢緞圖案面料,營造出華貴高級感和增添現代主義氣息。


每日拚命進取

服飾彰顯一個人的姿態與做派,Emporio Armani系列正源自這一信念,2019早春系列 的真我個性演繹,讓自己去講述自我故事,展示真我個性。始於增強存在與表現兩者之間關系的意願,去表達一種明快的個人觀點,定義品牌天性使然的自由之語言。時尚的運動風格款式,結構式夾克搭配短褲或五口袋長褲、印花超長連衣裙或絲質工裝褲和幾何印花去營造一種時尚節奏感。再加上冷、暖色調碰撞,以黑色作點綴,賦予其活力,同時亦彰顯早春的魅力色彩。


 來懷念過去 
Givenhcy 全新的2019早春系列由藝術總監Clare Waight Keller從家鄉英國尋找靈感,揉合傳統男裝剪裁和布料,以及洋溢1980年代氣息的俐落肩膊和不對稱線條等玩味元素,打造能配襯日夜造型的實用設計。Hubert de Givenchy畢生熱愛日本文化,Clare Waight Keller亦秉承這項傳統,從她最近的日本之旅及品牌昔日的經典設計取材,為系列設計出簡潔俐落的線條、濃厚的色彩,加上日式印花圖案和布料,交織出層次豐富的時尚造型。傳統日本元素化成迷人印花圖案及裝飾,漸變色的煙花圖案沿黑色及膝連身裙傾瀉而下,男裝短褸及連帽衛衣的裝飾元素則取材自日本漫畫

來忘掉錯對
系列中簡約的黑色連身裙以白色作點綴,突顯輪廓與線條,與亮面藍綠色皮褸及貼身裙等特色設計完美相襯。開衩高領上衣配以亮面酒紅色真皮褲,而綴以羅紋袖口的藍綠色高領真皮上衣則配上亮面直身裙。奪目的深淺紅調亦成為今季的焦點,點綴配以黑紅色山羊皮短外套的大衣、充滿戲劇感的單肩晚裝及人字紋大衣,令人眼前一亮。蕾絲款式今季也大行其道,帶來多款蕾絲單品,包括多層次的蕾絲滾邊圓領晚裝裙。


Tiffany & Co. X Renell Medrano Intimate Portraits Exhibition

 Tiffany & Co. unveiled intimate portraits by Renell Medrano at Industria Studio during New York Fahsion week recently.


Known for her signature mix of street style and portraits, photographer and Tiffany creative collaborator Renell Medrano captured young couples in love.


Medrano selected her subjects for their diverse and unique aesthetic, photographing them in their personal surroundings.


This unfiltered look at vulnerability unveils a rawness rarely seen between two people.


The couples photographed in this unique art installation showcase the new Tiffany T True collection and features the new Tiffany True engagement ring.


2019-02-15

POPINJAYS @ Flamboyant Rooftop Dining In Central Hong Kong

A rooftop bar and restaurant that exudes elegance and sophistication without having congested tables as a setting gives that value of space for further intimate privacy, Popinjays adds a contemporary lifestyle to Hong Kong’s ever demanding dining scene. mylifestylenews writes.


Nestled on one of Central’s unique locations, on the slope of Cotton Tree Drive heading up to the island’s mid level, the most prominent residential location in Hong Kong, Popinjay is the new talk-of-the-town restaurant that is not only offering a modern European-inspired menu but also a magnificent view of the entire Central’s mid level views as well as Hong Kong’s city skyline just a stone’s throw away. Look even further, the uninterrupted view across the harbor of the Kowloon side is simply spectacular, thanks to its unique locale where the bar and restaurant sit on a prestige vantage point for such a majestic look out to the vibrant city.


Popinjays, a term once assigned to parrots, takes its name from the resident cockatoos along neighboring Garden Road, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. Naturally drawn to being part of a flock, and rarely flying solo, the habits of these birds embody Popinjays’ social spirit. Popinjays is a new add on to The Murray Hong Kong hotel  by the Niccolo hotel group. By entering the minimalist design hotel lobby and taking the lift up to the rooftop, you are immediately drawn to the stylish bar and the wraparound terrace that frames the restaurant. The bar is dotted with inviting lounges and comfy couches serving a world-class selection of classic cocktails, signature and bespoke creations.


A large whimsical painting with monkeys catches your eye immediately upon entering the spacious restaurant. White hanging lamps contrasting the soft grey carpets throughout the entire restaurant enlighten with further pop art paintings as well as the unpretentious table setting. Despite the heavy modern dining lounge chairs, which don’t seem to agree with the soft grey carpet especially when it was clumsily being pulled and pushed, the red glass filled with a tea light candle adds more mood and delicate flower arrangements in small vases on each table create a cozy ambience to unwind. Haviland Chinaware is used for the tabletops, which is not fussy, but shows a lovely attention to details.


By looking out the floor to ceiling giant windows that basically wraparound the entire restaurant with a stunning view to mesmerize while wining and dining, when  weather permits, the 420 sqm outdoor terrace opens its door for patrons to sit back, relax and enjoy the surrounding green and cosmopolitan city’s vibe. Not forgetting the backdrop is the perfect vantage point to appreciate the most instagram-worthy views. Popinjay’s menu is carefully crafted by Chef Didier Quennouelle for those who seek an intimate dining experience as well as for a night to remember, be it for its breathtaking view or its fine gastronomy. Quennouelle brings his 25 years’ of cuisine knowhow to Popinjays kitchen drawing on the traditions of French gastronomy of his own interpretation of classic dishes on his modern European-inspired menu together with his signature creative flair lending a distinctive Gallic influence.


A degustation bespoke menu with four or six-courses that changes weekly is offered from Monday to Thursday and comes along with a curated selection of vintage champagnes and wines to complement the dining experience. We opted for the four-course degustation menu and a few add ons from its classic menu. The homemade foie gras terrine topped with honey mustard was a delicate start to the evening to get the taste buds going. Rich and solid, and best accompanied by their warm and soft freshly baked assorted breads, this makes a amouse bouche.


<Chioggia Beetroot and Green Apple>
When root vegetable is in season, the freshest taste to stimulate your palate is a definite. The dish is full of surprises if you consume it in sequence by dipping the crunchy root vegetables to the 48 month comte, herbs, apple wasabi sorbet, curcuma dressing. From soft to a lightly pungent palate, this dish helps to tantalize and refresh your taste buds. Pairing with the 2017 Pouilly-Furme, Domaine Lebrun from the Loire Valley, France enlightens the salad with its mineral and tense, long finish on the palate with a pleasant acidity.


<Pumpkin Coulis>
Pan seared foie gras soaked on the bed of curry hinted flavoured pumpkin coulis just didn’t quite do it for us. Delicate flavours individualy, but the peculiar soft-on-soft palate didn’t bring out the best from both compositions despite its alternative execution, texture and presentation.


<Wild Black Cod>
The wild black cod was beautifully cooked with a firm texture in great flavor with timut black pepper, spicy bok choy and coconut foam that gives a pleasant twist to the entire dish. With the 2014 Saint-Romain, Les Vieilles Vignes, Vincent Giardin from Burgundy France,  the concentrated flavours of its fresh citrus, ripe peach and the light toasty notes and touches of honey gives an elegant buttery richness and a good finish to the fish.


<Salt Marsh Lamb Saddle & “Mendiant Fruits”>
We picked this dish from the classic menu to further sample the modern European gastronomy. The vegetables were a hit to counteract the richness of the meat with a hint of oriental spice from its tomato and capsicum harrissa. But unfortunately, the shoulder cut was cooked very rare and the fact that it was so rare affected the enjoyment. Close to a sashimi texture, the meat lacked a firm enough texture to enjoy chewing and not easily being cut even by a sharp steak knife.


<Roasted Challans Duck>
Not satisfied from the lamb saddle, we ordered the roasted Challans Duck and to our dismay, another tough piece of meat to cut and a little hard to chew. But a nice grainy texture in the meat and a wonderful flavor from the glazed endive and date chutney, aided by the addition of the jus and the Brussels sprouts to cut through the richness of the duck meat and skin.


<Pear Clafoutis>
This dessert is served warm and is utterly delectable and delicious. There was a crunchy texture of the fruit, complimented with the smoothness and coolness of the toasted almond ice cream with vanilla sauce, creating layers of delicate flavors.


<Figs and hazelnut Praline>
A gorgeous presentation and another delectable dessert! The raspberry sorbet was simply outstanding and the delicacy of the mille-feuille was a model of deportment upon tasting along with the smooth and delicious hazelnut cream.


Desserts were a tour de force in our view and could not be faulted and are a must try in Popinjays and in interesting and thoughtful wine pairings. The restaurant team were attentive but in the background, which we enjoyed very much with conversation flow without feeling the presence of wait staff hovering over you. Popinjay sets a standard of contemporary style reflecting Hong Kong’s vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle catering for the city’s flamboyant and fashionable crowd, as well as leaders in style by offering a chic dining and refined lifestyle experience in Hong Kong’s bustling metropolis.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverage: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5

Highlights:
Pear Clafoutis
Figs and hazelnut Praline
22 Cotton Drive
Central, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3141 8888

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