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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

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.

2020-07-01

Special Administration Region (SAR) Day 2020 Pubic Holiday @ mylifestylenews

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2020-06-30

Artfia Personalize Your Stainless Steel Bottle Design


This summer, Artfia launches a new custom stainless steel water bottle with personalize services to create the one and only design of your own. Designed in Germany to integrate the plastic bottle and the traditional water bottle with advanced technology combines with the neat sense of fashion as well as the environmental protection.


The eight-layer insulation water bottle is made of high-grade stainless steel materials, and the physical design makes the insulation effect excellent: strong 24-hour cold insulation and 12-hour heat preservation! Available in 500 ml and 750 ml capacity to take care of your different needs, even at outdoors for a long time. There are many colors to choose from, and you can also customize text or patterns to be printed on the bottle to tailor a unique exclusive water bottle.




2020-06-29

CHAUMET Crown Your Love With The Amour d’Aigrette Solitaire Ring

CHAUMET crown your love with the Amour d’Aigrette solitaire ring, a Chaumet Joséphine collection. At its origins lies the love story between Napoléon and Joséphine, for whom the Maison created its first sentimental jewels. It’s a love story that inspires Chaumet with Crown Your Love today, a precious take on the engagement ring, to crown the most romantic of engagements.


This timeless couple formed of a strong-willed woman and a powerful man passionately in love entrusted the Maison with the task of capturing their tenderness. Remaining true to its history, Chaumet places happiness at the heart of its creations, punctuating couples’ lives with precious milestones. Echoing the taste of its inspirer, the Joséphine collection offers a contemporary interpretation of the tiara, to crown the finger with elegance and lightness.


Adding to the Joséphine collection is a new striking solitaire that brings fresh life to the union of the tiara ring and brilliant cut diamond. Known as the Joséphine Amour d’Aigrette ring, the interlacing design in platinum paved with brilliant-cut diamonds, encircling the finger that evokes the union of two people - a contemporary expression of the symbols long present in Chaumet’s sentimental jewels. Play up your creativity and layer the solitaire ring with one or even two stackable wedding bands for that unique look.


2020-06-26

Restaurant BLEU Amsterdam - The Unconventional Touch of Culinary

You may want to “Go Dutch” but if you are craving for a no muss no fuss and down to earth French bistronomique dining experience in Amsterdam, the little culinary brother of Steak Restaurant Black & Blue - Restaurant BLEU, is an ideal hangout to savour a good flavour of some of the classic French bistro comfort food with an unconventional touch and a personalized flair, even on an ordinary school night out. Vive la France! mylifestylenews writes.


Sometimes when deciding where to eat out for dinner, you want to have a bit of comfort with some golden oldies from French cuisines that are presented with a bit of a twist to satisfy your French cravings. Centrally located and tucked away along Prinsenstraat in the historical Jordaan Amsterdam, the stylish multi-level Restaurant BLEU is a gem of a place for an awesome and somewhat wholesome meal.


On approaching Restaurant BLEU in a light drizzly evening, the double height street windows along Prinsenstraat with the visible signage above from a distance are quite apparent. Geometrical long stretching windows vaguely and dimly draw your attention to its warm and snug interior lighting inside. An outdoor quaint patio with comfortable seating and benches is also available and would be a sheer delight on warmer nights or during day time to watch the world go by while sipping your favourite champagne or wine.


As you enter, you are immediately struck by the stylish and chic interior within, the interior offers two levels of comfortable seating with sleek lines of a mix of sofa banquettes and chic leather chairs.The space appears to be quite small, but appearances can be deceptive, with a mezzanine floor that has even more dining space and go all the way back of this lofty building when you adjourn upstairs. But, it is the front main ‘atrium’ space that is so appealing, with large semi-caged motif wooden pendant lamps hanging from the highest points and decorated with framed flora and fauna modern artwork that gives an inviting alchemy ‘botanical’ feel.


There are many design elements to reference a conservatory garden theme with some thoughtful  touches: exposed ceiling beams, carefully chosen tropical fauna wallpaper, candle lighting, a faux lawn ‘B’ letter in large and even a tinted “old” map of Holland juxtaposing those well strategically placed plants and mini vases filled with small wild flowers to add some life in an otherwise harmonizing and already warm ambience with sophisticated lighting.


Jason, our wait staff for the evening had pre-allocated the most wanted table in the house at the front window seat right next to the entrance with a thoughtful gesture, which was a nice touch but we suggested to move up to the mezzanine floor to enjoy both the upper view looking at the “atrium” from a different vantage point as well as a vertical view of the street through the glass window.


Restaurant BLEU offers pretty much bistro style gastronomic menu with a wide array of meal options and the aim is to do every dish well, rather than spreading resources thinly. All dishes are made fresh and with high-quality produce that includes their signature lobster dishes, butcher steak, homemade onion soup, chicken bonne femme, chocolate crumble, toasted smoked salmon……just to name a few.


<Beef Carpaccio>
 We started with the beef carpaccio fully topped with parmesan curls, arugula, pine nuts and truffle mayonnaise. The dish is comprised of wafer-thin slices of very delicious beef with a generous smattering of extras, although the parmesan could have been more finely sliced, this was a very safe and pleasant dish for starter.


<Homemade Onion Soup with Bread and Gruyere Cheese>
The homemade onion soup with the caramelized onion was not simmered to melt in your mouth yet to leave you a moment to munch by breaking it instead. The watery soup base also did not give a satisfying palate but tasty nonetheless, served with a thick cut of bread topped with melted rich gruyere cheese on the side.


<Gambas From The Josper>
Four generous sizes of large prawns was cooked in the “Josper” charcoal oven, a robust charcoal grill and closed barbecue that reaches up to 400 degrees Celsius, that are being cauterized and roasted in perfect circulation of hot air to give a smokey flavour. Well toasted in tasty aromatic garlic and pepper with a hint of the zest of orange for an alternative twist and they had an excellent taste and texture. A winner! 


<Zealandish Mussels>
While the mussels were on the small sizes in flesh, they were quite tasty when it was cooked with white wine, leek, onion, celery and fennel with garlic sauce and whisky sauce. Both sauces were a hit, so spoilt for choice. The remaining ‘soup’ in the pot was utterly delectable as well, so a lead contender for the best dish of the night!


<Chicken Bonne Femme > (300gr)
Beautifully presented on a skillet pan, the chicken grilled in the Josper oven with carrots, pearl onions and potatoes was very juicy and tender and the bed of vegetable was a perfect accompaniment. The Josper grill produces perfectly cooked meat and we enjoyed this signature dish immensely.


<Whole Lobster>
We requested half of the lobster instead of the entire 500 gram whole lobster served the classic way with lemon and herb butter for its freshest taste of the sea and genuinely another surf and turf to complete our main courses. Not to be missed!


<Tenderloin of Black Angus> (250gr)
This was beautifully chargrilled red meat as requested. The pepper sauce and red wine sauce were just right in piquancy. The meat was rich and grainy in texture that had certainly made another highlight for our evening. We had a bottle of 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape – F. Jeantet for its beautiful dark purple structure nice tannin, round palate and long finish with tones of red fruit and spices yet gentle and soft to pair with our meat dishes.


<Chocolate Crumble>
We had no room for dessert but Jason insisted to try the chocolate crumble with caramel sea salt ice cream served in a giant copper mixing bowl. A safe dessert with fabulous presentation despite the flavor was not as outstanding as we had expected, it is still enjoyable and rather tempting.



Jason was a great host for the evening and offered very warm and hospitable service, which was a plus for our enjoyment. Overall there is a consistency to everything that comes out of the kitchen and the presentation cannot be faulted, plus you are spoilt for choice with sauce options and some of the side dishes which you inevitably can’t resist…after all, that is what reacquainting oneself with golden oldies is all about! Food is to be shared here in Restaurant BLEU for further enjoyment but if you insist to Go Dutch – the Dutch way, alstublieft!


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

Prinsenstraat 10HS,
1015 DC Amsterdam 
Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 362 1340

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Hermès Presents ARCEAU Cheval Cosmique

 Hermès Presents ARCEAU Cheval Cosmique with the dial of the Arceau watch is adorned with a silhouette of a horse and waves in engraved gold, set against an aventurine or mother-of-pearl and enamel background and paired with an abyss blue or Chantilly alligator strap.


The Arceau watch designed by Henri d’Origny in 1978 lends its sober yet singular allure to a new expression of Hermès creativity and expertise. Imagined by artist Gianpaolo Pagni, the “Cheval Cosmique” composition combines graphic undulations with the silhouette of a horse from Émile Hermès’ private collection. This singular interpretation is transposed here in relief, on a dial in aventurine or mother-of-pearl and enamel: a splendid trotting horse and a wavy motif hand-engraved in white gold. To create just one example of this miniature artwork, the artisan works for almost a week on a gold plate less than half a centimetre thick. First, by engraving the waves and accentuating them with a fine black lacquer; and then, by fixing this engraving in place on the dial before covering the surrounding area with aventurine or enamel and mother-of-pearl. Finally, the beautifully engraved horse is put in place, setting the perfect final touch to this creation.


The Arceau Cheval Cosmique watch is produced in two limited series of 24 each. The first, in white gold, displays its equestrian motif at the heart of a dial featuring deep shades of aventurine enhanced by an abyss-blue alligator strap. The second, in white gold set with diamonds, frames a luminous dial in mother-of-pearl and enamel, highlighted by a Chantilly alligator strap. The new Arceau with its hours and minutes display is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement which, like the dial, case and bracelet, is developed in the Hermès Horloger workshops.