Conceived in 1989 as an “experimental laboratory”, Atelier Versace focuses on innovation and research in design, materials and technology. The entire haute couture collection is created in Versace’s Milanese Atelier - starting from the aesthetic research and visionary design to the hundreds of hours of meticulous workmanship by hand. Atelier has always represented a celebration of the origins for Versace – a reminder of Gianni and Donatella’s mother, a dressmaker who passed on the family’s sartorial traditions from her studio. The relentless pursuit of only the highest quality materials and exceptional craftsmanship has been translated into the creation of a line of exclusive fragrances in collaboration with EuroItalia, bearing the Atelier Versace name. The new luxury fragrance line consists of six scents, ranging from fresh, to floral and woody. The Cédrat de Diamante boasts the zest of Italian lemon, more efflorescent than traditional citrus aromas. Inspired by the Mediterranean, the perfume encompasses notes of pink grapefruit and natural woods. Envisioned by perfumer Marie Salamagne, who aims to embody artistry in craftsmanship in her scents, the vibrancy of Cédrat de Diamante is enhanced by aromatic cedarwood and vetiver. Éclat de Rose boasts the Moroccan Rose Centifolia: the delicate flowers are hand-picked during the early hours of the morning and then rapidly processed. Velvety rose accords are complemented by Ambrox, a signature note that reveals facets of amber, incense, wood, tobacco and musk. The elegant Éclat de Rose was envisaged by pioneering fragrance maker Nathalie Lorson, who was one of the first women to enter the perfumery field. Lorson’s goal is to create fragrances that resonate with both simplicity and high quality. Another collaboration with Nathalie Lorson, Jasmin au Soleil highlights jasmine flowers from India picked at sunrise to preserve their freshness. Petals are complemented by beeswax from France, containing balsamic and honey notes with hints of hay and tobacco, adding a light, velvety dimension to the perfume. The sensual tones are paired with fresh lemon and cedarwood notes. Evoking the Mediterranean summer, Figue Blanche encompasses fresh fig notes mixed with the pulp and essential oils of the Italian mandarin. The warm olfactory tones are complemented with zesty hints of bergamot and neroli. The fragrance is enriched with jasmine and rose petals and was concocted by perfume creator Marypierre Julien who strives to reveal something unexpected in the most familiar notes. The Santal Boisé scent is crafted from Srilankan sandalwood. The milky and balsamic fragrance is obtained from the roots and heart of the wood. Cypriol, a delicate flowering herb, adds a distinctive woody, smoky and slightly oud note to the perfume. Inspired by themes of family, creator Christophe Raynaud enriched the woody notes with luxurious, ambery Gurjun and saffron. The Vanille Rouge encompasses the Madagascar vanilla, adding a hint of pralines. The sweet tones are accompanied by a powdery musk accord. The powerful fragrance contains an unexpected rose note. Vanille Rouge was designed by Jordi Fernandez, who draws inspiration from the intricacies of Middle Eastern traditional scents. Evoking the sartorial savoir-faire of the Atelier, the perfumes are kept in
Sixteen-time GRAMMY® award-winning composer and legendary producer, David Foster, sets to release a collection of personal and heartfelt piano solos, ELEVEN WORDS set for release on 17 April 2020. A return to his truest form, the album showcases the artist at his musical core and the first track from the intimate set is, “Love.” ELEVEN WORDS is a return to the basics for the prolific songwriter and music producer. A departure from writing and producing huge, chart-topping hits for megastars, Foster steps back to his roots, seated at the grand piano and delivers emotional and meaningful piano melodies. “What I truly wanted to do with this album, is strip away the lyrics and all the production that I’m known for, leaving just the melodies” says Foster. “I called it Eleven Words because I wanted to identify words that were meaningful to me and hopefully meaningful to the world - simple yet complex.” ELEVEN WORDS track listing: Everlasting Love Eternity Victorious Elegant Nobility Wonderment Orbiting Romance Dreams Serenity David Foster has written nearly one hundred hit singles and dozens of movie songs and scores, receiving three Academy Award nominations for Best Original Song. His iconic power ballads have become timeless classics, made famous by industry titans like Madonna, Whitney Houston, Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, and many more. Few other individuals can claim to have their fingerprints on more major moments in all of popular music than David Foster.
Research reveals that nearly six in 10 global travelers pick their vacation destination because of the great food and drink on offer. So for the cheese-lovers amongst us, why not journey further than the fridge or local cheese shop to uncover the origins of some of the world’s favorite cheeses? In celebration of the most cheesiest month, we have identified some of the cheesiest stays for cheese lovers around the world to indulge in while exploring the destination that created some of their favourites. Gouda, Netherlands For cheese fans, this Dutch city is all Gouda, with its namesake cheese accounting for a massive 60% of Dutch cheese production**. Produced in the surrounding region, travelers to Gouda can purchase wheels of the local delicacy at the city’s Thursday morning market that takes place from April through to August. Having first started in 1395, this bustling market has kept its traditional charm, with farmers and traders ‘clapping hands’ to confirm a sale in front of the historic city hall buildings. Travelers should also visit “de Goudse Waag”, which means the Gouda scale, built in 1669 and originally used for weighing - you guessed it - cheese. Now it’s home to the tourist information office as well as the Cheese and Crafts Museum, which offers cheese tasting, tours and craft demonstrations. Where to stay: The Tannery Lane holiday home is the perfect home from home for cheese loving travelers, just a short stroll from the location of the Thursday morning market. This guesthouse, which is found on the city center’s smallest street, was originally built in 1879. From the outside it boasts a traditional charm, while inside the property houses all the modern conveniences needed for a comfortable stay in Gouda. Cheddar, UK Cheddar cheese is now the UK’s most popular cheese choice, accounting for 51% of the annual cheese market locally***, but has humble beginnings in the village of Cheddar in Somerset. Local legend says that Cheddar cheese was discovered by accident when a milkmaid accidentally let a pail of milk stored in the cool caves go bad, turning it into hard cheese. Adventurous visitors to the village of Cheddar can explore these chilly caves at Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in the UK. After exploring and working up an appetite, cheese-lovers can stop by the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company, where visitors can see the cheese being made from start to finish at the working dairy and visitor center. Where to stay: Just a short walk from the Cheddar Gorge caves, The Bath Arms Hotel offers adult-only accommodation that is as charming as the picturesque village itself. With an onsite restaurant and bar, visitors will find all the amenities they need for a comfortable stay. The restaurant serves a daily menu with traditional pub favorites and during the warmer months guests can even dine in the outdoor beer garden. Monterey, California, USA Named after both its place of origin and the entrepreneur who began selling it commercially, Monterey Jack cheese has become a staple of many Americans’ fridge or cheese board. This white, semi-hard cheese made
St. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it’s high time to decide what you’re going to treat your dear one to. The present you’ll give them should reveal your deepest feelings and remind of your care. If you’re looking for the most romantic gift ideas for Valentine’s Day, you have certainly come the right way! In this video we’ve collected 9 items that will put a smile on your loved one’s face or even bring sweet tears to their eyes. Look through the list to pick something special for your better half. Don't forget to scroll down the page and join our contest for your chance to win a box set of AloEx Hair Regrowth Shampoo and Serum! Issey Miyake ' f ' Exclusive Edition First released in June 2018, the “f” Series was created in collaboration between ISSEY MIYAKE Watch Project and Ichiro Iwasaki which features two symmetrical sets of numbers for AM and PM represent the two different faces of our day, telling the story of the 24 hours in a day. MCM LUNAR NEW YEAR CAPSULE COLLECTION Inspired by the Chinese logic puzzle popularized throughout the world in the early 1800s, MCM makes tribute to Tangram and the Bauhaus, blending MCM’s classic motifs with geometric designs featuring colorful architectural shapes, playful patterns and layered color blocks. Shiseido Ultimune Duo Set The ultimate serum for enhancing skin's inherent multti defensive power against signs of aging, environmental factors and daily stress. Sweet Furla Bag Spread a little love for Valentine's Day with the heart print embossed leather bag from FURLA. This specially curated assortment of collectible handbags in shades of black, white and red is guaranteed to impress that special someone. PIAGET's Valentine Collection Inspired by the iconic ring, Piaget offers a playful and trendy bracelet in rose gold with two turning bands paved with a pure line of diamonds.Playing with this precious bangle becomes a daily ritual for the self-assured women who possess their lives. Coach CitySole An innovative new footwear collection that merges the house's fashion authority with leading technology to increase comfort and flexibility and minimize impact and weight. Cartier Platinum Tonneau Cartier Tonneau Cartier Platinum Tonneau Cartier Tonneau shaped wristwatches can be dated back as early as 1906. These early examples have become the inspiration behind current models based on the iconic case design- such as the Cartier Privé Tonneau. For more information, please visit https://www.lotusartsdevivre.com Emporio Armani Sunglasses These Emporio Armani frames have core elements that are revisited in a modern take on a fresh style, with innovative and trendy colourful designs. Perfect to suit all looks. Win A Box Set of AloEx Hair Regrowth AloEx Hair Regrowth Shampoo and Serum are products specially developed for those who suffer from hair loss, thinning hair, and unhealthy scalp. Both products are extracted from various kinds of Thai herbs e.g. kaffir lime, butterfly pea, aloe vera, henna, garden quinine, moringa, fame flower, soap nut, bamboo leaves, and gotu kola, and have been certified by scientists and hair and scalp specialists. For more information, please visit https://www.aloexhair.com This AloEx Box Set will make the perfect
As we begin a new decade, the vital role of water has never been more apparent. While some parts of the world suffer because of droughts and fires, others are washed away by filthy flood waters. And according to a joint report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF last year, 785 million people still don’t have clean water close to home. At Oris, they believe they have a shared duty to behave responsibly and to look after our world and our climate. They are on a mission to bring ‘Change for the Better’, working with non-profit organisations and conservations agencies all over the world, with a particular focus on water, the oceans and the life they contain. They believe that if they don’t act now, it may be too late, but that together we can make a real difference. With that in mind, Oris is proud to present the Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition. It’s based on the high- performance Oris Aquis diver’s watch and made in partnership with the Lake Baikal Foundation. Sales of the watch will help raise funds in support of ‘Point No.1’, a Lake Baikal conservation project run by the Scientific Research Institute of Biology at Irkutsk State University that’s also the longest-running and most detailed environmental water monitoring project in scientific history. ‘Point No.1’ is supported by the foundation. Siberia’s Lake Baikal, which scientists believe is 25 million years old, is hugely important. It holds 20 per cent of the world’s fresh lake water reserves. It’s the deepest lake in the world at 1,642 metres, some 300 rivers flow into it, and it’s home to thousands of species of endemic plants and animals. But it’s under threat from man-made pollution, much of it created by careless industry. ‘Water is the source of life,’ says Rolf Studer, Oris Co-CEO. ‘We believe passionately in conserving it for future generations, and also in acting responsibly as citizens of the world to bring positive change. Every year we seek out pioneering organisations who share these values and work to protect the world’s water. A watch on a mission The Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition supports a vital research project ‘We’re very proud to be working with the Lake Baikal Foundation and to be supporting the work of ‘Point No.1’ as it continues its vital research and raises awareness of pollution and the urgent need for clean water.’ Oris Lake Baikal Limited Edition Oris’s latest limited edition is based on the Aquis diver’s watch. Only 1,999 pieces will be made, marking the year Russia passed the Baikal Law In detail Case Multi-piece stainless steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel with ceramic insert Size 43.50 mm (1.713 inches) Dial Gradient blue Luminous material Hands an indices filled with Super-LumiNova® Top glass Sapphire, domed on both sides, anti-reflective coating inside Case back Stainless steel, screwed, special Lake Baikal insert and engravings Operating devices Stainless steel screw-in security crown with crown protection Bracelet Multi-piece stainless steel metal bracelet, folding clasp with extension Water resistance 30 bar (300 m) Movement Number Oris 733 Functions Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window at
The year 2020 is definitely the high-flying one for discerning tourists and business travellers, thanks to a myriad of new, cutting-edge hotels opening worldwide. Check out our 10 picks and book your ticket to discover new destinations. ♥ THE CHOW KIT Inspired by the rich-in-history old Kuala Lumpur area, The Chow Kit tastefully blends into the district with its magnetic manner, fusing neoteric ornateness, tradition, and homely warmth together. It is the first design-led, experience-driven boutique hotel in the area. WHAT TO EXPECT: • Scrupulous decoration and interior design • Art collections by local artists • Convenient location WHERE TO FIND: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia WEBSITE: www.thechowkit.com ♥ CARLTON HOTEL BANGKOK SUKHUMVIT In the heart of the fashionable district of Bangkok, Carlton Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit debuts itself with imposing look and impressionable facilities. As an expansion from Singapore, the Bangkok hotel also brings famous Wah Lok here, serving authentic Cantonese cuisines, as well as signature Singaporean and Peranakan dishes at The Plate. WHAT TO EXPECT: • Convenient location with a short walk to the sky train • Upper-upscale design and services • Business-friendly stay • Top-notch tastes at dining outlets WHERE TO FIND: Bangkok, Thailand WEBSITE: carltonhotel.co.th ♥ FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOK Bangkok’s Chao Phraya Bank welcomes new first-rate hospitality refinement, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, opening for arrivals starting from 1 February. The hotel is a meticulous melting pot of natural grace and metropolis magnetism, plus an art space with contemporary Thai artists. With Four Seasons’ high standards, what else can be expected but ultimate satisfaction? WHAT TO EXPECT: • Sensational riverside stay • Stunning art pieces • Top-notch hospitality • French cuisine at its finest • Iconic infinity pool WHERE TO FIND: Bangkok, Thailand WEBSITE: fourseasons.com/bangkok ♥ RENAISSANCE XIAMEN Xiamen, the coastal melting pot of Chinese and Western influences, has recently opened the brand new Renaissance Xiamen to pamper tourists and business travellers with well-thought-out design, 200 beautiful guestrooms and seven opulent villas, as well as attractive dining outlets. WHAT TO EXPECT: • Rooms with sea view • Beachfront restaurant • Business-friendly stay • Kids-friendly facilities • “Navigators” to show you one-off experiences WHERE TO FIND: Xiamen, China WEBSITE: www.renaissancexiamen.com ♥ SOFITEL MEXICO CITY REFORMA Sofitel has landed its first footprint in Mexico with an iconic sojourn in rich-in-culture Mexico City, harmonising modern French art with unique Mexican elements with one another. Apart from the imposing, you can satisfy your palate with the finest traditional Mexico and Mediterranean cuisine here as well. WHAT TO EXPECT: • Palatial guest rooms • Business-friendly stay • Indulgent spa by L’Occitane • Culinary excellence • Exclusive location WHERE TO FIND: Mexico City, Mexico WEBSITE: www.sofitel-mexico-city.com ♥ THE RITZ-CARLTON, PUNE India’s charismatic Pune metropolis has welcomed new palatial estate, The Ritz-Carlton, Pune. The hotel is a congenial composite of perennial sophistication and the city’s fascinating uniqueness. Apart from its grandiosity, you will definitely be endlessly impressed with The Ritz-Carlton’s top-notch standard of services. WHAT TO EXPECT: • Rich-in-culture programmes • Brilliantly beautiful design • Signature dining experiences • Golden hours at the hotel’s rooftop lounge WHERE TO FIND: Pune, India WEBSITE: www.ritzcarlton.com/pune ♥ PARAMOUNT DUBAI Bringing Hollywood lifestyle to the heart of Dubai, Paramount Hotel Dubai encompasses the elegance of Californian lifestyles developed by world-famous Paramount Pictures. Paying homage to the cinematic life, The Paramount Screening Room is a paradise for movie lovers.
This February, luxury boutique hotel group 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts will add a new flavour to the city’s culinary calendar with the launch of the 137 Pillars Organic Gourmet Festival (POGF), a gourmet food and drink extravaganza. The event boasts a stellar lineup of Michelin-starred chefs, who will put the spotlight on Asian cuisine through a series of exclusive gala dinners, after parties with renowned international and local mixologists and an Organic Farmers’ Market, showcasing the finest in local sustainable produce. Sponsored by Thai Airways, the POGF event will run over the last weekend of February (27-1 March) and the first weekend of March (5-8 March), and a part of the proceeds will go to support the Autistic Thai Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organisation that runs 20 centres to strengthen autistic children’s skills to learn, improve and be able to take care of themselves. “I have always been a firm believer of nature and the wealth that it has to offer. Given the changes in our society, it is now more important than ever to share, celebrate and acknowledge the persistent initiations being made to highlight the importance of being in tune with nature and being innovative in its offerings. Our previous organic festivals have proved extremely popular in Chiang Mai and in Bangkok, and we hope this edition will encourage our guests and diners to closely examine the way the food they eat is produced and hopefully support the efforts made by farmers and companies to bring ingredients that are organic and sustainable to the table,” said Christopher E. Stafford, Chief Operating Officer at 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts. Kicking of this gastronomic journey on 27 February is the Organic Farmers’ Market from 4-10 p.m. on the hotel lawns. Participating vendors include Royal Project Foundation, Butcher shop by Arno’s, Le Cordon Bleu, Kad Kokoa and Captain Hook's Smokehouse. The market will also run on 28 and 29 February, and on 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 March. The first gala dinner on 28 February features renowned Australian chef and Ambassador of Thai cuisine David Thompson, founder of the Aylmer Aaharn restaurant group, whose first restaurant in Hong Kong, Aaharn, was recently awarded its first Michelin star. The meal is followed by an after party with top mixologist Mel Chavez from Tippling Club, Singapore. Chef Thaninthorn Chatrawan of the one Michelin-starred Chim by Siam Wisdom presides over the kitchen on the 29 February with a fantastic menu of classic dishes that include centuries-old recipes prepared using modern techniques gained from his overseas experiences. Later Niks Anuman of Teens of Thailand/Asia Today fame wows diners with his mixology skills. On 6 March, Chef Malcom Lee brings a piece of Candlenut, the world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, to Thailand. He promises to take diners on an epicurean journey of refined Peranakan cuisine that preserves the essence and complexities of traditional food, with astute twists that lift it to a different level. Teaming up with him for the after party is Kris Du of Shanghai’s best-known
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Nespresso introduces Ispirazione Italiana, intense coffee range. This launch also debuts two brand new blends enriching the current intense espresso and ristretto range. The coffee collection of seven blends has been inspired by the culture and the coffee traditions of Italy’s cities: Rome (Roma), Florence (Firenze), Palermo, Naples (Napoli), Genova and Venice (Venezia). BEHIND THE BLENDS Italy is at the core of Nespresso’s DNA. The Nespresso story began over 30 years ago with a simple but revolutionary idea inspired by the espresso machine invented by the Italian Luigi Bezzera in 1905, who wanted to give anyone the opportunity to create the perfect cup of espresso just like skilled barista in Italy. Today over 75% of coffees are enjoyed at home in Italy, becoming an integral part of Italian culture. For this launch, Nespresso brings customers the richness of Italian coffee crafts, inspired by the diversity of Italian cities. The Ispirazione Italiana range aims to create the espressos or ristretto that coffee lovers can enjoy in Italy, which are the result of the creativity and know-how of master roasters across Italian regions ISPIRAZIONE ITALIANA: the new permanent coffee range Ispirazione Italiana aims to take coffee lovers on Nespresso’s Italian journey and discover for themselves these intense coffee aromas and cremas. Nespresso’s range of coffees and their names are evolving to better reflect the regional Italian expertise it was inspired by. Specially crafted, each coffee captures the essence of the inspired city, whether it’s the spicy North African influences in Palermo or rich depth of history of Rome - it’s these local details that make this collection a true delight. New Ispirazione Napoli: From the streets of Naples, the local deep-rooted coffee ritual inspired our dark roasting method, which masterfully developed the coffee to an intense degree. Leavened with Robusta, the result is a velvety, creamy cup with an extremely thick body and a pleasant, bitter aftertaste. A tribute to the roasting proficiency of the Italian capital of coffee. New Ispirazione Venezia: Bridging the Ottoman Empire to Western Europe, Venice has a long history of importing the world’s coffees and expertly roasting them to balance their diversity. The muse for our cup: delicately aromatic, all elements balanced harmoniously, caramel notes and thick body. Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio: This exquisite blend is a true reflection of Florence’s cultural significance: An intellectual hub in the heart of Italy, drawing influences from all the country. Ispirazione Firenze Arpeggio’s roasting style brings these influences together by combining fruity notes traditionally found in the North of Italy with cocoa notes from the South, culminating in a velvety, dense and creamy cup. This blend also exists in decaf. Ispirazione Palermo Kazaar: Ispirazione Palermo Kazaar inspired our long, dark roasting style plus a high Robusta content: hallmarks of this Southern city. At a crossroads of influence from African and Arab traditions, multicultural Palermo made us dream. The result is an exceptionally intense, syrupy, woody and spicy coffee, crowned with very dark, thick crema. Ispirazione Roma: The fragrance wafting out of Rome’s traditional coffee bars is a testament to a rich history of contrasts: popular tastes,