A few days ago, you saw here, firsthand, the first images of the concept Friend-ME, and now here are the first official pictures of this beautiful car. This four passenger sedan is the result of the collaboration between Nissan Design China (NDC) and Nissan Global Design Center (NGDC).
The target audience of this sedan is well defined, and it’s the “Bālínghòu”. The term “Bālínghòu” is used to describe the 250 million Chinese who were born in the 80s, and Nissan aims to reach them, in particular, the male audience in their twenties.
Nothing was revealed about the engine that powers this concept, but we do know that the center console extends to the rear seats and allows the passengers in them to see the same information as the driver, but if they want, they can use their specific touchscreen for whatever they want.
Stay gold! Adding to its lineup of bold and often metallic-driven aesthetics, Marc by Marc Jacobs introduces the Golden Foil Covered iPhone 5 Case. Perhaps inspired by Wonka’s Golden Ticket, the slimmed down case boasts a foiled gold pattern that mimics that of a crumpled foil wrapper. Priced at $38 USD, the Golden Foil Covered iPhone 5 Case is now offered through the Marc by Marc Jacobs online store.
Casa Lapo is a project realised by talented French architect Florent Lasaulnier, inspired by Lapo Elkann, the hire of the Fiat founders and known for his extravagant style, involving a lot of denim and camouflage. Of his project, he says:
“The Casa Lapo project is a dream come true. A project appeared to me while reading an interview of Lapo Elkann in The New York Times. I had never heard of Lapo Elkann at the time but I always had a great love for Italy and particularly Turin, even if I was never able to explain why, besides being the capital of Baroque and Carlo Mollino’s home, as well as headquarters of the Fiat empire, of national and international fame.”
This amazing home is an awesome big structure overlooking a lake covered in a camouflage print, that’s for sure. The structure of the house supports the whole building, with an open internal space that offers infinite spatial options. And the walls of the structure contain all of the electrical, sound, lighting and ventilation systems, keeping them neatly tucked away out of sight. Read the new york times interview that set the project in motion here.
When the Urus was first introduced it was said it wouldn’t be produced, because Volkswagen, which is the owner of Lamborghini, already builds the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg and soon will manufacture the Bentley EXP 9 F and the Audi Q8. After a while, things changed when a few patents appeared on the web, but only now we know for a fact that this model will see the daylight.
During the presentation of the Lamborghini Egoista, Harry Metcalfe, talked with someone from the Sant’ Agata company that confirmed the Urus will enter production in 2017. It should share its platform with the next-generation Audi Q7 and the Bentley EXP 9 F. This won’t be the first time the Italian company produces a SUV. They made the LM002 from 1986 to 1993, and only 328 were fabricated. Thanks to Harry Metcalfe and automonthly for the news.
This will be a winner – the new 2013 Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue.
Tudor were BaselWorld darlings back in 2010 when they unveiled their retro-tastic Tudor Heritage Chrono, a timely response to the demand for vintage-inspired chronographs, and one which quite rightly put Tudor back into the industry.
The Heritage Chono Blue 2013 model evolves the collection from slightly monochrome aesthetics, adding the vivacity of blue and orange to that handsome and dapper face.
The case measures up at 42mm across – a sminch larger that the 1970′s model on which it is based, but perfectly sized for today’s marketplace.
That delicious blue bezel is in fact bi-directional and features hour markers representing a second timezone.
Hands and markers are suitably chubby, there is empty dial space to be enjoyed, grippy pushers which beg to be fiddled with, and in the box is a choice of steel bracelet or NATO-style strap…. ’tis the whole package, is it not? Thanks to Sylvia McElherron and thewatchpress.com for the news.
Always stunning Actress Amanda Seyfried will be the new face of the Givenchy Fragrance Very Irresistible , replacing Liv Tyler. She is also the face of Clé de Peau Beauté.
“It’s an honest collaboration. I’m proud to be a part of the brands I’m involved with because what they do is really cool, especially Givenchy — they’re so artistic. And I feel like I have a foot in the fashion industry now.” said the beautiful girl.
The new campaign for Very Irresistible will include a print and television campaign directed by Cédric Klapisch and shot by Glen Luchford. The campaign was styled by Riccardo Tisci. Amanda’s Givenchy campaign set to debut in September 2013.
Dolce&Gabbana have just opened their 5th Avenue flagship store with an exclusive event. Furnished like a Sicilian home, this stripped back, classic design embodies the journey the two designers have undertaken since 1987. In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana talk New York, the American Dream and design.
Domenico Dolce: “We furnished it like it was our home, going back and forth between Milan and New York. A boutique, yes, but with many suggestive homely niches. The antique Baroque couches taken from a Sicilian dwelling. Here, on Fifth Avenue, in the middle of the city that never sleeps, three floors full of trunks. Objects which evoke memories of a less frenetic gone-by era, but also a place of dreams, the vessels of belongings of a lifetime: an invitation to slow down and enjoy all of this, and restore its meaning. In London, in the Bond Street store we even included a barber, In Milan we have a shoe smith, boutiques with that antique feel in which accuracy and luxury reside. We try to create an atmosphere where all of this can be appreciated, against the speed, the frenetic rush of the hyper-technology, of Twitter. Relaxing, going back to enjoying what is beautiful. To appreciate the attention to detail, the perfection of the craftsman which goes against that immediacy which makes everything the same, that loss of the sense of elegance which we have been dragging with us since the Eighties.”
Stefano Gabbana: “Its exciting to land on Fifth Avenue. Its certainly not our first American boutique, we a lot of stress, but its an imposing challenge, the biggest investment we have ever made. Extremely important, and not in terms of turnover. I’m not saying that money its not important to us, we’ve made plenty. One day, Domenico and I won’t be around anymore, and as we often say we have no interest in being the wealthiest people in the cemetery. We want to be remembered as the happiest.” Thanks to swide.com for the news.
Dolce & Gabbana flagship store opening party on NYC’s 5th Ave VIDEO :
Yohji Yamamoto made his first visit to Germany to present his collection at the Audi presents ” Cutting Age: Yohji Yamamoto” runway show at the St. Agnes Church in Berlin. The japanese designer was seen posing for promo pics while dressed from head to toe in black and standing next to a red Audi RS5 and a white Audi R8 5.2 Quattro.
Singer and Actor Justin Timberlake along with wife Jessica Biel attended the 2013 Time 100 Gala held at the Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City. The singer/actor wore a Tom Ford tuxedo from the Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.
Actor and Businessman Matthew McConaughey and wife Camila Alves were seen leaving their hotel all dressed en-route to the Cinema Society screening of “Mud” at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Matthew styled in a colorful Vivienne Westwood double layer suit from the Fall/Winter 2013 Collection while his lovely wife complemented his look wearing a floral dress and a classic black pumps. Photos: Ignat/Bauer Griffin, Getty Images
MULBERRY has opened its first store in Germany. The new boutique – located in Berlin, on the prestigious Kurfürstendamm Street – is part of the British brand’s current plan to expand into major European cities, reinforcing its identity through dedicated retail spaces.
The Berlin store was designed by British architects Universal Design Studio, who focused on “creating a connection between the store design and Mulberry’s dedication to craftsmanship”, said a spokesperson for the brand. Natural materials like timber, oak and limestone were used to provide “a welcoming and warm environment”, while acting as a subtle nod to the English countryside and Mulberry’s rural roots.
“We’re delighted to be opening our first store in Germany. We chose Berlin for the rich culture between the city’s history and its artistic heartbeat. We felt that the city’s vibrancy and energy was the ideal complement to the Mulberry brand and our own heritage of craftsmanship and creativity,” said Mulberry CEO Bruno Guillon. “Europe is still a key growth market for Mulberry, so to open a store in a strong city location like Berlin is a significant milestone for our expansion plans in this region. Over the long term, we want to see Mulberry extend its reach as a global luxury brand, known for its leather craftsmanship and English sensibility.”
To mark the brand’s debut German store, Mulberry collaborated with Berlin artist Frank Hülsbömer on a dedicated art installation and in-store space. The boutique will also stock a retail exclusive: the popular Willow Tote has been reincarnated in biscuit brown alligator – the only one of its kind in the world. Thanks to Sarah Karmali and vogue.co.uk for the news.