Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Chanel continues East-West theme with K-Pop superstar short

French fashion house Chanel is continuing to bridge the gap between East and West in its ongoing Gabrielle handbag campaign with a new short film starring South Korea's G-Dragon.

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe Opens New Luxe Lake Club

“To breathe the same air as the angels, you must go to Tahoe.” – Mark Twain.

“One of the wonders of the American West” is how Billy Kidd, silver medalist ski racer of the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Olympics describes Lake Tahoe. Hailing from Burlington, Vermont, he migrated to Tahoe post Olympics because his teammates convinced him that it had the best of everything.

Tuesday morning at the grand opening of the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe’s new Lake Club, Kidd was on hand to celebrate another local notoriety that will likely prove as superlative as its setting.

The Lake Club adds a new dimension to the Ritz Carlton’s already luxurious offerings in the Lake Tahoe area.  Gourmet dining, private water access, and amenities on the lake are just the beginning of the unprecedented luxury now available at this location. Always popular in summer — though really known as a ski-in, ski-out destination — now the property brings its luxe mountain experience down to the lake.

“Now [the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe] really has the best of both… combined mountain vistas and lake vistas, ski and apres ski,” said the first American man to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing.  And it “appears to be just floating on the edge of the lake.”

The Ritz Carlton Lake Club building features an indoor gathering area and bar, ground-floor dining terrace, upper-level dining deck with lakefront views, and expansive lawn extending all the way to the water’s edge.

Those with reservations will enjoy direct beach access to Lake Tahoe and a private boat pier as well as lake activities including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, lake cruises, wave runners, luxury boat rentals, parasailing, waterskiing, wake surfing, charter fishing, and formula yacht and sailing charters.

There is also an on-site outdoor spa and inviting fire pit as well as luxurious showers and changing facilities.

The architecture the new Lake Club complements the hotel’s rugged mountain views with clean modern lines while blending almost seamlessly into the landscape.

Early reservations post opening are already exceptionally limited for the 2017 summer season, a testament to the anticipation of a Ritz Carlton lake access offering in the area.

Missing the ultimate medal in 1964 by a mere 1400ths of a second, one might argue that Kidd knows what championship looks like, and according to him, the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe’s Lake Club is an “accomplishment that has won the gold.”

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Anantara opens resort in China’s forest city of Guiyang

International luxury comes to China’s southwest beautiful Forest City with the opening of Anantara Guiyang Resort on 1 June 2017. Surrounded by an exclusive golf course and majestic mountains, the resort offers a natural oasis, 30-minutes from Guiyang City and 15-minutes from Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport.

Renowned for its pleasant climate, clean air and breathtaking scenery, Guiyang is an explorer’s paradise. Nearby the resort, hot springs, lakes and waterfalls, karst caves, valleys and endless forest provide a natural treasure trove. Ethnic minorities reveal colourful folkloric customs, and 2000 years of history can be relived with trips to dynastic relics.

Plush modern comforts and signature amenities epitomise five-star luxury in the 218 rooms, suites, one and three-bedroom pool villas welcoming guests with warm, understated elegance.

Private balconies are positioned to overlook lush gardens, rolling fairways or mountainous scenery. Indigenous touches include oriental design accents and a traditional Chinese tea sets.

Suites extend the extra space to a living room, and a balcony or enclosed garden terrace with a sofa, table and chairs. One Bedroom Pool Villas are designed to impress with a plunge pool, two sundecks and dining furniture, and inside a king bedroom, living and dining room, pantry and cloakroom. Three Bedroom Pool Villa luxury is to unravel over a two-story residence, comprising a private pool, four sundecks, indoor and outdoor lounging and dining spaces, three generous en-suite bedrooms, a gym, massage room and pantry. Connecting rooms, suites and villas will allow families, friends and groups to share quality time together. Bathrooms boast a rain shower and oversized bathtub.

Chinese heritage comes to life in master chef cooking class adventures and games of majiang in private rooms. Relaxation and wellness can be pursued in yoga classes, swimming in a choice of indoor and outdoor pools, and exercising in the scenic great outdoors. Creative fun will engage young minds at the children and youth clubs. Pampering journeys at Anantara Spa will include signature treatments of China’s ancient healing traditions, from tea-inspired therapies to an Exotic Bamboo Massage.

Fanjing, the all-day dining restaurant, serves breakfast buffets and modern western, Asian and fusion cuisines. Celebrating Anantara’s roots in Thailand, Siam the signature Thai restaurant will offer a regional journey of timeless recipes.

Elevating indigenous flavours, The Ancient Town specialty Chinese restaurant will serve delicacies from Guizhou, Sichuan and Cantonese in private rooms. Jia Xiu the splendid lobby lounge will provide an ideal meeting place for beverages and snacks throughout the day, and in the evening, fine wines, cocktails and nightcaps.

Refreshing drinks and light bites will keep pool guests satisfied at the shady indoor pool haven The Dragon Palace Bar and the tropical outdoor Azalea Bar. Anantara’s signature private dining concept, Dining by Design, will spoil guests with a Floating Brunch in the pool, a Movie Under The Stars and a Romantic Dinner in a private pavilion with a personal chef and butler.

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Alibaba Group reportedly interested in Yoox

Shares in Italian online fashion retailer Yoox Net-A-Porter closed up almost 9 percent on Monday as traders cited reported interest from Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

“There are reports Alibaba is interested in buying a stake in Yoox,” one of the traders said.

A report on Chinese fashion website Ladymax.cn said the Chinese conglomerate had contacted Yoox Net-a-Porter over capital cooperation, adding it did not rule out buying shares.

But a source familiar with the matter later denied the report. “It’s not true,” the source said. Contacted by Reuters, YNAP said it did not comment on market speculation.

YNAP

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Heathrow introduces duty-free refund appointment service

Heathrow International Airport’s Terminal 5 is making it easier for travelers to claim their tax refund through a partnership with Travelex.

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Monaco merchants to offer Alipay payment solutions

Hotels, restaurants and high-end boutiques located in Monaco will now accept Alipay to ensure seamless transactions for Chinese visitors.

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Yoox Net-A-Porter opens London tech hub, targets fast growth through tech

Yoox Net-A-Porter Group has announced the opening of a new Tech Hub in White City, West London, which it says reaffirms its commitment to London and investment in the UK.

Companies launching initiatives in the UK at present seem to be keen to stress their commitment to the UK given fears that multiple businesses could move abroad, or choose to launch major new projects abroad, as the country prepares to quite the EU.

But instead of doing that, YNAP said the new Tech Hub “is key to [its] growth strategy” and part of an investment of more than €500m in technology and logistics across the group designed to help double the size of the business by the start of the next decade.

The 70,000 sq ft space at White City Place will bring the firm’s UK tech teams under one roof with 500 staff and a further 100 jobs created over the next two years. The company also has a 500-strong tech team in Bologna, Italy, that collaborates closely with London.

But this is about more than just an office move. The Tech Hub has been built to “accelerate innovation and deliver best-in-class technologies, further strengthening the group’s partnerships with many of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands and providing an unparalleled customer experience,” it said.

Ok, that may seem like press release hyperbole. But it’s clear that the business is heavily focused on upping its game in the tech area on which all pureplay internet businesses rely.

Work at the Tech Hub will include developing Artificial Intelligence capabilities, such as personalisation and image recognition, and “creating the next wave of mobile technologies, that will keep YNAP in the vanguard of digital innovation.”

The company said award-winning British architects, Grimshaw, have created a future-focused environment which also reflects YNAP’s “unique position at the intersection of fashion and technology.”

And the Tech Hub is designed to inspire creative ways of working, as the group seeks to attract top digital talent. It said it will facilitate a mobile working culture, while simultaneously supporting seamless collaboration with the group’s other global offices.

Also interesting is the fact that, as part of its plan to invest in education, it has partnered with Imperial College London, whose White City campus is under construction, to launch an initiative to teach local children from underprivileged backgrounds aged 8-14 the basics of coding.

The project aims to increase the number of children, especially young girls, who have access to coding classes and promote the importance of digital skills.

YNAP will also play a key part in the White City regeneration project, which is transforming W12 into one of London’s most most interesting live-work-play super-hubs for technology, creativity and innovation.

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