Archive for December, 2008

Terrem Tresia Boots

December 31, 2008

The Terrem Tresia boot is classically inspired by the desert boot silhouette but takes further steps to ensure that you do not confuse it with it’s latter day cousin. The key change comes in the trainer style sole rather than the classic gumsole. The colors are right on in black and purple – making it an option to express the classic with some modern day stylings.

iPod Touch to get larger screen in fall 2009

December 31, 2008

iPod lovers could soon get a taste of better and bigger iPods if sources of TechCrunch are to be believed. Reports have surfaced that Apple’s next-gen iPod Touch will come with a larger 7-9 inch displays in the fall of 2009. It’s hard to imagine the number of people ready to handle a 9-inch brick in their pockets, but it surely will attract people who love to see images and videos on a larger screens. The extremely large screen will not only change the looks and the design of the media player, but will also bring a drastic change to their price tags as well.

Ultra Modern Sofas from Derin Designs and Aziz Sariyer

December 31, 2008

Derin Designs collection of modern sofas and seating is for people really serious about modern furniture design. Here we see the “Slide Two” from designer Aziz Sariyer that has a nicely proportioned asymmetrical layout, and an eye catching color combination that accentuates the lines and shape.

“My Beautiful Backside” by Doshi Levien and Moroso

December 31, 2008

Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien have conspired with Moroso to create the “My Beautiful Backside” seating collection that received inspiration from a painting of Maharani sitting on the floor of her palace, surrounded and supported by multiples of pebble shaped cushions. This multi-faceted sofa series showcases the vision that Doshi Levien incorporate into their designs that include furniture, flatware, and other cool stuff for around the kitchen. I really like the visual excitement created by the use of so many interesting fabrics combined with the variety of shapes.

Ferragamo Goes Green

December 31, 2008

In an effort to preserve the Earth, the luxury brand has created a line of eco-friendly handbags named Eco Ferragamo.

What makes this collection special is that the bags are made from a nontoxic tanning technique, are lined in handwoven hemp, and use dyes from natural elements such as tree bark.

The results are luxurious, biodegradable, and water-resistant bags that retail from $1,190 to $1,890.

Faralli & Mazzanti present new Vulca S

December 31, 2008

Faralli & Mazzanti are well known for their Antas V8 GT that was based on the Maserati Quattroporte. The Coach builder has now unveiled its recent creation called the Vulca S with a V10 which is the first Faralli & Mazzanti car entirely designed and developed in-house.

The name, as per Faralli & Mazzanti tradition, is inspired by the Etruscan world.
Vulca da Veio is the most famous Etruscan sculptor, responsible for some of the most well known artistical expressions of this great and mysterious ancient population, including the “Apollo di Veio”.

The interior features diamond stitched leather and luxe wood trim. Possible pricing ranges from 280,000 euro to 340,000 euro with optional extras for the 10 units to be manufactured.

Claudia Schiffer Stars for D&G and YSL

December 31, 2008

The Supermodel Comeback, which we’ve been keeping track of for a while now, shows no signs of abating anytime soon. Picking up from fall, the new Spring / Summer 2009 ad campaigns star a slew of famous faces. Foremost, fresh off a wintery Chanel campaign for Karl Lagerfeld, the eternallly gorgeous Claudia Schiffer is starring in a sun-slathered series of Cruise Collection ads (above) for Dolce & Gabbana shot by Steven Klein. She has also landed the new Yves Saint Laurent Spring ad campaign, taking over from Naomi Campbell. The YSL ads were shot in front of the legendary Hollywood sign by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Meanwhile Claudia is also re-upping as the face of Salvatore Ferragamo.

Dolce & Gabbana’s Diamonds & Pearls

December 31, 2008

Italian fashion duo Dolce & Gabbana are publishing a gorgeous new coffee table book called Diamonds & Pearls this month, available exclusively in a handful of their U.S. boutiques. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana personally selected clothing and accessories featuring jewelry of all kinds – gems, multicolored stones, sequins, pearls, gold leaves and diamonds – photographed on a variety of “life-like, yet otherworldly mannequins.” The book, which retails for $270, contains texts written by university professors analyzing the psychology, history and sociology behind the creation of Diamonds & Pearls. Proceeds from the book benefit children’s charity Butterfly Onlus Foundation.

Girard Perregaux Cat’s Eye Haute Joaillerie

December 31, 2008

Not to be outdone by those ‘other’ ultra expensive gem rich timepieces, watch maker Girard Perregaux creates what is possibly it’s most expensive watch yet – and it’s for the ladies. The popular Cat’s Eye line serves as the base for the Girard Perregaux Cat’s Eye Haute Joaillerie fully diamond encrusted watch.

For those who haven’t made the connection (or know French) “joaillerie” means “jewelry.” This watch is as much decoration as it is a fine timepiece with a Girard Perregaux automatic GP033R0 mechanical movement inside; visible through the sapphire crystal covered caseback window. The 35.25mm x 30.25mm case itself is18k white gold, with an interesting close-link bracelet (can you wear the extra links as jewelry too after sizing the watch?). I really like how the crown, with its star shape engraving, is set into the case itself, only protruding when you set the watch. Aside from the small seconds dial (part of the crescent moon), the face features a power reserve indicator that makes up the comet trail for the star in between the 3 and 4 o’clock position.

Now on to the diamonds. Girard Perregaux claims that each watch undergoes over 1,200 hours of labor to cut and set each of the hundreds of diamonds on the watch. The case, face, and bracelet themselves feature 394 baguette diamonds (52 carats!), while another 145 diamonds are set into the gold rotor which serves to wind the movement. The decoration, polish, and build quality in this watch is immaculate, and it is nice to see Girard Perregaux pay attention to the jewelery and watch dimensions in the Cat’s Eye Haute Joaillerie equally.

Gerald Genta Octo Place de l’Etoile Watch

December 31, 2008

At 39mm wide in size the Octo Place de l’Etoile by Gerald Genta is a large watch for a woman. That’s OK because this bold women’s watch is about making a statement with its 18k red gold case, purple tone (mauve) enamel and strap, and diamond decoration. Gerald Genta’s signature complication is a retrograde minute hand, usually with a jumping hour indicator aperture. While the dial is round, the minute hand only travels across the top half of the dial starting at “zero” and then moving to “sixty.” Once the hand reaches “sixty,”it jumps back to “zero” instantly. The off-center hour window is well placed assisting with the “perspective” design of the watch. Powering these complications is an automatic mechanical movement.

Using their famous Octo case, Gerald Genta offers this watch as a tribute to the famous Place de l’Etoile in Paris (also know as the Place de Charles du Gaulle). If you aren’t familiar with the name, this is the popular roundabout in Paris where twelve major streets converge including the west end of the Champs Elysees. In the center of the Place de’Etoile lays the Arc de Triumph. I see the design of the watch dial as being a snapshot of three roads converging into the Place de l’eEtoile if seen from a bird’s eye view.

Gerald Genta places its knobbed crown with cabochon setting into the Octo case solidifying that this is undoubtedly a Gerald Genta watch despite the lack of branding on the dial. 199 diamonds decorate the dial and bezel making this a a true jewelry watch. In addition to the red gold case with purple Aqualino (variety of snake) leather strap, the watch is also available in 18k white gold, with black enamel and a black snake leather strap for those who prefer a more traditional look.