1. Sneaker drops keep coming. Are they sustainable?
AKLC COMMENT(S): Well, anything in excess is definitely not sustainable.
Sustainability-conscious sneakerheads are conflicted. The sneaker drop model is sustained by continuous newness — a cycle that promotes overconsumption. “I’m constantly fighting this internal battle of consumerism,” says London-based blogger Kitty Cowell, who owns 300 pairs of sneakers and shares them with her 18,000-plus Instagram followers.
2. From the ancient city of Hoi An to bustling London to tranquil Bali, these are the top 11 destinations for 2021 according to TripAdvisor
AKLC COMMENT(S): Can’t wait to travel!
Has wanderlust returned to transform your mundane routines into memorable experiences? Perhaps not, but Tripadvisor is back and stopping at nothing to provide us enough fodder to mull over for future travel plans. Much like life, there’s nothing certain about which travel destination will rule the roost, and this year is no different. Bali is the most popular destination in the world, according to the 2021 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards by toppling London from the top spot to second place and having jumped three places to be the most sought-after destination this year. It could also be for after a disastrous 2020; the world wants to unwind in a haven of peace and lush tranquility for which Bali is recognized.
3. Estee Lauder posts surprise revenue growth
AKLC COMMENT(S): Woowww kudos👏
Estee Lauder Cos Inc on Friday reported a surprise rise in second-quarter sales, as the M.A.C brand owner benefited from a strong demand for its premium skin-care products in ChinaEstee Lauder Cos Inc on Friday reported a surprise rise in second-quarter sales, as the M.A.C brand owner benefited from a strong demand for its premium skin-care products in China
4. Designed to look like a celestial octopus this self sustainable megastructure concept will float around on the Pacific ocean and clean it
AKLC COMMENT(S): Just Amazing!
Our beautiful planet is in dire need of responsible citizens, and we must thank god for wonderful human beings like Lenka Petráková, who are doing exceedingly commendable work in the preservation of oceans. This senior designer at Zaha Hadid Architects in London and the 2020 Grand Prix Award winner has won accolades and hearts alike for conceptualizing the “8th Continent” project. It is a floating station that restores the marine environment by collecting plastic debris from the surface and breaking it down into recyclable material. Lenka Petráková says of her project, “I realized how destroyed the oceans are and how many species are extinct, how much pollution is there, and that the parts that may have never seen a human being feel the effects of our activities. I was looking into marine species, animals as well as plants. And I was studying how they really interact with water environments, how they can harvest energy, and how they work with nutritions, for example.” the celestial construction is outlined for the pacific ocean. It consists of five main parts: the barrier, the collector, the research and education center, greenhouses, and living quarters with support facilities. They each play an important role in serving the bigger purpose with the barrier collecting waste materials; the collector stores it, cleaning the waters. The research and education center is linked to the collector, and greenhouses are shaped to optimize condensed water collection. The further processes involve breaking it down into recyclable material.
5. From Ruby Cuffs to Diamond Necklaces, the Must-See Jewels From Paris’s Outstanding High Jewelry Season
Every January during Paris Couture Week, the world’s best high-jewelry houses unveil their latest masterpieces. Houses including Van Cleef & Arpels, De Beers, Boucheron, and Buccellati debuted full collections of unique pieces, focusing their designs on Art Deco, outer space, magnificent landscapes, or the pure beauty of gemstones. Due to the pandemic, several major houses postponed their collections until July, while others, including Louis Vuitton and Chopard, debuted more focused collections, exploring the brilliance of diamonds in sleek silhouettes.
6. 7 signs you’re rich, even if it doesn’t feel like it
“Rich” is relative.
Maybe you think it means being in the top 1% of earners in some of the wealthiest cities in the US. Maybe it means being able to buy a flashy mansion or spend your life flitting from luxury vacation to luxury vacation.
7. Louis Vuitton owner LVMH will temporarily close Rihanna’s luxury fashion venture Fenty
LVMH, the owner of luxury brands Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, has suspended collaboration with R&B singer Rihanna on her Fenty ready-to-wear fashion line, Women’s Wear Daily reported on Wednesday.
LVMH did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
8. France and India to lead beauty and personal luxury ad spend growth: Zenith report
AKLC COMMENT(S): Always knew India is a great market for beauty!
Louis Vuitton lovers can breathe a (temporary) sigh of relief.
Ad spends across India’s beauty and personal luxury market will grow by a total of 15.2% by 2022 compared to 2019 numbers according to Zenith’s Business Intelligence – Beauty and Personal Luxury report. India, along with France, will grow as a result of strong consumer demand as beauty ad spend in India was stable in 2020.
9. Audi adds electric luxury coupe as Tesla upgrades Model S
AKLC COMMENT(S): This is amazing 👏
Audi’s new electric four-door coupe offers slightly less-blazing acceleration than Tesla Inc.’s latest flagship sedan, the Plaid version of the Model S
Audi expects the U.S. to be the largest market for its new electric four-door coupe, one of the most powerful cars Volkswagen AG’s premium brand has ever built. It offers slightly less-blazing acceleration than Tesla Inc.’s latest flagship sedan, the Plaid version of the Model S, which Elon Musk has promoted to those seeking speed beyond “ludicrous” mode.
10. Fitted with a phone controlled retractable office pod, rooftop deck and even an office chair – Nissan’s new high-tech mobile office concept is a Digital Nomad’s dream come true
AKLC COMMENT(S): 👍
The covid-19 pandemic forced hundreds of millions of people to work from home, and while vaccination drive has started in many parts of the world, many experts believe that the remote working trend is here to stay. But human beings are a social species, and most of us have become tired of being stuck at home and working from our boring bedrooms. Nissan has revealed just the tool one will need if work-remotely becomes a permanent thing. Meet the NV350 Caravan Office Pod Concept, an office on wheels that offers all the creature comforts and hardware to make work relaxing and enjoyable. The mobile office is perfect for those who love to stay close to nature. The concept is a follow-up to Nissan’s e-NV200 WORKSPACe that debuted in back 2016, and it features a long list of styling and functional upgrades over its predecessor.
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11. From Namibia to Canada: De Beers’s New High Jewelry Line Pays Homage to Where Its Diamonds Are Mined
AKLC COMMENT(S): Gorgeous!
Diamonds are celebrated for their size and sparkle, but until recently, their origin was an afterthought (provided the stones were guaranteed to be conflict-free). With its latest high jewelry collection, Reflections of Nature, De Beers is placing the source of its most magnificent gems front and center.
12. Palace of gold, 7000 luxury cars, gold-plated private jet: Inside photos of luxurious life of Sultan of Brunei
AKLC COMMENT(S): Interesting!
Travel during the time of the coronavirus is nothing short of hiccups. However, in easing our woos to some extent, hotels are now offering virus-free or purified air as an amenity to guests. Yes, that’s right! From HEPA air filtration to plasma “air cleaning” systems, properties are now advertising clean and good air as part of their guest experience, but is it really working?
13. Germany / USA – adidas and Beyoncé Launch Third IVY PARK Collection-“ICY PARK”
adidas and Beyoncé present the third collection in their ongoing adidas x IVY PARK collaborative partnership. Aptly titled “ICY PARK”, the collection brings the streets to the slopes, infusing alpine-ready silhouettes with classic streetwear elements to deliver an array of apparel, footwear, and accessories that champion all forms of creative self-expression.
14. Montblanc Has a New Creative Director: EXCLUSIVE
AKLC COMMENT(S): Wishing him all the best
Montblanc has tapped seasoned leather goods designer Marco Tomasetta as its new creative director, WWD has learned.
Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc’s chief executive officer, confirmed his appointment in an exclusive interview and said Tomasetta would help accelerate the brand’s transformation into a “luxury business-lifestyle maison.”
15. Gaze at the stars from inside this luxe Bubble tent in Joshua Tree
If sleeping under a thousand stars sounds like your idea of a vacay, head over to the Bubble tent located on a private plot in Joshua Tree, California. Designed by property investment and management company Marbella Lane, the spot is ideal for stargazing fans and promises a trip of a lifetime.
16. Kylie Jenner loves Birkin bags so much that she has bought a pair of $76,000 sandals which are made from Hermes Birkin bags
The internet is not unknown to Kylie Jenner’s love for the Birkin. In 2019, she purchased 5 of the infamous Hermès Bags for Christmas, proving her undeniable love for the arm candy. The diva is often seen strutting around with a Birkin in tow and it is hence of little surprise that she recently got her hands on the much touted for “Birkinstocks”.
17. Elie Saab: Couture as a theatre of dreams
Elie Saab returned to his youth in his latest fashion statement, an haute couture collection that mused on his own pre-teen dreams of becoming a couturier.
18. Less formal, more comfortable: pandemic transforms work attire
AKLC COMMENT(S): Most of our Instagram audience said that they will opt for comfortable clothing options going forward
Suits and tailored shirts are out, sweatpants and pajamas are in: remote working is changing work clothes habits, and while vaccines may bring back some formality, old-school office attire should emerge from the pandemic far less starched and strict.
19. An augmented reality shopping boutique is here
Cult fashion boutique Machine-A and the Institute of Digital Fashion are launching an augmented store environment, akin to a virtual reality store, to promote the London Fashion Week collections of designers like Martine Rose and Richard Quinn. Is this the future of retail?
20. A new toy for billionaires – This futuristic-looking personal submarine has gull wings and can dive to a staggering depth of 13,123-feet
AKLC COMMENT(S): Brilliant 👏
Triton has revealed the deepest-diving, acrylic-pressure-hulled submersible ever produced, called the 13000/2 TE, which stands for Titanic Explorer. After the 2019 exploration of the RMS Titanic by a Triton, it has been named after the first manned mission to visit the Titanic in 14 years. The new billionaires’ toy can reach up to the depths of 13,123-foot (4,000-meter), making it perfect for reaching the wreckage of the Titanic that rests on the seabed at a depth of about 12,500 feet. The design of the submersible looks like an amalgamation of a futuristic flying pod and a supercar. According to Triton, the most noticeable thing about the 13000/2 TE is its retractable Gull Wing design, which provides versatility during undersea operations. When the wings are fully-retracted, the submarine becomes more streamlined that helps it to achieve faster ascents and descents speeds, along with helping it maneuver around tight spaces. The wings are fitted with lights and cameras that come into use when the wings are fully extended.
21. Boddess to open first Anastasia Beverly Hills store in India
AKLC COMMENT(S): Kudos 👏
As online multi-brand beauty retailer Boddess celebrates its one year anniversary, it plans to open the first brick-and-mortar store for cosmetics brand Anastasia Beverly Hills in India.
22. Move away Millennials – Take a look at the top 7 Granfluencers. In their 70’s and even 90’s they are raking in thousands of dollars per Instagram post all while fighting fit and looking fabulous
AKLC COMMENT(S): Wow! Insane! Amazing
Move over PYT’s, the era of the Gran-influencers has dawned and is taking over the ‘Gram’ (or should we rename it as ‘Gran’ already?!) what was started by the young people for the young people is now turning tables shifting the spotlight on ‘grandmothers.’ Time to bid adieu to our stereotypical grannies and grandpas, who loved knitting, petting the cat, strolling with a stick, and making pies, and make way for Granfluencers who are showing millennials how to live their best lives by dressing up in fabulous designer outfits, traveling the world, and living life gran-size. We witnessed baby boomers take over Instagram marketing and are just as excited to see the effectual elderly members of Generation X hopping on the bandwagon. While some are all about fashion, others document their travels or their fitness regimens. We have listed below some beaming examples of ‘Granfluencers’ who are doing it all right even at 70,80, and even 90!
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23. ‘Racing Machines for the Wrist’: Ferrari and Richard Mille Are Teaming Up on New Watch Collabs
AKLC COMMENT(S): Nice
Relationships between watchmakers and carmakers, and the limited edition timepieces they inevitably yield, are a staple of modern watch branding, and have been since at least the early 1970s. But the genre tends to resemble a game of musical chairs. Once a watchmaker’s partnership with a carmaker fizzles, another watch brand steps in to take its place.
24. These are the most popular luxury sedans for 2021
You know you’ve bought a great luxury car when you arrive at your destination feeling like you’ve had a fantastic driving experience. Quiet cabin, massaging seats, plenty of onboard gadgets to play with – a luxury car is designed to offer the finest motoring money can buy.
25. Qnet brings Swiss watch brand Mugnier of King Napoleon’s fame to India; timepieces to be assembled in Maharashtra
Online direct selling company Qnet has launched vintage Swiss watch brand Mugnier, of king Napoleon’s fame, to cash in on the country’s rising disposable income. The luxury timepieces will be assembled in a facility in Maharashtra in line with the government’s Make in India campaign.