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Hottest Celebrity Spot during the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix

After over a decade at the front of the grid, Amber Lounge is fine-tuning the definitive F1 experience with the launch of a brand new concept in 2014 – U*NITE, bringing together the Amber Lounge Charity Auction, Amber Lounge Fashion, Amber Lounge Dining and the Amber Lounge Club into one glamorous night!


With one all-inclusive ticket, guests can dine on an exclusively designed menu, sit front row at the fashion show, set to be creatively spearheaded by luxe swimwear design team Odabash & Macdonald and British designer Apsley Tailors, and dance until dawn alongside a buzzing crowd of celebrities and F1 drivers.


From the 17-20 April 2014, Amber Lounge, the ORIGINAL F1 After Party to the stars, will also present an all-new, intimate lounge concept at Top Marques Monaco, the most exclusive supercar show in the world, exclusively for VIP and exceptional supercar and Amber Lounge clientele.


Amidst the display of the world’s most expensive, innovative, and extraordinarily crafted supercars in Monte Carlo’s famed Grimaldi forum, an intimate Amber Lounge space – a seductive preview of what’s to come for the grand Amber Lounge event in May – will be set up for important Top Marques guests to connect with manufacturers and designers of the world’s most prized and revered automobiles.

This year’s Amber Lounge extravaganza is set to be the biggest yet! Spaces are limited so don’t forget to get your ticket to this year’s event at www.amber-lounge.com

by Krisda Krisralam

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 to feature 118 Superyachts
February 27, 2014, 8:50 am
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This year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s largest showcase of super and megayachts afloat, will be the biggest ever with expanded exhibition area and berthing for 118 superyachts.

The demand for space at MYS has always been a challenge for more than ten years,” said Gaëlle Tallarida, Managing Director of the Monaco Yacht Show, “The improving global economy and expanding demand in developing economies for exclusive products and services like what can offer the superyachting industry was full of meaning for us and for Monaco also. Jointly with the Monaco Governement, the MYS has achieved to extend the footprint in 2014, which will enable to welcome the jewel of international superyachting to Monaco, world capital of yachting”.

The MYS floating area has been extended to the port entrance in front of the new Monaco Yacht Club and Quai Rainier 1er Grand Amiral de France, opening space for 118 yachts up to 120 metres for an average length over 50 metres. The exhibition area is also wider, with around 400 additional square metres for stands.

This annual, one-of-a-kind event attracts industry leaders and billionaires from around the world to catch up on the latest trends in the superyacht industry and acquire these Jewels of the Seas in the glamorous setting of the Principality of Monaco.

12 Most Popular Champagne Brands

Armand de Brignac

Armand de Brignac, or as it is colloquially called, “Ace of Spades”, is well-known for being rapper and business mogul, Jay Z’s favorite luxury beverage. It’s easy to disregard, but the showy champagne is actually very well-made. The brand is produced by the award-winning Champagne Cattier House of Chingy-les-Roses, France. It first gained worldwide attention in Jay Z’s music video for the song “Show Me What You Got” in late 2006. By 2009 it was rated the world’s number one champagne by Fine Champagne magazine in a blind tasting.

Price Range: Jay Z’s champagne of choice one set you off $300 a pop.


Also known as the “James Bond” champagne, Bollinger has been featured in over eleven of the 007 films. The champagne house’s story, however, begins in 1829 when a young aristocrat by the name of, Athanase de Villermont, saw the potential of the wine of champagne in his recently inherited estate and met fellow wine experts, Joseph Bollinger and Paul Renaudin. Together the three men founded a champagne house that would endure through the centuries.

Price Range: Bottles average at around $80.

Dom Pérignon

In 1668, a young Pierre Pérignon took office at a Benedictine abbey located in the heart of Champagne, France. Under his direction, the abbey and its vineyards prospered. Until his death in 1715, he made no exception to his ambitions for perfection, to create “the best wine in the world” as said in his own words on September 29, 1694. Today, Dom Pérignon is produced by the champagne house Moët and Chandon, another brand on our list. Dom Pérignon is their prestige vintage champagne.

Price Range: From the hands of Louis XIV to Lady Gaga, a bottle of the celebrated champagne can be yours as well if you are willing to spend from $150 on up.


Krug is one of the most exclusive champagne house, thanks to the champagne’s unique style. Founder Joseph Krug founded the company in 1843. Now the brand is renowned for its extended aging process. Their celebrated Clos d’Ambonnay is a champagne made entirely from pinot noir grapes from a single vineyard with production limited to only 3,000 bottles and a price tag of $2,500 and up.

Price Range: Price start at $140 and go way up from there.

Laurent Perrier

Laurent Perrier was founded in 1812 by Andre Michel Pierlot and is the largest family run champagne house to this day. Laurent Perrier was the first champagne house to introduce a large proportion of chardonnay (a minority grape in the region) into the  blend of its NV Brut L-P. This particular blend of champagne ranks relatively low on the alcohol content level, which may explain its popularity as a popular aperitif at high-end parties such as the Oscars.

Price Range: A bottle of Laurent Perrier costs $60 on average.

Louis Roederer

While the founding fathers were drafting the Declaration of Independence, Louis Roederer champagne was born in Reims, France. Made from grapes from the finest vineyards and matured in oak casks, the taste is structured and deliciously smooth.

You may have also heard of the brand Cristal, which Roederer produces and is viewed by many as the most opulent vintage champagne. Although Cristal was first developed in 1876 for Alexander II of Russia, the brand became a household name after several hip-hop artists began referencing the drink in their song lyrics in the mid ’90s and early aughts. The Tsar’s paranoia is thought to be the inspiration for its unusual clear, flat-bottomed bottle designed so that he would be able to see if anyone was trying to poison him.

Price Range: The Methuselah (8 times larger than standard size) 1990 Cristal Brut Millennium was sold at Christes, New York in 2005 for $18,800. But a standard bottle will cost you around $200.

Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon is a prestigious champagne house that is a part of LVMH. As one of the world’s largest champagne producers the brand appeals to the more extravagant of champagne buyers and boasts of its long history of glamorous fans. Their champagne has been featured at royal weddings and the Oscars. Legend has it that Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte along with his troops invented the tradition of sabering open bottles of Moët to announce their triumphant victories. Claude Moët founded the house in 1743. Later, his grandson Jean-Rémy Moët helped to bring the champagne house to international prominence while on his quest to “share the magic of champagne with the world.”

Price Range: Bottles begin at $50.

Perrier Jouët

Perrier Jouët pioneered the brut style in the mid-19th century. In 1811 when Pierre-Nicolas Perrier married Adele Jouët the House of Perrier-Jouët was born. Recognized for its exacting quality it was a favorite of Napoleon III and Queen Victoria. Perrier Jouët is most well-known for its decorative, flowery bottle that contains the premium Belle Epoque Cuvée (Grace Kelly’s favorite) and their vintage Fleur de Champagne. The champagne tastes of pear and a touch of creaminess. It hints at sweetness without being too overbearing.

Price Range: The delicious and gorgeous bottles cost around $50.



In 1785 Florens-Louis Heidsieck traveled  to Versailles and presented his wine to Queen Marie Antoinette. She loved the champagne and word quickly spread throughout the court. Fast forward to 1953 when yet another celebrated beauty would make the brand popular in the United States. Marilyn Monroe famously declared that she went to bed every night with a drop of perfume and woke up every morning with a glass of Champagne Piper-Heidsieck. It is also the wine used at the Festival de Cannes.

Price Range: Their wines start at $60 and go up to $200 for the better quality blends.

Pol Roger

Pol Roger was only eighteen when he made his first sale of wine on January 2, 1849. Ever since the brand has been owned and run by his descendants. Pol Roger is the “gentlemen’s” champagne, as Jean-Paul Kauffman wrote in Voyage en Champagne, so it is not surprising that Winston Churchill and even the British royal family have made it their favorite. Winston Churchill was a longtime admirer and later an ambassador of the brand after his first few sips in 1908. Churchill used to say of champagne: “In victory, deserve it; In defeat, need it.” In his honor their celebrated Cuvée Winston Churchill was born in 1975.

Price Range: Bottles can range from $50-$300 each.


Ruinart is the world’s oldest champagne house. Well ahead of his time the monk, Dom Thierry Ruinart, established the house in 1729, which is still exclusively producing champagne and run by the Ruinart family. In their blends they use a bigger proportion of Chardonnay than most other houses, so the taste is delicate and subtle, yet full of flavor.

Price Range: Ruinart is best known for its Blanc de Blanc and Brut Rosé which are both priced at $70.

Veuve Clicquot

Even when compared to most champagnes, Veuve Clicquot has an impressive resume. This French champagne house based in Reims is a part of the LVMH group of luxury brands. The company played an important role in establishing champagne as a favorite drink of the haute bourgeoisie and nobility throughout Europe. In 1810 Madame Clicquot created the first recorded vintage champagne and later invented the process that creates the crystal-clear bubbly we all know and love today. More recently, Veuve Clicquot has even been featured in many famous films such as Casa Blanca.

Price Range: Costs begin around $50 for their Brut Yellow Label and up to $300 for their La Grand Dame bottles.

10 Most Amazing Hotels in the World

Äscher Cliff, Switzerland myswitzerland.com

Hotel Kakslauttanen, Finland kakslauttanen.fi


The Manta Resort, Zanzibar underwaterroom.com

Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island conradhotels3.hilton.com

Attrap Reves Hotel, France attrap-reves.com

The Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden, Switzerland thecambrianadelboden.com

Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden icehotel.com


Juvet Landscape Resort, Norway juvet.com

Montana Magica Lodge, Chile huilohuilo.com

Giraffe Manor, Kenya thesafaricollection.com


Ralph & Russo Haute Couture S/S 2014
February 13, 2014, 6:40 pm
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Ralph & Russo

Being Australian (even if only according to my passport) I have really enjoyed viewing this Haute Couture collection of elaborate luxury gowns designed by Australian-born-British-based design due Ralph & Russo. My fist reference to the brand was when Beyoncé wore some of their lacy numbers on her Mrs Carter tour. Today Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo represent the only fashion company acknowledged by the Fortune magazine and count the likes of Angelina Jolie, Sheikha Mozah of Qatar and Princess Ameera al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia as their loyal clients.

Ralph & Russo Catwalk

Ralph & Russo launched their label in London six years ago and have already been recognised by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – the body that decides which fashion houses make the cut. This means they will show alongside the ranks of Valentino and Dior. As Julien Macdonald (who designed Haute Couture for Givenchy) pointed out: “The French take it really seriously. To be acknowledges by the Chambre is something that many designers try for but only a few ever manage to achieve.”

While Ralph & Russo have never staged a regular catwalk show, they possess, according to the Chambre’s president Didier Grumbach, that “Savoir Faire” which he considers is in danger of being lost in the modern age.

Hood by Air: Embracing Diversity #NYFW
February 10, 2014, 8:43 pm
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20-minute Hood by Air runway show couldn’t be any shorter. The fearless label injected NYC with a visceral energy and mesmerised the fashion set with their urban warriors, androgynous street-toughs and working-class people from around the neighbourhood. For Brooklyn-raised Shayne Oliver, it was an expression of his own identity: he plays with issues of status and power, insiders and outsiders, race, and gender roles, stirring up thoughts that are propelling the dialogue about diversity forward.

Runway photo credit: Infinity

All the usual visual cues for masculinity and femininity have been muddled and each time a model appears on the catwalk, one naturally attempts to discern if the person is male or female. But you’re also left to ask: Why does it matter? At a time when fashion seems to be fetishising transgender individuals in advertising campaigns and politicians are sorting through the legalities of same-sex marriage, Oliver’s work so profoundly blurs gender that it practically disappears. People are people.

The final moments of the show featured a group of bare-chested male models whose movements had the grace of dancers, the aggression of street fighters, and the audacity of runway divas… It’s one thing to design a nice frock, and completely different thing creating a thunderstorm of fresh, iconoclastic energy which Hood by Air made look so effortlessly dope.

The brand has also debuted its new ‘Fucciboi’ film to accompany the collection. The work of Matthew Williams and Jack Heller, the video focuses on the drama of dance and movement and the challenging of norms and expectations. As Shayne Oliver puts it, the film is to “all the Fuccibois who shred the status quo with aggression and lush energies.”

An Abandoned Parisian Apartment
January 12, 2014, 7:52 pm
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Madame de Florian was a French socialite and actress who fled to the south of France during World War II. She kept her apartment in Paris on the Right Bank near the Opéra Garnier, though, in case she wanted to return. However, she never went back to it after the war. Since 1942, the apartment has been sitting untouched, until recently when an auctioneer entered her apartment. What he found was a time capsule, full of treasures.

The apartment was covered in dust, perfectly preserved.

All of the furniture from the time period remained just how she left it. It looks as if she was just there yesterday.

Although it seems strange, having taxidermy pieces in one’s home was once a sign of affluence.

The home is not open to the public and is still owned by her estate.

Inside, a painting by Giovanni Boldini was found, a portrait of the apartment’s owner herself Madame de Florian.

The painting was sold for 2.1 million euros and the rest of the items inside of the apartment would be worth thousands as well.

The apartment is like a history lesson, showing what life was like during that time in Paris.

Stepping into this apartment is like stepping into history.

The apartment was able to remain abandoned and untouched because Madame de Florian continued paying the rent until her death in 2010 at the age of 91. Despite paying the rent, she never returned.