DIOR PRESENTS NEW ‘DIOR TALKS’ PODCAST EPISODE WITH VICKI NOBLE

A thought-provoking and welcome interlude for refreshing the mind and nourishing the spirit, Dior Talks invites you to discover charismatic figures, artists and friends of the House, as they talk openly and expansively about art and feminism in a series of podcasts. In this seventh episode, Vicki Noble, renowned feminist shaman, author and teacher, reveals the fascinating universe she has created during her career, and which inspired the designs and philosophy of the 2018 Cruise collection.

Committed to female emancipation from the age of 23 in the early 1970s, the pioneering American explains how, through her research on meditation, dreams and yoga, she encourages women to reconnect with their intuition and their instincts. In the 70s, she created the Motherpeace Tarot cards with collaborator Karen Vogel, a deck from which designs, reinterpreted by Maria Grazia Chiuri, punctuated the Dior creations in the show held in the stunning wilderness of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve near Los Angeles. From the bewitching symbolism of these cards to the profound messages which they reveal, the testimony of Vicki Noble offers a vision of women imbued with wisdom, a singular and powerful concept we wish to share with you.

https://podcasts.dior.com

 

Viking Officially Opens Reservations for New Mississippi River Cruises

 Viking has today opened reservations to the public for its inaugural Mississippi River cruises, launching 2022. The company’s first custom vessel, Viking Mississippi, will debut in August 2022 and will sail voyages on the Lower and Upper Mississippi River, between New Orleans and St. Paul.

Currently scheduled ports of call on Viking’s new Mississippi River cruises comprise seven U.S. states: Louisiana (Baton Rouge, Darrow, New Orleans and St. Francisville); Mississippi (Natchez and Vicksburg); Tennessee (Memphis); Missouri (Hannibal, St. Louis); Iowa (Burlington, Dubuque and Davenport); Wisconsin (La Crosse); and Minnesota (Red Wing, St. Paul).

As part of an exclusive preview promised by Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen, past Viking guests have been able to book the new Mississippi River cruises since 30 March 2020 and some departure dates are already nearly or completely sold out. As of today, all inaugural sailings of Viking Mississippi‘s 2022-2023 season are now available to the public for booking.

“At a time where many of us are at home, looking for inspiration to travel in the future, I am pleased to introduce a new, modern way to explore this great river. We invented the concept of modern river cruising when we got our start 23 years ago—first on the rivers of Russia and then in Europe. Since then, many people have come to appreciate the unique exploration that comes with river cruising—but currently there are very few options to do so on American rivers,” said Hagen when the new Mississippi River cruises were announced on March 30, 2020.

“Our guests are curious travellers, and they continue to tell us that the Mississippi is the river they most want to sail with us. No other waterway has played such an important role in America’s history, commerce and culture.”

The highly anticipated announcement of Viking’s arrival on the Mississippi is the most recent milestone as the company continues to expand its fleet and destination-focused travel offerings. In January 2020 the company unveiled Viking Expeditions, with the first 378-guest purpose-built expedition ship, Viking Octantis, launching in January 2022 on voyages to Antarctica and then North America’s Great Lakes. A second expedition vessel, Viking Polaris, will debut in August 2022, sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic.

Viking Mississippi

Hosting 386 guests in 193 all outside staterooms, the new state-of-the-art Viking Mississippi is inspired by Viking’s award-winning river and ocean ships and will feature clean Scandinavian design, as well as public spaces that are familiar to guests but that have been reimagined for Mississippi River voyages.

Purpose-built for the Mississippi and currently under construction in Louisiana, the five-deck ship’s cutting-edge design, expansive windows and comfortable amenities will make it the largest and most modern cruise ship in the region.

Highlights of the new ship include:

Rendering of the Viking Mississippi – Seating area on the Bow in front of the Explorer’s Lounge.

·       All Outside Staterooms: Guests can choose from an unparalleled seven spacious stateroom categories that range from 268 sq. ft to 1,024 sq. ft: Veranda, French Balcony, Deluxe Veranda, Penthouse Veranda, Penthouse Jr. Suite, Terrace Suite and Explorer Suite. All staterooms feature a private veranda or French balcony, king-size bed with luxury linens, large flat-screen interactive TV, mini-bar, large glass-enclosed shower, heated bathroom floor and 24-hour room service.

 

·       Viking Suites: Viking Mississippi will have some of the largest true suites on the river, with every suite featuring two rooms and a full-size veranda off the spacious sitting room. Guests in Penthouse Jr. Suites (400 sq. ft.) and Terrace Suites (425 sq. ft.) receive early stateroom access; expanded double-sink bathroom; mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water and snacks replenished daily; welcome champagne; and laundry, pressing and shoe shine services. Guests in the expansive Explorer Suites (657 sq. ft. to 1,024 sq. ft) also receive a wraparound veranda and complimentary Silver Spirits Beverage Package.

·       Explorers’ Lounge & The Bow: Familiar to Viking’s ocean guests as one of the most popular onboard public spaces, Viking Mississippi will also feature an Explorers’ Lounge near the bow of the ship. The sun-filled, two-story Explorers’ Lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows that open to The Bow, a unique outdoor seating area at the front of the ship where guests can relax and enjoy ever-changing riverside views 

·       River Café: From American classics to Mamsen’s Norwegian specialties, this indoor/outdoor dining venue on the top deck will offer alternative restaurant dining in a casual al fresco setting.  

·       Aquavit Terrace: A public space beloved by many of Viking’s ocean and river guests, Viking Mississippi will also feature a revolutionary Aquavit Terrace on the top deck, providing a casual dining space ideal for an American barbecue experience. Combined with the River Café, the Aquavit Terrace will provide the most al fresco dining options on the Mississippi. 

·       Sun Terrace with Infinity Plunge Pool: Similar to Viking’s ocean ships, Viking Mississippi will have a glass-backed pool experience at the aft, allowing guests to take a dip while fully surrounded by their destination.

·       The Living Room: Clean Scandinavian design paired with American influences, the Living Room on Deck 1 is designed for socializing, relaxing and entertainment. Nearby, the quiet corner of The Library, is a perfect place to discover a new book.

·       The Restaurant: This main dining venue on Deck 1 will serve daily-changing menus featuring delicious regional cuisine and always available classics prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

·       Full 360-Degree Promenade Deck: Guests can stroll the entire ship outside on Deck 1, stretching their legs while viewing scenic landscape and regional wildlife.

·       Enrichment On Board and On Shore: Connecting guests to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking creating “the thinking person’s cruise.” A focus on cultural enrichment on board Viking Mississippi means that guests will enjoy Destination Performances that represent the most iconic music of the region—as well as Guest Lecturers that shed light on the region’s art, architecture, history, culture, natural world and more. And only The Viking Way of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Privileged Access, Local Life and Working World experiences, opening doors to places otherwise difficult to visit. On Viking’s Mississippi River itineraries, guests may choose to take a guided kayaking trip in the Louisiana bayou; visit a working farm in Quad Cities; or immerse themselves in Cajun culture during a Privileged Access excursion to the Rural Life Museum of Louisiana State University. 

·       Sustainable Features: Solar panels, LED lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize natural light and an energy-efficient hybrid propulsion system will make Viking Mississippi the most environmentally friendly passenger ship on the Mississippi River.

·       Viking Inclusive Value: Every Mississippi River cruise fare includes everything guests need, with no surprises or hidden fees. Cruise fares include one complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all gratuities, port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, lectures, alternative dining at no extra charge, self-service launderettes, 24-hour room service and free Wi-Fi.

2022-2023 Viking Mississippi Inaugural Voyages 

  • America’s Heartland (8 days; St. Louis to St. Paul or v.v)—From pristine farms nestled in rolling terrain to steep bluff rising from tributaries dotted with wooded islands, the Upper Mississippi offers a rich tapestry of beauty upon every turn of the river. This journey introduces you to the unforgettable experience of the locks and dams that control the flow of the heartland rivers. Hear stories of settlers migrating west; learn about Lewis & Clark, Mark Twain, John Deere and the Amish and Norwegian migrations; experience the regional music like polka and Norwegian folk; and taste reginal cuisine showcasing local beer, produce and Wisconsin cheese. Priced from AUD$6,995pp, twin share.
  • Heart of the Delta (8 days; New Orleans to Memphis or v.v.)—This journey on the Lower Mississippi is infused with American history, culture and heritage. Tour the area where the migrating French and Acadians settled; immerse yourself in the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement; discover the music of the South—jazz, blues and gospel; and experience the life and food culture of the south, from Cajun and Creole to the famed “dry” Memphis BBQ. Priced from AUD$5,695pp, twin share.
  • Southern Celebration (8 days; New Orleans–Vicksburg–New Orleans)—On this exploration of the Lower Mississippi, visit the historic homes of Louisiana and Mississippi; learn about Civil War history, touring sites like Vicksburg National Military Park; and discover the excitement and unique flavors of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Priced from AUD$5,795pp, twin share.
  • America’s Great River (15 days; New Orleans to St. Paul or v.v.)—Experience nearly the entire length of the Mississippi River on this incredible journey from the Gulf of Mexico to the northernmost reaches of the U.S. Relax and enjoy the variety of scenery, foliage and wildlife on this leisurely voyage. Enjoy southern charm and beautifully preserved homes in Natchez; retrace the steps of Civil Rights leaders in Memphis; ascend the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; and visit “The Norwegian Valley” in La Crosse. Priced from AUD$14,595pp, twin share.

For additional information, visit vikingcruises.com.au or phone 138 747 (AU) | 0800 447 913 (NZ).

Hang Lung Launches LOVE TO SHARE Campaign to Give Away 15,000 units of mask holders through Hang Lung e-Privilege for Free

Hang Lung Launches LOVE TO SHARE Campaign to Give Away 15,000 units of mask holders through Hang Lung e-Privilege for Free

 

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hang Lung continues to battle with Hong Kongers against the disease by launching the LOVE TO SHARE campaign at its seven prime shopping locations. From April 6 onward, a total of 15,000 units of MASKeeper – a mask holder designed locally by InnoSphere – will be given away for free at Fashion Walk, Grand Plaza, Hollywood Plaza, Gala Place, Amoy Plaza, Kornhill Plaza, and Peak Galleria. MASKeeper is a solution for storing masks temporarily in a sanitary fashion. It is hoped that this endeavor of Hang Lung’s will help ease Hong Kongers’ mind when using surgical masks given their limited supply these days.

We have also invited Raymond Wong, a talented actor who is renowned for being a good husband and a father of two sons, to be the ambassador of LOVE TO SHARE campaign. Raymond joins hands with Hang Lung Properties’ Director – Leasing and Management, Ms. Bella Chhoa in demonstrating the use of MASKeeper through an engaging video tutorial. Bella explained that the campaign was inspired by the much cherished spirit of mutual love and support among Hong Kongers. “Perseverance and solidarity are the core values of Hong Kongers and have helped us get through a lot of hardships over the years. Despite the unprecedented challenges caused by the outbreak of COVID-19, I believe that our concerted effort will curb the spread and we will eventually win this battle. Hang Lung is committed to playing our part in the fight against COVID-19.” Raymond also shared his COVID-19 stories. “To play our part in this battle, my family and I try to stay at home as much as we can. Every time when we have to head out, we are extremely mindful because we are running low on masks, and we do not want to contaminate our masks when we have to take them off temporarily. MASKeeper definitely helps ease my mind,” Raymond expressed.

 

Given away generously in the LOVE TO SHARE campaign, the MASKeeper is easy to use – simply lay a mask flat on the holder, then fold and fasten it. It helps to reduce the risk of contamination and virus spread. Do sanitize your MASKeeper before and after use with 75% Isopropyl Alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Interested to get one? Sign up as a member of Hang Lung e-Privilege beginning from April 6, then you will be eligible to redeem one piece of MASKeeper for free. Get your beloved one a MASKeeper as well by referring them to sign up as a member during the registration process. Limited quantities; while stocks last.

Act now and fight against COVID-19 by sharing love!

  • Sign up as a member of Hang Lung e-Privilege from April 6 onward to obtain a MASKeeper redemption ticket.
  • Upon registration, you may provide the phone number of a referee. When they sign up, they will also receive a MASKeeper redemption ticket.
  • From April 13 onward, you can redeem a MASKeeper upon presentation of the redemption ticket at the shopping mall of your choice.
    Exclusively available for new members.

All malls carry 15,000 units of MASKeeper in total (7,500 for members and 7,500 for referees).

Limited quantities; while stocks last.

 

HUGO BOSS Mask production at HUGO BOSS production facilities

Being a clothing manufacturer with the knowledge and capability to do something for the greater good, we have decided to take decisive action. Therefore, HUGO BOSS has dedicated its clothing production site at its global headquarters in Metzingen to the manufacture of face masks, which will be donated to public facilities. In the coming weeks, HUGO BOSS will manufacture 180,000 masks.

The face masks are crafted in a cotton-blend material that can be washed and reused at least 50 times. These masks are not for clinical use. However, they can be used in other settings, such as in nursing homes, fire departments, and by police.

We would like to thank our partners and all teams involved – especially the team in the production facilities.

We are delighted that our license partner for fragrances Coty will manufacture hand sanitizers to additionally combat shortages due to the coronavirus.

HUGO BOSS德國麥琴根廠房投入生口罩

作為一家服裝製造企業,HUGO BOSS擁有專業的知識及能力為社會付出努力。面對疫情,我們希望能夠採取積極果斷的行動。 HUGO BOSS位於德國麥琴根(Metzingen)總部的服裝廠房已投入生產口罩,並將捐贈給公共機構。

在接下來的幾星期,HUGO BOSS預計能製造18萬個口罩,以應付疫情的急切需求。

口罩採用棉質混紡材料製成,可以清洗及重複使用至少50次。這些口罩暫不適用於臨床醫用,但它們可以應付其他設施的需要,例如療養院,消防部門和警隊等。

STAY HOME, STAY CHIC

打造窩居時尚風格的5大秘訣

Your personal living space is your own little sanctuary where you can dress as you please, indulge as you may and relax as you wish.

Whether you’re a devout homebody or merely enjoy the occasional staycation, the joys of staying at home can be exponentially elevated with a few easy tricks. Amp it up with these 5 Shanghai Tang luxurious and chic essentials to make the moment truly, enjoyably yours and yours only.

居住空間就是你的個人安樂窩,讓你無拘無束、隨心所欲的一片寧謐小天堂。不論你熱愛時常宅在家,還是喜歡偶爾來個「宅度假」(staycation),優質的家居時光可以靠幾個簡單方法昇華。上海灘嚴選五大必備好物,打造品味生活,令你在家也可以很時尚。

So you’ve invested in premium 1200-thread-count bedding, but don’t forget about that intimate layer between the sheets and your skin. Our first secret to at-home pampering – Silky Soft Sleepwear. A set of well-crafted pyjamas, or a strappy négligée, made from silk satin that glides across your skin, will make you feel like you’re sleeping on cloud nine.

Many swear by Shanghai Tang’s legendary pure mulberry Silk Satin Pyjama Shirt And Pant as their go-to for a good night’s sleep. The dreamy silk fabric is trimmed with contrast piping and topped with a mandarin collar. If you’re looking for something with a bit less coverage, try our slinky Silk Satin Night Slip with a front keyhole cut-out and side slits.

有了最優質的高針數床單和被單,可別忘了最緊貼肌膚的一層衣物。不論是睡覺還是傭賴在家,必備一套滑不溜手的真絲睡衣,親膚的質感為你帶來最極致享受。

一直深受歡迎的上海灘真絲睡衣上衣及褲,以光滑的純桑蠶絲緞面製造,拼接撞色滾邊和經典中式立領,口袋繡上「睡」字,糅合傳統與現代玩味。若喜歡較少束縛的廓形,可選擇真絲吊帶睡裙,採用同款的桑蠶絲緞面,前胸匙孔縷空、側縫開衩,散發高貴的撩人氣質。

Scents have the power of capturing moments and transforming them into lingering memories. They can also create the perfect ambience for you to enjoy the present. Lighting a scented candle is an almost ritual-like experience — from the moment you strike the matchstick, enjoying that gentle crackle of the blaze, to lighting up a Shanghai Tang candle, permeating the space with a luxurious aroma.

Our tip: finding your signature scent may take a few tries. To narrow it down, try looking for something from your favourite olfactory family, such as floral, woody or oriental. Shanghai Tang’s iconic Ginger Flower has a distinctive citrusy floral scent; the Vivid Dragon is a spicy oriental fragrance; Whisper is infused with floral notes and woody undertones.

香味像回憶的時間囊,能在瞬間將眼前畫面與氣味凝住,傳送至未來。香味亦能打造抒心的氛圍,讓你享受當下。燃點香薰蠟燭就是一個靈性的體驗,輕劃火柴,沙沙一聲火焰燃起,點亮上海灘的香薰蠟燭,讓馥郁的香氣滲透整個家居。

要挑選屬於你的氣味,需要花點心思與時間,不妨從你喜歡的香調家族入手,例如花香調、木調、果香調等等。上海灘標誌性的薑花香薰散發獨特的果香花調,清新優雅;栩栩如生龍紋香薰屬帶有香料成份的東方調,辛香提神,別具韻味;紫禁花園Whisper香薰則是怡人的花香調,帶清新木調餘韻。

The best way to ensure quality shuteye – is to ensure you keep your eyes shut!

A few points to note when selecting an eye mask – make sure it blocks out the light, isn’t too tight against your eyes, and feels comfortable for your skin. Our Foulard Print Silk Eye Masks are created with all the above in mind, with the added bonus of being extra stylish. Made from pure mulberry silk and bearing a scarf print that is different for every unit, these eye masks are generously padded and will guarantee a night of beauty sleep.

挑選眼罩時,要確保其隔光度高、不會勒得太緊和物料舒適親膚。上海灘的真絲印花眼罩在設計過程中,特別考慮到以上三個要素,以打造最優質的實用性,同時極具設計感。眼罩以純桑蠶絲製造,印上精緻印花,每一件都有著獨一無二的圖案,而眼罩更有厚厚的充棉,有著脹卜卜的綿軟質感,有如枕著棉花糖入夢。

Don’t we all love the feeling of being cocooned in soft, marshmallowy bliss? The desire to snuggle up in swathes of cosy fabrics stems from our infant days — our fluffy Cashmere Knit Blanket And Zip Pillow Set and Foldable Cashmere Knit Blanket are a ‘grown-up’ version of our childhood security blankets after all.

On home pampering days, we love to curl up on the couch with a good book and a warm drink, so a trusty couch throw (or sofa blanket!)  is a must. Shanghai Tang’s range of blankets are knitted from pure cashmere, meaning they’re incredible warm and cosy without bulky weight. And we designed them with either a zip pouch or an attached fold-in pocket, so that they’re foldable and ready-to-go when you opt for a vacay instead of a staycay next time.

源自嬰兒時期的習慣,我們總愛窩在被窩中的溫暖與安全感。懶洋洋休閒在家的日子,最佳活動是捲起在沙發上,手執一杯暖茶、一本好書,又或準備「煲劇」…… 一張溫暖可靠的毯子實在少不得。

上海灘多款羊絨針織毯及收納袋套裝可折疊羊絨針織毯以極盡柔軟輕便的純羊絨編織而成,保溫度高卻十分輕巧,採用鮮明的色彩搭配,呼應品牌經典款的撞色時尚風格。毛毯配備拉鍊袋或縫上貼袋,方便摺疊及收納,更可變成一個柔軟的枕頭,便於去旅行時攜帶。

A hot mug of joe in the morning, a soothing cuppa post-noon, and a tipple after dark. It’s important to stay hydrated all day and be chic while doing so.

For hot beverages, enjoy them in quality fine bone china, a type of porcelain thus named due to its magical ingredient – cattle bone ash, which gives bone china its superior whiteness, translucency and strength. Shanghai Tang’s Forbidden Garden and Chinese Garden Bird and Lattice fine bone china collection is prized for its vibrant, whimsical designs often touched with gold accents.

For wine and other refreshing drinks, our Four Season glasses and Dragon crystal stemware etched with intricate patterns will serve as the perfect vessel as well as a sparkling conversation starter.

早上喝咖啡、午後品茗、美酒佐餐,在家的日子要多多「補充水份」!

上海灘骨瓷飲具盛載熱飲,帶來視覺享受。精緻的紫禁花園花園故事花鳥格紋骨瓷系列是品牌最具代表性的家品之一,是陶瓷製品的一種,當中加入了牛骨粉,這個特別的成份就是令骨瓷更亮白、通透與堅硬耐用的關鍵,因此亦更容易製作出更薄的製成品。骨瓷飲具包括咖啡杯、茶壺與茶杯等,圖案的靈感源自傳統中式元素,糅合摩登美學與設計,偶爾點綴金色手繪細節,華美精巧。

冷飲及餐酒則可選用上海灘的玻璃杯及水晶玻璃酒具,刻上精緻的圖案,如花中四君子龍紋等,彰顯高貴品味。

 

ROGER VIVIER SPRING/SUMMER 2020 THE NEW VIV’ RUN

Since its launch in 2018, the Viv’ Run, Roger Vivier’s first running shoe by Creative Director Gherardo Felloni, has become one of the Maison’s best-loved styles. “Sneakers have evolved from being just sports shoes,” Felloni says. “Now, it represents the lifestyle of modern women.”

An unexpected mix of luxury and sporty style, the Viv’ Run features a perfect fusion of the creativity of couture and the energy of running. Handcrafted in mesh fabric, net and neoprene, it is at the unlikely intersection of high fashion and sports. Stylish companions for women on-the-go, the Viv’ Run sneakers feature a 7.5-cm curved heel, hidden inside the sole, inspired by Monsieur Vivier’s Choc heel created in 1959. A reference to the iconic design of the Belle Vivier, the traditional shoe laces of a running shoe give way to a signature buckle, in either rubber or embellished with crystals, creating a unique contrast between contemporary street style and luxury.

 

This Spring/Summer 2020, Felloni continues the evolution of the Viv’ Run. Two new additions make their debut this season: the Viv’ Run Strass Mule and the Viv’ Run Strass Buckle Sandal. The Viv’ Run Strass Mule combines easy-to-wear mules with the sporty style of sneakers. It comes with an open back, and is handcrafted using a mix of high-performance materials that is unique to this design. The Viv’ Run Strass Buckle Sandal brings together a summer mood and an energetic spirit in one contemporary shoe. The open sandal comes with two adjustable leather straps and the signature crystal buckle, while retaining the distinct sole of the Viv’ Run.

 

 

North Pole Marathon 2020

FWD returns as title sponsor of the North Pole Marathon 2020, putting conservation education at the heart 

Hong Kong team Annie Liu, Andy Leung and Hard Tsui together with new member Wong Ho Fai joins FWD team members across Asia to take the Arctic race by storm

FWD Group (“FWD”) is pleased to sponsor FWD North Pole Marathon, the world’s coolest marathon, for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, FWD will support 12 runners from across Asia to take part on 13 April, 2020 and will reinforce the understanding and the importance of preserving the environment through the sponsorship.

 

Three runners who represented FWD Hong Kong last year, including artist Annie Liu; singer Andy Leung, and highly experienced marathon runner Hard Tsui, will be joined this year by new ultra-marathon runner Wong Ho Fai. These four runners will represent FWD Hong Kong in the half and full marathon races respectively.

This year, FWD is also introducing a new way to celebrate living by educating an incentive to preserve the environment. Working with EcoMatcher, a reforestation enterprise, FWD will plant trees to offset CO2. FWD is aiming to plant three forests across Asia including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia. In addition, FWD Hong Kong aims to plant 1,000 trees in Thailand and Nepal, equivalent to two forests, to make the event more meaningful by contributing to the natural preservation of the environment.

 

Ultra-marathon runner joined the long-anticipated Arctic race

This year, FWD invited ultra-marathon runner Wong Ho Fai to join the Hong Kong runners. Augmenting the promotion of FWD North Pole Marathon 2020, the four Hong Kong representatives created a series of promotional videos themed “#MyCoolestFace” and were painted in realistic snow-like special effects make-up to accentuate the extremities of the arctic cold, highlighting their determination to conquer the North Pole.

 

Annie Liu pointed out that the snow-like make up effect on her face recalled her memory from last year. “Last year, I stayed at Longyearbyen for a week when it was -30 ° C so I needed to eat a lot to keep warm. The snow-like makeup reminded me of how harsh the environment was and it spurred me on to be well prepared this year to cope with such extreme conditions.” Speaking of being able to embark on the journey again, Annie expressed, “I’m more excited to be able to represent FWD Hong Kong again this year, giving me another chance to finish the challenge.” “Courage is built over time. Just like when I entered the entertainment industry, I needed to accumulate experience over many years. This was fueled by my passion and drive to accept more and greater challenges ahead.”

 

It was the singer Andy Leung’s first time to experience makeup with special effects and was exceptionally excited on the shooting day. “The special effects were so realistic that I literally felt like I was in the North Pole and made the running shots especially realistic. I perspire a lot from the rush of adrenaline, so I needed to quickly cooldown otherwise I would’ve had to get my makeup redone from scratch.” On why he fell in love with running, Andy explained, “I initially started to run to improve my singing. I never imagined that I would fall in love with the sport. Just as I started singing as a result of my passion for music, I had never imagined my music could influence others.” Andy elaborated on his decision to participate in the FWD North Pole Marathon last year was to motivate others to courageously pursue their dreams.  “One’s biggest obstacle is often himself. If you have enough determination and perseverance, you can surely achieve every goal.”

Hard Tsui said, “Last year’s FWD ‘78° North’ Marathon was the first marathon I took part in under extreme weather conditions. Although I was not able to complete it within my target time, it was an unforgettable experience. Having this opportunity again, I will leverage my previous experience, enjoy the race, and overcome the psychological pressure under such extreme climate. My goal is to break my record last year!”

 

Wong Ho Fai is very excited to participate in the marathon in the polar region. “As an ultra marathon runner, I spent 73 days completing a 3,500 kilometers course. But when it comes to the extreme cold I am about to face, it will be a great challenge to my mind and body. I believe one’s potential is unlimited – we are able to challenge further and further with our determination.”

FWD Team Asia takes part in the world’s coldest marathon

The four Hong Kong runners will join eight runners from five regions in Asia to form FWD Team Asia. The team includes Thomas Jason Peters and Misaki Izuoka from Japan; Joyete Jopson from the Philippines; Thị Ly Bạch and Duy Quang Trần from Vietnam; Itthipol Samutthong and Somchai Khemglad from Thailand and Rob Schimek from FWD Group.

 

Ken Lau, Managing Director of Greater China and Hong Kong Chief Executive Officer of FWD, said, “We are very honored to again be the title sponsor of the North Pole Marathon and support the runners to challenge the Arctic. We have given extra meaning this year through our environmental-driven initiatives which is inspired by our own FWD Team Asia. Our runners are awe-struck by the natural landscape of the North Pole where it is also vulnerable to climate change. At FWD, we pride ourselves in our challenger brand values and will start doing our part in helping preserve the environment we live in and encourage people to celebrate living.”

Fortnum’s Celebrates Collaboration

Fortnum’s Celebrates Collaboration with Contemporary Artist Zhang Enli with Exclusive Print and Hand-Finished Scarf

Following an acclaimed artistic collaboration between Fortnum & Mason and Zhang Enli in September 2019, two limited edition products will arrive in Fortnum’s K11 MUSEA store on Monday 9th March.

Last year Fortnum’s exhibited a series of 22 artworks by Zhang Enli in its flagship store in London’s Piccadilly, 19 of which were specially commissioned for Fortnum’s. Through expressive use of shape and colour, Zhang Enli is able to elevate the seemingly ordinary into something far beyond, just as Fortnum’s does in its endeavours to make the everyday that little more extraordinary.

Inspired by the artist’s increased travel to and across the UK over the past year, these works harnessed themes of travel, mapping, immigration and relocation.

‘The Tea Garden’ Exclusive Limited Print (HKD 3,718)

Hero artwork ‘The Tea Garden’, inspired by maps and contours that reference tea plantations in Hunan and outlying islands of Hong Kong, is exclusively available as a print for HKD 3,718 in limited quantity. Created in collaboration with London-based designer Jane Carr, an exclusive scarf is also available in the Tea Garden print for HKD 2,388. Made by craftsmen in the historic mills of Como in Italy, each cashmere blend scarf is finished with hand-rolled or hand-frayed hems.

‘The Tea Garden’ Exclusive Scarf (HKD 2,388)

Five more paintings were commissioned to hang on the walls of the restaurant 181, while Enli also designed the caddy for our Musea Blend tea, created exclusively for sale in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Exclusive Musea Blend (HKD298)

 

 

The partnership with Zhang Enli is the latest demonstration of Fortnum’s long-standing commitment to the arts across its centuries of history. From commissions with Yves Saint Laurent, Charles Creed and Salvatore Ferragamo, to the more recent works of Richard Brendon and Rory Dobner, Fortnum’s has had a pivotal role in the careers of some of the most celebrated and ground-breaking artists.

K11 MUSEA

K11 MUSEA MUSE EDITION: The Cutting-Edge Fashion Destination for Fashion Insiders
K11 MUSEA Launches K11|ANTONIA – K11’s First Ever-Global Fashion Venture with World’s Most
Iconic Italian Fashion Forward Style Maker Antonia

This March, K11 MUSEA, Hong Kong’s Silicon Valley of Culture adds to its reputation as an innovative cultural-retail destination with MUSE EDITION delivering the most
forward-thinking brands in luxury streetwear, sophisticated ready-to-wear and runway. Previously, New World Centre, where K11 MUSEA MUSE EDITION stands today was the site where many fashion brands first laid down their roots in Hong Kong. It’s fitting that today MUSE EDITION can bring together an unmatched fashion edit for the tastes of the city’s contemporary fashion insiders and global millennials alike. MUSE EDITION continues to pioneer an unparalleled fashion experience by welcoming one of the world’s most directional and influential fashion forward style maker Antonia to Hong Kong with the launch of the K11|ANTONIA multi-brand flagship store. To mark its arrival, over 25 boldly styled key Spring/Summer looks curated by co-founder Antonia Giacinti and her team will be presented on customised mannequins at the heart of K11 MUSEA’s Opera Theatre to MUSE EDITION. This month, K11 MUSEA also sees Global Fashion icon Chiara Ferragni’s first flagship store open in Hong Kong.

A ground-breaking collaboration between K11 and Antonia, the new K11|ANTONIA is set to become a top destination for style mavens as a focal point of MUSE EDITION in K11 MUSEA. With over 5,700 square feet of space, K11|ANTONIA will debut both co-founders Antonia Giacinti’s & Maurizio Purificato’s handpicked selection and signature blend of high fashion, streetwear and ready to wear brands. With its unique styling and fashion edits, K11|ANTONIA is a platform for positioning niche brands beside fashion heavyweights. Over 50 established and trailblazing brands including Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chloé, Miu Miu, Jacquemus, Balmain, Alessandra Rich, The Attico, Alanui, Ambush, Kolor, White Mountaineering and more are available.

Designed by Italian architect Vincenzo de Cotiis, Antonia’s long standing partner in the development of its retail concepts in Milan, K11|ANTONIA will feature three distinct yet free-flowing spaces dedicated to men’s and women’s ready-to-wear and women’s accessories. The store’s high-impact décor features mirrors, smoky glass, rustic stained glass, steel, brass and marble in a palette of gold, gray, beige and blurry pink. True standout fixtures will include a key translucent pastel pink sneaker wall in the men’s area made with specially-treated fibreglass and a custom sculpted curved marble ‘installation’ island in the women’s area that will display and feature key seasonal looks. Signifying the arrival of K11|ANTONIA , over 25 boldly styled key Spring/Summer looks curated by Antonia Giacinti and her team will be presented on a collective of customised mannequins. These hyper-realistic mannequins, designed by architect De Cotiis, are modelled on real people using a special 3D scanning and printing technique. Each mannequin features a special highlight color as an added artistic touch. The looks are told in a three-part story: Pastel Sorbet Dreams, Natural Earth Tone and Garden Party. From 26 March – 26 April, these iconic looks will feature throughout K11 MUSEA , enticing visitors to discover and explore the exciting new K11|ANTONIA fashion flagship.

Strike a pose; Take a selfie on the K11 MUSEA Red Carpet
From 26 th March – 26 th April, visitors to K11 MUSEA can enjoy checking out the customised mannequins from K11|ANTONIA and snap a fashion selfie on the Red Carpet at the Opera Theatre. Follow the red carpet trail that leads to MUSE EDITION, strike a pose at the neon sign and upload the picture on Instagram, hashtag #K11FashionMuse (Instagram account setting will need to be set to public) to collect a printed photo of your most fashionista moment!

To enjoy a special K11|ANTONIA opening offer, visitors can download the K11 App and use it to scan QR codes on the customised mannequins. They will then receive the exclusive K11| ANTONIA offer directly in their K11 App.
Instagram : @k11musea @k11_antonia
#K11MUSEA #K11FashionMuse #MUSEAlook #SiliconValleyofCulture #K11ANTONIA

 

Dior | Makeup Backstage by Peter Philips

Credit/Mentions:

Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 Ready-to-Wear Collection by Dior, Dior Show Backstage

Dior Make-up created and styled by Peter Philips

Photography: Vincent Lappartient for Christian Dior Parfums
Videography: Hugo Jozwicki @hugojozwicki
When using this photos on instagram or social media, thanks to credit : Makeup by @diormakeup @peterphilipsmakeup

Highlighted Product:
Diorshow On Stage Liner #091
Diorshow Khol #099