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    first_imgStay in this season with these out of the box objects. Toy storyEvery dog has his day and these pampered pugs prove the old adage right. Kitted out in one-of-a-kind canine couture by the likes of Versace, Valentino and our very own Manish Arora, these delightful toys are part of,Stay in this season with these out of the box objects.Toy storyEvery dog has his day and these pampered pugs prove the old adage right. Kitted out in one-of-a-kind canine couture by the likes of Versace, Valentino and our very own Manish Arora, these delightful toys are part of online luxury store Luisa Via Roma’s Pug Dogs For Happy Kids campaign. The 21 pooches were crafted by German label Reis and then dressed by some of the biggest names in fashion to raise money for UNICEF’s Arise project in Bangladesh which aims to educate street children and integrate them into the mainstream. The cutesy collectibles have created quite a storm as the Balmain pug, the first to go under the hammer, fetched an exciting Euro 2010 (1. 36 lakhs approximately)). The four-legged fashionistas were decked out by the labels in their signature style. Fashion label Balmain dressed the pet in baroque trousers and a gold and brass beaded jacket; the Valentino pug stuck to the house’s favourite colour, scarlett, with a studded lead in the bright shade, while the other big Italian name, Versace, showcased an edgy aesthetic with a dominatrix inspired harness. Other standouts include Giambattista Valli who created a marabou trimmed stuffed toy and Manish Arora whose metallic red creation is a tribute to his celebrated eccentric aesthetic. The auction is on till May 16, so start bidding now for a dandy dog of your own.Auto: Green-eyed monsterWith Ducati’s flagship Monster 1100 EVO providing the canvas for new motorcycle creation, the Diesel creative team and Ducati Design Centre guided stylists to create the Ducati Monster Diesel. This mean machine carries an exclusive matt green Diesel livery which lends it the look and feel of a rugged military vehicle. The trellis frame, wheels and engine covers are painted in the standard Ducati black, while the front brake callipers are finished in a loud yellow, a throwback to the brand’s performance heritage. This $13,795 (Rs 9 lakhs approximately) bike is a part of the ‘Diesel Together with Ducati’ collection and will be available from July.Jewellery: Secret garden Piaget artists capture the unspoilt beauty of nature in the Limelight Garden Party collection. Marquisecut diamonds, deep blue sapphires, white chalcedony and other precious gems burst out from gold stems taking the shape of exquisite roses, garlandlike jewellery and watches decked with sparkling flowers. The range is available in Piaget’s Delhi and Mumbai outlets.Watch: No stopping tankLegend has it Louis Cartier was inspired by the tanks used by the Allied powers during WW I when he designed the first Tank watch. The timepiece became an icon of early art deco design owing to its streamlined style. Tank Anglaise, the latest launch by the house, is a pure and distilled tank which joins the ranks of Tank Americaine and Tank Franaise. The trio is named to honour London, New York and Paris, the locations of the watchmaker’s flagship boutiques. Priced at Rs 20 lakhs (approximately) the watch is available in three shades of gold and comes in three sizes for men and women.Spirit: Flashing lightsIn the run up to the Cannes Film Festival, Belvedere plays homage to the film industry by encasing a bottle of Belvedere vodka in a studio flash. The box has a glossy black exterior decorated with the brand’s signature mythical trees. A limited edition of just 25 pieces will be placed at the Black Chamber at Cannes.Auction: Hot heirloomsWhen Huguette Clark, the mysterious New York heiress, died at the age of 104 earlier this year, she left behind a treasure trove of jewels which are now being auctioned by Christie’s. Once the fourth richest woman in America, Clark had not been seen in public for the past seven decades. Among her priceless hoard is a rare pink 9-carat diamond ring valued at $ 8 million (Rs 41 crores approximately) and an art-deco charm bracelet by Cartier, circa 1925.Jewellery: Run for coverMeet the working girl’s new best friend, a laptop sleeve studded with 8,800 round cut diamonds. The world’s most expensive laptop sleeve has been launched by Dutch brand CoverBee. The blingy ware comes lined with sable fur sourced from Russia and its innards are crafted in silver. So how much does it cost? Just $ 6.9 million (Rs 35 crores approximately).Shoe: Design driveSetting foot in an Aston Martin just got more affordable. The luxury car manufacturer joined forces with John Lobb for Super Sport, a sleek, aerodynamic driving shoe. Incorporating the principle of ‘dynamic tension’ the shoe stands for the style, craftsmanship and quality which both brands are renowned for. It stands apart from the more formal products from the shoe label’s stable and reflects the automotive design cues associated with the car brand. Made from full-grain calfskin and supple sheepskin the shoe comes in various colours combined with white and red soles and laces to match.CalendaradvertisementadvertisementDates that mean something.Foodies can escape to Banff, Canada for the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival for a blissful weekend spent sampling delectable cuisine and premium spirits.Art aficionados unite, Vivid Sydney is back with a bang in its fourth year. Watch Sydney transforming into a spectacular canvas of light, music and art. The popular festival known for its visionary public art and interactive installations is on till June 3.For eight weeks starting the 26 of May you can shop till you drop in one of Asia’s biggest retail events, The Great Singapore Sale. From couture to toys get it all on sale.Lap of luxuryA round up of the top spas across the world.In the pursuit of harmony, balance and wellbeing. Ananda in the Himalayas- This luxury destination spa resort is dedicated to restoring balance and harmonising energy, through a holistic approach, which combines the healing principles of the East and the West with a specific focus on ayurveda and aromatherapy, along with contemporary spa technology.Six Senses Spa- It sits beneath the Evason Ma’In hot springs (865 feet below sea level) and uses the therapeutic properties of its mineral rich waters in spa treatments. This secluded oasis, in the heart of the Jordanian desert, is an ideal location to unwind.The Mekong Spa- It is the first luxury spa in Luang Prabang, Laos and offers a range of face and body treatments, some of which are based on the traditional Laotian herbal remedies. These aim to heal and nurture, using pure botanical ingredients, handpicked from local organic gardens.TalkCool news for a hot summer.Lo spirito volaPaul Fryer’s iconic art works, which blur boundaries between art and science, will be exhibited at the Gucci Museo, Florence. Curated by Francesca Amfitheatrof, the exhibit showcases Pieta, a waxwork of Christ sitting in the electric chair after execution, which is a meditation on the human condition where pain co-exists with compassion; Ophelia, a fictional character from Hamlet, is seen floating in a glass tank, her arms outstretched and eyes closed, inviting the viewer into the next world; and Ecce Homo depicts a black egg floating above a nest of thorns, a perplexing and intriguing miracle.Burberry blossomsIn a much talked about battle of the biggies, British brand Burberry has trounced French couture house Dior to become the most popular fashion entity on Facebook with a record 10 million fans on the social networking website. Also in the top ten were Coach, Louis Vuitton, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as the lesser-known label Yepme which made a surprise entry in the ranking of the most ‘liked’ brands on the website.Diet diktatsGreen coffee is the new kid on the block of weight loss fads. According to the American Chemical Society, unroasted coffee bea ns are a sure way to lose weight. In a sample survey, 16 overweight adults took a low dose of the green coffee bean extract and the results were striking. Subjects reduced their overall body weight by 10.5% in just 22 weeks. Pharmaceutical giants around the world are now scrambling to patent the elixir which is sure to be a sell-out across the globe.Sole matesFrom Marilyn Monroe to Meryl Streep, gaze at the companions of Hollywood stars in the Secret Archives exhibition at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence. And it’s not just about shoes. On display are patents, photographs and shoemaking tools belonging to the brand’s founder Salvatore Ferragamo who made shoes for the world’s elite. The exhibit which is on till 1 June, allows a dekko into the never-seen-before archives of the company including a special area devoted to the high-heel pump, charting the evolution of the shoe which is a timeless symbol of feminine glamour.Colour me redA Louboutin is a treasured object, but if you are looking for an added reason to celebrate these red soled wonders, turn to the brand’s Capsule collection. A pick of 20 unforgettable styles, each of which have a story to tell, these shoes mark the 20th anniversary of the brand and celebrate the evolution of the famous shoemaker. “In France, twenty years defines a generation. This is a celebration of the first generation of this brand; an anniversary of its first young adventure,” said Christian Louboutin. The likes of the La Pluminette, Highness-Tina, The Copt, Armadillo and Artemis Paris compose the collection which is accompanied by six bespoke bags. The limited edition will be available in stores from April.On the rocksWith towering rocks and the deep blue sea as its backdrop, Archipelago Cinema promises an atmospheric convergence of nature and cinematic narratives, light, sound and stories suspended between the sea and sky. The floating auditorium was designed by Beijing-based German architect Ole Scheeren and was the venue for the premier of the inaugural edition of the Film on the Rocks Yao Noi Festival in Thailand. The auditorium is based on the techniques used by fishermen to construct floating lobster farms and is built from recycled materials.Kiddy connectHer claim to fame is the wrap dress, but Diane Von Fustenberg is now dabbling in rompers and smocks. The New York-based designer has launched a line in collaboration with Gap Kids and her signature prints and bold tones are all over it. The range of clothing for tots and tweens is pure DVF and the fashion maven was inspired by her own grandchildren to create these mini wonders.Watch ladyCameron Diaz joins the circle of Tag Heuer ambassadors with the launch of the new Link Lady. “Throughout my career, I have been very selective about aligning myself with brands. I love the fact that Tag Heuer challenges the rules and thinks outside the box and I’m honoured to be associated with such an iconic and forward-thinking brand,” said Diaz, who will champion timepieces dedicated to women. The dial of the feminine Link Lady is shaped like a small round pebble and its edges feature a light undulating concentric guilloche.The spice cellar: When wine agreedI have lived in Panzano in Chianti since 1989, combining work and passion, and have always loved this area. My father and I would frequent this area during my childhood, taking long walks together; he even taught me to ride here. Since then I have been attracted to the Chianti countryside and fascinated by its lifestyle and culture. Here, horses and vineyards are integral parts of the landscape and I cannot imagine this place without them.When we decided to plant vines, we simply agreed with the land. The five hectares of vineyards, closely spaced rows of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, were planted following a careful analysis of the terrain. They were planted in the sunniest, highest areas of the estate, at elevations ranging from 400-450 m above sea level. My vineyard faces entirely south, and is planted on fairly firm soil that is rich in galestro, a local rock type which is well drained. This is the perfect terrain for producing well structured wines of great depth, with considerable intensity and character, and a marked mineral component.My flagship wine is an IGT Toscana called Cavalli Tenuta degli Dei, made from Cabernet Sauvignon (60 percent), Petit Verdot (25 percent) and Cabernet Franc (15 percent) and produced to fill about 23,000 bottles. Le Redini is a young soft red, introduced with the 2008 vintage, and almost entirely Merlot (90 percent), with the addition of some Alicante.Tommaso CavalliBoth are produced following exacting, almost maniacal standards of the sort that are inevitable when one wants to bring only the best possible grapes into the cellars. Work in the vineyard is continuous and done entirely by hand: from counting the number of buds, to tilling of the land, to green harvesting. Every operation is aimed at bringing just a few bunches, usually totalling about a kilo per vine to perfect ripeness.We chose to match the elegance of French grapes to the elegance and the tradition of the Panzano in Chianti’s territory. I do not use any modern technology but try to process each phase of the production with the approach of an artisan, only determined to get the best quality and supported by a great passion. Each grape is harvested by hand, vinificated and aged separately; only the best parts result in the final blends. Once they reach the winery, the grapes, divided by vineyard parcel, are put through two selections where we remove imperfect berries are removed together with all traces of leaves and stems. The grapes selected are dropped by gravity into temperature-controlled vertical steel fermentation tanks.The newly fermented wines are aged into one and two-year-old barriques and tonneaux made from French oak. They undergo malolactic fermentation, and mature for 16-18 months in the case of the wine destined to become Cavalli Tenuta degli Dei, and about 10 months in the case of a younger wine. It is only then that the wines are assembled. Once bottled, Cavalli Tenuta degli Dei matures for another 14-16 months in the bottle, and Le Redini four to six months. Only then they are ready to measure themselves with the world markets.The author is a wine connoisseur and owner of Cavalli Delgi Dei winery in Italy.advertisementlast_img

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