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Hermès Autumn & Winter 2020
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Hermès Autumn & Winter 2020

Fashion Week Collection can be best describes as radical. Pure lines form ample shapes and generous proportions. In counterpoint, warm fabrics create a topography of sensuality and depth. The designs assert their graphic power. The garment’s lining — its functional double sidedness — comes fully to light, almost hypnotically, with a flick of the wrist. From a chromatic field in chiaro-oscuro — backlit peat, clay, ebony, sepia, and hazelnut — a luminous winter springs forth. Nighttime with shades of brown and black. Colors of the collection vary from camel, off-white, rope, hazelnut, peat, chocolate, ebony, tuscany, vanilla, linden tree, clay, steel, flannel, coal, charcoal, black.  for more go on hermes.com Collection can be best describes as radical. Pure lines form ample shapes and generous proportions. In counterpoint, warm fabrics create a topography of sensuality and depth. The designs assert their graphic power. The garment’s lining — its functional double sidedness — comes fully to light, almost hypnotically, with a flick of the wrist. From a chromatic field in chiaro-oscuro — backlit peat, clay, ebony, sepia, and hazelnut — a luminous winter springs forth. Nighttime with shades of brown and black. Colors of the collection vary from camel, off-white, rope, hazelnut, peat, chocolate, ebony, tuscany, vanilla, linden tree, clay, steel, flannel, coal, charcoal, black.  for more go on hermes.com

Givenchy Fall & Winter 2020 men's ready to wear collection
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Givenchy Fall & Winter 2020 men's ready to wear collection

Fashion Week An innate ability to interpret tradition with spontaneity is the key to new elegance. Self-expression is paramount, permitting moments of unbridled opulence and psychedelia within the everyday. Clare Waight Keller liberates the Men’s Fall - Winter 2020-21 collection with an intimate ode to the modern man, adorned. The tenets of the New Age drifter imply a penchant for collecting, embellishment and artifice. The subcontinental style of the 14th Maharajah of Indore (1908 - 1961) is a key visual cue for the season’s symbiotic relationship between clothing and jewellery. In the 1930s, he travelled to Los Angeles from India, where he fell in love. The fearless aristocrat embraced Modernism and elements of the West throughout his life and spent his days draped in pearls, gemstones, and precious metals. His influence immerses the collection in a lavish hedonism, juxtaposed by the fetish remix of a sleek future wardrobe. Elegant hardware evolves the silhouette of slimline Givenchy tailoring, as double-breasted blazers and nipped coats fasten with brooches, kilt pins, and fob chains spinning with charms. Wrapped shirts and gilets mimic their formality, whilst a contrasting suit lapel, jewel-toned latex layers and a zipped cummerbund subvert classic proportions. Horology and lapidary sketches become totemic prints on stretch tulle and jersey tops, informing flourishes of bullion thread and crystal embroideries on Haute Couture topcoats. Injecting toughness, glossed leather trousers, oversized patchwork knits and boxy shirt jackets echo the sleek nocturnal attitude of chrome-capped, square toe boots worn under a bootcut pant. In hand, the giant Antigona Soft carry-all is crafted in polished calfskin with woven toile or rich shearling panels. An innate ability to interpret tradition with spontaneity is the key to new elegance. Self-expression is paramount, permitting moments of unbridled opulence and psychedelia within the everyday. Clare Waight Keller liberates the Men’s Fall - Winter 2020-21 collection with an intimate ode to the modern man, adorned. The tenets of the New Age drifter imply a penchant for collecting, embellishment and artifice. The subcontinental style of the 14th Maharajah of Indore (1908 - 1961) is a key visual cue for the season’s symbiotic relationship between clothing and jewellery. In the 1930s, he travelled to Los Angeles from India, where he fell in love. The fearless aristocrat embraced Modernism and elements of the West throughout his life and spent his days draped in pearls, gemstones, and precious metals. His influence immerses the collection in a lavish hedonism, juxtaposed by the fetish remix of a sleek future wardrobe. Elegant hardware evolves the silhouette of slimline Givenchy tailoring, as double-breasted blazers and nipped coats fasten with brooches, kilt pins, and fob chains spinning with charms. Wrapped shirts and gilets mimic their formality, whilst a contrasting suit lapel, jewel-toned latex layers and a zipped cummerbund subvert classic proportions. Horology and lapidary sketches become totemic prints on stretch tulle and jersey tops, informing flourishes of bullion thread and crystal embroideries on Haute Couture topcoats. Injecting toughness, glossed leather trousers, oversized patchwork knits and boxy shirt jackets echo the sleek nocturnal attitude of chrome-capped, square toe boots worn under a bootcut pant. In hand, the giant Antigona Soft carry-all is crafted in polished calfskin with woven toile or rich shearling panels.

Park Centraal Amsterdam opens in the cultural heart of the city
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Park Centraal Amsterdam opens in the cultural heart of the city

Travel   Modern makeover marks new chapter for Amsterdam hotel and the inception of a new hospitality brand deeply rooted in Dutch culture: Park Centraal. Refined design with a touch of 1970s glamour, inspired by a revolutionary, rule- breaking decade in The Netherlands – a defining aspect of the hotel’s DNA, Ground floor designed by Amsterdam-based studio FG Stijl including Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking, with an emphasis on reinvented classics; 189 guestrooms, eight meeting rooms and artwork from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks. Boasting a significant historic legacy and housed in one of the most recognisable flatiron-style buildings in Amsterdam, Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has been given a renewed lease of life through a significant rebrand that embodies its heritage and its enviable location, in the city’s cultural epicentre. Connecting Dutch influences and contemporary design Within a short stroll, guests will find the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, the vibrant Leidseplein, De Pijp and music temple Paradiso, a church converted in the Seventies and where world-famous musicians are known to perform. Each of the 189 rooms combine comfort with Dutch influences and contemporary design beautifully. Deep colours, rich textures and artworks by local artist Kat Klerks combine to create sophisticated and cosy spaces in the heart of Amsterdam, with many more finess touches in each of the rooms. Park Centraal Amsterdam’s ground-floor interiors designed by the locally-based studio FG Stijl feature a blend of classic and contemporary touches. On arrival, a striking three-dimensional ceiling sculpture guides guests to a chic 1970s-inspired reception desk where special lighting, patterned oak floors and arched mirrors combine to create a sense of drama. The hotel’s art collection includes 16 porcelain heart-shaped pieces by FOS Studio Collection, a nod to its position at the very core of all the action and culture in Amsterdam. “Park Centraal is a true celebration of its surroundings; a place where history, contemporary design and invigorating spaces inspired by the Dutch way of living and nearby landmarks intertwine. The building has functioned as a hotel for over a century and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in its transition into a destination that’s current and exciting”, says Bram van der Hoek, CEO & Partner, Europe Hotels Private Collection. Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking Occupying the hotel’s former lobby space, new hangout for eating and drinking, ‘Bar Claes’ has been designed with a sensitivity towards the hotel’s guests and in harmony with the local lifestyle, where balance prevails. The vibrant space features multiple corners to work or leisure. From a centrepiece marble bar to a tucked-away fireplace with sitting room-style furniture and a space to play pool, allowing groups, couples and solo travellers to each choose their desired environment. Park Centraal’s playful and rule-breaking character extends to the Bar Claes’ drinks menu, where all-time favourites (Dry Martini) are offered alongside twists on classics (Verjus Mojito). The theme continues throughout the food menu, with dishes ranging from ‘Holtkamp Cheese Croquettes’ to reimagined favourites, such as ‘Claes Deviled Eggs’ with trout roe and smoked fish salad and ‘China Town style prawn toast’ with ginger, chili and brioche. Room rates from EUR 149,- per night.   About Park Centraal Amsterdam Located steps away from Amsterdam’s quintessential Vondelpark and Museum Square, the building that houses Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has hosted guests since the late 19th century. Contemporary with a historical edge, locals and visitors can enjoy the hotel’s 189 inviting guestrooms, each of which feature selected artworks by Dutch designer Kar Klerks, Zenology products, a Marshall and Park Centraal Bedding Collection; eight meeting & event spaces; Bar Claes; and the nearby critically acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant, MOMO with a fresh menu. The reopening of Park Centraal Amsterdam marks a significant overhaul for the historic 189-room building, which has functioned as a hotel since 1880. For more information and bookings proceed on www.parkcentraal.com Hotel has many great anemities and offer a vairiety of things to do both in the hotel and in the near area as it is truly based on the heart of the city, with museums only 5 minutes away by walking, to hot new restaurants as well as all the best shops just around the corner.  About Park Centraal As the name suggests, Park Centraal focuses on central locations, imbued with contemporary design, heritage and locally-inspired spaces to eat and drink that breathe Dutch culture throughout. With an ethos inspired by the quality of life in The Netherlands, Park Centraal aims to reflect the country’s balanced and social lifestyle, where a healthy working atmosphere is carefully combined with pleasure, manifested through vibrant bars, music and quality food. Following its inaugural opening in Amsterdam, Park Centraal will expand to The Hague in Spring 2020. Which is very exciting. Park Centraal is managed by the Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection which was founded by award winning entrepreneur Liran Wizman. http://www.parkcentraal.com/   Modern makeover marks new chapter for Amsterdam hotel and the inception of a new hospitality brand deeply rooted in Dutch culture: Park Centraal. Refined design with a touch of 1970s glamour, inspired by a revolutionary, rule- breaking decade in The Netherlands – a defining aspect of the hotel’s DNA, Ground floor designed by Amsterdam-based studio FG Stijl including Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking, with an emphasis on reinvented classics; 189 guestrooms, eight meeting rooms and artwork from contemporary Dutch artist Kat Klerks. Boasting a significant historic legacy and housed in one of the most recognisable flatiron-style buildings in Amsterdam, Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has been given a renewed lease of life through a significant rebrand that embodies its heritage and its enviable location, in the city’s cultural epicentre. Connecting Dutch influences and contemporary design Within a short stroll, guests will find the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam’s Vondelpark, the vibrant Leidseplein, De Pijp and music temple Paradiso, a church converted in the Seventies and where world-famous musicians are known to perform. Each of the 189 rooms combine comfort with Dutch influences and contemporary design beautifully. Deep colours, rich textures and artworks by local artist Kat Klerks combine to create sophisticated and cosy spaces in the heart of Amsterdam, with many more finess touches in each of the rooms. Park Centraal Amsterdam’s ground-floor interiors designed by the locally-based studio FG Stijl feature a blend of classic and contemporary touches. On arrival, a striking three-dimensional ceiling sculpture guides guests to a chic 1970s-inspired reception desk where special lighting, patterned oak floors and arched mirrors combine to create a sense of drama. The hotel’s art collection includes 16 porcelain heart-shaped pieces by FOS Studio Collection, a nod to its position at the very core of all the action and culture in Amsterdam. “Park Centraal is a true celebration of its surroundings; a place where history, contemporary design and invigorating spaces inspired by the Dutch way of living and nearby landmarks intertwine. The building has functioned as a hotel for over a century and we are incredibly proud to have played a role in its transition into a destination that’s current and exciting”, says Bram van der Hoek, CEO & Partner, Europe Hotels Private Collection. Bar Claes, a new destination for eating and drinking Occupying the hotel’s former lobby space, new hangout for eating and drinking, ‘Bar Claes’ has been designed with a sensitivity towards the hotel’s guests and in harmony with the local lifestyle, where balance prevails. The vibrant space features multiple corners to work or leisure. From a centrepiece marble bar to a tucked-away fireplace with sitting room-style furniture and a space to play pool, allowing groups, couples and solo travellers to each choose their desired environment. Park Centraal’s playful and rule-breaking character extends to the Bar Claes’ drinks menu, where all-time favourites (Dry Martini) are offered alongside twists on classics (Verjus Mojito). The theme continues throughout the food menu, with dishes ranging from ‘Holtkamp Cheese Croquettes’ to reimagined favourites, such as ‘Claes Deviled Eggs’ with trout roe and smoked fish salad and ‘China Town style prawn toast’ with ginger, chili and brioche. Room rates from EUR 149,- per night.   About Park Centraal Amsterdam Located steps away from Amsterdam’s quintessential Vondelpark and Museum Square, the building that houses Park Centraal Amsterdam, formerly known as Park Hotel Amsterdam, has hosted guests since the late 19th century. Contemporary with a historical edge, locals and visitors can enjoy the hotel’s 189 inviting guestrooms, each of which feature selected artworks by Dutch designer Kar Klerks, Zenology products, a Marshall and Park Centraal Bedding Collection; eight meeting & event spaces; Bar Claes; and the nearby critically acclaimed Asian-fusion restaurant, MOMO with a fresh menu. The reopening of Park Centraal Amsterdam marks a significant overhaul for the historic 189-room building, which has functioned as a hotel since 1880. For more information and bookings proceed on www.parkcentraal.com Hotel has many great anemities and offer a vairiety of things to do both in the hotel and in the near area as it is truly based on the heart of the city, with museums only 5 minutes away by walking, to hot new restaurants as well as all the best shops just around the corner.  About Park Centraal As the name suggests, Park Centraal focuses on central locations, imbued with contemporary design, heritage and locally-inspired spaces to eat and drink that breathe Dutch culture throughout. With an ethos inspired by the quality of life in The Netherlands, Park Centraal aims to reflect the country’s balanced and social lifestyle, where a healthy working atmosphere is carefully combined with pleasure, manifested through vibrant bars, music and quality food. Following its inaugural opening in Amsterdam, Park Centraal will expand to The Hague in Spring 2020. Which is very exciting. Park Centraal is managed by the Amsterdam-based hotel development and management company Europe Hotels Private Collection which was founded by award winning entrepreneur Liran Wizman. http://www.parkcentraal.com/

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Aesop opened its first store in Amsterdam
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Aesop opened its first store in Amsterdam

Beauty Aesop entered the Dutch market with its Utrechtsestraat store in Amsterdam, designed on the interior by Studio Valentin Loellmann. The seventeenth-century corner building speaks a geometric language of ovals and lines; arched joined wraps the room, recalling the locale's past life as a sweet shop. In dialogue with these structures, Loellman created a series of handmade timber and copper pieces that support the site's new use. Loellmann treats materials as living organisms - hardwood and noble metal take on soft, rounded forms that lend the store a warm, nuanced personality. A walnut window seat and counter with Belgian limestone basins accommodate products demonstrations, rest, and an expansive vista onto the street. The central table resists orthogonal lines, its surface embossed and relieved.  Clients can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. The store's trained consultants are able to offer advice about products best suited to individual needs. Aesop was founded in Melbourne in 1987 and today offers its superlative formulations in signature stores around the world. As the company evolves, meticulously considered design remains paramount to the creation of each space. more on: www.aesop.com Aesop entered the Dutch market with its Utrechtsestraat store in Amsterdam, designed on the interior by Studio Valentin Loellmann. The seventeenth-century corner building speaks a geometric language of ovals and lines; arched joined wraps the room, recalling the locale's past life as a sweet shop. In dialogue with these structures, Loellman created a series of handmade timber and copper pieces that support the site's new use. Loellmann treats materials as living organisms - hardwood and noble metal take on soft, rounded forms that lend the store a warm, nuanced personality. A walnut window seat and counter with Belgian limestone basins accommodate products demonstrations, rest, and an expansive vista onto the street. The central table resists orthogonal lines, its surface embossed and relieved.  Clients can explore and select from a complete range of skin, hair and body care products, distinguished by botanical and laboratory-generated ingredients of the highest quality. The store's trained consultants are able to offer advice about products best suited to individual needs. Aesop was founded in Melbourne in 1987 and today offers its superlative formulations in signature stores around the world. As the company evolves, meticulously considered design remains paramount to the creation of each space. more on: www.aesop.com

Sonos introduces The Brilliant Sound Experience and Sonos Move
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Sonos introduces The Brilliant Sound Experience and Sonos Move

Design Experience music from the inside out as some of the world’s most exciting artists - including The National and slowthai - come together for an immersive, multi-sensory experience. This year, Sonos is celebrating the arrival of the Google Assistant on the Sonos system with The Brilliant Sound Experience: an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition featuring the brilliant sound of Sonos, guided by the smart control of Google Assistant. Highlighting new music and perspectives from The National and slowthai, The Brilliant Sound Experiencewill uncover the key elements that make up brilliant sound – letting you hear, feel, and see it first-hand. The Brilliant Sound Experience At Sonos, we want to inspire the world to listen better, which is why this sonic experience explores how sound works, how it layers into music, and why that music resonates with us on an emotional level. Guests of The Brilliant Sound Experience will see sound visualized in light, physically stepping inside the inner workings of a song.    Main Room: Structure of a Song -  The National and slowthai When does sound become music? How do different sounds come together to make a song? In the main room, guests will be invited to explore the dynamic and layered composition of tracks created by The National, ‘Rylan’ from new album I Am Easy To Find, and slowthai’s exclusive new single ‘Toaster’ from his debut album There’s Nothing Great About Britain, taking guests through multiple soundwave-producing “instruments.”   “For many of our fans, ‘Rylan’ has taken on a life of its own. It’s great we’re able to give people the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the song - both audibly and visually - through The Brilliant Sound Experience,”said Scott Devendorf, The National.   Room 2: Emotion of Music feat. select tracks from Beggars Group catalogue Music has the unique ability to make us laugh or cry unexpectedly, which is why this second room will have guests don an EEG headband while listening to evocative songs from the iconic Beggars Group labels (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks) to better understand their brain’s responses to songs that represent a spectrum of emotions.   “Music has the unique ability to make us feel more deeply, and for us to be able to leverage our catalogue of artists in partnership with Sonos to tap into those powerful emotions is incredibly exciting. We have thoughtfully curated emotionally-driven playlists and hope fans will be delighted and surprised by the eclectic mix of artists,” said Sonya Kolowrat, VP of Communications and Press + US Head Of Catalog, Beggars Group.   Following that,  Sonos takes its first step out of the home with Sonos Move, a durable, battery-powered smart speaker for great sound indoors, outdoors, and on the go. A full part of the Sonos system on WiFi with the added range of Bluetooth, Move is a powerful speaker that resets the bar for portable speakers which is perfect as a holiday gift. Sonos Move, is a product that marks the company’s first step outside the home. Building on years of innovation in home audio to unlock the potential for great sound anywhere, Move is a powerful, versatile smart speaker that sounds incredible indoors, outdoors, and on the go. Move represents the best of the Sonos software platform and ecosystem of partners, and supports more than a hundred streaming services, multiple voice assistants, AirPlay2, and more. Available globally this September, Move is one of three new products from Sonos launching this fall, joined by Sonos Port and Sonos One SL, further building on the company’s smart system of speakers and components that prioritizes choice for customers. More on sonos.com Experience music from the inside out as some of the world’s most exciting artists - including The National and slowthai - come together for an immersive, multi-sensory experience. This year, Sonos is celebrating the arrival of the Google Assistant on the Sonos system with The Brilliant Sound Experience: an immersive, multi-sensory exhibition featuring the brilliant sound of Sonos, guided by the smart control of Google Assistant. Highlighting new music and perspectives from The National and slowthai, The Brilliant Sound Experiencewill uncover the key elements that make up brilliant sound – letting you hear, feel, and see it first-hand. The Brilliant Sound Experience At Sonos, we want to inspire the world to listen better, which is why this sonic experience explores how sound works, how it layers into music, and why that music resonates with us on an emotional level. Guests of The Brilliant Sound Experience will see sound visualized in light, physically stepping inside the inner workings of a song.    Main Room: Structure of a Song -  The National and slowthai When does sound become music? How do different sounds come together to make a song? In the main room, guests will be invited to explore the dynamic and layered composition of tracks created by The National, ‘Rylan’ from new album I Am Easy To Find, and slowthai’s exclusive new single ‘Toaster’ from his debut album There’s Nothing Great About Britain, taking guests through multiple soundwave-producing “instruments.”   “For many of our fans, ‘Rylan’ has taken on a life of its own. It’s great we’re able to give people the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the song - both audibly and visually - through The Brilliant Sound Experience,”said Scott Devendorf, The National.   Room 2: Emotion of Music feat. select tracks from Beggars Group catalogue Music has the unique ability to make us laugh or cry unexpectedly, which is why this second room will have guests don an EEG headband while listening to evocative songs from the iconic Beggars Group labels (4AD, Matador, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks) to better understand their brain’s responses to songs that represent a spectrum of emotions.   “Music has the unique ability to make us feel more deeply, and for us to be able to leverage our catalogue of artists in partnership with Sonos to tap into those powerful emotions is incredibly exciting. We have thoughtfully curated emotionally-driven playlists and hope fans will be delighted and surprised by the eclectic mix of artists,” said Sonya Kolowrat, VP of Communications and Press + US Head Of Catalog, Beggars Group.   Following that,  Sonos takes its first step out of the home with Sonos Move, a durable, battery-powered smart speaker for great sound indoors, outdoors, and on the go. A full part of the Sonos system on WiFi with the added range of Bluetooth, Move is a powerful speaker that resets the bar for portable speakers which is perfect as a holiday gift. Sonos Move, is a product that marks the company’s first step outside the home. Building on years of innovation in home audio to unlock the potential for great sound anywhere, Move is a powerful, versatile smart speaker that sounds incredible indoors, outdoors, and on the go. Move represents the best of the Sonos software platform and ecosystem of partners, and supports more than a hundred streaming services, multiple voice assistants, AirPlay2, and more. Available globally this September, Move is one of three new products from Sonos launching this fall, joined by Sonos Port and Sonos One SL, further building on the company’s smart system of speakers and components that prioritizes choice for customers. More on sonos.com

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