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In conversation with MJ Rodriguez
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In conversation with MJ Rodriguez

Portrait MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen MJ Rodriguez, a young and promising star, who most people know for her role as Blanca in the hit TV series »Pose«, dreamt of being an actress since she was 7. She is a part of the largest cast of transgender stars in the world of TV. MJ knew early on in her life that she was different, not happy in her own body. Her transformation process began during her stage career, where she is also known for her various performances on Broadway.   MJ, you are one of the leading ladies in the FX's series »Pose«, a series that made history with it's cast featuring the largest number of transgender actresses. This is a series set in New York City's ballroom scene in the 80s, exploring the lives of black trans women. What were your thoughts when you were cast in one of the leading roles, as Blanca?   I was extremely apprehensive at first because I was scared as to how the audience would receive our stories. So many don't know or are not educated on our lives as women of a specific experience. When the 1st season aired and I saw the reception of the viewers, it was a complete sign of relief because there was nothing but love given and understanding. This was the best welcome for my first television role as a leading actress. I felt like I did the women, who were here before me, justice and their stories were seen and heard.   For your role in »Pose« you were described as a breakout star and your performance didn't go unnoticed by critics, who praised you. What would you describe as the thing that connects you the most to this character? And which is the most special thing about your character?   The thing that connects me with this character the most is her will to keep going and her drive to stay focused on laying a foundation and securing a legacy for her children.  She's very secure in herself and knows exactly who she is and we definitely have those things in common. The most special thing about her is her heart, I truly believe she is pure in her actions and what she positively wants to accomplish.   You were studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston and were in your freshman year when you landed your first professional role, as Angel, in an off Broadway production »Rent«. Tell us more about the development of your career.   When I was going to Berklee, I was completely in my element as an artist. I was in a  place of comfort and a place where I could truly explore myself artistically. I took all types of fundamental classes, but the most fulfilling ones were my music business class and songwriting class. These two classes gave me glimpses into how I should take complete control of who I wanna be as an artist as well as storytelling. By the time I was nearing the end of my first semester, I felt like I was inches closer to where I wanted to be. During summer break I took part in a small community production of Rent, that was held at New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center. There I met a woman named Freddie Walker Brown. We created such a Wonderful Rapport by the end of the run. After the run, I went back to school to try and finish off my first semester, but by the time finals had come, I found myself in the middle of going back and forth from Boston to NYC, auditioning for »Rent«, the off-Broadway revival. In these moments I felt like Berklee prepared me for not only Rent, but also for what was to come.    Who is the most special and important person in your life, and why?   My mother is the most special and important person in my life, simply because she keeps me grounded. She's never failed me and now I expect that kind of security from others. I know it's a high expectation, but that's what I feel I deserve when it comes to partnerships and people who I really want to consider lifelong friends.    What would be your advice to young trans people who are still trying to figure out their true identity?   My advice to younger individuals would be to never second guess who you are. If you're ever in doubt, look into the mirror and see the beauty that is starring right back at you. Also know that you are enough!   You're an advocate for your community. Why do you believe being an advocate is such an important role in trans world?   The reason why it is so important, is because people need a voice that uplifts in a positive and factual way and I feel like I, as well as many others are trying our best to be that. We need to be pillars and totem poles for the generations behind us to climb, so that they can be at the top.    What can we expect from you in the future, on your personal level and career wise from »Pose«?   I feel like there's so many things that one can expect from me in the future. The biggest one of them all is being incorporated in more mainstream TV and Film, specifically drama, comedy, romantic and action. As far as on personal level, the most important thing you should expect from me is growth. I'm a person who loves to learn and I'm a person who loves to change things for the better.   To people, who don't know and watch »Pose« yet, why would you suggest it to them? I would suggest »POSE« simply because it is a groundbreaking show that beautifully journeys through lives of individuals who are simply just trying to make a way for themselves and the people that are part of their community, and I think everyone in the world has done that. It's a show that does nothing but raise the bar for awareness, especially when it comes to HIV and AIDS. It's also a show that really digs deep into the true definition of what the human condition is. That's why people should tune into this show.   photographed by Philippe Vogelenzang casting by Timotej Letonja styling by Ronnie Hart make-up by Grace Ahn hair by Ursula Stephen

Bvlgari Hotel London
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Bvlgari Hotel London

Travel On 28th May 2012 Bvlgari Hotel London opened in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, as the first brand new luxury hotel build in the city for 40 years. Bvlgari Hotel London pays tribute to Bvlgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noblemanufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, coupling Bvlgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel are made exclusively for Bvlgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.   The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bvlgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps by Bvlgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bvlgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. Open exclusively to day spa guests, members and guests of the hotel, the 2,000 sqm Bvlgari Spa London is spread over two floors and has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the Spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150m2 fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.   Bvlgari Hotel London celebrates its silver screen heritage with the luxurious 47-seat Richard Attenborough Screening Room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 300 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The Screening Room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.   Bvlgari Hotel London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with private foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests. In the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge rareand vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.   As a brand new build in the heart of Knightsbridge, the state of the art Bvlgari Hotel London, employs pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has been developed according to best practices in design set by BREEAM, the leading environmental assessment method for buildings. To meet the strict BREEAM criteria the hotel features such initiatives as anecologically designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric carcharging points within the vicinity of the hotel, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal Energy, a cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy generation, has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.   Combining heritage and modernity, refinement and effortless elegance, Knightsbridge is the natural setting for Bvlgari Hotel London that emphasises these same exceptional qualities. Everything that is singular and remarkable about London can be found in Knightsbridge. Here are the city’s most exclusive addresses, its most distinguished cultural venues, its most luxurious department stores and boutiques. The grand cornerstones of Knightsbridge – from the Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert museum to Harrods – have not only stood the test of time, they have gained lasting elegance and cultural relevance. This is London’s mostprestigious neighbourhood, and one of its most liveable, with the full, appealing expanse of Hyde Park stretching out to its north.   Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bvlgari Hotel London is just steps from leafy Hyde Park and the shopping of Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Cultural and historical landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum are a short walk away. The 85 light filled rooms and suites are amongst the largest in London. Many look over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and each is a well-considered oasis of calm comfort andunderstated luxury. Bvlgari’s attention to detail is evident in the use of exquisite marbles,fine woods and unique detailing. Offering unparalleled accommodation of between 160 and 220 square metres, the seven Bvlgari Suites are of peerless magnificence and immediately upon the opening of the hotel they set new standards for luxurious accommodation in London. Sette restaurant, independently operated by LDV Hospitality, is the first London locationof New York City’s Scarpetta Restaurants, bringing authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair. In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, the evenings continueafter dinner at Sette, downstairs in the ‘underground’ bar, Nolita Social. Named afterNew York’s most charming neighbourhood, North of Little Italy, Nolita Social brings the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, livemusic and DJ’s. The Lounge features a honed black granite floor and fireplace alongside the Italian- made chairs and sofas covered in special fabrics that complete the contemporary look and provide an alluring space for guests to enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge at Bvlgari Hotel London has established itself as the premier Knightsbridge destination for connoisseurs in search of truly exceptional vintage cigars. Arranged over two levels, the spacious 2000sqm Bvlgari Spa London reflects a contemporary Italian design ethos, influenced by the rich heritage of Bvlgari. The Vicenza stone and refined colour combinations of cognac-like golden tones and shades of green used throughout the spa, inspires complete relaxation, calm and escapism from the busy world of Knightsbridge. Bvlgari Hotel London lends a prestigious context to all types of meetings, events and conferences. The stunning facilities are flexible and feature the latest technology.   The hotel offers incredible amenities as well as truly amazing service amongs other things. The rooms are very beautifully designed and very private. A few of our favorite amenites were the Bvlgari Spa as well as the Italian restaurant Sette with a tasty Italian insired menu.  more on bulgarihotels.com On 28th May 2012 Bvlgari Hotel London opened in the heart of central London’s most prestigious area, Knightsbridge, as the first brand new luxury hotel build in the city for 40 years. Bvlgari Hotel London pays tribute to Bvlgari’s silversmith origins and Britain’s noblemanufacturing traditions with an understated, elegant design concept with silver forming the underlying theme of the design. The sleek architecture and refined interiors are designed by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, coupling Bvlgari glamour and heritage with sustainable design features and state of the art technology. Many of the furnishings and textiles throughout the hotel are made exclusively for Bvlgari crafted by Italian manufacturers.   The 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, such as custom made silk curtains with patterns inspired by some of the classic Bvlgari jewellery designs, and bed side table lamps by Bvlgari’s silver candlesticks. The silver theme continues throughout the hotel with handcrafted Italian detailing such as the two stunning handcrafted solid silver Bvlgari chandeliers in the Ballroom, creating a dramatic centrepiece. Open exclusively to day spa guests, members and guests of the hotel, the 2,000 sqm Bvlgari Spa London is spread over two floors and has been crafted from onyx, oak and Vicenza stone. Highlights of the Spa include 11 private treatment rooms and one double spa suite, complete with its own steam room, Jacuzzi and private treatment room; a 25m swimming pool, created from Vicenza stone and featuring a shimmering green and gold mosaic; and a 150m2 fitness area with a fully-equipped, state of the art Workshop Gymnasium.   Bvlgari Hotel London celebrates its silver screen heritage with the luxurious 47-seat Richard Attenborough Screening Room, offering state of the art cinema-quality sound and vision and an exclusively-curated library of more than 300 new and classic films available to guests of the hotel. The Screening Room is also capable of hosting press events, advance screening film premieres and is available to hire for private screenings.   Bvlgari Hotel London provides sumptuous meeting facilities flexible enough to accommodate events of all kinds with two boardrooms and two private offices, as well as two private dining rooms and a ballroom with private foyer that can cater for up to 140 discerning guests. In the luxury surrounds of the hotel’s Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop & Sampling Lounge rareand vintage cigars can be sampled and purchased.   As a brand new build in the heart of Knightsbridge, the state of the art Bvlgari Hotel London, employs pioneering methods of sustainable luxury and has been developed according to best practices in design set by BREEAM, the leading environmental assessment method for buildings. To meet the strict BREEAM criteria the hotel features such initiatives as anecologically designed “green roof” with bird and bat boxes, the sponsoring of electric carcharging points within the vicinity of the hotel, and energy conserving intelligent lighting. Geothermal Energy, a cost effective, reliable, sustainable and environmentally friendly form of energy generation, has been integrated into the hotel building and is the first of its kind in the UK.   Combining heritage and modernity, refinement and effortless elegance, Knightsbridge is the natural setting for Bvlgari Hotel London that emphasises these same exceptional qualities. Everything that is singular and remarkable about London can be found in Knightsbridge. Here are the city’s most exclusive addresses, its most distinguished cultural venues, its most luxurious department stores and boutiques. The grand cornerstones of Knightsbridge – from the Royal Albert Hall to the Victoria and Albert museum to Harrods – have not only stood the test of time, they have gained lasting elegance and cultural relevance. This is London’s mostprestigious neighbourhood, and one of its most liveable, with the full, appealing expanse of Hyde Park stretching out to its north.   Located in the heart of Knightsbridge, Bvlgari Hotel London is just steps from leafy Hyde Park and the shopping of Sloane Street, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Cultural and historical landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall and the V&A Museum are a short walk away. The 85 light filled rooms and suites are amongst the largest in London. Many look over Hyde Park and Knightsbridge and each is a well-considered oasis of calm comfort andunderstated luxury. Bvlgari’s attention to detail is evident in the use of exquisite marbles,fine woods and unique detailing. Offering unparalleled accommodation of between 160 and 220 square metres, the seven Bvlgari Suites are of peerless magnificence and immediately upon the opening of the hotel they set new standards for luxurious accommodation in London. Sette restaurant, independently operated by LDV Hospitality, is the first London locationof New York City’s Scarpetta Restaurants, bringing authentic Italian food from the heart of Manhattan with its own inimitable flair. In true ‘Dolce Vita’ style, the evenings continueafter dinner at Sette, downstairs in the ‘underground’ bar, Nolita Social. Named afterNew York’s most charming neighbourhood, North of Little Italy, Nolita Social brings the energy of ‘the New York night’ to London, with a heady mix of crafted cocktails, livemusic and DJ’s. The Lounge features a honed black granite floor and fireplace alongside the Italian- made chairs and sofas covered in special fabrics that complete the contemporary look and provide an alluring space for guests to enjoy a light breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks. The Edward Sahakian Cigar Shop and Sampling Lounge at Bvlgari Hotel London has established itself as the premier Knightsbridge destination for connoisseurs in search of truly exceptional vintage cigars. Arranged over two levels, the spacious 2000sqm Bvlgari Spa London reflects a contemporary Italian design ethos, influenced by the rich heritage of Bvlgari. The Vicenza stone and refined colour combinations of cognac-like golden tones and shades of green used throughout the spa, inspires complete relaxation, calm and escapism from the busy world of Knightsbridge. Bvlgari Hotel London lends a prestigious context to all types of meetings, events and conferences. The stunning facilities are flexible and feature the latest technology.   The hotel offers incredible amenities as well as truly amazing service amongs other things. The rooms are very beautifully designed and very private. A few of our favorite amenites were the Bvlgari Spa as well as the Italian restaurant Sette with a tasty Italian insired menu.  more on bulgarihotels.com

Filling Pieces release new skate-inspired Spate silhouette
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Filling Pieces release new skate-inspired Spate silhouette

Fashion The Spate is the latest offering within the brand’s Signature footwear collection and is described by its creator as “a contemporary twist on a traditionally modest design”. Influenced by the fluid motion of skateboarding, the campaign toys with perspective as we know it. Vanishing points lost as new angles are created. Shadows appear to disrupt the illusion, pinning the focus firmly back on the subject. Crafted from Filling Pieces’ classic matt-Nappa or suede colour combinations, the Spate incorporates design elements from several well-known styles within the Signature collection. A perforated toe cap, woven branding and contrasting mesh heel collar attribute to a more sporty appearance, whilst signature luxury elements including the leather lining and hand-finished detailing remain as standard. Filling Pieces’ SS20 campaign celebrates the concept of family in all its forms - not limited to the biological and highlighting the kinship between friends, collectives and communities united by their diversities. The Spate has been designed as a style to appeal to all - continuing the brand’s ethos of bridging-the-gap between cultures and societies.   Videography @felix_aaron Photographer @luckarsten Models @jasonharderwijk @lisrutten Assistance @johnathanbaena MUAH @laurayard The Spate is the latest offering within the brand’s Signature footwear collection and is described by its creator as “a contemporary twist on a traditionally modest design”. Influenced by the fluid motion of skateboarding, the campaign toys with perspective as we know it. Vanishing points lost as new angles are created. Shadows appear to disrupt the illusion, pinning the focus firmly back on the subject. Crafted from Filling Pieces’ classic matt-Nappa or suede colour combinations, the Spate incorporates design elements from several well-known styles within the Signature collection. A perforated toe cap, woven branding and contrasting mesh heel collar attribute to a more sporty appearance, whilst signature luxury elements including the leather lining and hand-finished detailing remain as standard. Filling Pieces’ SS20 campaign celebrates the concept of family in all its forms - not limited to the biological and highlighting the kinship between friends, collectives and communities united by their diversities. The Spate has been designed as a style to appeal to all - continuing the brand’s ethos of bridging-the-gap between cultures and societies.   Videography @felix_aaron Photographer @luckarsten Models @jasonharderwijk @lisrutten Assistance @johnathanbaena MUAH @laurayard

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CHANEL releases the new eyewear campaign
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CHANEL releases the new eyewear campaign

Accessories The singer Angèle, the actresses Isabelle Adjani and Margaret Qualley, and the musicians Sébastien Tellier and Pharrell Williams: five artists and five unique creative worlds light up the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2020 eyewear campaign with their aura, photographed by Karim Sadli. All of them have a special relationship with Virginie Viard, Artistic Director of CHANEL's Fashion collections. For this campaign, they chose their favourite pair of glasses from the collection. Five eyewear designs for one single attitude: one that allows everyone to assert their style.    Each pair of sunglasses highlights the originality of these inspiring faces. For Angèle, it's an oval design with a transparent acetate frame that contrasts with the metal temples attached to a necklace of grey faux pearls. Margaret Qualley's mischievous face peeps out from behind a butterfly frame in black metal, also linked with a string of pearls, this time in white. We can only guess at Isabelle Adjani's enigmatic gaze behind large square sunglasses in a black acetate with the name CHANEL inlaid like a jewelled hair slide along one of the temples. The XL rectangular shield worn by Sébastien Tellier honours the tweed that swathes its frame. The double C takes shape as a patch and signs the temples. Finally, an oversized rectangular design in black acetate worn by the CHANEL ambassador Pharrell Williams, is embellished with fine metal plaques engraved with a motif that evokes a woven tweed.    Discover the Spring-Summer 2020 Eyewear campaign from March 2020.   #CHANELEyewear #CHANELSunglasses The singer Angèle, the actresses Isabelle Adjani and Margaret Qualley, and the musicians Sébastien Tellier and Pharrell Williams: five artists and five unique creative worlds light up the CHANEL Spring-Summer 2020 eyewear campaign with their aura, photographed by Karim Sadli. All of them have a special relationship with Virginie Viard, Artistic Director of CHANEL's Fashion collections. For this campaign, they chose their favourite pair of glasses from the collection. Five eyewear designs for one single attitude: one that allows everyone to assert their style.    Each pair of sunglasses highlights the originality of these inspiring faces. For Angèle, it's an oval design with a transparent acetate frame that contrasts with the metal temples attached to a necklace of grey faux pearls. Margaret Qualley's mischievous face peeps out from behind a butterfly frame in black metal, also linked with a string of pearls, this time in white. We can only guess at Isabelle Adjani's enigmatic gaze behind large square sunglasses in a black acetate with the name CHANEL inlaid like a jewelled hair slide along one of the temples. The XL rectangular shield worn by Sébastien Tellier honours the tweed that swathes its frame. The double C takes shape as a patch and signs the temples. Finally, an oversized rectangular design in black acetate worn by the CHANEL ambassador Pharrell Williams, is embellished with fine metal plaques engraved with a motif that evokes a woven tweed.    Discover the Spring-Summer 2020 Eyewear campaign from March 2020.   #CHANELEyewear #CHANELSunglasses

H&M's Conscious Exclusive collection returns for Spring & Summer
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H&M's Conscious Exclusive collection returns for Spring & Summer

Fashion H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection returns for SS20 infused with the glamour of the Golden Age of train travel while taking circularity as its philosophy. Alongside a host of sustainable processes and innovative fabrications, the collection is inspired by Le Train Bleu, the elegant sleeper train that ran from Calais to the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.Bringing together flamboyant evening gowns and gauzy day dresses, the collection features new sustainably sourced materials such as CIRCULOSE ®, a natural material produced from recycled textiles and RENUTM, a high-quality recycled polyester, as well as leftover stock fabrics from previous collections. The SS20 Conscious Exclusive collection will be on sale in selected stores and online at Hm.com from March 26. “The stimulus for SS20 was the idea of glamorous train travel, which the design team felt was wonderfully symbolic of H&M’s journey as a company towards circularity. We were inspired by Le Train Bleu, and the decadent creativessuch as Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso hanging out at Villa Santo Sospir in Cap Ferrat. We wanted to propose a collection that played to that decadent, carefree time but also contained enduring designs our customers will lovewearing daily,” says Ella Soccorsi, designer at H&M. Key pieces include a floor-length recycled polyester ball gown; a recycled taffeta mini dress with pleated sleeves; a CIRCULOSE ®, a ruffled day dress; a recycled taffeta blouse with embellished sleeves; and a denim which is made of 100 % undyed organic cotton. Key accessories include flat cocktail slippers with recycled glass bead embellishment (leftover from a previous collection) and a bag made from VEGEATM, an innovative vegan leather alternative made from discarded grape skins and stalks. “For SS20, the Conscious Exclusive design team considered the emotional durability and afterlife of the garments they were designing more carefully than ever before. The team has doubled down on fabric composition, alongside utilizing dyeing methods that comes with less environmental impacts – we actually used a natural dye made fromcoffee grounds collected from H&M’s own production offices. We are committed to a truly holistic approach to sustainability, as well as to creating special pieces that will last a lifetime,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M. About H&M Conscious Exclusive: Conscious Exclusive is H&M’s premium womenswear collection of elevated pieces and timeless classics that are made from sustainably sourced materials and using sustainable methods. It was launched in 2012 with a focus on development and innovation. The Conscious Exclusive collections have historically comprised a test bed for new, innovative materials and ways of sustainable thinking that are subsequently incorporated across the H&M business. This contributes to the ambitious goal to only use recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030. H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection returns for SS20 infused with the glamour of the Golden Age of train travel while taking circularity as its philosophy. Alongside a host of sustainable processes and innovative fabrications, the collection is inspired by Le Train Bleu, the elegant sleeper train that ran from Calais to the Côte d’Azur in the 1920s.Bringing together flamboyant evening gowns and gauzy day dresses, the collection features new sustainably sourced materials such as CIRCULOSE ®, a natural material produced from recycled textiles and RENUTM, a high-quality recycled polyester, as well as leftover stock fabrics from previous collections. The SS20 Conscious Exclusive collection will be on sale in selected stores and online at Hm.com from March 26. “The stimulus for SS20 was the idea of glamorous train travel, which the design team felt was wonderfully symbolic of H&M’s journey as a company towards circularity. We were inspired by Le Train Bleu, and the decadent creativessuch as Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso hanging out at Villa Santo Sospir in Cap Ferrat. We wanted to propose a collection that played to that decadent, carefree time but also contained enduring designs our customers will lovewearing daily,” says Ella Soccorsi, designer at H&M. Key pieces include a floor-length recycled polyester ball gown; a recycled taffeta mini dress with pleated sleeves; a CIRCULOSE ®, a ruffled day dress; a recycled taffeta blouse with embellished sleeves; and a denim which is made of 100 % undyed organic cotton. Key accessories include flat cocktail slippers with recycled glass bead embellishment (leftover from a previous collection) and a bag made from VEGEATM, an innovative vegan leather alternative made from discarded grape skins and stalks. “For SS20, the Conscious Exclusive design team considered the emotional durability and afterlife of the garments they were designing more carefully than ever before. The team has doubled down on fabric composition, alongside utilizing dyeing methods that comes with less environmental impacts – we actually used a natural dye made fromcoffee grounds collected from H&M’s own production offices. We are committed to a truly holistic approach to sustainability, as well as to creating special pieces that will last a lifetime,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M. About H&M Conscious Exclusive: Conscious Exclusive is H&M’s premium womenswear collection of elevated pieces and timeless classics that are made from sustainably sourced materials and using sustainable methods. It was launched in 2012 with a focus on development and innovation. The Conscious Exclusive collections have historically comprised a test bed for new, innovative materials and ways of sustainable thinking that are subsequently incorporated across the H&M business. This contributes to the ambitious goal to only use recycled or sustainably sourced materials by 2030.

From New Amsterdam to One Happy Island
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From New Amsterdam to One Happy Island

Travel   Once New Amsterdam, because of the Dutch settlers, New York got its name with the take over of the English in 1664. The metropolitan of the East coast of the United States, the city with so much history, the city that never sleeps...the city that is ever evolving, developing new »it« neighborhoods and offers exploring of the hidden gems.    NYC & COMPANY, the official guide to NYC, hosted us in the city that welcomes you always, with the amazing tour around New York City's newest hot spots.   Everyone knows the Times Square, 5th Avenue, Financial district and Central Park, but not many know of the newly developed Hudson Yards – residential, touristic, cultural and shopping area on the West side of Manhattan. Hudson Yards is writing a history with being the largest private real estate development in the States ever and when completed, it will host the highest outdoor observation deck on the western hemisphere. Hudson Yards has two iconic structures, »The Vessel« and »The Shed«. The Shed is the art center of Hudson Yards for all audiences, hosting everything from music, film and theater to painting. Now, The Vessel is what truly amazes you with its shiny bronze cylindrical structure. As the visitor you get to climb around 2.500 stairs of the 154 interconnected flight of stairs to enjoy the views of the city.   On the lower and Eastern part of Manhattan, the Seaport District is also a part that started with a transformation 3 years ago. What used to be New York's original commercial hub and the fish market of New York, is now developing into an entertainment and cultural district with a very dynamic culinary offer. It's never dull on Fulton market, live music is played from Tuesdays to Sundays and there are weekly events at the Rooftop, which include Monday's movie screenings and Tuesday's sports activities. The commercial fashion shops are being replaced with boutique stores, one of them being opened by Sarah Jessica Parker. And to top it all of, this historic neighborhood never seizes to amaze with the stunning views of the famous Brooklyn Bridge, which is the most mesmerizing at sunset.   A true New York tourist knows that New York's not only about Manhattan. But, not a lot of people actually know about the hidden gems the city has to offer. An hour train ride from Manhattan, all the way through Brooklyn, there is this coastal gem of Coney Island, a very strong small community, which is developing more every year. Having the old-school amusement park, the island is also the perfect getaway to the beach in the hot summer days. But don't think enjoying on the beach or riding the roller coaster is all there is. Coney Island is the home of the original Nathan's Famous hot dog and they also have their own brewery. Coney Island Brewery started its business 8 years ago and is in the process of expanding to a bigger capacity. This is a brewery that brews by hand and produces most of its beer right there in the heart of Coney Island. With their most known, the Mermaid Pilsner, they have their limited releases of beer all year round.   Back to Manhattan and hop on the short ferry ride, which leads you to another hidden gem, the Governors Island. This ice cream cone shaped island is a true hidden gem of New York, as it is something new even for the New Yorkers, with many never even being there yet. This is the island, which played a huge role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, serving as the former military base in New York. Nowadays it is the oasis for recreation and events, open from May to October. The relaxing setting is perfect for cycling around the island, picnics, glamping and has great views at New York's lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.   Liberty Island, a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan, is the home of one of the most famous New York City's landmark, the Statue of Liberty. In May the Statue od Liberty Museum opened its doors for the visitors for the first time since September 11 of 2001. The museum offers an unique experience with a walk through the history, where you even get to see the original torch from the Statue, which was replaced in 1986 due to its many modifications. Needless to say, climbing the 215 stairs up to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, rewards you with the breathtaking view of New York City's famous skyline.   All this exploring around »New Amsterdam« sure makes one hungry and one of the perfect places to dine at is »The Public Kitchen« at the Public hotel on the Lower East Side. The modern cuisine of the renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a cross-cultural menu, inspired by traveling around the world and uses organic and fresh products directly from the market. The Public Kitchen definitely satisfies each visitor with its dishes and the ambient.   And as much as a 3-day trip around the City excites one, you definitely wish for a well rested sleep. The perfect hotel to give you an experience you never knew you needed, is the boutique hotel on the upper side of Manhattan, »The Benjamin«. With its origins going way back to 1927, being one of the most recognized works by the architect Emery Roth, The Benjamin Hotel represents the early evolution of New York's skyscraper design. The hotel was fully redesigned and restyled in 2012 to create this special ambiance of both relaxation and sophistication. The hotel is known for its unique Rest & Renew program, created in partnership with sleep expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins, that makes sure you have the best sleep of your life and your bedtime becomes »a dream come true«. The sleep program features bedtime bites and a pillow menu with ten different types of pillows, from water filled, lullaby, anti-snore and many more.    And to make your experience at The Benjamin even better, »The National Bar & Dining Rooms« restaurant takes care of you from breakfast to dinner. The cuisine is a modern American one and the restaurant gives the feel of a contemporary NYC Grand Café. With chef Geoffrey Zakarian in charge, the restaurant is one of the 50 New York's finest.   When you’ve  seen and enjoyed the big city, where the tempo never stops, it is now time to change the scenery and hop from the city to the island. Only a 5 hour flight away and a popular vacation destination for many New Yorkers, the tropical island of Aruba awaits you.   The super friendly guide from ARUBA TOURISM greets you at the airport with the biggest smile and in the next few days, he shows you what the island is all about.   Aruba, a small island in the southern Caribbean Sea, only 29 kilometers northern of Venezuela, is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With beautiful nature, great weather all year round and very friendly and welcoming people, Aruba's other name is »One Happy Island«. There are two really special things about Aruba. One is the Divi Divi tree, Aruba's iconic symbol. And the other one is the Mangel Halto beach, probably the only beach in the world with 7 different colours of the sea.   Aruba is the island with the least amount of rain in the Caribbean, but with calmy winds it makes it pleasant to spend all day in the sun. The sandy beaches and crystal clear and bluest water you will ever sea are not all there is about to experience. On the northern part of the island you get to explore the natural hidden gems and limestone cliffs, with a feeling of being on a completely different island. Pastel colored buildings, local delicacies, calypso music, rich and diverse history and happy people – that's what charms the tourists and makes them return to the island over and over again. In the recent years Aruba became a very popular destination and the average hotel occupany rate throughout the year is 70 %, with also having the highest repeat rate of visitors in the region.   »One Happy Island« has four languages, the official Dutch and local language Papiamento, with Arubans also speaking English and Spanish. You can see the unique mix of languages everywhere on the streets, where the signs are in all of the four different languages. Papiamento is based onAfro-Portuguese Creoleand borrows a lot of words fromDutch, English and Spanish, while it still manages to sound really exotic.   On the northern shore, the winds and waves created several natural bridges along the cliffs. The largest one, the Natural Bridge, collapsed in 2005, but it still remains a popular tourist attraction on the island. This is the part of the island, near the Bushiribana gold mine ruins, that makes you feel like you're in a kind of a dessert, surrounded by the majestic waves of the ocean. On the way back to the southern side of the island, »Aruba Aloe Factory« offers tours of the factory and plantation, all while educating you about the 160-year old history of aloe in Aruba. With two thirds of Aruba covered with aloe plants, Aruba is the world's largest exporter of aloe.   The visit to Aruba wouldn't be a wholesome experience without booking a cruise with Pelican Adventures. Sailing out from the beautiful Palm Beach, stopping to snorkel around one of the many shipwrecks, it takes you to Boca Catalina Bay, where the water is of the bluest colour. You get to jump in the water, swim with the tropical fishes and just enjoy in this perfect setting.   On the eastern side of the island is the city of San Nicolas, a developing cultural capital of Aruba. Aruba Art Fair brought to the city both local artists and artists from all over the world to participate in the creation of the most magnificent murals you will ever see. The walls of the buildings on the Main Street of San Nicolas simply amaze with the amount of talent and beauty of this art.As the majority of Aruba's income is mainly coming from the western part, which is populated with resorts near the beaches, San Nicolas is starting to develop its recognition. Not only investing in the art projects, but to change into attracting more tourism in the next 5 – 10 years. One of the first steps towards that is building a new hotel, which is starting at the end of this year.   When vacationing in Aruba, you stay at one of the many resorts on the beach. Palm Beach is the strip of hotels, where most of the tourists book their stays. But if you want to escape all the crowds and relax a bit more, the perfect choice for your stay is the »Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort« on Divi Beach, which is right next to Eagle Beach, which was voted third best beach in the world by Trip Advisor.    Aruban getaway is also very rich and diverse in culinary, it offers you oneof the most unique foodexperiencein the Caribbean. With local Balashi beerand freshcatch of the day pulled from the sea, you get to explore the tastes you have never tried before.    Palm Beach not only hosts most of the hotels, it host many great dining spots. Hadicurari Restaurantis the perfect Caribbean-style restaurant. With sand on your feet and the view of the romantic sunset, you enjoy in the deliciously prepared catch of the day. Another favourite is The Pelican Nest, favourite restaurant in Aruba since 1994. Located on the Pelican pier, you are surrounded by the calm ocean, while you enjoy the unforgettable views with a favourite cocktailin your hands. Well, as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in Aruba you gain a new favourite breakfast spot, Eduardo's Beach Shack. Get your smoothie or a smoothie bowl with exotic fruits and enjoy the serene sound of waves.    Local food is a must try when visiting Aruba. The perfect place to try it at, is Zeerover, a local fisherman's wharf. You get to experience something completely different, the fresh catch of the day is a lot of times the barracuda and all the food is prepared right in front of you. Unexpectedly, the barracuda is very tasty. Another local, caribbean dining spot is The West Deck, close to the capital of Oranjestad. It's set on a deck over the white sandy beach, overlooking the ocean and offers an authentic island cuisine. Their specialty is the secret garlic shrimp recipe – a must try.   But dining in Aruba doesn't only offer the local cuisine. The Screaming Eagle Restaurant is serving an interpretation of French-fusion boutique cuisine with a caribbean touch. You discover completely new combination of dishes, while enjoying a glass of one of their 300 different wines on the menu. And AZIA Restaurant & Lounge, on Palm Beach, is where the Asian cuisine meets the Carribean flavours in one of the most delicious combinations ever.   Once you've been to Aruba, you really understand why it's so popular. It is an island that captures your heart with its friendliness and welcoming feeling. Not only will you definitely return, but you don't even want to leave. »One Happy Island« becomes your happy island too.     Once New Amsterdam, because of the Dutch settlers, New York got its name with the take over of the English in 1664. The metropolitan of the East coast of the United States, the city with so much history, the city that never sleeps...the city that is ever evolving, developing new »it« neighborhoods and offers exploring of the hidden gems.    NYC & COMPANY, the official guide to NYC, hosted us in the city that welcomes you always, with the amazing tour around New York City's newest hot spots.   Everyone knows the Times Square, 5th Avenue, Financial district and Central Park, but not many know of the newly developed Hudson Yards – residential, touristic, cultural and shopping area on the West side of Manhattan. Hudson Yards is writing a history with being the largest private real estate development in the States ever and when completed, it will host the highest outdoor observation deck on the western hemisphere. Hudson Yards has two iconic structures, »The Vessel« and »The Shed«. The Shed is the art center of Hudson Yards for all audiences, hosting everything from music, film and theater to painting. Now, The Vessel is what truly amazes you with its shiny bronze cylindrical structure. As the visitor you get to climb around 2.500 stairs of the 154 interconnected flight of stairs to enjoy the views of the city.   On the lower and Eastern part of Manhattan, the Seaport District is also a part that started with a transformation 3 years ago. What used to be New York's original commercial hub and the fish market of New York, is now developing into an entertainment and cultural district with a very dynamic culinary offer. It's never dull on Fulton market, live music is played from Tuesdays to Sundays and there are weekly events at the Rooftop, which include Monday's movie screenings and Tuesday's sports activities. The commercial fashion shops are being replaced with boutique stores, one of them being opened by Sarah Jessica Parker. And to top it all of, this historic neighborhood never seizes to amaze with the stunning views of the famous Brooklyn Bridge, which is the most mesmerizing at sunset.   A true New York tourist knows that New York's not only about Manhattan. But, not a lot of people actually know about the hidden gems the city has to offer. An hour train ride from Manhattan, all the way through Brooklyn, there is this coastal gem of Coney Island, a very strong small community, which is developing more every year. Having the old-school amusement park, the island is also the perfect getaway to the beach in the hot summer days. But don't think enjoying on the beach or riding the roller coaster is all there is. Coney Island is the home of the original Nathan's Famous hot dog and they also have their own brewery. Coney Island Brewery started its business 8 years ago and is in the process of expanding to a bigger capacity. This is a brewery that brews by hand and produces most of its beer right there in the heart of Coney Island. With their most known, the Mermaid Pilsner, they have their limited releases of beer all year round.   Back to Manhattan and hop on the short ferry ride, which leads you to another hidden gem, the Governors Island. This ice cream cone shaped island is a true hidden gem of New York, as it is something new even for the New Yorkers, with many never even being there yet. This is the island, which played a huge role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, serving as the former military base in New York. Nowadays it is the oasis for recreation and events, open from May to October. The relaxing setting is perfect for cycling around the island, picnics, glamping and has great views at New York's lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.   Liberty Island, a short ferry ride from Lower Manhattan, is the home of one of the most famous New York City's landmark, the Statue of Liberty. In May the Statue od Liberty Museum opened its doors for the visitors for the first time since September 11 of 2001. The museum offers an unique experience with a walk through the history, where you even get to see the original torch from the Statue, which was replaced in 1986 due to its many modifications. Needless to say, climbing the 215 stairs up to the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, rewards you with the breathtaking view of New York City's famous skyline.   All this exploring around »New Amsterdam« sure makes one hungry and one of the perfect places to dine at is »The Public Kitchen« at the Public hotel on the Lower East Side. The modern cuisine of the renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has a cross-cultural menu, inspired by traveling around the world and uses organic and fresh products directly from the market. The Public Kitchen definitely satisfies each visitor with its dishes and the ambient.   And as much as a 3-day trip around the City excites one, you definitely wish for a well rested sleep. The perfect hotel to give you an experience you never knew you needed, is the boutique hotel on the upper side of Manhattan, »The Benjamin«. With its origins going way back to 1927, being one of the most recognized works by the architect Emery Roth, The Benjamin Hotel represents the early evolution of New York's skyscraper design. The hotel was fully redesigned and restyled in 2012 to create this special ambiance of both relaxation and sophistication. The hotel is known for its unique Rest & Renew program, created in partnership with sleep expert, Dr. Rebecca Robbins, that makes sure you have the best sleep of your life and your bedtime becomes »a dream come true«. The sleep program features bedtime bites and a pillow menu with ten different types of pillows, from water filled, lullaby, anti-snore and many more.    And to make your experience at The Benjamin even better, »The National Bar & Dining Rooms« restaurant takes care of you from breakfast to dinner. The cuisine is a modern American one and the restaurant gives the feel of a contemporary NYC Grand Café. With chef Geoffrey Zakarian in charge, the restaurant is one of the 50 New York's finest.   When you’ve  seen and enjoyed the big city, where the tempo never stops, it is now time to change the scenery and hop from the city to the island. Only a 5 hour flight away and a popular vacation destination for many New Yorkers, the tropical island of Aruba awaits you.   The super friendly guide from ARUBA TOURISM greets you at the airport with the biggest smile and in the next few days, he shows you what the island is all about.   Aruba, a small island in the southern Caribbean Sea, only 29 kilometers northern of Venezuela, is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With beautiful nature, great weather all year round and very friendly and welcoming people, Aruba's other name is »One Happy Island«. There are two really special things about Aruba. One is the Divi Divi tree, Aruba's iconic symbol. And the other one is the Mangel Halto beach, probably the only beach in the world with 7 different colours of the sea.   Aruba is the island with the least amount of rain in the Caribbean, but with calmy winds it makes it pleasant to spend all day in the sun. The sandy beaches and crystal clear and bluest water you will ever sea are not all there is about to experience. On the northern part of the island you get to explore the natural hidden gems and limestone cliffs, with a feeling of being on a completely different island. Pastel colored buildings, local delicacies, calypso music, rich and diverse history and happy people – that's what charms the tourists and makes them return to the island over and over again. In the recent years Aruba became a very popular destination and the average hotel occupany rate throughout the year is 70 %, with also having the highest repeat rate of visitors in the region.   »One Happy Island« has four languages, the official Dutch and local language Papiamento, with Arubans also speaking English and Spanish. You can see the unique mix of languages everywhere on the streets, where the signs are in all of the four different languages. Papiamento is based onAfro-Portuguese Creoleand borrows a lot of words fromDutch, English and Spanish, while it still manages to sound really exotic.   On the northern shore, the winds and waves created several natural bridges along the cliffs. The largest one, the Natural Bridge, collapsed in 2005, but it still remains a popular tourist attraction on the island. This is the part of the island, near the Bushiribana gold mine ruins, that makes you feel like you're in a kind of a dessert, surrounded by the majestic waves of the ocean. On the way back to the southern side of the island, »Aruba Aloe Factory« offers tours of the factory and plantation, all while educating you about the 160-year old history of aloe in Aruba. With two thirds of Aruba covered with aloe plants, Aruba is the world's largest exporter of aloe.   The visit to Aruba wouldn't be a wholesome experience without booking a cruise with Pelican Adventures. Sailing out from the beautiful Palm Beach, stopping to snorkel around one of the many shipwrecks, it takes you to Boca Catalina Bay, where the water is of the bluest colour. You get to jump in the water, swim with the tropical fishes and just enjoy in this perfect setting.   On the eastern side of the island is the city of San Nicolas, a developing cultural capital of Aruba. Aruba Art Fair brought to the city both local artists and artists from all over the world to participate in the creation of the most magnificent murals you will ever see. The walls of the buildings on the Main Street of San Nicolas simply amaze with the amount of talent and beauty of this art.As the majority of Aruba's income is mainly coming from the western part, which is populated with resorts near the beaches, San Nicolas is starting to develop its recognition. Not only investing in the art projects, but to change into attracting more tourism in the next 5 – 10 years. One of the first steps towards that is building a new hotel, which is starting at the end of this year.   When vacationing in Aruba, you stay at one of the many resorts on the beach. Palm Beach is the strip of hotels, where most of the tourists book their stays. But if you want to escape all the crowds and relax a bit more, the perfect choice for your stay is the »Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort« on Divi Beach, which is right next to Eagle Beach, which was voted third best beach in the world by Trip Advisor.    Aruban getaway is also very rich and diverse in culinary, it offers you oneof the most unique foodexperiencein the Caribbean. With local Balashi beerand freshcatch of the day pulled from the sea, you get to explore the tastes you have never tried before.    Palm Beach not only hosts most of the hotels, it host many great dining spots. Hadicurari Restaurantis the perfect Caribbean-style restaurant. With sand on your feet and the view of the romantic sunset, you enjoy in the deliciously prepared catch of the day. Another favourite is The Pelican Nest, favourite restaurant in Aruba since 1994. Located on the Pelican pier, you are surrounded by the calm ocean, while you enjoy the unforgettable views with a favourite cocktailin your hands. Well, as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, in Aruba you gain a new favourite breakfast spot, Eduardo's Beach Shack. Get your smoothie or a smoothie bowl with exotic fruits and enjoy the serene sound of waves.    Local food is a must try when visiting Aruba. The perfect place to try it at, is Zeerover, a local fisherman's wharf. You get to experience something completely different, the fresh catch of the day is a lot of times the barracuda and all the food is prepared right in front of you. Unexpectedly, the barracuda is very tasty. Another local, caribbean dining spot is The West Deck, close to the capital of Oranjestad. It's set on a deck over the white sandy beach, overlooking the ocean and offers an authentic island cuisine. Their specialty is the secret garlic shrimp recipe – a must try.   But dining in Aruba doesn't only offer the local cuisine. The Screaming Eagle Restaurant is serving an interpretation of French-fusion boutique cuisine with a caribbean touch. You discover completely new combination of dishes, while enjoying a glass of one of their 300 different wines on the menu. And AZIA Restaurant & Lounge, on Palm Beach, is where the Asian cuisine meets the Carribean flavours in one of the most delicious combinations ever.   Once you've been to Aruba, you really understand why it's so popular. It is an island that captures your heart with its friendliness and welcoming feeling. Not only will you definitely return, but you don't even want to leave. »One Happy Island« becomes your happy island too.  

LADY D-LITE
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LADY D-LITE

Accessories Embodying the quintessence of the House’s spirit, the Lady Dior stands out for its architectural lines, symbolic of the excellence in savoir-faire of the Dior Ateliers. The iconic bag is reinvented for the spring-summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection in a fully embroidered version, reflecting Dior’s exclusive know-how, called Lady D-Lite. Its creation is the result of a unique ritual: the realization of 3-D tone-on-tone embroideries based on the Cannage motif, followed by the meticulous assembly work on a wooden form, ending with a special finish that makes the bag more hard-wearing for everyday use. The metallic parts – including clasps, eyelets and reinterpreted charms in tribute to the lucky tokens Monsieur Dior always had on him – further enhance this emblem of elegance. Each intricately thought- out detail contributes to its beauty, including the “Christian Dior” signature that punctuates its timeless, graphic style. Delivered with a matching strap, this new object of desire is available in gray, black, beige, pink and white in order to adapt to every look. Requiring infinite precision, the bag’s fabrication involves a combination of passion and patience. This creation can also be personalized at exclusive Dior events. more on dior.com Embodying the quintessence of the House’s spirit, the Lady Dior stands out for its architectural lines, symbolic of the excellence in savoir-faire of the Dior Ateliers. The iconic bag is reinvented for the spring-summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection in a fully embroidered version, reflecting Dior’s exclusive know-how, called Lady D-Lite. Its creation is the result of a unique ritual: the realization of 3-D tone-on-tone embroideries based on the Cannage motif, followed by the meticulous assembly work on a wooden form, ending with a special finish that makes the bag more hard-wearing for everyday use. The metallic parts – including clasps, eyelets and reinterpreted charms in tribute to the lucky tokens Monsieur Dior always had on him – further enhance this emblem of elegance. Each intricately thought- out detail contributes to its beauty, including the “Christian Dior” signature that punctuates its timeless, graphic style. Delivered with a matching strap, this new object of desire is available in gray, black, beige, pink and white in order to adapt to every look. Requiring infinite precision, the bag’s fabrication involves a combination of passion and patience. This creation can also be personalized at exclusive Dior events. more on dior.com

American Vintage Spring & Summer campaign
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American Vintage Spring & Summer campaign

Fashion Once again, photographer Julia Champeau immortalises the spring/summer 2020 collection on film.   In the streets of a Mediterranean city, she captures for just a moment this luminous, unique, urban atmosphere, steeped in history. Trailing  close  behind  Lily  Taieb,  Devon  Ross  and  Étienne  de  Testa... The  wanderings  of  these  three  new  faces  reflect  their style. Between the rigorous Bauhaus architecture and the warm softness of sunbeams. First and foremost, in this singular encounter between past and present, the friends represent a moment like the anti-heroes of a Larry Clark film, draped in nonchalance. The oversized shapes and 90s sportswear take their inspirations in the past to tell stories of the present. The freedom to wear anything. Girl or boy, depending on your mood. The outfits match and mismatch. There are no more rules. It’s a state of mind. Omnipresent, cotton enwraps bodies and enhances movements. Denim, gabardine, poplin. Striding forward in canvas sneakers on the pavement or in the sand.  Once again, photographer Julia Champeau immortalises the spring/summer 2020 collection on film.   In the streets of a Mediterranean city, she captures for just a moment this luminous, unique, urban atmosphere, steeped in history. Trailing  close  behind  Lily  Taieb,  Devon  Ross  and  Étienne  de  Testa... The  wanderings  of  these  three  new  faces  reflect  their style. Between the rigorous Bauhaus architecture and the warm softness of sunbeams. First and foremost, in this singular encounter between past and present, the friends represent a moment like the anti-heroes of a Larry Clark film, draped in nonchalance. The oversized shapes and 90s sportswear take their inspirations in the past to tell stories of the present. The freedom to wear anything. Girl or boy, depending on your mood. The outfits match and mismatch. There are no more rules. It’s a state of mind. Omnipresent, cotton enwraps bodies and enhances movements. Denim, gabardine, poplin. Striding forward in canvas sneakers on the pavement or in the sand. 

Ciel Bleu included in the Restaurant Ikarus programme
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Ciel Bleu included in the Restaurant Ikarus programme

Food Two-star restaurant Ciel Bleu has been included in the Restaurant Ikarus programme in April 2020. Restaurant Ikarus is situated in the striking location of Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport. Under the leadership of Patron Eckart Witzigmann and Executive Chef Martin Klein, each month this prestigious restaurant invites the best chefs from around the world to take the helm as guest chefs. Chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman will have the honour of doing this in April 2020. For the entire month of April, the Ikarus kitchen brigade will prepare the dishes devised by the chefs duo from Amsterdam.   The ambitious Ikarus concept, with a different chef invited to put together a menu each month, was launched in 2003. Since then, famous guest chefs from all over the world have provided a different monthly menu in Restaurant Ikarus. Very few Dutch chefs have preceded Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman, and working with Restaurant Ikarus is now on the wish list of many of the world’s leading chefs.   Onno Kokmeijer, Executive Chef and Manager of Ciel Bleu Restaurant: “Arjan and I are honoured to be part of this programme and to represent Ciel Bleu in this pioneering restaurant. Martin visited Amsterdam in early February, to get an idea of how to reproduce our style and our dishes in Salzburg. We have a lot of respect and admiration for each other’s work and we can’t wait to serve our menu in April.”   On 1 April, Onno and Arjan will present Ciel Bleu’s menu in Salzburg, after which Martin’s expert team will prepare the dishes for the rest of the month. more on Okura.nl  Two-star restaurant Ciel Bleu has been included in the Restaurant Ikarus programme in April 2020. Restaurant Ikarus is situated in the striking location of Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport. Under the leadership of Patron Eckart Witzigmann and Executive Chef Martin Klein, each month this prestigious restaurant invites the best chefs from around the world to take the helm as guest chefs. Chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman will have the honour of doing this in April 2020. For the entire month of April, the Ikarus kitchen brigade will prepare the dishes devised by the chefs duo from Amsterdam.   The ambitious Ikarus concept, with a different chef invited to put together a menu each month, was launched in 2003. Since then, famous guest chefs from all over the world have provided a different monthly menu in Restaurant Ikarus. Very few Dutch chefs have preceded Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman, and working with Restaurant Ikarus is now on the wish list of many of the world’s leading chefs.   Onno Kokmeijer, Executive Chef and Manager of Ciel Bleu Restaurant: “Arjan and I are honoured to be part of this programme and to represent Ciel Bleu in this pioneering restaurant. Martin visited Amsterdam in early February, to get an idea of how to reproduce our style and our dishes in Salzburg. We have a lot of respect and admiration for each other’s work and we can’t wait to serve our menu in April.”   On 1 April, Onno and Arjan will present Ciel Bleu’s menu in Salzburg, after which Martin’s expert team will prepare the dishes for the rest of the month. more on Okura.nl 

Barbiere hair and styling is now complete with 6 new formulas.
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Barbiere hair and styling is now complete with 6 new formulas.

Beauty The BARBIERE universe is expanding with six new formulas specially developed for men's hair. Acqua di Parma chose the best ingredients and therefore created a number of synergetic compositions. Like the other products from the BARBIERE collection, the hair care and styling products create a sensual experience. The fresh, vibrant scent of Colonia is combined - depending on the purpose of the formula - with a light, rich, smooth or almost imperceptible texture.  For a fresh, clean feeling, there are three BARBIERE shampoos that effectively protect against pollution and keep hair shiny, thick and luxurious: Mild Shampoo, Thickening Shampoo and Illuminating Shampoo. Acqua di Parma has developed the Defining Cream, Modelling Clay and Fixing Wax to look flawless all day long in just a few simple steps and with easy-to-use formulas: three different ways to style hair. The modern interpretation of a long tradition, BARBIERE is the quintessence of the Italian shaving ritual. Its innovative formulas are designed speci cally for the different stages of personal grooming: shaving, after shaving, beard care, facial treatment and now the new haircare and styling line. Hair care is fundamental for de ning facial appearance, harmonising perfectly with shaving or beard trimming and skin care. And so the BARBIERE universe has been enriched with six different formulas especially for men’s hair. Acqua di Parma selects the best ingredients and creates a line of synergistic compositions. Just like the other products in the BARBIERE collection, hair care and styling also offer a satisfying sensorial experience. A fresh, radiant fragrance of Colonia and textures that are light, rich, consistent or impalpable according to the purpose for which the formula is intended.   MILD SHAMPOO A shampoo expressly designed for everyday use. Its mild formula gently and thoroughly removes impurities, respecting the balance of skin and hair. With its light, transparent texture, it undoes environmental damage, protecting hair from smog and pollutants. Thanks to its conditioning agents, it nourishes skin and hair leaving it soft, lustrous and easy to comb. It should be massaged into the scalp and then rinsed with warm or hot water and, for those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute. Recommended for all hair types and skin types, including sensitive skin.   THICKENING SHAMPOO Taking care of your hair means making it stronger and healthier. With a formula that has a volumising effect, rich in active ingredients aimed at strengthening hair and ideal for everyday use too, the Thickening Shampoo works on the structure of e hair to revitalise and add body. Designed to ensure a delicate yet deep clean, delightful to the touch with its soft, creamy consistency, it respects the balance of sensitive skin too, effectively undoing any environmental damage. Recommended for all hair types, thanks to the conditioning agents in the formula, no conditioner is required. It should be applied to damp or wet skin and distributed and massaged evenly over skin and hair. For those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute.   ILLUMINATING SHAMPOO FOR GREY AND WHITE HAIR A shampoo with a pleasantly smooth consistency, speci cally for white and grey hair. The blue and violet pigments neutralise any yellow tones, making the colour bright and de ned. The formula acts on the scales of the hair, closing and compacting them, revitalising hair and giving it a shinier appearance. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, it gently removes impurities and protects hair from pollution. For optimum performance, the Illuminating Shampoo should be distributed over the entire length of the hair, massaged and combed to facilitate the even action of the formula. Once applied, it should be left in for a minute before rinsing. It is recommended that the Illuminating Shampoo is used once or twice a week at most, alternating it with another BARBIERE shampoo, for complete hair care.   DEFINING CREAM The texture is light and creamy. A few simple strokes through the hair with a small amount of product are enough to obtain a natural style. The formula is designed to condition hair without drying or weighing it down and to eliminate static electricity. A Cream that is perfect for always feeling good and styling that can be easily shaped several times a day. Ideal for both long and short hair.   MODELLING CLAY Use this Clay for styling with a semi-structured, opaque effect that leaves hair soft and natural without drying. Its residue-free formula gives hair a medium hold that can be remodelled multiple times a day. Suitable for long and short hair, it should be applied with your ngers for a free, informal look or with a comb for a more de ned appearance.   FIXING WAX The ideal formula for de ned and elevated styling, giving hair a subtle shine and a hold that lasts throughout the day. Designed for all hair lengths, it does not dry or leave residue on the hair. It is recommended that the Wax is applied using a comb for the best style de nition. Apply the product directly to small locks of hair to achieve an even more structured look.   more on acquadiparma.com The BARBIERE universe is expanding with six new formulas specially developed for men's hair. Acqua di Parma chose the best ingredients and therefore created a number of synergetic compositions. Like the other products from the BARBIERE collection, the hair care and styling products create a sensual experience. The fresh, vibrant scent of Colonia is combined - depending on the purpose of the formula - with a light, rich, smooth or almost imperceptible texture.  For a fresh, clean feeling, there are three BARBIERE shampoos that effectively protect against pollution and keep hair shiny, thick and luxurious: Mild Shampoo, Thickening Shampoo and Illuminating Shampoo. Acqua di Parma has developed the Defining Cream, Modelling Clay and Fixing Wax to look flawless all day long in just a few simple steps and with easy-to-use formulas: three different ways to style hair. The modern interpretation of a long tradition, BARBIERE is the quintessence of the Italian shaving ritual. Its innovative formulas are designed speci cally for the different stages of personal grooming: shaving, after shaving, beard care, facial treatment and now the new haircare and styling line. Hair care is fundamental for de ning facial appearance, harmonising perfectly with shaving or beard trimming and skin care. And so the BARBIERE universe has been enriched with six different formulas especially for men’s hair. Acqua di Parma selects the best ingredients and creates a line of synergistic compositions. Just like the other products in the BARBIERE collection, hair care and styling also offer a satisfying sensorial experience. A fresh, radiant fragrance of Colonia and textures that are light, rich, consistent or impalpable according to the purpose for which the formula is intended.   MILD SHAMPOO A shampoo expressly designed for everyday use. Its mild formula gently and thoroughly removes impurities, respecting the balance of skin and hair. With its light, transparent texture, it undoes environmental damage, protecting hair from smog and pollutants. Thanks to its conditioning agents, it nourishes skin and hair leaving it soft, lustrous and easy to comb. It should be massaged into the scalp and then rinsed with warm or hot water and, for those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute. Recommended for all hair types and skin types, including sensitive skin.   THICKENING SHAMPOO Taking care of your hair means making it stronger and healthier. With a formula that has a volumising effect, rich in active ingredients aimed at strengthening hair and ideal for everyday use too, the Thickening Shampoo works on the structure of e hair to revitalise and add body. Designed to ensure a delicate yet deep clean, delightful to the touch with its soft, creamy consistency, it respects the balance of sensitive skin too, effectively undoing any environmental damage. Recommended for all hair types, thanks to the conditioning agents in the formula, no conditioner is required. It should be applied to damp or wet skin and distributed and massaged evenly over skin and hair. For those who like to take extra care, it can be applied with a comb and left in for a minute.   ILLUMINATING SHAMPOO FOR GREY AND WHITE HAIR A shampoo with a pleasantly smooth consistency, speci cally for white and grey hair. The blue and violet pigments neutralise any yellow tones, making the colour bright and de ned. The formula acts on the scales of the hair, closing and compacting them, revitalising hair and giving it a shinier appearance. Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin, it gently removes impurities and protects hair from pollution. For optimum performance, the Illuminating Shampoo should be distributed over the entire length of the hair, massaged and combed to facilitate the even action of the formula. Once applied, it should be left in for a minute before rinsing. It is recommended that the Illuminating Shampoo is used once or twice a week at most, alternating it with another BARBIERE shampoo, for complete hair care.   DEFINING CREAM The texture is light and creamy. A few simple strokes through the hair with a small amount of product are enough to obtain a natural style. The formula is designed to condition hair without drying or weighing it down and to eliminate static electricity. A Cream that is perfect for always feeling good and styling that can be easily shaped several times a day. Ideal for both long and short hair.   MODELLING CLAY Use this Clay for styling with a semi-structured, opaque effect that leaves hair soft and natural without drying. Its residue-free formula gives hair a medium hold that can be remodelled multiple times a day. Suitable for long and short hair, it should be applied with your ngers for a free, informal look or with a comb for a more de ned appearance.   FIXING WAX The ideal formula for de ned and elevated styling, giving hair a subtle shine and a hold that lasts throughout the day. Designed for all hair lengths, it does not dry or leave residue on the hair. It is recommended that the Wax is applied using a comb for the best style de nition. Apply the product directly to small locks of hair to achieve an even more structured look.   more on acquadiparma.com

GUCCI releases Eyewear campaign for Spring & Summer
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GUCCI releases Eyewear campaign for Spring & Summer

Accessories For its new Spring Summer eyewear advertising campaign, Gucci moved to the Amoeba Music Hollywood store in Los Angeles to pay homage to that staple of American ‘80s teen movies, the record and VHS rental store.Creative Director Alessandro Michele mines the colourful neon-lit setting of this archetypal hangout for youth culture to showcase the spirit of individuality. In this new campaign, the browsing customers suggest many narratives, and in their attitude of proud freedom speak of Gucci’s desire to encourage self-expression.   Chinese actress and brand ambassador Ni Ni stars once again in theHouse eyewear advertisingcampaign, and is joined for the second time by Kai, the South Korean singer, actor and dancer, member of the EXO boy band, and global male ambassador for Gucci eyewear.Models Delphi McNicol, Azu Nwogu and Jana Jonckheere also appear in the campaign. Shot by cult filmmaker and photographer Harmony Korine, the campaign presents candid portraits – in still and moving images – of individuals or couples within the rich setting of the record store with its stacks and shelves of vinyl, tapes, CDs and videos. The emphasis is on close-up crops that bring the eyewear to the fore – both Gucci optical glasses and sunglasses – while the busy and vibrant background, alive with pop-culture graphics, suggests the energy and excitement of the retro music scene. The film also pays homage to those days when the local record shop or video exchange would be a social nexus, with the narrative plot showing customers meeting up in the store and trying on the glasses, while browsing the tapes and CDs. more on gucci.com             Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher SimmondsPhotographer/Director: Harmony Korine Styling: Jonathan Kaye Hair Stylist: Alex BrownsellMake Up: Thomas de Kluyver and Gao Jian For its new Spring Summer eyewear advertising campaign, Gucci moved to the Amoeba Music Hollywood store in Los Angeles to pay homage to that staple of American ‘80s teen movies, the record and VHS rental store.Creative Director Alessandro Michele mines the colourful neon-lit setting of this archetypal hangout for youth culture to showcase the spirit of individuality. In this new campaign, the browsing customers suggest many narratives, and in their attitude of proud freedom speak of Gucci’s desire to encourage self-expression.   Chinese actress and brand ambassador Ni Ni stars once again in theHouse eyewear advertisingcampaign, and is joined for the second time by Kai, the South Korean singer, actor and dancer, member of the EXO boy band, and global male ambassador for Gucci eyewear.Models Delphi McNicol, Azu Nwogu and Jana Jonckheere also appear in the campaign. Shot by cult filmmaker and photographer Harmony Korine, the campaign presents candid portraits – in still and moving images – of individuals or couples within the rich setting of the record store with its stacks and shelves of vinyl, tapes, CDs and videos. The emphasis is on close-up crops that bring the eyewear to the fore – both Gucci optical glasses and sunglasses – while the busy and vibrant background, alive with pop-culture graphics, suggests the energy and excitement of the retro music scene. The film also pays homage to those days when the local record shop or video exchange would be a social nexus, with the narrative plot showing customers meeting up in the store and trying on the glasses, while browsing the tapes and CDs. more on gucci.com             Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher SimmondsPhotographer/Director: Harmony Korine Styling: Jonathan Kaye Hair Stylist: Alex BrownsellMake Up: Thomas de Kluyver and Gao Jian

Hotel Ottilia, Copenhagen
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Hotel Ottilia, Copenhagen

Travel Denmark's leading boutique hotel chain Brøchner Hotels has opened in  2019  a new 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel in the former Carlsberg brewery buildings. Hotel Ottilia invites guests to stay in a true Danish icon and get an extraordinary hotel experience, as the history of the former brewery buildings is brought to life in the new design and story of a boutique hotel.   You probably think about beer when reading ‘Carlsberg’, and for a good reason. The Carlsberg City district is where the world-famous Carlsberg beer was brewed from 1847-2008 in iconic and now listed buildings, which in the beginning of 2019 will reopen as the 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel Hotel Ottilia. The design of Hotel Ottilia reinterprets the industrial and iconic architecture in innovative ways, as the original and unpolished architectural details of the industrial brewery buildings are preserved throughout, providing an intriguing contrast to luxurious furnishing and contemporary design.     64 stunning gold-shields with a diameter of no less than 2,2 meter, stands out on the façade of Hotel Ottilia. Behind each gold-shield hides a unique room with 3,4-meter-high ceilings, complementing the original architecture. Decorating the opposite façade are 64 enormous round windows, with the same size as the gold-shields. These round panoramic windows are big enough to serve not only as a window, but as a curved halfmoon couch covered with soft leather cushions.    In the original round tower, guests can stay in exclusive suites, with classic and at the same time cool design, large multi-sided turret-windows, stucco and refined details true to the original architecture. The rooms and suites truly combine extravagant features with the raw industrial and original elements. To enhance the guest experience, Hotel Ottilia offers a digital hotel stay via the guests’ private mobile device. With this, hotel guests can skip the key card and use their private mobile to check in and out, unlock the door to their room and wayfinding. Also, content viewed on any mobile device, can easily be streamed to the screen in the room.   More than just a hotel for guests and locals: Hotel Ottilia is the first hotel in the Carlsberg City District with 155 rooms, conference facilities and venue space for up to 200 persons, bars, a new spa & bath concept, a rooftop terrace overlooking Copenhagen with both in- and outside seating in the new Italian restaurant. The district is going through an urban renewal where new architecture is mixed with historic buildings and gardens, all of which are part of Copenhagen's history. In addition, Hotel Ottilia is located next to Copenhagen Zoo, the Meat Packing District and Vesterbro, known for its vivid cultural, bar and restaurant scene.   more on www.brochner-hotels.dk Denmark's leading boutique hotel chain Brøchner Hotels has opened in  2019  a new 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel in the former Carlsberg brewery buildings. Hotel Ottilia invites guests to stay in a true Danish icon and get an extraordinary hotel experience, as the history of the former brewery buildings is brought to life in the new design and story of a boutique hotel.   You probably think about beer when reading ‘Carlsberg’, and for a good reason. The Carlsberg City district is where the world-famous Carlsberg beer was brewed from 1847-2008 in iconic and now listed buildings, which in the beginning of 2019 will reopen as the 4-star+ luxury boutique hotel Hotel Ottilia. The design of Hotel Ottilia reinterprets the industrial and iconic architecture in innovative ways, as the original and unpolished architectural details of the industrial brewery buildings are preserved throughout, providing an intriguing contrast to luxurious furnishing and contemporary design.     64 stunning gold-shields with a diameter of no less than 2,2 meter, stands out on the façade of Hotel Ottilia. Behind each gold-shield hides a unique room with 3,4-meter-high ceilings, complementing the original architecture. Decorating the opposite façade are 64 enormous round windows, with the same size as the gold-shields. These round panoramic windows are big enough to serve not only as a window, but as a curved halfmoon couch covered with soft leather cushions.    In the original round tower, guests can stay in exclusive suites, with classic and at the same time cool design, large multi-sided turret-windows, stucco and refined details true to the original architecture. The rooms and suites truly combine extravagant features with the raw industrial and original elements. To enhance the guest experience, Hotel Ottilia offers a digital hotel stay via the guests’ private mobile device. With this, hotel guests can skip the key card and use their private mobile to check in and out, unlock the door to their room and wayfinding. Also, content viewed on any mobile device, can easily be streamed to the screen in the room.   More than just a hotel for guests and locals: Hotel Ottilia is the first hotel in the Carlsberg City District with 155 rooms, conference facilities and venue space for up to 200 persons, bars, a new spa & bath concept, a rooftop terrace overlooking Copenhagen with both in- and outside seating in the new Italian restaurant. The district is going through an urban renewal where new architecture is mixed with historic buildings and gardens, all of which are part of Copenhagen's history. In addition, Hotel Ottilia is located next to Copenhagen Zoo, the Meat Packing District and Vesterbro, known for its vivid cultural, bar and restaurant scene.   more on www.brochner-hotels.dk

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