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3D Printing’s Tipping Point Tour: London, New York, Paris

This is a little shorty I wrote up for British Airway’s High Life magazine on the 3D printing revolution. This has been going on for years but only hit the tipping point into mainstream consumption in the past year or so.

The stuff looks outlandish like it’s out of a Luc Besson film or something so I’m not sure how mainstream it will get (after the initial novelty wears off) but I’m sure the tech will advance quickly and we’ll see more wearable stuff come out in the years to come.

My only gripe with it is that so far the rudimentary tech produces garments that look like they’re all cut from the same cloth, so to speak – a kind of uniformity that exists in tech which I abhor (pret-a-porter for the net-a-porter generation).

3D Printing Show London New York Paris

Chic Trek Videos: Cape Town – 2014 World Design Capital (VIDEO)

A visit to Cape Town, South Africa, home of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, The Table Bay Hotel and designated World Design Capital for 2014.

5 Designer Hotels of the Moment

1. Jade Jagger/Baglioni, Marrakech

Jade Jagger Designed Baglioni Marrakech Hotel
With a clothing boutique in London’s chic and always quirky Notting Hill, and a dad with moves like… well, you get the picture, Jade Jagger has her finger on the pulse. Add to that the fact that she’s the designer on the Baglioni Marrakech Hotel (2013), and the future is bright for the talented creator.

2. The Armani Hotel, Milan

Armani Hotel Italy

Armani and Milano go together like fric and frac (or fric and fashion). The Northern Italian city was the perfect location for a hotel by the legendary fashion house, the much-buzzed Armani Hotel. The look is masculine and subdued. The furnishings are from Armani Casa’s home collection. And, according to a New York Times scribe, even the Q-Tips are chic–black and a whopping six inches long (but don’t get any inappropriate thoughts).

3. Missoni Hotel, Antalya, Turkey

Missoni Hotel Turkey

The flamboyant stripey look is unmistakable: Missoni. Imagine an entire hotel decked out in that style. Antalya, Turkey (a.k.a. The Turkish Riviera) will get a taste of Italian chic in 2013 when it becomes home to the Hotel Missoni Belek Antalya. But forget all that fashion house fluff, what I’m most excited about is the 18-hole golf course designed by Swedish golf champ Annika Sörenstam.

4. Bulgari Hotel, London

Bulgari Hotel London

Founded in 1884, Bulgari has been a mainstay in the high-end jewelry, watch and accessory sphere for well over a century. Now, the Italian company is ready for its close-up, 2012 Olympics style. Just in time for the festivities, the hotel will open its doors in a London West End fashion hub: Knightsbridge.

5. Martin Margiela/Maison des Champs Elysées

Martin Margiela Maison Champs Elysees Hotel Paris

I’ve saved the best–or at least my favourite–for last: Belgian designer Martin Margiela’s epic and jaw-dropping Maison des Champs Elysées in the City of Light. The structure dates back to 1864 when it was the home of Princess d’Essing, Duchess of Rivoli. It marries the best of classical style with sparklingly spartan Post Modern splendour. A ‘oui,’ in my book.

Igloo Pop-Up Boutique Pops Up in Utah

Park City Utah Igloo Pop Up Boutique Shopping

There’s certainly no shortage of pop-up shops around the globe thanks in part to the lousy economy and innovative thinking on the part of retailers and commercial real estate investors. But they do seem to be getting cleverer and cleverer in their delivery.

Case in point: this month a stylish igloo housing hand-picked accessories from Styleliner will be accessible to the purchasing public in Park City, Utah’s Promontory Ranch Club on January 21-24.

Some of you may already be familiar with Styleliner as the mobile luxury boutique (wo)manned by Joey Wolffer who does the buying. But the concept of an igloo is…

Gimmicky? A bit (they’re calling it an ‘iglootique’). Kind of cool–in both senses of the word? Most definitely. It takes the idea of the shopping like the ‘in crowd’ to knew and puntastic realms–the ‘inuit crowd’ comes to mind. Der…Sorry couldn’t help myself.

Chic Trek: London’s Savile Row (VIDEO)

Travel and culture journalist Shana Ting Lipton explores London’s Savile Row and James Sherwood’s recently released book Bespoke, which focuses on the history and impact of its tailored ‘London look.’

Parisian Chic: Inès de la Fressange’s City-Centric Style Primer

Parisian Chic By Ines de Fressange

Every country, city and even quarter has its signature style–Japan’s Gothic Lolitas, the so-calledLondon look, New York’s Williamsburg hipsters. Their territorial tonality is not simply made up of architectural sites, museums and great city planning.

Clothing and style are in the foreground of every town or a city. However, few city styles are as timeless as those imprinted on fashion’s European capital of Paris.

And when in Paris, who wants to look like a turista?

Inès de la Fressange answers that proverbial question with the style tips and tricks she reveals within the precious pages of her big red book, Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet (Paris: Flammarion, April 2011).

The fashion faithful may recognize de la Fressange’s name from the pages of Elle magazine, where her drawings frequently appear. The former runway model (once the face of Chanel) has launched a clothing line and is currently the brand identity consultant for Roger Vivier.

Parisian Chic Book By Ines de FressangeIn Parisian Chic, she accesibly explores a range of topics from ‘Fashion Faux Pas at 50+’ to looking like a million Euros without suffering the ravages of bling. Moreover, de la Fressange delves into the broader subject of Parisian style via her advice on throwing dinner parties, and making your home your own cozy little château.

Perhaps most valuable to stylish travelers, both male and female, are the 70 pages of ‘Inès’ Paris’–her own personal recommendations of spots to check out while in La Ville-Lumière. What follows are some selected picks and favorite quotes from the book.

Parisian Chic Book By Ines de Fressange

Parisian Chic Book By Ines de Fressange

Parisian Chic Book By Ines de Fressange

Selections From ‘Inès’ Paris’

Books: 
L’Ecume des Pages

174, boulevard Saint-Germain, 6e
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 48 54 48

Cooking Class: 
École Ritz-Escoffier
15, place Vendôme, 1er
Tel. +33 (01)1 43 16 16 30

Restaurant: 
Chez Paul
15, place Dauphine, 1er
Tel. +33 (0)8 99 69 05 81

Hotel: 
Hotel Recamier

3, bis place Saint-Sulpice, 6e
Tel. +33 (0)1 43 26 04 89

Parisian Chic Book By Ines de Fressange

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