Travel  | March 30th 2012


Welcome back to our weekly LUXE Links, in which we source some of the week’s best reads from around the web and around the world. This week, optical illusions in New York, Dover Street Market hits Tokyo, and floating beds in Singapore. Get clickin’, chickens!

Now you see him, now you don’t–finding human chameleon Liu Bolin at this must-hit exhib in NYC [We Jet Set]

Inside Singapore’s New Majestic Hotel, featuring floating beds and outdoor tubs [Hotel Chatter]

Eight hidden dining and retail treasures to seek out in hectic Hong Kong [Coolhunting]

Hello, hotel room: behind the “Do Not Disturb” sign at two new European photo exhibs [Tablet Talk]

Kawakubo brings Dover Street Market to Tokyo, causes a fashion Commes-motion, sets sight on New York next [T Magazine]

Travel  | March 29th 2012

The birthplace of skyscrapers, Chicago is one hell of a looker

Dear globetrotting hearts, in case you’ve been stuck under a rock and missed the memo, LUXE has partnered up with Singapore Airlines to bring you a monthly travel column on their brand new website as well as the inflight mag (which can also be viewed in full online), and share how to spend 24 LUXE hours in some of our favourite cities.

This month, we turn the spotlight on Chicago, the city of skyscrapers, culinary wizardry, Lloyd Wright, Obama, Capone, Pullman, The Cubs, The Bears, The Bulls, the blues, and much, much more. It may be called the Second City, but don’t be fooled, Chicago is a first-rate desti and everyone’s kind of town.

What’s more, readers get an exclusive promo code to score 15% off LUXE guides and box sets. Get ready, jet set, go!

Travel  | March 28th 2012

The Venus Suite: Donatella Versace's former bedroom

Calling all Versace lovers—is this your dream destination or what? The Villa by Barton G in Miami, a.k.a. the mansion where Gianni and Donatella used to live, is a 10-suite boutique hotel with features like a 24-karat gold tiled pool and a formal supper parlour, The Dining Room. Of course, this mind-blowing opulence and a South Beach postcode mean that staying here will cost you a cool $1,000 USD (per night). More, if you want to sleep in Donatella’s bed with direct views of the ocean – but hey, you can’t put a price on getting in bed with a Versace, right?

1116 Ocean Drive, South Beach, Florida. T: +1 305 576 8003 W:

For the complete guide to what’s hot in Miami, check out the LUXE Miami guide!

Faff & Faddle  | March 27th 2012

The man with the magic hands

A skiing accident almost two decades ago led him into physical therapy then down the footpath – literally. Since combining his latterly attained podiatry qualifications with his passion for quality and service, Bastien Gonzalez has left celebrities and civilians alike swooning over his tootsie-licious treatments. In Hong Kong to open his PEDI:MANI:CURE Studio by Bastien Gonzalez at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the metatarsal maestro sat down with LUXE to discuss his foot philosophies, heavenly Révérence de Bastien product range, and farming equipment.

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Shopping, Travel  | March 26th 2012

Baubles galore in ANA's window display

If you’re in Singapore and have a weak spot for Aussie labels, but don’t have the time, or means to regularly jet off Down Under, then you’re going to love ANA Boutique. The store stocks established and emerging brands like flirty, feminine Fleur Wood, cult favourite Zimmermann, and in-house label Ana Vu, along with baubles and home ware from the likes of resin wizards Dinosaur Designs. What you won’t find in this two-level shop on Club Street is winter-wear—the boutique “caters for the country that has no seasons,” and we say hear, hear to endless summers. Not sure what suits you? Make an appointment with an on-site stylist, who’ll have you sashaying out the door like a Bondi babe.

Ana Boutique. 86 Club Street, Singapore. T: +65 6221 2897. W:

Find more of our Singapore favourites in the LUXE Singapore guide or in our handy mobile app.

Uncategorized  | March 23rd 2012
Party ready pout n’ polish

Welcome back to our weekly LUXE Links, in which we source some of the week’s best reads from around the web and around the world. This week, springtime in Paris, a backyard in Berlin, and a British Airways pop-up to book now. Get clickin’, chickens!

British Airways to host FlightBA2012, an Olympics-themed, cabin-shaped pop-up restaurant, from April 4-17. [Travel + Leisure]

Ten sweet signs that spring has sprung in Paris, from bare-legged belles to bouquinistes on the streets. [HiP Paris]

Katz Orange, a rustic-chic warehouse in a Bergstraße backyard, now serving venison burgers to hip Berliners [I Heart Berlin]

UK brand Ciate launches bonkers beauty kit for a “caviar manicure”, looks downright dee-lish [Fashionista]

8,000 sq ft spa opens in Glenmere Mansion, NY, with hammam rituals fit for Turkish royalty [T Magazine]

Shopping, Travel  | March 21st 2012

Wouldn't want to get knocked out by these knuckle-busters

You’ve always wanted a seriously swoon-worthy rock on your finger, and now you’ll finally get one after a quick stop at Natalie Dissel’s Bali showroom (by appointment only so book ahead). The jewellery designer cites travels across the Far East, Asia and Africa as her inspiration, and creates each piece using locally sourced materials, so that the end result is as eco-conscious as it is fashion-forward. What’s not to love about that?

Semimnayk, Bali. T: +62 821 4531 1713. W:

For the complete guide to what’s hot in Bali, check out the LUXE Bali guide or download the handy mobile app with maps.

Food, Travel  | March 19th 2012

Lipsmackingly good [Photo: Scott Needham/SNP5000.COM]

Sydney’s scorching restaurant scene just got even hotter with the opening of The Apollo in Potts Point. From star chef Jonathan Barthelmess (of Manly Pavilion and Coast) and Sam Christie, The Apollo focuses on classic, homey Greek cuisine, with star dishes featuring lamb loin and pork rump slow cooked over wood and served with Greek yoghurt. There’s also an option for the whole table to honour tradition with “The Full Greek” and enjoy a family-style meal. We’d stuff ourselves silly on mains, but we wouldn’t overlook dessert either, with mouth-watering options like “Ouzo-marinated watermelon with pineapple granita” and “walnuts filo pastry with honey” to choose from. How to choose? Better try both, then.

44 Macleay Street, Potts Point, Sydney. T: +61 02 8354 0888. W:

For more top tips on what’s hot in Sydney, check out the LUXE Sydney Guide or download our handy mobile app.

Faff & Faddle  | March 16th 2012

Polenta toast with mushrooms, cheese and parsley... Drooling yet?

Welcome back to our weekly LUXE Links, in which we source some of the week’s best reads from around the web and around the world. This week, the closet of a Vogue editor, China’s “must-buy” wine, and good news for New York’s cocktail lovers. Get clickin’, chickens!

A peek inside Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo’s colourful closet [The Coveteur]

Travel-worthy toast and toppings at a little cafe in East Perth, West Oz [A Table for Two]

Killer Big Mango views from the rooftop hot tub at The Peninsula Bangkok [Hotel Chatter]

First international award-winning Chinese wine Jia Bei Lan now on sale [Beijing Boyce]

Top-shelf tipple joint Experimental Cocktail Club will cross the pond to America [Urban Daddy]

Faff & Faddle  | March 15th 2012

The LUXElife Q&A

The chic and cheeky Sophie Labbé

Since 1993, Sophie Labbé has been creating stunning scents for the style set – she counts Givenchy Very Irresistible, Bulgari Jasmin Noir, and Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne among her many ultra-femme fragrances. We sat down with Sophie when she came to town to promote her latest, Signorina, for Salvatore Ferragamo. Boasting key notes of jasmine and panna cotta, with patchouli base and pink pepper top notes, Signorina was made for the young-hearted and what Sophie calls the “chic and cheeky”. We picked her brain for tips and tricks, what she loves in Paris and where she wants to go next.

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