In our weekly series, we bring you the latest in luxury news around the world. This week’s highlights: Malone Souliers pop-up is a shoe-in, capture the world at the Sony World Photography Awards and Pumpkin Island goes up for sale
Live in exuberance with Versace’s Home Collection 2020
Why you should care: Relish not just dressing but living in style? Well, look no further. Versace’s Home Collection 2020 furnishes the finishing touches of elegance and glamour to further enrich your home. There’s plenty from the collection to embellish every part of the home with, from leather, velvet and patterned jacquard upholstery for the bedroom, to Baroque-inspired dinnerware adorned with acanthus leaf accents.
Qatar Executive unveils an unparalleled private jet travel programme
Why you should care: Qatar Executive, the luxury subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has recently launched Diamond Agreement, a private jet travel programme. With this programme, high-flyers will enjoy flexible travel options on board state-of-the-art ultra-long-range private jets by pre-purchasing flight time at fixed-hourly rates. Only a minimum purchase of 50 hours flight time (including both flight hours and taxi time) is required for one to join the programme, with no minimum annual usage or maximum carry-over. Reservations can be made merely 72 hours in advance for a flight aboard any one of Qatar Executive’s impressive fleet of Gulfstream jets, including the latest Gulfstream G700. As a bonus, unused hours can be made refundable at any given time – a boon for those of us who don’t know when we can travel next.
Zenith’s Defy 21 Pink Edition takes on a worthy cause for women
Why you should care: The Zenith Defy 21 Pink Edition is the world’s first chronograph with a pink-treated movement and it’s certainly not for the wallflowers amongst us. The open black and golden dial reveals accents of bright pink on the movement – turn the watch around, and the oscillating weight is coloured in this vibrant hue as well. Further adding to the flamboyant effect are 288 brilliant white diamonds and 44 scintillating baguette-cut pink sapphire stones set into the rose gold case, and a pink alligator strap. In fitting fashion, proceeds from the Defy 21 Pink Edition will be donated to the Pink Ribbon movement, which endeavours to raise awareness and provide support to women battling breast cancer. A special edition of the watch, the Defy 21 Pink Ribbon Edition, will also be auctioned at the upcoming 10th Anniversary Pink Ribbon Switzerland Music Gala.
Onitsuka Tiger collaborates with Valentino to recreate the iconic Mexico 66 SD
Why you should care: Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic Mexico 66 SD has been given a reboot in this collaboration with Valentino. With the help of Valentino’s creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, the pair of sneakers has been reinterpreted with Valentino’s ‘V’ logo boldly hand-printed atop the Onitsuka Tiger stripes, as well as both brand logos proudly displayed on the shoe tongue and insole. Only 48 pairs of the limited-edition sneaker in its signature tricolour will be available in Singapore, sold exclusively at Onitsuka Tiger’s Takashimaya boutique for S$890.
Pumpkin Island, a private island in the Great Barrier Reef, is now up for sale
Why you should care: Once won in a poker game in 1961 and made famous in a beer ad, Pumpkin Island, a fully serviced private island located in Australia’s Southern Great Barrier Reef, is now up for sale. The island, which boasts beautiful private beaches and an oyster bay, could be all yours for a cool US$17 million (S$23.6 million). Sustained by renewable energy and its own water filtration system, Pumpkin Island features five beach cottages that sleep up to 34 guests and two oceanfront bungalows, each complete with a games room, library and lounge. Other facilities on the island include a licensed bar, helicopter pad and a custom-built 36 passenger boat.
Create the perfect pair Malone Souliers that will fit just like a glove
Why you should care: Good news for all shoe lovers: cult label Malone Souliers has set up a pop-up at Pedder on Scotts to offer an exclusive made-to-order service (until 31 December 2020), allowing you to create the perfect pair of heels that’s unique to you. Simply select your desired shape and heel height, and you’ll be handed an extravagant assortment of swatches, polished leathers, rich textured suedes and more to choose from. Once done, you can expect to see your shoes in approximately eight weeks, delivered straight from the British brand’s factory in Italy.
Showcase your eye for photography in the Sony World Photography Awards 2021
Why you should care: To all the aspiring and professional photographers out there, submissions for the Sony World Photography Awards 2021 are now open. Presented by the World Photography Organisation, the awards celebrate the best of contemporary photography over the past year, and will be divided into four segments: Professional, Open, Youth and Student. Entry is completely free-of-charge and hassle-free – simply upload your entries onto Instagram after you’ve registered. You’d stand the chance to win the latest Sony equipment and attractive cash prizes, and who knows? Your winning entry might just be showcased at the annual World Photography Awards Exhibition in London, for millions around the world to enjoy.
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