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This fall, luxury means a new Four Seasons in China, solid-gold sunglasses and a Scotch as smooth as crème brûlée.
This story first appeared in the September 26, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Business travelers to Guangzhou, the commercial hub of south China, will have a new Four Seasons to lodge in come November. The architecturally striking hotel, designed by HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, will occupy the top third of the landmark 103-story IFC Guangzhou Tower, offering visitors sweeping views of the Pearl River Delta. As if that weren’t enough drama, guests enter via a 30-story atrium lobby.
From Gisele Bündchen to Carmen Miranda, and Oscar Niemeyer to Francisco Costa, Brazil has given birth to some of the world’s great style icons and innovators. In Brazilian Style (208 pages; $65) from Assouline, out this month, Armand Limnander explores both cutting-edge and traditional facets of Brazilian fashion, architecture, music and art—at a time when the country is becoming an ever-larger presence on the world stage, economically and culturally.
The new Tramezza collection of shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo are hand-stained in four available shades. In calfskin or alligator, each pair takes 320 phases of workmanship to complete over a three-week period. Prices range from $1,700 to $12,000, and the line is available beginning this month in Salvatore Ferragamo stores.
Giorgio Armani is taking premium denim to a new level with his limited edition men’s jean for fall. Available in a single dark indigo wash, the five-pocket style is fashioned from a soft, durable selvage denim woven on original Fifties looms. The $1,395 jeans, with gilded rivets, are in Giorgio Armani boutiques this month.
The Glenrothes will release the 1995 vintage of its single-malt Scotch whiskey here in November. Rather than release its batches every 12 or 15 years, as other noted whiskey makers do, The Glenrothes releases vintages only when deemed the optimal level of maturity by malt master Gordon Motion. The 1995 vintage, $82, has notes of red fruits, butterscotch, peppery cedar and crème brûlée.
Burberry is introducing its first full line of accessories in exotic skins this fall. The new line of bags and accessories in alligator, ranging from $4,995 for smaller items to $30,000 for a soft briefcase with rounded edges, is available in Burberry boutiques in New York and Beverly Hills.
London-based Molton Brown, known for its bath products and candles, is launching its first-ever fine fragrance collection this month. The unisex scents come in five versions, each representing a different locale of the ancient spice routes, ranging from the elegant opulence of Egyptian white jasmine to the fresh, woodsy aroma of Canadian fir balsam and maple. Priced from $100 to $120, the collection is sold at Saks Fifth Avenue.
One of Sony’s latest Cyber-shot digital cameras, the DSC-TX55B, makes its debut this month, featuring a 3.3-inch touch screen in a body that is slimmer than a AA battery. The camera captures images with a “3-D” effect that brings unique depth to photos and offers a “Soft Skin” mode that reduces blemishes and wrinkles on subjects without affecting the rest of the shot. At $350 and available at willoughbys.com—who needs Botox?
Located on the lower level of the Dream Hotel, the Electric Room is the latest New York hot spot from Nur Khan, the impresario behind a string of trendy joints, including Wax, Sway, Rose Bar, Kenmare and Don Hill’s. Opened just in time for New York Fashion Week, the intimate boîte fits just about 100 people, which is sure to make it a tight door. Khan partnered in the lounge with Vikram Chatwal Hotels and the TAO Strategic Group, no slouches themselves when it comes to creating buzz.
Investors who’ve pumped up the price of gold may be seduced by Dior Homme’s limited edition “Gold 01” aviator sunglasses, fashioned from the increasingly precious metal. Handmade in specialized Japanese facilities, the frames are solid 18-karat gold and will retail for $5,500. Available this month at Dior Homme boutiques in New York and Beverly Hills.