The Stafford London Presents a Rare Exhibit of HRH Diana Princes of Wales’ Dresses‏

November 16, 2014 on 8:18 am | In Fashions, London, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Argos Travel Insurance 100x50: The Lyttelton at The Stafford London has announced the launch of a Chef’s Spices Afternoon Tea with a rare exhibit of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales dresses which will be presented by world famous Julien’s Auctions. The new Chef’s Spices Afternoon Tea will be served daily from 3pm-6pm. Guests may book online at

Coinciding with the launch of the Chef’s Spices Afternoon Tea, The Stafford London will be exhibiting a rare collection of dresses belonging to the late HRH Diana, Princess of Wales presented by Julien’s Auctions. From the 17th – 23rd November two iconic dresses worn by Princess Diana, including a dress designed by Zandra Rhodes and another dress designed by Catherine Walker, will be displayed prominently in the lobby before departing for Los Angeles to be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills on the 5th and 6th of December.

The elegance of HRH Diana and the fine scents of the festive flavours of the tea will provide guests an extraordinary experience at one of London’s finest hotel establishments. The menu of the afternoon tea includes treats such as star anis dark chocolate and orange roulade, cardamom-mango eclairs and ginger panna cotta with a berries compote. The teas are provided by Canton Tea Co., an award winning tea company and home to the finest blends of Chinese tea in the UK. The Canton Tea Co. has created blends especially for The Stafford London.

Petal pink Catherine Walker gown frontAbout the Stafford London

Located in the heart of central London in historic St James’s, this iconic London hotel combines contemporary elegance and 5* luxury with classic English heritage stretching back to the 18th century.

The Stafford London is independently owned and managed, and offers three contrasting styles of rooms and suites. The Main House, a former private residence, comprises 67 rooms and suites which combine Victorian grandeur with modern comfort. In contrast the 26 Mews Suites and Penthouse offer contemporary interiors within the tranquil courtyard of the Main House, while the adjacent Carriage House contains 12 traditional rooms and suites in the former 18th-century royal stables.

The Lyttelton Restaurant and private dining rooms provide elegant cuisine and fine wines, and menus from recently-appointed executive chef Carlos Martinez are classic and modern with a Mediterranean flavour. The renowned American Bar with its legendary cocktails and unique outdoor courtyard, Blue Ball Yard, is one of London’s most notable cocktail establishments. Underneath the courtyard, the 380-year-old vaulted wine cellar is an ideal central London location for events and celebrations.

For more information and reservations, please visit:

About Julien’s Auctions

With expertise specializing in entertainment and sports memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established itself as the premier auction house in high profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s Auctions presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full-color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company. Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, U2, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Larry Hagman, Slash, numerous musical artists and Hollywood legends, the estate of Marilyn Monroe, the estate of Les Paul and many more. Official website is

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Viennese designer fashion now available to hire direct from hotels

November 7, 2014 on 10:44 am | In Austria, Fashions, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowEver dreamed of wearing the latest fashion labels without having to commit to a purchase? This luxury is now available to visitors to the Austrian capital thanks to a new hire service. Moiree offers fashion-conscious guests staying in the city’s top hotels an innovative fashion rental scheme. The Park Hyatt Vienna, The Guesthouse Vienna, and DO & CO Hotel Vienna in the historic city centre, as well as the Hotel Altstadt Vienna in the seventh district have all signed up to the scheme, with other partners set to follow suit in the coming weeks and months. Guests staying in these hotels can order outfits and accessories from internationally-acclaimed Viennese designers when making their reservation, to wear as their own for the duration of their stay.

The range offers items by various local labels including Femme Maison, Bradaric Ohmae, GON, FLorian Jewelry, Klaus Mühlbauer and Ajla Ayidan. If ordered in advance, the beautifully packed items will be waiting for the guests in their room complete with a personal message. Visitors can also order additional pieces during their stay for priority delivery to their room using the Moiree website. In the event of sizing discrepancies, a replacement garments will be sent at no extra charge. The service is currently restricted to ladies’ fashion. The rental fee amounts to around 15 percent of the purchase price per day. And if an outfit or accessory really strikes the right note, items can be purchased at any time.

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Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend

October 24, 2014 on 2:14 pm | In Beachbooker, Fashions, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Dame Zandra Rhodes Joins Forces With Malaysian Brand Karyaneka To Launch Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend

Tourism Malaysia is pleased to announce this year’s second Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend, taking place from the 12–17 November 2014. The Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend (KLFW), which will take place at the National Visual Art Gallery, has been organised in conjunction with the 1Malaysia Year-End Sale 2014 and will feature a cross-label collaboration between renowned British designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes DBE and Malaysia brand, Karyaneka.

Dame Zandra Rhodes has teamed up with Karyaneka, a Malaysian government agency promoting the use of local handicraft produced by Malaysian craftsmen, to create a capsule collection using Malaysian ethnic fabrics, which will then be transformed into the designer’s distinctive daywear and evening wear. Other labels showing at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend include leading department stores, online shopping channels, children’s premium labels, accessories labels and leading local brand Lord’s Tailor.

Kuala Lumpur has previously been ranked as the world’s fourth best shopping city (after New York, Tokyo and London) by global news network CNN. Following Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend, the 1Malaysia Year End Sale will be ending 2014 with a bang. Shoppers attending the sale can expect an exciting line-up of fashion-related events, entertainment and nationwide shopping promotions, taking place at shopping malls across the city.

Guests looking to visit Kuala Lumpur during this period can stay for seven nights at the JW Marriott from £1,175 per person including return economy class direct flights, return private airport transfers and seven nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room. To book this package, please contact Cleveland Collection on 020 7843 3531 or visit For more information on Kuala Lumpur Fashion Weekend please visit:

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New Grecotel Model Academy Introducing Younger Guests To The World Of Beauty And Fashion

June 9, 2014 on 9:03 am | In Fashions | Comments Off

What child hasn’t entered the land of make-believe through fancy-dress parties and Halloween costumes? Wearing mum’s high heels, using the bath towel as Batman’s cape or having tea parties with imaginary friends has been part of kid’s play for generations. Grecotel, the leading Greek luxury hotel chain has taken dressing up to a whole new level with its new “Be a model for a Day” programme. The unique holiday experience gives 10-16 year olds the chance to learn the latest tips about fashion, make-up, hair styling and at the end of the week-long course, take part in the catwalk show. Even the ancient Greeks believed that beauty was more than skin deep, so aspiring junior models are also immersed in a wellness regime to learn about the healthy Cretan diet, muscle tone, dance and relaxation.

The Grecotel Model Academy is run by a team of professionals (including photographer, fitness, make-up, spa therapists) at selected Grecotel hotels in Crete and the Peloponnese during July and August. Due to its personalized approach, the maximum participation each week is just 12-14 junior models.

Highlights include:

• Each participant takes home: Personal photographs (digital & printed in model book), dietary tips, make-up & modelling advice and Grecotel Model Academy certificate

• Master classes: Skin care and make-up; photo modelling; fashion advice according to body type; healthy hair and styling; nutrition for teens; posture & catwalk practice

• Fitness activities include: Aqua gym, climbing wall, personal training, dance classes.

• Spa day including facial, manicure, foot scrub & pedicure using natural spirulina & algae products.

• Dietary classes and suggested dishes in hotel restaurant are marked with Grecotel Model Academy logo.

Grecotel has been known for over 30 years as the hotels which let parents relax whilst their children are entertained. In addition to the new Model Academy, the 21 Grecotel Hotels & Resorts in Greece offer daily activities in the Grecoland clubs, Discovery Adventures where young explorers learn about the fragile planet through play and even GrecoBaby equipment for babies and tots.

The Model Academy programme is available at Grecotel Creta Palace in Rethymno, Crete and the Grecotel Olympia Riviera Resort in Kyllini, West Peloponnese, free of charge during selected weeks in July & August 2014.

Over thirty years since its formation, the N. Daskalantonakis Group is Greece’s largest hotel company featuring 29 hotels and resorts in Greece’s most sought-after destinations. Its three distinctive collections of properties – Grecotel Exclusive Hotels and Resorts, Grecotel Luxury Hotels and Resorts and Grecotel Premium Hotels and Resorts – redefine the very concept of Mediterranean hospitality. Recognised as the market leader (ICAP) and most significant employer in the Greek hospitality sector, Grecotel has been awarded over 1500 international awards for the quality of its hotels, upgrading of the Greek tourism product and for initiatives in the environmental and cultural field.

The Group’s overriding maxim is to communicate the ‘Real Greece’, by ensuring that each property is located in a prime tourist destination and gives each visitor an authentic experience of Greece’s ancient

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heritage, mythology, local culture, hospitality and cuisine.

Afternoon Tea – Delivered To Your Door ‘Cotswolds Style’ –

May 25, 2014 on 10:26 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Fashions, London, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

Cotswold cottage experts have recently teamed up with ‘The Chipping Norton Tea Set.’ to offer Manor Cottages guests the opportunity to enjoy a unique ‘Cotswold Afternoon Tea’ experience in their very own cottage.

Managing director of Manor Cottages Chris Grimes comments “Just because our guests choose the freedom of staying self-catering, it shouldn’t mean they can’t indulge in a few little luxuries. Taking Afternoon tea is the norm in hotels, restaurants and tea rooms across the UK so why should our cottages be any different? The team at ‘Chipping Norton Tea Set’ are true tea enthusiasts and certainly deliver afternoon tea in style. One of my personal favourites is the Luxury Cotswold tea but there is plenty to choose from or you can opt for a bespoke tea.”

Based in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Chipping Norton Tea Set offers bespoke vintage tea parties for all occasions. Prices start from £13.50 per person for the ‘English Afternoon Tea.’ The team can accommodate a range of dietary requirements. There may be a small charge for travel depending on the location of your cottage.

For parties of 15 and under the tea is delivered to the door, set up with beautiful vintage china and linen and the menu of choice. After a few hours the ‘tea set’ return to clear the table and pack everything away, no washing up required.

Victoria Wills, creator of ‘The Chipping Norton Tea Set comments “Chris and his team are great supporters of local businesses in the Cotswolds area. A partnership with Manor Cottages was a very natural progression for us and the perfect way to grow the business. Not to mention great fun. Afternoon tea is a real event for all involved. Manor Cottages guests are always pleased to see us when we arrive. They enjoy the theatre of watching us lay out the tea out, seem delighted as the cakes appear and certainly appreciate being let off the washing up, for the afternoon. It’s the perfect holiday treat.” For more details or to book, see

Stay in Manor Cottages Tithe Barn in Lyneham from £924 for a three night weekend break in June. That’s just £30 per person per night based on ten sharing. The barn sleeps up to ten people in four bedrooms. A spacious barn conversion great for a family or group of friends, the dining area or garden is ideal for serving afternoon tea. Not to mention access to brilliant walks in every direction. To book a cottage see or call 01993 824 252.

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For media information or images call Rachele Snowden on 0208 9815466 or 07793 844274 alternatively email

Editors Notes:

Manor Cottages is the leading Cotswolds self-catering cottage agency.

Founded in 2007 by Chris Grimes, the company has just under 300 properties and provides a fine collection of holiday cottages and houses across the Cotswolds. The company has recently expanded this portfolio to include the stunning cities of Bath, Oxford and nearby villages. Arguably three of the most stunning locations in the UK, every featured property is carefully selected to ensure the perfect mix of, luxury, style and charm, satisfying a range of holiday needs and budgets.

All properties in the Manor Cottages portfolio are furnished to a high standard and well equipped to suit the modern traveller. Properties sleep from two to twenty people and many are pet friendly. Whether guests are exploring picturesque villages and countryside or relaxing in a home from home, they can be assured all the properties offer an enjoyable stay at the right price.

The website is flexible and user friendly with easy access to special offers. Guests have a wide choice of locations across the region. Cottages can be selected based on the nearest town, number of rooms, bathrooms, or by more specific personal requirements such as near a pub, wi-fi or disabled access. Length of stay is highly flexible with long stays available too.

Choosing the perfect property couldn’t be easier as Manor Cottages have highlighted some groups of cottages at a range of price levels based on region, size or geography so guests can find a perfect match. Last but not least the news pages and blog provide great ideas and inspiration to enhance any stay.

From an owners perspective Manor Cottages provides a ‘careful pair of hands.’ Based in Burford at the heart of the Cotswolds the Manor Cottages team has a great knowledge of the area and understands that holidaymakers and owners alike need personal attention and consideration.

Chipping Norton Tea Set Editors Notes:

The Chipping Norton Tea Set was setup just over two years ago, after the owner ‘Victoria Wills’ had a request from her daughter for a Vintage afternoon tea party for her 18th birthday. The party was extremely well received, so fuelled by her love of baking, Victoria ventured to turn the concept into a business in its own right. Victoria waved goodbye to her long term career in bookkeeping for one of cakes and tea.

Weeks of acquiring vintage china, cutlery and linen ensued and they can now cater for many events from weddings, christenings and, most popular of all, holiday cottage events and gatherings. The team have sufficient crockery to cater for up to 150 guests and rising. The business really is going from strength to strength. In the first year they hosted just 15 events, so far this year they have hosted another 30 with more to come. For more details on the menu or to book a tea even see  or call 07967 833 979

Paris in Spring: The Perfect Place For Retail Therapy

April 7, 2014 on 10:15 am | In Europe, Fashions, France, Paris, Shopping | Comments Off

Shoppers, especially visiting shoppers, take to the boulevards of Paris with devotion and a ritual flair that almost elevates the great department stores into cathedrals. You only have to watch the crowds as they walk the aisles of Printemps, Le Bon Marche and the Galleries Lafayette to appreciate the city’s status as the pre-eminent capital of shopping.

Paris is also a city of art and a singular boutique hotel, located just off the Champs Elysées, the Pavillon des Lettres is celebrating the confluence of art and shopping by launching a new series of photo exhibitions in its lobby, and of course, the photos are for sale. It begins with an exhibit by Marie Gruel, which pays homage to the Historic La Samaritaine Department Store. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” exhibit will be up at Le Pavillon des Lettres through June 25.

The literary-themed Pavillon des Lettres will rotate exhibits of original artwork that complement the hotel’s permanent art and sculpture collection. Gruel’s “Ma Samaritaine” show consists of 15 photographs of La Samaritaine, the department store overlooking the Seine that is famous for its Art Deco interiors and is currently on the verge of transformation by LVMH into a grand commercial space. Gruel, along with 11 other photographers, was given carte blanche to shoot the historic space, which she used as a backdrop for artistic displays of clothing, accessories, and souvenirs. The Gruel exhibit will be followed by a show of nudes from Paris-based photographer Michael Dak (June 15 to Oct. 15.

Each of the hotel’s 26 rooms celebrates an international writer from Charles Baudelaire to Victor Hugo. Each room features an excerpt from one of the author’s books, poems or plays, which is painted above the bed, and a hard copy of the work is on the nightstand. The penthouse suites on the top two floors offer sweeping views of the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. Rates at the hotel begin at €230.

Over at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, a new luxury shopping experience comes in the form of a package that allows guests VIP access to the city’s famous department store, Printemps Haussman. Printemps has been a leading department store since 1865. With its remodeled façade, classified as a historic monument, the Printemps has 45,000 square meters dedicated to the rites of shopping as well as seven restaurants.

The J’aime la MOde package combines a stay in the hotel with an exclusive private shopping experience at the department store. Printemps offers premium services including a VIP welcome, bespoke in-store personal service, store VIP Card, ‘hands-free’ shopping, local delivery, and shipping.

Guests will be helped by a personal shopper, fashion advisor, and luxury and beauty treatments (on appointment).

The package includes one night at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, breakfast for two in-room or at Camélia, a daily spa credit of €150, premium services at Printemps Haussmann, VIP welcome, Printemps VIP Card with a special offer, multilingual personal shopper, hands-free shopping, priority tax refund, local delivery and international shipping, and a Printemps candle gift. The ‘J’aime la MOde’ package is available year-round with a starting rate of €995.

First-Ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops at Caesars

March 13, 2014 on 9:50 am | In Fashions, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Shopping | Comments Off

Features Live Beauty Presentations, Make-Up Demonstrations, Mini Makeovers, Giveaways, Music and More

Two-day make-up and skincare event celebrates beauty March 21-22

LAS VEGAS (Feb 24, 2014) – Wondering how to get the freshest looks in beauty and skincare for spring? Wonder no more with the first-ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops at Caesars. Mark your calendars for March 21 – 22 between 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. to celebrate the first-ever Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops. A free, two-day extravaganza, visit Dior Beauty, Fresh, Inglot, Kiehl’s Since 1851, MAC Cosmetics and Sephora at The Forum Shops to enjoy live beauty presentations, make-up touch ups, music, beauty bars, product demonstrations and more. Plus, be sure to register at any participating store to win one of many exciting gifts including shopping sprees and beauty products. There is no purchase necessary to take part in the Festival of Beauty.

To add to the celebratory atmosphere during The Festival of Beauty, visit the VEGAS/RATED RECHARGE ZONE – relax, tweet, and post your favorite beauty finds in the VEGAS/RATED recharge zone near the Fountain of the Gods. While there, enjoy Real Water, relax with some music and delight in the custom, floral decor by Flora Pop.

Festival of Beauty Happenings:

Dior Beauty – Dior Beauty make-up artist will demonstrate looks for spring. A DJ and make-up touch up station will be available.

Fresh – Enjoy mini skin rituals, hand and arm massages and lip treatment rituals

Inglot – Take part in makeover applications for spring/summer colors and trends. Learn the tricks for easy false lash application, as well as complexion and couture demonstrations.

Kiehl’s Since 1851 – Visit Kiehl’s Since 1851 for skincare demos, 20-minute mini facials, demos, hand massages, and hand product demos from the Kiehl’s product line. Enjoy DJ and refreshments as well.

MAC Cosmetics – Pick your Demo at MAC Cosmetics. Whether it’s the eye, lip, or skin, customers can choose the demo they would like.

Sephora – Inspire your beauty with Radiant Orchid, Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year. Experience its deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow with: custom mini-makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks, personalized tricks and techniques, a complimentary look book featuring professional steps to master exhilarating new looks at home. BONUS: take home an official Sephora + Pantone Universe Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.* *While supplies last.

Recognized worldwide as one of the finest luxury shopping streets in the world, The Forum Shops is proud to host a one-of-a-kind event in celebration of beauty. Don’t miss the Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops!

For additional information and updates about the first annual Festival of Beauty at The Forum Shops visit us at

Istanbul Designers debut in Los Angeles Fashion Week 2014

March 12, 2014 on 9:46 am | In California, Fashions, Los Angeles, Turkey | Comments Off

On the 15th of March 2014, Istanbul Designers will be presented under Concept Shows for the 2014-15 Fall/Winter Collections by the most sought after Turkish designer Özgür Masur, showcasing Turkey’s vision and strengths in the fashion and textile industries.

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Reykjavik Fashion Festival: March 27-30, 2014

March 7, 2014 on 9:26 am | In Fashions, Iceland, Webbandstand | Comments Off

This year marks the fifth annual Reykjavik Fashion Festival (RFF), an event that celebrates Iceland’s creative energy by combining fashion, design, and music at venues around Reykjavik. The festival serves as an international platform for eight of Iceland’s best designers to showcase their new collections. This year, RFF is collaborating with DesignMarch to offer events like DesignTalks led by designer Calvin Klein. Click here to learn more about this unique event.

The Best Time to Shop in Milan

February 15, 2014 on 11:23 am | In Fashions, Italy, Shopping | Comments Off

Armani Hotel Milano

Armani Hotel Milano is situated in the prestigious Manzoni 31 building in Milano, Italy, anchoring the world-famous couture district, known as the quadrilatero della moda. It is only a few minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga, the famous La Scala theatre and the spectacular Piazza del Duomo. The launch of Armani Hotel Milano follows the opening of the world’s first Armani hotel in Dubai, located within the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Personally designed by Giorgio Armani, the hotel features 95 elegantly appointed Guestrooms and Suites, resonating the simplicity and elegance of the Armani style. An extensive food and beverage experience is available through its culinary outlets and lounge. In addition, the hotel features an Armani/SPA and a well-equipped business center.

The Armani style and philosophy defines every detail of the 95 guestrooms and suites of Armani Hotel Milan. Each element has been personally designed by Giorgio Armani and chosen for sculptural, aesthetic and sensual qualities. In-room amenities are specially tailored for the utmost convenience of guests and feature comfortable sofas, lounge chairs, butler stations, remote controls and an LCD flat screen television with full HITV capability.

Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Italy to provide classic and authentic culinary delights in an intimate and refined setting. Open for lunch and dinner, the dishes take advantage of fresh produce served amidst an elegant ambience with expert and attentive service. Armani/Ristorante features a unique Enoteca, with an exclusive and wide selection of wine, and a marble Chef’s table located within the kitchen. Overlooking the magnificent skyline and terraces of the city, Armani/Lounge offers guests an exclusive yet elegant ambience.

Armani Hotel Milano promises a “home-away-from-home” experience in line with the Stay with Armani philosophy. The Armani approach goes beyond visual aesthetics, offering a new level of service under the lifestyle service department with a Lifestyle Manager concept. Armani Hotel Milano’s Lifestyle Managers are representative hosts, anticipating guests’ needs and ensuring that guests get the most out of their stay and your visit Milan.

ARMANI/SPA – Located on the top floor and nearly 13,000 square feet, the Armani/SPA offers individual treatments, with its six treatment rooms, personal fitness, steam and sauna experience, refreshing juice bar, and private and social relaxation thanks to the magnificent relaxation pool and its glass roof and walls.

Armani Hotel Milano’s fitness center features a Kinesis Wall as well as a wide range of cardio vascular and modular resistance machines. A Personal Trainer is available upon request and can be arranged through a Lifestyle Manager.

Armani/Business Center is spread over 2,100 square feet, with a private meeting room and two boardrooms. The facility has also been equipped with its own pantry and can therefore cater directly for the meeting room and boardrooms and the needs of the guests using them. State-of-the-art equipment will be available for audio/visual presentations, with remote-controlled lighting, computerized equipment and video conferencing facilities.

Address: Armani Hotel Milano
Via Manzoni, 31
20121, Milano, Italy
Tel: +011 39 02 8883 8888

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