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Santiago Rusiñol: The Luminous Tapestry of Catalan Modernism

June 13, 2023 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

Santiago Rusiñol i Prats (1861-1931), a luminary in the Catalan modernist movement, was a versatile figure whose artistic expression extended beyond painting to encompass playwriting and writing. Born into a family of wealthy textile manufacturers in Barcelona, Rusiñol showed an early inclination towards the arts, a passion that the conventional confines of his family's business couldn't suppress.

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The Architectural Genius of Hassan Ragab: Reviving Ancient Egyptian Building Techniques

June 17, 2023 in Design & Décor by Charlotte Sinclair

Hassan Ragab, the Egyptian architect, engineer, and diplomat, is best remembered for his contributions to reviving ancient Egyptian techniques in modern architecture. Born in 1917, Ragab was known not only for his architectural prowess but also as a cultural entrepreneur. He led a rich and varied career, making lasting impacts in fields as diverse as architecture, cultural heritage preservation, and even agriculture.

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Courant Sauvage: Luxury Beach Umbrellas for Perfect Summer Aesthetics

June 26, 2023 in Design & Décor by Charlotte Sinclair

In recent weeks, Sophisticated Spectra has been filling up with photos of branded beaches with bright sun loungers and umbrellas. The correct and photogenic selection of these items can significantly help a hotel (and, as we now understand, a fashion brand) in promoting on social networks. A good beach umbrella is expensive, and there are luxury players in this genre. One of them is the French manufacturer Courant Sauvage in Landes. The price for their umbrellas in fruit sorbet colors with thick fringe (immediately reminiscent of the luxurious resorts in Slim Aarons' photos) reaches up to €1000. The company works with suppliers of the best materials in their class, many of which are included in the list of France's Living Cultural Heritage. Courant Sauvage also accepts individual orders, although it is worth taking care of this not at the peak of the season.

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LùBar: A Slice of Sicily in the Heart of Milan

June 29, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

LùBar is an enchanting oasis nestled in the bustling city of Milan, offering a delightful escape from the city's fervent heat. Located on Via Palestro, this chic locale is the brainchild of the three eldest children of designer Luisa Beccaria - Lucilla, Lucrezia, and Ludovico.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Present High Jewellery Collection Inspired by the Aristocratic Grand Tour

July 22, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

Van Cleef & Arpels, a name synonymous with luxury and elegance, has introduced its latest collection of high jewellery, drawing inspiration from a historical tradition that was prevalent among the aristocracy of the 18th and 19th centuries - the Grand Tour. This enduring tradition, a long journey across Europe, was embarked upon by the fashion house's founder, Andre Suarez, in 1910, which now serves as the creative impetus for this grand collection.

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Notre-Dame de Paris Gets a Makeover by French Designer Guillaume Bardet

July 30, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

The Notre-Dame de Paris, one of the world's most iconic cathedrals, is slated for a major restoration, set to be completed by the end of 2024. The restoration will incorporate a new design by French designer Guillaume Bardet, who has created a cohesive ensemble of interior elements that includes an altar, cathedra, seats, baptistery, and tabernacle.

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Farralone House: The Iconic Bauhaus Gem with a Star-Studded Past Hits the Market for $16.5 Million

Aug. 27, 2023 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

If walls could talk, the ones at the iconic Farralone House would have stories to tell of Hollywood legends and on-screen performances. Built in 1951 by architect William Pereira for banking heiress Dora Hutchinson, the house is a Bauhaus marvel boasting 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. Over the years, it has served as home to Frank Sinatra from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, Judy Garland, and Lucille Ball.

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Chanel Partners with Yéol for the Second Time to Support Korean Traditional Crafts

Aug. 31, 2023 in Design & Décor by Julian Everett

Luxury fashion house Chanel has once again partnered with Yéol, a foundation dedicated to the preservation of Korean heritage and traditional crafts. This year's collaboration has given birth to the "Woobomanri: An Enduring Walk Toward To Purity" exhibition, which will run until September 23 as part of the Seoul installment of the Frieze Art Fair.

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Prabal Gurung Unveils a Collection that Bridges East and West

Sept. 12, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Julian Everett

Prabal Gurung, a Singaporean designer who has carved out a niche for himself in the fashion world, recently unveiled a collection that serves as a meeting ground between the East and the West. "It's essentially Escada from the 80s meeting Bollywood from the 80s, with a touch of Bill Blass," Gurung explains.

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Stephen Jones Unveils Wales-Inspired Headwear Collection Perfect for Autumn Dreaming

Sept. 18, 2023 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

As the leaves begin to change and the air grows crisp, autumn traditionally becomes a time for hats. While not explicitly designed for the season, Stephen Jones's new collection invites us to dream. Inspired by his native land of Cymru, or Wales, the designer has crafted an assortment of headwear that reflects the beaches, waters, and rocky landscapes of his homeland.

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Raquel Welch: A Trailblazer of Beauty and Strength in Hollywood

Nov. 9, 2023 in Models & Actresses Photos by Charlotte Sinclair

Raquel Welch, a name synonymous with classic Hollywood glamour and an emblem of the 60s and 70s sex symbol phenomenon, lived a life as vivid and interesting as her on-screen personas.

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Ernie Barnes: Celebrating the Vibrant Life of African Americans Through Art

Feb. 1, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Julian Everett

The art world continues to celebrate the remarkable contributions of Ernie Barnes, an American artist whose work vividly captures the essence and vibrancy of African American life. Known for his unique style of elongated characters, Barnes' paintings are more than mere representations; they are a dynamic celebration of culture, movement, and emotion.

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Kintsugi: Embracing Imperfections with the Art of Golden Repair

Feb. 4, 2024 in Arts & Culture by Charlotte Sinclair

Kintsugi, or Kintsukuroi, is a poignant and beautiful form of Japanese art that goes beyond mere ceramic repair. This centuries-old technique involves mending broken pottery with lacquer derived from the sap of the urushi tree, which is then mixed with precious metals such as gold, silver, or platinum. However, Kintsugi is much more than a method of restoration; it's a profound philosophical statement about life, resilience, and beauty.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Exploring Hong Kong: Where Tradition Meets Modern Luxury

March 17, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Hello, globetrotters! 🌍✈️ Are you ready for an adventure through the vibrant streets of Hong Kong? Grab your passports because I've got the perfect itinerary for you, mixing heritage, luxury, and gastronomy in one of Asia's most dynamic cities.

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The Hidden Artistic Gem of Turin: Gonin Hall

March 20, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

 In the bustling heart of Turin lies a secret treasure that many locals are unaware of—the Gonin Hall. Nestled within the Porta Nuova railway station, this hall is a silent witness to Italy’s rich royal history and artistic heritage.

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The Magnificent Sammezzano Castle: A Jewel of Tuscan Architecture

March 20, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Tucked away in the picturesque Tuscan town of Leccio lies a hidden gem known as Sammezzano Castle. While Leccio is famous for being home to the fashionable outlet The Mall, the true historical treasure of the town lies in the form of this magnificent castle.

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The British Style Resurgence: From ‘The Gentlemen’ to Miu Miu’s Latest Show

March 29, 2024 in Fashion & Style by Charlotte Sinclair

 In a remarkable fusion of cinema and runway, the recent surge in British style has caught the attention of fashion enthusiasts worldwide. The influence of Guy Ritchie’s ‘The Gentlemen’ and the latest Miu Miu show has sparked a renewed interest in classic British fashion elements, transcending beyond the iconic Barbour jackets and hunting dress codes to embrace a refined aristocratic flair.

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Historic Eaton Le 9e Restaurant in Montreal Set to Reopen After 25 Years

April 26, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Julian Everett

Montreal is buzzing with anticipation as the historic Eaton Le 9e restaurant, a designated cultural heritage site, is set to welcome diners once again on May 17th after being shuttered for 25 years. First opened in 1931 by Lady Eaton, the wife of department store magnate John Craig Eaton, Eaton Le 9e has been a beloved gastronomic destination housed on the 9th floor of the Eaton Centre.

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Historic Cafes of Turin: A Journey Through Time and Taste

April 29, 2024 in Travel & Destinations by Charlotte Sinclair

Turin, a city celebrated for its refined architecture and rich cultural heritage, is also renowned for its historic cafes, more so than any other city in Italy. These establishments, some operating for over a century, are not just cafes but monuments of gastronomy and tradition, nestled under the elegant arcades and colonnades of Turin's grand squares.

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Exploring Post-Soviet Realities Through the Lens of Michal Solarski

May 21, 2024 in Photography & Visuals by Charlotte Sinclair

Michal Solarski, a renowned photographer, has been capturing the essence of post-Soviet life through his compelling visual narratives. His work offers a profound insight into the cultural and social landscapes of Eastern Europe, documenting the remnants of the Soviet era and the transformations that have occurred since its dissolution.

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