Iris van Herpen Spring 2021 Couture
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Iris van Herpen Spring 2021 Couture
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Spring 2021 Couture
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FENDI Haute Couture SS 2021 | A Beautiful Airy Glass Art Performance
Stunning...! Fashion shows have definitely changed in the way they are choreographed, and for the better. Without needing to care about its live audience, the glassy installation becomes a breathtaking urban fabric where its solemn subjects, its works of art, stroll through.
The camera hovers over and we see the light glass structures are shaped in the iconic Fendi Monogram, powerful yet un-excessive, each paved with different marble patterns and sprinkled with lush wild greenery. From underneath, the top-lit LED strips accentuates the glass houses and also create an illusion as reflections are cast through many glass layers and mirror at the edge of this ecosystem. Models walk through in but not to settle to the backstage; they walk into their own glass cubicle and become a stationary animated character for the rest of the show.
Bella Hadid’s gown was made for an ocean goddess, sparkling and flowing. While in general, the fabrics used were stunning and so refined, no actual piece really catch much of my attention. I read further in Vogue for the backstory of Kim Jone’s work, but I wasn't really inspired by it. Were you? Click for Vogue Article. Maybe I need to read Orlando by Virginia Woolf to really get it. But like every form of art, if I need so much explanation to feel inspired, understanding, arousal, then it must have missed something. Tell me what I’m missing.
DIOR | CARO BAG
“18,000. That’s the jaw-dropping number of stitches needed to carve out the iconic Cannage stitching on the new Dior Caro. A recurring House code, you’ll notice the emblematic quilting on the Lady Dior; the very same that harks back to the original stitching on Napoleon III’s chairs — the prototypical inspiration — which used to populate Dior’s runway shows.”
Dior Spring 2021 Couture: “Le Château du Tarot”
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TUVE Hotel Hong Kong
TUVE Hotel Hong Kong - A Celestial Experience
This quietly humble architectural gem tucked in our animated city is definitely worth the share this weekend. If you think you had enough of spalled concrete and rustic metals in our concrete forest of a city - Think again. Welcome to the boutique hotel of Tin Hau!
Luxury hotels almost come all alike these days. Either the highly ornate in European decor with refined gold highlights, or modernly modest like a Vogue magazine. Either way, we remember less of the specific decor, but more of the size of its infinity pools and scrumptious breakfast in our beds.
TUVE sets itself apart in its tactility as well as all definitions of what we usually consider to be “Hotel”. TUVE is mysterious, adventurous as well as a little reclusive. It shares with us a story and a surreal experience that begins from the basket-weaved red sidewalks of Tin Hau to its upper Main Lobby.
LOBBY : Forgo the Glamour
It is easy to miss this architectural artpiece while maneuvering your way around the area. Set back from the street front, its outlook could easily be mistaken for a dusty construction site - with its pompous rustic metal hoarding and modest entrance gates at its sides.
Entering its premises, you realize you succumb to its overwhelming aura of retreat. Through it’s solid metal gates, you move though into a dungeon corridor where you find yourself relieved of all glamour, anxiety and animation the city expects of you. This boutique hotel is not about glamour and grandiose services. “You are in a different world now”, it tells you, “Relax.”
As you wait in its dark quarters for the elevators, the tranquility that comes from nothingness of its spaces calms you. It’s inevitable, parts of ourselves are reduced as we allow ourselves to be transported to the next experience through the elevator doors.
Doors open. And now you may gasp! Surreal. The lights of the layered backdrop reflecting on the metallic ceiling panels; The Lobby itself is a light installation - an artistic/visual installation where you, as the bewildered guest, play a role to animate and mystify. The movement of the streetscape outside flickers through the perforations of the feature wall.
Large reception counter that embraces the interaction and intimacy of the hotel hosts and its guests, yet cool unwelcoming benches lay at its side. It is the confusing message that this hotel gives you that makes you feel uneasy yet curious enough to explore further.
DELUXE ROOMS : Escape to Purity
I had the luxury of unwrapping this little mystery further under the perfect guidance of Pauline Tsang, the Hotel Manager of TUVE.
If the lobby floors were seemingly sedate and serious, the guest floors were an exact opposite - invigorating and restful. Bright colours and raw comfortable tones. Simple and easy-going decor, that makes you feel at ease right away. The stark contrast to the previous experience accentuates the light setting of the bedrooms.
I loved the marriage of the rough concrete against the light ash tones of the wood furnitures. The gold flakes flushed in the spalled bits were my favourite part of the rooms.
Each guest suite came with its own little wooden present waiting for your unwrapping. Here at the Premier Suite, the box lies at the end of the long cold concrete work bench, opening up to reveal all of traveler’s little necessities.
The bathroom was the space that overwhelmed me the most. The simplicity and rawness of the wired glass partitions matching with the richness and luxurious finishes of the marble wall. The serenity of the shower space had taken away my heart. The little matching bath body kits rested on a cute stool inside the bath - as if I could read a book in there. To be honest, if I could, I would fit my whole bed in here! I’d sleep in here! I seriously would!!
Comfort Rooms : A Little More Timid
For those looking for a little more warmth than the cold concrete surfaces, the Comfort Rooms is a great sanctuary. With wood finishes, the room gives a very minimalistic Nordic vibe. Stapled with the iconic furniture pieces, the room blends into the rest of the hotel while creating a more feminine touch to the female guests.
“TUVE underlines minimalist and timeless design sensibilities, visually silent for quiet reflection. A poetic space using modern natural materials in their truest, purest form. TUVE is an alternative for travelers to experience a distinctive approach to hospitality in Hong Kong.
It begins with a soulful journey that elicits curiosity, as an air of unfoldment and serenipity awaits. From the understated entry of the architectural space, travelling through the bold and elongated interior, followed by a gestured greeing from beyond the crafted brass surface, and then, elevated to a room offering a sense of quietude - the pure beauty is to be explored and revealed. A balance of raw and refined textures and materials, a poetic essence, a gentle ambience that harmonises the shadows with a vein of warmth, surrounded by ethereal tonalities. The exquisite space encounters a manner of subtleties, unveiling the joy and anticipation of a hotel experience.”
My TWO Cents
While the artistic character of the hotel is strong and so attractive- the hotel stay is not for every guest. The hotel yearns for tasteful youths who in return demand for affordable priced guest rooms in the expensive city of Hong Kong; those who are appreciative of true art and visual experience yet wish to be near the bustling metropolitan on the HK Island.
It is also for those local Hong Kong’ers, who have become fed up of the loudness and chaos of the city world, and in need a sublime escape. The serenity is at your service here.
Yet, for those hoping for a more welcoming and family oriented hotel, your kids may not be your best accessory at TUVE. The highly intense and unexpectable energies of the younger kids may ruin any hints of artistic experience I explained above - A Shame!
But either way, this hotel is worth a visit to anyone in need of an adventure. Pop in for 10 mins, and let me know what you think! Remember to leave your comments below!
TUVE | 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau, Hong Kong | www.tuve.hk
Many thanks to Pauline Tsang & Guy Doo, Managing Director and Hotel Manager, and the TUVE Team.
TUVE Hotel Hong Kong
TUVE Hotel Hong Kong
Sharon Wauchob SS 2020
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NO. 15 GREAT PULTENEY HOTEL | Wake up to a Demure Henrietta Park view
Bath has easily become one of my favorite little towns in the world. With it’s cosy lanes and homely cafés, it was quite novel to find myself scurrying through old British alleys like a mischievous Peter Rabbit. When I had to choose my stay in the town, I wanted one out of a old English tale - No. 15 Great Pulteney was the perfect doll house to transpose through time in.
Spanning across three townhouses on the most iconic neoclassical street in Bath, the No. 15 Great Pulteney Hotel is a recently opened new addition to the town. As a Grade I-listed historic building with Georgian facades, its 40-bedroom getaway demurely submerges into the rest of the pale chalky streetscape, just steps away from Laura Place and its fountain. So magical - an escape we really needed after 10 busy months in our mother city Hong Kong.
We had just finished a 13-hour redeye flight to Heathrow, and immediately embarking another 2-3 hour coach ride to Bath. Feeling worn out and hangry was an understatement. After a quick breakfast at the Cosy Club near the station, we lugged our baggages across the cobblestone paths across the famous Pulteney Bridge to our hotel.
Like opening a doll house, the interiors of the boutique hotel greeted us with its playful eclectic collection of art pieces. Some would view the decor as busy, while others may see it as a casual whimsical choice of furnishing. The lobby is that of a family living room, with bold leather pieces with classical upholstery. Comically, a large model of Big Ben Tower stands on the side and a large chandelier made of earrings hangs in the ceiling centre. A painting of a young man stares blankly into space, as if wondering why he belongs to such a room. Purists may be appalled by this hotel need for art. But as I first entered into the reception half-dazed and half-asleep, I truly only noticed the details and decor in the space on our check-out. For me, I was quite amused!
Although we had arrived quite early to town, our receptionist was lovely to arrange an early check-iin for us as well as an upgrade to our room. Amazing! Definitely good start to our trip! Standing in front of a doll house, which I found to be the reception, she helped us arrange and very courteously shared a few locations nearby to visit. Very genial hospitality service!
Walking to our room. The rest of the hotel were scattered with art pieces by the Art School in the area. Random art installations that stepped up along the stairwell, and amusing old tennis rackets near the lift hall - to name a few. The more I explored this boutique hotel, the more I felt I was visiting an old English grandmother’s home, filled with her history and prized possessions. It’s a hit or miss for me, either way, it was a colourful place to visit and admire. For those who love posing in front of art pieces or installations, you’ll easily spend hours here - I have a lot of Hong Kong girls in mind!
English Tea in our Pulteney Junior Suite
Our room was really memorable and a fantastic place to start our trip. First, it was MUCH larger than we expected! The suite was equipped with its own little living room area to relax in between the day, something quite convenient being in the small town of Bath. Second, the reserved chalky pale walls, to the large sash windows that looked out towards Henrietta Park and Great Pulteney Street, I felt very snuggly and ready to pass out in my new English home. Make me a hot cocoa, because I am ready for my Peter Rabbit bedtime story!
In general, the hotel gave us a humble yet luxurious stay. There were hints of opulence despite the muted colours. The coffee table was filled with little feminine treasures, while beautiful China cups and coffee machine hides itself behind a doll house near the window. Haha for the designer in me, it was quite excessive, but I agree it definitely help me well remember my experience here. The bed was ornamented with a simple mural depicting a lace canopy, like right out of a children’s story book.
The view outside our suite was also such a calming and story-like scene. For a city girl that I am, seeing glass and and concrete is a norm. But here, I was greeted with lush greenery and endless skies, something you can only dream of in my rough modern home. Maybe I was over-indulging too much, but such a simple scenery makes me imagine old characters who have already perished animating around these beautiful strong trees which has transcended through time to greet us today. Yup, I’m daydreaming too much ~
Modern Touches to the Classical Taste
Despite the antique taste that is strong throughout the interior design, the hotel is sprinkled with the latest gadgets, being only newly opened in December 2016. A Roberts Revial iStream was placed at our bedside, along with a fancy sleek phone - a play with the 1950s retro style while allowing us to easily connect to radio and spotify through wifi. The bedding was fitted with Hynos Landsdowne Cashmere, so comfortable my jetleg melted away with my night. Hairdryer was a James Dyson, hell yea!
The bathroom was simple with hand-crafted ceramic basins. Large space with tub or shower to choose from, yet nothing particular to share or highlight, unlike the rest of the hotel. As a keen avid of nice toiletries, the supply provided to us were not too memorable - let’s just end it there.
Afternoon Break at the Bar 15
It’s a shame we never had time to spend in the Bar 15 at the hotel. The space was nicely decor in soft pastels, while the brazenly colourful bottles of alcohol shined through like gems. Like our coffee table, the tables were furnished with cobalt-blue jewellery and beaded necklaces. Quiet views that look out onto from the seats - cute and pretty.
We had complimentary breakfast in their Cafe 15, but not food that was worth the sorts of sharing here with you. Eggs benedicts were homely made and great, but for a traveller visiting from afar, we would suggest spending time experimenting other restaurants and cafes outside instead. Yet for a setting like Bar 15, I definitely think it is worth to come relax and absorb the details of its design with a drink midday between schedules.
Home Away from Home
Located at the end of the Pulteney Bridge, I was grateful I had so many excuses to always pass by the famous monument and take another picture of the calm river scene. The hotel was a perfect central location and setting for those who wish for luxury yet a little demure. Taking a break midday in our ensuite lounge was a huge luxury for us before heading out again for the evening events. Walking through the townhouses and heading towards No.15, we do felt as if we were heading home like the other residents along the streets. For a moment, we felt at ease and in place.
No. 15 Pulteney Hotel gave me a chance to experience Bath in a very artful way. Don’t be fooled by its neutral palette, as you explore, the hotel unravels its idiosyncratic sides with its quirky styles and collections. If I were to visit this beautiful Bath town again, Pulteney would definitely be my home again. It’s one you never forget.
NO. 15 GREAT PULTENEY HOTEL, Bath UK