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  1. Political instability in Hong Kong, ongoing Brexit negotiations and trade tensions between the United States and China made 2019 an uncertain year for luxury real estate around the world, according to global real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank.In its Prime Global Forecast 2020 Report, Knight Frank has looked ahead at how the world’s top prime housing markets will perform in the year ahead.STYLE Property series: Celebrity homes exposedParis is expected to have the world’s strongest luxury…
  2. One of the many perks Meghan Markle stands to lose as the Sussexes exit the British royal family will be her access to the royal jewels. But as we take a look at some of her past jewellery choices, we wonder, was she ever given access to the queen’s assortment of fine gems?The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton is constantly flaunting jewels on loan from the queen; revisiting some of Meghan's looks, we discover the royal wedding was the only time she was spotted wearing something on loan from…
  3. The five youngest billionaires in America have a combined net worth of US$28.5 billion.Kylie Jenner, the youngest billionaire in the world, spends much of her fortune on new homes, customising luxury cars and holidays with her baby daughter, Stormi Webster. Jenner is known for flaunting her wealth on social media, as she did after chartering a US$200 million superyacht for her 22nd birthday celebrations.Who are the 10 new Asian billionaires hot on the heels of Jeff Bezos?After Jenner, there is…
  4. Italian leather goods brand Tod’s just dropped its latest No_Code collection from South Korean designer Yong Bae-seok. The new collection, named No_Code X, is the fourth in the line and the first collection to carry its own label on the shoes, a sign that the label might soon be spun off into an independent brand.As a customer, I don’t want to spend 800 euros on a pair of Italian shoes to find its materials are made in China, Vietnam or somethingYong Bae-seok, designerNo_Code is an experimental…
  5. When car tycoon Li Shufu emerged as a suitor for Volvo Cars a decade ago, few outside China had heard of him. Now the billionaire’s name pops up as soon as there is a whiff of a deal in the industry.Not only did Li’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group snap up Volvo in 2010, he made the acquisition work and followed up with purchases of Lotus Cars, London’s iconic black cabs and a stake in Daimler AG. Last week, Geely emerged as a potential investor in Aston Martin, and last year was approached by the…
  6. In tune with the trend for slim watches, Richard Mille introduced its first ultra-thin round watch – the RM 033, in 2011. The svelte 6.33mm case of the timepiece housed a skeletonised, self-winding calibre only 2.6mm tall. To start the new year with a bang, the brand has just unveiled a sleeker version of the RM 033 Automatic in a carbon TPT case.Much sportier than its predecessor, the new timepiece is a watch for “every day and any day”. The taut lines of the RM33-02 case combine the curves of…
  7. Beyoncé's much-anticipated Ivy Park x Adidas streetwear collection launched to considerable online fanfare over the weekend. But while many customers quickly snapped up the new collection, others took to social media to vent their frustration about the lack of plus sizes available.The items on offer come in sizes XS to XL, which translates as a US dress size of 0 to 2 up to 16 to 18 (the equivalent of UK sizes 4-6 and 20-22), according to Adidas' site.Since the new items hit Adidas' site,…
  8. The World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos, Switzerland. The theme for the WEF 2020 is “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”, with a focus on renewing the concept of stakeholder capitalism to overcome income inequality, societal division and the climate crisis.The US President Donald Trump escaped his impeachment trial, and flew to the Swiss Alps for the economic conferences.View this post on InstagramTomorrow marks the start of the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in…
  9. A humble stone fountain, overgrown shrubs and flowers, and white sheets drying on a line met Pharrell Williams and other curious guests at the Chanel show inside the Grand Palais.The set recreated the landscape house founder Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel viewed as a child after her mother died and her father sent her away to an abbey orphanage.If such a sad setting seemed like an unusual choice to showcase high-priced and normally joyous couture, it was an intentional move by designer Virginie Viard…
  10. A new year heralds new adventures, new changes and of course, in Chinese culture, red packets. Banknote-stuffed red packets – or lai see in Cantonese – come packed with luck and prosperity, sharing blessings with acquaintances, family, friends and loved ones. Even though red is the uniform colour of lai see, forward-thinking brands are increasingly challenging conventions with a vibrant creativity, bursting out electric hues and patterns for a stylish and modern touch.Channelling another layer…