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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Luxury, POSHGLAM, Travel







InterContinental Luxury Hotels

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When we think of hotels and travelling abroad, we often look to the heyday of luxurious hotels, or rather Hollywood’s midcentury romanticized rendition of hotel life: a glamorous place with soaring ornate architecture where bellhops wear crisp uniforms and adorable hats, where the interior décor is as fresh as the food, where plush carpets cushion the feet, where marble sprawls as far as the eye can see, where champagne or fine scotch is always pouring, where business men gather and where a concert pianist’s notes are forever floating through the air. But as travel became more economical and common, the luxurious hotel was superseded by plentiful simple lodgings boasting fewer amenities and catering to tourists on a budget.

Just because cheap accommodations have become more common, it by no means proves the day of luxury is at an end. In fact, we might say the sun is only now rising on the day of luxury. There are more international luxury accommodations than ever before, offering the height of technology, comfort, shopping and style. When these hotels describe themselves as the crème de le crème of luxe they mean it; you will literally feel like you are in the comfort of your home — if your home has a butler — and then some.

If you are making a pit-stop in Tel Aviv, London or Paris during your globe trotting travels there are few places to stay as refined as the InterContinentals — in fact it’s worth a trip just for the chance to check them out in person. Each of the following hotels has teamed up with a star of its respective city to offer guests a very unique opportunity. Even Trip Advisor’s meticulous and picky reviewers (who used words like spectacular and excellence to describe their experiences) have given these three hotels the thumbs up on everything from sleeping quality to value, but what they were most pleased with: service.

Le Grand (Paris, France):

We bet you didn’t know that guests who stay in the Le Grand’s Royal Suite get a personal tour of iconic macaron maker Ladurée’s kitchen, a private baking session and a curated tasting with an expert pastry chef. If you’ve ever tried your hand at making your own macarons you know these delicate confections are certainly tricky to concoct.

The David (Tel Aviv, Israel):

Apparently InterContinental has an affinity for well prepared food, because the icing on the cake at The David is a culinary journey through the heart of Tel Aviv with Israel’s most renowned chef Yaron Kestenboum.

Park Lane (London, England):

London’s Park Lane is home to the Made in Mayfair Insider Experience, an exploration of British craftsmanship of custom and bespoke goodies, like customized fragrances and tailored clothing — the prefect destination for the well-travelled fashionista.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Canada, Fun, Luxury, POSHGLAM







Je T’aime Paramour Lingerie + 20% OFF

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Excuse my terrible translation; I was trying to be delightfully French. Paramour definitely lives up to its name (this one I got: an illicit lover). The lingerie company caters to women in the upper cup size spectrum (C cup through G) and specializes in full-busted fashions complete with embroideries, lace and sexy embellishments at a customer affordable price point—yep, what’s not to love?

With an emphasis on light-weight products that don’t overly conceal the breasts, the collections come in fun names like Sweet Revenge, Decadent, Amourette and Captivate as well as traditional female names, like Madison. What’s particularly wonderful about Paramour’s products is their lasting love affair with unlined bras. I’ve always had a penchant for the unlined bra, as there’s something modestly natural about the shape an unlined bra creates (some of their bras come with a padded option if you prefer that). Meanwhile, I’ve never been a fan of unnatural push-up bras that hoist the boobs sky high, so it’s refreshing to see a lingerie company completely eschew push-ups. And really, if you have a DD cup do you need to hoist your breasts up to your chin? No.

The newest products to be released are the Madison, an unlined bra with delicate lace details on the band, cups and straps, and Capitvate, which is clearly the company’s sexiest bra. Captivate is crafted with the traditional supportive 3-section cup and leotard back Paramour is known for, but is a lace extravaganza.

Paramour is offering our readers a special 20% off coupon for all Paramour products available at Designerintimates.com. Use the promo code POSHGLAM to cash in on these savings. Coupon code expires May 30, 2015.

Larger bust sizes are typically an under-tapped demographic in the lingerie market, and complaints of how hard nice bras and undies are to come by aren’t uncommon. Paramour’s designs are ensuring there’s more than enough lace to go around; we all love us some lingerie, no matter our bust size.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Canada, Fun, Luxury, POSHGLAM, Russia







KORS, Super Premium Vodka is Here

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Vodka first originated in Eastern Europe, a volatile geographic zone historically prone to military conflict, economic hardships and political misstep. However, as a region it’s always gotten at least one thing right: vodka. Vodka has got a lot going for it; it’s a versatile liquor that can be mixed with almost anything and it doesn’t smell like alcohol, oak barrels and hobos. When you think of vodka, Kors isn’t a brand that comes immediately to mind; in general conversation people would be more likely to name Grey Goose as a premium Vodka brand. Why? Well, we’ve got no idea; in fact Kors is on a whole other level: super premium.

Kors certainly slips off the tongue easily and we think it should become more of a household name; each bottle has a personal touch to it and the company has been around for more than 100 years. If passing your centennial isn’t proof of longevity and customer commitment, then what is? Kors, whose origins are intertwined with the Russian monarchy, still employs time-honoured techniques from the turn of the 20th century and original recipes resurrected from the dusty pages of history.

If you want to surround your brand with a mystique of luxury and elegance you’re going to eschew the common conflation of booze and sex. We don’t need another brand touting promotional photography of scantily clad models smooshed into up-scale lounges with over-dressed promiscuous men—Kors gets that. Instead, Kors comes in a bottle most closely resembling the type of crystal decanter you’d be likely to spot poised, oh so casually, on a strikingly stylish liquor cart in your grandfather’s library. In actuality it is made of crystal. The bottle even comes with its very own trivet; in other words a shiny metal coaster.

Plus, why use sex to sell when you can use gold instead. Culturally, we’ve always held gold as a measure of wealth and prosperity, some societies more than others. The vodka is distilled in gold distillation tubes and each bottle comes emblazoned with a hand-painted label made from gold paint. Let’s be thankful Kors had the common sense to apply their 24-carat gold to the outside of the bottle—as fun as it sounds, no one actually wants to drink metal flakes (ahem, Goldschläger).

Did we forget to mention the diamonds? No, there are no diamonds hidden in the bottom of your bottle—unfortunately, are you listening Kors? They somehow come into play in the important art of distillation. Basically, Kors filters its vodka through diamonds, beating out regular filtering significantly. We’ll tell you the truth though: the effects that diamond distillation produce (vodka filtered to 1.0 microns) can be replicated by a high-quality carbon filter, but it still speaks to Kors commitment to produce the best product possible. It’s kind of cool too, no?

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Monday, March 30th, 2015

Canada, Diversity In Fashion, Fashion, Haute Couture, Luxury, POSHGLAM, POSHNOIR







Rihanna Rocks Versace & David Webb

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Rihanna was the very definition of badassery at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night (Mar. 29).

True to her style, she debuted her hotly anticipated new single Bitch Better Have My Money”  in the most authentic and ironic of fashions: a thigh-length Versace green fur coat, backed up by dancers in full-on leather gear. Does she not look a futuristic kick-ass bitch—excuse my language.

Strictly speaking, brightly colored fur jackets conjure up images of the 90s gone terribly wrong and campy music video pimps strutting about in gaudy clothing. But there’s an undeniable power to Rihanna’s performance style and she stunned in head-to-toe Versace from the 2015/2016 collection (green patent leather boots and sunglasses featuring a silver Medusa, paired with a gold and green choker). The look couldn’t have paired better with the hard edgy sound of her new single.

Perhaps the throwback to 90s fur and iconic rapper Lil’ Kim is more than half the point; satire is an under-employed artistic tool in music and Rihanna uses it to brilliant effect. We doubt a single audience member left that performance with any question as to who is the top boss (Rihanna of course). The poignant outfit is dripping with dry humor and it’s great to see Rihanna keeping us on our toes with her fashion choices, especially considering her recent team up with Dior. Hopefully her ensembles continue to come equipped with a running social commentary.

Rihanna was also decked out in David Webb’s unabashed bling, including three prominent rings featuring emeralds, sapphires and diamonds and a set of brilliant earrings with two rectangular-cut emeralds surrounding by a bedazzling net of diamonds. The New York jeweller is known for its chunky gold pieces and prominent gem stones in and Rihanna can now count herself among the likes of famous women such as Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Barbara Streisand, who’ve once wore David Webb pieces. All this mid-century inspired glitter added to her intense stage persona on Sunday evening.

What’s not to love; hardcore 90s hip-hop meets 2015 glam. We’re feelin’ you RiRi. Plus, her performance more than made up for Jamie Foxx’s faux pas—so it’s got that going for it too.

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Rihanna performing at the iHeartRadio 2015 Music Awards in LA on Mar. 29

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Versace model wearing the coat in question during a fashion show.

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David Webb Ring worn by Rihanna at the iHeartRadio Awards

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Africa, Canada, Diversity In Fashion, Fascism, Fashion, Haute Couture, Luxury, POSHGLAM, POSHNOIR







Why Rihanna’s News Won’t Change How I Feel About Dior

By now you’ve heard Rihanna has been named the new face of Dior’s Secret Garden campaign. She’s the first black woman to ever be named a campaign star by Dior. The appointment, which was announced on March 13, has been lauded in the media as a progressive move on Dior’s part.

It’s not all sunshine and roses though. While Rihanna is a talented performer with an impeccable sense of fashion, who no doubt earned the position with a lot of blood, sweat and tears over the course of her career, Dior hasn’t worked nearly so hard on its own self-image.

As a company, Dior’s lacklustre efforts to effect social change, internally within its own institution, nor externally within broader society, are pretty damning. Hop in my time machine; Yves Saint Laurent, who only studied under Christian Dior for three years before Dior’s early death, has long set itself apart from Dior. After breaking ties from Dior in 1960, following Yves Saint Laurent’s infamous lawsuit against the fashion house for wrongful dismissal during his stint in uniform, he proceeded to found his own fashion house (YSL), which espoused ideas in radical contradiction to Dior’s staunchly traditional Euro-Centric values. Moving forward without restriction and under his own name, he proceeded to make a two-fold influence on fashion over the proceeding decades. His contributions to women’s fashion are as important as those made by iconic names like Chanel; he applied the rational and practical elements of men’s clothing to women’s wear without sacrificing—dare we say it—sex. Take trousers, khaki and the pea coat as examples.

YSL’s fashions, inscribed with subversive text (in terms of both design and choice of models), frequently challenged convention and conformity. He prolificly worked with models of color during the turbulent civil rights era and beyond, and he’s even said to be the force behind the first black model (Naomi Campbell) appearing on a French Vogue cover. He famously held a deep appreciation for Somalian model Iman, who he oft-described as his fashion muse; he once described her as his “dream woman” and even devoted an entire collection (The African Queen) to her. All this poses an interesting question: why didn’t YSL use black models at Dior—was it because Dior, like most Haute Couture houses, holds a long-standing obsession with Euro-Centric ideals of beauty? More importantly, does Dior continue to espouse a concept of non-European beauty as inferior? YSL’s noteworthy career is proof that the fashion industry wields powers of social transformation; especially potent information, considering Dior’s long aversion to creating ripples in society.

If you remember, it took current creative director Raf Simons seven collections before he cast a single black model, and then he only did so after coming under public fire from casting director James Scully. We can’t forget previous creative director John Galliano, who was long rumored to possess anti-Semitic leanings and was eventually fired after making publicly racist remarks in a video. And, what about the Shanghai Dreamers campaign?

In the case of Dior, Rihanna’s representation isn’t simply a black face on a white company, it’s a black mask disguising decades of white-washed history. Historically speaking, this is nothing new. In fact, a black mask placed on white privilege is a concept we’ve seen repeated in art, literature and culture over the past several centuries. Arguably, the first notable appearance of a black mask in cultural media dates to the royal court of Queen Anne in the 1600s , who planned and participated in court masques (an elaborate form of theatrical dance), which saw women twirl around in impressive fashions paired with black masks. Though there is a subversive undercurrent to Queen Anne’s famous masques, scholars agree the intent is quite plain: the celebration of patriarchal power, the perfection of European beauty and the superiority of the court.

If you’re not sure how this is relevant: the English court, like a high-fashion house such as Dior, is the epitome of white privilege. The choice to utilize a black face as a method of perpetuating a chosen ideology is the intent, both then and now. We have to remember Dior has immense socio-cultural power. Consider Rihanna’s statement to Vogue about what it felt like to be acknowledged as a person of great worth by such a company.

It’s about time Dior got with it, but Rihanna’s new position is no guarantee we will continue to see women of color take a prominent role within Dior. For a fashion house with such a prolific public platform, it’s unfathomable it took 70 years for one black woman to be appointment the face of Dior. Some might argue we can’t expect haute couture fashion to be socially conscious, but they would be ignoring fashion’s long history as a space for the exchange of transformative ideas.

Brand representation comes down to one goal: perpetuating an image company executives want the public to believe. It’s about swaying favor and garnering positive attention. If Dior made valuable contributions to improving socio-economic equalities, if the fashion house worked to break down barriers in fashion, if the company was seeking to reflect its internal values, then Rihanna’s appointment as the first black representative in Dior’s 70 year history would be a socially progressive move on Dior’s part. But Dior is none of these things—except 70 years old (well, not quite).

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