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• Look out for this and similar stories in Luxury magazine on February 4. Luxury comes out with The National on the first Thursday of every month.
Dior: From Christian Dior to Raf Simons
It was an eventful end to the year for Dior. Just weeks before Le ThÃ©âtre Dior exhibition was unveiled in Dubai, creative director Raf Simons announced that he was resigning. There have been whispers that Lanvin’s former creative director Alber Elbaz might step in, but this is mere speculation. More recently, the publishers at Assouline have updated Dior’s 60th anniversary book, first released in 2007. The new edition, Dior: From Christian Dior to Raf Simons, recounts the legacy of the maison since its founding in 1947. Captured within are Dior’s most beautiful haute couture dresses. Additions include photography by Laziz Hamani and text by fashion historian Farid Chenoune. The updated version keeps some of the original photography, by the likes of Irving Penn and Patrick Demarchelier, featuring models such as Kate Moss and Suzy Parker. The book jacket of the new tome features the iconic Dior Bar jacket against a grey ombrÃ© backdrop. The book is priced at Dh918.
Valentine’s Day collection from Miu Miu
In keeping with its signature avant-garde style, Miu Miu has unveiled a bold capsule collection for Valentine’s Day. Pieces from the new range include purses suspended from palladium hardware, wallets, cardholders, keychains and bag trinkets, all in an edgy palette of black, ruby red and sugar pink. Leather items come in nappa and madras leather, the latter style adorned with an exclusive “Miu Miu Loves” logo. Charming bag trinkets and keychains are also available in the form of cherries, jewelled hearts and lettering, in polished silver or red enamel. The collection is available in-store now.
BeoLab 90 and BeoLab A6 from Bang & Olufsen
To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Bang & Olufsen unveiled BeoLab 90 at the end of 2015. The loudspeaker is the “future of sound”, says chief executive Tue Mantoni, and is fitted with active room compensation, which makes up for any disturbance caused by the dimensions of the room (and everything in it), the placement of the speakers and the listener’s positioning. The sound can be contained by the push of a button, targeting either a specific section or all areas of the space. And its twisting, geometric forms are outlined by sleek silver lines, so it doubles as a sculptural design element. The company also launched the BeoPlay A6 in the UAE. The thin, streamlined product is Bluetooth-compatible, can be placed on a surface or mounted on a wall, and is available in several colours, all in wool-blend fabrics from Danish textile company Kvadrat. The A6 comes with an intuitive touch interface, which allows you to control the sound with a swipe or touch of a finger. A pair of BeoLab 90s is priced at Dh350,000, while prices for the BeoLab A6 start from Dh3,987.
MyRun Treadmill from Technogym
In an interview with Luxury magazine in 2015, Technogym founder Nerio Alessandri discussed the issue of inactivity and how it’s making people unhealthy. Though he said that technology was part of the problem, he also stressed that it wasn’t the “enemy”. We should, instead, look to harness it in a positive way – a practice woven into the Technogym brand identity. The company recently unveiled its newest fitness machine, Myrun, a treadmill designed to help improve running. Several functions are available, many of which can be synchronised to a tablet. The Running Rate algorithm, for example, tracks and provides visual feedback of step frequency, stride length and displacement. A music playlist can be developed based on the user’s running rhythm and the surface of the treadmill can be adapted – from soft to firm – to match the user’s style of running or walking. Myrun also has a function that allows access to exercises and training sessions, which can be personalised, and a training app with programmes to help improve running technique. The Myrun treadmill is priced at Dh13,500.
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