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Philia Lounge proudly presents, photography showcase Moment Voles II featuring renowned celebrity photographer Eydie Veronique Tai. Come and experience her world of true and real images through the eyes of the photogenic photographer.
Expressed by the photographer herself, Eydie believes photography is the way to express oneself and capture the very best moment for life-time memory.
Continuing its rapid expansion in China, Hyatt will open its seventh hotel on the Mainland mid this year.
Hyatt on the Bund will open at the northern end of the legendary Bund, arguably the most famous thoroughfare in Shanghai, if not China. To maximise its prime location on the western banks of the Huangpu River, the cutting-edge hotel has been angled so that all rooms will benefit from a spectacular view of either the historical architecture down the Bund or modern skyscraper-lined Pudong across the river.
Designed by the award-winning US-based design company Remedios Siembieda Inc, creators of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels including the Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Park Hyatt Beijing, the mission for Hyatt on the Bund has been to create an ‘innovative, invigorating and inspirational’ hotel. Their focus has been on designing vibrant, contemporary spaces that will appeal to the modern business delegate as well as the trend-conscious leisure-traveller.
Hyatt on the Bund will house a total of 631 guest rooms, including 52 suites, split between East and West towers. Ranging in size from 42 to 300 square metres (452 to 3,229 square feet), the contemporary spaces will feature floor-to-ceiling windows to best experience the breathtaking views, as well as rotating flat-screen TVs, DVD players and high-speed wired and wireless broadband Internet access. The highlight of the rooms will be an innovative open bathroom concept, where you can create an open-plan studio if desired, or close off for a more conventional bedroom/bathroom space if preferred. The spacious glass- and marble-clad open bathrooms will feature standalone rain showers and eye-catching mother-of-pearl panels.
Spread over the top four floors of the West Tower will be Hyatt on the Bund’s signature drinking and dining destination. The multi-level, multi-concept space, designed by well-known Japanese interior design firm Super Potato Co., Ltd., will have the air of a private residence and a spectacular view of the Bund and Pudong. On the second floor, Aroma will introduce a ‘dining in the kitchen’ concept, featuring live cooking stations rustling up everything from fresh pasta to Teppanyaki to Chinese specialities, while off the lobby, a European-style Tea Room will serve speciality blended teas from around the world, as well as pastries, cakes and handmade chocolates. On the Lobby Level of the East Tower, Xindalu China Kitchen will focus on thoroughly authentic regional cuisine such as Peking Duck, claypot-baked Beggar’s Chicken and hand-pulled Shanxi noodles, in a fun and buzzy setting.
A sprawling 3,150 square metres (33,610 square feet), with a capacity to cater to 1,800 people, will be dedicated to meeting and function facilities. There will be two ballrooms with outdoor terraces and a capacity of 560 and 260 respectively (banquet style); a circular Glasshouse with an outdoor courtyard; and nine multi-purpose multi-sized meeting rooms equipped with wireless broadband access and the latest audio-visual and conferencing equipment. Those on the Bund Club executive floors will also have the exclusive use of four Bund Club boardrooms.
Once meetings are over, guests will be able to work off the stresses of the day in the 30-metre indoor swimming pool and fully equipped gym, or decompress in the luxurious Yuan spa. Inspired by ancient Chinese bathing rituals, the spa will feature wood-lined treatment rooms, some with double-glass walls with water running between the panes, so guests can both see and hear running water while immersed in spacious wooden tubs or indulging in water-based Oriental treatments.
“We’re incredibly excited to be opening in such a prestigious location,’ says general manager Ronald Kang. “With the Grand Hyatt Shanghai in the heart of the Pudong financial district, and ourselves near the key Puxi entertainment hubs, we’re proud that we’re going to be the first top-tier hotel group to own both sides of the river.”
Hyatt on the Bund will be the seventh Hyatt hotel to open in Mainland China, following Grand Hyatt Beijing, Grand Hyatt Shanghai, Hyatt Regency Tianjin, Hyatt Regency Xian, Hyatt Regency Hangzhou and Hyatt Regency Dongguan. Twelve more Hyatt hotels are scheduled to open in China in the next few years.
Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, offers today’s travelers over 735 hotels and resorts (over 136,000 rooms) in more than 44 countries. The company’s affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt branded hotels and resorts under the Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Resorts®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place™ and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brands. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operator of the Hyatt Vacation Club and fractional residential properties and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc., which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel Inns and Suites.
Reservations for any Hyatt hotels worldwide may be obtained by calling your local Hyatt hotel, Hyatt Worldwide Reservations Centre or logging onto www.hyatt.com
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Dig Deep Entertainment is organising a display of Marvel Hero's cold cast porcelain figures at Buddha Lounge on the 13th April 2007. The creator Digger Mesch will be there and the event will be from 8pm with an open bar for the first hour.
Read on to check out the flyer and the address is L/G, Amber Lodge, Hollywood Central (just under The Mix)
Art comes to life with renowned artist Victor Lai in the second series of Artists in Residence at Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong
As a result of the success of the first Artists in Residence event held in January this year, art will again come to life at Portal – Work & Play from 17 May to 2 June. Headlining the latest event will be renowned Hong Kong artist Victor Lai, Australian born John McArthur and Hong Kong resident of 19 years, Ann Williams. Over a three week period these talented artists with take up residence at Portal – Work & Play, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7 – 9pm.
Portal and its people will become the inspiration and motivation for these three established and diverse artists who will work independently to bring their interpretations to life using a variety of media, in styles as diverse as the artists themselves. Guests will be invited into the world as an artist sees it and will be encouraged to interact with the artists - they may even become part of their project!
Renowned artist Victor Lai explores emotion, space and identity in his colourful, thought provoking paintings. Often working in triptychs, Lai uses a variety of media; oils, acrylics and mixed media on canvas and paper. For this program he will create a triptych in acrylics.
Ann Williams takes inspiration from the landscapes discovered on her travels; most notably the effect of changing light throughout the day and the shapes and patterns created by buildings, rooftops, doors and windows, which she captures in drawings or paintings in water colours or acrylics.
Fascinated by human form and expressions, Australia born John McArthur records his observations and emotions through the use of a variety of materials, and responds by experimenting with drawing, painting and Western calligraphy.
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As an extension of the Artists in Residence event, the original art pieces created over the three week period will be on display and available for purchase through a Silent Auction at Portal – Work & Play and our Blog website at www.lphchat.com from 8 to 23 June. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children.
Date : 17 May – 2 June, 2007 (Thurs – Sat)
Venue: Portal – Work & Play (Level 5)
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Enquiry: 3552 3232
(information provided by the hotel)
Sentiments, Multimedia Exhibition by RMIT Graduates, Apr 4 – May 15, 07
Opening Reception: Apr 12(thu), 630-830pm
We are dealing with sentiments everyday. We have different sentiments towards various people, various objects, and even various views of ourselves. This exhibition features the contemporary works of a group of local artists to express their own sentiment. The journey begins with the exploration of their inner feelings, their curiosity towards one’s privacy, attractive and repulsive objects, and end with the exploration of one’s own meaning of life. Come and be sentimental!
The group of young artists graduated from the RMIT Melbourne, studying Fine Arts specializing in Painting. They have different background but a common seriousness of attitude towards making of arts.
Video and Photography:
Laurence Tse adopts video art as the main media of his work. He expresses his idea of the cycle of day and night through video and photography.
Coco Tsui expresses her obsession with pattern, geometric forms, bold color and layering.
Kirsty Chau explores the psychological aspect of people, by inborn instincts of passive aggression and sudden withdrawal.
Kittie Yan explores one’s endless pursuit to achieve higher and higher targets.
Rosita Chung preserves and de-preserves her stories to emphasize their preciousness.
Yuen Yuen Ho shares her view of her place of origin and generation through the daily disposed objects.
Culture Club Gallery, 15 Elgin St.(lower), SoHo, Central
(information provided by the venue)
PATRIZIA PEPE, the Italian fashion label, today staged a gorgeous Spring/Summer Fashion Show at the Adrenaline, Happy Valley Racecourse. Top models Galie Lok, Lynn Hung, together with Mikki Yiu present the upcoming collection, which illustrate the desire of today’s young lady. Famous celebrities including Terence Yin, Andrew Lien, Conroy Chan, Kenny Wong, Yan Qing, Dennie Wong, Ursule Wong, Real Ting and Janet Ma also came and enjoyed this splendid show.
Spring/Summer 2007 Women’s Collection
Patrizia Pepe’s spring-summer 2007 collection is eclectic and striking, reminiscent of moments in history and lifestyles that however light years apart, are skillfully united by a strong hint of couture from the pursuit of precious materials and a chic, sophisticated look.
1950s Elegant Tennis Style
Patrizia Pepe opens its collection by paying homage to 130 years of Wimbledon tennis tournaments, seeking inspiration in a very elegant tennis style. This feel is 1950s glamour-ska, revisited with the intent of rendering each item unique and special. The traditional polo shirt or classic cable stitch cardigan have been totally deconstructed and transformed into couture items; there are lurex or baguette trim collars, sheer seduction in organza sleeves and deep necklines. Balloon skirts and dresses stand out with black and white pop art patterns, worn with patent leather mini bombers in strong colors. Little optical Houndstooth jackets, with tennis insignia on the breast pocket, add a hint of charm to pleated skirts that emphasize the legs. Cap sleeved pleated body blouses that are to be worn with mini-shorts. Taffeta outerwear catches 1950s silhouettes, accentuating necklines and lapels, underlining the female form. Accessories are ever-resent, wide headbands bring to mind the patterns used for rounded shoes and patent belts.
1970s Refined Grunge Tendency
The casual side of this collection features a refined grunge tendency: garment-dyed washed cottons that generate fascinating patchwork effects; wrinkled-effect metallic-cottons that given English-style trench coats a vaguely ‘damned’ aura, bereft of their original severity. Jodhpur-style trousers but hugging closer for more sensuality; lurex chenille for sweatshirts to combine with mini-mini shorts. Then countless, mulitcolured print and knit patches, enhanced with embroidery and equines braids around neckline, not to mention dresses and tops with all-over sequins. Shoes and bags are in ultra light nappa and suede, recovering the collection’s natural shades that range through white, beige, dusty jade, zinc violet, metallic grey and the wildly precious glassy gold. Soft lines for the low or for the cone-heeled boot models, as well as for nappy bags with lots of pocket.
Hyper-feminine Return of Punk
Patrizia Pepe continues with the urban theme, seeking inspiration in the hyper-feminine return of one of the twentieth century’s most outrageous trends: punk. The original hard lines are intentionally set aside to underscore the suppleness of the figure. Polished, clean fabrics that include mercerized cotton gabardine, personalizing Patrizia Pepe outerwear, like the little double diamond bomber. Black stretch silk-tight trousers. Strong, no-nonsense colours, like white, black, glassy silver and blue rock. Metal trim everywhere: visible buttons and zips on jackets, trouser bottoms, sleeves and accessories. The low-cut, wide-soled pumps are finished in silver and multicoloured studs. Denim happens along to pick up and fuse the underlying inspirations. It goes for grunge lines and appears as a classic bomber jacket that is totally deconstructed to become softer and losser. Thigh-hugging shorts and hot pants with t-shirt scrap inserts applied to bring them up to speed with a punk revival. A cotton denim/ripstop techno jacket revisits a typical 1950s line with an ultra wide drawstring sleeves.
Spring/Summer 2007 Men’s Collection
The 50’s and 60’s, the boom years in Italy, a time of great expectations and hopes for the future, the years of fervid youth movements: the mods and the rockabillies: the former, impeccably elegant down to the least detail; the latter much more basic, dressed mainly in jeans, t-shirts, motorcycle jackets. Two complete lifestyles that shared “recognizability”, a sense of belonging, an exclusive quality and a strong link between music and look. Updating that era, through a rediscovery of the raw materials, fit and colors is the aim of the Patrizia Pepe Menswear Spring-Summer 2007 Collection.
A SPORT-CITY inspiration with crisp nylon, fleece, parachute silk, printed and plain colors, cotton stretch piquet; a UNIFORM inspiration with cotton/linen/polyurethane herringbone patterns dyed for an old look and batik effect, mattress stripes and denim; a METROPOLITAN and OLD-FASHIONED inspiration with prints reminiscent of murales or tiny patterns from the Fifties and Sixties; airy, cloudlike fabrics combined with compact, calandered and waxed fabrics which can be crushed and creased; the finishing adds light with treatments on the fabrics and the use of "shiny yarns", as an expression of MODERNITY.
YARNS AND LEATHER
Lightweight cotton mélange, slub aspects in garment-dyed apparel, knits of moulinè yarn and geometrical optical jacquards, characterize the selection of fully-fashioned knits. The leather items are light and impalpable, combined with a technical mesh for a refined sportswear image or in thicker hide with a vintage flavor.
the new pants come in different designs, ranging from slim volume, in some cases purposely long, to oversize volumes through regular and high-waisted versions. Baggy aspects at the top with narrow bottoms and regular hips with bootcut flared bottoms. The jackets are above all entirely deconstructed or slightly destructured, with patch pockets or besom, single or double breasted design with 2 buttons.
The shirts and t-shirts are characterized by soft volumes that do not hug the waist, by ironic contrasts of prints and colors with small collars in poplin or knit, with long or short sleeves or sleeveless.The jackets that complete the individual looks, reflect the world of music, urban sportswear and casual styling.
STRIPES and TRIANGLES indicate, with their sure, basic lines, the cut and stitching of the garments, creating designs, pockets, flaps and collars.
BLACK and WHITE are ever-present with the addition of a DUSTY IRON GREY, a LIGHT GREY and a BLUE in the traditional shading as well as a PURPLE BLUE, for the METALLIC EVENING. LOW COLORING with natural shades that range from PUTTY WHITE to SAND, KHAKI and MOHOGANY, from POWDER PINK to a PURPLE PINK for the daytime part of the collection. COLOR ACCENTS: above all, PAINT RED and PURPLE for prints, either all-over or silkscreen designs and for the SPORTWEAR part, along or with other colors in the collection, particular the whites and the greys.
PATRIZIA PEPE was founded in 1993 by two enterprisers Mrs. Patrizia Bambi and Mr. Claudio Orrea. They had been working in Tessilform for years and gained solid experience in production and manufacturing.
With passion and innovation, they set up their own company in the 90’s with the objective to embody different varieties of ladies fashion. Mrs. Patrizia Bambi was very much inspired by feminism, and thus expressed such concept by distinctive definition of colors and innovated styling.
Furthermore, to be perfect, every piece of cloth must be comfortable to wear and goes well with the occasion. PATRIZIA PEPE is successfully positioned in the market as a trendy brand with modern styling. The joy of being an innovative designer is brought out by the stylish products and is also passing by onto customers or people who love the brand.
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Via the K-Spray International Tour presented by K-Swiss, artists are brought on tour each with their distinctive styles and their stencils, stickers, posters, markers, spray and bucket paints, to a myriad of cities throughout the globe. With the rising success with each event, K-Spray continues for the third phase with the world’s premier iconic artists The London Police, Flying Fortress, and PEZ, flying in from Europe to embark on their first collaborative Asian tour. K-Swiss is excited to host this 6 city tour that will be marking up Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo in March and April 2007!
First kicking off in September 2006, three of the world’s top stencil artists Logan Hicks (USA), Sixten (Sweden), and Phibs (Australia) swept through the cities of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Bangkok. At each leg of the tour the artists introduced the medium of stenciling to the audiences at the animated events via art exhibits and live spray installations. The juxtaposing of the varied styles from Logan Hicks’ renowned intricate 3D masterpieces, Sixten’s passionate stenciled inspirations stemming from raw emotions, and Phib’s melding of mythology with ancient and modern culture, enthralled audiences whilst raising awareness of the ongoing evolution of urban art. The first tour was a huge success that resulted in the recent launch of K-Swiss collaborated shoes with the artists.
The second phase of K-Spray was close behind flying in Fremantle (Paris) and shoe customizer Grand High (USA). In addition to the multi-layer photorealistic stencil installations of Fremantle and live shoe customizations by Grand High, local stencil competitions were held in several of the cities on the 5 country tour. Customized K-Swiss kicks from a world-wide competition were a huge draw for participants as the main décor in the cities, showcasing to the audience a variety of possibilities to get involved with street art and with the tour. From Manila to Tokyo, the two artists night after night captivated crowds in each city. They left behind only their masterpieces and a built up anticipation surrounding the question of which artists would be joining the ranks for the third upcoming tour.
This spring, K-Spray is thrilled to present to you The London Police (UK), Flying Fortress (Germany), and PEZ (Spain)! The artists have been secured to debut their collaborations in major cities throughout Asia.
What once began as a personal self expression through artwork has begun a quiet revolution spreading on the streets then submerged onto the facades of everyday architecture and structures; human artwork altering, amending, adjusting that of another. K-Swiss delivers this morphing of self expression and art form from the streets and into the public eye via the K-Spray International Events. This year, K-Spray is excited to bring you the third Asian tour featuring The London Police (UK), Flying Fortress (Germany), and PEZ (Spain)!
First kicking off in September 2006, K-Spray brought three of the world’s top stencil artists Logan Hicks (USA), Sixten (Sweden), and Phibs (Australia) through the cities of Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Bangkok. At each leg of the tour the artists introduced the medium of stenciling to the audiences at the animated events via art exhibits and live stencil installations. Continuing the momentum of first K-Spray, phase two was close behind, bringing in Fremantle (Paris) and shoe customizer Grand High (USA). In addition to the multi-layer photorealistic stencil installations of Fremantle and live shoe customizations by Grand High, local competitions were held in several of the cities on the 5 city tour. From Manila to Tokyo the two artists captivated crowds in each city, leaving behind their masterpieces and building anticipation for the third K-Spray phase!
As the K-Spray tour rolls onward into 2007 with stencils, stickers, posters, markers, spray and bucket paints throughout the world, this time we bring to Asia three of the world’s premier iconic artists from Europe, each with their own instantly recognizable idllyic characters and whimsical personalized styles.
Currently based in Amsterdam, The London Police have built an iconic presence around the globe with their classic instantly recognizable characters the “LADS,” spreading the love through pens and stickers. www.thelondonpolice.com.
The clean and precise style in creating the circular Lads are also a must to create bold Teddy Troops equipped with the necessary hardware and vivid protective gear. The guys are ready to depart from Munich with their commander, Flying Fortress, to explore the possible expansion into Asia. www.flying-fortress.de
Also joining the tour, PEZ began working with graffiti tags that have slowly changed into the grinning fish. The happy fish has further evolved into a variety of colorful characters that have brightened the mood of those who stroll along the streets of Barcelona. They will now be smiling up on a building near you to transmit the good vibes in cities throughout the world. www.lawebdelpez.com
(information provided by the organiser)
With Spring and the Easter holiday (6 – 9 April) approaching, take the opportunity to enjoy a short break and rejuvenate on beautiful Lantau Island at Novotel Citygate Hong Kong. Hong Kong and Macau residents can take advantage of an exclusive Easter Skyrail package that represents outstanding value for money and a unique Hong Kong experience. Just a short distance by MTR to Tung Chung, this thriving area places you at the heart of Hong Kong’s newest attractions. Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail, Citygate Outlets and the recently opened SkyPlaza are on your door step. You are also perfectly placed to enjoy the beauty of Lantau and Hong Kong Disneyland.
For only $1,088, you will enjoy one night accommodation, 2 return tickets on Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail and many more privileges. The pre-booked ‘Skyrail’ tickets allow you to redeem tickets in the express line. Children can enjoy breakfast for free and families can book an additional inter-connecting room at a special rate of $550 per night.
To celebrate Easter, a special lucky draw will be held upon check in for each booking. Grand prize is an Olea dining voucher valued at $1,088. Other prizes include free room upgrade to next category, dessert buffet for two persons at Andante, a free drink or dessert at Moccato and Easter chocolates.
EASTER ‘Skyrail’ Escape
HK$1,088 nett per room per night
One night Superior Room accommodation
2 return tickets on Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail
Buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Essence
Free breakfast for children
Welcome drink for 2 persons at Andante
Free use of gymnasium & outdoor swimming pool
30% discount on spa and facial treatments in SPA MTM
Free overnight parking and extra bed for child
Upgrade to Deluxe Room for special rate of HK$80 per night
• Package valid from 2 – 9 April 2007.
• Rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and 3% government tax
• Package confirmation is subject to hotel’s availability at time of request
• Additional inter-connecting room excludes skyrail tickets
• Up to two children age 16 or below enjoy breakfast for free when dining with parents
• Reservations is required for 30% discount in SPA MTM
• Free parking and extra bed is subject to availability
• The package is only applicable to Hong Kong and Macau residents only, valid HKID card is required to present upon check in
Address： Novotel Citygate Hong Kong
51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Reservations Hotline： 3602 8800
(information provided by the hotel)
Qatar Airways presents a great line-up of previous and current Oscar- winning movies, now showing as part of the airline’s extensive in-flight entertainment package.
Three of the five Best Picture nominations for 2007 are available on board, including Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen and winner, The Departed. Other movies among this year’s Oscar winners being showcased this month on Qatar Airways include the hit musical Dreamgirls, which garnered this year’s highest number of Oscar nominations, Happy Feet, winner of Best Animated Feature, and Marie Antoinette, winner of Best Costume Design.
Best Oscar Movie Winners now showing on Qatar Airways:
2001 – Gladiator
2002 – A Beautiful Mind
2003 – Chicago
2004 – The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King
2005 – Million Dollar Baby
2006 – Crash
2007 – The Departed
To complement the Oscar movie theme, the March edition of Oryx Entertainment, the Five-star airline’s in-flight entertainment magazine, features an Oscars special, and highlights all of the Academy Award-winning movies, including Best Picture winners over the past few years such as Titanic and Forrest Gump.
Passengers will find details of the Oscar movies available in the ‘Oscar Winners Season’ section. The magazine also details programming for over 80 movies, 70 TV shows and 16 music channels, as well as more than 300 music CDs from popular and classical artists in a stylish and easy-to-use guide.
Qatar Airways consistently strives to offer its passengers the finest in world-class entertainment at 35,000 ft. The company believes its customers expect nothing less from one of the world’s best airlines – one of four to hold the coveted Five-star rating for service and excellence from independent aviation industry monitor, Skytrax.
For more information on the entertainment packages available on board Qatar Airways, please visit www.qatarairways.com
Please note that the full range of Oscar-winning movies are available for passengers on Qatar Airways’ Airbus A330 and A340 aircraft, featuring fully interactive Audio Video on Demand (AVOD) systems. This enables passengers to watch entertainment at the time of their choice with features such as play, pause, forward and rewind functions.
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EVISU is announcing the arrival of its LADIES line from the HERITAGE SS07 COLLECTION
Here are some selections from this collection and their prices: Ladies 3/4 Cropped Jeans HKD1,550
Ladies Slim Cut Jeans HKD1,525
Ladies Straight Leg Jeans HKD1,550
Ladies Denim Flare Coat HKD2,008
Ladies Cap Sleeve Tee HKD650
Ladies Twin Set Knitwear Cardigan – HKD1,250; Vest – HKD725