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John Hardy’s Kawung Collection

The John Hardy brand of bold, luxurious handmade jewellery loves to seek out the rich heritage of various cultures for inspiration for new collections. Its design team gives a new twist to ancient motifs, creating imaginative, contemporary pieces that are imbued with romance and intrigue.

A superb example of this is the new Kawung collection that showcases a royal motif used on the famous batik cloth of the Indonesian island of Java.

The motif was once reserved only for Javanese royalty and was a favourite of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. It shows a stylized four-petal coffee flower enclosed in a circle, and is a cosmic symbol representing the four cardinal points of the universe. Batik – the art of drawing on cloth with hot beeswax – was raised to a fine art in the island's palaces, where it was practiced by women of nobility and was imbued with a strong sense of spirituality. One sarong cloth could take months to complete.

The John Hardy collection has interpreted the Kawung motif in several ways, to adorn a range of pieces fashioned out of 18k gold and sterling silver: in gold, in silver and in intriguing combinations of both metals. The design concept is that of an open lattice-work grill that is extremely light and feminine. The pieces mix and match beautifully with other John Hardy collections for an eclectic look.

Highlights of the gold/silver line include cuffs and earrings in sterling silver with the petals of the coffee flower executed in 18k gold. Cuffs are signature pieces of the collection. The Silver Kawung Diamond Pavé line has several fascinating cuffs, with overlapping ribbons of the Kawung motif studded with diamonds.

Sautoir necklaces come in various lengths for a layered look; they include styles in all-gold and gold/silver featuring either large or small circles. The necklaces, including the sautoir pieces and bracelets, offer plenty of movement: check out in particular the silver circle charm bracelets, which are especially chic.

The Kawung Collection from John Hardy is now available in Hong Kong at all Lane Crawford locations.

(information provided by the pr company)

Metrosexuals Get More Chicks- Official

US scientists who used marker pens to colour the chests of submissive barn owls the same colour as dominant birds, have discovered that the cosmetically enhanced birds went on to develop significantly higher testosterone levels, having much more sex more than their unpainted peers.

Within just one week, made up owls became significantly more attractive to females, the biologists from Arizona State University revealed, prompting one to declare it’s the 'clothes make the man',

"Other females might be looking at them as being a little more sexy,” Arizona Uni biologist professor Kevin McGraw added, “And the birds might be feeling better about themselves in response to that," he suggested.

The study was published just as lifestyle guidebook ‘The Retrosexual Manual: How to Be a Real Man’ appeared in UK shops, offering key retro advice such as ‘Remember, you have a number of qualities, almost all deriving from your testosterone, which women can't help but admire’.

“Women like to talk, bless them. So don't try to stop her getting her feelings off her chest, however daft they might be,” the Guide also recommended, “There's no need to actually listen, however. Nor does she expect, or even want you to express an opinion of your own. A nod of the head, roughly every 90 seconds, combined with a concerned frown, or a cheery laugh, where appropriate, is perfectly sufficient,” it advised.

In scarier news for testosterone soaked types, the Times published a definitive guide to male pattern baldness treatment, with grim tidings for the follically challenged.

“In 1995 researchers at Duke University, North Carolina, confirmed that castration was effective – indeed, it appeared the only permanent solution to male hair loss,” said the Times, “This raised the question: which part of themselves would most men rather hold on to? The researchers concluded that “while castration may be a cure, it is not commercially viable”,’ the paper added.

Article by Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)

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Artists Perform To Help People In Need.

The Chungking Mansions Service Centre team is pleased to announce a music, dance and art extravaganza to celebrate the international movement of ‘World Refugee Day’.

• Graffiti Artists spraying live
• Hong Kong Rock Bands
• Fire Shows
• B-Boys, Hip-Hop Dancers and Rappers
• Asylum Seekers and Refugees Performing their own music for the first time in Hong Kong
• African Drumming
• Youth Art Performers
• Acoustics Artists
• Belly Dancers
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Chung King Mansions Service Centre – which provides food, shelter, educational support, community activities and essentials.

REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS AROUND THE WORD

• Some 40 million people worldwide are already uprooted by violence and persecution and this situation is set to get worse.
• People flee persecution and war, injustice, exclusion, environmental pressures, competition for scarce resources and all the miserable human consequences of dysfunctional states.

REFUGEES AND ASYLUM SEEKERS IN HONG KONG
• Asylum seekers and refugees survive horrific experiences in their home countries and come to Hong Kong seeking safety and protection.
• Their family members may have been killed.
• Many women arrive with children after their husbands have been killed and their families have fled from persecution in their home countries.
• People arrive here from many countries including Somalia, Congo, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ethiopia and Nepal.
• Almost all of the women have survived sexual violence. Many raped in front of their families.
• Some people been tortured.
• All have lost their homes, their families and their security due to persecution based on political, cultural or religious grounds.

Due to the rising numbers of asylum seeker and refugees dependent on help from Chungking Mansions Service Centre The Cavern and Igor’s group remain committed to helping the most vulnerable people in Hong Kong and all of the people involved want to make this a WORLD REFUGEE DAY to remember!

World Refugee Day is an important opportunity each year to raise awareness about the plight of these men, women and children.

Organiser, Danielle Spencer said: “We have brought together a group of very talented dancers, musicians and circus acts to perform at ROCKIN’ FOR REFUGEES. To raise even more funds than ever before we’ve organized some really entertaining activities throughout the evening that include photography exhibitions, musical performances and graffiti artists spraying live. We are extremely grateful to all the organizations that are supporting us this year whether through raffle prizes, sponsorship or providing a free venue. We look forward to working with them to raise the best funds ever for this local and global cause.”

7pm to 11pm
21st June 2008
at The Cavern, Lan Kwai Fong
HK$100 entrance

(information provided by the organiser)

ImageSKIN:INKS is a celebration of the work of Hong Kong’s most prolific and respected tattoo artists. The first exhibition of its kind in the territory for the tattoo industry, the aim of this creative initiative is to challenge the often negative perception of tattoo art and expose the art form to a wider audience. Some people do not understand the creativity and craftsmanship behind this ancient and culturally significant artform, so by bringing it into a more accessible and open context, the art will be viewed for it’s true value, without preconceived notions.

Hotel LKF by Rhombus - "Best New Hotel in Hong Kong"

Delighting Your Inspiration with Comfort & Style

Pamper and Treat Yourself from Head to Toe

Awarded by TTG China as the “Best New Hotel in Hong Kong 2008”, Hotel LKF by Rhombus continues delighting international jet-setters with its five-star personalized service, premium design and ultra-comfortable guestrooms since its opening in July 2006.   With its dramatic décor and luxury design, Hotel LKF located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong is the best choice for discerning travelers seeking a stylish and calm sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.  Being an exclusive boutique hotel, we are able to pamper you from head to toe in pure comfort and style.  Hotel LKF by Rhombus is committed to service excellence by providing our customers with premiere personalized service, satisfaction by taking your inspirations to the next level and ensuring that you have a delightful stay.

 

Seduce yourself in our ultra-comfortable guestrooms that are luxuriously spacious.  The evening views from in your room allows you to catch a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of the city while you enjoy your relaxing getaway from a busy and hectic day out.   Fully equipped with a workstation and Aeron chair, designed to relax and comfort for your body, is available in every guestroom.

 

Upscale bathroom amenities include a walk-in shower in all guestrooms or a soothing bath tub available at our deluxe rooms that offers you a superb bathing experience with our Molten Brown bathroom amenities. 

 

Your sweetest dream awaits as you tuck yourself into the luxurious embracement of our pure cotton beddings.   From a goose down pillow, a memorable and accommodating mattress, huggable cushions to the fabulously soft duvet sets, our cutting edge comfort is available in every guestroom of Hotel LKF by Rhombus, which offers you an intimate experience in bed, giving you more reason to linger longer and luxuriate in your well deserved sleep…

 

Need a boost-up of energy for another fun day out in the vibrant city after a goodnight sleep?  Available in our guestrooms, is an Espresso Machine with a contemporary funky design that matches perfectly with the room décor.  Be it your favorite coffee, espresso or latte, everything is available right at your finger tips.

 

Other unique amenities include our in-room telephones that allow you stay in-touch in at all times, in-room DVD player allowing you to enjoy your evenings with Hollywood’s blockbusters as well as our broadband internet connectivity.

Be amazed by 24-hour highly personalized service using our unique “ü CARE ” button. Our attention to detail allows you to relax in the calm and comfort in our unique rooms while enjoying a truly pleasurable stay, away from the hustle of the city.

 

As part of our effort of our continuous effort to exceed your expectations and ensuring that you have a delightful stay, we have launched brand new in-room foot massage machines at Hotel LKF by Rhombus.   Wipe away your tiredness with a cotton towel and chill out as you rest your feet into our new innovatively designed in-room foot massage machine.  Be ready to be pampered from head to toe and enjoy the massage on your calves, ankles and feet all at once!  

 

 

 “The number of well-traveled hotel guests is increasing and they are demanding more services than in the past.  Good service is no longer enough. We are seeing more people willing to spend a great deal of money for a quality experience. Guests are more educated and they value luxury and a unique environment. It is now all about exceeding expectations” Mr. Calvin Mak, Founder & CEO of Rhombus Group said. “We maintain 65 percent repeat business and guests tell us that they come back because they know who we are and what they prefer.” Thus, Hotel LKF is always evolving to touch our guests emotionally and exceed guests’ expectations by pampering all guest from head to toe in pure comfort and style.”

(information provided by the hotel)

From 16 to 22 November 2008 renowned American Yoga teachers Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman will host a residential Yoga Retreat at COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, Bali.

 

Rodney Yee, who sits on the Board of Advisors for COMO Shambhala, is a long ­term friend of the company. He has hosted many sought­-after Yoga Retreats at Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos as well as retreats in Bali. He is the co­founder of the Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, and author of Yoga: The Poetry of the Body and Moving Towards Balance.

 

Colleen Saidman was originally certified in the 800 hour­ plus Jivamukti Teacher Training Programme. She and her business partner, Jessica Bellofatto, own the hip Yoga Shanti studio in Sag Harbour, New York. Colleen has also been a long­ term friend of COMO Shambhala and shares the company’s strong holistic vision.

 

Rodney and Colleen are the perfect partnership to lead this retreat. They have been practising together for more than five years. However, this is the first time they will be leading a joint Yoga week at COMO Shambhala Estate.

 

During five days of practice, Rodney and Colleen will help students move from Vinyasa to integrated alignment, from chanting to silence and from pranayama to pratyahara, creating a profound experience of movement from the gross/masculine energy to the subtle/feminine. Under Rodney and Colleen’s expert guidance, participants will be able to refine their attention and dissolve the boundaries between male and female, between us and the world.

 

Guests will also be able to benefit from the Estate’s healthful COMO Shambhala cuisine and substantial wellness facilities. A team of highly skilled consultants and therapists offer a wide variety of treatments, including Ayurveda, nutritional consultations and Pilates.

 

A 25m lap pool as well as a sauna, steam rooms and hydrotherapy pool are available to guests, and there is a daily schedule of complimentary activities such as walking, martial arts and biking.

 

The Estate is nestled in the Balinese jungle near Ubud, the island’s cultural hub. Accommodation is private and spacious, located in one of five unique Residences or various individual villas. Retreat guests also all have the use of a personal assistant, creating an environment in which to relax and clear the mind.

 

Retreat rates start from US$3,650 (single occupancy) or US$5,640 (double occupancy) in a Garden Room, inclusive of government tax and service charge.

 

All rates include six nights accommodation, five days Yoga tuition, daily breakfast/brunch, welcome and farewell dinners and return airport transfers.

(information provided by the pr company)

To celebrate the launch of ‘Sex and the City: The Movie’, appropriately styled Madison’s New York restaurant and lounge has created the perfect excuse to while away an evening downtown just like the movie’s four leading ladies.

From today until June 15th, guests will receive one pair of free tickets to watch one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year with every HK$880 spent enjoying dinner, whether with best female friends or their very own Mr. Big. 

Plus, offering the opportunity to totally immerse themselves in a Sex and the City experience, Madison’s is giving all diners the chance to win a fabulous ‘Cosmo Cocktail Party’. The lucky winner will have exclusive use of Madison’s recently refurbished cocktail bar to host their friends for an evening of complimentary Cosmopolitans, the movie’s signature drink, or Martinis.

‘Sex and the City: The Movie’ opens at UA Cinemas across Hong Kong on June 5th. For reservations or more information, please call: 2523 4772

(information provided by the pr company)

SODA DOGGIE SUNDAY!

What:                          Paws for a drink and help the Hong Kong dog rescue

When:                         1st June 2008

Time:                          4 – 8pm

Where:                        Soda.  Upper Basement, Harilela House, 79 Wyndham Street, Central HK

Details:                       2 4 1 Drinks for people with dogs

Breakdown:              

Since February of this year Soda has been opening its doors on one Sunday of every month to raise money for the Hong Kong Dog Rescue, we will be opening our doors again on 1st of June for all those dog lovers in Hong Kong that want to share a few bevies with their four legged friends whilst raising money for a good cause. Soda will provide 2 41 drinks all afternoon for anyone who comes along with their dog, and all we ask is that you make a donation of at least $10 when you buy a drink!

The HKDR take dogs from the government kennels that are due to be destroyed and thanks to the support of dedicated volunteers and supporters they re-home the animals. Fund raising is especially important for the HKDR this year as they will be homeless starting early 2009. They need to raise roughly $1,000,000 HKD to operate the shelter. The HKDR is entirely self financed and funds are raised through events such as this one, donations and collection boxes around Hong Kong

(information provided by the venue)

Hungary Fashion Police Tie Tax
 
Authorities in Hungary announced this week that they’re to impose a sales tax on ties, in response to a renaissance in tie sales in the Eastern European country.
 
“Good design is after all a sign of culture,” Hungarian Government minister Maria Schneider explained, “So it is right that the culture ministry should benefit from it.” (Metro)
 
The Hungarian authorities’ move came as Florida newspaper the Orlando Sentinel raved about the return of neckwear amongst American youth this week, suggesting baseball caps and T shirts could finally be on the way out.

“Dress like Dad in golf shirt and khakis? Not likely, if you're a trendy young guy (TYG),” the Sentinel declared, “But borrow a few items from Granddad's closet -- an ascot (cravat), vest or pocket square? Now you're talking.”

“This spring, TYGs are swapping their T-shirts, sweats and baseball caps for dress shirts, blazers and derbys,” the paper declared. “They also are discovering ties -- preferably narrow and patterned with stripes, plaids or neat geometrics. They may even add a tie bar, scrounged from Granddad's dresser drawer or the local vintage shop.”

The paper recommended David Beckham as a ‘trendsetter’ to copy, as did Scottish newspaper The Scotsman who this week singled out the almost-past-his-sell-by date soccer player’s decision to grow a beard as an indicator that facial fur is back.

"I think beards look great on men and they're definitely fashionable," Grazia fashion editor Melanie Rickey told the Scottish tabloid, “I spoke to (designer] Marc Jacobs at the weekend and he told me he's growing a beard, so that's evidence straight from the horse's mouth that they're a definite trend,” she suggested.

 

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ImageQuiksilver, the world’s largest boardsports-inspired fashion apparel brand, is proud to present the internationally renowned “Art on Foam” exhibition in Hong Kong at the QUIKSILVER GUERILLA GALLERY in Soho, Central, from May 23-29.

The “Art on Foam” exhibition, originally co-created by the Spacejunk Board Culture Art Centre and Quiksilver in 2006, will feature works by 15 international artists plus 2 local artists, OTTO from EO2 and CATHLOVE.

To celebrate the exhibition, Quiksilver will also launch the Peter Webb Limited-Edition Collection of four exclusive T-shirt designs, available exclusively from selected Quiksilver stores at HK$320 each.

The exhibition will be launched on May 23rd at the Quiksilver Guerilla Gallery on 59 Staunton Street, Soho. The exhibition will run from May 24th to 29th open daily from 12 to 8pm, free entry.

(information provided by the pr company)

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