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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.

FABRICS
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.

FIT
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.

GEOMETRICAL SHAPES
STRIPES and TRIANGLES indicate, with their sure, basic lines, the cut and stitching of the garments, creating designs, pockets, flaps and collars.

COLORS
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
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.

Flagship store:
‧Shop B & D, 1-3 Cleveland Street, Hamilton Mansion,
Causeway bay, Hong Kong             Tel: 2890-6680

Shop list:
‧Shop 1052A, Level 1, IFC mall, Central, Hong Kong  Tel: 2234 7200
‧ Shop BL 3A, Basement, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, T.S.T., Kln Tel: 2369 3686
‧ Shop 325, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Tel: 2506 1108

(information provided by the pr company)

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.


 Check out www.k-spray.com or email info@k-spray.com for more information and details on how you can get involved 


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


Remarks:
• 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.

(information provided by the pr company)

ImageEVISU 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

EVISU is announcing the arrival of its TEIBAN line from the HERITAGE SS07 COLLECTION...

Here are some selections from this collection and their prices:

Men’s “Kamikaze Phoenix” Jeans HKD1,975
Men’s “Self Paint” Jeans HKD1,875
Men’s “Tamashii Daicock” Jeans HKD1,875
Men’s Embroidered Dotted Daicock Jeans HKD2,100
Men’s Small Daicock HKD1,850
Men’s “Kamikaze” Tee HKD900
Men’s “Seagull” Reglan Tee HKD925
Men’s “Self Paint” Tee HKD800
Men’s “Wording Seagull” Guesset Tee HKD725


Official EVISU HK Stores...
OT 304, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui   tel.2376-1955
Shop 3097, IFC Mall, Central   tel.2234-7266

(information provided by the pr company)

EVISU is announcing the arrival of its UMI YAMA line from the HERITAGE SS07 COLLECTION

Here are some selections from this collection and their prices:

Men’s “Umi Daicock” Jeans (Japan Fabric) HKD2,675
Men’s “Umi Yama” Jeans D56 (Japan Fabric) HKD2,675
Men’s “Umi Yama” Jeans D836 HKD3,925
Men’s “Yama Daicock” Jeans (Japan Fabric) HKD4,075
Men’s “Umi Yama” Tee 1 HKD900
Men's "Umi Yama" Tee 2 HKD1,000
Men's "Umi Yama" Tee 3 HKD1,000
Men's "Umi Yama" Tee 4 HKD1,000

(information provided by the pr company)

 

On the 1st March ZUJI launched its “World On Sale” promotion featuring a month of hot travel deals from Hong Kong to all parts of the world.  Starting March 1, a series of ZUJI “World On Sale” deals will be updated every Tuesday for 4 consecutive weeks until March 30.  These deals are simply sensational – travel to Bangkok from HK$799, Sydney from HK$2,999, Guam from HK$2,388 and Paris from HK$2,999!  Now the question is no longer how to spend your lucky money or where to go, but to how many destinations – because with such great deals, even a tour around the world is possible. What are you waiting for?  Visit www.zuji.com.hk and start booking on March 1.

(information provided by the pr company)

 

H & M store will be opening its doors at 11am on March 10th (Saturday). This great value and fashionable international store will be opening in Central on the old site of Lane Crawford.

Check out all their fashion line at 68 Queen's Road, Central.

 

British women looking for love fancy 'Mr Average' men in middle-ranking jobs more than high fliers, according to a new study of female students in Lancashire. Northern England.

Lead researcher Simon Chu said women suspect 'too good to be true' high status men are more likely to stray, with teachers and travel agents offering more reliable prospects.

"High socio-economic status in males can be subtly counter-productive in terms of attractiveness as a long-term partner," he told the BBC.

"We suggest that females see physically attractive, high status males as being more likely to pursue a mating strategy rather than a parenting strategy."

The study results were published as acclaimed US rave historian Barbara Ehrenreich published an angry feature on the pressures afflicting middle management under America's increasingly compulsory 'be positive' culture, which also provided clues as to why women might shun bosses.

"Smiles, at least in human society, are gestures of submission, and routinely demanded of women as a token of subordinate status. The happy slave smiles; the well-trained 'lady' smiles," she wrote.

"Now even the male white collar striver has to keep his lips pulled back in an expression of eager compliance. Only the top guys get to snarl and snap their way through the day," she added. (Alternet.net).

In more relationship news, UK psychotherapist Brett Kahr unveiled the results of his study of 19,000 Brits' secret sexual fantasies (the British Sexual Fantasy Research Project) and said almost everybody regularly visualizes secret sex fantasies, almost always involving lovers other than their partners.

"Many fantasies contain strong imagery of sadism, masochism and other forms of harm," Dr Kahr added, "If any of us could manage to put many of our more aggressive fantasies into practice, we would end up in prison."


Article by Jonty Skrufff

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