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ImageSophia Kokosalaki, one of the most creative young designers in the fashion scene, joins the group of designers existing under the organization of Mr. Renzo Rosso. 

In recent years, this organization has acquired Staff International (2000), and following Neuf (2002), the organization which controls Maison Martin Margiela. 

 The fashionable boutique hotel JIA Hong Kong, the city’s original boutique hotel featuring Philippe Starck designed interiors, is offering sensational rates this winter season.

Prices start at just HK$1,390++ for a studio and a one-bedroom suite is HK$1,890++ at the savvy international traveller’s “home away from home” from now until March 14.

Included in the deal are a host of complimentary extras, including breakfast, afternoon cakes, evening wine and all-day beverages. Guests are welcomed to their stylish room with a relaxing gift of a winter aromatic candle.

An added perk with the winter package is a very special 15 per cent discount on all food and beverage, including mini-bar, room service and at OPIA, its award-winning signature restaurant serving edgy Australian cuisine by Melbourne Chef Dane Clouston.

Celebrating the launch of JIA boutique hotels’ second venue JIA Shanghai in March, guests booking the Winter Rate will also enjoy a 30 per cent discount at the new hotel for room bookings made from  its opening in March to July 31st this year.

JIA is sleekly designed with chic, handpicked furnishings and fittings, and ultra-modern amenities for fast-living professionals and style-conscious travellers. 

Top of the range audio-visual equipment includes flat screen televisions that revolve 180 degrees, surround sound systems and DVD/VCD home theatre unit, and free wireless broadband.  Valet laundry and dry cleaning is another one of JIA’ s comforts.

JIA was the only Hong Kong hotel listed on the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler ‘Hot List 2006’ of the world’s top new hotels. London’s Independent newspaper voted it one of the five best boutique hotels in Greater China. 

OPIA, the hotel’s chic signature restaurant and lounge, was voted Best Restaurant in the South China Morning Post/Harper’s Bazaar Style Awards 2006. OPIA was voted runner-up ‘Best New Restaurant’ in Wallpaper magazine’s Judges Award  2006 and was  also named among Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘Hot Tables 2006’, their annual listing of the world’s best new places to dine.

JIA also offers special access to KEE private members' club as well as access to the VIP section and 10% dining discounts at Dragon-I, which allows guests to enjoy a privileged Hong Kong lifestyle during their stay.  Guests also enjoy complimentary use of the nearby California Fitness gym.

For reservations and more information visit on the internet, call + (852) 3196 9000 or email

(information provided by the pr company)

A guided tour to the nearby Marble Mountains with an impromptu champagne picnic offers a little something for the gourmand as well as the adventurer. Nothing could be more romantic than lunch paired with views from this dramatic landscape of rocky outcrops. 

The package is completed with an intimate, 4-course dinner for two overlooking Vietnam’s famous China Beach.

For an even more exclusive experience at the new resort, the same three-night package features a one-bedroom pool villa which is priced from US$2,534.

Guests of the pool villas enjoy additional luxuries including separate check in, butler service, daily laundry and complimentary mini-bar and snacks plus afternoon tea and cocktail hour with free-flowing cocktails, wine and canapés.

Also at guests’ disposal is a limousine service for visiting nearby Hoi An or Danang during their stay.

The ‘Ultimate Indulgence’ Chinese New Year package is valid for two – double occupancy - and available either from February 16-18 or February 17-20, although extended visits can be arranged. The rate is subject to a 5% service charge and 10% government tax.

About The Nam Hai

Highlighting contemporary Asian services and facilities, The Nam Hai features gourmet restaurants, an exotic spa, three swimming pools, tennis courts and plans for an 18-hole golf course.

“The Nam Hai will quickly become recognized as one of the finest new resorts to open in Asia in the last 10 years,” predicts General Manager, John Laing.

Panoramic views are of the wide, long, untouched beaches of Danang and the offshore Cham Islands, and a backdrop of mountain peaks.    

The Nam Hai is also close to numerous other historic attractions, ideal for day and weekend trips, including UNESCO World Heritage-listed My Son, home of the ancient Cham civilization, and the former Imperial capital Hue.

The resort is connected to the world via Danang International Airport, only 20 minutes from Hoi An, offering direct flights from Singapore and Bangkok with future plans for direct flights from Hong Kong.

About GHM

The Nam Hai is the new Asian flagship resort for GHM (General Hotel Management), a leading luxury resort operator with award-winning properties throughout Asia and the United States.

GHM is headed by veteran hotelier Adrian Zecha, renowned as a design-oriented boutique resort developer and founder of the world famous Amanresorts.

GHM is one of Asia’s most dynamic luxury resort designers and operators managing an admired collection of distinctive hotels characterized by individuality, style and unique natural settings.

Exotic locations include multi award-winning The Datai in Langkawi, and The Setai, a spectacular resort and condominium complex in Florida’s South Beach.

The five-star Nam Hai Resort is a member of the prestigious The Leading Small Hotels of the World.

For more information on The Nam Hai Resort and for reservations, visit:

(information provided by the pr company)

Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong

This February, Langham Place Hotel’s Chuan Spa will introduce an array of indulgence packages and festive offers, perfect as a romantic retreat or a new year starter.

Romance at Chuan  
Nothing could be cozier than enjoying a pampering massage with a sip of champagne served with a refreshing fruit platter and indulgent chocolates.  Visit Chuan Spa with your loved one for a special Valentine’s treat with the 3-hour “Chuan Romance” Package.

Chuan Romance   HKD3,400 per couple
• 3 hours of Chuan holistic treatments of your choice
• Champagne or beverage of your choice served with fresh fruit platter
• Indulgent chocolates for two
• Chuan Valentine’s gift set
• 4 hours of complimentary valet parking
• Complimentary use of health club facilities, including rooftop swimming pool, sauna, steam, Oriental hot tub, fitness studio and Contemplation Corner.

This promotion is valid from 14 – 18 February 2007 and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
Advance reservation is required and this offer is subject to availability.

Valentine’s Gift Idea
From now until 14 February 2007,  purchase any treatment package voucher valued at or over HKD$1,500 as a Valentine’s gift, and you will also receive a complimentary Chuan Valentine’s gift set to complement the voucher.
Happy Year of the Pig!  
To start a prosperous Year of the Pig, reenergize and refresh with our special Chinese New Year Package. 
Featuring a Chuan signature massage of your choice or a Traditional Chinese Massage, the package also includes a refreshing five element juice, a complimentary five element gift and a festive Lai See packet to give you a surprise!

Chinese New Year Package   HKD$850 per person

 90 minutes of signature treatment or Traditional Chinese Massage*
 Complimentary five element juice
 Complimentary Chuan private-label product
 A festive Lai See packet with a surprise
 2 hours of complimentary valet parking
 Complimentary use of health club facilities, including rooftop swimming pool, sauna, steam, Oriental hot tub, fitness studio and Contemplation Corner.

*subject to availability

This promotion is valid until 28 February 2007 and cannot be used in conjunction with other promotions.
Advance reservation is required and this offer is subject to availability.

Chuan Spa
Address:  Level 41, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong
   555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Reservations: 3552 3510

(information provided by the hotel)

Tung Chung is a place with so much to offer and experience. Explore the beauty of the Lantau hills on foot or glimpse it from a distance on Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail. Enjoy a vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery or the gentle breeze and panoramic views from the Giant Buddha.  Visit Mui Wo or Tai O, one of the remaining fishing villages to sample a simple and laid back rhythm from age gone by.  Indulge in a ‘guilt free’ shopping spree with bargain deals in Citygate Outlets.

Why don’t you plan a 2 day holiday to enjoy it all at once. Novotel Citygate Hong Kong is offering “A Date with Spring” local package to Hong Kong and Macau residents from 1 to 28 February 2007.


From HK$1,088 nett per room per night

One night Superior Room accommodation

2 return tickets of Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail

2 special souvenir NP360 Skyrail coffee mugs

30% discount on spa and facial treatments in SPA MTM

Buffet breakfast for 2 persons at Essence

Free breakfast for children aged 16 or below (max 2)

Welcome drink for 2 persons at Andante

Free use of gymnasium

Free overnight parking and extra bed for child

Upgrade to Deluxe Room for HK$80 per night


·          Package valid from 1 – 28 February 2007.

·          A supplement of HK$100 for booking on Friday, Saturday, public holidays and public holidays’ eve

·          Rates are inclusive of 10% service charge and 3% government tax

·          Package confirmation is subject to hotel’s availability at time of request

·          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)


A new study examining levels of sexual attractiveness has discovered that women are significantly influenced by other women's opinions, with men who can attract the smiles of the opposite sex being considered better looking than those who can't.

Scientists at Edinburgh University reached their conclusions by showing men and women pairs of male faces then adding a third photo of a female smiling at some of the men. Researchers discovered men who the woman smiled at were suddenly rated more attractive, the Guardian reported.

"So when you're out in a bar, there's an advantage to being nice to everyone," study chief Dr Ben Jones from the Face Research Laboratory told the Guardian, "Because if they're smiling at you, it's going to make you more attractive."

Men responded differently to their more attractive mates, Indian reported agency Zee News reported, responding if anything jealously to their suddenly successful rivals.

"Within-sex competition promotes negative attitudes towards men who are the target of positive social interest from women," said Zee (quoting the New Scientist).

Dr Jones previously appeared in the national press commenting on another study of attractiveness last year, which claimed that humans are most attracted to men with unconventional distinctive features such as Mick Jagger (his lips) and Tony Blair (his flapping ears) instead of the symmetrical features usually cited as ideal.

"We can clearly show that you get this peculiar fact that humans seem to be more excitable when they see a caricature rather than a normal face," study author Dr Gunter Loffler of Glasgow University said in January 2006. "The more dramatic the faces are, the stronger the response is."

Article by Jonty Skrufff

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ImageDiesel Lock shades, the limited edition inspired by the classic Diesel Aviator model, become cult-style of the season, chosen by top model Eva Herzigova and singer Jamiroquai for their latest new projects.


Written, directed, performed and produced by Eva Herzigova in collaboration with Filmmaster, “Massacre in Paris” is a short movie realized to launch Eva’s Spring Summer Beachwear collection ’07 which took place in Paris on October the 8th.

In this fantastic tale, Eva plays with a girl, a childhood friend, who is blindfolded and wears a pair of limited edition Diesel Silver Lock sunglasses.

Sharp black frame with a silver trim, the Diesel Silver Lock has the serial number engraved on the side-piece and - being enriched with precious details - becomes a sophisticated accessory of luxury.

The short movie is already on air on main international fashion TV and internet channels; starting from November 2006 it will also be included in the video clip of “Big Lie” - the last success of the English band “The Rain”. The Rain’s new video will be broadcasted by MTV Europe and by all the most relevant music channels.


On October 30th, Jamiroquai release their brand new single ‘Runaway’- a classic slice of Jamiroquai, with its shimmering disco strings and infectious bass line. The video-, which features singer Jay Kay driving a space buggy through London’s West End-, is all over TV channels across the globe. The video also sees Jay Kay wearing a special customized edition pair of Diesel “Lock” sunglasses, the “IT” shades for Fall Winter 2006 season.

Diesel created for Jay Kay a unique pair of the Lock shades, with a fluo trim and all-black lenses for a cool, underground look that perfectly fits Jay’s style.

A pair of Lock Diesel shades, signed by Jay Kay, will be available to one lucky fan that will have the opportunity to win it, by visiting or On the Diesel website it will also be possible to watch the video and read the interview that Jay Kay has given exclusively for the Diesel Cult members.

The Lock sunglasses will be available in Diesel stores worldwide and in the most prestigious optical and department stores starting from November 2006.

(information provided by Diesel)

A new survey of 1,600 18-34 year old British men carried out for More magazine has discovered that 85% loathe plastic surgery and consider silicon breasts 'a complete turn-off'.

"Women would be better off spending their money on new dresses and shoes rather than fake breasts," a More magazine spokesperson concluded.

"They look at false cleavages but it is clear that it is a big turn off both sexually and in terms of forming a relationship. It seems as though women may have misjudged a lot of blokes," they added.

The survey appeared just as legendary counter-culture agent provocateur Genesis P Orridge from Psychic TV appeared in the Guardian, explaining his own recent radical embrace of cosmetic surgery, which has seem him adding solid gold teeth, tattooed beauty spots, silicon enhanced lips and massive breast implants to turn himself into a 'pandrogyne',

"Some feel like a man trapped in a woman's body, others like a woman trapped in a man's body. The pandrogyne says 'I just feel trapped in a body," he explained.

"The body is simply the suitcase that carries us around. Pandrogyny is all about the mind, consciousness," he insisted.

Gigolo records chief DJ Hell also admitted he'd been thinking about cosmetic surgery in an interview with Skrufff last year though stressed he had no plans to emulate his label's latest icon- New York sex change starlet Amanda Lepore.

"Sometimes I think about it but I wouldn't go as far as Amanda did," Hell admitted.

"It seems like it's becoming more and more normal for men, though I don't know if any DJs have yet had cosmetic surgery," he added.

"I don't want to be in the forefront and show what's possible, Amanda did that and she's an icon. I think she's really futuristic and glamorous. She's the ultimate future lady," Hell suggested.

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