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Lanvin Inaugurates their New Boutique at ‘the Avenue’ at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers
Renowned French fashion house Lanvin celebrates the inauguration of their new women’s boutique at ‘The Avenue’ in Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Towers. A contemporary mix of angular and linear patterns, the boutique is juxtaposed against rustic wrought iron display cabinets. The black and white checkered floor gives the boutique a modern edge, while exotic zebra skins add to the authenticity and is complemented by the bright pop colors of the brand’s collection of accessories which are displayed elegantly within mirrored box shelves.
Included is Lanvin Petite for the aspiring fashion-focused youth of the region. With a selection of intricately stitched dresses for ages 4 to 12, and patent colored ballerinas, both mother and daughter can look elegant in Lanvin. The boutique, which is situated on the lower level of the new shopping haven, devotes a corner to the beautiful Blanche collection. With a mix of delicate dresses and demure accessories, the radiant selection of romantic ensembles caters to any bride’s taste.
Teaming up with Avenue at Etihad Towers, the opening of the boutique was celebrated in typical Lanvin style. Running alongside the grand opening event at the Avenue at Etihad Towers, the brand presented the best of the Fall Winter collection in a luxury fashion show. While guests explored the newly opened stores, Lanvin celebrations were in full swing with animated and lively decorations displayed, inspired by the 10 year anniversary celebrations of Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. Brightly colored balloons, dancing mannequins and a vibrant window display attracted guests, while an in-store artist entertained them with Lanvin style portraits. Guests could chose a dress from the Fall Winter collection, along with accessories from the store, while the artist drew them in full Lanvin glory.
- Try and remove the rust from wrought iron furniture. Scrub it till you get to the bare metal.
- Always rinse the furniture to remove all the debris and dry it before applying anything on it.
- After applying a good primer, dry the furniture for a while and then apply good quality paint. Later, apply two top coats for better results.
Cooking up some West Coast glamour in this kitchen
Clients often want us to play it safe when it comes to kitchens. A show kitchen, however, is an opportunity to (as the management consultants say) “blue-sky” it – take risks, play with new ideas and transcend limitations. My team recently got to do just that at Vancouver’s Interior Design Show West, which took place at the end of September.
Our goal with our 400-square-foot kitchen, installed on behalf of Aya Kitchens, was to demonstrate that elegance and timelessness could still crackle with vitality and unpredictability. Rather than recite old pieties about good design, we hoped to generate discussion around what makes a space unique.
The kitchen was a hit; all weekend the space hopped with curious Vancouverites asking about what we’d done. Here are fo
As we do with televisions in living rooms, we hide the fridge in nearly every kitchen we design. This time, it seems, we were especially effective. (The fridge is in the left tower of cabinetry, on the back wall.) We designed the space to have the Gaggenau appliances be inconspicuous. The fridge happens to be so well-designed – with no awkward projections of exposed vents – it became nearly invisible.
(If you’re wondering, the wall oven is below the range; the dishwasher and the wine fridge were both in the island; and a microwave, considered unnecessary in a show kitchen, was left out.)
The lone appliance we wanted to draw attention to was the range. A beautiful blend of stainless steel and wrought iron, with gold burners, it appears perfectly contextualized beneath the gold hood fan.
In Tuscany, enjoy five-star service in a centuries-old castle
Tuscany If classic rustic interiors don’t entice, try one of the swank suites at Castello di Casole. Located about 45 minutes outside of Florence on a nearly 1,700-hectare private estate, the crumbling 18th-century-castle-turned-posh-resort boasts 41 guest rooms decked with fine Italian-made furnishings, wrought-iron beds, wood-beam ceilings, exposed stone and claw-foot tubs.
Stroll the grounds for incredible views of vineyards, olive groves and lemon orchards, or spend the afternoon at the spa getting rubbed down with Mediterranean oils.
More intrepid travellers may want to explore the countryside on horseback or partake in mushroom foraging and truffle hunting.
Wrought Iron, Fireplaces and Fine Details for $1.349 Million
By Mary Ann Lopez
The home features three fireplaces, a game room, a first-floor den and elaborate moldings.
The home has a large kitchen, which is perfect for entertaining.