Alber Elbaz to Leave Lanvin

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It’s the end of Lanvin era! Creative director and fashion genius, Alber Elbaz has officially confirmed his departure from the fashion house after having shaped it to the brand it has become today.

BusinessOfFashion.com published a full statement from Elbaz who confirmed that his exit was based on a decision made by Lanvin’s owner, Shaw-Lan Wang.

 

Elbaz stated:

“At this time of my departure from Lanvin on the decision of the company’s majority shareholder, I wish to express my gratitude and warm thoughts to all those who have worked with me passionately on the revival of Lanvin over the last 14 years; express my affection to all my wonderful colleagues in the Lanvin ateliers who accompanies me, and who enriched and supported my work. Together we have met the creative challenge presented by Lanvin and have restored its radiance and have returned it to its rightful position among France’s absolute luxury fashion houses.

“I also wish to express my profound and deepest gratitude to all of the clients and friends, to the French and international press and to all those business partners who collaborated with Lanvin, providing us with support since 2001.”

“I wish the house of Lanvin the future it deserves among the best French luxury brands, and hope that it finds the business vision it needs to engage in the right way forward.”

 

This has been a season of movement this year in fashion as Elbaz is now the third major fashion house to have announced a change in creative directors. Not only will Lanvin be getting a new look but you can expect to see new directors at Dior and Balenciaga as well.

 

While his departure may have been abrupt, we still expect to see great things from Elbaz!

Turkish Airlines Opens Up Direct Flights to Miami

 

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As if you haven’t noticed by our Facebook and Instagram pages recently, we LOVE Turkey! Nowhere else in the world can you experience a land with such amazing history, delicious cuisine, stunning scenery ranging from beaches to mountains, plus it’s home to the amazing city of Istanbul!

 

What’s more to love about Turkey? Well, for starters, Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier airline has officially commenced flights from Istanbul to Miami this past Sunday, October 25, 2015. Jetsetters will now get to enjoy direct flights seven days a week on what was ranked to be the fourth best airline in the world at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards in 2015.

 

The airline also flies to more than 280 destinations including Buenos Aires, Toronto, New York, San Fransisco and so much more!

 

Interested in a trip to Turkey? We can help! For WGY Preferred Rates, please contact us at info@wgylifestyle.com or 888-WGY-0808.

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The 8 Best Spots in the World For Fall Foliage

Written by Pete Nosal | Condé Nast Traveler

To many, the autumn months in New England, where amber leaves blanket farmhouses and covered bridges, are quintessentially fall. It’s easy to forget that the season isn’t unique to a small corner of America, though. Here are the most spectacular settings around the world to catch the changing leaves.

1. Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania

5625193d799ed1fe16a31fa3_fall-foliage-Bran-Castle-Transylvania-cr-alamyThe region of central Romania known as Transylvania is shrouded in lore. Home to foggy hills, medieval wooden churches, and quaint hamlets, it is also the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula. Vlad’s fortress home, Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, lies atop a smoky hill in the middle of this eerie landscape. In autumn, the palette of the surrounding countryside is all chocolate browns and oranges, and the hush of dead leaves in the air adds to the spooky atmosphere.

 

2. Bukhansan Mountain, Seoul, Korea

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3. Duoro Wine Region, Portugal

56251942799ed1fe16a31fc3_fall-foliage-Duoro-Portugal-cr-corbisSheltered from the harsh Atlantic winds by the Marao and Montemuro mountains, the Douro Valley is one of Portugal’s main wine regions, and a unique place for fall foliage. Rather than large trees, the hills here are covered in neat rows of terraced vineyards. In the fall, the vineyards rise like colorful stairways from the ambling river below. Stroll along the rolling hills in the mild autumn air and top your day off with a bottle of the region’s finest vinho.

 

4. Fragrant Hills, Beijing, China

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5. Hraunfossar Waterfalls, Husafell, Iceland

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Iceland has a primal, almost otherworldly beauty to it and, contrary to what you might think, is a land where the four seasons are on display. In a country of epic vistas, one of the most stunning places to observe fall is Hraunfossar. This series of waterfalls stretches for nearly a kilometer, spilling over the giant steps of an ancient lava field into a turquoise glacial river, where bushy trees paint the horizon hues of red, yellow, and orange.

 

6. Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

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The German state of Bavaria, famous for bringing Oktoberfest to the world, cannot go unmentioned on this list, and the place to appreciate this autumn royalty is Neuschwanstein Castle. Appearing as if it’s carved directly from the rugged hill it sits atop, Neuschwanstein is jaw dropping on its own, but is even more spectacular during the autumn months. The castle’s white facades and spires rise above the garnet red leaves of the surrounding trees, making it obvious why it was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

 

7. Summer Garden, St. Petersburg, Russia

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St. Petersburg, known as the Venice of the North, is famous for its gorgeous architecture and alluring parks. The most popular is the Summer Garden, which ironically enough, is the best place to experience the seasons changing in the city. Walk under sheets of golden foliage along the Fontanka river walkway or sit on a bench as the colorful leaves dance among the garden’s marble statues: both are unforgettable ways to enjoy this beautiful city.

 

8. Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki, Japan

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Japan offers many compelling places to view the foliage, but Takachiho Gorge in Miyazaki Prefecture may be the best. Rent a rowboat and cruise through the celadon waters framed by steep rock faces, past misty waterfalls, and under marigold leaves on the trees above. The landscape here is spectacular, the sides of the rock walls go from vertical and smooth to horizontal and jagged and present a natural timeline of the region’s geology.

Balenciaga x Mytheresa.com Hilarious Short Film

Think a handbag can’t change your life? Think again! Check out this ironic, comical short film By Mytheresa.com x Balenciaga titled ‘Une Incroyable Excuse’, which was released this week. In this ironic clip, you’ll watch three Balenciaga-clad beauties discover an alternate universe at the bottom of a bag.

Set in a chic café in Paris, the ironic film shows that fashion can be funny and trendy. “Set in one of Paris’ most renowned culinary haunts, Caviar Kaspia, and contrasted with the refined, strict elegance of Balenciaga’s fall 2015 collection, the film highlights how fashion can be humorous without losing its glamorous edge,” he continued.

Check it out: 

The Coolest Hotel Hot Spots

Small Luxury Hotel of the World is kicking off ski season with two new ski resorts. Combine luxe plus sport this season with these two new luxe lodges that has opened just in time for winter. Welcome El Lodge Ski and Spa in Sierra Nevada, Granada and Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge in Val Thorens, France to your bucket list of places to stay while traveling.

Both hotels are opening its doors in December and we’re giving you a sneak peak inside!

El Lodge Ski and Spa

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While some of you may know, El Lodge Ski and Spa is not new but it’s re-opening its doors after a fire gutted the entire structure in early 2014. With it’s fresh start, the final design has breathed a new (and better) life into grand resort. You can now expect outdoor Jacuzzis, an open-air swimming pool and exclusive skiing services. Plus, you’ll never have to deal with the hassle of getting to the slopes with it’s 46 posts and six off-piste runs around the hotel.

Hotel Pashmina

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If you’re looking to hit the slopes in France than look no further than Hotel Pashmina in Val Thorens. Not only is this one of Europe’s most luxurious ski resorts, but it’s also one of the highest. You’ll experience beyond a regular hotel stay (especially if you’re staying in one of their three-story apartments). After a long day of intense skiing, you’ll relax with beauty treatments by L’Occitance and dine at their restaurant fronted by award-winning chef, Romuald Fassenet. This hotel’s anticipated opening is already creating a buzz and we can’t wait to check it out.

A Week in Strasbourg

Day 1-3

If you’re heading from Paris, plan to arrive at Strasbourg’s train station, Gare Centrale and take a short taxi ride to Hotel Regent Contades, a stunning hotel located in the heart of the city. Take a moment to appreciate the incredible view of Strasbourg’s docks, Quai des bateliers, where nightlife and gastronomy meet for a unique experience. Depending on what time you arrive at the hotel, we suggest you go for a walk along the Parc de la republique which is only a few blocks away from your hotel. Nearby, you’ll find the Palais du Rhin and the National Theatre of Strasbourg. If you are planning on vacationing during the holiday time, note that you’ll only be a tramway station away from the famous Christmas Market, which attracts millions of tourists from all of Europe looking to experience the true Alsatian Christmas spirit, along with its amazing food!

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Hotel Regent Contades

 

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Strasbourg is such a historic city that you will automatically fall in love with it. Take these next days to explore the city and all of its secrets. Go to the Cathedral and find out more about the notorious astronomical clock that resides in it, an architectural masterpiece. Stop by Chez Yvonne; only a couple minutes away from the cathedral for a typical Alsatian lunch, we suggest flammkuchen and a local white wine (yum!). Continue your journey throughout the historic part of the city and stop by La Petite France to admire some of the most ancient houses in the city; some being more than a couple hundred years old. Don’t miss out on a special tour boat of the city, especially since Strasbourg is surrounded by water. It’s an unforgettable experience that gives you access to some of the most beautiful views around the city. If you have time, we suggest that you go visit the Parc de L’orangerie, one of the most beautiful parks in the city.

 

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Day 6-8

Explore the city surroundings. Le chateau du haut Koenigsbourg, one of the most ancient French castles from the middle-age period is only a few miles away from the city. You can either go there by yourself and have your own medieval experience, or decide to go on a group/private guided tour. Because Strasbourg is at the border of Germany, take a quick trip Khel the neighboring city and find small and intimate shops and boutiques. It’s the perfect shopping day! If you are travelling with children, Europa Park is a must. Only two hours away from Strasbourg, you can easily find a shuttle departing from Place des Halles which offers morning and night trips. The park is available to everybody and if you feel like a real thrill, don’t miss out on the Silver Star, the fastest rollercoaster in Europe; extreme thrill guaranteed!

 

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Jennifer Aniston Stars in Witty Emirates Commercial: Watch!

From private suites and shower spas in First Class to flat-bed seats in Business Class to extra room and sumo lighting in Economy, the Emirates A380 is as close as it comes to flying in your very own private jet. Take a break, stretch your legs and meet some of the most interesting people on the planet at the Onboard Lounge – exclusive to First Class and Business Class customers.

Watch Jennifer Aniston get a witty taste of her A-list lifestyle in this new spot for Emirates Airlines, where a dream sequence places her at a not-so-glamorous flying experience.

Ralph Lauren Takes Milan with Plazzo Ralph Lauren

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After a killer show in New York, American legend and fashion designer, Ralph Lauren made his mark in Milan by opening the doors to Palazzo Ralph Lauren. This pioneering new concept is a new luxury haven tucked inside a stunning, grand apartment which features a rooftop terrace, exclusive Ralph Lauren pieces (think crocodile Ricky bags and a $50,000 Automotive Skeleton watch), an in-house chef and so much more!

So far only 300 lucky clients were granted VIP access to experience the Palazzo Ralph Lauren this past week. Clients were allowed exclusive rights to firsthand place orders for the most recent collection that debuted during New York Fashion Week for Spring 2016.

Keep your eyes peeled, there’s no stopping this brand! Ralph Lauren has already announced that he will be opening further members-only clubs around the world for select key fashion capitals.

 

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