From the flam­boy­ant to the dra­matic

SE­CRET WEAPONS OF STYLE

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vans x Open­ing Cer­e­mony

It’s not the first time shoe la­bel Vans Vault has joined forces with re­tail shop Open­ing Cer­e­mony. Check out their lat­est: A set of three satin-em­broi­dered OG Slip- Ons. Pay­ing homage to body-hug­ging Chi­nese cheongsam, the duo wanted to bring back the gown made glob­ally fa­mous in the 1920s in Shang­hai. The se­ries comes in black, pink and red–all swathed with el­e­gant flo­ral mo­tifs on silk bro­cade. Avail­able for pur­chase at Open­ing Cer­e­mony stores start­ing at $85.

Dolce & Gab­bana Alta Moda Col­lec­tion

Be­hind the drapes of Dolce & Gab­bana’s lat­est col­lec­tion lies the story of Sophia Loren, Naples and an au­then­tic tra­di­tion. The col­lec­tion is a com­bi­na­tion of irony, sur­real ex­ag­ger­a­tions, Ital­ian street life and re­li­gion. There are some no­table pieces to be praised, such as a gold bro­cade be­jew­elled cape, a poufy blue skirt and “pizza”-table­cloth off-shoul­der blouse. Ac­ces­sories are crisp, com­plet­ing their looks with ac­cents such as gold head pieces and even a Rum baba hat.

Hublot x Ber­luti

Talk­ing about lux­u­ri­ous men’s ac­ces­sories, check out Hublot and Ber­luti’s Clas­sic Fu­sion range. No­table for the qual­ity of its leather–and for a clien­tele that has in­cluded Mar­cel Proust, Jean Cocteau and Frank Si­na­tra–the Parisian shoe­maker Ber­luti is com­ple­ment­ing Hublot’s watches with two straps, in black and to­bacco-col­ored leather. For the for­mer, Ber­luti uses a nero gri­gio Venezia hand­made strap, fea­tur­ing his sig­na­ture edi­tion Ber­luti Gas­pard, while the lat­ter is en­graved with 18th­cen­tury style cal­lig­ra­phy on Venezia Scritto calf leather. Check out this lim­ited edi­tion: The black is avail­able in only 500 pieces, while the to­bacco has a run capped at 250. +Banyubening Prieta

Nomiku Wifi Sous Vide

Here comes the 21st cen­tury chef’s se­cret weapon, the Nomiku Wifi Sous Vide. For those ea­ger for pre­cise tem­per­a­ture con­trol, gen­er­at­ing tex­ture and re­tain­ing vi­ta­mins and nu­tri­ents, Nomiku will ease your pain when cook­ing steak or fish. While the sous vide tech­nique (cook­ing at lower tem­per­a­tures in sealed con­tain­ers for long pe­ri­ods) has been around for more than a cen­tury, now you can in­te­grate the tech­nique with your smart­phone. Nomiku con­nects to your home Wifi net­work and works hand in hand with the Ten­der cook­ing app to set the cook­ing tem­per­a­ture and time. The de­vice is con­trolled by a ro­tat­ing dial around the touch­screen dis­play, and can be clipped on the front of your sous vide con­tainer. Avail­able for US$199 at nomiku.com

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