From the flamboyant to the dramatic
SECRET WEAPONS OF STYLE
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