Affordable ‘Pod’ accomodation in Canada for ski season

When the Pangea Pod Hotel opened its doors itn August it revolutionised the hospitality industry by bringing chic and price-conscious solo accommodation to one of North America’s top tourist destinations.

The first hotel of its kind in Canada, Pangea’s rooms cost half the price of a conventional hotel room, and usually far less. This new style of accommodation will make the resort more accessible to solo and budget travellers wishing to experience all that Whistler has to offer.

Husband-and-wife team Russell and Jelena Kling spent several years traversing the globe, garnering first-hand experience about what makes for a comfortable and satisfying stay. Loosely inspired by Tokyo’s capsule hotels, Pangea, located in the heart of Whistler Village, is the result of three years of planning and prototype development.

“Pangea combines the affordability of a hostel with the perks of a boutique hotel,” says co-founder Russell. “We wanted to cater to the type of traveller who enjoys the conviviality of shared spaces but prefers their own personal space at the end of the day.”

The hotel’s 88 independent sleeping pods are divided among eight separate “suites”. One suite is dedicated to female-only guests. Bathroom facilities are divided into individual components (more than 60 in total) to offer privacy and limit line-ups. These individual components include washrooms with vanities, showers with changing space, stand-alone vanities, and changing rooms.

Each cleverly-designed, wood-lined pod contains artwork and mirrors, as well as a comfortable double memory-foam mattress, individually controlled LED lights, a built-in fan that provides both air circulation and white noise, a lockable cabinet for valuables like iPads and phones, hanging space for clothes, and a storage area for luggage.

But Pangea isn’t only about the pods; it offers superb shared spaces too. The Living Room, a stylish combo of lounge, bar, café, and espresso bar, boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the bustle of Whistler’s Village Stroll, giving the space the feeling of an outdoor patio. The Rooftop Patio is Whistler’s only true rooftop bar, providing a bird’s eye view of Mountain Square. And The Toy Box, an open-plan secure storage area for skis, snowboards, mountain bikes, and other gear, was custom created to address the needs of equipment-laden outdoor enthusiasts.

“When Pangea opened this summer it’s going to make the Whistler accommodation mix even more diverse,” said Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, Mayor of Whistler. “We’re thrilled to see this major reinvestment in the Village, and to see a novel business idea start up in our community – important factors in keeping Whistler fresh and competitive.”

Pods are now available for booking at pangeapod.com/bookings.

Source: Pangea


Marc Jacobs Beauty Announces New 2019 Campaign Face

marc jacobs beauty has announced lila moss as the newest face of the brand for 2019. a dedicated campaign will debut in the uk at harvey nichols, the brand’s new exclusive retail partner in the uk and ireland, in  October.  This is the first official image of the campaign featuring lila, shot by david sims with creative direction by katie grand, makeup by diane kendal, hair by guido palau and nails by jin soon choi.

in the lead campaign image, lila wears fineliner ultra-skinny gel eye crayon in (grape)vine; one of five brand new, limited-edition colours debuting for spring 2019. fineliner is a smooth, waterproof eyeliner with a transformative gel formula which glides on precisely for flawless application, then sets in place for all-day wear – a liner so fine with the power to makes eyes appear so bold.

Lila joins iconic women such as jessica lange, edie campbell, winona ryder, aya jones, kaia gerber and adwoa aboah, who have previously served as faces of the brand.

“when i met lila grace for the first time in 2008, i was on a holiday in ibiza and went to formentera for the day to visit with her mom, kate moss, and other friends and family. At just 6 years old, lila’s strong character, demeanor and great beauty was already very apparent.

 The next time i saw lila was in august of 2011 at kate’s wedding, her character was even more dynamic and her beauty even greater. This past july is the last time i saw lila when kate brought her to the set of our marc jacobs beauty campaign shoot with david sims. It was a bit surreal to have kate in the studio with lila as it brought back memories of the first time i met kate when she was 18 years old and cast to walk for the perry ellis spring/summer 1993 grunge collection.

 Kate and i became very close after the grunge collection and remain lifelong friends (much of which is very well documented!). When lila came to nyc to work with us in july to be the face of our latest beauty campaign, it felt a bit like an intersection of my personal and professional life coming full circle as we gathered in the studio with david sims, katie grand, guido palau, diane kendal and kate moss.

 It is with great pride and a full heart that i share this first image from our shoot with the incredible lila grace in her first ever beauty campaign for marc jacobs beauty. lila’s beauty, composure, patience and kindness made this project even more special than i could have imagined. with each look we photographed, she got into each character effortlessly and gracefully.”

– marc jacobs

Source: Marc Jacobs

 


Rihanna Releases First Ever Tutorial Tuesday For Fenty Beauty

Rihanna’s has released her first-ever Tutorial Tuesday with a #CHILLOWT edition beauty look. Watch as she personally shows you how to use the new Fenty Beauty Chill Owt Holiday Collection.

Included in this collection is the Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette, used to create a look that’s icy, celebratory and ready for the holidays with “not too much drama, but it’s still DRAMA”.

The limited-edition palette of seven all-new hyper-metallic Killawatt Foil highlighters in a range of frost-inspired shades designed to make all skin tones pop.

Who says fire and ice don’t mix? Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette brings together seven all-new, never-before-seen metallic highlighter shades: Get frosted in stone cold lavenders and icy blues, or heat up in fiery coppers and tangerines. With intense metallic edge, each rule-defying hue looks equally killer on all skin tones.

Take a cue from Rihanna’s personal highlighting technique and rev up your glow with unexpected pops of chrome color. Rihanna’s no-limit approach to highlighting is all about layering luminizer to create colorful dimension from cheeks to eyes to temples—blurring the line where your highlight begins and eyeshadow ends.

Like the bestselling Killawatt you know and love, Killawatt Foil keeps skin lit beyond sundown with its weightless longwear formula—a cream-powder hybrid that instantly melts into skin and blends with almost zero effort. Another win: It’s loaded with extra fine, ultra-smooth shimmer to make all your hyper-metallic gleams come true.

Source: Fenty Beauty


IMG Announces Finalists For The 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate

IMG has announced the finalists for the Australian Fashion Laureate, honoring individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth, development and global promotion of the Australian fashion industry.

Winners will be announced on 20 November at The State Theatre, Sydney, at a celebration hosted by international supermodel, Georgia Fowler, and celebrated comedian, Ash Williams.

The Australian Fashion Laureate was established in 2008 by IMG and the NSW Government to shine an international spotlight on the exceptional talent and creativity within the Australian fashion industry. In 2018, the Laureate celebrates 10 years of awards ceremonies, with past recipients including Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Jenny Kee, Toni Maticevski and Zimmermann.

Each Australian Fashion Laureate Award celebrates outstanding accomplishments in categories including Lifetime Achievement, Womenswear, Menswear, Retail, Emerging Designer, Accessories – and for the first time, two new categories for 2018: Model of the Year and Outstanding Editorial.

“Through the introduction of new categories for 2018, we acknowledge Australia’s growing leadership in high fashion modeling and creative editorial,” states Ivan Bart, President of IMG Models and IMG Fashion Properties, including global fashion events. “As the industry’s highest accolade, we’re delighted to broaden the spectrum of recognition and further celebrate the brilliant talent originating from Australia.”

Australian Fashion Laureate recipients are nominated and chosen by a voting panel of more than 30 industry leaders, including designers, media, buyers, creatives, brand executives and communications professionals, called the Australian Fashion Industry Alumni.

IMG is pleased to share the finalists across 2018 award categories below:

AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

CAMILLA FRANKS Camilla
CHRISTINE CENTENERA
EDWINA MCCANN
KYM ELLERY Ellery
LUKE SALES & ANNA PLUNKETT Romance Was Born

BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR

CAMILLA AND MARC
CHRISTOPHER ESBER
ELLERY
LEE MATHEWS
ROMANCE WAS BORN
BEST AUSTRALIAN MENSWEAR
BASSIKE
DOUBLE RAINBOUU
EX INFINITAS
P JOHNSON
SONG FOR THE MUTE

BEST AUSTRALIAN EMERGING DESIGNER, presented by Etihad Airways

ALBUS LUMEN
ANNA QUAN
KACEY DEVLIN
CHRIS RAN LIN
DOUBLE RAINBOUU
BEST AUSTRALIAN RETAILER, presented by DHL
DAVID JONES
HARROLDS
INCU
PARLOUR X
ZIMMERMANN

BEST AUSTRALIAN ACCESSORIES DESIGNER

DINOSAUR DESIGNS
LUCY FOLK
RYAN STORER
SARAH & SEBASTIAN
THE DAILY EDITED

BEST AUSTRALIAN MODEL

ADUT AKECH BIOR
CHARLEE FRASER
DUCKIE THOT
JULIA NOBIS
VICTORIA LEE

OUTSTANDING EDITORIAL

GEORGES ANTONI
HARPER’S BAZAAR AUSTRALIA
MARIE CLAIRE AUSTRALIA
NICOLE BENTLEY
VOGUE AUSTRALIA

The Australian Fashion Laureate is an IMG initiative, supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, with additional support from Etihad Airways, DHL, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sanpellegrino and Jan Logan.
The digital home for The Australian Fashion Laureate will be @FashionWeekAus across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Follow along through our official hashtags: #AustralianFashionLaureate #ilovesydney

Source: IMG


2018 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards

TV Presenter Jessica Rowe was MC  for the 2018 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards, held in  Melbourne. The panel of judges included  interior designer Greg Natale and Actress April Rose Pengilly.

The Awards celebrated the Finalists and winners of the biennial design competition which celebrate Australian Jewellery Design.

The event was attended by VIP guests including Laurina Fleure, Athena X of Real Housewives of Sydney and Aleksandra Sekuloska from this year’s Bachelor.

Diamond Guild Australia announced that the Supreme Winner of the 2018 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery awards was Olivar Musson of Musson Jewellers with his piece “Aella”.

Featuring 36 forevermark ideal square cut diamonds on a stunning pair of handmade white and rose gold earrings, “Aella” set a new benchmark for style and originality at the awards.

Taking inspiration from Greek mythology, “Aella” perfectly captures the strength, confidence and femininity of women.

“We design for strong women everyday” said Musson, “so it seemed fitting to look to trail-blazing women in history as a design inspiration”.

Aella, the Ancient Greek Amazonite warrior, famously dared to fight Hercules. Musson aimed to emulate Aella’s strength in his design.

”I kept thinking about what the Amazonite warriors would have worn in battle, that idea that your battle dress makes you feel your most confident and strong. I wanted these earrings to have a shield-like quality so I needed a shape with edges. The square cut diamond created the look that all the components lock together like in great armoury.”

While the pieces’ incorporation of 36 ideal square cut diamonds served a stylistic purpose, they also contributed to theme of female strength and helped visualise Aella’s battle wear. The use of studs in the design of the “Aella” earrings added to the overall narrative of the piece.

Musson’s unique inspiration for his design combined with the style and refinement of the earrings made “Aella” stand out in this year’s group of winners. “Aella” has set a high standard of originality, innovation and style for future entries.

 

SOLITAIRE: “BRILLIANT” by Ben Preston-Black, Creations Jewellers

The stunning handmade platinum diamond set ring showcases a unique design inspired by the classic shape of the round cut brilliant diamond. The innovative approach to the solitaire setting has raised the bar for what can be achieved in this category.

FANCY COLOUR: “FANCIFUL” by Ben Preston-Black & Wisam Sarji, Creations Jewellers

A sculptural ring featuring several free flowing sections, FANCIFUL takes the eye on a visual journey across the swirls of metal interweaved with alluring colourful diamonds. The brilliant cut diamonds in various stunning natural colours such as white, pink and champagne elevates the complex and sculptural design in a perfect representation of the category.

DIAMONDS FOR EVERYDAY: “FLAME” by Matthew Staff, MJS Jewellery

An illustrious pair of drop earrings inspired by a flickering fire, FLAME offer a stunning contrast between diamond and metal. The complex use of black rhodium and rose gold create a bold, sculptural pair of earrings in celebration of the organic form of a naked flame.

DIAMONDS FOR MEN: “GRILL” by Brett Wood, Brett’s Jewellers

Embracing the complexities of design diamond jewellery for men, GRILL is the pinnacle of technical craftsmanship with innovative design. The ring’s use of a yellow gold and platinum grill design with a central baguette cut diamond creates a stylish balance of masculinity and extravagance.

RED CARPET: “AELLA” by Olivar Musson, Musson Jewellers

Inspired by the Ancient Greek Amazonite warrior who dared to fight Hercules. Aella’s strength is represented in a pair of handmade 18ct white and rose gold, shield-like diamond set earrings. Demonstrating the power and strength fine diamonds can represent in the modern world, the earrings feature a total of 36 Forevermark Black Label ‘Ideal Square’ cut diamonds.

EMERGING TALENT: “VOGUE” by Hannah Alexander, Jewels of the Kimberley

VOGUE showcases the unique coloured diamonds and pearls of the Kimberly, encasing several small round cut brilliant diamonds in a refined cocktail ring design. The innovative approach to a classic halo offers an elegantly complex statement ring.