In the Prada Universe nothing is as it seems. When I attend Prada shows in Milan, I sit transfixed, looking for a hint of the message. What did she mean by that bag? Are the heels on those shoes broken or are they meant to be angular and impossible to walk on? Is that just a wayward thread hanging, or do I see it on other garments? Why are the models smiling?
This season, the Prada show started innocently with basic grey suiting fabrics in designs that one would wear to work. Oh, she’s going back to her utilitarian roots?! But wait, now there's this whimsical beach scene with palm trees that evokes holidays in the sun and ocean breezes. The vacation scene caught my eye, since I am always on the look out for travel references.
An interesting hybrid between digital point-and-shoots and bigger, bulkier DSLRs, the new Olympus E-P1 ($799) combines a lot of the best of both worlds. (Tech writer Jonathan Blum does a great job summing it up here.)
What excites me the most about this camera is the pinhole-camera mode, which approximates the unpredictable, low-fi charm of a 120 Holga or Diana toy camera. It has a way of making the most prosaic of scenes look strangely appealing, with crazy-vivid color. The center is in focus, and the edges blurred out and nicely vignetted.
I already know that Virgin America is a favorite airline of our readers—it scored No. 1 in the domestic airline category of T+L’s 2009 World’s Best Awards—but I’m happy to report that Richard Branson’s company is continuing to impress with new deals and fun in-flight amenities.
Here's a selection of some of its latest low fares:
$109 one-way from San Francisco to Virgin’s newest destination, Ft. Lauderdale
$100 one-way from Los Angeles to Boston
$40 one-way from San Diego to San Francisco (cheaper than a tank of gas!)
Was it Rachael Zoe, the celebrity stylist on Bravo TV, who said “I die for Chanel"? Seems the allure of the double C’s has no end and this year with two movies about Madame Coco’s life it has fanned the fire even more. Not that it needed any fanning.
In the inexhaustible pursuit of keeping the brand relevant, whimsical and inventive, Karl Lagerfeld has done everything from CC guitars, to CC surfboards. The latest collection of practical but chic bags and small accessories is called “COCO COCOON.”
Eager fliers got their first glimpse of the new Travel + Leisure retail store in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 2 today, snatching up Tumi suitcases and T+L Greatest Trips of 2009 books, perusing city maps, and grabbing North Face jackets to fight off the wet East Coast chill.
Travel + Leisure's first U.S. retail store—and only the third in the world—opened this week in JFK, in partnership with airport retail giant Hudson News.
Ever wish you could turn your own digital travel photos into a gorgeous coffee-table tome? More and more people are doing just that; sales of custom photo books are expected to exceed $340 million in the U.S., according to one leading marketing research firm.
MyPublisher has been in the business longer than most—it began creating affordable, single-copy custom photo books for consumers in 1995. You can download the software for free. Choose your book size and style, including cover options that range from sage- or smoke-colored European linens to hand-stitched Spanish leather.
I have a shameful confession to make: I’m a horrendous packer. My guiding philosophy, which can be summed up with the phrase more is more, has resulted in numerous excess baggage charges (that full-size bottle of conditioner? Yeah, I wash my hair a lot! Those over-the-knee stiletto boots for a weekend trip to Napa? Hell, you never know!) and countless hours cooling my heels by the baggage carousel when I could have been well on my way out the airport. So when I heard our editor-in-chief say that all she took on a 10-day trip to Italy was one carry-on bag, I was inspired. If Nancy Novogrod can do it, so can I!
I haven’t been so excited for a digital camera since I got my hands on my Nikon D80 well over two years ago. Unlike my hefty digital SLR (Single-Lens Reflex), my new camera doesn’t require lugging around because it fits in the palm of my hand.
Photo-geek newsletter site Photojojo.com recently started selling the super-tiny Japanese-made Superheadz Digital Harinezumi. Affectionately called the “Zumi,” this camera not only captures the lo-fi dreamy look of vintage film, but also takes silent Super 8 MM-like films, which was perfect for encapsulating Ocean City, New Jersey’s retro vibe over Labor Day weekend.
Terra Plana's Galahad Clark, decendant of the founder of English shoe company Clarks, wants you to go barefoot. Forget that his ancestors Nathan Clark designed the crepe-soled desert boot in 1950, or before that, in 1883, William Clark created shoes to follow the line of the foot. Galahad wants you to walk as close to naked as possible.
Meet Anna Bern, my latest object of lifestyle envy. This ex-Vogue and W magazine staffer forsook the urban jungle for Narrowsburg, New York (pop. 414), a tiny hamlet in the Upper Delaware River Valley, and promptly opened a home and accessories boutique called Nest.