In the age of luxury brands building Instagrammable hot spots, we’ve seen a graffiti-covered Dolce & Gabbana playhouse and a Coney Island–style Coach carnival. Last week, luxury French brand Hermès opened its own pop-up experience within Toyko’s National Art Center replicating a busy movie set, complete with a backstage vanity with hair and makeup tables, cameras, and lighting.
You’re meant to snap some photos of your own in “Avec Elle” (on through the end of July), dreamt up by Bali Barret, the brand’s artistic director for the women’s universe; Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski, artistic director of women’s ready-to-wear; and French filmmaker Laure Flammarion. Within each themed “set,” inspired by Hermès’ most recent fall/winter 2018 women’s collections of ready-to-wear and accessories, you can play with props like signature silk scarves, Birkin and Kelly bags, fragrances, furniture, and even a 1976 Convertible MG Midget to film your own mini Hermès campaign. You choose from two different roles—extra and actor—and explore the set “with her,” a nod to the presence of the quintessential Hermès woman, who’s your mysterious, classic, alluring counterpart.
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Honestly, this isn’t that unusual. Many hotels, especially smaller ones like boutique inns, have a “full” or “partial” buy-out options. Often used for weddings, reunions, retreats, etc. If you’re curious just ask. I suggest planning WELL in advance though as it can be difficult to move existing reservations around. Don’t forget to ask about any Food & Beverage requirements as some properties will require a certain amount of $$ be spent at their various outlets.
Excuse me, but did you enjoy the film The Grand Budapest Hotel? What about The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? You likey The Shining? If so, chances are you bloody love a good hotel. And fair enough – a good hotel reminds you why domestic living is extraordinary, showcases the bliss to be found in mundane tasks like sitting at a desk to write a note with a pencil, and confirms your mother’s insistence that a freshly made bed is important.
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India is home to many eco-conscious resorts, but Evolve Back stands out from the pack and is known for its commitment to the environment and the local community.
There’s a reverse osmosis water filter in every room, a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant, electric buggies and windmills that power the lodge’s electricity.
“When guests visit, they can contribute towards social, economic and community development and learn more about environmental impact,” Kanthi Aneesh, general manager of Evolve Back Coorg, tells CNN Travel.
“Nowadays, it is necessary for our generation to learn how to preserve nature and how to contribute in smaller ways.”
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A US start-up is aiming to revive supersonic passenger flights half a century after the ill-fated Concorde first took to the skies, overriding concerns about pollution and the commercial viability of ultra-fast travel.
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If it feels like it’s taking forever to post your travel memories to Instagram or load a page on the restaurant recommendations, it may not be your hotel Wi-Fi’s fault. It could be that the country’s internet infrastructure is slow. But, surprisingly, some seemingly remote locations have some of the world’s fastest internet connections.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2018 kicks off Wednesday, which means thousands of comic book fans, cosplayers and genre entertainment enthusiasts will be making their pilgrimage to Southern California to celebrate everything pop culture.
Hall H mainstays such as “Game of Thrones” and Marvel Studios may be skipping out on this year’s festivities, but with over four days of programming, there are plenty of panels to navigate. Here are some select highlights:
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