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The Five Top Trends for Summer 2012 Vacation Wear

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Whether vacationing in a luxury villa rental in St. Tropez or Miami these trends will serve you well this summer

Planning a summer vacation can be daunting enough–where to go, what to do, where to stay–but once that’s all settled, what remains is what to pack, which can be equally problematic. Depending on your destination and the duration of your stay, you may require quite a few outfit changes for any one luxury vacation. If you’re undecided about accommodation in the South of France or Miami this summer, we’d definitely suggest the privacy and exclusivity of a luxury villa rental. If what to bring is more the problem then we think a mix of the following trends will hit just the right note no matter what your vacation plans.

BIG, BOLD PRINTS – Nothing says vacation like a loud Hawaiian patterned shirt, right? Well, not exactly, although high end designers from New York to Milan have embraced the graphic nature of Hawaiian and floral prints and modernized them for 2012.

Net-a-porter.com calls the look “techno tropics” and relates how this season from “graphic Hawaiian florals at Altuzarra to Peter Pilotto’s hothouse stems, kaleidoscopic prints reign supreme…[these] blown up florals and oceanic motifs mean instant drama.”

Brightly hued and bold prints will serve you well from day (like the Alberta Ferretti shorts seen above) to night (when you can make good use of Matthew Williamson’s easy breezy belted kimono-style maxidress). A look like Roberto Cavalli’s floaty red and white maxi is a perfect vacation piece, because it can do double duty between day and night depending on your choice of accessories.

JET SET GYPSY – Boho is a trend that never really goes away, but every so often more than just the usual designers like Cavalli and Pucci’s Peter Dundas revisit the style. This season flowing skirts, lace, wedges and chunky statement jewelry are perfect pieces to pack to complete that luxe boho look.

Cavalli, Pucci, Dolce and Gabbana, and Missoni and Versace, as seen above, seem to do the luxe gypsy style particularly well. Perhaps it’s something about the romance of the Mediterranean that inspires these designers, either way these items are perfect for any luxury getaway. Missoni’s cobalt silk-chiffon Haydee skirt or Versace’s printed chiffon top are just two great options for incorporating the gypsy look into your vacation wardrobe.

PRETTY PASTELS – This spring there’s a little bit of dichotomy when it comes to color. On the one hand soft and feminine pastels were all over the runways, on the other the trend of bold colorblocking and neon brights (we’ll get to that next) seems to be hanging around for the foreseeable future. One look at the pastels designers are churning out and it’s easy to see why these pieces could easily become vacation staples.

A cropped skinny jean in a cotton candy shade, like the apricot pair from MiH seen above, is one of the must-have items this summer (add a pair of red and white pants to the mix and you’re half way to being vacation ready), one that can easily be accessorized from totally casual to acceptable for balmy evenings eating al fresco. Mixing different shades of pastels is also a great way to add visual interest to a softly feminine outfit. Of course, you’ll never go wrong packing a classic shift dress like the lavender Jil Sander seen here, which is made uber feminine by adding the floral bag from Reed Krakoff.

BLOCK IT OUT – Nothing says summer like bright hues, which is why colourblocking is one of those trends that just seems to work best with bright summer days and long summer nights. During your luxury villa rental vacation do as net-a-porter suggests and “pep up your palette with bold primary colors” like “fuchsia, mint, emerald and orange – electric block color is so bright now!”

Emilio Pucci’s colorblock sweater looks so chic paired with skinny white pants, perfect for a daytime stroll or some time on a yacht. Gucci’s colorblock silk crepe de chine top looks fabulous with their purple pants and nude heels, a versatile look that can easily take you from day to night.

GO SHORT – It seems like a no brainer when heading on vacation to a sunny and hot destination, but this summer shorts really are all the rage. From denim cut offs to smart and preppy printed versions we recommend packing at least a few to get you through the hot days and warm nights.

Reminiscent of a deck chair, Stella McCartney’s cotton and silk-blend shorts pretty much scream vacation, while who wouldn’t love Yves Sant Laurent’s red shorts paired with their lively floral blouse (you can also get shorts in the same floral print)? Meanwhile, Michael Kors’ leopard print short shorts are glamorous and exotic.

Where accessories are concerned, think about a Two Part Bag, which will work for both day and night. This printed canvas and leather clutch from Proenza Schouler comes in both a clutch and a tote, the smaller of which can easily be slipped into the larger when traveling.

As for shoes, wedge sandals are uber hot at the moment, but don’t forget a pair or two of what net-a-porter is calling the “ready to wear heel” (like Brian Atwood’s Claudia embroidered suede pumps above), which will instantly become the focus of any outfit. Of course, another option is to embrace the flat-for-night trend by choosing a pair or two of embellished flats that are easily packed and perfect for your vacation evenings.

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All looks from net-a-porter-.com

Miami’s Design District Shaping Up As World Class Luxury Shopping Destination

Sunday, October 16th, 2011
Miami Offers Sun, Shopping and All Manner of Exclusivity for Luxury Villa Rental Users
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Miami has long been a land renowned for it’s sun, nightlife and ability to draw the well heeled and celebrities to it’s sandy beaches in the winter and summer alike. Of course, those looking for a relaxing and luxurious vacation often prefer to choose a private luxury villa rental in places that also offer world class dining and shopping. While Bal Harbour has long offered stores for the world’s biggest designers, now Miami’s Design District is emerging as the newest, hottest shopping destination for those looking for the biggest names in design.

Luxury brands like Louis Vuitton (just opened at the Aventura Mall), Cartier (plans have been announced for a temporary store to open in the Design District in November) and Dior have all announced plans to open stores in the Design District. It is expected that other LVMH-owned brands will follow the lead of Louis Vuitton in making the move to the up-and-coming district. Most recently the uber exclusive French brand Hermes has followed suit. According to The Miami Herald, Herme’s Bal Harbour store lease expires in December 2012. Hermes has now announced plans for a “10,000-square-foot, two-level flagship store in the Design District in Fall 2013,” and will be temporarily housed in the area starting the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013. The new Hermes store is set to feature womens, mens and house products. Next door will be the first St. Louis crystal store in the United States.

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Vacationing in Saint-Tropez This Summer? Be Seen With Hottest Handbags & Luggage For Luxury Travel!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

In Saint-Tropez, fashion and luxury travel go hand in hand. Read about the latest designer handbag trends for 2011, and which bags are perfect of the luxury vacationer in Saint-Tropez.

With spring break around the corner, and the time to plan summer vacations in European luxury villa rentals already here, thoughts understandably turn to what to bring on your vacation–and what to pack it in.

There are many choices for gorgeous, well-made luxury luggage including traditional choices like Goyard, Louis Vuitton and Globe-Trotter and the new kids on the block, such as the newly launched Jimmy Choo 24:7 line and the beautiful crocodile bags and accessories offered by Nancy Gonzalez. Here we’ve gathered four great brands to help you on your way to choosing the perfect luggage for your vacation.

Globe-Trotter Luggage is synonymous with luxury and durability, and is even the brand chosen by Queen Elizabeth II for her honeymoon bags (one wonders what Kate and William will choose). The brand has six collections of sought after travel cases including the Original, which features the first Globe-Trotter model–a square suitcase featuring the company’s signature Vulcan Fibre corner details– and the Safari, a popular 1920s style. Also available is the vibrant blue Cruise collection cases with navy blue detailing and a white-and-blue pinstriped lining, the Centenary (featuring hand-made leather trim and great color and print options), and the uber luxurious Orient line, a perfect meeting of East and West. Keep in mind that not many Orient cases are available for purchase at any one time as each undergoes a time consuming and painstaking Urushi lacquer process, which is responsible for the cases’ high sheen. Bespoke options are also available. globetrotter1897.com

Famed French firm Hermès has its roots in equestrian products and has retrained their ability to produce functional items that are also beautiful and luxurious. In addition to traditional cases, Hermes’ travel line also includes handmade tote and weekend styles fashioned out of supple calfskin and durable canvas. The company also makes some pretty nifty travel products like this 100% cowhide Ties Only case for men, a perfect way to store your Hermes tie when travelling. hermes.com

Jimmy Choo isn’t just a producer of perfect sandals and great handbags anymore. As of this year the brand’s 24:7 collection is available for purchase and includes the perfect luxury luggage for any fashionista. The line includes everything from weekenders to carry-on trollies as well as matching laptop cases, luggage tags and chic passport holders in various fabrics, prints and colors. Think leopard, like the “Terence” luggage above, croc and sequins. jimmychoo.com

Goyard is another of those fabled French luxury firms, one that has been supplying the world’s well-heeled with luggage since 1853. Grab a case or a weekender bag (like the “Overnight” seen here) in the signature Goyard print and you’re assured a gorgeous piece. Whether buying retail or going the bespoke these are really bags you can’t go wrong with. goyard.com

Have your perfect luggage and wondering where to go? Villazzo is excited about the upcoming summer vacation season, including the debut of the gorgeous Villa Nathalie in St. Tropez. If you’re looking to book a luxury villa rental in Europe this summer then take a look at Villazzo’s gorgeous options and be sure to book soon–they definitely won’t last long!

Exclusive Skis – Perfect for Your Luxury Aspen Vacation

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

zai for Bentley

Planning on hitting the slopes this year? Lucky enough to have snagged a luxury villa rental in Aspen? You’ll likely need skis, of course, and we’ve rounded up some of the most luxurious options out there. These skis are not only great for hitting the slopes, but will also look fab at your après-ski spot of choice.

Buy a pair of handmade skis from Swiss luxury brand zai AG and you’ll be landing yourself one of the hottest brands on the market. Unique machines, like zai’s computer controlled press, are also used in some stages of the manufacturing process to achieve the company’s promise of lightweight flexibility. These beautiful looking skis–like Zai’s newest model, the Nezza–are made of cedarwood, UD carbon fibre, carbon nano tubes and the revolutionary Zaiìra®, and are made to work for skiiers of any level of experience. Zai is also the first manufacturer of skis to utilize a high-tensile polyethylene fibre called Dyneema®.  If you’re interested, in Aspen Zai skis are available for purchase at the Aspen Mountain Store (970-544-1814). (more…)

Is Lincoln Road Miami’s New Up and Coming Area?

Sunday, September 12th, 2010
Those Vacationing in Miami Beach Luxury Villa Rentals May Want to Check Out What All the Fuss is About with 1111 Lincoln Road and its Neighbors

Lincoln Road in South Beach is one of those rare pedestrian-only streets in a city of cars and traffic that reminds one of Barcelona’s tourist-trap Las Ramblas in many ways. Except now several companies, developers, and designers have moved in to rethink Lincoln Road and regentrify the area, producing buildings, stores, and restaurants meant to usher in a new era for the foot traffic on this road. Real estate developer Robert Wennett’s 1111 Lincoln Road is the biggest and showiest of the projects here and seeks to “further Miami’s international prominence as a 21st-century destination for art, commerce, and culture.” While Wennett has managed to pull in several international retailers for his multi-purpose building, it remains to be seen if he will have the same success with Lincoln Road as he has had with his other projects, like the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. If you’re planning a vacation in one of Miami’s luxury villa rentals you may want to head down to Lincoln Road to see for yourself the evolution currently taking place here. (more…)

New, Revamped Luxury Boutiques Open in St. Tropez Amid Peak Luxury Villa Rental Season

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

St. Tropez natives and luxury villa rental vacationers alike look forward to new and improved editions to one of the world’s most exclusive shopping districts.

St. Tropez is famous for many things–yachts and luxury villa rentals, glitzy late night parties and celeb spotting–and it’s no surprise with the calibre of vacationers the village draws that one of the things it is most known for is great shopping. High-end shopping. In anticipation of this year’s high season of July and August, many designers are opening and revamping stores in the chic resort town.

Tod’s

The Italian luxury brand founded and run by the elegant Diego Della Valle has been having a banner year. Not only did they recently announce a great coup–namely signing Karl Lagerfeld to design a special collection for their Hogan brand, which was started by Diego’s son Emanuele–but they are also redesigning all of their flagship stores. From Beverly Hills to St. Tropez, the new Tod’s stores have been unveiled one by one to reveal interiors meant to evoke the feel of a friend’s home–albeit a very stylish friend.

Every store features different furniture and art, and are made up in warm colours and luxurious fabrics, so as to make the customer feel like they have just passed the threshold of one of the inviting and impeccable luxury villa rentals that dot the area around town. The St. Tropez store features rich woods and chairs done in deep blue velvet and yellow leather with chic nailhead detail. It seems clear that the darker, richer furnishings and Tod’s new “Home Concept” have been inspired by the classic and luxe designs of Derek Lam, the brand’s creative director for ready-to-wear and accessories.

Tod’s, Place de la Garonne, St. Tropez

Louis Vuitton

The luxury brand also recently renovated their St. Tropez boutique and celebrated with a glittering party and a special edition Neverfull beach bag. Only 500 of these limited edition monogrammed “St. Tropez” GMs were produced and they were only sold out of the new St. Tropez store. The renovation means an expanded retail space in a gorgeous villa with sleek interiors filled with blond wood, lavish beige furniture, and framed black and white photographs. One of the most beautiful elements of the store is it’s charming Provençal-style garden courtyard, which makes you feel like you’re in an authentic St. Tropez luxury villa rental rather than a bastion of commercial excess.

In celebration of the event, LVMH has also commissioned graffiti artist André to produce limited edition drawings, some of which will be available for sale at the store.

Louis Vuitton, rue François Sibilli, St. Tropez

Chanel

2010 is the year of Karl Lagerfeld in St. Tropez as the French resort town seems to be the venerable designer’s current amour. Not only did Lagerfeld hold the Chanel Resort collection runaway show in St. Tropez, but the company also produced a star-studded ad campaign here and held a glittering fête to celebrate. To cap off the St. Tropez obsession, Chanel recently opened a seasonal “pop-up” store in an 18th century mansion located near the Place de Lices.

Decorated in very Chanel black and white, as well as chic reds and beige, the store also boasts stencilled walls, a gorgeous garden and, of course, racks and racks of gorgeous clothing items. The only downside is that the pieces are all from the house’s fall ready-to-wear collection and, while it may seem a little incongruous shopping for tweed while wearing a floaty caftan, it is Chanel after all and there really is no wrong time to snap up some interlocking Cs. Some of these pieces are bound to end up in the closets of those staying in luxury villa rentals in St. Tropez in 2010.

Chanel, 25 rue François Sibilli, St. Tropez (Open from June 23 to October 3, 2010).

Lanvin

On the heels of the Chanel pop-up store comes news that Lanvin is following suit. Of course, pop-ups may be the wrong word here. These are not exactly hastily thrown together retail outlets, but true lessons in glamorous luxury. Now, only a short walk from the beach, you can flip through Alber Elbaz-designed summer and pre-fall pieces and revel in the feminine whimsy of the boutique’s design. Like the Chanel store nearby, and the many sun worshippers coming in to vacation in St. Tropez luxury villa rentals, the Lanvin boutique will disappear come October.

Lanvin, 30 rue Francois Sibilli, St. Tropez

So, darlings, where will you be laying down the Black AMEX this summer?

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