Dior’s creative director, Raf Simon showcased his cruise collection, croisière in Monaco, which saw stars like Marion Cotillard, Liv Tyler, Jessica Biel and Princess Charlene of Monaco in attendance. The line saw several lace inspired designs undergoing an interesting transformation. The Dior Cruise 2014 Collection Launch saw all these celebrities decked up in the finest Dior outfits and accessories.
The list of most valuable luxury brands begins with Louis Vuitton and is followed by Hermes, Gucci and Prada. But Louis Vuitton might not be able to hold on to its top slot anymore. Its brand value declined by 12 percent last year, going down to $22.7 billion. The LVMH Moet Hennessy owned brand has managed to claim the numero uno spot for eight straight years. Its value is maintained by its mix of exclusiveness combined with better affordability. The valuation of Hermes has remained unchanged at $19.1 billion, but Gucci has surged ahead by surged 48% to $12.7 billion, while Prada has surged ahead by 63% to $9.45 billion. These brands however will still have to appreciate in value substantially to overtake Louis Vuitton.
Many people have grown up with Harry Potter books. It still retains a special place in those people’s hearts and not to forget a special place in the world of literature. As part of Sotheby’s ‘First Editions, Second Thoughts’ , a 1997 first edition of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, containing her handwritten commentaries and 22 illustrations was put up for auction in London. Fierce bidding ensued and a bidder on the telephone made the winning bid of £150,000. I am sure all you Harry Potter fans out there must be drooling at the thought of owning something like this.
While Aishwarya Rai is busy at Cannes right now, she and hubby, Abhishek Bacchan will be heading over to London to attend Gucci’s Chime For Change Concert being held on June 1st. This event was founded by Salma Hayek and Beyonce has stepped in as creative director. She will be performing a 45 minute set. Other big names performing are Jennifer Lopez, Florence & The Machine, John Legend, Ellie Goulding and Timbaland. The money collected from the sale of the concert will fund women’s education in 70 countries.