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Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6 million euro bag as announced by 360 MAGAZINE

Boarini Milanesi 7 Million Dollar Bag

The Italian brand Boarini Milanesi is launching a 6 million euro bag (approximately 7 million US Dollars), the most expensive ever in the world. It has been created to raise awareness on the need to protect our seas, which are becoming even more threatened than usual by non-biodegradable plastics due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 800 thousand euros (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) of the proceeds will be donated to cleaning the seas.

The brand has decided to create this bag for a very precise reason, linked to the personal story of one of the brand’s two founders and designers, Matteo Rodolfo Milanesi.

Matteo Rodolfo, who lost his father when he was just a teenager, has lots of memories of him linked to the sea.

“We used to spend every summer at sea, between Greece and Turkey, and I was happiest when we would go on boat trips between the islands” says Matteo Rodolfo. “Even though mass tourism was still a long way off, we would often see plastic bags floating on the water or patches of tar leaked by oil tankers”.

“Recently, I have seen even more plastic in the seathan when I was a child, due to the pandemic and all the gloves and face masks that are being carelessly thrown away. This reminded me of my father, who used to dive into the water to collect the plastic bags and bottles floating in the sea and help me wipe the patches of tar that I found on the beach when I was building sand castles off my hands”.

This is why, together with Carolina Boarini, co-founder and designer of the brand, he decided to do something to help raise people’s awareness of the need to respect the environment, dedicating this particular bag to his father, who cared so much about the crystal clear waters of the seas and oceans. The project also includes a practical initiative for cleaning the seas: Boarini Milanesi undertakes to donate 800 thousand euros of the proceeds (approximately 950 thousand US Dollars) to cleaning and operations in defence of the marine environment.

There are only three of these bags in the world. It is a Parva Mea model, made of semi-shiny alligator, adorned with a diamond pavé accessory and 10 white gold butterflies with sapphires, diamonds and Paraiba tourmalines, for a total of over 130 carats, over 1000 hours of work and a price of 6 million euros (approximately 7 million US Dollars).

The choice of the stones is linked to seawater: Carolina Boarini tells us “Blue sapphires represent the depths of the oceans, Paraiba tourmaline reminds us of the uncontaminated Caribbean seas and diamonds refer to the transparency of water when it falls in the form of rain”.

Cotton Style House – Holiday Edition

Warm weather is just about out, and cold weather is on its way in, so stir up some hot chocolate and grab a warm blanket and your favorite movie because Cotton Incorporated is here to help.

Cotton Incorporated announced the launch of its limited-time holiday shop Monday. It is called Cotton Style House – Holiday Edition and is available exclusively on Amazon.

From now until the end of the calendar year, a variety of cotton apparel, gifting and home items are available, all curated by world-renowned celebrity stylist Irma Martínez.

Using virtual programming and a goal to connect all communities and cultures, the collection aims to bring people together at a time during which togetherness has come in short supply.

You can see actress Debby Ryan and influencer Daniela Ramirez and her husband in their favorite styles by clicking right here. You can also see the entire collection and find the right pieces for your taste.

Marissa Barlin, director of brand partnerships for Cotton Incorporated, said The Cotton Style House is celebrating the holiday season with chic, cotton-rich styles to provide both comfort and joy.

“The collections speak to how consumers anticipate celebrating the season with a focus on personal panache or creating a cozy home,” Barlin said.

With brands like Mara Hoffman, Levi’s, Calvin Klein and STAUD, the collection shows the versatility and comfort of cotton.

Ryan Clark, Gregory Dava, Coco Bassey and Jill Wallace also joined to show off their favorite cotton styles and trendy designs that they’ll be sporting this holiday season.

Each creator worked alongside Cotton Incorporated and Irma Martínez to create unique looks that represent their styles and personalities, and now they’re offering everybody a chance to join in the fun.

To shop the whole collection, you can click right here.

You can also follow Debby Ryan, Jill Wallace, Ryan Clark, Patrick Van Negri, Daniela Ramirez and Gregory Dava on Instagram.

Promotional Photos for Noorullah Line for 360 Magazine

Noorullah

By Hannah DiPilato


With a line that unites sustainability and style, Noorullah is a brand to watch. The timeless collection features unique and versatile pieces that appeal to everyone. 

Recently, we caught up with designer Noorullah Amiri who explained what makes the line different from the rest of current-day high fashion. 


Where did you pull inspiration from for this line?


I pulled inspiration from the Ancient Egyptian wardrobe, which is a white linen fabric that has drape. Linen fibers create a very functional fabric that is breathable and good for temperatures all year round. For the pajama styles, I took inspiration from Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s stained glass window in the St. Peter’s Basilica from 1660. It was fitting to use that print for the pajamas, which you can lounge and meditate in.


The tracksuit is inspired by Ancient Greek Olympians, who would participate in the Olympic events. The idea was to create a comfortable and functional tracksuit also for lounging or exercising in cold weather. I also made use of genuine snake leather for small leather goods in relation to Ancient Greek biblical artworks: “Adam and Eve” and “Laocoon and His Sons”.  And also, lamb leather in relation to “The Sacrifice of Issac”.


What made you want to create sustainable fashion?

In the fashion industry, 85% of textiles go to the dumb each year and bits of fibers from the washing machine pollute the ocean. Producing new clothes causes pollution and there is post-consumption pollution as well. The best way to be sustainable is to close the loop in the fashion cycle and use only recycled textiles for making new fibers and materials.


It is our duty to take care of the planet for a better quality of life. And the fashion industry needs to be more sustainable to preserve the ecosystem. Our approach currently, is to focus on style and quality to create sustainable products. Style determines how long products will remain relevant and desirable, while quality determines how long the design will hold up during its use. We fully commit to our highly detailed designs with confidence so that they can be everlasting in terms of style and durability.


Have you had any community involvement relating to your company’s purpose?

Last year in San Francisco, on Earth Day, I went to a fair to gain and spread knowledge about sustainability, and also planted redwood tree sprouts that can grow up to 300 feet.


Where do you hope to see your designs in the future?

I hope to keep the designs exclusive and desirable so they can be enjoyed for a long time. We would like to have a strong global online presence with boutiques in strategic locations.

It is a dream to be able to provide people an experience from our world when shopping inside a brick-and-mortar location. I have a passion for storytelling through visual merchandising. In addition, I hope to have a limited wholesale partnership with a luxury department store.


What is your personal favorite piece from the collection and what makes this your favorite?

If I have one pick, I am going with the Wool Overcoat because it is comfortable and warm. I can wear almost anything underneath and still maintain a modern look. Also, similar to all of the garments from the collection, I created each pattern piece custom for your body. And I like that it has 4 deep pockets for holding valuables.


What would you say is the one thing that makes you stand out against other designers?

I would say it is my confidence because my design process is functional yet artistic, producing something with its own identity. I can pull inspiration from nature, for example, to create something that is unique in design having function and playing with silhouettes or other design elements.


When did you begin designing and how did you get started?

I began designing vector artwork using Adobe illustrator in 2011. I was working on a streetwear brand with t-shirts and fleece before designing window displays and private label brands for assignments in college.

I got started with the Noorullah brand by gathering inspiration and having an end-use in mind for the products. The end-use is when the garments will be worn, where, and by who. Getting an understanding of end-use is what enabled me to get started with bringing the inspirations to life.


Why do some pieces have only limited numbers available? Is this something you plan to change or continue doing in the future?

Everything from the collection is very limited because there are so many ideas to play with for new designs. The collection is truly exclusive and there will be a fresh collection to build from the previous one. In the future, as we expand our business, we will continue to keep the merchandise exclusive in proportion to consumer demands.


What is your process of designing sustainable products to ensure they’re functional and stylish?

To have a sustainable design we begin with the yarns that make up the fabric. To have durable fabrics we select the ones made from long filament yarns which are more durable, produce less fiber waste in the washing machine, and even have a better hand. We pay attention to construction details to make products functional, comfortable, and permanent. This way the products fulfill their intended uses while providing comfort and not becoming damaged. Along with durable materials and construction, we produce designs everlasting in terms of style.


How would you summarize the goal of the line in one sentence?

To give the wearer a high sense of confidence with luxury only for them to know.


Do you believe other brands should move away from fast fashion and create more sustainable clothing?

Yes, absolutely. The biggest way to impact the planet through sustainability in the fashion industry is to not produce any more clothes, but even that will not undo the existing pollution that has already been set in motion many years ago. And since we must continue producing products, it is best to be as ethical as possible.


Although the demand for fast fashion is high because some styles are trendy and affordable, the price that the planet pays is too great. Because fast fashion produces fads, where clothing goes out of style rapidly and they are made poorly to save pennies in productions.


What advice would you give to other designers about becoming more sustainable?

To source only recycled materials, and produce clothing that is classic and high quality.

Noorullah Wool Jacket Photograph 360 Magazine
Photo by Janine Ajamian Photography

The Bachelorette X Randi Rahm

Bachelor Tuesday is here and the fashion is just as good as the drama. Randi Rahm has handmade a beautiful tone-on-tone, olivine, khaki dress that was handpicked by Tayshia Adams. Adams is the New Babe of The Bachelorette! 

This sensual, body-bearing dress with criss-cross satin straps in a halter neckline, which holds the barely-there cut-out bodice, showcases the sexiness that is the show. The stunning fabric hangs off of Adams in all the right ways. 

The gown was hand-beaded in metallic beads and hand sewed from two cut khaki creating a stunning gown. The piece was envisioned inside the fashionable walls of Randi Rahm’s Manhattan Atelier. The dress took over 280 man-hours to make inside the Atelier. 

The color of the dress complimented Tayshia’s complexion so perfectly and truly lets her shine. Her figure is beautifully extenuated in all the right places like the dress was made for her. The Raquel style is one of Randi’s most signature couture designs which makes it that much more exciting to see such an iconic look on the silver screen for such an iconic debut.   

Randi Rahm is here to fashionably guide viewers through Tayshia Adam’s takeover of The Bachelorette as she struts her stuff in Randi Rahm Couture! For the next eight weeks, Randi Rahm’s designs will be seen on the silver screen. From red-carpet to ready-to-wear looks, this season of The Bachelorette is as dramatic in style as it is in surprises. Rahm’s designs have been seen on each premiere and finale of The Bachelorette for the past five years.  

Rahm is an internationally lauded fine haute couture artist, whose signature timeless gowns and suits have been gracing red carpets, magazine covers, and stages for almost three decades. 

Rahm has been dressing Hollywood icons, Broadway leads, elegant brides, and power women and men across the globe. She has worked with celebrities such as Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Billy Porter, Eva Longoria, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, and many more.

Tayshia’s official takeover in the Raquel Gown from Randi Rahm Couture will debut Tuesday, November 10, on ABC.

All looks available for purchase at www.randirahm.com or by emailing sales@randirahm.com. Randi Rahm can be followed on Instagram, @randirahm and on Facebook, Randi Rahm Studio

G-SHOCK x New Era

Casio announced that it joined with longtime collaborator New Era Wednesday for a brand new timepiece.

The GM110NE-1A is a celebration of New Era’s 100th anniversary and includes the classic headwear brand’s flag logo at the 3 o’clock position on the watch’s face.

The gold accents work in conjunction with an engraved gold IP case back that features inscriptions reading “100 1920-2020,” a tribute to New Era’s long and storied history.

While carrying the design of the G-SHOCK GM110, the GM110NE-1A has a dark gray metal-forged and polished IP bezel.

The GM110NE-1A also comes with two bands.

One is a black cloth band lined with green, similar to New Era’s famous 59FIFTY hat. It also has a gold buckle and band keepers on the underside, a nod to the sought after 59FIFTY cap, gold buckle, band keepers, an embroidered New Era logo and a gold-speckled back.

The other is a gold-speckled black urethane band with a stainless-steel keeper.

G-SHOCK released a video for everyone to see all the features of their new design. You can see it by clicking right here.

The GM110NE-1A comes with signature G-SHOCK technology like:

-200M Water Resistance

-Shock Resistance

-Magnetic Resistance

-Super Illuminator Auto LED Light

-3-year battery

-5 Multi-Function Alarms with 1 Snooze Alarm

-World Time (31 Time Zones + UTC / 48 Cities)

-1/100th Sec. Stopwatch (24Hr)

-Countdown Timer (1Sec., 24Hr)

-12/24 Hr. Time Formats

-Full Auto Calendar

It is available in Nov. and will retail for $340. It can be purchased through select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store and online on G-SHOCK’s website.

REFINERY29 × QUIBI’S “LAST LOOKS” OUT NOW

LAST LOOKS, narrated by Dakota Fanning and produced by Refinery29, is a true crime series investigating the real crimes that have gripped the fashion industry, proving there’s a dark side to glamour

‘Murder, Designed by Gucci,’ follows Patrizia Reggiani and the high-profile arranged murder of her husband, the heir to the esteemed Gucci brand

WATCH EPISODES HERE

CLIP 1: Gucci Murderess Intro

CLIP 2: Gucci Murderess Conclusion

The series will cover 6 crimes stories that focus on the life of each subject, charting the sequence of events that led to the crime, while also exploring broader thematic questions about society and culture. Filmed in the cinematic Neon-noir style, LAST LOOKS will feature in-depth interviews, evocative recreations and immersive timelines that shed light on the real victims of these fashion crimes. 

STREAMING TODAY ONLY ON QUIBI

There will be new chapters available every weekday until November 4, 2020 only on Quibi.

Watch the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgqfE2yLwbA

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Kruse GWS Auctions’ Record Sale

Kruse GWS Auctions, the world-record-breaking auction house specializing in entertainment memorabilia, fine jewelry, iconic fashion items and royal artifacts shattered yet another world record during their Luxury Jewelry, Timepieces and Handbags auction which was held Saturday, September 26, 2020 in Los Angeles. Founder and lead auctioneer of Kruse GWS Auctions, Dame Brigitte Kruse, presided over the auction. 

In a stunning round of fast and furious online bids from around the globe, Kruse GWS Auctions sold a Hermès Shiny Black Porosus Crocodile, 10.70ctw Diamond & White Gold Birkin Bag, never used, in box for a remarkable $287,500. This sale marked yet another world-record garnered by the auction house, proving Dame Brigitte Kruse, who was knighted this year, may add “Queen of Handbags” soon to her title.

Coveted for their rarity and craftsmanship, Birkin bags have also carved out a rare and lesser known niche, paving the way for luxury handbags as investments. Over the past 35 years Birkins have out-performed both the value of Gold and the S&P 500 stocks. Since April of 2020, Dame Brigitte Kruse has sold over $2,000,000 worth of handbags from the most sought-after luxury brands around the globe, including Hermès, Chanel, Gucci,  Judith Leiber, Fendi, Valentino, MCM, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and more. Selling at $287,500, the Hermès Birkin bag secured the world-record for the highest sale every achieved for a Black Hermès Birkin handbag. 

Other highlights of the auction included the Ford 2016 Shelby GT-H 50th Anniversary Hertz Rent-a-Racer Edition. The highly collectible and sought-after vehicle was #30 of 171 total of these cars made as a collaboration with Hertz and sold for $93,750. 

In this auction, one of the fine watch highlights was the sale of a Rolex 1979 Cosmograph Daytona Solid 18K Yellow Gold 37mm Watch sold for $37,500. The handsome timepiece is one of the most highly sought after and collectible models of the brand and is crafted of solid 18k yellow gold.

The world-record-breaking sale by Kruse GWS Auctions further solidifies the renowned Los Angeles based auction house as one of the most influential auction houses dealing in iconic fashion brands and accessories. Having created the exclusive fashion runway auctions and setting many other world-records in the entertainment memorabilia sector, the auction house has become one of the most popular and trusted auction houses in the world amongst sellers, buyers, celebrities, and royal families alike. Dame Brigitte Kruse is the founder and lead auctioneer of Kruse GWS Auctions.

Black Butterfly

By: Neecole Cockerham

The moon has a gravitational pull that is so powerful it causes what is know as a tidal force. A tidal force causes the earth and its water to swell; These actions are what determine if the level of ocean’s tide is high or low. Either way once this occurs the water, no matter how still, has a ripple effect, a shift; a change; Today, Goldenvoice’s newly formed Gvblack an AEG subsidiary along with Coachella announced several new inclusivity, progressive social initiatives. The buzz trend hype is about the new Coachella and Black lives matter merchandise that is on sale today. The Gvblack employees are proud to introduce is a socially influenced project powered by a new initiative as a direct impact of the murder of George Floyd to recognize the inequity of people of color in the info structure of Coachella. The objective is to bridge the gap with minority entrepreneurs and companies to infuse into the workforce.

The new Coachella x BLM merchandise exposes the creations of four Black designers Bricks and Wood, Nicholas Mayfield, Supervision & The newly introduced designer Diana Boardley who notably becomes the first Black Woman to do design merchandise for Coachella since the inception of the music and arts festival in 1999.

The half Liberian, Baltimore born visionary is a single mother who loves the joys of Motherhood. Diana is fueled by her work ethic to instill qualities of excellence in her children just as her Mother, Grandmother and Aunt poured into her. She freely admits that her process to be the full- time sole provider for her children after ending a fifteen-year marriage has been a struggle. “I want my children to know the truth about life, that includes the ups and the downs. The tides are ever changing depending on the time of year. Timing is always key in every life situation.” I was a full-time student when I attended John Hopkins University for my MBA. I have spent the last decade working full-time at the renowned Kennedy Kreiger Institute in Neuropsychology.” “Everything I’ve ever done was fast pace and full-time. I have place myself last for so long, I am just now clearing space for me.

The self-proclaimed women entrepreneur began designing as her passion on the side fifteen years ago. Diana has worked along side legendary merchandise brands. She is the original designer of the iconic Maestro character for JDilla. Mostly known as an industry insider favorite, she has remained behind the scenes quietly designing and manufacturing, until now. The current shift is high tide the moon is full, and it must renew.

Coachella x Black Lives Matter Merchandise. What does it all mean to you?

It’s a historic project for me to be a part of as a designer. Coachella is its own monumental platform with its own subculture and Black lives matter are the Black injustice advocates. I am honored I had the opportunity to work on the project. Once we discussed the brand collaboration, I read the statement Coachella released written a Goldenvoice V.P Rhea Roberts-Johnson and I was completely inspired. I started sketching that day.

I love the Design. What is your interpretation of it?

“I thought of the inequality in the world. The fist represents strength, the words Coachella dance from thumb to wrist and the BLM in red for lives lost & love needed.  “My contribution is the love & Unity T-shirt. The collaboration of Coachella x BLM is powerful I had to represent the fist. I initially set my intention to spread Love with my design. I also wanted to create a piece that all people would feel comfortable wearing. I was specific about my color ways because its conscious apparel, so it has meaning as well.

At this time in your life what is the best part of this project and how has the experience been for you? Also has the project been impacted by the pandemic?

“The introduction as a designer is great. However, the most exciting element of the project is being able to give back. Each designer was able to select a 501c3 nonprofit organization to donate proceeds to. I selected a pilot program Sole Folks from the Non-Profit Organization Black Owned and Operated. Sole Folks is a young incubator program that pairs Mentors with youth ages 13-23 years old, they learn to design and manufacture T-Shirts.  They also learn how to start a business. I take pride in knowing to the kids will benefit.” I love to help kids I plan on mentoring in the program”.

Yes, we have safety gloves and mask in place at our manufacturing facility due to Covid-19. The pandemic has had a significant effect, I actually met Rhea (V.P of Goldenvoice and the Gv Black team over a zoom meeting.

I was in the office the day Diana and Rhea met. I was in the middle of me interviewing Rhea; Diana was dropping off shirts and I’d made reference to whom I was interviewing and the two had a moment to introduce themselves. The earth has shifted. The two Black women were uniquely connected by the unification of the recent Civil unrest as opposed to the precedent that plagues us as Black women and a culture; The crabs in the barrel mentality. The renewal of this moment was inspired by creativity and a relentless effort to effect change. Diana was happy to extend her appreciation for the words Rhea penned as the Coachella statement of inclusiveness which adorn the back of the T-shirt she designed. I was internally ecstatic because it was at that moment, I realized that the cataclysmic event of the pandemic was not in vain and its purpose was change of ourselves and how we receive one another.

What is important as you move forward this journey? What would you like you share with anyone who is your mirror but is still struggling?

“I am allowing myself to take time for myself. I have the support of my two best friends, one reminded me to just breath. My other best friend sends me custom prayers and my Mom send me encouraging quotes. I am just in a forgiving space and I am pushing forward. As I understand myself more, I know that education is key and its something no one can take from you. I am grateful to tap into my passion which is design”.

What are you working on now? What’s next for you?

The project I am currently working on is Brand Collaboration that I can’t divulge. I am still working on Merchandise for Maimouna Youssef she and I collaborate for her line. I also, am launching my brand True That Merch under the Parent Co. The Boardley Brand. The best is yet to come…

The shift is complete. A Black Butterfly is transformed. The Black Butterfly represents longevity and a shift in power.

We as a people have been divided. We had been complacent and comfortable with the day to day monotony of our lives. Our cellphones and computers have become our livelihood, text has become our way to talk to one another. We have become excepting of unacceptable behaviors. We no longer know our neighbors. The entire world is affected by the Covid-19. When we thought nothing else could happen. The world all watched as George Floyd Gasp for his last breath with white police officers’ knee in his neck.

I once read there can be no forgiveness unless blood is shed. Forgiveness is a process of learning to let go. As much as we would like to be able to change the legal aspects of policing, Black Americans continue to be murdered at alarming disproportionate rates followed by protest and Civil unrest. One initiative we are all capable of is the change that begins within ourselves. As a society living with one another we can be a more considerate, more patient and understanding with one another. We are all capable of effecting change starting with accountability. We can be inspired by designer Boardley Boardley and never give up, never be complacent always continue to stretch and reach beyond our own capacity in the pursuit of excellence. We have entered a new day, filled with Trailblazers, Black Phoenixes and now Black Butterflies. If you have not felt the shift of today’s tide, its high. As the world changes and has its ripple effect, when the goodness comes your way grab a piece and be apart of the change for the better. Like the power of the Coachella x Black Lives Matter apparel designed by Diana there is greatness in the details even if you cannot see it.

Symara Briel Wilson illustration for travel article inside 360 MAGAZINE.

Ovolo Hotels Go Vegetarian

By Cassandra Yany

Ovolo Hotels announced Thursday– which was World Vegetarian Day— that all of its restaurants and bars in Australia and Hong Kong will move to completely vegetarian menus for the next year. This initiative has been termed “The Year of the Veg” and makes the hotel group the first in the world to eliminate meat from its menus.

Ovolo Founder and CEO, Girish Jhunjhnuwala, said, “We want to be conscious about what we are consuming and practice environmental sustainability as best as we can, as this leads to a larger impact on humanity, not just the environment.”

These venues include:

  • Monster Kitchen & Bar at Ovolo Nishi in Canberra, AU- New Executive Chef Paul Wilson will implement his experience in internationally renowned kitchens to create a sophisticated vegetable-forward menu.
  • ZA ZA TA at Ovolo the Valley in Brisbane, AU- Managed by Israeli-born chef Roy Ner, formerly of Nour and Lilah in Sydney
  • Mister Percy at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour in Sydney, AU- This location will be transformed into a vegetarian Italian wine bar.
  • Komune at Ovolo Southside in Hong Kong- The location is cutting meat from its menus, and the hotel will soon debut a new restaurant that will be fully vegetarian, as well.

Other locations such as Alibi Bar & Kitchen at Ovolo Woolloomooloo in Australia and New Zealand, and Veda at Ovolo Central in Hong Kong will continue with their vegan and vegetarian menus, respectively. 

In addition to moving fully vegetarian, Ovolo has already taken numerous other steps to implement eco-friendliness in their hotels. The hotel collection has eliminated single-use plastic bathroom amenities and replaced them with re-fillable, tamper-free pump bottles that are HDPE recyclable, eliminated single-use plastic straws, introduced reusable woven bags for slippers, and began using biodegradable materials in all laundry bags and packaging.

To learn more about Ovolo Group’s move to become fully vegetarian in Australia and Hong Kong, visit here.

About Ovolo Group

Ovolo Hotels is the leading designer hotel group. The Ovolo Group was founded by entrepreneur Girish Jhunjhnuwala and first entered the real estate market in 2002; then further expanded into the hotel industry in 2010. Ovolo Hotels quickly became one of Hong Kong and Australia’s most dynamic independent owner operated hospitality firms by providing guests with the best in effortless living across hotels and food and beverage outlets.

A collection of contemporary hotels that keep you connected to the little luxuries you love, all effortlessly included. The company prides itself on being in touch with the modern traveller through award-winning interior designs, detail-driven comforts, complimentary value-added services like the mini bar, breakfast, Wi-Fi, and more, and cutting-edge technology – all done in signature Ovolo style. At the 2019 HM Awards, Ovolo Hotels were acknowledged for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, receiving the accolade “Hotel Brand of the Year.”

A proud Hong Kong brand, Ovolo Group remains a family-owned and privately-operated business operating four hotels and three restaurants in Hong Kong, and seven hotels and five restaurants across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. Ovolo is also developing a new hotel in Melbourne, Australia (South Yarra).

Ovolo also has the By Ovolo Collective within its portfolio of hotels, a distinctive collection of four hotels each one unique, each one special, the more guests explore, the more they’ll find. These include Nishi Apartments in Canberra Australia, Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour in Hong Kong, The Sheung Wan Hong Kong, and Mamaka Kuta Beach Bali Indonesia launching late 2020.

Illustration for 360 Magazine by Kaelen Felix

Spring Style of Vivienne Hu

The Vivienne Hu Spring/Summer 2021 collection perfectly captures all the best parts of spring fashion, while staying both classic and modern. The line consists of 50 pieces that channel both comfort and elegance. With clear influence from European design and New York business clothing, the line had a lot of femininity and beauty. 

The collection features pastel colors to go along with the true nature of classic spring shades. With hues of light blue, pink and green, the colors perfectly resemble blooming flowers and the escape of a bleak winter. The pastels were subtle enough not to scream Easter, but are still the perfect colors for escaping a chilly winter. A few black pieces stood out in the collection in contrast to the generally light colors of the line. Although different then the other light and muted tones, black does not channel the energy of spring. However, black is a classic color and is always in style, no matter the season. 

The Spring/Summer 2021 designs are all about details with fewer bold pieces focused on the fit of the clothes more than any flashy patterns. The outfits were made from light fabrics that flowed perfectly with the movements of the models. Satin and silk were used to keep the garments classic and allowed them to shimmer in the light. The dresses and pants were fluid and created movement as the models strutted down the runway. 

Recently, midi skirts have taken over the fashion world. Thinking back to the 2010s, maxi skirts had the spotlight for a few years and short skirts have always been circulating the fashion world. However, skirts that meet in the middle are now everywhere. Midi skirts are perfect for spring because they keep your legs shielded on chilly days, but stay light and airy for the warm temperatures. The long skirts were often paired with a deep neckline to channel just the right amount of modesty. 

Many of the shirts included puffy and long sleeves. Sometimes known as balloon sleeves, this victorian technique was very popular in this year’s fall and winter collections, so it is no surprise they will continue to be popular this spring. This type of sleeve can add a chic demeanor to even a basic outfit. 

The line seems to pull inspiration from lingerie with silk and lace, but channels a level of professionalism that is ready to wear. The line includes many high necks with collars and a trendier version of a blazer. There is a clear inspiration taken from classic business fashion, but many of the looks have cut-outs or sheer pieces that make the outfits feel sexy. 

The accessories were bold and stood out against the simple closet pieces. Statement earrings made out of beautiful beading drew attention upward and stood out against the more basic shirts. Bright, patterned scarves either tied in the model’s hair or around their necks added a pop of color and tied everything together. These accessories contrasted the simple clothing and made a statement in the look. 

What’s a fashion-forward look without incorporating a statement bag or striking shoes. One of the looks was featured with a black, abstract shoulder bag. Although not the same, this bag closely resembles the Christian Dior Oblique Saddle Bag that has been increasingly popular on social media. The unique shape makes it a must-have especially with the popularity of shoulder bags. These mini purses have been one of the most popular types of stylish bags this year. Although shoes are rarely the showcase, the shoes in this line beautifully accentuate the colors of the clothing. Many of the shoes were functional flats or small heels with a bit of color from the outfit. Ruffles were also featured on many of the shoe straps, which is surprising because ruffles were minimal in the clothing pieces. 

This line is significantly different from both the 2020 Spring/Summer collection as well as the 2019 Spring/Summer collection. In the 2019 line, the focus was on patterns and many of the clothes were bolder. Many geometric patterns were featured and the colors were much deeper. The 2020 line also contained deeper colors and included many silver and black pieces. Outerwear and heavy fabrics were much more present in the 2020 collection compared to the upcoming 2021 designs. 

Hu has always been focused on making outfits both professional and stylish, which is hard to find in the world of business clothing. She originally received a degree in finance and worked in investment banking for over three years. She wanted a more creative career path and worked for a degree in fashion from Parsons School of Design. Her first collection was a spring/summer line in 2012 and she opened her first store in 2013. 

“In the corporate world I see women lose their personal style for the sake of professionalism…forced to follow dress code and as a result being ‘uniform’,” said Hu on her website. “Women should never be forced to give up something so personal …My vision is to break open this forced box by bridging the gap between personality and professionalism.”

Vivienne Hu continues to show the professional world that work attire can be fashionable. Her Spring 2021 collection perfectly captures sophistication while staying graceful and sleek. The pieces in this line were functional enough to wear while still showing the designs of high fashion. The exquisite details tied each look together and made the line cohesive. This line is one to watch for this spring, especially if timeless pieces and business wear are a part of your wardrobe. Keep up with Vivienne Hu fashion on their website or Instagram