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Conison, Blake Holmes and Connor Morton article inside 360 MAGAZINE

CONISON: OUR CHAT WITH HIGH-END STREETWEAR LABEL FOUNDER, CONNOR MORTON 

By Blake Holmes

A celebration of the LA dream, Conison is an up-and-coming, high-end streetwear brand from Melbourne, Australia. 
Recently, we caught up with Founder and Creative Director, Connor Morton, to chat vision, inspiration and what’s in store for the year ahead. 

TELL US ABOUT CONISON..

Conison is a high-end streetwear and design brand. 

At the heart of Conison is a message of inspiration. I want to encourage people to express themselves, providing an avenue for them to explore their own sense of style and creative potential through fashion and design. 

WHAT’S YOUR WHY? 

I’ve always endeavoured to express my creativity through outlets available to me, from DJing and music, to clothing customisation and art. I think everyone deserves this opportunity and my dream is that Conison will provide that for others; an inspiration source that spreads positivity and reinforces the idea that everyone has the power to shape their reality. 

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOUR UPCOMING COLLECTION? 

Collection 2 Rise & Fall is a two-part capsule. This collection celebrates an ascension to your highest self and the fall of negative energy. These ideas are expressed in my messaging and I’ve catered to both the NZ/Aus and US/Euro markets, with different materials and designs. 

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

There are countless brands and creators that fuel my fire. Designers like Reese Cooper and Heron Preston, brands like Riot Hill and photographers like Kyle Caulfield to name just a few. 

HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? 

I believe motivation is something you have to seek constantly. This can be challenging at times and the interruptions of this year have been a prime example. 

Regularly contacting my mentors, listening to podcasts, and painting have kept me in the zone this year. There’s always motivation to be found if you look hard enough. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? 

Every day is different but I start and end them in the same way. I usually wake up with a warm/cold soak to get focused, then have breakfast while watching motivational content on YouTube. From then I work ‘til i’ve felt i’ve done enough, which means late nights a lot of the time. I also work other jobs and fit in time at the gym or some form of exercise each day. I end the day with business content on YouTube to get inspired for the day ahead.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL STRAIN WHEN RUNNING YOUR OWN BRAND? 

Being a one-man band with no backing at 22 has been a struggle. There are definitely financial challenges and they’ve taken a lot of practice, help from mentors and learning to overcome. In saying that, I’m feeling confident in the belief that now is the time to be bold, take risks and bet on myself. When you believe in your brand and the message you’re trying to share, anything is possible. 

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

My mentor sent me a message a few weeks back. I think it’s spot on and something I struggle with at times. “Your art is not about how many people like your work, your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work, it’s how honest you are with yourself”. I try to follow this ethos daily and remind myself of this at times I’m questioning my vision and creative direction. I’ve implemented this into my work daily and it’s become more authentic as a result. 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CONISON? 

The sky’s the limit. I want to push creative boundaries, not just with Conison but in the global fashion and lifestyle brand space. This means everything from painting collections and exclusive pieces to furniture. 
Most importantly, I want to continue telling the Conison story in an authentic way. Giving people a story to truly connect with is what drives me and the best way to keep people engaged and on-board for the journey. 

I’m learning and growing every day and Conison will continue to evolve with me. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

LEAVE US WITH A FAVOURITE QUOTE..

I’ve got a few. ‘Ignore the boos, they usually come from the cheap seats’. This one has been really important to me. As a young person, you often face a lot of negativity and doubt from others about your ability to step outside the norm and succeed. I’ve learnt not to take this to heart and stay true to myself, which is something I think we should all strive to do. 

Another favourite is, ‘an arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backward’. This one’s all about resilience to me, and the idea that on the other side of struggle and hardship is success, fortune and prosperity. I try to remember this with every minor setback and keep a positive mindset no matter the circumstances. When you do, nothing can discourage you from achieving your dreams. This is what Conison is all about. 

Rise & Fall Part 1 drops 7th December, 7:00pm EST
at www.conisondesigns.com 

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360 Magazine wins ‘Most Innovative’

360 Magazine won LUX Life Magazine’s ‘Most Innovative Pop Culture Entertainment Publication’ award of 2020. This comes after the nomination we received and accepted at the 2020 Hospitality Awards and recent months of significant challenges.

For us, this means that we will be featured in LUX Life Magazine‘s annual celebratory magazine that will be distributed to a ‘vast and worldwide circulation of 238,000 professionals,’ and furthermore to their free website and the inboxes of their readers.

The award is due to 360 Magazine’s expertise within its field, its dedication to customer service and client satisfaction, and its commitment to excellence and innovation, according to LUX Life Magazine.

Earlier this year, our editor-in-chief, Vaughn Lowery, won Business Excellence’s award for the “Most Avant-Garde Fashion & Culture Magazine” for his creation of 360 Magazine, which covers topics such as fashion, lifestyle, and culture through a modern lens. Before that, 360 Magazine was awarded the California Excellence Award for excellence in internet and media. 

Spring 2009 saw the first online issue of 360 Magazine, which garnered positive reviews. Since then, we have continuously released content, serving our defined market well.

We proudly partner with several philanthropic organizations, such as Amnesty International, Falling Whistles, and Jenesse Center, Inc., as well as many more.

We work with cutting-edge brands, organizations, and individuals to create content that is fresh and relevant to our readers. Past pages have featured Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Bella Thorne, Sir Paul McCartney, Demi Lovato, Zoe Kravtiz, and Led Zeppelin.

360 Magazine has offices in New York City, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, and Paris, as well as circulation in Miami, Chicago, Japan, and South Africa.

About LUX Life Magazine:

LUX Life Magazine is a bimonthly luxury lifestyle magazine that showcases the products, services, attractions, and events that will appeal to them. Some of the world’s most internationally renowned brands, individuals, and products are highlights in LUX.

“Our website, digital publication and diverse array of awards programmes cover all aspects of high end lifestyle, including the finest, food and drink, hotels and resorts, health and beauty, automotive, jewellery, art and technology,” as said on their website. “Within our pages you’ll find everything from product news and reviews, to in-depth news, trends, features and comment, all designed to inform, entertain and inspire in equal measure.” 

LUX is a part of the Al Global Media Publishing group, a UK based company, established 2010. 

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Netflix – The Take

By Cassandra Yany

Netflix has fixed a technical issue that left many viewers confused while watching one of the streaming service’s latest releases. 

The 2016 film The Take starring Idris Elba was added to Netflix’s library Wednesday. The partly-French film had a bug with the subtitles where only the English lines were captioned and the French lines remained untranslated.

Subscribers quickly took to Twitter to alert Netflix of the issue. One user wrote, “Okay just finished The Take on Netflix and I’m very confused as to why the English subtitles were not included. Half the movie was in French.” Another said, “You can’t watch The Take on @Netflix unless you are past Level 5 French on Rosetta Stone.”

Despite this issue, the film currently holds the no. 3 spot in the Netflix ‘Top 10,’ sitting higher than the streaming service’s most recent original film The Devil All The Time. Netflix resolved the problem as of Monday afternoon and the movie now includes translations of the scenes in French.

The film— known internationally as Bastille Day, according to Essence— stars Idris Elba and “Game of Thrones’” Richard Madden. Forbes reports that the film was set to be released in Europe in early 2016, but was pushed back later in the year due to the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. It was pulled out of theaters days after its July release due to the truck attack in Nice.

The film was not popular in the U.S., as it was only shown in 100 theaters nationwide. It earned just over $50,000 from its release in the states. 

According to television and film news outlet Looper, the action film is about a pickpocket (Richard Madden) who steals a woman’s bag that contains a bomb, intended to go off in an empty building. He disposes of it and the explosion kills four people. He is then taken into custody by a CIA agent (Idris Elba), who quickly realizes that Madden’s character did not mean to take part in the attack. They learn that it was part of a plan by a group of corrupt police officers to rob the French National Bank. The two team up to clear the pickpocket’s name and stop the officers.

Despite the criticism over incorrect subtitling, it seems that the movie is finally getting the attention that it missed during its original release in 2016.

Netflix – Cuties

By Cassandra Yany

One of Netflix’s newest films, Cuties, has garnered much attention and backlash since its Sep. 9 release on the streaming platform. The coming-of-age film depicts a young girl as she tries to navigate her life as a pre-teen growing up in a Muslim family living in Paris.

Many critics have spoken out against the film, which currently holds the no. 7 spot in Netflix’s ‘Top 10,’ for its depiction of 11-year-old girls dancing and behaving in an indecent manner. According to the New York Times, the movie was first deemed controversial in the U.S. in August when Netflix released the promotional artwork. The original marketing for the film displayed an image of four young girls in skimpy dance costumes posing provocatively.

This, along with the trailer, prompted opposers to start petitions online and call for the removal of the film from Netflix’s catalog. Netflix apologized and changed the artwork for the film to a more innocent photo of the same four characters walking down the street with shopping bags, donning bras and underwear over their clothes.

Last week’s release of the film has sparked conversation once again amongst parents, politicians and others, causing #CancelNetflix to trend on Twitter. Lina Nealon, the Director of Corporate and Strategic Initiatives at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has spoken out against the film saying “While we commend Director Maïmouna Doucouré for exposing the very real threats to young girls having unfettered access to social media and the internet, we cannot condone the hypersexualization and exploitation of the young actresses themselves in order to make her point.” She called for Netflix to cut the “sexually-exploitive” scenes from the film, or remove the film from the platform altogether.

On Friday, Hawaii Rep. Tulse Gabbard tweeted, “@Netflix child porn ‘Cuties’ will certainly whet the appetite of pedophiles & help fuel the child sex trafficking trade. 1 in 4 victims of trafficking are children… Netflix you are now complicit.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz penned a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr Friday calling for the Department of Justice to start an investigation into the production and distribution of the film to “determine whether Netflix, any of its executives, or anyone involved in the making of ‘Cuties’ violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”

Cruz wrote that “the film routinely fetishizes and sexualizes these pre-adolescent girls as they perform dances simulating sexual conduct in revealing clothing, including at least one scene with partial nudity” falsely claiming that there’s a scene exposing a “minor’s bare breast.” The Associated Press reported that one of Cruz’s representatives, Lauren Aronson, said that the senator has not seen the film.

According to the Washington Times, some critics are even calling on the Obama’s— who have a production deal with Netflix— to take action against the film. Deadline stated that “The reality appears to have been lost in the storm, and the truth is very few of the people reacting so strongly will have actually seen the film.”

Netflix told USA TODAY “‘Cuties’ is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children. It’s an award winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up— and we’d encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie.”

Director Maïmouna Doucouré defends the film, saying that it works to shed light on these issues so they can be fixed. Cuties first premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, where it won the Directing Jury Award for the dramatic film category. According to the New York Times, the movie did not stir up much conversation in France after its theatrical release (as Mignnonnes in French) in August.

Deadline reports that Doucouré did not see the promotional material prior to when it was circulated on the internet. She said that she received death threats as the outrage grew over these images. She told the news site that the film is not apologetic about the hypersexualization of children, but instead is her “…personal story as well as the story of many children who have to navigate between a liberal western culture and a conservative culture at home.”

Cuties was Doucouré’s feature directorial debut. Similar to the film’s main character, Amy, Doucouré is of Senegalese descent and grew up in a Muslim culture in Paris. In an interview at Sundance, she said she first had the idea for the movie after attending a neighborhood gathering in Paris where she saw a group of 11-year-old girls doing a stage performance of a “sensual” dance. She was shocked to see girls that age dance like that in short clothing. “We can’t continue to close our eyes about that,” she told the interviewer.

Doucouré researched for a year and a half, meeting with hundreds of pre-teens who told her their stories. She learned about their ideas of femininity, and how their self image is affected by the emphasis of social media in today’s society. According to IndieWire, the young actresses’ parents were on board with the project to spread awareness of the issue, and there was a psychologist working with the girls throughout filming who is still helping them throughout the release process.

The film is centered around Amy, an 11-year-old girl who has recently moved to a housing development in a poor suburb of Paris with her Senegalese, observant Muslim family. She looks out for her brothers, takes care of responsibilities around the house, and is in the process of being taught how to ‘be a woman’ by  her aunt.

One day after prayer, Amy walks by the laundry room and sees a girl her age dancing to music playing from her phone. In a subsequent scene, Amy is seen trying to straighten her hair with a clothing iron, burning part of it off as a result. 

Amy learns that her father, who is still in Senegal, has taken a second wife and will be coming to Paris soon to have the wedding. Her mother, Mariam, tries to hide her reaction to the news, but Amy sees her grow upset and take her frustrations out on herself. This is where Amy’s behavior begins to shift; she starts to reject her culture and identity, and instead tries to conform to fit in with the other girls at school. 

At school, Amy is teased for her clothes and lack of fashion sense, so she begins to wear her younger brother’s t-shirt to match the crop tops that her classmates wear. After seeing a group of girls her age dancing after school, Amy steals her cousin’s iPhone to learn how to dance, herself. She comes across their social media accounts and begins taking selfies, imitating what she sees on their profiles. 

Amy finds herself a spot in the girls’ friend group and dance troupe, and as a result, begins to neglect her responsibilities at home. Amy starts to show more self expression, wearing her hair natural rather than pulling it back. She also begins to explore the internet more, finding videos of almost-naked women dancing rather suggestively and moving their bodies in ways that an 11-year-old probably shouldn’t be watching. 

Taking what she found online, Amy practices dancing with her friends and teaches them how to twerk. This is where the movie begins to make viewers slightly uneasy. It was jarring to see these young, innocent girls tainted by this inappropriate content and doing dance moves that they didn’t understand the implications of. It appears that this was the intention of director Doucouré, as she stated in an interview with Netflix that the film is “…a mirror of today’s society; a mirror sometimes difficult to look into and accept but still so true.”

Some of the scenes, frankly, are very disturbing to watch. These include the girls dancing provocatively for two older male workers at a laser tag facility so that they wouldn’t get in trouble for sneaking in, as well as Amy beginning to undress for her cousin once he found she had stolen his iPhone in an attempt to smooth over the situation. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when Amy takes a picture of her genitals to post on her social media profile so that people at school would think she’s mature. While there was no nudity shown in this scene, the implied action was horrifying to watch. 

At the end of the film, Amy performs with her dance troupe at a local competition. Dressed in revealing outfits, they dance immodestly in front of a crowd of people who quickly seem unsettled. (This is the scene from which the original promotional photos were taken.) Toward the end of the song, Amy freezes as she begins to think about her mom, then runs off the stage crying. She goes home where she asks her mom not to attend her father’s wedding. Her mom continues to get ready for the event, but tells Amy that she doesn’t have to go.

Instead of going to the wedding, Amy steps outside and begins jumping rope. This scene depicts a mixture of her two identities: she is wearing jeans and a crop top with her hair down, but is surrounded by people of her culture dressed in traditional garments. After suppressing her family’s background for a majority of the movie, Amy is finally able to find the balance where her multiple cultures intersect in order to be her honest self. 

After watching Cuties, it is evident that it is not meant to promote this behavior among young girls, but instead provide commentary on what is happening today and warn the adults who see the movie. The harsh reality is that more pre-adolescents are exposed to this type of content than we think. Any child who has access to a smart device and social platforms have the potential to see a video not meant for them. Take TikTok for example: racy dances to Cardi B and Meg Thee Stallion’s “WAP,” as well as a recent trend where women make “thirst traps” to Beyoncé’s “Rocket” are some of the most popular videos on the app right now. Young TikTok users can easily see creators on their For You Page enjoying themselves while engaging in these trends, causing the young viewer to want to do the same.

When speaking to Deadline, Doucouré said, “What happens is young girls see images of women being objectified, and the more the woman becomes an object, the more followers and like she has— they see that as a role model and try to imitate these women, but they’re not old enough to know what they’re doing.” In a separate interview, she posed the question, “Isn’t the objectification of a woman’s body that we often see in our Western culture not another kind of oppression?”

Overall, Cuties shows the dangers of uncensored media for young children and displays how impressionable they can be. It also shows the journey of Amy’s self-discovery and learning how to blend her multiple cultures in order to shape her identity. Unfortunately, the risqué nature of the film overshadows the storyline and the message is lost for a number of audience members.

In various articles, Doucouré is quoted discussing the meaning of the film in the broad context of femininity and what it means for young girls to enter womanhood in this digital age. During her aforementioned interview with Netflix, she stated “The real question of Cuties is can we, as women, truly choose who we want to be, beyond the role models that are imposed upon us by society?”

Ruel – Bright Lights, Red Eyes EP

Today, Ruel announces his forthcoming EP, Bright Lights, Red Eyes, out October 23rd via RCA Records. Written entirely in Paris, the EP is the third from the Australian artist, following last year’s Free Time, which MTV described as “an accomplished reflection of Ruel’s stated influences, contemporary touchstones, and his own, growing voice.”

Speaking on the inspiration behind the EP, Ruel says: “I want to get across that this project is another step forward in maturity for me. Free Time was a step up from Ready, and this Bright Lights, Red Eyes EP is a step up again. This project was a stream of consciousness when I was writing it at the time, and I feel like that’s the way all projects and songs are for me. They are moments in time. This project isn’t who I am right now as I wrote these songs last year, but it’s the most mature you’ve ever heard me and it was me, in that moment in time. The songs I’m writing now will be more mature again, and I love that my fans can come on this journey with me as I grow.” 

Other Projects

Alongside the EP announcement, Ruel is also sharing the first offering from the project “as long as you care,” which arrives with a video directed by Grey Ghost (Jeremy Koren). Additionally, the artist is announcing RuelVision, a 24-hour online television network featuring unique and fun programs starring Ruel, from music and cooking, to news and lifestyle. The ambitious venture is the largest content-driven artist campaign of 2020, and a testament to Ruel’s continual drive to push creative boundaries. The network launches this Monday, September 14th, with on demand access available when you pre-order Bright Lights, Red Eyes.

Following that, Ruel has grand plans for his highly-anticipated debut album. He’s working closely with M-Phazes and THIEF (both of whom have nurtured Ruel since his debut single), ensuring that the full-length will be an organic affair. “It’s a lot more layered, I want each project to have more meaning and purpose,” Ruel says. “I want to reflect on something important in my life, and give across a message that if people are feeling the same way that I am, it’s okay.” It’s hard to believe, but Ruel’s story is just beginning – and the next chapter looks brighter than ever.

Pre-order Bright Lights, Red Eyes above and stay tuned for more from Ruel coming soon.

About Ruel

At a young age, Ruel’s resume reads like that of a seasoned global superstar, and the Sydney-bred, London-born vocalist is quickly becoming one of this generation’s most influential artists. With half a billion streams, over 1.4 million followers on Instagram, three sold-out world tours and five Platinum plaques under his belt, Ruel is a trailblazer who’s far exceeded the omnipresent hype and overwhelming fan frenzy that surrounds him globally. Ever since his rustic demos landed in the ears of M-Phazes back in 2015, Ruel has been impossible to ignore.

Ruel made his official debut in 2017 with “Golden Years” alongside M-Phazes, and just three months later, he became the youngest artist to ever appear on triple j’s Like A Version. His next single “Don’t Tell Me” further highlighted his rich vocals and defiant lyricism, catching the attention of Elton John who praised Ruel as “the most amazing voice that I’ve ever heard from a male singer at 14 years of age.”

Ruel was invited to perform alongside world-class talents like Khalid, also becoming the second ever Australian billed performer on Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw festival. Ruel also performed at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, streaming to 1.4 billion viewers worldwide. Also, he’s sold out 3 world tours across America, Europe and Australia in a matter of minutes.

At the tail end of 2018, Ruel also won the Breakout Artist award at the ARIAs, becoming the youngest artist to do so. He quickly re-emerged in 2019 with single “Painkiller,” which went 2x Platinum before recruiting Denzel Curry on the remix. Subsequent singles “Real Thing” and “Face To Face” also went Platinum, while Ruel spent 2019 further solidifying his live portfolio. In his hometown, he became the youngest artist to sell out the Sydney Opera House, twice.

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Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District

Downtown Orlando is about to get a major overhaul.

The hotspot will undergo a $500 million renovation in the form of the ambitious Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District.

Situated right across from the Amway Center, which houses the Magic and the Solar Bears, it will include a 300-room hotel, over 400,000 square feet of offices, 80,000 square feet of event space, more than 100,000 square feet of retail and an open-air plaza.

SISCO, who will provide the technology for the project, agreed to terms with the project owners, Cityzenith, and will use Cityzenith’s SmartWorldPro2™ Digital Twin platform. The platform integrates all software and services for large scale projects such as the Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District.

Michael Jansen, CEO of Cityzenith, said he is delighted to work with SISCO, and called the project “the most-advanced and feature-rich 3D Digital Twin model of a city in the United States.”

Jansen also said he aims to boost Cityzenith’s “Clean Cities – Clean Future” mission.

“Currently, 10,000 cities produce 70% of global greenhouse emissions and just 100 – megalopolises like New York, Tokyo, London and Paris – produce 25% of that total. It must change, and SmartWorldPro2™’s ability to create digitally-twinned cities to inventory GHG emissions and streamline sustainable urban redevelopment initiatives makes it the platform of choice for executing energy transition projects on any scale, whether a district, a campus, a city, or an entire country.”

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Beautiful Casino Designs

Some of the casinos in the world can make you feel as if you have stepped into the premises of the royal palaces. The decor, the ambiance, and the dining amenities can enliven your evening and give you a glorious day. Some of the casinos reflect sheer architectural beauty with its mix of modern and traditional designs. When it comes to casinos, the first thing that might come to your mind is Las Vegas. The vibrant colors, the light, and sound effects, and the vivacious aura of Las Vegas bring in hordes of international tourists. This article will cover some of the beautifully designed casinos from all over the world and the amenities they offer. Casinos are all about putting on your best dress for a night of revelry and soak in the exuberant ambiance. This segment will give you a trip to all the gorgeous casinos present in the global arena which can be a visual treat to you.

The Most Gorgeous Casinos In The World

The Venetian Macau

The architectural beauty of The Venetian Macau looks straight out of the books of the royal households. Its elegant structure and design create an aristocratic look that can take your breath away. This casino boasts of having 3000 well-decorated suites spread over a sprawling 10,500,000 sqft space. The predominant theme 

of the casino is based on the look and feel of Venice. The landmark designs and the architectural wonders of Venice played a major role in modeling the look of this casino. If you are wondering whether that is all, then wait till you hear this. To give this place an authentic Venice outlook, 3 canals have been constructed consisting of 44 gondolas guided by gondoliers.

The Venetian Macao is replete with Las Vegas style casino games, and over 3400 slot machines and can house 15000 guests for various entertainment events. The Venetian Arena which is now named as the Cotai Arena is an entertainment zone that hosts sports events like boxing, basketball, to name a few. It also hosts some of the major music concerts and popular award shows that gains a lot of viewership worldwide. It has around 800 gambling areas for guests to enjoy various games. The gaming arenas have been divided into private spaces to give better intimacy to its guests. They have named the spacious private gaming arenas with different Asian cities to usher in the continental feel of the place. 

The Venetian Macao does not disappoint its guests when it comes to offering fine dining services. It houses a dedicated dining space called the Paiza Club Dining & Lounge that offers various continental cuisines. 

Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands is an architectural wonder situated in the prime locales of Singapore. This gorgeous resort houses around 2561 rooms, 1600 slot machines, and 500 gaming tables. The design of the casino is mesmerizing and it is a perfect combination of elegance and panache. A day at Marina Bay Sands will not just be an exciting one. A complete tour of this visual beauty will leave you enthralled with the world-class facilities it houses under its roof. 

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This casino flaunts of having a SkyPark that can host around 3900 guests in its arcade. The most fascinating aspect of its beauty and design is its cantilevered structure that adds to its glamour. This structure, encompassing 3 towers, is said to be the biggest cantilevered construction worldwide. The SkyPark is equipped with an infinity swimming pool that gives an impression of a never-ending water body. Marina Bay Sands is an example of extravagance at its best.

It houses an art museum and a theatre arena to entertain its guests with the works of world-famous artists and thespians. It has an Event Plaza that hosts a light, laser, and water show called & ‘Wonder Full’ which is claimed to be the biggest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The elegance of Marina Bay Sands is further enhanced manifold by the presence of 2 crystal pavilions.

To give a variety of taste palette to its guest, this casino houses celebrity chef restaurants owned by Gordon Ramsay, David Thompson, to name a few. It also hosts a 1,000,000 sq ft shopping arcade called Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. The Shoppes provides an extravagant shopping experience from brands like Dior, Gucci, Prada, and many more.

Wynn Las Vegas Casino

If ever a perfect combination of glamour, panache, and extravagance existed, it would be Wynn Las Vegas hands down. It is a part of Wynn Resort which houses around 4748 rooms together with Encore. This number makes Wynn Resort the 7th biggest hotel in the global arena. This resort cum casino has achieved perfection in every aspect, be it dining, spa facilities, and having top star restaurants. It has been showering Michelin stars, Forbes stars, and Mobil stars on Wynn for all its hotels and culinary excellence.

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This casino has dedicated poker rooms and table rooms to offer a luxurious experience to its guests. The decor has an aura of royalty with beautifully crafted drapes and furniture adorning the room. Wynn has been featured in several Hollywood movies where Hollywood stars shot filming sequences in the expanse of this gorgeous casino. 

One of the major attractions of Wynn which draws people from all over the world is the Lake of Dreams. It is a waterfall that enhances the look of the place and gives a mesmerizing experience. The Encore Beach Club is an ideal place to let your hair down with its tiered swimming pools and cabanas. 

On the culinary front, Wynn houses the best restaurants in the world like Cipriani, Costa di Mare, Wing Lei, and many more. To give its guests an exemplary shopping experience, it has a sprawling Wynn Esplanade Shoppes that houses international brands like Chopard, Cartier, Alexander McQueen, and many more.

Casino de Monte-Carlo

This casino owes its inception to royalties like Princess Caroline and Prince Florestan. The design looks nothing less than an imperial palace that exudes aristocracy from every corner. This architectural feat was achieved by Charles Garnier who was responsible for creating the Paris Opera. The royal casino of Monaco not only attracts guests from all over the world but also hosts the elites, royalties, and earls from the English locales.

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The grandeur and opulence of Monte Carlo Casino are unmatched. A Bond movie called Casino Royale highlighted the beauty of this place by featuring this casino in the film. The iconic character of James Bond portrayed by Hollywood star, Daniel Craig, shot some of the action sequences within its premises.

This casino offers a wide variety of games for its guests like roulettes, baccarat, blackjack, Trente et Quarante, and many more. It also houses the famous Opéra de Monte-Carlo which is an entertainment arena for the elites.

Paris Las Vegas

Paris Vegas Casino, as the name suggests, is a tribute to the architectural feat of Paris which is situated in the gorgeous locales of Las Vegas, Nevada. The beautiful expanse of the casino is adorned by miniature replicas of La Fontaine des Mers, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe to name a few. You will get your own slice of paradise in Las Vegas which will give you the aura of Paris.

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Paris Las Vegas casino is stretched across 95263 sqft having 1700 slots and gaming terminals. It offers a wide range of gambling games to its guests like roulettes, blackjack, poker, and many more. You will have no dearth of entertainment and visual treats once you enter the gates of Paris Las Vegas. The ambiance is very captivating and the Chateau nightclub provides an imposing view of the beautiful Las Vegas Strip. The terrace is replete with bars, cabanas, and restaurants.

In terms of culinary excellence, this casino houses restaurants by celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay. This casino is equipped with a Beer Park crafted by Budweiser which is stretched across 10000 sqft space and provides a commanding view of the Vegas Strip. Thanks to its heavily inspired Paris theme together with its Vegas aura, this casino has been a part of many movies like Fargo, Despicable Me, to name a few.

The Ritz Carlton Club London

This casino can be best described as sophisticated, vibrant, and gossamer. The Ritz Carlton represents the elegance of London through its grand and tasteful decor adorned by rich vibrant colors. The beautiful chandeliers give the casino a golden hue that enhances the elegance of the place.

The gaming space of the Ritz Carlton is located in the vast expanse of the ballroom arena. The architectural designs give the interior a contemporary feel which brings out the essence of London. It has spacious gaming terminals and offers wide-ranging games like three card pokers, punto banco, roulette, baccarat, and many more. 

The guests can indulge in continental delights from its fine dining restaurant where award-winning chefs prepare excellent seasonal dishes. You can indulge in Thai, Indian, and exotic Middle Eastern dishes to give your taste buds a surreal experience. This casino also offers its patrons to enjoy their games over a few sips from its finest wine collection. The impeccable cocktails and the alluring whiskeys and can give a great time to all the guests within the confines of its intimate ambiance.

So if you love Beautiful Design and like to play Las Vegas-style games, then these above casinos are some of the best to visit.

Totem Fashion × BESFXXK

Totem is pleased to announce its collaboration with the talented label BESFXXK.

About BESFXXK

BESFXXK is a play on words ”bespoke + fucked up”, and is pronounceable as /bi’s fak/.

Founded in 2017 by Jae Hyuk Lim and Bona Kim, BESFXXK is an experimental fashion house that takes a surgical approach to design and product development.

Lim and Kim’s technique involves combining items with diverse backgrounds and histories. The outcome is always both innovative and wearable.

BESFXXK set out to reinterpret symbols from both streetwear and luxury fashion. The brand reexamines the definitions of both current and past trends. 

Designers Jae Hyuk Lim & Bona Kim studied at the prestigious Royal College of Arts In London and the London College of Fashion respectively, before launching BESFXXK in 2017.

Their collection is now stocked in more than 40 stores in over 15 countries worldwide.

About Totem Fashion Paris

Totem is a communications agency that promotes both French and international fashion labels. Totem has discovered and launched designers and institutional brands for over 10 years. Their clients include designer labels Raf Simons, Jeremy Scott, and more, as well as institutional brands like Diesel, Mustang Jeans, and l’Atelier Renault.

 

 

BESFXXK SS20
BESFXXK SS20

Diptyque

PARIS IS YOURS

Although born in the 5th arrondissement, its toe almost in the waters of the Seine, and although still a resident, not once in almost 60 years since Diptyque was founded has it shared the story of its life in Paris.

A simple omission, like looking for your glasses, when all the time they were resting on your forehead? A Freudian slip that makes you wonder of which repressed emotion it might be a symptom? Or after all, and as everyone knows, since it is the guardian divinity of the House, might it be a chance inconsistency? Rather than founder in speculation, there was an urgent need to right this wrong. To remind those, perhaps large in number, who imagining it anchored in London or New York, may not know that diptyque is primarily a child of the Parisian Left Bank.

To make amends for such a long silence, and after the Venice of Olène, the Greece of Philosykos, the Vietnam of Do Son and the Japan of Oyédo, it is simultaneously paying dual homage to its native city.

HOW SHOULD WE CELEBRATE SUCH A CITY?

Embracing it all would be utopian. Shedding light on a single aspect impossible. Why the cheeky Paris of Mistinguett or Gavroche and not the revolutionary Paris of Camille Desmoulins and Louise Michel? Why prefer the Butte-aux Cailles, between half-timbered pavilions and the forgotten banks of the Bièvre, to the artistic, surrealist and cinematographic Paris of Montparnasse? Is the seclusion of the 7th arrondissement fairer than the picturesque 18th? But obviously, as always, and as ever at diptyque where we believe so strongly in serendipity, it was an unforeseen event, an unexpected incident, that brought the solution to light.

It happened on avenue de l’Opéra, or to be more precise, at home. Not long ago, the House moved into a beautiful apartment on the “noble floor” of a Haussmann-style building located on this major road. What seduced us? The incredible ceiling heights, large windows, bordering balconies, marble fireplaces, herringbone parquet floors, and moldings. On pushing open a hidden door, we discovered the bathroom of a former occupant, Sarah Bernhardt.

We believe so, since the address was then one of the chicest in the capital… Lined with ceramic frescoes teeming with parrots, multicolored peacocks, ocean views and flourishing vegetation, this Art Nouveau masterpiece – listed in the inventory of Historic Monuments – immediately oiled creative wheels, opening the way to a composition dedicated to Paris before the Great War.

BIRTH OF CHYPRE

In addition to this bathroom, it is astounding how many things, on closer inspection, tie diptyque to these short years at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century: the swan, then a symbol of female grace, has been present in the iconography of the House for thirty-six years, as part of the identity of l’Ombre dans l’Eau; just like the peacock, its feathers and plumage, another bird in vogue in the 1900s, and found since 1968 on the panoramic illustration of l’Eau; orientalism, a true passion of the founders Desmond, Christiane and Yves (Knox-Leet, Gautrot and Coueslant); the English painters and graphic designers, Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley and William Morris and their formidable stylized illuminations that went on to inspire Desmond and define the graphic identity of the vignettes adorning future bottles. Not to mention, of course, perfumery, a craft reinvented by chemical synthesis, then making its entry into the modern world.

Joseph Marie François Spoturno, better known under the alias François Coty, is said to have been its leading light. What is left of hisworks? Materially: hardly anything, a few estagnons lounging in a safe at the Osmothèque de Versailles. Culturally: the very foundation of what for decades constituted the epitome of “à la parisienne” chic, the most famous olfactory structure in history, condensed into a simple noun: chypre. This is how it comes into being: Chypre is an architecture created by the boiling points and degrees of evaporation of the materials used.

EAU CAPITALE

Eau Capitale is the first diptyque chypre. As such, it follows a principle conceived more than a century ago. Olivier Pescheux, a high-flying perfumer and faithful companion, nevertheless took care to illuminate it with the lights of the 21st century! An “abstract”, enigmatic fragrance, it embodies a form of slightly detached refinement of the elegance exuded by the aura of the “city of light”. It opens with the freshness of “vert de bergamote” tempering its consummate voluptuousness. Fruity, yes, yet lively and zesty. Was it studded with pink peppercorns to recall the pomanders – oranges pricked with cloves – once brought back from England by Desmond? Or to orchestrate the eagerly awaited “olfactory accident”? Between the flower and the spice is like an exclamation mark, a Capital letter.

In the center of the triangle is a bouquet of flowers bordering on excess. Wide-open petals, on the verge of falling, intense, rich scents of roses from Bulgaria and Turkey and ylang-ylang from the Comoros. No doubt François Coty used the Grasse variety of centifolia, also known as May rose. Now almost impossible to find, botanists have managed to replace it with extremely fine cultivars planted in Eastern Europe, on the fringes of Asia, of which even the residual water, also contained in this fragrance, smells divine. Ylang-ylang, on the other hand, has accents of English candy, highly palatable and long on fidelity. Cinnamon bark essence heralds the woods to follow. It stands for freedom: no lichen, no moss or oak or pine! But, yes, patchouli. With its leaf, distilled to the heart in Indonesia in line with the ethical qualities of sustainable development. And the peppery facet of “Akigalawood” produced by an enzymatic reaction of the plant in contact with ad hoc bacteria. And finally, “Georgywood” for its earthy and dark vetiver-like aspects. Ambrofix, between musk, dry tobacco and ambergris, closes the chapter.

SEE BETTER FOR A BETTER SENSORY EXPERIENCE

At the start of the diptyque saga, there were brushes, pencils, colors, paper. And canvases. Long before fragrances, it was, principally, art that united Yves, a former student of the École du Louvre, Desmond who studied Fine Arts and Christiane, a Decorative Arts graduate. The first became a scenographer, the others having already teamed up to create upholstery fabrics. They painted all the time. Once you are aware of this, you realize the importance of the visual element in their approach to perfumes, as each has a story to tell. All three friends had a specific activity within their partnership – Yves was the project manager, Christiane the nimble-fingered artist, Desmond the natural inspirer – and it was he who was responsible for designing labels, boxes and signatures. His Chinese ink line contrasted black with white, at times marked by sinuosity, at others symmetry. His lettering is enclosed in the recurring oval, his logo recognizable among a thousand.

On the back stands a peacock with magnificent plumage, dots, and lines intertwined, saturating each square millimeter with patterns.

On the front is an Eiffel Tower, roses, bergamots, recurring patchouli leaves and the words “Eau Capitale” in rolling calligraphy.

PARIS EN FLEUR

A candle is the very least that diptyque could add to this celebration – a rose candle, of course.

Roses like those of Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne(and the Flower Market, that lovers still offer to their amour. Some are an aromatic delight, most are not. But the idea we make of it matters almost as much: a certain spring emotion, the pleasure of living here and watching the Seine flow by from a bistro terrace. The scent that goes up in smoke (chypre, of course) has a pleasant freshness, a host of petals and the memory of patchouli that lingers long on drapes.

The eau de parfum and the scented candle are accompanied, in limited-edition boxes, by a solid perfume and a scented wax oval.

“Being a Parisian is not about being born in Paris, it is about being reborn there” Sacha Guitry once said.

Claude Lévi-Strauss, Emmanuelle Loyer, 360 MAGAZINE

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Academic, writer, figure of melancholy, aesthete – Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009) not only transformed his academic discipline, he also profoundly changed the way that we view ourselves and the world around us.

In this award-winning biography, historian Emmanuelle Loyer recounts Lévi-Strauss’s childhood in an assimilated Jewish household, his promising student years as well as his first forays into political and intellectual movements. As a young professor in 1935 Lévi-Strauss left Paris for São Paulo to teach sociology. His rugged expeditions into the Brazilian hinterland, where he discovered the Amerindian Other, made him into ananthropologist. The racial laws of the Vichy regime would force him to leave France yetagain — this time for the US in 1941, where he became Professor Claude L. Strauss, toavoid confusion with the jeans manufacturer.

His return to France, after the war, ushered in the period during which he produced his greatest works: several decades of intense labour in which Lévi-Strauss reinvented anthropology, establishing it as a discipline that offered a new view on the world. In 1955, Tristes Tropiques offered indisputable proof of this the world over. During those years, Lévi-Strauss became something of a national monument, a celebrity intellectual in France. But he always claimed his perspective was a “view from afar,” enabling him to deliver incisive and subversive diagnoses of our waning modernity.

Loyer’s outstanding biography tells the story of a true intellectual adventurer whose unforgettable voice invites us to rethink questions of the human and the meaning of progress. Lévi-Strauss was less of a modern than he was our own great and disquieted contemporary.



The Author: 

Emmanuelle Loyer
 is Professor of Contemporary History at Sciences-Po, Paris. Her biography of Lévi-Strauss was awarded the Prix Femina essai in 2015.