Posts by: Olivia Cartland, Managing Editor

Oscar de la Renta’s new flower-shaped ring brings you the best of both worlds: an on-trend accessory and a convenient way to deliver a much-needed spritz during that mid-day malaise. The scent? Oscar’s ever-flourishing Espirit d’Oscar fragrance, a spin-off from his signature scent released in 77’. And yes, you did spot it on his Spring/Summer 2012 runway… Not bad company to keep, I’d say.

You can claim your fragrance ring exclusively on Oscar’s Facebook.  The damage is $65 and comes with a refill.

 

H&M has done it again! Their prevailing record of reeling in prestigious guest designers is going strong in 2011, this time with a striking collaboration with Donatella Versace.

The inspiration? Iconic Versace designs and pieces from 1978 and onward.  Colorful silk and print dresses, leather studded pieces, costume jewelry, daring cuts and high heels are just a few of the quintessential-Versace characteristics we can look forward to for the womenswear collection.  Bold patterns abound.

The menswear collection will focus on refined, sharp tuxedo jackets. Shirts are–surprise, surprise–the flamboyant counterpoint, in bold colors and not-for-the-faint-of-heart prints. And the collection will also feature men’s accessories (which isn’t often the case with these high-profile collabs): studded belts and cuffs, lightweight scarves, and eye-catching shoes.

A small line of home items (patterned bedspreads and pillows) will also be included in the offering.

The collections will launch in 300 stores worldwide this November 19th 2011 and online.

A key element deriving from the progress driven company, Audi would be their flawless way of constantly innovating.  Their commitment to providing immaculate luxury with precise craftsmanship brilliantly comes together in the new 2012 Audi A7 Sportback.

The image above is a disguised prototype of the 2012 Sportback that was sent to the frigid Arctic for testing in cold weather climates back in February.  Audi would refer to this model as quite the milestone for them; and rightly so.

Customizable features exist throughout the vehicle; one in which impressed me the most was the 3D navigational system.  A wise business decision to partner with Google Earth offers the driver 3D satellite imagery, road and building specifics as well as terrain information, which can be important for those spur of the moment road trips!  Reliable traffic updates are displayed on the screen making it a very valuable feature for the absent-minded driver on the road, which I find every so often to be myself.

The five-door coupe encompasses all the facets of a luxurious sedan, bringing the “sporty” aspect to a higher level of practicality and comfort.  It’s fascinating design both inside and out showcases Audi’s dedication to precision and innovation.

The Sportback took off its elaborately designed camouflage this past summer and is showing great promise in the European market.  It came over seas and rolled into dealerships this fall.  Even if your not looking to buy, I  highly recommend you take it for a spin, just for the fun of it!