Archive for October 2011
New Middle East Customers demand coutureA new breed of haute couture clients, hailing from wealthy countries in the Gulf, have become the most prolific consumers of haute couture. With numerous weddings and social events to attend throughout the year, and money of course, being no object, they are spending big in order to make an impact. But those thinking that these marvellous creations remain under largely wraps are wrong: events where no men will be present mean women can embrace styles which reveal their cleavage and enable them to experiment with sheer fabrics. "A good retailer must know the whole family of the buyer and ask her as many questions as possible as we are not allowed to make mistakes," a Dior sales person based in Western Europe and specialising in the French fashion house's brand's Eastern clientele, told Reuters. It is these wealthy, fashion-aware consumers from countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that will remain the top couture clients if the current economic deterioration being experiences by Europe and North America continues. Full Article
Aaron Spelling sells home for $150 Million
The most expensive home in the United Statesc called "The Manor" is up for sale. Price Tag? $150 Million. The French chateau-style mansion has 56,500 square feet of space on more than 4.6 acres and is the largest home in Los Angeles County. Among the neighbors are the Los Angeles Country Club and, not too far away, the Playboy Mansion.
Sally Foster Jones who is an agent with Coldwell Banker Previews International out of LA says that, "Everything in the house is glamorous and luxurious and cannot really compare anything to it."
Some of the only in a mega-mansion features of The Manor include the bowling alley in the basement, a beauty parlor and a barber shop in the 17,000 square foot attic, a gift wrapping room, doll museum, a home gym, a wine cellar and wine tasting room, a humidity-controlled silver storage room, a room just for the China, and a leviathan living room that does double duty as a screening room where the screen rises up out of the floor, the Real Estalker reports.
The house is lavishly equipped a tennis court, a waterfall, swimming pool with pool house with kitchen and 16 car ports. There is space for more than 100 cars on site with a winding motor court available.
Spelling has plans on trading her gorgeous mansion lifestyle for a luxurious, two-story condo atop a residential tower in LA which she bought in 2010 for over $45 million.