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Above: the beach at Tortuga Bay
Flying to the resort town of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic? You have more than just nature to thank for its beauty.
Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who passed away last night at the age of 82, was one of the major partners behind developing the area. de la Renta, who was born in Santo Domingo and grew up in the Dominican Republic before leaving for Paris at 18 to pursue art, first made Casa de Campo famous and then moved on to develop his own enclave at Punta Cana.
Here's three places Oscar's legacy lives on, in tropical style:
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It wasn't all that long ago we established that the plastic fashion doll Barbie does, in fact, have a passport. This month she's putting it to good use, hopping from Fashion Week to Fashion Week and posting her adventures to a @barbiestyle Instagram account.
In and amongst the faux-streetstyle shots of Barbie and her appearances in front rows, she's organizing her upcoming travel. Next: the start of London Fashion Week, for which she's flying British Airways with a carry-on expertly packed.
Just as any fashion person cannot resist a good what's-in-my-stylish-luggage Instagram snap, Barbie was sure to post her carry-on contents:
[Images: @BarbieStyle Instagram]
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Labor Day means more than just the official end of summer and unofficial end of wearing white pants. With the start of September comes the countdown to what fashion insiders dub "Fashion Month," the series of fashion weeks which will introduce the trends and top designs for 2015.
As fashion weeks move to world capitals and new runways, they take with them the top editors, stylists, models, and fashion photographers to create a burst of creative energy and something of a "scene" in these cities. As such, fashion week can be the cooled time to visit these cities, so long as you're prepared to pay a premium for the best hotels and restaurants in which to be seen.
Mark them down, here are the dates to know for upcoming Fashion Weeks around the world:
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This year's 30th Anniversary of Virgin Atlantic combined with the launch of the airline's snazzy new Vivienne Westwood-designed uniforms means more than just partytime in the skies on VS; these milestones will also bring about a revamped beauty and grooming guide for the already fresh and polished Virgin crew.
You see, when a new hire receives their uniform, they're also handed a Virgin-produced book titled Runway. It's essentially a guide to the "Virgin Atlantic look" regarding how to wear the uniform, suggested hair styles, and the like. It's meant for maintenance employees, gate agents and Clubhouse staff just as much as for cabin and flight crew, but the pages dedicated to the minutiae of a flight attendant's jet setting lifestyle are among the most enlightening.
Runway is right now in the process of being updated, but there are some choice sections worth preserving for all.
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The Virgin Atlantic look is sharp, iconic, sizzling; there’s no denying the head-turning appeal of a crisp white blouse tucked into a scorching red pencil skirt, topped off with red heels. But, with the celebration of the airline’s 30th Anniversary this year, it’s about that time for a snazzy refresh so as to continue “flying in the face of ordinary,” as the airline’s slogan goes. For this, Virgin Atlantic paired with UK designer and punk powerhouse Vivienne Westwood. The new uniforms were just unveiled July 1 in London, and will roll out for all Virgin Atlantic staff, from cabin crew to flight crew, and desk agents to Clubhouse hospitality.
Alas, a flash of the new uniform as it swishes down the airplane aisle isn't enough to appreciate the detail. Aside from the fact that it’s now easier to care for with a new tech “nano finish" (the earlier uniform was dry clean only) and yarn made from recycled plastic bottles, there are small secrets hidden in every dart and under each lapel, telling the story of the collaboration between England’s flag-carrying airline and one of the country's most iconic fashion influences.
Although the uniforms don’t officially take flight for the entire Virgin Atlantic fleet until September 1, keep an eye out for a preview on your next VS flight; crew have been heading to the airline’s Base near Gatwick Airport to pick up their full looks since this past weekend. Here's what to look for:
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Back in late 2012, we highlighted our favorite Instagram hashtag of-the-moment: #kicksonaplane.
The hashtag was first started by Marcus Troy, an "influencer" and brand strategist who uploaded a photo of his Converse on Air Canada Flight 7505 to Toronto City Airport one year ago. From there, he gave it its own website, but it's the hashtag which continues to organically grow within Instagram. Now it numbers over 3,000 images.
Inspired by the hashtag, London-based art director Marco Lemcke used his talents to answer the question, "What would a collaboration between Nike and some top airlines look like?" Here's a few of the incredible results:
Filmmaker Casey Neistat, a master of viral videomaking, just released his newest mini-film and we have to admit that it's right up our alley. The 3-minute, 20-second clip is essentially one long ad for J.Crew's new Ludlow Traveler suit, which Casey sports while demonstrating 17 tips for traveling in style, bucking the growing trend of wearing slouchy sweatpants on planes and ill-fitting khaki cargo shorts on foreign streets.
While we're all for his tips to wear a suit onboard a long flight, change for sleep, then change again to be ready to go at your destination, we're not so sure about the surfing or snowboarding in a suit. But speaking of flights, Neistat is a dedicated AA frequent flyer and, for this film, worked with the airline to set up some of the more unique shots.
Can you spot all the American Airlines cameos?
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1970s: inspired by Chilean heritage
2014 marks the 85th Anniversary of LAN. That's pretty incredible, considering commercial aviation itself is only 100 (and also celebrated that mark this year!).
To celebrate, LAN surprised one of their regularly scheduled flights from Santiago, Chile to Lima, Peru on March 12 with a flight attendant fashion show of uniforms over the decades, with 1950s, 70s, 80s and 90s ensembles again strutting the aisle.
This hardly marks the first time an airline has paraded its past through in-flight fashion. In fact, San Francisco Airport's own aviation history museum even aired out their archives to stage an exhibition of airline uniforms last year. Sadly that's come to a close, but scroll down for more photos of LAN's looks, plus a few other airline fashion shows from the last few years.
This week the Kardashian sisters had the privileged of staying at the former Versace Mansion in Miami.
Located on Ocean Dr. in South Beach, Casa Casuarina attracts hundreds of tourists a day hoping to get a glimpse behind the gate of one of the country's most expensive and storied properties.
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For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coastfor example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Partybut sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.
Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.
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It's that time of the year already, when the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue brushes all other magazines off the racks to grab attention with barely bikini-covered boobs, and of course Page Six is all over the hijinks that occurred during photo shoots.
Aside from the models jetting off to exotic destinations like the Matterhorn in Switzerland, the hidden sand dunes of Brazil, and remote beaches in the Cook Islands, cover star Kate Upton was launched into "space" onboard the Zero-G parabolic trainer aircraft to simulate a gravity-less environment. Upton rode the Boeing 727 through multiple maneuvers and changed into various gold swimwear designs, without loosing her stomach, to complete one of the more elaborate photo spreads in the magazine.
Typically Zero-G requires their guests to wear navy flight jumpsuits and pay $4,950 per person for the experience, but we're sure Kate didn't have to worry about these trivialities. To get onboard yourself, Zero-G has upcoming flights available in Miami, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Philadelphia.
[Video: Sports Illustrated]
So, a couple months ago while walking down Oxford Street in Sydney, our attention was momentarily grabbed by a store sporting nothing but onesies in the window. Surely there had to be more to their retail concept? But no, it was, in fact, "One Piece," a brand and entire worldwide chain of stores dedicated to bundling up the adult population like nappy-wearing infants. We only hoped we'd never witness onesies supplant Juicy Couture track pants as a trend in airplane attire.
Turns out we're hoping against hope, since a girl of questionable fame was recently caught by the paparazzi at London-Heathrow emerging from baggage claim in what is simultaneously the world's most comfortable and least appropriate travel outfit. And it's not the first time; shePerrie Edwards of UK girl group "Little Mix" and fiancé of one of the One Direction boyspulled a similar look at Glasgow Airport.