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The Maldives. Australia. The Grenadines. The US Virgin Islands.
Sensing a trend?
These have all been recent locations to score the cover shot of the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Now brace yourself, because 2013's destination star definitely doesn't belong in the bunch other than the fact that it too is an islanda very large island. Antarctica.
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Okay, travelers. Put on your dancing shoes because supermodel Coco Rocha has just introduced a little dance we're going to call the Airside Slide. Earlier today, Coco announced the airing of the video accompanying her work on the Spring/Summer 2013 campaign for french luxury fashion house Longchamp, and it's in this video that she and another model (Liisa Winkler) boogie down under the roof of the old Eero Saarinen-designed TWA Terminal at JFK Airport.
The premise is simple: Coco's running to catch a flight. She passes through security but keeps beeping. The TSA agent steps out to frisk her, at which point the music starts Coco spontaneously dancing, joined in the moves by Liisa.
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During the construction of the TWA Terminal 5 at New York-JFK Airport, architect Eero Saarinen said:
TWA is beginning to look marvelous. If anything happened and they had to stop work right now and just leave it in this state, I think it would make a beautiful ruin, like the Baths of Caracalla.
Of course the lovely irony of that statement is that, though the building was completed and served its full purpose as a bustling airline terminal for decades, the end of TWA and a need for larger, more technologically advanced terminals has turned the structure into exactly what Saarinen had both hoped an fearedthat of a beautiful ruin.
While redevelopment rumors come and go, there's no doubt that the TWA Terminal is an ideal place for movie shootsCatch Me If You Can famously filmed hereas well as fashion spreads.
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Fashion designer/global mogul Diane von Furstenberg needs no introduction. There's so much we could say about her, from her international career path to her time as a member of the "jet set" when that term meant something, but it's the simplest thing we'll speak of now: her relationship with water.
DVF's mantra is a simple one: "Love is Life." Recognizing that one cannot live to love without the sustaining power of water, she's collaborated to design the 2013 limited-edition designer Evian bottle, wrapping it with that very mantra. To promote it, Diane jetted up to Art Basel Miami Beach from Brazil this past weekend, which is where we caught a moment with her, heels sunk into on the sand at Soho Beach House.
The water (as you can see from our photos) was ridiculously tempting that day. Little aqua waves broke on shore and so we asked the globe-hopping Diane for a few of her favorite places to go for a dip.
In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Air Berlin's flight attendants in red calfskin leather gloves.
Air Berlin has traditionally been recognized as a low-cost carrier, but recent years have proven they're more full service than one would expect. For example, they offer Business Class on their A330s and free snacks and drinks on all flights, plus complimentary hot meals on long-hauls. Also, fun fact: the airline was founded by a former pilot of the famously full-service airline, Pan Am. For now, however, let's take a moment to focus on the very classy touch to their flight attendants uniform: leather driving-style gloves.
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We like contests. Even more so, we like travel contests. When these contests are coupled with fashion, we've died and gone to heaven. Now that may be a little dramatic, but we really do like a contest that includes business class travel instead of the usual economy roundtrip. This time, the goods come from Air France and the grand prize includes not only biz class tickets to Paris, but also a hotel stay at a Sofitel and an entirely new wardrobe from Barneys, all wrapped up in the cuteness of Disney.
The contest can be found on Air France's US Facebook page and involves very little effort, but will bring a few smiles and giggles. Just head on over to the fan page and give them the thumbs-up and click over to the Electric Holiday Sweepstakes. Once there, all you need to do is watch the short cartoon featuring Minnie Mouse and various other fashion icons, then type in your details at the end.
Okay so, there's these things called "Hickies" and, despite the unfortunate name, they're pretty useful...especially when it comes to long travel days. You see, they're lace replacements for sneakers, or really any lace-up shoe. Made of stretchy plastic, they feed through the eyelets and buckle closed, essentially turning a tie-up shoe into a slip-on.
Now, we pride ourselves on being the fastest, slickest through the X-ray and metal detector machines at airport security. That scene from Up In The Air where George Clooney describes his process to expedite his way to the gate? Yeah, we're like that but with one notable exception: high-tops.
No slip-on leather loafers here; we typically don our trusty dusty, Whitney Museum-edition Keds high-tops for the long-haul, which can mean extra, tangly time un- and re-tying 'em up at TSA and onboard the plane when we want to wiggle our toes. Hickies seemed like the answer, so we gave them a go recently on a roundtrip JFK-SFO flight in economy.
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A few years ago we might have been surprised to hear that an airline was teaming up with a design brand to promote their fleet, but that’s not the case anymore. Cynthia Rowley has helped out United, Kate Spade and Richard Tyler have done a little designing for Delta, and most recently Banana Republic leant some uniform ideas to Virgin America. Well now it’s time for an international carrier to get the designer digs, as Finnair is joining forces with Finnish label Marimekko to bring a little more style to the skies.
The plan is to bring some of the signature style to the airline as soon as this spring. There will be specially designed tableware and textiles all featuring signature Marimekko patterns, and they’ll even sell the stuff through their online store and during flights. That means that you won’t feel the need to stuff your in-flight dining materials right into your carry-on—not that we’d ever do that.
LEFT: Givenchy Nightingale Trolley. $4,660 at Barneys New York
Made in Italy of black leather.
RIGHT: Rimowa Topas Stealth Cabin Multi-wheel. $1,340 at Barneys New York
Made in Germany of aluminum-magnesium.
So...WHICH WOULD YOU RATHER TRAVEL WITH?
[Photos: Barneys New York]
No that you've hopefully gone and followed all those airlines on instagram, it's time to shake it up. Though we're not one to participate in hashtags on any social media platform, one on Instagram immediately had us hooked. Ladies and gentleman, #kicksonaplane.
For those who don't know what "kicks" are, what are you doing on Instagram? Ha--kidding (kinda). Kicks is another term for shoes, specifically sneakers or other rubber/gum soles, though it can be broadened to include all footwear. Instagrams tagged with #kicksonaplane depict the person's shoes as they are, seated and ready for takeoff on a flight.
It's like a visual representation of "I'm here, ready to go, let's do this," with the necessary little bit of showing off that touches on the personal vanity of the user and the sweet envy of the viewer, both key components in the success of Instagram.
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Flip open the ginormous tome that is the September issue of Vogue magazine and, almost near the end, this stunning photo presents itself. The entire spread is essentially a love song by the Vogue-favorite photographer Mario Testino, to his native Peru. Taking editor-at-large Hamish Bowles along for a ride down to Lima, the two visit Testino's newly opened museum, MATE.
MATE stands for Asociación Mario Testino and, since its premiere exhibiton "Todo o Nada" features only Testino's work, MATE comes across as a monument the photographer has built to himself. Even visiting MATE on our own, last month during a brief stay in Lima, can't shake that feeling. MATE will eventually feature the work of other Peruvian artists within its restored walls, but for now it's the domain of Testino devotees.
Dust off your fascinator or air out your seersucker suit, because it's Melbourne Cup time! The most prestigious horse race in Australia is just around the corner and this one is big. It's so big that Victoria, the state that hosts the cup, gets a public holiday to enjoy the races and maybe place a few bets.
In its 152 years, the Emirates Melbourne Cup has maintained its status as the Aussie horse race with most spectators, highest prize winnings, and most outrageous hats. Not everyone has their binoculars on the thoroughbreds; just like it's Kentucky counterpart, this is the event to see and be seen in your best spring fashion.