How social media is making luxury fashion available to everyone

A number of shows at London Fashion Week trialled a system where clothes are made available for sale immediately after appearing on the catwalk. Gigi Hadid modelled the outfits she’d collaborated on with designer Tommy Hilfiger in Camden. The brand is one of five which used the “see now, buy now” model. It’s a big change for high fashion brands. They typically take six months to make collections available to buy but social media’s shifted all that. Image captionBella Hadid also walked the Hilfiger show, which was heavy with American…

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Luxury designer Manish Arora unveils his cut-price collection with Riva in Dubai

Known for his utterly extravagant runway shows, complete with stellar beauty looks and in recent seasons, a pet Pomeranian, fashion designer Manish Arora has just launched a collaboration exclusive to the Middle East. Joining forces with Riva, a clothing label owned by Kuwaiti fashion company Armada, Arora brings his exuberant vibe to the region with a capsule collection of affordable garments. Arora has been showing at Paris Fashion Week for the past decade – in fact, this year marked his 10th anniversary. As can be expected, his catwalk collections come…

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8 luxury hotels worth it just for the food

 Most people think of hotel food as something to endure, not enjoy. At some places, it’s as bad as you’d find at a hospital. But when it comes to knockout ambience, killer cuisine and a world-class experience, some luxury hotels bring their A game. Here, we’ve rounded up eight worth visiting just for a meal, based on cursory research and recommendations. 1. Wit & Wisdom at Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore FourSeasons.com Michael Mina’s award-winning tavern is as American as you can get, with seafood thrown in for good measure. New Englanders will feel right at…

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Boats, bags and strollers: Aston Martin expands from cars to luxury lifestyle

Aston Martin, known for sports cars used in James Bond films, is expanding with a push into yachts, apartments and handbags, as the British manufacturer shifts its sights from rival Ferrari to the likes of Hermes. A new store in London’s exclusive Mayfair, a district that includes a Louis Vuitton mega store, is Aston Martin’s biggest effort to date to establish the brand as a purveyor of all things luxury and not just slinky performance cars. While the shop at 8 Dover Street offers ornamental bowls, US$3,980 baby strollers and…

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