A Toast to Travel – Holiday Celebration

It’s not too late to join exclusive bespoke trips for Christmas and New Years while visiting Tuscany. While most people are leaving milk for Santa, you’ll be toasting la dolce vita in Florence.

A Toast to Travel’s weeklong boutique experiences are lead by John and Natalie, an American couple who are THE experts in Tuscany. You’ll benefit from their time living in Italy when they discovered the best the region has to offer and cultivated relationships that ensure you will see Italy like a local. From meals at the best neighborhood ristoranti, to tastings at small vineyards with special access, and to special holiday bonuses like:

  • Christmas Eve Mass led by the Cardinal of Florence at the Duomo
  • A visit to Christmas Markets
  • A New Years Eve of the Eve dinner at a 1400’s castle turned winery where Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa
  • A special New Years Eve Dinner and Celebration

The holiday trips include all the food, wine, art, history and architecture that are hallmarks of A Toast to Travel experiences.  Guests enjoy:

  • Museum and city tours led by a native Florentina certified guide

  • A unique culinary experience at one of the oldest Florentine restaurants which has one of the last wood fired grills in the city

  • A gelato tasting at one of Florence’s oldest gelateria

  • Exclusive cooking class with the chef at a five-star hotel in Florence

A Toast to Travel groups are always small, ensuring good camaraderie and the ability to keep the schedule flexible to cater to the group’s interests and desires in the moment. All of our travel within the region is done via Mercedes vehicles-never, ever a tour bus!

For detailed information about Christmas in Tuscany please visit:

http://www.atoasttotravel.com/new-d-christmas-in-tuscany

For more information on how to ring in 2017 in Tuscany, visit:

http://www.atoasttotravel.com/new-d-new-years-in-tuscany

 

Parisian Elegance & Masterful Drape: PERSY SS17

Designer Yaniv Persy, is Israeli-born, South America-raised, and moved to Paris in 2007. He was worked for many top international fashion houses including; John Galliano, Donna Karen, Lanvin and Robert Cavalli, to name a few.
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Julie Vino Fall 2017 Collection Inspired by Historic Napoli

The Fall 2017 collection range was inspired by the historic city of Napoli; the regal gowns are a continuation of ‘Roma’ which launched last season. The city of Napoli has a modern and lively culture within its ancient and historic setting.

Much like the city, Julie Vino’s Fall ‘17 collection boasts classic styles with a modern flair. The rich Italian references can be seen in every last detail; from semi-sheer layered tulle with hand alençon lace appliques to the intricate crested bodices. With flirty plunging necklines, exquisite hand brocading and delicate lace details, Julie Vino has delivered another breathtaking collection for the fashion forward bride.

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ZIAD NAKAD FW 16-17 COUTURE COLLECTION

The Fall – Winter collection 2016 – 2017 of Ziad Nakad is a tribute to the audacious and powerful woman, a woman of character, an ode to the woman affirmed in its brilliance.

Ziad Nakad woman is feminine, elegant and sensual – these words stick to its skin. Captivating in royal gowns close to the body, embroidered with finesse, she is a strong woman, full of femininity.

Majestic, seductive, vibrant and confident of herself in royal, aristocratic and sparkling gowns in shades of green emerald, ruby red, blue, gray and sunlight gold. She is queen of the red carpet.

Sculptor of fabric, Nakad redraw the woman with taffeta, silk, chiffon, guipure and tulle flowing under a crystal rain.

The finest materials harmoniously blend to give life to the muse of Nakad.

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YDE Spring-Summer 17 Paris RTW Fashion week

YDE

RTW Show

during Paris Ready to Wear Fashion Week

Wednesday 5th october at 11.am

  “Love is Paradise”

YDE RTW SPRING/SUMMER 2017

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“Love is Paradise” is the theme for YDE’s SS17 collection. Designer Ole Yde takes his inspiration from the simple things that make him happy in life such as flowers, rainbows and waves. There is movement and color in most of the pieces. Ruffles, glitter and fun floral prints help to give the collection a whimsical and youthful edge. It’s designed for women who like feminine and refined clothes but who also like to have fun with what they wear. For SS17 Ole Yde creates his own little garden of Eden.

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Balmain SS17 Full Fashion Show | Paris Fashion Week 2016

Take a look at the video clip (below) from Balmain SS17 Collection.  The runway show was featured during Paris Fashion Week 2016.

Olivier Rousteing stayed true to his glamorous designs with gold accents, opulent fabrics, and intricate cuts.

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Photo Credit: Balmain IG

From viewing the collection, my favorite pieces included collar necklaces, wide belts, sheer tops, and long (flowing) skirts.  Every design from the show was stunning!

https://youtu.be/0vtdHdm_-nE

Malan Breton LONDON Fashion Week SS 2017

MALAN BRETON®
LONDON FASHION WEEK
Spring/Summer 2017
Presented at the Freemason’s Hall
60 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5AZ
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Spring/Summer 2017 LFW Runway
Men’s and Women’s Collections

 

Malan Breton showcased Spring/Summer 2017 men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections on September 18th at 19:30at the Freemason’s hall during London Fashion Week. This season, the designer is inspired by the myth of Psyche, and the fables of the butterfly, the butterfly plays a significant part in Taiwanese indigenous culture. The collections represent a new romantic element that is enhanced by beadwork, printed silk organzas, and fusings of denim, silk, and other fibers that exude innovation and deliverance, and use his synonymous west meets east inspiration. Malan Breton incorporates these principals while maintaining highly wearable pieces that contain influence from sportswear to couture elements. Delivering a dynamic performance and overall vision for Spring/Summer 2017. The collection will feature a shoe collaboration with Michela Rigucci for women, and a new collection of Malan Breton luxury leather handbags and luggage. Buyers and retail representative guests of the show will have the opportunity to purchase the collection right off the catwalk using the Markable Application.
Video and production elements created by Cinemalan Productions, and music by Gabriel Yared.
This season, Malan goes back to his bespoke menswear roots at a famous British Heritage line to create options for women, keeping with his strong concept of incorporating Taiwanese fabrication, and indigenous techniques.
Sales Inquiries: info@malanbreton.com
ABOUT MALAN BRETON:
Originating from Taipei, Taiwan. Malan Breton, the designer, founded Malan Breton® collection in 2005, following his training at Turnbull & Asser, and Scaasi. Malan Breton® HOMME in 2010, Malan Breton® Bridal, Underwear, and Cosmetic lines for 2016. The Malan Breton® collection is shown each season at New York Fashion Week, also being presented in New York, Taiwan, China, France, and London to retailers. Breton has been designing since the age of eleven, and is known for his signature detailing, his ethereal gowns, and simple shift dresses. For men he is known for his sharply tailored suits, use of color, and impeccable fabrics. The collections can be found at department stores, and specialty boutiques around the globe, Breton is also a master of the made to measure suit, and has a steadfast following of businessmen, celebrities, politicians, and royals globally.
Malan Breton® is the recipient of the 2016 FGI “Rising Star” award in Menswear, the 2015 European Fashion Council’s “Eirene” award, the 2015, and 2016 Taiwan Tourism Award for contributions in fashion, and media. In 2011 Malan Breton® and NBC Universal were a nominee for the WGSN Global Fashion Award in 2011 for Outstanding collaboration. MalanBreton’s collections have appeared on the world’s brightest stars, and most elite red carpets.

LA PERLA LAUNCHED READY TO WEAR COLLECTION – MILAN – SS17

La Perla SS17 Presentation that took place Friday, September 23, 2016, at Palazzo Clerici, in Milano MI, Italy.

WHAT:
LA PERLA SPRING SUMMER 2017
LA PERLA LAUNCHES IT’S READY TO WEAR COLLECTION DEVELOPED THROUGH A UNIQUE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FEMALE BODY

WHEN:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016

WHERE:
PALAZZO CLERICI – VIA CLERICI – 5 – MILANO

LA PERLA SPRING/SUMMER 2017 COLLECTIONS
Julia Haart, La Perla’s new creative director, interpreted the concept of liberation in every aspect of her first season. The designer approached the collections with a deep connection to the brand’s founder, Ada Masotti, a corsetière who opened her own lingerie laboratory in Bologna in 1954. Ada Masotti designed lingerie with attention to how women wanted to feel: sensual, beautiful, and comfortable with themselves. As a female Creative Director, Julia Haart shares these values. Among her fixed principles is the desire to liberate women from sacrificing for beauty: curves are intrinsic to feminine identity, and clothes must begin with an understanding of women’s bodies. In the women’s ready­-to­-wear collection, the designer created clothes with lingerie-­expertise inspired by the brand’s close­-cut know how. Clothes embrace the body like perfectly fitted lingerie, with fabrics that feel as good on the inside as they look outside. The pieces can be worn by all women on all occasions.

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Julia Haart envisioned a journey of liberation through flowering blossoms, geographic maps and colorful, shimmering silk forms as the visual thread that runs through the ready­-to-­wear collection. The beautiful designs rendered in soft bi­-stretch fabric move as the wearer moves, revealing an expert understanding of the female form, the real DNA code of La Perla.

Prints in the collection are eye­catching: the topography of a fjord is transformed into micro and macro motifs, blooming roses reveal entrancing maps nestled amongst their petals in a classic stripe, and dazzling colors illuminate cascades of floral bouquets. The prints adorn close­fitted jackets, and high­waisted tailored shorts paired with bralettes and vests that take cues from bustiers, but enhance curves without any traditional wiring. Three show­stopping long dresses anchor the collection’s red carpet appeal: a shirt collar is the perfect counterpoint to a high slit, the fjord print is dotted with hand sewn sequins, a calligraphy­esque “Autografo” motif embroidered over stretch silk with black inserts emphasizes the décolleté, and silk georgette embellished with soutache inserts plays with sheer detailing at the sides and neckline. These looks are dazzling and refined, but move with stretch to adapt to the female form on the body.

Special attention has been dedicated to Essentials that truly meet the core needs of women’s wardrobes. A bi­stretch, cool wool Corset Jacket is the undisputed protagonist of the collection, embodying the feeling and support of lingerie with internal cups and finely tailored darts, sized according to bust for the perfect fit inside and out. It fastens with a row of hooks and can be worn without additional undergarments: they are built in. It can also be worn as suiting in its dress version, or paired with new soft wool leggings.

Iterations of the standout jacket are also shown with high­waisted slim cut pants and loose, flowing silk pants. The very same tailoring strategy is at the core of shirts shaped to the body and T­shirts designed and cut for the feminine form, made from silk, cotton and stretch.

LINGERIE AND NIGHTWEAR
Embroidered tulle, Leavers lace and macramé are La Perla heritage fabrics and form the starting point for a collection that has been updated with modern silhouettes like the boy-shorts. In particular, Julia Haart focused on variations of the bra, such as the non­-wired push­up bra or the triangle bra with a plunging V neck, which offer unprecedented possibilities for wear and an entirely new feeling of freedom. Alluring macramé reveals its talent for flirting with sheerness in the babydoll, alternating with nude tulle and silk georgette inserts. This fabric becomes the star of not only bras, bodysuits and briefs, but also of a silk dress into which lingerie style codes have been flawlessly translated.

The “Autografo” embroidery is reminiscent of calligraphy that has been sketched over the body, created by an impalpable nude stretch mesh, embroidered with seductive motifs. Here, the bodysuit takes center stage, creating the illusion of being a set thanks to the invisible tulle inserts.

There is no short supply of versatile pieces that elegantly toe the boundary between lingerie and clothing: graphic tops, bodysuits in soft, stretch­silk yarn wrap around the body like a caress.

COLORS: black, silky white, nude, sky blue and red.

BEACHWEAR AND RESORTWEAR
Cascades of pearls outline the curves of the body, transforming one­pieces and bikinis into garments begging to be worn both on and off the beach. The color block trend has been freshly interpreted in geometrically­-shaped pieces inspired by the allure of the unforgettable bikini worn by Ursula Andress in her turn as a Bond girl in the 1960s. Vivacious energy exudes from these pieces, adorned with stylized starfish, brushed stripes, city maps and colorful plastic panels.

A sensual back is emphasized with cut­out accents, while plunging necklines and boy-shorts reveal a new side to swimwear’s personality. Bikinis and one­pieces are offered alongside a versatile RESORTWEAR collection conceived to be the 24/7 vacation wardrobe. Fluid bi­stretch, crêpe and georgette silks, soft viscose and fresh cotton emphasize the effortless femininity of each and every piece.

An elegant cape with contrasting trim and a two­tone dress with paneling contributes to the casual glamour of the collection’s rompers and shorts, all of which can be worn at the beach, on a yacht or at a pool party. Special attention has been paid to warm­weather jumpsuits, which flow over the body, making them the perfect alternative to an evening dress. Cotton stretch seersucker cover­ups with multi­colored mosaic print that echoes the color palette of the bathing suits are designed with white bands that emphasize shape, and curve around the body. The same mosaic design found in the print transforms into a seductive spider web in the collection’s block­color knitwear.

COLORS: cobalt, lagoon blue, red, fuchsia, purple, nude, white and black.

ACCESSORIES
D’Orsey sandals are coated in sparkling sequins and also feature shimmering reflective accents on the shiny upper. Leather platform sandals with criss­cross straps boast sleek, ultra­-feminine lines. Pumps and booties feature a surprising accent: lacquer heels with streaks of color. Perforated leather mules adorned with floral motifs – inspired by the precious decoration of the signature Petit Macramé collection – represent the extension of lingerie style codes to the realm of accessories. Flat leather sandals with a chain accent and a hand enameled suspender­ hook complete the collection.

Signature details and a sleek design mark the distinctive look of the new python leather Hook Bag with hand enameled metal suspender hooks. The slight curvature of the front stitching meets the iconic hooks, reproducing the sensuality of suspenders. The rubber­effect matte black and glossy electric-blue are each versatile. The glazed horn charms bearing the letters “LP” feature as an exclusive detail on all the bags.

This precious detail also characterizes the Ada Bag, an homage to Ada Masotti. Its ageless modernity was inspired by the vision of the brand’s founder. This on-the-go model comes in different versions of python or in black calfskin. The leather clutches are veritable mini universes that will hold everything you could need for a special evening. The handcrafted bead­and­sequin detailing creates reflections and harkens to the floral feel of the ready ­to­ wear collection.

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Robert’s Grove in Belize – SOFT ADVENTURE SUMMER TRAVEL

If the family has done Disney, is over Universal, and the annual summer vacation hangs in the balance, it’s time to kick your game up a notch with an action-packed, soft adventure family bonding trip to Robert’s Grove in Belize. This summer Robert’s Grove is offering families the fifth night free and one complimentary excursion per person.

An upscale, family-friendly property nestled on 22 acres along the Caribbean coast of the Placenia Peninsula in Southern Belize, Robert’s Grove is perfectly situated to take advantage of the world-class diving along the Western Hemisphere’s largest barrier reef or to explore lush rainforests, Mayan ruins, or simply go toes in the sand, drink in hand and relax.

Catering to families, Robert’s Grove offers suites and villas in addition to standard rooms, many of which overlook the ocean. Child-care services are available so Mom and Dad can also enjoy some alone time. There are three restaurants on property, the fine-dining Seaside Restaurant, the casual Habanero Mexican Café & Bar and the organic Sweet Mama’s. Meal plans are available.

Robert’s Grove provides a wide array of water and land-based excursions, but the most popular for families is the Explore Belize Package, which brings together the most popular activities into a no-brainer itinerary the entire family will love. Spend one day snorkeling in the crystal waters off of the Placencia Peninsula, another day taking in Mayan ruins and swimming through local caves, a third day on the child-favorite Monkey River tour to see and hear Howler monkeys and other wildlife, and the last day venturing into the Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, the only reserve dedicated solely to the nocturnal jaguar, for hiking and river tubing. With all that excitement, plan to spend your complimentary fifth day relaxing by the crystal blue waters reflecting on all the family memories you just made.

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