The best of Luxpresso :Animal masks, perfume bottles, off beat sweets, jewellery, villas on rent, make up, sneakers and more


From animal masks to best perfume bottles to exotic sweets to Van Cleef and Arpels jewellery to villas on rent in India to make up trends to Gucci sneakers we bring you the week that was at Luxpresso
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Sabyasachi at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Leading fashion houses, including Burberry, Chloe, Prabal Gurung and Preen, have created animal-inspired masks to be exhibited at London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum from 26 October to 9 November, 2016. The exposition, titled Conservation Couture: The Animal Ball Collection, will also feature a Swarovski-studded mask called the Bengal Tiger designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. After the exhibition, the masks will be auctioned off on 15 November, and are expected to fetch an estimated price of £2,000 each. The proceeds will be donated to various animal conservation charities like The Elephant Family, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Wildlife Fund, to name a few. The V&A will also host a grand Animal Ball on 22 November where the masks will be worn by guests who bought them.

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In the Bottle- Collection worthy Designer Perfumes
When it comes to perfumes, it is mostly the scent that is important. But there are those rare, gorgeous bottles that often steal the thunder from their fragrance. We present to you eight collection-worthy perfume bottles that you will want to show off. Marc Jacobs Divine Decadence, Viktor and Rolf Bon Bon, Givenchy Parisian Break, John Varvatos Artisan Acqua, Bvlgari Le Gemme Imperiali and Marc Jacobs Oh! Lola.

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Move over Mithais, Diwali’s newest sweets are here
From green tea muffins to multi layered Dutch chocolate and truffle cakes, treat yourself to some off beat goodies this year.
Signature Moon Cakes at Yauatcha, Artisanal Chocolates by La Folie, Bhapa Doi Cheesecake by Café Lota, Chocolate D’Luxe by Bliss, Choux pastry buns and Chocolate dipped berries at Concu. Try these different and interesting sweets this festive season.

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Revisiting Noah’s Ark with Van Cleef & Arpels
French luxury brand Van Cleef & Arpels has introduced an animal-inspired collection of jewellery clips. Called the L’Arche de Noé racontée par Van Cleef & Arpels, it retells the story of Noah’s ark with jewellery.
Known for their nature-inspired themes, Van Cleef often uses flowers, trees, and even animals as motifs. For its new collection of clips, the brand has drawn inspiration from the animals that are believed to have sailed on Noah’s ark. The line comprises 60 pairs of koalas, monkeys, parrots, and elephants, among other species. American jeweller Robert Wilson has designed the clips to be worn in pairs or separately, like a statement accessory.
For fantastical animals such as a unicorn, phoenix, and pegasus, the brand has put to use its patent ‘mystery setting’. Developed in 1933, it is special gem-setting technique in which the prongs holding the gems are not visible. This makes the piece look like it is studded with free-standing gems. This intricate technique takes close to 300 hours of work for each clip. The brand produces only a few rare pieces every year using this technique.

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Five Luxe Airbnb mansions you can rent in India
With the holiday season on its way, we’re sure you are all ready to hit the shores or even go up the hills. While you may feel compelled to zero in on a lavish hotel, these luxurious Airbnb mansions are a refreshing change. Junoon in the Hills, Almora, Uttarakhand, Josephine Villa, Goa, Indian Summer House, Ernakulam, Kerala, Villa Kashid, Kashid, Colonial Villa, Dehradun, are some of these stunning villas on rent.

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Beauty rewind- Make Up Trends making a comeback
From smokey eyes, metallic make up to dark lips, these are some make up trends coming back this year.
Dark lip colours, natural brows, blue eye shadow, metallic make up, smokey eyes is the look you should be sporting this season.

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How Gucci won the sneakers wars
The sneaker culture seems to have kicked in in earnest. And while Giuseppe Zanotti, Lanvin, Dior, andBurberry showed varied options as part of their Fall 2016 collection, it was the Ace sneakers by Gucci that stole the show. These low tops debuted in Milan during the Italian brand’s pre-fall ’16 showcase. They are inspired white tennis shoes, and have quickly become a celeb-favourite.
With top Bollywood and Hollywood actresses sporting these sneakers they are the in thing this season.