Show Off Your (beautiful) Feet With Maison Margiela’s Transparent Tabis

Spring and summer are slowly coming. Lighter clothes are slowly being removed from the closet. And summer clothing also includes summer footwear. When the open shoes, sandals and flip-flops raappear, people start to take more care of their feet. A must! And this summer maybe more then ever!

After dropping its fairly apt surgical adaption of the classic slip-on mule last week, French Margiela now introduces a transparent iteration of its quintessential iconic Tabi shoe. Introduced at the very first show of the Maison, for the Spring-Summer 1989 season, the Tabi shoe takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese split-toe sock, bearing the same name.

A staple of the French fashion house since its first show over 30 years ago, the split-toe look is synonymous with the Maison, having been reworked countless times since. A browse through the Margiela webstore alone draws up a surfeit of Tabi styles, while a recent collaboration with Reebok gave the look an entirely new audience.

Now though, for the first time, the fashion house has used a polyvinyl butyral (PVB) material to craft its all-new fully transparent Tabi lace-ups. Sat on a wide black sole with a comfortable leather footbed, Margiela’s latest release is completed with two eyelets on the medial side of each shoe for added breathability.

Maison Margiela’s Transparent Tabi Lace-Ups are available at Maison Margiela’s boutiques and selected stores worldwide, retailing at €765 (approximately $930 USD), plus the price of a pedicure treatment. Come into the beautiful world of Maison Margiela.

Porsche Design Offers Chronograph Exclusively to 911 GT3 Owners

Today, German carmaker Porsche has just unveiled the latest generation of its track-ready sports car, the new 911 GT3 – 992 generation. Once again an extremely capable track-oriented car, it will certainly be pure adrenaline behind the wheel. To coincide with this launch, sister-company Porsche Design has transferred the thrill of high-performance racing into a distinctive chronograph available exclusively to buyers of the new Porsche 992 GT3, and just like the car, it will be fully customisable. Here’s the new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3.

Knowing the strong connection between Porsche cars and Porsche Design, the design studio and watch manufacturer are presenting the watch that matches the car, a model available exclusively to buyers of the new 911 GT3 and that will be customisable to the max, so it will look as close as possible to the car it has been modelled after.

The new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 is based on the classic Chronotimer Series 1 architecture, a watch that pays tribute to the earliest models created by the Butzi Porsche in the early 1970s. Measuring 42mm in diameter, this chronograph is only proposed in titanium, a lightweight material that echoes the high-tech materials used in the Porsche 992 GT3 car. The case, which shows a matte, anti-reflective glass bead-blasted finish, is coated in black titanium carbide for a resolutely sporty look. Of course, knowing the vocation of this model, the bezel features an engraved tachymeter scale. Thanks to its screw-down crown, the watch has a 50m WR.

Porsche Design has revealed its new Chronograph 911 GT3, a watch that will only be offered to those taking delivery of the new 2022 Porsche 911 GTR supercar. Owners will be able to customize their watch to match their new supercar.

As standard, the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 is available in two editions: a sporty version with an applied dial ring in eye-catching Shark Blue (the colour used by Porsche for the presentation of the new 992 GT3) and a purist version with a colour ring in black. Both editions share the same dial with a matte black background and highly contrasted hands and markers, in white with Super-LumiNova or in yellow for the chronograph indications – the latter being modelled after the yellow accents found inside the new GT3. The layout is classic for the brand, with counters at 12 and 6 o’clock, and a running seconds at 9 o’clock.

For this new Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3, the brand once again uses the expertise of its sister-company, and the straps are made from genuine Porsche vehicle leather with “GT3” debossing and stitching in contrasting colours, in Shark Blue or GT Silver, depending on the version. Also, the straps are equipped with the brand’s innovative and practical quick-change system, so the strap can be changed easily and conveniently without the need for additional tools, by just pressing a pusher on the back.

The caseback underscores the strong connections that exist between these two Porsche entities. Under the sapphire caseback is the Porsche Design calibre WERK 01.200, a proprietary movement based on the architecture of the 7750 and highly modified according to PD’s requirements, with specific decoration, chronometer certification and, a typical racing-oriented feature, a flyback function. It beats at 4Hz and boasts 48h of power reserve. The most striking element is the rotor, recreated from the design of the Porsche 992 GT3 wheels, including a miniaturised centre lock featuring a silver GT3 logo. To match the car, the rotor is available in six colours – silver, dark grey, black with red stripe, black with blue stripe, full black or gold.

Finally, there’s more to the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 as it can be fully customised through the Porsche Design Custom Built Timepieces Program (available for German, UK and US markets). Thanks to an online configurator – owners of the 911 GT3 can personalise and adapt additional details on the watch to match their dream sports car. For instance, the case can be ordered in natural or black titanium, multiple bezel configurations are available, and the dial ring can be customised within the GT3 colour spectrum.

Of course, the strap can be ordered with contrasting stitches made from Porsche vehicle thread, and various colours of leather are available. Upon completion of the configuration, the customer receives an individual code that can be used to order the personalised timepiece at his/her local authorised Porsche dealer.

While no price has yet been announced for the car, the Porsche Design Chronograph 911 GT3 is available to design and order now. Depending on the chosen configuration, delivery takes eight to twelve weeks, and prices start from USD 8,050. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Porsche Design.

Chaumet unveils 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch

Since my childhood I have always loved the Place Vendôme with its imposing facades, beautiful street lightning, and its iconic column in the center of the square. And not to forget, the beautiful boutiqurs housed on on the Parisian square, Boucheron, Breguet, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and of course Chaumet. I still cherish s my automatic golden Jump Hour watch.

Since its creation in 1780 in Paris, Chaumet’s history merges with the history of France, quickly becoming the official jeweler of Empress Josephine. The Maison’s Fine Jewelry know-how has been passed down for nearly 240 years from one generation to the next. Created in the heart of Place Vendôme, the jewellery and watchmaking creations, for women and men, reflect these exceptional know-how and bear witness to Parisian taste.

The oldest jeweler at the Place Vendôme, Paris, never ceases to amaze with his ability to anchor himself in the air of the times. Intimately linked with history, Chaumet’s great hours still nourish the creativity of the Maison and constitute an unbroken thread between past, present and future. Today the French Maison unveils the Infiniment 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch, a virtuoso tribute to the Maison’s 240th anniversary and the reopening of the12 Vendôme hôtel particulier.

Produced in a limited series, this exceptional creation brings together several highly specialised crafts, such as grand feu enamel by artist Anita Porchet. Each dial is secretly adorned with a tiny stone from 12 Vendôme, enabling the wearer to carry a little bit of Chaumet and the mythical Place Vendôme with them wherever they go.

Discover Chaumet’s 12 – Rêverie Nocturne watch – and much more – in their Place Vendôme boutique or order from their Distance Sales Service to receive your Chaumet piece at home. Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Skin-Care Company, Gleamin, on How to Identify & Treat Fungal Acne

There is a good deal of confusion regarding the difference between fungal acne and bacterial acne. In a recent blog post entitled Fungal Acne: Symptoms and Treatment, experts from skin-care company, Gleamin, explain how to identify fungal acne and treat it. Gleamin is a purveyor of innovative skin-care formulas, including their signature product, the Vitamin-C Clay Mask, made with 100% all-natural ingredients.

In the blog post, Gleamin’s experts emphasize that fungal acne requires an entirely different treatment regimen than bacterial acne. In fact, fungal acne is not truly acne; its scientific names are Malassezia Folliculitis and Pityrosporum Folliculitis, which refer to the yeast involved in triggering fungal acne. Not only will bacterial acne treatments have no impact on the condition colloquially known as fungal acne, they may even worsen the condition.

Fungal acne is triggered by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. This overgrowth inflames hair follicles and leads to small acne-like bumps. Some immune-related causes of fungal acne outlined in the blog post include recent antibiotic use, propensity for yeast infections, a diet high in sugar and carbs, and a compromised immune system. Environmental factors that could cause fungal acne include a hot and humid climate, frequent workouts, and whether an individual has been in close contact with someone that has or previously had fungal acne.

Accurate identification of fungal acne is critical for successful treatment. According to the experts at Gleamin, these are the key identifiers of fungal acne that stand in contrast to bacterial acne.

Fungal Acne

  • Bumps are uniform in size and are generally very small.
  • No visible heads.
  • Fungal acne is almost always very itchy.
  • Bumps appear in clusters.

Bacterial Acne

  • Bumps vary in size.
  • Blackheads and whiteheads are common.
  • Bacterial acne can be itchy but not as severely as fungal acne.
  • Bumps appear randomly across the body.

Gleamin’s experts contend that the most foundational way to manage fungal acne is a lifestyle change. Because so many of the triggers for this condition are environmental, those afflicted should look to wear less tight clothing, shower soon after workouts, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, and wash clothes after a single use. They also recommend using dandruff shampoo as a body wash and letting it sit on an affected area for five minutes before rinsing off, as well as over-the-counter creams, like those used to treat Athlete’s Foot.

Another product that can have a positive impact on fungal acne is Gleamin’s Vitamin-C Clay Mask. This product cleanses skin and removes any excess debris that may contribute to yeast growth. Additionally, the powerful antioxidants in the mask work with vitamin C to support immune health, detoxify the skin, and revitalize appearance. While lifestyle changes and certain products may be enough for many to manage their fungal acne, medical consultation with a dermatologist could be necessary for those with severe cases.

While managing fungal acne may seem daunting, it is entirely possible through the recommendations outlined by the experts at Gleamin. Interested consumers can browse Gleamin’s selection of products and learn more about their story and mission their website.At Gleamin, they use potent superfoods to enhance natural beauty and empower life. their clean products are carefully formulated to invigorate our global community with a new-found sense of freedom. Come into the beautiful world of Gleamin.

Oliver Rouseing on his inspirations for blending fashion and music together

Grace Jones’s power and fearlessness is reflected in the fact that she was one of music’s first female acts to play with androgynous dress codes.

Oliver Rouseing, designer Balmain

Celebrating Black Creativity in Fashion, French Maison Balmain’s designer Oliver Rouseing on his inspirations for blending fashion and music together. Come into the beautiful world of Balmain.

Estrema Fulminea, a new teaser

Nero Notte, the color of the ‘Fulminea’ teaser for the weekend. A clear vision of the project, passion and hard work. This is the key to success. What about funding? Put yourself in the position where people will ask you to help you with, get them excited about what you do, share your vision and you will succeed. I have to say thank you to many highly talented people which helped me from the start, when it was just a dream.

Gianfranco Pizzuto, founder Automobili Estrema

Passion and vision slowly paying off. Come into the beautiful world of Automobili Estrema for many exciting future announcements!

Eternity from the Eternal City.

The ring is a classic symbol of forever. And Italian jeweler and watchmaker Bvlgari looks to its most intriguing emblem to create its bold take on the traditional keepsake.

Seemingly in motion, the pavé diamond scales of these Serpenti Viper rings say your wishes for a prosperous year ahead mean forever. And for a gift your loved one can treasure for this Lunar New Year and beyond, the alluring Serpenti Seduttori Watch makes an iconic keepsake of time.

Wanna see more? Come into the beautiful world of Bvlgari.

Introducing The New Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina Watch

Giovanni Panerai opens his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence: serving not only as a shop and workshop but also as the city’s first watchmaking school, Officine Panerai’s history begins here. The shop later moves to its current location in the Palazzo Arcivescovile in Piazza San Giovanni, changing its name to ‘Orologeria Svizzera’ at the beginning of the twentieth century.

To meet the military needs of the Royal Italian Navy, which it had already been supplying with high precision instruments for a number of years, Officine Panerai creates Radiomir, a radium-based powder that gives luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. Reference to the name ‘Radiomir’ is documented in the supplement to the patent filed in France on 23 March 1916. The substance’s high visibility and the paint’s excellent underwater adhesive qualities immediately make the radium paste a key element in Officine Panerai’s production. The Radiomir patent will be the first of the many patents filed to mark Panerai’s history of innovation.

The actual production of the Radiomir models with the 1936 features takes place two years later. In order to implement the functions of the prototype, Officine Panerai makes a number of changes and starts producing a new Radiomir model with the following features: the use of overlapping plates for the dial, the upper part having perforated indices and numerals so as to make the radium paint more readable and luminescent; the wire lugs are made more resistant, comprising a metal bar folded at both ends and welded to the case middle. A further innovation that improves underwater visibility relates to the numbering of the dial, which has just 4 large Arabic numerals at the cardinal points and a series of indices, hour and minute hands, but without a small seconds hand.

A new self-luminous substance, Luminor, supersedes the radium-based paste. Tritium (hydrogen isotope) based, this compound is protected by the patent filed on 11 January 1949 under the ‘Luminor’ trademark. Officine Panerai draws inspiration from the name of its newly patented substance for its other historical model that follows the Radiomir watch – the Luminor.

The evolution from Radiomir to Luminor is completed. The Second World War having drawn to a close, the Florentine company continues the technical research begun at the start of the war, culminating in the development of the Luminor, characterized by the crown-protecting bridge, with reinforced wire lugs created from the same block of steel as the case, the cushion-shaped case as in the Radiomir 1940 and the flat, wider bezel. Nowadays the models with this case are known as Luminor 1950.

To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of its iconic Luminor collection the Italian watchmaker is offering a 70-year warranty, including all servicing costs, on its new Platinumtech Luminor Marina.

Not only does the price tag cover all running costs for what is essentially a lifetime of wear but Panerai has made its case from Platinumtech, an Platinum-based alloy created in the brand’s Swiss Laboratorio di Idee R&D centre for increased hardness and to better preserve the watch’s box fresh appearance over the years.

The watch has a date window at the three o’clock and a small seconds at the nine o’clock dictated by the three-day Calibre P.9010 automatic movement inside. and features an olive green sandwich dial finished with vibrant sunburst brushing, whilst a metallic ‘70 Year Warranty’ logo has been applied to the sapphire crystal caseback.

Panerai previously backed its 2017 Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days with a 50-year warranty and servicing, clearly confident in the work it had undertaken to remove the need for liquid lubricants, the weak link in mechanical watchmaking and the reason watches need servicing like cars, from the movement of that watch.

That offer trounced all other warranties being offered in the watch industry (IWC offers the next longest warranty at eight years) so this new period only widens the gap. Of course with such a long period of warranty being offered (someone purchasing the Carbotech at launch will still have 46 years of warranty coverage) no-one has been able to test either the claimed longevity of the watch or the T&Cs of the warranty.

But that watch, which used a host of high tech materials including tantalum-based ceramic and DLC-coated silicon, came with a $53,470 USD price tag, so it can be assumed that at least some of the predicted future servicing costs were built into the price.

This new watch, however, uses a stock P.9010 automatic movement and, at $36,900, offers a considerable saving over its predecessor. This would appear to suggest that Panerai is either confident that one of its in-house movements will need minimal attention over a 70-year period, which frankly I’d doubt of any movement being made today, or that the brand has one again priced the watch to take into account potential future costs.

Priced at $39,600 USD the Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina comes in limited edition of 70 pieces and is available exclusively through its network of boutiques. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Panerai.

Plastic Surgeon and Breast Reconstruction Specialist Dr. Constance Chen Offers Practical Tips about Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are a common and normal variation in nipple shape. Also called retracted nipples, inverted nipples turn inward toward the breast instead of protruding. They occur in either one or both breasts, in both men and women, and may be congenital – present from birth – or may develop later in life.

As many as 10% of women may have one or both nipples inverted. Inverted nipples are not generally a cause for concern and require treatment only if they interfere with breastfeeding, if there is an underlying medical condition that must be addressed, or to satisfy aesthetic preferences.

Dr. Constance M. Chen, Breast specialist and plastic surgeon

Nipple inversion may be permanent or temporary, with the nipples fluctuating between inverted and erect. Some women experience inversion during pregnancy even if their nipples weren’t inverted before. While nipple sensitivity varies from person to person, inverted nipples are not ordinarily less sensitive to stimulation than erect nipples.

There are different grades of nipple inversion that may help determine whether it will interfere with breastfeeding or if treatment is needed. At the lowest level of inversion, the nipple can be easily pulled out and may remain protruding for some time. At a moderate level, the nipple can be pulled out, but will retract when released. With the most severely inverted nipples, it may be difficult or impossible to pull the nipple out. The higher the level of inversion, the more likely breastfeeding is to be difficult or impossible.

Breastfeeding is often problem-free with inverted nipples by having the baby latch onto the entire areola. Also, inverted nipples sometimes protrude naturally during pregnancy and breastfeeding or can be made to protrude by stimulation. Devices such as a ‘nipple shield’ that helps the baby latch on or a ‘breast shield’ that helps the nipple protrude may be helpful.

There are several treatment options for inverted nipples, most of them temporary and all of which should be discussed with a doctor to determine the best solution for each individual. There are home exercises for drawing the nipple out as well as suction devices that achieve a similar result in some cases. Inverted nipples can also be surgically corrected.

“Surgical options try to preserve the milk ducts to enable breastfeeding, but sometimes the milk ducts will be divided. When the milk ducts are disrupted to correct an inverted nipple, future breastfeeding may be difficult or even impossible”, says Dr. Chen. In either case, the procedure, generally performed under local anesthesia, involves a very small incision under the nipple through which a fine instrument is used to detach the fibers and duct(s) that are holding the nipple in an inverted position. A suture placed beneath the nipple then keeps it in position.

While inverted nipples aren’t generally medically troublesome, particularly when present since birth or when occurring gradually, over several years, there are indications that require medical attention. Nipples that had been protruding but flatten or turn inward suddenly or in a short period of time should be brought to the attention of a doctor. Other symptoms that require medical examination include discharge, a lump or swelling of the nipple, dimpling or thickening of the skin, and redness or pain.

“Inverted nipples are one of the many normal variations in the breast”, says Dr. Chen. “Depending on the degree of inversion, they may be easily manipulated to enable breastfeeding and they may be made to protrude for some period of time. When they cause distress for any reason, surgical correction is usually minimally invasive. As with many such procedures, correction can have a positive effect on a woman’s physical and emotional well-being”.

About Dr. Constance M. Chen

Constance M. Chen, MD, is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City with special expertise in the use of innovative natural techniques to optimize medical and cosmetic outcomes for women undergoing breast reconstruction. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College and Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery) at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Chen is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally on new advancements in breast reconstruction and the surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is the author of three books, five book chapters, and fifty journal articles. She has also won numerous awards for her work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the local, regional, and national levels.

Dr. Chen has developed a reputation in the community for the personalized attention that she devotes to her patients. She is committed to aesthetic restoration of the breast and body, and enjoys helping her patients achieve overall well-being. At the end of the day, there is nothing more important to her than the joy she hopes to bring to her patients’ lives. Come into the beautiful world of Dr. Constance M. Chen.

Canadian Watchmaker Bradley Taylor Goes Solo With The Paragon

Canadian watchmaker Bradley Taylor’s passion for watchmaking was ignited in Le Locle, Switzerland where he attended Korpela & Hofs Watchmaking Competence Centre to study traditional watchmaking. He absorbed generations of knowledge learning under the venerable Henrik Korpela, attaining his watchmaking diploma in 2015 after successfully completing the demanding 4500-hour program.

Soon after graduating and working in after-sales service he was trained at Patek Philippe in Geneva, passing their challenging level II certification over the course of one month. Opportunity arose when his friend and fellow watchmaker Charles Birchall moved back to Toronto from the Isle of Man and the two started brainstorming. They started the first luxury Canadian watchmaking company Birchall & Taylor in Toronto, developing and making two watch models, the Reference 1 and 1R.

Sadly, Birchall & Taylor closed its doors for good in the face of COVID-19 despite showing great promise with its debut Reference 1 and 1R watches, of which 35 were sold around the world. Now, Bradley continues to follow his passion making watches to his own vision and standards from the beautiful west coast in Vancouver, Canada.

The Canadian watchmaker has revealed his first solo watch, the Paragon, a 39mm stainless steel 3Hz automatic, he produced in a spare bedroom during the pandemic. Taylor, who is based in Kitsilano, Vancouver, produced the watch to develop his own individual style, searching for a modern guilloché (the finely engraved repeating patterns on traditional dials) style as well as seeking to explore hand and numeral design. 

The quality of the Paragon’s dial is outstanding, both in detail and finish. Available in purple, light blue, or black – as well as custom colours on request – the dial is classical but striking its use of the spiral ‘La Tornade’ guilloché to frame the centre. 

In the spirit of traditional établissage (or division of labor) watchmaking, Bradley Taylor turned to perhaps the world’s most renowned dial-maker Kari Voutilainen and his Swiss dial-making company, Comblémine. The new La Tornade guilloché pattern can be seen running around the border of the dial and again on the small seconds sub dial, this time in reverse.

Bradley Taylor turned to Canadian typographer Ian Brignell to create a distinct set of numerals to serve as hour markers, which are machined before being finely polished and then individually applied, and the ‘Bradley Taylor’ word set which is printed on the dial. Each carbon steel hand is first laser cut to achieve the correct profile and then shaped and polished by hand, with each taking 20 hours to perfect before being heat treated to attain the correct color, which customers can specify.

Bradley Taylor selected the recently developed 5401/32 automatic movement from Vaucher SA (the movement manufacturer owned by Parmigiani Fleurier which has suppled movements to Richard Mille among others) to power the Paragon. The movement features hand-finished internal bevels, Cotes de Geneve striping and a 22k yellow gold winding rotor, which Comblémine finished with the same La Tornade guilloché pattern.

With a diameter of 39 mm and height of 9.8 mm, the Paragon is very much a gentleman’s dress watch. Though its form is simple, details like the flat, concave bevel and generously fluted lugs given it a bit of flair. A detail that is especially intriguing and illustrative of the attention to detail in its design are the screws for the case back.

Unable to obtain screws that met his aesthetic sensibilities, Mr Taylor developed his own, which he believes are the smallest square-slot screws ever made. Like the components of the dial, each screw is hand-finished. The unusual screw head is modelled on the square-drive Robertson screw invented by fellow Canadian P.L. Robertson in 1908, which was once used in Ford Model Ts assembled in Canada.

Notably, despite its genteel styling, the Paragon has been constructed to be surprisingly robust – allowing it to be an elegant, everyday watch – boasting an unusual water-resistance rating of 120 m.

Bradley Taylor will produce just 12 pieces of the Paragon with each priced $22,000 USD, please inquire about availability and purchasing. Come into the beautiful and timeless world of Bradley Taylor for more information.