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I've been trying to book a 6.40pm class at the famously tough, US workout based in a utilitarian studio on the Euston Road for the past 12 weeks now. So has my brother and about half a dozen friends who, like me, tried it once, got hooked (it uses treadmills and weights to essentially remould your entire body) and then could never get a place again. Most of the 20 classes sell out within minutes of being listed online. The 6.40pm one goes in 30 seconds. Of course, I could try the waiting list. But even that fills up within the hour. Demand is so high they've just opened a new outpost on Worship Street in the City.

Not for nothing has it been nicknamed 'Glastobarry's': Victoria Beckham and Ellie Goulding are both fans. It's the same story over at Psycle, the glossy spin studio behind Oxford Circus which due to super high demand has just opened a second branch, also in Canary Wharf. Spots sell out within minutes, as they do at Ten Health Fitness in Mayfair, the studio that keeps half the beauty industry's buttocks high and stomachs tight. Oh, and if you want a place at celebrity yogi Julie replica bvlgari diamond necklace Montagu's Sunday vinyasa class at Triyoga Chelsea, then you'd better get in line behind the army of glossy SW3 mummies and CEOs waiting patiently in front of you. They've been there for hours.

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Until recently, such tales were the preserve of New Yorkers and Los Angelenos. In the US' twin fitness capitals there's always a new class you just have to try. Fitness minded friends would return from holidays bursting with anecdotes of devoted men and women rising at dawn to make their 6am FlyBarre session. The glute burning, dance inspired workout in New York City is loved both for its toning abilities (the cantilevered behinds it produces are legendary) and its socialising opportunities. Another hot ticket right now in NYC is The Class, a 75 minute yoga/bootcamp hybrid that takes place in an airy Tribeca studio, where regulars can find themselves on a mat next to supermodel Gisele Bndchen. It's led by Taryn Toomey, a woman so perfectly tanned and toned she looks as if she were created by Pixar, and its mix of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and quasi spiritual motivation feeds perfectly into the city's desire to punish the body while nourishing the mind. Ditto Shadowbox, the boxing studio cum beauty salon in the Flatiron district where, after doing one of the most punishing workouts in the city, you can get a lovely, bouncy blow dry in the changing rooms.

And, in the US context at least, all this made sense. imitation bvlgari jewelry necklaces After all, personal transformation has always been an integral part of the American Dream, and working out the physical manifestation of that tenet. Here in London we've tended to be a bit more laid back. Until now.

Take my friend Gillian, a twenty something travel PR who found herself virtually stalking the personal trainer Russell Bateman in order to get into his famed Skinny Bitch Collective (SBC) after learning about it through Instagram. The class is both tough and glamorous. Inverted burpees (as painful as they sound) and gruelling HIIT sessions are its trademark, as are the women he gets in shape: Millie Mackintosh, Suki Waterhouse, Daisy Lowe his clients read like the guest list for the Coachella pre party. 'The Instagram images were all of these really cool, really fit women. They made SBC look more like a private members' club than a fitness class.' Desperate to try it, but aware that classes sold out in minutes, Sarah cornered Bateman at one of SBC's pop up events at Shoreditch House. 'He warned me that the waiting lists were long, so I begged for his email. After a couple of pleading messages he finally let me into one of his classes.'

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Amy, a journalist acquaintance, went one step further. Desperate to secure a place at a one off session with renowned yoga instructor Leah Kim at Niketown Oxford Circus, she got smart. 'I got to the store early, hid in a changing room then came out when everyone had filed into the class. When I snuck in, they just thought they'd forgotten to get me a mat.'

To Anya Lahiri, a trainer at Barry's, such antics are a day to day reality: 'It's incredible some of the lengths clients will go to. Despite our no phones policy, you often catch people running on the treadmill while trying to book a class for the following week. One woman even got the Eurostar over from Paris to get to a Barry's class that had a last minute place.'

What on earth's going on? Why are people across the capital rushing out of Monday morning meetings at 11.55am to ensure they're back in front of their computers by noon the time when most of these classes' booking systems go live for the next week? What's driving them to pull the sort of dirty tricks they once saved for getting into chic nightclubs and sample sales?

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For one thing, the quality of training you can get today far surpasses the traditional gym classes of old. And it's not just about where you train almost as important is who you train with. You go to Barry's for a session with Anya or Faisal (Ellie Goulding's current fitness guru); you go to Lemon's class at Psycle for a high energy extravaganza and preferably nab bike No 4 on the FROW (front row), slap bang in front of the instructor for all to see; you go to the Bulgari Hotel's Workshop Gymnasium to work out with celebrity trainer Lee Mullins, where you know you're going to get special attention; or head to Mo El Kadey's iHuman Fitness Boom classes at Canary Wharf because, well, no one makes squats and battle ropes quite as much fun as Mo.

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As Giles Dean, co founder of 1Rebel in East London, whose garage themed spin classes sell out within hours, puts it: 'London is going through a fitness boom right now. Where you train and with whom says as much about you as the clothes you wear and the music you listen to.' In the same way that a queue outside a bar makes it more appealing, a waiting list adds a certain allure: 'The classes are at such weird times of the day, they seemed more suited to a supermodel than a slave to her desk PR,' says Sarah about her SBC experience. 'But then the fact that I couldn't get there again made it even more bvlgari jewelry replica seductive.'

So, how to get into an It class? My advice: look to the new breed of super workouts hitting the capital, and get in and befriend the trainers before everyone else does. The smart money is on the Accelerate classes at Core Collective in Kensington; Ride Republic in Fulham (a gruelling spin class that insiders tell me will soon be as hard to get into as any of the city's private schools); and Hollie Grant's one on one Model Method training sessions in Parsons Green. It already has a client list as long as Grant's slender arms, but if you're speedy, I hear there's still time. So get set to hit the phones. Well, that or hide out in the changing rooms.

Use these strategies to get a place at London's most popular workoutsGet on the waiting list, go to Barry's new EC2 outpost, or join Barry's Academy you can book in advance if you go to the same class every week for a month. In the name of democracy, Tri Yoga leaves 30 per cent of its places open to walk ins on a first come first served basis. He'll tell you when the newest new classes go live. Illustration bu Benjamin Wachenje

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Jet setter Denise Hale may not know from Instagram, and she confesses scant knowledge of her iPad.

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However, the presence of Instagram co founder Kevin Systrom didn't derive from the fact that his beloved photo sharing app was purchased by Facebook for a mind blowing $1 billion.

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When Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be ending her talk show in 2011 she promised fans that she would be going out with a bang, producing some great shows with the most provocative guests.

Now the Queen of Daytime television is targeting the most sought after man in the news right now, Tiger Woods.

If Tiger does opt for the sit down television interview in an attempt to revamp his image following allegations of affairs and his own admission of "transgressions" in his personal relationships, Winfrey would be the safe bet. He has appeared on her show before and the two are personal friends.

Of course, with Oprah nothing is ever off limits, so he shouldn't think he is getting off easy.

There is no word on whether Tiger's wife, Elin Nordegren, would appear on the famous couch beside him.

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Tiger Woods is like any young person that has fallen from grace. Tiger, should not allow this to define him. The Word of the Lord states that a righteous man shall fall seven times, but when tried and tested, the real deal is to not stay down. He needs to lift his head up high and not let this get him down.

To the nay sayers and the pessimist get a life, it is not you but who knows what challenge you face or will face. Judge that you be not judged.

Elin, I share your pain at this time, it is a difficult thing to face. I know that you feel that your world has come to an end, but trust me it has just begun. Your family is going through a situation that is not unique. Love changes all. Love your husband and prove to others that you are a bigger and better person. Don let them see you sweat on your first cruise. God is with you even in these times. This too shall pass. Think of the love between you two. Let go and let God work it out for you. Most of all think about your kids; for now put them first.

December 15, 2009 at 6:26 pm

That is a wonderful idea, isn it? Smart move, now that the Tiger I remember. I hope his wife is strong enough and gives him the strength and the love he needs to save their family. If he does not get it right this time I am afraid he will lead a very troubled life. I am rooting for him and her! Life is hard and all the money in the world is not going to change that! Although it allows a higher material quality of life, when you have to look your wife in the face and see her pain, your bank account means nothing to you, maybe to her but at that moment, to you it means absolutely nothing! Good luck to them both!

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December 11, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Whoever is advising Jamie Grubbs is pretty smart. Jamie has come out with an apology to Ellin, and this will get her far more publicity than publishing all her text messages, voice mails, photos, etc.

December 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

If Oprah was such a friend, she leave the two to work out their issues in private. She exploiting their friendship for personal and professional gain. Oprah, you taking a page out of Jerry Springer book. (I know you read these comments.)

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The Bulgari nephew who turned the ship round

Francesco Trapani has worries the rest of us can only dream of. The multi millionaire boss of Bulgari has been working so hard to keep the jewellery and luxury goods group profitable through a three year downturn that he has hardly had time to enjoy his yacht. The 42 metre boat, purchased in 2001, was mainly docked in the yard in Viareggio as the single minded Roman put in long days in the office to "re engineer the business".

Francesco Trapani has worries the rest of us can only dream of. The multi millionaire boss of Bulgari has been working so hard to keep the jewellery and luxury goods group profitable through a three year downturn that he has hardly had time to enjoy his yacht. The 42 metre boat, purchased in 2001, was mainly docked in the yard in Viareggio as the single minded Roman put in long days in the office to "re engineer the business".

At the height of the dot com boom, when overpaid bankers were hungry to own a Bulgari bauble, bangle or must have watch, the group was valued at more than 4bn (2.7bn). At its nadir, when many potential customers were either out of work or had not received their six figure bonuses, its value fell to a quarter of that.

After three years which replica bvlgari b zero ring white gold Trapani says were "difficult" but also "productive", the group is back on track. Production costs have been slashed, inventory cut by 100m plus, and more sales squeezed from the 180 stores worldwide. Bulgari's net profits last year rose 21 per cent to 92m representing a flashy 12 per cent margin on sales up 5 per cent. The first quarter figures, out last week, showed net profits up 18 per cent at 13.5m. Bulgari's market value is now 2.3bn, and as Trapani owns a 4.5 per cent stake, his personal wealth looks a lot more healthy than a year ago.

Small, muscular and tenacious, Trapani enters his office at Bulgari's headquarters in Rome dressed in a well pressed beige corduroy suit. He may be Italian when lunching, but he studied business administration at New York University, and his "obsession" over the past 10 years has been to get Bulgari in shape to compete in a global marketplace.

Trapani is the son of a surgeon and Lia Bulgari, the elder sister of his uncles, Paolo and Nicola. She was paid out for her share of the business some years ago. Lia and her brothers, who are the grandchildren of the group's founder, Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari, were born rich. Paolo and Nicola still own 49.6 per cent of Bulgari and Trapani 4.7 per cent to seal the family's control.

Trapani became chief executive of the group in 1984, aged just 27. However, he abhors the nepotism, apathy and mediocre management of many Italian family owned companies in the luxury market, and says some of them have "lost it big time".

Bulgari, according to Trapani, is a prince among upmarket jewellers, and newcomers into its realm pose no threat. On the contrary, the likes of Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Boucheron (owned by Gucci), Chaumet (part of LVMH) and, not least, De Beers have spent millions on advertising and thus showered stardust over the smaller Bulgari.

"The newcomers have attracted the attention of clients to their branded jewellery. But anyone who wants to spend 70,000 plus on a piece of jewellery will go to an established high end jeweller. Cartier, Tiffany and Bulgari have a position in the market that is difficult to challenge today."

The "distance" between the aura of Bulgari and that of Cartier, three times larger and established in 1847, "is closing", insists Trapani. Just a few steps across Rome's sumptuous Via dei Condotti, which sweeps down from the Spanish Steps, the flagship stores of the two rivals glare at each other.

One of Bulgari's windows boasts a five row necklace of marble sized uncut gems of jelly bean hues. It is part of a lower priced collection called Sassi, meaning "stones" in Italian, which has indeed generated sassy profits. Priced at 26,400, the necklace is an amusing trifle compared with the 500,000 diamond example inside the store.

Yet both pieces typify Bulgari's audacious drop dead glamour in design. They also speak of the house's craftsmanship. Trapani says its "more intelligent" use of precious materials has worked greater "cost efficacy" into the design of its high end jewellery and raised margins without loss of sex appeal.

Sales of Bulgari's jewellery rose 13 per cent last year, to just over 40 bulgari b zero1 ring white gold replica per cent of group total. The less expensive items account for the biggest profits; the more valuable pieces maintain the replica bvlgari mens diamond rings aura. "At the same time, our designs are less traditional than those of our competitors. We are closer to fashion and to movie stars. That gives us brand appeal at the less expensive end of the market, where we sell items priced at a few thousand euros."

He candidly admits that failure to stimulate demand with creative new designs has hit the business in the past. "We work in economies where people are rich. They have everything. They are spoiled and they do not need to buy anything. The only way to convince them to buy something they already have is to offer products so desirable they cannot resist."

Since Trapani became chief executive, more of Bulgari's distinctive, wholly owned stores have opened around the world and the group has diversified into fragrances and silk and leather accessories. The first Bulgari hotel will open in Milan this week; the second is scheduled in Bali next year. These are showcases for the brand, but require insignificant capital and management resources since the Marriott hotel group will run them.

As head of the family firm, Trapani has had to box clever to keep in the good graces of, on the one hand, "the governors", his fastidious and uncompromising uncles, and on the other, the fickle financial community in New York, Milan and London. Bulgari went public on the Milan Stock Exchange in 1995 to finance global expansion. But it remains an intimate private empire.

His grandmother, Leonilde, la Mama of Trapani's uncles, recently passed away, aged 102. She left three sons, not two: the eldest, Gianni, designed the iconic Bulgari Bulgari watch, launched in 1977. But Gianni "e partito", I am told.

Old family feuds may still fester behind the calm, peachy decor of Bulgari's stores, but none may speak of family business but Trapani, and he keeps mum about Uncle Gianni's departure, other than to say: "They do talk to each other now."

The Bulgari brand has long been a byword for glamour. In the 1950s, stars such as Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, fake bvlgari b.zero1 ring Tyrone Power and Kirk Douglas discovered the allure of Bulgari during the era of Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Now, Nicole Kidman, Andie MacDowell, Sharon Stone and Catherine Zeta Jones adore to adorn themselves in Bulgari.

At the height of the 1990s boom, the opening of a second Bulgari store in London was celebrated at a sumptuous candlelit sit down dinner for 250 at Claridge's. The guests included favoured clients, and a bevy of blonde Bulgari babes in borrowed eye popping jewels, notably Lady Helen Windsor and the super model Claudia Schiffer. The former was then "a [paid] consultant", but now, insists Trapani, "no one gets paid to wear Bulgari jewels at events". Trapani sighs at the suggestion of hype and hubris: "Va bene, we made a few small mistakes but none that impacted the future prosperity of the business."

The question many ask is: will his uncles, now aged 67 and 63, wait patiently for the next boom? Or is Trapani pushed to polish Bulgari and put it into play? Has he not tired of the day to day grind of keeping this complex business cutting edge and desirable?

He replies: "Look, my uncles are happy to obtain the profit they do. They don't need the money. They are proud to be the owners of this company. Your willingness to keep a business in your hands is much tied up with your perception of the future.

"If you see the company is well managed, and that realistically it will be more valuable, you keep it. In the meantime, you have fun, and you are proud."

What about succession? His three children are all under 10 years old, and his young adult cousins are not in the business. He is beginning to get upset now. "Who cares about succession? I am 47 years old, so who cares? One day, Bulgari is going to be sold, we'll see. But that is not in the plan now and I do not think it will happen in the short term."

"There are a couple of big companies that would be interested, but they have not approached us. At present, I am not bored. I am excited, running like crazy to do all we plan."

Trapani concedes everyone has a price, but says Bulgari would refuse a takeover bid at even a 30 per cent premium, though three times the current price would be a different matter. Meanwhile, he insists: "The momentum is better than in 2000, when we were all exhausted from eight years of strong growth when we were running to keep up.

"Now we are running like crazy to do all the things we have in mind and the results are coming. We are well positioned now, ready to take full advantage of recovery. People, whether in the old economy or new, will pay high prices for high quality services and products. What has changed is crazy excess has gone."
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Luxury has lost its lustre. As fashionistas become recessionistas and their appetite for 10,000 python skin handbags and glitzy watches wanes, companies making and selling top name brands are anticipating a miserable Christmas.

'The third quarter has been much tougher and things have got even worse in the last month.' says Dennis Weber, a luxury goods analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort. 'We expect the downward trend to continue into Christmas the key time for these brands with no letup in the new year.'

Milton Pedraza, chief executive of industry research group the Luxury Institute, concurs. 'I think we're going to see a lot more pain through the holiday season,' he says.

Trading next year is expected to be no better. Consultancy firm Bain Co forecasts the luxury goods market will contract by up to 7% in 2009, the first time the sector will have recorded an annual replica bvlgari jewelry sales decline since Bain began tracking it in the early 1990s. The most bearish forecasts see sales in developed markets retreating to 2005 levels.

Japan is already in a 'luxury recession' with negative annual growth and the US is expected to join it next year. Declining luxury hotel occupancy rates also bode ill for the industry, since 30% 40% of sales in Europe's luxury stores come from non Europeans.

This represents a sea change. Only a few months ago, industry executives still spieled out a well rehearsed mantra: the sector seemed immune to the global downturn. They claimed buyers of their brands high net worth individuals were not going to stop splashing replica bvlgari b.zero1 ring out despite the economic meltdown. But in August, with the financial crisis deepening, Italian jeweller and watchmaker Bulgari issued a profits warning. Although its problems were dismissed as company specific, jeweller to the glitterati Theo Fennell soon followed suit.

Chief executive Patrick Thomas admitted that sales growth would fall below expectations. With its coveted Birkin and Kelly bags and avant garde clothing designed by Jean Paul Gaultier, analysts had considered it the most resilient of all the European luxury brands. Since then, warnings have poured out of the sector.

Burberry, LVMH and Richemont all admitted trading has been challenging, while in the US, top end department stores Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom have reported double digit declines in sales. Meanwhile, Cacharel, Donna Karan and Vera Wang have all cancelled next February's catwalk shows in the world's fashion capitals, leaving the autumn/winter season missing some of its stalwart names.

So what changed? Industry insiders point to the 'Lehman effect' as key to the dramatic slide in sales in the US, which remains the world's biggest market for luxury goods.

'Luxury consumers were shellshocked,' Pedraza says of the investment bank's collapse. This is borne out by the experiences of a leading fashion brand, where one of the top brass says sales dived 40% in its stateside stores on the day of Lehman Brothers' demise. The recovery since then, he said, has been slow.

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Even more important than the plunging value of the elite's shares portfolios to their spending behaviour is the gloomy mood. 'What sets these brands apart is that they need a feelgood factor for people to keep spending,' Weber acknowledges.

Conspicuous spending fell out of fashion as markets plummeted. Boasting about your Balenciaga and parading your Prada suddenly seemed distasteful given the economic climate. Bridget Cosgrave, the fashion and buying director of Notting Hill boutique Matches noticed the shift: 'There was an overnight change, a reversion from obvious spending.'

So which businesses are best placed to cope with the change? 'I expect companies with very established brand names to fare best: old, high end brands,' Weber says. 'Herms, for example, is much better placed than Burberry, which targets the mass market.'

The British fashion house is likely to be hit hard. Like for likes sales turned negative in October and the group announced plans to cut costs, a risky strategy given the reliance of luxury businesses on maintaining an opulent image. Analysts warn that as a late entrant in emerging markets, its position there is much less secure than that of many of its rivals.

In general, ultra wealthy consumers in Dubai, Moscow, Beijing and Shanghai have acted as a buffer of growth for many luxury players in recent years. Emerging markets are forecast to continue growing next year, albeit much more slowly. Meanwhile, for the first time, currency fluctuations should have a positive effect, replica bvlgari b zero ring white gold giving some relief to both European and British companies.

But with sales in developed markets expected to go to hell in a handbag, these are only small comforts. As the credit crunch is felt by even the highest echelons of society, it seems even this glamorous elite have realised they can do without many of life's luxuries.

'In some 60 years in this business, these are the most difficult and challenging conditions. The secret is to recognise there is greater competition for the consumer dollar or pound. Price is one answer but it is far from the only answer. If a woman is going to buy new jeans and sees a pair that is 50% 75% off and another that is full price and fits her well, she will pay full price. Retailers have bulgari jewellery for men replica got to offer something of value [in the shopping experience]. It's not just about saying, "Let's have more markdowns."

'We're see the drying up of spending power in emerging markets. The Gulf has been one of the healthiest environments for luxury but that is rapidly changing. Dubai still has firmer soundings than Russia.

'Everyone should be studying what their policy should be in China. There's increasing affluence and an increasing number of people interested in luxury.

'India is more complicated. Their purchasing power is somewhat less. The terrible tragedies in Mumbai have been a major setback. Most of the big luxury brands were in the Taj Mahal and the Oberoi hotels. The Indian market is going to be held up for 12 months.'

'People are buying quieter things but they reek quality. These are things you have to be fashion savvy to recognise. But it's hard to say whether this is a cyclical fashion thing or a reflection of the economic times. There is a slightly more austere and serious colour palette and I suppose the return of the trouser might reflect the mood.

'We're selling lots of leather, cashmere and knitwear but lower price products are hurting it is the cheaper stuff which is being hit.

'Clothes still need to have an updated twist. We're not talking about people buying classic garments as such but they are looking for longevity. People are still buying beautiful things, but not the one season wonders any more. They are investing instead in precious skin handbags and shoes and understated, quality bags like Bottega Veneta.

'Costume jewellery is selling very well at the moment, especially expensive items. My strategy going forward? I don't believe in playing it safe and I haven't scrimped on buying.'

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What lies behind the design and price of Apple Watch

It has long been argued that the true genius of Apple Computer is to move into a space that already has players and, through its remarkably uniform and polished design aesthetic, come to dominate it in shorter time than was thought possible.

It did this with portable music players, then with mobile phones and then with tablets. As of last week, Apple announced its next target: the watch market.

Some observers of Apple's "Spring Fever" launch of its new watch series thought of the various watch models on offer as being merely wearable computers. Of course, that in itself is a big jump, an almost completely new market with few big name incumbents.

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Swatch, which owns Rado, Omega, Longines, Breguet, Harry Winston and others; Richemont, which owns Cartier, Jaeger, Piaget, and Van Cleef Arpels; and LVMH, which owns Bulgari, Dior and TAG Heuer.

There are some smaller groups, of which Rolex is the largest single brand player.

As on all luxury products, the margins are attractive; but the really great watch brands run not just on current marketing and quality, but on history, and you can't really buy that if you're a new brand name entry.

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For Apple itself, the reasoning is straightforward. It already dominates its current segments though it will need to keep growing its iPhone in developing country markets. But, now that it is a $700 billion company, it needs to find new markets to conquer.

That's what Apple Watch is all about, as is its reported venture into cars.

And, as some analysts have pointed out, for a $700 billion company to show solid growth, it is not enough to capture low margin markets.

Selling a few million watches with minimal margins is not enough to satisfy Apple; it has to steadily move up the value chain as well, selling more and more expensive goods.

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Many assumed that the ubiquity of mobile phones meant that the two way watch radio of Golden Age science fiction think Dick Tracy in which entire cities were imagined walking around and talking into their wrists, would never come to be.

The Apple Watch, which will make calls via its attached iPhone, might make that a reality. And, certainly, people will be less scared of losing their phones if they're wearing them on their wrist.
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Big spenders make Moscow top for shops

DRESSED from head to foot in Gucci and Chanel, Natasha, 27, cuts a dashing figure. She is wearing more than 10,000 worth of goods taking into Bvlgari serpenti bracelet gold replica account the Valentino bag but not the jewels.

"I can't go into a shop and just buy one thing," she says. "What I love is to buy something and wear it only once."

Shopping sprees by women such as Natasha have made Moscow one of the most profitable locations in the world for international luxury goods stores. Bulgari, the jewellers, is the latest to open in the Russian capital.

For many of the most renowned names in luxury retailing, Moscow is now on a par with New York or Milan.

The respected Russian financial newspaper Vedomosti recently reported that Gucci's Moscow store was its biggest earner after New York, while the Dolce replica Bulgari snake bracelet white diamonds Gabbana boutique was placed second after Milan, and Fendi's Moscow outlet came in third after Rome and New York.

Nina Ricci's Moscow boutique is the company's best performer internationally. All these performances are in terms of total sales, while the Chanel store is top in terms of sales per square metre.

Natasha is a tall bottle blonde and one of a small group of big spenders who make the Moscow boutiques so profitable.

Unlike most Russian women, she wears her make up with a light touch. On her feet are the ubiquitous high heels. They are impossible to walk in, but she doesn't need to walk. She has three drivers, and one is waiting outside. We drive to the shops, even though they are across the road.

Until six months ago Natasha was married to one of Russia's powerful and super rich "oligarchs". She prefers not to give his name, saying only: "He's a big cheese."

Money from the marriage and subsequent divorce settlement enables her to enjoy a life of all play and no work. Her most expensive habit is designer clothes. She spends at least 7,000 a month in Moscow's boutiques.

Last week's opening of the Bulgari shop was celebrated with a lavish soiree for 500 jewel bedecked guests. Natasha was, naturally, one of them.

Geri Halliwell performed a half hour set after dinner, while Natasha imitation Bvlgari bracelet serpenti white gold proclaimed the event the most impressive opening she had seen. "Normally the champagne runs out after half an hour," she said. "Bulgari gave us two evenings of champagne and there was no sign of it finishing."

The word "shopping" has entered the Russian language, pronounced with a lingering second syllable: shoppeeng. It means serious spending.

The word hails from a time when rich Russians who liked designer clothes had to go abroad to buy them. This is no longer necessary. All the leading designers have stores in Moscow.

Because of hefty import taxes, the items are often more expensive than those in the other capitals of haute couture, but it is still cheaper to buy French or Italian clothes in Moscow than to travel to Paris or Milan for them.

Designer boutiques know that their market consists of a very few, very rich people, and they court them assiduously.

Ekaterina Sokolova, of Hermes in Moscow, says the company opened its latest exhibition in the city last week before it travels on to New York and Paris. The business is aware that it needs to appeal directly to the Russian market.

The favourite spot for designer stores is Tretyakovsky Proyezd in central Moscow the Russian equivalent of Burlington Arcade.

It is little more than a tiny 19th century passage that the Russian luxury goods retailer Mercury recently restored at a cost of 35 million. Here, the likes of Armani and Prada, Tiffany and Fendi vie for space.

The shoppers who spend here are renowned for their large purchases. Alla Verber, the managing director of Tretyakovsky Proyezd, was reluctant to say how much could pass through the till in any one transaction, but admitted: "$20,000 at one go is common."

One Italian boutique reported an individual purchase of 56,000 by a man. Ms Verber says there has been a rise in interest in shopping among men.

"Two years ago, more than twice as many women shopped than men," she said. "Now it's 50 50, and many are buying for themselves not their wives."

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Alex Polizzi on London

The London hotel scene has never been so buoyant. Traditional grande dame luxury hotels are having to look to their laurels as new or revamped five star properties open almost every month. And there have been interesting openings at the budget end of the market too. Over the past few months I've taken a look at two of the starriest additions to the capital's hotel portfolio: the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge and the refurbished Caf Royal in Regent Street. And for those on a sub celebrity budget, I've visited the city's newest budget opening, the Qbic Hotel near Brick Lane in east London.

My bathroom was floor to ceiling Carrara marble with underfloor heating and had a really impressive bath gently carved out of a solid block, but I was shocked to discover there was no shower attachment. There is a separate shower, bien sr, but this is one of my cardinal sins of room design: why would anyone think you can't enjoy a bath and wash your hair in the same place?

When it came to the rest of the hotel, the Akasha spa and gym, with a watsu pool for hydra massage treatments, is a soothing retreat. And I was wowed by the Pompadour Suite, an event space for private parties, receptions and weddings. It has been decorated in its original colours, marrons glacs and gold, and can seat 120 for dinner or cater for 200 for drinks and canaps. It is surely one of the prettiest and most dramatic private dining rooms in London. The Grill Room, however striking the restored gilding and cupids, is decked out with clunky velvet furniture, in the wrong shade of pink, which only detracts from the glories of the room itself.

Although the hotel's beautiful historic lobby still opens on to Regent Street, the new main entrance on Air Street disappears into the street furniture. The practical advantage of taxi access does not compensate for replica Bvlgari bracelet yellow entering the hotel via Ten, the all day dining room which, and I hesitate to be so blunt, I loathe. The boxy, graceless furniture and unforgiving lighting made me think that David Chipperfield is a better architect than he is a room designer.

The following week, I was at the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, where the 50 rooms and more than 35 suites and studios benefit from a shopper's dream location right next to Harvey Nichols and Sloane Street.

The designer here is the Italian Antonio Citterio. I walked into acres of black marble, relieved by wonderful white flowers in the lobby. I had seen photos of this hotel before my visit and found the overall effect more subtle in the flesh. The palette is certainly monochrome, but more nuanced than you would think. The whole ground floor is daringly dimly lit, and the black leather seating and gorgeous silvered bar were peopled by an unusually beautiful crowd.

All in all, it's extremely glamorous and very New York in its unashamed sybaritic display of precious materials and, I must admit, much more to my taste.

I stayed in the Knightsbridge Suite and I loved the whole experience. The bespoke mahogany wall panels and the thoughtful lighting floor lamps, strip above curtain line, desk lamps, bedside table lights, all conventionally controlled threw the fake Bulgari snake bracelet silver enormous bed, piled high with pillows, into an appealing pool of light.

The bathroom was similarly dramatic: white veined black marble on every surface, one piece of gleaming white Corian for the basin and surround, the walls behind the bath curved to follow its contours. But possibly my favourite detail was the room fridge made to look like a Thirties packing case in leather, with highly polished mahogany fittings inside. There is a high standard of finish, and I am glad I'm not the one who has to maintain it.

The hotel also has an 80ft pool, an enormous gym and 12 treatment rooms. The builders dug 130ft down to allow for the spa and gym, as well as a private cinema and a function room with solid silver chandeliers, which seats 140, or accommodates up to 300 for cocktails.

The restaurant is overseen by Alain Ducasse but serves the kind of Italian food you rarely see outside Italy food good enough to make me want to take my husband, Marcus, there for a treat. They had a month long soft opening to iron out any bugs before they accepted paying guests, and it certainly feels very well established now.

So far so conventional, but there is also a new budget hotel on the block, the Qbic, close to Brick replica bvlgari bracelet price Lane in E1. The Dutch developers already have one Qbic to their name in Amsterdam and, backed by some ethical venture capitalists, intend to open another eight properties, all in areas of deprivation, within the next 10 years. The hotel has an admirable hiring policy, recruiting 50 per cent of staff from the local area and 20 per cent from the charities Food Cycle and Bikeworks, which train and assist people back into work.

Here in London, they have 171 rooms costing from 59 a night up to 199, with the promise that they won't exceed that price. They use the same system as airlines, "dynamic pricing", so that the earlier you book the cheaper the room.

The concept is created around the Cubi, a prefabricated construction, flat packed from China, that can be assembled in a day. This has allowed them to open the hotel a mere six months after buying the site, which was an empty, open plan former office block.

The Cubi is a pod that comprises a large double bed with a white plastic canopy containing all the room light controls and British and European plug sockets; an arm holds a flat screen television at copy bvlgari snake bracelet the end of the bed, from which you can access Freeview channels and the internet, with free Wi Fi. A bathroom behind the headboard contains a rain shower and glass half screen, lavatory and basin. All the plumbing and electrics are sandwiched between the headboard and the bathroom wall.

The remaining furniture is what I can only describe as conversation pieces or "media currency", objects that have only been put in the rooms to stimulate Facebook chatter and Twitter feed, with no earthly use apart from street cred points.

The light bulb at the end of the bed, wrapped in garden hose, does, I suppose, at least help to illuminate the room, but the wooden, half baked DIY stepladder with yet more garden hose wrapped around one step as a luggage rack, two unwieldy hangers at the back and a mirror stuck to the top provided the only place to put my stuff in my large 35sqm (377sqft) room.

But if I sound less than impressed, I am giving you the wrong idea: overall, I am completely wowed by the whole project.

The Qbic has only been open a month, so I found it easy to forgive the automatic check in kiosks that weren't working, creating a queue behind the only member of staff in the lobby. Similarly, only one of the two lifts worked when I visited.

As there is no bar or restaurant, all guests' needs are provided via vending machines, which accept only credit cards. As part of Qbic's local and ethical policy, these machines offer locally sourced products, from vacuum packed stews to beers from a brewery only five miles down the road. The bottle of white wine I chose could only be accessed by the manager, charming Josef; the vending machines had yet to be adapted for this particular wine.

These are all glitches that become more significant when you discover that there are only 24 staff to run this behemoth. Obviously, budget hotels must minimise spending on staff, and this depends upon technology doing its bit. I am distrustful of how reliably we can depend upon it.

There is a lovely, open plan seating area, designed so well that you would never believe that it seats 100 people, where free coffee, tea, soup and bread are on offer during the day.

As the coffee stations on each floor were not in place yet, I heroically threw on last night's clothes to get my husband a cup of tea, followed by the "grab bag" that was included in the room price and left outside the door, comprising juice, an apple and a cereal bar. If you want to spend another 7.50, you have a generous buffet from which to help yourself. I did not see anyone policing it, so they may find their belief in guests' honesty severely tested.
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If you stay as a consultant for too long you lose a bit of contact with the real world, so I decided to get back to the operations side, moving to Italy and running the Italian subsidiary of the cosmetics firm Henkel.

It's important to work for a company you are passionate about. In late 2000 I was asked to join Tag Heuer as president and CEO. It was a brand I already had strong feeling for, especially being very passionate about motor racing. I spent 12 years with the company, taking the brand from premium to luxury.

I was offered the job at Bulgari when [then CEO] Michael Burke was asked to take over Louis Vuitton. I was pleased to stay in the watch business, but also excited to get into the world of jewellery, accessories, perfumes and hotels. The fact that I am half Italian was an additional personal motivation to accept the job.

If you can learn about watches you can also learn about jewellery. If you learn about jewellery you can also learn about perfume it's just a matter of challenging yourself and making the effort to add some more bulgari watch women replica expertise to what you know already. I'm curious intellectually so for me it's truly exciting.

The most important thing in business is putting the right people together to create the momentum, the winning spirit and the belief behind a strategy which is simple, clear and consistent. If there fake bvlgari snake watch are some periods when the results are not quite corresponding expectations, you must stick to your guns and make sure that the whole company is aligned behind the goal.

One key difference between a winning company and an ordinary company is having the right level of energy and determination to help the employees achieve superior goals. As the CEO you are responsible for creating this atmosphere.

Inspiring motivation in your staff is 80 per cent of a CEO's job. For the rest, I have experts designing watches, jewellery and building so I need to be more of a human resources expert than a product expert.

Don't let mistakes stop you making bold decisions. I've made lots of them and the point is that you learn from them. The worst thing you can do is stand still. Hopefully if you keep on taking initiatives you will end up with more successes than failures.
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Package design is almost as important as the scent of the "juice" in the latest perfumes for women: At rear (from left) are Escada Sentiment, Bulgari BLV and Michael Kors Michael. In front are Giorgio Armani . more

Of all the seasonal gift giving traditions, one of the most intimate is the gift of fragrance. More perfume is sold in the month of December about a third of the total sales for the entire year, according to the group than any other time of year, even Valentine's Day. And yet those who give fragrance to their mothers, sisters, gal pals and significant others can walk into a real trap, because fragrance is as personal to a woman as her brassiere size.

Men who buy these gifts for women fall into three categories: the Easily Led, who know nothing and rely on the salesperson for advice; fake bulgari gold watch the Mother's Memory Male, who will give every woman on his list the perfume he remembers his mother wore (Joy, Chanel No. 5, Arpege, fill in the blank); and the Scent Smart Guy, who will actually ask the women in his life what they would like (a rare bird, he; hold on to him!).

This holiday season, fragrance givers are going to get an olfactory assault at the perfume counter. After years of faux fragrance the "lites," the voiles, the watered down unisex musk and citrus (bye bye cK1, we won't miss you) scent has followed its fashionable cousins in this age of go go companies and economic upturn. Effusion and obviousness are back in.

Fragrance as well as clothing has become more obviously opulent and showoff y. Color has returned to fashion. So has decoration. Sequins and spangles on cocktail dresses and even trousers equate to perfumes that have their own kind of excessive fizz and sparkle. And that equates to effusive florals and spicy orientals, the best of which come from fashion and jewelry houses such as Cartier, Burberry, Gucci, Calvin Klein and .

For a while there, perfume lost its ability to finish a woman's careful preparation to face the day or the evening. Because she was treading on unsteady ground at work, the young woman feared that she would be telegraphing the wrong idea if her scents were considered provocative. So she shared her boyfriend or brother's citrus after shave, which a canny Calvin Klein jumped on to create the feather light cK1, which was sold even in stores.

Now that what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace has been codified, women are starting to get back to their sensual, sexy perfumes with no fear of being misunderstood. Opium, the salaciously gorgeous scent from , is getting a second launch with accompanying ads featuring a provocative photograph of a quite naked ; L'Air du Temps, Nina Ricci's spicy, effusive floral, has been repackaged in a millennium bottle emphasizing the grace and airiness of its original Lalique doves; and Bulgari, the jewelry house whose perfumes, thus far, have been infused with a calming base of black or green teas, has created the spiciest, sexiest new oriental of them all, Bulgari BLV (Blue).

While there are those few women and men who are allergic to perfume and other forms of scent, the NPD Beauty Trends group found in a recent survey that 82 percent of men say "they like women to wear fragrance," says NPD spokeswoman , "and 81 percent of women we surveyed said they liked their men to wear it."

So take heed. Perfume in its various strengths and forms is still one of those special Christmas gifts that can be a sensual experience for both giver and receiver. Trust your nose and your heart.

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Burberry Touch Luminous oriental with pepper, orange, rose and vanilla notes. 3.5 ounces. $75. Burberry Boutique, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora and Neiman Marcus.

Calvin Klein Truth Woodsy oriental with patchouli and vanilla notes. 3.4 ounces. $56. Sephora and Nordstrom.

Christian Lacroix Fruity, spicy floral with mandarin, coriander and jasmine notes. 2.5 ounces. $75. Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Escada Sentiment Rose based floral oriental. 2.5 ounces. $80. Saks Fifth Avenue, Escada Boutique, Nordstrom and Sephora.

Giorgio Armani Mania Simple, light oriental with jasmine, incense and vanilla. 3.4 ounces. $65. Armani Boutique, Neiman Marcus, Sephora and Macy's.
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London is usually seen as a one river city, just bvlgari men ring fake big old Father Thames. The city breathes with the rise and fall of its tide, and for centuries the bvlgari zero ring replica Thames has posed patiently for tourist drawings, etchings and photos. But what of London's other rivers, the capital's unseen waterways? Twenty one tributaries flow to the Thames within the spread of Greater London, and that is just counting the main branches. Once tributaries, and tributaries of tributaries, are included the total moves beyond numbers into the realms of conjecture.

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Many of these rivers flow quietly above ground, in plain sight but generally unnoticed beyond their neighbourhoods. Their enticing names echo London's rural past the Crane, the Darent, the Mutton Brook, the Pool River or carry a whiff of the exotic the Ching, the Moselle, the Quaggy, the Silk Stream. These rivers go about their business forgotten in the background, but many inner London waterways have been deliberately hidden. London's landscape was shaped by the hills and valleys these rivers created, but as the city grew they began to get in the way and were buried, bit by bit, under layers of streets and houses.

London once needed all the rivers it could get: for drinking water, for harbours and wharves, for mills, for tanneries, and for sluicing away waste. The rivers were London's sewage system long before any system was conceived, but even tiny medieval London was too much for any stream to cope with. The Walbrook, flowing through the heart of the City of London, was mostly paved over in the 1460s; it was considered a filthy nuisance choked with refuse. London's origins are deep in the Walbrook, the river around which the Romans founded the city. The debris dug from the river hoes and ploughshares, chisels and saws, scalpels and spatulas, the heads of forgotten gods and a collection of 48 human skulls tell the earliest London tales.

As London began to grow at the end of the 18th century, and then to mushroom mens bvlgari ring fake beyond reason during the 19th century, the rivers became a big problem. Floods, filth, stench and disease put off Georgian and Victorian house buyers. In Mayfair, the Tyburn was tucked away under mews. In West Norwood, the Effra was buried deep under grids of new Victorian villas.

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The Fleet was legendarily filthy. Redesigned as a Venetian style canal by Christopher Wren after the Fire of London, it was quickly overtaken by grim reality. Jonathan Swift, in 1710, wrote about the Fleet filled with "the sweepings from butchers' stalls, dung, guts and blood." bulgari b zero ring replica A few years later Alexander Pope described how "Fleet ditch with disemboguing streams / Rolls the large tribute of dead dogs to the Thames." It is no surprise then that the lower Fleet was culverted in huge storm sewer tunnels where it has remained ever since. Yet before the river became more trouble than it was worth, it was a crucial route in as well as out. Everything from Welsh cheese to coals from Newcastle arrived at the Fleet wharves, and even the stones for Old St. Paul's Cathedral were unloaded here.

The rivers may be hidden but they are far from gone. It is very hard to stop a river from flowing, so they have merely been diverted into the sewer system, often as part of Joseph Bazalgette's monumental tunnelling programme during the 1860s and 1870s. They can still be seen if you know where to look, flowing through culverts and under gratings. Sometimes they are hidden in plain sight. The Hampstead and Highgate Ponds are former reservoirs created by damming two streams that form the Fleet. Regent's Park Lake was originally fed by the Tyburn, while the Serpentine was landscaped from the Westbourne in 1731 for the benefit of George II's consort, Queen Caroline. Unfortunately the sewage problem eventually rendered both rivers unsuitable for ornamental ponds, and they were diverted away.

They also shaped London's hills and valleys, a landscape layered over but still visible. Mysteriously steep roads, such as Pentonville Rise, make sense when seen as the sides of the Fleet Valley. The sharp dip as Piccadilly passes Green Park shows us where the Tyburn once crossed the road. The Oval is oval because it was built into a bend in the Effra. Holborn Viaduct is a bridge with no river built on the site of an ancient Fleet crossing. From the viaduct the valley of the Fleet stretches away below, wide and deep, now occupied by Farringdon Street.

Lost rivers really are everywhere, even in the places Londoners think they know intimately. The Tyburn runs directly beneath Buckingham Palace. The Walbrook is probably the most direct route into the Bank of England, running in a tunnel under its vaults. The Earl's Sluice curves its way past Millwall football ground. The lost rivers link the familiar the Royal Parks, Mayfair, the City, the South Bank to places few visit the back streets of Camberwell, Croydon, Earlsfield, Elephant and Castle, Gospel Oak, Kentish Town, Mitcham, Swiss Cottage, and West Norwood to name but a few.
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Carolyn Still arrested at Mansfield Town

The chief executive of Mansfield Town Football Club was arrested during the game with York City on Wednesday night.

It is understood that Carolyn Still was cautioned for using threatening words and behaviour on Grosvenor Terrace next to York's Bootham Crescent stadium.

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'Distressed and disturbed'York City director Sophie Hicks said Ms Still had left Wednesday's game early.

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The America's Cup World Series is a collection of regattas leading up to the 35th America's Cup (which will be hosted by Bermuda in 2017) featuring the best sailors in the world battling it out on AC45F catamarans that 'fly' on foils at astonishing speeds of up to 40 mph. Every race will count with vital points being secured ahead of the America's Cup Qualifiers in Bermuda come 2017. The Portsmouth event takes 21 14 July 2016. With the racing taking place at almost touching distance from the onshore spectators and cannot fail to be spectacular, thanks to the big screens, family entertainment and a regatta village all happening in Southsea, Portsmouth.

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Key 'Race Village' features include:

Main stage hosted by world class MC's with a full programme of entertainment. Including dock out show/interviews with the sailors before and post analysis after racing.

Team Zone with the opportunities to meet the sailors.

Large screens and audio commentary

America's Cup technology zone

Exhibitors to suit all interests including a dedicated kids zone, retail outlets, food, drink and caf / bar offerings.

Most importantly the 'Race Village' enables you to watch the racing action as the best sailors in the world race on the fastest boats. Combined with aerobatic displays and live music this makes for a 'Great British day out'

What is a 'Premier Grandstand Seat'?

The premier grandstand is located at the front of the 'Race Village' and offers fantastic views of the race course with live audio commentary as the teams battle it out at speeds reaching 40mph. The Premier Grandstand Seat must be purchased as an upgraded ticket and is not included with a standard 'Race Village' ticket.

The sailors lounge is a full covered 'pop up sailing club' providing access to a private bar with a professional sailing MC hosting the day. Special guest speakers will provide expert America's Cup inside knowledge.