There are two things that I’m particularly excited for this coming year.
One is the exciting collaboration between Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and Emaar Properties PJSC for the Armani Hotel Dubai, which is located in the word’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai tower. I was glad to read that the project still ended up progressing and will open, despite what is going on at the moment financially in Dubai. I’ve long wanted to visit Dubai, and this may be the push to get me over there (similarly, as crazy as it may sound, it took the opening of the Moschino Hotel to get me excited about going to Milan).
The Armani Hotel Dubai is the first of a series of hotels and residences designed by Giorgio Armani to be opened up around the world, much in the same vein as those by Roberto Cavalli (though Armani’s will be sprawling out a lot faster with ten hotels slated for the next ten years). Up next is the Armani Hotel, then the Armani Resort in Marrakech, the first Armani Residences villas in Marassi, followed by New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, and London. Online bookings will go live later this month and the Dubai hotel is slated for a mid-March opening. I’m picturing clean lines, zen-touches, and lots of sleek high-tech touches (it is Dubai after all).
I’m also looking forward to casting my eyes on more of Sophia Kokosalaki’s jewelry pieces (given that they’re by special order only, they do not currently fit into my jewelry budget). The Greek designer – who recently celebrated a decade as the creative force behind her namesake brand – branched out into jewelry with Ilias Lalaounis, which according to The New York Times’ The Moment, is a fourth-generation Greek company known for its modern take on ancient Hellenic designs. How gorgeous is the limited edition cuff pictured above? Bracelets, necklaces and earrings are also up for sale, and all are modern takes on classic Hellenic designs, available at Lalaounis stores worldwide.