2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show: event will take place in Shanghai for the first time

August 29, 2017

Victoria's Secret Angels
Victoria’s Secret Angels  (Photo courtesy of CBS)

The following is a press release from CBS:

For the first time, the Victoria’s Secret Angels will be filmed in Shanghai, China for “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show,” to be broadcast Tuesday, Nov. 28 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The world’s most celebrated fashion show will be seen in more than 190 countries.

Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, the lingerie runway show will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show, and musical performances that will be announced at a later date.

The all-star line-up of Victoria’s Secret Angels will include returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell and Taylor Hill, as well as new faces.

“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” is being produced by Done and Dusted, Inc. Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart, Hamish Hamilton and Chip Quigley are the executive producers. Hamish Hamilton is the director.

W Shanghai – The Bund opens for business

July 6, 2017

The WET Deck at W Shanghai - The Bund.
The WET Deck at W Shanghai – The Bund. (Photo courtesy of Marriott International)

The following is a press release from W Hotels Worldwide

W Hotels Worldwide, part of Marriott International, today unveiled W Shanghai – The Bund, located in the heart of one of the world’s most energetic cities.  With limitless views overlooking the Huangpu River, W Shanghai will set the scene on the North Bund.  Owned by Sinar Mas Group, the hotel features a blend of bold design and decadent style which combines to create a captivating contrast of Shanghai’s past and its avant-garde present.

Shanghai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and its engaging nightlife, spirited fashion scene and passion for what’s new/next makes it an ideal destination for the W brand,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “Our hotels across the world are incredibly unique- each reinterpreting its destination through design that is both hyper-local and yet, clearly W. The electrifying design of W Shanghai – The Bund is no exception, solidifying its position as a global flagship for W that is sure to attract both guests and savvy locals alike.”

Designed by the acclaimed G.A Design, the hotel showcases an exciting combination of historic and modern influences, such as Hai Pai – the art of combining the old and the new, East and West.  This is evident in both the hotel’s location, perfectly positioned between the Suzhou Creek and the Huangpu River, as well as the surrounding locale, where Art Deco buildings sit alongside opulent Chinese mansions. W Shanghai – The Bund draws upon colonial glamour and futuristic motifs, with nearly all guestrooms featuring views of the Huangpu River due to the uniquely curved frame of the building’s edifice.

“Over the past few years we have seen incredible growth worldwide across our brands, with the China market becoming increasingly important for Marriott International,” said Stephen Ho, Chief Executive Officer, Greater China, Marriott International. “The opening of the W Shanghai – The Bund underscores the ambitious expansion of Marriott International’s Luxury Brands in Greater China.”

An Electric Welcome
Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by neon light installations throughout the hotel’s Living Room (the W brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby).  For centuries, Shanghai-locals have honored the Lilong tradition, in which wet laundry is hung on lines to dry at varying heights down narrow laneways.  This installation was designed as a modern reinterpretation of this classic scene. The Welcome Desk (reception area) features a kaleidoscopic fixture, mirroring the constant flow of guests through the area.  The ‘Melting Qipao’ pattern, a representation of Shanghai as a melting pot of cultures, can be seen on the walls of the WC (restroom).

A Fantastic Suite at W Shanghai – The Bund. (Photo courtesy of Marriott International)

W Shanghai – The Bund features 374 stylish guestrooms and suites, each appointed with the signature W bed adorned with a cheeky pillow in the shape of Shanghai’s famous Xiaolongbao (soup) dumpling and chopsticks.  Thirty-five of the rooms are suites, including the Cloud on the Bund, which includes highlights such as a LED wall and a hanging bed.  The duplex Extreme WOW Suite (the brand’s take on the presidential suite) boasts more than 4,000 square feet of living space, along with a hanging neon installation in the shape of lips blowing out dragon smoke. In addition to the epic views of the Huangpu River and iconic Pudong skyline, all rooms also feature switchable privacy glass and Nespresso Coffee machines.

Rise and Dine
W Shanghai – The Bund offers five intriguing places to socialize and dine. The Kitchen Table, with its interactive open kitchen, is inspired by a modern New York bistro and celebrates the legacy of Shanghai’s flourishing trade. YEN showcases the next evolution of Cantonese dining where traditional dishes are reinterpreted. Pre-dinner cocktails at LIQUID AT YEN, a hidden speakeasy, is the perfect evening prelude to transport guests to the glamorous golden years of Shanghai’s 1920s cocktail scene featuring a handcrafted selection of concoctions mastered by the on-site “Cocktail Professor”. The playfully elegant WOOBAR transforms from a daytime lounge into a vibrant evening cocktail bar. And finally, WET (the hotel’s pool) and WET BAR offer incredible sweeping views of the electric Shanghai skyline.

“We are infusing so much energy into this city with W Shanghai – The Bund,” said Christian Humbert, General Manager, W Shanghai – The Bund. “We are bringing guests closer to the music, design, fashion and Fuel (the brand’s take on fitness) scenes in Shanghai while providing our signature Whatever/Whenever service, delivering whatever guests want, whenever they want it, in this incredible city.”

Amped Up Meetings + Innovative Spa Treatments
Mixing work with play, guests will be captivated by nearly 6,000 square meters of meeting and events space.  At more than 2,000 square meters, the Great Room is the largest hotel event space in Western Shanghai, and boasts 6.2-meter ceilings in a setting inspired by an opulent expression of the Golden Age.  The entrance to the Great Room features a series of oversized mirror collages with a Qipao motif, overlaid by a delicate Art Deco-inspired screen, reflecting the tension and contrasts between old and new Shanghai.  The 660-square-meter Mega Room, in addition to the Studios and Strategy spaces, all cleverly adapt their industrial charm to perfectly suit each event.

The AWAY Spa offers massages, body treatments, facials and quick fixes, all set to leave guests glowing.  Guests can also step into the ultra-modern FIT gym that offers 24/7 access to the newest Technogym equipment, or take part in a yoga or tai chi class on the hotel’s wooden deck.

St. Regis Shanghai Jingan opens in China

May 22, 2017

The following is an excerpt from a St. Regis Hotels & Resorts press release:

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan (
The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan (Rendering courtesy of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts)

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts today announced the highly-anticipated opening of The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan, marking the renowned luxury brand’s ninth hotel in the Greater China region. Owned by B.M. Holding, the hotel offers an exceptional experience that features a timeless blend of innovation and tradition, including the signature St. Regis Butler Service, unique culinary venues, and elegant design.

Where Tradition Meets Trade

The hotel’s elegant interiors create an oasis of calm by combining traditional English and Chinese palatial styles with elements of Chinese art and culture, such as calligraphy and handcrafted gold foil paintings. For added visual interest, five glass sculptures by world renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly will be featured in the hotel’s public space. The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan’s 436 exquisitely styled guest rooms, including 66 suites, and 55 residences boast sweeping city views, allowing guests to experience Shanghai’s energy from the comfort of their own space. The three-bedroom, three-story Presidential Suite spans 650 square meters and is located on the top of the building, featuring a glass ceiling, vast living room, outdoor terraces with panoramic skyline views, full kitchen, dining room, and lounge area.

Situated on West Beijing Road in the heart of the Jingan District, Shanghai’s cultural and business center, The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan provides guests convenient access to explore Shanghai’s storied past and bustling present. The hotel is a five-minute walk to the Shanghai Natural History Museum and a short drive to many cultural landmarks, including the famous Jingan Temple; 400-year-old Yu Garden and its centerpiece, the Exquisite Jade Rock; the historic and architecturally varied buildings that line the Bund, which have been a symbol of Shanghai since the 1920s; and the vibrant People’s Square and People’s Park. Soaring above the city, the hotel guest rooms are located on the 36 to 68th floors of a high rise building with major corporate offices on the 5 to 35th floors. Stylish shopping centers—including Plaza 66, Westgate Mall, Shanghai Center, and Nanjing West Road—are also nearby.

The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan. (Rendering St. Regis Hotels & Resorts)

Elevated Cuisine Featuring Local Flavor

Through six distinct restaurants and bars, The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan offers guests a unique combination of signature St. Regis offerings and local flavors. Set in a modern Japanese stone garden, Seki-tei features a live cooking teppanyaki station; while St. Regis master chefs at Bespoke will curate seasonal chef’s tasting menus and also offer customized menus according to guests’ personal tastes and preferences. Guests can also indulge in refined Cantonese cuisine at specialty Chinese restaurant Yan Ting or stop by Social to enjoy brunch, an extensive buffet, and live cooking stations. The Drawing Room features the signature St. Regis afternoon tea every day, and The St. Regis Bar, which in addition to fine wines, rare spirits, champagnes, and handcrafted cocktails, will offer the renowned St. Regis Bloody Mary. The bar will also offer the hotel’s local version of the Bloody Mary, the ‘Mary Jing’, which features unique Shanghai spices and local ingredients such as dried preserved figs infused in Vodka and dried Osmanthus flowers, which are known sweet scent and flavor.

Well-Being and Impeccable Events

Guests can escape from the city rush by relaxing at the St. Regis brand’s signature Iridium Spa, which features a range of specialty massages and treatments, or take advantage of the indoor swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center. Guests of The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will also enjoy the signature St. Regis Butler Service, a famed hallmark of St. Regis hotels, which offers unparalleled around-the-clock anticipatory service that customizes each guest’s stay according to their tastes and preferences.

The hotel will provide the perfect venue for both intimate social and corporate gatherings with the uncompromising service for which St. Regis is known. Guests can work with a St. Regis event specialist, who will customize every detail and orchestrate flawless and unforgettable events from weddings and gala dinners to business gatherings with curated culinary selections. The hotel features over 3,000 square meters of meeting space across eleven meeting rooms, and together with two executive boardrooms offers a range of layouts and amenities that can be adapted to any occasion. Spanning 1,400 square meters, the elegant Astor Ballroom, featuring 95 square meter LED wall projection system and attached 368 square meter foyer, can accommodate up to 1300 guests for VIP receptions, gala dinners or corporate events. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit www.stregis.com/shanghaijingan or call +(86) 21 6257 9999.

 

 

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