Alan Caruso

Alan Caruso

Friday, 22 November 2013 16:18

Videos: Inside Miami's Versace Mansion

After more than a year on the real estate market, Miami’s Versace Mansion finally sold for $41 million in a closed-door auction this summer. For those keeping score, that’s an $83 million discount from the home’s original $125 million listing price. The infamous property was bought by the Nakash family, owners of iconic ’80s denim brand Jordache, according to The Real Deal. The Nakash’s company, VM South Beach, is the chief creditor in the mansion’s foreclosure case.The Versace Mansion had trouble finding a buyer from the get-go. Originally listed for $125 million in June of 2012, the home was the most expensive in America at the time. A few months later, however, it was price-chopped down to $100 million, then $75 million, and finally slated for bankruptcy auction. [See & Read More]

Friday, 22 November 2013 17:14

Art & Design: A Penthouse with a Ghost

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Starting this month, guests of 45 Park Lane’s rooftop Penthouse Suite will receive the keys to a 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith for a half-day joyride. The turbocharged 12-cylinder, 624 hp Wraith—the fastest and most powerful Rolls Royce ever—is arguably the British marque’s most stylish model to date. Touting an athletic silhouette inspired by Italy’s 1950 Lancia Aurelia and 1967 Maserati Ghibli, the $285,000 fastback coupe is meant to appeal to drivers both youthful and sophisticated. As such, the Wraith pairs well with the new and elegant Thierry Despont–designed penthouse, which combines cerused mahogany and suede accents; custom-made furnishings in leather and silk velvet; and sweeping views of Hyde Park and London’s skyline. The 1,755-square-foot penthouse is priced at about $11,500 per night. [See More]

Friday, 22 November 2013 14:42

Videos: Cooking With Mr. James Duigan

In the latest installment of the The Way I Cook video series, author of the Clean and Lean diet book series and the founder of Bodyism, a top gym nestled in the exclusive surroundings of London's Bulgari Hotel, Mr. James Duigan cooks a simple meal of Baked Sea Bream with a salad of pecan, cucumber, fig and avocado, that will, in his own words, "get you looking and feeling amazing". Watch the video above, to see how to make this no-nonsense, nutrient-rich dish, and to hear the mission statement of the man who inspired the following testimonial from one of his clients, none other than Mr. Hugh Grant: "James has made me thin and lightly muscled, and frankly irresistible." Enjoy.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 02:23

Style: Del Toro Paisley Velvet Slippers

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No stranger to luxury footwear, Del Toro brings us their newest rendition of their classic velvet slippers. Draped in black velvet, the slip-on loafer is dressed in a laser-embossed paisley pattern across the entirety of its tonal upper. This handmade Italian slipper is now available via Del Toro’s Wynwood boutique and web store for $325 USD.

We recently received an eclectic penthouse design from one of our readers, that seems to blend in perfectly with the shiny Las Vegas. Mark Tracy started the design of this project with the intent to use the finest materials on every surface to create a friendly, inviting, colorful, and extravagant design for a penthouse unit in the Veer Tower of Las Vegas’ modern City Center development. This penthouse‘s primary features include a 13’ tall by 13’ wide floor-wall-ceiling glass mosaic in an ocean blue color scheme with embedded images and bordered by a glass veneer tile. In the middle of the centerpiece mosaic hangs a chandelier encased in a blue glass cube. A Blue Louise” granite table floats off the kitchen island acting first as a bar elevation and then seamlessly dropping to a lower elevation where it serves as the units primary dining area. Enjoy.

Friday, 08 November 2013 19:16

Style: Xetum Tyndall PVD Carbon Edition

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Known for its modernist timepieces, Xetum presents its latest annual update for its signature Tyndall wristwatch. Reminiscent of last year’s release thanks to a predominately black aesthetic that includes a luxurious cork-lined leather strap alongside a PVD-coated case, the 2013 Tyndall gets a high-tech update thanks to a carbon fiber dial and Super-LumiNova hands and markers. Inside, either an ETA 2895 or Sellita SW 260 Elaboree Swiss automatic movement provides the power. Priced at $1,695 USD and limited to just 300 pieces, the carbon fiber-adorned Tyndall is now available directly from Xetum.

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Moët & Chandon unveil the latest edition to their family of champagnes: the Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard in a limited-edition 6-liter, Methuselah-size bottle. Created for enjoyment “during exceptional and celebratory moments,” Moët & Chandon is limited to 60 bottles and features a leopard camouflage pattern to proclaim the boldness of the luxury rose demi-sec champagne, considered the most popular of its kind in the world. The leopard’s noble rosette effect on each of the 60 Moët & Chandon bottles were engraved by Frenchman, Arthus-Bertrand. 22-carat gold leaves add an extra level of luxury to the champagne presentation.This luxury limited-edition bottle, priced at $5,000 USD, will be available at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in New York, shipping nationally, and at the most exclusive nightclubs nationwide starting December 1st. [See More]

Friday, 11 October 2013 13:23

Videos: The Ultra-Luxury Private Submarine

It's the ultimate billionaire toy: A 377-foot yacht with a swimming pool that doubles as a submarine.The six-deck yacht-submarine hybrid, named Migaloo after an albino humpback whale, has not actually been built. The contraption was created to satisfy the demand of adventurous billionaires who want a truly unique boat, according to Austrian industrial design studio motion code: blue,With a 26-foot pool, cinema room, helipad, library, gym, laundry room, and private lounges, Migaloo would be perfectly equipped for the discerning billionaire. Plans call for it to be constructed with special pressure-proof glass and underwater lights to offer spectacular views when the submarine dives. No word on the cost yet, but given that this will be highly customizable, expect it to be in the multi-million dollar range.

Saturday, 21 September 2013 16:57

Cars: Cadillac Elmiraj Luxury Coupe

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It’s been a while since Cadillac last had a big coupe in its range, but now the automaker has decided to show us what such a car would look like if it were to be built. Called the Elmiraj Concept ($TBA), the big coupe showcases “a new vision for luxury driving and the top of the brand’s expanding range,” according to Cadillac. What this means is even if the Elmiraj doesn't end up being built, the design and ideas seen on this study will find their way on the brand’s upcoming S-Class-rivaling flagship sedan. Measuring 5,207mm (205in) in length, the Elmiraj is a four-seat coupe seen as a successor to the 2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept in terms of design, luxury and performance. [See & Read More]

Saturday, 21 September 2013 16:15

Videos: Million Dollar Rooms (Jungle Reserve)

Soneva Fushi’s ultimate villa The Jungle Reserve ($40,000 per month), occupying prime position on the sunrise side of the island. This magnificent escape, built from bamboo and other sustainable woods under a traditional thatched roof, has been revitalized to improve upon its already legendary reputation. Guests enjoy dramatic indoor living areas linked by tropical open living spaces, romantic terraces, scenic decks and idyllic walkways surrounding by a huge private seaside swimming pool. Facilities are exceptional. There are three additional and spacious bedrooms for family or friends, a kitchen with wine cellar, a personal gym and a dedicated spa pavilion with sauna and steam bath below a private massage suite. When you’ve finished sunbathing, spa treatments and dining, retreat to your single level master villa with indoor and outdoor bathrooms surrounded by tropical gardens. We’ll leave you to discover our all time favorite rain shower, hidden in the jungle. Enjoy. (www.soneva.com, +66 (0) 2631-9698)

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