Filed under: Books
Gucci has finally realized what we've all known for a long time: nerds have all the cash and it's time to start catering to them. Coming this December, Gucci will be releasing the above, totally fantastic, unisex Gucci 3-D glasses. And the geek shall inherit the Earth.
Joking aside, someone at Gucci clearly has their finger on the pulse. With the rising popularity of 3-D in film, and for a house whose reputation in eyewear is already legendary, this is an ingenious move.
These obvious 2011 must-haves exhibit the same retro-80s flair that creative director Frida Giannini brought to her Gucci Eyeweb collection this past summer. The shiny plastic aviators are both stylish and sentimental -- and best of all, owners will no longer have to share the same classless glasses as common moviegoers at the local cinema.
The Gucci 3-D glasses feature "optically correct 6-base curved lenses with circular polarized technology," optimal for Real D, the system in use by over half the movie theaters in the country. The Gucci 3-D glasses also "contain a high tech multi-layered mirrored coating which allows the wearer to view themselves in a mirror without distortion. The mirrored coating not only provides a premium look as well as offers superior viewing and contrast enhancement, but also allows over 98 percent of visible light through, therefore not affecting viewing in a cinema environment. An anti-reflective coating has been applied to the back of the lens for additional overall image quality by reducing scattered light, glare and blue light." So, they don't just look better than the throwaways that come in a plastic bag; they can also enhance your 3-D viewing experience.
Other companies are sure to follow suit with stylish personal 3-D eyewear -- but for now, the market is cornered. Well played, Gucci. Well played indeed. The Gucci 3-D glasses will be available exclusively at US Gucci boutiques for $225 this holiday season.
Filed under: Luxury Travel & Hotels
Ever watched a movie about an adventure in a far off land and wished you were there? Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent is betting that you have and is ready to bring the fantasy to life with their new "Cinema-cations" travel packages. Inspired by your favorite movies there are itineraries available all over the world, including a Moroccan adventure based on "Sex and the City 2" (complete with sunset camel ride), a trip to India based on "Eat, Pray, Love", and even one to Great Britain inspired by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" that's great for families. Other movie itineraries include "The Hurt Locker," Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile," and the famous and beautiful "Out of Africa."
Created so you can 'follow in the footsteps of your favorite actors' each of the Cinema-cation packages are created specifically to emulate as much of the movie experience as possible, taking you to the same places and through the same adventures as the characters (minus the drama, of course).
Which one will you choose? I'll take one of each please.
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Filed under: Services
It seems like the price of movie tickets is getting ever more expensive, but would you be willing to pay even more if it meant luxury amenities like plush reserved seating with waiter service and upscale food and drink options? I would! At least sometimes anyway. It would totally make going to a movie feel more like going to a "show."
Village Roadshow Gold Class Cinemas is opening a luxury movie theater later this year in Chicago that will offer just those amenities, along with others like seating limited to 40 people and special parking privileges, for ticket prices of just $35 each.
That's pretty steep for a movie, but they're not expecting that to deter the luxury crowd -- plans are already in the works for 20+ more Gold Class Cinemas around the country by 2010.
The commitment to movie watching that some people are willing to make never fails to enthrall me. An article in Electronic House brought my attention to a Titanic-inspired theater in Tennessee. The ceiling dome was inspired by the the elaborate dome that crowned the first class staircase of the ship and was so memorably used in the movie to highlight the romance between Jack and Rose. The theater is a 20-by-14-foot room and the dome in the theater has 1,230 fiber-optic light strands for a night sky effect. The theater has a Vikidron movie projector and a 120-inch custom screen. A bookcase swings open to allow entry into the adjoining pub room and the equipment remains hidden behind a framed picture in the back.
The theater is the work of Casa Cinema Design in Henderson, Tennessee along with Professional Audio Video Engineering of Nashville. The theater is just one of Casa Cinema's amazing designs. Their website portfolio also has a beautiful theater based on Mann's Chinese theater.
Filed under: Gadgets