Luxury News Weekly Podcast Season 2 Episode 3

In this podcast, the last of our second season of Luxury News Weekly Podcast we take a look at what we consider to be the top luxury news stories of 2022.


Elizabeth Solaru

Elizabeth Solaru

Simba Wakatama

Simba Wakatama

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Logan Paul Confirms $3.5 Million Box of Pokemon Cards are Fake

You Tuber Logan Paul was left speechless after discovering that his 1st Edition Pokemon Trading Card Game Box that he paid $3.5 million for is not actually one of a kind.The YouTuber originally bought the sealed 1st Edition Pokemon card box in December 2021. In a video of the sale posted on Twitter, the influencer was told at the time that the collectible is the “only one” known to exist in the world


The biggest collaboration of 2021 is arguably the Gucci x The North Face one. As if the first drop wasn’t enough, Gucci and The North Face just got back together for a second collection, launching just before winter unleashes its worst. In a beautifully-shot campaign revealed exclusively to Highsnobiety, Gucci & The North Face’s latest line is given dream-like treatment by twin photographers and directors Jalan and Jibril Durimel, who lensed models amidst Iceland’s ethereal landscapes.

Retro TNF gear inspired Gucci to create the 130+-piece collaborative collection, which transforms old-school Nuptse jackets, duvet coats, wading pants, and shoulder bags with vivid organic patterns, all-over monograms, and plentiful co-branding.

Grand Seiko Celebrates First Frosts of Winter With Pair of US Exclusives

ExclusivesGrand Seiko is offering its US customers a pair of wintery exclusives, inspired by one of Japan’s 24 “sekki” sub seasons, Sōkō Frost. The Spring Drive and mechanical Hi-Beat 36,000 Special Editions are exclusive to the US market and reflect the Sōkō Frosts that signal the arrival of winter in Japan.

The SBGA471 houses Grand Seiko’s 9R65 Spring Drive movement for +/- 15 seconds a month accuracy inside the 44GS case and features a power reserve indicator on its “icy blue vertically textured dial” based on the frozen trunks of bamboo trees in Japan’s Arashiyama forest.

Its counterpart, the SBGH295, uses a re-imagined version of the 62GS case, Grand Seiko’s first automatic watch with a dial inspired by “the clear blue skies over the Sea of Japan during the early winter months.” The same dial – kirazuri ice blue – was used for the first US limited edition Grand Seiko collection in 2018.

Inside beats Grand Seiko’s 9S85 Hi-Beat 10Hz automatic movement which manages a power reserve of 55 hours.

The watches are beautifully crafted and at that price point, they are definite must-haves. We did wonder why there were none made for women.

Balmain collaborates with Mattel on Barbie NFTs

Balmain and Mattel’s have announced their collaboration. Creative Director Olivier Rousteing has created a genderless collection for adults, inspired by Barbie and Ken, that speaks not only to their tastes, but also to Rousteing’s childhood memories and hopes for the future. Rousteing says he approached this project with two minds: one of a “kid dreaming of Barbie”, and one of a top designer. He took Balmain’s house codes – the Labyrinth monogram designed by Pierre Balmain in the ’70s, the shoulder pads, the oversized gold buttons, even some couture pieces – and incorporated them with Barbie’s visual world to create 50 items of clothing and accessories. In addition to the clothes, the collection is modelled by CGI dolls, and three NFTs depicting Barbie and friends in Balmain will be auctioned. These pieces and the rest of the limited edition capsule collection will be available on January 13 worldwide. The collection itself ranges from around £220 to around £32,000, prices that speak to the Balmain side of the collaboration.

BMW unveils colour changing car technology

BMW has demonstrated how cars of the future could change their body colour at the touch of a button, using E Ink. Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show, the German car maker’s innovation was fitted to the iX Flow featuring E Ink concept, enabling it to seamlessly switch from black to white.

The coating provides a new level of personalisation for BMW drivers – building on existing technologies that enables drivers to customise the interior of their car – but also serves to improve efficiency and safety.

A lighter colour can reduce reflect sunlight more effectively, helping to reduce interior temperatures, while in cooler weather, a dark outer skin will help the vehicle to absorb noticeably more warmth from the sun. In both cases, BMW says selective colour changes can help to cut the amount of cooling and heating required from the vehicle’s air conditioning.

André Leon Talley, Editor and Fashion Industry Force, Dies at 73

André Leon Talley, the larger-than-life former Vogue editor, has died at 73. Talley was a man of grand pronouncements, extravagant capes, and friends in design studios from New York to Paris—Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Diane von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld, and many more. When the news of his death from a heart attack broke, many of his friends in fashion and beyond took to social media to express their grief, and a theme emerged. The “pharaoh of fabulosity,” as another Vogue staffer once dubbed Talley, was also the industry’s biggest champion and booster, the first editor backstage, quick with encouraging advice or a course correction. His enthusiasm was prodigious.

We at Luxury News Weekly Podcast are deeply saddened at his passing and believe Andre Leon Talley was not given his due and did not receive his flowers. He created many trends, was a genius at spotting and nurturing talent, and his knowledge could fill many encyclopedias. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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