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EL ESTILO* visits Yuan Yuan in her Canary Wharf Riverside apartment.

MARK MCGOUGH Magazine Designer mcgough.mark@gmail.com MEMORY GATE Photographer info@memorygate.co.uk AYESHA MUBARAK Make-up and Hair ayeshanmubarak@yahoo.co.uk LOUIS JULIEN Stylist julien_louis@me.com


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05 Georgie May 06 Zaha hadid 08 Piaget Finally Comes to London 10 Piaget Cocktails Rings 12 Yuan Yuan at Home 16 Harlette 18 Mia Loomba 20 UCA News 21 Showcase 22 Kate Hollowood

23 Tokidoki 24 Miss Great Britain 26 Tesla Model S 30 John Wayland 32 Christmas Gifts 35 Eight Over Eight 36 Azimut 38 St. Regis Deer Crest Resort 40 Zuma 42 Cento


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hristmas is almost here! So what could possibly make the best Christmas present? Perhaps a Tesla Roadster, maybe a Piaget Cocktail Ring or even a great meal at Zuma? They would all make great gifts along with plenty of other things featured in this issue but the number one gift you could ask for is freedom. Freedom to do what you want. This month I’m setting up a team to do just that, in terms of publishing. We are looking for people who would like to set up their own magazine. If that sounds of interest please get in touch and we’ll talk. As I write this am getting ready for our first meeting, taking place in Wimbledon. Maybe I’ll see you there. Merry Christmas! MARK MCGOUGH | EDITOR mcgough.mark@gmail.com 4

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The Perfect Outfit

the neck and bustline giving a flattering figure, showing just enough skin. Curve hugging dresses are perfect, low V necklines, showing a classy amount of skin, can even give the perception of looking slightly taller. Although ladies remember that petite figures should steer clear of full skirts and floor length skirts, these may make your body look as if it is not in proportion and that is the last thing that is wanted on the special night.

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or many, New Year’s Eve is all about getting that kiss at midnight. But even if that isn’t your goal you still want to look amazing and grab attention where you can, so finding the perfect outfit for the night is critical. Dressing for your figure is also a critical issue when buying an outfit, remember that what may look great on one person may look very different on another. A full-figured women needs to remember that an A-line stye dress lengthens the whole body without drawing attention to the waistline. Another style is the Empire, the empire style is narrowest just below the bust, which conceals your waist and hips giving the most flattering of shapes. Off the shoulder dresses draw attention upward, emphasizing the shoulders and bust area but avoid pleats or gathered fabric around the waist. Also it is important to remember that V-necks and scoop necks always flatter curvier figures. Black is an amazing colour for slimming but dare to bare and get some colour into the holiday season. As stated earlier, the A-line style dress lengthens the body and this is also very flattering for the more petite figured women. A strapless dress emphasizes

It is easy to overdo trends during the holiday season, but try to keep your outfit simple and stick to one key statement piece. Either a pair of shoes, a bag or the dress but not all three at once. Look for something that’s a bit festive such as a black dress with a gold or silver accent or a gem-colored dress that would go perfectly with a bag you already own or a plain black dress with a pair of really nice gold heels, remembering your statement pieces. It is about simplicity but looking amazing! Always put your own personal stamp on your outfit, if you are shopping local remember that other guests are likely to be shopping at the same store as you and may attend with the same garment. By slightly changing a garment with key accesory such as a belt or shrug can dramaticly change an outfit. For the men - Finding the perfect gift for your Fashionista girlfriend. After my last article i have had letters in from men aswell as women, although this month i believe that the mens write ins are the ones of most importance as most are regarding what fashions to buy their wives and girlfriends this Christmas time, the truth is when it

comes to buying high-end trends the secret is to go for clothing and accesories that will last far beyond the fashionable holiday season. For all the men trying to buy for their fashionista , take heed of the current trend towards timeless, investments pieces rather than one-season wonders. From heritage handbags to classic trenchcoats to cozy cashmere, these signature pieces will never go out of fashion. There has also been a shift away from bold statement pieces with show-off designer labels. Inconspicuous logos and updated traditional styles (modern vintage) win over bling. When it comes to women’s fashion, choose gifts that are understated this Christmas. Emphasis is on quality and craftsmanship. For a footwear present that is always in fashion then consider a pair of oh-socomfortable UGG boots. Alternativly you can go for a sweater, a scarf or a pair of tights as cashmere is always a winner, cashmere for Christmas, it even has a ring to it. There are multiple uses for a cashmere pashmina-style shawl, whilst cashmere tights add a unique touch of luxury for legs. Heritage handbags can be a fantastic investment and make perfect Christmas presents. Vintage classics like a Channel handbag will prove lust-worthy items for decades to come, whilst classic pieces like a traditional Burberry trenchcoat, a Hermès scarf or a Louis Vuitton purse will last forever. Louis Vuitton are already having to close Paris stores an hour early in an attempt to ration its handbags in time for Christmas. By Georgie May EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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t a ceremony in London on 2nd October, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded this year’s Stirling Prize to Zaha Hadid Architects

for the MAXXI: National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome. The RIBA Stirling Prize is given to the project built or designed in Britain deemed to have made the greatest contribution to architecture. ‘It’s a great honour to receive the award. It means so much to me.’ says Hadid. ‘It is recognition of what started 30 years ago in London as projections of a possible future architecture. My work developed entirely because I live and work in the UK. It is a very British situation.’ The 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize Jury said: “MAXXI is described as a building

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for the staging of art, and whilst provocative at many levels, this project shows a calmness that belies the complexities of its form and organization. The museum, for all its structural pyrotechnics, is rationally organized as five main suites. The building is bravely day lit with a sinuous roof of controllable skylights, louvers and beams which orientate and excite the visitor and create uplifting spaces. This is a mature piece of architecture, the distillation of years of experimentation, only a fraction of which ever got built. It is the quintessence of Zaha’s constant attempt to create a landscape as a series of cavernous spaces drawn


Zaha Hadid Zaha Hadid Architects win RIBA Stirling Prize for MAXXI Museum, Rome 02 October, 2010 Photography by Iwan Baan with a free, roving line. The resulting piece, rather than prescribing routes, gives the visitor a sense of exploration. It is perhaps her best work to date.’ Ruth Reed, RIBA President, presented the award to Zaha Hadid. ‘In MAXXI we have a much deserved winner, and I am delighted to award Zaha Hadid Architects with architecture’s highest accolade’ said Reed.

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piaget.com “The London location, designed by French architect, Gérard Barrau, is Piaget's 71st boutique launch worldwide”

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ONDON – October 2010, the Swiss leading luxury watchmaker and jeweller, Piaget, will open its UK Flagship boutique mid October at 169 New Bond Street, London W1. The store occupies two storeys which will offer customers an exceptional and ultimate luxury shopping experience. The London location, designed by French architect, Gérard Barrau, is Piaget's 71st boutique launch worldwide and is the first stand alone Piaget boutique - allowing customers to shop at their leisure amongst

an extensive range of showcases. Architect Barrau’s design, includes starkly perpendicular horizontal and vertical lines of the showcases and furnishings, simple colouring scheme and discretely lit wall paintings, combines contemporary with a sense of timeless purity and ordered harmony. The phenomenally large collection displays a full range of Piaget watch and jewellery creations from their classic, iconic range to their extraordinary complicated collections and exceptional high jewellery pieces. Philippe Léopold-Metzger, CEO Piaget, says : “We are delighted to


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open a store in Bond Street which I consider the best place in the world for a jewellery store, alongside Place Vendôme. London is the cosmopolitan city by excellence, and it is a must for a global brand like Piaget to have a strong qualitative presence there”. Specialist of the ultra – thin movements and complications, Piaget was founded in 1874. Originally specialising in the design and production of watch movements, they then expanded into manufacturing jewellery watches

followed by innovative jewellery collections. Piaget has been cultivating a spirit of luxury while emphasising its creativity, attention to detail and fully integrated watch making and jewellery expertise. Both Jewellery and Watches are created and produced in the Piaget manufacture in Switzerland – one the most and fully integrated manufacture houses in the world. Piaget Boutiques are located in the most luxurious cities around the world in Paris, Geneva, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing and now – in London. EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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COSMOPOLITAN INSPIRATION 18-carat white gold ring set with 197 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 3.07 ct), 1 cushion-cut pink rubellite (approx 15 ct) and 1 carved citrine (approx 3 ct) Ref. G34LP800 10

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Cocktail Rings by Piaget

BLUEBERRY DAIQUIRI INSPIRATION 18-carat white gold ring set with 121 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 0.89 ct), 1 cushion-cut amethyst (approx 35 ct), 30 brilliant-cut pink sapphires (approx 0.31 ct), 1 cabochon-cut ruby (approx 0.04 ct) Ref. G34LP700

BLUE OCEAN INSPIRATION 18-carat white gold ring set with 122 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx 0.9 ct), 1 cushion-cut blue topaz (approx 37.5 ct), 1 bead cornaline (approx 1.43 ct) Ref. G34LP500

“Colourful, tangy, fruity... Piaget's Cocktail inspiration rings sparkle with a shimmering radiance that lights up the night, forming a set of exquisite invitations to succumb to life's most delightful pleasures.” EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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Yuan Yuan at Home

Yuan Yuan is wearing Fabryan, a new fashion label by Samantha Jane Photography by Memory Gate

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Yuan Yuan at Home

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uan Yuan has gone from Chinese Weather Girl, to Miss Wimbledon, to postproduction for X-Factor, to working with Jimmy Choo in his London Restaurant Maximini. From the above it would be hard to guess what her goal is, so asked her to which she replied “The UK’s best Chinese TV chef”. It seems like her entire life has been working towards this goal and suddenly all the things she’s done fall into place. We’ll keep you updated on her mission to conquer our screens. The outfit featured on the front cover and to the left is by new fashion label Fabryan. Samantha Jane, the designer, is definitely someone to watch out for. Many thanks to Memory Gate for taking some excellent photo’s, Ayesha Mubarak for make-up and Louis Julien for his styling advice. If you’d like to get in touch with any of them you can find there facebook contact on our website: elestilo.co.uk

Yuan Yuan next to Gino on ITV1’s This Morning

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assist world publicised campaign to change male only sale assistants to include female sales assistants to sell lingerie.

The collection includes corsetry, torsolettes, housecoats, glamour gowns, caplettes, and slips, and a range of men’s luxury boxer shorts called Harlette Homme.

Harlette Luxury Lingerie fuses diamonds and lingerie with old world decadence and luxury to make every woman feel like a princess and Hollywood harlette. As the only lingerie label to receive a patent for Diamond and Platinum suspenders, Naomi has been busy introducing the range to international buyers, media in Paris, Hollywood and London.

designed for those who truly want to be a goddess.

Created by Naomi McGill, a lingerie expert, that recently was invited to Saudi Arabia to conduct the first ever art of selling lingerie class to

Ranging in price from £70 to £10,000 and available in sizes 30-36 (A-DD cup), the Harlette Luxury Lingerie Autumn Winter 2010-11 collection is

Harlette Luxury Lingerie is available at the flagship ecommerce site harlette.com and in the US at styleshopusa.com

xclusive lingerie label, Harlette Luxury Lingerie, debuted at Paris Lingerie Show in January 2010 showcasing a collection of extravagant luxurious lingerie, vintage inspired elegant housecoats and glamour gowns, teamed with lingerie sets using exquisite fabrics and feathers.

“Harlette Luxury Lingerie fuses diamonds and lingerie with old world decadence and luxury”

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ucreative.ac.uk UCA Fashions Relationship With Japanese University Michiko Mihara, Principal of UEDA College of Fashion, said: “UCF has held fashion shows in Hong Kong, Seoul, New York, Rotterdam and Milan since our first International Collection in Paris in 1990.

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ast met West at London’s fashionable Spitalfields on 19 November 2010 as students from Japan and the United Kingdom shared the catwalk at a special collaborative event. The 15th International Collection saw budding designers from UEDA College of Fashion (UCF) in Osaka showcase their latest work alongside counterparts from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Rochester. The high-octane fashion show boasted an eclectic mix of designs, which displayed the eye-catching and unique styles from each institution. Thomass Atkinson, Acting Dean at UCA, said: “The 15th International Collection was a triumph for both universities. The work on the catwalk provided a vibrant fusion of ideas and a strong creative sense of direction. “It’s fantastic to be able to work with an overseas institution such as UCF in this way as it not only provides an invaluable experience for both sets of students and staff but it also forges greater links for future academic partnerships.”

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“We were delighted to visit London this year as it is one of the world’s leading creative capitals. We are certain that this event will provide opportunities for further international collaboration between UCF and UCA.” The collaboration was not just limited to fashion students: ten short films to showcase each of the Japanese collections was made by those on UCA’s Film & Video Arts and Animation Arts courses at its Maidstone campus. Third-year student Andrea Morris won the award for Best Film and will travel to Japan in January to visit UCF in person, courtesy of the Osakabased University.

Proceeds from the event went to AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity.

“Just going to Japan will be an adventure in itself and I intend to take everything I can from it and enjoy every moment – I can’t wait.

The University for the Creative Arts has campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester and is one of Europe’s largest specialist Universities of art, design, architecture, media and communication. With around 7, 000 students studying on a wide range of well-established courses, potential graphic designers’ work alongside budding journalists and pioneering fashion designers in a highly creative environment.

“I have always dreamed of being able to travel so I am going to try to take in everything that happens: the people, the place, the culture, the history, the food. I’m over the moon and so grateful to UCA and UCF for creating such a great event and making this trip possible.”

UEDA College of Fashion is based in Osaka, Japans second largest city. It has built up an unrivalled reputation for fashion education over the past 69 years and strives to produce young designers who aspire to play a significant role on the world’s fashion stage.

Andrea said: “This is a real once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m looking forward to the whole experience.


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Cantrill-Jones Photography Left Clockwise: Stency Kidega, Natasha Cotran and Tiffany Rowe

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twitter.com/k8hollowood “She recently debuted her own one-woman play, based on the life of Myra Hindley” Photography by Mike Fox

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ate is a petite, curvaceous, natura l beauty in her early twenties who has made the move from the sleepy seaside town of Bournemouth to the hustle and bustle of London life. She is both a model and an actress, appearing in ad campaigns throughout 2011 and in theatres across London. She recently debuted her own one-woman play, based on the life of Myra Hindley at the Southwark Playhouse receiving fantastic reviews (proving she is more than just a “pretty face”) and is now working on her next theatre offering! Being only 5’3”, Kate has had to fight to be seen in the modelling world and although she is no catwalk model, she believes there is a gap in the commercial market for her. In a recent interview, she said, “I’m proud to represent girls with a natural silhouette and want to show that being “real” is beautiful. I have a 27” waist and 34” hips and that is “fat” in the modelling world but I love my hourglass shape and embrace what I was born with! There is something about all of us that we would like to change but actually, there is nothing sexier than just loving your best bits.” 22

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ello, my name is Simone Legno. I was born in Rome, Italy (June 1977) and I have always loved drawing ever since I was a kid and had boxes full of chewed broken pencils. tokidoki is a happy world. It is a cute, playful and pure, yet provocative, sophisticated world that I imagine, live and dream of. tokidoki means “sometimes” in Japanese. I chose a Japanese word because I love Japan. I love everything from the ultra modern happy face of Shibuya to the serious magic silence of Kyoto. I chose “sometimes”, because everyone waits for moments that change one’s destiny … by chance or by meeting a new person … tokidoki is the hope, the hidden energy that everyone has inside, giving us the strength to face a new day and dream about something positive that something magical will happen to us.

By Simone Legno Adobe MAX conference, UCLA, USC, Flash Film Festival in San Francisco, Apple store in Osaka, Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome and many others. Tokidoki started as my professional web portfolio and artistic diary while living in Italy, where I created

illustrations, advertising and new media design for various clients as a freelancer. A partial list of these clients includes Volkswagen, MTV, John Galliano, Champion, Toyota, Renault, Daihatsu, BenQ, Microsoft, Narcotic Bureau of Singapore, Telecom Italia, TIM and many more.

In 2004 I moved to Los Angeles to develop my own tokidoki apparel, art and lifestyle licensing brand with 2 business partners (Ivan Arnold and Pooneh Mohajer). In 2005 we launched tokidoki first as a clothing line and because of its amazing success we quickly moved onto other items such as vinyl toys, skate decks, jewelry, watches, knitwear, sportswear, accessories, shoes and stationery. Tokidoki has collaborated with other brands such as K Karl Lagerfeld, Sephora, LeSportsac, Onitsuka Tiger, Marvel, New Era, Hello Kitty, Fujitsu, Levi’s, Smashbox cosmetics, Xbox, T-mobile, Fornarina, Medicom Toy, Skullcandy and more to come. I was asked to design the creative concept for the 2005 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in L.A., the main fashion event in LA. and I have spoken at venues like the MOCA ( Geffen Los Angeles), EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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lanna Saskia Thomas, 18 has recently won a place in the 2011 Miss Great Britain Final, representing North London. She was chosen in a photographic heat unanimously by the judges and will join 59 other finalists in early December for the grand final. The Miss Great Britain final will take place at the Grand Pier, Weston Super-Mare on 4th December. Alanna who has won titles such as Miss Wimbledon, Miss Intercontinental GB, Miss intercontinental Ireland and Miss Teen British Isles is delighted to have been chosen to represent North London. ‘I am hoping to be successful in the competition and am looking forward to meeting all the other finalists in December’. ‘Competing in beauty pageants helps you learn to be confident in public which is very important and to communicate well, and Miss Great Britain encourages girls from all backgrounds to enter’ said Alanna. Alanna, who is busy studying an HND in Image and Fashion Styling, a parttime model and a singer is delighted at being chosen and is working hard to promote herself and Miss Great Britain in the competition to gain fast track entry to the top 20, as well as raising money for a charity, Woking Hospice. In her spare time, Alanna is busy singing, song writing and publicising her debut single ‘STOP’ which is due to be released on Elation records early in 2011. Known as ‘SASKIA’ she will be performing gigs in London and the North West this autumn so keep your eyes open for her! ‘Performing and being in the public eye comes natural to me and I am very excited about my forthcoming single release’ said Alanna. It would be a ‘first’ to have a beauty pageant winner who is a singer and i am hoping to combine the two if I win the Miss Great Britain final. 24

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Watch Out Kate! These Girls Want Your Title!

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s the nature of beauty pageants has been dramatically changed this year by Miss Great Britain CEO Liz Fuller, we await the biggest final a beauty pageant has ever seen on December 4th 2010. The Miss Great Britain final will feature 60 finalists competing for the title at the Grand Pier, WestonSuper-Mare, where the pageant was originally held 65years ago. This year the winner will encompass more than just beauty alone. The girl that walks away with the huge custom made crown will be intelligent, ambitious and have a very successful career in her sights. Alice Christian, an actress, model, and presenter was selected as a finalist back in October when she was crowned Miss Oxfordshire 2010. After studying acting in New York City at the American Academy of Dramtic Arts, Alice is firmly back in Great Britain to persue her career in the entertainment industry. It goes without saying that Alice is an extremely driven and ambitious girl and the beauty pageant is a perfect platform for her, having already landed herself as the presenter of the Talent Oxford competition, and a celebrity event at Shepperton Studios next year, just think what she could do with the title of Miss Great Britain. Alice has done a lot of charity work using her Miss Oxfordshire title, including involvement in raising funds for the new Maggie’s centre in Oxford for cancer sufferers. She took part in a sleep out raising money for the homeless of Oxford, as well as posing for a Breast Cancer Research calendar as Sophia Loren.

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plasmaboyracing.com 1. The White Zombie (pictured below), an electric 1972 Datsun 1200, is quicker than a Bugatti Veyron! What makes the Zombie so fast? Few cars can compete with the electric powered White Zombie. With its new Dow/Kokam Ultra High Power lithium polymer batteries, the White Zombie will vaporize 0-60 in about 2.5 seconds...and ‘that’ indeed, smokes the Veyron and just about every other gasoline powered production car! The Zombie is set up to ‘excel at acceleration’ (not necessarily top speed), so it’s rear wheel drive helps in that department, and was reworked with a drag racing rear end setup featuring a ‘Strange’ aluminum Ford 9 inch differential with ‘Richmond’ 4:11 gears, a Detroit Locker, 31 spline ‘Dutchman Motorsports’ drag axles, and wheels shod with soft and sticky BF Goodrich ‘G Force’ street legal drag radials. Perhaps the biggest reason for the Zombie’s raw acceleration, is the massive torque its ‘Siamese 8’ electric motor develops...at zero rpm! Gasoline engines have very little torque off of idle and need to

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rev-up to get their highest torque. When they find the power band, the torque still pales compared to an electric motor’s twist! An example, a 5 litre gas engine might make 400 ft. lbs. of torque @ 2300 rpm - the electric motor in White Zombie makes 772 ft. lbs. @ 0 rpm! With that much torque happening instantly in a sub - 1225 kg car, the launch is pretty spectacular! The hp has never been measured on the dyno, but it’s reasonable to assume ~ 270 hp based off the time slips from the drag strip. 2. The Audi e-tron electric supercar, due out in 2012, will output 230 kW (313 hp) and 4,500 Nm (3,319.03 lb-ft) of torque and is estimated to cost £100,000. How much power and torque does the fastest version of the White Zombie output and how much would it cost to make one? With the car’s motor controller only turned up about half way to limit the amount of power it can pull from the LiPol batteries, the Siamese 8 electric motor should generate about 400 hp... from a motor that’s just 8 inches in diameter! We are fairly certain that even with the power restricted to about 50% of maximum, with 400 hp

and close to 800 ft. lbs. of torque in a 1032 kg package, the car will turn a sub-11 second ET of 10.85 @ 125 mph... And that is very, very quick! No other street legal electric car has ever broken the 10 second barrier in the 1/4 mile, and unless someone beats us to it, in early Spring we think White Zombie will become the first street legal electric car to ever do it. The same batteries that will give it so much power, also provide 4 times the range per charge as the previous lead acid pack that was more than twice the size! Instead of a city-only range of 35 miles, the Zombie will now have 120 miles per charge range. This means we can drive to the race track 16 miles away, drag race all night without recharging, then drive it back home. On a 240V, 50A circuit (I have three of these for charging various EVs at my home), it’s high powered charger can refill the pack in two hours. As to cost of this latest greatest Zombie, it’s suddenly skyrocketed solely because of its state of the art prototype status lithium polymer battery pack. Prior to using these extremely powerful batteries, the Zombie’s cost was around $16,000 - batteries included, and it could outaccelerate most cars. The Zombie’s newest pack consisting of 156 kg of exotic Dow/Kokam cells are valued at about $94,000, due to their one-off limited status with the associated R&D costs. A production run is talked about, and if so, a similar pack might be about 1/3 the cost at around $35,000. Bleeding edge technology is always expensive...microwave ovens were $450 when first introduced and are now $50, and DVD players have fallen from $400 to $75 or so. In a few years, a powerful lithium pack that gives similar performance might be $10,000.


An Interview with John Wayland 3. If you had an unlimited budget, how quick do you think you could make an electric car go with current technology and how would you do it? Answered in 2 Parts 1st part: As mentioned, when we first begin testing the LiPol Zombie in March, we will purposefully restrict the power level to about half, for reasons of safety. Though we have just beefed up its subframe and have made the car sturdier, there are many other mods we’ll need to do to keep the car planted on the pavement so it can handle all its on-board power. Our first goal is to break into the 10s in the 1/4 mile drag - after we achieve that, the car will undergo another transformation so we can turn it up further. At full power, we could extract as much as 926 hp from the battery pack, and though all that power can’t be realized at the motor, with further improvements we might be able to generate 700 hp at the motor! So in a way, I already have the ultimate setup. 2nd part: The Zombie uses a series-wound type motor with brushes and a commutator. At the extreme currents and high voltage we run, arcing at the mechanical commutation point where the brushes run on the armature’s commutator, is always a concern, as is arcing between the fields. We hotrod the motor to withstand what we do to it, but we are always on the edge of things, and the motor is at high stress during full power runs. We use this motor in conjunction with a very powerful motor controller, because it’s affordable (~$10,000 for motor & controller) within our always-limited budget. However, since your question stipulates ‘unlimited budget’, I’d substitute a racing-designed AC drive for the brushed motor setup. An AC motor has no brushes or commutator,

thus arc-less operation. Even at full power. In addition, since the spinning ‘rotor’ has no windings like a DC motor’s spinning ‘armature’, the AC motor can rev far higher and continue to make usable hp up to and beyond 10,000 rpm - our DC motor is good up to 7000 rpm or so before it would fly apart! Such an AC drive that could make similar power (and even more) to what we are currently using though, would be about $50,000 due to the very high cost of the required ‘inverter/controller’ that converts DC to AC to operate the AC motor. A small and lightweight inverter capable of 500 kW-600 kW would need to be custom designed and built, hence the high cost. 4. Although the Datsun has character, it was never designed to be electric. If you were to design a car from scratch to house your electric engine, how might the shape of the car change to be as functional as possible? You’re correct about the car not being designed as electric, or for that matter, as a 10 second drag car, but you’re also correct about the car having all that ‘character’! That’s why I enjoy my electric muscle car Datsun so much! That said, as we are getting quicker in the 1/4 mile the car’s terminal speed is also rising (faster), so aerodynamics are becoming more important. We are planning tasteful areo spoilers front and rear to help keep the car straight at high speed, as well as put more down force on it to help with high speed traction. A more areo-shaped car might do a bit better at the top end as we will be approaching 130 mph at the end of the 1/4 mile, but the fun and excitement of seeing a boxy econocar taking out hard core muscle cars and exotic sports cars would be gone. The Datsun 1200 was very light for a steel bodied car, so anything new would

have a hard time matching its low curb weight. For these reasons, I have the ideal car right now! If the car was about top speed (fast), and to improve range per charge, a more areo shaped body would be an advantage. Something with the shape, style, and low curb weight of a Lotus would be ideal - wait, I’m describing a Tesla! 5. All the automotive companies seem to be going electric now. Apart from your own creations, which electric car do you have the most respect for and why? That’s an easy question and it’s already been answered... the Tesla. Though admittedly too expensive for most, the Tesla’s combination of compact size (I like small cars), open top sports car fun, styling that simply oozes sex, a game-changing 240 miles of range, and an outrageous 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds - absolutely blows away preconceived notions about electric cars. Sidebar -it’s laughable that GM bills their soon to be released hybrid Chevy Volt as an ‘extended range electric’ when it can only go a short 40 miles as a battery powered electric car and needs gasoline to go any further. Most other electrics do 75-120 miles per charge, so for now, the Tesla is the real extended range electric while GM’s car is at best, a short range electric that bails itself out with gas when the juice runs out. EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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As the cool crisp days of winter approach, the must-have spirit of the season is NEW Limited Edition Winter Gin from Beefeater London Dry. The special edition gin will be available throughout the winter months for a limited period making it an ideal gift for cocktail lovers and a seasonal staple for festive parties or simple cosy nights by the fire. 32

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Stephen Jones

For Autumn/Winter 2010, award winning Snow Queen Vodka has partnered with renowned milliner Stephen Jones to create a limited edition bottle top. Featuring a bespoke silver and crystal miniature hat personally designed by Stephen, this special edition bottle is the perfect present for cocktail lovers and fashionistas alike. The bottle’s ‘hat’ is an exclusive design by Stephen Jones for Snow Queen and can be removed from the bottle top as an elegant keepsake. Encrusted with Swarovski Crystals, the miniature hat is inspired by the striking Snow Queen bottle. It marks an ongoing relationship between the renowned milliner and Snow Queen who also designed a fabulous Snow Queen hat worn by Olivia Inge at Royal Ascot 2010.

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For the ultimate gift for a foodie have a personalised loaf crafted for them and inscribed with your own Christmas message of up to 26 characters to create a tailor-made gift. 34

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he acclaimed pan-Asian restaurant Eight Over Eight re-opened on September 20th following the devastating fire that closed the site in October 2009. Owned by Will Ricker, the restaurateur behind some of London’s most fashionable dining rooms; Cicada, E&O, Great Eastern Dining Room and XO, Eight Over Eight is situated at 392 Kings Road and was much loved by both residents and visitors to the area. Eight over Eight remains its chic self but will offer a larger private dining room for up to 20 guests, as well as

Eight Over Eight

a larger, more spacious cocktail bar area. Eight Over Eight’s pan-Asian menu, created by executive chef Neil Witney and Eight Over Eight’s head chef Clifton Muil will once again take centre stage. Dishes from Thailand, Japan and China such as the lobster, avocado and soba noodle salad, seared tuna with miso aioli, and the mushroom sui mai will appear alongside classic favourites such as chilli salt squid, black cod and the duck, watermelon and cashew salad. This hotly anticipated re-opening is a welcome return for the restaurant that had become a Chelsea institution, admired not only for its

excellent, innovative cuisine, but also the stylish and eclectic crowd that it attracted.

“Eight Over Eight is situated at 392 Kings Road and was much loved by both residents and visitors to the area” EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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he St. Regis Deer Crest Resort, opened 2009, is quickly becoming one of the world’s most iconic mountain properties, offering an unrivaled experience that embraces guests with luxury, elegance and bespoke service. Located just 39 miles (no stoplights) from Salt Lake City International Airport, The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort is idyllically situated on the fabled ski runs of Deer Valley Resort®, which was voted the #1 resort in North America in 2009, 2008 and 2007 by SKI Magazine readers. It is

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just one mile from Park City’s bustling Main Street. The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort spans across 12-acres and enjoys beautiful, perpetually unobstructed views of the Wasatch Mountains and the Jordanelle Lake. The resort features 181 guest rooms, including 67 exquisite suites, ranging in size from 500 to 2,500 square-feet. The upper four floors of the eleven-story hotel consist of 26 private residences. A number of private residences, most notably the penthouse sold for record amounts. Buyers include Papa John’s CEO John

Schnatter and renowned sportscaster Jim Nantz. The most luxurious amenities of any mountain resort in the world are offered, including signature 24-hour St. Regis butler service, ski valets, a 14,000 square-foot Reméde Spa, The St. Regis Athletic Club, and a 3,000 square foot stone terrace with a 40foot long garden of fire. The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort boasts J&G Grill, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten signature restaurant, marking the Michelin-starred chef’s


St. Regis Deer Crest Resort

first foray into the Inter-Mountain West. With décor reflecting refined mountain elegance, the 120-seat dining room complements the chef’s riveting culinary creations and showcase views of the Deer Hollow ski run and mountains. Outdoor dining is available on the expansive slope-side patio during warmer months. With the Wine Vault’s 8,000-bottle collection, The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort offers guests one of Utah’s most sophisticated and enjoyable wine menus. Forever re-defining après ski chic, The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort’s ski beach gives skiers the ultimate destination to enjoy a glamorous and time-honored winter tradition. Nestled slope-side, the ski beach perfects the elegance and joie de vivre that European après ski inspires. There are a few unique ways to arrive at the sun-soaked ski beach – guests can schuss down the champagne powdered Deer Hollow run or ride The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort’s funicular, one of the resort’s most unique features. The funicular, a Swiss-style cable car, is the only funicular at a North American ski resort. The funicular transports guests 500 feet between the lower hotel and the upper slopeside main hotel. It is crafted by Swiss cable-car specialist Gangloff of Berne, former carriage makers to European royalty and designers of customized bodywork for the motoring aristocracy including Bugatti and Rolls Royce. Guests of The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort also enjoy Utah’s year-round beauty, adventure and culture, which encompasses pristine golf courses, hundreds of miles of hiking and

biking trails, Blue Ribbon fly-fishing and summer music festivals. To visit The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort online, please click, www.stregis.com/ deercrest ABOUT ST. REGIS HOTELS & RESORTS Combining classic sophistication and modern luxury, the St. Regis brand remains faithful to its commitment to excellence. Founded by John Jacob Astor IV, with the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago, The St. Regis brand of hotels is known for its unique luxury dimension, customized service and refined elegance, in the best destinations worldwide. Plans for this brand to globally continue its legacy include long-awaited St. Regis properties in Baja Mar, the Bahamas, Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico, Bal Harbour and Deer Crest, in the US, and in Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, Kanai, and Mexico City in Latin America. St. Regis has also announced plans to open properties in Bangkok, Jakarta, Lhasa, Macau, Osaka, Chengdu, Sanya Yalong Bay and Tianjin. In the Middle East, the St. Regis brand will continue to expand in Cairo, Doha and Bahrain. The distinctive trait of the St. Regis experience is customized service and attention, coveted locations and luxurious design. For more information on The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com. ABOUT STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE, INC.® Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 968 properties in approximately 100 countries and 145,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood Hotels is a fully integrated

owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, and the recently launched Aloft®, and Element SM. Starwood Hotels also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., one of the premier developers and operators of high quality vacation interval ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.starwoodhotels.com. ABOUT THE ST. REGIS DEER CREST RESORT The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort is a $320 million project featuring 26 private residences, 67 condominiums, and 181 guest rooms and suites. The most luxurious amenities of any mountain resort in the world will be offered; these include the iconic 24-hour St. Regis butler service, a signature Jean-Georges restaurant, ski valets, a 14,000 square-foot Reméde spa with pools, a Val d’Isere style ski “beach,” a world class wine cellar, and year-round recreational activities. The slope-side resort is located at Deer Valley Resort®, just 39 miles from Salt Lake City International Airport and one mile from Main Street in Park City. The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort is being developed by DDRM, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm headquartered in Park City, Utah. For additional information, please access www. stregis.com\deercrest EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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he concept of ZUMA was born as a result of one chef’s obsessive passion with Japanese cuisine and an entrepreneur with integrity and vision. The meeting between Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, not only resulted in the realisation of a vision with Zuma restaurant in London, but also was the beginning of a partnership that successfully expanded the concept worldwide. Greatly influenced by his time in Japan, chef Rainer Becker has introduced a modern elegant and sophisticated cuisine philosophy, which has been inspired by the more informal Japanese dining style – Izakaya. Essentially it is made up of three different components: the 40

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Zuma

main kitchen - offering a selection of contemporary dishes, the Sushi Bar - with dedicated sushi chefs, and the Robata Grill – a concept which originates from the cooking style of northern Japanese fishermen. An exciting and innovative range of drinks perfectly complement the cuisine. Indeed ZUMA boasts the first sake sommelier in Europe. Such is Becker’s dedication to sake, that he serves 40 different varieties, including his own Biwa no Choju, which is brewed exclusively for Zuma from the waters of Lake Biwa in the Shiga prefecture. The lake’s natural mineral water was made legendary in Japan by the last shogun, Tokugawa Yoshiro, who in the 15th century created the rules that govern Japanese cooking styles and tea ceremonies today.

Zuma Restaurant Locations London 5 Raphael Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1DL T: 020 7584 1010 info@zumarestaurant.com

Dubai Gate Village 06, DIFC P.O.Box 506620 Dubai, United Arab Emirates T: +971 4425 5660 reservations@zumarestaurant.ae

Hong Kong The Landmark, Level 5 & 6 15 Queen’s Road Central Hong Kong T: (852) 3657 6388 info@zumarestaurant.com.hk

Miami 270 Biscayne boulevard Way Miami, Florida 33131 T: (305) 577.0277 info@zumarestaurant.us

Istanbul Salhane Sk. No:7 Ortakoy Istanbul, Turkey T: +90 212 236 22 96 info@zumarestaurant.com.tr EL ESTILO* / DECEMBER 2010

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