Fall Obsessions

Curated by Michele Peterson

This season’s fresh finds, luxury experiences and must-haves are key ingredients to a stylish fall whether you’re at home or on the go.

Tech Meets Fashion

Fashion meets function with the fourth-generation Apple Watch Hermès, which merges a Paris fashion legacy with Apple’s wearable tech. Redesigned and reengineered with the goal of helping you to be more active, healthy and connected, it’s the must-have accessory for the fall season. Features include an electrical heart sensor, Digital Crown with haptic feedback, fall detection, emergency SOS, automatic workout detection, built-in workouts, personalized coaching, calls and texts, Apple music streaming, Siri and more. The latest Hermès collection features bright, bold wristbands with high-quality leathers and hardware, along with a fashionable watch face, adding a dash of sophistication to the look. Available in multiple designs, colours and leathers, each is paired with a 40mm stainless steel case. You can also switch things up with the exclusive Hermès waterproof and flexible sport band, included with every model. Available at Apple stores.

Kitchen Robot at Your Service

Just in time for the fall entertaining season is Thermomix, the all-in-one smart kitchen appliance by Vorwerk. Widely used in more than seven-million kitchens worldwide, the new Luxe TM6 will make its North American debut in 2019. Backed by over 40 years of design and innovation, this German kitchen robot is a unique, versatile tool that every high-end kitchen needs. Completing the job of over 20 appliances, this kitchen must-have enhances the way people cook by saving time and effort, while also infusing a dose of modern technology into the home. The functions of the Thermomix include cooking, caramelizing, mixing, steaming, weighing, kneading, chopping, precision heating and more. This sophisticated product also provides a step-by-step guide to more than 40,000 recipes in order to create quick and easy dishes.

A Royal Stay in Ireland

Live out your Lord or Lady of the Manor fantasies at your very own castle in atmospheric Galway, Ireland. Historic Lough Cutra Castle is just one of several new luxury accommodation experiences available in the Homes & Villas by Marriott International collection. This newly-launched home rental initiative features 2,000 premium and luxury homes in over 100 destinations throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Lough Cutra Castle boasts a pedigree fit for royalty. Designed by John Nash (who also worked on Buckingham Palace in London) and built during the Gothic revival period of the early 1800s, the castle is set on a pastoral estate featuring a private lake, walking trails and a range of outdoor pursuits. A full staff complement is available for the minimum three-night stay. Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and redeem points at this new collection of luxury homes, villas and castles.

Louis Vuitton Trunk Show

The ultimate bar cart for entertaining has arrived. Custom designed by the master craftsmen at Louis Vuitton, the Hennessy Paradis Impérial Trunk serves parties up to 18 people and features a unique trunk-within-a-trunk construction. Designed to hold four magnums of Hennessy Paradis Impérial cognac as well as bar accessories (including tulip-shaped glasses used by the Hennessy Tasting Committee), the trunk is designed to showcase the brand’s most luxurious cognac. Hennessy Paradis Impérial cognac was released in 2011 and has since blazed new trails with its pale color and non-traditional taste. A portable version of the trunk—the Hennessy Nomad Case—is available for entertaining on the go. Also available is the new Hennessy Paradis Impérial crystal decanter designed by internationally acclaimed artist Arik Levy. The Hennessy Crystal Decanter, the Nomad Case ($84,000 USD) and the Hennessy Paradis Impérial Trunk ($273,000 USD) are available via special order and at fine stores.

Posh Pets

As the cooler fall weather creeps in, you’ll likely start spending more time indoors cuddled up with your pet. Imagine having a comfy spot for your furry friend that matches and compliments the décor in your home, rather than a raggedy pet bed that gets tucked away in a corner. Miniature furniture replicas for cats have been the rage in Japan for ages, but this décor luxury is now made and available to ship within Canada. Known for their high-quality and unique designs, Deschamps Custom Furniture is hand-crafted and custom-sized from Canadian Black Walnut with a pet-friendly, chemical-free finish. Zippered cushions are easy to clean and made with commercial grade fabric and high-density foam. You can even check out photos of Ottawa-based Instagrammer @fatcat.waffles enjoying his stylish cat sofa, custom-sized to accommodate his wider-than-average frame. Available in blue, orange and green.

Spice and Everything Nice

Warm up to the fall season with some smooth-sipping spiced rum. Produced by the Domaine Pinnacle orchard and distillery in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Chic Choc Spiced Rum is named after the Chic Choc Mountains, where the spices of peppery green alder, pine forest spikenard, whiterod berries, lovage root, sweet gale seeds and wild angelica used in its production, are harvested. This carefully crafted, light mahogany rum is the world’s only artisanal rum created with a blend of Nordic spices grown in the Gaspé Peninsula and boasts flavours of light sweetness, caramel and cinnamon spice with underlying hints of ginger, vanilla, pepper and dried fruits. Sip it straight, splash it over ice or slip it into a fall season cocktail such as a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, Hot Buttered Rum or even a Pumpkin Daquiri. Chic Choc Spiced Rum is available at LCBO stores in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

Legacies of the Persian Empire and the Silk Road

Follow in the footsteps of ancient traders through some the world’s most remote corners on this new luxury tour from Golden Eagle Luxury Train. Beginning in cosmopolitan Almaty, passengers can journey by rail westward across Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, witnessing magnificent sites from the ancient world along the way. Highlights on the Silk Road include viewing the world’s oldest Koran at Tashkent, discovering the stunning architecture of Samarkand and the ancient trading posts of Bukhara and Khiva, UNESCO sites at the crossroads of Asia. Then trace the legacies of the Persian Empire such as the sacred city of Mashhad, the castle at Rayen, the Prince’s Garden at Mahan and the Shahdad Des-ert. Other memorable stops include Persia’s cultural capital Shiraz and the impressive ruins of Persepolis, Iran’s important sixth-century archaeological site. The trip concludes with two nights in Tehran.

Designer Lips

Inspired by iconic Hollywood movies and starlets, the vision for Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele’s first makeup collection for Gucci, is one of no boundaries or rules. Authentic beauty lies within imperfection, is the motto of this collection, featuring 58 shades in three finishes including a balm, a satin and a matte, with more to come. Brilliantly full of colour in a modern palette, the lipsticks sport classic Hollywood glamour movie titles such as Love Before Breakfast, Three Wise Girls and A Royal Scandal. Gucci lipsticks are high quality beauty products designed as objects of desire, with rose colours reminiscent of the wallpaper you might find in a vintage motel, flowers in an antique market or shades of a beauty parlour in Los Angeles in the 1950s. The Gucci makeup collection is available online and at Holt Renfrew locations across Canada.