Salvador Dali, “Diners de Gala” Taschen republishes for the 1st time since 1973. Over 500 copies sold in a month…..glamourous fun Christmas present……for the man who has everything…the ultimate Surreal recipe book

Taschen republishes Salvador Dali's Diners de Gala. For the 1st time since 1973.

Taschen republishes Salvador Dali’s “Diners de Gala”. The ultimate Surreal recipe book, For the 1st time since 1973.

Salvador Dali's surreal art inspires haute lly presented european cuisine. Diners de Gala is full of colour photos of beautifu

Salvador Dali’s surreal art inspires haute  european cuisine. An extraordinary Recipe book. “Diners de Gala” is full of colour photos of beautifully presented dishes and recipes. Diners de Gala is a play on words in French, “Diners de Gala ” can mean a Celebration meal, New Year’s Eve, or a meal at a Folies Bergeres Spectacular show.   Views from the celebrissime Parisian restaurant, “La Tour d’Argent”, overlooking floodlit Cathedrale de Notre Dame looking magical.  However, Gala was the name of Salvador Dali’s wife. The book is decorated in surreal colour with pages of Salvador Dali’s inimitable Drawings & exotiques sketches .Photos of old Menus for official State dinners offered by previous French Presidents. Romantic  & elaborate European table settings with lots of gilded bronze candelabra, gilded Baccarat or Saint Louis wine glasses, and gilded porcelain & Sevres cups, and masses of rose bouquets. 











Mara’naa Marina & luxury beach resort Panama.


Mara’naa Marina and Luxury Beach Resort. One of several in Panama. Ideal from November to April.

Las Perlas Archipelago – to go there, you may have to arrange a ride in a ferry boat or by chartered plane, if you are not on your private yacht………



Vicroria’s Secret Copacobana Spectacular in the Grand Palais on the Champs Elysees, Paris. 2016


Photo with thanks courtesy Dimitrios Kambouris/GettyImages for Victoria’s Secret.

Victoria’s Secret the World’s most successful Lingeries House, came over from Sunny California to woo Europe in Paris the City of Love & Light. A fantastic Spectacular show worthy of the Folies Bergere in the famous glass domed Grand Palais, on the Champs Elysees.



Victoria’s Secret. Ipanema Beach beauties come to the Grand Palais in Paris. 2016.


Two of Brazils most exciting exports stop the Victoria’s Secret Fashion show at the Grand Palais in Paris, city of light and Amour. Champagne Girls ! Angels Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima close  Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in uber daring lingerie
They’re two of the most popular Angels.

And on Wednesday Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima ensured a sensational finale for  the iconic 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show being held in Paris.

The Ipanema, long haired,  beach beauties flaunted  their smooth toned bodies as they strutted down the runway inside the famous glass domed Grand Palais in provocative sexy outfits straight out of science fiction celluloids.

With thanks Courtesy Daily Mail. Photos  with thanks Film magic  & C.Smith WENN.Com



Havana Hot and sultry


Victoria’s Secret Angels enchanted Havana in sultry photo-shoots
Two ‘angels’ lit up Havana’s streets with their presence in smoking Cuban-inspired photo-shoots. Models Adriana Lima, from Brazil, and Joan Smalls, from Puerto Rico, posed in the island for W Magazine’s September issue.
Victoria’s Secret Angels enchanted Havana in sultry photo-shoots

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Havana’s popularity is growing all around the globe, as more and more artists and world-renowned professionals travel to Cuba’s capital city. This time, two Victoria’s Secret Angels visited the Caribbean nation for sassy and island-inspired photo-shoots that will feature in W Magazine’s September issue.

Brazilian Adriana Lima and Puerto Rican Joan Smalls enchanted the island with their exotic beauty and claimed to have a lot of fun working in this beautiful island setting.
With Old Havana’s cobblestone streets as a backdrop for various photos, the ‘angels’ wore stunning outfits and accessories from renowned designers, including Alexander McQueen, Missoni and Marchesa. Alasdair McLellan was in charge of shooting the girls’ photos which were then styled by Edward Enninful.

Wishing to reflect some of Cuba’s sass and charm, the girls posed in significant landmarks of the Cuban capital like the ‘Pabellon Cuba’ in Vedado’s 23rd street, as well as in random street corners of the old town for a spontaneous image.

It wasn’t, however, all work for these stunning models. Joan Smalls and Adriana Lima also took this chance to get to know a little bit about Cuban culture and interact with its people.

With thanks and courtesy Daniela Corona. Daily Mail. W Magazine.  &




London Motor Show 2017. 2/7 May 2017. Press & Preview 4th May 2017


London Motor Show Battersea Park. 5-7 May 2017. Advance tickets available now. Images courtesy & with thanks Bentley Motor Cars (Used cars)




Claridges Hotel Mayfair, magical Winter wonderland. In collaboration with Michael Howells, British set designer, Sir Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple, and Marc Newson, one of the world’s most influential Industrial Designers, have devised a secret grotto.

claridges Christmas Tree 2016

claridges Christmas Tree 2016


claridges Christmas Tree 2016

claridges Christmas Tree 2016


This year Claridge’s lobby is home to much more than a Christmas Tree. Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson, in collaboration with renowned British set designer Michael Howells, have created an immersive festive installation. Step through Claridge’s revolving doors this Christmas and you will find yourself in a magical, snow-covered forest.

Sir Jony Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple, and Marc Newson, one of the world’s most influential industrial designers, are both long-time friends of the hotel.

“There are few things more pure and beautiful than nature, so that was our starting point, layering various iterations of organic forms with technology. Our aim was to create an all-enveloping magical experience that celebrates our enormous respect for tradition while recognising our excitement about the future and things to come.”
Sir Jony Ive and Marc Newson

The installation features four-metre high light boxes that glow with black and white photographic images of snow covered silver birch trees, set on a pure white floor. Against this backdrop, rise cast models of Scots pine, layered with both natural and photographed silver birch and fir trees, reaching to a canopy of natural green pine.

The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has long symbolised the start of the festive season in the capital. drawing visitors and Londoners alike to admire its magnificent design. This is the seventh year that Claridge’s has invited a favourite guest to reinterpret the tree in their own distinctive style.

With thanks and courtesy Claridges Hotel Claridges




Fornasetti Scented candle gift idea from Harvey Nichols


Bacio Scented Candle 300g (2336300)
£115.00 On sale at Harvey Nichols London


Italian Designer Fornasetti Cabinet

Sorrento romantic wedding overlooking the Mediterranean


Distinctive Italy Weddings Sorrento


Courtesy and with thanks Distinctive Italy Weddings.  Sorrento overlooking the romantic Mediterranean




Chanel 2017 uber chic cool on trend


Chanel look Spring 2017

Omega Globemaster, understated and elegant like the man who wears it. The perfect object2desire for Christmas


The Globemaster is already a legendary name in the OMEGA family. Now it has been updated to become the world’s first Master Chronometer, further enhancing its reputation within the watchmaking industry. Along with a new standard of quality, the simple yet captivating design makes this watch a true object of desire. For this model, the stainless steel case features a hard metal scratchproof fluted bezel, with a blackened Constellation star, and hands and indexes which have also been filled with illuminous Super-LumiNova. The caseback includes a stainless steel Central Observatory medallion, while the opaline silver “Pie Pan” dial is reminiscent of the first 1952 Constellation model. The design is finished with grey leather strap, and at its core, the watch is driven by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900, featuring revolutionary anti-magnetic technology. Courtesy and with thanks Mappin and Webb




Omega SeaMaster Planet Ocean, An alluring Man’s wristwatch, Über chic for an elegant girl. Christmas solved.


Pre-Baselworld January 2016 – Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer 39.5mm Sedna Gold, brief overview.

There are quite a few things to say about this new watch by Omega. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m / Master Chronometer / 39.5mm / Sedna Gold. You spotted it: new movement (and used for the first time in the Planet Ocean collection), new and smaller size and finally a new material. And whatever the brand says about it, for us it’s not a ladies’ watch but rather an elegant “unisex” edition. Overview of this new toolish but luxurious diver by Omega to be introduced at Baselworld 2016.

As of now, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m was available in 4 sizes: one edition dedicated to men with a 45.5mm case, one for the GMT editions at 43.5mm, one more “unisex” edition at 42mm (even if clearly, the buyers are mainly males) and one edition dedicated to ladies at 37.5mm. 

Even if visually extremely close to its sisters of the collection, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer 39.5mm Sedna Gold changes everything in the details: new movement, new dimensions, new dial, new materials and even new strap. … First thing to note is the introduction of the new series of movements by Omega, the Master Chronometer (introduced in the Globemaster and coming with the METAS certification, that is used for the first time in the Seamaster Planet Ocean collection. This new edition features the Calibre 8801 (visible thought the caseback) with the same architecture as the 8500 (Co-Axial escapement, double barrel and automatic winding) but now with highly antimagnetic properties (as resistant to 15,000 Gauss). It seems that for the coming years, Omega will implement the Master Chronometer movements in the entire range of watches – and they have already started in the Speedmaster collection, with the new antimagnetic chronograph with moon-phase.


SwissBob ice Racer mono coque, 007’s Christmas present. Sauber,Swiss F.1. manufacturer.


Zug/Zurich (RWH)The Fédération Internationale de Bobsleigh et de Tobogganing (FIBT) reached its decision in 2014: Consequently SwissBob AG took on on production of the standardised mono bob, which was used at the Youth Olympic Games 2016 in Lillehammer. The high-tech mono bob developed together with the Sauber F1 Team and other innovative partners in Switzerland.

A new, revolutionary bob concept – the monobob for a one-man crew – looks set to make bobsleigh more attractive for young people and the next generation of athletes.

Swiss engineering expertise for the future of the bobsleigh

After Germany, Italy, Latvia, the USA and Switzerland presented their projects in Königssee and Innsbruck, the FIBT chose to put the future of monobob bobsleigh in the hands of SwissBob. Ivo Ferriani, President of the FIBT: “We were impressed by the totality of the concept of the ‘Ice Racer’. We are convinced that with the monobob, we can inspire the next generation get more involved in bob sports.” The monobob from SwissBob combines Swiss technology in a new, totally unique sporting device. “We are extremely proud to have our monobob awarded the contract for series production,” says Peter Tinner of SwissBob. “Our goal is to bring a breath of fresh air to bob sport with a high-performance, safe and affordable monobob.”

Joining forces to create the standard bob

To perfect the success of Swiss Bob, it took the dedication of renowned Swiss companies. The elegant monobob was developed, tested and optimized by the Sauber F1 Team in Hinwil – Switzerland. The heart of the “Ice Racer” is a high-precision monocoque, which is produced using the same sandwich design as Formula 1 racing cars. As well as ensuring an extremely high level of safety, this also guarantees a construction that is absolutely uniform, which is important for fair competition with standardized sleds. Monisha Kaltenborn, CEO of Sauber Motorsport AG: “It was an exciting experience to transfer our expertise from motorsport to the ice track.” During development the highest priority was placed on safety and the design of sophisticated, efficient aerodynamics, which also give the monobob its attractive look.

This feature was inspired by Ben Oliver’s interesting & compelling  story”Mono Mania’  in the Omega Lifetime magazine, with an illustration by Yusuke Saitoh.





Prada Resort look for Spring 2017


Prada Resort Collection for Spring 2017. With thanks and courtesy Prada.



Sorrento on the beautiful Amalfi coast, Fauno Notte discotheque….


Fauno Notte Discotheque Sorrento, main square.

Fauno Notte Discotheque Sorrento, main square. Sorrento exquisitely romantic fishing village on the beautiful Amalfi coast. Recently opened Naples airport within easy reach.  Below we feature colourful Dolce Gabbana Sorrento post card dress. Part of a series of Dolce Gabbana Post card dresses illustrating some of Italy’s prettiest towns. 





Jet to your next horse race

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Cartier Art Deco necklace.


At a recent PAD Exhibition in Berkeley Square London, on New Yorker, historic jewellery specialist, Lee Siegelson’s stand  we saw this outstanding Necklace.Created by Cartier.

Jacques Cartier had visited India for the Durbar in 1911. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the Indian jewellery he returned to Europe where he started to create with Charles Jacqueau, Cartier head designer, a new look jewellery mixing exotic stones and colours, very often mounted on Platinum rather than on gold which was more often the case for the Indian jewels. Since the 17th century the Indians had been importing the enormous Colombian emeralds which were then carved with floral patterns front and back, and incorporated into sumptuous pieces of impressive jewellery. Cartier exhibited his astonishing new collection of jewellery at the Seminal Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, in Paris in 1925 . The term ART DECO derives from this exhibition.

44 year old Lee Siegelson is a well known specialist in beautiful historic jewels, Siegelson comes from a family that can trace a century’s presence in the jewellery industry.He also lends his expertise to exhibitions and assists with museum loans of items from the most significant periods and makers in jewellery’s reference books.  Verdura’s 75th anniversary retrospective exhibition in late 2014, for example, featured the Verdura for Paul Flato, an aquamarine belt necklace that Siegelson owns and considers the best piece of American jewellery ever made in the 20th century. With thanks and courtesy Siegelsons


Christies New York December 7th 2016.

emerald and diamond ring

Christies New York. Property from a Private Collection
An Art Deco emerald and diamond ring, by Cartier
signed Cartier
Estimate: $50,000–70,000
Magnificent Jewels, December 7

Courtesy & with thanks Christies New York



Louisa Guinness at Design Miami


Louisa Guinness presents “The Museum of Artists’ Jewellery: PART II, Montebello and Beyond”, an immersive installation of a fictional museum and curator’s room, exclusively for Design Miami/ from Nov 30 – Dec 4 2016 at Stand G20.

Louisa Guinness will be exhibiting works by artists Pol Bury, Alexander Calder, Lucio Fontana, Man Ray, Jesús Rafael Soto, Niki de Saint Phalle, Ron Arad, Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons, Claude Lalanne, Mariko Mori, Ed Ruscha, Gavin Turk, Marc Quinn, Sophia Vari, Rob Wynne, Tim Noble & Sue Webster amongst others. Louisa Guinness looks forward to seeing you all in Miami.
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Courtesy and with thanks Design Miami. Louisa Guinness


Sorrento, Italy. Hotel Don Alfonso

Don Alfonso Sorrento Italy

Don Alfonso Sorrento Italy





Don Alfonso Hotel Sorrento Italy



Don Alfonso Hotel Sorrento Italy

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