Monthly Archives: September 2013

Audemars Piguet’s ladies watch “Tourbillon”, as Audemars launches their AD campaign aimed at their ladies clientele.

Audemars

Audemars Piguet launches their advertising campaign aimed at their ladies clientele.Belgian top model, Anouck Lepore is the selected face for the campaign. Here we have selected the handwound “Tourbillon” wristwatch. 18 carat pink gold case,white mother of pearl dial, white strap. 84 brilliant cut diamonds, 1.4 carats. Jasmine Audemars, Chairwoman of the board of Directors, is the only woman heading a major watch manufacturer.

Paolo Sorrentino’s film “La Grande Bellazza”. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, 2013, Italian film opens to acclaim in London.

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Paolo Sorrentino’s film La Grande Bellazza has opened in London. Impressive critical acclaim after having been presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2013. Echoes the great period in the 1960’s of Italian film makers, Fellini & Antonioni. Sumptuous views of Rome and a bitter sweet story that captivates you. With Toni Servillo & Galatea Ranzi.

Hilton Istanbul Bomonte opens in February 2014. Hilton Worldwide has over 10.000 rooms in Turkey operational or under development.

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Hilton Worldwide will be opening the Hilton Istanbul Bomonte hotel in February 2014. In Sisli district, next to the former Bomonte glass factory, with sensational views of the Bosphorus from the 34th floor bar, and impressive lighting effects installed by the Czech crystal glass company, Preciosa. Hilton Worldwide recently announced further Hotel projects for Turkey, bringing Hilton to being the first Hotel operator with over 10.000 rooms operational or in development in Turkey.

34th Americas Cup.San Francisco Bay. Thrilling Regatta as Climax approaches.

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34th Americas Cup 2013.  Glorious San Francisco Bay. Americas Cup Oracle Team USA narrow gap on Team New Zealand, as the exciting final race approaches. The latest round of the World Famous regatta is reported like a thriller by Liam Phelan in the Sydney Morning Herald.   With stories of pharaonic budgets,  State of the Art technology & over engineered at massive cost.. Reportedly American software billionaire, Larry Ellison has bankrolled the US Team to the tune of US$100. million. Whereas the Australian Government, funding the New Zealand Team, are reported to have spent a whopping US$150 million. It is suggested that it is no longer a sport,  as the 72feet Catamarans, devised by the Americans, are dangerously fast & cumbersome.Cameras on the yachts enable viewers to follow the race in palpitating real time. Terrific. Liam Phelan article in Sydney Morning Herald, & organiser Bonnie Vale Sailing Club in Australia. Photo AFP

 

5 Star Eden Hotel in Roma will become part of the Dorchester Collection. In a deal worth an estimated 105 million euros.

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5 Star  120 room Eden Hotel in Roma is apparently set to become part of the Dorchester Collection, in a deal worth an estimated 105.million euros. The famous Hotel was a favourite  with King Alfonso X111 of Spain & legendary Italian Film maker  Federico Fellini. Dorchester Collection is owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, a Sovereign Fund reportedly  controlled by the Sultan of Brunei. The Eden hotel is currently owned by the  Starwood Capital Group & Lehman Brothers. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Group previously sold the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan to the Dorchester Group, 10 years ago.

Tom Ford Glam Punk for S/S 2014. London Fashion Week.

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Tom Ford. Spring Summer 2014. Glam Punk Disco dress. Strong shoulders. Silvered Sixties inspired paillettes &  black cobwebs of lingerie lace. London Fashion Week. Photo Cordon Press. El Pais. Inagist.

Carine Roitfeld recently appointed Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar. A reach of 11 million readers.

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Carine Roitfeld former Editor of French Vogue was  recently appointed Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar. Her magazine  “CR”  first published in July 13 sold out within 2 weeks.      During New York Fashion Week & now during London Fashion Week  the Fashion world is a buzz  all wanting to view “Mademoiselle C”,  Fabien Constant’s film on producing her magazine “CR”. Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford et al appear in the film, as does Stephen Gan Fashion Media,publisher of “CR”.  As Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar Carine Roitfeld will have a reach of 11 million people. Carine is looking to bring out a scent next, all with a view to developing her own personal “Brand”. Astute. Photo Patrick Swirc for The Telegraph.

 

 

Gorgeous Cate Blanchette. Claridges Hotel, Mayfair, London, hosts exhibition, “Midnight@Noon”. Drawings of glamchic Claridges visitors. Fashion Artist in residence, David Downton.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett, drawn by the artist David Downton, fashion artist in residence. Discreetly, sitting in the Fumoir, at uber chic Claridges Hotel, drawing some of the beautiful, & interesting people who pass thru the Hotel. With New York Fashion week just over & Fashionistas crowding into London for Fashion Week, Claridges is hosting an exhibition of  David Downton’s drawings of glamourous Claridges visitors who epitomise “glamchic”. Exhibition Midnight @ Noon  from  14/18 Sept 2013,                    Claridges Hotel Brook St. Mayfair.London W1

 

Christian Lacroix Tribute collection for Schiaparelli A/W13

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Christian Lacroix. Inspired  colour, shocking pink,crimson,lime green & brilliance & elegance, superb silks for the Schiaparelli Couture A/W 13  tribute shown at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, in Paris.. Diego Della Valle who acquired Schiapelli in 2006 had the  idea to invite Christian Lacroix to design a Schiaparelli tribute  for A/W 13.                                Photo AlessandroGarofalo/ InDigitalteam/Gorunway

Ralph Lauren. New York Fashion Week. S/S 14.

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Ralph Lauren New York Fashion Week, Spring Summer 2014.               Stand out  Fluo lime green 1960’s inspired skirt & coat & matching patent handbag. Photo Isidore Montag. Daily Telegraph.

Tom Ford.Glamour Chic Guru. London Fashion week show scheduled for Sept 16th London.

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Tom Ford. Sunday Times Style Sept 8th 2013. A profile Sultan of Suave,by Claudia Croft. The clothes photographed are the epitome of LUXE. With Yves Saint Laurent gone, Christian Lacroix seemingly invisible, except for the  Schiaparelli tribute for A/W 13,  & John Galliano in the wilderness, Tom Ford is indefinable – glamourous chic guru. During London Fashion Week, the next show on Sept 16th is awaited with anticipation. A newly opened  flagship store, all silvered mirror and black marble,  has opened on “fashionista avenue”, London’s Sloane Street.

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Tom Ford. Glamour Chic’s Guru. London Fashion Week Show 16th September 2013.

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Tom Ford features on cover of the Sunday Times Style magazine, 8th Sept 2013. Sultan of Suave by Claudia Croft. With Yves Saint Laurent gone, Christian Lacroix barely visible, except for his  1 off Couture Schiaparelli A/W 13 Tribute at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.  & John Galliano in the wilderness, Tom Ford stands out as glamour chic ‘s guru. A man passionate about Contemporary Art to judge by his showroom. Now,  A silvered mirror & black marble store has recently opened on Sloane Street, London. Daniel Craig wore Tom Ford suits as James Bond.                   The menswear suits start @ £2500

“Drive Club”.Mercedes AMG new game developed by Evolution Studios.

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Mercedes  AMG new game.                Gregor Wildermann features an interview with Paul Rustchynsky, Game Director at Evolution  Studios, the label’s new “Drive Club” game. Exciting Challenges faced during development & the key roles played by 2 striking Mercedes AMG models. photo Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

Jaguar launch new concept C-X17 SUV, in aluminium. Frankfurt International Motor Show 10- 22 September 2013.

Jaguar

Jaguar revealed the C-X17 SUV at the International Frankfurt motor show. 10-22 September 2013. Advanced lightweight, but strong, aluminium, for a monocoque concept.  Ultra efficient engines. Styling of the 4 seater overseen by  Ian Callum, Jaguar’s Design Director. Officially incorporated since December 2012, as Jaguar Landrover Ltd.                                             Chris Knapman, Daily Telegraph.

Shocking pink Vespa decorated by Contemporary Artist Simon Periton. Lot 735 to be auctioned at Christies South Ken, Tues 10th September 2013.

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Jolly, shocking pink Vespa by Piaggi,styled by Contemporary artist Simon Periton. Simon Periton (born 1964)  was inspired by  a visit to Naples to decorate his Vespa, shocking pink, that he named Aardvark.  “The only way thru the traffic chaos in Naples was by scooter”……..Lot 735 To be auctioned at Christies Interiors Auction, Christies South Ken. Tuesday 10th September 2013. Estimate £2500-£3500

CARTIER. Cartier Style & History Exhibition to open at the Grand Palais in Paris 4th December 2013.

Cartier

Cartier Style and History exhibition will be opening in Paris at the Grand Palais 4th December 2013. Cartier Collection & Cartier Tradition, in Geneva, for years, have been searching out and acquiring sensational Vintage Cartier pieces. Such as the famous tutti-frutti flamingo made especially for the Duchess of Windsor. Bought back, by Cartier,at auction through Sothebys for £1.700.000. From exotic to classic  – For many years Jaeger Lecoultre supplied the fine watch mechanisms for the Cartier watches, which are also sought after by Cartier Tradition. Cartier Tradition were able to acquire most of the Jaeger Lecoultre ledgers for 1919-1972, most of the period that Jaeger Lecoultre were supplying Cartier, these docs are invaluable for checking authenticity,& ,in some cases, provenance of the vintage Cartier watches.

Lecce. Beautiful, white stone, sun bathed city, ornately decorated Baroque churches and palazzi in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Shakespeare come to Life.

Lecce

Lecce,beautiful, sun bathed, white stone city, in the Puglia region of southern Italy. Famous for its churches and ornately decorated palazzi. These Baroque buildings have led Lecce to be called “the Florence of the south”. Walk down the narrow, cobbled streets & you could imagine “Shakespeare come to Life”. Lecce has a long cultural history shared  with the ancient Greeks, The Messagii,  who founded the city & are said to have been ancient Cretans. Puglia is famous for its delicious, golden, sun drenched olive oil, its local pasta and stuffed vegetable dishes.  & its white stone typical Trulli………

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