Monthly Archives: November 2016

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

Terror Film Based On Hemingway to Make Havana Shake
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Madonna Celebrates in Style Her Birthday in Cuba
Five Best Ways to Enjoy Havana Nightlife Published by Afar Magazine
Carnival Fever Takes Over Havana’s Malecon Seawall
Vogue Encourages You to Take a Look at Havana Most Gorgeous Hotels
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.  &




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




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.





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

With thanks & courtesy





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


Mayfair Penthouse for Sale


The central London penthouse owned by late fashion designer Alexander McQueen has gone on the market for a tidy £8.5m.
The spectacular Mayfair property has undergone a 16-month refurbishment, conceived by London designer Paul Davies as a homage to McQueen’s inimitable style.
These pictures are the first look inside the glamorous pad on Dunraven Street, where McQueen lived in the last year of his life before his suicide in 2010 at the age of 40.
Credits: Grant Frazer



BMW i3. Has been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years.


Alexander Kotouc will take to the stage at next week’s Global Superyacht Forum in a keynote presentation entitled ‘Smart, Sustainable Mobility’. Kotouc currently oversees the current and future product portfolio of the BMW i brand, including the BMW i8 hybrid sports car and the all-electric BMW i3. Having been chosen as the Dow Jones Sustainability index automotive leader for eight years, it is no surprise that these vehicles are leaders in their field, pushing the boundaries of what is to be expected of an electric car.
With more technology now focused on sustainability and ‘green’ options, the luxury industry – yachting included – has at times been resistant to these changes. Kotouc believes, however, that BMW i are turning this impression around. “We strongly consider sustainability as a factor becoming more and more decisive for premium buyers,’ he notes, with buying patterns changing considerably in this luxury sector, “Around 85% of all BMW i3 customers are new to the BMW brand, meaning they hadn’t taken a traditional BMW into account.”

To Kotouc, there is no question of the future of sustainable technologies within the automotive industry, “We will see electric propulsion systems overtaking the traditional petrol and diesel engine within the next 25 to 30 years.” Indeed, BMW i’s latest concept is the iNext, is an “all-connected iconic vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities and an even higher level of sustainability throughout.”
For Kotouc, the future for ‘green’ transport shouldn’t be restricted to adaptions on original cars to curtail pollution, but re-evaluating the entire process of designing, engineering and using transport, “Sustainability for us means more than just cars without an exhaust pipe. Our target is to avoid emissions even in the production process and supply chain. We call this “Holistic Sustainability.”
BMW i are spearheading sustainable automotive development and the key to their success? Looking at the emotional side of driving, “Sustainability has traditionally lacked emotional appeal. Therefore, we put a strong focus at BMW i as progressive, an aspirational design and driving pleasure.” It is here where the automotive and yachting markets have strong ties, with many owners citing their pure love of the yachting world as their commitment to the industry. Perhaps it is in this vein that yachting must drive forward sustainability, or as Kotouc notes, “Sustainability sells when it appeals to your heart, not just your brain…”
Therefore, what can attendees expect from Kotouc’s session next week? “Inspiration for our world of tomorrow, and that sustainability does not mean sacrifice.”
Registration for the Global Superyacht Forum, held from 14 – 16 November is still open.
Images courtesy of BMW i and TEDXTaiPei & the Global Superyacht Forum Amsterdam November 2016


Prada Spring Summer 2017



Fondazione Prada has an impressive list of previous exhibitions, and film collaborations. Currently in Milan, William Copley exhibition. Image Courtesy & with thanks Fondazione Prada



Prada patent leather Hearts & Lips flatties for Spring Summer 2017



David Bowie’s Art Collection sells at Sothebys auction. Star oeuvre Basquiat painting sold for more than £ 10th November 2016


Agence France-Presse
11 NOVEMBER 2016 • 5:44AM
David Bowie’s art collection went under the hammer on Thursday with one item reaching more than £7 million at auction, as buyers’ enthusiasm for the late musician’s collection exceeded expectations in London.

The highest-selling item in Bowie’s collection, the graffiti-inspired “Air Power” canvas by Basquiat, sold for £7.09 million at Sotheby’s auction house.

The piece had been expected to fetch between £2.5 and £3.5 million.

Bowie bought “Air Power” and another painting by the artist, who died from an overdose in 1988 aged 27, shortly before the 1996 biopic “Basquiat,” in which the rocker played his early idol Andy Warhol.

With thanks Agence France Presse. With thanks courtesy Daily Telegraph. Culture Arts



Mert & Marcus. Phillips exhibition of a series of sensational & powerful photographs……..Paris.


9 – 16 November 2016
Viewing: Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm

In association with Art Partner, Phillips presents the first major exhibition of the dynamic artist duo Mert & Marcus. Since landing their first cover with Dazed & Confused in 1997, Mert & Marcus have had their distinctive and powerful photographs featured in such established magazines as Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair and W as well as in campaigns for Christian Dior, Versace, Yves Saint Laurent and more. As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of Mert & Marcus’ collaboration, 18 works – 9 black-and-white and 9 colour – will be made available for sale for the first time.

Courtesy & with thanks

Keeneland USA Thoroughbred horse sales 2016



A strong market continued Wednesday at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale with eight million-dollar-plus sales, topped by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for 2010 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (Gr.1) heroine and millionaire Unrivaled Belle, in foal to leading sire Tapit. The purchase price of $3.8 million is the highest for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction in the world this year. Photo & info with thanks to the Team in Keeneland.




Van Cleef & Arpels legendary Alhambra necklace worn by lovely Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones. Courtesy & with thanks Van Cleef and Arpels.

Venice as if you were there including photos from the Architecte Zaha Hadid exhibition Summer 2016


Venice Palazzo Murano chandelier

Venice Palazzo Murano chandelier

Venice Palazzo. Murano chandelier


Venice view from vaporetto in front of the Danieli


Venice view from Danieli Terrace

Venice view from Danieli Terrace

Venice view from Terrace at the Danieli

Venice view from Terrace at the Danieli


Venice street

Venice street


Roofs of Venice

Roofs of Venice

Venice Palazzo Murano chandelier

Venice Palazzo Murano chandelier


Venice canal

Venice canal

Venice Tiepolo


Venice Zaha Hadid expo. Ministry Arts & Sciences

Venice Zaha Hadid expo. Ministry Arts & Sciences


Venice Ministry Arts & Sciences.

Venice Ministry Arts & Sciences.


Venice Murano chandelier

Venice Murano chandelier


Hotel Danieli

Hotel Danieli



Venice market

Venice market


View towards St Marc with thanks courtesy Italytours.

Horses. Splendid Royal Ascot & memories of an English summer

17 June 2014; SOLE POWER and Richard Hughes storm to victory in The King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. © Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 (0)86 2589298

17 June 2014; SOLE POWER and Richard Hughes storm to victory in The King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
© Peter Mooney, 6, Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Splendid Royal Ascot. Sole Power,ridden by Richard Hughes winning the Kings Stand Stakes.Royal Ascot. photo c. Pete Mooney    

Gstaad one of our favourite hotels in the mountains



A magnificent hotel.Grand Hotel Park..Gstaad is known as one of Europe’s most luxurious ski resorts, offering challenging slopes, gourmet restaurants and designer shops, and since opening in 1910, the Park Gstaad has provided the home base for the city’s glamorous visitors. In 2010 the hotel underwent a ten-month renovation and modernization but lost nothing of its timeless elegance. Its four Penthouse Suites are exquisitely furnished, with sustainable woods and wool products, and one of them features private integrated spas with hammams and saunas, cozy fireplaces in the master bedrooms and fabulous views of the Bernese Alps.

Deauville. Benerville-sur-Mer. A la Recherche du Temps Perdu


Deauville A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. A charming Anglo Normand  seaside town 2 hours from Paris. With long walks and long golden beaches. Plus 2 famous race courses where the racing is tip top in August.Author Marcel Proust stayed along the coast at Benerville-sur-Mer writing his cult French novel, A la Recherche du Temps Perdu. At the end of the 19th century, Marcel Proust was regularly invited to La Villa Mon Reve. Proust’s personages were inspired by the members of the Parisian High Society, writers & painters,  whom he met at the Villa Mon Reve, where the duc  & duchesse de Guiche used to come for the summer & hold their parties & musical soirees. Proust first met Gallimard, who became his Publisher, on the coast where Gallimard owned several beautiful Villas. Later The painter Bonnard was also a regular visitor. His painting Table sur Jardin was painted here in 1934,  this major work is now in the  Guggenheim Museum in New York



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