Dolce and Gabbana inaugurated in June a sumptuous new boutique inside the fabulous restored Venetian Palazzo Torres, Calle Larga XX11 Marzo 9, Venezia. Architect Eric Carlson, of the renowned Studio Carbondale, who managed to retain the authenticity of this historic Venetian building, built around 1800. Glamourous Murano Glass Chandeliers by Seguso, as featured in the photo, and stunning gold mosaiques on the walls, and elegant marble floors.
Upon the occasion of the store’s opening Dolce & Gabbana launched a silk scarf collection dedicated to the Save Venice Fund, and funds will be donated to the save the Venetian patrimoine.
The boutique sells clothes, individually decorated hand painted Sicilian handbags, scarves, and the new D&G jewellery collection.
Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda. 2017. Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s “Il Gattopardo” Sicilian inspirations for Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda 2017 show on the baroque Piazza Pretoria Palermo, Sicily
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Piazza Pretoria, Palermo, Sicily, 2017.
In our web magazine www.eluxetv.com May 26th 2017 in a feature on Melania Trump wearing the Dolce Gabbana stand out Sicilian rose coat, we mentioned Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s cult novel “Il Gattopardo”, set in Palermo that Visconti made into an epic film, The Leopard, with a sensational performance by Burt Lancaster, and starring roles for French heart throb Alain Delon, and the beautiful Claudia Cardinale.
Dolce Gabbana’s Alta Moda collections are enthralling classic Sicilian inspired art. It brings back the perfume of the di Lampedusa story, opulence and Sicilian decadence, in D&G’s sexy low key,elaborate “turn heads” casual style for today’s cool Jet setters. .
Sicily is famed too for its “Teatro dei Pupi” , costumed theatre……..
Palermo airport saw 150 private planes bringing in their top clients from around the World for a stunning show.
A Couture dress starts at £30.000, & by the next morning after the show most of the 116 outfits had, it seems, been sold. What a party those Girls must have had flashing the plastic, Dolce Gabbana have created an Event that overtakes “fashion”. It is participative “Art”.
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Palermo July 2017
Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Palermo July 2017
Dolce Gabbana Alta Moda Palermo July 2017
Caravaggio winning The Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot June 2017. Pete Mooney’s exclusive Pictures capture the moment
Royal ASCOT 2017 Atmosphere caught by photographer Pete Mooney
“Chrysler” inspired icon.La Comete sculpture by Guirard-Riviere, Etling Foundry. See reference to the Chrysler building in New York.
La Comète is a magnificent Art Deco sculptural image of a female nude modelled as a streamlined comet, her long hair trailing behind her as she flies through the clouds. The silvered bronze sculpture is heightened with parcel gilding and raised on a breche griotte shaped marble base, signed Guirard-Riviere and inscribed with the foundry mark Etling Paris. The sculpture’s composition displays a great sense of dynamism and movement.
This iconic design was considered the height of modernity and an example of the model was placed in the reception of the famous Chrysler Building, New York from 1930 to 1942.
See example with a green/brown patina which was sold at Sothebys, New York in 2014 for $ 60,000 USD
Hickmet Fine Art
Andre Fabre celebrated French Trainer wins at Royal Ascot Jersey Stakes with le Brivido , owner HRH Prince Faisal Bin Khaled. Photo copyright Pete Mooney.
Royal Ascot. Irish Racing Photographer Pete Mooney captures Barney Boy’s lead as track record is beaten. 21st June 2017.
Royal Ascot. Pete Mooney Sporting Ace Irish photographer captures the speed and intensity of 4 star horses as Ribchester wins again. June 21st 2017
Sicily. San Domenico Savio church Scordia. Daniele Iozzia, a talented young Sicilian painter with a PhD in Philosophy & History of Ideas, from Catania University, has created beautiful lyrical frescoes in the church of San Domenico Savio, Scordia, Sicily
Daniele Iozzia a talented young Italian painter and interior decorator has created beautiful lyrical frescoes for San Domenico Savio church Scordia, Sicily. Daniele grew up in Sicily in an old Palazzo, which he agrees inspired his love of Antique History & Ideas, and Classic architecture . Daniele Iozzia has PhD in Philosophy and History of Ideas, University of Catania & Daniele continues to return regularly to Catania to give lectures. Daniele’s painting ability led to him being invited to produce exclusive Frescoes in prestigious locations. Daniele Iozzia has studied Interior Design at Michael Inchbald and now takes on private commissions.
Sicily. Piazza Armerina. Villa Romana del Casale. Sensational mosaics in a 4th Century Luxury Roman villa
“These mosaics are unique in the Mediterranean,” says the Italian archaeologist Carmela Bonanno, gesturing towards the 3,500 square metres of mosaic pavements that fill the Roman Villa del Casale near the town of Piazza Armerina in central Sicily. “It’s a miracle that they’re intact.”
Sicily is blessed with several spectacular classical sites: the Greek Theatre at Syracuse, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, the ancient theatre overlooking Mount Etna at Taormina, to name three. But the Villa del Casale, which was protected by Unesco in 1997, offers something different. One of the best-preserved villas from anywhere in the Roman Empire, it still boasts much of its original decoration. The contents of, say, Hadrian’s villa at Tivoli outside Rome were long ago dispersed. But, against the odds, the mosaics of the Villa del Casale (named after an agricultural settlement known as casale, or farmhouse, that flourished there in the 15th century) remain in situ.
The UNESCO World Heritage site has seen the completion of most of an ongoing EU-funded reconstruction project that began in spring 2007
The Villa Romana del Casale was constructed (on the remains of an older villa) in the first quarter of the 4th century AD, probably as the centre of a huge latifundium (agricultural estate) covering the surrounding area. How long the villa had this role is not known, maybe for fewer than 150 years. The complex remained inhabited and a village grew around it, named Platia (derived from the word palatium (palace). The villa was damaged and perhaps destroyed during the domination of the Vandals and the Visigoths. The outbuildings remained in use, at least in part, during the Byzantine and Arab periods. The site was abandoned in the 12th century AD after a landslide covered the villa. Survivors moved to the current location of Piazza Armerina.
The villa was almost entirely forgotten, although some of the tallest parts of the remains were always above ground. The area was cultivated for crops. Early in the 19th century, pieces of mosaics and some columns were found. The first official archaeological excavations were carried out later in that century.
The first professional excavations were made by Paolo Orsi in 1929, followed by the work of Giuseppe Cultrera in 1935-39. The last major excavations took place in the period 1950-60. They were led by Gino Vinicio Gentili, after which a cover was built over the mosaics. In the 1970s Andrea Carandini carried out a few localised excavations at the site. Extract courtesy Wikipedia. With thanks
Madrid. Norman Foster inaugurates his new Foundation in the Madrid Palace of the Duke of Plasencia, which will host the 75,000 documents from his archive.
Norman Foster inaugurates its headquarters in Madrid: “We build houses, but we do not create communities”
June 1st Norman Foster opens his long-awaited foundation in Madrid, in the old palace of the Duke of Plasencia, which will host the 75,000 documents from his archive.Travelling between London Madrid & Lausanne, This is his life after overcoming a bowel cancer and a heart attack: he travels continuously in his Falcon 900 (is an aircraft designer and a RAF pilot) projects and building projects in fifty countries At the same time , he runs a team of more than a thousand people and never thinks to stop.
“Lord” Foster, what are people without a past?
As I always say to the students, if you want to look far ahead, you will first have to look far back. There are many factors that are in the genesis of a design, but for me one of the most important is History. If you are fascinated by the future, you need to be passionate about the past, because you are absolutely connected. And the problem is that the educational system regards History as an isolated compartment. I remember when I arrived at Yale University, Professor Vincent Scully taught History by linking it even to the cinema premieres in the city , And of course what the great architects of the time, like Louis Kahn or Saarinen, did. All human beings are products of the influence of the past, equal to what you dedicate.
One of the main tasks of its foundation will be to promote interdisciplinary thinking.
Funny. Memorable. Manly. The minds behind the Old Spice Guy campaign reveal their keys for marketing success. Extracts:
By Dave Smith Business Insider@redletterdave
EXTRACT Full article too long for this feature Courtesy & with thanks Old Spice ad on YouTube
EXTRACT Courtesy & with thanks.
He was “the man your man could smell like.” We looked away from him and were suddenly transported onto a majestic ocean liner. An outstretched hand offered us “two tickets to that thing you love,” shortly before the tickets magically dissolved into diamonds. Then he was on a horse. Really.
This crazy-yet-crisp introduction to one of the most popular viral ad campaigns in history, which aired for the first time during 2010 Super Bowl showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints, sparked an Internet phenomenon, reaching more people than Procter & Gamble (Old Spice’s parent company) could have possibly fathomed. The ad amassed 220,000 YouTube views in the few short hours after the Super Bowl, and the video continually gained about 100,000 views every few hours. Even comments on sites like 4Chan and YouTube were overwhelmingly positive. The video had gone officially viral.
Months later, when the campaign had seemingly hit its high point, marketing agency Wieden & Kennedy dreamt up one of the most memorable social media campaigns to-date: A two-day marathon of high-quality, personalized video responses to questions asked by fans on Twitter and YouTube—set up, shot, and published online in Mustafa’s own bathroom.
In the Old Spice Guy vs. New Old Spice Guy Fabio campaign, the creative team even let fans control the outcome of the most important part of the story: the ending.
Extract Dave Smith Business Insider. Courtesy & with thanks.
Caltagirone, Sicily. Famous since millennia for stunning ceramics. During the Spring & Summer festivals to celebrate the famous colourful tiles.
Swirling patterns, vibrant colours, painstakingly detailed designs….. Wherever you go in Caltagirone this is what you will see: For Millennia ceramics have decorated staircases & facades of Churches & Palazzos. Virtually all buildings in the old town are decorated with ceramic tiles, shops spill their delightfully crafted wares onto the pavements and the effect is one of vibrant colours.
The highlight is undoubtedly the 142 steps of the Scalinata di Santa Maria del Monte that connect the lower town with the older upper town. The upright of each step is decorated with ceramic tiles, offering a colourful alternative to the grey lava stone of the horizontal parts. During the last two weeks of May the steps are home to a festival known as the “Infiorita” in which they are covered by an enormous floral display. At the end of July (24th and 25th), in honour of the town’s patron saint, San Giacomo, and in the middle of August, the steps undergo yet another transformation, the “Illuminata”. Thousands of candles flicker away creating a truly breathtaking sight.
Very much an aristocratic town, Caltagirone has many splendid palaces and churches.
Caltagirone’s history mirrors that of so many other towns in Sicily: the Romans, Arabs, Normans, Spanish and French all passed through leaving indelible traces of their presence and like the towns of the Noto Valley and Catania, it too was destroyed in the famous 1693 earthquake. Very much an aristocratic town, Caltagirone is brimming with splendid palaces and churches.
The modern name derives from the Arabic Qal’at Ghiran meaning something like “Castle of Vases”. During their dominion, the Arabs passed on some essential ceramic-making techniques, such as glazing, to the already flourishing local industry. Caltagirone 40 minutes from Catania.
Wings of Eagles Derby winner 2017. Arqana Yearling sales in Deauville celebrates their 1st Epsom Derby winner, sold by the Haras de la Montaigu at the Arquana yearling sales in Deauville August 2015, and trained by Aidan O’Brien in Ireland. Owners Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor. Wings of Eagles, son of Pour Moi who won the Derby in 2011 trained by the great French Trainer Andre Fabre.
Wings of Eagles
Few people picked Wings of Eagles prior to the race CREDIT: REUTERS
Marcus Armytage, racing correspondent, epsom Ben Bloom, (live updates) The Telegraph Sports
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Aidan O’Brien winning another Investec Derby should never come as a surprise but even he appeared genuinely astounded by the identity of his sixth winner when Wings Of Eagles, a 40-1 shot ridden by journeyman jockey Padraig Beggy, swooped past his better fancied stablemate, Cliffs Of Moher, in the closing stages to win the 238th running of the Classic at Epsom yesterday.
For a trainer whose horses generally win at short odds, it was the longest priced Derby winner since Snow Knight returned a 50-1 winner in 1974. Snow Knight made all, but Wings Of Eagles came from so far behind he was only picked up by the commentator deep inside the final furlong on his way to bagging the richest race ever run in Britain.
For the first mile of the race, Wings Of Eagles, nominally fifth or sixth in the Ballydoyle pecking order for this year’s race if you take jockey bookings as your guide, only had two runners behind him.
Up front, his stablemates, Douglas Macarthur and The Anvil, Ballydoyle’s pacemakers, had set a searching gallop and, while Douglas Macarthur hung on in there until the two-furlong marker, he was eventually caught and headed by the Frankie Dettori-ridden 7-2 favourite Cracksman.
However, Dettori’s dreams of a third Derby soon evaporated as the 5-1 shot Cliffs Of Moher, having made his way from a long way back, hit the front a furlong out. At that point it appeared for all the world that, from a choice of six, Ryan Moore, Ballydoyle’s first jockey, had picked the right colt.
But behind him still picking his way through traffic from the back was Beggy on Wings Of Eagles, a son of the 2011 Derby winner, Pour Moi.
He went through one gap so quickly, recalled the jockey afterwards, that he suddenly found himself on the heels of Dubai Thunder and a couple of times his run was interrupted by having to switch him round horses coming back at him.
When Wings Of Eagles saw daylight, though, it was as if he had just joined in. He flew up the outside, making up five lengths inside the final furlong, to catch Cliffs Of Moher 50 yards from the line before going on to win by three quarters of a length, with a neck back to Cracksman in third, and three-quarters of a length to the other Frankel colt in the field, Eminent, in fourth.
The Oaks 2017. Exciting Ladies Day at Epsom with stormy weather and the Favourite beaten for good measure by a determined Frankie Dettori.
Courtesy & with thanks Daily Mirror Sports. BYJACK RATHBORN
The Frankie Dettori-ridden Enable caused an upset (Photo: Getty)
Enable under Frankie Dettori upset Rhododendron to claim the Oaks at Epsom on a rain-drenched Ladies Day.
Ryan Moore could not push the odds-on favourite out and was beaten out by four lengths.
Conditions were difficult after torrential rain and thunder broke out ahead of the start with spectators forced to head for cover.
Pocket Full Of Dreams had led early as the pace setter before Rhododendron came on strong but Enable under Frankie Dettori was too strong.
Daddys Lil Darling had been pulled from the race after bolting to the start, unshipping jockey Olivier Peslier.
After a windless day in Bermuda yesterday, America’s Cup racing is set to pick up again today.
Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA With thanks and courtesy Gilles Martin-Raget
It’s take two in the Louis Vuitton Americas Cup Qualifiers Round Robin 2 with the rerun of yesterday’s (Wednesday May 31) four postponed races due to take place on the Great Sound today.
Mother Nature put paid to any race action yesterday, with winds over the Great Sound racecourse remaining below the minimum six knot limit that the America’s Cup Class (ACC) boats can compete in.
However, with winds predicted to reach the required 6-24 knot range needed to race today, action is set to return with SoftBank Team Japan, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand and ORACLE TEAM USA all set to feature.
BBC SPORT REPORTED Wednesday’s four races in the America’s Cup Qualifiers were postponed after organisers decided winds were too light to let sailing go ahead in Bermuda.
The races have been pushed back to Thursday, a scheduled day off.
Rules state that winds between six and 24 knots are required to race.
Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team will face both New Zealand and France on Thursday, while France will also race Japan, who will then go on to meet defending champions Team Oracle USA.
Team USA lead the standings with New Zealand in second place, ahead of Britain in third, Sweden, France and Japan.
It is the second time in this series that racing has been postponed. Wednesday’s event was halted as winds dropped below six knots, and the opening day’s racing was delayed because of gale-force winds.
Courtesy BBC SPORT
UNESCO. Sicily Baroque Modica & Ragusa, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and Trattoria with local homemade meals.
Modica, UNESCO World Heritage site, beautiful Sicilian Baroque town, where can be found Osteria die Sapori,a typical Sicilian store, full of local olive oils,vinegars, homemade citron marmalades & strong local Sicilian wines, go thru to discover a trattoria that serves delicious food of Sicilian specialities. Some specialities need to be ordered www.osteriadeisaporiperduti.it
Ragusa, UNESCO World Heritage site, not far from Modica, or Syracuse, up in the hills has another popular Family run Trattoria La Bettola. Goodies from that morning’s market, fresh fish, Octopus, and delicious homemade Antipasti.
Situated within the Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans) the Cappella Palatina (Palatine Chapel) is the finest example of Arab-Norman art in Palermo. Built by the Norman King Roger 11 from 1130-1140. The chapel is decorated with sumptuous Norman-Byzantine mosaics. The chapel is on the second floor of the Palazzo.
Alex Noren Swedish golf player hits course record to win BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
A truly exciting golf exploit.
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau Intense Advertising Campaign is so romantic a “La Dolce Vita a l’Italienne”
Sydney “Vivid City” creative light festival illuminates the Sydney Opera House, as part of the “Vivid City” celebrations. May 2017
McLaren-Honda’s star driver, Fernando Alonso, racing in the Spanish Grand Prix in May, where he finished 12th. Alonso will skip the Monaco race for the Indianapolis 500. Credit Mark Thompson/Getty Images
There is no way to mitigate the disaster that this season has been for the McLaren-Honda Formula One team.
Now in the third year of the alliance, with Honda providing the power units, the opening months of this season have been deplorable. The team has yet to score a point after the first five races, and the list of technical issues has been embarrassing.
Since a revamp of the power unit over the winter, there have been electrical faults, water and oil leaks, and problems with horsepower. In the third race of the series, in Bahrain, the driver Stoffel Vandoorne failed to start because of a water pressure problem. In the next race, the team’s star driver, the two-time champion Fernando Alonso, also did not start because of a power unit failure.
And now the team is even allowing Alonso to miss the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday so he can race in the Indianapolis 500. Alonso will be driving the IndyCar version of a McLaren-Honda, run by Andretti Autosport.
Courtesy & with thanks Ian Parkes. New York Times International Edition. 4 page Grand Prix Supplement. Photo Mark Thompson /Getty Images.
AMERICA’S CUP/SUPPLIED Images and text supplied with thanks. Courtesy America’s Cup 2017
Oracle and Team France line each other up in the starting box in Bermuda.
The 35th America’s Cup is officially under way.
After organisers were forced to postpone the opening day due to high winds on Saturday (NZ time), the battle for the Auld Mug finally kicked off on Bermuda’s Great Sound with defenders Oracle Team USA easing to a comfortable victory over Team France.
With Team New Zealand meeting both syndicates later in the day (Team France at 6.06am and Oracle at 7.05am NZT), they would have been eagerly watching on as the Americans flexed some early muscle.
Team France take a dip after losing speed around a marker and coming off their foils in race one against Oracle.
Team France take a dip after losing speed around a marker and coming off their foils in race one against Oracle.
While the French outfit are led by decorated skipper Franck Cammas, they are regarded as the weakest of the six teams and were always going to struggle against Jimmy Spithill’s finely-tuned outfit.
Team New Zealand open their America’s Cup campaign against Team France and Oracle Team USA.
EMIRATES TEAM NZ
Team New Zealand open their America’s Cup campaign against Team France and Oracle Team USA.
Still, it was an impressive display from Oracle, who used an adaptation of Team New Zealand’s cycling grinding platform to win by 2mins 11secs.
After the teams crossed the startline virtually neck and neck, Oracle quickly showed their class, extending their lead at each of the six legs and safely navigating the course to move on to the grudge match against the Kiwis in the fifth race of the day.
The second race of the day was a much tighter affair as the Swedish challenge of Artemis Racing pulled off a stunning fightback to edge Dean Barker’s Team Japan.
Courtesy and with thanks Louis Vuitton 35th America’s Cup 2017
Melania Trump swings into Taormina, Sicily, Uber Glamour for the wife of American President Donald Trump, in Sicilian inspired Dolce Gabbana outfit, coming up roses all over…
Melania Trump arrives in romantic Sicily resplendent in Italian design duo Dolce Gabbana created outfit inspired by their traditional Sicilian culture. A collarless coat, Embroidered with colourful bejewelled flowers, reminiscent of the Mediterranean floral culture, worn over a shimmering pale pink dress, with matching high heel shoes and a custom made purse.
Sicily here we come. As World leaders arrive for a tense G7 meeting. Taormina’s. San Domenico Palace hotel, a former Monastery is the venue.
The Trumps are staying at the historic Timeo hotel, with its stunning romantic views over the sea…..
American President Donald Trump’s first international tour as President will be remembered as much for the appropriate standout chic outfits of Melania Trump as for Donald Trump’s International standpoint……….
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
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………
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.
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
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.
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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. & www.cubaholidays.co.uk
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.
CLARIDGE’S CHRISTMAS TREE 2016
SIR JONY IVE AND MARC NEWSON’S INSTALLATION IS UNVEILED
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
Bacio Scented Candle 300g (2336300)
£115.00 On sale at Harvey Nichols London
Italian Designer Fornasetti Cabinet
Courtesy and with thanks Distinctive Italy Weddings. Sorrento overlooking the romantic Mediterranean
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.
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 Collection for Spring 2017. With thanks and courtesy Prada.
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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
emerald and diamond ring
Christies New York. Property from a Private Collection
An Art Deco emerald and diamond ring, by Cartier
Magnificent Jewels, December 7
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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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Don Alfonso Hotel Sorrento Italy
Don Alfonso Hotel Sorrento Italy
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
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
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 £7.ooo.ooo. 10th November 2016
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.
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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 www.Phillips.com
Trevi Fountains Roma
Spirito, Hip night club in Rome,Italy
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 Palazzo. Murano chandelier
View towards St Marc with thanks courtesy Italytours.
Splendid Royal Ascot. Sole Power,ridden by Richard Hughes winning the Kings Stand Stakes.Royal Ascot. photo c. Pete Mooney
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.
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Portofino Le Carillon Nightclub on Paraggi beach and night club Liguria Italy. Uber glam discotheque suggested by Italian Food Industry superstar Mariano Delorenzo
SalonQP.com features a George Daniels watch coming up for Auction at Bonhams.
Daniels, is widely regarded as one of the greatest watchmakers to have ever lived. Self-taught, he established the ‘Daniels Method’ by becoming the first person to have mastered 32 of the 34 skills necessary to craft a watch entirely by hand.
Not only did Daniels attain this zen-like mastery of his craft through trial and error, he also invented an entirely new type of escapement, the Co-axial, which Omega eventually purchased and placed at the heart of its watchmaking activities.
Coming to the craft late in life – Daniels completed his first watch in 1969 as he approached the age of 50 – he completed just 27 unique pocket and wrist watches, as well as the Millennium and Anniversary series runs of 58 and 35 pieces respectively.
The Millennium series celebrated the Swiss watch industry’s acceptance of the Co-axial movement. These watches Daniels crafted with his protégé, Roger W Smith, using the very first Omega Co-axial movements in 1998.
Bonhams New Bond Street London.W.1. 19th September 2016 LOT 563Y. Daniels anniversary edition. The Robert White Collection. 18K. LTD SERIES. No.24/35. Manual wind. Instantaneous calendar. power reserve indication. Co-Axial escapement & start crop mechanism.
Courtesy and with thanks MagazineQP. www.SalonQP.com and Bonhams Auctions.
Jerry Hall photographed for Vogue 1975 by Norman Parkinson courtesy art net Auctions.The Skinny is a series that explores artworks of note currently offered on artnet Auctions. Here, we take a look at a work in the “Style and Glamour” sale—by Norman Parkinson, —that offer a unique, intimate view of American style icons. All the photos were produced by photographers who had close friendships with their subjects, and thus, their lenses often caught these famous women in moments another photographer would otherwise not have been able to capture. Photo syled by Grace Coddington.
Who: Norman Parkinson
What: Jerry Hall, Russia, Vogue (diptych) (1975)
Courtesy & with thanks ArtNetNews
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung celebrates Rio Olympic Opening with exotic drawings by Thilo Rothacker Illustrator
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MONTEREY CAR WEEK & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
AUGUST 15 – 21, 2016
A tradition going back over half a century, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where the world’s collector cars meet and compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, and only a handful of those will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.
But the Concours is only the final event in a packed week celebrating the classic automobile! All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.
(PHOTO Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
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EXTRACTS ARTICLE PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015. Courtesy and with thanks L.A.Times Extracts
Every August, more than 85,000 auto enthusiasts crowd onto the Monterey Peninsula to participate in the annual seven-day celebration of all things automotive known as Monterey Car Week.
As many as 20,000 attend its colorful Concours d’Elegance, where classic Bentleys and Bugattis pose fender to fender on the spectacular 18th green at Pebble Beach.
A more select 4,000 assemble on the fairways at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club for an intimate gathering of the most expensive auto brands and the connoisseurs who fancy them.
But only 3,000 of the car world’s creme de la creme are able to obtain the most coveted invitation of the week: to Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival, a combination auto-moto-aero event held at Monterey Airport’s Jet Center.
Men in bright pastel pants and women in dresses and heels sip Napa Valley sparking wine and slurped Morro Bay oysters while ogling million-dollar new cars from McLaren, Maserati, Pagani and Panoz and equally valuable vintage cars built by Shelby and Ferrari.
Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival at Pebble Beach
The annual Monterey Car Week attracts the world’s wealthiest car collectors. But the most exclusive event of the week isn’t the invitation-only Quail or Concours d’Elegance, but Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival. Started as a backyard barbecue, the once-informal gathering of automobile, airplane and motorcycle enthusiasts — underwritten by Gulfstream, Bentley, Bell Helicopters and the like — is now the peninsula’s most coveted ticket.
(Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Between the two hangars hosting the enthusiasts, vintage and very expensive aircraft were parked and artfully lighted on the tarmac — a sleek new Gulfstream alongside a 1930s Stinson tail-dragger and a 1920s Waco biplane.
The motoring faithful had come to the airport party, many at the personal invitation of event creator Gordon McCall, to kick off their Pebble experience. Extracts L.A.Times August 2015
AC Cobra were originally built by AC Cars in Surrey, England, in the 1960’s. A team of US modified Daytona Cobras, sheathed in aerodynamic coupe bodies, defeated the Ferrari team for the 1965 World Sportscar Championship, a 20-race series held at various venues in the United States and Europe.
At Pebble Beach, Where Rare is Common a Shelby Cobra stands out
By ROBERT C. YEAGER JULY 28, 2016. International New York Times.
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Lynn Park, a Los Angeles area Cobra specialist, in his garage with the car owned by Evan Metropoulos. Mr. Park prepared the car for the Pebble Beach concours. Photo Credit Jake Michaels for The New York Times
HE had hired five vintage auto inspectors to pore over every inch of the gleaming red roadster. But Evan Metropoulos, a collector, had never actually laid eyes on the car until this moment. Now, as the garage door swung open in Beverly Hills, Calif., he held his breath.
“I couldn’t believe it was real,” Mr. Metropoulos recalls of that day in 2009 when he first saw the Shelby Cobra he had bought from its third owner for $1.3 million.
“There was a slight patina to the paint, but over all the car was just so much nicer than I expected,’’ he said. “It was like a time machine.”
Indeed, except for long-ago viewings at some Ford dealers, and brief glimpses on the road when it was new, the car has remained mostly unseen since it was first bought in Laurinburg, N.C., in 1968. The Cobra, a 427 model, will make a rare appearance when it joins a “postwar preservation” class next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, in Carmel, Calif.
“With less than 3,000 miles on the clock, and in this condition, I’m not aware of any Cobra that’s more original than CSX3346,” said Ned Scudder, official Shelby American Automobile Club registrar, referring to the car’s chassis number. “It’s really quite extraordinary.”
Conceived by Carroll Hall Shelby, a former Texas chicken farmer who became a prominent international race driver of the 1950s, Cobras were based on the British-built AC Ace Roadster. While retaining that car’s widely admired overall design, Mr. Shelby modified the vehicle to accept Ford Motor’s new V8 engines, which offered greater reliability and a significant step-up in power from AC’s straight sixes.
With an aluminum body and Ford’s thin-walled engine, the car had higher horsepower-to-weight ratios than rivals from Ferrari, Aston Martin and the Chevrolet Corvette. Contemporary automotive journals reported Cobra’s 0-to-60 test times at just over four seconds — “figures still at the sharp end of very quick 50 years later,” Brian Laban wrote in “Shelby and AC Cobra.” “In 1962, for a road car, they must have been almost unbelievable.”
The Cobras were built by AC Cars in Surrey, England, then shipped to Mr. Shelby’s shop in Southern California for final assembly.
Besides victorious campaigns on racing circuits in the United States, a team of Daytona Cobras, sheathed in aerodynamic coupe bodies, defeated the Ferrari team for the 1965 World Sportscar Championship, a 20-race series held at various venues in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Metropoulos says his car, assembled in 1967, was among the last 50 of the fewer than 1,000 Cobras produced in the 1960s. Production stopped in 1968, but the Cobra went on to become one of the most replicated cars, with copies of varying quality made by numerous manufacturers. Until his death in 2012, Mr. Shelby periodically issued “continuation” and commemorative Cobras.
But it was Mr. Shelby’s Cobra that may well have had a greater influence on mass-market automaking and design. “It really became a prototype for the muscle cars of that period,” Mr. Scudder said. “Think of it: small car, big engine — what an American idea!”
Superyachts Port Denarau Marine and Yacht Club, Fiji Open Day. August 5th 2016. Courtesy SuperyachtNews.com
New Zealand and Fiji jointly promote the superyacht industry
By Rory Jackson. Courtesy and with thanks. SuperyachtNews.Com
On 5 August the Fijian yachting industry and a collection of New Zealand’s marine companies will jointly host an open day at Port Denarau Marine and Yacht Club, Fiji, to engage with super yachts and their crew.
“Working cooperatively with the Fijian yacht industry makes sense to us,” comments Peter Busfield, executive director of NZMarine.
Presentations will focus on New Zealand’s well established refit and maintenance sectors, as well as showcasing its destinations and marinas. Superyachts and their crew will have the opportunity to engage with representatives from 25 of New Zealand’s marine companies.
With superyachts requiring periodic refits, New Zealand provides the ideal location for yachts cruising the Pacific Isles to escape the Pacific cyclone season, tend to maintenance works and cruise New Zealand and Australia before returning to Fiji, Tahiti and other Pacific Isles. The open day will feature seminars on passage planning between Fiji and New Zealand, weather patterns, customs clearance and biosecurity requirements.
The New Zealand customs authority has recently introduced a 24-month temporary import entry (TIE) for visiting vessels. This legislative addition enables superyachts to stay in New Zealand for a period of up two years and undertake a mixture of private use, charter work and maintenance, most of which will be exempt from the local 15 per cent Goods and Services tax.
Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery presents
KARL LAGERFELD-VISIONS OF FASHION
A through-the-lens view of a great Master Celebrating the return of fashion to Palazzo Pitti and the opening of the three-year program dedicated to the culture of contemporary fashion
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Photo Album Welcome to Karl Lagerfeld Karl Lagerfeld Private View Video
On the occasion of Pitti Immagine Uomo 90, on June 14 in Florence, Palazzo Pitti hosted “KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion”, a photography exhibition curated by Eric Pfrunder and Gerhard Steidl, which represents Karl Lagerfeld’s entire photographic oeuvre and includes many unpublished works.
The exhibition – that will be on show until October 23rd – is made possible thanks to the recent agreement of collaboration with the Gallerie degli Uffizi signed by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery, with the support of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana and Pitti Immagine.
As to the Sala Bianca, where Italian fashion was born in 1951, the curators have selected fashion photos by Karl Lagerfeld printed on lightweight paper that will flutter from the ceiling, recalling the lithe movements of models on the runway.In the 1960s/1970s Italy’s emerging ready to wear was shown at the Pitti Palace Fashion shows, with dinner afterwards at Sabatinos…….
Courtesy and with thanks.
“KARL LAGERFELD – Visions of Fashion” is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dell Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy. Courtesy and with thanks.
Italy as a Panorama in Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, New York City. Courtesy of Fondazione Altagamma & its participating companies.
AN IMMERSION INTO ITALIAN BEAUTY. “MADE IN ITALY” PANORAMA INSTALLATION CAME TO NYC’S GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL
More than 16.000 New Yorkers and tourists alike have had the opportunity to experience Italy and immerse themselves in Italian beauty without ever leaving the U.S, from June 25th through July 27th.
The Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian Trade Agency, and the Altagamma Foundation brought Italy to New York City’s iconic Grand Central Terminal with an extraordinary 360° panoramic video installation – PANORAMA – that takes guests on a journey through Italy’s culture, landscapes, and craftsmanship. Panorama was brought to life by a pool of public institutions and private associations including also SIMEST, the National Chamber for Italian Fashion, Salone del Mobile.Milano, the Chamber of Commerce of Milan, and the Municipality of Milan.
The Opening Cocktail was held on June 27th, with the participation of Mr. Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of Economic Development, Michele Scannavini, Chairman of ITA – Italian Trade Agency, Salvatore Rebecchini, Chairman of SIMEST and Andrea Illy, Chairman of Altagamma, representing all the partners of the initiative. During the Cocktail 62 Altagamma companies donated items to a silent auction open through July 20 at www.panoramaforcharity.org. Courtesy and with thanks Fondazione Altagamma. Schermata
Tourbillon Skull by Richard Mille. Sensational and complicated men’s wristwatch, the RM 052
Rimini on the Adriatic Riviera. Fellini’s favourite Rimini Grand Hotel……..made famous by his films I Vitelloni & Amarcord, amongst others.
Federico Fellini grew up in Rimini, Adriatic Riviera, which featured in several of his magical films. notably the ultra charming I Vitelloni (1953) and Amarcord (1973) the Grand Hotel became internationally celebrated due to featuring in several scenes filmed by Fellini. Fellini even had his favourite suite at The Grand Hotel. Rimini had many memories for Fellini, where he grew up. Paolo Somazzi the South American architect designed Rimini Grand Hotel, which opened in 1908. Some 17th century decor adds personality…over the top as Fellini liked it……. Now a National Monument. It is the only 5 star Hotel in Rimini and is popular having its own private golden beach going down to the beautiful Adriatic.
A company took over founded by the Chiacig Family from Udine. Janotta Family from Castione della Presolana Bergamo & the Bernardi Family from Rimini. The Rimini Grand hotel is now managed by the new Brand, Exclusive Hotels of Italy. 14-minute walk from Rimini train station and 8 km from Italia in miniature amusement park.
ART & CULTURE ITALIA.it
Ancient Ariminum was founded in 268 BC and the arch of Augustus, built in 27 BC as a homage to the emperor, and the Tiberius Bridge on the Marecchia, a construction consisting of five Istria stone arches begun under Emperor Augustus and which Tiberius completed in 21, still pay testimony to its importance during Roman times.
Rimini became a municipality whilst under Byzantine domination during the XII century when new walls and monuments such as the Basilica of St. Agostino were erected. The enlightened lord Sigismondo Malatesta transformed the city into one of the most vibrant cultural centres of the peninsula by calling the greatest artists of the time to his court; some of these contributed to the most famous landmarks: the castle – a turreted fifteenth century fortress – and the temple. This latter masterpiece of Renaissance architecture houses extraordinary works, such as a fresco by Piero della Francesca in the cell of the Relics, a crucifix painted by Giotto and Vasari’s painting depicting St. Francis. With the fall of the Malatesta (XVI century), the town declined to a marginal role and remained under the influence of the Papal States until the unification of Italy.ART & CULTURE Courtesy ITALIA.it
Simon de Pury auctions Peter Lindbergh great black & white photo portraits. 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction on Saturday July 30 2016
FROM SIMON de PURY.
I am delighted to be conducting the 23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction on Saturday July 30 2016
The sale includes three amazing commissioned portraits by Peter Lindbergh, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin and Nan Goldin: Auctioned TODAY
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Feria de Jerez, Feria del Caballo, an important celebration in the Spanish municipality of Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.
Feria de Jerez, also known as Feria del Caballo is one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish municipality Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.
A Spanish Affair to remember
30 April – 7th May 2016.
Feria de Jerez, also known as Feria del Caballo is one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish municipality Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.
Feria de Jerez, Feria del Caballo, is one of the most important celebrations in the Spanish municipality Jerez de la Frontera, only comparable to Easter religious celebrations.
Castellucio di Norcia. Italy. Gentianella, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, clovers, sorrels. Our thanks to Fabiani Filippi & Gian Marco Tosti
Castellucio di Norcia . Italy. Gentianella, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, clovers, sorrels.
The setting for natural magic every year between the months of June and July. An enormous plateau set at 1,500 metres above sea level, which is usually barren, becomes an explosion of colours. As the profusion of wild flowers bloom. Gentianella, daffodils, violets, poppies, buttercups, clovers, sorrels.
We are in Castelluccio di Norcia, at the foot of the Sibillini Mountains, in a completely unspoilt area.
Our thanks to and courtesy Fabiani Filippi. & Gian Marco Tosti
JAMES HOLDSWORTH | SUMMER 2016
Because I’m Worth It, 2016, Mixed media on canvas, 61 x 76 cm
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Siena Estate Musicale Chigiana
This classical music festival is put on by the Accademia Musicale Chigiana and features renowned musicians as well as talented young players who are attending the academy’s summer school courses. Concerts take place all over Siena, in atmospheric venues including churches, palazzos, abbeys and historic theatres. Tickets are reasonably priced and can be bought via the academy’s website. Courtesy and with thanks Laura Weeden in Inspiration.& with thanks Ciao Citalia
Ravello, stunning hilltop town is famous for its stunning views and beautiful gardens, and is a popular day trip for those staying in Sorrento or on the Amalfi Coast. During the summer months, however, people often stick around until the evening, when the concerts of the Ravello Festival begin. Most performances take place at the beautiful Villa Rufolo, often with those famous views as a backdrop. You can buy tickets online or at the box office in Piazza Duomo. With thanks and courtesy Ciao Citalia. Laura Weeden in Inspiration
Unique Pied-à-Terre or Investment Opportunity
Property for Sale in the 7th Arrondissement
Saint Germain des Près Penthouse Terrasse
Size: 38 m2 (with 50m2 terrace) 7th Arrondissement
Property Type: Apartment. Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1. Floor: 5th (6th US)
Reduced! Penthouse Apartment with Large Terrasse
A unique penthouse apartment with a large terrasse right in the heart of the chic 7th arrondissement, five minute walk from Musée Rodin and Le Bon Marché. On the 5th floor with a elevator of a well maintained building, the apartment offers a large open living space, open kitchen, dressing room, shower room and a spectacular 50m2 terrace. Bathed in sunlight with unobstructed views over parks (facing south) this property makes a luxurious pied a terre or a high income rental investment (estimated rental value 3900 euros per month) after a light decoration. Courtesy & with thanks Susie VingtParis
The Bolchoi Ballet comes to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London for three 3 weeks from 25th July 2016
GIOVANNI SOLDINI AND THE MASERATI TRIMARAN. SIGHTS SET ON THE ROLEX MIDDLE SEA RACE, CO SPONSOR UnipolSai Assicurazioni.
The Italian yachtsman aboard the trimaran Maserati Multi70 for the 2016 season. With sights set on Rolex Middle Sea Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.
The 2016 season is getting underway on something of a high note for Giovanni Soldini and his partners with the move from their previous monohull to the new Maserati Multi70 trimaran. This faster, more modern craft will allow Soldini and his crew to tackle new records and compete in prestige competitions of the likes of the Rolex Middle Sea Race in October and the RORC Transatlantic Race in November.
Flanking Giovanni Soldini this new season are Maserati, returning as main sponsor for the fifth consecutive year, and UnipolSai Assicurazioni which will be playing a more prominent sponsorship role in the project than last season. Also renewing their support as official challenge suppliers are: Ermenegildo Zegna for clothing and Boero Bartolomeo S.p.A. which supplies hull paint and enamels.
After an extremely busy and satisfying three years that saw them clock up an impressive number of nautical miles with the monohull Maserati VOR70, Soldini and his team will henceforth be sailing aboard Maserati Multi70, a cutting-edge, very high performance trimaran capable of making extremely fast speeds. Stretching 21.2 metres in length and 16.8 in the beam with a 29-metre mast, Maserati Multi70 can rise up off the water on her rudders and foils, significantly reducing her wetted surface area to the benefit of performance. The trimaran was originally penned by the VPLP (Van Peteghem Lauriot-Prévost) studio and optimised by Team Gitana in collaboration with Guillaume Verdier.
“We are just starting to discover Maserati Multi70’s potential. The passage from Lorient gave us our first taste: it was a positive and very enlightening experience,” commented Giovanni Soldini.
“This craft’s innovative character is all down to her appendages. Team Gitana transformed the starboard side with an L-foil and got her flying but always in sheltered waters.
We are now trying to find out if and how it is possible to do the same in a moderate swell. Clearly that will involve a lot of research and development work that we’ve only just begun but what we’ve seen so far is really enthusing us already”.
Three challenges are scheduled for this season: a Monaco-Porto Cervo record attempt, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and RORC Transatlantic Race.
In September, Maserati Multi70 will be on stand-by in Monte Carlo for the perfect weather window for an attempt to set a new multi reference time between Monaco and Porto Cervo, a 195-nautical mile route. The current record is held by the monohull Esimit Europa 2 which covered the distance in 10 hours, 13 minutes and 42 seconds in 2012, making an average speed of 19 knots.
The second challenge of the season is also the most important as the Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of the great classic offshore races. Launched in 1968 and now on its 37th outing, it has attracted some of the leading names in international sailing over the years. The 608-nautical mile route starts and finishes from Malta and involves an anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily with the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, Pantelleria and Lampedusa to port of the fleet. The current race record was set by Rambler (USA) in 2007: she covered the 608 nautical miles in 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds.
Maserati Multi70’s third and final challenge of the year is the RORC Transatlantic Race, which starts from Lanzarote in the Canaries on November 26 and also marks her ocean debut. The fleet will cross the finish-line at Grenada in the Caribbean after around 3,000 nautical miles of sailing.
COURTESY AND WITH THANKS MASERATI. COPYRIGHT MASERATI SpA
– JULY 10: James McDonald rides Rouleau (R) to win The Commercial Property Law By Darbys Solicitors Nursery Handicap Stakes at Ascot racecourse on July 10, 2015 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) COURTESY AND WITH THANKS CHARLIE CROWHURST/Getty Images AND ASCOT RACE COURSE
Competitive racing is at the heart of the Friday of the King George VI Weekend, 2016, with a six-race card featuring the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes that commemorates the racing legend who won at no less than seven different Royal Meetings.
The Hommage Millesime 2 is one of last year’s most complicated watches – but it never showed its face until now
Followers of Roger Dubuis could well have been forgiven for writing 2016 off as an unremarkable year. The brand’s showing at SIHH focussed almost excusively on ladies’ watches, and the attention seemed to be on glamorous new iterations of existing (albeit impressive in their own right) skeletonised calibres.
And now this: the Hommage Millesime 2. It combines – deep breath – a split-seconds chronograph, a perpetual calendar with bi-retrograde date displays and a minute repeater. The combination of chronograph, calendar and chiming functions makes it a bona fide grande complication.
And… you will never see it. Very few people will. It is a unique piece, made for the American market, and it has already been sold to a New York collector. The watch was shown at the opening of Roger Dubuis’ first New York boutique last year, in fact, but wasn’t publicised any wider.
Why so rare? Quite apart from the intensely demanding nature of producing such a watch (even non-limited grande complications tend to be counted in the single digits), the Hommage Millesime 2 is a piece unique because only one movement exists.
The Millesime project is a restoration project at heart; complicated calibres from the late 19th and early 20th century have been sourced, re-built and re-designed in a style in-keeping with the brand (and in-keeping with the fact that Roger Dubuis himself began life as a restorer of pocket watches). The project was announced with the release of a pocket watch, mid-way through 2015. This also combined minute repeater, perpetual calendar and chronograph functions with retrograde displays, and clearly follows the same aesthetic approach. Every Millesime watch has also been finished to Poincon de Geneve standards (in line with everything else the brand produces). Courtesy and with thanks QPSalon
Take a look at the movement here – a thing of beauty that reminds us of the sensational hand-wound chronographs we photographed last year. Most visible is the chronograph mechanism, with the pincer-shaped split-seconds levers in the centre of the movement. Two column wheels are used, both capped with a top plate and large screw (Patek Philippe is one other brand to cap off its column wheels; most other brands like to leave them open).
To the right of the split-seconds column wheel (near where it says “Roger” on the case) is a hammer for the minute repeater; we would expect there to be a second hammer nearby but it’s not clear where. Also notable is the large balance wheel with several fine adjustment points. When possible, we will update this piece with more information from Roger Dubuis about the movement chosen for this watch.
The movement is signed in various places, reading “1/1”, “Forty Jewels”, “RD 180” (the new designation for the restored movement) and at least one further inscription we’re not clear on.
Feature extract With thanks and courtesy SalonQP Magazine
Thaddeus Ropac Galerie to open at Ely House, Mayfair, London 2017. With thanks and courtesy ArtNetNews
Apartment in Paris for sale Saint Germain des Pres. 2 bedrooms, 45 square metres, 595.000 euro. 19 july 2016.
ST GERMAIN DES PRES VAVIN. PARIS LEFT BANK
Price: €595 000
Size: 45 m2
PROPERTY FOR SALE
A beautiful 2-bedroom apartment located a few minutes from the iconic Jardins du Luxembourg. A perfect candidate for a Parisian pied-a-terre or a high-income rental investment, the property has windows facing west, air conditioning, a working fireplace, ceiling fan, fully equipped kitchen and two spacious bedrooms. The apartment is situated on the first floor of a classic end of 19th century building with an elevator and a basement. The building and the apartment offer complete silence and relaxation right in the heart of historic Paris. Rental estimate: 2900 € per month.
• Full of light
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• No renovation needed
• Building in great condition
• Direct train to Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and Gare du Nord train station
• Perfect for pied-à-terre or high-income rental.
The 6th arrondissement is, above all things, inspiring. Saint Germain has been at the centre of French intellectual life, with scholars, artists, existentialists, bohemians, and politicians. Its shaded avenues and quiet side streets with their cheerful cafés on the Boulevard Saint‐Germain. Intellectuals and the glitterati mingle with scruffy writers at the Café de Flore and Lipp…
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Croatia Govt implements new regulations on super yachts over 45 metres, SuperYachtNewsCom reports, by Rory Jackson, courtesy & with thanks.
Appointed Croatian agent mandatory for vessels over 45m
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The Croatian government has implemented a new regulation that requires all superyachts over 45m to appoint a local agent, should they wish to cruise in Croatian territorial waters. This new regulation is an extension of the European Union’s Directive 2002/59/EC, a directive that previously only applied to commercial vessels in Croatia.
Directive 2002/59/EC aims to improve maritime safety, port and maritime security, environmental protection and pollution preparedness by efficiently monitoring maritime traffic and transport. The implementation of Directive 2002/59/EC in Croatia requires vessels, now including yachts over 45m, to be monitored by the Croatian Maritime Information System (CIMIS), which can only be used by registered Croatian marine agents.
This latest iteration of European maritime law could not come at a less opportune moment with the Mediterranean season in full swing. Had the change been implemented before the season began, headaches may well have been avoided.
“As of now, if a superyacht over 45m arrives at any Croatian port without an agent, the customs office will not grant it clearance,” explains Dorijan Dujmic, a representative from BWA’s Croatian office.
This small, and otherwise benign, change of regulation should, in theory, cause very little disruption to the Croatian superyacht market. However, this is dependent on charter brokers, yacht management teams and captains being informed in a timely and concise manner to ensure errors are avoided in Croatian waters and the necessary agencies are contacted in advance. With thanks courtesy SuperYachtNewsCom Rory Jackson.
EU finance ministers get tough with Italian bank trying for third bailout
EU rules forbid troubled Tuscan bank Monte dei Paschi from receiving state aid, but its collapse would cause a political crisis for prime minister Matteo Renzi
Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank in Siena. Shares in the bank have fallen by 80% in the past year. Photograph: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images
Stephanie Kirchgaessner. With courtesy and with thanks
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The idea of modern banking was born in Siena in 1624, when the Medici Grand Duke decided to guarantee accounts held at Monte dei Paschi, the world’s oldest bank, with the proceeds of pasture he held in the Maremma in south-western Tuscany.
Nearly 400 years later, the principle established by the Tuscan ruler – that account holders and investors are protected by the state – lies at the heart of a crisis at Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) that is worrying financial markets around the world.
Analysis Quiet crisis: why battle to prop up Italy’s banks is vital to EU stability
Forget Brexit or Grexit, €360bn of bad loans within a fragmented Italian banking sector could be the biggest threat of all
The country’s third-largest lender has already been bailed out twice in modern Italian history but is likely to need a third multibillion-euro intervention by the Italian government – a move that would need Brussels to break new rules designed to prevent such taxpayer bailouts after the 2008 global financial crisis.
So the question of who will pay for the inevitable rescue of MPS, whose share value has fallen 80% over the past year, has yet to be answered.
Three weeks after the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union shocked the markets, a debate over the fate of MPS and the economic and political repercussions of inaction is raging from Rome to Brussels and Paris to Berlin.
The welfare of thousands of Italian households is at stake, as well as the political fortune of Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, who is facing the toughest political challenge of his career. It is also testing Italy’s credibility among foreign investors.
“There is no way they will let the bank go and create a systemic effect,” said Wolfango Piccoli, co-president of Teneo Intelligence. “The mechanics are still unclear but there will be a third bailout of Monte dei Paschi.”
The bank’s financial problems are neither new nor surprising. According to the IMF, Italian banks have €360bn (£300bn) of non-performing loans – loans that are likely to turn into bad debts – mostly taken out by small Italian businesses battered by years of recession. Italy returned to growth in 2015 but the improvements are only modest and this week the IMF said the country’s GDP was not likely to return to pre-crisis levels until the mid-2020s.
Unlike the US, Spanish and Irish financial crises, the Italian banking crisis is not the result of a speculative property bubble. While other issues have exacerbated the turmoil at Monte dei Paschi’s – including a poorly judged €9bn acquisition – the primary reason the bank is in trouble is because it doled out billions of euros in loans to small businesses at a time when the scale of the recession facing Italy was gravely underestimated.
From 2007 to 2013, Italy lost about a quarter of its industrial production and tens of thousands of companies collapsed. In 2013 more than 150 shops closed every day. Construction and home sales slumped and none of the sectors has recovered fast enough.
“These are all problems that are well known and have existed for years. The government – not just this one but the previous one – should have acted earlier,” said Vincenzo Scarpetta, an analyst at Open Europe.
Now the collapse of Monte dei Paschi’s shares, coupled with concern brought on by Brexit and fears that the Siena bank will fail a vital bank stress test on 29 July, has forced Italy’s hand: the banks need a bailout of about €45bn – a sum that most experts argue cannot be raised from investors.
Italian banks under pressure as Popolare di Vicenza IPO fails
During years of inaction by successive Italian governments, the country’s banks missed a critical window of opportunity. They are now subject to European banking regulations that would force the bank’s bondholders to take a significant hit before the state can inject funds. About a third of those bondholders are ordinary Italians.
Renzi’s government has already had a bitter taste of how badly the crisis could go if Italian pensioners were wiped out by the new rules. Last November the prime minister passed a decree in which four regional banks were saved. While depositors and senior bondholders were protected in the deal, thousands of junior bondholders were wiped out, leading one pensioner to commit suicide and a political backlash against Renzi.
But Brussels has so far shown little interest in the domestic economic risks and the potential for political backlash.
Last month Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said that the EU would not veer from the new rules. Renzi retorted that he was in no mood to be “given a lesson by the schoolteacher”.
Earlier this week Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch finance minister and the head of Eurogroup, the informal grouping of EU’s finance ministers, downplayed the extent of Italy’s banking woes. “There have always been and will always be bankers who say: ‘We need more public money to recapitalise our banks’ and I will resist that very strongly because it is, again and again, hitting the taxpayer,” he said.
Dijsselbloem was partly responding to Deutsche Bank’s David Folkerts-Landau, who has argued that Brussels needs a €150bn bailout to begin a major recapitalisation of European banks. Analysts in Italy have raised questions about the huge UniCredit and local banks Rimini and Cesena.
Renzi holds an important card in this fight. His Democratic party is the only major political party in Italy that has shown unwavering support for the euro and the EU. His biggest rival, the populist Five Star Movement, is gaining traction following two big wins in local elections in Rome and Turin and could displace Renzi if the prime minister fails to win a critical referendum in the autumn on his sweeping constitutional reforms. He has sworn to resign if the referendum fails.
While the constitutional reforms and the banking crisis are not directly linked, Brussels is keenly aware that support for any Renzi initiative will be guided by voters’ view of the economy.
“If Italians lose faith in the banking sector it is a huge problem because going after the banks has always been a big card of the Five Star Movement,” said Piccoli.
“If something goes badly wrong with the banks – like a run – it would potentially bring down Renzi’s government because [it has] been saying the banks are solid.”
The Guardian Stephanie Kirchgaessner. 15/07/2016. With courtesy and with thanks
Versace true to form dramatic glam chic sexy for Fall 2016.
ARQANA prepares their catalogues for the Deauville race horse sales that take place in July & August each year.
VICTOIRE DES BORDE, F.09 Antarctique x Miss Berry (lot 220 )Presented by Feancois Marie Cottin.
Présentée par François-Marie Cottin en tant que pouliche sortant de l’entraînement, Victoire des Borde a réalisé une carrière remarquable. Multiple lauréate et placée de Listed, elle a également remporté le Prix Jean Stern (Gr.2) et la troisième place du Prix Ferdinand Dufaure (Gr.1) à Auteuil. En plus de ses performances sur la piste, VICTOIRE DES BORDE possède une grande valeur résiduelle pour l’élevage puisqu’elle n’est autre que la propre sœur de la championne UTOPIE DES BORDES, lauréate du Prix Maurice Gillois (Gr.1).
U.S. Army Ranger gunning for The Investec Derby Epsom 4th June 2016. With thanks to the Cambridge News
Christie’s Jewels Online features a broad selection of vintage, retro and Art Deco jewelry, including designs by Buccellati, Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and David Webb. With over 190 lots on offer and bidding starting below $2,000, this online auction includes an exceptional range of jewels that would make the perfect addition to any collection. June 3-13 2016. courtesy Christies. copyright Christies. with thanks.
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The OECD Forum on June 1st launched their important Latin American & Caribbean Regional Programme.
Parmigiani marks 20th birthday with stunning Tonda rattrapante chronograph January 19, 2016 Parmigiani-Tonda-chronograph-2016. Haute Horloger par excellence, Parmigiani Fleurier, including split-seconds chronograph, powered by a new, totally integrated movement.
Images with thanks courtesy SalonQP
Montmartre Paris studio, ideal for student, offered for sale by Vingt Paris Estate Agent. January 2016
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Etreham haras, Embellishment, top Lot 177 sells for 900.000. euro. Arqana mares sales Deauville sat 5th December 2015
Vacherin & Constantin. 57 complications, Amazing Swiss watch. Every complication you ever hoped for…..
Meissen Group dated 1743, artist Johann Joachim Kaendler. Featured at Fischer Auktionhaus Trappensee Schlosschen
Via Egnatia. Ancient Roman route from Italy to Istanbul. Historian Bettany Hughes discusses how the Via Egnatia helped to shape Europe & the Middle east. A still fascinating tale…. Radio 4, commencing December 4th 2015.
QP. And the name? It’s from the abbreviation for Quantième Perpétuel, the French term for “perpetual calendar”. QP is all about the long view and the highest standards.
Bentley Continental GT. New model out, sure to please the rich discerning clientele in China, India & Russia
Model: Audi R8 V10 plus Photo
Engine: 5.2 litre, V10 petrol
Power: 601hp, 560Nm
Max speed: 205mph
MPG (combined): 23.0mpg
Not shown. The R8 V10 Spyder is the convertible version of Audi ‘s mid-engined, 10-cylinder R8 super car. As with its fixed-roof sibling, the R8 V10 Spyder is based on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo and features an excellent balance of extreme performance and docile around-town driving manners. For those seeking a more affordable everyday exotic, Audi offers coupe and drop-top versions of the R8 with a V8.
17th Century Master Rare gem by Roelandt Savery presented at Frieze Masters by Salomon Lillian Galerie, Amsterdam.
Qatar L’Arc de Triomphe race exclusive video images, below, at Longchamps below. Paris famous LONGCHAMPS race course hosts one of the most glamorous days on the sporting calendar. After the 2015 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, work will start on a project that owner France Galop, the organisation that runs French horse racing, hopes will transform the appearance of the historic horse racing venue and secure its financial future. Architect Dominique Perrault’s futuristic new stand design incorporates “transparent shelves,” for better viewing. Longchamps in the Bois de Boulogne, an 850-hectare public park. The new building and overall redesign is costing €130 million ($145 million).
Exclusive video images taken at Longchamps racecourse below. Qatar l’Arc de Triomphe meeting 2015.
HILLARY CLINTON’s FUNDRAISER. “The deck is stacked” Exclusive Daily Mail Feature. Courtesy Daily Mail LAURA COLLINS FOR DAILY MAIL.COM article published 24th August 2015.
Hillary Clinton has announced her intention to ‘shuffle the pack’ to help the beleaguered middle classes but when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s own fundraising efforts the deck seems pretty firmly stacked in favour of the rich and powerful.
These exclusive pictures taken by Daily Mail Online show guests arriving at the Water Mill, Long Island home of Selma and Artie Rabin who hosted a fundraiser for Mrs Clinton on Saturday evening. Rabin is an apparel company magnate and the co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team.
Mrs Clinton arrived first with her entourage in a blacked out SUV that turned out to be by far the most modest car of the day.
While some guests opted for a limousine drop off, a Maserati, a Bentley, a vintage Mercedes worth $150,000, a Jaguar and a Porsche were among the impressive array of luxury cars to roll up at the Rabins’ imposing home. Photo Macfarlanes for MailOnline.com
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Beyonce lands Vogue cover September 2015. Beyonce stuns Cannes red carpet arrival……photo courtesy Timothy A. Clary. AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Watts of Westminster, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Watts passementerie, superlative braids and tassels trim beautiful damasks, hand blocked wallpapers……..
Paris Apt/ pied-à-terre for sale 395.000. euros in an 17th century building in a sought after historic part of Paris…….
Henry & James top London Estate Agents have an impressive choice of prime Belgravia real estate opportunities, however, we have selected this pied-à-terre off the Fulham Road asking price £450.000.
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Pan American Bloodstock Conference being organised in 2015. Attend or Sponsor;- more info & contact details:- Elizabeth email:-firstname.lastname@example.org
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Venezie Venice Festival della Madonna della Salute. Popular Venetian Winter Festival 21 November 2014.
My Latin Lover. Luca Desiata in Roma. Brilliant idea of a crossword magazine in Latin. Boris eat your heart out….
Tuesday’s Children Benefit at the Bodega de la Haba an evening of Art. Thanx Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi for the invite.
Patek Philippe created in 1932 the 24 Complications the super complication watch made for Henry Graves Jr. A New York banker. It cost $15.000 in 1932, auctioned by Sotheby’s Geneva Nov 2014. For Swiss Francs 20.000.000. What a gain in 82 years…..
Paris. Picasso museum is close to this large 100 square metre Apartment to rent. Historic Paris, Marais, Hotel de Sully & Hotel de Thorigny – Picasso museum, Place des Vosges, & river Seine within walking distance.
Patek Philippe. 175th Anniversary Grandmaster Chime.Men’s wristwatch with v.complicated movement for serious Collectors.
Elegant Rental Montorgueil Rue du Jour – Available from January 2015
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Vienna Galerie Sanct Lucas. Presents stunning unpublished picture by Willem Van de Velde the Younger, at Regents Park London. Frieze Masters Art Exhibition 15-19 October 2014.
Vienna. Wienerroither & Kohlbacher Galerie Vienna selection. @ Frieze Masters London 15-19 October 2014
Sothebys Autumn Auction. Tiffany & Co. Paris, “Oiseau de Paradis”, fantastic jewelled brooch,designed by Jean Schlumberger. Photo courtesy Stern Vogue Conde Nast. Wings of love…
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Cartier Panthere 100th Anniversary 2014. Cartier Haute Joaillerie create a new collection inspired by this timeless theme.
JAGUAR XE. Waiting to pounce. Jaguar’s exciting & innovative new car being launched tomorrow in London 8th September 2014, at a glitzy party in London.
Chateau near Tours in the historic chateau region of France. Modernised 12 beds & 12 bathrooms. 4.900.000 euro.
Monte Carlo.Hotel de Paris. Christies, in association with the Russian Bank Zenit, host a Private Selling Exhibition 17th-24th August 2014.
TATTERSALL FAIRY TALE. BOUGHT FOR 800 GUINEAS AT TATTERSALLS BECOMES STAR RACE HORSE WINNING A GROUP 1 RACE AT ARLINGTON.
Ferrari 250 GTO smashes its way into the records, sold at auction for US$38.1 million. Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction.
Stud Farm. Haras La Reboursiere et La Montaigu. Present future race horses at the Arqana Deauville August Auction. 16-18 August 2014.
Legacy Investments in France. Fiscal advantages. Information & brochures available direct from the World class Constructor.
Gimignano,Tuscany, Italy. Vineyard and buildings for sale, including 15 renovated apartments. Price quoted 5.181.000. euros
Porto Cervo. Italy in the summer. Costa Esmeralda Sardinia, Porto Cervo, blue seas, blue skies, farniente & summer in Italy.
Martina Franca. Italy in the Summer. Martina Franca in the Puglia region of Italy. Opera Festival, Festival della Valle d’Itria 12-31 July 2014.
Catherine Deneuve French film star. 18th century Normandy Chateau up for sale. 45 kms west of Paris in the Eure.
Knightsbridge. Chelsea Flower Show, a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, and the facades of Chelsea’s stores drip with exotic floral decorations
Ancient Greek Antiquities. Baron Bornemisza-Thyssen de Kaszon opens Kallos Gallery May 15th 2014 in London’s Mayfair.
Chanel in Saint Tropez.Chanel, for the 5th year running, launches its glamourous pop-up shop in the luxurious fin de siecle Villa La Mistralee.
Bulgari donates 1.500.000.euros to renovate the Trinita DEI Monti- the Spanish Steps in Rome. To mark the jeweller Bulgari’s 130th anniversary
Watts Ravenna hand blocked wallpapers produced in England for glamourous Heritage Houses & Stately Homes.
Rare 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus sports racing car that won at Silverstone in 1954, driven by Argentinian racing Legend Jose Gonzalez. 375-Plus to be auctioned by Bonhams. Auction Collector Motor Cars 27th June 2014. During Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Faberge. From Russia with Love. Rediscovered lost Faberge egg. A gift from Tsar Alexander 111 to Empress Maria Feodorovna Easter 1887. On show at Court Jewellers Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, Mayfair, 14-17th April 2014.
Christies Rockefeller Plaza, New York. Magnificent Jewels sale, 16th April 2014. Rene Boivin. Cartier. Tiffany & Co.Van Cleef & Arpels. Harry Winston.
Adventure in one of the World’s most fascinating regions, Latin America.
Hyatt Hotel Park, Mendoza. Argentina. To the east of the Andes, 600 miles (1000 kms) west of Buenos Aires, 1 hour 45 minutes by plane.
Hosts one of Latin America’s most successful & popular Gambling Casinos & a State of the Art Spa .
The city of Mendoza is set in the rolling vineyards & olive groves of the Mendoza region of Argentina,with views of the snow capped Andes. A comfortable hotel in a famous building, one of the most impressive of the exciting city hotels, in Argentina, the Park Hyatt Mendoza has a prize location on the beautiful & historic Plaza Independencia.
The Plaza Park hotel is a subtle combination of the new and the old. The protected facade of the old building has been maintained, the inside gutted to install a modern interior.
FOR SALE. FAMOUS STUD FARM IN FRANCE. TAX BENEFITS. GOOD PRIZE MONEY & PREMIUMS. STUD FARM WITH SUPERB MODERN AMENITIES. SET IN ROLLING GREEN COUNTRYSIDE NOT FAR FROM PARIS.
Australian Investment in French Horse Racing to increase with new syndicate. Under the care of M. Alain Royer du Pre, trainer to Prince Aga Khan, since 1984.
1 bedroom flat for sale, Chelsea Embankment. In a prestigious, landmark red brick building, chic 1 bedroom garden apartment. Close to Chelsea & the river Thames, with Battersea Park just across Albert bridge.
House in Knightsbridge. Harrods, Harvey Nichols within easy walking distance. Reconstructed period house for sale. 2 large receptions, 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Hyde Park within 5 minutes walk.
Butchoff Antiques celebrates its 50th Anniversary & for the 1st time opens at the prestigious Palm Beach, Florida, Jewelry, Art & Antiques Fair. 14-18 February 2014.
Butchoff Antiques celebrates its 50th Anniversary and for the first time opens at the prestigious Palm Beach, Florida Jewelry, Art & Antiques Fair, 14-18 February 2014.
Butchoff, one of London’s most well known Antiques dealers located on Kensington Church Street, is presenting a selection of outstanding pieces of Decorative European furniture, that could grace a Royal Palace or a famous museum, such as the Wallace Collection. Shown here is an outstanding Morel and Seddon table made for Windsor castle. Made in unusual Amboyna, an exotic hardwood sourced from an island in the South East pacific. With ormolu gilt bronze mounts, rising from ormolu scroll feet cast with lotus ornaments. There is an excellent Royal provenance for this rare table. The table was ordered in King George 1V’s reign (1762-1830) King George 1V, as the flamboyant Prince of Wales, would probably have known Nicolas Morel who made furniture for the Prince’s glittering & gilded Brighton Pavilion. Morel joined forces with George Seddon (London Cabinet Maker) in 1827. The famous Windsor Commission, a large collection of bespoke furniture, of which this rare table was a part, was ordered in 1828. Archive Documents show that the Windsor Commission was worth a phenomenal £200.000.
145.000. Guineas paid for Sovereign Debt (IRE). Top price ever paid for a colt or a gelding @ Tattersalls February Sale 2014. Buoyant Market for future champion race horses
Mayfair. £163.461.500 realised at the Impressionist, Modern & Surrealist Auction Sothebys London 5th February 2014.
London Auction house, Christies, King Street. £34.802.500. for a Juan Gris painting. 4th February 2014.
Eurostar & Thalys. APT for sale Paris 8th, central location, easy access to hi-speed train links to Europe, & minutes walk away from Gare St Lazare & trains to Deauville. Investment opportunity. Quartier de l’Europe. Within walking distance, Opera Garnier, La Bourse & Fbg St Honore. renovation required.
Giselle @ Royal Opera House Covent Garden. Russian Ballerina Natalia Osipova……..magical in the lead role alongside Carlos Acosta, Giselle live performance will be streamed in 1300 cinemas across the World monday 27th January 2014
Detroit Motor Show 2014, Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z06 premieres. General Motors unveils stealth star, 625 horsepower…….
Horse racing 2nd most popular spectator sport in UK. The Orient Lucky City Complex & Horse Racing prospects in Mainland China ………….
SKI Avoriaz.Popular French ski resort Real Estate investment opportunities offered by www.crownandstone.com Excellent location with views over Switzerland.
Courchevel. Le Jardin Alpin, new luxury hotel “L’Apogee Courchevel” has just opened 13th December 2013. Courchevel situated in the heart of the popular 600 kms 3 Vallees skiing domaine in the French Alps.
New York. Christies & Sothebys “American Art” Auctions draw in Buyers from around the World Dec 2013.
Deauville. France. Buyers from Australia, America, Japan, Qatar,& Chile attend Arqana race horse breeding stock sales. December 2013.
Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Notting Hill. Prime London property locations for Kering chief, Francois Henri Pinault & his film star wife Salma Hayek. Reports The Sunday Times.
Tattersalls December Brood Mare Auctions. At an astounding 4.7 million guineas Foreign Buyers set records in investing in future race horses.
New York photographer, Richard Silver has captured a stunning series of breathtaking “Vertical Churches”.
Jennifer Aniston wears Faraone Mennella hoop earrings.As worn in Sex & the City American cult TV show.
Atomic pocket watch. Hoptroff, London watchmaker, teams up with Symmetricom for the fascinating first ever atomic powered pocket watch.
Avoriaz. Popular French ski resort, just over 5 hours by TGV Hi speed train from Paris Gare de Lyon train station.
Tuscany.14th century Tuscan Villa & Chianti vineyards, & olive groves, reportedly for sale,50 million euros price tag is mentioned. 160 acres Chianti wine estate, & olive groves.
MASERATI baby Quattro porte sedan, first 10.000 off the production line in new Turin plant. 12th November 2013.
Jaeger Lecoultre Vintage 1950’s Galaxy Mystery 17 jewel, automatic mens wristwatch, to be auctioned by Waddingtons Canada on 3rd December 2013.
Speake Marin men’s wrist watch preselected for the Grand Prix Horlogerie de Geneve, ahead of the November 15 2013, final selection prize giving ceremony.
Switzerland, Basle. Rare 1st century Egyptian Mask of a Mummy.Jean David Cahn, Ancient Art Auction 9th November 2013.
Bulgari “Serpenti” in diamonds. Bulgari launch their scintillating ad campaign in Rome, with Madame Carla Bruni Sarkozy, wife of the former French President, M.Nicholas Sarkozy.
Jaeger Lecoultre Legendary Hybris Mechanica 55 mens wristwatch. A trilogy delivered with its custom made 1200 kgs safe. Price on application.
American “Pin Up Girls” giant Calendars from the 1940’s & 1960’s. Waddingtons Canada Auction Nov 11-14.2013
Bulgari Heritage Collection.Elizabeth Taylor wearing her Bulgari Jewellery. The Art of Bulgari exhibition.”La Dolce Vita & Beyond”. San Francisco de Young Fine Arts Museum. September 21st 2013 – 17th February 2014.
Rene Boivin fish pendant, circa 1971. Christies Geneva Auction. Magnificent Jewels. 12th November 2013.
Emile Galle Music Cabinet circa 1903 in the Art Nouveau/Art Deco auction. Quittenbaum Auktion Munich 5th November 2013.
Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2, sold for $US 255.750. September 18th 2013, by Antiquorum Auctions New York.
Deauville Autumn Yearling Race Horses Auction. Excellent results, with a turnover of over 15 million euros. October 2013.
Immortal Verse. Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes, & at Deauville Prix le Marois. Tattersalls December 2013 Sale.
Cartier, Chaumet, Van Cleef & Arpels, Rene Boivin…..Christies Geneva. Magnificent Jewels Auction 12th November 2013
Lady Arpels Ballerina Enchantee, one of the ‘Poetry of Time” ™ diamond decorated ladies watch collection. Van Cleef & Arpels, Geneva store on 31 rue du Rhone refurbished, & Zurich store to open.
Thomas Struth, German Photographer born 1954. Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction,Christies, King Street, London. 18th october 2013.
Jose Romussi Chilean artist, working in Berlin. Strarta Fair. Saatch Gallery Duke of York Square, Chelsea London.
Zac Freeman’s Mixed Media Work presented by Woolff Galerie at Strarta Pre Frieze Fair,Saatchi, Duke of Yorks Square.
A.Lange & Sohne. Limited Edition of 15 for this exquisite men’s perpetual calendar wrist watch. QP Watch Fair Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery at Duke of York Sq Chelsea London. 7-9 November 2013.
A.Lange & Sohne. Exclusive German Watchmakers. Showing QP Watch Fair Saatchi & Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s Square, Chelsea London
“Art of the Automobile” RM Auctions with Sothebys Manhattan New York. Classic Car Auction coming up 21st November 2013.
Boucheron celebrates 126 years in Place Vendome, Paris, with a sparkling new Haute Joaillerie Collection. Hotel Lumiere.
Emilio Pucci new Palazzo Concept boutique opens on Avenue Montaigne, Paris. Boutiques to open before end 2014 in Shanghai, Pekin, Kiev & Bakou
Sumptuous new Palazzo Pucci opens Avenue Montaigne, Paris. New Palazzo Concept Pucci boutiques planned for Shanghai & Pekin.
Picasso “Tete de Femme”, circa 1935. Sothebys New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Auction, lot 16, 6/11/13.
Noir sur Noir. Outstanding visuals for Louis Vuitton S/S 14 Finale. Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director, Marc Jacobs announces he is to leave, after 16 years building the Brand into a Worldwide fashion phenomenon.
Champion race horse Cirrus des Aigles wins for a third time the Qatar Prix Dollar, at the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Festival at Longchamp race course in Paris.
Audemars Piguet’s ladies watch “Tourbillon”, as Audemars launches their AD campaign aimed at their ladies clientele.
Paolo Sorrentino’s film “La Grande Bellazza”. Presented at the Cannes Film Festival, 2013, Italian film opens to acclaim in London.
Hilton Istanbul Bomonte opens in February 2014. Hilton Worldwide has over 10.000 rooms in Turkey operational or under development.
One and Only Hotel The Palm Dubai. Splendid lighting effects by Preciosa Lighting Czech crystal glass
New York’s Museum of Art & Design. Fascinating show of vintage Fashion Jewellery until January 20/2014.
5 Star Eden Hotel in Roma will become part of the Dorchester Collection. In a deal worth an estimated 105 million euros.
Tom Ford S/S 14. Glam Rock Disco Looks. Leather,Lace & Paillettes. Short ankle boots. London Fashion Week.
Precision & Splendor Exhibition, Clocks & Watches @ The Frick Collection New York until 2nd February 2014.
Carine Roitfeld recently appointed Global Fashion Director of Harpers Bazaar. A reach of 11 million readers.
Gorgeous Cate Blanchette. Claridges Hotel, Mayfair, London, hosts exhibition, “Midnight@Noon”. Drawings of glamchic Claridges visitors. Fashion Artist in residence, David Downton.
Claridges Hotel London.BBC Radio1 popular DJ Fearne Cotton launches new on line fashion collection for www.very.co.uk
Claridges Hotel London sees popular BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton launch her new on line fashion collection for very.co.uk
Jaguar launch new concept C-X17 SUV, in aluminium. Frankfurt International Motor Show 10- 22 September 2013.
Shocking pink Vespa decorated by Contemporary Artist Simon Periton. Lot 735 to be auctioned at Christies South Ken, Tues 10th September 2013.