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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Andre Fabre

Andre Fabre at Deauville  Hippodrome races Sunday 31st August 2016.

Deauville hippodrome, set in the middle of this charming French  seaside town, enjoyed a perfect summer’s day. Top notch horse racing, with some of Europe’s most impressive horses, Trainers & jockeys.

The Prix de Cabourg had a very exciting finish with H. Al Maktoum’s Alrahma, trained by  Freddy Head, jockey A. Lemaitre,  beating off Fixette, and the Andre Fabre trained horse North Thunder into 3rd place,  jockey G,Benoist.

Qemah trained by J.C. Rouget & ridden by C.Soumillon,  beat off a strong field for the Prix de Rothschild. Total prize money for this race is 300.000 euro. Esoterique coming in 4th for Andre Fabre.

In the Prix de la Huderie, Andre Fabre’s horse Qassem arrived in second place for a very thrilling race finish  for owner Al Shaqab Racing. Deauville Hippodrom racing organised by France Galop.

 

Deauville 31st july 2016

Qemah: beat Alice Springs in the Coronation Stakes  ASCOT PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

Courtesy & with thanks. Scott Burton’s sharp report for RACING POST

Qemah and Alice Springs renew rivalry in France
BY SCOTT BURTON 6:15PM 30 JUL 2016

Preview: Deauville, Sunday

Prix Rothschild (Group 1) 1m, fillies and mares, 3yo+

CORONATION STAKES rivals Qemah and Alice Springs spearhead a powerful three-year-old challenge in one of the strongest editions of this race since it was granted Group 1 status in 2004.

A strong interview follows with trainer Jean Claude Rouget

RELATED LINKS IN SCOTT BURTON’s REPORT Pre race Deauville 31st July 2016
Prix Rothschild card
Qemah came out on top at Royal Ascot but Alice Springs was forced to go the long way round after Ryan Moore found his route barred, before taking a while to get re-balanced and flying home for third.

Alice Springs banished those memories in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, however, where she clocked a new course record.

Alice Springs is a general 3-1 chance to gain revenge on her Royal Ascot conqueror, while Qemah just heads the betting at 5-2.

Prix Rothschild’s other main contenders run down feature in Scott Burton’s succinct report

In brief:-Lumiere trained by Mark Johnston Last year’s winner Amazing Maria returns, as does the previous year’s winner Esoterique. Deauville Touques races organised by FRANCE GALOP

 

 

 

 

 

Sporting Life . Lumiere Newmarket. Ladies Day.

Sporting Life . Lumiere running at Newmarket. Ladies Day.

Sporting Life reports

“Andre Fabre is delighted with the shape of Esoterique in her attempt to regain her Prix Rothschild crown at Deauville on Sunday.

After having captured the Group One prize in 2014, the six-year-old missed last year’s race in favour of a shot at the Prix Maurice de Gheest, in which she finished second.

Esoterique has this season failed to hit her best form in two starts, having been beaten at odds-on on her return at Deauville before trailing home last in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

Courtesy and with thanks Sporting Life. Racing at Deauville Touques race course organised by France Galop.

 

Don Quixote.

Don Quixote.

Margarita Shrainer performing as Kitri in Don Quixote CREDIT: PAUL GROVER.

Courtesy and with thanks

Bolshoi Ballet’s  stupendous version of the delightful Don Quixote ballet at Covent Garden, Summer 2016.

 

 

Verona

Verona

Verona. Every summer, Verona hosts its world-famous opera festival in its magnificent Roman amphitheatre. With a huge seating capacity of 20,000 spectators per evening, a great stage and impressive acoustics, it’s little wonder the festival is one of the highlights of the operatic calendar. The operas to be performed this year include Carmen, La Traviata and Aida. Find out more about the Verona Opera Festival in our online guide.

With courtesy and with thanks Ciao Citalia. Courtesy & with thanks Laura Weeden in Inspiration.

 

 

Lucca

Lucca

Running throughout the month of July, Lucca’s Summer Festival is the main music festival in Tuscany, boasting an impressive line-up of some of the most influential artists in the industry. The festival is made up of several concerts which take place in the open-air Piazza Napoleone. Last year saw sets from the likes of Elton John, John Legend, Robbie Williams, Snoop Dog, and Bob Dylan, while 2016′s line-up already features Simply Red and Anastasia. Tickets are available online or at the box offices in Piazza del Giglio and Piazza San Michele. With thanks and courtesy Ciao Citalia. Laura Weeden in Inspiration

 

 

 

Giovanni Soldini.

Giovanni Soldini.

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.

Co-Sponsor UnipolSai Assicurazioni. Text & Photo Courtesy and with thanks Maserati.  Copyright Maserati SpA

 

 

 

ISEO

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Italy’s Lake Iseo was reimagined. The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude The Floating Piers Project for Lake Iseo, Italy. Photographs Wolfgang Volz. From June 18 to July 3, 2016, Italy’s Lake Iseo was re-imagined. The Floating Piers consisted of 100,000 square meters of shimmering yellow fabric, carried by a modular dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes floating on the surface of the water. Copyright, Courtesy and with thanks Christo and Jeanne-Claude and TASCHEN ART Publishing.

 

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Lake Iseo with the town of Sulzano in the foreground, the island of Monte Isola on the right and the island of San Paolo on the left Photo: Wolfgang Volz

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Christo The Floating Piers (Project for Lake Iseo, Italy) Drawing 2014 in two parts 15 x 96″ and 42 x 96″ (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm) Pencil, charcoal, pastel, wax crayon, enamel paint, topographic map, fabric sample and tape Photo: André Grossmann © 2014 Christo Ref. # 1-2014

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The town of Sulzano, Lake Iseo Photo: Wolfgang Volz

 

 

Nastio Mosquito, WEorNOT (Nastivicious’ Temple #1) (2016). Courtesy of Fondazione Prada. A few days ago in Milan, Italy, the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, who is also the founder of Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence, was a keynote speaker at the yearly conference of International Council of Museums (ICOM). In a video-link message he delivered the following pearl: “In the future,” he said, “we need small and economical museums that address our humanity.” At the year-old Fondazione Prada this summer, it’s a case of shared humanity—but in a highly uneconomical envelope. Related: Take a Look Inside Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s New Fondazione Prada Not exactly a small museum, the 23-year-old Fondazione Prada’s 120,000-square-foot permanent venue in Milan (the foundation also has a palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal) is sited at a former distillery in the decidedly industrial south side of the world’s most fashionable city. Predictably, it was designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas, who has also built stores for the fashion giant in New York and Los Angeles. Koolhaas’s sober design is the opposite of the kind of flashy architecture recently revealed at other private museums around the world—consider Frank Gehry’s ditched sailboat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s rhomboid with a veil at the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles. Additionally, the Fondazione’s sole patrons— Miuccia Prada and her partner Patrizio Bertelli—are not venture philanthropists in the mold of Eli Broad and Bernard Arnault. Not only does the couple give the appearance of being kinder, gentler billionaires, they have consistently declared their commitment to making their foundation “an expression of [artistic] freedom.” As Prada and Bertelli told the Financial Times last year, the pair is not looking to collaborate with artists to upscale their primary business (like Louis Vuitton’s rebranding campaigns with artists Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama); also, they are definitely not searching for the art world’s approval. “The idea of the foundation,” they have stated, “is that it represents something significant, a proper act of research.” The institution, Bertelli has added, actively shuns go-along agreement: “It is against consensus. Looking for consensus is a form of mediocrity, and that is one of the worst of human weaknesses.”

Nastio Mosquito, WEorNOT (Nastivicious’ Temple #1) (2016). Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.Courtesy ArtNet News and with thanks WEorNOT (Nastivicious’ Temple #1) (2016). Courtesy of Fondazione Prada.Courtesy ArtNet News and with thanks

Milan, in Italy, A few days ago, the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk, who is also the founder of Istanbul’s Museum of Innocence, was a keynote speaker at the yearly conference of International Council of Museums (ICOM). In a video-link message he delivered the following pearl: “In the future,” he said, “we need small and economical museums that address our humanity.” At the year-old Fondazione Prada this summer, it’s a case of shared humanity—but in a highly uneconomical envelope.
Related: Take a Look Inside Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli’s New Fondazione Prada
Not exactly a small museum, the 23-year-old Fondazione Prada’s 120,000-square-foot permanent venue in Milan (the foundation also has a palazzo on Venice’s Grand Canal) is sited at a former distillery in the decidedly industrial south side of the world’s most fashionable city. Predictably, it was designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas, who has also built stores for the fashion giant in New York and Los Angeles.
Koolhaas’s sober design is the opposite of the kind of flashy architecture recently revealed at other private museums around the world—consider Frank Gehry’s ditched sailboat at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and Diller, Scofidio + Renfro’s rhomboid with a veil at the Broad Foundation in Los Angeles. Additionally, the Fondazione’s sole patrons— Miuccia Prada and her partner Patrizio Bertelli—are not venture philanthropists in the mold of Eli Broad and Bernard Arnault. Not only does the couple give the appearance of being kinder, gentler billionaires, they have consistently declared their commitment to making their foundation “an expression of [artistic] freedom.” With thanks and courtesy ArtNetNews

Black Aesthetics Trump Starchitecture at the Fondazione Prada
Few things look as forlorn, or beautiful.
Christian Viveros-Fauné, July 11, 2016 . With thanks and courtesy ArtNetNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Mudge’s 1762 perpetual calendar is one of the standout highlights from Sotheby’s The English Watch, Part II sale Thomas Mudge is one of those names that simply sounds redolent of his time. An ingenious watchmaker, his work was overshadowed to a certain extent by more illustrious contemporaries such as John Harrison, John Arnold and Thomas Earnshaw, despite Mudge being the inventor of the lever escapement that’s been used almost universally since the 19th century and is only now in any danger of being superseded. Best known for his design and sheer craftsmanship, he still won George Daniels’ vote as the “Freeman (of the Clockmakers’ Company) who added most to the prestige of British Horology”. Nevertheless, Lot 28 of Sotheby’s sale on July 7th (Part Two of their four-part Celebration of the English Watch), shows that Mudge was a creative a watchmaker as any. Mudge_3 The watch is the first, so far known, ever to have incorporated a perpetual calendar and is one of two that Mudge is thought to have made. While perpetual calendars had already been used in clocks for some decades (both Thomas Tompion and George Graham produced examples), this was the first in a watch and was dated by George Daniels to 1762, crucially putting it two decades ahead of Breguet’s Marie-Antoinette masterpiece.

Thomas Mudge’s 1762 perpetual calendar is one of the standout highlights from Sotheby’s The English Watch, Part II sale

Thomas Mudge’s 1762 perpetual calendar is one of the standout highlights from Sotheby’s The English Watch, Part II sale
Thomas Mudge is one of those names that simply sounds redolent of his time. An ingenious watchmaker, his work was overshadowed to a certain extent by more illustrious contemporaries such as John Harrison, John Arnold and Thomas Earnshaw, despite Mudge being the inventor of the lever escapement that’s been used almost universally since the 19th century and is only now in any danger of being superseded.
Best known for his design and sheer craftsmanship, he still won George Daniels’ vote as the “Freeman (of the Clockmakers’ Company) who added most to the prestige of British Horology”. Nevertheless, Lot 28 of Sotheby’s sale on July 7th (Part Two of their four-part Celebration of the English Watch), shows that Mudge was a creative a watchmaker as any.
Mudge
The watch is the first, so far known, ever to have incorporated a perpetual calendar and is one of two that Mudge is thought to have made. While perpetual calendars had already been used in clocks for some decades (both Thomas Tompion and George Graham produced examples), this was the first in a watch and was dated by George Daniels to 1762, crucially putting it two decades ahead of Breguet’s Marie-Antoinette masterpiece. With thanks courtesy SALONQP specialist watches. Sothebys.

 

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri, right, and Pierpaolo Piccioli acknowledge the audience at the end of the Valentino 2016-2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection fashion show on July 6 in Paris.

PHOTO: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

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Christian Dior

Christian Dior Couture Fall 2016,  designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, Images courtesy Vogue.

photo courtesy Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.t

Couture House Christian Dior have just announced nomination of a new Head of Couture

Design, Maria Grazia  Chiuri, previously with Italian Couture House, Valentino.

Christian Dior

Christian Dior Fall 2016 designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. Images courtesy Vogue.

photo courtesy Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.t

 

 

 

Fendi

Fendi stunning outfit for Fall 2016.  courtesy with thanks. Vogue.

Rome’s Trevi Fountain spectacular as Karl Lagerfeld’ s Fairytale Fendi collection appeals to an international clientele.

Legends and Fairytale was inspired by “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” with Nordic Faerie drawings by Danish illustrator Kay Nielsen. A few months ago, Chanel  put on a Fashion show in Havana, Cuba. Louis Vuitton thrilled in Rio.The Couture shows have world wide appeal for their exceptional creativity, and wonderful workmanship in the detail.

Fendi has gone from traditional  to glam chic,  the “must have” Saffiano double zipper bags, & fur bag charms………

 

 

 

 

 

Christies

 

This evening Christies King Street auctions a painting by Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640), “Lot and his Daughters” £40.000.000 hammer. Apparently, it is many years since such a fine example of Rubens work has come to market. Probably the last was The Massacre of the Innocents in 2002, which was acquired by the Media Mogul, Lord Thomson. The Massacre of the Innocents is currently in the Art Museum of Ontario in Toronto. The evening was well attended with collectors and Museum Curators, including Dawson W. Carr, Currently The dynamic Curator of the Portland Art Museum. A respected figure on the Intl. Art World Market, having worked for the Getty Foundation. Dawson W Carr is well remembered for having been the Curator of Italian and French paintings at the National Gallery, in the UK.

Christies

Christies