Monthly Archives: July 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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
photo courtesy Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.t
Chanel pearls a gogo, boots, & tweeds with a sexy side kick skirt relooked by Karl Lagerfeld, Fall 2016.
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………
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.