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Bentley releases limited-edition Continental GT convertible inspired by No. 1 Blower Bentley

Filed by Lucire staff/June 27, 2019/20.48

Bentley, celebrating its centenary year, has revealed its third limited-edition model, a six-litre W12 Continental GT convertible paying homage to its No. 1 Bentley Blower racing car of 1929.
   The original 4½-litre Blower, with a supercharger by Amherst Villiers, set a lap record of 137 mph at Brooklands in 1932 in the hands of Tim Birkin, and in literature, the same model was the transport of none other than 007 himself, Ian Fleming’s secret agent, James Bond.
   The Continental GT convertible No. 1 Edition by Mulliner will be limited to 100 units worldwide. Customers have a choice of either Dragon Red II or Beluga body colours, with a Claret or Beluga hood. The specification begins with the Bentley Black Line options with the carbon body kit. Up front, the grille features a painted 1 in the centre. Badging on the wings is 18 ct gold-plated, while the filler and oil caps are jewelled, while the 22-inch MDS wheels have either a Cricket Ball or Gloss Black finish. Inside, within the rotating display, a small wheel spinner cast from a piston from the original No. 1 appears, set in resin. The interior’s main hide is either in Cricket Ball or Beluga, complemented by Heritage hide on seats and door pads. Bentley promises additional personalization for customers.
   Bentley’s centenary is on July 10, 2019.


Naomi Campbell to receive Fashion Icon award at the Fashion Awards this December

Filed by Lucire staff/June 24, 2019/23.33

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Above: British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush and Naomi Campbell.

Supermodel Naomi Campbell will receive the Fashion Icon award at this year’s Fashion Awards from the British Fashion Council, to be held December 2 at the Royal Albert Hall.
   The Council says Campbell is being honoured for her career as a supermodel and for her philanthropy, in particular for her efforts toward diversity and equality, especially in Africa.
   Caroline Rush, the British Fashion Council’s CEO, said, ‘We cannot think of a more deserving recipient than iconic Londoner Naomi Campbell, she has achieved exceptional work in the industry. Naomi represents female empowerment, activism and glamour and her voice is used for great impact. We are thrilled to present the Fashion Icon award to Naomi and acknowledge her for her remarkable contribution to the global fashion industry and we look forward to celebrating with her in London in December.’
   Streatham-born Campbell, with Jamaican and quarter-Chinese heritage, was discovered by an agent after school when she was 15. In 1986, just shy of her 16th birthday, she scored her first cover, with Elle UK. She was the first black model to cover Vogue Paris in 1988, and the first black model on a Vogue September issue, in 1989. She scored the same firsts on the covers of Time and Vogue Russia, and was the first black British model on the cover of British Vogue. She has appeared in campaigns for Chanel, Burberry, Christian Dior, Versace, Fendi, Balmain, Prada, Valentino, and Ralph Lauren.
   Her charity work began with Nelson Mandela in 1993. Campbell presented a tribute to Mandela in what would have been his 100th birthday year at the 2018 Global citizen Festival, and spoke at Winnie Mandela’s funeral. She founded Fashion for Relief in 2005, initially to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, and helped launch the Diversity Coalition campaign to address racism in the fashion industry. She headlined the 2019 Forbes Woman Africa Leading Women Summit and co-produce the Arise Fashion Week in Lagos.
   Tables and boxes to the Fashion Awards are now on sale. For details, email or General tickets go on sale on June 26, with American Express customers able to access pre-sale tickets on Ticketmaster.


Previously unreleased Freddie Mercury track, ‘Time Waits for No One’, appears with video

Filed by Lucire staff/June 20, 2019/12.20

A. Sawa/© Mercury Songs Ltd.

Dave Clark International

Universal Music Group

Top: Freddie Mercury’s ‘Mr Bad Guy’ head shot. Centre: Freddie Mercury, Dave Clark, and John Christie. Above: Cover art for the new single.

With Bohemian Rhapsody earning four Oscars earlier this year, interest in Queen and Freddie Mercury has been higher than it’s been for years. Now, Universal Music Group has announced the release of a hitherto unheard Freddie Mercury performance, ‘Time Waits for No One’.
   Recorded in 1986 for the musical Time, the brainchild of musician Dave Clark, the song is being released with an accompanying video with previously unseen footage featuring Mercury at the Dominion Theatre in London.
   The song features Mercury with a piano accompaniment, allowing his voice to shine. It is out now on UMe.
   The original musical ran for two years from 1986. Mercury had agreed to record another song that Clark had in mind, ‘In My Defence’, for the show’s concept album, in October 1985, at Abbey Road Studios. It was during this session that Mercury asked Clark if he had another song he could perform. In January 1986, Mercury returned to Abbey Road to record the title track, ‘Time’, which a group of musicians, eventually recording 48 tracks of backing vocals. The final version had 96 tracks.
   Clark recalled the original recording with only Mercury and pianist Mike Moran, and found it amongst his archives in 2018. Moran was brought in to record a new piano track, and stripped back the 96-track version to the single one featuring Mercury.
   Clark still had the negatives from the video shoot from 1986, which had been stored in the meantime at Rank Laboratories at Pinewood, and returned to him in 2014.
   The film, Bohemian Rhapsody, has earned over US$900 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing music biopic in history. The single, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, was named the most streamed track of the 20th century and the most streamed classic rock song of all time in December 2018.

Simon Fowler/© Mercury Songs Ltd.

Above: Mercury in his ‘Born to Love You’ image.


TAG Heuer launches second limited-edition Monaco timepiece at Le Mans, tying with Steve McQueen film

Filed by Lucire staff/June 16, 2019/11.25

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In the second of its events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Monaco watch, TAG Heuer launched its 1979–1989 Limited Edition to coincide with the Le Mans 24-hour race.
   The choice of Le Mans was to tie in with the 1971 Steve McQueen film named for the race. It was in this film that McQueen wore the iconic Monaco watch, giving it is greatest exposure. While a troublesome film—McQueen had the original director, John Sturges, replaced, and it was during its filming that his marriage to Neile Adams began to crumble—it has since gained cult status as a realistic look at the 24-hour motor race.
   Present for the 50th anniversary event at the Domaine de la Groirie on Friday was McQueen’s son, Chad, who had been present for the filming in 1971. His father’s film was screened again, and celebrities and VIPs such as Patrick Dempsey, Derek Bell, Jean-Éric Vergne and model Lorène Renard joined the event.
   The watch itself was notable for its square shape—perfect for the sharp corners in 1970s design—and it had an automatic-winding chronograph movement.
   The new limited edition (169 will be produced) has a stainless steel case, a red dial with black and white accents, two rhodium-plated subdials with curved edges, hands and indices coated with Super-LumiNova, and a black calfskin strap with red-lined holes. The pushers are on the right of the case as with the original, and the crown is on the left. Inside is the Calibre 11 movement, a modern version of the original.
   The back is engraved with the Monaco Heuer logo, 1979–1989 Limited Edition, and One of 169.
   Historically, the watch was not an initial success upon its 1969 launch. Then-CEO Jack Heuer sent stopwatches and chronographs to the filming of Le Mans, and six identical Monaco watches. That set in motion the watch’s appearance in the film. ‘But if the Monaco is a first in design, its success is owed almost entirely to luck,’ Heuer once said.

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TAG Heuer celebrates 50 years of the Monaco watch at Grand Prix, with Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Jourdan Dunn

Filed by Lucire staff/May 26, 2019/23.22

David M. Benett

TAG Heuer has held a three-day celebration over the Grand Prix de Monaco weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Monaco watch, the first water-resistant square watch and the first with an automatic-winding chronograph movement.
   On Friday, the company unveiled the first of five new Monaco collector watches at the Key Largo Villa, hosted by CEO Stéphane Bianchi and chief strategy and digital officer Frédéric Arnault. VIPs included Max Verstappen from the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team, who delivered the new watch by helicopter, and Bella Hadid, Winnie Harlow, Patrick Dempsey, Kai Lenny and Molly Payne, and musician Guy Berryman. Magician Laurent Beretta entertained guests at the dinner.
   The new watch, the TAG Heuer Monaco 1969–1979 Limited Edition (169 pieces) has a brown leather strap with holes lined in light brown, a green dial with brown and yellow features, and a Côtes de Genève finishing. The hands are coated with SuperLuminova. The back is engraved with the original Monaco Heuer logo, and ‘1969–1979 Special Edition’ and ‘One of 169’.
   A display at the villa showed a Porsche 917K in Gulf livery, along with photos and a racing suit from Steve McQueen’s car racing movie Le Mans, where he wore a TAG Heuer Monaco watch. TAG Heuer has been the official watch of the Monaco Grand Prix since 2011, tying in to the grand prix that gave the watch the name in 1969.
   TAG Heuer hosted a 1970s-themed cocktail party and dinner to tie in with the Monaco watch’s first decade.
   On the second day, the company took guests on a private tour of the Monaco Top Cars Collection Museum, including a retrospective on the Monaco timepiece, followed by a track and pit-lane tour, and viewing the qualifying sessions from the TAG Heuer lounge. Christian Horner, team principal of Red Bull Racing Formula One, gave a debrief.
   That evening, it hosted a party with cocktails and dinner on the TAG Heuer Yacht moored in Monaco, again with Hadid, Harlow, Dempsey and Lenny, and Jourdan Dunn, racing driver Jean-Éric Vergne, Richard Madden and Daniel Brühl. DJ Bob Sinclair performed live.
   On race day, guests enjoyed access to the Grand Prix itself. Lewis Hamilton had pole position and won the race.

David M. Benett

David M. Benett; Jean-François Galeron


Karl Lagerfeld dead at 85, according to French media

Filed by Lucire staff/February 19, 2019/12.26

Top: The most recent photo we have on file of Karl Lagerfeld, with model Adut Akech Bior (photo courtesy Chanel). Above: Karl Lagerfeld in 2015. Left: Karl Lagerfeld and the closing bridal gown at the Chanel autumn–winter 2012–13 haute couture presentation at the Grand Palais.

Reports are emerging from France that Chanel and Fendi creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85.
   Paris Match reported that Lagerfeld was rushed to hospital on Monday night and died on Tuesday morning.
   As reported in Lucire KSA’s March 2019 issue, Lagerfeld did not take the bow at the Chanel spring–summer 2019 haute couture shows, forcing the house to issue a release saying the designer was tired. Virginie Viard took his place.
   Lagerfeld had been directing the preparations for the Fendi autumn–winter 2019–10 show at Moda di Milano, scheduled for Thursday.
   Born in Hamburg on September 10, 1933, and moving to Paris at 14, Lagerfeld first came to the notice of the fashion industry when he came second to Yves Saint Laurent in a competition sponsored by the International Wool Secretariat. He was hired by Pierre Balmain as an apprentice, before moving to Jean Patou, where he designed the haute couture collections. In 1963, Lagerfeld went to Tiziani, where he remained till 1969. He also worked for Chloé from 1964, and collaborated with Fendi from 1965, and briefly with Curiel in 1970. Other collaborations were with Charles Jourdan, Isetan, Ballantyne, Diesel, and H&M. He also worked in theatre and film.
   Lagerfeld became the creative director of Chanel in 1983, where he achieved his greatest fame. He launched his eponymous label a year later. In 2015, he was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards.
   As a skilled photographer, he shot many of Chanel’s campaigns, even into his 80s, as well as editorials for major fashion magazines.
   In 2001, Lagerfeld famously lost 42 kg, saying he wanted to wear clothes designed by Hedi Slimane. The diet, later published in a book, took him 13 months.

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