Updated May 17, 2013, 12.09 p.m. GMT with Italian TV report on Thursday’s incident involving Gandy and Le Bon’s Jaguar XK 120
Tullio M. Puglia
Jaguar is participating in this year’s Mille Miglia from May 16 to 19, 2013, fielding a total of 24 cars, including six from Jaguar Heritage Racing.
Its team includes Le Mans winner Andy Wallace and Alex Buncombe, and luminaries such as Olympian Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Quinn, three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis, actress Hannah Herzsprung, models David Gandy and Yasmin Le Bon, and Salvatore Ferragamo, the grandson of the famed designer, with whom he shares his name.
The heritage models are three XK 120s and three C-types, while Jaguar will also field modern F-types, Lucire‚Äôs Car to Be Seen in for 2013.
On the first day, Gandy and Le Bon, co-drivers of an XK 120, were pushed off the road by another competitor, but have begun again at the starting line on May 17. A brief Italian news report is embedded at the end of the article.
Jaguar has previewed this year’s Mille Miglia with a short film, shown below, featuring Gandy, Le Bon, Buncombe, Murray Walker and, famously, Sir Stirling Moss and his 1952 co-driver Norman Dewis.
Ferragamo is the Jaguar F-type’s Italian ambassador, a duty he also has with Relais & Ch√Ęteaux worldwide. He was presented with an F-type 3¬∑0 V6 S at the Castello di Gabbiano, in Mercatale Val di Pesa, near Firenze. His co-driver for the event is Michael Quinn, grandson of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons.
Bentley, meanwhile, says it will field two 4¬Ĺ-litre Supercharged Blowers, dating from the 1930s.
More proof that the economic focus is heading east: IWC Schaffhausen has made its first appearance as a sponsor of the Beijing International Film Festival.
The brand, which already has relationships with Kevin Spacey, Cate Blanchett, Jean Reno and Marc Forster in the occident, and Francis Ng, Julian Cheung and Anita Yuen in the orient, found it natural to extend its sponsorship to the Festival, holding a dinner, entitled ‘For the Love of Cinema’, at the Ming Dynasty city wall in Beijing.
Ng, Cheung and Yuen attended, along with actors Yu Nan, Joseph Chang, Li Zonghan, Andrew Lien and Xiong Naijin, as well directors Zhang Yimou, Chris Wedge, Chris Brown, Li Shaohong and Xue Xiaolu. IWC CEO Georges Kern and Benoit de Clerck, its Asia‚ÄďPacific managing director, played host. The event was supported by the Motion Picture Association.
The IWC Filmmaker Award was presented at the event to Zhang Yimou by de Clerck and IWC marketing and communications’ director Karoline Huber.
Huber said, ‘Zhang Yimou doubtlessly belongs to the greatest film-makers of our time, and he has won numerous awards and gained recognition at many national and international film festivals. It is an enormous pleasure for us to present him with this award.’ He was also presented with IWC’s latest Portuguese Chronograph Classic in stainless steel, with a special engraving on the reverse.
Aloe Blacc also held a private concert at the event, with DJ Miles Slater taking the party into the small hours.
TopGabrielle Chanel, Seen by Karl Lagerfeld, original drawing by Karl Lagerfeld. AboveAn Imaginary Meeting Between Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, original drawing by Karl Lagerfeld.
In our round-up of news from ‘The Scene’: as part of Chanel’s celebration of the jacket, the house has released a new video (below) featuring its history, with footage featuring Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel herself.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld has also released 11 sketches to celebrate the jacket, including illustrations of Gabrielle Chanel and an imaginary encounter between himself and the founder of the house.
The story picks up in the mid-1950s, when Chanel felt that the style of the time was too restrictive. The jacket was created for women who could wear it during the day with greater freedom and be stylish enough for the evening. The tweed jacket, which became a signature for Chanel, was also born. Style icons soon adopted the look: Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Romy Schneider sported theirs. Karl Lagerfeld’s arrival in the 1980s saw a revival of the jacket.
Lagerfeld honoured the jacket with a book, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel‚Äôs Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, and a series of exhibitions. Milano will play host to the next exhibition opening April 4, with new works (featuring Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Carla Bruni and Carole Bouquet), before it moves on to Dubai.
Meanwhile, last week’s Gucci Private Suite at Ellerslie during the Auckland Racing Club’s race week was the place to be for New Zealand’s largest city. William Yoon, Gucci’s Asia-Pacific president, and Helen Koo, the managing director for Australia and New Zealand, played hosts. Gucci‚ÄĒin line with its own equestrian heritage‚ÄĒsponsored one race, the Gucci Sprint, where a horse named Vogue won. Celebrities included occasional Lucire correspondent Amber Peebles (in Gucci) and her husband Brooke Howard-Smith, Rachel Hunter, Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and Jonathan Morrison, Boh Runga, Clifton Piper, Cameron Ireland, Sandy Nairn, and Michelle Blanchard.
Daniel Day-Lewis. Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. Olympian Gabrielle Douglas and Jessica Chastain. Robert de Niro and Grace Hightower. Sofia Vergara. Anne Hathaway. Jordin Sparks. Arlene Silver and Dick van Dyke, and Ed O’Neill and Catherine Rusoff.
Michelle Dockery. Justin Timberlake. Peter Facinelli. Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Sigourney Weaver. Gretchen Mol. Hugh Jackman. Ben Affleck. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Busy Phillips and Justin Mikita. Sophie McShera, Amy Nuttall, and Phyllis Logan. Katrina Bowden.
Jennifer Garner. Jennifer Lawrence. Freida Pinto and Dev Patel. Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore.
Helen Hunt and John Hawkes. Adam Shulman and Anne Hathaway.
Rainn Wilson and Rico Rodriguez; Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Marion Cotillard. Nicole Kidman.
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Westfeldt. Sacha Baron Cohen, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck and Isla Fisher. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner.
Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts. Tina Fey. Kerry Washington.