21-10-14

Nadja Auermann for Vogue Germany

Vogue Germany / November 2014 Issue
Photographer: Luigi + Iango
Stylist: Patti Wilson

17-10-14

Etihad Airways Butlers Finish Savoy Training

An elite group of Etihad Airways cabin crew are set to become the aviation world's first flying butlers, having completed a specially tailored three week training course in London.

The handpicked team of 13 men and women – all based in the airline's home of Abu Dhabi – demonstrated their outstanding hospitality skills during training at the world-renowned Savoy Hotel.

A series of master classes given by the hotel's Head Butler, Sean Davoren, focused on etiquette and protocol, valet skills and concierge services, to boost the cabin crew's existing high level customer service experience.

The role of the world's first flying butler is to look after VIP guests booked in Etihad Airways' ground-breaking three room cabin, The Residence by Etihad, which features a living room, private shower room and double bedroom. The Residence will take to the air in December on board the airline's first Airbus A380 aircraft. The A380 will be deployed on Etihad Airways' premium Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow route.


14-10-14

Newfound images of JFK wedding up for auction

A collection of 13 original negatives from JFK and Jackie's 1953 wedding is available for sale in an online auction.

The never-before-seen photos, auctioned by Boston-based auction house RR Auction, include four of the newlywed couple, two of the entire wedding party and shots of the cake, reception, and wedding attendees.

JFK and Jackie leaving the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Newport, Rhode Island

"It's quite a significant find," said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction. "As you know of Camelot, this is the closest thing to an American Royal family and a royal wedding."

Guests were served a luncheon of fruit cup, creamed chicken, and ice cream. The Meyer Davis Society Band played at the reception.

The wedding cake, 4 feet tall, was ordered by Joseph P. Kennedy

The images were taken by freelance photographer Frank Ataman of Fall River, who was assigned to be a "back-up" photographer at the wedding.

The Kennedy wedding was considered the social event of the season and was attended by about 700 guests at the ceremony and more than 1,000 at the reception.

The online auction runs through October 15

11-10-14

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs | MoMA


Matisse at the Hôtel Régina, Nice, c. 1952

This Sunday New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will open its blockbuster exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, showing how the artist turned paper cut-outs into masterpieces.

The show includes approximately 100 cut-outs from private and public collections, drawings, textiles and stained glass from the final years of the renowned artist, who died in 1954 aged 84.

"It is the most extensive exhibition of this period of Matisse's work ever mounted," said Jodi Hauptman, a curator of the show, which was organized in collaborations with the Tate Modern in London.

Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954). "The Nightmare of the White Elephant (Le Cauchemar de l’éléphant blanc)". 1943. Maquette for plate IV from the illustrated book Jazz (1947). Gouache on paper, cut and pasted, mounted on canvas. 17 5/16 x 26 1/4" (43.9 x 66.7 cm). Musée national d’art moderne/Centre de création industrielle, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Dation, 1985

A brilliant final chapter in Matisse's long career, the cut-outs reflect both a renewed commitment to form and color and an inventiveness directed to the status of the work of art, whether as a unique object, environment, ornament, or a hybrid of all of these.

The centerpiece of the exhibition will be "The Swimming Pool", a remarkable room-size cut-out Matisse created for his dining room in Nice in 1952, and which MoMA owns. According to the Times, MoMA acquired the piece from Matisse's family in 1975 and it has not been shown in nearly 20 years, partially because of its size, but also because of the "delicate nature of the composition." Below you can explore the process of conserving Matisse's The Swimming Pool.



When the exhibition was shown in London earlier this year it drew more than 560,000 people during its five-month run at the Tate Modern, making it the museum's most popular show ever.

- October 12, 2014 - February 8, 2015. Timed tickets required - 

28-09-14

Ferrari 458 Speciale A (2015)

Ahead of next month's Paris Motor Show, Ferrari revealed its most powerful spider to date: the 458 Speciale A (Aperta, meaning open).

Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the all-new supercar features a naturally-aspirated V8 4.5-liter engine delivering 605 HP at 9,000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. It will crack the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.0 seconds and has a Fiorano lap time of 1'23"5. Other features include a new aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract.

The 458 Speciale A is showcased in a bespoke triple-layer yellow livery with a Blu Nart and Bianco Avus central stripe as well as five-spoke forged wheels in Grigio Corsa. Inside, the interior is simple and it's fitted with lightweight materials and upholstered in Alcantara leather as well as blue carbon fiber on the dashboard, door panels and central tunnel.

More specs and photos here

23-09-14

Real Estate: The $80 Million Dome Penthouse



The "Dome Penthouse", the fabulous topfloor abode at the famed Plaza Hotel, is currently on the market for a record $80 million.

The lavish duplex, ideally situated on The Plaza's 18th and 19th floors, is owned by fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger, who bought it back in 2008. He and his wife, Dee, spent more than $20 million on a renovation that took more than three years.

"I wanted to bring back the original vision of The Plaza to what it was during Truman Capote's Black and White Ball ... that old-world charm, with the original detail and glamour," Mr. Hilfiger said in an interview with CNBC.

Some highlights of the residence: four bedrooms and five baths, a grand staircase bathed in red carpet, a private terrace with Central Park and Fifth Avenue views and 6,000 square feet of living space.

The Plaza is a fully staged, 24-hour, luxury white glove condominium with a separate private entrance. Residents are offered the full complement of hotel services, including maid, valet and Todd English room service.