My beloved @LensCrafters @Luxottica how can you have the audacity to allow employees and customers come to your retail space during a pandemic? According to the @NYSOA, you should be vigilant and close your stores over the next 2 weeks so we can avoid what happened in #ITALY #coronavirus #NYC
According to S&P Global Luxottica suspends production × logistics as Italy’s virus toll grows.
Guitars are among the best known musical instruments in the world, given that they have been around for a very long time, so it would be easy to assume that they no longer hold secrets, but some artists are working to discover new styles and bring their skills to the next level every day.
If you are into guitars as well and you know what an analog delay pedal is and you are also using one, then you surely need to take a look at what some of these next guitarists have to say in terms of their music, given the instrument’s history.
We’ve done our research and picked guitarists that are bringing something new to this industry, given their diverse backgrounds and experiences, so let’s see who they are.
To be followed this year
Vanny Tonon is from Italy, a country famous for its artistic expression throughout history. With a unique style, Vanny usually starts from a melodic idea and a chord progression, and chooses one of these, but the most important part is that he uses his emotions to guide the sound. He sees music as color, so you can say that he is actually sort of painting with the sound.
The next guitarist on our list is Sarah Joanne from the United States. What makes her style unique is the fact that she likes experimenting with both distorted and clean sounds in every song she makes. She is also in a band that has a diverse sound, including elements from soft piano to harsher metal ones. She, too, is using her emotions when writing songs and then sees the end result.
You should also check out what Daniel Donato has to say in terms of playing the guitar. What defines his style is a passion for technical ability and the joy that every guitarist feels when learning to play for the first time. This is what keeps his sounds fresh, but he also likes incorporating elements from old-school country players, as well as from the psychedelic era.
Felix Martin from Venezuela deserved a closer look as well, given that he plays two guitars as one. This is what makes his music stand out, as he mixes two melodies, two chords, as well as various percussion techniques.
If you want to take your own skills to the next level, he is definitely a guitarist that you can take a look at for inspiration, especially since he uses the tapping technique, instead of the normal fingerstyle guitar playing one.
Talented guitarists around the world
What makes today’s world exciting is the lack of limitations, and this can be seen in every aspect of our lives. Therefore, we turned an eye to Australia for inspiration as well, and this is where we found Mark Fisher. Also known as Phisha, this talented musician brings thoughtful lyrics, songwriting techniques, as well as vocal abilities together to make his own music.
Also in Australia, there’s Andrew Higgs, another talented guitarist that can be found by the name “King of the North”. He plays with a lot of attack and he strives to perform every song, not simply play it, and that includes singing.
Moving on to the United States, we’ve also taken a look at Ando San Washington, a guitarist who uses hip-hop beats, as well as progressive guitar elements into the same song. The result is a fresh sound that uses thumping as a technique. What makes his music truly interesting is the fact that he creates melody and harmony using different chords.
You should also take a look at Lore Paz Ampuero, a Chilean guitarist that combines two different trends in her music. She gets her inspiration from jazz for clean sounds, but also adds a modern touch using various techniques, such as tapping, fingerstyle, and thumping. She developed her style by listening to a lot of modern artists, and she constantly looks for innovation and creative ways to get inspired.
Another guitarist that you want to keep in mind this year is Kris Xenopolous from South Africa. His music is a combination of everything he has heard, but it can be translated into a jazz-fusion with metal, pop, and hip-hop elements. He is into experimenting with modern guitar-playing techniques such as thumping and tapping, so we can certainly expect many other interesting sounds from him.
Citroën has unveiled a 100% electric mobile solution, ami that intends to unleash urban mobility for all. The ami project has become a reality in barely a year, after its direct descendant AMI ONE Concept was first introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019.
ami has two seats, is 100% electric, compact, and customisable. It is accessible to all, with no licence required and offers a global 360° solution for urban mobility, to make freedom of movement easier and more suited to the greatest number of people. It comes with affordable “à la carte” offers, car sharing via Free2Move and long-term rental options, all through a 100% online customer journey.
Vincent Cobée, Citroën Brand CEO, said:
For 100 years, Citroën has always been innovative and creative in democratising freedom of movement. This year, Citroën has come up with a new urban mobility solution accessible to everyone: compact, protective, 100% electric, without driving licence and affordable.
ami aims to be a real breakthrough in the access to urban mobility, a solution that is as close as possible to new modes of consumption. This great idea was a concept one year ago. We are proud that we have made it happen today!
ami is a practical response to new mobility expectations for short journeys: easier access to city centres, real alternatives to scooters, bicycles, mopeds, public transport, solutions at reasonable costs and new modes of consumption geared towards digital.
Pierre Leclercq, Citröen Head of Design, said:
It is a tradition at Citroën to want to contribute to a changing automotive landscape. The design of ami is a product design, not an automotive design. A design for which the form must define the function.
The opening of orders is scheduled for 30 March in France, and a few months later in Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and then Germany.
The Peninsula today announced the eight nominees for its prestigious The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award, an accolade presented to the world’s most exceptional classic car. The selected vehicles were built by automakers from five different countries over a span of nearly 40 years, 1919 to 1958. The winning vehicle will be unveiled on 6 February 2020 at an award presentation at the famed The Peninsula Paris.
Founded in 2015 by The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, with co-founders William E. (Chip) Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen, this year’s award brings together eight of the concours circuits’ elite best of show winners from around the globe. The winner will be decided by a cohort of 25 judges ranging from automotive designers to some of the most recognised private collectors in the world including Peter Marino and Laurence Graff.
“This award is truly a celebration of automotive excellence. Only eight vehicles are selected from the world’s most prestigious concours events to compete for the title of most exceptional classic car,” said Sir Michael Kadoorie. “These motorcars are works of art, each with a unique history and provenance. Our esteemed panel of judges have their work cut out this year due to the incredible field of contenders.”
The diverse nominees include vehicles built in France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States. This year’s nominees for The Peninsula Classics 2019 Best of the Best Award are as follows:
- 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupé, coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi – Best of Show at the 2019 Salon Privé
- 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Autobahn-Kurier, coachwork by the Factory – Best of Show at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
- 1958 Ferrari 335 S Spyder, coachwork by Scaglietti – Best of Show at the 2019 Cavallino Classic
- 1950 Abarth 205 Berlinetta, coachwork by Vignale, design by Michelotti – Best of Show at the 2019 Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance
- 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Foursome Coupe, coachwork by Freestone & Webb – Best of Show at the 2019 Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille
- 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Skiff, coachwork by Barker – Best of Show at 2019 Concours of Elegance Hampton Court Palace
- 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Dual Cowl Tourer, coachwork by Gurney Nutting – Best of Show at 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
- 1931 Stutz DV32 Convertible Victoria, coachwork by LeBaron – Best of Show at 2019 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
More details of the award can be found here.
About The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award
Through a shared desire to celebrate the best of what defines the automotive world, The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie, Chairman of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, launched The Peninsula Classics Best of the Best Award in 2015 with co-founders William E. (Chip) Connor, Bruce Meyer and Christian Philippsen. Each founder shares a common passion and appreciation of fine motor cars, the preservation of their heritage and immaculate restoration projects. The award, sponsored by The Peninsula Hotels, brings together the concours circuits’ elite ‘Best of Show’ winners from around the globe.
Preferred Hotels & Resorts Announces 20 Exciting Independent Hotel Openings Taking Place In The New Year
Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest independent hotel brand announces 20 new launches across the globe in 2020. From glitzy West Hollywood to historically palatial Stockholm, and from the winelands of Northern California to the undiscovered beaches of Tuscany, each of these new city hotels, beach resorts, and countryside retreats extends luxury independent hospitality at its finest, presenting travelers with an inspiring gateway to an authentic discovery of their chosen destination, wherever their journeys take them next.
BEST FOR A TOUCH OF HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR
Pendry West Hollywood (West Hollywood, California, USA) – Launching summer 2020
Located on the iconic Sunset Strip, Pendry West Hollywood is one of the most anticipated developments in the creative heart of Los Angeles. The ‘new luxury’ hotel – set in an eye-catching glass fronted building with interiors designed by the acclaimed Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to evoke Californian glamour – comprises 149 guestrooms, including 37 suites and 40 additional residences. For the property’s signature restaurant and food and beverage outlets, Wolfgang Puck has created an unparalleled culinary experience inspired by the artistic energy of the surrounding area. Other stand-out features include a spectacular rooftop pool and bar adorned with chic cabanas; Spa Pendry a tranquil sanctuary offering personalized wellness treatments; curated public art collections showcasing local talent; bowling alley; and screening room. More information on Pendry West Hollywood, including rates, will be available soon via www.preferredhotels.com.
BEST FOR AN EXPERIENTIAL FOODIE BREAK
The Sense Experience Resort (Tuscany, Italy) – Launching March 2020
Located off the tranquil western central coast of Italy, bordering the Tyrrhenian Sea, The Sense Experience Resort is an eco-retreat made up of 12,000 acres of natural park and pine forest with a private beach in Tuscany’s Maremma region. Inspired by the five senses, the resort offers 112 guestrooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and Italian-designed fabrics and furnishings, with many boasting views of Elba Island and the historic Torre Mozza. Guests are taken on a sensory culinary journey through dishes rooted in Tuscan experiences at Eatè restaurant; rotating street food menus for quick eats and picnics at onsite food truck L’Apino; and barefoot seven-course suppers on the beach under the stars. Other highlights include an outdoor pool with swim-up bar, complimentary bicycle rentals, cooking courses, yoga and Pilates, and a wealth of adventure activities, including deep-sea fishing, island trips by boat, and vineyard tours. Rates at The Sense Experience Resort start from US$130 per night. For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com.
BEST FOR HISTORICAL URBAN ELEGANCE
Villa Dagmar (Stockholm, Sweden) – Launching April 2020
Named after Dagmar Bergsten – a trailblazing woman and member of the owner’s family who enjoyed travel, art, and culinary trips to the Mediterranean in the early 1900s – Villa Dagmar is an intimate luxury hotel located in the exclusive Stockholm neighborhood of Östermalmstorg, close to City Hall, The Swedish History Museum, and Stureplan Square. The late 19th century Art Nouveau building extends 70 guestrooms and suites, some with balconies overlooking the inner courtyard and orangery, as well as an organic food store, concept store selling hand-picked designer pieces, spa, flower shop, and signature restaurant serving Mediterranean-fusion cuisine by Michelin-starred Daniel Höglander and Niclas Jönsson. Guests can also enjoy effortless trips to the renowned market hall Östermalmshallen, which is connected to the hotel. Rates at Villa Dagmar start from US$331 per night. For more information or to book, visit www.preferredhotels.com.
BEST FOR A REFINED WINE COUNTRY RETREAT
Montage Healdsburg (Healdsburg, California, USA) – Launching October 2020
The newest launch from Montage Hotels & Resorts, Montage Healdsburg is a transformative hideaway nestled in the hills of Sonoma County, offering travelers a convenient and luxurious base to explore the destination’s celebrated wineries and farm-to-table restaurants. Designed with sustainability in mind, each of the 130 bungalow-style guestrooms and suites are in historic groves and comprise understated contemporary furnishings crafted with local stone, wood, and copper, along with private outdoor spaces that make up a third of each lodging including fire pits, private outdoor showers, and plush daybeds. Guests can experience two fine dining restaurants, treatments at Spa Montage, and a host of activities across the 258-acre resort such as winery tours, cooking classes, outdoor musical performances, 250 miles of hiking and biking trails, archery, and the bee apiary. More information on Montage Healdsburg, including rates, will be available soon via www.preferredhotels.com.
BEST FOR AN OCEANFRONT WELLNESS GETAWAY
Amrit Ocean Resort & Spa (Singer Island, Florida, USA) – Launching June 2020
Comprising more than seven acres of oceanfront in Palm Beach County’s Singer Island, Amrit Ocean Resort & Spa is a luxury coastal getaway created for guests to unplug and recharge. The wellness resort combines Eastern wellbeing philosophies and western technology through The Five Pillars of Wellness – its partnership with ESPA and the Himalayan Institute that connects mindfulness, nutrition, fitness, relaxation, and sleep across its four-story spa, meditation gardens, four farm-to-table restaurants, tranquility pools, outdoor Patanjali yoga classes, and sleep specialist services. The 153 guestrooms and 34 grand luxury wellness suites include terraces with uninterrupted ocean views featuring circadian rhythm lighting and freestanding bathtubs where guests can enjoy a personalized aromatherapy bath, compliments of a Bath Concierge.More information on Amrit Ocean Resort & Spa, including rates, will be available soon via www.preferredhotels.com.
ADDITIONAL 2020 OPENINGS INCLUDE:
· Greystone Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Florida, USA) – relaunching February 2020: Steps from the white sand beach, the historic 1930s hotel embraces Miami’s energy with Art Deco glamour across 91 guestrooms, a stunning rooftop pool, and a whiskey and dark spirits lounge.
· Hotel Maverick (Grand Junction, Colorado, USA) – launching April 2020: Located steps from Colorado Mesa University, Hotel Maverick will be the first luxury hotel in the area at 45,000 square feet offering 60 guestrooms, two restaurants, and bar.
· The Liberty Trust Hotel (Roanoke, Virginia, USA) – launching April 2020: Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains and originally opened in 1910 as a bank and office building, The Liberty Trust Hotel will launch after a full refurbishment to offer 50 guestrooms and suites.
· Hotel Effie Sandestin (Sandestin, Florida, USA) – launching June 2020: On 2,400 acres of Florida’s Emerald Coast, the hotel integrates coastal charm with Southern hospitality across 250 guestrooms and 19 suites with views of Choctawhatchee Bay and championship golf courses.
· Brenton Hotel (Newport, Rhode Island, USA) – launching June 2020: Located on the waterfront, Brenton Hotel pays homage to the area’s public buildings and their history through its architecture and features 57 sunlit guestrooms and suites with expansive views.
· The Lake House on Canandaigua (Canandaigua, New York, USA) – launching summer 2020: Situated on picturesque Canandaigua Lake, the property offers lakeside luxury across 125 guestrooms, a dedicated events barn, signature restaurant, and destination spa and wellness center.
· Iberostar Grand Fontana di Trevi (Rome, Italy) – launching March 2020: Just 200 feet from Trevi Fountain, Iberostar Grand Fontana di Trevi extends 19th century Art Deco design elements across 67 guestrooms, two signature restaurants, and a spectacular rooftop terrace with skyline views.
· Villa Copenhagen (Copenhagen, Denmark) – launching April 2020: A historic grand post office turned luxury hotel located next to Tivoli Gardens, Villa Copenhagen highlights conscious, approachable luxury across 390 guestrooms and suites – including a luxurious Earth Suite made solely from sustainable materials – as well as stunning interior gardens and dining outlets.
· The Guardsman (London, United Kingdom) – launching April 2020: On London’s exclusive Buckingham Gate with 53 unique guestrooms and six exclusive residences, The Guardsman offers the atmosphere, discretion, and personal service associated with a private members’ club.
· The Diaoyutai Mansion Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany) – launching July 2020: The first European hotel by the Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality hotel group combines traditional Asian design with international flair across 250 guestrooms and suites, steps from Frankfurt’s top attractions.
· Pestana Douro, Riverside Hotel and Conference Centre (Porto, Portugal) – launching May 2020: The newest hotel from Pestana Hotels & Resorts will offer 165 guestrooms and suites, along with meeting and event spaces, on the shores of the Douro River.
· The Londoner (London, United Kingdom) – launching July 2020: Located in Leicester Square, The Londoner is the world’s first super boutique hotel, boasting six subterranean levels and 350 guestrooms including 35 suites, in addition to showcasing the energy of London’s West End through unique design, innovative social spaces, and distinctive restaurants.
· Alma Resort (Cam Ranh, Vietnam) – launching February 2020: Situated on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful beaches, Alma Resort offers innovative design across nearly 600 apartments and villas, each featuring a waterfront view.
· The Chedi Mumbai (Mumbai, India) – launching March 2020: Located in the heart of India’s commercial capital, The Chedi Mumbai is a serene and stylish oasis with 316 guestrooms and suites offering views of Powai Lake or the city skyline.
· CONNECT BUSAN (Busan, South Korea) – launching May 2020: With 216 guestrooms and suites, each with private balconies and sweeping views of Busan Harbor or Yongdusan Park, CONNECT BUSAN is a respite for leisure and business travelers in South Korea’s historic area.
Whether on the go for business or leisure, travelers who visit these new hotels, along with more than 700 other member hotels from the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, can access exclusive member rates and earn reward points with the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program. Free to join, the program extends points redeemable towards free nights and other on-property expenditures, elite status, and other complimentary benefits to guests. Bookings can be made online at PreferredHotels.com or on the I Prefer mobile app, available on Android and iOS.
For more information on these hotels or any of the properties represented within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts portfolio, please visit www.PreferredHotels.com.
About Preferred Hotels & Resorts
Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 750 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The I Prefer™ Hotel Rewards program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com.
Olsen Gruin is pleased to present The Sixteen Pleasures, a solo exhibition by Australian artist Camille Hannah. The Sixteen Pleasures will be on view at Olsen Gruin from October 9 – November 9, 2019. The exhibition design leads viewers with subtle intensity through a dynamic installation of variously scaled paintings and mirrors. During this journey, reflected glimpses of the self coalesce with Hannah’s paintings, creating spillage between the territories that define body and artwork. Enveloped and embraced within these abstract landscapes, viewers experience a bodily extension: a potent sensation which exceeds rational grasp.
By traversing this alluring amalgamation of imagery, the viewer becomes both witness and participant in the creation of these compelling ‘virtual’ paintings. These seductive, enigmatic images of desire echo the artist’s ongoing explorations around the expansive, unbounded nature of female desire and of the carnal disruption inherent to perceptual experience in the digital realm.
The Sixteen Pleasures also evokes the sensory experience of film, video and the mesmerizing back-lit screens that saturate our modern world. It is richly infused with the artist’s extensive enquiries into art history, philosophy, poetry, sexuality and contemporary culture, filtered through the personal narrative of each individual viewer. With this exhibition Hannah aims to create a boundless, all-encompassing landscape in which the viewer is captivated by an exhilarating and thought-provoking, physiological experience.
Camille Hannah attained a Masters of Fine Art by Research in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in 2010, at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia where she was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award. In 2018 she won the Wyndham Art Prize, and in 2017 was selected as a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize, Nappa Arsenale, Venice, Italy and as winner of the Special Exhibition Prize of a solo exhibition at Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany in 2018. In 2015 she was selected by an international jury to win the T.I.N.A. Art Prize, Maurizio Caldirola Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy, and was a finalist & winner of the People’s Choice Award in the Gold Coast Art Prize, Qld, Australia. Hannah was shortlisted in 2014 for Contemporary Visions V, Beers Contemporary Gallery, London, and in 2012 she won the Kozica-O’Callaghan Award for Painting. Other awards include the Premio Ora Art Prize, Italy 2013 International Catalogue and being shortlisted for the Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice Arsenale, Italy and the Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, 2012.
Marking a revolution in Formula 1 history, Pirelli‘s newest 18 inch tires were seen in action yesterday during a special 2020 Formula 2 demonstration at Monza with Jean Alesi behind the wheel. These tires will be used in Formula 2 next year, paving the way for a brand-new look in Formula 1 starting in 2021.
Following Alesi’s lap, the iconic tire brand unveiled its 18-inch Formula 1 tire which will be put to the test for the first time at Paul Ricard this Thursday and Friday. Formula One Managing Director Ross Brawn, FIA Single Seater-Commission President Stefano Domenicali, FIA Formula 2 Championship CEO Bruno Michel and Pirelli’s Head of F1 and Car Racing Mario Isola were in attendance.
According to Isola, “The eye-catching demonstration run with the new 18-inch tires at Monza, courtesy of a legendary driver who will always be associated with this track, provided a fascinating glimpse of a future that will be with us before we know it. The link between Formula 2 and Formula 1 have never been closer, symbolized by this latest demonstration and display at our home circuit. Now we look forward to track testing some 18-inch Formula 1 prototypes for the first time next week in France.”
K by DOLCE&GABBANA is a fragrance that inspires and captivates, blazing a trail of lingering masculine seduction. Instantly conjuring the Italian countryside and the Mediterranean midday sun, its warm enveloping embrace evokes the fresh earthy scent of wooded Tuscan hills. The sublime and majestic scent boldly creates a vibrant crescendo of citruses, ignited by fiery aromatics and underpinned by sophisticated and sensual woods. This scent was a collaboration between two renowned perfumers – Daphné Bugey and Nathalie Lorson – each bringing their own quality to the finished fragrance.
The fragrance opens with zesty citruses that invigorate the senses: an energetic fusion of sparkling blood orange and pressed Sicilian lemon. Their effervescence is tinged with the fresh bite of juniper berry and warmed by amber accents of calming clary sage, blended with crisp geranium and restorative lavandin. These notes are ignited by an arresting spark of spicy pimento essence, an ingredient seldom used in perfumery, which adds a touch of heat, kindling the heart of the fragrance and amplifying its masculine energy. The scent then unfolds to a base of warm woods, sensual cedarwood merging with earthy vetiver, before yielding to the sweet spiciness of patchouli. Magnetic and unmistakably masculine, the scent both reflects and intensifies the innate charisma of a modern-day king.
Pijama, brand of soft case and accessories in neoprene born in 2006, known for the focus on the textures, presents the news of the FW 19/20 collection. These are the new proposals: the wool in buffalo check in different colors, fluo patterns in shades of yellow and a floral blue damask – all always combined with the resistant neoprene, the peculiar characteristic of the brand. To complete the news of the collection, Pijama has introduced some new models:
Pocket backpack with a vintage inspiration to remember old backpacks mountain.
Bucket bag, the cylindrical bucket bag with zip for everyday life.
Phone bag, the phone holder with cord to be comfortably worn around the neck.
The brand has always met the taste of varied public that is looking for a product capable of making its personality. Even in this season, the brand confirms the great ability to create lifestyle product focus on functionality and attention to detail with a touch of glam, 100% designed and made in Milan.