On Sunday 3rd June 2012, over one thousand boats will muster on the River Thames in preparation for Her Majesty The Queen to take part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
The formal river procession will be between 2pm and 6pm, starting upriver of Battersea Bridge and finishing downriver of Tower Bridge. The boats will muster between Hammersmith and Battersea and disperse from Tower Bridge to West India Docks.
It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Rowed boats and working boats and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Flags, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, rescue and other services will be afloat and there will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels and other boats of note.
The flotilla will be bolstered with passenger boats carrying flag-waving members of the public placed centre stage (or rather mid-river) in this floating celebration of Her Majesty’s 60 year reign. The spectacle will be further enhanced with music barges and boats spouting geysers. Moreover, there will be specially constructed elements such as a floating belfry, its chiming bells answered by those from riverbank churches.
The opening ceremony of London’s Olympic Games will be just six weeks away and the public that crowd the riverbanks and bridges will give a rousing reception to the many boats that have travelled from far and wide to represent UK port cities, the Commonwealth countries and other international interests. Downriver of London Bridge, there will be a gun salute and the flotilla will pass through a spectacular Avenue of Sail made by traditional Thames sailing boats, oyster smacks, square riggers, naval vessels and other impressive ships.
The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrates Her Majesty’s 60 years of service by magnificently bringing the Thames to life; making it joyously full with boats, resounding with clanging bells, tooting horns and sounding whistles; recalling both its royal heritage and its heyday as a working, bustling river.
The Hermes Birkin tops The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags. A feeding frenzy for this particular accessory has reached such heights that similar crocodile-skin models were offered in the US for as much as $80,000. But even if you’ve got the money to spend, there’s a waiting list. The bag’s manufacturer, Hermès, wrings its hands and apologises that demand for its leather goods is so high that there is a waiting list of up to nine months for finished items.
Number Two onThe Style Group Top Ten Luxury Handbags list is The Kelly bag, named after the Princess Grace of Monaco. Only a few products – like a Chanel haute couture suit or an Hermes Kelly bag – may remain an unattainable dream for the majority of fashionistas.
Silvia Fendi worked in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld to embellish the trademarkFendi handbag– the baguette–Number 3 on The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags list. Fendi crafted a mosaic of purses, which came out for the first time in the 1999 fall/winter collection.
Our pick for Number 4 on The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbagslist is this Louis Vuitton and Japanese artist Takashi Murakamicreation–a hip new bag for the young at heart. What an original idea–the classic logo updated in playful colors! Expected for the Spring/Summer Collection.
The Style Group picks thisBalenciaga handbag as our Number 5 pick onThe Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags. If you find one, grab it! This great new “motorcycle” handbag fromBalenciagais extremely hard to get your hands on!
Always the quintissential luxury statement, Dior makes The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags list with this elegantly understated and brilliantly designed bag! John Galliano,Dior’s successor, follows his predecessor’s style with an equally flawless number–blending today’s freedom of expression with the reminiscence of an opulent past.
There will always be a Prada on The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags list and this new one is modern, quirky and has perhaps the most hip style available. As you know, Prada bags continue to be the most imitated fashion accessories in recent years.
The Style Group picks this large-topped handle bag in black satin and feathers with bamboo handle as our Number 8 pick on our Top Ten Luxury Handbagslist. The signature style is from “One of the first status labels”, Gucci!
The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags includes the Bottega Veneta Tote bag at Number 9. Perfect for those with the need to be chic! As with all Bottega Veneta products, it’s masterfully constructed.
The Style Group’s Top Ten Luxury Handbags would be remiss without aTOD’S entry on our list! The Tod’s brand has exploded in the past two years with the products being coveted by the most influential people world-wide. How about that!
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Davos is often criticized as a cabal of the global elite. But maybe it’s time they got some populist credit: Only 70 of the 2,500 attendees are actual billionaire. The rest are merely powerful or millionaires.
According to an article by Matt Miller of Bloomberg, the U.S. is sending the largest contingent of billionaires, with 20. The roster includes hedge-funders Steve Cohen, Ray Dalio, and George Soros.
India is sending 16 billionaires – nearly a third of the country’s total billionaire population. Russia is sending 12.
There are so many billionaires attending that a social-networking company is using the occasion to launch a new “Facebook for world leaders” Indian-born businessman Vivek Ranadivé is introducing TopCom, “a private social network that combines Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, texting, and Skype.”
Oh, and you have to be among the 200 richest people in the world to join.
Yet the billionaires at Davos are mindful of the times. So they’re highlighting all the social good that can come of their Alpine pow-wow. It’s not about doing deals, partying with the powerful and expanding their networks and fortunes, they told Miller. It’s about trying to make the world a better place.
Buffett-like, they say inequality is a real problem – even though they’re perceived as the cause and Davos is short on inequality discussions.
“We have seen in 2011 what ignoring this aspect can result in,” Azim Premji, the Indian software tycoon, wrote to Miller. “If we don’t take cognizance of it and try to solve this problem, it can create a chaotic upheaval globally.”
Soros was more dire. He told Newsweek that he’s predicting “riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could even collapse altogether.”
Should be a fun party.
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Roman Abramovich’s annual New Year’s Eve party in St Barts is one of the biggest showbiz events of the year. But looking at the guestlist this year, the invitation could have easily read ‘bring your own trophy wife/girlfriend’ given the age gaps on show. While the Russian oligarch, 45, was hosting the party with his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova, 30, a host of celebrity men arrived on the arms of their much younger partners.
Lets party! Roman Abramovich and girlfriend Dasha Zhukova chat to Wendi Murdoch at their New Year’s Eve party in St Barts
Welcoming in 2012: Wendi (far left) and husband Rupert Murdoch (2nd right) await the fireworks
Among them was media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, 80, and wife Wendi, 43; music mogul Russell Simmons, 54, and actress girlfriend Melissa George, 35; film producer Harvey Weinstein, 59, and fashion designer wife Georgina Champman,35; and George Lucas, 67, and his partner Mellody Hobson, 42.
On Saturday night, the Russian oligarch opened his French Caribbean paradise, the 70-acre Gouverneur Bay Estate, to 400 guests for a New Year’s Eve party.
Apple cofounder Steve Jobs left a mark on the luxury industry not just in the mobile space, but in the way that executives think about design, retail experience, presentation and innovation.
The first step that luxury brands usually take into mobile is through iPhone or iPad applications, using the platform as a way to engage consumers and immerse them into a branded world. Despite the obvious mark that Mr. Jobs left on the industry, his innovations have helped to sculpt the way that luxury products are viewed by the world.
“Steve Jobs’ innovations were not just about being expensive, although many Apple products are considerably more expensive than the competition,” said Al Ries, chairman of marketing consultancy Ries & Ries, Roswell, GA. “Jobs’ innovations were about being different.
“The way to build a brand today is by being different, not just by being better,” he said.
Mr. Jobs passed away Oct. 5 presumably due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
Industry and marketing experts weigh in on Mr. Jobs’ and Apple’s impact on the luxury world:
Michael Becker, managing director for North America, Mobile Marketing Association
The term “revolutionary” is applied too often, but in the case of Steve Jobs, it simply doesn’t go far enough to account for his influence and impact. Informed by a personal vision of ‘what could be,’ as opposed to one driven by market research, Steve Jobs imagined devices that were more than the sum of their parts and programs, and which became an extension of the user’s needs, desires and aspirations. He not only changed the face of the mobile channel, [but] his devices and those created to compete with Apple’s offerings are creating a new world based on his vision. While Steve Jobs’ loss leaves the world a poorer place, it is a world that he helped reimagine and re-engineer. That world will be his legacy.
Pam Danziger, president of Unity Marketing, Stephens, PA
Besides the obvious fact that Jobs’ Apple brand is the luxury brand for techies, I think Jobs’ greatest contribution is the example he set to all businesses for innovation. He wasn’t afraid to shake up his industry’s ‘conventional wisdom.’ Coming from the tech world, he recognized that design and style are just as important as gigabytes and RAM. He understood the importance of delivering an ultimate experience to his customers, both when using his products and when visiting his stores. He understood the need for the Apple brand to successfully manage all touch points with his customers.
Steven DeLuca, publisher of American Express Publishing’s Departures magazine, New York
For the luxury consumer who wants the newest and best products available, Steve Jobs was among the most innovative of trailblazers. His vision and contributions enhanced the lives of luxury consumers. For these affluent individuals and the marketers who want to reach them, his work was game changing.
Nancy Hubbell, prestige communications manager at Lexus, Torrance, CA
Steve Jobs and Apple have changed the way people think and use technology in their cars. By setting the bar for intuitive functionality and incredible design, Jobs has influenced what technology luxury automakers integrate into their cars, as well as how intuitive that technolgy needs to be. His ability to provide customers with what they want, before they even knew they wanted it, is a lesson to all manufacturers.
Linda Passaro, global vice president of sales and marketing for McIntosh Laboratory, New York
Steve Jobs had a huge influence on the luxury industry, one that is being played out today on many levels. Luxury brands are all about providing customers with experiences that generate enhanced feelings for the products they purchase. In this way, the products become relevant to their lives. Steve Jobs and Apple brought the world a variety of products that create exactly these types of enhanced life experiences. He was also a visionary branding expert who set new standards that inspire all luxury brands and he tapped into the youth culture in a huge way. It is that culture that is in many respects driving today’s luxury market. Our McIntosh actually sold Steve Jobs the rights to use the name Mac in the 1980s, and everyone here is very sad with his passing. But his legacy will help shape the future of luxury brands to come.
Milton Pedraza, CEO of the Luxury Industry, New York
He changed the world in various ways. First of all, he helped the luxury industry think through how critical design is in every single product and service that you deliver. I think that it influenced the luxury automobile industry and probably the luxury home products in the design way. And I think that he probably influenced fashion designers and how to think about design and functionality. You have to use the left and right brain for any product whether it is apparel or a handbag. I know that every time I speak to a luxury CEO and ask them, “What’s the benchmark for you in luxury?” invariably they would point to Apple as the benchmark in terms of product, retail experience and innovation. I think that luxury executives have a wonderful affinity for Steve Jobs and what he has done to influence them, especially the younger luxury executive. He most likely influenced them to be better and set a very high benchmark for the luxury industry.
Many people and visionaries and CEOs and designers can learn from Steve Jobs and the way he lived his life and how he created luxury and premium products, because that’s what they are. I think he created products that helped the world and made people better. Luxury can learn from that, too. Its not just about a product, its about the emotion and the empowerment and the inspiration that a product, luxury or not, can provide to a human being.
Chris Ramey, president of Affluent Insights, Miami
Steve Jobs is the primary reason technology brands entered the luxury segment. He is my generation’s Walt Disney. He integrated design into everything he did, and touched the luxury world by doing so.
Al Ries, chairman of marketing consultancy Ries & Ries, Roswell, GA
I’m not sure that Steve Jobs has had much effect on the luxury industry because the industry tends not to pay attention to what happens elsewhere. But they sure could have learned from Mr. Jobs. Typically, the luxury industry is focused on being expensive.That can be very effective if you already have built a powerful brand such as Prada, Chanel [and] Louis Vuitton. But Steve Jobs’ innovations were not just about being expensive, although many Apple products are considerably more expensive than the competition. Steve Jobs’ innovations were about being different.
The Apple personal computer was the first “packaged” PC and the Macintosh was the first 32-bit personal computer. Just as the iPod was the first high-capacity MP3 player, the iPhone was the first touch-screen smartphone [and] the iPad was the first tablet computer. The way to build a brand today is by being different, not just by being better.