LACOSTE celebrates its 80th anniversary with Maisons Francaise

There are collaborations and then there are collaborations. I for one have not seen such amazing products on display from so many brands that it is tough to select a favourite. For its 80th Anniversary, Lacoste has invited nine French houses to join the festivities, the names include Hermes, Baccarat, Bernardaud, Boucheron, Christofle, Fauchon, Goyard, S.T.Dupont and Veuve Clicquot. Each top end guest will treat the crocodile with An exclusive gift. These unique objects are symbols of the craftsmanship, expertise And know-how of some of the greatest names in French Luxury and are a tribute to 80 years of an extraordinary homage to Lacoste’s sense of innovation and excellence.

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The Crocodile’s anniversary party will be enlightened by an exclusive Baccarat creation — a crystal vase inspired by the tennis and golf trophies that René Lacoste, his wife, daughter, and all of the LACOSTE champions ever since, held high above their head. The design of this work of art is reminiscent of the prevalent shapes of the 30s. It stands as a tribute to the era where the Crocodile was ruling the tennis courts, while his wife was mastering golf courses.
To celebrate LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Bernardaud presents the Crocodile with 27 colourful porcelain golf tees reminiscent of the family- shared passion. The 27 different colours are directly inspired by the joyful palette of the LACOSTE polo-shirts. Until the 50s, the LACOSTE polo-shirt was only produced in white, but today, about 60 colours are available every season — an extension of the brand’s famous «joie de vivre»
In order to pay tribute to LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, Boucheron created two exclusive brooches inspired by the legendary Crocodile. Boucheron is very famous for its animal-inspired creations. Made out of diamonds and emeralds, these exclusive jewels add up to Boucheron’s famous bestiary, now hosting two new crocodile guests. It also reminds us of a romantic move from tennis champion René Lacoste who gifted his wife a Boucheron brooch.
As René Lacoste was married to golf champion Simone Thion de la Chaume, golf represents an essential part of LACOSTE’s DNA. Their daughter — Catherine Lacoste— herself having embraced golf as a career reinforced this special relationship to that sport. Intrigued by these hereditary skills, Christofle drew its inspiration from that unusual family feature and pays tribute to LACOSTE on its 80th anniversary by producing the most exclusive silver golf club for the most exclusive players.
LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary is the chance for FAUCHON to pay tribute to the crocodile brand using its signature pastry: the éclair. Specially created for this event by the Maison’s pastry chefs, the FAUCHON éclairs for LACOSTE are green, magenta and white and come in four unique gourmet versions. The centres of these éclairs ooze elegant flavours, just like the LACOSTE collections. Food lovers will be able to choose between the truly creamy green tea, almond, vanilla, lemon and strawberry versions. These high fashion éclairs are bedecked with moulded chocolate shells that echo the texture of the famous LACOSTE piqué cotton polo shirts for the monochrome versions and glossy almond paste for the striped version. The legendary crocodile made from marshmallow adds the finishing touch to these creations.
For its 80th anniversary, LACOSTE is getting a very special gift from the French luxury trunk maker. In fact, Goyard is treating the Crocodile to an exclusive travel bag. It is indeed a perfect match considering the Crocodile’s universe, tinged with elegant journeys all around the world. This gift is also a tribute to the worldwide and well-established LACOSTE values. Mixing the two Houses’ codes — the Crocodile and stylized chevron-patterned monogram — this bag stands as a flawless illustration of Goyard’s traditional know-how.
Hermès pays tribute to LACOSTE’s tennis history with a unique gift conceived as a wink to the Crocodile’s birth. In the 1920s, tennis champion René Lacoste made a bet with his team captain about whether he would win a match he was about to play. The champion was given his nickname after the stakes of that bet — a suitcase made of crocodile skin — and soon started embroidering a crocodile on his legendary polo shirt. 80 years later, Hermès offers LACOSTE a crocodile tennis bag.
S.T. Dupont
For LACOSTE’s 80th anniversary, S.T. Dupont is presenting the iconic crocodile with a very special gift. The purposely mysterious case contains a beautiful lighter, two candles, a notebook and two pens: Elysée and Classique. Both functional and elegant, it’s the ideal kit for any chic sportsman on tennis courts or golf greens, before or after play. LACOSTE’s essential values, elegance and fair-play, also represent the core values of every champion. LACOSTE is deeply rooted in the sport values through its DNA, and with this gift, S.T. Dupont pays homage to that authentic heritage.
Veuve Clicquot
Since its foundation in 1772, the Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin House has remained true to its motto : «Only one quality, the finest». That is a simple way to sum up the essence of the brand. As one of the figureheads of French Champagne, Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is obviously designated to bring the famous bottle to LACOSTE’s anniversary party. The brand manufactured a special trolley for that matter, paying tribute to the brand’s golf heritage. On the night of the anniversary, the popping cork should echo the noise of a golf ball dropping in the hole on a golf course.Nicknamed «the great lady of Champagne» in 1805 when her husband passed away, the Veuve Clicquot became the first woman to lead a champagne house and one of the first businesswomen of the modern era.

Shangri-la Dubai’s 10th anniversary celebrations

I know this is a little short notice but for all of my UAE readers it is a steal, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Shangri-la Dubai is selling ten rooms for only Dhs 10, valid for bookings on 10th July only.The Dhs 10 rate is limited to the first ten bookings made for the night of 10th July 2013 via the website booking engine at Guests may start bookings on 8th July 2013 at 9 a.m. using the special rate code SLDB10ANN. Furthermore, children born on 8th July 2003, the hotel’s official opening date, and residing in Dubai may enjoy a complimentary birthday lunch or dinner for a maximum of ten guests at Dunes Café.

Shangri-La Dubai,

Shangri-La Dubai,

So spread the word and make it a special anniversary, birthday or general night out with friends for your loved ones. It is a perfect gift, so wish I was in Dubai to avail this offer.

Disneyland Paris Completes 20 years

Disneyland Paris is Europe’s leading tourist destination, with more than 250 million visits since the Resort opened in 1992 (15.6 million visits in 2011). The Resort includes two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park), seven Disney-themed hotels totalling some 5,800 rooms (with an additional 2,400 hotel rooms operated by Selected and Associated Hotels), two full-service convention centres and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, the Resort is home to Disney Village, one of the largest entertainment districts in the Ile-de-France Region. Covering more than 30,000 m2, Disney Village features themed restaurants, shops and a cinema multiplex. In all, Disneyland Paris includes 57 attractions, 62 shops, and 58 restaurants. Since April 1, 2012, Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with new entertainment events, emotion-packed encounters, new decor and unforgettable magical experiences. 7 July to 2 September 2012 is Summer Time in France where the season is about to start and this season is the most ideal time to come and celebrate Disneyland Paris’ 20th Anniversary. 

DISNEY’S 20th ANNIVERSARY SUMMER TIME – A SEASON FOR NEW THINGS!The new features unveiled for Disneyland Paris’ 20th Anniversary will be continuing throughout the summer, including the extraordinary night time sound and light show Disney Dreams®!
Disney Magic on Parade! is another brand-new colourful show, while Disney’s 20th Anniversary Celebration Train and Meet Mickey Mouse give visitors a unique opportunity to see their favourite Disney characters up close and personal.

Disney Dreams®!
After dark every evening, the Disney Dreams®! show dazzles guests with myriads of lights, colours and magic.  Featuring special effects created especially for this world first at Disneyland Paris, the not-to-be-missed show goes beyond anything guests can imagine.  For the first time ever, they’ll be caught up in the action through images projected onto Sleeping Beauty Castle. First and foremost, Disney Dreams®! tells a moving, magical story.  Guided by Peter Pan, guests discover or rediscover the greatest Disney stories: Beauty and the Beast, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, not forgetting Aladdin, Rapunzel and many, many more. Using state-of-the-art techniques, Sleeping Beauty Castle is transformed successively into a star-studded sky where Peter Pan takes flight; a replica of Notre-Dame cathedral with the Hunchback on its roof; and a fantastic play area for the chimney sweeps from Mary Poppins.  The best-known Disney songs, specially arranged for the occasion, also play an important role in the story. This breath-taking nighttime show features dazzling lasers, spectacular water sprays and absolutely incredible firework effects, culminating in a finale like none other ever seen at Disneyland Paris. Water plays a key role in the show, with two water screens and more than 30 new fountains, some of them producing water sprays over twenty metres high.  These have been installed all around Sleeping Beauty Castle. In addition to all these incredible effects, the teams of designers decided to use breath-taking firework effects.  Pillars of fire burst out on all sides of Sleeping Beauty Castle, really setting it aflame. With performances every evening at the Disneyland Park, Disney Dreams®! is THE show you absolutely must see – pure, unadulterated magic, never before seen at Disneyland Paris.

Venue: in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle – Disneyland Park

Meet Mickey Mouse
The world’s favourite mouse has a wonderful surprise in store for the guests of Disneyland Paris! Between two performances of his magic show, Mickey is delighted to welcome visitors in person for a private, exclusive meeting backstage at his magnificent theatre, nestled in the heart of Fantasyland.Redecorated in the style of old British music halls, the auditorium screens short films of Mickey Mouse in his greatest roles from yesteryear.  Mickey awaits visitors backstage in his own private rehearsal room, surrounded by myriads of absolutely amazing conjuror’s accessories.After this amazing meeting, Mickey is only too happy to pose for a photo session in the company of his fans.

Venue: Fantasyland – Disneyland Park

The Tarzan™ Encounter
Tarzan is back in Disneyland Paris!  By popular demand, The Tarzan™ Encounter show will be back at Chaparral Theater, sweeping the audience straight off to the heart of an interactive jungle where primitive worlds and civilization collide.  The unforgettable moments of this outstanding show include an airborne duet with Jane and Tarzan, cheeky acrobatic numbers by the tribe of monkeys and a rhythm-crazy jam session with the participation of children from the audience.

Venue: Chaparral Theater, Frontierland  – Disneyland Park

From 12 July onwards, the new World of Disney shop will be open to the public.  Located at the entrance to Disney Village, this will be the third store with this name to be opened in a Disney Park, after those in Florida and California.With a retail area covering over 1400sqm, World of Disney inaugurates a new universe where shopping becomes a travel adventure.  In the finest Disney tradition, World of Disney is a unique, magical place where Mickey Mouse and friends have brought back the best products in each category from their trips to the far-flung corners of the world, especially for Disney fans and guests.The architecture of the World of Disney building is in Art Deco style, paying tribute to the ‘grand magasin’ department stores of Paris – and helping to make this the most attractive store at Disneyland Paris.

Venue: Disney Village