350K visitors! THANK YOU!

This Christmas, I’m planning on having a relaxed family Christmas in France, however my blog has recently passed 350,000 visitors so that is cause for celebration!

Firstly, the biggest support comes from my family, without them I wouldn’t be able to dedicate so much time to keeping my blog running and updated with fresh content. They have been understanding beyond words with my snippets of history while out and about, trawling off information about festivals (while we are there!) and random moments of inspiration.

For my readers and followers, THANK YOU to everyone who has subscribed, liked, followed, commented or shared my blog posts because I see every interaction and you are very much appreciated!

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Access Riviera is a blog about the French Riviera covering travel, lifestyle, events and more

What started as a part-time blog (I hear all the bloggers laugh!) has resonated with readers in 149 countries and snowballed into a juggernaut.

I’ve learned more about the history, places and people on the French Riviera than I ever thought possible – and I’m still learning.   There are so many topics to cover that I’ve merely scratched the surface.

I’ve answered every email I’ve received via my blog; lovely messages from people from all over the world that I’ve helped you with travel ideas, planning for yachting events, transport, accommodation, recommendations for restaurants and more.  The most special ones are the emails saying I’ve helped them with advice for their dream trip to the French Riviera.

Naturally, advice for families and/or people who have restricted mobility are at the core of what I write about and I always maintain to write honestly and factually.

I hope you continue to follow my blog in 2019 and beyond, you never know what I’ll write about next…..

THANK YOU!

 

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Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Guide : What to expect

Monaco Yacht Show is one of the key superyacht events in the Mediterranean and will be hosted at Port Hercules from 26th to 29th September 2018.

Each year, exhibitors from across the nautical industry join around 120 superyachts that are displayed, with 40 yachts being world premieres and 50% of the yachts being less than 2 years old.

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Exhibitors

The hundreds of exhibitors that attend Monaco Yacht Show are a representation of all sectors within the superyacht sector.

They include yacht designers and naval architects, shipyards, engineers, yacht brokers, charter agents, shipyards, marine supplies, yacht toys, tenders, marinas, tourism companies and crew.

The show is separated into zones to differentiate sectors:

  • Quai Albert 1er will host yards, naval architects and brokers adjacent to the yachts they’re displaying
  • Quai Jarlan will host part of the tenders zone
  • Parvis Piscine and the Upper Deck Lounge will display prestige luxury goods, furnishings and interiors
  • Darse Sud has marine suppliers and technical equipment
  • Quai Antoine 1er has the Tenders & Toys zones, the Art Pavilion, the luxury Car Deck, Press Centre and the Starboard Lounge

To find out who is attending, click here Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Exhibitors List

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Monaco Yacht Show is one of the most important annual boat shows for the marine industry (image: MYS)

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Yachts

Visitors and exhibitors at MYS are always eager to learn which yachts will be on display.  This year, some of the boats include:

6.31m Williams Diesel Jet 625

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The Williams Diesel Jet 625 will be on display at MYS 2018 (image: Boat International)

10m Pascoe Open Limousine

33.5m Riva 110 Dolcevita, Riva

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Riva 110 Dolcevita (image: MYS)

Tansu Yachts 43.7m Cyclone

47.2m Sanlorenzo 500xp, Sanlorenzo

49.98m Cecilia, Wider Yachts

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MY Cecilia by Wider Yachts (image: MYS)

49.9m Flying Dagger, Rossinavi

50m Latona, CRN

54m El Leon in the new Mangusta GranSport line, Overmarine

55.5m Power Play, Damen

57.7m Volpini 2, the first hull in the limited edition 188 series by AMELS

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M/Y Volpini 2 by Amels (image: MYS)

72m Solo by Tankoa

74.5m Elandess, Abeking & Rasmussen

77m Go, Turquoise Yachts

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M/Y GO by Turquoise Yachts (image: MYS)

90m DAR a.k.a Project Shark, built in the Netherlands by Oceanco

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DAR a.k.a Project Shark was built in the Netherlands by Oceanco (image: MYS)

95.2m Kismet, Lurssen

To find out which yachts are attending MYS 2018, click here Monaco Yacht Show 2018 Yacht List

VIP Experiences at Monaco Yacht Show 2018

Private superyacht clients can join tailor-made experiences at Monaco Yacht Show.  The Sapphire Experience and ‘Infinite’ are the official VIP programs of the show and include an invitation to the opening gala, participation in the Monaco Yacht Summit, a courtesy car service and private visits on board yachts at the show.

Monaco Yacht Show has official VIP programs called the Sapphire Experience and ‘Infinite’ (image: copyright 2017 MC-Clic)

At the show

In-show transport

At the show, there are plenty of options to move between exhibitor zones and stands.  Make use of the shuttle boats that cross the port between the main quays, and the electric golf carts that travel between Quai Rainer II and Quai Jarlan.

Here is a Map of Shuttle boat routes at MYS and golf carts.

Food & beverage

Feeling thirsty or peckish?  Here are the in-show food and beverage options:

  • The restaurant and Champagne bar at the Upper Deck Lounge is open from 10am to 6.30pm daily (lunch service from midday).
  • The café at the Starboard Lounge opens daily from 10am to 6.30pm (lunch service from midday).
  • Coffee/snack zone at Café Lucciana on Jetée Lucciana from 10.30am to 6.30pm daily.
  • For uniformed crew, you can visit the C&C Lounge between 8.30am and 7pm.

Wifi

The show Wifi hotspots will enable you to connect to Wifi to reach out to clients and keep on top of your business during the week.  Here is the map of Wifi zones and mobile charging spots – note:  All zones are accessible for show visitors, except the MYS Captains and Crew Lounge is for uniformed crew only.

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Wifi at Monaco Yacht Show 2018

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 parties

During the 4 days of the show, there are a number of charity galas, social meet-ups and cocktail parties.  Here are some of the parties and social events during Monaco Yacht Show 2018:

Tuesday 25 September

The London 2 Monaco charity cycle ride in support of Blue Marine Foundation has their after-party for all the riders and teams after they arrive at the Palace of Monaco – the London 2 Monaco party is sponsored by Icon Connect.

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The London to Monaco cycle ride after-party last year (image: Icon Connect)

The MYS Inaugural Gala Party also takes place on the Tuesday night where 400 invited guests attend the 5th Monaco Yacht Show Superyacht Awards; more info is here MYS Inaugural Gala Party.

Wednesday 26 September

4.30pm-6.30pm  Informal business drinks at the Isle of Man stand at Darse Sud

5pm onwards  Yachtneeds hosts drinks, live music and entertainment at their stand (DSE7)

7pm till late The Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco (invitation necessary)

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Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean (image: Getty Images/FPA2)

7.30pm till late IGY Marinas James Bond party at the Monaco Yacht Club (invite only)

8pm till late  The SXM Crew party at the ACREW and IMM Crew Lounge at La Rascasse.

Thursday 27 September

5pm onwards  Yachtneeds hosts drinks, live music and entertainment at their stand (DSE7)

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YachtNeeds has live music, drinks and entertainment every day during Monaco Yacht Show 2018

6pm onwards Invite-only cocktail party hosted by Zytexx at La Rascasse.

8pm-10pm  PYA Sea Changes rooftop networking drinks, sponsored by Onshore Cellars and Ocean Pantry. This event is part of the PYA Sea Changes Forum which is free for PYA members; others must register and pay a small fee via the PYA Monaco Sea Changes forum Eventbrite page.

Friday 28 September

5pm onwards  Yachtneeds hosts drinks, live music and entertainment at their stand (DSE7)

5pm-7pm  Drinks and nibbles courtesy of TINO Stone at the ACREW & IMM Garden Lounge at La Rascasse.

6pm-9pm Club Vivanova Summer Yacht Party at Le Méridien Beach Plaza (entry fee applies).

7pm-9pm  Yacht Chandlers hosts an event strictly for Captains and Crew at the Star Deck at Stars n Bars. Details below:

Other events during the week include the Amels/Damen party, Boat International party (video of 2017 party shown below), Feadship’s event, Lurssen’s popular soirée, My Yacht Group’s annual yacht party and China Night.

Monaco Yacht Show 2018 tips

  • Wear comfortable footwear – you’ll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Check the weather forecast – it may be a hot sunny week or thunderstorms; pack for the weather conditions.
  • There is no coat check or luggage storage facility at the show, so bear this in mind if you have valuable items with you, jackets or laptops.
  • Visitors are permitted to take photos and videos within the show zone. The exception is the use of drones which are forbidden inside the MYS perimeter (aside from the official drone operator, MC Clic).
  • Download the Monaco Show app for maps of the show.  You can get it on the App Store or Google Play.
  • Check train schedules to and from Monaco as evening trains run less frequently.  Taxis can be quite pricey, so plan transport in advance.  Monacair offers promotions for helicopter transfers between Nice Côte d’Azur Airport and the heliport at Fontvieille including private car transfers to the show or any address in Monaco.  Use promo code ‘MYS2018’; to book a heli transfer you can download the Monacair app or visit them at the show above La Rascasse at point N on the show map.
  • Follow the show on social media and use hashtags #MYS2018 #monacoyachtshow #MYSexperience
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Make use of the in-show transport to save time at Monaco Yacht Show 2018 (image copyright Alina Garazhenko / Ameller Malcorps)

MYS 2018 at a glance

Monaco Yacht Show adapts each year ensuring owners, potential buyers and the industry itself evolves through B2B networking and feedback.  Here’s the show at a glance:

Monaco Yacht Show (image: copyright 2017 MC-Clic)

Yearly visitor numbers:  36,400 (stat from 2017 show)

Exhibitors:  590 exhibitors from 38 countries

Yachts:  120 superyachts, 40 debuts, 50% are less than 2 years old, 49m is the average length of yacht on display at MYS.

Luxury showcases:  10 prestige cars at the Car Deck, 2 helicopters on display at Parvis Piscine and Quai Antoine 1er, luxury exhibitors at Parvis Piscine and the Upper Deck Lounge including Dassault Aviation, Paola Lenti and ProtectStone

Date / opening times :  Wednesday 26th September to Saturday 29th September from 10am to 6.30pm

Tickets:  Tickets are available for purchase on the official MYS website, or at the show at one of the three entrances.  This year, ticket prices have increased – buy MYS tickets here.  Children under 12 years of age are free.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there!  Please share this MYS 2018 guide on social media if you’ve found it informative. Thank you!

 

 

 

Charity events on the French Riviera

Saturday 14 October 2017    Cogs 4 Cancer : End of Ride/Season Party

The popular Cogs 4 Cancer cycle covers 1400 km from London to Antibes with 30 cyclists raising more than €242000 this year in the fight against cancer.  While that is a phenomenal amount, let’s get behind the team and keep the funds growing by attending the fundraiser party that will be hosted in the evening at The View in the Palais des Congrès in Juan les Pins.

Entertainment includes a DJ, Deceptionist and Contortionist with snacks and nibbles on offer; the event starts at 8pm and goes till late.  100% of ticket sales goes to charity and 30% of drinks sales goes to charity.   There are also the Cogs 4 Cancer wristbands/bracelets on sale across the French Riviera, or you can opt to visit the website to donate www.cogs4cancer.org

Note:  The cyclists will be arriving at Antibes the previous day on Friday 13 October 2017 following a tribute ride from Port Gallice around the Cap d’Antibes and arriving at the IYCA at Port Vauban in Antibes approx. 4.45pm with the arrival party from 5pm, sponsored by Gourmet Deliveries.  Find out more about the Cogs 4 Cancer 2017 arrival time and info here:  http://cogs4cancer.org/2017-tribute-ride

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Cogs 4 Cancer End of Ride/Season Party

Saturday 14 October 2017   Yachts du Coeur

Yachts du Coeur, an EcoMer initiative, is having a charity collection at Port Vauban in Antibes from 10.30am to 2.30pm with the human solidarity chain at 11am.  Come along for music, songs and bring a donation of non-perishable food to benefit the Food Bank.   Visit their website here to find out more about their mission or to donate: http://www.yachts-du-coeur.com/

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Yachts du Coeur charity collection – Port Vauban, Antibes

Friday 10 November  Chances for Children Fundraiser at Monaco Yacht Club

After the busy events week during Monaco Yacht Show, Monaco Yacht Club will again host another event in November – Music, Magic and More – with proceeds benefiting Chances for Children charity.

The fundraising night runs from 7.30pm to 11.30pm with a magic show featuring Neil Henry (Britain’s Got Talent), hors d’oeuvres, DJ set and paintings for sale by Emma Kavuma, a talented Ugandan artist.   Find out more about C4C at www.c4c.mc (Poster design Dave Rowles)

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Music, Magic & More – Chances for Children fundraiser on November 10 at Monaco Yacht Club

If you are a charity with an upcoming event on the French Riviera, you can contact me to list your event for free – send an email to accessriviera06@gmail.com with subject line ‘Charity event’ and I’ll do my best to add your event to my blog.

 

250,000 THANK YOUS

Sunday smiling and sending out a huge heartfelt thank you to all my followers, sharers, commenters and occasional readers who have stopped by Access Riviera – I have hit a milestone of 250,000 visitors!

I’m totally overwhelmed with all of the support for my blog from what started as a simple vision to provide information about the French Riviera and has grown into a behemoth and I’ve appreciated every like, share and comment along the way.

I’ve worked with some brilliant clients, learned a lot about growing and ungrowing followers, committed myself to writing good content and generally sticking to writing about things I believe in whether it’s the good, the bad or the ugly.

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!  Here’s to the next 250K

Becks

To read some of my most popular articles, click on the links below:

Secret French Riviera : Hidden spots worth visiting

The Lavender Route

Cannes Film Festival : The Ultimate Guide

Top 15 French Riviera viewpoints for amazing photos

Monaco on a budget

To work with me or simply send me feedback, you can contact me a number of ways from my Contact Access Riviera page.

Roland Garros : Deserving Winners!

Today, something distracted me from work.   Replying to many emails, I received a notification about a Mens Doubles pair who have recently won at Roland Garros.

For those who aren’t familiar, Roland Garros (French Open) is a major tennis tournament held over two weeks between late May and early June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris.

The two tennis players, Stéphane Houdet and Nico Peifer, are top wheelchair tennis players but have been mostly unrecognised in French media for this significant win.

Stéphane Houdet and Nico Peifer – winners of the Mens Doubles in wheelchair tennis at Roland Garros 2017

Why is there a lack of French media coverage?

Why does French media avoid coverage?  The words ‘disabled’ and ‘handisport’ are not seen as sexy, they’re not conducive to glamorous advertising campaigns and French media have admitted that they think the public is not interested.  So, they simply don’t talk about it.

The general disregard to people with special needs filters through from school level, lack of pedagogical teaching for special education and lack of support systems for both children with special needs and their families.  As a cultural platform, France has never been a trail-blazer with accessibility information and seriously lacking with media coverage for athletes and professional sportspeople who are not able-bodied.

France isn’t a newcomer to accessible sports – they participated in the inaugural Paralympic Games in Rome back in 1960 and have taken part in every edition of the Summer and Winter Paralympics since then, including hosting the Winter Paralympics in 1992.

Yet, French Paralympians had to wait until the year 2016 – when for the first time in over half a century – France Télévision agreed to show 100 hours of highlights from the Rio Paralympics in a one-hour daily update.  This was only instigated after a petition from the French public and criticism of the poor national media coverage from London’s 2012 Paralympics.

Nicolas Peifer is a top French tennis player

In comparison, British television showed two-thirds more coverage of the Rio Paralympics including live coverage and athlete profiles.

Sadly for Stéphane Houdet and Nico Peifer, France Télévision did not broadcast any of their tennis matches, but only a sequence of about fifty seconds.

Raising the profile of sportspeople with less mobility

The truth is that here in France, sportspeople with restricted mobility have a real and continuing battle for recognition.

They fight stereotypes for funding, for media coverage and in some instances, public acceptance that they are good enough.

It frustrates me and saddens me, but the least I can do is push the message out there that as high-level professional athletes they are worthy and deserve to be on the global stage.  I’m happy to use my network to share their achievement and send a message to French media that I am just one of those millions of people who IS interested.

As well as winning Roland Garros recently, both players have won medals at previous Paralympics.  Stéphane has won at Roland Garros before – he is also the current Masters doubles champion, a former world number one, and has won Wheelchair Mens Doubles at Wimbledon, the Australian Open and US Open.

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A fight for change

The more that the public shares the achievements and efforts of handisport teams, the more media coverage they will receive. This in turn will appeal to Sponsors and corporate investors who will always be looking at the bottom line for advertising.   As well as visibility in sport, these athletes have powerful life stories and can advocate and give feedback for accessible innovations in business, tourism, education and technology.

For Stéphane and Nico, there have been small changes for the future – the management by French Handisport Federation and French Tennis Federation has allowed them to upgrade hotel categories and have a physio join them touring.   This may seem unfair when the budgets for football transfers are excessively ludicrous or rugby games rack up prime time coverage as soon as a player dons the national jersey.

To see (in French) their interview after their win at Roland Garros, you can watch it below:

And if more people share their victory it may avoid journalists reporting that the last French Mens Doubles who won at Roland Garros were Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Julien Benneteau in 2014 (deserving as they also were).

Thank you to Stéphane Giraud for sharing their story – in just one week, more than 180K people are enlightened to Stéphane and Nico’s achievement at Roland Garros and that they benefit from the recognition they deserve.

What are your views on media coverage for handisports?  Do you think there should be more coverage in print, online and radio?  I’d love to hear feedback.

A Day with Heroes on the French Riviera : Saturday 10 June 2017

What is the definition of a ‘Hero’?

When you have two young boys like myself, the concept of a ‘hero’ alludes to a superhero, typically the Marvel Avengers kind with impregnable armour, superhuman qualities or super tools such as grapple guns.

For the rest of us, a hero or heroine is someone who can be admired for their noble values, courage or outstanding achievements.  They are not always victorious, but they are often regarded highly for great acts and bravery.

A Day with Heroes on the French Riviera

On Saturday 10th June, residents on the French Riviera will have the opportunity to attend a fundraising day with a group of Heroes.

Who are these ‘Heroes’?  The Heroes are a group of 10 soldiers who have all served in active service abroad and were wounded in war zones. All have been medically discharged ; some will have visible injuries, amputations, loss of sight, some will have mental injuries, PTSD, disassociation disorders and they will share their inspirational stories of how they are moving forward in life.

The day is organised by Rachael Dickens, a public figure on the French Riviera and business owner at the English Osteopath, who is Lead Medical and a key member of the committee for the Supporting Wounded Veterans Foundation (formerly Skiing with Heroes) that supports the rehabilitation of veterans on the path to reemployment.

From 7.45pm, a hog roast dinner will be hosted in a private villa in Valbonne consisting of a welcome drink, 3-course dinner with some wine, raffle draw and entertainment.  Tickets are just €50 each (excluding Eventbrite booking fee); NOTE: Evening dinner is for ages 18+ only.  Grab your tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heroes-dinner-tickets-34217103277?aff=efbevent

About Supporting Wounded Veterans

Supporting Wounded Veterans (formerly Skiing with Heroes) is a charity that helps wounded veterans get back into civilian life and occupation. Founded in 2012 as ‘Skiing with Heroes’, their initial activity was the organisation of a rehabilitation ski week and, since the first one in Klosters in 2013, the charity has been able to increase the number of veterans taken each year; last year over 100 veterans applied for the trip and there are already 60 applicants for next year.

Because each of the veterans require differing levels of ongoing support and encouragement, SWV have created a needs-based Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE) Programme which the veterans join following the ski trip. They have also recently opened a Pain Management Clinic, specifically for wounded veterans.

Many of the veterans take up sports after their injuries and share their triumphs via the SWV Facebook page including 3 that have been selected to represent Team GB in the 2017 Invictus Games to be held in Toronto in September.

I hope you support this worthwhile charity that helps people who have given so much.  If you can’t attend the event on Saturday, you can make a donation via their website http://www.supportingwoundedveterans.com/

Image credits:  Supporting Wounded Veterans / Skiing with Heroes

 

4 Amazing Events To Find Fashion and Famous Faces In The Next Week

The month of May sees visitors to the French Riviera pack their stylish best for a number of high-profile events including Cannes Film Festival 2017 and Monaco Grand Prix 2017.

If you’re looking to find the latest designer looks,  then follow these top events in the next week for a glamorous window into luxury fashion and lifestyle.

Saturday 20 May 2017 : Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards – InterContinental Carlton, Cannes

This exclusive event founded by entrepreneur and designer Andres Aquino is the sister event for Couture Fashion Week New York.

The evening will take place in the stunning InterContinental Carlton at the heart of the Croisette with a red carpet, Champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a gourmet dinner.  There will be fashion shows by designers Andres Aquino, Lucian Adulari, Jeanne Jean, GSA Couture, Hany El Behairy, Tjasa Skapin, DiDomenico Designs and Duonvlang.

The Global Short Film Awards, established in 2015, recognizes excellence in short films under 15 minutes long in a variety of subjects. Filmmakers can submit their films in 2D and/or 3-D format in one or more subject category. An awards presentation will take place for the winning short films listed here:

2017 AWARD WINNING FILMS

Best 3-D Film: Last Day of War (Russian Federation)

Best Action Film: Asphyxia (Italy)

Best Animation: The Vast Landscape (Singapore)

Best Beauty Film: Efímera (Spain)

Best Comedy Film: Must Escape (Ukraine)

Best Dance Film: Platform 13 (Japan)

Best Drama Film: Save (Germany)

Best Fantasy Film: Mr Dentonn (Spain)

Best Fashion Film: Bunny (Serbia)

Best Music Film: Crude Furie (Russian Federation)

Best Nature Film: Zion (USA)

Best Romance Film: Hugo (UK)

Best Sci-Fi Film: A Shadow of Dara (Bulgaria)

Best Social Concern Film: Mother (Georgia)

Best Special Effects: Light Sight (Iran)

Best Travel Film: Redwood (USA)

Best Young Talent: Grace Wethor, ClockMaker (USA)

Festival Director’s Choice: ClockMaker (USA)

Special Awards: Best Actor. Best Actress. Best Film. Best Director. Top Model. To be announced at the event.

Another highlight of the evening will be a diverse international selection of live entertainment, music and dancing.  Scheduled performers include Melissa, Balkan Trip, Rebecca Nuez, Stella Matteoni, Kaja Pecnik, Valeria Florencio, Nikolay Gladskikh, Raghunath Manét, Princess Angeline Monet and more.

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Tuesday 23 May 2017 :  Tiffany’s Red Carpet Week Cannes Fashion ExtravaganzaInterContinental Carlton, Cannes

Season 2 of Tiffany’s Red Carpet Week Cannes Fashion Show Extravaganza will take place at the 5-star InterContinental Carlton and present 9 Designers from England, Dubai, Italy, India, France, Hungary, Nigeria, Singapore and the United States.

Founded by designer Tiffany McCall, Red Carpet Fashion Week Cannes is a spectacular production of fashion, beauty and music.

The famous Emirate Fashion Designer and Goodwill Ambassador Mona Al Monsouri will open the show with her Haute Couture Collection followed by 8 divine International Designers. There will also be a Fashion Exhibition by the Designers’ Collections during the event for all of the guests to buy their collections.

The event will offer music performances, French cuisine, Champagne and free VIP gifts and offers for international clients from beauty sponsors L’Oreal’s Redken, Champagne Römerhof, Divas Fabulous Beauty Products, Gold Energy and Carmen Steffens.

Getty Photos are available at the show for VIP guests by Consort PR, with global coverage by Luxe.TV and live streaming by Stephanie Cansell via Periscope.  The event is hosted in collaboration with the Raindance Film Festival and 2 Bulls on the Hill Production.

Thursday 25 May 2017 : amFAR Cinema Against Aids Gala Night 2017 – Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes

The premier event for A-listers during Cannes Film Festival, the amfAR Annual Cinema Against Aids charity gala night is the unmissable party of 2017.

Produced by AAB Productions / Andy Boose, the 24th edition is sponsored by Harry Winston and Bold Films (Presenting Sponsors), Moët and Hennessy, Persol and Renault (Signature Sponsors).

amfAR Cinema Against Aids 24 will be chaired this year by Nicole Kidman, Harvey Weinstein, Jessica Chastain, Pedro Almodóvar, Eva Longoria, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, David Lynch and Carine Roitfeld with Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole joined by Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby.

There will be music performances from Rita Ora and XX alongside two special parts of the amfAR Cannes 2017 evening which are the charity auction and runway show.

amfAR Cannes 2017 charity auction

The charity auction will bring together members of high society, film and entertainment stars and prominent business people to bid on a range of exclusive artworks and luxury items.

This year, the auction features :

A week on board superyacht Serenity

A 1958 Jaguar XK150

1950 Jaguar XK150 (image: amfAR)

A  7-night stay at the Finolhu Resort in the Maldives for up to 60 guests with access to the 10Ak Beach Club

A Hennessy • 8 piece with eight-ring decanter of Baccarat crystal with a chest of oak from Hennessy’s cooperage, as well as a 4-night stay in Paris and Cognac for 2 people including flights, accommodation and local transfers

A Faberge-inspired velvet armchair – the Egg Number 1, Versailles – with Swarovski crystals, 24-carat gold and a Baccarat crystal dome filter designed by French interior designer and artist Jonathan Loubens

The Egg Number 1, Versailles by Jonathan Loubens (image: amfAR)

A set of 10 signed and numbered portraits of the Golden Age of Hollywood by George Hurrell

Stunning sculptures by JR, Vasily Klyukin, Laurence Jenkell

amfAR Cannes 2017 fashion show

Carine Roitfeld will again stage the supermodel runway show with original designs from top global designers themed around the Golden Age of Hollywood and bedecked in jewels by Harry Winston.  Keep your eyes out for appearances from Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski and Irina Shayk,

Video below courtesy of amfAR:

Friday 26 May 2017 : Amber Lounge Fashion Show – Le Méridien Beach Plaza hotel, Monte-Carlo

The hottest ticket for the international jet set during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix are the VIP events hosted by Amber Lounge.

The Amber Lounge Fashion Show opens the festivities on Friday 26 May with a world famous runway viewing – the only catwalk to have F1 drivers, their wives and girlfriends and F1 television presenters as the models.

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F1 drivers Fashion Show at Amber Lounge (image: Amber Lounge)

This year, the headline designer is SAFiYAA showcasing the AW17 collection and original pieces for the show, with the F1 drivers dressed in Apsley Tailors and the ladies of F1 presenting beautiful Italian designer silk scarves by Silviya Neri.

Amber Lounge Fashion Show

Le Méridien Beach Plaza is the venue for Amber Lounge Fashion Show (image: Amber Lounge)

As well as the highly anticipated Amber Lounge Fashion Show, a charity auction will feature one-of-a-kind items such as a personal Champagne pack from Hatt & Soner, racing photos donated by Sir Jackie Stewart and a framed painting by Arunas Rutkus.  Sir Jackie Stewart’s charity, Race Against Dementia, is the chosen charity this year with bids raised going to this great cause to raise awareness and fund research.

The charity event is followed by a sumptuous dinner and entertainment at the Amber Lounge with top DJ’s and live acts.

Access Riviera is proud to be a Media Partner for Cannes Fashion and Global Short Film Awards 2017, Tiffany’s Red Carpet Week Cannes 2017 and Amber Lounge Fashion Show 2017