24 hours of Elegance by Chivas. An amazing celebration of classic car culture, excellence in craftsmanship and superb elegance of all things artisanal. Royal Palace Belgrade & Belgrade Waterfront, September 1-3, 2017.

City of Belgrade hosted the seventh edition of the finest classic car and culture of excellence event in Southeast Europe, the „24 hours of Elegance - Concours d’Elegance & Salon of Ex-cellence”, from September 1-3. It is an international event dedicated to the prestigious brands, true symbols of supreme quality manufacture and craftsmanship of details, created and chaired by Alex Djordjevic of DeGorsi luxury consulting and co-chaired by Lady Cris Egger.

Since 2011, the event is held under the patronage of the Royal Family, organized in partner-ship with Belgrade Waterfront and in synergy with Serbian Federation of Historic Vehicles (FIVA Member), Gathering commenced at the White Palace, on Friday, September 1, 2017, with the opening of MASTERS OF EXCELLENCE exhibition, presented by the renowned ARBITER magazine, dedicated to the Parisian elegance. Presented were supreme mai-sons, renowned for their immaculate craftsmanship, such as Camps de Luca bespoke tailors, master craftsmen - shoemakers Aubercy and the exclusive cloth makers Dor-meuil with the support of G.H. MUMM champagne. Splendid suits and shoes of Parisian masters were paired with excellent hand made leather garments by Sartoria Melina from Naples.

Simultaneously, KEN LINDSAY, CHIVAS’s International Brand Ambassador, took VIP guests for tasting of CHIVAS REGAL Extra, at the Royal Library. Complement-ing its collection of premium blended Scotch whiskies, Chivas Regal Extra is one of the richest, most generous tasting blends within this category, crafted for those who look for more.

One of highlights was the presentation of Belgrade Masters of Craftsmanship, a selection of local manufacturers of bespoke items, like HOH made to order watches by Jovan Jelic, IGOR SUHENKO’s made to order shoes or MARUŠKA hand painted ties and accessories.
At the Royal Palace, guests enjoyed a live performance of ballet stars of the National Theatre performing highlights of the Sleeping beauty ballet, while the second part of the event in-cluded charity auction followed by the presentation of refined jewelry by Berg, contemporary designed shoes by Fabi, along with accessories by the acclaimed brand AristoPop.

Special highlight was a couture show by Francesca Cappelletti at the Royal Palace gardens, that included international top models from Japan who showed fabulous one-off couture pieces.

Saturday, September 2 was marked by “Belgrade Classic Car Show 2017”. Brand new, Bel-grade Waterfront real estate project played the host of the prestigious car competition „Chivas Concours d’Elegance 2017“, the exhibition of the most beautiful classic cars.
These splendid automobiles were evaluated by the professional jury, presided by Anthony Hertzberger, a renowned classic car collector from Holland, who selected the best ones in different categories. The afternoon culminated with the award ceremony of the coveted „CHIVAS Best of Show“ award.

• Tiriac Collection, presented by Teo Dorcescu, won the Chivas Best of Show with splendid 1937 ROLLS-ROYCE Phantom III. 70th Anniversary of Ferrari was celebrated by Best in Class awards going to 1971 Ferrari Dino of Franco Lombardi from Milan and a sensa-tional 1967 Ferrari 275 of Nicola Livon, well know Ferrari collector. A special award, pre-sented by Heritage & Tradition magazine, was awarded by Juan de Tamenne and Manabu Kato of Amitie sans Frontieres charity from Tokyo and Monte Carlo, to the spectacularly restored classic model MINERVA produced in 1926, and presented by renowned Slovenian collector Božo Šef.

Special attention of the audience drew the exhibition of AQOS, the first super-car concept in this part of the world, created by renwned industrial designer Sasa Milovancevic.

During the Saturday, September 2, afternoon, at the beautiful hall of BELGRADE WATER-FRONT gallery, center stage was taken by „Salon of Excellence“, held in partnership with Diplomacy & Commerce magazine and with support of ABSOLUT vodka and LUXLIFE.rs. Discussion was moderated by the chairman of the 24 hours of Elegance, Alex Djordjevic who discussed with distinguished panelists from famed maisons: Camps de Luca, Aubercy, Dormeuil, Chivas and Melina. Following the conference , the audience had an oppor-tunity to experience the exquisite quality of all brands durng the exhebition supported by ABSOLUT vodka cocktail.

And the newest addition to the plethora of happenings of the 24 hours of Elegance, was a book presentation segment, where author Katia Ferri presented its novel, Viaggio con Leo-nardo, dedicated to her family ties with famous polymath Leonardo da Vinci.

The 24 hours of Elegance - 2017 edition - had its official wrap up with a party held in the iconic Ellington’s lounge of Belgrade’s Hyatt Regency hotel, where Chivas joined forces with Gloria magazine, and threw a party with ‘80s new wave theme, to the approval of the numerous guests.

NEW SARTORIAL THREAD competition by LANIFICIO CERRUTI and DEGORSI LUXURY CONSULTING, awards GENNARO ANNUNZIATA of Sartoria CHIAIA, as the finest young tailor in Italy
On June 13th, at the sumptuous setting of Palazzo Capponi Vettori, under the auspices of PITTI UOMO, Salon of Excellence and Fashion Frames were officially opened by Vincenzo Maria Franco , general Manager of PITTI UOMO. He underlined the importance of talented artisans for the fashion system and PITTI as the platform for nurturing young generation of talents. At the award ceremony, 
members of the New Sartorial Thread jury, Karl Edwin Guerre of @guerreisms, Alessandro Botre of Arbiter magazine, Giorgio Giangiulio influencer and  Umberto Paccotto of Lanificio Cerruti, presented the Awards in the first sartorial challenge for the finest young tailor in Italy. 
Overall winner of the New Sartorial Thread competition for 2017 presented by Lanificio Cerruti and DeGorsi Luxury Consulting is Gennaro Annunziata of Sartoria Chiaia from Naples. This way he is immediately nominated into the global competition for the finest young tailor in 2018 as a champion of Italy and Neapolitan style..
As well, New Sartorial Thread awards presented special acknowledgments: Best style went to Davide Siotti of Sartoria Siotti and Best craftsmanship to Enzo Carfora of Sartoria Carfora.
The awards were presented by @guerreisms and Arbiter magazine respectively. Following the ceremony, VIP guests and media met Masters of Craftsmanship, that ranged form bespoke shirt-making (presented by iconic Siniscalchi of Milano and their young counterparts TeMa bespoke shirts, along with uniquely bold Passaggio Cravatte concept of bespoke ties with vintage silks, championed by Gianni Cerrutti.
Segment of exclusive bespoke shoes was superbly covered by Calzoleria Rivolta from Milan, who showed their latest selection of loafers in softest leathers and nice colors.  The accessories segment was very promoting since the guests met a very talented young designer Stefano Manetti who creates a luxurious line of bags under the brand Ne/No. 

The evening continued in great spirit with refined selection of Artimino wines and delicacies of Tuscan Food Heritage, created especially for the occasion. As noted by Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of PITTI IMMAGINE, the Salon of Excellence proved itself once again as an important appointment for all those who appreciate excellence in craftsmanship during PITTI UOMO.

New Sartorial Thread Award Ceremony powered by Lanificio Cerruti 
Masters of Craftsmanship-exhibition of top artisans
Fashion Frames
Buyers Round Table powered by Camera Italiana buyer moda
Fashion Excellence Award ceremony




Splendid setting of Palazzo Capponi was the stage for an amazing edition of "Salon of Excellence & Fashion Frames” held in partnership with the Lanificio Cerruti and the Italian Chamber of Fashion Buyers. 
This year, DeGorsi luxury consulting (www.degorsi.com), proposed a "Salon of Excellence" (curated by Alex Dordevic, chairman) enhanced by two important events that emphasized the importance and the role of heritage with initiatives designed to promote new talents of hand made tailoring and top level  craftsmanship (New Sartorial Thread and Masters of Craftmanship), together with the "scouting" for new talent in women's fashion scene of Made in Italy in the segment  called Fashion Frames

Eagerly awaited was the round table "Beyond Fashion: an eye on the future of new brands" where the director of Fashion Magazine Mark Sondermann introduced their visions of the future of fashion, creative capacity of new brands and distribution strategies that they should take to achieve commercial success. 


President of the Italian Chamber of Buyers, Mario Dell'Oglio met the designers, accompanied by some of key buyers in the world, including Georgia Pizzi of Harvey Nichols and Andrea Molteni, of Tessabit Como.

New Sartorial Thread
The initiative New Sartorial Thread, held in collaboration with Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, was introduced as a platform in which the new generation of tailoring talents (Gennaro Annunziata, Davide Siotti and Enzo Carfora) have proposed a selection of unique pieces dedicated to the man who loves the "tailored" hand- made look, strictly with the latest selection of Lanificio Cerruti materials.


Masters of Craftmanship (for Gentlemen)
In this artisanal section, guests were admiring proposals of the historic shoemaker Rivolta of Milan who presented its latest models in cordovan hide using interesting coloring techniques. Siniscalchi, famous Milanese shirt - makers, presented some of the finest hand made shirts and underwear with particular attention to the cut and fit, with precious details including monograming. Innovative made-to-order sneakers of Mario Cocco, were truly a fresh perspective on traditional streetwear that now has a very exclusive option. 
The Neapolitan tailors, Sartoria Chiaia of Gennaro Annunziata, Sartoria Davide Siotti and Sartoria Enzo Carfora, have presented a very exclusive selection of iconic pieces of the male wardrobe giving a new look of essential Neapolitan elegance to the world


Fashion Frames, a women’s section of the event, curated by Cristina Egger (co-chair of DeGorsi ), was completely dedicated to new designers  brands that have in their DNA an important  dose  of stylistic research with a solid structural background that enables the distribution and commercial success.
The brands presented in this edition covered all product categories, from accessories and shoes to clothing and jewelry, allowing clients to select a total look.


Participants in the seventh Fashion Frames were:

Simone Galofaro (skirts)
Antolina (footwear)
Alain Tondowski (footwear)
Berg jewels
Kavj (bags)
Carolina Ferioli
T Unica by Paola de Michiel
Arte Facta (bags and jewelry)


At the end of the event, the first "Fashion Excellence Award 2017" was awarded  to the most innovative designers idea. 
Giampiero and Paolo Molteni of Tessabit awarded KAVJ, a new brand of a particular design and eye-catching bags designed by Kajetana Orsini and Vittoria Orsini.

This years  Salon of Excellence has confirmed its prestige as one of the lighthouses of Pitti Immagine Uomo, both for the excellence in craftsmanship brands and new emerging brands.


Main Partners of the event were: Caleidoscopio, a fashion-food concept which offered a special buffet with bio vegan recipes

Partner: HM Make Up Italy / Photo by Tranchese Photographers