Mille Miglia

Last week, Yasmin served as co-pilot to fellow petrol-head David Gandy (of Dolce & Gabbana ads and Blue Steel Appeal charity initiative) in “the world’s most beautiful car race,” the Mille Miglia.

This intense 3 day rally that runs a thousand mile (1600 km) route through scenic Italy from Brescia to Rome and back is open to some of the most spectacular classic cars produced between 1927 and 1957.  David and Yasmin drove a 1950 Jaguar XK120 OTS as part of the Jaguar Heritage Racing team.

Yasmin was one of a small number of women drivers to participate in the Mille Miglia, which is predominantly run by men.

The day before the start of the race, the Jaguar team converged in Brescia for scrutineering to check over the cars and pose for a few photos, many of which David submitted to Vogue as part of his racing diary.

 

The Mille Miglia began on Thursday, May 16th in Brescia’s Piazza della Loggia with a downpour that doused David and Yasmin in their open convertible.  Thankfully, the sun had come back out by the time they began racing later that evening.

The second leg began on the morning of Friday, May 17th in the town of Ferrara with Yasmin at the wheel.

Somewhere between Ravenna and Gamboletta, the XK120 was run off into a ditch.  David told Vogue, “Wee accident caused by another Mille competitor. Yasmin, who was driving, did brilliantly, keeping us away from houses, trees and spectators!”  Thankfully, neither of them were hurt, though the car was damaged, particularly to the left front bumper and passenger door.  With the assistance of the Jaguar support crew, they were soon back en route.

 

The third and final leg began on the morning of Saturday, May 18th in Rome, where Yasmin and David paused to take some photos before recommencing their journey.

 

It was after 13 solid hours of driving that the Gandy/Le Bon team crossed the finish line in Brescia to place 169th overall.  Out of the 415 cars that began the race, only 340 completed.

What did they think of the experience?  David revealed to Vogue, “Both myself and Yasmin’s answers were exactly the same to the question ‘Would you do it again?’ Yes, we’d do it again tomorrow if we could. We laughed (a lot), we cried a little, hardly slept, have bruises and wind burn, but we made many new friends and have memories that we will never, ever forget.”

Congratulations to David and Yasmin for their impressive showing during the Mille Miglia!

Check out all the photos from the race on Yasmin’s official site (scroll to the bottom).

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Vogue Germany June 2013 + Mille Miglia

Showing her amazing versatility after over 30 years in the business, Yasmin models androgynous looks in the latest issue of German Vogue.

Come As You Are
Vogue Germany June 2013
photographers: Claudia Knoepfel and Stefan Indlekofer
fashion editor: Nicola Knels
hair: Damien Boissinot for Jed Root
makeup: Christelle Cocquet for Calliste
manicure: Hiro for Jed Root
thanks to krogjok @ The Fashion Spot for the images

This weekend, Yasmin will be the co-pilot to David Gandy in the Mille Miglia, a three day long vintage car race that runs over a thousand miles through the Italian countryside from Brescia to Rome and back, in which they will be racing in a Jaguar XK120.  Best of luck to them both!Yasmin and David at a training session in the vintage Jaguar

Yasmin and Simon Le Bon support Comic Relief *updated*

UPDATED 17th March 2013: The Blue Steel Appeal auctions have ended.  The highest bid on the dog walk with the Le Bons was £3,433.00 (just over €4000 and US$5000); and Yasmin’s Temperley dress, £240.90 (about €282 and US$364).  Both auctions raised a total of £3679.90 to benefit Red Nose Day and Comic Relief.  Congratulations to the winners!

Male model and spokesman David Gandy has recruited many of his fashionable friends to donate items and unique experiences for Blue Steel Appeal in benefit of Comic Relief, a charity endeavor dedicated to changing lives across the UK and Africa through the power of entertainment.

Yasmin and her three dogs

The Le Bons have donated an opportunity for a very exclusive meet and greet, in which the winner can spend an hour with the couple while walking their dogs through London’s beautiful Richmond Park.  100% of the final sale price will benefit Comic Relief.  You can place your bid on eBay.

Yasmin has also donated one of her Temperley dresses, modeled in this photo by the lovely Amber Le Bon.  Bid on it on eBay.

The auctions run through March 17th, and Gandy promises that new items will be added on a regular basis.

A Celebration of British Fashion in 2012

On September 18th, Yasmin and Amber were among the members of the British fashion industry who gathered at a reception to celebrate British fashion in 2012. The event was also an occasion to honor outgoing Chairman of the British Fashion Council Harold Tillman and formally announce Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-A-Porter, as his successor as of next January.

Yasmin showed off her eclectic style by pairing a grey t-shirt with a favorite fur wrap, electric blue trousers, and black platform stiletto boots.