When we were sitting in Montmartre, with the horses and the sunrise, I thought, ‘Is this really happening?’ It was amazing!”
So says Kendall Jenner, the new Longchamp Ambassador and star of The Encounter, a new film celebrating the unforgettable encounter between the American model and the horse that is the iconic emblem of the French fashion and leather goods House.
Directed by John Christopher Pina, the 60-second film features a breath-taking sequence of images as Kendall and the Longchamp horse run through Paris, which is revealed as a city of unexpected contrasts, from the classical splendour of the Place Vendôme to the soaring modern towers of the new Bibliothèque Nationale. Both seem irresistibly drawn towards their symbolic encounter on the heights of Montmartre, with Kendall climbing the famous steps up to the Sacré Coeur, where the horse is waiting for her. The soundtrack, specially composed for Longchamp by ROB, builds the suspense, mixing music with street sounds to suggest the heartbeats of the film’s title.
« It is very important for us to look forward, » says Sophie Delafontaine, Artistic Director of Longchamp. « Our aim is to show that Longchamp is about dynamism, individuality, creativity, authenticity – values we share with Kendall and the generation of millennials she connects with. »
Since 2010, Hermès has been inviting equestrian sport to the Grand Palais and, on this occasion, has confirmed its position as an expert saddler, recognised by the greatest champions.
On 16th, 17th and 18th March 2018, the Saut Hermès au Grand Palais will bring together the world’s fifty best riders to compete in the 5 – star international show jumping trials (CSI 5*), the highest category classified by the Fédération Française d’Équitation (FFE) and the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI).
Hermès has entrusted the technical development of this year’s competition to the world – renowned Spanish course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres. He will work on the competition’s ten trials, assisted by the French course designer Grégory Bodo and the French rider Michel Robert, sporting advisor for the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais.
In addition, throughout the duration of the event, twenty rising stars under the age of 25 will compete in the « Talents Hermès » trials supported by riders on the CSI5* circuit, in the spirit of skill sharing that is so dear to Hermès.
On 17th March, the sound of horses’ hooves will continue to resound under the glass roof of the Grand Palais after nightfall for an evening event during which the audience will be able to watch the « 24 Faubourg » speed trial.
The Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais is also an opportunity to celebrate the horse, the « first customer » of the Parisian house. Every day, visitors will be invited to discover an all-new show created by Bartabas, and the National Equestrian Academy of Versailles. They will also enjoy fun equestrian entertainment in the galleries of the historic Parisian venue. (Press release)
📌 Grand Palais : Avenue Winston-Churchill, 75008 Paris, France.
FRIDAY 16th MARCH
1. Prix du Grand Palais CSI5*: 🇨🇭 Romain Duguet w/ Twentytwo des Biches
2. Les Talents Hermès CSIU25-A: 🇸🇪 Evelina Tovek w/ Mill´s Sheridan
3. Prix Hermès Sellier CSI5*: 🇫🇷 Philippe Rozier w/ Reveur de Kergane
The show « Récréation », choreography of Bartabas for National Equestrian Academy of the Estate of Versailles.
SATURDAY 17th MARCH
4. Les Talents Hermès CSIU25-A: 🇬🇧 Amy Inglis w/ Every Way
5. Prix GL events CSI5*: 🇩🇪 Felix Haßmann w/ Cayenne WZ
6. Le Saut Hermès CSI5*: 🇦🇺 Edwina Tops-Alexander w/ Lintea Tequila + 🇮🇪 Bertram Allen w/ Christy Jnr
« Récréation »
7. Prix du 24 Faubourg CSI5*: 🇫🇷 Patrice Delaveau w/ Vestale de Mazure HDC
« Récréation »
SUNDAY 18th MARCH
8. Prix de la Ville de Paris CSI5*: 🇧🇪 Wilm Vermeir w/ Gentiane de la Pomme
9. Les Talents Hermès CSIU25-A: 🇫🇷 Margaux Rocuet w/ Trafalgar Kervec + Kevin Gauthier w/ Twist de la Butte
« Récréation »
10. Grand Prix Hermès CSI5*: 🇫🇷 Simon Delestre w/ Hermes Ryan