The Autumn/Winter of The Patriarch: Gianni Agnelli
All hail Gianni Agnelli, ‘The Rake of the Rivieria’. We revisit his life, influence and lasting impact on the culture that underpins our magazine.
Advance Australian Flair: Joel Edgerton
Joel Edgerton is entrenching his dominion over Hollywood. As a result he is busy; very busy, in fact. The hard work of an actor’s life is not all on camera. So when The Rake caught up with him in New ...
Turbocharged: The Aston Martin DB11
When I first laid eyes on the Aston Martin DB11 at the 86th International Geneva Motor Show earlier this year I wasn’t sure on it. The front end was undoubtedly beautiful, a perfect evolution of the s...
Full Marquis: Alfonso de Portago
The third musketeer in our November series on excess was a Spanish jockey, bobsledder, flier, polo player, jai-alai expert and racing driver, a handsome twentieth-century nobleman-conquistador who tac...
All Work and All Play: Francisco ‘Baby’ Pignatari
Playboys should not be complicated. However thick the veneer of sophistication, their essence is to obey their natural instincts. Francisco ‘Baby’ Pignatari was the exception. He raised questions — ch...
Welcome To The Next Century: BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS
At dinner parties, in website forums, or chatting with friends — by airing an opinion pretty much anywhere, in fact — the one subject that is likely to provoke debate is cars. The automobile is a deit...
Last of the Breed: The 500th LaFerrari
The concept of ‘design’ is, of course, an infamously difficult thing to quantify and manifold definitions of what ‘good design’ constitutes have been bandied around and fought over in the ever-changin...
Note Perfect: Porsche 911 by Singer
It’s hard to put into words just how beautiful a Porsche 911 by Singer is the first time you see one in the flesh. You’d be forgiven if your initial thoughts were of a sexual nature, such are the arre...