SPEED DEMONS: Johann Rupert might not have been in London to attend Cartier’s annual Racing Awards but he was certainly there in spirit.
The black-tie event at the Dorchester hotel was steeped in tradition with old and new generations of horse racing aficionados gathering to celebrate the horses of the year. Guests included Patrick Grant, Jeremy Hackett, model Eliza Cummings, illustrator Sabrina Percy and Lord Eddy Downpatrick, who has recently debuted a new men’s brand, Fidir, which offers clothing and accessories inspired by the Scottish Highlands.
Rupert, the South African chairman of Richemont, which owns Cartier, was the subject of some serious ribbing from Cartier’s racing consultant Harry Herbert, who was onstage with Laurent Feniou, Cartier’s managing director in the U.K., handing out awards to the horses’ proud owners.
“One man who doesn’t come very often to the awards is the great boss himself, Johann Rupert,” said Herbert, an Englishman who said he’d had the good fortune of taking part in a clay pigeon shoot with Alfred Dunhill, another brand in Richemont’s portfolio.
He said that Rupert later challenged him to a future cricket match — England vs. South Africa — and the two spent a year trying to gather the best