I drove the latest Rolls Royce Phantom for MenStyleFashion. I want to inspire any women that driving a Rolls Royce has so many empowering aspects to living life to the full! It is a real game-changer in the way I see myself driving luxury cars. Rolls Royce is a lifestyle after all.

Luxury is something one can feel with the heart!

Driving the Phantom was very empowering. From the onset, I pondered historically how many women really get into the driver’s seat of cars like this? Image at this level counts and what I wore was about creating my own modern persona regarding the Rolls Royce image. Fashion for me has all been about lifestyle and the role play I am encountering when driving any luxury car. To the ladies out there, if given the opportunity don’t let the car industry convince you that driving obscene massive cars like a Rolls Royce belongs only to men.

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Rolls Royce and other car companies are embracing my request with gusto! In 2019,  I am continuing mission to empower more women to get behind the wheel of luxury cars.

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Spirit Of Ecstasy

The Spirit of Ecstasy, also called “Emily”, “Silver Lady” or “Flying Lady”, was designed by Sykes, a graduate of London’s Royal College of Art’s and carries with it a story about secret passion between Montagu, second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu after 1905, a pioneer of the automobile movement, and editor of The Car Illustrated magazine from 1902, and the model for the emblem,  Eleanor Velasco Thornton.

The Spirit of Ecstasy is the bonnet ornament Rolls Royce Cars. It is in the form of a woman leaning forwards with her arms outstretched behind and above her. Billowing cloth runs from her arms to her back, resembling wings.

Eleanor (also known as Thorn) was the secretary of John Walter, who fell in love with her in 1902 when she worked for him on the aforesaid motoring magazine. Their secret love was to remain hidden, limited to their circle of friends, for more than a decade. The reason for the secrecy was Eleanor’s impoverished social and economic status, which was an obstacle to their love. On the other hand, Montagu had been married to Lady Cecil Victoria Constance Kerr since 1889.

Starlight Headliner

An example is the Starlight Headliner which was initially instigated by a customer. The Starlight Headliner covers the whole interior of the roof of the Phantom. The lights can be up to 1340 and all are individually hand-stitched. I saw this been done at Goodwood, which takes about 15 hours to complete. It is a work of art, and the feel-good factor when driving, or sitting in the back is priceless. Having a coffee break in the back seat has a whole new definition of luxury!  One morning I started driving at 5 am and it was so beautiful to be greeted by the Starlight Headliner. For me, this is a very clever invention!

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Why do Women Need To Be In The Drivers Seat?

The new SUV Rolls Royce Cullinan was long overdue. I was told that 50% of Cullinan buyers were women, this didn’t surprise me. I know that Rolls Royce younger buyers will create a luxury lifestyle that allows more women to get behind the driver’s seat. The new generation of Rolls Royce drivers wants to be seen within the lifestyle but also experience what luxury cars have to offer. Rolls Royce today is about driving these cars as one wants too.  As women, we need to just for our own emotional well being! At this level dominating the car industry in a Rolls Royce is ever so fun! It is different from a Phantom drive!

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What to Wear To Stand Out – Cowboy Outfit

I am an eccentric personality that draws attention no matter what I drive. I chose to wear a Stetson hat because it has a massive history and has withstood the test of time regarding business adversities. I wore my silk Hermes scarf due to its iconic status over the years and the various different colours it has. Regarding accessories, I wore YVL 22 Russian gold plated vintage pieces which are no longer available on the market. I choose niche products for luxury driving for 2019.  Hence, my bespoke feather hair extensions are not accessible to all. There is a long process in making these, flown in from Bali.  For foot comfort, I am from an Italian background and when driving my leather crossed stitched knee-high boots are my driving statement.

On this occasion everything black and vintage heavy cloth, fabrics were worn I don’t follow trends regarding fashion!

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This year as women get more vocal regarding equality I like to think in my case as the owner of MenStyleFashion, actions, speak louder than words. Ladies driving a Rolls Royce has to be done, words can’t explain the driving experience.