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Cannes Film Festival

Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz at the Pirates of the Caribbean: On 
Stranger Tides official screening.


The red carpet at this year's Cannes Film Festival is finally rolled up as US director Terrence Malick makes off with the 2011 Palme d'Or for the Tree of Life. We party-hopped to find that the auto, jewellery and luxury drinks sectors stayed at the forefront of event sponsorship and placement. (23 May 11)
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New York dolls

Monday night saw the fashion runway firmly framed at the annual Costume Institute gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.  Here the 2011 “Met Ball” paid homage to the design talent of the late Alexander McQueen,  hosting the opening of the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”.Bethany Hutton-Stigga surveyed the glamorous procession streaming up the steps of the Met Museum in tribute to McQueen. (6 May 11) 

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May Fair Hotel

As obstructions go, the two Rolls-Royce Phantoms that barricade the entrance to London’s May Fair hotel aren’t such a chore to navigate. These outsized clues simply set the scene for a £75m refurbishment. Sat Bal reviews the benefits (24 Apr'11)

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Secret Garden Party art bursary

The Secret Garden Party 2011 is set to play host to a myriad of sensual delights with Blondie leading the stage charge. With the musical and artistic offerings continuing to stack up the Red Carpet team are already hard pressed to decide what will be their Secret Garden highlight this year. Abigail Parkin searches out her warpaint (18 April 11).

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Kylie and Lexus marketing tie in

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W Retreats advances to Bali

W Retreat- & Spa Bali - Seminyak opened this month marking the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in Indonesia. Bali will be the fourth W Retreat to open across the globe. Abigail Parkin tries to book leave. (14 March 11)

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My God - it's full of stars!

The Baftas dominated this weekend with a hectic orgy of branding and parties thrown to mark the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Sat Bal charts the big parties of the night. (15 Feb 11)

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Dylan Jones

As editor of GQ magazine Dylan Jones is eminently qualified to comment on consumer, venue and style trends. Sat Bal chatted to him as he prepared to host the '09 Birmingham Style Awards. Topics included  the TV series Mad Men, the desirability of uniform...and a much-missed (by Dylan) band called Devil Bitch.

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Quintessentially - the world's local concierge

"For what purpose is all the toil and bustle of this world? What is the end of avarice and ambition, of the pursuit of wealth, power and pre-eminence? To be observed, to be attended to, to be taken notice of with sympathy, complacency and approbation."  Adam Smith  (The Theory of Moral Sentiments) 1759

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Anna-Louise Felstead

The work of Anna-Louise Felstead (left) crosses subject matter almost as often as she crosses the globe. Here, the reportage artist reveals the buzz of painting at events and venues ranging from mosques to military ships.

 

What does the work of a reportage artist involve and when did you discover this creative flair?

Being a reportage artist means you have to be willing to put yourself in positions where you wouldn’t ordinarily be. When on location, people often watch me draw which means you have to be confident in your work and not allow them to put you off. This can be hard when crowds form as happened to me recently when painting a mosque in Dubai. In the end I had to close my sketchpad until the crowd dispersed. I also believe you have to be fast as a reportage artist. Nothing stays still in real life so you have to work quickly and confidently. I realised I had a talent at a very young age. My teacher at nursery school even put up one of my paintings of some sunflowers in the staff room, telling my mother she knew I would be a successful artist one day.

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