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Red Carpet at the HBAA Forum

(L-R) Chris Sheppardson - Chess Executive, Belinda Booker - CAT Publications, Sat Bal - Red Carpet, Paul Coulston - Mash Media

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) ‘Future Vision’ Forum hosted 300-plus hotels and agencies at its keynote annual event this September. As part of the event Red Carpet editor Sat Bal was invited to join a panel of editors for the Forum’s ‘How to hone the perfect pitch’ session.

 

The HBAA Forum has established a pulling power for business chiefs from agencies, venues and hotels and its 2011 event was no exception. UK and international delegates assembled at The Ramada Manchester Piccadilly hotel to discuss and debate hospitality industry trends and best practice.

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Models thin on the ground

A couple of years ago London Fashion Week started to reassert itself. Back came the big runway shows; Burberry Prorsum, Matthew Williamson, Clements Ribeiro et al. LFW was on a high as it celebrated its 25th anniversary. Today London re-evaluates as the spectre of bad scheduling presented modelling agencies and shows with logistical headaches. Sat Bal (21 Sept 11) Read more

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My Fair Lady


Imagine the pages of Robb Report tumbling out into an exhibition – gleaming displays of all that’s rare in art, fine wine, cars and  jewellery  - and you have some idea of Masterpiece London’s ethos. (3 Aug' 11)

The Fair took place recently, reporting  visitor increase of nearly 60%  on last year - with millions of pounds in sales accrued during its week-long tenure at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Sat Bal spoke to Masterpiece London Fair director, Nicola Winwood and to Quintessentially’s Clare Gardner for the inside view on this year’s Masterpiece London.


 

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Global Gathering enchant their VIPs

 

This summer GlobalGathering are bringing luxury to Long Marston Airfield. Events company Halo will be creating VIP Fields and an enchanted VIP woods to complement the festival’s luxury camping experience. Abigail Parkin (7 Jul ‘11)

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BAFTA Brits to watch

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced its inaugural ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event. It takes place on Saturday 9 July and British Airways will be flying the talent to Los Angeles as BAFTA’S official airline partner. Abigail Parkin (4 Jul 11)

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Slumming it in style...

Say farewell to unwashed weekends and frizzy hair and hello to solar-powered private showers and every GHD lover’s festival dream; electrical power sockets! The British summer festival presents its softer side. Abigail Parkin (12 Jun 11)

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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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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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This green and pleasant land

The Britain from the Air exhibition was launched recently on the ground in Bath city centre. It runs until the  end of February 2011 and will display fascinating images by Britain's foremost photographers, developed jointly by Wecommunic8 and the Royal Geographical Society. Sat Bal (8 Oct 10)

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