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Air New Zealand Boeing unveils The Hobbit livery

This morning saw raised eyebrows among airline pilots at Heathrow when an Air New Zealand aircraft docked into place. Bearing imagery inspired by The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey the Boeing 777-300 plane had flown in to to take the cast of the film to the global premiere in New Zealand. Sat Bal (25 Nov '12) Read more

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MTV Europe Music Awards, Frankfurt

Red Carpet is back from the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) in Frankfurt where Taylor Swift won three awards at the event which was hosted by Versace-clad Heidi Klum. Here’s a snapshot of the EMA with more to follow soon. Sat Bal 13 Nov ‘12) Read more

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Hong Kong, the luxury gap

 

Is Hong Kong still HYV-positive (Hermès Yohji Versace) wonders Sat Bal as Red Carpet  roamed Asia Pacific’s luxury landscape. We were aided on our quest by Mandarin Oriental hotel, The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, global production company Imagination and Sir David Tang’s China Club among others. Click the images at the end of this (5-part) piece to catch their take on how nouveau-riche and ancient superstition drive this extraordinary city.  (28 Nov '12)

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Heidi Klum EMA Press call

 

Red Carpet takes time out to chat with supermodel Heidi Klum about her role as presenter of the MTV EMA which airs live on Sunday 11 Nov from Frankfurt. We’ll be there on the red carpet to bring you all the artist and awards news. Sat Bal (2 Nov 12)

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Sirio Ristorante to open at The Pierre, New York

Taj Group hotel The Pierre joins forces with the Maccioni Group to open Sirio Ristorante New York this month. Chris Page (17 Oct ’12) Read more

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On board Virgin Atlantic's Upper Class

 

Philosopher Alain de Botton famously inhabited Heathrow as Writer-in-Residence for his book ‘A Week at the Airport’. But Writer-in-Transit Sat Bal was content with just a leisurely few hours at Virgin Atlantic’s Heathrow Clubhouse

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Select Collection - Luxury travel profile

Summer’s upon us and if you’ve opted for a luxury villa somewhere exotic then chances are you’ve booked with Select Collection. Starting as Select Travel in 1992, this purveyor of luxury holidays grew from one office in Stockholm to a reported £24 million business in five countries, with a new name - Select Collection. Sat Bal talks to its founder Leija Graf.

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Louis Vuitton launches Maison - Shanghai

Louis Vuitton knows how to create launch events that blow away the ennui of its 'seen-it-all' overseas clients. But despatching a steam train across the globe for its Shanghai launch was an event coup by any standards.  Suky Jaspal (27 Jul 12)

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Johnnie Walker launches - London and Rio

Johnnie Walker’s cosmopolitan appeal was marked with two global launches within the space of barely a week. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil started proceedings with the launch of Johnnie Walker Blue Label followed by the party for Johnnie Walker Gold Label in London on Wednesday.   Sat Bal toasted the celebrations. (24 Jul 12) 

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Isle of MTV Malta – Behind the scenes

The shores of Torre de Belem, Ile du Gaou and Trieste hold fond memories for Red Carpet. That’s where the first Isle of MTV parties took place in early 2000 in a hedonistic mix of sun, swills and DJ-led music. Sat Bal fast-forwards to summer 2012 in Malta where a conceptually updated Isle of MTV awaited us in the capital Valetta.  

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