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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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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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Sowing the seeds in Shanghai

Shanghai leads the pulsating beat of the new Chinese revolution. With a landscape gashed by crystalline skyscrapers and studded with boutique orgies on the Nanjing Road it’s fitting that the city should explore the evolution of urban life in the 21st century ; the stated aim of Expo 2010. Suky Jaspal reports from Shanghai and samples the Expo’s strapline of  "Better City, Better Life.”  (11 Jul 10)

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Starwood Hotels sues

Commercial know-how is a fiercely protected asset among any company’s cache. Small wonder then that Hilton Hotels Corporation (Hilton Worldwide) has lost its recent attempt to block litigation by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Red Carpet obtained court documents, filed in New York last week, detailing allegations of corporate espionage by two former Starwood executives. Sat Bal sifts through the evidence. (24 Jun 10)

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Vanity Fair - Gucci & de Grisogono parties - Cannes Film Festival

While the film fraternity indulged in the annual back-pat that is the Cannes Film Festival, marketers seized the 63rd Festival opportunity to host a series of positioning events for luxury brands.  Sat Bal revisits the Côte d'Azur (21 May 10)

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La Torre resort

Lounging on the terrace of the suite it's easy to appreciate that some 30 million euros were invested into InterContinental La Torre Golf Resort Murcia. Ahead is a sweeping panorama of lakeside retreat surrounded by an 18-hole, par-68 golf course and a strategy to attract even more than the 70% British business and leisure visitors who occupy the area. 

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NetJets in Foster care

As the 62nd Cannes Film Festival takes off this week so do the aircraft which will disgorge innumerable celebs, producers and party organisers at Nice Airport and the private jet stronghold of Cannes-Mandelieu Airport. Taxiiing into these ports will be private planes from the NetJets Europe fleet, a company which is on a creative high thanks to the recent design input of renowned architect Lord Norman Foster. Sat Bal (5 Dec '09)

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MTV Aftershow parties

Behind the scenes at the 02 World arena nervous anticipation gave way to systemic efficiency as the formidable MTV EMA machinery moved into show launch mode with Green Day’s insistence that the capacity audience should "get off your fuckin’ ass." Red Carpet obliged, dividing our time between the show, backstage and artists. 

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MTV EMA Winners

In Berlin, Red Carpet watched U2 and Jay-Z (above) storm the Gate while Beyoncé emerged as the major winner of the evening at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) with three EMA trophies; Best Female, Best Song and Best Video - at Berlin's O2 World on 5 November. Sat Bal (9 Nov'09)

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