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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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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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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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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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Serpentine Gallery party

The blazing sun didn't sour the cream of London where Kensington Gardens was clotted with around 800 guests from the worlds of art, fashion, literature, film and music. Yes, it was the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party, signalling to many the start of the summer season. The Serpentine's 40th anniversary saw the likes of Grace Jones and Stella McCartney mingle with Bill Wyman and the traditional clutch of Euro heiresses and billionaires. Bethany Hutton-Stigga (12 Jul 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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Alice in Wonderland premiere

London’s Leicester Square Odeon set the scene for the royal world premiere of Disney and Tim Burton’s 3D fantasy Alice in Wonderland yesterday.  Star Johnny Depp led the cast at the event ,which was held in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts, while the publicity drive was led by DDA, the renowned film PR specialist.  Abigail Parkin (26 Feb 10)

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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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Birmingham Style Awards

Birmingham's 2009 Style Awards hit town with GQ magazine editor Dylan Jones taking the podium as event host. Sat Bal joined dinner guests to watch the region’s venues, retailers and personalities stake their awards claim at the event.

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