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Calendar 2017–2018

Aug. 26

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Beauty and technology combine at one of the automotive industry's charitable events of the year. Prized collector cars will be on display in an homage to past glories for the culmination of the Monterey Car Week. 

Aug. 29

75th Venice International Film Festival Begins

The 75th edition of the festival takes place, organised as always by La Biennale di Venezia. The week-long event aims to promote and raise awareness of international cinema. Until 8 September.

Aug. 30

Salon Privé

This garden party hosted at Blenheim Palace returns for the 13th consecutive year, offering one of the finest collections of rare cars, plus exquisite cuisine and an opulent retail village. Until 1 September.

Sep. 01

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Van Cleef & Arpels’ Chadstone Boutique Arrives

The French maison opens the doors to its third Australian boutique, and second in Melbourne. Inside the Chadstone luxury precinct, the Paris apartment-inspired space will show off revered Van Cleef & Arpels jewellery collections to a backdrop of linear Art Deco patterns and huge windows and mirrors. The space arrives as the brand celebrates the 50th anniversary of its iconic Alhambra collection.

Sep. 07

Maison & Objet Paris

A host of top exhibitors return for the premier fair of textiles, crafts, decoration and much more in the romantic surroundings of the City of Light. Ends 11 September.

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On the Pulse

Catch the last few days of the Rarity collection at Harrods in London, and grab a unique find. Highlights among the exclusive items include a 1911 Gabriel Gaveau-signed Edelweiss piano and a 36-month-old Comté cheese.

Until 25 August, Mayfair’s Lazinc townhouse gallery is offering a rare chance to see many of street artist Banksy’s most iconic works, including Show Me the Monet, in one place.

By Farhad Heydari

To coincide with its 10-year anniversary, London bar The Connaught recently launched its tasty new cocktail menu, inspired by the key elements of the bar: from the architecture and guests to the atmosphere and ingredients.

Four Seasons Singapore has unveiled its collection of renovated guest rooms, inspired by the Lion City’s nearby Botanic Gardens. In particular, the use of cool blues, lime green accents and Peranakan tiles ensures this is a sophisticated and lush experience.

Reopening this November, Thai wellness destination Chiva-Som will emerge from a rejuvenation and redesign boasting a greater array of treatments and activities. Customisation remains key – even down to accommodation choice.

Castello di Ugento Salento, which opened recently, boasts nine contemporary suites housed in an ancient castle. Extensive renovation, which began in 2013, has restored it to its former glory and created something truly special.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island, set to open in October on Lhaviyani Atoll, is a sustainability first in the region, as the Japanese-styled, 15-villa resort is fully powered by solar panels on a main building – The Retreat.

By Avril Groom

Paris shows: Givenchy’s British artistic director Clare Waight Keller moves on from the Markle wedding dress with an autumn haute couture collection strong on handcraft, sharp tailoring and floaty shapes.

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Crafting Excellence

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