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On a prestigious spot on Place Vendôme, alongside the rejuvenated Ritz Hotel, Italian makers of fine jewellery Damiani has inaugurated its new boutique.

By Thomas Midulla

Up close and aerial: a sneaky peek at the exclusive and seclusive Helena Bay, New Zealand. Best accessed by the resort's helicopter transfer (for stunning Northland views). Opens 1 November.

By Avril Groom

No size zero talk at the Milan launch of upmarket curvy brand Marina Rinaldi's collaboration with cult designer of exuberant prints Stella Jean. Confidence giving at any size. From February.

Marking a global first for the marque, French cognac house Louis XIII has opened a boutique dedicated to its historic wares in Beijing's exclusive shopping space SKP Beijing.

By Avril Groom

"Top sportspeople are wonderful role models and in action make great photographic subjects", said Giorgio Armani, unveiling a new exhibition of photographs he's commissioned. At Armani/Silos, Milan.

Emotions of the Athletic Body - photo credit: Alberto Zanetti

Set to debut 1 November, investment group Starwood Capital's new line of historic urban hostelries in a number UK cities, Principal, will begin with the opening of The Principal Manchester.

Celebrating the completed restoration of the Spanish Steps in Rome, key benefactor for the project, Bulgari, hosted an extravaganza of a performance ahead of the landmark reopening to the public.

By Avril Groom

Handcraft rules at Milan Fashion Week: Peter Dundas at Roberto Cavalli decorates every surface for a Coachella-meets-Marrakech 1970s extravaganza.

By Matt Mensley

On 10 November for one day only, 40 top chefs from around the world anonymously swap kitchens for the Grand Gelinaz! Shuffle – improvising an 8-course tasting menu in unfamiliar surrounds.

On London's Old Bond Street, jeweller Nirav Modi has debuted its first European flagship boutique – an Atelier Marika Chaumet-designed space teeming with high jewels and signature collections.

In advance of its Abu Dhabi flagship showroom – scheduled for early 2017 – British car marque Aston Martin has opened an immersive brand retail space in the city at the Avenue at Etihad Towers.

By Avril Groom

Burberry put on more than a show at LFW – its Makers House demonstrating individual crafts from passementerie making to calligraphy, in a specially designed shop setting. Open until 27 September.

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