Whether stepping through an airport or making a red carpet appearance, Saint Laurent is the go-to brand for stars that want a dose of sleek rock n’ roll. Jessica Alba carried an animal print clutch while Angelina Jolie wore her trademark smoking jacket.
Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana is renowned for crafting beautiful things. Using national treasure Monica Belluci as inspiration for their fall/winter 2014-15 handbag, aptly named Miss Monica, they have created a deliciously retro handbag that blends tapestries, brocades and crocodile skin into arm candy that will weather changing fashions to come.
In Venice for the Film Festival? If so, make like the stars and stay at the pink confection known as Hotel Excelsior, which serves as VIP epicenter during this year’s event. It will also pay a sweet homage to the festival with a red carpet-colored dessert topped in 18-carat gold leaf. Tel. 39.041.526.0201
Venetia Stadium has opened a new showroom in the former studio of legendary glassmaker Salviati. The space features a vast selection of traditional Fortuny lamps and home goods in hand-printed textiles. Tel. 39.041.522.6635
Combining the quintessential Venetian elements of glass, tile and water, legendary photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto has created a sanctuary for the traditional Japanese tea ritual on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, just behind Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore Church. Tel. 39.041.522.9138
The latest addition to Gucci’s short film collection is as slick as you’d expect from the Italian fashion house. Showcasing their signature suit collection against an international backdrop, and worn to perfection by the film’s star Clement Chabernaud, watch for sartorial inspiration of the highest order.
Lebanon is a small country and sometimes it can feel like you’ve seen it all. But Beit al Batroun, a bed and breakfast perched close to the beaches and bars of Batroun’s popular coastline, is a relatively new addition to Lebanon’s roster of boutique hotels that may have fallen below your radar. With its airy rooms, small pool and thoughtful attention to detail (the tiled bathrooms were particularly gorgeous), check out of Beirut and into this countryside retreat. Tel. 03 27 00 49
A view into one of the bedrooms.
The impressive central liwan.
Charlotte Street, London is littered with with fine dining establishments that attract a bevy of well-fed, well turned-out media types. The latest addition is Barnyard, a rough around the edges establishment that takes the type of family classics that would look comfortable on the menu of salubrious roadside café and transforms them into succulent, sophisticated crowd-pleasers. Tel. 44. 207.580.3842
Committed to hosting multidisciplinary cultural events, Beirut’s Minus 5 is hosting the Future Shorts Festival, a pop-up film festival that showcases the most innovative short films to audiences around the world. With screenings taking place in 90 countries, show solidarity with a global network of film buffs. Tonight at 9pm. Tel. 01.697.230
The latest pop-up dining experience from The Art of Dining, The Colour Palette is a food experience designed to stimulate your senses on every level. As each dish arrives, the music changes and the room is flooded with a new rainbow hue to explore the impact this has upon the tasting experience. Intrigued? Tables can be booked until September 6.
Instagram artist Doug Abrahams has had a busy year. First, he was nominated for CFDA’s first fashion instagrammer of the year award and now he’s been tapped by Next Management, one of the world’s biggest modeling agencies, to create agency show cards for their top girls in his trademark spliced style.
Dalianah Arekion and Arizona Muse’s new modeling cards are striking pastiches.