LUXURY NOW / COUTURE: THE GREATS

The pinnacle of creativity and savoir-faire in fashion was on show during last week’s Paris couture shows, which this season seemed more relevant than ever. We showcase the immense talent of The Greats: Chanel (“Embroidery of light,” is how Karl Lagerfeld described some the workmanship in his show); Dior (“A silhouette of effortless elegance,” said John Galliano); and Jean Paul Gaultier (“Punk couture!” exclaimed the designer).

DIOR: "A SILHOUETTE OF EFFORTLESS ELEGANCE"

The iconic sketches of fashion illustrator René Gruau informed the line, volume and colour palette of Dior’s magnificent haute couture collection. John Galliano explains his imaginative concoctions of tulle, organza and feathers.

CHANEL: "EMBROIDERY OF LIGHT"

Meticulous craftsmanship was applied to a very modern silhouette of jeans and t-shirts at the triumphant Chanel couture show. Karl Lagerfeld talks of the contemporary way to wear couture.

JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: "PUNK COUTURE"

In what has been hailed his greatest show in yeas, Jean Paul Gaultier returned to his punk roots in a show full of frills, sharp tailoring and his signature anarchist spirit.

TOM FORD'S INTIMATE INVITATION

The video of Tom Ford's Spring Summer 2011 womenswear presentation caused a sensation by capturing the intimacy, ambiance and family that surround the cult of Tom Ford.

YVES SAINT LAURENT & PIERRE BERGé: MAD LOVE

The relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé was based on much more than art or even fashion. As a new documentary by Pierre Thoretton attests, the pair shared a “l'amour fou” (mad love) that defined their lives.
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ORIENTALISM MEETS ARCHITECTURE

Discover "A Journey into the World of the Ottomans", a fascinating exhibition that showed masterpieces of Orientalism within a specially-created setting by architects Herzog & de Meuron at the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.
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THE LAST CARAVAGGIO: A WORLD PREMIERE

We highlight the captivating details of Caravaggio's last work, "St. John the Baptist Reclining", which is on show to the public for the very first time at The Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam.
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AXEL VERVOORDT: THE GALLERY

The cult-status interior designer, antique dealer and connoisseur of art Axel Vervoordt has expanded his operations with the opening of his first art gallery. Its outstanding inaugural exhibition is dedicated to Günther Uecker.
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AUCTION SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

A sign that the art market has its confidence back is the leading auction houses' ability to attract top lots. We select the ultimate of the ultimate from Sotheby's and Christie's February sales.

SIHH 2011: THE FLAGSHIP WATCHES

The 21st Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie - the annual exhibition of the finest timepieces by the most important watchmakers - took place in Geneva from January 17 to 21. We showcase the 18 flagship watches.

L'ATELIER HAPAX: IMAGINATION & RECREATION

Parisian designer Sinan Sigic - who takes something old to make something new - wants you to know that your ideas can be just as interesting as those of the greatest creative directors.

CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE: "BETWEEN SOPHISTICATION AND RELAXATION"

In a rare interview, the influential interior designer Christian Liaigre – whose signature look is the most copied in the business – talks to Luxuryculture about his iconic work.
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VIEWING IN PRIVATE: THE ONLINE ART FAIR

The first online art fair is set to revolutionize the art world when it goes live on January 22. The VIP Art Fair co-founder James Cohan explains how it will work.

VOLCANO FLAMBé BY MARINA ABRAMOVIC

Dessert as an artwork is the latest installation cooked up by performance artist Marina Abramovic. We showcase her Volcano Flambé dessert.

PRADA: MADE BY INTERNATIONAL ARTISANS

For the first time, Prada is adding to its usual “Made in Italy” hallmark with a collection of exotic items that are handcrafted in Scotland, India, Japan and Peru.

LE 69 BAG: BEYOND "IT"

The iconic metal chain mail 69 bag by Paco Rabanne is reissued this season by Comme des Garcons.

FRANçOIS-HENRI PINAULT: THE FUTURE OF FASHION

Listen to the CEO of PPR - the conglomerate that through the Gucci Group owns brands including Balenciaga, Boucheron and Yves Saint Laurent - share his vision for the future of fashion.

IL CANARINO: THE ULTIMATE DETOX

The crisp tasting classic Italian beverage, Il Canarino (the canary), is the quintessential detox drink.

BYZANTIUM REVIVED AT CHANEL

The rich mosaics, traditional dress and decadent jewelry of the Byzantine empire are the inspiration behind Chanel's Pre-Fall 2011 Métiers d'Art collection.
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THE ART OF STORY TELLING

"Told/Untold/Retold: 23 Stories of Journeys Through Time and Space", one of the three inaugural shows at Mathaf, Doha, is the most ambitious exhibition of contemporary art in the Arab world to date.
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THE COST OF CALLIGRAPHY

The first sale dedicated to calligraphy held by an international auction house was held by Sotheby’s in Doha, Qatar, on December 15. We showcase the highlights of the Arabic script on sale which fetched a total of $5.6 million.
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INTRODUCING THE ARAB MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, DOHA

With the opening of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, the Gulf state of Qatar is securing its position as a capital of Arab culture from centuries-old Islamic relics to the region’s modern masters.
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ISAMU NOGUCHI: ON BECOMING AN ARTIST

An exhibition at The Noguchi Museum in New York provided intimate insight into Isamu Noguchi's life and work, and a fresh view of the twentieth-century art world through collaborations with his contemporaries.

FLYING CARPETS BY CATUREGLI FORMICA

Maps of African villages, aerials views of the tulip farms of Holland and DNA codes are all woven into the remarkable carpets of architect-designer-artist duo duo Giovannella Formica and Beppe Caturegli.
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ART & ENTERPRISE AT HEART

The Herning Museum of Contemporary Art (HEART) is unique in its unusual sponsorship program that pairs artists with Danish businesses that provide logistical and intellectual support, as well as traditional financing.