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As the shows draw to a close and the Fall party season kicks off, we preview what to wear for the season's social calendar.

As the shows draw to a close and the Fall party season kicks off, we preview what to wear for the season’s social calendar.


As Paris plays host to the closing of the S/S 2010 ready-to-wear catwalk collections this week – what to wear for the current season and what are the key social events? Make dates in the diary as we preview fabulous runways looks for Winter around the world.


As the final straddlers hang around for the grand re-opening of the iconic Marrakech hotspot, La Mamounia, hyperlink www.mamounia.com the gypset are heading back to the main metropolitan hubs for this season’s spate of soirées and social events around the world.

This month saw the opening of art titan Larry Gagosian’s latest location, ( link: www.gagosian.com) in the ancient city of Athens. Contemporary art juxtaposes a historic setting in the gallerist’s ninth gallery worldwide. For its inaugural show, Cy Twombly’s Leaving Paphos Ringed With Waves (September 25 through December 19, 2009), go for the Grecian goddess effect with Bottega Veneta’s flowing pleated halter neck, or go for gladiator chic with Prada’s sheared leather dress.

An equestrian spirit grips Paris as we don fine attire for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (link: www.prixarcdetriomphe.com) (October 3 and 4, 2009). Lanvin is the order of the day, as Alber Elbaz exudes the refinement of Parisian chic with sleek silhouettes and signature sculpted draping. This is followed next month by the biggest event on the auction calendar, the eagerly awaited sequel to Christie’s grand auction of art from the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé (November 17 through 20, 2009) (Link: http://www.christies.com/calendar/?month=11&year=2009 ) at Paris’s Grand Palais. Stefano Pilati’s mannish oversized jackets, or strict silhouettes paired with abundant ruffles pay tribute to the master couturier’s flair for sexy dressing.

Head off to Berlin to catch master auctioneer cum photographer Simon de Pury take to the decks as visiting DJ at Berlin’s cult fashion spot The Corner (October 21, 2009) in celebration of the opening of his one-man photographic exhibition, Purepurygraphy (link: www.purepurygraphy.com) (October 21 through December 31, 2009). Don Rue du Mail’s silky steel mini for rock chic glamour meets Berlin cool.

Fueling the contemporary art craze in Russia, London’s Saatchi gallery joins forces with The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to present there temporarily Newspeak: British Art Now (link: http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/new_britannia/) (October 25, 2009), a look at the UK’s new generation of emerging artists. Mustafa Hulusi, Hurvin Anderson, Ged Quinn and Toby Ziegler are just a few of the new stars on show within the grand setting of the Winter Palace. Valentino’s sharp caramel high-waisted pants, matched with a knee length gillet, scream oligarch chic.

Come the beginning of December, the hot ticket is Marc Jacobs’s annual holiday fancy dress party (annual in the loose sense – last year it was cancelled due to the financial crisis, but the rumor is that it’s back for 2009). What to wear? Marc Jacobs famously once turned up as a camel’s toe, but we’d say give a nod to the designer and go with the most avant-garde of Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs creations.

Catch the Cartier Court Art and Treasure exhibition in Beijing (link: http://www.dpm.org.cn/English/default.asp) (September 9 through November 22, 2009) at The Palace Museum to see some of the most stunning examples of artistry and workmanship from France’s revered jewelry house, and how the Orient has inspired the house’s distinct decorative style. Black frou-frou frills from Azzedine Alaïa are the perfect accompaniment to Cartier’s Chinoiserie creations.

The trend for the ephemeral in the form of pop-up restaurants, galleries and boutiques is just one of the by-products of the 20th century Pop Art phenomenon. London’s Tate Modern reconsiders the legacy of the movement, and one of its chief protagonists, Andy Warhol, in the exhibition Pop Life, Art in A Material World, (link: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/poplife/default.shtm) (October 1 2009, through January 17, 2010). Go for eclecticism with Dries Van Noten, or the edgy modernity of Stella McCartney’s sophisticated style contradiction.

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