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SHOE SCULPTURE AT ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

To wear them or to display them as sculpture? This is the dilemma posed by the extraordinarily sculpted heels in the Alexander McQueen Spring Summer collection, which reveal the inherited creativity of Sarah Burton.

MONCLER GAMME ROUGE: A FASHION LABORATORY

Inspired by the traditional dress of the Middle East and Asia, the latest Moncler Gamme Rouge collection - designed by Giambattista Valli - goes far beyond sportswear and into the realm of avant-garde high fashion.
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SAVOIR FAIRE + SCIENCE = ART?

Lux Inside is a collective that combines medical scanners with digital art and photography to produce images that reveal the savoir-faire in luxury goods. These pictures and artisan-made objects will be sold in Paris on March 1.

WHAT FERRAN ADRIà DID NEXT

The new restaurant from uber-chef Ferran Adrià opened on March 1 in Barcelona. Preceding the closure of El Bulli this July, Tickets will continue Adrià's pioneering approach to nouvelle cuisine with theatre both on and off the plate.

VICTOIRE DE CASTELLANE'S FLOWERS OF EXCESS AT GAGOSIAN

Inspired by the spirit of work such as Fabergé eggs, Victoire de Castellane's latest creations are at once both sculptures and pieces of wearable jewelry. This "jewelry at rest, waiting to be worn" is on show at Paris’ Gagosian gallery.
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TONY CRAGG AT THE MUSéE DU LOUVRE

Tony Cragg's exhibition at the Musée du Louvre in tandem with that of the heads of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783) offers a journey through sculpture.
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LOOKING CLOSELY AT THE $150MILLION PRIVATE COLLECTION

Tobias Meyer, the head of contemporary art and chief auctioneer at Sotheby's, explains the reasons behind the intense bidding at a highly charged sale of a private collection at Sotheby's London on February 10.

SHIRO KURAMATA & ETTORE SOTTSASS: WHAT IS DESIGN?

A new exhibition at Issey Miyake's 21_21 Design Sight museum, Tokyo, introduces the talent of two design greats - Shiro Kuramata of Japan and Ettore Sottsass of Italy - to a new generation.
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ROMANCING THE STONE

An outstanding exhibition of objects made from translucent Obsidian includes works by Arik Levy, Christian Ghion and Tetsuo Harada. We showcase Visions of Obsidian, on show at Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, Paris.

ROSA DE LA CRUZ: TIMELESS JEWELS

The jeweler Rosa de la Cruz, a member of the Cuban family behind Miami’s de la Cruz collection of contemporary art, approaches gems in the same way she does art: looking for “purity of form, proper scale and honest materials”.

DINNER BY HESTON: THE BEST RESTAURANT IN THE WORLD?

The critics are raving about Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the Willy Wonka-style chef behind the pioneering Fat Duck restaurant. We showcase its astonishing back-to-the-future signature dishes.

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.

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.
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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.