The new season brings new fashion and a roster of new events. From Paris to Tokyo, via St Tropez and Sao Paulo, we have selected Fall's must-visit parties, previews and exhibitions – and what to wear...
Chanel Mobile Art
What: The Zaha Hadid-designed Chanel Contemporary Art container is a nomadic gallery filled with art that takes the iconic Chanel 2.55 handbag as inspiration. After opening in Hong Kong in February, it traveled to Tokyo, and arrives in New York this autumn, before moving to London, Moscow and Paris.
Where: Central Park, New York.
When: October 20th – November 9th.
Who: Manhattan's art and fashion elite, led by Karl Lagerfeld. Expect some of the artists involved in the project, including Yoko Ono and Sylvie Fleury.
Wear: Chanel, of course! Even if it's just a small accessory, everyone will be wearing a little bit of Chanel. And why not the extraordinary Zaha Hadid for Melissa plastic heels? Pay a mark of respect to the combined creative genius of Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld and Zaha Hadid.
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Frieze Art Fair
What: Founded in 2003 by Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, Frieze is now a major date on the international art fair calendar. Over 150 galleries from around the world will show in 2008, with a firm focus on contemporary art and living artists.
Where: Regent's Park, London.
When: October 16th – October 19th.
Who: Anyone who's anyone in the art world, including artists (expect British art stars including Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Sam Taylor-Wood), gallerists (Jay Jopling, Larry Gagosian) and collectors (Charles Saatchi, Anita Zabludowicz).
Wear: This is London, home to some of the most eccentric and creative dressers, so don't be afraid to be avant-garde. Pick an arty label such as Prada or Mui Mui. Or be patriotic and go with a local talent such as Christopher Kane, Louise Goldin or Marios Schwab. Alexander McQueen's Union Jack boots are perfect.
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Paris Fashion Week
What: The biannual presentation of next year's fashion and a first chance to glimpse the looks of S/S 2009. The most sought after shows include Balmain, Azzedine Alaia, Dior, Giambattista Valli and Balenciaga.
When: September 27th – October 4th.
Who: The international fashion pack of editors, journalists and stylists, led by the powerful Vogue editors, Anna Wintour, Carine Roitfeld and Franca Sozzani.
Wear: Make sure your outfit will take you from fashion show to the after-party, and then on to one of Paris' fashionable restaurants such as fun and casual Ferdi or classic and chic Le Voltaire. Be effortlessly casual in Chloe and accessorize with jewelry by Delfina Delettrez Fendi. True fashion aficionados will already be sporting looks straight from the S/S 2009 catwalk.
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Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow
What: The opening exhibition at Moscow's first gallery dedicated to contemporary art. Set in a former bus garage that has been given a glamorous overhaul by Jamie Fobert Architects, the show features the work of Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The financial backing of Roman Abramovich ensures this gallery is set for international recognition (he has already purchased Francis Bacon's Triptych in preparation for GCCC's 2010 Bacon retrospective).
When: Opens September 17th.
Who: The art world, led by curator Molly Guinness and the junior jet set, led by founder Daria 'Dasha' Zhukova, girlfriend of Abramovich. What Zhukova lacks in experience she makes up for in passion.
Wear: Be arty but glamorous – this is Russia, after all. Giambattista Valli, Roland Mouret and Lanvin all combine sophistication with signature silhouettes that guarantee you will be noticed. Accessorize with 'the greats': Chanel, Dior, Prada and Fendi.
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Louis Vuitton at Comme des Garcons
What: A Louis Vuitton 'pop-up' store, inside the Comme des Garcons shop and conceived by the inventor of guerrilla retail and Comme des Garcons founder, Rei Kawakubo. A marriage of two brands from opposite sides of the world and from opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. Inside the industrial-inspired space, six exclusive bags are available to order alongside Vuitton's most iconic pieces.
Where: Omotesando, Tokyo.
When: Until mid-December.
Who: Hardcore retail enthusiasts, Louis Vuitton lovers and the most cutting-edge Harajuku girls.
Wear: The Japanese know their fashion intimately, so choose sophisticated, simple silhouettes and add quirky accessories. Consider razor-sharp looks from Bottega Veneta, Comme des Garcons, or Lanvin and statement jewelry by Tom Binns or Dries Van Noten.
Les Voiles de St Tropez
What: The annual St Tropez regatta that attracts over 300 of the finest racing yachts to compete in various races. Forget about floating gin palaces and think classic sailing yachts with teak decks, canvas sails and real skippers.
Where: St Tropez, South of France.
When: September 27th - October 5th.
Who: Yachties, sailors and those who know that this is the best time of year to visit St Tropez.
Wear: Avoid horizontal stripes or anything that could make you look like a sailor! Reference the chic silhouettes of another decade in Burberry Prorsum, Alberta Ferretti and Marni. Be practical: when out on the boat you'll need a North Face rain jacket. Chanel's Wellington boots are a fun way to stay dry.
Art Forum Berlin
What: The most important contemporary art fair in what is increasingly one of the most important cities for cutting-edge art. A world-class exhibition that attracts over 120 galleries from more than 25 countries. Works on display include pieces by Marina Abramovic, Magnus Larsson and Gregor Hildebrandt.
When: October 31st – November 3rd.
Who: Young artists so hot you've never heard of them, collectors on the look out for the Next Big Thing, and an assortment of edgy and ultra-trendy creative types.
Wear: Arty, ultra-cool and creative fashion – think Balenciaga, Givenchy, Prada and Mui Mui. Any style will do, as long as it's black. The essential accessory is Smythson's new Art Diary designed by artists Ed Ruscha, Gary Hume, Rachel Whiteread and John Baldessari.
Museum of Islamic Art
What: A party of epic proportions is planned to celebrate the inauguration of what will become the Middle East's most impressive museum. Designed by legendary architect, I.M. Pei, the extraordinary 45,000sqm museum will house one of the most important collections of Islamic art.
Where: Doha, Qatar.
When: November 22nd.
Who: His Royal Highness the Emir of Qatar, his family, and Heads of State from around the world.
Wear: This is the event of 2008 and as such it's important to dress the part – ultra chic and elegant. Most sought after: specially commissioned couture gowns. The Josef Albers print Hermes scarf will mark you out as someone who understands the importance of squares in I.M. Pei's work.
Brazilian Grand Prix
What: One of the most glamorous pit-stops on the Formula 1 calendar, the Brazilian Grand Prix sees the likes of Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes vie for poll position. The after-parties are renowned as being the best on the circuit.
Where: Sao Paulo, Brazil.
When: November 2nd.
Who: The international beau monde who know that Brazilians party better than anyone else. Popular with the kind of model that uses only one name - Naomi, Gisele and Alessandra.
Wear: Something glamorous! Gucci, Versace or Dolce & Gabbana. Of course, bring all your accessories... and one of Bottega Veneta's fabulous jewelry cases to store sculptural rings and statement necklaces.