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B is for Breton | haute horizontal | rock star stripes

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Bouillabaisse, baguette, Bastille Day … and the Breton stripe. What could be more French? Royalty and the literati have had much to say about Paris. “Paris isn’t a city, it’s a world,” declared King Francois 1 in the 16th century, when it probably was; Ernest Hemingway wrote: “If you are lucky enough to have lived…

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Basket case | Setting the bar high | weaving magic

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

A New York hotel celebrates the skill and romance of Britain’s old-time basketweavers One thing the Firmdale Hotels have in common is the intoxicating collision of contemporary art, patterns and textiles. But you can always count on hotelier Kit Kemp to imbue each member of her 10-strong portfolio with a cheeky point of difference. In…

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New kids on an old block | The bounty of Jo’burg | Vive le revamp!

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

In Johannesburg the past becomes the present in architecture, design and degustation… If Jo’burg had a mantra right now it would be “restore, recycle, revamp”. The City of Gold, settled in 1886, is a shapeshifter whose centre doesn’t always hold. Epitomising the urban renewal push is Victoria Yards, in Lorentzville, a very cool enclave reimagined…

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Suite dreams in Melbourne | sugar & spice | Dessert-ed

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

Edgy art, irresistible desserts and a bunch of nice neighbours make the Adelphi Hotel the pit-stop of choice They had me at the upholstered stools that looked like oversized licorice allsorts. And the bowls with all the Chupa Chups, Red Skins, Fantales, Sherbies, and Minties that a sweet-tooth’s heart could desire. The refurbished 34-room Adelphi …

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Colours of Morocco | the bold & the beautiful | artisans at work

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

From the vibrant medinas of Marrakech to the riads of Fes and the ochre sands of Erg Chebbi, Morocco’s colour palette is the gift with purchase Colour plays a starring role in the architecture, craftsmanship, food and culture of Morocco. Even taxis play the colour card in this strategically located North African country with the…

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Waft on by | Stop and smell the roses | the perfumers’ creed

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

The luxury French perfume house, Creed, has opened a boutique in Sydney’s Double Bay. On a November evening in chic Double Bay, the bold and the beautiful are milling about on the footpath outside 36 Cross Street, clinking glasses of Perrier-Jouet to celebrate the opening of the first Sydney stand-alone boutique from the enduring luxury…

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Smells like the ’70s | New York stories | Fragrance flashback

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

A pumping new perfume stumbles into the disco dawn Christopher Chong’s latest exotic perfume for the Oman-based Amouage pays homage to high-voltage 1970s New York — with its celebrities, glamour, energy and artistic daring. The newbie, Imitation (Woman & Man), evokes a time when nightclubs like Studio 54 were heady playgrounds for grown-ups; when Andy…

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Have perfume will travel | Vial trials | Kits & caboodle

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

What’s in your carry-on? Some luxurious – portable – perfumes, yes? Right now, travellers are in the sights of the perfume houses. Dinky little travel kits, slimline atomisers, and his and hers minis give jet-setters variety when they travel and ensure they don’t flout airlines’ rules on carry-on liquid limits. Travel kits are also a great…

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Niche perfumes | Sexy scents | Fragrance stories

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Premium perfumes no longer owe their cachet to flower power alone. Fragrance is upping the ante with notes borrowed from drugs, French palace floors, and the Three Wise Men, reports Susan Skelly. Niche perfumes are a little like a Scandinavian gourmet pizza – layers of  improbable, intriguing combinations of ingredients foraged by a “nose” who’s…

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Why Koko pops | a new Fijian paradise | Lang Walker’s home away from home

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

A passion project of billionaire Australian property developer Lang Walker, Fiji’s newest luxury resort epitomises barefoot luxury. Susan Skelly dips a toe in the water… Christopher Kenyon’s beachfront studio might be pumping with Prince’s Little Red Corvette but the canvasses surrounding him reflect every blue of a Derwent pencil set – ultramarine, teal, turquoise, aqua,…

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