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A New Brand of Luxury

A New Brand of Luxury

Not in Paris, London or Zurich; it was in the imperial splendours of Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein that the Financial Times chose to host its annual “Business of Luxury” summit on 2-4 June. In a mirage of expensive scent, Chanel suits and flashing Rolexes, the power-brokers of the international luxury industry came to learn about the […]

Austrian Accessories in Paris

For the second time, the Austrian Fashion Showcase was featured at the Premiere Classe International Accessories Trade Show in Paris in January for the Fall Winter 2013/2014 collections. The idea behind the showcase is to assist Austrian designers in international markets, specifically the accessories market. Austrian designers such as Andy Wolf Eyewear, Gon, and Rose […]

Paris at the Stroke of Midnight

When it comes to a filmmaker as relentlessly prolific as Woody Allen – over 45 years – the critique of his work and comparison of his films to one another is almost an art form in its own right. And most definitely a conversation piece. So when Allen’s latest film Midnight is Paris is rated […]

Book Review: Philipp Blom’s Wicked Company

Dining With That Wicked Company One of the central lessons of history comes with the discovery of how often it gets rewritten. The chronicles of wars are revised by the victors, enemies are demonized, heroes invented. Important roles played by the inconvenient, however virtuous, are erased and forgotten. With the passage of time, the patterns […]

Donnersmarck – Lite

Following his lauded Oscar-winning debut The Lives of Others and getting every offer imaginable from Hollywood, German writer-director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck chose as his follow-up a very different type of film. Shot in Paris and Venice, The Tourist  is a big-budget, studio extravaganza that unites, for the first time, two of Hollywood’s biggest names […]

‘Jewels’ from Paris at The Vienna State Opera

When Manuel Legris retired as an étoile at Paris Opera last year, he immediately took up residence in Vienna as the artistic director of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. While the Staatsoper Ballet outside the Renato Zanella years has always been a very classical company, the Paris Opera has always danced both modern works and […]

Reliving a Dream of Youth in Paris

Reliving a Dream of Youth in Paris

We were fresh off the plane, very tired, and while our hotel room was being prepared, we had been drinking near Pigalle at 9:30 in the morning – a sinful occupation even for a district that revels in dissipation. We were standing at a simple zinc bar, sipping small beers served with quiet dignity by […]

Paris in 96 Hours

Paris in 96 Hours

I rolled my suitcase out of my door and took a deep breath, slowly putting my hand on my wallet and passport, a last second check. It was 6:00 a.m, and I was about to head to Paris. Landstrasse is quiet and deserted in the morning; a few bums stood across the station and were […]

Sarkozy Agonistes

“Why do they hate us?” asked the Americans of the Islamic fundamentalists after 9/11. “Why do they not like me?” could be the question asked by Nicolas Sarkozy to the French after more than one year in power. Sarkozy is omnipresent both domestically and internationally. On July 13, the leaders of more than 40 countries […]

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