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Fashion Week sweeps across Europe

fashion week in europe

Today marks the last day of Paris Fashion Week and fashionistas everywhere are already planning their autumn winter wardrobes around what they’ve seen. Rosie Khdir takes a look at what is still to come in Fashion Week shows across Europe.

As model strut down catwalks in Amsterdam’s the newest and finest designer looks for autumn/winter 2011-2012, we are still reeling from the beautiful revelations at Paris Fashion week which finishes today.

Chanel is one show where every seat is coveted and this year, the labels famous and fabulous designer Karl Lagerfield, did not disappoint.

Elegant models premiered Lagerfield’s latest creations in a rather small, intimate show (compared to previous years) in an old bank situated opposite the old apartment of none other than Coco Chanel herself!

Classic nude tones and Chanel tweeds made an appearance as well as slim-fit trousers under tunic dresses – perhaps inspiration taken from Middle Eastern and Asian cultures for this collection.

One surprise on the catwalk was the distinct lack of high-heels, indicating that flat pumps may be the height of fashion this coming autumn (I hear sighs of relief from women with aching feet, all over the world).

Other designers that showed at Paris Fashion week included Givenchy, Maurizio Galante, Khaled el Masri and Jean Paul Gaultier.

Now Amsterdam International Fashion Week has begun and the likes of Jantaminiau and INDIVIDUALS by AMFI already wowing audiences, and it looks set to be another greta year for fashion.

Amsterdam International Fashion Week ends on 30th January but prepare yourselves for our very own London Fashion Week, starting on 18th February 2011!

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Book a journey on the new Spirit of Britain!

Spirit of Britain

We were all excited to see the maiden voyage of the Spirit of Britain, P&O Ferries’ new super ship and now it time for the offers!

From today you can get your hands of one of only 400,000 tickets for a one way journey on the Spirit of Britain for only £30 for any duration including a car. There are also 40,000 one way tickets at £30 for any duration car inclusive during the peak travel period 22nd July to 4th September 2011.

The Spirit of Britain is a luxurious new ship that has been built to accommodate the busy Dover to Calais service and has space for up to 1,750 passengers.

On board, passengers can relax in one of the many new resting and dining areas, and buy duty paid goods in the brand new, designer-stocked store.

The offer ends at 10pm, 1st Feb 2011 and there are a limited number of tickets as you can see, so be sure to book nice and early! Click here to book now.

Spirit of Britain makes maiden voyage today!

Spirit of Britain

The much talked about Spirit of Britain, P&O Ferries’ new €180 million super ferry, has set sail for the very time this morning. Rosie Khdir reports.

Making its first Dover to Calais sailing, the Spirit of Britain will be showing off its revoluntionary design.

It has a unique hull that reduces drag in the shallow Channel, enhancing fuel economy – this is great for running costs, for the environment and for customers who are looking for low ferry fares.

The 49,000 ton ferry is more luxurious than previous P&O Ferries ships and will provide customers with a comfortable journey across the Channel, currently unmatched by any other operator.

For example, the Spirit of Britain features huge floor to ceiling picture windows with stained glass, as well as quality fittings in the bars and restaurants. If you want to travel in the ultimate style and luxury then the ship’s Club Lounge is simply stunning and comes with its very own private sheltered deck

There is a choice of eateries on board including the revered Brasserie, with its waiter service and traditional British dishes, or alternatively the self service International Food Court, offering a wide range of delicious cuisines from Oriental to Continental.

Children will find amusement on board in the Horizon Family Lounge which has tables and chairs for toddlers and small children and a sound-proofed video game arcade for teenagers.

Freight drivers do not get overlooked on board the Spirit of Britain; they will receive five star treatment in the Routemasters Lounge, complete with private showers, restaurant, relaxation area with recliners and a seat back entertainment system, plus their own outside deck area.

Helen Deeble, chief executive of P&O Ferries, said:

“We are delighted to welcome this fantastic new ship to Dover ready to start service later this month. She offers a leap forward in terms of her size and the quality of the build and I’m confident that she’ll provide a fantastic experience for all of the customers who will travel on her in the years to come.”

The Spirit of Britain for Calais five times per 24 hours and standard return ticket prices start at £39 each way for a car and up to nine passengers travelling throughout 2011. For more information on how to book your Channel crossing on the Spirit of Britain click here.

Belgian expo explores American history


A rather unique and very interesting exhibition in Brussels explores the past, present and future of America, a nation that is very much tied to Europe. Rosie Khdir Khdir takes a look at America, It’s Also Our History.

The Museum of Europe has chosen to mark the Belgian Presidency of the European Union with an exhibition that shows visitors how the unique relations between America and Europe have progress through the good times and the bad.

A series of contemporary artists will show their works that tell us more about how they see the relationship between the two powers. Among the artists is Thomas Israël whose work, entitled Peeping Tom, looks at how Europe and North America look to and constantly follow each other.

Isabelle de Borchgrave has created a quilt, reminiscent of American Folk art that illustrates the European contribution to the demography of 19th and 20th century America.

A very powerful and perhaps controversial piece by Dominic McGill shows a red velvet-lined suitcase which holds within it a ceremonial hammer and sick, covered by spider webs; an artwork that represents the fall of communism and the end of the power struggle between the East and West.

This expo has on display so many beautiful artworks of all different mediums, from video to textile, and truly is a remarkable way of telling the story of the relations between the USA and Europe.

If you would like to visit the Museum of Europe and see the America. It’s Also Our History exhibition then P&O Ferries can help get you there.

P&O Ferries has a Hull to Zeebrugge overnight service or you can take the Dover to Calais crossing starting from just £30 for a car and up to nine people; from Calais it is just a few hours’ drive to Brussels.

The International Circus Festival of Tomorrow

International Circus Festival of Tomorrow

A very unique event will be making its way to Paris at the end of the month in the form of the International Circus Festival of Tomorrow. Rosie Khdir reports…

Back in 1977 the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain (International Circus Festival of Tomorrow) was first introduced to the public. This festival enables hundreds of young artists and performers from all over the world to begin a dazzling career that will change their life.

The circus, which is currently run by Alain M Pacherie, producer and general manager of the Cirque Phenix, has seen some of the biggest circus stars rise from its rings. Some of these artists include: The Taquin Brothers, Jigalov, Vertical Tango, Anatoly Zaliewski, Zhang Gong Li and Dima Shine.

All acts that come to Paris this month are competing in the hope that they will be picked to perform in the circus next season. Every year audiences witness new wonders of acrobatics from youngsters from the likes of the Bejing Circus, the Moscow Circus and the French Ecole Fratellini.

If you would like to witness the unique performances of some of the most talented acrobats in the entire world, then the 32rd annual International Circus Festival of Tomorrow is the event to be at.

It runs from 27th – 30th January 2011 and you can get all the information you need from the official website.

As for getting there, P&O Ferries has you covered with our Dover to Calais crossing starting from just £30 for a car and up to nine people! From Calais you are just a short drive away from the delights that await you in Paris.

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Fashion on the Edge

Hussein Chalayan laser dress

Following on from the recent success of the rather astounding exhibition The Art of Fashion the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam is showing a small collection of unusual fashion pieces in H + F Fashion on the Edge. Rosie Khdir takes a look.

Everyone who is into fashion knows that it is an ever changing art, one that can never really conform to strict conventions. The H + F Fashion on the Edge Foundation, created by collector Hans Nefkens, collects pieces that stretch the boundaries of fashion.

In autumn 2010 the foundation put together a small exhibition of just four extraordinary fashion pieces by various fashion designers, including Hussein Chalayan, Klavers van Engelen, Alet Pilon and Pyuupiru.

Hussein Chalayan displays his innovative crystal encrusted dresses complete with large laser hat, while Klavers van Engelen exhibit a dress with a blown-glass accessory in a setting of glass and mirrors.

Pilon’s piece is still life with “beings that exist in the twilight zone between life and death”, and Japanese transgender artist Pyuupiru “uses his / her own body as the starting point, and the hand-knitted object Mercury is an expression of this,” according to the museum press release.

This exhibition truly is phenomenal, showing just how out-of-the-box fashion can be. If you would like to take a trip to Rotterdam and explore the H + F Fashion on the Edge, then P&O Ferries can help you on your way. You can get our Hull to Rotterdam overnight service from just £149 each way.

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Bulgari celebrates 125 years of magnificence in Paris

bulgari at grand palais

Anyone who has an appreciation for fine jewellery (I’m looking at you ladies) will want to head to the Grand Palais in Paris this January to celebrate 125 years of Bulgari magnificence! Rosie Khdir reveals all…

Revered designer Sotirio Bulgari has been carving out his legacy in the jewellery market since the late 1800s. In 1910 is when Bulgari really began to focus on the jewel trade and was heavily influenced by the Parisian style.

In this breathtaking exhibition visitors can see the evolution of Bulgari and his jewellery collections through the decades. It is separated into sections which include ‘50s ‘60s High Jewellery of Dolce Vita, ‘70s Eclectic Creativity, The Bulgari Icons, ‘80s ‘90s Opulence and Colour and High Jewellery of the 21st Century.

With around 600 stunning Bulgari pieces, 100 of which have never been seen by the public before. Perhaps the most exciting part of the exhibition which will please film and jewellery lover alike is The Elizabeth Taylor Collection. The personal collection of the film star is being displayed in Paris, marking its first appearance in Europe.

In the Taylor collection visitors will see many famous Bulgari creations such as the Trombino ring the Tremblant brooches, the serpent bracelet-watch and the stunning sautoir platinum, sapphire and diamond necklace.

If you would like to see some of the most beautiful jewellery ever crafted, and celebrate the magnificence of Bulgari then visit the Grand Palais in Paris.

The exhibition will run until 12th January 2011, for more information visit the Bulgari website.

P&O celebrates the launch of new ship with holiday giveaway!


What better way to start off 2011 than with a chance to win a holiday from P&O Ferries! If you want to win a free break this year, read on…

In celebration of the maiden voyage of its new ship the Spirit of Britain on 21st January 2011, P&O Ferries has launched the SuperCalaisFerryTastic game!

  • Disneyland Paris park day tickets for four, plus a free Dover- Calais P&O Ferries crossing for a car and four people.
  • A Sunparks family holiday in Belgium, Holland or Germany – plus a free Dover-Calais P&O Ferries crossing for a car and 4 people.
  • A 7-night, European mobile home break with Keycamp Holidays – plus a free Dover-Calais P&O Ferries crossing for a car and 4 people.
  • £300 cottage break with Cottages4u – choose from 1,000s of fantastic cottages and villas – plus a free Dover-Calais P&O Ferries crossing for a car and 4 people.
  • One week self-catering for up to 4 people in the French Alps with Pierre & Vacances – 42 resorts to choose from – plus a free Dover-Calais P&O Ferries crossing for a car and 4 people.

But that is not all; there are also loads more crossings and shopping vouchers to be won including a special ‘Free P&O Ferries Travel for a Decade’!

To enter, all you have to do it choose one of the five onboard areas (each holds a different prize, so make sure you pick the room that holds your desired holiday), drag the little blue man to any spot you like and click enter.

Then all that you have to do is enter your name and email address. Do all of this before midnight on 21st January 2011 and you could have a chance of winning! P&O Ferries will contact you via email if you win and prizes must be claimed by 31st March 2011.

To enter just click here – good luck!

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