Luxury Calendar: The New and Not-to-be-Missed in February

The Super Bowl, the Oscars, Carnival, the Grammys, Pancake Day, school holidays and Fashion Month – it may be short, but February 2017 promises to be action-packed. Here’s our Dandelion Chandelier curated list of the most important events in the luxury ecosystem this month:

Get your samba on! Carnival in Rio de Janeiro runs from Feb 24 – 28; keep the party going at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, which begins Feb 28.

On Feb 2, Parisians observe Chandeleur, a Catholic holiday celebrated 40 days after Christmas – it’s known as la fête des crêpes. Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent) is celebrated in London on Feb 28. Can this be a coincidence? Pass the maple syrup, s’il vous plait!

The first hints of spring arrive at the Kew Gardens London Orchid Festival from Feb 4-March 5, the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show beginning Feb 18, and the Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition in San Francisco from Feb 24-26.

Luxury Travel. Catch the tail end of Chinese New Year, or hit the beach. Valentine’s Day may inspire a romantic getaway, or you could just happily ski the month away.

Top travel agents recommend:

–The Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in Yunlin, a traditional Taiwanese celebration to mark the end of the Lunar New Year holiday; over 20 million visitors to travel to see the dazzling night sky filled with giant lanterns, explore the festival with handheld lamps, and enjoy live performances – Feb 11 -19

–February is the perfect month to visit Norway – the Northern Lights are at their peak; Lyngen Lodge would be a perfect place to stay (this intimate refuge holds only 18 guests)

–If you’re seeking warm weather, consider Tasmania – its summer there; stay at the uber-luxe resort Saffire Freycinet and visit the Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Estate, which will be in full bloom this month

–The coast of Brazil is a good place to rest up for, or to recover from, Carnival – the boutique hotel Ponta Dos Gauchos gets high marks for its bungalows perched above the sparkling Atlantic

–Take a culinary tour in Thailand, then venture to a secluded haven on the private island of Song Saa in Cambodia

–Lounge on a beach in the Caribbean – Antigua, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Turks & Caicos

–The Seychelles is a secluded romantic getaway spot, especially in one of the 11 villas on North Island, where you can scuba-dive before tucking yourself away on a honeymoon beach

Important resort and hotel openings this month:

–The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is directly across from the Tower of London, with 100 rooms and 11 suites

–The 194-room 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on Pier 1 will have incredible views of Manhattan; on the rooftop you’ll find a pool lounge and fire pits, with a glassed-in cocktail lounge one floor below

–The Kandima Maldives from Pulse Hotels & Resorts is focused on being family-friendly; it will feature the longest pool in the Maldives, a marine biology school, a spa, and 10 restaurants

–The Oberoi Marrakech is now open, with 84 rooms decorated with handcrafted Moroccan design features evoking the romance of ancient times; many rooms have private heated pools and magnificent views

–The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is soon to open in Ajman; set within 247 acres of protected mangrove forest, the resort will offer panoramic ocean views, a golf course, kayaking, dune driving, sky-diving, and a spa, all just 25 minutes from Dubai International Airport

Auctions & Antiques.

–The Miami Beach Antiques Show sets the tone for the antiques market this year – Feb 10-13

–Sotheby’s: Fine Jewels, New York – Feb 1; Vintage Autos, Paris – Feb 8; Erotic: Passio & Desire, London – Feb 16; Finest and Rarest Wines, London – Feb 22 and New York – Feb 25

–Christie’s: Jewels Online – Feb 1; Living With Art, New York – Feb 7; Interiors, Paris – Feb 21 and London – Feb 22; Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale, London – Feb 28; and The Art of the Surreal, London – Feb 28

Luxury Autos and Yachts.

–2017 Superyacht Cup Challenge, Antigua – Feb 2-5

–The Miami Boat Show – Feb 11-15; The Miami Beach Yacht Show – Feb 16-20

–RORC Caribbean 600, Antigua – Feb 20-24

–The London Classic Car Show – Feb 23-26

–Dubai International Boat Show – Feb 28-Mar 4

Fashion and Beauty.

–Frock Me! Vintage Fair – one of the best places to find vintage haute couture – is at the Chelsea Town Hall in London – Feb 5

–New York Fashion Week runs from Feb 9-16; Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim of Monse return to Oscar de la Renta as lead designers; Raf Simons arrives at Calvin Klein

–Paris Refashioned 1957-1956 – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York – Feb 10-April 15

–London Fashion Week – Feb 17-21

–Milan Fashion Week – Feb 22-28

–Diana: Her Fashion Story debuts at Kensington Palace in London – Feb 24-August 31

–Paris Fashion Week – Feb 28-Mar 8

–New Fragrances: Chloe’s Love Story Eau Sensuelle; Aqua Celestia by Francis Kurkdjian; YSL’s Black Opium; Guerlian’s Aqua Allegoria Bergamotto Calabria; Neom Organic’s first fine fragrance Energy Burst; and Korean skincare brand Erborian’s first trio of fragrances, Nokcha Drop

Food and Drink.

–Famed Paris restaurant Ferdi opened in Shepards Market, London last month, and is now a very hot ticket. Maybe a burger at the end of London Fashion Week?

–Rech by Alain Ducasse replaces the now-closed Spoon in Hong Kong’s Intercontinental Hotel

–Asia’s first Michelin Chef showcase restaurant, Curate, kicks off the 2017 edition of Art at Curate with Michelin Chef Masayasu Yonemura at the RW Sentosa in Singapore – Feb 4-11

–The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, held annually in a lovely vineyard in New Zealand since 1985, is said to be the country’s longest-running wine festival – Feb 11

–Monica Galetti is opening Mere in Fitztrovia, London this month

–LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show is at the LA Convention Center – Feb 18-19

–The South Beach Food & Wine Festival – Feb 22-26

Fitness and Sports.

Super Bowl 51 is in Houston; members of the original cast of Hamilton will sing “America the Beautiful” at the pre-game show; Luke Bryan will sing the National Anthem; and Lady Gaga will do the honors at halftime – Feb 5

–The bi-annual Alpine World Ski Championships will be held in St. Moritz for the fifth time, with men’s and women’s super-G, downhill, slalom and combined – Feb 6-19

–Also in St. Moritz, the annual White Turf competition will be held over three weekends, featuring skiers being pulled by horses over a frozen lake and lots of extremely wealthy people cheering them on – Feb 12, 19 and 26

–The Hong Kong Marathon is Feb 12

–The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships take place in Lahti, Finland – in addition to sports, there will be circus artists and tango shows – Feb 22 – March 5

–The Six Nations Rugby Championship begins with Scotland vs Ireland in Edinburgh – Feb 4


–The Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Feb 1-11

–The San Francisco Indie Fest marks its 19th year – Feb 2-16

–I Am Not Your Negro, a documentary about James Baldwin by Raoul Peck that incorporates previously unpublished texts by the author – opens Feb 3

–God Particle is the latest from J.J. Abrams – it’s about astronauts on a space station, and stars Selma’s David Oyelowo and Gugu Mbatha-Raw – Feb 24

–Tulip Fever, starring Alicia Vikander and featuring Cara Delevingne, is set in the 17th century in the Netherlands – Feb 24

–A United Kingdom stars David Oyelowo as the first democratically-elected President of Botswana, with Rosamund Pike as his wife – Feb 10


–Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star in Santa Clarita Diet, premiering on Netflix – Feb 3

–Legion, a Marvel mutant franchise from showrunner Noah Hawley (of Fargo and Before the Fall fame) debuts on F/X – Feb 8

–Girls final season starts on HBO – Feb 12

–Big Little Lies, a star-studded miniseries (Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley) launches on HBO – Feb 19

–The 89th Academy Awards air on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel hosting – Feb 26


–Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close opens on Broadway – Feb 9

–Significant Other, a comedy about a romantic looking for love in Manhattan, appropriately opens on Feb 14

–The Price by Arthur Miller opens with a star-studded cast – Feb 16

–The revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford opens in the newly-remodeled Hudson Theatre, the first Broadway production to play the space in almost 50 years – Feb 23

Popular Music.

–The Grammy Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air on CBS – Feb 12

–Lorde will release her long-awaited sophomore album this month

–Madison Square Garden’s lineup includes The Lumineers – Feb 2-3; The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Feb 15-18); Billy Joel – Feb 22; and Ariana Grande – Feb 23-24

–Also in New York: Patti LaBelle plays King’s Theater in Brooklyn – Feb 11-12; Lauryn Hill’s rescheduled concert at Radio City Music Hall is Feb 25; rappers Run the Jewels are at Terminal 5 – Feb 26-27

–In LA, Sting performs at the Hollywood Palladium – Feb 8-9 and Alicia Keys is at the Belasco Theater – Feb 8

–The Noise Pop Music & Art Festival of indie music, film and art celebrates its 25th anniversary in San Francisco – Feb 17-27


–Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin – the parents of Trayvon Martin tell their sides of the story about his death – Feb 1

–I Was Trying to Describe What It Feels Like: New and Selected Stories by Noy Holland – Feb 1

–Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story by Wall Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe – an expose of elite tech culture; her new catch phrase? Asperger’s Chic.

–The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen – a collection of stories by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer – Feb 7

–Lincoln in the Bardo, the first novel from short-story master George Saunders, is about a grieving Lincoln visiting the grave of his lost son during the height of the Civil War – Feb 14

–The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky – a missing painting connects the lives of Holocaust escapee Rose, and Lizzie, a 30-something lawyer whose father has just died – Feb 14

–Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin – a response to We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Feb 21

Performing Arts.

–The New York Philharmonic’s Tchaikovsky Festival begins Feb 2

–The Metropolitan Opera features a new production of Dvorak’s Rusalka Feb 2 – March 2

–Carnegie Hall hosts the festival La Serenissima: Music and Art from the Venetian Republic – Feb 3-21; the Kronos Quartet – Feb 11; the Orchestra of St. Luke’s – Feb 16; and 3 concerts by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Feb 28 – March 2

–Lincoln Center’s Great Performances series hosts Ivan Fisher and the Budapest Festival orchestra Feb 5-6; and Vladimir Jorowski with the London Phil Feb 26-27

–La Bayadère at Palais Des Congrès De Paris – Feb 8-12

–Andrea Bocelli performs a Valentine’s Day concert in Miami – Feb 12

–MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance will perform the premiere of a site-specific work for the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda – Feb 16

–Frankenstein will be performed by the San Francisco Ballet at the Royal Ballet, Royal Opera house in London – Feb 17

Visual Arts.

–The Zona Maco contemporary art fair in Mexico City will see global art collectors and 120 galleries – there will be both established and emerging talent in the mix – Feb 8-12

–The New Museum in New York mounts a comprehensive survey of American artist Raymond Pettibon; A Pen of All Work opens Feb 8

–The Tate Britain celebrates ahead of David Hockney’s 80th birthday with a comprehensive retrospective of his work – Feb 9-May 29

–The Guggenheim turns 80 this year, and the museum focuses on an all-star line-up of works from its collection championed by six of its patrons in Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim – opening Feb 10

–Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 is at the Royal Academy of Arts, Mayfair, London – Feb 11-April 17

–Jane and Louise Wilson show photos from their Sealander series of abandoned spaces at the Getty in LA – opens Feb 14

–A retrospective of photographer Wolfgang Tillmans’ work is at the Tate Modern in London – Feb 15 – June 11

–The Hong Kong Arts Festival is Feb 16-March 18

–Art Wynwood in Miami – Feb 16-20

–Vermeer & The Masters of Painting opens at the Louvre – Feb 22

On top of all of that, Groundhog’s Day is February 2; Valentine’s Day is the 14th; and President’s Day is the 20th. And it’s Black History Month. Wherever February takes you, we hope you get some time with someone you love.

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