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Travel news: Europe's highest suspension footbridge opens in the Swiss Alps

A round-up of the latest news, great deals and good advice for travel aficionados.

New year brings a host of new destinations

Etihad Airways has announced that it will commence flights to Hong Kong on March 24 next year. The service will be operated by its codeshare partner Air Seychelles and will undertake three services per week from the UAE capital to the Asian economic hub. A return flight costs from Dh2,300 return, including taxes (www.etihadairways.com). Its local rival Emirates began flying a daily direct to Phuket this month, a favourite destination for UAE-based travellers, from Dh3,220 return, including taxes (www.emirates.com). Spring will also bring direct flights to Warsaw and Algiers. Expect a flurry of announcements from local and Middle Eastern carriers keen to expand their route networks in 2013.

An auction of vintage travel paraphernalia

Collecting vintage posters is an increasingly popular and lucrative pastime. Enthusiasts will be counting down to January 23 at 1pm when Christie’s will host its annual “Ski Sale” in South Kensington, London. The auction will sell  more than 160 lots of early 20th century travel posters designed to promote ski resorts in the early 20th century. Designs

are estimated to fetch from £800 (Dh4,763) to £15,000 (Dh89,312) for very rare examples. Other items going under the hammer include antique Louis Vuitton travelling trunks and luggage. For more information and to register to bid online, visit www.christies.com.

Riders can enjoy the services of a horcierge

The Stafford Kempinski in London has launched a “horcierge” service to offer guests a choice of two horse-riding themed packages in conjunction with the Riding Club London. Guests can enjoy a morning ride in one of the royal parks, a trip with a personal shopper to help buying jodhpurs, a VIP tour of the British Military Stables, or even a side-saddle, polo or carriage driving lesson. A two-night stay including breakfast and a two-hour ride in Windsor Great Park costs £1,847 (Dh10,981), including taxes. A three-night stay, half-board, including taxes, shopping, museum tour, equestrian lesson and ride in Windsor Great Park costs £4,200 (Dh25,088). To book, visit www.kempinski.com.

Tiptoe across the Alps on a new walkway

Thrillseekers with a good head for heights will be pleased to know that the highest suspension bridge in Europe – just one metre wide and 100 metres long – is waiting in the ski resort of Titlis Engelberg in central Switzerland. More than 3,000 metres above sea level, the Titlis Cliff Walk, a pedestrian bridge, opened this week, and those who dare to cross will have a 500m view down to the valleys below, as well as wonderful views across Mount Titlis. The cost of crossing the bridge will be included in the local cable car ride. For more information, visit www.titlis.ch.

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 Styled with bleached bobs and pale skin, the models wore clean and sporty separates reminiscent of the chic workwear of The Hunger Games. Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Thoughtful tailoring at Asudari

The womenswear label Asudari showcased a collection that featured sharp masculine tailoring, but with feminine silhouettes.

Styled with bleached bobs and pale skin, the models wore clean and sporty separates reminiscent of the chic workwear of The Hunger Games.

Designer Lamia Asudari says she was influenced by Delftware ceramics from the 16th century, as well as the imagery of weaponry and artillery. Indeed, pistols, grenades and guns were emblazoned over jackets and dresses.

 Several of Jo Baaklini's pieces featured fruit prints. Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: At Starch, watermelon shirts, anyone?

“We need to cultivate our own fashion heroes — our own regional brands,” stressed Fashion Forward’s honcho Bong Guerrero in a press con two weeks ago.

Aptly, the slot for this season’s opening runway show was given to two newbies: Jo Baaklini and Timi Hayek, whose talents were scouted by Starch, a group dedicated to launching emerging Lebanese designers.

Between the two, Mr Baaklini had a stronger showing.

 Jean Louis Sabaji’s collection was very good when the tricks were toned down — like the simple white jumpsuit with a sculptural neckpiece. Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Jean Louis Sabaji’s debatable debut

Jean Louis Sabaji’s collection was very good when the tricks were toned down — like the simple white jumpsuit with a sculptural neckpiece, the floral crop top, and the radiant yellow pleated skirt.

But most of the time he went too far. There were bell-bottoms, separates that looked like costumes from The Jetsons, and a yellow dress reminiscent of Bjork’s infamous Oscars swan dress — several disparate elements in one multicoloured, multilayered show.

 Launched in 2009 by childhood friends Arwa Abdelhadi and Basma Abu Ghazaleh, Kage bills itself as a label whose “ultimate goal is to design a collection appealing to all.” Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Kage pleases all palates

Did the designers of Kage aim to showcase every type of basic clothing on their latest show?

Because there were skirts, shorts, trousers, off-shoulder tops, short dresses, cocktail dresses, long flowy dresses, spaghetti straps, jackets, hoods — and even pyjamas, which with the incoming summer heat, looked especially appealing.

Launched in 2009 by childhood friends Arwa Abdelhadi and Basma Abu Ghazaleh, Kage bills itself as a label whose “ultimate goal is to design a collection appealing to all”, they said in their statement.

 The standout was a grey hooded cape that created a tension between edge and elegance. Courtesy Getty Images

Fashion Forward: Polish, craft (and fur!) at The Emperor 1688

The best show of Day 1 at Fashion Forward was delivered by the three Golkar brothers behind The Emperor 1688.

The coats and capes were the clear winners: they came in all sorts of interesting colours and sizes — and featured exceptionally tailored proportions. There was a lot of volume, but also stiffness.

And whimsy: two favourites were a green double-breasted suit and a blue overcoat with a red clover pattern and gold buttons.

 Midway through Ezra's show, snow started falling from the ceiling. Ian Gavan / Getty Images for Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward: Ezra stuns in snow-covered show

Turns out the Filipino designer Ezra, known for his dreamy couture, still had a few surprises up his sleeve.

Midway through his show, snow started falling from the ceiling.

It created a starkly beautiful atmosphere for his intricately constructed gowns that seemed to be designed for an Ice Queen transported back to the 1950s.

He showed a collection that had a lot of technical firepower behind it: glittering iridescent fabrics paired with head and neckpieces that were moulded and stiffened to stand out in odd angles.

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