February 22-28 agenda: Milan Fashion Week

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Next week's selection offers fashion lovers eight days of style celebration in Milan, a major Turner exhibition continuing its international tour in Paris, music awards in London and the Swedish largest cross country skiing race in the world, among other events.

"Turner and his painters"
February 22-May 24
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais
Paris, France

Turner and his painters (Turner et ses peintres) presents a selection of paintings by JMW Turner (1775-1851) alongside related works by the old masters and contemporaries. Previously seen in London under Turner and the Masters, this exhibition brings together around one hundred works of historical significance from collections around the world. It is the first exhibition to look at Turner's work in the company of the greatest painters in the preceding history of western art such as Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens and many others.

Milan Fashion Week

February 23 - March 2
MMD venue
Milan, Italy

Milan has released its official schedule but it's not set in stone just yet: Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of US Vogue, has announced that she would only stay three days in the Italian fashion capital due to overlappings with Paris Fashion Week and the Oscars, and her declaration has caused a panic among Italian designers trying to reschedule their shows according to Wintour's presence. It is not only an obvious sign of her power (a local newspaper titled she was the woman who "holds Italian fashion in the palm of her hand") but also one of Milan Fashion Week's dwindling relevance, at least in her opinion.


NME: music awards
February 24
O2 Academy Brixton
London, UK

Founded by the music magazine New Musical Express, the NME awards were created as an alternative to the Brit Awards back in 1953. Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, Oasis and Biffy Clyro are among the nominees for the 2010 edition.


Microsoft Gamefest
February 24-25
London, UK

A conference and workshop for XNA developers, those interested and involved in making games for the Xbox 360's online marketplace, which will feature the latest technical details for the new Project Natal motion sensor device.


Cross country skiing: Vasaloppet week
February 26-March 7
Mora, Sweden

The largest cross-country race in the world is again set to bring tens of thousands of skiers from around the globe to Mora, Sweden. Vasaloppet week will take place from February 26 to March 7, when it will climax with the signature 90km Vasaloppet race. Every competitor must finish the race under 12 hours.

Design Indaba
February 26-28
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Cape Town, South Africa

Held once a year, Design Indaba gathers South African creatives from a broad range of industries including graphic and industrial design, architecture, fashion, advertising, film, music, television and publishing. This year, the event is taking place in Cape Town.

The Makeup Show
February 28- March 1
California Market Center
Los Angeles, California, USA

An event for makeup professionals, the second edition of LA's Makeup Show will focus on how to use makeup in beauty photography. Workshops, keynotes, and exhibitions are are also part of the two-day fair, which also hosts editions in New York and Miami.