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Be transported to a more refined era by joining Lingua Franca and designer Paul Hunt in Canberra for the exquisite Cartier exhibition over the weekend of the 16th and 17th June 2018.

Arriving at the magnificent art deco Hyatt Hotel Canberra around lunchtime on Saturday, you'll have your first Great Gatsby moment with the circular driveway, liveried porters and the tinkling of crystal glasses. Your afternoon free, you can soak up the atmosphere of the hotel, visit the Portrait Gallery or simply stroll along the banks of Lake Burley Griffin, which is à deux pas*.

Late afternoon you'll have a rendez-vous* with Paul in the hotel bar for a smart apéro*, before heading off to dinner as a group to the Monster Kitchen and Bar at the stunning Ovolo Nishi Hotel.

After a lazy Sunday breakfast, it's off to the National Gallery of Australia where Paul will guide you through the Cartier exhibition, offering his expert opinion on the extraordinary design of some of the 300 pieces on display. Be reminded of the role of fashion as a reflection of a changing society, moving from the pursuit of authenticity and refinement to pieces that reflect the strength and independence of the post-war Flappers with their sautoir necklaces and finger waves.

Repairing to the Bookplate Café at the National Library for a leisurely lunch, you'll have time to reflect on the enduring style of the Maison de Cartier*, before taking a short taxi ride to the airport and home to Brisbane.

If you're overdue for a weekend of relaxation and inspiration, marquez le calendrier* and refer to the booking details below. There are limited places available, so ne tardez pas*.

Katrina and the Team at Lingua Franca.

*very close by | *appointment | *pre-dinner drink | *House of Cartier | *mark your diary | *don't delay

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If you're unable to make it Canberra but are nevertheless keen to hear Paul speak about the influence of jewellery design on his own creations, please come for a cocktail and chat with him on Friday the 18th May, right here in Brisbane. See details. Tickets are complimentary for those also coming to Canberra and if you're not, they're $65.

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Paul Hunt is renowned as Brisbane’s leading bespoke bridal and special-occasion fashion designer, bringing his brand of understated, sophisticated Parisian chic to women around Australia.

Paul divides his time between his studio in Brisbane and his home-away-from-home in Paris, where he sources fabrics and finds the inspiration for his sought-after and award-winning designs.

Using intricate handcrafted embroidery, embellishments and fine details, Paul creates breathtaking bridal gowns, unforgettable evening wear and custom-made day wear for all occasions.

A regular on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, red carpets from the Logies to the Brownlow Medal and a favourite with fashion editors, celebrities and influencers, Paul’s refined style has earned him fans around Australia.

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The Queen's Halo tiara, Dame Nellie Melba's diamond stomacher brooch, Elizabeth Taylor's diamond and ruby necklace and Grace Kelly's 10.48-carat diamond engagement ring. Never before has Australia seen such an enormous collection of jewels.

Beautifully curated, you may be surprised to see just how close you'll get to these priceless creations. Certain of them defy belief in their beauty and sheer extravagance.

Paul will be our guide and will talk us through some of his favourite pieces, offering a designer's unique appreciation of their form, structure and embellishments.

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We'll be staying at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, a fully restored and extended art deco design piece in its own right. From the minute you are greeted by the porters (kitted out in plus-fours, argyle sweaters and flat caps) you'll feel like you're entering another era, one that reeks of civility and refinement.  

Canberra's most prestigious five-star international hotel, even the generous room sizes speak of days gone by. The black marble bathroom is just la cerise sur le gâteau*.

Ideally located within walking distance to the galleries and with Lake Burley Griffin only a stone's throw away, if you can tear yourself from the comfort of the hotel, you'll not be short of things to do.

A king bed room with all the creature comforts you'd expect will be your cosy refuge for the stay and breakfast is included.

*the icing on the cake

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  • Return economy Qantas airfares BNE/CBR 
  • 1 night's accommodation at 5-star Hyatt Hotel
  • All transfers
  • Apéro Saturday afternoon
  • Dinner and drinks Saturday night
  • Breakfast
  • Exhibition entry fee
  • Lunch with glass of wine at National Library 

Travel insurance is not included and is a condition of travel, please refer to Terms & Conditions. All other incidental costs are the responsibility of the traveller.

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A non-refundable $500 deposit will secure your place (space available). Balance payments are due on the 25th May and are non-refundable from that date. Payment of deposit and balance imply acceptance of our terms and conditions.