More than any other city, Cannes embodies the fast-paced, international sybaritic lifestyle (think James Bond and jewel thieves, casinos and leggy women on yachts, Dior and Chanel shops along the Croisette). But the excess extends far beyond the lavish studio-sponsored beach parties, beyond the wheeling and dealing, and long after the star-studded, red-carpet premieres have receded into festival lore.The world-renowned Monaco Grand Prix kicks off on the heels of the festival, winding through the narrow, twisty streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine and featuring young, sexy drivers like Jenson Button (who’s known as much for the women he dates and the discos he frequents as he is for leading Honda’s F1 team). The need for speed plays out in other ways among the wealthy, European jet-setting crowd, who dance ’til dawn at flashy bars and elegant enclaves, then nurse their hangovers at quiet, seaside spas. From partying and pampering and haute cuisine hideaways to fabulous post-festival escapes, we hope our Cannes Style issue will help you navigate the good life as extreme sport. Speed racer
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