Our friends at Midori will be keeping us informed of some great cocktails for the northern summer here at Lucireâand weâll be sharing some recipes during the next few weeks.
Â Â Hereâs one for starters, from the advertisement itself:
1 oz Midori melon liqueur
2 oz Cabo Wabo tequila
1 oz margarita mix
Blend with crushed ice and pour into margarita glass. Garnish with lime wheel.
The swinging â60s, birthplace of the miniskirt, kinky boots, the Beatles, Mini Cooper and Twiggy, has been voted the decade that gave Europeans the most timeless styles, according to a survey conducted by LG Electronics, which commissioned the survey to coincide with the launch of its new third Black Label Series handset, the LG Secret.
Of the 1,000 people from the UK who participated in the pan-European (Great Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden) survey, 23 per centÂ agreed that the â60s delivered the most lasting and impactful fashion trends that are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago, when compared to all other decades. It is a decade that brought many great ﬁrsts: the ﬁrst man on the moon, the touch-tone phone, Arpanet (the prototype internet) and colour TVs.
UK males were among the strongest advocates of the â60s style, with 28 per centÂ rating the ﬂamboyance and libertine attitudes of this decade the most inﬂuential. However, UK females disagreed. The 1950s, which saw the rise of rock ânâ roll, Brylcreem and iconic stars such as Marilyn Monroe, were recognized by 20 per centÂ of UK females as the quintessential trend-setting decade.
Oscar-winning ?lm director Sydney Pollack, 73, has passed away in Los Angeles, according to his publicist, Leslee Dart. He had been suffering from cancer.
Â Â Pollack was best known for directing They Shoot Horses, Donât They?, with Jane Fonda;Â Tootsie, with Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange; and Out of Africa, with Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. He won his Oscar for Out of Africa.
Â Â He often appeared inÂ front of the camera and was a familiar face to moviegoers, most recently appearing in Made of Honor as star Patrick Dempseyâs screen father. On the small screen he had guest-starred on Will & Grace.
Â Â Actor George Clooney issued a statement, saying, âSydney made the world a little better, movies a little better and even dinner a little better. A tip of the hat to a class act.â
Â Â Born in Lafayette, Indiana, Pollackâthe son of ?rst-generation RussianâAmericansâbegan an acting career in New York and was a contemporary of Martin Landau, who also issued a tribute.
Â Â By the early 1960s, Pollack began directing televisionÂ programmes, including episodes of Ben Casey.
Â Â He was also a proli?c producer, often working with Anthony Minghella. Pollackâs hits included Presumed Innocent, the Sabrina remake and The Talented Mr Ripley.
Â Â Pollack is survived by his wife Claire, daughters Rebecca and Rachel, his brother Bernie and six grandchildren.
Puma supported the ?rst screening of the ?lm The Day after Peace, a documentary by ?lmmaker and Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley during the 61st Cannes Film Festival. Featuring football player David Beckham and actors Jude Law and Jonny Lee Miller, the movie aims at promoting World Peace Day (September 21) in countries like Afghanistan. Puma and Peace One Day (POD) launched One Day One Goal in 2008 when they hosted the ?rst of the PumaâPOD football matches in Ghana to promote world peace through football matches. Our video features Puma CEO Jochen Zeitz, ?lmmaker Jeremy Gilley and actor Jude Law at the press conference at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes.
Itâs another case of âShe said / She saidâ in the fashion world, and Trelise Cooperâs name hasÂ come up again.
Â Â This time, footwear designer Sarah Riley is accusing Trelise Cooper Ltd. of not paying in full for supplied stock.
Â Â On Rileyâs side, there might be some hope out there that people remember Trelise Cooper Ltd. for its lawsuit against Tamsin Cooper, and that the media are prepared to align theÂ latest case with this. That time, there was arguably more âunderdogâ support for the smaller Tamsin Cooper label, with the exception of a TV OneÂ news item that went off-topic by questioning Tamsin Cooperâs materials.
Â Â The case is, after all,Â still talked about in the mediaânot always in the most glowing terms for theÂ larger design company.
Â Â However, after Trelise Cooper Ltd. itself became a potential defendant facing similar accusations from a company marketing its products under the Treliske trade mark, some might believe that karma has followed its natural path and the slate has been wiped clean.
Â Â So what are the arguments?
Â Â Riley says that Cooper owes NZ$23,000. The release, from Mint Condition Ltd., says Riley âhas fallen victim to the foibles of designer and retailer Trelise Cooper.â
Â Â It has affected Riley so much that her winter 2008 and summer 2009 collections have had to be cancelled, says the release.
Â Â This time around, Trelise Cooper Ltd. has employed a publicist, perhaps one lesson learned from the Tamsin Cooper case.
Â Â The company, through its general manager Alex Brandon, dismisses Rileyâs accusations, saying that the supplied goods were faulty.
Â Â âTCL [Trelise Cooper Ltd.] received a delivery from Sarah Riley in September 2007. After only two days on the shop ?oor TCL were alerted by customers and staff to numerous quality issues.â
Â Â Riley, in her defence, has had one retailer, Mei Mei in Ponsonby, Auckland,Â attestÂ to the quality of her products. âEight years in the business, Iâve had more problems with returns on Jimmy Choo heels!â says Mei Meiâs Jo Pearson.
Â Â Trelise Cooper Ltd. attempted to return the stock but it was not accepted by Rileyâon this point the parties agree.
Â Â Brandon saysÂ Trelise Cooper Ltd. paid Riley âon delivery of the shoes $23,838 [up front] of a total invoice of $47,677.â
Â Â This is a more routine commercial case, so the âbullyingâ aspect that Tamsin Cooper supporters saw in 2005â7 isnât as apparent. One company is bigger than the other, but in our view the sympathy heartstrings are harder to pull, especially as the ?rst stone has been cast in the media by the smaller one.
Â Â There are useful precedents over the qualityÂ and saleÂ of goods in the courts already, as well as many governing part-payment. These cases that tend to be less fascinating than those surrounding intellectual propertyâor brands.
Â Â Â At the end of the day, both sides have a varying idea overÂ the quality of the product, and this is what any case will rest on.
Â Â Did Sarah Riley supply shoes of aÂ merchantable quality to Trelise Cooper Ltd.? Were there clauses in the sale of goodsâ contract governing quality and payment?
Â Â The story has not yet broken in the mainstream media but we expect it will be more an armâs-length commercial battle rather than David v. Goliath when it does.
Â Â We at Lucire hope the parties can settle their differences without resorting to the courts.
Thereâs a part of us thatâs slightly cynical about the corporate involvement in this video, but itâs no different from sponsorships from fashion designers or fabric companies at polytechnic level. General Motors teamed up with the International Academy of Design & Technology and provided ﬁve cars from which students could be inspired. They had to design for categories such as avant-garde and eveningwear. Chosen entries were showcased at an event called Imagine 2008.
General Motors gets an insight into young peopleâs thinking and how fashion inﬂuences its products, while the students learn about processes and how the Zeitgeist fuses product and clothing design together.
Despite the shock of 9-11, which happened in New Zealand on September 12, 2001 thanks to the time difference (why donât we insist on calling it 12-9?), I still had to attend the breakfast for the ?rst day of the Wellington Fashion Festival for Lucire. And, that morning, I had to pay for car parking on Brandon Street, near the venue at Kirkcaldie & Stainâs.
Â Â I had used this parking ticket to write onâthe back has a note to my fatherâand when he lent me a suit to wear to the funeral of one of the great Chinese New Zealanders of the 20th century, Dan Chan, today, I found this item.
Â Â It brought back a lot of memories and a lot of worries that morningâa friend of mine working for Verizon used to get off at the WTC stop on the subway. I rushed back to the of?ce to see if I could get through to New York, found out everyone was alive, then hung up so other services could use the phone. Then I had to write my 9-11 op-ed.
Â Â I watched a lot of plans go up in smoke that dayâI had intended to return to NYC in October 2001, funnily enough with one intention of checking out the World Trade Centerâs observation deck.