Complementing our new cover story for today on celebrity endorsements, Maria Sharapova features in videos for her range of cellphone accessories for Sony Ericsson. The Maria Sharapova Designer Collection hits stores worldwide in the third quarter. Below are views from the fashion show in London launching her line, interviews with Miss Sharapova on her inspirations and how daily events shaped them, and designer Lykke Tarsbol discusses the collaboration process with the tennis star and former Wimbledon champion.
Today on Lucire: yesterday‚Äôs photo call in Athena, Greece for the cast and some of the crew of one of the summer‚Äôs most anticipated ?lms, Mamma Mia!. At left, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan take time out to chat‚ÄĒone of the more personal moments during the launch. More at the article page.
We have to admit to being a little sceptical of some hybrids. For example, 2007‚Äôs Honda Accord Hybrid managed to get a mileage of 1 mpg better than the four-cylinder petrol model and 2 mpg than the V6, according to Consumer Reports. So when Tesla announced its roadster in 2006, we thought it‚Äôd be a shoo-in for the Lucire Car to Be Seen in award in 2007: it was a zero-emission solution that didn‚Äôt use petrol at all.¬†
¬†¬† Renault has made some headway recently with its research and development. Last year, it announced its Eco¬≤ label (eco¬≤, if you are to follow Renault‚Äôs convention), enabling ‚Äėcustomers to identify the most environmentally friendly cars‚Äô. A few weeks back, it unveiled its the Sc√©nic ZEV H2 prototype, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, emitting only water vapour.
¬†¬† While some companies have made similar headway on hydrogen‚ÄĒBMW and Honda have prototypes on the road and Honda says it will have a car on the market within the next year‚ÄĒRenault has been pretty serious about its efforts. In Israel, it teamed up with Project Better Place, which aims to build 500,000 electric charging stations for its electric cars.
¬†¬† The company adds, ‚ÄėEarlier this year, Renault also signed a joint-venture with SITA, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, which aims to accelerate the incorporation of end-of-life vehicle (ELV) recycling into operations. Renault‚Äôs manufacturing sites have also kept up their efforts and have now all secured ISO 14001 environmental certi?cation.‚Äô
¬†¬† These videos show the Sc√©nic prototype along with some Eco¬≤ models.
We‚Äôve had several Fiat 500 videos on ﬁle for¬†a while and with the publication of our Car to Be Seen in story online today, it seems to be a good time to share one. The following is from the January launch of the car in London.
A woman committed suicide on Water Street in New York City‚Äôs Financial District¬†yesterday afternoon, and the Murdoch Press‚Äôs New York Post¬†is reporting it was Kazakh model Ruslana Korshunova, 20.
The newspaper claims that¬†Korshunova jumped from her ninth-storey¬†apartment.
Korshunova had been modelling in Almaty, Kazakhstan before being discovered in an in-ﬂight magazine by a booker from Models One, Debbie Jones, says the newspaper. She was lately represented by IMG in New York and Paris.
She would have turned 21 on July 2.
People and other sources have reported¬†that Arpad Busson, former ﬁanc√© of Elle Macpherson and the father of her two children, is now engaged to actress Uma Thurman.
¬†¬† The pair met last summer and have managed to keep their romance blossoming despite being based on opposite sides of the Atlantic.
¬†¬† The marriage will be Busson‚Äôs ﬁrst, and Thurman‚Äôs second (she was married to actor Ethan Hawke, with whom she has two children).
Just as Google‚ÄĒthe company that¬†parodies its own logo‚ÄĒsent out notices to the media in 2006 on how to use its name, and suffered a small backlash from some quarters, Allergan is trying to protect its Botox trade mark by doing something similar.
¬†¬† We received a letter from Allergan‚Äôs legal associate for the Asia‚ÄďPaci?c, Nicole Wilson, today, informing us that Botox is a trade mark of her employer and that it should not be used generically to describe other botulinum toxins. This makes some sense because I am not even sure if people know Botox should refer to only the Allergan product.
¬†¬† The DLE brochure included with her letter details how Aspirin, Thermos and yo-yo became generic terms and includes a how-to guide for using the Botox trade mark.
¬†¬† Generally, at Lucire we will signal a proper trade mark with capitalization. Hence, we write Formica and, as you see above, Aspirin and Thermos, though yo-yo has crossed the line into everyday English for us. Search around the site or in our print magazines and I am sure you will see Latex.
¬†¬† We will write Google as well, and to my knowledge, we have always written Botox with a capital.
¬†¬† We are asked in the letter¬†to put the registered trade mark symbol next to Botox, which I cannot see happening because of our own house style. Basically: if we don‚Äôt do it for ourselves, why should we do it for anyone else? It‚Äôs simply not part of regular text¬†composition. It would only, therefore,¬†appear in advertorial if it were something we were setting.
¬†¬† And if we applied the suggested standard in a fashion magazine, we would have to see the symbol at least¬†a dozen times per page when it comes to¬†those pages showcasing products.
¬†¬† Meanwhile, the brochure gives some interesting examples that I wonder if it will be easy to enforce them in a busy sub-editing or editing situation:
She is receiving Botox.
Botox the patient. (The use of Botox as a verb.)
Botox‚Äôs proprietary information ‚Ä¶ (The use of Botox in the possessive.)
¬†¬† We patrol the usage of our logo and name, too, telling people about the case it‚Äôs meant to be set in,¬†so I can see where Allergan is coming from, but these are going to be tricky.
¬†¬† The key to publishing is ?nding that af?nity with readers and writing in an accessible tone.
¬†¬† In the ?rst example, we are meant to say, according to Allergan, ‚ÄėShe is receiving Botox injections‚Äô or ‚ÄėBotox therapy.‚Äô Now we‚Äôre aware, we‚Äôll keep an eye out but¬†this is one that I think will slip through every now and then because of common usage.
¬†¬† The second one¬†will hardly occur in written text, but I have to admit to¬†Googling things‚ÄĒGoogle says I should say, ‚Äėsearch with¬†Google‚Äô. I think any change to the Googling example¬†has come a bit too late‚ÄĒbut we would never¬†talk about Googling in reference to searching¬†in Yahoo! or Windows Live. But I can go along with this: Botox is not a verb, and it¬†was never conceived to be a¬†verb. Allergan has caught this in time,¬†I believe.
¬†¬† The third one is rather unreasonable, however. To say a word cannot be formed into¬†a possessive goes a little too far. For the second example, since the trade mark was never conceived as a verb, Allergan is right to¬†clamp down. At a stretch, the ?rst one is tolerable and even understandable. But to limit the usage of everyday English rules‚ÄĒthat this one noun is so special that¬†it cannot be¬†turned into a possessive? (It also asks that it not be turned into a plural, i.e. no Botoxes.)
¬†¬† We do not, for example, play the game where, if a company insists that its trade mark be all uppercase, that we follow. There¬†is a house style here, and¬†we would open the ?oodgates if everyone insisted on their own. Even advertisers don‚Äôt get greater accommodation: last year, we¬†wrote Audi¬†Allroad Quattro (Audi thinks the model‚Äôs name is all lowercase).
¬†¬†¬†However, what we can de?nitely promise Allergan is that we would never refer to a rival product or anything in the botulinum toxin category that it does not make as Botox‚ÄĒwhich is the¬†same standard we apply to Lycra, Lurex¬†and¬†similar names that¬†have either fallen, or are in danger of falling, into generic usage. But the third request is plain weird‚ÄĒand, as far as I know, this is the only time someone has said that their trade mark cannot be turned into a possessive.
¬†¬† We‚Äôll help Allergan, but within reason.
Today was a fun day: ?ying to Pukekohe for the launch of three Audis.
¬†¬† The ?rst was the Audi TTS‚ÄĒthe TT with a turbocharged two-litre, replacing the V6 (which I drove last year) in the New Zealand market. I always said that the car could do with this powerplant, which is also in the S3‚ÄĒand the TTS has the lovely ?appy-paddle gearchange. I only managed to see 210 km/h though due to my lack of experience on the Pukekohe track.
¬†¬† Secondly, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, for the aspiring Laura Holts who can no longer buy a traditional, Karmann-style Volkswagen convertible. The hood is incredibly quiet‚ÄĒI noticed virtually no difference between this and a regular A3 in driving.
¬†¬† Thirdly, the Audi A3 Sportback 1¬∑4T, in response to the demand for lower-capacity vehicles‚ÄĒbut it has more power than the outgoing 1¬∑6 and compares nicely to the two-litre.
¬†¬† They will be covered in more depth in Lucire, and I will have photos from the 35 mm, but for now, here are some low-res shots via cellphone.
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