On a recent stealth mission, Lucireâs fashion spy Samantha Coagan visited the Ăźber-trendy Rudy’s Barber Shop in Santa Monica, California. Rudy’s, founded by one of the partners from the oh-so-chic Ace Hotel chain (see âVolanteâ review of their Palm Springs property), advertises cheap cuts, no frills and a walk-in policy, though you can reserve. Most locations, ﬁve in the Southlandâas well as Portland and Seattleâare open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
Imposing the most difﬁcult conditions on the unsuspecting business, Samantha danced unannounced into the Santa Monica shop at 1 p.m. on a Saturday, where ﬁve cutters were happily at work snipping away. She waited only 10 minutes before settling into her own chair in the minimalist, spacious, post-industrial storefront, which features vintage dĂŠcor. The store has a friendly and open style, with cutters greeting their customers with a smile and a handshake. The manager was observed making a circuit of the stations, sweeping away the hair on the floor.
âIt’s a scene,â Samantha says. ‘A place to see and be seen, and everybody has pierces and tattoos.’ There’s a shelf of old National Geographics which nobody was reading, opting instead for the excellent and up-to-date magazine rack. One guy thumbed through a style book trying to decide which look he wanted. ‘The stylist told me it’s mostly guys who come to the shop, but half the customers today were women. There were “before and after” Polaroids on the wall next to the desk, which gave me a feeling of reassurance, but I also felt pretty safe after the honest consultation with my tattooed lady stylist before she starting shearing me.’
Samantha’s last cut was 60 days ago, so she was prepared lose some length, and the stylist didn’t disappoint. The ﬁnal cut has a rough, retro â60s shape that later very nicely survived a windblown ride in a convertible on the Santa Monica Freeway. Total price US$30, with a US$5 tip.
Rudy’s stocks a full shelf of Bumble & Bumble products, and will soon have its own signature products on offer as well. Remember to pick up a free pencil on your way out.
Would she go back? ‘Let’s see how it grows out,’ Samantha answered. ‘If I like it in a week, yes, I deﬁnitely would.’âStanley Moss, Travel Editor
Rudy’s Barber Shop
3101 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Telephone 1 310 450-2930
The Royal New Zealand Balletâs The Nutcracker is a new take on the Tchaikovsky classicâset in a childrenâs hospital ward.
Both fashion editor Sopheak Seng and I called it âbrilliantâ when we chatted about it post-show: it really is a fresh and entertaining take thatâs cleverly directed and choreographed. Coupled with the Vector Wellington orchestra, which didnât miss a beat, the production is a must-see.
The credit for the clever direction and choreography is that of artistic director, Gary Harris, who departs the Royal New Zealand Ballet after this production. Adrian Burnett provided additional choreography, while Kenneth Young conducted.
Tonia Looker, as Clara, and Paul Russell, as Fritz, were particularly expressive as the children who begin the ballet opening their presents on Christmas Day.
The audience, meanwhile, reserved most of its applause and delight for Sir Jon Trimmer as the Matron in the ward. Sir Jon was the Prince and the Russian for the Royal New Zealand Balletâs ﬁrst performance of The Nutcracker in 1963.
And we must applaud the costumes, which brought The Nutcracker in to the 1930s, with smart menâs and womenâs suiting and dresses.
Harrisâs successor, Ethan Stiefel, will have big shoes to ﬁll when he takes up his role. Interestingly, Stiefel, too, recently staged and choreographed a version of The Nutcracker for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. A recipient of the Statue Award of the Princess Grace Foundation (1999) and a Prix de Lausanne juror (2001), he takes up his role in September 2011.
The RNZBâs The Nutcracker is at the St James in Wellington till November 6, and travels around the country to Invercargill (November 11â13), Christchurch (November 17â20), Palmerston North (November 23â4), Napier (November 27â8), Auckland (December 1â5) and Takapuna (December 8â9).âJack Yan, Publisher
Earlier this month, we opted not to cover the hoop-la around the latest version of the Victoriaâs Secret diamond bra, as worn by Adriana Limaâas there were some busy news days and catch-up work to do after the many fashion weeks around the world.
However, weâve noticed that there are many search-engine hits coming to this website, and all visitors are seeing are 2008âs design by Martin Katz. So, here it is: the 2010 edition, dubbed the Victoriaâs Secret Bombshell Fantasy Bra, modelled once again by Miss Lima, this time created by Italian jeweller Damiani.
The bra âonlyâ costs US$2 million, compared with the US$5 million price tag put on the 2008 version. It features 3,000 brilliant-cut white diamonds, light blue sapphires and oval-shaped topazes, set in 18 ct white gold. There are 60 ct of diamonds and 82 ct of sapphires and topazes, says Damiani. Over 1,500 hours of labour were put in to the bra.
It will appear in the Victoriaâs Secret Fashion Show annual telecast, airing this year on November 30 on CBS in the US, and the companyâs 2010 Christmas Dreams and Fantasies catalogue.
There have been pricier Victoriaâs Secret bras. In 2005, the fantasy bra was valued at US$12Âˇ5 million, modelled by GisĂ¨le BĂźndchen. The 10th anniversary version in 2006 featured 2,000 diamonds weighing a massive 800 ct, valued at US$6Âˇ5 million, modelled by Karolina KurkovĂĄ.
Above Mayor Michael Bloomberg addresses a small group of media on New York Fashion Weekâs move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center, joined by (from left to right) Katherine Farley, Ted J. Forstman and Diane Von Furstenberg. The unveiling of the Fashion Line sign at the New York subway stop nearest to Lincoln Center.
New York Fashion Week is a seven-day event that is assisted by many; viewed and remembered by so many more. However, whenÂ we think of NYFW, we may think of the famous Bryant Park, a walk from Broadway and from the fashion district. This season, we experienced a change. NYFW found its new home in a new location: Lincoln Center.
This year, the city decided to celebrate the change by âkicking offâ with an eventful debut, with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as host. The intimate welcome was held between the mayor and a small group of press. It took place a day before the ﬁrst day of fashion week on September 8, 2010.
Other than Mayor Bloomberg attending this eventful day, the Council of Fashion Designers of America president (as well as world-renowned designer)Â Diane Von Furstenberg was also present. Others included theÂ Lincoln Center chair, Katherine Farley, and the chairman and CEO of IMG, Ted J. Forstman. They each had something to smile about: the time when people around the world could call Lincoln Center home when thinking about fashion. They also took the privilege in temporarily calling the metro stop near Lincoln Center âthe Fashion Lineâ.
In his speech, Bloomberg mentioned that âLincoln Center is a great solution.â He continued, âFashion is art and fashion is performing art; itâs the right place at the right time.â
Mayor Bloomberg went on in saying, âNew York City has more fashion houses than any other city.â
Similarly, Von Furstenberg explained, âLincoln Center is part of art and culture.â
In a general perspective, they are glad to take Fashion Week by the hand and allow Lincoln Center to hog the attention away from historical Bryant Park.
Lincoln Center is ofﬁcially the new home base for people of the fashion world. The question that we could focus on answering is: was it or was it not the move to make? Metaphorically speaking, one move in a game of chess can either destroy or allow the king to conquer all; on the other hand, the move from one location to another could change the vibe for better or for worse.
Nineteen ninety-four represented the year where Bryant Park welcomed NYFW with opened arms; 16 years later Lincoln Center does the same. The beautiful arrangements in the main check-in area were wonderfully set with a warm sensation of welcome to the stunning people who entered the doors. Adapting to the technological additions in the area were difﬁcult to get used to: there was a system to scan and go to the next scheduled show.Â
As it was the ﬁrst timeÂ NYFW was held atÂ Lincoln Center, there were a fewÂ pointsÂ that could have been adjusted, but on the whole, the move was worth it.Â The Lincoln Center tentsÂ wereÂ set upÂ in a more orderly fashion;Â and, as many stiletto wearing women might say, the ﬂoors they tread onÂ were more comfortable, with their no longer needing to suffer stone-made ﬂooring.
I hope that certain aspects, including organization, improves in the future at our new home. We are ﬁnally happy to call Lincoln Center our own as we await to see how the next seasons in the near future will turn out.âLola Saab, Paris Editor
Angela Stone Consulting
Above, from top Scenes from last yearâs Addington races: organizer Angela Stone on the far left with some of the supporters of the 2009 event. Lynne Robertson, Miss Lindauer, representing one of the sponsors, with one of the 2009 Best Dressed winners. Carly Flynn, TV3 anchor.
Lucire had marvellous fun at Christchurchâs Cup Week last year, thanks to organizer Angela Stone, who oversaw the fashion events. This year, Angelaâs back with the New Zealand Trotting Cup meeting at Addington on November 9 and the New Zealand Galloping Cup meeting at Riccarton on November 13.
The Addington fashion event, where judges decide on the the best dressed man and woman, takes place all day long in the Lindauer Fashion MarquĂŠe, with the ﬁnal scheduled for 4.30 p.m.
The best dressed woman receives a return trip for two ﬂying Air New Zealand to London, staying at a Millennium Hotel, and gets the free use of a new Audi car. She also receives her height in Lindauer magnums, a Seiko watch from Pascoes, a gift basket from Christian Dior, ﬂowers from Inwater and a Mods Hair pack.
The best dressed Addington man receives an Audi Ice Experience (two days of snow driving) at the Wanaka Snow farm, with all meals and luxury accommodation included, a NZ$1,500 Hugo Boss suit from Sergios, a NZ$1,250 TAG Heuer Formula One watch from Nairns Swiss Watch Service, a return trip for two ﬂying Air New Zealand to Sydney for two nights plus accommodation, and other prizes.
There is also a NZ$4,000 body art award for the best painted body wear.
At Riccarton, the heats take place on the catwalk next to the birdcage so the public can watch the event all day long. The ﬁnal is at 3.10 p.m. Riccartonâs best dressed woman receives a trip for two to Los Angeles ﬂying Air New Zealand, with ﬁve nights’ accommodation at a Millennium hotel. She will also represent the region at Ellerslie in Auckland for the national ﬁnal on March 5, 2011, and compete for a prize pool that exceeds NZ$100,000.
The best dressed man will receive ﬂights for two to Brisbane with seven nights’ accommodation at the Peninsular Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba.
This yearâs Addington judges include New Zealand Fashion Week organizer Pieter Stewart, while at Riccarton, one of the judges is Ria van Dyke, the current Miss Universe New Zealand.âLucire staff, with Kip Brook/Word of Mouth Media
I hadnât planned on a big night. I attended the inauguration of Mayor Celia Wade-Brown in Wellington, New Zealand, and joined her and some of her newly sworn-in councillors at St Johnâs Bar earlier tonight. But on the way to the latter, we got word that The Hobbit, the troubled Warner Bros. production that had threatened to leave New Zealand shores thanks to union issues, would remain, thanks to intervention by the government. There was another partyâan unscheduled one, but equally joyousâon what proved to be a big night out in Wellington.
When I left the Matterhorn bar just before midnight, some members of Wellington ﬁlm crews, Gerry Brownlee MP, Minister of Economic Development, and his team were still celebrating.
The two Hobbit movies, based on the J. R. R. Tolkien novel and produced by, inter alia, Sir Peter Jackson, were budgeted for US$500 million, with the New Zealand Government providing greater tax breaks to secure them staying on-shore.
The tax breaks announced by the Prime Minister, John Key, include an extra NZ$20 million on top of the NZ$45 million that had already been pledged. A labour law change will be presented before Parliament to secure the deal and to end the threat of a strike.
The informality of the Hobbit party at the Matterhorn almost overshadowed the dignity and ceremony of the inauguration tonight.
The Hobbit is the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Sir Ian McKellen and Mark Hadlow have been cast.âJack Yan, Publisher