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March 31, 2011

Nikki Reed, Shiloh Fernandez, Keri Hilson, other celebs support H&M’s Fashion Against Aids ’11

Lucire staff/20.01

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Sebastian Kim

The 2011 edition of Hennes & Mauritz‘s (H&M) Fashion Against Aids initiative has been announced, with a larger celebrity support.
   The campaign is backed this year by Akon, Penn Badgley, Selma Blair, Shiloh Fernandez, Sky Ferreira, Ginnifer Goodwin, Keri Hilson, the Misshapes, Nikki Reed, and Scissor Sisters.
   The unisex FAA collection goes on sale from H&M’s Divided boutiques from April 26, with 25 per cent of sales donated to the Designers Against Aids charity and other HIV–Aids intervention projects. It also goes on sale online.
   The FAA campaigns have raised, to date, Kr 41 million.
   In the campaign photographs by Sebastian Kim, Selma Blair wears a stylish spring coat over a slogan T-shirt; Penn Badgley wears an essential hoodie over his T-shirt. Shiloh Fernandez sports a khaki nylon parka, T-shirt and jeans; Ana Matronic of Scissor Sisters wears her peach trench as a dress; and singer Keri Hilson wears a slogan jumpsuit.
   ‘Artists are an essential part of our campaigns, as they are role models for so many young people,’ says Ninette Murk, founder and creative director, DAA, in a release. ‘Celebrities help to spread the message by speaking out about HIV–Aids prevention. We’re asking them to help spread the safe sex message on social media: Twitter, Facebook, their own websites and at their concerts, too.’
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Vanessa Hudgens ups the glam at UK Sucker Punch première

Lucire staff/12.14

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Above Vanessa Hudgens looks decidedly un-Disney as Blondie in Sucker Punch.

Zack Snyder’s action–fantasy film Sucker Punch has had its UK première, with Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Emily Browning, Jamie Chung and Oscar Isaac among the celebrities attending at Leicester Square.
   Director Snyder brought much of the production team from his earlier success Watchmen together for the new film, set in a visually spectacular fantasy world in the mind of a young woman in 1955.
   Hudgens, wearing a white Alberta Ferretti gown at the première, was happy with the hand-to-hand combat, quite different from her Disney-friendly image in High School Musical.
   Two Australian actresses—Cornish and Browning—are among the leads. Cornish enjoyed the experience of learning martial arts and using arms, while Browning equated her experience to being in the army.
   ITN didn’t include a quote from director Snyder, but Chung and Isaac credit his success to a child-like imagination.
   The film opens in the UK on April 1.

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Above Carla Gugino and Abbie Cornish in Sucker Punch.

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Bohemian beauties

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Tanya Sooksombatisatian

A love for vintage and vintage inspired pieces saw to the creation of the New Bohemian boutique. Situated in the beautiful holiday town of Mt Maunganui, it is open Saturday mornings by appointment and provides an easy-to-use website for people not living in that area wanting to purchase something unique.
   New Bohemian stocks carefully picked vintage and vintage-inspired clothing, footwear, accessories, jewellery and menswear. There is a cool range of men’s shirts from the ’50s and ’60s covered in nostalgic patterned textiles along with a neat selection of retro men’s ties, or take a peek into the jewellery box and discover a cute selection of nana-style brooches and delicate ’70s chains and pendants.
   There are also plenty of original woven and tasseled handbags from the hippie era, as well as large retro sunglasses.
   Pictured are a couple of examples of what you will find on the site: a long slinky strapped, black ’80s Oroton clutch purse and a gold metallic scoop neck singlet top.
   A small selection of homewares, from tea and coffee sets to old prints are also on offer. There are enough treasures for any eager vintage collector to choose from, either as a special present for someone or as an unusual addition to your collection.—Vicki Matias

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Porsche announces more powerful Panamera Turbo S

Lucire staff/2.13

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Porsche has announced a Turbo S version for its Panamera range, featuring a twin-turbo V8 developing 550 PS (405 kW or 542 hp).
   The four-door saloon reaches 100 km/h in 3·8 seconds and has a top speed of 307 km/h.
   The new engine has 50 PS more than the standard Turbo, while torque increases from 700 to 750 Nm. With the overboost function, torque can increase to 800 Nm.
   Porsche credits the extra performance to turbochargers with titanium–aluminium turbine wheels and revised engine control management.
   Outwardly, the Panamera Turbo S has 20-inch Turbo II alloy wheels with an increased rear axle track width, side skirts, and an extending four-way rear spoiler.
   While a combined fuel consumption figure of 24·6 mpg (Imperial) is claimed by Porsche, no carbon dioxide emissions’ numbers are cited.
   The vehicle goes on sale in the UK in June, at £122,623. A tracking system is standard, as Porsche GB offers a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone to customers.
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Church Road releases 2009 edition of Tom chardonnay

Lucire staff/1.31

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Church Road has released a 2009 edition of its flagship Tom chardonnay, following on from the 2006 original.
   The New Zealand-based winery had followed up its Tom bordeaux with the chardonnay some years back, calling it a ‘benchmark’ among ‘serious New Zealand Burgundian-style whites’.
   ‘Church Road Tom chardonnay is our flagship chardonnay named in honour of the late Tom McDonald, an early pioneer of quality wine production in Hawke’s Bay and the patriarch of the Church Road winery for over 50 years,’ said Chris Scott, senior winemaker for Church Road, in a release.
   ‘The wine is a barrel-by-barrel selection of the very best hand-harvested chardonnay parcels … Only the very lowest cropping blocks are considered for this wine, which in combination with gentle, low-intervention wine-making techniques produces wines with complexity, power and elegance,’ he said.
   Retailing in New Zealand at NZ$70, each bottle is individually numbered and hand-finished.
   Maintaining its exclusivity, the 2009 Tom chardonnay is available from the winery and selected fine wine retailers and restaurants.

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March 30, 2011

Lily Allen unhappy at wedding leak; Lindsay Lohan avoids extra charges

Lucire staff/22.08

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Lily Allen is not happy that plans for her wedding to Sam Cooper on June 11 in Gloucestershire have been leaked to the UK newspapers, slamming the source of the leak on her Twitter account.
   Their save-the-date card apparently shows the couple illustrated on a tractor.
   Earlier, Allen had told the public that Karl Lagerfeld was behind the design of her wedding dress.
   In other ITN entertainment news, it appears Lindsay Lohan has avoided criminal charges after an alleged assault at the Betty Ford Center, though her earlier felony case will still proceed.
   And talk about strange casting: Jennifer Garner, 38, will be the new Miss Marple in a modern-day, Americanized Disney version. Agatha Christie purists will be outraged: this could be a worse idea than fast-forwarding Peter Ustinov’s portrayal of Hercule Poirot into the 1980s after earlier outings with the actor were set prewar.

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Nicole Scherzinger gives her top five style tips—and be in to win from Topshop

Lucire staff/21.50

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Nicole Scherzinger, of the Pussycat Dolls, gives her top five styling tips in association with MissWinIt and Lucire.
   Click on ‘Win’ at the end of the video and you can be in to win a bag full of killer new clothes, shoes and accessories, worth £350 from Topshop, that Nicole would give you on her next visit to the UK.
   The competition is open to those over 16 and are residents of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. (Remember, we still have our international competition for La Prairie’s Midnight Rain fragrance, and our US one for a copy of Beautiful Skin Revealed.)

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Karen Gillan to play 1960s’ supermodel Jean Shrimpton in BBC bio-pic

Lucire staff/11.51

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Karen Gillan, who came to fame with her Amy Pond role in Doctor Who, will play Jean Shrimpton—‘the Shrimp’, one of Britain’s most iconic models of the ’60s—in a BBC film to be shown on BBC Four.
   We’ll Take Manhattan focuses on the four-year love affair between Shrimpton and photographer David Bailey.
   The film focuses on a Vogue photo shoot in New York in 1962 and how the couple met.
   Shrimpton featured heavily in British Vogue in the 1960s as well as the other magazines of the day. She and Twiggy are probably the most recognizable British models of the decade.
   Had the term been coined, the Shrimp would have been a supermodel by today’s standards.
   Bailey left his wife to be with Shrimpton.
   In a BBC statement, Gillan says, ‘Jean Shrimpton is an icon of the ’sixties and I am so excited to be playing somebody who had such a lasting impact on the fashion world. I can’t wait to take on the challenge of bringing Jean and Bailey’s fascinating love story to life. ’Sixties here I come.’
   Executive producer Claire Parker of production company Kudos (Hustle, Life on Mars) says, ‘In Jean, Bailey found someone that he and his camera fell in love with. We’ll Take Manhattan captures the essence of their dynamic affair and how they unwittingly changed the face of a decade.’
   Richard Klein, Controller BBC Four, says, ‘The story of David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton is classic territory for BBC Four—a moment in time, a fusion of talents, that had a huge impact on cultural life. It is a drama that is all about being alive and taking a chance, being young and kicking down the statues, and yet it is also a beautiful love story. And if you want to know why our world looks like it does, then this is the drama that tells you.’
   Filming for the bio-pic, written and directed by John McKay (Life on Mars, Robin Hood) begins in May. It is Gillan’s first starring role.

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