World of Wearable Art (WOW) founder, Suzie Moncrieff, becomes a Dame in the New Zealand New Year honours’ list today.
Her honour comes on the same day as a similar award for businesswoman Rosanne Meo, and knighthoods for former All Blacks’ coach Graham Henry, former TV chef and Wellington City Missioner Des Britten, Todd Corp. chairman John Todd, and philanthropist Colin Giltrap. Painter and sculptor Ralph Hotere (Te Aupouri) was appointed a member of the Order of New Zealand.
Moncrieff’s honour comes on the eve of WOW’s 25th anniversary. She started the event to promote wearable arts in Nelson, before it later moved to Wellington. It is a world-class event that attracts international media each year. The Hong Kong Jockey Club plays host to WOW later in January.
In other news, comedian Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry will divorce, after only one year of marriage.
Brand ﬁled for divorce on Friday at the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
They had already spent Christmas apart, not wearing their wedding rings.
Moreish is the latest range of beauty and skin care products by New Zealand company API, using argan oil as the core ingredient.
Argan oil is renowned for its nourishing, regenerative and anti-ageing properties. Known as āliquid goldā, argan oil is the cold pressed, extra virgin oil extracted from the kernel of the Moroccan argan fruit. Rich in vitamin E, Omega 9 and antioxidants, the rare oil has been used for centuries by the Berber tribeswomen who harvest it to nourish their skin, hair and nails in the dry desert heat.
āArgan oil is already known as an ingredient that nourishes and hydrates hair. Now it can do the same for your skin. It protects skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes,’ says Moreish brand manager, Emma Duncan.
Moreish also contains pohutukawa extracts, grown wild and hand-harvested in the East Cape, and a unique blend of antioxidants naturally extracted from kiwifruit skins and grape seeds, which help to brighten the skin, reduce redness and improve elasticity. It uses no parabens, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, and synthetic colours or fragrances. The range uses recyclable packaging, and is not tested on animals.
The purchase of Moreish products helps to improve the welfare of the Berber women of Morocco; ensuring the women have educational opportunities, retain their traditional skills, earn an income and improve their quality of life.
Moreish supports local New Zealand charities, and asks people to visit www.moreishskincare.com to suggest a charity that supports women and families. It will receive 50Ā¢ from each pack of Moreish skin care sold this year; Moreish will select a different charity, based on consumer suggestions, every year.
The range comprises 15 facial products to suit all skin types, including night and day creams, cleansers, masks, a salvation balm and pure argan oil. It is available from selected pharmacies nationwide, including Amcal, Unichem, Care Chemist, Radius Pharmacy and Life Pharmacy.
The star products from the range would have to be the salvation balm and argan oil, which softens your skin and can be used to nourish cuticles and smooth split endsātwo multi-purpose products perfect for the home cabinet.āSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
James Bond ﬁlm producer, Eon Productions’ Michael G. Wilson, wants incumbent Daniel Craig to make a total of eight ﬁlms, to beat Sir Roger Moore’s record by one.
āFilming has gone very well so far and Iād love Daniel to surpass Rogerās record and do eight pictures. Danielās been an absolute pleasure to be around because he takes the role so seriously. Thereās really no one more passionate about making these ﬁlms work than himāheās a ﬁlmmakerās dream,’ Wilson told People UK.
āA lot of people have said Danielās been their favourite Bond since Sean Connery and I canāt argue with them. Heās doing a great job.’
Wilson’s half-sister, Barbara Broccoli, who produces the series with him, says Craig will ‘deﬁnitely’ make more. Craig is currently ﬁlming Skyfall, his third outing as Bond, directed by Sam Mendes. Wilson has told the media that the latest movie has a more 1960s ﬂavour to it.
The actor himself said he would be ‘more than happy’ if he could do the role ‘for a few more years.’
Craig is the ﬁrst and only actor nominated for a BAFTA for his portrayal of Ian Fleming’s secret agent, in 2006ās Casino Royale.
The Harry Potter Tour will open next March at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, north of Watford, where the ﬁlms were made. Tickets are already on sale.
The tour will last for three hours and visitors can see sets, costumes and props from all eight ﬁlms.
Diagon Alley, Hogwarts’ Great Hall, the Gryfﬁndor common room and Dumbledore’s oﬁce are among the seven sets.
Warner Bros. UK boss Josh Berger says that visitors will not be disappointed.
London mayor Boris Johnson likens the Tour to a ‘shrine’ for devotees, and is doubly pleased as his city hosts the 2012 Olympics.
Leavesden was originally a wartime aerodrome owned by the Ministry of Defence, before Rolls-Royce took over the facility entirely in 1967. Peter Lamont, production designer of the James Bond movie Goldeneye, used the 1 million ftĀ² ﬂoor space for his ﬁlm, leasing the property from Rolls-Royce. The facility was then bought by a Malaysian group with the intent of creating a theme park, before the Harry Potter series began ﬁlming there in 2001. Warner announced its plan to purchase the property in 2010.
Summer Rayne Oakes and Benita Singh’s Cartier award-winning venture, Source4Style, which helps designers source sustainable fabric through a well designed, transparent website, launches its second version today. Lucire has the low-down in the main part of the site, and this story forms part of some of our next 2012 print and other non-web editions.
We believe this will revolutionize the way the business of fashion is conducted. Think about it: consumers demand sustainability and the trend has no signs of stopping. Yet, according to Singh, suppliers are spending up to 43 per cent of their marketing budgets just on trade shows. āItās a huge up-front time and ļ¬nancial commitment with no guarantee of a return,ā she says. On the other end of the scale, Cornell University research shows that designers are spending up to 85 per cent of their time visiting those same shows, going through online directories, or wading through sample folders.
Source4Style uses the internet to bridge the divide, and has obvious positive implications for smaller suppliers, who are on a level playing ﬁeld with the big names. Some of these suppliers are in third-world countries, so it’s not hard to see the ﬁnancial beneﬁt that Source4Style can have for them and their communities.
It’s in line with the ideas in Simon Anholt’s Brand New Justice, where Anholt posited that good brands helped third-world communities ﬁnd greater proﬁts and margins. Source4Style doesn’t quite give these companies brands per se, but through the site, it allows them to be the equal of businesses that are operating in the ﬁrst world, and levels the playing ﬁeld.
It is the solidity behind this venture that sees us devote two web pages and the cover to it. We encourage readers to take a look, as this may well be the moment when fashion changes for goodāin more than one sense of the word.āJack Yan, Publisher
Amazing how one Twitter post has the world’s media speculating that Britney Spears has become engaged to her former agent, Jason Trawick.
The Tweet read, ‘OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!! Xxo’. A later one six hours later read, ‘Still glowing! About to jump on a plane to Planet Hollywood in Vegas. Throwing a Bday Party for Jason at Chateau Night Club. So fun. Xxoo’.
Trawick and Spears have been dating since May 2010.
If true, this would be the third engagement for the pop star, having been brieﬂy married to childhood friend Jason Alexanderānot the actor from Seinfeldāfor 55 hours, and Kevin Federline.
Spears is particularly active on Twitter, with one of the better follow-back ratios among celebrities. She was the sixth user to break the 10 million-follower mark.