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May 30, 2013

Beauty round-up: upcoming winter releases from Shiseido, MAC and Revlon

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Shiseido will launch its Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream on July 9 in New Zealand, retailing for NZ$115 for 15 ml. The new cream counteracts sagging, wrinkles and dark circles and helps make eyes look younger.
   Shiseido says that the area around the eye can be dry, which leads to ageing. Naturally produced hyaluronic acid keeps the skin moisturized and firm, but with ageing, the acid is degraded more quickly. Shiseido’s innovation helps promote the production of hyaluronic acid and prevent its breakdown. The company has added its Bio-Corrective Complex and rose apple leaf extract, giving added protection against UV rays.
   Another new release can be found in Lucire’s issue 30, out this week: MAC False Lashes, its well known mascara available in its Stay Black shade, is now waterproof—but has the same volume, curl, length and definition that you have come to love. There is also MAC’s unique brush which delivers twice as much pigment. It retails from June 30 in New Zealand at NZ$48.
   Revlon, meanwhile, has launched its Nearly Naked make-up and pressed powder line. The new foundation helps harmonize skin and make-up and restore one’s natural glow.
   Revlon has used weightless, hollow silica pigments, which are said to blend the make-up with the skin’s natural tone and texture. It has added green and black tea, oatmeal and jojoba, and SPF 20 protection.
   There are 12 broad-spectrum shade offerings for the foundation and six shades of powder. Retail price is NZ$31¡95, with an on-counter date in mid-July.

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May 28, 2013

Forbidden fruit that’s fresh as ever

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Literature that’s long been ripe for the picking (or picking-on) is harvested in earnest for the PEN Center, a literary organization advocating the freedom of expression around the world.

   Hollywood risk-takers like director John Landis, literature critic Tom Lutz, novelist Natasha Dean, and actors RĂŠnĂŠe Felice Smith, Julian Sands, Kevin McKidd and Illeana Douglas have never shied away from controversial topics or works of art in their respective bodies of work. Perhaps it was for this reason they took time out of their busy schedules to headline a Beverly Hills fundraiser and auction to support the efforts of the Los Angeles-based PEN Center.
   Classics performed included passages from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ken Kesey’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Joseph Heller’s Catch-22, George Orwell’s 1984 and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Although these diverse titles are required reading in many high schools across the US, one thing they all have in common are controversial elements that prevented their valuable commentary on the human condition from being heard. And then there was Julian Sands’ sexy rendition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, that brought a dimension of “adults only” appeal—yet even that performance revealed the most controversial titles of the lot had value and purpose.
   Funds raised from the tickets and the silent auction (which featured several items from designer Sue Wong) helps PEN finance legal council and procedures required for the release of imprisoned writers, as well as the protection of writers who suffer political prosecution, persecution, and censorship. Founded in 1943, and incorporated as a non-profit in 1981, the PEN Center’s membership includes poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists (hence, the acronym), as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, and translators.
   PEN operates under two distinct yet complementary aims: to promote a literary culture and to protect freedom of expression. Among PEN Center USA’s various activities are public literary events, a mentorship project, literary awards, and international human rights’ campaigns on behalf of writers who are censored or imprisoned.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor







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Roberto Cavalli unveils this year’s Life Ball Mini, a Paceman, in Wien

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Mini has been present at the Life Ball in Wien for many years, but this is the first time its donated car has been the larger Paceman, a new model that’s essentially a coupĂŠ crossover version of the iconic British car.
   The Paceman, the three-door sporting version of the Countryman tested by Lucire last year, takes some Mini cues, but reinterprets them at a much larger (and not that mini) size.
   This year’s Mini on the magenta carpet has been customized by Roberto Cavalli himself, who unveiled the car at the Rathausplatz. Cavalli follows in the footsteps of other designers who have worked with Mini on the Life Ball, inter alia Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquared², Renzo Rosso for Diesel, and Diane von Furstenberg. The car has gold elements inside and out, iridescent paintwork, and (of course) animal prints.
   Cavalli, and his wife Eva in the passenger seat, drove the Mini Paceman to the event.
   The car had been auctioned earlier for a record €150,000 during the Aids Solidarity gala, with the entire proceeds going to projects combatting HIV–Aids.
   The event featured numerous celebrities, including Sir Elton John, Hilary Swank, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Eden, Carmen Electra, former US president Bill Clinton, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and Fergie.



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May 26, 2013

At Cannes: Marion Cotillard, Audrey Tautou, Isabeli Fontana, Zhang Ziyi, Eugenia Silva, Karlie Kloss

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There were plenty of celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival première of The Immigrant on Friday, a movie by James Gray, set on Ellis Island in the 1920s. Commentators called the film, entered in competition at the Festival de Cannes, the most divisive because of its sentimentality.
   Gray had also co-written Blood Ties, which had premièred out of competition at the Festival earlier this week.
   He was inspired by his grandparents for his latest film, to be released by the Weinstein Company. They had emigrated from the Ukraine to the US.
   On the red carpet for The Immigrant at the Grand ThÊâtre Lumière were Harvey Weinstein, Darius Khondji, Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro, Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, and James and Alexandra Gray.
   Olivia Palermo, Clotilde Courau, Peter Dundas, Carolina Parsons, Ana Girardot, Agathe Bonitzer, Mouna Ayoub, Kristin Scott Thomas, Liliana Matthaeus, Uma Thurman, Victoria Abril, Isabeli Fontana, TaĂ­s AraĂşjo, Bianca Balti, Karlie Kloss, the reigning Miss Prestige National Auline Grac, Izabel Goulart, Juno Temple, Eugenia Silva, and Michael Cera.
   Saturday’s première of Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the David Ives play, itself based on the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novella. Set in the theatre, it is the last film to be screened in competition at Cannes, and is a vehicle for Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner.
   Polanski, Seigner and actor Mathieu Amalric, who stars alongside Seigner, represented the film at Cannes, while celebrities on the red carpet included Audrey Tautou, Lynne Ramsay, Nicole Kidman, Carmen Chaplin, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Naomi Kawase, Kim Novak, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Bianca Balti and Agathe Bonitzer.
   Meanwhile, Montblanc and Liberatum have hosted a dinner for the première of Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, which saw John Hurt, Claire Denis, Tom Hiddleston and other VIPs attend.

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May 24, 2013

Heidi Klum and Nicole Kidman steal the show on day nine of the Cannes Film Festival

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Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, a black-and-white film in competition at the 66th Festival de Cannes, is a stylistic but not a thematic departure from his previous film, The Descendants. Bruce Dern and Will Forte play father and son in the new film, and June Squibb plays Dern’s wife.
   The storyline sees Dern’s character, Woody, receive an eligibility certificate in the mail that he believes entitles him to $1 million, so he begins walking the 850 miles to Lincoln, Nebraska. David, played by Forte, offers to drive him, even though he and his mother know the letter is a scam.
   Rance Howard, Angela McEwan and Stacy Keach also feature in Nebraska. Early reviews indicate that Payne’s choice of black-and-white film connects the rural American settings with a bygone era.
   Will Forte, June Squibb, Alexander Payne, Angela McEwan, Albert Berger, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern and Ron Yerxa promoted the film at Cannes at the Grand ThÊâtre Lumière.
   Nicole Kidman (in Valentino with jewellery by Fred Leighton) and Heidi Klum (in Versace, with Christian Louboutin heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery), however, stole the limelight on the red carpet. Kidman is part of the jury for the Cannes Film Festival this year, and walked down the red carpet with director Ang Lee, who serves with her.
   The other première was for Max Rose, a homage to Jerry Lewis, who was present at Cannes, along with writer–director Daniel Noah, Kerry Bishe, Kevin Pollak and Michel Legrand. Lewis, 87, plays a widowed jazz pianist.






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May 23, 2013

Irina Shayk, Alessandra Ambrosio, Puja Gupta, Petra Nemcova on day eight of the Cannes Film Festival

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Above Irina Shayk was at her most fetching during the All Is Lost première.

Swedish appliance brand Electrolux continued to host celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, on a day that saw the latest Robert Redford starrer, All Is Lost, make its dĂŠbut.
   The Grand ThÊâtre Lumière played host to J. C. Chandor’s (Margin Call) new film, where Redford’s character finds himself shipwrecked during a solo voyage in his yacht in the Indian Ocean.
   All Is Lost screened out of competition at the Festival de Cannes, and maintained its audience’s attention despite the limited scope. Redford proved to be as formidable today as in his heyday, if not more so.
   Representing the film on the red carpet were Redford and Chandor, and producers Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, Mary Cameron Goodyear and Sibylle Szaggars.
   Celebrities attending the event included Zachary Quinto, Robert Redford, Petra Nemcova, Roman Polanski, former Formula 1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart and Lady Stewart, Irina Shayk, Alessandra Ambrosio, de Grisogono boss Fawaz Gruosi, Jessica Chastain, Sarah Marshall, former Miss Universe India Puja Gupta, Araya A. Hargate, Ameesha Patel, Li Yuchun, Barbara Palvin, Milla Jovovich, Mohammed Al Turki, Fagun Thakrar and Festival chairman Gilles Jacob.
   Electrolux hosted a Cannes grand jury luncheon on Wednesday, which Cannes festival director Thierry FrĂŠmaux, Christoph Waltz, Cristian Mungiu, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Vidya Balan, Naomi Kawase, Ang Lee and Daniel Auteuil attended. Electrolux partner chef Bruno Oger, a holder of two Michelin stars, hosted at the Agora Pavilion.

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May 22, 2013

New beauty brand KD One gives back to the community with Africa Day events

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As Wellington gears up to Africa Day this Saturday, with a 12-hour celebration at the Wellington Town Hall beginning at 11.30 a.m., there’s a distinctively non-African name behind the scenes doing the make-up for the fashion show on the day, as well as the smaller Taste of Africa event at Te Papa from 6 p.m. tonight (May 23).
   Kareen D. Holland, whose business KD One recently opened at Morrison Kent House on The Terrace, is applying her extensive experience in film make-up to the community event.
   KD One’s natural skin care and cosmetics stemmed from Holland’s years in film, working with such luminaries as Weta’s Sir Richard Taylor.
   Working at Taste of Africa and Africa Day is Holland’s way of giving back to the community, something she was keen to do ever since KD One opened last month.
   Africa Day showcases African culture through dance, music, arts, crafts and cuisine. It is the first major cultural event for African communities in Wellington.
   KD One was mentored by Lucire publisher Jack Yan as part of his work with Business Mentors New Zealand.

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Sharon Stone wows at de Grisogono, as do Paris Hilton, Alessandra Ambrosio, Ana Beatriz Barros, Adriana Karembeu

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Updated with videos on May 23, 2013, 1.46 p.m. GMT

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In our opinion, the party at the Festival de Cannes that one should not miss is the one thrown by de Grisogono, the upscale jewellery brand, at the HĂ´tel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes. If you want to see who’s in the Zeitgeist at Cannes, this is the place to look.
   This year, founder and president Fawaz Gruosi played host to actress Sharon Stone as the woman of the moment: the actress was resplendent in a red gown, complete with a thigh-high split. Now 55, Stone had aged remarkably little, and close-ups show that a good part of it is down to good genes and a decent beauty rĂŠgime.
   Stone, who is arguably more popular in France than in the US—French media raved about Basic Instinct in the 1990s—stole the limelight at the Cannes Film Festival throughout the day, with a cobalt blue gown earlier while attending the Michael Douglas starrer, Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace bio-pic.
   Plenty of other celebs lit up the de Grisogono party at the HĂ´tel du Cap: Paris Hilton, Adriana SklenaříkovĂĄ Karembeu, Ana Beatriz Barros, Alessandra Ambrosio (who was Instagramming the event), Lisa Verberght, Hofit Golan, Karmen Pedaru, Elisabetta Gregoraci, Jessica Hart, Toni Garn, designer Eva Cavalli, Fiammetta Cicogna, producer Harvey Weinstein, Dite Anata, Gary Dourdan, and Stacy Keibler.
   Extra videos have been added at the end of this report from the Behind the Candelabra press conference and red carpet, as well as a compilation video of the fashion seen at the 66th Festival de Cannes to date.






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