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November 24, 2015

Video and photos: double win for J. W. Anderson at British Fashion Awards 2015; Gwendoline Christie wins Style Award

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Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Jonathan Anderson, the man behind the label J. W. Anderson, has scooped both the men’s and women’s Designer of the Year awards at the British Fashion Awards last night, held at the Coliseum in London.
   Anderson has previously won the men’s prize, in 2014, the New Establishment Designer award in 2013, and the Emerging Womenswear Designer award in 2012.
   As detailed earlier by the British Fashion Council, Karl Lagerfeld won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the fashion industry.
   Other heavyweight names on the night included Tom Ford, who was recognized with the Red Carpet award, for creating global awareness of one’s designs in the media (Lady Gaga collected on his behalf); Burberry, with the Creative Campaign award for its editorial and advertising; and Alessandro Michele for Gucci as the International Designer.
   The much-acclaimed Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator was given to Nick Knight, for his contribution to the global fashion industry.
   Charlotte Olympia won the Accessory Designer award, and Stella McCartney was recognized as the best brand. Erdem won the Establishment Designer award for its retail and ecommerce presences, while Mary Katrantzou won the New Establishment Designer award.
   Jourdan Dunn won the award for Model of the Year. Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie was named the winner of the British Style Award, which was voted on by 6,000 people.
   Of the three emerging designer awards, the winners were Thomas Tait for womenswear, Grace Wales Bonner for menswear, and Jordan Askill for accessories.
   VIPs attending or presenting included British Fashion Council chair Natalie Massenet, Victoria and David Beckham, Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Burton, Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Angela Scanlon, Liv Tyler, Nick Grimshaw, Lily Allen, Poppy Delevingne, Rita Ora, Robert Konjic, Mollie King, Alexa Chung, Yasmin Le Bon, Laura Bailey, Pierre Denis, Imran Amed, Markus Lupfer, Gareth Pugh, Elisa Sednaoui, Michael Polish, Sandra Choi, Alexandra Shulman, FKA Twigs, Sophie Dahl, Sam Rollinson, Jack Whitehall, Jim Chapman, Immy Waterhouse, Elisa Sednaoui, Georgia May Jagger, Olga Kurylenko, Olivier Rousteing, Faustine Steinmetz, Harold Tillman, Jefferson Hack, Marc Hare, Christopher Raeburn, Stephen Jones, Molly Goddard, Susanna Lau, Kate Beckinsale, Mario Testino, Malaika Firth, Jamie Bochert, Charlotte Simone, Edie Campbell, Lulu Kennedy, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Roksanda Ilincić, Lilah Parsons, Katie Grand, Carson McColl, Giles Deacon, Lewis Hamilton, Nadja Swarovski, Daisy Lowe, David Burton, David Koma, Lara Stone, Lucky Blue Smith, Fernando Jorge, Sid Bryan, Jack Guinness, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire, Helen Wright, Emilia Wickstead, Erin O’Connor, Anya Hindmarch, Henry Holland, Noomi Rapace, Craig Green, Adrian Joffe, Astrid Andersen Mollie King, Jo Elvin, Patrick Grant, Peter Pilotto, Sophia Sanchez de Betak, Christopher de Vos, Christopher Kane, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Joseph Altazurra, Richard Nicoll, Tanya Burr, Kate Bosworth, Karlie Kloss, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders (as Patsy Stone and Eddy Monsoon), Orlando Bloom, Suzy Menkes, Alasdhair Willis, Alice Dellal, Chloë Green, Arizona Muse and Amy Cole.
   Sponsors for the evening included principal partner Swarovski, presenting partners MAC and Toni & Guy, and official sponsors Ciroc, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz and St Martins Lane. Other supporters included Diptyque Paris, Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Fiji Water, Nikki Tibbles, Warsteiner and Wild at Heart.

Red carpet

Gwendoline Christie interview

Lucky Blue Smith

Suzy Menkes

Jack Whitehall

Alessandro Michele

Rita Ora


Jourdan Dunn

Lady Gaga

Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Winners’ enclosure
Lady Gaga accepts on behalf of Tom Ford

Jourdan Dunn

Karl Lagerfeld


Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Stella McCartney

J. W. Anderson, Menswear Designer of the Year

J. W. Anderson, Womenswear Designer of the Year

Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Highlight reel

November 18, 2015

A masterful Graduation Season at the New Zealand School of Dance, with two world premières

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Stephen A’Court

Top Concerto, part of the New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season 2015. Above Sarah-Foster Sproull’s Forgotten Things, with the unfamiliar sight of a string of fists, waving in the space.

The New Zealand School of Dance Graduation Season performances, which began tonight (Wednesday), are always a highlight. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work from second- and third-year students, and the six performances this year offer a very entertaining mix, especially for lovers of classical ballet.
   In previous years, the NZSD has put more contemporary dance on the menu, but the mixture in tonight’s programme was equally welcome. Paquita, the grand-pas, kicked off the evening, choreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa. The students showed immense promise, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see many of them dance professionally in ballet before long. Yayoi Matches, in the title role, and Yuri Marques da Silva, who hails from Brazil, danced the role of Lucien, increasingly captivated us during the performance. The costumes were hand-made by Donna Jefferis, assisted by the students of the Diploma of Costume Construction at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, according to the NZSD.
   Forgotten Things took us to the other end of the spectrum with an incredibly inventive contemporary performance. With bare arms and hands, contrasting the black outfits worn by every dancer, we were exposed to unusual shapes: what does a string of fists look like as they wave in mid-air like the legs of a squid in the sea, or the hands of two dozen dancers opened out in antler formation? The idea behind the dance was to show cell division, phagocytosis and metamorphosis, translating the microscopic to human size. The beauty came from the fluid movement unusual shapes that we form with our arms, legs and hands when they are put together en masse, and we’d go so far as to say this was the cleverest dance of the evening. Sarah Foster-Sproull, a graduate herself, choreographed in her fourth commission, collaborating with the students: although trained in classical dance while at NZSD, she now choreographs contemporary dance, and, based on what we saw, very successfully. The second- and third-year students here gelled, and this dance showcased their coordination. The level of rehearsal in Forgotten Things, a world première, was evident.
   Cnoditions of Entry (the misspelling is intentional) was another contemporary première, and hugely enjoyable. NZSD alumnus Thomas Bradley (class of 2012), choreographed and provided the score made up of electronica and bass noises, and even designed the costumes along with Jefferis. Bradley’s notes indicate that the dance was in two parts: the first created a mutual understanding between them; the second conveying ‘exhaustion suspension apology and defeat’. It began in darkness, with orange-hooded, androgynous dancers huddled in a group. Abrupt movements, angular, backwards steps conveyed a confusion, as though the society that had been formed was suddenly devoid of structure or rules, feeling like the aftermath of war. Rectangular lights shone on the two sides of the stage as dancers struggled to move toward it, escaping their personal prisons; the term ‘techno-dystopia’ came to mind.
   Tarantella, a George Balanchine ballet with the masterful (and new father, with a one-month-old baby) Qi Huan as the répétiteur, saw us say at the conclusion of the pas de deux: ‘Hire these two now.’ Danced by Megan Wright and Jeremie Gan, this light-hearted yet passionate ballet needed the pair to master some very quick steps and changes of directions, and while inspired by Neapolitan street dance, the foundation is classical. It is not an easy ballet but we couldn’t fault either Wright or Gan.
   Playing the game of contrasts in the programme, the contemporary As It Fades, originally commissioned by T.H.E Dance Company of Singapore and created by Kuik Swee Boon in 2011, was an energetic performance, and showed what the dancers were capable of, with strong, purposeful movements, accompanied by the strings in Max Richter’s ‘Jan’s Notebook’ and ‘November’, which painted a world struggling to understand itself. The tension sharply vanished at the end where a dancer was surrounded by the others, caught in a chair, exhausted, breathing heavily, conveying that notion of defeat and solitude. As the performance ended, the Richter score did not feel out of place in a bleak science-fiction film from the turn of the 1970s, with credits rolling as a dancer walked off-stage into the darkness, making us wonder what lay beyond the abyss. It was very clever, and got us ready for the final performance.
   That final performance was Concerto, an abstract ballet choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan after he joined the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, with a musical score by Dmitri Shostakovich (many audiences will know his work not from ballet but from the theme tune of Reilly: Ace of Spies; this was his ‘Piano Concerto No. 2 in F’), that premièred in 1966, staged here by Lynn Wallis and coached by Stephen Beagley. Two pianists provided the Shostakovich score, while the 29 NZSD dancers were resplendent in yellow, orange and red, in costumes courtesy of the Australian Ballet. How could one not feel upbeat? The three movements began with the allegro, the corps de ballet doing a well coordinated en pointe, with Yeo Chan Yee and George Liang as the central couple performing some very skilful, quick turns. By this point the classical dancers were all in the swing of things, and there was not a single hesitation as Concerto moved to the andante and a romantic pas de deux from Lola Howard and Jerry Wan, before the final movement that opened with a beautiful solo from Georgia Powley before the ensemble brought the performance to a spirited, optimistic close.
   The Graduation Season runs till November 28 at the New Zealand School of Dance at at Te Whaea: National Dance & Drama Centre, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington, New Zealand. Each performance is at 7.30 p.m. except for Sunday and Monday; matinees are at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 22 and Saturday, November 28. Tickets are NZ$33 for adults, NZ$25 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more, and NZ$18 for children under 13. Bookings are available online.—Jack Yan, Publisher

Stephen A’Court

Top New Zealand School of Dance student Yuri Marques da Silva. Above Georgia Rudd and Christopher Mills.

Amber Griffin

November 14, 2015

Aigner creates fashion at Bambis for Toni Garrn, Franziska Knuppe, Nazan Eckes, Lena Gercke, Luisa Hartema

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Alexander Koerner

Exclusives are the name of the game at the Bambis, with Aigner providing clothing and accessories for numerous VIPs as a partner of Germany’s biggest entertainment awards.
   Held at the Berliner Stage Theater, Aigner’s generosity extended to accessories to the celebrities who walked the red carpet at the Potsdamer-Platz. Toni Garrn wore a custom seafoam-coloured crêpe trouser suit with a low-cut back; Garrn will continue to model Aigner beyond its current 50th anniversary year. Jasmin, Miss Bambi 2015, was also decked out in Aigner, while Hans Sigl (in a red tuxedo), DJ Antoine (in a camouflage-patterned tux), Senta Berger, Ursula Karven, Anja Kling, Jana Pallaske, Christine Neubauer, Franziska Knuppe, Lena Gercke, Luisa Hartema, Regina Halmich, Sonja Kiefer, Yvonne Catterfeld, Nazan Eckes, Mareile Höppner, Alexandra Polzin, Palina Rojinski, Mariella Ahrens, Ruth Moschner, and Antoine Konrad all had items from the label. Reinhard Mätzler, Mousse T., Simon Verhoeven, Jose Campos, and Susanne Sigl were also snapped at the event. Aigner CEO Sibylle Schoen and chief designer Christian Beck were present to pose with many of the actors.
   The after-party at the Atrium Tower saw the award winners from the night receive a trophy case from Aigner.

Alexander Koerner

Kryolan works its magic at Bambis: Heidi Klum, Marie Nasemann, Sylvie Meis, Franziska Knuppe among celebs

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Isa Foltin

The Bambi Awards for 2015, held on Thursday at the Berliner Stage Theater at Potsdamer Platz, partnered this year with family-run cosmetics’ company Kryolan, which created unique looks for attending celebrities.
   Among the celebrities were Heidi Klum, Sylvie Meis, Franziska Knuppe, Marie Nasemann, Oliver Pocher, Lena Gercke, Regina Halmich, Alexa Volquarts, Sabine Lisicki, Hilary Swank, Petra Döhler, Toni Garrn, Rita Ora, Pamela Anderson, Til Schweiger, Eva Padberg, Wolfgang Joop, Alexander Fehling, Nina Ruge, Jessica Schwarz, footballer Mesut Özil and Mandy Capristo, Stefanie Giesinger, Peter Weck, Judith Rakers, Uschi Glas and Dieter Hermann, and Hannah Herzsprung. Representing Kryolan were CEO Wolfram Langer and director Dominik Langer.
   With its origins in theatre make-up, Kryolan has since expanded into other cosmetics, and partners regularly with high-profile events in Germany and abroad. However, it remains the choice for many film and TV productions, and its make-up artists worked on the Bambi celebrities in styling lounges at the venue. ‘Glamorous make-up with a harmonious complexion and accentuated lips or eyes is ideal for an evening event like the Bambi Awards,’ said Dominik Langer in a release. ‘We are pleased to contribute to Bambi with our many years of experience as professional make-up artists.’ As part of the partnership, Kryolan offered two looks for customers, products for which they could get at Kryolan retailers.

Andreas Rentz

Isa Foltin

November 10, 2015

Aston Martin premières film on its Spectre James Bond car, the DB10, at Blenheim Palace event

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Max Earey

If you’re going to go to the trouble of creating a bespoke car that’s never going to be sold to the public, but will be seen by most only in a film, then you should find a way to show off that effort to your VIPs.
   Aston Martin did just that in the baroque setting of the Great Court at Blenheim Place for the première of its film, DB10: Built for Bond, on Sunday.
   Guests were given a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of James Bond’s latest car, which is currently appearing in Spectre, the 24th official film in the Eon Productions series about Ian Fleming’s fictional secret agent.
   Examples of the classic DB5, which made its Bond screen début in 1964 in Goldfinger, and the DB10 were on display, flanking the screen, complementing the 50 Aston Martins, old and new, that were present at the Great Court.
   The DB10 is said to preview the next generation of Aston Martins, with its predatory looks and drooping rear, giving the brand’s adherents something to look forward to. Aston Martin has a hefty new-model programme for the second half of the decade, and the DB10 serves as a showcase of its design ideas, while keeping interest healthy in the range, which has a few ageing models.
   The one-hour documentary, created by FIN London, was filmed over 18 months, with 120 hours of material shot in 4K. It features interviews with producer Michael G. Wilson, director Sam Mendes, actor Daniel Craig, special effects’ supervisor Chris Corbould, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and stunt driver Mark Higgins. The 10 cars were built in-house by Aston Martin in six months.
   The reception took place at the Great Hall in Blenheim Palace, and Higgins gave a Q&A, discussing his experience with the DB10s.
   Spectre débuted on October 26 and is the 12th James Bond film to feature the Aston Martin brand.

November 3, 2015

Burberry launches festive campaign with Sir Elton John, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Dockery

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Dan Medhurst

Dave Benett

Burberry has launched a new promotion for Christmas that pays tribute to Billy Elliot, featuring Sir Elton John, Naomi Campbell, James Corden, Julie Walters (who starred in the original film), Romeo Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Michelle Dockery, James Bay, George Ezra and Toby Huntington-Whiteley.
   â€˜Billy Elliot is an incredible film full of so much joy and energy, so it was a real thrill and a great honour to be able to celebrate its 15-year anniversary through our festive campaign. It was also a huge privilege to work with such amazing and iconic British talent—the cast are quite simply some of the biggest names in film, music and fashion and it was so much fun working with them all to make this special film,’ said Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey. Bailey, as chief creative officer for the firm, also directed the three-minute promotion, which was shot at Park Royal Studios in London.
   The three-minute film, which features original footage from Billy Elliot and ‘Cosmic Dancer’ by T Rex, received its première at Burberry’s flagship store at 121 Regent Street before it was released online at 7 p.m. tonight. Sir Elton, Walters, Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Beckham and Bailey were among the VIPs present. It then launched on Burberry’s own website and various channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Weibo till the end of the year.
   Mario Testino shot the related stills for the campaign featuring Campbell, Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and James Bay.
   The release coincides with Burberry making its full festive gifts’ range, including its heritage trench coat and cashmere scarf, available both online and in stores. Its Book of Gifts also débuts today at its website.
   Burberry will also donate £500,000 to be split between two charities, Place2Be and the County Durham Community Foundation, which help the Easington community where Billy Elliot was set.

Samala Cosmetics: part of the magic behind the scenes at Miss Universe New Zealand 2015

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Alan Raga

The Miss Universe New Zealand Grand Final at Skycity Theatre, Auckland, on October 24 saw the return of two winning teams behind the scenes: Samala Robinson Academy and Premier Hairdressing Academy, both of which went all out to make sure the 20 finalists, as well as some of the VIPs, looked as stunning as they could be on stage. There was the added bonus this year of Samala Cosmetics, Robinson’s own line of make-up that meant organizers didn’t have the additional burden of organizing a range from another cosmetics’ company. The SRA team was familiar with what was on offer, and worked their magic accordingly.
   Robinson herself is an international make-up artist who worked around the world before returning to New Zealand and setting up her academy in 2000. Like Premier, SRA is very well known for its professionalism and high standards of training. She established her cosmetics’ line more recently and her current focus is steering her new brand’s direction.
   On the night, Samantha McClung took the title of Miss Universe New Zealand 2015. McClung coincidentally is a trained make-up artist, which should serve her well when she competes for the Miss Universe title alongside other national delegates in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the end of the year.

Alan Raga

Bhikhu Bhula

October 24, 2015

Samantha McClung crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 at Skycity Theatre

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Alan Raga

Bhikhu Bhula

Alan Raga

Top The newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Samantha McClung. Centre Crowning moment: Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 Rachel Millns crowns her successor. Above Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Samantha McClung is flanked by runner-up Hannah Henderson (left) and second runner-up Gabrielle Manaloto (right), in gowns by Golden Gowns.

Samantha McClung was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015, before a packed crowd at the Skycity Theatre, and an international audience watching the live stream at
   McClung, 20, lives in Christchurch but spent many years of her childhood in the Marlborough Sounds. She is a qualified make-up artist who has worked in both Australia—McClung lived in Perth for 18 months—and New Zealand.
   McClung was overjoyed by the crowning but admitted it hadn’t fully sunk in.
   The title was decided by both an international judging panel and the voting public, with 50 per cent determined by each group.
   Special guest judges Ben Chan of Bench, one of the Philippines’ premier fashion labels, and MJ Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014, flew in to Auckland to spend several days with the 20 finalists, in interviews and watching them perform live on stage. Both had the advantage of having met the finalists as part of their overseas retreat, which this year took place in the Philippines with the generous support of Bench, the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions’ Board.
   They joined New Zealanders Megan Alatini, Steve Broad and Evana Patterson on the judging panel, whose scores were tallied alongside those of the voting public, who had been sending their votes since August. A sixth judge, Areena Deshpande, was unable to attend after giving birth last week.
   In addition to the crown, McClung drives away with the premier prize of a Honda Jazz RS Sport Limited, which is hers for the duration of her reign, as well as prizes from Bike Barn, New Face Laser and Cosmetic Clinic, Lipidol, Beau Joie champagne, and others.
   Presently McClung is spending the night at the Skycity Grand Hotel as part of her prize.
   She beat surf instructor Hannah Henderson, originally from the Bay of Plenty and now resident in Wellington, and mental-health nurse Gabrielle Manaloto from Auckland, who came second and third.
   McClung will now go on to represent New Zealand at Miss Universe in the United States later this year.

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