Shooting in Milano with beautiful Italian model Fiorella Dominici, wearing a Basler Fashion dress from Germany designed by Scot Brian Rennie, by me, Thomas Salme from Sweden. A big international mix.
Dominici is 22, a graduate in economics, Russian and English at Cattolica University. She is still studying in order to graduate in international management. Her slogan is: ‘positive thinking and ‚Ä¶ believe in your own skills and capabilities more than in social connections.’
The designer of this beautiful yellow dress is Brian Rennie. He has been called the ‘designer with the Hollywood gene’ and the ‘king of couture’ by some. He outfitted Kim Basinger for the Academy Awards, designed a wedding dress for Jennifer L√≥pez and counted Princess Diana among his clients, according to his official bio.
Rennie studied fashion at the Royal College of Art, and joined Escada after completing his studies. He was there for over 20 years, and rose to the rank of head designer.
As creative director of Basler Fashion, his clothes carry what the company calls a ‘distinctive design signature. √Üsthetically outstanding and consistently feminine, they are primarily created to flatter women and to beautify them. Passion and originality characterize the designs of Brian Rennie.’‚ÄĒThomas Salme
Panos Emporio has announced that one of the contestants in next week’s Top Model Sverige will become its new model for 2013.
In next week’s episode on Sweden’s TV3, the 10 models will be photographed by Nigel Barker, with one winner being adopted by the swimwear label for a future campaign.
Filmed at the end of last year, Panos Emporio boss Panos Papadopoulos flew to Los Angeles for the show. It is the sixth season of the Swedish licensed version of the programme.
Staying with Swedish companies: in another nod to corporate social responsibility, Hennes & Mauritz has announced it has developed a water strategy in association with WWF.
As part of a three-year global partnership, H&M says it will build water into its corporate planning, including ‘being a good neighbour and good steward of shared resources,’ says WWF International’s director-general, Jim Leape.
WWF had evaluated H&M’s water usage and challenges through 2012 to form the basis of the strategy. In 2013, the company plans to implement it globally, working with public policy-makers, NGOs, water institutions and other companies, to support better management of river basins in China and Bangladesh, it says. It will also support WWF conservation projects in the Yangtze River basin.
Internally, staff will receive training on the water impact on raw material production and its value chain. It will also improve its water efficiency and minimize its suppliers’ impact on water. The company is targeting all 48 national markets and reaching all 750 direct suppliers, with all its 94,000 employees receiving education on water issues.
Finally, the Peninsula Hotels has announced a new campaign for all its properties, called Peninsula Moments. The campaign shows what is distinctive about each one of its properties, from stunning architecture, authenticity, design, to insight. Unsurprisingly, the clip from Hong Kong‚ÄĒarguably the most famous Peninsula property‚ÄĒfeatures its fleet of green Rolls-Royces, while Bangkok shows off its nearby temple and Shanghai its aviation lounge.
Above The Peninsula Hong Kong Rolls-Royce fleet and its pool.
Above The Peninsula Shanghai Aviation Lounge. The Peninsula Manila’s lobby. A temple in Bangkok, near the property.
Above Instead of Switzerland, it‚Äôs Scotland, and Daniel Craig pays homage to Sean Connery in a Skyfall publicity photo.
The 85th Academy Awards‚ÄĒthe Oscars‚ÄĒwill pay tribute to 50 years of the James Bond films, it was announced Friday.
Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement that there will be a special sequence ‘saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday.
‚ÄėStarting with Dr No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.’
The six actors who have portrayed Bond in the official franchise‚ÄĒSean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig‚ÄĒwill feature in the sequence.
The Oscars telecast will take place on February 24. Nominations will be announced on January 10 in Los Angeles.
The latest entry in the Eon Productions franchise, Skyfall, has taken over US$1,000 million, with the film still yet to open in China.
The film, directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, has overtaken 1965‚Äôs Thunderball as the highest-grossing Bond film adjusted for inflation.
Since the “reboot” of the franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, the Bond films have had more critical nods than their predecessors, which were generally acclaimed on their technical merit. In the mid-1960s, Goldfinger won an Oscar for sound effects, while Thunderball won for special visual effects.
Daniel Craig had a BAFTA nomination for Casino Royale, the first Bond actor to achieve this, while Skyfall‚Äôs Javier Bardem received a best supporting actor nomination by the Screen Actors’ Guild. Skyfall is on the shortlist of the Producers’ Guild of America’s best film nominees, alongside Lincoln and Argo. The theme song, by Adele and Paul Epworth, could take home a best song Oscar.
The British Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, paid tribute to 50 years of the Bond films last year, with Tom Jones singing the theme song from Thunderball.
WordPress has summarized the year of this news section, and told us something we know already: that our story on Marine Lorphelin being crowned Miss France 2013 was the biggest of the year. This also correlates with our Facebook fan page numbers.
It also put France as one of the top countries accessing Lucire during December, though the United States remains number-one for our entire website. New Zealand, the UK and Australia were consistently in the top five each month.
Last year, we did some quick arithmetic on the interest in Miss France versus its rival pageant, Miss Prestige National. In 2010, the ratio of readers for our Miss France story versus our Miss Nationale one was 2¬∑7: that means, of Lucire readers, nearly three times as many were interested in Miss France than Miss Nationale. Last year, the ratio rose to 8¬∑6. This year, however, the ratio is at 35¬∑6 for Miss France versus Miss Prestige National‚ÄĒnot great news for Genevi√®ve de Fontenay and her committee, though if their online viewing numbers are healthy, then their sponsors will continue backing them.
Our second most-read article was on We’ll Take Manhattan, and the interest in Bailey and Jean Shrimpton because of the BBC TV movie starring Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard earlier this year.
The passing of Whitney Houston netted a lot of interest globally, and our article on celebrities paying tribute to her came in at number three.
Interestingly, our Miss France 2012 article came in the top 10, as did a story on the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead in May. A 2011 story on Keira Knightley modelling for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle also showed up in our top 10, making Knightley our most searched-for celebrity this year. Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin appear after our top 10, in 13th place.
The formula remains similar, with pageants, celebrity and royalty gaining the most public interest. As noted on our Tumblr, a number of countries were absent from our readership this year. This includes numerous African states such as South Sudan, Liberia and Lesotho, where fashion is hardly a priority with daily struggles, and Turkmenistan, where the state still has a say on what is and what is not permitted. One reader pointed out that in our map, Kosovo was also missing from our reader countries.
As to our latest articles, pop to the main part of the site, where our Paris editor Lola Saab has her spring 2013 must-haves from New York.
Psy, a.k.a. Park Jae-sang, took home four awards at the Mnet Asian Music Awards in Hong Kong on Friday, thanks to his hit ‘Gangnam Style’, which has surpassed even Justin Bieber in YouTube views, now numbering 850 million.
He performed the song at the awards’ show and won awards for Song of the Year, Best Music Video, Best Dance Performance and Global Favourite Artist.
Psy, now 34, is philosophical about his wins and realizes that ‘Gangnam Style’ is a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. He began his career in 2001.
‚ÄėI’m happy. I was happy yesterday, I’m happy today, and I will be happy tomorrow. I’m living a dream right now,’ said the artist at the post-show press conference.
‚ÄėI cannot break this record forever I think, unless I do naked video or something,’ he joked.
‚ÄėGangnam Style’ can be credited for mainstreaming K-pop, or Korean pop music, globally. Korean culture has become popular through 2012, in the Hallyu movement, which includes Korean cinema and television.
It was the first time Hong Kong has played host to the Mnet Asian Music Awards. Other acts included Super Junior, Sistar, IU, Wonder Girls and TVXQ.
Psy plans a new single and album for March 2013.
Above Sarah Munn wearing Shika Braddock Couture, photographed by Alan Raga with make-up by Kareen Donaldson and Earth 174.
Sarah Munn, who holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science and has also studied Law at Victoria University, has been selected to represent New Zealand in the World Miss University pageant. Miss Munn heads to Seoul, Korea later today, where she will participate in events relating to international relations and world peace, before the final night of December 11.
Miss Munn, who was born in Wellington and grew up in Tauranga, has a strong record of academic achievement, balanced with an active university life. She has gained the Vic Plus Award at Victoria University this year, having completed the requisite voluntary work during the semester, been class representative nine times, and has actively organized events and extracurricular activities. She also works at the Crown Law Office in Wellington and with Air New Zealand.
Miss Munn says, ‚ÄėI am proud to have been selected to represent New Zealand. I look forward to learning about the other cultures at World Miss University, sharing our country‚Äôs heritage, and discussing with my fellow contestants some of the solutions we would like to see employed for a more stable, global society.‚Äô
Her interests, in international relations and human rights, have featured strongly in her life. It is not her first time representing New Zealand: Miss Munn has already represented her country at the Morioka Chuo International Student Forum on sustainability and leadership in Morioka, Japan. She has also been on a mission trip to Fiji and has travelled to the UK as part of a student programme during her college years.
Miss Munn has also previously been involved with Lifezone Church in Tauranga. Her other interests include the performing arts, travel, snowboarding and wakeboarding. She had held the title of Miss Mt Maunganui 2009 and won the eveningwear segment at Miss Wellington 2010.
Alex Lee, who runs the New Zealand arm of the pageant, says Miss Munn has a solid amount of experience relevant to the pageant and is an ideal candidate.
Miss Munn‚Äôs national costumes have been supplied by Fashion Marketing Ltd., thanks to Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng, and Wellington designer Shika Braddock, who also provided one of her evening gowns.
For the international folk craft show during the pageant, Tawa artist Tai Kerekere has gifted Miss Munn his Iden-tiki limited-edition prints, which reflects themes of self-identity as Maori and voting rights for Maori and for women in Aotearoa.
The event, now in its 25th year, is organized by the International Association of University Presidents. Its organizing committee dispatches peace missions to regions such as Kosovo and Rwanda, and its 40‚Äď50 contestants each year have often had ambitions in international politics and diplomacy.
The final, on December 11, will be held at the Sheraton Grand Walkerhill. Supporters can vote for Miss Munn at a voting page, to be announced by the organizers.‚ÄĒJack Yan, Publisher