Above Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Holly Michelle Cassidy, currently competing in Russia for the Miss Universe title.
Miss Universe has announced the judging panel for the 2013 final on November 9.
Steven Tyler, Chef Nobu, Tara Lipinski, Carol Alt, Anne V, Farouk Shami, Italo Fontana and Philip Kirkorov form the eight who will decide the next Miss Universe at Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk, Moskva.
Tyler is best known as the front man for Aerosmith but also serves as a judge on American Idol, the US version of Pop Idol. Nobu Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef who has appeared in film. Lipinski is a former American figure-skater and an Olympic gold medallist. Alt is a well known model, actress and TV presenter. Anne V, or Anne Vyalitsyna, is a Russian model who has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Shami is the founder of hair care and spa company Farouk Systems, the hair care sponsor for Miss Universe 2013. Fontana is the owner of U-Boat, a luxury watchmaker with a business relationship with Crocus, while Kirkorov is a well known Russian pop singer.
Tyler will perform on stage during the telecast, as will Panic at the Disco and Emin. The show will be MCed by Thomas Roberts and Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Mel B. Jeannie Mai will be commentating. Italian swimwear company Yamamay will unveil its official Miss Universe collection, including a unique emerald, ruby and diamond swimsuit valued at $1 million. The winner will be photographed in the suit the day after the event.
There are 86 representatives, including Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Holly Michelle Cassidy.
High 5 Games is sponsoring a public vote, which will see its winner get in to the semifinals. You can click on the voting box here.
Miss Connecticut USA, Erin Brady, has been crowned Miss USA 2013, in a telecast from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
First runner-up was Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord, with second-runner up, Miss Illinois, Stacie Juris.
Following Juris were Marissa Powell (Miss Utah), Ali Nugent (Miss Texas), Megan Pinckney (Miss South Carolina), Kristin Smith (Miss Ohio), Kristen Girault (Miss Louisiana), Ashley Love-Mills (Miss North Carolina), Chelsea Caswell (Miss Nevada), Jessica Billings (Miss Pennsylvania), Sarah Kid (Miss Massachusetts), Mabelynn Capeluj (Miss California), Chelsea Welch (Miss West Virginia), and Kasey Staniszewski (Miss Maryland).
Brady is 25, based in East Hampton, Conn., and works for Prudential Retirement in Hartford as a financial accountant. She holds a finance degree with a minor in criminal justice.
The judges were Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser), designer Betsey Johnson, NeNe Leakes (Glee), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Jessica Robertson (Duck Dynasty), American footballer Larry Fitzgerald, Nikki Bella (Total Divas), Mo Rocca (Sunday Morning), and singer Christina Milian.
The Jonas Brothers and DJ Pauly D DelVecchio performed. Fans were able to vote for their favourite contestant using Twitter, and chose Miss Texas USA, Ali Nugent, with the voting provided by Optx Rhode Island.
Organizers believe the total viewing audience was over 250 million.
Other prize-winners were Marissa Powell (Miss Utah), Miss Photogenic; Gabrielle Neilan (Miss Oregon), and Miss Congenality.
The after-party was sponsored by High 5 Games with cocktails by Russian Standard Vodka.
Her prizes included, according to the press release, ‘a custom diamond tiara and jewellery designed by Diamond Nexus; a one-year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; a year’s worth of hair-care products and tools from Farouk Systems; an assortment of high fashion bracelets made in Rwanda by women of the Same Sky Trade Initiative; an eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; a swimwear wardrobe by ViX Paula Hermanny; a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry; a year’s supply of make-up from Rain Cosmetics; a year’s worth of products from Image Skin Care; a year’s supply of nail care products from OPI Products, Inc.; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a year-long salary as Miss USA; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modelling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skin care services provided by Dr Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr Jan Linhart, DDS; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; access to various New York City events including movie premiÃ¨res and screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties; year-long consultation with Miss Universe Organization’s Official Fashion Consultant, Alisha Crutchfield and access to a personal appearance wardrobe; professional mediaâ€“public relations training and representation by Rubenstein Public Relations in New York City and the opportunity to represent the USA at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.’
Last year’s winner, Olivia Culpo, went on to become Miss Universe.
Boring Gets You Nowhere is the title of the autumnâ€“winter 2013 collection from World; and no sentiment rings truer for the brand than this. It is by not being boring that this label continues to grow, but by experimentation with outlandish yet still highly commercial and wearable fashion. Others perilously traverse this fine tightrope but World somehow manages to succeed.
For its first full catwalk show in Wellington, Worldâ€™s team brought out its A-game. The performance demonstrated true showmanship at its highest level: glitter, sequins, fur and possibly the kitchen sink were thrown into the mix. The result was a collection worthy of envy: clothing that runs the gamut of fine tailoring, couture dresses and to-die-for craftsmanship.
For women, the oversized tweedy suiting is perfect for either the office or as an alternative take on cocktail dressing: a long black velvet gown will allow you play femme fatale or damsel in distress, however you choose to dress it up. Ball gown-styled lace dresses and two-tone fur-collared coats stood out in the womenswear range. Bright winter florals and warm golden and dusky jacquards, appearing in peplum styled jackets and â€™80s pagoda shoulder dresses, gave the collection a point of difference. The brand has a strong Wellington customer base: once you strip away the crazy styling, hair and make-up, most of the garments are workable in everyday life. The brandâ€™s following and versatility were evident by the number of attendees wearing current and archival pieces from the World brand.
For men, designers Benny Castle, Francis Hooper and Denise Lâ€™Estrange-Corbet pulled out all the stops to make it a truly bright winter. Scarlet red, deep navy, rich chocolates, vivid violets and turquoise are fashioned into impeccably tailored suits, complemented by whimsical printed shirts and colourful accessories. Winter tweeds and checks are crafted into exquisite hunting coats with contrasting shawl collar lapels and blocked panel coats. A stand-out for me would be the scarlet red cord pants and navy and check suit jacket, or the couture line floral print suit (only a number of these were made).
The brandâ€™s creative hair director, GHD ambassador Michael Beel, and make-up director Olivia Wild saw to it that there was plenty of glitter, gold dust, Swarovski crystals and everything in between, creating fantastical looks that helped to translate the clothing to another level. Clara Bow- and Mary Pickford-styled bobs and finger waves were the call of the day, done the traditional way of course, the bobs clipped and pinned together with a multitude of gold bobby pins. Volume was key with many of the models wearing cloud-like creations adorning their heads, sprinkled in gold-dust and glitter and studded with spikes. Speaking to the duo beforehand, the brief was â€˜The Great Gatsby meets Downton Abbey on an acid tripâ€™. Eyes were smoky and sultry, while lips were scarlet red and sprinkled with glitter and crystals. Talon-like nails were prominent thanks to the creative nail technician at Buoy, continuing the nail art trend that has appeared on many international runway shows.
The collection is available for purchase from World stores now.â€”Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
Kellogg’s has been a supporter of Lucire for years, especially in the early to mid-2000s when we ran a few things together. With the acquisition of Pringles, they’ve embarked on a fun, if slightly bizarre, advertising campaign that some of our UK readers can see.
Its Fan vs. Sour Cream & Onion advertisement has some interest to us not just in terms of entertainment (the music is by Takeshi-Terauchi and Blue Jeans), but men’s fashion and hairstyles.
The colours remind us of a highly saturated version of the 1970s, though to anyone who lived through the decade, things were never quite this bright. But the striped shirt and permed hair in the first sour cream and onion video are straight out of the decade that has been rearing its head from time to time in men’s fashion over the last 20 years.
The retro look is intentional, with a vintage alarm clock, while the music has shades of the 1960s. The typography, meanwhile, is more 21st-century in look, even if a 20th-century typeface is used.
The UK national favourite is sour cream and onion, hence the company has kicked off with this video. It also launches a new roast chicken flavour.
It’s actually one of four ads where the fan battles various Pringles flavours in head-to-head challenges, and viewers are invited to guess who will win.
Pringles notes that no real food produce was wasted in the making of the four videos.
The company has a Facebook app where the campaign continues, and a YouTube channel for those who want to view the videos again. You can also visit Pringles’ Facebook page.
GHD has released another great collection of straighteners in time to brighten up your winter hair days.
The Candy Collection has been inspired by retro pastels of the â€™50s and â€™60s and the current neon brights lighting up runways around the globe. GHD’s original cult item, the GHD IV styler, has been transformed with a colour palette as sweet as candy.
With fresh colours straight from the springâ€“summer 2013 runways, GHD is encouraging girls to indulge in sweet style this summer with three delicious hues: brilliant bright turquoise, dazzling electric violet and sunny lemon yellow.
The GHD Candy Collection is available from approved GHD salons from mid-March.â€”Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
Schwarzkopf’s Live Color Ultra Brights XXL range is the latest in hair colour, with plenty of on-trend shades to give your hair a vibrant look for 2013.
The Ultra Bright pigments gives bright, colourful shades and the product has a conditioner that moisturizes your hair. Not only do you get shine, your hair stays soft.
Colours include ultra-neon shades with names like Pillar Box Red, Raspberry Rebel and Fiery Copper. There are other shades including Max Blonde, Absolute Platinum or Ice Blonde.
Live Color XXL Ultra Brights is a range of semi-permanent dyes that work best on pre-lightened hair, or as a colour booster for normal hair. Bleached hair means the dye will take even more quickly, with a faster development time than what Schwarzkopf estimates, and keeping the hair damp will help, too.
Live Color XXL Ultra Brights wash out in six to eight washes, depending on the colour you’ve applied. Schwarzkopf suggests keeping a small amount of colour crÃ¨me for a colour refresh between permanent colouring: when the colour begins to fade, add the remaining crÃ¨me with the conditioner, spreading the mixture evenly and leave for 20 minutes. After rinsing, the colour is “recharged”.
Schwarzkopf also recommends back-brushing your hair before dip-dyeing, to give a more even fade between colouring.
There are a number of techniques that you can use to apply the colour, with Schwarzkopf encouraging customers to do different colours for different parts of your hair, using foil to section it. A website with more tips is linked from the Live Color XXL Ultra Brights Facebook page. Or, check out some of the videos below.
Live Color Ultra Brights XXL is available at Superdrug, Boots, Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Savers, Bodycare and independent chemists across the UK.
Since it’s awards’ season in Hollywood, celebrity hairstylist David Babaii has been hard at work again, this time working on Nicole Kidman.
At the Producers’ Guild Awards (top), Kidman had a fringe and a half-up, half-down do. Babaii used IT&LY Hairfashion’s eco-friendly, cruelty-free Purity Design Line. He began with blow-drying, with a mixture of IT&LY Pure Water Drops and Pure Fluid Experience. Then, using a medium round brush, he created the soft curls and fringe. He swept the hair to one side for the side part for the fringe, then back-combing the crown and drawing the sides into a pouf at the back. He used the Pure Water Drops for the soft curls at the back and the nape, before finishing with IT&LY Pure Definition Hair Spray for misting.
At the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards (above), Babaii gave Kidman a straight look. A small amount of IT&LY Pure Water Drops were warmed in his hands before it was applied to her hair. After drying her hair, he used a large, round brush to straighten. He sectioned her hair first, into top, sides and back, first drying the nape area. He created a centre part and finished with the IT&LY Racing Red Professional one-inch digital iron. Meanwhile, to those of you following us on RSS, Tiffany Fernando was at BMW’s Ladies’ Press Day and improved her confidence behind the wheel thanks to the experts. You can read about her experiences here. Publisher Jack Yan, meanwhile, interviewed Miss TEEN 2012 Aleisha Robertson (right), one of the first New Zealanders to win an international beauty pageant title in years. Is the tide turning positively for pageants in New Zealand?
Kate Hudson’s look at the 70th annual Golden Globes today was courtesy of celebrity hairstylist David Babaii, whose work we have covered here in the past.
Says Babaii, ‘I wanted to show off Kate’s healthy, shiny hair in a style that emphasizes her true Hollywood beauty. As the perfect “muse” and my inspiration, Kate is my generation’s Brigitte Bardot showing off soft voluptuous hair that is touchable, glamorous and now Kate’s very own signature look.’
To get the look, Babaii began with IT&LY Pure Water Drops serum before blow drying. He then added IT&LY Pure Style Mousse Strong and used a medium round brush at the root area to add volume, before switching to a large round brush to smooth and create soft rounded edges.
After drying, Babaii created a natural side part, spritzing IT&LY Pure Volumizing Eco at the base for lift and down the shaft.
For Hudson’s fringe, he wrapped the bang area around a medium round brush spraying IT&LY’s Pure Volumizing Eco again. Then he set the blow-dryer on high, directing heat on the brush followed by cool air to set. He removed the brush to release the fringe.
With his fingers he combed through and allowed the hair to fall naturally into place. To finish, he misted the hair with IT&LY Pure Definition hair-spray for hold.