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A grand Petit double bill: Royal New Zealand Ballet performs Carmen and L’Arlésienne


NEWS  by Jack Yan/March 22, 2017/13.15




Stephen A’Court

Above, from top: Joseph Skelton as Don José and Natalya Kusch as Carmen in Carmen. Yuri Marques, with Shaun James Kelly as Frédêric and Madeleine Graham as Vivette in L’Arlésienne. Madeleine Graham as Vivette and Shaun James Kelly as Frédêri in L’Arlésienne.

What a treat to see two of Roland Petit’s ballets—L’Arlésienne and Carmen—performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet, faithfully executing two of the late Parisian maestro’s works, staged by the Roland Petit Trust’s Luigi Bonino.
   They are particularly close to RNZB artistic director Francesco Ventriglia’s heart, having worked with Petit himself and having danced the role of the Toreador in Carmen in Milano and New York after the maestro cast him. ‘Maestro Petit was the first to trust me as an artist, and it was a turning point,’ writes Ventriglia in the notes to the season’s performances.
   Both are passionate ballets, but perhaps more so tonight as the RNZB returned home to Wellington to perform them for the first time, dedicated to their late senior costumier, Andrew Pfeiffer, who passed away March 3 after three decades’ service to the company.
   Ventriglia, accompanied by RNZB executive director Frances Turner, made the announcement on stage before the curtain went up.
   When it did, we were taken into Provence with the first ballet, L’Arlésienne. It’s the briefer of the two ballets (and receives a lower billing in RNZB publicity: it’s Carmen with L’Arlésienne) but particularly intense, exploring themes of dreams, isolation and solitude. The ballet draws from Provençal folk music and costumes—costumier Christine Laurent gives black shawls to the women and vests with a red sash to the men—and the pas de deux between Frédéri (Shaun James Kelly) and Vivette (Madeleine Graham) is tinged with intensity and tragedy. Frédéri’s descent into madness through his obsession with the unseen Girl from Arles is well portrayed by Kelly, especially his solo at the end as he tries hard to break through his mental turmoil—for a finalé it’s particularly powerful and Kelly builds to it and carries it. Graham’s Vivette tries in vain to save him with emotions showing in her light and flowing dance and her expressions. It’s a tragic end for a man who refused to conform and who allows his obsession to dominate him.
   The ballet is characterized by the small steps from folk dance, contrasting Frédéri’s wilder, grander contemporary moves as he tries to break from the rigidness of Provençal society; while simple sets by Réné Allio keep the focus on the leads, from a canvas cloth with an abstract landscape to the final window.
   That simplicity is in contrast to the rich and somewhat sinister reds in the first two scenes in Carmen: the tobacco factory exterior that opens the second ballet sees a giant wooden frame and hanging laundry as the full cast performs; the tavern scene has a touch of surrealism with the barren frames of the wooden chairs adding to the spectacle. There’s fake cigarette smoke emanating from the stage (the scene calls for dancers to light up). Here it’s the late Antoni Clavé’s costume and set design at work, the women in bodices with zig-zag lines. Among this we first meet Carmen, played to perfection tonight by RNZB’s Ukrainian-born, Wien-trained guest artist Natalya Kusch, a powerful ballerina in total control of her craft. Her Carmen oozed defiance, with her cropped hair and short black dress. It’s the company’s ability to attract international talent that adds to its world-class performances, and Kusch’s Carmen was a veritable femme fatale, her en pointe moves emphasizing her prowess.
   After Carmen and Don José (Joseph Skelton) spend the night together, their pas de deux was particularly sensual—watch for one explicit move where Skelton arches his back and Kusch lays and rubs on top of him—and hinted at the peril ahead. Skelton’s tense portrayal as he stabs the victim drew you more deeply into the ballet, while his final confrontation with Carmen is powerful and tragic.
   Carmen is the grander of the two, and a spectacular note to finish on. With the relatively short run time, it packs a great deal in, making it more concentrated than the Rio de Janeiro-set version performed by the RNZB in 2010, a full-length ballet by Didy Veldman.
   The Two Ballets by Roland Petit, Carmen with L’Arlésienne, continue till April 1, with four more performances in Wellington (from March 23 to 25) before moving to Auckland (March 29 to April 1). Further details are available at the RNZB’s website.—Jack Yan, Publisher



Stephen A’Court

Above, from top: Massimo Margaria as Chief Bandit, Joseph Skelton as Don José and Natalya Kusch as Carmen in Carmen. RNZB dancers with Joseph Skelton as Don José in Carmen.

A 2017 Academy Awards suite that’s all heart


NEWS  by Leyla Messian/March 1, 2017/9.00




Above, from top: Dancing with the Stars (the US version) Karina Smirnoff with Footmate. Title sponsor Buywine.com with Allen Maldanado (Black-ish, 2017 Golden Globe-nominated series). Jewellery from Twisted Silver.

Who says you need Valentine’s Day to show a little love? As event planner Doris Bergman sees it, every day should be Valentine’s Day—with the flair of a blockbuster movie première!
   In other hands, an event like this would be just another free-for-all. However, after nine years of helming the annual Valentine Romance Oscar Style Lounge & Party and Post-Holiday Gift Drive, Doris is one of the undisputed masters of the pre-award party. From her selection of an always-reliable venue (West Hollywood gathering place Fig & Olive) to her stable of interesting sponsors and vendors offering products that have a story to tell, she appeals to a broad audience.
   As every celebration requires a few toasts to those being honoured, it was fitting that the lead sponsor was Buywine.com, which shared an incredible array of fine wines from Napa, California boutique wineries. Bryan David Scott and LA mixologist Flairin’ Farron were back to fuel up guests with velvety iced espresso drinks brewed with his top grade, ethically sourced coffee beans. Rekorderlig Cider and Spa Girl Cocktails rounded out the refreshing afternoon with bright, refreshing blasts of fruit flavour. Spa Girl Cocktails, founded by Karen Haines in 2012, is offered in two vodka-based flavours—cucumber Martini and pear—that weigh in at 48 calories per drink.
   Art Lewin Bespoke Suits & Tuxedos and Sue Wong made sure that talent attending events and ceremonies were perfectly attired. Lewin even gave silk ties to the diligent Fig & Olive staff working the event. Wong’s latest collection of vintage-inspired gowns reflected the trend toward muted tones and subtle sparkle. Timmy Woods, meanwhile, showcased her one-of-a-kind pop culture themed handbags available for loan. Imagine walking down the red carpet with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted bag of popcorn.
   Single and Kaya di Koko were also back by popular demand, with a selection of casual and cocktail dresses in a flattering array of cuts and sizes. Be ready for jewel tones and lace overlays that go from day to dinner. Samiah, one of our favourite regulars, had more fabulous coats for purchase as well as tote bags crafted in regal fabrics. However, there’s more to the bags than what meets the eye: they hold contents in so well that they could be a portable-yet-luxurious file cabinet as nothing shuffles around in these well-designed bags.
   My Saint, My Hero returned with a few new additions to their range of faith-oriented bracelets and bangles, including grown-up friendship bracelets sold by the pair.
   Twisted Silver strutted their stuff with a dazzling display of favourite and new designs in their eco-friendly, found-object-inspired necklaces, cuffs, bracelets and statement pieces for men and women. This year, the designer is reaching out to Lucire readers with a 15 per cent off plus free shipping code, OSCARS2017. The offer excludes gift certificates, subscription club, and outlet items. The code will be good through April 30, 2017.
   While day spas and med spas have been de rigueur sponsors at pre-Academy Awards events from the early days on, Doris’s team raised the bar with an impressive display from Dr Perricone MD, topped with an appearance of Dr Nicholas Perricone himself! Guests were among the first to try his new Cold Plasma lifting and firming line for face, eyes and décolletage. They also received some of his classic skin care staples and his new Essential Multivitamin, packets of water-soluble Super Greens, and H2 Elemental Energy water. We were also impressed with Dr Sal Nadkarni, the rare cosmetic surgeon who makes calls through his Rejuvenation in Motion Mobile Med-Spa. His candour and consummate knowledge of the latest fillers and procedures for face and body were refreshing.
   There were also fun items that appealed to the kid in everybody. Fibrum Mobile Virtual Reality headsets take the smartphone gaming experience to the next level. Game players use a visual mouse (their own eyes) to kill zombies, monsters and other menaces. Illinois-based Sassy Locks Custom Baby Clothing introduced new and expectant parents to their adorable, custom-made infant apparel.
   Attendees included Oscar nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who penned the Best Song for La La Land), David Greathouse and David Permut (producers on Best Picture nominee Hacksaw Ridge), Saniyya Sidney (appearing in nominated films Fences and Hidden Figures), Oscar winner Bruce Dern, Allen Maldanado (Golden Globe nominee for Black-ish), Dale Goldboldo (The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Rénée Olstead (Grammy-nominated for ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret?’), Frank Stallone, Matt Walsh (Veep), Patrika Darbo (Acting Dead), Dancing with the Stars US beauties Karina Smirnoff and Edyta Sliwinska, Sam Trammell (True Blood), Steven Bauer (Ray Donovan), Lauren Makk (Fablife), Dr Nicholas Perricone, Michael Campion (Fuller House) and Tony Denison (Major Crimes). Along with the VIPs, two lucky teens in foster care benefiting from Wednesday’s Child were in attendance, as was celebrity charity spokesperson–presenter Christine Devine of KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles.—Leyla Messian, LA Correspondent




Above, from top: Fuller House’s Michael Campion with Dr Perricone Hydrogen Water. Multiple Oscar nominee Bruce Dern with Hearts by Hillel. Sam Trammell with Fibrum Virtual Reality.








Gifts and services were provided by:
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Dr Perricone Hydrogen Water, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa, Isdinceutics, USA, Photo Tee-Shirts, Buywine.com, True Love Skin Care, the Footmate System by Gordon Brush, Rejuvenation in Motion Mobile Med-Spa, Timmy Woods Handbags, Twisted Silver, My Saint, My Hero, Sassy Locks Custom Baby Clothing, the Coffee Chef, Samiah Hinton Designs, Fibrum Virtual Reality, Sue Wong Couture Gowns & Fragrance, Single Dress, Kaya di Koko, Single Underwear for Men, Rekorderlig Cider, Handmade Hearts By Hillel, Hint Water, Art Lewin Bespoke Suits & Tuxedos, Spa Girl Vodka, M&R Photo Gallery, Pura d’Or Hair Care, Spongelle, Zozo Bean Bakery, Zenful Water and Dr Perricone Gift Boxes (containing Cold Plasma, Cold Plasma Eye, Cold Plasma Sun-D, the Essential Multivitamin, Super Greens and H2 Elemental Energy. VIP gift bags were also provided by Dr Perricone.

In tune with good causes and ideas: Red Carpet Events LA’s 2017 Grammy suite


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/February 11, 2017/22.12




Elyse Glickman

The rainiest, coolest Los Angeles winter in years did not keep music industry talent, executives, or producers away from the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills’ Garden Terrace. In fact, event producer Roger Zamudio of Red Carpet Events LA was all smiles as he personally greeted several invitees into the Style Lounge Gifting Suite in honour of the Grammy Awards 2017. The event itself was quite intimate. La Blanca reintroduced the one-piece swimsuit that put the brand on the map back in the 1980s, while the Frankfurt, Germany-based Lassal previewed its sharp autumn–winter 2017–18 collections in an interactive way—allowing taste-making divas to purchase and wear their pieces on the spot, as well as the red carpet and the stage.
   The primary charitable sponsor, African Millennium Foundation, had two of its young ambassadors, Bibiana and Tindi, on hand to discuss and provide living proof of how the strategic non-profit and non-governmental organization facilitates the social and economic empowerment of the people of Africa, especially women. AMF seeks to target poverty, hunger and disease at its very root by providing African women and children with the necessary tools for achieving self-sufficiency. In 2015, African Millennium Foundation enabled Bibiana and Tindi to travel to Los Angeles, where Bibiana received a new, state-of-the-art prosthetic leg (in the wake of an attack) and the sisters received tutoring that would enable them to enter school full-time. In their spare time, the sisters travelled around the United States sharing their story to bring awareness about attacks on people with albinism in their native Tanzania.
   Other positive presences at the suite included Earth Mom, a non-profit that encourages celebrities, small companies, and manufacturers to harness the power of their customer or client base and social media channels to share information on environmental causes, ethically made products, and newly instituted eco-friendly policies that change the way they do business. Placement of the logo by a company not only ensures consumers that a product is ethically and environmentally sound, but they have committed to better business practices.
   Representatives of Dr Dain Heer were also on hand to distribute copies of his book, Being You, Changing the World, which also appears to be a rallying cry for people feeling out of place in a culture that (in the wake of the US election) leaves many people feeling isolated or disenfranchised. It suggests that individuals can be the proverbial change they want to see in the world by not only “owning” what makes them different, but shifting negative thoughts into problem-solving ideas.
   Hair industry favourite Denman released a snazzy line of Anarkitty brushes. While the designs created by Northern Irish artist Anarkitty brighten up the perfect everyday brush, there’s a lot of history behind it. The designs are also a tribute to the legendary Vidal Sassoon whose signature asymmetrical bob and Rococo swirl cuts adorn the girls on the brushes.
   Korean-made, US-based beauty brand Cailyn was also front-and-centre with its ‘one-day game changer’ vitamin C-enriched V11 serum and Double Dare OMG! masks for hair and face. The serum gift boxes flew off the display with its nutrient-based mix of rosehip, green tea, pinus pinaster, letinus edodes mushroom, and 11 per cent vitamin C composition—even with a predominately male VIP crowd.
   New Jersey-based company Mellisa B not only showcased its affordable eponymous daily skin care but also its new Keep Your Ink Naturally line, designed for those with body art. Needless to say, Mellisa and husband Ray had a lot of interested customers among the guests. Parfaire Medical Æsthetics in Pasadena found some good candidates for their beauty and wellness services as well.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor









Elyse Glickman

Beautifully free spirits: 2017’s Indie Beauty Expo


NEWS  by Jody Miller/February 8, 2017/22.25



On any given day, the California Market Center in Downtown Los Angeles is buzzing with the goings-on of the city’s fashion industry. Racks of clothing are pushed and pulled from here to there, buyers bounce from one showroom to the next. Hopeful designers showcase the next season’s must-have dress or handbag. That all changed when the top floor penthouse hosted the Indie Beauty Expo for three days of free-spirited gorgeousness.
   Now in its third year, the IBE has now become the largest exposition for independent beauty, lifestyle and wellness brands to connect with buyers, media and consumers. The IBE expo hosts over 100 vendors from around the globe in an industry where independent brands have become more influential and integral than ever. This year’s event expanded to include interactive panels of experts, the IBE TV Media Channel, Best in Show awards, workshops and retail advisory services. The event has become such a big deal, in fact, that even legendary make-up scion Bobbi Brown was on hand to lend her expert insights.
   Diversity was the name of the game at this year’s IBE, and we would be hard pressed to select only a handful of stand-outs. Rather, we’ve chosen to briefly highlight many of the visionary brands that made IBE 2017 the premier beauty event for numerous industry insiders and writers.
   Beauty from the inside out is making real headway. HUM Nutrition not only targets nutritional beauty needs with gluten-free and non-GMO supplements, they had the most colourful packaging anywhere. For smoothie lovers, a scoop of Vital Nutrients’ Collagen Peptides or Marine Collagen helps fight father time with all-natural ingredients.
   The make-up-obsessed on the prowl for the perfect lipstick will worship the Hollywood goddess-inspired collection by Julie Hewett. Camellia oil is the secret weapon for lipsticks, encased in a retro golden tube, to keep lips nourished and soft. By contrast, farm-to-face make-up brand Au Naturale’s products are crafted in purely vegan formulas (including the brushes) for a sheer and natural glow.
   Hair care also gets the organic treatment. Beauty with a Twist bottles sulphate-free hair care that smells like a beach vacation, while Lotus RX is the only organic prescription-strength dandruff-control shampoo. For the definitive hair indulgence, Jordan Seban L’Huile is a luxurious blend of oils in a vanity table-worthy artisan bottle.
   Sheet facial treatment masks were everywhere (too bad this wasn’t a Halloween party). Korean import Leaders Insolution combats virtually any skin condition along with some playful packaging. Made from 100 per cent coconut fibres, Florapy hydrating facial masks are infused with healing flowers and aromatherapy.
   Organic nail products are also on-trend. Jessica Cosmetics has launched light-free gel polishes in striking shades. Also on hand were an abundance of skin and body care lines imbued with rare oils from exotic lands. Coincidentally, they all begin with the letter A: Bella Aura, Akar and Amazonia for starters. Allira Naturals is a unique body care line that utilizes raw ingredients and recipes inspired by the Aboriginals.
   Handy-dandy tools and accessories were also generating palpable excitement. There was Dermaflash, the first and only at-home dermaplaning device on the market, and Blackout, a special reusable make-up remover cloth with complexion and environmental benefits.
   The skin care category is the most expansive at any beauty show. IBE was no exception, with representation from the worlds of organic and clinical skin care. There was long-time cult favourite Honey Girl Organics alongside Pûr Attitude, a boutique skin care line whose water-free technology delivers pure hydration, essential nutrients and powerful antioxidants. The Seaweed Bath Company delivers a proprietary blend of hand-harvested seaweed that carries multiple skin and sensory benefits. Renowned naturopath Dr Trevor Cates, a.k.a. the Spa Dr, showcased her high-performance skin care, nutritional supplements, and new book Clear Skin from within. RMD, founded by eminent dermatologist Dr Ronald Moy, employs specific DNA enzymes to repair damaged and ageing skin. Using a curated Cell Protection Protein, Lift Lab is an advanced clinical line designed to restore skin to its youthful state.
   Hey, this was just the beginning! To see for yourself, check out this year’s Best in Show winners at shop.indiebeautyexpo.com.—Jody Miller, LA Correspondent


























Doutzen Kroes launches sportswear collection as part of Hunkemöller’s Doutzen’s Stories


NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 17, 2017/12.18




Hunkemöller

For those who have been following the videos on the Lucire TV player, you’ll have seen two videos starring Dutch model Doutzen Kroes appear earlier this week, one of them showing the model in the latest workout gear from Hunkemöller.
   The video, uploaded two weeks ago on YouTube, is part of Doutzen’s Stories, the range in which the model has design input as well as represents.
   The Doutzen’s Sport Stories collection has similar input from Kroes working alongside the brand’s design director, Zoë Price-Smith. The collection is now available from Hunkemöller.
   Kroes shared some of her routine at a launch event on January 4. It includes boxing, weights, skipping, cycling and ‘Piloxing’, a combination of Pilates and boxing.
   The designs have a black base mixed with mesh, with a bold graphic print featuring sharp coloured stripes reminiscent of the 1980s. They have ‘DK1985’ emblazoned on them in a heavy Rockwell typeface, a reference to the year Krœs was born—she celebrates her 32nd birthday next Monday. The sports bras appear comfortable, as does a white mesh jacket. Hunkemöller says that there are three sports bras, for different degrees of intensity.
   ‘To design a sports collection is a dream coming true,’ said Kroes at the launch. ‘I love wearing the items of the collection in combination with street style. My preferences in terms of fashion influences and favourite materials, in combination with Zoë’s expertise, [proved] to be very successful.’


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Hunkemöller

A Golden mine of beauty finds, as the Secret Room honours 74th Globes nominees


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/January 6, 2017/22.42




J. C. Olivera

Among the celebrities attending: Rénée Oldstead, Amara Karan, Katie Leclerc.

Anyone attending a Secret Room event during an award show weekend can count on discovering cutting-edge, kind-to-the-environment beauty products. However, the Secret Room Events honouring 74th Golden Globe Awards nominees and presenters focused almost entirely of skin care and wellness products made with medically or environmentally sound ingredients.
   Thanks to the product displays and the æsthetic finesse and artistic skills of platinum sponsor Anne Neilson of Charlotte, NC’s Anne Neilson Home, the SLS Hotel main ballroom in Beverly Hills felt like the ultimate hotel spa reception area. Neilson’s candles, coffee table books and spa beverage dispenser greeted guests after having their red carpet photos taken. However, not many hotel spas admit pets. Here, pets were not only welcomed with open paws, but also Paw Works, the event’s official charity. The non-profit animal rescue organization is dedicated to partnering with county and city businesses to provide abandoned animals through rescues, adoption services and other services.
   Like a good spa, there was a world of skin care products at one’s fingertips with tempting displays and open testers. First, the Pacific Ocean side of the world: South Korea was represented with UrbanHeal’s soon-to-launch line of home facial masks, while Japan’s McCoy Ltd. returned with a new post-workout body care marvel called Non F Expert designed to further advance a sleeker appearance with stem cell extracts and rice-based components. Australia-based Auspect Skincare International introduced its all-purpose line with some products made in the US that includes everything from anti-ageing serums for fine lines and wrinkles and eye cream for dark circles to solutions for rosacea and acne-prone skin. Aromababy touted its Australian-made ranges of pure and gentle aroma-free or therapeutic grade (essential oil) aromatic products for babies and young children.
   There was much to discover in the world of European beauty. Crossing over the Atlantic, guests encountered Storm Rejuvenate Pro, which proved powerful do indeed come in small packages. A tiny box with 50 little packets contains a few drops of a gel serum that instantly diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin, creating the perfect canvas for one’s make-up. Russia’s Splat encouraged smiles with its prolific line of ultra-premium dental care as well as Heya balsam shampoos. Bioderma was not only back with its popular Sensibio H2O micelle solution but also representative products from its Sebium (acne remedy) and moisturizing Hydrabio lines. European Skin and Massage Studio introduced Woda European Natural Skin Care products from Poland.
   It is no surprise that there were also several made-in-California remedies on hand, from spa equipment supplier Martinni Beauty’s cooling at-home masques to Beverly Hills-based Serumtologie, featured on CNBC’s business programme, showcasing Cserum 22 and Pure Whipped Chiffon moisturizer. The ultra-luxurious CelleCle Skincare, based in Orange County, builds its niche on products tackling skin problems brought on by urbanization, environmental stress, technology and pollution with ‘unique plant flavonoids’ and other ingredients that penetrate several dermal layers. Cote Hair Care, hailing from Las Vegas, rolled out its professional vegan hair care products replacing such nasty stuff as parabens, GMOs and gluten with quinoa oil and plant-based complexes.
   Speaking of plant-based, there were some edible and nutritious treats offered by Barlean’s and Julie’s Real. The real Julie (Fox) behind Julie’s Real was handing out samples of her grain-free granola and almond butters while reps from Barlean’s got us excited about their superfoods with omega-3 fish oil, flax oil and vegan greens powders that make everything from salads to smoothies more nutritious and delicious. All one tastes in the key lime fish oil, straight or mixed with a smoothie, is creamy tropical goodness.
   Many celebrities were on hand to sample and compare, but the most interesting spotting was comedy legend Elayne Boosler, who spent her day behind the tables promoting her Tails of Joy and supporting the inventor of Mighty No Bitey, Inc. insect repellant. I had the privilege of interviewing Boosler when she performed in Chicago back in my college newspaper days, and was delighted to see that face to face, many years on, she’s as passionate, politically astute, progressive and feisty as ever. Here’s hoping she continues to speak out, whether it’s for animal rescue or human rights in America as a new presidency approaches.
   The lone fashion-oriented sponsor was Forever in My Heart Jewelry by Mira, whose founder was also devoted to animal welfare. Her eclectic collection contained mix of special lockets (holding ashes from departed pets), statement pieces and everyday jewellery. The Happiness Box, meanwhile, was something that would be inside a spa reception area. The cylindrical can contains 365 statements of affirmation one can select to ensure every day of the year starts with a positive thought.
   There was also a handy gadget of note, the Dripo Japanese-style ice drip coffee maker, which brews potent and flavourful iced coffee without any electricity. If you have access to ice and 25 g of your favorite coffee on hand, follow the directions, go and do something else for 90 minutes, and return for a warm weather pick-me-up. The packaging for the gadget, a large cardboard carton that would normally contain prefabricated stuff, is also genius.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor







J. C. Olivera

Above, from top: Peter Mackenzie and Graham Beckel. Sara Rue. Kevin Dillon. Priyanka Bose. Annie Funke. Saniyya Sidney.















Elyse Glickman

Gigi Hadid headlines Reebok #PerfectNever event with Aly Raisman, Lena Dunham, Ruby Rose, Zoë Kravitz, Jessica Mendoza


NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 8, 2016/22.19


Fresh from her recognition as model of the year at the British Fashion Awards, Gigi Hadid appeared as the high-profile headliner #PerfectNever Revolution event for Reebok, for whom she is a spokeswoman. Hadid, along with Olympic medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman, actresses Lena Dunham, Ruby Rose and Zoë Kravitz, joined broadcaster Jessica Mendoza as host in a panel discussion on the notion of perfection, tying in with Reebok’s Be More Human campaign.
   The panel discussed the pressures of perfection and how they combat impossible standards. Originally streamed live, it can be viewed on Reebok’s website, at reebok.com/perfectneverpanel. For those who get redirected because of Reebok’s national websites, it is embedded below instead.
   Hadid said, ‘A lot of people expect us to be perfect, and it’s often the times when we haven’t been perfect that have made us more human and more relatable.
   ‘My Mom always talked about growing in different areas, and I think that’s really important. I think that’s where sports became a really big part of my life, and I learned many ways that you learn from your mistakes that I use in every aspect of my life now.’
   Dunham said, ‘The reason that I started doing my job was to connect with other women, with other people, and to let them know that their flaws, their complexities and their darkness were an important part of who they are. So any time I can engage with something that busts open narratives, traditional narratives, about who women are supposed to be, I’m there.’
   Ruby Rose said, ‘The #PerfectNever campaign resonated with me because I think that it embodies female empowerment and it’s about being authentic to yourself, being true to yourself and being the best that you can be. We are all so unique and if you can’t be true to that and be authentic to who you were born to be, then you are not living the life you deserve.’
   Kravitz said, ‘The #PerfectNever campaign is important to me because I think it’s something we don’t see enough in the world. I think it’s important for women to embrace the fact that we’re not perfect and celebrate that.’
   Mendoza called the event ‘one of the most powerful panels I’ve been on.’
   Inga Stenta, senior director at Reebok, noted, ‘Reebok’s mission is to empower people to be the best versions of themselves not just physically, but mentally and socially.’
   Hannah Jeter, Olivia Culpo and Shanina Shaik also joined the audience at the #PerfectNever Revolution, representing Six: 02.
   Hadid then joined guests in a mass boxing workout with trainer and Gotham Gym owner Rob Piela. To conclude, guests saw an installation where balloons featuring negative ideas turned into positive ones, while social media commentary hashtagged #PerfectNever also featured.

An upward experience with Off & On beauty bar


NEWS  by Cecilia Xu/November 30, 2016/21.45



Cecilia Xu

I had the privilege to experience the new Off & On beauty bar’s exuberant services in Wellington. With newly opened doors at 22 Panama Street, Wellington, New Zealand, the salon shouts contemporaneity, style, and professionalism.
   The interior and graphic design of the space is vibrant and colourful, reflecting the advanced services the bar offers. Getting my quick tour, it was the first time I’d seen some of this high-tech equipment. I was briefed on the lash lift (what I was in for), their signature micro-blading browography, and introduced to services I was interested in such as brow extensions and eyeliner micro pigmentation. What a range!
   Off & On is a combination of the Off Wax & Laser service, and the On Browhouse. This is a great idea, combining these services in one place, and the name works perfectly. They are all about the experience, and not just getting the job done. I was sure pampered! The service and people were extremely friendly; I chatted away with the girl who did my lash-lift about the wedding I was about to attend in the weekend, and she told me about the exciting wedding she’d just been to. We shared some interesting stories and laughs together. This makes the experience extremely relaxing and laid-back, the lash-lift itself was a 45-minute session which flew by in a flash, and when I opened my eyes, I couldn’t believe the difference! My lashes looked so great, even my guy friend (and guys barely notice these differences) responded in surprise and awe.
   The lash-lift lasts around four to six weeks but I can say, so far, I love waking up with doll-like eyes, and mascara is definitely not necessary during this time. The quality, modernity and level of the service mean you’re paying a slight premium, but this is all detailed on their website.
   The location of Off & On is great—just pop in for a quick intro and take away a menu of what they can offer. They could become the next go-to salon for all your beauty needs! I’ve heard when one lady from the nearby office visits, the whole office comes through the week after.—Cecilia Xu





Cecilia Xu

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