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April 4, 2014

Iranian-born Mahshid Mahdian wins Emerging Designers’ Award at ID Dunedin

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Mahshid Mahdian, from Brera Academy, Milano, won the ID Dunedin Emerging Designers’ Award and its NZ$10,000 prize on Thursday night.
   Mahdian’s collection, Shadow, was inspired by shadows in Burano Island in Venezia, and features geometrical shapes and innovative technologies.
   The Tehrān-born designer was encouraged by Mittelmoda’s Stefano Sopelza to enter the awards.
   Judge and World creative director Francis Hooper said in a release, ‘While overall, the standard of finalists were amazing, the winners stood out because their unique character and personality as a designer came through in their garments.
   ‘Mahshid captured a moment in a heartbeat … When you looked at her collection, you knew she had it just right. It delivered on that inexplicable X-factor.’
   Alanna Barca of RMIT won the Caffè l’Affarè second-place prize of NZ$4,000; Chin Hau Tay of RMIT won third place with the Dunedin International Airport prize of NZ$2,000.
   A special prize was awarded to Vaibhav Singh of NIFT, who wins an internship with Martin Grant in Paris.

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December 21, 2013

British Airways celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema with Bollywood film event

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British Airways’ film extravaganza, Silent Picturehouse, celebrated the centenary of Indian cinema in Mumbai last week, with Arjun Rampal, Malaika Arora Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Mandira Bedi, Chitrangda Singh, Minissha Lamba, and Sophie Choudry among the red-carpet VIPs.
   The event, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai, had Bollywood screenings in three cinemas over the December 16–18 period, showing Dharma Productions’ Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, among others, hand-picked by Karan Johar, the film director and producer. The films were played in a space that re-created the in-flight entertainment experience. Guests tuned in to the movie of their choice and wore wireless headphones while seated in the environment of a traditional cinema.
   Bedi said, ‘Silent Picturehouse was an exciting and unique experience brought by British Airways. I was curious to know I would travel the world from my seat as the invite said but I must say I quite enjoyed it. Great experience.’ Arbaaz Khan, meanwhile, called it ‘a fab experience’.
   Said Malaika Arora Khan, ‘I was quite curious about the concept of British Airways’ Silent Picturehouse and how it would work. I really enjoyed the experience of indulging in British Airways’ hospitality whilst watching some of the biggest super hits of Bollywood. This is something we enjoy on our long-haul flights when we travel with British Airways. A unique cinematic experience to remember!’
   Kapoor noted, ‘I had a great time at British Airways’ Silent Picturehouse to commemorate 100 years of Indian cinema. It was definitely a unique experience, something I have not experienced or seen anywhere before this. It’s important to keep your audience in mind while introducing initiatives for them and like Bollywood, British Airways does a great job of that. It’s fun to be here tonight.’
   Another supporter, former model and Miss India-turned-designer Queenie Dhody, got to showcase her line of jewellery at Silent Picturehouse.
   The after-party took place at AER Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel, with teas from Twinings.
   The Silent Picturehouse concept was created by British Airways in 2010 and was originally used to mark its partnership with BAFTA.


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August 13, 2013

Lucire travel editor Stanley Moss releases Supari, with companion screenplay

Lucire staff/12.23

Lucire travel editor Stanley Moss was robbed on a train in India in 2008. This week he’s released a novella, a spinoff fantasy of what might have occurred after the theft, available as an on-demand paperback, and ebook. It’s called Supari, and was written after the event, while Moss waited for an exit visa, mired in the monolithic Indian bureaucracy.
   The story is written in the style of a hard-boiled detective thriller. In it, a cool, Indian-born hitman from southern California is dispatched by a robbery victim to return to New Delhi to exact revenge. But in the process he discovers a deeper, more sinister conspiracy, not to mention a love interest, set among the teeming streets and lanes of the ancient capital city.
   You can get your copy at www.createspace.com/4395213.
   The story will also be available as an ebook from Kobo Books and at Amazon.
   The story has also been issued as a screenplay by Sean Rooney under the title Hitman in Delhi, a companion volume to the original short story, available at www.createspace.com/4348055.

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Filed under: India, living, Lucire, travel, Volante
July 1, 2013

Wellington’s bright spots for the cognoscenti: Dollybird and Behome

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Jack Yan

Above Items from Behome, previewed to Lucire in 2012 and officially open now in Miramar, Wellington.

Wellington has two businesses that those in the know have to check out.
   Back in April, Lucire attended the launch of Dollybird (at 11 Hunter Street, one block down from the Old Bank Arcade; www.dollybird.co.nz). Prashila Dayal, who started the business, was inspired by stylish boutiques abroad that offered make-up, hair and nail services—from mere touch-ups to more substantial services. The range is more extensive than what Wellingtonians have seen, from eye make-up (NZ$25) to what the company calls a ‘Smashover’, a complete make-up look (NZ$70). The hair services are similarly broad, from a no-wash styling at NZ$25 to a high-fashion styling (shown on the company’s Pinterest board) beginning at NZ$99. Nail services also begin at NZ$25 for the removal of an OPI GelColor application, with manicures and pedicures using the same line of products at NZ$60 and NZ$65. Then, recognizing that for a ball or special event, packages are more sought-after, Dollybird has a range of services that range from “party-ready” to a full red-carpet makeover. A range of bridal services are also on offer, and Dollybird even welcomes groups.
   Dollybird is also a Smashbox stockist for Wellington—it’s a perfect urban destination for Smashbox fans in the capital.
   It’s not alone in offering something distinctive in New Zealand’s capital. After a preview in 2012, Behome opened its doors officially last week, retailing interior and fashion, including vases, furnishings (including rugs and cushions), robes, dresses and jewellery. The difference? Founder Emily Davidow has ensured that everything she retails is made with love: items are sustainable and ethically made by independent artisans, some of whom she has worked with in India. There are designs unique to Behome.
   Behome (website at behome.com/) is open Saturdays and Sundays at Unit 6, 131 Park Road, Miramar, Wellington.



Above Prashila Dayal, founder of Wellington’s Dollybird beauty salon.


Above Behome’s Emily Davidow. Below Scenes from Behome’s first official day of business.







Jack Yan

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May 23, 2013

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

Lucire staff/13.26

Videos added at 2.22 p.m. GMT


Ian Gavan/Wireimage/Getty Images

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 début.
   The Grand Théâtre 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 Frémaux, 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.

All Is Lost press conference

Weekend of Champions interview























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April 5, 2013

Round-up: Notch scores Priyanka Chopra; One Luv’s Through the Eyes of Yves Saint Laurent jewellery

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Notch has scored another high-profile cover girl with actress Priyanka Chopra. Chopra talks about why she hates singing live and her concern for her father’s health, and gives advice to her younger sister Parineeti Chopra. The magazine can be found via www.notchmag.com, or through its presences on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
   We’re absolutely loving One Luv’s latest jewellery collection, Through the Eyes of Yves Saint Laurent, comprising miniature glasses. They are a tribute to the late designer’s trade-mark eyewear, and actually open and close like real specs. The designs are available in 18 ct gold-plated, or can be had with rose gold, silver or black. They retail for A$70, come with a long belcher chain, and measure 45 by 40 mm when open. If you’re a discerning fashionista, or you know of one, then we think these are the cleverest jewellery item for discerning fashionistas that we’ve seen in ages. There’s more at www.oneluv.com.au.
   In travel news, the Cranleigh Boutique has launched a distinctive boutique house in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District, with appointments and gadgets galore. The décor is not what most of our non-UK readers might associate with Britishness—it’s more over the top of what you’d typically find in our pages.
   However, the three-storey house, called the Hideout, impresses on the toys and amenities. It features a cocktail bar, a super-sized air spa bath for two with underwater lighting, a 65-inch hidden cinema screen, a three-dimensional smart TV with internet and Apple TV access, Sono’s music, and Netflix movies (with 150 DVDs). The first floor has a king-size four-poster bed and luxury bedding, while the third floor has an open-plan cinema lounge, fully equipped kitchen, a 55-inch Sony smart 3D TV with a Blu-Ray DVD player, Bose surround-sound system, mood lighting and balcony.
   Cranleigh Boutique owner Stephen Hargreaves’ aim was to create the best accommodation experience for two people in the UK. It retails at between £400 and £500 per night, with a two-night minimum stay. It can be booked by the night all year except for weekends. Additional services including continental breakfast and daily maid are available, as well as free use of luxury leisure facilities. More can be found at www.thecranleigh.com/property/111/the-hideout.aspx.
   Finally, in the main part of the site, we’ve gone Parisian: Lola Saab looks back at the prêt-à-porter collections for autumn–winter 2013–14, while Stanley Moss checks out two very different boutique hotels. Jack Yan writes about the BMW 3-series Touring launch between Auckland and Paihia, while Sopheak Seng checks out Wellington label Mondegreen’s latest collection. Elyse Glickman headed to the pre-Oscar suites, while Eva Mendes launched a collection for Vogue Eyewear in Los Angeles.




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March 27, 2013

Daniel Craig launches Range Rover Sport in New York: official images and videos

Lucire staff/1.16

Updated March 28, 2013 at 10.56 a.m. GMT with The Delivery film and other highlights



James Bond star Daniel Craig has helped launch the Range Rover Sport in New York City with a drive through Manhattan, revealing the car to a celebrity audience that included former American football player Michael Strahan, Yasmin Le Bon, Zara Phillips, MBE, and Jade Jagger, at Skylight at Moynihan Station on 8th Avenue.
   The drive is part of a short film called The Delivery, broadcast live by Land Rover at www.newrangeroversport.com.
   The Delivery was directed by Jonathan P. B. Taylor, who most recently worked on A Good Day to Die Hard. It followed the journey of the new Range Rover Sport from Solihull to Manhattan, before it was driven by Craig over Manhattan Bridge to Moynihan Station.
   Craig drove the earlier Range Rover Sport in his second Bond film, Quantum of Solace, but was also attracted to working with the company because of its connection to the charity SAFE, of which he is a patron. Among other things, SAFE uses mobile street theatre and community programmes to help effect social change in third-world countries.
   Jaguar Land Rover says it chose New York for the launch as it sells more units in the US than in any other global market. New York is the car’s best selling city.
   The new Sport is no longer based on a Discovery, but has a new platform based around the company’s aluminium architecture, lightweight suspension design and chassis technologies. It was developed alongside the latest Range Rover but JLR claims that 75 per cent of the Sport’s parts are unique to it.
   It can be specified with occasional seating for sixth and seventh passengers, again appealing to the US market. The power seats can be folded to leave a flat floor.
   The new V6 diesel is 420 kg lighter than the outgoing model, while carbon dioxide emissions have been reduced to 194 g/km.
   The exterior design is more muscular and purposeful than the Range Rover presented last year, and some might say it is better balanced. It is positioned between the Range Rover and the smaller Evoque.
   It is 62 mm longer than the outgoing Sport, but the wheelbase has been increased by 178 mm—the overhangs have been shortened to give it more muscular proportions compared to the previous model. At 4,850 mm, it is shorter than other seven-seater SUVs and E-segment saloons, says the company. The drag co-efficient has dropped to 0,34.
   Connectivity includes Stolen Vehicle Tracking and a high-bandwidth wifi hotspot can be installed. An optional head-up display is available. Other features include lane departure warning, automatic high-beam assist, and a Wade Sensing feature that provides information on depth when driving through water.
   Land Rover said it had set out to create the most capable Range Rover ever, one which would be agile on-road, but unbeaten by its rivals off-road.
   In a release, Land Rover Global Brand Director John Edwards noted, ‘We’ve taken ride, handling and agility to another level for Land Rover to deliver a truly rewarding, sporting drive, together with unmatched luxury, capability and versatility.
   ‘Building on the success of the recently launched flagship Range Rover, the new Range Rover Sport also employs a vast array of new technologies which help to transform its performance, refinement and all round capabilities.’
   Again recognizing its clientèle, the wheel sizes range from 19 through to 21 inches.
   Suspension is fully independent, with double wishbones at front and multi-link at the rear. Wheel travel is 260 mm at the front and 272 mm at the rear; ground clearance has been increased to 278 mm. Land Rover’s Terrain Response 2 system selects the most suitable terrain program.
   A hybrid diesel with 169 g/km carbon dioxide emissions will follow, but at launch, the Sport has a supercharged five-litre V8 developing 510 PS, and a three-litre diesel developing 292 PS. Three- and 4·4-litre diesels will be added in 2014.







Above, from top Michael Strahan. Yasmin Le Bon. Daniel Craig and SAFE’s Nick Reding. Jade Jagger. Zara Phillips, MBE. Sienna Guillory and Jamie Chung. Thierry Henry. Below More shots of the new Range Rover Sport.







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January 31, 2013

Sonam Kapoor is Notch’s latest cover girl; Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan also feature

Lucire staff/10.59

Actress Sonam Kapoor is the cover girl for the fifth issue of Notch, a free lifestyle and entertainment magazine that can be downloaded via Kindle, Ipad, Android and its own website at www.notchmag.com.
   Kapoor was reportedly happy to be a cover girl for a digital publication: ‘The world has shrunk because of the internet and social media. Everything goes viral these days,’ she said in a release from Notch.
   On her industry: ‘I think the boundaries of international or national cinema doesn’t exist anymore. Everybody is working everywhere—technicians come from abroad, technicians go overseas from India. It is the age of world cinema now and if there’s an opportunity with a good script and good role, I don’t mind doing any role in any language.’
   She is right about those boundaries disappearing: Kapoor was in New Zealand for the Abbas–Mustan brothers’ Players, which we reported on during its first day of filming, and at Cannes for the Film Festival in 2011.
   Joining her in the fifth issue are Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan on working in The Great Gatsby remake, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Deepa Mehta on making Midnight’s Children, Sabyasachi on his collaboration with L Capital, two-time Academy Award winner A. R. Rahman, and Olympian Milkha Singh.

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