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June 7, 2014

Destination datelines: Catalina, Paris, Gurgaon, Punta Ala

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Top The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night, 1964. Above George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd in 1966.

Catalina Island, California
Hard to believe it’s been a half-century since the première of A Hard Day’s Night. To commemorate the date, the Catalina Island Museum will mount a special 50th anniversary screening of the legendary movie starring the Beatles on Sunday, July 6 in Avalon’s Casino Theatre at 7 p.m. Lucire loves the vintage déco interior. On hand to take questions will be author Pattie Boyd (right), who you can surely interrogate about her life and times as wife of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and her best-selling memoir, Wonderful Tonight. Pattie exudes energy and personality, and loves to laugh. Watch for her in a famous scene which takes place on a train: she’s the blonde girl in a school uniform, who flirts with George.


Paris, France
A new website has launched this week which could simplify the task of finding lodging in this capital city: www.myboutiquehotel.paris/fr/. It looks like a pretty cleverly designed and attractive site, listing over 250 boutique hotels. You can select by price, star rating, location, nearby landmarks, areas of interest, but the kicker is the promise of a real live human being person available on the phone to assist you. We’d be interested to learn of anyone’s experiences with this site. Good luck with your launch!

Gurgaon, Haryana, India
While the city, population 20 million, stews under a layer of world-class pollution (mostly the by-product of wood fires), the problem of traffic compounds the subject. Gurgaon excels in congestion, and this week some like-minded technology companies are rolling out Folksvagn, a cheekily-named ride-sharing solution in the Palam Vihar and Sector 22–3 area. It’s also a vote of support for Gurgaon start-ups like our friends at Nagarro, one of a group deploying modern mindsets in the interest of transforming urban mobility with programmes like this. If you’re looking for a sustainable and socially responsible ride to work in Gurgaon, this may be your answer.

Punta Ala, Italy
This week, Baglioni reopens La Vela, a classic architectural monument originally known as a swinging disco in 1965. You can see its signature roofline on the very exclusive beach here. A glorious renovation transforms the space into a 160-seat restaurant and spa. Ideally situated among a cypress grove, with astounding views of the nearby islands Elba, Capraia and Pianosa, the airy infinity terrace promises to be an ideal location for sunset beverages and prime people-watching. GM Luigi Magnani promises ‘a soft club’ experience for evenings.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor


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May 23, 2014

AmFAR Gala raises $35 million: Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai, Milla Jovovich work magic

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We had posted our video from the arrivals at the Cinema Against Aids gala from the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc at Antibes earlier, but this morning, hosts AmFAR, the Foundation for Aids Research has announced the total raised last night: a whopping, record-breaking US$35 million.
   The money, raised through a live auction led by Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein and auctioneer Simon de Pury, an all-red fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld (one of the chairs), and performances by Lana del Rey, Aloe Blacc (singing ‘The Man’), tenor Andrea Bocelli and Robin Thicke (performing ‘Blurred Lines’), will go to fight HIV and Aids and help find a cure.
   Stone was the chair of the event, along with Weinstein and Roitfeld, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview COO Molly Conners.
   As seen in our earlier video, guests included Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Justin Bieber, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Natasha Poly, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adrien Brody, Carole Bouquet, HRH Princess Clotilde of Venice and Piedmont, Jane Campion, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sofia Coppola, Marion Cotillard, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Deneuve, Luke Evans, Kevin Robert Frost, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Jon Kortajarena, Karolína Kurková, Peter Lindbergh, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Mars, Margherita Missoni, Bar Refaeli, Nick Rhodes, Michelle Rodriguez, Vito Schnabel, Lara Stone, Riccardo Tisci, Chris Tucker, Paz Vega and Dita von Teese.
   The auction highlight was Gone But Not Forgotten, a 3 m-high gilded woolly mammoth skeleton in a steel and glass vitrine by Damien Hirst, selling for US$15 million, the highest-grossing lot in AmFAR history.
   Bruni-Sarkozy, presented a Bulgari Serpenti necklace, in white gold with a 13 ct of drop-shape aquamarine and 19·2 ct of pavé diamonds, which sold for US$550,000.
   The Red Collection fashion show, with designs by, inter alia, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Alexandre Terekhov, Altuzarra, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Cavalli, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Comme des Garçons, Fendi, Gianvito Rossi, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, J. W. Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Ulyana Sergeenko and Versace, was auctioned by Stone for US$5 million. Models appearing in the segment included Ambrosio, Huntington-Whiteley, Kurková and Kloss, and Dalianah Arekion, Ana Beatriz Barros, Nadja Bender, Maria Carla Boscono, Katharina Damm, Saskia de Brauw, Jourdan Dunn, Lida Fox, Charlotte Free, Toni Garrn, Veroniek Gielken, Izabel Goulart, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Hart, Chanel Iman, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Magda Laguinge, Maryna Linchuk, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Luss, Eniko Mihalik, Arizona Muse, Kati Nescher, Soo Joo Park, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Irina Shayk, Natalie Siodmiak, Daria Strokous, Iris Stubegger, Lea Tisci, Anne Vyalitsyna, Liu Wen and Devon Windsor.
   A seat on a Virgin Galactic flight to space with DiCaprio went for US$1 million.
   Luxury jeweller Avakian noted that Travolta and Preston wore its designs, Preston with a white diamond necklace set with a total of 150 ct, and four stackable bracelets with a total of 80 ct, plus diamond earrings and ring; while Travolta had Avakian black gold cufflinks set with diamonds. As seen in the video earlier today, one of their friends proposed during the red carpet arrivals.
   De Grisogono, meanwhile, notes that Stone, Huntington-Whiteley and Goulart wore its designs to the AmFAR Gala.
   The annual event, the 21st held by AmFAR and produced by Andy Boose of AAB Productions, was sponsored by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, Bulgari, Mercedes-Benz, Moët Hennessy, and the Weinstein Company. Moncler presented the after-party.
   AmFAR was founded by the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor.


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Video snapshots from Cannes day nine: AmFAR gala, Jimmy’s Hall, Mommy premières

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Top and centre Guests at the Jimmy’s Hall première included the team behind the hit Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu?. Above Alessandra Ambrosio attends AmFAR’s Cinema Against Aids on day nine of the Festival de Cannes.


Lara Stone poses with Barbara Palvin, Karlie Kloss and Bianca Balti.

The Cannes Film Festival event of day nine had to be the AmFAR gala, the event featuring Sharon Stone, Justin Bieber, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lana del Rey, and Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company was a co-sponsor alongside Bulgari, Moët Hennessy and Mercedes-Benz. The red-carpet video is below, and click here for our photos from the star-studded, record-breaking event.
   Earlier, Bérénice Bejo was interviewed about her new film, The Search, where the actress talked about the strength of women and being back on the red carpet at the Festival de Cannes.
   Director Ken Loach and Willem Dafoe were at the red carpet for Jimmy’s Hall, to which the cast of Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu? showed, including Noom Diawara, Frédéric Chau, Christian Clavier accompanied by his wife Isabelle de Araujo, Chantal Lauby and Medi Sadoun (with Chau, Clavier and Sadoun donning Montblanc timepieces and Lauby with the Tourbillon Princess Grace de Monaco ring in red gold and diamonds).
   Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asia Argento, Xavier Dolan were at the red-carpet première for the comedy Mommy, also in competition at Cannes.
   Meanwhile, L’Oréal Paris has released another behind-the-scenes video featuring Eva Longoria, Barbara Palvin, Lara Stone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Araya A. Hargate, as they got ready for their red-carpet events.


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May 22, 2014

Cannes day eight: Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Cara Delevingne attend The Search

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Day eight at the Cannes Film Festival saw plenty of stars at a number of high-profile events at the Festival de Cannes. Aishwarya Rai, Barbara Palvin (showing off her figure in a skin-tight white gown), Araya A. Hargate, Lara Stone (very noticeable in bright pink), Irina Shayk, Sharon Stone, Michel Hazanavicius, Bérénice Bejo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in Gucci and de Grisogono diamond briolette earrings), Cara Delevingne, Izabel Goulart, Inna Zobova and Sarah Marshall hit the red carpet for The Search.
   Hazanavicius’s screenplay, inspired by Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 film of the same name, moves the action from World War II to the Second Chechen War in 1999, and centres around the trials of a nine-year-old boy, Hadji (Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev), who witnesses Russian soldiers murder his parents in Nazran. Annette Bening plays an American who runs an orphanage who tries to help the boy, while Bejo, Hazanavicius’s wife and the star of his earlier film, The Artist, is a French-born, Chechen-based NGO worker who lets Hadji stay with her. Filmed in Georgia, the film has received mixed reviews.
   In our videos below, Hazanavicius talks about his portrayal of the Russian Army and of Chechnya in the press conference, with the red-carpet event at the Palais des Festivals following.
   Meanwhile, Magnum (that’s the ice-cream, not the photo agency) has hosted its 25th anniversary party at Cannes, with Kylie Minogue, Amy Willerton, Emma Miller, Kimberley Garner, and Chiara Ferragni in attendance. Roberto Cavalli threw a party at Cannes on day eight, and there was the Puerto Azul Experience Night at Villa St Georges, which Veronica Berti, Andrea Bocelli, Kelly Preston and John Travolta attended. Our first video, however, filed at noon yesterday, is from de Grisogono, which traditionally holds one of the grandest parties at Cannes each year. Look out for Cara Delevingne, Paris Hilton, and Sharon Stone at this year’s dinner party.
   L’Oréal Paris has provided details of the cosmetics used by Rai, Stone and Palvin, below.

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Irina Shayk, wearing the Avakian Caché ruby marquise and diamond ring

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Above Veronica Berti wearing Avakian’s floral necklace set with pink gold and white diamonds, while Kelly Preston chose an intricate pink sapphire necklace and matching earrings.

Best of Cannes Film Festival fashion, week one

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May 21, 2014

The Cannes Film Festival’s seventh day is Aishwarya Rai’s day

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The Festival de Cannes’ seventh day’s most talked-about red-carpet film was the Dardenne brothers’ Deux jours, une nuit, starring Marion Cotillard. The legendary Sophia Loren joined the brothers on the red carpet, as did former Miss World-turned-actress Aishwarya Rai, in a stunning gold Roberto Cavalli gown, and actors Aurelien Wiik and Jimmy Jean-Louis, with Montblanc timepieces on show.
   Cotillard plays a working-class wife and mother fighting to keep her job at a solar panel company in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest film. Fabrizio Rongione plays her husband.
   If she fails to persuade her colleagues to vote for her retaining her job, then her two children’s welfare is at risk, and the family will have to move into state housing.
   Deux jours, une nuit is in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival and has received largely positive reviews for its realistic portrayals and the very real concern many families have over their modern work lives.
   Rai was the only L’Oréal Paris ambassador on the red carpet on day seven that we spotted. Meanwhile, she has another red-carpet appearance scheduled for day eight, and will co-host the AmFAR Gala with her husband Abhishek Bachchan. Bachchan had Tweeted that Rai had not slept for 52 hours prior to her red-carpet appearance, and applauds her poise at Cannes.
   Some of the other day seven clips can be found in our round-up yesterday, including the arrivals of Ryan Gosling and Matt Smith.
   Rai’s compatriot and fellow L’Oréal Paris ambassador, Sonam Kapoor, appeared on the red carpet during day six.




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May 20, 2014

Cannes day six: Sonam Kapoor, Matt Smith, Cheryl Cole, Freida Pinto, Robert Pattinson

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Day six—and a bit of seven—saw plenty more activity at the Cannes Film Festival. We’ve spotted Gabriella Wright, Béatrice Rosen, Gisella Marengo and Sarah Marshall on the red carpet on the 19th, with Montblanc haute joaillerie in common, while Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo have donned cufflinks from the luxury brand. After wondering where Cheryl Cole was this year—she has been a fixture for the past two—the Geordie songstress turns up, as do a golden Sonam Kapoor and Judit Masco. Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, and Leïla Bekhti make more appearances on the red carpet (helped in no small part by L’Oréal Paris’s Volume Million Lashes in the Cannes 2014 edition).
   Robert Pattinson had another press conference, this time for Maps to the Stars. In our video, he discusses having on-screen sex with Julianne Moore and Juliette Binoche, and we now have a second video from the red-carpet première of The Rover.
   Steve Carell and Channing Tatum have been spotted arriving in Cannes, with Carell and Bennett Miller appearing at the press conference for Foxcatcher. Adrien Brody, meanwhile, is announcing a new film project, Emperor, along with director Lee Tamahori, who is very highly regarded in France for Once Were Warriors.
   By the time of the red-carpet premières, Pattinson was joined by John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, David Cronenberg, and Julianne Moore.
   From today’s footage, Abel Ferrera talks about the media reaction to Welcome to New York, and being labelled anti-Semitic. Marion Cotillard, in a colourful dress made of buttons, meets her fans; while Ryan Gosling arrives to promote his new film, Lost River, his directorial début. Gosling and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, in one of our last videos in this entry below, are capturing fans’ attention, while our last video summarizes some of Blake Lively’s fashion—as you’ve been seeing in Lucire these past few days.

Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce at The Rover red carpet (second video)

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum

Robert Pattinson at Maps to the Stars press conference

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Adrien Brody and Lee Tamahori

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Blake Lively’s fashion at Cannes


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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.
   â€˜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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