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February 3, 2016

Royal New Zealand Ballet kicks off Speed of Light, with première at the New Zealand Festival

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet kicks off 2016 with Speed of Light, a mixed bill of three works, to feature at the New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Arts’ Festival, before touring the South Island. It marks the first programme put together by Francesco Ventriglia since he joined the company in 2014.
   The first work is William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, originally commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev for the Paris Op√©ra Ballet in 1987. It will be the RNZB’s first time dancing this ballet, and the second time it has been performed in New Zealand. Ventriglia himself was once selected by Forsythe to dance one of the lead roles at La Scala in Milano. The music of J. S. Bach accompanies this ballet; Julien Tarride created the composition and sound design.
   The second work is Andonis Foniadakis‚Äô Selon d√©sir, which the RNZB performed when on tour in the UK and Italy in 2015. New Zealand audiences will see the company give this Selon d√©sir its New Zealand premi√®re this work during the New Zealand Festival. Music is by Thom Willems in collaboration with Les Stuck, staging by Thierry Guiderdoni, and technical supervision by Tanja R√ľhl.
   Finally, Alexander Ekman‚Äôs Cacti, makes up the third work, with the New Zealand String Quartet joining the RNZB. A parody of contemporary dance’s excesses, Ekman created this work for 16 dancers in 2010. It has been nominated for a Swan Award in Holland for best new dance production, the Critics’ Circle Award and an Olivier Award. Lighting and co-set design are by Tom Visser, music is by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and staging by Ana Lucaciu.
   Dates for Speed of Light are: Wellington, February 26 to 28 inclusive; Auckland, March 2‚Äď6; Christchurch, March 10‚Äď12; Dunedin, March 16. For booking information, visit www.rnzb.org.nz.
   The world premi√®re of the Ryman Healthcare Season of The Wizard of Oz is May 4 in Wellington, choreographed by Francesco Ventriglia, with music by Francis Poulenc, and design by Gianluca Falaschi.

January 12, 2016

News in brief: Susan Sarandon for L’Or√©al; Toxit’s hand-made sunglasses; lecture by fashion historian at Massey University

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Top Susan Sarandon for L’Or√©al. Centre From Toxit’s latest campaign for its hand-made sunglasses. Above Passage #5 coat-dress and belt, from the Dior spring‚Äďsummer 2011 haute couture collection by John Galliano, from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Although it’s been known since December 31, L’Or√©al Paris has only this week made it official in a lot of its markets: Susan Sarandon is its new spokeswoman, stating, ‘An Oscar winner, mother, activist, entrepreneur, fighter, and a beautiful example of what it means to age with grace, Sarandon is a true woman of worth. Highly respected by her peers and adored by the public, Sarandon is proving that age is just a number and that happiness is the ultimate beauty tool.’
   ‚ÄėSusan is a cinematic icon. She is strong, charismatic and talented and has a compelling sense of self. Her outspoken activism, captivating film work and authentic charm continues to inspire women to be fearless and believe in their convictions,’ said Cyril Chapuy, L‚ÄôOr√©al Paris brand global president in a release. ‘She is a real woman of worth inside and out. We are honoured to have Susan as a new L‚ÄôOr√©alista.’
   Toxit is a new sunglasses’ brand from Italy with one notable point of difference: they’re made by hand. Italian companies are involved at each stage: the Som Occhiali company in Calalzo di Cadore is in charge of the production process; Toffoli di Toffoli Costantino, in the same town, manufactures the acetate parts; the plastics come from Mazzucchelli SpA; the lenses are made by Sel Optical Divisione Filtri Solari; the cases by Pikappa in Vicenza; and the packaging is made by Scatolificio 2 G, near Padua. The products are 100 per cent reliable and safe, says Toxit.
   Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand advises that on February 9 at 6 p.m., Dr Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), will present a lecture at ‚ÄėThe Pit‚Äô, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington on Frock Coats, Redingotes and Dior: Fashion in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1909‚Äď2016. Palmer will discuss the significance of ROM’s collection of western fashionable dress collected over the last 100 years, and contextualize it within the museum’s larger textile and costume collection.
   She will also give stories on how key items, both historical and contemporary, were acquired, including ROM’s commission of a spring‚Äďsummer 2011 Christian Dior haute couture gown, Passage #5, by John Galliano.
   A RSVP to V.Karaminas@massey.ac.nz is essential to secure a place.

December 17, 2015

Ab Aeterno’s wooden watches are the next thing in eco-fashion

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Ab Aeterno has shown its Sky collection, a range of wooden watches that contain a Swiss movement, with the remainder made in Italy.
   The firm, just over three years old, uses only sustainable materials such as wood. They guarantee that their products contain 100 per cent natural materials, including recycled materials, and are toxic-free.
   Wood was chosen for its lightness and the positive sensation wearers get, according to Ab Aeterno. The watches themselves weigh 50 g and do not have any paint or chemical treatments applied.
   Twenty-five per cent of revenue is used for R&D, says the company, to find new ways of using wood. Ab Aeterno has filed a patent on how to insert the watch movement into the case, and sources its briccole wood from Venezia.
   There are three sub-lines in the Sky collection: for women, for men, and a Unisex range.

December 16, 2015

Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati release capsule collection in México

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Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati have released a capsule collection to commemorate the launch of the Ermenegildo Zegna trim package on the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons in the Mexican market.
   The new collection includes shirts, sweatshirts, trousers, shoes, silk scarves, leather accessories and glasses, and is available at selected Ermenegildo Zegna stores worldwide. Our picks are the nappa driving gloves and the foldable glasses, with the Maserati trident emblazoned on the bridge. The leather gives these designs a constructed look that has a clear link with the mechanical nature of the cars. The hold-all, meanwhile, comes in French calfskin and features a fabric lining created for the cars, while the travel wallet has special compartments for one’s passport and boarding pass.
   The new trim level on the Maserati cars, named after the fashion label, sees the interiors feature a Zegna-created fabric for the cabin and seats, which combine a soft texture with a contemporary look.
   The collaboration originally began in 2014 with the Quattroporte saloon.

October 1, 2015

Ikea extends itself into fashion: you read it here first last year

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September 29’s Ikea Fashion Show at Moda di Milano (hashtagged both #IKEAfashion and #IKEAtemporary) showcased work from two designers who collaborated with the Swedish-founded furniture conglomerate.
   ‚ÄėWith a number of new collections that have been developed in collaboration with fashion designers, Ikea is stepping into new territory‚ÄĒone from which we can learn a lot,‚Äô according to the company.
   Giltig by Katie Eary and Sv√§rtan by Martin Bergstr√∂m will see their collections retailed in 2016, but they received a boost in profile thanks to their appearance at one of the top fashion weeks in the world.
   For us, the first thing that came to mind when seeing Ikea fashion was Stefan Engeseth‚Äôs (below right) prediction, published in Lucire first last year, and later in Style.com, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and Flare, plus a number of newspapers and news websites: that fashion should be Ikea‚Äôs next industry.
   At the time, Ikea had no such plans officially, but it isn‚Äôt surprising to see another one of Engeseth‚Äôs predictions come true. He came up with the idea of Coca-Cola being served through taps at home before Coke itself actually trialled that idea, plus another, over 15 years ago, on how cellphones could connect two strangers, albeit not through an app.
   We wrote: ‚ÄėEngeseth says that Ikea‚Äôs expertise lends itself easily to the world of apparel ‚Ķ
   ‚ÄėHe believes that fashion is in a repetitive cycle, stuck in history and needing renewal.
   ‚ÄėIkea could offer both complete apparel items and composite parts that customers could assemble themselves, says Mr Engeseth. The parts could be ‚Äútailored‚ÄĚ at home in inventive ways without the need for complex sewing.‚Äô
   Last year, Lucire publisher Jack Yan added, ‚ÄėThis taps in to its existing fan base, and just as importantly, Ikea can make full use of its channels, outmanŇďuvring many existing fashion labels. Ikea has an international retail base and it has distribution down to a fine art.‚Äô
   When we asked him about the Ikea show in Milano yesterday, he had his reservations about some of the designs, but stated, ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs good that Ikea takes its first step into fashion, and rewarding to see them developing the concept more now.‚Äô
   He was also buoyed by seeing that, after the show, Ikea‚Äôs official Twitter account went back to his blog post late last year about Ikea fashion, and ‚Äúfavourited‚ÄĚ a Tweet about it. Engeseth even preempted the hashtag used back in 2014.
   There‚Äôs no sign that Ikea fashion will be in a composite format, ready for its customers to assemble, but Engeseth appears to have been right that the brand would extend itself into the new segment.

September 30, 2015

Kate Hudson is the Campari calendar model for 2016, photographed by Michelangelo di Battista

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Francesco Pizzo

Kate Hudson has been announced as the 2016 model for the iconic Campari calendar. The brand belongs to the namesake Italian wine company which produces the well-known apéritif. The drink itself is a palatable combination of bitter and sweet which is drawn on in the 2016 calendar theme.
   With a relevant setting of an upcoming presidential election, Hudson embodies separate roles of bitterness and seduction versus sweetness and subtlety, a play on the taste of the Campari red wine. ‚ÄėEach month embodies the different profiles Campari embodies, alongside Kate Hudson‚Äôs incredible talent and ability to switch from approachable, welcoming and sensual to audacious and seductive,‚Äô said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari.
   Hudson, as a Hollywood actress and entrepreneur, said that she was honoured to work with the company in creating ‚Äėtwo distinctive characters embodying bitter and sweet.’
   Fashion photographer Michelangelo Di Battista, who shot Hudson for the calendar, applauded both her and the company for their artistic direction in the project: ‚ÄėCampari is a brand that has always had a clear sense of √¶sthetic and well defined style ‚Ķ Kate‚Äôs enthusiasm and ability to switch between the two personalities allowed me to create images I hope are fresh, inspiring and imaginative.’
   With the images being officially unveiled on November 18, the Italian label is maintaining its reputation for their much anticipated calendar with the prominent presence of Kate Hudson. Past stars have included Eva Green, Uma Thurman, Pen√©lope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Milla Jovovich, Olga Kurylenko and Jessica Alba.‚ÄĒAlex Barrow


Michelangelo Di Battista





Francesco Pizzo

June 28, 2015

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, June 28

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With so much going on in the fashion world 24‚Äď7 we at Lucire thought you might need a quick Instagram update on what’s been happening in the lives of models and designers in the last week as we chronicle this world.
   With the spring‚Äďsummer men’s runway shows in the last couple of weeks, most of the designers have runway shots or close-ups of details: we see that in Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Valentino’s photos. Moschino released this beautiful illustration by Natalia Sanabria of Daphne Groeneveld in a look from their men’s show.
   The models’ Instagrams are a bit more interesting: Gigi Hadid and Liu Wen are giving us a sneak peak into their different photo shoots, the former with her sister and latter a shot of herself from Vogue. Cara Delevingne’s latest doesn’t have much to do with fashion at all: she is traveling around the world at the moment, promoting her new movie, Paper Towns. Kendall Jenner was also promoting something a little unexpected: a signature lipstick collaboration with none other than Est√©e Lauder, whom Jenner now represents.‚ÄĒFenella Clarke

June 14, 2015

The Instagrams of the top fashion labels: showing seven ways they reach us

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With social media being such a big part of the world we now live in, fashion houses no longer have just magazines to sell their products. These Instagram accounts give fans an insiders’ look to the brand and what’s going on. We have chosen seven of the top fashion labels to give the different ways these labels use Instagram.
   Making us green with envy, Fendi is giving us a snapshot into the book launch party for Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld, which was at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Yellow sand, blue sky, models (Lily Donaldson, Lindsey Wixson and, of course, Kendall Jenner) in beautiful clothes and the influential designer himself, make this a photo I want to jump into.
   Marc Jacobs is showing us the classic throwback Thursday and giving us a nice close-up from his 2010 collection, making us wish even more for a time-travelling device. Having the photo up so close shows us a new side to a dress we may have seen before, giving us a new appreciation of the greatness that is in front of us.
   Jimmy Choo is giving us a behind-the-scenes look that we would never see on the runway: a sketch design of one of their shoes. From this, we can compare the real-life shoe and make us sigh with relief that the heel is not quite so high. Having behind-the-scenes images makes the fans and customers feel more a part of the process, not to mention more appreciative of the shoe itself.
   Roberto Cavalli is both showing off its new campaign and some sweet-as art. This beautiful illustration by Hodaya Louis is of its new autumn‚Äďwinter range, featuring singer Ciara. While they also showed the real photographs when the campaign was first released, this continues the interest while also shining light on the artist who did the illustration in the first place.
   Often when you see pictures from the runway, you are too busy taking in the whole outfit that you don’t get to all the little details that make it as glorious as it is. Thanks to Burberry’s Instagram, however, we are getting not only a close-up look at the green suede bag, but also the patterns and details of the boots and coats. From the looks of things, this image was taken while the models were waiting to walk out on the runway, making this the perfect quick snapshot to make us want the bag and see more of that outfit.
   The Met Gala is a huge night for fashion, showing us mere mere mortals the best and most extravagant dresses you can get. It also leaves us wanting what your favourite celebrity is wearing. Givenchy, in this post and many others, tells us who was wearing its beautiful dresses. In this photo, actress Jessica Chastain is wearing a custom haute couture dress. This dress looks like dripping gold and perfectly shows the extravagance that is Givenchy.
   Last, but not least, we have Valentino showing us some street style from one of the many famous fashion bloggers. A shot from the fashion website Man Repeller, this features a pair of Valentino shoes. With the rise of social media, bloggers now have a big impact of what people buy and even how people wear things. Customers will find a blogger with a similar style to them and see how they wear certain things. If a label affiliates themselves with and shows a famous blogger wearing its clothes, then they can reach potential customers.‚ÄĒFenella Clarke

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