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December 7, 2013
Miss OrlĂ©anais, Flora Coquerel, has been crowned Miss France 2014, during the live telecast Saturday night and into the small hours of Sunday morning on French network TF1.
The 19-year-old, nearly six foot tall, works in international trade, and in her spare time, practises dancing and plays badminton. Her hobbies include film, fashion and travel, according to her biography.
Miss Tahiti, Mehiata Riaria, was runner-up, with Miss Provence, LaĂ«tizia Penmellen, Miss CĂ´te d’Azur, Aurianne Sinacola, and Miss Guadeloupe, ChloĂ© Deher, in the remaining places.
The show took place at the ZĂ©nith in Dijon, in the Bourgogne region in France. Prior to the show, French media noted that, unlike the previous year, none of the 33 contestants had emerged as an early favourite.
The final twelve were Miss Languedoc, Miss Guadeloupe, Miss OrlĂ©anais, Miss Roussillon, Miss Tahiti, Miss Alsace, Miss Bourgogne, Miss CĂ´te d’Azur, Miss Franche-ComtĂ©, Miss Auvergne, Miss RĂ©union, and Miss Provence. They were then pared down to the top five: Miss Tahiti, Miss OrlĂ©anais, Miss CĂ´te d’Azur, Miss Provence and Miss Guadeloupe.
The live telecast featured the contestants in various tableaux with a Disney-esque and fairy-tale theme. Sets themed on Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella (to the soundtrack of La Boum, the early Sophie Marceau film), Anastasia, The Little Mermaid (for the swimwear, by AurĂ©lie Alezeraa) and Little Red Riding Hood took place. There was a nod to current music: the 1001 Nights tableau was performed to BeyoncĂ©’s ‘All the Single Ladies’.
A brief tribute to Nelson Mandela was given by the mayor of Dijon, FranĂ§ois Rebsamen.
Despite not having a “battle of the pageants” this year after a settlement with former Miss France director GeneviĂ¨ve de Fontenay, the French public remained very interested in the outcome, especially as Miss France 2013, Marine Lorphelin, placed runner-up at Miss World.
Jean-Pierre Foucault hosted the lengthy telecast, watched by around 40 per cent of the television audience on the TF1 network.
The jury consisted of QuĂ©becois singer Garou (in the chair), Sylvie Vartan, Elodie FrĂ©gĂ©, Vincent Niclo, Titoff, TV presenter Jean-Pierre Pernaut and his partner, Nathalie Marquay (Miss France 1987). The French public also had a say on who would succeed Marine Lorphelin through SMS voting, which extended to audiences in Tahiti and New Caledonia.
Above Miss OrlĂ©anais, Flora Coquerel, after her crowning as Miss France 2014.
Above The contestants emerge for the first set during the telecast.
Above Miss France 2013 Marine Lorphelin and MC Jean-Pierre Foucault.
Still capturing plenty of attention, especially for her promotion of worthy social causes, Lady Gaga headed to Annabel’s in London last night in association with Belvedere Vodka and Product Red.
Gaga performed ‘Artpop’, ‘Dope’ and ‘Do What U Want’ from her new album Artpop, which was released last month, as well as her classic ‘Poker Face’, at a private concert at Annabel’s.
LVMH, meanwhile, launched its Belvedere Red Special Edition bottle. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition vodka bottles will go to the Global Fund to fight HIVâ€“Aids in Africa.
Celebrity guests included Adele, Sting and Trudie Styler, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emma Watson, Bar Refaeli, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Jessie J, Chelsea Davy, Boris Becker, Bryan Ferry, Hayley Atwell, Michael McIntyre, Emile Sande, Tinie Tempah, Christopher Kane, Natalie Massenet, Arizona Muse, Richard E. Grant, Philip Treacy, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Greene, Nicky Haslam, Irina Ambromavich, James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley.
Gaga had performed at the same venue in 2011 to launch her famed Born This Way album.
Charli XCX followed on with a special DJ set into the small hours of the morning.
Gaga notes, ‘I think it is very important to join the fight against Aids and HIV and think it is wonderful that Belvedere and Annabel’s are supporting and had this event this evening. The more we can educate people the more we control the problem. I think it is really wonderful they are involved and think all major corporations should join the fight.’
December 6, 2013
Being the first week of December, I feel it necessary to include something at least a little festive in this week’s Instagram round-up. Kiwi-singing-sensation Lorde posted a photo playing a game of giant Jenga in Portland. Spotted in the background is a rather large Christmas tree with what looks like a whole pile of pressies, lucky Lorde! In other New Zealand-related Christmas news, Karen Walker has posted a shot of her current filigree embossed marigold leather purses which can be found in her weekly gift edits at
karenwalker.com. The last local snapshot this week is from Zambesi’s Wellington manager, Nicola Provost. Nicola celebrates Zambesi’s new shoot done by Marissa Findlay for Black magazine online.
This week I also feel it necessary to pay tribute to actor Paul Walker who passed away suddenly at only 40-years-old. RIP Paul and best wishes to his family from the Lucire team.
The 2013 British Fashion Awards took place this week with Brit it-model Edie Campbell coming out on top as model of the year. Here she is shown in an Instagram re-post where she looks stunning of the cover of Deutsch Vogue. On a side note, thanking her pony in her acceptance speech is a first, perhaps she’s just that posh. Another major winner on the night being famed boy-band, One Direction’s Harry Styles. Harry took out the Vodafone British Style award. Here he is shown in a playful shot wearing a blonde wig and a backwards-cap alongside actress Sienna Miller.
Once again, I couldn’t resist including a Victoria’s Secret shot. This week, it features many of the stunning angels awaiting instructions backstage. This image was found off Victoria’s Secret newbie and model fresh-face of spring 2014 Devon Windsor’s Instagram. Be sure to check her out! Last and certainly not least, Lana Del Rey’s short film Tropico was released this week on Vevo. This reposted shot of Lana is exquisite, as is Tropico, so don’t hesitate to give it a watch. . And that’s a wrap for this week!â€”Anna Deans Tropico is conveniently linked on our Lucire news page
December 5, 2013
Above The 33 contestants for Miss France 2014 in swimwear.
Without an active
guerre de Miss being played out in front of the French media, the proceedings seem a bit quieter for Miss France 2014.
Now that Miss France and its former director, GeneviĂ¨ve de Fontenay, have settled their legal dispute, with de Fontenay’s rival pageant, Miss Prestige National, taking place in January, French media have focused more on the smaller things. In the lead-up to the Miss France final on December 7 in Dijon, they have reported that its current CEO, Sylvie Tellier, has said that it was highly unlikely de Fontenay would ever be back.
Meanwhile, Miss France host, Jean-Pierre Foucault, made a remark about the host city that was instantly slammed on the social networksâ€”after which he had to apologize.
Foucault had said that he had not planned to sleep in Dijon because he did not want to find himself ‘waking up in Dijon’.
The only thing that seems to have been controversial was the involvement of the Miss France jury chairman, veteran actor Alain Delon, in right-wing political activity. Delon was replaced by QuĂ©becois singer Garou.
There is some speculation over the reigning Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, and what she might do after her reign ends on the 7th.
A medical student, Lorphelin may return to university, though her predecessors tended to wind up on TV shows, including Sophie Thalmann, Malika MĂ©nard et Laury Thilleman, appearing on the likes of Splash and Danse avec les stars (the French version of Strictly Come Dancing). French magazine notes that one of the few exceptions is Tellier herself, who won the pageant in 2002. Closer
December 2, 2013
Top Harry Styles, winner of the British Style Award this year. Above The two Christophers who took the top awards: Christopher Bailey (left) and Christopher Kane (right).
Christopher Kane won the coveted prize of womenswear designer of the year, and Christopher Bailey, MBE, for menswear (for Burberry) at this year’s British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, while Miuccia Prada won the first International Designer of the Year prize.
Kane was presented his award by Donatella Versaceâ€”he had designed for Versus for several years alongside his own label.
Burberry was named Designer Brand of the Year, in a particularly good night at the awards.
Nicholas Kirkwood was named the accessory designer of the year.
As announced earlier, both Kate Moss and Suzy Menkes won special recognition awards, for their 25 years in modelling and journalism respectively. Moss was presented her award by Marc Jacobs.
I-D magazine founders Terry and Tricia Jones received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Terry Jones was a former British Vogue art director, and founded I-D in 1980 with Tricia. It began life as a 40 pp. hand-stapled publication.
Harry Styles won the Vodafone British Style Award, and was presented his prize by Alexa Chung, who had won three times in previous years.
The emerging designer winners were Simone Rocha (for womenswear), Agi & Sam (for menswear), and Sophia Webster (for accessories). J. W. Anderson was the New Establishment award winner, for ‘taking the industry by storm’.
Lady Amanda Harlech was recognized for her creativity and influence, and won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
Edie Campbell was named model of the year, while Erdem took home the red carpet award for raising its profile in the global media.
Celebrities and designers attending included Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller, Tinie Tempah, Amber and Yasmin Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Rita Ora, Laura Bailey, Suki Waterhouse, Arizona Muse, ClĂ©mence PoĂ©sy, Caroline Issa, Erdem Moralioglu, Roksanda IlinciÄ‡, Dermot O’Leary, Emmanuelle Seigner, Mary Katrantzou, Gwyneth Paltrow, Henry Holland, and Stephen Jones, OBE.
Red carpet interviews and photos (scroll down for awards)
Nick Grimshaw, Kate Moss and Harry Styles on the red carpet
Sienna Miller on the red carpet
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the red carpet
Alexa Chung and Erdem
Red carpet highlights
Christopher Bailey, MBE for Burberry
Misery Bear’s new Kate Moss video
Lady Amanda Harlech
Suzy Menkes, OBE
J. W. Anderson
Agi & Sam
Terry and Tricia Jones
The winners’ circle
November 29, 2013
David M. Benett/Getty Images
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Top Kate Moss, photographed last month celebrating Rimmel’s 180th anniversary. Above A preview image of the supermodel, who will appear in Playboyâ€™s 60th anniversary issue in January.
Suzy Menkes isn’t the only woman getting a special award from the British Fashion Council, supermodel Kate Moss will receive one, too.
Her Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards is presented to mark her 25 years in the business and her continued influence on the industry, said the Council.
Croydon-born Moss was discovered in 1988 while on holiday by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management. Then 14, she and her family were returning from a holiday in the Bahamas and were awaiting their homeward flight at JFK.
While considered a supermodel in the original sense of the wordâ€”her contemporaries were Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlingtonâ€”Moss was a contrast, having a more child-like, waif look. Opponents called it ‘heroin chic’.
Moss received some notoriety for her skinny frame after appearing on the cover of The Face in 1997. She then modelled in advertisements for Calvin Klein underwear and appeared nude for the Calvin Klein fragrance, Obsession. She has been immortalized in sculpture in two sculptures by Marc Quinn, the first in 2006 called Sphinx, followed by a second in 2008, in gold, called . Siren
Moss will appear in Playboyâ€™s 60th anniversary issue in January, and a preview image, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, has already been released.
She has been romantically linked to Johnny Depp, Jefferson Hack (the father of her first child), Billy Zane, Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Wahlberg, Daniel Craig, Jake Chapman, Mario Sorrenti, Evan Dando, Jesse Wood, Antony Langdo, and Pete Doherty. In 2011, she and Hince tied the knot.
Through the years, Moss has defied expectations, shattering the predictions of those who believed that models would only have a certain, limited working life, and recovering from a tabloid exposĂ© about cocaine use that could have permanently damaged a lesser model’s career. She has shrewdly created her own brand, licensing it in co-branding situations, most notably with Topshop. She has her own collections with Longchamp, Fred and Rimmel. And she continues to endorse products and serve as the face of international brands, thanks in part to her work ethic and knowledge, and to a unique look.
The Council calls her ‘fearless and intuitive’ when choosing her projects. Others sought by the BFC for comment included photographer Mario Testino, with whom Moss has collaborated numerous times, who said, ‘Kate Moss has made many people dream. And not only people that look at fashion but those that create it as well. The moment she puts on an outfit, it takes another identity. She adds personality to fashion and I personally, can never get enough of her.’
Donatella Versace said, ‘From the very beginning Kate was iconic; she never had to become a model. She has the same energy, the same seduction and the same witâ€”in front of the camera and with everyone, I love you Kate!’
The BFC stated, ‘She has worked with every designer of note, including McQueen, Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent, Dior, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and her editorial still sets the benchmark high in terms of sheer versatility, originality and its ability to communicate the aspirations and realities of many generations. Her work with Corinne Day at the age of 15 remains instrumental in shaping the face of the fashion industry, and Kate is synonymous with the spirit of British innovation.’
It also notes that Moss is the most prolific Vogue cover girl, appearing on 34 covers for British Vogue alone. She now serves as a contributing fashion editor for the magazine, with her first story appearing in the spring.
Moss won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2006, and received the London 25 award at the same event in 2009.
The British Fashion Awards, hosted by the BFC, takes place on December 2 at the London Coliseum. Nominees this year include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne. Tickets are available through www.britishfashionawards.com/tickets. Lucire will have post-event coverage.
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