The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the US, and which has a philanthropic purpose, named Kerry Washington its Woman of the Year. Previous honorees since the award was established in 1951 have included Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Dame Helen Mirren and Amy Poehler.
The festivities are presented by Related, and begin with a parade through Cambridge, Mass., followed by a roast at Farkas Hall in Harvard Square. The roast saw Washington demonstrate her talent at breaking things, from a piÃ±ata to an egg on a cast member’s face, and participate in a popcorn-eating contest competing with an elephant, and sing a lullaby with a Ray Charles impersonator. The company then performed several numbers from its 168th production, That 1770s Show.
Its Man of the Year festivities, at which Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be honoured, takes place on February 5.
Tickets to That 1770s Show, to be performed at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, from February 5 to March 6, are available via www.hastypudding.org, or via the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ box office on 1 617 495-5205. It will then be performed at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse in New York on March 11 and 12 (call 1 212 772-4448 for tickets), then the Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda on March 16 through 18.
Parlux Fragrances is suing Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter over his failure to promote the Gold Jay Z cologne which the company makes, and seeks US$20 million.
Parlux alleges that Carter failed to make six promotional appearances since Gold Jay Z’s launch in October 2013, and has made none. Allegedly, he failed to appear on Good Morning America and at Macy’s, and did no promotion on social media. Parlux also alleges that he kept his $2 million up-front royalty fee, despite backing out of promoting the cologne.
It is also alleged that he kept five prototype bottles, with solid gold caps, that had cost Parlux $20,000 each to make. The company also says that Carter was meant to approve, in October 2014, three new fragrances, but none have been signed off.
Parlux seeks the return of the royalty fee, 300,000 shares in Perfumania, US$18 million in compensation, and the cancellation of the contract from the entertainer, claiming it has lost millions in sales and development costs.
In the papers it has filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court, Parlux notes that it met repeatedly with Carter’s business manager, DesirÃ©e Perez, but never received substantive feedback from either Carter or his management team.
Above, from top Makato Ozone on piano at La vie parisienne at Lincoln Center. The New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Dragon Boat Racing presented by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble.
There were many ways to ring in the New Year but one sophisticated approach saw melodious tunes and laughter. The New York Philharmonic celebrated in style with La vie parisienne at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The beautifully organized spectacle paid homage to the spectacular city of lights with poetic tales and songs in both French and English. The talented comedian and two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane narrated Saint-SaÃ«nsâ Carnival of Animals, written by Laurence OâKeefe and Nell Benjamin, adding humour and irony with each animal symbolizing a New York figure. Alan Gilbert energetically conducted the performance while Inon Barnatan and Makoto Ozone were the magnificent pianists of the soirÃ©e. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sang uplifting songs including âCâest Ã§a la vie, câest Ã§a lâamourâ from Toi câest moi, âAh! que jâaime les militaires’ from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein and Edith Piafâs âLa vie en roseâ. As 2016 fast approached, guests stood up to sing the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, while a large glimmering image of the Eiffel Tower reflected in the background. The setting was a marvellous escape into an evening Ã la franÃ§aise with a joyful, energetic and a high-spirited crowd impatiently waiting for the New Year to emerge.
From a conductorâs baton to a dancerâs fast paced feet, Lincoln Center is the home of such performances. The beginning of January marked a memorable occasion to celebrate a talented group of dancers, during the China Arts and Entertainment Groupâs Dragon Boat Racing presented by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble. Lincoln Centerâs David H. Koch Theater welcomed the limited-time presentation to the stage. They featured phenomenal choreographed dance moves to the tune of traditional Cantonese music. The majestic ambiance was exquisite. Directed and choreographed by Zhou Liya and Han Zhen with music by Du Ming and scenario by Tang Dong, the spectacle blends the beauty of traditional and contemporary features on one stage, as the artistry of the east meets the modernity of the west. The production was vibrant and uplifting, as the dancers conveyed a love story where the main character, Nian (Li Xing), is torn between Ling (Li Yanchao), the woman he adores, and Ying (Wang Minrui), the woman Nianâs father wants his son to marry. The feud and adoration are expressed through the performers’ agility while the melody underlined the storyâs elements.âLola Cristall, Paris Editor
Swedish-born model Elsa Hosk appears on the cover of Victoria’s Secret’s first Swim catalogue for 2016.
Photographed by Guy Aroch on Bora Bora, French Polynesia, the image sees Hosk wear the company’s Crochet Bikini.
It is Hosk’s first cover for the Swim catalogue series. She has appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2011 and has featured in numerous print and TV campaigns for the company.
Victoria’s Secret identifies this year’s trends as including surf and boho-inspired swimwear, and notes that ‘Neoprene-like crochet and sporty zip styles are perfect for active days, along with colour-block graphics and sexy strappy details.’
The collection is available on Victoria’s Secret’s website, through the Victoria’s Secret catalogue, and their Ipad and Iphone apps. The collection hits stores in the US from January 12.
The collection is hashtagged #VSSwim and #OwntheBeach.
Karlie Kloss, who has endorsed brands as diverse as Lindex and Victoriaâs Secret, will helm the Topshop springâsummer 2016 campaign, which launches globally today.
The campaign sees Karlie model the springâsummer collection in images shot in New York by London-based photographer Tyrone Lebon, styled by Topshop creative director Kate Phelan.
Phelan noted in a release, âIt is thrilling to have Karlie back, eight years after her first modelling job and first Topshop campaign alongside Jourdan Dunn. She is the ultimate Topshop girl and modern superâa world-renowned fashion figure, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who will resonate with our global customers through her many talents, ambitions and passions.â
Among the Chicago-born, St Louis-based modelâs ventures are Karlieâs Kookies, a range of gluten-free cookies launched with chef Christina Tosi, with some proceeds to underprivileged children and young American fashion designers, and Kode with Karlie, which funds 21 girls from 11 US states to take full-time software engineering courses.
Kloss has also modelled on 34 Vogue covers and campaigns for Dior and Marc Jacobs.
On her first Topshop campaign, Kloss recalled, âOne of my first modelling jobs was my Topshop campaign eight years ago. My grandmother brought me over from St Louis. I was young and shy and super nervous to be on set of Topshop. Luckily I was shooting with Jourdan Dunn and we became overnight best friends. I think she had me in stitches the whole time we were shooting.â
Chinese designer Lan Yu, commemorating her 11th anniversary, says she will launch her Lanyu brand Stateside next, after having shown in Paris during 2015.
Her Water Charm collection can be viewed on her brand’s home page.
Her work combines eastern techniques, including traditional Suzhou embroidery that has been practised in China for over two millennia, with western materials. Lan herself had studied at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and in the US.
Her couture wedding dresses were her first foray into the fashion business, before branching out to red-carpet gowns.
Lanyu is available at retailers in Beijing and Shanghai, and can be found on Wechat at Lanyu.
Models Suki Waterhouse and Magdalena FrÄ
ckowiak front Express’s first high-end capsule collection campaign, which is now available in its stores and online.
The Express Edition collection draws inspiration from what the company says are ‘iconic classics’, mixing it with street style, but using high-end, luxury fabrics. Express’s president and CEO David Kornberg notes that the collection is ‘very style-driven, aspirational and provides another option for her on-the-go, fashionable lifestyle.’ The buyer profile is a woman who is ‘sexy, confident, cool and irresistibly individual.’ The collection includes a biker jacket, a band jacket, a tuxedo, guipere lace dresses, silk and chiffon blouses, resin-coated jeans and leather bottoms, with a black and neutral colour palette, contrasted with crimson, ivory and gold.
Twenty-seven Express stores and express.com/edition carry the line, with 18 looks, 35 apparel choices (US$48âUS$498) and 18 statement accessories (US$20âUS$298). On social media, Express can be found on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (as @Express) and Facebook.
Express first appeared in Lucire under the URL express.style.com, and was the original proprietor of the style.com domain name.
Waterhouse was named by Lucire as one of its news-makers of 2014.
Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls and Lily Aldridge appear nude in Stuart Weitzman’s spring 2016 advertising campaign, save for their pairs of heels.
Mario Testino shot the black-and-white campaign, which is meant to reflect ‘the intimate relationship between a woman and her shoes,’ according to the company.
The nudity ties in to Stuart Weitzman’s Nearly Nude block heel, which is a derivative of his Nudist sandalâalthough it’s an image that’s also bound to get noticed.
Hadid, Smalls and Aldridge are friends in real life, and the company says this made them the ideal choice when the campaign was cast.
The campaign will be seen in the US, Italy, France, the UK, Dubai, Germany, and Spain, and through parts of Asia. Outdoor advertising will run in Los Angeles, New York, Milano, Paris and Hong Kong. Behind-the-scenes video will appear at Stuart Weitzman’s website and on-site at its boutiques.