âStangersâdiehard fans of the Ford Mustangâwill have already seen it due to leaks of the official photographs half a day ago. Lucire ran the leaked photos on our Facebook page. But now, we can officially talk about the unveiling, in six cities around the worldâNew York, Dearborn, Michigan, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney and Barcelonaâof the 2015 Mustang, codenamed S550, which commemorates the model line’s 50th anniversary.
Executive chairman Bill Ford was present at the Barcelona event, in front of an audience of 2,500 journalists, dealers and Ford employees.
While the Mustang has officially been on sale in Europe and other markets before since the original model was released in New York on April 17, 1964, the 2015 model is the first which will be sold as a “world car”, as part of Ford’s core range.
Ford notes that the Mustang is its most iconic range, and that it is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. Nine million have been built since the original’s launch.
Stephen Odell, executive vice-president for Ford in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a release, ‘The Mustangâs formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold. The new Mustang epitomizes Fordâs aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.’
The new model certainly lives up to the promise. It has the classic Mustang proportions and blends them with Ford’s present design language.
The design language has been seen on other global products such as the facelifted B299 Ford Fiesta and the CD391 Ford Fusion, which will be sold in Europe and other markets as the Ford Mondeo. It is an evolution of some of Ford’s earlier design principles.
The grille opening apes that of the Fiesta and Fusion, but appears in a more exaggerated form, with the Mustang horse placed in the centre, as with the original, the Mustang II, and the models dating from the 1994.
There are also shades of the ItalDesign Ford Mustang concept of 2006, which brought some Italianate touches, such as a tapering cabin.
The rear lights also reflect the classic Mustang ideas, with the tri-bar design that also harks back to the original.
Ford has also injected the rear-wheel-drive Mustang with the latest technologies, equipping the pony car for the 2010s and beyond.
Technologies include Ford’s Sync with voice control and eight-inch touchscreen (in Europe), and drivers can adjust between driving modes.
The convertible has an insulated cloth top, which has a sleek profile when folded, according to Ford.
Moray Callum, Ford’s executive director of design for the Americas, said, ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true.’
Inside, the Mustang has an aviation-inspired cockpit, designed for the driver, and there is more space, thanks to a wider cabin and an all-new rear suspension. The cockpit again blends modern and classic: the two large dials hark back to the original, but the look is more geometric and structured.
The boot can now accommodate two golf bags, thanks to the new platform.
The suspension brings Mustang bang up to date. The front has double ball-joint Macpherson struts, while the rear gets rid of its agricultural live rear axle in front of an integral-link independent suspension. The Mustang promises to be a far better drive than the models of old, suiting worldwide markets. Ford’s stability control includes torque vectoring.
Engines are the classic five-litre V8 (with 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque) and a new EcoBoost 2Â·3-litre four delivering 309 PS and 407 Nm. The automatic model has steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.âJack Yan, Publisher
Former Lucire stylist Illya Knight’s accessory brand, G.O.N.T. (God of Nocturnal Thunder) is something new and exciting to get behind. G.O.N.T. aims to enhance personal style and individuality through their edgy jewellery, menswear, womenswear, footwear and bags. Inspired by nature, power and strength, this new label delves into the concepts of glamour and power. Their eclectic pieces each make an original statement.
Based in New York, G.O.N.T. is a start-up company which is constantly growing, where new pieces are being added online daily. Knight aims to create garments able to be flaunted in the day-to-day wardrobe where functionality meets quality and style.
In looking through G.O.N.T.âs promotional imagery, what really stood out for me are the artistic photography and the luxurious-looking leather. The most distinctive piece is the ski-boot-style men’s leather boots. Opening at the sides, I have never seen anything like them. Their originality, incorporating ski-sporty with grungy, is something to be valued as mixing elements is not an easy task. Here at Lucire we also highly rate his rugged denim with its vibrant colours and creased exterior. Last but not least the G.O.N.T. leather mailbox bag is both luxe and grungy, I wouldn’t mind one if this myself! Check out G.O.N.T. for yourself at thegont.tumblr.com.âAnna Deans
Tilda Swinton celebrated her 53rd birthday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, during its sixth annual Film Benefit cocktail hour. She is the first actress to be honoured by the benefit.
Arrivals in Lucireâs video below New Zealand’s fast-rising songstress Lorde, Jessica Biel, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Karlie Kloss, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, 12 Years a Slaveâs Lupita Nyong’o, Brit Marling, and Cory Kennedy. Other celebrity guests at the event include David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Zac Posen and Bong Joon-ho.
Swinton joked, ‘My last birthday party was when I was nine and we had a trampoline, but who knew 53 would top even that?’
Swinton had performed at the museum earlier this year as part of an installation, The Maybe, where she had to lie in a glass box for the day.
Earlier honorees include Pedro AlmodÃ³var, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, Baz Luhrmann, and Quentin Tarantino.
Above Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Holly Michelle Cassidy, currently competing in Russia for the Miss Universe title.
Miss Universe has announced the judging panel for the 2013 final on November 9.
Steven Tyler, Chef Nobu, Tara Lipinski, Carol Alt, Anne V, Farouk Shami, Italo Fontana and Philip Kirkorov form the eight who will decide the next Miss Universe at Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk, Moskva.
Tyler is best known as the front man for Aerosmith but also serves as a judge on American Idol, the US version of Pop Idol. Nobu Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef who has appeared in film. Lipinski is a former American figure-skater and an Olympic gold medallist. Alt is a well known model, actress and TV presenter. Anne V, or Anne Vyalitsyna, is a Russian model who has appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Shami is the founder of hair care and spa company Farouk Systems, the hair care sponsor for Miss Universe 2013. Fontana is the owner of U-Boat, a luxury watchmaker with a business relationship with Crocus, while Kirkorov is a well known Russian pop singer.
Tyler will perform on stage during the telecast, as will Panic at the Disco and Emin. The show will be MCed by Thomas Roberts and Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Mel B. Jeannie Mai will be commentating. Italian swimwear company Yamamay will unveil its official Miss Universe collection, including a unique emerald, ruby and diamond swimsuit valued at $1 million. The winner will be photographed in the suit the day after the event.
There are 86 representatives, including Miss Universe New Zealand 2013 Holly Michelle Cassidy.
High 5 Games is sponsoring a public vote, which will see its winner get in to the semifinals. You can click on the voting box here.
Chanel has opened a new Melbourne flagship boutique at 140 Flinders Lane, replacing an earlier location.
The new 620 mÂ² boutique features a full Chanel range of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, fine jewellery, watches and fragrance.
A limited-edition Boy Chanel handbag has been especially created by Karl Lagerfeld to commemorate the opening. It bears the signature ‘Exclusive Edition Melbourne’ and is made of python skin.
The boutique has been designed by New York architect Peter Marino. The building was refurbished in 2013, including the alteration of the faÃ§ade with larger windows and Parisian-style balconettes on the first and second floors.
An additional floor and a rooftop garden were added to the building.
Marino’s inspiration was Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31, rue Cambon, Paris, and uses soft gold, bronze, glass, and lacquer.
The building comprises individual salons, with accessories and jewellery on the ground floor, with 24 items of haute joaillerie exhibited until January.
Three ready-to-wear salons are upstairs, featuring the newest collection, and a VIP room.
Chanel has commissioned art for the boutique, including lamps by Goossens, a bronze table by Laurence Montano, and a coffee-table by Ingrid Donat. There are also Liza Lou’s GatherÂ, Peter Dayton’s Pearls and Dorothy Napangardi’s Karlangu.