Sarah Michelle Gellar is the New Zealand judge and ambassador for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
Gellar, best known for her role in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and who made a notable impression in last year’s The Crazy Onesâ€”Lucireâ€™s favourite US sitcom of â€™13â€”alongside the late Robin Williams, joins a panel of judges including designer Alex Perry, TV host Jeremy Corbett, and Specsavers’ style ambassador Pip Edwards.
The competition is a search for the country’s most stylish spectacle-wearer, celebrating confidence and the love of glasses.
â€˜I canâ€™t wait to see New Zealanders stylish entries and help choose a winner,’ said Gellar in a release. ‘As an actress and a glasses-wearer myself, I know how important it is to be proud of your style and to love your frames. I like to look at glasses as an extension of individual style, a way to express a part of your personality that you can have fun with.’
The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Hollywood, including NZ$1,000 spending money, and a new wardrobe of designer glasses from Specsavers.
Six finalists will each win a trip to Auckland to meet Corbett and a gift bag, including a voucher for an item from Fairley jewellery and two pairs of designer glasses from Specsavers.
Entrants are asked to submit selfies to the 2014 Spectacle Wearer of the Year website, at loveglasses.specsavers.co.nz.
Christina Hendricks had previously served as a Specsavers ambassador.
Stoneleigh has launched a new, limited-edition, early-release wine series, called Nature’s Collection, comprising 2014 vintages of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay and rosÃ©, retailing now at NZ$17Â·99 in New Zealand.
The Collection’s labels feature artwork with distinctive symbols, signifying flora, fauna, forest and coastline. The images within the symbols were taken by New Zealanders and uploaded to Stoneleigh via an app earlier this year.
The Nature’s Collection name is not a marketing ploy: Stoneleigh began with fruit from the stony vineyards in Raparua in Marlborough. Winemaker Jamie Marfell (left) has used techniques that heighten the natural flavour and aroma.
The sauvignon blanc, made from grapes from low-cropping vines, has a ‘complex flintiness’, with very little done to the wine to maintain the purity of the flavour. The pinot noir has a similar ‘natural brilliance,’ says Marfell, while large-format oak cuves have fermented the chardonnay for three months. The rosÃ© has also been fermented with oak.
â€˜Our stone-studded vineyards are a constant source of wonder, producing grapes for wines with incredible flavours and aromas. We wanted to celebrate not just our wonder of nature but all of the natural wonders in New Zealand,’ said Marfell.
Shavaughn Ruakere has been named the New Zealand face of Pantene.
The brand, which remains connected in this market to New Zealand model Rachel Hunter with the catchphrase, ‘It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen,’ announced its new spokeswoman today.
â€˜I grew up with Pantene, love it, and always trust it to take good care of my hair. I’m so excited to be representing such an innovative brand with a new formulation that makes it even better than before,’ she said in a release.
More casually, in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, Ruakere told her fans on Facebook, ‘Move over Rachel Hunter!’
The new formulation contains ‘revolutionary technology Keratin Damage Blockers to help defend hair against irreversible oxidative damage,’ according to the company. More information on the revised formulation can be found at www.pantenepromise.co.nz.
Dan Gosling of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club is one of the judges of the seventh annual DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship, a prize his label took out in the inaugural competition in 2008.
Gosling joins Max Fashions CEO John Kelly, FINZ chairman Paul Blomfield, and DHL national strategic account manager for fashion and textiles Megan Wildermoth.
Says DHL Express New Zealand country manager Tim Baxter, ‘Itâ€™s so exciting to see our 2008 winner making such a huge impact on the international fashion scene, and we think itâ€™s fitting to welcome Dan back as a judge this year.’
Dan Gosling, Luke Harwood and Marc Moore jointly founded Stolen Girlfriends’ Club in 2005. It is now stocked in 13 countries.
The scholarship is open to New Zealand designers who have been exporting for less than five years. Previous winners have included Lonely Hearts, Twenty-Seven Names and I Love Ugly, and it has been known to act as a “lightning rod” for young talent in New Zealand.
The winner will receive NZ$10,000 in international freight, along with coaching in freight and logistics. The second prize is NZ$1,500, and the third valued at NZ$500. All will receive export mentoring and a membership from FINZ. The winner will be announced on November 11.
Above Back in 2008, the founders of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club celebrate, and one of their designs. Below From Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s autumnâ€“winter 2015 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week.
Visitors to the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art award show on Sunday night got an extra treat, as furniture and lighting designer David Trubridge showed off a crowdsourced artwork constructed from bamboo plywood to commemorate the concept of “memorable firsts”.
The theme ties in not only to the World of Wearable Art, but from Brancott Estate’s pioneering heritage as the first to establish a vineyard in New Zealand’s South Island in the 1970s.
Trubridge and Brancott Estate asked the New Zealand public to submit photographs representing a memorable first. The 500-plus submissionsâ€”which the company says ranged from weddings and a first trip abroad to the first blossom of springâ€”were printed using a red-and-white duotone effect on to lightweight bamboo plywood sheets, which formed the “feathers” in Trubridge’s giant winged creation.
The artwork was revealed in a performance that resembled a bird taking off on its maiden flight, one of the inspirations Trubridge had. ‘The first thing that jumped into my mind was the image of a young gannet sitting on the edge of the cliff. The first time it flies is the start of its journey all the way to Australia. It takes off and it doesnâ€™t stop,’ he says. The wearer gradually flexed before revealing the full form and all the images with arms outstretched.
Trubridge had the help of his family in creating the performance, including his wife, Linda, who is an artist, and his son, Sam, who is a member of the performing arts’ faculty at Massey University.
The wings were held together with twine, and move with the wearer. It presented a new challenge to Trubridge, as he was not accustomed to creating something that would be worn.
â€˜The process of creating this artwork has taken my team and I on an amazing creative journey and exploration that has led us to many creative firsts. Itâ€™s a project Iâ€™m very proud to have taken part in,’ says Trubridge.
â€˜Itâ€™s not a single pendant, fixed light or object, it requires a degree of flexibility. Creating something that can transform from a cloak to a wing was a challenge as my work is usually a closed form. We had to have the ability for it to go from one shape to another and flex and move with the figure and thatâ€™s a whole new, exciting, pioneering first for us.’
â€˜David has combined memorable firsts from the New Zealand public into a poetic, moving, kinetic piece of wearable art. The final creation truly embodies the pioneering spirit of Brancott Estate and WOW,’ says Brancott Estate’s chief winemaker, Patrick Materman.
The artwork was shown at the Brancott Estate bar at the TSB Arena, and a filmed performance can be seen on the website at www.brancottestatewow.co.nz.
It’s the latest buzz in beauty. Developed over three years, BeeBio is a new line of skin care products featuring medical-grade 16+ active manuka honey, bee venom and other natural ingredients.
Active manuka honey is already known for its healing properties, and BeeBio uses it to help stimulate new skin cell growth and to moisturize skin. Bee venom, meanwhile, helps with collagen and elastin production. Combine the two, and you’re looking at stimulating skin cell renewal by 80 per cent, according to independent research. BeeBio products also contain six times the antioxidant levels of vitamin C.
The range begins with an active manuka honey and goat’s milk soap at NZ$11Â·60, while the flagship of the range is the venomenous active manuka honey and bee venom face masque retailing at NZ$79Â·86. In between, there are body lotions, hand and eye creams, facial cleansers and day and night creams. BeeBio is also offering a Christmas gift set, comprising its venomenous active manuka honey and bee venom face masque, active manuka honey eye crÃ¨me with bee venom, and active manuka honey and royal jelly facial crÃ¨me, for NZ$179.
Retailers can be found at www.beebioskin.com.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet will perform A Christmas Carol for its final season in 2014, in a version created for Northern Ballet in the UK. Northern Ballet’s master, Daniel de Andrade, is in New Zealand to stage the production.
Based on the Charles Dickens story, the ballet is expected to surprise, with large sets, 650 costume elements, 75 characters and music by television composer Carl Davis that incorporates well known Christmas carols.
De Andrade said in a release, ‘This evocative production has been a hit in the UK for over 20 years and such was its success that the BBC televised the production. The stunning sets and costumes transport audiences to Victorian England where Dickensâ€™ classic characters are beautifully brought to life by talented dancers who not only dance but sing and act. Itâ€™s a narrative masterpiece and you couldnâ€™t find a truer Christmas ballet.’
Christopher Gable directs, with choreography by Massimo Moricone, production design by Lez Brotherston, and original lighting by Paul Pyant. Nigel Gaynor conducts.
The ballet opens at the St James Theatre in Wellington on October 30 and tours the country, finishing in Takapuna on December 14. Notably, the company will perform at the newly restored Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch for the first time, on November 20.
The dates are: Wellington, October 30 and 31, and November 1, 2, 6â€“8; Dunedin, November 15 and 16; Christchurch, November 20â€“2; Palmerston North, November 26; Napier, November 29 and 30; Auckland, December 3â€“7; and Takapuna, December 13 and 14. Full details can be found on the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s website.