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August 28, 2015

Richard Kavanagh and Redken reveal the secrets of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s New Zealand Fashion Week look

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One of our favourite shows so far at New Zealand Fashion Week (check out our Instagram for regular updates from fashion editor Sopheak Seng) has been that of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club, with its Township Rebellion collection. International hairstylist Richard Kavanagh and Redken worked behind the scenes to give the collection—inspired by the supermodels of the 1990s—its look.
   Kavanagh notes, ‘The hair for Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s show was luxe, alive, easy and free. Embellished with an oversized gold hairclip, the hair is centre parted with a soft bend and easy bounce.
   â€˜For the boys we had a range of different hairstyles so it was important to make them feel like they belonged to the same crew. There was long unkempt hair, crew cuts, and post punk rocker looks. All kept in place with a combination of Redken for Men styling products.
   â€˜Key products to create the look for the girls are Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine [RRP NZ$45], Redken Rootful 06 [NZ$36] and Redken Pillow Proof [NZ$36].’
   Kavanagh’s tips to re-create the look are below.

   1. To recreate the Stolen Girlfriends’ Club hair look, start with dry hair, put a few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine through the ends of the hair and a few pumps of Redken Rootful 06 misted on to the roots and mid-lengths.
   2. Blow-dry on highest setting with boar bristle round brush.
   3. Finish with Redken Pillow Proof Two-Day Extender and, finally, pin just above the right ear with a gold barrette.




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August 25, 2015

Stolen Girlfriends’ Club and Samsung team up to preview spring ’15 collection at New Zealand Fashion Week

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Stolen Girlfriends’ Club and Samsung have teamed up for New Zealand Fashion Week (for the latest, check out our Instagram, as fashion editor Sopheak Seng snaps away at the event, with a longer report to follow afterwards).
   Stolen Girlfriends’ Club will preview its spring–summer 2015–16 collection, Township Rebellion, on Wednesday, August 26. Three photographers, James Lowe, Loïc Quédec and Harriet Were, have been armed with Samsung Galaxy S6, Edge and Edge Plus phones to capture Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s moments at New Zealand Fashion Week, including behind-the-scenes images, sharing them via their Instagram accounts (jamesklowe, kedecc and harrywere).
   Stolen Girlfriends’ Club fans can win their favourite outfit by following Samsung New Zealand on samsungnz, and re-gramming their favourite images with the hashtag #stolenlovessamsung.
   â€˜We are super-excited about our new partnership with Samsung—such an innovative brand when it comes to technology and design. We have a pretty simple rule when we are looking at potential brand partners: we have to personally love the brand and its products to be able to work with them and Samsung was a no-brainer,’ said Marc Moore, creative director of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club.
   Tickets to Township Rebellion can also be purchased through Ticketek.

August 24, 2015

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Illusionist Rapid Lift Mask: getting the Miss Universe New Zealand contestants photo-ready

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This year’s Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 semifinalists received, in their goody bags, Manuka Doctor’s ApiRefine Illusionist Rapid Lift Mask, which the company equates to ‘an instant facelift in a jar’.
   Already a well known New Zealand firm abroad, where it launched first, Manuka Doctor has won two awards for the mask, which features purified bee venom. It received a ‘Highly Commended’ at the Beauty Awards in 2014, and a bronze prize at the Pure Beauty Awards.
   The mask plumps and nourishes skin and gets it photo-ready, using a mixture of its clinically proven Purified Bee Venom, certified UMF 18+ manuka honey, shea butter, natural waxes and vitamin E. The formula stimulates collagen growth and renews damaged skin cells. The mask also includes chicory root and caesalpinia spinosa gum, which tightens skin and promotes collagen synthesis.
   Also remarkable is that the effects begin after 10 minutes of application.
   For further information within New Zealand, visit www.manukadr.co.nz or call 64 9 300-3025. It is available at Life and Unichem pharmacies, selected department stores, and the Manuka Doctor concept store at 1 Quay Street, Auckland.
   Voting for the top 20 finalists at Miss Universe New Zealand has now begun, in advance of their overseas retreat in the Philippines. The 20 finalists can be seen at the Miss Universe New Zealand website, nextmissnz.com. Each vote costs $1, and is sold in bundles of $5, with $1 from each bundle donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity.

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August 22, 2015

News in brief: Vidal Sassoon launches Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler; polarized lenses are in at Sunglass Hut

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Polarized sunglasses are the trend for the southern spring–summer 2015–16, says Sunglass Hut—and it’s a prediction we agree with.
   Polarized lenses help with contrast, clarity and colour perception, but perhaps most importantly, they reduce reflections and minimize glare. The lenses contain a filter that blocks almost all glare, which can be eight times more intense than sunlight. It’s an especially important function in the harsh antipodean sunlight.
   The retailer notes that while the lenses are more commonly associated with sport, they are hitting the consumer market more widely, and 50 per cent of its range is now available with them.
   Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Vogue Eyewear are among the brands offered with polarized lenses by the Luxottica-owned retail group.
   Vidal Sassoon is adding the Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler to its range, which cleverly combines a styling brush and hair-drier in a single device. It adds infrared heat with the standard airflow through its 38 mm thermal brush, helping to heat the hair more evenly and preserve its natural moisture. There’s a soft, rubberized handle to help with grip, and a swivel cord for ease of use at home or at the office. With a retail price of £34·99, the Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler hits UK retailers, including Boots, Tesco and Asda, in September.


Above Adriana Lima models Vogue Eyewear for spring 2015.

August 21, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates 12 years of its Tea Tree range with super-sized additions

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The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range is celebrating its 12th year in production with a limited-edition super-sized collection of natural, skin-friendly products.
   From its launch in 1993, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, the demand for the little bottle that packs a punch allowed for wider global distribution one year later. Now, as one of the best sellers, the Body Shop sells one bottle of Tea Tree Oil every eight seconds globally!
   The tea tree leaves are sourced from the foothills of Mount Kenya and, in line with the Body Shop’s ethics and values, are harvested and distilled through Fair Trade-approved farm work. From this comes the concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The oil itself targets blemishes, without any nasty chemicals, and leaves your skin feeling and looking clearer. Now, as part of a limited-edition collection, Tea Tree Oil comes in a 20 ml bottle, and the Tea Tree facial wash and Tea Tree toner are now available in larger 400 ml sizes. The range is in store from August 24.—Alex Barrow

August 20, 2015

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: where talent surpasses itself

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Top Dancers Tonia Looker and MacLean Hopper in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Above Tonia Looker and Harry Skinner.

If you ever wish to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet when everyone has reached beyond what you knew was their peak, then A Midsummer Night’s Dream presents that very opportunity: a ballet where the quality is jaw-droppingly magnificent, where choreographer, designer, lighting designer, and musical director have surpassed themselves, and where the dancers have revelled in bringing a production to life.
   In tonight’s (August 20) world première, Tracy Grant Lord’s designs are the first thing you notice, a galactic image of the night sky projected on to the curtain before the action is revealed, then a set that can only be described as her best work reviewed by Lucire to date. Set in a fairy dell in the wood, Lord’s imagination takes us into a world of cabanas and fungi, with electric blue shades offsetting the dark, night sky. It is the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s largest set, complete with bridges, multiple staircases, even a pole from which Puck slides down. Lord notes that her design ‘includes particular structural, decorative and technical elements that exist only for this production, and have all been developed and manufactured in the company workshops.’ This is a unique interpretation, a master-class in ballet set design, all the more impressive when one considers that Lord had a budget to work to. She envelopes us with her world even before the dancers take their first step.
   Kendall Smith’s lighting design comes into its own with Lord’s set, keeping the cabanas’ interiors dark when unused and lighting them subtly when dancers appear. His moon, in Act II, appears as a round, fluorescent ring, emerging from behind the mesh. With Lord employing a single set for the entire ballet, Smith’s lighting gave the production a sense of variety and change throughout. We noted earlier that Smith employed 4,000 LEDs and 2,000 m of fibreoptic cable, and we can certainly say they were put to excellent use. Smith, whose résumé includes lighting for Andrea Boccelli and Luciano Pavarotti, and some of the most respected companies in the US, was flown out with the support of the US Embassy, giving another world-class aspect to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
   Lord also stretched her imagination with the costumes, giving the initial illusion that the fairies were petite; it was only when Oberon and Titania appeared that you began realizing their true scale. Oberon’s and Puck’s costumes had a more cinematic, modern bent than seen in other interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the former having a plunging neckline and a science-fiction feel to it. The fairies’ wings and headgear had metallic detailing, again taking us beyond the typical dell and going past the usual, traditional elements that earlier productions tend to rely on.
   Rising star Liam Scarlett did not disappoint, either, with choreography that expresses a witty yet respectful take on the Shakespeare play. Whether it was transforming Bottom into a donkey, and his subsequent comical pas de deux with Titania, having Puck swing down à la the cinematic Tarzan to commence his antics in the second act, or the strongly romantic pas de deux between Oberon and Titania, Scarlett’s interpretation brought the Mendelssohn score to life, matching movement masterfully to music.
   The music, too, saw RNZB musical director Nigel Gaynor go further than he typically has. Mendelssohn’s score was insufficient for a full-length ballet. Gaynor and Scarlett collaborated, choosing additional Mendelssohn pieces to give the characters greater depth and the story more completeness. Various opuses have been added along with incidental music, and Mendelssohn fans will recognize them and marvel at just how well they have been incorporated, not least how fittingly the choreography has been applied. It’s this characterization which marks out Scarlett’s work. The interactions between the characters—Oberon and Puck, Titania and Bottom, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius, and the comical pursuit by both Lysander and Demetrius toward Helena—gives the RNZB’s production exceptional entertainment value. Like its The Nutcracker of 2010, the dance techniques are rich enough for the adult ballet-goer to appreciate, while the structure and comical elements give children plenty to enjoy.
   Adding incidental music from Mendelssohn is not new—Balanchine did the same in his version—but the level of dedication is apparent.
   And all this before commenting on the dancing itself, which was exquisite.
   MacLean Hopper had the commanding nature of Oberon on opening night. Tonia Looker’s Titania had a beauty and elegance that never diminished even when dancing with a donkey, thanks to her control. However, Kohei Iwamoto arguably stole the show as Puck, with an irreverence that the audience loved. Harry Skinner’s Bottom may have had a relatively minor role but his transformation, complete with tail, ensured he was remembered. Lori Gilchrist (Hermia), Joseph Skelton (Lysander), Abigail Boyle (Helena) and Demetrius (Paul Mathews) contrasted each other’s emotions through simple movements; when both men are entranced by Helena, Boyle’s movements conveyed her shock at the energetic pursuit—accompanied by an equally energetic rejection of Hermia. Scarlett was never too clever for his own good: he kept to the story and the score, and delivered through the characters in subtle ways, a sign of a choreographer who works in close collaboration with his dancers.
   It was a privilege to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wellington as a world première; after its New Zealand tour (which runs till September 20), it will next be performed by the Queensland Ballet, with whom the RNZB co-produced, in 2016.
   The Vodafone season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs through August 23 in Wellington; Christchurch sees the ballet from August 27 to 29; it opens in Auckland on September 2, running to September 6. It reaches Rotorua for a single performance on September 10, Palmerston North on September 16, and Napier on September 19 and 20. Full details can be found at www.rnzb.org.nz.—Jack Yan, Publisher



Top Promotional image for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Above Forget retro: the sketch for Oberon’s costume.

Tiffany & Co. to open store in Britomart, Auckland in late 2016

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Tiffany & Co. will open its first company-operated retail store in New Zealand in late 2016, to be located in Britomart, Auckland.
   It will be located at the ground floor of the Historic Places Trust-registered Australis House, 36–8 Customs Street, and occupy 430 m² of space. There will be the usual hallmarks: the use of Tiffany blue; polished stainless steel details with a wheat-leaf pattern, identical to that at the Fifth Avenue, New York store; marble and amazonite floors; and custom furnishings inspired by the stained-glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the founder’s son.
   Glen Schlehuber, vice-president and managing director of Tiffany & Co., said, ‘We have many loyal Tiffany customers in New Zealand and have been looking to establish a presence for some time, and the location at Britomart is perfect. We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience our iconic jewellery collections, heritage and craftsmanship that have distinguished Tiffany for over 175 years.’
   Tiffany’s has an existing presence in Auckland through DFS, its trade partner. It has seven stores in Australia, as well as an online presence at www.tiffany.com.au.

August 19, 2015

Johnny Depp models Dior Sauvage men’s fragrance, with Australian and NZ release on August 24

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News that Johnny Depp is modelling Dior’s new men’s fragrance, Sauvage, has been making the rounds this month, and now the company has announced August 24 as its on-sale date for Australia and New Zealand.
   Unlike his colleague Brad Pitt, who was the rare male face for Chanel No. 5, Depp is targeting his message and good looks at other men—and was chosen to align with the fragrance’s positioning as powerful, fresh, masculine and confident.
   It is Depp’s first time fronting a fragrance campaign.
   The campaign film is directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and expresses the idea of a man leaving the stress of urban life to the beauty of the wilderness and desert, and trusting in the road that takes him there. While there, he encounters a ‘surreal beast’.
   Ry Cooder, playing his slide guitar, provides the soundtrack, accompanied by native American drums.
   François Demachy, Dior’s perfumer, wanted a scent that matched the name, which means wild in French. However, he also had to inject a ‘noble quality’ to the fragrance.
   â€˜To create Sauvage, I used man as my starting point. A strong and unmistakable masculinity. Like the image of a man who transcends time and fashion,’ he said. ‘Sauvage immediately spoke to me. I had the idea of a clear direction, strong statements. It was a stone in the rough that I chiselled and shaped.’
   The scent brings together elemi, frankincense, Sichaun and pink peppers, geranium, vetiver, Vaucluse and Drôme lavender, and patchouli.
   Dior says the new Sauvage is not related to its earlier Eau Sauvage, and is more contemporary; Eau Sauvage, it says, is a ‘timeless classic’. It has a simple, elegant, and dense, dark bottle with a black lacquer cap.
   New Zealand prices are NZ$118 for 60 ml; NZ$165 for 100 ml; Australian customers will pay A$99 and A$140 respectively. Green Cross Health pharmacies, Farmers, Smith & Caughey, Kirkcaldie & Stains, Ballantynes and selected pharmacies will carry the new scent in New Zealand; Dior Perfume and Beauty Boutiques, David Jones, Myer and selected pharmacies will carry it in Australia. It is also available online to Australian customers at David Jones’s and Myer’s websites.

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