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July 23, 2014

News round-up: Dilmah hosts high teas in New Zealand; Trish Peng searches for new face

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Dilmah Tea hosted a series of high teas around New Zealand, promoting its socially responsible message along with the rising interest in tea mixology.
   Its Wellington stop on Tuesday, hosted by Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando and his son, Dilhan C. Fernando, the company’s chief marketing officer, and in the presence of Her Excellency Zodwa Lallie, South African High Commissioner, was a particular treat, with a menu designed by Dilmah Real High Tea Gold Medallist Laurent Loudeac, executive chef of the Museum Art Hotel.
   Held at the hotel’s famed Hippopotamus restaurant, guests were treated to everything from ora king salmon sashimi—which we would label as our favourite of the afternoon—to lap sang souchong yoghurt panna cotta and a lychee-infused jasmine tea and rosewater caviar, complemented by various Dilmah teas.
   The selection included Dilmah’s Ran Watte Single Region Ceylon tea, its green tea with jasmine flowers, and its rose tea with French vanilla.
   The highlight was the address given my Merrill J. Fernando, after a video looking back through the history of Dilmah and how his famed catchphrase, ‘Do try it,’ was created by a New Zealand agency.
   He spoke of how Dilmah goes beyond the requirements of Fair Trade with its ethically made tea, because those who grow the tea share in the equity. The value-added components of Dilmah are not done by international traders, but by Sri Lankans, and the company constantly puts money back into the community, funding education, health care, cultural and even business activities.
   Some rivals force down the prices that tea farmers can sell at, keeping them poor, while profiting from the value-added components in the marketing and production chain.
   Mr Fernando also stressed that Ceylon tea is the finest, and that Dilmah, to preserve that integrity, does not mix its teas with those from other countries.
   Through a Trade Me auction, the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation is also raising money for a culinary centre in Sri Lanka which will train people living with disabilities or have been disadvantaged, so that they can find employment to support themselves.
   They can be found on Trade Me, with the auctions closing on July 27. Items include Parawa Estate Ingalalla Grand Reserve 2007 wine, valued at over NZ$1,250; an individually numbered caddy of a very rare tea, FBOP 1, from the Dilmah Opapa Estate in Sri Lanka; a night for two at the Langham Hotel in Auckland; and two nights for two at the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington.
   In other New Zealand news, new label Trish Peng is running a Fresh Face modelling competition as part of her New Zealand Fashion Week début next month, with the help of L’Oréal Professionnel and Vanity Walk.
   New Zealand women are invited to enter via the Trish Peng Facebook page. Peng and Vanity Walk, a modelling agency, will judge from the uploaded photo and details.
   Entries close August 2. The winner becomes the face of the next Trish Peng campaign, opens Peng’s fashion week show, receives a modelling contract with Vanity Walk, and wins a year’s supply of L’Oréal Professionnel products.—Jack Yan, Publisher, with Lucire staff


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Dilmah

Top Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando with Lucire publisher Jack Yan. Centre Dilmah chief marketing officer Dilhan C. Fernando and South African High Commissioner, HE Zodwa Lallie. Above Museum Art Hotel proprietor Chris Parkin with HE Zodwa Lallie.

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May 24, 2014

The 2014 Prix Pictet awarded in London

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Paula Sweet

Top Michael Schmidt’s winning installation. Above Stephen Barber and Kofi Annan during the award announcement.

A gala presentation ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on the night of May 21 named Berlin-based photographer Michael Schmidt as the winner of the eighth annual Prix Pictet. The award endeavours to promote the message of sustainability to a global audience via the medium of photography. This year’s theme, Consumption, had a record number of applicants and was decided from a shortlist of eleven finalists. Schmidt’s assemblage of 60 photographs arrayed in a huge grid (finalists are given 21 m² of exhibition space), entitled Lebensmittel, engaged the tensions of food production and transport with a range of provocative images.
   The SFr100,000 award (US$112,000) was presented by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN, and Honorary President of the Prix Pictet. Pictet Group, founded in 1805, is based in Genève. The award for Mr Schmidt, unable to attend due to illness, was accepted by Tate Modern director Chris Dercon.
   The finalists remain on exhibit at the V&A through June 14.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor



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Top The reception before the award announcement. Above Chris Dercon, Kofi Annan, Jacques de Saussure, Stephen Barber.

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May 23, 2014

AmFAR Gala raises $35 million: Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai, Milla Jovovich work magic

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We had posted our video from the arrivals at the Cinema Against Aids gala from the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc at Antibes earlier, but this morning, hosts AmFAR, the Foundation for Aids Research has announced the total raised last night: a whopping, record-breaking US$35 million.
   The money, raised through a live auction led by Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein and auctioneer Simon de Pury, an all-red fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld (one of the chairs), and performances by Lana del Rey, Aloe Blacc (singing ‘The Man’), tenor Andrea Bocelli and Robin Thicke (performing ‘Blurred Lines’), will go to fight HIV and Aids and help find a cure.
   Stone was the chair of the event, along with Weinstein and Roitfeld, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview COO Molly Conners.
   As seen in our earlier video, guests included Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Justin Bieber, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Natasha Poly, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adrien Brody, Carole Bouquet, HRH Princess Clotilde of Venice and Piedmont, Jane Campion, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sofia Coppola, Marion Cotillard, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Deneuve, Luke Evans, Kevin Robert Frost, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Jon Kortajarena, Karolína Kurková, Peter Lindbergh, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Mars, Margherita Missoni, Bar Refaeli, Nick Rhodes, Michelle Rodriguez, Vito Schnabel, Lara Stone, Riccardo Tisci, Chris Tucker, Paz Vega and Dita von Teese.
   The auction highlight was Gone But Not Forgotten, a 3 m-high gilded woolly mammoth skeleton in a steel and glass vitrine by Damien Hirst, selling for US$15 million, the highest-grossing lot in AmFAR history.
   Bruni-Sarkozy, presented a Bulgari Serpenti necklace, in white gold with a 13 ct of drop-shape aquamarine and 19·2 ct of pavé diamonds, which sold for US$550,000.
   The Red Collection fashion show, with designs by, inter alia, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Alexandre Terekhov, Altuzarra, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Cavalli, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Comme des Garçons, Fendi, Gianvito Rossi, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, J. W. Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Ulyana Sergeenko and Versace, was auctioned by Stone for US$5 million. Models appearing in the segment included Ambrosio, Huntington-Whiteley, Kurková and Kloss, and Dalianah Arekion, Ana Beatriz Barros, Nadja Bender, Maria Carla Boscono, Katharina Damm, Saskia de Brauw, Jourdan Dunn, Lida Fox, Charlotte Free, Toni Garrn, Veroniek Gielken, Izabel Goulart, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Hart, Chanel Iman, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Magda Laguinge, Maryna Linchuk, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Luss, Eniko Mihalik, Arizona Muse, Kati Nescher, Soo Joo Park, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Irina Shayk, Natalie Siodmiak, Daria Strokous, Iris Stubegger, Lea Tisci, Anne Vyalitsyna, Liu Wen and Devon Windsor.
   A seat on a Virgin Galactic flight to space with DiCaprio went for US$1 million.
   Luxury jeweller Avakian noted that Travolta and Preston wore its designs, Preston with a white diamond necklace set with a total of 150 ct, and four stackable bracelets with a total of 80 ct, plus diamond earrings and ring; while Travolta had Avakian black gold cufflinks set with diamonds. As seen in the video earlier today, one of their friends proposed during the red carpet arrivals.
   De Grisogono, meanwhile, notes that Stone, Huntington-Whiteley and Goulart wore its designs to the AmFAR Gala.
   The annual event, the 21st held by AmFAR and produced by Andy Boose of AAB Productions, was sponsored by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, Bulgari, Mercedes-Benz, Moët Hennessy, and the Weinstein Company. Moncler presented the after-party.
   AmFAR was founded by the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor.


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Video snapshots from Cannes day nine: AmFAR gala, Jimmy’s Hall, Mommy premières

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Click here for the AmFAR Gala celebrity photos or scroll down for the arrivals’ video



Olivier Borde


AmFAR

Top and centre Guests at the Jimmy’s Hall première included the team behind the hit Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu?. Above Alessandra Ambrosio attends AmFAR’s Cinema Against Aids on day nine of the Festival de Cannes.


Lara Stone poses with Barbara Palvin, Karlie Kloss and Bianca Balti.

The Cannes Film Festival event of day nine had to be the AmFAR gala, the event featuring Sharon Stone, Justin Bieber, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lana del Rey, and Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company was a co-sponsor alongside Bulgari, Moët Hennessy and Mercedes-Benz. The red-carpet video is below, and click here for our photos from the star-studded, record-breaking event.
   Earlier, Bérénice Bejo was interviewed about her new film, The Search, where the actress talked about the strength of women and being back on the red carpet at the Festival de Cannes.
   Director Ken Loach and Willem Dafoe were at the red carpet for Jimmy’s Hall, to which the cast of Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu? showed, including Noom Diawara, Frédéric Chau, Christian Clavier accompanied by his wife Isabelle de Araujo, Chantal Lauby and Medi Sadoun (with Chau, Clavier and Sadoun donning Montblanc timepieces and Lauby with the Tourbillon Princess Grace de Monaco ring in red gold and diamonds).
   Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asia Argento, Xavier Dolan were at the red-carpet première for the comedy Mommy, also in competition at Cannes.
   Meanwhile, L’Oréal Paris has released another behind-the-scenes video featuring Eva Longoria, Barbara Palvin, Lara Stone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Araya A. Hargate, as they got ready for their red-carpet events.


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May 22, 2014

Cannes day eight: Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Cara Delevingne attend The Search

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Day eight at the Cannes Film Festival saw plenty of stars at a number of high-profile events at the Festival de Cannes. Aishwarya Rai, Barbara Palvin (showing off her figure in a skin-tight white gown), Araya A. Hargate, Lara Stone (very noticeable in bright pink), Irina Shayk, Sharon Stone, Michel Hazanavicius, Bérénice Bejo, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (in Gucci and de Grisogono diamond briolette earrings), Cara Delevingne, Izabel Goulart, Inna Zobova and Sarah Marshall hit the red carpet for The Search.
   Hazanavicius’s screenplay, inspired by Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 film of the same name, moves the action from World War II to the Second Chechen War in 1999, and centres around the trials of a nine-year-old boy, Hadji (Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev), who witnesses Russian soldiers murder his parents in Nazran. Annette Bening plays an American who runs an orphanage who tries to help the boy, while Bejo, Hazanavicius’s wife and the star of his earlier film, The Artist, is a French-born, Chechen-based NGO worker who lets Hadji stay with her. Filmed in Georgia, the film has received mixed reviews.
   In our videos below, Hazanavicius talks about his portrayal of the Russian Army and of Chechnya in the press conference, with the red-carpet event at the Palais des Festivals following.
   Meanwhile, Magnum (that’s the ice-cream, not the photo agency) has hosted its 25th anniversary party at Cannes, with Kylie Minogue, Amy Willerton, Emma Miller, Kimberley Garner, and Chiara Ferragni in attendance. Roberto Cavalli threw a party at Cannes on day eight, and there was the Puerto Azul Experience Night at Villa St Georges, which Veronica Berti, Andrea Bocelli, Kelly Preston and John Travolta attended. Our first video, however, filed at noon yesterday, is from de Grisogono, which traditionally holds one of the grandest parties at Cannes each year. Look out for Cara Delevingne, Paris Hilton, and Sharon Stone at this year’s dinner party.
   L’Oréal Paris has provided details of the cosmetics used by Rai, Stone and Palvin, below.

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Irina Shayk, wearing the Avakian Caché ruby marquise and diamond ring

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Above Veronica Berti wearing Avakian’s floral necklace set with pink gold and white diamonds, while Kelly Preston chose an intricate pink sapphire necklace and matching earrings.

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May 21, 2014

The Cannes Film Festival’s seventh day is Aishwarya Rai’s day

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The Festival de Cannes’ seventh day’s most talked-about red-carpet film was the Dardenne brothers’ Deux jours, une nuit, starring Marion Cotillard. The legendary Sophia Loren joined the brothers on the red carpet, as did former Miss World-turned-actress Aishwarya Rai, in a stunning gold Roberto Cavalli gown, and actors Aurelien Wiik and Jimmy Jean-Louis, with Montblanc timepieces on show.
   Cotillard plays a working-class wife and mother fighting to keep her job at a solar panel company in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest film. Fabrizio Rongione plays her husband.
   If she fails to persuade her colleagues to vote for her retaining her job, then her two children’s welfare is at risk, and the family will have to move into state housing.
   Deux jours, une nuit is in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival and has received largely positive reviews for its realistic portrayals and the very real concern many families have over their modern work lives.
   Rai was the only L’Oréal Paris ambassador on the red carpet on day seven that we spotted. Meanwhile, she has another red-carpet appearance scheduled for day eight, and will co-host the AmFAR Gala with her husband Abhishek Bachchan. Bachchan had Tweeted that Rai had not slept for 52 hours prior to her red-carpet appearance, and applauds her poise at Cannes.
   Some of the other day seven clips can be found in our round-up yesterday, including the arrivals of Ryan Gosling and Matt Smith.
   Rai’s compatriot and fellow L’Oréal Paris ambassador, Sonam Kapoor, appeared on the red carpet during day six.




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May 9, 2014

Video: Prince Harry, Prince Seeiso, Joss Stone, Beverley Knight headline Sentebale Summer Party

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Their Royal Highnesses Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso hosted the Sentebale Summer Party on Wednesday, marking the 10th anniversary of their commitment as patrons of the organization helping Lesotho’s children.
   Prince Seeiso notes that he was inspired to work with Sentebale after the death of his parents. Referring to his own experience and that of Prince Harry’s loss of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, at a young age, he said, ‘It is a combined desire to carry on our mothers’ legacy of work that formed Sentebale.’
   Prince Harry said, ‘At times the severity of severe poverty can be overwhelming. However it is through the dedication, passion and commitment of the Sentebale team, our community partners, local government, the children’s longing to learn, and you tonight that we are battling with these issues and giving these children a chance of a happier future.
   â€˜We are providing herd boys with an education, specialist care and support to those living with disabilities, a home for children for whom no other support exists and psychosocial support for children living with HIV.’
   A real example given by Prince Harry was that of a young girl called Mpolokeng, whom he met in 2004. Her mother later died of HIV, and Sentebale has since supported Mpolokeng. She is now receiving a secondary-school bursary.
   â€˜This bursary only costs £250 a year,’ he said. ‘That really is a small price to pay to change a little girl’s life.’
   Awards were presented to Malineo Motsephe, Relationships Manager and Mokhachane Lerotholi, Herd Boy Coordinator, on the Sentebale team.
   The party was held at the Dorchester, Park Lane, in London.
   Street magician Troy entertained during the drinks’ reception, while Joss Stone and Beverley Knight, MBE performed on stage later in the evening. Stone was announced as a Sentebale ambassador, and footage of her visit to Lesotho was shown at the event.
   Guests included Sir David Brewer, HE Felleng Mamakeka Makeka, Prince Harry’s cousin Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, ITV’s Tom Bradby, Laura Main, Kian Egan, Malcolm Borwich, Cathy Ferrier, Anne Aslett, Michael Wynne Parker, Neil Macdonald, Jodi Albert, Georges Dekeerle and his wife Ekaterina Neverova, Pierre Lagrange and Camilla Kerslake. Sponsors included Royal Salute Scotch Whisky, Getty Images, Garrard and Avios.




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May 2, 2014

Naomi Watts, Nicola Bulgari, Veronica Bulgari—VIPs at Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces in Houston

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Bulgari opened its 130 Years of Masterpieces exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science with Bulgari vice-chairman Nicola Bulgari, his daughter Veronica Bulgari, and actress Naomi Watts in attendance, along with Wendi Grimes, chair of the Museum, Joel Bartsch, its president and CEO, and Bulgari CEO Jean-Christophe Babin.
   The exhibition begins May 2 and runs through October 5, 2014.
   The function on Wednesday brought together 220 guests at the Museum, who enjoyed an Italian dinner in a setting evoking the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (the Spanish Steps). Modern pianist Elizaveta (a.k.a. Elly K.) performed live at the venue. Other guests included Lynn Wyatt, Joanne King Herring, Sima Ladjevardian, Greggory Burk, Isabel David, Becca Cason Thrash, Christina Girard, J. J. Watts, Divya Brown, Claire Cormier Thielke, Ashley Menzies, David Grimes, Valerie Sarofim, Annie Amante, Mickey Rosmarin, Alberto Festa, Linda McReynolds, Scotty and Jana Arnoldy, and Monica Hartland Blaisdell.
   The exhibition features c. 150 pieces and is said to be the most substantial Bulgari retrospective featuring the Heritage Collection. Many pieces are from the personal collection of Dame Elizabeth Taylor, and others, some which have never been seen publicly before, are on loan from Wyatt, Herring and Girard. Sketches, photographs, archival materials and interactive displays provide context.
   â€˜The exhibit has came to Houston for 130 years of the company because Houston is a mirror of Bulgari values—it’s a bold, powerful, daring entrepreneur city, always forward thinking in exactly what Bulgari stands for in the world of jewellery, so it’s a great match,’ said Babin in a release.
   Naomi Watts wore a stunning one-of-a-kind Serpenti necklace from Bulgari’s high jewellery collection (a sleek double-coil diamond Serpenti in white gold with two pear shaped diamonds [1·04 ct], emeralds [48·67 ct], and pavé diamonds [170·50 ct]), and carried a Bulgari cocktail evening pochette in palm embroidered silver and gold. Wyatt wore an 8 ct white gold necklace (with 29 emerald cut diamonds [57·45 ct] and 567 round brilliant cut diamonds [44·22 ct]), as well as an 18 ct white gold bracelet (12 emerald diamonds [16·95 ct] and 374 round brilliant cut diamonds [23·51 ct]), and an 18 ct white gold diamond bracelet (28·92 ct). Herring wore an 18 ct white gold necklace with sapphires (93·64 ct), peridots (161·85 ct), milky quartzes and round brilliant diamonds (21·29 ct), and matching earrings.


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