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In the last couple of weeks, weâve had Lola Cristallâs 2017 living guide; an archive interview with Thor director Taika Waititi; one of Stanley Mossâs best travel pieces to date, on five Italian centres, and another on Flemings in London; Elyse Glickman heading to Seoul, and Jack Yan testing the Mazda 3, or Mazda Axela. Weâve also looked at a natural skin care range, Kokulu, and made our picks from the springâsummer 2017 shows from New York Fashion Week.
And, of course, thereâs our print edition: issue 36 features stories on Delikate Rayne and authorâfilmmaker Leslie Zemeckis, and itâs a particularly strong issue on female power. Never mind the outcome of a certain countryâs election: as Bhavana Bhim writes in the opening feature in issue 36, women have been increasing their power throughout the ages.
Expect to see more of our Golden Globesâ suites coverage with Elyse Glickman this weekend in the news section, and more fashion, beauty, travel and living features through January.
Top: National Gallery of Victoria and House of Dior announce House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International, opening August 2017. At the media announcement on Friday, Sandra Sundelin, Alejandra Zuluaga, Ella Bond, Maddison Lukes, and Bela Pelacio Hazewinkel model various Dior designs. Above: Ella Bond models the Dior bar suit from the springâsummer 1947 haute couture collection, Maddison Lukes wears the Francis Poulenc dress from the springâsummer 1950 haute couture collection, and Bela Pelacio Hazewinkel the Abandon dress from the autumnâwinter 1948â9 collection.
Above, from top: Christian Dior adjusts the accessories to the Zaire dress, on his star model Victoire, during rehearsal for the autumnâwinter 1954â5 haute couture show. Christian Dior and model, c. 1950. From the media announcement, Ella Bond in the Dior bar suit from the springâsummer 1947 haute couture collection. Sandra Sundelin models the Dior Embuscade suit from the autumnâwinter 1950â1 haute couture collection and Alejandra Zuluaga the Gruau gown from the autumnâwinter 1949â50 haute couture collection. Alejandra Zuluaga in the Gruau gown from the autumnâwinter 1949â50 haute couture collection and Maddison Lukes in the Francis Poulenc dress from the springâsummer 1950 haute couture collection. Maddison Lukes wears Dior’s Francis Poulenc dress from his springâsummer 1950 haute couture collection.
Opened December 3, like a walk through history and Parisian elegance, the new Chanel boutique in the HĂŽtel Amelot de Bisseuil, also known as the HĂŽtel des Ambassadeurs de Hollande, is one of the most beautiful showcases of the prestigious brand yet.
Careful to retain all historical detail, wear and time, the space encompasses two ephemeral boutiques. The first, an untouched 127 mÂČ space, showcases the ready-to-wear collection and accessories within an interior of bare and exposed stone walls adorned by transparent glass, and a floor made of resin but has the likeness of Corten steel.
The second boutique, at only 37 mÂČ, showcases Chanel shoes in the style of a great artists’ studio. With the most minimal setting of black clothes-rails and wooden tables peeping through, the space is an adoration of history, archĂŠological preservation and the Hotel’s pride in history. The interiors are left exactly as is in this national heritage site, with no changes or adornment.âCecilia Xu
Above, from top: The Rees Hotel Queenstown’s Executive Lake View Penthouse. The BarcelĂł Bavaro Grand Resort. Church Road Winery winemaker Chris Scott.
Church Road Winery winemaker Chris Scott, whom Lucire had the pleasure to meet earlier this year as he introduced his Tom vintages, has been named New Zealand Winemaker of the Year 2016 by Winestate magazine. Scott also won the title in 2013. Winestate also awarded Scott’s Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2014 with the Syrah/Shiraz of the Year trophy and New Zealand Wine of the Year trophy.
The Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year award is given to the individual who achieves the highest score from the top 10 different wines judged throughout the year.
Another international win was scored by the Rees Hotel Queenstown, which was judged Best New Zealand Ski Hotel at the 2016 World Ski Awards in KitzbĂŒhel, Tirol, Austria. The awards are considered ski tourism’s most coveted prizes. The Rees Hotel is within easy reach of Coronet Peak, the Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardona, while its complimentary ski concierge services cater to the most demanding of skiers. The Rees team can help with arranging skiing or snowboarding packages, gear hire, lessons and heli-skiing. BarcelĂł Hotel Group will create new brands to complement the parent one: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, and Allegro Hotels. After acquiring Occidental, which brought the Spanish-HQed company into Aruba and Colombia, BarcelĂł has had to rethink its structure. Royal Hideaway (seven per cent of its portfolio) is the top brand, with luxury resorts; BarcelĂł Hotels and Resorts represents affordable but upscale resorts, with U-Spa Health and Wellness Centres, and includes its flagship BarcelĂł Emperatriz; Occidental Hotels & Resorts is for families, friends and couples with adventure inclusions; and Allegro Hotels (five per cent) is aimed at budget travellers.
After an intense, divisive US presidential season, and its controversial aftermath, Californians were ready to kick off award show season. Celebrity Connected not only got the party started, but provided some much needed pre-Christmas comfort and joy to greet the Hollywood creative community. The W Hollywood became a Garden of Eden, filled with a bumper crop of organic vegan goodies, non-dairy frozen treats, comfy weekend wear, interesting vaping inventions, yoga goods, and plants that could be planted in yards to further green up oneâs neighboUrhood.
The Childrenâs Hour
Bears for Humanity founder Vijay Prathap spread a little early Yuletide cheer, distributing US-made Santa Bears to get his point across about the companyâs multi-tiered charitable efforts. The 100 per cent certified organic, global Fair Trade elements of the bear are brought together by at-risk women looking to expand their career opportunities through the welfare-to-work programme. With every bear purchased, another bear is given to a child in need in communities throughout the country.
There were also all-ages fashion and skin care (with lots of mother-and-daughter teamwork) served up by Royal & Reese, Swag-Eez and Sistah Buttah, as well as yoga hear from Karma and Soul. Pre-teen entrepreneurs Angels & Tomboys showed off their Shark Tank-winning, rock-inspired body sprays (including Purple Rain, a tribute to Prince reminding one of the grape soda we all loved as kids).
Although the overall progressive agenda now hangs in the balance with a conservative government coming to power in 2017, the fight to make cannabis legal in several statesâincluding Californiaâhas moved in the right direction. Adults over 18 could sign up with MediCann doctors on the spot for paperwork that provided three months of access to dispensaries. In the immediate, they could sample several innovative products incorporating medical marijuana, cannabis, and hemp.
Hemp Kitchen offered a Medicine Chest package through their delivery service with a variety of foods and treatment products addressing pain relief, headaches and other ailments. Chef Mike was on hand to explain how enjoy the products and the nutritional components of the goods. The Art of Edibles Cannabis Collective and To Whom It May provided chocolate aficionados with gorgeously wrapped gourmet truffles, and generous gifts from VQase and Hawaiian Vape provided extra flavour and fun for those partaking in the popular cigarette alternative.
Souly Vegan of Oakland served substantial sustenance, while Justinâs nutty goodies added sweet relief to mid-day hunger pangs and Cocorilla had coconut water as nature intendedâin its original shell. Pure indulgence was doled out by Street Churos (a food truck with a charitable element), Kokolato gelato and Yoga-urt.
Finds beyond the suite
Around the same time as this suite, we found some other good products worth noting. Eufora Curl âN is one of the best curl-defining sprays for finer hair texture going. All the definition and spring without sticky stuff weighing down hair. EC/BC recently rolled out its TSA-friendly backpacks and briefcases. Though the designs are unisex, these carry-on items make a statement in terms of fuss-free travel that help sort out (literally) anything that may stop a law-abiding citizen in the security line. The BarcelĂł Hotel Group (known for its Caribbean and Mexican resorts) is also expanding its reach into Cuba, Costa Rica and other hot destinations, figuratively and literally.âElyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
Above, from top:Meistens Mozart. An excerpt from Political Mother. Pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty.
The New Zealand School of Danceâs Graduation Season once again brings an expertly executed programme, mixing genres from classical to modern to experimental. Among the programme tonight were three premières: Helgi Tomassonâs Meistens Mozart was performed for the first time in New Zealand, while Amber Hainesâs Incant and Jiři Bubeničekâs Dance Gallantries received their world premières on opening night of the season at Te Whaea. Meistens Mozart started the evening and showed that, with the right arrangement and choreography, the German language could be made cheerful. Songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Bernhard Flies and Jakob Haibel, sung by the Tölzer Boysâ Choir, accompanied the six dancers, the standout of whom was George Liang. Liang had previously been at Canadaâs National Ballet School, and we had seen him perform last month at the Republic of Chinaâs National Day celebration. There were no opening-night jitters from any of the six, who instantly transported us to an alpine society, celebrating springtime love, courtship and playfulness.
The all-male He Taongaâa Gift was an energetic and intense performance where drumbeats from Whirimako Blackâs âTorete te Kioreâ soundtrack sparked sudden moves, a demonstration of control and strength from the 14 dancers. Choreographed by Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete, He Taonga was created for the School in 2009 and reprised tonight.
Opening the second section, Laura Crawford and Yuri Marques were like delicate dolls in their pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, Act III, with the choreography after Marius Petipa. Marilyn Rowe, OBE staged and coached, while Qi Huan was répétiteur. This was a tough ballet piece to get right and the pair got stronger as they performed, gaining confidence and drawing us into their romance.
Taking a complete tangent into modern dance was the solo performance of Glitch, a new work from NZSD tutor Victoria Columbus, whose talents we most recently saw at the World of Wearable Art, where she serves as director of choreography. The movements themselves were created by graduate Connor Masseurs, who performed the dance, playing the part of a “glitching” robotic man short-circuiting on stage with skilful, shuddering movements. Masseurs completely absorbed us with his solo: it wasnât just his limbs that Masseurs controlled, he extended the idea to facial movements, inventively finding new ways to glitch. Masseurs first performed the dance at the Grand Théâtre at the Maison de la Culture de Tahiti as part of a gala at the Académie de Danse Annie Fayn. Incant was mysterious, brooding, and ethereal: this all-female work saw dancers come together to generate new shapes, conveying to us notions of clouds, trees in a forest, or tunnels, at times passing a lit sphere between them. Hainesâs choreography was meant to question traditional notions of beauty and got us successfully focusing on the collective moves of the dancers. âThis world,â she notes in the programme, âinvokes a mesmerizing state of collective consciousness and celebrates the power and luminous beauty of shared intention.â A captivating work, it ended the second set of dances. Dance Gallantries was another more traditional work, with 10 dancers telling more playful stories of romance, complemented by Otto Bubeničekâs colourful costume design and solo violin music by J. S. Bach.
A group of 12 performed an extract from Political Mother, the eveningâs one political work with jarring music and clever choreography by Hofesh Shechter. A couple merrily folk-dances in a town square, happy to be part of their society, but are they genuinely happy or manipulated by the state? Their expressions seem to suggest the latter, fooled into believing that all is well and happy in their naïveté. The action moves on to a prison, where the music is muffled and dancers ape being restrained by either arms or ankles. The final scene, with a large group of dancers back in the town, show that the entire society has succumbed to the illusion, raising their arms in acceptance. It makes you question about the times we live in, and whether intellectual discourse is suppressed in favour of simpler ideas, a population told to be happy without really knowing why.
Finally, Tchaikovskyâs music from The Nutcracker was excerpted for the upbeat Tempo di Valse, with the NZSD returning to a ballet to finish the evening. The âWaltz of the Flowersâ was instantly recognizable, the 15 dancers showing classical movements. Nadine Tyson choreographed, while the colourful traditional costumes were designed by Donna Jefferis.
Depending on the show, the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty may be replaced by Jack Carterâs Pas de deux romantique, with music by Rossini; while Glitch may give way to The Wanderer, choreographed by Columbus and perforned by Liang.
The season runs from November 16 to 26 at Te Whaea in Wellington, New Zealand, with prices ranging from NZ$18 to NZ$33. Tickets can be booked at the New Zealand School of Dance, or online at nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/book-tickets. Weâd rate it another must-see, especially to catch some rising starsâwe understand that some are off overseas, already snatched up by dance companies.âJack Yan, Publisher