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February 4, 2016

It’s farewell to nudes as Playboy unveils revamped March ’16 issue; Sarah McDaniel on cover

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Snapchat and Instagram personality Sarah McDaniel graces the cover of the first non-nude issue of Playboy, its March 2016 number, to hit newsstands on February 12.
   The eagerly anticipated revamped magazine, which had been following a similar formula for 62 years, will be unveiled on February 5 at Playboy’s annual party during Super Bowl weekend in San Francisco.
   The March Playmate is Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel Hemingway, who appeared in the magazine in 1982; while artist and model Myla Dalbesio takes her own photographs in this issue.
   Since removing its explicit nude photographs from its website, Playboy has seen its traffic increase, and the magazine is expected to follow suit with a greater circulation.
   Playboy says it has gone back to its ‘intellectual, artistic and literary powerhouse years’ of the 1960s as inspiration for 2016. ‘The result is a Playboy magazine for a new generation, full of fresh contributors, new regular features, and an entirely contemporary take on photographing the beautiful women who have made the publication one of the most enduring and successful of all time.’
   There is a slight size change, with an increase to 9 by 11 inches (22·9 cm by 28 cm), with an upgrade in paper quality. It can also be bought at 1,200 new retail locations in the US.
   Highlights for the revamped magazine include: ‘Francofile’, the return of a monthly high-profile interview by James Franco; ‘Rabbit Hole’, Ben Schott’s monthly column; ‘My Way’, with entrepreneurial advice; ‘Playboy Advisor’, now written by a female columnist, Rachel Rabbit White; ‘Artist in Residence’, this month focusing on cartoonist Jay Howell; ‘No Filter’, written by a woman who’s making waves in entertainment; and a political column by John Meroney. This month’s features include: an interview from Rachel Maddow; 20 questions with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City; an essay on modern sexuality by Bret Easton Ellis; ‘God Bless Birth Control’, with Erin Gloria Ryan examining the IUD; a feature on one man’s tussle with US Immigration; and two literature instalments, with an excerpt from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book Five, and ‘Boone Daniels Rogue Ride’ by Don Winslow.
   The party will be held at a space in Lot A of AT&T Park in San Francisco, with sponsors Dodge, Effen Vodka, Aquahydrate and Red Bull. Alesso will DJ the party. An Instagram-activated vending machine will invite guests to post for a peek of the new magazine.

January 26, 2016

Aishwarya Rai meets French president François Hollande at Republic Day luncheon

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and director Aditya Chopra were the guests of honour of French president François Hollande, who had been in India for an official three-day visit. Hollande marked the country’s 67th Republic Day on Tuesday with a luncheon in New Delhi, and the Élysée shared the above photograph of the actress and former Miss World wearing a red sari with the president.
   Rai’s invitation had come from the French ambassador to India François Richier. She attended, representing Indian cinema.
   The actress is currently filming Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit, to be released May 19, playing prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur. Randeep Hooda is in the title role.
   She is already familiar to French audiences through her acting as well as being a L’Oréal spokeswoman, which sees her attending the Festival de Cannes regularly.
   Hollande had arrived Sunday in Chandigarh to commence his visit. He departed for France, after attending Republic Day functions, on Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. IST.

January 11, 2016

Derek Zoolander promotes Fiat 500X in advance of Zoolander 2

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Ben Stiller’s Derek Zoolander alter ego, returning to cinemas on February 12 in Zoolander 2, 15 years after the original, advertises the Fiat 500X crossover in a TV campaign that broke during the Golden Globes’ telecast yesterday.
   While the first spots were 60 seconds, 30-second spots break today on US television. The campaign will also reach digital and social media.
   The campaign has been directed by Jeff Mann, who executive-produces Zoolander 2. Background music is Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Relax (Don’t Do It)’, and Zoolander adopts his ‘Blue Steel’ pose when he sets off a traffic camera. The campaign was created in partnership with Trailer Park.
   The Fiat 500X is Fiat Chrysler’s latest entry in the 500 family, which was revived in 2007. Built on the larger Fiat Punto platform, the 500X is, for the North American market, an all-wheel-drive crossover that adopts the retromodern looks of the 500 supermini, which in turn paid tribute to the 1957, rear-engined nuova 500. Other markets receive a front-wheel-drive 500X model.
   ‘Joining forces with Paramount Pictures and Zoolander No. 2 allows us to align the Fiat 500X with a pop culture moment through one of this year’s most anticipated films,’ said Olivier François, chief marketing officer and Fiat’s global brand head.
   ‘We are thrilled for Derek Zoolander fans around the world to finally see the result of our year-long collaboration with the Fiat team on a campaign so perfectly in sync with his character,’ commented LeeAnne Stables, president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships at Paramount Pictures. ‘These Fiat spots are a hilarious reminder of the fun that audiences will have when the movie releases next month.’
   Last March, Stiller as Zoolander and Owen Wilson, in his Zoolander role as Hansel, walked the Valentino runway during the autumn–winter 2015–16 collections in Paris.
   Zoolander 2 is directed by Stiller, and sees the return of Wilson. Will Ferrell, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, Milla Jovovich, Christine Taylor, Justin Theroux and Kyle Mooney also star. The film is written by Theroux, Stiller, Nick Stoller and John Hamburg. Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Scott Rudin and Clayton Townsend produce.

December 22, 2015

Win a luxury skin care pack with Lucire and Skin Institute

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Before 2015 is out, Lucire has the pleasure of announcing another giveaway, this time in association with Skin Institute.
   Skin Institute is a multi-disciplinary specialist centre focusing on cosmetic medicine, skin cancer detection and treatment, clinical dermatology, vein treatment and surgery, and its 18th clinic has recently opened in central Wellington.
   To commemorate the opening of the new clinic, we have a luxury skin care pack to give away, compromising an Aspect Dr ABC Essential Skin Kit, Cherry Black zinc sunscreen and two Coola Liplux SPF lip balms. The value of this pack is NZ$310.
   To find out more about the new Wellington clinic or to book a free cosmetic consultation or mole spot check, visit www.skininstitute.co.nz or call 64 4 499-8001.
   To enter, become a fan of the Lucire Facebook fan page, then like the post where we’ve detailed this prize. This is for New Zealand-based readers only. We’ll draw it on January 22, 2016.

September 15, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover previews Spectre cars, with Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, David Gandy, Sonya Kraus

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Gisela Schober

As well as débuting its F-Pace SUV on its largest stand ever, Jaguar Land Rover has shown the vehicles it has supplied for the next James Bond film, Spectre, as part of the events for the IAA, the Frankfurt Motor Show.
   The Jaguar C-X75, resplendent in orange for the film, the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Land Rover Defender have appeared at Thurn und Taxis, with stars Naomie Harris and David Bautista as special guests at the Jaguar Land Rover Bond party on the eve of the reveal.
   Other celebrities present at the party included model David Gandy, German actor and brand ambassador Jürgen Vogel, Alexandra Maria Lara, Anja Kling, Hannah Herzsprung and Sonya Kraus, while British singer and musician John Newman provided the entertainment. Representing Jaguar Land Rover were CEO Dr Ralf Speth, design director Gerry McGovern and JLR Germany director Peter Modelhart.
   The C-X75, originally a show car, appears in the film as driven by Bautista’s character, Mr Hinx, and is involved in a moonlit chase against James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, a vehicle created for Spectre.
   ‘To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car that will go down in movie history,’ said Bautista.
   The Land Rover Defender and 550 PS Range Rover Sport SVR appear in major action sequences shot in Austria. The Defenders in the film have 37-inch off-road tyres, modified suspension and enhanced body protection.
   Kraus noted that the Range Rover SVR was her favourite of the three Bond cars on the stand: ‘Big and strong, I would take one away today!’ Herzsprung said, ‘I am a big fan of the James Bond movies, and of course Jaguar Land Rover. Both stand for British coolness, exceptional performance and a certain something—they fit perfectly together.’
   Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) worked on the Bond cars in association with the filmmakers. The C-X75 was prepared by SVO in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. SVO is also working on the six re-creations of the Lightweight E-type, announced last year.
   The company will show additional Spectre content through its social media channels, including behind-the-scenes videos on the design of the cars, a walk-around of the C-X75, and the stunt teams.
   Spectre premières in the UK on October 26.

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Gisela Schober

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The cars

The Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, a limited edition of 2,000.



September 2, 2015

Sofia Vergara launches second fragrance, with live appearance on HSN in October

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Parlux and Sofia Vergara have teamed up for a second fragrance, which the actress will launch live on HSN on October 22.
   The new fragrance, called Love by Sofia Vergara, follows from the original Sofia, and is an oriental, fruity fragrance, with top notes of mandarin, passionfruit and orange blossom, mid-notes of purple Andean orchid, magnolia, and Colombian coffee flower, and basenotes of amberwood, ambrette seeds and vanilla.
   The bottle is in the style of a multi-faceted emerald, as a tribute to Vergara’s native Colombia.
   The eau de parfum retails for US$55 for 100 ml and US$32 for 50 ml, and will be available across the US, and via HSN.com, Perfumania and Perfumania.com.
   ‘I want my brand to reflect the many aspects of a woman’s life. Love is for the woman who truly enjoys being a woman … and loves who she is,’ said Vergara in a release.
   ‘Sofia is the ideal partner and a terrific collaborator. She knows what she likes, is open to new ideas and has a pulse on what women want today. Her innate charisma, passion and energy charges up a room as she has the ability to stir people’s creativity, passions and emotions,’ said Donald Loftus, president of Parlux Ltd.
   Vergara will share video footage via her social media channels in the meantime, and will introduce a Love by Sofia Vergara gift set when she appears on HSN next month.

September 1, 2015

Spectacle at the MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen

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While Taylor Swift’s Ashish houndstooth dress at the MTV Video Music Awards came in for some criticism, there were no complaints over her sparkling red number that she donned in her duet with Nicki Minaj, with whom she had a recent Twitter spat.
   Spanish luxury jewellery brand Carrera y Carrera notes that the ever-popular singer wore its Círculos de Fuego ring in yellow gold to complement the dress.
   While it was clear that there were no hard feelings between Swift and Minaj, which stemmed from Swift mistakenly taking exception to something Minaj said, the spectacle that the VMAs have become meant that the rapper wasn’t afraid to court controversy with her original target, Miley Cyrus, who hosted the event. A bit of verbal sparring took place on-stage as Minaj accepted her award for her video for ‘Anaconda’.
   Our video features clips from the VMAs, where the names of today shone on the red carpet: Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Britney Spears, Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato, FKA Twigs, Gigi Hadid, John Legend, Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Pharrell Williams, Rebel Wilson, Rita Ora, Selena Gomez, the Weeknd, Tyga, Vanessa Hudgens, Wiz Khalifa and others.

August 30, 2015

Pandora launches a more mystical autumn 2015 jewellery collection, inspired by fairy tales

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Pandora has showcased its autumn 2015 collection with what it calls ‘nature-inspired pieces’, reflecting both bohemian and 1970s trends.
   The fairy tale-themed collections are headlined by the Majestic Feathers series, inspired by the phoenix, and featuring everything from stud earrings to a necklace pendant in 0·925 sterling silver and cubic zirconia stones. Incredibly intricate and detailed, these autumn pieces begin at US$50 and now feature on Pandora’s US website. Other autumn additions begin at US$35.
   Pandora is also the official jewellery sponsor for New York Fashion Week, and has partnered with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez for the occasion.
   Chavez suggests that the Majestic Feather earrings are the ‘perfect bohemian accessory’, and that one should mix metals and layer jewellery for Fashion Week. Suede, she adds, is the go-to fabric for the season.
   Pandora wearers are encouraged to share their autumn looks with the hashtags #ArtofYou and #Pandorastyle.

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