Looks like Lucire was on the pulse of the Zeitgeist again by talking about Taylor Swift in our latest print issue. The singer took home four awards at the 2013 American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday: she was named Artist of the Year, Favourite Female Country Artist and Favourite Popâ€“Rock Artist, and won Country Album of the Year for Red.
Swift, 23, wore a strapless gold Julien Macdonald mini-dress from his autumnâ€“winter 2013â€“14 collection and Jimmy Choo sandals, with jewellery by Lorraine Schwartz, while Miley Cyrus, who recently turned 21, played it safe after her controversial MTV VMAs’ performance with a white Versace tuxedo and Yves Saint Laurent shoes. She was accompanied by her father, Billy Ray Cyrus.
Receiving her Artist of the Year award, Swift said, ‘My lucky number is 13, and so far you guys have made 2013 the most magical year of my life so far.’
Best dressed, we thought, was Katy Perry, looking red-carpet perfect in Oscar de la Renta with an Olympia Le-Tan clutch.
Our video shows Swift, Cyrus, Perry, Lady Gaga (making an entrance on a fake stallion), Heidi Klum, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
Justin Timberlake took home three awards, One Direction won the Favourite Band, Duo or Groupâ€”Popâ€“Rock and Favourite Albumâ€”Popâ€“Rock for Take Me Home. Rihanna won the inaugural Icon Award, which she received from her mother.
As the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who nearsâ€”its premiÃ¨re is on November 23, along with an international simulcastâ€”the BBC has released a short mini-episode, ‘The Night of the Doctor’, starring Paul McGann.
The episode is an unexpected gift to fans, after McGann told the press that he was not involved in the anniversary. It turns out it was one of the surprises the BBC had in store.
Released on the web, the story ties in with the Time War that was mentioned when Doctor Who returned to television screens in 2005.
McGann was cast as the Eighth Doctor and appeared in an American-financed TV movie in 1996. Prior to ‘The Night of the Doctor’, it was his only appearance in the role.
The mini-episode also ties in some of the audio plays, making them part of the official television canon.
The episode concludes with McGann’s character regenerating into ‘The War Doctor’ played by John Hurt, who is regarded as an previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor. It also stars Emma Campbell-Jones as Cass and Clare Higgins as Ohila.
The BBC and others are releasing documentaries and seminars relating to Doctor Who, which has become a cultural phenomenon, especially since its return in 2005. Specials include a film based on the events surrounding the creation of the series in 1963, entitled An Adventure in Time and Space, which airs on the 21st in the UK and the 22nd in the US.
The revived show has met with great success in the US as well as its native UK. Prior to its original cancellation at the end of the 1980s, it had a cult following Stateside, but was most popular in its home country and in the British Commonwealth.
As part of its success in mainstream culture, Doctor Whoâ€™s companions have regularly appeared in fashion shoots, notably Karen Gillan, who is a former model.
Otago Polytechnic graduate Rakel Blom won the ID International Emerging Designer Awards last night in Dunedin, with a collection that tapped into the Zeitgeist of global communities and cross-cultural connections.
Blom, who originally hails from Iceland, told Lucire, ‘My biggest passion is travelling,’ and that she had ventured through Asia and Europe before studying in New Zealand.
That passion saw her design seven garments, one for each continent, although only five were required by the competition. Consequently, Oceania and Antarctica were omitted.
The collection was called The World through My Eyes, and featured prints with designs representing each continent. It had been inspired both by travel and textiles. Judges called it ‘eclectic and joyful, sleek, chic and professional, with intricate detailing and true depth.’
In a release, Assoc Prof Karen Webster, guest judge for the competition, said, ‘It absolutely had the “wow factor” but also real depth. There was incredible intricate detailing, including hand-made buttons, stars cut out of Perspex mixed with bold inspirational prints. The collection was a discovery waiting to be made.’
Blom speaks highly of her Alma Mater but despite the win, which includes a NZ$5,000 prize from Peroni, she says her next focus is to ‘find a job.’
Blom’s collection was the crowd favourite at the Edgar Sports Centre, helped by the support of a local crowd. She competed with designers from Ireland, England, China and Australia.
Judge Stephen Jones, OBE, the famed milliner, said that the key themes for the evening were ‘diversity, globalism and everything made to a perfect degree.’
The 1,300-strong audience included two High Commissioners and a consul, cheering on the UK, Australia and China. It was hosted by Shannon Ryan.
China’s contribution also included 10 international models from the University of Shanghai Engineering Science. Aliana McDaniel led the make-up team backstage for Revlon.
A full report from ID Dunedin Fashion Week will follow in Lucire.â€”Jack Yan, Publisher
Peroni 1st Place Prize (NZ$5,000): Rakel Blom, School of Design, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand.
CaffÃ¨ Lâ€™AffarÃ¨ 2nd Place (NZ$3,000 cash): Emma Boseley, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.
Strawberry Sound 3rd Place (NZ$1,000 cash): Kathleen Choo, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
Dunedinâ€™s Golden Centre Mall Prize (NZ$1,000) for the most commercial collection: Blathnaid McClean, National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin, Ireland.
Global Fabrics Award for Excellence in Design (NZ$1,000 cash and a NZ$2,000 voucher): Sohong Lim, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards took place in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, supported by Jameson Irish Whiskey, with Silver Linings Playbook the big winner at the event. Silver Linings Playbook beat rival independent films Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights on, and Moonrise Kingdom, the other nominees this year. It won best picture, best director and best screenplay for David O. Russell. Jennifer Lawrence, who had already won numerous awards for best actress at other awards, took the same prize at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
John Hawkes won best actor for The Sessions, beating out Playbookâ€™s Bradley Cooper. Helen Hunt won best supporting actress for The Sessions, while Matthew McConaughey won best supporting actor for Magic Mike. Starlet received the Robert Altman Award.
Guests attending included ZoÃ« Saldana, Lemon Zhang, Stephan A. Shtereff, Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Daniel Radcliffe, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Mads Mikkelsen, Jake Johnson, Jason Isaacs, Amy Poehler, Stana Katic, Kyle MacLachlan, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington, Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Melanie Lynskey, Bruce Willis and Emma Hemming, Jeremy Renner, Jack Black, Tanya Haden, Nina Dobrev, Rashida Jones, Ben Richardson, and Benh Zeitlin. Andy Samberg MCed the event.