Lana Del Rey’s much-anticipated 30-minute film, Tropico, was released on Vevo today.
The singer, playing a modern-day Eve, stars alongside model Shaun Ross. The original preview in Lucire detailed a three-part story of sin and redemption. The three parts take place in four scenes: the Garden of Eden, the stripper club, the robbery, and the farewell.
The tracks from Del Rey’s Born to Dieâthe Paradise Edition are ‘Body Electric’, ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘Bel Air’, and the film gives greater context to the songs.
She pays homage to Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, who appear alongside John Wayne and Jesus Christ in the film, which was directed by Anthony Mandler. Mandler previously directed her videos for âNational Anthemâ and âRideâ.
The film is available for streaming on Vevo apps and Vevo.com exclusively.
At the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood for the Tropico premiÃ¨re, Del Rey also announced the title of her new album as Ultraviolence, but gave no details on release date or tracks.
âStangersâdiehard fans of the Ford Mustangâwill have already seen it due to leaks of the official photographs half a day ago. Lucire ran the leaked photos on our Facebook page. But now, we can officially talk about the unveiling, in six cities around the worldâNew York, Dearborn, Michigan, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney and Barcelonaâof the 2015 Mustang, codenamed S550, which commemorates the model line’s 50th anniversary.
Executive chairman Bill Ford was present at the Barcelona event, in front of an audience of 2,500 journalists, dealers and Ford employees.
While the Mustang has officially been on sale in Europe and other markets before since the original model was released in New York on April 17, 1964, the 2015 model is the first which will be sold as a “world car”, as part of Ford’s core range.
Ford notes that the Mustang is its most iconic range, and that it is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. Nine million have been built since the original’s launch.
Stephen Odell, executive vice-president for Ford in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a release, ‘The Mustangâs formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold. The new Mustang epitomizes Fordâs aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.’
The new model certainly lives up to the promise. It has the classic Mustang proportions and blends them with Ford’s present design language.
The design language has been seen on other global products such as the facelifted B299 Ford Fiesta and the CD391 Ford Fusion, which will be sold in Europe and other markets as the Ford Mondeo. It is an evolution of some of Ford’s earlier design principles.
The grille opening apes that of the Fiesta and Fusion, but appears in a more exaggerated form, with the Mustang horse placed in the centre, as with the original, the Mustang II, and the models dating from the 1994.
There are also shades of the ItalDesign Ford Mustang concept of 2006, which brought some Italianate touches, such as a tapering cabin.
The rear lights also reflect the classic Mustang ideas, with the tri-bar design that also harks back to the original.
Ford has also injected the rear-wheel-drive Mustang with the latest technologies, equipping the pony car for the 2010s and beyond.
Technologies include Ford’s Sync with voice control and eight-inch touchscreen (in Europe), and drivers can adjust between driving modes.
The convertible has an insulated cloth top, which has a sleek profile when folded, according to Ford.
Moray Callum, Ford’s executive director of design for the Americas, said, ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true.’
Inside, the Mustang has an aviation-inspired cockpit, designed for the driver, and there is more space, thanks to a wider cabin and an all-new rear suspension. The cockpit again blends modern and classic: the two large dials hark back to the original, but the look is more geometric and structured.
The boot can now accommodate two golf bags, thanks to the new platform.
The suspension brings Mustang bang up to date. The front has double ball-joint Macpherson struts, while the rear gets rid of its agricultural live rear axle in front of an integral-link independent suspension. The Mustang promises to be a far better drive than the models of old, suiting worldwide markets. Ford’s stability control includes torque vectoring.
Engines are the classic five-litre V8 (with 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque) and a new EcoBoost 2Â·3-litre four delivering 309 PS and 407 Nm. The automatic model has steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.âJack Yan, Publisher
Former Lucire stylist Illya Knight’s accessory brand, G.O.N.T. (God of Nocturnal Thunder) is something new and exciting to get behind. G.O.N.T. aims to enhance personal style and individuality through their edgy jewellery, menswear, womenswear, footwear and bags. Inspired by nature, power and strength, this new label delves into the concepts of glamour and power. Their eclectic pieces each make an original statement.
Based in New York, G.O.N.T. is a start-up company which is constantly growing, where new pieces are being added online daily. Knight aims to create garments able to be flaunted in the day-to-day wardrobe where functionality meets quality and style.
In looking through G.O.N.T.âs promotional imagery, what really stood out for me are the artistic photography and the luxurious-looking leather. The most distinctive piece is the ski-boot-style men’s leather boots. Opening at the sides, I have never seen anything like them. Their originality, incorporating ski-sporty with grungy, is something to be valued as mixing elements is not an easy task. Here at Lucire we also highly rate his rugged denim with its vibrant colours and creased exterior. Last but not least the G.O.N.T. leather mailbox bag is both luxe and grungy, I wouldn’t mind one if this myself! Check out G.O.N.T. for yourself at thegont.tumblr.com.âAnna Deans
Shiseido’s Joico brand has teamed up with artist Bella Pilar, who will create a series of illustrations through 2014 promoting its milestone events, hair care products and accessories.
Pilar’s illustrations will be seen through Joico’s website, banners, PR and social media, promoting its breast cancer awareness initiatives, holiday collections and other special occasions. They will appear on marketing collateral including Iphone cases, tote bags, sunglass and make-up cases, point-of-sale signage and other items.
Joico calls Pilar, ‘An artist with a rich imagination,’ with artwork that depicts ‘whimsical women who evoke a fashion-forward and inspirational ethos.
âBella’s characters are widely known for their style, joie de vivre and refinementâa perfect fit for a hair care brand known for their head turning artistic skills. Her artwork has wide appeal to today’s beauty aficionados, which is what makes this partnership a natural fit for the brand.’
Damien Carney, international artistic director for Joico, says, ‘Bella’s work is exquisite, exotic, sassy, coy, fun, and fresh all in one. She has a magnetic energy that pulls people in through her signature designs. She will play an integral role in making this campaign memorable and wildly successful.’
Pilar says, ‘I knew that creating art would be a part of my life forever, but I feel honoured that it has led me down such an amazing path to opportunities like this collaboration â¦ I look forward to finding new inspiration and taking artistic cues from the brand throughout this partnership.’
The grand opening of Frimousses de CreÌateurs of UNICEF France was held on November 25 at the Petit Palais in Paris. The event was a great success and managed to attract more than 1,300 guests to the premiÃ¨re of the 11th edition of Frimousses de CreÌateurs that displayed a unique array of dolls and artwork donated by various artists and designers.
The highlight was by far the artwork that ranged from what seemed to be dolls on the Eiffel Tower, intricate figures dressed in ribbon and old-fashioned teddy bears from everyone’s childhood. What made the event more mesmerizing was the enchanting lighting that lit up the tall arched ceilings and luxurious setting designed by scenographer and curator FreÌdeÌric Fontan that managed to sprinkle the perfect touch of fairy dust to the night.
All the artwork will be on auction for charity today (December 2) at the Four Seasons George V in Paris. There is much passion and anticipation for the upcoming auction with support from celebrities such as TV entertainer SeÌbastien Folin who will be the auction host, along with international auction house Artcurial directing the auction. All the profit from the auction will be dedicated to the children of Darfur as UNICEF France continues to support those in need.âChristine Min