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August 20, 2015

Tiffany & Co. to open store in Britomart, Auckland in late 2016

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Tiffany & Co. will open its first company-operated retail store in New Zealand in late 2016, to be located in Britomart, Auckland.
   It will be located at the ground floor of the Historic Places Trust-registered Australis House, 36–8 Customs Street, and occupy 430 m² of space. There will be the usual hallmarks: the use of Tiffany blue; polished stainless steel details with a wheat-leaf pattern, identical to that at the Fifth Avenue, New York store; marble and amazonite floors; and custom furnishings inspired by the stained-glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the founder’s son.
   Glen Schlehuber, vice-president and managing director of Tiffany & Co., said, ‘We have many loyal Tiffany customers in New Zealand and have been looking to establish a presence for some time, and the location at Britomart is perfect. We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience our iconic jewellery collections, heritage and craftsmanship that have distinguished Tiffany for over 175 years.’
   Tiffany’s has an existing presence in Auckland through DFS, its trade partner. It has seven stores in Australia, as well as an online presence at www.tiffany.com.au.

August 19, 2015

Johnny Depp models Dior Sauvage men’s fragrance, with Australian and NZ release on August 24

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News that Johnny Depp is modelling Dior’s new men’s fragrance, Sauvage, has been making the rounds this month, and now the company has announced August 24 as its on-sale date for Australia and New Zealand.
   Unlike his colleague Brad Pitt, who was the rare male face for Chanel No. 5, Depp is targeting his message and good looks at other men—and was chosen to align with the fragrance’s positioning as powerful, fresh, masculine and confident.
   It is Depp’s first time fronting a fragrance campaign.
   The campaign film is directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and expresses the idea of a man leaving the stress of urban life to the beauty of the wilderness and desert, and trusting in the road that takes him there. While there, he encounters a ‘surreal beast’.
   Ry Cooder, playing his slide guitar, provides the soundtrack, accompanied by native American drums.
   François Demachy, Dior’s perfumer, wanted a scent that matched the name, which means wild in French. However, he also had to inject a ‘noble quality’ to the fragrance.
   ‘To create Sauvage, I used man as my starting point. A strong and unmistakable masculinity. Like the image of a man who transcends time and fashion,’ he said. ‘Sauvage immediately spoke to me. I had the idea of a clear direction, strong statements. It was a stone in the rough that I chiselled and shaped.’
   The scent brings together elemi, frankincense, Sichaun and pink peppers, geranium, vetiver, Vaucluse and Drôme lavender, and patchouli.
   Dior says the new Sauvage is not related to its earlier Eau Sauvage, and is more contemporary; Eau Sauvage, it says, is a ‘timeless classic’. It has a simple, elegant, and dense, dark bottle with a black lacquer cap.
   New Zealand prices are NZ$118 for 60 ml; NZ$165 for 100 ml; Australian customers will pay A$99 and A$140 respectively. Green Cross Health pharmacies, Farmers, Smith & Caughey, Kirkcaldie & Stains, Ballantynes and selected pharmacies will carry the new scent in New Zealand; Dior Perfume and Beauty Boutiques, David Jones, Myer and selected pharmacies will carry it in Australia. It is also available online to Australian customers at David Jones’s and Myer’s websites.

August 18, 2015

Fan Phenomena: James Bond gives 007 fans more; while Sugoi invites you to the world of Bill Murray

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In the year of a new James Bond movie, many books emerge. Invariably, there’ll be one on the films themselves, taking readers through the 50-plus years of the Eon Productions’ series, and, if it’s very comprehensive, the 1950s CBS TV version of Casino Royale, the 1967 spoof of the same name, and Never Say Never Again will rate more than a mention. There’ll be something about Ian Fleming, and another book on one aspect of the Bond world (gadgets, stunts, music, or something else). Seasoned Bond fans will think the circus is in town again, because the new book about the films adds little to their existing knowledge.
   Claire Hines’s Fan Phenomena: James Bond, from Intellect Books (£15·50, US$22, releasing November 15), is something different altogether: Bond from an academic and completely cultural viewpoint. Intellect is famous for its titles on popular culture and creative practice, with a rigorous academic bent, and Fan Phenomena: James Bond continues the series but takes the reader into the world of Ian Fleming’s super-spy.
   Hines serves as editor, and there are 11 very distinct contributions to her volume, dealing with everything from canonicity to 007’s appearance as ‘Ladykiller Jimmy’ in Alan Moore’s comics; Bond as a cult brand and cultural phenomenon to the clothes he wears; from the James Bond films through a feminist viewpoint to analyses of his masculinity and identity. Interspersed between these are four ‘Fan Appreciation’ sections, featuring an interview with über-fan and former Bond novel continuation author Raymond Benson, artist and collector Peter Lorenz, 007 Museum owner James Bond (who had his name legally changed by deed poll) and cross-players CousinCecily and Winter.
   Even the most seasoned Bond fan might not have considered the impact of the character, books and films, and the book fulfils a very important role: it gives them something new. William Proctor’s analysis of continuity gets the book off to a healthy start after Hines’s introduction, though typographically it suffers: the type is inexplicably small, though the layout is modern and the visuals help lift things. Getting Raymond Benson in there early on also helps position Fan Phenomena: James Bond as a book for the cognoscenti as well as those who want an academic examination, and Benson reveals a little more behind the scenes of his years as the official continuation author.
   Matthew Freeman, in considering the many media in which Bond occupies, including the gaming world, shows just how the phenomenon breaks the established rules and succeeds, while Jesús Jiménez-Varea and Antonio Pineda’s chapter on Moore’s comics is bound to take many fans into uncharted territory. Joshua Wille’s chapter on fan edits does the same: while many know about ABC-TV’s cutting of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when it aired on US TV, but there are numerous fan edits made in the digital era that had this author hunting the forums.
   Artist Peter Lorenz’s Bond film posters are stunning and present a nice visual break before Lucy Bolton’s chapter analysing the phenomenology of Bond. Bolton’s piece is perhaps closest to those Bond “collectable” books that come out with the films as she analysed the films from Dr No to Skyfall, and fans may have their own interpretations of their cultural significance through the years. Editor Hines’s own chapter looks at Bond as cult brand, and is fascinating in her study of the 1960s Eon films. Hines reconciles how cult and mainstream come together with the Bond series, successfully. Lisa Funnell gives Bond a feminist slant and the enjoyment she derives as an assistant professor teaching women’s studies.
   Stephanie Jones looks at the Bond lifestyle but primarily through the analysis of one work, The Complete James Bond Lifestyle Seminar, which she reveals is relatively light on Bond references, leading to a less satisfying chapter—though it could hardly be blamed on Jones. Llewella Burton’s chapter on Bond and fashion, and how it became a style through the rise of merchandising as the movies became blockbusters with Goldfinger is punctuated by photos from Galeries Lafayette as it opened a James Bond boutique in 1965, again gold dust for Bond fans. Karen Brooks’s and Lisa Hill’s chapter analyses the new and old masculinities through the three Daniel Craig films of 2006, 2008 and 2012.
   Crossplayers CousinCecily and Winter talk about their love of James Bond and Q, leading neatly on the final chapter by Elizabeth J. Nielsen, which deals with Bond’s homoerotic moments and subtexts. She traces them to Fleming himself in the torture scene in Casino Royale, before covering the flirting between Bond and the new Q in Skyfall, which itself has a phenomenon, attracting both women and the LGBTQ community.
   This is a volume for the intelligent Bond fan, someone who appreciates learning about the impact of Ian Fleming’s creation. Of course the films are covered more, as it was through them that Bond became a global phenomenon. The reader walks away having been better informed: this is not a Bond book for the light reader who wants reassurance of the facts they already know, but one which gives them something more satisfying to consider.




Top A scene from What About Bob?, by Jon Boam. Centre Lost in Translation, by Grace Danico. Above Lost in Translation, by Henry Kaye.

On a briefer note, but still tied with film, Sugoi Books has released an A5 book called Cook Your Own Food: a Bill Murray Scratch and Sniff, retailing at £6. There are 20 pp., with 10 smells, with some stunning illustrations, with artists reinterpreting key moments from Murray’s films, focusing on his culinary habits. ‘Scratch the smelly pads at the top right and enter the world of Bill Murray,’ the publisher asks, and you are spoiled with scenes from Lost in Translation, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, What About Bob?, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and others. For £6, the illustrations are so good it doesn’t even matter if you have a poor sense of smell.—Jack Yan, Publisher

August 17, 2015

Keeping it natural: Stoneleigh launches Wild Valley range of wild-fermented wines

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Stoneleigh launched its Wild Valley range at the end of last week, a line-up of wild-fermented New Zealand wines comprising a 2015 Marlborough sauvignon blanc and a 2014 Marlborough pinot noir.
   The Stoneleigh Wild Valley wines get their complexity from nature, fermented by indigenous yeasts that are naturally present in the Rapaura, Marlborough vineyards. By allowing nature to take its course, the wines have an added texture to the fruity, citrus flavours that earlier Stoneleigh wines are known for.
   There has been minimal intervention, though Stoneleigh winemaker Jamie Marfell (left) stresses that a great deal of care has still gone into each wine. ‘Stoneleigh Wild Valley uses naturally occurring micro-flora to ferment the fruit, which gives the resulting wines the purest expression of our terroir. It’s like capturing the essence of our Marlborough vineyards in a bottle,’ he says.
   The 2015 Marlborough sauvignon blanc features lifted grapefruit and nectarine aromas, and citrus and passionfruit flavours, and the 2014 Marlborough pinot noir has flavours of wild berries, strawberries, raspberries and dark cherries with a subtle, toasty savouriness, according to Stoneleigh.
   The wines retail at NZ$18·99 each throughout New Zealand.

August 15, 2015

Jennifer López and her collection headline Endless Jewelry’s entry into New Zealand

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Jennifer López has collaborated with Endless Jewelry, and fronts the campaign for the Danish jewellery brand as it launches into New Zealand this month.
   The actress and singer has created her own range of charms and bracelets, to be sold in New Zealand under the Jennifer López Collection.
   She had worn items from the range during the most recent season of American Idol.
   The Endless range features a wide selection of leather bracelets in single, double and triple wraps, and over 600 charms in silver-, rose gold- and gold-plated finishes. Customers will be able to express their own unique style, with charms retailing from NZ$40. New charms and bracelet colours are released regularly.
   Endless is now available in 24 markets and 3,500 stores worldwide. New Zealand stockists can be found by calling 64 9 294-8692.





August 14, 2015

Rihanna launches RiRi by Rihanna eaux de parfum, a more ‘flirty’ scent

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Rihanna has launched a new scent through Parlux Fragrances, called RiRi by Rihanna.
   The new fragrance is meant to show a more playful side to the international music artist, with top notes of passionfruit extract, rum absolute, cassis and Italian mandarin; mid-notes of Japanese honeysuckle, orange blossom, jasmine and pink freesia, and basenotes of Madagascar vanilla, warm skin musk, and Indonesian sandalwood.
   ‘Each fragrance we create brings something new and different. This is a flirty, more feminine scent. I love that we can use interesting combinations that reflect a new overall feel,’ said Rihanna in a release.
   The eau de parfum sprays are priced at US$36, US$50 and US$60 for 1 oz, 1·7 oz and 3·4 oz respectively. A rollerball is available for US$20.
   The packaging has been designed by Rihanna herself, with a pink finish, a black neck and a gold sphere. The box is meant to evoke nail-scratched metal.
   RiRi bu Rihanna goes on sale at macys.com from August 14, and at Macy’s, Stage and Perfumania.com in September.

August 13, 2015

Trilogy launches Raha perfume, benefiting So They Can to empower Tanzanian women and children

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Trilogy has introduced a second perfume called Raha, following its limited-edition Jua Natural Perfume last year. The Raha Natural Perfume, again in partnership with So They Can, is another limited edition, which sees NZ$2 from every sale donated to the charity to educate and empower Kenyan and Tanzanian communities.
   Raha, developed in conjunction with perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, is a natural perfume with Tanzanian sunflower oil as its base, produced by one of So They Can’s projects. Its top notes are green galbanum, citrus, bergamot and black pepper, mid-notes are composed of blue iris, marine accord, rose and frankincense, and the basenotes are warm vanilla with subtle spice. All are natural ingredients.
   The name Raha translates to joy in Swahili, and the fragrance was inspired by the warn African rain which ‘brings joy, growth and survival. It cools the thirsty land, sharpens the crisp aromas of the bush, and brings life to plants, animals and people,’ says the company.
   The 7·5 ml roll-on applicator perfume oil retails for NZ$24·90 and hits stores on August 15 in New Zealand.
   Two hundred and fifty bottles are donated to So They Can for their own fundraising as well.
   Jua raised NZ$20,000, enough to provide an annual income for 50 women sunflower farmers and harvesters in Tanzania, according to Trilogy. The target this year is NZ$30,000, providing for 50 Tanzanian women and a full year’s education for 500 children.



Top Women farmers in Tanzania during the harvest. Above A sunflower field in Tanzania.

August 12, 2015

Norell New York launches, with Riley Keough fronting Michael Avedon-shot campaign

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Norell New York, named for the famed American fashion designer Norman Norell, will be hitting Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Neiman-Marcus throughout the US this month with a range headlined by a limited-edition parfum with a hand-crafted bottle by Baccarat priced at US$1,500.
   The 50 ml parfum is joined by a 100 ml eau de parfum at US$150, a 189 g body cream at US$95, and a 240 ml body oil at US$80.
   Riley Keough fronts the campaign, created by Parlux Fragrances with ad agency Lloyd & Co., and photographed by Michael Avedoon.
   The choices of Keough and Avedon—the grandchildren of Elvis Presley and Richard Avedon respectively—are meant to celebrate both the legacy of Norell and the next generation of American influencers, says the company.
   ‘We wanted to unite Norell’s strong brand heritage with an elegance that is resolutely modern. Riley Keough and Michael Avedon … [are] both born from enduring legacies and both in command of unique talents for current times,’ said Doug Lloyd, founder and creative director for Lloyd & Co., in a release.
   The new floral fragrance has been created by IFF perfumer Céline Barel, with top notes of galbanum, bergamot, pear and mandarin, mid-notes of jasmine petals, peony, orchid and gardenia, and basenotes of the expensive orris butter, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.
   Norell, whose career extended back to silent films, had dressed Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Lauren Bacall, and First Lady Michelle Obama donned a vintage dress of his design in 2010.

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