Above, from top Alena Ĺ eredovĂĄ. Max Laudadio. Below Massimiliano Rosolino. Anna Valle.
Basta!, a passionate photo exhibition by Livio Moiana, is a compelling cry for all the victims of violence in Italy. One hundred famous actors, TV personalities, art critics and commentators take action by âscreamingâ in portraits pleading for a ‘Stop!’ to the lingering Italian legislative vacuum. The portraits were created in solidarity with those who have suffered violence: girls, women, boys and entire families. Itâs still a utopian dream, since Italy and Greece are the only two remaining nations in Europe demonstrating a complete indifference towards the victims of violence. Moianaâs exhibition can be viewed through September in Vicenza at TheArtsBox, a private exhibition space, Contraâ San Paolo, 23, 36100 Vicenza, Italy. Visit www.theartsbox.org.âStanley Moss, Travel Editor
Ruby’s mini-collection, entitled Magic Hour, is perfect for those winter parties and a great injection of colour into your wardrobe.
Classic Breton-stripe T shirts and flirty print dresses and blouses make up the collection. Our favourites are the Magic Hour Bloom baby doll, with its winter floral pattern. This, paired with tights and fun heels, is the perfect little dress for any cocktail or winter wedding, while the Minnie blouse is perfect office-wear, with its flirty ruffles and playful polka dots injecting fun into your work or casual weekend outfit.
To mark the collection’s arrival in stores this Friday (June 7), Ruby has collaborated with director Isobel Dryburgh on a short film, which captures side-tracked youths meandering along in the wilderness.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
Above GisĂ¨le BĂźndchen, who has returned to model for H&M, first appeared in 2000 for the company’s summer swimwear.
In a few weeksâ time, Forbes will release its table of the worldâs top-earning models for June 2012 to June 2013. Lucire didnât report on the numbers last year, but if we did, we would have noticed that Heidi Klum disappeared from the league tables, after being in a consistent second place for years. Forbes had taken her off the list, saying that she was more a businesswoman than a model. Itâs not entirely fair, since Klum, 40, still models (granted, they are usually products she is associated with), and we estimate her earnings are still in the eight figures.
Natalia Vodianova shot up into third, more than doubling her 2011 figure. Miranda Kerr was back in the top 10 after having a baby, while Lara Stoneâs number dropped with her pregnancy (she became a Mum in May).
But can we make a call on the rankings, just looking at the trends and how much coverage the models have received in our pages?
Thereâs no doubt that GisĂ¨le BĂźndchen will remain top dog. Her earning figure was at $25 million for 2009 and 2010, and a whopping $45 million for the past two years. We havenât seen BĂźndchen as much in the last year, but she has inked deals with H&M (which is securing big names with Donald Schneider on its team) and C&A.
Kate Moss will secure second place. St Tropez has been her most recent gig, though figures were not reported at the time. Moss still gets headlines, so sheâll either be in the high seven figures, but we think she could head into the low eights again.
Adriana Lima has traditionally followed Moss, but Natalia Vodianova overtook her by $1Âˇ3 million in 2012, getting to $8Âˇ6 million over Limaâs $7Âˇ3 million. That was helped with her contracts with Guerlain and Etam (she helps design her own lingerie collection there, Ă laElle Macpherson), a deal with Russian retailer Centro, and continuing to walk the catwalk for some major labels. So the VodianovaâLima ordering from 2012 is likely to be preserved. Doutzen Kroes is getting plenty of attention in our pages, propelled in part through her contract as a LâOrĂŠal Paris face. She netted just under $7 million last year, and itâs going to be a toss-up between her and Alessandra Ambrosio for 2013 for fifth place, both of whom rank similarly in terms of mentions here. Kroes was missing in the top 10 in 2011 due to her pregnancy but has pipped Ambrosio twice since 2009âbut only by $300,000â$500,000. Weâre making a call that the orderâs going to stay the same for fifth and sixth, too.
Karlie Kloss should be up there in 2013. People with Money puts Klossâs net worth at $275 million but in terms of annual earnings, the number is bound to be lower. Weâre putting the value of the Cover Girl cosmetics and Christian Dior contracts, her fashion and perfume lines, walking for many top names, and her new Victoriaâs Secret âAngelâ role in the seven figures, and our bet is that sheâll find herself in seventh.
Miranda Kerr would, consequently, get bumped down one place, but her earnings should stay within the $4 millionâ$5 million region. That leaves Carolyn Murphy and Candice Swanepoel from last yearâs tables, models who have typically been in the $3 million club. Murphy has not been searched for much here, nor has she merited much mention, so we wonder where she will be ranked. Weâre thinking Swanepoel might pip Murphy this year, with her continuing Victoriaâs Secret and other contracts.
Emanuela de Paula has not made much headway since getting into 11th place in 2009, which continues to suggest that globally, Caucasian models tend to have it easier at this point.
Shiseido will launch its Bio-Performance Super Corrective Eye Cream on July 9 in New Zealand, retailing for NZ$115 for 15 ml. The new cream counteracts sagging, wrinkles and dark circles and helps make eyes look younger.
Shiseido says that the area around the eye can be dry, which leads to ageing. Naturally produced hyaluronic acid keeps the skin moisturized and firm, but with ageing, the acid is degraded more quickly. Shiseido’s innovation helps promote the production of hyaluronic acid and prevent its breakdown. The company has added its Bio-Corrective Complex and rose apple leaf extract, giving added protection against UV rays.
Another new release can be found in Lucireâs issue 30, out this week: MAC False Lashes, its well known mascara available in its Stay Black shade, is now waterproofâbut has the same volume, curl, length and definition that you have come to love. There is also MACâs unique brush which delivers twice as much pigment. It retails from June 30 in New Zealand at NZ$48.
Revlon, meanwhile, has launched its Nearly Naked make-up and pressed powder line. The new foundation helps harmonize skin and make-up and restore one’s natural glow.
Revlon has used weightless, hollow silica pigments, which are said to blend the make-up with the skinâs natural tone and texture. It has added green and black tea, oatmeal and jojoba, and SPF 20 protection.
There are 12 broad-spectrum shade offerings for the foundation and six shades of powder. Retail price is NZ$31Âˇ95, with an on-counter date in mid-July.
Literature that’s long been ripe for the picking (or picking-on) is harvested in earnest for the PEN Center, a literary organization advocating the freedom of expression around the world.
Hollywood risk-takers like director John Landis, literature critic Tom Lutz, novelist Natasha Dean, and actors RĂŠnĂŠe Felice Smith, Julian Sands, Kevin McKidd and Illeana Douglas have never shied away from controversial topics or works of art in their respective bodies of work. Perhaps it was for this reason they took time out of their busy schedules to headline a Beverly Hills fundraiser and auction to support the efforts of the Los Angeles-based PEN Center.
Classics performed included passages from Mark Twainâs The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Maya Angelouâs I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Ken Keseyâs One Flew over the Cuckooâs Nest, Joseph Hellerâs Catch-22, George Orwellâs 1984 and Harper Leeâs To Kill a Mockingbird. Although these diverse titles are required reading in many high schools across the US, one thing they all have in common are controversial elements that prevented their valuable commentary on the human condition from being heard. And then there was Julian Sandsâ sexy rendition of Lady Chatterleyâs Lover, that brought a dimension of âadults onlyâ appealâyet even that performance revealed the most controversial titles of the lot had value and purpose.
Funds raised from the tickets and the silent auction (which featured several items from designer Sue Wong) helps PEN finance legal council and procedures required for the release of imprisoned writers, as well as the protection of writers who suffer political prosecution, persecution, and censorship. Founded in 1943, and incorporated as a non-profit in 1981, the PEN Centerâs membership includes poets, playwrights, essayists, novelists (hence, the acronym), as well as television and screenwriters, critics, historians, editors, journalists, and translators.
PEN operates under two distinct yet complementary aims: to promote a literary culture and to protect freedom of expression. Among PEN Center USAâs various activities are public literary events, a mentorship project, literary awards, and international human rights’ campaigns on behalf of writers who are censored or imprisoned.âElyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
Mini has been present at the Life Ball in Wien for many years, but this is the first time its donated car has been the larger Paceman, a new model that’s essentially a coupĂŠ crossover version of the iconic British car.
The Paceman, the three-door sporting version of the Countryman tested by Lucire last year, takes some Mini cues, but reinterprets them at a much larger (and not that mini) size.
This year’s Mini on the magenta carpet has been customized by Roberto Cavalli himself, who unveiled the car at the Rathausplatz. Cavalli follows in the footsteps of other designers who have worked with Mini on the Life Ball, inter alia Kenneth Cole, Francisco Costa, Dean and Dan Caten of DSquaredÂ˛, Renzo Rosso for Diesel, and Diane von Furstenberg. The car has gold elements inside and out, iridescent paintwork, and (of course) animal prints.
Cavalli, and his wife Eva in the passenger seat, drove the Mini Paceman to the event.
The car had been auctioned earlier for a record âŹ150,000 during the Aids Solidarity gala, with the entire proceeds going to projects combatting HIVâAids.
The event featured numerous celebrities, including Sir Elton John, Hilary Swank, Melanie Griffith, Barbara Eden, Carmen Electra, former US president Bill Clinton, Anna Netrebko, Erwin Schrott and Fergie.
There were plenty of celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival premiĂ¨re of The Immigrant on Friday, a movie by James Gray, set on Ellis Island in the 1920s. Commentators called the film, entered in competition at the Festival de Cannes, the most divisive because of its sentimentality.
Gray had also co-written Blood Ties, which had premiĂ¨red out of competition at the Festival earlier this week.
He was inspired by his grandparents for his latest film, to be released by the Weinstein Company. They had emigrated from the Ukraine to the US.
On the red carpet for The Immigrant at the Grand ThĂŠĂ˘tre LumiĂ¨re were Harvey Weinstein, Darius Khondji, Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro, Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, and James and Alexandra Gray.
Olivia Palermo, Clotilde Courau, Peter Dundas, Carolina Parsons, Ana Girardot, Agathe Bonitzer, Mouna Ayoub, Kristin Scott Thomas, Liliana Matthaeus, Uma Thurman, Victoria Abril, Isabeli Fontana, TaĂs AraĂşjo, Bianca Balti, Karlie Kloss, the reigning Miss Prestige National Auline Grac, Izabel Goulart, Juno Temple, Eugenia Silva, and Michael Cera.
Saturday’s premiĂ¨re of Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski’s adaptation of the David Ives play, itself based on the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novella. Set in the theatre, it is the last film to be screened in competition at Cannes, and is a vehicle for Polanski’s wife, Emmanuelle Seigner.
Polanski, Seigner and actor Mathieu Amalric, who stars alongside Seigner, represented the film at Cannes, while celebrities on the red carpet included Audrey Tautou, Lynne Ramsay, Nicole Kidman, Carmen Chaplin, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Naomi Kawase, Kim Novak, Ludivine Sagnier, Zhang Ziyi, Bianca Balti and Agathe Bonitzer.
Meanwhile, Montblanc and Liberatum have hosted a dinner for the premiĂ¨re of Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, which saw John Hurt, Claire Denis, Tom Hiddleston and other VIPs attend.
Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, a black-and-white film in competition at the 66th Festival de Cannes, is a stylistic but not a thematic departure from his previous film, The Descendants. Bruce Dern and Will Forte play father and son in the new film, and June Squibb plays Dern’s wife.
The storyline sees Dern’s character, Woody, receive an eligibility certificate in the mail that he believes entitles him to $1 million, so he begins walking the 850 miles to Lincoln, Nebraska. David, played by Forte, offers to drive him, even though he and his mother know the letter is a scam.
Rance Howard, Angela McEwan and Stacy Keach also feature in Nebraska. Early reviews indicate that Payne’s choice of black-and-white film connects the rural American settings with a bygone era.
Will Forte, June Squibb, Alexander Payne, Angela McEwan, Albert Berger, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern and Ron Yerxa promoted the film at Cannes at the Grand ThĂŠĂ˘tre LumiĂ¨re.
Nicole Kidman (in Valentino with jewellery by Fred Leighton) and Heidi Klum (in Versace, with Christian Louboutin heels and Lorraine Schwartz jewellery), however, stole the limelight on the red carpet. Kidman is part of the jury for the Cannes Film Festival this year, and walked down the red carpet with director Ang Lee, who serves with her.
The other premiĂ¨re was for Max Rose, a homage to Jerry Lewis, who was present at Cannes, along with writerâdirector Daniel Noah, Kerry Bishe, Kevin Pollak and Michel Legrand. Lewis, 87, plays a widowed jazz pianist.