We’ve had Tamsin Cooper create a line for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Backes & Strauss partner with the English National Ballet, and now, Sarah Jessica Parker and contemporary fine jeweller Cindy Chao have teamed up to create the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece Ballerina Butterfly brooch to benefit the New York City Ballet.
It’s not quite a full line: this is a one-off to be auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong this October, at the Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale. However, it was created with the New York City Ballet, on which Parker serves as a director, in mind.
Parker and Chao connected during Chao’s 2011 Masterpiece Exhibition in Beijing. In 2012, when Chao opened her Beijing boutique, at which Parker was guest of honour, that the pair would collaborate on a piece for charity.
The collaboration, which took place over the last two years, saw them review sketches, wax models and gemstones together.
The brooch has a titanium and 18 ct gold body. It features a cushion-cut fancy brown diamond weighing 26ÂÂ·27 ct, three rough brown diamond slices weighing a total of 47Â·71 ct, three pieces of conch pearls weighing a total of 7Â·25 ct, surrounded by 4,698 diamonds and fancy-coloured diamonds weighing a total of 98Â·09 ct.
It is meant to be signify the beauty, structure, strength and movement of a ballerina, and can be worn either right-side-up or upside-down.
It will be first shown in Paris during haute couture fashion week, from which Lucire will report next week. It will then travel throughout Asia, before heading to New York and Hong Kong.
âI have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her,’ said Parker. ‘Cindy’s jewellery designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.’
Chao has created a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly each year since 2008, to symbolize her own metamorphosis, says her company, Cindy ChaoâThe Art Jewel, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
âSarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,’ said Chao in a release. ‘She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special.’
The net proceeds from the auction will go to the ballet company.
BeyoncÃ© wears costumes by Givenchy haute couture by Riccardo Tisci while her husband Jay Z wears Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci in their On the Run tour.
The tour kicked off on June 25 at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla. BeyoncÃ© wears three costumes especially designed for her by Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci.
BeyoncÃ© wears a black leather short jumpsuit, with the embroidered inscription âBBB 17â, with chunky zipper details and hand-embroidered bra and panties as her first Givenchy haute couture outfit.
Her second outfit, ‘Single Ladies’, is a reinterpretation of her leotard, in black stretch tulle embroidered with paillettes, 3-D stones and crystals, and a fishnet-on-skin tulle centre part.
Her third outfit, for the finalÃ© with Jay Z, is a black vinyl and velvet bodysuit with a fishnet catsuit underneath, and a 5 m long American flag shirt-skirt in black and white taffetas with embroidered stars.
She wears custom-made nappa and patent leather thigh-high boots with each design.
Jay Z wears a custom-made tuxedo in black grain-de-poudre with a black and white American flag print T-shirt from the upcoming Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci springâsummer 2015 menswear collection, in the opening number (â03 Bonnie & Clydeâ).
The On the Run: BeyoncÃ© and Jay Z tour will travel through the US before heading to Europe in mid-September, at the Stade de France in Paris on September 12 and 13.
The tour had already made headlines for showing off hitherto unseen footage from their wedding and of daughter Blue Ivy Carter.
According to Forbes, the couple was the highest-paid in 2013, with an estimated income of US$95 million.
Leading US designer Zac Posen, whom Lucire first interviewed not long after he started in the business, has been appointed creative director for Brooks Brothers’ women’s collection and accessories.
The company says that Posen will direct the design and merchant teams, and have input on brand development for its women’s label.
âWe are thrilled to have Zac join us as creative director of our women’s collection,’ said Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers in a release. ‘He is one of the most talented and influential American designers working today.’ Del Vecchio pointed out that Posen understood that the brand needed to modernize its range.
Posen said, ‘I am truly honored and excited to be embarking on this incredible opportunity to take the Brooks Brothers women’s brand into the future while respecting its deep, rich American heritage as an institutional company.’
Posen’s first women’s collection will dÃ©but in spring 2016.
Currently, Posen’s labels include Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen and Z Spoke Zac Posen, covering clothing and accessories, with Truly Zac Posen his bridal label in association with David’s Bridal. His eyewear line, in partnership with Kenmark Optical, retails from September. He also judges Project Runway with Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia.
It is expected that Posen will remain with his own labels while working with Brooks Brothers.
Brooks Brothers is the US’s longest established apparel brand, and began selling womenswear in 1874. Presently, women’s fashion only represents 20 per cent of its sales.
Thom Browne will continue to design the Black Fleece line for men and women.
Top Jessica Stam and Thomas Keown, founder of Many Hopes. Above Actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas).
Many Hopes, the charity dedicated to building homes and schools for children in Kenyaâand creating sustainable local businesses to make themselves unnecessary in the long termâhad its gala on Tuesday.
Celebrities at the Discover Many Hopes NYC Annual Gala at Canoe Studios on West 26th Street included Jessica Stam, Jeremy Penn, AnnaLynne McCord, Krysta Rodriguez, Jon Batiste, DJ Zeke Thomas, and Alice Callahan Thompson and her husband W. Kyser Thompson.
The celebrities are said to be big supporters of Many Hopes, and the amount raised exceeded the target, netting $400,877 for the charity.
Actress Alice Callahan Thompson, who along with her husband chaired one of the auctions, noted, ‘We believe the problem of street children in coastal Kenya is also the solution. I have been involved with this unique organization that rescues and empowers children and teens in Mtwapa, Kenya since 2011.
âMy husband and I have travelled to Kenya twice to visit and serve our kiddos and look forward to returning this December. We have witnessed that no one cares more about fighting for justice than those who have suffered injustice. Our oldest girl Brendah is in her second term in law school in Nairobi, as she resolved seven years ago when Many Hopes fought for her rights, that she, too, would fight for the rights of others.’
Batiste and Thomas provided the music for the evening. Penn had donated a painting of French actress Brigitte Bardot for the silent auction.
Top Jeremy and Jessica Penn. Above Alice Callahan Thompson (Gossip Girl, One Life to Live).
Pop sensation and Grammy Award winner Lorde, who has already lent her name to a limited-edition make-up line at MAC Cosmetics, visited her home town, Auckland, New Zealand, to promote it at the MAC Pro Britomart store.
Lorde appeared with Amber Dreadon (Amber D), MAC’s senior make-up artist, and the Britomart-based artists. Senior management also attended the event: Tanya Jackson and Jodie Matthews, the brand general managers from New Zealand and Australia respectively; and Marie-Ann Billens, general manager of EstÃ©e Lauder in New Zealand.
Dreadon had worked on Lorde’s look at the Grammys earlier this year.
The Lorde Pure Heroine amplified deep plum lipstick, and the Penultimate eyeliner in Rapidblack true black, each retailing for NZ$40, go on sale on June 27.
The products will be available online and at select locations throughout New Zealand. MAC has hashtagged the campaign MACLorde for social media.
Four New Zealand artists are exhibiting in New York from July 1 at Forty:67, at the Artifact Gallery at 84 Orchard Street in the lower east side of Manhattan.
The exhibition, which comprises painting, photography and jewellery-making, features the work of Sarah Elsby, Nikki Clark, Aphra Ellen, and Jodi Clark. Elsby and Ellen are mother and daughter, and Nikki and Jodi Clark are sisters.
The work examines the ideas behind identity, place, and culture, or: what does it mean to be a foreigner transplanted to an international centre such as New York City?
Elsby uses watercolours on paper, exploring the tensions between biomorphic and architectural forms. Photographer Nikki Clark contrasts New York City with the tranquillity of the Whanganui River, near where she grew up, and the similarity of the power in both locations. Jodi Clark’s painting explores how symbols can transcend cultures and history, ‘arranged so they become abstracted from their original intent; taking on a new meaning and life while still triggering memories and nostalgia,’ she says. Ellen’s hand-crafted jewellery has what has been described as a playful approach, inspired by organic forms and odd shapes.
The gallery is open from 12 to 6 p.m. daily.
Meanwhile, two fashion films will be part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), taking place between July and September in Auckland, Wellington and other centres.
The first, FrÃ©dÃ©ric Tcheng’s Dior and I (France, 2014), is a behind-the-scenes documentary, following Raf Simons as he creates his first collection for Christian Dior, taking over from John Galliano. It’s already on Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng’s must-see list as the festival takes place.
Yves Saint Laurent, which has had a lot of coverage in Lucire already, is the second film. This is the Jalil Lespert film, which opened in January 2014 in France, and was authorized by Pierre BergÃ©. (The rival film was authorized by FranÃ§ois Pinault.)
Session dates are available online from nziff.co.nz: the Auckland ones are up now, with the Wellington schedule appearing on Friday, and other centres on July 4.
Net-a-porter has announced that its US customers can purchase a Diane von Furstenberg-designed Google Glass through its online store today, making it the first third-party retailer of the much-hyped product.
The DVF Made for Glass design, available in five colours (black, green, plum, brown and white), retails for US$1,800, and includes a frame, shade, earbud and case. A limited number is available.
Founder Natalie Massenet said in a release, ‘We are thrilled to offer Glass to our tech-savvy customers who are true leaders and innovators in style and lifestyle. We pride ourselves on leading the way in delivering the best in service, product, and technology and we are excited to bring Google Glass to our US customers, ahead of the Glass consumer release.’
US buyers can visit Net-a-porter’s DVF Made for Glass page at www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/DVF_Made_For_Glass. Due to Net-a-porter’s geography-based serving, non-US buyers will be asked to sign up for updates, and cannot purchase.
All data recorded by Google Glass are stored by Google, including photos, videos, audio, and location. Users can record pictures and video offline if they prefer. Google has not announced if it would use these data for ad-targeting purposes as it does with some user data from Gmail.
Above Larry Keigwin’s Megalopolis.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s next season, Allegro: Five Short Ballets, will premiÃ¨re in Auckland on July 30 before travelling to Hamilton, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill and Dunedin. It will mark the last under artistic director Ethan Stiefel.
âThis programme features a world premiere from New Zealander Daniel Belton; two pieces from New York choreographer Larry Keigwin, who quickly became a Kiwi audience favourite after the success of his work Final Dress in 2012; a neoclassical work by one of the most celebrated choreographers of all time, Balanchine; and a brilliant and fun piece from Johan Kobborg,’ said Stiefel in a release.
Belton’s work, Satellites, blends dance with kinetic sculpture (by Jim Murphy), animation (by Jac Grenfell) and electronic music (by Jan-Bas Bollen). Keigwin has created Mattress Suite, with six scenes about love affairs, either on or near a mattress (to the music of Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Giuseppe Verdi and Etta James), and Megalopolis (music by Steve Reich and MIA). It is the first time Keigwin has allowed a company other than his own to perform his work.
Gillian Murphy will appear for the final time as the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s principal guest artist in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, to the music of Tchaikovsky, while Kobborg’s Les Lutins sees three dancers, a violinist (Benjamin Baker) and pianist (Michael Pansters, in his RNZB dÃ©but) live on stage, performing music by Bazzini and Wieniawski-Kreisler.
Allegro runs from July 30 to August 23.