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Brancott Estate launches limited-edition sauvignon blanc with Hayley Westenra and WOW models

NEWS  by Lucire staff/March 11, 2013/7.30

Top WOW models at Brancott Vineyard celebrating the start of harvest with Patrick Materman, chief winemaker for Brancott Estate. Above Hayley Westenra performs at the Brancott Estate vineyard.

Brancott Estate not only has a new wine out—its limited-edition Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010—but it marked the occasion with an exclusive performance at its vineyard in Marlborough with Hayley Westenra and the World of Wearable Art models.
   The release, literally from chosen rows at the vineyard, is a complex, layered wine, limited to 3,500 individually numbered bottles worldwide. It is Brancott Estate’s first limited edition, retailing at NZ$80 at the vineyard’s Heritage Centre, fine wine retailers, and through selected retailers in New Zealand.
   Those rows were singled out for delivering exceptional quality fruit. The vintners then looked for ripeness of flavour and a special flavour profile, seeing which were the best fruit for this more exclusive edition.
   The wine reveals layers of exotic fruits, roasted hazelnut and spice, while remaining fresh.
   In a release, Brancott Estate chief winemaker Patrick Materman says, ‘We’re excited and proud to be launching Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and believe now is the right time to bring this exceptional new wine to the market. This is an age-worthy wine which will slowly evolve and reveal more of itself in the following 10 years …
   ‘Our deep understanding of complex and ageworthy natural aroma compounds of Marlborough sauvignon blanc, together with our long-term learnings of the soil types on Brancott Vineyard has given us a unique opportunity to create this prestigious wine which is the pinnacle of our winemaking.’

Centre Arnaud Sabard, Hayley Westenra, Patrick Materman and Cathy McKeown. Above Michael Cooper and Bob Campbell with a WOW model.

Miss New Zealand Ria van Dyke is the new face of Innoxa

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 4, 2011/23.13

Ria van Dyke, photographed by Angela Scott
Angela Scott

Ria van Dyke, the reigning Miss Universe New Zealand, is the new face of Innoxa.
   Van Dyke signed a contract yesterday to be the face of the brand for the next three years, she told Lucire.
   The campaign will break next month in the Packer Press’s The Australian Women’s Weekly’s Royal Wedding double issue, and in its sister titles.
   Van Dyke was unanimously elected by a judging panel in Wellington to the top spot last June and has had more publicity surrounding her during her reign than her immediate predecessors.
   Her successor will be crowned in Wellington on May 1 at the Amora Hotel (formerly Duxton).

Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete is L’Oréal Paris’s new face

NEWS  by Lucire staff/February 14, 2011/4.00

L’Oréal Paris has announced that Jimena ‘Ximena’ Navarrete, 22, the reigning Miss Universe, is its new face.
   Of Mexican origin, Navarrete follows in the footsteps of Cheryl Cole, Jennifer López, Beyoncé Knowles, Gwen Stefani, Scarlett Johansson and Aishwarya Rai.
   While not the first L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel of Latin American extraction, Navarrete helps boost the brand’s profile in that region.
   Navarrete was originally crowned Nuestra Belleza México in 2009, which entitled her to enter the Miss Universe competition in 2010.
   Earlier Miss Universes and Miss Worlds have won endorsement contracts.
   Miss Universe 2004 Jennifer Hawkins was offered in 2006 the contract to be the spokeswoman for Myer, an Australian department store chain. The four-year contract was renewed, early, in 2009 for another four years.
   Maju Mantilla, Miss World 2004, was offered a contract with Pantene last year, and can be seen in commercials in South America (see below).
   Former Miss Universe, Lorraine Downes, 46, was strict about which brands to endorse, choosing to put on her skin only what has been proven to be 100 per cent natural.
   The 1983 title-holder is currently the spokeswoman for New Zealand brand Living Nature.
   She commented, ‘I looked around the world and discovered there was only a handful of truly natural brands, one of which was Living Nature, from my homeland.’

Kate Moss by Mario Testino now in paperback; US, New Zealand release in April

NEWS  by Lucire staff/February 4, 2011/11.51

Kate Moss by Mario Testino

Although news of Mario Testino’s book featuring his favourite muse, supermodel Kate Moss, has been around since 2010, publication of the paperback version of the lavish Taschen volume won’t be till this month in the UK. It’s heading to New Zealand through New Holland Publishers in April, at the price of NZ$150.
   It’s astounding value when you consider that the original hardcover edition, in an acrylic box, retailed at £900 (£850 if you order through this link; and US$1,500 Stateside—available here via Amazon) and was a strict limited edition of 1,500, numbered and signed by the artist.
   Kate Moss by Mario Testino is, according to the distributor, an ‘iconic collaboration’ and an ‘intimate insight into the lives and minds of two of the world’s definitive style leaders.’
   The book begins with Moss’s early days backstages to some of her magazine editorials. Exclusive images appear, as well as an essay by Moss.
   This latest edition is in softcover, the 228 pp. volume measures 287 mm by 396 mm.
   Its US publication date is also April 1, where it will retail for US$70 (for US readers, US$38­·17 if ordered through here). In the UK, it retails for £44·99 (a little less via Amazon UK, at £38·24).

Merry Christmas, on a summer’s day

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 24, 2010/23.38

Here’s our view from HQ on a beautiful summer’s day in Wellington, New Zealand.
View from our office
Merry Christmas to all our readers, clients and supporters.
   Meanwhile, as a Christmas treat, Polish correspondent Joanna Mroczkowska has filed her first report, on menswear designer Konrad Parol. Surf over here to have a read about his spring–summer 2011 collection.

Miranda Kerr is the most searched-for celeb at Lucire

NEWS  by Jack Yan/December 22, 2010/10.19

Miranda Kerr
Above Miranda Kerr in an earlier Victoria’s Secret campaign.

The most searched-for celebrity name in this section of Lucire‘s website over the last 12 months was Miranda Kerr (left), model wife of actor Orlando Bloom.
   It seems the bulk of queries for Miss New Zealand 2010 Ria van Dyke wound up on our site at some point, for her to score second place.
   She was followed by Karen Elson and Jennifer Hawkins, thanks to reader interest and the fact that we had published articles on both ladies.
   It was fortunate that my old friend, The Apprentice UK contestant, Paloma Vivanco, gave me an interview the week after her “firing” on TV by Lord Sugar, as she was the fifth most searched-for name on this section of our site.
   Miss Universe Sweden Michaela Savic and Miss France Laury Thilleman were next, thanks to interest in pageants in their nations. Former Miss World, and acclaimed actress Aishwarya Rai, was eighth, buoyed by a growing Indian readership.
   Jimmy Choo designer Tamara Mellon and supermodel Kate Moss were ninth and tenth respectively.
   Surprisingly, Adriana Lima and Lady Gaga slipped—this may be to do with how the search engines position Lucire with any given query. Also, they had relatively few mentions in Lucire over the last 12 months. Our sample is far smaller than what Google has to work with for its annual Zeitgeist, but we believe it still gives an insight into who were the “names” of 2010.
   The names have changed a great deal since we published a similar list in March. Elson led the list then, but we have lost Stephanie Chaves-Jacobsen, Jennifer Garner, Lady Gaga, Gavin and Stacey‘s Joanna Page and, tragically, the late Alexander McQueen.—Jack Yan, Publisher

Angelina Jolie and Jesús Vázquez celebrate UNHCR’s 60th anniversary

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 18, 2010/0.17

Angelina Jolie and Jesús Vázquez
Alonso Serrano/UNHCR

Angelina Jolie continued to highlight the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees—UNHCR—as a Goodwill Ambassador for the international refugee agency on Thursday.
   She met with fellow ambassador Jesús Vázquez, the Spanish TV presenter, to celebrate the organization’s 60th anniversary in Madrid.
   The UNHCR was only meant to run for three years when founded in 1950, to work with displaced European refugees in the wake of World War II.
   However, there was a continued need for its existence with the continued conflicts humankind has waged since. The organization has won two Nobel Peace Prizes.
   ‘In the week of UNHCR’s anniversary, I would like to highlight the strength and courage of the world’s refugees and forcibly displaced people who are, for all of us, an example of generosity and dignity,’ says Jolie. ‘My thoughts go also to the dedicated UNHCR staff, who for many years have risked their lives to protect the lives of refugees.’
   While in Spain, the actress learned more about the country’s asylum system, mixed migration flows into the country, resettlement and other issues.
   Jolie was in Madrid to promote her new film, The Tourist, in which she stars opposite Johnny Depp. The film is a remake of 2005’s Anthony Zimmer, which starred Sophie Marceau and Yvan Attal.
   She shared some of her experiences as a Goodwill Ambassador with Vázquez, who has worked with UNHCR since 2006.
   Vázquez most recently promoted UNHCR at a charity art auction on Wednesday in Madrid.
   The UNHCR was founded on December 14, 1950.

Calvin Klein’s new Melbourne shop; ShopSavvy ’11; Sopheak Seng’s top picks; and travel in Asia

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 17, 2010/23.43

Calvin Klein Jeans

Calvin Klein has opened a new jeans’ store at the Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne, Victoria. According to Calvin Klein, it’s the second-largest free-standing Calvin Klein Jeans store in Australia, with 131 m², selling the brand’s designer jeans, accessories, underwear, watches and jewellery.ShopSavvy 2011
   Meanwhile, ShopSavvy has published its 2011 guide in New Zealand. ‘By shopping at the factory and outlet shops listed in our guide, you can purchase that item you want often for less than one-third of what it would cost you in a normal retail store,’ says its publisher. It retails at NZ$9·50, from most magazine retailers, or online at
   For those of you getting updates through RSS, we have a few new articles in the main part of the Lucire site. Sopheak Seng has more of his top picks for summer dresses and gifts, while Elyse Glickman takes us on wonderful, fashionable journeys through Taiwan and South Korea.

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