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Summer Rayne Oakes’s Extinction, on environmental challenges, goes live on Vimeo, YouTube

NEWS  by Jack Yan/December 3, 2012/8.22

Summer Rayne Oakes’s environmental short art film, Extinction (or eXtinction to give the official title), has just gone live at Vimeo and YouTube.
   Summer Rayne, who appears in the 2013 Pirelli calendar shot by Steve McCurry, made Extinction in 2011, when it did the circuit at various film festivals across the world.
   The film, directed by Clayton Haskell, is particularly beautiful and powerful, telling a story about our greatest environmental challenges. It briefly featured at Lucire last year as a teaser.
   ‘It reveals that the most pressing environmental issues are not happening thousands of years from now, but are in fact happening within our lifetime—and specifically, on the timeline of one young woman’s life, from birth to death,’ according to its description.
   The main link, at Vimeo, is; the YouTube version can be viewed at
   Extinction has also been released with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, with German, Italian and French in the coming month.—Jack Yan, Publisher

Amy Winehouse’s death, one year on: Mitch Winehouse on how he plans to commemorate it

NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 21, 2012/14.20

It’s hard to believe that one year has passed since Amy Winehouse’s tragic death aged 27 on July 23, 2011. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, says he will spend the first anniversary surrounded by friends and family.
   ‘It’s going to be very difficult … We’re going in the evening about 7.45 to Amy’s house with our rabbi. We’ll say Jewish prayers, which is normal, and then we’re going to go to Amy’s favourite jazz bar in London, Jazz after Dark, and we’re going to have a party there,’ he says.
   Mr Winehouse has written a book about his daughter, Amy, My Daughter (below right), which was released earlier this month. He has also attacked the NHS in an Independent interview, saying, ‘If you’re an addict, you’re left to die. It’s an incredible indictment on our country that we leave people to their own devices. It’s worse than a scandal; it’s a disgrace. We’ve got to get people treated quicker.’
   The publishing advances from the book have been donated by him to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps young people with addictions.
   He said he had also used spiritual mediums to contact his daughter.
   Sir Elton John has also paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, telling The Sun, ‘It’s incredible that it’s been a year. It’s one of the greatest tragedies.
   ‘I saw her afterwards and said, “I’ve seen all the great singers, and you’re up there with all of them.” She never really recorded that much. She made two albums and bits and bobs which came out on Lioness, that’s it. You have to feel for her parents and family.’
   Two further posthumous albums are planned.
   During Amy Winehouse’s very brief career, she had received two Mercury Music Prize nominations, and won the Ivor Novello song-writing award, the Brit Award for best British female artist, the Mojo Award for song of the year, and an MTV award for artist of the year.

Taylor Swift is music industry’s biggest earner, says Billboard

NEWS  by Lucire staff/March 12, 2012/10.18

Taylor Swift
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Above Taylor Swift performing on Allure of the Seas, last year. Swift, the biggest earner in music in 2011 in the US, got to the top slot through sales, royalties and touring. Below left Swift’s highly successful Speak Now album.

Billboard has put 22-year-old country star Taylor Swift in top spot as the music industry’s biggest earner in 2011.
   Swift’s earnings came from music sales, royalties and touring, said the magazine.
   Restricting its findings strictly to US income sources, Billboard reported that the country star earned US$35·7 million, ahead of U2 with US$32·1 million, Kenny Chesney with US$29·8 million, and Lady Gaga with US$25·4 million.
   Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-born Swift first came to prominence with a self-titled album, released while she was a teenager. Her 2008 album, Fearless, débuted in the number-one slot on the Billboard 200 chart.
   She sold over 1·8 million albums in 2011.
   Swift also has a fragrance, developed with Elizabeth Arden.
   Rounding off the top 10 were Lil Wayne (US$23·2 million), Sade (US$16·4 million), Bon Jovi (US$15·8 million), Céline Dion (US$14·3 million), Jason Adlean (US$13·4 million) and Adele (US$13·1 million), whose earnings were impacted by her throat surgery and the cancellation of a North American tour.
   Sir Elton John was just outside the top 10, in 13th place while Sir Paul McCartney got into 25th. The Beatles, meanwhile, got to 24th, thanks to its back catalogue.
   Billboard’s figures are net and exclude sponsorships, merchandise sales or synchronization deals.

Rimmel’s Kate Moss Lasting Finish lipstick collection launches in the US

NEWS  by Lucire staff/February 15, 2012/9.42

Kate Moss for Rimmel London
Kate Moss for Rimmel London
Top Kate Moss tests shades for the Rimmel London Lasting Finish lipstick collection. Above Shooting one of the visuals from the TVC, which we previewed last September.

It was the spring 2012 London Fashion Week at which Kate Moss first told us about Rimmel’s Lasting Finish lipstick collection. Moss also provided an interview, which we featured here on Lucire.
   The range has now been launched in the US, with five shades—down from the 15 offered in the UK.
   Rimmel says the lipstick line features what it calls a Black Diamond Pigment Complex, which gives more radiant colour, with added natural moisturizers and vitamins C and E.
   The five shades are: 01, a deep brick red; 04, a royal purple; 08, a dusty rose; 12, a candy coral; and 14, a blushed nude.
   The US price is $5·49, and the range is available at mass-market retailers and drugstores nationally.

Kate Moss for Rimmel London

Italian dreams: Francesca Donetto

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 30, 2012/11.25

Francesca Donetto, photographed by Thomas Salme
Francesca Donetto, photographed by Thomas Salme
Thomas Salme

Top Italian model Francesca Donetto, wearing Enrico Coveri, photographed by Thomas Salme. Above Francesca Donetto wears Federico Sangalli.

Francesca Donetto is one of many thousands of Italian young women who want to make it as a model in the hard fashion world of Italy—and especially that of Milano.
   I shot her latest photos in my studio in Milano last month and got to know a young girl full of beauty and passion.
   Francesca is from Treviso, close to Venezia, and is born on December 10, 1992. Her measurements are 92–70–94 cm, or 36–27½–37 in. Her height of 182 cm—6 ft in Imperial—does not only make her a good model, but a skilled basketballer: she has played the sport for the last five years with considerable success. She love the cinema and is a very positive young woman, with a great vision, even in times like today. Even if she would like to make it in the fashion world, she says that it is not the most important thing in life.—Thomas Salme, Photographer

Francesca Donetto, photographed by Thomas Salme
Francesca Donetto, photographed by Thomas Salme
Francesca Donetto, photographed by Thomas Salme
Thomas Salme

Above Francesca Donetto in Chiara Boni, photographed by Thomas Salme.

Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon celebrate in New Zealand

NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 2, 2012/5.05

Champagne brands Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon held events in New Zealand last month, each appealing to their very different clientèles.
   LVMH’s Mike Hewitt explained that the events were suited to each of the brands: Veuve Clicquot is aimed at a more sophisticated audience, while Moët & Chandon positions itself as a classy, celebratory champagne.
   The earlier event at St John’s Bar in Wellington for the Veuve Clicquot Social Season saw a stunning summer’s day, with two branded pétanque pitches created at the venue.
   And in case the sun was uncharacteristically bright, Veuve Clicquot provided branded sunglasses in the company colours.
   Auckland’s Moët Amongst the Stars event brought together local celebrities to toast 2011, with entertainment from Tim Phin and Dane Rumble—and was considered, if you examine the Facebook statuses of guests—the must-attend summer event of the season.

Veuve Clicquot pétanque event, Wellington, photographed by Mark Tantrum
Veuve Clicquot pétanque at St John's
LVMH’s Mike Hewitt, Pat Shepheard, and Charolotte Dawson

Veuve Clicquot pétanque at St John's
Martin Bosley, Jason Pearce, and Rachel Taulelei

Veuve Clicquot pétanque at St John's
Hannah Hopcroft and Ashley Sinclair

Veuve Clicquot pétanque at St John's
Hamish Coleman-Ross, Simon Jordan and Carolyn Enting

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Gus Kebbell, Millie Savill, and Tim Forgeson

Veuve Clicquot pétanque at St John's
Nick and Felicity Hill; James Fogarty and Georgia Deane

Veuve Clicquot pétanque at St John's
Lucire publisher Jack Yan and Emma Beer

Moët Amongst the Stars
Moët Amongst the Stars
Samantha Shorter, Daisy Uffindell and Ngahuia Williams

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Kimberley Crossman and Mark Dye; Rai Banbury and Tim Phin

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Matt France and Toni Street; Nick Dwyer and Shavaughn Ruakere

Moët Amongst the Stars
Get Frank founder Rich Henry and Nicky Clarke

Miss France and Scarlett Johansson among our most popular articles in ’11

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 31, 2011/12.58

Above Delphine Wespiser soon after being crowned as Miss France. Our article on her win was the most-read this year.

Last year, quite a few readers were interested in the most visited news articles on the Lucire website. This excludes the features we have on the main part of the site. Nevertheless, it gives us a fair idea of what people were interested in during 2011.
   Our most popular article of 2011 was about the new Miss France, Delphine Wespiser. It might have helped that Lucire was the first English-language publication to break the news, though traditionally we’ve noticed there has always been a healthy interest in Miss France.
   Our Honor Dillon article was next. This was a 2010 piece, but with Dillon marrying fiancé Dan Carter earlier this year, people were curious. The fact Dillon was modelling underwear will have prompted some extra searches that we didn’t anticipate.
   Unsurprisingly, given how much coverage this got at the time, Scarlett Johansson gets into third place with our story on her modelling for Moët & Chandon. In fact, each time we run a story on Johansson, there’s a good amount of public interest.
   The wedding of HSH Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock gave royal-watchers their second major celebration of the year, after HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton. But, with more media covering the British event, Lucire netted a slightly larger share of the Monaco one to get it into fourth place.
   And in fifth, Keira Knightley’s Coco Mademoiselle campaign got plenty of fashionistas and fans popping by, initially to get a preview.
   Stories on Vanessa Paradis, Miss New Zealand 2011 Priyani Puketapu, Brooklyn Decker, Bar Refaeli and Miss Prestige National 2012 Christelle Roca take us to 10th place.
   For actual search terms, the patterns were similar, though we can add Princess Catherine or the Duchess of Cambridge, Miss Nationale 2011 Barbara Morel, Aishwarya Rai, David Bailey and Jennifer Garner into the mix.
   Any bets from our readers on the top celebrities of 2012?

Simon Cowell and Ruby promote their Christmas wares

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 5, 2011/22.40

Simon Cowell has taken time out from his US X Factor duties to promote the Christmas single for the home edition.
   Called ‘Wishing on a Star’, released on November 27, the single features The X Factor’s 15 finalists, including Little Mix, Amelia Lily and Misha B.
   One Direction and JLS, previous winners from the show, feature in the music video.
   Cowell says all proceeds will go to children’s hospices.
   Also in the Christmas spirit, New Zealand fashion brand Ruby has announced some items for the holidays, from a NZ$15 Christmas card set (of six), a pineapple tote bag at NZ$45 to a NZ$19 diary, in pink or red.

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