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February 1, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win top SAG awards, Spotlight, Alicia Vikander, Idris Elba among winners

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Charley Gallay; Dimitrios Kambouris; Stefanie Keenan

The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards sometimes provides an indication of what Hollywood is thinking when it comes to the Oscars, though this year, the number of black actors who were awarded at the SAGs suggests that that might not be the case. Awarded on Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Lucire spotted Laverne Cox, Viola Davis, Kristen Wiig, Emilia Clarke, Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic, Alfie Allen, Amanda Peet, David Benioff, January Jones, Samira Wiley, writer Lauren Morelli, Hannah Bagshawe, Joanne Froggatt, Annie Parisse and Paul Sparks, Christina Ricci, Ariel Winter, Sola Bamis, Sarah Paulson and Jon Hamm, Sarah Hyland, Kathryn Hahn, Diane Lane, Kiernan Shipka, Julianne Moore, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra, Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, Julianna Margulies, Rachel McAdams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rooney Mara, Naomi Watts, Tina Fey, Dame Helen Mirren, and Anna Faris on the red carpet; Eva Longoria, Julius Tennon, and Amy Poehler additionally at the cocktail reception; Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Uzo Aduba, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Tremblay, and Raquel Cassidy backstage; and, during the show, Demi Moore, Pedro Pascal, Eddie Redmayne, Taye Diggs, Jeremy Renner, Laura Prepon, Susan Sarandon, Ray Liotta and Karsen Liotta, Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen, and Saoirse Ronan.
   Top prizes on the night went to Spotlight, for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, with Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber collecting the award; Brie Larson won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role in Room; and Leonardo DiCaprio won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant.
   Television drama prizes went to Downton Abbey for best series, Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder, and Kevin Spacey for House of Cards. For comedy, the honours went to Orange Is the New Black for top series, Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black; and Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent.
   Alicia Vikander won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for The Danish Girl; while Idris Elba won the Male award for Beasts of No Nation. Queen Latifah won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Bessie, while Elba also won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Luther.
   Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to Mad Max: Fury Road; the television equivalent went to Game of Thrones.
   The legendary Carol Burnett won the SAG Life Achievement Award, the most prestigious offered by SAG-AFTRA. Burnett has already won numerous Emmy Awards, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and both a Kennedy Center honour and its Mark Twain Prize for humour.
   We caught Viola Davis, Queen Latifah, Kimiko Glenn, Lea DeLaria, Beth Fowler, Leonardo DiCaprio in the trophy room after their wins, and Idris Elba, Carol Burnett, Brie Larson, Kevin Spacey, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, and Jeffrey Tambor in the press room.
   The awards were streamed through TNT’s and TBS’s websites and apps as well as broadcast through their TV channels.










































































Larry Busacca; Christopher Polk; Mark Davis; Kevin Winter; Stefanie Keenan; Dimitrios Kambouris; Jason Merritt; Charley Gallay; Mike Windle

January 27, 2016

Emanuel Ungaro celebrates 50th anniversary, launches La Diva eau de parfum at Petit Palais

Lucire staff/4.57




Pascal le Segretain

Emanuel Ungaro celebrated its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, with a party at the Petit Palais in Paris, and launched its La Diva perfume to coincide with the occasion.
   Creative director Fausto Puglisi and president Asim Abdullah played host to 600 guests, who were shown a virtual history of the house in images, choreographed and created by Ali Mahdavi and scored by Monarchy, on the wall of the venue. Salvatore Ferragamo Group CEO Michele Norsa introduced La Diva, with the façade of the Petit Palais showing a projection of the new fragrance’s press image, modelled by Charlotte Free. Ferragamo Parfums has licensed the Emanuel Ungaro brand for the fragrance.
   Guests included Suzy Menkes, Kristina Basan, Elodie Frégé, Frédérique Bel, Leila Ndabirabe, Zahia Dehar, Estelle Lefébure, Catherine Baba, Laurie Cholewa, Karole Rocher, Blanca Li, Jin Weng, Bojana Panić, Alexia Niedzielski, Elizabeth von Guthman, Axelle Lafont, Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein, Lola le Lann, César Domboy, Richard Orlanski, Frédéric Taddei, Ariel Wizman, Nicolas and Alexandre Lestrat, Kyle Eastwood, Kamel Ouali, Aure Atika, Isabelle Funaro, Amanda Sthers, Fausto Puglisi, Ali Mahdavi, Benjamin Belin, Manu Katché, Frédérique Lopez, and Sofiia Manousha.
   Musical trio LEJ (Lucie, Elisa and Juliette) performed live at the Petit Palais, while Marie-Amélie Seigner took over with her DJ set as guests danced till late into the evening.
   The fragrance goes on sale in March, as eaux de parfum in 30, 50 and 100 ml sizes, priced from €39 to €69. The fragrance has top notes of pear and raspberry, midnotes of pink peppercorn, basenotes of honey and vanilla, with a floral heart, enriched with notes of patchouli. Firmenich’s Marie Salamagne created the scent.

















Pascal le Segretain


























Victor Boyko

January 23, 2016

Irina Shayk, Lena Gercke, Jason Statham, Ann-Kathrin Brömmel among guests at Audi Night at Kitzbühel

Lucire staff/12.26




Gisela Schober, Lennart Preiss

Audi’s stressing its off-road credentials at the Hahnenkamm, Kitzbühel ski races this winter, sponsoring the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the Streif. Its Quattro models, which revolutionized the use of four-wheel-drive in a premium line from the launch of the first car in 1980, are a favourite of those seeking luxury and off-road comfort, and celebrities had a chance to sample them at the Hahnenkamm. That evening, they celebrated with some 350 guests during the Audi Night on Friday at the Zur Tenne hotel, which kicked off the 76th Hahnenkamm weekend of racing.
   Irina Shayk, Lena Gercke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Statham, Noomi Rapace, Luke Evans and Christina Stürmer were on hand to celebrate with Audi both during the day and celebrate at the evening event, alongside skiers Marco Büchel (as MC), Felix Neureuther, Marcel Hirscher, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Martina Ertl-Renz and Christa Kinshofer, Le Mans winner Benoît Tréluyer, and Audi DTM drivers Timo Scheider and Mathias Ekström. Other guests during Friday included game show host Kai Pflaume, Martina Ertl-Renz and Sven Renz, Jessica Hinterseer, Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thuman and Jürgen Thuman, Mario Götze and Ann-Kathrin Brömmel, Patrick Shriver Schwarzenegger, and Patrick Knapp. Gregory Porter sang live at the evening event.
   Along with familiar models such as the R8, TT and all-new A4, Audi showed off its E-tron Quattro concept, an all-electric car that points to the future technology and design language of the brand.




























Gisela Schober, Lennart Preiss

January 21, 2016

Rosamund Pike, Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková, Zhou Xun, Jessica Kahawaty at IWC SIHH launch

Lucire staff/23.23




Chris Jackson, Harold Cunningham

IWC Schaffhausen has released its Pilots’ Watches collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) show in Genève, with celebrities during the show and dinner including Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková, Rosamund Pike, Hilary Swank, Zhou Xun, Marc Forster, Scott Eastwood, Christoph Waltz, American actor Chris Evans, Scott Eastwood, José Mari Manzanares, Dev Patel, Elyas M’Barek, Moritz Bleibtreu, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Fabian Cancellara, author Paulo Coelho, Ronan Keating and Storm Üchtritz, Supertramp’s John Helliwell, Joaquim de Almeida, Raya Abirached, Hend Sabry, Fabio Capello, Jose Maria Yazpik, Ralf Möller, Moritz Bleibtreu, Franziska Weisz, Juan Mata, Levison Wood, Elsa Zylberstein and Ruben Alves, Roberto di Matteo, Thomas Kretschmann, Elvira Lang Netzer and Gunter Netzer, Arsene Wenger, José Mari Manzanares, Raya Abirached, Hend Sabry, Alexei Nemov, Galina Nemov, Sandra Bauknecht, Nadya Hasan, Barbara Becker, Jessica Kahawaty, Razane Jammal, Christian Knoop, Olga Litvinova and Konstantin Khabensky, Anna Ferzetti and Pierfrancesco Favino, Alessia Marcuzzi, Andrea Berton, Nagora Aramburu and Xabi Alonso.
   Guests were entertained at a revue-style show on Wednesday night called Come Fly with Us in the evening, MCed by Rob Brydon, which featured performances by the Pepe Lienhard Big Band from Switzerland, Patti Austin, Ronan Keating, Curtis Stigers, Eric Harland and Till Brönner. A troupe of 20 dancers from the UK performed a routine inspired by the 1930s.
   Pike noted, ‘I enjoyed every minute. The ’30s atmosphere was so creatively interpreted that I kept thinking I was on a film set.’
   Earlier in the day, IWC brand ambassadors visited the SIHH, where CEO Georges Kern introduced the new range. The IWC booth continued the 1930s theme, with a hangar theme, and a Supermarine Spitfire that had been brought from Manchester to Genève.
   IWC’s Pilots’ Watches’ range comprises the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 (ref. IW510401), the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 (ref. IW510301), the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (ref. 3270), and the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 (ref. 3240), which is the smallest in the IWC collection with a case diameter of 36 mm.









































































Harold Cunningham, Ian Gavan, David M. Benett, Chris Jackson

January 9, 2016

Kicking off the Golden Globes’ suites: inspirational, inventive and invigorating

Elyse Glickman/10.53



Elyse Glickman

Pre-award suites have been around for so long that the expression ‘Now, I’ve seen everything’ genuinely applies in many cases. For this reason, Rita Branch’s latest outing, Ultimate in Luxury Red Carpet Style Lounge, was positively brilliant because many of the vendors were making their red-carpet début. Even better, women-owned companies were in the spotlight, as were beauty products from around the globe.
   Marquee sponsors included Visit Santa Barbara (still Hollywood’s backyard playground), Los Angeles’ Dermale skin care, Mommy-and-me gear from Rufflegirl.com and Eve & Nico. New York-based Eve & Nico, which was gifting hand-wrought telephone wire baskets from South Africa to guests, is a woman-founded company that stocks its web store with unique decorative and fashion items crafted by women from a variety of communities around the globe. While proceeds from the bowls, handbags, wall hangings, candles and other items benefit women and families in need, there’s the added pride a consumer feels knowing that someone took her time to make something of beauty and utility.
   And speaking of global travel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Make me international!’ line from the film Last Holiday was a great way to describe the head-to-toe beauty offerings, which dominated the event. There were special golden-handle Denman hairbrushes from the UK (a favourite tool in salons throughout the world), Dermale’s new Purifying product collection line, and MyntSmile, a multi-tasking toothpaste created by New Yorker Lisa Marie Kao that not only whitens and prevents cavities, but protects expensive investment dental work.
   A unisex body scrub and lotion from Israel’s Adore Organic Innovation products, made from Dead Sea elements and other organic ingredients, was also a hit with celebrities. Jakob Pahima, who co-owns Adore’s LA-area boutiques, explained how the collection of cleansers, toners, eye creams, body lotions, nail care, moisturizers, night creams address such issues as wrinkling, sagging, and uneven skin tone.
   Fernanda Japan offered a garden of heavenly delights, with perfumes, colognes, body lotions and hair conditions in a dozen vivacious floral–fruit aromatic blends. British Columbia-based Scentuals tempted people with their herbal, cruelty-free products for men, women and infants. Oleavicen lip balm and first aid ointment made in Santa Barbara draw on the power of olive oil, beeswax and alœ to alleviate dry, sensitive skin and small wounds quickly and without mess. The origins for Brevena Skin Care (from Minnesota) grew out of its original use in burn centres. When doctors gave the manufacturers feedback on how the creams helped their often-washed and overly dry skin, they realized their oat-based proprietary formula could treat a variety of skin ailments, from excessive sun exposure to eczema.
   City Color Cosmetics offered guests a variety of blushes and lip paints in both natural and neon hues. Barbara Orbison, wife of late Roy Orbison, offered a fitting tribute to him with her Pretty Woman fragrance, in perfume, candle and solid-fragrance form. The composition of floral, vanilla, amber, spice and woody essences comes together as something with a warm, old-school feel to it that recalls other classics like Estée Lauder’s Youth Dew. Edda Scandinavian body care and home products, crafted in the US, are inspired by the fresh, natural aromas of Scandinavia as well as their cultural penchant for all things organic and sustainably produced.
   While veteran fashion publicist Kristi Ling was on hand to promote her friends behind Betty Boop-licensed apparel, we’re excited about the new path she’s taken as a life coach. Her insight on how to reinvent and recharge your life is covered in her new book, Operation Happiness. While many books promise big changes in multiple steps, she narrows the path down to three: ‘Change Your View’, ‘Change Your Mornings’, and ‘Create New Habit’. If her self-reinvention is any indication, the book should be a compelling read. Another casual clothing purveyor was Twisted J Apparel, whose designs are inspired, in part, by Native American art forms.
   Of course, there cannot be an awards’ show suite without some bling. Rita and company did not disappoint. On the costume ends of things, Israeli-born Lilach Adoni was a crowd-pleaser with her state and country silhouette medallions in gold and silver tone and crystal embellishments. On the higher end, Nadri unveiled its new line of sterling silver and semi-precious stone pieces that, in terms of appearance and artistry, could give pricier lines a run for their money—especially when fashionable people are looking for conflict-free glamour.
   If you’re a guy who lives in the fast lane, but wants to do it in a way kinder to the environment, you would have found the presence of Tesla Motors (which first appeared in our pages in 2004) to be quite exciting. The California-based company owned by Elon Musk, that has the entire automotive world talking, gave away limited edition prints to celebrities, and sleek key chains to all.
   Celebrities attending included Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle), Nyle DiMarco (America’s Next Top Model), Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone), A. J. Buckley (CSI), Richard Portnow (Trumbo), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), director Klaus Haro and actor Kai Nordberg (The Fencer), Bernardo P. Saracino (Sicario), and Johnny Ortiz (American Crime Show).—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




















Elyse Glickman

December 7, 2015

Video and photos: Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Abigail Hardingham give Moët British Independent Film Awards extra glam

Lucire staff/12.11



John Phillips


David M. Benett

One of our favourite science fiction films, Ex Machina, has taken home four accolades, including Best British Independent Film, at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate in London on Sunday.
   The film also won Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects for Andrew Whitehurst.
   Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress for Brooklyn and Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his dual role as the Kray brothers in Legend.
   Olivia Colman took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Lobster, and Brendan Gleeson won Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette.
   Abigail Hardingham was named the Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Nina Forever.
   Others honoured included BFI executive Chris Collins, who posthumously won the Special Jury Prize; Dark Horse: the Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance was named Best Documentary; and Room won the Best International Independent Film award. The team behind Kajaki: the True Story won the Producer of the Year award, and Stephen Fingleton won Best Début Director, an award presented in honour of Douglas Hickox, for The Survivalist. Best Short went to Edmond, and the Discovery Award to Orion: the Man Who Would Be King. The Variety award, given to the person who has made a global impact and helped focus the spotlight on the UK, was given to Kate Winslet, while the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film was won by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
   Caught on the red carpet, among others, were Chloë Pirrie, Nick Moran and Dr Jasmin Duran, Agyness Deyn, Tilly Wood, Maxine Peake, Jason Isaacs and Emma Hewitt, Joanna Vanderham, Abigail Hardingham, Milo Parker, Ellie Bamber, Jim Sturgess, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Farrell, Elliot Grove, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Kirby, Ella Purnell, Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, Saoirse Ronan, Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Gemma Chan, Luke Evans, Lydia Fox and Richard Ayoade, Laura Carmichael, Jonathan Bailey, Alicia Vikander, Celia Imrie, Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar, Domhnall Gleeson, Vicky McClure, Mia Goth, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Abrahamson, Jacob Tremblay, Bel Powley, Andrew Macdonald, Corin Hardy, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz, and Kate Winslet.
   Highlights of the ceremony, hosted by Richard Ayoade, are available at www.bifa.film, which had hosted the live stream. Ex Machina will be screened in 74 cinemas across the UK on December 13. Tickets can be booked at discover.bifa.film.













































Tristan Fewings, John Phillips, David M. Benett

December 4, 2015

Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and other celebs get behind Bore off Cancer’s T-shirt campaign

Lucire staff/12.04

If we’re going to introduce the colloquialism bore off into Lucire, it’s only right that it’s done for a good cause, namely for Lee McKervey’s Bore off T-shirts.
   McKervey, who had personally experienced the care from the cancer support organization Macmillan, is donating £5 from each Bore off Cancer T-shirt sale.
   Macmillan helps not only those suffering from cancer, but families, too; and they are there from the first day of diagnosis and through treatments.
   This time, celebrities have come to Bore off’s aid, including Kate Moss and Stella McCartney (who have appeared on Instagram with their T-shirt), Sir Richard Branson (on his Facebook, and his son Sam has blogged about it), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks), glamour model Casey Batchelor, and Mark Wright (The Apprentice UK). It’s suggested that Olly Murs, Jamie Laing, Alexandra Burke, Michelle Keegan and Danny Cipriani will be getting photos taken of themselves in their Bore off T-shirts, encouraging others to follow suit so that Bore off can donate more to Macmillan.
   Readers can find out more about Bore off through its website, boreoff.com.



November 27, 2015

Idris Elba + Superdry Collection, comprising 250 menswear pieces, launches at Regent Street store

Lucire staff/12.12


Superdry Studio


David M. Benett


Jon Furniss

Superdry has collaborated with Idris Elba, the Brit whom we at Lucire keep calling ‘the coolest actor on Earth’ and best known for his role in Luther, on a 250-piece collection, launched Thursday at its Regent Street store.
   And what a perfect spokesman for a premium men’s fashion line, not just because of the press Elba brings.
   Superdry’s founders James Holder and Julian Dunkerton felt an affinity with Elba. Said the actor, ‘We’re three British lads who’ve worked hard to get to where we are. I’m passionate about what I do and always give 100 per cent. If I had the opportunity to have any influence in fashion, this is it. I’m not a designer, but I’m passionate about clothes and I know how men want to look. Functionality and durability were key things for me. It’s a “24-hour” collection; clothing guys can look and feel great in from day to night.’
   Celebrities attending the launch included Noomi Rapace, Alexander M. Johnson, Alexander James, David Haye, Oliver Proudlock, Kat Shoob, Camilla Kerslake, and Craig McGinlay.
   The Idris Elba + Superdry Collection reflects the actor’s tastes with deep tonal colours such as midnight blue, graphite grey and jet black, contrasted with cobalt blue. Bomber jackets, mac and trench coats, joggers, Ts, hoods, shirts, and jumpers feature in the range.
   The company identifies the Leading Leather Racer Jacket as the hero piece of the collection, with a down filling, while the Aviator Down Parka has a fur-trimmed hood, monogrammed lining and internal pocket detailing.
   Shown originally in June during London’s menswear fashion week, the collaboration was made available to the public on Thursday, the same day as the launch party.
   The collection is available from Superdry retail stores and via its website.


























David M. Benett

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