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January 29, 2016

Kerry Washington named Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Woman of the Year with festivities in Massachusetts

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Darren McCollester

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the US, and which has a philanthropic purpose, named Kerry Washington its Woman of the Year. Previous honorees since the award was established in 1951 have included Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Dame Helen Mirren and Amy Poehler.
   The festivities are presented by Related, and begin with a parade through Cambridge, Mass., followed by a roast at Farkas Hall in Harvard Square. The roast saw Washington demonstrate her talent at breaking things, from a piñata to an egg on a cast member’s face, and participate in a popcorn-eating contest competing with an elephant, and sing a lullaby with a Ray Charles impersonator. The company then performed several numbers from its 168th production, That 1770s Show.
   Its Man of the Year festivities, at which Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be honoured, takes place on February 5.
   Tickets to That 1770s Show, to be performed at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, from February 5 to March 6, are available via www.hastypudding.org, or via the Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ box office on 1 617 495-5205. It will then be performed at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse in New York on March 11 and 12 (call 1 212 772-4448 for tickets), then the Hamilton City Hall in Bermuda on March 16 through 18.











Darren McCollester

January 27, 2016

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

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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 26, 2016

Aishwarya Rai meets French president François Hollande at Republic Day luncheon

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and director Aditya Chopra were the guests of honour of French president François Hollande, who had been in India for an official three-day visit. Hollande marked the country’s 67th Republic Day on Tuesday with a luncheon in New Delhi, and the Élysée shared the above photograph of the actress and former Miss World wearing a red sari with the president.
   Rai’s invitation had come from the French ambassador to India François Richier. She attended, representing Indian cinema.
   The actress is currently filming Omung Kumar’s Sarbjit, to be released May 19, playing prisoner Sarabjit Singh’s sister Dalbir Kaur. Randeep Hooda is in the title role.
   She is already familiar to French audiences through her acting as well as being a L’Oréal spokeswoman, which sees her attending the Festival de Cannes regularly.
   Hollande had arrived Sunday in Chandigarh to commence his visit. He departed for France, after attending Republic Day functions, on Tuesday at 5.30 p.m. IST.

January 12, 2016

News in brief: Susan Sarandon for L’Oréal; Toxit’s hand-made sunglasses; lecture by fashion historian at Massey University

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Top Susan Sarandon for L’Oréal. Centre From Toxit’s latest campaign for its hand-made sunglasses. Above Passage #5 coat-dress and belt, from the Dior spring–summer 2011 haute couture collection by John Galliano, from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Although it’s been known since December 31, L’Oréal Paris has only this week made it official in a lot of its markets: Susan Sarandon is its new spokeswoman, stating, ‘An Oscar winner, mother, activist, entrepreneur, fighter, and a beautiful example of what it means to age with grace, Sarandon is a true woman of worth. Highly respected by her peers and adored by the public, Sarandon is proving that age is just a number and that happiness is the ultimate beauty tool.’
   â€˜Susan is a cinematic icon. She is strong, charismatic and talented and has a compelling sense of self. Her outspoken activism, captivating film work and authentic charm continues to inspire women to be fearless and believe in their convictions,’ said Cyril Chapuy, L’Oréal Paris brand global president in a release. ‘She is a real woman of worth inside and out. We are honoured to have Susan as a new L’Oréalista.’
   Toxit is a new sunglasses’ brand from Italy with one notable point of difference: they’re made by hand. Italian companies are involved at each stage: the Som Occhiali company in Calalzo di Cadore is in charge of the production process; Toffoli di Toffoli Costantino, in the same town, manufactures the acetate parts; the plastics come from Mazzucchelli SpA; the lenses are made by Sel Optical Divisione Filtri Solari; the cases by Pikappa in Vicenza; and the packaging is made by Scatolificio 2 G, near Padua. The products are 100 per cent reliable and safe, says Toxit.
   Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand advises that on February 9 at 6 p.m., Dr Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), will present a lecture at ‘The Pit’, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington on Frock Coats, Redingotes and Dior: Fashion in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1909–2016. Palmer will discuss the significance of ROM’s collection of western fashionable dress collected over the last 100 years, and contextualize it within the museum’s larger textile and costume collection.
   She will also give stories on how key items, both historical and contemporary, were acquired, including ROM’s commission of a spring–summer 2011 Christian Dior haute couture gown, Passage #5, by John Galliano.
   A RSVP to V.Karaminas@massey.ac.nz is essential to secure a place.

December 19, 2015

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, wins Miss France 2016

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Bertrand Noël/SIPA courtesy Endemol and TF1

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, has been crowned Miss France 2016.
   Mittenaere, 22, is a dental student in her fifth year of studies. 20minutes earlier revealed that she scored the most highly in a general knowledge quiz (17·5 out of 20, above the average of 13·5).
   She succeeds Camille Cerf, who took home the title last year, and who was present to crown her successor.
   Miss Martinique, Morgane Edvige, and Miss Tahiti, Vaimitu Teiefitu, were runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
   The competition was held at the Zénith in Lille, hosted for the 21st time by Jean-Pierre Foucault. Sylvie Tellier, a former Miss France, remains the organizer of the event, which is aired live on France’s TF1 network each year, typically netting 8·5 million viewers and a 40­·5 per cent share of the audience. Thirty-one contestants, who had each won regional pageants, competed for the title this year.
   The top 12 were: Miss Martinique, Morgane Edvige; Miss Provence, Julia Courtes; Miss Tahiti, Vaimitu Teiefitu; Miss Côte d’Azur, Leanna Ferrero; Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Iris Mittenaere; Miss Réunion, Azuima Issa; Miss Bretagne, Léa Bizeul; Miss Aquitaine, Gennifer Demey; Miss Alsace, Laura Muller; Miss Languedoc, Lena Stachurski; Miss Centre–Val de Loire, Margaux Bourdin; and Miss Rhône-Alpes, Nora Bengrine.
   These were then narrowed down to a top five of Miss Martinique, Miss Provence, Miss Tahiti, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and Miss Réunion. The viewing public accounted for 50 per cent of the vote, the judges the other 50 per cent.
   Miss Martinique, Miss Provence and Miss Tahiti tended to top internet users’ polls in France.
   Jean Paul Gaultier chaired the Miss France jury and was joined by actress Laetitia Milot, The Voice: la plus belle voix winner Kendji Girac, Miss France 2009 Chloé Mortaud, singer Patrick Fiori, singer–songwriter Anggun, and rugby union player Frédéric Michalak.
   Gaultier himself emerged on stage during the early part of the telecast wearing a crown of his own creation and a sash, a notable change in raising the judging panel’s profile.
   A regional costume section complemented themed parades referencing the ‘dreams’ of former Miss France winners, including ones based around pirates, cheerleaders, superheroines, toys, Christmas, confectionery, and eveningwear.

December 12, 2015

Kerry Washington named OPI’s creative ambassador

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Above Kerry Washington in an earlier season of Scandal.

OPI has named Kerry Washington (Django Unchained, Scandal) as its first creative ambassador, which will see the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress co-curate its nail lacquer shades and developing shade names alongside co-founder Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.
   Weiss-Fischmann first approached Washington about the collaboration in spring 2015, and the actress accepted.
   â€˜I am a huge fan of OPI and was ecstatic when Suzi approached me to partner with the brand,’ said Washington in a release. ‘I’m so inspired by Suzi and what she has built with the OPI brand.’
   Said Weiss-Fischmann, ‘One of my favourite shows is Scandal. I noticed that the show was on the tip of everyone’s tongue from the boardroom to the water cooler, and Kerry had unquestionably become a role model for women everywhere. She truly empowers women of all ages—she is bold, fashionable and loves nail lacquer.’
   Washington also serves as an ambassador for Movado and had previously been one of L’Oréal Paris’s signature faces.

December 11, 2015

News in brief: Hannah Jinkins wins H&M Design Award; Olivia Culpo endorses Osmosis Skincare

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Top Hannah Jinkins, H&M Design Award 2016 winner. Above Jinkins with the jury.

Royal College of Art graduate Hannah Jinkins, 24, was named the winner of the H&M Design Award 2016 earlier this week, selected by a jury of eight made up of Nick Knight, Olivier Rousteing, Kate Bosworth, Margareta van den Bosch, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Katy England, Chiara Ferragni and Florian de Saint-Pierre. She takes home a €50,000 prize along with a year’s mentoring with Hennes & Mauritz, and the opportunity to develop her winning collection into a retail one for autumn 2016.
   The final eight designers had a fashion show at the Orangery at Kensington Palace, where each presented four looks from their graduation collections to the judges and fashion media.
   â€˜I feel very honoured and proud to have won the H&M Design Award. When my name was announced, it was very surreal and I felt quite emotional. I want to start my own label, and winning the award means I can follow my dream,’ said Jinkins.
   Actress and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo has endorsed two of Osmosis Skincare’s products in an article, namely its Clarify Vitamin A Blemish serum (US$40), which clears acne, normalizes oil production, and increases the skin’s immune support, and its Skin Perfection Harmonized Water (US$30), a liquid dietary supplement for skin conditions that balances skin inflammation, aids in rosacea recovery, and provide an eczema and psoriasis detox.
   The serum does not dry skin or irritate, and should be used on acne lesions daily for four to eight weeks, then add one to two pumps morning and evening. Culpo takes five pumps of the Harmonized Water, mixed with water, in the morning and night as part of her skin care regimen.
   Finally, American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez has launched a merchandise store on Big Cartel, complementing the release of her Christmas with Jessica EP. The items were chosen by Sanchez for the store and includes T-shirts, crop tops, hoodies and a snap-back hat.





Above Hannah Jinkins’ graduate collection, as shown to the H&M Design Award jury. Below Olivia Culpo with two of Osmosis Skincare’s products that she recently endorsed in an interview.

October 10, 2015

Amanda Seyfried introduces Clé de Peau Beauté’s key skin care products for 2016 in Tokyo

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Jun Sato/Getty Images

Amanda Seyfried, the face of Shiseido Group’s Clé de Peau Beauté since 2011, was in Tokyo for the launch of the brand’s 2016 products yesterday.
   The international launch of the Clé de Peau key skin care items was held at the Palace Hotel Tokyo in Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, with the theme ‘To experience radiance transcending time’. With supporting marketing imagery photographed by Bruce Weber, they will hit 12 territories (Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, USA, Canada, and Russia) from spring 2016.
   Guests were taken to a “cell” to watch a presentation showcasing the new products. A “laboratory zone” was also set up in the presentation areas at the hotel where guests could get up close with the skin care line.
   Clé de Peau Beauté brand director Keiichi Fujii hosted the event, giving an address after the presentation, thanking the attending VIPs before introducing Seyfried as the guest of honour.
   Seyfried, who has travelled to the Far East before for Clé de Peau events, noted that Japan was one of her favourite countries, and added, ‘I use CPB every day for my skin. With the new CPB skin care, I look forward to an even more fulfilling life, in which not only my skin, but my whole being is radiating from within. I hope all of you here today will experience how wonderful CPB is through the special laboratory which has been set up for today only.’
   Clé de Peau Beauté laboratory director Takayuki Ishimatsu took guests through some of the hard science behind the line. Ishimatsu showed guests La Crème n, retailing for Â¥60,000 for 30 g, which works both on the skin and in the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of the epidermis which dictates the skin’s appearance.






























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