Actress Eva Longoria has turned her hand to fashion design, launching her new label, the Eva Longoria Collection, through her website. She has partnered with Sunrise Brands, the company behind Seven Jeans and People’s Liberation.
Longoria’s site features her spring 2017 collection, along with behind-the-scenes videos where she discusses the line. The collection is simple, with flounce tops, pleated shirts, body con and maxi dresses, skinny jeans and pencil skirts, with navy, coral, red, white, and nude tones among the chief colours, and simple patterns and floral prints.
In a release, Sunrise founder and chairman Gerard Guez said, â€˜Eva is the best partner we could have asked for. She is an intelligent entrepreneur and spokesperson whose talents span from design and style, to acting and producing. Her ability to connect with her audience in an authentic way makes her relateable to all. I have the utmost confidence that Eva’s sensitivity to detail and design aesthetic in combination with Sunrise Brands’ expertise will bring success in this market.’
Prices range from US$39 to US$159, while sizes go from XS to XXL and US 0 to 18. A fall collection can be seen at Sunrise’s showroom in New York City, with menswear inspiration and military looks.
Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) has become a spokeswoman for Nissan, showing off the Japanese brand’s electric car credentials with its BladeGlider sports car around the streets of Monaco, and into Casino Square.
The Australian actress tested one of the two BladeGliders on closed roads in the principality, racing against its twin. She drifts around Fairmont Hairpin, and slid sideways around the Massenet corner.
The petite sports car has a very Japanese appearance with its origami-like folds and detail-rich surfaces, and seats three, with the driver in the central position. It’s not for saleâ€”it’s a prototype that will be unveiled at the Salon de GenÃ¨ve later this year.
It’s in direct contrast to the bulky Nissan Leaf, the world’s best selling electric vehicle.
The Renaultâ€“Nissan Alliance has invested heavily in electric cars, staking its future on the growth of the sector.
In a release, Robbie said, ‘It’s a really exciting time for electric vehicles. More people are choosing to go electric, leading the way to a more sustainable future and the Nissan BladeGlider hints at the future of smarter performance cars,â€™ said Margot Robbie.
Nissan chose Monaco as it has a sustainability programme that aims to reduce carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent by 2030. â€˜We want to inspire people to take small steps towards cleaner, safer cities, and working with Margot is the perfect way to do just that,â€™ said Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe.
The advertisement forms part of a campaign, hashtagged #ElectrifytheWorld, to get people talking about sustainability and zero emissions living.â€”Nathalia Archila and Lucire staff
The two Camelots: the Petries’ living room was the hippest fictional place to be in the early 1960s, with Dick van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as Rob and Laura Petrie in The Dick Van Dyke Show. Ed Asner with Moore in the pilot episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Showâ€”not the first take. The original first-season cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, clockwise from top left: Valerie Harper, Ed Asner, Cloris Leachman, Ted Baxter, Mary Tyler Moore, and Gavin MacLeod.
Mary Tyler Moore, the multi-Emmy-winning star and Oscar-nominated actress, died aged 80 on Wednesday in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Publicist Mara Buxbaum issued the following statement: â€˜Today, beloved icon, Mary Tyler Moore, passed away at the age of 80 in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr S. Robert Levine. A ground-breaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.â€™
Moore was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 29, 1936. At 17, she wanted to be a dancer, with her dance training evident in one of the first roles that brought her national attention: the Happy Hotpoint elf, who danced across the screen as the mascot for Hotpoint appliances. She had a small role in Richard Diamond, Private Detective, and she guest-starred in numerous other TV shows.
However, in 1961, Moore hit the big time when Carl Reiner cast her in The Dick Van Dyke Show. Moore saw herself as an aspiring dramatic actress, but found herself one of the most gifted comedic artists of her generation. It was Reinerâ€™s second attempt at making the series (which he originally wrote for himself to star in), produced by Danny Thomasâ€™s company. Thomas himself remembered Moore from an earlier role and recommended her to play opposite star Dick van Dyke as his screen wife.
Despite an age gap between herself and van Dyke of 11 years, the two actors hit it off, and both have said since that they had crushes on each other. Her role was meant to have been a smaller oneâ€”effectively the straight man to van Dykeâ€™s Rob Petrie character when he came home from the officeâ€”but recognizing her talents, her role began to expand.
After a rocky first season that saw producer Sheldon Leonard approach sponsors to save the show, The Dick Van Dyke Show took off for its second season in 1962, and never looked back.
The show was regarded as ground-breaking for showing a modern, white American couple in the suburbs, and Moore herselfâ€”as a young motherâ€”wore capri pants as Laura Petrie, which brought her much attention, as well as complaints from less tolerant viewers. Mooreâ€™s catchphrase, â€˜Ooh, Rob,â€™ became linked to her. She won two Emmys for her role as Laura Petrie, from three nominations.
Van Dyke shared the clip below via Twitter on hearing of Moore’s death.
Many of the key people on the show wanted to do other thingsâ€”van Dyke had the beginnings of a movie careerâ€”and The Dick Van Dyke Show ended its run in 1966, on a high. Moore had numerous smaller roles, including one as a nun in the Elvis Presley starrer Change of Habit, but audiences still associated her with the Laura Petrie character. After appearing on a one-off van Dyke TV special, Moore and second husband Grant Tinker pitched a new sitcom to CBS.
CBS effectively approved the sitcom based on Mooreâ€™s star power, though there were many road blocks in getting The Mary Tyler Moore Show made, as recounted in 2013 by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong in her book, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted and All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic. The network had expected the show to be a flop, an early cut of the pilot didnâ€™t find favour, and even co-star Ed Asner almost didnâ€™t get his Lou Grant role, one that he is best known for. However, Moore, Tinker, and the team persisted, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show was one of the 1970sâ€™ most acclaimed sitcoms, earning Moore four Emmy wins from eight nominations. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was, on the surface, an urban show that marked the dawn of the 1970s, after an era of rural-themed sitcoms such as The Beverly Hillbillies. But it was unheard of to show a young, single woman in her 30s forging a career and her own path in life. The show still stands up to scrutiny today for its writing and pace. Producers James L. Brooks and Allan Burns were committed to show a slice of realityâ€”Moore could be seen repeating outfits during a season as a real working woman wouldâ€”and to get a womanâ€™s point of view, the show wound up hiring numerous female writers. It was implied in one episode that the fictional Mary Richards had stayed over a boyfriendâ€™s, and another that she was on the Pillâ€”both elicited viewer complaints at the time. The Mary Tyler Moore Show tapped into the USâ€™s conscience, with the growing womenâ€™s movement. It also spawned imitators, including the short-lived sitcom Diana, with Diana Rigg, and the similarly short-lived Bewitched sequel, Tabitha. Behind all seven seasons were Moore and Tinker, who had formed their own production company, MTM Productions, Inc. MTM went on to produce numerous other shows, including spin-offs Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant, as well as The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, Hill Street Blues, St Elsewhere, Remington Steele and The Pretender.
Moore considered herself lucky to have been involved in â€˜two Camelotsâ€™: two series that had broken ground in their respective times. While continuing to remain active on stage and screen, few projects were as well connected to Moore in the public mind. Moore did receive an Oscar nomination for her role in Ordinary People (1980) as a mother grieving the death of one of her sonsâ€”a situation that had a tragic parallel that year as Mooreâ€™s son, Richie, by her first husband Richard Meeker, accidentally shot himself in an accident.
Moore and Tinker divorced in 1981, and she married her third husband, Dr S. Robert Levine, in 1983.
Later projects included telemovie sequels to both The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Mary and Rhoda, released in 2000â€”and never had the spark of the original) and The Dick Van Dyke Show (2004, written by creator Carl Reiner and called its 159th episode). As covered in Lucire in 2012, van Dyke presented her with a SAG lifetime achievement award.
Moore was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in her 30s and was an active campaigner for the JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She was also an animal rights’ activist and a vegetarian.â€”Jack Yan, Publisher, with Nathalia Archila
Above: Mary Tyler Moore receives a lifetime achievement award from former co-star Dick van Dyke.
Pretty Little Liarsâ€™ Lucy Hale has been named as a spokeswoman and creative director for Casetify, a company retailing cellphone cases, Apple Watch bands, Macbook sleeves and clutches.
The capsule collection of 34 pieces has been launched in time for the new Apple Iphone 7, based around the idea of ‘delicate but daring,’ a motto credited to the actress. The designs reflect Hale’s tastes, including one with the quotation, ‘I like big brows and I cannot lie,’ as well as cheetah, floral and cacti prints, and one featuring her own dog, Elvis.
Prices begin at US$40, and the range can be found at www.casetify.com/lucy-hale.
The 15th annual Walpole Awards, presented in London on Wednesday, saw numerous fashion and beauty brands honoured for their contribution to luxury. Ralph & Russo won Outstanding Achievement in British Luxury, presented by Nadja Swarovski (right).
Other winners included make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, who won British Luxury Brand of the Year, and accessories’ designer Anya Hindmarch won the prize for Digital Innovation in British Luxury. Burberry and House of St Barnabas jointly won the Champion of British Luxury Sustainability award.
Chanel is heavily promoting its new No. 5 L’Eau spokeswoman, Lily-Rose Depp, decking her out fully in fashion, accessories and make-up from the brand. On Tuesday, she was at the screening of Planetarium in Paris, a film by Rebecca Zlotowski in which she co-stars as Natalie Portman’s younger sister. She wore a Chanel black cotton jacket from the cruise 2016â€“17 collection, and the Coco Crush ring in 18 ct yellow gold. As a rising star, and the daughter of two major celebrities, Depp is attracting plenty of attention as her own acting career takes off. After opening in New Zealand, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), the international fashion brand known for offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, has signed for its first store openings in Vietnam during 2017. More information will follow, says the company. In 2017, H&M will also open in Colombia, Iceland, Kazakhstan and Georgia.
Finally, the British Fashion Council announced earlier this week that photographer Bruce Weber, famed for his black-and-white portraits will receive its Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards 2016. Weber will be honoured at this yearâ€™s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Weber’s work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Interview, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and other publications, and rose to prominence with the 1982 Calvin Klein campaign featuring Tom Hintnaus in Greece.â€”Cecilia Xu, with Lucire staff
Bruce Weber/Calvin Klein Advertising Archive
Above: Tom Hinthaus, photographed by Bruce Weber for Calvin Klein, 1982.