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June 25, 2014

Lorde launches her MAC Cosmetics line at Britomart, Auckland store

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Pop sensation and Grammy Award winner Lorde, who has already lent her name to a limited-edition make-up line at MAC Cosmetics, visited her home town, Auckland, New Zealand, to promote it at the MAC Pro Britomart store.
   Lorde appeared with Amber Dreadon (Amber D), MAC’s senior make-up artist, and the Britomart-based artists. Senior management also attended the event: Tanya Jackson and Jodie Matthews, the brand general managers from New Zealand and Australia respectively; and Marie-Ann Billens, general manager of Estée Lauder in New Zealand.
   Dreadon had worked on Lorde’s look at the Grammys earlier this year.
   The Lorde Pure Heroine amplified deep plum lipstick, and the Penultimate eyeliner in Rapidblack true black, each retailing for NZ$40, go on sale on June 27.
   The products will be available online and at select locations throughout New Zealand. MAC has hashtagged the campaign MACLorde for social media.




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June 24, 2014

Kiwi artists exhibit in New York, while films on Raf Simons and YSL come to New Zealand

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Four New Zealand artists are exhibiting in New York from July 1 at Forty:67, at the Artifact Gallery at 84 Orchard Street in the lower east side of Manhattan.
   The exhibition, which comprises painting, photography and jewellery-making, features the work of Sarah Elsby, Nikki Clark, Aphra Ellen, and Jodi Clark. Elsby and Ellen are mother and daughter, and Nikki and Jodi Clark are sisters.
   The work examines the ideas behind identity, place, and culture, or: what does it mean to be a foreigner transplanted to an international centre such as New York City?
   Elsby uses watercolours on paper, exploring the tensions between biomorphic and architectural forms. Photographer Nikki Clark contrasts New York City with the tranquillity of the Whanganui River, near where she grew up, and the similarity of the power in both locations. Jodi Clark’s painting explores how symbols can transcend cultures and history, ‘arranged so they become abstracted from their original intent; taking on a new meaning and life while still triggering memories and nostalgia,’ she says. Ellen’s hand-crafted jewellery has what has been described as a playful approach, inspired by organic forms and odd shapes.
   The gallery is open from 12 to 6 p.m. daily.
   Meanwhile, two fashion films will be part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), taking place between July and September in Auckland, Wellington and other centres.
   The first, Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior and I (France, 2014), is a behind-the-scenes documentary, following Raf Simons as he creates his first collection for Christian Dior, taking over from John Galliano. It’s already on Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng’s must-see list as the festival takes place.
   Yves Saint Laurent, which has had a lot of coverage in Lucire already, is the second film. This is the Jalil Lespert film, which opened in January 2014 in France, and was authorized by Pierre Bergé. (The rival film was authorized by François Pinault.)
   Session dates are available online from nziff.co.nz: the Auckland ones are up now, with the Wellington schedule appearing on Friday, and other centres on July 4.



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June 19, 2014

Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Allegro: Five Short Ballets to première in Auckland July 30

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Above Larry Keigwin’s Megalopolis.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s next season, Allegro: Five Short Ballets, will première in Auckland on July 30 before travelling to Hamilton, Napier, Palmerston North, Wellington, Invercargill and Dunedin. It will mark the last under artistic director Ethan Stiefel.
   â€˜This programme features a world premiere from New Zealander Daniel Belton; two pieces from New York choreographer Larry Keigwin, who quickly became a Kiwi audience favourite after the success of his work Final Dress in 2012; a neoclassical work by one of the most celebrated choreographers of all time, Balanchine; and a brilliant and fun piece from Johan Kobborg,’ said Stiefel in a release.
   Belton’s work, Satellites, blends dance with kinetic sculpture (by Jim Murphy), animation (by Jac Grenfell) and electronic music (by Jan-Bas Bollen). Keigwin has created Mattress Suite, with six scenes about love affairs, either on or near a mattress (to the music of Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, Giuseppe Verdi and Etta James), and Megalopolis (music by Steve Reich and MIA). It is the first time Keigwin has allowed a company other than his own to perform his work.
   Gillian Murphy will appear for the final time as the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s principal guest artist in Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, to the music of Tchaikovsky, while Kobborg’s Les Lutins sees three dancers, a violinist (Benjamin Baker) and pianist (Michael Pansters, in his RNZB début) live on stage, performing music by Bazzini and Wieniawski-Kreisler.
   Allegro runs from July 30 to August 23.

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June 17, 2014

Portrait of a Lady: Natalie Chan débuts her couture bridal collection

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Well known for her millinery, Natalie Chan has always had a love affair with all things pink and girly, and her latest Couture Bridal Collection is just that.
   Entitled Portrait of a Lady, Chan recently launched the collection with a breakfast brunch at Auckland’s Sofitel Hotel to selected media and clients.
   Drawing inspiration from Renaissance paintings, aristocratic families and a remembrance of a treasured trip to the Louvre, the collection is an exploration of old-world opulence in modern-day times.
   Ivory, butterscotch and soft rose were the key colour trends for the collection and were in line with the international bridal runways showcased recently, something that Chan was absolute about as her customers are very international in taste.
   The collection certainly harked back to a bygone era, not only in its soft colour palette, but also in its attention to detail. Each gown was hand-beaded with cut lace flowers, pearls and sequins which recalled the great robes of the Renaissance-era paintings of Botticelli and Raphaël. However, there was also a lightness to them, as well as soft gossamer silk chiffons and tulle, used extensively in the collection.
   There was everything from straight column gowns in Guipure lace and silk satins through to elegant sweeping ball gown styles with layered petal-shape hemlines or hand-pleated tulle skirts, which recalled the early works of Lanvin and Worth. The focus was definitely on the back for this season, as most of the gowns featured keyhole details and button-back detailing, or a plunging deep V at the back, showcasing the beauty of the neck. Pretty bow detailing along with scalloped edged Chantilly lace and embroidery certainly added to the allure.
   This wasn’t just the launch of her first couture bridal collection, but also her Couture Bridal Millinery range. The gowns were all matched perfectly with headpieces that were created in-house by Chan and her team in her Parnell atelier.
   Guipure lace twisted into bows, pearls and tulle were beaded into headbands tied with gold ribbons, and the pièce de résistance was the gold crown, each one matched with a beautiful veil. This was perfect for the modern princess bride.
   The collection is available now at www.nataliechan.co.nz.—Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
















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May 28, 2014

New Zealanders the first in the world to taste Ardbeg’s limited-edition Auriverdes

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Above Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington gets ready to celebrate Ardbeg Day on May 31.

New Zealanders are among the first in the world to sample Ardbeg’s limited-edition Auriverdes Scotch, to be released on May 31, thanks to the time zone.
   In fact, Lucire got a preview of the limited-edition single-malt scotch prior to the launch at a tasting hosted by Alastair Morris at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington, the latest Ardbeg “embassy”.
   Alastair, known in Wellington for his years in the culinary trade before changing to retailing alcohol, and his colleague Richard gave a very detailed lesson on Scotch and the whisky-making geography of Scotland.
   Starting with a standard whisky, such as one that might be found at a bar as the house Scotch, we progressed to two offerings by Ardbeg.
   We sampled the Ardbeg Ultimate Islay 10-year-old single malt (left) first, with a smoky, oak body. It’s considerably superior to and richer than the standard Scotch, with a far more complex flavour.
   The new Auriverdes, which ties in not only to Ardbeg Day but the World Cup, is smoother, with a tarry and mocha aroma, with a coffee-ground and maple body (the official notes state ‘maple-cured bacon collides with hot-smoked salmon’) and a vanilla finish.
   It is a follow-up to the limited-edition Ardbeg Galileo, which won the World’s Best Single Malt award at the World Whisky Awards last year, and is expected to retail around the NZ$150 mark.
   The launch event, to be held at Regional Wines & Spirits (15 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria) commences at 11 a.m. and runs to 5 p.m. on the global Ardbeg day. The distillery on Islay, Scotland will celebrate the same day when May 31 arrives there, and at participating Ardbeg embassies worldwide. It is the culmination of the Feis Ile (Islay Festival), which runs from May 23 to 31.
   House of Whiskey in Auckland and Whisky Galore in Christchurch will also celebrate at the same time as Regional.
   More details of Ardbeg Day and becoming an Ardbeg committee member can be found at www.ardbeg.com/ardbeg/members/public/index/register.—Jack Yan, Publisher

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May 13, 2014

News in brief: Orly’s Miss Universe New Zealand treat; Oakley goes retro; Living Nature’s winter anti-ageing

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Adding to the goody bags at Miss Universe New Zealand’s Dunedin Stiletto Camps were handy Mini Cuticle Oil+ packs from Orly. The Orly brand is already well known to those who know their nails and want to keep them strong and healthy—and Orly’s colours are DBP-, formaldehyde- and toulene-free. The Mini Cuticle Oil+ nourishes dry cuticles and neglected nails, ideal for nail maintenance on the go.
   Oakley is celebrating its 30th anniversary with its Heritage Collection, with 1980s styling from its vault that, interestingly, doesn’t look out of place in a more tech-savvy 2014.
   Oakley’s Eyeshades, Razor Blades and Frogskins have a total of nine classic, retro offerings this season, with some contemporary touches.



   Living Nature’s anti-ageing range will help skin this winter, with its natural ingredients. There’s the Nourishing Night Cream (NZ$58 for 50 ml) with antioxidant-rich totara extract to fight skin damage caused by free radicals and rejuvenating active manuka honey; the Firming Flax Serum (NZ$52 for 13 ml) with active manuka honey and harakeke, the New Zealand flax plant, to hydrate and nourish skin; the Radiance Night Oil (NZ$90 for 10 ml) with calendula, jojoba, rosehip, rose petals, frankincense, and vitamins A and E to rejuvenate skin; the Rich Day Cream (NZ$39 for 50 ml) with active manuka honey attracting moisture and locking it in, and totara extract to reenergize skin; and the Firming Eye Cream (NZ$45 for 10 ml) to hydrate the skin around the eyes.
   What draws these together is their purity, certified natural by BDIH Germany, with no greenwashing or false environmental claims. Breast Cancer Network New Zealand has also endorsed the range. Visit www.livingnature.com or call 64 9 407-7895, or in New Zealand, 0508 548-464, for stockist info.

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May 5, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 Stiletto Camps: beauty in the goody bags

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With the start of the Miss Universe New Zealand Stiletto Camps for 2014 in Auckland over the weekend, semi-finalists have received goody bags featuring numerous products.
   The Miss Universe New Zealand official singlet, poster and calendar are musts, while they also received earrings by Aqua Jewels, which also created the Miss Universe New Zealand crown; a voucher for Evolve Cross-Training Gym in Howick; and water from Pure NZ.
   The UK’s Collection Cosmetics supplied a pack that featured a blush, Lasting Colour lipstick in Bubblegum, and Fast Stroke eyeliner in Black. The brand aims to be ‘bold and sassy’ and is aimed at the younger woman, helping them find their personal style with a wide range of fun and fresh colours. The brand is available in New Zealand exclusively at Countdown, with accessible prices, and 70 of its products have been released to the market.
   Schwarzkopf Professional is well known as a luxury hair care brand, with in-salon colour and treatments, as well as a range of at-home products for men and women. Miss Universe New Zealand semi-finalists received the BC Repair Rescue range in a travel-sized kit, to help resurrect dry and damaged hair.
   Stiletto Camps for Dunedin and Wellington take place over the next two weekends, with a final one in Auckland the weekend after.

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April 30, 2014

Lorde and MAC collaborate on limited-edition lipstick and eyeliner

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Above The new campaign image from MAC, featuring Lorde. Below right Lorde performing at Coachella this year.


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New Zealand’s biggest music name, Lorde, has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics on two limited-edition products available from June 27, 2014.
   The two products to bear Lorde’s name are the Pure Heroine amplified deep plum lipstick, and the Penultimate eyeliner in Rapidblack true black, each retailing at NZ$40.
   The deep plum shade is said to be the musician’s signature shade.
   The products will be available online and at select locations throughout New Zealand.
   MAC has often collaborated with edgy musicians, most famously this decade with Lady Gaga. Cyndi Lauper, Beth Ditto, and Nicki Minaj have also appeared in recent MAC campaigns.
   The brand also worked with Lorde at the Grammys, with MAC senior artist Amber Dreadon (Amber D) creating the singer’s look.
   MAC has hashtagged the campaign MACLorde for social media.

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