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June 2, 2016

Karen Walker Eyewear releases campaign for limited-edition 2016 Superstars range, including Parris Goebel video

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Mikhail Gherman

Above: Karen Walker Eyewear’s Cosmonaut style (NZ$409), part of its limited-edition Superstars releases for 2016.

Karen Walker Eyewear has just released its campaign imagery for its limited-edition Superstars range.
   The campaign has been photographed and art-directed by Walker’s husband, Mikhail Gherman.
   An additional video, called Karen Walker Dancing Heads, featuring choreographer–rapper Parris Goebel, has also been released, a collaboration between Goebel, Walker and videographer Barnaby Roper.
   The brand releases a limited-edition Superstars line each year, which takes its most famous styles and re-releases them with new colours.
   The Superstars line for 2016 comprise favourites Harvest and Super Duper, with new shapes dubbed One Orbit, Moon Disco, Cosmonaut and Star Sailor.
   The company says this year’s range has ‘astronaut-inspired colourways’, with classic black, Crazy Tort (Karen Walker Eyewear’s popular tortoiseshell style), and yellow and rose-gold mirror with metal detail.
   Superstars is available from Liberty in the UK (from May 5), Barney’s (from May 16), Karen Walker stores (from May 23) and other global partners (from June 1).








Mikhail Gherman

Above, from top: Super Duper, in gold (NZ$349). Harvest (NZ$349). Moon Disco (NZ$349). One Orbit (NZ$369). The remaining three photographs are of the Star Sailor style (NZ$409).

April 20, 2016

Get in NOW for Footnote: four entertaining dances, representing our times

Jack Yan/14.06


Courtesy Footnote

Footnote New Zealand Dance’s NOW 2016 (New Original Work) programme, which hit Wellington tonight after performances in Auckland, presents four original works by New Zealand choreographers Julia Harvie, Sarah Knox, Lucy Marinkovich and Jessie McCall. It’s a particularly enjoyable programme, mixing meanings, humour and, in the case of Elephant Skin, a lot of balloons.
   Each performance begins with a voice recording that sets the stage for the dance that follows, although viewers are still invited to make their own interpretations.
   Centerfolds (sic) begins with a humorous look at gender stereotyping, with the company’s male and female dancers wearing masks with a bun and dresses, signalling that we often take these cues and make automatic assumptions about a strict male–female duality. Marinkovich looks at roles such as waitress, housewife, heroine, songstress, supermodel, and others, questioning our conditioning; and while not every role appears as costumed characters, they are represented through the varied music choices. Masks play a part throughout, along with multiple costume changes, ensuring that Centerfolds never drags for a moment.
   Your Own Personal Exister is one of our favourites, as it examines not only existentialism but its opposite, inauthenticity. McCall does this with the notion of how, at a children’s birthday party, we feel the centre of attention when we wear our paper “crown”, but what if that crown was never removed? It’s an allegory of the selfie era, the “look at me” validation some seek. Three of McCall’s dancers don crowns, but one doesn’t, although he is unaware of this till some way into the performance. Yet this need consumes him eventually, and he joins the inauthenticity of the others.
   One of the regular techniques here had dancers opening their mouths facing upwards while recorded voices played, which worked particularly well, and the voiceover was poignant at the conclusion of the performance (which we won’t spoil here). And what happens when that crown is removed, where does that leave us? Despite the smaller number of Footnote dancers involved, this was a particularly powerful work that was danced beautifully.
   Elephant Skin takes a humorous look with balloons landing on stage at random points, sound effects creating more laughs, and a particularly brave dancer blowing up a balloon till it popped. Harvie explained in a post-show forum that she wanted freshness and tension in the performance, because as humans, we are problem-solvers, and the dance, too, should solve the problem of the randomly placed balloons. There was, of course, an overall structure which the dancers worked around, and one scene where white balloons stood in for clouds as one performer floated across the stage, before the others began popping the cloud around her.
   Harvie also noted that she has a fascination with balloons and that they have a human element to them.
   Disarming Dissent is the most energetic of the four in terms of getting the dancers to generate forceful movements, and by this time one is marvelling at their stamina. Rowan Pearce’s music reached crescendos twice as the energy built up. Dance, exercise and martial arts combine here as Knox talks about the fight we have against the system, but then how we pacify ourselves, drawn back by either that very system or our own impulses.
   The Wellington première at Te Whaea had a unique forum at the end which featured the dancers, Harvie, general manager Richard Aindow as host, and artistic liaison Anita Hunziker.
   The Auckland performances have been (April 15–16), Wellington has one more night (21st, at Te Whaea), Dunedin is on April 28 at Mayfair Theatre, and those in Invercargill will see NOW 2016 on May 1 at Centrestage during the Southland Festival. For tickets and information, head to footnote.org.nz.—Jack Yan, Publisher

New Zealand gets first Renault Zoé glimpse at Leading the Charge event in Wellington

Jack Yan/6.13



New Zealanders got their first look at the Renault Zoé last Friday at the Leading the Charge event in Wellington.
   The electric car, which has been a standard-bearer for the French company’s zero-emissions ambitions alongside its Twizy single-passenger commuter, arrived in the country only that week in right-hand drive form and made its way to the event at the CQ Hotel in Wellington.
   The Zoé posed alongside the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3, which is the subject of an upcoming comprehensive Lucire road test.
   Leading the Charge is a real-world north-to-south road trip from Cape Reinga to Bluff, New Zealand to educate people about zero-carbon motoring, to prove that it is indeed possible, even in a country like New Zealand where major cities are scattered around the landscape, with rural roads linking them.
   Better NZ Trust and EECA are behind the drive, and for Wellingtonians, guest speaker Steve West was on hand to talk about his venture, Charge Net NZ, which aims to have 100 fast-charge stations located nationally.
   Instead of the nightly charge of a car via the mains, which can take all night, these fast chargers pump electricity through in less than half an hour, making the electric car particularly viable. Presently, owners of electric cars pay no road tax.
   In New Zealand, where electricity is in part sourced from hydro sources, electric cars make environmental sense overall.
   Host CQ Hotels had installed eight electric car charging stations in its car park, as part of its social responsibility to the environment.
   The cars have made their way now to the South Island. You can follow @leadingthecharge on Instagram for the latest updates.—Jack Yan, Publisher







March 14, 2016

Jaguar launches XF in style in New Zealand with Murray Crane and Crane Brothers event

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Arguably, Jaguar launches with more style in New Zealand than in other countries, thanks to its collaboration with its ambassador Murray Crane, and his menswear label Crane Brothers.
   The second-generation XF launch last Thursday saw not just drinks and canapés, but the release of Crane Brothers’ autumn–winter 2016 collection.
   Held at Crane Brothers’ Auckland central store on High Street, the launch event included the release of a limited-edition Jaguar × Crane Brothers tie collection and an XF chauffeur–test drive service for Crane Brothers customers.
   The tie collection features seven styles in wool, silk and cashmere, featuring British tweed and Donegal tweed, tying in to the Britishness and modernity of the Jaguar brand.
   The chauffeur and test drive service will take Crane Brothers customers from their door (limited to Auckland inner-city locations) to the High Street store, running from today (Monday, March 14) to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, where they can get a taste of the new XF.
   Jaguar has enjoyed a record-breaking sales’ month at the beginning of 2016 in New Zealand, and the XF is expected to build on the success the company has found with its new XE, F-type and XJ.
   The new XF X251 series is a departure from its predecessor, using an aluminium-intensive architecture inspired by the larger XJ. As noted in Lucire last year, Jaguar cites carbon dioxide emissions of 104 g/km for its most economical XF in the UK. The weight saving means that the new XF is cleaner, and Jaguar claims it is 80 kg lighter than the competition, using the base model for comparison. In terms of environmental impact, Jaguar Land Rover uses a form of aluminium alloy called RC5754, which is predominantly made from recycled material, for its pressings.







February 18, 2016

News in brief: shrinking swimsuits, Guess’s spring smartwatches, and romantic holiday activities

Lucire staff/8.14


Karen Ishiguro

Auckland, New Zealand’s 10 Days of Fashion in the City will see the New Zealand Fashion Museum exhibit The Shrinking Swimsuit: 100 Years of Fashionable Swimwear in New Zealand, taking place at Te Wero Island (on the waterfront promenade, on the city side of the drawbridge), from February 26 to March 6, 12 to 6 p.m. daily, with early openings of 7.30 to 9 a.m. on March 3 and 4.
   The exhibit will feature swimwear that represent their eras, from an Edwardian sailor suit to the newest of styles from Lonely and Moontide, revisiting everything from 1930s woollen suits, the Hollywood-inspired looks of the 1950s, and thigh-high swimwear from the ’80s.
   Guess entered the smartwatch game last November, and its latest designs for spring 2016, powered by Martian Watches, are on show this week in Barcelona at the Sequel AG–Guess Watches booth in Hall Congress Square, stand CS124. The ladies’ design features a 41 mm case, featuring light blue crystals atop a silver case with a sky blue leather band. The men’s design measures 45 mm, with a black and silver silhouette and a red second hand. The watches sync to IOS or Android smartphones via Bluetooth, and have a microphone and clear audio speaker, allowing wearers to give voice commands.
   Finally, the Lake District’s holiday letting agency, Lakelovers, surveyed 168 of its customers in February to find out what the most romantic holiday activities were for couples. Dining at a restaurant came out tops, with 21·2 per cent of respondents, followed by watching a sunset, going for a picnic, taking photos, star-gazing, watching a movie, taking in some art, spa pampering, shopping and playing games.

February 11, 2016

MAC Aids Fund grants NZ$148,301 to Positive Women, Inc., reaching two milestones in New Zealand

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Above: MAC New Zealand brand general manager Tanya Jackson presents NZ$148,301 to Positive Women, Inc. national coordinator Jane Bruning.

New Zealand readers might mistakenly think that the MAC Aids Fund is internationally focused, but the company donates substantially to local causes, too. Yesterday, from the proceeds of the sale of Viva Glam lip products, the company gave $148,301 to Positive Women Inc., which provides a support network for women and families in New Zealand living with HIV or Aids. The donation directly assists Positive Women’s seminar programme, which reaches out to the wider community to share information about HIV, reducing the isolation women may experience from the stigma of the virus and discrimination.
   MAC also announced that it has reached a NZ$2 million milestone in funds raised to combat HIV and Aids in New Zealand, representing the sale of over 50,000 Viva Glam lip products since 1999. One hundred per cent of the selling price of Viva Glam lip products goes to the MAC Aids Fund.
   With the latest grant to Positive Women, MAC has hit the NZ$1 million milestone in total donations to the group. MAC has worked with Positive Women, Inc. since 2004.
   Past grants have gone to support, inter alia, a digital story-telling initiative where women with HIV shared their stories with others; and a de-stigmatization campaign that sought to fight stereotypes about those with the virus.
   Other funds have gone to Body Positive’s Rapid HIV Testing campaign, and the INA HIV and Aids Foundation, which serves the Māori and Pasifika communities in New Zealand.

February 9, 2016

Brancott Estate and BlueChilli offer A$35,000 prize for the best, most innovative wine idea

Lucire staff/9.49

From February 4 to March 6, Brancott Estate and BlueChilli have teamed up to find the best ideas on how to revolutionize the way people enjoy wine, with a cash prize of A$35,000 on offer.
   Their Winexplorer challenge seeks to find five finalists who have pitched their best ideas for wine through Brancott Estate’s website, brancottestate.com.
   Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate’s chief winemaker, who is also one of the Winexplorer judges, said, ‘When we decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc vines in Marlborough in 1975, we created one of the world’s most popular wine styles and turned New Zealand into one of the world’s premier wine-growing regions. Now we are looking to change the wine world again by identifying ideas that will fundamentally change the way people enjoy wine.
   ‘Whether it’s an idea about how people choose what wine to drink, or how they share that wine with their friends, if it’s big, bold and revolutionary, then we want to hear it.’
   Entrants are invited to submit their ideas via the Brancott Estate site. They must state how they expect their idea to revolutionize the way people enjoy wine, why they believe they are best placed to make their idea successful, and what level of support they need to bring their idea to life. Submitted ideas will be shared on social media, with audiences voting on their favourites. These results will impact on the judging, when the finalists pitch their ideas to judges on April 7.
   The winner will not only take home the cash prize, but BlueChilli will consider their idea for start-up acceleration, and they will have a chance to work with Brancott Estate to commercialize it.
   ‘We’re seeing a significant shift in the way in which companies and entire industries innovate now, where involving customers in the creation process and getting the end user to co-design great solutions is the new norm,’ said Colette Grgić, GM for Innovation at BlueChilli.

February 3, 2016

Royal New Zealand Ballet kicks off Speed of Light, with première at the New Zealand Festival

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The Royal New Zealand Ballet kicks off 2016 with Speed of Light, a mixed bill of three works, to feature at the New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Arts’ Festival, before touring the South Island. It marks the first programme put together by Francesco Ventriglia since he joined the company in 2014.
   The first work is William Forsythe’s In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, originally commissioned by Rudolf Nureyev for the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1987. It will be the RNZB’s first time dancing this ballet, and the second time it has been performed in New Zealand. Ventriglia himself was once selected by Forsythe to dance one of the lead roles at La Scala in Milano. The music of J. S. Bach accompanies this ballet; Julien Tarride created the composition and sound design.
   The second work is Andonis Foniadakis’ Selon désir, which the RNZB performed when on tour in the UK and Italy in 2015. New Zealand audiences will see the company give this Selon désir its New Zealand première this work during the New Zealand Festival. Music is by Thom Willems in collaboration with Les Stuck, staging by Thierry Guiderdoni, and technical supervision by Tanja Rühl.
   Finally, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, makes up the third work, with the New Zealand String Quartet joining the RNZB. A parody of contemporary dance’s excesses, Ekman created this work for 16 dancers in 2010. It has been nominated for a Swan Award in Holland for best new dance production, the Critics’ Circle Award and an Olivier Award. Lighting and co-set design are by Tom Visser, music is by Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, and staging by Ana Lucaciu.
   Dates for Speed of Light are: Wellington, February 26 to 28 inclusive; Auckland, March 2–6; Christchurch, March 10–12; Dunedin, March 16. For booking information, visit www.rnzb.org.nz.
   The world première of the Ryman Healthcare Season of The Wizard of Oz is May 4 in Wellington, choreographed by Francesco Ventriglia, with music by Francis Poulenc, and design by Gianluca Falaschi.

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