āStangersādiehard fans of the Ford Mustangāwill have already seen it due to leaks of the official photographs half a day ago. Lucire ran the leaked photos on our Facebook page. But now, we can officially talk about the unveiling, in six cities around the worldāNew York, Dearborn, Michigan, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney and Barcelonaāof the 2015 Mustang, codenamed S550, which commemorates the model line’s 50th anniversary.
Executive chairman Bill Ford was present at the Barcelona event, in front of an audience of 2,500 journalists, dealers and Ford employees.
While the Mustang has officially been on sale in Europe and other markets before since the original model was released in New York on April 17, 1964, the 2015 model is the first which will be sold as a “world car”, as part of Ford’s core range.
Ford notes that the Mustang is its most iconic range, and that it is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. Nine million have been built since the original’s launch.
Stephen Odell, executive vice-president for Ford in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a release, ‘The Mustangās formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold. The new Mustang epitomizes Fordās aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.’
The new model certainly lives up to the promise. It has the classic Mustang proportions and blends them with Ford’s present design language.
The design language has been seen on other global products such as the facelifted B299 Ford Fiesta and the CD391 Ford Fusion, which will be sold in Europe and other markets as the Ford Mondeo. It is an evolution of some of Ford’s earlier design principles.
The grille opening apes that of the Fiesta and Fusion, but appears in a more exaggerated form, with the Mustang horse placed in the centre, as with the original, the Mustang II, and the models dating from the 1994.
There are also shades of the ItalDesign Ford Mustang concept of 2006, which brought some Italianate touches, such as a tapering cabin.
The rear lights also reflect the classic Mustang ideas, with the tri-bar design that also harks back to the original.
Ford has also injected the rear-wheel-drive Mustang with the latest technologies, equipping the pony car for the 2010s and beyond.
Technologies include Ford’s Sync with voice control and eight-inch touchscreen (in Europe), and drivers can adjust between driving modes.
The convertible has an insulated cloth top, which has a sleek profile when folded, according to Ford.
Moray Callum, Ford’s executive director of design for the Americas, said, ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true.’
Inside, the Mustang has an aviation-inspired cockpit, designed for the driver, and there is more space, thanks to a wider cabin and an all-new rear suspension. The cockpit again blends modern and classic: the two large dials hark back to the original, but the look is more geometric and structured.
The boot can now accommodate two golf bags, thanks to the new platform.
The suspension brings Mustang bang up to date. The front has double ball-joint Macpherson struts, while the rear gets rid of its agricultural live rear axle in front of an integral-link independent suspension. The Mustang promises to be a far better drive than the models of old, suiting worldwide markets. Ford’s stability control includes torque vectoring.
Engines are the classic five-litre V8 (with 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque) and a new EcoBoost 2Ā·3-litre four delivering 309 PS and 407 Nm. The automatic model has steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.āJack Yan, Publisher
This week’s Instagram pics include two of Lucireās own, publisher Jack Yan and fashion editor Sopheak Seng. Sopheak shows his excitement for seeing his fabulous styling on a banner for the local Wellington Cup Carnival, while Jack is with the designer of Mardle, Shiana Weir, at an event hosted by her label and TwoWorlds, Design Cartel, Desiree, and Nevada Brown.
In other Kiwi news, X-Factor runner-up Benny Tipene promotes his new single coming out on December 6: in a very attractive manner I might add. Meanwhile Lorde and David Little attend the New Zealand Music Awards both wearing New Zealand’s own, Zambesi.
British pop-sensation, Rita Ora, celebrates her 23rd birthday in style with a truly scrumptious-looking cake. Over in LA, fashion-blogging superstar Rumi Neely is seen in not one, but two Australian labels. She wears the Vampire Skirt by Friend of Mine and Light Ceramic top by Bec & Bridgeādoesn’t she look fabulous?
Current it-girl Jennifer Lawrence, fondly known here at the office as J-Law, promotes her massive new blockbuster and the second in the terrific Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now showing at cinemas, it’s a definite must-see. Last but not least, Doutzen Kroes posts a drool-worthy shot of herself in sexy Christmas themed lingerie: included purely due to its extreme hotness.āAnna Deans
Above Dita von Teese’s Von Follies lingerie range’s Sophisticat collection arrives at Farmers this week.
New Zealand department store group Farmers will retail Sophisticat, the latest lingerie collection, in opulent satin and lace, from Dita von Teese’s Von Follies range, this week.
The balconette bra retails for NZ$59Ā·99, the bikini brief for NZ$34Ā·99, the G-string for NZ$29Ā·99, and the suspender for $59Ā·99.
Von Teese launched her lingerie collection in Australia in February 2012, selling via Target.
Living Nature, meanwhile, is extending its product line more aggressively in November. It has released its manuka honey gel, using certified natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients. It’s ideal for everything from cuts and graces and insect bites to fungal infections and minor sunburn, and retails for NZ$19Ā·50 for 10 ml or NZ$32 for 50 ml.
There are soothing properties in Living Nature’s Nourishing Body Wash, free from sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), which can irritate the skin and eyes. Instead, it uses plant nutrients, including botanicals, and works on sensitive skin, suitable even for babies and toddlers and those with eczema or dermatitis, says the company. It retails for NZ$30 for 200 ml.
Its third entry is the Slate mineral eyeshadow (RRP NZ$20), ideal for creating this season’s smoky eye look. It uses natural mineral colour, and is free of synthetic chemicals and ingredients. The ingredients, including the minerals, are all sustainably sourced. The minerals help protect the eye from UV rays.
The packaging is recyclable, and users can opt for individual shades for Living Nature’s eye-shadow compacts (RRP NZ$10)āeach houses two shades or, if the applicator is removed, four.
Living Nature skin care and cosmetics’ products are certified natural by BDIH Germany and listed as a Safe Cosmetics Champion on the Skin Deep Cosmetics’ Database.
Our friends at Tory & KO. have opened a second store on the ground floor of the Old Bank Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand along with a luscious website. ‘We are delighted to showcase our jewellery in a stylish, new retail environment while still retaining our bespoke jewellery boutique store upstairs,’ says co-director Kirstin O’Brien. ‘Our Wellington-based jewellery workshop creates our signature jewellery for the Pretty, Charm and Stella collections and we have recently brought in a beautiful collection from Paris called Les Nereides, which is presented in our new store.’
Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to the British Fashion Awards on December 2. David Walliams will host this year, with nominees including Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane, and Tom Ford. Lucire will have post-event coverage.
Above Dita von Teese’s Sophisticat collection begins at NZ$29Ā·99 at Farmers.
Above Living Nature pushes new product for November 2013.
Pandora has launched its Essence Collection, featuring a range fine jewellery. Australian music video director Kinga Burza serves as the campaign’s spokeswoman and the brand’s ambassador.
The collection will be available at Pandora’s Concept Stores in select markets.
The Pandora Essence Collection features a slender sterling silver bracelet with a range of 24 charms, hand-finished from precious metals and semi-precious stones. The charms lock in to the bracelet and slide securely in place, with the company’s trade-mark system, using a flexible silicone grip inside each charm.
The charms represent, says, Pandora, ‘joy, trust, passion, confidence, love, courage, faith, wisdom and many more.’
The range has been created by women for women, says the company, citing its use of international research.
āNow women can not only celebrate their unforgettable moments in life with their bracelet, they can also express their inner values,’ says Pandora COO, Stephen Fairchild.
Chanel has opened a new Melbourne flagship boutique at 140 Flinders Lane, replacing an earlier location.
The new 620 mĀ² boutique features a full Chanel range of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, fine jewellery, watches and fragrance.
A limited-edition Boy Chanel handbag has been especially created by Karl Lagerfeld to commemorate the opening. It bears the signature ‘Exclusive Edition Melbourne’ and is made of python skin.
The boutique has been designed by New York architect Peter Marino. The building was refurbished in 2013, including the alteration of the faĆ§ade with larger windows and Parisian-style balconettes on the first and second floors.
An additional floor and a rooftop garden were added to the building.
Marino’s inspiration was Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment at 31, rue Cambon, Paris, and uses soft gold, bronze, glass, and lacquer.
The building comprises individual salons, with accessories and jewellery on the ground floor, with 24 items of haute joaillerie exhibited until January.
Three ready-to-wear salons are upstairs, featuring the newest collection, and a VIP room.
Chanel has commissioned art for the boutique, including lamps by Goossens, a bronze table by Laurence Montano, and a coffee-table by Ingrid Donat. There are also Liza Lou’s GatherĀ, Peter Dayton’s Pearls and Dorothy Napangardi’s Karlangu.
Above Miranda Kerr on set for her Swarovski advertising campaign.
Actor Orlando Bloom and his model wife, Miranda Kerr, have confirmed they are splitting after three years of marriage.
The news broke via E News.
A representative for Bloom gave a joint statement, stating, ‘Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have announced that they have been amicably separated for the past few months. After six years together, they have recently decided to formalize their separation.
āDespite this being the end of their marriage, they love, support and respect each other as both parents of their son and as family.’
The couple were married in July 2010, a month after announcing their engagement. Their son, Flynn, was born in January 2011. They were spotted together earlier this month in New York.
No reasons have been given for the separation and the couple had denied rumours about a split back in January.
In the fashion world, Kerr recently walked at Stella McCartney’s springāsummer 2014 show in Paris and has completed the autumn 2013 advertising campaign for Swarovski.
One of the hardest things for a technology company to do is give a gadget a sense of humanity. Itās possible to show a new cellphone in a social setting, for instance, or have coloured silhouettes dancing across the screen, but when it comes to demonstrating what the gadget itself can do, one usually has to get technical.
Intel is in a harder spot than most, as it makes the chips that power computers and tablets. Having an Intel chip is a badge of honour for many computer manufacturers, yet that perceived quality can only be maintained if Intel itself does some clever marketing to set it apart from the competition. There was another mission here: while consumers know that many desktop computers and laptops have Intel chips, many didnāt know that they could be found inside tablets, too.
Last month, Intel launched Intelligent Sounds, a short film that fits the bill. Using tablets powered by Intel chips, it has created its own universe, where machines create music.
Itās a clever enough idea, featuring a tablet-powered robot conductor called Felix, who then brings his orchestra members, all of whom are Asus Fonepad tablets running Intel Atom processors, to life. We might be used to seeing us use tablets creativelyābut we havenāt seen tablets themselves be the creators.
The soundtrack was the work of Flume, the award-winning beat-maker, producer and DJ, also known as Harley Streten. Flume, based in Sydney, composed the music especially for the commercial.
Flume is accustomed to using technology to craft his own music, using mobiles to record inspiration, making him a perfect partner for Intel, says the company. The production itself was the work of the Monkeys and Finch, which spent 2,000 developer hours and brought together the 60 tablets.