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February 4, 2016

It’s farewell to nudes as Playboy unveils revamped March ’16 issue; Sarah McDaniel on cover

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Snapchat and Instagram personality Sarah McDaniel graces the cover of the first non-nude issue of Playboy, its March 2016 number, to hit newsstands on February 12.
   The eagerly anticipated revamped magazine, which had been following a similar formula for 62 years, will be unveiled on February 5 at Playboy’s annual party during Super Bowl weekend in San Francisco.
   The March Playmate is Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel Hemingway, who appeared in the magazine in 1982; while artist and model Myla Dalbesio takes her own photographs in this issue.
   Since removing its explicit nude photographs from its website, Playboy has seen its traffic increase, and the magazine is expected to follow suit with a greater circulation.
   Playboy says it has gone back to its ‘intellectual, artistic and literary powerhouse years’ of the 1960s as inspiration for 2016. ‘The result is a Playboy magazine for a new generation, full of fresh contributors, new regular features, and an entirely contemporary take on photographing the beautiful women who have made the publication one of the most enduring and successful of all time.’
   There is a slight size change, with an increase to 9 by 11 inches (22·9 cm by 28 cm), with an upgrade in paper quality. It can also be bought at 1,200 new retail locations in the US.
   Highlights for the revamped magazine include: ‘Francofile’, the return of a monthly high-profile interview by James Franco; ‘Rabbit Hole’, Ben Schott’s monthly column; ‘My Way’, with entrepreneurial advice; ‘Playboy Advisor’, now written by a female columnist, Rachel Rabbit White; ‘Artist in Residence’, this month focusing on cartoonist Jay Howell; ‘No Filter’, written by a woman who’s making waves in entertainment; and a political column by John Meroney. This month’s features include: an interview from Rachel Maddow; 20 questions with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City; an essay on modern sexuality by Bret Easton Ellis; ‘God Bless Birth Control’, with Erin Gloria Ryan examining the IUD; a feature on one man’s tussle with US Immigration; and two literature instalments, with an excerpt from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book Five, and ‘Boone Daniels Rogue Ride’ by Don Winslow.
   The party will be held at a space in Lot A of AT&T Park in San Francisco, with sponsors Dodge, Effen Vodka, Aquahydrate and Red Bull. Alesso will DJ the party. An Instagram-activated vending machine will invite guests to post for a peek of the new magazine.

February 1, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson win top SAG awards, Spotlight, Alicia Vikander, Idris Elba among winners

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Charley Gallay; Dimitrios Kambouris; Stefanie Keenan

The Screen Actors’ Guild Awards sometimes provides an indication of what Hollywood is thinking when it comes to the Oscars, though this year, the number of black actors who were awarded at the SAGs suggests that that might not be the case. Awarded on Saturday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Lucire spotted Laverne Cox, Viola Davis, Kristen Wiig, Emilia Clarke, Hugh Dancy and Claire Danes, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale and Sibi Blazic, Alfie Allen, Amanda Peet, David Benioff, January Jones, Samira Wiley, writer Lauren Morelli, Hannah Bagshawe, Joanne Froggatt, Annie Parisse and Paul Sparks, Christina Ricci, Ariel Winter, Sola Bamis, Sarah Paulson and Jon Hamm, Sarah Hyland, Kathryn Hahn, Diane Lane, Kiernan Shipka, Julianne Moore, Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Chopra, Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, Julianna Margulies, Rachel McAdams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rooney Mara, Naomi Watts, Tina Fey, Dame Helen Mirren, and Anna Faris on the red carpet; Eva Longoria, Julius Tennon, and Amy Poehler additionally at the cocktail reception; Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Uzo Aduba, Marisa Tomei, Jacob Tremblay, and Raquel Cassidy backstage; and, during the show, Demi Moore, Pedro Pascal, Eddie Redmayne, Taye Diggs, Jeremy Renner, Laura Prepon, Susan Sarandon, Ray Liotta and Karsen Liotta, Sarah Silverman and Michael Sheen, and Saoirse Ronan.
   Top prizes on the night went to Spotlight, for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, with Billy Crudup, Brian d’Arcy James, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Michael Keaton and Liev Schreiber collecting the award; Brie Larson won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for her role in Room; and Leonardo DiCaprio won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for The Revenant.
   Television drama prizes went to Downton Abbey for best series, Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder, and Kevin Spacey for House of Cards. For comedy, the honours went to Orange Is the New Black for top series, Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black; and Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent.
   Alicia Vikander won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for The Danish Girl; while Idris Elba won the Male award for Beasts of No Nation. Queen Latifah won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Bessie, while Elba also won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Luther.
   Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture went to Mad Max: Fury Road; the television equivalent went to Game of Thrones.
   The legendary Carol Burnett won the SAG Life Achievement Award, the most prestigious offered by SAG-AFTRA. Burnett has already won numerous Emmy Awards, a special Tony, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and both a Kennedy Center honour and its Mark Twain Prize for humour.
   We caught Viola Davis, Queen Latifah, Kimiko Glenn, Lea DeLaria, Beth Fowler, Leonardo DiCaprio in the trophy room after their wins, and Idris Elba, Carol Burnett, Brie Larson, Kevin Spacey, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, and Jeffrey Tambor in the press room.
   The awards were streamed through TNT’s and TBS’s websites and apps as well as broadcast through their TV channels.










































































Larry Busacca; Christopher Polk; Mark Davis; Kevin Winter; Stefanie Keenan; Dimitrios Kambouris; Jason Merritt; Charley Gallay; Mike Windle

January 9, 2016

Kicking off the Golden Globes’ suites: inspirational, inventive and invigorating

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Elyse Glickman

Pre-award suites have been around for so long that the expression ‘Now, I’ve seen everything’ genuinely applies in many cases. For this reason, Rita Branch’s latest outing, Ultimate in Luxury Red Carpet Style Lounge, was positively brilliant because many of the vendors were making their red-carpet début. Even better, women-owned companies were in the spotlight, as were beauty products from around the globe.
   Marquee sponsors included Visit Santa Barbara (still Hollywood’s backyard playground), Los Angeles’ Dermale skin care, Mommy-and-me gear from Rufflegirl.com and Eve & Nico. New York-based Eve & Nico, which was gifting hand-wrought telephone wire baskets from South Africa to guests, is a woman-founded company that stocks its web store with unique decorative and fashion items crafted by women from a variety of communities around the globe. While proceeds from the bowls, handbags, wall hangings, candles and other items benefit women and families in need, there’s the added pride a consumer feels knowing that someone took her time to make something of beauty and utility.
   And speaking of global travel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Make me international!’ line from the film Last Holiday was a great way to describe the head-to-toe beauty offerings, which dominated the event. There were special golden-handle Denman hairbrushes from the UK (a favourite tool in salons throughout the world), Dermale’s new Purifying product collection line, and MyntSmile, a multi-tasking toothpaste created by New Yorker Lisa Marie Kao that not only whitens and prevents cavities, but protects expensive investment dental work.
   A unisex body scrub and lotion from Israel’s Adore Organic Innovation products, made from Dead Sea elements and other organic ingredients, was also a hit with celebrities. Jakob Pahima, who co-owns Adore’s LA-area boutiques, explained how the collection of cleansers, toners, eye creams, body lotions, nail care, moisturizers, night creams address such issues as wrinkling, sagging, and uneven skin tone.
   Fernanda Japan offered a garden of heavenly delights, with perfumes, colognes, body lotions and hair conditions in a dozen vivacious floral–fruit aromatic blends. British Columbia-based Scentuals tempted people with their herbal, cruelty-free products for men, women and infants. Oleavicen lip balm and first aid ointment made in Santa Barbara draw on the power of olive oil, beeswax and alœ to alleviate dry, sensitive skin and small wounds quickly and without mess. The origins for Brevena Skin Care (from Minnesota) grew out of its original use in burn centres. When doctors gave the manufacturers feedback on how the creams helped their often-washed and overly dry skin, they realized their oat-based proprietary formula could treat a variety of skin ailments, from excessive sun exposure to eczema.
   City Color Cosmetics offered guests a variety of blushes and lip paints in both natural and neon hues. Barbara Orbison, wife of late Roy Orbison, offered a fitting tribute to him with her Pretty Woman fragrance, in perfume, candle and solid-fragrance form. The composition of floral, vanilla, amber, spice and woody essences comes together as something with a warm, old-school feel to it that recalls other classics like Estée Lauder’s Youth Dew. Edda Scandinavian body care and home products, crafted in the US, are inspired by the fresh, natural aromas of Scandinavia as well as their cultural penchant for all things organic and sustainably produced.
   While veteran fashion publicist Kristi Ling was on hand to promote her friends behind Betty Boop-licensed apparel, we’re excited about the new path she’s taken as a life coach. Her insight on how to reinvent and recharge your life is covered in her new book, Operation Happiness. While many books promise big changes in multiple steps, she narrows the path down to three: ‘Change Your View’, ‘Change Your Mornings’, and ‘Create New Habit’. If her self-reinvention is any indication, the book should be a compelling read. Another casual clothing purveyor was Twisted J Apparel, whose designs are inspired, in part, by Native American art forms.
   Of course, there cannot be an awards’ show suite without some bling. Rita and company did not disappoint. On the costume ends of things, Israeli-born Lilach Adoni was a crowd-pleaser with her state and country silhouette medallions in gold and silver tone and crystal embellishments. On the higher end, Nadri unveiled its new line of sterling silver and semi-precious stone pieces that, in terms of appearance and artistry, could give pricier lines a run for their money—especially when fashionable people are looking for conflict-free glamour.
   If you’re a guy who lives in the fast lane, but wants to do it in a way kinder to the environment, you would have found the presence of Tesla Motors (which first appeared in our pages in 2004) to be quite exciting. The California-based company owned by Elon Musk, that has the entire automotive world talking, gave away limited edition prints to celebrities, and sleek key chains to all.
   Celebrities attending included Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle), Nyle DiMarco (America’s Next Top Model), Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone), A. J. Buckley (CSI), Richard Portnow (Trumbo), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), director Klaus Haro and actor Kai Nordberg (The Fencer), Bernardo P. Saracino (Sicario), and Johnny Ortiz (American Crime Show).—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




















Elyse Glickman

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.
   ‘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.
   ‘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.

November 22, 2015

Bed|Stü opens LA boutique: Kelli Berglund, Jaime King, Ali Landry, Brooke Burke, Jeff Schroeder attend

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City chic made its way to Malibu Country Mart when Bed|Stü, crafters of hand-wrought boots, shoes, belts and handbags, opened its first brick-and-mortar store just before the American Thanksgiving holiday. Fashionistas from across Los Angeles made the trek to the tiny shopping enclave to see the full fall–winter collection for women and men, ahead of its public opening, on November 21. A lucky few taste-makers also got to step out (literally) with a pair of Bed|Stü’s Isla boots, a sturdy but feminine wardrobe staple. They could also add a monogram or pattern (via hand-branding) to further personalize them.
   Bed|Stü opened for business in a small Los Angeles warehouse in 1995, as a firm focused on hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind accessories that were also affordable (prices today run between US$200 and US$350). Today, the company still steers clear of mass production, and continues to use natural leathers, vegetable-based tanning process, and hand-finished products. Other features include sturdy Goodyear welted soles and hand-sewn tailoring to ensure the life of the investment.
   Celebrities on hand included actress and model Jaime King, Ali Landry, Brooke Burke-Charyet, Kelli Berglund (Disney’s XD Lab Rats) Big Brother host Jeff Schroeder and his wife Jordan Lloyd.
   Landry was overheard saying, ‘Everywhere I look there is a new pair I want!’ Dozens of people who joined the crowd to try on boots, get an on-site manicure by Nail Garden, and sip Malibu Family Wines and beer by Peroni agreed. Outside of Los Angeles, shoe mavens can shop the collection internationally at bedstu.com.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor








October 23, 2015

News in brief: Kendall & Kylie launch; Plakinger makes sure daughters look stylish; Blue Can water packaged to last

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Top Kendall and Kylie Jenner with their new collection. Centre and above By using the same fabrics, mothers and daughters can have matching designs thanks to Plakinger.

The Kendall & Kylie Collection, designed by sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, will hit Forever New stores in Australia on November 17. With 19 pieces, the limited-edition collection consists of ‘directional party looks’, with playsuits, skirts, crop tops and dresses featuring black, white and blush tones as well as an animal print. Details include lace work, exposed zips and sheer panelling. Prices range from A$79·99 to A$249·99 and the range is available from forevernew.com.au and selected stores nationally and internationally.
   Plakinger, the luxury label started by Russian mother–daughter duo Svetlana Ziggel and her mother Galina Plakinger, has released 10 looks for mothers and their little girls, so that they can have outfits with the same fabrics. Made in their atelier in Germany, the label is available through Maison Bo-M in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and in the concept stores owned by the Chaumont luxury group in China.
   One might think that bottled water lasts forever, but it only has a six- to twelve-month shelf life, and less if stored in extreme temperatures. Los Angeles-based Blue Can (right) provides premium emergency drinking water for homes, businesses and vehicles, thanks to a filtration system and the use of pressurized aluminium cans. The company says the water can be stored for decades—50 years is regularly cited. It supports the Emergency Water Foundation, a California non-profit corporation, which assists public institutions, business organizations, and schools with their Disaster Awareness Plans.

Below Some of the looks from the limited-edition Kendall & Kylie Collection.





October 9, 2015

Lucire TV on the red carpet: Helen Mirren, Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Carey Mulligan

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FX Networks

Speaking on the red carpet at the première of Trumbo at the London Film Festival, Helen Mirren says that US culture is well known globally because of its film industry.
   The new film, about real-life US screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Mirren herself, and directed by Jay Roach, depicts the Trumbo’s career and his blacklisting as one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, with one awarded to a front writer and another to his pseudonym.
   Mirren says, ‘Film is still used for propaganda. It’s an incredibly strong propaganda tool, which is why Hollywood, in the ’50s was so nervous. It was recognized obviously in the Second World War, film was used as a propaganda tool, and so there was a great fear of the use of film as propaganda, and indeed it still is.
   ‘The reason American culture is so well known throughout the world much more than any other culture is because of the power of the American film industry. We are very lucky in America in that it really, ultimately, the American film industry is just about money. It’s not about politics: they’ll just do whatever sells, and in a way that’s a good thing.’
   Other celebrities on the red carpet this week included Cate Blanchett, who arrived at the screening of her film Truth in Los Angeles, wearing a white Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, with a high neck. Rooney Mara, at the New York première of Pan, in which she plays Tiger Lily, also went for white in a mini-dress with velvet ruffles.
   Lady Gaga has made her acting début in America Horror Story: Hotel, wearing a glamorous, asymmetric Brandon Maxwell red gown with a thigh-high slit, and Carey Mulligan donned Chanel with plenty of glitter and ruffles for the Suffragette première on Wednesday.

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