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July 29, 2014

Pandora launches Hearts of Today programme to reward charitable causes

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Scott McDermott

In true Scandinavian fashion, jewellery brand Pandora continues to be engaged in corporate social responsibility, launching its Hearts of Today programme on Monday.
   Pandora plans to support charitable causes, beyond the ones it is already engaged in now, such as those for breast cancer awareness, and is asking the public to nominate the ones it feels are the most deserving.
   Hearts of Today is for the US only at this point. Pandora has appointed five women who will form the jury that will pick from the public entries, narrowing them down to 20 semifinalists. The public then votes on the top 20, bringing the final number to eight, who will be honoured at a luncheon in November. Each of the eight receives a US$25,000 donation to help their organization.
   The jurors are Penny Abeywardena, human rights advocate; Shaun Robinson, Emmy Award-winning journalist; June Sarpong, philanthropist; Dr Pepper Schwartz, sociologist and author; and Andrea Alvey, member of the Pandora A/S board of directors.
   The jurors will look at health and well-being, community development, and professional and social empowerment, says Pandora.

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July 23, 2014

News round-up: Dilmah hosts high teas in New Zealand; Trish Peng searches for new face

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Dilmah Tea hosted a series of high teas around New Zealand, promoting its socially responsible message along with the rising interest in tea mixology.
   Its Wellington stop on Tuesday, hosted by Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando and his son, Dilhan C. Fernando, the company’s chief marketing officer, and in the presence of Her Excellency Zodwa Lallie, South African High Commissioner, was a particular treat, with a menu designed by Dilmah Real High Tea Gold Medallist Laurent Loudeac, executive chef of the Museum Art Hotel.
   Held at the hotel’s famed Hippopotamus restaurant, guests were treated to everything from ora king salmon sashimi—which we would label as our favourite of the afternoon—to lap sang souchong yoghurt panna cotta and a lychee-infused jasmine tea and rosewater caviar, complemented by various Dilmah teas.
   The selection included Dilmah’s Ran Watte Single Region Ceylon tea, its green tea with jasmine flowers, and its rose tea with French vanilla.
   The highlight was the address given my Merrill J. Fernando, after a video looking back through the history of Dilmah and how his famed catchphrase, ‘Do try it,’ was created by a New Zealand agency.
   He spoke of how Dilmah goes beyond the requirements of Fair Trade with its ethically made tea, because those who grow the tea share in the equity. The value-added components of Dilmah are not done by international traders, but by Sri Lankans, and the company constantly puts money back into the community, funding education, health care, cultural and even business activities.
   Some rivals force down the prices that tea farmers can sell at, keeping them poor, while profiting from the value-added components in the marketing and production chain.
   Mr Fernando also stressed that Ceylon tea is the finest, and that Dilmah, to preserve that integrity, does not mix its teas with those from other countries.
   Through a Trade Me auction, the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation is also raising money for a culinary centre in Sri Lanka which will train people living with disabilities or have been disadvantaged, so that they can find employment to support themselves.
   They can be found on Trade Me, with the auctions closing on July 27. Items include Parawa Estate Ingalalla Grand Reserve 2007 wine, valued at over NZ$1,250; an individually numbered caddy of a very rare tea, FBOP 1, from the Dilmah Opapa Estate in Sri Lanka; a night for two at the Langham Hotel in Auckland; and two nights for two at the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington.
   In other New Zealand news, new label Trish Peng is running a Fresh Face modelling competition as part of her New Zealand Fashion Week début next month, with the help of L’Oréal Professionnel and Vanity Walk.
   New Zealand women are invited to enter via the Trish Peng Facebook page. Peng and Vanity Walk, a modelling agency, will judge from the uploaded photo and details.
   Entries close August 2. The winner becomes the face of the next Trish Peng campaign, opens Peng’s fashion week show, receives a modelling contract with Vanity Walk, and wins a year’s supply of L’Oréal Professionnel products.—Jack Yan, Publisher, with Lucire staff


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Top Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando with Lucire publisher Jack Yan. Centre Dilmah chief marketing officer Dilhan C. Fernando and South African High Commissioner, HE Zodwa Lallie. Above Museum Art Hotel proprietor Chris Parkin with HE Zodwa Lallie.

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July 2, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker and Cindy Chao collaborate on brooch to benefit New York City Ballet

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We’ve had Tamsin Cooper create a line for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Backes & Strauss partner with the English National Ballet, and now, Sarah Jessica Parker and contemporary fine jeweller Cindy Chao have teamed up to create the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece Ballerina Butterfly brooch to benefit the New York City Ballet.
   It’s not quite a full line: this is a one-off to be auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong this October, at the Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale. However, it was created with the New York City Ballet, on which Parker serves as a director, in mind.
   Parker and Chao connected during Chao’s 2011 Masterpiece Exhibition in Beijing. In 2012, when Chao opened her Beijing boutique, at which Parker was guest of honour, that the pair would collaborate on a piece for charity.
   The collaboration, which took place over the last two years, saw them review sketches, wax models and gemstones together.
   The brooch has a titanium and 18 ct gold body. It features a cushion-cut fancy brown diamond weighing 26­·27 ct, three rough brown diamond slices weighing a total of 47·71 ct, three pieces of conch pearls weighing a total of 7·25 ct, surrounded by 4,698 diamonds and fancy-coloured diamonds weighing a total of 98·09 ct.
   It is meant to be signify the beauty, structure, strength and movement of a ballerina, and can be worn either right-side-up or upside-down.
   It will be first shown in Paris during haute couture fashion week, from which Lucire will report next week. It will then travel throughout Asia, before heading to New York and Hong Kong.
   â€˜I have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her,’ said Parker. ‘Cindy’s jewellery designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.’
   Chao has created a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly each year since 2008, to symbolize her own metamorphosis, says her company, Cindy Chao—The Art Jewel, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
   â€˜Sarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,’ said Chao in a release. ‘She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special.’
   The net proceeds from the auction will go to the ballet company.

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June 27, 2014

Jessica Stam, Alice Callahan, AnnaLynne McCord help Many Hopes raise funds for Kenyan children

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Top Jessica Stam and Thomas Keown, founder of Many Hopes. Above Actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas).

Many Hopes, the charity dedicated to building homes and schools for children in Kenya—and creating sustainable local businesses to make themselves unnecessary in the long term—had its gala on Tuesday.
   Celebrities at the Discover Many Hopes NYC Annual Gala at Canoe Studios on West 26th Street included Jessica Stam, Jeremy Penn, AnnaLynne McCord, Krysta Rodriguez, Jon Batiste, DJ Zeke Thomas, and Alice Callahan Thompson and her husband W. Kyser Thompson.
   The celebrities are said to be big supporters of Many Hopes, and the amount raised exceeded the target, netting $400,877 for the charity.
   Actress Alice Callahan Thompson, who along with her husband chaired one of the auctions, noted, ‘We believe the problem of street children in coastal Kenya is also the solution. I have been involved with this unique organization that rescues and empowers children and teens in Mtwapa, Kenya since 2011.
   â€˜My husband and I have travelled to Kenya twice to visit and serve our kiddos and look forward to returning this December. We have witnessed that no one cares more about fighting for justice than those who have suffered injustice. Our oldest girl Brendah is in her second term in law school in Nairobi, as she resolved seven years ago when Many Hopes fought for her rights, that she, too, would fight for the rights of others.’
   Batiste and Thomas provided the music for the evening. Penn had donated a painting of French actress Brigitte Bardot for the silent auction.



Top Jeremy and Jessica Penn. Above Alice Callahan Thompson (Gossip Girl, One Life to Live).

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May 23, 2014

AmFAR Gala raises $35 million: Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai, Milla Jovovich work magic

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We had posted our video from the arrivals at the Cinema Against Aids gala from the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc at Antibes earlier, but this morning, hosts AmFAR, the Foundation for Aids Research has announced the total raised last night: a whopping, record-breaking US$35 million.
   The money, raised through a live auction led by Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein and auctioneer Simon de Pury, an all-red fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld (one of the chairs), and performances by Lana del Rey, Aloe Blacc (singing ‘The Man’), tenor Andrea Bocelli and Robin Thicke (performing ‘Blurred Lines’), will go to fight HIV and Aids and help find a cure.
   Stone was the chair of the event, along with Weinstein and Roitfeld, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview COO Molly Conners.
   As seen in our earlier video, guests included Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Justin Bieber, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Natasha Poly, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adrien Brody, Carole Bouquet, HRH Princess Clotilde of Venice and Piedmont, Jane Campion, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sofia Coppola, Marion Cotillard, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Deneuve, Luke Evans, Kevin Robert Frost, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Jon Kortajarena, Karolína Kurková, Peter Lindbergh, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Mars, Margherita Missoni, Bar Refaeli, Nick Rhodes, Michelle Rodriguez, Vito Schnabel, Lara Stone, Riccardo Tisci, Chris Tucker, Paz Vega and Dita von Teese.
   The auction highlight was Gone But Not Forgotten, a 3 m-high gilded woolly mammoth skeleton in a steel and glass vitrine by Damien Hirst, selling for US$15 million, the highest-grossing lot in AmFAR history.
   Bruni-Sarkozy, presented a Bulgari Serpenti necklace, in white gold with a 13 ct of drop-shape aquamarine and 19·2 ct of pavé diamonds, which sold for US$550,000.
   The Red Collection fashion show, with designs by, inter alia, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Alexandre Terekhov, Altuzarra, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Cavalli, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Comme des Garçons, Fendi, Gianvito Rossi, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, J. W. Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Ulyana Sergeenko and Versace, was auctioned by Stone for US$5 million. Models appearing in the segment included Ambrosio, Huntington-Whiteley, Kurková and Kloss, and Dalianah Arekion, Ana Beatriz Barros, Nadja Bender, Maria Carla Boscono, Katharina Damm, Saskia de Brauw, Jourdan Dunn, Lida Fox, Charlotte Free, Toni Garrn, Veroniek Gielken, Izabel Goulart, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Hart, Chanel Iman, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Magda Laguinge, Maryna Linchuk, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Luss, Eniko Mihalik, Arizona Muse, Kati Nescher, Soo Joo Park, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Irina Shayk, Natalie Siodmiak, Daria Strokous, Iris Stubegger, Lea Tisci, Anne Vyalitsyna, Liu Wen and Devon Windsor.
   A seat on a Virgin Galactic flight to space with DiCaprio went for US$1 million.
   Luxury jeweller Avakian noted that Travolta and Preston wore its designs, Preston with a white diamond necklace set with a total of 150 ct, and four stackable bracelets with a total of 80 ct, plus diamond earrings and ring; while Travolta had Avakian black gold cufflinks set with diamonds. As seen in the video earlier today, one of their friends proposed during the red carpet arrivals.
   De Grisogono, meanwhile, notes that Stone, Huntington-Whiteley and Goulart wore its designs to the AmFAR Gala.
   The annual event, the 21st held by AmFAR and produced by Andy Boose of AAB Productions, was sponsored by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, Bulgari, Mercedes-Benz, Moët Hennessy, and the Weinstein Company. Moncler presented the after-party.
   AmFAR was founded by the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor.


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Video snapshots from Cannes day nine: AmFAR gala, Jimmy’s Hall, Mommy premières

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Click here for the AmFAR Gala celebrity photos or scroll down for the arrivals’ video



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Top and centre Guests at the Jimmy’s Hall première included the team behind the hit Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu?. Above Alessandra Ambrosio attends AmFAR’s Cinema Against Aids on day nine of the Festival de Cannes.


Lara Stone poses with Barbara Palvin, Karlie Kloss and Bianca Balti.

The Cannes Film Festival event of day nine had to be the AmFAR gala, the event featuring Sharon Stone, Justin Bieber, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Carine Roitfeld, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Lana del Rey, and Harvey Weinstein, whose Weinstein Company was a co-sponsor alongside Bulgari, Moët Hennessy and Mercedes-Benz. The red-carpet video is below, and click here for our photos from the star-studded, record-breaking event.
   Earlier, Bérénice Bejo was interviewed about her new film, The Search, where the actress talked about the strength of women and being back on the red carpet at the Festival de Cannes.
   Director Ken Loach and Willem Dafoe were at the red carpet for Jimmy’s Hall, to which the cast of Qu’est-ce qu’on a fait au bon Dieu? showed, including Noom Diawara, Frédéric Chau, Christian Clavier accompanied by his wife Isabelle de Araujo, Chantal Lauby and Medi Sadoun (with Chau, Clavier and Sadoun donning Montblanc timepieces and Lauby with the Tourbillon Princess Grace de Monaco ring in red gold and diamonds).
   Charlotte Gainsbourg, Asia Argento, Xavier Dolan were at the red-carpet première for the comedy Mommy, also in competition at Cannes.
   Meanwhile, L’Oréal Paris has released another behind-the-scenes video featuring Eva Longoria, Barbara Palvin, Lara Stone, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Araya A. Hargate, as they got ready for their red-carpet events.


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May 18, 2014

Cannes day four: Freida Pinto, Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Longoria, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly

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Fashionistas closely followed one of Saturday’s films at the Festival de Cannes: the second bio-pic on the late French fashion design legend Yves Saint Laurent.
   The first, simply titled YSL and directed by Jalil Lespert, was released in January to largely positive reviews, particularly from the former partner of Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé. Critics said it glossed over Saint Laurent’s own genius.
   The second, directed by Bertrand Bonello and entitled Saint Laurent, had mixed reviews. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called it superior to YSL, but ‘it is no less forgiving, no less respectful, no less convinced of Saint Laurent’s importance as a popular artist, and really no better at persuading the non-fashionista laity, which I confess includes me.’ Guy Lodge in Variety, who also preferred the Bonello effort, noted, it was ‘considerably more spectacular, but also less practical, with its baroque ornamentation and slip-sliding chronology.’
   It received support from François-Henri Pinault, the owner of the Yves Saint Laurent brand, but not from Bergé. Both films claimed “official” status.
   Relatos Salvajes, another film that premièred on Saturday, is a tale of numerous revenge fantasies, produced by Pedro Almodóvar and directed by Damian Szifron, received more even acclaim from critics at the Cannes Film Festival.
   The winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes for best picture is announced on May 24.
   Caught on the red carpet at Saint Laurent and around Cannes were Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Léa Seydoux, Aymeline Valade, Grazi Massaferi, Taís Araújo and Leïla Bekhti. Julianne Moore appeared as part of the cast of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Donald Sutherland; while on the red carpet for The Prophet were Salma Hayek, Jean Paul Gaultier, Tonie Marshall, Francois-Henri Pinault, and Mika. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy were at the première of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, while Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green—seen together in 2006’s James Bond reboot Casino Royale—were at The Salvation’s red carpet.
   Also among our videos: Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank give a press conference for The Homesman, Salma Hayek gives an interview for The Prophet, discussing Chime for Change, women’s rights and the recent kidnapping of young girls in Nigeria, and Cate Blanchett presents Chopard trophies to Adele Exarchopoulos and Logan Lerman.

Saint Laurent red carpet

Saint Laurent press conference

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The Prophet

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them

The Salvation

The Homesman press conference

Salma Hayek

Cate Blanchett presenting Chopard trophies

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May 17, 2014

Day three at Cannes: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Matt Smith, Gemma Arterton, Rita Ora, Naomi Watts

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Top The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. Centre Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and English actress Gemma Arterton, both James Bond alumni. Above Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

An extra-glam Blake Lively was there to support husband Ryan Reynolds on day three of the Festival de Cannes, as his film, The Captive, directed by Atom Egoyan, had its red-carpet première. Reviews were not positive for the film, dealing with child sex abuse, while Jessica Hausner’s Amour fou fared better among critics. How to Train Your Dragon 2, screening out of competition, also had its première on day three.
   Egyptian celebrity Arwa, Heike Makatscho, Inès de la Fressange (in a striking red), Lithuanian actress Ingeborga DapkÅ«naitė, and Rosario Dawson were among the other faces on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on day three. L’Oréal Paris notes that de la Fressange’s look once again used its Volume Million Lashes, in Excess Black, its Color Riche Le Kajal in brown, and a very red Color Riche lipstick.
   On a Friday that saw the alcohol multinationals battle for attention, official Festival de Cannes sponsor Chivas Regal, a Pernod Ricard brand, hosted its Charles Finch Annual Filmmakers’ Dinner benefiting the FilmAid charity, with actor Edward Norton playing host, at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Cap d’Antibes. Guests included former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, Bond alumni Mads Mikkelsen and Gemma Arterton, Naomi Watts, Léa Seydoux, Harvey Weinstein, Gael Garcia Bernal, Bryan Ferry, Julian Schnabel, Gong Li, and Daniel Brühl (Rush). Alfonso Cuáron (the Oscar-winning director of Gravity) and Christopher Hampton, CBE (screenwriter of Dangerous Liaisons and Atonement) were honoured at the event. Previous recipients include Bernardo Bertolucci, Terry Gilliam, Bertrand Tavernier and Jeremy Thomas.
   FilmAid goes to refugee camps and communities affected by disaster, its filmmakers using film to bring life-saving information on health and food safety, as well as hope.
   Norton presented a cheque of $100,000 to Simon Goff of FilmAid at the event. He said, ‘It is a great pleasure to be here tonight at the Charles Finch Filmmakers’ Dinner, sponsored by Chivas Regal 25. To be able to present FilmAid with such a generous donation on behalf of Chivas Regal is a great honour. Philanthropy and activism are causes hugely important to me. Increasingly, we are seeing brands addressing social and environmental issues more than ever before.’
   Goff stated, ‘At FilmAid we witness the power of film every day—to change lives, shape communities and give voice to refugees. We are very grateful to Chivas Regal for their ongoing support and commitment to our charity.’
   Friday night saw Rita Ora perform at the Club Albane, overlooking la Croisette, for a party thrown by Belvedere Vodka, with guests including Jason Statham, Rosario Dawson, Neneh Cherry, Theophilus London, Hofit Golan, Victoria Bonya, and Sarah-Jane Crawford. The event, hosted by Belvedere Vodka president Charles Gibb, served up cocktails created by Claire Smith, the brand’s Head of Spirit and Creation. Both Ora and London were presented with the exclusive Belvedere Vodka Silver Sabre laser-cut edition.
   Ora performed her hits as well as new tracks from her September 2014 album, I Will Never Let You Down, which features Prince and Gwen Stefani, and the skills of DJ Calvin Harris.

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Above Paz Vega, Alice Braga, Maria de Medeiros, Ana de la Reguera and Ricardo Giraldo launch the Fenix Film Awards.

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Belvedere Vodka party

Above Rita Ora leaves Roberto Cavalli’s boat, where she stayed upon arriving in Cannes.


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