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Dyson Corrale hair straightener to be released in New Zealand July 7

Filed by Lucire staff/May 29, 2020/3.47

Dyson now has a New Zealand launch date for its Corrale hair straightener, which had been announced in March.
   July 7 is tipped to be its Kiwi release date, with the straightener available from dyson.co.nz. Registrations of interest can be made at discoverdyson.co.nz/beauty-launch. Customers have a choice of black nickel–fuchsia or purple–black.
   The Corrale has flexing plates for enhanced style with less hair damage. By flexing, they can shape and gather hair, applying heat and tension evenly and keeping it aligned.
   It has three heat settings (165°C, 185°C and 210°C) for the user to adjust based on their hair type and style, and a four-cell lithium-ion battery that fully recharges in 70 minutes, providing 30 minutes’ of cordless use. Retail price is NZ$749.
   Michael Beel, Dyson styling ambassador and three-time New Zealand hairdresser of the year says, ‘With conventional hair straighteners, hair tends to slip out from the plates as you’re passing the styler through, forcing you to go over the same section of hair multiple times, which results in excessive heat damage. With the Dyson Corrale straightener’s flexing plates I have more control and love how it gathers the hair to keep it where it needs to be for a more even style with less reliance on heat. Plus, it’s cord-free so it’s perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. As a professional stylist, my clients often express concerns about the health of their hair, so to have a straightener that enhances styling with less hair damage, saves me time and provides the freedom to style anywhere, it truly is game-changing.’
   After the online launch on July 7, the Corrale hits retailers (Smith & Caughey, Sephora, David Jones and selected Farmers stores) on July 14.


 


Pininfarina at 90: creating the future with connectivity, data and AI

Filed by Lucire staff/May 15, 2020/11.54

No doubt many of us have been forced into virtual environments with COVID-19, for those lucky enough to have benefited from the technological innovations of the last several decades. And companies like Pininfarina, the design house that has penned some of history’s greatest Ferrari cars, as well as more humble fare from mass-market manufacturers, recognize that the future isn’t just about the hand-crafted work that the company’s founders once knew, but about user experiences.
   As it celebrates its 90th anniversary, the Torino-based firm is offering automotive customers everything from concept and design to user experience through its responsive, multi-sensorial, on-board-experience demonstrator, AutonoMIA.
   Pininfarina envisages that AutonoMIA will help it explore how new technologies—AI, 5G, displays, haptics, sensors, natural interfaces, and, in the future, augmented reality, holographic displays and autonomous driving—can ‘re-enchant’ the driving experience.
   It has collaborated with ART of Umbria, which created the infotainment platform for AutonoMIA, along with the hardware and middleware. The application layer was designed with Siili Auto, a leading Finnish automotive software developer. ARAS supplied the seats and padded parts. The company will build on AutonoMIA with its partner WayRay with its holographic head-up display technology and new applications for autonomous driving, urban mobility and infotainment.
   â€˜AutonoMIA shows how Pininfarina may combine experience design with creative technology, reinventing the on-board experience at a time when digitalization, connectivity, data and artificial intelligence are substantially redefining mobility. With its experience-design team and Partners, Pininfarina today helps its customers through mobility experiences which are getting more and more digital,’ said Silvio Pietro Angori, CEO of Pininfarina.

 


Naersiling takes its autumn–winter 2020–1 show live online

Filed by Lucire staff/May 5, 2020/7.26



China may be opening up but there are still parties being very cautious, such as the Shenzhen-based fashion label Naersiling. Part of EEKA Fashion Holdings, Naersiling held its autumn–winter 2020–1 show virtually, and live.
   The collection, loosely translated as Urban Shadowcatcher, was based around the metropolis, its architecture, and the shadows and reflections that it casts, connecting them to the lives of contemporary women.
   On Monday evening, the label used lighting and musical effects to create three very different moods from the single catwalk, showing its collection’s simplicity and modernity. The palette is founded in black and white, with bright blue. The silhouettes are geometric and wide, with deconstruction and asymmetry.
   Naersiling’s Xu Zhidong said after the show that the show was its attempt to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He added, ‘No matter how life changes, inspiring productivity with beauty is the proud mission of everyone in the fashion industry.’

 


Audi launches new A3, with high-tech features and Quattro-inspired looks

Filed by Lucire staff/April 21, 2020/12.25




Audi has announced a new-generation A3 saloon. Not wanting to tamper with a winning formula, the Ingolstadt company has kept the body immediately recognizable, with a taut, sporting stance, but has instead treated it to more sculpted bodywork, giving it a more muscular look.
   In line with Audi’s design language, the sculpting is geometric, but this time, it comes in the form of geometric blisters, recalling the design of the ground-breaking 1980 Quattro.
   The new model is longer, though its wheelbase has not changed, confirming the fact it rests on the MQB platform as its predecessor. Audi has also increased the A3’s width by 2 cm (1·82 m wide) and its height by 1 cm (now 1·43 m tall). There is no increase in luggage space. Audi says the changes have allowed for a 2 cm increase in front headroom with the change in the driver’s seat positioning.
   In other words, it’s slightly roomier but the packaging isn’t hugely different—the sort of incremental changes that were seen on the Audi A3’s sister car, the Volkswagen Golf VIII, last year.
   However, the A3 saloon is more aerodynamic, with its drag coefficient coming in at 0,25—an improvement of 0,04 points over its predecessor.
   As with other brands, Audi is using technologies typically reserved for classes above and bringing them into the compact sector. The new A3 has a fully digital cockpit with Audi’s MMI Touch tech, and mild-hybrid drivetrains.
   Inside, there’s digital instrumentation in a a 10¼-inch screen in front of the driver, complemented by a 10·1-inch MMI Touch screen that includes all media, navigation and internet-based functions. The Edition 1 and Vorsprung models see the instrument cluster upgraded to the Audi virtual cockpit, with a wider 12·3-inch screen featuring three views. There is also a head-up display in the Vorsprung model. The car uses swarm intelligence to warn of hazards in the immediate area.
   Passengers can enjoy internet access with an onboard wifi hotspot, and Amazon Alexa will be introduced later in the year.
   At launch in the UK market, the A3 comes with one of two 1·5 turbo petrol engines or one 2·0 turbodiesel. Prices begin at £26,870, with deliveries commencing in the summer.








 


Lego Technic and Ducati re-create Panigale V4 R; Ferrari helps with COVID-19 fight

Filed by Lucire staff/April 18, 2020/13.25




For both adults and children alike, Lego has worked the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, to re-create the Panigale V4 R in miniature. Part of the Lego Technic range for older children, the model can teach them how the two-speed gearbox activates the V4 engine, and how the suspension and steering work. It is the first Lego Technic motorcycle to include a gearbox that simulates different speeds and riding techniques. The model measures 32 cm in length, 16 cm in height, and 8 cm in width, and comprises 646 pieces. It will be available at Ducati dealerships and its online store, and at Lego stores, both physically and online from June 1, priced at €59.99.




   With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of Salon Privé, which showcases luxury cars, supercars, and a concours d’élégance on the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, have shifted the event back three weeks, to take place from September 23 to 26. Ninety-five per cent of the exhibitor space had already been sold, and the organizers expect there to be numerous product launches for 2020.


Above: Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2019 best of show winner: a 1948 Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé by Figoni.

   Finally, Ferrari notes that it has begun producing respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello plant to help the fight against COVID-19. The valves and fittings are going to Mares and Solid Energy, who are altering their masks to create new ones for patients and front-line health care workers. Nuovamacut Gruppo TeamSystem is handling the logistics.

 


Royal New Zealand Ballet to broadcast Hansel & Gretel online from Friday, April 3

Filed by Lucire staff/April 1, 2020/10.40

Commencing Friday, April 3, the Royal New Zealand Ballet will broadcast performances, originally recorded live, through Facebook Première—and you don’t even need a Facebook account to watch them.
   Hansel & Gretel, which premièred in Wellington last November with the support of Ryman Healthcare, is first up, with performances taking place on Friday, April 3 at 7.30 p.m., Saturday, April 4 at 1.30 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at 10.30 a.m. The performance runs for one hour 45 minutes, with an interval. The ballet was choreographed by Loughlan Prior (his first full-length ballet) and scored by Claire Cowan, with designs by Kate Hawley (whose cinematic credits include Suicide Squad, Edge of Tomorrow, Pacific Rim), lighting by Jon Buswell, and visual effects by POW Studios. Lucire reviewed the ballet première last year, asking rhetorically: ‘what can be made when you have every creative firing on all cylinders?’
   Kirby Selchow and Shaun James Kelly are in the title roles, and Hamish McKeich conducts Orchestra Wellington.
   â€˜Last year, audiences around New Zealand fell in love with our zany production of Hansel & Gretel,’ says RNZB artistic director Patricia Barker. ‘Being faced with so much uncertainty as we are glued to our televisions for any good news, we at the RNZB thought we could all use a little extra sweetness and pick-me-up. We are so pleased to be able to share this special ballet, 100 per cent made in New Zealand, with audiences again. Stay tuned for further announcements!’
   RNZB executive director Lester McGrath adds, ‘We have an amazingly loyal following on Facebook, and they are already used to tuning in to live-streamed events such as our annual participation in World Ballet Day. However, you don’t need to have a Facebook account in order to enjoy these broadcasts. We encourage anyone and everyone with internet access to make the most of this great opportunity to connect with their national ballet company.’
   The company is also putting together online resources for those isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic. RNZB Education’s NCEA resources are available, and ballet masters and dance educators are developing online classes. Vodafone is the RNZB’s telecommunications’ partner.
   Full details can be found at rnzb.org.nz/live.

 


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