In Lucire readership terms, this won’t net us as much attention as when Gemma Arterton went to Harrods to open its 2011 summer sale, but, for those in London for the 2013 edition’s opening, they were in for a real treat.
The 2013 sale saw 100 dancers take to a space outside the Kensington store for what Harrods calls a ‘Green Man Flash Dance’, paying tribute to its iconic green men. Flashdance probably has a different meaning since we first saw the term in the early 1980sâwhat Harrods meant is, of course, a flash-mob presentation, although those there might not have been too surprised that something was about to happen given that the dance area had barriers erected. And the first green man looked suspiciously fitter than the ones usually at the doors at Harrods.
However, it turned out that the security personnel, the paparazzi and even some of the customers were part of the performance, as they launched the sale with ‘twirls, leaps and chasses,’ says Harrods.
Fifty of the dancers wore replica green-man outfits. The dance ended with confetti raining down on the crowd as the sale opened at 9 a.m.
The sale began on June 15 and runs till July 7. Brands available include Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Givenchy, DKNY, and Alexander McQueen.
Highlights include: Salvatore Ferragamo blue snakeskin flat shoes (was Â£365, now Â£259); McQ razor-blade scarf (was Â£135, now Â£79Â·95); Victoria printed organza layered dress (was Â£975, now Â£499); Balmain leather biker jacket, exclusive to Harrods (was Â£3,575, now Â£1,750); Sony 42-inch Smart 3D LED TV (was Â£1,249, now Â£949); and a Bollinger 1999 magnum of champagne (was Â£340, now Â£255).
Updated with Henry Cavill interview on June 14, 2013, at 2.57 p.m. GMT
The Man of Steel promotion has moved on to a rainy London, where the Superman reboot had its premiÃ¨re yesterday at the Empire Leicester Square, in the home country of lead actor Henry Cavill.
Amy Adams, wearing a strapless Valentino gown, says she agrees with ITN’s sentiment that Cavill is ‘the hottest man on the planet’ and that has some qualities in common with Lois Lane, namely that she is ‘very determined, very sassy, I don’t take no for an answer.’ However, she says that she could not be a reporter, because, ‘I’m not good at pushing past a barrier. If some body sets a boundary for me, I want to respect it.’
Cavill says he has similarities to Kal-El: ‘He’s always trying to do the right thing. He doesn’t always get it right, but his intentions are always honest and good.’ If he had a second identity, Cavill says he would consider joining the armed forces, but was less sure about how he would change the world if given the wish.
Directorâproducer couple, Zack and Deborah Snyder, meanwhile, have an umbrella malfunction in the videos below. Director Zack Snyder revealed that Cavill was the only actor screen-tested, though producer Deborah Snyder points out that there was a considerably lengthy search process prior to that. ‘We scoured the ends of the earth to find him,’ she reveals, but notes that he has ‘charisma’.
The director found Cavill ‘earnest’ and easy to work with. He adds, ‘It’s a big immigration story. It’s also a story where if you feel like you’re different or if you don’t fit in, you yourself are important, and that’s what Henry brings to it.’
Updated with videos on June 8, 2013, at 6.24 a.m. GMT
This weekend’s Royal Wedding in Stockholm, of HRH Princess Madeleine to Anglo-American financier Chris O’Neill, is expected to be a more casual, lower-key affair than the 2010 wedding of her sister, HRH Crown Princess Victoria.
The fashionable Princess Madeleine, fourth in line to the throne, will wear Valentino, according to sources, which had also been chosen by the present Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. It is a departure from her sister’s choice of a Swedish designer, PÃ¤r Engsheden, though Princess Madeleine has worn Engsheden on many formal occasions before.
It is expected that, in line with her tastes, Princess Madeleine has chosen a design that is more “fairy-tale” and flamboyant.
It is unclear whether Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani, 81-year-old founder of the label, has had a part to play in the design, or whether it has been left to Maria Grazia Chiuri or Pier Paolo Piccioli.
The partying begins tonight in the Grand Hotel Winter Garden. It is a tradition of the Royal Family, and the same thing occurred prior to Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling’s wedding, and that of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia Sommerlath (who had chosen Christian Dior when she married the King).
However, the do is more youthful, with many of the monarchs not attending. Representing Norway are Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, and Princess Martha Louise and her husband Ari Behn. Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend from Denmark, the Earl and Countess of Wessex are representing the UK, and Princess Takamado will attend from Japan.
Guests to the ceremony include Caroline Winberg, Anders Bagge, and Swedish PM Fredrik Reinfeldt. Swedish state television (SVT) will carry the ceremony live, though when we asked some expatriate Swedes whether they will tune in, the reception was not as positive as in 2010. However, Lucire will be following the Royal Wedding, and we like to think that we’ll cast an even closer eye, since Princess Madeleine has been a style icon in Sweden for years.
SVT’s coverage commences at 3 p.m. local time, with the wedding at 4 p.m. The ceremony will end at 4.45 p.m., after which the couple will be presented to the public. The cannons at Skeppsholmen will fire a royal salute.
The route the 350 m cortÃ¨ge will take heads along toward StrÃ¶mbron bridge, down StrÃ¶mgatan, and into Gamla Stan via the Norrbro bridge. It will then head to Myntgatan, then the couple will head to Drottningholm by boat.
Ruby’s mini-collection, entitled Magic Hour, is perfect for those winter parties and a great injection of colour into your wardrobe.
Classic Breton-stripe T shirts and flirty print dresses and blouses make up the collection. Our favourites are the Magic Hour Bloom baby doll, with its winter floral pattern. This, paired with tights and fun heels, is the perfect little dress for any cocktail or winter wedding, while the Minnie blouse is perfect office-wear, with its flirty ruffles and playful polka dots injecting fun into your work or casual weekend outfit.
To mark the collection’s arrival in stores this Friday (June 7), Ruby has collaborated with director Isobel Dryburgh on a short film, which captures side-tracked youths meandering along in the wilderness.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor