Lana Del Rey’s much-anticipated 30-minute film, Tropico, was released on Vevo today.
The singer, playing a modern-day Eve, stars alongside model Shaun Ross. The original preview in Lucire detailed a three-part story of sin and redemption. The three parts take place in four scenes: the Garden of Eden, the stripper club, the robbery, and the farewell.
The tracks from Del Rey’s Born to Dieâthe Paradise Edition are ‘Body Electric’, ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘Bel Air’, and the film gives greater context to the songs.
She pays homage to Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, who appear alongside John Wayne and Jesus Christ in the film, which was directed by Anthony Mandler. Mandler previously directed her videos for âNational Anthemâ and âRideâ.
The film is available for streaming on Vevo apps and Vevo.com exclusively.
At the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood for the Tropico premiĂšre, Del Rey also announced the title of her new album as Ultraviolence, but gave no details on release date or tracks.
This week’s Instagram pics include two of Lucireâs 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 & Bridgeâdoesn’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.âAnna Deans
Above Scarlett Johansson at the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma.
Variety reports that Scarlett Johansson will not be eligible for the Golden Globes for her role in Her, which is released on January 10.
Johansson, who plays an electronic voice, ‘Samantha’, in the film, directed by Spike Jonze, is not seen on screen. The Academy Awards and Screen Actors’ Guild say she is eligible, but the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has decided otherwise.
The film is being released through Warner Bros. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore. Samantha, a Siri-like personal assistant, is his love interest.
Johansson has already taken the best actress prize at the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma (Rome Film Festival) for her role in Her.
Andy Serkis, who, through CGI, played Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and CĂŠsar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has been the subject of studio campaigns for their roles, but they have proved unsuccessful.
Johansson remains eligible for her role in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon.
Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 12.
Model and Wag Irina Shayk, who dates Cristiano Ronaldo, appears in a shoot by Alix Malka for the latest issue of 7 Hollywood magazine.
The ‘Fantasy’ issue for winter 2013â14 also features Laetitia Casta, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, Jared Leto, Elle Fanning and Courtney Love.
The bi-annual magazine has an avant-garde slant, and each of the featured celebrities gets their own cover, shot in the same style.
In tune with 7 Hollywoodâs editorial style, Shayk appears in various PVC items, including what appears to be a new take on a firefighter’s uniform.
Russian-born Shayk, 27, who was covered as a ‘social influencer’ in Lucire issue 28, will go from modelling to actress in the 2014 movie, Hercules: the Thracian Wars. She has also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and made the cover in 2011.
The exhibition, Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, opens today at Somerset House, London.
This marks the second time Lucire has covered an exhibition connected to the late editor and fashion patron. The earlier occasion, in 2008, saw curator Donna Loveday of the Design Museum look at Philip Treacy’s hats, and focused on the then Isabella Delves Broughton’s discovery of the designer. This second exhibition, with over 100 pieces, looks at Blow’s collection itself: it is her wardrobe, acquired by her friend Daphne Guinness, to stop it being sold at auction. Architectural firm Carmody Groarke designed the exhibition.
Guinness said, ‘This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event. Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people. I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them weâve done the right thingâand that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.’
After Blow’s suicide in 2007, Guinness, who had been friends with her for nearly a decade, sought to preserve her legacy and established the Isabella Blow Foundation.
Many of the garments shown are styled in exactly the way Blow wore them. She was known to only wear work from designers she liked or admired.
A catalogue will be published by Rizzoli to accompany the exhibition, edited by Alistair O’Neil, who curated the exhibition with Shonagh Marshall, with essays by O’Neil, Marshall, Prof Caroline Evans, and Alexander Fury, with new photography by Nick Knight. Graphic Thought Facility has designed the book, which is priced at ÂŁ40.
Blow began her career in the early 1980s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue. After she returned to London in 1986, she worked at Tatler, British Vogue, and The Sunday Timesâ ‘Style’. In addition to Treacy, whom she discovered at his graduation from Central St Martin’s in 1990, Blow is also credited for discovering Alexander McQueen (at his graduation from the school two years later), Hussein Chalayan, Julien Macdonald, Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. She collaborated with photographers Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis.
The exhibition includes pieces from the designers she discovered, and is regarded as one of the most important private fashion collections of the era.
Film, recordings and projections at Somerset House take visitors back to the era, while miscellaneous items belonging to Blow, such as her Rolodex, are also on display.
Somerset House presents the exhibition in association with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St Martin’s. It runs from November 20, 2013 to March 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with a late night of 9 p.m. on Thursday. Some special hours apply over the Christmas and New Year period. Entry is ÂŁ12Â·50, and concessions are ÂŁ10 and ÂŁ6Â·25 on Mondays.
The video below looks back at Blow’s life, and includes Alexander McQueen’s La Dame Bleue collection from springâsummer 2008, which he dedicated to his mentor.