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July 10, 2014

Eva Green previews her Campari 2015 calendar appearance: video and photos

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Francesco Pizzo

French actress Eva Green is the face of the 2015 Campari calendar, entitled Mythology Mixology. Campari is teasing the calendar with behind-the-scenes images and a video, featuring Green, announcing the project.
   This 16th edition has been photographed by Julia Fullerton-Batten, an acclaimed fine art photographer, and the first female who has shot a Campari calendar.
   The 12 months celebrate Campari’s history and its best loved classic cocktails. Each month tells the story behind the cocktail, with anecdotes and trivia.
   Campari believes that there has been a classic trend over the last decade, and an interest in history, which the calendar attempts to tap into.
   While some may dispute the presence of a classic trend, Campari has been on the pulse in recent years with its calendars. Notably, in 2008, Jessica Alba appeared in its 10th anniversary edition. Other calendar stars include Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Milla Jovovich, Penélope Cruz and Uma Thurman.
   Green, whose Penny Dreadful series is currently netting her headlines in the lead role of Vanessa Ives, came to prominence in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2002), and as Bond girl Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006), for which she won a BAFTA. She has recently been seen in 300: Rise of an Empire and will soon be seen in Sin City: a Dame to Kill for.
   â€˜To work with an iconic worldwide brand such as Campari is an honour and a privilege. There is something very special about this year’s theme as it strikes a compelling and almost magical balance between the classic and the contemporary. At the root of each image is this rich sense of history behind each of Campari’s best-loved cocktails but they are presented in a way that is ultra-modern, exuding imagination and style. It’s a thing of incredible beauty and clearly shows that whilst some of these recipes are over 100 years old, they are still relevant to and adored in today’s world,’ said Green in a release.
   Fullerton-Benton is known for her series, Teenage Stories (2005), which followed the transition of a teenage girl into womanhood. Campari says that the photos will carry her hallmarks of creative settings, unusual locations and cinematic lighting.
   â€˜Campari has always had an inherent ability to recreate itself and keep the brand image fresh, inspiring and imaginative—a goal I constantly strive towards in my own work, too. This year’s theme was an interesting challenge, as there was an important job to do in terms of taking historical anecdotes and invigorating them with a modern edge. I’m confident we managed to strike that delicate balance with this year’s imagery,’ says Fullerton-Batten.
   Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari says, ‘Though there has always been a sense of timelessness around our classic cocktails, we’ve been hearing reports from bartenders all over the world that there has been a surging popularity for classic recipes like the Negroni and the Americano. This year’s Campari Calendar is designed to celebrate those enduring recipes and the heritage behind them, so we’re very much looking forward to unveiling it later in the year.’








Francesco Pizzo

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June 24, 2014

Kiwi artists exhibit in New York, while films on Raf Simons and YSL come to New Zealand

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Four New Zealand artists are exhibiting in New York from July 1 at Forty:67, at the Artifact Gallery at 84 Orchard Street in the lower east side of Manhattan.
   The exhibition, which comprises painting, photography and jewellery-making, features the work of Sarah Elsby, Nikki Clark, Aphra Ellen, and Jodi Clark. Elsby and Ellen are mother and daughter, and Nikki and Jodi Clark are sisters.
   The work examines the ideas behind identity, place, and culture, or: what does it mean to be a foreigner transplanted to an international centre such as New York City?
   Elsby uses watercolours on paper, exploring the tensions between biomorphic and architectural forms. Photographer Nikki Clark contrasts New York City with the tranquillity of the Whanganui River, near where she grew up, and the similarity of the power in both locations. Jodi Clark’s painting explores how symbols can transcend cultures and history, ‘arranged so they become abstracted from their original intent; taking on a new meaning and life while still triggering memories and nostalgia,’ she says. Ellen’s hand-crafted jewellery has what has been described as a playful approach, inspired by organic forms and odd shapes.
   The gallery is open from 12 to 6 p.m. daily.
   Meanwhile, two fashion films will be part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), taking place between July and September in Auckland, Wellington and other centres.
   The first, Frédéric Tcheng’s Dior and I (France, 2014), is a behind-the-scenes documentary, following Raf Simons as he creates his first collection for Christian Dior, taking over from John Galliano. It’s already on Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng’s must-see list as the festival takes place.
   Yves Saint Laurent, which has had a lot of coverage in Lucire already, is the second film. This is the Jalil Lespert film, which opened in January 2014 in France, and was authorized by Pierre Bergé. (The rival film was authorized by François Pinault.)
   Session dates are available online from nziff.co.nz: the Auckland ones are up now, with the Wellington schedule appearing on Friday, and other centres on July 4.



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June 14, 2014

Taormina Film Fest opens, with Claudia Cardinale, Margareth Madè, Raoul Bova

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Valerio Pennicino

The 60th Taormina Film Fest has started in the picturesque Sicilian town, with Maserati as a sponsor, and Claudia Cardinale, Margareth Madè and Raoul Bova among the red-carpet arrivals that we’ve spotted.
   Cardinale arrived for the screening of Manoel de Oliveira’s Gebo et l’ombre, in which she stars. Other actors at the festival on day one include Bo Derek, Melanie Griffith, Eva Longoria, Carmen Maura, Paz Vega, Ben Stiller, and Matt Dillon.
   Dragon Trainer 2, the opening film of the festival, had its première at the Greek Theatre, with director and screenwriter Dean de Blois present.
   And as this is Italy, the screening was followed by a broadcast of the Italy v. England match at the World Cup, live from Brazil.
   Maserati, celebrating its centenary this year, is ferrying VIPs in its smaller Ghibli III and flagship Quattroporte VI saloons at the event.
   The festival runs from June 14 to 21.

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June 13, 2014

Mini re-creates Goodbye Pork Pie chase scene to launch fourth-generation model

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When BMW launched its Mini at the turn of the century, it resisted doing the obvious thing in its marketing: reenacting The Italian Job. Over the years, various retro Mini marketing ideas have, nevertheless, surfaced, such as ‘Minis have feelings, too,’ re-created one Christmas, and for the New Zealand market, BMW is digging in to the Kiwi cultural archives for the fourth-generation version of the car: Goodbye Pork Pie.
   The Geoff Murphy-helmed film, released in 1981, is legendary in New Zealand, and Mini fans around the world know it, too. The chase–road trip film sees a yellow Mini 1000 head from north to south, and BMW has decided to re-create one of the scenes for a new promo débuting on June 17, starring the latest version of the car.
   New Zealanders who wanted to get a role in the film went to a dedicated Mini website to win a place in the passenger seat, with Wellingtonian Vincent Blake Chilton, 23, getting the prize. Matt Murphy, son of Geoff, directed the new scene, and chose Chilton out of 2,000 entries. Stunt driver Mike Eady put the new Mini Cooper S through its paces around Lake Hawea, with stunt coordinator Harry Dakanalis in pursuit.
   Below is a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot.
   The new Mini, unveiled last November in Oxford and at a star-studded London launch a few days later, starts at NZ$36,200.
   In addition to Goodbye Pork Pie, New Zealand has another cinematic Mini connection: it was where The Italian Job remake, Players, was filmed.



Below A still featuring the original Mini 1000 from the original Goodbye Pork Pie.

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June 7, 2014

Destination datelines: Catalina, Paris, Gurgaon, Punta Ala

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Top The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night, 1964. Above George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd in 1966.

Catalina Island, California
Hard to believe it’s been a half-century since the première of A Hard Day’s Night. To commemorate the date, the Catalina Island Museum will mount a special 50th anniversary screening of the legendary movie starring the Beatles on Sunday, July 6 in Avalon’s Casino Theatre at 7 p.m. Lucire loves the vintage déco interior. On hand to take questions will be author Pattie Boyd (right), who you can surely interrogate about her life and times as wife of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and her best-selling memoir, Wonderful Tonight. Pattie exudes energy and personality, and loves to laugh. Watch for her in a famous scene which takes place on a train: she’s the blonde girl in a school uniform, who flirts with George.


Paris, France
A new website has launched this week which could simplify the task of finding lodging in this capital city: www.myboutiquehotel.paris/fr/. It looks like a pretty cleverly designed and attractive site, listing over 250 boutique hotels. You can select by price, star rating, location, nearby landmarks, areas of interest, but the kicker is the promise of a real live human being person available on the phone to assist you. We’d be interested to learn of anyone’s experiences with this site. Good luck with your launch!

Gurgaon, Haryana, India
While the city, population 20 million, stews under a layer of world-class pollution (mostly the by-product of wood fires), the problem of traffic compounds the subject. Gurgaon excels in congestion, and this week some like-minded technology companies are rolling out Folksvagn, a cheekily-named ride-sharing solution in the Palam Vihar and Sector 22–3 area. It’s also a vote of support for Gurgaon start-ups like our friends at Nagarro, one of a group deploying modern mindsets in the interest of transforming urban mobility with programmes like this. If you’re looking for a sustainable and socially responsible ride to work in Gurgaon, this may be your answer.

Punta Ala, Italy
This week, Baglioni reopens La Vela, a classic architectural monument originally known as a swinging disco in 1965. You can see its signature roofline on the very exclusive beach here. A glorious renovation transforms the space into a 160-seat restaurant and spa. Ideally situated among a cypress grove, with astounding views of the nearby islands Elba, Capraia and Pianosa, the airy infinity terrace promises to be an ideal location for sunset beverages and prime people-watching. GM Luigi Magnani promises ‘a soft club’ experience for evenings.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor


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May 24, 2014

Cannes day ten: Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Araya A. Hargate, Bianca Balti at premières

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Araya Alberta Hargate
Pascal Le Segretain

It’s day ten and the penultimate day of the Festival de Cannes.
   Clouds of Sils Maria, the new film with Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Johnny Flynn and Hanns Zischler, directed by Olivier Assayas, had positive reviews and was regarded as a strong conclusion to the films in competition at Cannes.
   Binoche plays an ageing star, Maria, with Stewart as her PA, and Moretz a young actress who has been cast in a remake of the film that brought Maria her original fame. In the remake, Maria is asked to play the older lover.
   Assayas comfortably directs the film focusing on the dynamics between the three principal actors, and especially between Binoche and Stewart.
   Among our videos are star Chloë Grace Moretz, on making fun of Hollywood and subverting the genre, and the red-carpet première for the film, which features Stewart, Binoche, Moretz, Assayas, and Quentin Tarantino, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Amy Willerton and Bianca Balti at the Palais des Festivals.
   Ken Loach, who had his Jimmy’s Hall première on day nine, is interviewed below on his work, while Tarantino, in Cannes celebrating 20 years since Pulp Fiction brought him to prominence when he won the Palme d’Or and the 50th anniversary of Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western genre, talks about writing his forthcoming film.
   In addition to Sils Maria and Pulp Fiction, the cameras caught Canadian singer Kiesza (with two Montblanc full pavé bracelets in white–red gold and diamonds and a full pavé ring), Araya A. Hargate, Cláudia Vieira and Li Yuchun (李宇春).

Clouds of Sils Maria (Sils Maria) press conference

Ken Loach on Jimmy’s Hall

Quentin Tarantino

Clouds of Sils Maria (Sils Maria) red carpet


L’Oréal Paris


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Pascal Le Segretain


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Pascal Le Segretain


Ian Gavan


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Ian Gavan


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Olivier Borde

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May 23, 2014

Lifting the veil at the Festival de Cannes: the people behind the jewellery, make-up, couture and hair

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Above Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with her de Grisogono earrings at the AmFAR Gala last night.

De Grisogono has been a bit more exclusive this year with its annual Cannes Film Festival party at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, though it has given a brief insight into its jewellery with the first video below (with English and French versions). Each year, it creates special-edition items for the Festival, releasing a version of the Instrumento.N.Uno watch in 2014 to tie in with The Expendables 3 film (its actors wear the watch). Cara Delevingne, Antonio Banderas, Paris Hilton and Riley Keough comment.
   Beauty also gets a look-in. We’ve featured some of the behind-the-scenes stories from the Hôtel Martinez where L’Oréal Paris has its base, but Dessange and Dior also make an effort to relocate to the Croisette each year to service their clients. Their private showrooms allow celebrities to get coiffed and made up: Dessange, which has partnered with the Festival de Cannes for over three decades, shows its four stand-out styles for the season: faux wavy bob, static extensions, twisted ponytail or sleek minimalism. Dior, meanwhile, cossets its clients in a pop-up salon.
   Dessange’s hairstylist Stéphane Bodin, notes, ‘A team of 20 hairstylists are at the actresses’ disposal for the duration of the festival, from very early in the morning, at around 7.30 or 8 o’clock, especially when they have photo calls and press conferences for the competing films. As a general rule, when you are put in charge of an actress, it is for the entire day because there is the red carpet in the evening and also lots of meetings that build up, schedules change every hour or thirty minutes according to all the whims of everybody here.
   â€˜In Cannes, anything goes, even quite original hair styles; if you can’t do it here, then you can’t do anywhere but I find that the main trend is a return to the beautiful, simple and natural.’
   Violette, Dior’s international make-up designer, says, ‘The Dior suite is like a hidden beauty paradise because you feel very much sheltered from the outside world. Cannes is full of people, non-stop flashes and endless pressure and so you arrive in this cosy nest where you are pampered, beautified and comforted so that you can get your nails done as well as your make-up. Sometimes we also have hairstylists who come to perfect the stars’ hair so a woman can have a full beauty service.
The women that we look after want to be glamorous. Cannes is the place where femininity is celebrated and every pleasure is permitted so if you want to paint your lips in an extremely strong, and intense shade of red then you can. That’s what the festival is all about.’
   Fashion labels, too, make an effort to get exposure, knowing how the wealthy and the celebrities descend upon Cannes for 10 days. Elie Saab and Smalto are among the two who set up there.
   Emilie Legendre of Elie Saab says, ‘The Cannes Film Festival has to be prepared well in advance, meaning that dress fittings often begin two or three months beforehand so that the final selections are announced … It is our job to work on setting up the showroom and the suite as we entirely redecorate, and then, of course, we have fittings on-site when we finalize everything, which we generally call the final fitting before stepping onto the red carpet.
   â€˜When we come down, we bring someone from the studio in Paris as at the fitting every dress has to be readjusted.
   â€˜The day after the event, there are lots of requests from the clients who call up asking for news about their dresses, and essentially it is the visibility that comes with this social network immediacy and the live broadcasting of information that ensures that minutes after setting foot on the red carpet, the entire world already knows how many actresses wore Elie Saab.’
   Youn Chong Bak of Smalto says, ‘We devised a range of three different tuxedos that are available to the actors. We have done a bow-tie box because as everybody knows, you cannot walk on the red carpet without wearing a bow tie and, this year, we accentuated this gold side in recognition of the Palme d’Or. We also created a case with a golden eyelet or with golden detail.
We really tried to highlight this tailored-made aspect, particularly the silhouette created by Monsieur Smalto with small, elongated shoulders, well fitted but a structure that emphasizes virility and therefore the gentleman himself.’
   Our final video with Christophe Robin, sees the “colourist to the stars” give an exclusive interview, with the help of French legend Catherine Deneuve. (Deneuve’s endorsement of Robin can be seen on his website.)

De Grisogono jewellery
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Beauty at Cannes: Dessange and Dior
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Couture at Cannes: Elie Saab and Smalto
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Christophe Robin
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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.


Dominique Charriau


Tim P. Whitby



Vittorio Zunino Celotto


Venturelli


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Vittorio Zunino Celotto/AmFAR


Vittorio Zunino Celotto/AmFAR


L’Oréal Paris


Vittorio Zunino Celotto/AmFAR


Vittorio Zunino Celotto/AmFAR




Vittorio Zunino Celotto


AmFAR


Vittorio Zunino Celotto


Andreas Rentz




Pascal Le Segretain



Andreas Rentz


Pascal Le Segretain



Tim P. Whitby/AmFAR


Dominique Charriau


Andreas Rentz


Tim P. Whitby



Pascal Le Segretain


Andreas Rentz

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