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October 9, 2015

Lucire TV on the red carpet: Helen Mirren, Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Carey Mulligan

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Speaking on the red carpet at the première of Trumbo at the London Film Festival, Helen Mirren says that US culture is well known globally because of its film industry.
   The new film, about real-life US screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Mirren herself, and directed by Jay Roach, depicts the Trumbo’s career and his blacklisting as one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, with one awarded to a front writer and another to his pseudonym.
   Mirren says, ‘Film is still used for propaganda. It’s an incredibly strong propaganda tool, which is why Hollywood, in the ’50s was so nervous. It was recognized obviously in the Second World War, film was used as a propaganda tool, and so there was a great fear of the use of film as propaganda, and indeed it still is.
   ‘The reason American culture is so well known throughout the world much more than any other culture is because of the power of the American film industry. We are very lucky in America in that it really, ultimately, the American film industry is just about money. It’s not about politics: they’ll just do whatever sells, and in a way that’s a good thing.’
   Other celebrities on the red carpet this week included Cate Blanchett, who arrived at the screening of her film Truth in Los Angeles, wearing a white Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, with a high neck. Rooney Mara, at the New York première of Pan, in which she plays Tiger Lily, also went for white in a mini-dress with velvet ruffles.
   Lady Gaga has made her acting début in America Horror Story: Hotel, wearing a glamorous, asymmetric Brandon Maxwell red gown with a thigh-high slit, and Carey Mulligan donned Chanel with plenty of glitter and ruffles for the Suffragette première on Wednesday.

October 1, 2015

Ikea extends itself into fashion: you read it here first last year

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September 29’s Ikea Fashion Show at Moda di Milano (hashtagged both #IKEAfashion and #IKEAtemporary) showcased work from two designers who collaborated with the Swedish-founded furniture conglomerate.
   ‘With a number of new collections that have been developed in collaboration with fashion designers, Ikea is stepping into new territory—one from which we can learn a lot,’ according to the company.
   Giltig by Katie Eary and Svärtan by Martin Bergström will see their collections retailed in 2016, but they received a boost in profile thanks to their appearance at one of the top fashion weeks in the world.
   For us, the first thing that came to mind when seeing Ikea fashion was Stefan Engeseth’s (below right) prediction, published in Lucire first last year, and later in, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and Flare, plus a number of newspapers and news websites: that fashion should be Ikea’s next industry.
   At the time, Ikea had no such plans officially, but it isn’t surprising to see another one of Engeseth’s predictions come true. He came up with the idea of Coca-Cola being served through taps at home before Coke itself actually trialled that idea, plus another, over 15 years ago, on how cellphones could connect two strangers, albeit not through an app.
   We wrote: ‘Engeseth says that Ikea’s expertise lends itself easily to the world of apparel …
   ‘He believes that fashion is in a repetitive cycle, stuck in history and needing renewal.
   ‘Ikea could offer both complete apparel items and composite parts that customers could assemble themselves, says Mr Engeseth. The parts could be “tailored” at home in inventive ways without the need for complex sewing.’
   Last year, Lucire publisher Jack Yan added, ‘This taps in to its existing fan base, and just as importantly, Ikea can make full use of its channels, outmanœuvring many existing fashion labels. Ikea has an international retail base and it has distribution down to a fine art.’
   When we asked him about the Ikea show in Milano yesterday, he had his reservations about some of the designs, but stated, ‘It’s good that Ikea takes its first step into fashion, and rewarding to see them developing the concept more now.’
   He was also buoyed by seeing that, after the show, Ikea’s official Twitter account went back to his blog post late last year about Ikea fashion, and “favourited” a Tweet about it. Engeseth even preempted the hashtag used back in 2014.
   There’s no sign that Ikea fashion will be in a composite format, ready for its customers to assemble, but Engeseth appears to have been right that the brand would extend itself into the new segment.

September 30, 2015

Kate Hudson is the Campari calendar model for 2016, photographed by Michelangelo di Battista

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Kate Hudson has been announced as the 2016 model for the iconic Campari calendar. The brand belongs to the namesake Italian wine company which produces the well-known apéritif. The drink itself is a palatable combination of bitter and sweet which is drawn on in the 2016 calendar theme.
   With a relevant setting of an upcoming presidential election, Hudson embodies separate roles of bitterness and seduction versus sweetness and subtlety, a play on the taste of the Campari red wine. ‘Each month embodies the different profiles Campari embodies, alongside Kate Hudson’s incredible talent and ability to switch from approachable, welcoming and sensual to audacious and seductive,’ said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari.
   Hudson, as a Hollywood actress and entrepreneur, said that she was honoured to work with the company in creating ‘two distinctive characters embodying bitter and sweet.’
   Fashion photographer Michelangelo Di Battista, who shot Hudson for the calendar, applauded both her and the company for their artistic direction in the project: ‘Campari is a brand that has always had a clear sense of æsthetic and well defined style … Kate’s enthusiasm and ability to switch between the two personalities allowed me to create images I hope are fresh, inspiring and imaginative.’
   With the images being officially unveiled on November 18, the Italian label is maintaining its reputation for their much anticipated calendar with the prominent presence of Kate Hudson. Past stars have included Eva Green, Uma Thurman, Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Milla Jovovich, Olga Kurylenko and Jessica Alba.—Alex Barrow

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Bar Refaeli, Pelé and Lapo Elkann celebrate Hublot’s Big Bang watch anniversary at new production warehouse

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Hublot, the luxury watch company, opened an expansive new production warehouse in Nyon, Switzerland on the 10-year anniversary of their iconic Big Bang watch on Tuesday.
   Three hundred guests from around the globe attended the opening event including ambassadors, VIP guests, friends of the company and journalists. The milestone ceremony was further endorsed by notable Hublot ambassadors Pelé, Bar Refaeli and Lapo Elkann who contributed to the handing over of keys ceremony.
   To celebrate the sweeping popularity of the large watch, the warehouse was developed to keep up with enormous production demand. With the first major production centre being built just six years ago, this feat recognizes and celebrates the vast success the company has had with their luxury watches.
   Owned by big-brand conglomerate LVMH, Hublot has consistently enhanced and cemented their reputation as high-quality, skilled watchmakers recognized the world over. Over the past decade the Big Bang watch has been celebrated at various award ceremonies internationally in Genève, Japan and the Middle East. With the rapid success of the company in such a short time, the decade anniversary celebrations of the Big Bang watch indicates that Hublot aren’t even considering slowing down their economic boom.
   Based in Switzerland, the new warehouse is destined to house over one hundred work stations which will bring Swiss employees up to over 400 people working for the company. Due to the high sales of the last decade, the company have afforded SFr 20,000,000 into the project. To further celebrate the acheivements, the company has launched a “decade of success” campaign across the 73 Hublot stores worldwide.—Alex Barrow

September 28, 2015

Video: Victoria Beckham, Charlize Theron speak at United Nations General Assembly on ending Aids by 2030

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Top UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé with Victoria Beckham. Above Charlize Theron addresses the high-level UN event.

On Sunday, Victoria Beckham made her first public appearance since London Fashion Week, speaking at the United Nations in New York in her capacity as a UNAIDS goodwill ambassador at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.
   Beckham spoke on the first day of the Social Good Summit, appearing alongside other luminaries such as HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, UNDP administrator and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Charlize Theron, Jennifer López, Laverne Cox, Alek Wek, and humanitarian Graca Machel.
   Beckham saw her platform as one where she can help the goal of ensuring that no baby is born with HIV. ‘I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this,’ she said. ‘I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.’
   Said Theron, Messenger of Peace for the United Nations and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, ‘There is a generation in jeopardy. Young people are falling through the cracks in the Aids response. But there is reason to hope, we know what works—empowering young people to take care of their health.’
   The UN has set a goal of ending Aids by 2030, as part of its ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.
   Clark noted, ‘For me it’s about peaceful and inclusive societies, because without that we don’t have the basis for any sustainable development at all. It’s about momentum, hold people accountable, hold your governments accountable, stay engaged as citizens, keep advocating on social media and not wait 15 years to see what happens.’

September 25, 2015

Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show 2015 sees Nelson’s Peter Wakeman take top honours

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Top Diva’s Dreamscape, by Peter Wakeman. Above Deadly Beauty, by Xi Zhang.

Nelson, New Zealand designer Peter Wakeman has won the 2015 Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Supreme WOW Award with his entry Diva’s Dreamscape.
   Wakeman wins $30,000 in prizes with his design, entered into the Creative Excellence Section: Architecture category. Made from stainless steel, wood and fibreglass, interpreting the art-déco era, the judges admired Wakeman’s workmanship while the founder of the World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, praised its artistic integrity.
   ‘Diva’s Dreamscape really is a stunning piece of art,’ she says. ‘It has a strong simplicity that works perfectly from every angle. The use of such hard materials to create a sophisticated garment demonstrates great skill and creative ability.’
   Diva’s Dreamscape was the unanimous choice of the judges, which included Dame Suzie, sculptor Greer Twiss and fashion designer Denise l’Éstrange-Corbet.
   It is the third time Wakeman has entered WOW, and the second time he has won a prize. In 2013, he was runner-up to the Supreme Award winner for his Chica under Glass.
   Xi Zhang, a student from Donghua University, Shanghai, took the runner-up prize this year, with Deadly Beauty. Zhang entered her design, made from feathers, beads and mesh cloth, into the Wellington Airport Avant Garde section.
   There were 107 entries by 123 designers who were chosen for the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show this year.
   The American Express Open section was won by Jeff Thomson of Auckland with Tinker. Thomson also won the New Zealand Design Award with Tinker. For Annie, by Doreen Helms and Susan Thurner of Nelson, won the children’s section. Philippa Stitchbury of Melbourne, Victoria won the Aotearoa section with On Reflection; while the Man section, with the theme of Uniform this year, was won by Chris Wilson and Gary Wilson of Upper Hutt with their Piper of the Lights. The Weta Costume and Film section was won by Joanna Peacock of Colchester, England, with her design To Be or Not to Be.
   The Cirque du Soleil Performance Art Costume Award went to Tess Taverner Hanks of Sydney, NSW, for Kaleidoscope. Hanks also won the Shell Student Innovation Award with the same design. The WOW Factor Award was won by Rodney Leong with Get Behind Me Satan.
   Another Donghua University student, Qianwen Hong, won with Exotic in the Wearable Technology Award, and the Shell Sustainability Award was won by Wanganui’s Danielle Sasvari with Templa Mentis.
   The First-Time Entrant Award was won by Ewelina Kosmal of Konskie, with Brave New World.
   The Wellington International Awards are given to entrants in different parts of the globe. The overall winner was M45 Pleiades by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis of London; they also won for the UK and Europe category. Starship Girl, by Julian Hartzog of Tarpon Springs, Fla., won for the Americas. Mona, by Kerryta Chau, Wing Lam Yeung and Emily Lau of the Hong Kong Design Institute, won for Asia; and The Stitch Witch, by Sarah Seahorse and Luna Aquatica of Melbourne, Victoria, won for Australia and the South Pacific.
   The total prize pool of 40 awards had a combined value of NZ$165,000. Thirteen New Zealand-designed garments won 15 awards, and 24 awards were won by 18 international designs.

Above, from top Tinker, by Jeff Thomson. For Annie, by Doreen Helms and Susan Thurner. On Reflection, by Philippa Stitchbury. To Be or Not to Be, by Joanna Peacock. Kaleidoscope, by Tess Taverner Hanks. Get Behind Me Satan, by Rodney Leong. Exotic, by Qianwen Hong. Templa Mentis, by Danielle Sasvari. Brave New World, by Ewelina Kosmal. M45 Pleiades by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis. Starship Girl, by Julian Hartzog. Mona, by Kerryta Chau, Wing Lam Yeung and Emily Lau. The Stitch Witch, by Sarah Seahorse and Luna Aquatica.

September 23, 2015

World announces T-shirt created for the United Nations, supporting the Global Goals

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World has broken new ground again: it’s the first design house to have created a T-shirt for the United Nations, with the legend YOUN on the front.
   The company says the T-shirts support the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to be launched on September 25 in New York, at an event attended by US president Barack Obama, 100 world leaders and UN ambassadors.
   They hit World stores, online and offline, from September 25, New Zealand time, and through selected international retailers. The smallest size fits newborns.
   ‘Since our inception in 1989, it has always been part of World’s philosophy to give back, as our company has grown, so has the importance of our awareness and support for local and international charitable organizations,’ said World co-founder Francis Hooper.
   The UN wants to see 193 world leaders commit to the 17 goals, to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
   The full list of 17 goals can be seen at the UN’s Global Goals website, at
   World will donate 20 per cent of all sales to the UN. It encourages customers wearing the T-shirts to hashtag #worldbrandglobalgoals to show their support.

September 22, 2015

Lucire TV: David Beckham launches his film for Belstaff, Outlaws, in London

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David Beckham’s film, Outlaws, in which he stars as the Stranger, a drifter and motorcycle stuntman (of course), is released today, but not before a screening and VIP event at la Bodega Negra restaurant in Soho, following a similar event in New York at the Back Room last Thursday.
   But hold tight, it’s not a Hollywood film in the traditional sense: it’s a promotion for Belstaff, although it does feature Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull).
   He did ‘98 per cent’ of his own stunts in the film. The film was shot on location in México, and was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, and executive produced by Liv Tyler. It was produced by Belstaff Films and Legs (a Milk Media Company).
   Beckham, Moriarty and Jasper were present at the London event, joined by celebrities Jeremy Piven, Laura Whitmore, Emma Miller, Lilah Parsons, Rafferty Law, Doina Ciobanu, Lilah Parsons, Spencer Matthews and Hugo Taylor.
   Outlaws sees the Stranger ‘haunted by memories of a beautiful trapeze artist and hunted by a maniacal director seeking revenge,’ according to Belstaff.
   Beckham described it as ‘a lot of fun and very creative … and obviously having Harvey and Katherine and Cathy in there, it doesn’t really get better than that. I knew it was going to be fun which is one of the reasons why I agreed to do it.’

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