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July 23, 2015

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: a world première for the Royal New Zealand Ballet

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is not just a Royal New Zealand Ballet première, it’s a world première—so if you’re looking for a ballet event to attend in mid-August, this should be the one on your calendar.
   Created by Liam Scarlett, ballet’s fast-rising star who is now one of the most sought-after choreographers today, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will have its première in Wellington on August 20, before heading to Christchurch, Auckland, Rotorua, Palmerston North and Napier over the following weeks. As well as Scarlett’s choreography, it features the biggest set ever created by the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
   Ipswich-born Scarlett, 29, is already known for his witty, inventive approach and is one of the most passionate choreographers in ballet today.
   He was the Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence, creating ballets for that company including Despite and Vayamos al Diablo in 2006, through to the Jubilee pas de deux to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.
   He has created works for Ballet Black, New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet, K-Ballet, the English National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.
   A Midsummer Night’s Dream is his third full-length ballet.
   â€˜We are incredibly excited to showcase this sensational new ballet created for the RNZB by the talented Liam Scarlett. This magical tale will cast its spell on audiences of all ages. And as with all the best stories, true love and friendship triumph in the end,’ said RNZB artistic director Francesco Ventriglia in a release.
   Said Scarlett, ‘Shakespeare’s tale of wit, love, petty quarrels and mistaken identities has captured the hearts of audiences young and old for centuries and has secured its place in history as one of the greatest stories ever told. It is with great pleasure and responsibility that I have the opportunity to transform this magical piece of work into a ballet. Being able to create this for the RNZB is a joy, and the end result will be a testament to their talent and enthusiasm and all that this wonderful company has to offer.’
   RNZB managing director Amanda Skoog notes that the company is partnering with the Queensland Ballet to realize the production.
   Tracy Grant Lord, known for Cinderella and many of the RNZB’s other successes, will design the new production, which the company notes will have ‘thousands of lights, glitter and butterflies.’ The make-up look sees Lord working closely with MAC Cosmetics, while Kendall Smith, who worked on Giselle, is lighting the set using over 4,000 LEDs and 2,000 m of fibreoptic cable.
   The Mendelssohn score will be performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in Wellington, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in Christchurch, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, conducted by RNZB music director Nigel Gaynor.
   Vodafone New Zealand continues its national sponsorship of the Royal New Zealand Ballet.
   A Midsummer Night’s Dream begins in Wellington on August 20, and runs through August 23; Christchurch sees the ballet from August 27 to 29; it opens in Auckland on September 2, running to September 6. It reaches Rotorua for a single performance on September 10, Palmerston North on September 16, and Napier on September 19 and 20. Full details can be found at www.rnzb.org.nz.—Jack Yan, Publisher

Eva Longoria in New Zealand to launch Specsavers’ 2015 Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition

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Eva Longoria is currently in Auckland, New Zealand to launch Specsavers’ 2015 Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition.
   As an ambassador for the brand, Longoria joins fellow judges comedian Jeremy Corbett and L’Oréal Professionnel Stylist Peter Dutton to find the country’s most stylish specs’ wearer.
   She follows in the footsteps of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Christina Hendricks, Colin Mathura-Jeffree, and Gok Wan.
   As a wearer of glasses herself, Longoria says she is conscious of how she looks in her frames. ‘Wearing glasses is all about having fun and embracing your style. Whether I’m on set filming, studying or at a special event, accessorizing my look with glasses gives me confidence and allows me to make the ultimate style statement,’ she said in a release.
   The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip with a friend to Los Angeles to meet Longoria. Six finalists win a trip to Auckland for a night of entertainment with Corbett, and a professional photo shoot and style consultation. Entries are now open at loveglasses.specsavers.co.nz.

July 22, 2015

Sarah Jessica Parker is the new face of Jordache for fall ’15

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Jordache has announced that actress Sarah Jessica Parker is the new face for the Jordache Look and the Jordache women’s collection, with a new campaign photographed by Michael Thompson.
   â€˜We are thrilled to have Ms Parker as the brand’s new face. We wanted someone who is not only a fashion icon, but also represents the fashion industry. Ms Parker is a mother, entrepreneur and a well-respected force in fashion,’ said Liz Berlinger, president of Jordache, in a release.
   The Jordache Look collection is available through www.jordache.com and the women’s collection exclusively through Wal-mart.
   The Jordache Look collection, which launched last month, priced from US$89 to US$149, marks the brand’s first ecommerce line, with some of its heritage styles that include the Jordache horse-head logo on the coin pocket. More modern styles are also available in four-way stretch fabrics and classic washes.
   The Jordache collection for autumn 2015 begins at US$16·44 at Wal-mart in the US and Canada, and online through its website, walmart.com.
   Jordache also notes that it will sell unique pieces crafted from vintage Jordache jeans from the 1970s and 1980s and restyled by a local artisan, including a black leather jacket, for US$300–US$500.
   In addition, Jordache has created one-of-a-kind pieces, each handcrafted from vintage Jordache jeans from the late 1970s and 1980s and restyled by a local artisan. These unique pieces, which will also include an iconic black leather jacket, will be sold for $300-$500.

July 21, 2015

Loxy’s brings its hair expertise to Wellington, New Zealand

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Loxy’s Boutique opened its Wellington location on Tory Street earlier this month, with a pink-carpet event hosted by founder Kate Jarrett.
   Jarrett, a Wellingtonian by birth, originally opened Loxy’s in Auckland, where she and her husband had moved. After years in the corporate world, she found she had a passion for hair extensions, and learned a micro-weave technique that she trained herself to do. She swears by the technique (and was a fitting ambassador for it on the night), enough to have started her salon in Ponsonby, and always had in mind to open up in her home town.
   She was encouraged to open in Wellington after her clients began asking whether Loxy’s had a branch in the capital, and the boutique finally opened its doors with a very welcome mid-winter celebration.
   As Jarrett was expecting a baby (carrying her daughter very well), naturally guests could choose from San Pellegrino water (restocked midway through the event) but those who were more adventurous could opt for Sileni wine and Rekorderlig cider. Canapés from Jess’s Underground Kitchen were served, while visible around the boutique were products from Loxy’s suppliers, including O&M and Davines. Guests were treated to goodies from them, as well as Libertine blends, Eleven Australia, Tailor Skincare, Snackpack, and Skin Spa.
   Oliver Marchant, already well known in the Wellington hair scene, manages the new boutique, which offers both hair services—including its well known micro-weft extension technique, as well as spray-tanning. Hair extension consultations are free, and its services are very reasonably priced for the level of expertise clients will get. There’s more at www.loxys.co.nz.—Jack Yan, Publisher








July 20, 2015

The Body Shop gives your skin a vitamin C boost for winter

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With the cold winter months drying us out as well as making us sick, we are starting to reach for the orange juice or vitamin C tablets—but what about our face?
   In stores this week, say hello to the Body Shop’s new products that will help with that: the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer and the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer.
   Packed to the brim with camu camu berries that have have up to 60 times the vitamin C power of an orange, these products will be making you feel and look refreshed in no time.
   Camu camu berries are a “super-fruit” from the Amazonian forest, used by native cultures of Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Columbia for years for its medicinal purposes. The small, plum-like fruit is usually found as a dried powder to be put on smoothies, and boasts a number of health benefits including the amino acids valine and leucine that prevent muscle breakdown and help with the production of hormones. In fact a teaspoon of camu camu powder has 1,180 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
   The products themselves, however, are of interest in what they can do for your skin: vitamin C is great for helping maintain plump, moisturized skin, and helps with cell renewal, making your skin look smoother and more glowing.
   When you eat or drink something with vitamin C in it, it is mostly used us internally, so your skin gets little to no benefit from it. That’s why you need something that is just for your skin.
   The Glow Boosting Moisturizer is a lightweight, fresh, very hydrating formula that clarifies, energizes and boosts your natural glow. This product would be great for people with dry skin, as a small amount goes a long way. It makes you feel refreshed, awake and ready for the day ahead of you.
   The Instant Glow Fix is skin care and make-up in one. You only need a pea-sized amount of this product, meaning it will last for a while. It’s a bright orange colour, but when on, gives your face a sunny natural glow and smooths your skin out. It is to be used last in your skin care régime and you can touch up if need be.
   Having busy and stressful lives often causes our skin to look and feel dull and tired: with these two new products you can get an instant refresher that will work throughout the day.—Fenella Clarke

July 13, 2015

Mila Kunis appears in Gemfields’ new film promoting rubies, directed by Jeff Burton

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Actress Mila Kunis, who has promoted her association with Gemfields enthusiastically since becoming its brand ambassador, appears in the company’s new film, directed by Jeff Burton.
   Gemfields, which celebrated a major ruby find in Mozambique last month, continues to promote the gemstones in its latest spot, with Kunis wearing designs by Fabergé, Georg Jensen, Spinelli Kilcollin, Miiori and Gyan of Jaipur.
   The responsibly sourced Mozambican rubies from Cabo Delgado that feature reflect, refract and shimmer in close-ups and in shots where they come into focus, giving them a mysterious effect.
   In a release, the actress said, ‘Working on this film with Gemfields and Jeff Burton was an amazing experience. I was given the opportunity to try and capture the allure and passion that rubies evoke in an unexpected way. I believe it will help to inspire a whole new generation to fall in love with this rarest of gemstones.’
   Burton is a well respected photographer who has worked on campaigns for Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent and Céline, among many others, and his work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Barbican Centre in London. It has been published in Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair, Numéro, and The New York Times.
   Gemfields says its Montepuez ruby mune in Mozambique is believed to be one of the largest sources of responsibly sourced rubies in the world.
   The film can be viewed in full at www.gemfields.co.uk/rubies. A version appears below.



July 10, 2015

Lucire TV: Nicky Hilton weds James Rothschild; Kylie Jenner goes icy blue; introducing Lorenza Izzo

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Courtesy Paris Hilton


Courtesy Barron Hilton

Former Lucire cover girl Nicky Hilton, wearing a $100,000 Valentino wedding gown with a long train and custom-made Christian Louboutin heels, married banking heir James Rothschild at the Kensington Palace Orangery on Friday. There was only the tiniest glitch of her train getting caught under the wheels of the Bentley that took her to the venue. Sister Paris served as bridesmaid, and guests included Kate Beckinsale and Petra Ecclestone. Insights came courtesy of siblings Paris and Barron via Instagram for those outside the milliard-dollar club.
   Kylie Jenner, 17, is in the news again with her hair colour, this time a blue tint at a Bellami Beauty Bar event in Hollywood on Thursday launching her Kylie Hair Kouture extension line. It’s an icier pastel hue than the startling blue she had in 2014, and it’s similar to the colour she adopted in April very briefly, while her white jumpsuit revealed a plummeting neckline.
   Our final video is a profile of 23-year-old actress Lorenza Izzo, who is married to Eli Roth. Hailing from Chile, Izzo began in the modelling world before moving into acting, and she will star in The Green Inferno later this year, which her husband directs.

July 9, 2015

News in brief: Chanel’s celebrities; Kate Upton gives Osmosis a thumbs-up; Mirto sees blue

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With Lola Cristall’s Paris autumn–winter 2015–16 haute couture report just round the corner, we note that Chanel, as always, attracted itself a massive celebrity crowd. Wearing the house’s offerings from spring–summer 2015 and other collections were Vanessa Paradis, Kristen Stewart, Alice Dellal, Julianne Moore, Lily-Rose Depp, Geraldine Chaplin, Isabelle Huppert, Rinko Kiukchi, Lily Collins, Jemima Kirke, Rita Ora, Tugba Sunguroglu, Violette d’Urso, Stella Tennant, Lara Stone and Jamie Bochert.
   Spanish label Mirto has paid tribute to the colour blue with its spring–summer 2016 collection, representing everything from coolness, water and the sky to a summer’s night. As Spain becomes better known for its tasteful, elegant fashions and accessories, it’s refreshing to see Mirto being regally confident with its fine-cotton dress shirts, summer trousers and jackets, and lightweight cotton, wool and linen suits. The label offset its primary colour solely with white.
   US model Kate Upton has given Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare a nod in an interview with Hello. ‘I also see a facialist at Advanced Skin Care Spa in New York City called Anna Antal. She introduced me to a skincare brand called Osmosis, which is amazing.’ Antal notes that she can create a custom régime and offer select services to other clients in the city and beyond.







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