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September 30, 2015

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

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Francesco Pizzo

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

Michelangelo Di Battista

Francesco Pizzo

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

Alex Barrow/10.17

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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 29, 2015

Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti collaborate on custom smart watch, released at Milan Fashion Week

Alex Barrow/23.17

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Vittorio Zunino Celotto

A collaboration between big names Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti sparked the creation of the Fornasetti smart watch, the unveiling of which was done at Vogue China’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. Celebrated at the closure of Milan Fashion Week, the introduction of the special edition watch has allowed for it to be seen in the limelight of the fashion world.
   Huawei, a global innovation company, works towards bettering and expanding on telecom networks. With a focus on consumer product, technical innovation and research and development, the company has expanded through Asia, Europe, the US and Russia. Huawei’s crowd-sourcing specialists have opened up a platform for outside artists and designers to contribute designs for appropriate accessories to complement the watch such as customized skins, or potential ideas for future technologies such as smart phones or smart watches.
   The watch itself is a product of Huawei Business Group, but the design was customized by Fornasetti, the celebrated interior design and fashion label. The watch has all the traditional makings of a high-quality, sophisticated watch such as the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal class and stainless steel frame, as well as the traditional 42 mm diameter of the watch face itself. What makes this accessory stand out is its technical capabilities, inclusive of playing music downloads offline, Bluetooth connections and a heart rate and motion sensor. These make it the ideal companion for monitored physical activity without the bulk of other smart technologies.
   Designer Barnaba Fornasetti said his design had a multi-dimensional inspiration to it which contributed to the final product. ‘The Fornasetti brand is built upon the revival and reinvention of its classic designs and objects, giving them a new purpose and always keeping its artisan approach. The Lina face is a part of my father’s legacy and to reinforce its timeless design, I paradoxically decided to apply it on a cutting edge product that keeps time.’ The image on the watch face is a vintage-style depiction of a woman’s face, namely inspired by that of Lina Cavalieri, an Italian opera singer. This image is an established symbol of Fornasetti and has been used in a similar fashion in the label’s past designs.
   The collaboration between the three large names has allowed space for future business endeavours, opening up each other’s company networks. Glory Zhang of Huawei said, ‘This collaboration with Fornasetti is the start of an exciting journey for Huawei, delivering connections between innovative technology and art, design and culture. This is the first of many exciting cultural collaborations as we move to become an innovator within the arts’.
   Notable attendees of the event included models Karlie Kloss and Sean O’Pry, AC Milan footballer Riccardo Montolivo and model Cristina de Pin, fashion photographer Mario Testino, Giorgio Armani, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung. Representing Huawei was Glory Zhang, its chief marketing officer. All attendees of the event were gifted with the smart watches and modelled them for the evening.—Alex Barrow

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

September 15, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover previews Spectre cars, with Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, David Gandy, Sonya Kraus

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Gisela Schober

As well as débuting its F-Pace SUV on its largest stand ever, Jaguar Land Rover has shown the vehicles it has supplied for the next James Bond film, Spectre, as part of the events for the IAA, the Frankfurt Motor Show.
   The Jaguar C-X75, resplendent in orange for the film, the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Land Rover Defender have appeared at Thurn und Taxis, with stars Naomie Harris and David Bautista as special guests at the Jaguar Land Rover Bond party on the eve of the reveal.
   Other celebrities present at the party included model David Gandy, German actor and brand ambassador Jürgen Vogel, Alexandra Maria Lara, Anja Kling, Hannah Herzsprung and Sonya Kraus, while British singer and musician John Newman provided the entertainment. Representing Jaguar Land Rover were CEO Dr Ralf Speth, design director Gerry McGovern and JLR Germany director Peter Modelhart.
   The C-X75, originally a show car, appears in the film as driven by Bautista’s character, Mr Hinx, and is involved in a moonlit chase against James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, a vehicle created for Spectre.
   ‘To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car that will go down in movie history,’ said Bautista.
   The Land Rover Defender and 550 PS Range Rover Sport SVR appear in major action sequences shot in Austria. The Defenders in the film have 37-inch off-road tyres, modified suspension and enhanced body protection.
   Kraus noted that the Range Rover SVR was her favourite of the three Bond cars on the stand: ‘Big and strong, I would take one away today!’ Herzsprung said, ‘I am a big fan of the James Bond movies, and of course Jaguar Land Rover. Both stand for British coolness, exceptional performance and a certain something—they fit perfectly together.’
   Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) worked on the Bond cars in association with the filmmakers. The C-X75 was prepared by SVO in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. SVO is also working on the six re-creations of the Lightweight E-type, announced last year.
   The company will show additional Spectre content through its social media channels, including behind-the-scenes videos on the design of the cars, a walk-around of the C-X75, and the stunt teams.
   Spectre premières in the UK on October 26.

Earlier photocall


Gisela Schober

Film stills

The cars

The Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, a limited edition of 2,000.

September 8, 2015

Rolls-Royce launches Dawn convertible, a car for the ‘most exclusive social hotspots’

Lucire staff/17.06

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Dawn convertible, which the company says is the sexiest car it has built.
   While some Rolls-Royce cognoscenti might be able to think of some classic models that deserve that title, the Dawn is a well balanced, well designed convertible in the modern range.
   Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös​ tells model and TV host Jodie Kidd in the launch video below that the Dawn will appeal to a younger, more social customer than the Phantom Drophead, which it sees as the last word in glamorous, open-top motoring. Like the Phantom, it seats four properly.
   In a release, he said, ‘Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date, and begins a new age of open-top, super-luxury motoring. Dawn is a beautiful new motor car that offers the most uncompromised open-top motoring experience in the world. It will be the most social of super-luxury drophead motor cars for those who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots.’
   Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor says the chrome line that rises from the A-pillar is meant to convey a sense of protection and a convivial atmosphere for its occupants.
   Rolls-Royce engineering director Philip Köhn insists that it is not simply a convertible version of the Wraith, but a model line in its own right, with its own character, with 80 per cent of the exterior body panels unique to it.
   However, mechanically, it shares a great deal with the Wraith, which itself is a highly engineered sports car, including the twin-turbo 6·6-litre V12. Where the Dawn differs under the skin is with its suspension and active roll bars, while the tyres are also not shared.
   The roof, which Köhn says is the engineering highlight of the Dawn, rises in 22 s and can be operated while the car is travelling up to 50 km/h.
   The new car takes its name from the Silver Dawn, a range which included a very rare convertible that the company made from 1949 to 1955. The earlier convertible served as inspiration.
   Rolls-Royce says the Dawn is the most torsionally rigid four-seater convertible available, and that it is the quietest one ever made.
   Retail price is expected to be over £250,000.

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August 26, 2015

Rafael Nadal launches new Tommy Hilfiger collections, with Chanel Iman, Lake Bell, Constance Jablonski, Hannah Davis

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal is the new spokesman for Tommy Hilfiger underwear, as well as a Tailored collection and the TH Bold fragrance. The announcement, with a reveal of the fall 2015 advertising campaign featuring Nadal and shot in his home town of Mallorca, was made at Bryant Park on Tuesday, August 25.
   Joining Nadal and Tommy and Dee Hilfiger were Jane Lynch (Glee), Lake Bell (First Day of Camp), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Martha Stewart, Chanel Iman, Constance Jablonski, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015 cover girl Hannah Davis, Noah Mills, Arthur Kulkov, Akin Akman, Mary Alice Stephenson, bloggers Bryanboy, Danielle Bernstein and Sazan Barzani, and Tommy Hilfiger CEO Daniel Greider.
   Some of the celebrities present, including Iman, Jablonski, Davis, Mills, Kulkov and Akman, engaged Nadal in a pop-up tennis tournament at Bryant Park. As each team scored a point in the competition, their opponents had to remove a piece of clothing, eventually revealing the Tommy Hilfiger’s men’s and women’s underwear designs. Lynch and Bell played hosts from the umpires’ seat. Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam winner, won in three consecutive games.
   Barzani ran a live Periscope feed from the event, while comedian Nate Dern, collaborating with Funny or Die, will reveal a series of videos that take a different perspective of the red carpet Q&As.
   The new underwear designs feature new fits, fabrics and deetails. A new four-way stretch technology and premium fabrics promise comfort and durability, according to the company. The Tailored collection features what it calls ‘sharp silhouettes, modern tailoring and rich textures.’ The TH Bold fragrance for men is described as suiting a wearer who has ‘a competitive nature and effortless self-confidence.’
   ‘Since I first established my brand 30 years ago, we’ve always brought a unique twist to our designs and our advertising. Today’s event continues our tradition of bold, surprising campaigns and iconic ambassadors that celebrate our brand spirit and resonate with our consumers globally,’ said Hilfiger.
   ‘I love how this event brings together fashion and sport with Tommy’s signature twist—it was the perfect way to kick-off my partnership with Tommy Hilfiger,’ said Nadal.
   The hashtag for the event is #tommyxnadal.

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August 22, 2015

News in brief: Vidal Sassoon launches Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler; polarized lenses are in at Sunglass Hut

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Polarized sunglasses are the trend for the southern spring–summer 2015–16, says Sunglass Hut—and it’s a prediction we agree with.
   Polarized lenses help with contrast, clarity and colour perception, but perhaps most importantly, they reduce reflections and minimize glare. The lenses contain a filter that blocks almost all glare, which can be eight times more intense than sunlight. It’s an especially important function in the harsh antipodean sunlight.
   The retailer notes that while the lenses are more commonly associated with sport, they are hitting the consumer market more widely, and 50 per cent of its range is now available with them.
   Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Vogue Eyewear are among the brands offered with polarized lenses by the Luxottica-owned retail group.
   Vidal Sassoon is adding the Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler to its range, which cleverly combines a styling brush and hair-drier in a single device. It adds infrared heat with the standard airflow through its 38 mm thermal brush, helping to heat the hair more evenly and preserve its natural moisture. There’s a soft, rubberized handle to help with grip, and a swivel cord for ease of use at home or at the office. With a retail price of £34·99, the Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler hits UK retailers, including Boots, Tesco and Asda, in September.

Above Adriana Lima models Vogue Eyewear for spring 2015.

August 15, 2015

Jennifer López and her collection headline Endless Jewelry’s entry into New Zealand

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Jennifer López has collaborated with Endless Jewelry, and fronts the campaign for the Danish jewellery brand as it launches into New Zealand this month.
   The actress and singer has created her own range of charms and bracelets, to be sold in New Zealand under the Jennifer López Collection.
   She had worn items from the range during the most recent season of American Idol.
   The Endless range features a wide selection of leather bracelets in single, double and triple wraps, and over 600 charms in silver-, rose gold- and gold-plated finishes. Customers will be able to express their own unique style, with charms retailing from NZ$40. New charms and bracelet colours are released regularly.
   Endless is now available in 24 markets and 3,500 stores worldwide. New Zealand stockists can be found by calling 64 9 294-8692.

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