âStangersâdiehard fans of the Ford Mustangâwill have already seen it due to leaks of the official photographs half a day ago. Lucire ran the leaked photos on our Facebook page. But now, we can officially talk about the unveiling, in six cities around the worldâNew York, Dearborn, Michigan, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Sydney and Barcelonaâof the 2015 Mustang, codenamed S550, which commemorates the model line’s 50th anniversary.
Executive chairman Bill Ford was present at the Barcelona event, in front of an audience of 2,500 journalists, dealers and Ford employees.
While the Mustang has officially been on sale in Europe and other markets before since the original model was released in New York on April 17, 1964, the 2015 model is the first which will be sold as a “world car”, as part of Ford’s core range.
Ford notes that the Mustang is its most iconic range, and that it is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. Nine million have been built since the original’s launch.
Stephen Odell, executive vice-president for Ford in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in a release, ‘The Mustangâs formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold. The new Mustang epitomizes Fordâs aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.’
The new model certainly lives up to the promise. It has the classic Mustang proportions and blends them with Ford’s present design language.
The design language has been seen on other global products such as the facelifted B299 Ford Fiesta and the CD391 Ford Fusion, which will be sold in Europe and other markets as the Ford Mondeo. It is an evolution of some of Ford’s earlier design principles.
The grille opening apes that of the Fiesta and Fusion, but appears in a more exaggerated form, with the Mustang horse placed in the centre, as with the original, the Mustang II, and the models dating from the 1994.
There are also shades of the ItalDesign Ford Mustang concept of 2006, which brought some Italianate touches, such as a tapering cabin.
The rear lights also reflect the classic Mustang ideas, with the tri-bar design that also harks back to the original.
Ford has also injected the rear-wheel-drive Mustang with the latest technologies, equipping the pony car for the 2010s and beyond.
Technologies include Ford’s Sync with voice control and eight-inch touchscreen (in Europe), and drivers can adjust between driving modes.
The convertible has an insulated cloth top, which has a sleek profile when folded, according to Ford.
Moray Callum, Ford’s executive director of design for the Americas, said, ‘You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true.’
Inside, the Mustang has an aviation-inspired cockpit, designed for the driver, and there is more space, thanks to a wider cabin and an all-new rear suspension. The cockpit again blends modern and classic: the two large dials hark back to the original, but the look is more geometric and structured.
The boot can now accommodate two golf bags, thanks to the new platform.
The suspension brings Mustang bang up to date. The front has double ball-joint Macpherson struts, while the rear gets rid of its agricultural live rear axle in front of an integral-link independent suspension. The Mustang promises to be a far better drive than the models of old, suiting worldwide markets. Ford’s stability control includes torque vectoring.
Engines are the classic five-litre V8 (with 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque) and a new EcoBoost 2Â·3-litre four delivering 309 PS and 407 Nm. The automatic model has steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.âJack Yan, Publisher
Former Lucire stylist Illya Knight’s accessory brand, G.O.N.T. (God of Nocturnal Thunder) is something new and exciting to get behind. G.O.N.T. aims to enhance personal style and individuality through their edgy jewellery, menswear, womenswear, footwear and bags. Inspired by nature, power and strength, this new label delves into the concepts of glamour and power. Their eclectic pieces each make an original statement.
Based in New York, G.O.N.T. is a start-up company which is constantly growing, where new pieces are being added online daily. Knight aims to create garments able to be flaunted in the day-to-day wardrobe where functionality meets quality and style.
In looking through G.O.N.T.âs promotional imagery, what really stood out for me are the artistic photography and the luxurious-looking leather. The most distinctive piece is the ski-boot-style men’s leather boots. Opening at the sides, I have never seen anything like them. Their originality, incorporating ski-sporty with grungy, is something to be valued as mixing elements is not an easy task. Here at Lucire we also highly rate his rugged denim with its vibrant colours and creased exterior. Last but not least the G.O.N.T. leather mailbox bag is both luxe and grungy, I wouldn’t mind one if this myself! Check out G.O.N.T. for yourself at thegont.tumblr.com.âAnna Deans
Tilda Swinton celebrated her 53rd birthday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, during its sixth annual Film Benefit cocktail hour. She is the first actress to be honoured by the benefit.
Arrivals in Lucireâs video below New Zealand’s fast-rising songstress Lorde, Jessica Biel, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, Karlie Kloss, Alexa Chung, Sofia Coppola, 12 Years a Slaveâs Lupita Nyong’o, Brit Marling, and Cory Kennedy. Other celebrity guests at the event include David Bowie, Ralph Fiennes, outgoing New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Zac Posen and Bong Joon-ho.
Swinton joked, ‘My last birthday party was when I was nine and we had a trampoline, but who knew 53 would top even that?’
Swinton had performed at the museum earlier this year as part of an installation, The Maybe, where she had to lie in a glass box for the day.
Earlier honorees include Pedro AlmodĂłvar, Kathryn Bigelow, Tim Burton, Baz Luhrmann, and Quentin Tarantino.
Above Miu Miu promotes its autumnâwinter 2013â14 line.
Coty has extended its licensing of famous fashion brands, and has added Miu Miu, after an arrangement with the Prada Group.
Coty will develop and distribute a line of fragrances under the Miu Miu name, expected on shelves in 2015. It will be the brand’s first entry into the prestige fragrance market.
Miu Miu, which celebrates its 21st anniversary next year, was created by Miuccia Prada and takes its name from her nickname.
The Coty announcement says that Miu Miu ‘has evolved into one of the leading high-fashion brands in the world, targeting sophisticated women, receptive to new trends and ideas and inspired to explore and experiment in their fashion choices.’
âMiu Miu is one of the most refined and respected luxury houses in the world and one of the fastest growing global brands in the whole fashion industry,’ said Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty. ‘It is an exciting opportunity for Coty to build a worldwide fragrance business for Miu Miu and also to further build our own market share in the prestige fragrance market.’
Above Miranda Kerr on set for her Swarovski advertising campaign.
Actor Orlando Bloom and his model wife, Miranda Kerr, have confirmed they are splitting after three years of marriage.
The news broke via E News.
A representative for Bloom gave a joint statement, stating, ‘Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have announced that they have been amicably separated for the past few months. After six years together, they have recently decided to formalize their separation.
âDespite this being the end of their marriage, they love, support and respect each other as both parents of their son and as family.’
The couple were married in July 2010, a month after announcing their engagement. Their son, Flynn, was born in January 2011. They were spotted together earlier this month in New York.
No reasons have been given for the separation and the couple had denied rumours about a split back in January.
In the fashion world, Kerr recently walked at Stella McCartney’s springâsummer 2014 show in Paris and has completed the autumn 2013 advertising campaign for Swarovski.
For those who caught our live stream during day one of New York Fashion Week’s springâsummer 2014 collections, congratulations! We’ll keep the stream up, but, for those of you who missed the shows, we feature them below.
Nicholas K, BCBG Max Azria, Supima, Tadashi Shoji, Marissa Webb, Candela, the Art Institute of New York and Richard Chai are covered.
Nicholas K took an Apache inspiration, creating soft, earthy sportswear. BCBG Max Azria also kept things light, with loose shapes and soft shades. Tadashi Shoji kept things feminine with lace, frills, lattice-work and pastels.
Marissa Webb had a more edgy style with her reinterpreted schoolgirls, with skinny ties, corsets, and leather miniskirts, in brighter colours and tweed. Candela, however, kept things soft with sheer silk and lace, with its installation.
The Art Institute of New York showcased the work of current students Daniel Jennings, Darhel Anthony, Haley Hysong, Ian Jai Park, Josimar Torres and Michael Doyle, and graduates Diana Sanchez, Isaiah Isaac (both from 2012), Luz Ortiz and Qutishia Lee (from 2013), who hold Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design degrees.
Richard Chai’s collection was expressly softâhe cited his inspiration as ‘soft geometry’âthough it featured some harder stripes and geometric shapes. However, the detailing was indeed softer, with pleats, sequins, and billowing trouser legs.