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June 19, 2015

Phoenix Organics’ Love Project helps clean up New Zealand’s polluted rivers

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Top Phoenix Organics’ promotional image for its latest venture to tackle river pollution. Above The sites for the Love Project’s tree-planting between June and September. Below left A #loveyourwater promotional card, with wildflower seeds embedded within.

On June 5, Phoenix Organics started planting native plants along polluted rivers for the Love Project, a venture which started last year with the company helping to remove 5,000 â„“ of rubbish from New Zealand beaches.
   When figures were released by regional councils last month revealing that more than half of New Zealand rivers were unsafe to swim in and that Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Northland were the worst, Phoenix knew it had to help.
   Co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, Sam Judd, said, ‘Working with Phoenix Organics, we’re helping communities to stop pollution at its source by setting up riparian planting events—these help reduce pollutants entering rivers by reestablishing native vegetation.’
   Phoenix is hoping that through the Love Project, its customers will feel inspired to make a real difference in New Zealand’s coastal areas.
   â€˜We’ve been committed to sustainability since day one and believe New Zealand should continue to build on its clean, green image through involving communities in projects like this,’ said Steve Cook, marketing manager for Phoenix Organics.
   The Love Project is also partnering with environmental artist Martin Hill, based in Wanaka, to create a sculpture during the project, with more information about being released late July.
   Auckland saw the first planting day on June 5 at Wakaaranga Creek; Wellington follows on June 26 at Owhiro Stream. Christchurch’s day is on July 31 at Travis Wetland, while Nelson’s is on August 21 at Corder Park. Northland and Waikato are in September.
   To find out more, you can look at Phoenix Organics’ Facebook and Instagram as well as the hashtag #loveyourwater.—Fenella Clarke


Above Phoenix Organics has planted one tree on behalf of Lucire publisher Jack Yan.

June 10, 2015

Deadly Ponies débuts men’s range with classic, refined bags

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Finally after weeks of hints and sneak peeks, Deadly Ponies has released its first men’s range. For years, Deadly Ponies was known for its sleek, classic and ever-so-edgy bags that were a must for almost all women. Though these bags are arguably a unisex style, the average man needs a bit more functionality for his everyday life. This is where the new collection comes in, with four classic designs coming only in black; these are perfect for whatever your needs might be.
   â€˜I set about designing a men’s range knowing the expectations would be high. The result is a collection that balances the needs of a classic Australasian guy with refined European styling,’ says Liam Bowden, the label’s creative director.
   Deadly Ponies has taken four classic men’s bags we have known and loved for years, and reinvented them to create a new look that speaks more to them as a brand. Each bag has the signature Deadly Ponies look, with New Zealand leather, brass hardware and, of course, the gold stamped logo. Each bag is named after a comic book hero to give the bags a fun, kid-like mentality.
   The first bag is the Comet satchel, which has a professional but relaxed look with its soft leather. Then there are the Zorro briefcase and the Phantom duffle, which are modern interpretations on traditional styles. Last but definitely not least, the Ranger rucksack (right), an effortlessly cool overnight bag with Deadly Ponies’ famous statement zip going around the circumference of it, making the bag more youthful and edgy than the previous three. Though these are advertised as men’s bags these would make a staple in anyone’s closet, whether man or woman.—Fenella Clarke



New Zealand Eco Fashion Week launches with mayoral reception

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Lucire is UNEP's first fashion industry partnerThe third New Zealand Eco Fashion Week had its launch last night, hosted by the Mayor of Hutt City, Ray Wallace.
   The Dowse Art Centre played host to the mayoral reception. Denise Anglesey, the founder and director of the event, introduced her team, and it was apparent from the very swish launch that feedback from the 2014 week on how to take things to the next level had been taken on board. It also demonstrated a growing confidence from the Mayor and council in the event.
   Anglesey had secured Miranda Brown, one of New Zealand’s best known socially responsible designers, to headline for the Saturday show, and tickets to the event were selling faster than in previous years.
   Peruvian Fair Trade shoe brand Inkkas, jewellery label Sylver & Shackel, Gem Chérie, Ron Tekawa, Dane Dagger, Julia May, Undivided and others showed that Angelsey’s event attracted designers from well beyond the region, and the 2016 event, she noted, could include a name from the US.
   The Hutt City Council had come on board as the premier partner for New Zealand Eco Fashion Week, with Mayor Wallace noting his concern about the disposable culture that had emerged in recent times. He believed that this was extremely harmful for the environment, and praised the eco-fashion movement.
   The Mayor also believed Hutt City to be a thriving, creative hub, with a growing part of the economy participating in its Technology Valley. He saw New Zealand Eco Fashion Week playing a strong part in the city’s creativity.
   German-made Sante, a natural, organic make-up brand with a 100 per cent plant base, will be used on all 45 models at the event, and is a gold sponsor. The Hodge Group and Coffee News are the event’s other two gold sponsors.
   Also present were Panache Model Agency, Salon Revue, and Peter Yealands Wines, which provided the alcohol at the launch.
   The programme extends beyond the Saturday show; full details are at its website. There are talks from Brown on Thursday, a pop-up shop at 127 Jackson Street, Petone, a make-up demonstration, and a wardrobe swap.—Jack Yan, Publisher


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Top Model Allie O’Regan is made up using Sante natural cosmetics at New Zealand Eco Fashion Week. Above Inkkas’ Fair Trade, eco-friendly shoes made by Peruvian artisans.

June 9, 2015

Michael Beel wins New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year with Oriental Bloom collection

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Wellington-based hairdresser Michael Beel has won New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year at Sydney’s Hair Expo, thought of as the “Oscars of hairdressing” in some circles, last night.
   The winning collection, named Oriental Bloom, was inspired by orchids, the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and the glamour of 1930s Shanghai. Beel also wanted the collection to be all about sculptural hair. This was the fifth time he entered, realizing a life-long ambition to get the top accolade. In previous years, Beel won the Educator of the Year award in 2013 and Industry Hairdresser of the Year in 2014.
   Beel started working at a hair salon in Dunedin for extra cash before started his apprenticeship. He then moved to Wellington to finish it. For the last 13 years, Beel has been working at Buoy Hairdressing, and is now the creative director of the salon. He is an educator for both GHD and L’Oréal Professionnel, and his work has featured in numerous fashion magazines, including Lucire.
   His winning collection was styled by Dan Ahwa, photographed by Jessica Sim, with make-up by Kiekie Stanners from MAC.—Fenella Clarke

June 8, 2015

The Body Shop’s blueberry special-edition range is a perfect addition to winter

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Out now, the Body Shop’s new special-edition blueberry range takes your health to a new level.
   With four products in this range including a shower gel, body scrub–gelée, body lotion, and their famous body butter, you’re sure to find something that you’ll like.
   With either real blueberry seed oil, or blueberry fruit extract, these new products have the real benefits. Being the ultimate superfood, blueberries have antioxidants that promote anti-ageing and brain power and have healing properties. Blueberries also have vitamins A, B complex and C, making them a perfect fruit in the winter as we start to fight the oncoming colds.
   People who like the Body Shops’s other fruity scents will love these products and their strong blueberry aroma.
   The body scrub-gelée (NZ$35·50 for 200 ml) is something new from the Body Shop and has a less creamy and more jelly-like consistency to it, making it both cooling and soft, while still having the exfoliating raspberry seeds to scrub that dead winter skin away.
   The body butter (NZ$36·95 for 200 ml) has the same consistency and formula as the others of its kind. It also has Fair Trade shea butter, instantly moisturizing. The body butter also has has the strongest smell of the products, that stays on the skin long after the product has been absorbed.
   The body lotion (NZ$24·95 for 250 ml), however, has a much lighter consistency and comes in a pump bottle form. Lotions have less oil in them compared to body butters, so they are best for all skin types, especially oily skin; this also has Fair Trade shea butter.
   The last product is the shower gel (NZ$16·50 for 250 ml), a beautiful blue liquid that is soap-free and contains Fair Trade honey. The cheapest in the line-up, the shower gel’s aroma bursts as you rub it into your skin, leaving it feeling and smelling fresh, clean and ready for the day ahead.
   These products are limited-edition so you better get in fast before they run out.—Fenella Clarke

May 28, 2015

Charitably chic: US events keep the focus on organic, eco and good health

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Direct from New Zealand, Trilogy, founded by sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot, introduced American consumers to their certified organic skin care line. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is claimed to be the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to product. Trilogy’s US launch is a much celebrated endeavour using premium and wholesome botanical extracts, where a small portion is enough, without leaving behind residue.
   From Trilogy to Organic Spa Magazine’s New York City media event, in honour of Earth Day, it was all about natural beauty, inside and out. Invitees were welcomed to the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking magnificent city views, where a number of high-end exclusive products and destinations were unveiled. Jade Yoga, founded by Dean Jerrehian, is recognized for its eco, lightweight and comfortable yoga mats. Shea Moisture, established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone, promoted the skin’s silky smooth texture with its line of shea butter products. Parissa introduced its waxing products made for all skin consistencies and hair types. Ananda in the Himalayas provided guests with an idea of their spa escapade with an Ayurvedic experience. NeoCell supported health, beauty and anti-ageing with a natural approach. California-based Aura Cacia displayed their 100 per cent pure essential oils. JUstenbois’ maple wood sets are perfect for the dinner table, with a hint of eco-friendly chic. Founded by Pierre Simard, the products of made in Québec from natural materials. Boiron, a prominent brand in France, presented its homeopathic products including ArnicareGel and calendula cream. Balanced Guru presented their organic, cruelty-free products, including their all-natural body butter. MyChelle Dermaceuticals is known for a selection of products made for glowing skin. Lather’s hair, face and body products are infused with naturally healthy ingredients, leaving behind soft and radiant skin. Nubian Heritage returned with an assortment of its distinguished line of skin care products.
   While it is important to monitor what product goes on the skin, it is just as important to examine what is consumed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci presented her Gluten-Free Gourmet Cuisine cookbook and Health and Beauty Home Remedies book, guaranteeing a delectably healthy and tasty meal as well as a healthier approach towards looking better. The event covered skin care, food and spiritual inner healing. Other sponsors included Reserveage Organics, Incredible India, Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in San Diego, Napz, Rejuva Minerals, Immunocologie Skincare, Kimberly Parry Organics, Scotch Naturals, Buff Her House of Exfoliation, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Babo Botanicals, EverclÄ“n and many more. Organic Spa Magazine along with its editor-in-chief, Rona Berg, emphasized how fashionable organic can be.
   Maven PR’s Alyson Dutch, was back with her prominent Consumer Product Event at Lowe’s Santa Monica. The Venice Room featured up to a dozen exhibitors. Kingston Technology presented its five-in-one Mobile Companion; Love Shawls showed off its two-in-one fashion statement, combining the elegance of a scarf with the appeal of a necklace; Bex’s decorative add-on shoe ornaments, designed by jewellery designer Sonya Ooten, exemplified personal style; Unselfish, by Paul Parkinson, highlighted individuals putting others first; Veestro, founded in 2012, is a vegan and organic food delivery service. Other exhibitors included the Thirst Project, a venture educating American students of the negative attributes in dirty water in South America, Africa and Asia. Other presenters included Simply Necessit-Ease, Slime, Lovera, Dealmoon and Blue Diamond. Eden Sassoon was present to talk about her campaign, #BeautyGivesBack, which permits the Thirst Project to be present at global hair shows, including the Paul Mitchell School.
   After three months of work to raise funds to support numerous charities, Paul Mitchell School’s 12th annual FUNraising Gala announced that $1·7 million was raised for a number of organizations including CAST, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Food 4 Africa, Gary Sinise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits as well as the Thirst Project. Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Pauley Perrette and a number of other notable personalities, including the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh, celebrated the success. Along with being considered a reputable school where avid learners attain a well-rounded education in technical skills and business knowledge, they are also apt at raising money to support a range of foundations.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor








May 27, 2015

Reasons to raise a glass as Stoneleigh, Mumm, Hennessy and Ardbeg celebrate around the world

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Top Mark Ronson celebrates with Champagne Mumm in Monaco. Above Julie Nollet, Raphaël Gérard, Hervé Mikaeloff, Olga Kisseleva, Bernard Peillon, Laurent Pernot, and François Xavier Desplancke pose at the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the Hennessy 250 Tour at the New Manege in Moskva. Below left The award-winning Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

Several wine and spirits brands have reasons to celebrate today. New Zealand’s Stoneleigh has received a gold medal at the 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards for its Latitude Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014. This honour, from the world’s largest and most influential wine show (competing against over 10,000 wines), joins others than Stoneleigh has received lately, with the same vintage winning gold at the New Zealand International Wine Show and Easter Show Wine Awards, and a trophy at the Marlborough Wine Show.
   Maison Mumm, meanwhile, celebrated the launch of the world’s first digitally connected champagne bottle. And since Mark Ronson was in town, why not get him on board another yacht to DJ the event?
   When the cork is popped at the Formula One podium, a sensor sends a signal to the venue’s AV system, triggering the programmed entertainment. VIP guests at the event included Cara Delevingne, Poppy Delevingne, Eddie Jordan, and club owner Jean-Roch. Singtank, the duo of Ronson’s wife Josephine de la Baume and her brother Alexandre de la Baume, also performed.
   Ronson was asked to present the winning Mumm jeroboam to Nico Rosberg on the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix podium.
   The Hennessy 250 Tour has arrived at the New Manege in Moskva. This travelling art and culture exhibition, curated by Hervé Mikaeloff, in collaboration with scenographer Nathalie Crinière and Hennessy heritage expert Raphaël Gérard, celebrates Hennessy’s history and future, with archival materials, portraits and films. Artworks and installations by Xavier Veilhan, Pierrick Sorin, Constance Guisset, Tony Oursler, Charles Sandison and Anton Corbijn feature, while the Russian stop additionally sees Olga Kisseleva’s work, Dancing Spirit, and a contemporary dance performance by Farfor. The tour is open till May 30.
   VIPs at the launch include Maurice Richard Hennessy, Corbijn and Kisseleva, Gérard, Hennessy CEO Bernard Peillon, François Xavier Desplancke, Laurent Pernot, seventh-generation master blender Yann Fillioux, Interview Russia editor Aliona Doletskaya, and Tatler Russia editor-in-chief Ksenia Solovieva, Olga Karput, Sofia Zaika, Olga Thompson, Miranda Mirianashvili, and Museum of Contemporary Art director Vasili Tsereteli and his wife Kira Sacarello. The gala dinner was followed by a performance from stars from the Bolshoi Theatre and a tasting of the Hennessy 250 Collector Blend.
   Ardbeg celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, and marks the occasion with a grand Ardbeg Day on May 30, when Ardbeg “embassies” around the world hold a series of events. This year’s limited-edition Ardbeg Perpetuum will be present, and New Zealand, which will be the first to hit May 30, will hold its Ardbeg Day celebrations at House of Whiskey, 50 Courthouse Lane, Auckland; Regional Wines & Spirits, 15 Ellice Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington; and Whisky Galore, 66 Victoria Street, Christchurch.


















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May 22, 2015

Superb and deeply meaningful: the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Salute: Remembering WW1 impresses

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Above Dancer Joseph Skelton in the core image used for Salute: Remembering WW1.

Three years in the planning, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Salute: Remembering WW1 commemorated the Great War in a memorable, respectful, and meaningful way, with a mixed programme that saw two world premières tonight.
   Gareth Farr’s specially commissioned score for Andrew Simmons’ Dear Horizon opened proceedings, with what could be described as a cinematic theme with a strong melodic base as the action unfolded on stage. Tracy Grant Lord’s backdrop, of barbed wire barriers used in World War I, loomed over dancers lying on the stage, as a lone ballerino walked among them. Lighting came on gradually, Jason Morphett’s design using shadows and darkness to build tension. This sombre start gave way to a beautiful, haunting and contemporary choreography, with an underlying bleakness, as Simmons highlighted the loss suffered in war. Costumes were grey, further emphasizing the sense of despair and focusing us on the dancers’ movements. The solo cello by Rolf Gjelsten gave a sense of minimalism that contrasted other elements of the brassy, powerful Farr score. While composed for the ballet, and only complete with the action, it’s not hard to imagine the work released on its own for lovers of ballet and cinematic scores.
   An all-male cast of twelve followed in Soldiers’ Mass. The genius behind Jiří Kylián’s choreography was how it conveyed emotion: a highly energetic and graceful ballet where the dancers move in a unified way, into battle constantly, pulling each other from the front and yet, still confronting, then falling to, the enemy. The score, by Bohuslav Martinů, set to the text by Jiří Mucha, was played back, and one scene sees the men lip-synching proudly to the Czech lyrics, yet with a sense of what they knew would follow. The ballet finishes as it started, with 12 backs to us, each dancer dropping his shirt in another representation of death as well as the annexation of the Sudentenland by Hitler in World War II. Shirtless ballerinos, incidentally, seemed to elicit greater applause from the audience as they took their bows. This restaging was by Roslyn Anderson, who had helmed the 1998 RNZB production of Soldiers’ Mass, with lighting design by Kees Tjebbes.
   After the interval, Johan Kobborg’s Salute injected comedic moments into a classical ballet, set to the score by nineteenth-century composer Hans Christian Lumbye. It saw the return of live music after the recording in Soldiers’ Mass, performed by the New Zealand Army Band. These skilful musicians adapted themselves easily to the lighter atmosphere, with Sgts Riwai Hina and David Fiu, and Pvts Joseph Thomas and Tom Baker rearranging Lumbye’s music to the Band. Natalia Stewart’s costumes (jackets with epaulettes for the men, red peplums and plenty of tulle for the women) shone on stage in a very cheerful ballet involving different sets of dancers, highlighting different aspects of love, from shyness and confusion to overconfidence and partnership; as well as the inevitable farewells as men went off to war.
   The battle vignette, with the General leading the charge, was equally enjoyable, interspersed with the long waits the women endured back home, before the conclusion as the soldiers returned home. Created for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010, Kobborg intended it to be a reflection of what happens when young people come together; the RNZB dancers showed their expressiveness in a ballet that injected a light-heartedness to the evening. Salute was staged by Florica Stanescu, with Morphett again behind the lighting design, with a brightness and cheer in contrast to his earlier work.
   While the RNZB often picks the cheery production number to end on, it chose Neil Ieremia’s Passchendaele, a world première, which gave this reviewer initial fears that the infamous battle would leave audiences on a down note. The fear was unfounded, because of the scale of Ieremia’s ballet, involving 19 dancers, and the superb execution in dance of this tragic battle, notable for being the day on which more New Zealanders had died or had been wounded than on any other day. Dwayne Bloomfield, formerly of the New Zealand Army Band, composed the score, which the band performed: the moments of martial music signalled the flawed advance by the New Zealand Division under Gen Haig. The dancers moved with great pace at times, in groups, on- and off-stage, representing the power of the soldiers and artillery, through impossible conditions. At other moments they recalled memories of home, contrasting with the loss that families suffered. Geoff Tune’s backdrops, in red and black, signified the blood on the battlefields, and his first one hinted at skulls, shifting gradually to other scenes of burned trees and desolation. The end of Passchendaele was chilling, after the soldiers each fell, their loved ones releasing them, as knocks were heard around the St James, representing the messenger bringing home to 845 New Zealand families the worst news they could receive.
   Ieremia was ingenious in how his choreography brought so much emotion and energy to the performance that the house was left in admiration. The message was indeed cautionary, telling us about the human tragedies of war, but the RNZB and the NZAB brought it to life with such conviction that Passchendaele received the greatest applause of the evening. It was a high note after all, but one that was more absorbing. Salute: Remembering WW1 is a superb programme, and a fresh way of appreciating the messages in the ongoing centenary commemorations of New Zealanders fighting ‘the war to end all wars.’—Jack Yan, Publisher

Salute has been supported by the Lottery Grants Board, New Zealand Defence Force, Qantas, the Göthe-Institut, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, national sponsor Vodafone, and Pub Charity. Dates are May 22–4 in Wellington; May 28–30 in Christchurch; June 3 in Dunedin; June 10 in Hamilton; June 13 in Takapuna; June 17–20 in Auckland; and June 24–5 in Napier. The Royal Ballet will feature the UK première of Passchendaele in November. Further information can be found on the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s website at rnzb.org.nz.

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