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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 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

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

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