The world’s most famous vodka brand, Absolut, has released its limited-edition, celebratory end-of-year bottles, dubbed Absolut Electrik.
The blue and silver bottles feature semi-transparent coating, representing ‘Absolut’s signature cobalt blue and the electrical conductivity of silver,’ according to the company.
In a release, Kathryn Love, Absolut’s marketing manager for New Zealand, said, ‘Over the years, we have presented some highly appreciated limited editions, including Absolut Warhol and Absolut Originality. We aim to raise the bar for our limited editions and continue to push creative boundaries. Absolut Electrik follows that tradition.’
In the New Zealand market, Absolut has even collaborated with local design label Huffer in 2011.
To make things more interactive this year, Absolut has created an Electrik Mixology platform on Absolut.com, where users can collaborate with an on-screen robot to create a personalized drink. The robot even mixes the drink on the site. Absolut has also released two cocktail recipes for end-of-year parties.
Absolut Electrik is priced at NZ$55Â·99 for each one-litre bottle, available from leading liquor retailers throughout New Zealand.
Absolut Electrik Blue Mule cocktail 1 part Absolut Vodka 2 parts ginger beer Garnish with lime wedge. Built and served in the Mule cup over crushed ice.
Absolut Electrik Neon Lights 2 parts Absolut Vodka 1â parts lemon juice 1â parts pink grapefruit juice â part simple syrup â part ginger syrup (1 part freshly squeezed ginger juice with 3 parts simple syrup) 4 raspberries Top up with soda water. Garnish with raspberries and grapefruit zest. Shake all ingredients except soda, serve in a highball glass with ice.
Stolen Girlfriends’ Club has created a collection of four customized leather watch straps for the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, in an official collaboration with the Korean electronics’ giant.
The limited-edition straps, in black and brown crocodile, and green and blue snake, will be made available as a gift to some Samsung customers. They are made in New Zealand.
The retro styling is intentional. As Marc Moore, Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s creative director, noted, ‘I was really inspired by vintage watch straps for this collaboration with Samsung on the new Gear S2 Classic. Iâll be honest, I havenât been a huge fan of some of the smartwatches being launched by brands latelyâjust because they look so “techy”, it doesnât leave much option for people that are into fashion. So I was pretty excited when I first saw the Gear S2 Classic, I knew instantly that a vintage-styled strap would work great. We had a bit of fun with the colours and textures of the leather we sourced whilst keeping it really wearable and quite classic.’
By rotating the face bezel, the Gear S2 goes to different screens, or skips to another track or zooms in on a map, making navigation particularly simple. The watch features health and fitness apps, a two- to three-day battery life, Android Bluetooth pairing, and push notifications via mobile phones. The straps can be changed further and the watch face can be customized via the Samsung Gear app. Retail price in New Zealand for the basic S2 is NZ$549, and the S2 Classic is NZ$649, available both online and at offline retailers.
Right after Christmas, on December 26, MAC Fluidline eyeliner, part of its Fluidity range, launches. It combines a pigmented liner with a pen, and MAC describes it as ‘calligraphy for your eyes’. We haven’t tested it yet, but the promotional image suggests that it is a very precise tool and dries very rapidly, and at NZ$40 it hardly breaks the bank. Four shades are on offer: Retro Black, Vintage Brown (a deep, dark shade), Indelibly Blue (navy) and Privet (sea green).
Finally, on December 31, MAC’s Huggable Lipcolour will be released with even more shades. There are 15 shades that will remain luminous for up to six hours. Plus MAC is releasing Huggable Glass, featuring 12 funkier, long-lasting creamy colours. Retail price is NZ$50.
Kendall Jenner and her sister Kylie shopped for Classic Slim styles at the Ugg Australia flagship store at 600 Madison Avenue, New York. The sisters are Ugg fans, Kylie choosing the black Bethany design and Kendall the chestnut-coloured Amie. The Classic Slim line has a slimmer silhouette, as the name implies, and has improved arch support and traction, says the company. Kendall also chose the Ugg Shearling Trapper hat, Alena slippers and the Ugg Classic boots, while Kylie bought the Scuff slipper and Classic boots.
The Banks Group has launched Snkr, a footwear retailer that focuses exclusively on sneakers, recognizing that they are fashion statements unto themselves. In the words of the company, ‘It’s a celebration of the art of sneaker design and the undying love of sneaker collectors. It’s a place where sneaker addicts feel understood.’ Brands include Nike, Adidas, and New Balance, among others. Like all new retailers, you have the option of ordering online at snkr.co.nzâthough Snkr also has physical branches in Wellington (Lambton Quay store shown), Lower Hutt and Riccarton, New Zealand.
New Zealand is promoting women’s golf during November, in the wake of Kiwi Lydia Ko regaining her world number-one position after winning the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship, with a month of activitiesâwhile Lucire readers can get a fantastic giveaway as part of the She Loves Golf campaign (hashtagged #shelovesgolf).
The campaign, with Ko, Toni Street, Laura McGoldrick, Jamie Curry, and former Lucire contributor Amber Peebles as the five spokeswomen, will be showcasing their golf experiences around the country. Each woman will document them through their social media channels.
There are pop-up events to take place in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington on November 13, 22 and 26 respectively. The website at www.lovegolf.co.nz shows what activities women can participate in nationally, as well as gear they can buy and prizes they can win. Clubs are running their own events and offers, all of which can be found on the website.
All you need to do to be in to win the following prize pack is to like our Facebook page and the post where we mention #shelovesgolf: on top of the golf introductory lessons, there are plenty of goodies. We’re only shipping to New Zealand addresses, and we’ll take entries till the end of November. We’ll draw one name from the likers. Enter nowâand enjoy your next round of golf on us!
2 Ã Whittaker’s chocolate
2 Ã L’AffarÃ¨ coffee packs and keep cup
Vita Coco, 1 litre
Faby nail varnish
5 Ã Schwarzkopf products
IOG 30-minute intro to golf voucher x 2 (value NZ$180)
Deadly Ponies will launch a capsule collection in honour of New Zealand-born artist Len Lye (1901â80) in November. Lye’s experimental films saw him scratch, paint and stencil directly on to film; he was also a gifted and well known sculptor. Working with the Len Lye Foundation and the New Zealand Film Archive, Deadly Ponies has re-created the energy from Lye’s work on to a series of bags, wallets and scarves. The launch commemorates the recent opening in July of the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, an initiative between the Foundation and the GovettâBrewster Gallery, which houses much of Lye’s work.
Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter have launched a joint campaign for the holidays, showing how a package gets from origin to recipient, but with a fanciful twist, where models in chiffon gowns get garments from rails, paper butterflies become pocket squares, and each package gets a spritz of perfume. Released on November 3 and directed by Us, the British creative directors Christopher Barrett and Luke Taylor, the campaign emphasizes the two brands’ personalized service, hashtagged #AllforYou.
Alison Loehnis, president of the Net-a-Porter Group said, ‘Our first joint campaign, All for You, highlights the year-round mission of our businesses: to deliver exceptional service and style to our customers around the globe, making Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter the ultimate online destinations for luxury gifting this holiday season.’
The Miss Universe New Zealand Grand Final at Skycity Theatre, Auckland, on October 24 saw the return of two winning teams behind the scenes: Samala Robinson Academy and Premier Hairdressing Academy, both of which went all out to make sure the 20 finalists, as well as some of the VIPs, looked as stunning as they could be on stage. There was the added bonus this year of Samala Cosmetics, Robinsonâs own line of make-up that meant organizers didnât have the additional burden of organizing a range from another cosmeticsâ company. The SRA team was familiar with what was on offer, and worked their magic accordingly.
Robinson herself is an international make-up artist who worked around the world before returning to New Zealand and setting up her academy in 2000. Like Premier, SRA is very well known for its professionalism and high standards of training. She established her cosmetics’ line more recently and her current focus is steering her new brand’s direction.
On the night, Samantha McClung took the title of Miss Universe New Zealand 2015. McClung coincidentally is a trained make-up artist, which should serve her well when she competes for the Miss Universe title alongside other national delegates in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the end of the year.
Suki Waterhouse arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party, in London, July 23, 2015. Photographed by David M. Benett/Getty Images.
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premiÃ¨re of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
Taeyang at Chanel cruise 2015â16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Niamh Adkins attends the New York premiÃ¨re of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY on July 27, 2015. Photographed by Aurora Rose.
Tilda Swinton at Chanel cruise 2015â16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Dita von Teese visits the Avakian suite during the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 23, 2015 in Cannes, France.
At the 72nd Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica in Venezia, on September 4, 2015, Yvonne SciÃ² wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Photographed by Sebastiano Pessina.
Giorgia Surina at the Hotel Villa Laguna during the 72nd Venice Film Festival, September 6, 2015. Photographed by Annalisa Flori/Getty Images.
Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Jason Merritt.
Sara Sampaio attends the New York premiÃ¨re of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY on July 27, 2015. Photographed by Aurora Rose.
Fan Bingbing wears Ralph & Russo springâsummer 2015 couture to the Chopard Trophy Party at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, on May 16, 2015. The white silk crÃ¨pe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown features cascading silk organza and gazar ruffles.