Speaking on the red carpet at the premiÃ¨re of Trumbo at the London Film Festival, Helen Mirren says that US culture is well known globally because of its film industry.
The new film, about real-life US screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Mirren herself, and directed by Jay Roach, depicts the Trumbo’s career and his blacklisting as one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, with one awarded to a front writer and another to his pseudonym.
Mirren says, âFilm is still used for propaganda. It’s an incredibly strong propaganda tool, which is why Hollywood, in the â50s was so nervous. It was recognized obviously in the Second World War, film was used as a propaganda tool, and so there was a great fear of the use of film as propaganda, and indeed it still is.
âThe reason American culture is so well known throughout the world much more than any other culture is because of the power of the American film industry. We are very lucky in America in that it really, ultimately, the American film industry is just about money. It’s not about politics: they’ll just do whatever sells, and in a way that’s a good thing.’
Other celebrities on the red carpet this week included Cate Blanchett, who arrived at the screening of her film Truth in Los Angeles, wearing a white Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, with a high neck. Rooney Mara, at the New York premiÃ¨re of Pan, in which she plays Tiger Lily, also went for white in a mini-dress with velvet ruffles.
Lady Gaga has made her acting dÃ©but in America Horror Story: Hotel, wearing a glamorous, asymmetric Brandon Maxwell red gown with a thigh-high slit, and Carey Mulligan donned Chanel with plenty of glitter and ruffles for the Suffragette premiÃ¨re on Wednesday.
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Pureology has released its new co-washing collection in New Zealand, with a range that promises to cleanse while softening and conditioning the hair.
Its new Cleansing Conditioners, which Pureology says will preserve colour vibrancy, soften hair and improve elasticity, provide 25 per cent cleansing and 75 per cent conditioning, in three gentle treatments for colour-treated hair.
There are three formulas: Hydrate, for dry colour-treated hair, featuring rosemary extract to nourish and soften; Strength Cure, for damaged colour-treated hair, with Asta-Repair to fortify and restore hair fibre; and Smooth Perfection, for frizz-prone, colour-treated hair, featuring camellia oil to smooth and control frizz.
Hydrate and Strength Cure are available now, with Smooth Perfection following in November.
Pureology is also releasing its Colour Fanatic Deep Conditioning Masque (right), a deep-conditioning treatment product for damaged, colour-treated hair, which primes, protects and perfects hair, according to the company.
Retail price is NZ$43 each, available from Pureology salons and stockists nationwide.
US retailer Cole Haan has teamed up with high-performance apparel brand Mountain Hardwear in a multi-season partnership, creating the ZeroGrand Outerwear collection.
Launched this week, Cole Haan has released a campaign featuring mountaineers Cheyne Lempe and Angie Payne scaling New York skyscrapers, photographed by Alan Clarke.
The campaign blends the idea of urban fashion with rugged function, and is inspired by the idea of ‘Proven on the mountain, refined for the city.’
The new range features six outerwear pieces and one backpack. The women’s styles are the ZeroGrand Funnel parka, Down jacket and Metro coat while the ZeroGrand Commuter jacket, Trench coat and Motoring coat are offered in the men’s range. The ZeroGrand Commuter pack features a black-out pocket with composite aluminium sheathing to prevent electronic transmission, meant to keep devices protected both literally and virtually, making them hacker-proof. It also features an internal and external umbrella stash and a removable waterproof bag within.
The same fabrics and insulation that Mountain Hardwear uses for its core range are adopted here, although the design and construction are for the fashion, not outdoor, market. Mountain Hardwear’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable Dry Q Stretch Ozonic shell fabric is used along with 800-fill Q Shield water-resistant down and Thermal Q Ãlite, a proprietary synthetic insulation.
In a release, David Maddocks, Cole Haan chief marketing officer and GM of business development, said, ‘This partnership is built on a common understanding of style and innovation. Our ZeroGrand footwear is the pinnacle expression of the kind of elegant innovation Cole Haan is famous for. When we wanted to marry our style sensibility with the very best in engineered garments, we went to Mountain Hardwear. Our consumers are looking for style and functionality without sacrificing one over the other. We worked together to create a revolutionary line of smart products for everyday needs.’
Robert Fry, global director of product merchandising and design at Mountain Hardwear, noted, ‘Our designers usually solve problems to save lives and maximize experience for outdoor athletes. With Cole Haan, we were presented with a different problem: how do you keep a hard-driving, fast moving urban explorer warm, dry and protected without slowing them down or asking them to compromise style?’
Additional items bearing the ZeroGrand name made by others include the X Blunt XS Metro umbrella, the X S’well water bottle, and the X Fisher Space Pen. Footwear and a women’s Stagedoor handbag collection complete the range, which hit Cole Haan stores, including its website, on Tuesday. Mountain Hardwear will also retail the Outwear range through direct-to-consumer sales in the US.
Top UNAIDS executive director Michel SidibÃ© with Victoria Beckham. Above Charlize Theron addresses the high-level UN event.
On Sunday, Victoria Beckham made her first public appearance since London Fashion Week, speaking at the United Nations in New York in her capacity as a UNAIDS goodwill ambassador at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.
Beckham spoke on the first day of the Social Good Summit, appearing alongside other luminaries such as HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, UNDP administrator and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Charlize Theron, Jennifer LÃ³pez, Laverne Cox, Alek Wek, and humanitarian Graca Machel.
Beckham saw her platform as one where she can help the goal of ensuring that no baby is born with HIV. ‘I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this,’ she said. ‘I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.’
Said Theron, Messenger of Peace for the United Nations and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, ‘There is a generation in jeopardy. Young people are falling through the cracks in the Aids response. But there is reason to hope, we know what worksâempowering young people to take care of their health.’
The UN has set a goal of ending Aids by 2030, as part of its ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.
Clark noted, ‘For me itâs about peaceful and inclusive societies, because without that we donât have the basis for any sustainable development at all. Itâs about momentum, hold people accountable, hold your governments accountable, stay engaged as citizens, keep advocating on social media and not wait 15 years to see what happens.’
David Beckham’s film, Outlaws, in which he stars as the Stranger, a drifter and motorcycle stuntman (of course), is released today, but not before a screening and VIP event at la Bodega Negra restaurant in Soho, following a similar event in New York at the Back Room last Thursday.
But hold tight, it’s not a Hollywood film in the traditional sense: it’s a promotion for Belstaff, although it does feature Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull).
He did â98 per cent’ of his own stunts in the film. The film was shot on location in MÃ©xico, and was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, and executive produced by Liv Tyler. It was produced by Belstaff Films and Legs (a Milk Media Company).
Beckham, Moriarty and Jasper were present at the London event, joined by celebrities Jeremy Piven, Laura Whitmore, Emma Miller, Lilah Parsons, Rafferty Law, Doina Ciobanu, Lilah Parsons, Spencer Matthews and Hugo Taylor.
Outlaws sees the Stranger ‘haunted by memories of a beautiful trapeze artist and hunted by a maniacal director seeking revenge,’ according to Belstaff.
Beckham described it as ‘a lot of fun and very creative â¦ and obviously having Harvey and Katherine and Cathy in there, it doesn’t really get better than that. I knew it was going to be fun which is one of the reasons why I agreed to do it.’
David Beckham interview
Last week in New York
With Jason Wu as the creative director of Hugo Boss womenswear, his creative flair was evident in this season’s New York Fashion Week. Using long sleek garments to accentuate and celebrate the female form, the collection was made up of fairly plain garments, each with its own sense of ambiance. These included feathered skirts, eye-catching prints, various necklines and an array of fabrics. Crisp colours allowed for the creative features to shine through, accentuating the beauty of subtlety in fashion.
The packed audience at Michael Kors’s show indicates how celebrated and anticipated this collection was this season. A noticeable feature resonating throughout his pieces were red and blue poppies, featuring either on prints or as physical sewn-on features. Another common style was the box pleat, presented in flaps on both skirts and dresses. Kors’s inspiration drew from ‘earthly elegance’, clothes that have a down-to-earth appeal while still maintaining a classy presence.
Anna Sui’s collection drew heavily from a tropical Hawaiian theme this year, captured in both the clothes and the elaborate set. However, she incorporated various undertones, most surprisingly a radical punk sub-theme with harsh black tones, tattoo-style sleeves, pin-up patches on bomber jackets and sequinned tassels. The collection altered dramatically and unpredictably throughout the show, yet it maintained the Hawaiian essence.
Also on the official calendar for day seven were Suno, Thomas Wylde, Stella Nolasco, Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra, J. Crew, Greg Lauren and Demoo Parkchoonmoo.âAlex Barrow
Hugo Boss Women’s
Not one to shy away from obscure designs, Vera Wang experiments with lingerie paired with heavy overcoats to open her collection this year. Bandeau-style bras are a recurring feature, teamed with various high-waist garments. Wang uses mostly heavy black for each garment; however, in various outfits a burst of glitter features, breaking up the heaviness of the collection. As the show develops blush coral contrasts starkly with the previous pieces; these pieces are a welcome adjustment. Wang’s inspiration is drawn from the sensual Belle du Jour, which can be seen in the independent, strongly feminine styles of the garments
The Diesel Black Gold collection was essentially inspired by the heavy rockâbiker style with black-and-white cottons vamped up with various radical features. Heavy leathers, silver studs, cut-outs and crisp square cuts were refashioned time and time again throughout the show. Diesel used these iconic rocker staples and made them their ownâan impressive feat considering the popularity these styles have had over the last few years.
With the upcoming first anniversary of the passing of the label’s cherished namesake, the designers of Oscar de la Renta had a lot to prove with their first New York Fashion Week show without the founder’s expert oversight. However, they went over and above with the springâsummer 2016 collection. Drawing inspiration from classical Sicilian elegance, the floral and feminine collection radiates with an air of class and creative originality, a trait made the company’s own by de la Renta.
Also showing on day six were Badgley Mischka, Angel Sanchez, Dennis Basso, Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, Carmen Marc Valvo, and the Art Institutes, among others.âAlex Barrow
Diesel Black Gold
Oscar de la Renta
Carmen Marc Valvo
The Art Institutes
Jeremy Scott’s collection was brilliantly designed to transport the audience to the fast-lane fashion lifestyles of â60s mods. With puffy curled hair dos, bright radical colours and prints, popping make-up, shapeless mini-dresses, and Latex- and sequin-saturated dresses, Scott no doubt achieved the essence of the blast from the past. The collection is a colourful combination of pop art and the fun and flirty free love of the âsixties, demonstrating the quirky creativity Jeremy Scott’s designs have become notorious for.
Phillip Lim’s show grabbed attention with the stage layout. With a large square catwalk interrupted by mountainous dirt pyramids seemingly placed arbitrarily, Lim is clearly looking to portray a wholly Ã¦sthetic appeal. With both soft and deep khakis resonating throughout the 3Â·1 Phillip Lim springâsummer 2016 collection’s designs, the adventurous tone is further accentuated by his safari-style wide trousers and shorts, heavy coats and fluid leather jackets, paired with long head ribbons. The set and the designs are perfectly compatible, setting the scene for Lim’s inspiration.
Tommy Hilfiger’s collection, based on beachy Carribean themes, became an all-encompassing event with the set design depicting a fiery sunset and a water expanse inset in the catwalk. This collection presented mostly colourful swimwear and garments boasting bold tropical prints. Long bohemian maxi dresses were common, as well as colourful stripes typical of Tommy Hilfiger womenswear.
Also on the day five calendar were Lela Rose, Taoray Wang, Reem Acra, Libertine and Vivienne Tam. Lola Cristall will have her detailed wrap-up from New York Fashion Week later.âAlex Barrow
3Â·1 Phillip Lim