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November 22, 2016

#Castmemarc: Marc Jacobs launches global casting call to find the next beauty sensation

Cecilia Xu/19.42

Could you be the next Marc Jacobs Beauty social media sensation? Marc Jacobs utilizes its famous hashtag #castmemarc once again open to the world, and this time it’s all about beauty.
   Marc Jacobs is a fun, vibrant and youthful brand, encouraging young people to push the boundaries in fashion and beauty. This is what the campaign is all about: to see how their global participants create their own style and become inspired, by anything.
   Applicants over the age of 18 simply need to post a video on Instagram telling Marc what inspires them in beauty and fashion, and why Marc himself should pick them. Don’t forget to add #castmemarc on your videos to be considered. Entries are open until Friday, December 16, 2016 (11.59 p.m. PST).
   In January 2017, 10 finalists will be flown to NYC to record a make-up application video for Marc and his judging panel, where Marc himself will then select three final artists to be apart of the spring 2017 #beautymarc video series. In addition to this, the chosen winners will each receive a year’s supply of Marc Jacobs Beauty products, invitations to all Marc Jacobs influencer events throughout 2017, and a MJ wardrobe and accessories’ allowance.
   Get hash-tagging #castmemarc!—Cecilia Xu

November 16, 2016

Skilful execution by tomorrow’s stars at New Zealand School of Dance’s 2016 Graduation Season

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Stephen A’Court

Above, from top: Meistens Mozart. An excerpt from Political Mother. Pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty.

The New Zealand School of Dance’s Graduation Season once again brings an expertly executed programme, mixing genres from classical to modern to experimental. Among the programme tonight were three premières: Helgi Tomasson’s Meistens Mozart was performed for the first time in New Zealand, while Amber Haines’s Incant and Jiři Bubeniček’s Dance Gallantries received their world premières on opening night of the season at Te Whaea.
   Meistens Mozart started the evening and showed that, with the right arrangement and choreography, the German language could be made cheerful. Songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Bernhard Flies and Jakob Haibel, sung by the Tölzer Boys’ Choir, accompanied the six dancers, the standout of whom was George Liang. Liang had previously been at Canada’s National Ballet School, and we had seen him perform last month at the Republic of China’s National Day celebration. There were no opening-night jitters from any of the six, who instantly transported us to an alpine society, celebrating springtime love, courtship and playfulness.
   The all-male He Taonga—a Gift was an energetic and intense performance where drumbeats from Whirimako Black’s ‘Torete te Kiore’ soundtrack sparked sudden moves, a demonstration of control and strength from the 14 dancers. Choreographed by Taiaroa Royal and Taane Mete, He Taonga was created for the School in 2009 and reprised tonight.
   Opening the second section, Laura Crawford and Yuri Marques were like delicate dolls in their pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty, Act III, with the choreography after Marius Petipa. Marilyn Rowe, OBE staged and coached, while Qi Huan was répétiteur. This was a tough ballet piece to get right and the pair got stronger as they performed, gaining confidence and drawing us into their romance.
   Taking a complete tangent into modern dance was the solo performance of Glitch, a new work from NZSD tutor Victoria Columbus, whose talents we most recently saw at the World of Wearable Art, where she serves as director of choreography. The movements themselves were created by graduate Connor Masseurs, who performed the dance, playing the part of a “glitching” robotic man short-circuiting on stage with skilful, shuddering movements. Masseurs completely absorbed us with his solo: it wasn’t just his limbs that Masseurs controlled, he extended the idea to facial movements, inventively finding new ways to glitch. Masseurs first performed the dance at the Grand Théâtre at the Maison de la Culture de Tahiti as part of a gala at the Académie de Danse Annie Fayn.
   Incant was mysterious, brooding, and ethereal: this all-female work saw dancers come together to generate new shapes, conveying to us notions of clouds, trees in a forest, or tunnels, at times passing a lit sphere between them. Haines’s choreography was meant to question traditional notions of beauty and got us successfully focusing on the collective moves of the dancers. ‘This world,’ she notes in the programme, ‘invokes a mesmerizing state of collective consciousness and celebrates the power and luminous beauty of shared intention.’ A captivating work, it ended the second set of dances.
   Dance Gallantries was another more traditional work, with 10 dancers telling more playful stories of romance, complemented by Otto Bubeniček’s colourful costume design and solo violin music by J. S. Bach.
   A group of 12 performed an extract from Political Mother, the evening’s one political work with jarring music and clever choreography by Hofesh Shechter. A couple merrily folk-dances in a town square, happy to be part of their society, but are they genuinely happy or manipulated by the state? Their expressions seem to suggest the latter, fooled into believing that all is well and happy in their naïveté. The action moves on to a prison, where the music is muffled and dancers ape being restrained by either arms or ankles. The final scene, with a large group of dancers back in the town, show that the entire society has succumbed to the illusion, raising their arms in acceptance. It makes you question about the times we live in, and whether intellectual discourse is suppressed in favour of simpler ideas, a population told to be happy without really knowing why.
   Finally, Tchaikovsky’s music from The Nutcracker was excerpted for the upbeat Tempo di Valse, with the NZSD returning to a ballet to finish the evening. The ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ was instantly recognizable, the 15 dancers showing classical movements. Nadine Tyson choreographed, while the colourful traditional costumes were designed by Donna Jefferis.
   Depending on the show, the pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty may be replaced by Jack Carter’s Pas de deux romantique, with music by Rossini; while Glitch may give way to The Wanderer, choreographed by Columbus and perforned by Liang.
   The season runs from November 16 to 26 at Te Whaea in Wellington, New Zealand, with prices ranging from NZ$18 to NZ$33. Tickets can be booked at the New Zealand School of Dance, or online at nzschoolofdance.ac.nz/book-tickets. We’d rate it another must-see, especially to catch some rising stars—we understand that some are off overseas, already snatched up by dance companies.—Jack Yan, Publisher

October 26, 2016

Jasmine Tookes to model Victoria’s Secret 2016 Bright Night Fantasy Bra in CBS special

Lucire staff/17.05

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for 2016 has shown its most newsworthy design: the US$3 million Bright Night Fantasy Bra, featuring 9,000 precious gems, hand-set with diamonds and emeralds in 18 ct gold.
   The bra has been designed by jewellery designer Eddie Borgo, with jewels by A. & W. Mouzannar. It took over 700 hours to create and weighs over 450 ct.
   It was inspired by the regular Beautiful by Victoria’s Secret bra, currently available in stores and at victoriassecret.com.
   The show, which will air on CBS on December 5, will see model and Victoria’s Secret ‘Angel’ Jasmine Tookes wear the bra in the ‘Bright Night Angel’ section.
   There is an ongoing tradition at Victoria’s Secret to show a Fantasy Bra each year, a creation that is usually valued in the millions. At US$3 million, the Bright Night Fantasy Bra is on the low side when it comes to valuations.

October 25, 2016

Gigi Hadid dons boxing gloves for second campaign this month: Stuart Weitzman launches Gigi boot

Lucire staff/23.41


Anna Kooris


Above: Gigi Hadid appears in a new film for Stuart Weitzman, promoting a boot named in her honour.

Gigi Hadid’s been donning boxing gloves a lot this month—first in a promotion for Reebok, where she says she found solace in fitness—and now in a film for Stuart Weitzman, directed by James Franco, shot at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY.
   The film, entitled (and presumably hashtagged) #Doitright, promotes the Gigi boot, a new design with a stacked heel, metallic eyelets, duo-toned laces and a detailed collar. The bootie is available in soft croco-calf leather and in two metallics (in iron and copper), retailing exclusively at Stuart Weitzman retailers and websites from US$565. The film is accompanied by a soundtrack by Martin Solveig and Tkay Maidza.
   Unlike the Reebok promos, Hadid wears the Gigi boot in the boxing ring.
   The well known model boxes as part of her fitness regimen. The campaign is being released globally.
   Stuart Weitzman has also committed to build three schools, one each in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos, during the autumn 2016 season.



Cathrine Wessel

Above: Gigi Hadid promotes Reebok.

October 18, 2016

Viktor & Rolf, Fragrance du Bois each launch a collection of six fragrances

Lucire staff/12.25




Top: Viktor & Rolf showed their Magic fragrance collection at the Upper East Side Academy Mansion, New York. Centre: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren flank actress Taraji P. Henson. Above: The Fragrance du Bois Nature’s Treasures collection.

French luxury brand Fragrance du Bois has released its Nature’s Treasures collection of hand-blended perfumes using only sustainably sourced, natural ingredients.
   The collection comprises six fragrances: Baie Rose, Patchouli Argent, Brume du Matin, Pétales de Cashmere, Santal Complet and Zest Marin.
   Unlike earlier fragrances from the company, these six are not oud-based, but brand director Nicola Parker stresses that only the best natural ingredients feature, and each has been created by a master perfumer. She notes that the new line does not deviate from its core values.
   Parker also says Asian customers may prefer a lighter, fresher scent.
   Each perfume has a Swarovski crystal-encrusted, gold-plated cap, with prices commencing at €295 for 50 ml, up to €595 for 100 ml. They retail at Fragrance du Bois’s boutiques in Paris, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Genèva.
   An older, storied brand, Viktor & Rolf, has launched a new perfume line, too, dubbed the Magic Collection. Like Fragrance du Bois, there are six in the new line, which the company describes as an ‘unexpected twist on niche fragrances’.
   Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren themselves were in New York at the Upper East Side Academy Mansion to launch the fragrances on October 10, with VIPs Taraji P. Henson, Sasheer Zamata, model Sean O’Pry, Anna Baryshnikov, and others. Music was provided by DJ Mia Moretti, while celebrity magician Dan White performed live, in keeping with the theme.
   The Viktor & Rolf Magic Collection will be released in February 2017, exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue retailers in the US, and online at SaksFifthAvenue.com.




Above, from top: Sasheer Zamata. Taraji P. Henson. Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.

October 16, 2016

New York celebrates with Wine and Food Festival and GBK’s Thank-You Lounge

Lola Cristall/23.41





Above: Celebrities at the GBK NYCWFF Thank-You Lounge, including Emeril Lagasse, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ayesha Curry.

The New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) earlier this week embraced haute cuisine and easy cooking techniques. While celebrating good food and delectable drinks, the complete net proceeds benefited Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry. The whole city transforms into an absolute food escapade throughout the week. Celebrity chefs hosted major culinary events: Lucky Chopsticks, hosted by James Beard Award-winning culinary personality Andrew Zimmerman, was filled with two floors worth of delectable Asian foods. The venue took guests to an elegant, Asian-like atmosphere. For French flair, Midnight in Paris, hosted by James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Dominique Ansel, also known for his creative cronut creation, presented guests an exclusive dessert-tasting event.
   GBK’s NYCWFF Thank-You Lounge is another hot-spot. The Guittard Chocolate Company offers a delectable array of chocolates, whether dark with a fruity aftertaste or milky with a more subtle texture. Warther Cutlery is a perfect fit for any kitchen, with an easy-to-hold grip and a perfectly sharp blade. Lipper International has a wide range of functional wood-made designs to choose from. Wood is a recurring theme for kitchen décor: Boos Block beautifully brings the look back to the home with their flawless range of counter-tops and cutting-boards. The more than a century-old brand continues to present textured wood pieces that easily fit into any culinary environment. TriDerma MD presented guests with naturally made skin products that include organic alÅ“ vera as the star ingredient to ensure healing and rejuvenating.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor

September 23, 2016

Gillian Saunders takes top honours at 2016 World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show, with Supernova

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WOW

New Zealand designer Gillian Saunders has scooped the Brancott Estate Supreme Award at tonight’s World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show. Saunders, who had entered 15 garments before her winning entry, Supernova, has won eight awards prior to 2016, but this is the first time she has taken out the top prize.
   Saunders, who was born in England, has been involved in television and theatre for most of her working life. She was trained in Yorkshire, and went on to Christchurch, New Zealand, where she worked as a props’ maker for the Court Theatre.
   â€˜I had been making stage props for theatre and TV for years. WOW was the perfect challenge—could I make props for the body as well?’ she said.
   Supernova was inspired by ‘Thierry Mugler’s Chimera dress [from the autumn–winter 1997–8 collection], … the iridescent spiny fins of the Hippocampus from the Percy Jackson movie The Sea of Monsters, and some incredible NASA images taken by the Hubble Telescope,’ she noted. ‘Once all these elements were combined, Supernova was brought to life.
   â€˜The large gems represent new stars being born and the dark shadows represent deep space. Each scale has been individually cut, shaded with marker pens and then hand-sewn on to the garment. Each gem has had its sticky backing removed and then glued on by hand.’
   Saunders also won the Avant-Garde section in this year’s competition, judged by WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Zambesi’s Elisabeth Findlay, and sculptor Gregor Kregar.
   Dame Suzie said, ‘Supernova has the design innovation, the construction quality and vibrant stage presence in performance to win WOW’s top award.’
   Saunders’ 2013 design, Inkling, won the Weta Creature Carnival Award and an internship for her at Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop. It is currently part of the WOW international exhibition, touring around the world, and presently at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington, where it will be displayed till January, after which the exhibition will head to the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston, Mass.
   She also won the Avant-Garde section in 2007 with Equus: behind Closed Doors, while in 2009, Tikini was second in the Air New Zealand South Pacific section.
   Designers from New Zealand, China, India, England, Australia, and the USA won awards in each section.
   The American Express Open section this year saw Renascence, by Yuru Ma and Siyu Fang of Shanghai take first place. The Spyglass Creative Excellence section was won by Mai (I), by Pritam Singh and Vishnu Ramesh of Gujarat. Queen Angel, by Adam McAlavey of London, won the MJF Lighting Performance Art section.
   Baroque Star, by Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry of Christchurch, won the Weta Workshop Costume and Film section, netting the duo a four-week internship at Weta Workshop, plus travel, accommodation, and prize money.
   The Wellington Airport Aotearoa section was won by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitry Mavinis of London, with their creation Princess Niwareka. The World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum Bizarre Bra section was won by Julian Hartzog of Tarpon Springs, Fla., with Come Fly with Me.
   Of the special awards, Dame Suzie chose Incognita, by Ian Bernhard of Auckland, as the most innovative garment, giving it the WOW Factor Award. Renewal, by Alexa Cach, Miodrag Guberinic and Corey Gomes, won the First-Time Entrant Award. The Knight by Jiawen Gan of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology won the Student Innovation Award. The Sustainability Award, recognizing the protection of our environment and the use of materials that would otherwise be discarded, was won by Bernise Milliken of Auckland, for Grandeer. Digital Stealth Gods, by Dylan Mulder of Wellington, won the Wearable Technology Award. The Wellington International Award, given to the best international entry, was won by Daisy May Collingridge of Woldingham, Surrey, England, for Lippydeema. Collingridge also won the UK–Europe Design Award with this entry.
   Khepri, by Miodrag Guberinic and Alexa Cach of New York, NY, won the Americas Design Award. Yu Tan of Shanghai won the Asia Design Award with The Renaissance Happens Again, while Cascade, by Victoria Edgar of Geelong, Victoria, won the Australia and South Pacific Design Award.
   The David Jones New Zealand Design Award was won by Voyage to Revolution, by Carolyn Gibson of Auckland.
   The Cirque du Soleil Performance Art Costume Award, chosen by Denise Tétreault, Costumes Lifecycle and Creative Spaces Director of the Cirque du Soleil, was won by Digital Stealth Gods, by Dylan Mulder. Mulder receives prize money, flights and accommodation for a one-month internship at Cirque du Soleil’s headquarters in Montréal, Québec.
   WOW runs in Wellington, New Zealand, through to October 9, and will be seen by 58,000 people live during its run. It employs over 350 cast and crew.
   This year, 133 entries by 163 designers (some worked in pairs) were received, competing for a prize pool of NZ$165,000.



WOW


Renascence, by Yuru Ma and Siyu Fang, Shanghai.


Mai (I), by Pritam Singh and Vishnu Ramesh, Gujarat.


Queen Angel, by Adam McAlavey, London.


Baroque Star, by Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry, Christchurch, New Zealand.


Princess Niwareka, by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis, London.


Come Fly with Me, by Julian Hartzog, Tarpon Springs, Fla.


Incognita, by Ian Bernhard, at AUT, Auckland.


Renewal, by Alexa Cach, Miodrag Guberinic and Corey Gomes.


Grandeer, by Bernise Milliken, Auckland.


Digital Stealth Gods, by Dylan Mulder, Wellington.


Lippydeema, by Daisy May Collingridge, Woldingham, Surrey.


Khepri, by Miodrag Guberinic and Alexa Cach, New York.


The Renaissance Happens Again, by Yu Tan, Shanghai.


Cascade by Victoria Edgar, Geelong, Victoria.


Voyage to Revolution by Carolyn Gibson, Auckland.

September 14, 2016

Little Ghost expands by offering Lime Crime make-up in its new online boutique

Lucire staff/1.18

Little Ghost, known for its wallets, bags and clutches, has added Lime Crime make-up as it kicks off its new online boutique.
   Founder Amber Bibby says that Lime Crime has a similar outlook to her fashion accessories’ label, and selling the two together helps Little Ghost’s boutique become more of a single destination for individualistic, eclectic products.
   Bibby is a make-up artist herself, and is a fan of Lime Crime. ‘They lead the way in the hugely popular liquid to matte lipstick trend and were the first to introduce distinct and radical lip colours. Lime Crime promote expressing yourself unapologetically which made them the perfect launch partner,’ she said.
   Lime Crime is a cruelty-free brand, with no animal testing, and certifies its line as 100 per cent vegan.
   The launch range comprises Lime Crime’s Velvetines and Perlees for the lips, and Venus and Superfoils palettes for the eyes, priced between NZ$30 and NZ$60. For a limited time, the company is offering free shipping to New Zealand and Australian addresses.
   She says that Little Ghost is negotiating with other designers to expand its boutique further.

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