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December 19, 2015

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, wins Miss France 2016

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Iris Mittenaere, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, has been crowned Miss France 2016.
   Mittenaere, 22, is a dental student in her fifth year of studies. 20minutes earlier revealed that she scored the most highly in a general knowledge quiz (17·5 out of 20, above the average of 13·5).
   She succeeds Camille Cerf, who took home the title last year, and who was present to crown her successor.
   Miss Martinique, Morgane Edvige, and Miss Tahiti, Vaimitu Teiefitu, were runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
   The competition was held at the Zénith in Lille, hosted for the 21st time by Jean-Pierre Foucault. Sylvie Tellier, a former Miss France, remains the organizer of the event, which is aired live on France’s TF1 network each year, typically netting 8·5 million viewers and a 40­·5 per cent share of the audience. Thirty-one contestants, who had each won regional pageants, competed for the title this year.
   The top 12 were: Miss Martinique, Morgane Edvige; Miss Provence, Julia Courtes; Miss Tahiti, Vaimitu Teiefitu; Miss Côte d’Azur, Leanna Ferrero; Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Iris Mittenaere; Miss Réunion, Azuima Issa; Miss Bretagne, Léa Bizeul; Miss Aquitaine, Gennifer Demey; Miss Alsace, Laura Muller; Miss Languedoc, Lena Stachurski; Miss Centre–Val de Loire, Margaux Bourdin; and Miss Rhône-Alpes, Nora Bengrine.
   These were then narrowed down to a top five of Miss Martinique, Miss Provence, Miss Tahiti, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and Miss Réunion. The viewing public accounted for 50 per cent of the vote, the judges the other 50 per cent.
   Miss Martinique, Miss Provence and Miss Tahiti tended to top internet users’ polls in France.
   Jean Paul Gaultier chaired the Miss France jury and was joined by actress Laetitia Milot, The Voice: la plus belle voix winner Kendji Girac, Miss France 2009 Chloé Mortaud, singer Patrick Fiori, singer–songwriter Anggun, and rugby union player Frédéric Michalak.
   Gaultier himself emerged on stage during the early part of the telecast wearing a crown of his own creation and a sash, a notable change in raising the judging panel’s profile.
   A regional costume section complemented themed parades referencing the ‘dreams’ of former Miss France winners, including ones based around pirates, cheerleaders, superheroines, toys, Christmas, confectionery, and eveningwear.

Jean Paul Gaultier reveals criteria for his ideal Miss France 2016

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Above Jean Paul Gaultier earlier this year at Installations by Designer Jean Paul Gaultier at the Swarovski Kristallwelten Store in Wien.

Miss France 2016, which will be decided Saturday night in Lille with a televised final on TF1, has a very different judging line-up, with fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier chairing the panel this year.
   Gaultier takes over from Patrick Bruel, who had replaced Québecois singer Garou last year. Garou had stepped in to the chair when long-time chair Alain Delon quit the position after his remarks supporting the National Front political party in France.
   Gaultier had revealed that he had a favourite segment from the night—one where contestants came out in folkloric costumes—and may have an early favourite contestant already.
   He gave no clues to her identity, but says, ‘Miss France has an ambassadorial role. She must be a diplomat. It is very important that is able to express her ideas well, and that she has ideas. And image must count, too.’
   He told Non Stop People, meanwhile, ‘I always look for characters who can inspire me. I love to highlight different beauties.’
   Gaultier is joined on the jury by actress Laetitia Milot, The Voice: la plus belle voix winner Kendji Girac, Miss France 2009 Chloé Mortaud, singer Patrick Fiori, singer–songwriter Anggun, and rugby union player Frédéric Michalak.
   Gaultier said that he has kept the terrorist attacks of November 13 in mind, and that the competition is timely as something that the French people know and can enjoy.

December 12, 2015

Florrie performs in Boots window at Westfield London, kicking off live entertainment for Soap & Glory

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Soap & Glory, the British beauty brand, hosted Florrie in the window of Boots in Westfield, London, ahead of live performances across the UK.
   Pop singer, songwriter and drummer Florrie, also known as Florence Arnold, performed four of her hits in the live window installation, including ‘Little White Lies’.
   Florrie will go on to perform at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
   It’s only the start for Soap & Glory, which promises 160 hours of live entertainment through its window installations, including drag queen dancers, make-up artists, YouTube beauty presenters, and its own Glory Girls who not only will provide hair and make-up, but sing and dance.
   Soap & Glory will tour the UK till December 22.

Florrie performance

Florrie interview

November 1, 2015

Kylie Minogue turns on Oxford Street Christmas lights, with Foxes, Fleur East, Ben Haenow, Gabrielle Aplin performing

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As previewed on our Facebook page, Kylie Minogue turned on the Oxford Street Christmas lights on Sunday evening outside the Pandora Marble Arch store, with Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon hosting, and Foxes, Fleur East, Ben Haenow, Gabrielle Aplin and a cast member from Matilda the Musical among the acts.
   The 56th annual event, in association with radio station Capital, saw Oxford Street bathed in silver lights and 445 gold baubles amongst them. The event was streamed live on screens right down West Oxford Street.
   Some shoppers waiting for the switch-on donned Kylie Minogue masks and waved Australian flags.
   It was also the event’s first traffic-free Sunday, and shoppers got to enjoy exclusive deals through the day at 40 high street stores by downloading tickets from the Oxford Street website.
   Minogue said, ‘There’s no way I thought I would be turning on the Oxford Street Christmas lights. What an honour. It’s the first for me so I’m really excited. To be involved in this is so much fun. I’ll probably be down here on Oxford Street myself to get my last-minute Christmas gifts.’
   Steven Medway, Managing Director of Trading Environment, New West End Company, said in a release, ‘We are thrilled that Kylie Minogue, a global pop icon switched on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights this year, one of London’s most iconic annual events. There’s a wave of anticipation on Oxford Street as the festive footfall starts to build, with our first ever traffic-free Sunday switch-on moment and a series of exclusive one-day-only retail offers and events. The street is shining under our fantastic silver and gold lighting scheme and each store will now be revealing its Christmas window display.’
   Over the next six weeks, Oxford Street and the West End are predicted to take £2,300 million through the tills.




















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October 28, 2015

MAC announces Ariana Grande as the next face of its Viva Glam campaign

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MAC Cosmetics has announced that Ariana Grande is its new Viva Glam spokeswoman, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and others.
   Grande, 22, will lend her name to a deep plum lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss.
   One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam products go to the MAC Aids Fund, which to date has raised over US$380 million to fund HIV and Aids programmes.
   Grande announced on Instagram, ‘I am beyond honored and excited to be working with a brand that stands for and always has stood for EQUALITY. my lipstick & gloss will be available in January and EVERY PENNY goes to people effected by HIV & AIDS … I have loved & supported @maccosmetics ever since I was a little girl walking through the mall and saw your first #VIVAGLAM girl in the window @rupaulofficial. I’m so honored!!!’
   MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande hits counters in New Zealand on February 11, 2016.

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October 24, 2015

Samantha McClung crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 at Skycity Theatre

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Top The newly crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Samantha McClung. Centre Crowning moment: Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 Rachel Millns crowns her successor. Above Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 Samantha McClung is flanked by runner-up Hannah Henderson (left) and second runner-up Gabrielle Manaloto (right), in gowns by Golden Gowns.

Samantha McClung was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2015, before a packed crowd at the Skycity Theatre, and an international audience watching the live stream at nextmissnz.com.
   McClung, 20, lives in Christchurch but spent many years of her childhood in the Marlborough Sounds. She is a qualified make-up artist who has worked in both Australia—McClung lived in Perth for 18 months—and New Zealand.
   McClung was overjoyed by the crowning but admitted it hadn’t fully sunk in.
   The title was decided by both an international judging panel and the voting public, with 50 per cent determined by each group.
   Special guest judges Ben Chan of Bench, one of the Philippines’ premier fashion labels, and MJ Lastimosa, Miss Universe Philippines 2014, flew in to Auckland to spend several days with the 20 finalists, in interviews and watching them perform live on stage. Both had the advantage of having met the finalists as part of their overseas retreat, which this year took place in the Philippines with the generous support of Bench, the Philippine Department of Tourism and the Tourism Promotions’ Board.
   They joined New Zealanders Megan Alatini, Steve Broad and Evana Patterson on the judging panel, whose scores were tallied alongside those of the voting public, who had been sending their votes since August. A sixth judge, Areena Deshpande, was unable to attend after giving birth last week.
   In addition to the crown, McClung drives away with the premier prize of a Honda Jazz RS Sport Limited, which is hers for the duration of her reign, as well as prizes from Bike Barn, New Face Laser and Cosmetic Clinic, Lipidol, Beau Joie champagne, and others.
   Presently McClung is spending the night at the Skycity Grand Hotel as part of her prize.
   She beat surf instructor Hannah Henderson, originally from the Bay of Plenty and now resident in Wellington, and mental-health nurse Gabrielle Manaloto from Auckland, who came second and third.
   McClung will now go on to represent New Zealand at Miss Universe in the United States later this year.

September 10, 2015

Rihanna’s Stance fall 2015 sock collection, with a ‘Baby Goth Punk’ theme, released

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Pop star Rihanna has collaborated with Stance, a fashion company that has injected some pizzazz in the sock sector, with the fall–winter 2015–16 collection released today along with behind-the-scenes footage from her shoot. Rihanna, as Stance’s contributing creative director, was involved in the new collection from day one, and modelled in the shoot in Los Angeles during the northern summer.
   The collection comprises 15 styles with pastel colours in a ‘Baby Goth Punk’ theme, ranging from crew to thigh-high socks. Six of the fifteen play off Rihanna’s limited-edition Murder Rih Wrote style from July, with newspaper typography as its print. The remainder pays homage to punk patches and goth, says the company.
   The company will publish more of Rihanna’s creative contributions and releases via its social media, at stancemuse on Instagram and via its Facebook page.
   The collection is now available via Stance retailers, including Opening Ceremony and Colette, and at Stance.com, with a selection at Nordstrom.

September 8, 2015

Sam Smith to perform title song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ for James Bond film, Spectre

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English singer–songwriter Sam Smith has recorded the title song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for the next James Bond film, Spectre.
   The song, composed by Smith with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes, is being released by Capitol Records and will be available on September 25.
   â€˜Writing’s on the Wall’ is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since Tom Jones’s ‘Thunderball’ in 1965.
   â€˜This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song,’ said Smith. ‘I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.’
   Smith, in our second video below, called his new theme song ‘timeless’.
   Spectre will be released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6. Daniel Craig stars as James Bond, with Christoph Waltz playing his nemesis. The film sees the return of the criminal organization, SPECTRE, which featured in some of Ian Fleming’s novels and many of the 1960s’ films, and 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. Sam Mendes returns to direct after his successful outing in Skyfall.
   Smith’s début album In the Lonely Hour launched at number one in the UK and number two in the US, and scored four Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards.

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