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 Londonâs most iconic annual events. Thereâs 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 Â£2,300 million through the tills.
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 â¦ 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.
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 AustraliaâMcClung lived in Perth for 18 monthsâand New Zealand.
McClung was overjoyed by the crowning but admitted it hadnât 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 Philippinesâ 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 Promotionsâ 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.
Pop star Rihanna has collaborated with Stance, a fashion company that has injected some pizzazz in the sock sector, with the fallâwinter 2015â16 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.
While Taylor Swift’s Ashish houndstooth dress at the MTV Video Music Awards came in for some criticism, there were no complaints over her sparkling red number that she donned in her duet with Nicki Minaj, with whom she had a recent Twitter spat.
Spanish luxury jewellery brand Carrera y Carrera notes that the ever-popular singer wore its CÃrculos de Fuego ring in yellow gold to complement the dress.
While it was clear that there were no hard feelings between Swift and Minaj, which stemmed from Swift mistakenly taking exception to something Minaj said, the spectacle that the VMAs have become meant that the rapper wasn’t afraid to court controversy with her original target, Miley Cyrus, who hosted the event. A bit of verbal sparring took place on-stage as Minaj accepted her award for her video for ‘Anaconda’.
Our video features clips from the VMAs, where the names of today shone on the red carpet: Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Britney Spears, Chrissy Teigen, Demi Lovato, FKA Twigs, Gigi Hadid, John Legend, Karlie Kloss, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, O’Shea Jackson Jr, Pharrell Williams, Rebel Wilson, Rita Ora, Selena Gomez, the Weeknd, Tyga, Vanessa Hudgens, Wiz Khalifa and others.
Blowpro, the blow-out experts who started with a blow-dry bar in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan 10 years ago and has since extended into a line of hair care specially designed for better blow-dry results, has announced that Pretty Little Liars actress and singer Lucy Hale is its new ambassador. The campaign kicks off in late August, with behind-the-scenes imagery featuring Hale with three looksâa beach wave, braided up-do and smooth blow-outâcreated using the Blowpro Titanium blow-drier, Faux Dry Dry shampoo and Textstyle dry-texture spray. Amanda Friedman photographed the campaign, and Matthew Pappas served as videographer; it was shot at Smashbox Studios over the summer.
Hale’s preview video is a comprehensive introduction to the products, giving context to Blowpro’s website and Facebook page (at facebook.com/blowprohair, not facebook.com/blowny). She also gives tips on how she uses the various Blowpro products.
Blowpro is available at ULTA, Nordstrom, Beauty Brands and other specialty retailers in the US.
Jennifer LÃ³pez has collaborated with Endless Jewelry, and fronts the campaign for the Danish jewellery brand as it launches into New Zealand this month.
The actress and singer has created her own range of charms and bracelets, to be sold in New Zealand under the Jennifer LÃ³pez Collection.
She had worn items from the range during the most recent season of American Idol.
The Endless range features a wide selection of leather bracelets in single, double and triple wraps, and over 600 charms in silver-, rose gold- and gold-plated finishes. Customers will be able to express their own unique style, with charms retailing from NZ$40. New charms and bracelet colours are released regularly.
Endless is now available in 24 markets and 3,500 stores worldwide. New Zealand stockists can be found by calling 64 9 294-8692.
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.
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.
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.
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premiÃ¨re of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
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.
Giorgia Surina at the Hotel Villa Laguna during the 72nd Venice Film Festival, September 6, 2015. Photographed by Annalisa Flori/Getty Images.
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/
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.
Suki Waterhouse arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party, in London, July 23, 2015. Photographed by David M. Benett/Getty Images.
Dita von Teese visits the Avakian suite during the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 23, 2015 in Cannes, France.