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November 1, 2015

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

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Tabatha Fireman

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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Tristan Fewings

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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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Bhikhu Bhula

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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
   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, 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.

September 1, 2015

Spectacle at the MTV Video Music Awards: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, Kylie Jenner, Chrissy Teigen

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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 Círculos 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.

August 27, 2015

Lucy Hale is Blowpro’s new celebrity ambassador, with new campaign starting late August

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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 looks—a beach wave, braided up-do and smooth blow-out—created 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, not 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.

August 15, 2015

Jennifer López and her collection headline Endless Jewelry’s entry into New Zealand

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Jennifer López 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 López 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.

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