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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 30, 2015

Pandora launches a more mystical autumn 2015 jewellery collection, inspired by fairy tales

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Pandora has showcased its autumn 2015 collection with what it calls ‘nature-inspired pieces’, reflecting both bohemian and 1970s trends.
   The fairy tale-themed collections are headlined by the Majestic Feathers series, inspired by the phoenix, and featuring everything from stud earrings to a necklace pendant in 0·925 sterling silver and cubic zirconia stones. Incredibly intricate and detailed, these autumn pieces begin at US$50 and now feature on Pandora’s US website. Other autumn additions begin at US$35.
   Pandora is also the official jewellery sponsor for New York Fashion Week, and has partnered with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez for the occasion.
   Chavez suggests that the Majestic Feather earrings are the ‘perfect bohemian accessory’, and that one should mix metals and layer jewellery for Fashion Week. Suede, she adds, is the go-to fabric for the season.
   Pandora wearers are encouraged to share their autumn looks with the hashtags #ArtofYou and #Pandorastyle.

August 28, 2015

Richard Kavanagh and Redken reveal the secrets of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s New Zealand Fashion Week look

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One of our favourite shows so far at New Zealand Fashion Week (check out our Instagram for regular updates from fashion editor Sopheak Seng) has been that of Stolen Girlfriends’ Club, with its Township Rebellion collection. International hairstylist Richard Kavanagh and Redken worked behind the scenes to give the collection—inspired by the supermodels of the 1990s—its look.
   Kavanagh notes, ‘The hair for Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s show was luxe, alive, easy and free. Embellished with an oversized gold hairclip, the hair is centre parted with a soft bend and easy bounce.
   â€˜For the boys we had a range of different hairstyles so it was important to make them feel like they belonged to the same crew. There was long unkempt hair, crew cuts, and post punk rocker looks. All kept in place with a combination of Redken for Men styling products.
   â€˜Key products to create the look for the girls are Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine [RRP NZ$45], Redken Rootful 06 [NZ$36] and Redken Pillow Proof [NZ$36].’
   Kavanagh’s tips to re-create the look are below.

   1. To recreate the Stolen Girlfriends’ Club hair look, start with dry hair, put a few drops of Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine through the ends of the hair and a few pumps of Redken Rootful 06 misted on to the roots and mid-lengths.
   2. Blow-dry on highest setting with boar bristle round brush.
   3. Finish with Redken Pillow Proof Two-Day Extender and, finally, pin just above the right ear with a gold barrette.




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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 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.



August 26, 2015

Rafael Nadal launches new Tommy Hilfiger collections, with Chanel Iman, Lake Bell, Constance Jablonski, Hannah Davis

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Tennis star Rafael Nadal is the new spokesman for Tommy Hilfiger underwear, as well as a Tailored collection and the TH Bold fragrance. The announcement, with a reveal of the fall 2015 advertising campaign featuring Nadal and shot in his home town of Mallorca, was made at Bryant Park on Tuesday, August 25.
   Joining Nadal and Tommy and Dee Hilfiger were Jane Lynch (Glee), Lake Bell (First Day of Camp), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Martha Stewart, Chanel Iman, Constance Jablonski, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2015 cover girl Hannah Davis, Noah Mills, Arthur Kulkov, Akin Akman, Mary Alice Stephenson, bloggers Bryanboy, Danielle Bernstein and Sazan Barzani, and Tommy Hilfiger CEO Daniel Greider.
   Some of the celebrities present, including Iman, Jablonski, Davis, Mills, Kulkov and Akman, engaged Nadal in a pop-up tennis tournament at Bryant Park. As each team scored a point in the competition, their opponents had to remove a piece of clothing, eventually revealing the Tommy Hilfiger’s men’s and women’s underwear designs. Lynch and Bell played hosts from the umpires’ seat. Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam winner, won in three consecutive games.
   Barzani ran a live Periscope feed from the event, while comedian Nate Dern, collaborating with Funny or Die, will reveal a series of videos that take a different perspective of the red carpet Q&As.
   The new underwear designs feature new fits, fabrics and deetails. A new four-way stretch technology and premium fabrics promise comfort and durability, according to the company. The Tailored collection features what it calls ‘sharp silhouettes, modern tailoring and rich textures.’ The TH Bold fragrance for men is described as suiting a wearer who has ‘a competitive nature and effortless self-confidence.’
   â€˜Since I first established my brand 30 years ago, we’ve always brought a unique twist to our designs and our advertising. Today’s event continues our tradition of bold, surprising campaigns and iconic ambassadors that celebrate our brand spirit and resonate with our consumers globally,’ said Hilfiger.
   â€˜I love how this event brings together fashion and sport with Tommy’s signature twist—it was the perfect way to kick-off my partnership with Tommy Hilfiger,’ said Nadal.
   The hashtag for the event is #tommyxnadal.












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August 20, 2015

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: where talent surpasses itself

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Top Dancers Tonia Looker and MacLean Hopper in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Above Tonia Looker and Harry Skinner.

If you ever wish to see the Royal New Zealand Ballet when everyone has reached beyond what you knew was their peak, then A Midsummer Night’s Dream presents that very opportunity: a ballet where the quality is jaw-droppingly magnificent, where choreographer, designer, lighting designer, and musical director have surpassed themselves, and where the dancers have revelled in bringing a production to life.
   In tonight’s (August 20) world première, Tracy Grant Lord’s designs are the first thing you notice, a galactic image of the night sky projected on to the curtain before the action is revealed, then a set that can only be described as her best work reviewed by Lucire to date. Set in a fairy dell in the wood, Lord’s imagination takes us into a world of cabanas and fungi, with electric blue shades offsetting the dark, night sky. It is the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s largest set, complete with bridges, multiple staircases, even a pole from which Puck slides down. Lord notes that her design ‘includes particular structural, decorative and technical elements that exist only for this production, and have all been developed and manufactured in the company workshops.’ This is a unique interpretation, a master-class in ballet set design, all the more impressive when one considers that Lord had a budget to work to. She envelopes us with her world even before the dancers take their first step.
   Kendall Smith’s lighting design comes into its own with Lord’s set, keeping the cabanas’ interiors dark when unused and lighting them subtly when dancers appear. His moon, in Act II, appears as a round, fluorescent ring, emerging from behind the mesh. With Lord employing a single set for the entire ballet, Smith’s lighting gave the production a sense of variety and change throughout. We noted earlier that Smith employed 4,000 LEDs and 2,000 m of fibreoptic cable, and we can certainly say they were put to excellent use. Smith, whose résumé includes lighting for Andrea Boccelli and Luciano Pavarotti, and some of the most respected companies in the US, was flown out with the support of the US Embassy, giving another world-class aspect to A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
   Lord also stretched her imagination with the costumes, giving the initial illusion that the fairies were petite; it was only when Oberon and Titania appeared that you began realizing their true scale. Oberon’s and Puck’s costumes had a more cinematic, modern bent than seen in other interpretations of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the former having a plunging neckline and a science-fiction feel to it. The fairies’ wings and headgear had metallic detailing, again taking us beyond the typical dell and going past the usual, traditional elements that earlier productions tend to rely on.
   Rising star Liam Scarlett did not disappoint, either, with choreography that expresses a witty yet respectful take on the Shakespeare play. Whether it was transforming Bottom into a donkey, and his subsequent comical pas de deux with Titania, having Puck swing down à la the cinematic Tarzan to commence his antics in the second act, or the strongly romantic pas de deux between Oberon and Titania, Scarlett’s interpretation brought the Mendelssohn score to life, matching movement masterfully to music.
   The music, too, saw RNZB musical director Nigel Gaynor go further than he typically has. Mendelssohn’s score was insufficient for a full-length ballet. Gaynor and Scarlett collaborated, choosing additional Mendelssohn pieces to give the characters greater depth and the story more completeness. Various opuses have been added along with incidental music, and Mendelssohn fans will recognize them and marvel at just how well they have been incorporated, not least how fittingly the choreography has been applied. It’s this characterization which marks out Scarlett’s work. The interactions between the characters—Oberon and Puck, Titania and Bottom, Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius, and the comical pursuit by both Lysander and Demetrius toward Helena—gives the RNZB’s production exceptional entertainment value. Like its The Nutcracker of 2010, the dance techniques are rich enough for the adult ballet-goer to appreciate, while the structure and comical elements give children plenty to enjoy.
   Adding incidental music from Mendelssohn is not new—Balanchine did the same in his version—but the level of dedication is apparent.
   And all this before commenting on the dancing itself, which was exquisite.
   MacLean Hopper had the commanding nature of Oberon on opening night. Tonia Looker’s Titania had a beauty and elegance that never diminished even when dancing with a donkey, thanks to her control. However, Kohei Iwamoto arguably stole the show as Puck, with an irreverence that the audience loved. Harry Skinner’s Bottom may have had a relatively minor role but his transformation, complete with tail, ensured he was remembered. Lori Gilchrist (Hermia), Joseph Skelton (Lysander), Abigail Boyle (Helena) and Demetrius (Paul Mathews) contrasted each other’s emotions through simple movements; when both men are entranced by Helena, Boyle’s movements conveyed her shock at the energetic pursuit—accompanied by an equally energetic rejection of Hermia. Scarlett was never too clever for his own good: he kept to the story and the score, and delivered through the characters in subtle ways, a sign of a choreographer who works in close collaboration with his dancers.
   It was a privilege to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Wellington as a world première; after its New Zealand tour (which runs till September 20), it will next be performed by the Queensland Ballet, with whom the RNZB co-produced, in 2016.
   The Vodafone season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs through August 23 in Wellington; Christchurch sees the ballet from August 27 to 29; it opens in Auckland on September 2, running to September 6. It reaches Rotorua for a single performance on September 10, Palmerston North on September 16, and Napier on September 19 and 20. Full details can be found at www.rnzb.org.nz.—Jack Yan, Publisher



Top Promotional image for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Above Forget retro: the sketch for Oberon’s costume.

Tiffany & Co. to open store in Britomart, Auckland in late 2016

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Tiffany & Co. will open its first company-operated retail store in New Zealand in late 2016, to be located in Britomart, Auckland.
   It will be located at the ground floor of the Historic Places Trust-registered Australis House, 36–8 Customs Street, and occupy 430 m² of space. There will be the usual hallmarks: the use of Tiffany blue; polished stainless steel details with a wheat-leaf pattern, identical to that at the Fifth Avenue, New York store; marble and amazonite floors; and custom furnishings inspired by the stained-glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the founder’s son.
   Glen Schlehuber, vice-president and managing director of Tiffany & Co., said, ‘We have many loyal Tiffany customers in New Zealand and have been looking to establish a presence for some time, and the location at Britomart is perfect. We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience our iconic jewellery collections, heritage and craftsmanship that have distinguished Tiffany for over 175 years.’
   Tiffany’s has an existing presence in Auckland through DFS, its trade partner. It has seven stores in Australia, as well as an online presence at www.tiffany.com.au.

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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