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A day at Pukekohe: Audi launches three models

June 26, 2008/11.45

Today was a fun day: ?ying to Pukekohe for the launch of three Audis.    The ?rst was the Audi TTS—the TT with a turbocharged two-litre, replacing the V6 (which I drove last year) in the New Zealand market. I always said that the car could do with this powerplant, which is also in the […]

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Espionage, high fashion—and a Camry

June 22, 2008/12.59

If you ever needed proof that cars are fashion items today, look no further than this site. Depending on where you are, we’ve been informed there are ads for the Toyota Camry (tying in with a campaign called If Looks Could Kill, above) and Volvo (S80, C30 and XC90 models) running on this site.    […]

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Naomi Campbell says racism fuelled Heathrow incident


Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been fined £2,300 and was sentenced to 200 hours’ community service after admitting two counts of assaulting a police officer and one of disorderly conduct.    However, Campbell said to Sky News prior to her Friday court appearance that racism directed at her was one of the reasons she was sent […]

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What recession?

June 21, 2008/5.36

[Cross-posted] I was chatting to a company head serving a high-income, premium niche. And he’s felt no recession. He’s wondering if he should.    For his company, sales are up and he’s even been able to focus on the higher-priced items at the expense of the lower ones.    The general wisdom is: the rich […]

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In depth: Nom D, Fly Guys and Donna Loveday

June 20, 2008/11.28

A very established New Zealand designer, Margarita Robertson of Nom D, and a newer label, Fly Guys, are pro?led on the Lucire site this week. Sam Mitchell’s Q&A with Margi is probably the most in-depth that has ever been published. And we’re running another ex-print piece: my interview with Design Museum senior curator Donna Loveday, […]

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Jen?fa’s beautiful imagery

June 17, 2008/5.50

We did think the image above for the Czech opera Jen?fa, by Janá?ek, was too beautiful not to share. For a fashion magazine, it was easy to think it was connected to a beauty product.    Jen?fa was performed at the Glyndebourne Festival before it begins touring in New Zealand in September. According to the release, […]

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The Midori Splice

June 16, 2008/9.56

Here’s a sure way to cure any Monday-itis—how about this for a lunch treat? From our friends at Midori, the famous melon liqueur. 30 ml (1 oz) Midori 30 ml (1 oz) coconut rum 90 ml (3 oz) pineapple juice 30 ml (1 oz) cream-?oat Build over ice. Enjoy it this summer!. […]

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Emma Watson is new face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle


Sources are reporting that Emma Watson, Hermione of the Harry Potter movie series, is the new face of Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle fragrance, replacing fellow British actress Keira Knightley (left).    Knightley’s contract for the fragrance ends in the summer, but Chanel will possibly re-sign her in another role.    The of?cial announcement will be probably made next […]

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Naomi Campbell due in court Friday


While Gisèle Bündchen is scheduled to return to her home country for São Paulo Fashion Week—her first showing there in six years—an appearance by Naomi Campbell for Rosa Cha’s spring–summer 2009 swimwear show still looks uncertain.    Campbell is scheduled to appear June 21 at the event but has a court appearance on June 20 […]

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Haute Summer for Fashion:Aid


There seem to be more functions around Stateside for the summer. On the wires earlier this month: Russian magazine Depesha and Nico & Adrian held a fund-raiser for Fashion:Aid, which the magazine established. Donated funds are to be divided among a number of HIV–Aids charities.    The Haute Summer cocktail reception took place in New York’s […]

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