Thursday, 2 April 2015

Saturdays keep time for new album with Casio Sheen

Sexy girl-group the Saturdays are pursuing solo projects in 2015, but have promised to be back in the studio recording for a 2016 release come Christmas.

Saturdays Frankie Bridge, Una Foden, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King and Vanessa White are brand ambassadors for Casio Sheen, the brand's luxury women's watch line first launched in 2012.

As part of their ambassadorial duties, the girls performed an acoustic set for an intimate crowd at the Casio London store in Covent Garden. The band performed a set of four songs including their hits ‘Issues’ and ‘What about us’.

Obama on the run? He's got a Fitbit Surge

Barack Obama may not yet have been spotted with an Apple Watch, but he is bang on trend with his new Fitbit Surge.

The US President was first spotted wearing the fitness device in early March 2015, and has kept up wearing it ever since. Which makes him an early adopter as the device was only launched in the US in January 2015.

Obama's Fitbit surge is clearly visible in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.

And here's what it looks like when it is not on the President's wrist.

Pierce Brosnan becomes ambassador for Speake-Marin

© Marco Grob for Speake-Marin
World-renowned actor Pierce Brosnan is now, and for the next three years, the official ambassador of the Speake-Marin brand.

Pierce Brosnan is probably one of the best-known Irish actors worldwide. From his first scenes in Remington Steele to the famous Thomas Crown, and including his iconic role as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan has played many roles, embracing classical repertoires, comedies and thrillers.

In 2015, the actor will appear on cinema screens in The Moon and the Sun, It, Last Man Out and Survivor.

The relationship began when Peter Speake-Marin met the actor on the set of one of his latest films for which he had been selected by Director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, The Raven…). This meeting of two artistic worlds, films and watches, developed into a genuine friendship.

Sharing the same roots as Peter Speake-Marin and his passion for watchmaking combined with an admiration for the Swiss brand's timepieces, Pierce Brosnan was a natural choice as the ideal ambassador for the brand.

'I met Peter on the set of a film in which he was a consultant for a character who was a watchmaker. We spoke briefly; we both love what we do, and myself as a lover of watches I appreciated his genuine passion and subsequent designs. I acquired one of his time pieces and a dialogue ensued. When Peter asked me to be an ambassador for his work it was a simple answer.`

The renowned Swiss photographer Marco Grob shot the campaign in his New York studio. Elegance, simplicity, independence and courage are the values shared by the watchmaking brand and the actor, and he has succeeded in capturing all of these. Pierce Brosnan will embody Speake-Marin.

Photo © Marco Grob for Speake-Marin.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Lily Collins becomes Movada wristwatch ambassador alongside Kerry Washington, Derek Jeter, Sun Li and Wynton Marsalis

Founded in 1881, Movada is one of the world’s most prestigious wristwatch brands, well known for championing Modernist design.
Last year it added Lily Collins to its roster of Movada brand ambassadors to feature in its updated Modern Ahead of its Time advertising campaign shot by fashion photographer Carter Smith and launching this fall. Find out more about the Movada Cerena watch worn by Lily.

Other Movada brand ambassadors are Kerry Washington, Derek Jeter, Sun Li and Wynton Marsalis. More about them below, but first Lily…

"We are so thrilled to have Lily Collins join the Movado team as our newest brand ambassador," stated Mary Leach , Movado Group Chief Marketing Officer. "Lily has such natural presence and a unique and confident sense of her own style. She embodies the brand's core values of artistry, innovation and has a real passion for excellence. She will support the Movado brand image and marketing initiatives as a fresh new face and voice for people of her generation."

Born in England, Lily relocated to Los Angeles, California at the age of 5. She made her film debut in the 2010 Academy Award-nominated film The Blind Side and most recently starred as Snow White in Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts . In 2013, Collins will play the lead role of Clary Fray in the film The Mortal Instruments, based on the ultra-popular young adult fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare . She will also star in upcoming films The English Teacher with Julianne Moore and Writers with Jennifer Connelly .

As a teen, Lily discovered a passion for journalism and began writing a column for Elle Girl UK. She has also written for The Los Angeles Times and CosmoGirl and covered presidential inaugurations and conventions for Nickelodeon and for Seventeen magazine.

"I am so excited to partner with Movado and to be a part of the new ad campaign as their brand ambassador," said Lily Collins . "I have always been an admirer of Movado watches, and am proud to have the opportunity to represent a brand that is so historically rich and that is known for its revered philanthropic endeavors as well as its various collaborations with cutting-edge artists."

A brand long identified with Modernism and closely associated with the performing arts, Movado has achieved a proud 130-year history of design excellence and innovation. Movado has been a major supporter of New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Additionally, Movado has supported the Miami International Film Festival, Miami City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, EBEL, Concord, ESQ Movado, Coach, Hugo Boss , Lacoste, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger , and Ferrari branded watches worldwide.  

Lily Collins has received critical praise for her numerous roles in the industry and has quickly become one of the most sought-after young actors in the business. She made her film debut in the 2010 Academy Award-nominated film The Blind Side and most recently starred as Snow White in Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts. In 2013, Collins will play the lead role of Clary Fray in the film The Mortal Instruments, based on the ultra-popular young adult fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare. She will also star in upcoming films The English Teacher with Julianne Moore and Writers with Jennifer Connelly. As a teen, Lily discovered a passion for journalism and began writing a column for Elle Girl UK. She has also written for The Los Angeles Times and CosmoGirl and covered presidential inaugurations and conventions for Nickelodeon and Seventeen magazine. A fresh new face and voice for people of her generation, Movado’s newest brand ambassador is a promising young talent committed to making dreams a reality through brilliant creativity and entrepreneurial enthusiasm.

Acclaimed actor and arts advocate currently starring in the 2012 television drama Scandal, Kerry Washington is versatile and gifted performer who has built an impressive list of credits in a relatively short period of time. Winner of ‘Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture’ for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005, Kerry garnered critical acclaim for her role in The Last King of Scotland opposite Forest Whitaker for which she was nominated for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture’ at the NAACP Image Awards in 2007. In 2009, Kerry made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Race and starred in the Tyler Perry film For Colored Girls with an all-star cast of actresses. In 2011, Kerry was nominated ‘Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture’ at the NAACP Image Awards for Night Catches Us and received ‘Best Actress’ nominations at the BET Awards for her performances in A Thousand Words and For Colored Girls. Kerry stars in the new Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, also starring actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. An advocate of the arts and supporter of social causes, Kerry was appointed by President Barak Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 2009. As brand ambassador, Kerry embodies Movado’s commitment to exceptional performance, artistry and innovation.

Extraordinary athlete, humanitarian and leader, baseball superstar Derek Jeter was drafted by the New York Yankees as the sixth overall pick in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft. In 1996, his first full season in the Major Leagues, he helped the Yankees win the World Series and was named the 1996 American League Rookie of the Year. Jeter, a twelve-time All Star, has gone on to lead his team to 4 additional World Series titles – in 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2009. On July 9, 2011, he achieved his 3,000 Major League Hit, becoming a member of that exclusive club. In 2011, he set the record for most games played at shortstop for one team and set Yankees’ records for stolen bases and career games played. Derek established his charity, the Turn 2 Foundation, in 1996 to encourage young people to ‘turn to’ healthy lifestyles and avoid drugs and alcohol – the foundation supports and creates programs to achieve these goals. A Movado brand ambassador since 2006, Derek Jeter personifies Movado’s passion for performance and commitment to excellence, both on and off the field.

A classically trained dancer, actor, singer and model, Sun Li is highly regarded as an emerging artist in Mainland China. She has delivered an impressive array of critically acclaimed performances, beginning with her break-out role in China’s most-watched television drama, Jade Goddess of Mercy, which led Sun to become recognized as one of the most promising young actresses in China. In 2004, she was named ‘Favorite Actress’ at the Golden Eagle Awards, and in 2006 was lauded as ‘Best New Artist’ at the Hundred Flowers Awards for her portrayal of a blind girl in her first feature film, Fearless. In 2009, she notably portrayed the heroine Little Tiger in the acclaimed mini-series Iron Road, the second joint venture created under the Canada/China co-production treaty established in the 1960s. In 2011, she played Zhen Huan in the TV series biography of the Legend of Zhen Huan, praised as one of the best historical dramas in the Chinese mainland in recent years. She most recently starred in the 2011 action drama film Mural. One of her generation’s most popular performing artists, Sun Li is a fresh, graceful and creative personality who has been associated with Movado as a brand ambassador in her homeland since 2010.

Celebrated Movado brand ambassador Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader and educator – and a leading advocate of American culture. Wynton has won nine Grammy Awards and is the only artist to have won a Grammy in five consecutive years. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum, from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. In 1997 Wynton Marsalis became the first jazz musician ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his epic oratorio Blood On The Fields. Wynton’s creativity has been celebrated throughout the world, and more than 25 of America’s leading academic institutions have conferred honorary degrees upon him. In 1987 Wynton Marsalis co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center and in July 1996, due to its remarkable success, Jazz at Lincoln Center was installed as new constituent of Lincoln Center, the renowned arts organization of which Movado is a long standing sponsor and proud supporter.

Kerry Washington wears Movada and nude Miu-Miu

Django Unchained actress Kerry Washington wowed the fashionistas with a stunning nude Miu-Miu dress as she hit the red carpet for the 2013 Golden Globe awards.

She matched the low-cut frock with beige pumps and a stylish Prada minaudiere bag, accessoried with sparkling diamond jewellery. On her wrist she wore a classic Movada wristwatch.

Kerry Washington has been best known for her roles in Scandal and Save the Last Dance. But the Bronx-born actress, also known for her political activism and support of President Obama, has now made a real name for herself as leading lady.

See her here at the Golden Globes.

For the record, here are some vital statistics about Kerry Washington...

Kerry Washington Weight
115 lbs
Kerry Washington Height
5′ 4″
Kerry Washington Measurements
Kerry Washington Bra Size
Kerry Washington Born
31 January 1977, Bronx, New York, USA

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Rachel Weisz: the gorgeous face of Bulgari Serpenti

I have had a thing about the beautiful Rachel Weisz since her career breakthrough appearance in The Mummy back in 1999.

Now as the face of Bulgari’s current advertising campaign she gets to smoulder in some of the most amazing jewellery imaginable.

Here is Weisz modelling the Bulgari Serpenti in an ad campaign set to run all the way through into 2013.

You can also watch the behind the scenes video...

Alas the gorgeous London-born Rachel Weisz is now married to James Bond, well to Daniel Craig, and made quite an appearance at the recent Skyfall premier, where she met the royals while wearing Chanel couture.

Florence Welch wears Bulgari Serpenti for Spectrum

Watchmaker Bulgari has a history of snake watches thanks to the Serpenti range dating back to the 1940s. But in its latest appearance the serpent coils seductively around the wrist of Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence and the Machine (right).

Keep an eye on the breathtaking video of the Calvin Harris remix for Florence’s acclaimed Spectrum (Say My Name) and you will see this gorgeous gold timepiece at various points.

Florence Welch cites her own influences as ranging from Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame to the more robust if no less sexy Grace Slick of Jefferson Airship and Jefferson Starship.

But the Bulgari Serpenti watch, probably one of the most beautiful of all ladies' watches, is probably better known for its association with supreme sex siren Elizabeth Taylor, who was famously photographed wearing a jewelled version of the timepiece while taking a break from the filming of Cleopatra back in the early 1960s.

The juxtaposition of Egyptian monarch and gold serpent was an appropriate one. Following the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, Bulgari was among the first to introduce themes from the rediscovered treasures into its jewellery, the coiled serpent bracelet among them.

In the late 1940s, designers at Bulgari took the next step of inserting a watch into the snake’s mouth, and created an iconic piece of jewellery which has evolved and appeared in new guises ever since.

Here's the official Calvin Harris/Florence and the Machine video of Spectrum...