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fashion: Jennifer Lopez strikes a pose for Tous.

14 Apr

Jennifer Lopez is enjoying something of a career revival, with high strikes on both the Billboard and international charts and her success on American Idol.  Stepping out as the face for jewellery brand Tous for their new Spanish-designed Oriente jewellery collection she strikes a fun, feminine pose, in a colorful ad campaign photographed by the prestigious Ellen von Unwerth.

Geishas inspired this collection, which features eastern symbols on kimono prints and fans, and lotus flowers on delicate pieces of jewelry combining gold with natural gems and diamonds.

A few months ago we heard that Jennifer Lopez was to take Kylie Minogue’s place as the face of Tous. The brand signed the sexy Latina with the aim of opening new horizons across the Atlantic. Rosa Tous traveled to Los Angeles to supervise the photo-shoot for this spring summer line, which is already available in Tous outlets all over the world.



architecture: Gehry does Miami proud.

4 Apr

Gehry is a name that has become synonymous with cutting edge architecture that not only defines the purpose of the building it represents, it becomes so iconic that is creates a destination in its own right, something so attention grabbing people throng to see the external long before they give a damn about the internal.  All change then for the latest turn by Gehry in Miami for the New World Symphony Concert Hall.

Outside the building looks very un-gehry like without the signature swoops and wooshes of other iconic structures of his, like the Guggenheim in Bilbao or the Walt Disney concert hall in Los Angeles for example, but on closer inspection the building feels very Gehry.

High above the entrance, the canopy sweeps and swirls as good as any other Gehry design beckoning you inside, and once you are, well, it’s there that the real Gehry magic starts to happen . . . The architects carved their customary swoops, scoops and warped surfaces in service to the sound, with today’s go-to acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, of Tokyo-based Nagata Acoustics. The result is a clarity and immediacy found only in the best seats of standard concert halls typically three times the size.

The New World really comes alive at night though when that very un-Gehry like exterior comes alive.  The NWS will project simulcasts of its concerts on an outside wall of the building, free for audiences lounging in a $13 million park the city built in front, in a park designed by Dutch landscape architect West 8.

This is a party the whole of Miami has been invited to join, and whilst the building won’t excite in the same purist way that Bilbao did – this one is sure to weave itself into the very heart of Miami in a way that its Iberian counterpart can only dream of . . .


icon: Dame Elizabeth Taylor dies, aged 79.

24 Mar

Movie Icon (for she was more than a star) Dme Elizabeth Taylor has died in Los Angeles.  Double Oscar-winner Taylor had a history of ill health and was being treated for symptoms of congestive heart failure at the time of her death.  Her four children were with her when she died in her sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday.

Dame Elizabeth’s passing prompted a plethora of tributes from her Hollywood contemporaries, among them Shirley MacLaine, Mickey Rooney, Liza Minnelli, and Madonna amongst others.

“I am so sorry to hear that this great legend has passed,” said Madonna.  “I admired and respected her not only as an actress but for her amazing and inspiring work as an Aids activist.”

The star who also has the highest selling celebrity endorsed perfume of all time, the mass-selling ‘white diamonds’ was plagued by ill health throughout her career.  Her health problems began with a fall while filming her first hit film, National Velvet, which led to a lifetime of back problems.

A rare strain of pneumonia almost killed her in 1961 and she also battled addictions to alcohol and painkillers.

In the 1990s, she endured two hip replacement operations and another near-fatal bout of pneumonia and survived surgery for a benign brain tumour in 1997.

In 2004, it was revealed that she was suffering from congestive heart failure, with symptoms including fatigue and shortness of breath, and scoliosis, which twisted her spine.  She continued to campaign for her Aids charity, which she set up in 1991 after the death of her friend and co-star Rock Hudson.

Her death will not only be mourned today – for for many generations to come.




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