Naomi Campbell, Bring and Buy, ShowStudio, 2005. Copyright by Nick Knight.
Beginning during London Fashion Week, Somerset House will present an exhibition on ShowStudio, founded by Nick Knight. In 2003, both Lucire and ShowStudio were vying for a prize in the same category in the Webby Awardsâwhich ShowStudio deservedly took that year.
The exhibition will bring the whole process of creating fashion imagery to life, and features work by Nick Knight, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Naomi Campbell, Gareth Pugh, Commes des GarĂ§ons, Kate Moss and BjĂ¶rk.
Tickets are ÂŁ5 (concession, ÂŁ4; under 12s, free) and will be available from the Embankment Galleries from September 17, or online in advance.
The exhibition runs from September 17 to December 22.
The Bridegroom Stripped Bare, by Alexander McQueen, ShowStudio, 2002.
We thought these were a lovely touch for Christmas: Peace and Joy necklaces from Cerise UK on Londonâs Columbia Road. The inspiration came initially from childrenâs jewellery that Ceriseâs designer, Vicky Davies, was commissioned to make. The pieces are hand-engraved and cut, and the two birds come together. The âPeaceâ bird has stars on the back. The silver ones are ÂŁ80; ÂŁ98 for the gold.
It seems quite a few people are tapping into an Iberian inspiration. Berleiâs springâsummer collection has ranges called Bolero, Flamenco and Paso Doble, at prices beginning at NZ$29Â·99 for the Flamenco G-string. For stockists, call (0800) 800-390 within New Zealand.
Weâre wondering whether we retain a âNewsâ page at the Lucire site, since the âInsiderâ section nearly usurps its role. Historically, we have never been sure what to do with the sectionâI remember we ran fashion week updates on there in the pre-blog days, but the rest of the year, we struggled to keep up with mainstream media outlets. More recently, weâve just let a script run headlines from other services, including MagPortal.com, which has syndicated Lucire stories since before RSS was invented.
Have readers any preference? Weâve received little feedback about this section over the years, which makes me wonder if people still use it. I think we should integrate it with âInsiderâ (which is hit a lot), and move the feeds to the âCommunityâ page.
And thanks to all those who have commented so far on the two pages we have put up with the new look. Your suggestions have been really useful, and weâve implemented most of them in terms of the tweaks to the designs.
New Zealand retail chain, the Warehouse, and iconic Kiwi brand, Huffer, have joined forces with a limited-edition range selling at NZ$29Â·99. The partnership is part of the Sign On campaign to reduce greenhouse gases: the T-shirts include a swing tag that doubles as a postcard that can be sent in support of the campaign. There will be a run of 10,000 T-shirts.
Above:Lucire beauty editor Seka Ojdrović, former Miss Wanganui Michelle Kleinsmith, and publisher Jack Yan. (Photograph by Bronwyn Williams.)
And to round off the week, Zum Wohl, a new brand of Schnaps with a distinct German style (smoother than what one would expect from the American-style schnapps) launched at Suite Gallery on Newtownâs Owen Street last night. Co-director Ulf FĂŒhrer (his real name) mentioned that Zum Wohl was already in over two dozen bars around the country, and looks forward to more as the brand is launched around the country in the weeks to come.
It was an interesting morning interviewing Nicole Clulee, an international model who calls New Zealand home (youâll see her in the Tika story on the site). En route, assistant fashion ed. Bronwyn Williams and I, along with Nicole, popped in to Hunters & Collectors on Cuba Street, Wellingtonâa place thatâs always worth a browse for any fashionista.
What inspired this post was seeing some of these 4711 samples there. Older readers might remember this brand, and how hard it is to ﬁnd nowadaysâit was Mari Johnsonâs 2001 article that I immediately thought of. For those who must have their 4711, this is what I saw (and I realize cellphone cameras are not what Lucire is typically about):
Finally, for die-hard James Bond fans, there is a Moonraker annual for sale, one assumes, from 1979 or early 1980. Behind it rests annuals for Planet of the Apes and (no kidding) Morecambe & Wise (wig not included).