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 Awardsâ€”which 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 GarÃ§ons, Kate Moss and BjÃ¶rk.
Tickets are Â£5 (concession, Â£4; 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 Londonâ€™s Columbia Road. The inspiration came initially from childrenâ€™s jewellery that Ceriseâ€™s designer, Vicky Davies, was commissioned to make. The pieces are hand-engraved and cut, and the two birds come together. The â€˜Peaceâ€™ bird has stars on the back. The silver ones are Â£80; Â£98 for the gold.
It seems quite a few people are tapping into an Iberian inspiration. Berleiâ€™s springâ€“summer 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.
Weâ€™re wondering whether we retain a â€˜Newsâ€™ page at the Lucire site, since the â€˜Insiderâ€™ section nearly usurps its role. Historically, we have never been sure what to do with the sectionâ€”I 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, weâ€™ve 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? Weâ€™ve 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 â€˜Insiderâ€™ (which is hit a lot), and move the feeds to the â€˜Communityâ€™ 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 weâ€™ve 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 Newtownâ€™s Owen Street last night. Co-director Ulf FÃ¼hrer (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 (youâ€™ll 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, Wellingtonâ€”a place thatâ€™s 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 nowadaysâ€”it was Mari Johnsonâ€™s 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).