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Pick of the week: Stolen Girlfriends’ Club

Filed by Lucire staff/October 22, 2009/23.00

For me this was easily one of the best shows of Air New Zealand Fashion Week. Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s autumn–winter 2010 collection is clever and original. How to make the Pocahontas look cool!
   There was so much to fall in love with. Some of my hits: the heavy cable knits, cropped vests layered over fitted dresses that finished at the knee, peachy pink silk shirt and mini-dress with ruffle detail on the back in the shape of a triangle and interesting cuff detail. The colour palette was gorgeous and knits are cute.
   Dare to be different in SGC next winter!—Samantha Hannah

 


Eva Longoria, Tony Parker in London Fog holiday campaign

Filed by Lucire staff//12.57

Tony Parker and Eva Longoria-Parker
US brand London Fog, best known for its raincoats and bags, showed its new holiday 2009 campaign starring Eva Longoria-Parker and husband Tony Parker yesterday. It is the first time the couple has appeared in a marketing campaign together.
   The campaign will appear from December in Elle US, Marie Claire US and Gotham, and on outdoor advertising and online.
   The collections retail from US$150 to US$350, and are available at Macy’s and other department stores, and online at www.londonfog.com.

Tony Parker and Eva Longoria-Parker
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria-Parker
Tony Parker and Eva Longoria-Parker

 


Barbie by David Dixon thinks pink for spring 2010

Filed by Lucire staff//11.43

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Barbie by David DixonWhatever your feelings may be towards Barbie, the iconic doll’s influence as a vehicle of style is most undeniable. Fifty years after her dĂ©but, Canada’s David Dixon keeps her on the minds of Toronto Fashion Week-goers with his spring 2010 Barbie by David Dixon collection.
   This latest installation in Dixon’s Barbie collections (his label secured exclusive licensing rights in 2008) was inspired by the opening number in 1957’s Funny Face, ‘Think Pink!’ (which also doubled as the opening montage for the show). Dixon’s Barbie offering for spring 2010 was a mixture of classically feminine silhouettes, keeping in line with the design philosophy that has made him such a success, and geek-chic accessorizing (think Mad Men thick-rimmed glasses, ankle socks, oversized bows and round collars), both making this collection delightfully retro.
   While the late ’80s and early ’90s have been dominant in mainstream fashion, the classic houndstooth, checks and polka dots were surprisingly refreshing—especially on vivacious fabrics that came alive as the models took the catwalk. And although Dixon’s was a familiar palette of black, white and pink, the layering of textures and accessories kept the collection modern and fresh.
   Notable ensembles include a pink jacket and Bermuda-shorts suit, a winter-white bell-sleeved coat, skinny-belted black turtleneck paired with a checked-print full skirt; houndstooth stovepipes with sequinned jacket atop a pair of zebra-print peep-toes; a black chiffon halter maxi dress with hot-pink polka dots (complete with matching corsage) and a mod pink trapeze trenchcoat with oversized collar and buttons.
   The collection was rounded out with several pieces incorporating a pink psychedelic print brocade in jackets, skirts and dresses—sort of a nod to the direction that fashion was moving to at the end of the ’50s. With such unforgettable pieces one could easily see Jackie O., Audrey or even Carrie Bradshaw donning these designs, speaking to the chic timelessness of Dixon’s vision and creativity.
   Now Dixon, too, will be iconic—especially in Canadian fashion.
   All pieces in the collection will be available exclusively at Canadian retailer, the Bay, in spring 2010.—Samantha Potes

 


Trollbeads shows latest collection

Filed by Lucire staff/October 21, 2009/11.54


Trollbeads says it is the original brand of charm bracelet, and the KĂžbenhavn-based company, now retailing in Australia, has revealed its latest collection.
   The collection has over 500 interchangeable charms, created by Danish craftsmen using materials including 18 ct gold, sterling silver, Murano glass, natural pearls, precious stones and Swarovski crystals.

 


Intensifying your eyes

Filed by Lucire staff/October 20, 2009/23.20

Make-up artist German Moyano has a new tip from Lancîme: how to intensify the eyes’ appearance by “elongating”, using two liners.

 


Twelve things you might not have known about Lucire

Filed by Lucire staff//11.00

This post has gone online exactly 12 years since Lucire went live on the internet (October 20, 1997, 6 a.m. EST), to commemorate our anniversary.
   Since those humble beginnings, Lucire has branched out from the web and into international print editions. And rather than go on about our history as we did in editions past, we thought it would be fun to provide 12 fun facts about us. Remember, too, that we are giving away free stuff to commemorate our birthday—from the big PDF Supplement with exclusive shoots and images to free wallpapers.
   1. The original web edition was served off a machine in Alexandria, Va.
   2. The online cover changed to a black background on September 11, 2001.
   3. Despite stories in the media to this effect, Jack Yan (publisher) has never been referred to internally as ‘editor’ of Lucire. He believes the external confusion stems from the French Ă©diteur, which appears on his card with its English equivalent, publisher.
   4. The first web edition had stories from New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia and the US.
   5. Lucire was developed under the name Visage and could have been called Volante (now the name of the travel section). Both started with V and ended in e, like some other fashion magazine.
   6. The first retail print edition cover featured Denise Vasi, but prototype issues, which were given away online, included now-San Francisco mayoress Jennifer Siebel on the front page.
   7. The reason the Lucire logotype is in lowercase and sans serif was originally to do the complete opposite to the capitalized, seriffed mastheads of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and others. The original typeface was Helvetica Black, but Lucire Heavy replaced it in 2001. The Dante typeface used in the New Zealand edition from 2008 was inspired by the All England Law Reports—far different from any fashion magazine!
   8. As a newcomer, Style.com advertised on, inter alia, Lucire to get itself established and known in the fashion community. Lucire had linked style.com before CondĂ© Nast even began publishing it: it was once the URL for a fashion retailer called Express Style.
   9. Lucire appeared in two Hollywood films as magazines on the set but was omitted from the final cut. They were Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Rene Russo, and Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson.
   10. Lucire’s highest-ranked day on Alexa Internet was in 2003, thanks chiefly to an article in the Christian Science Monitor. It was the 12,000th-ranked site on the internet that day.
   11. The once-popular AltaVista Entertainment Zone got its fashion content from Lucire. Lucire also provided content to Iwon.com during the initial dot-com boom.
   12. Lucire tried to start its web TV brand extension in 2000 under Monica Parente, but the technology for streaming to the quality the producers wanted was not available.

 


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