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February 28, 2010

Second sculpture outside Te Papa unveiled

Lucire staff/11.05

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Mimetic Brotherhood
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Top Peter Trevalyan’s Mimetic Brotherhood. Above left The jazz entertainers at the post-launch function. Above right Sculptor Peter Trevelyan.

The Wellington Sculpture Trust unveiled Peter Trevelyan’s Mimetic Brotherhood outside Te Papa on Wednesday. A kinetic sculpture—which changes thanks to hydraulics—it replaces Green Islands by Regan Gentry, which had stood at the same location until last month.
   Trust chairman Neil Plimmer said of the rotating sculptures, ‘It would be for the Southern Hemisphere at least the counterpart of the famous sculpture rotation on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London—which currently features the New Zealand war hero Sir Keith Parks.’
   Trevalyan was the centre of attention at the function that followed the unveiling, attended by luminaries including Mayor Kerry Prendergast and Dr Claudia Orange.

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February 27, 2010

Galeries Lafayette reveals Kate Moss for Longchamp space

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Kate Moss for Longchamp
Kate Moss for Longchamp
Kate Moss for Longchamp
Kate Moss for Longchamp

On February 11, Kate Moss and Longchamp showcased their new collaboration at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, Paris. On the same day, the company had done the same at Selfridges in London, with both stores featuring a modern, zebra-themed area in which customers can check out the bags close-up.
   Paris shoppers can find Longchamp located at the Mogador entrance of Galeries Lafayette. Large promotional graphics from the campaign adorn not only the exterior on Boulevard Haussmann, but down from the famous domed roof inside the store.
   The launch of the Longchamp suite at Galeries Lafayette on the Grands Boulevards follows the January 27 announcement of the co-branded Kate Moss for Longchamp collaboration at the Ritz.
   Moss herself had modelled for the brand before. This was her first designer collaboration with the company.
   The video below features behind-the-scenes footage from the commercial.

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February 25, 2010

New Zealand’s Ken Robinson gets to wow Beverly Hills at pre-Oscar suite

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Ken Robinson in LA
Ken Robinson in LA
Top Ken Robinson gets to showcase his designs in Beverly Hills. Above Robinson with Jason Ritter and his girlfriend.

Ken Robinson of Robinson Designer Goldsmith, New Zealand’s most innovative fine jeweller and a long-time friend of Lucire, has been on a quest to get his gravity-defying designs in diamonds and precious gems into the hands and ensembles of top Hollywood talent. This journey led him to join forces with savvy event planner Anita Talbert (another friend of the Lucire family) for their dazzling precursor to Lozzi’s landmark Night of 100 Stars Oscar night viewing party at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
   In some ways, our beloved Ken followed in the footsteps of fellow Kiwi Sir Peter Jackson, as he headlined this show and was a real-life Lord of the Rings, as well as earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, and other stellar offerings—forged into rainbow hued skulls, whimsical animals, flora, fauna and a few sparkling butterflies that looked as if they came right out of the mind of Mariah Carey (in fact, Ken had her in mind when designing those exquisite sparklers). He scored points with such luminaries as Natalie Cole, Jason Ritter, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlene Tilton and others.
   While Ken’s star shined bright in the land where Harry Winston once roamed the earth, other, others were on the rise, from LA-based Aussie couturière Kelly A. Swartz to the classic earthy gold and silver creations from Taber Studios, to art glass and silver treasures by Florida-based Accessoreez and casually dressy bling from i-Catcher by Vanessa Swarovski (granddaughter of Daniel Swarovski), to the supple Gucci-inspired bags from Cape Cod Leather (back from their triumphant appearance at the Distinctive Assets Grammy party), and swanky selection from our friend Charlie Lapson and vegan carry-alls from Montréal-based CherryBerry.
   Anita also beckoned some other fabulous cast members, including stunning architectural eyewear from Italy’s Oberti (whose offices are Miami-based), sexy sportswear from Green Apple, Beach Bunny and Bejeweled, ShoeDazzle (Kim Kardashian’s new shoe-of-the-month club), Kathy Wilson Atelier’s modern formal wear and top European skin care lines Pevonia and Yonka. The cherry on top for this sweet affair was a cinematic Karaoke machine from Youstar, a fantastic personal green screen system sure to keep movie buffs entertained until the 2011 Academy Awards and their home version of Night of 100 Stars.—Elyse Glickman

Above Kelly Ann Swartz, the Los Angeles-based, Australian-born couturière.


Top left Charlene Tilton models Accessoreez jewellery. Top right Lou Diamond Phillips. Above left Bejeweled shirt line rep. Above right Main sponsor Pevonia Botanica.

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February 24, 2010

We only seem to remember Natalia Vodianova and Elizabeth Hurley

Lucire staff/10.08

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Elizabeth Hurley
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From what we could tell, only two celebrities’ names were bandied about after the Love Ball last night: Natalia Vodianova, for being the face of the De Beers Magic Moment necklace, and Elizabeth Hurley, for wearing a see-through sari—recalling that 1994 moment when she wore a revealing Versace dress held together with safety pins. There are more celebrity pics in the main part of the Lucire website.

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February 23, 2010

Natalia Vodianova previews De Beers’ Magic Moment Necklace

Lucire staff/13.20

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Natalia Vodianova and the De Beers Magic Moment Necklace
Natalia Vodianova and the De Beers Magic Moment Necklace
We have more news from several worldwide events. New York Fashion Week news tends to go to print, which is why we are a bit sparing online, though some info will head here. Doug Rimington has shot some lovely photographs for us from London, while Rola Saab will shortly report from Paris and Thomaz from Milano. And we expect to get extra news from De Beers for the Love Ball London, which is being held today.
   By way of preview, the Love Ball is a charity event benefiting the Naked Heart Foundation. The event features an auction, where The Magic Moment Necklace, designed by model Natalia Vodianova and created by de Beers, will be offered alongside art from Marc Quinn, Anselm Reyle and others.
   The Magic Moment Necklace’s central pendant features a 1·1 ct fancy intense pink heart-shaped diamond paired with a 3·06 ct white heart-shaped diamond and hand-set in delicate micropavé. The pendant dances on a chain of white gold studded with white, pink and yellow diamonds (totalling 1·81 ct, 1·65 ct and 1·94 ct respectively); part of the chain is detachable for versatility. The Magic Moment Necklace can be worn either as an intricate statement or a sophisticated pendant, says De Beers.
   Says Vodianova in a release, ‘The Magic Moment Necklace was inspired by that precious instant when two people meet and immediately connect. Two stunning De Beers diamond hearts fit perfectly together becoming one—symbolic of a great love. I was reminded of the famous love poem by Pushkin and of the first playground we opened when I saw the children’s happiness and excitement. That was a magic moment I treasure and I instantly knew that the Naked Heart Foundation would be an integral part of me.’
   For further information about the Love Ball and the Naked Heart Foundation, visit www.nakedheart.org/loveball.

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Fall 2010 dates announced for Toronto Fashion Week

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The Fashion Design Council of Canada (FDCC) has announced that the fall 2010 season of Toronto Fashion Week will take place from March 28 to April 1.
   The theme for the season is The Power of Style, says the Council, and the week will take place at 30 Ordnance Avenue, in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood.
   The official name for the event is a mouthful: LG Fashion Week Beauty by L’Oréal Paris.
   The FDCC will use Twitter to send regular updates at @LGFWbyFDCC, and will continue to employ Facebook and its blog at www.lgfashionweek.ca. Live shows will also be streamed at the website.
   Registration is through the official site or Ticketweb.

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February 22, 2010

New Zealand Red Cross has fashion items for auction as part of Appeal

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New Zealand Red Cross’s Annual Appeal sees red items featured on auction site Trade Me from March 1, in addition to its traditional street collectors who hit the streets beginning the same day.
   Running till the 10th, the online auction features a ruby necklace, 12 months’ free parking at any Wilson car park, Helly Hansen jackets, a mountain biking adventure in the Red Woods, three armfuls of red roses, a red Zambesi dress, a red Nokia from Vodafone and a weekend’s use of a red Mini Cooper convertible.
   Fashion accessories’ designer Tamsin Cooper, who donated an embroidered red overnight bag and accessories worth NZ$700, says the online auction is a way for people to show they care.
   â€˜I know Kiwis will have fun bidding for the many fantastic items that are up for grabs so we can help make the Red Cross Annual Appeal a huge success,’ says Ms Cooper, whose bags, scarves and jewellery are hand-embroidered ethically in Vietnam.
   Money raised will help fund both domestic and international projects, including sending New Zealand aid workers abroad and buying emergency relief supplies.
   Donors can also call 0900 RED CROSS (0900 733-27) within New Zealand to make a NZ$20 donation, or head to www.redcross.org.nz to make a secure credit card donation.
   The collectors will be out in force till the 7th.

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February 21, 2010

Jewellery Shop Online offers Lucire readers 15 per cent off

Lucire staff/11.14

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Jewellery Shop Online has been very generous in offering all Lucire readers a 15 per cent discount on all costume and designer jewellery until midnight on March 31, 2010. To qualify for this offer, type in the coupon code LUCIRE on Jewellery Shop Online to claim your discount.
   Owner Susan Salkeld explains, ‘Jewellery Shop Online specializes in bringing variety, colour and glamour to the jewellery accessory market. Our prices are already up to 20 per cent lower than high street shops so a further 15 per cent should be very welcome in these recessionary times—allowing ladies to spoil themselves without feeling guilty!’
   Designer collections include Krystal London, manufacturing exquisite designer jewellery using only the highest grade Swarovski crystals. Designer Kish Vasa has over 20 years of experience.
   Susan has called upon the services of Lola Rose’s leading modern jewellery creator, the highly talented Nicola Gewirtz, to offer pieces which catch the eye with great effect (right). And Gemini has gorgeous Swarovski crystal jewellery with chunky designs available.
   Visit www.jewelleryshoponline.ie to buy.



Above Jewellery from Krystal.

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