From top Starﬁshâs Bounce BolĂ©ro runner dress. The Springer frock. Four ways of wearing the Starﬁsh Swirler.
Starﬁshâs summer 2010â11 collection, Free Radical, is inspired by one of New Zealandâs modernist artist Len Lyeâs fascination with art that moves, the mystery of motion and the celebration of energy that is life.
Lyeâs ideologies are evoked through the collectionâs unique kinetic mix of colours, prints and texture. Motion expressed through the beautiful swing crop cardigans, tunics that swirl against oneâs body, ﬂowing draped dresses, playful ﬂounces and bold prints.
Flirty and feminine ﬂounces and peplum shapes mix with 1950s silhouettes and relaxed masculine tailoring to create the uniquely Starﬁsh look for the next season.
Beautiful greys, whites and cinnamons mix with jewel tones of sapphire blues and ruby reds and Starfishâs own unique colours (locally dyed to Ăko-Tex standards) of Hot Spark, Atomic Orange and Energetic Emerald to create a rainbow palette of colour for the upcoming season.
A specially designed spot print by Amy Van Luijk is featured throughout the collection and is an interesting interpretation on Len Lyeâs animated ﬁlm Free Radicals. This is juxtaposed with diagonal strip leggings and pencil skirts.
Pushing the boundaries of sustainable fashion once again, Starﬁsh is able to offer its customers two unique garments, the Swirler, and the Flip and Twist Top. Each of these garments can be worn in a multitude of ways offering a unique investment piece.
And, as always, the Starﬁsh collection is created using natural ﬁbres, organic cottons, hemp silks, and locally produced fabrics. It is manufactured locally, ensuring that you know that your clothes are creating a lesser impact on the environment.
A few pieces which should become summer staples in your wardrobe are the Quick Step Slip, a linen dress with Flounce detailing in Ruby Red; the Bounce BolĂ©ro with its cute rufﬂe detailing; the Free Flow top with silk spot print contrast sleeve detailing; Tizzy Trouser for its easy-wear comfort; and the Springer Frock in Energetic Emerald for its pop of Kiwiana summer colour and ﬂattering elastic rufﬂe waistband detailing.
Keep an eye out for this again amazing collection from Starﬁsh. With colour this bright and designs this fabulous you wouldnât want to miss a beat.âSopheak Seng
Although the Geo Skincare brand has been around for the last ten years at health and beauty spas, only through popular demand has this exciting range of organic skin care products become available at selected pharmacies in New Zealand.
The Geo Skincare treatment range is made up of 22 products, including six designed especially for men.
Our favourites are the Daily Cleansing Milk; Hydra Gel; Night Repair Cream; Hydrating Hand & Body Cream and Daily Moisture for men.
Geo Skincare products use only organic ingredients derived from natural products such as avacado, cocoa butter, carrot, chamomile, kowhai, cucumber, juniper berry, lime, grapeseed, macadamia and a combination of pure extracts of oils and minerals (silica) found only in New Zealandâs unique geothermal regions. All are certiﬁed organic through Assure Quality, and are biodegradable.âSopheak Seng
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HSH Prince Albert of Monaco II, 52, is engaged to his long-time girlfriend Charlene Wittstock, the Princeâs Palace announced today.
Miss Wittstock, 32, a South African, is a former Olympic swimmer.
No date has been set for the wedding, although by protocol it would have to be at least six months from the date of the engagement.
The pair met in 2000 when Wittstock competed in Monaco. She competed in the Sydney Olympics, representing South Africa, the same year.
The Grimaldis have often been the subject of fashion-watchers thanks to the iconic status of Prince Albertâs late mother, Princess Grace.
Grace Kelly: Style Icon is currently running at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, covering the Princessâs fashion.
On June 19, the Prince and Miss Wittstock had appeared at the wedding of Swedenâs HRH Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.
Prince Albertâs father, HSH Prince Rainier III, married actress Grace Kelly in 1956. She was killed in a car accident in 1982.
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Miss Universe New Zealand 2010, Ria van Dyke, has had her ﬁrst photo shootâif you do not count press onesâwith Angela Scott. These are stunning shots, conﬁrming many of the positive comments found here at Lucireâs web edition as well as other pageant-oriented websites.
Riaâs win is drawing extra support from companies in New Zealand. Beauty on the Strand of Parnell, Auckland, has joined as a pageant sponsor, providing her with sun-tanning and face products.
Kim from the Strand Wellness Centre, Parnell, is proudly advising Ria on how to obtain optimum nutrition and vitality on her journey to Miss Universe.
The Miss Universe New Zealand ofﬁcial website is now being updated regularly as Ria gets ready for her international competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, during August. Similarly, the pageant fan page on Facebook is getting regular updates, with images from the last four years having been uploaded.
According to Lucireâs publisher, Jack Yan, who served as head judge this year: âWe have not seen such positive public commentsânearly universallyâfor any Miss Universe New Zealand in the four years I have been on the judging panel for the pageant. These photographs show that Riaâs intelligence and sincerity are matched with outward beauty. She is, to date, our most popular Miss Universe New Zealand this century.â
Victoria & Albert Museum
Above ZĂ©mire evening ensemble by Christian Dior, autumnâwinter 1954â5. Cellulose acetate, with the skirt lined with layers of silk and net.
The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn. is showing an exhibition entitled The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947â1957, from June 18 to September 12.
The highlight for the exhibition is this week, when former New York Post fashion editor Libby Callaway speaks to model Karen Elson about her experiences on the catwalk and âthe art of wearing haute couture.â
The talk takes place on Thursday, June 24, at 6.30 p.m. and is free at the Centerâs auditorium.
The Golden Age of Couture looks at the immediate postwar era with the launch of Christian Diorâs New Look in 1947, which sparked an era of creativity for couturiers. The exhibition was curated by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. It has already appeared in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada. The Frist is the only US venue; Museums Shefﬁeld follows in 2011.
Highlighted designers include Dior, CristĂłbal Balenciaga, Hubert de Givenchy, and Pierre Balmain, Hardy Amies, Charles Creed, and Norman Hartnell. Photography by Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon, and Irving Penn appear in the exhibit.
Garments include a Givenchy blue cape (1957), identical to the one worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. A rare ﬁnd is a red version of Diorâs ZĂ©mire (1954, above). The bodice and long jacket with full length skirt, previously known only through archive photographs, were recently discovered in a cellar near the Seine and have been cleaned and repaired.
The end of the era in 1957 was marked by Diorâs death, with fashion moving from ﬁtting rooms and ateliers into boutiques.
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