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August 30, 2010

The making of Jay Leno’s Jaguar XJ

Lucire staff/12.57

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Jaguar has released a series of videos showing the making of Jay Leno’s XJ. Leno, an avowed car enthusiast, thinks very highly of Jaguar’s latest model, ordered his XJ and had it delivered to Los Angeles, California. In the first video, the car is made at the Castle Bromwich factory in the Midlands; in the second, the car crosses the Atlantic and Leno collects his purchase.
   Leno launched the XJ at its world première in London last year.

Citroën releases first pics of DS4

Lucire staff/11.46

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Citroën DS4
Citroën DS4
Citroën has released images of its new DS4, part of its specialty-car range bearing the hallowed DS initials.
   We still haven’t been convinced by the looks of the DS3, which is meant to challenge the Mini, though the DS4 does have some funky features to it.
   The overall styling is more aggressive than the dull-looking second-generation C4, which is in the “volume” end of this market segment.
   There are hidden door handles, à la the Alfa 156, while the car measures 4,270 mm long and 1,810 mm wide.
   The DS4 cabin features a large windscreen extending into the roofline, something which we first saw on the Opel Astra H GTC in the mid-2000s.
   The DS4 will be launched with five engines: two diesel (HDi 110 and HDi 160) and three petrol (VTi 120, THP 155 and THP 200). The petrol engines were developed with BMW, and Citroën claims carbon dioxide emissions for the most powerful (147 kW, 275 Nm of torque) THP 200 unit at 149 g/km.
   We can see the point for this car as Europe’s market becomes more specialized and competitive. Buyers want a small car that is individual. However, it still doesn’t grab us, and, as with the DS3, we think there are better ways to honour the legacy of the original Citroën DS. A car that is genuinely revolutionary would be nice—rather than vehicles that are essentially fashion items (even if they do give us an excuse to cover them).

Who is H&M’s next designer?

Lucire staff/6.53

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Hennes & Mauritz has released a 23-second video featuring the next top designer with whom it will collaborate. It’s strictly a teaser and does not show the designer’s face. Any guesses out there?
   The collection is released September 9.

Filed under: design, fashion, Lucire, media, Sweden

Urban jungle

Sopheak Seng/6.48

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Icebreaker
Icebreaker
Icebreaker

The new collection from iconic New Zealand label Icebreaker features a stunning spectrum of nature-inspired garments that transforms world-class technical fabrics and designs into style on the street.
   Summer bright hues dominating this season in viola, ember and turquoise are balanced with neutral tones of flax and snow to create wearable city clothes. Many pieces this season also feature a range of brand new motifs for the season. You can choose either from a graceful image of kelp flowing in the ocean, flower buds in the sun or flax flowers.
   Each piece is designed with comfort and versatility in mind for the modern urban dweller. Pieces can be worn alone or layered to create stylish looks to take you from the boardroom to the bar.
   Standout pieces from the collection, and sure to be summer wardrobe staples, are the Villa dress, Maya Skirt and Butterfly Retreat tank for women; for men, the Lancewood Tech T Lite.
   For fashion that is fuss-free, on-trend and keep you not only looking cool but feeling cool in merino, check out Icebreaker. The summer collection is available from stores from early October.—Sopheak Seng

August 29, 2010

Giorgio Armani dresses 2010 Emmy nominees and presenters

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Giorgio Armani has been quick to point out its involvement in the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, broadcasting now from the Nokia Theatre at LA Live in Los Angeles.
   According to its release, Claire Danes (Temple Grandin) will wear a Giorgio Armani Privé muted bronze evening gown fully encrusted with Swarovski drop crystals and iridescent sequin beading.
   George Clooney will wear a Giorgio Armani classic tuxedo. Clooney will receive the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, which was established in 2002 by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
   Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Cory Monteith (Glee) and Merritt Johnson (writer, Temple Grandin) will wear a Giorgio Armani two-button notch lapel microfibre tuxedo with a classic evening shirt and bow tie.
   Jennifer Westfeldt will wear a Giorgio Armani emerald green spaghetti-strap dress with a sweetheart neckline, silk floral pattern and a lace overlay embellished with Swarovksi crystals and beads.
   Chris Colfer (Glee) will wear an Emporio Armani one-button peak lapel tuxedo with a classic white evening shirt and black silk neck tie.
   Nelsan Ellis (True Blood) will wear a Giorgio Armani two-button black velvet shawl collar evening jacket, classic shirt, evening pants and a black bow tie.

August 27, 2010

Westpac Young Designer semi-finalist Hermione Flynn is one to watch

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Hermione Flynn
Hermione Flynn
Hermione Flynn
Hermione Flynn
Hermione Flynn
Sarah Burton

Hermione Flynn is in the pursuit of creating intellectual fashion—garments which have the same artistic and intellectual integrity as a piece of art may.
   Her début womenswear collection, The Gentle Woman (shot here by Sarah Burton), was initially inspired by the concept of gay marriage—more specifically a men’s æsthetic placed on an event which is so innately female in design.
   The collection is about playing with menswear techniques on the female form. Uses of colour blocking, geometric shapes and traditional tailoring combine to create garments that are feminine and flattering to the figure while playing with the idea of gender identity.
   Having been influenced by great couturiers like the late Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and John Galliano, Flynn was lucky enough to follow in their footsteps, attending a course at the renowned Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Hermione Flynn is a label that all should be keeping an eye on.
   Flynn’s début collection has been selected as one of ten semi-finalists to compete as part of the inaugural Westpac Young Fashion Designer Competition.
   As part of the competition, the public is asked to vote via the official Facebook page for whom they wish to see compete for a place in the highly anticipated walk-off on at New Zealand Fashion Week.
   The competition is an amazing opportunity to discover what the next generation of designers will be doing in years to come. Flynn’s designs compete alongside those of Sophie Burrowes, Phillip & Alice, and Roxanna Zamani. Help support local talent by going online and voting.—Sopheak Seng

Love from London opens at Getty Images Gallery

Lucire staff/11.26

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Getty Images Gallery: Love from London, photographed by Douglas Rimington
Getty Images Gallery: Love from London, photographed by Douglas Rimington
Getty Images Gallery: Love from London, photographed by Douglas Rimington
Getty Images Gallery: Love from London, photographed by Douglas Rimington
Getty Images Gallery: Love from London, photographed by Douglas Rimington
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The Getty Images Gallery is a small gallery just off Oxford Street in London. Although I say small, this in no way refers to the images that it contains within. Getty’s reputation alone was most likely why, despite the dark, rainy night, it seemed most of the several hundred invited guests all came to its latest exhibition, Love from London.
   The images on display are of major film stars on set or relaxing in London’s major sites and places of interest.
   Certainly there is something enigmatic about seeing these stills and casual shots of the classic film stars like Lee Marvin, Audrey Hepburn and even younger versions of Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.
   This exhibition is on until October 9 at the Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London W1W and is well worth the time to take in. Try for earlier in the day when it may be more quiet and allow time to really take in each photograph.—Douglas Rimington

August 26, 2010

Peugeot announces 3008 diesel hybrid, with 74 mpg

Lucire staff/11.05

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Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

Peugeot has announced what it calls the first diesel ‘full hybrid’ car, the 3008 Hybrid4 crossover.
   To date, production hybrid vehicles have used a petrol engine. By using an already fuel-efficient diesel with 120 kW (163 bhp), the 3008 Hybrid4 manages a combined drive cycle fuel consumption of 3·8 l/100 km (74·4 mpg [Imperial]) and carbon dioxide emissions of 99 g/km.
   Being a crossover on the 308 platform, Peugeot is counting on sales from not just the eco-conscious but buyers who want the apparent security and driving position of a taller car.
   The 3008 Hybrid4’s four modes include a Zero Emission Vehicle setting, where the diesel engine only kicks in with sustained acceleration. Otherwise, only the 27 kW (37 bhp) electric motor runs.
   Right-hand-drive production has not been confirmed, according to Peugeot New Zealand.

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