BMW has ofﬁcially shown its i3 and i8, in concept form, today. The company had already previewed both cars in some form: the i3 as a sketch when the sub-brand was ﬁrst revealed, and eagle-eyed viewers will have caught the i8 in the trailer for the Tom Cruise movie, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
The company calls the two cars concepts, but sources say they are largely in the form they will take when they hit the roads in 2013.
Both vehicles feature what BMW calls its LifeDrive architecture, featuring an aluminium chassis housing the powertrain and a passenger cell made with lightweight carbonï¬bre-reinforced plastic.
The i sub-brand was created to separate BMW’s electric cars from the sporting nature of its regular line, which has long sported the slogan, ‘The Ultimate Driving Machine’. However, the company says it wants to emphasize the innovation behind the i line, and to create what it sees as the ﬁrst premium electric car range.
The i3 is an urban car driven solely by electric power, with its motor over the rear axle, generating 125 kW (170 PS) and torque of 250 Nm (184 lb ft). It reaches 100 km/h in under eight seconds, claims the manufacturer.
The interior showcases some of the forward thinking behind i. Interior materials are renewable, with the instrument panel and door panelling made from natural ﬁbres.
Outside, the i models look distinctive, with a blue light around the BMW kidney grilleârecognizing that buyers of electric cars will want to ensure others know they are driving something different.
While the i3 is expected to cost Â£31,000 in the UK, before the Â£5,000 government grant, the i8 is in more stratospheric territory. A plug-in hybrid 2+2 sports car developing 164 kW (220 PS) and 300 Nm (221 lb ft) from a three-cylinder engine combined with the i3âs electric drive, the i8âs price should near the Â£150,000 mark when launched.
Performance should see the car reach 100 km/h in under ﬁve seconds, with fuel consumption breaking the 3 l/100 km mark (94 mpg Imperial). BMW says the i8 can travel up to 35 km on electric power alone.
Imagery for the i range has been shot around Vancouver, with one particularly apt shot on Burrard Street, beneath trolley bus wires.
For springâsummer 2011â12, fashion’s little darling, Ruby, takes us on a European vacation, and ﬁnds us the clothes to offset the perfect summer’s day.
Entitled Boardwalk, the collection features gossamer draped shift dresses, nautical Breton strip Ts, abstracted, tie-dyed silk cottons, washed out ﬂoral denims and sunset prints. Lace and crochet jumpers mix with softly structured shirts and blouses, while shorts reign supreme.
The collection’s key pieces include the Boardwalk shirt, a ﬂuted sleeve blouse in the softest silk cotton; the Sunset sweater, a super-ﬁne mohair jumper in sunset shades punctuated with a gold stripe; and the Crinkle dress, a simple spaghetti strap sundress in crushed cotton. Ankle-cuff Boardwalk heels, crossover sandals, plastic and leather totes, and baseball caps, make the perfect accessories for summer.
The vibe is very â70s jet-set, with ﬂares, wrap-around skirts and high European-style necklines all making an appearance.
The colour palette was inspired by ‘a stroll down the Riviera just as the sun was setting after a beautiful blue sky day in the Adriatic,’ as described by Ruby designer Deanna Didovich. Blush pinks, soft corals and orange mixed melodiously with sandy beige, dove greys and pale blues to create a youthful and wearable wardrobe for the modern young jet-setter.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
Hanes, an institution in most countries, is an affordable, reliable maker of underwear and undergarments. It relaunches this summer into the New Zealand market with a men’s range available exclusively through the Warehouse.
The new range of menâs underwear, available from this month, consists of great new underwear styles, and new and vibrant colours, while maintaining Hanes’s level of comfort and durability.
Whether it be boxers, briefs or trunks, there is something for every man. There are classic plaid boxers for the traditional amongst us, or, for the more smooth overall look, the modern trunk is great for seamless lines. A low rise and leg binds, preventing ride-up, are new features that are included in some of the styles.
The new range also see the return of the ever popular Beefy T, reﬁned and improved for todayâs modern man, also available in a multitude of colours.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
With spring just around the corner and summer fast approaching, the search for the elusive summer glow is upon most of us. Natural beauty innovator Trilogy has come to the rescue with its latest product in tanning, the Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel.
No more baking under the harmful rays of the sun, using harsh chemical creams or sun beds to get that perfect tan. With this new gel you can enjoy gorgeous, instantly bronzed skin safely and 100 per cent naturally all year round.
Fuss-free, quick-drying and easy to apply, Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel provides an immediate golden shimmer to skin. The initial application develops into a rich bronze tan, without sun exposure, over two to three hours. The result: skin with a gorgeous golden glow and just the right amount of shimmer.
The Gelâs unique formulation combines caramel from non-GMO cane sugar for instant colour, with a natural, high-performance, Ecocert self-tanning ingredient, which works with your skin to develop a safe and natural-looking tan.
Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel enhances your tan with light reflecting minerals from natural mica, which leave a subtle shimmer on your skin. This luxurious gel also contains alÅ vera to soothe and hydrate, as well as antioxidant-rich vitamin E to help ﬁght free-radical damage.
Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel is available from Trilogy stockists from September onwards, just in time for warmer months.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
No matter what age, pimples are something we wish we could get rid of. However, 20 per cent of New Zealand women aged between 25 and 40 suffer from the debilitating physical and psychological effects of pimple blemish-prone skin.
We can all now rejoice, as there is a solution to help those affected by this. Dr Dermacare is the latest in pimple-treating formulas, created by Emma Johnson, who suffered from pimples from her teenage years and in to her late twenties. Having had enough of the problem and wanting to ﬁnd a solution, she aligned herself with a New Zealand skin care manufacturer to produce Dr Dermacare Clear & Conﬁdent, a three-step pimple clearing system.
Testing it on herself to ensure that it met what she was looking for, the system addresses all three stages of a pimple’s development, ensuring that it is treated at the root cause. Some competitors may only treat one or two of the stages, providing only temporary relief.
Dr Dermacare Clear & Conﬁdent is available to buy at www.drdermacare.co.nz or by phoning 0800 235-236 within New Zealand. It comes with a 100 per cent money back plus âsee your doctor for freeâ guarantee.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor
David and Victoria Beckham
Above David Beckham with his daughter, Harper Seven, a fortnight ago.
It’s Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) that will collaborate with footballer David Beckham on a new fashion line, the Swedish ﬁrm announced this morning.
Described as a ‘long-term partnership’, H&M will release the David Beckham Bodywear range in 1,800 stores in 40 countries.
New items will be released each season, with the ﬁrst coming on February 2, 2012.
âOver the past year, Iâve been developing my Bodywear range with my team and Iâm extremely positive about what we have designed and produced,’ Beckham said in a release. ‘The ﬁnal piece in the jigsaw was a retail partner who has the vision and capability to distribute these products globally. In H&M we have found the perfect partner to collaborate with going forward. Iâm excited and looking forward to showcasing the range to H&M customers from February.’
The David Beckham brand was developed by Beckham and business partner Simon Fuller earlier this year.
The latest news follows various ventures into fashion by Beckham’s wife, Victoria, who has her own label and consults for others.
MAC has opened its new store in the Britomart precinct in downtown Auckland, New Zealand, replacing its former location in Chancery Square.
The new 80 mÂ² location houses a Pro Store, complete with the Paint Pot Wall found at MAC Pro locations in the US, as well as the company’s colour collections, tools, accessories and skin care products. It also features a training facility.
Nicole Thompson, MAC Australia’s senior artist, will work alongside her New Zealand counterpart, Amber D, next week at the store. Customers can book in with either artist for a 90-minute one-on-one featured artist appointment at the new store between August 1 and 4, at a cost of NZ$180, redeemable against products purchased the same day.
Both artists have worked on the collections in Milano and Paris recently.
MAC will also continue to partner with Red Honey Cosmetics at Britomart.
More information is available by calling 0800 MAC-SHOP in New Zealand or email email@example.com.