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Yves Saint Laurent: the Retrospective to head to Denver Art Museum

NEWS  by Lucire staff/November 30, 2011/9.25

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent: the Retrospective will take in Denver for its only North American stop between March 25 and July 8, 2012. Held at the Denver Art Museum, the exhibition features 200 haute couture outfits, and photographs, drawings and films.
   The exhibition follows Saint Laurent from his work at Dior in 1958 through to his final collection in 2002.
   Among the highlights are four sections: the Gender Revolution galleries, dealing with Saint Laurent’s breaking of gender rules in fashion; the Yves Saint Laurent and Women section, highlighting the famous names who wore his clothes, including Catherine Deneuve and HSH Princess Grace of Monaco; the Last Ball section, featuring his haute couture work; and the Colours of Yves Saint Laurent gallery, showing his fabric samples.
   As part of the promotional effort, numerous Denver hotels are offering VIP packages, many of which are available via the Yves Saint Laurent Denver website.
   The exhibition has been organized by the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent and the non-profit Denver Art Museum.

Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black dress sells for £43,200, exceeding auction estimates

NEWS  by Lucire staff//3.18

Back to Black album cover
Mischa Richter/Universal Island Records

Above Amy Winehouse as she appeared on the cover of Back to Black in 2006.

The late singer Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black dress, designed by Disaya Sorakraikitikul, has exceeded all estimates, going under the hammer at Kerry Taylor Auctions for £43,200.
   The higher estimate for the dress was originally £20,000.
   The Museo de la Moda in Santiago, Chile, was the successful bidder.
   The Passion for Fashion auction took place earlier on Tuesday at La Galleria, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall. Winehouse’s father, Mitch, was present.
   Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday dress, which was tipped to sell at between £40,000 and £60,000, remained unsold.
Amy Winehouse: Lioness   Amy Winehouse’s next album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, featuring her unreleased tracks, will be released on Monday (US buyers click here; UK buyers click here for the CD, and here for the vinyl LP). One pound from each album sold will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Styled: Emma spring–summer 2011–12

NEWS  by Lucire staff//2.52

Emma’s summer 2012 collection features dresses where light and delicate fabrics mix with modern nautical stripes, working with season fashion staples. The positioning of the stripes flatters any woman’s silhouette.

Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma Anita panelled knit dress, Karen Walker belt, Michael Kors wedges.

   Its lightweight denim jeans are versatile and wearable, able to transition through multiple seasons.

Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma, modelled by Ashleigh BerryEmma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma Jodie drawstring top and Jaclyn slim-leg pants, Michael Kors wedges.

   Cotton printed boat shorts are representational of a Kiwi summer out in the open: soaking up the rays of summer and the apparent beach culture woven throughout all New Zealanders’ lifestyles.

Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry
Emma Jodie drawstring top, Kara kimono-style cardigan and Sherry beach shorts, with Michael Kors Wedges.

Emma, modelled by Ashleigh Berry

   Emma’s summer 2012 collection is durable, classy, has feminine touch and is perfect for day-to-day wear. The quality of its garments assures us they will last a lifetime and worth every penny. Emma is stocked throughout New Zealand, at its boutiques at 268 Cuba Street and 476 Adelaide Road, Wellington; Rex Royale, 106 Cuba Mall, Wellington; Flock, 43 Nayland Street, Sumner, Christchurch; Live Like Lola, 14 Wynen Street, Blenheim; and at Foxes.

Fashion from Emma
Photographer: Hamish McLaren
Make-up: Alex Hunt
Model: Ashleigh Berry/KBM

MAC’s New Zealand make-up artists work on Positive Women as part of World Aids Day

NEWS  by Lucire staff//2.15

MAC World Aids Day Volunteer Initiative

MAC’s make-up artists in New Zealand are contributing to the World Aids Day cause in a different way: by painting, gardening, and doing general maintenance to the premises of Positive Women, a local organization helping women with HIV.
   They’ll also spend time with Positive Women members on December 1 and give them makeovers to celebrate the day, while others will participate in collecting on the street in Auckland and Wellington.
   The New Zealand crew will be part of an 1,800-strong, 30-country effort by MAC.
   This is the third year of MAC’s World Aids Day Volunteer Initiative, running from November 28 to December 2 this year. It complements MAC’s Viva Glam products, from which 100 per cent of the selling price (not including sales’ tax) goes to the MAC Aids Fund.
   In New Zealand, funds have benefied Positive Women’s Digital Storytelling, Body Positive’s Rapid HIV Testing campaign, and the INA HIV and Aids Foundation. Further grants of US$50,000 and US$30,000 will be made this December to Positive Women and INA respectively.

Special jewellery for the holidays, as three new retail options appear

NEWS  by Lucire staff//1.30

Buster Collins
Sofie Boons
Top The Buster Collins collection at the Jewellery Apothecary. Above A Sofie Boons bracelet. Bottom Pandora opens two retail locations in Auckland, New Zealand.

A pop-up store, the Jewellery Apothecary, has opened at 28 Torrens Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand, selling hand-made jewellery from local designers till December 24. Murder of Crows, the Wild, Buster Collins and Vaune Mason are represented, known for their craftsmanship and unique designs.
   Belgian designer Sofie Boons jewellery is now selling at Moozeum. Her silver nose brooches, essential oil-filled glass ornaments and other designs are available at the online gallery, specializing in up-and-coming talent.
   Danish jewellery company Pandora has opened two concept stores in Auckland, located at Westfield 277 and Westfield Albany. The company expects customers will visit the stores to create unique jewellery to suit their own style, including Pandora’s Compose earrings where they can add pendants to suit, bracelets where they can add charms from its Moments range, layer rings from the Stories range, or create a watch from the Black Crown Diamond collection. Pandora also offers its 14 ct gold Lovepods in yellow, rose and white tones.

Marni the next designer to collaborate with H&M

NEWS  by Lucire staff/November 29, 2011/10.13

Marni for H&M
Marni for H&M
Magnus Magnusson

Hennes & Mauritz’s next guest designer after Versace is another Italian label: Marni.
   The fruits of the collaboration will be released in the spring, from March 8, 2012, online and in 260 stores worldwide, and promise to bear Marni’s playful, elegant hallmarks.
   Founder Consuelo Castiglioni has created both a men’s and women’s line and, like Versace, has gone into the archives and reinvented earlier designs. The prices, as with Versace for H&M, will be at prices closer to that of the mass-market retailer.
   â€˜I wanted to create a true Marni wardrobe by revisiting all our favourite pieces in signature fabrics and prints. As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colours, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic adding sporty utilitarian elements,’ said Castiglioni in a release.
   Margareta van den Bosch, creative adviser at H&M, called the collection ‘a lovely statement for spring,’ and says that customers can expect new combinations of print and colour.
   The women’s collection features vivid colours and bold prints, with full pleated skirts and dresses, and a range of accessories to complement them. Fabrics range from silk to crisp cotton poplin, says H&M.
   The men’s collection has subtle prints and is said to be ‘relaxed’.
   Earlier collaborations included designs from, among others, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garçons, Roberto Cavalli, Jimmy Choo and Lanvin.

Marni for H&M
Marni for H&MMarni for H&M
Magnus Magnusson

Sarah Burton scoops Designer of the Year at British Fashion Awards—videos from the night

NEWS  by Lucire staff//0.54

Updated with video on November 29, 4.36 a.m. GMT

Sarah Burton
Above Sarah Burton on stage after accepting her Designer of the Year Award from UK First Lady Samantha Cameron.

Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen is the Designer of the Year, it was announced at the British Fashion Awards last night.
   Burton has been riding high in the media, for succeeding McQueen and retaining much of his flavour, and for her work on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown this year.
   A new award, the New Establishment Award, recognizing a movement in British fashion, was won by Christopher Kane.
   Sam Gainsbury of Gainsbury and Whiting won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. Gainsbury was behind the Savage Beauty exhibition, which the British Fashion Council states was ‘widely recognized as the most successful fashion exhibition in the world.’
   Stella McCartney won the Red Carpet Award, while Victoria Beckham took home the Designer Brand Award for the growth and recognition of her label.
   Emerging talent awards went to Mary Katrantzou for womenswear, Tabitha Simmons for accessories, and Christopher Raeburn for menswear.
   Kim Jones, now at Louis Vuitton, won the Menswear Designer Award. Stella Tennant won the Model Award, her campaigns this year having included Zara, Reed Krakoff, Etro, Chanel and Céline.
   Accessory Designer of the Year was Charlotte Dellal for her footwear label, Charlotte Olympia.
   As previewed earlier in Lucire, Sir Paul Smith won the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award.
   The British Style Award, voted by the public, went to Alexa Chung, as the individual who best embodies the spirit of London and serves as its fashion ambassador.
   The Awards were hosted by George Lamb and Lauren Laverne. The audience included BFC ambassador Samantha Cameron, Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham, Kate Hudson, Colin Firth, Olivia Palermo, Josephine de la Baume, Marc Jacobs, Lady Harlech and Alexa Chung.
   The BFC has worked with Save the Children this year, with MAC, Toni & Guy and Vodafone sponsoring this year’s awards.
   Videos of many of the winners, red carpet footage and interviews with Olivia Palermo, Marc Jacobs and Henry Holland can be found below.

From the red carpet

Victoria Beckham, Designer Brand Award

Christopher Raeburn, Emerging Talent Award—Menswear

Charlotte Olympia, Accessory Designer of the Year

Christopher Kane, New Establishment Award

Alexa Chung, British Style Award

Sir Paul Smith, Outstanding Achievement in Fashion

Mary Katrantzou, Emerging Talent Award—Ready-to-Wear

Sam Gainsbury, Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator

Stella McCartney, Red Carpet Designer Award

Sarah Burton, British Designer of the Year

Interview with Olivia Palermo

Interview with Marc Jacobs

Interview with Henry Holland

Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday dresses to be auctioned

NEWS  by Lucire staff/November 28, 2011/23.45

Kerry Taylor Auctions

Above left Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black dress, designed by Disaya Sorakraikitikul. Above right Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday ivory lace gown, designed by Edith Head.

The late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black dress is the most talked-about item at Kerry Taylor Auctions, and is expected to raise up to £20,000 for the foundation created in her name.
   Some of the proceeds will also go to the Winehouse family.
   Winehouse wore the chiffon dress, designed by Disaya Sorakraikitikul, on the cover of her album in the UK and Europe (the US had an alternative cover). It was loaned to her before she became a household name.
   The dress comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Sorakraikitikul.
   The auctioneer notes, ‘Disaya was happy to help as she was launching her new label in the UK and felt that the young, innovative designs would be a good match. The photo shoot took place in the photographer Mischa Richter’s house. Louise [Winwood, Winehouse’s stylist] took over a selection of clothes for Amy to try, and they both agreed that this dress suited her best. After the photo shoot the dress was returned to the designer and carefully stored in the Disaya archive. The album went on to sell over 3·2 million copies. In the light of Amy’s untimely death, Disaya has decided that rather than keep the dress stored away, that it should be sold and the money raised used by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to benefit young people in need in the UK and overseas.’
   The Passion for Fashion auction takes place at La Galleria, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall on Tuesday, November 29, and also features dresses owned by the Duchess of Windsor, Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn’s Edith Head-designed ivory lace gown from Roman Holiday, which she also wore to collect her Oscar in 1954, is expected to go under the hammer at between £40,000 and £60,000.
   Macmillan Cancer Support has held its centenary gala at the London Palladium, with Graham Norton as MC. John Barrowman, Fearne Cotton, Jimmy Osmond and Miranda Hart were on the bill, with numerous celebrities in the audience.
   Norton was quoted earlier praising the organization: ‘Macmillan Cancer Support does a truly wondrous job in helping people affected by cancer, so the evening will be a magical celebration for all of us both on stage and in the audience.’

Back to Black album cover
Mischa Richter/Universal Island Records

Above Amy Winehouse as she appeared on the cover of Back to Black in 2006.

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