Top H&M reveals a softer look for springâsummer 2012. Above Tanja Baumgartner and Manuel Rauner in the 2012 Bogner Steel calendar, photographed by Manfred Baumann.
With its designer collaborations getting all the media attention, it’s easy to forget that Hennes & Mauritz’s regular retail line can be newsworthy. For springâsummer 2012, the Swedish retail giant has shown a ﬂuid but tailored look, with a 1950s inspiration for women. The white suit is contrasted in this line with kimono-style draped jackets; simple, striped dresses and wide-leg trousers also appear for spring. We note that H&M is on-trend for spring with its use of colour, featuring bright apple green, yellow, apricot and blue; and it has used silk, linen and organza to good effect. Some parallel trends have been adopted for H&M’s menswear line for spring.
Staying in Europe, Manfred Baumann has shot the Bogner Steel calendar at locations in Wels and VÃ¶sendorf, Austria. Modelled by Tanja Baumgartner and Manuel Rauner, the 1,000-run calendar will be given only to Bogner Steel customers. More of the shoot appears today in Lucire Men.
Nerua, the restaurant in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, has been awarded its ﬁrst Michelin Star.
Headed by chef Josean Alija, the restaurant appears in the Red Guide, recognizing the haute cuisine offered by the new restaurant.
Nerua opened in June 2011, with an emphasis on natural gastronomy and an involvement with sustainability. Alija, himself an award-winning chef who was named Best Young Cook in 2000, called the style ‘an essential, intimate cuisine’.
Above Josean Alija and Nerua, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s restaurant. Below More of H&M’s spring 2012 styles.
Above Miss France 2011 Laury Thilleman’s successor will be decided by a panel led by French actor Alain Delon, the pageant conﬁrmed yesterday. Below left Karen Gillan, photographed by Suki Dhanda: one of the photographs exhibited by the National Galleries of Scotland next month. Bottom Jennifer Cohen and Noah Flom tie the knot.
The Miss France jury has been announced, and, in the wake of its victory over GeneviÃ¨ve de Fontenay’s Miss Nationale, the pageant has decided to up the glamour stakes. Former heart-throb Alain Delon returns as head of the jury, and is joined by another actor, Francis Huster, as vice-president.
Singer Lorie, former Miss France Linda Hardy, Star Academy entrant EssaÃ¯di Soﬁa, and sports journalist Denis Brogniart are the other members.
While many galleries show older works, the National Galleries of Scotland is celebrating its modern-day celebrities with a photo exhibition that features Sir Sean Connery, David Tennant, James McAvoy, Gerard Butler, Karen Gillan (above left), Armando Iannucci, Paolo Nutini, Tom Kitchin and John Byrne. Gillan’s image, photographed by Suki Dhanda, is being used by the Gallery to promote the exhibition on its website. Hot Scots, with 18 works, runs from December 1 to April 1 at the Contemporary Gallery at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Finally, the team at Lucire wishes ﬁtness guru Jennifer Cohen all the best for her recent nuptials. She tied the knot in Seal Beach, California on November 20. After the nuptials she changed into her trainers to boogie with pals, with the help of new husband Noah Flom, shown here acting his part in their own version of the Cinderella fairy tale. Congratulations, Jenn from everyone at Lucire.âStanley Moss, Travel Editor, and Lucire staff
We’ve always loved Mor Cosmetics’ range, and we were thrilled to learn it has a new collection of fragrances for the holidays.
Mor’s Emporium Collection eaux de toilette (100 ml, NZ$69Â·99) are beautifully presented, in a box resembling a cute, mini-hardback book, embellished with gold foiling. Inside are decorative embossed and foiled Emporium papers, in which the Mor bottle, complete with a tassel, rests.
Fragrances from the White Collection include Belladonna (white narcissus, Moroccan rose and pink tulips, with a mist of Meyer lemon and sweetened with a touch of French cassis; notes of sandalwood, vanilla and musk); Indian Pomelo (pink grapefruit mixes with tart redcurrant and vibrant raspberry, with caramelized sugar and vanilla); and White Hydrangea (melon, white flowers and musk).
The Black Collection features Italian Blood Orange (ruby red Italian blood orange, infused with jasmine, rose and lily of the valley), Lychee Flower (lychee flower, with ripe berries, ﬂorals and a hint of green forest woodsâshown above), and Snow Gardenia (gardenia, juniper berry and angelica on a base of ylang ylang and vanilla sandalwood).
The Mor range is available from department stores, boutiques and selected retailers, and online at www.morcosmetics.com. Call 64 9 309-4963 for stockists.
Earlier this month, Bees Blessing launched its new range of all-natural cordials at the Empire in Petone, New Zealand, serving food and drinks, and demonstrating recipes (including lemon honey mojitos, cucumber socks ﬁzz and spiced syrup marinade).
The new range comprises New Zealand’s only honey-sweetened all-natural cordials, says the company, which makes its own pure honey from hives at its 22 ha Kau Whero Farm in the Mangaroa Valley, and sources more from local suppliers.
Offerings include mulled lemon and honey, and strawberry cordial, alongside more traditional fare such as lemon, honey and ginger, cider vinegar and honey, and elderﬂower. To top it off, they are all hand-made.
The family businessâa New Zealand success storyâhas grown from selling honey at local farmers’ markets to innovative marinades, dressings and cordials, free from additives and preservatives, retailing at boutique retailers nationally (such as Commonsense Organics and Moore Wilson in Wellington).
British readers will have noticed a series of humorous videos appearing on the Lucire site for James Charm, seduction expert.
These humorous spots, which began running November 21, sees the ﬁctional James Charm provide “lessons” on how to spice up viewers’ love and sex life. The object: to become a real expert in seduction.
James Charm is, according to the company’s promotional ﬂier, ‘a handsome man with an incisive sense of humour and an impressive resume (MBA in Applied Sensuality, PhD in Aphrodisiac and the lusted Nobel Prize for peace â¦ within the couples!).’
The ﬁrst sees Charm talk about the supermarket as being a perfect training ground to practise seduction skills. The second discusses massage, a ‘weapon of mass seduction’. A later one, not presently running, deals with ‘how to make a move in an elevator’.
The spots, in English and German, are to promote Joop! Homme, one of the top ten male fragrances in the UK and Germany. Joop! Homme also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JoopHommeFragrance.
Joop! Homme was originally developed by Michel Almairac, and despite the pink bottle, has gone on to become a classic since it launched in 1989. It has top notes of bergamot and cinnamon, middle notes of orange blossom, jasmine and honeysuckle, and basenotes of sandalwood, vetiver, patchouli, amber, tonka bean, musk and vanilla.
Some ideas are borne from team conversation. Correspondent Ashleigh Berry, who with photographer Hamish McLaren produced earlier coverage from Sydney for Lucire, recently collaborated to showcase what designers have in store now. This is the ﬁrst in a series, beginning with Ruby.
Patchwork shorts, NZ$229. Rubyâs Patchwork shorts are lightweight, versatile and complete with runway pockets. They will easily mix and match with a variety of colours, not to mention the entire Ruby range. They are an essential summer 2012 fashion staple.
Riva Lace tank, NZ$249. The Riva Lace Tank is a two-in-one singlet-style top. A plain white cotton singlet, with a lace overlay. Lightweight for our hot New Zealand summers. This style is also available in a dress. A stand out garment, to be noticed in the crowds.
Boardwalk dress, NZ$329. Patchwork dress, NZ$199. The Boardwalk dress and Patchwork dress are both key Ruby pieces this season. The Boardwalk dress has a distinctive Ruby touch, with a cross-over halter neck, ideal for one of New Zealandâs many wine festivals. The Patchwork dress is more loose-ﬁtting, featuring gold coloured studs down the centre. Dresses can be easily dressed up or kept casual.
Shirred cocktail dress, NZ$329. From Ruby’s springâsummer 2011â12 range. This dress is strikingly beautiful. Featuring two layers of fabric in the skirt (perfect for Wellington’s notorious windy weather). The shirring elastic in the back ensures a near-perfect ﬁt. An attractive and feminine piece; worth the investment which will last a lifetime. (Also available in black.)âAshleigh Berry
Fashion from Ruby Boutique Photographer: Hamish McLaren Make-up: Alex Hunt Model: Ashleigh Berry/KBM Special thanks to the staff of Ruby Boutique, Wellington.
Dita von Teese’s new lingerie collection, Von Follies by Dita von Teese, will be available from Target in Australia from February 2012, it was announced today by brand management company, Lime Door Brands.
Von Teese has a personal collection of vintage lingerie, and is said to be inspired by that as well as her long-time love of lingerie.
In that vein, the range launches with grosgrain, velvet ribbons, eyelash lace and control meshâperfect for those who follow the burlesque dancer’s signature style. Styles such as an overwire bra, high-waisted briefs, garter belts and corsolettes are part of the line, says the company.
Von Teese says she is fascinated by 1950s overwire bras. ‘It’s something that has been quite a task to create, but the end result is so chic, and so unique, I’m very proud of it. It’s a statement piece meant to be seen,’ she said in a release.
Prices range from A$17 for bras and briefs to A$79 for bustiers and ﬁtted corsolettes. Selected bra styles are available up to an E-cup, and briefs to size 20.
’Size range was one of the ﬁrst things I asked when I was approached to create this collection. It was important to me to accomplish the task of making these beautiful things in sizes that can make any woman feel sexy and glamorous, and I’m very proud that we have been able to do that, while keeping prices affordable,’ said von Teese.
The new range has been developed alongside lingerie company, Diamondcut International, headquartered in Melbourne. Additional items will be added to the range in March and April 2012.
Target’s Australian stores and its website will retail the range.
Sir Paul Smith will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at the British Fashion Awards on November 28, the British Fashion Council announced earlier today. The award was won last year by Alexander McQueen, posthumously.
Sir Paul has received four British Fashion Awards to date: Menswear Designer (1997 and 1999), Classic Designer (2001) and Contemporary Designer (2003).
The latest award was voted by a panel of journalists and retailers.
Paul Smith opened his ﬁrst shop in Nottingham in 1970. His ﬁrst menswear collection was shown in Paris in 1976, and his womenswear in London in 1998. His rise coincided with the popularity of British design in Japan, where the Paul Smith label grew rapidly, and where he has over 200 stores. He was knighted in 2001.
His base remains in Nottingham, but a London ofﬁce was opened in 2003. The Paul Smith products are made, primarily, in the UK and Italy.
In a BFC release, Sir Paul said, ‘What a fantastic honour to receive this award. It is really an award for not just me but for all of my fantastic team, many who have been with me for a very long time and have helped me build up a solid structure which really works. Thank you!’
Harold Tillman, CBE, chairman of the BFC, said, ‘I have known Paul for many years, he has built an incredible business, has bags of integrity and, a great sense of humour. Paul Smith, the brand and the man contributes a great deal to our industry commercially and creatively; his signature style is recognized throughout the world. He is the perfect recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award this year.’