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Miss France and Scarlett Johansson among our most popular articles in ’11

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 31, 2011/12.58

Above Delphine Wespiser soon after being crowned as Miss France. Our article on her win was the most-read this year.

Last year, quite a few readers were interested in the most visited news articles on the Lucire website. This excludes the features we have on the main part of the site. Nevertheless, it gives us a fair idea of what people were interested in during 2011.
   Our most popular article of 2011 was about the new Miss France, Delphine Wespiser. It might have helped that Lucire was the first English-language publication to break the news, though traditionally we’ve noticed there has always been a healthy interest in Miss France.
   Our Honor Dillon article was next. This was a 2010 piece, but with Dillon marrying fiancé Dan Carter earlier this year, people were curious. The fact Dillon was modelling underwear will have prompted some extra searches that we didn’t anticipate.
   Unsurprisingly, given how much coverage this got at the time, Scarlett Johansson gets into third place with our story on her modelling for Moët & Chandon. In fact, each time we run a story on Johansson, there’s a good amount of public interest.
   The wedding of HSH Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock gave royal-watchers their second major celebration of the year, after HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton. But, with more media covering the British event, Lucire netted a slightly larger share of the Monaco one to get it into fourth place.
   And in fifth, Keira Knightley’s Coco Mademoiselle campaign got plenty of fashionistas and fans popping by, initially to get a preview.
   Stories on Vanessa Paradis, Miss New Zealand 2011 Priyani Puketapu, Brooklyn Decker, Bar Refaeli and Miss Prestige National 2012 Christelle Roca take us to 10th place.
   For actual search terms, the patterns were similar, though we can add Princess Catherine or the Duchess of Cambridge, Miss Nationale 2011 Barbara Morel, Aishwarya Rai, David Bailey and Jennifer Garner into the mix.
   Any bets from our readers on the top celebrities of 2012?

WOW founder Suzie Moncrieff becomes Dame; Russell Brand and Katy Perry divorce

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 30, 2011/23.34

World of Wearable Art (WOW) founder, Suzie Moncrieff, becomes a Dame in the New Zealand New Year honours’ list today.
   Her honour comes on the same day as a similar award for businesswoman Rosanne Meo, and knighthoods for former All Blacks’ coach Graham Henry, former TV chef and Wellington City Missioner Des Britten, Todd Corp. chairman John Todd, and philanthropist Colin Giltrap. Painter and sculptor Ralph Hotere (Te Aupouri) was appointed a member of the Order of New Zealand.
   Moncrieff’s honour comes on the eve of WOW’s 25th anniversary. She started the event to promote wearable arts in Nelson, before it later moved to Wellington. It is a world-class event that attracts international media each year. The Hong Kong Jockey Club plays host to WOW later in January.
   In other news, comedian Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry will divorce, after only one year of marriage.
   Brand filed for divorce on Friday at the Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
   They had already spent Christmas apart, not wearing their wedding rings.

Moreish launches natural skin care range, with socially responsible ethos

NEWS  by Sopheak Seng/December 23, 2011/23.13


Moreish is the latest range of beauty and skin care products by New Zealand company API, using argan oil as the core ingredient.
   Argan oil is renowned for its nourishing, regenerative and anti-ageing properties. Known as ‘liquid gold’, argan oil is the cold pressed, extra virgin oil extracted from the kernel of the Moroccan argan fruit. Rich in vitamin E, Omega 9 and antioxidants, the rare oil has been used for centuries by the Berber tribeswomen who harvest it to nourish their skin, hair and nails in the dry desert heat.
   ‘Argan oil is already known as an ingredient that nourishes and hydrates hair. Now it can do the same for your skin. It protects skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes,’ says Moreish brand manager, Emma Duncan.
   Moreish also contains pohutukawa extracts, grown wild and hand-harvested in the East Cape, and a unique blend of antioxidants naturally extracted from kiwifruit skins and grape seeds, which help to brighten the skin, reduce redness and improve elasticity. It uses no parabens, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, and synthetic colours or fragrances. The range uses recyclable packaging, and is not tested on animals.
Moreish   The purchase of Moreish products helps to improve the welfare of the Berber women of Morocco; ensuring the women have educational opportunities, retain their traditional skills, earn an income and improve their quality of life.
   Moreish supports local New Zealand charities, and asks people to visit to suggest a charity that supports women and families. It will receive 50¢ from each pack of Moreish skin care sold this year; Moreish will select a different charity, based on consumer suggestions, every year.
   The range comprises 15 facial products to suit all skin types, including night and day creams, cleansers, masks, a salvation balm and pure argan oil. It is available from selected pharmacies nationwide, including Amcal, Unichem, Care Chemist, Radius Pharmacy and Life Pharmacy.
   The star products from the range would have to be the salvation balm and argan oil, which softens your skin and can be used to nourish cuticles and smooth split ends—two multi-purpose products perfect for the home cabinet.—Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor


Luxury line: Chanel opens at Courchevel; Prada LG phone retailing soon; Tommy Hilfiger licenses to Ittierre

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 21, 2011/11.17

Chanel at Courchevel
Chanel at Courchevel
Chanel has opened a temporary boutique at Courchevel in the French Alps for the winter. The 180 m² store features a minimalist décor with the odd flash of colour. It also has stunning views over the entire Courchevel valley.
   Chanel retails its fragrances, fine jewellery, watches, and the cruise 2011–12 and spring–summer 2012 collections at the store. The lounge has an Ipad where the visitor can browse a Chanel app featuring fashion shows and news.
   Meanwhile, LG has announced the New Zealand pricing for its Prada phone, at NZ$999. Only a few hundred units will be imported to New Zealand, and interested parties wanting to get one up on the now-ubiquitous Iphones are asked to call the company on 0508 547-322 to register their interest.
   Finally, emphasizing that luxury seems to be surviving the recession, Tommy Hilfiger will license its men’s and women’s catwalk collections beginning with the fall 2012 season and spring 2013 pre-collections to Ittierre SpA. Ittierre will produce and distribute apparel and the majority of the accessories, with distribution focused on Europe, North America and Asia, at prices between €140 and €2,000, the upper limit north of where Hilfiger had been positioned.
   The collections will be sold in six showrooms after the fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week, retailing from July. Tommy Hilfiger retains creative control over all collections.
Chanel at Courchevel
Chanel at Courchevel

Producer wants Daniel Craig to make eight James Bond films

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 20, 2011/2.39

James Bond film producer, Eon Productions’ Michael G. Wilson, wants incumbent Daniel Craig to make a total of eight films, to beat Sir Roger Moore’s record by one.
   ‘Filming has gone very well so far and I’d love Daniel to surpass Roger’s record and do eight pictures. Daniel’s been an absolute pleasure to be around because he takes the role so seriously. There’s really no one more passionate about making these films work than him—he’s a filmmaker’s dream,’ Wilson told People UK.
   ‘A lot of people have said Daniel’s been their favourite Bond since Sean Connery and I can’t argue with them. He’s doing a great job.’
   Wilson’s half-sister, Barbara Broccoli, who produces the series with him, says Craig will ‘definitely’ make more.
   Craig is currently filming Skyfall, his third outing as Bond, directed by Sam Mendes. Wilson has told the media that the latest movie has a more 1960s flavour to it.
   The actor himself said he would be ‘more than happy’ if he could do the role ‘for a few more years.’
   Craig is the first and only actor nominated for a BAFTA for his portrayal of Ian Fleming’s secret agent, in 2006’s Casino Royale.

Harry Potter Tour to open next March at Leavesden, Herts.

NEWS  by Lucire staff//2.21

Harry Potter Diagon Alley

The Harry Potter Tour will open next March at Warner Bros. Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, north of Watford, where the films were made. Tickets are already on sale.
   The tour will last for three hours and visitors can see sets, costumes and props from all eight films.
   Diagon Alley, Hogwarts’ Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room and Dumbledore’s ofice are among the seven sets.
   Warner Bros. UK boss Josh Berger says that visitors will not be disappointed.
   London mayor Boris Johnson likens the Tour to a ‘shrine’ for devotees, and is doubly pleased as his city hosts the 2012 Olympics.
   Leavesden was originally a wartime aerodrome owned by the Ministry of Defence, before Rolls-Royce took over the facility entirely in 1967. Peter Lamont, production designer of the James Bond movie Goldeneye, used the 1 million ft² floor space for his film, leasing the property from Rolls-Royce. The facility was then bought by a Malaysian group with the intent of creating a theme park, before the Harry Potter series began filming there in 2001. Warner announced its plan to purchase the property in 2010.

Source4Style launches today, seeking to revolutionize the business of fashion

NEWS  by Jack Yan/December 19, 2011/10.10

Summer Rayne Oakes and Benita Singh’s Cartier award-winning venture, Source4Style, which helps designers source sustainable fabric through a well designed, transparent website, launches its second version today. Lucire has the low-down in the main part of the site, and this story forms part of some of our next 2012 print and other non-web editions.
   We believe this will revolutionize the way the business of fashion is conducted. Think about it: consumers demand sustainability and the trend has no signs of stopping. Yet, according to Singh, suppliers are spending up to 43 per cent of their marketing budgets just on trade shows. ‘It’s a huge up-front time and financial commitment with no guarantee of a return,’ she says. On the other end of the scale, Cornell University research shows that designers are spending up to 85 per cent of their time visiting those same shows, going through online directories, or wading through sample folders.
   Source4Style uses the internet to bridge the divide, and has obvious positive implications for smaller suppliers, who are on a level playing field with the big names. Some of these suppliers are in third-world countries, so it’s not hard to see the financial benefit that Source4Style can have for them and their communities.
   It’s in line with the ideas in Simon Anholt’s Brand New Justice, where Anholt posited that good brands helped third-world communities find greater profits and margins. Source4Style doesn’t quite give these companies brands per se, but through the site, it allows them to be the equal of businesses that are operating in the first world, and levels the playing field.
   It is the solidity behind this venture that sees us devote two web pages and the cover to it. We encourage readers to take a look, as this may well be the moment when fashion changes for good—in more than one sense of the word.—Jack Yan, Publisher

One Tweet, and media speculate Britney Spears is engaged again

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 16, 2011/23.36

Amazing how one Twitter post has the world’s media speculating that Britney Spears has become engaged to her former agent, Jason Trawick.
   The Tweet read, ‘OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I’ve been waiting for. Can’t wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!! Xxo’. A later one six hours later read, ‘Still glowing! About to jump on a plane to Planet Hollywood in Vegas. Throwing a Bday Party for Jason at Chateau Night Club. So fun. Xxoo’.
   Trawick and Spears have been dating since May 2010.
   If true, this would be the third engagement for the pop star, having been briefly married to childhood friend Jason Alexander—not the actor from Seinfeld—for 55 hours, and Kevin Federline.
   Spears is particularly active on Twitter, with one of the better follow-back ratios among celebrities. She was the sixth user to break the 10 million-follower mark.

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