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Princess Beatrice, Matthew Williamson, David Bailey, Holly Valance, Florence Welch celebrate Britain Creates

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 30, 2012/1.39

Earlier this week, the British Fashion Council, in association with Harper’s Bazaar UK and Selfridges, hosted Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion, celebrating the year in which London hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
   Britain Creates brings together fashion and contemporary visual art, showcasing collaborations between luminaries such as Matthew Williamson and Mat Collishaw, Hussein Chalayan and Gavin Turk, Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller, and Paul Smith and Charming Baker. Their pieces will be on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum from July 6 to 29, while an installation at Selfridges will show in July and August.
   Below are videos from the gala at the Old Selfridges Hotel. In attendance were HRH Princess Beatrice in Roksanda Ilincić, Eliza Doolittle in Alexandra Kapsala, Matthew Williamson, Anya Hindmarch, David Bailey, Holly Valance, and Florence Welch.
   The BFC and Harper’s Bazaar have been working with the Mayor of London, LOCOG and others on Britain Creates, part of the London 2012 Festival, which runs from June 21 to September 9.

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Video: Katie Holmes files for divorce from Tom Cruise

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 29, 2012/21.40

Updated June 30, 2012, 9.43 a.m. GMT with fourth and fifth videos

Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from Tom Cruise in a New York court, and wants custody of their daughter, Suri, 6. ‘Irreconcilable differences’ were cited as the reason for divorce, according to TMZ.
   Both parties have issued statements, with Holmes’s lawyer Jonathan Wolfe saying, ‘This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.’ Cruise’s representative stated, ‘Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy.’
   Cruise is in Iceland filming Oblivion presently.
   Their combined worth is estimated to be $275 million. It had been reported at the time of their marriage that there was a prenuptial agreement, though lawyers are remaining mum on its existence.
   Holmes and Cruise married in Italy in November 2006 but have not been seen together publicly since February 2012.
   The videos below feature the latest news, as well as a retrospective on their relationship. Andrew Morton, who wrote an unofficial biography of Cruise, claims to have predicted the divorce in 2008, and lays some blame at Scientology, though ITN notes that there is no indication that religion played any part in the filing.

Emma Stone on her Vogue cover: ‘one of the easiest shoots I have ever done’

NEWS  by Lucire staff//14.02

Emma Stone calls her Vogue cover shoot for July ‘one of the easiest shoots I have ever done’.
   The shoot, by Mario Testino, first had its cover image leaked online two weeks ago.
   Stone says that the experience was ‘still, to me very bizarre. It looks to me like a different person.’ She also revealed she enjoyed the ‘Mad Hatter suits and the top hats.’
   ITN has official Vogue clips from the shoot, as well as sound bites.
   In the cover image, Stone wears Nina Ricci. The type reads, ‘From funny girl to Spider-Man’s leading lady.’
   Vogue says the cover story has Stone recounting her childhood dreams come true, ‘confesses to a history of panic attacks and how she learned, growing up in Arizona, to channel that anxiety into laughter … and reveals how she launched into acting at the age of fourteen … That may have been her first major performance—now, as Spider-Man leaps into theaters, we’ll see her hanging from the precipice, perfectly poised for her next big moment.’
   This is Stone’s first cover for Vogue, though she has appeared in the magazine before. She was also on Teen Vogue’s cover in September 2011.

Round-up: Organic Trevarno’s new body scrub; Her Businesswoman of the Year; new flagship stores to open

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 28, 2012/12.19

Organic Trevarno has released its honey and sugar body scrub for summer skin. The new product is chemical- and synthetic-free, featuring organic cane sugar for polishing, lime essential oil for refreshing, and wheatgerm oil for vitamin E. Honey is blended with vanilla pods soaked in jojoba oil and rosebuds. The result is a cleanser and exfoliator with a citrus scent, retailing for £20 and available online from
   Her has announced that Cecilia Robinson, founder of Au Pair Link, is the 2012 Businesswoman of the Year. She also won the Best SME category.
   Robinson’s vision is to create the largest au pair agency in the world and New Zealand’s largest home-based early childhood education provider. Sachie Nomura (Sachie’s Kitchen) won Best New Business, and Dawn Engelbrecht (Safe Kids) won Most Sustainable Business.
   Hennes & Mauritz, meanwhile, will open its newly renovated flagship store at Hamngatan 22, Stockholm, on August 24.
   The store now has 3,700 m² and will show the company’s latest autumn collections on its reopening. New stores are also expected to open this autumn in Latvia, México and Malaysia. Domestically, H&M will open new stores in AlingsÃ¥s and Malmö.
   H&M isn’t the only company with a flagship store. Linden Leaves will open its flagship location at 317 Parnell Road, Auckland, on July 7. The new building has a terraced frontage and has been developed in partnership with Watgunlow Architects. Designer light fittings are from Douglas & Bec.

MAC goes dotty with Beth Ditto collection

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 27, 2012/11.48

MAC Cosmetics has released a candy-themed range as part of its Beth Ditto collection, featuring the Zoom Lash mascara in three colours, Zoom Fast Black Lash, Pro Longwear Lipcreme, and nail lacquers. The Shade & Smoke shadow–liner (in four shade combinations, RRP NZ$56) features both eye-shadow and greasepaint liner in one for a smoky eye look, while the Liquidlast liner and 7 Lash adds to eye effects. The range hits New Zealand stores this week, for a limited time.
   James Gager, senior vice-president and creative director at MAC, says that Beth Ditto is a perfect fit with the company. ‘Beth loves make-up and sees it as a theatrical tool. Her creativity is such that I think if she wasn’t a musician she would probably be a make-up artist. She has a real love of colour, is joyous about fashion and totally true to herself. Beth doesn’t conform; she has the unique ability to transform the world of fashion to fit her views. MAC is very much the same in terms of individuality and non-conformity,’ he said in a release.
   Gager also says that Ditto was given free rein. ‘We like our collaborations to be as authentic as possible. We are very selective and choose our collaborators for their creativity, so we would never stifle that. We like them to come with ideas and then it’s the job of my department and Jennifer Balbier’s Product Development team to bring that vision to life.
   â€˜Beth actually made inspiration drawings for us to pull from. She brought in product that she likes and collaged her thoughts like a mood board. Beth is very spontaneous and brainstorms brilliant ideas throughout the course of a conversation. That was how the product and the campaign visual concepts came to life.
   â€˜For example, Beth loves polka dots and felt strongly that they play a key role in the collection. We actualized this in the compact and in the collection visual; Beth has polka dots painted on her! She also very much wanted many of the products to be multi-purpose, which we also achieved with our brand new Shade & Smoke shadow–liner.’
   MAC also releases a Casual Colour range, which includes new lip and cheek colour pots, nail lacquer, Prep & Prime highlighter, Studio Fix mascara, Mineralize Skinfinish and the 187 Brush.

Above Behind the scenes of the campaign shoot with Beth Ditto.

Blake Lively praises Salma Hayek in Oliver Stone’s Savages

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 26, 2012/13.03

Blake Lively, in a Zuhair Murad black corset fishtail gown, heaped praise on co-star Salma Hayek at the première of Savages in Los Angeles.
   â€˜It was amazing to work with her as a villain because we were such good buddies personally, so when she would turn into her character it was always fun to see how talented she is,’ says Lively. ‘She’s such a tiny lady so to see her to take control and take the power, that was remarkable.’
   Hayek, wearing a figure-hugging, shimmering jade dress, was not thrilled that the film was violent, but ‘it’s strange, because it’s so beautiful,’ she says.
   The film also stars Benicio del Toro and John Travolta. Oliver Stone directs.
   It reaches the UK on July 6.

Victoria Beckham reunites with Spice Girls for Viva Forever launch

NEWS  by Lucire staff//12.38

Updated with second video at June 26, 2012, 2.04 p.m. GMT

Victoria Beckham joined her fellow Spice Girls—Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm—to launch their new musical, Viva Forever, today at the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.
   The venue for the launch is where the video for ‘Wannabe’, which marked the Spice Girls’ début, was filmed. ‘Wannabe’ was released 16 years ago today.
   It is the first appearance of all five Spice Girls since a comeback tour in 2007–8.
   The new musical has been penned by comedienne Jennifer Saunders, based on an idea by Judy Craymer, producer of Mamma Mia!, which had been based on ABBA songs.
   Viva Forever is a similar “jukebox musical”, which takes a group’s hits and strings them together with a storyline. Saunders has opted for a TV talent contest setting.
   According to the producers, it tells ‘the story of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today’s TV celebrity culture.’
   The musical ‘charts her journey into the world of overnight fame and its impact on her relationships with her mother and the friends she thought she’d have forever.’
   Paul Garrington, who has staged international productions of Mamma Mia! and Dirty Dancing, will direct.
   It opens at the Piccadilly Theatre on December 11, the same day as The Bodyguard musical, based on the Whitney Houston film. opens at the Adelphi. Previews begin at the Piccadilly on November 27.
   All five members of the group were heavily involved in Viva Forever. launches in Australia, while new products launch for winter hair and skin

NEWS  by Lucire staff//5.14

Emma Ponsonby and, which Lucire covered earlier this year, has now launched in Australia, with 100 labels represented on the site. Forty-eight of the one hundred are already shipping to Australia and Ponsonby says she expects the number to grow rapidly. The site originally launched in the UK in February, and in New Zealand in May.
   Wella’s SP range helps winter hair, says the company, which is releasing a trio of products in New Zealand for the season. The Wella SP Hydrate moisturizing shampoo provides long-lasting moisture, while the SP Repair Conditioner helps restructure hair in as little as 30 seconds. Wella’s SP Shine Define Mask contains shimmering particles to promote light reflection, and is the ideal final ingredient for winter locks. Prices begin at NZ$34.
   Johnson & Johnson has announced two new products to promote skin care and relaxation. Johnson’s Dreamy Skin cream body wash and Johnson’s Extra Rich body lotion (RRP NZ$9·99 each) aim to be part of a nightly routine during the winter. The body wash is enriched with moonflower for relaxation, allowing one to sleep one’s way to more beautiful skin; while the lotion has a hydrating formula to help reduce skin tightness and flakiness.

   Finally, Revlon has introduced its ColorStay Whipped Crème make-up, a new foundation with a time-release technology to help skin look flawless for 24 hours. We haven’t tested it yet, but Revlon says the new product blends into the skin without a caking feeling. It heads on to counters in mid-July in New Zealand, retailing for NZ$38·95.

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