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November 30, 2012

Where to for David Beckham?; Kim Kardashian hits Kuwait; and this week’s Lucire feature round-up

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Above Kim Kardashian and the US Ambassador to Kuwait, Matthew Tueller.

David Beckham is being tight-lipped about where he will head once he quits the LA Galaxy team at the end of the season. Our bets: with Victoria Beckham’s fashion design career taking off, and getting critical acclaim in London, we’re thinking he’ll head back to the eastern side of the Pond. He’ll be closer to Europe to promote his David Beckham undies for H&M.
   In other celebrity news, Kim Kardashian has headed to Kuwait as part of a three-day regional tour and has met with the US Ambassador, Matthew Tueller. Kardashian, who was under fire for some of her Tweets about the Gaza conflict, has told sources that she will take the opportunity to learn about the region.
   In the main part of the Lucire site: Elyse Glickman visits Dr Heather Roberts and the Syneron Sublative laser system that she uses; Elva Zevallos checks out 3Lab’s very exclusive Super Cream; head to Catalina Island, written by travel editor Stanley Moss; and look at Sorapol’s inventive and clever spring–summer 2013 collection, as photographed by Doug Rimington. In some earlier articles, Lola Saab talks to the designers behind Cushnie et Ochs, Sopheak Seng makes his picks for the global nomad trend this summer,
and Stanley Moss visits both Tomales Bay and the Hotel Luna Baglioni.
   Don’t forget, too, that Lucire can be ordered as a limited-edition print magazine, along with Android and Ipad apps. There’s more information here and more info on the contents here.

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November 28, 2012

Pleasure State survey asks: what is ‘cleavagely appropriate’?

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Pleasure State, promoting its My Fit range of brassières, commissioned a survey to ask New Zealanders what they thought was ‘cleavagely appropriate’ this holiday season.
   The survey revealed (pun unintended) that two-thirds of New Zealand women own a push-up bra; New Zealanders will show more cleavage at the Christmas party (27 per cent) compared to a regular day at the office (7 per cent).
   The men surveyed had very different attitudes: 41 per cent of men thought it appropriate for women to display at least some cleavage at a family get-together in comparison to just 17 per cent of females.
   Sixty per cent of respondents believed it was all right to highlight both cleavage and legs when choosing an outfit, while more North Islanders (70 per cent) have a bra that uplifts or enhances than South Islanders (61 per cent).
   According to Kiwis, the top-ranked occasions to use a push-up bra are: at a nightclub (80 per cent); on a first date (69 per cent); bumping into the ex (66 per cent); and at a wedding and work Christmas parties (59 per cent for both). Cleavage should be kept at a minimum when: meeting the partner’s parents (82 per cent); on the first day at work (81 per cent); at a job interview with a male boss (75 per cent); and family occasions (71 per cent).
   Relationship psychologist Sara Chatwin commented in a release, ‘A woman’s sexuality is intrinsically linked to her level of confidence and freedom to make her own choices in life. By having choices, she can customize her cleavage for varying social and professional situations, with confidence and self assurance, enhancing her décolletage with pride.’
   Pleasure State’s My Fit range features a push-up, cup-sized pad to enhance cleavage, with three types: FMO (For Me Only), with lining and padding giving a more natural profile and support for sizes A to G; HMO (Hold My Own, shown at top), without padding, giving a low-cut plunging silhouette with a suede lining; and OMB (Oh My Bod), which enhances cleavage more substantially thanks to what the company calls ‘proportional projection enhancement’. The range is available from Myer in Australia, Farmers in New Zealand, selected boutiques, and pleasurestate.co.nz. There is a Facebook page where you can join the debate.
   The sample size for the survey was 500.

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Stella McCartney named Designer of the Year at British Fashion Awards 2012: our full report, with video

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Top The winners of this year’s British Fashion Awards. Above Designer of the Year Stella McCartney and Salma Hayek.

Stella McCartney has been named Designer of the Year the British Fashion Awards 2012, the highest accolade from the British Fashion Council’s annual ceremony, collecting her award from actress Salma Hayek.
   It was one of two awards that McCartney collected at the Savoy last night, the other being Designer Brand of the Year.
   Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw hosted the event, with guests including BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Harold Tillman, CBE, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, CBE, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane and Alexa Chung.
   Tillman said in a release, ‘The British Fashion Awards are a significant event which represent the culmination of extraordinary talent, creativity and innovation across the whole industry. The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening.’
   He was honoured with a Special Recognition award for his term as Chairman of the British Fashion Council and for his contribution to the fashion industry.
   As already announced at Lucire, the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award was given to Manolo Blahnik, CBE. The award recognizes one designer who has had an impact on the global fashion industry. Blahnik collected his award from Dame Zaha Hadid.
   Alexa Chung, once again, took home the British Style Award, sponsored by Vodafone, the third time she has won this honour since its introduction in 2010. The British Style Award is voted on by members of the public. Chung is the only person to win this award.
   Prof Louise Wilson, OBE, received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. Prof Wilson is the course director of the fashion MA at Central St Martin’s, and her influence is felt with numerous award winners having been trained under her programme over the last 20 years.
   The BFC notes that ‘17 names on schedule at London Fashion Week this September alone are her alumni, including Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincić, Marios Schwab, Louise Gray, Michael van der Ham and Simone Rocha.’
   The Accessory Designer Award went to Nicholas Kirkwood, while the New Establishment award was won by Erdem.
   Menswear Designer of the Year went again to Kim Jones, for the second consecutive year, for his work at Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear menswear line.
   The three emerging talent awards went to J. W. Anderson for ready-to-wear, Sophie Hulme for accessories, and Jonathan Saunders for menswear.
   Cara Delevingne, the face of Chanel and a Burberry model since 2010, won the Model award. She is also a Victoria’s Secret model. Roksanda Ilincić, whose fans include HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama, won the Red Carpet award.
   The British Fashion Awards’ sponsors this year are American Express, Canon, MAC, Toni & Guy and Vodafone, with support from Apartment 58, Hello! and Mercedes-Benz.
   Videos will be added as they become available.

Red carpet arrivals

The year in review

Alexa Chung wins British Style Award

Manolo Blahnik, CBE wins the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by Dame Zaha Hadid

J. W. Anderson wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Ready-to-Wear category, presented by Pixie Geldof

Sophie Hulme wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Accessories category, presented by Marc Newson

Jonathan Saunders wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Menswear category, presented by Ronnie Wood

Roksanda Ilincić wins the Red Carpet Award presented by Andrea Riseborough

Nicholas Kirkwood wins the Accessory Designer Award, presented by Susie Bick

Stella McCartney wins the Designer Brand Award, presented by Amber Valletta

Prof Louise Wilson, OBE wins the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, presented by Jonathan Saunders

New Establishment

Erdem wins the New Establishment Award, presented by Samantha Cameron

Cara Delevingne wins the Model Award, presented by Ellen von Unwerth

Menswear Designer

Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton wins the Menswear Award, presented by Lily Cooper

Designer of the Year

Stella McCartney wins the Designer of the Year Award, presented by Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek interview

HRH Princess Beatrice interview

Kelly Brook interview

Alexa Chung interview

Cara Delevingne interview

Amber Valletta interview





Highlight reel

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November 27, 2012

Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell praise Manolo Blahnik at British Fashion Awards

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News: our full report from the British Fashion Awards, with videos and interviews, can be found here

As the British Fashion Awards take place tonight, we’ll bring you coverage as soon as videos and photography become available.
   Tonight’s first video, broadcast prior to the presentation of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Savoy, features celebrities and editors praising the winner, Manolo Blahnik, CBE.
   Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Kate Moss, Grace Coddington, Alexandra Shulman, Franca Sozzani, Lady Amanda Harlech, Anjelica Huston, David Bailey, Naomi Campbell, and Michael Roberts call him, among other accolades, ‘energetic’ and ‘deserving’ in the clip below.
   Menkes congratulates Blahnik not only on the award but on 40 years in business: it was 40 years ago when Ossie Clark invited Blahnik to design shoes for his collection. The following year, Blahnik set up a boutique in his own name in London.
   The video concludes with Bailey jokingly stating, ‘That’s enough, it’s just f***ing high-heel shoes.’

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Pirelli calendar for 2013 features Summer Rayne Oakes, Adriana Lima, Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede

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Above Summer Rayne Oakes and Adriana Lima appear in the 2013 Pirelli calendar.

This year’s Pirelli calendar, launching presently in Rio de Janeiro, has a Lucire connection: our Summer Rayne Oakes appears in it.
   We’ve been following its launch today as Summer Rayne—best known for her work in the environment, which is how we first began working on Lucire together many years ago—rubs shoulders with her fellow models Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede, Kyleigh Kuhn, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Elisa Sednaoui, women all known for their charity and social responsibility work.
   The surprise that the media had today at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, that we had a heads-up on, is that this isn’t your father’s Pirelli calendar. There’s no nudity, as it was understood that that could compromise the women’s charity efforts and dilute the message.
   In addition, Summer Rayne has posted a video (below) on the rise of youth activism and social awareness, which had been part of the Rio launch today. She speaks with Kyleigh Kuhn, noting how the event had been shared with social media.
   Shooting the 2013 calendar was photographer Steve McCurry, better known for his famous 1985 National Geographic image, Afghan Girl (left), who joined Summer Rayne and others in Rio today.
   Says McCurry, ‘These models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.’
   Pirelli had greater flexibility in the casting this year thanks to McCurry, although the calendar still includes Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima (photographed pregnant), and Sônia Braga, Marisa Monte, Karlie Kloss, and local Brazilian people.


Steve McCurry for Pirelli

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Jean Paul Gaultier kicks off World Luxury Fashion Week in Abu Dhabi

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World Luxury Fashion Week opened yesterday at Jumeirah at Etihad Tower, Abu Dhabi, with Jean Paul Gaultier kicking the event off. The two Gaultier collections were followed by a Garrard jewellery show on the first night, dubbed Haute Couture 2012 presented by BMW.
   MC Mona Ibellini wore an Amato Couture evening dress with Garrard jewellery.
   Tuesday night’s events include collections from Giambattista Valli, Alexis Mabille and On Aura Tout Vu by Livia Stoianova and Yassen Samouilov.
   The third and fourth nights feature prêt-à-porter brands including Ermanno Scervino, Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Hervé Léger, Paule Ka Black Carpet Collections, Walid Atallah, Amato by Furne One and DAS Collection.
   Ã‰vian is one of the supporters of the regional event, promoting its limited-edition bottle designed by Diane von Furstenberg. Abu Dhabi Motors, BMW, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Rowenta, Etihad Airways and Avenue at Etihad Towers are the other supporters for World Luxury Fashion Week.


Above The pre-show area at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.

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IWC Schaffhausen launches flagship boutique at Beijing’s Parkview Green Mall

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Jaeger-LeCoultre might have opened a flagship boutique in the fashionable part of Paris, in the occident, but IWC Schaffhausen has looked to the orient for its latest flagship last week. Opening in Beijing last Thursday, IWC Schaffhausen’s new boutique at the Parkview Green Mall saw VIPs including actress Tang Wei, Olympic gold medal winner Chen Yibing, actor Su You Peng, actress Zhu Zhu, movie director Wang Xiaoshuai, and artist Wang Luyan attend, along with Georges Kern, CEO; Benoit de Clerck, Managing Director of IWC Asia–Pacific; and Dennis Lee, Managing Director of IWC China.
   IWC also launched its new exclusive timepiece, the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia, dedicated to Beijing.
   Parkview Green, a new mall in the Beijing CBD, uses innovative environmental technologies, which enables the mall to have its own microclimate.
   The 300 m² interior is luxurious, befitting the brand. The dark wood and complementary materials showcase IWC Schaffhausen’s six watch families, including editions exclusive to the Beijing boutique.

















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November 25, 2012

Jaeger-LeCoultre opens flagship on the Place Vendôme

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Last week, Jaeger-LeCoultre opened its new flagship 500 m² store at 7, Place Vendôme, Paris, with its ambassador, Diane Krüger, doing the honours cutting the ribbon, alongside Jérôme Lambert, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s CEO, and Guillain Maspetiol, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Brand Manager for France.
   Celebrity guests included Catherine Deneuve, Carmen Chaplin, Isabelle Huppert, Inès de la Fressange, Vincent Perez, José Luis Rebordinos, Olga Sorokina, and Marina Hands.
   The store was illuminated with wheels and gears on its façade on the opening night.
   Jaeger-LeCoultre also revealed its new Duomètre Unique Travel Time, in a limited edition of 100 pieces, to commemorate the opening. The company says, ‘For the first time ever on a worldtime watch, this model enables the user to adjust the time in the travel time zone to the nearest minute.’
   The evening continued at the Grand Hotel with a cocktail party and circus and equestrian performances.



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