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The Body Shop releases new lip gloss, Rainforest hair oil, all with Fair Trade coconut oil

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 18, 2012/8.16

These smell fantastic and fruity—and their formula contains vitamins E and B5, and Community Fair Trade organic virgin coconut oil. The Body Shop’s latest lip glosses are released in nine new shades in flavours (this is not an understatement—you should see how this office smells) of plum, peach, strawberry, mango, lychee, coconut and watermelon, among others. The formula is non-sticky and lightweight. Each retails for NZ$23.
   Meanwhile, the Body Shop has also released its Rainforest Coconut Hair Oil, which contains coconut oil and pracaxi oil, giving a softer shine and nourishment. The coconut oil is sourced from Samoa’s Women in Business Development Initiative, a Community Fair Trade provider. The Body Shop reminds us that Samoa has had two centuries’ experience in coconut oil extraction, and purchasing the oil (retail NZ$28·50) helps the people there, something that’s particularly poignant after the severe storm their country has had.
   The hair oil works as an overnight leave-in, a pre-wash treatment or as a scalp massage.

Icebreaker launches winter 2013 collection with more ‘nanotechnology’ designs

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 13, 2012/23.51

Top The Icebreaker tunic. Above Icebreaker Highline three-quarter jacket.

Icebreaker has launched its winter 2013 collection, which the company calls its ‘most innovative and technologically advanced.’
   In some of the offerings, the company’s soft shell construction has been combined with its Bluesign-accredited ‘nano’ particles, which feature a ridged surface that allows water, oil and mud to run off.
   The Dart LS Half-Zip for men, a similar design for women, and the Quantum Plus Hood are three in the range incorporating what the company calls nanotechnology.
   Icebreaker also has hybrid fabrics in its winter 2013 range, using Realfleece fabric and soft shell panels, and natural fibres blending 70 per cent merino with 30 per cent cotton.
   The Icebreaker Legend LS Zip is the company’s warmest mid-layer design, where one layer can take the place of several, and four of the women’s sweaters this season are front-to-back reversible.
   A stylish addition is the Ariana dress with a crushed cowl neckline.
   Its Bodyfit base later collection has been upgraded, while there are new luxury knitwear pieces and accessories.

Auline Grac, Miss Provence, becomes Miss Prestige National 2013

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 11, 2012/1.40

Above Auline Grac in a promotional shot for an earlier modelling competition, Génération Mannequin 2010.

It’s never quite as big a day as the Miss France result, but Auline Grac, Miss Provence, is the new Miss Prestige National in France for 2013, held at the Lido in Paris last night.
   The rival pageant was set up by the former Miss France boss, la dame au chapeau, Geneviève de Fontenay, two years ago, and has been mired in controversy since.
   Grac, 21, lives in Aix-en-Provence, and is 1·79 m (5 ft 10½ in) tall and is a first-year osteopathy student at the Université de Limoges. She was born in Marseille.
   The seven finalists in Miss Prestige National were voted by telephone, before the winner was elected by a jury chaired by journalist Henry-Jean Servat. Yvan Levaï and Jean-Claude Jitrois also served on the jury.
   Thirty regional finalists modelled costumes, evening gowns and one-piece swimsuits. Instead of a television network, the ceremony was broadcast on Dailymotion.
   After Endemol sued de Fontenay under a non-compete clause, she had insisted she was not the organizer of the pageant, but merely a ‘guest of honour’
   Originally titled Miss Nationale, de Fontenay found herself in the middle of a trade mark claim in 2011, when another party claimed that they had registered the name first. The pageant was hurriedly retitled.

Video interview: Cheryl Cole sums up her 2012 at Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 10, 2012/3.43

Cheryl Cole, in a tight black jumpsuit, tells ITN backstage at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, that she has had a ‘really good year’, reuniting with Girls Aloud and going on tour, calling it ‘exciting’.
   She says she would not plan for the new year: ‘You can plan till the cows come home and the cows never show up.’
   She tells the network her one wish for 2013: ‘Just for everybody to be healthy and happy.’
   Cole also says she had a great time filming her revealing documentary, and that she was not concerned because she always has Twitter as an outlet for interacting with fans.
   Her new beau Tre Holloway is mentioned at the end before the interview cuts.
   Cole performed at the Ball, along with One Direction, Lawson, Little Mix and JLS.

Miss Bourgogne, Marine Lorphelin, crowned Miss France 2013

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 8, 2012/23.28

Miss Bourgogne, Marine Lorphelin, is Miss France 2013, succeeding Delphine Wespiser.
   Lorphelin, 19, hails from Charnay-lès-Mâcon. She is 1·76 m tall (5 ft 9 in).
   She is in her first year of medicine in Lyon. Her interests are art, painting and fashion. She is a regular gym-goer.
   Lorphelin was originally crowned Miss Bourgogne (Burgundy) on September 29 at the parc des expositions de l’Eduen. A teary-eyed Lorphelin tonight became the 66th Miss France on live television.
   Runners-up were Miss Tahiti, Miss Nord Pas-de-Calais and Miss Martinique.
   The 33 contestants have been together since November 23. The final saw them wear up to 10 different outfits, including a replica of the Guy Laroche dress from Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (1972). There was a series of tableaux paying tribute to actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Sophie Marceau, Meryl Streep, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Portman, with a final featuring a couture dress in homage to Grace Kelly. An earlier swimwear segment had a James Bond theme, paying tribute to Ursula Andress.
   This year’s competition was held at the Zenith in Limoges. Four thousand people were in the audience, with a larger audience watching live on France’s TF1. Guests during the telecast included actor Jamel Debbouze.
   The judging panel was composed of screen legend Alain Delon, Mireille Darc, former model Adriana Karembeu, Nikos Aliagas, Miss France 2006 Alexandra Rosenfeld, Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, and Frédéric Diefenthal. Viewers account for half of the vote in choosing the five finalists out of the 12 semi-finalists the jury selected.
   The final 12 were Miss Bourgogne, Miss Pays de Loire, Miss Martinique, Miss Roussillon, Miss Nord-Pas-De-Calais, Miss Champagne-Ardennes, Miss Bretagne, Miss Provence, Miss Rhône-Alpes, Miss Picardie, Miss Tahiti et Miss Côté d’Azur.
   Twenty minutes before midnight local time, they were then narrowed down to Miss Bourgogne, Miss Tahiti, Miss Nord-Pas-De-Calais, Miss Martinique et Miss Pays de Loire.
   Wespiser, in her valedictory speech, says she was ‘ready to join the ranks of the former Miss [Frances]’ and that she was ‘proud to be part of this family.’
   Miss Prestige National, the rival pageant founded by the former Miss France owner Geneviève de Fontenay, will have its pageant on Monday night, with a jury chaired by Christiane Lillio. De Fontenay has been to court this year over her non-compete clause but insists she is merely a ‘guest of honour’.


Angelina Jolie highlights Syrian plight in her latest UNHCR visit

NEWS  by Lucire staff//4.27

J. Tanner/UNHCR

Above UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie meets with refugees at the Za’atri refugee camp in Jordan.

Actress Angelina Jolie, in her capacity as a UNHCR Special Envoy, visited Syrian refugees on the Jordan–Syria border. The refugees had made the dangerous crossing to Jordan from war-torn Syria.
   One family which Jolie met recalled hiding in holes under the ground when the bombing became too severe in Syria. Unfortunately, after rain, the holes had become flooded. There is also a shortage of food, including bread. These factors had driven the desperate family to flee.
   Jolie was at the camp earlier this week on her third visit, following up on an earlier visit in September.
   â€˜What I saw last night is a dramatic example of the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been uprooted by the fighting and are in a desperate search for safety,’ she said on Thursday.
   â€˜Civilians inside the country are being targeted. Many of those trying to flee are exposed to extreme danger right up to the border itself. I appeal to all sides in the conflict to do all they can to ensure the safe passage of these innocent civilians.’
   â€˜The incredible compassion shown to these traumatized refugee families by the Jordanian border guards tonight was extremely moving,’ she added. ‘Jordan has welcomed the refugees even though it has placed a huge burden on the country. The international community needs to show more solidarity and to support Jordan and the other countries in the region who continue to keep their borders open.’
   Press reports estimate that some half a million refugees have fled. Between Jolie’s visits, the number of registered Syrian refugees has swelled by over 200,000. The Za’atri refugee camp north of Amman has doubled in size. UNHCR is currently racing against time to prepare the camps for the winter; temperatures are already dropping to freezing. Tents are being reinforced, and c. 30,000 high thermal blankets and winter clothing are being distributed.
   Jolie and fiancé Brad Pitt have made a donation of $50,000 for family tents. However, she said, ‘Winter is already here and UNHCR and its partners still lack 50 per cent of the funds needed to get everyone through the next few difficult months.’

Johnnie Walker House opens in Beijing; Elisabetta Franchi’s new Milano boutique

NEWS  by Lucire staff//4.03

Yang Li/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Last night, Johnnie Walker opened its Johnnie Walker House Beijing, which the brand claims to be ‘the world’s largest embassy for luxury Scotch whisky outside of Scotland.’
   Diageo had already opened a Johnnie Walker House in Shanghai in 2011. The new boutique, which blends retail, club and artistic space, is located at Ch’ien Men.
   Guests included Brian Gallagher, Karen Mok, Zhang Yadong, Duan Yihong, Pace Wu, Xander Zhou, Andy Chen, Tia Ray and Chen Su.
   Among the offerings at the House are unique blends, and well-heeled customers will be able to specify their own.
   Elisabetta Franchi has opened her first single-brand store in Milano, at via Manzoni 37, with a cocktail party on Wednesday.
   The 168 m², two-storey store blends Franchi’s signature values of elegance, class and charm, with a modern, minimalist design and the use of tinted mirrors, steel and cement.
   The prêt-à-porter designer said in a release, ‘This space is something in between an intimate, luxurious apartment, and your typical New York boutique. Its mood is based on several contrasts: precious fabrics and natural colours, contemporary collections in a classy environment. It re-creates the chic and bon-ton atmospheres I love so much.’
   Franchi plans openings in other locations, including Amsterdam, Lisbon, Maasmechelen, Dubai and Jakarta, she says.

Above More photographs from the Johnnie Walker House Beijing opening. Below Elisabetta Franchi’s new Milano boutique in the heart of the fashion district on the via Manzoni.

As one scandal subsides, another erupts, on the eve of Miss France 2013

NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 7, 2012/13.33

Breaking news: Miss Bourgogne, Marine Lorphelin, crowned Miss France 2013

Above Delphine Wespiser on the night of her win as Miss France 2012.

As the contestants at Miss France 2013 head into Saturday night’s pageant, it appears that the three beauty queens who raised eyebrows over their earlier posing—which some deemed ‘erotic’—will be able to participate.
   Miss Tahiti Hinarani de Longeaux, Miss Limousin Sandra Longeaud and Miss Corsica Louise Robert will enter the pageant as planned after the Miss France committee met on Thursday.
   However, things have not gone smoothly as a new scandal erupted. Miss Pays de l’Ain, Charline Chevalier, has been ousted at the eleventh hour after it was revealed she is in a relationship with the vice-president of the Miss Montélimar committee.
   Actor Alain Delon returns to the judging panel this year, with Mireille Darc, former model Adriana Karembeu, Nikos Aliagas and Alexandra Rosenfeld, Miss France 2006. Jean-Pierre Foucault will be master of ceremonies and the 2013 show is expected to pay tribute to actresses Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Meryl Streep.

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