With our server shift (great service from Xplosiv.ly) and all the fashion weeks happening through February, a few news items on our radar have been delayedâbut we believe they are of interest to our readers, regardless.
The first is Jameson Irish Whiskey’s new limited-edition bottle for St Patrick’s Day 2013 (right). Jameson had already sponsored the Film Independent Spirit Awards which Lucire reported on last weekâit seems fitting that this proudly Irish brand celebrates a quintessentially Irish day with a bottle designed by glass artist David Smith.
The bottle design was inspired by the glass etching and gilding that one might find in the great Dublin pubs.
In a release, Smith said, ‘Being both a whiskey drinker, and a Jameson fan, it was an immense opportunity which I couldnât refuse. It was a natural fit as we both preserve craft and tradition in a contemporary way. Having the opportunity to design an iconic bottle which has hardly changed in two hundred years was one that Iâm not presented with often, so I am extremely proud to have stamped my signature style onto the bottle.’
The limited-edition bottle is available in New Zealand from March 1 with a retail price of NZ$63Â·99.
Amid the bustling of holiday traffic, a layover, and no time for tea, I took a moment to speak with prominent talent, Yasemen Hussein. The London-based artist and creative all-star designs exceptional artworks that are both captivating to the fine art tenderfoot as well as any artistic mastermind.
As I found a quiet space nestled in a corner of the airport, a few of Husseinâs designs came to mind: from the beautifully sculpted golden shield commissioned for Will.i.am (right) to the Marie Antoinette metal wig with antlers emitting from it called, Diana, exhibited at the Museum of London in 2010, which she also categorizes as one of her proudest pieces.
Husseinâs art has intrepid layers. Whether fine-tuned in an extravagant coiled headdress or in the sparkling of Swarovski Elements (e.g. over 25,000 lavish crystals she used to create an outfit for Katy Perry’s American Idol performance of the single, âE.T.â [below]), Husseinâs pieces speak for themselves!
Outside the creative world, many people may not ponder in detail about the artist or designer behind such avant-garde works that a stage performer might wear. Some may even think it to be entirely the vision of a marketing team or performer themselves. Yet, however wonderful the end result is executed, it does start with an artistâs eye and most certainly one that can take on a mighty challenge transcending the intangible or conventional methods of design.
Every designer has a process of development, perhaps a special moment when they are entirely in the zone of their body of work. For Hussein, an alumna from the Penland School of Crafts, getting in that zone means being fully open to experiment without limitations.
âI came from a strict working class TurkishâCypriot immigrant family where I was expected to live the norm of marriage and children. The UK gave me grounding and a true understanding of the importance of research and development. Living in the US gave me the time and experience to understand â¦ to do anything I wanted without creative boundaries,’ said Hussein.
Clothing has the ability to create an image, displaying expressions of oneâs mood or style. Mere shoe choice can even make or break an outfitâs buoyancy! Then, there are forms of wearable art that need no special introduction. Itâs the one-of-a-kind bells and whistles: the statement pieces, timeless accessories, and other fashioning elements that fairly garner a worthy showcase all on their own. Husseinâs designs are just that!
With an eye for structure, an appetite for the bold and underlining Ã¦sthetic of sculpture, her art merges the love of working with diverse materials such as metal, glass, and clay. She somehow transforms the initial vision into a forward-thinking wonderland.
âI secretly love the smell of metal when it’s been heated up to a cherry red and the sound it makes when I quench it in water,’ confessed Hussein. But, donât place too much of a label on her artistic style, sheâs a designer who is awe-inspired by a multitude of things. ‘I don’t really think about it or guide myself towards something, I just do it. My style is what I gravitate to, whatever has influenced me,’ said the designer.
So, what advice would a celebrated and very down-to-earth designer give to aspiring artists? ‘You really do have to love what you do. There really is no winning formula, you have to create your own. Unfortunately it’s not always down to talent. I hate to say it, but a whole chunk is a business mind, patience, and timing,’ said Hussein.
Needless to say, this was one layover with a chock-full of inspiration that I will not forget!
You may catch more of Husseinâs (headwear) pieces currently being showcased in the must-see Head On exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery in London. She joins a roster of designers, including catwalk looks by Donna Karan, Gareth Pugh, and A. F. Vandevorst, as well as millinery works of Stephan Jones and Philip Treacy, amongst many others. The exhibition will run through March 23, 2013.
For more information visit www.yasemenhussein.com.âTamara Madison
After a successful year where Lily Cole promoted the Body Shop through her channels, the ethical beauty retailer has announced that Leona Lewis will be its new ‘brand activist’, to use the company’s term.
It’s not altogether inaccurate: instead of simply posing in photo shoots for the brand, the Body Shop expects that its activists will use their own networks to promote the company’s initiatives.
Lewis is no exception: she will help the Body Shop and Cruelty Free International in their global campaign to end animal testing in the cosmetics’ industry, building on the EU ban that comes into effect on March 11.
She will also hold an exclusive gig for fans, to be streamed on March 26.
As with Cole, Lewis will put her name to a cruelty-free make-up and fragrance collection, which uses 100 per cent vegetarian cosmetics. The Limited Edition Collection by Leona Lewis features a floral deer motif on its packaging, highlighting that the Body Shop uses man-made musk, not musk derived from deer.
Lewis said in a release, ‘I’m passionate about beauty and I’m all about animal rights. As a result, I’m really conscious of where the products that I use come from. The Body Shop sells cruelty-free, ethical products containing amazing Community Fair Trade ingredients. The collaboration is a natural fit!’
Lewis says she is an animal lover and life-long vegetarian. She has netted 20 million album sales since winning The X Factorâs third season in 2006.
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards took place in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, supported by Jameson Irish Whiskey, with Silver Linings Playbook the big winner at the event. Silver Linings Playbook beat rival independent films Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights on, and Moonrise Kingdom, the other nominees this year. It won best picture, best director and best screenplay for David O. Russell. Jennifer Lawrence, who had already won numerous awards for best actress at other awards, took the same prize at the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
John Hawkes won best actor for The Sessions, beating out Playbookâs Bradley Cooper. Helen Hunt won best supporting actress for The Sessions, while Matthew McConaughey won best supporting actor for Magic Mike. Starlet received the Robert Altman Award.
Guests attending included ZoÃ« Saldana, Lemon Zhang, Stephan A. Shtereff, Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves, Daniel Radcliffe, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Mads Mikkelsen, Jake Johnson, Jason Isaacs, Amy Poehler, Stana Katic, Kyle MacLachlan, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Chris Tucker, Kerry Washington, Emily Mortimer, Alessandro Nivola, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, Melanie Lynskey, Bruce Willis and Emma Hemming, Jeremy Renner, Jack Black, Tanya Haden, Nina Dobrev, Rashida Jones, Ben Richardson, and Benh Zeitlin. Andy Samberg MCed the event.
Lucire tends to have a smaller presence in Milano, although we have managed to source three videos from the autumnâwinter 2013â14 collections at fashion week.
Fendi has been going back to its roots, and autumnâwinter 2013â14 is no exception. The abundance of fur (mink and fox) will divide observers, while Karl Lagerfeld kept his silhouette sleek and linear. Emilio Pucci, too, successfully blended past and present under Peter Dundas, who managed to combine the Pucci of the 1960s with a mid-2010s sensibility. There were short skirts, high boots and a lot of fun. Consuelo Castiglioni at Marni, meanwhile, called her collection austere but romantic, though austerity didn’t keep her from putting up plenty of fur as well, alongside wool and silk. There were charcoals and blacks, highlighted with green and red.
Byblos, meanwhile, from which we have images but no video (yet), called its collection ‘Ophelia meets Kate Moss’, a strong pre-RaphaÃ«lite woman complements a Goth heroine for its autumnâwinter 2013â14 vision, which had a sombre mood. Here, too, there were thigh boots mixing with a new romantic look, and jacquard and angora the key fabrics.