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Miu Miu fragrance to début in 2015, in partnership with Coty

NEWS  by Lucire staff/October 31, 2013/12.40

Above Miu Miu promotes its autumn–winter 2013–14 line.

Coty has extended its licensing of famous fashion brands, and has added Miu Miu, after an arrangement with the Prada Group.
   Coty will develop and distribute a line of fragrances under the Miu Miu name, expected on shelves in 2015. It will be the brand’s first entry into the prestige fragrance market.
   Miu Miu, which celebrates its 21st anniversary next year, was created by Miuccia Prada and takes its name from her nickname.
   The Coty announcement says that Miu Miu ‘has evolved into one of the leading high-fashion brands in the world, targeting sophisticated women, receptive to new trends and ideas and inspired to explore and experiment in their fashion choices.’
   â€˜Miu Miu is one of the most refined and respected luxury houses in the world and one of the fastest growing global brands in the whole fashion industry,’ said Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty. ‘It is an exciting opportunity for Coty to build a worldwide fragrance business for Miu Miu and also to further build our own market share in the prestige fragrance market.’

Blake Lively is L’Oréal’s newest celebrity face

NEWS  by Lucire staff/October 30, 2013/22.08

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A fortnight after announcing that Lara Stone is to be its new face, L’Oréal Paris has added Blake Lively to its roster.
   The French giant has always been able to tap in to the faces of the moment, some for long-term contracts—Aishwarya Rai is notable among them—and others for a brief period, such as Elizabeth Banks.
   Lively, 26, is married to the actor Ryan Reynolds, and is best known for her role on Gossip Girls. She and Reynolds met while filming Green Lantern. She has met with critical acclaim in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Town and Savages.
   L’Oréal calls her a ‘rising star, an indisputably talented actress in international cinema.’
   Cyril Chapuy, international managing director of L’Oréal Paris, says that Lively can play ‘with elegance and sensuality, all modern codes of Hollywood glamour. She has become a beauty icon for a generation with her incredible blonde hair, sparkling eyes and a ravashing smile. She is also an extremely strong and charismatic actress.’
   Lively said in a release that she was proud to represent the brand, with its message ‘rooted in self-confidence’.
   Beyond Stone, Lively joins Julianne Moore, Freida Pinto, Jennifer López, Eva Longoria, Beyoncé, Laetitia Casta and Jane Fonda among L’Oréal Paris spokeswomen.

Round-up for today: Rita Ora rumoured to collaborate with Adidas; and Lucire’s latest on-site features

NEWS  by Lucire staff//12.44

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Above Rita Ora at the Rimmel 180th anniversary party in London.

Rita Ora might be already working with Rimmel, as shown in our earlier article on Rimmel’s 180th anniversary party in London, as well as DKNY, but there’s a chance she could be designing for Adidas.
   In our video, there has been a rumour that Ora has signed a $2·4 million contract with a sportswear brand, and since the star favours Adidas anyway, it’s likely the German sportswear giant is her new collaborator.
   Raf Simons and Stella McCartney have both collaborated with the brand in the past.
   As we catch up on coverage now that our publisher’s returned after his election campaign, several features have appeared in the main part of our site.
   US West Coast editor Elyse Glickman attended the Emmy suites in Hollywood, while Paris editor Lola Saab hit the GBK suite in New York. Anna Deans reviews Vic Matié’s spring–summer 2014 shoe collection and finds it hard to choose a favourite; and travel editor Stanley Moss takes the back streets of Verona.
   As we’ve put many updates via Facebook now, RSS subscribers may have missed earlier stories from the Paris haute couture collections, travel to Toscana and Amsterdam, our features on beauty entrepreneur Michael Hogg, Jade Muirhead and Tessa Metcalfe, an irreverent look at the Biennale di Venezia, and road tests of the Renault Koleos and BMW 320i Edition 30. There’s more in the fashion, ‘Living’ and ‘Volante’ sections as you click through.

Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, on the Tony Ward catwalk at Moscow Fashion Week

NEWS  by Lucire staff/October 27, 2013/23.52

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Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo walked the catwalk for designer Tony Ward at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia in Moscow at the weekend.
   Culpo was joined by 27 Miss Universe contestants from Australia, Singapore, Sweden, Venezuela, Great Britain, France, Japan, Spain, Canada, Russia, Thailand, USA and other countries for the show on Saturday evening, in cooperation with Crocus Atelier Couture.
   Ward is a Lebanese designer specializing in extravagant evening gowns, particularly suiting Miss Universe and this year’s contestants. He studied in Paris and had worked with Lanvin, Gianfranco Ferré at Dior and Karl Lagerfeld at Chloé.
   The Miss Universe final will take place on November 9 at the Crocus City Hall, Krasnogorsk, Moscow.
   Representing New Zealand, Holly Michelle Cassidy, of Auckland, joined the Miss Universe contestants on October 23. Her crowning on October 5 marked the competition’s return to television after 21 years, with a live broadcast from the Sky City Theatre.
   The itinerary for the Miss Universe contestants this week include video taping at a sponsor event and a resort day at Agalarov Estate. The 2013 contestants have already visited Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre as part of their tour.

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Video: Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom split after three years of marriage

NEWS  by Lucire staff/October 25, 2013/11.06

Above Miranda Kerr on set for her Swarovski advertising campaign.

Actor Orlando Bloom and his model wife, Miranda Kerr, have confirmed they are splitting after three years of marriage.
   The news broke via E News.
   A representative for Bloom gave a joint statement, stating, ‘Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr have announced that they have been amicably separated for the past few months. After six years together, they have recently decided to formalize their separation.
   â€˜Despite this being the end of their marriage, they love, support and respect each other as both parents of their son and as family.’
   The couple were married in July 2010, a month after announcing their engagement. Their son, Flynn, was born in January 2011. They were spotted together earlier this month in New York.
   No reasons have been given for the separation and the couple had denied rumours about a split back in January.
   In the fashion world, Kerr recently walked at Stella McCartney’s spring–summer 2014 show in Paris and has completed the autumn 2013 advertising campaign for Swarovski.

Isabel Marant pour H&M launches in Paris, with Olga Kurylenko, Freida Pinto, Alek Wek, Audrey Tautou

NEWS  by Lucire staff//6.55

As we near the 10th anniversary of H&M’s designer collaborations, the Swedish retailer went all-out in Paris last night to celebrate the launch of the Isabel Marant pour H&M collection.
   Celebrities included Audrey Tautou, January Jones, Alek Wek, Freida Pinto, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Olga Kurylenko, Alice Dellal, Mélanie Doutey and Lou Lesage, with live performances by Melle Mel and Rappers Delight, originally of Sugarhill Gang.
   The event’s theme was early 1990s Paris, with shop fronts and street vendors re-created at the Parisian venue, with images and films from Marant’s career displayed on the set.
   The collection hits H&M stores online and at 250 locations worldwide on November 14.
   In a release, Marant said, ‘We wanted to present the collection in a way that felt real and casual, not a red-carpet extravaganza: this is how I see my work. I design for everybody and am constantly inspired by the world I see around me, so it felt natural to have an urban setting as the backdrop of the event. And it had to be Paris, because the city is part of my DNA.’
   Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative adviser, said, ‘This street celebration was the perfect way to launch a collection that oozes the energy of cool Parisian style. It felt optimistic and real: a reflection of Isabel Marant’s knack for urban sophistication and bohemia. I think the collection for women, men and teen captures her spirit and I hope our customers are as excited as we are for the launch’
   January Jones said, ‘I just think she appeals to many women because there’s something very sexy and bohemian and chic—clothes than can transform from day to night and it’s very cool.
   â€˜I think it’s really cool when a high-end designer does a collaboration like this and makes their designs easily accessible to everyone. The pieces are awesome—and coveted. I know many people that will be waiting in line on the 14th, it’s exciting.’
   Actress and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko said, ‘I’m just really excited to see the collection. I’ve seen lots of things already and I think it’s fabulous. I’m just here to have a good time and celebrate the new collection.’
   Model Alek Wek said, ‘I think it’s right for every woman. It’s comfortable, it’s chic, it’s quite bohemian. You can mix and match and I think at the end that’s what really style is.’
   â€˜This is the second H&M collaboration that I’ve attended. I feel it’s important to collaborate with designers who young girls aspire to, but it’s also for girls like me who love shopping at H&M—to make fashion that is not just beautiful and classy but also affordable,’ said Freida Pinto.

Soaking up romance and luxury at the Langham in Auckland

NEWS  by Lucire staff//1.58

Above The author in the Langham Auckland’s Club Lounge.

It was hardly surprising to find out the Langham Hotel in Auckland has just been named the New Zealand hotel of the year in the annual HM magazine award.
   We pulled up at the Langham and as a concierge opened the taxi door she offered greetings to my partner, welcoming by her name. How did they know my partner’s name?
   We were staggered by the unparalleled service throughout our entire stay by the genuinely enthusiastic staff, who collectively are any hotel’s number-one asset. At the Langham, staff could not be faulted on our visit.
   We spent two nights in the Governor’s Suite, which rates highly among New Zealand’s finest at NZ$1,800 a night. The quality and service are worth it all. We slept on the same amazing bed as pop stars and heads of state who previously preferred to stay there. Hotels never reveal their stars for obvious reasons.
   Our giant bed had four comfort layers of padding to give us two of our deepest, happiest sleeps ever. The air conditioning was perfect, which is not something many hotels get right.
   We soaked up the service in the Club Lounge, where breakfast and drinks and nibbles are served, well before the sun slips over the yardarm.
   Our Club Lounge supervisor, Giovanna Londono of Colombia, could not do enough for us from bananas in our room in the morning—and they were essential to start the day—to chocolates, cheese, sauces and crackers to one of the finest New Zealand chardonnays, Maude of Wanaka.
   Giovanna was genuinely warm, engaging and happy for us to relax, even if my partner easily beat me at speed-chess. The All Blacks were about to play a Rugby Championship game so Giovanna moved all we wanted to our Governor’s Suite to enjoy the test on the big flat-screen, from our sumptuous and lavishly-fitted lounge, or from the bedroom.
   The sound of the match floated away into the distance. This was a weekend romance took precedence over rugby.
   We slept like babies and after pancakes covered in raspberry sauce, croissants and coffee for breakfast, we headed to the Parnell French village markets. The smells of coffee, freshly cooked food and sounds of soft live music, a buzzing Sunday atmosphere almost made us drift away to the south of France, for a little bit.
   Parnell is a lovely part of Auckland and just a stroll across the Domain from the Langham. When we got back to our suite we changed into swimwear and headed to the pool and spa. My partner soaked up the spa as I clocked up some laps.
   We were in heaven. Total luxury, brilliantly cared for in style and to top it off we sipped more buttery chardonnay late in the afternoon and sampled almost too much of the finely-crafted nibbly food. The magnetic attraction to Eight restaurant downstairs was a serious lure but we were so relaxed we barely moved after our spa and pool dip.
   Heading out the next morning, Belarusian receptionist Darya Filatava wrapped some Prada perfume for my partner as we sadly headed away from the jewel in the hotel crown of New Zealand’s largest city.—Kip Brook, Word of Mouth Media

Kip Brook is an occasional contributor to Lucire, and a London bureau chief correspondent.

The Body Shop’s Honeymania: effective and indulgent

NEWS  by Anna Deans/October 24, 2013/12.28

Get luminous, healthy skin this summer with the Body Shop’s luxurious bath and body collection, Honeymania. This new range dives into nature’s own source of moisture, wild honey. Honeymania leaves skin not only enriched and nourished, it also has a divinely fragrant scent as if it has been dipped into honey itself! Being effective as it is indulgent, it is all you need for your perfect beach-ready skin.
   Here at Lucire we were blown away by the scent and couldn’t wait to try the fragrant, rich body butter. Honeymania body butter smooths and softens the skin leaving 24 hours of hydration. My personal favourite skin-softening solution however, is the exfoliating body scrub which leaves skin as soft as silk. To make your newly soft skin glimmer and glow even more is the honey bronze shimmering dry oil. Just by rubbing the oil into your skin it illuminates the skin and makes it glimmer with life.
   Rejoice, bath lovers, as this new range also includes goodies including bubble bath melt, honey-scented soap and shower gel. The Honeymania range also includes a lip balm and honey bronze balm, so lips are not only soft and sweet but glittering and glowing. For those who can’t get enough of the scent, you’re in luck. The Body Shop has also created a Honeymania eau de toilette fragrance. Spritz this around for a burst of the concentrated honey scent.
   Honeymania not only delivers in creating glowing skin and a luxurious scent, it is also good for the community and environment. The collection is made from Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia, resulting in exceptional quality. So what are you waiting for? Get into your nearest Body Shop and get your hands on the Honeymania range.—Anna Deans

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