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November 30, 2013

Canadian singer Garou succeeds Alain Delon as chair of Miss France jury

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After Alain Delon quit as the honorary chairman of the Miss France jury over a falling-out surrounding his right-wing political activity, there was a question mark over his successor. Metro has revealed that singer Garou will take Delon’s place as Miss France leads up to its final on December 7 at the Zénith in Dijon.
   Garou, a Québecois singer, is already well known to French TV audiences, being one of the judges on the French version of The Voice, on TF1, the same channel as Miss France.
   He will join singers Sylvie Vartan, Elodie Frégé (Star Academy) and Vincent Niclo, comedian Titoff, 13 heures presenter Jean-Pierre Pernaut and his partner, Nathalie Marquay (Miss France 1987), who, along with the French public, will decide on the successor to Marine Lorphelin, Miss France 2013.
   The final will be MCed by Jean-Pierre Foucault. The very lengthy telecast sees the candidates in various tableaux, this time with a Disney-esque and fairy-tale theme. Sets themed on Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Snow White are planned for the final.

A drop of blood inspires B Type jewellery and its dual purpose

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B Type represents a new concept in jewellery design based on personal blood type. Conceived in Milano, the collection is made solely in Italy to the best creative and artisanal standards. ‘You are what you bleed’ is their headline, representing both the collection’s concept and the brand’s philosophies. These pendants sees your blood type as a code that represents you, used as an identification as well as a celebration of the self, on the basis that blood is an element which keeps us alive and connects us.
   B Type jewellery is purely a collection of silver pendants. The blood type code is engraved on these in modern text through old-style craftsmanship. The pieces are timeless, an excellent gift for a loved one being a meaningful and personal gift, suitable for the young and old and both women and men. The drop shape of the pendants creates a delicate look to the pieces as well as representing a drop of blood. B Type’s packaging is intentionally provocative, with the use of blood-bank-type plastic bags with the delicate jewel safely inside. The packaging and the jewels themselves aim to create awareness of one’s own blood type in case of emergency. They also elevate the importance of the free gift of giving blood.
   B Type’s designer, Arianna Callegari, a trained architect, intends to work on a collection incorporating alternative materials such as gold and diamonds. Callegari aims for all her pieces to be special and unique, like one’s blood type. The current collection, shown in Dubai on October 10, is now available.—Anna Deans




November 29, 2013

Supermodel Kate Moss to receive British Fashion Awards honour to mark 25 years of influence

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Top Kate Moss, photographed last month celebrating Rimmel’s 180th anniversary. Above A preview image of the supermodel, who will appear in Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue in January.

Suzy Menkes isn’t the only woman getting a special award from the British Fashion Council, supermodel Kate Moss will receive one, too.
   Her Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards is presented to mark her 25 years in the business and her continued influence on the industry, said the Council.
   Croydon-born Moss was discovered in 1988 while on holiday by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management. Then 14, she and her family were returning from a holiday in the Bahamas and were awaiting their homeward flight at JFK.
   While considered a supermodel in the original sense of the word—her contemporaries were Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington—Moss was a contrast, having a more child-like, waif look. Opponents called it ‘heroin chic’.
   Moss received some notoriety for her skinny frame after appearing on the cover of The Face in 1997. She then modelled in advertisements for Calvin Klein underwear and appeared nude for the Calvin Klein fragrance, Obsession. She has been immortalized in sculpture in two sculptures by Marc Quinn, the first in 2006 called Sphinx, followed by a second in 2008, in gold, called Siren.
   Moss will appear in Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue in January, and a preview image, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, has already been released.
   She has been romantically linked to Johnny Depp, Jefferson Hack (the father of her first child), Billy Zane, Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Wahlberg, Daniel Craig, Jake Chapman, Mario Sorrenti, Evan Dando, Jesse Wood, Antony Langdo, and Pete Doherty. In 2011, she and Hince tied the knot.
   Through the years, Moss has defied expectations, shattering the predictions of those who believed that models would only have a certain, limited working life, and recovering from a tabloid exposé about cocaine use that could have permanently damaged a lesser model’s career. She has shrewdly created her own brand, licensing it in co-branding situations, most notably with Topshop. She has her own collections with Longchamp, Fred and Rimmel. And she continues to endorse products and serve as the face of international brands, thanks in part to her work ethic and knowledge, and to a unique look.
   The Council calls her ‘fearless and intuitive’ when choosing her projects. Others sought by the BFC for comment included photographer Mario Testino, with whom Moss has collaborated numerous times, who said, ‘Kate Moss has made many people dream. And not only people that look at fashion but those that create it as well. The moment she puts on an outfit, it takes another identity. She adds personality to fashion and I personally, can never get enough of her.’
   Donatella Versace said, ‘From the very beginning Kate was iconic; she never had to become a model. She has the same energy, the same seduction and the same wit—in front of the camera and with everyone, I love you Kate!’
   The BFC stated, ‘She has worked with every designer of note, including McQueen, Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent, Dior, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and her editorial still sets the benchmark high in terms of sheer versatility, originality and its ability to communicate the aspirations and realities of many generations. Her work with Corinne Day at the age of 15 remains instrumental in shaping the face of the fashion industry, and Kate is synonymous with the spirit of British innovation.’
   It also notes that Moss is the most prolific Vogue cover girl, appearing on 34 covers for British Vogue alone. She now serves as a contributing fashion editor for the magazine, with her first story appearing in the spring.
   Moss won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2006, and received the London 25 award at the same event in 2009.
   The British Fashion Awards, hosted by the BFC, takes place on December 2 at the London Coliseum. Nominees this year include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne. Tickets are available through www.britishfashionawards.com/tickets. Lucire will have post-event coverage.

H&M plans Manila store; Women Expo Switzerland prepares for ’14; Victoria’s Secret opens at LAX

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Hennes & Mauritz says it will open a store in the Philippines, its first foray into the southeast Asian region. The flagship store will open in 2014 inside SM Megamall, Manila. The company has already inked the deal.
   Another 2014 event is Women Expo Switzerland (WES), the only creative women’s exhibition in Switzerland, will take place on May 25 at the Messe Zürich.
   With 700 m² space, it will be dedicated to the fashion industry (both B2B and B2C) with direct sales, fashion shows and workshops, say organizers.
   The previous edition saw over 100 exhibitors and attracted 1,000 visitors from Switzerland, the UK, Germany and France. Organizers presently seek exhibitors and visitors. Their website is at www.womenexpo.ch, and a video from the 2013 event (in German and English) is below.

   Almost on the opposite side of the spectrum, publisher Jack Yan has a humorous look at the late Lewis Collins, whose passing was reported yesterday in the media, in Lucire Men. The actor was best known for his role in The Professionals, arguably the most macho TV show in 1970s Britain.
   Finally, Victoria’s Secret says it has opened a beauty and accessories’ store at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, focusing on ‘iconic, fashion-forward range of beauty products and accessories designed for the modern jet-setter.’
   Items include fragrances such as Victoria’s Secret Bombshell, Sexy Little Things Noir Tease, Victoria, and VS Fantasies, and lip glosses and body care products.

Pandora releases its limited-edition Black Friday charm, called Let It Snow

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Pandora’s Black Friday event for the US market is its revealing of its final holiday charm in its Twelve Days of Christmas collection.
   The limited-edition charm, called Let It Snow, is in sterling silver, with pavé-set cubic zirconia, and can be worn on a bangle, bracelet or necklace, or styled as earrings.
   Pandora says Let It Snow will only be available individually while stocks last. However, it has a Christmas gift set, which includes all 12 holiday-inspired charms and the Pandora Moments barrel-clasp bracelet, retailing at US$500 (individually, the items go for US$715).
   In a release, Angel Ilagan, Pandora’s marketing VP for the Americas, notes, ‘Black Friday is an exciting day—for many it’s the “unofficial” start of the holiday shopping season. What better way to kick off the holidays than with a limited edition gift for yourself or a loved one?’
   Pandora had revealed a new holiday charm to Pandora Club members, and Facebook and Twitter fans, during November 2013.
   Authorized Pandora retailers can be found at www.pandora.net.

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Lucire’s Instagram round-up, November 29

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This week’s Instagram pics include two of Lucire’s own, publisher Jack Yan and fashion editor Sopheak Seng. Sopheak shows his excitement for seeing his fabulous styling on a banner for the local Wellington Cup Carnival, while Jack is with the designer of Mardle, Shiana Weir, at an event hosted by her label and TwoWorlds, Design Cartel, Desiree, and Nevada Brown.
   In other Kiwi news, X-Factor runner-up Benny Tipene promotes his new single coming out on December 6: in a very attractive manner I might add. Meanwhile Lorde and David Little attend the New Zealand Music Awards both wearing New Zealand’s own, Zambesi.
   British pop-sensation, Rita Ora, celebrates her 23rd birthday in style with a truly scrumptious-looking cake. Over in LA, fashion-blogging superstar Rumi Neely is seen in not one, but two Australian labels. She wears the Vampire Skirt by Friend of Mine and Light Ceramic top by Bec & Bridge—doesn’t she look fabulous?
   Current it-girl Jennifer Lawrence, fondly known here at the office as J-Law, promotes her massive new blockbuster and the second in the terrific Hunger Games series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now showing at cinemas, it’s a definite must-see. Last but not least, Doutzen Kroes posts a drool-worthy shot of herself in sexy Christmas themed lingerie: included purely due to its extreme hotness.—Anna Deans

November 28, 2013

Suzy Menkes to be honoured at 2013 British Fashion Awards

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Suzy Menkes, OBE will receive the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) Special Recognition Award this year, for her 25-year-long career at the International Herald–Tribune.
   Menkes has been style editor for the newspaper, now rebranded as the International New York Times, since 1988, and is hugely respected by her peers and the fashion industry.
   British-born, she is a graduate of Cambridge University, where she read English literature. Menkes was the university newspaper’s first female editor. Her official biography notes that she previously worked for The Times, the London Evening Standard, and The Independent.
   As style editor, Menkes resides in Paris and holds the Legion d’Honneur in France. She has authored a number of books on fashion and the Royal Family.
   In the BFC’s release, the industry praised Menkes, who tends to have a warm relationship with the industry, known for her fairness and journalistic integrity.
   Stephen Jones, OBE, whom Lucire publisher Jack Yan interviewed in issue 31, said, ‘Suzy is fashion. Suzy is the bench mark by which all others are judged. Few come close in authority, experience, judgement and hairdo.’
   Chris Moore of Catwalking.com noted, ‘To say Suzy Menkes is to say fashion. It’s an honour to have worked for her to 25 years.’
   Sarah Mower, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and a contributing editor to Vogue, said, ‘Suzy is the fastest mover in the west—or east. I have only ever beaten her to the race backstage about three times in 15 years. The brain under that front-roll is a phenomenon. I’m in awe of the agenda-setting pieces she pens between Milan and Paris which both interrogate fashion’s motives and put it in its rightful cultural and economic place. Besides that, she’s the greatest defender of journalistic integrity, the greatest inspiration and the naughtiest wit I know.’
   Simone Rocha said, ‘It is an honour to be reviewed by Suzy, her words are always astute and sincere. She has a true understanding of the beauty of fashion and her words make you believe in it.’
   Susannah Frankel, fashion director at Grazia stated, ‘There are so many people reviewing fashion today but Suzy is still the person who, for me, best brings the clothes themselves to life. She is, of course, also brilliant at putting fashion into a broader cultural context but, if I miss a show, and read her commentary it’s almost as if I can see the collection in front of me. She makes that seem easy but it’s anything but. Add to that the fact that she is as sharp as a knife, as generous towards and interested in newcomers as she the big guns … Suzy is an incredible journalist and an incredible woman.’
   The British Fashion Awards, hosted by the BFC, takes place on December 2 at the London Coliseum. Nominees this year include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne. Tickets are available through www.britishfashionawards.com/tickets.

Don’t forget: Lucire 31 is out, available for tablets and in print

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Above As shown on Facebook yesterday, a banner ad campaign has launched promoting the print and tablet editions of Lucire, even though issue 31 has been published for some weeks.

If you haven’t checked it out already, you should do so: Lucire issue 31 is out. Since the print editions are collectible, limited editions, they don’t really date—we still keep going back to earlier ones at the office as references—and have in-depth insights into the fashion world. Intelligently written, with an independent voice, and put together by a small global team, Lucire continues to pioneer as we hit the mid-2010s. That’s why you can also order it as a tablet edition.
   The latest issue features Summer Rayne Oakes on making an impact in the modelling world; a review of autumn–winter looks by Tiffany Fernando, with visuals by Doug Rimington; an interview with Stephen Jones, OBE, one of the great names in millinery, by Jack Yan; Elina Lukas’s Copenhagen Fashion Week diary; Elyse Glickman’s interview with Daisy Fuentes; and David Machowski’s exploration of maple syruping in New England. There’s plenty more, including shoots by Angelika Buettner, Dorit Thies, Brett Stanley and Doug Rimington, including two styled by Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng.
   The URL is now much easier to remember: lucire.com/print. You can order it for tablets or as a very exclusive print edition through this link, or at the link at the top of the page if you’re surfing on our full web edition.
   Also easy to remember is our video player, regularly updated with entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and tips. You can find that at lucire.tv: we’re finally putting that URL to the use we envisaged for it.
   As we begin December, Lucire is getting our bases covered. Please let us know via Facebook or our feedback form if you have any thoughts or story ideas. It’s the tip of the iceberg, as we have plenty more to announce in the New Year.

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