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Video: Kate Moss reveals her 2014 Topshop collection at Oxford Street store

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 30, 2014/12.10

Supermodel Kate Moss launched her latest Kate Moss for Topshop collection at the chain’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London.
   Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw MCed the event, with plenty of press and fans waiting outside the store. Grimshaw called Moss an ‘icon’, while shoppers got a glimpse of the new range, which went on sale today at all Topshop stores, at, and at Net-Ă -Porter.
   The second collection continues Moss’s glam boho chic style, with use of fringes and beading, while also featuring paisley prints, leather and tulle with shades of blue, turquoise, mint and gold. Moss also forecasts bright, metallic colours for the season. Our favourites include a hand-beaded dress retailing at ÂŁ600 and a skin-tight gown.
   She has reissued an asymmetric yellow dress from her first collection.
   â€˜I have really missed being involved in the design process, and working with the team at Topshop. I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name. Now more than ever with London being at the forefront of fashion as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop,’ said Moss in a statement.
   Topshop boss Sir Philip Green said, ‘I am personally thrilled that Kate wanted to come back to Topshop to work with us again. The first time around was such a lot of fun and she has been sorely missed.’
   Kate Moss’s last Topshop collection was in 2011.

Lorde and MAC collaborate on limited-edition lipstick and eyeliner

NEWS  by Lucire staff//3.02

Above The new campaign image from MAC, featuring Lorde. Below right Lorde performing at Coachella this year.

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images/MAC Cosmetics

New Zealand’s biggest music name, Lorde, has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics on two limited-edition products available from June 27, 2014.
   The two products to bear Lorde’s name are the Pure Heroine amplified deep plum lipstick, and the Penultimate eyeliner in Rapidblack true black, each retailing at NZ$40.
   The deep plum shade is said to be the musician’s signature shade.
   The products will be available online and at select locations throughout New Zealand.
   MAC has often collaborated with edgy musicians, most famously this decade with Lady Gaga. Cyndi Lauper, Beth Ditto, and Nicki Minaj have also appeared in recent MAC campaigns.
   The brand also worked with Lorde at the Grammys, with MAC senior artist Amber Dreadon (Amber D) creating the singer’s look.
   MAC has hashtagged the campaign MACLorde for social media.

News in brief: Keira Knightley at Begin Again premiĂšre; Germany wins American Crew competition

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 29, 2014/14.25

On the closing night of the Tribeca Film Festival, Keira Knightley was centre of attention as the lead in Begin Again, whose premiĂšre was hosted by Chanel.
   Staying true to the brand she represents, Knightley wore a pastel green, mauve and white lamĂ© bodice, embroidered with green, pink and light blue pearls, with a pastel green, mauve, white tulle and organza skirt, from the spring–summer 2014 haute couture collection. At the after-party, it was Chanel spring 2014 couture again, with an above-the-knee corseted dress in powder pink crepe, with slightly flared sleeves above the elbow.
   Staying with Europe: American Crew has held its global men’s grooming competition at the Meo Arena in Lisboa, where Jerome Kantner of Mainz won the 2013–14 All-Star Challenge, and is now recognized as one of the top men’s hairstylists in the world.
   The competition attracted 1,100 stylists from 18 countries, with the final seeing entrants from Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the US.
   â€˜Jerome’s look exudes classic American Crew with meticulous barbering skills and refined proportions,’ said Craig Hanson, American Crew creative director. ‘The wardrobe styling was fresh and masculine, and the art direction perfectly captured an authentic message of the modern man.’
   Judges were Raccuglia; Hanson; Sandra Nygaard, Senior Fashion and Grooming Director, Men’s Health; Sergi Bancells, General Manager USA, Spain and Latin America, Estetica; and Pedro JosĂ© Muñoz, 2012–13 All-Star Challenge Global Champion.
   Meanwhile, Living Nature has also picked up an accolade. The Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible has named its foundation its best, following on from acclaim in the Natural Beauty Awards 2014 in the UK. The Bible’s Sarah Stacey and Josephine Fairley noted, ‘This is the highest score for a natural foundation in our books—an impressive achievement for the New Zealand brand’s 100% natural formulation.’

David Raccuglia

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Top Jerome Kantner’s winning entry at the American Crew 2013–14 All-Star Challenge. Centre American Crew 2013–14 All-Star Challenge global champion Jerome Kantner and 2012–13 winner (and 2014 judge) Pedro JosĂ© Muñoz. Above Raquel Matilla, Global Marketing Director, Revlon Professional Brands and Javier Asarta, CMO, Revlon Professional.

Sponsored video: Burt’s Bees’ lip colour’s at the trend forefront

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 28, 2014/12.49

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You don’t necessarily expect Burt’s Bees to be at the forefront of what’s in fashion, but this season, you may be proven wrong.
   This company, with its roots in Maine, best known for its beeswax lip balm, is bringing the same nature-first, socially responsible philosophy to lip colour, with its range of lip shimmer, gloss and shine. There’s even a tinted lip balm, which gives lips a hint of colour as well as 100 per cent natural moisturization.
   But what colour should one opt for? Burt’s Bees is letting its customers find out, by consulting a questionnaire by celebrity make-up artist Katey Denno. Denno has four simple questions on the Burt’s Bees website, and this will allow you to choose the ideal shade.
   The questions don’t even take that long to go through: the first three are on a single page, while the last asks whether you are up for an adventure or have a go-to shade.
   The best thing is that everything is responsibly made, with Burt’s Bees maintaining a small operational footprint, using sustainable packaging, and having a strict supplier code where human rights are at the forefront. Each year it still engages in community outreach, having planted urban gardens and built hive boxes for the recovering bee population.
   It has also established its own charity, the Greater Good Foundation, where it empowers inspiring grass-roots initiatives and supports sustainable agriculture. Its ethos still centres around a phrase in one of its first catalogues 20 years ago: ‘What’s right isn’t always popular. What’s popular isn’t always right.’
   You can find Katey Denno’s shade finder here.

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Time’s 100 most inïŹ‚uential has BeyoncĂ© covering; Benedict Cumberbatch, Phoebe Philo, Lydia Ko make the cut

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 26, 2014/10.04

The cover for this year’s Time 100, listing the news magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, goes to BeyoncĂ©.
   On sale today, the 11th annual edition also features Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins on covers within the publication.
   It also has a number of guest contributors, writing about those who feature: James Franco on Marina Abramović, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, PelĂ© on Cristiano Ronaldo, Stella McCartney on Phoebe Philo, Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cassidy on Andrew Haldane, Elif Shafak on Abdullah Gul, Madeleine Albright on Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen, and Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen.
   Forty-one women are honoured, including Amy Adams, Mary Barra, Lydia Ko, Megyn Kelly, Miley Cyrus, Angela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Kerry Washington, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Jenji Kohan.
   President Obama appears for the ninth time, and other repeat honorees include Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Jeff Bezos.
   As with this magazine’s ‘newsmakers’ list, Edward Snowden makes the cut in Time. Jack Ma of Alibaba, which was honoured by the Medinge Group in its seventh Brands with a Conscience awards in 2010, has also come to the attention of Time.
   Obama writes of the Pope: ‘Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people. Pope Francis is such a leader 
 Pope Francis reminds us in ways that words alone cannot that no matter our station in life, we are bound by moral obligations to one another.’
   Franco says of Abramović: ‘I trust Marina to carve the artist out of her celebrity and use her celebrity to bring what she stands for into the here and now, looking straight into the eyes of all of us, strangers still, but courageous, curious, inspired, creative participants afterward.’
   McCartney says of Philo: ‘One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’ wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.’
   And Firth writes of Cumberbatch: ‘It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage—and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it. He must be stopped.’
   Time editor Nancy Gibbs says, ‘The Time 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful 
 The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle. Power is a tool, influence is a skill 
 If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.’
   A full list, including tributes, videos and photos, can be seen here. Time also has an interactive grid of the 100 honorees at this link, and a Facebook influence map here.

News in brief: Pandora’s cruise; Living Nature’s Lip Hydrator; Chanel appoints Australian make-up artist

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 19, 2014/5.09

Pandora knows the strong culture and following it has, and has invited select customers to join it for a cruise for the third year.
   The jewellery brand’s Unforgettable Cruise is a seven-day cruise where fans can get a sneak peek at the new collection, and experience a styling workshop with Janette Ewen, Pandora’s Canadian-based spokeswoman, and other leisure activities.
   They were joined this year by YouTube fashion and beauty hosts Meghan Rienks and Claudia Sulewski, to join customers in sharing their experiences with the brand, in person and through social media.
   Those attending the cruise were gifted an exclusive, two-tone Pandora charm.
   Its Mothers’ Day and spring collections can be viewed at its website.
   Living Nature has launched its Lip Hydrator with an RRP of NZ$29·50 (left), a certified natural conditioning balm in a lipstick packaging. In addition to keeping lips moist—since they do not have self-lubrication—it can be used as a primer for lipstick to help with application.
   It uses active manuka honey along with plant butters and oils, to create a protective layer for lips. Carrot oil helps with smoothness and mica provides shine. The Lip Hydrator promises to be moisture-rich but does not leave a greasy texture on the lips. It is also literally safe to eat—in line with Living Nature’s other products, it contains no synthetic chemicals, preservatives or allergens.
   Stockists can be found via the Living Nature website or by calling, within New Zealand, 0508 548-464.
   Victoria Baron of MAP Creative Agency (right) is the first Chanel make-up artist for Australia and an official spokesperson for Chanel Australia, for beauty and fragrance, the company announced Thursday.
   Baron was chosen by Chanel’s Paris make-up studio team and is one of 20 new artists worldwide.
   The company says she ‘perfectly embodies the values of the House of Chanel; as a youthful and modern creative spirit.’

MAC Cosmetics launches ïŹrst lash bar in New Zealand

NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 18, 2014/12.00

MAC Cosmetics’ lash bars have made it to New Zealand. The lash bar features a range of lash wands, where a customer can hold up each lash style—there are 14 to choose from—to see if it will enhance their look. Customers then work with a MAC make-up artist, who will provide them a complimentary lash application. The lashes retail for NZ$26.
   The first lash bar is at Smith & Caughey at 225 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland, at a newly refurbished MAC counter.
   MAC offers individual, half- and full lashes, securely packaged with left and right easily identified. MAC lashes will last through approximately three to six wears, according to the company.
   When removing, gently lift one end and peel off slowly. Lashes should be stored in a cool, dry area. They should also be used with a safe adhesive, such as MAC’s own Duo Lash adhesive.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s CoppĂ©lia expertly executed at every level

NEWS  by Jack Yan/April 17, 2014/13.46

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Evan Li/Royal New Zealand Ballet

Top A publicity photograph from the Royal New Zealand Ballet for Coppélia, with Swanhilda, Franz and Coppélia. Above Kohei Iwamato as Franz and Lucy Green as Swanhilda from the premiÚre.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s CoppĂ©lia, which opened in Wellington on Thursday, is a lovingly designed and staged production that will suit family audiences.
   Set in a mountain village in Hungary, the RNZB’s production of CoppĂ©lia retains its well known storyline and period setting, with beautiful sets and costumes. The work of the late, award-winning designer Kristian Fredrikson is particularly poignant in the second act, inside Dr Coppelius’s house, where his seven very distinctive automatons, as well as CoppĂ©lia, rest. Two incomplete mannequins hung from the top. The third act, with the wedding scene, is another testament to Fredrikson’s design ability, evident through the villagers’ and Franz and Swanhilda’s wedding costumes. Jason Morphett’s lighting lifted the story, making it easy to follow—and it was the second act, too, with its moody atmosphere, where his work shone.
   Martin Vedel, ballet master on CoppĂ©lia, stayed true to the core of the story, with classical and folkloric dances playing out the plot. The energetic divertissements in the third act were perfectly performed. Vedel was, according to his notes, aware of the pre-modern, romantic period in which CoppĂ©lia was created, and sought to retain its beauty, but tightened up the storyline and more clearly portrayed Dr Coppelius—performed by Sir Jon Trimmer, who first danced it for the RNZB in 1964—as a social outcast.
   The 21st-century touches are, then, in the theatrics of the performance rather than the look and feel, although the limbless, faceless automaton, beautifully performed by Paul Mathews, could feel at home in science fiction to modern audiences.
   One cannot help but smile at the performances—after all, CoppĂ©lia is a happy, comedic ballet, and we noticed that the children on opening night enjoyed it as much as the adults. Lucy Green and Kohei Iwamoto were the well cast leads tonight, as Swanhilda and Franz respectively, dancing their roles expertly—and deservedly receiving standing ovations from some of the audience. Unsurprisingly, Sir Jon received similar acclaim, and Joseph Skelton as Zoltan, both in his emphatic solo and his dance with Katherine Grange as Ima, brought immediate reactions as well as loud applause at the end.
   Orchestra Wellington faithfully performed the LĂ©o Delibes score.
   After Wellington, CoppĂ©lia tours to to Palmerston North, Invercargill, Dunedin, Napier, Rotorua, Takapuna, and Auckland, with the season ending on May 31 inclusive. Further information on dates and venues, as well as booking, can be found at the RNZB website.—Jack Yan, Publisher

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