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August 20, 2015

Tiffany & Co. to open store in Britomart, Auckland in late 2016

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Tiffany & Co. will open its first company-operated retail store in New Zealand in late 2016, to be located in Britomart, Auckland.
   It will be located at the ground floor of the Historic Places Trust-registered Australis House, 36–8 Customs Street, and occupy 430 m² of space. There will be the usual hallmarks: the use of Tiffany blue; polished stainless steel details with a wheat-leaf pattern, identical to that at the Fifth Avenue, New York store; marble and amazonite floors; and custom furnishings inspired by the stained-glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the founder’s son.
   Glen Schlehuber, vice-president and managing director of Tiffany & Co., said, ‘We have many loyal Tiffany customers in New Zealand and have been looking to establish a presence for some time, and the location at Britomart is perfect. We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience our iconic jewellery collections, heritage and craftsmanship that have distinguished Tiffany for over 175 years.’
   Tiffany’s has an existing presence in Auckland through DFS, its trade partner. It has seven stores in Australia, as well as an online presence at www.tiffany.com.au.

August 18, 2015

Fan Phenomena: James Bond gives 007 fans more; while Sugoi invites you to the world of Bill Murray

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In the year of a new James Bond movie, many books emerge. Invariably, there’ll be one on the films themselves, taking readers through the 50-plus years of the Eon Productions’ series, and, if it’s very comprehensive, the 1950s CBS TV version of Casino Royale, the 1967 spoof of the same name, and Never Say Never Again will rate more than a mention. There’ll be something about Ian Fleming, and another book on one aspect of the Bond world (gadgets, stunts, music, or something else). Seasoned Bond fans will think the circus is in town again, because the new book about the films adds little to their existing knowledge.
   Claire Hines’s Fan Phenomena: James Bond, from Intellect Books (£15·50, US$22, releasing November 15), is something different altogether: Bond from an academic and completely cultural viewpoint. Intellect is famous for its titles on popular culture and creative practice, with a rigorous academic bent, and Fan Phenomena: James Bond continues the series but takes the reader into the world of Ian Fleming’s super-spy.
   Hines serves as editor, and there are 11 very distinct contributions to her volume, dealing with everything from canonicity to 007’s appearance as ‘Ladykiller Jimmy’ in Alan Moore’s comics; Bond as a cult brand and cultural phenomenon to the clothes he wears; from the James Bond films through a feminist viewpoint to analyses of his masculinity and identity. Interspersed between these are four ‘Fan Appreciation’ sections, featuring an interview with über-fan and former Bond novel continuation author Raymond Benson, artist and collector Peter Lorenz, 007 Museum owner James Bond (who had his name legally changed by deed poll) and cross-players CousinCecily and Winter.
   Even the most seasoned Bond fan might not have considered the impact of the character, books and films, and the book fulfils a very important role: it gives them something new. William Proctor’s analysis of continuity gets the book off to a healthy start after Hines’s introduction, though typographically it suffers: the type is inexplicably small, though the layout is modern and the visuals help lift things. Getting Raymond Benson in there early on also helps position Fan Phenomena: James Bond as a book for the cognoscenti as well as those who want an academic examination, and Benson reveals a little more behind the scenes of his years as the official continuation author.
   Matthew Freeman, in considering the many media in which Bond occupies, including the gaming world, shows just how the phenomenon breaks the established rules and succeeds, while Jesús Jiménez-Varea and Antonio Pineda’s chapter on Moore’s comics is bound to take many fans into uncharted territory. Joshua Wille’s chapter on fan edits does the same: while many know about ABC-TV’s cutting of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when it aired on US TV, but there are numerous fan edits made in the digital era that had this author hunting the forums.
   Artist Peter Lorenz’s Bond film posters are stunning and present a nice visual break before Lucy Bolton’s chapter analysing the phenomenology of Bond. Bolton’s piece is perhaps closest to those Bond “collectable” books that come out with the films as she analysed the films from Dr No to Skyfall, and fans may have their own interpretations of their cultural significance through the years. Editor Hines’s own chapter looks at Bond as cult brand, and is fascinating in her study of the 1960s Eon films. Hines reconciles how cult and mainstream come together with the Bond series, successfully. Lisa Funnell gives Bond a feminist slant and the enjoyment she derives as an assistant professor teaching women’s studies.
   Stephanie Jones looks at the Bond lifestyle but primarily through the analysis of one work, The Complete James Bond Lifestyle Seminar, which she reveals is relatively light on Bond references, leading to a less satisfying chapter—though it could hardly be blamed on Jones. Llewella Burton’s chapter on Bond and fashion, and how it became a style through the rise of merchandising as the movies became blockbusters with Goldfinger is punctuated by photos from Galeries Lafayette as it opened a James Bond boutique in 1965, again gold dust for Bond fans. Karen Brooks’s and Lisa Hill’s chapter analyses the new and old masculinities through the three Daniel Craig films of 2006, 2008 and 2012.
   Crossplayers CousinCecily and Winter talk about their love of James Bond and Q, leading neatly on the final chapter by Elizabeth J. Nielsen, which deals with Bond’s homoerotic moments and subtexts. She traces them to Fleming himself in the torture scene in Casino Royale, before covering the flirting between Bond and the new Q in Skyfall, which itself has a phenomenon, attracting both women and the LGBTQ community.
   This is a volume for the intelligent Bond fan, someone who appreciates learning about the impact of Ian Fleming’s creation. Of course the films are covered more, as it was through them that Bond became a global phenomenon. The reader walks away having been better informed: this is not a Bond book for the light reader who wants reassurance of the facts they already know, but one which gives them something more satisfying to consider.




Top A scene from What About Bob?, by Jon Boam. Centre Lost in Translation, by Grace Danico. Above Lost in Translation, by Henry Kaye.

On a briefer note, but still tied with film, Sugoi Books has released an A5 book called Cook Your Own Food: a Bill Murray Scratch and Sniff, retailing at £6. There are 20 pp., with 10 smells, with some stunning illustrations, with artists reinterpreting key moments from Murray’s films, focusing on his culinary habits. ‘Scratch the smelly pads at the top right and enter the world of Bill Murray,’ the publisher asks, and you are spoiled with scenes from Lost in Translation, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, What About Bob?, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and others. For £6, the illustrations are so good it doesn’t even matter if you have a poor sense of smell.—Jack Yan, Publisher

June 25, 2015

MAC Cosmetics celebrates München store, with Franziska Knuppe, Victoria Swarovski, Lisa Tomaschewsky

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Gisela Schober

MAC Cosmetics celebrated the opening of its new store in München, Germany by having an Art of the Lip party.
   MAC, which was founded in Toronto in 1984, has since then taken the make-up world by storm, featuring in almost all runway shows and sold in 150 countries. This party is one of many that have been hosted around the world, each celebrating the many ways your can paint your lips. Lily Allen performed as well as drag queen Miss Candy and DJ Pierre Sarkozy.
   At the party were MAC make-up artists showing the guests different ways of doing their lips, for example defining your lip line with lipliner, and making your lips look bigger with a bit of lip-glass in the middle of the lips. True to form, a fashion show also took place, with models wearing designs by Zaldy, giving an avant-garde vibe at the event.
   Guests included Viktoria Lauterbach, Josefina Vilsmaier and her sister Thérèsa Vilsmaier, Verona Pooth, Alicia von Rittberg, Franziska Knuppe, Melissa Faber-Castell, Victoria Swarovski, Katja Riemann and her daughter Paula, Palina Rojinski, Nadine Warmuth, Bettina Zimmermann, Lisa Seitz and her daughter Luzie Seitz, Sophia Thomalla, Mina Tander, Lisa Tomaschewsky, and Tom Wlaschiha. General director Gabriele Medingdörfer was also there as was Bettina Zimmermann, who hosted the event.
   München now has two stores (in Pasing and the OEZ), with a pro store set to open in August. MAC is also planning on opening more free-standing stores throughout Germany in the autumn.—Fenella Clarke






















Gisela Schober

June 23, 2015

Ralph Lauren and British Vogue host Wimbledon party: Matt Smith, Jessica Chastain, Lily James attend

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Chris Allerton

On Monday, Ralph Lauren celebrated its 10th year as official outfitters of the championships at Wimbledon, with a summer cocktail party hosted by British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and former number-one professional tennis player Boris Becker. It was held at the Kensington Palace Orangery in London and guests enjoyed a live DJ set by Chelsea Leyland, and British-inspired canapés, summer cocktails, Pimms and champagne.
   Ralph Lauren is the first brand to create all the outfits on court in Wimbledon’s 129-year history, including umpires and ball persons.
   Co-hosts of the event were Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, along with Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, the Countess of Mornington, actor Philip Brook, former tennis pro Richard Lewis, CBE, and Ali Spencer-Churchill. Many were adorned in Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren: Shulman in a Ralph Lauren Collection navy silk Rylie dress and cashmere cardigan; Christie wore a black skater dress with a mesh panel on top, with a orange nappa leather envelope clutch; Lily James wore a white midi-length shirt dress paired with a gold lizard strappy jean sandal; while Jessica Chastain wore a black high-neck sleeveless dress with white inverted pleats. Actress Emily Mortimer wore a simple white shift dress, while Alice Eve wore a camel-coloured long-sleeve, high-necked dress; Maisie Richardson-Sellers was there looking stunning in a metallic organza shift dress with gathered sleeve detail, Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt looked like the epitome of summer in a yellow sleeveless dress. Of the stylish men present, Boris Becker wore a royal blue suit and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith wore a navy suit, a blue striped shirt and a green tie.
   Other guests included Jeremy Irvine, Lottie Moss, Lady Kitty Spencer, YouTubers Jim Chapman and Tanya Burr, Erin O’Connor, Laura Bailey, Lily Becker, Joanna Vanderham, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jamie and Ale Murray, Mollie King, Sam Rollinson, Charlotte Wiggins, Lara Millen, Petra Palumbo, Tania Fares, Lady Helen Taylor and Tim Taylor, Lady Kinvara Balfour, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor (the Staves), Ella Catliff, Jenny Halpern and Ryan Prince, Jade Parfitt, Viscount Althorp, Alice Brudendell-Bruce, Charlotte Dellal, Bay Garnett and Tom Craig, Emily Johnston, and Catherine Kallon.—Fenella Clarke















































Chris Allerton

June 14, 2015

The Instagrams of the top fashion labels: showing seven ways they reach us

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With social media being such a big part of the world we now live in, fashion houses no longer have just magazines to sell their products. These Instagram accounts give fans an insiders’ look to the brand and what’s going on. We have chosen seven of the top fashion labels to give the different ways these labels use Instagram.
   Making us green with envy, Fendi is giving us a snapshot into the book launch party for Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld, which was at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Yellow sand, blue sky, models (Lily Donaldson, Lindsey Wixson and, of course, Kendall Jenner) in beautiful clothes and the influential designer himself, make this a photo I want to jump into.
   Marc Jacobs is showing us the classic throwback Thursday and giving us a nice close-up from his 2010 collection, making us wish even more for a time-travelling device. Having the photo up so close shows us a new side to a dress we may have seen before, giving us a new appreciation of the greatness that is in front of us.
   Jimmy Choo is giving us a behind-the-scenes look that we would never see on the runway: a sketch design of one of their shoes. From this, we can compare the real-life shoe and make us sigh with relief that the heel is not quite so high. Having behind-the-scenes images makes the fans and customers feel more a part of the process, not to mention more appreciative of the shoe itself.
   Roberto Cavalli is both showing off its new campaign and some sweet-as art. This beautiful illustration by Hodaya Louis is of its new autumn–winter range, featuring singer Ciara. While they also showed the real photographs when the campaign was first released, this continues the interest while also shining light on the artist who did the illustration in the first place.
   Often when you see pictures from the runway, you are too busy taking in the whole outfit that you don’t get to all the little details that make it as glorious as it is. Thanks to Burberry’s Instagram, however, we are getting not only a close-up look at the green suede bag, but also the patterns and details of the boots and coats. From the looks of things, this image was taken while the models were waiting to walk out on the runway, making this the perfect quick snapshot to make us want the bag and see more of that outfit.
   The Met Gala is a huge night for fashion, showing us mere mere mortals the best and most extravagant dresses you can get. It also leaves us wanting what your favourite celebrity is wearing. Givenchy, in this post and many others, tells us who was wearing its beautiful dresses. In this photo, actress Jessica Chastain is wearing a custom haute couture dress. This dress looks like dripping gold and perfectly shows the extravagance that is Givenchy.
   Last, but not least, we have Valentino showing us some street style from one of the many famous fashion bloggers. A shot from the fashion website Man Repeller, this features a pair of Valentino shoes. With the rise of social media, bloggers now have a big impact of what people buy and even how people wear things. Customers will find a blogger with a similar style to them and see how they wear certain things. If a label affiliates themselves with and shows a famous blogger wearing its clothes, then they can reach potential customers.—Fenella Clarke

May 18, 2015

Olivier Rousteing, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn promote H&M–Balmain collaboration

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Top Jourdan Dunn, Olivier Rousteing and Kendall Jenner for H&M and Balmain. Above Olivier Rousteing. Below left Ann-Sofie Johansson of H&M.

Hennes & Mauritz’s next designer collaboration, on sale November 5, is with Balmain of Paris.
   Founded by Pierre Balmain after World War II, the veritable house rode a high soon after launch, being the choice of Hollywood stars. Now under the creative direction of Olivier Rousteing, Balmain has recaptured its “must-have” nature among celebrities, and Rousteing himself, as H&M points out, headed to the Billboard Music Awards’ red carpet last night in Las Vegas, Nevada to join friends and fans Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn, who are promoting the campaign alongside him.
   Using the hashtag #HMBalmaination, the two brands are signalling their collaboration on social media. ‘I want to talk to my generation: this is my main aim as a designer. H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fuelled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it,’ said Rousteing in a release.
   ‘We are excited to have Balmain as our guest designer at H&M and create a truly involving experience for everybody,’ said Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative adviser. ‘With its mix of couture spirit and streetwear attitude, Balmain owns a unique style, at once opulent and direct, sensual and energetic. It is also closely linked to the show business and music worlds, which adds another element of surprise.’
   The collection will hit 250 stores worldwide and online at hm.com.

April 9, 2015

St Regis İstanbul launches sumptuous, car-inspired Bentley suite

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Eric Laignel

The St Regis İstanbul hotel has débuted a Bentley suite, named for the car brand, its interior inspired by the current Continental GT model.
   A collaboration with St Regis Hotels & Resorts, the suite features a balcony overlooking Maçka Park with views of the Bosphorus and the city. There are floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing İstanbul’s sights.
   Bentley design cues are present in the living room, bedroom, the one and a half baths, the dressing room and powder room.
   The entrance’s mirrored ceiling reflects the marble floor, inset with a Continental GT wheel-inspired design. The living area’s veneer walls are meant to evoke the Continental’s interior, and the living room’s sofa’s leather is shared with the car’s. Bentley’s diamond upholstery is present on the sofas, which have two champagne bottle coolers, while the light installation evokes the Continental’s jewelled headlights. The curves of the Nürburgring race track are suggested in the way the rug has been cut, and both the living area and bedroom rugs capture the Bentley grille in abstract form.
   The wet bar, with olive ash, is inspired by the Bentley’s dashboard, and the bar doors reveal three Breitling clocks. The humidor in the bar set-up has been hand-crafted in Bentley’s own wood shop. Items from the Bentley home collection feature throughout the suite, including the chaise in the bedroom.
   The work desk sits alongside a 40-inch pop-up television, while the bed base, tailor-made from burgundy hide and bright engine spin, also conveys the lines of the Bentley Continental GT’s interior. Controls for the room are accessed via a touch panel and Ipad.
   The master bathroom has a dual-basin sink, glass-enclosed rainforest shower, and free-standing glass-enclosed bathtub. There is a 19-inch mirror TV and an adjacent dressing room. The suite also has an additional full bathroom and powder room.
   Naim Audio equipment, which is available on the Bentley as an option, appears throughout, with the SuperUniti player in the living room, and the Mu-so wireless system in the bedroom.
   The new hotel has been designed by Emre Arolat in the art-déco style. Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant and the Iridium Spa also appear at the new property.



Eric Laignel

February 4, 2015

Sponsored video: Reebok wants us to be more human

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A Lucire special promotion




Reebok has one of the most storied histories of any of the sports brands: its forerunner was, for example, the choice of the British Olympic team in 1924, dramatized in the movie Chariots of Fire. And in the late 1980s, there wasn’t a brand that was more fashionable than Reebok as its Pump became closely tied to the era.
   It’s never been a brand that’s needed fancy celebrity endorsements. It has been slightly more restrained as a brand, and its latest commercial, in the wake of the Super Bowl in the US, exhibits a level of honesty not often seen in a sector that relies on being flashy and impactful.
   Reebok’s latest campaign, entitled Be More Human, shows everyday people pushing themselves further, for the purpose of personal fulfilment. Reebok taps in to a very real motivation for most people who work out: to be healthier and stronger for themselves, not for gold medals or recognition on a football pitch. In recent times, Reebok has partnered with CrossFit, which is aimed at fitness fanatics. It’s part of Reebok’s efforts to rebrand itself, a programme that began five years ago when it revealed its delta symbol.
   The campaign, which broke at the end of January, connects Reebok’s shoes and apparel to those fitness enthusiasts, something which its president, Matt O’Toole, sees as part of the brand’s roots. It appears to be paying off: Reebok has experienced seven straight quarters of growth. No longer is it chasing competitors or trying to be something else: Reebok has found its groove being itself. It’s something it wants to urge its consumers to do now, too, and, consequently, there’s a sense of authenticity to its efforts.


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