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September 7, 2015

Huawei and futurist Sabine Seymour predict technology’s impact on fashion

Lucire staff/22.44

We know that fashion and technology will continue coming together, and we’ve seen some innovative ideas where technology impacts on what we wear—including clothing that senses a person’s mood and alters itself accordingly. If Dr Sabine Seymour, futurist, author of Fashionable Technology, and professor of fashion and technology at Parsons is right, these ideas will become mainstream, including several others that would have been science fiction a generation ago.
   Huawei, the Chinese mobile device manufacturer, has teamed up with Seymour, as it launched a new smartwatch, which it called ‘premium … with a classic design, which is also technologically innovative.’
   Huawei’s new watch, measuring 42 mm in diameter, features a touch-sensitive AMOLED display coated in scratch-proof sapphire crystal and a stainless steel frame.
   Seymour says our underwear will begin having sensors that track personal data, such as heart rate and body temperature—an evolution of some of the exercise accessories that are commonplace today.
   We will be able to change the pattern, colour, shape and style of our garments in the future, forecasts Seymour, with technology more seamlessly integrated into clothing. Clothes will become gesture- and touch-sensitive. Length and shape can change as required, and users will be able to download new designs. Newly downloaded prints can display on to the garment.
   Garments that adjust to body temperature are on the horizon, too, while 3-D printing and on-demand manufacturing will see shoes produced in the home to a perfect fit. They will also connect to cars, which will adjust the seat accordingly.
   These fashions will be sustainable and their power will come possibly from kinetic energy, rather than batteries.

July 7, 2015

News round-up: Scandale Paris in Canada; Swymbag protecting gadgets in the water; Oilily shows womenswear

Lucire staff/2.16

Above The waterproof Swymbags: take your belongings with you and don’t risk them getting stolen at the beach.

Scandale Paris, Academy Award winner Halle Berry’s lingerie line, has secured distribution in Canada, through Boutique la Vie en Rose’s 63 outlet locations and online at La Vie en Rose is Canada’s largest lingerie retailer.
   Originally founded in 1932, Scandale Paris was reintroduced by Berry, who serves as its creative director and curator, as well as having a co-ownership of the label with the Hong Kong-HQed Hop Lun Ltd. The basic and autumn–winter 2015–16 collections are available in nearly 50 styles, priced from C$9·95 to C$25·95.
   After Emily Gayton and Kristina Oliver had their belongings stolen when they left them on a beach, they decided to do something about it: invent a waterproof bag that you can put your belongings in, then take it swimming with you. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their Swymbag range, in three styles, into production.
   Oilily, known best for its children’s line, will release its next womenswear collection at the Westergasfabriek during Amsterdam Fashion Week on July 13. ‘To show that Oilily moves with the times, we started the campaign Little Girls Grow up. The idea behind this campaign was to photograph women who grew up with our brand in the ’80s and ’90s wearing our new women’s collection,’ said Gijs de Kogel, Oilily’s marketing director. The campaign will break in time for the spring–summer 2016 season. The company aims to make “slow fashion”, staples that will still look good in half a decade’s time.

Top Halle Berry, promoting Scandale Paris. Above The spring–summer 2016 looks from Oilily in the Netherlands.

May 19, 2015

News in brief: Taylor Swift’s Tiger ring; Otis College’s 33rd fashion show; Swiss retails limited-edition Partime watch

Lola Cristall/14.03

Jason Merritt

One of our favourite items from Carrera y Carrera, the Tiger ring, appeared on the finger of Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards at the weekend. The Madrid-based jewellery company noted that Swift, presenting her new music video for ‘Bad Blood’, wore the ring in white gold, smoky quartz and diamonds from the Bestiario collection with her white cut-out jumpsuit. Madonna, Jennifer López, and Olivia Palermo have chosen the Tiger ring in the past.
   Otis College of Art and Design’s 33rd annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel was a lavish escape, revolving around the theme, A Celebration of Water. This year’s honorees include Carlos Alberini, the chief executive of Lucky Brand, designer Trina Turk, and Gary Schoenfeld, the president and CEO of PacSun. Mentors included: Bob Mackie, Trina Turk, Zaid Affas, Joe McCarty for Lane Bryant, Liliana Casabal for Morgane Le Fay, Mary Jo Bruno, Anne Cole, Isobella & Chloe, Heather Brown for PacSun, Ryan Keenan for Quiksilver, Alan Hardy for DC, Kesha Pomeroy for Roxy, and Urban Outfitters. Year after year, the event reflects the students’ hard work and approach to the fashion industry while being guided by a number of professional designers. Student Jessica Choi was recognized as Designer of the Year. Guests gathered to watch 100 ensembles take centre-stage.
   Finally, Swiss International Airlines is retailing a special Partime watch from June as part of its duty-free range this summer. Available only on board Swiss flights, the Partime watch is a limited edition, joining the 11 other models already offered. The complete collection will also be shown at the China Watch & Clock Fair in Shenzhen from June 25 to 28. (A video of the Partime’s movement can be seen at the bottom of this article.)—Lola Cristall, Paris editor, and Lucire staff

Kai He; courtesy Otis College of Art and Design

May 18, 2015

Aishwarya Rai, Natasha Poly, Eva Longoria, Svetlana Khodtchenkova: Cannes Film Festival, day 5

Lucire staff/1.49

In our recent experience, no Cannes Film Festival is complete without Aishwarya Rai making an appearance. The actress and former Miss World graced the red carpet for Carol (the adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, directed by Todd Haynes) at the Festival de Cannes with a nautical mood, with an emerald Elie Saab gown teamed with a de Grisogono cushion-cut blue sapphire ring. It marks her 14th year at Cannes as a L’Oréal ambassador. Her daughter accompanied her on the trip, as behind-the-scenes photographs from the Indian branch of the company revealed on social networks.
   Also representing the French giant on day five at the Carol première was model Natasha Poly (Natalya Sergeyevna Polevshchikova) in a distinctive Versace design, featuring a sequinned body suit with a large belted skirt, so far her most imaginative outfit on the Cannes red carpet. Poly complemented this with de Grisogono Polina black diamond earrings. Eva Longoria, who was first spotted at a gala on Friday, walked the Carol red carpet resplendent in a dark blue Versace gown with a plunging neckline, Luma Grothe went with a short sequinned dress, and Li Bing Bing shone with porcelain skin and an updo, and another glittering white gown.
   Svetlana Khodtchenkova was pretty in pink with her strapless gown, showing off her de Grisogono Boule earrings and Allegra ring. German actress Elsa Zylberstein
 also chose de Grisogono jewellery, namely the XXL green tourmaline ring and briolette-cut emerald earrings, to go with her emerald Lanvin gown.
   Despite the official selfie ban, Longoria snapped one with Rai on the Carol red carpet, reposted by L’Oréal Paris India.

L’Oréal Paris India

L’Oréal Paris

May 17, 2015

Sonam Kapoor, Natalie Portman, Li Bing Bing, Natasha Poly, Laetitia Guarino shine on Cannes’ day 4

Lucire staff/4.31

Andreas Rentz

Neilson Barnard

Natalie Portman’s directorial début, A Tale of Love and Darkness, is an adaptation of Amoz Oz’s novel, looking at the founding of the state of Israel when he was a boy. Wearing a strapless black-and-white Dior dress with a full skirt from the spring–summer 2015 collection, Portman evoked the house’s postwar New Look. Her dress choice was complemented by de Grisogono Chiocciolina briolette-cut diamond earrings.
   Accompanied by Claude Lelouch, Elsa Zylberstein also donned de Grisogono jewellery, namely the Melody of Colours coral-drop earrings and the high jewellery bracelet set with morganites, opals and white diamonds, complementing her pearlescent white gown.
   Sonam Kapoor lit up the red carpet for Gus van Sant’s The Sea of Trees in blue, with her silk gazar and crèpe off-the-shoulder ballgown from Ralph & Russo’s spring–summer 2014 collection. The L’Oréal Paris make-up for her was more distinct than what had been seen in previous days: the Mono Color Riche eye-shadow in 204 Golden Nude and 100 Noir C’est Noir; the Super Liner Mat-Matic eye-liner; and the Color Riche 30 Years lipstick in 229 Cliché Mania.
   Not to be outdone, Li Bing Bing went for another look that conjured up images of grand palaces with a sparkling, sequinned white gown at the première of The Sea of Trees, with the make-up team going pastel, using the Infaillible Matte foundation in vanilla, the indispensable Superstar Mascara in black, Color Riche 30 Years lipstick in Cocorico (330) and Color Riche nail polish in Ocean Porcelaine.
   Andie MacDowell was also wearing Ralph & Russo (from the spring–summer 2015 collection), with her make-up from L’Oréal Paris. Claudia Vieira, Jane Fonda, Miss Universe Switzerland 2014 Laetitia Guarino, Natasha Poly (in Michael Kors) were also there representing the French brand.
   Finally, Fan Bingbing was at the Chopard Trophy Party late on day three, showing her love of white this season, in another Ralph & Russo, increasingly a favourite of celebrities judging by this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Her white silk crèpe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown with silk organza and gazar ruffles was from the spring–summer 2015 haute couture collection.

Venturelli; Pascal Le Segretain

May 14, 2015

Fan Bingbing, Doutzen Kroes, Natalie Portman, Karlie Kloss, Julianne Moore shine at Cannes’ opening ceremony

Lucire staff/11.16

Pascal Le Segretain

Andreas Rentz


The Festival de Cannes, the 68th Cannes Film Festival, kicked off Wednesday at the Palais des Festivals, with plenty of glamour from the red carpet, as well as big names. Catherine Deneuve, the iconic French actress, stars in the opening-night film, Le tête haute (Standing Tall), and appeared before the cameras. In 1964, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, which put Deneuve on the map, won the Palme d’Or.
   The film deals with juvenile delinquency, and was directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, the first woman to direct the opening-night film since Diane Kurys in 1987 with A Man in Love. Deneuve plays a juvenile court judge, starring with Benoît Magimel, playing Yann, a youth counsellor, Sara Forestier as the mother who cannot control her son, and Rod Paradot as Malony, the young man out of control.
   Providing even more glamour at the opening ceremony were numerous L’Oréal Paris faces: Fan Bingbing, Doutzen Kroes, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore, Katrina Kaif, Karlie Kloss, Liya Kebede, and Leila Bekhti. John Legend represented the men’s range.
   Fan wore a custom Ralph & Russo couture silk crèpe off-the-shoulder gown inspired by 18th-century Chinese art, with 10,000 Swarovski crystals and hand-embroidered floral motifs. The company said it took 1,000 hours to make.
   Her L’Oréal Paris look complemented the traditional Chinese style, with the Infaillible 24H Matte foundation giving her porcelain skin, and the Superstar mascara and liner, along with the Infaillible Mega Gloss (in 505, Never Let Me Go, a tangerine shade) lifting her eyes and lips.
   Watts’s Elie Saab gown glittered in silver, and featured a feather-covered skirt.
   Academy Award-winning Moore, looking far more youthful than her 54 years, wore a Armani Privé gown, and gained a smoky eye effect thanks to the Superstar mascara and the Brow Artist Genius kit.
   Karlie Kloss went with one of her favourite labels, Versace, complemented by de Grisogono Sole earrings and the Onde ring; Liya Kebede wore Louis Vuitton with de Grisogono’s Allegra ring and 1 m sautoir necklace; Bar Refaeli, accompanied by Fawaz Gruosi, wore a white Roland Mouret dress with the de Grisogono cabochon-cut India earrings, and Sensuale and Allegra rings; Sienna Miller attended in a stunning column gown by Lanvin; while Natalie Portman, accompanied by her husband Benjamin Millepied, wore Dior couture for an elegant yet still dazzling look, lifted further by de Grisogono’s Gocce earrings, Jane ring, and Tubetto bangle.
   There has been a crack-down on selfies this year at the Festival, just as there had been at the Met Gala earlier this month.

Venturelli; Andreas Rentz; Pascal Le Segretain; Bruno Bebert; Fabrice Chassery

May 5, 2015

Video: who wore what at the 2015 Met Gala? Beyoncé, FKA Twigs, Rihanna stand out

Lucire staff/11.11

Taylor Hill

Jamie McCarthy

Who wore what at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute 2015 Gala, benefiting the CFDA–Vogue Fashion Fund, with the theme, China: through the Looking Glass?
   We spotted Jessica Hart in a red Valentino Chinoiserie-style velvet dress, really getting into the spirit of the theme, accessorized with Carrera y Carrera jewellery; Kate Beckinsale made a similar choice for her jewels, and opted for a golden gown from Diane von Fürstenberg and heels from Christian Louboutin.
   In our videos below, Sarah Jessica Parker surprised with a massive Philip Treacy custom headdress and a gown with a long train, designed by her in collaboration with Hennes & Mauritz. She wasn’t alone in donning head pieces: Tabitha Simmons (in Dolce & Gabbana) and Selena Gomez (in Vera Wang) went for them, too.
   Katie Holmes, sporting a fashionable bob, meanwhile, wore a sparkling, backless, beaded Zac Posen gown, with rose embroidery on the train. Kerry Washington, accompanied by her husband Nnamdi Asomugha, wore a satin Prada gown with a long train and floral embroidery. Another celebrity couple was Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs—one of Lucire’s news-makers as we summed up 2014—with Twigs wearing a high-slit gown with a nude print, complete with male genitalia, while Pattinson opted for something more conservative.
   Beyoncé was late to the event but eventually emerged wearing a very revealing, sparkling Givenchy gown, designed by Riccardo Tisci, that was barely there, inspired by I Dream of Jeannie—which also explains the ponytail. Another celebrity followed by the celeb titles, Kim Kardashian, wore a form-fitting white dress designed by Peter Dundas, from his first collection for Roberto Cavalli.
   Miley Cyrus’s hair also gained attention with its new look, with blue and green tints, while she wore a black studded Alexander Wang gown with large cut-outs, accessorized with an Ana Khouri ear cuff. Rihanna arrived later at the event, wearing a startling yellow Guo Pei robe with a train so large it required three assistants.
   The last video features Sofía Vergara in a Grecian-inspired Marchesa gown, and her fiancé Joe Manganiello. Vergara wrote on Instagram, ‘Gracias! So excited to be going to the Met Gala … We r ready!!’

Sarah Jessica Parker

Katie Holmes

Kerry Washington

Robert Pattinson and FKA Twigs


Kim Kardashian

Miley Cyrus


Sofía Vergara and Joe Manganiello


Chanel shows cruise 2015–16 in Seoul, with Gisèle Bündchen, Kristen Stewart, Razane Jammal, Park Shin Hye, CL, Alma Jodorowsky

Lucire staff/8.27

Olivier Saillant

Aldo Castoldi

Chanel’s cruise 2015–16 collection has a stylistic link from what we saw at the ready-to-wear shows earlier this year, with Karl Lagerfeld confident with endowing the French label with plenty of colour and differing textures, though this time, he has looked to the orient for his inspiration.
   Showing on Monday at the Dongdaemum Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul in the presence of an audience that included Gisèle Bündchen, Kristen Stewart, Razane Jammal, Tilda Swinton, Gaspard Ulliel, Alma Jodorowsky, Isabelle Huppert, Rinko Kikuchi, G-Dragon, Taeyang, Ko Ah-Sung, Jung Ryeo-won, Park Shin Hye, Choi Siwon, Sandro Kopp, Gwei Lun Mei, Han Ye Seul, Namie Amuro, Lee Jong Suk, Yoona Lim, and CL, the cruise collection has what Chanel dubs a structured, avant-garde silhouette.
   Gone was the houndstooth of the autumn–winter 2015–16 collection, replaced by highly colourful tweeds and cottons, which injected more pizazz into the silhouette. Lagerfeld also used shantung, linen, tulle and lace. He pulled off patchwork with more elegance than most designers can muster, while stripes and embroideries provided further texture to each look. Instead of the Parisian inspiration from his previous collection, Chanel took the Korean hanbok and moulded it into jackets with rounded shoulders; the collars were also slightly rounded and full, avoiding sharp lines. Skirts are pencil- and straight-cut, while trousers are wide. The sense of volume really came from the textures and layers used, more than the cuts themselves.
   The post-show event saw a performance by DJ Mademoiselle Yulia, followed by a private concert by Cerrone and a further performance by DJ Tim Sweeney.


Aldo Castoldi

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