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Festival de Cannes, day five: Sonam Kapoor, Mary J. Blige, Araya A. Hargate; Eva Longoria promotes L’OrĂ©al Paris


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 22, 2017/2.21




Pascal Le Segretain, Venturelli

The Cannes Film Festival’s fifth day’s screening of The Meyerowitz Stories at Cannes saw L’OrĂ©alistas Sonam Kapoor, Araya A. Hargate, Andie MacDowell, Iris Berben, Heike Makatash and YouTuber EnjoyPhoenix, as well as Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Jessica Chastain, Mary J. Blige, Coco Rocha, Olya Kurylenko, Laetitia Casta, Isabelle Huppert, Karena Ng, Greta Gerwig, Barbara Meier and Molly Sims. Away from the red carpet, Eva Longoria promoted L’OrĂ©al Paris at a boutique meet-and-greet and surprised unwitting customers who didn’t expect a Hollywood star to serve them.
   Kapoor chose a custom pink gown from Elie Saab couture on her first red-carpet appearance for the French cosmetics’ giant, while ‘Champoo’—Hargate—proudly displayed her five-month pregnancy in an Alexis Mabille autumn–winter 2014–15 gown complemented with jewellery by Chopard. MacDowell chose Roberto Cavalli paired with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and also Chopard jewellery. Chastain went for Christian Dior couture spring–summer 2017, with shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti and jewellery by Piaget. Casta wore a black Yves Saint Laurent autumn–winter 2017–18 dress.
   Blige wore a dress by Reem Acra with jewellery by Avakian.
   L’OrĂ©al Paris said Kapoor’s look used True Match Illuminating Powder (in Icy Glow), Color Riche Nude Palette (pink), Color Riche lipstick (organza), Brow Artist Expert (ebony), Infallible Paint Blush Palette (amber) and Volume Million Lashes mascara.



Gareth Cattermole













Venturelli, Dominique Charriau, Gisela Schober, Stéphane Cardinale/Corbis, Pascal le Segretain


Eva Longoria surprises shoppers at a L’Oréal boutique by Lucire

Boutique meet-and-greet









Gareth Cattermole

Behind the scenes





Gareth Cattermole

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Araya A. Hargate, Kendall Jenner, Ming Xi dial up the glamour at Festival de Cannes, day four


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 21, 2017/12.51




Andreas Rentz; Venturelli; courtesy Giambattista Valli

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wowed the Cannes Film Festival crowds at the premiĂšre of Robin Campillo’s Aids drama 120 battements par minute (120 Beats Per Minute) in a stunning strapless red Ralph & Russo gown.
   L’OrĂ©al Paris’s global make-up director Val Garland used True Match foundation (in Amber Gold) and concealer (no. 10) for the Bollywood actress and former Miss World, along with a deep magenta shade for her lips (Color Riche Matte Addiction, no. 430, Mon Jules) paired with a brighter red (no. 346, Scarlette Silhouette), Super Liner Perfect Slim (in Intense Black), and Mega Volume Miss (in Manga Black).
   For the first time, Rai Bachchan brought her daughter, Aaradhya, who rode with her in the Renault van to the Festival. For once the actress was in danger of being upstaged by Aaradhya, dressed in pink and clearly enjoying her princess moment.
   Rai Bachchan’s fellow L’OrĂ©al Paris spokeswomen Araya A. Hargate wore a fuchsia dress from Zuhair Murad’s spring–summer 2017 collection, and Liya Kebede wore a Paco Rabanne design from the autumn–winter 2017–18 collection.
   Ming Xi wore an Albert Ferretti dress complemented by jewellery from de Grisogono (a High Jewellery necklace and earrings with, inter alia, white diamonds and blue sapphires; a High Jewellery bracelet in white gold set in white diamonds and emeralds), and accompanied de Grisogono boss Fawaz Gruosi on the red carpet. Pamela Anderson also chose de Grisogono jewellery, namely the Anelli earrings in pink gold set with white diamonds and the Allegra bracelet in pink gold set with white diamonds.
   Sara Sampaio opted for Giorgio Armani PrivĂ© with jewellery by Avakian, and Kristen Stewart, of course, wore Chanel, from its resort 2018 collection. Kendall Jenner wore a Giambattista Valli dress with Chopard jewellery.
   L’OrĂ©al Paris also released two close-up beauty shots of Rai Bachchan from earlier in the week.





Gareth Cattermole










Andreas Rentz; Venturelli; Dominique Charriau



Venturelli; Pascal le Segretain




Venturelli; Pascal le Segretain


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan by Lucire

Behind the scenes


Jonas Bresnan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rihanna among the most glamorous at Festival de Cannes, day three


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 20, 2017/13.29




Venturelli; Pascal Le Segretain; Andreas Rentz; courtesy Dior

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan always causes a stir when she heads to the Festival de Cannes, both as a L’OrĂ©al Paris spokeswoman and as an actress in her own right. This year, her powder blue ballroom gown, by Filipino designer Michael Cinco, was covered with beads and featured a massive skirt—comfortably the biggest we’ve seen so far over the last three days.
   Rai Bachchan’s gown was from Cinco’s appropriately named Impalpable Dream of Versailles collection.
   L’OrĂ©al Paris’s global make-up director Val Garland and her team gave the Bollywood actress and former Miss World a look using the company’s True Match foundation (in Amber Gold) and concealer (no. 10) were complemented by Color Riche Matte Addiction (in Greige Perfecto), Infallible Blush paint palette (in Amber), Volume Million Lashes (in Fatale) and Infallible Nudist Lip Paint Off White (no. 208).
   Joining Rai Bachchan on the red carpet were fellow L’OrĂ©al Paris spokeswomen Li Yuchun, Julianne Moore, and Thylane Blondeau. Behind the scenes, meanwhile, were Chompoo Araya A. Hargate and Elle Fanning, who popped into L’OrĂ©al Paris’s Cinema Club on Friday.
   Other head-turning celebrities at the premiĂšre of Netflix’s Okja were Bella Hadid (in Christian Dior, with a Bulgari snake), Rihanna (also in Dior, resplendent in white and looking much like a wedding outfit), Jessica Chastain (in Givenchy) and Lily Collins (in Ralph & Russo), who appears in the film.
   The premiĂšre did not go well for the Netflix film, already the subject of controversy because it was not released into French cinemas. The Meyerowitz Stories, which stars Ben Stiller, is another film purchased by Netflix that will also not be shown on general cinematic release in France.
   Okja was projected at the wrong aspect ratio and suffered from sustained heckling from the audience.








Gisela Schober; Andreas Rentz; Tristan Fewings; Dominique Charriau


Elle Fanning at L’Oréal Paris’s Cinema Club by Lucire

Behind the scenes




Jonas Bresnan; Gareth Cattermole

Huawei, Zambesi team up to launch P10 phones in New Zealand; Zambesi creates bespoke collection


NEWS  by Lucire staff/April 5, 2017/11.47



Huawei has teamed up with leading New Zealand fashion label Zambesi to launch its P10 and P10 Plus smartphones.
   To mark the New Zealand introduction of the phones on April 12, Zambesi has created a bespoke collection inspired by the P10’s colours, namely the Graphite Black, Dazzling Blue, Dazzling Gold and Prestige Gold.
   The Zambesi collection uses 100 per cent merino wool, black satin and double silk organza gauze in tones of cobalt blue, gold and black, mirroring the P10’s colours.
   The phones will be on display alongside the collection at Zambesi’s Auckland and Wellington stores.
   The new phones promise some class-leading specs, including 5·1- or 5·5-inch screens, larger batteries, 64 Gbyte plus 4 Gbyte RAM, dual Leica cameras on the back and a Leica front-facing (selfie) camera, fingerprint-repelling Hyper Diamond-Cut metal finishing with colours created in partnership with Pantone, a Kirin 960 processor running Android 7, and support for 4·5G networks.
   They also offer Te Reo Māori as a standard language option in New Zealand.
   Huawei is so confident of the P10’s glass that it offers a complimentary three-month screen replacement guarantee. Retail price is NZ$999 for the P10, and NZ$1,199 for the P10 Plus.


Wellington’s eclectic, multicultural streetwear label Paris Club launches


NEWS  by Lucire staff/March 27, 2017/22.54


Having worked with design teams in London, Hong Kong and Australia, creative director Di returned to Wellington, New Zealand to launch her own streetwear clothing label.
   Paris Club, inspired by youthful living, energy, eclectic fun, and trends in 2017 streetwear, features over 250 styles of printed Ts, hoodies, sweaters and embroidered caps, all at an affordable price.
   Paris Club adds a new twist and an extra dash of energy to existing streetwear styles and brands by taking graphics, typography, and the latest trends and making them more boisterous and energetic, with irony, parody and joyful sarcasm, while being comfortable and functional.
   The I Feel Like Pizza long sleeve T is inspired by Yeezy’s collection but leans towards the love of food. Lazy, Lola Bunny, and the Icecream cap are honest reflections of the millennial’s heart, and throwbacks of vintage childhood cartoons. Minimalist black-and-white designs, featuring the Paris Club slogan, dominate; the label reports that girls seem to have taken the biggest liking on menswear in the collection, and boys on the pinks within the range.
   Inspired by Italian, French and Tokyo street styles, the brand seeks to create diversity and integrate a variety of cultures and their streetwear trends to create an eclectic, multi-cultural, style-lovers’ club.
   Ts retail at NZ$32·99, caps NZ$29, and hoodies from NZ$49, available at www.parisclub.co, with free shipping on domestic orders over NZ$100 and international shipping from NZ$6.







Sonam Kapoor, Naomie Harris, Zhang Zi Lin, Rosamund Pike among celebs at IWC Schaffhausen launch


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/January 19, 2017/23.13

On the night of January 17 at a private gala event, IWC Schaffhausen and a thousand VIP guests visited GenĂšve to celebrate the arrival of the new Da Vinci collection.
   â€˜The new collection is a modern interpretation of the iconic Da Vinci design from the 1980s. Along with its haute horlogerie innovations, the collection once more includes references that have been designed deliberately with women in mind—as is indicated by various features such as smaller case diameters, moving strap horns, diamond-set bezels and leather straps by Santoni in various colours,’ explained Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen.
   Numerous IWC brand ambassadors and international stars such as actors Rosamund Pike, Vanessa Redgrave, James Marsden, Sonam Kapoor, Olga Kurylenko, Jean Reno (with Zofia Reno), Game of Thrones’ Joseph Mawle, Naomie Harris, Zhang Zi Lin, Chen Bolin, Isabelle Huppert, Taylor Schilling, Moritz Bleibtreu, Barbara Becker, Franziska Weisz, Elyas M’Barek, Palina Rojinski, Hend Sabri, Murilo BenĂ­cio, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ralf Möller, Anna Ferzetti, Anna Drijver, Rob Brydon, and Sir Patrick Stewart; singers and musicians Ronan Keating (with Storm Keating), Sunny Ozell, John Helliwell, and Sebastian BĂŒrgin; TV presenters Raya Abirached and Alessia Marcuzzi; photographers Mika Ninagawa and Murad Osmann; producer Juan LĂłpez Salaberry; sporting and racing legends Nico Rosberg (with Vivian Rosberg) Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda (with Birgit Lauda), Fabian Cancellara, Jan Frodeno, ArsĂšne Wenger, Jochen Mass, Carmen JordĂĄ, Oliver Bierhoff (with Klara Bierhoff), Alexei Nemov (with Galina Nemov), GĂŒnter Netzer (with Elvira Netzer), and Ion Țiriac; models KarolĂ­na KurkovĂĄ, Adriana Lima, Vanessa Lorenzo, Monika Radulović (with husband, artist Alessandro Ljubičić), AndrĂ©s Velencoso, and Natalia Zakharova; chefs Andrea Berton (with Sandra Berton) and Diego Guerrero; and influencers such as Alexandra Lapp, Tiany Kiriloff, Kristina Bazan, Xenia Tchoumi, Elias El-Indari, Nadya Hassan, Lana El Sahely, Nicole Warne, Germina Preses, stylist Ana Antic, Sandra Bauknecht, Chiara Maci, and Negin Mirsalehi stepped onto the red carpet. Danish singer MØ performed live on stage at the event. Kern’s successor, Christoph Grainger-Herr, made his first appearance at a major celebrity event, as did Monika Kern, who accompanied her husband. IWC’s CMO Franziska Gsell also attended, as did IWC VIP customer, man-about-town Tim Jeffries.
   IWC Schaffhausen has been producing watches since 1868, and has gained an international reputation, creating masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining supreme precision and exclusive design.—Nathalia Archila

Bringing Confucius’ legend to life


NEWS  by Lola Cristall/January 10, 2017/11.04




Liu Haidong

After Asia, Europe and Australia the dance drama, Confucius, lands in New York. The China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) returned with a marvellous performance at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre presented an inspiring feature, directed and choreographed by a 77th-generation descendant of Confucius, Kong Dexin. Written by Liu Chun with costume design by Yang Donglin, the set and its design make for a magnificent backdrop for this dramatic, expressive tale. The beautifully decorated Asian-influenced stage, upbeat traditional tunes and eye-catching outfits make the crowd yearn for more. The full 90-minute performance is divided into six parts: ‘Inquiry’, ‘The Chaotic Time’, ‘Out of Food’, ‘Great Harmony’, ‘Mourning for Bene­volence’, and ‘Happiness’, each explicitly telling a tale, evoking philosophical concepts brought about by the arts. The renowned philosopher’s life blossoms on the stage, sharing various profound messages. As dancers expressed the story, Confucius’ words of wisdom are highlighted on two screens on either side of the stage.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor









Liu Haidong

Opel previews Insignia B, with clues to next Holden Commodore and Buick Regal


NEWS  by Lucire staff/December 7, 2016/1.07



GM has shown official photographs of the Opel Insignia B, which will be sold in the UK as a Vauxhall and Australasia as the Holden Commodore. Opel has focused on making the new Insignia more efficient, and it has completely reinterpreted how a sporty, large car should look. The new large car boasts a Cd figure of 0,26, yet lightweight materials have shaved up to 175 kg off the weight.
   Length is roughly the same as before, but it’s 29 mm lower, and the wheelbase has been increased by 92 mm (aiding rear passenger space), and the track by 11 mm. In isolation, it appears larger compared with the outgoing Insignia, something which will help its prospects internationally, where a version of the Insignia has to compete in China as the upscale Buick Regal, and in the former E-segment in Australia as the Holden Commodore. There is an increasing commonality between Opel and Buick design languages, too, with GM saying the Insignia B has a ‘sweepspear’ line that begins at the front door—a term that was first used at Buick in the 1940s. A coupĂ©-like fastback roofline and an upper chrome strip—the latter is also tipped for the estate—give the Insignia B a more distinctive appearance. The driver also sits 30 mm lower than before.
   Opel’s design vice-president for Europe, Mark Adams, says that the Insignia B is meant to look more upscale than its predecessor, saying it has ‘the aura of a car from the premium, upper class.’ Inspiration came from the Opel Monza Concept of 2013.
   There is a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and a wide range of engines, though Opel has not yet revealed specifics before the Insignia B’s official launch in GenĂšve next year. The big news under the skin is all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, aiding stability: this feature is expected on the top models worldwide. FlexRide adapts dampers, steering and throttle response to suit a driver’s style.
   Its LED headlights adapt to the traffic conditions, and there are other premium features, including a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, lane assist with lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. GM’s Onstar service is also standard, with automatic crash response and stolen vehicle assistance, with a concierge service allowing occupants to book hotels, launching with the car next year.







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