Still capturing plenty of attention, especially for her promotion of worthy social causes, Lady Gaga headed to Annabel’s in London last night in association with Belvedere Vodka and Product Red.
Gaga performed ‘Artpop’, ‘Dope’ and ‘Do What U Want’ from her new album Artpop, which was released last month, as well as her classic ‘Poker Face’, at a private concert at Annabel’s.
LVMH, meanwhile, launched its Belvedere Red Special Edition bottle. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition vodka bottles will go to the Global Fund to fight HIVâ€“Aids in Africa.
Celebrity guests included Adele, Sting and Trudie Styler, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emma Watson, Bar Refaeli, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Jessie J, Chelsea Davy, Boris Becker, Bryan Ferry, Hayley Atwell, Michael McIntyre, Emile Sande, Tinie Tempah, Christopher Kane, Natalie Massenet, Arizona Muse, Richard E. Grant, Philip Treacy, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Greene, Nicky Haslam, Irina Ambromavich, James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley.
Gaga had performed at the same venue in 2011 to launch her famed Born This Way album.
Charli XCX followed on with a special DJ set into the small hours of the morning.
Gaga notes, ‘I think it is very important to join the fight against Aids and HIV and think it is wonderful that Belvedere and Annabel’s are supporting and had this event this evening. The more we can educate people the more we control the problem. I think it is really wonderful they are involved and think all major corporations should join the fight.’
Spice up your summer festivities with the Body Shop’s new Christmas range. This special-edition collection includes the yummy aromas of ginger, cranberry and vanilla. These decadent delicacies burst with natural ingredients, delightful textures and gourmet scents.
The range includes three sumptuous flavours, the first being Ginger Sparkle. Here at Lucire HQ, we are overwhelmed by the ginger scent in the gourmet body butter especially. Although strong, it evokes notes of warmth and spice being infused with real ginger. Other Ginger Sparkle products include ginger root shower gel, body polish and shimmer lotion as well as hand lotion and wash. For all lovers of invigorating crystallized ginger, this range will be the perfect addition to your Christmas stocking.
Cranberry Joy is definitely my favourite of these festive summer scents. It is delectably sweet and fruity, incorporating ingredients both beneficial to the skin and with a Community Fair Trade certificate to boot. Products available in the cranberry scent include once again, body polish, body butter, shimmer lotion and shower gel with the addition of a lip balm for the ultimate soft and sweet lips. Cranberry Joy not only smells delicious enough to eat, it also infuses your skin with this blissful scent.
This Body Shop Christmas range can’t be complete without the sickly-sweet Vanilla Bliss products. Those who die for vanilla-bean baking will love the heart-shaped, luxurious Vanilla Bliss soap. The classic vanilla body butter is also available in this range as well as a variety of hand-softening solutions. The Vanilla Bliss scents subtlety fills the air and brings sweet deliciousness to everything it touches.
I will be getting my hand on some of these gloriously festive and yummy Body Shop treats. So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself and your loved ones this Christmas with the Body Shop’s special-edition collection. This Christmas range retails from as low as NZ$10, so you can create an ideal gift for anyone in your life. Available from your local Body Shop branch.â€”Anna Deans
Above Dita von Teese’s Von Follies lingerie range’s Sophisticat collection arrives at Farmers this week.
New Zealand department store group Farmers will retail Sophisticat, the latest lingerie collection, in opulent satin and lace, from Dita von Teese’s Von Follies range, this week.
The balconette bra retails for NZ$59Â·99, the bikini brief for NZ$34Â·99, the G-string for NZ$29Â·99, and the suspender for $59Â·99.
Von Teese launched her lingerie collection in Australia in February 2012, selling via Target.
Living Nature, meanwhile, is extending its product line more aggressively in November. It has released its manuka honey gel, using certified natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients. It’s ideal for everything from cuts and graces and insect bites to fungal infections and minor sunburn, and retails for NZ$19Â·50 for 10 ml or NZ$32 for 50 ml.
There are soothing properties in Living Nature’s Nourishing Body Wash, free from sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), which can irritate the skin and eyes. Instead, it uses plant nutrients, including botanicals, and works on sensitive skin, suitable even for babies and toddlers and those with eczema or dermatitis, says the company. It retails for NZ$30 for 200 ml.
Its third entry is the Slate mineral eyeshadow (RRP NZ$20), ideal for creating this season’s smoky eye look. It uses natural mineral colour, and is free of synthetic chemicals and ingredients. The ingredients, including the minerals, are all sustainably sourced. The minerals help protect the eye from UV rays.
The packaging is recyclable, and users can opt for individual shades for Living Nature’s eye-shadow compacts (RRP NZ$10)â€”each houses two shades or, if the applicator is removed, four.
Living Nature skin care and cosmetics’ products are certified natural by BDIH Germany and listed as a Safe Cosmetics Champion on the Skin Deep Cosmetics’ Database.
Our friends at Tory & KO. have opened a second store on the ground floor of the Old Bank Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand along with a luscious website. ‘We are delighted to showcase our jewellery in a stylish, new retail environment while still retaining our bespoke jewellery boutique store upstairs,’ says co-director Kirstin O’Brien. ‘Our Wellington-based jewellery workshop creates our signature jewellery for the Pretty, Charm and Stella collections and we have recently brought in a beautiful collection from Paris called Les Nereides, which is presented in our new store.’
Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to the British Fashion Awards on December 2. David Walliams will host this year, with nominees including Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane, and Tom Ford. Lucire will have post-event coverage.
Above Dita von Teese’s Sophisticat collection begins at NZ$29Â·99 at Farmers.
Above Living Nature pushes new product for November 2013.
Get luminous, healthy skin this summer with the Body Shopâ€™s luxurious bath and body collection, Honeymania. This new range dives into natureâ€™s own source of moisture, wild honey. Honeymania leaves skin not only enriched and nourished, it also has a divinely fragrant scent as if it has been dipped into honey itself! Being effective as it is indulgent, it is all you need for your perfect beach-ready skin.
Here at Lucire we were blown away by the scent and couldnâ€™t wait to try the fragrant, rich body butter. Honeymania body butter smooths and softens the skin leaving 24 hours of hydration. My personal favourite skin-softening solution however, is the exfoliating body scrub which leaves skin as soft as silk. To make your newly soft skin glimmer and glow even more is the honey bronze shimmering dry oil. Just by rubbing the oil into your skin it illuminates the skin and makes it glimmer with life.
Rejoice, bath lovers, as this new range also includes goodies including bubble bath melt, honey-scented soap and shower gel. The Honeymania range also includes a lip balm and honey bronze balm, so lips are not only soft and sweet but glittering and glowing. For those who canâ€™t get enough of the scent, you’re in luck. The Body Shop has also created a Honeymania eau de toilette fragrance. Spritz this around for a burst of the concentrated honey scent.
Honeymania not only delivers in creating glowing skin and a luxurious scent, it is also good for the community and environment. The collection is made from Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia, resulting in exceptional quality. So what are you waiting for? Get into your nearest Body Shop and get your hands on the Honeymania range.â€”Anna Deans
Heading into the season of summer festivities, I feel a change in the air, a change in the wind and, from what I can tell, so can the Body Shop, which has released a bright and playful colour range of lipsticks, the Colour Crush range. Here at the Wellington office we have been holding our breath all winter for a fresh burst of colour. This new range offers fresh colours to complement and illuminate any skin tone and style.
What makes the Colour Crush different is the care that goes into making it. The Body Shop sources high-quality pigments from all over the world, which are then finely crushed and mixed with the body shops already outstanding Community Fair Trade-approved marula oil, resulting in the array of out-of-this-world colours.
Colour Crush not only packs a punch in its brilliant vibrant shades, it also is guilt-free and caring. This is due to the Body Shop ensuring it is 100 per cent cruelty-free and 100 per cent vegetarian to boot. Do yourself a favour and hop on in to your closest Body Shop and pick yourself up a Red Siren, Red Hot Raspberry or one of the otherÂ many shadesÂ for a steal, at RRP NZ$27.â€”Anna Deans
Lily and Lionel have collaborated with Sentebale, the charity helping HIV-positive children in Lesotho founded by HRH Prince Harry, on a collection of new scarves.
The limited-edition Basotho blanket-inspired scarves retail for Â£180 each, with 75 per cent of proceeds going to Sentebale. For every scarf bought, Sentebale can send 28 HIV-positive children to a networking club where they can interact with others with the same condition, and get emotional support for their antiretroviral treatment.
The design has been modelled after Lesotho’s national costume, the Basotho blanket, which is worn by its people to protect themselves from the cold. The mealie (maize) design holds a great importance to the Basotho culture and symbolizes fertility.
The scarves will be launched at a private viewing of the Sentebale: Stories of Hope exhibition on July 25 at the Getty Images Gallery.
Alice Stone, creative director of Lily and Lionel, notes that her company has only produced 30 pieces of each of the two designs.
The collection will be available online from www.lilyandlionel.com from July 26.
Virgin Atlantic has begun showing its new uniforms, designed by Vivienne Westwood. Wearer trials began earlier today at airports, Clubhouses and on board Virgin Atlantic aircraft.
The company says 180 staff, including crew, pilots, ground staff, Clubhouse employees and Virgin Holidays staff will trial the uniform over the next few months, ahead of the full launch in 2014.
Virgin Atlantic’s existing uniforms are already highly regarded in the industry. Luke Miles, head of design for the airline, says they are ‘some of the most envied’. Change, therefore, is not something the airline takes lightly.
With Vivienne Westwood designing, the uniforms are expected to remain eye-catching. ‘It’s a challenging design brief but means so much to our staff and customers so we have to make sure we get it right. We’re confident our Vivienne Westwood designs will continue to turn heads in the airport and in the sky,’ says Miles.
Sustainability and original design were priorities for Dame Vivienne Westwood and Virgin Atlantic’s Sir Richard Branson and marks the beginning of a long-term, innovative collaboration.
The designs must also work in different climates, from New York in the winter to St Lucia in the summer.
The trials will ensure the uniforms are comfortable and practical, and allows the airline to gauge staff reaction. Assessment areas are, say the airline, ‘fit, comfort, breathability, ease of movement, creasing before and after the shift, look and feel of the uniform after laundering and how the uniform handles marks and stains.’
Constant wear-and-tear means that fabrics must be durable, and the colour and finish must be retained over time. Vivienne Westwood has chosen fabric with nano-technology that meets these aims: that regardless of the work done, the uniforms remain pristine.
All items are developed with Closed Loop Recycling, where worn clothing is turned back into fibres that can be woven into new fabrics.
Many uniform items use recycled materials, especially recycled polyester yarn made from used plastic bottles.
Ties and scarves are quick-release for health and safety reasons. Shoes are also part of the consideration: crew walk an average of seven miles on each flight. The shoes must be SATRA- (Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association) tested and approved, and feature a non-slip sole. Male shoes have laces but are designed to be slip-on in case of a slide evacuation.
Following any exercise in rebranding, the airline has to ensure things work internally before a proper launch that involves an external audience.
Once the feedback from trial staff is gathered and any changes made, the new uniforms will rolled out to all 7,500 staff globally.
A Pinterest board is open to the public to examine, at pinterest.com/VirginAtlantic/New-Red-Threads/, while public feedback is welcome on Twitter, hashtag #newredthreads.
It may be winterâ€”and quite a bitterly cold one if you’re at our head office in Wellingtonâ€”but the Body Shop is trying to brighten our moods with the return of its Brazil Nut range and images of warmer climes.
The Brazil Nut Beautifying Oil is one of the special edition items from the Body Shop, which has blended the Amazon-sourced nut, harvested sustainably from the Peruvian rainforest, with some of its nourishing ingredients.
Brazil nut naturally contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which helps with skin care. The range helps moisturize and keeps skin soft and smooth.
The range comprises the cream scrub (NZ$34Â·75), the body butter (NZ$36), the Beautifying Oil (NZ$30), the shower cream (NZ$16), the eau de toilette (NZ$28â€”and we have tried it, and it smells sumptuous) and the soap (NZ$6Â·25).
Meanwhile, Wendyl’s Green Goddess, started by a New Zealander who needs little introduction, Wendyl Nissen, has launched a natural deodorant range, with coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot, rosewater and essential oils.
Nissen says that she had searched for a natural deodorant that was aluminium-free and was not linked to breast cancer. She had begun using coconut oil for her skin and read that it worked as a deodorant.
â€˜The reason we smell is that the sweat reacts with the air and creates bacteria. The deodorant prevents that from happening,’ she says.
The application is different, as one applies the deodorant with one’s fingers on to one’s armpitsâ€”but, as Nissen says, ‘Who told us that it was bad to touch our armpits?’
Nissen had a soft launch via her website with very positive responses. The patchouli coconut deodorant tested by Lucire works effectively, has a very pleasant scent, and retails for NZ$15.