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July 23, 2014

News round-up: Dilmah hosts high teas in New Zealand; Trish Peng searches for new face

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Dilmah Tea New Zealand

Dilmah Tea hosted a series of high teas around New Zealand, promoting its socially responsible message along with the rising interest in tea mixology.
   Its Wellington stop on Tuesday, hosted by Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando and his son, Dilhan C. Fernando, the company’s chief marketing officer, and in the presence of Her Excellency Zodwa Lallie, South African High Commissioner, was a particular treat, with a menu designed by Dilmah Real High Tea Gold Medallist Laurent Loudeac, executive chef of the Museum Art Hotel.
   Held at the hotel’s famed Hippopotamus restaurant, guests were treated to everything from ora king salmon sashimi—which we would label as our favourite of the afternoon—to lap sang souchong yoghurt panna cotta and a lychee-infused jasmine tea and rosewater caviar, complemented by various Dilmah teas.
   The selection included Dilmah’s Ran Watte Single Region Ceylon tea, its green tea with jasmine flowers, and its rose tea with French vanilla.
   The highlight was the address given my Merrill J. Fernando, after a video looking back through the history of Dilmah and how his famed catchphrase, ‘Do try it,’ was created by a New Zealand agency.
   He spoke of how Dilmah goes beyond the requirements of Fair Trade with its ethically made tea, because those who grow the tea share in the equity. The value-added components of Dilmah are not done by international traders, but by Sri Lankans, and the company constantly puts money back into the community, funding education, health care, cultural and even business activities.
   Some rivals force down the prices that tea farmers can sell at, keeping them poor, while profiting from the value-added components in the marketing and production chain.
   Mr Fernando also stressed that Ceylon tea is the finest, and that Dilmah, to preserve that integrity, does not mix its teas with those from other countries.
   Through a Trade Me auction, the Merrill J. Fernando Charitable Foundation is also raising money for a culinary centre in Sri Lanka which will train people living with disabilities or have been disadvantaged, so that they can find employment to support themselves.
   They can be found on Trade Me, with the auctions closing on July 27. Items include Parawa Estate Ingalalla Grand Reserve 2007 wine, valued at over NZ$1,250; an individually numbered caddy of a very rare tea, FBOP 1, from the Dilmah Opapa Estate in Sri Lanka; a night for two at the Langham Hotel in Auckland; and two nights for two at the Museum Art Hotel in Wellington.
   In other New Zealand news, new label Trish Peng is running a Fresh Face modelling competition as part of her New Zealand Fashion Week début next month, with the help of L’Oréal Professionnel and Vanity Walk.
   New Zealand women are invited to enter via the Trish Peng Facebook page. Peng and Vanity Walk, a modelling agency, will judge from the uploaded photo and details.
   Entries close August 2. The winner becomes the face of the next Trish Peng campaign, opens Peng’s fashion week show, receives a modelling contract with Vanity Walk, and wins a year’s supply of L’Oréal Professionnel products.—Jack Yan, Publisher, with Lucire staff


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Dilmah

Top Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando with Lucire publisher Jack Yan. Centre Dilmah chief marketing officer Dilhan C. Fernando and South African High Commissioner, HE Zodwa Lallie. Above Museum Art Hotel proprietor Chris Parkin with HE Zodwa Lallie.

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June 11, 2014

The sweet smells of the Body Shop this winter: thinking big and raspberry fare

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One indisputable thing about the Body Shop’s products is that the scents are delectable. This month’s jumbo-sized shower gel (750 ml, available in strawberry, moringa, olive, satsuma or pink grapefruit, retailing at NZ$36·50) and body butter (300 ml, in shea, mango, coconut, olive, strawberry or moringa, NZ$41·50) are incredible, value-for-money ways to get your favourite products from the Body Shop in an extra-large package. In stores now, the Body Shop cheekily included a promotional graphic (below) to make sure that we would notice and tell you about their latest specials.
   No such trickery was needed with its raspberry body collection (top), in stores from July 14 in New Zealand. But the scent—smelling of real raspberries—won us over. The Body Shop sources early-harvest raspberries, as this preserves their skin-boosting antioxidants, and they have been put into a range comprising body butter (200 ml, NZ$36), shower gel (200 ml, NZ$16), body lotion (250 ml, NZ$24·50), eau de toilette (30 ml, NZ$32) and body scrub (200 ml, NZ$34·75).
   We sampled the eau de toilette first, with its Ecuadorian Community Fair Trade alcohol, to get into the raspberry mood: it’s a sweet, pleasant, and, of course, fruity scent. That was a prelude to the body scrub, which exfoliates with its fruit extract and real seeds. Even the Body Shop says it has a ‘jam texture’: it’s not an inaccurate description and it does look good enough to eat.
   Finally, the body butter has a lovely, soft texture and helps hydrate skin while leaving you feeling pampered.
   The Body Shop will also retail its vineyard peach line in New Zealand from July 14, with the body butter, shower gel, body scrub and body lotion, priced as with the early-harvest raspberry range.

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June 7, 2014

Destination datelines: Catalina, Paris, Gurgaon, Punta Ala

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Top The Beatles in A Hard Day’s Night, 1964. Above George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd in 1966.

Catalina Island, California
Hard to believe it’s been a half-century since the première of A Hard Day’s Night. To commemorate the date, the Catalina Island Museum will mount a special 50th anniversary screening of the legendary movie starring the Beatles on Sunday, July 6 in Avalon’s Casino Theatre at 7 p.m. Lucire loves the vintage déco interior. On hand to take questions will be author Pattie Boyd (right), who you can surely interrogate about her life and times as wife of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and her best-selling memoir, Wonderful Tonight. Pattie exudes energy and personality, and loves to laugh. Watch for her in a famous scene which takes place on a train: she’s the blonde girl in a school uniform, who flirts with George.


Paris, France
A new website has launched this week which could simplify the task of finding lodging in this capital city: www.myboutiquehotel.paris/fr/. It looks like a pretty cleverly designed and attractive site, listing over 250 boutique hotels. You can select by price, star rating, location, nearby landmarks, areas of interest, but the kicker is the promise of a real live human being person available on the phone to assist you. We’d be interested to learn of anyone’s experiences with this site. Good luck with your launch!

Gurgaon, Haryana, India
While the city, population 20 million, stews under a layer of world-class pollution (mostly the by-product of wood fires), the problem of traffic compounds the subject. Gurgaon excels in congestion, and this week some like-minded technology companies are rolling out Folksvagn, a cheekily-named ride-sharing solution in the Palam Vihar and Sector 22–3 area. It’s also a vote of support for Gurgaon start-ups like our friends at Nagarro, one of a group deploying modern mindsets in the interest of transforming urban mobility with programmes like this. If you’re looking for a sustainable and socially responsible ride to work in Gurgaon, this may be your answer.

Punta Ala, Italy
This week, Baglioni reopens La Vela, a classic architectural monument originally known as a swinging disco in 1965. You can see its signature roofline on the very exclusive beach here. A glorious renovation transforms the space into a 160-seat restaurant and spa. Ideally situated among a cypress grove, with astounding views of the nearby islands Elba, Capraia and Pianosa, the airy infinity terrace promises to be an ideal location for sunset beverages and prime people-watching. GM Luigi Magnani promises ‘a soft club’ experience for evenings.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor


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May 30, 2014

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, May 30

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With summer officially arrived in the northern hemisphere, the stylish Instagrams out there are getting more social.
   Barbara Palvin, who is our latest model obsession, posted a shot from the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc prior to the AmFAR Gala, coincidentally the same as the one we published through another source. The model appears alongside Lara Stone, Karlie Koss and Bianca Balti. There are more formal shots, but we love this one for its energy and candidness.
   Doutzen Kroes has also gone for a group shot of four as summer begins, sharing a photograph with fellow Victoria’s Secret Angels Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge. Kroes, currently pregnant, is pictured with her fellow models holding her baby bump. Kroes, 29, is expecting her second child in July, with husband DJ Sunnery James.
   Heidi Klum is only posing with former Spice Girl Mel B, but has posted four images in one on her ’Gram, as the singer celebrated her 39th birthday in California. Klum, who turns 41 on June 1, gave Brown a shout-out with ‘Love U’ on her Instagram.
   Our other model obsession, Malaika Firth, has been hanging with two ‘Kenyan buddies’, Nellie Kim and Jesca, at Kenya Coffee House in Romford, a café which partners directly with coffee growers in Kenya, and claims to go further than Fair Trade. It’s great to see Firth support an ethical retailer, using her fame to do so.
   Isabeli Fontana, meanwhile, is promoting one of the brands she models for, Morena Rosa, based in her home country of Brazil. Fontana has modelled for Morena Rosa for some time, which she calls one of her country’s most beloved brands. The label reached the million-fan milestone on Facebook, giving Fontana a reason to celebrate on her ’Gram.
   It’s also a beachy scene for model Valentina Zelyaeva, as she gives a glimpse behind the scenes at her Piz Buin campaign, directed by Anders Hallberg with Peter Riis helming the photography. Similarly, influential Swedish-based blogger Kenza Zouiten shows off her figure on the beach in Barcelona in a bikini top by IvyRevel.
   Finally, Bar Rafaeli and make-up artist Moran Stavizki wish fans ‘Shalom Shabbat’ as the weekend begins.

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May 24, 2014

The 2014 Prix Pictet awarded in London

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Paula Sweet

Top Michael Schmidt’s winning installation. Above Stephen Barber and Kofi Annan during the award announcement.

A gala presentation ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on the night of May 21 named Berlin-based photographer Michael Schmidt as the winner of the eighth annual Prix Pictet. The award endeavours to promote the message of sustainability to a global audience via the medium of photography. This year’s theme, Consumption, had a record number of applicants and was decided from a shortlist of eleven finalists. Schmidt’s assemblage of 60 photographs arrayed in a huge grid (finalists are given 21 m² of exhibition space), entitled Lebensmittel, engaged the tensions of food production and transport with a range of provocative images.
   The SFr100,000 award (US$112,000) was presented by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN, and Honorary President of the Prix Pictet. Pictet Group, founded in 1805, is based in Genève. The award for Mr Schmidt, unable to attend due to illness, was accepted by Tate Modern director Chris Dercon.
   The finalists remain on exhibit at the V&A through June 14.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor



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Top The reception before the award announcement. Above Chris Dercon, Kofi Annan, Jacques de Saussure, Stephen Barber.

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May 23, 2014

AmFAR Gala raises $35 million: Sharon Stone, Heidi Klum, Barbara Palvin, Aishwarya Rai, Milla Jovovich work magic

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We had posted our video from the arrivals at the Cinema Against Aids gala from the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc at Antibes earlier, but this morning, hosts AmFAR, the Foundation for Aids Research has announced the total raised last night: a whopping, record-breaking US$35 million.
   The money, raised through a live auction led by Sharon Stone, Harvey Weinstein and auctioneer Simon de Pury, an all-red fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld (one of the chairs), and performances by Lana del Rey, Aloe Blacc (singing ‘The Man’), tenor Andrea Bocelli and Robin Thicke (performing ‘Blurred Lines’), will go to fight HIV and Aids and help find a cure.
   Stone was the chair of the event, along with Weinstein and Roitfeld, former French First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Kenneth Cole, Bulgari Group CEO Jean-Christophe Babin, Milutin Gatsby, Michel Litvak, Vincent Roberti, Remo Ruffini, Worldview Entertainment chairman and CEO Christopher Woodrow, and Worldview COO Molly Conners.
   As seen in our earlier video, guests included Kylie Minogue, Conchita Wurst, Jessica Chastain, Paris Hilton, Barbara Palvin, Justin Bieber, Alessandra Ambrosio, Adrian Grenier, Karlie Kloss, Bianca Balti, Jane Fonda, Natasha Poly, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gael Garcia Bernal, Adrien Brody, Carole Bouquet, HRH Princess Clotilde of Venice and Piedmont, Jane Campion, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sofia Coppola, Marion Cotillard, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Catherine Deneuve, Luke Evans, Kevin Robert Frost, Lewis Hamilton, Eva Herzigova, Jon Kortajarena, Karolína Kurková, Peter Lindbergh, Kellan Lutz, Thomas Mars, Margherita Missoni, Bar Refaeli, Nick Rhodes, Michelle Rodriguez, Vito Schnabel, Lara Stone, Riccardo Tisci, Chris Tucker, Paz Vega and Dita von Teese.
   The auction highlight was Gone But Not Forgotten, a 3 m-high gilded woolly mammoth skeleton in a steel and glass vitrine by Damien Hirst, selling for US$15 million, the highest-grossing lot in AmFAR history.
   Bruni-Sarkozy, presented a Bulgari Serpenti necklace, in white gold with a 13 ct of drop-shape aquamarine and 19·2 ct of pavé diamonds, which sold for US$550,000.
   The Red Collection fashion show, with designs by, inter alia, Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Alexandre Terekhov, Altuzarra, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Cavalli, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Comme des Garçons, Fendi, Gianvito Rossi, Giambattista Valli, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Gucci, Hugo Boss, J. W. Anderson, Kenneth Cole, Lanvin, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Missoni, Miu Miu, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tom Ford, Ulyana Sergeenko and Versace, was auctioned by Stone for US$5 million. Models appearing in the segment included Ambrosio, Huntington-Whiteley, Kurková and Kloss, and Dalianah Arekion, Ana Beatriz Barros, Nadja Bender, Maria Carla Boscono, Katharina Damm, Saskia de Brauw, Jourdan Dunn, Lida Fox, Charlotte Free, Toni Garrn, Veroniek Gielken, Izabel Goulart, Gigi Hadid, Jessica Hart, Chanel Iman, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Magda Laguinge, Maryna Linchuk, Angela Lindvall, Sasha Luss, Eniko Mihalik, Arizona Muse, Kati Nescher, Soo Joo Park, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Irina Shayk, Natalie Siodmiak, Daria Strokous, Iris Stubegger, Lea Tisci, Anne Vyalitsyna, Liu Wen and Devon Windsor.
   A seat on a Virgin Galactic flight to space with DiCaprio went for US$1 million.
   Luxury jeweller Avakian noted that Travolta and Preston wore its designs, Preston with a white diamond necklace set with a total of 150 ct, and four stackable bracelets with a total of 80 ct, plus diamond earrings and ring; while Travolta had Avakian black gold cufflinks set with diamonds. As seen in the video earlier today, one of their friends proposed during the red carpet arrivals.
   De Grisogono, meanwhile, notes that Stone, Huntington-Whiteley and Goulart wore its designs to the AmFAR Gala.
   The annual event, the 21st held by AmFAR and produced by Andy Boose of AAB Productions, was sponsored by Worldview Entertainment, Bold Films, Bulgari, Mercedes-Benz, Moët Hennessy, and the Weinstein Company. Moncler presented the after-party.
   AmFAR was founded by the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor.


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May 17, 2014

Day three at Cannes: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Matt Smith, Gemma Arterton, Rita Ora, Naomi Watts

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Top The Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith. Centre Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen and English actress Gemma Arterton, both James Bond alumni. Above Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds.

An extra-glam Blake Lively was there to support husband Ryan Reynolds on day three of the Festival de Cannes, as his film, The Captive, directed by Atom Egoyan, had its red-carpet première. Reviews were not positive for the film, dealing with child sex abuse, while Jessica Hausner’s Amour fou fared better among critics. How to Train Your Dragon 2, screening out of competition, also had its première on day three.
   Egyptian celebrity Arwa, Heike Makatscho, Inès de la Fressange (in a striking red), Lithuanian actress Ingeborga Dapkūnaitė, and Rosario Dawson were among the other faces on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival on day three. L’Oréal Paris notes that de la Fressange’s look once again used its Volume Million Lashes, in Excess Black, its Color Riche Le Kajal in brown, and a very red Color Riche lipstick.
   On a Friday that saw the alcohol multinationals battle for attention, official Festival de Cannes sponsor Chivas Regal, a Pernod Ricard brand, hosted its Charles Finch Annual Filmmakers’ Dinner benefiting the FilmAid charity, with actor Edward Norton playing host, at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, in Cap d’Antibes. Guests included former Doctor Who star Matt Smith, Bond alumni Mads Mikkelsen and Gemma Arterton, Naomi Watts, Léa Seydoux, Harvey Weinstein, Gael Garcia Bernal, Bryan Ferry, Julian Schnabel, Gong Li, and Daniel Brühl (Rush). Alfonso Cuáron (the Oscar-winning director of Gravity) and Christopher Hampton, CBE (screenwriter of Dangerous Liaisons and Atonement) were honoured at the event. Previous recipients include Bernardo Bertolucci, Terry Gilliam, Bertrand Tavernier and Jeremy Thomas.
   FilmAid goes to refugee camps and communities affected by disaster, its filmmakers using film to bring life-saving information on health and food safety, as well as hope.
   Norton presented a cheque of $100,000 to Simon Goff of FilmAid at the event. He said, ‘It is a great pleasure to be here tonight at the Charles Finch Filmmakers’ Dinner, sponsored by Chivas Regal 25. To be able to present FilmAid with such a generous donation on behalf of Chivas Regal is a great honour. Philanthropy and activism are causes hugely important to me. Increasingly, we are seeing brands addressing social and environmental issues more than ever before.’
   Goff stated, ‘At FilmAid we witness the power of film every day—to change lives, shape communities and give voice to refugees. We are very grateful to Chivas Regal for their ongoing support and commitment to our charity.’
   Friday night saw Rita Ora perform at the Club Albane, overlooking la Croisette, for a party thrown by Belvedere Vodka, with guests including Jason Statham, Rosario Dawson, Neneh Cherry, Theophilus London, Hofit Golan, Victoria Bonya, and Sarah-Jane Crawford. The event, hosted by Belvedere Vodka president Charles Gibb, served up cocktails created by Claire Smith, the brand’s Head of Spirit and Creation. Both Ora and London were presented with the exclusive Belvedere Vodka Silver Sabre laser-cut edition.
   Ora performed her hits as well as new tracks from her September 2014 album, I Will Never Let You Down, which features Prince and Gwen Stefani, and the skills of DJ Calvin Harris.

Red carpet

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The Captives

How to Train Your Dragon 2


Above Paz Vega, Alice Braga, Maria de Medeiros, Ana de la Reguera and Ricardo Giraldo launch the Fenix Film Awards.

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May 6, 2014

The Body Shop’s hand creams ideal for Mothers’ Day; vitamin E serum in oil refreshes skin

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For Mothers’ Day, the Body Shop’s range for the hands is ideal: the wild rose hand cream (SPF 15), the hemp hand protector, and the almond hand and nail cream. You can spot them at Body Shop stores by the smart metallic packaging.
   This trio is aimed at Mums who need some TLC for their hands: the wild rose hand cream has rosehip oil, Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil and Ghana shea butter, for hydrating mature skin and protecting it against brown spots. It has a lovely rosy scent, true to the product description, and absorbs quickly.
   The hemp hand protector—a Body Shop classic—helps moisturize and protect very dry skin, and contains Community Fair Trade hemp seed oil.
   Finally, our favourite of the three is the almond hand and nail cream, which is for all skin types. The ingredients are enough to make you salivate: it contains sweet almond oil, Ethiopian honey, Brazilian soy oil, Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil and Ghana shea butter. Its panthenol helps with moisturizing. The cream also conditions nails, and absorbs quickly, with a subtle almond scent.
   New for 2014 is the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil, which extends the company’s successful vitamin E range. The Body Shop promises the new product—which brings the power of a serum in a light, easily absorbable oil—will do for skin what a full eight hours’ sleep does for the body.
   The Body Shop’s own sampling shows that 84 per cent of respondents feel their skin is replenished come the morning, 75 per cent say it’s recharged, and 87 per cent say it’s softer. We find it is easily absorbed and it works wonderfully in the evening, as the company suggests.
   The oil has the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil across the Body Shop’s vitamin E range, helping with moisturizing. The wheatgerm oil is sourced from a UK supplier who can trace its source, bringing greater clarity in the supply chain. It also contains sunflower and jojoba oils, as well as marula, sesame and soya from Community Fair Trade farmers. RRP is NZ$44 for 28 ml at the Body Shop.

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