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December 12, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates Christmas ’15 doing more good: giving water through WaterAid to families that need it

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Top The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range. Above The Glazed Apple tin, with four treats within.

There’s a pleasant apple smell at Lucire, checking out the Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range, but it’s what the socially responsible brand is doing for Christmas that’s the real news.
   The Body Shop is partnering with WaterAid, which provides safe water to communities that need it desperately. For every specially selected gift purchased, the Body Shop will donate one day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia, and any proceeds exceeding its goal will be donated to another community that needs it.
   For over 650 million people on our planet, access to safe water is not a reality, and 1,400 die each day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
   Special gifts include the Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set (NZ$95), the White Musk gift set (NZ$105), the Modern Gent’s Arber Fragrance kit (NZ$110), the Modern Gent’s shaving kit (NZ$85), the Shea Premium Selection (NZ$110), the Moringa Ultimate Luxuries pack (NZ$155), the box of Strawberry Festive Picks (NZ$69), and the stocking fillers that are the Cranberry festive cracker (NZ$19), the Soft Hands, Warm Kisses gift set (NZ$29), and the Fruity Body Butter Sweetheart (NZ$48).
   The Glazed Apple Tin (NZ$69) we’ve trialled, meanwhile, is one of three that the Body Shop has launched for the festive season. Featuring green apples sourced from the Italian Alps, the Glazed Apple selection has a subtle green apple fragrance—the strongest one we’ve noticed is the 60 ml shower gel’s, while the rest has a hint of apple with more sweetened candy scents and a trace of vanilla—that will leave wearers feeling fresh without having an overpowering smell. We’ve tried the 50 ml body butter, 60 ml shimmer lotion and 50 ml sugar scrub, which are all sweet, but you won’t walk out of the house smelling like a candy shop. Subtle is good.
   Alongside Glazed Apple are Frosted Cranberry (‘from the forests of North America’, says the Body Shop) and Frosted Plum (‘from the orchards of Turkey’), which are available at the Body Shop in the UK and in New Zealand. The Body Shop is doing a 20 per cent off special on the 200 ml size body butter (NZ$36·95), whether it’s Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry or Frosted Plum online at the New Zealand website, where a very comprehensive selection of the seasonal specials are available.

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December 4, 2015

Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and other celebs get behind Bore off Cancer’s T-shirt campaign

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If we’re going to introduce the colloquialism bore off into Lucire, it’s only right that it’s done for a good cause, namely for Lee McKervey’s Bore off T-shirts.
   McKervey, who had personally experienced the care from the cancer support organization Macmillan, is donating £5 from each Bore off Cancer T-shirt sale.
   Macmillan helps not only those suffering from cancer, but families, too; and they are there from the first day of diagnosis and through treatments.
   This time, celebrities have come to Bore off’s aid, including Kate Moss and Stella McCartney (who have appeared on Instagram with their T-shirt), Sir Richard Branson (on his Facebook, and his son Sam has blogged about it), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks), glamour model Casey Batchelor, and Mark Wright (The Apprentice UK). It’s suggested that Olly Murs, Jamie Laing, Alexandra Burke, Michelle Keegan and Danny Cipriani will be getting photos taken of themselves in their Bore off T-shirts, encouraging others to follow suit so that Bore off can donate more to Macmillan.
   Readers can find out more about Bore off through its website, boreoff.com.



November 28, 2015

Prince Harry plays at Sentebale’s sixth annual polo match in South Africa; over £3 million raised

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Chris Jackson

Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso to help those who are HIV-positive in Lesotho, especially its children, has hosted its sixth annual polo match in association with Royal Salute, raising over £3 million. It was the first time the polo match had been played in South Africa, where Prince Harry is presently touring.
   The polo match saw the Royal Salute team beat Sentebale with a score of 8–7, with the last point scored with six seconds left. Prince Harry himself played alongside Royal Salute world polo ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale polo ambassador Nacho Figueras. The trophy was presented by Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll.
   The match followed Sentebale’s opening of the Mamohatu Children’s Centre, which will help communities affected by HIV and Aids.
   VIPs at the Val de Vie Polo Club included Laura Main, George the Poet, Ryk Neethling, Jeannie D., Graeme Smith and Tokyo Sexwale.
   Chivas Brothers’ whisky brand Royal Salute, which was created to mark the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, supports numerous major polo events internationally, with its next one in Jodhpur, India.
















Chris Jackson

November 25, 2015

H&M collaborates with Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Palais du Louvre for Conscious Exclusive collection

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Hennes & Mauritz’s next collaboration is with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Palais du Louvre in Paris, this time for its H&M Conscious Exclusive collection, with Julia Restoin Roitfeld as the face of the new campaign.
   ‘I am honoured to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think that the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is fantastic. Especially since it is made with innovative and sustainable materials which are the future of fashion,’ says Roitfeld.
   H&M Conscious is the Swedish retailer’s sustainable, socially responsible collection, and this Exclusive collaboration sees the company work with materials such as beads and rhinestones made from recycled glass and Denimite, which is made from recycled denim. ‘We brought the idea of sustainability to new levels,’ noted Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative adviser. ‘We have created contemporary styles imbued with a sophisticated charm.’
   The collection has been inspired by the museum’s archives, and will be launched on April 7, coinciding with the opening of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Fashion Forward: Three Centuries of Fashion exhibition. H&M’s designers have also looked at the work of artists such as Gustave Moreau for the collection.
   H&M promises a line of ‘modern red-carpet pieces infused with tactile charm, a nostalgic æsthetic and a historical legacy.’ It features both clothing and accessories for women.
   The company is the exclusive sponsor of the exhibition, which will feature styles from its own archives, including items from its first collaboration in 2004 with Karl Lagerfeld and the latest collection.
   The collection will retail in 100 stores worldwide and online at hm.com.



September 28, 2015

Kagi adds charm to its Hope Acorn jewellery collection, supporting Child Cancer Foundation

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Top The Kagi Hope Acorn charm. Above The new NZ$79 charm along with the Kagi Steel Me bracelet, which retails for NZ$139.

Kagi has added a new charm to its Hope Acorn jewellery collection, a collaboration with the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF), with NZ$5 from each purchase going to the charity to support families and children going through cancer treatment.
   The Hope Acorn charm, priced at NZ$79, will be available from November. It joins the Hope Acorn earring charms (NZ$79 per pair) and Hope Acorn pendant (NZ$135).
   Designer Kat Gee noted, ‘I had a lot of Mums contact me directly saying they loved the large Hope acorn and wanted smaller charm to give to their children as a symbol of love and protection. It was a such a sweet concept that I felt we just had to do it! I also had all of my Kagi girls wanting them for themselves too there was no choice, really.’
   ‘Our team is supporting more than 500 families at any one time across the country, aiming to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services that ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for at every stage of their journey,’ said CCF commercial manager, Jo Rodgers. ‘We receive no direct government funding, so [we] rely on the generosity of New Zealanders and on innovative businesses like Kagi to provide practical and meaningful support to families when they need it.’
   The collection has already raised over NZ$20,000 for the CCF and Kids with Cancer Australia charities, according to Kagi. They can be bought online at www.kagi.net; retailers are also listed at the website.

September 23, 2015

World announces T-shirt created for the United Nations, supporting the Global Goals

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World has broken new ground again: it’s the first design house to have created a T-shirt for the United Nations, with the legend YOUN on the front.
   The company says the T-shirts support the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to be launched on September 25 in New York, at an event attended by US president Barack Obama, 100 world leaders and UN ambassadors.
   They hit World stores, online and offline, from September 25, New Zealand time, and through selected international retailers. The smallest size fits newborns.
   ‘Since our inception in 1989, it has always been part of World’s philosophy to give back, as our company has grown, so has the importance of our awareness and support for local and international charitable organizations,’ said World co-founder Francis Hooper.
   The UN wants to see 193 world leaders commit to the 17 goals, to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
   The full list of 17 goals can be seen at the UN’s Global Goals website, at globalgoals.org.
   World will donate 20 per cent of all sales to the UN. It encourages customers wearing the T-shirts to hashtag #worldbrandglobalgoals to show their support.

September 21, 2015

Revved up for fall: Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party

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Elyse Glickman


Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at West Hollywood Fig & Olive offered many of her familiar hallmarks, from a freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired lunch (Cæsar salad, penne with shrimp, chicken with couscous) to ice cold Hint water to a bevy of respected talent (Emmy nominee Khandi Alexander [Scandal], Steven Bauer [Ray Donovan], Eric Roberts, Doris Roberts, Esai Morales, Shirley Jones, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter, Rénée Taylor, Dot Marie Jones) and some of our favourite beauty, fashion and lifestyle products from Los Angeles and beyond.
   However, there were two new A-listers invited to the party that proved to be real showstoppers: the Maserati Ghibli and a bespoke, advanced McLaren 570S Coupe (not yet available to the public), escorted by the Auto Gallery. The regal purple 570S was as curve-hugging as the sublime Sue Wong dresses inside the restaurant courtyard, with both men and women clamouring to try the car on for size. While male celebs could consult with Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers for their Emmy look, the car’s tailoring, according to Car and Driver, includes a twin-turbo 3·8-liter V8, making 562 hp and 443 lb ft, mounted behind the driver, enabling it to hit 100 km/h in 3·2 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h. Ceramic brakes, sequential seven-speed gearbox and an adaptive suspension round out the list of essential goodies.
   Local Fox 11 news presenter Christine Divine was also back to shine a spotlight on Wednesday’s Child, focused on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. True to form, Bergman once again invited two lucky teens to experience her unique brand of the VIP treatment, in one of the most welcoming venues of pre-Emmys week.
   ‘In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,’ points out social worker, Professor William Wong. ‘Gifts and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive [at this event] was overwhelming. Most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow, giving the public permission to embrace our kids.’
   Single Dress and Roadkill Boutique offered casual attire for pre- and post-party lounging, while Twisted Silver offered lovely new pieces with a refined and ladylike ’50s–’60s look inspired by repurposed faux pearls, crystals and findings from the era. We also liked the new hair roots touch-up make-up from ColorWow, and were thrilled to see Kelley Weaver’s latest Purse Case designs be a hit with a crowd that could be as critical as the Shark Tank judges. Tekeen, new on the scene, is a tequila spirit infused with fresh fruit flavours such as pink grapefruit and passionfruit.
   Even with all of that star power, author Lacretia Palmer was the break-out star of the event, thanks to her charming-but-powerful children’s book Billy the Bully. While a variety of authors, including young adult novelist Judy Blume, have taken on the topic of bullying, what makes Billy the Bully effective is the fact that the bully himself is the story’s protagonist and his transformation from bully to conscientious individual is told from a first-person perspective. His steps towards redemption also shine a light on other issues, such as childhood hunger. Twiistii Hair Accessories, which have built-in wires for better staying power, were adorable, especially those with sports team prints.
   Other returning sponsors included NuBra, Personal Touch, Samiah Fine Clothing, Telic Footwear, My Saint–My Hero, Radar Watches, Model in a Bottle, My Dog Nose It and Timmy Woods Handbags.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor











Elyse Glickman

September 14, 2015

The Body Shop’s Oils of Life range brings radiance back to skin

Alex Barrow/10.43


The Body Shop’s new Oils of Life range encompasses the natural radiance that oils bring to our complexions. Derived from three core oils—black cumin oil from Egypt, rosehip oil from Chile, and camellia oil from China—the Oils of Life range revitalizes skin with beneficial nutrients, enhancing youthful radiance, and rejuvenating soft, smooth skin.
   The Body Shop have released four new products as part of the Oils of Life range. The Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion provides a formula used after cleansing which leaves skin feeling instantly smooth, and provides all of the supple benefits of oils without the greasy feeling. Secondly, the Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil furthers this step, and is absorbed easily by the skin, leaving it feeling replenished and healthy. Made from 99 per cent natural oils, this product is sure to leave skin feeling youthful and smooth. The Intensely Revitalizing Cream and Gel Cream are made of fatty acids, provided by the natural oils, which work together to leave skin completely moisturized without the heavy weight of other moisturizers. The Gel Cream is an even lighter moisturizer that provides the same benefits as an intensive hydrating lotion.
   With the demands of everyday life, the Oils of Life range brings radiance back into your skin. With its lightweight feel and natural benefits, what’s not to love? They are in store from September 14.—Alex Barrow

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