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Lego Technic and Ducati re-create Panigale V4 R; Ferrari helps with COVID-19 fight

Filed by Lucire staff/April 18, 2020/13.25

For both adults and children alike, Lego has worked the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati, to re-create the Panigale V4 R in miniature. Part of the Lego Technic range for older children, the model can teach them how the two-speed gearbox activates the V4 engine, and how the suspension and steering work. It is the first Lego Technic motorcycle to include a gearbox that simulates different speeds and riding techniques. The model measures 32 cm in length, 16 cm in height, and 8 cm in width, and comprises 646 pieces. It will be available at Ducati dealerships and its online store, and at Lego stores, both physically and online from June 1, priced at €59.99.

   With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of Salon Privé, which showcases luxury cars, supercars, and a concours d’élégance on the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, have shifted the event back three weeks, to take place from September 23 to 26. Ninety-five per cent of the exhibitor space had already been sold, and the organizers expect there to be numerous product launches for 2020.

Above: Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance 2019 best of show winner: a 1948 Talbot Lago T26 GS Fastback Coupé by Figoni.

   Finally, Ferrari notes that it has begun producing respirator valves and fittings for protective masks at its Maranello plant to help the fight against COVID-19. The valves and fittings are going to Mares and Solid Energy, who are altering their masks to create new ones for patients and front-line health care workers. Nuovamacut Gruppo TeamSystem is handling the logistics.


Lands’ End and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James release swimwear collection

Filed by Lucire staff/March 20, 2020/13.30

Lands’ End and Draper James, a lifestyle brand founded by Reese Witherspoon, have collaborated on a swimwear collection, comprising swimsuits, cover-ups and accessories.
   The new collection brings together Lands’ End’s classic designs with Draper James’s US southern style, with its signature magnolia and gingham prints.
   The collection is said to be body-positive and available in sizes from XS to 3X, and 2 to 24. There are 23 pieces and colourways.
   Witherspoon said, ‘Lands’ End’s approach to swim and dedication to fit-testing in all sizes was in line with our goal to deliver comfort, style and body confidence. We are beyond excited to be able to bring our signature prints, design details and Lands’ End’s tried-and-true fit to women of all shapes and sizes.’
   The companies are also partnering with Girls Inc., with a portion of the proceeds going to the advocacy group.
   The Draper James ❤ Lands’ End collection will be available at, at Lands’ End retail locations,, and Draper James locations in Nashville, Atlanta, Lexington, and Southlake, Texas, as well as New styles will appear through March and April.


Clé de Peau Beauté announces 2020 Power of Radiance award winners

Filed by Lucire staff/March 9, 2020/10.07

Pratiksha Pandey and Binita Shrestha, winners of Clé de Peau Beauté’s Power of Radiance award.

Clé de Peau Beauté has announced its second Power of Radiance award to Binita Shrestha and Pratiksha Pandey of Nepal for their contribution to girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (the STEM fields), opening up opportunities for their future.
   Shrestha and Pandey are behind the WiSTEM (Women in STEM) Nepal movement, and have led initiatives in education in their country to give girls and women opportunities to pursue their interests in science and technology. Shrestha herself is an IT engineer and educator, and oversaw several initiatives, including a collaboration between WiSTEM Nepal, Unicef and the Telecommunications Commission in Nepal. Pandey has devoted her career to breaking gender stereotypes, encouraging women to take leading roles in classrooms and to pursue the sciences.
   Many girls cannot get to high school because of obstacles including premature marriage, poverty, discrimination and gender inequality. By giving them starts in STEM fields, their prospects, financial capacity and self-sufficiency improve.
   Shrestha notes that 600 million girls will reach working age in the next decade. Most will work in informal sectors, facing difficulties.
   Pandey adds, ‘It is important that, as women and educators, we teach these girls invaluable skills, confidence and awareness of our own value. At the same time, we must give them the knowledge and opportunities they need to take control of their own future and decide their own fate. Every step we take, no matter how big or small, is a huge step towards improving the capabilities of girls around the world.’
   To date, WiSTEM Nepal has helped over 370 girls and young women to pursue their interest in STEM and providing them with the confidence they need to demand appropriate treatment.
   The award is financed through the sale of Clé de Peau serum. An awards’ ceremony will be held in Thailand.


YOOX and Vogue Italia launch sustainable, responsible fashion programme with €50,000 top prize

Filed by Lucire staff/February 23, 2020/1.09

Jacopo M. Raule

YOOX and Vogue Italia celebrated the launch of their mentoring programme, the Vogue YOOX Challenge—the Future of Responsible Fashion, at the San Paolo Converso church in Milano yesterday, during the city’s fashion week.
   The programme aims to support and mentor designers, creatives and start-ups who are investing in social responsibility and sustainability.
   The Challenge culminates in September when 10 finalists are selected by a group of sustainability experts. An international jury then evaluates the projects during the Milano moda donna for spring–summer 2020 in September. The winner is then announced, and their project is celebrated in February 2021, at the autumn–winter 2021–22 collections. In addition to the support, mentoring, communications and distribution, the winner will receive a cash prize of €50,000 to realize their project.
   The international jury includes Federico Marchetti, chairman and CEO of Yoox Net-à-Porter Group; Emanuele Farneti, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and L’Uomo; Sara Sozzani Maino, deputy editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents; Liya Kebede, model and women’s rights’ activist; Amber Valletta, model and actress; Lisa Armstrong, head of fashion at The Telegraph; Alice Ben Arous, chief of staff of Richemont’s fashion and accessories’ division and a member of its CSR committee; Carlo Capasa, president of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (Italian Chamber of Fashion), Rosario Dawson, actress and co-founder of Studio 189; Orsolo de Castro, founder of Fashion Revolution; Tonne Goodman, sustainability editor of Vogue; Eva Herzigová, model and editor-at-large of Vogue CS; Suzy Menkes, international Vogue editor; Clare Press, presenter of the Wardrobe Crisis podcast; Dilys Williams, director of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion at the London College of Fashion.
   The sustainability experts are Alex McIntosh, founder and creative director of Create Sustain; Giorgia Roversi, director of sustainability and inclusion at of Yoox Net-à-Porter Group; Francesco Perrini, ordinary professor of the Department of Management and Technology of Bocconi University; Francesca Romana Rinaldi, director of the Master in Brand & Business Management and New Sustainable Fashion at the Milan Fashion Institute (an inter-university consortium composed of Bocconi University, Università Cattolica di Milano and Politecnico di Milano); Elisa Pervinca Bellini, sustainability and talent editor of Vogue Italia and a member of the Condé Nast Global Employee Council on Sustainability.
   Guests at the event welcomed by Marchetti, Farneti, Valletta and Kenede included Karolína Kurková, Coco Rocha, Bianca Balti, Anna Wintour, Suzy Menkes, Carla Sozzani, Giuseppe Zanotti, Walter Chiapponi, Maurizio Cattelan, Francesco Vezzoli, Aya and Ami Suzuki, Nataly Osmann, Miriam Leone, Greta Ferro, Arthur Arbesser, Sara Battaglia, Linda Tol, Stella Jean, Ekaterina Darma, Ilenia Durazzi, Ferdinando Verderi, Nina Yashar, Matteo Ward, Paula Cademartori, Gabrielle Caunesil, Andrea della Valle, Vogue Russia’s Masha Fedorova, Helen Nonini, Massimiliano Locatelli, Kris Ruhs, W’s Stefano Tonchi, Candela Pelizza, Vogue Japan’s Anna dello Russo, Andrea Incontri, Abrima Erwiah, and former Miss Italia Miriam Leone.
   Wines were provided by Masi Agricola.

Jacopo M. Raule


The Body Shop’s Body Yogurt range a treat for Christmas

Filed by Victoria Whisker/December 18, 2019/12.45

It is the season for special edition scents: introducing the Body Shop’s Body Yogurt range including Rich Plum, Warm Vanilla and Juicy Pear. These ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing yogurts are perfect for Christmas. They are best applied after a shower, locking in moisture and leaving your skin enriched with a fruity scent that lingers.
   The Yogurts have glycerin, which is a humectant that helps reduce the loss of moisture, actively drawing water from deep within the skin and the environment, leaving the skin supple and moisturized. The tub-like container locks in the custard-yoghurt-like jelly, looking more like shampoo in the way of consistency rather than the Body Shop’s best-seller, the humble Body Butters.
   Alcohol as an ingredient is not always bad: in fact, benzyl alcohol is a compound found in grapes and great for oily skin, as well as alcohol denat, which ensures quick drying and light texture. However, worrying to those with sensitive skin is the fragrance found, despite being dermatologically tested, which can cause irritation to the skin.
   This vegan moisturizer and super-lightweight Body Yogurt, made from plant-based products, leaves the skin feeling nourished and smooth all day. From Community Trade organic almond milk from Spain, vanilla extract from Madagascar and enriched pear extract from Italy, Body Shop hand-picks the best ingredients from all over the world.
   It really is the season to dream big: no longer being confined by standard packs, you can mix and match items in a reusable festive pouch. The pouch, made from 100 per cent natural jute, is made in India by Community Trade partner Teddy Exports, providing fair pay to communities. Sacks come in colour schemes of yellow, purple and pink, and can be reused as a toiletry bag. They also come as packs fitting the vanilla, plum or pear theme for a fresh and fruity twist.
   Also giving a fruit twist are the Rich Plum Lip Butter and Warm Vanilla Hand Cream: the plum yellow balm dries clear and leaves a matte finish to the lip, and the vanilla cream has a luxurious heavy texture with its natural lipid barrier enhancing technology. The Body Shop truly is looking after your skin this Christmas with its enchanting new scents.—Victoria Whisker


Global Citizen honours Richard Curtis, Sting, Amina J. Mohammed, and Hamdi Ulukaya

Filed by Lucire staff/December 15, 2019/20.56

Tim P. Whitby; Tristan Fewings; Jeff Spicer

As some countries’ politicians campaign on nationalism, there are others which see things along more international lines. Global Citizen, an organization that calls for world leaders to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, has held its inaugural Global Citizen Prize at the Royal Albert Hall in London, part of a cross-media event that will see the awards televised on NBC in the US (on December 20 at 8 p.m. EST), Sky TV in the UK (December 21, 7 p.m. GMT), and MSNBC (December 22, 10 p.m. EST and December 31, 11 p.m. EST).
   The awards are the first event of Global Citizen’s 2020 campaign, Global Goal Live: the Possible Dream, in partnership with Teneo, working alongside and in support of the United Nations, calling on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector to take responsibility to provide the US$350,000 million needed in the 59 poorest countries.
   Richard Curtis, Sting, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed, and Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya were recognized at the awards, hosted by John Legend, with presenters Connie Britton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jason Derulo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, CBE, Leona Lewis, Himesh Patel, Kal Penn, Fran Katsoudas, and Dakota Johnson. Legend, along with Jennifer Hudson, Raphaël Saadiq, Sting, and Stormzy performed musical numbers; Chris Martin, H. E. R., and Jorja Smith also performed.
   Guests included Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr, Louise Vongerichten, Isabella Charlotta Poppius, Janette Manrara, Julien Macdonald, Emma Thynn, Emma Freud, James Smith, Krept and Konan, Sean Teale, Harriet Rose, Nina Samuels, Jinny, Dynamo, Nina Samuels, Asim Chaudhry, Trent Seven, Tyler Bate, Nicola Roberts, Betty Bachz, Nukaaka Coster-Waldau, Clara Amfo, Kimberly Wyatt, Katherine Ryan, Wade Briggs, Roxie Nafousi, Amelia Bath, Dr Alex George, Tom York, Vanessa White, Izzy Bizu, Reggie Yates, Pips Taylor, Kimberly Wyatt, Max Rogers, Lady Victoria Hervey, Laura Whitmore, Hozier, Montana Brown, Nina Nesbitt, Tallia Storm, Arizona Muse, Tom York, and Mike Duce,
   Curtis received the Global Citizen of the Year prize, for his work for Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Red Nose Day, and Project Everyone. These initiatives have raised over US$1,500 million to fight child poverty internationally. Accepting his award, he said, ‘I obviously don’t deserve this. I was partly responsible for Bridget Jones 2 and Mr Bean, but please, if you’re here or watching, make a mark in your diary in ink: “January 2020: the year I’m going to fight like a lion for our big human family.” And then in December, in pencil, put “The year we won.” The time to hesitate is through. The only way to get things done is to do things.’
   Sting was named the Global Citizen Artist of the Year. He has used his profile to protect rainforests and the indigenous people who live there. He and his wife, Trudie Styler, co-founded Rainforest Fund, which has protected over 33 million acres of rainforest. A monetary prize will be donated to the Fund.
   Sting said, ‘As a citizen of course I’m honoured to receive this award, and it does provide the opportunity to admit that whatever successes, whatever battles we’ve managed to win in the struggle to save our planet, we may well be losing the war. I was humbled recently by the words of Greta Thunberg as she addressed the United Nations on the issue of climate change, where on behalf of her generation she rightfully pointed the finger at ours. That whatever we’ve done, whatever we have tried to accomplish in this struggle, we have not done enough. And so I accept this award with the same humility that I would feel as a schoolboy reading my end-of-term report card.’
   Mohammed received the Global Citizen World Leader prize, honouring an individual in the political or advocacy space who has advocated for and implemented policy changes that have actionably improved the lives of those suffering from poverty. She played an instrumental role in creating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and presently chairs the UN’s Sustainable Development Group. She said, ‘Today, our world is facing many crises—climate change; inequality, injustice and conflict—yet never have we had so much in our hands to make the world more peaceful and prosperous. We even have a road map, the UN’s 2030 Agenda and our 17 Global Goals, that aim to leave no one behind, especially our women and youth. We have ten years to make them a reality and help transform our world. Success depends on all of us and it can’t be business as usual. The status quo is no longer acceptable. We leaders at all levels, in all constituencies, must embrace the new era of change and deliver for people and for planet. We must do that now. I am humbled to accept this award, working for the UN and the world we want.’
   Ulukaya received the Global Citizen Business Leader prize. He became concerned about his own employees’ working conditions, strengthening the communities where they live, offering fully paid parental leave, and fighting food insecurity in local schools. His Tent Partnership for Refugees mobilizes the private sector to help the 25 million-plus forcibly displaced from their home countries. He said, upon accepting the award, ‘The truth is, what matters most, in business and in life, is the difference you make for others. And that in the end, the truest measure of a business is not return on investment … but return on kindness. So, this award is a reminder that when we stand together … and fight together … kindness and courage will triumph over poverty and hatred every time.’
   A fifth category, the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, was announced on stage, but will be revealed in the telecast. Finalists are Luisa Bonin of São Paulo, Brazil, Nashin Mahtani of Jakarta, Indonesia, Alain Nteff of Yaoundé, Cameroon, Priya Prakash of Gurugram, India, and Haroon Yasin of Islamabad, Pakistan.
   The broadcast special was produced by London-based Whizz Kid Entertainment. Katherine Allen and Mark Sidaway served as executive producers, and Julia Knowles directed. Molly McGuiness was the executive producer for Global Citizen. Partners include Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Citi, Live Nation, Reckitt Benckiser, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Motsepe Foundation.

Tim P. Whitby; Tristan Fewings; Jeff Spicer


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