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October 1, 2015

Ikea extends itself into fashion: you read it here first last year

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September 29’s Ikea Fashion Show at Moda di Milano (hashtagged both #IKEAfashion and #IKEAtemporary) showcased work from two designers who collaborated with the Swedish-founded furniture conglomerate.
   ‘With a number of new collections that have been developed in collaboration with fashion designers, Ikea is stepping into new territory—one from which we can learn a lot,’ according to the company.
   Giltig by Katie Eary and Svärtan by Martin Bergström will see their collections retailed in 2016, but they received a boost in profile thanks to their appearance at one of the top fashion weeks in the world.
   For us, the first thing that came to mind when seeing Ikea fashion was Stefan Engeseth’s (below right) prediction, published in Lucire first last year, and later in, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and Flare, plus a number of newspapers and news websites: that fashion should be Ikea’s next industry.
   At the time, Ikea had no such plans officially, but it isn’t surprising to see another one of Engeseth’s predictions come true. He came up with the idea of Coca-Cola being served through taps at home before Coke itself actually trialled that idea, plus another, over 15 years ago, on how cellphones could connect two strangers, albeit not through an app.
   We wrote: ‘Engeseth says that Ikea’s expertise lends itself easily to the world of apparel …
   ‘He believes that fashion is in a repetitive cycle, stuck in history and needing renewal.
   ‘Ikea could offer both complete apparel items and composite parts that customers could assemble themselves, says Mr Engeseth. The parts could be “tailored” at home in inventive ways without the need for complex sewing.’
   Last year, Lucire publisher Jack Yan added, ‘This taps in to its existing fan base, and just as importantly, Ikea can make full use of its channels, outmanœuvring many existing fashion labels. Ikea has an international retail base and it has distribution down to a fine art.’
   When we asked him about the Ikea show in Milano yesterday, he had his reservations about some of the designs, but stated, ‘It’s good that Ikea takes its first step into fashion, and rewarding to see them developing the concept more now.’
   He was also buoyed by seeing that, after the show, Ikea’s official Twitter account went back to his blog post late last year about Ikea fashion, and “favourited” a Tweet about it. Engeseth even preempted the hashtag used back in 2014.
   There’s no sign that Ikea fashion will be in a composite format, ready for its customers to assemble, but Engeseth appears to have been right that the brand would extend itself into the new segment.

September 25, 2015

Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show 2015 sees Nelson’s Peter Wakeman take top honours

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Top Diva’s Dreamscape, by Peter Wakeman. Above Deadly Beauty, by Xi Zhang.

Nelson, New Zealand designer Peter Wakeman has won the 2015 Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Supreme WOW Award with his entry Diva’s Dreamscape.
   Wakeman wins $30,000 in prizes with his design, entered into the Creative Excellence Section: Architecture category. Made from stainless steel, wood and fibreglass, interpreting the art-déco era, the judges admired Wakeman’s workmanship while the founder of the World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show, Dame Suzie Moncrieff, praised its artistic integrity.
   ‘Diva’s Dreamscape really is a stunning piece of art,’ she says. ‘It has a strong simplicity that works perfectly from every angle. The use of such hard materials to create a sophisticated garment demonstrates great skill and creative ability.’
   Diva’s Dreamscape was the unanimous choice of the judges, which included Dame Suzie, sculptor Greer Twiss and fashion designer Denise l’Éstrange-Corbet.
   It is the third time Wakeman has entered WOW, and the second time he has won a prize. In 2013, he was runner-up to the Supreme Award winner for his Chica under Glass.
   Xi Zhang, a student from Donghua University, Shanghai, took the runner-up prize this year, with Deadly Beauty. Zhang entered her design, made from feathers, beads and mesh cloth, into the Wellington Airport Avant Garde section.
   There were 107 entries by 123 designers who were chosen for the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show this year.
   The American Express Open section was won by Jeff Thomson of Auckland with Tinker. Thomson also won the New Zealand Design Award with Tinker. For Annie, by Doreen Helms and Susan Thurner of Nelson, won the children’s section. Philippa Stitchbury of Melbourne, Victoria won the Aotearoa section with On Reflection; while the Man section, with the theme of Uniform this year, was won by Chris Wilson and Gary Wilson of Upper Hutt with their Piper of the Lights. The Weta Costume and Film section was won by Joanna Peacock of Colchester, England, with her design To Be or Not to Be.
   The Cirque du Soleil Performance Art Costume Award went to Tess Taverner Hanks of Sydney, NSW, for Kaleidoscope. Hanks also won the Shell Student Innovation Award with the same design. The WOW Factor Award was won by Rodney Leong with Get Behind Me Satan.
   Another Donghua University student, Qianwen Hong, won with Exotic in the Wearable Technology Award, and the Shell Sustainability Award was won by Wanganui’s Danielle Sasvari with Templa Mentis.
   The First-Time Entrant Award was won by Ewelina Kosmal of Konskie, with Brave New World.
   The Wellington International Awards are given to entrants in different parts of the globe. The overall winner was M45 Pleiades by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis of London; they also won for the UK and Europe category. Starship Girl, by Julian Hartzog of Tarpon Springs, Fla., won for the Americas. Mona, by Kerryta Chau, Wing Lam Yeung and Emily Lau of the Hong Kong Design Institute, won for Asia; and The Stitch Witch, by Sarah Seahorse and Luna Aquatica of Melbourne, Victoria, won for Australia and the South Pacific.
   The total prize pool of 40 awards had a combined value of NZ$165,000. Thirteen New Zealand-designed garments won 15 awards, and 24 awards were won by 18 international designs.

Above, from top Tinker, by Jeff Thomson. For Annie, by Doreen Helms and Susan Thurner. On Reflection, by Philippa Stitchbury. To Be or Not to Be, by Joanna Peacock. Kaleidoscope, by Tess Taverner Hanks. Get Behind Me Satan, by Rodney Leong. Exotic, by Qianwen Hong. Templa Mentis, by Danielle Sasvari. Brave New World, by Ewelina Kosmal. M45 Pleiades by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis. Starship Girl, by Julian Hartzog. Mona, by Kerryta Chau, Wing Lam Yeung and Emily Lau. The Stitch Witch, by Sarah Seahorse and Luna Aquatica.

September 24, 2015

Brancott Estate launches new vintages for 2015 in limited-edition World of Wearable Art bottles

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Top Into the Blue and Rosebud with Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate chief winemaker. Above The two new limited-edition Brancott Estate bottles.

With the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show back again for 2015, the famed winemaker and naming rights’ sponsor of the event has released two limited-edition bottles along with new vintages in celebration.
   The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and South Island Pinot Noir 2014 will appear in bottles featuring two former World of Wearable Art entrants by New Zealand designers. The sauvignon blanc features Into the Blue: Māori Living in a Thermoplastic World, by Marie Gant Roxburgh, and the pinot noir features Rosebud, by Kate Hellyar.
   The new Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is described by the company as ‘fresh, crisp and lively’, with fruit flavours, while the South Island Pinot Noir 2014 is ‘vibrant and fruity with dark fruit and lovely textural interest.’
   ‘As winemakers, we are constantly creating new expressions of wine to enjoy and WOW is much the same through their celebration of innovative design. Together we are putting New Zealand wine and design on the world map,’ said chief winemaker Patrick Materman in a release.
   Dame Suzie Moncrieff, founder of WOW, notes, ‘The new limited-edition Brancott Estate WOW bottles are the perfect way to capture and share New Zealand wine and creativity. We’re excited to be able to bring our designers’ creations to life through these beautiful bottle designs.’
   The World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show season runs till October 11 in Wellington, New Zealand. The limited-edition WOW series for 2015 will be available for a limited time at NZ$17·29. The official hashtag for the event is #brancottestatewow.
   Lucire will have the 2015 WOW winners’ names later on Friday.

September 23, 2015

Tommy Hilfiger and Jeffrey Deitch host Rock Style exhibition launch in London

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Darren Gerrish

On Monday, the Rock Style exhibition’s official opening was celebrated at Sotheby’s S2 gallery in London. Hosted and curated by famous fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, the exhibition celebrates the innovative connection between music and fashion, as examined in Tommy Hilfiger and Anthony De Curtis’ book, Rock Style, written in 2000.
   Hilfiger himself has been a notable figure of fashion for 30 years and has dressed celebrities such as Lily Aldridge, Zooey Deschanel, Snoop Dogg and Naomi Campbell. Although he no longer runs the company, Hilfiger is still heavily involved in the fashion industry. De Curtis complements him perfectly with his music-critic background, writing for publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Relix, making them the perfect duo to have written the book Rock Style.
   The show exhibits numerous photographs of rockers over the years, as well as paintings of idols such as Deborah Harry, Joey Ramone, Sid Vicious and George Harrison done by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. The exhibition emphasizes the nature of fashion, music and identity, and how the three collaborate to create the worlds that these stars lived in. The very essence of nostalgia and fashion experimentation is captured in the large images, ones that depict the unique identity of each performer. The iconic leathers and studs of Sid Vicious, the radical prints and colours of Jimi Hendrix, and the very photogenic nature of David Bowie, is captured in these prints. In creating a visual exhibition, the show brings the book to life and provides a sentiment and fond memory of the rock star idols of the ’50s through to today.
   Notable attendees of the Rock Style exhibition launch included Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Melissa Odabash, Harrods fashion director Helen David, editor of British GQ Dylan Jones, Sir Philip Green, Bob Gruen, Gered Mankowitz, Tim Jeffries, Fru Tholstrup, Justine Picardie, Katie Martin, Tamara Beckwith, Melissa Odabash, Don Letts, Caroline Rush, Stephen Webster, Mark Quinn, Henry Hudson, Philip Colbert, Steve Varsano, Lisa Tchenguiz, and Jaye Kamel, as well as other artists and socialites.—Alex Barrow

Darren Gerrish

September 21, 2015

In the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière: Selena Gomez, Poppy Delevingne, Clémence Poésy, Alicia Vikander attend Louis Vuitton Series 3

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Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton hosted a gala opening and cocktail reception on Sunday at the Strand to introduce and immerse guests in Series 3, an 11-room exhibition that explores the creative process of designer Nicolas Ghesquière as he created his autumn–winter 2015–16 collection.
   Celebrity guests included Selena Gomez, Clémence Poésy, Michelle Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Doona Bae, Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Tallulah Harlech, Miroslava Duma, Xavier Dolan, Cressida Bonas, Douglas Booth, Lily Donaldson, Adèle Exarchopoulous, Luca Calvani, and Joana Preiss, while Ghesquière and Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke played host.
   ‘The series exhibition fits with my work and with my creation because it’s an extension of it, it’s the way for people to understand my creative process, that’s really the idea of that parcours initiatique is what we say in French,’ says Ghesquière. ‘I wanted people not to get into my brain but start to understand some of the processes we have when we do the collection. It could be inspired by the craft again by the savoir faire of Louis Vuitton by the story of Louis Vuitton or it could be very new and very fresh, coming from somewhere completely new and again quite technological sometimes. And again about innovation.
   ‘We did show series around the world, in Asia, in America, but we haven’t done it in Europe yet so it’s very interesting to come to London as well. It’s very unique to be able to at that dimension to control and celebrate the past, projecting the future.’
   Burke praised Ghesquière, saying, ‘I’ve worked with many creative individuals throughout my entire life, from architects to artists to designers and I think Nicholas has impressed me as the one who has been the most true to his original ideas. The most amazing is that he comes up with an original idea from the guts and then he takes it through a whole process of verification he bounces it off people and tries it out with various products and invariably he comes back to his original thought. So staying true to his inspirations is quite impressive.’
   Williams says, ‘I loved seeing it again. I loved seeing the show the first time around and I love the idea that people can visit it and its gives this sense of place because the fashion shows are usually so short, so I love seeing it suspended in time.’
   Gomez notes, ‘I’ve actually had a relationship with Nicolas for a few months now, and just to see the growth and actually be a part of it and say I saw that when it came out or I got to be a part of it, it’s incredible to see all of his work come together and it’s also very interactive, which is cool.’
   Series 1 and Series 2 have already been around the world, while London is the first city to host Series 3.


Selena Gomez

Nicolas Ghesquière

Clémence Poésy

Michelle Williams

Doona Bae

Red carpet arrivals


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September 16, 2015

Naomie Harris, as Moneypenny, retrieves Sony’s Xperia Z5 in Spectre promotional tie-in

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Ever since Moneypenny was reimagined as a former field agent in the shape of Naomie Harris, one might have wondered if she would see action again in the world of James Bond. Thanks to Sony in its new spot for its Xperia cellphone, she has, in a 60-second film that sees her retrieve the Z5 model in London on Bond’s behalf, showing that she’s not fully content sitting behind the desk outside M’s office.
   Sony, whose products are often seen used by MI6 in the James Bond films–Sony’s own connection to MGM and Columbia Pictures, the studios through which the films are released, helps—has released its promotional tie-in to help fuel the buzz for Spectre, the 24th EON Productions James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, to be released on October 26 in the UK.
   Filmed in South Bank, the spot also shows off the Sony RX100 IV camera, which captures super slow-motion footage.
   Daniel Kleinman, who has created many of the James Bond titles as the successor to “gunbarrel” designer Maurice Binder, and whose own association with Bond dates back to 1989 when he designed the music video to the theme to Licence to Kill, directed the film, through Rattling Stick. In a release, Kleinman said, ‘The campaign film truly captures the excitement of the chase, being on a mission and taking the viewer on the journey, all set against an iconic London backdrop.’ Kleinman will design the titles for Spectre.
   Harris noted, ‘London provides the perfect setting for the campaign film. Ultimately, at the centre of Bond is Britishness, so it was really important that the ad was shot here. It is not your traditional commercial; it’s an action-packed mini-movie in itself.’
   Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation added, ‘Sony has been a proud partner of the iconic Bond films since Casino Royale [2006]. While both the Xperia Z5 and RX100 IV are action-packed and full of features, they are also real, everyday-life gadgets.’
   The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available globally from October.

September 8, 2015

Sam Smith to perform title song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ for James Bond film, Spectre

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English singer–songwriter Sam Smith has recorded the title song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for the next James Bond film, Spectre.
   The song, composed by Smith with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes, is being released by Capitol Records and will be available on September 25.
   ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since Tom Jones’s ‘Thunderball’ in 1965.
   ‘This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song,’ said Smith. ‘I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.’
   Smith, in our second video below, called his new theme song ‘timeless’.
   Spectre will be released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6. Daniel Craig stars as James Bond, with Christoph Waltz playing his nemesis. The film sees the return of the criminal organization, SPECTRE, which featured in some of Ian Fleming’s novels and many of the 1960s’ films, and 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. Sam Mendes returns to direct after his successful outing in Skyfall.
   Smith’s début album In the Lonely Hour launched at number one in the UK and number two in the US, and scored four Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards.

September 7, 2015

Huawei and futurist Sabine Seymour predict technology’s impact on fashion

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We know that fashion and technology will continue coming together, and we’ve seen some innovative ideas where technology impacts on what we wear—including clothing that senses a person’s mood and alters itself accordingly. If Dr Sabine Seymour, futurist, author of Fashionable Technology, and professor of fashion and technology at Parsons is right, these ideas will become mainstream, including several others that would have been science fiction a generation ago.
   Huawei, the Chinese mobile device manufacturer, has teamed up with Seymour, as it launched a new smartwatch, which it called ‘premium … with a classic design, which is also technologically innovative.’
   Huawei’s new watch, measuring 42 mm in diameter, features a touch-sensitive AMOLED display coated in scratch-proof sapphire crystal and a stainless steel frame.
   Seymour says our underwear will begin having sensors that track personal data, such as heart rate and body temperature—an evolution of some of the exercise accessories that are commonplace today.
   We will be able to change the pattern, colour, shape and style of our garments in the future, forecasts Seymour, with technology more seamlessly integrated into clothing. Clothes will become gesture- and touch-sensitive. Length and shape can change as required, and users will be able to download new designs. Newly downloaded prints can display on to the garment.
   Garments that adjust to body temperature are on the horizon, too, while 3-D printing and on-demand manufacturing will see shoes produced in the home to a perfect fit. They will also connect to cars, which will adjust the seat accordingly.
   These fashions will be sustainable and their power will come possibly from kinetic energy, rather than batteries.

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