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November 23, 2015

Stolen Girlfriends’ Club creates limited-edition straps for Samsung Gear S2 Classic smartwatch

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Stolen Girlfriends’ Club has created a collection of four customized leather watch straps for the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, in an official collaboration with the Korean electronics’ giant.
   The limited-edition straps, in black and brown crocodile, and green and blue snake, will be made available as a gift to some Samsung customers. They are made in New Zealand.
   The retro styling is intentional. As Marc Moore, Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s creative director, noted, ‘I was really inspired by vintage watch straps for this collaboration with Samsung on the new Gear S2 Classic. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been a huge fan of some of the smartwatches being launched by brands lately—just because they look so “techy”, it doesn’t leave much option for people that are into fashion. So I was pretty excited when I first saw the Gear S2 Classic, I knew instantly that a vintage-styled strap would work great. We had a bit of fun with the colours and textures of the leather we sourced whilst keeping it really wearable and quite classic.’
   By rotating the face bezel, the Gear S2 goes to different screens, or skips to another track or zooms in on a map, making navigation particularly simple. The watch features health and fitness apps, a two- to three-day battery life, Android Bluetooth pairing, and push notifications via mobile phones. The straps can be changed further and the watch face can be customized via the Samsung Gear app. Retail price in New Zealand for the basic S2 is NZ$549, and the S2 Classic is NZ$649, available both online and at offline retailers.

November 11, 2015

TAG Heuer launches Connected Watch with Intel and Google, based on classic Carrera design

Lucire staff/5.30

Rob Kim

While it might not be surprising to see Apple and Huawei introduce smart watches, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has created its entry, revealed at the weekend at LVMH Tower in Manhattan at an event hosted by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and David Singleton, VP of engineering for Android at Google.
   The TAG Heuer Connected Watch with Intel Inside blends Android Wear technology with the quality and pedigree of the Swiss brand. TAG Heuer worked with Intel and Google to pack its watch with apps—including exclusive ones on lifestyle, golf, motor racing and trailing—as well as voice control, an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, 4 Gbyte of memory, all-day battery life, wifi, Bluetooth and audio streaming, all in a water-resistant 46 mm diameter grade 2 titanium case with a textured rubber strap. Of course there are also timer, alarm and stopwatch functions.
   There is a sapphire crystal touch-screen, and by default the watch retains its classic appearance, with the most pertinent information appearing inside the three chronograph counters at the 12, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. One can choose from one of three digital watch faces, inspired by the TAG Heuer Carrera range. When you want more, you touch the counter, and the app goes into full-screen mode. It will remain connected to the cloud as long as there is wifi. Its base applications remain running regardless of connectivity. The retail price is US$1,500, €1.350 or £1,100.
   For those who fall out of love with the digital world, TAG Heuer says customers can exchange it for a mechanical watch at the end of its two-year warranty period.

Rob Kim

November 10, 2015

Aston Martin premières film on its Spectre James Bond car, the DB10, at Blenheim Palace event

Lucire staff/8.44

Max Earey

If you’re going to go to the trouble of creating a bespoke car that’s never going to be sold to the public, but will be seen by most only in a film, then you should find a way to show off that effort to your VIPs.
   Aston Martin did just that in the baroque setting of the Great Court at Blenheim Place for the première of its film, DB10: Built for Bond, on Sunday.
   Guests were given a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of James Bond’s latest car, which is currently appearing in Spectre, the 24th official film in the Eon Productions series about Ian Fleming’s fictional secret agent.
   Examples of the classic DB5, which made its Bond screen début in 1964 in Goldfinger, and the DB10 were on display, flanking the screen, complementing the 50 Aston Martins, old and new, that were present at the Great Court.
   The DB10 is said to preview the next generation of Aston Martins, with its predatory looks and drooping rear, giving the brand’s adherents something to look forward to. Aston Martin has a hefty new-model programme for the second half of the decade, and the DB10 serves as a showcase of its design ideas, while keeping interest healthy in the range, which has a few ageing models.
   The one-hour documentary, created by FIN London, was filmed over 18 months, with 120 hours of material shot in 4K. It features interviews with producer Michael G. Wilson, director Sam Mendes, actor Daniel Craig, special effects’ supervisor Chris Corbould, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and stunt driver Mark Higgins. The 10 cars were built in-house by Aston Martin in six months.
   The reception took place at the Great Hall in Blenheim Palace, and Higgins gave a Q&A, discussing his experience with the DB10s.
   Spectre débuted on October 26 and is the 12th James Bond film to feature the Aston Martin brand.

October 10, 2015

Mellerio creates high jewellery for Lancôme’s exclusive 80th anniversary La vie est belle extrait de parfum

Lucire staff/5.01

The Lancôme brand started in perfumes before branching out into the wide range of skin care and cosmetics, but now Mellerio dits Meller has taken it as an inspiration to create high jewellery.
   The famed jeweller, founded in 1613, has created a design to adorn 80 flasks of the limited-edition La vie est belle extrait de parfum that celebrate Lancôme’s 80th anniversary.
   After designing the first, it now has to replicate it another 79 times, a task that it believes it is unlikely to have undertaken before.
   Mellerio explains that it paid special tribute to Lancôme founder Armand Petitjean, who personally created numerous beauty accessories between the 1920s and 1940s, including beauty boxes, lipsticks and powder cases. In the Lancôme archives are drawings featuring a rock crystal cream jar inlaid with precious stones, dating back to the 1850s.
   ‘Mellerio reinterpreted the wings of liberty, the organza bow draped around the neck of the bottle “La vie est belle”, to create a pink gold coated silver piece (vermeil). Several wings are pierced, others are chiselled, inspired from a motif found in Lancôme’s archives, and the final ones are polished with the “mirror” technique, one of the three traditional metal treatment processes, used in jewellery. This ornament highlights the sublime glass smile dreamt up by Armand Petitjean and created in 2012 for “La Vie est belle”, using the latest glass-making techniques,’ it noted in a release.
   The 80 flasks will be sold worldwide, with six bottles in France at the Printemps Haussmann from November 5.

September 29, 2015

Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti collaborate on custom smart watch, released at Milan Fashion Week

Alex Barrow/23.17

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

A collaboration between big names Huawei, Vogue China and Fornasetti sparked the creation of the Fornasetti smart watch, the unveiling of which was done at Vogue China’s 10-year anniversary celebrations. Celebrated at the closure of Milan Fashion Week, the introduction of the special edition watch has allowed for it to be seen in the limelight of the fashion world.
   Huawei, a global innovation company, works towards bettering and expanding on telecom networks. With a focus on consumer product, technical innovation and research and development, the company has expanded through Asia, Europe, the US and Russia. Huawei’s crowd-sourcing specialists have opened up a platform for outside artists and designers to contribute designs for appropriate accessories to complement the watch such as customized skins, or potential ideas for future technologies such as smart phones or smart watches.
   The watch itself is a product of Huawei Business Group, but the design was customized by Fornasetti, the celebrated interior design and fashion label. The watch has all the traditional makings of a high-quality, sophisticated watch such as the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal class and stainless steel frame, as well as the traditional 42 mm diameter of the watch face itself. What makes this accessory stand out is its technical capabilities, inclusive of playing music downloads offline, Bluetooth connections and a heart rate and motion sensor. These make it the ideal companion for monitored physical activity without the bulk of other smart technologies.
   Designer Barnaba Fornasetti said his design had a multi-dimensional inspiration to it which contributed to the final product. ‘The Fornasetti brand is built upon the revival and reinvention of its classic designs and objects, giving them a new purpose and always keeping its artisan approach. The Lina face is a part of my father’s legacy and to reinforce its timeless design, I paradoxically decided to apply it on a cutting edge product that keeps time.’ The image on the watch face is a vintage-style depiction of a woman’s face, namely inspired by that of Lina Cavalieri, an Italian opera singer. This image is an established symbol of Fornasetti and has been used in a similar fashion in the label’s past designs.
   The collaboration between the three large names has allowed space for future business endeavours, opening up each other’s company networks. Glory Zhang of Huawei said, ‘This collaboration with Fornasetti is the start of an exciting journey for Huawei, delivering connections between innovative technology and art, design and culture. This is the first of many exciting cultural collaborations as we move to become an innovator within the arts’.
   Notable attendees of the event included models Karlie Kloss and Sean O’Pry, AC Milan footballer Riccardo Montolivo and model Cristina de Pin, fashion photographer Mario Testino, Giorgio Armani, Vogue China editor-in-chief Angelica Cheung. Representing Huawei was Glory Zhang, its chief marketing officer. All attendees of the event were gifted with the smart watches and modelled them for the evening.—Alex Barrow

Vittorio Zunino Celotto

September 25, 2015

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

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Courtesy World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show

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 23, 2015

Fila Australia teams up with Lauren Phillips to launch spring–summer 2015–16 sportswear line

Alex Barrow/13.09

The Australian branch of international sportswear line Fila has welcomed TV host Lauren Phillips to be the new face of its spring–summer 2015–16 line. The conglomerate, which originated in Italy in 1911, has developed into one of the leading lifestyle and fitness wear companies in the world and maintains fashionable yet practical sportswear.
   The innovative materials used to create Fila sportswear allow the skin to breathe, with lightweight fabrics which stretch appropriately with the body’s natural movement. As “fitspiration” has become somewhat of a global phenomenon, FILA understands and adheres to the demand for sportswear to be fashionable, as well as practical and versatile. Furthermore, there are various collections which cater to different lifestyle needs. The Barre collection, for example, is designed and inspired by dance, featuring cardigan wraps, tulle overlays and cropped Ts which suit lower intensity workouts such as yoga and Pilates. Other sportswear includes leggings, fun coloured tops and Ts, as well as accessories such as bags, hats and microfibre towels to provide for your everyday active needs.
   The company hired Phillips due to her passion for living a healthy lifestyle by eating responsibly, engaging in regular active exercise, and being a good role model for children and adults alike. ‘Living a healthy and active life is hugely important to me and having fitness gear that caters for all types of training, but also has plenty of fun and colour injected into it is a perfect fit for me,’ says Phillips. The spring–summer range is in store now Australia-wide, as well as online.—Alex Barrow

September 21, 2015

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

Lucire staff/23.03

David Atlan/Louis Vuitton

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


David Atlan/Louis Vuitton

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