IWC Schaffhausen hosted a gala dinner on Monday at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong with its brand ambassadors Cate Blanchett, Zhou Xun and Karol√≠na Kurkov√°, and photographer Peter Lindbergh present. IWC CEO Georges Kern played host, with Goris Verburg, IWC marketing and communication director, and Beno√ģt de Clerck, IWC managing director, Asia‚ÄďPacific.
Earlier they had opened the Timeless Portofino exhibition, which marked the launch of IWC Schaffhausen‚Äôs Portofino mid-size watch range. The three ambassadors played a role in the exhibition, shot by Lindbergh, as did Emily Blunt, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor, and Adriana Lima.
The event coincided with the first day of the Watches and Wonders exhibition in the Chinese city, which is currently beset by pro-democracy protests demanding that Beijing fulfil its promise of granting universal suffrage for the 2017 election of the chief executive.
Beijing, for its part, suggests that the US State Department is interfering in the city’s affairs.
There was little sign of the concerns at the event as the 250 celebrity and VIP guests were entertained at the dinner, including Francis Ng, Anita Yuen, Audrey Ai, Jamie Campbell, Alfred Cheung, Brandon Chau, Leigh Tung, Julien Lepeu, Jeffrey Yau, Cissy Wang, Deborah Hung, and Amanda S. The renowned Shandong-born violinist L√ľ Siqing performed at the gala dinner.
The Timeless Portofino exhibition has already appeared in Z√ľrich and will go on to London, Miami and Dubai.
This week‚Äôs Lucire Instagram round-up includes some familiar faces, including, first, our own Lucire Instagram. This shot is of Blake Lively, while promoting Gucci in Dubai. She looks fantastic in a black sequinned number with her signature tousled up-do. The second familiar face, is from our fabulous fashion editor Sopheak Seng‚Äôs Instagram. He has posted a shot of Meryl Streep, from the iconic fashion-magazine-based movie The Devil Wears Prada. This image includes the famous quote from the movie: ‚ÄėThe truth is, no one can do what I do.‚Äô He included the humorous hashtag of #justsaying‚ÄĒjust saying indeed.
I also included images this week from a few of Lucire‚Äôs favourite models, the first being the extremely well known Georgia May Jagger. Here, she promotes her February cover of British Vogue and, as per usual, she looks incredible, this time in a very natural and low-key way. The second model is one of the up-and-coming models from the spring 2014 runway shows, Malaika Firch. This shot is of her on her current trip to her birthplace, Kenya. She looks elegantly natural next to a funky old-school-looking truck.
I have included a style-icon of mine, part-time model and daughter of Vogue Paris‚Äôs notorious Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Julia‚Äôs Instagram shot this week shows the very current trend of hand-painted leather bags. These black leather bags by Givenchy have super-cute dogs painted on‚ÄĒI am loving this new artsy trend. Derek Blasberg, fashion writer and blogger, is also included this week. He has posted an end-of-vacation shot with the words, ‚ÄėI miss the cold,‚Äô drawn on to a sandy beach. His caption read, ‚ÄėPreparing for New York. Lying to myself.‚Äô The poor guy obviously doesn‚Äôt want to leave his beaching vacation, and neither would I!
The last two shots this week are also from fashion bloggers. The first is New York-based blogger from Because I’m Addicted, Geri Hirsch. Here she posts a super-cute shot of her fabulous, green Saint Laurent pumps, in what appears to be her back yard. She accompanies the shot with the words: ‚ÄėThere‚Äôs no place like home‚Äô‚ÄĒthis is just too cute. The last is my Aussie favourite, Sara Donaldson from Harper and Harley. Sara posts an √ľber-glam shot looking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, reading a novel and sipping what looks like homemade lemonade‚ÄĒyum! I am most definitely very jealous. And that‚Äôs a wrap!‚ÄĒAnna Deans
Blake Lively, promoting the Gucci Premi√®re fragrance, made a special appearance last Friday evening at Galeries Lafayette Dubai Mall.
The event, starting at 6 p.m. with Lively scheduled for 7 p.m., marked the start of the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Lively wore a black Gucci dress and was delighted to see her fans.
Shoppers packed the store to get a glimpse of the actress, with a lucky few able to get an autograph from her one on one. The only requirement for the competition was to purchase a Gucci fragrance at the store.
The 26-year-old actress became the face of Gucci Premi√®re in 2012.
B Type represents a new concept in jewellery design based on personal blood type. Conceived in Milano, the collection is made solely in Italy to the best creative and artisanal standards. ‘You are what you bleed’ is their headline, representing both the collection’s concept and the brand’s philosophies. These pendants sees your blood type as a code that represents you, used as an identification as well as a celebration of the self, on the basis that blood is an element which keeps us alive and connects us.
B Type jewellery is purely a collection of silver pendants. The blood type code is engraved on these in modern text through old-style craftsmanship. The pieces are timeless, an excellent gift for a loved one being a meaningful and personal gift, suitable for the young and old and both women and men. The drop shape of the pendants creates a delicate look to the pieces as well as representing a drop of blood. B Type’s packaging is intentionally provocative, with the use of blood-bank-type plastic bags with the delicate jewel safely inside. The packaging and the jewels themselves aim to create awareness of one’s own blood type in case of emergency. They also elevate the importance of the free gift of giving blood.
B Type’s designer, Arianna Callegari, a trained architect, intends to work on a collection incorporating alternative materials such as gold and diamonds. Callegari aims for all her pieces to be special and unique, like one’s blood type. The current collection, shown in Dubai on October 10, is now available.‚ÄĒAnna Deans
We haven’t followed the press juggernaut for Tom Cruise’s new ﬁlm, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (notice the shift of the colon from the original Mission: Impossible title in everything but the ofﬁcial logo) as it made its way from the Far East to western Europe, but the German premi√®re at BMW Welt deserves a special mention for motorheads.
While Cruise, co-stars Paula Patton and Simon Pegg, director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and producer Bryan Burk have winged their way to location cities such as Dubai, with part of the movie set at the Burj Khalifa, it was BMW’s involvement that made the trailer, in our eyes, something special.
For less than a second, we thought the BMW i8 made an appearance, making Mission Impossible 4 the ﬁrst cinematic appearance for the electric car.
BMW says it was the Vision EfﬁcientDynamics concept car, on which the i8 is based, that Cruise drove in Mumbai scenes. Other BMW cars in the movie include the X3, the 6-series cabriolet and the new Einser, the 1-series.
The ﬁlm marks a deeper involvement for product placement. BMW features are integrated into the script, namely ConnectedDrive and EfﬁcientDynamics.
Other celebrities at the M√ľnchen premi√®re include Heydi Nunez Gomez, lena Gerber, Sven Hannawald, Verena Kerth, and Natascha Gr√ľn.
Bentley has created a limited edition of the forthcoming James Bond book, Carte Blanche (for the regular hardback edition, US$15¬∑49 at Amazon; ¬£9¬∑99 at Amazon UK), by Jeffery Deaver, to be released on May 26.
It continues a long tie-up between Ian Fleming’s literary super-spy and the Bentley car brand. Bond owned three Bentleys in Fleming’s 14 novels‚ÄĒa 4¬Ĺ-litre with an Amherst Villiers supercharger, a Mark VI, and a ‘Mark II’ (sic) Continental with coachwork by Mulliner‚ÄĒand the tradition was brieﬂy revisited by John Gardner, when he was appointed by Glidrose Publications to write Bond novels in the 1980s and 1990s.
The previous Bond novel, Devil May Care, by Sebastian Faulks, also had a limited-edition commemorative edition, which sold out within days.
Bond’s latest choice in Carte Blanche is the Bentley Continental GT.
The limited-edition book has been designed by Bentley senior designer Brett Boydell. ‘As a designer it doesn’t get much better than a brief of Carte Blanche!’ he says. ‘The design features radical concepts that we feel reﬂect the name of the book, the ideas inherent in the Bond legacy, and the design principles we are passionate about.’
Inspiration also comes from the streets of Dubai, in which Bond ﬁnds himself in Carte Blanche.
Each edition comes in a polished aluminium case in the form reminiscent of the new Bentley Continental GT, and retails for ¬£1,000 each. It is limited to 500 copies worldwide.
The book inside is bound in white Nappa leather, in the same grade as that used inside a Bentley. The use of red edging evokes the actual GT interior. Title, author’s name and the Bentley wings are embossed on to the spine. The text is printed in two colours on ivory paper, with matching red leather endpapers.
A bullet hole has been die-cut into some of the pages of the book. Hidden within the pages is a single polished 9 mm bullet, individually marked with a number distinct to each copy. The text is positioned so that the bullet does not disturb the reading.
Pre-ordering may be done through www.007carteblanchebentley.com. Delivery follows publication on May 26.
On the main part of the Lucire site, two stories about European designers. First, Pierre Garroudi might hail from Teheran, but he has a workroom in London, which our photographer Doug Rimington visited. It‚Äôs a beautifully shot story, as you can imagine from Doug.
Secondly, Panos Papadopoulos, a good friend of this magazine, celebrates the 25th anniversary of his label, Panos Emporio, next year. To mark the birthday, he is launching a clothing line for the ﬁrst time. He‚Äôs being sensible and keeping the theme close to his beachwear roots. We‚Äôve been able to get his images ﬁrst.
Meanwhile, Christchurch, New Zealand is steadily recovering from the Canterbury region‚Äôs devastating September 4 earthquake. October 21 saw Nicholas Jermyn open a store there‚ÄĒits biggest in New Zealand‚ÄĒat 99 Cashel Mall.
Also on store openings, French label Jennyfer returns to Dubai after a year‚Äôs absence. Five of the planned six stores are already running, the company claims, based on a partnership with H2 Fashion LLC, a UAE retail group.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a guest of de Grisogono‚Äôs Fawaz Gruosi at the Fatale dinner at H√ītel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, May 20, 2014.
Peyton List and Vicky Jeudy attend the Mercedes-Benz Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York spring‚Äďsummer 2015 at Lincoln Center on September 7, 2014. Photographed by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.
Cara Delevingne, a guest of de Grisogono‚Äôs Fawaz Gruosi at the Fatale dinner at H√ītel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, May 20, 2014.
Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman embark on the Doctor Who World Tour, photographed in Cardiff, Wales, by Guy Levy for the BBC, August 7, 2014. #DWWorldTour
Actress Kate Upton attends the German premiere of Die Schadenfreundinnen at Math√§ser Filmpalast on April 7, 2014 in M√ľnchen. Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images.
Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler attends the Mercedes-Benz Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York spring‚Äďsummer 2015 at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2014. Photographed by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.
Cheryl Cole, a guest of de Grisogono‚Äôs Fawaz Gruosi at the Fatale dinner at H√ītel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, May 20, 2014.
Sharon Stone, a guest of de Grisogono‚Äôs Fawaz Gruosi at the Fatale dinner at H√ītel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes, May 20, 2014.
Sara Cavazza Facchini, artistic director of Genny, at the premi√®re of Birdman: the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, at the 71st Biennale di Venezia, wearing her own Empire-style gown in white chiffon with gold inserts from her spring‚Äďsummer 2014 collection, August 28, 2014.
Lyrica Woodruff attends the Mercedes-Benz Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York spring‚Äďsummer 2015 at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2014. Photographed by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.