Panos Emporio has announced that one of the contestants in next week’s Top Model Sverige will become its new model for 2013.
In next week’s episode on Sweden’s TV3, the 10 models will be photographed by Nigel Barker, with one winner being adopted by the swimwear label for a future campaign.
Filmed at the end of last year, Panos Emporio boss Panos Papadopoulos flew to Los Angeles for the show. It is the sixth season of the Swedish licensed version of the programme.
Staying with Swedish companies: in another nod to corporate social responsibility, Hennes & Mauritz has announced it has developed a water strategy in association with WWF.
As part of a three-year global partnership, H&M says it will build water into its corporate planning, including ‘being a good neighbour and good steward of shared resources,’ says WWF International’s director-general, Jim Leape.
WWF had evaluated H&M’s water usage and challenges through 2012 to form the basis of the strategy. In 2013, the company plans to implement it globally, working with public policy-makers, NGOs, water institutions and other companies, to support better management of river basins in China and Bangladesh, it says. It will also support WWF conservation projects in the Yangtze River basin.
Internally, staff will receive training on the water impact on raw material production and its value chain. It will also improve its water efficiency and minimize its suppliers’ impact on water. The company is targeting all 48 national markets and reaching all 750 direct suppliers, with all its 94,000 employees receiving education on water issues.
Finally, the Peninsula Hotels has announced a new campaign for all its properties, called Peninsula Moments. The campaign shows what is distinctive about each one of its properties, from stunning architecture, authenticity, design, to insight. Unsurprisingly, the clip from Hong Kongâarguably the most famous Peninsula propertyâfeatures its fleet of green Rolls-Royces, while Bangkok shows off its nearby temple and Shanghai its aviation lounge.
Above The Peninsula Hong Kong Rolls-Royce fleet and its pool.
Above The Peninsula Shanghai Aviation Lounge. The Peninsula Manila’s lobby. A temple in Bangkok, near the property.
Summer Rayne Oakes’s environmental short art film, Extinction (or eXtinction to give the official title), has just gone live at Vimeo and YouTube.
Summer Rayne, who appears in the 2013 Pirelli calendar shot by Steve McCurry, made Extinction in 2011, when it did the circuit at various film festivals across the world.
The film, directed by Clayton Haskell, is particularly beautiful and powerful, telling a story about our greatest environmental challenges. It briefly featured at Lucire last year as a teaser.
âIt reveals that the most pressing environmental issues are not happening thousands of years from now, but are in fact happening within our lifetimeâand specifically, on the timeline of one young womanâs life, from birth to death,’ according to its description.
The main link, at Vimeo, is https://vimeo.com/26854560; the YouTube version can be viewed at http://youtu.be/4IxFQGrzL4w. Extinction has also been released with Spanish and Portuguese subtitles, with German, Italian and French in the coming month.âJack Yan, Publisher
Above Summer Rayne Oakes and Adriana Lima appear in the 2013 Pirelli calendar.
This year’s Pirelli calendar, launching presently in Rio de Janeiro, has a Lucire connection: our Summer Rayne Oakes appears in it.
We’ve been following its launch today as Summer Rayneâbest known for her work in the environment, which is how we first began working on Lucire together many years agoârubs shoulders with her fellow models Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede, Kyleigh Kuhn, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem and Elisa Sednaoui, women all known for their charity and social responsibility work.
The surprise that the media had today at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, that we had a heads-up on, is that this isn’t your father’s Pirelli calendar. There’s no nudity, as it was understood that that could compromise the women’s charity efforts and dilute the message.
In addition, Summer Rayne has posted a video (below) on the rise of youth activism and social awareness, which had been part of the Rio launch today. She speaks with Kyleigh Kuhn, noting how the event had been shared with social media.
Shooting the 2013 calendar was photographer Steve McCurry, better known for his famous 1985 National Geographic image, Afghan Girl (left), who joined Summer Rayne and others in Rio today.
Says McCurry, ‘These models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.’
Pirelli had greater flexibility in the casting this year thanks to McCurry, although the calendar still includes Isabeli Fontana and Adriana Lima (photographed pregnant), and SĂ´nia Braga, Marisa Monte, Karlie Kloss, and local Brazilian people.
I’m really impressed with Margaret Hema’s new rooms at Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand, which one visits strictly by appointment. Hema, whom I first interviewed for Lucire in the mid-2000s, is the renowned ĂŚstheticienne and facialist, known not only for her unequalled treatment skills but for a small range of premium organic skin care products that have found favour internationally. Her clientĂ¨le remains exclusive and she has the enviable position of indulging her passion for beauty and skin care over a long career.
She has developed her classic range very slowly, increasing her offerings from seven to eight in the last year. The development time for her latest organic day crĂ¨me was 12 years, as Hema found the right formulation and suppliersâher approach is to find real solutions, rather than be swayed by beauty fads. She was creating organic products decades before they became trendy. Like an Oscar-winning composer, she can walk the street without being recognized except by her fans.
Hema is critical of products which are largely water, since the skin fails to absorb them: a glance down the ingredientsâ list of the SPF 12 crĂ¨me reveals organic avocado oil, borage, olive and flaxseed oils, and organic totarol, among others. The 30 ml in each airtight container contains active ingredients, and the crĂ¨me itself feels and smells nice.
Hema moved into a salon in 1988 in Brandon Street, but with the building now needed for other purposes, she moved earlier this year into a heritage building on the first floor at 49 Courtenay Place. There are no signs downstairs: discretion remains part of the Hema brand, ensuring its exclusivity. It ties in perfectly with the quality of the products: you truly have to be an initiĂŠ to know them well.
I had visited her old rooms before and felt that they were part of her identity, tooâher clients had become used to taking the lift to the old premises. But the new salon retains the Hema feeling: it is brighter, thanks to more natural sunlight; soothing violin music occasionally comes through from a neighbouring business; and one feels instantly relaxed and at ease inside. The new location feels fresher, more affirming, and lighter, while Hema’s certificates as you enter the salon and the sight of the eight-product range bring instant familiarity and a feeling of an ongoing tradition, that this is a positive step on the Hema journey. It feels like “home” to the Margaret Hema experience; it’s as though she was always meant to be here.âJack Yan, Publisher
My ﬁrst thought as I entered the Starﬁsh store for the launch of Miranda Brown’s autumnâwinter 2012 collection was, ‘Thank God the winter colours have been changed.’ We had witnessed so many designers employ blacks and greys for the season that Brown’s approach was a godsend.
The collection seemed to have a new touch on winter, including the use of prints. To the left, the food and beverages were placed on a tableâwelcome after a busy day at workâand to the right, sustainable designer Miranda Brown herself, greeting people around the store with a smile.
A little into the night, I was shown some of her favourite pieces in her collection and pieces that were the best ﬁt for my style. The collectionâs colours ranged from green, turquoise and browns to brighter and more eye-catching colours like orange, blue and red. I was most drawn to the oversized pieces that won me over, especially a grey cape with the native and extinct huia bird the printed on the front. The use of merino wool was a plus, as it added a rich, textured look to the clothing, and kept you warm in winter.
The huia and the native and also extinct laughing owl (whekau) were seen printed on numerous garments from this designer.
âMerino wool gives value to an excellent primary resource here in New Zealand. Merino wool is a strong natural material that is both recyclable and biodegradable,’ says Brown. You have to admire a designer who not only creates lovely garments but also cares about the earth.
One guest was so attached to a garment that she got to a stage where she had forgotten she was even wearing it. It was a good night: it looks like Miranda Brown has winter sorted.âTania Naidu
Levi’s, which has been behind some sustainable projects in years past, has collaborated with Water.org to commemorate World Water Day, March 22.
The new campaign, starting today, encourages people to ‘Go Wateran educational campaign featured at Levi’s website. Visitors can learn how everyone can use less water, and what the global demand for water is like.
One thousand million people on this planet do not have access to clean water.
It’s not just an awareness campaign, either: Levi’s itself has built water-saving processes into its production. Its own WaterLess products have a process which reduces the use of water by up to 96 per cent for some styles, and the company claims it has saved over 172 million litres of water.
In the promotional video below, WaterLess founders Matt Damon and Gary White promote the new initiative.
Summer Rayne Oakes and Benita Singh’s Cartier award-winning venture, Source4Style, which helps designers source sustainable fabric through a well designed, transparent website, launches its second version today. Lucire has the low-down in the main part of the site, and this story forms part of some of our next 2012 print and other non-web editions.
We believe this will revolutionize the way the business of fashion is conducted. Think about it: consumers demand sustainability and the trend has no signs of stopping. Yet, according to Singh, suppliers are spending up to 43 per cent of their marketing budgets just on trade shows. âItâs a huge up-front time and ďŹnancial commitment with no guarantee of a return,â she says. On the other end of the scale, Cornell University research shows that designers are spending up to 85 per cent of their time visiting those same shows, going through online directories, or wading through sample folders.
Source4Style uses the internet to bridge the divide, and has obvious positive implications for smaller suppliers, who are on a level playing ﬁeld with the big names. Some of these suppliers are in third-world countries, so it’s not hard to see the ﬁnancial beneﬁt that Source4Style can have for them and their communities.
It’s in line with the ideas in Simon Anholt’s Brand New Justice, where Anholt posited that good brands helped third-world communities ﬁnd greater proﬁts and margins. Source4Style doesn’t quite give these companies brands per se, but through the site, it allows them to be the equal of businesses that are operating in the ﬁrst world, and levels the playing ﬁeld.
It is the solidity behind this venture that sees us devote two web pages and the cover to it. We encourage readers to take a look, as this may well be the moment when fashion changes for goodâin more than one sense of the word.âJack Yan, Publisher
Summer Rayne Oakes, who has a long association with Lucire, tells us that her short ﬁlm, Extinction (eXtinction to give its ofﬁcial capitalization) can be viewed for a very limited time (a total less than two days from the time of this post) on Dailymotion. You can view the ﬁlm at this link.
This important work highlights what we realistically face on our planet in our lifetime, and why looking after it sustainably and sensibly is the only hope for humankind. Beautifully photographed, Extinction puts forth powerful arguments in its short running timeâand we would be wise to heed its message.
In the beauty department, Billie Goat Soap has launched a natural soap range made from goat’s milk, with a pH level close to our own skin. Goat’s milk is high in vitamin A, B6 and B12, while it naturally contains a high amount of antioxidant selenium and lactic acid. Both the plain and milk and honey soaps retail for NZ$13Âˇ50 each.
Meanwhile, Stanley Moss has reviewed another very fashionable Parisian hotelâpop over to the main part of the site to see his story on 7Eiffel, located in the vicinity of the Ăcole Militaire and Invalides.