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Iggy Azalea, BH Cosmetics team up on Totally Plastic, a retro beauty collection

Filed by Lucire staff/August 25, 2021/12.33


Totally Plastic mightn’t be the ideal name for a beauty line in the 2020s, but what Iggy Azalea and BH Cosmetics are getting at are the retro-2000s glossy shades in shadow palettes, lip glosses, and more in their new collaboration.
   The capsule collection between the Australian pop star and BH Cosmetics—which creates cruelty-free, vegan and sustainable cosmetics—launches on August 29 at bhcosmetics.com and at Ulta, both online and in store.
   There are 13 pieces in the collection priced from US$7 to US$29:

• Totally 2000s: nine colour shadow palettes in three sets, Blue Fur, Purple Platforms and Pink Sunglasses;
• Oral Fixation: high-shine lip gloss named I’m Psychic, That Was Sexual, Sex Sells and Is It 2004 Yet?;
• Totally Snatched, a six-colour face palette;
• Too Good 4 U full-length false lashes;
• the Total Package: eight-piece face and eye brush set with wrap;
• Stay Pressed: a beauty sponge with case;
• Where U Been Biatch travel case;
• 99% Devil hand mirror.

   ‘I really wanted to work with BH Cosmetics because from the beginning, they were totally open to me having 100 per cent creative control, and if I don’t have creative control with a brand I’m just not going to put my name on it,’ said Azalea. ‘I’m very passionate about having a concept and bringing it to life and I’m so specific about the way that I want things to be. I love that BH Cosmetics has an accessible price point for everyone but still has very good-quality product[s]. That stuck out to me because I rarely see actual high-quality eyeshadow for the price point that they have. I love that because when I’m thinking about things that I’m making for people, I want them to be accessible to everyone.’
   ‘We have always viewed Iggy Azalea as an influential icon across the fashion and beauty spaces. We are huge fans of her trendsetting looks on the red carpet, music videos and across all of her creative frontiers. Iggy was involved in all areas of this exciting collaboration, and is in every bit and piece of this collection. We are so humbled to be the first brand to collaborate with her on a beauty line and are eager to launch this amazing collection full of unique formulations and throwback-inspired designs, all while celebrating Iggy and her influential style,’ said Fabrice Gilbert-Darras, CMO and general manager of BH Cosmetics.

 


In brief: Amehra’s Italian sustainable footwear; Neiman Marcus’s fall campaign; Fashion Awards date announced

Filed by Yuriko Shiratori/August 13, 2021/4.35




Top: A close-up of an Amehra design. Centre row and above: Images from Neiman Marcus’s fall 2021 campaign.

Amehra is a luxury creative footwear brand created by the visions of Persian-American brother and sister, businessman Arash Arabian and creative director Mehrnoush Arabian. Amehra’s designs are carefully designed through distinct silhouettes, vibrant colours and intricate details. With a strong background in supply chain, retail and ecommerce, the duo aims to merge sustainability with chic luxury designs.
   As well as a focus on sustainability, Amehra’s designs are modern, detailed and quality, creating a new standard of footwear artistry. Pieces such as the Bella sandal, constructed of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) peach satin and light peach crystals; the Avenue slingback in a yellow and black zebra print; as well as Amehra’s signature style Amore sandal, combining to create a modern collection that reflects luxury and functionality.

Neiman Marcus has launched a campaign for autumn 2021, called Re-introduce Yourself, based around the theme of people re-emerging from COVID-19 restrictions and sharing what they have learned.
   The campaign has been shot in Art Omi’s sculpture and architecture part in upstate New York, the Million Air runway in Dallas, and in the studio. The campaign video breaks in mid-August and has been directed by Anaïs Larocca and produced in partnership with the Mill.
   Neiman Marcus is also bringing back The Book, with the latest edition featuring interviews with Gabriella Hearst of Chloé and Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Louis Vuitton.

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has released the date of its highly anticipated Fashion Awards 2021. They take place on Monday, November 29 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The Fashion Awards 2021 will celebrate important figures who have had great impact on the fashion industry, warmly inviting brands, creatives, designers, artists and tastemakers to come together.
   Following the same format as last year’s awards, the Fashion Awards will honour and celebrate the category of Leaders of Change; figures and brands in the fashion industry that have created positive change in the categories of environment, people, community and craftsmanship, and creativity and culture. Other awards on the night include special recognition awards, such as the Outstanding Achievement Award, the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator and Fashion Icon. The nominations for these awards are determined by a panel made up of over 800 key members of the international fashion industry, which will commence in September.
   The Fashion Awards will also help fundraise for the BFC Foundation, which advocates for the growth and success of the British fashion industry through education, grant-giving and business mentoring. The Fashion Awards were able to raise £1·7 million for the BFC Foundation in 2020–1, as well as support 33 designers and numerous students through financial support grants and mentoring. The Fashion Awards anticipates to continue to support and promote growth of the fashion industry, whilst recognizing its influential figures.—Yuriko Shiratori and Lucire staff

 


Is the sun setting on Alarm für Cobra 11: die Autobahnpolizei?

Filed by Jack Yan/August 3, 2021/12.10

It does seem the sun is setting, after 25 years, on Alarm für Cobra 11: die Autobahnpolizei on RTL.
   Last Thursday, the network released three episodes from 8.15 p.m., and to heck with the low ratings of the last episode which would be far too late for younger viewers. They’re doing the same this week, and finishing up the season next week with the two last ones made.
   It’s no secret that the viewer numbers have been falling year after year, especially after the departure of Tom Beck, and the long-running actioner costs a lot to make—too much for a show that now nets around the 2 million mark each week, with increased competition from other networks and forms of entertainment.
   Last year, the show was revamped again, but unlike previous efforts, this was a very bumpy and massive reset. Shows don’t always do well after this, especially a revamp that was bigger than Martial Law abandoning most of its original cast in season 2 as well as not resolving the season 1 cliffhanger. Or each of the incarnations of Blackadder.
   Cobra 11 survived most earlier revamps, such as the seasons with Vinzenz Kiefer, because it maintained some continuity. We didn’t mind the anachronisms and the inconsistencies as long as the heart of the show was there. Over the first two decades, there was a humanity to the show, regardless of how much haters think it was a shallow actioner, and by that I refer to the home life of the main character, Semir Gerkhan, portrayed by Erdoğan Atalay.
   Viewers invested a lot into Semir and Andrea, and even with the 2014–15 seasons, we could count on that behind the emotional core of the series. It didn’t matter that the bright, cheerful years of Beck had become a sombre-keyed drama, with the happy couple’s marriage on the rocks, Semir sporting a full beard and not his goatee, and a major story arc.
   It was a return to the action–comedy tradition in 2016 with Daniel Roesner taking over from Kiefer, who I was surprised to see later in Bulletproof.



Semir and Andrea: the emotional heart of Alarm für Cobra 11.

   With Roesner’s departure, producers sought to get rid of everyone else on the show, wrapping up their storylines, so that 2020 would begin with only Atalay and Gizem Emre, who joined the cast in 2014, reprising their roles. We can deal with Semir pairing up with a female partner for the first time in 24 years (Vicky Reisinger, played by Pia Stutzenstein), having a new boss (a disabled character played by an able-bodied actor, Patrick Kalupa; and since we never had an episode about how the character became disabled, it seems a slap in the face to not cast a disabled actor), and an irritatingly dark set. But Andrea and the kids have been written out, not mentioned again; enter Semir’s estranged mother, who only became estranged a couple of seasons ago, since the character said previously that he called her every Christmas. To all intents and purposes, this was a new show with little connection to the old. And I think they may have gone one step too far in their efforts to present something new to viewers.
   There is a slight return to the structures of the older scripts in this second block of season 25, with an emphasis on the stories over the action (as there had been at the start). There are moments where you even recognize the show. But if the first half of the season had put you off, you never would have found out, especially since RTL hasn’t even bothered to show the action scenes in many of the press photos.
   The scheduling is exactly what you’d expect a network to do in order to kill a show, to say that the average viewer numbers had dropped again, too far to be viable. It’s the sort of show that might have a TV movie or two later on, but for now, I’m not that surprised there are statements that this 25th season (28th, if you believe the network) is the last ‘sein wird’ (for now). Another retooling for the 26th so it could return? Or time to wrap it all up?
   I don’t think it bodes well for us fans, unless they can tap into the Zeitgeist again for something that modern viewers are going to love.—Jack Yan, Founder and Publisher

 


Festival de Cannes 2021: a trimmed-down AmFAR gala

Filed by Lucire staff/July 18, 2021/0.45





Dave Benett/AmFAR; Andreas Rentz/AmFAR; Samir Hussein

The AmFAR gala is always the social highlight of the Festival de Cannes, though this year’s, the 27th, was far more low-key, with guest numbers at 400 rather than the usual 900, and strict COVID-19 protocols in place.
   Global campaign chair Sharon Stone (in custom Dolce & Gabbana) played host, while Alicia Keys (in Chanel prêt-à-porter and Chanel haute joaillerie) performed live, at the outdoor affair held at the Villa Eilenroc in Antibes.
   Carine Roitfeld curated a live fashion show as part of this year’s charity auction.
   Guests included Stella Maxwell (in Atelier Versace), Kat Graham (in Nicolas Jebran), Nina Dobrev (in Mônot), Regina King (in Schiaparelli), Bella Thorne (in Miu Miu), Nicolas Maury (in Chanel), Rachel Brosnahan (in Vivienne Westwood), Lyna Khoudri (in Chanel), Vicky Krieps (in Chanel), Marina Ruy Barbosa (in Mônot), Dylan Penn (in Chanel), Lola Nicon (in Chanel), and stylist Jenke Ahmed Tailly (in Chanel).
   Prior to the 2021 event, the Cannes gala had raised over US$235 million in the fight against Aids.
   Photocalls and premières as the 2021 Cannes Film Festival closed saw Jeanne Balibar and Vicky Krieps in Chanel on day 11; Sharon Stone in Dolce & Gabbana, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Gucci, Gemma Chan in Oscar de la Renta, Leila Bekhti in Dior, Rosamund Pike in Dior, Mati Diop and Lyna Khoudri in Chanel, Adèle Exarchopoulos in Jacquemus, and Tilda Swinton in Schiaparelli, on the final day.
   Julia Ducournau won the Palme d’Or for her movie Titane, and wore Chanel as she accepted the honour. She is only the second female director to take home the prize.












Dave Benett/AmFAR; Andreas Rentz/AmFAR; Samir Hussein; courtesy AmFAR










Andreas Rentz; Pascal le Segretain; courtesy labels

 


Festival de Cannes, days 7 and 8: Mélanie Laurent, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Elsa Zylberstein, Lyna Khoudri

Filed by Lucire staff/July 14, 2021/6.41




Vittorio Zunino Celotto; Dominique Charriau; Samir Hussein

On day 7 of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, Iris Law wore a memorable white Christian Dior dress with Bulgari jewellery at the première of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, while Denise Tantucci went metallic in a head-to-toe silver dress by Gucci. Jury member and French actress Mélanie Laurent wore a gunmetal strapless gown from Gucci. Lyna Khoudri wore Chanel, from its Métiers d’art Paris–Châteaux des dames collection, while Maggie Gyllenhaal went with Chanel haute couture spring–summer 2021. Elsa Zylberstein, who like Gyllenhaal is on the jury, chose a Chanel pleated silk dress from its autumn–winter 2018–19 haute couture collection.
   The photo call for The French Dispatch the following day saw more casual looks with Khoudri in Chanel prêt-à-porter spring–summer 2020. That evening’s première, for Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s Tralala, saw Maiwenn in Chanel Métiers d’art Paris–31 rue Cambon 2019–20, with Chanel shoes. Director Julia Ducournau also chose from this collection for the première of her film, Titane.









Virgile Guinard; Samir Hussein; Vittorio Zunino Celotto; Dominique Charriau; Pascal le Segretain; Daniele Venturelli; Kate Green; Stephane Cardinale/Corbis

 


Festival de Cannes 2021, day 6: Bella Hadid steals the show in Schiaparelli

Filed by Lucire staff/July 13, 2021/6.21





Pascal le Segretain; Daniele Venturelli

Arguably, Bella Hadid stole the show in a Schiaparelli haute couture autumn–winter 2021–2 dress, designed by Daniel Roseberry, at the première of Tre Piani on day six of the Cannes Film Festival. The wool crêpe dress featured a low-cut neckline, and Hadid complemented it with a gilded brass necklace with trompe l’œil lungs, adorned with rhinestones.
   The Luxembourgeoise actress Vicky Krieps, star of Mia Hansen-Løve’s Bergman Island, is a fan of Chanel, wearing designs from the spring–summer 2021 haute couture collection at the film’s première. Krieps herself was wary of the front row but had been invited to a Chanel show with a handwritten note from Karl Lagerfeld, according to WWD. Lagerfeld, as it turned out, was a fan of Krieps, and the two met post-show.
   Krieps’s co-star Tim Roth wore a Prada dinner suit and brushed leather shoes; he similarly wore Prada at the photo call. Melissa George chose a gown from the Christian Dior haute couture spring–summer 2020 collection.
   During the day, Dylan Penn also chose from Chanel, wearing a pullover and trousers from the cruise 2021–2 collection at the photo call for Flag Day.





Pascal le Segretain; Daniele Venturelli

 


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