Above Dita von Teese’s Von Follies lingerie range’s Sophisticat collection arrives at Farmers this week.
New Zealand department store group Farmers will retail Sophisticat, the latest lingerie collection, in opulent satin and lace, from Dita von Teese’s Von Follies range, this week.
The balconette bra retails for NZ$59Â·99, the bikini brief for NZ$34Â·99, the G-string for NZ$29Â·99, and the suspender for $59Â·99.
Von Teese launched her lingerie collection in Australia in February 2012, selling via Target.
Living Nature, meanwhile, is extending its product line more aggressively in November. It has released its manuka honey gel, using certified natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients. It’s ideal for everything from cuts and graces and insect bites to fungal infections and minor sunburn, and retails for NZ$19Â·50 for 10 ml or NZ$32 for 50 ml.
There are soothing properties in Living Nature’s Nourishing Body Wash, free from sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES), which can irritate the skin and eyes. Instead, it uses plant nutrients, including botanicals, and works on sensitive skin, suitable even for babies and toddlers and those with eczema or dermatitis, says the company. It retails for NZ$30 for 200 ml.
Its third entry is the Slate mineral eyeshadow (RRP NZ$20), ideal for creating this season’s smoky eye look. It uses natural mineral colour, and is free of synthetic chemicals and ingredients. The ingredients, including the minerals, are all sustainably sourced. The minerals help protect the eye from UV rays.
The packaging is recyclable, and users can opt for individual shades for Living Nature’s eye-shadow compacts (RRP NZ$10)âeach houses two shades or, if the applicator is removed, four.
Living Nature skin care and cosmetics’ products are certified natural by BDIH Germany and listed as a Safe Cosmetics Champion on the Skin Deep Cosmetics’ Database.
Our friends at Tory & KO. have opened a second store on the ground floor of the Old Bank Arcade, Wellington, New Zealand along with a luscious website. ‘We are delighted to showcase our jewellery in a stylish, new retail environment while still retaining our bespoke jewellery boutique store upstairs,’ says co-director Kirstin O’Brien. ‘Our Wellington-based jewellery workshop creates our signature jewellery for the Pretty, Charm and Stella collections and we have recently brought in a beautiful collection from Paris called Les Nereides, which is presented in our new store.’
Meanwhile, we’re looking forward to the British Fashion Awards on December 2. David Walliams will host this year, with nominees including Cara Delevingne, Edie Campbell, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane, and Tom Ford. Lucire will have post-event coverage.
Above Dita von Teese’s Sophisticat collection begins at NZ$29Â·99 at Farmers.
Above Living Nature pushes new product for November 2013.
The Italian government will begin to limit the transit of cruise ships through the Giudecca Canal to the Piazza San Marco in Venezia, commencing next January.
Large cruise ships will be limited through the Canal and the largest, exceeding 96,000 gross tonnes, will be prohibited from November 2014.
The number of ships over 40,000 tonnes will be cut by 20 per cent to five, compared with 2012. The authorities are also targeting a 50 per cent reduction in emissions. Departures and arrivals are encouraged at sunrise and sunset, with a reduction for the middle of the day.
The move comes after residents and environmentalists protested about the damage caused by cruise ships to Venezia.
The large vessels will be diverted to a new shipping channel which is being developed with the main shipping terminal.
Paolo Costa, president of the Port Authority, calls the move ‘A good day for Venice and its port.’
However, Cruise Venice, representing the cruise lines, calls the limits ‘absurd’, and says Venezia will experience a loss of 180 vessels per year. ‘An irrational choice, devoid of any scientific basis, that will eventually bring down Venezia’s port,’ it says.
Skin-rejuvenating remedies prove to be one of the few things that never date. Rosehip oil is one old remedy which has been known for decades as the secret to young looking skin. Now, you can stimulate and renew the skin with Essanoâs new rosehip oil products, which use the natural qualities of the oil and combine them with other high-quality ingredients to create fantastic results. Previously, products which incorporated rosehip oil were expensive and only available at pharmacies and high-end department stores. Essanoâs new Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, however, is not only affordable but also conveniently available in your local supermarket.
Essano has created a whole range incorporating their organic rosehip oil. The rangeâs base product is Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, which includes aĂ§ai berry antioxidant oil. The other products include its Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser, Regenerating Facial Moisturizer, Hydrating Body Lotion and Restorative Night Cream. All of these products are infused with rosehip oil, are free of nasty chemicals and are made in New Zealand. The base oil is also the first certified organic skin care product to be sold in supermarkets in New Zealand.
The organic nature of this new range as well as its ability to even out skin tone and balance oily skin is what made me very excited to try it. I found that it not only illuminates my skin, due to its richness in Omega 3, it also smells and feels amazing on the skin. For a busy girl on the go, what I appreciate is that Essanoâs range is an easy and multifunctional way to maintain healthy and glowing skin. It is also guilt-free due to its organic base and lack of nasty additives.
The whole Essano Certified Organic Rosehip Oil Range is also extremely affordable from NZ$14Â·99 so I urge you to at least give it a go. Make a stimulating start to getting the skin you have always wantedâget into your nearest Countdown and let rosehip oil heal you.âAnna Deans
Heading into the season of summer festivities, I feel a change in the air, a change in the wind and, from what I can tell, so can the Body Shop, which has released a bright and playful colour range of lipsticks, the Colour Crush range. Here at the Wellington office we have been holding our breath all winter for a fresh burst of colour. This new range offers fresh colours to complement and illuminate any skin tone and style.
What makes the Colour Crush different is the care that goes into making it. The Body Shop sources high-quality pigments from all over the world, which are then finely crushed and mixed with the body shops already outstanding Community Fair Trade-approved marula oil, resulting in the array of out-of-this-world colours.
Colour Crush not only packs a punch in its brilliant vibrant shades, it also is guilt-free and caring. This is due to the Body Shop ensuring it is 100 per cent cruelty-free and 100 per cent vegetarian to boot. Do yourself a favour and hop on in to your closest Body Shop and pick yourself up a Red Siren, Red Hot Raspberry or one of the otherÂ many shadesÂ for a steal, at RRP NZ$27.âAnna Deans
Virgin Atlantic has begun showing its new uniforms, designed by Vivienne Westwood. Wearer trials began earlier today at airports, Clubhouses and on board Virgin Atlantic aircraft.
The company says 180 staff, including crew, pilots, ground staff, Clubhouse employees and Virgin Holidays staff will trial the uniform over the next few months, ahead of the full launch in 2014.
Virgin Atlantic’s existing uniforms are already highly regarded in the industry. Luke Miles, head of design for the airline, says they are ‘some of the most envied’. Change, therefore, is not something the airline takes lightly.
With Vivienne Westwood designing, the uniforms are expected to remain eye-catching. ‘It’s a challenging design brief but means so much to our staff and customers so we have to make sure we get it right. We’re confident our Vivienne Westwood designs will continue to turn heads in the airport and in the sky,’ says Miles.
Sustainability and original design were priorities for Dame Vivienne Westwood and Virgin Atlantic’s Sir Richard Branson and marks the beginning of a long-term, innovative collaboration.
The designs must also work in different climates, from New York in the winter to St Lucia in the summer.
The trials will ensure the uniforms are comfortable and practical, and allows the airline to gauge staff reaction. Assessment areas are, say the airline, ‘fit, comfort, breathability, ease of movement, creasing before and after the shift, look and feel of the uniform after laundering and how the uniform handles marks and stains.’
Constant wear-and-tear means that fabrics must be durable, and the colour and finish must be retained over time. Vivienne Westwood has chosen fabric with nano-technology that meets these aims: that regardless of the work done, the uniforms remain pristine.
All items are developed with Closed Loop Recycling, where worn clothing is turned back into fibres that can be woven into new fabrics.
Many uniform items use recycled materials, especially recycled polyester yarn made from used plastic bottles.
Ties and scarves are quick-release for health and safety reasons. Shoes are also part of the consideration: crew walk an average of seven miles on each flight. The shoes must be SATRA- (Shoe and Allied Trade Research Association) tested and approved, and feature a non-slip sole. Male shoes have laces but are designed to be slip-on in case of a slide evacuation.
Following any exercise in rebranding, the airline has to ensure things work internally before a proper launch that involves an external audience.
Once the feedback from trial staff is gathered and any changes made, the new uniforms will rolled out to all 7,500 staff globally.
A Pinterest board is open to the public to examine, at pinterest.com/VirginAtlantic/New-Red-Threads/, while public feedback is welcome on Twitter, hashtag #newredthreads.
It may be winterâand quite a bitterly cold one if you’re at our head office in Wellingtonâbut the Body Shop is trying to brighten our moods with the return of its Brazil Nut range and images of warmer climes.
The Brazil Nut Beautifying Oil is one of the special edition items from the Body Shop, which has blended the Amazon-sourced nut, harvested sustainably from the Peruvian rainforest, with some of its nourishing ingredients.
Brazil nut naturally contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which helps with skin care. The range helps moisturize and keeps skin soft and smooth.
The range comprises the cream scrub (NZ$34Â·75), the body butter (NZ$36), the Beautifying Oil (NZ$30), the shower cream (NZ$16), the eau de toilette (NZ$28âand we have tried it, and it smells sumptuous) and the soap (NZ$6Â·25).
Meanwhile, Wendyl’s Green Goddess, started by a New Zealander who needs little introduction, Wendyl Nissen, has launched a natural deodorant range, with coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot, rosewater and essential oils.
Nissen says that she had searched for a natural deodorant that was aluminium-free and was not linked to breast cancer. She had begun using coconut oil for her skin and read that it worked as a deodorant.
âThe reason we smell is that the sweat reacts with the air and creates bacteria. The deodorant prevents that from happening,’ she says.
The application is different, as one applies the deodorant with one’s fingers on to one’s armpitsâbut, as Nissen says, ‘Who told us that it was bad to touch our armpits?’
Nissen had a soft launch via her website with very positive responses. The patchouli coconut deodorant tested by Lucire works effectively, has a very pleasant scent, and retails for NZ$15.
As Wellington gears up to Africa Day this Saturday, with a 12-hour celebration at the Wellington Town Hall beginning at 11.30 a.m., thereâs a distinctively non-African name behind the scenes doing the make-up for the fashion show on the day, as well as the smaller Taste of Africa event at Te Papa from 6 p.m. tonight (May 23).
Kareen D. Holland, whose business KD One recently opened at Morrison Kent House on The Terrace, is applying her extensive experience in film make-up to the community event.
KD Oneâs natural skin care and cosmetics stemmed from Hollandâs years in film, working with such luminaries as Wetaâs Sir Richard Taylor.
Working at Taste of Africa and Africa Day is Hollandâs way of giving back to the community, something she was keen to do ever since KD One opened last month.
Africa Day showcases African culture through dance, music, arts, crafts and cuisine. It is the first major cultural event for African communities in Wellington.
KD One was mentored by Lucire publisher Jack Yan as part of his work with Business Mentors New Zealand.
Finnish designer Piia HĂ€nninen, whose collections are based around sustainability and ethics, has relaunched her website with a new look, in time for her springâsummer 2013 season.
HĂ€nninen’s new collection, Zebra in the Savannah, can be purchased via her website, while buyers and media can check out her autumnâwinter 2013â14 collection, Wolf and Cherrywood.
The spring collection combines the elegance of well cut garments with a wild Scandinavian print, with an inspiration from the African wild as well as 1960s Paris. The collection uses natural fibres, cotton and silk, while the prints are the subject of a collaboration between the designer and Teemu Keisteri, an artist.
She manufactures mostly in Finland, with fabrics printed in Finland and Germany. Her influences are from Italy, where she had worked for brands such as Fendi, while she trained at the London College of Fashion.
More of Piia HĂ€nninen’s work can be found at www.piiahanninen.com.