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April 14, 2014

We still want our MTV: the Secret Room celebrates the great outdoors

Elyse Glickman/9.35

A decade ago, the MTV Movie Awards was Young Hollywood‚Äôs kick-off party to summer. In more recent years, it became the unofficial Oscar season ‚Äúafter-party‚ÄĚ with its strategic move to April. That said, the pre-MTV Movie Awards festivities planned by Rita Branch and Amy Boatright of the Secret Room (which made the SLS Hotel‚Äôs Garden Terrace a ‘Secret Garden’, for all intents and purposes) ended up being a great summertime kick-off anyway, thanks to a myriad of fantastic, healthy and environmentally friendly must-have products for the forthcoming summer months.

   It is also fitting that their cause c√©l√®bre this time around was California Wildlife Center (above), a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. The Center fulfils this environmental operative by providing expert medical and rehabilitative care, community outreach and education, habitat protection for animals running the gamut from bobcats and mountain lions to birds and reptiles. Since 1998, CWC has experienced a steady increase in animal patients, caring for more than 32,000 wild animals, and in the process, educating communities, homeowners, teachers, students and businesses about protecting California‚Äôs environment.
   While requisite awards’ show glamour was provided by Terani Couture and coloured diamond jewellery from Leibish & Co., and 2Xist was back with its wildly popular upscale watch collection and colourful summer socks, there were also many stylish and sensible products for wardrobe and home sure to keep celebrities, trend-setters and even their pets cool throughout the summer‚ÄĒfiguratively and literally.
   With sunglasses and the perfect summertime bag being on the top of everybody‚Äôs shopping list, it was impossible to miss the vibrant bags from Lola Blue, beautifully crafted from upholstery fabric in colour combinations that ran the gamut from neutrals with pops of colour, to more daring bags that captured a variety of moods, from a southwestern colour palette to eye-catching pastel hues. Which one to pick? That‚Äôs a tough one, but I opted for the Shea, a hobo style just big enough for an Ipad, camera and wallet. Long Beach-based Kahoy, created by Ralph P. Santos, offers a small but stunning collection of sunglasses and prescription frames hand-made from bamboo, textured wood and tasteful plastics. It was challenging to select among the line‚Äôs 12 retro-chic styles. While I went with the aviator-inspired Boracay with in tortoise, I wavered between those and the prescription Makati frame.
   Baylee Nasco offered pet beds and blankets that would probably have dogs and cats in a similar quandary, with their soft fabrics and beautiful colours. And while foodies would agree the Takeya Flash Chill Iced Tea Maker is an attractive accessory for summertime home entertaining, picking a flavour of tea is another thing, or six to be exact (Classic Black, Tropical Black, Fresh Green, Green Mint, Hibiscus Pomegranate and Coconut Lime Rooibos).
   So much to choose from. However, Rita and Amy also made sure they featured plenty of great products that stood on their own. These included Aviva Hair revitalizing supplements, tank tops from the new LATS clothing line launching May 9 in Los Angeles, SteelSeries Professional Gaming Gear (after all, there were boys in the room!), Shame on Jane jewellery by Kimberly Pauly, Coquette Lingerie and Herbalosophy Shampoo.‚ÄĒElyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor











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January 28, 2014

Indulge your skin: the Body Shop releases its Special Edition Blueberry range

Christine Min/22.30

The Body Shop has released its Special Edition Blueberry range, comprising body butter, body lotion, shower gel, body scrub-gelée and lip butter.
   Made from cold-pressed blueberry seed oil, and Community Fair Trade shea butter and cocoa butter from Ghana, the range is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids that nourish and hydrate your skin, while softening, protecting and smoothing it.
   The fruity fragrance is the perfect icing on top that will leave your skin smelling like fresh blueberries!
   Prices begin at NZ$15¬∑25 for the lip butter, and the sweet-smelling body butter retails at the top end for a still value-packed NZ$36.
   Feed your skin with this limited-time-only edition at your local Body Shop store or visit www.thebodyshop.com.‚ÄĒChristine Min

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January 22, 2014

Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková, Melanie Laurent, Kevin Spacey among celebs at IWC gala

Lucire staff/11.43


Harold Cunningham


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IWC Schaffhausen d√©buted its Aquatimer diver’s watch collection at a celebrity-filled opening at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) on the 20th in Gen√®ve. Last night, the Swiss watchmaker held a gala evening called Inside the Wave, with even more VIPs from the worlds of modelling, film, motor racing, and football.
   No expense has been spared at either event. The booth itself has hand-made models of hammerhead sharks and fish projected on the walls, in an undersea world designed to evoke the capability of the Aquatimer range. The company supports both the Charles Darwin Foundation, which works on the Galapagos Islands, and the Cousteau Society, dedicated to the research work of Jacques Cousteau and the preservation of the sea.
   Inside the Wave brought members of Cirque du Soleil, who performed a unique show for IWC, and Roger Hodgson, formerly of Supertramp, performed live music. Hosted by IWC Schaffhausen CEO Georges Kern and IWC brand manager for Russia and the CIS Luc Rochereau, guests included Karol√≠na Kurkov√°, Adriana Lima, Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor, Susan Sarandon, Melanie Laurent, Moritz Bleibtreu, Nico Rosberg, Helen Svedin and Lu√≠s Figo, Jens Lehmann and Conny Lehrmann, Pierfrancesco Favino, Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz, Roberto and Zoe di Matteo, Alexei and Galina Nemov, Alberto Zaccheroni, Beate Nehter and Ottmar Hitzfeld, Elvira and Gunter Netzer, Evelyne Binsack, Prince Abdulaziz Turki al Faisal, Swen Lorenz, Tim Jefferies, Jose Maria Yazpik, Fabian Cancellara, Alberto Zaccheroni, Richard Krajicek, Arsene Wenger, Annie Brosterhous, John Helliwell, and Jose Maria Manzanares.


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January 20, 2014

Six young designers selected for Rotterdam museum, to exhibit alongside Viktor & Rolf, Martin Margiela

Lucire staff/9.29


Iris van Herpen/Jean Baptiste Mondino


Karl Giant

Top Iris van Herpen is among the six winners of the Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge Awards. Above Olek of Poland, also on the winners’ list.

An exhibition, The Future of Fashion Is Now, will open on October 11, 2014 and run to January 18, 2015 at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, featuring the works of Viktor & Rolf, Christophe Coppens, Martin Margiela, Hussein Chalayan, and others.
   Additionally, six young fashion designers will feature among the 60 who will exhibit, having just won the Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge Awards.
   To find the emerging designers, 20 international scouts selected two or three designers for the exhibition and the Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge Award. A jury of six‚ÄĒmade up of Viktor & Rolf, Vogue Nederland editor-in-chief Karin Swerink, Vassilis Zidianakis, Han Nefkens and Jos√© Teunissen, selected the final six.
   The winners are Iris van Herpen (the Netherlands), Craig Green (Great Britain), Dolci & Kabana (Australia), Olek (Poland), Digest Design (China) and Lucco (Peru).
   The Award, the brainchild of Nefkens and Tenuissen, supports fashion talent, offering designers the opportunity of creating new work, then given on perpetual loan to the museum.
   Swerink notes that the winners ‘had to engage, inspire and surprise me. All six designers met these three criteria.’
   The six will not fly blind: the jury will assist them up to the opening, says the Museum. The public can follow the process online.
   ‚ÄėThe exhibition addresses the critical position young fashion designers adopt towards the fashion system and the role of clothing in today‚Äôs society. Sustainability, new technologies and the value of clothing for the identity of an individual or a community are themes with which they open the discussion about fashion of the future,’ says the Museum.


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Above The jury included Han Nefkens, Karin Swerink, and Viktor & Rolf.

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January 13, 2014

Scarlett Johansson announced as celebrity ambassador for Sodastream

Lucire staff/5.52

A lot of products have celebrity endorsers these days, but we never expected to see Scarlett Johansson flog Sodastream. But it is official, with the Golden Globe nominee and Tony Award winner announced Saturday as the face of Sodastream, with the first TVC featuring the actress going out during the Super Bowl in the US on February 2.
   The official release says Johansson is already a long-time Sodastream user. CEO Daniel Birnbaum adds that she is ‘a role model for healthy body image and a champion for environmental responsibility, making her the perfect choice for our global ambassador. She truly embodies our brand values and we are honoured to have her join our team.’
   The company is pushing a healthy, independent and environmentally friendly image with its latest marketing, stressing that its soda mixes generally contain two-thirds less sugar and calories than other carbonated beverages. By having a reusable bottle, it reduces the waste from other beverages’ plastic bottles and cans.
   Sodastream says it is ‘confident that in her role as global ambassador, Johansson will help consumers embrace home soda making as the future of the beverage industry.’
   The televised Super Bowl match reaches some 100 million viewers.
   Johansson is no stranger to celebrity endorsements: she signed up with Dolce & Gabbana in 2009, and appeared in a Martin Scorsese-directed film for Dolce & Gabbana, alongside Matthew McConaughey last year. She has also fronted for Calvin Klein, Mango, L’Or√©al, and Louis Vuitton.

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January 10, 2014

H&M shows David Beckham line for kids, Olympic sportswear capsule collection

Lucire staff/22.31




Above H&M has new designs in both its Olympic-tested Sport range and the David Beckham bodywear line, extending into a kids’ range.

Hennes & Mauritz has shown extra collections for the winter, including an extension of David Beckham’s into childrenswear.
   The Beckham Bodywear collection for boys will launch in February, following the key trends of the main Beckham line‚ÄĒwhich this season means wide and thin stripes, that supposedly come from the footballer’s love of vintage sportswear.
   H&M continues its sporting theme with its latest Go Gold collection, which celebrates the retailer collaboration with the Swedish Winter Olympic team for Sochi 2014. The capsule collection from H&M Sport features both functional and casual designs, and H&M says selected pieces have been tested by members of the Olympic team.
   ‚ÄėFunctionality is a priority,’ says H&M. The collection has lightweight down and breathable running jackets, as well as accessories such as sneakers, backpacks and sunglasses.
   ‚ÄėThe athletes of the Swedish Olympic Team are really excited about the H&M outfits for Sochi 2014‚ÄĒboth for their functionality and their style,’ says Swedish swimmer and Olympic medallist Th√©r√®se Alshammar in a release. ‘It‚Äôs great to share the Olympic look with fans through the Go Gold collection at H&M Sport, and it was fun to contribute with our input during the design process.’
   Staying with sports, H&M Sport also releases a tennis collection inspired by Tomas Berdych‚Äôs clothing for the Australian Open. Berdych had design input into the range, which features stripes and colour blocking. The range hits stores on- and offline now.
   Finally, lighter shades are the order of the day at H&M Conscious, made from sustainable materials, and, this season, taking its inspiration from modern dance.
   The company will head back to the Paris catwalk on February 26 with its H&M Studio collection.







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January 1, 2014

The New Year ’14 style: look like you’re not even trying

Anna Deans/4.28

Today’s look is inspired by our low-key New Year’s Eve night of beaching and barbecuing. It is even more inspired, however, by my good friend, total babe, and style icon, Mimi. I designed this look to look utterly effortless while still looking fabulous, √ľber-chic and glam.
   Maxi-dresses epitomize this lax-glam ideal. Therefore, I began with this incredible but casual maxi by New York-based sustainable label Reformation. Reformation is known for reusing vintage fabrics in new, modern ways, which I love to see, as the future of fashion needs to be sustainable. I will be posting my opinions in a full-length article covering the issues of sustainability in due course. Other than its sustainable value, what I love about this dress is its ease. The casual element of the fabric and length contrasts with the understated but sexy cutout back. I am also digging the tog-like element of the straps which wrap around the shoulder in a circular motion.
   The first pairing with this look was obvious to me, as spending time with Mimi in Nelson always inspires me to make my style more eclectic as well as easy. Her style is a mix of colour, print, piles of jewellery, a long ombre mane of hair and incredible nail art. The top left shot is of her driving last summer, with all her piles of bangles and rings. This is what I would pair with this maxi: every bangle I own, thrown together in an eclectic manner. Be sure to create your own collection of bangles, including a mixture of bold metal, delicate metal, rustic wood and funky colour, for a bohemian statement of beauty. Also, add a ring or two on every finger for a music-festival type: both Mimi and I have ridiculously large ring collections! Be sure to mix designer, hippie-shop, vintage and cheap jewellery pieces as we do.
   I have also paired this look with her peach-toned nails from the photograph. I believe the colour really pops with the grey‚Äďnavy and off-white of the maxi. Mimi is also rocking square nails at the moment‚ÄĒbe sure to give it a try.
   A New Zealand New Year’s Eve cannot be complete without a fab pair of sunnies. For this look I chose some classic Ray-bans in a ‚Äô70s-style medium brown. The colour reminds me of the fake-wood d√©cor in ‚Äô70s houses (I have been watching way too much of That ’70s Show since I have been in Nelson). The shape is close to Wayfarer but with a thicker frame on top and thin wire underneath, which I think looks super-chic in an “I don’t give a shit” sort of way.
   My last addition: the shoes. They are a bit more of my own personal style, so they have a heel. These heeled sandals are by Aussie label Shakuhachi. They are chic in shape with the addition of snakeskin leather texture‚ÄĒtacky in the best possible way, of course.
   What are people thinking about this more low-key New Year look?‚ÄĒAnna Deans

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November 28, 2013

Round-up: Dita von Teese’s Sophisticat hits Farmers; Living Nature extends range; Tory & KO. has new store and site

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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$59¬∑99, the bikini brief for NZ$34¬∑99, the G-string for NZ$29¬∑99, and the suspender for $59¬∑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$19¬∑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)‚ÄĒeach 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$29¬∑99 at Farmers.



Above Living Nature pushes new product for November 2013.


Above Tory & KO. débuts a stunning new website along with a new retail store within the Old Bank Arcade.

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