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March 25, 2015

Marilyn Monroe exhibition opens at Liechtenstein’s National Museum

Lucire staff/22.18

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Sven Beham

An exhibition, Marilyn: the Strength behind the Legendary Monroe, or Marilyn: die starke Monroe, opens at the National Museum in Vaduz, Liechtenstein tomorrow and runs till November 1, 2015.
   The exhibition features 400 pieces from the private collection of Ted Stampfer, known as the largest collection of Marilyn Monroe items in the world, supplemented by those from other private collectors. Stampfer has been remembering the actress, whom he believes was underestimated during her lifetime, and the exhibition shows the private, ambitious and emancipated side of Marilyn.
   Monroe fought against the male domination of the film industry in the 1950s and negotiated better contract terms over her career, including establishing her own film production company. She also fought on behalf of minorities, battling to secure engagements for Ella Fitzgerald in a whites-only nightclub.
   The Museum says the exhibition is unique, and includes her clothing, accessories, beauty and styling products, personal documents, and photos and film footage. Most items originate from her estate.


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March 20, 2015

Will.i.am, Gucci collaborate on wearable technology: a new, stand-alone smart watch

Lucire staff/22.59

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Will.i.am’s star power saw him create I.am+, a brand for consumer products that link fashion and technology. A camera accessory for the Apple Iphone was introduced several years ago, and now Will.i.am can add a Gucci timepiece to its credits.
   The new watch has been described as a a stand-alone ‘smartband’, untethered from a smartphone, by Gucci. So far only a concept has been shown at Baselworld, and planned functions include telephone, SMS, emails, music, maps, calendar, a fitness app, and a voice-activated personal assistant.
   The musician noted, ‘I.am+ and Gucci Timepieces are setting the pace with our vision for a untethered wearable. In creating a device that is both fashionable and technologically advanced, we aim to define this category. I coined the term “fashionology”, a merging of the worlds of fashion and technology, and that is exactly what this collaboration with Gucci represents.’
   StĂ©phane Linder, president and CEO of Gucci Timepieces, said, ‘Today, through this innovative collaboration with I.am+ and Will.i.am, Gucci Timepieces is fully embracing the future of wearable technology that is now ahead of us, with the objective of launching a wearable device concept that is a fashion accessory, incorporating the most comprehensive and advanced technological functionalities.’

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March 19, 2015

Redken’s Guido on Christian Dior and Balenciaga’s autumn–winter 2015–16 hair looks

Lucire staff/2.31

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Redken has released details of the hairstyles at Paris Fashion Week that it contributed to, namely the autumn–winter 2015–16 collections of Christian Dior and Balenciaga.
   Guido, its global creative director, gave Christian Dior a science fiction-inspired ponytail look. In a release, Guido said, ‘I created this very long, asymmetrical side ponytail at Christian Dior this season, but it’s not your standard, fun, side pony. There’s something sinister and almost strange about it. It’s sophisticated, but very sci-fi and has somewhat of a child-like quality. First, I prepped and blow dried the hair with Redken’s Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion, so it’s super-straight and smooth. Then, I created a deep, exaggerated side part and gathered the hair into this smooth, low side ponytail, getting a
clean finish with Redken’s Fashion Work 12 hairspray. It has a strange sense to it because it’s so asymmetrical and has such extreme length. It’s really a continuation of the woman we’ve been seeing this season, who is more done with a very modern, futuristic feeling.’
   For Balenciaga, ‘At Balenciaga, I created this very chic, sculpted chignon on the top of the crown that really accentuates the long neck and gives you a beautiful, elegant silhouette. It’s kind of futuristic-feeling in the way it’s moulded to the head, but it’s still very polished and stylized, which makes the style look very new to the eye again. I used Redken’s Guts 10 to blow dry the hair straight, pulled it up into a high ponytail right on the crown and then moulded it into a flat chignon with Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength hair spray. I left out two pieces of hair on either side of the head to create the illusion of little sideburns. Though the shape is based on something classic, the shiny, lacquer-like finish gives it a new, modern feeling,’ said Guido.
   Lola Cristall’s fashion week summary will be published online shortly.

The look at Christian Dior

1. After shampooing, apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Extreme Length Primer (NZ$35, available in New Zealand from April 2015) to wet hair and rinse out.
2. Brush Redken Extreme Length Sealer (NZ$33, from April) on damp hair from mid-lengths to ends.
3. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (NZ$36) all over damp hair.
4. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion (NZ$36) to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends.
5. Use a comb to create a deep side part and blow-dry smooth using a round brush.
6. Gather hair into a low side ponytail, ensuring the sides are super smooth, and secure with an elastic.
7. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic to hide it.
8. Spray Redken Fashion Work 12 (NZ$36) versatile working spray all over to get a smooth, clean finish.

The look at Balenciaga

1. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (NZ$36) all over damp hair and comb through.
2. Apply a quarter-size amount of Redken Guts 10 volumizing spray-foam mousse (NZ$38) to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends.
3. Blow-dry hair straight using a flat brush.
4. Gather hair into a high ponytail, leaving two small pieces out on each side, and secure with an elastic at the crown of the head.
5. Twist ponytail into a wide, flat chignon that’s moulded to the head, and secure with U-shaped pins.
6. Thoroughly spray Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray (NZ$36) and Redken Shine Flash 02 (NZ$38) for a lacquer-like finish.
7. Flat iron the two small pieces of hair on each side of the head to create the illusion of sideburns.

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March 13, 2015

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty opens at V&A; Tinie Tempah gives online tour

Lucire staff/12.25

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The Victoria & Albert Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition has proven to be one of its most popular, with 70,000 tickets sold two days before it opened to the public.
   The retrospective has 66 additional garments that were not seen in the earlier exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has an extra third more space.
   The opening on Thursday night saw David and Victoria Beckham (video below), Kate Moss and Jamie Hince, Salma Hayek and François Pinault, Naomi Campbell, Erin O’Connor, Colin Farrell, Poppy Delevingne, Eva Herzigova and FKA Twigs attend.
   Victoria Beckham wore a black strapless gown from her own collection at the V&A gala. Moss wore a design from the pre-autumn 2015 collection from the Alexander McQueen label, while Campbell donned a design from McQueen’s spring–summer 2007 collection.
   Moss herself appears in holographic form in the exhibition.
   For those who cannot get there in person, Tinie Tempah offers a private view on the BBC’s Iplayer, with a personal tour online on March 14, at 9 p.m.
   McQueen committed suicide in 2010 on the eve of his mother’s funeral.
   The exhibition, in partnership with Swarovski and others, runs from March 14 to August 2, with admission at ÂŁ16.

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March 10, 2015

Video and photos: Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk at Valentino autumn–winter 2015–16

Lucire staff/19.22

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Pascal Le Segretain

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, playing Derek Zoolander and Hansel from their roles in the 2001 hit film Zoolander, appeared to spontaneous applause at Paris Fashion Week, where Paris editor Lola Cristall is compiling her full report.
   The pair appeared on the catwalk at the Valentino ready-to-wear autumn–winter 2015–16 show, and posed with their “blue steel” looks—a term popularized by the movie about the fictional male model, Derek Zoolander.
   Stiller wrote and directed the original film, and it remains well known within the fashion industry.
   A sequel will be released on February 12, 2016.
   Stiller and Wilson posed with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour backstage.



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March 7, 2015

Top of the world and top of the Beverly Hilton: the TMG luxury suite

Elyse Glickman/12.20

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So many suites, so little time. However, one that was literally head, shoulders and eight storeys above the rest was the TMG International Red Carpet Ready Luxury Suite, which was very international in its products and its welcoming vibe for a carefully curated guest list of celebrities, VIPs and media. The set up atop the Beverly Hilton Hotel had a funhouse feel—albeit a most glamorous funhouse for sophisticated fashionistas—with each room having its own set of surprises that popped out at you.
   TMG International’s pre-Oscar thrill ride started off in a front room of a penthouse suite set up almost like a velvet-lined jewellery box focused on the dazzling and highly covetable gold accented sterling silver pieces from Ariva, a Rhode Island-based company focused on reconciling the look and craftsmanship of fine jewellery with the price points of silver “investment” pieces that could be worn every day. Though these precious items were there for the trying and the borrowing, the company’s representatives couldn’t have been nicer or more genuine about the enthusiasm about their collection.
   You could say the second room was the “family room”. Moms and moms-to-be received a lovely care package from Rockabye Mommy, a “mommy concierge” that puts together personal and customized shopping for the selective prospective parent. Their nifty package was geared toward girly glam, with baby jewellery, barrettes and bib for baby, and leggings, camera strap and organic fruit and vegetable wash for Mom. The affiliation from Kitson brought more Hollywood mommy-and-me street cred to the charming bundle.
   Grown-up men and women could protect and accentuate their personal bundles with shapewear by Rounderbum. Made in MĂ©xico, these underpinnings feel cotton-soft on the skin, with some pieces adding stylish flair while holding the essentials in place. Adding extra ambiance was LifeNSoul’s candy-coloured line of high-performance earphones, high-tech ear buds and speakers.
   Although we were breezed past the hair salon room, which was packed to the rafters with VIPs hoping to salvage their rain-soaked tresses, our lovely escort led us to the next room, which took the form of a luxury day spa with Montana-based skin care line Sevique prominently featured. As celebrities were pampered with treatments such as the Eye Relaxation with Anti Ageing Benefits; Facial Massage with Deep Cleansing & Protection; Neck & DĂ©colletĂ© Hydration & Anti Ageing Massage, Sevique’s founder Susan Nickell and other reps highlighted step- by-step benefits of their natural, cruelty-free products while focusing on guest’s red-carpet ready concerns such as close-up interviews and strapless gowns.
   From the serenity of the Sevique spa, we then thought we landed in Barbie’s Dream House, awash in pink. However, it was a showcase for Cocoa Brown Tanning, devised by Irish inventor Marissa Carter, who, with her doting mother, showed how her three products used together could add a very convincing and realistic glow even to the fairest Irish rose (as opposed to US House Speaker John Boehner orange).
   A short passage to India concluded our journey, with a room that featured the Icandy Salon from San Francisco, and SHAPES Brow Bar, which brings Indian threading to many locations through southern California, including Sherman Oaks Fashion Square. The teams in that room would not rest, or let us get up, until we were looking our very best (at least under rainy circumstances).—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor









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March 5, 2015

Sarah Gadon, Clive Owen cut the ribbon at Jaeger-LeCoultre’s NYC flagship

Lucire staff/12.50

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Although Jaeger-LeCoultre’s New York flagship at 701 Madison Avenue has been officially open since December 2014, for the holiday season, it hasn’t had a celebrity visit to commemorate the event till yesterday, March 4.
   Brand ambassadors, Canadian actress Sarah Gadon (Happy Town, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and English actor Clive Owen (Chancer, Closer, Children of Men) were on hand to cut the ribbon, alongside the company’s CEO Daniel Riedo and president Philippe Bonay.
   The flagship is Jaeger-LeCoultre’s eighth store in the US, and has 700 ft² of space.
   Its entrance houses its latest collections, including its Grand Complications and high jewellery timepieces, and Atmos clocks. The boutique also has tasteful waiting areas in which guests can read up on the history of Jaeger-LeCoultre, and immerse themselves in the company’s expertise and history.





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Truly, madly and deeply WOWed at the Luxe Hotel

Elyse Glickman/10.21

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When we arrived at the WOW Creations Celebrity Gifting Suite at the Luxe Hotel Beverly Hills and checked in (and handed a particularly delicious box of chocolates), Matthew and Mark Harris took particular pride in telling us that they do their suites just a bit differently from their competitors. It’s as much about the friendly, relaxed tone they set as it is about the right mix of sponsors and innovative products.
   We have to say the real stars of the show, as the intrepid twin impresarios promised, were the entrepreneurs and inventors. As we sipped on Five Wives Vodka’s decadent vanilla custard flavour and Donkey Piss Tequila (don’t let the name fool you—it’s premium stuff and makes a solid margarita) and snacked on Pop chips, Confetti sweets, new flavours of Cottage Kitchen crackers and Sarah’s Skinny Sweets, we found ourselves very inspired about the products we were surrounded with. We were looking forward to trying out the Ponderosa coffee, whose aroma alone gave us a welcome jolt of energy, as well as dried fruits and preserves from Burkhart Organics. It was also nice to receive several boxed of Daily Body Restore Probiotics, created by a woman-owned company.
   Inspyered Creations does a most timely and accessible spin on the steampunk æsthetic, upcycling the remains of watches and other elements in to impressively graceful cufflinks, necklaces, rings and earrings. Manitoba-born artist Meagan Brown’s designs are informed by her 100-year-old childhood home, which imbued her with a reverence for antiques and a desire to create a line where no two pieces are the same.
   Beverly Hills-based Gem Mountain Studios, meanwhile, bridges the gap between fine jewellery and wearable wire-wrapping style. In the hands of designing brothers Isaac and Baruch Kaufman, rare coins, minerals, stones and precious gems are shaped into sterling silver and 14 ct gold musically inspired shapes. Fans include Jack Black, Geena Davis, Jason Alexander, EDM DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold, Jason Isaacs, and Kiwi Daniel Logan. The collection, exclusively made in-house, run the gamut from everyday pieces to investment estate pieces and can be found at their Beverly Hills boutique and website.
   Beautiful and environmentally friendly accents for the home included deliciously plush hand towel sets from Grande Maison Linens, richly aromatic candles and long-lasting wax from Rosalinde Blake, to Bedol Water Clocks’ candy-coloured table and wall clocks whose digital mechanisms are powered by water (via ionization). Artist Sonya Paz added a wonderful swath of colour to the day with watches and business card cases emblazoned with her lively prints. IndieExhibit, an independent collective of artists and creators, was back with a new assortment of artistic creations running the gamut from jewellery and art prints to kitchen hand towels with zany cat prints and decorative ceramics.
   Innovative skin care abounded, and we were introduced to RX Clinical, Pure Premium Karite Butter, Under the Sun Shampoo, and EMK Beverly Hills plant placenta-based skin care. The best beauty tip of the Oscar season was dispensed by the rep from Rx Clinical while discussing their new cleanser: always wash off your make-up, as one night of sleeping in it ages you seven days.
   With swimwear season around the corner in southern California, Neha Assar provided charming and tasteful temporary body art ideas for those who dare to take their fashion statements beyond jewellery. We love their tag line (‘Life is too short not to wear gold’), and think these will look very good paired with tanned skin and a pearl bracelet, or a lightweight button-down shirt and faded jeans. While a gel called Non F Monster by McCoy promises to reduce the appearance of cellulite as well as alleviate stressed muscles, the fact that it is first Japanese company to be featured at the Cannes Film Festival is pretty interesting.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Leyla Messian, Correspondent



















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