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October 5, 2016

Etam celebrates centenary with lingerie show at Centre Georges Pompidou: Natalia Vodianova, Iris Mittenaere attend

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Dan and Corina Lecca

French lingerie label Etam celebrated its centenary at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris yesterday, with an exquisite, 80-model catwalk show that displayed the label’s sexy styles along with Gallic pride.
   Models included Mélodie Vaxelaire, Eniko, Valerie Kaufman, Antonina Petkovic, Pauline Hoarau, Li Xiao, Ana Beatriz Barros, Amanda Wellsh, Diana Moldovan, Monica Cima, Anna Mila, Devon Windsor, Cindy Bruna, Nibar, Nadja Bender, Aneta Pajak, and Constance Jablonski.
   The catwalk performances were divided into five themes: Free in Body and Mind, I Am Sexy (showcasing Latex, leather and lace), I Am Chic (a celebration of Frenchness and the 1920s, with colours from pink to burgundy), I Am Divine (the 1970s and Studio 54, with gold and black, and jewelled lingerie), and I am Joyful (the most French of them all, with sailor-striped tops and petticoats). The I Am Divine section débuted the Divine Calais lace, developed with Noyon, celebrating the centenary.
   Live performances by Minuit, the Avener, Dua Lipa, Marina Kaye, and Jacques Dutronc accompanied the show.
   Other VIPs attending included Natasha Poly, Karen Mulder, Natalia Vodianova, Miss France 2016 Iris Mittenaere, Ellen von Unwerth, Virginie Ledoyen, Anouchka Delon, Alice Taglioni, Clara 3000, Aure Atika, Aline Afanouko, Nora Arnezeder, Léa Arnezeder, Betty Autier, Kristina Bazan, Dapnhé Burki, Frédéric Beigbeider, Bernard Blistene, Ian Bohen, Louise Bourgoin, Guy Burnet, Monica Cruz, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Romain Gavras, Jennifer Eymere, Elodie Frégé, Daphné Hezard, Tyler Hoechlin, Hiba Abouk, Alice Isaaz, Linda Li, Leaf Greener, Lola Le Lann, Benoit Magimel, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Lara Micheli, Laurent Milchior, Victoria Olloqui, Audrey Pulvar, Luna Picoli Truffaut, Misty Rabbit, Ludivine Sagnier, Niels Schneider, Joey Starr, Frédéric Taddei, Théodore, Paul and Gabriel, Patrick Timsit, Cécile Togni-Purtschet, Laurent Weil, Michael Youn, Olivier Zahm, Caroline Receveur, Virginie and Claire Courtin-Clarins, Coralie Biolay, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, Guilhem de Castelbajac, Louis Sarkozy, and Alessandra Sublet.
   Etam innovated with a Show Now—Shop Now feature which allowed those watching the catwalk show online to order the pieces immediately. On social media, Facebook users could watch backstage video from five minutes before show started, while Periscope users could track a model on the runway live.

Dan and Corina Lecca

September 23, 2016

Gillian Saunders takes top honours at 2016 World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show, with Supernova

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New Zealand designer Gillian Saunders has scooped the Brancott Estate Supreme Award at tonight’s World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show. Saunders, who had entered 15 garments before her winning entry, Supernova, has won eight awards prior to 2016, but this is the first time she has taken out the top prize.
   Saunders, who was born in England, has been involved in television and theatre for most of her working life. She was trained in Yorkshire, and went on to Christchurch, New Zealand, where she worked as a props’ maker for the Court Theatre.
   â€˜I had been making stage props for theatre and TV for years. WOW was the perfect challenge—could I make props for the body as well?’ she said.
   Supernova was inspired by ‘Thierry Mugler’s Chimera dress [from the autumn–winter 1997–8 collection], … the iridescent spiny fins of the Hippocampus from the Percy Jackson movie The Sea of Monsters, and some incredible NASA images taken by the Hubble Telescope,’ she noted. ‘Once all these elements were combined, Supernova was brought to life.
   â€˜The large gems represent new stars being born and the dark shadows represent deep space. Each scale has been individually cut, shaded with marker pens and then hand-sewn on to the garment. Each gem has had its sticky backing removed and then glued on by hand.’
   Saunders also won the Avant-Garde section in this year’s competition, judged by WOW founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff, Zambesi’s Elisabeth Findlay, and sculptor Gregor Kregar.
   Dame Suzie said, ‘Supernova has the design innovation, the construction quality and vibrant stage presence in performance to win WOW’s top award.’
   Saunders’ 2013 design, Inkling, won the Weta Creature Carnival Award and an internship for her at Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop. It is currently part of the WOW international exhibition, touring around the world, and presently at the EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington, where it will be displayed till January, after which the exhibition will head to the Peabody Essex Museum in Boston, Mass.
   She also won the Avant-Garde section in 2007 with Equus: behind Closed Doors, while in 2009, Tikini was second in the Air New Zealand South Pacific section.
   Designers from New Zealand, China, India, England, Australia, and the USA won awards in each section.
   The American Express Open section this year saw Renascence, by Yuru Ma and Siyu Fang of Shanghai take first place. The Spyglass Creative Excellence section was won by Mai (I), by Pritam Singh and Vishnu Ramesh of Gujarat. Queen Angel, by Adam McAlavey of London, won the MJF Lighting Performance Art section.
   Baroque Star, by Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry of Christchurch, won the Weta Workshop Costume and Film section, netting the duo a four-week internship at Weta Workshop, plus travel, accommodation, and prize money.
   The Wellington Airport Aotearoa section was won by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitry Mavinis of London, with their creation Princess Niwareka. The World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum Bizarre Bra section was won by Julian Hartzog of Tarpon Springs, Fla., with Come Fly with Me.
   Of the special awards, Dame Suzie chose Incognita, by Ian Bernhard of Auckland, as the most innovative garment, giving it the WOW Factor Award. Renewal, by Alexa Cach, Miodrag Guberinic and Corey Gomes, won the First-Time Entrant Award. The Knight by Jiawen Gan of the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology won the Student Innovation Award. The Sustainability Award, recognizing the protection of our environment and the use of materials that would otherwise be discarded, was won by Bernise Milliken of Auckland, for Grandeer. Digital Stealth Gods, by Dylan Mulder of Wellington, won the Wearable Technology Award. The Wellington International Award, given to the best international entry, was won by Daisy May Collingridge of Woldingham, Surrey, England, for Lippydeema. Collingridge also won the UK–Europe Design Award with this entry.
   Khepri, by Miodrag Guberinic and Alexa Cach of New York, NY, won the Americas Design Award. Yu Tan of Shanghai won the Asia Design Award with The Renaissance Happens Again, while Cascade, by Victoria Edgar of Geelong, Victoria, won the Australia and South Pacific Design Award.
   The David Jones New Zealand Design Award was won by Voyage to Revolution, by Carolyn Gibson of Auckland.
   The Cirque du Soleil Performance Art Costume Award, chosen by Denise Tétreault, Costumes Lifecycle and Creative Spaces Director of the Cirque du Soleil, was won by Digital Stealth Gods, by Dylan Mulder. Mulder receives prize money, flights and accommodation for a one-month internship at Cirque du Soleil’s headquarters in Montréal, Québec.
   WOW runs in Wellington, New Zealand, through to October 9, and will be seen by 58,000 people live during its run. It employs over 350 cast and crew.
   This year, 133 entries by 163 designers (some worked in pairs) were received, competing for a prize pool of NZ$165,000.


Renascence, by Yuru Ma and Siyu Fang, Shanghai.

Mai (I), by Pritam Singh and Vishnu Ramesh, Gujarat.

Queen Angel, by Adam McAlavey, London.

Baroque Star, by Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Princess Niwareka, by Maria Tsopanaki and Dimitri Mavinis, London.

Come Fly with Me, by Julian Hartzog, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Incognita, by Ian Bernhard, at AUT, Auckland.

Renewal, by Alexa Cach, Miodrag Guberinic and Corey Gomes.

Grandeer, by Bernise Milliken, Auckland.

Digital Stealth Gods, by Dylan Mulder, Wellington.

Lippydeema, by Daisy May Collingridge, Woldingham, Surrey.

Khepri, by Miodrag Guberinic and Alexa Cach, New York.

The Renaissance Happens Again, by Yu Tan, Shanghai.

Cascade by Victoria Edgar, Geelong, Victoria.

Voyage to Revolution by Carolyn Gibson, Auckland.

September 8, 2016

New Zealand singer Sophie Morris releases her first album, Songs from the Stage

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Aliana McDaniel

Rising star Sophie Morris, interviewed in 2013 in Lucire, will release her début album, Sophie Morris: Songs from the Stage, on October 28—perfectly timed for holiday gift-buying. The album features some favourite musical theatre numbers, including ‘It Might as Well Be Spring’ (State Fair) and ‘Don’t Cry for Me Argentina’ (Evita), and tracks such as ‘Nella Fantasia’ (from The Mission, by Ennio Morricone) and ‘O Holy Night’ (Adam).
   Morris, who is a classically trained soprano, is joined by Dunedin instrumentalists James Davy, Nancy Chen, Meg Davidson, Alan Starrat, John Dodd, Georgie Watts, and Alexandra Wiltshire, an established pianist and musical director.
   Dr Ian Chapman, Otago University senior lecturer in contemporary music, calls Morris ‘a groundbreaker’ and a ‘rare singer who can achieve such a high standard in both singing styles’.
   Marian Poole of the Otago Daily Times, says, ‘Morris is definitely the ascendant star.’
   Morris has recently finished playing Sandy in Grease: the Arena Spectacular Live.
   Two singles are being released in the lead-up: ‘Another Life’ from Jason Robert Brown’s The Bridges of Madison County and ‘Love Never Dies’ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies. Both will be available on Itunes.
   Her EP album is currently available for listening and purchase on Bandcamp at

September 1, 2016

Pandora emphasizes each woman’s individual style with autumn–winter 2016–17 collection campaign

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Above: Celebrity stylists Micaela Erlanger, Caroline Issa and Rebecca Corbin-Murray.

Pandora has partnered with three celebrity stylists to showcase its range’s versatility for the autumn 2016 season, with Micaela Erlanger, Caroline Issa and Rebecca Corbin-Murray working with a woman, Ella, who begins by sharing a few personal facts about herself. From this interaction, the stylists are tasked to interpret her personality through a styled look that is influenced by the season’s biggest trends and accentuated by Pandora’s autumn 2016 jewellery collection.
   In the documentary-style film, The Look of You, each stylist unveils her looks, reflecting a key seasonal trend that complements Ella’s personality, including Gothic romance, metallics and feminine florals. Ella winds up taking the stylists’ advice and choosing her own items from Pandora, highlighting the unique style of every woman.
   â€˜I think jewellery tells your own personal story,’ says Erlanger. ‘Whether it’s layering necklaces or mixing metals, or owning that statement ring or charm bracelet that you can add to or pass down. I look for pieces that are an extension of my personality and think it’s important to choose jewellery that speaks to you.’
   Pandora invites others to share their advice, sharing it on its website with other women who want to find their individual stylistic voice.
   The Look of You can be viewed at Pandora’s website, released today.—Bhavana Bhim

June 29, 2016

Oh, pretty woman!

Elyse Glickman/21.06

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 27 years since Julia Roberts’ career and her character in the film Pretty Woman were transformed in the confines of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. It also speaks volumes that Julia Roberts and this storied Beverly Hills property (now under the Four Seasons umbrella) still turn heads after all these years.
   Just as Julia Roberts has kept herself up to date, so has the hotel’s spa with some new additions. It was only fitting that the crowd-pleaser movie was playing in the background as beauty bloggers and journalists made the rounds to experience sample treatments including products from just added lines Évolué (officially styled in all lowercase, évolué) and Elemis.
   Ã‰volué, created by Beverly Hills-based Jean Seo, features products integrating nourishing and luxurious ingredients sourced from around the world that mimic what the body naturally produces and loses with age. Besides her bubbly personality, Seo’s other top selling point is that her products are tested actresses and models rather than animals. Although Elemis is one of the UK’s top spa skin care brands, the Spa at Regent Beverly Wilshire will be one of the few US spas to feature the new Elemis Biotec system into several treatments. The focal point of the spa experience is a machine combining five technologies that are scientifically proven to increase cell energy for optimum skin function.

   With the event staged from 5 to 8.30 p.m., we could not think of a better way to spend happy hour, with beauty indulgences replacing food. However, as there were so many treatments in so little time, we each had our own differing sets of treatments. As there are usually drinks during happy hour, this event did not disappoint. Invitees were offered champagne or cold pressed juices by LA Juice to stay refreshed (though water consumption was also recommended.)

Elyse: After starting the evening with a manicure where I went outside my comfort zone, colour-wise (a robin’s egg blue by Creative Nail), I signed up to have a practitioner give my face a workout with a light, effervescent Brightening Antioxidant treatment. Next, I balanced things out with an oxygen facial with Natura Bisse products from Spain, and an indulgent Time Reversal Facial using a cocktail of products from Évolué. Between each 15-minute facial session, I enjoyed experimenting with essential oils by Dõterra (officially, dõTERRA) and had a blissful foot massage expertly handled by a cheery member of the spa staff. The practitioner at the Dõterra display claimed that the nose is a conduit to the psyche. After she guided my nose to the right scent suiting my mood and personality at the moment, she handed me a book and turned it to a page that explained how the aromatic oil could put me in a happier state of mind.

Leyla: I enjoyed the Time Reversal Facial, which uses Évolué’s simple, organic formulations. After removing a day’s worth of foundation, powder and eyeliner with their pure jojoba oil cleanser, they gently exfoliated my skin with a natural and less invasive alternative to microdermabrasion. The Évolué Resurfacing Grains, made with oat and milk powder, gently softened my skin without creating unsightly red patches. The treatment was topped off with a mask of face-plumping elastin and collagen. Next, I treated my face to the Biotech Firm-a-Lift by Elemis, which uses a combination of plant stem cells and hyaluronic acid to nourish the skin and reduce fine lines.
   The æsthetician also used an ultrasonic device to oxygenate the skin and stimulate cell growth. I appreciate the fact that Elemis’s products are steeped in scientific research. They do not make any claims without clinical trials. I followed this with a mini-version of the spa’s Elemis Amber and Orchids body wrap. The æsthetician massaged sweet orchid oil into my tired hands, and wrapped them in warm towels. The fragrance stayed with me for several days. For the final touch, I went to the Lea Journo Hair Salon adjacent to the spa for a lesson in contouring my face, “Kardashian-style”.

Jody: After already indulging in a couple of lovely mini-facials, I pondered whether I should sample another. OK, twist my arm! And lucky for me I did, because the Hydrafacial was my favourite. In a nutshell, it is a soothing hydra-dermabrasion procedure that combines deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction (that’s right—it replaces painful extractions), hydration, and infusion of antioxidants. The result is skin that is clearer and more luminous without the discomfort or down time. It is an all-in-one facial wonder suitable for all skin types, and the cool mist topping it off is a perfect summer pick-me-up.

   Although the schedule was tight for all the guests, everybody found time to be treated to deliciously cool under-eye “gold” or “diamond” masks by Knesko. Better still, they sent everybody home with a gift bag that itself was the spa “to go”. The care package included a generous envelope with Knesco masks for face and neck, full-sized products from Évolué (Resurfacing Grains and Cleanser) and Elemis’s Biotech Skin Energizing Cleanser and Day Cream, featuring electrolytes and minerals our skin thirsts for. Of course, to maintain those benefits, it’s always good to provide incentive to return and leave it to the pros to work their magic.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor; Leyla Messian and Jody Miller, LA Correspondents

June 28, 2016

Keira Knightley to front Chanel Coco Crush campaign for autumn 2016, directed by Mario Testino

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Mario Testino

Keira Knightley is the new face of Chanel’s Coco Crush haute joaillerie campaign, directed by Mario Testino and scheduled to break in the northern autumn.
   In 2011, Knightley became the face of the Coco Mademoiselle perfume, and she also fronts the company’s Rouge Coco collection.
   Chanel describes its Coco Crush collection as ‘euphoric’ and ‘hedonistic’, featuring pieces that are ‘voluptuous, sensual and timeless’.
   Knightley’s upcoming film is Collateral Beauty, directed by David Frankel, where she co-stars alongside Will Smith and Kate Winslet.

June 18, 2016

Amanda Seyfried guest of honour at Clé de Peau Beauté’s Shanghai launches for autumn ’16

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Lintao Zhang

Actress Amanda Seyfried was guest of honour at Shiseido’s Clé de Peau Beauté event in Shanghai on Thursday, held at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, and at its skin care launch on Friday at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai.
   Seyfried, who is Clé de Peau’s ambassador, appeared at the event for autumn–winter 2016, with the theme ‘Fearless Beauty’. The latest make-up collection has been conceived by Lucia Pieroni, make-up creative director of Clé de Peau Beauté, and was inspired by art-déco artist Tamara de Lempicka (right).
   The Shanghai event had a 1920s theme, connecting to the Fairmont Peace Hotel’s original era. As Cathay House, the property had opened in 1929, at a time when de Lempicka was active. Shiseido staff dressed in 1920s-themed costumes, and furnishings were similarly inspired, while art from de Lempicka was displayed, along with six original paintings by contemporary artist Ashley Longshore, who was also present at the event. Longshore had also designed the package for the holiday collection, also announced at the event. Chinese artist Yi Zhou MCed the gala dinner, during which Seyfried and Longshore spoke.
   The new range includes the new Liquid Rouge, with Seyfried promoting shade no. 18. She said, ‘Just like a dress that presents you at your best, this rouge is a wonderful item that makes you look dramatic and attractive. When I’m wearing it, I feel like I can be bolder and freer than I usually am. I also like the crystalline, brilliant texture.’
   She also said at the press conference, ‘I feel great affinity with women who live strong, bold lives, like Tamara de Lempicka. Even in the face of difficulty, it’s important to forge ahead powerfully without flinching, maintaining a sense of conviction. If society becomes such a place that women can play active roles while being even more radiant and true to themselves, I think we may be able to resolve the many difficult issues facing the world today.’
   On Friday, the Clé de Peau skin care line was announced at the Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai, with Seyfried, Longmore, brand director Roxana Daver, and Kentaro Fujiwara, CEO of Shiseido China.
   The range will be marketed from this autumn in Japan, mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, USA, Canada, and Russia.

Lintao Zhang

June 17, 2016

Sponsored video: Chris Fonseca breaks barriers, with Smirnoff Ice Electric

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Via Chris Fonseca, on Instagram

We love ideas that challenge convention (otherwise this title wouldn’t exist), and Chris Fonseca’s work does just that.
   He’s a dancer, choreographer and dance instructor who happens to be profoundly deaf after suffering meningitis as a child. But that didn’t stop Fonseca from developing a love of dance, and it’s that love that the Smirnoff Ice Electric Flavors range taps into with its latest campaign.
   This hasn’t been created cynically for marketing Smirnoff—Fonseca has been teaching in South London, where both deaf and hearing people go to learn how to dance. He has, however, taken the idea across the Atlantic thanks to Smirnoff, and you can see his New York class for yourself on social media (check out Fonseca’s Instagram at for more). Among those at one New York class were Jeremy Strong, a choreographer for Jason DeRulo, and C. J. Salvador, a dancer for Justin Bieber, notes Vibe, which attended in May.
   Fonseca’s absolutely right: there’s no reason a deaf person cannot be great at dancing, and he gets his students to count the beat through vibrations, especially the bass. He further incorporates the lyrics of the song into his dance. His aim is to break barriers, and to make sure that that deaf people can do whatever they wish. ‘[Being deaf] does not stop me from making everyday achievements,’ he told the BBC.
   â€˜I always say to those young people not feeling body-positive to keep going, like everyday barriers, challenges, keep going: you don’t know how close you are to making a breakthrough. Keep believing anything is possible. Your time is coming soon.
   â€˜My motto is: dreams don’t work unless you work. Dreaming, believing, and achieving.’
   A very telling image on his Instagram shows Fonseca leading his class and on the mirror are the words, ‘How do you know if you don’t try?’, a term that he has hashtagged as well. Smirnoff, meanwhile, has taken more polished shots for its Ice Electric campaign, promoting its non-carbonated, plastic-bottled line—their idea is that you can take your Smirnoff drinks on to the dance floor more readily than when it was bottled in glass.
   His teaching has reached the media, including a cover story for the British Deaf News, which he hashtagged as his proudest moment.

Post sponsored by Smirnoff

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