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June 30, 2015

Our Paris editor’s diary prior to couture week: jewellery, beauty and polo

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Keoma Zec

France is notorious for its dazzling jewellery brands and impressive fashion houses. Its fragrances symbolize an art form that has been worked on and mastered.
   Atelier Cologne is a name that resonates with exceptional luxury, representing divine scents that both men and women can appreciate. The international maison de parfums was established in 2009 by Sylvie Ganter and Christophe Cervasel, who were on a mission to introduce fragrance-savvy wearers with scents also called cologne absolue (pure perfume).
   Exclusive, high-end ingredients provide to their clients’ needs. Their boutique in Paris is a quaint and picturesque getaway from the French capital, tucked away in one of the many Parisian streets steps away from la Concorde and la Place VendĂŽme. Clients take their time to discover the opulent products. Before haute couture fashion week landed in the city celebrated for its fashion sense, the maison introduced clients to their most recent fragrances.
   Their first scent, Jasmin AngĂ©lique, incorporates decadent components of Sichuan pepper, lemon and Siberian angelica. The foundation of the scent is a combination of Persian galbanum, fig, incense from Somalia, and white amber along with Brazilian tonka. This is a fresh and luscious scent that is both attractive and long-lasting.
   For a stronger, bolder scent, one can indulge in Oud Saphir, a mix of birch wood, the audacious aroma of oud, and a Mediterranean tang, all boldly pronounced along with the rich aroma of amber from the Indian peninsula, pink pepper from China and bergamot from Calabria. The scents are delicate, smooth and bold.



   For shimmering skin, Menard’s decadent collection, Saranari, features amazing ingredients for a naturally vibrant glow, and is known for working into the skin’s pores. Its reinvented collection has lys Casablanca at its core, with washing cream, refresh massage, lotion, emulsion, day cream, night cream and eye cream each separately working on rejuvenating the skin, allowing regenerated skin to radiate.


   Swiss-born jewellery designer, Suzanne Syz, creates outstanding, contemporary pieces. The pieces attract the eye with colours and innovative designs, each founded on originality, exclusivity and modernity, always sustaining a look of sophistication.






   For European flair in the heat of the Californian sun, the British Polo Day USA landed at the Will Rogers Estate Park in Los Angeles. The full day of events combined polo tournaments, a dining experience and tea-time together to offer guests an Ă©lite getaway. Sponsors included Land Rover, Harrods, Hackett London, Jaeger-LeCoultre and others.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor







Keoma Zec

June 22, 2015

The Body Shop’s winter essentials help protect the skin: special promotion begins June 29

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With the winter season in full swing, our skin isn’t feeling so good. This is where the Body Shop comes in, with their winter essentials, a few of their best products for the chilly months.
   We at Lucire have trialled four of these, but there are plenty more in store: the Hemp Hand Protector (100 ml, NZ$23·95), Shea Body Butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95), Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath (250 ml, NZ$29·95) and, for men, the Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (100 ml, NZ$37·50).
   Each active ingredient is Community Fair Trade from different places around the world.
   The hemp seed oil in the Hand Protector has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, promoting healthy cell production and potentially improving very dry skin conditions.
   Meanwhile, the maca root in the Face Protector is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well has having calcium, iron and amino acids. These can promote energy levels and improve acne and blemishes. It is less thick than you might expect, but has a pleasant, masculine musky scent that emerges and subtly stays for the next few hours.
   The shea butter used in the Body Butter is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin protector. It helps with UV protection and is also good for dryness as it coats the skin and protects it from harm.
   The Wild Bubbling Bath’s argon oil, commonly used on hair, is also very moisturizing, making skin smoother and more radiant. It can also heal scars and, because of its high levels of vitamin E, it is considered to have anti-ageing properties.
   Notice a pattern? All of these are here to moisturize and protect the skin from the chilly, windy weather out there. Three of the products have quite earthy scents to them as well, meaning they have more of a unisex aroma. The exception is the Bubbling Bath, which has more of a beachy summertime smell, bringing me back to the days of lying on the beach without a care in the world.
   For a limited time you can get 20 per cent off the products in the winter essentials’ range if you buy two or more! The special runs from June 29 to July 19, 2015.—Fenella Clarke

June 9, 2015

Adidas by Stella McCartney shows autumn–winter 2015–16 range, out July

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In mid-July, Adidas by Stella McCartney will release their newest autumn–winter collection, celebrating Adidas and Stella McCartney’s ten years together.
   Adidas has always been known for its innovation in sportswear, everyday wear and collaborations, but its biggest success is with Stella McCartney. McCartney started her clothing line in 2001 with her first fashion show in Paris, known for her tailored, confident air. It seemed only logical that Adidas would begin a collaboration with her four years later.
   McCartney has also broadened her horizons to providing her customers with kids’ wear, ready-to-wear, a perfume line and a sunglasses’ collection. She does not use any fur or leather in her collections. McCartney’s aim with this current collection is for women to be able to work out wearing her designs, and for them to be worn all day.
   â€˜Over time women have become more and more focused on their fitness goals and are spending more time in workout clothes. This makes it even more important to provide function and style, which challenges us to be continuously innovative in our approach,’ said McCartney.
   With unique textures and layering options, this collection is sure to have something for everyone, from a more casual T-shirt to a compression onesie. Like Adidas by Stella McCartney’s other collections, it caters to many different types of exercise. The collection mostly comes in browns, blues, burgundy and pops of grey or yellow, and seems to be able to suit everyone. It has expanded to shoes, bags and yoga mats, so we can look forward to some burgundy snow boots and tote bags.
   The collection will be available mid-July at all Adidas stores and online.—Fenella Clarke

June 8, 2015

The Body Shop’s blueberry special-edition range is a perfect addition to winter

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Out now, the Body Shop’s new special-edition blueberry range takes your health to a new level.
   With four products in this range including a shower gel, body scrub–gelĂ©e, body lotion, and their famous body butter, you’re sure to find something that you’ll like.
   With either real blueberry seed oil, or blueberry fruit extract, these new products have the real benefits. Being the ultimate superfood, blueberries have antioxidants that promote anti-ageing and brain power and have healing properties. Blueberries also have vitamins A, B complex and C, making them a perfect fruit in the winter as we start to fight the oncoming colds.
   People who like the Body Shops’s other fruity scents will love these products and their strong blueberry aroma.
   The body scrub-gelĂ©e (NZ$35·50 for 200 ml) is something new from the Body Shop and has a less creamy and more jelly-like consistency to it, making it both cooling and soft, while still having the exfoliating raspberry seeds to scrub that dead winter skin away.
   The body butter (NZ$36·95 for 200 ml) has the same consistency and formula as the others of its kind. It also has Fair Trade shea butter, instantly moisturizing. The body butter also has has the strongest smell of the products, that stays on the skin long after the product has been absorbed.
   The body lotion (NZ$24·95 for 250 ml), however, has a much lighter consistency and comes in a pump bottle form. Lotions have less oil in them compared to body butters, so they are best for all skin types, especially oily skin; this also has Fair Trade shea butter.
   The last product is the shower gel (NZ$16·50 for 250 ml), a beautiful blue liquid that is soap-free and contains Fair Trade honey. The cheapest in the line-up, the shower gel’s aroma bursts as you rub it into your skin, leaving it feeling and smelling fresh, clean and ready for the day ahead.
   These products are limited-edition so you better get in fast before they run out.—Fenella Clarke

May 28, 2015

Charitably chic: US events keep the focus on organic, eco and good health

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Direct from New Zealand, Trilogy, founded by sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot, introduced American consumers to their certified organic skin care line. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is claimed to be the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to product. Trilogy’s US launch is a much celebrated endeavour using premium and wholesome botanical extracts, where a small portion is enough, without leaving behind residue.
   From Trilogy to Organic Spa Magazine’s New York City media event, in honour of Earth Day, it was all about natural beauty, inside and out. Invitees were welcomed to the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking magnificent city views, where a number of high-end exclusive products and destinations were unveiled. Jade Yoga, founded by Dean Jerrehian, is recognized for its eco, lightweight and comfortable yoga mats. Shea Moisture, established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone, promoted the skin’s silky smooth texture with its line of shea butter products. Parissa introduced its waxing products made for all skin consistencies and hair types. Ananda in the Himalayas provided guests with an idea of their spa escapade with an Ayurvedic experience. NeoCell supported health, beauty and anti-ageing with a natural approach. California-based Aura Cacia displayed their 100 per cent pure essential oils. JUstenbois’ maple wood sets are perfect for the dinner table, with a hint of eco-friendly chic. Founded by Pierre Simard, the products of made in QuĂ©bec from natural materials. Boiron, a prominent brand in France, presented its homeopathic products including ArnicareGel and calendula cream. Balanced Guru presented their organic, cruelty-free products, including their all-natural body butter. MyChelle Dermaceuticals is known for a selection of products made for glowing skin. Lather’s hair, face and body products are infused with naturally healthy ingredients, leaving behind soft and radiant skin. Nubian Heritage returned with an assortment of its distinguished line of skin care products.
   While it is important to monitor what product goes on the skin, it is just as important to examine what is consumed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci presented her Gluten-Free Gourmet Cuisine cookbook and Health and Beauty Home Remedies book, guaranteeing a delectably healthy and tasty meal as well as a healthier approach towards looking better. The event covered skin care, food and spiritual inner healing. Other sponsors included Reserveage Organics, Incredible India, Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in San Diego, Napz, Rejuva Minerals, Immunocologie Skincare, Kimberly Parry Organics, Scotch Naturals, Buff Her House of Exfoliation, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Babo Botanicals, Everclēn and many more. Organic Spa Magazine along with its editor-in-chief, Rona Berg, emphasized how fashionable organic can be.
   Maven PR’s Alyson Dutch, was back with her prominent Consumer Product Event at Lowe’s Santa Monica. The Venice Room featured up to a dozen exhibitors. Kingston Technology presented its five-in-one Mobile Companion; Love Shawls showed off its two-in-one fashion statement, combining the elegance of a scarf with the appeal of a necklace; Bex’s decorative add-on shoe ornaments, designed by jewellery designer Sonya Ooten, exemplified personal style; Unselfish, by Paul Parkinson, highlighted individuals putting others first; Veestro, founded in 2012, is a vegan and organic food delivery service. Other exhibitors included the Thirst Project, a venture educating American students of the negative attributes in dirty water in South America, Africa and Asia. Other presenters included Simply Necessit-Ease, Slime, Lovera, Dealmoon and Blue Diamond. Eden Sassoon was present to talk about her campaign, #BeautyGivesBack, which permits the Thirst Project to be present at global hair shows, including the Paul Mitchell School.
   After three months of work to raise funds to support numerous charities, Paul Mitchell School’s 12th annual FUNraising Gala announced that $1·7 million was raised for a number of organizations including CAST, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Food 4 Africa, Gary Sinise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits as well as the Thirst Project. Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Pauley Perrette and a number of other notable personalities, including the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh, celebrated the success. Along with being considered a reputable school where avid learners attain a well-rounded education in technical skills and business knowledge, they are also apt at raising money to support a range of foundations.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor








April 15, 2015

Adriana Lima opens library at Pequeno Principe children’s hospital, funded by IWC watch auction

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Rodolfo Buhrer

Last November, IWC Schaffhausen announced that it would auction a rare pilot’s watch, called ‘The Last Flight’, in platinum, with the entire proceeds going to the Fondation Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry pour la Jeunesse, which will use them to help a children’s hospital in Brazil. That project has now been realized at the Pequeno Principe children’s hospital in Curitiba, Brazil, and IWC Schaffhausen ambassador and model Adriana Lima went there on Tuesday to declare its new library and recreation centres open.
   Lima was joined by the hospital’s director, Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro, its CEO, Jose Alvaro Carneiro, Olivier d’Agay, great-nephew of Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry and director of the Fondation Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry, Fabiele Fortes, one of its current patients, IWC regional director Michel Cheval and marketing director StĂ©phanie Aubry, in inaugurating the new spaces.
   Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry was not only an aviation pioneer, but the author of The Little Prince, Southern Mail and Night Flight, known to many children worldwide.
   IWC Schaffhausen has partnered with the Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry foundation, which helps keep the French aviator and author’s legacy alive, for the last 10 years.
   Pequeno Principe is the largest public children’s hospital in the country.
   The foundation netted SFr 40,000 from the Important Watches auction held by Sotheby’s in GenĂšve. The Last Flight, a chronograph, was a limited-edition watch produced to commemorate Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry’s last flight 70 years ago. Only 17 were made.

















Rodolfo Buhrer

February 8, 2015

Red Carpet Events LA’s 2015 Grammy suites: everyday luxuries get real

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Elyse Glickman


Red Carpet Events LA

While the products and inventions featured at Grammy pre-award parties tend to focus more on fun and funky in comparison to offerings at Golden Globe, Emmy and Oscar events, leave it to Roger Zamudio and his Red Carpet Events LA to create an experience that is as earthy and real as it is upscale.
   Celebrities on hand included 2015 Grammy nominees Antonique Smith, Adam Ellison, Charlotte Huggins, Jason Rabinowitz, Jo-El Sonnier, Manny Marroquin, Mindi Abair, Stephen Trask, Adam Ellison, Nimrod Antal, the Order, and Palo as well as actors Sean Kanan and Kelly Perine.
   The benefiting charity was the Los Angeles-based African Millennium Foundation (AMF), whose mission is to eliminate and mitigate poverty, hunger and disease in African countries by assisting African women and children with attaining the necessary tools for achieving self-sufficiency. The strategic non-profit and non-governmental organization got word to attendants about their commitment to the social and economic empowerment of African women and their families. It is especially fitting that Ancestry.com was one of the main attractions and sponsors of the Grammy get-together.
   The event returned to the W Hotel Westwood in West Los Angeles, a little bit away from the fray, with a cozy courtyard setting with interesting innovations and inventors from the US, Germany and Canada—many of them affordable. One thing that was most welcome was ice-cold Zico coconut water in natural and chocolate flavours, given a spring-like spike in the temperature. Returning vendors included down-to-earth wellness purveyors Nuwati Herbals and Tikkun Holistic Spa (on hand to show off their expanded line of made-in-LA Karen’s Products by Karen Chae). Even pampered cats and dogs got a little something: savoury snacks from I and Love and You (whose cat treats had Lucire contributor Leyla Messian’s cats standing up and singing for their supper).
   As this was a pre-award show event, there had to be a couture purveyor on hand to dress VIP women. That firm was Clarisse, Inc., whose designs did not skimp on pomp or circumstance. The guys, meanwhile, could bask in the glow of a 641-horsepower McLaren 650S at the door of the W Hotel Westwood. The state-of-the-art supercar—with its brand’s New Zealand heritage—employs motorsports technology and over 50 years of racing know-how to deliver the fastest, most dynamic and most efficient specimen of its kind on the market. Grammy nominees and presenters got a charge out of a speed test drive.
   In contrast, most of the fashion and beauty offerings were quite approachable. Several of them even had their key designers or creators on-site. These included Canada-based costume jewellery line Artizan by Robin Barre, Geek Eyewear by Alena Lehrer, Sweet North Babe handbags and accessories by Yvonne Begemann, and the founders of the Java Coffee Infused Skincare collection, made with coffee as the main ingredient.
   There were also very lavish hair care products from Arganesse and salon line Jonathan Product, which is under new ownership and features a new range of goods. Victoria Duke featured her new make-up setting spray. The crew from Joy and Mario espadrilles were back with a new collection that includes fashion forward high black canvas wedges as well as a seriously cool leopard spot design available in April. Even with that, the stock cleared out quite early in the event.
   Some of the best things at the suite, meanwhile, could be found in the take-home bags, which were closed tightly to ensure we would wait to open them at home. Goodies included a full collection of Hipsy hair bands (which stay in place even temperamental hair textures like mine and Leyla’s), Pretty Woman nail polish and a certificate for a pair of Australia-based Octavia shoes. I was particularly intrigued as I noticed the line was small and quite specific, focused on very traditional New York basic, sling-back pumps and fashion-forward Versailles and Osaka variations with wedge heels.
   Elizabeth Zielinski, creative director and founder, who has worked with Red Carpet Events previously, notes that while celebrities and professional women want styles that complement their individual look, the primary emphasis is on quality materials and comfort, especially with the wedge designs. These are brought to life by a fourth-generation shoemaker family in the countryside of Guangzhou who Zielinsky says demonstrates traditional skill and art form with exquisite attention to detail.
   â€˜Our focus is to celebrate women and share their excitement for life, people and fashion,’ she says. ‘We are very proud supporters of Care Australia, where $5 from every pair of shoes sold from the website goes to supporting social and economic empowerment. Care is an international humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring about lasting change to their communities,’ right in line with the charities Red Carpet Events LA supports.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




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Red Carpet Events LA; above right by Elyse Glickman


Red Carpet Events LA

January 12, 2015

GBK and Pilot Pens take off with their 2015 Golden Globes’ extravaganza

Elyse Glickman/11.05

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When Gavin Keilly calls a party, A-list celebrities and press show up, rain or shine, especially when the food is delicious, the goodies are stylish and functional, and the charities are truly doing some worthwhile things to make the world a better place. Once again, GBK’s Golden Globes’ suite took place in the ballrooms of the W Hotel Hollywood with an international array of covetable goodies and worthy causes.
   World Vision is best known for their infomercials and work to benefit children in developing countries through fundraisers and holistic community development programmes. At this event, they went above and beyond timely to present a programme that provides unusual way for groups to give back: a group- or team-building activity involving the assemblage of ebola kits for workers in stricken areas. They also offered hand-crafted tote bags from Thailand whose manufacture benefits rural communities.
   Lambda Legal continued their work advancing civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy advocacy. Yes! Beat Liver Tumors continued to get their message out about providing information, resources and support for people affected by cancer in its advanced stages. Citizen E-Cig, meanwhile, was on hand to help with the cause of encouraging people to quit smoking for the sake of the environment at large and their own personal health with their classy line of e-cigs.
   You could say the fashion offerings were quite “crafty” this go around, and not only because Artisan Group was back with some beautiful one-off pieces on display. The ladies of Samiah Fine Clothing encouraged guests to express their inner rock star through trying on their bespoke jackets and coats, and sending them on their way with hand-made brocade shoulder bags. Sledge USA was all about team spirit with its forthcoming Major League Baseball collection (I was partial to the Chicago-related gear), stunning contemporary silver and brass pieces from Westland Jewelry, a gift card from Canada-based Beyond the Rack (which allows us to select something we really want or need-genius!), empowerment-themed jewels from BraveChick.com and some Canadian-made, chic-yet-homespun hats from Canada Bliss.
   Smart items for the avid traveller included elegantly crafted totes, laptop bags and tablet cases from Solo from their upcoming spring collection, a three-night stay at Puerto Vallarta Beach Club in a private, spacious three-bedroom villa, feather-light headphones in jazzy colours from LG Electronics and the new H2V Eye-tox 3 serum from Burke Williams and a Burke Williams Advanced Eye Lift enhancement (much welcome after 18 hour-flights from abroad and red-eye flights from New York). In at-home pampering, VIPs received home spa products and soaps from Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna and a full set of Sheex bedding fashioned from performance fabrics.
   At this suite, nobody went home hungry, with the presence of GBK regulars Barrys Gourmet Brownies and Sabra savouries. Newcomers included Cupcake Fusion LA, a bakery known for delightful and whimsical combinations of sweet and savoury cupcakes, which was on site providing gift cards and cupcakes; kosher sweets from My Candy Basket; and Corazons Custom Catering, a family-owned Filipino business catering yummy Filipino–French snacks and gifting certificates for complimentary food tasting parties. You could wash all this good stuff down with cocktails made with Bare Organic Mixers, which are organic, low-calorie, gluten-free delights made with juice, water, and agave syrup as well as portable and potable Nuvino Wines from South Africa, Argentina, Chile and Australia.
   Pilot Pen not only offered fashionable and exceptional writing instruments, but also a chic Japanese ambiance that covered much of the GBK space, inspired by the centuries-old Japanese art of maki-e. VIPs received the Vanishing Point Fountain Pen, while all guests received FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink Pen 8 Pack Pouch, an entirely new kind of erasable pen that is retractable, has striking good looks and ink that is formulated to write smooth and erase cleanly.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor







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