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July 29, 2014

Pandora launches Hearts of Today programme to reward charitable causes

Lucire staff/11.23

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Scott McDermott

In true Scandinavian fashion, jewellery brand Pandora continues to be engaged in corporate social responsibility, launching its Hearts of Today programme on Monday.
   Pandora plans to support charitable causes, beyond the ones it is already engaged in now, such as those for breast cancer awareness, and is asking the public to nominate the ones it feels are the most deserving.
   Hearts of Today is for the US only at this point. Pandora has appointed five women who will form the jury that will pick from the public entries, narrowing them down to 20 semifinalists. The public then votes on the top 20, bringing the final number to eight, who will be honoured at a luncheon in November. Each of the eight receives a US$25,000 donation to help their organization.
   The jurors are Penny Abeywardena, human rights advocate; Shaun Robinson, Emmy Award-winning journalist; June Sarpong, philanthropist; Dr Pepper Schwartz, sociologist and author; and Andrea Alvey, member of the Pandora A/S board of directors.
   The jurors will look at health and well-being, community development, and professional and social empowerment, says Pandora.

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June 3, 2014

Joseph Altuzarra, Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o, Raf Simons, Tom Ford on stage at the CFDA awards

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Joseph Altuzarra has been named the womenswear designer of the year, and Rihanna the fashion icon of the year, at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s (CFDA) Fashion Awards, in association with Swarovski, at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center.
   Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who presented Rihanna’s award, praised the musician, calling her a style icon. ‘She proves that incredible style can take a talented young woman from a small island to the world stage and along the way spark a lot of conversation about elegance and empowerment,’ she said.
   Altuzarra received his award from Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. Other awards included the menswear designer of the year, which was won by Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow for Public School, and presented by James Marsden. The accessories’ designer of the year award was won by Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen for the Row, presented by Keri Russell.
   Tom Ford won the Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Richard Buckley. The Founder’s Award in honour of Eleanor Lambert, presented by supermodel Naomi Campbell, was won by Bethann Hardison, for promoting racial diversity in the fashion industry. The media award, in honour of Eugenia Sheppard, was given to Paul Cavaco by Allure editor-in-chief Linda Wells. The international award, presented by Marion Cotillard and Dior CEO Sidney Toledano, was won by Raf Simons of Christian Dior.
   Industry stalwart Ruth Finley of the indispensable Fashion Calendar was recognized with the Board of Directors’ Tribute, presented by CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg.
   As chief sponsor, Swarovksi presented three awards for emerging talent, to Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters for Creatures of the Wind in the womenswear category; to Tim Coppens for menswear; and to Irene Neuwirth for accessory design.
   Michael Kors paid tribute to Annabel Tollman, L’Wren Scott, and Art Ortenberg who had passed in the previous year.
   Scholarships were awarded to Yi Deng, Drexel University (Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar), Carmela Osorio Lugo, Savannah College of Art & Design (Liz Claiborne Design Scholar), and Franky Tran, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (CFDA–Teen Vogue Scholar, in partnership with Target).
   â€˜Tonight, we celebrated creativity, experience, and conviction by honoring the diversity and vibrancy of individuals who define the influence of the fashion industry,’ said von Furstenberg.
   â€˜It’s been an honour to partner with the CFDA in celebrating the very best in American fashion for thirteen incredible years, and the creativity of the award winners never fails to amaze. We are especially pleased to support the industry’s next generation through the Swarovski Awards. It’s a privilege to help these dazzling young talents evolve and realize their visions as they take the next steps in their careers,’ said Nadja Swarovski, member of the Swarovski executive board.
   Celebrities present included Anna Chlumsky, Bernadette Peters, Blake Lively, Bridget Moynahan, Brie Larson, Busy Phillips, Chris Kattan, Cicely Tyson, Emmy Rossum, Gia Coppola, Jaime King, Jennifer Hudson, Leilani Bishop, Olivia Wilde, Sophia Bush, Suki Waterhouse, Zoe Kazan, Zoey Deutch, Alessandra Ambrosio, Amy Fine Collins, Andrew Bolton, Andrew Saffir, Anja Rubik, Anne V., Bee Shaffer, Brad Goreski, Caroline Trentini, Chanel Iman, Chrissy Teigen, Coco Rocha, Constance Jablonski, Derek Blasberg, Dree Hemingway, Fei Fei Sun, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Harley Viera Newton, Heidi Klum, Hilary Rhoda, Iman, Jamie Bochert, Jen Brill, Jessica Stam, Jessica Joffe, Joan Smalls, John Demsey, Karen Elson, Karlie Kloss, KarolĂ­na KurkovĂĄ, Leigh Lezark, Liya Kebede, Malgosia Bela, Olivia Palermo, Tyson Beckford, Vanessa Traina, Victor Cruz, and Victoria Traina.
   The show, hosted by Brad Goreski, will be webcast on cfda.com on June 3 at 11 a.m. EDT.
   Lexus, MAC Cosmetics, Veuve Clicquot, Maestro Dobel and Intel were also sponsors of the event.



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Bethann Hardison

Blake Lively

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December 29, 2013

Miss France 2014 your top story, and Princess Madeleine your favourite newsmaker

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Above HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden was the person you searched for the most this year.

We’ve told you who we thought 2013’s newsmakers were. But who did you want to read about this year?
   In first place: HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden. The younger of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf’s daughters was married this year, to Anglo-American financier Chris O’Neill, and there was plenty of interest from you in the Royal Wedding.
   Keira Knightley and PenĂŠlope Cruz held your imaginations in second and third place this year, followed by Kylie Minogue, Leah Remini, Sonam Kapoor and David Gandy.
   Olivia Newton-John proved that she could still get readers’ interest a generation after Grease, while last year’s World Miss University Mia Hasanagic found herself in ninth place after an influx of searches in January. Fearne Cotton and the new Miss France, Flora Coquerel, manage 10th and 11th respectively, with Jay Kay, Honor Dillon and Adriana Lima following. Jeremy Renner and David Beckham were tied at 15th.
   Our top news items of 2013—unless something drastic happens in these final two days—were, as usual, the election of Miss France (right), while you were also very interested in GHD’s Candy Collection of straighteners.
   Pandora showed that it was a favourite among fashionistas, with its Black Friday charm getting plenty of attention.
   Given that Princess Madeleine was the most-searched person, the Royal Wedding slipped in to fourth and fifth on our charts. Another Royal Wedding story, on the couple’s honeymoon destination, was ninth.
   The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, launching the Range Rover Sport in New York came sixth, followed by Lana Del Rey releasing her new film Tropico last month.
   The top Kiwi story was on the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art winners, in a year where New Zealanders took the top prizes.
   There remained plenty of interest in last year’s World Miss University, with our story on Mia Hasanagic’s win coming in 10th.
   Last year, Whitney Houston’s death made it into our top 10. Bad news, sadly, still sells, though it was the death of photographer Kate Barry (the cause remains unannounced) that came in at 11th.

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December 2, 2013

Video and photos: Christopher Kane, Christopher Bailey, Harry Styles, Miuccia Prada among 2013 British Fashion Awards’ winners

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Top Harry Styles, winner of the British Style Award this year. Above The two Christophers who took the top awards: Christopher Bailey (left) and Christopher Kane (right).

Christopher Kane won the coveted prize of womenswear designer of the year, and Christopher Bailey, MBE, for menswear (for Burberry) at this year’s British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, while Miuccia Prada won the first International Designer of the Year prize.
   Kane was presented his award by Donatella Versace—he had designed for Versus for several years alongside his own label.
   Burberry was named Designer Brand of the Year, in a particularly good night at the awards.
   Nicholas Kirkwood was named the accessory designer of the year.
   As announced earlier, both Kate Moss and Suzy Menkes won special recognition awards, for their 25 years in modelling and journalism respectively. Moss was presented her award by Marc Jacobs.
   I-D magazine founders Terry and Tricia Jones received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Terry Jones was a former British Vogue art director, and founded I-D in 1980 with Tricia. It began life as a 40 pp. hand-stapled publication.
   Harry Styles won the Vodafone British Style Award, and was presented his prize by Alexa Chung, who had won three times in previous years.
   The emerging designer winners were Simone Rocha (for womenswear), Agi & Sam (for menswear), and Sophia Webster (for accessories). J. W. Anderson was the New Establishment award winner, for ‘taking the industry by storm’.
   Lady Amanda Harlech was recognized for her creativity and influence, and won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
   Edie Campbell was named model of the year, while Erdem took home the red carpet award for raising its profile in the global media.
   Celebrities and designers attending included Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller, Tinie Tempah, Amber and Yasmin Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Rita Ora, Laura Bailey, Suki Waterhouse, Arizona Muse, ClĂŠmence PoĂŠsy, Caroline Issa, Erdem Moralioglu, Roksanda Ilincić, Dermot O’Leary, Emmanuelle Seigner, Mary Katrantzou, Gwyneth Paltrow, Henry Holland, and Stephen Jones, OBE.

Red carpet interviews and photos (scroll down for awards)

Nick Grimshaw, Kate Moss and Harry Styles on the red carpet

Sienna Miller on the red carpet

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the red carpet

Alexa Chung and Erdem

Red carpet highlights









Mike Marsland

Harry Styles

Christopher Kane

Christopher Bailey, MBE for Burberry

Kate Moss

Misery Bear’s new Kate Moss video

Lady Amanda Harlech

Suzy Menkes, OBE

Miuccia Prada

J. W. Anderson

Agi & Sam

Sophia Webster

Erdem

Edie Campbell

Nicholas Kirkwood

Burberry

Terry and Tricia Jones

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Mike Marsland

Highlights

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November 28, 2013

Suzy Menkes to be honoured at 2013 British Fashion Awards

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Julien Hekimian

Suzy Menkes, OBE will receive the British Fashion Council’s (BFC) Special Recognition Award this year, for her 25-year-long career at the International Herald–Tribune.
   Menkes has been style editor for the newspaper, now rebranded as the International New York Times, since 1988, and is hugely respected by her peers and the fashion industry.
   British-born, she is a graduate of Cambridge University, where she read English literature. Menkes was the university newspaper’s first female editor. Her official biography notes that she previously worked for The Times, the London Evening Standard, and The Independent.
   As style editor, Menkes resides in Paris and holds the Legion d’Honneur in France. She has authored a number of books on fashion and the Royal Family.
   In the BFC’s release, the industry praised Menkes, who tends to have a warm relationship with the industry, known for her fairness and journalistic integrity.
   Stephen Jones, OBE, whom Lucire publisher Jack Yan interviewed in issue 31, said, ‘Suzy is fashion. Suzy is the bench mark by which all others are judged. Few come close in authority, experience, judgement and hairdo.’
   Chris Moore of Catwalking.com noted, ‘To say Suzy Menkes is to say fashion. It’s an honour to have worked for her to 25 years.’
   Sarah Mower, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent and a contributing editor to Vogue, said, ‘Suzy is the fastest mover in the west—or east. I have only ever beaten her to the race backstage about three times in 15 years. The brain under that front-roll is a phenomenon. I’m in awe of the agenda-setting pieces she pens between Milan and Paris which both interrogate fashion’s motives and put it in its rightful cultural and economic place. Besides that, she’s the greatest defender of journalistic integrity, the greatest inspiration and the naughtiest wit I know.’
   Simone Rocha said, ‘It is an honour to be reviewed by Suzy, her words are always astute and sincere. She has a true understanding of the beauty of fashion and her words make you believe in it.’
   Susannah Frankel, fashion director at Grazia stated, ‘There are so many people reviewing fashion today but Suzy is still the person who, for me, best brings the clothes themselves to life. She is, of course, also brilliant at putting fashion into a broader cultural context but, if I miss a show, and read her commentary it’s almost as if I can see the collection in front of me. She makes that seem easy but it’s anything but. Add to that the fact that she is as sharp as a knife, as generous towards and interested in newcomers as she the big guns … Suzy is an incredible journalist and an incredible woman.’
   The British Fashion Awards, hosted by the BFC, takes place on December 2 at the London Coliseum. Nominees this year include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne. Tickets are available through www.britishfashionawards.com/tickets.

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Don’t forget: Lucire 31 is out, available for tablets and in print

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Above As shown on Facebook yesterday, a banner ad campaign has launched promoting the print and tablet editions of Lucire, even though issue 31 has been published for some weeks.

If you haven’t checked it out already, you should do so: Lucire issue 31 is out. Since the print editions are collectible, limited editions, they don’t really date—we still keep going back to earlier ones at the office as references—and have in-depth insights into the fashion world. Intelligently written, with an independent voice, and put together by a small global team, Lucire continues to pioneer as we hit the mid-2010s. That’s why you can also order it as a tablet edition.
   The latest issue features Summer Rayne Oakes on making an impact in the modelling world; a review of autumn–winter looks by Tiffany Fernando, with visuals by Doug Rimington; an interview with Stephen Jones, OBE, one of the great names in millinery, by Jack Yan; Elina Lukas’s Copenhagen Fashion Week diary; Elyse Glickman’s interview with Daisy Fuentes; and David Machowski’s exploration of maple syruping in New England. There’s plenty more, including shoots by Angelika Buettner, Dorit Thies, Brett Stanley and Doug Rimington, including two styled by Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng.
   The URL is now much easier to remember: lucire.com/print. You can order it for tablets or as a very exclusive print edition through this link, or at the link at the top of the page if you’re surfing on our full web edition.
   Also easy to remember is our video player, regularly updated with entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and tips. You can find that at lucire.tv: we’re finally putting that URL to the use we envisaged for it.
   As we begin December, Lucire is getting our bases covered. Please let us know via Facebook or our feedback form if you have any thoughts or story ideas. It’s the tip of the iceberg, as we have plenty more to announce in the New Year.

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June 14, 2013

Princess Madeleine responds to tabloid tracking down her and Chris O’Neill on honeymoon

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The Swedish tabloid press has tracked down HRH Princess Madeleine and her new husband, Chris O’Neill, who are honeymooning after a grand Royal Wedding in Stockholm on Saturday.
   The Royal Court, wishing to guard the newlyweds’ privacy, had remained silent on their travel plans, but Expressen has published photos taken via a long lens of the couple in the Seychelles.
   They are at a private villa which retails for Kr 50,000 per night, says the newspaper. It is also reported that Mr O’Neill kept the destination a secret from his wife, and it was initially known only to him, the King and Queen, and a few select friends.
   The venue had been chosen before by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and David and Victoria Beckham.
   Today, the Princess’s official Facebook page requested privacy after expressing disappointment that photographs had been published.
   Writing from her perspective, the message read, ‘We continue to thank everyone for their loving warmth and well wishes regarding our marriage. Sadly, the Swedish tabloid press have taken it upon themselves to destroy our privacy and place private photographs of us in their publications today. The one thing we wish is that, if only for these few days, our privacy can now be respected.’ The photograph above of the couple was published on the page, while supporters continued to wish them well.

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December 30, 2012

Miss France 2013, Marine Lorphelin, Jean Shrimpton film, and Whitney Houston’s passing are our top articles for 2012

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Wordpress has summarized the year of this news section, and told us something we know already: that our story on Marine Lorphelin being crowned Miss France 2013 was the biggest of the year. This also correlates with our Facebook fan page numbers.
   It also put France as one of the top countries accessing Lucire during December, though the United States remains number-one for our entire website. New Zealand, the UK and Australia were consistently in the top five each month.
   Last year, we did some quick arithmetic on the interest in Miss France versus its rival pageant, Miss Prestige National. In 2010, the ratio of readers for our Miss France story versus our Miss Nationale one was 2¡7: that means, of Lucire readers, nearly three times as many were interested in Miss France than Miss Nationale. Last year, the ratio rose to 8¡6. This year, however, the ratio is at 35¡6 for Miss France versus Miss Prestige National—not great news for Geneviève de Fontenay and her committee, though if their online viewing numbers are healthy, then their sponsors will continue backing them.
   Our second most-read article was on We’ll Take Manhattan, and the interest in Bailey and Jean Shrimpton because of the BBC TV movie starring Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard earlier this year.
   The passing of Whitney Houston netted a lot of interest globally, and our article on celebrities paying tribute to her came in at number three.
   Interestingly, our Miss France 2012 article came in the top 10, as did a story on the Duchess of Cambridge wearing a dress by New Zealand-born designer Emilia Wickstead in May. A 2011 story on Keira Knightley modelling for Chanel Coco Mademoiselle also showed up in our top 10, making Knightley our most searched-for celebrity this year. Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin appear after our top 10, in 13th place.
   The formula remains similar, with pageants, celebrity and royalty gaining the most public interest.
   As noted on our Tumblr, a number of countries were absent from our readership this year. This includes numerous African states such as South Sudan, Liberia and Lesotho, where fashion is hardly a priority with daily struggles, and Turkmenistan, where the state still has a say on what is and what is not permitted. One reader pointed out that in our map, Kosovo was also missing from our reader countries.
   As to our latest articles, pop to the main part of the site, where our Paris editor Lola Saab has her spring 2013 must-haves from New York.

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