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August 22, 2015

News in brief: Vidal Sassoon launches Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler; polarized lenses are in at Sunglass Hut

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Polarized sunglasses are the trend for the southern spring–summer 2015–16, says Sunglass Hut—and it’s a prediction we agree with.
   Polarized lenses help with contrast, clarity and colour perception, but perhaps most importantly, they reduce reflections and minimize glare. The lenses contain a filter that blocks almost all glare, which can be eight times more intense than sunlight. It’s an especially important function in the harsh antipodean sunlight.
   The retailer notes that while the lenses are more commonly associated with sport, they are hitting the consumer market more widely, and 50 per cent of its range is now available with them.
   Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Vogue Eyewear are among the brands offered with polarized lenses by the Luxottica-owned retail group.
   Vidal Sassoon is adding the Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler to its range, which cleverly combines a styling brush and hair-drier in a single device. It adds infrared heat with the standard airflow through its 38 mm thermal brush, helping to heat the hair more evenly and preserve its natural moisture. There’s a soft, rubberized handle to help with grip, and a swivel cord for ease of use at home or at the office. With a retail price of £34·99, the Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler hits UK retailers, including Boots, Tesco and Asda, in September.


Above Adriana Lima models Vogue Eyewear for spring 2015.

August 21, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates 12 years of its Tea Tree range with super-sized additions

Alex Barrow/11.05

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The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range is celebrating its 12th year in production with a limited-edition super-sized collection of natural, skin-friendly products.
   From its launch in 1993, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, the demand for the little bottle that packs a punch allowed for wider global distribution one year later. Now, as one of the best sellers, the Body Shop sells one bottle of Tea Tree Oil every eight seconds globally!
   The tea tree leaves are sourced from the foothills of Mount Kenya and, in line with the Body Shop’s ethics and values, are harvested and distilled through Fair Trade-approved farm work. From this comes the concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The oil itself targets blemishes, without any nasty chemicals, and leaves your skin feeling and looking clearer. Now, as part of a limited-edition collection, Tea Tree Oil comes in a 20 ml bottle, and the Tea Tree facial wash and Tea Tree toner are now available in larger 400 ml sizes. The range is in store from August 24.—Alex Barrow

August 18, 2015

Fan Phenomena: James Bond gives 007 fans more; while Sugoi invites you to the world of Bill Murray

Jack Yan/12.09

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In the year of a new James Bond movie, many books emerge. Invariably, there’ll be one on the films themselves, taking readers through the 50-plus years of the Eon Productions’ series, and, if it’s very comprehensive, the 1950s CBS TV version of Casino Royale, the 1967 spoof of the same name, and Never Say Never Again will rate more than a mention. There’ll be something about Ian Fleming, and another book on one aspect of the Bond world (gadgets, stunts, music, or something else). Seasoned Bond fans will think the circus is in town again, because the new book about the films adds little to their existing knowledge.
   Claire Hines’s Fan Phenomena: James Bond, from Intellect Books (£15·50, US$22, releasing November 15), is something different altogether: Bond from an academic and completely cultural viewpoint. Intellect is famous for its titles on popular culture and creative practice, with a rigorous academic bent, and Fan Phenomena: James Bond continues the series but takes the reader into the world of Ian Fleming’s super-spy.
   Hines serves as editor, and there are 11 very distinct contributions to her volume, dealing with everything from canonicity to 007’s appearance as ‘Ladykiller Jimmy’ in Alan Moore’s comics; Bond as a cult brand and cultural phenomenon to the clothes he wears; from the James Bond films through a feminist viewpoint to analyses of his masculinity and identity. Interspersed between these are four ‘Fan Appreciation’ sections, featuring an interview with über-fan and former Bond novel continuation author Raymond Benson, artist and collector Peter Lorenz, 007 Museum owner James Bond (who had his name legally changed by deed poll) and cross-players CousinCecily and Winter.
   Even the most seasoned Bond fan might not have considered the impact of the character, books and films, and the book fulfils a very important role: it gives them something new. William Proctor’s analysis of continuity gets the book off to a healthy start after Hines’s introduction, though typographically it suffers: the type is inexplicably small, though the layout is modern and the visuals help lift things. Getting Raymond Benson in there early on also helps position Fan Phenomena: James Bond as a book for the cognoscenti as well as those who want an academic examination, and Benson reveals a little more behind the scenes of his years as the official continuation author.
   Matthew Freeman, in considering the many media in which Bond occupies, including the gaming world, shows just how the phenomenon breaks the established rules and succeeds, while Jesús Jiménez-Varea and Antonio Pineda’s chapter on Moore’s comics is bound to take many fans into uncharted territory. Joshua Wille’s chapter on fan edits does the same: while many know about ABC-TV’s cutting of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when it aired on US TV, but there are numerous fan edits made in the digital era that had this author hunting the forums.
   Artist Peter Lorenz’s Bond film posters are stunning and present a nice visual break before Lucy Bolton’s chapter analysing the phenomenology of Bond. Bolton’s piece is perhaps closest to those Bond “collectable” books that come out with the films as she analysed the films from Dr No to Skyfall, and fans may have their own interpretations of their cultural significance through the years. Editor Hines’s own chapter looks at Bond as cult brand, and is fascinating in her study of the 1960s Eon films. Hines reconciles how cult and mainstream come together with the Bond series, successfully. Lisa Funnell gives Bond a feminist slant and the enjoyment she derives as an assistant professor teaching women’s studies.
   Stephanie Jones looks at the Bond lifestyle but primarily through the analysis of one work, The Complete James Bond Lifestyle Seminar, which she reveals is relatively light on Bond references, leading to a less satisfying chapter—though it could hardly be blamed on Jones. Llewella Burton’s chapter on Bond and fashion, and how it became a style through the rise of merchandising as the movies became blockbusters with Goldfinger is punctuated by photos from Galeries Lafayette as it opened a James Bond boutique in 1965, again gold dust for Bond fans. Karen Brooks’s and Lisa Hill’s chapter analyses the new and old masculinities through the three Daniel Craig films of 2006, 2008 and 2012.
   Crossplayers CousinCecily and Winter talk about their love of James Bond and Q, leading neatly on the final chapter by Elizabeth J. Nielsen, which deals with Bond’s homoerotic moments and subtexts. She traces them to Fleming himself in the torture scene in Casino Royale, before covering the flirting between Bond and the new Q in Skyfall, which itself has a phenomenon, attracting both women and the LGBTQ community.
   This is a volume for the intelligent Bond fan, someone who appreciates learning about the impact of Ian Fleming’s creation. Of course the films are covered more, as it was through them that Bond became a global phenomenon. The reader walks away having been better informed: this is not a Bond book for the light reader who wants reassurance of the facts they already know, but one which gives them something more satisfying to consider.




Top A scene from What About Bob?, by Jon Boam. Centre Lost in Translation, by Grace Danico. Above Lost in Translation, by Henry Kaye.

On a briefer note, but still tied with film, Sugoi Books has released an A5 book called Cook Your Own Food: a Bill Murray Scratch and Sniff, retailing at £6. There are 20 pp., with 10 smells, with some stunning illustrations, with artists reinterpreting key moments from Murray’s films, focusing on his culinary habits. ‘Scratch the smelly pads at the top right and enter the world of Bill Murray,’ the publisher asks, and you are spoiled with scenes from Lost in Translation, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day, What About Bob?, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and others. For £6, the illustrations are so good it doesn’t even matter if you have a poor sense of smell.—Jack Yan, Publisher

July 29, 2015

Classic & Sports Car London Show gets an iconic poster by artist Tim Layzell

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Motoring artist Tim Layzell was commissioned to create an artwork for Classic & Sports Car magazine’s inaugural London Show, featuring a Jaguar E-type, Bentley Speed Six and McLaren F1 at Alexandra Palace.
   The iconic sports cars are among those in a public poll for the magazine, where readers are invited to name the ‘Best British Car Ever’. Other cars in the running include the Mini Cooper S, the Range Rover, and Jaguar XKSS. The winner will be revealed at the Show at Alexandra Palace, from October 30 to November 1.
   The Show will also feature over 300 classic cars from world-famous collectors and retailers.
   ‘It’s a real honour to be asked to produce a one-off piece for this amazing new event,’ said Layzell. ‘With such an incredible line-up of icons on the shortlist for the Best British Car Ever and such a stunning location as Alexandra Palace, this commission has been a motoring artist’s dream. I’m so looking forward to the event; with the experts from Classic & Sports Car behind it, it’s going to be a must-attend show.’
   Layzell’s image will be used on all marketing and promotional material for the event.
   Tickets are available from www.classicandsportscarshow.com.

July 20, 2015

The Body Shop gives your skin a vitamin C boost for winter

Fenella Clarke/23.25

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With the cold winter months drying us out as well as making us sick, we are starting to reach for the orange juice or vitamin C tablets—but what about our face?
   In stores this week, say hello to the Body Shop’s new products that will help with that: the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer and the Vitamin C Instant Glow Enhancer.
   Packed to the brim with camu camu berries that have have up to 60 times the vitamin C power of an orange, these products will be making you feel and look refreshed in no time.
   Camu camu berries are a “super-fruit” from the Amazonian forest, used by native cultures of Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Columbia for years for its medicinal purposes. The small, plum-like fruit is usually found as a dried powder to be put on smoothies, and boasts a number of health benefits including the amino acids valine and leucine that prevent muscle breakdown and help with the production of hormones. In fact a teaspoon of camu camu powder has 1,180 per cent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
   The products themselves, however, are of interest in what they can do for your skin: vitamin C is great for helping maintain plump, moisturized skin, and helps with cell renewal, making your skin look smoother and more glowing.
   When you eat or drink something with vitamin C in it, it is mostly used us internally, so your skin gets little to no benefit from it. That’s why you need something that is just for your skin.
   The Glow Boosting Moisturizer is a lightweight, fresh, very hydrating formula that clarifies, energizes and boosts your natural glow. This product would be great for people with dry skin, as a small amount goes a long way. It makes you feel refreshed, awake and ready for the day ahead of you.
   The Instant Glow Fix is skin care and make-up in one. You only need a pea-sized amount of this product, meaning it will last for a while. It’s a bright orange colour, but when on, gives your face a sunny natural glow and smooths your skin out. It is to be used last in your skin care régime and you can touch up if need be.
   Having busy and stressful lives often causes our skin to look and feel dull and tired: with these two new products you can get an instant refresher that will work throughout the day.—Fenella Clarke

July 13, 2015

Mila Kunis appears in Gemfields’ new film promoting rubies, directed by Jeff Burton

Lucire staff/15.03

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Actress Mila Kunis, who has promoted her association with Gemfields enthusiastically since becoming its brand ambassador, appears in the company’s new film, directed by Jeff Burton.
   Gemfields, which celebrated a major ruby find in Mozambique last month, continues to promote the gemstones in its latest spot, with Kunis wearing designs by Fabergé, Georg Jensen, Spinelli Kilcollin, Miiori and Gyan of Jaipur.
   The responsibly sourced Mozambican rubies from Cabo Delgado that feature reflect, refract and shimmer in close-ups and in shots where they come into focus, giving them a mysterious effect.
   In a release, the actress said, ‘Working on this film with Gemfields and Jeff Burton was an amazing experience. I was given the opportunity to try and capture the allure and passion that rubies evoke in an unexpected way. I believe it will help to inspire a whole new generation to fall in love with this rarest of gemstones.’
   Burton is a well respected photographer who has worked on campaigns for Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent and Céline, among many others, and his work has been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Barbican Centre in London. It has been published in Vogue Paris, Vanity Fair, Numéro, and The New York Times.
   Gemfields says its Montepuez ruby mune in Mozambique is believed to be one of the largest sources of responsibly sourced rubies in the world.
   The film can be viewed in full at www.gemfields.co.uk/rubies. A version appears below.



July 10, 2015

Lucire TV: Nicky Hilton weds James Rothschild; Kylie Jenner goes icy blue; introducing Lorenza Izzo

Lucire staff/23.16

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Courtesy Paris Hilton


Courtesy Barron Hilton

Former Lucire cover girl Nicky Hilton, wearing a $100,000 Valentino wedding gown with a long train and custom-made Christian Louboutin heels, married banking heir James Rothschild at the Kensington Palace Orangery on Friday. There was only the tiniest glitch of her train getting caught under the wheels of the Bentley that took her to the venue. Sister Paris served as bridesmaid, and guests included Kate Beckinsale and Petra Ecclestone. Insights came courtesy of siblings Paris and Barron via Instagram for those outside the milliard-dollar club.
   Kylie Jenner, 17, is in the news again with her hair colour, this time a blue tint at a Bellami Beauty Bar event in Hollywood on Thursday launching her Kylie Hair Kouture extension line. It’s an icier pastel hue than the startling blue she had in 2014, and it’s similar to the colour she adopted in April very briefly, while her white jumpsuit revealed a plummeting neckline.
   Our final video is a profile of 23-year-old actress Lorenza Izzo, who is married to Eli Roth. Hailing from Chile, Izzo began in the modelling world before moving into acting, and she will star in The Green Inferno later this year, which her husband directs.

July 7, 2015

News round-up: Scandale Paris in Canada; Swymbag protecting gadgets in the water; Oilily shows womenswear

Lucire staff/2.16

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Above The waterproof Swymbags: take your belongings with you and don’t risk them getting stolen at the beach.

Scandale Paris, Academy Award winner Halle Berry’s lingerie line, has secured distribution in Canada, through Boutique la Vie en Rose’s 63 outlet locations and online at lavieenrose.com. La Vie en Rose is Canada’s largest lingerie retailer.
   Originally founded in 1932, Scandale Paris was reintroduced by Berry, who serves as its creative director and curator, as well as having a co-ownership of the label with the Hong Kong-HQed Hop Lun Ltd. The basic and autumn–winter 2015–16 collections are available in nearly 50 styles, priced from C$9·95 to C$25·95.
   After Emily Gayton and Kristina Oliver had their belongings stolen when they left them on a beach, they decided to do something about it: invent a waterproof bag that you can put your belongings in, then take it swimming with you. They’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their Swymbag range, in three styles, into production.
   Oilily, known best for its children’s line, will release its next womenswear collection at the Westergasfabriek during Amsterdam Fashion Week on July 13. ‘To show that Oilily moves with the times, we started the campaign Little Girls Grow up. The idea behind this campaign was to photograph women who grew up with our brand in the ’80s and ’90s wearing our new women’s collection,’ said Gijs de Kogel, Oilily’s marketing director. The campaign will break in time for the spring–summer 2016 season. The company aims to make “slow fashion”, staples that will still look good in half a decade’s time.



Top Halle Berry, promoting Scandale Paris. Above The spring–summer 2016 looks from Oilily in the Netherlands.

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