We’ve been sampling the Body Shop’s new Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel and Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel, coming soon to New Zealand. These products claim to deliver a smoother, healthier, more youthful and lighter skin.
I tried out both products, and they get Lucireâ€™s thumbs-up. The formula between them both is similar, so you’d choose which one you want based on your preference. Drops of Light features red algÃ¦ extract from the North Atlantic and vitamin C. Drops of Youth is 100 per cent vegan, enriched with edelweiss, sea holly and criste marine plant stem cells. The liquid peels help skin appear brighter, refined and more even. At first, I wasnâ€™t sure how they worked, because they are not like a traditional exfoliant scrub. After a bit of research, I found out that a liquid peel essentially takes off the top layer of dead cells from your face. The first thing I noticed when I opened Drops of Youth was the smell: it was nice and clean, and the texture was like a really refreshing cold jelly. I applied the product on my face, massaging for around 20 seconds, and noticed that these little balls of dead skin cells were forming. After I wiped the product off my face, my skin felt amazing, and appeared soft and bright.
I am really careful with my skin routine and not to keen to introduce new products because Iâ€™ve had a very long battle with rosacea and sensitive skin. However, with the Body Shop’s liquid peels I didnâ€™t experience any rosacea outbreaks or reactions, which tells me they are great for those with sensitive skin. I’ve kept using the products two to three times a week and I notice my skin feels much softer and glowing now!â€”Nathalia Archila
The Modist, an online store for modest fashion, opened yesterday, shipping to over 100 countries. The store has a selection of over 75 designers, including Marni, Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou, ensuring a contemporary, fashionable selection. The store is accompanied by an online magazine called The Mod, which includes styling tips and interviews. Says founder Ghizlan Guenez, ‘Our mission is to build a strong sense of purpose to empower a woman’s freedom of choice and to acknowledge how similar women across the world are, despite our diverse backgrounds, cultures and lifestylesâ€”a relevant conversation at this time. We aim to break down preconceived notions while building a community and dialogue that invigorates, informs and celebrates the fashionable, modern, modest woman.’
The Modist’s COO, Lisa Bridgett, notes that the market potential in the modest fashion segment is projected to reach US$484,000 million by 2019.
Also in recognition of a more global, inclusive society, MuslimGirl.com and Getty Images announced yesterday a content partnership that aims to convey a more authentic representation of Muslim women. The imagery is far more realistic and positive, battling stereotypes and misconceptions. The photographs feature girls with and without hijabs, and Muslim women in everyday situations at home, with friends and at work.
â€˜One of the ways I open up my talks is by asking the audience to search Muslim women images on their phone browsers, which is always met with their awe at the unsettling results,’ said Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.com. ‘I don’t want to be able to use that example anymore, and I could not be prouder to partner with Getty Images on finally taking on such an important and influential task.’
Jaguar Land Rover is betting on its Range Rover Velar becoming a design classic, launching it today with the Design Museum playing host to the new SUV in its first car exhibit.
Velar is a name from Range Rover’s archives: the name was originally a fictional one that adorned prototypes of the original 1970 Range Rover. JLR has dusted the name off and applied to the fourth member of the Range Rover range, slotting in between the Evoque and Sport, with a wheelbase of 2,874 mm.
The Range Rover Velar (called Blade during development) is a sleeker, more avant-garde model, with the idea of simplicity driving each stage of its development. The drag coefficient is a low 0,32, a figure seldom seen in this class.
The interior is an exercise in simplicity and calmness, with a sustainable seat material developed with Kvadrat, in place of leather. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, with two 10-inch high-definition touch screens, is said to be state of the art, with controls not appearing till they are lit up. The exterior features clean surfaces, slim LED headlights, flush door handles and a sleek tailgate. The Velar’s 22-inch wheels give it a show-car presence, but they help to give it Land Rover’s all-terrain capability, something Range Rover customers expect. A locking rear differential is optional. It will also have outstanding ride, says JLR, with standard air suspension on six-cylinder models, and Adaptive Dynamics for all models. The Velar uses plenty of aluminium in its structure, contributing to its lightness.
The launch at the Design Museum, which drew guests including Poppy Delevingne, Damien Lewis, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Kostja Ullmann, and Rag â€™nâ€™ Bone Man, saw a capacity audience, who checked out both the new car and a photo exhibition featuring it, shot by Gary Bryan.
There was a simultaneous unveiling at a pop-up display on Kensington High Street, West London.
JLR also announced a partnership with the Design Museum, with events over the next three years.
The Velar goes on sale in mid-July priced from Â£44,830. Engines range from a four-cylinder Ingenium diesel to a supercharged 3Â·0-litre V6 petrol engine delivering 380 PS.
Above: The official image released by CÃ®roc to promote its new campaign with Alessandra Ambrosio.
Brazilian model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio is the new face of vodka brand CÃ®roc, for its campaign, dubbed On Arrival. The campaign will follow Ambrosio during an entire year of her life through the biggest fashion events and on-trend party destinations. With her modelling credentials including Victoria’s Secret, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani, Rolex and Calvin Klein, CÃ®roc felt she was an ideal match for its ‘playful luxe’ positioning.
Owner Diageo wants CÃ®roc to be seen as a brand that’s exclusive, present at celebrity parties and fashion shows that only VIPs can attend, including summer events and New Year celebrationsâ€”and that customers can live this lifestyle through it.
The campaign will include social media, and a photo shoot by Mario Testino. In a release, Testino said, ‘Shooting this campaign with Alessandra has been amazing. She has this quality that captivates everyone when she walks into a room. Alessandra is that person who captures the style and sparkle that CÃ®roc represents.’
Three images will be released across the year, supported with exclusive behind-the-scenes content. The first was already released, showing Ambrosio preparing backstage at an iconic party.
Samantha Reader, global marketing director for Diageo Reserve, said, â€˜CÃ®roc On Arrival is all about celebrating moments of success and being at the forefront of what’s hot â€¦ Ciroc is for those who dream big, aspire to greatness and recognize the importance of celebrating success when it arrives. Alessandra embodies this in everything she does, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with her this year.’â€”Nathalia Archila
Top: Behind the scenes images from Alessandra Ambrosio’s shoot. Above: Alessandra Ambrosio and photographer Mario Testino.
Top: Maria Grazia Chiuri takes a bow after her first collection. Above: From the archives, Christian Dior himself measuring a model.
With Christian Dior celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, with a feature appearing in an upcoming Lucire and an exhibition at the NGV, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at one of France’s (and fashion’s) most storied names.
More4 will broadcast a two-part series in the lead-up to London Fashion Week, called Inside Dior, an observational documentary airing on Thursday, February 9 at 9 p.m., and the following week on February 16 at 9 p.m.
From a house that began with one head designer, and his pioneering New Look, to a billion-dollar brand, the series examines Dior’s past and present.
The first episode begins with a star-studded party at Christian Dior’s restored summer mansion, La Colle Noire, outside Grasse in the south of France, hosted by Charlize Theron. The Dior cruise 2017 show at Blenheim Palace and a haute couture show form the core of the episode, with behind-the-scenes footage of Dior staff getting ready for the shows, and clients who are entertained at opulent, formal dinners in Paris. It also deals with the company’s search for a new creative director to replace Raf Simons.
The second episode follows Dior’s first female creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, preparing for her first collection at Paris Fashion Week (noted in Lucire issue 36). It also looks at Christian Dior’s beauty business, examining FranÃ§ois Demachy, the company’s nose, on creating a Dior perfume, and Peter Philips, its make-up director, on creating a catwalk look. The episode ends as celebrities Kate Moss, Rihanna, and Natalie Portman arrive along with the world’s press at Chiuri’s first Dior spring 2017 catwalk show.
Above: Bella Hadid and other models walk at the conclusion of the Dior cruise 2017 show.
Belstaff has shown its autumnâ€“winter 2017â€“18 collection in London, for both men and women. The Jolly Roger collection, inspired by World War II Royal Navy uniforms, even has vintage wax treatments on some designs to give them a worn look. Belstaff notes that the pea and duffle coats have been re-created, while the parka is based on a Belstaff design created for the British military in 1960. Creative Director Delphine Ninous said, ‘The formal naval-inspired pieces are contrasted with a more rugged and free-spirited look appropriate to downtime on the docks. This sense of temporary escapism is reflected in edgier elements such as naval tattoo designs and the Jolly Roger flag, giving a sense of rebellion and individuality.’ Tones are red, brown, blue and military green; base colours are charcoal grey, black and navy, with highlights in spruce teal, sanderling, cardinal red and burnished gold.
Meanwhile, Chanel has previewed its advertising campaign for its springâ€“summer 2017 prÃªt-Ã -porter collection. The campaign itself has been overseen by Karl Lagerfeld, with contrast at its core. A pop Lolita metamorphoses into a cyberpunk; a tweed jacket has an electronic circuit board as a motif; an off-white silk and lace coat covers a black babydoll. There’s a startling modernity to the images, tying in to the Data Center Chanel catwalk show in Paris last October, which saw high-tech meet the 1990s.
Welcome to Lucireâ€™s 20th anniversary year.
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In the last couple of weeks, weâ€™ve had Lola Cristallâ€™s 2017 living guide; an archive interview with Thor director Taika Waititi; one of Stanley Mossâ€™s best travel pieces to date, on five Italian centres, and another on Flemings in London; Elyse Glickman heading to Seoul, and Jack Yan testing the Mazda 3, or Mazda Axela. Weâ€™ve also looked at a natural skin care range, Kokulu, and made our picks from the springâ€“summer 2017 shows from New York Fashion Week.
And, of course, thereâ€™s our print edition: issue 36 features stories on Delikate Rayne and authorâ€“filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis, and itâ€™s a particularly strong issue on female power. Never mind the outcome of a certain countryâ€™s election: as Bhavana Bhim writes in the opening feature in issue 36, women have been increasing their power throughout the ages.
Expect to see more of our Golden Globesâ€™ suites coverage with Elyse Glickman this weekend in the news section, and more fashion, beauty, travel and living features through January.