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May 2, 2016

Committee of 100 celebrates Chinese-American success and talent

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Committee of 100 and BeBe Jacobs

The Committee of 100 (C-100) came together for a celebratory event in Los Angeles to praise Chinese-American achievements in the midst of a society that tends to build bridges of understanding between cultures successfully. The extraordinary committee, founded in 1990, consists of acclaimed personalities including cellist Yo-Yo Ma, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen, NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao and figure-skating champion Michelle Kwan. Co-founded by renowned architect Ieoh Ming Pei (I. M. Pei), known for his structures including his beautifully designed Louvre Pyramid in Paris and the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the committee intends to unite successful and prominent members of the Chinese-American community, sharing and discussing their endeavours while honouring Chinese culture. As an invitation-only committee, they recruited numerous distinguished faces in various industries to promote leadership and camaraderie between greater China and the United States. Headquartered in New York, they also host eventful gatherings in Washington DC, Los Angeles, Beijing and San Francisco.
   In April, the C-100 2016 annual conference took place at the prestigious Beverly Wilshire. The two-day summit included a number of panel discussions with various speakers such as Congressman Ted Lieu (Democrat, Calif.), Kevin Tsujihara (chair and CEO of Warner Brothers), Ari Emanuel (co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor) and Joe Tsai (CFO of Alibaba) discussing cases including Hollywood, China and the US–China economic and political outlook. Ming Tsai, chef and restaurateur, Joan Chen, actress and director, and Constance Wu, lead actress in Fresh off the Boat, also took centre-stage as they alluded to their Chinese-American journeys. Along with discussions throughout the day, a gala celebrated C-100 award winners for their considerable successes. Bob Chapek, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, won the Business Excellence Award. The Philanthropy Excellence Award went to the chairman of Hang Lung Properties, Ronnie Chan, as well as Gerald Chan, the chairman of Morningside Group.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor



April 20, 2016

Recycle, rejuvenate and rejoice with the Secret Room

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Leyla Messian

The MTV Movie Awards should be thought of as the “Real People’s Choice Awards”, as it reflects the pop cultural phenomena people are actually paying money to see. By the same token, the Secret Room’s annual event for this event should be considered a solid barometer for new things people are going to want to try and buy. This spring edition of the pre-show party was a most refreshing mix of products which allowed people to recycle, rejuvenate, refresh and rejoice, not only against a pop-cultural backdrop, but also social changes in US culture taking root in California.
   The star attraction was Parfaire, a Pasadena-based medical æsthetics’ spa that also provides on-site services. In a private suite high above the revelry in the SLS’s bustling ballroom, guests enjoyed a choice of a Red Carpet Rejuvenating Facial or Botox treatments.
   Parfaire, under the direction of Dr Winnie, is one of the few Los Angeles “med-spas” that provide Kybella treatments, which permanently dissolve double-chin fat. Their patience and calming demeanour provided a welcoming respite for celebrities, press and other attendees pressured by the demands of the upcoming award show and related public appearances. The treatments were short, but remarkably relaxing and effective, providing living proof that a spa is only as good as the expertise and attitude of its doctors and staff.
   The last gasp of a southern California winter allowed guests to enjoy the pleasure of sipping wine while bundled up in cashmere in colours that matched the varietals. From JaM Cellars comes a new kind of Hollywood breakfast: Butter Chardonnay, Jam Merlot and Toast sparkling wine. Guests appreciated Repeat Cashmere’s buttery-soft scarves and ponchos crafted from snuggly but deceptively light and delicate fabrics. Among the rich neutrals and jewel tones, burgundy was the most popular colour with celebs.
   There was also plenty of bling to liven up the classic cashmere pieces. The Fleur de Lys and Me offered youthfully chic jewellery made of stainless steel (including VIP wrist bands with MTV logos). Other items included clever, customizable bracelets with snap-on, interchangable charms covered in crystals. Gris by Allison Hall tempted VIPs with fine modern jewellery designed with a nod to Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire and the Victorian era. Mixed metals, from rose gold to rhodium, provided the backdrop for precious and semi-precious stones swimming in ornate diamond pave settings.
   Tracey Tanner Studios offered Italian leather purses and make-up bags that allowed guests to make a statement beyond fluorescent snakeskin and dyed crocodile leather. The company’s simple bag designs were covered in psychedelic colours, tie-die patterns, and digitally printed images of the natural beauty of the cosmos. And what star would not want to walk down the red carpet carrying the universe in her hands?
   Sagjol showcased comfy yet edgy clothing for men and women of all shapes and sizes. The new line featured a denim-like fabric made from recycled ketchup bottles—here is fashion feeding the soul instead of landfills. Sagjol’s toasty jackets, soft-to-the-touch jeans and frayed biker vests are perfect for throwing over graphic T-shirts and sexy camisoles.
   Beauty and grooming aides were also geared for the young as well as the young-in-spirit. Prep’s Strands like Steel hair care line is marketed as ‘cool care for young hair’—especially for trendsetters who often put their locks through hell. The leave-in treatment protects stressed hair from sun, heat, hot spotlights and other sources of thermal damage. It also works great as a de-tangler for kinky and naturally curly hair that finds its way into annoying dreadlocks.
   ClixIt Heal and Conceal pens offered a convenient way to hide blemishes and heal in-grown hairs. These little pens conveniently fit into the tiniest of clutches. In terms of larger cover-ups, Fake Bake was back to invite celebs to step into the mobile tanning parlour for a double shot of ‘Espresso Tan’. They also premièred their anti-ageing self-tanning facial lotion, along with a daily moisturizer that also amplifies and preserves an existing natural or fake tan.
   There were also several tables devoted to the most intimate of female concerns. Disposable PantyPads are biodegradable period panties complete with padded reinforcement to protect ladies during long flights and longer business meetings. For those of us who get really cranky under these circumstances, there’s always Serenol, a non-prescription dietary supplement that has been clinically shown to put a smile on women’s faces during that time of month. Made with Swedish flower pollen extract, it reduces water retention and junk food cravings while promoting a good night’s sleep.
   Speaking of things that annoy the “lady of the house” and her overnight guest, Jack’s Furr­fighters showcased their newest fur-fighting gear: suede gloves that remove cat and dog hair from little black dresses, boyfriends’ suits, living room sofas and boudoir pillows. All the lady has to do is put on the glove, and pet the sofa or the man covered in cat hair.
   Hemp-based products, backed by their 9,000 year-old history, came out from the shadows for a star turn. Hemp oil beauty products from Kannaway.com introduced Hollywood to hemp-oil infused cleansers, serums, and moisturizers. When combined with hyaluronic acid and other botanicals, hemp oil banishes signs of premature ageing. RSHO Raw Hemp Oil (by HempMeds), is a dietary supplement known to reduce anxiety without making you high.
   For those who prefer to smoke their herbs, Hydra Vapor Tech showcased its state-of-the-art vapourizer carrying cases. Available in gold, silver, white and black, the sleek Titan II allows you to carry all of your vaping supplies in a tasteful and tidy manner. While vaping, you could chill out to your favourite music with jewel-toned Spider ear buds, engineered with a focus on bass, vital to one’s enjoyment of rap, hip-hop and rock.
   The event also came with a cherry on top, which was definitely not for kids: no pre-award show event would be complete without a platter of Jello-shots from Twisted Cherries. Guests and vendors alike could not resist gin and whiskey-infused cherries encased in tangy cherry gelatin. While Girl Meets World star Ava Kolker and Disney’s Lexie Kolker enjoyed their cookies, the rest of us indulged in those festive sips.
   Favourite stars from MTV-flavoured movies past and present in attendance included Judge Reinhold, Vincent Spano, Daphne Blunt, Kirk Morrison, Ken Davitian, Charisma Carpenter, Lauren Potter, Ryan Ochoa, Ginger Gonzoga, Ashlee Keating, Jessica Barth, as well as veteran soap opera divas Kate Linder and Diedre Hall.—Layla Messian, LA Correspondent










Leyla Messian

April 8, 2016

Kourtney Kardashian announces she’s the new Manuka Doctor ambassador

Lucire staff/0.20

Kourtney Kardashian has inked a deal to represent Manuka Doctor, with the mother-of-three taking to Instagram to make the announcement, accompanied by a photograph of her topless and wearing gold make-up.
   A video from Manuka Doctor shows off its products along with Kardashian, who says she had been using manuka honey for years. She had posted Manuka Doctor via her own app, and says that the company reached out to her to be a spokeswoman.
   â€˜When we heard that Kourtney was a fan of our products and a believer in our brand philosophy and approach, we knew that she was the ideal choice for our global ambassador,’ said Manuka Doctor’s Claire Perry. ‘Her track record of believing in natural products that are backed by science, along with her position as a pop culture icon and committed Mom, makes her incredibly relatable to our consumers worldwide.’
   Kardashian calls the tie-up ‘a super, organic, perfect fit.’
   She is known for using natural products, with her personal website focusing on eco-friendly products.
   The deal is for two years, starting April 2016.
   Auckland-based Manuka Doctor sources its manuka honey from New Zealand and is sold through 12,000 stores globally. Its line is 100 per cent bee-friendly. It was first featured in Lucire in 2012.

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March 20, 2016

A product extravaganza: Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge shows off for Oscar celebs

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Rebecca Sapp, courtesy Kari Feinstein

Above, from top: Kaykay Blaisdell, Lyndon Smith, and Danielle Nicolet.

Many remarkable brands were on display during Kari Feinstein’s Style Lounge, presented by LIFX. The impeccable Oscar gifting suite welcomed a number of celebrities to admire, experiment and appreciate these latest, trendy items. Felicity Huffman, Kaykay Blaisdell, Lyndon Smith, Danielle Nicolet, Brighton Sharbino, Beverley Mitchell, Jamie Foxx, Brian d’Arcy James, J. Alexander, Lati Grobman, Emma Bell and Fred Melamed were some of the Hollywood names to enter Feinstein’s fancy universe consisting of Jamba Juice, Amanda Blakley Skincare, Neutratone, Panache, Bioderma and more.
   Scarlet and Gold unveiled their intricate art prints, delightful tops and decorative Iphone cases for a chic look depicting simple phrases, symbols and signs. Owner Megan Smalley and her team work toward fulfilling their fundamental goals: creating, giving and inspiring. Votivo comes to the rescue ( www.votivo.com) with their multitude of aromatic products. The Soziety collection, consisting of absolutely exquisite scents, are elegantly packaged with eye-catching trapezoid boxes. Gorgeous Grey, Beautiful Blue, Best Dressed Black, Posh Purple, Pucker Up Pink, Remarkable Red, Gracious Green, Outrageous Orange, Wonderful White and Youthful Yellow awaken the senses and add a dab of glamour. To maintain an aromatic environment without a flame, Votivo’s Black Box fan diffusers are compact, and a breeze of fresh essences flow through the air with the press of a simple button. A desired fragrance pod, whether Pink Mimosa, Redcurrant, Honeysuckle, Clean Crisp or Teak, easily glides into the diffuser.
   From fashion to technology, Ultimate Ears are set to transform the way people listen to music and how sound emanates from a compact and sleek gadget. The UE Boom 2 is an advanced design with a 360-degree wireless Bluetooth speaker that can be enclosed in the palm of the listener’s hands. An exciting concept comes from LIFX, a blazingly luminous light with a life span exceeding 22 years. They even do free shipping to the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor









Rebecca Sapp, courtesy Kari Feinstein; Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images

March 13, 2016

Thoroughly modern Lili

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On the International Day of the Woman, author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis invited famous friends and admirers to celebrate the life of groundbreaking stripteuse Lili St Cyr. Indeed, the ‘Goddess of Love Incarnate’ would have been proud!
   During her Lucire photo session, author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis observed that burlesque Lili St Cyr would have felt quite at home amid the cinematic splendour of the landmark Culver Hotel in Culver City. Further more, she would have thoroughly been in her element at Zemeckis’s book signing of her latest book, Goddess of Love Incarnate: the Life of Stripteuse Lili St Cyr.
   A staid meet-and-greet with a card table this wasn’t. Boobs, Books & Burlesque was an all-out, go-for-broke night of glamour featuring signature Exotic Lili drinks hosted by Eppa SupraFruta Sangria, and steaming hot hors d’Å“uvres coming out of the the Culver Hotel kitchen. Zemeckis made a grand entrance in an elaborate Christopher Kane dress and custom-made Kokin headpiece.
   Celebrities such as Christopher Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer were among the stars who came out to support Zemeckis and the event’s beneficiary, the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation. The enthusiastic crowd cheered on modern burlesque queens April Showers (the current reigning Miss Hollywood Burlesque) and Maxi Millions. The period vibe was further enhanced by the ’40s and ’50s song stylings of Sylvia and the Rhythm Boys.
   Proceeds from the book and party were dedicated to the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation, for a future without breast cancer. The same went for a lavish auction featuring luxury trips to Amsterdam, Chile and Barcelona, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences, including astronaut training and an Ultimate Sports Fan getaway.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




Michael Lynn

March 9, 2016

Behati Prinsloo previews Victoria’s Secret Swim Special, airing March 9 on CBS

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Copyright ©2016 by Stefanie Keenan

Yesterday, Victoria’s Secret “angel” Behati Prinsloo previewed the company’s televised Swim Special, which airs on March 9 from 9 to 10 p.m. on CBS in the US (US EST and PST).
   At an event at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, Prinsloo talked about her favourite trends for the season as the new collection, and the televised special, were announced.
   Trends identified by Victoria’s Secret for spring–summer 2016 include colour blocking, boho chic with paisley and crochet, and what it calls a ‘strappy swimwear collection with down-to-there cuts’.
   Models joining Prinsloo are Candice Swanepoel, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Lily Aldridge, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill and Vita Sidorkina, filmed in Saint-Barthélemy, with musical guests Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato.
   The Victoria’s Secret Swim Special will give behind-the-scenes coverage of their shoots as well as a travelogue of what Saint-Barth’s has to offer.

February 29, 2016

Oscars’ video highlights: from red carpet to Leonardo DiCaprio’s and Brie Larson’s acceptance speeches

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Leonardo DiCaprio has won his first Best Actor Oscar gong for The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards last night, while Brit Brie Larson won Best Actress for the kidnap drama Room. The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director for the second year in a row, though his film was beaten by Spotlight for Best Picture.
   Alicia Vikander, who is having a very high-profile 12 months, won Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Danish Girl, over favourite Kate Winslet. Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies.
   Inside Out was named the best animated feature film.
   Other notable winners of the evening were The Revenant for cinematography; The Big Short for Best Adapted Screenplay; Spotlight for Best Original Screenplay; Bear Story won for best animated short film while Stutterer won for live action; Mad Max: Fury Road won for costume design; Amy was Best Feature Documentary; A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness was the best short-subject documentary. Mad Max: Fury Road also won for editing, make-up and hairstyling, production design, sound editing, and sound mixing; Son of Saul was Best Foreign-Language Film; The Hateful Eight for Best Original Score; Sam Smith’s ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ (the theme from the James Bond film Spectre) won Best Original Song; and Ex Machina for Best Visual Effects.
   On the red carpet, Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng named Cate Blanchett in Armani, Margot Robbie on Tom Ford, and Rooney Mara in Givenchy haute couture as his stand-outs. Our video below shows Alicia Vikander, Saoirse Ronan, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence as they walk the red carpet this year, along with highlights of the day, with comments from Whoopi Goldberg and Kerry Washington (who directly address this year’s Oscars’ diversity row) and Sacha Baron Cohen, plus plenty of support from his peers for Leonardo DiCaprio. Winners’ speeches that we feature include those from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, director of A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness, who collected her second Oscar, Rylance, Smith (who thanked the LGBT community), DiCaprio, and Larson.

Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan is suffering after breaking her finger

Whoopi Goldberg on the Oscars diversity row

International film stars from Hungary, Colombia and Kosovo arrive on the Oscars red carpet and speak about their films

Kerry Washington, a presenter tonight for the 88th Annual Academy Awards, decided to attend the award show despite several actors boycotting

Alicia Vikander, Saoirse Ronan, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sacha Baron Cohen, Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lawrence at the Oscars

Sacha Baron Cohen goes all serious for a change

Oscar nominees excited and nervous on the red carpet

Stars arrive on the red carpet for the 88th Oscars

Gowns, glitz and plenty of love for Leonardo DiCaprio on the Oscars red carpet

Fashion expert Nick Verreos sees green, white and purple as the Oscars’ big color trends on a stylish but safe Oscars red carpet

Mark Rylance wins supporting actor Oscar for Bridge of Spies

Pakistani film wins Oscar for best short documentary

Sam Smith thanks LGBT community following Oscar win

Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscars acceptance speech to highlight the issue of climate change

Brie Larson wins the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as a kidnapped woman in drama Room

Spotlight wins best picture Oscar

Doris Bergman’s Style Lounge and Party: style and substance before the Oscars

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Felix Salzman

While the presence of an ultra high-tech Maserati Ghibli and a customized McLaren 570S Coupe make a strong first impression, I was more interested in finding out what Doris Bergman had in store for VIP celebrities and talent involved in the 2016 Academy Awards. I was looking for items that would appeal to as many people as possible, especially with all of this year’s focus on making the Oscars more diverse.
   Doris always supports a charity that’s all inclusive. Wednesday’s Child is showcased in a weekly segment by Los Angeles news presenter Christine Devine. Wednesday’s Child assists harder-to-place children in the LA County foster care system. True to form, Doris once again hosted two foster teens in need of adoptive families. They received the VIP treatment, receiving wonderful products from the sponsors as well.
   If one is looking for colours other than white, Single Dress and Kaya de Koko deliver dresses and tops in a multitude of Technicolor jewel tones and prints reminiscent of vintage 1950s fabrics. No LBDs here. Instead, there’s a garden of pink, gold and red butterflies and blossoms scattered across waves of aqua fabric. I was pleasantly surprised to find plus sizes next to the familiar petites. Designer Galina Sobolev is focused on dressing real women. The same holds true for Samiah, whose 18th century-inspired custom coats can be tailored to fit men and women of all sizes and shapes. As this event was staged a few days after Valentine’s Day, I could not imagine anything more romantic than being bundled up in red satin-lined black brocade. Antique buttons grace every coat, while faux fur embellishes dramatic hoods and collars.
   I felt ready to go out to the forest and gather herbs, but Pura d’Or and the 2-Minute Club had already done that for me. Their 20 per cent vitamin C anti-ageing oil is made from alÅ“ vera, jelly mushroom, witch hazel bark and argan oil—a forest in a bottle that smooths fine lines and regenerates the skin. Their 100 per cent argan oil is an all-purpose beauty serum that hydrates the body, face and hair. It accentuates curls, prevents hair loss, protects the skin against the ravages of dry climates, reduces under-eye puffiness, and softens cuticles.
   Also rooted in nature is Ascend Cleanse, a pair of mind-body detox teas. Guayusa, the major ingredient of the Awaken tea, is prized by shamans throughout the Amazon. The dream-inducing guayusa is one of the world’s few caffeinated holly trees. Indigenous people say that one sip will bring you back to the Amazonian rainforest (while reducing bloating and other digestive issues). The Dreams tea, true to its name, uses catnip, chamomile and mugwort to evoke prophetic dreams and stimulate mental clarity.
   Twisted Silver, which unites the mined with the manmade, brought the rugged beauty of the southwest to Hollywood. Scraps of Victorian copper mesh becomes a double wrap bracelet or gothic choker. Chards of gypsum crystal from a St George, Utah mine dangle from bronze lariats and earrings. Geometric bracelets made from the leftover bronze button holes of Michael Jackson’s concert jackets were a hit with celebrities.
   I ended the day with a double dose of pre-Oscar fun. First, I enjoyed a sip of Rekorderlig cider in the passionfruit flavour, which was refreshing and slightly sweet. The reps told me the line is very popular in New Zealand. South Island Kiwis facing a cold winter can look forward to their recently launched spiced apple cider, which can be served hot with a slice of orange. Next, I sampled a savoury and sour cucumber margarita, compliments of Azul Imperial Tequila.
   Romantic, yet real, Doris Bergman once again pleased press and celebrities alike with an afternoon of post-Valentine’s pleasure.—Leyla Messian, Los Angeles Correspondent


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