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July 3, 2015

Miranda Kerr celebrates her first design collaboration with Swarovski at Kristallwelten

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Gisela Schober

Miranda Kerr has also stepped up from modelling to designing, celebrating her first collaboration with Swarovski with a dinner at the company’s Kristallwelten in Wattens in the Austrian Alps.
   The dinner held on Thursday night included guests Bryan Boy, Margaret Zhang and Giovanna Ewbank. The Kristallwelten, one of the big attractions in Wattens celebrating the history of the family-owned jewellery company, had recently reopened, and guests explored the chambers within. The Kristallwelten had first opened 20 years ago with Swarovski’s centenary.
   Afterwards, they joined Kerr, Swarovski board and family member, Robert Buchbauer, creative director and executive vice-president Nathalie Colin, and senior vice-president Alessandro Vergano, for a five-course dinner in the new Daniel’s restaurant, named for the house’s founder.
   Berlin DJ, Hara Katsiki, spun the tunes into the night after the dinner, while Kerr stayed on to mingle with guests.
   Kerr took plenty of selfies for her Instagram, while guests were welcome to join her in many others after the official part of the event.






















Gisela Schober

July 2, 2015

Georgia May Jagger designs and models Reserved’s limited-edition autumn–winter 2015–16 collection

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Andreas Rentz

Wednesday night’s launch for Reserved’s autumn–winter 2015–16 collection had one extra remarkable development: Georgia May Jagger, who was modelling for the brand, had stepped into the role of fashion designer, creating a limited-edition, ready-to-wear line.
   Celebrating the launch at Upside East in München were celebrities including Lena Meyer-Landrut, Aylin Tezel, Stefanie Giesinger, Stephanie Stumph, and Jelena Hofmann. After dinner, the guests enjoyed sets by DJ Rachel Poulliat on the rooftop terrace of Upside East.
   The 40-piece collection took its inspiration from London, and features what the company calls a rebellious, feminine and classy æsthetic, with a cosmopolitan feel. The colour palette plays it safe for a début collection of staples, with black, navy blue, deep red, powder pink and off-white; however, tartan and silver metallic shades show a welcome creativity from the new designer. Natural fabrics such as silk, leather, cashmere, wool and velvet are used.
   ‘There is a lot of me in the collection, it reflects my own style. I really enjoyed the creation and design process, working together with a lovely team at Reserved. I am excited to see it on the streets and hope the girls will love the variety of the collection as much as I do,’ said Jagger.
   Jagger, daughter of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and model Jerry Hall, also models in the campaign. The collection hits stores in September.


















Andreas Rentz

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 Vendôme. 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 Angélique, 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 élite getaway. Sponsors included Land Rover, Harrods, Hackett London, Jaeger-LeCoultre and others.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor







Keoma Zec

June 28, 2015

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, June 28

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With so much going on in the fashion world 24–7 we at Lucire thought you might need a quick Instagram update on what’s been happening in the lives of models and designers in the last week as we chronicle this world.
   With the spring–summer men’s runway shows in the last couple of weeks, most of the designers have runway shots or close-ups of details: we see that in Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Valentino’s photos. Moschino released this beautiful illustration by Natalia Sanabria of Daphne Groeneveld in a look from their men’s show.
   The models’ Instagrams are a bit more interesting: Gigi Hadid and Liu Wen are giving us a sneak peak into their different photo shoots, the former with her sister and latter a shot of herself from Vogue. Cara Delevingne’s latest doesn’t have much to do with fashion at all: she is traveling around the world at the moment, promoting her new movie, Paper Towns. Kendall Jenner was also promoting something a little unexpected: a signature lipstick collaboration with none other than Estée Lauder, whom Jenner now represents.—Fenella Clarke

June 26, 2015

Adidas Originals adds four ’90s-inspired designs to its Tubular line

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Dominique Charriau

Adidas Originals released four new shoe designs in its Tubular line for spring–summer 2016 last night at Paris Fashion Week.
   The line of shoes is inspired by the technology of ’90s footwear, in particular the Tubular 93. The collection was unveiled by local performers moving around architectural obstacles in an atmospheric underground venue. This athletic performance perfectly embodied the lightness and agility of the shoes with an intricate light show, which was scored by sound engineer and DJ Michel Gaubert.
   These shoes feature innovative technology with a unique design language, perfectly fitting with the contemporary lifestyles of Adidas Originals customers. The four styles are called the Nova, Doom, X, and Defiant, created by a design team directed by the vice-president of global design at Adidas Originals, Nic Galway. Galway has also helped launch some of the most famous collaborations to date including those with Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto (Y-3) and Adidas by Rick Owens.
   For this line of footwear, Galway wanted to create trainers that belonged to a new generation of radical shoes, and focused on the most iconic characteristics from the ’90s trainers, the signature sole unit. While the functionality and design have been updated to meet 21st century demands, the shoes’ sensibilities still run true to the original design. The shoes themselves all have monochromatic colour schemes and feature the eye-catching EVA sole unit and a similar challenging silhouette to the previous collections in the Tubular line.—Fenella Clarke


















Dominique Charriau

June 25, 2015

MAC Cosmetics celebrates München store, with Franziska Knuppe, Victoria Swarovski, Lisa Tomaschewsky

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Gisela Schober

MAC Cosmetics celebrated the opening of its new store in München, Germany by having an Art of the Lip party.
   MAC, which was founded in Toronto in 1984, has since then taken the make-up world by storm, featuring in almost all runway shows and sold in 150 countries. This party is one of many that have been hosted around the world, each celebrating the many ways your can paint your lips. Lily Allen performed as well as drag queen Miss Candy and DJ Pierre Sarkozy.
   At the party were MAC make-up artists showing the guests different ways of doing their lips, for example defining your lip line with lipliner, and making your lips look bigger with a bit of lip-glass in the middle of the lips. True to form, a fashion show also took place, with models wearing designs by Zaldy, giving an avant-garde vibe at the event.
   Guests included Viktoria Lauterbach, Josefina Vilsmaier and her sister Thérèsa Vilsmaier, Verona Pooth, Alicia von Rittberg, Franziska Knuppe, Melissa Faber-Castell, Victoria Swarovski, Katja Riemann and her daughter Paula, Palina Rojinski, Nadine Warmuth, Bettina Zimmermann, Lisa Seitz and her daughter Luzie Seitz, Sophia Thomalla, Mina Tander, Lisa Tomaschewsky, and Tom Wlaschiha. General director Gabriele Medingdörfer was also there as was Bettina Zimmermann, who hosted the event.
   München now has two stores (in Pasing and the OEZ), with a pro store set to open in August. MAC is also planning on opening more free-standing stores throughout Germany in the autumn.—Fenella Clarke






















Gisela Schober

Grey, the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, disappoints

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The highly anticipated sequel to E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey novel, Grey, as told through Christian Grey’s perspective, was released last week.
   I’m a fan of the first three books and I was excited to see how the events that helped us all fall in love with Mr Grey in the three books, as told through Anastasia Steele’s perspective, would differ from Mr Grey’s. I have to admit, I feel utter disappointment.
   Not only does the book feel like a cut-and-paste section of a badly written essay leaving the reader thinking, ‘Hang on, I’ve read this before,’ but Grey gives the impression that it was written way too fast with not enough time or thought given to explore the psyche of Mr Grey.
   Sure, it has some funny points, I’ll give James that, but it hasn’t had great reviews so far. Maybe I expected too much; maybe I thought that Grey would reveal something more than a 27-year-old man behaving like a 15-year-old boy who has to analyse every single little comment that is made to him by Miss Steele. The amount of self-loathing and hate Grey describes is enough to drive the reader to throw their hands in the air and say, ‘I’ve read enough,’ and leave the book lying on the floor.
   For a series that has won a lot of acclaim and attention for being fresh, there is nothing fresh in Grey. So much of the book is a repeat of the first, as told by Anastasia, with minor insights into the psychopath that Grey is.
   What I found interesting was that his psychologist is called Mr Hyde. This observation made me think of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Grey has two personalities that battle for dominance over him, and therefore, over Anastasia. That small reference could have been explored, in my opinion, in more depth, but I guess the pressure to produce a sequel was too much for James.
   As a fan, I was let down completely. I felt James was just changing a few words and names around, and didn’t really explore the psychopath enough. We know he has childhood issues, we get it, but that doesn’t give him the right to tell Anastasia how she should behave. Perhaps, someone should have given Grey a lesson on how he should behave towards he woman he claims to love.
   In this case, the movies will be better than the books.—Snjezana Bobič

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June 24, 2015

Mila Kunis celebrates with Gemfields in London on its new find in Mozambique

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David M. Benett

As its brand ambassador, actress Mila Kunis attended Gemfields’ ruby launch party in London on Tuesday night.
   Kunis wore two pieces from Fabergé’s Devotion collection: a pair of earrings set with diamonds, 10 oval Mozambican rubies totalling 9·32 ct, and a ring set with diamonds and one 5 ct oval Mozambican ruby. She also wore Fabergé’s Regalia diamond and ruby bracelet set with 176 Mozambican rubies totalling over 17 ct.
   This party celebrated the launch of Gemfields’ newly found ruby deposit in Montepuez, Mozambique, one of the most significant of its type in the world. Gemfields has previously specialized in high quality emeralds and amethysts from Zambia, until finding this deposit in Mozambique.
   Gemfields is a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and has experts on hand to make sure that they are not harming the environment or its people. ‘It’s really a luxury to own jewellery and gemstones. If you’re in the position to do so, you’re fortunate. Given that, I think it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing and where it came from,’ said Kunis, who has been the brand ambassador for Gemfields since 2013.
   The actress looked positively glowing, only nine months after giving birth, accompanying the jewellery with a white dress, a pair of white stilettos and a pop of red lipstick to match the rubies.—Fenella Clarke







David M. Benett

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