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Countdown to the Oscars: more beauty secrets are out at the Secret Room Red Carpet Luxury Lounge


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman/February 23, 2017/23.02




Elyse Glickman

Even with savvy Amy Boatwright surprising us every awards’ season with her magic in putting together the Secret Room Red Carpet Luxury Lounge, finding new beauty discoveries (and being treated to an amazing array of treatments ranging from Botox to hair services) never stops being exciting. As we’ve come to expect, the pampering and products for people were nicely balanced with fundraising and awareness for the Best Friends Animal Society and No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) shelters, both dedicated to ensuring cats and dogs get the medical treatments, owners and fur-ever homes they deserve.
   However, as this is part of the countdown leading up to Hollywood’s biggest night, the 2017 Academy Awards, the ladies once again pulled out all the stops with sweets and 100 per cent arabica bean coffee from Wolfgang Puck and beauty treatments (including Botox!) from Pasadena-based Parfaire Medical Æsthetics who did a fantastic job of introducing prospective clients to their services and practitioners, and topped it off with a US$50 gift certificate for VIPs. Other services that transformed the suite into a spa included Cecilia Alcala’s massage services, braids and up-dos from Toni & Guy stylists, and Celebrity Gold face masks, and décolleté and hand treatments from European Skin & Massage Studio.
   However, the best beauty surprise of all was the return of Chaz Dean to the main stage at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. A decade ago, he opened his house (that is, his Hollywood bungalow house-turned-salon) to Lucire and other outlets for pre-award show beauty lounges that are still the stuff of awards’ week legend. He introduced us to the wonders of all-purpose, all-in-one products under the Wen line. Although Chaz had been through a lot in recent years, including a fire at the salon and some controversy surrounding his products, he’s bounced back in a big way, with lavish new formulas for Wen, as well as pet grooming products, elegant fragrances, and body care in an ever-changing offering of seasonal aromas as well as year-round scents.
   Speaking of magic gardens (specifically, Chaz’s assortment of fragrances), guests learned about one of Los Angeles’ best hidden treasures, the Gottlieb Native Garden, in a stunning coffee-table book. Located a few minutes drive from the SLS, this inspired hideaway open to the public features California native vegetation as well as once-lost forms of wildlife returning to this new habitat. Other nice things ripe for the picking included skin care from Dermatologic Cosmetics Laboratories, Axia Medical Solutions, Dermis RX Skincare, EstheProLabo HerbZyme Elixir, Allomind’s 3-D movie viewing glasses, and luxury items and other incentives to visit Croatia from the Croatian Tourist Board. There had to be something special for pets, and Sally Snacks‘ Venison Dog Treats fit the bill.
   Repeat “nominees” returning to the lounge included Australia-based Auspect Skincare International with full travel kits filled with their all-purpose line, starring anti-ageing serums for fine lines and wrinkles and eye cream for dark circles to solutions for rosacea and acne-prone skin. Forever in My Heart Jewelry by Mira, whose founder was also devoted to animal welfare, returned with more chic silver statement pieces and pet-oriented baubles. We also enjoyed a second helping of Storm Rejuvenate Pro’s tidy box of perfect gel primer serum packet whose contents erase the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin, and a double dip of gourmet peanut butter from Julie’s Real Foods, Pasta Chips and Goodie Girl cookies.
   At many Secret Room events, media guests can pick up extra bonus products to try. However, this go-round, Amy gave the familiar “and wait … there’s more” sentiment a lift by sending press away with an L. L. Bean tote brimming with such desirables as make-up palettes from Anastasia Beverly Hills, a free year-long subscription to New Beauty, vitamins from Hero Nutritionals, a gift certificate for Sasaki Advanced Æsthetic Medical Center, a gift certificate for shoes from Hey Lady Shoes, and some hand-crafted home décor items. It was a grab bag worthy of being treated with kid gloves.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor





















Elyse Glickman

Suite to go: Madison & Mulholland fashions “it” bag LA’s A-list and fashionistas seek out in honour of Academy Awards


NEWS  by Elyse Glickman//11.34

Hollywood-based journalists, bloggers, publicists and celebrities have spent the last two months canvassing the city to report on new products and services in beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel getting rolled out, red carpet style. Oscar week, of course, is the grand finalé of a social season filled with teas, luncheons, ceremonies, and impromptu fashion happenings. Madison & Mulholland, anchored by founder Jane Ubell Meyer, has been a part of this evolving tradition since 2002.
   When we first crossed paths with Jane, during the 2006 season, she and her wondrous satchel of treasures was a part of the Haven House suite that occupied a West Hollywood Hills mansion. Today, she is flying solo and flying high in her 11th year on the scene with a particularly coveted awards’ season gift bag, valued at over US$25,000. The self-contained suite is filled with a mix of home, beauty and fashion essentials from high-profile and independent entrepreneurs. There is also a luxury getaway and edibles suited for home Oscar parties for good measure.
   Confirmed nominees receiving the bag delivered directly to them include Emma Stone, Nicole Kidman, Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Natalie Portman and Octavia Spencer.

Some of the highlights
   All the better to see you with: Madison & Mulholland starts with a pair of optical quality Swiss-designed readers and as well as a pair of Madison & Mulholland sunglasses.
   The ultimate statement accessory: Liberti USA’s Refugee Coordinates cuff, the Embrace ring and Classic cuff are not only designed, sourced and made in the USA. Every purchase made has a direct impact toward supporting resettled refugees here.
   Rediscovering Sex and the City’s impact on fashion: Lizzie Scheck Jewelry, which Sarah Jessica Parker put on the map during the Carrie years (that horseshoe necklace, and the stacked necklace trend) is still turning heads on celebs such as Kristen Bell, Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner and Tyra Banks. Other trend-setting baubles in the bag include a piece from the B5LineNYC’s Rock-n-Roll Grit line, the Convertible Collection’s bracelet and statement necklaces, and an item from Caterina Jewelry’s Kiss Kiss collection.
   Brushing up: Brushopolis’s Monroe USA Glamour (an hourglass round styling and finishing brush) and Teasedale (engineered to create maximum volume with minimum breakage) bringing professional flair to any vanity table and head of hair.
   In good taste: Kiklos Greek extra virgin olive oil and Michelle’s Maccs (revolutionary coconut macarons covered in élite Belgian chocolate) accessorize any home-Oscar party table, especially if they are served alongside pieces from the hand-crafted Julia Knight Collection nesting bowls, trays and spreading knife forged in sand-cast aluminium.
   Hair for all: Culture Hair Products’ hair care system designed for multicultural, curly, unmanageable, multi textured hair types.
   The eyes have it: One Two Cosmetics’ Magnetic Eyelashes, named Best of Beauty Breakthrough by Allure in 2016, takes some drama out of creating a dramatic eye for evening.
   Coffee clatch: Bio Miracle Skincare heats up with its new line of coffee-based body wash and scrubs.
   Haute Hamptons: top-tier recipients receive a three-night getaway at the posh Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor in Sag Harbor, NY, the heart of the legendary Hamptons. Activities at the Four Diamond AAA resort include massages, yoga classes, and gourmet cuisine.
   Picture this: the A-1 Array by Super A OK multi-camera ensures perfect 3-D red carpet shots, vacation shots at Baron’s Cove, or any special occasion. It’s the state-of-the-art trend in digital 3-D photography.
   That’s a stretch: made-in-Miami yoga gear from OM Shanti Clothing (handy for the Baron Cove yoga classes) and Tinsley Radix’s Becca tank with black sequins. Finish off the look with Isabella Hearst New York’s cheeky ‘No Paparazzi’ Italian leather luxe designer handbag.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

Margot Robbie shows you can in a Nissan, with BladeGlider electric sports car


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/February 20, 2017/23.19



Patrick Gosling

Margot Robbie (Focus, The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) has become a spokeswoman for Nissan, showing off the Japanese brand’s electric car credentials with its BladeGlider sports car around the streets of Monaco, and into Casino Square.
   The Australian actress tested one of the two BladeGliders on closed roads in the principality, racing against its twin. She drifts around Fairmont Hairpin, and slid sideways around the Massenet corner.
   The petite sports car has a very Japanese appearance with its origami-like folds and detail-rich surfaces, and seats three, with the driver in the central position. It’s not for sale—it’s a prototype that will be unveiled at the Salon de Genève later this year.
   It’s in direct contrast to the bulky Nissan Leaf, the world’s best selling electric vehicle.
   The Renault–Nissan Alliance has invested heavily in electric cars, staking its future on the growth of the sector.
   In a release, Robbie said, ‘It’s a really exciting time for electric vehicles. More people are choosing to go electric, leading the way to a more sustainable future and the Nissan BladeGlider hints at the future of smarter performance cars,’ said Margot Robbie.
   Nissan chose Monaco as it has a sustainability programme that aims to reduce carbon emissions by up to 50 per cent by 2030. ‘We want to inspire people to take small steps towards cleaner, safer cities, and working with Margot is the perfect way to do just that,’ said Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan Europe.
   The advertisement forms part of a campaign, hashtagged #ElectrifytheWorld, to get people talking about sustainability and zero emissions living.—Nathalia Archila and Lucire staff

Adriana Lima and Jourdan Dunn host Maybelline’s London Fashion Week opening party


NEWS  by Lucire staff/February 19, 2017/12.01



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Maybelline hosted a Bring on the Night party on Saturday at the Scotch of St James in London, to kick off fashion week.
   Celebrities included Adriana Lima and Jourdan Dunn, who hosted, along with Neels Visser and Zara Martin DJing on the decks, and Tinie Tempah, Daisy Lowe, Vanessa White, Ella Eyre, Anaïs Gallagher, Ashley Roberts, Dougie Poynter, Lou Teasdale, Lottie Tomlinson, Oliver Proudlock, Pandemonia, Roxie Nafousi, Vogue Williams, Liza Owen, Kara Rose Marshall, Lucy Mecklenburgh, Tallia Storm and Kyle de’Volle.
   Maybelline is again the official make-up sponsor of London Fashion Week. It partnered with New York-based jeweller, Maria Tash, on the night.

Kate Upton on three covers for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue 2017, photographed by Yu Tsai


NEWS  by Lucire staff/February 15, 2017/10.49




Yu Tsai/Sports Illustrated

Above: Each of Yu Tsai’s covers for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, on sale now in the US.

As with 2016, Sports Illustrated has gone with three covers for its annual Swimsuit Issue—except this time, all three covers are of one model, Kate Upton. All three were shot in Fiji by Taiwanese-born photographer Yu Tsai (蔡宇).
   Upton landed the cover in 2012 and 2013. Previous models to have managed covering the Issue in three different years were Christie Brinkley (who, at 63, returns to model in 2017’s number), Kathy Ireland, Daniela Peštová, and Cheryl Tiegs. Elle Macpherson has five covers to her name.
   Other models in the 2017 edition are Nina Agdal, Ashley Graham, Hannah Jeter, Chrissy Teigen, Brinkley’s daughters Alexa Ray Joel and Sailor Brinkley Cook; Barbara Palvin, Bianca Balti, Bo Krsmanović, Danielle Herrington, Hailey Clauson, Hannah Ferguson, Kate Bock, Kelly Gale, Lais Ribiero, Mia Kang, Myla Dalbesio, Robyn Lawley, Rose Bertram, Samantha Hoopes, and Vita Sidorkina; and athletes Simone Biles, Genie Bouchard, Aly Raisman, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki,
   Swimsuit editor M. J. Day said in a release, ‘The women of SI Swimsuit 2017 are a collection of change agents, pioneers, power brokers and breakout stars-in-waiting who have in their own way redefined the cultural conversation around beauty. These ladies embody character and beauty—and they prove that when it comes to beauty, there is not one singular definition. This is the very essence of SI Swimsuit, and it’s our guiding principle as we move forward.’
   Publisher Time, Inc. has tied in Facebook Live shows, a Snapchat global live story, Giphy GIFs, 360-degree videos, YouTube videos, Instagram videos, app-exclusive content, and more. Others are encouraged to share their ideas of female beauty and confidence with the hashtags #WhatIModel and #LoveYourSwimsuit. A TV behind-the-scenes special débuts on DirecTV Now today (February 15); a live red carpet show will stream from New York on February 16; and a Vibes music, food and culture festival in Houston follows on February 17–18.
   The Issue’s shoots were done in Turks & Caicos, Fiji, Tulum, México, Anguilla, Sumba Island, Indonesia, Kakslauttanen, Finland, Curaçao, and Houston, Texas. Sponsors include DirecTV Now, Edge, Lexus and Smirnoff.

News in brief: Ryan Reynolds roasted as Man of the Year; Karl Lagerfeld Paris launches new collection


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/February 14, 2017/20.13




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Karl Lagerfeld Paris has launched a ‘Social Collection’ of eveningwear designed specifically for the North American market. The brand, its name licensed from Lagerfeld but targeting a broader audience, has priced the collection at between US$168 and US$398, with sizes ranging from 0 to 16 (US).
   The collection features 13 designs with styles ranging from off-the-shoulder gowns to long-sleeved cocktail dresses. Details include sequins, lace, pearl, floral appliqués, three-dimensional fabric details and woven accents.
   The collection is now available online at KarlLagerfeldParis.com, and from March at select Lord & Taylor and Dillard’s retail locations.
   Earlier this month, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the US’s oldest theatrical organization, honoured Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds with its Man of the Year award at a roast at Harvard University.
   Past recipients include, inter alia, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Pratt, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
   The group said in a statement that it’s ‘proud to honour such a talented and diverse actor, whose seamless transition across multiple genres captures audiences and keeps them coming back to see what’s next.’ Reynolds has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in the film Deadpool, which also netted a Golden Globe nomination for best comedy or musical picture. The film also received a Writers’ Guild of America nomination for best adapted screenplay and a PGA Award nomination for best picture.
   The celebration started when Reynolds was taken for a tour of Farkas Hall, followed by a seminar with the members of the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. During the evening, he was invited to a traditional roast and made to earn his Pudding Pot with a series of tasks such as acting out a traditional Canadian wedding, complete with lap dance, and auditioning for a role in Deadpool 2.
   Finally, Marc Jacobs Beauty has announced that top make-up artists Michael Ashton, Sarah Tanno, and Hung Vanngo have become the brand’s ambassadors for 2017. The trio can lay claim to celebrity clients such as Adèle, Lady Gaga, and Kaia Gerber. The three will continue to promote Marc Jacobs Beauty’s Artistry Ambassador programme.—Nathalia Archila







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Alessandra Ambrosio models for Cîroc in campaign shot by Mario Testino—first image released


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/February 13, 2017/22.25


Mario Testino

Above: The official image released by Cîroc to promote its new campaign with Alessandra Ambrosio.

Brazilian model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio is the new face of vodka brand Cîroc, 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, Cîroc felt she was an ideal match for its ‘playful luxe’ positioning.
   Owner Diageo wants Cîroc 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 celebrations—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 Cîroc 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, ‘Cîroc On Arrival is all about celebrating moments of success and being at the forefront of what’s hot … 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.’—Nathalia Archila


Top: Behind the scenes images from Alessandra Ambrosio’s shoot. Above: Alessandra Ambrosio and photographer Mario Testino.

Ashley Graham releases limited-edition swimwear line for Swimsuits for All


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila//9.57

Model Ashley Graham has launched a limited-edition swimwear collection, Ashley Graham × Swimsuits for All, that celebrates ‘every body, every age, every beautiful’. Graham, who modelled one of the three covers in last year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, sees her new collection make its first promotional appearance in the 2017 number this week.
   The new collection features a 16-piece line of bikinis, one-pieces and cover-ups priced between US$70 and US$150. It is the brand’s first full collection available in US sizes 6 to 22, available at SwimsuitsforAll.com.
   The campaign’s photographs and video were shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and encourages women to celebrate their uniqueness. The collection was inspired by the festive spirit of the island.
   ‘I was so excited to shoot with local women for this shoot, non-models who represent all different body shapes, proving that everyone can look gorgeous in my swimsuits,’ said Graham. ‘”We’re continuing to shift perceptions of beauty and encouraging more [inclusiveness] in the fashion industry. I’m proud that my collection is the first to offer sizes 6 through 22, and I cannot wait to see even more ladies rock these sexy suits!’—Nathalia Archila

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