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October 13, 2016

Natalie Chan releases her Savoir-Faire couture millinery collection

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Natalie Chan’s latest couture millinery collection, entitled Savoir-Faire, has been released, inspired by the designer’s ongoing exploration of the old world meeting the present day. The pieces are feminine and confident, with headwear shapes varying from headbands to button, pillbox and percher hats. The hats themselves have clear, structured shapes, though the embellishments (butterfly wings, silk lilies, leather chrysanthemums and silk organza folds) are deconstructed—yet another point of contrast and stylistic tension. Chan has chosen colours of ivory, black, French navy and nude, with scarlet red and rose pink highlights.
   As before, Chan continues to offer a bespoke service. All are made in the traditional, artisan way, with embellishments all constructed by hand.
   Natalie Chan celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, with humble beginnings above a florist’s boutique in 2001. Today, her boutique is located at 229 Parnell Road, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand. Her brand includes bridal wear, an extension she made in 2012, inspired by her own wedding and discovering that she had her own take on modern wedding dress design. Design and production take place above the Parnell boutique. The full collection can be tried on at the boutique, and personalized viewings are available.

October 12, 2016

Clive Owen and Paolo Sorrentino kick off Campari’s ’17 films, replacing its calendar

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F. Pizzo

How do you top a series of Campari calendars starring Jessica Alba, Olga Kurylenko, Milla Jovovich, Eva Green or Kate Hudson? For 2017, Campari has instead created a series of online films, the first starring Clive Owen, with a new vignette released each month.
   For Campari, it’s about getting eyeballs, and if online media are more effective, then the evolution of the calendar makes sense. The 2017 Campari Red Diaries celebrate the brand with cocktails each month, captured in short films that tell the stories of how bartenders get their inspirations. The stories will feature on Campari’s YouTube channel.
   The first instalment with Owen, whose presence in promotional films has always given them an A-list appeal (BMW being one of the most famous entries, in 2001 and 2002, and recently revived for 2017), is entitled Killer in Red, and was written and directed by BAFTA-, Golden Globe- and European Film Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. Behind-the-scenes photos, released by Campari today, were taken during filming in September. Subsequent parts, telling the stories of 14 bartenders around the world, are being directed by emerging Italian director, Ivan Olita.
   Killer in Red will also be unique in receiving a world première in Roma on January 24.
   In a release, Sorrentino said, ‘Campari is an Italian icon which has garnered global love and attention due to its strong, intrinsic sense of aesthetic and well-defined style—the very same qualities I pride myself on. With this year’s campaign embracing the realm of film, I really wanted to ensure I harnessed the theme of storytelling with an intriguing intensity. Working with Clive was fantastic—his compelling presence and enthusiasm allowed me to create a short film which I hope proves fresh, inspiring and imaginative.’
   Owen added, ‘I was honoured to be chosen to shoot Killer in Red as part of the 2017 Campari Red Diaries campaign, particularly since this year represents the brand’s first foray into the world of cinematography and film. Working with Paolo was a real pleasure.’
   Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari, said, ‘The direction taken with this year’s campaign is unique—we have used film for the first time in the brand’s history, to guide fans on an imaginative journey, while also celebrating the flavour complexity and versatility of Campari that too inspires such imaginative recipe creation. The ever-charismatic Clive was the perfect subject to depict Paolo’s intense narrative and we’re very much looking forward to unveiling the full campaign come January.’
   The campaign will be hashtagged both #Campari and #RedDiaries.

F. Pizzo

With clear night skies, Tekapo Springs to offer Star-Gazing package from early ’17

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Astrophotographer Mark Gee (@theartofnight)

The summer is a perfect time for stargazers to head to the South Island of New Zealand, with its clear night sky within the world’s largest dark-sky reserve (of 4,144 km²), and Tekapo Springs is the ideal place for travellers.
   Known for its pools and spas, Tekapo Springs in the MacKenzie Country will offer a Tekapo Star-Gazing package from early 2017 to complement its existing offerings.
   Tekapo Star Gazing is a unique tour, which allows guests to see the stars and constellations from Tekapo Springs’ hot pools from 9.30 p.m.
   Relaxing music plays in the background while qualified ‘star guides’ point out the night sky’s features and answer questions from guests. The sessions will run between 1¼ and 1½ hours long.
   Tekapo Springs has added two new 9·25 aperture Celestron telescopes at its Tahr Bar & Café for guests to check out after their hot pools’ experience.
   Its location by Lake Tekapo means some of the country’s most stunning views, often seen in photographs promoting New Zealand tourism.
   Bookings can be made via its website at, or call 0800 2353-8283 within New Zealand, 64 3 680-6550 internationally.

October 7, 2016

Beauty in brief: Environ launches Youth EssentiA for healthy skin; Madam C. J. Walker launches new oils for hair

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Environ has improved on its Ionzyme range, with new ingredients (retinyl propionate and BHT) and a longer shelf life, and has given it a new name: Youth EssentiA. It’s positioned as a more premium offering, aiming to reduce visible signs of ageing and creating healthier, smoother-looking skin.
   The new range comprises the Hydra-Intense cleansing lotion, Vita-Peptide toner, Vita-Peptide eye gel, four-step Vita-Peptide C-Quence serums (£89·95 each), an Antioxidant Defence Crème (£66) designed to work with the serums, a Focus frown serum, Focus hydrating serum and Energising Masque.
   Environ’s Kirstin Kruger noted, ‘What people don’t know is that the skin needs to gradually become accustomed to increased levels of vitamin A. The Youth EssentiA range of Vita-Peptide C-Quence serums is based on Environ’s industry-leading Vitamin Step-Up system, which is designed to help skin become gradually more comfortable with increased levels of vitamin A and other ingredients that keep skin looking healthy and beautiful for life.’
   Meanwhile, for hair, Madam C. J. Walker Beauty Culture’s Scent & Shine Oil collection has been launched, with three silicone-free and antioxidant-packed lightweight oils retailing for US$26 each. The brassica seed oil helps smooth and silken heat styled hair; the coconut oil adds shine and protects against humidity; while the Jamaican black castor oil hydrates extra-dry hair and scalps. Each has a subtly scented formula, and can be used whether the hair is wet or dry. The new products are cruelty-free and do not contain parabens, sulphates, phthalates, artificial colours or fragrance, mineral oil, or alcohol.

October 6, 2016

Atterley returns with a UK-focused site for independent labels

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In February, we learned that Atterley (formerly Atterley Road) would return after entering administration the month before, to be recast as an online retail platform for independent labels.
   Today (October 6), Atterley has gone live with its new site, already representing dozens of independent labels with what the company claims are the lowest commission rates in the business. It delivers to 26 countries, with the site available in 57 languages and 15 currencies.
   Atterley says it has taken 300 further enquiries from UK boutiques and over 250 more from outside the UK wanting to be represented on the site. Many will be added in 2017.
   The original Atterley had started online in 2011 by Kate Starmer Smith, initially representing hard-to-find premium brands. It later created its own label with Scandinavian-styled clothing. Despite backing from Sir Terry Leahy and Bob Willett, the business was forced into administration at the beginning of the year.
   The new Atterley site is the brainchild of founder and CEO Mike Welch, OBE, who brings his tyre retail expertise into fashion. Welch had built up Blackcircles into a successful online enterprise before it was acquired by Michelin last year.
   By acquiring its brand assets, Welch plans to build up Atterley in the UK before expanding offshore, and notes that the fashion sector has been one of the hardest hit in the country when it came to bricks-and-mortar store closures.
   Atterley CMO noted, ‘Boutiques tell us that similar offerings in the market are too expensive and the terms competitors ask them to sign up to are not good for business. We are working closely with our partners to make sure we continue to shape our offer in their best interests. It’s hard enough out there without constraining access to new customers.’
   Welch added, ‘We’re putting the boutiques first by supporting them with the lowest commission rates around, cutting-edge technology and a clear mission to champion their cause, democratize the market-place and focus on delivering a world-class customer experience.’

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October 5, 2016

Etam celebrates centenary with lingerie show at Centre Georges Pompidou: Natalia Vodianova, Iris Mittenaere attend

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Dan and Corina Lecca

French lingerie label Etam celebrated its centenary at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris yesterday, with an exquisite, 80-model catwalk show that displayed the label’s sexy styles along with Gallic pride.
   Models included Mélodie Vaxelaire, Eniko, Valerie Kaufman, Antonina Petkovic, Pauline Hoarau, Li Xiao, Ana Beatriz Barros, Amanda Wellsh, Diana Moldovan, Monica Cima, Anna Mila, Devon Windsor, Cindy Bruna, Nibar, Nadja Bender, Aneta Pajak, and Constance Jablonski.
   The catwalk performances were divided into five themes: Free in Body and Mind, I Am Sexy (showcasing Latex, leather and lace), I Am Chic (a celebration of Frenchness and the 1920s, with colours from pink to burgundy), I Am Divine (the 1970s and Studio 54, with gold and black, and jewelled lingerie), and I am Joyful (the most French of them all, with sailor-striped tops and petticoats). The I Am Divine section débuted the Divine Calais lace, developed with Noyon, celebrating the centenary.
   Live performances by Minuit, the Avener, Dua Lipa, Marina Kaye, and Jacques Dutronc accompanied the show.
   Other VIPs attending included Natasha Poly, Karen Mulder, Natalia Vodianova, Miss France 2016 Iris Mittenaere, Ellen von Unwerth, Virginie Ledoyen, Anouchka Delon, Alice Taglioni, Clara 3000, Aure Atika, Aline Afanouko, Nora Arnezeder, Léa Arnezeder, Betty Autier, Kristina Bazan, Dapnhé Burki, Frédéric Beigbeider, Bernard Blistene, Ian Bohen, Louise Bourgoin, Guy Burnet, Monica Cruz, Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis, Romain Gavras, Jennifer Eymere, Elodie Frégé, Daphné Hezard, Tyler Hoechlin, Hiba Abouk, Alice Isaaz, Linda Li, Leaf Greener, Lola Le Lann, Benoit Magimel, Jean-Baptiste Maunier, Lara Micheli, Laurent Milchior, Victoria Olloqui, Audrey Pulvar, Luna Picoli Truffaut, Misty Rabbit, Ludivine Sagnier, Niels Schneider, Joey Starr, Frédéric Taddei, Théodore, Paul and Gabriel, Patrick Timsit, Cécile Togni-Purtschet, Laurent Weil, Michael Youn, Olivier Zahm, Caroline Receveur, Virginie and Claire Courtin-Clarins, Coralie Biolay, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Louis-Marie de Castelbajac, Guilhem de Castelbajac, Louis Sarkozy, and Alessandra Sublet.
   Etam innovated with a Show Now—Shop Now feature which allowed those watching the catwalk show online to order the pieces immediately. On social media, Facebook users could watch backstage video from five minutes before show started, while Periscope users could track a model on the runway live.

Dan and Corina Lecca

October 3, 2016

Summer indulgence: the Body Shop’s Piñita Colada range

Bhavana Bhim/23.24

Summer is just around the corner—why not get yourself ready with a cocktail of coconut and pineapple for the skin? The Body Shop’s Caribbean-inspired Piñita Colada body range is ready to burst your skin with summer freshness.
   The range includes Piñita Colada exfoliating cream, body butter, shower gel and Fresh Body Sorbet. All these products smell divine with the hand-harvested coconuts from the Antilles region of the Caribbean, combined with zesty pineapple from the Santo-Domingo area.
   The Exfoliating Scrub (250 ml, NZ$47·50), smooths and refines the skin with real shredded coconut and pineapple extracts.
   Wash away the heat of the day with the shower gel (250 ml, NZ$17·50). The refreshing lather cleanses the skin.
   The skin-quenching body butter (50 ml, NZ$17·50; 300 ml, NZ$38·95) hydrates the skin in the heat of summer. The butter glides onto the skin without any sticky residue. Immediately the skin is invigorated with the fresh cooling scent.
   Finally, we sampled the Fresh Body Sorbet (200 ml, NZ$27·50). This lightweight product feeds the skin with the cooling moisture of Caribbean extracts.
   Treat yourself this summer and let the happy hour come to you with this limited-edition range. All products will be available in-store in New Zealand beginning October 3.—Bhavana Bhim

September 30, 2016

Hennes & Mauritz opens first store in Auckland, New Zealand, with celebrity launch

Lucire staff/11.17

Chris Park

Hennes & Mauritz held a press launch for its first New Zealand retail store at Sylvia Park, Auckland, on Thursday—and as the New Zealand-headquartered publication with the longest history of covering the Swedish retailer, we were on the scene.
   H&M didn’t take this launch lightly. In anticipation of the official October 1 launch, they rolled out the red carpet, metaphorically and literally, for an eclectic bunch of media, photographers, bloggers, influencers and the usual Auckland celebrity crowd. It was an incredibly well run event.
   Those spotted among the 800-plus attendees included Jaime Ridge, Maia Cotton, Jerome Kaino and Maria Tutaia, and Colin Mathura-Jeffree.
   In keeping with international standards, the H&M store is a two-storey complex, occupying a huge floor space, with separate sections for men’s, women’s and children’s wear. Unfortunately they didn’t bring in an H&M Home, which, with the absence of Ikea, would probably have done incredibly well in New Zealand.
   The concept of the launch event was to have a “luxury H&M experience”, where we were led down the red carpet, given a trademark grey mesh shopping bag, and free reign to buy any of the items at prices specially discounted for the launch. In addition to this, we were treated to bubbles on arrival, followed by bars on each of the floors each making a different cocktail, with canapés floating around the whole night.
   Gracie Taylor, Jupiter Project, Kings and General Lee, and Dan Aux were DJing on the ground floor.
   In anticipation for the crowds on Saturday (when the store is open to the public), H&M flew in staff from Australia and elsewhere to support the New Zealand-based crew and to provide training.
   Mino Kim, one quarter of the well-known New Zealand street style blog Foureyes, is the store manager, so the rest of the Foureyes team were there to provide emotional support and to do a bit of shopping as well.
   Just as there is a space for haute couture, there is equally a space for fast fashion. H&M built its global fashion empire through making basic, affordable clothing which were durable and the store in New Zealand was no exception. It remains to be seen how H&M’s expansion in the New Zealand market will affect other clothing retailers who operate in the same space and price brackets.
   Perhaps in anticipation of the launch, there have been some critical coverage of H&M being implicated in using child labour and outsourcing its production work to countries where workers are underpaid and exploited. However, it is worth noting that H&M has been one of the more proactive clothing companies when it comes to upholding workers’ rights in comparison to many other comparable brands who already have retail operations in New Zealand, including Glassons, Industrie and Forever 21.
   My understanding is that H&M intends to monitor how the flagship store in Sylvia Park goes before considering whether to open additional stores in other centres around New Zealand.
   I anticipate that for those in Auckland at least, H&M will become the go-to place particularly for basics or cheap and cheerful accessories.—Chris Park, Guest Contributor

Chris Park

Courtesy Mango

Chris Park

Courtesy Mango

Chris Park

Courtesy Mango

Chris Park

Geoff Hedley; courtesy Mango

Chris Park

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