Miss Indiana USA 2014, Mekayla Diehl, is the face of the Yummie by Heather Thomson, a shapewear and activewear brand based in New York.
Heather Thomson, the founder and chief creative officer of Yummie by Heather Thomson, was drawn to Diehl for her confidence, and hired her to model the company’s fallāholiday 2014 collection of shapewear, intimates, activewear and denim.
āWhen this story broke and I saw the video, I felt an immediate connection with Mekayla. The confidence she exuded on that runway made me proud of her. I didn’t even know her but wanted to and knew that Yummie needed her. It was very clear to me that we both stand for the same things,’ said Thomson in a release.
Both women were keen to promote a healthy, confident body image through the fallāholiday range.
Diehl noted that she got attention because of her attempts to change the industry standard in beauty pageants. ‘I am confident in my own skin, and when I walked on the stage in a swimsuit, I was really trying to let my inner beauty shine through because that is what confidence means to me. There are girls who have trouble looking in the mirror every day and I want to encourage women to find a way to feel confident at any shape or size.’
Yummie by Heather Thomson is available online via YummieLife.com.
Above Ellen DeGeneresās Twitter photo with Bradley Cooper in the foreground, which has been re-Tweeted over 3 million times.
Award-winning TV host Ellen DeGeneres will lend her name to a home ware, ready-to-wear fashion, accessories and pet care items range called E. D., to dĆ©but as a capsule collection for the holidays this year, with a full collection launch in spring 2015.
She is working with J. Christopher Burch, founder of C. Wonder and CEO of Burch Creative Capital.
DeGeneres will provide creative direction while Burch provides brand development and manufacturing expertise. E. D. also has Michael Francis, chief global brand officer, Dreamworks Animation and former global CMO of Target; Marisa Gardini, managing partner of E. D. and former president and CEO of Isaac Mizrahi; and Janet Grove, former corporate vice-chairman of Macy’s Inc. and chairman and CEO of Macy’s Merchandising Group.
DeGeneres said in a release, ‘I’m so excited to work with Chris and our incredibly talented team on this new venture. I’ve always wanted to launch a line of home goods, clothing and accessories. I already get to be inside people’s living rooms with my show. Now I get to be in their kitchens, in their beds, and in their pants. Wait. That’s not what I meant.’
Ellen DeGeneres’s show is entering its 12th season and has won 51 Daytime Emmys. Her social media following comprises over 29 million Twitter followers and 15 million Facebook fans. Her Twitter selfie from the Academy Awards was the most re-Tweeted image in history (with three million re-Tweets). She has also received a Peabody Award and an Emmy Award, while her three books have all dĆ©buted at number one on The New York Timesā Best Seller List.
We’ve had Tamsin Cooper create a line for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Backes & Strauss partner with the English National Ballet, and now, Sarah Jessica Parker and contemporary fine jeweller Cindy Chao have teamed up to create the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece Ballerina Butterfly brooch to benefit the New York City Ballet.
It’s not quite a full line: this is a one-off to be auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong this October, at the Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Sale. However, it was created with the New York City Ballet, on which Parker serves as a director, in mind.
Parker and Chao connected during Chao’s 2011 Masterpiece Exhibition in Beijing. In 2012, when Chao opened her Beijing boutique, at which Parker was guest of honour, that the pair would collaborate on a piece for charity.
The collaboration, which took place over the last two years, saw them review sketches, wax models and gemstones together.
The brooch has a titanium and 18 ct gold body. It features a cushion-cut fancy brown diamond weighing 26ĀĀ·27 ct, three rough brown diamond slices weighing a total of 47Ā·71 ct, three pieces of conch pearls weighing a total of 7Ā·25 ct, surrounded by 4,698 diamonds and fancy-coloured diamonds weighing a total of 98Ā·09 ct.
It is meant to be signify the beauty, structure, strength and movement of a ballerina, and can be worn either right-side-up or upside-down.
It will be first shown in Paris during haute couture fashion week, from which Lucire will report next week. It will then travel throughout Asia, before heading to New York and Hong Kong.
āI have had the great pleasure of knowing Cindy and her work for several years, and it has been an incredibly special experience to collaborate with her,’ said Parker. ‘Cindy’s jewellery designs are true works of art; they capture the eye and imagination in a memorable way. I am so pleased to partner with her on this project, which benefits the wonderful work of the New York City Ballet, an organization that is close to my heart.’
Chao has created a Black Label Masterpiece Butterfly each year since 2008, to symbolize her own metamorphosis, says her company, Cindy ChaoāThe Art Jewel, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
āSarah Jessica and I are two very different creative minds sharing the same artistic vision and passion,’ said Chao in a release. ‘She truly appreciates the essence and soul of my creations, and I admire her innovative yet classic view on fashion and style. My annual butterflies carry special meaning for me. Collaborating with Sarah Jessica for a cause we both deeply care for and believe in makes this Ballerina Butterfly all the more special.’
The net proceeds from the auction will go to the ballet company.
Leading US designer Zac Posen, whom Lucire first interviewed not long after he started in the business, has been appointed creative director for Brooks Brothers’ women’s collection and accessories.
The company says that Posen will direct the design and merchant teams, and have input on brand development for its women’s label.
āWe are thrilled to have Zac join us as creative director of our women’s collection,’ said Claudio Del Vecchio, chairman and CEO of Brooks Brothers in a release. ‘He is one of the most talented and influential American designers working today.’ Del Vecchio pointed out that Posen understood that the brand needed to modernize its range.
Posen said, ‘I am truly honored and excited to be embarking on this incredible opportunity to take the Brooks Brothers women’s brand into the future while respecting its deep, rich American heritage as an institutional company.’
Posen’s first women’s collection will dĆ©but in spring 2016.
Currently, Posen’s labels include Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen and Z Spoke Zac Posen, covering clothing and accessories, with Truly Zac Posen his bridal label in association with David’s Bridal. His eyewear line, in partnership with Kenmark Optical, retails from September. He also judges Project Runway with Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia.
It is expected that Posen will remain with his own labels while working with Brooks Brothers.
Brooks Brothers is the US’s longest established apparel brand, and began selling womenswear in 1874. Presently, women’s fashion only represents 20 per cent of its sales.
Thom Browne will continue to design the Black Fleece line for men and women.
Top Jessica Stam and Thomas Keown, founder of Many Hopes. Above Actress AnnaLynne McCord (90210, Dallas).
Many Hopes, the charity dedicated to building homes and schools for children in Kenyaāand creating sustainable local businesses to make themselves unnecessary in the long termāhad its gala on Tuesday.
Celebrities at the Discover Many Hopes NYC Annual Gala at Canoe Studios on West 26th Street included Jessica Stam, Jeremy Penn, AnnaLynne McCord, Krysta Rodriguez, Jon Batiste, DJ Zeke Thomas, and Alice Callahan Thompson and her husband W. Kyser Thompson.
The celebrities are said to be big supporters of Many Hopes, and the amount raised exceeded the target, netting $400,877 for the charity.
Actress Alice Callahan Thompson, who along with her husband chaired one of the auctions, noted, ‘We believe the problem of street children in coastal Kenya is also the solution. I have been involved with this unique organization that rescues and empowers children and teens in Mtwapa, Kenya since 2011.
āMy husband and I have travelled to Kenya twice to visit and serve our kiddos and look forward to returning this December. We have witnessed that no one cares more about fighting for justice than those who have suffered injustice. Our oldest girl Brendah is in her second term in law school in Nairobi, as she resolved seven years ago when Many Hopes fought for her rights, that she, too, would fight for the rights of others.’
Batiste and Thomas provided the music for the evening. Penn had donated a painting of French actress Brigitte Bardot for the silent auction.
Top Jeremy and Jessica Penn. Above Alice Callahan Thompson (Gossip Girl, One Life to Live).
Four New Zealand artists are exhibiting in New York from July 1 at Forty:67, at the Artifact Gallery at 84 Orchard Street in the lower east side of Manhattan.
The exhibition, which comprises painting, photography and jewellery-making, features the work of Sarah Elsby, Nikki Clark, Aphra Ellen, and Jodi Clark. Elsby and Ellen are mother and daughter, and Nikki and Jodi Clark are sisters.
The work examines the ideas behind identity, place, and culture, or: what does it mean to be a foreigner transplanted to an international centre such as New York City?
Elsby uses watercolours on paper, exploring the tensions between biomorphic and architectural forms. Photographer Nikki Clark contrasts New York City with the tranquillity of the Whanganui River, near where she grew up, and the similarity of the power in both locations. Jodi Clark’s painting explores how symbols can transcend cultures and history, ‘arranged so they become abstracted from their original intent; taking on a new meaning and life while still triggering memories and nostalgia,’ she says. Ellen’s hand-crafted jewellery has what has been described as a playful approach, inspired by organic forms and odd shapes.
The gallery is open from 12 to 6 p.m. daily.
Meanwhile, two fashion films will be part of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), taking place between July and September in Auckland, Wellington and other centres.
The first, FrĆ©dĆ©ric Tcheng’s Dior and I (France, 2014), is a behind-the-scenes documentary, following Raf Simons as he creates his first collection for Christian Dior, taking over from John Galliano. It’s already on Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng’s must-see list as the festival takes place.
Yves Saint Laurent, which has had a lot of coverage in Lucire already, is the second film. This is the Jalil Lespert film, which opened in January 2014 in France, and was authorized by Pierre BergĆ©. (The rival film was authorized by FranĆ§ois Pinault.)
Session dates are available online from nziff.co.nz: the Auckland ones are up now, with the Wellington schedule appearing on Friday, and other centres on July 4.
Net-a-porter has announced that its US customers can purchase a Diane von Furstenberg-designed Google Glass through its online store today, making it the first third-party retailer of the much-hyped product.
The DVF Made for Glass design, available in five colours (black, green, plum, brown and white), retails for US$1,800, and includes a frame, shade, earbud and case. A limited number is available.
Founder Natalie Massenet said in a release, ‘We are thrilled to offer Glass to our tech-savvy customers who are true leaders and innovators in style and lifestyle. We pride ourselves on leading the way in delivering the best in service, product, and technology and we are excited to bring Google Glass to our US customers, ahead of the Glass consumer release.’
US buyers can visit Net-a-porter’s DVF Made for Glass page at www.net-a-porter.com/Shop/Designers/DVF_Made_For_Glass. Due to Net-a-porter’s geography-based serving, non-US buyers will be asked to sign up for updates, and cannot purchase.
All data recorded by Google Glass are stored by Google, including photos, videos, audio, and location. Users can record pictures and video offline if they prefer. Google has not announced if it would use these data for ad-targeting purposes as it does with some user data from Gmail.
Model Gigi Hadid, one of the rookies in this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, appeared on the cover of The Daily for summer, photographed by Gilles Bensimon, with make-up by Misha Shahzada for BeautyFriend.
The BeautyFriend app allows one to find on-location beauty services from industry professionals, including stylists and make-up artists, with criteria including location, availability, profile, portfolio and specialities. It is now available via its website or on the Apple App Store.
Shahzada wanted to give Hadid a natural, sun-kissed look, and used Perfect Body Perfection Gel in matte tan, which avoided making her look too heavily tanned. Shahzada recommends that one exfoliates first before applying the gel.
Secondly, using a bronzing brush, she dusted Maybelline Mineral Power Bronzerall on Hadid’s face, recommending that one starts lightly and builds up as required. She also recommends experimenting with other shades, as nude need not necessarily mean beige tones.
Finally, Hadid was given a red lip with Maybelline Keep up the Flame and Color Sensational lip liner in red.