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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 22, 2015

The Body Shop’s winter essentials help protect the skin: special promotion begins June 29

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With the winter season in full swing, our skin isn’t feeling so good. This is where the Body Shop comes in, with their winter essentials, a few of their best products for the chilly months.
   We at Lucire have trialled four of these, but there are plenty more in store: the Hemp Hand Protector (100 ml, NZ$23·95), Shea Body Butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95), Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath (250 ml, NZ$29·95) and, for men, the Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (100 ml, NZ$37·50).
   Each active ingredient is Community Fair Trade from different places around the world.
   The hemp seed oil in the Hand Protector has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, promoting healthy cell production and potentially improving very dry skin conditions.
   Meanwhile, the maca root in the Face Protector is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well has having calcium, iron and amino acids. These can promote energy levels and improve acne and blemishes. It is less thick than you might expect, but has a pleasant, masculine musky scent that emerges and subtly stays for the next few hours.
   The shea butter used in the Body Butter is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin protector. It helps with UV protection and is also good for dryness as it coats the skin and protects it from harm.
   The Wild Bubbling Bath’s argon oil, commonly used on hair, is also very moisturizing, making skin smoother and more radiant. It can also heal scars and, because of its high levels of vitamin E, it is considered to have anti-ageing properties.
   Notice a pattern? All of these are here to moisturize and protect the skin from the chilly, windy weather out there. Three of the products have quite earthy scents to them as well, meaning they have more of a unisex aroma. The exception is the Bubbling Bath, which has more of a beachy summertime smell, bringing me back to the days of lying on the beach without a care in the world.
   For a limited time you can get 20 per cent off the products in the winter essentials’ range if you buy two or more! The special runs from June 29 to July 19, 2015.—Fenella Clarke

June 14, 2015

The Instagrams of the top fashion labels: showing seven ways they reach us

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With social media being such a big part of the world we now live in, fashion houses no longer have just magazines to sell their products. These Instagram accounts give fans an insiders’ look to the brand and what’s going on. We have chosen seven of the top fashion labels to give the different ways these labels use Instagram.
   Making us green with envy, Fendi is giving us a snapshot into the book launch party for Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld, which was at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Yellow sand, blue sky, models (Lily Donaldson, Lindsey Wixson and, of course, Kendall Jenner) in beautiful clothes and the influential designer himself, make this a photo I want to jump into.
   Marc Jacobs is showing us the classic throwback Thursday and giving us a nice close-up from his 2010 collection, making us wish even more for a time-travelling device. Having the photo up so close shows us a new side to a dress we may have seen before, giving us a new appreciation of the greatness that is in front of us.
   Jimmy Choo is giving us a behind-the-scenes look that we would never see on the runway: a sketch design of one of their shoes. From this, we can compare the real-life shoe and make us sigh with relief that the heel is not quite so high. Having behind-the-scenes images makes the fans and customers feel more a part of the process, not to mention more appreciative of the shoe itself.
   Roberto Cavalli is both showing off its new campaign and some sweet-as art. This beautiful illustration by Hodaya Louis is of its new autumn–winter range, featuring singer Ciara. While they also showed the real photographs when the campaign was first released, this continues the interest while also shining light on the artist who did the illustration in the first place.
   Often when you see pictures from the runway, you are too busy taking in the whole outfit that you don’t get to all the little details that make it as glorious as it is. Thanks to Burberry’s Instagram, however, we are getting not only a close-up look at the green suede bag, but also the patterns and details of the boots and coats. From the looks of things, this image was taken while the models were waiting to walk out on the runway, making this the perfect quick snapshot to make us want the bag and see more of that outfit.
   The Met Gala is a huge night for fashion, showing us mere mere mortals the best and most extravagant dresses you can get. It also leaves us wanting what your favourite celebrity is wearing. Givenchy, in this post and many others, tells us who was wearing its beautiful dresses. In this photo, actress Jessica Chastain is wearing a custom haute couture dress. This dress looks like dripping gold and perfectly shows the extravagance that is Givenchy.
   Last, but not least, we have Valentino showing us some street style from one of the many famous fashion bloggers. A shot from the fashion website Man Repeller, this features a pair of Valentino shoes. With the rise of social media, bloggers now have a big impact of what people buy and even how people wear things. Customers will find a blogger with a similar style to them and see how they wear certain things. If a label affiliates themselves with and shows a famous blogger wearing its clothes, then they can reach potential customers.—Fenella Clarke

June 9, 2015

Adidas by Stella McCartney shows autumn–winter 2015–16 range, out July

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In mid-July, Adidas by Stella McCartney will release their newest autumn–winter collection, celebrating Adidas and Stella McCartney’s ten years together.
   Adidas has always been known for its innovation in sportswear, everyday wear and collaborations, but its biggest success is with Stella McCartney. McCartney started her clothing line in 2001 with her first fashion show in Paris, known for her tailored, confident air. It seemed only logical that Adidas would begin a collaboration with her four years later.
   McCartney has also broadened her horizons to providing her customers with kids’ wear, ready-to-wear, a perfume line and a sunglasses’ collection. She does not use any fur or leather in her collections. McCartney’s aim with this current collection is for women to be able to work out wearing her designs, and for them to be worn all day.
   â€˜Over time women have become more and more focused on their fitness goals and are spending more time in workout clothes. This makes it even more important to provide function and style, which challenges us to be continuously innovative in our approach,’ said McCartney.
   With unique textures and layering options, this collection is sure to have something for everyone, from a more casual T-shirt to a compression onesie. Like Adidas by Stella McCartney’s other collections, it caters to many different types of exercise. The collection mostly comes in browns, blues, burgundy and pops of grey or yellow, and seems to be able to suit everyone. It has expanded to shoes, bags and yoga mats, so we can look forward to some burgundy snow boots and tote bags.
   The collection will be available mid-July at all Adidas stores and online.—Fenella Clarke

May 28, 2015

Charitably chic: US events keep the focus on organic, eco and good health

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Direct from New Zealand, Trilogy, founded by sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot, introduced American consumers to their certified organic skin care line. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is claimed to be the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to product. Trilogy’s US launch is a much celebrated endeavour using premium and wholesome botanical extracts, where a small portion is enough, without leaving behind residue.
   From Trilogy to Organic Spa Magazine’s New York City media event, in honour of Earth Day, it was all about natural beauty, inside and out. Invitees were welcomed to the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking magnificent city views, where a number of high-end exclusive products and destinations were unveiled. Jade Yoga, founded by Dean Jerrehian, is recognized for its eco, lightweight and comfortable yoga mats. Shea Moisture, established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone, promoted the skin’s silky smooth texture with its line of shea butter products. Parissa introduced its waxing products made for all skin consistencies and hair types. Ananda in the Himalayas provided guests with an idea of their spa escapade with an Ayurvedic experience. NeoCell supported health, beauty and anti-ageing with a natural approach. California-based Aura Cacia displayed their 100 per cent pure essential oils. JUstenbois’ maple wood sets are perfect for the dinner table, with a hint of eco-friendly chic. Founded by Pierre Simard, the products of made in Québec from natural materials. Boiron, a prominent brand in France, presented its homeopathic products including ArnicareGel and calendula cream. Balanced Guru presented their organic, cruelty-free products, including their all-natural body butter. MyChelle Dermaceuticals is known for a selection of products made for glowing skin. Lather’s hair, face and body products are infused with naturally healthy ingredients, leaving behind soft and radiant skin. Nubian Heritage returned with an assortment of its distinguished line of skin care products.
   While it is important to monitor what product goes on the skin, it is just as important to examine what is consumed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci presented her Gluten-Free Gourmet Cuisine cookbook and Health and Beauty Home Remedies book, guaranteeing a delectably healthy and tasty meal as well as a healthier approach towards looking better. The event covered skin care, food and spiritual inner healing. Other sponsors included Reserveage Organics, Incredible India, Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in San Diego, Napz, Rejuva Minerals, Immunocologie Skincare, Kimberly Parry Organics, Scotch Naturals, Buff Her House of Exfoliation, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Babo Botanicals, EverclÄ“n and many more. Organic Spa Magazine along with its editor-in-chief, Rona Berg, emphasized how fashionable organic can be.
   Maven PR’s Alyson Dutch, was back with her prominent Consumer Product Event at Lowe’s Santa Monica. The Venice Room featured up to a dozen exhibitors. Kingston Technology presented its five-in-one Mobile Companion; Love Shawls showed off its two-in-one fashion statement, combining the elegance of a scarf with the appeal of a necklace; Bex’s decorative add-on shoe ornaments, designed by jewellery designer Sonya Ooten, exemplified personal style; Unselfish, by Paul Parkinson, highlighted individuals putting others first; Veestro, founded in 2012, is a vegan and organic food delivery service. Other exhibitors included the Thirst Project, a venture educating American students of the negative attributes in dirty water in South America, Africa and Asia. Other presenters included Simply Necessit-Ease, Slime, Lovera, Dealmoon and Blue Diamond. Eden Sassoon was present to talk about her campaign, #BeautyGivesBack, which permits the Thirst Project to be present at global hair shows, including the Paul Mitchell School.
   After three months of work to raise funds to support numerous charities, Paul Mitchell School’s 12th annual FUNraising Gala announced that $1·7 million was raised for a number of organizations including CAST, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Food 4 Africa, Gary Sinise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits as well as the Thirst Project. Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Pauley Perrette and a number of other notable personalities, including the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh, celebrated the success. Along with being considered a reputable school where avid learners attain a well-rounded education in technical skills and business knowledge, they are also apt at raising money to support a range of foundations.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor








May 23, 2015

Liu Wen, Jourdan Dunn on the day 10 red carpet at Cannes; a glimpse behind the scenes before the AmFAR gala

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Courtesy Ralph & Russo

Day 10 of the Festival de Cannes saw Ralph & Russo gowns chosen by models Jourdan Dunn and Liu Wen for The Little Prince screening: Dunn had a black tulle strapless fishtail gown with floral crystal embellishment from the spring–summer 2015 couture collection, while Liu wore the label’s ice blue silk pencil peplum gown with pearl and crystal embellishment from its autumn–winter 2014–15 couture collection.
   Among the auction items bid on that we didn’t note in our previous report on the AmFAR gala were Tom Ford dresses auctioned by Eva Longoria (fetching US$900,000) and a Banksy original from the collection of Leonardo DiCaprio (US$1,000,000). DiCaprio also auctioned a date with himself on his yacht, getting US$280,000. Proceeds went to Aids research.
   Moët Hennessy, which was a Gala sponsor, auctioned a luxury experience with accommodation, wine tastings and visits to châteaux, and three golden jeroboams of Moët Imperial champagne, for €70,000. It also announced a three-year global partnership with AmFAR, where it will be the exclusive wine and spirits partner for all its events.
   L’Oréal Paris has released a series of behind-the-scenes images revealing the preparation for the Gala, featuring Soo-Joo Park, Barbara Palvin, and Karlie Kloss.
   Finally, our Celebrity Wire video, filed earlier today, briefly covers day nine’s Women in Film event, where Calvin Klein hosted Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel Weisz, Sienna Miller and Emily Blunt.
















Courtesy L’Oréal Paris

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