Look out for the Body Shop’s Mothers’ Day gift packages. Lucire tried the White Musk shower gel and body lotion, a subtle scent of one of the Body Shop’s favourites. It’s an attractively packaged duo with a matching shower scrunchy. This would be a lovely treat for a travel gift when you just want a bit of pampering that’s a bit more than the hotel freebies, retailing at NZ$23. (Custom wrapping paper for Mothers’ Day is also available.) If white musk isn’t your scent, try the Japanese Cherry Blossom, a floral fragrance.¬†There are several gift packages in this range: shower gel, body lotion, and hand cream. Most of the Body Shop’s top sellers have a gift package to suit your budget and your nose; Madagascan Vanilla Bean, Moringa Flower and my favourite, the Shea Pamper pack‚ÄĒanything with pamper in the title works for me.
The Body Shop is also all about eyes with the launch in May of 21 new eye colours. I particularly liked that they can be used both wet and dry, so when you want a defined line or depth of colour, use them wet; for that smouldering or smoky look, layer or blend them. There are shades in this range for all eye colours, moods and occasions. You can have the subtle hues of Caramel Flirt, which is much more than a nude‚ÄĒit has a lovely shimmer without being glitzy; or Sugar Gaze to give a lustrous highlight. Moonlight Kiss can be used as a liner or a smoky evening look, and for a young or more frivolous look, check out Berry Cute‚ÄĒthink of a berry smoothy. Blueberry Night pairs wonderfully with Midnight Flirt. If you’re feeling earthy, the matte of Fig Leaf combined with the pearly Sweet Pea will fill the green tones beautifully.
Retailing at NZ$21 per mono eyeshadow, the Colour Crush range is produced in Italy from high-quality pigments and Community Fair Trade Oils¬†to the Body Shop’s high standard of sustainability and quality. The individual clear pack is compact and enables you to see exactly what you’re buying.‚ÄĒLinden Sprunt
Today, Lucire has come full circle. One of the earliest stories on the web for our group was on the Renault Clio‚Äôs Nicole and Papa campaign, created in the early 1990s by Publicis. The Clio, which was the first Renault to hit the best sellers‚Äô lists consistently in the UK, was sold with a cheeky campaign featuring two characters‚ÄĒNicole, a young French lass, and Papa, obviously, her father. Those were the only two words uttered in the majority of the commercials, with the exceptions of ‚ÄėMaman‚Äô and ‚ÄėBob‚Äô, the final referring to comedian Bob Mortimer.
The last Nicole and Papa TVC, released when the Clio II was launched in 1998, saw Nicole finally walk down the aisle, about to marry Vic Reeves (a.k.a. Jim Moir) when she finally decides, at the last minute, to run off with Bob Mortimer instead.
It‚Äôs hard to believe that Nicole and Papa entered the British consciousness 20 years ago, in a series which also marketed French flair and the belief that the French have a better lifestyle than the British.
The Clio is still with us, but it‚Äôs much larger than before. Now on its fourth incarnation, the latest Clio is more expressive and sporty in looks, thanks to the work of Laurens van den Acker. It‚Äôs on the previous model‚Äôs platform, albeit heavily revised, and that‚Äôs a good thing. In the stories we did on the Clio‚ÄĒboth publisher Jack Yan and travel editor Stanley Moss took Clio 3s around France and New Zealand‚ÄĒwe found it one of the most capable superminis, a small car with a big-car feel. In fact, we found it better for cruising New Zealand‚Äôs South Island than the Holden Commodore, which we tried around the same time.
Clio IV features an 899 cm¬≥, three-cylinder engine, but it‚Äôs turbocharged, developing more than 90 PS‚ÄĒthose are the sorts of eco-friendly, yet powerful, specs that you can expect from the French these days. Renault claims a combined 88¬∑3 mpg from the Energy dCi 90 engine. Archrival Peugeot similarly has three-cylinder units for its 208, the Clio‚Äôs closest rival at home, though the entry-level engine here is actually a 1¬∑1 four which develops 75 PS. An RS model appears in 2013, getting 200 PS from a turbocharged 1¬∑6, continuing the tradition of pocket rockets from Clio‚ÄĒLucire photographer Doug Rimington once owned a Clio RS 182, which proved to be an able and taut sports hatch.
The great thing is that Clio IV has the looks to match its ‚Äėva-va-voom‚Äô nature. The new model‚Äôs styling conveys everything that Nicole and Papa tried to do: that when you get a Clio, you‚Äôre getting a dose of French flair. But wait, there‚Äôs more: ‚Äėva va voom‚Äô includes a sense of passion, something which van den Acker‚Äôs styling attempts to do. This isn‚Äôt a dull little hatch in the domestic appliance mould: Clio IV is emotive, and even sexy. They‚Äôre not words you tend to hear in the B-segment.
To show just what Renault means, the company has come up with two videos, one for unsuspecting male test drivers who come to a corner and are surprised at what happens when the ‚Äėva va voom‚Äô button is pressed, and the other for female test drivers.
And to bring things full circle, Nicole and Papa make an appearance, uttering the lines that made them famous. It does seem that the years have not been kind to Nicole and Bob, because there‚Äôs no sign of Mortimer, as Nicole has found herself a new man.
But isn‚Äôt that just what we expected?
Find out more from or book a test drive at the Renault website. Renault’s Twitter account can be found here, and its Facebook here.
We recently mentioned that the Milano exhibition to accompany The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld had new works, so that those attending in the Italian fashion capital would not feel they were getting a second-hand collection that had already done the rounds in Tokyo, New York, London, Paris and Berlin.
To whet our appetites of the shoot Karl Lagerfeld did with Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Carla Bruni, Carole Bouquet and others in his studio in January 2013, Chanel has released a single image of Kruger reinterpreting the house’s little black jacket.
Some 20 international celebrities and ‘close friends of the house’ participated.
The exhibition, held at the Rotonda di via Besana (at the via Enrico Besana, 12), opens April 4, with entry free to the public from April 6 to 20. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. At the same time, displays at Chanel‚Äôs via Sant‚ÄôAndrea boutique will show jackets from the spring‚Äďsummer 2013 ready-to-wear collection.
Dubai is the next destination after Milano. More can be found at www.thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com.
TopGabrielle Chanel, Seen by Karl Lagerfeld, original drawing by Karl Lagerfeld. AboveAn Imaginary Meeting Between Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld, original drawing by Karl Lagerfeld.
In our round-up of news from ‘The Scene’: as part of Chanel’s celebration of the jacket, the house has released a new video (below) featuring its history, with footage featuring Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel herself.
Designer Karl Lagerfeld has also released 11 sketches to celebrate the jacket, including illustrations of Gabrielle Chanel and an imaginary encounter between himself and the founder of the house.
The story picks up in the mid-1950s, when Chanel felt that the style of the time was too restrictive. The jacket was created for women who could wear it during the day with greater freedom and be stylish enough for the evening. The tweed jacket, which became a signature for Chanel, was also born. Style icons soon adopted the look: Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Romy Schneider sported theirs. Karl Lagerfeld’s arrival in the 1980s saw a revival of the jacket.
Lagerfeld honoured the jacket with a book, The Little Black Jacket: Chanel‚Äôs Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, and a series of exhibitions. Milano will play host to the next exhibition opening April 4, with new works (featuring Keira Knightley, Diane Kruger, Carla Bruni and Carole Bouquet), before it moves on to Dubai.
Meanwhile, last week’s Gucci Private Suite at Ellerslie during the Auckland Racing Club’s race week was the place to be for New Zealand’s largest city. William Yoon, Gucci’s Asia-Pacific president, and Helen Koo, the managing director for Australia and New Zealand, played hosts. Gucci‚ÄĒin line with its own equestrian heritage‚ÄĒsponsored one race, the Gucci Sprint, where a horse named Vogue won. Celebrities included occasional Lucire correspondent Amber Peebles (in Gucci) and her husband Brooke Howard-Smith, Rachel Hunter, Academy Award nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes and Jonathan Morrison, Boh Runga, Clifton Piper, Cameron Ireland, Sandy Nairn, and Michelle Blanchard.