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November 23, 2016

Porsche Design Sport by Adidas releases spring–summer 2017 collection, for year-round activity

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Adidas and Porsche Design, the design company founded by Butzi Porsche, have released their spring–summer 2017 Porsche Design Sport by Adidas collection.
   These sportswear items blend the idea of Adidas’ performance heritage with efficient design. Jacques Chassaing, senior design director for the label, says that wearers are active even during Europe’s cold winter months, and need items that help them stay warm and dry.
   Because customers wear the items not just at the gym, but as part of their everyday travel and commuting, the padded jacket is designed to keep them warm, thanks to PrimaLoft Gold insulation. There is also a vest that can be paired with the wool mix top, and a water-repellant, five-pocket Commuter pant.
   Porsche Design Sport by Adidas also has the UltraBoost trainer collection, again blending Porsche Design’s functional ideas with Adidas’ performance ones. Foam aids comfort, while the leather adds luxury. The Drive Team bag has an EVA-moulded compartment to protect valuables, and ventilated slits allow wet clothing inside to dry out.
   Unifying some of this season’s designs is a subtle hexagonal pattern, intended to give a futuristic look, and features reflective elements for safety, appearing on the Reflective jacket, Reflective Cap II, Seven-Eighth Tight and Endurance 2·0 shoes, and the OT back-pack.
   The colour palette is focused on dark blue and black, though some pieces are in a bright red shade, which is particularly eye-catching and fitting for this season.




November 20, 2016

Celebrity Connected: a platform for the “green party”

Elyse Glickman/6.20




Elyse Glickman

After an intense, divisive US presidential season, and its controversial aftermath, Californians were ready to kick off award show season. Celebrity Connected not only got the party started, but provided some much needed pre-Christmas comfort and joy to greet the Hollywood creative community. The W Hollywood became a Garden of Eden, filled with a bumper crop of organic vegan goodies, non-dairy frozen treats, comfy weekend wear, interesting vaping inventions, yoga goods, and plants that could be planted in yards to further green up one’s neighboUrhood.

The Children’s Hour
Bears for Humanity founder Vijay Prathap spread a little early Yuletide cheer, distributing US-made Santa Bears to get his point across about the company’s multi-tiered charitable efforts. The 100 per cent certified organic, global Fair Trade elements of the bear are brought together by at-risk women looking to expand their career opportunities through the welfare-to-work programme. With every bear purchased, another bear is given to a child in need in communities throughout the country.
   There were also all-ages fashion and skin care (with lots of mother-and-daughter teamwork) served up by Royal & Reese, Swag-Eez and Sistah Buttah, as well as yoga hear from Karma and Soul. Pre-teen entrepreneurs Angels & Tomboys showed off their Shark Tank-winning, rock-inspired body sprays (including Purple Rain, a tribute to Prince reminding one of the grape soda we all loved as kids).

Green days
Although the overall progressive agenda now hangs in the balance with a conservative government coming to power in 2017, the fight to make cannabis legal in several states—including California—has moved in the right direction. Adults over 18 could sign up with MediCann doctors on the spot for paperwork that provided three months of access to dispensaries. In the immediate, they could sample several innovative products incorporating medical marijuana, cannabis, and hemp.
   Hemp Kitchen offered a Medicine Chest package through their delivery service with a variety of foods and treatment products addressing pain relief, headaches and other ailments. Chef Mike was on hand to explain how enjoy the products and the nutritional components of the goods. The Art of Edibles Cannabis Collective and To Whom It May provided chocolate aficionados with gorgeously wrapped gourmet truffles, and generous gifts from VQase and Hawaiian Vape provided extra flavour and fun for those partaking in the popular cigarette alternative.
   Souly Vegan of Oakland served substantial sustenance, while Justin’s nutty goodies added sweet relief to mid-day hunger pangs and Cocorilla had coconut water as nature intended—in its original shell. Pure indulgence was doled out by Street Churos (a food truck with a charitable element), Kokolato gelato and Yoga-urt.

Other things that rocked
Stand-out items included hand-crafted natural stone statement jewellery and minaudière handbags from Ann Ong, Rocking the Clock’s repurposed musical instrument home décor clocks and accents, and Cordcruncher, which promises to eliminate tangled earbuds once and for all. A great travel essential I look forward to trying is MAI Couture’s passport case, which can be filled with easy to use, unbreakable, and mess-proof papers with blush, bronzer, and foundation.

Finds beyond the suite
Around the same time as this suite, we found some other good products worth noting. Eufora Curl ’N is one of the best curl-defining sprays for finer hair texture going. All the definition and spring without sticky stuff weighing down hair.
   EC/BC recently rolled out its TSA-friendly backpacks and briefcases. Though the designs are unisex, these carry-on items make a statement in terms of fuss-free travel that help sort out (literally) anything that may stop a law-abiding citizen in the security line. The Barceló Hotel Group (known for its Caribbean and Mexican resorts) is also expanding its reach into Cuba, Costa Rica and other hot destinations, figuratively and literally.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
















Elyse Glickman

November 18, 2016

Rock, Gold and Romance with the Body Shop

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Above: Our pick among the Body Shop’s Jungle Bell Rocks make-up: the Go for Gold look.

The Body Shop never fails to conjure an exciting collection suitable for the festive season. This time, with make-up to amp up your holiday and party spirit, the Body Shop brings you Jungle Bell Rocks, a wild-for-Christmas colour campaign featuring three vibrant make-up collections: Rock the Night, Go for Gold, and a True Romance. Each with their own personality and character in differing colour combos, there will sure be one that fits your party mood.
   These limited-edition looks are carefully crafted to each include nail polish, shimmering eye colour sticks, an eye-shadow quad and the on-trend matte liquid lipstick. Get a completely different look with each set, or mix and match to create your own. My personal favourite is the Go for Gold, a neutral brown-gold eye with a matte, dark plum lip that has been so popular this year. This may be best for the party.
   A True Romance, as the name suggests, is perfect for the evening date: a flirty amethyst-plum eye-shadow palette with light sugar-sweet lips. Rock the Night is the statement look for a girl’s night out: with fierce gal-about-town matching red nails and lips, topped off with gleaming black and metallic eyes, this look sure speaks of a lively night out in loud celebration.
   The Gold Leaf nail polish in the Gold collection is great and extremely appealing, while the colours in the Rock the Night shadow palette have the most dramatic and daring flair, not for the faint-hearted. The début release of their Matte Liquid Lipstick is a great success I believe—the colours are fabulous and fun, and made to last as long as your night.
   Eye quads (with Community Trade sesame and babassu oils) retail at NZ$49·95; the matte lip liquid at NZ$19·95; eye colour sticks (with Community Trade babassu oil and beeswax) at NZ$25·95; and the Colour Crush matte lipsticks (with Community Trade beeswax, Brazil nut, argan oil and organic coconut oil) at NZ$29·95. The products are 100 per cent vegetarian, with no gluten, carmine, petrolatum or mineral oil.—Cecilia Xu

November 17, 2016

Sustainability in brief: Living Nature’s lipstick gift packs; Ümran Aysan introduces fashion label

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Living Nature’s Colour Me Beautiful lipstick gift packs have become a permanent line, featuring three complementary, certified-natural, organic lipsticks in each pack. They are presented in three themes: Colour Me Natural, Colour Me Romantic, and Colour Me Vibrant.
   Living Nature points out that in a lifetime, we can ingest up to 1·7 kg of lipstick, hence choosing ones with natural ingredients is vital. Living Nature’s lipsticks feature coconut extracts, vitamin E, and nourishing waxes, moisturizing the lips. They are allergen-free, have no synthetic chemicals or preservatives, and are safe for use during pregnancy. Retail price is NZ$75, and they are available through Living Nature’s website.
   Meanwhile, Ægean-raised, London-based designer Ümran Aysan is contributing to sustainability in fashion.
   As a counter to fast fashion, and with a desire to reintroduce craftsmanship and a respect for local and ethical sourcing, Aysan has launched her eponymous label, featuring pieces for resort 2017 using exquisite, natural fabrics. Look closer and you’ll see delicate needle-craft and other details from local artisans. Positive Luxury has deemed Ümran Aysan a ‘Brand to Trust’ for her commitment to sustainability and her support of local communities.

November 10, 2016

In brief: Lily-Rose Depp at Planetarium première; Bruce Weber to be honoured at British Fashion Awards; H&M in Vietnam

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Pascal Le Segretain

Chanel is heavily promoting its new No. 5 L’Eau spokeswoman, Lily-Rose Depp, decking her out fully in fashion, accessories and make-up from the brand. On Tuesday, she was at the screening of Planetarium in Paris, a film by Rebecca Zlotowski in which she co-stars as Natalie Portman’s younger sister. She wore a Chanel black cotton jacket from the cruise 2016–17 collection, and the Coco Crush ring in 18 ct yellow gold. As a rising star, and the daughter of two major celebrities, Depp is attracting plenty of attention as her own acting career takes off.
   After opening in New Zealand, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), the international fashion brand known for offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way, has signed for its first store openings in Vietnam during 2017. More information will follow, says the company. In 2017, H&M will also open in Colombia, Iceland, Kazakhstan and Georgia.
   Finally, the British Fashion Council announced earlier this week that photographer Bruce Weber, famed for his black-and-white portraits will receive its Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at the British Fashion Awards 2016. Weber will be honoured at this year’s ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Weber’s work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Interview, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and other publications, and rose to prominence with the 1982 Calvin Klein campaign featuring Tom Hintnaus in Greece.—Cecilia Xu, with Lucire staff


Bruce Weber/Calvin Klein Advertising Archive

Above: Tom Hinthaus, photographed by Bruce Weber for Calvin Klein, 1982.

November 7, 2016

The Body Shop goes wild for Christmas

Cecilia Xu/2.14



Spiced apple, vanilla chai, frosted berries—all the scents that remind your heart and senses that it’s Christmas season. The Body Shop, in tune with their ‘Forever Against Animal Testing’ slogan, created their Christmas campaign ‘Go wild for Christmas’, with the concept of animals in the wild, bringing you these delicious nature-infused scents.
   I gave these a try and they smell absolutely delicious. With three scent families that include shimmer mists (NZ$46·95), festive tins (NZ$69·95), sugar scrubs (NZ$47·50) as well as the classic body butter, there will certainly be one scent you cannot ignore. My personal favourite is the frosted berries—made with cranberries from North America; one spritz of the shimmer mist and the whole room stays scented for the morning, plus adding a sparkle to your newly tanned skin.
   The Spiced Apple tin packaging is a delight, and can definitely light up (or pass as) a Christmas tree decoration. Lollipop wand sets, heart boxes … the list goes on, and to add to the ‘wild’ theme, your body butter can be customized to be ‘Wild about …,’ followed by the name of the receiver. With such a variety of options and gifts under NZ$50, these scents and animals truly love you for buying gifts that are animal-friendly this Christmas.—Cecilia Xu





November 4, 2016

Sponsored video: Carrera’s Maverick reputation

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Eyewear’s one of those categories where it’s hard to differentiate, and if you’re not licensing from a major fashion label, then you have to dig deep. Carrera, the Italian eyewear label, has done just that, hiring Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto to be its face of its 2016 campaign—and going a step further, by positioning the brand as nonconformist.
   Mavericks is the result, where Leto, behind and in front of the camera, profiles three individuals who aren’t interested in conforming to the norm, or afraid to take chances in life.
   Kiptoe, an artist, used old mattresses as canvases; Danee Marmolejo is also an artist, but in parkour, and using his body as the medium, and singer–songwriter Siaira Shawn has a unique voice. Says Leto in the voiceover, these three do not give up, and ‘show us that the impossible is actually possible.’
   While relatively unknown, the three are perfect for Carrera as it seeks others who aspire to be like them—or at least admire their desire to take risks. In a society that can be conformist—even ones which say they aren’t, but wind up being in practice—such people are inspirational, and Carrera taps into it with its latest campaign.
   Leto says he connected to the campaign as such people have inspired his whole life, too.
   You could say that maverick bent has always been around at Carrera, which took its name from the gruelling Carrera Panamerica car race of the first half of the 1950s. That was a race for fearless drivers and co-drivers, taking on some of the roughest terrain in México.
   The Carrera Maverick collection, released during the company’s 60th anniversary this year, features an updated shape and a unique bridge construction. The frames are extra-thin and light.


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November 1, 2016

Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd are Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s musical guests

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Collier Schorr

Kai Feng

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The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show for 2016, to be filmed in Paris for the first time, will feature musical guests Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd.
   Models appearing include Karlie Kloss, Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes (who will wear the US$3 million Bright Night Fantasy Bra), Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, and Taylor Hill.
   Lady Gaga might not have appeared in our pages as often this year, but her social media following remains exceptional, with 61 million Facebook likes, 64 million on Twitter, and 19 million on Instagram. Her fifth studio album, Joanne, débuted at number one on Itunes.
   Bruno Mars has sold over 170 million singles and 26 million albums, and has recently released his single, ’24K Magic’, which débuted at number five on the Billboard Hot 100, his 13th Top 10 on the chart. The accompanying album will be released on November 18. Like Lady Gaga, Mars has a substantial social media following, with 56 million fans on Facebook.
   The Weeknd won two Grammy Awards for his third album, Beauty behind the Madness, as well as an RIAA triple-platinum certification, and 16 RIAA certifications from its tracks. He also earned an Academy Award nomination for best original song, for ‘Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey)’. His fourth album, Starboy, will be released on November 25, and includes the title track featuring Daft Punk, which had amassed 17 million streams in less than a week after its release.
   The show premières on CBS in the US, on Monday, December 5, at 10 p.m. (EST/PST). Done and Dusted, Inc. produces the show; Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton are executive producers; Hamish Hamilton is the director.

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