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Festival de Cannes day 2: Deepika Padukone, Thylane Blondeau, Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevingne


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 19, 2017/13.21




Gareth Cattermole; Gisela Schober; Neilson Barnard

Deepika Padukone kept the glamour stakes high on the second day of the Cannes Film Festival, wearing a Brandon Maxwell gown accessorized with de Grisogono high jewellery earrings in white gold set in white diamonds and a high jewellery bracelet in white gold with white diamonds and emeralds, and Chloë Gosselin heels. But it was 16-year-old Thylane Blondeau, with her 1·2 million Instagram following, who caught plenty of social media attention, wearing Dior with jewellery by Messika.
   Blondeau, as a L’Oréal Paris ambassador, had its global make-up director Val Garland create a look that used the company’s Brow Artist Genius Kit, Smoky Eyes in Marron Glace, Infallible Paint eye-shadow in Breathtaking Brown, Glam Bronze La Terra, Infallible Nudist lip paint, and Volume Million Lashes.
   Emily Ratajkowski got into the Russian mood with a gown by Peter Dundas, again with de Grisogono jewellery, namely the Gocce earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and onyx, and the Allegra ring in white gold and ceramic set with black diamonds. Adriana Lima wore a strapless Naeem Khan gown with a diamond choker; while Lily Donaldson looked elegant and chic in a pink tulle Dior number. This year, how high could the thigh-high splits go? Petra Němcová’s white dress showed glimpses of her white underwear, rivalling Bella Hadid’s look on day one.
   Unilever partied on the Croisette as well last night, with Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott collaborating with the multinational’s Magnum ice-cream, unveiling a Magnum × Moschino bag capsule collection in seven colours. Guest of honour was Cara Delevingne, who stars in Scott’s film for Magnum, with the theme Unleash Your Wild Side. At the celebrations, Cara Delevingne wore an edgy asymmetric black Moschino gown, with a de Grisogono Allegra necklace in white gold and black leather, and Allegra ring in white gold and black ceramic, both set with white diamonds; and a high jewellery ring in white gold and an India ring, both set with white diamonds and onyx.
   Scott said, ‘I’m excited to finally be able to share the Magnum × Moschino bag capsule collection today here in Cannes that we’ve worked so hard on. It’s been such a fun project! The bags are designed to communicate the fun and fearless attitude that both Moschino and Magnum are all about!’
   Delevingne added, ‘I’m a strong believer in being who you want to be, no matter how wild or different that may be viewed by others, so I hope that we inspire others to do the same and embrace a fearless attitude.’





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Deepika Padukone, Bella Hadid, Elle Fanning, Hailey Baldwin on red carpet at Festival de Cannes’ day one


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 18, 2017/13.18




Tristan Fewings; Neilson Barnard; Gisela Schober; top photo: Venturelli

The Festival de Cannes—the Cannes Film Festival—celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, with Deepika Padukone and Bella Hadid getting plenty of attention as they walked the red carpet on day one.
   The first film to première at the Palais des Festivals was Arnaud Desplechin’s Les Fantomes d’Ismael (Ismael’s Ghosts), a drama starring Marion Cotillard, Mathieu Amalric and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
   Other celebrities on day one included Elle Fanning, Naomie Harris, Elsa Zilberstein, Hailey Baldwin, Li Yuchun, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Chastain, Lily-Rose Depp, Emily Ratajkowski, and Sara Pinto Sampaio.
   Padukone, Fanning, Li, Moore and Sarandon were there representing L’Oréal Paris, which celebrates its 20th anniversary at Cannes. Fanning has just begun her role as a spokeswoman for the French giant, and the event also marked Padukone’s first time on the Cannes red carpet. As part of its celebrations, L’Oréal Paris is hosting an outdoor cinema with free screenings of films at Martinez beach.
   L’Oréal Paris has also opened a pop-up boutique, where festival-goers can check out the new red-carpet looks by its new global make-up director Val Garland, access free tutorials, check out the latest ranges, and enter competitions where they can red-carpet tickets. L’Oréal Paris is introducing its limited-edition Red Carpet Color Riche, featuring the Palme d’Or, a collector’s edition. Some of the L’Oréal Paris ambassadors will make appearances at the boutique during the Festival.
   Padukone wore a Marchesa Notte gown with Jimmy Choo heels and clutch, and a de Grisogono high jewellery ring set in white diamonds and a unique pair of earrings in white gold set with white diamonds and rubies. Hadid stunned with a champagne Alexandre Vauthier couture dress with a thigh-high slit, while Fanning wore a cream Vivienne Westwood number. Others opting for similar shades were Lily-Rose Depp (in Chanel) and Emily Ratajkowski (in Twinset by Simona Barbieri): champagne was the colour of choice. Baldwin also wore Twinset by Simona Barbieri, accessorized by de Grisogono Ventaglio earrings, ring and bracelet in pink gold with icy and white diamonds. Sara Pinto Sampaio smouldered in a red Zuhair Murad Couture gown.
   Depp and Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi declared the festival open. Farhadi collected his Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at Cannes, after being caught up in US president Donald Trump’s travel ban earlier this year.
   Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Нелюбовь (Loveless) was the second film to be screened on day one.








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A sense of irreverence and youth at Celebrity Connected’s MTV Movie & TV Awards’ lounge


NEWS  by Jody Miller/May 15, 2017/23.09



Just when you thought awards season was over, MTV pulls out their annual Movie & TV Awards for yet another night of star-gazing revelry with a rebellious, “young Hollywood” twist. As befitting any awards ceremony of note, Celebrity Connected gets the enthusiasm and adrenaline started early with their famed luxury gifting lounge. It could not have found a more appropriate location than the ultramodern and plush W Hotel Hollywood for the lively star-studded event.
   While youth reigned supreme (it is MTV, after all), there were as many notable established as well as up-and-comers parading the red carpet. Al McLean of the Backstreet Boys, singer Alli Simpson, actor–comedian JB Smoove, actor Lil Rel Howery (2017 winner), Michelle Visage (2017 winner), Randy Jackson, Rashad Jennings, actor Sam Huntington, Christian Navarro, Princess Love and others were in on the fun.
   In true gifting-suite fashion, suppliers were out in force showcasing cool products to test, taste and touch. Pure premium golden cannabis oil is the secret ingredient at Speakeasy710, infusing multiple levels of THC into vape cartridges, tonics, balms and more. Mister-e-Liquid is all things e-cigarette and nicotine alternative in a cornucopia of flavours. There are also batteries, chargers, cases and complete vaping kits.
   Cyndie Wade offered custom painted glassware and gifts, ensuring tastemakers would never be at a loss for customizable ideas with a dash of whimsy. Just email a clear photo and some particulars and Wade sends you custom wine glasses, ornaments, treat jars for pets and cookie jars for humans, paintings on canvas and more.
   Using only the finest natural ingredients, DivaStuff creates hand-made beauty products with a global twist. There is something for every skin type and concern and is if that were not enough, the line comprises incredibly affordable products. Stitch & Stone is a Canada-based bohemian inspired boutique featuring clothing, jewellery, and home décor proudly showcasing many designers. We love their whimsical apothecary items like Men Don’t Stink, Beard Wash, solid colognes and every woman’s best friend, B’Ver Balm.
   An abundance of sweet treats and beverages were on hand to relieve the appetite worked up on the red carpet. Sweetopia Artisan Chocolates uses and old copper kettle and family recipes for the creamiest, smoothest caramels, truffles and cakes imaginable. Are crave-worth protein bars, shakes and chips even possible? They certainly are thanks to Quest Nutrition. Flavours like Salted Caramel Protein Powder, Sea Salt Protein Chips or the Cookies ‘n’ Cream protein bars ensure healthy eating is never a sacrifice. Press creates delectable, craft-cocktail inspired carbonated drinks, including pomegranate ginger, grapefruit cardamom, blackberry hibiscus and lime lemongrass.
   Other vendors present included Harmless Harvest, Bonjour Clothing Co., Hemp Kitchen, FYM Hot Sauces, and Survivor ApparelJody Miller, Correspondent











Lomaka Gallery, a contemporary art space, opens in London


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 12, 2017/11.50

On April 26, artist and collector Olga Lomaka opened a new art space, Lomaka Gallery, in the heart of London. On opening night, the gallery presented a selection of artworks by established artists as well as emerging talent from around the world. The guest list was ample, featuring modern culture figures, art critics, collectors and business people. The private viewing, organized by Fashion PR Buro with the support of Fashion TV, gave visitors a chance to enjoy a mix of different art styles and talk to the artists about the inspiration behind their work.
   The unique exposition of Lomaka Gallery comprises the works of Colombian artist Albeiro Tomedes, Swiss artist T. P. Hardisty, and the artistic Russian duo Tvorogov Brothers. Art admirers were also treated to a video performance of extravagant French actress Olya Mareva presenting poetry about a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere.
   Gallery director Olga Lomaka is truly passionate about supporting artists purely based on their talent and ability. Lomaka Gallery collaborates with some of the most distinctive and innovative artists working today.
   Tomedes’ work is influenced by the impact of development on the natural environment and local Amazonian culture. The deconstruction of many of Tomedes’ paintings echoes the destructive forces impacting the Amazon.
   Hardisty utilizes everyday simple objects such as plastic toy ducks, vehicle selectors and colourful pencils as an opening into his art world. The simplicity of objects that Hardisty uses invites observers to make multiple glances before hidden meanings are revealed. There are elements of his work that tease viewers as they remain hidden during the consecutive observations.
   Tvorogov Brothers invite viewers to interact with their work by looking for an interpretation within themselves. The artists’ fixation on the connection between anthropomorphisms and psychic energy is apparent within the body of work being exhibited.
   Set in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia, Lomaka Gallery is a new contemporary art space. Operating outside conventional practice and the contemporary art system, Lomaka Gallery welcomes a broad audience to an extensive exhibition programme, supporting work of a group of artists who collectively defy categorization.—Elina Lukas, Correspondent and Photographer

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Kristen Stewart is the new face of the Gabrielle Chanel fragrance


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 11, 2017/12.34

Chanel has announced that actress Kristen Stewart is the face of the new Gabrielle Chanel fragrance, in a film campaign shot by British director Ringan Ledwidge, and a print campaign photographed by Karim Sadli.
   The fragrance has been created by Olivier Polge, in cooperation with the Chanel Fragrance Creation and Development
Laboratory.
   Stewart is already representing Chanel with the Gabrielle bag campaign, and had previously featured in eyes and make-up campaigns in 2016 and 2017 respectively, and the autumn 2016 Le Rouge Collection No. 1 campaign. She has been a Chanel spokeswoman since 2013. Prior to her Chanel deal, Stewart modelled for the Balenciaga fragrance in 2012.
   Her next movie is Lizzie, directed by Craig William Macneill, but Stewart’s next major film date is at the Festival de Cannes, where Come Swim, her directorial début, will show.

The Body Shop, Botanicals Fresh Care, Ultra Doux: L’Oréal advances natural beauty and environmental initiatives


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/May 9, 2017/23.32



Top: Shidong Yan, director of the Centre for Environmental Education and Communications of Ministry of Environmental Protection; Tom Szaky, TerraCycle founder and global CEO; Haoran Liu; Zhenzhen Lan, Vice President, L’Oréal (China). Above: The Body Shop British Rose Premium Selection (NZ$95·50), and the British Rose collection.

It’s nice that the Body Shop can also source from its home country of the UK, and the British Rose collection ensures that its origins—as well as one of botany’s most celebrated flowers—are in the name.
   The collection is made with organic, hand-picked and air-dried roses, used to create a youthful and fresh scent. These products are rich in vitamin C to give the skin a gentle, soft and silky effect. The British Rose collection includes the Instant Glow Body Essence (NZ$47·25), a body lotion with a lightweight and lasting formula that hydrates the skin over 24 hours, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. The British Rose shower gel (NZ$17·50) is perfumed with essences of hand-picked rose; the Petal Soft hand cream (NZ$9·95) is lightweight, won’t grease the skin, and is absorbed immediately. The British Rose Instant Glow body butter (NZ$38·95) is a velvet-soft moisturizer that is light to the touch but rich on moisture, providing 24-hour hydration; and the exfoliating gel body scrub (NZ$42), with real rose petals, helps reveal smoother, fresher skin. The Beauty Bag (NZ$39·50) includes the shower gel, body butter and hand cream (in 60 ml, 50 ml and 30 ml respectively), and the Premium Selection (NZ$95·50) has the shower gel and body butter but in larger quantities (250 ml and 200 ml respectively), the same hand cream, and a 250 ml bath foam.
   Parent company L’Oréal is getting into the natural beauty market with a second line specifically for hair, called Botanicals Fresh Care. Now available in New Zealand, the new hair care line sources from Egyptian geranium leaves, Cretian safflower, Bulgarian coriander seed oil, and French camelina flowers, from the most sustainable producers.
   Geranium essential oil is an antioxidant rich in fatty acid; safflower oil is rich in lipids; coriander seed oil has Omega 6 properties; and camelina oil is rich in Omega 6 and Omega 9.
   The Botanicals Fresh Care range is divided into four: Botanicals Geranium Colour Radiance for coloured hair, Botanicals Safflower Rich Nourishment for dry hair, Botanicals Coriander Revitalizing Strength for fragile hair and Botanicals Camelina Smooth Ritual for frizzy hair. The products are vegan, free of silicone, parabens, and colourants, retailing at NZ$17·99 each.
   Finally, Ultra Doux—which occidental readers might be more familiar with as a Garnier range—is a separate L’Oréal line in China, aimed at the mass market who wants natural hair care. The brand has teamed up with TerraCycle, a specialist in recycling hard-to-recycle consumer waste. At an event in Shanghai, L’Oréal China VP Zhenzhen Lan, Chinese government rep Shidong Yan, TerraCycle CEO Tom Szaky, and Ultra Doux spokesman Haoran Liu launched the partnership, which is claimed to be the first comprehensive solution for hair care packaging waste in China.
   Individuals or communities can sign up to a recycling programme, and collect the packaging, to be shipped free to charge to TerraCycle. The organizations expect that millions of pieces will be collected, so they do not wind up in landfills or incinerators. For every unit of waste collected, the programme will contribute 1元 to the individual’s charity of choice. All plastic waste collected through the programme will be made into desks and chairs and donated to a school in China.
   Ultra Doux has also opted for renewable, bio-derived plastics and sustainably sourced cardboard for its packaging, as well as more naturally derived ingredients.—Nathalia Archila and Lucire staff



Why nixing sugar in your system is not a diet


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 8, 2017/10.58


Above: Summer Rayne Oakes’s SugarDetoxMe: 100+ Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health, the result of a “sugar cleanse” she went on from 2014. To get people off sugar, Summer Rayne’s even created a programme to help others do the same. Below left: Summer Rayne Oakes.

I never thought I could nix my sweet tooth. I just figured it’s something that you’re born with. To a large extent, that’s actually true. Not only are humans programmed to prefer sweet over bitter, (which is no doubt an evolutionary advantage, as many bitter tastes are actually poisonous), but by the time we’re born and as we’re growing, our taste is already fairly developed.
   The latter part is courtesy of a number of factors, including what our mother chose to eat while we were in utero, whether we were breast-fed or formula fed, and even now—what evidence suggests—what our Dads and even grandparents ate. The last point I made is not one to gloss over. If the evidence, which has presented itself today, is correct, then the food choices we put into our bodies today—will affect several unborn generations after us. In sum, we’re making direct health decisions for people who are yet to be born!
   With all of our “advances” in medical care, we must ask ourselves why is life expectancy dropping for the first time since 1993? When I was born in the mid-’80s, type 2 diabetes—a disease that is inextricably linked to our excessive sugar intake—was known as ‘adult-onset diabetes’. Now in just three decades, it’s common among children, affects 1 in 11 adults worldwide, 37 per cent of whom live in the western Pacific region; and one in seven births is impacted by gestational diabetes. In New Zealand alone, nearly 286,000 people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2015—a doubling over the last decade. If the rate continues at this pace, diabetes is projected to cost Kiwis more than $1,000 million in annual health care costs in five years’ time.
   The statistics seem startling enough, but perhaps not as startling as something closer to home, like the amount of free sugars—or sugars not bound by fibre—that we’re consuming on a daily basis. The upper limit of free sugars for the day—and I emphasize the word upper—is 6 teaspoons for a woman, 9 for a man. However, New Zealanders, in particular, are consuming around 27 teaspoons per day per person, according to the Sugar Research Advisory Service. That’s well over three to four times the upper limit for the day!
   About three years ago now, I began working in the world of “good” food. We were experimenting with an idea as to whether we could get farm-fresh food into people’s fridges more efficiently. When working so closely with farmers and food makers, you inevitably home in on what you’re eating—and how it makes you feel. I always considered myself a healthy eater in general. My parents have always been health-conscious and we largely grew our own food. Unlike my parents, however, I struggled with a sugar tooth; one that has left me with many memories of hoarding sweet things. I finally had the time to ask, ‘Why?’ and to begin to probe how this one ingredient has seemingly snuck its way into three out of four products on our supermarket shelves.
   This curiosity and the need to know how to overcome my seemingly innate sugar habit led me on a Nancy Drew-like investigation; I began researching all I could about our relationship to the sweet stuff, and started documenting my “sugar cleanse” via sugardetox.me, which later led to an easy-to-follow, empowering programme to help others do the same and most recently, a cookbook and guide on the very topic.
   Free sugars have become so prevalent in our food that the average person might not even realize that he or she is tipping the sugar scale even before heading out the door in the morning. This particular ingredient has a way of changing our brain chemistry, too—acting as a hyper-stimulus to trigger our brains and bodies to release dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. In sum, it keeps us hooked and trapped in a vicious cycle of ups and downs throughout the day.
   It’s part of the reason why reducing or eliminating free sugars from your diet is not a diet. It’s simply removing a potentially deleterious substance from one’s body—much in the same way an alcoholic needs to remove alcohol from his or her system. This may, at first, seem a little counter-intuitive, but the ingredient is heavily taxing our bodies to the point that some scientists are now calling it a ‘chronic [versus acute] liver toxin’. Over time, it affects our body’s own natural abilities to detoxify themselves. This in turn can cause inflammation, energy slumps, skin problems, obesity, and disease. Though some medical practitioners would be hard pressed to call excessive sugar intake an “addiction”, more signs point to the fact that it is—from brain-imaging scans to the rise of sugar-addiction clinics.
   As those of us who have begun to eradicate free sugars from their diets know, you begin to taste real ingredients again. Our taste buds have plasticity, renewing themselves, and adjusting taste preferences to the food we feed our bodies and our cells. A freshly picked summer tomato is sumptuously sweet; but to those of us who are used to overdosing on a hyper-stimulating cola, the best sun-ripened tomato from the farm might seem fairly bland.
   Our appreciation for real food is within our reach—if we give our taste buds time to acclimate from that which is hyper-stimulating. It’s not impossible to curb your sweet tooth, as I have found out. We are, after all, masters of our own destiny. Some of us have to contend with more challenging, uphill battles—but when we have the curiosity and will to understand our body’s needs and wants, then we’re already primed towards a path to better health. I encourage and invite everyone to take the time to explore their own personal cravings and relationship to food, as none of us have the same story or experience. I assure you that when you’re able to put your own puzzle pieces together to see the whole picture, you begin to feel empowered to discover the path towards health that is right for you!—Summer Rayne Oakes, Editor-at-large

Usain Bolt, Chanel Iman, Nina Agdal celebrate Kentucky Derby at G. H. Mumm event in NYC


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 7, 2017/1.19




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Storied champagne house G. H. Mumm has again shown off its new, award-winning bottle design for Mumm Grand Cordon, with Olympian Usain Bolt doing the honours in New York during the Kentucky Derby. Other VIPs attending the event were models Chanel Iman and Nina Agdal, and actor–comedian Mario Cantone.
   The new bottle has been designed by Welshman Ross Lovegrove, with the iconic red sash indented into the glass, with no front label. The design has already won gold at the Grand Prix Stratégies du Design.
   Bolt is Mumm’s “CEO”, or Chief Entertainment Officer, a newly coined title as a celebrity spokesman for the brand, and led the celebrations at the launch.
   The party atmosphere even saw Mumm cellar master Didier Mariotti engage in a battle on the turntables with Bolt, when the pair took over from DJ Chelsea Leyland.
   Mumm Grand Cordon celebrates its 140th anniversary this year. Mumm is the Derby’s official champagne partner.


















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