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September 13, 2014

Living Nature’s Skin Steps: all you need in a natural, single package to look after your skin

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We have to take our hats off to Living Nature for constantly innovating—and staying true to what it stands for, as the world’s purest and most natural skin care brand. (Remember, it’s not what they put in, it’s what they leave out, that makes Living Nature the brand that’s certified natural by BDIH and the safest skin care range by the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database.)
   We’ve had a chance over the last few weeks to try out its newest release, the Skin Steps pack featuring five Living Nature products: the nourishing day cream, vitalizing cleaner (both with active manuka honey) and extra-hydrating toning gel (with harakeke), each in 50 ml bottles, plus a sampling of the nourishing night cream (again with manuka honey) and firming flax serum (with harakeke). It’s one of three packs that Living Nature offers depending on your skin condition—we had the normal skin one, but the company also offers one for oily skin and another for dry and mature skin.
   The pack is a particularly handy size, and each of the 50 ml bottles makes the beauty rĂ©gime all the simpler. There’s no colouring, no artificial fragrances—if there’s a scent associated with natural goodness, you’ll find it here. The cleanser actually leaves your skin feeling softer and smoother thanks to a moisturizing effect and its mild kumerahou, while the nourishing cream has a pleasant, gentle scent that we noticed had a positive effect on the skin throughout the day. The toning gel, with harakeke flax gel and Totarol feels lighter than the creams, and helps restore your skin’s natural pH balance while repairing dehydration, ideal for the warmer months ahead, and very gentle on the face.
   Living Nature has made looking after your skin such a simple process, and it’s well worth the NZ$69 retail price. For more information, head to www.livingnature.com or freephone, in New Zealand, 0508 548-464. It’s available at selected salons, pharmacies and health stores nationally.

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September 12, 2014

Being a VIP at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York this season

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What were the happenings around Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, beyond the catwalk shows? Off-site events and suites—including one from Gavin Keilly of GBK, which we usually see out west—kept New York Fashion Week vibrant and enjoyable.

Ugg Sanctuary
Upon ascending the stairs to the Ugg Sanctuary, overlooking crowds waiting in endless queues to watch a show, you enter a new world. The small space is cozy with a home-like feel. White leather couches, comfortably cushioned chairs draped with tasteful, soft blankets adorned with matching pillows—everything came together. A large flat screen television featured the live fashion shows. The international brand is recognized for comfort at every step, with fun and stylish shoes as well as boots, adding chic to each ensemble. Ugg is widening its sphere, presenting attractive home dĂ©cor with a snug atmosphere and neutral shades.

GBK and Pilot Pen’s Celebrity Gifting Suite
As the tents at Lincoln Center glistened with a slew of runway shows as well as a few private lounges, the spotlight also shone on the Empire Hotel where GBK and Pilot Pen’s Celebrity Gifting Suite took place. While the hotel’s lobby was calm and peaceful with a number of fashion week attendees, a flight of stairs led to a more spirited space filled with a number of brands in the beauty, fashion and accessory domains. The charity of choice, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, serves to develop treatments to improve the quality of life of patients diagnosed with various cancers including lymphoma and leukemia.



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Top Teresa Aprea and Nicole Napolitano at the GBK lounge. Above Emma Myles and Gavin Keilly.

   As we continue to explore the lounge, with floral creations from Floral Heights, uplifting music by DJ Max Power kept the mood upbeat. Pilot Pen introduced new designs that came in various colours to suit the writer’s preference. Michael Todd True Organics presented the Soniclear Brush, the world’s first antimicrobial sonic skin cleaning brush, which is easy to transport and gentle to the touch, permitting the outer skin to glisten.
   Hard Candy cosmetics’ intense shades come with a dose of fun and appeal, intended for a girl of any age that appreciates the use of colour. Skinny & Co. presented their 100 per cent raw skinny coconut oil, which can be used in teas, coffees and smoothies—helping you glow inside. Brow Art 23 is a top-notch boutique focused on brow shaping and skin care services, while EMK Beverly Hills, whose clientĂšle includes A-list personalities, dermatologists and high-end plastic surgeons, uses a fascinating plant placenta formula for its anti-ageing skin care products that rejuvenate the skin.


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Above Katherine McNamara at the GBK lounge at New York Fashion Week.

Other events
The Home Shopping Network (HSN) was back with their lounge. The one-day event incorporated a wide range of clothing, skin care and jewellery pieces all under one roof. Invitees took the time to look around, touch, feel and experience the pieces on display.
   For the second year, the Fashion Kitchen event proved how food and fashion complement each other. Trina Turk, inspired by California’s vibrancy, is known for her vivacious style, with boutiques located nationally, hosted, alongside celebrity restaurateur and award-winning chef SĂ©amus Mullen, who showed off his simple, elegant cuisine. Along with Turk and Mullen, Corning Ware presented the event. A select few could view arranged dining tables on display at Hauser Patron Salon at Alice Tully Hall, a short walk away from the tents.
   Other fashion week escapades included the Vogue Lounge, conveniently tucked away across the street from the tents, at French restaurant Boulud CafĂ©. Urban Decay cosmetics featured their natural make-up; Toms displayed an array of styles for their shoe collection and reminded attendees of their Toms coffee roast. Brahmin, focusing on leather goods, showed off a number of jewellery and bag pieces. In a separate room, attendees could work or simply read Vogue to catch up on the new season.
   One of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week sponsors, Pandora (left), put on an exclusive event on the rooftop of the Empire Hotel. Pink roses adorned the walls, reminding us of their flawless creations. While loud, catchy music vibrated within the venue, the afternoon stretched into the evening as invitees mingled, viewing the gorgeous pieces on display. Tous, too, hosted an event in a pink wonderland on the 12th floor of a tucked-away building in New York, showing its summer 2014 collection. The company, with its recognizable bear trade mark, began as a watch repair workshop in 1920 before transforming into the jewellery business decades later. Currently Tous is an international brand with more than 400 boutiques spotted in 45 different countries.




Above Tous showed off its jewellery at an exclusive location in New York.

   The Panasonic Beauty Bar took place only blocks away from the tents, at the SCK Salon, for two days. The atmosphere did not focus much on sophistication or luxury—it had a more amusing feel in the midst of it all. Various stations were dedicated to hair, manicures by Jamberry Nails, or make-up by Giella custom blend cosmetics, the by-appointment-only opportunities fulfilling delegates’ beauty needs.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor











Above Scenes from the Panasonic Beauty Bar. Below Louise Roe at the Samsung Galaxy Backstage Lounge.


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September 11, 2014

Phoenix commemorates its Love Project with three limited-edition pop-art bottles

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We fell in love with these limited-edition pop art bottles from Phoenix Organics ever since they arrived at the office—so much so that we’ve been saving them for a special occasion.
   But they’re much more than a fleeting fancy. They signify Phoenix’s commitment to the environment, launching its Love Project, where it has teamed up with Sustainable Coastlines and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to help clean up New Zealand’s beaches.
   Over 1,015,884 litres of rubbish has been collected from New Zealand beaches since 2009—equivalent to 31 shipping containers of waste. Phoenix is asking Kiwis to visit its Facebook page to vote for the beach they love the most and would like to keep clean. The company will contribute to beach clean-up projects this summer.
   The artwork has been inspired by the love of our planet, and appears on Phoenix organic cola, lemonade and ginger
beer. The artists are Mica Still of Wellington, Meghan Geliza of Auckland, and Mulga of Sydney.
   In late October, Geliza and Still will create a live art installation in Auckland, in which the public can participate.



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September 9, 2014

Jaguar launches XE in London, with David Gandy, Stella McCartney, Eva Herzigova, Laura Whitmore

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Jaguar has launched its most important car in years with the brand-new XE, a saloon that sees the Indian-owned company tackle a segment dominated by the BMW 3er and Audi A4. The XE also marks a new generation of Jaguars powered by the company’s new series of Ingenium engines, and features a first-in-segment aluminium-intensive monocoque structure for lightness and strength.
   Jaguar Land Rover, which has seen its profits soar in recent years, spared no expense with the XE’s launch in London, bringing celebrities including Stella McCartney, David Gandy, Eva Herzigova, Sir Stirling Moss, JosĂ© Mourinho, Laura Whitmore, Damian Lewis, Ruben Cortada, David Blakeley, Sam Riley, Sienna Guillory, Steve Redgrave, Brian Johnson and Gary Lineker together at an event that saw Emeli SandĂ©, the Kaiser Chiefs, Eliza Doolittle, the Royal Ballet, Max Milner (The Voice), and members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform, and John Hannah narrating.
   While many saw the helicopter delivery of the red XE into London on Monday, Jaguar formally kicked off the launch event that evening at Earls Court with its VIP audience, with the performances evoking models from the company’s past, including the SS100 of 1935.
   SandĂ© composed a ‘Feels Like’ track for the event that had been inspired by the public via social media and the hashtag #FeelXE. The song received its premiĂšre live on a floating stage on the Thames in a 45-minute set later in the evening, with the London Eye and County Hall as a backdrop.
   The performance was complemented with a projection-mapping show on London’s County Hall, showing the public’s messages that inspired the composition. Red flares lit up the London skyline in red to match the hero colour of the new car.
   McCartney will reveal her Parisian Feel XE experience later this month, while Idris Elba will reveal his Feel XE project afterwards.
   Earlier in the day, employees at Jaguar’s Solihull plant—where 1,700 jobs are expected to be created—formed an XE shape as the Red Arrows flew past, and the car was airlifted by helicopter toward London. It was placed on a high-speed landing craft on the Thames to Chelsea Harbour.
   In another nod to its past, Jaguar then had the new XE escorted by two 1960s Mk II police cars from Battersea Bridge to Earls Court.
   The “delivery” was intentional: Jaguar wanted to signal that the XE is the spiritual successor to the Mk II, still considered by many fans to be the quintessential Jaguar close-coupled sporting saloon, and the car that arguably pioneered the segment in which the new model now competes.
   One car from Jaguar’s past that was not mentioned was the X-type, the company’s turn-of-the-century attempt to tap into the compact executive market. Younger buyers rejected that model partly because of its unadventurous styling, overseen by Jaguar’s then-parent company Ford. The X-type was also hampered by its front-wheel-drive transmission on cheaper models, something that Jaguar has avoided repeating by giving the XE rear-wheel drive. It is also the most aerodynamic Jaguar made, with a drag coefficient of 0,26.
   The cab-backward fastback look of the XE takes styling themes established by the XJ and XF, and features a short front overhang and a low driving position. The car looks more aggressive and taut than the larger models, which should appeal to buyers in the segment.
   â€˜Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE’s positioning as a serious driver’s car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-type and will stand apart in the crowd,’ says Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum.
   The aluminium components also mean more effective recycling, and in a world first for cars, Jaguar has specified RC5754, an aluminium alloy made from recycled material.
   The high-tech features extend to Jaguar’s new electric power steering, which is more efficient than a traditional hydraulic system, and what the company calls All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), which works as a low-speed cruise control that can control the brake system and powertrain for the best traction in slippery conditions. The XE also features a laser head-up display, nearly a third lighter than existing systems. Jaguar also dĂ©buts a new InControl infotainment system, which is claimed to be more intuitive, especially with a pioneering plain-speech voice control. The car is also a wifi hotspot for internet-enabled devices, and both Apple Iphone and Android users can control various functions remotely.
   Full details of the XE range will be released at the Salon de Paris on October 2. The range will be topped by a supercharged V6 delivering 340 PS, while the two-litre Ingenium diesel is claimed to deliver 75 mpg (Imperial) with carbon dioxide emissions of 99 g/km. Prices are set to begin at ÂŁ27,000.















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September 8, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York spring–summer 2015: more favourites from the ïŹrst ïŹve days

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Through Lucire’s history, there have been a select group of labels that get featured thanks to their consistency of design and their integrity. It’s no coincidence that they are among our favourites over days three through five at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York: BCBG Max Azria, Marissa Webb, Carmen Marc Valvo, Venexiana, Custo Barcelona, Vivienne Tam, Nanette Lepore, Carolina Herrera and Reem Acra. We were impressed with Taoray Wang and have included this designer for the first time in our pages. Lola Cristall leads our post-event coverage.
   Remember you can watch our live player on our home page for coverage from New York as it happens.

BCBG Max Azria


Marissa Webb

Carmen Marc Valvo



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Venexiana


Custo Barcelona


Vivienne Tam



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Nanette Lepore


Carolina Herrera



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Taoray Wang



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Reem Acra



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September 6, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, spring–summer 2015, days 1 and 2: the global traveller advances

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Lola Cristall and Maitland Waters will file their end-of-week report from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, but, in the meantime, fashion editor Sopheak Seng has spotted his favourites from the first two days of the spring–summer 2015 shows.

Nicole Miller


   Vibe: Summer holidays in Rio.
   Clothes: Fresh floral tropical prints in sharp cut-out dresses and pants, graphic black-and-white wave print on coats and jackets, as well as skirts. Flounces on hems of dresses and skirts recalled the South American vibe that Miller drew upon for her collection. What stood out was the opening outfit, the cross-front dress with the tight fit silhouette and its flounce hem: the playful nature carried the collection as well as the final pieces which had flowers and fruits embroidered in sequins.
   Look: Beachy waves, sun-kissed faces, holiday glamour.

Zimmermann

   Vibe: 1970s hippie tarot readers meets modern day beach glamour.
   Clothes: Soft, floaty and ethereal was the call of the day, with ruffles and flounces a-plenty at the Zimmermann show. The opening was a beautiful wisteria-coloured lace gown with tiered gathers and asymmetric neckline; the collection then moved to masculine and feminine juxtaposition playing throughout the collection with floaty dresses paired with military-style parkas, with cargo pockets or pinstripe vests and tailored suit jackets. Stand-outs were the swimsuits, particularly the black one-piece halter with giant bow detailing, the opening dress as well as the peachy coral-coloured pant suit with cascading asymmetric ruffle blouse.
   Look: Centre-parted gypsy folk hair with sleek ponytails and flushed coral cheeks.


Tome


   Vibe: Uptown girl meets Indian maharanis.
   Clothes: Glamorous clothes infused with a touch of India in the sari-style asymmetric crop tops and ties. The sleeveless trench-style coats with the duo colour lapels, gorgeous pleated skirts in shades of saffron, rose and black. The Rajastani men’s-style shirts with waist sashes, the Madame GrĂšs-inspired pleated gowns that finished the show, and the floral embellished shell tops were all stand-outs.
   Look: Simple, elegant chic fish braids with orchids.

Tadashi Shoji


   Vibe: Elegance and beauty in Venezia.
   Clothes: Inspired by the famous golden palace in Venezia, the Ca’ d’Oro, and its reflections, there was a lightness and glow in this collection. The restrained beauty of the collection started from the first look of the white lace trench dress. The collection featured, heavily, lace, tulle, organza and lots and lots of pleats. All of this did not feel forced as it would have been in anyone else’s hands. The collection of caped gowns should make for some very stand-out red carpet moments come awards’ season. The beautiful collared shirts and shirt dresses crafted in lace and organza were stand-outs as well as the use of mesh piecing in some of the dresses felt fresh.
   Look: Elegant chignons and fresh-faced beauties.

Nicholas K


   Vibe: Urban nomadic warrior.
   Clothes: Nomadic draped sportswear, inspired by a road trip to Morocco. The brother–sister designer duo gave great sport luxe separates that are made for living and travelling in. Fatigue-style jackets and trousers were the order of the day as were draped and fringed skirts and dresses designed for the urban nomad. Standouts were the draped hooded jackets and knicker-boxers in silk as were the leather jackets. Accessorized with horsehair jewellery by Victoria Simes and lace-up heels by Kiyoon Baek, these collaborations added a sophisticated edge to the collection.
   Look: Sun-kissed skin and sleek nomadic hair.—Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor

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September 5, 2014

Meadowlark shows its ‘anarchist queen’ Dynasty jewellery collection

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Meadowlark’s Dynasty collection builds on its previous two, Ritual and Veni Vedi Vici, taking the inspiration from an ancient Russian monarch, traditional Indian bridal adornment and grunge–luxe supermodel nostalgia, says the company.
   The company had already made headlines for its distinctive, high-impact jewellery with Rihanna modelling its pieces in the September 2014 issue of W.
   There’s more than a nod to the body-piercing ĂŠsthetic: among the items are headpieces, nose chains, septum and lip rings, stud and hoop earrings, rings and necklaces, all taking strong forms such as spears, thorns and discs, and encrusted with diamonds, emeralds and rubies.
   The earrings are sold individually, allowing for maximum customization.
   â€˜We took the idea of ’90s piercing jewellery and put a luxe, grown-up twist on it using silver, gold and diamonds.’ says designer and co-founder Claire Hammon. She says the collection is ‘for the brave,’ suiting what the company calls a ‘modern anarchist queen’ who wishes to defy the status quo.

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September 3, 2014

Sponsored video: La Redoute wants you to convey the language of love

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The French way of life has always seemed more appealing to Britons. Publicis took this tack in introducing us to Nicole and Papa for the Renault Clio over 20 years ago, with sunny imagery and a sense of joie de vivre. It goes beyond “the grass is greener”, and it’s that Frenchness that retailer La Redoute has taken for its latest campaign.
   It’s not sunny scenery this time, but the French language, which, to most Anglophone ears sounds more appealing. Maybe it’s the way the French have marketed themselves as romantics, and that the ideal language of love is theirs. And with Mr La Redoute (or is Monsieur?), the Francophone character in its latest spot played by Florent Thevenot, things certainly sound smooth.
   Britons are arguably more reserved, partly for cultural reasons and the notion of the “stiff upper lip”, and La Redoute believes the French can help us lighten up and express ourselves.
   In fact, we seem to need Valentine’s Day, birthdays or Christmas to show people we love them—in fact, 22 per cent of people in the UK haven’t said ‘I love you’ in over a year, and only 30 per cent say it daily—but 82 per cent of us wish to hear it. Eighty-three per cent of Brits believe that ‘I love you’ sounds better in a Continental tongue, with 20 per cent preferring to hear it in French. Fifty-five per cent of women admit they have a penchant for French poetry.
   While the spot won’t be lost on Francophones, Mr La Redoute tells unsuspecting Brits charming words of endearment—and without spoiling it, let’s say the participants are not only impressed by the language of love, but he has one more surprise left up his sleeve.
   La Redoute continues to sell French style—its fashion website is number one in fashion and homewares in its home country, and has partnerships with Viktor & Rolf, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Jenzo, Paco Robanne, Yves Saint-Laurent, Isabel Marant and others.
   And it wants to encourage readers to get their messages of love out there, too. Share it with the #languageoflove hashtag on Twitter and Facebook, and get some extra tips from Mr La Redoute via the website.


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