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September 24, 2015

Sponsored video: M&S’s The Art of reminds us that it gets fashion, better than ever before

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Once Marks and Spencer, M&S has become a global brand, and as you travel, you can find its logo miles away from its origins in Leeds. And with September comes a new campaign, The Art of, which shows just how M&S has its finger on the pulse of the latest fashion.
   This high-impact campaign is just exploding with colour, and the spectacle is intentional. M&S has strong fashion credentials, in women’s, lingerie, men’s, and children’s sectors, but it hasn’t been traditionally known for them. Yet Brandindex says M&S is top of the list of 32 high street fashion brands on metrics including quality and reputation. M&S wants to remind us that it understands fashion.
   By showing a sheep whose coat, thanks to visual effects, shoots off it and becomes wool, and injecting messages about its sustainably sourced cotton, M&S addresses customers’ desires that, these days, we want great fashion, but we want to be sure that it’s coming from a socially responsible place. It also emphasizes the notion of craftsmanship.
   Executive director of marketing Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne notes that the brand is at a ‘seven-year high’, according to Marketing Week, and it’s been helped along by M&S’s revamps of some of its larger stores. M&S has also changed its design and buying teams, and in-store personal stylists are planned, too. It’s conscious that the retailer needs to match the great fashion with the in-store experience, so that the M&S brand is consistently high quality, every time someone has contact with it.
   The cutting-edge campaign, which uses Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring Bruno Mars, will be seen in 50 countries, in TV, print and digital media.

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Brancott Estate launches new vintages for 2015 in limited-edition World of Wearable Art bottles

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Top Into the Blue and Rosebud with Patrick Materman, Brancott Estate chief winemaker. Above The two new limited-edition Brancott Estate bottles.

With the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards’ Show back again for 2015, the famed winemaker and naming rights’ sponsor of the event has released two limited-edition bottles along with new vintages in celebration.
   The Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and South Island Pinot Noir 2014 will appear in bottles featuring two former World of Wearable Art entrants by New Zealand designers. The sauvignon blanc features Into the Blue: Māori Living in a Thermoplastic World, by Marie Gant Roxburgh, and the pinot noir features Rosebud, by Kate Hellyar.
   The new Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is described by the company as ‘fresh, crisp and lively’, with fruit flavours, while the South Island Pinot Noir 2014 is ‘vibrant and fruity with dark fruit and lovely textural interest.’
   ‘As winemakers, we are constantly creating new expressions of wine to enjoy and WOW is much the same through their celebration of innovative design. Together we are putting New Zealand wine and design on the world map,’ said chief winemaker Patrick Materman in a release.
   Dame Suzie Moncrieff, founder of WOW, notes, ‘The new limited-edition Brancott Estate WOW bottles are the perfect way to capture and share New Zealand wine and creativity. We’re excited to be able to bring our designers’ creations to life through these beautiful bottle designs.’
   The World of Wearable Art Awards’ Show season runs till October 11 in Wellington, New Zealand. The limited-edition WOW series for 2015 will be available for a limited time at NZ$17·29. The official hashtag for the event is #brancottestatewow.
   Lucire will have the 2015 WOW winners’ names later on Friday.

September 23, 2015

Fila Australia teams up with Lauren Phillips to launch spring–summer 2015–16 sportswear line

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The Australian branch of international sportswear line Fila has welcomed TV host Lauren Phillips to be the new face of its spring–summer 2015–16 line. The conglomerate, which originated in Italy in 1911, has developed into one of the leading lifestyle and fitness wear companies in the world and maintains fashionable yet practical sportswear.
   The innovative materials used to create Fila sportswear allow the skin to breathe, with lightweight fabrics which stretch appropriately with the body’s natural movement. As “fitspiration” has become somewhat of a global phenomenon, FILA understands and adheres to the demand for sportswear to be fashionable, as well as practical and versatile. Furthermore, there are various collections which cater to different lifestyle needs. The Barre collection, for example, is designed and inspired by dance, featuring cardigan wraps, tulle overlays and cropped Ts which suit lower intensity workouts such as yoga and Pilates. Other sportswear includes leggings, fun coloured tops and Ts, as well as accessories such as bags, hats and microfibre towels to provide for your everyday active needs.
   The company hired Phillips due to her passion for living a healthy lifestyle by eating responsibly, engaging in regular active exercise, and being a good role model for children and adults alike. ‘Living a healthy and active life is hugely important to me and having fitness gear that caters for all types of training, but also has plenty of fun and colour injected into it is a perfect fit for me,’ says Phillips. The spring–summer range is in store now Australia-wide, as well as online.—Alex Barrow

World announces T-shirt created for the United Nations, supporting the Global Goals

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World has broken new ground again: it’s the first design house to have created a T-shirt for the United Nations, with the legend YOUN on the front.
   The company says the T-shirts support the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to be launched on September 25 in New York, at an event attended by US president Barack Obama, 100 world leaders and UN ambassadors.
   They hit World stores, online and offline, from September 25, New Zealand time, and through selected international retailers. The smallest size fits newborns.
   ‘Since our inception in 1989, it has always been part of World’s philosophy to give back, as our company has grown, so has the importance of our awareness and support for local and international charitable organizations,’ said World co-founder Francis Hooper.
   The UN wants to see 193 world leaders commit to the 17 goals, to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
   The full list of 17 goals can be seen at the UN’s Global Goals website, at
   World will donate 20 per cent of all sales to the UN. It encourages customers wearing the T-shirts to hashtag #worldbrandglobalgoals to show their support.

Tommy Hilfiger and Jeffrey Deitch host Rock Style exhibition launch in London

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Darren Gerrish

On Monday, the Rock Style exhibition’s official opening was celebrated at Sotheby’s S2 gallery in London. Hosted and curated by famous fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, the exhibition celebrates the innovative connection between music and fashion, as examined in Tommy Hilfiger and Anthony De Curtis’ book, Rock Style, written in 2000.
   Hilfiger himself has been a notable figure of fashion for 30 years and has dressed celebrities such as Lily Aldridge, Zooey Deschanel, Snoop Dogg and Naomi Campbell. Although he no longer runs the company, Hilfiger is still heavily involved in the fashion industry. De Curtis complements him perfectly with his music-critic background, writing for publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Relix, making them the perfect duo to have written the book Rock Style.
   The show exhibits numerous photographs of rockers over the years, as well as paintings of idols such as Deborah Harry, Joey Ramone, Sid Vicious and George Harrison done by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. The exhibition emphasizes the nature of fashion, music and identity, and how the three collaborate to create the worlds that these stars lived in. The very essence of nostalgia and fashion experimentation is captured in the large images, ones that depict the unique identity of each performer. The iconic leathers and studs of Sid Vicious, the radical prints and colours of Jimi Hendrix, and the very photogenic nature of David Bowie, is captured in these prints. In creating a visual exhibition, the show brings the book to life and provides a sentiment and fond memory of the rock star idols of the ’50s through to today.
   Notable attendees of the Rock Style exhibition launch included Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Melissa Odabash, Harrods fashion director Helen David, editor of British GQ Dylan Jones, Sir Philip Green, Bob Gruen, Gered Mankowitz, Tim Jeffries, Fru Tholstrup, Justine Picardie, Katie Martin, Tamara Beckwith, Melissa Odabash, Don Letts, Caroline Rush, Stephen Webster, Mark Quinn, Henry Hudson, Philip Colbert, Steve Varsano, Lisa Tchenguiz, and Jaye Kamel, as well as other artists and socialites.—Alex Barrow

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September 22, 2015

Lucire TV: David Beckham launches his film for Belstaff, Outlaws, in London

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Courtesy Belstaff

David Beckham’s film, Outlaws, in which he stars as the Stranger, a drifter and motorcycle stuntman (of course), is released today, but not before a screening and VIP event at la Bodega Negra restaurant in Soho, following a similar event in New York at the Back Room last Thursday.
   But hold tight, it’s not a Hollywood film in the traditional sense: it’s a promotion for Belstaff, although it does feature Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull).
   He did ‘98 per cent’ of his own stunts in the film. The film was shot on location in México, and was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, and executive produced by Liv Tyler. It was produced by Belstaff Films and Legs (a Milk Media Company).
   Beckham, Moriarty and Jasper were present at the London event, joined by celebrities Jeremy Piven, Laura Whitmore, Emma Miller, Lilah Parsons, Rafferty Law, Doina Ciobanu, Lilah Parsons, Spencer Matthews and Hugo Taylor.
   Outlaws sees the Stranger ‘haunted by memories of a beautiful trapeze artist and hunted by a maniacal director seeking revenge,’ according to Belstaff.
   Beckham described it as ‘a lot of fun and very creative … and obviously having Harvey and Katherine and Cathy in there, it doesn’t really get better than that. I knew it was going to be fun which is one of the reasons why I agreed to do it.’

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September 21, 2015

In the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière: Selena Gomez, Poppy Delevingne, Clémence Poésy, Alicia Vikander attend Louis Vuitton Series 3

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Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton hosted a gala opening and cocktail reception on Sunday at the Strand to introduce and immerse guests in Series 3, an 11-room exhibition that explores the creative process of designer Nicolas Ghesquière as he created his autumn–winter 2015–16 collection.
   Celebrity guests included Selena Gomez, Clémence Poésy, Michelle Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Doona Bae, Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Tallulah Harlech, Miroslava Duma, Xavier Dolan, Cressida Bonas, Douglas Booth, Lily Donaldson, Adèle Exarchopoulous, Luca Calvani, and Joana Preiss, while Ghesquière and Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke played host.
   ‘The series exhibition fits with my work and with my creation because it’s an extension of it, it’s the way for people to understand my creative process, that’s really the idea of that parcours initiatique is what we say in French,’ says Ghesquière. ‘I wanted people not to get into my brain but start to understand some of the processes we have when we do the collection. It could be inspired by the craft again by the savoir faire of Louis Vuitton by the story of Louis Vuitton or it could be very new and very fresh, coming from somewhere completely new and again quite technological sometimes. And again about innovation.
   ‘We did show series around the world, in Asia, in America, but we haven’t done it in Europe yet so it’s very interesting to come to London as well. It’s very unique to be able to at that dimension to control and celebrate the past, projecting the future.’
   Burke praised Ghesquière, saying, ‘I’ve worked with many creative individuals throughout my entire life, from architects to artists to designers and I think Nicholas has impressed me as the one who has been the most true to his original ideas. The most amazing is that he comes up with an original idea from the guts and then he takes it through a whole process of verification he bounces it off people and tries it out with various products and invariably he comes back to his original thought. So staying true to his inspirations is quite impressive.’
   Williams says, ‘I loved seeing it again. I loved seeing the show the first time around and I love the idea that people can visit it and its gives this sense of place because the fashion shows are usually so short, so I love seeing it suspended in time.’
   Gomez notes, ‘I’ve actually had a relationship with Nicolas for a few months now, and just to see the growth and actually be a part of it and say I saw that when it came out or I got to be a part of it, it’s incredible to see all of his work come together and it’s also very interactive, which is cool.’
   Series 1 and Series 2 have already been around the world, while London is the first city to host Series 3.


Selena Gomez

Nicolas Ghesquière

Clémence Poésy

Michelle Williams

Doona Bae

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Revved up for fall: Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party

Elyse Glickman/13.16

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Elyse Glickman

Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at West Hollywood Fig & Olive offered many of her familiar hallmarks, from a freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired lunch (Cæsar salad, penne with shrimp, chicken with couscous) to ice cold Hint water to a bevy of respected talent (Emmy nominee Khandi Alexander [Scandal], Steven Bauer [Ray Donovan], Eric Roberts, Doris Roberts, Esai Morales, Shirley Jones, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter, Rénée Taylor, Dot Marie Jones) and some of our favourite beauty, fashion and lifestyle products from Los Angeles and beyond.
   However, there were two new A-listers invited to the party that proved to be real showstoppers: the Maserati Ghibli and a bespoke, advanced McLaren 570S Coupe (not yet available to the public), escorted by the Auto Gallery. The regal purple 570S was as curve-hugging as the sublime Sue Wong dresses inside the restaurant courtyard, with both men and women clamouring to try the car on for size. While male celebs could consult with Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers for their Emmy look, the car’s tailoring, according to Car and Driver, includes a twin-turbo 3·8-liter V8, making 562 hp and 443 lb ft, mounted behind the driver, enabling it to hit 100 km/h in 3·2 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h. Ceramic brakes, sequential seven-speed gearbox and an adaptive suspension round out the list of essential goodies.
   Local Fox 11 news presenter Christine Divine was also back to shine a spotlight on Wednesday’s Child, focused on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. True to form, Bergman once again invited two lucky teens to experience her unique brand of the VIP treatment, in one of the most welcoming venues of pre-Emmys week.
   ‘In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,’ points out social worker, Professor William Wong. ‘Gifts and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive [at this event] was overwhelming. Most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow, giving the public permission to embrace our kids.’
   Single Dress and Roadkill Boutique offered casual attire for pre- and post-party lounging, while Twisted Silver offered lovely new pieces with a refined and ladylike ’50s–’60s look inspired by repurposed faux pearls, crystals and findings from the era. We also liked the new hair roots touch-up make-up from ColorWow, and were thrilled to see Kelley Weaver’s latest Purse Case designs be a hit with a crowd that could be as critical as the Shark Tank judges. Tekeen, new on the scene, is a tequila spirit infused with fresh fruit flavours such as pink grapefruit and passionfruit.
   Even with all of that star power, author Lacretia Palmer was the break-out star of the event, thanks to her charming-but-powerful children’s book Billy the Bully. While a variety of authors, including young adult novelist Judy Blume, have taken on the topic of bullying, what makes Billy the Bully effective is the fact that the bully himself is the story’s protagonist and his transformation from bully to conscientious individual is told from a first-person perspective. His steps towards redemption also shine a light on other issues, such as childhood hunger. Twiistii Hair Accessories, which have built-in wires for better staying power, were adorable, especially those with sports team prints.
   Other returning sponsors included NuBra, Personal Touch, Samiah Fine Clothing, Telic Footwear, My Saint–My Hero, Radar Watches, Model in a Bottle, My Dog Nose It and Timmy Woods Handbags.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

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