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June 14, 2015

Royal Wedding: Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist wed, the bride wearing Ida Sjöstedt

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Mattias Edwall/Swedish Royal Court

Saturday saw the Royal Wedding of Prince Carl Philip and Sofia Hellqvist in Stockholm. The Prince, the second child of Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, and Ms Hellqvist married at the Slotskyrkan inside the Palace, in a ceremony combining traditional and fresh elements to suit the couple’s tastes.
   Prior to the arrival of the bride and groom, Swedish state television focused its cameras on one of the newest additions to the Royal Family, Princess Leonore, the daughter of Princess Madeleine and Chris O’Neill. Princess Leonore’s cousin, Princess Estelle, the daughter of Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, was one of the flower girls.
   The first reading was from Corinthians 13:4–7, 13, read by Crown Princess Victoria, and the service was presided by the Chaplain to the King and Bishop Emeritus Lars-Göran Lönnermark.
   The bride wore a silk crepe gown designed overlaid with Italian silk organza by Ida Sjöstedt. The lace was made by José María Ruiz with a lengthy hand-cut train. Her tiara gifted to her by the King and Queen. Her veil was made in tulle, embroidered with sheer cotton lace.
   The bridal bouquet was created by court florist Claes Carlsson.
   Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ and a gospel version of ‘Joyful, Joyful’ gave the wedding ceremony a more upbeat twist, with invited guests, including royalty, clapping along to the final song, used as the recessional.
   Royal guests included Queen Sonja of Norway, her son Crown Prince Haakon and his wife Princess Mette-Marit, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, and Princess Takamodo of Japan also attended.
   Hellqvist had modelled for Slitz and appeared on the reality television show Paradise Hotel in the mid-2000s before meeting the Prince via mutual friends. The Palace has emphasized Hellqvist’s more recent work, including her studies in business, her qualification as a yoga instructor, and her work for the non-profit organization Project Playground.
   As with the weddings of Crown Princess Victoria and Princess Madeleine, the royal couple travelled around Stockholm in the traditional parade barouche in a cortège before returning to the Palace for the formal reception at the Vita Havet Assembly Rooms.
   The King informally cheered the crowd on after the royal couple kissed at the Palace, much to the delight of the estimated 500,000 who had lined the streets of the capital.
   The wedding cake was made by the Swedish National Pastry Team. The dancing, which concluded the evening, took place in the Karl XI Gallery.
   The bride is now officially titled Princess Sofia, Duchess of Värmland.




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The Instagrams of the top fashion labels: showing seven ways they reach us

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With social media being such a big part of the world we now live in, fashion houses no longer have just magazines to sell their products. These Instagram accounts give fans an insiders’ look to the brand and what’s going on. We have chosen seven of the top fashion labels to give the different ways these labels use Instagram.
   Making us green with envy, Fendi is giving us a snapshot into the book launch party for Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld, which was at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Yellow sand, blue sky, models (Lily Donaldson, Lindsey Wixson and, of course, Kendall Jenner) in beautiful clothes and the influential designer himself, make this a photo I want to jump into.
   Marc Jacobs is showing us the classic throwback Thursday and giving us a nice close-up from his 2010 collection, making us wish even more for a time-travelling device. Having the photo up so close shows us a new side to a dress we may have seen before, giving us a new appreciation of the greatness that is in front of us.
   Jimmy Choo is giving us a behind-the-scenes look that we would never see on the runway: a sketch design of one of their shoes. From this, we can compare the real-life shoe and make us sigh with relief that the heel is not quite so high. Having behind-the-scenes images makes the fans and customers feel more a part of the process, not to mention more appreciative of the shoe itself.
   Roberto Cavalli is both showing off its new campaign and some sweet-as art. This beautiful illustration by Hodaya Louis is of its new autumn–winter range, featuring singer Ciara. While they also showed the real photographs when the campaign was first released, this continues the interest while also shining light on the artist who did the illustration in the first place.
   Often when you see pictures from the runway, you are too busy taking in the whole outfit that you don’t get to all the little details that make it as glorious as it is. Thanks to Burberry’s Instagram, however, we are getting not only a close-up look at the green suede bag, but also the patterns and details of the boots and coats. From the looks of things, this image was taken while the models were waiting to walk out on the runway, making this the perfect quick snapshot to make us want the bag and see more of that outfit.
   The Met Gala is a huge night for fashion, showing us mere mere mortals the best and most extravagant dresses you can get. It also leaves us wanting what your favourite celebrity is wearing. Givenchy, in this post and many others, tells us who was wearing its beautiful dresses. In this photo, actress Jessica Chastain is wearing a custom haute couture dress. This dress looks like dripping gold and perfectly shows the extravagance that is Givenchy.
   Last, but not least, we have Valentino showing us some street style from one of the many famous fashion bloggers. A shot from the fashion website Man Repeller, this features a pair of Valentino shoes. With the rise of social media, bloggers now have a big impact of what people buy and even how people wear things. Customers will find a blogger with a similar style to them and see how they wear certain things. If a label affiliates themselves with and shows a famous blogger wearing its clothes, then they can reach potential customers.—Fenella Clarke

June 11, 2015

Chivas Regal the Icon launches with Dubai tasting; on sale for US$3,500

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Warren Little

Chivas Regal has released its most iconic Scotch whisky yet, called, appropriately, Chivas Regal the Icon. Having released its first luxury whisky in 1909, Chivas Regal has since been known for its style, substance and exclusivity.
   Its latest whisky is Chivas Regal’s biggest feat yet, mixing from more than 20 different distilleries, including some rare whiskies from distilleries that have gone. ‘Chivas Regal the Icon is a truly exquisite blend, perfectly smooth with an intense concentration of sumptuous flavours that develop into an exceptionally long, lingering finish,’ said Colin Scott, master blender, a veteran at the company who joined in 1973, and learned his craft over the decades under his predecessor. At the heart of the whisky is a malt from Chivas Regal’s spiritual home, Strathilsa, a distillery the company brought in the 1950s which has featured in all of the brand’s blends.
   Chivas Regal the Icon has rich notes of honey, vanilla and dark chocolate, creating a bold, balanced and unforgettable blend. It comes in a hand-blown crystal decanter created at Dartington Crystal that has been delicately etched and finished with precision metalwork. The bottle itself has a slight green finish that is a homage to the first Chivas bottle, which was also green. It is finished with the signature luckenbooth stopper, a traditional Celtic symbol of love.
   Chivas Regal celebrated the release of its new whisky with both a tasting and a launch party in Dubai. From May until September 2015, this whisky will be sold at Dubai Travel Retail at an RRP of US$3,500.—Fenella Clarke










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June 10, 2015

Deadly Ponies débuts men’s range with classic, refined bags

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Finally after weeks of hints and sneak peeks, Deadly Ponies has released its first men’s range. For years, Deadly Ponies was known for its sleek, classic and ever-so-edgy bags that were a must for almost all women. Though these bags are arguably a unisex style, the average man needs a bit more functionality for his everyday life. This is where the new collection comes in, with four classic designs coming only in black; these are perfect for whatever your needs might be.
   â€˜I set about designing a men’s range knowing the expectations would be high. The result is a collection that balances the needs of a classic Australasian guy with refined European styling,’ says Liam Bowden, the label’s creative director.
   Deadly Ponies has taken four classic men’s bags we have known and loved for years, and reinvented them to create a new look that speaks more to them as a brand. Each bag has the signature Deadly Ponies look, with New Zealand leather, brass hardware and, of course, the gold stamped logo. Each bag is named after a comic book hero to give the bags a fun, kid-like mentality.
   The first bag is the Comet satchel, which has a professional but relaxed look with its soft leather. Then there are the Zorro briefcase and the Phantom duffle, which are modern interpretations on traditional styles. Last but definitely not least, the Ranger rucksack (right), an effortlessly cool overnight bag with Deadly Ponies’ famous statement zip going around the circumference of it, making the bag more youthful and edgy than the previous three. Though these are advertised as men’s bags these would make a staple in anyone’s closet, whether man or woman.—Fenella Clarke



New Zealand Eco Fashion Week launches with mayoral reception

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Lucire is UNEP's first fashion industry partnerThe third New Zealand Eco Fashion Week had its launch last night, hosted by the Mayor of Hutt City, Ray Wallace.
   The Dowse Art Centre played host to the mayoral reception. Denise Anglesey, the founder and director of the event, introduced her team, and it was apparent from the very swish launch that feedback from the 2014 week on how to take things to the next level had been taken on board. It also demonstrated a growing confidence from the Mayor and council in the event.
   Anglesey had secured Miranda Brown, one of New Zealand’s best known socially responsible designers, to headline for the Saturday show, and tickets to the event were selling faster than in previous years.
   Peruvian Fair Trade shoe brand Inkkas, jewellery label Sylver & Shackel, Gem Chérie, Ron Tekawa, Dane Dagger, Julia May, Undivided and others showed that Angelsey’s event attracted designers from well beyond the region, and the 2016 event, she noted, could include a name from the US.
   The Hutt City Council had come on board as the premier partner for New Zealand Eco Fashion Week, with Mayor Wallace noting his concern about the disposable culture that had emerged in recent times. He believed that this was extremely harmful for the environment, and praised the eco-fashion movement.
   The Mayor also believed Hutt City to be a thriving, creative hub, with a growing part of the economy participating in its Technology Valley. He saw New Zealand Eco Fashion Week playing a strong part in the city’s creativity.
   German-made Sante, a natural, organic make-up brand with a 100 per cent plant base, will be used on all 45 models at the event, and is a gold sponsor. The Hodge Group and Coffee News are the event’s other two gold sponsors.
   Also present were Panache Model Agency, Salon Revue, and Peter Yealands Wines, which provided the alcohol at the launch.
   The programme extends beyond the Saturday show; full details are at its website. There are talks from Brown on Thursday, a pop-up shop at 127 Jackson Street, Petone, a make-up demonstration, and a wardrobe swap.—Jack Yan, Publisher


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Top Model Allie O’Regan is made up using Sante natural cosmetics at New Zealand Eco Fashion Week. Above Inkkas’ Fair Trade, eco-friendly shoes made by Peruvian artisans.

June 9, 2015

Michael Beel wins New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year with Oriental Bloom collection

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Wellington-based hairdresser Michael Beel has won New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year at Sydney’s Hair Expo, thought of as the “Oscars of hairdressing” in some circles, last night.
   The winning collection, named Oriental Bloom, was inspired by orchids, the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and the glamour of 1930s Shanghai. Beel also wanted the collection to be all about sculptural hair. This was the fifth time he entered, realizing a life-long ambition to get the top accolade. In previous years, Beel won the Educator of the Year award in 2013 and Industry Hairdresser of the Year in 2014.
   Beel started working at a hair salon in Dunedin for extra cash before started his apprenticeship. He then moved to Wellington to finish it. For the last 13 years, Beel has been working at Buoy Hairdressing, and is now the creative director of the salon. He is an educator for both GHD and L’Oréal Professionnel, and his work has featured in numerous fashion magazines, including Lucire.
   His winning collection was styled by Dan Ahwa, photographed by Jessica Sim, with make-up by Kiekie Stanners from MAC.—Fenella Clarke

Adidas by Stella McCartney shows autumn–winter 2015–16 range, out July

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In mid-July, Adidas by Stella McCartney will release their newest autumn–winter collection, celebrating Adidas and Stella McCartney’s ten years together.
   Adidas has always been known for its innovation in sportswear, everyday wear and collaborations, but its biggest success is with Stella McCartney. McCartney started her clothing line in 2001 with her first fashion show in Paris, known for her tailored, confident air. It seemed only logical that Adidas would begin a collaboration with her four years later.
   McCartney has also broadened her horizons to providing her customers with kids’ wear, ready-to-wear, a perfume line and a sunglasses’ collection. She does not use any fur or leather in her collections. McCartney’s aim with this current collection is for women to be able to work out wearing her designs, and for them to be worn all day.
   â€˜Over time women have become more and more focused on their fitness goals and are spending more time in workout clothes. This makes it even more important to provide function and style, which challenges us to be continuously innovative in our approach,’ said McCartney.
   With unique textures and layering options, this collection is sure to have something for everyone, from a more casual T-shirt to a compression onesie. Like Adidas by Stella McCartney’s other collections, it caters to many different types of exercise. The collection mostly comes in browns, blues, burgundy and pops of grey or yellow, and seems to be able to suit everyone. It has expanded to shoes, bags and yoga mats, so we can look forward to some burgundy snow boots and tote bags.
   The collection will be available mid-July at all Adidas stores and online.—Fenella Clarke

Pro surfing champion Sally Fitzgibbons becomes the new face of Piping Hot

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Courtesy Piping Hot

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Australian fashion and lifestyle brand Piping Hot, with its surf-wear heritage, has announced Sally Fitzgibbons as its new ambassador.
   Fitzgibbons, the new Fiji Pro champion, will appear in the company’s upcoming marketing campaigns.
   She had previously been the youngest World Surfing Tour qualifier in its history in 2008, the youngest surfer to win an Association of Surfing Professionals Pro Junior title at 14, and the first winner of the Australian Open of Surfing. She has won numerous surfing competitions around the world, and her next goal is to win a world champion title.
   â€˜It was important to partner with a brand that shares my passion for surf, health, fitness and an active outdoor lifestyle, and I am really excited about the brand’s potential, both in Australia and around the world,’ said Fitzgibbons in a release.
   Piping Hot has an exclusive retail agreement with Target Australia, including T-shirts, surfboards, swimwear, footwear, beach towels and head wear.
   â€˜Sally will bring a fresh integrity to the brand that we know our customers will love, adding to the already long-standing and positive relationship between Piping Hot and Target,’ said Gillian Ridley Whittle, Director of Womenswear, Lingerie, Footwear and Accessories at Target Australia.

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