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June 25, 2015

MAC Cosmetics celebrates München store, with Franziska Knuppe, Victoria Swarovski, Lisa Tomaschewsky

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Gisela Schober

MAC Cosmetics celebrated the opening of its new store in München, Germany by having an Art of the Lip party.
   MAC, which was founded in Toronto in 1984, has since then taken the make-up world by storm, featuring in almost all runway shows and sold in 150 countries. This party is one of many that have been hosted around the world, each celebrating the many ways your can paint your lips. Lily Allen performed as well as drag queen Miss Candy and DJ Pierre Sarkozy.
   At the party were MAC make-up artists showing the guests different ways of doing their lips, for example defining your lip line with lipliner, and making your lips look bigger with a bit of lip-glass in the middle of the lips. True to form, a fashion show also took place, with models wearing designs by Zaldy, giving an avant-garde vibe at the event.
   Guests included Viktoria Lauterbach, Josefina Vilsmaier and her sister Thérèsa Vilsmaier, Verona Pooth, Alicia von Rittberg, Franziska Knuppe, Melissa Faber-Castell, Victoria Swarovski, Katja Riemann and her daughter Paula, Palina Rojinski, Nadine Warmuth, Bettina Zimmermann, Lisa Seitz and her daughter Luzie Seitz, Sophia Thomalla, Mina Tander, Lisa Tomaschewsky, and Tom Wlaschiha. General director Gabriele Medingdörfer was also there as was Bettina Zimmermann, who hosted the event.
   München now has two stores (in Pasing and the OEZ), with a pro store set to open in August. MAC is also planning on opening more free-standing stores throughout Germany in the autumn.—Fenella Clarke






















Gisela Schober

Grey, the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, disappoints

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The highly anticipated sequel to E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey novel, Grey, as told through Christian Grey’s perspective, was released last week.
   I’m a fan of the first three books and I was excited to see how the events that helped us all fall in love with Mr Grey in the three books, as told through Anastasia Steele’s perspective, would differ from Mr Grey’s. I have to admit, I feel utter disappointment.
   Not only does the book feel like a cut-and-paste section of a badly written essay leaving the reader thinking, ‘Hang on, I’ve read this before,’ but Grey gives the impression that it was written way too fast with not enough time or thought given to explore the psyche of Mr Grey.
   Sure, it has some funny points, I’ll give James that, but it hasn’t had great reviews so far. Maybe I expected too much; maybe I thought that Grey would reveal something more than a 27-year-old man behaving like a 15-year-old boy who has to analyse every single little comment that is made to him by Miss Steele. The amount of self-loathing and hate Grey describes is enough to drive the reader to throw their hands in the air and say, ‘I’ve read enough,’ and leave the book lying on the floor.
   For a series that has won a lot of acclaim and attention for being fresh, there is nothing fresh in Grey. So much of the book is a repeat of the first, as told by Anastasia, with minor insights into the psychopath that Grey is.
   What I found interesting was that his psychologist is called Mr Hyde. This observation made me think of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Grey has two personalities that battle for dominance over him, and therefore, over Anastasia. That small reference could have been explored, in my opinion, in more depth, but I guess the pressure to produce a sequel was too much for James.
   As a fan, I was let down completely. I felt James was just changing a few words and names around, and didn’t really explore the psychopath enough. We know he has childhood issues, we get it, but that doesn’t give him the right to tell Anastasia how she should behave. Perhaps, someone should have given Grey a lesson on how he should behave towards he woman he claims to love.
   In this case, the movies will be better than the books.—Snjezana Bobič

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June 24, 2015

Mila Kunis celebrates with Gemfields in London on its new find in Mozambique

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David M. Benett

As its brand ambassador, actress Mila Kunis attended Gemfields’ ruby launch party in London on Tuesday night.
   Kunis wore two pieces from Fabergé’s Devotion collection: a pair of earrings set with diamonds, 10 oval Mozambican rubies totalling 9·32 ct, and a ring set with diamonds and one 5 ct oval Mozambican ruby. She also wore Fabergé’s Regalia diamond and ruby bracelet set with 176 Mozambican rubies totalling over 17 ct.
   This party celebrated the launch of Gemfields’ newly found ruby deposit in Montepuez, Mozambique, one of the most significant of its type in the world. Gemfields has previously specialized in high quality emeralds and amethysts from Zambia, until finding this deposit in Mozambique.
   Gemfields is a leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones and has experts on hand to make sure that they are not harming the environment or its people. ‘It’s really a luxury to own jewellery and gemstones. If you’re in the position to do so, you’re fortunate. Given that, I think it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing and where it came from,’ said Kunis, who has been the brand ambassador for Gemfields since 2013.
   The actress looked positively glowing, only nine months after giving birth, accompanying the jewellery with a white dress, a pair of white stilettos and a pop of red lipstick to match the rubies.—Fenella Clarke







David M. Benett

June 23, 2015

Ralph Lauren and British Vogue host Wimbledon party: Matt Smith, Jessica Chastain, Lily James attend

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Chris Allerton

On Monday, Ralph Lauren celebrated its 10th year as official outfitters of the championships at Wimbledon, with a summer cocktail party hosted by British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman and former number-one professional tennis player Boris Becker. It was held at the Kensington Palace Orangery in London and guests enjoyed a live DJ set by Chelsea Leyland, and British-inspired canapés, summer cocktails, Pimms and champagne.
   Ralph Lauren is the first brand to create all the outfits on court in Wimbledon’s 129-year history, including umpires and ball persons.
   Co-hosts of the event were Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie, along with Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, the Countess of Mornington, actor Philip Brook, former tennis pro Richard Lewis, CBE, and Ali Spencer-Churchill. Many were adorned in Ralph Lauren and Polo Ralph Lauren: Shulman in a Ralph Lauren Collection navy silk Rylie dress and cashmere cardigan; Christie wore a black skater dress with a mesh panel on top, with a orange nappa leather envelope clutch; Lily James wore a white midi-length shirt dress paired with a gold lizard strappy jean sandal; while Jessica Chastain wore a black high-neck sleeveless dress with white inverted pleats. Actress Emily Mortimer wore a simple white shift dress, while Alice Eve wore a camel-coloured long-sleeve, high-necked dress; Maisie Richardson-Sellers was there looking stunning in a metallic organza shift dress with gathered sleeve detail, Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt looked like the epitome of summer in a yellow sleeveless dress. Of the stylish men present, Boris Becker wore a royal blue suit and former Doctor Who star Matt Smith wore a navy suit, a blue striped shirt and a green tie.
   Other guests included Jeremy Irvine, Lottie Moss, Lady Kitty Spencer, YouTubers Jim Chapman and Tanya Burr, Erin O’Connor, Laura Bailey, Lily Becker, Joanna Vanderham, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jamie and Ale Murray, Mollie King, Sam Rollinson, Charlotte Wiggins, Lara Millen, Petra Palumbo, Tania Fares, Lady Helen Taylor and Tim Taylor, Lady Kinvara Balfour, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor (the Staves), Ella Catliff, Jenny Halpern and Ryan Prince, Jade Parfitt, Viscount Althorp, Alice Brudendell-Bruce, Charlotte Dellal, Bay Garnett and Tom Craig, Emily Johnston, and Catherine Kallon.—Fenella Clarke















































Chris Allerton

June 22, 2015

The Body Shop’s winter essentials help protect the skin: special promotion begins June 29

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With the winter season in full swing, our skin isn’t feeling so good. This is where the Body Shop comes in, with their winter essentials, a few of their best products for the chilly months.
   We at Lucire have trialled four of these, but there are plenty more in store: the Hemp Hand Protector (100 ml, NZ$23·95), Shea Body Butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95), Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath (250 ml, NZ$29·95) and, for men, the Maca Root Energetic Face Protector (100 ml, NZ$37·50).
   Each active ingredient is Community Fair Trade from different places around the world.
   The hemp seed oil in the Hand Protector has both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, promoting healthy cell production and potentially improving very dry skin conditions.
   Meanwhile, the maca root in the Face Protector is rich in vitamins B, C and E as well has having calcium, iron and amino acids. These can promote energy levels and improve acne and blemishes. It is less thick than you might expect, but has a pleasant, masculine musky scent that emerges and subtly stays for the next few hours.
   The shea butter used in the Body Butter is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin protector. It helps with UV protection and is also good for dryness as it coats the skin and protects it from harm.
   The Wild Bubbling Bath’s argon oil, commonly used on hair, is also very moisturizing, making skin smoother and more radiant. It can also heal scars and, because of its high levels of vitamin E, it is considered to have anti-ageing properties.
   Notice a pattern? All of these are here to moisturize and protect the skin from the chilly, windy weather out there. Three of the products have quite earthy scents to them as well, meaning they have more of a unisex aroma. The exception is the Bubbling Bath, which has more of a beachy summertime smell, bringing me back to the days of lying on the beach without a care in the world.
   For a limited time you can get 20 per cent off the products in the winter essentials’ range if you buy two or more! The special runs from June 29 to July 19, 2015.—Fenella Clarke

June 19, 2015

Phoenix Organics’ Love Project helps clean up New Zealand’s polluted rivers

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Top Phoenix Organics’ promotional image for its latest venture to tackle river pollution. Above The sites for the Love Project’s tree-planting between June and September. Below left A #loveyourwater promotional card, with wildflower seeds embedded within.

On June 5, Phoenix Organics started planting native plants along polluted rivers for the Love Project, a venture which started last year with the company helping to remove 5,000 ℓ of rubbish from New Zealand beaches.
   When figures were released by regional councils last month revealing that more than half of New Zealand rivers were unsafe to swim in and that Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Canterbury and Northland were the worst, Phoenix knew it had to help.
   Co-founder of Sustainable Coastlines, Sam Judd, said, ‘Working with Phoenix Organics, we’re helping communities to stop pollution at its source by setting up riparian planting events—these help reduce pollutants entering rivers by reestablishing native vegetation.’
   Phoenix is hoping that through the Love Project, its customers will feel inspired to make a real difference in New Zealand’s coastal areas.
   ‘We’ve been committed to sustainability since day one and believe New Zealand should continue to build on its clean, green image through involving communities in projects like this,’ said Steve Cook, marketing manager for Phoenix Organics.
   The Love Project is also partnering with environmental artist Martin Hill, based in Wanaka, to create a sculpture during the project, with more information about being released late July.
   Auckland saw the first planting day on June 5 at Wakaaranga Creek; Wellington follows on June 26 at Owhiro Stream. Christchurch’s day is on July 31 at Travis Wetland, while Nelson’s is on August 21 at Corder Park. Northland and Waikato are in September.
   To find out more, you can look at Phoenix Organics’ Facebook and Instagram as well as the hashtag #loveyourwater.—Fenella Clarke


Above Phoenix Organics has planted one tree on behalf of Lucire publisher Jack Yan.

June 16, 2015

Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne feature in Mango’s autumn–winter 2015–16 campaign

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Spanish fashion brand Mango has announced that both Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne will be the faces of its autumn–winter 2015–16 campaign, hashtagged #somethingincommon.
   Mango sees both supermodel Moss and fashion influencer Delevingne as connected through their shared experiences as models and muses.
   The latest campaign was shot in Toronto in May by Dutch fashion photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin (Inez and Vinoodh). Lisa Butler and Garren led the make-up and hair respectively. Inez and Vinoodh have also created the TV commercial and Mango notes that the song, ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ will feature.
   In a release, Moss states, ‘It’s so great to be working with Mango again, they are such a fresh and modern brand. Inez and Vinoodh have captured the energy of the shoot perfectly, Cara and I always have fun together and you really can see that in this campaign.’
   Moss had posed for Mango in late 2011 and 2012.
   Delevingne, meanwhile, said, ‘Mango is great. When I think about what to wear every day, I like to be creative and Mango is a perfect brand to play with the range of styles there are nowadays. This is the first time I have worked with Mango and having Kate as my partner in crime is ideal! We are a lethal combination. I admire her personally and professionally, she represents a true fashion icon. It is a privilege to learn and to share this experience with her. The shoot has been epic, it’s always fun when Miss Moss is around.’
   The campaign breaks in September.

Cartier Queen’s Cup 2015 sees Geneviève Gaunt, Donna Air, Jodie Kidd, Jerry Hall, Dame Joan Collins attend

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Tim Griffiths

One of polo’s most prestigious matches, the Cartier Queen’s Cup, was held last Sunday at the Windsor Great Park at Guards Polo Club and celebrated the jeweller’s 31st year of polo sponsorship.
   The match was attended by royalty and celebrities alike, led by HM Queen Elizabeth II, who has attended and presented her cup since the ’60s, and HRH Prince Philip. Her Majesty was the embodiment of spring, wearing a pink tweed coat with a pink-and-green floral dress underneath, accompanied by a matching pink hat with a green feather accent and cream gloves. Prince Philip wore a black double-breasted blazer, grey trousers and a burgundy-and-black checked tie to give a pop of colour.
   The match was also attended by the likes of Dame Joan Collins and her husband Percy Gibson, Jerry Hall, Jodie Kidd and Donna Air. Dame Joan was dressed head to toe in pale peach while Hall donned a tailored navy suit with a blue cashmere sweater wrapped around her shoulders, her hair in cascading curls.
   Kidd also wore navy with her blonde hair down. This time it was a tight one-shouldered dress; black and gold flat sandals accompanied the outfit. Air wore a V-neck, midi-length pale pink dress with a white turtleneck underneath. She paired this with a navy Chanel bag and white ankle boots with a black heel.
   Other people there were the sisters Lady Violet Manners and Lady Alice Manners, Lady Violet wearing a white layered midi summer dress with burgundy heels and a sky blue bag. Lady Alice, however, wore a short green sleeveless dress and strapped nude heels, with a cream bag.
   Also in attendance were Lord and Lady March, Amber Le Bon, Rupert Finch and wife Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, Bear Grylls, Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola, Lilly and Boris Becker, Geneviève Gaunt, Alice Neylor-Leyland, the Marquess and Marchioness of Milford-Haven, Christopher Biggins, Markus Lupfer, Hugo Taylor, Spencer Matthews, the Hon Hilary Weston and Galen Weston, and the Hon Philippa Cadogan. Cartier executive chairman Arnaud Bamberger and Cartier UK managing director Laurent Feniou played host at the event.
   Cartier first sponsored the international day in 1984 and has gone one to sponsor St Moritz Polo, the Cartier International Dubai challenge, the Cartier World Elephant Polo Championship and even the first polo event in Beijing. The Queen’s Cup, however, is a highlight for the sports élite and spectators alike with previous players including HRH Prince Philip (who played in the final) and HRH Prince Charles (who won the trophy).—Fenella Clarke














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