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January 21, 2016

Rosamund Pike, Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková, Zhou Xun, Jessica Kahawaty at IWC SIHH launch

Lucire staff/23.23




Chris Jackson, Harold Cunningham

IWC Schaffhausen has released its Pilots’ Watches collection at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) show in Genève, with celebrities during the show and dinner including Adriana Lima, Karolína Kurková, Rosamund Pike, Hilary Swank, Zhou Xun, Marc Forster, Scott Eastwood, Christoph Waltz, American actor Chris Evans, Scott Eastwood, José Mari Manzanares, Dev Patel, Elyas M’Barek, Moritz Bleibtreu, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Fabian Cancellara, author Paulo Coelho, Ronan Keating and Storm Üchtritz, Supertramp’s John Helliwell, Joaquim de Almeida, Raya Abirached, Hend Sabry, Fabio Capello, Jose Maria Yazpik, Ralf Möller, Moritz Bleibtreu, Franziska Weisz, Juan Mata, Levison Wood, Elsa Zylberstein and Ruben Alves, Roberto di Matteo, Thomas Kretschmann, Elvira Lang Netzer and Gunter Netzer, Arsene Wenger, José Mari Manzanares, Raya Abirached, Hend Sabry, Alexei Nemov, Galina Nemov, Sandra Bauknecht, Nadya Hasan, Barbara Becker, Jessica Kahawaty, Razane Jammal, Christian Knoop, Olga Litvinova and Konstantin Khabensky, Anna Ferzetti and Pierfrancesco Favino, Alessia Marcuzzi, Andrea Berton, Nagora Aramburu and Xabi Alonso.
   Guests were entertained at a revue-style show on Wednesday night called Come Fly with Us in the evening, MCed by Rob Brydon, which featured performances by the Pepe Lienhard Big Band from Switzerland, Patti Austin, Ronan Keating, Curtis Stigers, Eric Harland and Till Brönner. A troupe of 20 dancers from the UK performed a routine inspired by the 1930s.
   Pike noted, ‘I enjoyed every minute. The ’30s atmosphere was so creatively interpreted that I kept thinking I was on a film set.’
   Earlier in the day, IWC brand ambassadors visited the SIHH, where CEO Georges Kern introduced the new range. The IWC booth continued the 1930s theme, with a hangar theme, and a Supermarine Spitfire that had been brought from Manchester to Genève.
   IWC’s Pilots’ Watches’ range comprises the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 55 (ref. IW510401), the Big Pilot’s Heritage Watch 48 (ref. IW510301), the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII (ref. 3270), and the Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36 (ref. 3240), which is the smallest in the IWC collection with a case diameter of 36 mm.









































































Harold Cunningham, Ian Gavan, David M. Benett, Chris Jackson

January 20, 2016

Bang on trend, Karen Walker’s summer ’16 eyewear blasts off into space

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Above Karen Walker Eyewear’s Cosmonaut, One Orbit and Star Sailor—which we’re choosing as the picks of the season in the wake of David Bowie’s passing.

Karen Walker Eyewear’s Arrowed by Karen summer 2016 collection hits stores today (January 20), with new shapes dubbed Moon Disco, Moonwalk, Star City, and Lunar Flowerpatch, joining Harvest, Super Duper Strength, and Number One. Super Spaceship, One Orbit, One Astronaut and Cosmonaut are the futuristic entries, with super-flat lenses. There are new finishes in rose pink and soft grey, plus a finish called Crazy Tort (with brown and gold shades). Her acetate frames have gold, silver and rose gold metal detail, and champagne and silver mirror lenses.
   Our pick of the bunch: the thin-framed look of Cosmonaut, which leaves others in no doubt that you’re ahead of the style game, and that you’re wearing Karen Walker. Star Sailor and One Orbit are the next on our list. These space-themed ones seem right on the Zeitgeist in the wake of icon David Bowie’s passing: there’s that sense of other-worldliness and futurism to them, and we’re picking that as a style this season.







January 19, 2016

Montblanc launches Great Characters Andy Warhol range of writing instruments

Lucire staff/14.23



Montblanc honoured Grace Kelly a few years ago with a limited-edition collection, and now it has turned its attention to pop artist Andy Warhol.
   Its Great Characters line, which has already offered items based on the legacies of Leonardo da Vinci, Alfred Hitchcock and John F. Kennedy over the last seven years, sees a new range that pays tribute to Warhol. The Montblanc Andy Warhol Special Edition pens feature a cap that shows four images of tomato soup cans—a reference to Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Series of 1965—worked into stainless steel. The cap ring on the fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint pen has Warhol’s signature alongside an engraving of ‘©/®/TM AWF’, and the cap top is engraved with one of the artist’s quotes: ‘Art is what you can get away with’. The rhodium-plated 585 gold nib on the fountain pen has a dollar sign from his Dollar Sign series.
   The Limited Edition 1928, referencing Warhol’s birth and inspired by his Flowers (1964), has another quotation on the cap, ‘You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you’, and is accompanied by an abridged version of his 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and back Again).
   The Montblanc Great Characters Andy Warhol Special Edition is available in New Zealand from Montblanc Boutique at 87 Queen Street, Auckland. For more information, visit www.montblanc.com.




January 12, 2016

News in brief: Susan Sarandon for L’Oréal; Toxit’s hand-made sunglasses; lecture by fashion historian at Massey University

Lucire staff/12.30




Top Susan Sarandon for L’Oréal. Centre From Toxit’s latest campaign for its hand-made sunglasses. Above Passage #5 coat-dress and belt, from the Dior spring–summer 2011 haute couture collection by John Galliano, from the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Although it’s been known since December 31, L’Oréal Paris has only this week made it official in a lot of its markets: Susan Sarandon is its new spokeswoman, stating, ‘An Oscar winner, mother, activist, entrepreneur, fighter, and a beautiful example of what it means to age with grace, Sarandon is a true woman of worth. Highly respected by her peers and adored by the public, Sarandon is proving that age is just a number and that happiness is the ultimate beauty tool.’
   â€˜Susan is a cinematic icon. She is strong, charismatic and talented and has a compelling sense of self. Her outspoken activism, captivating film work and authentic charm continues to inspire women to be fearless and believe in their convictions,’ said Cyril Chapuy, L’Oréal Paris brand global president in a release. ‘She is a real woman of worth inside and out. We are honoured to have Susan as a new L’Oréalista.’
   Toxit is a new sunglasses’ brand from Italy with one notable point of difference: they’re made by hand. Italian companies are involved at each stage: the Som Occhiali company in Calalzo di Cadore is in charge of the production process; Toffoli di Toffoli Costantino, in the same town, manufactures the acetate parts; the plastics come from Mazzucchelli SpA; the lenses are made by Sel Optical Divisione Filtri Solari; the cases by Pikappa in Vicenza; and the packaging is made by Scatolificio 2 G, near Padua. The products are 100 per cent reliable and safe, says Toxit.
   Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand advises that on February 9 at 6 p.m., Dr Alexandra Palmer, Nora E. Vaughan Fashion Costume Senior Curator and Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship in Textiles & Costume at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), will present a lecture at ‘The Pit’, Te Ara Hihiko, Block 12, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, Wellington on Frock Coats, Redingotes and Dior: Fashion in the Royal Ontario Museum, 1909–2016. Palmer will discuss the significance of ROM’s collection of western fashionable dress collected over the last 100 years, and contextualize it within the museum’s larger textile and costume collection.
   She will also give stories on how key items, both historical and contemporary, were acquired, including ROM’s commission of a spring–summer 2011 Christian Dior haute couture gown, Passage #5, by John Galliano.
   A RSVP to V.Karaminas@massey.ac.nz is essential to secure a place.

January 9, 2016

Kicking off the Golden Globes’ suites: inspirational, inventive and invigorating

Elyse Glickman/10.53



Elyse Glickman

Pre-award suites have been around for so long that the expression ‘Now, I’ve seen everything’ genuinely applies in many cases. For this reason, Rita Branch’s latest outing, Ultimate in Luxury Red Carpet Style Lounge, was positively brilliant because many of the vendors were making their red-carpet début. Even better, women-owned companies were in the spotlight, as were beauty products from around the globe.
   Marquee sponsors included Visit Santa Barbara (still Hollywood’s backyard playground), Los Angeles’ Dermale skin care, Mommy-and-me gear from Rufflegirl.com and Eve & Nico. New York-based Eve & Nico, which was gifting hand-wrought telephone wire baskets from South Africa to guests, is a woman-founded company that stocks its web store with unique decorative and fashion items crafted by women from a variety of communities around the globe. While proceeds from the bowls, handbags, wall hangings, candles and other items benefit women and families in need, there’s the added pride a consumer feels knowing that someone took her time to make something of beauty and utility.
   And speaking of global travel, Queen Latifah’s ‘Make me international!’ line from the film Last Holiday was a great way to describe the head-to-toe beauty offerings, which dominated the event. There were special golden-handle Denman hairbrushes from the UK (a favourite tool in salons throughout the world), Dermale’s new Purifying product collection line, and MyntSmile, a multi-tasking toothpaste created by New Yorker Lisa Marie Kao that not only whitens and prevents cavities, but protects expensive investment dental work.
   A unisex body scrub and lotion from Israel’s Adore Organic Innovation products, made from Dead Sea elements and other organic ingredients, was also a hit with celebrities. Jakob Pahima, who co-owns Adore’s LA-area boutiques, explained how the collection of cleansers, toners, eye creams, body lotions, nail care, moisturizers, night creams address such issues as wrinkling, sagging, and uneven skin tone.
   Fernanda Japan offered a garden of heavenly delights, with perfumes, colognes, body lotions and hair conditions in a dozen vivacious floral–fruit aromatic blends. British Columbia-based Scentuals tempted people with their herbal, cruelty-free products for men, women and infants. Oleavicen lip balm and first aid ointment made in Santa Barbara draw on the power of olive oil, beeswax and alœ to alleviate dry, sensitive skin and small wounds quickly and without mess. The origins for Brevena Skin Care (from Minnesota) grew out of its original use in burn centres. When doctors gave the manufacturers feedback on how the creams helped their often-washed and overly dry skin, they realized their oat-based proprietary formula could treat a variety of skin ailments, from excessive sun exposure to eczema.
   City Color Cosmetics offered guests a variety of blushes and lip paints in both natural and neon hues. Barbara Orbison, wife of late Roy Orbison, offered a fitting tribute to him with her Pretty Woman fragrance, in perfume, candle and solid-fragrance form. The composition of floral, vanilla, amber, spice and woody essences comes together as something with a warm, old-school feel to it that recalls other classics like Estée Lauder’s Youth Dew. Edda Scandinavian body care and home products, crafted in the US, are inspired by the fresh, natural aromas of Scandinavia as well as their cultural penchant for all things organic and sustainably produced.
   While veteran fashion publicist Kristi Ling was on hand to promote her friends behind Betty Boop-licensed apparel, we’re excited about the new path she’s taken as a life coach. Her insight on how to reinvent and recharge your life is covered in her new book, Operation Happiness. While many books promise big changes in multiple steps, she narrows the path down to three: ‘Change Your View’, ‘Change Your Mornings’, and ‘Create New Habit’. If her self-reinvention is any indication, the book should be a compelling read. Another casual clothing purveyor was Twisted J Apparel, whose designs are inspired, in part, by Native American art forms.
   Of course, there cannot be an awards’ show suite without some bling. Rita and company did not disappoint. On the costume ends of things, Israeli-born Lilach Adoni was a crowd-pleaser with her state and country silhouette medallions in gold and silver tone and crystal embellishments. On the higher end, Nadri unveiled its new line of sterling silver and semi-precious stone pieces that, in terms of appearance and artistry, could give pricier lines a run for their money—especially when fashionable people are looking for conflict-free glamour.
   If you’re a guy who lives in the fast lane, but wants to do it in a way kinder to the environment, you would have found the presence of Tesla Motors (which first appeared in our pages in 2004) to be quite exciting. The California-based company owned by Elon Musk, that has the entire automotive world talking, gave away limited edition prints to celebrities, and sleek key chains to all.
   Celebrities attending included Saffron Burrows (Mozart in the Jungle), Nyle DiMarco (America’s Next Top Model), Sarah Hay (Flesh and Bone), A. J. Buckley (CSI), Richard Portnow (Trumbo), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), director Klaus Haro and actor Kai Nordberg (The Fencer), Bernardo P. Saracino (Sicario), and Johnny Ortiz (American Crime Show).—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




















Elyse Glickman

January 6, 2016

Huawei collaborates with Swarovski on two additional smart watches

Lucire staff/20.46


Huawei impressed the tech crowd with its smart watches last year, but it’s going after a more premium market with the announcement of the Jewel and Elegant versions this time, in collaboration with Swarovski.
   The two watches, shown at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronic Show yesterday, join the Classic, Active and Élite models launched in 2015.
   The Jewel features 68 Swarovski zirconia, each measuring 1·5 mm, around its rose gold-plated case. The Elegant has a knurled pattern effect around its rose gold-plated case. Both are complemented by Italian leather watch straps in pearl white and sapphire blue, and come loaded with over 40 watch faces, including 10 exclusive designs that Huawei calls ‘feminine’.
   They are powered by Android Wear and are both Android and IOS compatible, have Bluetooth connectivity, and can accept voice commands for music and navigation. The watches also include a heart-rate sensor and a motion sensor for fitness and health.

December 17, 2015

Ab Aeterno’s wooden watches are the next thing in eco-fashion

Lucire staff/23.58



Ab Aeterno has shown its Sky collection, a range of wooden watches that contain a Swiss movement, with the remainder made in Italy.
   The firm, just over three years old, uses only sustainable materials such as wood. They guarantee that their products contain 100 per cent natural materials, including recycled materials, and are toxic-free.
   Wood was chosen for its lightness and the positive sensation wearers get, according to Ab Aeterno. The watches themselves weigh 50 g and do not have any paint or chemical treatments applied.
   Twenty-five per cent of revenue is used for R&D, says the company, to find new ways of using wood. Ab Aeterno has filed a patent on how to insert the watch movement into the case, and sources its briccole wood from Venezia.
   There are three sub-lines in the Sky collection: for women, for men, and a Unisex range.

December 16, 2015

Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati release capsule collection in México

Lucire staff/22.33

Ermenegildo Zegna and Maserati have released a capsule collection to commemorate the launch of the Ermenegildo Zegna trim package on the Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte saloons in the Mexican market.
   The new collection includes shirts, sweatshirts, trousers, shoes, silk scarves, leather accessories and glasses, and is available at selected Ermenegildo Zegna stores worldwide. Our picks are the nappa driving gloves and the foldable glasses, with the Maserati trident emblazoned on the bridge. The leather gives these designs a constructed look that has a clear link with the mechanical nature of the cars. The hold-all, meanwhile, comes in French calfskin and features a fabric lining created for the cars, while the travel wallet has special compartments for one’s passport and boarding pass.
   The new trim level on the Maserati cars, named after the fashion label, sees the interiors feature a Zegna-created fabric for the cabin and seats, which combine a soft texture with a contemporary look.
   The collaboration originally began in 2014 with the Quattroporte saloon.

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