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Two ends of the spectrum: Citroën’s facelifted C3; GMSV releases Chevrolet Silverado in RHD

Filed by Jack Yan/November 11, 2020/11.41


Two motoring releases are taking place in New Zealand this week: the first was the facelifted Citroën C3, a B-segment car that we really rate. The C3, which was first released in 2016, gets a slightly more aggressive nose, tying it in with larger models in the Citroën range. We suspect it’ll drive largely the same, which means light steering, easy manœuvrability, and reasonably good visibility (especially given today’s trend of silo-like cabins). We enjoyed the 1·2-litre triple, which the C3 retains in petrol guise here. However, Citroën tells us that there are new Advanced Comfort seats with lumbar support padding and driver’s arm reset, and more safety gear.
   It’s a sensible car in uncertain times, especially with petrol continuing to hover around the NZ$2 per litre mark—for our US readers I recently converted it to over US$5 a gallon. Lucire had the pre-facelift C3 around Auckland not too long ago and it especially made sense in urban areas. Will it do well? That’s the catch: it should, but you have to wonder about buyers as yet another crossover, with all the fuel it will consume over a comparably sized car, leaves a dealer’s forecourt.
   I must be missing something as I don’t think five bucks a gallon is cheap, unlike those who have made the Ford Ranger the nation’s top selling vehicle. Or those who have made the Toyota Hilux our number two.
   In such an environment—and I used that noun intentionally—maybe GM Special Vehicles’ Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will make perfect sense to Kiwi buyers who believe trucks are the in thing, and size is king. If everyone else is finding petrol cheap, then who am I to argue?
   The biggest pick-up truck to be sold in the country, by what’s left of General Motors down here, will be just the ticket for those who like the sound of a 6·2-litre V8 hauling around 5,000 lb (2,268 kg). Sure, I know some of you will need the 4·5-tonne towing capacity, but I’m betting more will be swayed by all the chrome and a cabin that boasts the best-in-class front head- and legroom. GMSV points out there are 31 inches of displays: digital dash, infotainment, and head-up.
   A plus for Kiwis is the fact the Silverado is here with right-hand drive, converted in Australia by Walkinshaw Automotive Group.
   What’s the bet that a lot of these Silverados are going to be sparkling clean, barely going near a payload?
   We admit we enjoyed the Holden Trailblazer when it was on test with us, for being an honest workhorse, and maybe the Silverado falls into that category. Holden’s top model last year was the Colorado, the country’s sixth best seller, in a country where pick-ups are the second-biggest segment (after 4×4 mid-sized SUVs).
   However, it’s hard not to be a little cynical in the wake of GM’s withdrawal from our market despite having the most competitive range in years—only to tell us that they pin their future on a truck more than twice the weight of the C3. Maybe the Ranger posers will have something to aspire to, no matter how often this magazine leans toward sustainability. Find your dealer at www.gmspecialtyvehicles.com.—Jack Yan, Publisher

 


Jessica Clarke models Ruby’s resort 2020–1 collection, Tides

Filed by Lucire staff/November 10, 2020/10.31



There are bursts of colours with Ruby’s resort 2020 collection, featuring ’70s-inspired prints, knitwear, and fruity shades, as worn by international model Jessica Clarke. The collection, dubbed Tides, is, says creative director Deanna Didovich, ‘a reflection of my emotions, the ebb and flow of waves … I have felt confined and overwhelmed with change in 2020, which are feelings I am sure others can relate to too.’
   She adds, ‘Resort is a pivotal collection of our year; it’s us ending the year on the best note possible. I wanted Tides to feel free, nostalgic and sentimental. It’s all about silhouettes that accentuate the body’s natural curves and colours that are charming and optimistic.’
   Tides is refreshingly bold when it comes to its shades—bright green, papaya, yellow, and purple among them—as well as a striking zig-zag print in the Portia style (top, pants and bandeau dress). The Portia print is in a GOTS-certified cotton, while we love the calmness of the Waves blue marle knit (in cardigan, long sleeve top or midi-skirt). Think linen, lightweight cotton and breathable materials.
   The collection is available from November 20 at rubynz.com and at Ruby retailers.













 


New Zealand labels Ketz-ke and By Mishco show off designer masks

Filed by Lucire staff/August 31, 2020/23.12


Top and above: By Mishco’s limited-edition masks have proven to be strong sellers. Below left: Ketz-ke’s bold mask designs.

New Zealand label Ketz-ke, featured in Lucire KSA’s September 2020 issue, has, like numerous other fashion labels, created designer masks. Masks—as predicted in Victoria Whisker’s recent story—have become a fashion item, and Ketz-ke’s more than qualify, with their bold designs. They’re retailing at three for NZ$36·50.
   They’re not alone. A new label set up in August reached a milestone when it sold 50 limited-edition masks per hour. By Mishco, founded by Ayla Bligh, set up to provide work for six women made redundant or suffered reduced hours because of COVID-19, sold out of its limited-edition lines within a week.
   Bligh referred to recent statistics that revealed that over 90 per cent of the 11,000 redundancies in New Zealand during the second quarter of 2020 were faced by women. It was her aim to empower women and keeping production local.
   By Mishco has scaled up production of its cotton–linen blend masks to meet demand, and is launching a line of children’s masks. Locals can collect using contactless methods. The company sold through a Facebook group called Chooice and more information can be found at bymishco.co.nz.

 


Assembly Label marks first international store, opening in Auckland

Filed by Lucire staff/March 12, 2020/23.21


About to start its second decade, Australian brand Assembly Label will open in New Zealand on Saturday, March 14, with its first international retail store at Shop S241, Level 2, Westfield Newmarket, Auckland. The brand’s minimalist æsthetic is present, the store having been created with We Are Triibe, who noted: ‘The concept for Assembly Label’s newest store in Auckland was derived ultimately from the label’s effortless, minimalist and laid-back approach to design. We wanted to inject the staple light and airy Assembly Label aesthetic into the Newmarket store—but with a twist; utilizing beautiful and carefully curated furniture pieces and natural finishes from New Zealand and Australian product designers and makers.’
   Assembly Label co-founder Damien Horan said in a release, ‘Our stores are free from complexity, favouring unyielding quality and refined simplicity over adornment. Our promise of welcoming environments that are easy to navigate and shop in comfort. Mirroring the same principles in service, we offer a unique and authentic in-store experience delivered by a warm and highly informed team.’
   Find out more at assemblylabel.nz.

 


3 Wise Men collaborates with Ubco on motorcycle and capsule collection

Filed by Lucire staff/November 8, 2019/13.52



Menswear label 3 Wise Men has collaborated with Ubco, creators of the award-winning 2 × 2 electric farm motorcycle.
   Ubco prides itself on a utilitarian, rugged motorcycle in an iconic white, but, like so many vehicles before it—the Citroën 2CV and Renault 4 come to mind—it is set for a fashionable makeover.
   The two companies have created a limited-edition, co-branded urban bike and capsule collection. The Ubco 3WM motorcycle eschews white for a blue, black and brown leather finish. The clothing collection, meanwhile, complements the motorcycle and can be worn while riding, or independently.
   So far, five Ubco 3WM bikes have been made but more are being considered.
   The collection itself comprises: poplin shirts with elbow patches and button-down collars (in eight colours); a waxed cotton quilted showerproof jacket (in navy and olive); a merino wool–Coolmax jersey also with elbow patches, and thumb holes (in black, navy or charcoal); raw selvedge denim jeans (blue and black); a canvas and leather satchel with suitcase handle sleeve, which can slot into the pannier rack on the motorcyle; leather key ring; and canvas bi-fold wallet.
   3 Wise Men’s Richard Miles says, ‘We love the Ubco 2 × 2’s Kiwi essence and its heritage. In many ways it is like the 3 Wise Men brand itself, being born of the desire to provide honest, reliable apparel, that can keep a man looking stylish and on his game throughout the business day.
   â€˜The colab allowed us not only to work with Ubco to add our vision to the bike, but also to extend our 3 Wise Men brand out of the office and into the urban jungle, with four great items of clothing and leather accessories that any man would be proud to own.’
   Ubco CEO Timothy Allan adds, ‘The UBCO team is incredibly excited by what 3 Wise Men has done with the capsule range and the design team have been able to create a bike that matches the slick urban style of their collection. Our team have been able to retain the essential values of the bike—utility, reliability and sustainability—but blend it with an effortless urban style that is instantly recognizable and desirable. We can see real interest internationally for both the bike and the apparel.’






 


L’Oréal Professionnel and Redken are official hair sponsors for New Zealand Fashion Week

Filed by Lucire staff/August 21, 2019/10.25



Above, from top: Michael Beel. Mana Dave.

Who could forget how L’Oréal Paris partnered with New Zealand Fashion Week at the very beginning, ensuring that the event would kick off with a major splash at the turn of the century?
   The French multinational returns this year as a hair sponsor, with its L’Oréal Professionnel and Redken brands, led by Buoy’s Michael Beel representing the former brand, and Mana Dave the latter.
   Both men are well respected, award-winning artists.
   L’Oréal New Zealand’s Professional Products’ Division general manager Alisha Smart said, ‘Not only are we looking forward to collaborating with some of New Zealand’s leading brands again, but with the next generation of Kiwi fashion designers. We’re committed to helping these up-and-comers cement their place in the fashion world by working closely with them to bring their designs to life.’
   Beel noted, ‘This year brings limitless opportunity for our team at New Zealand Fashion Week. Not only are we excited to be working on the likes of Zambesi who will no doubt be going big to celebrate their 40 years but I always look forward to working with new designers—going through the creative process and coming up with an overall look that will finesse their fashion story.’
   Dave added, ‘At the moment we’re seeing a huge movement towards women celebrating their natural features including embracing and enhancing natural hair texture. This year, we’ll be putting texture front and centre, finding the uniqueness of our models’ hair creating a more elevated version of it, sending inspiration down the runway for those watching.’
   Zambesi and Maggie Marilyn, as well as the Fashion Lunch and new-generation shows, will be handled by L’Oréal Professionnel, while Redken will work with Federation, Salasai, and the Tuesday Brand and supporting new-generation group shows.

 


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