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Harlem-Cruz Ihaia crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2017

NEWS  by Lucire staff/August 12, 2017/14.04

Alan Raga

Harlem-Cruz Ihaia was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand 2017 at Skycity Theatre before an international audience in 51 countries, including a national television audience watching live on Bravo TV in New Zealand and a stream right here at Lucire.
   The 19-year-old bilingual kohanga reo teacher from Napier won both the Entrepreneurial Challenge, where she raised more for Variety—the Children’s Charity than any previous entrant, as well as top honours before a judging panel comprised of actress Teuila Blakely (Filthy Rich), music legend Frankie Stevens, make-up guru and cosmetics’ brand owner Samala Robinson, former Miss Universe New Zealand director and current director of the Talent Tree Evana Patterson, boutique PR agency boss Anna Jobsz, and motivational speaker Areena Deshpande.
   Mark Leishman and Holly Pollock (The CafĂ©) MCed the Grand Final, which returned to free-to-air television for the first time in New Zealand in a generation.
   Members of Ms Ihaia’s whānau performed a haka for her after her crowning in honour of her win.
   Speaking with Ms Ihaia after her win, she said she was overwhelmed, saying her victory was unexpected.
   She had entered to break stereotypes of both Māori and of beauty pageants. Her motto is, ‘Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.’
   Brooke Houia of Auckland was runner-up, and Shekinah delos Santos, also of Auckland, took the second runner-up position.
   Dr Sarah Hensby-Bennett and Holly Waghorn took fourth and fifth positions respectively.
   Performances from the soulful Lavina Williams, new talent RazĂ©, and illusionist AndrĂ© Vegas kept the evening’s entertainment fun and lively as the Top 20 became the Top 10.
   This year’s finalists have helped Miss Universe New Zealand raise over $140,000 for Variety—the Children’s Charity, with many of the finalists sponsoring deserving Kiwi kids.
   International couturier Sidney Eculla flew in from the Philippines to create a collection for the finalists, while the students at Sewtec had the finalists model Pacific Fusion designs, showcasing emerging talent.

Cooling off at Cosmoprof 2017

NEWS  by Jody Miller/July 26, 2017/2.14

At 300,000 ftÂČ, 1,278 exhibitors and more than 36,000 attendees, Cosmoprof North America continues its reign as the world’s leading beauty industry symposium and market-place. Every facet of the beauty industry was gorgeously represented at the plush and cool Mandalay Bay Convention Center, making attendees almost forget the unrelenting Las Vegas heat. It was a must-attend event for everybody who was anybody in beauty, from the Amazon and Sephora reps on the prowl for the next big brand, to QVC’s live auditions for upstart brands to gain an “as seen on TV” status to the said upstarts betting on their wow factors to gain that coveted audience.
   A full week of workshops and seminars covered every topic imaginable, from digital marketing to manufacturing to eco-beauty trends, culminating in a capstone speech and appearance by basketball legend Ervin ‘Magic’ Johnson. The Beauty ID Awards and National Hairstyling Awards topped off the busy week to crown the industry’s best, from creative packaging design to cutting-edge colour and hair design.
   The show floor itself was a labyrinth of vendors from every corner of the globe, including a robust presence of K-Beauty brands in addition to French, Brazilian, Italian, Australian, and even the first Armenian skin care line. Specialty curated sub-sections were dedicated to a variety of industry trends. If this all sounds a bit overwhelming—well, it was. After two days at the event, I think I made through only half the exhibition. Luckily, I moved fast, with determination to get a good look at the items that will surely be on your beauty wish list, as well as some great gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

Discover scent
I am starting with scent because it is so rare for fragrances other than aromatherapy oils to be exhibited at beauty trade shows.
   The Sage Lifestyle artisan fragrance collection by Sage Machado is inspired by the former jewellery designer’s fascination with gemstones interpreted with a relaxed coastal sensibility.
   Stirred by primĂŠval and awe-inspiring natural landscapes like the Australian desert and the mountains of HaĂŻti, Raw Spirit is a collection of luxury fragrances curated in conjunction with indigenous and tribal communities for an olfactory sensation that is uniquely raw and genuine.
   Taking their cue from the fragrance world’s current obsession with oud, Habibi deconstructs the Middle Eastern perfume tradition to a refined and elevated interpretation for the modern man or woman.
   Gift idea alert: check out the aromatherapy oil scarves from Petalwell.

Beauty spotlights
Ingeniously presented like a department store (as consumers would see) rather than parallel rows of exhibitors, this area featured masstige brands big on creativity, packaging sex appeal that merchants crave. I predict the following will be finding their way to a fine retailer near you.
   TruHair by Chelsea Scott adds va-va-voom to even the finest hair, and promises you will never have a bad hair day again. The Volcanic Volume paste gives remarkable lift and texture, while the Color and Lift Thickening Fibers allows one to instantly brush on hair over those pesky bald spots.
   Powered by an exclusive blend of phytoestrogens, Veneffect ( reverses the signs of hormonal skin ageing.
   Get your retro curls on with Spoolies Hair Curlers and the Original ClassiCurl Roller.
   Painful shoe blisters are a thing of the past with Preheels and you can toss out your crummy old hair brush. Raincry ( is a premium brand of hair brushes handmade by French and Italian artisans. And let’s ditch the chemical laden hair care for the good stuff like Generation Klean and Hot Tresses.

Discover beauty
This enclave uncovered beauty treasures from around the globe, aimed at the adventurous and discerning consumer.
   Make-up was in abundance here. There was the minimalist purity of ClĂ© Cosmetics and urban chic from top salon Ecru New York. Loved the Parisian-themed all-in-one palettes from international make-up guru Manna Kadar.
   Will facelifts become obsolete? Fillerina is a breakthrough alternative to injectable fillers with a dermo-cosmetic system that promises medical-grade results in 14 days. Treat those droopy jowls and that double chin at-home with the ChinUp mask by UpYours.
   Vegan and chemical-free nail colour is definitely a thing. Londontown and Ella + Mila ( were among the many.
   LQD is the latest in high-performance skin care for men, while Korean brands prove they are ahead of the competition with dermatologist formulations from Goodal ( and DRGL.
   If you prefer skin care with a French accent, the Sorbet Serum from Votre Vu is your skin’s best friend. Odacite Skincare is California-crafted with French savoir-faire.
   Korea isn’t the only Asian country with innovative skin care; Pili Ani is densely packed with skin-nourishing nutrients from the Bikol region of the Philippines.
   Merging beauty and well-being is the catalyst behind Finnish brand Supermood whose product range includes an anti-wrinkle, sleep-enhancing pillow.
   From Kuwait, Prismologie is a first-of-its-kind body care line connecting the transformative powers of colour, fragrance and precious gemstones.
   Hair ages like the rest of the body, so give it the love it deserves with Obliphica and Tela Beauty Organics.

Discover green
These brands are committed to eco-conscious products of the highest calibre in addition to presenting novel ideas.
   If any product range fit that description, it was Good Clean Love, revolutionizing the world of sexual health with a line of organic intimate products and solutions, everything from personal care to intimacy enhancement with an emphasis on educating the consumer for better health and happiness.
   Skin care with roots in ancient rituals is an emerging niche genre. From Hawaii there was Honua Hawaiian Skincare, packed with tropical emollients. Omofee invites consumers to “be exotic” with a range of luxury face and body care from India that are certified organic, vegan and halal. By contrast, Sonage Skincare stays true to its gold-standard European heritage while remaining non-toxic and nature based.
   Anti-ageing line Schique is the first to discover the regenerative power of the daisy. There was more organic nail care in runway-ready colours from LVX and Oak Natural Beard Care for the environmentally conscious man.

Discover green leaf
This area continued the theme, showcasing natural or organic products intended for upscale green spas.
   Glycelene Luxury Vegan Skincare is simultaneously organic and decadent, while Little Barn Apothecary produces wild-harvested unisex products for the modern salon. Making their US dĂ©but was Nairian, a line of indulgent skin care from Armenia with ingredients sourced from the region’s rich natural resources.

Tones of beauty
Devoted to the growing trends and needs of the multicultural consumer. There were loads of fun here with multitasking tools from NuDred and Texturepro by Wet Brush. Then there were the advanced Phyto-Dermo skin solutions from Morganna’s Alchemy.
   Keep reading, there’s more! These trend-setting products were hand-picked by Cosmoprof experts:

‱ gift alert! B-Livinn: vegan nail polish in personalized boxes;
‱ True Moringa Universal Cure Balm: first-aid kit in a jar;
‱ Beauty Tribe Hot Rollers introduces the Jetsetter, a revolutionary mechanism which took years to develop in their top-secret lab;
‱ Himirror: finally, a mirror that never lies.
‱ Feather & Bone Face Gems: a tablet facial cleanser that dissolves into a silky paste. Your perfect travel companion;
‱ Organic to Green coconut oil: a proprietary infusion of liquid coconut that never turns solid;
‱ Dermovia Lace: a Black Bamboo Charcoal peel-off mask. Get spa-like extractions in a mask;
‱ Skinn Fill Me In: a line-filling and skin-plumping mask that blurs the look of uneven tone and delivers deep hydration;
‱ Christian Breton Lifetox: mini-facelift in a bottle with a snake venom-like peptide;
‱ Hair Flash Color: spray-on make-up and fashion accessory for your hair;
‱ Blossom cuticle oil: flower-infused oils in six tantalizing aromas;
‱ Sphynx Portable Razor: hair-free on the go. Water, balm and razor in one handy device.

   Back in Los Angeles, South Korean luxury skin care label Sulwhasoo selected West Hollywood restaurant the Eveleigh as the perfect spot for a garden party. The rustic, indoor-outdoor chic eatery and bar was precisely chosen as a backdrop for the brand’s 20th anniversary of the best-selling First Care Activating Serum (now available in special packaging) as well as unveil its new First Care Activating Mask, soaked with the coveted beauty serum. In a time where Korean face masks at every price are conquering the world by bringing a little bit of luxury spas into homes beyond Asia, Sulwhasoo has upped the ante on that proposition. Experts on hand at the Eveleigh highlighted a special Jaum Balancing Complex, the brand’s proprietary herbal complex and unique micro net composition of the mask fabric allowing for effective absorption of the formula.
   To underscore Sulwhasoo’s adherence to the painstaking practice of selecting the right balance of herbal elements, online influencers and beauty writers were invited to create crowns using hand-selected flowers representing their individual goals and ambitions such as love, friendship, and prosperity. Even if the hand-crafted accessory popularized by Coachella and other music festivals is not a good look for everyone, women of all ages will like the look imparted by Sulwhasoo’s classic and new offerings.—Jody Miller, Correspondent

Jaguar launches E-Pace by breaking record—David Gandy, Sienna Miller, Winnie Harlow help promote new model

NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 13, 2017/22.46

Nick Dimbleby; Antonio Salgado

Jaguar has announced its platform counterpart to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, dubbed the E-Pace. The launch at ExCeL London saw the E-Pace enter the Guinness World Record books with a bang.
   Terry Grant, who holds 21 Guinness World Records’ titles, achieved a barrel roll, leaping 15·3 m and 270 degrees, not unlike the famous scene in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.
   Unlike the film, Grant did the stunt with a standard, production-line E-Pace.
   Grant had a 160 m run-up to the ramp and experienced 5·5 g during the roll.
   The stunt required extensive computer programming and CAD modelling.
   Grant now holds the record for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.
   Celebrities such as David Gandy, Vicky McClure, Winnie Harlow, Lady Mary Charteris and Jaime Winstone lent their presence to the E-Pace official launch, Sienna Miller was the VIP at a pre-launch event, while Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra performed the Ibiza Classics at the official premiĂšre at ExCeL. Tong collaborated with Raye to perform ‘You Don’t Know Me’ by Jax Jones at the event.
   Jaguar has been mindful to have the E-Pace take its styling cues from the F-type, rather than the larger F-Pace SUV. First, it signals the car’s sporting intent, despite being based on a front-wheel-drive platform. Secondly, it demonstrates that Jaguar, unlike its chief German rivals, is not wedded to a single “face”: a Jaguar is signalled by its proportions and design more than what the grille up front conveys.
   This technique has been employed before: in the 1950s, Jaguar created its 2·4 saloon (later retrospectively named the Mk I) by using styling cues from its successful XK120 sports’ car.
   Inside, the E-Pace has 4G wifi and a large central touchscreen as standard. The retail price begins at ÂŁ28,500, with orders commencing online now for UK customers.

The Jaguar E-Pace Guinness World Record barrel roll by Lucire

Peter Macdiarmid, Nick Dimbleby, Anthony Cullen

David M. Benett

David Gandy at the Jaguar E-Pace launch by Lucire

Winnie Harlow at Jaguar E-Pace launch by Lucire

Terry Grant on barrel-rolling the Jaguar E-Pace by Lucire

Jaguar design boss Ian Callum on the E-Pace by Lucire

Erdem is H&M’s next guest designer—director Baz Luhrmann will helm the film campaign

NEWS  by Lucire staff//16.04


H&M’s latest designer collaboration is with Erdem—and if that wasn’t big enough news, the Swedish giant has enlisted the visionary Australian director Baz Luhrmann to create the film to promote the new range.
   The two talents are perfectly suited: Erdem, created by the Canadian-born, UK-based Erdem Moralioglu, focuses on the ideas of history and personal narrative, finding him favour aming celebrities including the Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Alba, and Kate Bosworth, while Luhrmann’s films tell fantastic stories that embody imagination and startling visuals. The new collection, which dĂ©buts on November 2 in selected stores and online at, promises to have a spectacular kick-off.
   As with his predecessors, Moralioglu will reinterpret his earlier collections for the collaboration and, for the first time, he will create a menswear collection.
   H&M says he will reinterpret his most celebrated prints and textiles for the Erdem × H&M collection.
   â€˜I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,’ said Moralioglu.
   â€˜For me, fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression—a standalone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with Erdem and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection,’ said Luhrmann.
   H&M’s creative adviser, Ann-Sofie Johansson, said, ‘From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For Erdem × H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever.’

Erdem × H&M teaser, by Baz Luhrmann by Lucire

Pamela Reif and Hunkemöller collaborate on lingerie collection, out August 19

NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 11, 2017/23.39


One of Germany’s top influencers and fashion Instagrammers, Pamela Reif, is Hunkemöller’s new face, collaborating on and promoting its main lingerie line.
   Reif has over three million followers on Instagram, typically sharing in German but occasionally in English.
   The collaboration helps Hunkemöller reach Reif’s younger audience, who follow her for fashion, beauty, travel and fitness content.
   Reif calls her collection ‘young, fresh and still sexy’, and says it ‘plays with a mixture of beautiful fabrics, colours and the latest trends.’ Those fabrics include sheer mesh, velvet and lace, in styles including bodysuits, bralettes, bras and panties. Hunkemöller will also release homeware as part of the collection.
   â€˜Every woman is beautiful. It just takes the right lingerie to emphasise the beauty that you already have.’
   The collection goes on sale on August 19. The current lingerie collection can be found at


In brief: Robbie Williams, Ayda Field Williams, Mads Mikkelsen celebrate Marc O’Polo’s 50th; H&M to open in Wellington

NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 7, 2017/14.19

Joerg Koch; Gisela Schober

Marc O’Polo celebrated its 50th anniversary (hashtagged #MOP50 and #MOPxRobbie) at its flagship store on Theatinerstraße in MĂŒnchen, with special guests Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field Williams, Mads Mikkelsen, and DJ Marcus Kavka. The four held a panel discussion that was live-streamed via Facebook.
   The Williamses had worked with Marc O’Polo on its Iconic Capsule Collection, and presented the 50th anniversary designs live at the store.
   The collection comprises 20 contemporary–casual pieces, including sweatshirts, a hoody dress and a bomber blouson for women, and a hoody, crew-neck sweater, and tracksuit top for men. Williams’s signature is embroidered on the sleeves, while the women’s sweatshirts feature the words ‘Love my life’ and ‘Come undone’, taken from his song titles.
   Williams has opted for pink for one of the men’s designs. Peter Lindbergh shot the campaign imagery.
   Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has announced that it will open a second New Zealand retail store, in the country’s capital, Wellington. The opening is set for late 2017, and will be located at the Queensgate mall in Lower Hutt. No other details were on hand.
   The first store in the country, at Sylvia Park in Auckland, opened successfully in 2016.

Joerg Koch; Gisela Schober

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field Williams on Marc O’Polo by Lucire

Marc O’Polo celebrates its 50th anniversary by Lucire

Eva HerzigovĂĄ is Gerry Weber’s new brand ambassador; autumn 2017 launches at tennis open

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 26, 2017/10.13

Franziska Krug/Getty Images

It’s been over two decades since her famous ‘Hello boys’ campaign for Wonderbra, yet Eva HerzigovĂĄ remains in high demand as a spokesmodel. Gerry Weber is the latest fashion label to seek the 44-year-old Czech-born, London-based model, who now fronts its autumn–winter 2017–18 campaign.
   The company says it chose HerzigovĂĄ for her self-confident and approachable style, saying she fits with its values of ‘feminine–casual chic–inspiring.’
   To launch the collection, Gerry Weber had an open fashion night at the weekend during the Halle Open, which the company sponsors.
   The Saturday event saw guests including models Alisar Ailabouni, Rebecca Mir and Luisa Hartema, Werner Schulze-Erdel, tennis players Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev, bloggers Carolin FĂ€rber, Monique Romanowski and Tatjana Kreuzmayr, gymnast Fabian HambĂŒchen, Anna Kraft, Harald Lampp, Jochen Stahler, Niels Koischwitz, Eva Koischwitz, Sibylle Seifert, Michael Bauer, Stefan Becker, Henning Schleemann, Oliver Keeb, Bernhard Kiesel, Franz Stadler, Jan Gritz and Bettina Gritz, Susanne Strauss, Jens Herzig, Oliver Fritz and Carmen Mundt, Juliane Sturm and Richard Doyle, Cornelia Stein, Uli Stein, Jenny Stein, Soenke Lauterbach and Nina Lauterbach, and Irina Weber; Gerry Weber CEO Ralf Weber and CFO David Frink represented the firm. Alle Farben provided the music at the event.
   Wearing designs from the Gerry Weber autumn–winter 2017–18 collection, HerzigovĂĄ was present on centre court at the Gerry Weber Stadion to present the trophy.
   Gerry Weber’s autumn–winter forecast is for bright colours, such as fuchsia and red; its key look is a cashmere pullover paired with a pleated skirt; and a fuchsia dress with cut-outs in the dĂ©colletĂ©. Rhinestones are used as accents.
   It also offers staple autumn shades such as honey and amber, with brick and cinnamon tones. Materials include jersey, leather, lace and Lurex; pleats, metallics and glossy surfaces are also forecast for the season.
   The collection hits stores on September 1, 2017.

Franziska Krug/Getty Images

Autumn–winter 2017–18 campaign

Eva Herzigová stars in Gerry Weber campaign by Lucire

Game of Thrones’ and X-Men’s Sophie Turner named Wella Professionals’ brand ambassador

NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 21, 2017/21.24

Sophie Turner, the 21-year-old actress who rose to fame in the HBO TV series Game of Thrones, is the new brand ambassador for Wella Professionals.
   Turner boasts a five million following on Instagram, as well as having a profile through Game of Thrones and the X-Men film series.
   The company says she was chosen because she pushed ‘style boundaries, , making fearless and bold hair-colour transformations.’
   Turner said, ‘I’m honoured to be named the face of Wella Professionals, an iconic beauty brand that encourages women like me to be bold in their choices. Working with them is a great creative collaboration because it gives life to my on-screen characters and allows me to express my personality off-screen, as well.’
   Kicking off next month, she will appear in Wella Professionals’ summer and autumn campaigns. Wella Professionals’ global artist, Sonya Dove, worked with celebrity hairstylist Christian Wood on the campaign. Turner will also appear in global marketing, print and digital advertising, in-store displays, and social media (hashtag #sophiexwella).
   Wella Professionals is targeted at the trade, focusing on salon hair products, professional hair colours and beauty services.
   Laura Simpson, chief marketing officer for Coty Professional Beauty, said, ‘She’s an exceptionally talented artist who represents a generation of women which like to express themselves by wearing premium-looking, sophisticated hair colour. Exceptional hair colour results are only possible in the salon and using the best products and services, something which Wella Professionals proudly offers Sophie as well as millions of women and men around the world.’
   Previously part of Procter & Gamble, Wella was sold to Coty, Inc. in 2015, alongside Max Factor, Cover Girl, Clairol, and P&G’s fragrance business.
   The brand itself dates back to 1880.

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