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October 12, 2015

Kathryn Wilson and Auckland’s Soul Bar team up again for Sole to Soul, showcasing spring–summer collection

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Above Sole to Soul in 2014 proved to be a great success for both Kathryn Wilson and Soul Bar and Bistro.

What happens when two of our favourite brands get together? Kathryn Wilson has teamed up with Soul Bar and Bistro in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour for Sole to Soul, a fashion event where attendees can get a preview of her latest collection.
   Wilson’s spring–summer 2015–16 collection is themed around a European journey, featuring cork heels, wedges, block heels, stilettos and loafers, all ideal for the beach, the deck of a yacht, or Monte Carlo itself.
   The event takes place on November 11 from 5.30 to 7.30 p.m., and is limited to 200 tickets at $79 each. Ten dollars from each ticket will be donated to Ronald McDonald House.
   Soul Bar and Bistro owner and restaurateur Judith Tabron says that the show is one of the most popular events on her property’s calendar.
   Tickets are available from Soul Bar and Bistro, 64 9 356-7249.

September 28, 2015

Kagi adds charm to its Hope Acorn jewellery collection, supporting Child Cancer Foundation

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Top The Kagi Hope Acorn charm. Above The new NZ$79 charm along with the Kagi Steel Me bracelet, which retails for NZ$139.

Kagi has added a new charm to its Hope Acorn jewellery collection, a collaboration with the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF), with NZ$5 from each purchase going to the charity to support families and children going through cancer treatment.
   The Hope Acorn charm, priced at NZ$79, will be available from November. It joins the Hope Acorn earring charms (NZ$79 per pair) and Hope Acorn pendant (NZ$135).
   Designer Kat Gee noted, ‘I had a lot of Mums contact me directly saying they loved the large Hope acorn and wanted smaller charm to give to their children as a symbol of love and protection. It was a such a sweet concept that I felt we just had to do it! I also had all of my Kagi girls wanting them for themselves too there was no choice, really.’
   ‘Our team is supporting more than 500 families at any one time across the country, aiming to reduce the impact of cancer by offering services that ensure children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for at every stage of their journey,’ said CCF commercial manager, Jo Rodgers. ‘We receive no direct government funding, so [we] rely on the generosity of New Zealanders and on innovative businesses like Kagi to provide practical and meaningful support to families when they need it.’
   The collection has already raised over NZ$20,000 for the CCF and Kids with Cancer Australia charities, according to Kagi. They can be bought online at; retailers are also listed at the website.

September 23, 2015

World announces T-shirt created for the United Nations, supporting the Global Goals

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World has broken new ground again: it’s the first design house to have created a T-shirt for the United Nations, with the legend YOUN on the front.
   The company says the T-shirts support the UN’s 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to be launched on September 25 in New York, at an event attended by US president Barack Obama, 100 world leaders and UN ambassadors.
   They hit World stores, online and offline, from September 25, New Zealand time, and through selected international retailers. The smallest size fits newborns.
   ‘Since our inception in 1989, it has always been part of World’s philosophy to give back, as our company has grown, so has the importance of our awareness and support for local and international charitable organizations,’ said World co-founder Francis Hooper.
   The UN wants to see 193 world leaders commit to the 17 goals, to achieve three extraordinary things in the next 15 years: to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.
   The full list of 17 goals can be seen at the UN’s Global Goals website, at
   World will donate 20 per cent of all sales to the UN. It encourages customers wearing the T-shirts to hashtag #worldbrandglobalgoals to show their support.

September 21, 2015

Revved up for fall: Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party

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Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at West Hollywood Fig & Olive offered many of her familiar hallmarks, from a freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired lunch (Cæsar salad, penne with shrimp, chicken with couscous) to ice cold Hint water to a bevy of respected talent (Emmy nominee Khandi Alexander [Scandal], Steven Bauer [Ray Donovan], Eric Roberts, Doris Roberts, Esai Morales, Shirley Jones, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter, Rénée Taylor, Dot Marie Jones) and some of our favourite beauty, fashion and lifestyle products from Los Angeles and beyond.
   However, there were two new A-listers invited to the party that proved to be real showstoppers: the Maserati Ghibli and a bespoke, advanced McLaren 570S Coupe (not yet available to the public), escorted by the Auto Gallery. The regal purple 570S was as curve-hugging as the sublime Sue Wong dresses inside the restaurant courtyard, with both men and women clamouring to try the car on for size. While male celebs could consult with Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers for their Emmy look, the car’s tailoring, according to Car and Driver, includes a twin-turbo 3·8-liter V8, making 562 hp and 443 lb ft, mounted behind the driver, enabling it to hit 100 km/h in 3·2 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h. Ceramic brakes, sequential seven-speed gearbox and an adaptive suspension round out the list of essential goodies.
   Local Fox 11 news presenter Christine Divine was also back to shine a spotlight on Wednesday’s Child, focused on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. True to form, Bergman once again invited two lucky teens to experience her unique brand of the VIP treatment, in one of the most welcoming venues of pre-Emmys week.
   ‘In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,’ points out social worker, Professor William Wong. ‘Gifts and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive [at this event] was overwhelming. Most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow, giving the public permission to embrace our kids.’
   Single Dress and Roadkill Boutique offered casual attire for pre- and post-party lounging, while Twisted Silver offered lovely new pieces with a refined and ladylike ’50s–’60s look inspired by repurposed faux pearls, crystals and findings from the era. We also liked the new hair roots touch-up make-up from ColorWow, and were thrilled to see Kelley Weaver’s latest Purse Case designs be a hit with a crowd that could be as critical as the Shark Tank judges. Tekeen, new on the scene, is a tequila spirit infused with fresh fruit flavours such as pink grapefruit and passionfruit.
   Even with all of that star power, author Lacretia Palmer was the break-out star of the event, thanks to her charming-but-powerful children’s book Billy the Bully. While a variety of authors, including young adult novelist Judy Blume, have taken on the topic of bullying, what makes Billy the Bully effective is the fact that the bully himself is the story’s protagonist and his transformation from bully to conscientious individual is told from a first-person perspective. His steps towards redemption also shine a light on other issues, such as childhood hunger. Twiistii Hair Accessories, which have built-in wires for better staying power, were adorable, especially those with sports team prints.
   Other returning sponsors included NuBra, Personal Touch, Samiah Fine Clothing, Telic Footwear, My Saint–My Hero, Radar Watches, Model in a Bottle, My Dog Nose It and Timmy Woods Handbags.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

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August 24, 2015

Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Illusionist Rapid Lift Mask: getting the Miss Universe New Zealand contestants photo-ready

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This year’s Miss Universe New Zealand 2015 semifinalists received, in their goody bags, Manuka Doctor’s ApiRefine Illusionist Rapid Lift Mask, which the company equates to ‘an instant facelift in a jar’.
   Already a well known New Zealand firm abroad, where it launched first, Manuka Doctor has won two awards for the mask, which features purified bee venom. It received a ‘Highly Commended’ at the Beauty Awards in 2014, and a bronze prize at the Pure Beauty Awards.
   The mask plumps and nourishes skin and gets it photo-ready, using a mixture of its clinically proven Purified Bee Venom, certified UMF 18+ manuka honey, shea butter, natural waxes and vitamin E. The formula stimulates collagen growth and renews damaged skin cells. The mask also includes chicory root and caesalpinia spinosa gum, which tightens skin and promotes collagen synthesis.
   Also remarkable is that the effects begin after 10 minutes of application.
   For further information within New Zealand, visit or call 64 9 300-3025. It is available at Life and Unichem pharmacies, selected department stores, and the Manuka Doctor concept store at 1 Quay Street, Auckland.
   Voting for the top 20 finalists at Miss Universe New Zealand has now begun, in advance of their overseas retreat in the Philippines. The 20 finalists can be seen at the Miss Universe New Zealand website, Each vote costs $1, and is sold in bundles of $5, with $1 from each bundle donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity.

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August 13, 2015

Trilogy launches Raha perfume, benefiting So They Can to empower Tanzanian women and children

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Trilogy has introduced a second perfume called Raha, following its limited-edition Jua Natural Perfume last year. The Raha Natural Perfume, again in partnership with So They Can, is another limited edition, which sees NZ$2 from every sale donated to the charity to educate and empower Kenyan and Tanzanian communities.
   Raha, developed in conjunction with perfumer Yves Dombrowsky, is a natural perfume with Tanzanian sunflower oil as its base, produced by one of So They Can’s projects. Its top notes are green galbanum, citrus, bergamot and black pepper, mid-notes are composed of blue iris, marine accord, rose and frankincense, and the basenotes are warm vanilla with subtle spice. All are natural ingredients.
   The name Raha translates to joy in Swahili, and the fragrance was inspired by the warn African rain which ‘brings joy, growth and survival. It cools the thirsty land, sharpens the crisp aromas of the bush, and brings life to plants, animals and people,’ says the company.
   The 7·5 ml roll-on applicator perfume oil retails for NZ$24·90 and hits stores on August 15 in New Zealand.
   Two hundred and fifty bottles are donated to So They Can for their own fundraising as well.
   Jua raised NZ$20,000, enough to provide an annual income for 50 women sunflower farmers and harvesters in Tanzania, according to Trilogy. The target this year is NZ$30,000, providing for 50 Tanzanian women and a full year’s education for 500 children.

Top Women farmers in Tanzania during the harvest. Above A sunflower field in Tanzania.

June 14, 2015

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

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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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May 28, 2015

Charitably chic: US events keep the focus on organic, eco and good health

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Direct from New Zealand, Trilogy, founded by sisters Sarah Gibbs and Catherine de Groot, introduced American consumers to their certified organic skin care line. Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is claimed to be the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to product. Trilogy’s US launch is a much celebrated endeavour using premium and wholesome botanical extracts, where a small portion is enough, without leaving behind residue.
   From Trilogy to Organic Spa Magazine’s New York City media event, in honour of Earth Day, it was all about natural beauty, inside and out. Invitees were welcomed to the 36th floor of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, overlooking magnificent city views, where a number of high-end exclusive products and destinations were unveiled. Jade Yoga, founded by Dean Jerrehian, is recognized for its eco, lightweight and comfortable yoga mats. Shea Moisture, established in 1912 by Sofi Tucker in Sierra Leone, promoted the skin’s silky smooth texture with its line of shea butter products. Parissa introduced its waxing products made for all skin consistencies and hair types. Ananda in the Himalayas provided guests with an idea of their spa escapade with an Ayurvedic experience. NeoCell supported health, beauty and anti-ageing with a natural approach. California-based Aura Cacia displayed their 100 per cent pure essential oils. JUstenbois’ maple wood sets are perfect for the dinner table, with a hint of eco-friendly chic. Founded by Pierre Simard, the products of made in Québec from natural materials. Boiron, a prominent brand in France, presented its homeopathic products including ArnicareGel and calendula cream. Balanced Guru presented their organic, cruelty-free products, including their all-natural body butter. MyChelle Dermaceuticals is known for a selection of products made for glowing skin. Lather’s hair, face and body products are infused with naturally healthy ingredients, leaving behind soft and radiant skin. Nubian Heritage returned with an assortment of its distinguished line of skin care products.
   While it is important to monitor what product goes on the skin, it is just as important to examine what is consumed to ensure a healthy lifestyle. Aslihan Koruyan Sabanci presented her Gluten-Free Gourmet Cuisine cookbook and Health and Beauty Home Remedies book, guaranteeing a delectably healthy and tasty meal as well as a healthier approach towards looking better. The event covered skin care, food and spiritual inner healing. Other sponsors included Reserveage Organics, Incredible India, Chiva-Som Health Resort in Thailand, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in San Diego, Napz, Rejuva Minerals, Immunocologie Skincare, Kimberly Parry Organics, Scotch Naturals, Buff Her House of Exfoliation, Emani Vegan Cosmetics, Babo Botanicals, Everclēn and many more. Organic Spa Magazine along with its editor-in-chief, Rona Berg, emphasized how fashionable organic can be.
   Maven PR’s Alyson Dutch, was back with her prominent Consumer Product Event at Lowe’s Santa Monica. The Venice Room featured up to a dozen exhibitors. Kingston Technology presented its five-in-one Mobile Companion; Love Shawls showed off its two-in-one fashion statement, combining the elegance of a scarf with the appeal of a necklace; Bex’s decorative add-on shoe ornaments, designed by jewellery designer Sonya Ooten, exemplified personal style; Unselfish, by Paul Parkinson, highlighted individuals putting others first; Veestro, founded in 2012, is a vegan and organic food delivery service. Other exhibitors included the Thirst Project, a venture educating American students of the negative attributes in dirty water in South America, Africa and Asia. Other presenters included Simply Necessit-Ease, Slime, Lovera, Dealmoon and Blue Diamond. Eden Sassoon was present to talk about her campaign, #BeautyGivesBack, which permits the Thirst Project to be present at global hair shows, including the Paul Mitchell School.
   After three months of work to raise funds to support numerous charities, Paul Mitchell School’s 12th annual FUNraising Gala announced that $1·7 million was raised for a number of organizations including CAST, Cancer Schmancer Movement, Andrew Gomez Dream Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Food 4 Africa, Gary Sinise Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Magic Johnson Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation, No Limits as well as the Thirst Project. Fran Drescher, Marie Osmond, Magic Johnson, Pauley Perrette and a number of other notable personalities, including the cofounder of the Paul Mitchell Schools, Winn Claybaugh, celebrated the success. Along with being considered a reputable school where avid learners attain a well-rounded education in technical skills and business knowledge, they are also apt at raising money to support a range of foundations.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor

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