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July 5, 2016

Look Good Feel Better ups the ante for Feel Better Month; buying beauty products donates to the cause

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Look Good Feel Better, the charity that helps those diagnosed with cancer experience transformational workshops so they can feel normal and treated as an individual, has its Feel Better Month in July.
   The month, which seeks to raise funds to host workshops for thousands of women, men and teenagers, aims to help Look Good Feel Better increase the number of workshops it can hold. Last year’s campaign raised funds which added three in Auckland, plus additional workshops in Kapiti, Hawera, Taumarunui, and Kerikeri.
   Those wishing to support the cause can donate online at www.lgfb.co.nz/donate/ or offline at Farmers stores, add NZ$1 to purchases at Unichem or Life Pharmacy, buy selected lipstick or nail varnish from Farmers (for each lipstick sold, Farmers and the cosmetic brand will donate NZ$1), indulge in a mini-facial or purchase Look Good Feel Better merchandise, including nail files, butterfly bracelets and bookmarks, host mini-fundraisers on Fridays, or gift their time.
   â€˜Our aim is that nobody should have to travel more than 30 minutes to attend a class, and we are determined to extend our programme to ensure we deliver on that,’ said Clare O’Higgins, Look Good Feel Better’s general manager. ‘To imagine putting somebody on a waiting list because we cannot provide a class for anybody is heart-breaking when you consider what they are going through. We never want that to happen. That means we need to provide more locations, more tutors, more make up volunteers and cosmetic products—and more funds.’
   The charity believes there is an immediate need for more workshops in Christchurch, Rangiora, Queenstown and Wanganui.
   An estimated 1,800 people will be diagnosed with cancer in July in New Zealand, and they will face 36,000 medical appointments during their treatment.



March 17, 2016

Lily Cole shines a light on social enterprise at Chivas Regal’s the Venture panel discussion

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John Phillips

In line with the movement that began in the early 2000s for more responsible brands—something this title, along with organizations such as Medinge Group in Sweden, have promoted—Chivas Regal’s the Venture search seeks to find and support the most promising social entrepreneurs creating profitable businesses that also makes a positive impact on people. Lily Cole added credibility as well as celebrity power to the panel discussion in London’s Natural History Museum on Thursday, and debated whether social enterprise would ever grow to a point to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, and whether big business, government and investors should do more.
   Cole herself is a social entrepreneur, having founded Impossible, a social giving network that enables people to share their time, skills and objects. She was joined by Sonal Shah of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, Rajeeb Day, CEO of Enternships, and Thomas Davies, CIO of investment platform Seedrs.
   Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard‏, hosted the event.
   Also in attendance were 27 start-ups who had been chosen to compete for a share of the Venture’s $1 million fund. The finalists were taking part in a programme created by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the SaĂŻd Business School at Oxford University. The public can vote for their favourite finalist between May 9 and June 13, and determine how the first $250,000 in funding is split among the finalists. They already feature at the Venture’s website at www.theventure.com.
   The remaining $750,000 will be awarded at the Venture’s final in July.







John Phillips

March 13, 2016

Thoroughly modern Lili

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On the International Day of the Woman, author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis invited famous friends and admirers to celebrate the life of groundbreaking stripteuse Lili St Cyr. Indeed, the ‘Goddess of Love Incarnate’ would have been proud!
   During her Lucire photo session, author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis observed that burlesque Lili St Cyr would have felt quite at home amid the cinematic splendour of the landmark Culver Hotel in Culver City. Further more, she would have thoroughly been in her element at Zemeckis’s book signing of her latest book, Goddess of Love Incarnate: the Life of Stripteuse Lili St Cyr.
   A staid meet-and-greet with a card table this wasn’t. Boobs, Books & Burlesque was an all-out, go-for-broke night of glamour featuring signature Exotic Lili drinks hosted by Eppa SupraFruta Sangria, and steaming hot hors d’Ɠuvres coming out of the the Culver Hotel kitchen. Zemeckis made a grand entrance in an elaborate Christopher Kane dress and custom-made Kokin headpiece.
   Celebrities such as Christopher Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer were among the stars who came out to support Zemeckis and the event’s beneficiary, the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation. The enthusiastic crowd cheered on modern burlesque queens April Showers (the current reigning Miss Hollywood Burlesque) and Maxi Millions. The period vibe was further enhanced by the ’40s and ’50s song stylings of Sylvia and the Rhythm Boys.
   Proceeds from the book and party were dedicated to the Dr Susan Love Research Foundation, for a future without breast cancer. The same went for a lavish auction featuring luxury trips to Amsterdam, Chile and Barcelona, as well as one-of-a-kind experiences, including astronaut training and an Ultimate Sports Fan getaway.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




Michael Lynn

February 29, 2016

Doris Bergman’s Style Lounge and Party: style and substance before the Oscars

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Felix Salzman

While the presence of an ultra high-tech Maserati Ghibli and a customized McLaren 570S Coupe make a strong first impression, I was more interested in finding out what Doris Bergman had in store for VIP celebrities and talent involved in the 2016 Academy Awards. I was looking for items that would appeal to as many people as possible, especially with all of this year’s focus on making the Oscars more diverse.
   Doris always supports a charity that’s all inclusive. Wednesday’s Child is showcased in a weekly segment by Los Angeles news presenter Christine Devine. Wednesday’s Child assists harder-to-place children in the LA County foster care system. True to form, Doris once again hosted two foster teens in need of adoptive families. They received the VIP treatment, receiving wonderful products from the sponsors as well.
   If one is looking for colours other than white, Single Dress and Kaya de Koko deliver dresses and tops in a multitude of Technicolor jewel tones and prints reminiscent of vintage 1950s fabrics. No LBDs here. Instead, there’s a garden of pink, gold and red butterflies and blossoms scattered across waves of aqua fabric. I was pleasantly surprised to find plus sizes next to the familiar petites. Designer Galina Sobolev is focused on dressing real women. The same holds true for Samiah, whose 18th century-inspired custom coats can be tailored to fit men and women of all sizes and shapes. As this event was staged a few days after Valentine’s Day, I could not imagine anything more romantic than being bundled up in red satin-lined black brocade. Antique buttons grace every coat, while faux fur embellishes dramatic hoods and collars.
   I felt ready to go out to the forest and gather herbs, but Pura d’Or and the 2-Minute Club had already done that for me. Their 20 per cent vitamin C anti-ageing oil is made from alƓ vera, jelly mushroom, witch hazel bark and argan oil—a forest in a bottle that smooths fine lines and regenerates the skin. Their 100 per cent argan oil is an all-purpose beauty serum that hydrates the body, face and hair. It accentuates curls, prevents hair loss, protects the skin against the ravages of dry climates, reduces under-eye puffiness, and softens cuticles.
   Also rooted in nature is Ascend Cleanse, a pair of mind-body detox teas. Guayusa, the major ingredient of the Awaken tea, is prized by shamans throughout the Amazon. The dream-inducing guayusa is one of the world’s few caffeinated holly trees. Indigenous people say that one sip will bring you back to the Amazonian rainforest (while reducing bloating and other digestive issues). The Dreams tea, true to its name, uses catnip, chamomile and mugwort to evoke prophetic dreams and stimulate mental clarity.
   Twisted Silver, which unites the mined with the manmade, brought the rugged beauty of the southwest to Hollywood. Scraps of Victorian copper mesh becomes a double wrap bracelet or gothic choker. Chards of gypsum crystal from a St George, Utah mine dangle from bronze lariats and earrings. Geometric bracelets made from the leftover bronze button holes of Michael Jackson’s concert jackets were a hit with celebrities.
   I ended the day with a double dose of pre-Oscar fun. First, I enjoyed a sip of Rekorderlig cider in the passionfruit flavour, which was refreshing and slightly sweet. The reps told me the line is very popular in New Zealand. South Island Kiwis facing a cold winter can look forward to their recently launched spiced apple cider, which can be served hot with a slice of orange. Next, I sampled a savoury and sour cucumber margarita, compliments of Azul Imperial Tequila.
   Romantic, yet real, Doris Bergman once again pleased press and celebrities alike with an afternoon of post-Valentine’s pleasure.—Leyla Messian, Los Angeles Correspondent


Victor Leung









February 23, 2016

Bruno Magli returns for autumn 2016, with Lucy Liu as brand ambassador

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US Fund for Unicef

Above Actress Lucy Liu in Cusco, Peru, in the Unicef-supported community of Huancarani.

Bruno Magli’s women’s shoes will return for the autumn–winter 2016–17 season, with actress Lucy Liu as its spokeswoman.
   The relaunch is taking place under Marquee Brands, which acquired Bruno Magli in January 2015.
   Although the brand is now headquartered in New York, design and production continue in Bologna, with Marquee promising that the new range will feature the expected Bruno Magli signature, ornamentation and detailing, in leather, patent leather, and calf suede. The new collection will tap into the firm’s archives for inspiration. Prices will begin at US$450 for a basic pump, with a high boot retailing for c. US$1,100.
   One of the styles will be named for Liu, who has announced that she will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales to Unicef, for whom she has been an ambassador since 2004.
   â€˜I am honoured to partner with Bruno Magli on its women’s collection and the creation of the Lucy Shoe,’ said Liu in a release. ‘The opportunity to creatively explore my lifelong love of shoes with a brand I respect and admire is a dream opportunity. I hope everyone enjoys this shoe as much as we enjoyed designing it.’

February 16, 2016

Bulgari celebrates its history in film at Berlinale: Emilia SchĂŒle, Eva Padberg, Mina Tander among guests

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Franziska Krug

Bulgari hosted an exclusive party on Valentine’s Day for the Berlinale at the Hotel Noir in Berlin-Mitte, hosted by its managing director Sandra Mohsni and German brand ambassador Princess Lilly zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg.
   The party showed off Bulgari’s involvement in film and exhibited some of its iconic jewellery pieces.
   Guests included Iris Berben, JĂŒrgen Vogel, Mina Tander, Marie BĂ€umer, Annie Mosebach and Tom Schilling, Mousse T., Marie Nasemann, Emilia SchĂŒle, Eva Padberg, Hans Reiner Schröder, Jessica Schwarz, Sara Nuru, Lelio Gavazza, Julia Dietze, Sanny van Heteren, and Karoline Schuch.
   Ali from Tiefschwarz and Bonnie from Musique Couture performed the DJ set. Diageo created drinks for the event, while guests were ferried in BMW limousines.
   Bulgari celebrated its Serpenti motif, which originated in the 1940s, showing a bracelet watch and a necklace from the 1960s at the event. Elizabeth Taylor was one of its wearers, her watch featuring a head encrusted by marquise and brilliant-cut diamonds with emerald eyes. Two brooches with cabochon emeralds and sapphires featured the shield shape, favoured by Anita Ekberg. A parure with necklace and earrings in gold and platinum with rubies, emeralds, sapphires and diamonds dating from 1959 was also shown—the company notes that this was revolutionary in an age when single-coloured stones were paired with diamonds. This was, it noted, favoured by Claudia Cardinale, among others.
   Guests were encouraged to hashtag their photographs #bulgariberlinale. Bulgari donated funds to Save the Children following the event.














Franziska Krug

February 15, 2016

This year’s Grammy celebration, broadcast in living colour

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If this year’s Oscars are like a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, the 2016 Grammys deliver a colourful sundae of flavour and texture. The cherry on top of the weekend was Roger Zamudio’s Red Carpet Events LA Style Lounge at the W Hollywood Hotel. Nominees, publicists, stylists and press were invited to explore several rooms full of new and established luxury products.
   This event marked the debut of Lavish Brows, a unique brow-enhancement system that can be done at home or in a salon. ‘Attaching these tiny brow hairs is as easy as putting on lipstick,’ says founder Mary Jane Dana. Lavish Brows is a godsend for women whose eyebrows are naturally sparse, overplucked or in need of a little drama. No more fake-looking, pencilled-in eyebrows that drip off of your forehead on a hot LA afternoon!
   City Color Cosmetics, available internationally through Ebay resellers, offered a lightweight, non-irritating make-up setting spray and eye-shadow primer that promises to prevent eye make-up from creasing and turning into facial mud puddles. This season’s eye-shadow colour palettes for daily wear include purple, charcoal and desert-inspired earth tones reminiscent of a southwestern sunset. Representatives of Cure Natural Aqua Gel gently removed dead skin and two-day-old spray tanning from celebrity hands, using a water-based, unscented lotion formulated without abrasive, artificial ingredients. Long-term users have noticed a brighter appearance as their sunspots faded away. Guests also had another choice of exfoliant, courtesy of Fake Bake. Their mobile spray-tanning tent was on hand, enabling Grammy attendees to show off their caramel-hued beauty on the red carpet.
   Korean-inspired Tikkun Spa offered guests an opportunity to unwind for a day at their Santa Monica location. What better way to detox after 24 hours of primping, posing and partying, than by lying on slabs of therapeutic Himalayan rock salt? Imagine yourself baking in a clay sauna, steaming your sins away in a eucalyptus haze, and finally plunging into a cold pool of water. Alternatively, a VIP could also choose to escape as far from LA as possible, and sip mojitos at the Shelbourne Wyndham Grand Resort in South Beach, Fla.
   Another essential item for the Hollywood insider’s morning-after kit included a healing tea from Nuwati Herbals, described as a ‘natural remedy from the medicine cabinet of Mother Earth’. This minty mĂ©lange of green tea, juniper, elderberries, wild cherries and rosehips immediately cleared the nasal passages of several attendees. There’s nothing better than a steaming, hot cup of diversity: it’s a special kind of sweetness, followed by a peppery kick. ‘One whiff from the bottle will scare your allergies or head cold away,’ one attendee commented.
   Guests who live in a never-ending party enjoyed Jell-o shots comprised of pineapple juice and gin- or whisky-infused Twisted Cherries. Those craving their minimum daily dose of living probiotics gravitated towards Lifeway Kefir, where they sampled hibiscus-rhubarb pie, a limited–edition flavour packaged in bottles designed by Cynthia Rowley. Clothing designer Tabitha Sellin showed off her new line of edgy suits, dresses, jackets and playful bow ties in a variety of dusky, muted jewel tones. Toronto’s Rok Cork displayed samples of made-to-order leather and cork handbags. Who knew that cork could be so durable and yet as soft as fine leather? Better still, it is completely waterproof!
   The last room contained a reminder that the beauty of diversity is not always welcome in many parts of the world. My Sister’s Village, founded by 14 year-old LA resident Naria Slann, provides an American boarding school education for Tanzanian albinos who are persecuted and often murdered by human traffickers. Those who wish to help protect these vulnerable children, or learn more about the difficulties they face, may visit iamf.org or www.gofundme.com/mysistersvillage.—Leyla Messian, LA Correspondent








February 11, 2016

MAC Aids Fund grants NZ$148,301 to Positive Women, Inc., reaching two milestones in New Zealand

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Above: MAC New Zealand brand general manager Tanya Jackson presents NZ$148,301 to Positive Women, Inc. national coordinator Jane Bruning.

New Zealand readers might mistakenly think that the MAC Aids Fund is internationally focused, but the company donates substantially to local causes, too. Yesterday, from the proceeds of the sale of Viva Glam lip products, the company gave $148,301 to Positive Women Inc., which provides a support network for women and families in New Zealand living with HIV or Aids. The donation directly assists Positive Women’s seminar programme, which reaches out to the wider community to share information about HIV, reducing the isolation women may experience from the stigma of the virus and discrimination.
   MAC also announced that it has reached a NZ$2 million milestone in funds raised to combat HIV and Aids in New Zealand, representing the sale of over 50,000 Viva Glam lip products since 1999. One hundred per cent of the selling price of Viva Glam lip products goes to the MAC Aids Fund.
   With the latest grant to Positive Women, MAC has hit the NZ$1 million milestone in total donations to the group. MAC has worked with Positive Women, Inc. since 2004.
   Past grants have gone to support, inter alia, a digital story-telling initiative where women with HIV shared their stories with others; and a de-stigmatization campaign that sought to fight stereotypes about those with the virus.
   Other funds have gone to Body Positive’s Rapid HIV Testing campaign, and the INA HIV and Aids Foundation, which serves the Māori and Pasifika communities in New Zealand.

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