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December 12, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates Christmas ’15 doing more good: giving water through WaterAid to families that need it

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Top The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range. Above The Glazed Apple tin, with four treats within.

There’s a pleasant apple smell at Lucire, checking out the Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range, but it’s what the socially responsible brand is doing for Christmas that’s the real news.
   The Body Shop is partnering with WaterAid, which provides safe water to communities that need it desperately. For every specially selected gift purchased, the Body Shop will donate one day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia, and any proceeds exceeding its goal will be donated to another community that needs it.
   For over 650 million people on our planet, access to safe water is not a reality, and 1,400 die each day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
   Special gifts include the Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set (NZ$95), the White Musk gift set (NZ$105), the Modern Gent‚Äôs Arber Fragrance kit (NZ$110), the Modern Gent‚Äôs shaving kit (NZ$85), the Shea Premium Selection (NZ$110), the Moringa Ultimate Luxuries pack (NZ$155), the box of Strawberry Festive Picks (NZ$69), and the stocking fillers that are the Cranberry festive cracker (NZ$19), the Soft Hands, Warm Kisses gift set (NZ$29), and the Fruity Body Butter Sweetheart (NZ$48).
   The Glazed Apple Tin (NZ$69) we‚Äôve trialled, meanwhile, is one of three that the Body Shop has launched for the festive season. Featuring green apples sourced from the Italian Alps, the Glazed Apple selection has a subtle green apple fragrance‚ÄĒthe strongest one we‚Äôve noticed is the 60 ml shower gel‚Äôs, while the rest has a hint of apple with more sweetened candy scents and a trace of vanilla‚ÄĒthat will leave wearers feeling fresh without having an overpowering smell. We‚Äôve tried the 50 ml body butter, 60 ml shimmer lotion and 50 ml sugar scrub, which are all sweet, but you won‚Äôt walk out of the house smelling like a candy shop. Subtle is good.
   Alongside Glazed Apple are Frosted Cranberry (‚Äėfrom the forests of North America‚Äô, says the Body Shop) and Frosted Plum (‚Äėfrom the orchards of Turkey‚Äô), which are available at the Body Shop in the UK and in New Zealand. The Body Shop is doing a 20 per cent off special on the 200 ml size body butter (NZ$36¬∑95), whether it‚Äôs Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry or Frosted Plum online at the New Zealand website, where a very comprehensive selection of the seasonal specials are available.

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December 4, 2015

Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and other celebs get behind Bore off Cancer’s T-shirt campaign

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If we’re going to introduce the colloquialism bore off into Lucire, it’s only right that it’s done for a good cause, namely for Lee McKervey’s Bore off T-shirts.
   McKervey, who had personally experienced the care from the cancer support organization Macmillan, is donating ¬£5 from each Bore off Cancer T-shirt sale.
   Macmillan helps not only those suffering from cancer, but families, too; and they are there from the first day of diagnosis and through treatments.
   This time, celebrities have come to Bore off’s aid, including Kate Moss and Stella McCartney (who have appeared on Instagram with their T-shirt), Sir Richard Branson (on his Facebook, and his son Sam has blogged about it), Kieron Richardson (Hollyoaks), glamour model Casey Batchelor, and Mark Wright (The Apprentice UK). It’s suggested that Olly Murs, Jamie Laing, Alexandra Burke, Michelle Keegan and Danny Cipriani will be getting photos taken of themselves in their Bore off T-shirts, encouraging others to follow suit so that Bore off can donate more to Macmillan.
   Readers can find out more about Bore off through its website, boreoff.com.



November 28, 2015

Prince Harry plays at Sentebale’s sixth annual polo match in South Africa; over ¬£3 million raised

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Chris Jackson

Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso to help those who are HIV-positive in Lesotho, especially its children, has hosted its sixth annual polo match in association with Royal Salute, raising over £3 million. It was the first time the polo match had been played in South Africa, where Prince Harry is presently touring.
   The polo match saw the Royal Salute team beat Sentebale with a score of 8‚Äď7, with the last point scored with six seconds left. Prince Harry himself played alongside Royal Salute world polo ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale polo ambassador Nacho Figueras. The trophy was presented by Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll.
   The match followed Sentebale’s opening of the Mamohatu Children’s Centre, which will help communities affected by HIV and Aids.
   VIPs at the Val de Vie Polo Club included Laura Main, George the Poet, Ryk Neethling, Jeannie D., Graeme Smith and Tokyo Sexwale.
   Chivas Brothers’ whisky brand Royal Salute, which was created to mark the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, supports numerous major polo events internationally, with its next one in Jodhpur, India.
















Chris Jackson

November 3, 2015

Burberry launches festive campaign with Sir Elton John, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Dockery

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Dan Medhurst



Dave Benett

Burberry has launched a new promotion for Christmas that pays tribute to Billy Elliot, featuring Sir Elton John, Naomi Campbell, James Corden, Julie Walters (who starred in the original film), Romeo Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Michelle Dockery, James Bay, George Ezra and Toby Huntington-Whiteley.
   ‚ÄėBilly Elliot is an incredible film full of so much joy and energy, so it was a real thrill and a great honour to be able to celebrate its 15-year anniversary through our festive campaign. It was also a huge privilege to work with such amazing and iconic British talent‚ÄĒthe cast are quite simply some of the biggest names in film, music and fashion and it was so much fun working with them all to make this special film,’ said Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey. Bailey, as chief creative officer for the firm, also directed the three-minute promotion, which was shot at Park Royal Studios in London.
   The three-minute film, which features original footage from Billy Elliot and ‘Cosmic Dancer’ by T Rex, received its premi√®re at Burberry’s flagship store at 121 Regent Street before it was released online at 7 p.m. tonight. Sir Elton, Walters, Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Beckham and Bailey were among the VIPs present. It then launched on Burberry’s own website and various channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Weibo till the end of the year.
   Mario Testino shot the related stills for the campaign featuring Campbell, Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and James Bay.
   The release coincides with Burberry making its full festive gifts’ range, including its heritage trench coat and cashmere scarf, available both online and in stores. Its Book of Gifts also d√©buts today at its website.
   Burberry will also donate ¬£500,000 to be split between two charities, Place2Be and the County Durham Community Foundation, which help the Easington community where Billy Elliot was set.


October 28, 2015

MAC announces Ariana Grande as the next face of its Viva Glam campaign

Lucire staff/3.11

MAC Cosmetics has announced that Ariana Grande is its new Viva Glam spokeswoman, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and others.
   Grande, 22, will lend her name to a deep plum lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss.
   One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam products go to the MAC Aids Fund, which to date has raised over US$380 million to fund HIV and Aids programmes.
   Grande announced on Instagram, ‘I am beyond honored and excited to be working with a brand that stands for and always has stood for EQUALITY. my lipstick & gloss will be available in January and EVERY PENNY goes to people effected by HIV & AIDS ‚Ķ I have loved & supported @maccosmetics ever since I was a little girl walking through the mall and saw your first #VIVAGLAM girl in the window @rupaulofficial. I’m so honored!!!’
   MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande hits counters in New Zealand on February 11, 2016.

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October 12, 2015

Kathryn Wilson and Auckland’s Soul Bar team up again for Sole to Soul, showcasing spring‚Äďsummer 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‚Äďsummer 2015‚Äď16 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.’
   ‚ÄėOur 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 www.kagi.net; 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.
   ‚ÄėSince 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 globalgoals.org.
   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.

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