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Sophie Morris live-streams Songs and Stories from the Stage concert on June 18

Filed by Lucire staff/June 15, 2020/22.47

Singer, actor and presenter Sophie Morris will present a live-streamed performance, Songs and Stories from the Stage, from her living room on Thursday, June 18, at 7.30 p.m. NZST (0730 GMT, 8.30 a.m. British summer time), in partnership with Boosted NZ Live. The show will appear on Boosted and on Morris’s Facebook page.
   Morris, who Lucire profiled early in her career as a soprano in 2013, transformed her living room into a stage during the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand.
   ‘The world is a little different right now,’ she writes, ‘including the performance world. I wanted to share music and stories from my adventures as a performer—from my living room.’
   Viewers have the option to donate via her Boosted project page, with 50 per cent going to Pet Refuge NZ, a charity providing shelter for pets affected by domestic violence, and helping victims of domestic violence by removing one of the barriers to leaving violent home situations. The funds will help the charity build a new shelter, slated for a 2021 opening.


British Fashion Council, Bags of Ethics team up to offer designer face coverings for charity

Filed by Lucire staff/June 5, 2020/23.02

The six designs, in order: Halpern, Julien Macdonald, Liam Hodges, Mulberry, Raeburn, and Rixo.

In another sign of the times, the British Fashion Council and Bags of Ethics have launched a campaign dubbed Great British Designer Face Coverings: Reusable, for People and Planet, to manufacture and retail sustainable and reusable non-medical face coverings designed by Halpern, Julien Macdonald, Liam Hodges, Mulberry, Raeburn, and Rixo.
   The project aims to raise £1 million, with all profits going to charity, split between NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal, BFC Foundation Fashion Fund, and Wings of Hope Children’s Charity.
   Bags of Ethics’ partner factories will manufacture the coverings. A pack of three, with two protective pouches, will retail for £15. They will be sold through the BFC website at and partner retailers including ASOS, Boots, John Lewis & Partners, and Sainsbury’s (in Tu Clothing sections in selected superstores, convenience stores and online at and
   Caroline Rush, the BFC’s chief executive, said in a release, ‘Fashion is a unifying force and now, more than ever, it is essential that we collaborate and come together to support each other through difficult times. Our ambition is to contribute to the fight against COVID-19, while protecting vital PPE supplies reserved for the NHS. Through this project, we will not only celebrate British designers but also champion sustainability in a time of crisis.’
   Dr R. Sri Ram, chairman, Bags of Ethics added, ‘We have always been at the forefront of supporting the public through mass behavioural changes in positive and useful ways. Since the early 2000s we helped supermarkets, and retailers reduce their single-use plastic bag consumption by five-plus billion units through sustainable and reusable bags. A new challenge arises with the coronavirus pandemic. Our aim is to manufacture high-quality reusable non-medical face coverings for the public which reduces stigma through great British design, in line with advice from our scientific community, whilst having a positive effect on both people and planet.’
   Money raised for the BFC Foundation Fashion Fund will support the next round of funding for designer businesses. The BFC has already distributed £1 million of emergency funding to 37 designers as its first round to help the industry during the COVID-19 crisis.


Sofia Vergara, Foster Grant team up on new affordable eyewear line and charity initiative

Filed by Lucire staff/May 21, 2020/13.03

FGX International, part of Essilor International, the French optics’ company, has launched the Sofia Vergara × Foster Grant range of reading glasses, sunglasses and SunReaders for outdoor reading.
   In addition, Vergara and the Foster Grant brand have announced a Specs for Specs charity initiative, where the company will donate one pair of reading glasses to RestoringVision, the world’s largest non-profit provider of reading glasses to people living in impoverished communities around the world, for every pair of Sofia Vergara × Foster Grant eyewear sold.
   Some 2,700 million people lived with uncorrected vision, and 1,000 million need reading glasses to correct their vision. Since 2008, FGX has donated over 11 million pairs to RestoringVision to help this cause.
   The Sofia Vergara × Foster Grant range is keenly priced between US$31 and US$41, and is available at,, and The range, curated by Vergara, comprises 24 styles in fashionable colours.
   Vergara collaborated with Foster Grant creative director and senior vice-president of product development, Matthew Coon. The reading glasses feature a range of magnifications for both traditional readers, and advanced lenses with a blue light coating. The SunReaders are available with a full magnification lens or a hidden bifocal style. All sunglasses and SunReaders have 100 per cent UVA–UVB lens protection.
   ‘I have loved creating my eyewear collection with Foster Grant. Not only does the brand have such a rich heritage and solid commitment to giving back to those in need, but they were fun to work with while bringing my ideas to life,’ said Vergara in a release. ‘I wear readers myself, and now that I am home reading so much more, I know how important they are to so many of us. I also know a woman wants to feel good when wearing them, wherever she is. I wanted to offer fashionable, chic, fresh eyewear styles, allowing women to not just to see, but to see beautifully.’
   ‘Teaming up with Sofia Vergara will allow us to shine a new, bright light on a significant global health issue, only exasperated through these current challenging times that as a company, we’re committed to solving,’ said Lisa Lord, FGX’s vice-president of licensing. ‘Sofia’s collection of Foster Grant eyewear gives our customers a stylish assortment at such accessible prices, with the added bonus of knowing you’re giving back with every pair purchased. We’re thrilled and thankful to partner with Sofia on this incredible endeavour, and hope her collection inspires fun and fashion, as well as very real solutions for global needs right now.’


A celebrity-filled Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection for 2020

Filed by Lucire staff/February 7, 2020/20.15

Mike Coppola; Astrid Stawiarz; Slaven Vlašić

As New York Fashion Week progresses, there’s one show that’s always a hit with us. Once called The Heart Truth Red Dress show, and colloquially The Red Dress show, it’s now the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection, in support of the American Heart Association.
   The premise is simple: celebrities and designers team up to show a red dress collection to promote awareness of heart disease in women, with cardiovascular disease the number-one health threat for women in the US, claiming the lives of one in three women and taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. The show originated with the Heart Truth programme at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health in the 2000s.
   On Wednesday, February 5, Grammy Award winner Meghan Trainor opened the show with ‘Blink’ and ‘Me Too’. Tamron Hall hosted the show, which featured A. J. Andrews (softball player), Gretchen Carlson (journalist, former Fox News host and Miss America 1989), Sarah Chalke (Firefly Lane, Scrubs), Jackie Cruz (Orange Is the New Black), Robin Givens (Riverdale, Ambitions), Heather Graham (Law & Order: True Crime, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me), Loren Gray (singer), Eva Gutowski (YouTube star), Sara Haines (Strahan, Sara and Keke), Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Sunny Hostin (The View), Darlene Love (Lethal Weapon quadrilogy, and an Academy and Grammy Award-winning performer), Bailee Madison (Good Witch, The Fosters [2014–16]), Nicky Hilton Rothschild (designer and former Lucire cover girl), Paris Hilton (entrepreneur), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally, The Perfect Date), Lyric Ross (This Is Us), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard), Roselyn Sánchez (Grand Hotel, Devious Maids), Camille Schrier (Miss America 2020 and doctor of pharmacy student), Rachel Smith (Entertainment Tonight), Ali Stroker (Glee, Oklahoma), Madeline Stuart (model), Jennifer Tilly (poker player, and actress in the Child’s Play series and Family Guy), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride), and Constance Zimmer (Unreal, A Million Little Things). Susan Lucci, who had a mishap during the 2019 show, attended to show her support, along with her husband Helmut Huber. Long-time supporter Star Jones was also present, as were beauty pageant winners Robin Towle (Mrs International 2019), Ava Hill (Miss International 2019), and Madeline Wright (Miss Teen International 2019).
   Shania Twain closed the show with ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, ‘Life’s About to Get Good’, ‘Any Man of Mine’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’.
   America’s top dog, the Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, walked the catwalk for the second year running. The 2019 winner, King the wire fox terrier, appeared with Rachel Smith.
   Supporters include CVS Health (platinum level), Radisson Red Hotels, and Variety. Shar Sinclair provided the make-up, Giovanni Giuntoli for Tearsheet Artistic Team the hair styling, using Redken, Sheila Cato for Brittany Beauty Academy the nails, and Loren Hope the jewellery.

Mike Coppola; Astrid Stawiarz; Slaven Vlasic; Cindy Ord


All well and good

Filed by Elyse Glickman/January 5, 2020/13.02

Above, from top: Brian Cox, nominated for Succession. Mike Moh, nominated for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. London Brown (Ballers). Craig DiFrancia, nominated for Martin Scorsese’s Green Book.

Before the ink dried on our list of New Year’s resolutions, we made our way to the Secret Room Red Carpet Style Lounge in honour of the 2020 Golden Globes at the Inter-continental Century City Hotel to check out what was poised to be the “it” primping and entertaining must-haves for this year’s awards’ season. Word around the ballroom was that the Golden Globes dinner would be a vegan affair, giving everybody a head start on better eating habits in the coming year. This is above and beyond the services offered to VIP, running the gamut from massages, eyelashes, teeth whitening, Botox, fillers and manicures. Beverly Hills Tennis Academy jump-started the fitness part of the equation for some via free tennis gift certificates.
   Thankfully for the VIP guests, including Mike Moh (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), Craig DiFrancia (Green Book), Francesco Bauco (Ford v. Ferrari), Esai Morales, Brian Cox (Succession), Gilles Marini, Chad Johnson (The Bachelor), London Brown (Ballers), VIPs and other attendees, the Secret Room team outdid themselves with a fleet of new products from around the globe to up everybody’s nutrition and skin care game. However, before feasting our eyes on the new round-up of goods, we approached the most adorable greeters who made their Hollywood red carpet début courtesy of DoVE (Dogs of Violence Exposed).
   These dogs, rescued from the most horrible circumstances in Asia, where DoVE Project works with established animal rescuers on the ground in South Korea, are now headed to starring roles in their forever homes. However, more needs to be done, and the organization is continuing to spread word about their international work rescuing dogs from meat farms, providing financial support of their care, veterinary needs, training and socialization, transportation to the US, and having them placed in US homes with additional support assist through various advocacy groups such as Best Friends.
   It was also heartwarming to observe that many of the new vendors participating this year—and there were a lot of new faces—were family-owned enterprises. With a laser focus on personal care products and supplements, we also noticed that most of the new lines were either certified vegan, gluten-free, organic, cruelty-free or a combination of several.
   The most interesting product line was from Nurse Hatty, and yes, she was an actual person explaining her one-stop-shopping concept for women’s health. Everything on the table and in the VIP L. L. Bean and Earthsaver gift bags could be described as everything you never knew you needed. Rather than anti-ageing, her approach was tackling head-on with such solutions as the Kegel Script Exercise System, Nip ’n’ Lift, all kinds of things to make one’s keto diet more effective, and Wrinkle Script, a line of reusable masks designed to alleviate wrinkles, stretch marks, and scars on face, neck and décolleté.
   CBD products were also everywhere and in every kind of conceivable form, from vitamins to potable tinctures to topical creams. There were goods from straightforward companies like We the People Hemp, Hempland and more luxury-oriented goods from Serene CBD, offering lip balm, Dead Sea bath salts, and pet CBD with salmon oil. Theories from different producers argue that these products, when taken internally, improve brain functions, have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbal properties, and benefit the immune system, digestive system and so on. Topical products, meanwhile, may relieve pain, improve skin tone and have other healing properties. While the FDA disclaimers were in place, it was certainly fun to experiment and hear the back stories behind these potential health breakthroughs. There were also traditional vitamin supplements available, including Percepta natural plant-based memory support, improving brain function with the cat’s claw herb and tea, and Doctor’s Best, which has new packaging and improved formulas.
   As many VIPs had their kids in tow, the folks from Child Life Nutrition were prepared with a variety of products, and an industrious pre-teen was on hand to share goodies from her Organic Candy Factory, that also happened to be kosher, vegan and enriched with vitamins C, A and E. Pure Trim returned with more of their delicious teas and nutrition bars, and some topical products as well. To help the youngest celebrity kids get a head start on 2020, furniture line Évolur exhibited examples of children’s furnishings, strollers, rugs, and more.
   There were also numerous skin care lines vying for our attention. Family-owned Immaculate Minerals got it with its assortment of lipsticks, brushes and primers in positively regal packaging. Another entrepreneur introduced us to her RevealU Gel gel body moisturizers, packed with delicate fragrances and a touch of gold sparkle. Louisville, Ky.-based Shalia Botanicals offered CBD skin care with a different sort of kick, ageing in Four Roses Bourbon barrels making for a literal skin care “cocktail” of good things. The Hanalei Company offered celebrities a vacation in a box, with lip scrub, balm, and body and face lotions made with sugar, kukui nuts and other nice things from the islands.
   French heritage beauty brand Sothys Paris, not surprisingly, attracted a lot of attention with a fresh line of products. Dermatologist-grade Exuviance (sold at and and a limited number of official retailers) rolled out their jawline- and neck-firming moisturizer in glamorous new packaging. Across the aisle, Washington, DC-based dermatologist Tina Alster introduced celebrities and other constituents to the A Method products.
   Dionis Goat Milk Skincare, covering the rest of the body, showcased their Honeysuckle Coconut and Lavender Blossom hand and body lotions. Other showcased brands included Medispa Naturals from Canada and premium drugstore line Lumene Finland Nordic–C.
   Splenda provided stevia-based sweeteners, Canada-based Ten Degrees offered stackable and mixable stainless steel rings in cute packaging. And as winter is the season for cuddling up, some deliciously soft home items from Alicia Adams Alpaca and luxury linens from the always-wonderful Crown Goose provided solutions for staying warm and cozy between the Globes and the Oscars. Those who got the VIP bag could add an extra layer of cocooning luxe with Spirit Work Creator essential oil spray or a hit of Jimmy’s Milan Salad Dressing from Philadelphia institution Milan 39 to amp up any edibles for their home entertaining functions.
   Taking the notion of “self care” to the furthest extent, Los Angeles-based, women-operated company Jimmy Jane offered attendees the ultimate in adult toys with its Fantasy for Her. As we are in polite company, it could be described as one size fits all, even if this particular accessory may not be for everyone. However, the pitch definitely does fit into the definition of can-do female empowerment.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

Above, from top: Chad Johnson (The Bachelor). Gilles Marini. Esai Morales (DC Universe’s Titans). Rita Branch and her son Noah. Francesco Bauco (Ford v. Ferrari).


Global Citizen honours Richard Curtis, Sting, Amina J. Mohammed, and Hamdi Ulukaya

Filed by Lucire staff/December 15, 2019/20.56

Tim P. Whitby; Tristan Fewings; Jeff Spicer

As some countries’ politicians campaign on nationalism, there are others which see things along more international lines. Global Citizen, an organization that calls for world leaders to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030, has held its inaugural Global Citizen Prize at the Royal Albert Hall in London, part of a cross-media event that will see the awards televised on NBC in the US (on December 20 at 8 p.m. EST), Sky TV in the UK (December 21, 7 p.m. GMT), and MSNBC (December 22, 10 p.m. EST and December 31, 11 p.m. EST).
   The awards are the first event of Global Citizen’s 2020 campaign, Global Goal Live: the Possible Dream, in partnership with Teneo, working alongside and in support of the United Nations, calling on governments, philanthropists, and the private sector to take responsibility to provide the US$350,000 million needed in the 59 poorest countries.
   Richard Curtis, Sting, Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Amina J. Mohammed, and Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya were recognized at the awards, hosted by John Legend, with presenters Connie Britton, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jason Derulo, Chiwetel Ejiofor, CBE, Leona Lewis, Himesh Patel, Kal Penn, Fran Katsoudas, and Dakota Johnson. Legend, along with Jennifer Hudson, Raphaël Saadiq, Sting, and Stormzy performed musical numbers; Chris Martin, H. E. R., and Jorja Smith also performed.
   Guests included Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr, Louise Vongerichten, Isabella Charlotta Poppius, Janette Manrara, Julien Macdonald, Emma Thynn, Emma Freud, James Smith, Krept and Konan, Sean Teale, Harriet Rose, Nina Samuels, Jinny, Dynamo, Nina Samuels, Asim Chaudhry, Trent Seven, Tyler Bate, Nicola Roberts, Betty Bachz, Nukaaka Coster-Waldau, Clara Amfo, Kimberly Wyatt, Katherine Ryan, Wade Briggs, Roxie Nafousi, Amelia Bath, Dr Alex George, Tom York, Vanessa White, Izzy Bizu, Reggie Yates, Pips Taylor, Kimberly Wyatt, Max Rogers, Lady Victoria Hervey, Laura Whitmore, Hozier, Montana Brown, Nina Nesbitt, Tallia Storm, Arizona Muse, Tom York, and Mike Duce,
   Curtis received the Global Citizen of the Year prize, for his work for Comic Relief, Sport Relief, Red Nose Day, and Project Everyone. These initiatives have raised over US$1,500 million to fight child poverty internationally. Accepting his award, he said, ‘I obviously don’t deserve this. I was partly responsible for Bridget Jones 2 and Mr Bean, but please, if you’re here or watching, make a mark in your diary in ink: “January 2020: the year I’m going to fight like a lion for our big human family.” And then in December, in pencil, put “The year we won.” The time to hesitate is through. The only way to get things done is to do things.’
   Sting was named the Global Citizen Artist of the Year. He has used his profile to protect rainforests and the indigenous people who live there. He and his wife, Trudie Styler, co-founded Rainforest Fund, which has protected over 33 million acres of rainforest. A monetary prize will be donated to the Fund.
   Sting said, ‘As a citizen of course I’m honoured to receive this award, and it does provide the opportunity to admit that whatever successes, whatever battles we’ve managed to win in the struggle to save our planet, we may well be losing the war. I was humbled recently by the words of Greta Thunberg as she addressed the United Nations on the issue of climate change, where on behalf of her generation she rightfully pointed the finger at ours. That whatever we’ve done, whatever we have tried to accomplish in this struggle, we have not done enough. And so I accept this award with the same humility that I would feel as a schoolboy reading my end-of-term report card.’
   Mohammed received the Global Citizen World Leader prize, honouring an individual in the political or advocacy space who has advocated for and implemented policy changes that have actionably improved the lives of those suffering from poverty. She played an instrumental role in creating the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and presently chairs the UN’s Sustainable Development Group. She said, ‘Today, our world is facing many crises—climate change; inequality, injustice and conflict—yet never have we had so much in our hands to make the world more peaceful and prosperous. We even have a road map, the UN’s 2030 Agenda and our 17 Global Goals, that aim to leave no one behind, especially our women and youth. We have ten years to make them a reality and help transform our world. Success depends on all of us and it can’t be business as usual. The status quo is no longer acceptable. We leaders at all levels, in all constituencies, must embrace the new era of change and deliver for people and for planet. We must do that now. I am humbled to accept this award, working for the UN and the world we want.’
   Ulukaya received the Global Citizen Business Leader prize. He became concerned about his own employees’ working conditions, strengthening the communities where they live, offering fully paid parental leave, and fighting food insecurity in local schools. His Tent Partnership for Refugees mobilizes the private sector to help the 25 million-plus forcibly displaced from their home countries. He said, upon accepting the award, ‘The truth is, what matters most, in business and in life, is the difference you make for others. And that in the end, the truest measure of a business is not return on investment … but return on kindness. So, this award is a reminder that when we stand together … and fight together … kindness and courage will triumph over poverty and hatred every time.’
   A fifth category, the Cisco Youth Leadership Award, was announced on stage, but will be revealed in the telecast. Finalists are Luisa Bonin of São Paulo, Brazil, Nashin Mahtani of Jakarta, Indonesia, Alain Nteff of Yaoundé, Cameroon, Priya Prakash of Gurugram, India, and Haroon Yasin of Islamabad, Pakistan.
   The broadcast special was produced by London-based Whizz Kid Entertainment. Katherine Allen and Mark Sidaway served as executive producers, and Julia Knowles directed. Molly McGuiness was the executive producer for Global Citizen. Partners include Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Citi, Live Nation, Reckitt Benckiser, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Motsepe Foundation.

Tim P. Whitby; Tristan Fewings; Jeff Spicer


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