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December 7, 2013
Still capturing plenty of attention, especially for her promotion of worthy social causes, Lady Gaga headed to Annabel’s in London last night in association with Belvedere Vodka and Product Red.
Gaga performed ‘Artpop’, ‘Dope’ and ‘Do What U Want’ from her new album Artpop, which was released last month, as well as her classic ‘Poker Face’, at a private concert at Annabel’s.
LVMH, meanwhile, launched its Belvedere Red Special Edition bottle. Proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition vodka bottles will go to the Global Fund to fight HIVâAids in Africa.
Celebrity guests included Adele, Sting and Trudie Styler, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emma Watson, Bar Refaeli, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Jessie J, Chelsea Davy, Boris Becker, Bryan Ferry, Hayley Atwell, Michael McIntyre, Emile Sande, Tinie Tempah, Christopher Kane, Natalie Massenet, Arizona Muse, Richard E. Grant, Philip Treacy, Suki Waterhouse, Sally Greene, Nicky Haslam, Irina Ambromavich, James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley.
Gaga had performed at the same venue in 2011 to launch her famed Born This Way album.
Charli XCX followed on with a special DJ set into the small hours of the morning.
Gaga notes, ‘I think it is very important to join the fight against Aids and HIV and think it is wonderful that Belvedere and Annabel’s are supporting and had this event this evening. The more we can educate people the more we control the problem. I think it is really wonderful they are involved and think all major corporations should join the fight.’
December 2, 2013
Top Harry Styles, winner of the British Style Award this year. Above The two Christophers who took the top awards: Christopher Bailey (left) and Christopher Kane (right).
Christopher Kane won the coveted prize of womenswear designer of the year, and Christopher Bailey, MBE, for menswear (for Burberry) at this year’s British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, while Miuccia Prada won the first International Designer of the Year prize.
Kane was presented his award by Donatella Versaceâhe had designed for Versus for several years alongside his own label.
Burberry was named Designer Brand of the Year, in a particularly good night at the awards.
Nicholas Kirkwood was named the accessory designer of the year.
As announced earlier, both Kate Moss and Suzy Menkes won special recognition awards, for their 25 years in modelling and journalism respectively. Moss was presented her award by Marc Jacobs.
I-D magazine founders Terry and Tricia Jones received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Terry Jones was a former British Vogue art director, and founded I-D in 1980 with Tricia. It began life as a 40 pp. hand-stapled publication.
Harry Styles won the Vodafone British Style Award, and was presented his prize by Alexa Chung, who had won three times in previous years.
The emerging designer winners were Simone Rocha (for womenswear), Agi & Sam (for menswear), and Sophia Webster (for accessories). J. W. Anderson was the New Establishment award winner, for ‘taking the industry by storm’.
Lady Amanda Harlech was recognized for her creativity and influence, and won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
Edie Campbell was named model of the year, while Erdem took home the red carpet award for raising its profile in the global media.
Celebrities and designers attending included Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller, Tinie Tempah, Amber and Yasmin Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Rita Ora, Laura Bailey, Suki Waterhouse, Arizona Muse, ClÃ©mence PoÃ©sy, Caroline Issa, Erdem Moralioglu, Roksanda IlinciÄ, Dermot O’Leary, Emmanuelle Seigner, Mary Katrantzou, Gwyneth Paltrow, Henry Holland, and Stephen Jones, OBE.
Red carpet interviews and photos (scroll down for awards)
Nick Grimshaw, Kate Moss and Harry Styles on the red carpet
Sienna Miller on the red carpet
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the red carpet
Alexa Chung and Erdem
Red carpet highlights
Christopher Bailey, MBE for Burberry
Misery Bear’s new Kate Moss video
Lady Amanda Harlech
Suzy Menkes, OBE
J. W. Anderson
Agi & Sam
Terry and Tricia Jones
The winners’ circle
November 29, 2013
David M. Benett/Getty Images
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Top Kate Moss, photographed last month celebrating Rimmel’s 180th anniversary. Above A preview image of the supermodel, who will appear in Playboyâs 60th anniversary issue in January.
Suzy Menkes isn’t the only woman getting a special award from the British Fashion Council, supermodel Kate Moss will receive one, too.
Her Special Recognition Award at the British Fashion Awards is presented to mark her 25 years in the business and her continued influence on the industry, said the Council.
Croydon-born Moss was discovered in 1988 while on holiday by Sarah Doukas, founder of Storm Model Management. Then 14, she and her family were returning from a holiday in the Bahamas and were awaiting their homeward flight at JFK.
While considered a supermodel in the original sense of the wordâher contemporaries were Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy TurlingtonâMoss was a contrast, having a more child-like, waif look. Opponents called it ‘heroin chic’.
Moss received some notoriety for her skinny frame after appearing on the cover of The Face in 1997. She then modelled in advertisements for Calvin Klein underwear and appeared nude for the Calvin Klein fragrance, Obsession. She has been immortalized in sculpture in two sculptures by Marc Quinn, the first in 2006 called Sphinx, followed by a second in 2008, in gold, called . Siren
Moss will appear in Playboyâs 60th anniversary issue in January, and a preview image, shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, has already been released.
She has been romantically linked to Johnny Depp, Jefferson Hack (the father of her first child), Billy Zane, Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Wahlberg, Daniel Craig, Jake Chapman, Mario Sorrenti, Evan Dando, Jesse Wood, Antony Langdo, and Pete Doherty. In 2011, she and Hince tied the knot.
Through the years, Moss has defied expectations, shattering the predictions of those who believed that models would only have a certain, limited working life, and recovering from a tabloid exposÃ© about cocaine use that could have permanently damaged a lesser model’s career. She has shrewdly created her own brand, licensing it in co-branding situations, most notably with Topshop. She has her own collections with Longchamp, Fred and Rimmel. And she continues to endorse products and serve as the face of international brands, thanks in part to her work ethic and knowledge, and to a unique look.
The Council calls her ‘fearless and intuitive’ when choosing her projects. Others sought by the BFC for comment included photographer Mario Testino, with whom Moss has collaborated numerous times, who said, ‘Kate Moss has made many people dream. And not only people that look at fashion but those that create it as well. The moment she puts on an outfit, it takes another identity. She adds personality to fashion and I personally, can never get enough of her.’
Donatella Versace said, ‘From the very beginning Kate was iconic; she never had to become a model. She has the same energy, the same seduction and the same witâin front of the camera and with everyone, I love you Kate!’
The BFC stated, ‘She has worked with every designer of note, including McQueen, Galliano, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent, Dior, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and her editorial still sets the benchmark high in terms of sheer versatility, originality and its ability to communicate the aspirations and realities of many generations. Her work with Corinne Day at the age of 15 remains instrumental in shaping the face of the fashion industry, and Kate is synonymous with the spirit of British innovation.’
It also notes that Moss is the most prolific Vogue cover girl, appearing on 34 covers for British Vogue alone. She now serves as a contributing fashion editor for the magazine, with her first story appearing in the spring.
Moss won Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2006, and received the London 25 award at the same event in 2009.
The British Fashion Awards, hosted by the BFC, takes place on December 2 at the London Coliseum. Nominees this year include Marc Jacobs, Anya Hindmarch, Victoria Beckham, Mary Katrantzou, Raf Simons, Nicholas Kirkwood and Cara Delevingne. Tickets are available through www.britishfashionawards.com/tickets. Lucire will have post-event coverage.
November 22, 2013
Fans of LâWren Scott will be overjoyed to hear that her new collaboration with Banana Republic has resulted in more affordable versions of her exquisite designs. This collaboration is the first Scott has done with a mainstream fashion retailer.
The LâWren Scott label boasts high-end designs loved by celebrities such as Michelle Obama and Nicole Kidman, where an evening dress is $1,500 a pop. This Banana Republic collaboration results in the best of both worlds being affordable, ranging from $39Â·90 to $165, still showing Ms Scottâs beautiful Ã¦sthetic.
LâWren Scott, herself, is featured in the advertisements for this collaboration in an attempt to show that her designs are figure-flattering at any age. She stated: âYou don’t need to wear Spanx if you buy my clothes. The dress, the trousers, the pencil skirt, they should do the work.â
Many celebrities attended the opening including red-haired bombshell Christina Hendricks, pop-star Kesha and Scott’s boyfriend of 12 years, Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. Jagger was extremely supportive of the collection, complimenting her figure-hugging silhouettes and âzestyâ colours. In the video below, he is almost as comprehensive as a fashion reporter. Coco Rocha, Jaimie Alexander (see ), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rashida Jones, Jessica ParÃ©, Stacy Keibler, Louise Roe, Kelly Lynch and Mitch Glazer, Judy Greer, Langley Fox Hemingway, Arianna Rockefeller, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Katie Aselton, and Gillian Jacob also attended. Lucire issue 30
The collection includes body-conscious party dresses, tailored blazers and printed trousers. Banana Republic was a logical collaboration for Scott as she mentioned that she grew up shopping there. Get behind this new-and-exciting collaboration available in-store and online from December 5.â Anna Deans
November 20, 2013
Although images of the F-type coupÃ©
have already been leaked, Jaguar has now officially released details of one of its most anticipated sports cars.
The convertible F-type is already on the market and is Lucireâs Car to Be Seen in for 2013 (see Lucire issue 30), but enthusiasts have waited for the hardtop coupÃ© to join the range for some time.
The new coupÃ©, which has been revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show today, manages to look purposeful and modern while having a sense of familiarity as a Jaguarâhelped in no small part by the haunches over the rear wheels, the existing F-type convertible, and the companyâs earlier C-X16 concept car. Audiences have had time to get used to the carâs coming.
Now that it has arrived, expectations are very high on what the car is like behind the wheel. Jaguar calls it âthe most dynamically capable, performance-focused, production Jaguar ever,â with a top model, the R CoupÃ©, having 550 PS under the bonnet, with its five-litre twin-supercharged V8. Other models have familiar power outputs of 340, 380 and 495 PS for the F-type, F-type S, and F-type V8 S.
Jaguarâs Torque Vectoring by braking sees the car apply braking torque individually to the inner wheels through the ABS system, helping with cornering. The adaptive dynamics help control vertical body movement, roll and pitch rates, says Jaguar.
The car, made of aluminium, is the most torsionally rigid production Jaguar (at 33,000 Nm per degree), helping with its dynamics, while the hardware consists of an electronic active differential and an optional carbon ceramic braking system.
Externally, buyers can specify a panoramic glass roof panels that donât affect the carâs rigidity. There is no B-pillar, but Jaguarâs engineers have used an aluminium alloy beam on each side that runs from the front pillar to the rear one to achieve the strength and rigidity targets. The sides are made from single-piece AC600 aluminium pressings, which have eliminated the need for joints in the panel surface, and mark a first for Jaguar.
Half the body is made from recycled materials, while the tailgate uses composites. The production process uses 80 per cent less carbon dioxide compared with a standard steel construction, says Jaguar.
The cabin tapers toward the rear, ending with a sharp edge over the rear lights, in one of the most attractive tail ends of any Jaguar built. A rear spoiler is hidden, rising automatically at 70 mph and lowering as speeds drop below 50 mph.
Prices begin in the UK at Â£51,235 for the V6 coupÃ©, rising to a cool Â£85,000 for the F-type R coupÃ©.
Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!, opens today at Somerset House, London.
This marks the second time Lucire has covered an exhibition connected to the late editor and fashion patron. The earlier occasion, in 2008, saw curator Donna Loveday of the Design Museum look at Philip Treacy’s hats, and focused on the then Isabella Delves Broughton’s discovery of the designer. This second exhibition, with over 100 pieces, looks at Blow’s collection itself: it is her wardrobe, acquired by her friend Daphne Guinness, to stop it being sold at auction. Architectural firm Carmody Groarke designed the exhibition.
Guinness said, ‘This exhibition is, to me, a bittersweet event. Isabella Blow made our world more vivid, trailing colour with every pace she took. It is a sorrier place for her absence. When I visited her beloved clothes in a storage room in South Kensington, it seemed quite clear the collection would be of immense value to a great many people. I do believe that in choosing to exhibit them weâve done the right thingâand that it is what she would have wanted. I am doing this in memory of a dear friend, in the hope that her legacy may continue to aid and inspire generations of designers to come.’
After Blow’s suicide in 2007, Guinness, who had been friends with her for nearly a decade, sought to preserve her legacy and established the Isabella Blow Foundation.
Many of the garments shown are styled in exactly the way Blow wore them. She was known to only wear work from designers she liked or admired.
A catalogue will be published by Rizzoli to accompany the exhibition, edited by Alistair O’Neil, who curated the exhibition with Shonagh Marshall, with essays by O’Neil, Marshall, Prof Caroline Evans, and Alexander Fury, with new photography by Nick Knight. Graphic Thought Facility has designed the book, which is priced at Â£40.
Blow began her career in the early 1980s as Anna Wintour’s assistant at Vogue. After she returned to London in 1986, she worked at Tatler, British Vogue, and The Sunday Timesâ ‘Style’. In addition to Treacy, whom she discovered at his graduation from Central St Martin’s in 1990, Blow is also credited for discovering Alexander McQueen (at his graduation from the school two years later), Hussein Chalayan, Julien Macdonald, Sophie Dahl and Stella Tennant. She collaborated with photographers Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Sean Ellis.
The exhibition includes pieces from the designers she discovered, and is regarded as one of the most important private fashion collections of the era.
Film, recordings and projections at Somerset House take visitors back to the era, while miscellaneous items belonging to Blow, such as her Rolodex, are also on display.
Somerset House presents the exhibition in association with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St Martin’s. It runs from November 20, 2013 to March 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with a late night of 9 p.m. on Thursday. Some special hours apply over the Christmas and New Year period. Entry is Â£12Â·50, and concessions are Â£10 and Â£6Â·25 on Mondays.
The video below looks back at Blow’s life, and includes Alexander McQueen’s La Dame Bleue collection from springâsummer 2008, which he dedicated to his mentor.
November 19, 2013
Mini knows it’s on to a good thing, especially when it has 2Â½ million customers worldwide for the fashion-led 21st-century models released under BMW.
With the launch of the fourth-generation Mini, BMW has stuck with the fashion image, with Poppy Delevingne, fashion designers Henry Holland and Amy Molyneaux, Peaches Geldof, Ellie Goulding, Pips Taylor, Zara Martin, Laura Bailey, Made in Chelseaâs Kimberley Garner and Diego Bivero-Volpe, Nik Thakkar, Kelly Eastwood and Jaime Winstone, Lianne La Havas, Ella Catliff, and Sugababe Jade Ewen at the after-party, giving it some style cred.
The earlier unveiling had taken place in Oxford at the BMW plant, where the original 1959 Mini was built when the factory was owned by the British Motor Corporation.
The Monday night after-party at the Sorting Office in London saw 500 guests at the event, where Goulding even worked the DJ decks before Fenech Soler performed an hour-long set. Little Dragon DJ then took over through to Tuesday midnight.
The party continues today in Los Angeles at the Kim Sing Theater, with 175 guests invited, and Passion Pit performing live.
The finalÃ© will take place in Shanghai, with 200 guests on Thursday at the Waterhouse in South Bund. Gossip and Beth Ditto will perform live.
The global launch of the new F56 Mini will take place in the first quarter of 2014.
November 15, 2013
Building on the
Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebrations is a fact-based drama on BBC2, An Adventure in Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss. The trailer was released today by the BBC.
The film looks at the creation of Doctor Who, and the involvement of producer Verity Lambert, director Waris Hussein, actor William Hartnell, and BBC head of drama Sydney Newman, at the dawn of the 1960s.
The trailer shows a convincing re-creation of the 1960s, including the fashions. Hussein and others had reportedly had a close involvement with the drama.
Actor David Bradley portrays Hartnell, and has a very convincing likeness to the actor. Jessica Raine plays Lambert, Sacha Dhawan plays Hussein, and Brian Cox portrays Newman. Terry McDonough directs the drama, and Matt Strevens produces.
The description at the doctorwho.tv site reads, ‘This special one-off drama travels back to 1963 to chart the origins of Doctor Who. Actor William Hartnell felt trapped by a succession of hard-man roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert was frustrated by the TV industryâs glass ceiling. Allied with a team of unusual but brilliant people, they went on to create the longest running science fiction series ever.’
The special dÃ©buts on November 21 in the UK, and November 22 in the US. November 23, the 50th anniversary of the first broadcast, sees a movie-length episode of Doctor Who on BBC One, simulcast to select international markets.
A prequel to the anniversary episode dÃ©buted online yesterday, with the surprise appearance of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor.
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