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September 24, 2015

Sponsored video: M&S’s The Art of reminds us that it gets fashion, better than ever before

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Once Marks and Spencer, M&S has become a global brand, and as you travel, you can find its logo miles away from its origins in Leeds. And with September comes a new campaign, The Art of, which shows just how M&S has its finger on the pulse of the latest fashion.
   This high-impact campaign is just exploding with colour, and the spectacle is intentional. M&S has strong fashion credentials, in women’s, lingerie, men’s, and children’s sectors, but it hasn’t been traditionally known for them. Yet Brandindex says M&S is top of the list of 32 high street fashion brands on metrics including quality and reputation. M&S wants to remind us that it understands fashion.
   By showing a sheep whose coat, thanks to visual effects, shoots off it and becomes wool, and injecting messages about its sustainably sourced cotton, M&S addresses customers’ desires that, these days, we want great fashion, but we want to be sure that it’s coming from a socially responsible place. It also emphasizes the notion of craftsmanship.
   Executive director of marketing Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne notes that the brand is at a ‘seven-year high’, according to Marketing Week, and it’s been helped along by M&S’s revamps of some of its larger stores. M&S has also changed its design and buying teams, and in-store personal stylists are planned, too. It’s conscious that the retailer needs to match the great fashion with the in-store experience, so that the M&S brand is consistently high quality, every time someone has contact with it.
   The cutting-edge campaign, which uses Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk’ featuring Bruno Mars, will be seen in 50 countries, in TV, print and digital media.

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September 23, 2015

Tommy Hilfiger and Jeffrey Deitch host Rock Style exhibition launch in London

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On Monday, the Rock Style exhibition’s official opening was celebrated at Sotheby’s S2 gallery in London. Hosted and curated by famous fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, the exhibition celebrates the innovative connection between music and fashion, as examined in Tommy Hilfiger and Anthony De Curtis’ book, Rock Style, written in 2000.
   Hilfiger himself has been a notable figure of fashion for 30 years and has dressed celebrities such as Lily Aldridge, Zooey Deschanel, Snoop Dogg and Naomi Campbell. Although he no longer runs the company, Hilfiger is still heavily involved in the fashion industry. De Curtis complements him perfectly with his music-critic background, writing for publications such as Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Relix, making them the perfect duo to have written the book Rock Style.
   The show exhibits numerous photographs of rockers over the years, as well as paintings of idols such as Deborah Harry, Joey Ramone, Sid Vicious and George Harrison done by street artist and graphic designer Shepard Fairey. The exhibition emphasizes the nature of fashion, music and identity, and how the three collaborate to create the worlds that these stars lived in. The very essence of nostalgia and fashion experimentation is captured in the large images, ones that depict the unique identity of each performer. The iconic leathers and studs of Sid Vicious, the radical prints and colours of Jimi Hendrix, and the very photogenic nature of David Bowie, is captured in these prints. In creating a visual exhibition, the show brings the book to life and provides a sentiment and fond memory of the rock star idols of the ’50s through to today.
   Notable attendees of the Rock Style exhibition launch included Tommy and Dee Hilfiger, Melissa Odabash, Harrods fashion director Helen David, editor of British GQ Dylan Jones, Sir Philip Green, Bob Gruen, Gered Mankowitz, Tim Jeffries, Fru Tholstrup, Justine Picardie, Katie Martin, Tamara Beckwith, Melissa Odabash, Don Letts, Caroline Rush, Stephen Webster, Mark Quinn, Henry Hudson, Philip Colbert, Steve Varsano, Lisa Tchenguiz, and Jaye Kamel, as well as other artists and socialites.—Alex Barrow

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September 22, 2015

Lucire TV: David Beckham launches his film for Belstaff, Outlaws, in London

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David Beckham’s film, Outlaws, in which he stars as the Stranger, a drifter and motorcycle stuntman (of course), is released today, but not before a screening and VIP event at la Bodega Negra restaurant in Soho, following a similar event in New York at the Back Room last Thursday.
   But hold tight, it’s not a Hollywood film in the traditional sense: it’s a promotion for Belstaff, although it does feature Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull).
   He did ‘98 per cent’ of his own stunts in the film. The film was shot on location in México, and was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, and executive produced by Liv Tyler. It was produced by Belstaff Films and Legs (a Milk Media Company).
   Beckham, Moriarty and Jasper were present at the London event, joined by celebrities Jeremy Piven, Laura Whitmore, Emma Miller, Lilah Parsons, Rafferty Law, Doina Ciobanu, Lilah Parsons, Spencer Matthews and Hugo Taylor.
   Outlaws sees the Stranger ‘haunted by memories of a beautiful trapeze artist and hunted by a maniacal director seeking revenge,’ according to Belstaff.
   Beckham described it as ‘a lot of fun and very creative … and obviously having Harvey and Katherine and Cathy in there, it doesn’t really get better than that. I knew it was going to be fun which is one of the reasons why I agreed to do it.’

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September 21, 2015

In the mind of Nicolas Ghesquière: Selena Gomez, Poppy Delevingne, Clémence Poésy, Alicia Vikander attend Louis Vuitton Series 3

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Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton hosted a gala opening and cocktail reception on Sunday at the Strand to introduce and immerse guests in Series 3, an 11-room exhibition that explores the creative process of designer Nicolas Ghesquière as he created his autumn–winter 2015–16 collection.
   Celebrity guests included Selena Gomez, Clémence Poésy, Michelle Williams, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, Poppy Delevingne, Doona Bae, Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Poppy Delevingne, Alexa Chung, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, Tallulah Harlech, Miroslava Duma, Xavier Dolan, Cressida Bonas, Douglas Booth, Lily Donaldson, Adèle Exarchopoulous, Luca Calvani, and Joana Preiss, while Ghesquière and Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke played host.
   ‘The series exhibition fits with my work and with my creation because it’s an extension of it, it’s the way for people to understand my creative process, that’s really the idea of that parcours initiatique is what we say in French,’ says Ghesquière. ‘I wanted people not to get into my brain but start to understand some of the processes we have when we do the collection. It could be inspired by the craft again by the savoir faire of Louis Vuitton by the story of Louis Vuitton or it could be very new and very fresh, coming from somewhere completely new and again quite technological sometimes. And again about innovation.
   ‘We did show series around the world, in Asia, in America, but we haven’t done it in Europe yet so it’s very interesting to come to London as well. It’s very unique to be able to at that dimension to control and celebrate the past, projecting the future.’
   Burke praised Ghesquière, saying, ‘I’ve worked with many creative individuals throughout my entire life, from architects to artists to designers and I think Nicholas has impressed me as the one who has been the most true to his original ideas. The most amazing is that he comes up with an original idea from the guts and then he takes it through a whole process of verification he bounces it off people and tries it out with various products and invariably he comes back to his original thought. So staying true to his inspirations is quite impressive.’
   Williams says, ‘I loved seeing it again. I loved seeing the show the first time around and I love the idea that people can visit it and its gives this sense of place because the fashion shows are usually so short, so I love seeing it suspended in time.’
   Gomez notes, ‘I’ve actually had a relationship with Nicolas for a few months now, and just to see the growth and actually be a part of it and say I saw that when it came out or I got to be a part of it, it’s incredible to see all of his work come together and it’s also very interactive, which is cool.’
   Series 1 and Series 2 have already been around the world, while London is the first city to host Series 3.


Selena Gomez

Nicolas Ghesquière

Clémence Poésy

Michelle Williams

Doona Bae

Red carpet arrivals


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September 16, 2015

Naomie Harris, as Moneypenny, retrieves Sony’s Xperia Z5 in Spectre promotional tie-in

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Ever since Moneypenny was reimagined as a former field agent in the shape of Naomie Harris, one might have wondered if she would see action again in the world of James Bond. Thanks to Sony in its new spot for its Xperia cellphone, she has, in a 60-second film that sees her retrieve the Z5 model in London on Bond’s behalf, showing that she’s not fully content sitting behind the desk outside M’s office.
   Sony, whose products are often seen used by MI6 in the James Bond films–Sony’s own connection to MGM and Columbia Pictures, the studios through which the films are released, helps—has released its promotional tie-in to help fuel the buzz for Spectre, the 24th EON Productions James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, to be released on October 26 in the UK.
   Filmed in South Bank, the spot also shows off the Sony RX100 IV camera, which captures super slow-motion footage.
   Daniel Kleinman, who has created many of the James Bond titles as the successor to “gunbarrel” designer Maurice Binder, and whose own association with Bond dates back to 1989 when he designed the music video to the theme to Licence to Kill, directed the film, through Rattling Stick. In a release, Kleinman said, ‘The campaign film truly captures the excitement of the chase, being on a mission and taking the viewer on the journey, all set against an iconic London backdrop.’ Kleinman will design the titles for Spectre.
   Harris noted, ‘London provides the perfect setting for the campaign film. Ultimately, at the centre of Bond is Britishness, so it was really important that the ad was shot here. It is not your traditional commercial; it’s an action-packed mini-movie in itself.’
   Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation added, ‘Sony has been a proud partner of the iconic Bond films since Casino Royale [2006]. While both the Xperia Z5 and RX100 IV are action-packed and full of features, they are also real, everyday-life gadgets.’
   The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available globally from October.

September 14, 2015

The Body Shop’s Oils of Life range brings radiance back to skin

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The Body Shop’s new Oils of Life range encompasses the natural radiance that oils bring to our complexions. Derived from three core oils—black cumin oil from Egypt, rosehip oil from Chile, and camellia oil from China—the Oils of Life range revitalizes skin with beneficial nutrients, enhancing youthful radiance, and rejuvenating soft, smooth skin.
   The Body Shop have released four new products as part of the Oils of Life range. The Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion provides a formula used after cleansing which leaves skin feeling instantly smooth, and provides all of the supple benefits of oils without the greasy feeling. Secondly, the Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil furthers this step, and is absorbed easily by the skin, leaving it feeling replenished and healthy. Made from 99 per cent natural oils, this product is sure to leave skin feeling youthful and smooth. The Intensely Revitalizing Cream and Gel Cream are made of fatty acids, provided by the natural oils, which work together to leave skin completely moisturized without the heavy weight of other moisturizers. The Gel Cream is an even lighter moisturizer that provides the same benefits as an intensive hydrating lotion.
   With the demands of everyday life, the Oils of Life range brings radiance back into your skin. With its lightweight feel and natural benefits, what’s not to love? They are in store from September 14.—Alex Barrow

September 10, 2015

News in brief: British GQ hosts Men of the Year Awards; Proof eyewear arrives in New Zealand

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British GQ hosted its 18th annual Men of the Year awards, in association with Hugo Boss, with Diageo’s Cîroc Vodka providing the cocktails and prizes of magnum bottles at the Royal Opera House event on Tuesday. Cîroc also sponsored the Solo Artist award, won by singer Sam Smith, on the same day it was announced that he would perform the next James Bond theme song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for Spectre. Other guests at the event included David Gandy, Jourdan Dunn, Lewis Hamilton, James Bay, Keith Richards, Lionel Richie, Samuel L. Jackson, Elton John, Will Ferrell, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, Ella Catliff, Amber Le Bon, Yasmin Le Bon, Blur, Jason Atherton, Marc Newson, Jodie Kidd, Daisy Lowe, Erin O’Connor, Naomie Harris, Henry Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Paul Rudd and Oliver Cheshire. As well as the Cîroc cocktails (Cîroc Blue Stone, Cîroc Men of the Year and Cîroc Thyme Sour), dinner consisted of pickled beets, truffle ricotta, baby gem lettuce and pine nuts, followed by bream fillet with potato cake, marinated squid and heritage potato salsa, ending with a lemon and thyme cheesecake.
   Sustainable eyewear is in vogue now, and Idaho-based Proof eyewear is launching into the New Zealand market in time for summer. The Wood collection features sustainably sourced wood, including mahogany, walnut and bamboo; the Eco collection uses cotton-based acetate and sustainably sourced wood; and the Skate collection uses recycled Canadian maple skateboards. A portion of each sale goes to Proof’s socially responsible Do Good programme, which has provided tsunami relief in Japan, child soldier rehabilitation in Africa, and reforestation in Haïti. In 2013, Proof donated funds to build two eye clinics in India, and this year, they donated over US$12,000 in El Salvador toward community projects, and another US$12,000 went to the Nature Conservancy in Idaho. Proof’s New Zealand website is at

David M. Benett; JAB Promotions; courtesy Diageo

September 8, 2015

Sam Smith to perform title song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ for James Bond film, Spectre

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English singer–songwriter Sam Smith has recorded the title song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for the next James Bond film, Spectre.
   The song, composed by Smith with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes, is being released by Capitol Records and will be available on September 25.
   ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since Tom Jones’s ‘Thunderball’ in 1965.
   ‘This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song,’ said Smith. ‘I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.’
   Smith, in our second video below, called his new theme song ‘timeless’.
   Spectre will be released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6. Daniel Craig stars as James Bond, with Christoph Waltz playing his nemesis. The film sees the return of the criminal organization, SPECTRE, which featured in some of Ian Fleming’s novels and many of the 1960s’ films, and 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. Sam Mendes returns to direct after his successful outing in Skyfall.
   Smith’s début album In the Lonely Hour launched at number one in the UK and number two in the US, and scored four Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards.

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