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The lockdown continues: celebrity Instagram round-up, April 10

Filed by Lucire staff/April 10, 2020/10.00

As the COVID-19 lockdown continues in many parts of the world, many celebrities and models are keeping their spirits up, especially to their Instagram audiences.
   Winnie Harlow (@winnieharlow) showed photos of her on a New York rooftop with paints in the background, with a positive message: ‘If you can see the light over the horizon keep going’. It’s not too clear if these were taken during lockdown as they are particularly polished, and her captions do not suggest that they’re her present status.
   Clearer was Kaia Gerber (@kaiagerber), who kept things simple at home with a camisole and jeans, and earlier photos suggest she’s been indulging in books.
   Alexina Graham (@alexinagraham) has had immense fun during her self-quarantine in the UK, as she discovered with her sister that she can balance a glass on her head while wine is being poured into it. It’s her new party trick, and there’s a video on her Instagram.
   Lily-Rose Depp (@lilyrose_depp) wasn’t going to forget her little brother’s birthday: Jack Depp turned 18, and Lily-Rose posted strips of old photographs containing the siblings.
   In a sign of our times, actress and Lucire cover alumna Laura Vandervoort (@supervandie) posted a photograph of coloured rocks, each with a message of hope and positivity, saying that she added four to the row on a walk during her lockdown in Toronto.
   Showing that you can’t keep a good model down, Sara Sampaio (@sarasampaio) decided to dress up and put on her make-up for her at-home selfie during lockdown in Los Angeles.
   Meanwhile, Natalie Roser (@natalie_roser) offered a selfie in Rose & Bare nude underwear along with a coupon code for Easter.
   But it’s Gigi Hadid (@gigihadid) who takes the prize here for making the most of the situation. She still managed to pose for Vogue Italia while quarantined. The magazine sent her a Chanel look, and she donned the outfit, photographed ‘home on the farm’ by fellow model and friend Leah McCarthy, with whom she’s self-isolating. The image appears in Vogue Italia’s April 2020 issue. •


British Fashion Council announces COVID-19 fund with £1 million available

Filed by Lucire staff/March 27, 2020/7.48

The British Fashion Council has launched the BFC Foundation COVID Crisis Fund, making £1,000,000 in emergency funds available, with the majority going to support designer businesses, and a portion to students.
   The Council pooled its talent support grants, usually going to early-stage support or business growth and promotion. Supporters of the fund include Arch & Hook, British Vogue, Browns, Burberry, Depop, GQ,, Label/Mix, Paul Smith, Rodial, and Value Retail.
   It has called on the UK Government to work with them on an industry stimulus package, and has asked the industry and individuals to donate to support more businesses.
   It calls for: (a) support for liquidity for grants or long-term, low-risk loans to address retail cancellations and sell-through guarantees; (b) rent holidays for office and retail stores; and (c) additional financial measures to support creatives’ income.
   Applications will open in the next seven days, closing on April 10.
   The criteria for applicants listed by the BFC follow.
   1. Applicants should have an established designer fashion business.
   2. The applicant’s collection should consist primarily of womenswear, menswear, accessories, millinery or fine jewellery—not bridalwear of childrenswear.
   3. The applicant’s company should be based in the UK and be registered with Companies’ House or a sole trader.
   4. The applicant’s company should be majority-owned by the designer or creative director and not have had outside equity funding in any material amount.
   5. Grant money requested should relate to a clear purpose to support the business survive over the next year.
   Further COVID-19 updates from the Council are available here.


Charlotte Olympia and Puma show collaboration; Alice Dellal fronts campaign

Filed by Lucire staff/March 3, 2020/10.50

After getting full control of her label back, Charlotte Olympia has embarked on a collaboration with Puma, with its founder’s sister, model Alice Dellal, modelling the new line.
   Charlotte Olympia Dellal had often taken her label into collaborations, including with MAC Cosmetics and Agent Provocateur. Dellal had hinted last month that she was collaborating with a sport brand.
   The Puma × Charlotte Olympia collection merges boxing-inspired silhouettes with Hollywood glamour, featuring leopard prints, ‘Kitty’ embroidery, fringe accents, and the Charlotte Olympia spider’s web symbol.
   Going beyond the Puma × Charlotte Olympia Cali Sport shoe (RRP NZ$180) are the TFS AOP track jacket (RRP NZ$190) and the AOP shorts (RRP NZ$100), all of which blend sports and glamour. There is also a reversible Bucket Hat (RRP NZ$55).
   Puma, meanwhile, has been working with female designers recently, including Tabitha Simmons and Sophia Webster. Working with Charlotte Olympia is another step in the label’s attempt to court women as customers.
   In New Zealand, the collection will be available from April 1 at and at Karen Walker and Hype stores.


Twiggy returns as Bonaveri brings back Adel Rootstein mannequins

Filed by Lucire staff/February 14, 2020/12.05

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Bonaveri, the specialists in mannequins and bust forms, has launched a new Adel Rootstein collection after acquiring the brand in 2019.
   The new collection is based around 1960s icon Twiggy, the model who exemplified in many ways the spirit of Swinging London.
   Traditionally, Adel Rootstein was a forward-looking brand and considered one of the best mannequin makers in the world.
   Following the original sculpted by John Taylor, Bonaveri’s Twiggy is realistic and represents the 1960s’ æsthetic and culture. Taylor was also behind Adel Rootstein’s first mannequin in the 1950s.
   The new mannequin matches the model with a height just over 1·6 m, and a size 40 frame. Hair and make-up are included, inspired by the original.
   Bonaveri says the new Twiggy collection marries the spirit of the 1960s with current retailers’ demands.
   ‘Rootstein represents a milestone in the evolution of mannequins, having been the first to give a form to contemporary æsthetics, inspired by models and real-life figures who perfectly embodied the spirit of the time,’ said Andrea Bonaveri, CEO of Bonaveri. ‘With this acquisition we were able to make a dream come true. It is our intention to embrace this legacy and elevate it to a new splendour, updating it with our æsthetic sensibility and manufacturing capability. This acquisition is the expression of a strategy that has led us to acquire the world’s top player in the realistic mannequin market.’
   Bonaveri will display the collection alongside its other brands, Schläppi (known for its futuristic, artistic mannequins), Sartorial (modular forms made for flexibility), and B by Bonaveri (its contemporary line) at the Euroshop triennial fair for retail innovations in Düsseldorf between February 16 and 20, at hall 10, stand 10A72.
   The display, dubbed The House of Bonaveri, showcases the behind-the-scenes stages in sculpting the products, as well as the BNatural project, featuring biodegradable mannequins made from renewable resources.
   Bonaveri showed the first biodegradable mannequin in 2016, made of B Plast, a bio-based polymer made of 72 per cent sugarcane derivative, and painted in B Paint, made of renewable, organic substances and free of any petrol-based material.
   Schläppi will show the Obsession collection, inspired by the original Schläppi collections of the 1960s and 1970s sculpted by Lorenzo Piemonti, and designed by Emma Davidge. Jason Wu’s clothes are used in the campaign.

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British Fashion Council and Alexander James open group show in Soho, celebrating talent

Filed by Lucire staff/January 8, 2020/9.23

Tristan Fewings/BFC

Multimedia artist Alexander James and the British Fashion Council opened the group show, One More Slope, at the Painting Rooms in Soho on Monday evening, curated by James and featuring work by him and BFC New Wave: Creatives talent including Aidan Zamiri (video director), Hélène Selam Kleih (writer–activist), and Pierre-Alexandre Fillaire (performance artist). Contributing artists were Jack Laver (artist) and Sonny Hall (poet). Guests enjoyed exhibited works, installations and live performances.
   Guests included designers Bethany Williams and Bianca Saunders, Bruce Pask (Bergdorf Goodman), Caroline Rush and Sián Westerman of the BFC, models Dennis Okwera and Wilson Oryema, Florence Huntington-Whiteley, rapper Lancey Foux, Luke Day and Teo van den Broeke of British GQ, Nicholas Biela (Oculāris), editor and Instagrammer Yu Masui, and Yu Zheng.
   Slingsby provided the gin cocktails and Amplify the mocktails.
   The exhibition is open for private appointments from January 7 to 13. It is part of the BFC’s initiatives to promote creativity and the UK as a global creative centre.

Tristan Fewings/BFC; Bertie Watson/


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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