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Rimmel London officially kicks off its anti-cyberbullying campaign with Rita Ora at launch

Filed by Lucire staff/November 11, 2018/22.10

As previewed in October, Rimmel has officially kicked off its I Will Not Be Deleted campaign (hashtag #IWillNotBeDeleted), highlighting and combatting cyberbullying around individuals’ personal appearances.
   Rimmel London ambassador Rita Ora was on hand for the start of the campaign. Fellow ambassador Cara Delevingne supports the campaign and had appeared at the earlier launch. Both have shared their own stories as part of the campaign, alongside the young people who appear in the official 2′10″ promotional video.
   Appearing in the campaign video are Tess Daly, a beauty blogger from Sheffield who received hateful comments about her disability; Eden, a model from Birmingham who received hurtful comments saying she should bleach her skin; and Ascia Al Faraj, a American–Kuwaiti blogger, fashion designer, entrepreneur and model, who was bullied over her decision to break cultural norms, namely having piercings and tattoos.
   The campaign partners with the Cybersmile Foundation, and Rimmel London parent Coty has helped the charity create the Cybersmile Assistant, an AI-driven tool that recommends local resources, helplines and organizations to those affected by beauty cyberbullying. The tool will launch in early 2019, initially in English.
   Rimmel research, with a sample of 11,000 women across 10 countries, aged between 16 and 25, revealed that one in four women has experienced beauty cyberbullying, resulting in the deletion of 115 million social media images each year. Fifty-seven per cent of women who have been cyberbullied have not shared their experience with others, and a staggeringly high forty-six per cent women have self-harmed either through an eating disorder, substance abuse or physical self-harm because of cyberbullying.
   Rimmel has also published a white paper, Beauty Cyberbullying—Expression Repression, on the issue.
   In an earlier release, Rimmel outlined that it is against narrow definitions of beauty and prejudices, and that it wants people to express their true selves through make-up.


On the Wellington high street: Mecca opens a new mega-store, while David Jones previews spring

Filed by Sopheak Seng/August 13, 2018/9.52

What once housed the defunct Topshop in Wellington, New Zealand is now beauty mega store Mecca. Combining the Cosmetica and Maxima concept stores, Mecca’s new 435 m² space will be the first of its kind in New Zealand, with offerings of over 100 exclusive brands.
   The open-plan design by O’Neil Langan also houses Mecca’s exclusive Perfumeria and Trove areas, where customers can browse some of the most sought-after brands. The perfumeria will be home to fragrances from Diptyque, Byredo, Frédéric Malle and 100 Bon, while Mecca’s Trove area will house beauty treasures sourced from around the globe, including Iiuvo candles, French Girl skin care and Le Sourcil.—Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor

Meanwhile, David Jones previewed its spring–summer 2018–19 season with a customer shopping night in Wellington last Friday, hosted by Kate Sylvester, Deadly Ponies’ Liam Bowden and Hannah Laity. The evening featured live DJ entertainment and a catwalk show.
   The Australian retailer also showed off its House of Spring campaign, featuring model Victoria Lee, and looks from Kate Sylvester, Aje, and Camilla and Marc.

Sopheak Seng


HK semifinal winners of Woolmark prize announced: I-am-chen, Angel Chen, Yohei Ohno, Youser

Filed by Lucire staff/July 6, 2018/12.59

Lillie Eiger

I-am-chen (Hong Kong), Angel Chen (Shanghai), Yohei Ohno (Tokyo) and Youser (Seoul) are the four place-getters in the International Woolmark Prize Hong Kong semi-final.
   The entries had to use wool in a creative way.
   I-am-chen’s Zhi Chen was inspired by US abstract painter Agnes Martin, using patterns and grids. Angel Chen, meanwhile, took inspiration from the deep-sea diver Haenyeo, referencing diving suits and woollen bathing suits of the 1920s and 1930s. Yohei Ohno began with archival fabrics from Japan’s Bishu region’s wool textile mills. Finally, Youser was inspired by the Windigokan warrior group from the Ojibwa tribe in North America.
   The judging panel comprised: designer Rahul Mishra; Angus Lui, managing editor, Esquire Hong Kong; Alison Tay, editor-in-chief, Grazia Middle East; Alison Veness, 10 and 10 Men Magazine Australia editor; Rebecca Khoury, associate editor of 10 and 10 Men Magazine Australia; Kirsten Lock, fashion director and co-founder of Ordre; Tawny Leung, Lane Crawford womenswear buyer; Ayako Midorikawa, womenswear buyer for Takashimaya; and Keiko Kadosugi, menswear buyer for Takashimaya.
   Three hundred applicants in 46 countries had applied. There are semifinal events in Hong Kong, London and New York. There will be 12 going through to the final competition, who will each get A$70,000 to develop their business and a capsule collection of six looks in merino wool. A global final takes place in London in February 2019.
   One womenswear and one menswear winner will receive A$200,000 as well as mentoring at the global final. One will be selected for the Innovation Award, with a financial contribution of A$100,000. Winners can also see their collections retailed through a number of high-profile high-street and online retailers, including Boutique 1, Boon the Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson’s Bay Company, Lane Crawford, Leclaireur,, Parlour X,, Sugar, Takashimaya, Tata Cliq Luxury and
   The 2018–19 trophy itself was designed and made by Central Saint Martin’s graduate Charlotte Kidger.

Lillie Eiger


Selena Gómez, Guan Xiaotong, Timmy Xu and Kiko Mizuhara appear in Coach’s fall 2018 campaign

Filed by Lucire staff/July 3, 2018/9.45

Steven Meisel

Selena Gómez stars in Coach’s fall 2018 collection, in her third campaign for the brand. A star team was behind the scenes: the campaign was photographed by Steven Meisel, with Fabien Baron overseeing creative direction, Pat McGrath the make-up, and Guido Palau the hair.
   Joining Gómez on the campaign were fellow brand ambassadors, actors Kiko Mizuhara (水原希子), Guan Xiaotong (關曉彤), and Timmy Xu (許魏洲). Models included Ali Latif, Blesnya Minher, Joaquim Arnell, Lily Nova, Nina Gulien, Remington Williams and William Grant.
   The campaign concept uses a collage, representing the layering of the clothes. The cast is intentionally multicultural, reflecting New York’s melting pot and the locals’ unique dressing.
   Also appearing in the visuals are moss green classic cars, street art on brick walls, and murals depicting US midwestern prairies and deserts, suggesting the colours in the collection.
   In the collection are prints featuring vintage wallpaper, prairie lace dresses, fringed leather biker jackets, teddy bear-style shearling coats, bomber and varsity jackets, cross-body bags, and rucksacks. Coach says the collection blends ‘romanticism and nostalgia’ with the ‘darker gothic and mystical twist’ of New York City, taking 1990s sportswear as its starting-point.
   Coach creative director Stuart Vevers worked with artist Chelsea Champlain for the roses, moths and floral skulls that appear on its leather Dreamer bags (one of which is held by Gómez in the campaign), while leather coats by Coach’s first designer, the legendary Bonnie Cashin, have been revived for fall 2018.


Kate Spade, 55, found dead in apartment, in apparent suicide

Filed by Lucire staff/June 5, 2018/18.40

Ralph Daily/Creative Commons

Phillip D. Johnson

Above: Andy and Kate Spade in 2001.

Fashion designer Kate Spade, 55, has been found dead at her apartment in New York, with the NYPD treating her death as an apparent suicide. A note was found, according to police, but its contents were not disclosed.
   She had been found hanged in her bathroom by her housekeeper, who called 911. Spade was pronounced dead at the scene.
   The Spade family issued a statement: ‘We are all devastated by today’s tragedy. We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.’
   The Kate Spade brand’s statement issued today read, ‘Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into this world.’
   Born Katherine Noel Brosnahan on December 24, 1962, Spade did not envisage a career in fashion. After meeting her partner, Andy Spade, the brother of actor David Spade, she moved to New York, where she worked at Condé Nast’s Mademoiselle. During that time, the idea of a more sophisticated bag came to mind, and she founded her eponymous label in 1993 with Spade and her friend, Elyce Arons.
   She and Spade married in 1994. The Spades sold their shares in the business in 1998, and have not been involved with the label for some time. The company is currently part of Coach, Inc.
   She is survived by her husband and daughter, Frances.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, or know someone who is, remember, there is hope, and someone you can talk to. Call a suicide prevention hotline in your country. In New Zealand, if in immediate harm, dial 111. Otherwise, check out the resources at the Mental Health Foundation.


H&M and Moschino team up for next collaboration—Gigi Hadid calls Jeremy Scott in Instagram video

Filed by Lucire staff/April 15, 2018/21.19

H&M has announced that its next designer collaboration is with Moschino, using an Instagram Live call featuring Gigi Hadid.
   Hadid called Jeremy Scott, Moschino’s creative director, in the call, and the pair appeared together on H&M’s Instagram Live broadcast. They also wore items from the collection, which goes on sale on November 8, both online and in select H&M stores.
   Scott referred to Hadid as his ‘muse’ in a post-announcement video.
   There is a television theme to the promotions, with a test-pattern video as the backdrop. The collection itself is styled Moschino [tv] H&M. H&M says that the campaign will bridge traditional and social media with ‘a multi-platform takeover’.
   The call was shown on digital screens to a live audience at the Moschino party in Coachella, Calif.
   For the collaboration, Scott hasn’t delved into the Moschino archives, but has designed new collections for women and men, says H&M. There is also a full range of accessories ‘and some extra surprises too.’
   ‘I am so excited about Moschino [tv] H&M. My life’s work has been to connect with people through fashion, and with this collaboration I’ll be able to reach more of my fans than I’ve ever had the ability to do,’ said Scott.
   ‘Moschino [tv] H&M is the perfect collaboration for fashion right now, mixing together pop, street culture, logos and also glamour. Jeremy Scott is amazing—he knows how to have fun with fashion, and to connect with his fans around the world,’ said H&M creative adviser Ann-Sofie Johansson.
   A full interview with Scott appears at H&M’s website. The campaign hashtag on Instagram is #HMoschino, where there are more images and video.


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