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Maëva Coucke, Miss Nord Pas-de-Calais, wins Miss France 2018

Filed by Lucire staff/December 16, 2017/23.23

Maëva Coucke has been crowned Miss France 2018 at the Châteauroux Métropole, succeeding Alicia Aylies.
   Maëva Coucke, Miss Nord Pas-de-Calais, is a 23-year-old student who is passionate about fashion and photography. She believed that her red hair would make her stand out in the Miss France competition.
   Coucke follows in the footsteps of Camille Cerf and Iris Mittenaere, who had both hailed from Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
   She has a twin, Alizée, who models.
   Maëva Coucke already holds a degree in international trade, and has just started a law degree.
   Runner-up was Eva Colas, Miss Corse, followed by Lison di Martino, Miss ÃŽle-de-France, then Safiatou Guinot, Miss Champagne-Ardenne, and Audrey Chane-Pao-Kan, Miss Réunion.
   They had been short-listed from Miss Languedoc-Roussillon, Miss Martinique, Miss Provence, Miss Limousin, Miss Île-de-France, Miss Corse, Miss Aquitaine, Miss Réunion, Miss Champagne-Ardenne, Miss Rhône-Alpes, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and Miss Guyane.
   The live telecast on TF1 began at 8.50 p.m. local time, hosted once again by Jean-Pierre Foucault and organizer Sylvie Tellier.
   Special guest star Ed Sheeran performed in the last section prior to the winner being announced.
   Of the many earlier individual parades during the telecast was a tribute to French rocker Johnny Hallyday. There was also a segment devoted to violence against women, appropriate in a year where producer Harvey Weinstein fell from grace after revelations of his alleged sexual harassment and abuse.
   Thirty regional contestants vied for the Miss France 2018 crown, facing a jury led by couturier Jean Paul Gaultier and former Miss France and Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere.
   Last year’s telecast was watched by 7·6 million people.


Victoria’s Secret–Balmain collection, VS × Balmain, goes on sale

Filed by Lucire staff/November 30, 2017/2.01

Russell James

The Victoria’s Secret Balmain collaboration, designed by Olivier Rousteing, has now gone on sale after being shown publicly at the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Shanghai.
   Called VS × Balmain, the 22-piece collection was first publicly modelled by Candice Swanepoel, Adriana Lima, Jasmine Tookes, Sara Sampaio and Josephine Skriver.
   Rousteing’s edgy signature is evident on the designs. The collection comprises bras, panties, lingerie, T-shirts and handbags, with details such as tartan prints, graffiti graphics and Swarovski crystals.
   The collection is now available at select Victoria’s Secret stores and online at


Why we should be thankful for Stella McCartney

Filed by Jack Yan/November 29, 2017/2.09

Lucire is UN Environment’s first fashion industry partner.

In October, Fast Company profiled Stella McCartney in a piece that found its way to me not via Lucire, but via Medinge Group, the international think-tank on humanistic branding. Wearing that hat, we’ve long advocated corporate social responsibility, and McCartney has been “living the brand” for a long time.
   She has ‘never used leather, skins, fur, or feathers in her products,’ says the magazine. The Stella McCartney label has been true to its ethical values, believing it is responsible for the impact it has on our environment. She introduced organic cotton to her collection in 2003, and now half of each collection is made of sustainable materials; organic cotton makes up 62 per cent of all cotton she uses. She uses vegetarian leather, which unlike regular leather doesn’t require land for cattle and grazing or be concerned about methane released from the animals. Her wool is sustainably farmed, and the cashmere is regenerated. For synthetic materials, McCartney uses recycling partners to reduce fossil fuels in textile production.
   She has been able to translate this social responsibility along with quality design into a premium positioning, showing that you can do the right thing and make money: McCartney is the highest-paid fashion designer in the world, with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings, claims People with Money.
   Instead of nylon, she uses Econyl, a thread that can infinitely regenerate nylon waste into new fibres. Her next step is collaborating with Bolt Threads on Microsilk, a bioengineered material that mimics silk but with no insects being harmed, and no petroleum, land or water used. Fast Company says Microsilk could be as revolutionary as the launch of du Pont’s nylon in the 1930s. And partnering with the RealReal, the luxury consignment website, McCartney is actively encouraging her customers to resell, extending her clothing’s life cycle. According to the RealReal, 80,000 million pieces of clothing are produced annually, and 75 per cent will wind up in landfills. Consigning is a way of mitigating that.
   McCartney has rightly used her position in the industry to advocate for sustainability, something many can take a lead from.
   And it’s very interesting to note that McCartney got a lot of her knowledge in sustainability from Adidas, with whom she collaborates. They were up front about the dangers of PVC, and introduced her to more sustainable production methods.
   When Lucire was one of the top 45,000 sites in the world, in a much less populated web space, we began advocating for sustainability as the first fashion industry partner of the United Nations Environment Programme, now more commonly known as UN Environment. We’re still pushing for these stories, and it’s why McCartney’s work has always struck such a chord with us.
   It’s why this week’s news that McCartney will receive a Special Recognition Award for Innovation at the British Fashion Awards (officially ‘The Fashion Awards 2017 in partnership with Swarovski’) this year is especially heartening—because it means a professional lifetime of hard work, of making a stand and sticking to it, has paid off.
   It’s not the first award she has had from the British Fashion Council: in 2011 she won the Red Carpet Award. But this one connects to the very heart of the Stella McCartney label.
   â€˜McCartney’s main mission in combining her brand’s commitment to sustainability without compromising on luxurious beautiful designs is what makes her a game changer in the industry, a true innovator,’ said the British Fashion Council in its release.
   â€˜I’m incredibly proud to get this award. What I am most proud of is that it is a new award that is introduced into the Fashion Awards, a special recognition on innovation. I am hoping that as being the first recipient, I can inspire other design houses to follow suit and to make this the most prestigious award, not just a one-off,’ said McCartney.
   Dame Natalie Massenet, chair of the council, added, ‘Stella is a fashion pioneer, she has created a modern business that in turn has led her to be at the forefront of sustainable sourcing and material innovation. She is proof that high and ethical fashion combined can create astonishing results and her innovative approach to the industry is an inspiration to us all.’
   Seeing McCartney honoured in this way could be a sign that the world is waking up to celebrating those who do social good, especially in an age where there is so much confusion within countries like the US and UK. The Council, and others, could have fêted sustainable designers a decade ago, but these ideas had not filtered through to the mainstream. Lucire’s own claim to work with UN Environment netted some decent press at the time, but public interest in this aspect of our raison d’être quickly waned, and we watched magazines such as Organic Style fold.
   McCartney is not the first eco-designer, but she certainly is the highest-profile, and we’re thankful that she’s made it possible for the fashion establishment to be OK with thinking about sustainability. In issue 38 of Lucire, we’re again looking at a sustainable designer, among others. For this community to know that its members can potentially rise to the top of the fashion profession while never compromising on sustainability is priceless. It was something we didn’t have in the 2000s as we pushed our sustainable agenda—many, though not all, of the advertisers back then didn’t get it—and that’s something that the fashion industry need not worry about as it heads into the late 2010s and early 2020s. It’s in our best interests to make sure we have a planet to live on, and “business as usual”, polluting the environment and using our limited resources aren’t going to cut it—and that’s becoming more and more evident.—Jack Yan, Publisher


Instagram round-up: Selena Gómez takes a selfie; Araya A. Hargate models Vatanika; Urassayas Sperbund promotes Pantene

Filed by Lucire staff/November 22, 2017/2.07

Making headlines this month: Mai Davikha is a Thai actress and celebrity, and the youngest superstar in Thailand. She is the spokeswoman for HM Queen Siriki’s breast cancer campaign, which began in 2017—she shared a modelling photo to her 6·6 million audience.
   Selena Gómez is well known as an American singer and actress, and Instagram’s biggest name with 130 million followers. She has released her song, named ‘Wolves’, featuring Marshmello, an electronic dance music producer and DJ, who first gained international recognition by remixing songs. Her photo—of her taking a selfie—is no doubt geared to generate more hits and, potentially, more sales of her single.
   Kendall Jenner captured her nightlife and posted her outfit on Instagram to her 84·8 million followers, who are happy to give her likes—almost 3 million of them at the time of writing.
   Here’s a face well known to Lucire readers: Araya A. Hargate, or Chompoo Araya to her fans. She’s been modelling Thai luxury womenswear label Vatanika’s 2018 collection, which has recently launched bespoke exotic leather handbags, a long-time personal passion of the label’s designer.
   Aum Patchrapa, the Thai actress and celebrity, and the most recognized figure in her country’s fashion industry, with 8½ million followers. She is the best known around east Asia. She was shooting for Thailand’s Praew magazine, with her photos to be published in December 2017 alongside the magazine’s other fashion and celebrity stories.
   Stella McCartney, meanwhile, has shared an image to promote her Stella Peony fragrance, modelled by Arizona Muse, and photographed by McCartney’s elder sister, Mary, an accomplished photographer. The fragrance is available via McCartney’s website.
   Cindy Kimberly, a young model originally from the Netherlands, has amassed herself 3·7 million followers on Instagram, and landed in London for a week to shoot for the I Saw It First collection, a local UK clothing brand that is currently trendy in fashion and pop culture. I Saw It First offers new styles and sources the freshest in fashion and accessories from major global style hubs.
   Urassayas Sperbund, or Yaya, is the youngest actress currently working with Louis Vuitton, and has appeared as a guest interviewer on their red carpet at both a fashion catwalk show and a watch collection launch. Here, she’s been promoting Pantene Thailand, wearing a shirt by designer Al Ruth.—Kamonchakrie Saehung


Designer Trish Peng and florist Melissa Connor collaborate for New Zealand Flowers’ Week

Filed by Lucire staff/November 20, 2017/1.20

Tom Hollow

Designer Trish Peng has teamed up with the National Flower Promotion Group to celebrate New Zealand Flowers’ Week this week. A korowai was (traditional Māori cloak) covered in lilies by Melissa Connor of Melissa Jane Flower Studio, and paired with Trish Peng’s Hope gown.
   The concept originated with Connor, who first created the sketch that saw traditional culture mixed with bridal.
   â€˜Flowers are intoxicating and diverse in their beauty as a universally accepted representation of femininity and beauty. Translating that into gowns which celebrate women at their finest, imbuing a deep sense of beauty and elegance was a creative process that I enjoyed immensely,’ said Peng.
   The campaign shots were taken by Tom Hollow of Hollow & Co. on October 25–6.
   The designer recently showed a wedding dress at New Zealand Fashion Week made from 12 types of flowers, which lived only for three hours out of water.


David Gandy, Thom Browne, Matthias Schweighöfer among honorees at GQ Deutschland Men of the Year awards

Filed by Lucire staff/November 10, 2017/5.33

Andreas Rentz, Matthias Nareyek, Gisela Schober, Franziska Krug

Condé Nast’s German edition of GQ handed out its Men of the Year Awards at the Komische Oper in Berlin last night, with David Gandy, Philipp Lahm, Thom Browne, and the film Willkommen bei den Hartmanns among those honoured.
   Showing that GQ Deutschland put his infidelity behind him, actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was awarded Legend of the Century, presented by his son Patrick and by GQ Deutschland editor-in-chief Tom Junkersdorf.
   Gandy was 2017’s Style Icon, Lahm the Sports Icon, Browne won for Designer of the Year, while Willkommen bei den Hartmanns (Welcome to Germany), which dealt with the topic of refugees, took home a Special Achievement award.
   Accepting on behalf of the film were Eric Kabongo, Elyas M’Barek, Palina Rojinski, Simon Verhoeven, and Quirin Berg.
   Other honorees were Johannes Huebl (Influencer of the Year), Matthias Schweighöfer (Actor of the Year), Mark Forster (Musician of the Year—National), Gregory Porter (Musician of the Year—International), and the film Fack Ju Göhte (Movie of the Year).
   Elyas M’Barek came up to accept for a second time for Fack Ju Göhte with Max von der Groeben, Jella Haase, Barbara Schöneberger and Gizem Emre.
   Other presenters on the night were actress Nilam Farooq, GQ Deutschland publisher André Pollmann, Jessica Schwarz, Clemens Schick, Vogue Deutschland editor-in-chief Christiane Arp, and Janin Ullmann.
   Among the 850 VIPs at the event were Condé Nast publisher Moritz von Laffert, Franziska Knuppe, Cathy Hummels, Tom Wlaschiha, Natalia Avelon, Eva Padberg, Sami Slimani and his sisters Lamiya and Dounia, Ingo Wilts, Moritz von Laffert, Rebecca Mir and Massimo Sinato, Motsi Mabuse, Nazan Eckes, Till Brönner, Frank Briegmann, Kara Hecker, Kostja Ullmann, Heather Milligan, Til Schweiger and his daughter Luna Schweiger, Stefanie Giesinger, Ralph Hasenhuettl, Diego Demme, Bernardo Fernandes da Silva Junior, Federico Palacios Martínez, Oliver Mintzlaff, Florian Scholz, Luise Befort, Thore Schölermann and Jana Julie Kilka, Mousse T, Eva Padberg, Motsi Mabuse, Nova Meierhenrich, Simon Webbe and Lee Ryan of Blue, and Toni Mahfud.


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