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The season for extra vigilance is upon us, as tourists gear up for coming vacation travel. Already a friend was robbed in Marseille a few weeks ago, her US passport stolen from a room safe (!) in a five-star resort. Criminal gangs target older tourists, and theyâre aware that local authorities canât do much after the fact. Even a consular official said it was useless to report thefts unless a report for insurance is needed. A friend of ours, standing outside the Venezia train station, got her wallet lifted while a supposed vendor was tossing those obnoxious fluorescent plastic blob toys, brushing close to her, and said arrivederci to âŹ150.
Remember that train stations are fertile terrain for pickpockets. The bad guys know everybodyâs passing through. Watch out for shifty types lurking among waiting crowds, and any over-familiar approaches. Ask: do I know you? Keep your bags closed, and tucked under your arm! Be suspicious of distractions, and move away from aggressive peopleâfast. Other danger zones: the Champs-ĂlysĂ©es in Paris and definitely the Louvre, now overrun with snatch-and-grab gangs.
Hereâs a reminder of some of the more common scams and risks to watch for.
âą The ring trick: somebody in front of you picks up a gold ring from the ground, holds it up to you. Yours? Say no! Theyâll try and get you to give them some money for itâlater youâll discover itâs worth nothing.
âą The leather jacket guy: claims heâs a salesman on a business trip. âWant to buy a good quality coat really cheap since youâre such a nice person?â Hold on to your billfold!
âą The bird poop trick: apologetic person spills ketchup on you, maybe says it was the work of a nearby pigeon, pulls out napkin, tries to help you clean it off. While theyâre doing it, they lift your wallet.
âą Swarming gypsy kids: they surround you asking questions, gesturing, making noise. In the pandemonium, they grab for your bag.
The season for crime starts now, and lines for replacement passports at consulates peak in June and July. Donât carry expensive bags unless you want to risk having the bottom slashed. Definitely donât carry your wallet in your back pocket. Consider a good money belt with a strong nylon strap, wear it under your jacket, and above all else, remember what Mom taught you: donât talk to strangers.âStanley Moss, Travel Editor
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Mahshid Mahdian, from Brera Academy, Milano, won the ID Dunedin Emerging Designers’ Award and its NZ$10,000 prize on Thursday night.
Mahdian’s collection, Shadow, was inspired by shadows in Burano Island in Venezia, and features geometrical shapes and innovative technologies.
The Tehrān-born designer was encouraged by Mittelmoda’s Stefano Sopelza to enter the awards.
Judge and World creative director Francis Hooper said in a release, ‘While overall, the standard of finalists were amazing, the winners stood out because their unique character and personality as a designer came through in their garments.
âMahshid captured a moment in a heartbeat âŠ When you looked at her collection, you knew she had it just right. It delivered on that inexplicable X-factor.’
Alanna Barca of RMIT won the CaffĂš l’AffarĂš second-place prize of NZ$4,000; Chin Hau Tay of RMIT won third place with the Dunedin International Airport prize of NZ$2,000.
A special prize was awarded to Vaibhav Singh of NIFT, who wins an internship with Martin Grant in Paris.
Above Mick Jagger and L’Wren Scott pictured last November.
Fashion designer L’Wren Scott, 49, has been found dead in her Manhattan apartment, with her death being treated as suicide by New York police.
Scott was found hanged by her assistant, whom she had texted earlier in the day to go to the apartment, at 10 a.m. EDT.
No suicide note was found, according to police, whose investigations continue.
Her company was in millions of pounds of debt. The firm, LS Fashion Ltd., had a loss of ÂŁ3Â·5 million, and it had been run at a loss for several years before. Some ÂŁ4Â·6 million was owed to creditors, with ÂŁ1 million due within a year. LS Fashion Ltd. had ÂŁ1Â·1 million of assets.
Scott’s autumnâwinter 2014â15 show at London Fashion Week had been cancelled. Late last year, Scott launched a line in collaboration with Banana Republic.
She was born Luanna Bambrough in Utah. Having reached 6 ft in height by age 12, she learned to make her own clothes as she struggled to find anything that fitted her. She modelled in Paris before heading to Los Angeles to become a stylist and costume designer. Her label started in 2006.
Her designs were a favourite of this publication, and US First Lady Michelle Obama, and celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Amy Adams, PenĂ©lope Cruz and Christina Hendricks were among her fans.
A spokesman for the British Fashion Council said, ‘We are deeply saddened at the news of L’Wren Scott’s tragic death.
âShe was an iconic woman who inspired so many, and a designer whose contributions to the fashion industry were both extraordinary and unique.
âShe will leave behind an exceptional legacy, however we are so incredibly proud to have had her in our midst.’
She was the long-term girlfriend of the Rolling Stones’ Sir Mick Jagger. They had been together for nearly 13 years and Jagger had spoken about her fashion collections in the past.
Jagger had arrived in Australia for the Rolling Stones’ tour there, which may be cancelled.
Bianca Jagger, Sir Mick’s ex-wife, led tributes, saying, ‘Heartbroken to learn of the loss of the lovely and talented L’Wren Scott. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. May she rest in peace.’
Supermodel Naomi Campbell wrote on WhoSay: ‘I am deeply shocked and devastated by the news. L’Wren was someone I knew since I was 17. We travelled the world together many times. L’Wren was someone I always loved. She was the epitome of elegance and femininity yet still had a girlish quality. I will miss her honesty and I will miss her friendship. My heart goes out to Mick and all who loved her and were loved by her. May she Rest in Peace.’
Actress Nicole Kidman issued a statement, reading, ‘Nicole and LâWren were close friends for 25 years. She is heartbroken and in shock right now, and unable to say anything.’
Hennes & Mauritz’s Paris shows are becoming a regular occurrence on the circuit. Last night’s H&M Studio autumnâwinter 2014â15 catwalk show during fashion week, with guests including Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba, Jourdan Dunn, Emmanuelle Alt, Troian Bellisario and Solange Knowles, showed designs that mixed masculine and feminine, including slip dresses, aviator jackets and men’s blazers. Fabrics included silk crĂšpe, silk satin, cashmere, velvet and faux fur. H&M Studio’s collection not only contrasted feminine and masculine, but luxury (thanks to sequins and embroidery) and simplicity (with slim cuts and clean designs).
Held at the Grand Palais, there were some 600 guests present, while a global audience watched online at hm.com with host Mademoiselle Agnes and models Andreea Diaconu, Joan Smalls, Izabel Goulart and Saskia. HollySiz performed live at the catwalk show.
H&M Studio’s collection is a limited edition, created by a dedicated team within the Swedish fashion giant.
âItâs so good to be at H&M Studio in Paris to see this limited-edition collection. H&M is such a wonderful brandâitâs affordable, wearable, and very fashion-forward,’ said Kerr.
âI love H&Mâitâs so exciting to be here, so much fun. The way I dress I mix things together, and I love to shop at H&M, I always find something new when Iâm there,’ said Alba.
Above, from top Christine Margossian’s ‘Mutine’, ‘Re-belle’ and ‘It-side’ looks.
L’OrĂ©al Professionnel has shown its new hairstyles for springâsummer 2014, as conceived by its ambassador Christine Margossian. Margossian was named the Meilleure ouvrier de France (MOF) when she was 24 in the early 1990s, with her medal awarded to her by President Mitterand. The psychology-trained hairstylist has had a decades-long partnership with LâOrĂ©al Professionnel, and has been coming up with new trends each season.
Her new “it” look for the season is named Touch of Pink, summarized with the keywords of optimism, freshness and natuÂral.
Margossian forecasts a minimalist style, and says that platinum-blonde hair with pastel-pink touches are in. One can choose to have the hair down, letting it ‘fly with the wind,’ keeping it up using twists, or a headband.
The styles are based around a layered bob, featuring very light blonde highlights using L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s Lightening Paste Platinum. Splashlights will remain on trend for spring, with pink diluted hair chalk. They also employ the brand’s Volume Architect Tec-Ni Art, SOS Volumetry, Infinium and Crystal Gloss hair sprays.
The first look, ‘Mutine’, features few pastel pink twists to show off one’s platinum locks.
The second look, ‘Re-belle’, sees an extra-large chignon with plenty of volume, held up with a headband. Here is where Margossian sees pink pearls and the smoking jacket to complement the look.
The third, ‘It-Side’, has fine twists on the side, and works for both day and night wear.
Hair by Christine Margossian for L’OrĂ©al Professionnel
Photographed by Eric Ouaknine
Make-up by StĂ©phane Dussart
Art-directed and styled by Laure Delvigo
Video by Miguel Cyrille
Special thanks to Max Chaoul Couture, and Lise & Serge
Graphic design by Yvan Babillon
Kicking off this week’s most interesting and stylish Instagrams is Australian blogger Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley, photographed by Ana Suntay-TaĂ±edo. Finding the ideal outfit for summer work and socializing is a toughie, especially with the longer daysâso to solve this, Donaldson has chosen an ensemble of a Zimmermann dress, Windsor Smith sandles and a Givenchy bag, encapsulating the season’s look well.
But it’s not summer everywhere. Kristina Bazan of Swiss blog Kayture headed to Paris to shoot a fine jewellery video for Love Gold, and she is snapped outside Chanel at the Place de la VendĂŽme. The look’s spot on, with the Chanel umbrella, but it’s the pairing of a black coat with stonewashed skinny jeans that’s particularly chic for the cool, zero-degree temperatures in the French capital. (You can see more of the Love Gold shoot on Bazan’s blog.)
On the subject of black coats, our own Instagram shows the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s principal guest artist Gillian Murphy trying on a Tamsin Cooper coat, especially designed for her. Murphy liked the elegance and practicality of the coat and picked it over two others that Cooper had brought up. Cut at knee length, it’s ideal for this winter.
The black-and-white trend is really emerging this week. Judged the most influential blogger of the year, Kenza Zouiten has shown off her outfit for the Elle-galan (the Swedish edition of Elle had a gala earlier this month). You can see Zouiten’s own photos in a larger formatâshe wears a stunning dress by Ida SjĂ¶stedt with a clutch by Malene Birger, and pulls the look off immaculately.
And coming back to summer, our own fashion editor Sopheak Seng successfully styles with black and white stripes for the races, as he dressed models for the Wellington Cup’s barrier announcement on Wednesday. Taken behind the scenes is one of his models, from Kirsty Bunny Management, wearing Deryn Schmidt, available at Kirkcaldie & Stains.
While our own Anna Deans is away today, we thought we’d cheekily check in to her âGram to see her latest hairstyle, which she posted during the week. It’s inspired by Brigitte Bardotâand she means the youthful French icon rather than the right-wing activist. Australian model Miranda Kerr, meanwhile, has shown off her make-up by Lisa Storey and hair by David Keough, both of Los Angeles, with bright lips and the apples of her cheeks highlightedâskilfully. Both these images, and some of the others that are coming through from cosmetics’ companies, are indicative of a more purposeful make-up look in the Zeitgeist over the natural face.
Doutzen Kroes, meanwhile, has gone on her Instagram to promote the Victoria’s Secret Sport line, which she also promoted in person last week in Florida. It’s a bit of fitspo this week to get you pumped for the weekend!
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