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April 24, 2015

Jacob’s Creek introduces Double Barrel range—red wines aged in whisky barrels—in New Zealand

Lucire staff/22.03

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Jacob’s Creek’s new Double Barrel range has made it across the Tasman, with Kiwis now able to sample chief winemaker Bernard Hickin’s successful concept of finishing wine in aged whisk(e)y barrels, the reverse of ageing whisky in old wine barrels. He believes that this hasn’t been done before, and the company has opted to use Scotch whisky and Irish whiskey barrels that had held their contents for up to 20 years.
   â€˜I wanted to express the character of the whisky barrel but not make it taste like whisky. I figured that, if you wanted something to taste like whisky, you would drink a whisky,’ says Hickin.
   They begin their ageing in traditional French and American oak wine barrels first before being transferred to the whisk(e)y ones, hence the name.
   As far as we can tell, he’s succeeded. The 2012 first vintage Barossa shiraz, finished in Scotch barrels, is smoother while the 2012 first vintage Coonawarra cabernet sauvignon, in the Irish whiskey ones, has a stronger aroma.
   The process has taken Jacob’s Creek two years to perfect, says the company.
   Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel goes on sale at leading liquor retailers throughout New Zealand from May 2015, priced at NZ$24·99.

       
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April 19, 2015

It’s all about the eyes with the Body Shop’s latest releases

Lucire staff/5.19

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The Body Shop focuses on the eyes with its latest releases. It has launched two Matte Kajal eyeliners, in white and black. One complaint we often see at Lucire with kohl eyeliners is the difficult application, especially as some need three or four passes before getting any colour. The Body Shop’s Italian-made Matte Kajals—the Body Shop has opted for the Hindi term—don’t suffer from that problem: they are easy to apply and smudge, and enriched with Community Fair Trade beeswax from Cameroon. Each retails for NZ$25 and appear at the Body Shop’s New Zealand retail outlets and online from Monday, April 20.
   The Body Shop suggests that the white can come in handy to counteract redness and help make the eye look larger, and it can enhance eye-shadow colours. It can also be used under the brow, blending downards to create an eye-lift, while defining the brow.
   The look can be completed with the new Super Volume Mascara from the Body Shop, retailing at NZ$27·50. Like the Matte Kajals, the pigmentation is good and smudge-free, and stays on well during the day, though care is needed with the brush. The Body Shop adds that contact lens wearers won’t have any trouble with it. Knowing that it hasn’t been tested on animals is a huge bonus for our times, and it features Community Fair Trade marula oil from the Eudafano Women’s Cooperative in Namibia, an initiative that helps 1,750 women in the region.
   The company is also releasing its Velvet Gel Pen (NZ$19·95), Skinny Thin Felt Liner (NZ$22·95) and Bold Oversized Felt Liner (NZ$22·95).

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April 16, 2015

The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea range: satisfying at every level, from bath tea to cologne

Lucire staff/12.55

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Top The Body Shop’s Fuji Green Tea range. Above The piĂšce de rĂ©sistance of the range: the bath tea. Below left The huge bargain of them all: an eau de cologne that’s comparable to something twice the price.

The Body Shop’s latest Fuji Green Tea range, on sale in New Zealand from Monday, April 20, is one of the best the company has offered, and we’re not exaggerating. For starters, the full, fruity smells that we’ve become accustomed to with its earlier special editions is gone, replaced by a pure, healthy, subtler green tea scent. Now, there’s nothing wrong with the fruity and even chocolatey approaches of the Body Shop, but it’s great to see they have more secrets up their sleeves that they are gradually showing off to the public. Secondly, the methods the Body Shop has taken with the Fuji Green Tea range are very different: it has taken a uniquely eastern approach, combining tradition and authenticity with the Body Shop’s socially responsible aims.
   Green tea has antioxidant qualities, and we’re used to drinking it for its health benefits, but the Body Shop takes this idea further. Going into Japanese tradition, it found that women even bathed in it, and it’s believed to tighten pores help skin retain moisture, and have anti-ageing qualities.
   Sourcing authentic green tea from Mt Fuji, the Body Shop has developed an entire range featuring just what its customers expect: body scrub (250 ml, NZ$44·95); body butter (200 ml, NZ$36·95); body lotion (250 ml, NZ$24·95); body wash (250 ml, NZ$16·50); eau de cologne (100 ml, NZ$39·95); and exfoliating soap (100 g, NZ$19). However, the piĂšce de rĂ©sistance has to be the bath tea, 300 g of goodness for detoxing and cleansing for NZ$64, allowing you soak those stresses away in Japanese fashion.
   With a metal container evoking a traditional tea tin, the bath tea comes with an infuser. Pour in the mixture of crystals and tea leaves, and let the water run over it. The water turns a nice green hue, and it smells great. A soak is indeed calming and soothing, leaving skin feeling healthy. You know the ritual—as fun as it is going through it—has a practical side, too.
   We sampled the body scrub as well, which is particularly effective, and only requires small quantities to work its magic.
   That feeling continues afterwards with the body butter for 24-hour hydration—the Body Shop suggests that the body lotion would be ideal for lighter hydration, and the Body Sorbet (200 ml, NZ$26) is a fresh alternative.
   The bath tea may be the piĂšce de rĂ©sistance, but the surprises don’t stop: the eau de cologne is the icing on the proverbial cake. It’s actually a light, fruity floral, although you can detect the green tea mixed in among the top notes; the floral heart is very memorable and fresh. The Body Shop says it’s bergamot, lemon and mandarin that we detect there, and camellia, jasmine and violet in the middle. It’s actually a very elegant scent, something you would expect wearing a far more expensive label, and, like the rest of the Green Tea line, it’s a bargain. It’s not often a $40 scent smells like something that’s commonly twice or thrice the price.
   As a range, it’s one of the most complete and satisfying the Body Shop has offered.
   The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea range will be available online and at New Zealand retail outlets from next week.

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March 31, 2015

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition opens at Grand Palais in Paris

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Top Andreja Pejić in a design from the Confession of a Child of the Century haute couture collection, autumn–winter 2012–13. Photograph copyright Alix Malka. Centre Barbarella body-corset from the Les actrices haute couture collection, autumn–winter 2009–10. Photograph copyright Patrice Stable for Jean Paul Gaultier. Above Kylie Minogue in the Immaculata gown, a net lace dress with large patterned embroidery and white linen cut-outs from the spring–summer 2007 Virgins (or Madonnas) collection. Photograph copyright William Baker.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens tomorrow in Paris at the Grand Palais, running till August 3.
   It features 300 pieces from both his couture and prĂȘt-Ă -porter collections between 1976 and 2013, as well as designs, sketches, film clips, music videos, television broadcasts, audiovisual installations, animated mannequins and wigs. Even his old teddy bear is on display.
   Earlier work, from the time when Gaultier was hired by Pierre Cardin in 1970, is also included.
   Gaultier’s best known design was his cone bra for Madonna for her 1990 Blonde Ambition tour.
   At a press conference yesterday, Gaultier insisted that the exhibition is not a retrospective, but a new work.
   The exhibition is an initiative of the MusĂ©e des beaux-arts de MontrĂ©al (MontrĂ©al Museum of Fine Arts), under the direction of its curator Nathalie Bondil and exhibition curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot, in collaboration with the Grand Palais and the Jean Paul Gaultier house. It had previously been displayed in MontrĂ©al, New York, London, San Francisco, and Melbourne.
   Air Canada serves as the exhibition’s official carrier, and Kusmi Tea, Roche Bobois and Swarovski sponsor.

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March 19, 2015

Redken’s Guido on Christian Dior and Balenciaga’s autumn–winter 2015–16 hair looks

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Redken has released details of the hairstyles at Paris Fashion Week that it contributed to, namely the autumn–winter 2015–16 collections of Christian Dior and Balenciaga.
   Guido, its global creative director, gave Christian Dior a science fiction-inspired ponytail look. In a release, Guido said, ‘I created this very long, asymmetrical side ponytail at Christian Dior this season, but it’s not your standard, fun, side pony. There’s something sinister and almost strange about it. It’s sophisticated, but very sci-fi and has somewhat of a child-like quality. First, I prepped and blow dried the hair with Redken’s Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion, so it’s super-straight and smooth. Then, I created a deep, exaggerated side part and gathered the hair into this smooth, low side ponytail, getting a
clean finish with Redken’s Fashion Work 12 hairspray. It has a strange sense to it because it’s so asymmetrical and has such extreme length. It’s really a continuation of the woman we’ve been seeing this season, who is more done with a very modern, futuristic feeling.’
   For Balenciaga, ‘At Balenciaga, I created this very chic, sculpted chignon on the top of the crown that really accentuates the long neck and gives you a beautiful, elegant silhouette. It’s kind of futuristic-feeling in the way it’s moulded to the head, but it’s still very polished and stylized, which makes the style look very new to the eye again. I used Redken’s Guts 10 to blow dry the hair straight, pulled it up into a high ponytail right on the crown and then moulded it into a flat chignon with Redken’s Forceful 23 Super Strength hair spray. I left out two pieces of hair on either side of the head to create the illusion of little sideburns. Though the shape is based on something classic, the shiny, lacquer-like finish gives it a new, modern feeling,’ said Guido.
   Lola Cristall’s fashion week summary will be published online shortly.

The look at Christian Dior

1. After shampooing, apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Extreme Length Primer (NZ$35, available in New Zealand from April 2015) to wet hair and rinse out.
2. Brush Redken Extreme Length Sealer (NZ$33, from April) on damp hair from mid-lengths to ends.
3. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (NZ$36) all over damp hair.
4. Apply a nickel-size amount of Redken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow Dry Lotion (NZ$36) to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends.
5. Use a comb to create a deep side part and blow-dry smooth using a round brush.
6. Gather hair into a low side ponytail, ensuring the sides are super smooth, and secure with an elastic.
7. Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the elastic to hide it.
8. Spray Redken Fashion Work 12 (NZ$36) versatile working spray all over to get a smooth, clean finish.

The look at Balenciaga

1. Spray Redken Pillow Proof Express Primer (NZ$36) all over damp hair and comb through.
2. Apply a quarter-size amount of Redken Guts 10 volumizing spray-foam mousse (NZ$38) to damp hair, working into the hair from roots to ends.
3. Blow-dry hair straight using a flat brush.
4. Gather hair into a high ponytail, leaving two small pieces out on each side, and secure with an elastic at the crown of the head.
5. Twist ponytail into a wide, flat chignon that’s moulded to the head, and secure with U-shaped pins.
6. Thoroughly spray Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray (NZ$36) and Redken Shine Flash 02 (NZ$38) for a lacquer-like finish.
7. Flat iron the two small pieces of hair on each side of the head to create the illusion of sideburns.

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March 16, 2015

Jerry Hall leads L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s It Looks for autumn–winter 2015

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L’OrĂ©al Professionnel has released its looks for autumn–winter 2015 in New Zealand, with Jerry Hall leading the campaign, alongside model Helena Bordon and actress Loan Chabanol.
   They are adapted from the company’s It Looks for autumn–winter 2014–15 in the northern hemisphere.
   Hall’s signature long blonde locks are gone as she adopts the Golden Lob look, which remains ‘chic and yet playful like Jerry Hall herself,’ says L’OrĂ©al Professionnel’s stylist Seb Bascle. Meanwhile, Bordon sports tousled waves and bangs and ash blonde tones, and Chabonol wears a new take on the pixie cut, with a copper shade which L’OrĂ©al Professionnel says enhances bone structure and features.
   The Golden Lob works with naturally wavy hair and the blonde hue can be adapted to different skin tones. Bordon’s style helps refresh a blonde look, while the copper pixie is low-maintenance and highly adaptable.
   Stylist Rebecca Brent of Willis York says, ‘The nice thing about this season’s It Looks is they are different but not too different from the spring–summer collection. ‘If a client wants to reinvent her pixie cut to the longer fringe and two tone block colour, it’s super-easy to update.
   â€˜The long bob is such a versatile hairstyle it suits everyone. You can transform it to suit your mood—wavy, sleek, side part, ponytail—the styles are endless.’
   To find the nearest L’OrĂ©al Professionnel salon, visit www.lorealprofessionnel.co.nz.

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March 10, 2015

Video and photos: Derek Zoolander and Hansel walk at Valentino autumn–winter 2015–16

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Pascal Le Segretain

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, playing Derek Zoolander and Hansel from their roles in the 2001 hit film Zoolander, appeared to spontaneous applause at Paris Fashion Week, where Paris editor Lola Cristall is compiling her full report.
   The pair appeared on the catwalk at the Valentino ready-to-wear autumn–winter 2015–16 show, and posed with their “blue steel” looks—a term popularized by the movie about the fictional male model, Derek Zoolander.
   Stiller wrote and directed the original film, and it remains well known within the fashion industry.
   A sequel will be released on February 12, 2016.
   Stiller and Wilson posed with Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour backstage.



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February 24, 2015

The wonderment of Flow

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There’s nothing like a carefully plated delicious meal that will get conversation started at the dinner table. Food generally brings families and friends together, and like food, fashion tends to gather hungry crowds just the same. A room full of thirsty appetites, whether desiring a glass of shiraz or craving a fresh take on classic silhouettes is all digested best with a dose of sustenance.
   Flow, a burgeoning fashion label founded by two sisters, Victoria and Veronika, understands how to design in harmony. Their Belgian–Ukrainian label, not to be confused with the Malaysia-based clothing retailer of the same name, embodies the art of creating just the right amount of what the Swedes call lagom, and it shows throughout their collections.
   Pieces are not overly designed. Instead, garments are braised predominantly in pure silk and cotton, then enriched by colour or finishing shape. The sisters experiment with volume, whilst using the unconventional as an undercurrent in designing. The result is a pensive (spring–summer 2015) collection full of playful prints with child-like embraces, Japanese-inspired shapes, and a modern perspective on sportswear.
   The designing pair has managed to produce a smörgĂ„sbord of distinct and charming garments to satiate fashion palates, especially if it favours edgy, artful, and quirky styles. Nonetheless, the pleasant appeal of a Flow garment might also be the fact that it can be worn by diverse women. ‘The most essential is to have that “special something” inside of you. That feminine, sensitive and elegant, yet kindly ironic thing that is very Flow. It is more about chemistry and common wit,’ the designers said, regarding the Flow woman.
   So, what’s the secret to the flourishing brand? Well, their approach to design is much like a gourmet recipe, using key ingredients to craft a tasty and well balanced dish to savour. Their main course is just also served with a side of passion, meticulousness, and confidence. And, like your grandmother’s recipe secrets, when it comes to the artful process, they prefer to keep it close to home.
   In fact, the sisters are involved in all aspects of the design process. However, having just under a dozen people in their design team certainly helps. ‘When we seek new co-workers, we primarily seek professionals who can become new members of the family. Creation of a collection is a group process and mutual understanding has great influence on the result,’ the designers confessed.
   In their spring–summer 2015 collection, you will see a palette of red, white, and blue with accented colours that look as vivid as a fresh floral bouquet. Pieces like the pyjama-esque silk garment with kookaburra bird drawings are eye-catching. The line is full of sprightly, sophisticated sportswear with a contemporary gracefulness that’s hard to ignore. But, that’s mostly because of the designer’s underlining influence, including the Ɠuvres of Niko Pirosmani and Ivan Semesyuk. ‘The spirit [of the line] is childish and patrician at the same time,’ the designers said.
   Flow’s offerings come in a range of styles, with pieces that can easily be translated into workwear, or casual elegance for the avant-garde art enthusiast. There are silhouettes for the classic fashion darling, as well as separates that exemplify opulence at its very core. The designers have fused a nourishing concoction of culture and art, creating a smart fashion paella, all which seems to give them a discerning compound of depth and simplicity.
   The young brand’s maturity in execution and outlook is well seasoned. And, with only a handful of collections under their belt, there’s much that they have already learned from having a fashion business. ‘It requires lots of time and enormous sources of energy … true fashion is always about the dream, the feeling, and the humanly approach,’ Flow said.
   You may view Flow’s upcoming autumn-winter collection at the BeNext showroom during this Paris fashion week, and at the TranoĂŻ exhibition shown in Milano.
   For more information, visit www.flowthelabel.com.—Tamara Madison



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