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March 28: an Instagram round-up during COVID-19

Filed by Lucire staff/March 28, 2020/11.44

It’s actually refreshing that we haven’t heard much from celebrities and influencers during the pandemic; instead, press coverage has been on doctors, nurses, other frontline health care personnel, and essential workers who are keeping our countries moving.
   Out of interest, we thought we’d take a look at a selection of Instagram accounts—something we haven’t done for years here at Lucire—to see just what a cross-section of “names” are sharing.
   New York model Imani (@champagnemani) shows that you can be stylish and comfortable while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, tagging the Working from Home Fits account (@wfhfits). Imani’s wearing items from NewTop Jewelry (@janes8103), Eckhaus Latta, and Ugg boots.
   Model Bree Kleintop (@breekleintop) is out dog-walking in Alo Yoga, though there’s no telling when the photo was actually taken. We know that Kleintop is self-isolating from an earlier post—don’t we all have several thousand photos on our phones?
   Actress Franziska Knuppe (@franziskaknuppe) reminds us not to lose our positive vibes during the pandemic, and for those who are at home, she has a new shoot and interview in the latest German edition of Gala. The magazine photo was taken by Frauke Fischer, with make-up by Melanie Schoene, using Shiseido.
   We couldn’t ignore one politician: New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern), possibly the only PM who has an infant at home toilet-training. New Zealand is in a four-week lockdown in the fight against COVID-19, and the PM is no exception: while still showing up for press conferences, she’s observing the 2 m physical distancing rule, while at Premier House in Wellington, she has a “bubble” with her fiancé and daughter. Ardern shared a Lego Duplo tower and reminded people they can get official information on the country’s COVID-19 fight at the government website, www.covid19.govt.nz. After all, no one wants to wind up like Boris.
   Rising model Tehya Elam (@precioustehya) wished a friend happy birthday with artwork of a sunflower, sending out a personal wish during these uncertain times. Earlier in her account she shared Psalm 91 in a call to others to have faith.
   Parisian model Mika Schneider (@mikaschndr) is staying at home, too, but managed to do a shoot. Considering the limited circumstances we’re all facing, the four shots are excellent, and shows that models are keeping themselves entertained—not to mention adding to their portfolios.
   Russian model Viki Odintcova (@viki_odintcova) used an earlier photo shot by Aleksander Mavrin while relaying a more personal message in Russian, lamenting the fact her diary is less packed during the pandemic. She had managed to get herself organized with a new system, before things came to a halt, her meetings now on Skype, and filming on hold. She’s looking forward to getting back into the swing of things again and travelling. Till then, it looks like Odintcova’s staying put, too.
   Finally, Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) says she misses being outside in her city and also walking her dog, sharing an older photo with her wearing Inamorata, her own label.

 


A celebrity-filled Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection for 2020

Filed by Lucire staff/February 7, 2020/20.15






Mike Coppola; Astrid Stawiarz; Slaven Vlašić

As New York Fashion Week progresses, there’s one show that’s always a hit with us. Once called The Heart Truth Red Dress show, and colloquially The Red Dress show, it’s now the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection, in support of the American Heart Association.
   The premise is simple: celebrities and designers team up to show a red dress collection to promote awareness of heart disease in women, with cardiovascular disease the number-one health threat for women in the US, claiming the lives of one in three women and taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. The show originated with the Heart Truth programme at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health in the 2000s.
   On Wednesday, February 5, Grammy Award winner Meghan Trainor opened the show with ‘Blink’ and ‘Me Too’. Tamron Hall hosted the show, which featured A. J. Andrews (softball player), Gretchen Carlson (journalist, former Fox News host and Miss America 1989), Sarah Chalke (Firefly Lane, Scrubs), Jackie Cruz (Orange Is the New Black), Robin Givens (Riverdale, Ambitions), Heather Graham (Law & Order: True Crime, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me), Loren Gray (singer), Eva Gutowski (YouTube star), Sara Haines (Strahan, Sara and Keke), Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Sunny Hostin (The View), Darlene Love (Lethal Weapon quadrilogy, and an Academy and Grammy Award-winning performer), Bailee Madison (Good Witch, The Fosters [2014–16]), Nicky Hilton Rothschild (designer and former Lucire cover girl), Paris Hilton (entrepreneur), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally, The Perfect Date), Lyric Ross (This Is Us), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard), Roselyn Sánchez (Grand Hotel, Devious Maids), Camille Schrier (Miss America 2020 and doctor of pharmacy student), Rachel Smith (Entertainment Tonight), Ali Stroker (Glee, Oklahoma), Madeline Stuart (model), Jennifer Tilly (poker player, and actress in the Child’s Play series and Family Guy), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride), and Constance Zimmer (Unreal, A Million Little Things). Susan Lucci, who had a mishap during the 2019 show, attended to show her support, along with her husband Helmut Huber. Long-time supporter Star Jones was also present, as were beauty pageant winners Robin Towle (Mrs International 2019), Ava Hill (Miss International 2019), and Madeline Wright (Miss Teen International 2019).
   Shania Twain closed the show with ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, ‘Life’s About to Get Good’, ‘Any Man of Mine’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’.
   America’s top dog, the Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, walked the catwalk for the second year running. The 2019 winner, King the wire fox terrier, appeared with Rachel Smith.
   Supporters include CVS Health (platinum level), Radisson Red Hotels, and Variety. Shar Sinclair provided the make-up, Giovanni Giuntoli for Tearsheet Artistic Team the hair styling, using Redken, Sheila Cato for Brittany Beauty Academy the nails, and Loren Hope the jewellery.

Mike Coppola; Astrid Stawiarz; Slaven Vlasic; Cindy Ord

 


Beyoncé wears custom Messika high jewellery to Super Bowl LIV

Filed by Lucire staff/February 3, 2020/23.14




We often don’t feature the US Super Bowl, since it can be outside our main topics—though Parisian jeweller Messika advises us that there is relevant news: Beyoncé donning some of their items during the American football final in Miami, Fla.
   Beyoncé wore a high jewellery necklace designed for her by Valérie Messika, whose ‘design represents a musical vibration, a nod to the equalizers which oscillate on the monitors of the recording studios,’ says the company.
   The “chopsticks” in the design hold, in the centre, a 17 ct pear diamond, with its rocky side intentionally facing outward.
   She had already worn Messika’s Diamond Equalizer asymmetrical earrings to the pre-Grammy gala and Grammy salute in honour of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs on February 25. One earring contained a 4 ct pear diamond, the other a 1·5 ct pear diamond. The design was inspired by sound vibes and Beyoncé’s stage presence.
   ‘I dreamed of designing for Beyoncé, a piece that would embody her style, while remaining faithful to the DNA of our house. B is a queen, and the idea was to imagine an anarchic adornment with all these barrettes which intertwine with a sequence of baguette and round diamonds to create rhythm. But this chaos ends up finding a certain order and highlights the pear diamonds,’ said Valérie Messika.



 


Hero products and ideas emerge at Secret Room Events’ pre-MTV Movie & TV Awards’ nominee lounge

Filed by Elyse Glickman/June 14, 2019/10.38







J. C. Olivera

VIPs attending included Lou Ferrigno and his wife Carla, Abby Lee Miller, Farrah Abraham and Sophia Abraham, Kate Siegel, and Melissa Crista.

Any carbon-based life form knows that popular culture was supercharged with the presence of superheroes and sci-fi happenings in cinemas, on television, and online. The past 12 months also happened to be a time when the productions were high in quality, character development, and storylines. Case in point: Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse, Shazam! (no relation to the TV show with Philip Schofield), and Avengers: Endgame (no relation to the TV show with Patrick Macnee). Real-life heroes also made the cut, fighting racism in the amazing BlacKkKlansman or arena rock heroes fighting personal demons in Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s probably no accident that the affable Zachary Levi, star of Shazam!, was taking on the hosting duties of one of the wildest award shows around.
   The pre-show event, however, rolled out its own line-up of impressive heroes focused on life-saving activities. Guests could see the success of efforts by DoVE, or Dogs of Violence Exposed first-hand, and end up being moved to tears in the process. A handful of adorable rescues—the real stars of the event—were poised to find their forever homes after a long journey from the brink. The non-profit organization is pushing for the end of the dog-meat trade (DMT) in Asia by raising awareness about the barbaric nature of the practice, lobbying local officials to change laws, move the dogs and puppies out of inhumane conditions, and creating other sustainable means.
   As guests admired DoVE’s rescue ambassadors, they could also sip wines from Simi Valley, Calif.-based Nectar of the Dogs Wine, and how could one refuse, even at 11 a.m. with a tagline that reads, ‘It’s not drinking alone if your dog is with you’? However, founders Melanie Garibay and Donna Graves are doing more than celebrating the life of their canine companions, given a portion of their proceeds go to SPCALA, Barkparty, the Amanda Foundation, Tony LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, Guide Dogs of America, and other organizations.
   Some VIPs were lucky to dig up a pair of Fetch Eyewear shades in their bags. If they provide incentive to buy others, that’s what founder Ann Sacks is hoping for. The idea was hatched by Sacks shortly after losing a pricey pair of reading glasses days after buying them. The idea of throwing money away on a replacement made her think about where the money was going in the first place. From there, she realized she could design quality, on-trend prescription frames, sunglasses, and readers for indoor and outdoor use at fair prices and then dedicating the profits to animal rescue. Her pledging the profits to charity has won her a prestigious place on the advisory board of the Paul Newman Foundation.
   Pet-o-Rama, meanwhile, is in the business of creating lifelike touchstones—resin statues of dogs that do not skimp on details. Custom statues and figurines can be ordered, and cat lovers can rest assured feline figurines will be available from the company in the future.
   Jewellery designer Kate Mesta created the special ‘Secret Room’ medallions replacing the usual plastic lanyards for the event. Unlike the usual disposable access passes, these one-of-a-kind, hand-forged pendants from Mesta’s Laguna Beach studio are meant to be enjoyed and worn with pride after the awards’ events, with future purchases of pieces supporting the Spera Foundation, dedicated to creating ‘heart-safe neighbourhoods’ in the US and elsewhere via sponsoring group-CPR and AED certification along with the purchase and distribution of publicly accessible AEDs in neighbourhoods across America.
   Veteran-owned True Made Foods, which recently rolled out a covetable ‘Veracha’ sauce in limited areas of the US, is the brainchild of Abe Kamarck, who found an ingenious way to transform ketchup and barbecue sauce from wasted, empty calories into superfoods by replacing added sugar and corn syrup with the natural sweeteners found in tomatoes, butternut squash, carrots and spinach. Also on the home (goods) front, Toronto-based Dalcini Stainless showcased its line of sustainable, reusable stainless steel pieces on the eve of Canada rolling out a gradual national ban of plastic one-use cutlery and plates, and Crown Goose tempted guests with its collection of sumptuous sheets sets in natural hues that look good and make the users feel even better after a good night’s sleep.
   There was also a fleet of ethically produced beauty and wellness products, including Secret Room veterans Zatik Body Essentials (offering a superior face sunscreen), Pure Trim, Greek Island Labs, Mismack Canadian Clean Cosmetics, Nani cocoa butter products from Poland, Reveal U Skincare’s multi-purpose body gel, Zenni Optical, Sticky Heelz, and pain relievers by Muscle MX Powered by CBD. If there was beautification assistance needed from an outside source, Secret Room had that covered as well, with Skin Five by Ava MD offering consults on non-invasive procedures (such as the new Emsculpt for abs and bottoms) and service gift cards for VIPs.
   Those who wanted a memento of the hero-filled weekend could pick up a Figpin (styled FiGPiN), designed with a backing that could make it a fashion accessory and a displayable action figure. Dads and Moms wanting to be heroes to their daughters could bring home a Snapstar doll. The line is revolutionary as it not only taps in to smartphone technology, but also has multi-cultural “squad” of characters who look closer in age to the girls who will be playing with them.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor




















Elyse Glickman

 


The Scene: from celebrating Chinese fashion to fund-raising for Alzheimer’s

Filed by Lola Cristall/June 11, 2019/12.15




Kristina Bumphrey; Gonzalo Marroquin

The splendid China Institute Fashion Gala was held at the iconic New York City venue, the Plaza Hotel. Co-presented by the China Institute and Yue-Sai Kan China Beauty Charity Fund, the lavish event showcases emerging Chinese talent, while acknowledging well established personalities in beauty and fashion. The evening was hosted by Yue-Sai Kan as well as the co-chair of China Institute, James B. Heimowitz.
   This year, designer Jason Wu (吳季剛) and editor-in-chief of Vogue China, Angelica Cheung (張宇), were presented with the Leadership Award. Actress Shu Qi (舒淇) was honoured with the Icon Award, while skin care company, Shanghai Pechoin Group, was bestowed with the Legacy Award, and the managing director of brands and distribution at Esquel Group, Dee Poon, with the Advocate Award. As individuals and organizations, they have proven to be successful trail-blazers, placing China in the lead of international fashion. The evening continued with a stunning fashion show presenting Jason Wu’s sophisticated, alluring and sumptuous collection. Pop singer Bing, ‘China’s masked diva’, took the stage with her powerful noteworthy performance. English actress Gemma Chan (陳靜) was one of the noteworthy VIPs attending the event.














Kristina Bumphrey; Gonzalo Marroquin; Brandon Lee

   Pandora, the jewellery manufacturer known for its enchanting pieces, transformed the High Line in Chelsea, NYC, into a butterfly garden, where it presented its Pandora Garden spring 2019 collection. The installation featured an enchanting secret garden with greenery, floral décor and fluttering butterflies projecting from screens on the back walls. The butterflies themselves were interactive: attendees could put their hands on the screen and the butterflies would gather around them. The jewellery collection, naturally, had butterfly motifs, and blended sophistication and simplicity.
   Estée Lauder’s Leonard A. Lauder and Ronald S. Lauder are dedicated to uncovering methods to prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), founded in 1998, hosted their second annual Memories Matter event, raising over US$1 million. The vast and elegant space at Chelsea Piers, with designs courtesy of Lawrence Scott Events, welcomed more than 500 attendees prepared to honour those having to live with the effects of the disease and others fighting against it. Dave Price, an Emmy Award-winning NBC4 weather anchor, served as master of ceremonies.
   Founders of the event, Wendy Wilshin and Stephanie Ginsberg, eloquently opened with their welcoming remarks. Revealing one battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Michelle Florin shared her heartbreaking experience as her mother’s caretaker, who developed Early Onset Alzheimer’s at just 54. Country music singer and producer, Ashley Campbell, whose late father, Glen Campbell, was confronted with the incurable disease, performed her début single ‘Remembering’, as she reminisced on the hardship she and her family endured throughout her father’s battle. ADDF’s founding executive director and chief science officer, Howard Fillit, MD, enthusiastically explained the foundation’s development while unveiling further knowledge in preventing the disease. ADDF closely and meticulously researches certain foods, drinks and drugs, which can be found at www.cognitivevitality.org. The avid scientists dedicated to the cause focus on three main factors: evidence, potential benefit and safety of the researched product. A silent and live auction featured a vast range of products and luxury getaways, presented by Howie Schwartz.








Patrick McMullan; Sean Zanni/PMC

   Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) presented their 20th anniversary spring event at the exquisite Cipriani. Before stepping into the lavish dining space, an intimate gathering presented attendees with make-up and food brands that accommodate individuals with various allergies including Bay Ridge Bakery, Blushington, À la Mode ice-cream, and many others. Sarah Kugelman and Jamie Malkin were honoured for their leadership and advocacy as they fight on behalf of children with life-threatening food allergies. Luca Padovan, TV actor and Broadway performer, was the event’s master of ceremonies. While some guests shared their personal food allergy battles, a panel took centre-stage to discuss the development in the studies of food allergies, while revealing the issues many have to confront. Silicon Valley entrepreneur and novelist, Rob Reid, introduced the three panellists: Hitesh Hajarnavis, co-founder and managing partner, VG Growth Partners; Dick Insel, global head of the Healthy Baby Initiative, World without Disease Accelerator and Global External Innovation at Johnson & Johnson; and Ruslan Medzhitov, director of the Food Allergy Science Initiative at the Broad Institute and Sterling Professor of Immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine as well as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.










Kimberlee Hewitt, Reflections-Photo.com

   The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) returned for their 13th annual Leadership Awards, honouring Masters of Hospitality at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. The recognized talent behind true hospitality in the restaurant business included Will Guidara, founder and co-owner of the Make It Nice restaurant group in New York City; Laura Cunningham, vice-president of branding and creative development at Thomas Keller Restaurant Group in California; Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group in New York; Drew Nieporent, head of Myriad Restaurant Group in New York; and Patrick O’Connell, chef and owner of the Inn at Little Washington. The evening was filled with insightful perspectives from the hospitality industry.









Phil Mansfield

   The National Audubon Society returned for its annual Women in Conservation event at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event, established in 2003, was hosted by Anne Thompson, NBC News’s chief environmental affairs’ correspondent. The festive celebration recognizes female pioneers in environmental conservation. The Rachel Carson Award was presented to both the Garden Club of America, accepted by the organization’s president, Dede Petri, and Rose H. Harvey, the former commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Allison Whipple Rockefeller, founder of Audubon Women in Conservation and the Rachel Carson Award, was present at the celebration.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor


Camilla Cerea

 


De Grisogono hosts A Night in Technicolor, with Iris Mittenaere, Nadine Leopold, Praya Lundberg

Filed by Lucire staff/May 22, 2019/2.52





De Grisogono can always be counted upon to hold a grand party during the Festival de Cannes (Cannes Film Festival). This year, the luxury jeweller hosted a gala dinner at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, dubbed A Night in Technicolor, celebrating not only film but the colour used in its jewellery.
   During the event, a fashion show took place where de Grisogono unveiled its newest haute joaillerie pieces, which highlighted colour contrasts and layering.
   Celebrities attending the dinner included Cindy Bruna, Elsa Hosk, Victoria Silvstedt, former Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere, Nadine Leopold, Coco Rocha, Praya Lundberg, Natasha Poly, Leomie Anderson, and Magali Aravena.







 


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