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November 28, 2015

Prince Harry plays at Sentebale’s sixth annual polo match in South Africa; over £3 million raised

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Chris Jackson

Sentebale, the charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso to help those who are HIV-positive in Lesotho, especially its children, has hosted its sixth annual polo match in association with Royal Salute, raising over £3 million. It was the first time the polo match had been played in South Africa, where Prince Harry is presently touring.
   The polo match saw the Royal Salute team beat Sentebale with a score of 8–7, with the last point scored with six seconds left. Prince Harry himself played alongside Royal Salute world polo ambassador Malcolm Borwick and Sentebale polo ambassador Nacho Figueras. The trophy was presented by Torquhil Campbell, the 13th Duke of Argyll.
   The match followed Sentebale’s opening of the Mamohatu Children’s Centre, which will help communities affected by HIV and Aids.
   VIPs at the Val de Vie Polo Club included Laura Main, George the Poet, Ryk Neethling, Jeannie D., Graeme Smith and Tokyo Sexwale.
   Chivas Brothers’ whisky brand Royal Salute, which was created to mark the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, supports numerous major polo events internationally, with its next one in Jodhpur, India.

Chris Jackson

November 27, 2015

Idris Elba + Superdry Collection, comprising 250 menswear pieces, launches at Regent Street store

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Superdry Studio

David M. Benett

Jon Furniss

Superdry has collaborated with Idris Elba, the Brit whom we at Lucire keep calling ‘the coolest actor on Earth’ and best known for his role in Luther, on a 250-piece collection, launched Thursday at its Regent Street store.
   And what a perfect spokesman for a premium men’s fashion line, not just because of the press Elba brings.
   Superdry’s founders James Holder and Julian Dunkerton felt an affinity with Elba. Said the actor, ‘We’re three British lads who’ve worked hard to get to where we are. I’m passionate about what I do and always give 100 per cent. If I had the opportunity to have any influence in fashion, this is it. I’m not a designer, but I’m passionate about clothes and I know how men want to look. Functionality and durability were key things for me. It’s a “24-hour” collection; clothing guys can look and feel great in from day to night.’
   Celebrities attending the launch included Noomi Rapace, Alexander M. Johnson, Alexander James, David Haye, Oliver Proudlock, Kat Shoob, Camilla Kerslake, and Craig McGinlay.
   The Idris Elba + Superdry Collection reflects the actor’s tastes with deep tonal colours such as midnight blue, graphite grey and jet black, contrasted with cobalt blue. Bomber jackets, mac and trench coats, joggers, Ts, hoods, shirts, and jumpers feature in the range.
   The company identifies the Leading Leather Racer Jacket as the hero piece of the collection, with a down filling, while the Aviator Down Parka has a fur-trimmed hood, monogrammed lining and internal pocket detailing.
   Shown originally in June during London’s menswear fashion week, the collaboration was made available to the public on Thursday, the same day as the launch party.
   The collection is available from Superdry retail stores and via its website.

David M. Benett

November 26, 2015

Absolut releases dazzling limited-edition Electrik bottles to close 2015

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The world’s most famous vodka brand, Absolut, has released its limited-edition, celebratory end-of-year bottles, dubbed Absolut Electrik.
   The blue and silver bottles feature semi-transparent coating, representing ‘Absolut’s signature cobalt blue and the electrical conductivity of silver,’ according to the company.
   In a release, Kathryn Love, Absolut’s marketing manager for New Zealand, said, ‘Over the years, we have presented some highly appreciated limited editions, including Absolut Warhol and Absolut Originality. We aim to raise the bar for our limited editions and continue to push creative boundaries. Absolut Electrik follows that tradition.’
   In the New Zealand market, Absolut has even collaborated with local design label Huffer in 2011.
   To make things more interactive this year, Absolut has created an Electrik Mixology platform on, where users can collaborate with an on-screen robot to create a personalized drink. The robot even mixes the drink on the site. Absolut has also released two cocktail recipes for end-of-year parties.
   Absolut Electrik is priced at NZ$55·99 for each one-litre bottle, available from leading liquor retailers throughout New Zealand.

Absolut Electrik Blue Mule cocktail
1 part Absolut Vodka
2 parts ginger beer
Garnish with lime wedge. Built and served in the Mule cup over crushed ice.

Absolut Electrik Neon Lights
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1⅕ parts lemon juice
1⅕ parts pink grapefruit juice
⅘ part simple syrup
⅕ part ginger syrup (1 part freshly squeezed ginger juice with 3 parts simple syrup)
4 raspberries
Top up with soda water. Garnish with raspberries and grapefruit zest. Shake all ingredients except soda, serve in a highball glass with ice.

November 24, 2015

Video and photos: double win for J. W. Anderson at British Fashion Awards 2015; Gwendoline Christie wins Style Award

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Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Jonathan Anderson, the man behind the label J. W. Anderson, has scooped both the men’s and women’s Designer of the Year awards at the British Fashion Awards last night, held at the Coliseum in London.
   Anderson has previously won the men’s prize, in 2014, the New Establishment Designer award in 2013, and the Emerging Womenswear Designer award in 2012.
   As detailed earlier by the British Fashion Council, Karl Lagerfeld won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to the fashion industry.
   Other heavyweight names on the night included Tom Ford, who was recognized with the Red Carpet award, for creating global awareness of one’s designs in the media (Lady Gaga collected on his behalf); Burberry, with the Creative Campaign award for its editorial and advertising; and Alessandro Michele for Gucci as the International Designer.
   The much-acclaimed Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator was given to Nick Knight, for his contribution to the global fashion industry.
   Charlotte Olympia won the Accessory Designer award, and Stella McCartney was recognized as the best brand. Erdem won the Establishment Designer award for its retail and ecommerce presences, while Mary Katrantzou won the New Establishment Designer award.
   Jourdan Dunn won the award for Model of the Year. Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie was named the winner of the British Style Award, which was voted on by 6,000 people.
   Of the three emerging designer awards, the winners were Thomas Tait for womenswear, Grace Wales Bonner for menswear, and Jordan Askill for accessories.
   VIPs attending or presenting included British Fashion Council chair Natalie Massenet, Victoria and David Beckham, Tinie Tempah, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sarah Burton, Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Angela Scanlon, Liv Tyler, Nick Grimshaw, Lily Allen, Poppy Delevingne, Rita Ora, Robert Konjic, Mollie King, Alexa Chung, Yasmin Le Bon, Laura Bailey, Pierre Denis, Imran Amed, Markus Lupfer, Gareth Pugh, Elisa Sednaoui, Michael Polish, Sandra Choi, Alexandra Shulman, FKA Twigs, Sophie Dahl, Sam Rollinson, Jack Whitehall, Jim Chapman, Immy Waterhouse, Elisa Sednaoui, Georgia May Jagger, Olga Kurylenko, Olivier Rousteing, Faustine Steinmetz, Harold Tillman, Jefferson Hack, Marc Hare, Christopher Raeburn, Stephen Jones, Molly Goddard, Susanna Lau, Kate Beckinsale, Mario Testino, Malaika Firth, Jamie Bochert, Charlotte Simone, Edie Campbell, Lulu Kennedy, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, Roksanda Ilincić, Lilah Parsons, Katie Grand, Carson McColl, Giles Deacon, Lewis Hamilton, Nadja Swarovski, Daisy Lowe, David Burton, David Koma, Lara Stone, Lucky Blue Smith, Fernando Jorge, Sid Bryan, Jack Guinness, Sarah-Jane Crawford, Pixie Lott and Oliver Cheshire, Helen Wright, Emilia Wickstead, Erin O’Connor, Anya Hindmarch, Henry Holland, Noomi Rapace, Craig Green, Adrian Joffe, Astrid Andersen Mollie King, Jo Elvin, Patrick Grant, Peter Pilotto, Sophia Sanchez de Betak, Christopher de Vos, Christopher Kane, Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, Joseph Altazurra, Richard Nicoll, Tanya Burr, Kate Bosworth, Karlie Kloss, Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders (as Patsy Stone and Eddy Monsoon), Orlando Bloom, Suzy Menkes, Alasdhair Willis, Alice Dellal, Chloë Green, Arizona Muse and Amy Cole.
   Sponsors for the evening included principal partner Swarovski, presenting partners MAC and Toni & Guy, and official sponsors Ciroc, Marks & Spencer, Mercedes-Benz and St Martins Lane. Other supporters included Diptyque Paris, Fashion & Beauty Monitor, Fiji Water, Nikki Tibbles, Warsteiner and Wild at Heart.

Red carpet

Gwendoline Christie interview

Lucky Blue Smith

Suzy Menkes

Jack Whitehall

Alessandro Michele

Rita Ora


Jourdan Dunn

Lady Gaga

Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Winners’ enclosure
Lady Gaga accepts on behalf of Tom Ford

Jourdan Dunn

Karl Lagerfeld


Alessandro Michele for Gucci

Stella McCartney

J. W. Anderson, Menswear Designer of the Year

J. W. Anderson, Womenswear Designer of the Year

Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Highlight reel

November 23, 2015

Stolen Girlfriends’ Club creates limited-edition straps for Samsung Gear S2 Classic smartwatch

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Stolen Girlfriends’ Club has created a collection of four customized leather watch straps for the Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, in an official collaboration with the Korean electronics’ giant.
   The limited-edition straps, in black and brown crocodile, and green and blue snake, will be made available as a gift to some Samsung customers. They are made in New Zealand.
   The retro styling is intentional. As Marc Moore, Stolen Girlfriends’ Club’s creative director, noted, ‘I was really inspired by vintage watch straps for this collaboration with Samsung on the new Gear S2 Classic. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been a huge fan of some of the smartwatches being launched by brands lately—just because they look so “techy”, it doesn’t leave much option for people that are into fashion. So I was pretty excited when I first saw the Gear S2 Classic, I knew instantly that a vintage-styled strap would work great. We had a bit of fun with the colours and textures of the leather we sourced whilst keeping it really wearable and quite classic.’
   By rotating the face bezel, the Gear S2 goes to different screens, or skips to another track or zooms in on a map, making navigation particularly simple. The watch features health and fitness apps, a two- to three-day battery life, Android Bluetooth pairing, and push notifications via mobile phones. The straps can be changed further and the watch face can be customized via the Samsung Gear app. Retail price in New Zealand for the basic S2 is NZ$549, and the S2 Classic is NZ$649, available both online and at offline retailers.

November 14, 2015

Aigner creates fashion at Bambis for Toni Garrn, Franziska Knuppe, Nazan Eckes, Lena Gercke, Luisa Hartema

Lucire staff/10.16

Alexander Koerner

Exclusives are the name of the game at the Bambis, with Aigner providing clothing and accessories for numerous VIPs as a partner of Germany’s biggest entertainment awards.
   Held at the Berliner Stage Theater, Aigner’s generosity extended to accessories to the celebrities who walked the red carpet at the Potsdamer-Platz. Toni Garrn wore a custom seafoam-coloured crêpe trouser suit with a low-cut back; Garrn will continue to model Aigner beyond its current 50th anniversary year. Jasmin, Miss Bambi 2015, was also decked out in Aigner, while Hans Sigl (in a red tuxedo), DJ Antoine (in a camouflage-patterned tux), Senta Berger, Ursula Karven, Anja Kling, Jana Pallaske, Christine Neubauer, Franziska Knuppe, Lena Gercke, Luisa Hartema, Regina Halmich, Sonja Kiefer, Yvonne Catterfeld, Nazan Eckes, Mareile Höppner, Alexandra Polzin, Palina Rojinski, Mariella Ahrens, Ruth Moschner, and Antoine Konrad all had items from the label. Reinhard Mätzler, Mousse T., Simon Verhoeven, Jose Campos, and Susanne Sigl were also snapped at the event. Aigner CEO Sibylle Schoen and chief designer Christian Beck were present to pose with many of the actors.
   The after-party at the Atrium Tower saw the award winners from the night receive a trophy case from Aigner.

Alexander Koerner

Kryolan works its magic at Bambis: Heidi Klum, Marie Nasemann, Sylvie Meis, Franziska Knuppe among celebs

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Isa Foltin

The Bambi Awards for 2015, held on Thursday at the Berliner Stage Theater at Potsdamer Platz, partnered this year with family-run cosmetics’ company Kryolan, which created unique looks for attending celebrities.
   Among the celebrities were Heidi Klum, Sylvie Meis, Franziska Knuppe, Marie Nasemann, Oliver Pocher, Lena Gercke, Regina Halmich, Alexa Volquarts, Sabine Lisicki, Hilary Swank, Petra Döhler, Toni Garrn, Rita Ora, Pamela Anderson, Til Schweiger, Eva Padberg, Wolfgang Joop, Alexander Fehling, Nina Ruge, Jessica Schwarz, footballer Mesut Özil and Mandy Capristo, Stefanie Giesinger, Peter Weck, Judith Rakers, Uschi Glas and Dieter Hermann, and Hannah Herzsprung. Representing Kryolan were CEO Wolfram Langer and director Dominik Langer.
   With its origins in theatre make-up, Kryolan has since expanded into other cosmetics, and partners regularly with high-profile events in Germany and abroad. However, it remains the choice for many film and TV productions, and its make-up artists worked on the Bambi celebrities in styling lounges at the venue. ‘Glamorous make-up with a harmonious complexion and accentuated lips or eyes is ideal for an evening event like the Bambi Awards,’ said Dominik Langer in a release. ‘We are pleased to contribute to Bambi with our many years of experience as professional make-up artists.’ As part of the partnership, Kryolan offered two looks for customers, products for which they could get at Kryolan retailers.

Andreas Rentz

Isa Foltin

November 10, 2015

Aston Martin premières film on its Spectre James Bond car, the DB10, at Blenheim Palace event

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Max Earey

If you’re going to go to the trouble of creating a bespoke car that’s never going to be sold to the public, but will be seen by most only in a film, then you should find a way to show off that effort to your VIPs.
   Aston Martin did just that in the baroque setting of the Great Court at Blenheim Place for the première of its film, DB10: Built for Bond, on Sunday.
   Guests were given a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of James Bond’s latest car, which is currently appearing in Spectre, the 24th official film in the Eon Productions series about Ian Fleming’s fictional secret agent.
   Examples of the classic DB5, which made its Bond screen début in 1964 in Goldfinger, and the DB10 were on display, flanking the screen, complementing the 50 Aston Martins, old and new, that were present at the Great Court.
   The DB10 is said to preview the next generation of Aston Martins, with its predatory looks and drooping rear, giving the brand’s adherents something to look forward to. Aston Martin has a hefty new-model programme for the second half of the decade, and the DB10 serves as a showcase of its design ideas, while keeping interest healthy in the range, which has a few ageing models.
   The one-hour documentary, created by FIN London, was filmed over 18 months, with 120 hours of material shot in 4K. It features interviews with producer Michael G. Wilson, director Sam Mendes, actor Daniel Craig, special effects’ supervisor Chris Corbould, stunt coordinator Gary Powell and stunt driver Mark Higgins. The 10 cars were built in-house by Aston Martin in six months.
   The reception took place at the Great Hall in Blenheim Palace, and Higgins gave a Q&A, discussing his experience with the DB10s.
   Spectre débuted on October 26 and is the 12th James Bond film to feature the Aston Martin brand.

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