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January 4, 2016

Karlie Kloss to model Topshop’s spring–summer 2016 campaign

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Tyrone Lebon

Karlie Kloss, who has endorsed brands as diverse as Lindex and Victoria’s Secret, will helm the Topshop spring–summer 2016 campaign, which launches globally today.
   The campaign sees Karlie model the spring–summer collection in images shot in New York by London-based photographer Tyrone Lebon, styled by Topshop creative director Kate Phelan.
   Phelan noted in a release, ‘It is thrilling to have Karlie back, eight years after her first modelling job and first Topshop campaign alongside Jourdan Dunn. She is the ultimate Topshop girl and modern super—a world-renowned fashion figure, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who will resonate with our global customers through her many talents, ambitions and passions.’
   Among the Chicago-born, St Louis-based model’s ventures are Karlie’s Kookies, a range of gluten-free cookies launched with chef Christina Tosi, with some proceeds to underprivileged children and young American fashion designers, and Kode with Karlie, which funds 21 girls from 11 US states to take full-time software engineering courses.
   Kloss has also modelled on 34 Vogue covers and campaigns for Dior and Marc Jacobs.
   On her first Topshop campaign, Kloss recalled, ‘One of my first modelling jobs was my Topshop campaign eight years ago. My grandmother brought me over from St Louis. I was young and shy and super nervous to be on set of Topshop. Luckily I was shooting with Jourdan Dunn and we became overnight best friends. I think she had me in stitches the whole time we were shooting.’














Tyrone Lebon

December 12, 2015

Florrie performs in Boots window at Westfield London, kicking off live entertainment for Soap & Glory

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Soap & Glory, the British beauty brand, hosted Florrie in the window of Boots in Westfield, London, ahead of live performances across the UK.
   Pop singer, songwriter and drummer Florrie, also known as Florence Arnold, performed four of her hits in the live window installation, including ‘Little White Lies’.
   Florrie will go on to perform at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
   It’s only the start for Soap & Glory, which promises 160 hours of live entertainment through its window installations, including drag queen dancers, make-up artists, YouTube beauty presenters, and its own Glory Girls who not only will provide hair and make-up, but sing and dance.
   Soap & Glory will tour the UK till December 22.

Florrie performance

Florrie interview

December 11, 2015

News in brief: Hannah Jinkins wins H&M Design Award; Olivia Culpo endorses Osmosis Skincare

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Top Hannah Jinkins, H&M Design Award 2016 winner. Above Jinkins with the jury.

Royal College of Art graduate Hannah Jinkins, 24, was named the winner of the H&M Design Award 2016 earlier this week, selected by a jury of eight made up of Nick Knight, Olivier Rousteing, Kate Bosworth, Margareta van den Bosch, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Katy England, Chiara Ferragni and Florian de Saint-Pierre. She takes home a €50,000 prize along with a year’s mentoring with Hennes & Mauritz, and the opportunity to develop her winning collection into a retail one for autumn 2016.
   The final eight designers had a fashion show at the Orangery at Kensington Palace, where each presented four looks from their graduation collections to the judges and fashion media.
   ‘I feel very honoured and proud to have won the H&M Design Award. When my name was announced, it was very surreal and I felt quite emotional. I want to start my own label, and winning the award means I can follow my dream,’ said Jinkins.
   Actress and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo has endorsed two of Osmosis Skincare’s products in an article, namely its Clarify Vitamin A Blemish serum (US$40), which clears acne, normalizes oil production, and increases the skin’s immune support, and its Skin Perfection Harmonized Water (US$30), a liquid dietary supplement for skin conditions that balances skin inflammation, aids in rosacea recovery, and provide an eczema and psoriasis detox.
   The serum does not dry skin or irritate, and should be used on acne lesions daily for four to eight weeks, then add one to two pumps morning and evening. Culpo takes five pumps of the Harmonized Water, mixed with water, in the morning and night as part of her skin care regimen.
   Finally, American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez has launched a merchandise store on Big Cartel, complementing the release of her Christmas with Jessica EP. The items were chosen by Sanchez for the store and includes T-shirts, crop tops, hoodies and a snap-back hat.





Above Hannah Jinkins’ graduate collection, as shown to the H&M Design Award jury. Below Olivia Culpo with two of Osmosis Skincare’s products that she recently endorsed in an interview.

December 10, 2015

Backes & Strauss names three dancers from English National Ballet as new brand ambassadors

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Above Shiori Kase, Jinhao Zhang, and Laurretta Summerscales.

Luxury watch and jewellery brand Backes & Strauss has continued to work with the English National Ballet, and has named Shiori Kase, Laurretta Summerscales, and Jinhao Zhang as its new ambassadors, succeeding Tamara Rojo, the ballet company’s artistic director.
   First soloist Kase began dancing in her native Tokyo before joining English National Ballet in 2009, and will appear in its productions of The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, and Swan Lake. Summerscales was promoted to first soloist in 2013 after joining English National Ballet in 2009, and made her début with the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle at the London Coliseum. Finally, Shanghai-born Zhang joined in 2014 and won English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition in 2015.
   Rojo noted, ‘I am thrilled that Backes & Strauss have chosen three of our rising stars to be the faces of our partnership. Developing outstanding talent within the company is vital to English National Ballet. I am grateful to Backes & Strauss for their support of Shiori, Laurretta and Jinhao, and for their long-standing commitment to English National Ballet.’
   Vartkess Knadjian, CEO of Backes & Strauss, said, ‘We are proud to welcome Shiori, Laurretta, and Jinhao as brand ambassadors. We anticipate that the dancers’ strive for excellence and perfection will have an immeasurable impact on the brand both in the UK and internationally throughout the year.’




Above Backes & Strauss’s new spokespeople wear items from its range.

December 7, 2015

Video and photos: Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Abigail Hardingham give Moët British Independent Film Awards extra glam

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John Phillips


David M. Benett

One of our favourite science fiction films, Ex Machina, has taken home four accolades, including Best British Independent Film, at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate in London on Sunday.
   The film also won Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects for Andrew Whitehurst.
   Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress for Brooklyn and Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his dual role as the Kray brothers in Legend.
   Olivia Colman took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Lobster, and Brendan Gleeson won Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette.
   Abigail Hardingham was named the Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Nina Forever.
   Others honoured included BFI executive Chris Collins, who posthumously won the Special Jury Prize; Dark Horse: the Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance was named Best Documentary; and Room won the Best International Independent Film award. The team behind Kajaki: the True Story won the Producer of the Year award, and Stephen Fingleton won Best Début Director, an award presented in honour of Douglas Hickox, for The Survivalist. Best Short went to Edmond, and the Discovery Award to Orion: the Man Who Would Be King. The Variety award, given to the person who has made a global impact and helped focus the spotlight on the UK, was given to Kate Winslet, while the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film was won by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
   Caught on the red carpet, among others, were Chloë Pirrie, Nick Moran and Dr Jasmin Duran, Agyness Deyn, Tilly Wood, Maxine Peake, Jason Isaacs and Emma Hewitt, Joanna Vanderham, Abigail Hardingham, Milo Parker, Ellie Bamber, Jim Sturgess, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Farrell, Elliot Grove, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Kirby, Ella Purnell, Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, Saoirse Ronan, Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Gemma Chan, Luke Evans, Lydia Fox and Richard Ayoade, Laura Carmichael, Jonathan Bailey, Alicia Vikander, Celia Imrie, Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar, Domhnall Gleeson, Vicky McClure, Mia Goth, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Abrahamson, Jacob Tremblay, Bel Powley, Andrew Macdonald, Corin Hardy, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz, and Kate Winslet.
   Highlights of the ceremony, hosted by Richard Ayoade, are available at www.bifa.film, which had hosted the live stream. Ex Machina will be screened in 74 cinemas across the UK on December 13. Tickets can be booked at discover.bifa.film.













































Tristan Fewings, John Phillips, David M. Benett

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 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

Erdem

Jourdan Dunn

Lady Gaga
















































































Mike Marsland/British Fashion Council

Winners’ enclosure
Lady Gaga accepts on behalf of Tom Ford

Jourdan Dunn

Karl Lagerfeld

Burberry

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 11, 2015

Sponsored video: TheTrendSpotter.net and Chandon get spontaneous

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We’ve often believed in being spontaneous ourselves, so it’s great to see Chandon express this very notion in its latest campaign, starring Dasha and Colin Gold of TheTrendSpotter.net. It’s a wonderful three-minute slice of life into the couple’s journeys around the world as they cover fashion event after fashion event, filmed in Melbourne, London and Paris.
   There’s no better way to traverse the world than with doing those unplanned things—and for the Golds, they’re accompanied by Chandon at all the important moments, whether they’re sharing it with each other, or entertaining friends. ‘It’s a mindset, it’s how we can all live,’ says Dasha, and the sparkling wine, co-started by the Moët Hennessy brand, is as international as they come.
   While champagne can only come from Champagne, Chandon is made with the same care and spirit as its more famous sister brand, from wineries around the world.
   And unlike The September Issue, a wonderful film to all except those of us in the industry because it came across too much like our own diaries and what we had to do this week, the spot is entertaining in reminding us that the best stories, in this fashion media business, also come from those spontaneous moments. At fashion weeks, where we decide on a whim to catch something outside the catwalk grind, or exploring a little alleyway in a big metropolis away from the tourist traps.
   #LiveLifeUnplanned, then, is a reminder and a call for us to embody those unexpected moments, because only then do you live life to the full. Pop over to Chandon’s Instagram with your #LiveLifeUnplanned moments, and let’s create some great memories!






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