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Demi Lovato for Fabletics collection pledges US$125,000 to WHO COVID-19 fund

Filed by Lucire staff/April 3, 2020/14.04

Fabletics, the athleisure brand co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, has announced that its Demi Lovato limited-edition collection will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts. The company says that US$5 for each item sold from the collection, amounting to a US$125,000 pledge from now through June 30, 2020, will support the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, providing ‘crucial gear’ to front-line workers.
   The collaboration was originally created to ‘inspire women to channel their inner strength’, something which Fabletics points out is needed now more than ever.
   In a release, Lovato said, ‘Recently, we have watched our world change and have thought long and hard about holding off on this launch. After sitting down to reflect for a few days, we realized there’s no better time to inspire others with my capsule, which has always been about channelling your inner strength.’
   She added in a blog post, ‘In addition to lifting up those in need right now, it’s so important for us all to feel empowered, invincible, and strong from the inside out. My collection is designed to do just that—uplifting you with bold colours and amazing contouring for the biggest confidence boost. I love how these styles make you feel so supported when you put them on. Living an active lifestyle from home is all about wearing activewear, like comfortable leggings, bras, and tops you can wear from morning to night.’
   The range uses PowerHold, a proprietary contouring fabric, and includes the Mila pocket legging and Ultra High-Waisted Shine legging, T-shirts, layering pieces, and bras, promising versatility and suiting a broad variety of activity and body types. Sizes range from XXS to 4X.
   The collection is available from


Hollywood: at your service

Filed by Elyse Glickman/February 20, 2020/11.11

At the TMG and Smile Direct Club 16th annual pre-Oscar lounge, celebrities, media and influencers joined in the pre-Oscar beauty treatments such as Smile Direct Club’s Teeth Whitening Lounge, ab-toning and cellulite-reduction treatments by Emsculpt and Emtone, make-up consultations and beauty makeovers by Senegence International, red-carpet express facials by Celebrity Spa Oskin Med Spa, lash extensions and brow services by celebrity make-up artist Shareen Adair of Icandy Salon, massages by celebrity masseuse Cinthia Dahl, blow=outs and styling by Aquage Haircare and manicures by OPI and My Beauty Spot. Above, from top: Anne Winters (13 Reasons Why) gets her smile ready. Drew Seeley and Amy Paffrath enjoy a family outing with daughter Ember Seeley.

Before we get started on our annual post-Oscar pre-show wrap-up, we wanted to extend our congratulations to Taika David Waititi, the first Māori to win an Oscar for best adapted screenplay on a history-making night that also included the multi-Oscar-winning South Korean film Parasite crowned best picture.
   Not everybody will agree on whether the line-up of nominees or winners reflected what made 2019 one of the best years in recent movie history—especially when it comes to gender or diversity. However, one thing we all share is necessity of presenting our most winning selves, regardless of who’s voting and what’s being voted on. The sentiment seemed to prevail at a few of the pre-show extravaganzas leading up to the red carpet.
   The TMG Pre-Oscar Luxury Suite certainly had that idea down, with their annual chill fest at the Beverly Hilton. It was built around achieving that winning smile with their lead sponsor, the Smile Direct Club. Every guest was treated to that “glow from within” right off the bat, via the opportunity to try out their revolutionary teeth whitening kit, and get sent home with their own compact cosmetic dentistry office. The goods needed to stay bright for a full six months included a whitening device and solution small enough to fit into one’s computer bag or purse, along with a daily whitening toothpaste and sleek electric toothbrush. The whitening device plugs into a smartphone and should be used about 10 minutes twice a day for a week.

At the TMG and Smile Direct Club 16th annual pre-Oscar lounge: Carly Hughes (ABC’s American Housewife) after her teeth-whitening treatment. Sheryl Lee Ralph (Showtime’s Ray Donovan). Peyton Elizabeth Lee (Disney’s Andi Mack) in the Senegence Beauty Lounge. UFC and Celebrity Big Brother’s Chuck Liddell experiences the Emsculpt ab-toning treatment. Vincent Rodriguez (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on CW, Insatiable on Netflix). Dania Ramirez gets brow and lash services from Shareen Adair of Icandy Salon. Fivel Stewart (Atypical on Netflix). Actor Craig DiFrancia (Greenbook, The Irishman) with Aquage Haircare. Lauren Tom gets an Aquage treatment. Grey’s Anatomy’s James Pickens with Olivia Quido-Co shows off his glowing red carpet facial from Oskin Med Spa. Edy Ganem.

   Christine King and Ruben Diaz also picked the perfect cosmetics line, SeneGence, to keep up the smiles with what may be one of the best “kiss-proof” lip colour we’ve tried. There was a process involved with putting it on, demoed by skilled make-up artists on the spot. By following the instructions, one gets all-day colour maintained with a moisturizing top coat–gloss. While the line is not yet a household name, it delivers the goods we want in long-wearing make-up—something that performs at the office or on the red carpet with the wearer leaving the mark instead of the lipstick. This makes us all the more eager to try out the rest of our starter kits, including a neck-lift moisturizer and mascara, and purchase a few more shades of lip colour and eyeliner.
   Getting a little more skin deep, we also indulged in collagen facials from the Olivia Quido skin care collection that administered the beneficial creams and serums with a delicious cold press method that brings real refreshment into professional facials.
   Like best supporting actor winner Brad Pitt, old favourites were a welcoming presence and hardly showed their age, thanks to new colours, packaging and performance. With an assist from a local manicure salon, OPI nail care took us to México City while moisturizing hair care line Aquage offered new dos and products in festive updated packaging to get that blow-dry bar look every day.

   Across town, dynamic event duo Matt and Mark Harris were back on the built-in red carpet lining the halls of (the aptly selected) W Hollywood Hotel for their WOW Oscar Suite. This go-round, the event once again offered some interesting new K- and J-Beauty products (including the posh-but-affordable Vitabrid line, quality wines from the American west coast and Bordeaux, plant-based snacks from Nirvana Bars and some flashy athletic wear from Florida-based Mperial. Donna Leah Designs provided requisite glamour with sequinned accessories reflecting her contemporary eveningwear collection.
   That said, the majority of guest vendors were in the business of making the lives of busy people stress-free and more convenient. Instead of finding reps from a luxury hotel or island retreat on hand, Carefree Boat Club promoted their unique offering of yacht and sport boat rentals for executive DIY vacations and functions. Christine Pacheco, founder of Concierge RN noted she was in the process of providing house (and office) calls for post-operative services and other health concerns, while Spring Rayne explained to prospective clients how as she could help them instil healthier sleeping and eating habits as a ‘health coach intuitive’, with an approach mixing her experience as a professional chef, reiki master and herbalist.
   As many celebrities and their assistants can always improve organization, Hilton Society (not a Paris Hilton fan club, but a provider of financial advice and budgeting) explained their expertise, while Tix Lover showed them how their company could help them source tickets to the hottest sports events, concerts and theatre productions. With home and office entertaining being an essential part of doing business, Cask Cartel provided a nifty sampler as well as information on their online retail endeavour, which they described as a sort of Amazon for high-end wine and spirits.
   The next generation of entrepreneurs was represented by 15 year-old James Cruickshank, founder of With a bit of a writing assist from younger brother, Jack, the concept combines clever greeting cards with attached mini-boxes of candy to convey a very sweet sentiment as well as fundraising for his SOS (Save Our Sharks) initiative to protect the ocean animals from environmental perils of the day.

   Earlier in the week, French brand La Roche-Posay was thinking beyond the Oscars and into “rest of your life” territory with the rollout of its Anti-Aging Serum line. The new power trio of retinol B3 pure retinol serum, 10 per cent pure vitamin C serum and hyalu B5 serum, available separately or as a set, can be used in a variety of combinations based on the user’s unique skin care needs. Teamed with the Anthelios SFP 100 sunscreen, any user can mitigate past sun exposure sins while preventing new ones.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor


Kendall Jenner says she’s trying to be ‘the best version’ of herself

Filed by Lucire staff/February 9, 2020/6.41

Her Pepsi commercial may have been criticized heavily in 2017 for making light of civil rights and Black Lives Matter, but Kendall Jenner tells E! News’s Victor Cruz that, at least in the space she can control, she’s trying to keep it real.
   ‘I think daily, I’m just trying to be the best version of myself,’ she said to Cruz. ‘I really, truly believe in not trying to be someone else but just … being the best version of yourself.’
   Jenner, 24, is now the new Longchamp ambassador, a role that doesn’t see controversial spots such as Pepsi’s, which was quickly pulled by the company.
   ‘I don’t think you need to try to be anybody else. I think that’s what I’m always trying to remember, especially in today’s day in social media—when you’re looking at everyone else, thinking everyone else’s lives are so perfect. But just kind of being like, “You know what? I’m dope,”’ she said.
   Last Friday, Jenner walked the catwalk at Tom Ford’s Los Angeles show at Milk Studios.

E! News

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Banana Republic’s spring 2020 campaign honours Black History Month

Filed by Lucire staff/January 23, 2020/22.35

Banana Republic’s spring 2020 campaign celebrates the US’s Black History Month, featuring the work of photographers Koto Bolofo, Melodie McDaniel and Campbell Addy. In particular, it has released two short films featuring dancer and director Jon Boogz and poet and spoken-word artist Chinaka Hodge. The films, directed by Banana Republic’s in-house creative director Len Peltier, will appear on their website and social platforms, as well as Blavity, on February 3.
   Hodge, wearing Banana Republic’s Empower suit, delivers a powerful feminist poem: ‘Don’t let me put words in your mouth / Give me a mic and I will turn it on you / Give me a pin and watch me listen / Lend me a language and I will amplify it from every stage.’ In a longer version, Hodge includes the lines ‘Hear this: every woman near is a monument to persistence’ and ‘Pack your punches with unrelenting love.’
   Boogz’s voiceover is complemented by visuals of him dancing. His words highlight the journey he has had to achieve a level of fame in his career.
   Both were shot at the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.
   Also in the campaign, McDaniel showcases the spring collection with her friends, Bolofo has an abstract study on textures and colours, and Addy interprets fashion and trend in his studio.
   The spring collection features the True Hues line of necessities, designed for every skin tone.
   Peltier said in a release, ‘This campaign was such a special project for us. We were able to collaborate with inspired creatives, whom we’ve worked with in the past and consider friends, to authentically share our brand ethos through their personal stories and craft as artists during Black History Month.’
   ‘Our spring campaigns came to life with purpose as we highlighted real voices and personalities of modern boundary breakers that are representative of our brand DNA,’ said Banana Republic’s chief marketing officer Mary Alderete. ‘Together, we continue to shape our “no boundaries” narrative by connecting authentically with the community.’
   The collection is in stores now and on


Parasite makes history at 26th SAG Awards; Joaquin Phoenix, Rénée Zellweger take top acting prizes

Filed by Lucire staff/January 20, 2020/5.09

Emma McIntyre; Kevin Mazur; Kevork Djansezian

The 26th Screen Actors’ Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles honoured both television and film achievements.
   The best cast award in film went, unexpectedly, to the South Korean thriller 기생충 (Parasite), directed by Bong Joon-ho. It is the first non-Anglophone film to take the prize. The film is also up for six Academy Awards.
   Best actor went to Joaquin Phoenix, for Joker. In his address, Phoenix paid tribute to the late Heath Ledger, who had played the title role before him in 2008’s The Dark Knight, and who won a posthumous Oscar for it. He also gave shout-outs to his fellow nominees, Leonardo Dicaprio, Christian Bale, Taron Egerton and Adam Driver.
   Rénée Zellweger won best actress for her Judy Garland biopic, Judy. Zellweger gave a tribute to Garland (‘one of our own and most beloved’) in her acceptance, as well as Tom Cruise, her co-star in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, for his professionalism and generosity.
   Brad Pitt won for best supporting actor in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and the telecast cut to his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston to gauge her reaction after he made a reference to his role. In a humorous acceptance, he joked that director Quentin Tarantino had separated more women from their shoes than the TSA.
   Laura Dern won her first SAG award for her role in Netflix’s Marriage Story, beating out Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer López, Margot Robbie, and Nicole Kidman. Dern had already won a Golden Globe for the role and has an Oscar nomination. She hugged her father, Bruce Dern, as she went up to accept the award.
   Robert de Niro was honoured with the SAG Life Achievement Award, its 56th recipient, accepting his award from Dicaprio, who appeared with him in This Boy’s Life in 1993. He adds this to his two Oscars, one Golden Globe, the Cecil B. de Mille Award, a Silver Berlin Bear, a Kennedy Center honour, a US Presidential Medal of Freedom, among others.
Film winners
Best cast: Parasite
Best actress: Rénée Zellweger, Judy
Best actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Best supporting actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best supporting actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best stunt ensemble: Avengers: Endgame

TV winners
Best cast in a comedy series: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Best actress in a comedy series: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag
Best actor in a comedy series: Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Best cast in a drama series: The Crown
Best actress in a drama series: Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Best actor in a drama series: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Best actress in a TV movie or limited series: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon
Best actor in a TV movie or drama series: Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Best stunt ensemble in a series: Game of Thrones

Emma McIntyre; Kevin Mazur; Terence Patrick; Dimitrios Kambouris; Kevork Djansezian


Hollywood celebrates Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics at Gold Meets Golden

Filed by Lucire staff/January 10, 2020/7.39

Hollywood has long been inspired by the sports industry and vice versa, but rarely do these two worlds have the chance to mix and mingle. Los Angeles welcomed many of the world’s greatest athletes to celebrate during one of the year’s most golden weekends.
   The seventh anniversary Gold Meets Golden event, on Saturday, January 4, also saw Hollywood wish good luck to the athletes of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, who will begin competing six months later. Gold Meets Golden benefited Angel City Sports, a Los Angeles organization that fosters young athletes with disabilities with the resources, coaching and equipment they need to train as future adaptive Paralympic hopefuls. Gold Meets Golden 2020 was presented by the Coca-Cola Company, the longest continuous corporate partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
   A moving rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ was performed by Academy Award award-nominated Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Color Purple). A second special performance introduced by Coldplay’s Chris Martin featured The X Factor Australia’s Emmanuel Kelly, who honoured the Paralympic community with his new song ‘Never Alone’. (Kelly’s brother is a record-holder Paralympic swimmer for Australia). Wheelchair dance troupe, the Rollettes, joined Emmanuel with an inspiring choreographed routine.
   Highlights of the 2020 event included a Coca-Cola Summer Tokyo-style Bodega featuring sports and Hollywood memorabilia, cherry blossom trees, a ‘Good Luck Team USA’ wall, and the new Dasani Purefill water dispenser which kept guests refreshed on a warmer-than-usual LA winter day. Premier auto dealership BMW Beverly Hills created a winter-themed lounge showcasing a golden-dipped M8 series car, and teamed up with award-winning Rocketman actor Taron Egerton and actress Sistine Stallone to present the BMW-sponsored Team USA Sochi 2014 Olympic Bobsled team with upgraded silver medals, a recent result of the Russian team’s doping disqualification.

BMW Beverly Hills

   Actor and Olympic enthusiast Matt Bomer joined event founders Charley Cullen Walters and Scott Orlin on stage to surprise legend diver Greg Louganis with a gold medal cake and round of ‘Happy Birthday’ for his 60th birthday.
   Popular global shopping market-place Fashwire championed a début fashion show at the event, helping Hollywood celebrity, athlete and adaptive athlete attendees alike to look and feel their best throughout the awards’ weekend. Locks were styled by Paul Mitchell, and skin care enhanced by Ghost Democracy, a leading new provider of clean products with transparent ingredients.
   On the athletic front, Tonal Fitness showed off their strength-training system powered by electromagnetism resistance technology and machine learning. USTA and tennis provider Babolat held a special tennis clinic at the Virginia Robinson courts, where attendees could face off with Paralympic tennis legend David Wagner and Angel City Sports para-athletes, and experience the sport of wheelchair tennis themselves. Attendees participated in a virtual live ‘Brunch of Champions’ box moment provided by Wheaties, and several athlete attendees posed with the original commemorative cereal boxes.
   Tequila Herradura, the world’s most gold-medal-awarded tequila, poured custom libations for guests, including a signature Golden Guava margarita with edible gold flakes, along with some custom lawn games to invoke the spirit of healthy competition. Le Grand Courtage handled wine and displayed an artistic golden bottle tower. Celebrating the new natural garden venue, a plethora of custom golden rose arrangements adorned various locations throughout the party, designed by renowned celebrity floral company J’adore Les Fleurs (JLF).
   A special display of Olympic torches and mascots from the past Los Angeles, Japan and France games greeted guests upon entry, provided by the LA84 Foundation. Food for the event was mastered by celebrity caterer Lucian Tudor from 1212 Restaurant, who have locations in both Santa Monica and Tokyo, and delighted guests with a healthy Japanese-themed menu of delectables.
   Upon exit, lucky attendees of Gold Meets Golden 2020 left with a jam-packed gold-medal rolling gift bag from the Mr Morris Foundation valued at over US$10,000. Items included a Sanchaya Indonesian Resort plush robe and five-night resort stay, Coca-Cola commemorative Tokyo 2020 smartphone wallet, BMW Beverly Hills mini-golf kit, Herradura Tequila ( Ultra Anejo Bottle with commemorative Gold Meets Golden medal, Ghost Democracy full clean skin care kit, Tonal Fitness US$500 coupon, Blender bottle, and a JLF Everlasting Golden Flower Arrangement.
   Celebrities also received a Uniqlo golden ultra-lightweight down jacket, CBDfx hydrating CBD mask and muscle balm, Rosetta Stone 24-month access card for learning a new language, Paul Mitchell Sugar Cream, Sugar Day Cleanse and Sugar Spray collection, Wheaties commemorative USA women’s soccer champions’ box, UR+H CBD Fire and Ice roll-on and peppermint lotion, Golden Door full luxury body skin care kit and gift card to a five-night stay at their resort spa, Cann Deux Full Spectrum CBD serum, Le Grand Courtage brut rosé wine bottle, Beats by Dré Golden Edition headphones, the Giving Keys rose gold mini-key pendant necklace and official limited merchandise for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.—Susan L. Hornik, Guest Contributor

Susan L. Hornik’s work also appears in the Los Angeles Times, Shondaland, LA Weekly,,,, The Daily Meal, Boca Raton Observer and Discover Hollywood.


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