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October 21, 2014

Fashion design legend Oscar de la Renta passes away

Lucire staff/17.18

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Above The image of Oscar de la Renta used by his company today to signal his passing.

Oscar de la Renta has passed away at his home in Kent, Conn., aged 82 after a six-year battle with cancer, his family has confirmed.
   De la Renta had only appointed his successor, Peter Copping, earlier this month, with little public sign of his long fight with his condition.
   De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, which has announced that it will hold a day of mourning in his honour on Wednesday.
   He went to Madrid to study art but wound up in fashion, working first as an apprentice with Crist√≥bal Balenciaga, and joined Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby, before setting up his own label in New York in 1965. Between 1993 and 2002, he designed Balmain’s haute couture collections.
   His designs showed a classic, feminine sensibility, and was a mainstay of New York Fashion Week for decades. He had dressed US first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama, and, most recently, Amal Alamuddin for her wedding to George Clooney. Former US first daughter Jenna Bush wore Oscar de la Renta on her wedding day.
   De la Renta, in this publication’s experience, never played favourites, and provided access to fashion magazines based on merit rather than circulation numbers.
   He had served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1973 to 1976, then from 1986 to 1988, and received the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes and La Gran Cruz de la Orden del M√©rito Civil from Spain and the L√©gion d’honneur from France.
   He is survived by his wife Annette.

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October 15, 2014

Out now: Chanel releases new No. 5 campaign with Gis√®le B√ľndchen, directed by Baz Luhrmann

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After teasers this week, Chanel has now premi√®red its new No. 5 campaign, The One That I Want, starring supermodel Gis√®le B√ľndchen, and written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Academy Award winner Catherine Martin oversaw the production design.
   Luhrmann directed the 2004 campaign for Chanel No. 5 with Nicole Kidman.
   In the last 10 years, Luhrmann says that the focus has changed. With the Kidman campaign, he says it was about a woman breaking free, then return to reality. Today, B√ľndchen plays a woman who listens to her heart, free to make her own choices.
   ‚ÄėThe Chanel woman can be with herself on a beach, can be with her child, can have an aspirational and fulfilling work life, and at the same time she can have a true relationship; she can have romance. And in the end, the Chanel woman chooses love,’ says Luhrmann.
   Earlier, the director explained why B√ľndchen was the perfect casting: ‚ÄėShe can be on the beach one moment and incredibly athletic. She has children. She has a very, very significant relationship. And yet, she has a career where she can create aspirational, sensual, incredibly glamorous imagery, and somehow, what‚Äôs most important to her, ‚Ķ is love, to really be fulfilled. And I think that‚Äôs what we try to convey in this little film.‚Äô
   Chanel says the new film, which is 3 minutes 23 seconds‚ÄĒand cut to 30- and 60-second versions, ‘tells the story of a woman who struggles to find space for everything‚ÄĒherself, family, career, and love.’
   The film itself is emblematic of Luhrmann’s earlier work: glamorous, romantic, with mixed historical eras and music playing a huge role.
   Chanel has also released behind-the-scenes videos, including one on the costume design and another on the locations (including Fiji, Montauk, the Queensboro Bridge, and Manhattan), as well as interviews with Luhrmann and B√ľndchen.
   Other Chanel No. 5 campaign directors have included Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Martin Scorsese.
   The accompanying music is Lo-Fang‚Äôs cover of ‚ÄėYou‚Äôre the One That I Want‚Äô, composed by John Farrar.

The making-of

Baz Luhrmann

Locations

Costume design

Song

The fragrance

Interview with Gis√®le B√ľndchen




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October 14, 2014

Baz Luhrmann explains Gis√®le B√ľndchen’s Chanel No. 5 casting as more images released

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Chanel has teased with more imagery for its upcoming No. 5 campaign with Gis√®le B√ľndchen, written and directed by The Great Gatsby (2013) director Baz Luhrmann, with production design by Academy Award winner Catherine Martin.
   The new images show the supermodel in two more outfits in addition to her surfing one shown yesterday.
   In one, again shot by Hugh Stewart, B√ľndchen is wearing a silver lam√© fringed organza dress from the Chanel haute couture spring‚Äďsummer 2014 collection, with mauve suede sneakers, Plume de Chanel earrings in 18 ct white gold and diamonds, and a Plume de Chanel ring in 18 ct white gold and diamonds. Make-up uses a similar palette, with le Blanc de Chanel, Perfection Lumi√®re Velvet and Les Beiges foundation; Cr√®me de Chanel in R√©v√©lation for the blush; les 4 Ombres eyeshadow in Tiss√© Rivoli; Ecriture de Chanel eyeliner in black; Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencil in Noir Intense and the Kh√īl pencil in Clair; Rouge Allure lipstick in Ind√©cise; le Crayon L√®vres in Mordor√© Nude to define the lips; le Vernis for the nails, in Ballerina.
   B√ľndchen’s second outfit sees her wear a black double silk‚Äďcr√™pe dress with silver embroidery from the cruise 2014‚Äď15 collection, with black satin sandals from the spring‚Äďsummer 2014 collection. She wears a Chanel necklace in 18 ct white gold and diamonds, and earrings in 18 ct white gold and diamonds.
   B√ľndchen’s choice, according to Luhrmann in the latest behind-the-scenes video, can be summed up with her multi-faceted nature. ‘She can be on the beach one moment and incredibly athletic. She has children. She has a very, very significant relationship. And yet, she has a career where she can create aspirational, sensual, incredibly glamorous imagery, and somehow, what’s most important to her, ‚Ķ is love, to really be fulfilled. And I think that’s what we try to convey in this little film.’
   He says that she has ‘a new world sensibility. I think that’s both fresh but very true to Coco Chanel. Coco brought the new era to the old world. She was the one who smashed the convention. She was the one who just hung out and was friends with the avant-garde. She was 100 per cent behind the new, 100 per cent behind possibility, and 100 per cent, in her DNA, a self-empowered woman. Gis√®le felt honoured, I felt, to be identified as the No. 5 woman. She has continued to evolve as a woman.’
   B√ľndchen follows in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, and even Brad Pitt. Luhrmann, meanwhile joins Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet as Chanel No. 5 directors.
   Patrick Demarchelier shot the final stills of the campaign.
   Says Chanel, ‘In this new chapter, the story of No. 5 is told in a way that goes beyond the fragrance itself. Ten years ago, No. 5 was the fragrance of a woman who decided to break free from it all and then return to reality, renouncing her desire. Today, through Luhrmann‚Äôs eyes, we see the No. 5 woman deciding to listen to her heart. She is a woman who knows exactly who she is, and is free to make her own choices and listen to her desires. The film tells the story of the modern woman who struggles to make time for everything‚ÄĒherself, family, career, and love.’
   The accompanying music is Lo-Fang‚Äôs cover of ‘You‚Äôre the One That I Want’. The film itself, to be released on October 15, has no words or dialogue.


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Hugh Stewart

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October 13, 2014

OfÔ¨Ācial pics: getting Gis√®le B√ľndchen’s Chanel No. 5 look as her next campaign is teased

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See even more pics here, and why Baz Luhrmann thinks Gis√®le B√ľndchen is the modern embodiment of what Gabrielle Chanel stood for



Hugh Stewart

Chanel has teased its new campaign, dubbed ‘The One That I Want’, featuring Gis√®le B√ľndchen.
   The company has released two images and a 15-second video for the next push of its iconic Chanel No. 5 fragrance. Director Baz Luhrmann helmed the spot, which shows B√ľndchen surfing, and leaning up against a large number 5.
   B√ľndchen herself had released a shot of her holding a Chanel logo surfboard on her Instagram on October 7, and a second image from the campaign on October 11.
   Hugh Stewart shot the latest images of B√ľndchen, who, naturally, wears Chanel make-up, including le Blanc de Chanel and Perfection Lumi√®re Velvet foundation in beige, Cr√®me de Chanel blush in R√©v√©lation, les 4 Ombres eyeshadow in Tiss√© Mademoiselle, Le Volume mascara in black, and Rouge Coco lipstick in Mademoiselle. She wears a pink and black neoprene bikini top and a long-sleeved black and pink neoprene wetsuit especially made by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. The wetsuit sports the iconic 5 on the back.
   The supermodel follows on from other celebrities including Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, Keira Knightley and perhaps most unusually, Brad Pitt.
   The campaign breaks on October 15, two years to the day after Pitt’s campaign broke. The hashtag #TheOneThatIWant will be used in social media.



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October 11, 2014

Photos: HM the Queen bestows honorary award on Angelina Jolie

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Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie can now add the letters GCMG after her name, after receiving an honour at Buckingham Palace from HM Queen Elizabeth II.
   During her audience with the Queen, Jolie was presented with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
   The Queen awarded Jolie the honour from the 1844 room at the palace, for her work fighting sexual violence and for services to UK foreign policy.
   Jolie cannot be addressed as Dame, being a US citizen.
   Jolie chose to wear Ralph & Russo to the Palace. She wore a dove grey, wool crepe peplum jacket and pencil skirt with cinching belt and silk chiffon bow neck tie, inspired by a tailored piece from their spring‚Äďsummer 2014 couture collection.
   She was recognized in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 honours’ list.
   Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt and their six children were present. Buckingham Palace said Jolie spent 20 minutes with the Queen.


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October 8, 2014

Video: Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Nieves √Ālvarez step out in style

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Kendall Jenner is following the mantra that if you’ve got it, flaunt it. The model stepped out in New York in a showcasing her incredibly toned body in a maroon coloured crop-top, maxi-skirt and C√©line handbag, as she headed to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time fund-raiser.
   Jenner has walked for Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana recently, boosting her catwalk cred.
   Meanwhile, Texan-born singer Selena Gomez was happy to channel the Kim Kardashian look at the premi√®re for Rudderless in Los Angeles, with a low-cut red silk dress by Christian Dior, drop earrings and black heels. The film, directed by William H. Macy, is released in the autumn.
   Kristen Stewart was snapped at the Apple store in New York’s Soho. The beauty wasn’t in store for the latest iPhone but to promote her upcoming film Camp X-Ray. Stewart, 24, in a leather dungaree-style dress, took questions from the audience. The actress could be a contender for an Oscar for her role in Still Alice, which Sony Pictures Classics is campaigning for.
   Finally, the Spanish men’s magazine Icon held its first awards’ ceremony at the Italian consulate in Madrid, where model and Valentino muse Nieves √Ālvarez (top) got her share of admirers in her bow tie and double-breasted dinner suit, and Carrera y Carrera Jard√≠n de Rosas earrings in white gold and diamonds.

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September 30, 2014

H&M to launch Design Award winner Eddy Anemian’s capsule collection on October 23

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Hennes & Mauritz has shown the capsule collection created by la Cambre fashion graduate and winner of the H&M Design Award, Eddy Anemian (left), ahead of its on-sale date of October 23.
   Anemian worked with the H&M design team and was impressed at how faithfully his work was translated into reality, including his ‘couture cutting and sewing techniques.’
   Anemian’s winning H&M Design Award collection was inspired by Tilda Swinton’s character in I Am Love and the neoclassical French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. He cut floral upholstery fabric into strips, then reconstructed them.
   The H&M capsule collection takes the same idea, and can be seen in a blue floral jacket with strips spreading out from the neckline, then curve back in over the hips, while a yellow floral skirt is constructed from vertical strips. Other items highlighted by the label include a white skirt with ruffles replicating marble patterns, and a white jumpsuit with floral sleeves.
   Anemian hopes to start his own label in the future. His collection will be available on- and offline at selected stores.




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September 9, 2014

Jaguar launches XE in London, with David Gandy, Stella McCartney, Eva Herzigova, Laura Whitmore

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Jaguar has launched its most important car in years with the brand-new XE, a saloon that sees the Indian-owned company tackle a segment dominated by the BMW 3er and Audi A4. The XE also marks a new generation of Jaguars powered by the company’s new series of Ingenium engines, and features a first-in-segment aluminium-intensive monocoque structure for lightness and strength.
   Jaguar Land Rover, which has seen its profits soar in recent years, spared no expense with the XE’s launch in London, bringing celebrities including Stella McCartney, David Gandy, Eva Herzigova, Sir Stirling Moss, Jos√© Mourinho, Laura Whitmore, Damian Lewis, Ruben Cortada, David Blakeley, Sam Riley, Sienna Guillory, Steve Redgrave, Brian Johnson and Gary Lineker together at an event that saw Emeli Sand√©, the Kaiser Chiefs, Eliza Doolittle, the Royal Ballet, Max Milner (The Voice), and members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform, and John Hannah narrating.
   While many saw the helicopter delivery of the red XE into London on Monday, Jaguar formally kicked off the launch event that evening at Earls Court with its VIP audience, with the performances evoking models from the company’s past, including the SS100 of 1935.
   Sand√© composed a ‘Feels Like’ track for the event that had been inspired by the public via social media and the hashtag #FeelXE. The song received its premi√®re live on a floating stage on the Thames in a 45-minute set later in the evening, with the London Eye and County Hall as a backdrop.
   The performance was complemented with a projection-mapping show on London’s County Hall, showing the public’s messages that inspired the composition. Red flares lit up the London skyline in red to match the hero colour of the new car.
   McCartney will reveal her Parisian Feel XE experience later this month, while Idris Elba will reveal his Feel XE project afterwards.
   Earlier in the day, employees at Jaguar’s Solihull plant‚ÄĒwhere 1,700 jobs are expected to be created‚ÄĒformed an XE shape as the Red Arrows flew past, and the car was airlifted by helicopter toward London. It was placed on a high-speed landing craft on the Thames to Chelsea Harbour.
   In another nod to its past, Jaguar then had the new XE escorted by two 1960s Mk II police cars from Battersea Bridge to Earls Court.
   The “delivery” was intentional: Jaguar wanted to signal that the XE is the spiritual successor to the Mk II, still considered by many fans to be the quintessential Jaguar close-coupled sporting saloon, and the car that arguably pioneered the segment in which the new model now competes.
   One car from Jaguar’s past that was not mentioned was the X-type, the company’s turn-of-the-century attempt to tap into the compact executive market. Younger buyers rejected that model partly because of its unadventurous styling, overseen by Jaguar’s then-parent company Ford. The X-type was also hampered by its front-wheel-drive transmission on cheaper models, something that Jaguar has avoided repeating by giving the XE rear-wheel drive. It is also the most aerodynamic Jaguar made, with a drag coefficient of 0,26.
   The cab-backward fastback look of the XE takes styling themes established by the XJ and XF, and features a short front overhang and a low driving position. The car looks more aggressive and taut than the larger models, which should appeal to buyers in the segment.
   ‚ÄėOur mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE‚Äôs positioning as a serious driver‚Äôs car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it‚Äôs standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-type and will stand apart in the crowd,’ says Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum.
   The aluminium components also mean more effective recycling, and in a world first for cars, Jaguar has specified RC5754, an aluminium alloy made from recycled material.
   The high-tech features extend to Jaguar’s new electric power steering, which is more efficient than a traditional hydraulic system, and what the company calls All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), which works as a low-speed cruise control that can control the brake system and powertrain for the best traction in slippery conditions. The XE also features a laser head-up display, nearly a third lighter than existing systems. Jaguar also d√©buts a new InControl infotainment system, which is claimed to be more intuitive, especially with a pioneering plain-speech voice control. The car is also a wifi hotspot for internet-enabled devices, and both Apple Iphone and Android users can control various functions remotely.
   Full details of the XE range will be released at the Salon de Paris on October 2. The range will be topped by a supercharged V6 delivering 340 PS, while the two-litre Ingenium diesel is claimed to deliver 75 mpg (Imperial) with carbon dioxide emissions of 99 g/km. Prices are set to begin at ¬£27,000.















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