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October 9, 2015

Lucire TV on the red carpet: Helen Mirren, Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Carey Mulligan

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Speaking on the red carpet at the première of Trumbo at the London Film Festival, Helen Mirren says that US culture is well known globally because of its film industry.
   The new film, about real-life US screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Mirren herself, and directed by Jay Roach, depicts the Trumbo’s career and his blacklisting as one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, with one awarded to a front writer and another to his pseudonym.
   Mirren says, ‘Film is still used for propaganda. It’s an incredibly strong propaganda tool, which is why Hollywood, in the ’50s was so nervous. It was recognized obviously in the Second World War, film was used as a propaganda tool, and so there was a great fear of the use of film as propaganda, and indeed it still is.
   ‘The reason American culture is so well known throughout the world much more than any other culture is because of the power of the American film industry. We are very lucky in America in that it really, ultimately, the American film industry is just about money. It’s not about politics: they’ll just do whatever sells, and in a way that’s a good thing.’
   Other celebrities on the red carpet this week included Cate Blanchett, who arrived at the screening of her film Truth in Los Angeles, wearing a white Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, with a high neck. Rooney Mara, at the New York première of Pan, in which she plays Tiger Lily, also went for white in a mini-dress with velvet ruffles.
   Lady Gaga has made her acting début in America Horror Story: Hotel, wearing a glamorous, asymmetric Brandon Maxwell red gown with a thigh-high slit, and Carey Mulligan donned Chanel with plenty of glitter and ruffles for the Suffragette première on Wednesday.

October 8, 2015

Pureology releases Cleansing Conditioners, preserving colour vibrancy while softening hair

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Pureology has released its new co-washing collection in New Zealand, with a range that promises to cleanse while softening and conditioning the hair.
   Its new Cleansing Conditioners, which Pureology says will preserve colour vibrancy, soften hair and improve elasticity, provide 25 per cent cleansing and 75 per cent conditioning, in three gentle treatments for colour-treated hair.
   There are three formulas: Hydrate, for dry colour-treated hair, featuring rosemary extract to nourish and soften; Strength Cure, for damaged colour-treated hair, with Asta-Repair to fortify and restore hair fibre; and Smooth Perfection, for frizz-prone, colour-treated hair, featuring camellia oil to smooth and control frizz.
   Hydrate and Strength Cure are available now, with Smooth Perfection following in November.
   Pureology is also releasing its Colour Fanatic Deep Conditioning Masque (right), a deep-conditioning treatment product for damaged, colour-treated hair, which primes, protects and perfects hair, according to the company.
   Retail price is NZ$43 each, available from Pureology salons and stockists nationwide.

October 7, 2015

Cole Haan débuts ZeroGrand Outerwear collection, with the tough outdoor performance of Mountain Hardwear

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US retailer Cole Haan has teamed up with high-performance apparel brand Mountain Hardwear in a multi-season partnership, creating the ZeroGrand Outerwear collection.
   Launched this week, Cole Haan has released a campaign featuring mountaineers Cheyne Lempe and Angie Payne scaling New York skyscrapers, photographed by Alan Clarke.
   The campaign blends the idea of urban fashion with rugged function, and is inspired by the idea of ‘Proven on the mountain, refined for the city.’
   The new range features six outerwear pieces and one backpack. The women’s styles are the ZeroGrand Funnel parka, Down jacket and Metro coat while the ZeroGrand Commuter jacket, Trench coat and Motoring coat are offered in the men’s range. The ZeroGrand Commuter pack features a black-out pocket with composite aluminium sheathing to prevent electronic transmission, meant to keep devices protected both literally and virtually, making them hacker-proof. It also features an internal and external umbrella stash and a removable waterproof bag within.
   The same fabrics and insulation that Mountain Hardwear uses for its core range are adopted here, although the design and construction are for the fashion, not outdoor, market. Mountain Hardwear’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable Dry Q Stretch Ozonic shell fabric is used along with 800-fill Q Shield water-resistant down and Thermal Q Élite, a proprietary synthetic insulation.
   In a release, David Maddocks, Cole Haan chief marketing officer and GM of business development, said, ‘This partnership is built on a common understanding of style and innovation. Our ZeroGrand footwear is the pinnacle expression of the kind of elegant innovation Cole Haan is famous for. When we wanted to marry our style sensibility with the very best in engineered garments, we went to Mountain Hardwear. Our consumers are looking for style and functionality without sacrificing one over the other. We worked together to create a revolutionary line of smart products for everyday needs.’
   Robert Fry, global director of product merchandising and design at Mountain Hardwear, noted, ‘Our designers usually solve problems to save lives and maximize experience for outdoor athletes. With Cole Haan, we were presented with a different problem: how do you keep a hard-driving, fast moving urban explorer warm, dry and protected without slowing them down or asking them to compromise style?’
   Additional items bearing the ZeroGrand name made by others include the X Blunt XS Metro umbrella, the X S’well water bottle, and the X Fisher Space Pen. Footwear and a women’s Stagedoor handbag collection complete the range, which hit Cole Haan stores, including its website, on Tuesday. Mountain Hardwear will also retail the Outwear range through direct-to-consumer sales in the US.

It’s fine and dandy: Rembrandt shows a classy, complete spring–summer 2015–16 menswear collection

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Rembrandt’s spring–summer 2015–16 collection boasts an array of quirky prints, fine Italian shoes, and an æsthetically pleasing mash-up of modern and traditional in the tailoring of their suits. Since their opening in Wellington in 1946, Rembrandt has cemented its fine tailoring reputation throughout Australia and New Zealand, having opened ten main stores between the two countries, as well as a number of outlet stores. A fourth Auckland store at 41 Shortland Street will open in December.
   This year’s collection puts a modern twist on the British dandy of the nineteenth century with an array of less traditional coloured suit jackets, double-buckled leather shoes (we rate the double monk, made in Italy for Rembrandt), silk ruffle lapel pins, and eccentric printed shirts, ties and pocket squares.
   The company has identified marsala as the colour of the year, with it appearing through its accessories’ range as well as its Bryan dinner jacket.
   Rembrandt’s Wayward Heir line, targeting a younger wearer, has straight lines and narrow fits for the season.
   Rembrandt’s forte lies in dressing for black tie events, making the wearer of their suits stand out. With the option to purchase off the rack, order a made-to-measure suit, or hire one for an event, Rembrandt has its customers’ suit needs covered to a high standard. Furthermore, the menswear company also offers high-quality clothing for everyday casual wear.
   With the motto ‘bespoke is in our blood’, the history of Rembrandt draws back to the world wars of the early twentieth century where immigrants from Holland came to New Zealand, specializing in tailoring. With an opportunity on the horizon the company was started and have spent almost seventy years building tailoring knowledge and expertise to create the reputation they have today of fine craftsmanship.
   With the reputable work and class of Rembrandt, the company has partnered up with the Wellington Phoenix, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand All Whites in officially tailoring the teams. Rembrandt gives back to the fashion community by proudly co-sponsoring the Fashion and Textile award of the ECC Student Craft–Design Award for 2015.—Alex Barrow

October 6, 2015

Smart girls fake it: the Body Shop releases its Honey Bronze range for summer

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The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze Range is two tanned steps ahead of summer this year! With the motto ‘Smart girls fake it’, the Tinted Leg Mist gives the wearer an even bronzed coverage without the harmful effects of the sun. The stand-out effects of this self-tanner are that it guarantees an oil-free finish with no transfer, and an even coverage without streakiness common in other tanners.
   Extensions of the range include a tinted face gel and highlighting cream bronzers, perfect for maintaining a bronzed glow to match the leg mist! To top this range off, the subtle honey fragrance draws one into the sweetness of summer.
   With this range, you can get the ‘just stepped off the beach’ before even going to the beach!
   The Tinted Leg Mist (125 ml) retails for NZ$49·50, the face gel for NZ$32·75, and the highlighting cream bronzers for NZ$36·95.
   The Honey Bronze collection is in store at the Body Shop this week in New Zealand.—Alex Barrow

October 1, 2015

Ikea extends itself into fashion: you read it here first last year

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September 29’s Ikea Fashion Show at Moda di Milano (hashtagged both #IKEAfashion and #IKEAtemporary) showcased work from two designers who collaborated with the Swedish-founded furniture conglomerate.
   ‘With a number of new collections that have been developed in collaboration with fashion designers, Ikea is stepping into new territory—one from which we can learn a lot,’ according to the company.
   Giltig by Katie Eary and Svärtan by Martin Bergström will see their collections retailed in 2016, but they received a boost in profile thanks to their appearance at one of the top fashion weeks in the world.
   For us, the first thing that came to mind when seeing Ikea fashion was Stefan Engeseth’s (below right) prediction, published in Lucire first last year, and later in, the Daily Mail, The Guardian and Flare, plus a number of newspapers and news websites: that fashion should be Ikea’s next industry.
   At the time, Ikea had no such plans officially, but it isn’t surprising to see another one of Engeseth’s predictions come true. He came up with the idea of Coca-Cola being served through taps at home before Coke itself actually trialled that idea, plus another, over 15 years ago, on how cellphones could connect two strangers, albeit not through an app.
   We wrote: ‘Engeseth says that Ikea’s expertise lends itself easily to the world of apparel …
   ‘He believes that fashion is in a repetitive cycle, stuck in history and needing renewal.
   ‘Ikea could offer both complete apparel items and composite parts that customers could assemble themselves, says Mr Engeseth. The parts could be “tailored” at home in inventive ways without the need for complex sewing.’
   Last year, Lucire publisher Jack Yan added, ‘This taps in to its existing fan base, and just as importantly, Ikea can make full use of its channels, outmanœuvring many existing fashion labels. Ikea has an international retail base and it has distribution down to a fine art.’
   When we asked him about the Ikea show in Milano yesterday, he had his reservations about some of the designs, but stated, ‘It’s good that Ikea takes its first step into fashion, and rewarding to see them developing the concept more now.’
   He was also buoyed by seeing that, after the show, Ikea’s official Twitter account went back to his blog post late last year about Ikea fashion, and “favourited” a Tweet about it. Engeseth even preempted the hashtag used back in 2014.
   There’s no sign that Ikea fashion will be in a composite format, ready for its customers to assemble, but Engeseth appears to have been right that the brand would extend itself into the new segment.

September 30, 2015

Kate Hudson is the Campari calendar model for 2016, photographed by Michelangelo di Battista

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Kate Hudson has been announced as the 2016 model for the iconic Campari calendar. The brand belongs to the namesake Italian wine company which produces the well-known apéritif. The drink itself is a palatable combination of bitter and sweet which is drawn on in the 2016 calendar theme.
   With a relevant setting of an upcoming presidential election, Hudson embodies separate roles of bitterness and seduction versus sweetness and subtlety, a play on the taste of the Campari red wine. ‘Each month embodies the different profiles Campari embodies, alongside Kate Hudson’s incredible talent and ability to switch from approachable, welcoming and sensual to audacious and seductive,’ said Bob Kunze-Concewitz, CEO of Gruppo Campari.
   Hudson, as a Hollywood actress and entrepreneur, said that she was honoured to work with the company in creating ‘two distinctive characters embodying bitter and sweet.’
   Fashion photographer Michelangelo Di Battista, who shot Hudson for the calendar, applauded both her and the company for their artistic direction in the project: ‘Campari is a brand that has always had a clear sense of æsthetic and well defined style … Kate’s enthusiasm and ability to switch between the two personalities allowed me to create images I hope are fresh, inspiring and imaginative.’
   With the images being officially unveiled on November 18, the Italian label is maintaining its reputation for their much anticipated calendar with the prominent presence of Kate Hudson. Past stars have included Eva Green, Uma Thurman, Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Milla Jovovich, Olga Kurylenko and Jessica Alba.—Alex Barrow

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Bar Refaeli, Pelé and Lapo Elkann celebrate Hublot’s Big Bang watch anniversary at new production warehouse

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Hublot, the luxury watch company, opened an expansive new production warehouse in Nyon, Switzerland on the 10-year anniversary of their iconic Big Bang watch on Tuesday.
   Three hundred guests from around the globe attended the opening event including ambassadors, VIP guests, friends of the company and journalists. The milestone ceremony was further endorsed by notable Hublot ambassadors Pelé, Bar Refaeli and Lapo Elkann who contributed to the handing over of keys ceremony.
   To celebrate the sweeping popularity of the large watch, the warehouse was developed to keep up with enormous production demand. With the first major production centre being built just six years ago, this feat recognizes and celebrates the vast success the company has had with their luxury watches.
   Owned by big-brand conglomerate LVMH, Hublot has consistently enhanced and cemented their reputation as high-quality, skilled watchmakers recognized the world over. Over the past decade the Big Bang watch has been celebrated at various award ceremonies internationally in Genève, Japan and the Middle East. With the rapid success of the company in such a short time, the decade anniversary celebrations of the Big Bang watch indicates that Hublot aren’t even considering slowing down their economic boom.
   Based in Switzerland, the new warehouse is destined to house over one hundred work stations which will bring Swiss employees up to over 400 people working for the company. Due to the high sales of the last decade, the company have afforded SFr 20,000,000 into the project. To further celebrate the acheivements, the company has launched a “decade of success” campaign across the 73 Hublot stores worldwide.—Alex Barrow

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