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April 30, 2014

Video: Kate Moss reveals her 2014 Topshop collection at Oxford Street store

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Supermodel Kate Moss launched her latest Kate Moss for Topshop collection at the chain’s flagship store on Oxford Street, London.
   Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw MCed the event, with plenty of press and fans waiting outside the store. Grimshaw called Moss an ‘icon’, while shoppers got a glimpse of the new range, which went on sale today at all Topshop stores, at topshop.com, and at Net-à-Porter.
   The second collection continues Moss’s glam boho chic style, with use of fringes and beading, while also featuring paisley prints, leather and tulle with shades of blue, turquoise, mint and gold. Moss also forecasts bright, metallic colours for the season. Our favourites include a hand-beaded dress retailing at £600 and a skin-tight gown.
   She has reissued an asymmetric yellow dress from her first collection.
   ‘I have really missed being involved in the design process, and working with the team at Topshop. I am very excited to create a new collection that bears my name. Now more than ever with London being at the forefront of fashion as it feels like I’m back home working with Topshop,’ said Moss in a statement.
   Topshop boss Sir Philip Green said, ‘I am personally thrilled that Kate wanted to come back to Topshop to work with us again. The first time around was such a lot of fun and she has been sorely missed.’
   Kate Moss’s last Topshop collection was in 2011.



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April 2, 2014

Emma Watson, about to graduate, ponders the next stage of her life

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Above Emma Watson at the Berlin première of Noah last month.

Gracing the April issue of Elle Australia, Emma Watson gives readers the opportunity to realize that despite all her success, she just wants to be normal, and she doesn’t want to be criticized for calling an ‘eraser’ a ‘rubber’, a mistake, she tells Elle, she made during her first week at Brown University. In a few months, she will graduate with a degree in English, and she admits, she has no idea what the next chapter of her life is meant to look like, yet she’s optimistic about the whole ‘post-grad situation.’
   ‘Look,’ she tells Elle’s Mickey Rapkin, ‘I just want to know exactly what the next 10 years of my life is going to look like, OK? And to have it organized on a colour-coordinated calendar. Is that really too much to ask for?’ And as most of her graduating class would ask the same question, it becomes clear that, although Watson has graced the film and fashion worlds, she is just like any other “almost graduate” deciding where the next chapter of her life is heading, or at least, trying to figure it out.
   But Watson admits she is jealous of other actresses, whose rise to fame have been less embarrassing to hers, citing her role as Hermione Granger as her greatest, yet not her most stylish, role.
   ‘There are these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two and they get to emerge as this complete human being,’ adding, ‘And I’m so jealous! Because everyone has seen me with my terrible haircuts and my awful teeth and all the terrible things I wore and said.’ But that’s the beauty of Watson, she’s so candid and honest about her own insecurities and afflictions that she seems unable to understand why people love her now as the style icon she is, but Watson worries that her best days are already behind her.
   ‘I’ve got so much left to do and prove,’ she tells Rapkin, adding that her absence from the screen wasn’t due to the lack of offers, but, rather the lack of a challenging character. ‘I was being offered roles that I didn’t feel were very complicated. Women that were one-dimensional. Roles that required me to be one thing, but real women never are.’
   Watson admits that she doesn’t want her real life to happen on screen, remembering a quote she once read by Elizabeth Taylor, ‘She had her first kiss in character on a movie set. It really struck me. I had this sense that if I wasn’t really careful, that could be me. That my first kiss could in somebody else’s clothes. And my experience could all belong to someone else.’ The desire to form her own identity is something that Watson emphasizes, she wants to create her own memories, and not just play the role. As the interview progresses, you get the sense that Watson is just trying to find out who she is, without all the Hollywood hype, the movies, the fashion labels; none of that seems too important to her. Emma Watson is on a course to find a “normal” life, but, as she tells Rapkin, finding answers can be tiresome, but finding a safe place is the ultimate goal.
   ‘If I’ve learned anything, it’s to stop trying to find the answers and certainties.’
   Her desire to feel safe and balanced we all share, even Watson admits her quest is a little mad, but she won’t give up on trying to build a “normal” life. ‘You might think I’m crazy,’ she says, ‘but I was like, “I need to find a way to always feel safe and at home within myself.” Because I can never rely on a physical place.’
   Whatever happens in her quest to build a “normal” life, we hope that Watson continues to dazzle us with her acting performances and that she finally discovers what all graduating students search for: the next chapter of her life.—Snjezana Bobič

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February 14, 2014

Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen share Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover, shot in the Cook Islands

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Three models share the cover honours for the 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 2014: Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen.
   The 2014 edition was revealed Thursday night on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit blog and débuted on national TV Thursday night in the US on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
   It is the first cover for all three models. Teigen has modelled for the special issue since 2010, and Agdal had her début in 2012. It is Aldridge’s first year.
   The last time three models appeared on the cover was in 2006.
   The cover was shot by James Macari in the Cook Islands. The magazine itself will hit newsstands next week, in print and digital formats.
   Teigen also appears in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video, co-branded with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, which was also shot in the Cook Islands.
   Kate Upton had appeared on the cover over the previous two years.

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January 14, 2014

Kenza Zouiten, Pandora, Dulceida and Negin Mirsalehi honoured at Berlin Fashion Week blog awards

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Above Chiara Ferragni, Negin Mirsalehi, Aida Domenech, Louise Ebel, Fadela Mercheri, Raul Richter and Benjamin Günther attend the Stylight Fashion Blogger Awards. Aleks Subosic and Kenza Zouiten—who notably updated her blog during the night. Kristina Bazan of Kayture.

Online store Stylight hosted its inaugural Fashion Blogger Awards at the Brandenburg Gate, at the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin last night.
   A panel, headed by Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, recongized Negin Mirsalehi of the Netherlands for the most promising fashion blog; Aida Domenech of Spain for the best style fashion blog (Dulceida); Louise Ebel of France for most creative fashion blog (Pandora); and Kenza Zouiten of Sweden for most influential fashion blog.
   Zouiten’s influence has extended into webcasting, with a very successful YouTube channel complementing her blog.
   She recorded her win immediately online, with the one-line entry, ‘I can’t really believe it. We won! You did it again!!! Thank you soooo much!! I will get back to you tomorrow, now we’re gonna celebrate!’
   The event saw some 750 guests from the fashion industry and media, with an awards’ show, live catwalk from Mavi (which was a sponsor), and after-party.


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Social photos, above Bonnie Strange. Mirja Dumont. Negin Mirsalehi. Barbara Meier. Raul Richter, Chiara Ferragni and Stylight CEO Benjamin Günther. Rebecca Mir. Louise Ebel. Fanny Lyckman, Aida Domenech and Irene Colzi. Enie van de Meiklokjes and Tobias Stärbo.

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January 11, 2014

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, January 11

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This week’s Lucire Instagram round-up includes some familiar faces, including, first, our own Lucire Instagram. This shot is of Blake Lively, while promoting Gucci in Dubai. She looks fantastic in a black sequinned number with her signature tousled up-do. The second familiar face, is from our fabulous fashion editor Sopheak Seng’s Instagram. He has posted a shot of Meryl Streep, from the iconic fashion-magazine-based movie The Devil Wears Prada. This image includes the famous quote from the movie: ‘The truth is, no one can do what I do.’ He included the humorous hashtag of #justsaying—just saying indeed.
   I also included images this week from a few of Lucire’s favourite models, the first being the extremely well known Georgia May Jagger. Here, she promotes her February cover of British Vogue and, as per usual, she looks incredible, this time in a very natural and low-key way. The second model is one of the up-and-coming models from the spring 2014 runway shows, Malaika Firch. This shot is of her on her current trip to her birthplace, Kenya. She looks elegantly natural next to a funky old-school-looking truck.
   I have included a style-icon of mine, part-time model and daughter of Vogue Paris’s notorious Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Julia’s Instagram shot this week shows the very current trend of hand-painted leather bags. These black leather bags by Givenchy have super-cute dogs painted on—I am loving this new artsy trend.
   Derek Blasberg, fashion writer and blogger, is also included this week. He has posted an end-of-vacation shot with the words, ‘I miss the cold,’ drawn on to a sandy beach. His caption read, ‘Preparing for New York. Lying to myself.’ The poor guy obviously doesn’t want to leave his beaching vacation, and neither would I!
   The last two shots this week are also from fashion bloggers. The first is New York-based blogger from Because I’m Addicted, Geri Hirsch. Here she posts a super-cute shot of her fabulous, green Saint Laurent pumps, in what appears to be her back yard. She accompanies the shot with the words: ‘There’s no place like home’—this is just too cute. The last is my Aussie favourite, Sara Donaldson from Harper and Harley. Sara posts an über-glam shot looking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, reading a novel and sipping what looks like homemade lemonade—yum! I am most definitely very jealous. And that’s a wrap!—Anna Deans

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December 29, 2013

Miss France 2014 your top story, and Princess Madeleine your favourite newsmaker

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Above HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden was the person you searched for the most this year.

We’ve told you who we thought 2013’s newsmakers were. But who did you want to read about this year?
   In first place: HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden. The younger of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf’s daughters was married this year, to Anglo-American financier Chris O’Neill, and there was plenty of interest from you in the Royal Wedding.
   Keira Knightley and Penélope Cruz held your imaginations in second and third place this year, followed by Kylie Minogue, Leah Remini, Sonam Kapoor and David Gandy.
   Olivia Newton-John proved that she could still get readers’ interest a generation after Grease, while last year’s World Miss University Mia Hasanagic found herself in ninth place after an influx of searches in January. Fearne Cotton and the new Miss France, Flora Coquerel, manage 10th and 11th respectively, with Jay Kay, Honor Dillon and Adriana Lima following. Jeremy Renner and David Beckham were tied at 15th.
   Our top news items of 2013—unless something drastic happens in these final two days—were, as usual, the election of Miss France (right), while you were also very interested in GHD’s Candy Collection of straighteners.
   Pandora showed that it was a favourite among fashionistas, with its Black Friday charm getting plenty of attention.
   Given that Princess Madeleine was the most-searched person, the Royal Wedding slipped in to fourth and fifth on our charts. Another Royal Wedding story, on the couple’s honeymoon destination, was ninth.
   The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, launching the Range Rover Sport in New York came sixth, followed by Lana Del Rey releasing her new film Tropico last month.
   The top Kiwi story was on the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art winners, in a year where New Zealanders took the top prizes.
   There remained plenty of interest in last year’s World Miss University, with our story on Mia Hasanagic’s win coming in 10th.
   Last year, Whitney Houston’s death made it into our top 10. Bad news, sadly, still sells, though it was the death of photographer Kate Barry (the cause remains unannounced) that came in at 11th.

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December 28, 2013

Ready for ’14: a new look for Lucire’s home page

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Above Out with the old, in with the new—with J-Law doing the honours as the first cover girl of the new look. (It was Kylie Minogue a year ago.)

Our home page has had a nip–tuck today. Well, it’s closer to a full redesign.
   During 2013, there seems to have been a trend toward longer and longer web pages, probably thanks to mobile devices and tablets, and our ease of “swiping”.
   This has changed the way we consume web publications, although the new design breaks a few rules that were de rigueur when we started in 1997.
   If you head there today, you’ll see a more impressive, “bled” home page image (Jennifer Lawrence is the ideal person to kick this off—especially if you read my ‘Newsmakers of 2013’ story) but the menu bar isn’t where you expect it to be.
   We still haven’t quite got there in terms of making the page perfect for lower resolutions—some images still don’t resize properly—but we will make these corrections through 2014.
   One of our advertisers, Vidal Sassoon, was arguably the inspiration behind the new look. While we can’t be quite as fancy—a magazine must still present easily digestible facts first, and dazzle with new products second—we began rethinking how Lucire should look. We also felt, that with how quickly blogs had caught up with magazine-style layouts, we had to differentiate ourselves again.
   It’s interesting to note that the last redesign for Lucire’s home page took place around this time last year—and at the time, we all thought the new look would last us for a couple of years (as most have). It’s the shortest stint of any home-page look Lucire has had in its 16-year history.
   Internally, we feel the new look is closer to that of the print editions of Lucire, which only makes sense. Each should reinforce the other.
   We’ll phase in the new look, as we want to wait to get your feedback.
   I mentioned my ‘Newsmakers’ story earlier. Click through here and see if you agree with our team’s top six for 2013. We didn’t include Miley.
   Have a wonderful 2014, and please let us know your thoughts on the redesign in the comments or via our social media presences (we’ve had a few positive ones on our Facebook group and our Facebook page).—Jack Yan, Publisher

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December 27, 2013

Polaroid projection: originality in the digital age

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In a modern context, we look to social media to promote us and to expand our visibility in the world. Images are posted and reposted, only to be reposted again. Even this blog is an attempt to promote what I want the world to see of myself, to reach more people than I see in the reality of my day-to-day life.
   I like to believe I belong outside the technological generation we live in. My mind constantly ponders the idea of living in the ’60s or ’70s. A better generation, perhaps? I like the less commercial, less complex nature of this time. Every photograph had vastly more value than in the throwaway mentality of today. This may, however, seem crazy to those who grew up at this time, as the ’60s was no question the dawn of what we would recognize as modern commercialism. They believed factories and the extreme speed of the making of new products, including the production of photography, was exciting and beneficial. And perhaps it is … or not.
   Twenty thirteen represents a time of contradictions: it continues to promote fast consumption while emphasizing the need to slow things down. This concept makes me wonder about my obsessive need for things to be both one-off, special and not designed to be used and thrown out. My 1970s Polaroid is a prime example. What do I love about it? Its tactile nature. Its reality: the touchable nature of the images, they are an object that is not purely a series of pixels inside my Mac. Maybe what I love most, though, is the inability to fake it. The images can’t be staged: they are taken once, printed out and that’s it. No Photoshop. No filter. Nothing. They are what they are and due to cost of film, it seems crazy to throw any out. Whereas on my Iphone millions of images are taken, deleted, altered, posted, etc. It’s no longer the exciting act of capturing a moment; it has become something quite different. Once posted, they become freely accessible to anybody and have the ability to be endlessly copied to the point of no longer being original. I contradict my hate of this, however, by photographing the Polaroid photos themselves, and posting. Otherwise, how would anybody see their beauty? Therefore, the same fate can fall to my photos of photos. Maybe having the only original for myself in a physical state makes me have less hate for this copying.
   The mindset I have about everyone needing to see the photos is very 21st-century, however. The ’60s saw no need for everyone you know to see your images, purely those who took the time to look through your photo albums, those close to you, not the public or, frankly, anyone in the world who wants to look.
   I find myself loving and hating the digital age. I hate the lack of original thought of how it is now, though the transmission of imagery. But I love its ability to share imagery with more people. I love that my friend Kat in the US can see what I’m doing, but I hate that she will never know if I chucked a filter on to make it look more sunny or me more tanned. In the same sense, I love my Polaroid because it is void of the perils of the Photoshop age where everyone is altered to be perfect or the same. Once again who wants to be the same: that’s not beautiful is it?
   This hatred of un-originality is repeated in all aspects of my life. My hate for chain stores: all looking like clones of one another. Copying another style, that really grills me. I open a trashy OK magazine only to find I can buy the exact outfit Kim Kardashian is wearing today. So if I shop where she shops and wear what she’s wearing I will be better or look better? Is that the point? I’m struggling to get it. This obviously is also enabled by the transmitting of imagery.
   Don’t get me wrong, I have women I admire in terms of style, but that doesn’t make me want to be them or look identical to them. Strangely enough, I want to be myself. I want to look like nobody else. My face already does that as does my voice, my personality and my life experiences so I want my fashion to be also. I like to think the way I put things together is a direct representation of me and me alone. More than anything I hate the lack of ownership over images, as well as personal style. I believe the celebrating of originality is strongly lacking in our modern context. Perhaps what I love most about my Polaroid in that case, is the one-off nature of every single image. This is how I want my style to be also: one-off, like me.—Anna Deans

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