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February 4, 2016

It’s farewell to nudes as Playboy unveils revamped March ’16 issue; Sarah McDaniel on cover

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Snapchat and Instagram personality Sarah McDaniel graces the cover of the first non-nude issue of Playboy, its March 2016 number, to hit newsstands on February 12.
   The eagerly anticipated revamped magazine, which had been following a similar formula for 62 years, will be unveiled on February 5 at Playboy‚Äôs annual party during Super Bowl weekend in San Francisco.
   The March Playmate is Dree Hemingway, daughter of Mariel Hemingway, who appeared in the magazine in 1982; while artist and model Myla Dalbesio takes her own photographs in this issue.
   Since removing its explicit nude photographs from its website, Playboy has seen its traffic increase, and the magazine is expected to follow suit with a greater circulation.
   Playboy says it has gone back to its ‘intellectual, artistic and literary powerhouse years’ of the 1960s as inspiration for 2016. ‘The result is a Playboy magazine for a new generation, full of fresh contributors, new regular features, and an entirely contemporary take on photographing the beautiful women who have made the publication one of the most enduring and successful of all time.’
   There is a slight size change, with an increase to 9 by 11 inches (22¬∑9 cm by 28 cm), with an upgrade in paper quality. It can also be bought at 1,200 new retail locations in the US.
   Highlights for the revamped magazine include: ‘Francofile’, the return of a monthly high-profile interview by James Franco; ‘Rabbit Hole’, Ben Schott’s monthly column; ‘My Way’, with entrepreneurial advice; ‚ÄėPlayboy Advisor’, now written by a female columnist, Rachel Rabbit White; ‘Artist in Residence’, this month focusing on cartoonist Jay Howell; ‘No Filter’, written by a woman who’s making waves in entertainment; and a political column by John Meroney. This month’s features include: an interview from Rachel Maddow; 20 questions with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City; an essay on modern sexuality by Bret Easton Ellis; ‘God Bless Birth Control’, with Erin Gloria Ryan examining the IUD; a feature on one man’s tussle with US Immigration; and two literature instalments, with an excerpt from Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle: Book Five, and ‘Boone Daniels Rogue Ride’ by Don Winslow.
   The party will be held at a space in Lot A of AT&T Park in San Francisco, with sponsors Dodge, Effen Vodka, Aquahydrate and Red Bull. Alesso will DJ the party. An Instagram-activated vending machine will invite guests to post for a peek of the new magazine.

January 27, 2016

Emanuel Ungaro celebrates 50th anniversary, launches La Diva eau de parfum at Petit Palais

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Pascal le Segretain

Emanuel Ungaro celebrated its 50th anniversary on Tuesday, with a party at the Petit Palais in Paris, and launched its La Diva perfume to coincide with the occasion.
   Creative director Fausto Puglisi and president Asim Abdullah played host to 600 guests, who were shown a virtual history of the house in images, choreographed and created by Ali Mahdavi and scored by Monarchy, on the wall of the venue. Salvatore Ferragamo Group CEO Michele Norsa introduced La Diva, with the fa√ßade of the Petit Palais showing a projection of the new fragrance’s press image, modelled by Charlotte Free. Ferragamo Parfums has licensed the Emanuel Ungaro brand for the fragrance.
   Guests included Suzy Menkes, Kristina Basan, Elodie Fr√©g√©, Fr√©d√©rique Bel, Leila Ndabirabe, Zahia Dehar, Estelle Lef√©bure, Catherine Baba, Laurie Cholewa, Karole Rocher, Blanca Li, Jin Weng, Bojana Panińá, Alexia Niedzielski, Elizabeth von Guthman, Axelle Lafont, Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein, Lola le Lann, C√©sar Domboy, Richard Orlanski, Fr√©d√©ric Taddei, Ariel Wizman, Nicolas and Alexandre Lestrat, Kyle Eastwood, Kamel Ouali, Aure Atika, Isabelle Funaro, Amanda Sthers, Fausto Puglisi, Ali Mahdavi, Benjamin Belin, Manu Katch√©, Fr√©d√©rique Lopez, and Sofiia Manousha.
   Musical trio LEJ (Lucie, Elisa and Juliette) performed live at the Petit Palais, while Marie-Am√©lie Seigner took over with her DJ set as guests danced till late into the evening.
   The fragrance goes on sale in March, as eaux de parfum in 30, 50 and 100 ml sizes, priced from ‚ā¨39 to ‚ā¨69. The fragrance has top notes of pear and raspberry, midnotes of pink peppercorn, basenotes of honey and vanilla, with a floral heart, enriched with notes of patchouli. Firmenich’s Marie Salamagne created the scent.

















Pascal le Segretain


























Victor Boyko

January 23, 2016

Irina Shayk, Lena Gercke, Jason Statham, Ann-Kathrin Br√∂mmel among guests at Audi Night at Kitzb√ľhel

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Gisela Schober, Lennart Preiss

Audi’s stressing its off-road credentials at the Hahnenkamm, Kitzb√ľhel ski races this winter, sponsoring the Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the Streif. Its Quattro models, which revolutionized the use of four-wheel-drive in a premium line from the launch of the first car in 1980, are a favourite of those seeking luxury and off-road comfort, and celebrities had a chance to sample them at the Hahnenkamm. That evening, they celebrated with some 350 guests during the Audi Night on Friday at the Zur Tenne hotel, which kicked off the 76th Hahnenkamm weekend of racing.
   Irina Shayk, Lena Gercke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jason Statham, Noomi Rapace, Luke Evans and Christina St√ľrmer were on hand to celebrate with Audi both during the day and celebrate at the evening event, alongside skiers Marco B√ľchel (as MC), Felix Neureuther, Marcel Hirscher, Maria H√∂fl-Riesch, Martina Ertl-Renz and Christa Kinshofer, Le Mans winner Beno√ģt Tr√©luyer, and Audi DTM drivers Timo Scheider and Mathias Ekstr√∂m. Other guests during Friday included game show host Kai Pflaume, Martina Ertl-Renz and Sven Renz, Jessica Hinterseer, Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thuman and J√ľrgen Thuman, Mario G√∂tze and Ann-Kathrin Br√∂mmel, Patrick Shriver Schwarzenegger, and Patrick Knapp. Gregory Porter sang live at the evening event.
   Along with familiar models such as the R8, TT and all-new A4, Audi showed off its E-tron Quattro concept, an all-electric car that points to the future technology and design language of the brand.




























Gisela Schober, Lennart Preiss

January 7, 2016

Elsa Hosk appears on Victoria’s Secret’s first Swim catalogue for 2016

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Swedish-born model Elsa Hosk appears on the cover of Victoria’s Secret’s first Swim catalogue for 2016.
   Photographed by Guy Aroch on Bora Bora, French Polynesia, the image sees Hosk wear the company’s Crochet Bikini.
   It is Hosk’s first cover for the Swim catalogue series. She has appeared in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2011 and has featured in numerous print and TV campaigns for the company.
   Victoria’s Secret identifies this year’s trends as including surf and boho-inspired swimwear, and notes that ‘Neoprene-like crochet and sporty zip styles are perfect for active days, along with colour-block graphics and sexy strappy details.’
   The collection is available on Victoria’s Secret’s website, through the Victoria’s Secret catalogue, and their Ipad and Iphone apps. The collection hits stores in the US from January 12.
   The collection is hashtagged #VSSwim and #OwntheBeach.

January 4, 2016

Karlie Kloss to model Topshop’s spring‚Äďsummer 2016 campaign

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Tyrone Lebon

Karlie Kloss, who has endorsed brands as diverse as Lindex and Victoria‚Äôs Secret, will helm the Topshop spring‚Äďsummer 2016 campaign, which launches globally today.
   The campaign sees Karlie model the spring‚Äďsummer 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, ‚ÄėIt 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‚ÄĒa world-renowned fashion figure, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who will resonate with our global customers through her many talents, ambitions and passions.‚Äô
   Among the Chicago-born, St Louis-based model‚Äôs ventures are Karlie‚Äôs 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, ‚ÄėOne 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.‚Äô














Tyrone Lebon

December 19, 2015

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, wins Miss France 2016

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Bertrand No√ęl/SIPA courtesy Endemol and TF1

Iris Mittenaere, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, has been crowned Miss France 2016.
   Mittenaere, 22, is a dental student in her fifth year of studies. 20minutes earlier revealed that she scored the most highly in a general knowledge quiz (17¬∑5 out of 20, above the average of 13¬∑5).
   She succeeds Camille Cerf, who took home the title last year, and who was present to crown her successor.
   Miss Martinique, Morgane Edvige, and Miss Tahiti, Vaimitu Teiefitu, were runner-up and second runner-up respectively.
   The competition was held at the Z√©nith in Lille, hosted for the 21st time by Jean-Pierre Foucault. Sylvie Tellier, a former Miss France, remains the organizer of the event, which is aired live on France’s TF1 network each year, typically netting 8¬∑5 million viewers and a 40¬≠¬∑5 per cent share of the audience. Thirty-one contestants, who had each won regional pageants, competed for the title this year.
   The top 12 were: Miss Martinique, Morgane Edvige; Miss Provence, Julia Courtes; Miss Tahiti, Vaimitu Teiefitu; Miss C√īte d’Azur, Leanna Ferrero; Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Iris Mittenaere; Miss R√©union, Azuima Issa; Miss Bretagne, L√©a Bizeul; Miss Aquitaine, Gennifer Demey; Miss Alsace, Laura Muller; Miss Languedoc, Lena Stachurski; Miss Centre‚ÄďVal de Loire, Margaux Bourdin; and Miss Rh√īne-Alpes, Nora Bengrine.
   These were then narrowed down to a top five of Miss Martinique, Miss Provence, Miss Tahiti, Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and Miss R√©union. The viewing public accounted for 50 per cent of the vote, the judges the other 50 per cent.
   Miss Martinique, Miss Provence and Miss Tahiti tended to top internet users’ polls in France.
   Jean Paul Gaultier chaired the Miss France jury and was joined by actress Laetitia Milot, The Voice: la plus belle voix winner Kendji Girac, Miss France 2009 Chlo√© Mortaud, singer Patrick Fiori, singer‚Äďsongwriter Anggun, and rugby union player Fr√©d√©ric Michalak.
   Gaultier himself emerged on stage during the early part of the telecast wearing a crown of his own creation and a sash, a notable change in raising the judging panel’s profile.
   A regional costume section complemented themed parades referencing the ‘dreams’ of former Miss France winners, including ones based around pirates, cheerleaders, superheroines, toys, Christmas, confectionery, and eveningwear.

December 16, 2015

Anja Rubik is the new face of K√©rastase l’Incroyable Blowdry, out in stores February 2016

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K√©rastase has announced that Anja Rubik, model and creator of 25 magazine, is the face of its Visions of Style II campaign, a photo series promoting its l’Incroyable Blowdry line.
   Rubik appears in 10 final images depicting 10 new styles that can be adopted thanks to K√©rastase l’Incroyable Blowdry, a reshapeable heat lotion that makes blow-dries last longer. The new product’s micro particles are stimulated by heat, and locks the hairstyle in. However, they can be reactivated without reapplying product, so the wearer can adopt a new style. The hair remains luscious, according to K√©rastase, and does not become stiff.
   The 10 looks (la Rebelle, l’Ambitieuse, l’Enigmatique, la Romantique, la Boh√®me, l’Intemporelle, la Flamboyante, la Sensuelle, l’Audacieuse, and l’Impulsive) are the work of hairdresser Luigi Murenu for K√©rastase.
   ‚ÄėAnja Rubik is a transcendent beauty with audacious style. She is a woman of boundless talent, and inspires through her multi-faceted forms of creative expression. For these reasons, we are very proud to welcome Anja as the face of Visions of Style II for l’Incroyable Blowdry,’ said Vincent Nida, K√©rastase general manager, in a release. ‘A woman’s hair is an expression of her identity. Anja’s transformation into these 10 personalities shows how a woman can use her hair to highlight different aspects of her identity and femininity. Anja captures this perfectly through her sophisticated, diverse and worldly nature.’
   ‚ÄėI’ve been faithful to K√©rastase products for many years. I’m so happy to be the face of Visions of Style II because K√©rastase reflects my personality. There is a truly unique, luxurious quality to the brand, as well as a transformative element,’ said Rubik. ‘For me, it’s important to grow and constantly change and evolve. I love that l’Incroyable Blowdry empowers you to be whomever you want to be by making it so easy to style and restyle your hair.’
   K√©rastase l’Incroyable Blowdry appears in stores in February 2016.

December 8, 2015

Suki Waterhouse, Magdalena FrńÖckowiak model Express’s new Edition campaign

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Models Suki Waterhouse and Magdalena FrńÖckowiak front Express’s first high-end capsule collection campaign, which is now available in its stores and online.
   The Express Edition collection draws inspiration from what the company says are ‘iconic classics’, mixing it with street style, but using high-end, luxury fabrics. Express’s president and CEO David Kornberg notes that the collection is ‘very style-driven, aspirational and provides another option for her on-the-go, fashionable lifestyle.’ The buyer profile is a woman who is ‘sexy, confident, cool and irresistibly individual.’ The collection includes a biker jacket, a band jacket, a tuxedo, guipere lace dresses, silk and chiffon blouses, resin-coated jeans and leather bottoms, with a black and neutral colour palette, contrasted with crimson, ivory and gold.
   Twenty-seven Express stores and express.com/edition carry the line, with 18 looks, 35 apparel choices (US$48‚ÄďUS$498) and 18 statement accessories (US$20‚ÄďUS$298). On social media, Express can be found on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (as @Express) and Facebook.
   Express first appeared in Lucire under the URL express.style.com, and was the original proprietor of the style.com domain name.
   Waterhouse was named by Lucire as one of its news-makers of 2014.

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