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November 13, 2015

Footwear shopping: Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner choose Uggs; Snkr launches in New Zealand for sneaker aficionados

Lucire staff/9.13

Michael Simon

Kendall Jenner and her sister Kylie shopped for Classic Slim styles at the Ugg Australia flagship store at 600 Madison Avenue, New York. The sisters are Ugg fans, Kylie choosing the black Bethany design and Kendall the chestnut-coloured Amie. The Classic Slim line has a slimmer silhouette, as the name implies, and has improved arch support and traction, says the company. Kendall also chose the Ugg Shearling Trapper hat, Alena slippers and the Ugg Classic boots, while Kylie bought the Scuff slipper and Classic boots.
   The Banks Group has launched Snkr, a footwear retailer that focuses exclusively on sneakers, recognizing that they are fashion statements unto themselves. In the words of the company, ‘It’s a celebration of the art of sneaker design and the undying love of sneaker collectors. It’s a place where sneaker addicts feel understood.’ Brands include Nike, Adidas, and New Balance, among others. Like all new retailers, you have the option of ordering online at—though Snkr also has physical branches in Wellington (Lambton Quay store shown), Lower Hutt and Riccarton, New Zealand.

Michael Simon

Nike Air Max Thea Premium, NZ$179·99.

New Balance 530 Athleisure in white, NZ$199·99.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lux Missoni Mid, NZ$159·99.

November 11, 2015

TAG Heuer launches Connected Watch with Intel and Google, based on classic Carrera design

Lucire staff/5.30

Rob Kim

While it might not be surprising to see Apple and Huawei introduce smart watches, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has created its entry, revealed at the weekend at LVMH Tower in Manhattan at an event hosted by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and David Singleton, VP of engineering for Android at Google.
   The TAG Heuer Connected Watch with Intel Inside blends Android Wear technology with the quality and pedigree of the Swiss brand. TAG Heuer worked with Intel and Google to pack its watch with apps—including exclusive ones on lifestyle, golf, motor racing and trailing—as well as voice control, an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, 4 Gbyte of memory, all-day battery life, wifi, Bluetooth and audio streaming, all in a water-resistant 46 mm diameter grade 2 titanium case with a textured rubber strap. Of course there are also timer, alarm and stopwatch functions.
   There is a sapphire crystal touch-screen, and by default the watch retains its classic appearance, with the most pertinent information appearing inside the three chronograph counters at the 12, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. One can choose from one of three digital watch faces, inspired by the TAG Heuer Carrera range. When you want more, you touch the counter, and the app goes into full-screen mode. It will remain connected to the cloud as long as there is wifi. Its base applications remain running regardless of connectivity. The retail price is US$1,500, €1.350 or £1,100.
   For those who fall out of love with the digital world, TAG Heuer says customers can exchange it for a mechanical watch at the end of its two-year warranty period.

Rob Kim

October 28, 2015

MAC announces Ariana Grande as the next face of its Viva Glam campaign

Lucire staff/3.11

MAC Cosmetics has announced that Ariana Grande is its new Viva Glam spokeswoman, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and others.
   Grande, 22, will lend her name to a deep plum lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss.
   One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam products go to the MAC Aids Fund, which to date has raised over US$380 million to fund HIV and Aids programmes.
   Grande announced on Instagram, ‘I am beyond honored and excited to be working with a brand that stands for and always has stood for EQUALITY. my lipstick & gloss will be available in January and EVERY PENNY goes to people effected by HIV & AIDS … I have loved & supported @maccosmetics ever since I was a little girl walking through the mall and saw your first #VIVAGLAM girl in the window @rupaulofficial. I’m so honored!!!’
   MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande hits counters in New Zealand on February 11, 2016.

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October 20, 2015

Tommy Hilfiger unveils virtual-reality shopping experience, launching first at Fifth Avenue Store

Lucire staff/21.25

How fitting that October 20—Lucire’s anniversary—is the date of another technological landmark, with Tommy Hilfiger announcing its virtual reality shopping experience, launching today at its Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
   Wearing a Samsung Gear VR device, customers can find themselves immersed in a 360-degree presentation of Tommy Hilfiger’s fall–winter 2015–16 runway collection, as though they were sitting in the front row at the Park Avenue Armory on February 16, 2015. There is also an exclusive backstage view not traditionally open to audiences.
   Hilfiger said in a release, ‘Through virtual reality, we’re now able to bring our one-of-a-kind fashion show to the retail setting. From the incredible set and music to exclusive backstage moments, consumers will be able to watch the clothes move and see the collection in the original show environment—it’s a compelling and interesting elevation of the traditional shopping experience.’
   Tommy Hilfiger CEO Daniel Grieder added, ‘Through cutting-edge virtual reality technology, we can invite shoppers to experience the Hilfiger Collection fashion show from a front row seat. We’re using virtual reality to open the doors to a unique part of our world, directly connecting the consumers in our retail space with one of our largest brand events each season.’
   The company’s aim is to increase social engagement. The virtual reality set-up was created in collaboration with WeMakeVR, and captured with the proprietary WeMakeVR-Falcon camera.
   The virtual reality programme will roll out in London (Brompton Road and Regent Street, and at wholesale with Selfridges), Paris (Boulevard des Capucines and Champs-Élysées), Milano (Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan), Amsterdam (P. C. Hooftstraat), Düsseldorf (Schadowstraße), Firenze (Piazza degli Antinori), Zürich (Bahnhofstraße) and Moskva (Kuznetsky Most) afterwards.

October 9, 2015

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

Lucire staff/11.46

FX Networks

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.
   â€˜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

Lucire staff/23.41

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

Lucire staff/20.45

Alan Clarke

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.

September 28, 2015

Video: Victoria Beckham, Charlize Theron speak at United Nations General Assembly on ending Aids by 2030

Lucire staff/13.22


Top UNAIDS executive director Michel Sidibé with Victoria Beckham. Above Charlize Theron addresses the high-level UN event.

On Sunday, Victoria Beckham made her first public appearance since London Fashion Week, speaking at the United Nations in New York in her capacity as a UNAIDS goodwill ambassador at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly.
   Beckham spoke on the first day of the Social Good Summit, appearing alongside other luminaries such as HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, UNDP administrator and former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark, former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Charlize Theron, Jennifer López, Laverne Cox, Alek Wek, and humanitarian Graca Machel.
   Beckham saw her platform as one where she can help the goal of ensuring that no baby is born with HIV. ‘I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this,’ she said. ‘I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.’
   Said Theron, Messenger of Peace for the United Nations and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, ‘There is a generation in jeopardy. Young people are falling through the cracks in the Aids response. But there is reason to hope, we know what works—empowering young people to take care of their health.’
   The UN has set a goal of ending Aids by 2030, as part of its ambitious Sustainable Development Goals.
   Clark noted, ‘For me it’s about peaceful and inclusive societies, because without that we don’t have the basis for any sustainable development at all. It’s about momentum, hold people accountable, hold your governments accountable, stay engaged as citizens, keep advocating on social media and not wait 15 years to see what happens.’

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