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January 27, 2016

Parlux sues Jay Z over failure of fragrance line, seeks $20 million

Lucire staff/12.46

Parlux Fragrances is suing Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter over his failure to promote the Gold Jay Z cologne which the company makes, and seeks US$20 million.
   Parlux alleges that Carter failed to make six promotional appearances since Gold Jay Z’s launch in October 2013, and has made none. Allegedly, he failed to appear on Good Morning America and at Macy’s, and did no promotion on social media. Parlux also alleges that he kept his $2 million up-front royalty fee, despite backing out of promoting the cologne.
   It is also alleged that he kept five prototype bottles, with solid gold caps, that had cost Parlux $20,000 each to make. The company also says that Carter was meant to approve, in October 2014, three new fragrances, but none have been signed off.
   Parlux seeks the return of the royalty fee, 300,000 shares in Perfumania, US$18 million in compensation, and the cancellation of the contract from the entertainer, claiming it has lost millions in sales and development costs.
   In the papers it has filed at the Manhattan Supreme Court, Parlux notes that it met repeatedly with Carter’s business manager, Desirée Perez, but never received substantive feedback from either Carter or his management team.

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January 17, 2016

Indulging in the arts at Lincoln Center: La vie parisienne and Dragon Boat Racing

Lola Cristall/14.18



Chris Lee


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Above, from top Makato Ozone on piano at La vie parisienne at Lincoln Center. The New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Dragon Boat Racing presented by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble.

There were many ways to ring in the New Year but one sophisticated approach saw melodious tunes and laughter. The New York Philharmonic celebrated in style with La vie parisienne at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. The beautifully organized spectacle paid homage to the spectacular city of lights with poetic tales and songs in both French and English. The talented comedian and two-time Tony winner Nathan Lane narrated Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of Animals, written by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, adding humour and irony with each animal symbolizing a New York figure. Alan Gilbert energetically conducted the performance while Inon Barnatan and Makoto Ozone were the magnificent pianists of the soirée. Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham sang uplifting songs including ‘C’est ça la vie, c’est ça l’amour’ from Toi c’est moi, ‘Ah! que j’aime les militaires’ from La Grande Duchesse de Gerolstein and Edith Piaf’s ‘La vie en rose’. As 2016 fast approached, guests stood up to sing the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, while a large glimmering image of the Eiffel Tower reflected in the background. The setting was a marvellous escape into an evening à la française with a joyful, energetic and a high-spirited crowd impatiently waiting for the New Year to emerge.
   From a conductor’s baton to a dancer’s fast paced feet, Lincoln Center is the home of such performances. The beginning of January marked a memorable occasion to celebrate a talented group of dancers, during the China Arts and Entertainment Group’s Dragon Boat Racing presented by the Guangdong Song and Dance Ensemble. Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater welcomed the limited-time presentation to the stage. They featured phenomenal choreographed dance moves to the tune of traditional Cantonese music. The majestic ambiance was exquisite. Directed and choreographed by Zhou Liya and Han Zhen with music by Du Ming and scenario by Tang Dong, the spectacle blends the beauty of traditional and contemporary features on one stage, as the artistry of the east meets the modernity of the west. The production was vibrant and uplifting, as the dancers conveyed a love story where the main character, Nian (Li Xing), is torn between Ling (Li Yanchao), the woman he adores, and Ying (Wang Minrui), the woman Nian’s father wants his son to marry. The feud and adoration are expressed through the performers’ agility while the melody underlined the story’s elements.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor





Chris Lee










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January 7, 2016

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

Lucire staff/2.58

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–summer 2016 campaign

Lucire staff/9.00




Tyrone Lebon

Karlie Kloss, who has endorsed brands as diverse as Lindex and Victoria’s Secret, will helm the Topshop spring–summer 2016 campaign, which launches globally today.
   The campaign sees Karlie model the spring–summer 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, ‘It 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—a world-renowned fashion figure, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who will resonate with our global customers through her many talents, ambitions and passions.’
   Among the Chicago-born, St Louis-based model’s ventures are Karlie’s 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, ‘One 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.’














Tyrone Lebon

December 30, 2015

Chinese label Lanyu plans international growth, US launch

Lucire staff/4.38

Chinese designer Lan Yu, commemorating her 11th anniversary, says she will launch her Lanyu brand Stateside next, after having shown in Paris during 2015.
   Her Water Charm collection can be viewed on her brand’s home page.
   Her work combines eastern techniques, including traditional Suzhou embroidery that has been practised in China for over two millennia, with western materials. Lan herself had studied at the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and in the US.
   Her couture wedding dresses were her first foray into the fashion business, before branching out to red-carpet gowns.
   Lanyu is available at retailers in Beijing and Shanghai, and can be found on Wechat at Lanyu.

December 8, 2015

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

Lucire staff/22.44



Models Suki Waterhouse and Magdalena Frąckowiak 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–US$498) and 18 statement accessories (US$20–US$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.

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 snkr.co.nz—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

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