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March 28: an Instagram round-up during COVID-19

Filed by Lucire staff/March 28, 2020/11.44

It’s actually refreshing that we haven’t heard much from celebrities and influencers during the pandemic; instead, press coverage has been on doctors, nurses, other frontline health care personnel, and essential workers who are keeping our countries moving.
   Out of interest, we thought we’d take a look at a selection of Instagram accounts—something we haven’t done for years here at Lucire—to see just what a cross-section of “names” are sharing.
   New York model Imani (@champagnemani) shows that you can be stylish and comfortable while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, tagging the Working from Home Fits account (@wfhfits). Imani’s wearing items from NewTop Jewelry (@janes8103), Eckhaus Latta, and Ugg boots.
   Model Bree Kleintop (@breekleintop) is out dog-walking in Alo Yoga, though there’s no telling when the photo was actually taken. We know that Kleintop is self-isolating from an earlier post—don’t we all have several thousand photos on our phones?
   Actress Franziska Knuppe (@franziskaknuppe) reminds us not to lose our positive vibes during the pandemic, and for those who are at home, she has a new shoot and interview in the latest German edition of Gala. The magazine photo was taken by Frauke Fischer, with make-up by Melanie Schoene, using Shiseido.
   We couldn’t ignore one politician: New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern), possibly the only PM who has an infant at home toilet-training. New Zealand is in a four-week lockdown in the fight against COVID-19, and the PM is no exception: while still showing up for press conferences, she’s observing the 2 m physical distancing rule, while at Premier House in Wellington, she has a “bubble” with her fiancé and daughter. Ardern shared a Lego Duplo tower and reminded people they can get official information on the country’s COVID-19 fight at the government website, www.covid19.govt.nz. After all, no one wants to wind up like Boris.
   Rising model Tehya Elam (@precioustehya) wished a friend happy birthday with artwork of a sunflower, sending out a personal wish during these uncertain times. Earlier in her account she shared Psalm 91 in a call to others to have faith.
   Parisian model Mika Schneider (@mikaschndr) is staying at home, too, but managed to do a shoot. Considering the limited circumstances we’re all facing, the four shots are excellent, and shows that models are keeping themselves entertained—not to mention adding to their portfolios.
   Russian model Viki Odintcova (@viki_odintcova) used an earlier photo shot by Aleksander Mavrin while relaying a more personal message in Russian, lamenting the fact her diary is less packed during the pandemic. She had managed to get herself organized with a new system, before things came to a halt, her meetings now on Skype, and filming on hold. She’s looking forward to getting back into the swing of things again and travelling. Till then, it looks like Odintcova’s staying put, too.
   Finally, Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) says she misses being outside in her city and also walking her dog, sharing an older photo with her wearing Inamorata, her own label.

 


TAG Heuer launches new Connected smartwatches, with Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris and Paulina Vega

Filed by Lucire staff/March 13, 2020/16.07




TAG Heuer has launched the third generation of its Connected timepieces, five years after it launched into the luxury smartwatch segment.
   The launch event took place in New York on Thursday, hosted by Frédéric Arnault, TAG Heuer’s chief strategy and digital officer, with celebrity guests Ali Krieger, Ashlyn Harris and Paulina Vega.
   The new range blurs the line between traditional timepieces and digital devices with its elegant exterior, and an up-to-the-minute OLED touchscreen that displays a choice of dials, with the mechanically inspired ones looking so sharp they are almost indistinguishable from a traditional offering’s. Digital designs show a dynamism and originality, making it a tough choice for a TAG Heuer wearer.
   There is a 45 mm case in stainless-steel titanium, ceramic or sapphire crystal, polishes, mechanical pushers, and a rotating crown. There are also interchangeable straps.
   TAG Heuer says the highlight this time is the in-house-developed Sport app, which can track golf, running, cycling, walking and fitness sessions through, inter alia, GPS and a heart-rate monitor. There is also a new mobile app complementing the one in the watch.
   A series of Google Wear OS apps are built in.
   Arnault said in a release, ‘The TAG Heuer Connected watch was designed and engineered with the same passion and attention to detail as our mechanical watches. The Connected watch is not only a beautiful timepiece, it’s a truly immersive experience, as it now sits within a complete TAG Heuer digital ecosystem geared towards performance and sports. It expresses the brand in a completely new way and offers limitless possibilities in terms of innovation for the future and will lead the way into a new era for TAG Heuer.’
   The watches hit the market on Friday, March 13.


 


Johanna Ortiz × H&M: full collection to drop on March 12

Filed by Lucire staff/March 3, 2020/17.42




Matt Jones

Recognizing the power of the Latin American market, H&M’s full collection with Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz—who has both a following in her home market as well as the US—will launch in March with 19 pieces.
   This follows the four pre-drop dresses. Like the initial pieces, the collaboration features an exotic colour palette, tropical florals, and the energetic design that Ortiz is known for.
   Key pieces include a red floral maxi-dress, a magenta midi-dress in broderie anglaise, a black patterned floor-length column dress in viscose crèpe, and a ruffled wrap skirt in black-and-white cotton-poplin.
   Ortiz’s designs have already been seen on Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Alexa Chung, Jessica Biel, Olivia Palermo, and Sienna Miller.
   Trained at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Ortiz headed back to her native Colombia to create her eponymous label. She also gives back to the community with an educational programme for local women.
   H&M headed to Cali to understand the designer’s construction and to work on the collaboration.
   ‘The imprint of Colombia—the rhythm of the salsa dance, the beauty of the elegant orchids and the effortless palm trees dancing in a balmy pink sunset—can be felt in every Johanna Ortiz design,’ says Ortiz. ‘I’m thrilled to be able to infuse this H&M collection with effortless glamour and introduce some Latin American festivity to the H&M customer’s wardrobe. I hope customers wear the pieces barefoot and with a beautiful flower in their hair.’
   H&M head of womenswear design Maria Östblom said, ‘Johanna Ortiz has a gift for creating confident, colourful designs that make you want to dance. This collection is both a celebration of Colombia’s creative history and craftsmanship and an opportunity to bring Johanna’s signature feminine styles to our customers. The reaction to the pre-drop was very positive, and now the wait is over, we can’t wait to see how our customers will style this exciting collection.’
   The main collection will appear in selected H&M stores and at hm.com on March 12.



Matt Jones

 


Basquiat items at accessible prices

Filed by Lucire staff/February 25, 2020/12.54



If you’re a fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat, but can’t touch his unique work, here’s a wallet-friendly group of alternatives for you. Lucire’s travel editor, Stanley Moss, has just released a reissue of his privately printed 1980 limited edition The New Wave Cookbook in book form. It’s a chance to get a collectible 33 pp. booklet based on a rare item (only 200 were originally printed), one which is included in the permanent collection of the MoMA NYC, and occasionally comes up at auction for over US$1,000 a copy. The unconventional and irreverent cookbook contains Basquiat’s recipe scribbled on a card, along with eleven others, and a photo album of snapshots from the nightlife which includes pictures of Basquiat, Deborah Harry, Fab 5 Freddy, Robert Mapplethorpe and other habitués of the punk nightlife. Basquiat’s recipe card features a photo of the artist taken by Stanley in 1980. The collectible reprint, available on Amazon, goes for US$25 plus shipping.
   If you like the recipe you can also visit Stanley’s Espace DiGanZi printables’ website, and order a replica of Basquiat’s card printed on a mug, T-shirt, tote bag or pillow. Visit diganzi.wixsite.com/espacediganzi/objets to view the possibilities.
   Basquiat produced a limited number of works in his short career. He did not do a lot of multiples. You may not be able to hang an original on your wall today, but here’s a chance to at least live with a replica of one of his rare early works.




 


Kendall Jenner says she’s trying to be ‘the best version’ of herself

Filed by Lucire staff/February 9, 2020/6.41

Her Pepsi commercial may have been criticized heavily in 2017 for making light of civil rights and Black Lives Matter, but Kendall Jenner tells E! News’s Victor Cruz that, at least in the space she can control, she’s trying to keep it real.
   ‘I think daily, I’m just trying to be the best version of myself,’ she said to Cruz. ‘I really, truly believe in not trying to be someone else but just … being the best version of yourself.’
   Jenner, 24, is now the new Longchamp ambassador, a role that doesn’t see controversial spots such as Pepsi’s, which was quickly pulled by the company.
   ‘I don’t think you need to try to be anybody else. I think that’s what I’m always trying to remember, especially in today’s day in social media—when you’re looking at everyone else, thinking everyone else’s lives are so perfect. But just kind of being like, “You know what? I’m dope,”’ she said.
   Last Friday, Jenner walked the catwalk at Tom Ford’s Los Angeles show at Milk Studios.


E! News

Video and quotations supplied to Lucire by E! News

 


A celebrity-filled Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection for 2020

Filed by Lucire staff/February 7, 2020/20.15






Mike Coppola; Astrid Stawiarz; Slaven Vlašić

As New York Fashion Week progresses, there’s one show that’s always a hit with us. Once called The Heart Truth Red Dress show, and colloquially The Red Dress show, it’s now the Go Red for Women Red Dress Collection, in support of the American Heart Association.
   The premise is simple: celebrities and designers team up to show a red dress collection to promote awareness of heart disease in women, with cardiovascular disease the number-one health threat for women in the US, claiming the lives of one in three women and taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. The show originated with the Heart Truth programme at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health in the 2000s.
   On Wednesday, February 5, Grammy Award winner Meghan Trainor opened the show with ‘Blink’ and ‘Me Too’. Tamron Hall hosted the show, which featured A. J. Andrews (softball player), Gretchen Carlson (journalist, former Fox News host and Miss America 1989), Sarah Chalke (Firefly Lane, Scrubs), Jackie Cruz (Orange Is the New Black), Robin Givens (Riverdale, Ambitions), Heather Graham (Law & Order: True Crime, Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me), Loren Gray (singer), Eva Gutowski (YouTube star), Sara Haines (Strahan, Sara and Keke), Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel), Sunny Hostin (The View), Darlene Love (Lethal Weapon quadrilogy, and an Academy and Grammy Award-winning performer), Bailee Madison (Good Witch, The Fosters [2014–16]), Nicky Hilton Rothschild (designer and former Lucire cover girl), Paris Hilton (entrepreneur), Laura Marano (Austin & Ally, The Perfect Date), Lyric Ross (This Is Us), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard), Roselyn Sánchez (Grand Hotel, Devious Maids), Camille Schrier (Miss America 2020 and doctor of pharmacy student), Rachel Smith (Entertainment Tonight), Ali Stroker (Glee, Oklahoma), Madeline Stuart (model), Jennifer Tilly (poker player, and actress in the Child’s Play series and Family Guy), Kimberly Williams-Paisley (Father of the Bride), and Constance Zimmer (Unreal, A Million Little Things). Susan Lucci, who had a mishap during the 2019 show, attended to show her support, along with her husband Helmut Huber. Long-time supporter Star Jones was also present, as were beauty pageant winners Robin Towle (Mrs International 2019), Ava Hill (Miss International 2019), and Madeline Wright (Miss Teen International 2019).
   Shania Twain closed the show with ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’, ‘Life’s About to Get Good’, ‘Any Man of Mine’ and ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman’.
   America’s top dog, the Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show, walked the catwalk for the second year running. The 2019 winner, King the wire fox terrier, appeared with Rachel Smith.
   Supporters include CVS Health (platinum level), Radisson Red Hotels, and Variety. Shar Sinclair provided the make-up, Giovanni Giuntoli for Tearsheet Artistic Team the hair styling, using Redken, Sheila Cato for Brittany Beauty Academy the nails, and Loren Hope the jewellery.

Mike Coppola; Astrid Stawiarz; Slaven Vlasic; Cindy Ord

 


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