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Top Olivia Wilde, Jordan Hewson and Jessica Alba at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival to end extreme poverty by 2030, in Central Park on September 27. Above Paula Sweet photographs exclusively in Morocco for Lucire: the secrets of Berber Saffron Tea. From left to right, Amanjena GM Gabriel Louzada, Paula Sweet, Abdelhadi.
In an upcoming edition of Lucire: letter from Marrakech. An exclusive report from travel editor Stanley Moss which includes a private visit behind closed doors at the original home of Yves Saint Laurent in the Medina, then the lost recipe for saffron tea, a Berber delicacy prepared for our readers at Amanjena in Marrakech.
In beauty news, Jessica Alba has publicly declared her love of Jane Iredale’s real gold shimmer powder in OK. Says Alba, ‘If Iâm going to show some leg, Iâll mix a little into my body lotion too. It creates a subtle shimmer that makes cellulite lumps and bumps a tad less noticeable.’ The powder is the headline product commemorating the brand’s 20th anniversary year. And they really mean ‘real gold': it contains 24 ct gold leaf and mica, and it’s available alongside silver and bronze shimmers in a limited-edition Janeâs Signature Gilded Collection tin (Â£32). The gold and silver can be used on top of the cheekbones as a highlight, while the bronze can be applied over the body.
Meanwhile, publisher Jack Yan has been testing more cars in the âLiving’ section in Lucire. There’s the BMW 116i here, a real driver’s car for those seeking something small, while he dons his halo and channels his Simon Templar in his test drive of the Volvo S60 T6 AWD R Design Polestar.
Above, from top One of several hidden courtyards at Saint Laurentâs house. An elegant sitting room in St Laurentâs home in the Medina. Saffron, rarest of spices, more expensive than gold, used in an exclusively brewed tea at Amanjena, Marrakech. An elegant tabletop displaying traditional tea-making ingredients at Amanjena.
Time has flown: it has been 10 years since Hennes & Mauritz began its designer collaborations, the first with Karl Lagerfeld.
The company will release a book, The First Ten Years, coinciding with its Alexander Wang x H&M launch on November 6.
At the time, Lucire called it a move toward ‘attainable luxury': that even at a budget price, customers deserved to look good. It was a move toward democratization, something that had been seen en masse with technology, extended to fashion.
The first Karl Lagerfeld for H&M collection prompted the designer to say, ‘Taste and looking chic is no longer a question of money or how you spend, but how you create a unique sense of style.’
H&M’s collaborators have included Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Commes des Garcons, Matthew Williamson, Jimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang.
The book features imagery from all designers, and will retail for US$34Â·95, available through select H&M stores in the US. A quarter of the cover price will go to Unicef.
H&M will begin its celebration with a design retrospective at its flagship 589 Fifth Avenue, New York City store on October 27, with looks from each past designer.
The store will showcase a new look from the Alexander Wang x H&M collection each day by way of preview.
Stradivarius, the fashion label rather than the violin brand, threw a party in Barcelona to launch its customer magazine, with Poppy Delevingne, Atlanta de Cadenet, Harley Viera-Newton and Ãrsula CorberÃ³ playing host.
The party, dubbed The Event Paper, was held in a modernist building near Gaudi’s Pavellons GÃ¼ell (GÃ¼ell Pavilions), with over 200 guests and Pepino Marino and Crawford DJing. De Cadenet and Viera-Newton took over from the DJs to get guests continuing on the dance floor.
Photographer Bela Adler held a live shoot at the event, complementing guests using a photo booth. The event will feature in a future issue of Stradivarius’s new magazine.
The four celebrities were chosen for their recognized roles as “it girls” with their own style. All wore items from the Stradivarius autumnâwinter 2014â15 collection, which the company describes as having vintage and boho design elements. The brand is available at around 900 locations in 60 countries.
Kendall Jenner is following the mantra that if you’ve got it, flaunt it. The model stepped out in New York in a showcasing her incredibly toned body in a maroon coloured crop-top, maxi-skirt and CÃ©line handbag, as she headed to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time fund-raiser.
Jenner has walked for Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana recently, boosting her catwalk cred.
Meanwhile, Texan-born singer Selena Gomez was happy to channel the Kim Kardashian look at the premiÃ¨re for Rudderless in Los Angeles, with a low-cut red silk dress by Christian Dior, drop earrings and black heels. The film, directed by William H. Macy, is released in the autumn.
Kristen Stewart was snapped at the Apple store in New York’s Soho. The beauty wasn’t in store for the latest iPhone but to promote her upcoming film Camp X-Ray. Stewart, 24, in a leather dungaree-style dress, took questions from the audience. The actress could be a contender for an Oscar for her role in Still Alice, which Sony Pictures Classics is campaigning for.
Finally, the Spanish men’s magazine Icon held its first awards’ ceremony at the Italian consulate in Madrid, where model and Valentino muse Nieves Ãlvarez (top) got her share of admirers in her bow tie and double-breasted dinner suit, and Carrera y Carrera JardÃn de Rosas earrings in white gold and diamonds.
Ralph Lauren has been shifting its â¬22,000 crocodile skin Ricky bags at an event at its Amsterdam store, and gifted one of them to the Netherlands Museum of Bags and Purses. The bag, says the Museum, is regarded as an icon, on a par with the HermÃ¨s Birkin and the Chanel 2.55. The company also showed a Ricky bag with a USB port and LED lighting on the inside, which will be released worldwide in December, and sold on order.
On Monday, Stella McCartney did indeed show her version of the Jaguar XE, as part of the Feel XE campaign for the Indian-owned company’s new compact executive saloon. The McCartney XE features her springâsummer 2015 ‘Superhero’ print, and a fleet of the cars will be seen on the streets of Paris on Monday to coincide with her new collection. The next reveal of the XE will be at the Salon de Paris on October 2.
We’ve been fans of Otago designer Christina Perriam for years, and she will unveil a new luxury lifestyle brand, Perriam, in October. The label will adorn New Zealand-made merino clothing and a summer 2015 catwalk launch will take place for the line on October 18 in Bendigo. An online shop will go live at the same time, at perriam.co.nz. Perriam will begin with Woman and Little with Sleep ranges, and Man and Home will be added in 2015.
And don’t forget the features that appear in the main part of the Lucire website. Jack Yan has tested the BMW 435i, the car that has attracted the most attention out of anything we’ve featured in our pages; Elyse Glickman tries the NutriBulletRx; and Stanley Moss takes in the 500th anniversary commemoration of Magellan’s voyage around the world, in Vicenza. We also had webcast the Miss Universe New Zealand grand final from Sky City Theatre last week, which you can still watch as an archived stream. The best way to keep up with the latest articles is to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Rihanna is on the September 2014 cover of W, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, styled by Edward Enniful, the magazine’s fashion and style director.
There’s a New Zealand connection, with the pop star wearing Meadowlark Jewelleryâs large Thorn Septum ring, from its upcoming springâsummer 2014â15 collection, Dynasty, on the cover. The singer wears the ring on her nose on the cover.
Two versions of the ring, one with diamonds and one without, feature in the editorial inside.
Meadowlark says it gifted Rihanna the diamond-set septum ring on the day of the shoot, and she had been spotted wearing it.
She also wears a Donna Karan New York dress, an Ashley Lloyd headdress, Amrapali ruby and diamond ear cuffs, and a Stephen Dweck sterling silver necklace. The shoot took place in July.
Rihanna is currently on her Monster’s Ball tour with rapper Eminem.
John Oliver is absolutely right in a recent piece on Last Week Tonight: websites have to pay the bills, and it can get very tricky when the pay isnât great. Weâve seen other titles run advertorials and mark them very, very subtly, something which we don’t do ourselves. We make it obvious.
Throughout our history, advertorial has been marked âA Lucire special promotion,â in print and online. There have been rare exceptions in print, but the last time that happened was five years ago. In fact, in some cases on this website, weâll even make it very clear in the headline (âSponsored videoâ), in the first line (âA Lucire special promotionâ) and in the footer (âPost sponsored by â¦â). So there is no doubt when a story is being paid for. Instead of burying when advertorial is running, we’ve progressively made it more obvious over the years.
Interestingly, our advertorial for LâOrÃ©al Paris last week was popular with readers, and our Chocolate Heaven story was viewed a lot on social media, even more than some recent regular articles, so we know some readers enjoy the odd piece. In some cases, we donât even share our advertorials on social media unless the client specifically asks us to.
We believe that our readers are smartâhowever, we donât believe we gain loyalty by fooling you. If you don’t want to read an advertorial, you have the option not to click on it when you see it linkedâbecause it’s clear when it is paid for.
We aim to be careful with readers with these adsâyouâll never be confused when thereâs advertorial, and in 17 years itâs always been very clear online, to the point where it is now our policy on- and offline.âJack Yan, Publisher