David M. Benett
Superdry has collaborated with Idris Elba, the Brit whom we at Lucire keep calling ‘the coolest actor on Earth’ and best known for his role in Luther, on a 250-piece collection, launched Thursday at its Regent Street store.
And what a perfect spokesman for a premium men’s fashion line, not just because of the press Elba brings.
Superdry’s founders James Holder and Julian Dunkerton felt an affinity with Elba. Said the actor, ‘Weâre three British lads whoâve worked hard to get to where we are. Iâm passionate about what I do and always give 100 per cent. If I had the opportunity to have any influence in fashion, this is it. Iâm not a designer, but Iâm passionate about clothes and I know how men want to look. Functionality and durability were key things for me. Itâs a “24-hour” collection; clothing guys can look and feel great in from day to night.’
Celebrities attending the launch included Noomi Rapace, Alexander M. Johnson, Alexander James, David Haye, Oliver Proudlock, Kat Shoob, Camilla Kerslake, and Craig McGinlay.
The Idris Elba + Superdry Collection reflects the actor’s tastes with deep tonal colours such as midnight blue, graphite grey and jet black, contrasted with cobalt blue. Bomber jackets, mac and trench coats, joggers, Ts, hoods, shirts, and jumpers feature in the range.
The company identifies the Leading Leather Racer Jacket as the hero piece of the collection, with a down filling, while the Aviator Down Parka has a fur-trimmed hood, monogrammed lining and internal pocket detailing.
Shown originally in June during London’s menswear fashion week, the collaboration was made available to the public on Thursday, the same day as the launch party.
The collection is available from Superdry retail stores and via its website.
David M. Benett
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City chic made its way to Malibu Country Mart when Bed|StÃ¼, crafters of hand-wrought boots, shoes, belts and handbags, opened its first brick-and-mortar store just before the American Thanksgiving holiday. Fashionistas from across Los Angeles made the trek to the tiny shopping enclave to see the full fallâwinter collection for women and men, ahead of its public opening, on November 21. A lucky few taste-makers also got to step out (literally) with a pair of Bed|StÃ¼âs Isla boots, a sturdy but feminine wardrobe staple. They could also add a monogram or pattern (via hand-branding) to further personalize them.
Bed|StÃ¼ opened for business in a small Los Angeles warehouse in 1995, as a firm focused on hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind accessories that were also affordable (prices today run between US$200 and US$350). Today, the company still steers clear of mass production, and continues to use natural leathers, vegetable-based tanning process, and hand-finished products. Other features include sturdy Goodyear welted soles and hand-sewn tailoring to ensure the life of the investment.
Celebrities on hand included actress and model Jaime King, Ali Landry, Brooke Burke-Charyet, Kelli Berglund (Disneyâs XD Lab Rats) Big Brother host Jeff Schroeder and his wife Jordan Lloyd.
Landry was overheard saying, ‘Everywhere I look there is a new pair I want!’ Dozens of people who joined the crowd to try on boots, get an on-site manicure by Nail Garden, and sip Malibu Family Wines and beer by Peroni agreed. Outside of Los Angeles, shoe mavens can shop the collection internationally at bedstu.com.âElyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
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.nzâthough Snkr also has physical branches in Wellington (Lambton Quay store shown), Lower Hutt and Riccarton, New Zealand.
Nike Air Max Thea Premium, NZ$179Â·99.
New Balance 530 Athleisure in white, NZ$199Â·99.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lux Missoni Mid, NZ$159Â·99.
The Huawei Watch has now hit the UK market, available from Vmall, Selfridges and Google Store at prices ranging between Â£289 and Â£369. The revolutionary watch, running Android Wear, with the added ability to pair with IOS, is offered with a choice of 40 classic faces on its 400- by 400-pixel 286 ppi screen, which gives way to displays from its many apps, including fitness tracking, a phone-finding function, and other features. Buyers have a choice of stainless steel or black frames, and black leather, stainless steel mesh, stainless steel link or black-plated stainless steel link straps.
A launch event was held on November 4 at the Mondrian Hotel in London, with a discussion on the future of wearables in UK fashion led by vlogger Jim Chapman, LS:N Global co-founder Chris Sanderson and Huawei global brand director Amy Lou, and hosted by presenter and columnist Darren Kennedy; and three catwalk shows. The Hackney Colliery Band performed live at the function.
The watch measures 42 mm in diameter, with a circular AMOLED display coated in scratch-proof sapphire crystal.
As previewed on our Facebook page, Kylie Minogue turned on the Oxford Street Christmas lights on Sunday evening outside the Pandora Marble Arch store, with Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon hosting, and Foxes, Fleur East, Ben Haenow, Gabrielle Aplin and a cast member from Matilda the Musical among the acts.
The 56th annual event, in association with radio station Capital, saw Oxford Street bathed in silver lights and 445 gold baubles amongst them. The event was streamed live on screens right down West Oxford Street.
Some shoppers waiting for the switch-on donned Kylie Minogue masks and waved Australian flags.
It was also the event’s first traffic-free Sunday, and shoppers got to enjoy exclusive deals through the day at 40 high street stores by downloading tickets from the Oxford Street website.
Minogue said, ‘There’s no way I thought I would be turning on the Oxford Street Christmas lights. What an honour. It’s the first for me so I’m really excited. To be involved in this is so much fun. I’ll probably be down here on Oxford Street myself to get my last-minute Christmas gifts.’
Steven Medway, Managing Director of Trading Environment, New West End Company, said in a release, ‘We are thrilled that Kylie Minogue, a global pop icon switched on the Oxford Street Christmas Lights this year, one of Londonâs most iconic annual events. Thereâs a wave of anticipation on Oxford Street as the festive footfall starts to build, with our first ever traffic-free Sunday switch-on moment and a series of exclusive one-day-only retail offers and events. The street is shining under our fantastic silver and gold lighting scheme and each store will now be revealing its Christmas window display.’
Over the next six weeks, Oxford Street and the West End are predicted to take Â£2,300 million through the tills.
Trilogy has reformulated its Age-Proof Nutrient Plus firming serum and Line Smoothing day cream with new botanical actives, designed to firm and nourish the skin. Glycablend, Trilogy’s new breakthrough ingredient, is a plant oil blend of pomegranate, blueberry, strawberry and chia seed oils. Trinity Bioactives, an independent science lab, has found that Glycablend reduces the breakdown of collagen by up to 88Â·9 per cent.
Trilogy has also included botanical hydroxyproline, a natural amino acid that stimulates the contraction of collagen fibres, strengthens the skin barrier, and protects against free radical damage; while hyaluronic acid helps draw moisture to the skin.
The Trilogy Age-Proof Nutrient Plus firming serum has the above ingredients, but adds antioxidant-rich licorice and mulberry root for soothing and brightening the skin, marula oil for skin health, and evening primrose for nourishment and condition. It retails at NZ$48Â·90. The day cream, meanwhile, retails for NZ$55Â·90 and includes melon extract for conditioning and strengthening in addition to Glycablend, botanical hydroxyproline and hyaluronic acid.
They are available nationally in New Zealand from selected Farmers, health and department stores, and pharmacies. For further information, visit trilogyproducts.com.
Top Kendall and Kylie Jenner with their new collection. Centre and above By using the same fabrics, mothers and daughters can have matching designs thanks to Plakinger.
The Kendall & Kylie Collection, designed by sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, will hit Forever New stores in Australia on November 17. With 19 pieces, the limited-edition collection consists of ‘directional party looks’, with playsuits, skirts, crop tops and dresses featuring black, white and blush tones as well as an animal print. Details include lace work, exposed zips and sheer panelling. Prices range from A$79Â·99 to A$249Â·99 and the range is available from forevernew.com.au and selected stores nationally and internationally.
Plakinger, the luxury label started by Russian motherâdaughter duo Svetlana Ziggel and her mother Galina Plakinger, has released 10 looks for mothers and their little girls, so that they can have outfits with the same fabrics. Made in their atelier in Germany, the label is available through Maison Bo-M in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and in the concept stores owned by the Chaumont luxury group in China.
One might think that bottled water lasts forever, but it only has a six- to twelve-month shelf life, and less if stored in extreme temperatures. Los Angeles-based Blue Can (right) provides premium emergency drinking water for homes, businesses and vehicles, thanks to a filtration system and the use of pressurized aluminium cans. The company says the water can be stored for decadesâ50 years is regularly cited. It supports the Emergency Water Foundation, a California non-profit corporation, which assists public institutions, business organizations, and schools with their Disaster Awareness Plans.
Below Some of the looks from the limited-edition Kendall & Kylie Collection.
How fitting that October 20âLucireâs anniversaryâis 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 fallâwinter 2015â16 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, weâre 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 environmentâitâs 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. Weâre 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-ÃlysÃ©es), Milano (Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan), Amsterdam (P. C. Hooftstraat), DÃ¼sseldorf (SchadowstraÃe), Firenze (Piazza degli Antinori), ZÃ¼rich (BahnhofstraÃe) and Moskva (Kuznetsky Most) afterwards.