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August 30, 2015

Pandora launches a more mystical autumn 2015 jewellery collection, inspired by fairy tales

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Pandora has showcased its autumn 2015 collection with what it calls ‘nature-inspired pieces’, reflecting both bohemian and 1970s trends.
   The fairy tale-themed collections are headlined by the Majestic Feathers series, inspired by the phoenix, and featuring everything from stud earrings to a necklace pendant in 0·925 sterling silver and cubic zirconia stones. Incredibly intricate and detailed, these autumn pieces begin at US$50 and now feature on Pandora’s US website. Other autumn additions begin at US$35.
   Pandora is also the official jewellery sponsor for New York Fashion Week, and has partnered with celebrity stylist Nicole Chavez for the occasion.
   Chavez suggests that the Majestic Feather earrings are the ‘perfect bohemian accessory’, and that one should mix metals and layer jewellery for Fashion Week. Suede, she adds, is the go-to fabric for the season.
   Pandora wearers are encouraged to share their autumn looks with the hashtags #ArtofYou and #Pandorastyle.

August 22, 2015

News in brief: Vidal Sassoon launches Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler; polarized lenses are in at Sunglass Hut

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Polarized sunglasses are the trend for the southern spring–summer 2015–16, says Sunglass Hut—and it’s a prediction we agree with.
   Polarized lenses help with contrast, clarity and colour perception, but perhaps most importantly, they reduce reflections and minimize glare. The lenses contain a filter that blocks almost all glare, which can be eight times more intense than sunlight. It’s an especially important function in the harsh antipodean sunlight.
   The retailer notes that while the lenses are more commonly associated with sport, they are hitting the consumer market more widely, and 50 per cent of its range is now available with them.
   Prada, Ray-Ban, Dolce & Gabbana, Versace and Vogue Eyewear are among the brands offered with polarized lenses by the Luxottica-owned retail group.
   Vidal Sassoon is adding the Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler to its range, which cleverly combines a styling brush and hair-drier in a single device. It adds infrared heat with the standard airflow through its 38 mm thermal brush, helping to heat the hair more evenly and preserve its natural moisture. There’s a soft, rubberized handle to help with grip, and a swivel cord for ease of use at home or at the office. With a retail price of £34·99, the Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hot Air Styler hits UK retailers, including Boots, Tesco and Asda, in September.


Above Adriana Lima models Vogue Eyewear for spring 2015.

August 21, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates 12 years of its Tea Tree range with super-sized additions

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The Body Shop’s Tea Tree range is celebrating its 12th year in production with a limited-edition super-sized collection of natural, skin-friendly products.
   From its launch in 1993, exclusive to Australia and New Zealand, the demand for the little bottle that packs a punch allowed for wider global distribution one year later. Now, as one of the best sellers, the Body Shop sells one bottle of Tea Tree Oil every eight seconds globally!
   The tea tree leaves are sourced from the foothills of Mount Kenya and, in line with the Body Shop’s ethics and values, are harvested and distilled through Fair Trade-approved farm work. From this comes the concentrated Tea Tree Oil. The oil itself targets blemishes, without any nasty chemicals, and leaves your skin feeling and looking clearer. Now, as part of a limited-edition collection, Tea Tree Oil comes in a 20 ml bottle, and the Tea Tree facial wash and Tea Tree toner are now available in larger 400 ml sizes. The range is in store from August 24.—Alex Barrow

August 20, 2015

Tiffany & Co. to open store in Britomart, Auckland in late 2016

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Tiffany & Co. will open its first company-operated retail store in New Zealand in late 2016, to be located in Britomart, Auckland.
   It will be located at the ground floor of the Historic Places Trust-registered Australis House, 36–8 Customs Street, and occupy 430 m² of space. There will be the usual hallmarks: the use of Tiffany blue; polished stainless steel details with a wheat-leaf pattern, identical to that at the Fifth Avenue, New York store; marble and amazonite floors; and custom furnishings inspired by the stained-glass works of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the founder’s son.
   Glen Schlehuber, vice-president and managing director of Tiffany & Co., said, ‘We have many loyal Tiffany customers in New Zealand and have been looking to establish a presence for some time, and the location at Britomart is perfect. We look forward to welcoming everyone to experience our iconic jewellery collections, heritage and craftsmanship that have distinguished Tiffany for over 175 years.’
   Tiffany’s has an existing presence in Auckland through DFS, its trade partner. It has seven stores in Australia, as well as an online presence at www.tiffany.com.au.

August 19, 2015

Johnny Depp models Dior Sauvage men’s fragrance, with Australian and NZ release on August 24

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News that Johnny Depp is modelling Dior’s new men’s fragrance, Sauvage, has been making the rounds this month, and now the company has announced August 24 as its on-sale date for Australia and New Zealand.
   Unlike his colleague Brad Pitt, who was the rare male face for Chanel No. 5, Depp is targeting his message and good looks at other men—and was chosen to align with the fragrance’s positioning as powerful, fresh, masculine and confident.
   It is Depp’s first time fronting a fragrance campaign.
   The campaign film is directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, and expresses the idea of a man leaving the stress of urban life to the beauty of the wilderness and desert, and trusting in the road that takes him there. While there, he encounters a ‘surreal beast’.
   Ry Cooder, playing his slide guitar, provides the soundtrack, accompanied by native American drums.
   François Demachy, Dior’s perfumer, wanted a scent that matched the name, which means wild in French. However, he also had to inject a ‘noble quality’ to the fragrance.
   â€˜To create Sauvage, I used man as my starting point. A strong and unmistakable masculinity. Like the image of a man who transcends time and fashion,’ he said. ‘Sauvage immediately spoke to me. I had the idea of a clear direction, strong statements. It was a stone in the rough that I chiselled and shaped.’
   The scent brings together elemi, frankincense, Sichaun and pink peppers, geranium, vetiver, Vaucluse and Drôme lavender, and patchouli.
   Dior says the new Sauvage is not related to its earlier Eau Sauvage, and is more contemporary; Eau Sauvage, it says, is a ‘timeless classic’. It has a simple, elegant, and dense, dark bottle with a black lacquer cap.
   New Zealand prices are NZ$118 for 60 ml; NZ$165 for 100 ml; Australian customers will pay A$99 and A$140 respectively. Green Cross Health pharmacies, Farmers, Smith & Caughey, Kirkcaldie & Stains, Ballantynes and selected pharmacies will carry the new scent in New Zealand; Dior Perfume and Beauty Boutiques, David Jones, Myer and selected pharmacies will carry it in Australia. It is also available online to Australian customers at David Jones’s and Myer’s websites.

August 17, 2015

Keeping it natural: Stoneleigh launches Wild Valley range of wild-fermented wines

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Stoneleigh launched its Wild Valley range at the end of last week, a line-up of wild-fermented New Zealand wines comprising a 2015 Marlborough sauvignon blanc and a 2014 Marlborough pinot noir.
   The Stoneleigh Wild Valley wines get their complexity from nature, fermented by indigenous yeasts that are naturally present in the Rapaura, Marlborough vineyards. By allowing nature to take its course, the wines have an added texture to the fruity, citrus flavours that earlier Stoneleigh wines are known for.
   There has been minimal intervention, though Stoneleigh winemaker Jamie Marfell (left) stresses that a great deal of care has still gone into each wine. ‘Stoneleigh Wild Valley uses naturally occurring micro-flora to ferment the fruit, which gives the resulting wines the purest expression of our terroir. It’s like capturing the essence of our Marlborough vineyards in a bottle,’ he says.
   The 2015 Marlborough sauvignon blanc features lifted grapefruit and nectarine aromas, and citrus and passionfruit flavours, and the 2014 Marlborough pinot noir has flavours of wild berries, strawberries, raspberries and dark cherries with a subtle, toasty savouriness, according to Stoneleigh.
   The wines retail at NZ$18·99 each throughout New Zealand.

August 14, 2015

Rihanna launches RiRi by Rihanna eaux de parfum, a more ‘flirty’ scent

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Rihanna has launched a new scent through Parlux Fragrances, called RiRi by Rihanna.
   The new fragrance is meant to show a more playful side to the international music artist, with top notes of passionfruit extract, rum absolute, cassis and Italian mandarin; mid-notes of Japanese honeysuckle, orange blossom, jasmine and pink freesia, and basenotes of Madagascar vanilla, warm skin musk, and Indonesian sandalwood.
   â€˜Each fragrance we create brings something new and different. This is a flirty, more feminine scent. I love that we can use interesting combinations that reflect a new overall feel,’ said Rihanna in a release.
   The eau de parfum sprays are priced at US$36, US$50 and US$60 for 1 oz, 1·7 oz and 3·4 oz respectively. A rollerball is available for US$20.
   The packaging has been designed by Rihanna herself, with a pink finish, a black neck and a gold sphere. The box is meant to evoke nail-scratched metal.
   RiRi bu Rihanna goes on sale at macys.com from August 14, and at Macy’s, Stage and Perfumania.com in September.

August 12, 2015

Norell New York launches, with Riley Keough fronting Michael Avedon-shot campaign

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Norell New York, named for the famed American fashion designer Norman Norell, will be hitting Bergdorf Goodman in New York and Neiman-Marcus throughout the US this month with a range headlined by a limited-edition parfum with a hand-crafted bottle by Baccarat priced at US$1,500.
   The 50 ml parfum is joined by a 100 ml eau de parfum at US$150, a 189 g body cream at US$95, and a 240 ml body oil at US$80.
   Riley Keough fronts the campaign, created by Parlux Fragrances with ad agency Lloyd & Co., and photographed by Michael Avedoon.
   The choices of Keough and Avedon—the grandchildren of Elvis Presley and Richard Avedon respectively—are meant to celebrate both the legacy of Norell and the next generation of American influencers, says the company.
   â€˜We wanted to unite Norell’s strong brand heritage with an elegance that is resolutely modern. Riley Keough and Michael Avedon … [are] both born from enduring legacies and both in command of unique talents for current times,’ said Doug Lloyd, founder and creative director for Lloyd & Co., in a release.
   The new floral fragrance has been created by IFF perfumer Céline Barel, with top notes of galbanum, bergamot, pear and mandarin, mid-notes of jasmine petals, peony, orchid and gardenia, and basenotes of the expensive orris butter, vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.
   Norell, whose career extended back to silent films, had dressed Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Lauren Bacall, and First Lady Michelle Obama donned a vintage dress of his design in 2010.

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