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February 5, 2016

GHD releases Advanced Split End Therapy, for instant repair of split ends

Lucire staff/13.03



GHD has released Advanced Split End Therapy (retailing for NZ$38), a product that nourishes and fortifies damaged ends with what it calls ‘a blend of nutrient-rich ingredients’.
   Activated by the heat of a styler, GHD’s Thermo-Marine Bonding System binds broken hair fibres together, with the company claiming instant repair of split ends. The nutrients contained in the product then prevent future breakage by coating each hair strand.
   With as little as 10 ml, you massage the product through your hair down to the ends, concentrating on areas that show signs of damage. Section the hair, then blow-dry it using a GHD hair-drier, then divide the hair into small sections, passing a GHD styler over each section to seal the product.
   The company recommends its own GHD Platinum styler for best results, and advises you not to condition your hair prior to treatment. Hair should be dried using the lowest heat setting on a GHD Air hair-drier.
   The product is available from this month at GHD salons or, in New Zealand, via ghdhair.com/nz. For stockist information, call 0800 880-2019.

January 20, 2016

Bang on trend, Karen Walker’s summer ’16 eyewear blasts off into space

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Above Karen Walker Eyewear’s Cosmonaut, One Orbit and Star Sailor—which we’re choosing as the picks of the season in the wake of David Bowie’s passing.

Karen Walker Eyewear’s Arrowed by Karen summer 2016 collection hits stores today (January 20), with new shapes dubbed Moon Disco, Moonwalk, Star City, and Lunar Flowerpatch, joining Harvest, Super Duper Strength, and Number One. Super Spaceship, One Orbit, One Astronaut and Cosmonaut are the futuristic entries, with super-flat lenses. There are new finishes in rose pink and soft grey, plus a finish called Crazy Tort (with brown and gold shades). Her acetate frames have gold, silver and rose gold metal detail, and champagne and silver mirror lenses.
   Our pick of the bunch: the thin-framed look of Cosmonaut, which leaves others in no doubt that you’re ahead of the style game, and that you’re wearing Karen Walker. Star Sailor and One Orbit are the next on our list. These space-themed ones seem right on the Zeitgeist in the wake of icon David Bowie’s passing: there’s that sense of other-worldliness and futurism to them, and we’re picking that as a style this season.







January 19, 2016

Montblanc launches Great Characters Andy Warhol range of writing instruments

Lucire staff/14.23



Montblanc honoured Grace Kelly a few years ago with a limited-edition collection, and now it has turned its attention to pop artist Andy Warhol.
   Its Great Characters line, which has already offered items based on the legacies of Leonardo da Vinci, Alfred Hitchcock and John F. Kennedy over the last seven years, sees a new range that pays tribute to Warhol. The Montblanc Andy Warhol Special Edition pens feature a cap that shows four images of tomato soup cans—a reference to Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans Series of 1965—worked into stainless steel. The cap ring on the fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint pen has Warhol’s signature alongside an engraving of ‘©/®/TM AWF’, and the cap top is engraved with one of the artist’s quotes: ‘Art is what you can get away with’. The rhodium-plated 585 gold nib on the fountain pen has a dollar sign from his Dollar Sign series.
   The Limited Edition 1928, referencing Warhol’s birth and inspired by his Flowers (1964), has another quotation on the cap, ‘You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you’, and is accompanied by an abridged version of his 1975 book, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and back Again).
   The Montblanc Great Characters Andy Warhol Special Edition is available in New Zealand from Montblanc Boutique at 87 Queen Street, Auckland. For more information, visit www.montblanc.com.




January 7, 2016

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

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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.

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 15, 2015

Nespresso opens New Zealand flagship boutique in Auckland CBD

Lucire staff/9.44



Aucklanders in the centre of the city can now enjoy Nespresso from its new boutique on the corner of Customs and Queen Streets, which opened at the end of last week.
   It wasn’t just the great coffee and coffee machines that made Nespresso’s new venue sparkle, but the 1·5 m square artwork from Anna Leyland, which used 2,000 capsules, that is displayed on its wall.
   And plenty of Auckland VIPs were present to help cheer on Nespresso, with host Guillaume Chesneau, its country manager, and Dave Hewitt, senior brand manager, playing host to Jeremy Hansen, Erin Simpson, Samuel Levi, Amanda Linnell, Rachel Sloane, Alex Bunnett, Kelly and Nic Watt, Lizzie Leuchars, Matilda Rice, Art Green, Terenzo and Kelly Bozzone, Nicole Antonelli, Caitlin and Dean Taylor, Megan Lynch, Kent and Sarah Hutchings, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Hanna Tevita, Rachael McMahon, Brooke Fairgray, Dave Hewitt, Steven Luatua, Robett Hollis, Jerome Kaino and Emma Rock.
   In keeping with the artistic theme, sand artist Marcus Winter demonstrated his skills in a display especially created for Nespresso, and DJ Marina Katerina performed her sounds.
   ‘We are thrilled to be positioned in the heart of Auckland’s constantly evolving CBD alongside a number of other premium brands, and believe it will provide better convenience and greater accessibility to Nespresso,’ said Chesneau.
   Nespresso’s new model, Nespresso by KitchenAid, is at the boutique, and, as with the other boutiques, Club members can recycle their used Nespresso capsules in-store.
   The Queen Street boutique is Nespresso’s fifth in New Zealand.













December 12, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates Christmas ’15 doing more good: giving water through WaterAid to families that need it

Lucire staff/23.50



Top The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range. Above The Glazed Apple tin, with four treats within.

There’s a pleasant apple smell at Lucire, checking out the Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range, but it’s what the socially responsible brand is doing for Christmas that’s the real news.
   The Body Shop is partnering with WaterAid, which provides safe water to communities that need it desperately. For every specially selected gift purchased, the Body Shop will donate one day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia, and any proceeds exceeding its goal will be donated to another community that needs it.
   For over 650 million people on our planet, access to safe water is not a reality, and 1,400 die each day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
   Special gifts include the Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set (NZ$95), the White Musk gift set (NZ$105), the Modern Gent’s Arber Fragrance kit (NZ$110), the Modern Gent’s shaving kit (NZ$85), the Shea Premium Selection (NZ$110), the Moringa Ultimate Luxuries pack (NZ$155), the box of Strawberry Festive Picks (NZ$69), and the stocking fillers that are the Cranberry festive cracker (NZ$19), the Soft Hands, Warm Kisses gift set (NZ$29), and the Fruity Body Butter Sweetheart (NZ$48).
   The Glazed Apple Tin (NZ$69) we’ve trialled, meanwhile, is one of three that the Body Shop has launched for the festive season. Featuring green apples sourced from the Italian Alps, the Glazed Apple selection has a subtle green apple fragrance—the strongest one we’ve noticed is the 60 ml shower gel’s, while the rest has a hint of apple with more sweetened candy scents and a trace of vanilla—that will leave wearers feeling fresh without having an overpowering smell. We’ve tried the 50 ml body butter, 60 ml shimmer lotion and 50 ml sugar scrub, which are all sweet, but you won’t walk out of the house smelling like a candy shop. Subtle is good.
   Alongside Glazed Apple are Frosted Cranberry (‘from the forests of North America’, says the Body Shop) and Frosted Plum (‘from the orchards of Turkey’), which are available at the Body Shop in the UK and in New Zealand. The Body Shop is doing a 20 per cent off special on the 200 ml size body butter (NZ$36·95), whether it’s Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry or Frosted Plum online at the New Zealand website, where a very comprehensive selection of the seasonal specials are available.

Offer for our UK readers

Florrie performs in Boots window at Westfield London, kicking off live entertainment for Soap & Glory

Lucire staff/11.18

Soap & Glory, the British beauty brand, hosted Florrie in the window of Boots in Westfield, London, ahead of live performances across the UK.
   Pop singer, songwriter and drummer Florrie, also known as Florence Arnold, performed four of her hits in the live window installation, including ‘Little White Lies’.
   Florrie will go on to perform at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
   It’s only the start for Soap & Glory, which promises 160 hours of live entertainment through its window installations, including drag queen dancers, make-up artists, YouTube beauty presenters, and its own Glory Girls who not only will provide hair and make-up, but sing and dance.
   Soap & Glory will tour the UK till December 22.

Florrie performance

Florrie interview

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