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September 25, 2014

News round-up: Stella McCartney’s Jaguar XE; Ralph Lauren shifts €22,000 Rickys; Perriam launches new brand

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Ralph Lauren has been shifting its €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 Hermès 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 spring–summer 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.



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September 9, 2014

Jaguar launches XE in London, with David Gandy, Stella McCartney, Eva Herzigova, Laura Whitmore

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Jaguar has launched its most important car in years with the brand-new XE, a saloon that sees the Indian-owned company tackle a segment dominated by the BMW 3er and Audi A4. The XE also marks a new generation of Jaguars powered by the company’s new series of Ingenium engines, and features a first-in-segment aluminium-intensive monocoque structure for lightness and strength.
   Jaguar Land Rover, which has seen its profits soar in recent years, spared no expense with the XE’s launch in London, bringing celebrities including Stella McCartney, David Gandy, Eva Herzigova, Sir Stirling Moss, José Mourinho, Laura Whitmore, Damian Lewis, Ruben Cortada, David Blakeley, Sam Riley, Sienna Guillory, Steve Redgrave, Brian Johnson and Gary Lineker together at an event that saw Emeli Sandé, the Kaiser Chiefs, Eliza Doolittle, the Royal Ballet, Max Milner (The Voice), and members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra perform, and John Hannah narrating.
   While many saw the helicopter delivery of the red XE into London on Monday, Jaguar formally kicked off the launch event that evening at Earls Court with its VIP audience, with the performances evoking models from the company’s past, including the SS100 of 1935.
   Sandé composed a ‘Feels Like’ track for the event that had been inspired by the public via social media and the hashtag #FeelXE. The song received its première live on a floating stage on the Thames in a 45-minute set later in the evening, with the London Eye and County Hall as a backdrop.
   The performance was complemented with a projection-mapping show on London’s County Hall, showing the public’s messages that inspired the composition. Red flares lit up the London skyline in red to match the hero colour of the new car.
   McCartney will reveal her Parisian Feel XE experience later this month, while Idris Elba will reveal his Feel XE project afterwards.
   Earlier in the day, employees at Jaguar’s Solihull plant—where 1,700 jobs are expected to be created—formed an XE shape as the Red Arrows flew past, and the car was airlifted by helicopter toward London. It was placed on a high-speed landing craft on the Thames to Chelsea Harbour.
   In another nod to its past, Jaguar then had the new XE escorted by two 1960s Mk II police cars from Battersea Bridge to Earls Court.
   The “delivery” was intentional: Jaguar wanted to signal that the XE is the spiritual successor to the Mk II, still considered by many fans to be the quintessential Jaguar close-coupled sporting saloon, and the car that arguably pioneered the segment in which the new model now competes.
   One car from Jaguar’s past that was not mentioned was the X-type, the company’s turn-of-the-century attempt to tap into the compact executive market. Younger buyers rejected that model partly because of its unadventurous styling, overseen by Jaguar’s then-parent company Ford. The X-type was also hampered by its front-wheel-drive transmission on cheaper models, something that Jaguar has avoided repeating by giving the XE rear-wheel drive. It is also the most aerodynamic Jaguar made, with a drag coefficient of 0,26.
   The cab-backward fastback look of the XE takes styling themes established by the XJ and XF, and features a short front overhang and a low driving position. The car looks more aggressive and taut than the larger models, which should appeal to buyers in the segment.
   ‘Our mission was to create an exciting and dynamic design clearly reflecting the XE’s positioning as a serious driver’s car. The cab-rearward proportions and tight packaging achieve that and give the XE the appearance of movement even when it’s standing still. It bears a strong family resemblance to the F-type and will stand apart in the crowd,’ says Jaguar’s director of design, Ian Callum.
   The aluminium components also mean more effective recycling, and in a world first for cars, Jaguar has specified RC5754, an aluminium alloy made from recycled material.
   The high-tech features extend to Jaguar’s new electric power steering, which is more efficient than a traditional hydraulic system, and what the company calls All Surface Progress Control (ASPC), which works as a low-speed cruise control that can control the brake system and powertrain for the best traction in slippery conditions. The XE also features a laser head-up display, nearly a third lighter than existing systems. Jaguar also débuts a new InControl infotainment system, which is claimed to be more intuitive, especially with a pioneering plain-speech voice control. The car is also a wifi hotspot for internet-enabled devices, and both Apple Iphone and Android users can control various functions remotely.
   Full details of the XE range will be released at the Salon de Paris on October 2. The range will be topped by a supercharged V6 delivering 340 PS, while the two-litre Ingenium diesel is claimed to deliver 75 mpg (Imperial) with carbon dioxide emissions of 99 g/km. Prices are set to begin at £27,000.















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April 26, 2014

Time’s 100 most influential has Beyoncé covering; Benedict Cumberbatch, Phoebe Philo, Lydia Ko make the cut

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The cover for this year’s Time 100, listing the news magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, goes to Beyoncé.
   On sale today, the 11th annual edition also features Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins on covers within the publication.
   It also has a number of guest contributors, writing about those who feature: James Franco on Marina Abramović, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Pelé on Cristiano Ronaldo, Stella McCartney on Phoebe Philo, Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cassidy on Andrew Haldane, Elif Shafak on Abdullah Gul, Madeleine Albright on Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen, and Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen.
   Forty-one women are honoured, including Amy Adams, Mary Barra, Lydia Ko, Megyn Kelly, Miley Cyrus, Angela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Kerry Washington, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Jenji Kohan.
   President Obama appears for the ninth time, and other repeat honorees include Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Jeff Bezos.
   As with this magazine’s ‘newsmakers’ list, Edward Snowden makes the cut in Time. Jack Ma of Alibaba, which was honoured by the Medinge Group in its seventh Brands with a Conscience awards in 2010, has also come to the attention of Time.
   Obama writes of the Pope: ‘Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people. Pope Francis is such a leader … Pope Francis reminds us in ways that words alone cannot that no matter our station in life, we are bound by moral obligations to one another.’
   Franco says of Abramović: ‘I trust Marina to carve the artist out of her celebrity and use her celebrity to bring what she stands for into the here and now, looking straight into the eyes of all of us, strangers still, but courageous, curious, inspired, creative participants afterward.’
   McCartney says of Philo: ‘One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’ wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.’
   And Firth writes of Cumberbatch: ‘It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage—and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it. He must be stopped.’
   Time editor Nancy Gibbs says, ‘The Time 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful … The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle. Power is a tool, influence is a skill … If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.’
   A full list, including tributes, videos and photos, can be seen here. Time also has an interactive grid of the 100 honorees at this link, and a Facebook influence map here.

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January 29, 2014

Style this week: becoming Almost Famous

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This week’s look is inspired by one of my all-time favourite movies, Almost Famous. I have focused in particular on the lead female character, Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson. This movie sprung to my mind after seeing, in my opinion, the horrific Grammy red-carpet dresses this week. I pine the loss of the rocker age where style was so funky, eclectic and glam in a low-key way, not a try-hard way. The Grammys represent today’s musicians, and Almost Famous takes a look into the music scene in the ’60s. The movie follows a young writer touring with a rock band who is finding their success. The whole movie incorporates the fab tunes of the era. Penny Lane is a groupie of the band and catches the eye of both the lead singer of the band, and the main character, the writer.
   Penny’s style is more than just typical ’60s groupie style. Yes, some elements are there: crop tops, fur coats, jeans, peasant tops, etc. I like to think she has more spunk though than your average groupie. Her personality is so electric, which resonates in her style. I think perhaps it’s the eclectic manner in which she puts things together, that nobody else may have thought of; coincidentally that always seems to work. Her natural curly mane and minimal make-up also help her out big time to not look over-the-top.

   For my look inspired by Penny, I have taken her fun, eclectic and very casual-glam vibe, rather than specifically copying pieces. The first piece I came up with was this super-cute set of overalls by Aussie label Friend of Mine. Friend of Mine exudes fun, carefree chic. I also couldn’t resist having another Friend of Mine piece to go under the overalls. I picked this Midwest is Best T as it seemed born to go with them. The cute slogan also screams a bit of Penny’s quirk to me.
   The first pairing came as a surprise, as I wasn’t planning on having a fur-like coat—it seems too literal. I could not resist this utterly beautiful jacket by Acne Studios, however. The muted tone, the design lines and everything about it is stunning and modern, and I think the colour and shape would contrast and complement the overalls to a T. Be sure to check out Acne’s current collection: everything is modern perfection.
   When contemplating shoes for this look, I just had a vision of mules, or a mule-like shoe. Perhaps this is purely because they are currently making the rounds of the fashion élite, but I like to think they just go oh-so-well with the shorty-short overalls. Very Rumi Neely of me. I picked these mule-ish booties by Stella McCartney, as I love the baby-pink tone and the modern design with the wood and metal heel. The wood reflects elements of the wedges of the ’60s and the ’70s whereas the metal cut-out is truly 2014.
   Penny definitely had a cuteness to her style so I decided to incorporate this, with a pair of fluffy, but not frilly, socks. I love the look of booties with higher socks, although I am completely avoiding the cliché frill. This off-white, fluffy, mid-high pair is perfect.
   Penny had a hippie element so I had to add one to this look, as I am such a bohemian fan myself. This wicked bag by Free People caught my eye as modern, funky and bohemian. I’m digging it so much I may get one for myself!
   The last element of Penny’s style was an ever-so-slight mod. These earrings by Marni, therefore, come in: they have a funky ’60s shape, a mixture of textiles and textures, including ’70s-style wood. Check out Marni’s entire collection of earrings if you are a chunky earring fan as you will be in heaven, as I was.
   The last touch, as per usual, was nails. Penny was a hippie no-polish type girl. Although I’m kind of a hippie myself, I still can’t roll with that. Therefore, I decided to modernize it with a contrast-colour nail. I love forest green, especially paired with pale pink and various shades of beige and white, so I chose this shade. These are all colours I coincidentally tend to wear a lot. In terms of make-up, I wouldn’t go any further than Penny’s look. There is no point trying to modernize a simple, beautiful and natural look that works. So try this look with loose, natural curls with a mid-part and oh-so-minimal make-up with a little mascara and gloss.
   What do you think of my modern interpretation of Penny’s style?—Anna Deans

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December 2, 2013

Video and photos: Christopher Kane, Christopher Bailey, Harry Styles, Miuccia Prada among 2013 British Fashion Awards’ winners

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Mike Marsland

Top Harry Styles, winner of the British Style Award this year. Above The two Christophers who took the top awards: Christopher Bailey (left) and Christopher Kane (right).

Christopher Kane won the coveted prize of womenswear designer of the year, and Christopher Bailey, MBE, for menswear (for Burberry) at this year’s British Fashion Awards at the London Coliseum, while Miuccia Prada won the first International Designer of the Year prize.
   Kane was presented his award by Donatella Versace—he had designed for Versus for several years alongside his own label.
   Burberry was named Designer Brand of the Year, in a particularly good night at the awards.
   Nicholas Kirkwood was named the accessory designer of the year.
   As announced earlier, both Kate Moss and Suzy Menkes won special recognition awards, for their 25 years in modelling and journalism respectively. Moss was presented her award by Marc Jacobs.
   I-D magazine founders Terry and Tricia Jones received the Outstanding Achievement Award. Terry Jones was a former British Vogue art director, and founded I-D in 1980 with Tricia. It began life as a 40 pp. hand-stapled publication.
   Harry Styles won the Vodafone British Style Award, and was presented his prize by Alexa Chung, who had won three times in previous years.
   The emerging designer winners were Simone Rocha (for womenswear), Agi & Sam (for menswear), and Sophia Webster (for accessories). J. W. Anderson was the New Establishment award winner, for ‘taking the industry by storm’.
   Lady Amanda Harlech was recognized for her creativity and influence, and won the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator.
   Edie Campbell was named model of the year, while Erdem took home the red carpet award for raising its profile in the global media.
   Celebrities and designers attending included Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Sienna Miller, Tinie Tempah, Amber and Yasmin Le Bon, Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Rita Ora, Laura Bailey, Suki Waterhouse, Arizona Muse, Clémence Poésy, Caroline Issa, Erdem Moralioglu, Roksanda Ilincić, Dermot O’Leary, Emmanuelle Seigner, Mary Katrantzou, Gwyneth Paltrow, Henry Holland, and Stephen Jones, OBE.

Red carpet interviews and photos (scroll down for awards)

Nick Grimshaw, Kate Moss and Harry Styles on the red carpet

Sienna Miller on the red carpet

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley on the red carpet

Alexa Chung and Erdem

Red carpet highlights









Mike Marsland

Harry Styles

Christopher Kane

Christopher Bailey, MBE for Burberry

Kate Moss

Misery Bear’s new Kate Moss video

Lady Amanda Harlech

Suzy Menkes, OBE

Miuccia Prada

J. W. Anderson

Agi & Sam

Sophia Webster

Erdem

Edie Campbell

Nicholas Kirkwood

Burberry

Terry and Tricia Jones

The winners’ circle












Mike Marsland

Highlights

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January 12, 2013

Stella McCartney and Common Affairs win H&M prizes at Elle Sverige’s 2013 gala

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Above An earlier photograph of Stella McCartney, receiving the British Designer of the Year Award, presented by Salma Hayek.

At the Elle Sverige gala at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel last night, designer Stella McCartney took home the H&M and Elle Conscious Award, given out to those actively working on sustainability and fashion.
   Hennes & Mauritz, which is the principal sponsor of the gala, sponsors both the Conscious Award and the newcomer award.
   The newcomer award was won by Common Affairs, a Swedish menswear design duo.
   ‘Stella McCartney is a modern woman and designer who shows that exclusive fashion, sustainability and responsibility obviously belong together, and are an important part of a sustainable future for our industry,’ says Catarina Midby, fashion and sustainability coordinator at H&M and a member of the jury for the H&M and Elle Conscious Award. ‘There is a consistent collection and lifestyle, and a clearly communicated vision that inspires her most conscious fashionistas with clothes and accessories that are gentle on animals and the environment, with the highest level of fashion.’
   The newcomer award has been given out since the first gala in January 1998. This year’s prize is Kr 25,000.
   Common Affairs draws on its duo’s experiences at design school in London and working in Paris. ‘Together they create a modern metropolitan collection for men but which girls also like to wear. It is well tailored, simple and minimalist with clear sporting influences, cool and functional at the same time, and Swedish-produced with responsibility for people and the environment,’ says Ann-Sofie Johansson, head of design at H&M and chair of the jury giving out the H&M and Elle newcomer award.

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November 28, 2012

Stella McCartney named Designer of the Year at British Fashion Awards 2012: our full report, with video

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Top The winners of this year’s British Fashion Awards. Above Designer of the Year Stella McCartney and Salma Hayek.

Stella McCartney has been named Designer of the Year the British Fashion Awards 2012, the highest accolade from the British Fashion Council’s annual ceremony, collecting her award from actress Salma Hayek.
   It was one of two awards that McCartney collected at the Savoy last night, the other being Designer Brand of the Year.
   Gemma Arterton and Nick Grimshaw hosted the event, with guests including BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron, Harold Tillman, CBE, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, CBE, Stella McCartney, Sarah Burton, Christopher Kane and Alexa Chung.
   Tillman said in a release, ‘The British Fashion Awards are a significant event which represent the culmination of extraordinary talent, creativity and innovation across the whole industry. The ceremony provides the perfect conclusion to what has been an exceptional year for British fashion and we’re very proud to celebrate the achievements of all the nominees here this evening.’
   He was honoured with a Special Recognition award for his term as Chairman of the British Fashion Council and for his contribution to the fashion industry.
   As already announced at Lucire, the Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Award was given to Manolo Blahnik, CBE. The award recognizes one designer who has had an impact on the global fashion industry. Blahnik collected his award from Dame Zaha Hadid.
   Alexa Chung, once again, took home the British Style Award, sponsored by Vodafone, the third time she has won this honour since its introduction in 2010. The British Style Award is voted on by members of the public. Chung is the only person to win this award.
   Prof Louise Wilson, OBE, received the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. Prof Wilson is the course director of the fashion MA at Central St Martin’s, and her influence is felt with numerous award winners having been trained under her programme over the last 20 years.
   The BFC notes that ‘17 names on schedule at London Fashion Week this September alone are her alumni, including Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Mary Katrantzou, Roksanda Ilincić, Marios Schwab, Louise Gray, Michael van der Ham and Simone Rocha.’
   The Accessory Designer Award went to Nicholas Kirkwood, while the New Establishment award was won by Erdem.
   Menswear Designer of the Year went again to Kim Jones, for the second consecutive year, for his work at Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear menswear line.
   The three emerging talent awards went to J. W. Anderson for ready-to-wear, Sophie Hulme for accessories, and Jonathan Saunders for menswear.
   Cara Delevingne, the face of Chanel and a Burberry model since 2010, won the Model award. She is also a Victoria’s Secret model. Roksanda Ilincić, whose fans include HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, Samantha Cameron and Michelle Obama, won the Red Carpet award.
   The British Fashion Awards’ sponsors this year are American Express, Canon, MAC, Toni & Guy and Vodafone, with support from Apartment 58, Hello! and Mercedes-Benz.
   Videos will be added as they become available.

Red carpet arrivals

The year in review

Alexa Chung wins British Style Award

Manolo Blahnik, CBE wins the Outstanding Achievement Award, presented by Dame Zaha Hadid

J. W. Anderson wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Ready-to-Wear category, presented by Pixie Geldof

Sophie Hulme wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Accessories category, presented by Marc Newson

Jonathan Saunders wins the Emerging Talent Award in the Menswear category, presented by Ronnie Wood

Roksanda Ilincić wins the Red Carpet Award presented by Andrea Riseborough

Nicholas Kirkwood wins the Accessory Designer Award, presented by Susie Bick

Stella McCartney wins the Designer Brand Award, presented by Amber Valletta

Prof Louise Wilson, OBE wins the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator, presented by Jonathan Saunders

New Establishment

Erdem wins the New Establishment Award, presented by Samantha Cameron

Cara Delevingne wins the Model Award, presented by Ellen von Unwerth

Menswear Designer

Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton wins the Menswear Award, presented by Lily Cooper

Designer of the Year

Stella McCartney wins the Designer of the Year Award, presented by Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek interview

HRH Princess Beatrice interview

Kelly Brook interview

Alexa Chung interview

Cara Delevingne interview

Amber Valletta interview





Highlight reel

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August 4, 2012

Bendon’s online lingerie store opens August 13, stocking Stella McCartney, Elle Macpherson Intimates, and others

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Bendon has announced that it will open its online store, bendonlingerie.co.nz, on August 13.
   It will stock over 1,500 products, featuring brands such as Stella McCartney (at bendonlingerie.co.nz/stellamccartney), Lovable, Elle Macpherson Intimates, Pleasure State, Davenport, and Bendon Man, as well as the core Bendon line.
   The company says it aims to have the widest range of intimate apparel and full collections online.
   Bendon says it also has a ‘Get Fitted’ tool, which will help ensure buyers get the right fit from their bras, and the ‘Bra Profile’ feature helps consumers decide which ones suit their body shape. Users can filter by size, style, brand and colour, among others. Paypal, credit cards, and free exchanges are among the features, while Bendon will offer electronic gift cards and VIP membership.
   Stand-alone ecommerce sites for Elle Macpherson Intimates, Pleasure State and Lovable will follow.

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