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April 28, 2016

Wataru Tominaga, Vendula Knopova win top prizes at 31st HyĂšres fashion and photography festival

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Villa Noailles

Above: Winners of the two grand jury prizes at HyĂšres: Vendula Knopova for photography and Wataru Tominaga for fashion.

The 31e Festival International de Mode et de Photographie Ă  HyĂšres was held from April 21 to 25 at the Villa Noailles, with exhibitions running from April 28 through to May 22.
   The Festival was chaired by Paco Rabanne artistic director Julien Dossena for fashion, and American–French photographer William Klein for photography.
   Founder Jean-Pierre Blanc says, ‘Here we launch a competition, people take part. It’s demanding, it costs money, it takes a lot of energy and people want to come. They want to come more and more. That is what makes it such high quality, as first and foremost we take gifted, interested and interesting people.
   â€˜It’s pretty impressive to see these young people evolving in such a tough world. We think we’ve grown up in a tough world, but for them it’s even harder, and despite it they are energetic, they are happy, they adore colour. I just love this genration.
   â€˜Fashion has to be connected with life, and I hope the HyĂšres festival is. People say it is anyway, and honestly that is the most rewarding thing for me to hear, and the biggest compliment you could give me.’
   One of the contestants in the photography section, AnaĂŻs Boileau, says they could spend as much time with the jurors, including Klein, as they liked, even up to an hour.
   Dossena says, ‘It’s great to be able to actually select and rank candidates that I believe in for different reasons.’
   The Grand Jury Prize was awarded this year to Wataru Tominaga for the fashion section, for his colourful menswear collection.
   Tominaga says he has been interested in colour in fashion from the 1960s and 1970s. ‘Young people did not care whether it’s women’s or men’s, they make [their own] styles.’
   Vendula Knopova won the photography prize.

April 26, 2016

Panos Emporio revolutionizes men’s swimwear with Meander, launched in Stockholm today

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The swimwear designer Panos Papadopoulos, whose Panos Emporio label celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is breaking new ground once again, this time in relation to men’s swimwear.
   Panos Emporio, which is known in many countries for giving women the perfect fit, addresses the needs of the modern man, with a new design, Meander.
   The launch today at NK in Stockholm is one which Panos Emporio has put a great deal of energy into: the new design is set to do for men’s swimwear what Panos’s earlier design, the highly adaptable Paillot, did for women’s swimwear in its markets.
   However, Meander is set to reach more than Panos Emporio’s traditional markets in the Nordic countries and Thailand, and there has already been interest from beyond these nations.
   Again it was Panos’s own sociological background—it is the area he formally trained in—that kicked in, allowing him to observe something other designers missed. He also credits his Greek background—he was born in Greece before emigrating to Sweden in the 1980s—and notes that the ancient Greeks had records of early swimwear.
   He observed a few trends: the long trunks in men’s swimwear as surf fashion began influencing the genre in the 1990s, yet such styles restricted men’s movement in sports and swimming. Anatomically, Panos notes that men found current swimming trunks to be uncomfortable. There was an unhygienic trend also emerging, with some men preferring to swim with their underwear on, while there were more beaches banning the practice of men swimming in their underwear in lieu of proper swimming shorts.
   Finally, and perhaps most critically, men were rolling up the legs of their swimming trunks, for either movement, practicality, fashion or more complete tanning—he saw not only everyday men do this, but Giorgio Armani, and footballers Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, and Zlatan Ibrahimović.
   Meander addresses all these needs with a number of features. For starters, wearers can roll up the legs on the Meander design, and fasten them. Inside, there’s a mesh lined inner brief that’s extra soft and comfortable, so there are no more anatomic issues. Finally, the fabric is quick-dry.
   Panos has improved the design to make it more stylish, and the resulting first style for Meander recalls his Greek heritage.
   â€˜Meander is a revolution, giving freedom for men to decide for themselves how their swimming shorts should fit them. They’re suitable for showing off well trained thighs, and those who want to avoid zebra stripes [when they tan]. Who wants to walk around with different shades on their thighs?’ he notes.



April 15, 2016

Lucire TV: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hike to monastery on Bhutanese cliff face

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge headed to Paro Taktshang, Bhutan, on the second day of their royal visit to the kingdom. They had flown in from India on Thursday.
   Paro Taktshang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest monastery, is located on a cliff face, 3,000 m above sea level. The royal couple walked 900 m to the revered site, taking three hours to reach the monastery, built in 1692.
   The Duchess wore a Jaeger white blouse, Really Wild khaki leather waistcoat, khaki Zara jeans, and her 10-year-old, calf-length Penelope Chilvers boots.
   â€˜It was quite tough on the way up,’ noted Prince William. The Duchess said that it was a ‘great way to burn off the curry.’
   The Prince’s father, the Prince of Wales, half-completed the hike in 1998.
   In the evening, they attended a reception for British nationals and people with close ties to the UK that evening. The Duchess wore a red gown with a poppy print by Beulah, from its spring–summer 2015 collection. The poppy is Bhutan’s national symbol.

April 8, 2016

Hannah Ferguson in a Triumph-ant return, with spot aimed at new mothers

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Hannah Ferguson returns in a sequel to Triumph’s earlier animated promotion, Find the One. Find the One, Again sees the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model in both live and cartoon forms, this time following her character after giving birth to her first child.
   Two new characters, Luna and Jade, make their dĂ©but, with the premise being similar, although aimed at new mothers.
   Triumph says the new promotion helps women reclaim their shape and finding a perfectly fitting bra, and as with last year’s promotion, it is done with a fun, entertaining approach.
   The animation sees Hannah finding life overwhelming and her body confidence affected by the birth, and Luna and Jade encouraging her to find herself again.
   The new product being pushed is Triumph’s Magic Boost, with three bras, Push-Up, Lift-Up and Shape-Up.
   The score is by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, performed by a professional orchestra and choir, with lead vocals by Broadway singers J. Elaine Marcos, Ta’rea Campbell, Betsy Wolfe and Leslie Kritzer. It was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York.
   The spot broke earlier this week on German TV, and will next be seen in Italy and Portugal (April 10), Switzerland (April 11), Poland (April 21) and Denmark (May 2).

April 7, 2016

Gigi Hadid’s in the Zeitgeist: a Vogue spread, and her make-up artist spills her tips

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Gigi Hadid’s in the Zeitgeist right now: not only has she appeared in a spread in Vogue with boyfriend Zayn Malik—himself rustling up plenty of headlines in the music world with his solo career—her make-up artist, Julianne Kaye, who currently has the reputation for being behind the beauty for today’s “it girls”, has been spreading the word with her tips on controlling acne.
   Kaye’s tips have appeared in E Online, including using green concealer over your blemish as it will neutralize the red, and pad on the concealer afterwards. She also has tips on dealing with cystic acne using eye drops (that’s not a typo) and acneic skin (try milk of magnesia), which are summarized in the video below, as well as in the original link.
   We’ve also a video on the Vogue shoot from Napoli—you can get a glimpse of the couple’s very romantic photographs as released by the magazine in the second one below.

March 18, 2016

Carrera y Carrera announces Retiro fine jewellery collection, with items for each of the four seasons

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Carrera y Carrera has announced its Retiro collection, inspired by the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid and its garden.
   Garden folklore talks of a head gardener, Cecilio RodrĂ­guez, who was in love with the youngest daughter of Duke FernĂĄn NĂșñez. To win her favour, he created the garden with the intent that it would flower every season thanks to its variety of plants, to show that his love would be cyclical and eternal. The Duke, however, disapproved, and RodrĂ­guez was fired, and banished from the garden. The Duke commissioned a statue of Lucifer, at the Fountain of the Falling Angel (1922), to symbolize the failed romance. It is the only known public monument of the devil.
   The new collection has designs for each of the four seasons. Spring designs are inspired by daisies and almond flowers, with transparent pastel shades; summer has more exotic, tropical hues; autumn is marked with reds, ochres and purples; while winter features white gold and diamonds, inspired by the season’s frost and angular icebergs.


Margarita maxi ring in yellow gold, pink sapphires, orange sapphires, and other jewels.

Gecko maxi ring in yellow gold, olivines, topazes and amethyst.

Hoja double ring in rose gold, smokey quartz, prasiolite, pink tourmaline.

Iceberg ring in white gold, blue topaz and diamonds.

March 17, 2016

Lily Cole shines a light on social enterprise at Chivas Regal’s the Venture panel discussion

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John Phillips

In line with the movement that began in the early 2000s for more responsible brands—something this title, along with organizations such as Medinge Group in Sweden, have promoted—Chivas Regal’s the Venture search seeks to find and support the most promising social entrepreneurs creating profitable businesses that also makes a positive impact on people. Lily Cole added credibility as well as celebrity power to the panel discussion in London’s Natural History Museum on Thursday, and debated whether social enterprise would ever grow to a point to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, and whether big business, government and investors should do more.
   Cole herself is a social entrepreneur, having founded Impossible, a social giving network that enables people to share their time, skills and objects. She was joined by Sonal Shah of the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Georgetown University, Rajeeb Day, CEO of Enternships, and Thomas Davies, CIO of investment platform Seedrs.
   Alexandre Ricard, chairman and CEO of Pernod Ricard‏, hosted the event.
   Also in attendance were 27 start-ups who had been chosen to compete for a share of the Venture’s $1 million fund. The finalists were taking part in a programme created by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the SaĂŻd Business School at Oxford University. The public can vote for their favourite finalist between May 9 and June 13, and determine how the first $250,000 in funding is split among the finalists. They already feature at the Venture’s website at www.theventure.com.
   The remaining $750,000 will be awarded at the Venture’s final in July.







John Phillips

March 16, 2016

Cara Delevingne models Chanel’s spring–summer 2016 eyewear campaign, shot by Karl Lagerfeld

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Model Cara Delevingne will model the spring–summer 2016 Chanel eyewear campaign, wearing a tweed and cotton cap, a tweed jacket and a sleeveless top with silver embroideries and ribbon bows from the Chanel Airlines ready-to-wear collection. The campaign breaks in April.
   The advertising will showcase frames from the Plein Soleil and Bijou 2016 collections, and a mirrored mask with a laser-engraved effect from the spring–summer 2016 ready-to-wear catwalk show.
   The Plein Soleil collection has a two-tone look (black merges into blue on the cat-eye frames, and black to white on the oval optical) and is inspired by tie-dye motifs. The Bijou collection features the camellia motif extensively.
   Delevingne appears in blue when modelling the mask, and in more conventional lighting when showing off the regular frames.
   Karl Lagerfeld himself chose Delevingne and shot the campaign.



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