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November 22, 2015

Bed|Stü opens LA boutique: Kelli Berglund, Jaime King, Ali Landry, Brooke Burke, Jeff Schroeder attend

Elyse Glickman/10.27

City chic made its way to Malibu Country Mart when Bed|Stü, 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 fall–winter 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|Stü’s Isla boots, a sturdy but feminine wardrobe staple. They could also add a monogram or pattern (via hand-branding) to further personalize them.
   Bed|Stü 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 (Disney’s 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—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

November 17, 2015

MAC Cosmetics’ three December launches: Rebel lipstick, Fluidline eyeliner, and more Huggable lip shades

Lucire staff/13.47

MAC Cosmetics has three débutants for the New Zealand market in December, beginning with MAC Rebel Eyes, hitting counters on the 17th. MAC Rebel lipstick has already been a hit in beauty circles, so this line of gel liners, liners, and an eye pencil is particularly welcome, with prices ranging from NZ$36 to NZ$50 for the Pro Longwear eyeliner.

MAC Cosmetics

   Right after Christmas, on December 26, MAC Fluidline eyeliner, part of its Fluidity range, launches. It combines a pigmented liner with a pen, and MAC describes it as ‘calligraphy for your eyes’. We haven’t tested it yet, but the promotional image suggests that it is a very precise tool and dries very rapidly, and at NZ$40 it hardly breaks the bank. Four shades are on offer: Retro Black, Vintage Brown (a deep, dark shade), Indelibly Blue (navy) and Privet (sea green).

   Finally, on December 31, MAC’s Huggable Lipcolour will be released with even more shades. There are 15 shades that will remain luminous for up to six hours. Plus MAC is releasing Huggable Glass, featuring 12 funkier, long-lasting creamy colours. Retail price is NZ$50.

November 14, 2015

Aigner creates fashion at Bambis for Toni Garrn, Franziska Knuppe, Nazan Eckes, Lena Gercke, Luisa Hartema

Lucire staff/10.16

Alexander Koerner

Exclusives are the name of the game at the Bambis, with Aigner providing clothing and accessories for numerous VIPs as a partner of Germany’s biggest entertainment awards.
   Held at the Berliner Stage Theater, Aigner’s generosity extended to accessories to the celebrities who walked the red carpet at the Potsdamer-Platz. Toni Garrn wore a custom seafoam-coloured crêpe trouser suit with a low-cut back; Garrn will continue to model Aigner beyond its current 50th anniversary year. Jasmin, Miss Bambi 2015, was also decked out in Aigner, while Hans Sigl (in a red tuxedo), DJ Antoine (in a camouflage-patterned tux), Senta Berger, Ursula Karven, Anja Kling, Jana Pallaske, Christine Neubauer, Franziska Knuppe, Lena Gercke, Luisa Hartema, Regina Halmich, Sonja Kiefer, Yvonne Catterfeld, Nazan Eckes, Mareile Höppner, Alexandra Polzin, Palina Rojinski, Mariella Ahrens, Ruth Moschner, and Antoine Konrad all had items from the label. Reinhard Mätzler, Mousse T., Simon Verhoeven, Jose Campos, and Susanne Sigl were also snapped at the event. Aigner CEO Sibylle Schoen and chief designer Christian Beck were present to pose with many of the actors.
   The after-party at the Atrium Tower saw the award winners from the night receive a trophy case from Aigner.

Alexander Koerner

November 3, 2015

Burberry launches festive campaign with Sir Elton John, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, Michelle Dockery

Lucire staff/23.48

Dan Medhurst

Dave Benett

Burberry has launched a new promotion for Christmas that pays tribute to Billy Elliot, featuring Sir Elton John, Naomi Campbell, James Corden, Julie Walters (who starred in the original film), Romeo Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Michelle Dockery, James Bay, George Ezra and Toby Huntington-Whiteley.
   â€˜Billy Elliot is an incredible film full of so much joy and energy, so it was a real thrill and a great honour to be able to celebrate its 15-year anniversary through our festive campaign. It was also a huge privilege to work with such amazing and iconic British talent—the cast are quite simply some of the biggest names in film, music and fashion and it was so much fun working with them all to make this special film,’ said Burberry CEO Christopher Bailey. Bailey, as chief creative officer for the firm, also directed the three-minute promotion, which was shot at Park Royal Studios in London.
   The three-minute film, which features original footage from Billy Elliot and ‘Cosmic Dancer’ by T Rex, received its première at Burberry’s flagship store at 121 Regent Street before it was released online at 7 p.m. tonight. Sir Elton, Walters, Campbell, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Beckham and Bailey were among the VIPs present. It then launched on Burberry’s own website and various channels such as Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Weibo till the end of the year.
   Mario Testino shot the related stills for the campaign featuring Campbell, Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and James Bay.
   The release coincides with Burberry making its full festive gifts’ range, including its heritage trench coat and cashmere scarf, available both online and in stores. Its Book of Gifts also débuts today at its website.
   Burberry will also donate £500,000 to be split between two charities, Place2Be and the County Durham Community Foundation, which help the Easington community where Billy Elliot was set.

October 13, 2015

Specsavers shows spring–summer ’15–’16 styles from Karl Lagerfeld, Converse, Karen Millen, Collette Dinnigan, Alex Perry, Osiris

Lucire staff/23.29

Above Looking fashion-forward with Karen Millen (top) and Osiris.

Specsavers is getting ready for the southern summer with new designs from Karl Lagerfeld, Converse, Karen Millen, Collette Dinnigan, Alex Perry, and Osiris Eyewear.
   Karl Lagerfeld has a 13-piece collection at Specsavers with, among others, a retro look for women with the KL 09 design, and the KL 25 is a richer, more jewelled style. For men, Karl Lagerfeld has classic, more geometric styles.
   Converse has a more streetwise sensibility: the Converse Chuck Taylor Eyewear collection has modern colours in acetate and metal, while the Sun Rx 04 style has an unmistakeable, funky appearance.
   We love Karen Millen’s animal print (KM 34), a sleek design that’s lifted with its leopard spots, while the Collette Dinnigan eyewear line reflects the designer’s creativity, with metallic embellishments on four designs, and more neutral tones for the other eight for summer.
   Alex Perry has gone for an animal print, too, among the 13 in the Specsavers range, but it’s the distinctive temple designs that we believe will mark them out for the fashion-forward. Meanwhile, Jørgen Simonsen’s exclusive Osiris Eyewear sun collection for Specsavers showcase oversized frames and two-tone laminates.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karen Millen


Karen Millen

Collette Dinnigan

Alex Perry


October 11, 2015

Icebreaker releases spring–summer 2015–16 campaign, starring Vinnie Woolston

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Model and actor Vinnie Woolston stars in Icebreaker’s spring–summer 2015–16 campaign, photographed at Pakiri Beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
   Icebreaker says Woolston ‘exudes a rebellious and confronting sense of energy,’ fitting in with the campaign’s theme of an urban adventurer who seeks to explore, challenged by the unknown. The imagery sees Woolston on the sandy shores of Pakiri as well as rural paths and bushlands.
   Icebreaker says the new collection features its Corespun (a lightweight, hard-wearing fabric with a nylon core and merino wool) and Cool-Lite (a mixture between merino wool and Tencel) fabrics, which give comfort with durability. The season’s look sees more nature-inspired prints and stripes, and casual wear.
   The spring–summer 2015–16 collection hits stores in New Zealand on October 15.

October 7, 2015

Cole Haan débuts ZeroGrand Outerwear collection, with the tough outdoor performance of Mountain Hardwear

Lucire staff/20.45

Alan Clarke

US retailer Cole Haan has teamed up with high-performance apparel brand Mountain Hardwear in a multi-season partnership, creating the ZeroGrand Outerwear collection.
   Launched this week, Cole Haan has released a campaign featuring mountaineers Cheyne Lempe and Angie Payne scaling New York skyscrapers, photographed by Alan Clarke.
   The campaign blends the idea of urban fashion with rugged function, and is inspired by the idea of ‘Proven on the mountain, refined for the city.’
   The new range features six outerwear pieces and one backpack. The women’s styles are the ZeroGrand Funnel parka, Down jacket and Metro coat while the ZeroGrand Commuter jacket, Trench coat and Motoring coat are offered in the men’s range. The ZeroGrand Commuter pack features a black-out pocket with composite aluminium sheathing to prevent electronic transmission, meant to keep devices protected both literally and virtually, making them hacker-proof. It also features an internal and external umbrella stash and a removable waterproof bag within.
   The same fabrics and insulation that Mountain Hardwear uses for its core range are adopted here, although the design and construction are for the fashion, not outdoor, market. Mountain Hardwear’s lightweight, waterproof and breathable Dry Q Stretch Ozonic shell fabric is used along with 800-fill Q Shield water-resistant down and Thermal Q Élite, a proprietary synthetic insulation.
   In a release, David Maddocks, Cole Haan chief marketing officer and GM of business development, said, ‘This partnership is built on a common understanding of style and innovation. Our ZeroGrand footwear is the pinnacle expression of the kind of elegant innovation Cole Haan is famous for. When we wanted to marry our style sensibility with the very best in engineered garments, we went to Mountain Hardwear. Our consumers are looking for style and functionality without sacrificing one over the other. We worked together to create a revolutionary line of smart products for everyday needs.’
   Robert Fry, global director of product merchandising and design at Mountain Hardwear, noted, ‘Our designers usually solve problems to save lives and maximize experience for outdoor athletes. With Cole Haan, we were presented with a different problem: how do you keep a hard-driving, fast moving urban explorer warm, dry and protected without slowing them down or asking them to compromise style?’
   Additional items bearing the ZeroGrand name made by others include the X Blunt XS Metro umbrella, the X S’well water bottle, and the X Fisher Space Pen. Footwear and a women’s Stagedoor handbag collection complete the range, which hit Cole Haan stores, including its website, on Tuesday. Mountain Hardwear will also retail the Outwear range through direct-to-consumer sales in the US.

It’s fine and dandy: Rembrandt shows a classy, complete spring–summer 2015–16 menswear collection

Alex Barrow/14.07

Rembrandt’s spring–summer 2015–16 collection boasts an array of quirky prints, fine Italian shoes, and an æsthetically pleasing mash-up of modern and traditional in the tailoring of their suits. Since their opening in Wellington in 1946, Rembrandt has cemented its fine tailoring reputation throughout Australia and New Zealand, having opened ten main stores between the two countries, as well as a number of outlet stores. A fourth Auckland store at 41 Shortland Street will open in December.
   This year’s collection puts a modern twist on the British dandy of the nineteenth century with an array of less traditional coloured suit jackets, double-buckled leather shoes (we rate the double monk, made in Italy for Rembrandt), silk ruffle lapel pins, and eccentric printed shirts, ties and pocket squares.
   The company has identified marsala as the colour of the year, with it appearing through its accessories’ range as well as its Bryan dinner jacket.
   Rembrandt’s Wayward Heir line, targeting a younger wearer, has straight lines and narrow fits for the season.
   Rembrandt’s forte lies in dressing for black tie events, making the wearer of their suits stand out. With the option to purchase off the rack, order a made-to-measure suit, or hire one for an event, Rembrandt has its customers’ suit needs covered to a high standard. Furthermore, the menswear company also offers high-quality clothing for everyday casual wear.
   With the motto ‘bespoke is in our blood’, the history of Rembrandt draws back to the world wars of the early twentieth century where immigrants from Holland came to New Zealand, specializing in tailoring. With an opportunity on the horizon the company was started and have spent almost seventy years building tailoring knowledge and expertise to create the reputation they have today of fine craftsmanship.
   With the reputable work and class of Rembrandt, the company has partnered up with the Wellington Phoenix, South Sydney Rabbitohs and the New Zealand All Whites in officially tailoring the teams. Rembrandt gives back to the fashion community by proudly co-sponsoring the Fashion and Textile award of the ECC Student Craft–Design Award for 2015.—Alex Barrow

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