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Ashley Graham releases limited-edition swimwear line for Swimsuits for All


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/February 13, 2017/9.57

Model Ashley Graham has launched a limited-edition swimwear collection, Ashley Graham × Swimsuits for All, that celebrates ‘every body, every age, every beautiful’. Graham, who modelled one of the three covers in last year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, sees her new collection make its first promotional appearance in the 2017 number this week.
   The new collection features a 16-piece line of bikinis, one-pieces and cover-ups priced between US$70 and US$150. It is the brand’s first full collection available in US sizes 6 to 22, available at SwimsuitsforAll.com.
   The campaign’s photographs and video were shot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and encourages women to celebrate their uniqueness. The collection was inspired by the festive spirit of the island.
   â€˜I was so excited to shoot with local women for this shoot, non-models who represent all different body shapes, proving that everyone can look gorgeous in my swimsuits,’ said Graham. ‘”We’re continuing to shift perceptions of beauty and encouraging more [inclusiveness] in the fashion industry. I’m proud that my collection is the first to offer sizes 6 through 22, and I cannot wait to see even more ladies rock these sexy suits!’—Nathalia Archila

Lucy Lawless, Veronica Webb, Peyton List, Jazz Jennings among celebs modelling AHA’s Red Dress Collection


NEWS  by Lucire staff/February 10, 2017/2.55


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While Lucire’s Paris editor Lola Cristall is covering New York Fashion Week and will give her best-of report after the event, there’s one show that always brightens up the runways, and for a good cause: the American Heart Association’s Red Dress Collection.
   Back in the early 2000s when we first covered it, it was called the Heart Truth—now it’s a more positive Go Red for Women, presented by Macy’s.
   This year’s show, held on Thursday at the Hammerstein Ballroom, was hosted by Katie Holmes. There were some particularly high profile models wearing red gowns to promote awareness of cardiovascular disease among women: Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess, Parks & Recreation), Jazz Jennings (I Am Jazz), Jeannie Mai (The Real), C. C. H. Pounder (NCIS: New Orleans; Sons of Anarchy), Peyton List (Jessie), Veronica Webb, Bonnie Somerville (Code Black), Lauren Holly (Motive), Juliette Lewis (Secrets and Lies), Maureen McCormick (Dancing with the Stars US, but perhaps best known for the original Brady Bunch), Jessie James Decker, Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), Diane Guerrero (Orange Is the New Black, Jane the Virgin), Bridget Moynahan (Lord of War; I, Robot; Blue Bloods), Adrienne Bailon (The Real), US Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernández, and Rachel Platten (who also sang live on stage). On the red carpet were Star Jones and her dog Pinky, Macy’s chairman and CEO Terry J. Lundgren, American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown, and designers Amanda Casarez, Bethany Meuleners, and Masha Titievsky, who created the gowns as part of a non-profit incubator programme hosted at Macy’s.
   Heart disease survivors joined celebrities this year, including Macy’s senior manager Odilia Cristabel Flores and AHA’s Nicole Hardy.
   The AHA notes that 80 per cent of cardiac and stroke events can be prevented with education and action. To date, Macy’s has raised more than US$60 million to heart health research and education.

Natalia Vodianova fronts H&M’s Conscious Exclusive campaign in a gown made from recycled polyester


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/February 8, 2017/23.11



Natalia Vodianova stars in H&M’s Conscious Exclusive campaign, highlighting the brand’s use of Bionic, a recycled polyester made from recovered shoreline waste.
   H&M Conscious is the Swedish retailer’s sustainable, socially responsible collection, with the Exclusives going a step further with limited-edition designs and, usually, a high-profile spokesmodel.
   The key design this season is an ethereal plissé pleat gown in powder pink in Bionic.
   H&M, which had been named as one of Medinge Group’s Brands with a Conscience in 2008, has been increasing its use of sustainable materials, now reaching 20 per cent. It is now one of the world’s biggest users of recycled polyester and one of the biggest buyers of organic cotton.
   H&M Conscious Exclusive shows that style and sustainability can go together.
   â€˜I am proud to appear in the H&M Conscious Exclusive campaign. It’s amazing to see the advances in sustainable fabrics that are used in the collection, pointing towards a more sustainable future for all fashion,’ said Vodianova.
   â€˜For the design team at H&M, this year’s Conscious Exclusive is a chance to dream and create pieces that are both quirky and beautiful. It’s great to be able to show just what is possible with sustainable materials like we have done with the delicate plissé dress made of Bionic,’ said Pernilla Wohlfahrt, H&M’s head of design and creative director.
   The 2017 collection will also include children’s pieces. The collection will go on sale in c. 160 stores worldwide, from April 20.—Nathalia Archila





H&M to release Fashion Icons Selected by The Weeknd on March 3


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/February 5, 2017/10.25


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Hennes & Mauritz has teamed up with the Canadian Grammy Award-winning artist and producer, The Weeknd, on a collection of staples, dubbed Fashion Icons Selected by The Weeknd.
   The Weeknd has chosen the items, which go on sale at any H&M store that carries menswear from March 2.
   H&M forecasts a mix of utility and streetwear as the trend for the season.
   â€˜I had a great time selecting my Fashion Icons at H&M. I love the mix of urban pieces like bombers and hoodies with tailored shirts and blazers. Every piece is both effortless and fresh, which is just how menswear should be,’ he said in a release.
   â€˜The Weeknd’s taste and style perfectly fits the menswear mood of the season at H&M. He has such a great eye for the little details that matter, and for mixing together updated men’s classics for the perfect tailored streetwear look,’ said Andreas Löwenstam, H&M’s men’s head of design.
   The items include a bomber jacket, tailored pants, loose T-shirts, hoodies, a motorcycle jacket, blazer, double-breasted coat, mandarin-collar cotton shirts, and a zip-up work shirt. Colours include black, beige and olive.—Nathalia Archila, with Lucire staff



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H&M Studio teases spring–summer 2017 women’s and men’s ahead of Paris Fashion Week début


NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 27, 2017/5.58

As in previous years (click here for 2014, and here for 2016), H&M Studio will show a collection during the autumn–winter prêt-à-porter shows at Paris Fashion Week, but this time, it’ll be for spring–summer 2017—and it’ll go on sale the next day.
   Hennes & Mauritz has teased the men’s and women’s collections ahead of their public début on March 1.
   The collections show a muted colour palette of black and white, punctuated with items in a bright fuchsia–pink shade. H&M is looking forward to a relaxed spring, with sheer fabrics as well as leather. One women’s print features the word ‘Love’ in small white letters on black stripes; dresses are full and voluminous, and ruffles give a bohemian look. The men’s looks are androgynous, including headbands, sheer sleeves and hoods, long coats, thin collars, and, for the man who dares have colour in his life, the same pink tone is available. (See Lucire Men for a preview of the men’s designs.)
   The Swedish retailer will also launch H&M Studio Kids. Images of that collection go live on February 7.

Chanel shows off spring–summer 2017 haute couture, with Lily-Rose Depp as the bride


NEWS  by Nathalia Archila/January 25, 2017/0.37

On January 24, Chanel released its spring–summer 2017 haute couture collection. House ambassadors Vanessa Paradis, Anna Mouglalis, Caroline de Maigret, Alma Jodorowsky, G-Dragon and Shin Hye Park, singer Cécile Cassel, English actresses Lucy Boynton and Ellie Bamber, Chinese model Liu Wen, as well as French actresses Diane Rouxel, Laura Smet, Olga Kurylenko, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anamaria Vartolomei, Céline Sallette, Anne Berest and Karidja Touré were all present at the Grand Palais.
   The collection’s look was all about a crazy femininity: structured shoulders, straight or tubular lines, defined and slightly raised waists. Alongside major hues of white, silver and grey, the palette moved from beige, pink, yellow, blue and pastel green through to black and navy.
   The show began with crisp tweed suits with clean couture lines, pleated and belted in toned-down but vibrant colours. Some of the suits had elegant tied bows around the neck in bold. From there, the show continued with a scene of silver silhouettes, adorned with feathers, sequins and glitter.
   The last segment of the show continued with slimmer dresses and skirts, many of which were polished by light pink and silver ostrich feathers on their linings. Karl Lagerfeld’s spring 2017 couture show grand finalé was Lily-Rose Depp, the face of Chanel No. 5, in a pink bridal gown with ruffled sleeves and skirt that left everyone in awe.—Nathalia Archila

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Doutzen Kroes launches sportswear collection as part of Hunkemöller’s Doutzen’s Stories


NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 17, 2017/12.18




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For those who have been following the videos on the Lucire TV player, you’ll have seen two videos starring Dutch model Doutzen Kroes appear earlier this week, one of them showing the model in the latest workout gear from Hunkemöller.
   The video, uploaded two weeks ago on YouTube, is part of Doutzen’s Stories, the range in which the model has design input as well as represents.
   The Doutzen’s Sport Stories collection has similar input from Kroes working alongside the brand’s design director, Zoë Price-Smith. The collection is now available from Hunkemöller.
   Kroes shared some of her routine at a launch event on January 4. It includes boxing, weights, skipping, cycling and ‘Piloxing’, a combination of Pilates and boxing.
   The designs have a black base mixed with mesh, with a bold graphic print featuring sharp coloured stripes reminiscent of the 1980s. They have ‘DK1985’ emblazoned on them in a heavy Rockwell typeface, a reference to the year KrÅ“s was born—she celebrates her 32nd birthday next Monday. The sports bras appear comfortable, as does a white mesh jacket. Hunkemöller says that there are three sports bras, for different degrees of intensity.
   â€˜To design a sports collection is a dream coming true,’ said Kroes at the launch. ‘I love wearing the items of the collection in combination with street style. My preferences in terms of fashion influences and favourite materials, in combination with Zoë’s expertise, [proved] to be very successful.’


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Rankin photographs Triumph’s spring 2017 campaign, starring Jessica Hart


NEWS  by Lucire staff/January 12, 2017/10.42



Triumph has hired top photographer Rankin to shoot its spring–summer 2017 lingerie campaign, with Australian model Jessica Hart its main face for the season.
   Triumph says the season marks a new creative direction, though the message isn’t dissimilar to its previous one: women should be able to find the correct intimate apparel to fit them. The brand has continued to use its Find the One message.
   There is more of an acknowledgement that women have many roles in their lives, and that Triumph can fit every occasion.
   Rankin said of the campaign, ‘The images are modern, accessible and incredibly confident. We’re really pushing the fact that it’s not just for the “perfect” women. Triumph is for every woman and every woman can wear Triumph and feel really confident in it.’
   On Jessica Hart, Rankin said, ‘She is the sort of person I’ve always wanted to photograph. I love empowered women and she’s really empowered.’
   Hart said, ‘It’s a really cool new look and I’m super excited to be part of it—representing this playful side of Triumph that speaks to all women. Triumph understands that women play so many roles in their everyday life—we’re fascinating creatures! A huge part of being yourself is feeling comfortable. One day you might feel more like being cozy and supported, another you might want to feel sexy and strong. The exceptional fit and comfort of Triumph products lets you be whoever you want to be and that’s something I really love.’







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