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October 21, 2014

Fashion design legend Oscar de la Renta passes away

Lucire staff/17.18

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Above The image of Oscar de la Renta used by his company today to signal his passing.

Oscar de la Renta has passed away at his home in Kent, Conn., aged 82 after a six-year battle with cancer, his family has confirmed.
   De la Renta had only appointed his successor, Peter Copping, earlier this month, with little public sign of his long fight with his condition.
   De la Renta was born in the Dominican Republic, which has announced that it will hold a day of mourning in his honour on Wednesday.
   He went to Madrid to study art but wound up in fashion, working first as an apprentice with Crist√≥bal Balenciaga, and joined Elizabeth Arden and Jane Derby, before setting up his own label in New York in 1965. Between 1993 and 2002, he designed Balmain’s haute couture collections.
   His designs showed a classic, feminine sensibility, and was a mainstay of New York Fashion Week for decades. He had dressed US first ladies from Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama, and, most recently, Amal Alamuddin for her wedding to George Clooney. Former US first daughter Jenna Bush wore Oscar de la Renta on her wedding day.
   De la Renta, in this publication’s experience, never played favourites, and provided access to fashion magazines based on merit rather than circulation numbers.
   He had served as president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America from 1973 to 1976, then from 1986 to 1988, and received the Gold Medal of Bellas Artes and La Gran Cruz de la Orden del M√©rito Civil from Spain and the L√©gion d’honneur from France.
   He is survived by his wife Annette.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar to judge Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year in New Zealand

Lucire staff/9.22

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Sarah Michelle Gellar is the New Zealand judge and ambassador for Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year.
   Gellar, best known for her role in Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and who made a notable impression in last year’s The Crazy Ones‚ÄĒLucire‚Äôs favourite US sitcom of ‚Äô13‚ÄĒalongside the late Robin Williams, joins a panel of judges including designer Alex Perry, TV host Jeremy Corbett, and Specsavers’ style ambassador Pip Edwards.
   The competition is a search for the country’s most stylish spectacle-wearer, celebrating confidence and the love of glasses.
   ‚ÄėI can‚Äôt wait to see New Zealanders stylish entries and help choose a winner,’ said Gellar in a release. ‘As an actress and a glasses-wearer myself, I know how important it is to be proud of your style and to love your frames. I like to look at glasses as an extension of individual style, a way to express a part of your personality that you can have fun with.’
   The winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Hollywood, including NZ$1,000 spending money, and a new wardrobe of designer glasses from Specsavers.
   Six finalists will each win a trip to Auckland to meet Corbett and a gift bag, including a voucher for an item from Fairley jewellery and two pairs of designer glasses from Specsavers.
   Entrants are asked to submit selfies to the 2014 Spectacle Wearer of the Year website, at loveglasses.specsavers.co.nz.
   Christina Hendricks had previously served as a Specsavers ambassador.

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October 15, 2014

Out now: Chanel releases new No. 5 campaign with Gis√®le B√ľndchen, directed by Baz Luhrmann

Lucire staff/4.59

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After teasers this week, Chanel has now premi√®red its new No. 5 campaign, The One That I Want, starring supermodel Gis√®le B√ľndchen, and written and directed by Baz Luhrmann. Academy Award winner Catherine Martin oversaw the production design.
   Luhrmann directed the 2004 campaign for Chanel No. 5 with Nicole Kidman.
   In the last 10 years, Luhrmann says that the focus has changed. With the Kidman campaign, he says it was about a woman breaking free, then return to reality. Today, B√ľndchen plays a woman who listens to her heart, free to make her own choices.
   ‚ÄėThe Chanel woman can be with herself on a beach, can be with her child, can have an aspirational and fulfilling work life, and at the same time she can have a true relationship; she can have romance. And in the end, the Chanel woman chooses love,’ says Luhrmann.
   Earlier, the director explained why B√ľndchen was the perfect casting: ‚ÄėShe can be on the beach one moment and incredibly athletic. She has children. She has a very, very significant relationship. And yet, she has a career where she can create aspirational, sensual, incredibly glamorous imagery, and somehow, what‚Äôs most important to her, ‚Ķ is love, to really be fulfilled. And I think that‚Äôs what we try to convey in this little film.‚Äô
   Chanel says the new film, which is 3 minutes 23 seconds‚ÄĒand cut to 30- and 60-second versions, ‘tells the story of a woman who struggles to find space for everything‚ÄĒherself, family, career, and love.’
   The film itself is emblematic of Luhrmann’s earlier work: glamorous, romantic, with mixed historical eras and music playing a huge role.
   Chanel has also released behind-the-scenes videos, including one on the costume design and another on the locations (including Fiji, Montauk, the Queensboro Bridge, and Manhattan), as well as interviews with Luhrmann and B√ľndchen.
   Other Chanel No. 5 campaign directors have included Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, Kathryn Bigelow, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Martin Scorsese.
   The accompanying music is Lo-Fang‚Äôs cover of ‚ÄėYou‚Äôre the One That I Want‚Äô, composed by John Farrar.

The making-of

Baz Luhrmann

Locations

Costume design

Song

The fragrance

Interview with Gis√®le B√ľndchen




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October 14, 2014

Baz Luhrmann explains Gis√®le B√ľndchen’s Chanel No. 5 casting as more images released

Lucire staff/9.58

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Chanel has teased with more imagery for its upcoming No. 5 campaign with Gis√®le B√ľndchen, written and directed by The Great Gatsby (2013) director Baz Luhrmann, with production design by Academy Award winner Catherine Martin.
   The new images show the supermodel in two more outfits in addition to her surfing one shown yesterday.
   In one, again shot by Hugh Stewart, B√ľndchen is wearing a silver lam√© fringed organza dress from the Chanel haute couture spring‚Äďsummer 2014 collection, with mauve suede sneakers, Plume de Chanel earrings in 18 ct white gold and diamonds, and a Plume de Chanel ring in 18 ct white gold and diamonds. Make-up uses a similar palette, with le Blanc de Chanel, Perfection Lumi√®re Velvet and Les Beiges foundation; Cr√®me de Chanel in R√©v√©lation for the blush; les 4 Ombres eyeshadow in Tiss√© Rivoli; Ecriture de Chanel eyeliner in black; Stylo Yeux Waterproof pencil in Noir Intense and the Kh√īl pencil in Clair; Rouge Allure lipstick in Ind√©cise; le Crayon L√®vres in Mordor√© Nude to define the lips; le Vernis for the nails, in Ballerina.
   B√ľndchen’s second outfit sees her wear a black double silk‚Äďcr√™pe dress with silver embroidery from the cruise 2014‚Äď15 collection, with black satin sandals from the spring‚Äďsummer 2014 collection. She wears a Chanel necklace in 18 ct white gold and diamonds, and earrings in 18 ct white gold and diamonds.
   B√ľndchen’s choice, according to Luhrmann in the latest behind-the-scenes video, can be summed up with her multi-faceted nature. ‘She can be on the beach one moment and incredibly athletic. She has children. She has a very, very significant relationship. And yet, she has a career where she can create aspirational, sensual, incredibly glamorous imagery, and somehow, what’s most important to her, ‚Ķ is love, to really be fulfilled. And I think that’s what we try to convey in this little film.’
   He says that she has ‘a new world sensibility. I think that’s both fresh but very true to Coco Chanel. Coco brought the new era to the old world. She was the one who smashed the convention. She was the one who just hung out and was friends with the avant-garde. She was 100 per cent behind the new, 100 per cent behind possibility, and 100 per cent, in her DNA, a self-empowered woman. Gis√®le felt honoured, I felt, to be identified as the No. 5 woman. She has continued to evolve as a woman.’
   B√ľndchen follows in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Deneuve, Carole Bouquet, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, and even Brad Pitt. Luhrmann, meanwhile joins Ridley Scott, Luc Besson, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet as Chanel No. 5 directors.
   Patrick Demarchelier shot the final stills of the campaign.
   Says Chanel, ‘In this new chapter, the story of No. 5 is told in a way that goes beyond the fragrance itself. Ten years ago, No. 5 was the fragrance of a woman who decided to break free from it all and then return to reality, renouncing her desire. Today, through Luhrmann‚Äôs eyes, we see the No. 5 woman deciding to listen to her heart. She is a woman who knows exactly who she is, and is free to make her own choices and listen to her desires. The film tells the story of the modern woman who struggles to make time for everything‚ÄĒherself, family, career, and love.’
   The accompanying music is Lo-Fang‚Äôs cover of ‘You‚Äôre the One That I Want’. The film itself, to be released on October 15, has no words or dialogue.


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Hugh Stewart

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October 13, 2014

OfÔ¨Ācial pics: getting Gis√®le B√ľndchen’s Chanel No. 5 look as her next campaign is teased

Lucire staff/23.16

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See even more pics here, and why Baz Luhrmann thinks Gis√®le B√ľndchen is the modern embodiment of what Gabrielle Chanel stood for



Hugh Stewart

Chanel has teased its new campaign, dubbed ‘The One That I Want’, featuring Gis√®le B√ľndchen.
   The company has released two images and a 15-second video for the next push of its iconic Chanel No. 5 fragrance. Director Baz Luhrmann helmed the spot, which shows B√ľndchen surfing, and leaning up against a large number 5.
   B√ľndchen herself had released a shot of her holding a Chanel logo surfboard on her Instagram on October 7, and a second image from the campaign on October 11.
   Hugh Stewart shot the latest images of B√ľndchen, who, naturally, wears Chanel make-up, including le Blanc de Chanel and Perfection Lumi√®re Velvet foundation in beige, Cr√®me de Chanel blush in R√©v√©lation, les 4 Ombres eyeshadow in Tiss√© Mademoiselle, Le Volume mascara in black, and Rouge Coco lipstick in Mademoiselle. She wears a pink and black neoprene bikini top and a long-sleeved black and pink neoprene wetsuit especially made by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. The wetsuit sports the iconic 5 on the back.
   The supermodel follows on from other celebrities including Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman, Audrey Tautou, Keira Knightley and perhaps most unusually, Brad Pitt.
   The campaign breaks on October 15, two years to the day after Pitt’s campaign broke. The hashtag #TheOneThatIWant will be used in social media.



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October 11, 2014

Photos: HM the Queen bestows honorary award on Angelina Jolie

Lucire staff/10.08

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Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie can now add the letters GCMG after her name, after receiving an honour at Buckingham Palace from HM Queen Elizabeth II.
   During her audience with the Queen, Jolie was presented with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.
   The Queen awarded Jolie the honour from the 1844 room at the palace, for her work fighting sexual violence and for services to UK foreign policy.
   Jolie cannot be addressed as Dame, being a US citizen.
   Jolie chose to wear Ralph & Russo to the Palace. She wore a dove grey, wool crepe peplum jacket and pencil skirt with cinching belt and silk chiffon bow neck tie, inspired by a tailored piece from their spring‚Äďsummer 2014 couture collection.
   She was recognized in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 honours’ list.
   Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt and their six children were present. Buckingham Palace said Jolie spent 20 minutes with the Queen.


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October 8, 2014

Video: Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Nieves √Ālvarez step out in style

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Kendall Jenner is following the mantra that if you’ve got it, flaunt it. The model stepped out in New York in a showcasing her incredibly toned body in a maroon coloured crop-top, maxi-skirt and C√©line handbag, as she headed to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time fund-raiser.
   Jenner has walked for Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana recently, boosting her catwalk cred.
   Meanwhile, Texan-born singer Selena Gomez was happy to channel the Kim Kardashian look at the premi√®re for Rudderless in Los Angeles, with a low-cut red silk dress by Christian Dior, drop earrings and black heels. The film, directed by William H. Macy, is released in the autumn.
   Kristen Stewart was snapped at the Apple store in New York’s Soho. The beauty wasn’t in store for the latest iPhone but to promote her upcoming film Camp X-Ray. Stewart, 24, in a leather dungaree-style dress, took questions from the audience. The actress could be a contender for an Oscar for her role in Still Alice, which Sony Pictures Classics is campaigning for.
   Finally, the Spanish men’s magazine Icon held its first awards’ ceremony at the Italian consulate in Madrid, where model and Valentino muse Nieves √Ālvarez (top) got her share of admirers in her bow tie and double-breasted dinner suit, and Carrera y Carrera Jard√≠n de Rosas earrings in white gold and diamonds.

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October 3, 2014

Sponsored video: Green Works mixes fashion with puppies

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Everyone knows the power of … well, fashion. Ours is the sector that oozes glamour and attention while being very successful at hiding the late nights, hard work, and the admin of sitting round in an office for a good part of the day coordinating the fun things the public thinks we do.
   So of course many people pay attention when they see the fashion industry in all its myriad forms, from The September Issue to The Devil Wears Prada to Project Runway.
   And there‚Äôs only one thing that could beat us on getting attention: cute, little animals. Scroll through a Tumblr or Facebook feed, and it won‚Äôt take long before you‚Äôre distracted by puppies, kittens or rabbits.
   Clorox‚Äôs Green Works‚Äô latest promotion cleverly, perhaps cheekily, brings the two together. What would happen if you brought a bunch of puppies, muddy them up, and let them loose on the catwalk?
   It‚Äôs a trifle too polished to have been a real show (if it was real, you‚Äôd see notepads, tablets, cellphones and cameras out) but the puppies are real enough and we don‚Äôt think the audience needed to fake their reactions when they emerged.
   But the point seems to work: if Green Works gets all the surfaces in the fashion show clean, then it‚Äôll be great for everything in your home. And we should point out that the product was used to clean the puppies‚Äô mess, not the puppies themselves (as it‚Äôs not tested on animals).
   Green Works uses plant- and mineral-based ingredients, that are biodegradable and naturally derived. The US EPA acknowledges the line in its Design for the Environment programme.
   The promotion is particularly well timed given the spring‚Äďsummer 2015 circuit.
   Green Works is available throughout the US, with the largest selection at Target stores.


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