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Jaguar launches E-Pace by breaking record—David Gandy, Sienna Miller, Winnie Harlow help promote new model


NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 13, 2017/22.46



Nick Dimbleby; Antonio Salgado

Jaguar has announced its platform counterpart to the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque, dubbed the E-Pace. The launch at ExCeL London saw the E-Pace enter the Guinness World Record books with a bang.
   Terry Grant, who holds 21 Guinness World Records’ titles, achieved a barrel roll, leaping 15·3 m and 270 degrees, not unlike the famous scene in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun.
   Unlike the film, Grant did the stunt with a standard, production-line E-Pace.
   Grant had a 160 m run-up to the ramp and experienced 5·5 g during the roll.
   The stunt required extensive computer programming and CAD modelling.
   Grant now holds the record for the furthest barrel roll in a production vehicle.
   Celebrities such as David Gandy, Vicky McClure, Winnie Harlow, Lady Mary Charteris and Jaime Winstone lent their presence to the E-Pace official launch, Sienna Miller was the VIP at a pre-launch event, while Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra performed the Ibiza Classics at the official premiĂšre at ExCeL. Tong collaborated with Raye to perform ‘You Don’t Know Me’ by Jax Jones at the event.
   Jaguar has been mindful to have the E-Pace take its styling cues from the F-type, rather than the larger F-Pace SUV. First, it signals the car’s sporting intent, despite being based on a front-wheel-drive platform. Secondly, it demonstrates that Jaguar, unlike its chief German rivals, is not wedded to a single “face”: a Jaguar is signalled by its proportions and design more than what the grille up front conveys.
   This technique has been employed before: in the 1950s, Jaguar created its 2·4 saloon (later retrospectively named the Mk I) by using styling cues from its successful XK120 sports’ car.
   Inside, the E-Pace has 4G wifi and a large central touchscreen as standard. The retail price begins at ÂŁ28,500, with orders commencing online now for UK customers.


The Jaguar E-Pace Guinness World Record barrel roll by Lucire












Peter Macdiarmid, Nick Dimbleby, Anthony Cullen









David M. Benett


David Gandy at the Jaguar E-Pace launch by Lucire


Winnie Harlow at Jaguar E-Pace launch by Lucire


Terry Grant on barrel-rolling the Jaguar E-Pace by Lucire


Jaguar design boss Ian Callum on the E-Pace by Lucire

In brief: Robbie Williams, Ayda Field Williams, Mads Mikkelsen celebrate Marc O’Polo’s 50th; H&M to open in Wellington


NEWS  by Lucire staff/July 7, 2017/14.19




Joerg Koch; Gisela Schober

Marc O’Polo celebrated its 50th anniversary (hashtagged #MOP50 and #MOPxRobbie) at its flagship store on Theatinerstraße in MĂŒnchen, with special guests Robbie Williams, his wife Ayda Field Williams, Mads Mikkelsen, and DJ Marcus Kavka. The four held a panel discussion that was live-streamed via Facebook.
   The Williamses had worked with Marc O’Polo on its Iconic Capsule Collection, and presented the 50th anniversary designs live at the store.
   The collection comprises 20 contemporary–casual pieces, including sweatshirts, a hoody dress and a bomber blouson for women, and a hoody, crew-neck sweater, and tracksuit top for men. Williams’s signature is embroidered on the sleeves, while the women’s sweatshirts feature the words ‘Love my life’ and ‘Come undone’, taken from his song titles.
   Williams has opted for pink for one of the men’s designs. Peter Lindbergh shot the campaign imagery.
   Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has announced that it will open a second New Zealand retail store, in the country’s capital, Wellington. The opening is set for late 2017, and will be located at the Queensgate mall in Lower Hutt. No other details were on hand.
   The first store in the country, at Sylvia Park in Auckland, opened successfully in 2016.







Joerg Koch; Gisela Schober


Robbie Williams and Ayda Field Williams on Marc O’Polo by Lucire


Marc O’Polo celebrates its 50th anniversary by Lucire

Eva HerzigovĂĄ is Gerry Weber’s new brand ambassador; autumn 2017 launches at tennis open


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 26, 2017/10.13



Franziska Krug/Getty Images

It’s been over two decades since her famous ‘Hello boys’ campaign for Wonderbra, yet Eva HerzigovĂĄ remains in high demand as a spokesmodel. Gerry Weber is the latest fashion label to seek the 44-year-old Czech-born, London-based model, who now fronts its autumn–winter 2017–18 campaign.
   The company says it chose HerzigovĂĄ for her self-confident and approachable style, saying she fits with its values of ‘feminine–casual chic–inspiring.’
   To launch the collection, Gerry Weber had an open fashion night at the weekend during the Halle Open, which the company sponsors.
   The Saturday event saw guests including models Alisar Ailabouni, Rebecca Mir and Luisa Hartema, Werner Schulze-Erdel, tennis players Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev, bloggers Carolin FĂ€rber, Monique Romanowski and Tatjana Kreuzmayr, gymnast Fabian HambĂŒchen, Anna Kraft, Harald Lampp, Jochen Stahler, Niels Koischwitz, Eva Koischwitz, Sibylle Seifert, Michael Bauer, Stefan Becker, Henning Schleemann, Oliver Keeb, Bernhard Kiesel, Franz Stadler, Jan Gritz and Bettina Gritz, Susanne Strauss, Jens Herzig, Oliver Fritz and Carmen Mundt, Juliane Sturm and Richard Doyle, Cornelia Stein, Uli Stein, Jenny Stein, Soenke Lauterbach and Nina Lauterbach, and Irina Weber; Gerry Weber CEO Ralf Weber and CFO David Frink represented the firm. Alle Farben provided the music at the event.
   Wearing designs from the Gerry Weber autumn–winter 2017–18 collection, HerzigovĂĄ was present on centre court at the Gerry Weber Stadion to present the trophy.
   Gerry Weber’s autumn–winter forecast is for bright colours, such as fuchsia and red; its key look is a cashmere pullover paired with a pleated skirt; and a fuchsia dress with cut-outs in the dĂ©colletĂ©. Rhinestones are used as accents.
   It also offers staple autumn shades such as honey and amber, with brick and cinnamon tones. Materials include jersey, leather, lace and Lurex; pleats, metallics and glossy surfaces are also forecast for the season.
   The collection hits stores on September 1, 2017.


















Franziska Krug/Getty Images

Autumn–winter 2017–18 campaign

Eva Herzigová stars in Gerry Weber campaign by Lucire








ISPA: to live and chill in LA


NEWS  by Lucire staff/June 10, 2017/0.21




Courtesy ISPA; Elyse Glickman

While we pick and choose what invitations we accept (especially during the summer), the annual International Spa Association (ISPA) invitation is one we welcome wholeheartedly. While the Montage Beverly Hills hotel has one of the best spas in our area, we truly enjoyed the ‘Trailblazer’-themed event where its ballroom transformed into an international summit of wellness, new product sampling, mini-treatments, and light bites followed with one of our favourite care packages handed to us at the end.
   Like any all-American summer camp, you had interesting arts and crafts projects (BodyBliss’s customized, crystal-filled fragrant essential oil roll-ons for every interesting guest), water activities (massages offered by event regular Kohler Waters Spas), mountain adventures (acupuncture and meditation with Red Mountain Resort Utah staff), beach time (Spa at the Del, Hotel del Coronado manicures and fitness chats); and snack time (Telluride’s the Spa at the Peaks’ Vitality Tasting bar with Naturopathica products).
   There were also interesting people among the “counsellors” at hand, from Los Angeles-based chef Matthew Kinney’s programme in Aventura, Florida (Âme Spa & Wellness Collective at Turnberry Isle Miami Resort), to the wonderful UK-bred staff doing mini-treatments with Elemis at Maryland-based RelĂąche Spa, to the experts from HydroPeptide demoing the new Nimni line at the Spa at Four Seasons and Biltmore Santa Barbara.
   While we loved the care packages—samples and full-sized goodies in a sharp Dakine backpack—there were plenty of wonderful things to discover during the scavenger hunt. We will start with a few of the resorts. The Villagio Inn & Spa, in the lush landscape of Napa Valley, is serenity personified, especially with its recently completed multi-million-dollar makeover. Event guests were invited to experience a mini-facial using the spa’s exclusive imported Espa products.
   The Spa at Two Bunch Palms Resort in Desert Hot Springs, meanwhile, will transport you to the ultimate desert oasis Bohemian-chic spa. An historic building, mud cabañas, outdoor showers and rock alcoves set the mood for down-to-earth healing therapies designed to free the mind and awaken the spirit. Just past the MĂ©xico border in Tecate, Rancho La Puerta expands out into a sprawling and comprehensive retreat with a round-the-clock health and wellness schedule full of classes and workshops tailored to every fitness level and interest.
   The Boulder, Colorado-based line Sanitas is filled with progressive, nature-based products that has become a fave for boutique spas and discerning buyers. To celebrate the launch of their sleek new packaging and website, guests received a generous gift of the niche brand’s favourite products, including the best-selling Vita C Serum and Brightening Peel Pads. While there have been new additions to the Elemis skin care line, the upscale UK-based brand’s breakthrough Pro-Collagen Marine Cream with Padina Pavonicamarine extract continues to be the must-have anti-ageing regimen for women around the globe.
   As mentioned above, Nimni Cream is positioned as HydroPeptide’s prescription for the Fountain of Youth. Formulated by Dr Marcel Nimni, the patented collagen support complex is among the most advanced on the market. Espa, a new UK entry in the world of prestige skin care, features Tri-Active Instant Facial, an age-defying serum, essence and oil wrapped into one dynamic frosted glass bottle. MicroalgĂŠ cell extract, white truffle and pampering oils are the star ingredients in this silky smooth elixir.
   A leader in the world of botanical-based skin care and wellness, Bio-Energy Lift serum packs a powerful plant-infused punch, formulated with a copper and amino acid complex that targets skin laxity by improving cell respiration to restore density and firmness.
   No one can top Natura BissĂ© when it comes to unbridled luxury. The Barcelona line treated guests to a trio of their favourite products which included their triple enzyme exfoliating superstar Glyco Extreme Peel.
   Although the treatments, as usual, filled up weeks before the big day, we found many of the stations were gracious and not only offered some walk-ups, but managed to squeeze us in for extra pampering.







Courtesy ISPA; Elyse Glickman

   A suite at the London Hotel West Hollywood, meanwhile, served as a showcase for the new travel-sized edition of the Dafni Hair straightening ceramic brush. The original, co-invented by Israeli-born engineer Sharon Rabi, 29, caused a sensation so monumental that it’s now available more than 25 countries and has spawned a few imitators. Although straight styles dominated fashion magazine pages and airwaves, Rabi invented the Dafni (named for her younger sister) for a more practical reason—a bob haircut that did not work with her naturally wavy hair. As she had to straighten her locks with a flat iron daily, she realized there had to be a better, faster way to get her strands in place.
   With an assist from her fellow engineer father, using the aerodynamic principles from a well-designed boat as a starting point, she went through five prototypes before launching the product in 2015. The reaction to the brush on its initial release caused the first generation of its website to crash. Today, with a smaller brush, the Dafni Go, ready to hit the waves, it should be smooth sailing for the inventor.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor, and Jody Miller, LA Correspondent

Filed under: beauty, hair, Los Angeles, Lucire

Michael Beel scoops top honour at Industry New Zealand Hair Awards; Derek Elvy inducted into Hall of Fame


NEWS  by Sopheak Seng/May 29, 2017/23.54




Guy Coombes

Talented hairstylist and regular Lucire contributor Michael Beel of Buoy Hairdressing has taken out the top prize at this year’s Industry New Zealand Hair Awards in Auckland.
   His collection is a major departure from his usual work, which sees him focus on big volume and luxury hair. This collection recalled that glamour but in a more ’80s grunge vibe, with short choppy bobs and chic mullets. This was pieced together with bold colouring in chunky panels to create texture and visual interest.
   As part of the prize for winning New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year, Beel has also won a trip sponsored by Wella to work backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
   While the competition was tough this year with many stand-out and strong collections from all over the country, Beel’s collection stood out for his artistry and direction, in being able to predict and read the Zeitgeist of fashion hair trends.
   Beel was not the only winner of the night from the Buoy salon team. Derek Elvy, who founded the acclaimed salon was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his long, outstanding career in hairdressing.
   Creator of the industry awards, Sara Allsop, said that Elvy being this year’s choice was an easy one.
   â€˜His photographic work was ground-breaking in the ’90s. He paved the way and set the standard in production and creativity which showed New Zealand hairdressers what could be achieved when you collaborated with other creatives. At the time no one else was doing anything close to what he produced.’
   In the 21st century, Elvy continued to be awarded for his creative photographic collections.—Sopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor



Photographed by Guy Coombes
Hair by Michael Beel
Colour by Chinney Yeap
Styled by Sopheak Seng
Make-up by Hil Cook
Models from Kirsty Bunny Management and street cast

Party time at the Festival de Cannes, day seven: Barbara Palvin, Elsa Hosk, Camila Morrone, Ming Xi, Rita Ora


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 24, 2017/14.39




Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com; Venturelli

Day seven at the Festival de Cannes saw the film festival commemorate its 70th anniversary, with celebrities gathering for a group photo, and Isabelle Huppert kicking off the ceremony by singing ‘Happy birthday’. That evening, the festival also paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terrorist bombing that occurred the night before with a moment of silence at the steps of the Palais des Festivals.
   Former Palme d’Or winners were on hand for the photo, including Jane Campion, still the only female director in 70 years to walk off with the top prize at Cannes.
   An official dinner followed, and some celebrities did double-duty attending that and the annual de Grisogono party at the HĂŽtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the Cap d’Antibes.
   Day seven celebrities on the red carpet included Bianca Balti (in Alberta Ferretti; jewellery by de Grisogono), Rita Ora (in a nude Elie Saab spring 2017 haute couture floor-length dress; jewellery also by de Grisogono), Lily-Rose Depp (in a white Chanel gown), Elle Fanning (in Vivienne Westwood), Monica Bellucci (in a Stella McCartney jumpsuit), Bella Hadid (in Dior, with a thigh-high split), Julianne Moore (in Givenchy), Susan Sarandon (in Alberta Ferretti), Jessica Chastain (in Alexander McQueen), Fan Bing Bing (in Elie Saab), Natasha Poly, and Eva Herzigova (in Roberto Cavalli; jewellery by Chopard).
   Balti’s fellow L’OrĂ©alistas Barbara Palvin, Natalia Cabezas, Guan Xiaotong (é—œæ›‰ćœ€, a.k.a. Traey Miley), Patry JordĂĄn, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Priscilla Alvarez SĂĄnchez and Eva Longoria represented the French cosmetics’ brand as it celebrated its 20th anniversary at Cannes. Doutzen KrƓs joined Longoria and Palvin on the L’OrĂ©al Paris’s beach studio for more promotions. The company also issued a series of portraits and a video starring Palvin, showing make-up looks through the last seven decades.
   Palvin’s red-carpet look featured L’OrĂ©al Paris’s True Match Illuminating Powder (in Icy Glow), two Matte Addiction lipsticks (in no. 633, Moka Chic, and 634, Greige Perfecto), Infallible Blush Paint Palette (in pink), Super Liner Perfect Slim (in Intense Black) and the Brow Artist (no. 106, Brunette).
   At the HĂŽtel du Cap-Eden-Roc for the Love on the Rocks party, hosted by de Grisogono boss Fawaz Gruosi, were Elsa Hosk, Camila Morrone, Hailey Baldwin, Antonio Banderas, Dite Anata, Cindy Bruna, Rita Ora, Tomer Sisley, Natasha Poly, Amy Jackson, Ming Xi, Doina Ciobanu, Victoria Silvstedt, Chris Tucker, Tina Kunakey, Jenaye Noah, and Harvey Weinstein.
























Gareth Cattermole; Pascal Le Segretain; Antony Jones; Venturelli; Stephane Cardinale/Corbis; Gisele Schober;










Anita Dykes; Venturelli, Gisela Schober; Dominique Charriau



































Antony Jones; Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com

Barbara Palvin and 70 years

Barbara Palvin: 70 years of make-up by Lucire










Jonas Breslin

Festival de Cannes, day five: Sonam Kapoor, Mary J. Blige, Araya A. Hargate; Eva Longoria promotes L’OrĂ©al Paris


NEWS  by Lucire staff/May 22, 2017/2.21




Pascal Le Segretain, Venturelli

The Cannes Film Festival’s fifth day’s screening of The Meyerowitz Stories at Cannes saw L’OrĂ©alistas Sonam Kapoor, Araya A. Hargate, Andie MacDowell, Iris Berben, Heike Makatash and YouTuber EnjoyPhoenix, as well as Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Jessica Chastain, Mary J. Blige, Coco Rocha, Olya Kurylenko, Laetitia Casta, Isabelle Huppert, Karena Ng, Greta Gerwig, Barbara Meier and Molly Sims. Away from the red carpet, Eva Longoria promoted L’OrĂ©al Paris at a boutique meet-and-greet and surprised unwitting customers who didn’t expect a Hollywood star to serve them.
   Kapoor chose a custom pink gown from Elie Saab couture on her first red-carpet appearance for the French cosmetics’ giant, while ‘Champoo’—Hargate—proudly displayed her five-month pregnancy in an Alexis Mabille autumn–winter 2014–15 gown complemented with jewellery by Chopard. MacDowell chose Roberto Cavalli paired with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and also Chopard jewellery. Chastain went for Christian Dior couture spring–summer 2017, with shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti and jewellery by Piaget. Casta wore a black Yves Saint Laurent autumn–winter 2017–18 dress.
   Blige wore a dress by Reem Acra with jewellery by Avakian.
   L’OrĂ©al Paris said Kapoor’s look used True Match Illuminating Powder (in Icy Glow), Color Riche Nude Palette (pink), Color Riche lipstick (organza), Brow Artist Expert (ebony), Infallible Paint Blush Palette (amber) and Volume Million Lashes mascara.



Gareth Cattermole













Venturelli, Dominique Charriau, Gisela Schober, Stéphane Cardinale/Corbis, Pascal le Segretain


Eva Longoria surprises shoppers at a L’Oréal boutique by Lucire

Boutique meet-and-greet









Gareth Cattermole

Behind the scenes





Gareth Cattermole

Three by Ekman: the Royal New Zealand Ballet shows its witty, ingenious side


NEWS  by Jack Yan/May 20, 2017/12.01



Stephen A’Court

Swedish-born choreographer–director Alexander Ekman, it transpires, was the first person Francesco Ventriglia called when he was first appointed artistic director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Ekman, says Ventriglia, creates choreography that is ‘different, brave, intelligent, witty and fun,’ and he sees the work as being the equivalent of ‘good food’ for the dancers. The three ballets in Three by Ekman are certainly that: modern and relevant, yet somehow also timeless in their appeal. Tuplet, Episode 31 and Cacti keep audiences gripped, while taking us on a journey into unexplored territories.
   They aren’t fully unexplored, mind: regular RNZB attendees will remember Cacti from last year’s trio of ballets in Speed of Light, but seeing it again this time was a renewed pleasure, and connecting it to two more Ekman ballets gives it an extra dimension. As the third ballet, Cacti was a fitting conclusion: when you’re in Ekman’s world, you almost want to stay in it in an attempt to understand the creativity that drives this talented and important modern choreographer. It’s a world that’s energizing, spontaneous, but cheekily self-aware.
   The first foray into that world is Tuplet, a clever 18-minute introduction where the dancers’ own breaths, voices, and the sounds of their bodies become the rhythm. Composer (and a fellow Swedish-born international talent) Mikael Karlsson’s music has a dose of Bart Howard’s ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ as performed by Victor Feldman helped set the mood. Video projections, which were also designed by Ekman, feature slowed-down black-and-white clips of jazz musicians, highlighting the improvised nature of the dance, performed by six dancers standing on white square mats. New Yorker and Parsons alum Nancy Haeyung Bae designed the costumes, which aided the movement well, and Amith Chandrashaker the lighting, which balanced the the dancers with the video screens above. The conclusion was clever and a taste of Ekman’s humour: he showed silent films of audiences applauding as the live one at the St James Theatre did the same while the curtain fell.
   A video introduction to Episode 31 followed, showing the RNZB’s dancers learning the ballet. It’s a tradition of Episode 31, where a short film is made in the city in which it is performed. The film shows that the dancers were not restricted to the studio, as they ventured out from the Theatre in flash-mob style to various Wellington landmarks such as the cable car and the Botanic Garden; Mayor Justin Lester is caught walking by as the company vigorously dances Episode 31 on the waterfront. (The video is below, though we recommend you don’t spoil the experience.) The dance is a celebration of youth, energy and pace, fitting given its origins as a piece created for Julliard (and first performed in 2011; the video there made use of New York City landmarks such as the Subway). Karlsson once again composed the music, with costumes by Julliard’s Luke Simcock, and lighting by Nicole Pearce. Simcock’s visually deconstructed black and white costumes happily mix genders (e.g. skirts and collared dresses with prints of jackets), as does the make-up on the dancers (mustachioed faces on pale white). The pacy performance itself is contrasted with one dancer who moved in slow motion across the front of the stage; the curtain rose and fell to show vignettes of the action going on behind, leaving you wondering: are we really seeing vignettes or are the dancers repositioning themselves intentionally in preparation for the next reveal? The lighting rig came down, flooring was lifted up and moved, and a second slow-motion dancer wandered with a sign reading ‘Beautiful’ in a stark, all-cap Helvetica (the design of this sign itself is an exercise in irony). As with other Ekman ballets, spoken words accompany the action, with poetry (and this is the programme’s list) by Christina Rossetti, William Allingham, Eleanor Farjeon, Robert Louis Stevenson, William Hughes Mearns and Edward Lear.
   A second video came after the interval, where Ekman is seen on a ferry to Somes Island in Wellington, contemplating choreography and its connection to its surroundings. Will I affect the island or will the island affect me? You can’t but help find Ekman’s quirky personality endearing and you form a connection with the choreographer—and understand that there is a method here, from a man who constantly looks for ways to push ballet forward.
   There’s less chaos in Cacti than in Episode 31. Here, spoken word also features, in an unsubtle dig at postmodernism and the pretentious reviews modern dance might get (one only hopes this article is not an example), with a recording written and voiced by Spenser Theberge. The New Zealand String Quartet accompanies the action here, with both composed and improvised music, at least for the first part of Cacti, before classical music (Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven) takes over. The 16 dancers move their white tiles, shouting and clapping as they added to the rhythm, before bringing in cactus plants on-stage. Ekman himself designed the set and costumes; Tom Visser also worked on the set and designed the lighting. The second part, a duet between characters Aram and Riley, is another humorous Ekman take, where the audience can hear the streams of consciousness from the pair (played by Alexandre Ferreira and Laura Saxon Jones today). As noted in our review last year, Cacti breaks down the pretence and complexity of ballet into basic statements: the two characters are disengaged from any story and just want to get the dance done. The stuffed cat that is thrown on stage still surprises on a second viewing, and we note that it was a different colour this time.
   When Cacti was part of Speed of Light, we only got a dose of Ekman’s style. This time, we were immersed, and Three by Ekman feels more satisfying and complete. It’s one of the RNZB’s most enjoyable modern ballets, and it’s consistent throughout, not just in the expertise of the dancers, but in the tone and ingenuity of the three works.—Jack Yan, Publisher

Three by Ekman tours till June 15. For venue and booking information, visit www.rnzb.org.nz.

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