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February 5, 2016

GHD releases Advanced Split End Therapy, for instant repair of split ends

Lucire staff/13.03



GHD has released Advanced Split End Therapy (retailing for NZ$38), a product that nourishes and fortifies damaged ends with what it calls ‘a blend of nutrient-rich ingredients’.
   Activated by the heat of a styler, GHD’s Thermo-Marine Bonding System binds broken hair fibres together, with the company claiming instant repair of split ends. The nutrients contained in the product then prevent future breakage by coating each hair strand.
   With as little as 10 ml, you massage the product through your hair down to the ends, concentrating on areas that show signs of damage. Section the hair, then blow-dry it using a GHD hair-drier, then divide the hair into small sections, passing a GHD styler over each section to seal the product.
   The company recommends its own GHD Platinum styler for best results, and advises you not to condition your hair prior to treatment. Hair should be dried using the lowest heat setting on a GHD Air hair-drier.
   The product is available from this month at GHD salons or, in New Zealand, via ghdhair.com/nz. For stockist information, call 0800 880-2019.

January 4, 2016

Karlie Kloss to model Topshop’s spring–summer 2016 campaign

Lucire staff/9.00




Tyrone Lebon

Karlie Kloss, who has endorsed brands as diverse as Lindex and Victoria’s Secret, will helm the Topshop spring–summer 2016 campaign, which launches globally today.
   The campaign sees Karlie model the spring–summer collection in images shot in New York by London-based photographer Tyrone Lebon, styled by Topshop creative director Kate Phelan.
   Phelan noted in a release, ‘It is thrilling to have Karlie back, eight years after her first modelling job and first Topshop campaign alongside Jourdan Dunn. She is the ultimate Topshop girl and modern super—a world-renowned fashion figure, businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist who will resonate with our global customers through her many talents, ambitions and passions.’
   Among the Chicago-born, St Louis-based model’s ventures are Karlie’s Kookies, a range of gluten-free cookies launched with chef Christina Tosi, with some proceeds to underprivileged children and young American fashion designers, and Kode with Karlie, which funds 21 girls from 11 US states to take full-time software engineering courses.
   Kloss has also modelled on 34 Vogue covers and campaigns for Dior and Marc Jacobs.
   On her first Topshop campaign, Kloss recalled, ‘One of my first modelling jobs was my Topshop campaign eight years ago. My grandmother brought me over from St Louis. I was young and shy and super nervous to be on set of Topshop. Luckily I was shooting with Jourdan Dunn and we became overnight best friends. I think she had me in stitches the whole time we were shooting.’














Tyrone Lebon

December 12, 2015

The Body Shop celebrates Christmas ’15 doing more good: giving water through WaterAid to families that need it

Lucire staff/23.50



Top The Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range. Above The Glazed Apple tin, with four treats within.

There’s a pleasant apple smell at Lucire, checking out the Body Shop’s Glazed Apple range, but it’s what the socially responsible brand is doing for Christmas that’s the real news.
   The Body Shop is partnering with WaterAid, which provides safe water to communities that need it desperately. For every specially selected gift purchased, the Body Shop will donate one day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia, and any proceeds exceeding its goal will be donated to another community that needs it.
   For over 650 million people on our planet, access to safe water is not a reality, and 1,400 die each day from diseases caused by dirty water and poor sanitation.
   Special gifts include the Japanese Cherry Blossom gift set (NZ$95), the White Musk gift set (NZ$105), the Modern Gent’s Arber Fragrance kit (NZ$110), the Modern Gent’s shaving kit (NZ$85), the Shea Premium Selection (NZ$110), the Moringa Ultimate Luxuries pack (NZ$155), the box of Strawberry Festive Picks (NZ$69), and the stocking fillers that are the Cranberry festive cracker (NZ$19), the Soft Hands, Warm Kisses gift set (NZ$29), and the Fruity Body Butter Sweetheart (NZ$48).
   The Glazed Apple Tin (NZ$69) we’ve trialled, meanwhile, is one of three that the Body Shop has launched for the festive season. Featuring green apples sourced from the Italian Alps, the Glazed Apple selection has a subtle green apple fragrance—the strongest one we’ve noticed is the 60 ml shower gel’s, while the rest has a hint of apple with more sweetened candy scents and a trace of vanilla—that will leave wearers feeling fresh without having an overpowering smell. We’ve tried the 50 ml body butter, 60 ml shimmer lotion and 50 ml sugar scrub, which are all sweet, but you won’t walk out of the house smelling like a candy shop. Subtle is good.
   Alongside Glazed Apple are Frosted Cranberry (‘from the forests of North America’, says the Body Shop) and Frosted Plum (‘from the orchards of Turkey’), which are available at the Body Shop in the UK and in New Zealand. The Body Shop is doing a 20 per cent off special on the 200 ml size body butter (NZ$36·95), whether it’s Glazed Apple, Frosted Cranberry or Frosted Plum online at the New Zealand website, where a very comprehensive selection of the seasonal specials are available.

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Florrie performs in Boots window at Westfield London, kicking off live entertainment for Soap & Glory

Lucire staff/11.18

Soap & Glory, the British beauty brand, hosted Florrie in the window of Boots in Westfield, London, ahead of live performances across the UK.
   Pop singer, songwriter and drummer Florrie, also known as Florence Arnold, performed four of her hits in the live window installation, including ‘Little White Lies’.
   Florrie will go on to perform at the Trafford Centre in Manchester.
   It’s only the start for Soap & Glory, which promises 160 hours of live entertainment through its window installations, including drag queen dancers, make-up artists, YouTube beauty presenters, and its own Glory Girls who not only will provide hair and make-up, but sing and dance.
   Soap & Glory will tour the UK till December 22.

Florrie performance

Florrie interview

December 11, 2015

News in brief: Hannah Jinkins wins H&M Design Award; Olivia Culpo endorses Osmosis Skincare

Lucire staff/13.42



Top Hannah Jinkins, H&M Design Award 2016 winner. Above Jinkins with the jury.

Royal College of Art graduate Hannah Jinkins, 24, was named the winner of the H&M Design Award 2016 earlier this week, selected by a jury of eight made up of Nick Knight, Olivier Rousteing, Kate Bosworth, Margareta van den Bosch, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Katy England, Chiara Ferragni and Florian de Saint-Pierre. She takes home a €50,000 prize along with a year’s mentoring with Hennes & Mauritz, and the opportunity to develop her winning collection into a retail one for autumn 2016.
   The final eight designers had a fashion show at the Orangery at Kensington Palace, where each presented four looks from their graduation collections to the judges and fashion media.
   ‘I feel very honoured and proud to have won the H&M Design Award. When my name was announced, it was very surreal and I felt quite emotional. I want to start my own label, and winning the award means I can follow my dream,’ said Jinkins.
   Actress and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo has endorsed two of Osmosis Skincare’s products in an article, namely its Clarify Vitamin A Blemish serum (US$40), which clears acne, normalizes oil production, and increases the skin’s immune support, and its Skin Perfection Harmonized Water (US$30), a liquid dietary supplement for skin conditions that balances skin inflammation, aids in rosacea recovery, and provide an eczema and psoriasis detox.
   The serum does not dry skin or irritate, and should be used on acne lesions daily for four to eight weeks, then add one to two pumps morning and evening. Culpo takes five pumps of the Harmonized Water, mixed with water, in the morning and night as part of her skin care regimen.
   Finally, American Idol season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez has launched a merchandise store on Big Cartel, complementing the release of her Christmas with Jessica EP. The items were chosen by Sanchez for the store and includes T-shirts, crop tops, hoodies and a snap-back hat.





Above Hannah Jinkins’ graduate collection, as shown to the H&M Design Award jury. Below Olivia Culpo with two of Osmosis Skincare’s products that she recently endorsed in an interview.

December 10, 2015

Backes & Strauss names three dancers from English National Ballet as new brand ambassadors

Lucire staff/23.42


Above Shiori Kase, Jinhao Zhang, and Laurretta Summerscales.

Luxury watch and jewellery brand Backes & Strauss has continued to work with the English National Ballet, and has named Shiori Kase, Laurretta Summerscales, and Jinhao Zhang as its new ambassadors, succeeding Tamara Rojo, the ballet company’s artistic director.
   First soloist Kase began dancing in her native Tokyo before joining English National Ballet in 2009, and will appear in its productions of The Nutcracker, Le Corsaire, and Swan Lake. Summerscales was promoted to first soloist in 2013 after joining English National Ballet in 2009, and made her début with the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle at the London Coliseum. Finally, Shanghai-born Zhang joined in 2014 and won English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition in 2015.
   Rojo noted, ‘I am thrilled that Backes & Strauss have chosen three of our rising stars to be the faces of our partnership. Developing outstanding talent within the company is vital to English National Ballet. I am grateful to Backes & Strauss for their support of Shiori, Laurretta and Jinhao, and for their long-standing commitment to English National Ballet.’
   Vartkess Knadjian, CEO of Backes & Strauss, said, ‘We are proud to welcome Shiori, Laurretta, and Jinhao as brand ambassadors. We anticipate that the dancers’ strive for excellence and perfection will have an immeasurable impact on the brand both in the UK and internationally throughout the year.’




Above Backes & Strauss’s new spokespeople wear items from its range.

December 7, 2015

Video and photos: Alicia Vikander, Gemma Chan, Abigail Hardingham give Moët British Independent Film Awards extra glam

Lucire staff/12.11



John Phillips


David M. Benett

One of our favourite science fiction films, Ex Machina, has taken home four accolades, including Best British Independent Film, at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate in London on Sunday.
   The film also won Best Director and Best Screenplay for Alex Garland, and Outstanding Achievement in Craft for its Visual Effects for Andrew Whitehurst.
   Saoirse Ronan won Best Actress for Brooklyn and Tom Hardy won Best Actor for his dual role as the Kray brothers in Legend.
   Olivia Colman took home the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in The Lobster, and Brendan Gleeson won Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette.
   Abigail Hardingham was named the Most Promising Newcomer for her performance in Nina Forever.
   Others honoured included BFI executive Chris Collins, who posthumously won the Special Jury Prize; Dark Horse: the Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance was named Best Documentary; and Room won the Best International Independent Film award. The team behind Kajaki: the True Story won the Producer of the Year award, and Stephen Fingleton won Best Début Director, an award presented in honour of Douglas Hickox, for The Survivalist. Best Short went to Edmond, and the Discovery Award to Orion: the Man Who Would Be King. The Variety award, given to the person who has made a global impact and helped focus the spotlight on the UK, was given to Kate Winslet, while the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film was won by Chiwetel Ejiofor.
   Caught on the red carpet, among others, were Chloë Pirrie, Nick Moran and Dr Jasmin Duran, Agyness Deyn, Tilly Wood, Maxine Peake, Jason Isaacs and Emma Hewitt, Joanna Vanderham, Abigail Hardingham, Milo Parker, Ellie Bamber, Jim Sturgess, Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Colin Farrell, Elliot Grove, Helena Bonham Carter, Vanessa Kirby, Ella Purnell, Anne-Marie Duff, Olivia Colman, Saoirse Ronan, Carey Mulligan, Marion Cotillard, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Gemma Chan, Luke Evans, Lydia Fox and Richard Ayoade, Laura Carmichael, Jonathan Bailey, Alicia Vikander, Celia Imrie, Gurinder Chadha, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar, Domhnall Gleeson, Vicky McClure, Mia Goth, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Abrahamson, Jacob Tremblay, Bel Powley, Andrew Macdonald, Corin Hardy, Emilie Jouffroy, Nina Gantz, and Kate Winslet.
   Highlights of the ceremony, hosted by Richard Ayoade, are available at www.bifa.film, which had hosted the live stream. Ex Machina will be screened in 74 cinemas across the UK on December 13. Tickets can be booked at discover.bifa.film.













































Tristan Fewings, John Phillips, David M. Benett

December 6, 2015

Levi’s releases Wedgie vintage jeans, properly designed for a woman’s hips and rear

Lucire staff/10.13


Levi’s new Wedgie jean, introduced for December, is specially designed for women. The new style solves the awkward front bulge that other vintage jeans give, accentuating the waist with better fit through the hips. By effectively creating a wedgie, Levi’s expects the Wedgie high-rise vintage jean to help women best show off their assets. There’s a button fly at the front which completes the vintage feel. Other design features, Levi’s notes, include the back pockets which are tilted inwards, and tapered legs.
   There are shorts to complement the Wedgie jean coming in spring, which can be paired with a T-shirt for a casual look.
   Finishes for both jeans and shorts include indigo and destructed white.
   The Wedgie jean retails for £95 in the UK.

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