It’s Liv Tyler’s year, from becoming a new Mum last July to a renaissance in the public eye with a role in HBOâ€™s The Leftovers. The actress will appear later this year in a campaign for Triumph, but in the meantime, she’s continuing her ambassadorial role for Belstaff. This time last year, we saw Tyler show off her capsule collection for the British brand, and as it goes from strength to strength, we now see her head to Tokyo to help open its flagship retail store, where she was guest of honour, performing the breaking of the sake cask.
Tyler has visited Tokyo numerous times and explored the Ginza district during the opening.
The new store is on the third floor of the Ginza Six Mall, retailing the main Belstaff line as well as Tyler’s capsule collection. Belstaff CEO Gavin Haig notes that it stocks the biggest selection the brand has to offer in Japan, including womenswear and menswear.
Tyler is currently filming BBC One’s three-part historical drama Gunpowder with Kit Harington (Game of Thrones).
Porsche has launched a new website, 9:11 Magazine, hosted at a subdomain on its main website, 911-magazine.porsche.com.
Unlike most web magazines, it’s predominantly video-based, with each edition focusing on a theme that ties back into the Porsche brand. In addition, the material can be freely taken for journalistic purposes.
The website complements Porsche’s customer magazine, Christophorous.
The first edition, themed ‘Courage’, leads with a story starring the legendary two-time world champion rally driver Walter RÃ¶hrl. A lighter story on the most daring colours of the 911 through the years follows. Front-engined Porsches, such as the 924 and 928, feature in a third story, along with the 944 and 968 that evolved from the former. Finally, there’s a story on the Panamera 4E in the Scottish Highlands. Behind-the-scenes stories are also included, along with stills from the Panamera tour.
Five issues will be published per annum, in German and English. The theme of the second issue is ‘Pure’, dedicated to the 911.
We’ve been sampling the Body Shop’s new Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel and Drops of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel, coming soon to New Zealand. These products claim to deliver a smoother, healthier, more youthful and lighter skin.
I tried out both products, and they get Lucireâ€™s thumbs-up. The formula between them both is similar, so you’d choose which one you want based on your preference. Drops of Light features red algÃ¦ extract from the North Atlantic and vitamin C. Drops of Youth is 100 per cent vegan, enriched with edelweiss, sea holly and criste marine plant stem cells. The liquid peels help skin appear brighter, refined and more even. At first, I wasnâ€™t sure how they worked, because they are not like a traditional exfoliant scrub. After a bit of research, I found out that a liquid peel essentially takes off the top layer of dead cells from your face. The first thing I noticed when I opened Drops of Youth was the smell: it was nice and clean, and the texture was like a really refreshing cold jelly. I applied the product on my face, massaging for around 20 seconds, and noticed that these little balls of dead skin cells were forming. After I wiped the product off my face, my skin felt amazing, and appeared soft and bright.
I am really careful with my skin routine and not to keen to introduce new products because Iâ€™ve had a very long battle with rosacea and sensitive skin. However, with the Body Shop’s liquid peels I didnâ€™t experience any rosacea outbreaks or reactions, which tells me they are great for those with sensitive skin. I’ve kept using the products two to three times a week and I notice my skin feels much softer and glowing now!â€”Nathalia Archila
Chivas Regal has teased an upcoming film featuring the actor Javier Bardem, who endorses the brand. Bardem visited Strathisla Distillery, the source of the single malt used in Chivas Regal and, as Lucire discovered in an exclusive tasting a few years ago, the oldest working distillery in the Scottish Highlands dating back to 1786.
Bardem met Chivas Regal’s custodian master blender, Colin Scott, discussing the art of blending, while director of blending Sandy Hyslop presented him with his own exclusive blend of Chivas Regal Ultis.
The film will be released through Chivas Regal’s social media channels.
Bardem appears in Chivas Regal’s Win the Right Way advertising campaign, an affirmation of ethics, selflessness and truth in the face of a turbulent, sometimes incomprehensible world.
The Modist, an online store for modest fashion, opened yesterday, shipping to over 100 countries. The store has a selection of over 75 designers, including Marni, Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou, ensuring a contemporary, fashionable selection. The store is accompanied by an online magazine called The Mod, which includes styling tips and interviews. Says founder Ghizlan Guenez, ‘Our mission is to build a strong sense of purpose to empower a woman’s freedom of choice and to acknowledge how similar women across the world are, despite our diverse backgrounds, cultures and lifestylesâ€”a relevant conversation at this time. We aim to break down preconceived notions while building a community and dialogue that invigorates, informs and celebrates the fashionable, modern, modest woman.’
The Modist’s COO, Lisa Bridgett, notes that the market potential in the modest fashion segment is projected to reach US$484,000 million by 2019.
Also in recognition of a more global, inclusive society, MuslimGirl.com and Getty Images announced yesterday a content partnership that aims to convey a more authentic representation of Muslim women. The imagery is far more realistic and positive, battling stereotypes and misconceptions. The photographs feature girls with and without hijabs, and Muslim women in everyday situations at home, with friends and at work.
â€˜One of the ways I open up my talks is by asking the audience to search Muslim women images on their phone browsers, which is always met with their awe at the unsettling results,’ said Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder and editor-in-chief of MuslimGirl.com. ‘I don’t want to be able to use that example anymore, and I could not be prouder to partner with Getty Images on finally taking on such an important and influential task.’
Jaguar Land Rover is betting on its Range Rover Velar becoming a design classic, launching it today with the Design Museum playing host to the new SUV in its first car exhibit.
Velar is a name from Range Rover’s archives: the name was originally a fictional one that adorned prototypes of the original 1970 Range Rover. JLR has dusted the name off and applied to the fourth member of the Range Rover range, slotting in between the Evoque and Sport, with a wheelbase of 2,874 mm.
The Range Rover Velar (called Blade during development) is a sleeker, more avant-garde model, with the idea of simplicity driving each stage of its development. The drag coefficient is a low 0,32, a figure seldom seen in this class.
The interior is an exercise in simplicity and calmness, with a sustainable seat material developed with Kvadrat, in place of leather. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system, with two 10-inch high-definition touch screens, is said to be state of the art, with controls not appearing till they are lit up. The exterior features clean surfaces, slim LED headlights, flush door handles and a sleek tailgate. The Velar’s 22-inch wheels give it a show-car presence, but they help to give it Land Rover’s all-terrain capability, something Range Rover customers expect. A locking rear differential is optional. It will also have outstanding ride, says JLR, with standard air suspension on six-cylinder models, and Adaptive Dynamics for all models. The Velar uses plenty of aluminium in its structure, contributing to its lightness.
The launch at the Design Museum, which drew guests including Poppy Delevingne, Damien Lewis, Rob Brydon, Jimmy Carr, Kostja Ullmann, and Rag â€™nâ€™ Bone Man, saw a capacity audience, who checked out both the new car and a photo exhibition featuring it, shot by Gary Bryan.
There was a simultaneous unveiling at a pop-up display on Kensington High Street, West London.
JLR also announced a partnership with the Design Museum, with events over the next three years.
The Velar goes on sale in mid-July priced from Â£44,830. Engines range from a four-cylinder Ingenium diesel to a supercharged 3Â·0-litre V6 petrol engine delivering 380 PS.