City chic made its way to Malibu Country Mart when Bed|StÃ¼, crafters of hand-wrought boots, shoes, belts and handbags, opened its first brick-and-mortar store just before the American Thanksgiving holiday. Fashionistas from across Los Angeles made the trek to the tiny shopping enclave to see the full fallâwinter collection for women and men, ahead of its public opening, on November 21. A lucky few taste-makers also got to step out (literally) with a pair of Bed|StÃ¼âs Isla boots, a sturdy but feminine wardrobe staple. They could also add a monogram or pattern (via hand-branding) to further personalize them.
Bed|StÃ¼ opened for business in a small Los Angeles warehouse in 1995, as a firm focused on hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind accessories that were also affordable (prices today run between US$200 and US$350). Today, the company still steers clear of mass production, and continues to use natural leathers, vegetable-based tanning process, and hand-finished products. Other features include sturdy Goodyear welted soles and hand-sewn tailoring to ensure the life of the investment.
Celebrities on hand included actress and model Jaime King, Ali Landry, Brooke Burke-Charyet, Kelli Berglund (Disneyâs XD Lab Rats) Big Brother host Jeff Schroeder and his wife Jordan Lloyd.
Landry was overheard saying, ‘Everywhere I look there is a new pair I want!’ Dozens of people who joined the crowd to try on boots, get an on-site manicure by Nail Garden, and sip Malibu Family Wines and beer by Peroni agreed. Outside of Los Angeles, shoe mavens can shop the collection internationally at bedstu.com.âElyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor
Kendall Jenner and her sister Kylie shopped for Classic Slim styles at the Ugg Australia flagship store at 600 Madison Avenue, New York. The sisters are Ugg fans, Kylie choosing the black Bethany design and Kendall the chestnut-coloured Amie. The Classic Slim line has a slimmer silhouette, as the name implies, and has improved arch support and traction, says the company. Kendall also chose the Ugg Shearling Trapper hat, Alena slippers and the Ugg Classic boots, while Kylie bought the Scuff slipper and Classic boots.
The Banks Group has launched Snkr, a footwear retailer that focuses exclusively on sneakers, recognizing that they are fashion statements unto themselves. In the words of the company, ‘It’s a celebration of the art of sneaker design and the undying love of sneaker collectors. It’s a place where sneaker addicts feel understood.’ Brands include Nike, Adidas, and New Balance, among others. Like all new retailers, you have the option of ordering online at snkr.co.nzâthough Snkr also has physical branches in Wellington (Lambton Quay store shown), Lower Hutt and Riccarton, New Zealand.
Nike Air Max Thea Premium, NZ$179Â·99.
New Balance 530 Athleisure in white, NZ$199Â·99.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lux Missoni Mid, NZ$159Â·99.
While it might not be surprising to see Apple and Huawei introduce smart watches, Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer has created its entry, revealed at the weekend at LVMH Tower in Manhattan at an event hosted by Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, and David Singleton, VP of engineering for Android at Google.
The TAG Heuer Connected Watch with Intel Inside blends Android Wear technology with the quality and pedigree of the Swiss brand. TAG Heuer worked with Intel and Google to pack its watch with appsâincluding exclusive ones on lifestyle, golf, motor racing and trailingâas well as voice control, an Intel Atom Z34XX processor, 4 Gbyte of memory, all-day battery life, wifi, Bluetooth and audio streaming, all in a water-resistant 46 mm diameter grade 2 titanium case with a textured rubber strap. Of course there are also timer, alarm and stopwatch functions.
There is a sapphire crystal touch-screen, and by default the watch retains its classic appearance, with the most pertinent information appearing inside the three chronograph counters at the 12, 6 and 9 o’clock positions. One can choose from one of three digital watch faces, inspired by the TAG Heuer Carrera range. When you want more, you touch the counter, and the app goes into full-screen mode. It will remain connected to the cloud as long as there is wifi. Its base applications remain running regardless of connectivity. The retail price is US$1,500, â¬1.350 or Â£1,100.
For those who fall out of love with the digital world, TAG Heuer says customers can exchange it for a mechanical watch at the end of its two-year warranty period.
MAC Cosmetics has announced that Ariana Grande is its new Viva Glam spokeswoman, following in the footsteps of Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Ricky Martin, Miley Cyrus and others.
Grande, 22, will lend her name to a deep plum lipstick and a baby pink lip gloss.
One hundred per cent of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam products go to the MAC Aids Fund, which to date has raised over US$380 million to fund HIV and Aids programmes.
Grande announced on Instagram, ‘I am beyond honored and excited to be working with a brand that stands for and always has stood for EQUALITY. my lipstick & gloss will be available in January and EVERY PENNY goes to people effected by HIV & AIDS â¦ I have loved & supported @maccosmetics ever since I was a little girl walking through the mall and saw your first #VIVAGLAM girl in the window @rupaulofficial. I’m so honored!!!’
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande hits counters in New Zealand on February 11, 2016.
Top Kendall and Kylie Jenner with their new collection. Centre and above By using the same fabrics, mothers and daughters can have matching designs thanks to Plakinger.
The Kendall & Kylie Collection, designed by sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, will hit Forever New stores in Australia on November 17. With 19 pieces, the limited-edition collection consists of ‘directional party looks’, with playsuits, skirts, crop tops and dresses featuring black, white and blush tones as well as an animal print. Details include lace work, exposed zips and sheer panelling. Prices range from A$79Â·99 to A$249Â·99 and the range is available from forevernew.com.au and selected stores nationally and internationally.
Plakinger, the luxury label started by Russian motherâdaughter duo Svetlana Ziggel and her mother Galina Plakinger, has released 10 looks for mothers and their little girls, so that they can have outfits with the same fabrics. Made in their atelier in Germany, the label is available through Maison Bo-M in Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and in the concept stores owned by the Chaumont luxury group in China.
One might think that bottled water lasts forever, but it only has a six- to twelve-month shelf life, and less if stored in extreme temperatures. Los Angeles-based Blue Can (right) provides premium emergency drinking water for homes, businesses and vehicles, thanks to a filtration system and the use of pressurized aluminium cans. The company says the water can be stored for decadesâ50 years is regularly cited. It supports the Emergency Water Foundation, a California non-profit corporation, which assists public institutions, business organizations, and schools with their Disaster Awareness Plans.
Below Some of the looks from the limited-edition Kendall & Kylie Collection.
How fitting that October 20âLucireâs anniversaryâis the date of another technological landmark, with Tommy Hilfiger announcing its virtual reality shopping experience, launching today at its Fifth Avenue store in New York City.
Wearing a Samsung Gear VR device, customers can find themselves immersed in a 360-degree presentation of Tommy Hilfiger’s fallâwinter 2015â16 runway collection, as though they were sitting in the front row at the Park Avenue Armory on February 16, 2015. There is also an exclusive backstage view not traditionally open to audiences.
Hilfiger said in a release, ‘Through virtual reality, weâre now able to bring our one-of-a-kind fashion show to the retail setting. From the incredible set and music to exclusive backstage moments, consumers will be able to watch the clothes move and see the collection in the original show environmentâitâs a compelling and interesting elevation of the traditional shopping experience.’
Tommy Hilfiger CEO Daniel Grieder added, ‘Through cutting-edge virtual reality technology, we can invite shoppers to experience the Hilfiger Collection fashion show from a front row seat. Weâre using virtual reality to open the doors to a unique part of our world, directly connecting the consumers in our retail space with one of our largest brand events each season.’
The company’s aim is to increase social engagement. The virtual reality set-up was created in collaboration with WeMakeVR, and captured with the proprietary WeMakeVR-Falcon camera.
The virtual reality programme will roll out in London (Brompton Road and Regent Street, and at wholesale with Selfridges), Paris (Boulevard des Capucines and Champs-ÃlysÃ©es), Milano (Piazza Guglielmo Oberdan), Amsterdam (P. C. Hooftstraat), DÃ¼sseldorf (SchadowstraÃe), Firenze (Piazza degli Antinori), ZÃ¼rich (BahnhofstraÃe) and Moskva (Kuznetsky Most) afterwards.
Speaking on the red carpet at the premiÃ¨re of Trumbo at the London Film Festival, Helen Mirren says that US culture is well known globally because of its film industry.
The new film, about real-life US screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Mirren herself, and directed by Jay Roach, depicts the Trumbo’s career and his blacklisting as one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, with one awarded to a front writer and another to his pseudonym.
Mirren says, âFilm is still used for propaganda. It’s an incredibly strong propaganda tool, which is why Hollywood, in the â50s was so nervous. It was recognized obviously in the Second World War, film was used as a propaganda tool, and so there was a great fear of the use of film as propaganda, and indeed it still is.
âThe reason American culture is so well known throughout the world much more than any other culture is because of the power of the American film industry. We are very lucky in America in that it really, ultimately, the American film industry is just about money. It’s not about politics: they’ll just do whatever sells, and in a way that’s a good thing.’
Other celebrities on the red carpet this week included Cate Blanchett, who arrived at the screening of her film Truth in Los Angeles, wearing a white Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, with a high neck. Rooney Mara, at the New York premiÃ¨re of Pan, in which she plays Tiger Lily, also went for white in a mini-dress with velvet ruffles.
Lady Gaga has made her acting dÃ©but in America Horror Story: Hotel, wearing a glamorous, asymmetric Brandon Maxwell red gown with a thigh-high slit, and Carey Mulligan donned Chanel with plenty of glitter and ruffles for the Suffragette premiÃ¨re on Wednesday.
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Pureology has released its new co-washing collection in New Zealand, with a range that promises to cleanse while softening and conditioning the hair.
Its new Cleansing Conditioners, which Pureology says will preserve colour vibrancy, soften hair and improve elasticity, provide 25 per cent cleansing and 75 per cent conditioning, in three gentle treatments for colour-treated hair.
There are three formulas: Hydrate, for dry colour-treated hair, featuring rosemary extract to nourish and soften; Strength Cure, for damaged colour-treated hair, with Asta-Repair to fortify and restore hair fibre; and Smooth Perfection, for frizz-prone, colour-treated hair, featuring camellia oil to smooth and control frizz.
Hydrate and Strength Cure are available now, with Smooth Perfection following in November.
Pureology is also releasing its Colour Fanatic Deep Conditioning Masque (right), a deep-conditioning treatment product for damaged, colour-treated hair, which primes, protects and perfects hair, according to the company.
Retail price is NZ$43 each, available from Pureology salons and stockists nationwide.