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Bella Hadid fronts Self-Portrait spring–summer 2022 campaign

Filed by Lucire staff/September 21, 2021/11.45




© Self-Portrait/Harley Weir at Art Partner

In February it was Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor giving Self-Portrait’s autumn 2021 collection a stylish presence, while for spring–summer 2022, it’s Bella Hadid who fronts for the London-based fashion label.
   Founded in 2013 by Penang, Malaysia-born Han Chong, Self-Portrait is known for its modern, tasteful, effortless design, and the new season is no exception.
   Describing the new collection, Chong said, ‘This season I was really inspired to shift gears into the future and present a collection into what women might want to wear after what feels like a lifetime spent indoors. I wanted to show a modern approach to occasion dressing—strong, feminine styles but in soft and relaxed silhouettes. This collection is a love letter to the Self-Portrait woman—one who is ready to face the world, be truly herself and have fun again.’
   There are rich colours including some on-trend and bright shades, such as fuchsia, lilac, lime and canary yellow, as well as a calmer caramel and ivory, applied to a wide range of styles including halter dresses, cropped tops, peplum tops, pleated jackets, and far more.
   The new images were shot by Harley Weir and form Self-Portrait’s campaign beginning in January.
   Lina Kutsovskaya art-directed, Haley Wollens styled, Jawara Wauchope did the hair and make-up was by Sam Visser. Han Chong was the creative director.
   Chong continues his five-year scholarship programme with his Alma Mater, Central St Martins, supporting young designers at the college.




© Self-Portrait/Harley Weir at Art Partner

 


No Time to Die special edition Aston Martin DB5 Junior released

Filed by Lucire staff//0.01




Today’s children have so many more choices of toys. Once the province of royalty—Aston Martin once presented a scaled-down, rideable DB5 to HRH Prince Andrew in his youth—the Little Car Company has now crafted a No Time to Die special edition of the Aston Martin DB5 Junior. While not unique as the Prince’s was, there’s still a hefty price tag: £90,000, plus tax, but the specification may well convince some rich parents or grandparents to part with an amount that would otherwise secure a 1:1 second-hand Aston Martin.
   At two-thirds scale (so an adult and child can sit together) and limited to 125 examples, the DB5 Junior has an array of Q’s gadgets from Goldfinger, which can be seen again in the upcoming, and much delayed, Bond film, No Time to Die. Along with simulated Gatling guns behind the headlights and smokescreen (with an hour’s supply of smoke before a refill is needed), it has a fully electric powertrain.
   The Little Car Company has paid close attention to the real thing—after all, the DB5 Junior is a product licensed from Aston Martin and Eon Productions Ltd.—with the silver birch paintwork, Smiths instruments, Aston Martin badging, and individually numbered chassis plates.
   To make it extra-special for the lucky 125, the No Time to Die limited edition has more power and range (of up to 80 miles). The Little Car Company says there are also some “Easter eggs” for owners to discover.
   Special effects’ supervisor on 15 Bond films, Chris Corbould, acted as consultant on the models.
   Modern concessions include regenerative braking and Brembo disc brakes. Bilstein dampers and coilover springs feature in the suspension. Instead of the revolving number plates, the Junior has a digital display. Owners will receive automatic membership to the Aston Martin Owners’ Club and the Little Car Club.
   The film premières on September 30.








 


Secret Room Events’ Pre-Red Carpet Style Lounge: a return to form (and function)

Filed by Elyse Glickman/September 20, 2021/2.41




With the various lounge and suite options available to us (and there were a surprising number of them in light of the circumstances), we selected to check out the Secret Room Events Pre-Red Carpet Style Lounge for the 2021 Emmys as it would most likely deliver the most balanced, flavourful and interestingly presented boost of fun and innovation. As the 20th anniversary of 9-11 almost coincided with the Emmys telecast, it seemed fitting that several participating companies were present to both showcase their goods and also raise awareness for US veterans, firefighters and other front-line workers.
   Emmy nominees who came to celebrate the Style Lounge’s return included Emma Claulfiend (Wandavision), Peter Mackenzie (Black-ish), Jonathan Roumie (The Chosen), Marion Van Cuyck (Pen15), Mychal-Bella Bowman (The Underground Railroad), General Hospital stars Carolyn Hennesy and Cassandra James, Tanner Novlan (The Bold and the Beautiful), Lily Melgar (The Bay), Madison Reyes (Julie and the Phantoms), and Shola Adewusi, Bob Abishola, Annika Noelle and Petri Byrd.
   As the invitation noted, the anticipated event was staged ‘In honor of 2021 Emmy Nominees & All Nominees this 2021 year for Golden Globes, Grammy, Billboard, MTV, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.’ You could sense that Rita Branch and her team put much effort into making up for lost time, with a lively new venue (the Petersen Automotive Museum), fuel from Rasta Rita Margarita and Double Zero’s plant-based pizza and a new fleet of beauty products, wearables, kitchen gadgets and other items from entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country.
   Case in point is BVG Sunglasses, which are visionary through their polarized PFA lenses powered by Zeiss technology and frame silhouettes for men and women right off Europe’s runways. The two former US military veterans (opthamologist Dr G and ballistic glass engineer Mr B) behind the collection, meanwhile, had a greater vision: to ensure the majority of all profits from sales benefit the BVG Veterans of Valor Foundation. The funds raised will support specific veterans’ causes. Block grants will be donated to treatment facilities for the express purpose of making available treatment to all veterans needing care, especially with mental health and addiction issues. The other arm of the charity supports the training of medical professionals at all levels who will be educated to meet veterans’ special needs.
   Rasta Rita Cantina’s founders Bryce and Jeri were on hand to introduce their fresh mixology-inspired cocktail mixers and discuss their innovative event and meeting food and beverage packages. According to Bryce (who is also a US veteran), the inspiration to take the food truck craze in a juicy new direction came to him during the couple’s trip to Jamaica. While margarita trucks have been revving up across the US during the past 18 months, Rasta Rita takes things to the next level with uniquely crafted food and drink recipes, sweet vintage food trucks and the ability to pull an event together complete with necessary licenses and provisions across LA.
   It’s safe to say there were plenty of good eats from across the US represented at the suite. Try to say no to NY-based Just Bagels which began in 1992 as a small retail bagel shop in the Bronx. Over time, it eventually began rolling in dough when word got out. Today, you can find many expressions of the authentic NYC bagel at Barnes & Noble cafés, Whole Foods Markets, Marriott and Hilton properties and on airlines, college campuses and other locations across the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China and more.
   Sustainability, meanwhile, was another prevailing theme of the style lounge, bridging food, fashion and function together. Other edibles there for the taking included Double Zero specialty vegan pizzas from Matthew Kenney Cuisine, vegan cheese schmears from Plant Perks (which we think would taste great on toasted Just Bagels). We also loved the idea of that portable NomadiQ grills could make the preparation and deliciousness of healthier outdoor grilled proteins and veggies easier and more convenient for busy city dwellers.
   While there were several soft drink options to wash everything down, serious teetotallers gravitated to the table of San Diego-based Paru Tea Bar, founded in 2017 and developed by couple Amy Truong and Lani Gobaleza, who tapped into their shared passion for exotic teas, health benefits, and delicate flavours (Blue Chamomile, Okinawa Sugar, Moriuchi’s Sencha, Chiang Rai White and Pandan Waffle). To balance out the noshes and libations, there were vitamin supplements from Nature’s Plus supporting immunity distributed in the gift bags.
   Philadelphia-based Dr Lori Gerber, who provided on-site touch-ups on injectables and fillers in a similar fashion to her mobile med-spa parties, also turned guests on to her rejuvenating skin care and supplement lines as well as her boutique practice of anti-ageing and regenerative medicine. Dr Gerber says her approach is to ‘deconstruct and reconstruct a patient’s health one step at a time,’ offering several different plan options for anti-ageing and integrative medicine.
   Vegan beauty collections 10 Free Life and Kitten Beauty offer distinctive plant-based product lines for a variety of different people with divergent beauty needs. However, both companies are united in their intentions to produce cosmetics free of toxic chemicals impacting the users, animals and the planet, with great colours and sustainable packaging. Other exciting lines on site and in the bags included Pet Prophecy and Skin Prophecy Progressive Skin Care (Montecito, Santa Barbara), DubaiLeaf.com hydrogel eye masks, and Shower in a Wipe body wipes (Goodwipes.com) with lavender and natural tea tree oil.
   On the fashion end of things, the emphasis was not just on great everyday style, but also the use of fabrics and materials used to construct these items. Third Mind shoes, designed for men but also appreciated by women (love the rainbow and pink selections) can be described as the love child of performance athletic shoes and classic casual styles (loafers, oxfords, wingtips) crafted in breathable recycled fabrics with sophisticated and clean finishes and odour-resistant insoles.
   With masking still very much a part of everyday life, Hmnkind offered every guest an opportunity to try out its improved version. The featherweight and reusable masks, available in bright-yet-wearable colours, are crafted from antibacterial foam that is 200 per cent more breathable than a cotton mask and staves off skin dry out or irritation. The impressive material also has been scientifically proven based on independent testing from Nelson Labs to filter out viruses, bacteria and particles. While keeping out the bad stuff, the company is filtering some of its proceeds to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which has distributed more than 1,700 million pounds of food since 1973.
   Sustainability also dovetailed into several women- and minority-owned businesses. Chef Kela Hunte, who gave guests a sweet post-Emmy party in a box (her Martha Stewart-touted cookie baking kit), also offered her own inspirational story of how baking turned her life around. The professional pastry and culinary chef, who offers both live and interactive cooking classes, says baking became her salvation when she experienced financial and personal struggles after becoming home-bound when her son endured and recovered from life-threatening injuries. Starting a new business based on her passion and a relocation to Texas not only helped her support her family, but also led to her competing on Food Network’s Bake-away Camp with Martha Stewart and writing a book.
   Renata Hoskins, founder of Renata’s Boutique delighted attendees with her travel bag collection and origin story of and creator of Regular Ren, a jet-setting fictional character, ‘who’s always there to remind you that you’re joyful, beautiful, and powerful.’ The character embodies the moment Renata burst through her personal glass ceiling in high school when she entered a scholarship competition to win US$1,500. The contestants were asked to write an essay, and hers discussed what she learned from being raised by a legally blind single mother with a rare eye disease and growing up in a single wide trailer on her grandparents’ property. Beyond winning the scholarship, she not only developed into a successful entrepreneur but also pays things forward by leading countless philanthropic events, working with at-risk youth and supporting teenage survivors of sex trafficking.
   Brave Essentials, created by owner–CEO Monique Fulks, includes hand-crafted and formulated beauty solutions for hair and skin with velvety textures and rich aromas, while Love You More, founded by Gaby Ghorbani, is a beautiful line of handcrafted jewellery made by and benefiting women from different parts of Mexico. ‘We strive to create a sense of community among our artisans and buyers, promoting a Live with Love ideology that encourages LYM customers to love more,’ Ghorbani affirms. Artist Kelly Kay’s beautiful paintings and artwork via her Kelly Kay Paper Co. brightened attendees’ day and into December 2022 through desk calendars, thank you notes and other surprises.
   True to form, with Rita and partner Amy Boatright’s long-standing commitment to animal welfare, new pet-centric innovations were introduced, including healthy treats by Crown to Tail and Jack’s Furrfighters pet hair removal.
   Other companies strutting their stuff on site included GE Lighting (a Savant company), Freestyle photo C, Imaging Supplies, Electric Blue Bee Bop, Stern Pinball, Umi’s Roots, Bisoulovely and Nurse Hatty.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor


















 


Jaden Smith, New Balance launch 574 made from surplus materials

Filed by Lucire staff/September 17, 2021/10.04



Actor and musician Jaden Smith has teamed up again with New Balance, creating the Jaden 574, made from surplus materials, demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability.
   The silhouette will retail from 10 a.m. on September 17, 2021, at NZ$200, available at newbalance.co.nz.
   The upper comprises 73 per cent surplus materials, 9 per cent recycled content, and 18 per cent virgin materials. The mid-sole uses New Balance’s standard EVA. Each pair, because of its mix of surplus materials, is unique.
   It is New Balance’s second attempt at using surplus materials, following up on one of its Vision Racer styles last year.
   New Balance aims to send zero waste to landfill from its factories by 2025, and recently launched an apparel repair pilot with the Renewal Workshop.

 


Converse releases collection in collaboration with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s estate

Filed by Lucire staff//4.27



The late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a good friend of our travel editor Stanley Moss, continues to have an influence on modern popular culture, with Converse being the latest to adapt Basquiat’s works for a range, in collaboration with his estate.
   Some of Basquiat’s most influential and vibrant post-graffiti works have been adapted to Converse footwear and apparel, including Kings of Egypt II, Kings of Egypt III, Pez Dispenser, and World Famous. Basquiat’s Untitled (1982), not used here, remains one of the most expensive paintings sold, fetching US$110·5 million in 2017.
   The crown motif and Basquiat’s handwritten name also appear on the designs, although from what we can see, his Samo (a contraction of same old shit) signature doesn’t.
   The collection is now on sale at converse.com.au.

 


Bienvenue à nos lecteurs français: Lucire KSA now published in English and French

Filed by Jack Yan/September 16, 2021/5.41




Top and centre: Lucire KSA issue 31, in English and in French. Above: One of the articles in French inside the magazine.

I’m very grateful to the team at Lucire KSA, who have created the first Lucire in French this month. They had an opportunity to reach Francophone readers, and the first issue is now out in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
   We’re currently working with the crew there on the second issue, with our translators in Antibes, France and here in Wellington, New Zealand, and the hope is we’ll eventually craft some exclusive French content. As has been the case since earlier this year, the Lucire KSA team chooses their own covers to suit their market, and inside there’s the mix of fashion, beauty, travel, lifestyle and culture that readers have come to know and love.
   As a Francophone myself, I’m thoroughly impressed by the quality of translation for Lucire KSA’s September 2021 number, which has set a high standard for our team to meet for October, our anniversary month.
   My small contribution this month was that I proofed the September issue before it was completed, and contributed the French titles of a number of films. Reading Cahiers du cinéma and Première all those years ago paid off.
   What we may see from October 2021 are some of the French articles online, letting you choose which language you want to read it in. We’re having a look at the template now—after all, the current web one dates back to 2013, which is a long time in internet terms.
   It marks the fourth language for Lucire: English being the first, followed by Romanian, and two issues in Qatar in Arabic over a decade ago. We briefly experimented with a Chinese-language website, but as it had a single article, I don’t think I can count it in this tally.
   I want to thank publicly a few Francophone Wellingtonians: Carine Stewart, Sylvie Poupard-Gould, and Geneviève Rousseau Cung, all of whom have played a part in Lucire over the years, and whose actions led to us finding the translation team. As some of you know, Sylvie named Lucire in 1997—little did we know I would be writing this message 24 years later.
   It feels like another step forward for us, with our five editions: this, the original web one, our New Zealand print edition (which was our second), Lucire KSA, Lucire Rouge over in the US with Elyse Glickman and Jody Miller, and now Lucire KSA en français. I thank everyone for their support and initiative. En avant!—Jack Yan, Founder and Publisher

 


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