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‘Milliner to the stars’ opens showroom

November 18, 2008/1.04

Her handiwork has dazzled on the dance floor, won awards and is set to feature in Peter Jackson’s upcoming film The Lovely Bones. Such is the demand for her fancy hats and quirky fascinators that milliner Amy Jansen-Leen has opened her first atelier—Amy Jansen-Leen Millinery—in Te Aro, Wellington.    With the race day season kicking […]

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GM’s Opel Insignia is European Car of the Year

November 17, 2008/21.55

I hope this is the last car post for a while since we are in danger of turning into a car blog. The Opel Insignia has won European Car of the Year, so I was wrong on my guess that a Ford would take the position.    The Ford Fiesta lost by one point: 320 […]

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New technologies from BMW at LA Auto Show

November 16, 2008/12.14

BMW will present a some of its new technologies at the Los Angeles Auto Show this year. The new shape some BMW fans will want to see will be the 7-series, which will also appear at the show as an Active Hybrid concept. We’ve video of some of the other technologies that BMW will be […]

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Jaguar XF at bottom of US reliability survey


I hope this doesn’t mean that Jaguar has gone back to its old ways as a US survey puts the Toyota Prius at the top of its reliability list, and the Jaguar XF (left) at the bottom. Both cars have been nominees in Lucire’s Car to Be Seen in awards: the Toyota in 2004–5, the […]

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Our bet for COTY


I have a feeling that tomorrow, we will hear that the Ford Ka, as driven by Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace, will be European Car of the Year. It has a good chassis, it’s a subcompact car that ?ts modern European sensibilities, and it has cross-Europe appeal. Our second pick would be the Alfa […]

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European Car of the Year to be announced Nov. 17

November 11, 2008/7.22

Final voting is under way for the European Car of the Year 2009 and the result will be announced on the 17th inst. at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London at the Autocar Awards.    Interestingly, the shortlist is not too dissimilar from the Car to Be Seen in finalists that Lucire announces next month. […]

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Kevin Rudd’s stimulus package could be great for green

November 10, 2008/9.08

I congratulate Australian PM Kevin Rudd for announcing a A$6·2 billion stimulus package for the Australian car industry. And before you think I am going to go off talking cars again, this is about the environment—something that many Lucire readers care about with our UNEP connection.    Australia has long innovated in the automotive industry […]

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H&M opens in Harajuku, shows Comme des Garçons collaboration

November 9, 2008/1.21

With the Japanese economy at risk of deflation, it’s probably not a bad time to open a retail store that specializes in low prices. H&M’s new store in Harajuku, Tokyo, opened yesterday and was one of two that showed the Swedish brand’s latest designer collaboration—this time, with one of Japan’s own: Rei Kawakubo of Comme […]

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CitizenM’s win suggests the Dutch do it better

November 8, 2008/6.01

Normally we’re against those tiny hotel rooms that put style and design over space and comfort, but with CitizenM’s win of the European Hotel Design Award, we wonder if the Dutch do it better. Apparently they haven’t skimped on the comfort stakes and the group took home several awards beyond the Hotel of the Year […]

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Payless collaborates with Summer Rayne Oakes on green footwear line

October 13, 2008/13.28

Payless ShoeSource has announced plans to launch the first affordable green footwear line due in stores early next year and that it has signed an agreement with Summer Rayne Oakes, Discovery Network’s Planet Green fashion and beauty expert, author of Style, Naturally: the Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion & Beauty (Chronicle Books, February 2009) […]

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