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Made out of What?!: a digital magazine considers sustainability and style

Filed by Lucire staff/July 12, 2021/16.43

How to merge sustainable vision and fashion? A tough call, and many are still rushing at the answer. A few years ago the American art visionary Denise Domergue established a not-for-profit to engage the first half of that question in the context of art.
   The Made Out of What?! initiative has mounted exhibitions, sponsored artist work, and created a library of informative videos highlighting how artists have engaged and embraced the concept of circular economy. To date they’ve launched a global movement, even going so far as to build an exhibit pavilion in the centre of NYC’s Times Square, a temporary structure made from repurposed materials which attracted global attention. Now a quarterly digital magazine from MOOW tracks the project’s progress.
   The current issue addresses sustainability and style, a topic dear to the hearts of Lucire readers. You can view and download the issue here.
   More importantly, participation, a donation or membership in support of the foundation’s work will make a difference in helping to reimagine Planet Earth in the shape we all would like to see.—Stanley Moss, Travel Editor

 


Ministry of Tomorrow enlists Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Halle Berry, Eddie Murphy and others for charity totes

Filed by Lucire staff/June 14, 2021/19.11




After a school located in the largest urban slum in Africa was forced to move because it was not up to code, eco-fashion label Ministry of Tomorrow raised money to help it relocate. Now, however, the school lacks funds to pay its teachers and cover operational expenses, including a daily meal for its students.
   Ministry of Tomorrow, with its Los Angeles retail partner Church Boutique, is stepping up again, teaming up with Christie’s and CharityBuzz, to auction a series of bags to benefit the Chema Vision Children’s Centre in the Kibera division in Nairobi.
   Ministry of Tomorrow’s Julian Prolman, and Church Boutique founders Rodney Burns and David Malvaney, turned to their celebrity friends to paint their art on an MOT tote, made in Nairobi, for the auction.
   Celebrities include Naomi Campbell, Halle Berry, Madonna, Eddie Murphy, Bria Murphy, Maggie Q, Paris Jackson, Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz, Usher, Lionel Richie, Evan Ross, Raquel Britton, Lee Daniels, David Banda, Ashlee Simpson Ross, and artist Montana Mills of Modern Multiples. Laurie Lynn Stark, of fashion and jewellery brand Chrome Hearts, created her own MOT tote.
   The auction runs through June 15 and the bags are on display at Christie’s in Manhattan, coinciding with luxury bag week at the auction house. All proceeds will be donated to Chema, with a US$100,000 goal set.















 


Adut Akech named Estée Lauder’s newest face, campaigns appear July

Filed by Lucire staff/June 3, 2021/21.44

Adut Akech is Estée Lauder’s newest brand ambassador, joining the beauty company’s current roster of models, including Ana de Armas, Anok Yai, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Carolyn Murphy, Diana Penty, Grace Elizabeth, Karlie Kloss, Kōki, and Yang Mi.
   Her campaigns for make-up and skin care will begin in July.
   Akech was named model of the year at the Fashion Awards in 2019 and featured on the Time 100 Next list the same year.
   South Sudanese by ethnicity, Akech was born en route to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Her family then settled in Adelaide, South Australia, where she joined a modelling agency and walked in Melbourne Fashion Week. In 2016, she was cast as a catwalk exclusive in the Yves Saint Laurent spring–summer 2017 show, making her fashion week début. Akech has regularly walked for major labels and appeared in campaigns. She has modelled in editorials in at least seven international editions of Vogue, and covered at least three; she has also appeared in I-D, Elle Hrvatska, L’Officiel Singapore, Numéro, and many others. She recently began working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to promote causes supporting refugees around the world.
   ‘To be part of the Estée Lauder family is a dream come true. Estée Lauder has such an amazing heritage, and the story of Mrs Estée Lauder continues to be an inspiration to women around the world. Like her, I hope to inspire girls everywhere to never give up on following their dreams,’ said Akech in a release.
   ‘Adut is one of fashion’s biggest and most influential stars,’ said Stéphane de la Faverie, group president for the Estée Lauder Companies, and global brand president, Estée Lauder and AERIN. ‘We believe her incredible story, personality and beauty will help us continue to inspire and connect with our consumers and establish her as a beauty icon of her generation.’

 


Sophie et Voilà’s wedding gowns adopt a minimalist style for 2021

Filed by Lucire staff/May 20, 2021/10.34




Spain’s Sophie et Voilà, the brainchild of creative director Sofia Arribas and CEO Saioa Goitia, have shown the bridal brand’s 2021 collection, Hydrangea.
   Sophie et Voilà is known for clean, minimalist styles, a welcome departure from some of the overly complex shapes that have been seen on catwalks of late. Hydrangea, meanwhile, has been inspired by the flower itself, which grows abundantly in the Basque country.
   As the label explains, the flower goes from nothing to everything each year: ‘the hydrangea is a flower that sprouts with the security of knowing that every spring it will be spectacular. Like Sophie et Voilà.’
   The designs reflect the different stages of the annual cycle of the hydrangea: minimalist; others like ‘an explosion of leaves’; and the remainder ‘designs that appear like a flowering of clean romanticism.’
   For US readers, the gowns can be viewed and ordered online at https://us.sophieetvoila.com/collections/bridal-collection. Prices start at under US$2,000.





 


Cole Haan launches fashionable golf footwear collections for spring ’21

Filed by Lucire staff/April 1, 2021/13.47




As a company that believes in accessible style, Cole Haan has launched its first golf footwear collection, débuting for spring 2021 and available now.
   There are three collections with names that Danes might balk at, as Cole Haan takes a character out of their alphabet for stylistic reasons and not pronounciation ones: ØriginalGrand, GrandPrø and Generation Zerøgrand. They link to what Cole Haan calls its Grand 36∅ Design and Engineering System.
   The shoes are spikeless and weatherproof, and aim to have good fit.
   David Maddocks, brand president of Cole Haan, said, ‘With more people golfing than ever, Cole Haan set out to democratize the game. Our customers have asked us for years to make performance golf shoes, however we knew we couldn’t simply offer something on par with the market-place. We believe we’ve set a new standard with an alchemy that combines superior performance, long-lasting comfort, and confident style that goes straight to the clubhouse. We have written new rules when it comes to both men’s and women’s golf footwear.’
   The range includes the ØriginalGrand golf shoe, which has an Oxford look; while the GrandPrø AM golf sneaker has a sneaker style with a variety of prints. These are available in men’s and women’s sizing. The Generation Zerøgrand golf sneaker, exclusive to men, blends athletic and dress shoe æsthetics.
   Chief creative officer Scott Patt added, ‘Golfers need comfortable, supportive, and stylish footwear that performs on and off the course. ‘We’re excited to introduce an assortment of styles that are exceptionally lightweight, cushioned, and are engineered with proprietary multi-directional traction that takes golfers from the course to the clubhouse.’
   Prices range from US$140 to US$170, and the collection is available through colehaan.com, in select Cole Haan stores, and Golf Galaxy and Dick’s Sporting Goods.


 


Sui He tapped as Elizabeth Arden’s newest ambassador

Filed by Lucire staff/March 5, 2021/22.46

Model and actress Sui He (何穗) has been named Elizabeth Arden’s newest ambassador.
   Hailing from China, where she established her modelling career after winning a competition at age 17, He went on to become the first Asian model to open a US designer show (Ralph Lauren, fall–winter 2011–12) and the second model of Chinese descent to appear in a Victoria’s Secret fashion show, walking every year for the lingerie brand from 2011 to 2017. In 2011 she was named one of New York’s fall 2011 top 10 faces.
   She has also appeared in Legend of the Naga Pearls, Pegasus, and Silent Separation during the 2010s.
   Elizabeth Arden picked He to appeal to the east Asian market, although she will also appear in global campaigns.
   He said, ‘I am a beauty lover at heart and have always been a fan of the Elizabeth Arden brand. The brand resembles a grace and timeless style that I have always admired along with high-quality and beautiful products that make women feel empowered. I am proud to partner with such a heritage brand and am excited to share their innovations and rich history with women everywhere.’
   Ava Huang, Elizabeth Arden’s global general manager, added, ‘Sui’s effortless sophistication and natural beauty leaves the world enamoured. Her confidence and drive coupled with her warmth and intelligence align seamlessly with Elizabeth Arden’s brand values, making her the perfect woman to represent the brand, continuing to uphold our founder’s legacy of empowering women and providing them with luxurious, high-performing innovation.’
   Prior campaigns for He include Ralph Lauren, Karl by Karl Lagerfeld, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, and H&M.
   She has also lent her name to the Stop Asian Hate social media campaign in the US.

 


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