LVMH & Google’s War on Counterfeit Goods

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Google have reached an agreement in a decade-long legal battle, in which LVMH accused Google of violating trademark laws and promoting the sale of counterfeit LVMH goods online.

In a joint effort to develop new ways of engaging consumers online whilst preserving the value of trusted brands and enhancing creativity, LVMH and Google are to commit to further enhance their current extensive resources to tackle the advertising and sale of counterfeit goods online.

Recently, French border police seized £10m worth of counterfeit cosmetic gift sets labelled with brands including Dior, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and MAC, from a Dutch vehicle headed to the UK via the Channel Tunnel. Earlier this year, Dubai police confiscated the equivalent of US $4.4m in fake cosmetics and personal care products from two warehouses, and in Kuala Lumpur, 40,000 counterfeit cosmetic goods worth $134,000 were seized in a market raid engineered by leading cosmetics manufacturers and law enforcement officials.

Pierre Godé, Vice-President at LVMH, said: “Today’s LVMH-Google agreement paves the way for greater cooperation towards a safer and more engaging digital environment, brands will be protected both online and offline. This agreement is a clear illustration of the responsible approach being taken by the different actors in the digital value chain. This cooperation will clearly benefit citizens and businesses alike.”

Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, President of Southern & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations, Google, said: “We are very happy to reach this agreement with LVMH and to work together to tackle the advertising of counterfeit goods online and preserve the value of trusted brands. It is extremely important to build a safe environment for our customers and partners and we’ll continue to work tirelessly to keep them protected online. We are looking forward to engaging with LVMH, one of the world’s leading luxury brands, through our engineering, product and sales teams.”

Image credit: Fashion Parsons

Image credit: Fashion Parsons

Lancôme’s Jeans for Genes Manicure…

Back in the nineties, Jeans for Genes Day was established to raise money for Genetic Disorders UK – a charity which aims to improve the lives of around 30,000 babies born with genetic disorders in the UK each year.

In honour of the charity, Lancôme has teamed up with celebrity nail artist Kim Treacy to offer ‘denim inspired’ manicures at Selfridges London, of which ALL proceeds will go to Jeans for Genes!

Not only that, the beauty giant is also donating £5 from every bottle of Advanced Génifique serum bought between 15th – 19th September.

The denim manicures will be offered at the Lancôme counter in Selfridges on September 19th and cost £10, with all proceeds going straight to the Jeans for Genes charity.

To donate to Jeans for Genes Day yourself, simply text the unique code JFGD14 and the donation amount (e.g. £10) to 70070

Choupette Lagerfeld – The Shu Uemura Collection

Karl Lagerfeld’s now-famous Siamese cat, Choupette Lagerfeld, has finally unveiled her first cosmetics collection for Shu Uemura, which has been dubbed “Glamourpuss Luxury”.

The collection includes a lip and eye palette, blusher, lashes, cleansing oil and glitter powder, with the packaging adorned with a series of drawings by Karl.

Lagerfeld worked with Shu Uemura in 2012 when he created a 17-piece holiday collection with a cartoon spokesmodel called Mon Shu. His French bulldog, Marcel, also fronted a beauty campaign of Nars back in 2010.

Model Baptiste Giabiconi gave Choupette to Lagerfeld to watch over during Christmas in 2011 and the designer refused to give her back.

“I thought she was too cute. She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food,” he said in a 2012 interview. “She even knows how to use an iPad.”

Image credit: WWD

Image credit: WWD

‘Perfection Drops’ – The PERFECT Applicator For Foundation?

Italian packaging manufacturer, Lumson, has produced ‘Perfection Drops’ – the new glass bottles with a precision dropper for the perfect application of liquid foundations.

The new bottles have been specifically developed for the application of extra liquid foundations and come with an inserted wiper to provide a clean and precise application. According to the packaging expert, no residue remains on the tip of the glass pipette and any possible product contamination is prevented.

The bottles are available with a capacity of 28 milliliters in various forms in clear or frosted glass and packs can be customised by different printing techniques. The dropper is aluminium coated with a soft part in Nitrile – both available in two colour variations. The glass pipette is also available with different tips.

Image credit: Lumson

Image credit: Lumson

Botox – The BEST Treatment For Stomach Cancer?

According to scientists from New York and Norway, Botulinum toxin (Botox) could be used as new treatment for stomach cancer as it has been discovered that the anti-wrinkle treatment slows tumour growth.

Botox is most commonly used to improve facial aesthetics, and is often applied to wrinkles.

The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found that using Botox on nerves in the stomach had very positive effects on stomach cancers, which has the second highest mortality rate.

The teams at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim found that disrupting the nerve that runs from the brain to the digestive system helped to slow the growth of tumours or make them more responsive to chemotherapy.

Dr Timothy Wang, professor of medicine at Columbia who headed up the research team, said, “We found that blocking the new signals makes the cancer cells more vulnerable – it removes one of the key factors that regulate their growth.”

Co-author Professor Duan Chen, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said: ‘The anti-cancer effects were remarkable, especially with local vagotomy or by injecting Botox.

‘It actually surprised us. The finding that Botox was highly effective was particularly exciting.’

He added: ‘We believe this treatment is a good treatment because it can be used locally and it targets the cancer stem cells.

This could be more effective than either surgery or Botox in more invasive cancers, since it would seek out cells that have broken away from the main tumour.

Other solid tumours, such as prostate cancer, may have their growth stimulated by similar nerve signals, say the scientists.

But more research was needed to identify the nerves involved, which were expected to vary between different organs and tumour types.

Image credit: Ask Dr Graf

Image credit: Ask Dr Graf

Gucci Goes For (Colour Cosmetics) Gold

Gucci has launched its first cosmetics line choosing Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and a long-standing Gucci muse, to front the campaign.

The new collection includes eye, lip, nail and face make-up as well as brushes and skin preparation products, and will be produced alongside P&G Prestige, the company behind key fragrances such as Gucci Guilty and Gucci Première.

Creative Director Frida Giannini consulted with Pat McGrath – Creative Design Director of P&G’s beauty division, to develop the range of 183 ultimate quality, design and luxury products.

The line will be available in the US later this month, with a UK launch date yet TBC.

Image credit: Beauty Blitz

Image credit: Beauty Blitz

Introducing Topshop Beauty’s ‘The Face’

Having made its mark in colour cosmetics, Topshop Beauty is turning its attention to facial make-up.

The Face, Topshop Beauty’s facial beauty collection has been 18 months in the making and has been developed to provide the most natural finish possible.

At the centre of the line is The Foundation (£16), which is described as “liquid velvet for the skin”; a silicone-gel formula, it encapsulates tone-adjusting pigment for true-to-skin-tone colour. It also includes two primers: The Airbrush Primer (£12), a skin refiner which blurs imperfections; and The Colour Correcting Primer (£12), which contains oil-absorbing powders and anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce redness. In addition to The Concealer (£10), a lightweight liquid concealer which builds a breathable, high-coverage film, The Face’s line-up includes The Concealer Palette (£12), which brings together Colour Correcting Concealer, Under Eye Concealer, Blemish Concealer and Setting Powder.

The Face will be available in stores and online from September.

Rihanna vs. MAC – Round Two

Rihanna has taken to Twitter to unveil her second Viva Glam MAC collaboration, with all profits going towards ‘helping women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.’

As MAC revealed on their website, they’ve partnered with the Barbadian-beauty on a frosted metallic mauve lipstick and lipgloss for the collaboration.

The lipstick for Viva Glam Rihanna II will come in warm mauve with silver frost, while the lipgloss will be a cool mauve with red frost.

The new line of colour cosmetics products will be available for purchase online on September 8 and in stores on September 11. They will be available through to February 2015.

Image credit: MAC Cosmetics

Image credit: MAC Cosmetics

Are You Ready for Christian Louboutin Beauté?

‘Beauty is a boat that is meant to sail alone, but one that sails alongside the shoes,’ says Christian Louboutin, as he unveils his new nail lacquer collection – Rouge Louboutin.

The story of the soles goes that 20 years ago, Louboutin, looking for the perfect finishing touch for a prototype he had just created, spontaneously grabbed a pillar box nail polish from his assistant – mid-manicure nearby – and painted the soles with the shade which would become his signature.

This week, he unveils his new nail colour, Rouge Louboutin, as the first step in Christian Louboutin Beauté and what he describes as his “beauty adventure”.

“It’s a natural extension for someone like me, who likes to empower women and to be a part of creating beauty seems like the right next step” explains the Frenchman.

The first of his lacquers are expected to promptly sell out – you’ll be pleased to hear the fashion house worked hard to create 30 colours in total, due to follow suit with a September launch date (and exclusively in Selfridges from August 25). Made up of noirs, nudes and brights, Louboutin and his team worked with leather and fabric samples unique to the brand to create the full palette. Once chosen, his shades were then reworked to complement different skin tones, and later named after an iconic Louboutin shoe (you’ll find a plum Lady Page, and rich red Very Privé and Batignolles in the collection).

We cannot WAIT for the collection.


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