This photograph was shot for a motoring-and-travel story about the South Island, New Zealand in Lucire no. 26, but it‚Äôs one that won‚Äôt run in the print magazine as the quality‚Äôs not up to scratch. The light is far too strong, but I like the concept: the new Renault Clio meets an old¬†Renault Dauphine. We have no¬†idea which Renault fan¬†in the Otago region put his or her rusting Dauphine on top of a container but it juxtaposed with the new Clio well. I did great mileage in the Clio as part of an extended road test from Christchurch to Dunedin and back, which readers will see in a future issue.
Stanley Moss (left, pictured with designer Tadashi Shoji), travel editor of this title, CEO of the Medinge Group and well known branding expert, is recovering from surgery in California. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to him being up and about and motoring in his Chrysler Crossﬁre soon.
While Samantha Potes is covering Toronto Fashion Week for Lucire (welcome back, Samantha!), we did receive a release about Kolor Shades from Canada. They‚Äôve just had their opening party in Toronto and sent us some great images from their shoot.
¬†¬† They‚Äôre very youthful and apparently these are the latest styles in eyewear, though older readers may see that it‚Äôs a case of the cycle swinging around again, albeit with a late 2000s‚Äô bent. There are more women than men pictured, but Kolor Shades does sell men‚Äôs and women‚Äôs versions.
Despite rumours that America‚Äôs Next Top Model Tyra Banks and Jay Manuel aren‚Äôt speaking, Banks‚Äôs¬†representatives¬†has said that she is not quitting the show.
¬†¬† Her departure would be unlikely since Banks herself has a stake in the series. Her company, Bankable Productions, produces¬†the show, as well as her talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
¬†¬†¬†One rumour was that Banks would quit Top¬†Model to focus on¬†her talk show. This has been dismissed by her spokesperson.
¬†¬† The story that Banks and Manuel were not speaking was also dismissed as untrue.
I wish that was a joke, but it isn‚Äôt.
¬†¬† I went to preview a New Dowse exhibition on transsexuality, intersexuality¬†and the transgender community with its communications‚Äô of?cer Mandy Herrick and coincidentally, was told by a friend last night about a situation at a gym in New Zealand.
¬†¬† They had two intersexual¬†(‚Äėhermaphrodite‚Äô) clients. Other patrons petitioned the owner to remove them, otherwise they would not pay their fees.
¬†¬† Shame on us as New Zealanders.
¬†¬† We go around saying how open-minded we are, scoff at other nations, point out how we had the world‚Äôs ?rst transsexual MP‚ÄĒbut no, when we confront intersexual people in our own neighbourhood, we do exactly what pre-US Civil Rights racists did when they hung out ‚ÄėWhites Only‚Äô signs.
¬†¬† For crying out loud, these two clients were born¬†this way‚ÄĒand¬†you‚Äôll be even more shocked to learn that the gym opened itself to a¬†human rights‚Äô violation by cancelling the two people‚Äôs memberships.
¬†¬† Imagine¬†if they were¬†taken to court¬†and how much business they would have lost if word got out.
¬†¬† Wouldn‚Äôt it have been better to have pointed out to the prejudiced clients that if they¬†couldn‚Äôt accept¬†the situation, then they could¬†take their business elsewhere?
¬†¬†¬†Or go so far as to build an extra changing room¬†and encourage more¬†open-minded clients all round?
¬†¬† I was pretty shocked that this went on.¬†
¬†¬† I am not prejudice-free and I will freely admit to thinking, ‚ÄėThat looks a bit odd‚Äô‚ÄĒas I did when I looked at some of the work that the New Dowse will be showing. I don‚Äôt know anyone who has told me they are intersex, hence my surprise. Then again, I don‚Äôt go around asking. I get over it. I accept that this is part of God‚Äôs plan and everyone is created in His own image.
¬†¬† And there is a clear right and wrong in this case. Hopefully as time goes by more of us will look at this story and equate it to the racism of earlier times.
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The state visit of President Nicolas Sarkozy¬†of France to the United Kingdom has started off on a positive note, if the fashion media there are any indication.
First Lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy was¬†dressed in a Christian Dior grey coat (that grey‚ÄĒthe one the fashion house itself made famous) with matching beret, accessorized with a black belt and black gloves. She wore black pumps to lessen the 4 in height difference between her and her husband, but also¬†to avoid towering over her hosts, as she may be taller than HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The Times made some reference to Thunderbirds‚Äô Lady Penelope but summarized that Mme Sarkozy had, overall, succeeded in a more demure, safe look. Compliments could also be found from editors at Harper‚Äôs Bazaar UK and British Vogue, with the fashion magazines drawing comparisons with Jacqueline Kennedy.
There had been reports that Mme Sarkozy had met with Christian Dior‚Äôs English-born designer John Galliano to plan the wardrobe over the last few weeks.
Her of?cial wardrobe also includes an evening gown by Jean Paul Gaultier. M. Gaultier had also designed her wedding gown.
HM Queen Elizabeth II wore a mottled fawn coat with dark brown trim and a dark brown hat trimmed with fawn-coloured feathers.
Giorgia Surina at the Hotel Villa Laguna during the 72nd Venice Film Festival, September 6, 2015. Photographed by Annalisa Flori/Getty Images.
Niamh Adkins attends the New York premi√®re of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY on July 27, 2015. Photographed by Aurora Rose.
Tilda Swinton at Chanel cruise 2015‚Äď16 in Seoul, photographed by Aldo Castoldi. Full story at http://lucire.com/insider/20150505/chanel-shows-cruise-2015-16-in-seoul-with-gisele-bundchen-kristen-stewart-razane-jammal-shin-hye-park-alma-jodorowsky/
Irina Shayk attends the Marc Cain autumn‚Äďwinter 2016 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, January 19, 2016, photographed by Nela K√∂nig.
Sara Sampaio attends the New York premi√®re of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions, at the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX theatre in New York, NY on July 27, 2015. Photographed by Aurora Rose.
Taylor Swift poses in the press room during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photographed by Jason Merritt.
Dita von Teese visits the Avakian suite during the 68th Cannes Film Festival at the Carlton Hotel on May 23, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Fan Bingbing wears Ralph & Russo spring‚Äďsummer 2015 couture to the Chopard Trophy Party at the 2015 Festival de Cannes, on May 16, 2015. The white silk cr√®pe off-the-shoulder fishtail gown features cascading silk organza and gazar ruffles.
At the 72nd Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica in Venezia, on September 4, 2015, Yvonne Sci√≤ wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Photographed by Sebastiano Pessina.
Izabel Goulart in Georges Hobeika, at the premi√®re of Ice and the Sky, on May 24, 2015. Jewellery by de Grisogono.
Suki Waterhouse arrives at the Amazon Fashion Photography Studio launch party, in London, July 23, 2015. Photographed by David M. Benett/Getty Images.