This photograph was shot for a motoring-and-travel story about the South Island, New Zealand in Lucire no. 26, but itâs one that wonât run in the print magazine as the qualityâs not up to scratch. The light is far too strong, but I like the concept: the new Renault Clio meets an oldÂ Renault Dauphine. We have noÂ idea which Renault fanÂ 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. Theyâve just had their opening party in Toronto and sent us some great images from their shoot.
Â Â Theyâre very youthful and apparently these are the latest styles in eyewear, though older readers may see that itâs a case of the cycle swinging around again, albeit with a late 2000sâ bent. There are more women than men pictured, but Kolor Shades does sell menâs and womenâs versions.
Despite rumours that Americaâs Next Top Model Tyra Banks and Jay Manuel arenât speaking, BanksâsÂ representativesÂ has said that she is not quitting the show.
Â Â Her departure would be unlikely since Banks herself has a stake in the series. Her company, Bankable Productions, producesÂ the show, as well as her talk show, The Tyra Banks Show.
Â Â Â One rumour was that Banks would quit TopÂ Model to focus onÂ her talk show. This has been dismissed by her spokesperson.
Â Â The story that Banks and Manuel were not speaking was also dismissed as untrue.
I wish that was a joke, but it isnât.
Â Â I went to preview a New Dowse exhibition on transsexuality, intersexualityÂ and the transgender community with its communicationsâ of?cer Mandy Herrick and coincidentally, was told by a friend last night about a situation at a gym in New Zealand.
Â Â They had two intersexualÂ (âhermaphroditeâ) clients. Other patrons petitioned the owner to remove them, otherwise they would not pay their fees.
Â Â Shame on us as New Zealanders.
Â Â We go around saying how open-minded we are, scoff at other nations, point out how we had the worldâs ?rst transsexual MPâbut no, when we confront intersexual people in our own neighbourhood, we do exactly what pre-US Civil Rights racists did when they hung out âWhites Onlyâ signs.
Â Â For crying out loud, these two clients were bornÂ this wayâandÂ youâll be even more shocked to learn that the gym opened itself to aÂ human rightsâ violation by cancelling the two peopleâs memberships.
Â Â ImagineÂ if they wereÂ taken to courtÂ and how much business they would have lost if word got out.
Â Â Wouldnât it have been better to have pointed out to the prejudiced clients that if theyÂ couldnât acceptÂ the situation, then they couldÂ take their business elsewhere?
Â Â Â Or go so far as to build an extra changing roomÂ and encourage moreÂ open-minded clients all round?
Â Â I was pretty shocked that this went on.Â
Â Â I am not prejudice-free and I will freely admit to thinking, âThat looks a bit oddââas I did when I looked at some of the work that the New Dowse will be showing. I donât know anyone who has told me they are intersex, hence my surprise. Then again, I donât go around asking. I get over it. I accept that this is part of Godâs plan and everyone is created in His own image.
Â Â 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 SarkozyÂ 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 wasÂ dressed in a Christian Dior grey coat (that greyâthe 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 alsoÂ to avoid towering over her hosts, as she may be taller than HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. The Times made some reference to Thunderbirdsâ Lady Penelope but summarized that Mme Sarkozy had, overall, succeeded in a more demure, safe look. Compliments could also be found from editors at Harperâs 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 Diorâs 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.