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February 14, 2014

Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, Chrissy Teigen share Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover, shot in the Cook Islands

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Three models share the cover honours for the 50th anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for 2014: Nina Agdal, Lily Aldridge, and Chrissy Teigen.
   The 2014 edition was revealed Thursday night on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit blog and débuted on national TV Thursday night in the US on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
   It is the first cover for all three models. Teigen has modelled for the special issue since 2010, and Agdal had her début in 2012. It is Aldridge’s first year.
   The last time three models appeared on the cover was in 2006.
   The cover was shot by James Macari in the Cook Islands. The magazine itself will hit newsstands next week, in print and digital formats.
   Teigen also appears in Air New Zealand’s latest safety video, co-branded with Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, which was also shot in the Cook Islands.
   Kate Upton had appeared on the cover over the previous two years.

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January 24, 2014

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, January 24

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Kicking off this week’s most interesting and stylish Instagrams is Australian blogger Sara Donaldson of Harper & Harley, photographed by Ana Suntay-Tañedo. Finding the ideal outfit for summer work and socializing is a toughie, especially with the longer days—so to solve this, Donaldson has chosen an ensemble of a Zimmermann dress, Windsor Smith sandles and a Givenchy bag, encapsulating the season’s look well.
   But it’s not summer everywhere. Kristina Bazan of Swiss blog Kayture headed to Paris to shoot a fine jewellery video for Love Gold, and she is snapped outside Chanel at the Place de la Vendôme. The look’s spot on, with the Chanel umbrella, but it’s the pairing of a black coat with stonewashed skinny jeans that’s particularly chic for the cool, zero-degree temperatures in the French capital. (You can see more of the Love Gold shoot on Bazan’s blog.)
   On the subject of black coats, our own Instagram shows the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s principal guest artist Gillian Murphy trying on a Tamsin Cooper coat, especially designed for her. Murphy liked the elegance and practicality of the coat and picked it over two others that Cooper had brought up. Cut at knee length, it’s ideal for this winter.
   The black-and-white trend is really emerging this week. Judged the most influential blogger of the year, Kenza Zouiten has shown off her outfit for the Elle-galan (the Swedish edition of Elle had a gala earlier this month). You can see Zouiten’s own photos in a larger format—she wears a stunning dress by Ida Sjöstedt with a clutch by Malene Birger, and pulls the look off immaculately.
   And coming back to summer, our own fashion editor Sopheak Seng successfully styles with black and white stripes for the races, as he dressed models for the Wellington Cup’s barrier announcement on Wednesday. Taken behind the scenes is one of his models, from Kirsty Bunny Management, wearing Deryn Schmidt, available at Kirkcaldie & Stains.
   While our own Anna Deans is away today, we thought we’d cheekily check in to her ’Gram to see her latest hairstyle, which she posted during the week. It’s inspired by Brigitte Bardot—and she means the youthful French icon rather than the right-wing activist. Australian model Miranda Kerr, meanwhile, has shown off her make-up by Lisa Storey and hair by David Keough, both of Los Angeles, with bright lips and the apples of her cheeks highlighted—skilfully. Both these images, and some of the others that are coming through from cosmetics’ companies, are indicative of a more purposeful make-up look in the Zeitgeist over the natural face.
   Doutzen Kroes, meanwhile, has gone on her Instagram to promote the Victoria’s Secret Sport line, which she also promoted in person last week in Florida. It’s a bit of fitspo this week to get you pumped for the weekend!

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January 17, 2014

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, January 17

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This week has been full of fun and festive events and the fashion Instagram round-up this week reflects that. The first event this week was, of course, the Golden Globes. The Globes bring out the big guns of red carpet attire. My best dressed of the event was nominated actress from 12 Years a Slave, Lupita Nyong’o. Nupito wore a stunning, fiery-red dress with an attached cape and bare shoulders. This was paired with her usual stunning make-up, which included a matching red lip and gold eye. In awe of her style at the Globes, I have picked this snap, ’grammed by Vogue Brasil, of a few of her bright-and-beautiful red carpet looks from the last few months, including of the Globes’ gown. I love a girl who isn’t afraid of colour, and looks awesome in it also.
   Another exciting event in the fashion world this week was the Stylight Fashion Blogger Awards. Here, I have an Instagram pic from Lucire’s own Instagram from this event. The image depicts Kristina Bazan looking über-chic in what appears to be a black oversized T, paired with a breastplate-style metal choker, a tousled mane, and smoky eyes.
   Last, but certainly not least, was Lucire’s current model obsession Bambi Northwood-Blyth’s wedding! This event took place in the beautiful Byron Bay in Australia, in an outdoor ceremony. Because I think it’s just too cute, I felt compelled to include not one, but two pics of her this week. The first is of her and her new husband, Dan Single, during the ceremony: they both look unbelievably radiant in white. Bambi’s dress is probably the most beautiful wedding dress I have ever seen, no exaggeration. Bambi was lucky enough receive her dress as a gift from designer Roberto Cavalli and Dan wears a dapper Tom Ford suit. The other image I included, which is also from Bambi’s own Instagram, is of another wedding-weekend activity she did, surfing. She looks super-cool in a wetsuit muscle-back, bikini bottoms and a festive floral headpiece. Congrats, Dan and Bambi!
   Also beachin’ it up this week is my personal favourite fashion icon, Miroslava Duma. The Russian “it” girl looks so, so glam in a striped two-piece, a black headscarf and sunnies, even when surrounded by her children’s toys. I am getting hugely behind her nautical look. The second beach-goer is Harper & Harley’s Sara Donaldson. Sara looks super-natural and relaxed in a strapless bikini top and chic black sunnies. This beach look lets her ridiculously glowing skin show even more than usual, lucky lady.
   Another lady with skin to envy is up-and-coming model Malaika Firth. She posts a mid-shoot image of her looking super-stunning and fresh-faced, wearing a hippie-ish gold bangle and a purple patterned scarf. I love her low-key, relaxed look.
   For my own style shot this week, I couldn’t help but include a photo of me during a style profile shoot of my friend, Sarah. This shoot, for my blog, Annabohemio, was encapsulating Sarah’s unique, simple day-to-day style, shot at a local park. Here, I lie among many of the Polaroid photographs wearing Nudie jeans, no shoes and a vintage T. I’m very snap-happy. And that’s a wrap!—Anna Deans

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January 14, 2014

Lucire’s style round-up: fashionable Instagrams this week, January 14

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Today’s fashion Instagram round-up includes, first, my current model-crush, Bambi Northwood-Blyth. Here, she is looking effortlessly sexy-chic with her head out a car window. Only Bambi could wear a vintage looking bralette and pink shirt to do this and make it look unsilly. Bambi’s best friend and DJ Bip Ling is also included this week, in a snap from Bambi’s fiancé Dan Single’s Instagram. Bip is looking super-alty and stylish in a peach-pink and green skirt and top set with flamboyant frills. She has paired this with stark white platforms with Nike ankle socks, a wicked pair of sunnies and a tousled, beachy mane. I am dying for this super-original look.
   Also included from Australia this week is model and 4th and Bleeker blogger, Alexandra Spencer. Here she looks über-sexy in a hat over half her face with her sumptuous lips showing underneath. I appreciate the black-and-white element of this shot making it even more edgy-sexy. I have also included world-class blogger from Fashiontoast, Rumi Neely, this week. Rumi is a constant style icon of mine and this week she is wearing a sheer-dusty-grey silk organza T, with a soft-cup barely-there bra underneath. Her make-up is its usual minimal self, with a slight cat-eye, paired with her usual tousled mane.
   The last Instagram shot from a blog this week is from Jak & Jil. This blog is a compilation of renowned street-style photographer Tommy Ton’s imagery. This shot is a true pink confection: Tania Gačić looks fabulous wearing an oversized fuchsia blazer with matching bag and lip. Somehow this Barbie-pink look, even on a blonde, still works.
   I have included two more high-profile celebrities this week, the first a stunning shot of Jennifer Lawrence off Vogue Brasil’s Instagram. I am adoring her vulnerability in this shot where she is wearing a robe, most likely having her make-up done. Her expression and make-up are both soft and this endears her very much.
   Rita Ora makes the last celeb spot this week, as I couldn’t resist but include her fabulous eyebrow-advice shot: it is so true. Ladies, take note from Rita’s advice about keeping your brows a less-dramatic, more natural shape.
   Last, I included a shot from my own Instagram. This week I thought I would mix it up and have a beauty-inspo shot of myself, rather than an outfit. Here, I am having fun with my make-up look wearing my usual minimal make-up paired with a statement orange lip by MAC and a tousled pony. Let me know what you think of my more bold look. And that’s a wrap!—Anna Deans

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January 13, 2014

Style this week: do the American Hustle

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This week’s style round-up is inspired by the widely talked-about, Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated movie, American Hustle. This gangster movie, set in the ’70s, has two stunning leading ladies, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. The ’70s glamazon-style wardrobe these ladies have enlisted for the movie is what I have been inspired by in creating this week’s look. Although both Amy and J-Law have the ’70s con-artist’s wife look going, their characters also have their own personal æsthetic.


   Jennifer’s is a slightly off-kilter sex-kitten: a little rough-glam. Her roller-curled bed hair, and silver hoop earrings stay throughout the movie, while she skips between body con-dresses and men’s oversized Ts in terms of attire.


   Amy’s look is more sleek-and-smart con-lady of whom everyone is afraid, her trade-mark look being super-low-cut garments. She sports glam dresses with fur and pencil skirts, with barely-there blouses and über-chic hats.
   My look is inspired by these two ladies’ characters, but I was sure not to be too literal. Why? Because who wants to look like they are in a costume, or, too overly sexy.


   A few weeks ago, while flicking through Aussie label Bec and Bridge’s current collection, I came across this modern, snakeskin-print leather dress. I remember thinking: although it is a far cry from my usual, less obviously sexy style, I like the slightly sex-pot, but still modern-and-classy, vibe of this dress. The red colour, snakeskin print, body-con nature and spaghetti straps scream sexy mixed with various vibes of ’70s and ’90s. The cut-out, very current design lines and longer length create more modernity and make it quirky-cool, not quirky-slutty. I think it is the creative contrast that make the dress really work, and also a perfect, more modern, interpretation of the Hustle ladies’ dresses.
   The first pairing I made had to be a chunky and somehow fluffy jacket. I didn’t want it to be fur though, as that would be a cliché bore and also date the dress. Therefore, I chose its modern counterpart: ostrich feather. I love the current comeback of all things ostrich feather and will most definitely be rocking this look in winter. The particular jacket shown is vintage, but many high-end designers bought them in 2013, therefore, they will be in your local stores in no time. I chose black, as it is classic, and lets the red tone of the dress really speak.
   These Alexander Wang heels were also an obvious choice to me, being modern with an element of ’70s to them. I came across these while having a drooling look at Alexander Wang’s current shoe collection. The whole collection is incredible. This particular pair came to mind, as the black complements the look in a subtle way and the tie-up straps somehow scream con-lady-chic to me. They also further modernize the look with the creative use of straps overlaying in an unusual way.
   This look is quite full-on-busy already, so I didn’t think it needed too many jewels. The obvious choice were earrings, as I couldn’t get away from the idea of modernizing J-Law’s character’s ’70s silver hoops. They are almost her signature in the movie, alongside her tousled curls. I wanted to stick with silver, but make them a take on hoops, not actually hoops. I saw these Meadowlark geometric-patterned, circular earrings the other day and was sold. They perfectly complement the look, while also somehow being an incredible stand-alone piece.
   Matchy-matchy ended up being a funky ’70s component of this look, but I don’t think it’s bad matchy. Therefore, I couldn’t resist including a matching dark-red nail. The ladies seem to have vixen-red nails and lips throughout the movie so I figured, why not? Red lips and nails are always a good way to feel sexy and have fun with your look.
   Lastly, the hair is a fun take of the frizzy curls seen in the ’70s. The model is also wearing minimal make-up, with the red lips, which is what I envisioned alongside this look. I am not recommending everyone go for this crazy-haired look, however, but more let it inspire you to look to the ’70s and have a little fun.
   How do people feel about my newfound sex-pot style?—Anna Deans

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December 29, 2013

Miss France 2014 your top story, and Princess Madeleine your favourite newsmaker

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Above HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden was the person you searched for the most this year.

We’ve told you who we thought 2013’s newsmakers were. But who did you want to read about this year?
   In first place: HRH Princess Madeleine of Sweden. The younger of HM King Carl XVI Gustaf’s daughters was married this year, to Anglo-American financier Chris O’Neill, and there was plenty of interest from you in the Royal Wedding.
   Keira Knightley and Penélope Cruz held your imaginations in second and third place this year, followed by Kylie Minogue, Leah Remini, Sonam Kapoor and David Gandy.
   Olivia Newton-John proved that she could still get readers’ interest a generation after Grease, while last year’s World Miss University Mia Hasanagic found herself in ninth place after an influx of searches in January. Fearne Cotton and the new Miss France, Flora Coquerel, manage 10th and 11th respectively, with Jay Kay, Honor Dillon and Adriana Lima following. Jeremy Renner and David Beckham were tied at 15th.
   Our top news items of 2013—unless something drastic happens in these final two days—were, as usual, the election of Miss France (right), while you were also very interested in GHD’s Candy Collection of straighteners.
   Pandora showed that it was a favourite among fashionistas, with its Black Friday charm getting plenty of attention.
   Given that Princess Madeleine was the most-searched person, the Royal Wedding slipped in to fourth and fifth on our charts. Another Royal Wedding story, on the couple’s honeymoon destination, was ninth.
   The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, launching the Range Rover Sport in New York came sixth, followed by Lana Del Rey releasing her new film Tropico last month.
   The top Kiwi story was on the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art winners, in a year where New Zealanders took the top prizes.
   There remained plenty of interest in last year’s World Miss University, with our story on Mia Hasanagic’s win coming in 10th.
   Last year, Whitney Houston’s death made it into our top 10. Bad news, sadly, still sells, though it was the death of photographer Kate Barry (the cause remains unannounced) that came in at 11th.

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December 28, 2013

Lucire TV: fashion’s significant moments and trends of 2013

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While we had our newsmakers, what else summed up 2013 in the fashion business?
   In a nutshell: Marc Jacobs’ departure from Louis Vuitton after 16 years and his last show at Paris Fashion Week, the return of Tom Ford and a big show to London, the revival of Schiaparelli under Christian Lacroix, the return of grunge on the streets and the catwalks, the Met-inspired revival of punk, the exhibitions on Azzedine Alaïa at Palais Galliera, Chanel at the Palais de Tokyo and Christian Dior at the Grand Palais, Ralph Lauren’s restoration and patron sponsorship of L’École des Beaux-Arts and Fendi’s restoration of the Fontana di Trevi, under Karl Lagereld and Silvia Venturini Fendi.
   There were also more films promoting fashion this year, and while promotional in motive, they have increasingly become works of art. Kenzo had its Electric Jungle by Mat Maitland and directors Smith & Read, Fendi at the Palazzo Farnese, Miu Miu’s dancing women, Martin Scorsese directing Scarlett Johansson and Matthew McConaughey for Dolce & Gabbana’s The One, Sienna Miller and fiancé Tom Sturridge for Burberry, Monica Bellucci for Dolce & Gabbana, and Wes Anderson directing his film for Prada. Karl Lagerfeld’s astonishing works for Chanel get special mention, revealing more each season about the history of la maison.
   Our final video shows this year’s most intriguing fashion show scenery, featuring Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Rick Owens, Vionnet, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Yves Saint Laurent, Proenza Schuler, Antonio Berardi, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Moncler Gamme Rouge, Hermès, Kenzo, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, and Chanel.

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December 27, 2013

Polaroid projection: originality in the digital age

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In a modern context, we look to social media to promote us and to expand our visibility in the world. Images are posted and reposted, only to be reposted again. Even this blog is an attempt to promote what I want the world to see of myself, to reach more people than I see in the reality of my day-to-day life.
   I like to believe I belong outside the technological generation we live in. My mind constantly ponders the idea of living in the ’60s or ’70s. A better generation, perhaps? I like the less commercial, less complex nature of this time. Every photograph had vastly more value than in the throwaway mentality of today. This may, however, seem crazy to those who grew up at this time, as the ’60s was no question the dawn of what we would recognize as modern commercialism. They believed factories and the extreme speed of the making of new products, including the production of photography, was exciting and beneficial. And perhaps it is … or not.
   Twenty thirteen represents a time of contradictions: it continues to promote fast consumption while emphasizing the need to slow things down. This concept makes me wonder about my obsessive need for things to be both one-off, special and not designed to be used and thrown out. My 1970s Polaroid is a prime example. What do I love about it? Its tactile nature. Its reality: the touchable nature of the images, they are an object that is not purely a series of pixels inside my Mac. Maybe what I love most, though, is the inability to fake it. The images can’t be staged: they are taken once, printed out and that’s it. No Photoshop. No filter. Nothing. They are what they are and due to cost of film, it seems crazy to throw any out. Whereas on my Iphone millions of images are taken, deleted, altered, posted, etc. It’s no longer the exciting act of capturing a moment; it has become something quite different. Once posted, they become freely accessible to anybody and have the ability to be endlessly copied to the point of no longer being original. I contradict my hate of this, however, by photographing the Polaroid photos themselves, and posting. Otherwise, how would anybody see their beauty? Therefore, the same fate can fall to my photos of photos. Maybe having the only original for myself in a physical state makes me have less hate for this copying.
   The mindset I have about everyone needing to see the photos is very 21st-century, however. The ’60s saw no need for everyone you know to see your images, purely those who took the time to look through your photo albums, those close to you, not the public or, frankly, anyone in the world who wants to look.
   I find myself loving and hating the digital age. I hate the lack of original thought of how it is now, though the transmission of imagery. But I love its ability to share imagery with more people. I love that my friend Kat in the US can see what I’m doing, but I hate that she will never know if I chucked a filter on to make it look more sunny or me more tanned. In the same sense, I love my Polaroid because it is void of the perils of the Photoshop age where everyone is altered to be perfect or the same. Once again who wants to be the same: that’s not beautiful is it?
   This hatred of un-originality is repeated in all aspects of my life. My hate for chain stores: all looking like clones of one another. Copying another style, that really grills me. I open a trashy OK magazine only to find I can buy the exact outfit Kim Kardashian is wearing today. So if I shop where she shops and wear what she’s wearing I will be better or look better? Is that the point? I’m struggling to get it. This obviously is also enabled by the transmitting of imagery.
   Don’t get me wrong, I have women I admire in terms of style, but that doesn’t make me want to be them or look identical to them. Strangely enough, I want to be myself. I want to look like nobody else. My face already does that as does my voice, my personality and my life experiences so I want my fashion to be also. I like to think the way I put things together is a direct representation of me and me alone. More than anything I hate the lack of ownership over images, as well as personal style. I believe the celebrating of originality is strongly lacking in our modern context. Perhaps what I love most about my Polaroid in that case, is the one-off nature of every single image. This is how I want my style to be also: one-off, like me.—Anna Deans

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