Being the first week of December, I feel it necessary to include something at least a little festive in this week’s Instagram round-up. Kiwi-singing-sensation Lorde posted a photo playing a game of giant Jenga in Portland. Spotted in the background is a rather large Christmas tree with what looks like a whole pile of pressies, lucky Lorde! In other New Zealand-related Christmas news, Karen Walker has posted a shot of her current filigree embossed marigold leather purses which can be found in her weekly gift edits at karenwalker.com. The last local snapshot this week is from Zambesi’s Wellington manager, Nicola Provost. Nicola celebrates Zambesi’s new shoot done by Marissa Findlay for Black magazine online.
This week I also feel it necessary to pay tribute to actor Paul Walker who passed away suddenly at only 40-years-old. RIP Paul and best wishes to his family from the Lucire team. The 2013 British Fashion Awards took place this week with Brit it-model Edie Campbell coming out on top as model of the year. Here she is shown in an Instagram re-post where she looks stunning of the cover of Deutsch Vogue. On a side note, thanking her pony in her acceptance speech is a first, perhaps she’s just that posh. Another major winner on the night being famed boy-band, One Direction’s Harry Styles. Harry took out the Vodafone British Style award. Here he is shown in a playful shot wearing a blonde wig and a backwards-cap alongside actress Sienna Miller.
Once again, I couldn’t resist including a Victoria’s Secret shot. This week, it features many of the stunning angels awaiting instructions backstage. This image was found off Victoria’s Secret newbie and model fresh-face of spring 2014 Devon Windsor’s Instagram. Be sure to check her out! Last and certainly not least, Lana Del Rey’s short film Tropico was released this week on Vevo. This reposted shot of Lana is exquisite, as is Tropico, so don’t hesitate to give it a watch. Tropico is conveniently linked on our Lucire news page. And that’s a wrap for this week!â€”Anna Deans
Former Lucire stylist Illya Knight’s accessory brand, G.O.N.T. (God of Nocturnal Thunder) is something new and exciting to get behind. G.O.N.T. aims to enhance personal style and individuality through their edgy jewellery, menswear, womenswear, footwear and bags. Inspired by nature, power and strength, this new label delves into the concepts of glamour and power. Their eclectic pieces each make an original statement.
Based in New York, G.O.N.T. is a start-up company which is constantly growing, where new pieces are being added online daily. Knight aims to create garments able to be flaunted in the day-to-day wardrobe where functionality meets quality and style.
In looking through G.O.N.T.â€™s promotional imagery, what really stood out for me are the artistic photography and the luxurious-looking leather. The most distinctive piece is the ski-boot-style men’s leather boots. Opening at the sides, I have never seen anything like them. Their originality, incorporating ski-sporty with grungy, is something to be valued as mixing elements is not an easy task. Here at Lucire we also highly rate his rugged denim with its vibrant colours and creased exterior. Last but not least the G.O.N.T. leather mailbox bag is both luxe and grungy, I wouldn’t mind one if this myself! Check out G.O.N.T. for yourself at thegont.tumblr.com.â€”Anna Deans
It was a pleasant surprise last year when we learned that our own Summer Rayne Oakes modelled for the 2013 Pirelli calendar, photographed by Steve McCurry. Released today, this year’s Pirelli calendar, its 50th anniversary publication, is an even bigger surprise: it is the work of the late Helmut Newton, shot for the company in 1986.
The calendar was originally unreleased due to a dispute. In 1985, both Pirelli’s head office and its UK branch commissioned a calendar, the former asking Newton, and the latter Bert Stern.
Newton abandoned the project due to ‘personal problems,’ says Pirelli, and Stern’s calendar wound up being the 1986 edition.
Susie Bick, Betty Prado, and Antonia dellâ€™Atte model in the calendar, which was photographed in Monaco at the Grand Prix, and the Podere Terreno estate in Chianti, Toscana. It also does not, as with McCurry’s 2013 calendar, feature nudity.
Newton, true to form, still manages to convey sensuality through his images.
The work was completed by Newton’s assistants, Manuela Pavesi and Xavier Alloncle, to his specifications, and remained in the Pirelli archives.
The 2014 calendar features 12 black-and-white photographs, complemented by 28 behind-the-scenes images. Newton passed away in 2004.
Pirelli will also host a retrospective to mark the anniversary at Hangar Bicocca, via Privata Chiese 2, 20126 Milano, on November 23 and 24.
Model and Wag Irina Shayk, who dates Cristiano Ronaldo, appears in a shoot by Alix Malka for the latest issue of 7 Hollywood magazine.
The ‘Fantasy’ issue for winter 2013â€“14 also features Laetitia Casta, Karl Lagerfeld, Carine Roitfeld, Jared Leto, Elle Fanning and Courtney Love.
The bi-annual magazine has an avant-garde slant, and each of the featured celebrities gets their own cover, shot in the same style.
In tune with 7 Hollywoodâ€™s editorial style, Shayk appears in various PVC items, including what appears to be a new take on a firefighter’s uniform.
Russian-born Shayk, 27, who was covered as a ‘social influencer’ in Lucire issue 28, will go from modelling to actress in the 2014 movie, Hercules: the Thracian Wars. She has also appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and made the cover in 2011.
Above Marion Vijar, Gretchen Ellis and Sarah Rivera.
Gretchen from Nicaragua, Marion from Estonia and Sarah from Dominican Republic, all work as professional modelsâ€”who happen to be best friends. Normally, when I meet models that are professional, there is always a kind of competition between them. I have never seen three girls in one shoot who laugh together and helping each other out in the friendly way that they did.
I started the shoot at 6 a.m. in Nikki Beach in Miami, Fla., and the girls where all awake and ready to work.
After four hours’ shooting, we had some great pics and with almost no editing, the photos are on the computer screen.
I think it is hard to find models who do not need editing afterwards, and this set of the “three best friends” gave me hope that the natural look is back again.
Being in Miami, I think that the weather and the great locations, together with very friendly people, create the perfect location.
As most of the people have Latin blood, it makes it a place where things are happening and there’s a smile on every face you see, like in Venezuela or Colombia.
As one of the models said, ‘There is nothing more comfortable than getting undressed in front of your best friends.’
So until the next session from my Miami series, please enjoy those photos I took.â€”Thomas Salme, with Gretchen Ellis