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July 17, 2014

A number of firsts for Lucire, with issue 33 on sale today

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Lucire issue 33, on sale today, marks a number of firsts and is one of the best we’ve had.
   We’ve always been very fair on who makes the cover. Sopheak Seng, our fashion and beauty editor, and I choose from all the images we have, and these include ones that he has produced as creative director or stylist. And in the years we’ve worked together, he’s opted not to put his ones ahead of others’. We’ve both gone for what is best for Lucire. Some shoots that have appeared on the cover he has worked on in a supervisory role, but others have come from our brilliant network of creatives worldwide.
   Issue 33 sees his first cover that he has directed, and it’s one we’re both exceptionally proud of. Photographed by Dave Richards, and with the A-team of Michael Beel on hair and Hil Cook on make-up, assisted by Jaye Morgan, Natalie Henderson and Andy Alsop, and modelled by Chloé Graham, it’s the first time in 17 years that we’ve cropped the Lucire logo behind the model’s head.
   We realize this technique is commonplace and it’s probably a surprise to anyone reading the above that that hasn’t happened before. And we’ve had many great images—only the best get selected for the coveted spot. But for some reason, when it came to the crunch, we opted to keep the logo complete, as have always done on the website. This time, the image was so striking that we felt it was time to take the scalpel to the logo, thanks to head designer Tanya Sooksombatisatian.
   It is Dave’s first shoot with us, so to score a cover on your first go is very impressive, though it has happened a few other times—Courtney Dailey with Laura Vandervoort in issue 29, for instance.
   I have a feeling, too, that Chloé is the first Scot to be on our cover. While a New Zealander, she hails from Glasgow, and this is rather timely with the Commonwealth Games about to commence.
   I congratulate my good friend and colleague, Sopheak, and I think this is going to be one of those memorable Lucire covers that will be cited in years to come.
   There’s plenty more inside, and you can get a taste of the articles in our issue 33 preview.
   I’m very proud of one shoot by Jon Moe in there, with our California A-team of Jamie Dorman (now in New York, but who was our pointwoman on the shoot), Lei Phillips and Carina Tafalu, and starring two former Miss Universe New Zealands, Laural Barrett and Samantha Lochhead, each in their second appearances in Lucire. Jon lovingly shot this at Riviera 31 at the Sofitel Los Angeles, and I acknowledge our US west coast editor, Elyse Glickman, for her connections with Pivotal Public Relations in getting us the location.
   It’s not the only cover that we can talk about: some of you will have seen Dorit Thies’s and Olga Fonda’s announcement of their cover for Lucire Arabia. (The story is in issue 33, too, but it was strongly felt that Dorit’s shot was the best to début our title there. When you see the pages, you’ll also notice why this is an incredible shoot with the Vampire Diaries star.) We’ll have more on that officially soon, but, for now, you can get your issue 33 through the Lucire website, in print, for tablets (Ipad and Android), and as a downloadable PDF.—Jack Yan, Publisher

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June 6, 2014

Wellington’s entrepreneurial women: Lisa Tamati opens jewellery store; publishing house launches

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Lisa Tamati, known in ultra-marathon circles, has a side to her that only a handful of fashionistas are aware of: she is a jeweller, trained in Wien, Austria, who has recently relocated from the Taranaki to Wellington, New Zealand.
   Tamati has opened a shop in Dukes’ Arcade on the corner of Willis and Manners Streets, where she retails her hand-crafted jewellery. She specializes in sterling silver, gold, gemstones, paua, jade and pearls. The designs show a finesse and delicacy, combining her Māori heritage and Pākehā education with the skills she acquired studying and working under Michael Eipeldauer in Wien.
   It is not her first endeavour into retail, having opened shops in Austria and in New Plymouth.
   Tamati is also selling her second book, Running to Extremes, at her store. Her first book, Running Hot, talked of her experience in ultra-marathons. She was the first Australasian woman to compete in the Badwater ultra-marathon in Death Valley, despite a crippling back injury sustained when she was 19. She had already faced an unassisted crossing of the Libyan desert as a personal challenge, and run 222 km across the Niger desert despite suffering from dysentery. In the follow-up, she goes further into the ultra-marathon world, including a second Badwater, the Gobi March, a Saharan race, and La Ultra, 222 km in the Himalayas.
   Despite these achievements, Tamati remains extremely humble and it was her guests at her store opening at the end of May, clamouring to get photographed with her, who were the focus of her attention.
   Tamati is not the only woman to launch a business in Wellington recently. Lawyer Clare Needham has embarked on an independent publishing venture, Giant Sparrow Press, releasing the company’s first title, ShameJoy, at an event earlier this week.
   Written by Julie Hill, ShameJoy—the English translation for Schadenfreude—has a unique New Zealand perspective as well as a dark sense of humour. Hill gave a reading of two short stories from the anthology on Tuesday, which delighted the audience at the launch, while the book itself is available online via Giant Sparrow Press’s website (www.giantsparrowpress.com/bookshop.html).—Jack Yan, Publisher

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May 14, 2014

At Cannes: Nicole Kidman in Francesco Scognamiglio; and our other highlights

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The hijinks of the Festival de Cannes begin today and we’ve already caught actress Nicole Kidman in a Francesco Scognamiglio dress (above) on the Riviera. We’ll have more highlights later today as we begin filing our reports from the world’s most famous film festival.
   In the main part of the Lucire site, don’t forget we’ve been serializing travel editor Stanley Moss’s novel, The Crimson Garter, now up to chapter 16. If you enjoy a good period yarn set in European locales, Crimson is very enjoyable and we will be publishing the final parts shortly. Meanwhile, in the real world, Stanley also goes in search of black truffles in France.
   Emma and Denis Merkas, a real-life Australian couple, believe in massage as a way to bring greater intimacy and trust in relationships. Their new online course, Melt: Massage for Couples, is very accessible, and you can find out more about it in our beauty feature here.
   We have Paris editor Lola Saab’s New York Fashion Week diary, along with her show reports; while publisher Jack Yan talks to Sheryl McPherson of Salisbury Boutique in Dunedin, one of the city’s most cutting-edge fashion retailers.
   Guest correspondent Peter Jobes test-drives the BMW i3, the pioneering electric car from the German brand. And you can order your copy of Lucire issue 32, in print and for tablets, here.

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April 26, 2014

Time’s 100 most influential has Beyoncé covering; Benedict Cumberbatch, Phoebe Philo, Lydia Ko make the cut

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The cover for this year’s Time 100, listing the news magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, goes to Beyoncé.
   On sale today, the 11th annual edition also features Robert Redford, Mary Barra and Jason Collins on covers within the publication.
   It also has a number of guest contributors, writing about those who feature: James Franco on Marina Abramović, Barack Obama on Pope Francis, Pelé on Cristiano Ronaldo, Stella McCartney on Phoebe Philo, Colin Firth on Benedict Cumberbatch, John Cassidy on Andrew Haldane, Elif Shafak on Abdullah Gul, Madeleine Albright on Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton on John Kerry, Lupita Nyong’o on Steve McQueen, and Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen.
   Forty-one women are honoured, including Amy Adams, Mary Barra, Lydia Ko, Megyn Kelly, Miley Cyrus, Angela Merkel, Serena Williams, Robin Wright, Kerry Washington, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Jenji Kohan.
   President Obama appears for the ninth time, and other repeat honorees include Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin, and Jeff Bezos.
   As with this magazine’s ‘newsmakers’ list, Edward Snowden makes the cut in Time. Jack Ma of Alibaba, which was honoured by the Medinge Group in its seventh Brands with a Conscience awards in 2010, has also come to the attention of Time.
   Obama writes of the Pope: ‘Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people. Pope Francis is such a leader … Pope Francis reminds us in ways that words alone cannot that no matter our station in life, we are bound by moral obligations to one another.’
   Franco says of Abramović: ‘I trust Marina to carve the artist out of her celebrity and use her celebrity to bring what she stands for into the here and now, looking straight into the eyes of all of us, strangers still, but courageous, curious, inspired, creative participants afterward.’
   McCartney says of Philo: ‘One of the few female designers, she celebrates the simple and champions the quality and reality of a woman’ wardrobe. When people invest in her work, they have it for life. One of the things we share is the reality that the clothes we design are actually worn.’
   And Firth writes of Cumberbatch: ‘It’s rare to the point of outlandish to find so many variables in one actor, including features which ought to be incompatible: vulnerability, a sense of danger, a clear intellect, honesty, courage—and a rather alarming energy. I take no pleasure in feeling humbled, but there’s no getting around it. He must be stopped.’
   Time editor Nancy Gibbs says, ‘The Time 100 is a list of the world’s most influential men and women, not its most powerful … The vast majority of this year’s roster reveals that while power is certain, influence is subtle. Power is a tool, influence is a skill … If there is a common theme in many of the tributes, it’s the eagerness to see what some engineer, actor, leader or athlete will do next. As much as this exercise chronicles the achievements of the past year, we also focus on figures whose influence is likely to grow, so we can look around the corner to see what is coming.’
   A full list, including tributes, videos and photos, can be seen here. Time also has an interactive grid of the 100 honorees at this link, and a Facebook influence map here.

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March 2, 2014

Award-winning writer Carolyn Enting débuts first novel, The Medallion of Auratus

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Award-winning writer Carolyn Enting (left)—whose work has graced our pages—has published her first novel, a labour of love called The Medallion of Auratus, now available at Amazon.
   Years in the making, Enting’s children’s book takes the reader on an other-worldly journey, already acclaimed by Meg Matthews of the Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art as ‘beautifully written and gloriously descriptive’ and ‘utterly engaging and believable’ by Weta’s Kate Jorgensen.
   ‘Enting takes us on a riveting journey that’s a mixture of Jules Verne and a Greek hero myth. It’s an intelligent read loaded with classical references that come to life for young readers,’ says journalist Patrick Rose.
   Its main character, Sam Donnelly, and his best friend, Jackson Brown, discover a magical gold medallion on the beach during the summer holidays. The pair must return the medallion to the Golden Tower in Auratus, in another realm which they had thought existed only in legends, or this world will be ruled by the evil Sea Lord, Sceleratus.
   Enting’s first draft was written as a teenager. Now 43, she completed the novel during her annual leave breaks while working as a full-time journalist over the last decade. She is now associate editor of Mindfood.
   The 65,000-word adventure is targeted at the seven- to eleven-year-old group but Enting says it equally appeals to adults.
   She says that the fantasy element is a logical step from her fashion coverage over the last decade and a half. ‘A big part of world of fashion, in particular haute couture, is pure fantasy,’ she says.
   Enting intends the book to be the first of an Ocean Quest series.
   In November 2013, Enting received the Star Beauty Outstanding Contribution to Beauty Journalism (New Zealand) award at the Beautydirectory Star Awards in Sydney.

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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 18, 2014

Behind the Lucire 2014 redesign, and a features’ round-up

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Surface Too Deep

Top A promotional image from Surface Too Deep. The model on the left is reading Lucire. It’s a better photo than we could have come up with to promote ourselves. Above Lucire’s new look for the web edition’s news pages for 2014.

You may have noticed we’ve continued to do some housekeeping around the place. Our web news pages now sport a new look for 2014, following on from the facelifted home page. We’re still finding our feet a little with the image sizes, but we should settle into things by the lunar New Year.
   You’d never guess, but getting the new search button at the top of the page, as well as having DuckDuckGo handle our searches, took around an hour. (This switch means we will have no record of what you searched for. In the last 10 years, we knew which keywords were used, but we never bothered looking beyond that. With people increasingly concerned about online privacy, DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t leak anything to the NSA et al, for the simple reason that it doesn’t keep any search records.) The new footer took an hour and a half. And creating the template for these pages and making sure they worked took around 11 hours. The comment system is now driven by Disqus across the entire Lucire site, not just the features. We also switched from Feedburner for the daily email newsletters to Feedblitz, since there may have been a bug that saw Feedburner deliver the wrong news. We wanted to be safe rather than sorry.
   However, we hope you like it, although if you’re browsing on a cellphone and some mobile devices, you should be seeing a reduced version of these pages as before.
   There have also been new articles on the main part of the website. Elyse Glickman checked out Düsseldorf in her ‘Volante’ feature (the first of three in Germany)—the first article to get the new look. Next up was Stanley Moss, writing as Lovejoy, with our serialization of his novel The Crimson Garter.
   It’s a departure for us to feature fiction, though readers may remember a few road tests by yours truly where I aped the style of another author—my Aston Martin V8 Vantage review was linked and even posted on a forum at the time. However, Stanley’s novel is so compelling it bears the hallmarks of many great Lucire travel stories (many of which were penned by him), and it covers subjects that are familiar to readers. Plus, you can also check out some of the places covered through the related links at the bottom of the page. The icing on the cake is that The Crimson Garter is a really good yarn. The first two chapters are up now, and we’ll add more regularly. Since many of you get into novels over summer, it seems to be an ideal time to serialize his novel. You can also order the whole thing if you want to read ahead—click through and there are links to Kobobooks and Amazon to the right of the title.
   In case you missed the features, Lola Saab has the low-down for spring 2014 from New York; Tamara Madison interviewed Alexandra von Bromssen; and Anna Deans looks at Lindex’s latest campaign with Matthew Williamson and Karlie Kloss. There were also two looks back at 2013: our news-makers, and my personal review of the year.
   Finally, though certainly not least, we have to give props to swimwear label Surface Too Deep for the great photograph above. The model on the left is reading Lucire. The model on the right has put down another title. I think it says it all: the print editions of Lucire, as we regularly hear from readers, truly engage you from cover to cover.—Jack Yan, Publisher

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January 11, 2014

Lucire’s Instagram round-up, January 11

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This week’s Lucire Instagram round-up includes some familiar faces, including, first, our own Lucire Instagram. This shot is of Blake Lively, while promoting Gucci in Dubai. She looks fantastic in a black sequinned number with her signature tousled up-do. The second familiar face, is from our fabulous fashion editor Sopheak Seng’s Instagram. He has posted a shot of Meryl Streep, from the iconic fashion-magazine-based movie The Devil Wears Prada. This image includes the famous quote from the movie: ‘The truth is, no one can do what I do.’ He included the humorous hashtag of #justsaying—just saying indeed.
   I also included images this week from a few of Lucire’s favourite models, the first being the extremely well known Georgia May Jagger. Here, she promotes her February cover of British Vogue and, as per usual, she looks incredible, this time in a very natural and low-key way. The second model is one of the up-and-coming models from the spring 2014 runway shows, Malaika Firch. This shot is of her on her current trip to her birthplace, Kenya. She looks elegantly natural next to a funky old-school-looking truck.
   I have included a style-icon of mine, part-time model and daughter of Vogue Paris’s notorious Carine Roitfeld, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Julia’s Instagram shot this week shows the very current trend of hand-painted leather bags. These black leather bags by Givenchy have super-cute dogs painted on—I am loving this new artsy trend.
   Derek Blasberg, fashion writer and blogger, is also included this week. He has posted an end-of-vacation shot with the words, ‘I miss the cold,’ drawn on to a sandy beach. His caption read, ‘Preparing for New York. Lying to myself.’ The poor guy obviously doesn’t want to leave his beaching vacation, and neither would I!
   The last two shots this week are also from fashion bloggers. The first is New York-based blogger from Because I’m Addicted, Geri Hirsch. Here she posts a super-cute shot of her fabulous, green Saint Laurent pumps, in what appears to be her back yard. She accompanies the shot with the words: ‘There’s no place like home’—this is just too cute. The last is my Aussie favourite, Sara Donaldson from Harper and Harley. Sara posts an über-glam shot looking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, reading a novel and sipping what looks like homemade lemonade—yum! I am most definitely very jealous. And that’s a wrap!—Anna Deans

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