Above As shown on Facebook yesterday, a banner ad campaign has launched promoting the print and tablet editions of Lucire, even though issue 31 has been published for some weeks.
If you havenât checked it out already, you should do so: Lucire issue 31 is out. Since the print editions are collectible, limited editions, they donât really dateâwe still keep going back to earlier ones at the office as referencesâand have in-depth insights into the fashion world. Intelligently written, with an independent voice, and put together by a small global team, Lucire continues to pioneer as we hit the mid-2010s. That’s why you can also order it as a tablet edition. The latest issue features Summer Rayne Oakes on making an impact in the modelling world; a review of autumnâwinter looks by Tiffany Fernando, with visuals by Doug Rimington; an interview with Stephen Jones, OBE, one of the great names in millinery, by Jack Yan; Elina Lukasâs Copenhagen Fashion Week diary; Elyse Glickmanâs interview with Daisy Fuentes; and David Machowskiâs exploration of maple syruping in New England. Thereâs plenty more, including shoots by Angelika Buettner, Dorit Thies, Brett Stanley and Doug Rimington, including two styled by Lucire fashion editor Sopheak Seng.
The URL is now much easier to remember: lucire.com/print. You can order it for tablets or as a very exclusive print edition through this link, or at the link at the top of the page if you’re surfing on our full web edition.
Also easy to remember is our video player, regularly updated with entertainment, fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and tips. You can find that at lucire.tv: weâre finally putting that URL to the use we envisaged for it.
As we begin December, Lucire is getting our bases covered. Please let us know via Facebook or our feedback form if you have any thoughts or story ideas. Itâs the tip of the iceberg, as we have plenty more to announce in the New Year.
The Italian government will begin to limit the transit of cruise ships through the Giudecca Canal to the Piazza San Marco in Venezia, commencing next January.
Large cruise ships will be limited through the Canal and the largest, exceeding 96,000 gross tonnes, will be prohibited from November 2014.
The number of ships over 40,000 tonnes will be cut by 20 per cent to five, compared with 2012. The authorities are also targeting a 50 per cent reduction in emissions. Departures and arrivals are encouraged at sunrise and sunset, with a reduction for the middle of the day.
The move comes after residents and environmentalists protested about the damage caused by cruise ships to Venezia.
The large vessels will be diverted to a new shipping channel which is being developed with the main shipping terminal.
Paolo Costa, president of the Port Authority, calls the move ‘A good day for Venice and its port.’
However, Cruise Venice, representing the cruise lines, calls the limits ‘absurd’, and says Venezia will experience a loss of 180 vessels per year. ‘An irrational choice, devoid of any scientific basis, that will eventually bring down Venezia’s port,’ it says.
Above The author in the Langham Auckland’s Club Lounge.
It was hardly surprising to find out the Langham Hotel in Auckland has just been named the New Zealand hotel of the year in the annual HM magazine award.
We pulled up at the Langham and as a concierge opened the taxi door she offered greetings to my partner, welcoming by her name. How did they know my partnerâs name?
We were staggered by the unparalleled service throughout our entire stay by the genuinely enthusiastic staff, who collectively are any hotelâs number-one asset. At the Langham, staff could not be faulted on our visit.
We spent two nights in the Governorâs Suite, which rates highly among New Zealandâs finest at NZ$1,800 a night. The quality and service are worth it all. We slept on the same amazing bed as pop stars and heads of state who previously preferred to stay there. Hotels never reveal their stars for obvious reasons.
Our giant bed had four comfort layers of padding to give us two of our deepest, happiest sleeps ever. The air conditioning was perfect, which is not something many hotels get right.
We soaked up the service in the Club Lounge, where breakfast and drinks and nibbles are served, well before the sun slips over the yardarm.
Our Club Lounge supervisor, Giovanna Londono of Colombia, could not do enough for us from bananas in our room in the morningâand they were essential to start the dayâto chocolates, cheese, sauces and crackers to one of the finest New Zealand chardonnays, Maude of Wanaka.
Giovanna was genuinely warm, engaging and happy for us to relax, even if my partner easily beat me at speed-chess. The All Blacks were about to play a Rugby Championship game so Giovanna moved all we wanted to our Governorâs Suite to enjoy the test on the big flat-screen, from our sumptuous and lavishly-fitted lounge, or from the bedroom.
The sound of the match floated away into the distance. This was a weekend romance took precedence over rugby.
We slept like babies and after pancakes covered in raspberry sauce, croissants and coffee for breakfast, we headed to the Parnell French village markets. The smells of coffee, freshly cooked food and sounds of soft live music, a buzzing Sunday atmosphere almost made us drift away to the south of France, for a little bit.
Parnell is a lovely part of Auckland and just a stroll across the Domain from the Langham. When we got back to our suite we changed into swimwear and headed to the pool and spa. My partner soaked up the spa as I clocked up some laps.
We were in heaven. Total luxury, brilliantly cared for in style and to top it off we sipped more buttery chardonnay late in the afternoon and sampled almost too much of the finely-crafted nibbly food. The magnetic attraction to Eight restaurant downstairs was a serious lure but we were so relaxed we barely moved after our spa and pool dip.
Heading out the next morning, Belarusian receptionist Darya Filatava wrapped some Prada perfume for my partner as we sadly headed away from the jewel in the hotel crown of New Zealandâs largest city.âKip Brook, Word of Mouth Media
Kip Brook is an occasional contributor to Lucire, and a London bureau chief correspondent.
AboveThe Exchange, by Christchurch sisters Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry, which took home the Supreme Award in the 25th Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards’ show tonight.
In a departure from recent years, Kiwis stole the show at the 25th Brancott Estate World of Wearable Art (WOW) awards’ show, bringing in the three most prestigious awards. The Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award Winner went to two sisters from Christchurch, Tatyanna and Natasha Meharry. They created a two-garment entry called The Exchange, which emulates a living modern Treaty of Waitangi. The garments, which also won the New Zealand South Pacific section, are constructed out of coins and ceramic feathers. This represents the idea of cultural consumption and the interchanging of gifts and promises. This design is truly a work of art invoking a strong emotional response from the audience, due to its beauty through exquisite craftsmanship as well as its cultural identity. It is a true and pure representation of New Zealand and here at Lucire, we are excited and proud New Zealand has gained such honour in the show this year.
Peter Wakeman from Motueka took out the runner-up Supreme Award Winner prize. His garment, Chica under Glass, also won its category, the prestigious Avant Garde section. The garment consists of a Barbie pink, shiny, structured dress which amazingly is made from fibreglass and plywood. This garment crosses the boundaries between sculpture and garment, as it emulates a poofy dress, but it contrasts to the initial idea by being completely stiff and static. His garment effortlessly represents the Avant Garde section, having created a piece of art based on fashion rather than creating a piece of fashion itself. Mr Wakeman seamlessly bridges the fashion to art boundary.
Dame Suzie Moncrieff, the founder of WOW, was joined by Christine Hellyar and Margi Robertson on the judging panel. Dame Suzie stated all decisions were unanimous and they were extremely impressed with the calibre of every garment and model on the stage. She stated, ‘It is inspiring to create a show worthy of exhibiting such incredible works of art.’âAnna Deans
World of Wearable Art
TopThe Exchange, by Christchurch sisters Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry. Centre row and above Second-place winning entry, Chica under Glass, by Peter Wakeman of Motueka.
Brancott Estate Supreme WOW Award
Winner: The Exchange by Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry, New Zealand.
Runner-up: Chica under Glass by Peter Wakeman, New Zealand.
American Express Open Section
First: Mantilla by Fenella Fenton and Jeff Thompson, New Zealand.
Second: Sisters of Acropolis by Tracy Koole, New Zealand.
Third: Hay Daysie by Kate MacKenzie and Deidre Morgan, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Nostalgic Opium by Lau Siu San and Ka Wai Lam, Hong Kong.
Avant Garde Section
First: Chica Under Glass by Peter Wakeman, New Zealand.
Second: Funeral by Hiu Ming Yuen, Hong Kong.
Third: Crazy Hair by Wei Ting Kao, Taiwan.
Honourable Mention: She Only Sees wth Mirrors by Rodney Leong, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Kiitos by Chi Kin Lai, Hong Kong.
Childrenâs Section: Reinterpret the Tutu
First: Tui Tin Tutu by Helen Fuller, United States.
Second: Tweety Pie by Paula Rowan, New Zealand.
Third: Ballet Chevaux by Amy Beales, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Choo Choo Tutu by Ross Hardie and Rachel Hardie, New Zealand.
Air New Zealand South Pacific Section
First: The Exchange by Tatyanna Meharry and Natasha Meharry, New Zealand.
Second: Hakaturi by Svenja XX, Australia.
Third: Turangawaewae by Anna von Hartitzsch, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Venus Anadyomene by Kirsten Fletcher, United Kingdom.
Honourable Mention: Reversely Twisted by Hong-yu Chen, Taiwan.
Weta Workshop Costume and Film Section: The Crazy Curiosities of the Creature Carnival
First: Inkling by Gillian Saunders, New Zealand.
Second: Unnamed Soldier 627 by J. Scout Isensee and Verity Pitt, United Kingdom.
Third: Pan Animalia by Michelle Yeager, United States.
Honourable Mention: Lunanoia by Jane Ewers, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: The Caught Jester by Wendy Burton, New Zealand.
Gen-I Creative Excellence Section: Art Forms in Nature
First: 25th Jubilee Guest by Margarete Palz, Germany.
Second: Born to Die by XiaoTong Guo, China.
Third: Shield by Marjolein Dallinga, Canada.
Honourable Mention: Jellyfish, Coral, Sea Anemone by Iun-chi Liu, Taiwan.
Honourable Mention: Hybrid by Erica Gray, Australia.
WOW Classic Car Museum Man Unleashed Section: Psychedelic Revival
First: Astrodelic Psychonaut by Erna van der Wat and Karl van der Wat, New Zealand.
Second: Psychedoublelic by Jo Drysdall and Sebastian Denize, New Zealand.
Third: Bobby Dazzler by Dinah Walker, Mark Walker, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Angels Trippy Trumpet by Fifi Colston, New Zealand.
Honourable Mention: Mandala Man by Susan Holmes, New Zealand.
Shell Sustainability Award
Winner: Queen Qwerty by Vicky Robertson, New Zealand.
Runner-up: Return grom the Dead by Christopher Davis, New Zealand.
WOW Factor Award
Winner: Lunanoia by Jane Ewers, New Zealand.
Runner-up: Reflective Ray by Zhang Qing, China.
Shell Student Innovation Award
Winner: Sided Eve by Yang Shang, China.
Runner-up: Silver Illusion by Yuru Ma, China.
BookerâSpalding First-Time Entrant Award
Winner: Unnamed Soldier 627 by J. Scout Isensee and Verity Pitt, United Kingdom.
Runner-up: E. T. Buddha by Tushar Koche, India.
New Zealand Design Award
Winner: Samurai Silent Dragon by Dylan Mulder, New Zealand.
Wellington International Award
Winner: Funeral by Hiu Ming Yuen, Hong Kong.
Wellington International Award: UK/Europe Design Award
Winner: Slave of War by Hana Amer, United Kingdom.
Wellington International Award: Americaâs Design Award
Winner: Gokstad Alien Queen by Lynn Christiansen, United States.
Wellington International Award: Asia Design Award
Winner: Funeral by Hiu Ming Yuen, Hong Kong.
Wellington International Award: Australia and South Pacific Design Award
Winner: Hakuturi by Svenja XX, Australia.
Lucire travel editor Stanley Moss was robbed on a train in India in 2008. This week he’s released a novella, a spinoff fantasy of what might have occurred after the theft, available as an on-demand paperback, and ebook. It’s called Supari, and was written after the event, while Moss waited for an exit visa, mired in the monolithic Indian bureaucracy.
The story is written in the style of a hard-boiled detective thriller. In it, a cool, Indian-born hitman from southern California is dispatched by a robbery victim to return to New Delhi to exact revenge. But in the process he discovers a deeper, more sinister conspiracy, not to mention a love interest, set among the teeming streets and lanes of the ancient capital city.
You can get your copy at www.createspace.com/4395213.
The story will also be available as an ebook from Kobo Books and at Amazon.
The story has also been issued as a screenplay by Sean Rooney under the title Hitman in Delhi, a companion volume to the original short story, available at www.createspace.com/4348055.