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Inside the issue: STYLE Summer 2022

Cast your worries aside and escape into the pages of STYLE this summer, where you’ll discover gorgeous seaside retreats, up-and-coming local talent, sustainable fashion pioneers, enticing culinary destinations and so much more. 

“Just for a minute imagine yourself with the sun in your face, the warm saltwater lapping around you as your float and, for a moment, time is suspended while you dream of summer, its many possibilities and that well-earned holiday,” writes Editor-In-Chief Michael McHugh.

Choose between two radiant covers – a seaside villa with an incredible terrace that invites you to lose your thoughts in the deep, dreamy blue, or our sunkissed cover star Annabella Barber in the quintessential summer fashion shoot at the stunning Te Ārai beach.

DESIGN

We’re embracing sunny days, long lunches, and a carefree aura in the air in our design edition. Step inside an incredible waterfront villa on the Sicilian coast, discover an architect’s striking pitched home in rural Spain, and marvel at a bold yet intimate abode with a fascinating heritage story.

Our fabric shoot reimagines florals into both streamlined and clashing approaches, while new furniture collaborations explore exotic beaches, rocky deserts and sunset colour. We share expert insights for styling the hue of the season, showcase surrealism-inspired fabrics, wallpapers and rugs, and feature a furniture collection that blends ergonomics with impeccable style.

CULTURE

In celebration of emerging talent, we showcase six creatives making their mark on the Aotearoa arts scene, speak to documentary filmmaker Jan Oliver Lucks about putting his experiment with non-monogamy on film, and step inside the massive Coco Chanel exhibition making its international debut in Melbourne.

After more than a decade of work, we celebrate the opening of New Zealand’s first public gallery for Māori art, meet a creative duo merging movement and photography, and sit down with acclaimed stage designer Tracy Grant Lord.

BEAUTY

In beauty, we bring you the best products to get that golden glow, romantic scents, cult makeup, smart serums and hot hair trends for the hot months.

Meet the makers behind Italian fine-perfumery brand Xerjoff, discover fresh approaches to achieving peak skin health and find out about the SPF brand giving sunscreen a glow up.

ACCESSORIES

Artistic flair is on the cards in Louis Vuitton’s new Capucines bag collection, fresh jewellery hues invite you to sparkle into summer and Alexander McQueen embraces the spirit of punk.

Elsewhere, we look at how conscious consumerism is changing the jewellery landscape, check out Dior’s Greece-inspired cruise collection, and pull together statement eyewear for poolside glam.

FASHION

We visit Te Ārai beach with cover star Annabella Barber to bring you the breeziest new-season looks, from carefree bikinis to slinky slip dresses, while a collaboration between Dior Men and Sacai delivers streetwear with couture cred.

Plus, Aje is on the up and up with a fresh label and new HQ, and Coldplay’s Guy Berryman proves he’s a man of many talents with a daring fashion project.

CONCIERGE

Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas takes a road trip around Aotearoa’s best cellar doors, we check out the shopping and dining spots in Parnell‘s warehouse district, and feature the luxury New Zealand lodges you’ll never want to leave.

Community ethos is on the plate at a new Wellington wine bar and we explore unique flavours with Forest head chef Plabita Florence. Plus, we take a look at the innovative Kiwi gin-makers breaking the mould.

STYLE Summer 2022 is on sale now – available in stores and online. We’re offering free shipping on all single-copy sales when you order here.

Six essential new hair products perfectly timed for summer

Looking to update your haircare and styling arsenal? There are plenty of hot new releases landing that make styling your hair easy as well as warding off the effects of the season on your strands. These are some of the most anticipated and useful options landing this season.

Living Proof PhD Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

A brand new, updated version of one of the world’s most popular (and effective, in our book) dry shampoos, this one is a little more refined with a fine-tuned formula and leaves hair feeling clean without being gunked up with powder. It’s been gaining raves around the world on launch with one reviewer pointing out that if if you are someone who prefers your hair the day after it’s been washed – “day two” – and finds it more manageable and appealing them, perhaps stick with the original for a bit of volume and grip. But if you are someone who likes your hair best on “day one”, when it’s freshly washed and dried, this one’s for you. It lands at Mecca from December 28th.

Chloe Zara Hair Hair Crème

This independent but quickly growing hair brand from Auckland stylist Chloe Zara has quickly gained a following for its luxurious, effective and consciously formulated products. The hair and body perfume oil was always a great smoothing option for your dry ends, with a pretty scent too. Now there’s a new arrival, a hair crème with a range of clean ingredients that smooth, increase manageability and help to strengthen. In our view it’s a mix between a styling product and treatment, defining strands and giving a little texture but also loaded with the likes of hyaluronic acid, Kakadu plum for vitamin C and Hydrolysed Soy Protein for body and shine.

Joico Colourful Glow Beyond Anti-Fade Serum

UV rays can do a number on coloured hair, so while you’re protecting your skin with SPF, why not try a protective serum for your strands that keeps them vibrant, healthy and glossy? Joico’s Colourful Glow Beyond Anti-Fade Serum prevents dullness and fading that changes the tone, as minimising frizz and boosting shine. 

Moroccanoil Brumes du Maroc Fragrance Mist

Hair perfumes are nothing new but they are usually created by mass market perfume companies that just want to give us a pretty scent that lingers in our hair. So far so appealing, except the formulas they use aren’t always the kindest to our strands. Now a hair company has taken the reins, and one incredibly familiar with delivering on nourishment and shine. Moroccanoil has created a new hair and body fragrance mist, featuring the scent of its original oil, but in a lightweight, ultra fine mist that wont impact your hairstyle. The scent is an exotic blend of spicy amber and sweet floral notes and the formula also includes a form of UV absorber to help prevent potential hair damage from sun exposure and preserve hair’s colour.

Oribe Bright Blonde Sun Lightening Mist

Hands up who remembers Sun In? The 80s must-have lightened hair with the help of the sun but usually did no favours to your strands and a weird orange colour was the likely result. Yanking the concept right up to date is luxury hair brand Oribe with its new spray to enhance blonde tones. It’s designed to bring out the brightness and highlights in natural or artificially-created blonde through heat from the sun or a hair dryer.

The peroxide-free formula blends natural plant, flower and fruit extracts – yes including lemon, but also chamomile –  to gradually lighten hair while also imparting weightless moisture, shine, and UV protection.

R+Co COOL WIND – Perfect air dry creme

Lazy gals rejoice! Air-dry styling has just been an at-home thing in 2021, but now brands are helping us to do the same while also going out and about. Thats thanks to taming and styling creams that require little effort. This one hydrates, controls, defines and softens hair to ease the styling process. Just work through towel-dried hair and style as desired. Then air-dry – perfect for on the go!