Inside the issue: STYLE Summer 2021

This season and this edition of STYLE is full of possibilities indeed. There is much to read, and plenty of places to visit, shop, eat and drink for a summer of fun with family and friends. Make sure you don’t let any possibility pass you by.

“If there is ever a season to blow out the cobwebs, feel the sun on your skin, walk along the beach and let the sand get between your toes, it is summer. Such sensory experiences will get those positive neurons pinging around your body in a way that’ll make you feel happier and healthier at the same time,” writes Editor-in-Chief Michael McHugh. “Much like summer, this issue holds many possibilities.”

There are three stunning covers to choose from, acclaimed Kiwi chef Josh Emett, jewellery and fashion icons Jessica McCormack and Emilia Wickstead, and a stunning coastal clifftop home.


We escape to a minimalist beach house on the South American coast, step inside an opulent Zurich apartment renovation and showcase a Spanish villa that echoes the environment.

’70s revival is on display with retro tones for a furniture throwback, we look at rare and rustic eco furniture and dive into the fascinating history behind Marcel Breuer‘s iconic ‘Cesca’ chair.


We’re championing local artists in our culture section, sitting down with prolific gardenscape painter Karl Maughan, Wallace Arts winner Russ Flatt and the must-see Māori artists at Auckland Art Gallery’s incredible new exhibition.

We also go inside Rolex’s initiative with Spike Lee, Phyllida Lloyd and Lin-Manuel Miranda and learn about Miuccia Prada’s segue into brain research.


Beauty editor Megan Bedford brings you the must-have hair, body and skin saviours for summer, rounds up the latest trends in hair and finds the season’s hottest lipstick shades.

We also give you the lowdown on cult skincare La Prairie‘s latest skin science and talk pop superstar Lady Gaga about new new role as the face of Valentino’s new Voce Viva fragrance.


We’ve got your summer accessories sorted with gorgeous golden Dior adornments and Louis Vuitton‘s celestial-inspired fine jewellery.

Luxe croc straps and pave diamonds are this season’s timepiece trend and Saben‘s Roanne Jacobson gives us a look inside her summer suitcase.


This season, fashion favours the bold. From all-white-everything and delicious gelato hues that take you from the beach to the dancefloor, to head-turning prints and ultra luxe accessories.

Well-established in London’s most stylish circles for their eponymous jewellery and fashion brands, Kiwi expats Jessica McCormack and Emilia Wickstead talk about their South Seas-inspired fine jewellery collection.


Our brand new concierge section features an in-depth dining guide around Auckland, from best bakeries and brunch spots, to stylish bars and new eateries. We talk to the architecture masterminds behind The Hotel Britomart and step into the boutique hotel The Convent.

Coverstar and culinary icon Josh Emett dishes on his new Onslow restaurant and we talk to chef Michael Meredith about his long-awaited return to the dining scene.

STYLE Summer 2021 is on sale Monday, 6 December – available in stores or online here.


How to Get Kate Middleton’s New Summer-Perfect Locks

The Duchess has had a style update and we’re taking tips. 

“Have you done something to your hair?”

When someone compliments you, but can’t quite put a finger on what you’ve updated, it’s a sure sign your stylist has nailed a subtle seasonal style update.

So when Kate Middleton spoke from her @Kensingtonroyal Instagram recently, we listened attentively to the details of her 5 Big Questions initiative, revealing insights around the early years of childhood, and how they might inform support and education going forward. 

But afterwards, the office chat also involved pondering, “Has Kate lightened her hair? And how do we get those flicks?!” 

“It’s nice to see Kate has updated her hair, she has lightened it slightly and added a beautiful golden finish,” confirms Gene ‘Ed’ Edwards, Creative Director at Auckland’s Oscar & Co salon. “Adding more layers to her hair cut has given her hair more bounce and accentuated her new colour.”

Ed has a few tips but most importantly, he advised if you want to achieve a particular colour, rather than trying to stumble around descriptions, take the particular image you like to your stylist and say “I want this”. Hair type and texture allowing, it means you’re both likely to understand the end goal much better. 

To copy Kate’s look, he suggests going for a double pronged approach with highlights toned a caramel colour and slightly deeper roots that give beautiful dimension and shape. To keep hair in healthy shape and make the most of those waves, a bonding treatment used concurrently with the lightning process is a good idea. 

“Ask for a full head of highlights, making sure to ask for a treatment like Redken pH Bonder to maintain the health of your hair. Then, ask for it to be toned using a gloss colour like Redken Shades EQ, with a chocolate brown root smudge and deep golden caramel medium blonde.”

To get the turned out waves Ed recommends starting with a good foundation by using a volumising shampoo and conditioner like Redken High Rise. 

“Add a mousse like Redken Full Effect 04 throughout towel dried hair, focusing on your roots to hold the volume. Then blow dry making sure to add lots of lift at the roots, and smooth out with a natural bristle brush.

“Using a large-barrel curling tong, curl your hair holding the tong vertically, making sure all the curls roll away from the face. Leave curls to cool before giving it a thorough brush. Finally, add some shine spray like Redken Shine Flash to finish.”

GHD Curve Plus Soft Curl Tong, $290, Redken Shine Flash, $38, Redken Full Frame Mousse, $38