Long Reads You May Have Missed

Revisit these stories over the summer break

Elle Macpherson. Picture / Supplied

Is Giving the Missing Ingredient in Wellbeing?
We all know the cornerstones of wellbeing. But if there’s one feelgood ingredient that rarely gets its due, it’s giving. Perhaps that’s because it’s less likely (though not impossible) to be commoditised.
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Nom.D Celebrates 30 Years in Fashion
Writer and former fashion editor Stacy Gregg looks at the enduring legacy of designer Margarita Robertson and her game-changing label.
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Elle Macpherson: 'I'm So Happy'
As she launched her new lingerie line, supermodel Elle Macpherson talked to us about business, family and, of course, her undies.
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Looking Back on 20 Years of Fashion Shows
With ner new book, Alix Browne explores and celebrates the myriad ways designers have presented their clothes - from early invite-only, intimate shows that have rarely been seen to today’s full-on fashion-show-as-entertainment.
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Why Kelly Slater is More than a Pro Surfer
Kelly Slater is building a legacy around sustainable consumption and how we interact with the planet. As he launched his new clothing line Outerknown, he talked to Viva fashion editor Dan Ahwa.
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What Makes Something Truly Artisanal?
A movement towards sustainability and authenticity has taken hold. But with a word so thrashed by marketers it’s now as substantive as an artisanal rice cracker, what makes something truly artisanal?
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Does Fashion Matter?
No matter where you get your wardrobe, wearing clothes involves engaging with the business of fashion.
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One-on-One with Cindy Sherman
Cindy Sherman has used manufactured portraits to comment on the world around her for almost 40 years. At Wellington's City Gallery, she discussed her latest series and the impact of social media.
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How Giorgio Armani Continues to Stay Relevant
The iconic Italian designer has been celebrated with a permanent exhibition space in Milan showcasing the Armani archive.
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26 New Health Trends to Know
We all know the benefits of coconut and turmeric. But how about cryotherapy and tiger nuts? Take a look back at the health trends you needed to know about in 2016.
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Why Harman Grubisa Is the Hottest Label in NZ
Designers and friends Jessica Grubisa and Madeleine Harman were the recipients of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Presents accolade. Viva associate editor Zoe Walker took the dynamic duo out for lunch to celebrate their rise to success.
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The Business of Honey
When Gwyneth Paltrow started singing the praises of NZ manuka honey, she confirmed two things we all know about this liquid gold: it has amazing health benefits and it’s outrageously expensive. Rebecca Wadey spent a day with Comvita co-founder Alan Bougen to find out what’s fuelled this gold rush.
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Future-Proofing Icebreaker
One of New Zealand's biggest success stories, Icebreaker CEO Rob Fyfe talks about leading the brand’s heritage into the future.
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Is It Time to Give Up Leather?
Cows have long been farmed to fuel the fast food market. Now, by turning leather into a seasonal fashion, they are becoming part of fast fashion.
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Why You Should Follow Cleo Wade on Instagram
Poet and writer Cleo Wade spoke to Jessica Beresford about creating a more unified world.
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How Fashion is Getting Political
Robin Givhan looks at how the fashion industry drew political battle lines after the Trump election.
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A Photographic Getaway to the South Island
Ginny Fisher gives it her best shot on a South Island excursion, road-tripping to Aoraki-Mt Cook while stopping, often, to photograph the landscape.
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Ralph Lauren and the Lo Lifes
Kiwi photographer Tom Gould’s book features the Lo Lifes, who stopped at nothing in their obsessive quest for Ralph Lauren clothing - and started a whole new subculture.
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Zac Posen on Glamour, Beauty and Project Runway
Viva beauty editor Janetta Mackay meets American fashion designer Zac Posen, as he launched his makeup collaboration with M.A.C.
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Fashion Designers' New Focus on Hotels
Why fashion designers from Donatella Versace to Diane von Furstenberg are extending their talents, and brands, to hotels.
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Is the Traditional Runway Show Dead?
From New York to Paris, change was afoot with how fashion designers chose to show their collections this year.
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Celebrating Toms' 10-Year Anniversary
Toms founder Blake Mycoskie talks about pioneering a one-for-one business model - and his recent trip to New Zealand.
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Tom Ford's Lasting Influence
Tom Ford is the defining designer of his generation and this year New Zealand finally had a taste of his inimitable style with the arrival of Tom Ford Beauty.
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