Say Hello To Viva Magazine - Volume Eight

The name that will be on everyone's lips: Roxie Mohebbi

Roxie Mohebbi. Photo / Mara Sommer

Rising New Zealand-Iranian actor and model Roxie Mohebbi is Viva Volume 8’s cover star, bringing her chameleonic talents to the magazine’s special luxury issue, on sale from May 30.

The fascinating local performer revels in a range of elegant looks inspired by old-world glamour, and talks exclusively about her tumultuous journey to the screen.

The accompanying fashion shoot, overseen by Viva’s creative and fashion director Dan Ahwa and photographer Mara Sommer, is Viva Magazine’s biggest and most opulent to date, taking place over two days at the iconic Civic Theatre — the epitome of luxury.

As Viva Magazine editor Amanda Linnell explains however, the issue’s theme of modern luxury is just as much about finding meaning, integrity and connection as it is appreciating the good things in life.

“Luxury is open to the individual, open to interpretation and doesn’t always have to cost the earth,” she says.

The issue is packed with 75 pages of sumptuous winter fashion. Yet it also celebrates the luxury of time spent well, with a range of top-end experiences curated by an all-star editorial team.

Award-winning chef Sid Sahrawat (of Sid at The French Café, Cassia) takes on the mantle of Food Editor, presenting an exquisite yet entirely doable dinner party menu (think crayfish roasted with nduja butter and watercress; duck breast with caramelised leek; and cardamom crème brûlée).

Renowned New Zealand jewellery editor Annabel Davidson (Vanity Fair, Telegraph, British Vogue, NY Times) writes an exclusive piece on the evolving nature of luxury jewellery, from vintage classics to the newest and latest designers.

Famed photographer Derek Henderson captures the luxury of time spent in nature with a stunning shoot in Arrowtown.

And London-based New Zealand writer Jessica Beresford of the Financial Times’ How to Spend It supplement writes about the state of luxury now, from the glamour of Paris couture week to the thriving luxury retail scene in New Zealand.

With world-class travel back on the menu again, Viva is thrilled to report from Northern California where we test-drive the latest Range Rover, to Fiji, where we escape to the Six Senses resort, to the most decadent dining experiences available throughout Aotearoa.

Viva also speaks to New Zealand design duos excelling overseas, uncorks a few of the most luxurious wines, and trials 25 of the most luxurious beauty buys.

For a full list of retailers up and down the country, visit our updated retailers' list here.

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