Meet Star Stylist Lucy Marr

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I kissed my twenty-year career in magazines goodbye the day after Lucy cut my hair.

To explain I need to go back to the beginning. I first met Lucy 12 years ago. At the time I was editing Fashion Quarterly magazine and Lucy owned the hottest hairdressing salon in town (she still does) with her husband Stephen Marr. I thought Lucy was amazing from the minute I met her. She’s a beautiful person inside and out. She’s full of energy and always has an exciting new project on the go. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she’s one of those people who make you feel like you can do anything. She’s really inspiring.

So a few months ago I went to see Lucy to get my hair cut and we were chatting away like usual about all sorts of stuff. I happened to mention to Lucy that I was keen to leave magazines and try something new and in typical Lucy fashion she jumped on this and was super encouraging.

I left the salon feeling energised and ready to take a massive leap of faith. As it turns out it was the best decision I’ve ever made and I have Lucy in part to thank for giving me the courage to make such a big decision. After all, Lucy is no stranger to taking risks and trying new things.

She and Stephen now have three successful salons and are partners in Takapuna’s amazing retail destination, The Department Store. Lucy also owns two successful beauty havens, Lucy & The Powderroom and has developed her own organic hair and skincare range called Sans.

She’s also a mum to two fabulous little boys. Lucy was recently featured on the Sans website and she was asked what philosophies she subscribes to in life and if she has any words of wisdom. She simply said: “Laugh. Be really grateful. Have a go at anything and everything – what have you got to lose? Be curious not defensive and there is no right, only perspective”. That’s the Lucy I know and love.

I’m thrilled Lucy is sharing some of her great style secrets here. Take a look.


How would you describe your personal style?
Classic and not very trend driven. I personally don’t like to make fashion statements or wear anything that screams trick or design.

How do you decide what you are wearing each day?
My clothes are literally thrown together in the morning as I have two very active kids so putting thought into clothing is out the window for me. If a wardrobe is well put together, it makes mornings so much easier.

Where do you get your fashion inspiration from?
My friends and film.

How much time do you spend putting together your outfits?
Seriously – under  two minutes.  All this goes on while shoving a toothbrush in both my kids’ mouths and clearing up the debris from breakfast.

How do you build an outfit?
Generally underwear first if it’s a good day and hopefully shoes last – again, if it’s a good day.

What are your best tricks for updating your wardrobe on a budget?
Dye an old shirt with Dylon to change and freshen it up a bit.

How important are accessories to you?
Not that important, the less to think about the better really.

When did your love of fashion begin?
My mum always had, and still has an incredible sense of style. She wouldn’t buy a lot but when she did, she went all out and bought beautifully crafted pieces that were timeless and made to last.

How often do you clean out your wardrobe and what is your process for updating and recycling your clothes?
Yearly. I love how my mum only ever had about 15 pieces in her wardrobe yet they were extremely well made pieces and well put together.

How do you merchandise your wardrobe?
I always reference key pieces when buying so it all works together. I have a lot of black so it all works well together. 

Favourite designers/brands?
Karen walker, nomd, kate Sylvester, zambesi – they are all so clever. I love alexander wang and acne….

What’s on your shopping list right now?
A tuxedo for my best friend’s wedding.

What beauty product/s would you be lost without?
Sans Lip Aid, it’s the most amazing velvety lip treatment I have ever used. This took me ages to develop in the lab but I believe we got there!

Favourite hair products and why?
Sans pH Shine Corrector. This is incredible as it physically alters the pH of your hair making hair ultra soft and super shiny without weighing it down.

How often do you wash your hair?
Every 3 to 4 days.

How do you style your own hair?
Wash and go – that simple.

What’s your signature fragrance?
I don’t wear perfume but if I had to choose, Tom Ford Tobacco Vanilla.

Favourite everyday lipstick shade?
Sans Lip Aid or Lip Tar Stalker

Favourite red lipstick?
Lip Tar Stalker. A vegan matte lip stain that won’t go all over your teeth.

Favourite nail polish colour?
I don’t wear nail polish but if I did, Usulu Airlines in bright red.

Favourite online shopping sites?

Tea of coffee?

Listening to?
Nils Frahm, Wintermusik. An incredible sound artist from Berlin that plays stripped back piano.

Obsessed with?
Nils Frahm

To read the rest of Lucy’s Sans interview click here.


The week before Fashion Week Lucy & Stephen orchestrated an amazing five nights of amazing fashion shows. The designers that showed included Helen Cherry, Kate Sylvester, Nomd, Zambesi and Karen Walker. This is a cute little video that was shot during that week.

Marr Factory – Avec l’amour from Stephen Marr on Vimeo.

Directed and edited by Ralph Matthews