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THE CA­REER AND PER­SONAL LIFE OF TELE­VI­SION PER­SON­AL­ITY LAU­REN PHILLIPS IS BLOS­SOM­ING AS SHE MOONLIGHTS AS A MODEL FOR STEL­LAR IN JA­PAN

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Lau­ren Phillips blos­soms as she mod­els for Stel­lar in Ja­pan.

Lau­ren Phillips has ev­ery­one fooled. The vi­va­cious tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter is in the mid­dle of bustling Tokyo on a crisp April morn­ing, bare­foot and wear­ing a black Alex Perry gown. She is moon­light­ing as a model, laugh­ing as she stands amid the sea­son’s colour­ful cherry blos­soms. Though she is the first to ad­mit she has no real train­ing in the trade, the lo­cals who in­ter­rupt their early morn­ing stroll to watch her at work would be hard-pressed to think oth­er­wise – like all pro­fes­sional posers, she seems ad­van­ta­geously obliv­i­ous.

“I didn’t even re­alise we were shoot­ing at the start,” she tells Stel­lar later. “I was just hav­ing a mo­ment, tak­ing it all in and smil­ing be­cause of how spe­cial it was. I knew the blos­soms would be beau­ti­ful, but ac­tu­ally be­ing there is in­de­scrib­able. I could have pranced around in that dress all day.”

The shoot marked Phillips’s sec­ond time in Ja­pan, but it was her first out­ing in Ueno Park, where more than 1000 cherry blos­som trees burst open to cre­ate a sea of soft pink for just over two weeks each spring. The shoot – a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Stel­lar and Mazda, the Ja­panese car brand for which Phillips has been an am­bas­sador since 2012 – had to be timed per­fectly.

“I didn’t un­der­stand the ur­gency of that re­ally small win­dow to shoot,” Phillips says. “I was also blown away by how ev­ery­thing felt like it was in slow mo­tion, even though Tokyo is such a busy city. There was an in­cred­i­ble seren­ity… even though there were thou­sands of tourists around.”

A cer­tain calm has also de­scended on Phillips this year, de­spite it be­ing one of her most hec­tic. In ad­di­tion to her work with Mazda, which sees her in­volved in ma­jor spon­sor­ship events, new prod­uct launches and char­i­ta­ble en­deav­ours, the 30-year-old is a Myer Am­bas­sador, and has on­go­ing host­ing du­ties with the Nine Net­work’s travel show Post­cards and Kids’ WB.

She is also set­tling down with for­mer tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Lach­lan Spark, her beau of five years. The pair met when they were both on a TV job to cover a Lenny Kravitz con­cert in Melbourne’s Fed­er­a­tion Square in 2012.

“We are get­ting mar­ried in Flin­ders in Vic­to­ria at the end of the year,” she says. “The prop­erty has fiveme­tre-high hedges and you walk through this gate with a pool – it’s like a lit­tle se­cret gar­den.”

Be­fit­ting her role as a host on Post­cards, Phillips says she and Spark had orig­i­nally planned for off­shore nup­tials. “Lachie and I al­ways wanted a small wed­ding over­seas,” says the bride-to-be, “but un­for­tu­nately it be­came a lit­tle too dif­fi­cult with my

“I knew the blos­soms would be beau­ti­ful, but ac­tu­ally be­ing there is in­de­scrib­able”

grandma. So we de­cided it was bet­ter to do some­thing that was close to home to make sure ev­ery­one could come.”

She does not yet have a dress cho­sen, but Melbourne-based Con Ilio, who has de­signed Phillips’s Lo­gies gowns for the pre­vi­ous two years, will cre­ate both her and her brides­maids’ out­fits. Although she has not had any of­fi­cial fit­tings for her wed­ding gown, when she does get down to de­sign­ing it, she has one re­quire­ment. “I want it to be fun,” she says. “But I don’t want any­one to look and think, ‘Oh, where is she off to?’ I def­i­nitely want to look like a bride.

“It’s a year of big change, but we have fi­nally set­tled in. We have bought a house, we have the dogs and now we have a wed­ding… I am def­i­nitely grow­ing up.”

Steven Khalil cape, POA, stevenkhalil. com; (op­po­site) Alex Perry dress, $3400, al­ex­perry.com.au

(left) Mor­ri­son long waist­coat, $499, and dress, $299, mor­rison­shop.com; (be­low) Ge­or­gia Alice blazer, $989, bralette, $389, and tu­nic, $875, geor­giaal­ice.com; Rok­sanda top, $990, myer.com.au; (op­po­site) Grace Loves Lace dress, $1089, graceloves­lace.com.au; Aje top (worn un­der­neath), POA, a-j-e.com.au; Robert Clerg­erie x SelfPor­trait shoes, $900, myer.com.au

HAIR Nori Tak­abayashi @ An­gle Man­age­ment Pro­duce MAKE-UP Ken Shi­roma @ 3rd

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