If fashion is searching for its seasonal superhero, this may just be it. Capes are one of the coolest cover ups on the catwalk and now their cool cred has filtered down to street level.
Milan and London offered numerous takes on this sleek silhouette in their autumn/winter 2018 showing, taking the form of jacquard, leather and leopard print, while in Paris, the caped creations continued to make their sartorial mark as designers from Saint Laurent to Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi and Alberta Ferretti re-imagined the cape’s 2018 incarnation.
The perfect piece for winter layering, they’ll work next season too. Hung over cropped jeans, or a cropped cape itself can lend its cool cred to the most traditional of outfits.
If it’s a snug wintry look you’re after, tartan designs and chunky knits are the hottest look for winter while minimalist muted tones of grey and white make a classic sartorial statement. In the office, a chic black number can contemporise a classic crisp white shirt and tailored pant combo like no other.
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change” – Wayne W. Dyer
I’ll admit it, I have somewhat of a love hate relationship with social media. Numerous attempts over the years to sever ties have failed, often on the basis of ‘that distant London cousin I need to keep in contact with’ or, my favourite, ‘but I need it for work’. And, after a trial separation has resulted in eventual reconciliation, the honeymoon period is always so much sweeter. After all, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.
But I have to concede that, despite its social shortcomings, plenty of good too comes from the social media platform. Long lost relatives have been reunited, it’s been used to create awareness of social movements and it has given a voice to society’s voiceless.
It’s also created overnight sensations. Jordan Watson posted a funny video one night before heading off to bed. He woke up to 250,000 views. Now, those funny videos are a full-time job. We spoke to Jordon about ‘How to Dad’ ahead of his trip to Christchurch and it got me thinking, life really is all about what you make of it.
Some of the world’s greatest philosophers have determined that the power of the mind is such that your perception is your reality. Your mind really does have the ability to change your world. So the next time you’re feeling negative, why not try reframing the way you’re looking at things.
After all, the glass may be half full; it may be half empty, but when you recognise the glass is refillable, then it matters very little either way.
With cooler temperatures welcoming a cooler colour palette, one hot new trend is breaking all the season’s sartorial rules. With both street cred and practical appeal, pink is the colour the fashion world is falling for in 2018.
From caps to coats, there’s something for everyone in this pretty palette, but not as you’ve ever seen it before. Yes, the dusky shade of postmodern girlhood has emerged with an intriguing new edge.
The 2018 season is putting its own sartorial spin on this bubble-gum classic – gone is the girly-girl look. Not so much in the pieces themselves, but rather how they’re put together.
Teamed with masculine cuts and dirty shades of olive and brown, pink is quickly taking over as fashion’s new power player.
If the regional rebuild has demonstrated anything, it’s the innovation and determination of its habitants, as out of the box concepts, creations and contraptions come to life.
It’s certainly evident in the range of unique accommodations in greater Canterbury. From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, this is what sweet dreams are truly made of.
Luxury treehouses: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm, 12 kilometres north of Kaikoura. Where else could you stay in a luxury tree hut 30-feet above the ground in the canopy of a native manuka grove?
Jail bird: Go to jail and do not pass go, just for the night with The Jailhouse. The award-winning Addington accommodation once served as an actual prison, before being refurbished and opened as accommodation more than a decade ago.
Stay in silo style: It may have once been just a humble grain silo, but some clever creators have converted this Little River marvel into innovative and stylish serviced apartments known as SiloStay.
Pod perfection: Sleep in a glass pod surrounded by nature in Kaikoura, Banks Peninsula or Waipara with PurePods. These glass eco-cabins are located in the midst of the stunning New Zealand landscape.
Timber tents: Spend the evening staring at the stars from a ‘wooden tent’ with see-through roofing at Onuku Farm Hostel that is located in a tranquil clearing amidst Kanuka trees in Banks Peninsula.
Glorious glamping: Try your hand at glamping – that’s glamourous camping – with Canopy Camping Escapes at Lavericks Bay in Banks Peninsula. Rich in history, the scenic bay is set on a 1000-hectare sheep and beef farm and its luxury tents feature woodburners, a camp kitchen and even a bathroom
Harmonious huts: Stay in a snug little dome-shaped pod in Mt Lyford with Harakeke Huts. The five-hectare private property is set at the bottom end of Mt Lyford village. You have the comfort of proper lighting and heating and each hut has its own private deck and deck chairs.
Star light, star bright: Stare at the amazing Mackenzie skies from SkyScape’s building made almost entirely of glass. This distinctive accommodation is designed to maximise the extraordinary views of the Mackenzie Country both day and night.
Downton dalliance: Why not head back in time to Downton Abbey. Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation.
They say a leopard never changes its spots and, while that may be true, its sartorial inspiration sure does, in the most stylish of ways of course.
Because, although the leopard print has been lauded for its luxe appeal for the longest of times, it is regularly given a new seasonal spin at the hands of some of the most popular purveyors of what’s hot and what’s not.
And what better opportunity to indulge your animal instinct with an aesthetic that lends itself so well to autumn.
Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein have all gone wild this sartorial season, transposing leopard into the urban jungle.
Hear us roar!
Sometimes loud and proud is exactly what you want your earrings to scream, and most certainly when your outfit does not.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of eye – or more specifically ear – candy to tempt a loosening of the purse strings, with statement earrings doing the sartorial seducing this season.
They don’t have to be full of colour to meet the ‘bold’ brief. From ‘chandelier’ to ‘door knocker’, playing with angles, or just trying something completely out of left field, the statement earring is a game changer for any look but, let’s face it, it’s not like we need an excuse to have a fling with some new bling.
It seems bare is the new beautiful because, although it would be rather irresponsible of us to suggest you take this in a literal sense, everyone is going nude right now. Whether you’re filling the bathroom cabinet or the wardrobe, going nude is all about a less is more approach.
Like the skin tones it is designed to mimic, nude comes in every colour, from soft ivories to deep browns and, whether you’re shopping for makeup or clothing, not every nude may be right for you.
When it comes to sartorial selections, ensure there’s some contrast between your nude clothing and your nude skin so it doesn’t look like you are taking the concept literally.
When it comes to makeup, mix it up with a light caramel colour, a pale pink, or for darker skin tones, a rich golden brown. All one tone and you risk looking washed out.
The real beauty of the nude look is that you can pair it with almost any outfit, whether it’s a slinky red cocktail dress or a dark wash skinny jean. Its pared back aesthetic allows a bold outfit to do the talking.
The physical scars of the Canterbury quakes are almost fully healed. But below the surface, the mental scars remain.
In line with international research showing the long term mental health effects of natural disasters, demand for mental health, addiction and domestic violence services has skyrocketed in Canterbury post-quake. As demand for child and youth mental health services soars, it can take months for specialist treatment for some of the most severe mental health problems.
From her first ever job in student health at the university, to her involvement with Family Planning and the Methadone Programme, Dr Sue Bagshaw has been heavily invested in improving youth outcomes. “In those roles we came across a lot of young people that were in boxes,” she says.
“So we asked young people what they wanted and that was the birth of the Youth One Stop Shop.”
Designed to increase accessibility for youth, the One Stop Shop concept brought together medical, physical, sexual, mental and even social health services under one roof, with Christchurch’s 198 Youth Health Centre one of the first of its kind.
“Individually we can only provide so much with a small budget,” Dr Bagshaw says.
“We thought why not work together with other organisations. By bringing them all together we can be a lot more efficient and more effective.”
After providing free health services to young people for 15 years, lack of funding forced its closure in 2010. But Dr Bagshaw was determined to bring these integral services back to the city and, in 2012, she and Peter Young from Action Works brought 16 youth organisations together to form the first youth hub in Barbadoes Street.
Despite unprecedented need for these collective services over the past three years, the individual need for bigger, better spaces has seen the organisations disperse and Dr Bagshaw has been on a tireless crusade since 2015 to develop a purpose-built hub to bring them all back together.
The Anglican Church’s social service agency has stepped in to help, purchasing the old Salisbury Street bowling club site last year for $4 million. Now Dr Bagshaw is focused on raising the $10 million to make it happen.
Co-designed by youth, for youth, the most important feature will be transitional accommodation for young people to stay for 3-18 months while they find work. “While they’re there, they will have access to all the services around them they need for support,” Dr Bagshaw says.
Youth workers will be in residence overnight, there will be a drop in centre, spaces to provide activities such as art, music and acting, outdoor ball courts and on site services including legal aid. Importantly, a social enterprise hub will support young people with good ideas but lack of opportunity, to become social entrepreneurs.
“We’re living in a generation that is all about ‘me’. It’s become more about competition and less about community. We’ve all had enough of that. The poverty gap has got bigger. We know we need a new story,” Dr Bagshaw says.
“This is about doing things together. People working in silo doesn’t help our young people. This is about cooperation, not competition.”
“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile,” Albert Einstein
At face value, an urban space is classified a city once its inhabitants reach 50,000.
The fact that this means that people are what make a city – both in the literal and figurative sense – isn’t lost on our team here at Metropol.
We’ve long recognised the importance of people to our Christchurch identity because, although we’re drawn to landscapes and architecture, it’s the people that we engage with.
In recognition of this fact, we’ve been profiling some of the people behind our city; the movers, the shakers and the magic makers. What makes them tick – both commercially and emotionally; what exciting new ventures do they have in the commercial pipelines and, how do they fill their weekends?
This issue we talk to Mike Pero’s son Aaron about his own real estate moves, Maree Lucas about putting her event planning powers to the very worthy Ronald McDonald House fashion show and Dr Sue Bagshaw about her $10 million goal to cement a new multimillion dollar youth hub for the CBD.
Not to mention, we caught up with living legend Lionel Richie during his New Zealand tour and interviewed one of the country’s most sartorial elite, our cover model this issue, Karen Walker.
Christchurch is filled with incredibly inspiring people and we think Metropol is an incredible vehicle to share their success with you.