Spring is in the air and with it comes New Zealand Cup and Show Week (NZCSW), the South Island’s premier Spring Festival. And, fashion alert, if you’re looking to turn heads, then it’s high time to start thinking about your headwear.
Christchurch sister duo behind Show Pony Millinery, Liv and Carrie, fill us in on what we can expect to see at this year’s Cup and Show Week. From the Melbourne Cup to England’s Royal Ascot, Carrie notes top trends for this racing season are centred on a return to elegance and vintage styles, with a mix of soft pastels and bold, bright colours to celebrate summer. “We saw a big nod towards classic, 1940s glam at the recent royal wedding. However, looking towards the earlier spring racing events in Australia you’re seeing bright and bold colours – canary yellow, hot fuchsia and statement reds among others.
“There have been plenty of flower crowns at New Zealand Cup & Show Week over the past few years so we’re looking forward to seeing Cantabrians branch out a little more this time round and embrace millinery like the rest of the world – whether that’s a classic-style headpiece, an on-trend boater or a standout crown or halo.” Liv adds, “As an example, one year ago we were selling halo hats to our international clients and wearing them to the track ourselves – but it’s only now, after the Duchess of Cambridge wore one to Prince Louis’ christening, that it seems New Zealand is starting to realise how great a style they are.
“Embellishments and bejewelled pieces – from feathers, bows and veiling, to classic Baroque-style detailing – are all over the international runways, at prominent events such as the Met Gala and being translated exceptionally well in Australia’s emerging 2018 spring racing millinery trends.” However, the girls are also keen to point out that trends aren’t everything. “Just like there are horses for courses, that’s the same for people and headpieces,” Carrie says. “They’re statement accessories, so they need to work in with not only your outfit, but your personality too”. Liv adds “it can be good to check out current looks and be inspired by them, but always come back to selecting something that also reflects who you are.”
Beautiful shoes and accessories for Cup Day are a must – and a unique new range in the ECCO Spring/Summer collection will ensure you stand out in the crowd.
Ecco True Indigo Leather has opened up more colours, textures and possibilities for shoes and bags, with a new leather innovation and a dye that has coloured almost every civilisation, from the ancient to the modern. For thousands of years, man had not found a way of dyeing premium cow and camel leathers indigo blue and achieving exceptional results. But Ecco Leather, based in the Netherlands and widely regarded as the world’s leading research and development centre for the material, made the breakthrough. Reinterpreting the traditional, artisanal methods of dyeing jeans, three different finishes for Ecco True Indigo Leather have been developed – with more colours to come.
Just as every hide is different, the same drum at the tannery can produce many different gradations of indigo blue. Highlights amongst the collection include the Ecco Shape Wedge Plateau Sandal, and the Ecco Sp 2 Medium Doctor’s Bag, with its denim look achieved with Ecco True Indigo camel leather, which shows more of the natural imperfections than cow hide. The combination of the denim-inspired camel leather and the hand-stitched top handles gives the women’s bag its distinctive appeal.
With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, Ecco constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear.
As we look towards the latest looks we can expect to see at this year’s Cup and Show Week, it seems suits are stepping out of the boardroom and onto the green this year.
Women are increasingly stepping out in suits in a variety of fabrics, from linen to tweed and everything in between and not just for Cup and Show Week – we’re seeing the tailored perfection of the suit making an entrance in weddings and other events where occasional-wear is the name of the game. It’s not just structured suits, but pantsuits are also hot property for the most stylish.
Once you’ve made the decision to suit up, the options are endless – jacket length, shoulder width, lapel size, waisted vs boxy, shrunken vs oversize. The good news is there’s no prevailing silhouette the powers to be are suggesting we adhere to – at least not this season. However, crucially, the wrong combination of proportions can result in a fashionable faux pas. So why not suit up, because gowns aren’t the only ladies look on the table and what other item of clothing can make you feel as powerful and in control?
Precious metals are having their moment in the sartorial spotlight, with silver, platinum and gold blending together with hues of emerald, red and blue.
Metallics transform fashion into a dazzling style statement and it’s not just ‘going out’ clothing that is making its metallic mark, with puffer jackets and sneakers emulating the latest looks.
Its prevailing popularity in the style stakes suggests the shine won’t be rubbing off any time soon, which is rather an exciting prospect, when it comes to our inner-magpies.
So how do you make the most of metallics?
With their ability to reflect light, metallics can enhance facial imperfections. So if you want to take the attention away from your face, incorporate metallics through skirts, trousers or smaller metallic details.
Stick to one metallic piece, rather than mixing and matching, pairing metallic pieces with simple and minimal pieces. An all-metallic look can have you looking like Saturday Night Fever.
Keep accessories and makeup minimal too, allowing your metallic look to stand on its own. It’s time to shine!
Although its inception was centred around equine rivalry, for as far back as human memory can reach, horse racing has been connected almost inextricably with fashion.
And, while fierce competition is a key feature on the track when it comes to our very own Cup and Show Week in Christchurch, fierce competition is a feature too when it comes the style stakes.
We’ve been keeping a sartorial eye on this year’s large-scale racing events in preparation for our own impending race season. We’ve been seeing rich tones, great textures and a touch of layering coming through this season.
Hand printed florals, lush lace work and exceptional tailoring in on-trend pinks and blushes have all made the cut this year. We’re seeing an increasing number of headbands in lieu of elaborate fascinators and hats.
Colourful prints and graphic patterns are guaranteed to elevate any look, but don’t underestimate the appeal of simple elegance. There’s always room for classic pieces.
From sleek, tailored dresses to fabulous footwear, we’ve rounded up a range of racewear accessories that will guarantee you a style win
There are certain things in life where quality wins over quantity every time – jewellery is one of them. Petersens Jewellers in the Bush Inn Centre takes pride in offering treasures and memories to last a lifetime.
Synonymous with high quality brands, selected and sourced by owner/operator Brent Morrison from a global resource pool, Petersens offers a curated collection of only the very best. Seiko stands as testament to this quality as one of the world leaders in watches, with the brand’s latest collection of Astron watches now available in store.
Combined with form and function, the Seiko GPS Astron watches are entirely light powered and are capable of syncing date and time zone automatically using a global network of GPS satellites. Sporty, classy and modern, the 2018 model is now 200 metres water resistant, making it a tough watch to beat and the ultimate watch for avid travellers. Available in stainless and titanium versions, these highly functional dress watches offer the ultimate arm candy for the man in your life.
This September, Brent is making his regular trip across the globe to Antwerp – the diamond capital of the world – to source the best diamonds for his bespoke creations. This ensures the highest quality stones and the most sparkles in its range of diamond rings and necklaces. The possibilities are endless when you can choose from the best.
To see for yourself how quality is at the heart of this sophisticated store,
In a prime spot at Merivale Mall, a beautiful experience awaits. It’s Treasure Box; a sociable boudoir of soft pink and chartreuse velvets and blonde timber. Behind the seeming simplicity of displayed garments, shoes, bags, scarves and jewellery lies great retail wisdom.
This is a carefully curated collection of designer pieces from New Zealand, Australia and Europe at differing price points. Here you’ll find shoes of the ideal height in the most buttery leather, the softest cashmere sweaters, totally waterproof pink or navy raincoats and edgy statement earrings high on craftsmanship.
Store owners Andrea Bailey and husband Vern have sourced ethically produced, top-quality items, many made locally. Their passion for retail worldwide has informed their gorgeous new shop’s interior. “I wanted to create a relaxing, peaceful environment and the store has been designed around the concept of sustainable everyday luxury,” Andrea says.
A carefully curated collection of designer pieces
It’s a haven for mothers, daughters and groups of friends to browse clothes and accessories possessing top design credentials and longevity of wear. Brands include C&M, Luxe Deluxe, Mavrick & Mere, Scotch & Soda, Noa Noa, Prene, Rains and Diesel, amongst others.
Personal styling is part and parcel here.
Staff are trained in colour theory and proportions, so shoppers depart with items that flatter. An exclusive range of dresses, bags, fascinators and hosiery make this the perfect venue for deciding on complete wedding or race-day ensembles.
Showstopping sparklers are set to enrich our wardrobes this spring and we’re excited about the possibilities this offers our looks in the coming months.
While rose-gold has been adding some shine to our jewellery boxes for the longest of times now, this beautiful sheen is now creeping through our wardrobes and even into our makeup cases.
The new neutral, it can pair with almost anything. So go on, be a glo-getter.
Showstopping sparklers are set to enrich our wardrobes this spring
Peter O’Brien mastered the art of leathercraft back in the ’70s on the West Coast. Then two and a half years ago, he revisited his passion, custom-making exquisite handmade leather goods full time.
With specialist tools from America, he stamps and embosses the leather to create unique one-off pieces to order, using only top-quality hides from a natural vegetable-based tanning process.
The amazing designer handbags or student satchels are a structured style that will last for years – likely a lifetime. They are all hand lace stitched with extra-strong thread. “It’s quite time-consuming, but I find it enjoyable and relaxing,” Peter says. “No one will have the same – you’ll be the only one in the world with that bag.”
Village Leathercraft can now laser any picture or design to fit. Recent works were an intricate fantail on a bag for a German client, and also stunning albatross design for a pilot from Bahrain.
Peter says there’s nothing like a great fitting belt. “Our strong leather eventually softens, then melds with the contour of the body.”
Individually designed and patterned, they make fantastic gifts for bride grooms, embossed with names and dates.
He makes sturdy practical pouches for any purpose, from gardeners to builders, to hold personal tools, phones and equipment. And American chefs have ordered his tailor-made protective knife rolls. Hard-wearing dog collars can be personalised with names, colours and patterns.
Every decade flaunts a scandalous aesthetic which rides against the tide of convention. In the 1950s, it was denim that was making sartorial waves.
Having found its fashionable feet in 1871 when the iconic ‘jean’ pant was invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss, denim has had a somewhat troubled upbringing since the 1950s when jeans emerged as the unofficial uniform of youth counter-culture.
Popularised by Marlon Brando and James Dean, jeans were torn, patched and intentionally abused by stone and acid washes, demonstrating the anti-authoritarian reputation of jeans and their wearers.
While at the time these rebellious revolutionaries stirred controversy with their sartorial courage, their visions have not only endured but been contemporised, and today denim is reinvented and reinvigorated season after sartorial season.
Its modern manifestation continues to court favour with the who’s who of fashionable circles, where it has since emerged as a timeless addition to your sartorial portfolio.
We put our fashionable noses to the ground to find out how this seasonal staple is being reimagined in upcoming collections and how you can up your denim game.
We probably don’t have to tell you that high-rise, non-stretch, vintage-inspired mum jeans are everywhere right now, and they’re a good investment because, with their timeless, flattering aesthetic and ability to suit everyone, they’ll likely never fall completely out of favour.
Yes, relaxed, full-length jeans in straight and even gently flared silhouettes are making their way back into our lives. A little groovy and a little 90s, they are practically made for a small heel and, with a little bit of a roll-up, you can go from dressy to casual with one pair.
A walk on the dark side:
Forget about acid wash or so-light-it’s-almost-white denim. Denim is taking a walk on the wild side this sartorial season, with dark wash denim trending in a very big way – dresses, skirts and shorts included!
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