For many things in life, quality is subjective and beauty immeasurable. At Petersens Jewellers in the Bush Inn Centre, quality is neither subjective nor immeasurable. It is clearly at the heart of this store.
This is perhaps best encapsulated in the store’s latest diamond range, Divine Solitaires. With a stringent grading system, this range comprises only the very best in colour, clarity and cut, and Petersens is the only Christchurch stockist. Known for their triple excellence cut, they can be purchased as loose diamonds or already made up, ready to impress. Owner/operator Brent Morrison takes pride in sourcing the very best diamonds from a global resource pool; attention to detail which goes as far as travelling to Antwerp – the diamond capital of the world.
This ensures the highest quality stones and the most sparkles in the bespoke range of diamond rings and necklaces. Petersens is also synonymous with high quality brands of jewellery and watches, making it the ultimate Christmas gift destination store. You’ll find the latest range of watches from globally renowned Seiko and Citizen brands, and a wide range of jewellery including Coeur de Lion, Thomas Sabo and the latest limited edition Mickey Mouse range by Karen Walker x Disney.
The team is also seeing a big uptake in gold jewellery and, with a beautiful range of pendants, rings and necklaces in store, it’s the perfect time to get in for your Christmas gifts. Gift exchange makes it ideal for men and friendly staff are always on hand to provide gift ideas.
Whether you’re arriving at a party at dusk or strolling along a sun-bleached esplanade, metallic leather is about making a style statement.
The Women’s ECCO Touch Flatform is crafted from metallic Ecco Vibrio leather, with double foil finish – designed to shimmer and sparkle as it catches the light. The metallic finish, achieved through an innovative layering process, can be applied to a selection of base colours. Combining silvery blue hues with golden yellows, Ecco Vibrio’s two-tone effect adds depth and softness, bringing a subtle, sophisticated edge to any silhouette. As well as adding glint and glamour, Ecco Vibrio is velvety to the touch – with the leather specially milled to improve your shoe’s softness and comfort.
Ecco Vibrio is one of the latest premium raw materials to have been developed by the team of researchers and pioneers at Ecco Leather’s base in Dongen, near Amsterdam — resolving an ongoing issue with metallic leathers that fade with time. Instead, Ecco Vibrio Leather uses its multi- layered tonality to deflect age and maintain its radiance. The Ecco Touch Flatform features ripple sole construction. The leather-covered inlay sole with Ecco Comfort Fibre System™ technology cushions the foot and helps it to breathe. The stunning shoe also comes in white – the Christchurch store’s best-selling shoe.
With a strong focus on simplicity, function, and environmentally friendly practices, Ecco constantly strives to make the most comfortable and versatile footwear.
The choice and perfection afforded visitors to Polished Diamonds of New Regent Street is of a sparkly magnitude.
Dan Joines, owner of the business nationally, wants people to know that if they can dream it, he can create it precisely, valuably, and for total symmetry, beauty and international certification. The award-winning ring-designer and merchant has enjoyed so much success that boutiques have extended to Auckland and soon Wellington.
Clients can bring in their own precious stones, or choose from 20,000 diamonds and 2,500 ring designs. Architectural CAD technology and equipment such as an MRI scanner ensure that any stone, any metal and any ring profile can be produced to utter perfection and brilliance, not to mention matched more exactly to existing jewellery. “In less than a week we can reproduce a client’s ultimate vision,” Dan says.
Whether you remember it with nostalgia or have blocked it from your mind, there’s no doubting the 90s was a revolutionary decade for fashion. From scrunchies to tube tops, Adidas scuffs to denim overalls, many trends are making a comeback and some are here to stay. We check out some of the most revered and reviled and what we can expect to see on the streets in the coming months.
Fabulous footwear: The fashionable feet of the 90s were adorned with heavy-duty combat boots, simple slip-ons from Birkenstocks to Adidas scuffs, while Converse’s Chuck Taylors and Manolo Blahnik’s Mary Jane style shoes too were on high rotation.
Not over overalls: Dungarees or overalls are hitting the sartorial consciousness in a very big way. They’re the closet staple of the 2010s; easy to slip into, effortless and ridiculously chic.
The long or short of it: Midriff-baring crop tops were a 90s must-have. Why not relive the best fashion from the decade by pairing a crop top with a pair of mum jeans, a chic combination that is a favourite of celebrities and street style stars alike.
Mum jeans: These high-rise, non-stretch, vintage-inspired mum jeans are showing up everywhere right now, with their timeless, flattering aesthetic and ability to suit everyone.
Cyclical trends: They say fashion does a full circle and it meets this brief in a more literal way this sartorial season, with round glasses the current hot property of eyewear, adding a vintage vibe to any outfit.
Skirting the rules: The denim skirt is having a moment. The ’90s and early-2000s throwback is making the rounds this summer, in varying lengths and styles.
All choked up: In the 90s, chokers came in stretchy plastic to resemble tattoos, while others boasted a fabric construction featuring charms and jewels. Now they are well and truly back in fashion and add that chic ’90’s touch to any outfit.
Scrunched up: Hair accessories like scrunchies were a favourite of this decade and everything from satin to glamorous velvet designs added colour to ponytails, buns and even pigtails.
The team at Via Sollertia understands that the ring becomes a part of you, an extension of your essence and simply being stunningly beautiful just isn’t enough anymore.
The jewellery you wear needs to embody your values of locally sourced and ethical production. Via Sollertia handmakes product on site, using only stones and metals whose provenance they have carefully researched to ensure their sustainable credentials. Jewellery boxes are made in gorgeous recycled rimu, while even the finest gold dust filings are refined and re-used.
The desire for jewellery that represents the authentic self is leading to a trend for proposals without a ring. At Via Sollertia you come in together, select your ethically sourced stones and metals, and create something perfect together. The initial consultation establishes your style, which is then conceptualised, finalised and finished for you. Why would you go anywhere else?
There’s no need to choose between style and comfort when setting off on an adventure; Merrell offers both.
The company has recently launched its latest collection of summer footwear, featuring the latest technology. Whether you’re taking the dog for a walk, going to the beach or walking the Great Wall of China, this season’s collection covers all bases, with a huge variety to choose from across both men’s and women’s.
Merrell stocks the favourite classics and a large selection of apparel, bags and socks. Another world-leading outdoor brand Patagonia is also available in store, including the latest in P6 logo tees, caps and clothing. Merrell (as a brand) started with one man making hiking boots. After more than 30 years, the company is now one of the largest brands of outdoor gear in the world.
Inspiring people to get outdoors while caring for the environment along the way are some of the company’s greatest core values, so it’s no surprise that it sponsors many outdoor programmes worldwide. It believes your time should be spent enjoying your surroundings, not worrying about how your gear will perform.
Merrell’s flagship store is located at Westfield Riccarton. Phone 03 343 6736 or visit www.merrell.co.nz for more information.
Christchurch brightened up when renaissance woman Kirsten Smart added The Jewellery Bar to her portfolio of roles as mum, 111 call dispatcher and ambulance officer at St John.
The Jewellery Bar specialises in tassel jewellery, with 20 different styles of earrings, necklaces, plus bespoke styles available online and from eight retail outlets from Whakatane to Geraldine. Colour and texture are Kirsten’s passions and she says a fabulous pair of earrings “brings colour to an outfit and finishes a look to perfection”.
Where black, navy and neutral are a signature wardrobe palette, Kirsten’s earrings are a gorgeous way to make a classic outfit pop, or as a gateway to incorporating more colour into the wardrobe. Kirsten designs and creates the jewellery using materials such as leather and a range of acrylics. The earrings are all hypo-allergenic – finished with sterling silver. Her ideas come from interactions of colours and textures she sees around her and design talent is in the genes with Kirsten’s late mother being a watercolourist and a craft aficionado.
Kirsten has always wanted her own business, and her original career in banking is standing her in good stead. ‘Giving back’ is key to the business ethos, so every pair of earrings sold will generate a donation to a local charity to buy Christmas presents for less fortunate families.
The colour range is huge, and takes in seasonal trends, with earrings priced at $39 and necklaces from $40-$70.
Even as a young girl, Bella Pearce loved handbags but as she grew up she discovered their expensive price tags didn’t always fit her student budget, and she wasn’t about to give up on her favourite luxury item.
So, she set about creating her own beautiful, yet affordable range, Imbellished By Bella, which now features 11 stylish, ethical – and uniquely colourful – pieces. It was during her three years studying at The University of Otago, that the designer handbag dream was born. “I’ve always been obsessed with designer fashion, it’s been a big passion of mine, but when I was a student, I became aware that these items aren’t always affordable,” she says.
“Women do not carry handbags, handbags carry women.”
“I wanted to make the same hype around the larger brands, but bring it back to a more affordable level.”
Using sustainable leather as her primary product – there are also non-leather options – Bella designs the handbags herself, has them manufactured abroad, then sells them online through her website. By working a season ahead, she stays bang on trend with overseas styles and works hard to make sure each bag has been ethically made to endure the test of time. Thanks to word of mouth, an Instagram and Facebook following, and the quality of the product, the brand’s popularity has been growing steadily.
“I have a really good customer base who all love the quality and craftmanship of the bags, and I try to give them all a bit of personality, because a handbag tells you a lot about the person carrying it,” she says. Orders for Imbellished By Bella bags have now been shipped right across the country and Bella is even starting to supply boutique shops in Christchurch. “I really wanted to provide something for the
New Zealand market so people could indulge in luxury, but not have to pay the price.” “I believe, women do not carry handbags, handbags carry women throughout their lives.”
Cherry red certainly packs a sartorial punch. The fiery shade is dominating the fashion shows this season, with a look which has us all hot around the sartorial collar and not just when looking through rose-tinted glasses.
Bold tomato red hues stood out on the SS18 catwalks of several designers, including Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane, Dries van Noten and Max Mara.
It’s the power player that has been vying for our attention, but in all the right ways.
Whether you adorn yourself in this bold hue from head to toe, or stick to a bold lip or heel, it will be the cherry on the top that will finish off your look.
In Ancient Greece, red and pink coral symbolised happiness and immortality, with amulets of the aragonite mineral used to drive away misfortune and illness.
Whether recognising the talismanic qualities of nature’s bounty or simply the sartorial appeal of this summery shade, the darlings of the design world have been harnessing the uplifting powers of coral in their collections, utilising shades from soft blush to deep orange.
We’re happy to don these tropical tones for ourselves
As the days get warmer and we start craving tropical holidays full of sun and sand, we’re happy to acquiesce with their fashionable wisdom and don these tropical tones for ourselves.