Though it’s more commonly known as autumn on this side of the world, the fact this season’s moniker is known to some as fall is a fashionable little irony, as we’re falling for this shade in all its seasonal glory.
Whether you think of it as plum, burgundy, deep red, maroon, wine or even oxblood as it was known when it broke out as 2012’s seasonal shade, this moody tone signifies that the warm weather is officially coming to an end.
Incorporate it with some snuggly accessories or snap up a coat in this colour. It is after all, the hottest look around – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.
Autumn has arrived, so step into Rangiora Shoelines and check out their new season collection, brimming with the softest pastel colours, metallics, bold patterns and sumptuous leather styling.
The charismatic ownership duo behind the store, sisters Sandra Blackadder and Jill May, are passionate about their footwear collection, which absorbs the latest trends from Europe and local fashion fairs.
Brands include Minx, Josef Seibel, Rieker, Django and Juliette, Gino Ventori, Bresley, Slient D, Ziera, Rollie, Sketchers, Diesel, Galini and Kacper – the latest addition to the store.
“This season, you’ll find beautiful details like striking studs, textured materials and different sole treatments,” Sandra says.
“Our popular Minx and Kacper collection are signature styles which feature these beautiful details.”
The stylish Minx collection comes in a variety of colours and can be paired with pretty dresses, jeans and weekend pants, and even worn in the office, on holiday or at home.
“The Kacper range, made in Poland has a unique phrase – ‘shoes for the soul’. These are designed with comfort and style in mind. They can be teamed with casual or dress attire; finishing off your look for a bold fashion statement.”
Open Monday to Saturday, Rangiora Shoelines is also online rangiorashoelines.co.nz and on Facebook.
Autumn brings both sunshine and showers and, to celebrate the season, stunning on-trend jewellery, scarves, gloves and sunnies are all at Token in Avonhead Shopping Centre.
Jewellery is going bold, says owner Eliza Rattray. Stella & Gemma earrings stun with feathers or heavy-chorded tassels in soft blush, blues, pinks and greys. It’s a refined twist on boho.
An exciting new jewellery range in Token is Wanderlust & Co, with its quixotic touch of the interstellar. Fine metals, in intricate detail and bold shapes, also include a charming astrology range.
Eliza has bought in lots of scarves – in autumnal hues of turmeric, olive, burgundy and navy. Snoods, faux-fur collars, chunky cable-knits, and fine patterned florals for warmer days, finish any outfit.
Stella & Gemma’s great-priced gloves are adorned with fur, pom poms and tassels, while its sunglasses range sees slightly smaller frames this season – with a retro edge. And the new Quay Sunglasses are oh so the latest thing.
Made in the Shade is a boutique brimming with a colour wheel of flattering fashion – in natural, breathable, fabrics.
“This season’s Optimum Knitwear has arrived and includes the ‘coffee-bean top’ with contrasting cuffs and collar,” owner Ali Donn says. “Clients often say ‘I love that style but would like perhaps a different colour’ so we order it for them. They can browse their website or our Optimum lookbook.”
“It’s all good fashion fodder here – with a twist,” she says. “Pretty prints, bling cardigans – so cute and different. There are lots of blues, textures, twin sets and stripes, and scarves to match. We can help you choose and organise your entire winter wardrobe from go to whoa. And we advise clients when their favourite collections arrive!”
From Canada, there is the Gabby Isabella collection, with feminine detailing from lace-embellished jerseys to floral quilted jackets, and also the lovely Lissette-L pants. NYDJ jeans’ winter range has landed, and timeless New Zealand-made Anne Mardell dresses and tops come in adorable patterns in sizes 8 to 18.
When Ali was a youngster, her favourite saying was “I’m made in the shade” – meaning I’m cool, home ‘n’ hosed. And that’s how she likes her clients to feel – relaxed and comfortable. “I buy in what’s easy to wear, and what fits and hangs beautifully. You just put it on and feel great.”
Made in the Shade, 151a Colombo Street, Beckenham, open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm or visit madeintheshade.co.nz.
It’s that time of the year when our wardrobes begin the transition from summer’s gloriously bold and beautiful primary colours, to the navys, greys and deep burgundys that make up most of our outfits from March through to May.
But if you want to buck this trend, there’s certainly the scope this season – a kaleidoscope to be precise.
Yes designers the world over have come to the party with bright, uplifting, colourful clothes that bring sunshine and happiness to the winter months.
The influence of abstract art and an expression of creative freedom, there is something for everyone when it comes to this creative collaboration.
This is your chance to put your brightest foot forward and get clever with colour. Check out our mood board to find out what lies over the rainbow when it comes to this stylish trend setter.