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June Youngman

Sartorial crème de la crème: Q&A with June Youngman

It’s one of the most eagerly awaited times of the year, when fashionistas flock to the sartorial arena at Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day and are put through their paces.


June Youngman


Addington Raceway & Events Centre plays prestigious host to ‘the’ crème de la crème of style showcases – Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes – and style mavens put their most fashionable foot forward, courting the public’s attention and vying for the judge’s recognition.
Metropol speaks to the beautiful June Youngman from North Canterbury about trading in her gumboots to step onto the Best Dressed podium for 2018.


How long have you been interested in fashion?

I think it was 2012 when I first tagged along with one of my friends who was entering in the fashion competition. I thought I could do this too so Addington was the place that I entered my first comp. From a farm in North Canterbury I’m always in my gumboots working so I look forward to dressing up every year now.


What inspired you to enter the Best Dressed competition?

Looking at all the amazing outfits, I just wanted to be a part of this fun and glamour each year. This only happens once a year so we try to make the most of it and over the years have developed many new friendships. I love going to the races with my crazy and beautiful race buddies.


How did you come up with the concept for your award-winning combination?

After my big win in Auckland Derby Day in March, I came home and started drawing in my book as usual, making sketches just thinking what I could design that would be a little different and also day wear. One of my sketches just stood out and I went with that one. Finding the right fabric is always a hard one for me. I went through hundreds of fabrics before I came across this one and the moment I saw it, I knew it was a winner. I didn’t know where or when but I had a feeling this was going to do well.

As soon as my fabric arrived, I got my friend Jo Laurenson, who is my seamstress, to cut a pattern so I could send the left-over fabric to my milliner Irene Moore. After six or more long months I was quite pleased with the outcome. Jo did an amazing job on it, the lace was very hard to work with but she made it look amazing.


How would you define style – do you have a particular inspiration in the sartorial sphere?

Originality is style. I think that when you create something yourself with all your hard work, that is style. I love and follow what Dior brings out each year; their new colours and amazing inspirational outfits.


What do you envision for fashion in 2019?

I know I shouldn’t, but I have already started to make sketches in my book; more challenges for my seamstress. I have just signed a contract working along with another amazing designer and together hopefully we can create some cool stuff. I love colour but I think 2019 will be quite different with simple but bright colours. I’m hoping to see some dark blues.


How did you feel the moment your name was announced as the Best Dressed Lady?

Best feeling ever, funny thing is the moment they said ‘Best Dressed Lady goes to…’ in my heart I called out my name hahaha. Sounds weird I know, but my husband who was standing across from the winning post videoing us said the same thing, that he called out my name in his heart. I think that was very sweet. I’m super chuffed and very grateful to all the sponsors. I think they need to be applauded.



Bell bottoms

Bell of the Ball

Bell bottoms are swinging their way back into our wardrobes this season.


Bell of the Ball


It’s funny to think that this fashion style was originally created for sailors to readily roll up their trousers, when on messy deck duty. The ’60s has since embraced this look and the ’70s exaggerated it even further. But now, you don’t have to wait for the next fancy-dress party. This fabulous, fun and surprisingly flattering fashion statement will be swooshing down a street near you. Twiggy, Mary Quant, Cher and Farrah Fawcett have handed the trend over to celebs from Katie Holmes to Kate Beckinsale, who relish in the practical comfortableness and sassy style.

Unlike the former bootleg cut, the truest bell bottoms flare from the knee and can also start flaring out loosely from the thigh. The bottom can be as wide as the retro originals at around 65cms. They are not exactly the satin-white Abba variety – this season’s bell bottoms are beautifully boho in dusky denims and suedes and flower-child prints, through to the sharp electric hues of this summer. They are great-fitting, like the NYDJ jeans, and high-waisted this time round – a pair of high heels are a must to balance out all that fabric.

It will be so nice to slip your jeans on without having to take your shoes off first. And the down-to-the-ground length covers the craziest of heels. Anything that creates a bit of longer-leg magic will be whole heartedly embraced. I would like to place a bet that this look may very well linger on!



Silver Linings

Silver Linings

Silver has never lost its lustre. The everlasting semi-precious metal in all its forms is still taking centre stage across fashion and accessories.





It eludes to the stars, the sea, a silvery moon – it can shout anything from edgy with attitude, to pure princess. As a statement or a complement to any look, silver still rocks! Silver is simply sparkling in jewellery, fashion, handbags, and silver locks are such a glamourous look for hair. As we edge a little closer to a very sci-fi sounding 2020, long ago predicted Star Trek-type fashion pages are not quite as spacesuit we thought. Silver now nods to our former heydays, just as much as does the future.




Finest vintage filigree is in vogue, as equally as luxurious Scandinavian minimalist pieces, as local and international jewellery designers are embracing silver as a medium to get creative. Silver is youthful, but also timeless, suiting all skin types and tones in jewellery. Swarovski crystals, pearls and semi-precious gems always beguile from their beds of silver.  With developments in materials and techniques, silver is cleverly embossed or blended into the colour wheel.




Shimmering silver is woven into delicate cotton knits, embellished into soft leathers of the latest summer sandals, melding with blush, lilacs and baby blues to create the iridescent appeal of a seashell. There is much variance, from palest white-silver or rose-hued, to an almost pewter.



The silvery wow-factor is now as much for day as for night. Once glittering up for a glam evening was the thing, now it’s almost mandatory to exude a little, or a lot, of shimmer in the sunlight. Mixing it up with other metallics also creates an original ensemble. Gold loves silver too.




Straddle the seasonal divide

Straddle the seasonal divide

Some clothing is for winter, some is reserved for hot summer days – and then there are those clever pieces that straddle the seasonal divide. We look at some ideas to create an all-season wardrobe.


Straddle the seasonal divide


Double-up dresses

A fabulously fitting dress, structured in well-made quality fabric, can look perfect for a summer’s day with bare legs, strappy sandals and a smile. However, teamed with tights, boots and a jacket, it can see the winter through. Whether it’s a shirt dress or a shift dress, strong colours, bold florals and little black numbers can all sail stylishly through the calendar.

Shoes that breathe

The cut away shoe style is open-toed and possibly sling-backed, but still with plenty of structure. They can be worn with warm tights, or just tanned feet and painted-toes. Best of all, they allow the feet to breathe in summer and not be suffocated in winter. They are great for undecided spring/autumn weather – you can just take your socks off. Cute flat ankle boots with little pinholes are a trans-seasonal must-have.

The denim jacket

Teamed with floaty summer shorts and skirts, or cosy jeans and boots, the denim jacket is your forever-edgy fashion friend. The all-year-round staple is a real faithful. Whether embellished with bling, or a simple faded classic, they suit us all.

Natural-fibre knits

The latest fabrics in knitwear mean not having to pack away winter woollies. Cotton knits and the finest merino give layering options and style for all seasons. In zip-up cardigans, jackets, jumpers and slinky tops – it’s natural, breathable, trans-seasonal warmth without the bulk.




90’s Fashion

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 Old Meadery

Bellissimo! Natural fibre boutique: The Old Meadery

Much-loved Fernside store, The Old Meadery, has relocated into central Rangiora under the new name Molto Bella, a natural fibre boutique where you’ll discover an exquisite range of clothing and home décor.


The Old Meadery


Purveyor, Anette Drewery passionately hand-picks her products from top-quality suppliers around the world. She has now moved into the newly-renovated former post office building at 199 High Street. “The Old Meadery, was a destination place. We didn’t want a new build, we wanted something with a bit of history and charm,” she says.

From the moment you walk into Molto Bella, the soft, elegant tones and gorgeous smells instantly transport you to another place. Anette is passionate about natural fibres (mainly linens and silks) and offers an exclusive range of “stylish, feminine and comfortable” clothing for women of all shapes and sizes which she has found in Italy, along the Amalfi Coast.

“We have a stunning handmade and crafted linen range made in the traditional old fashioned and labour intensive way, but the results are astoundingly beautiful and no two garments are the same and exclusive to Molto Bella.” She also sources products from Turkey, Lithuania and Spain. Alongside the Italian linen range, take your time to peruse the magazines from Denmark, Turkish towels, French soaps and fragrances, Belgian tapestry cushions, gorgeous rugs, and sustainable carry bags.


This store certainly has the wow factor. From the moment you enter you can see why this is a must visit store! Find it at 199 High Street Rangiora, phone 03 313 1366 or visit


Elegance with Edge: Repertoire

With its first store opening in 2006, Repertoire has now grown to eight stores throughout New Zealand. In Christchurch, we’re very fortunate to have two boutiques, one in the BNZ Centre and one in The Colombo.




Co-owner, Meghan Maher, says its business concept, right from the beginning, has been to ensure its stores are customer service driven.
“Customers are warmly welcomed by our trained stylists. Our staff are real women who really care. There’s so much love in our stores!”
Meghan expands on the point of difference in the brand. “We offer complimentary sessions in which a woman is given head-to-toe styling in a safe and cocooned environment; it’s a tranquil space in which they can try on as many garments as needed to find the look that’s perfect for them.”



Repertoire releases two New Zealand made collections in-store and online every month. “Every single time a customer visits our store, there will be a new collection on the racks since the last time they visited,” Meghan says. Meghan says the core philosophy is to inspire and support women with clothing that gives the wearer everyday self-confidence. “Our garments are elegantly relaxed but with an edge. When customers walk down the street, heads will turn. Our clothes have the ‘wow’ element!”



Another key component to its garments is their ability to transcend from daywear into evening wear. “Our dresses, for instance, can be worn with sneakers or flats by day, but add a pair of heels, a pretty purse and earrings, and it suddenly becomes a dress to take to the races, or any ‘after five’ gathering.” Meghan says the clothes are very current and they follow global trends, but not slavishly. “We look at what’s happening overseas, but we consider the New Zealand climate and the New Zealand customer.”



For those with wanderlust, the capsule range is ideal for travel, as they fold into nothing and are extremely crease-resistant.
Education, communication and connection is hugely important to Repertoire.  “Social media is a fantastic tool in that we can share, update and guide our customers through the whole process of feeling confident about every beautiful, unique garment hanging in their wardrobe,” Meghan says. “We want women to reconnect with their wardrobes.”


At two locations: The Colombo, phone
03 366 1200, The BNZ Centre, phone
03 281 8434 or visit


Seafoam Supreme

Seafoam Supreme

The hottest hue to hit the consumer conscience ahead of summer has had many former incarnations.


Seafoam Supreme


But the colour formerly known as turquoise, mint, aqua or even pale blue or green is back with a cool new name and a new hip attitude.
A soothing blue-green colour reminiscent of crashing waves, seafoam is summer’s must-have shade.

A cool new name and a new hip attitude.

Seafoam Supreme


Pair seafoam with seafoam, or make the perfect partnership with other tropical temptations, such as coral pink, light sand and navy blue. Try some of our top picks here or dip your toes in the seafoam with just a splash of this chic shade.


Seafoam Supreme
Seafoam Supreme





Cherry on the Top

Cherry on the Top

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.


Cherry on the Top


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.



Cherry on the Top


Cherry on the Top
Cherry on the Top


Cherry on the Top

Coral Cravings

In Ancient Greece, red and pink coral symbolised happiness and immortality, with amulets of the aragonite mineral used to drive away misfortune and illness.


Coral Cravings


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.


Coral Cravings
Coral Cravings
Coral Cravings
Coral Cravings