Magazine Clothing offers a range of beautiful designer clothing from size 10-26, with a range predominantly New Zealand designed and made, including its own label, Magazine.
There’s something for every occasion, from casual lifestyle clothing through to fabulous special occasion wear, with the business specialising in clothing for the mother-of-the bride and groom, and guestwear.
Magazine works closely with New Zealand designers to ensure much of the range is exclusive. The stores also carry an exquisite range of accessories including jewellery, fascinators and bags to complement every outfit. The talented team will help create your individual look with feminine, flattering and contemporary clothing tailored to suit your lifestyle and personality.
Magazine has 10 beautiful stores throughout New Zealand and, when you visit, you will have an exceptional experience, ensuring you look and feel fabulous every time you shop there.
To help you make the right choice, each member of staff has an extraordinary styling ability, masses of creativity and fashion flair, as well as professionalism and an absolute commitment to deliver the ultimate service.
You’ll get an exceptional in-store experience to discover your perfect look, regardless of age, shape or size, with the help of passionate fashion experts.
Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street, Riccarton, phone 021 686 929, or visit www.magazineclothing.co.nz.
Other stores include Takapuna, Mt Eden, Pukekohe, Mt Maunganui, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Palmerston North. There are designer outlet stores in Onehunga and Taihape.
Once upon a time, Rebecca Swindell was in her local St Vincent de Paul shop when she spied a shelf of vintage lace and fabric remnants. “The needlework, the hours of love that had gone into creating these beautiful pieces… imagine if they ended up in landfill!”
Rebecca returned home with her tablecloths, pillowcases and doilies then looked at the rack of op shop garments hanging in her studio. It was 2013, her stall of home décor was selling well at the recently opened Pallet Pavilion, and the op shop clothes were popular, too, but Rebecca’s artistic eye was already envisioning something else. She slipped an op shop dress over her mannequin and got out her pins and tacking thread. RLS Redesigned Boutique was open for business.
Rebecca says she was born creative. “When I was little, I’d sit beside mum while she was working on her sewing machine and stitch away on scraps she gave me; from the age of ten I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer.”
Apart from markets or country fairs, Rebecca’s romantic, wearable works of art can be found at the Lyttle Kiwi, 15 London Street, Lyttelton. She also opens her studio by appointment. “Bring your mum; bring your girlfriends. I love the interaction and the social side of my work. Knowing I’ve dressed someone – to see their elation – that’s the best feeling of success!”
For more information phone 027 3040 484 or find RLS Redesigned Boutique on Facebook.
The hunt for a new winter coat can be an arduous task if you don’t know what you are looking for. The looming winter season brings with it a huge display of styles, colours, textures, prints and lengths to keep your appetite for coats satiated – if not a little confused!
Here’s our hit predictions (peppered with a little advice) on how to cut through the clutter.
Ask yourself, what function do you need your coat to perform?
Let it reflect your personality and most importantly lifestyle. Is it loud and eccentric or tailored and subtle to last year after year? Do you want a coat that’s less function, more high-fashion, or weather-proof and practical? Giving yourself some time to think through this will help focus the mind.
What is its key purpose? Do you want to be able to cover up (read: snuggle up) or wear it as a statement piece with much warmer layers underneath?
Are you looking for a life-time of pleasure or short-term satisfaction?
There’s no hard and fast rule around how many coats you buy in one year, but one idea is to try one style this year and another style the next. Go for natural fibres such as wool, cashmere or goose down for warmth and longevity. If there is one purchase not to scrimp on – it’s a new winter coat. Save your fast-fashion purchases for lower ticket items as the fabric quality is always much reduced. When it comes to fabric, you generally get what you pay for.
So what’s in fashion for winter coats?
Some of the strongest trends coming through for winter are soft hues in baby blues and pinks, camel (did that ever go out of fashion?) and strong animal textured prints like leopard. It’s oversized if you like the man-style look, belted coats featured heavily on runways as did faux fur.
Leopard: Victoria Beckham featured leopard-print belted trenches in her latest collection. Leopard as a print is timeless to a point of being an almost neutral tone.
Tapestry: Full-length and for the statement lover, tapestry coats are thick with heritage style. Either layer up on accessories for a more subtle look or pair back with denim and muted tones.
The Glam Puffer: The glam puffer is a hot ticket item this winter. As seen on many street style blogs, this can be transitioned from the football field to a dinner out. Belted and worn cinched adds a whole dimension to what would otherwise be a practical-only look.
Oversize Me: The oversized and man-style look can be a god-send for those who feel the cold. Unstructured and generally roomy, it will allow you to layer up to your heart’s content while still allowing a little style and your fashion-personality to shine through.
The romance of winter has arrived at French Blue with stunning scarves, classic raincoats and gifts bearing quintessential European charm – it’s Mother’s Day shopping bliss.
Owner Catherine Matthews has sourced gorgeous scarves by Pom. Made in Amsterdam in cotton as silky as English Lawn, they’re adorned with artwork from turtles and tigers to village scenes. And stylish Italian scarves are of linens, cashmere and modal.
Hand-selected raincoats, by Ilse Jacobsen of Denmark, are practical but feminine investment pieces. Heavier-weight, washable, water-repellent jackets are ultra-warm as are the quilted coats. In contrast, the shell and feather-down jackets are super light. Colours range from mustard, taupe and French pink to inky-hued navy. Shaped to fashionably flatter, the detailing is divine.
Other gifts for mums are beautiful interior books, handmade European jewellery, candles and French soaps in glamorous scents such as cassis and mistral – or why not gift champagne or prosecco gummies in a classic little lolly jar?
The Ivy has evolved since it first opened in 2014 stocking a simple collection of beautiful wares from all around the world.
Over time it has grown, broadening its ranges, a treat each time you walk through the door to see what new stock has arrived, whether ceramics, books, children’s gifts or new home fragrance lines or homewares. There is always something new to visually indulge yourself and find that perfect gift for a friend or oneself.
Recently the Ivy has started stocking more clothing and footwear, with such brands as Funkis and Birdie – beautiful, classic lines of clothing and accessories from Australia with a Scandinavian look – and Elk footwear, elegantly designed with comfort in mind.
Just in for the new season is the Birdie cashmere/wool range of jumpers and ponchos in fabulous original styles. They feature beautiful natural colours all the way through to pinks and blues. Visit The Ivy at 55 Nayland Street, Sumner.
With a wide range of ponchos, capes, little coats, snoods and scarfs at The Gift Box of Lincoln, it is obvious the store is looking forward to all the best parts of the coming season.
Also in stock are a range of beautiful throws for beds and chairs and lanterns that create a romantic, cosy ambiance on darker, cooler evenings. “We have become quite well known for our range of winter accessories with customers telling us they travel far and wide to come and see our new winter fashion,” The Gift Box owner Helen Meechin says.
With such fabulous stock it is easy to see how it has become a destination store.
While we’ve never needed an excuse to keep the style party going long after the curtain has fallen on our big day, the honeymoon presents such a significant opportunity to introduce some chic newbies to our wardrobes that we couldn’t let the opportunity go by without making a fashionable fuss.
If your wedding falls in 2018, and you’re planning on jetting off somewhere where the sun never sets, then we’ve got you covered from top to toe with our honeymoon must haves.
Resortwear: Ok, the name is potentially misleading; you don’t actually have to be at a resort to wear it. It could be a beach in the Bahamas or a promenade in Portugal. The aim of this style game is to provide you with sophisticated but practical options for your romantic getaway. Brands like Seafolly, Zimmerman and Marc Jacobs have the style goods.
The ‘It’ bag: Whether it’s an oversized tote or a tiny clutch, having a bag for your personal items is mandatory. There’s not a one-size-fits all accessory for everyone but we play favourites with totes thanks to their versatility. Scale their use up or down at will; whether you just want to pack your daytime essentials, or throw in your entire wardrobe for your honeymoon so you can travel light, then this is your answer.
Make a splash: A chic bathing suit fits into the fundamentals category when you’re flocking to summer fun on your honeymoon. We’ve selected a tongue-in-cheek option, but opt for whatever you feel most comfortable in – it’s absolutely key.
The night and day dress: Having a go-to dress that can transition with ease from day to night means you’re covered when you’re having one of those ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ moments. We love the styles that are chic enough to escort you to a dinner, but casual enough you can throw it over your ‘kini when you head down to the beach.
Glowing skin: Your honeymoon is the adventure of a lifetime, but it’s also the perfect time to give your skin some R&R time, so be sure to have makeup free days and get back to basics with some great cleansing.
The classic, clean and contemporary collection at Kjole has a focus on timeless style, with its exclusive range of Scandinavian clothing.
Kjole, meaning ‘dress’ in Danish, is located at the new Boulder Point Retail Precinct in Hanmer Springs. Mother and daughter duo Stephanie and Penny Suckling opened the store in December last year.
Predominantly importing clothing from Denmark, Stephanie was introduced to the clothing range and was so impressed by the quality, comfort and style, she was eager to share her fortuitous discovery. “I worked in fashion leading up to starting this business, and the connection was established 20 years ago when we employed a young Danish boy, whose brother is part-owner of the Danish clothing company and he offered us the opportunity to introduce the range to New Zealand.”
While aimed mostly at the 35-plus age group, there is also an Australian label called ‘Wite’ for younger shoppers, she says. “Penny and I enjoy and wear a lot of the clothing – the fabrics have a soft, comfortable feel. This range is great for women looking for something a bit different, while being fashionable and stylish with a pared- back look.”
Kjole has already attracted a loyal following of repeat customers, and the jeans are a favourite – mid-waisted, with the perfect amount of stretch. The team also provide a styling service and a friendly, welcoming environment.
Visit the store or shop online at www.kjole.co.nz.
It’s the underdog. Never a narcissist about what it has to offer. It gets on well with its counterparts. And it’s the colour of chocolate, a great form of escapism. Quite frankly, there’s little to frown about when it comes to brown.
It may have born the brunt of some misguided criticism at times; heckled for being boring, chastised for being too conservative, overshadowed by more ostentatious shades. But come what may, brown has always stood its ground, and with good reason.
From beige and burnt umber to chestnut and cocoa brown, this composite colour was a favoured colour choice in the seventies and in late 2017 it made headlines as the ‘new neutral’ thanks to retail giant Net-a-Porter singing its praises.
Touted as a counterpoint to other beautiful autumnal shades like forest green, teal and deep red, shades of brown marched with their head held high down the runways of designers like Simone Rocha and Victoria Beckham’s autumn collections.
Brown has, in fact, knocked navy blue off its perch and has been unified with black in holy sartorial matrimony. Black and brown are one of the ‘it’ colour couples of the season with white accents and other natural shades the perfect complement.
A power dressing shade, brown has become synonymous with empowerment, authority and equally, being grounded; an interesting combination of qualities.
In the spirit of celebrating this once controversial hue, we’ve put together a moodboard of wardrobe must-haves. Go on, take a big bite out of this new aesthetic, it’s sweet like chocolate!
Barnett’s West End Pharmacy is more than just a chemist. Professional pharmacy staff can help meet your needs, whether that is filling scripts, giving advice or helping with gift ideas.
“We’re an established pharmacy with so much more, including giftware, cosmetics, skincare products and everything you’d hope from a contemporary chemist,” Retail Manager Jane says.
There’s a wide range of clutches, wallets, handbags, scarves and ponchos. “With stock arriving throughout winter, you are bound to find your new favourite.”
Opposite the Bridge of Remembrance, the location couldn’t be handier for workers and visitors to the central city.
A Facebook page reminds followers of the season and what to expect, including tips and advice from one of the team. Ear piercing and passport photos are available in store with no booking required. This winter it will also be offering onsite and offsite flu vaccinations from one of the trained pharmacists.
Located at Unit B/93 Cambridge Terrace, Christchurch Central, visit www.facebook.com/barnettswestend.