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Frock Stars


We’re all about the frocks this season, but they’re not the saccharine sweet styles we’re used to. Why not add some edge to your wardrobe with some of our favourite Frock Stars?

 

Frock Stars
TRELISE COOPER ROCK THE COAT.

 

Sizzling on the international fashion scene, dresses are getting eclectically edgy – the designers are jazzing things up big time, as 2019’s dazzling knockouts are set to surprise the sartorial world – and even shock a little. Add flare to your wardrobe in fire-singed colours from burnished yellows to rusted tangerines. And on a brighter side, neon-coloured dresses are standing out like beautiful beacons. Blocks of vivid colour, as seen by Christian Cowen, are in bold geometrically spaced blocking – the polar opposite from former fussy florals.

 

Frock Stars
BY JOHNNY V NECK BOW SHOULDER DRESS

Oscar de la Renta introduces black and white checks, on an off-the-shoulder dress. And just to balance out the colour wheel, pale powder blue has also made the high-fashion stakes. Tie-dyed has jived straight from hippy to high-brow as Prada showcased a pretty pink mini-dress sporting those unmistakable spider webs and Jasper Coran created a tie-dye-over-floral technique and flared-sleeved crocheted frocks are futuristic versions of their former ’60s selves. This year’s neo boho is behaving more floaty, fluid and sensuous – and a real showcase of exotic travel adventures. Fringing has now gone to the frocks too.

 

Frock Stars
LEO & LIN SICK LOVE PATENT LEATHER DRESS.

Sequin-smothered dresses are also still very much super stars of the frock fraternity. Pleating is still in, but it’s finer, slinkier pleats and the new metallic plaid is a juxtaposition of effects. Daring dress shapes are ballooning out in all proportions in tulip to bubble skirting, from a frilly tulle frock by Valentino, to mounds of tussled taffeta. Clashing patterns all the better. Puffed shoulders and sleeves are now even puffier – as puffy as you can possibly get – with feminine necklines to make this look work.

Animal prints, which are roaring on the runways yet again, are less cheetah cub and more raging tiger – just to add more bite. Meanwhile, big oversized butterflies are the new bows, according to designers like Zang Toi. Feathers also feature on bright downy dresses.

 

Frock Stars
PRETTY LITTLE THING DRESS

More neutral tones, there’s everything from creams to khakis – for those with a pared-back preference. All in all, this year the fashion frontier is certainly proving it does not have to run with repeats.

 



 

Showstopping Style

Showstopping Style


The next generation of designers will be ruling the runway in March, when the prestigious iD Fashion Show hits Dunedin.

 

Showstopping Style
TSEGA GEBREMEDIHIN MASSEY UNIVERSITY

 

Thirty-seven designers, who are in their final year of studying or have graduated in the last 12 months, will be showing their collections at the showstopping event. Entries in the iD International Emerging Designer Awards 2019 explore identity using diverse themes such as technology, war, sustainability and abandoned buildings through their cutting edge collections.

A panel of all-star Kiwi fashion designers, Tanya Carlson, Benny Castles (WORLD), Margi Robertson (NOM*d) and Kate Sylvester, as well as VIVA editor Amanda Linnell selected the shortlist and will be judging the event. Each emerging designer will show five garments which will be assessed by the panel during a day of judging at The Regent Theatre on Thursday 14 March.

 

Showstopping Style
KIMBERLEY FRANKLIN MASSEY UNIVERSITY

 

iD International Emerging Designer Awards judge Tanya Carlson says it was interesting to note that whether finalists came from Auckland, Melbourne or Singapore there was a consistency with the themes their fashion explored.

“This year many of the entries are inward looking, asking ‘who am I?’ Young designers are drawing upon their experience with family, ethnicity and what it is like to be an immigrant to inform their clothes and at the same time question identity and how it defines their place in the world.”

This year’s competition features three new awards. The Blunt Design Award, emerging finalists are invited to create a fabric design for a Blunt umbrella and the winning design will be produced as a limited edition Blunt umbrella. The ‘Free To Be Me’ Award, sponsored by Ali Maginness will recognise one designer who embraces and empowers young people to freely express themselves in how they dress, to move confidently beyond the pressure to conform and takes pride and joy in being true to themselves.

 

Showstopping Style
LAVINA ILOLAHIA AUT

 

The Holden Acadia Arrive in Style Award will be chosen following a finalists fashion shoot around Dunedin with finalists’ garments photographed with the new Holden Arcadia. The iD Dunedin 20th Anniversary Shows will cap off a week of fashion-inspired events throughout Dunedin.

From Monday 11 March through to Sunday 17 March 2019, everyone in the city can indulge their love of fashion with events, lectures, parades, shopping and dining across the city. Tickets are available from TicketDirect now.

 



 

All Ruffled Up

All Ruffled Up


Ruffles will be hailed as a dramatic and definitive style of 2019. This lovely look has us all ruffled up.

 

All Ruffled Up
MORRISON ROSY MAXI DRESS

 

Frilly flounces recently swished onto the international catwalk and now this fashion statement which was first seen during the ‘40s and ’50s, with origins in the 16th century, is even more fabulous. Finely frilled through to oversized big and billowy, this exciting trend is blowing the straight edge right out the window for a while.

 

All Ruffled Up
SPORTSGIRL EARRINGS

Floaty ultra-feminine ruffles are adding drama to the edging of crossover dresses, through to bell-bottoms. Sleeves are even puffier than last year, adding balance to wavy fronts and hemlines of shirts, frocks and skirts. Surprisingly flattering, you can contrast by accentuating a fitted waist and hipline.

 

All Ruffled Up
PORCELAIN BRIGID MCLAUGHLIN ANANI BLOUSE

All materials are in the mix. Linen gives casual, modern structure, with ruffles seen out and about even in leather. In lace they create a new vintage boho. Romantic ruffles make us feel like screen stars and divas of the red carpet are having a ball with this playful fashion theme, with waves of silks and satins replacing bling.

 

All Ruffled Up
DIANA FERRARI MORGEN IVORY

 

They’re a glamourous frame to a sultry off-the-shoulder evening dress and create fairy-tale folds that float to the ground.

 



 

Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine


The expression, ‘sugar, spice and all things nice,’ has long been used to encapsulate what all young girls are made of, but we think ‘shimmer, spice and all things nice’ could be used to sum up the sentiment of the sartorial season.

 

Rise & Shine
ERIN JONES

 

 

Blazing a trail, both figuratively and literally, the fashionably elite have been hitting the catwalk and the red carpet dressed almost head to toe in the shiniest of sheens, from metallic sequins to glistening chainmail.

There are endless interpretations, with an option for every occasion. Dazzling diamantes and floor-skimming metallics traditionally reserved for evening attire have been liberated from their after-hour confines and are sweeping into sartorial consciousness as appropriate attire for, well… anytime!

 

Rise & Shine
PRETTY LITTLE THING SHORT OLIVE MINI

 

Cut loose in a suitably summery micro-mini, step into the limelight with a heel encased in glitter or bedazzle your tee-and-jeans combo with the sparkliest of accessories.

Minimalism may have dominated the catwalks for the past decade, with its muted colours and shapeless garments, but ‘70s-inspired silhouettes have trickled down from high-fashion and the last couple of seasons have seen a resurgence of high-octane glamour, glitter and sequins.

 

Rise & Shine
HOLIDAY EARRINGS

 

Take the opportunity to shine and add the Midas touch to your wardrobe this season.

 

Rise & Shine
DIANA FERRARI SAYDIE BLACK ROUGH GLITTER

 

 

Rise & Shine
DIANA FERRARI PURSE

 



 

Buckle-Up

Buckle-Up


Belts are an accessory with multiple benefits – to complement, contrast, cinch, shape and wrap. Designed to hold things together literally, the belt is now taking a more metaphoric approach to this task.

 

Buckle-Up

 

 

Every fashion era has had a belt to match and they’re coming back as a leading accessory after a respite in the wardrobe. The wide belt was a big thing just after the turn of the millennium and now it’s time to buckle in again.

 

Cinch in the waist over dresses, shirts, tops and suits, or create casual cool with a wide belt slung nonchalantly above the hips.

 

Accentuate hourglass glamour, or create the illusion, with a corset-style belt. This look can also structurally formalise an otherwise shapeless dress. Added to a draping summer coat, or floaty dress, it creates a feminine form.

 

Belt bags are a big hit – wearing your pocket on your belt doubles its practicality. Designer-label logos are now loud and proud on buckles and the skinny belt adds delicate detailing to evening dresses.

 

Metal chain belts, hanging loose around midriffs, have gone full circle from the swinging ’60s. And as animal prints have been unleashed this year – wrap something wild around your waist.

Buckle-Up

Buckle-Up

 



 

 

Karen Walker

Karen Walker gets the sartorial edge


Karen Walker designs have always had a bit of edge. Described once as the “consummate collision of attitude and aptitude”, Walker has added a more literal edge to her latest collection, Bad Apple.

 

Karen Walker

 

Inspired by a day at an orchard in Upstate New York, the new ready-to-wear collection is marked by apple tree references, but in classic Walker style, there’s a wry twist; look closely and you’ll see that medieval apple tree print has a small serpent concealed within its branches.

We caught up with up with Walker to discuss the collection and what the New Year has in store for one of the country’s most beloved designers.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your new ready-to-wear collection Bad Apple?
It’s preppy dressing for people who want to misbehave with lots of print and tailoring and denim.

 

What does the collection mean to you and what are your favourite pieces?
I love the apple tree with the hidden snake print especially and also the denim suit (featured on the cover) which we’re thrilled to have had to release early after Mrs Obama wore it on her recent book tour.

 

What do your upcoming collections have in store for us?
Our March 2019 collection pays homage to two great female chess players.

 

You’re in a high-paced creative role, how do you unwind and prevent burnout?
Handstands on my yoga mat, chess with my daughter (she’s yet to beat me), reading, playing piano and playing tennis are, I find, all pretty good ways to unwind.

Also, I do find myself anxiously waiting through autumn until there’s enough snow on Coronet Peak to get the snowboard out and I’ve also recently taken up running (thanks to my new Adidas UltraBoost runners!) and I find I love it.

I do also love a history podcast, especially the BBC’s In Our Time. Also, Glenn Gould playing absolutely anything but especially his first version of the Goldberg Variations.

 

What’s your design philosophy?
Does it make me smile?

 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere.

 

What does personal success mean to you?
Waking up looking forward to and excited by my day.

 

What are your New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t do New Year resolutions. I try to go into every day of the year with focus, clarity and passion.

 

What are you most looking forward to over the next 12 months?
We’ve got some very exciting projects in place for 2019 and I’m looking forward to pulling them together and seeing what we can create.

 



 

Seeing Red

Seeing Red


Cherry red is adding a powerful punch to our wardrobes this sartorial season, most popularly paired with more muted tones of warm beige and deep whisky browns that are tiptoeing into consumer consciousness for 2019.

 

Seeing Red

 

Cherry red is a “full-bodied” colour, which Vogue describes as ideal to enhance velvet, tulle and satin, recreating elegant, retro-feel looks.

It’s hot property for those wanting to add that ‘little something’ missing from an otherwise low key outfit and it’s getting us all fired up about the possibilities in store for our wardrobes.

It’s time to roll out the red carpet.



 

Into the Wild

Into the Wild


Animal print is leading the pack this season, as designers tap into their wild side.

 

Into the Wild
SEED

 

Leopard, tiger, zebra and even snakeskin have been seen prowling the streets in 2018 and now they’re set to make their impact known even more as we enter 2019.  Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are just some of the designers who have been indulging their animal instinct and transforming the catwalk into an urban jungle.

 

Into the Wild
WITCHERY HEEL
Into the Wild
 SPORTSGIRL SCRUNCHIE

Despite an otherwise intricate pattern, animal print has a muted colour palette which has seen it pegged as 2019’s equivalent to a neutral, with a chic, almost understated elegance (note, we said ‘almost’). It’s exceptional teamed with an otherwise all-black ensemble and striking teamed with an all-white outfit, or why not get wild with some serious power clashing? However you choose to wear it, it’s officially a reliable print that can be paired with just about any look.

 

Into the Wild
DIANA FERRARI BOOT

Christian Dior famously wrote in his 1954 manual, The Little Dictionary of Fashion that “to wear leopard you must have a kind of femininity which is a little bit sophisticated. If you are fair and sweet, don’t wear it.”
Since then, it’s always been a little bit sexy, a little bit raunchy, a little bit daring and a little bit wild.

 

Into the Wild
WITCHERY WRAP DRESS

 

Into the Wild
SEED SLIP ON


 

Activewear

Getting active in your Activewear

Activewear has yet to be pushed off the popularity perch, as function increasingly competes with form and we find ourselves attracted to comfort.

 

Activewear

 

Often literally running from one commitment to another, there’s no time to change into comfy clothes – and back again. This must be the most practical – and wholeheartedly embraced – trend ever. Chic and sporty attire is now a go-to wardrobe staple.
Sportswear brands, such as New Zealand-made Lululemon and Australia’s Lorna Jane, are too gorgeous to keep behind gym walls. Activewear has gone from suburban footpaths to international catwalks, as designers re-energise tradition.

Yoga tops and leggings are now streetwear staples, as the lifestyle look becomes mainstream. It doesn’t need to be slinky either, as the loose-fitting crop-tops are flattering for most. Yoga-style pants can be a feminine change from our casual track-pant culture. Although even ‘trackies’ with the iconic stripes, are now invited into the boardroom, looking a little more luxe.

 

And high-waisted plain black and coloured leggings are also a flattering staple to go with everything, compared to past low-rise trends. No matter whether your sport of choice is on the dancefloor,  the beach or the court, it’s now easier than ever to skip the changing rooms and have fun with layering.

 

Activewear

Street-wear tracksuit tops come in a new silky, feminine form. Over skirts and dresses, it exudes a laid-back persona. The activewear trend definitely has a non-crease, time-saving bonus.  Olivia Newton John’s single ‘Let’s get Physical’ springs to mind with that sporty ’80s fashion. Practicalities of this decade have jogged back in, topped with a sun-visor. Lycra bike pants have gone full cycle – team them with a long t-shirt or shirt, cute hoody, or even dressy tops and jackets.

 

They are far more practical than a pencil miniskirt. Just add a bum bag and it’s a hands-free run from office, to lunch, to pick up the kids, to the gym. Although they didn’t have smartwatch fitness-trackers back then – these are becoming the new Rolex as technology accelerates.

With big, floaty and puffy sleeves and shirts becoming a fashion fixture of 2019, activewear’s black figure-hugging pants balance this look beautifully. It’s all about mixing it up – and feeling super comfortable. And if the sporty sneaker is OK for Louis Vuitton, then there’s no need to keep a pair of court shoes in the car (although heels and bike shorts are now a thing!) Spicing up the sports gear also means shimmery metallics can come along for the ride too.

 



 

Summer Style Stakes

Summer Style Stakes


The New Year means a new opportunity for a wardrobe revamp. That’s our excuse! And who wouldn’t agree? We look at what’s sizzling hot in the summer style stakes.

 

Summer Style Stakes
PRETTY LITTLE THING.

 

Dresses are summer days personified. Although any style goes, whether it be backless or puffy sleeves, this season we’re enjoying the freedom of dancing around in floaty, flouncy, baby doll and maxi-lengths. There’s definitely more material involved this summer to show off bouquets of fanciful florals, through to swirls of neon brightness. White and neutrals are also in the mix. Natural linens are the go-to material in dresses to feel cool and chic.

 

Summer Style Stakes
SPORTSCRAFT.

Floaty and wide-legged pants, whether long, mid-calf or knee length are here. All sizes and shapes will find a flattering, and forgiving, cut, print or length. Summer yellows have been brightening our mood, from our hats down to our shoes. However, we are also seeing a forest of different greens for summer. Lavenders to lilacs is a most feminine palette to drape yourself in this season. Feminine blush pink is a flattering shade we just don’t want to let go of. And on the other end of the spectrum, red it still a hot choice.

 

Summer Style Stakes
TRENERY.

However, it’s still holiday season, so make the most of the fab tropical prints – from flowers to fruits – and the clashing of turquoise and carnival colours for the pool party. Lacey little numbers from broderie anglaise to cut-out cotton daisies are also daytime attire – from shorts to light bolero jackets. Conversely, sultry satin slip dresses have been slinking their way back into our wardrobes. With or without sequins, it’s very vogue. Checks and plaids are now officially a summer story too. Clash boldly with stripes and spots – yes you absolutely can!

 

Summer Style Stakes
DOG AND BOY.

Neck scarves are a cute, easy to wear accessory – or for when covering up against a cool sea breeze. They also stay put easier than longer scarves. Animal prints have been released once again for summer – add a little wild instinct to your bag, belts or shoes, or go completely tiger-print in a skirt, to attract your Tarzan. Jumpsuits are still seen out and about, but matching separates are also fun to wear. Head to toe theming also elongates the silhouette. All the playful prints around means you get to express your own personality.

 

Summer Style Stakes
THOMAS SABO CHARM CLUB.

 

Summer Style Stakes
FOSSIL GROUP AUSTRALIA.