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Treasure Box

All the best Treasures: Treasure Box


Combining quality with everyday luxury, finding a stunning Cup Day outfit amongst the beautiful, handpicked collection at Treasure Box by Biani is easy.

 

Treasure Box

 

From glamourous garments to stylish shoes and accessories, the welcoming and experienced staff can dress you from head to toe, says owner Andrea Bailey. “The girls will look after you and personally advise on which colours and shapes are best for you. They love sharing their knowledge.”

Amongst beautiful floaty dresses and cute jumpsuits, the Luxe Deluxe clothing will have you standing out in the crowd. Paired with beautiful headwear and fascinators – whether you choose a floral headpiece with subtle netting or a stunning structured hat – the range of beautiful bags and European shoes will complete your outfit. The unique selection of jewellery at the store includes a stunning range of statement earrings by Four Corners.

 



 

Blackwell’s

Getting a fabulous fit: Blackwell’s


The perfect foundation will set off every Cup Day and special occasion outfit.

 

Blackwell’s
It’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit.

 

When investing in fabulously fitting lingerie, the result will be a flawless shape. Blackwell’s lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says “It’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit.”
Lynn works closely with each and every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup.

“We can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to complement your outfit. It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.” Blackwell’s lingerie department has an outstanding variety of brands including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi collections, designed specifically for fuller busts. Also available in store is new season’s women’s fashion clothing, footwear and accessories.

 

 

Please call to book your bra fitting with the instore lingerie specialist. Appointments available Tuesday – Friday.


Blackwell’s Department Store, Kaiapoi
Ph 03 327 8029
blackwellsdeptstore@xtra.co.nz
www.blackwellsdeptstore.co.nz


 

Fashionworks

An inspirational boutique: Fashionworks


Take a trip to Hanmer over the next month – the perfect Cup Day outfit could be waiting. Inspiration flows in this stress-less alpine atmosphere, especially at designer boutique Fashionworks.

 

Fashionworks

 

Owner Alice Stielow says spring’s burst of flowers and sunshine inspires dressing up in fashionable florals and colour. “However, Cup Day encourages individual personality, be it smart casual, to a classical little black dress.
“Styles and colours are so exciting now.”

Django and Juliette, and Hey Monday are Fashionworks favourites. “This season’s blazers and jackets look so smart with anything – a Cup Day outfit or a pair of jeans.”
Cooper St and IvyBlu have beautiful occasion-wear, as does Molly Bracken, Wish, NoaNoa, Cooper St, Seduce, Zafina, Augustine, Charlo and Stella Royal. Alice’s second store, Lifestyles, has amazing swimwear and urban wear such as White Chalk and Home Lee.

 


Phone Fashionworks on 03 315 7120, Lifestyle on 03 315 7126 or follow on Facebook.


 

Suit Up

Suit Up: Cup Week Fashion


As we look towards the latest looks we can expect to see at this year’s Cup and Show Week, it seems suits are stepping out of the boardroom and onto the green this year.

 

Suit Up

 

Women are increasingly stepping out in suits in a variety of fabrics, from linen to tweed and everything in between and not just for Cup and Show Week – we’re seeing the tailored perfection of the suit making an entrance in weddings and other events where occasional-wear is the name of the game. It’s not just structured suits, but pantsuits are also hot property for the most stylish.

 

Suit Up

Once you’ve made the decision to suit up, the options are endless – jacket length, shoulder width, lapel size, waisted vs boxy, shrunken vs oversize. The good news is there’s no prevailing silhouette the powers to be are suggesting we adhere to – at least not this season. However, crucially, the wrong combination of proportions can result in a fashionable faux pas. So why not suit up, because gowns aren’t the only ladies look on the table and what other item of clothing can make you feel as powerful and in control?

 

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Maxed Out

Maxed Out


Change is afoot in the zeitgeist. People used to be afraid of dressing-up too much and err on the side of caution. When in doubt of the dress-code, they’d default-dress in black.

 

Maxed Out
MBFWA 18 STREET STYLE TUESDAY

 

But, for Cup and Show week, plus spring in general, it’s a case of new city, new attitude! A great dress for this mantra is the maxi. Roll out the red carpet. This is the dress that commits. It’s a show of strength and says you’re not afraid to be elegant. Wearing a maxi, particularly one that colourfully sports a large-scale print, is a fab brand of fearlessness.

 

The maxi dress is a freedom-fighter; a spirit-lifter. In a hue-rich incarnation, the maxi doesn’t require much else. Wearing one shows that you were probably born since the ‘70s. Or, if you remember the maxi the first time around, that the memories are good. It’s a flattering silhouette that’s circumnavigated the globe, outlasting trends. And right now it seems perfect.

Fashion these days abounds in options. You can either rock the almost-maxi and flash some ankle and gorgeous shoes, or wear stilts and cover the evidence in fabric. You can opt for tier-or-ruffle dressing (for instance, see Trelise Cooper’s, Kate Sylvester’s or Maggie Marilyn’s new season dresses for inspiration) or go sleek and body-con. The maxi might have sheer panels of skirting, or a low back, or have one shoulder down. All are beautiful, indie ways of living in a more glamorous universe.

 



 

Working Style

Casual & Coastal: Working Style


A stylishly put-together casual look, encompassing soft textures reminiscent of summer spent on an Italian coast, is this season’s look which continues to celebrate the continued softening of the modern man’s wardrobe.

 

Working Style

 

Fashionista and Working Style store manager Leisa Falconer explains this season’s collection takes influence from a summer spent on the Amalfi coast showcasing blues, beiges, soft greens, raspberries and highlights of melon and white. “Tailoring is centred on a variety of blue; checks are as subtle as they have been for many seasons. The shoulders are soft and the lapels broad – all a nod to southern Italian style,” she says.

Linen is the hero cloth of the season both with shirting and tailoring, generating a casual yet smart look. Using a variety of blended and natural fibre-rich qualities, linen will be a popular choice for tailored coats. This season’s Working Style suit collection is the first to be entirely produced in Portugal with suit silhouettes featuring softer shoulders, gently tailored sleeves and trousers.

“The collection is heavily influenced by blue. The directional blue shade of the season is the Atlantic bird’s eye, which has a hint of green. The grey highlight suit of the collection is a black and white bird’s eye.” Sports coats paired with chinos in fresh white or soft neutrals and pops of colour will be in upholding the continued casualisation of men’s dressing.
Footwear continues to be led by the slip on, with a structured loafer offering a cross over to both tailoring and smart casual, and a variety of shades in a suede moccasin to be worn more informally.

Checks are less prominent with soft textures and neutrals showing, shoulders are soft and natural looking. The fashion colour palette has again blue tones which are complemented with shades of camel, moss green and raspberry. With New Zealand Cup and Show Week around the corner, Leisa says men shouldn’t leave organising their outfit until the last minute. “If there’s any advice I can give it’s to be more prepared. Creating beautiful bespoke pieces takes time.” As in previous years, half-lined coats will be a “go-to” choice for race day.

“Half lined items are lighter to wear in the warmer months and a perfect choice for race day; paired with tropical quality pure wool trousers or chinos.” Made-to-measure experts, Working Style (situated at 242 Papanui Road) have an extensive array of fabrics from the finest mills across the world. “Our highly skilled team work with clients in a unique beautiful environment to create beautiful pieces. We make sure our suits fit the client properly and work with them to design a one-off creation.”

As far from a “typical” retail store as they could be, Working Style’s showroom offers its clients a personalised and exclusive experience. “When we are putting an outfit together they can take their time to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while sipping on a whisky or G and T.”

 

 



 

Westfield Riccarton

It’s all in the detail: Westfield Riccarton


The joy of race day fashion should begin before elegantly shod feet meet verdant turf. The thrill of the chase for the perfect outfit must contain exhilaration swiftly followed by gratification and be stress free.

 

Westfield Riccarton

 

Westfield Riccarton is destination celebration, where you could assemble your dream outfit within your lunch hour, leaving time to raise a triumphant glass of bubbles, or a flat white to your successful quest. Your outfit, beauty, grooming and picnic shopping list items are assembled under one roof, with free parking at the door. Price points suit a wide range of budgets and there are three in-house stylists if you are seeking advice.

Stylist Stephanie Rumble says the best approach for a totally pulled together look is to choose one item around which your outfit gels. Much of the time it will be a main item of apparel: the dress, jacket, skirt or playsuit, but it can be every bit as effective to use an accessory as your starting point. For example, the black flowered bag (pictured) contains white, red, yellow and green, and Stephanie says any one of these colours could become the focal point of the outfit. The on-trend round sunglasses embellished with pearls (pictured) could offset a classic outfit in creams, whites, pale pink or pale yellow, with pearl jewellery. The little details connect your look, but avoid too matchy-matchy as it can remove the verve from a great outfit in an instant.

 

Westfield Riccarton

 

 

Make the most of race days as an opportunity to wear colours that might feel too frivolous or unsuitable for work days, plus a rainbow riot of colour always adds to the party atmosphere. Head to toe black can be too sombre for the pleasures of the day, but can be stunning blended with white – if used in unexpected ways. Stephanie notes that colour combining is a clever way to dress, and usually wins points with both official and unofficial fashion judges. However, if you want to colour combine in unusual ways, you need to understand how to do it or seek advice to make it work.

 

Westfield Riccarton

 

Key trends are jump suits, often with wide legs and there are many styles and price points at Westfield Riccarton, scarves à la Audrey Hepburn are huge, as are statement sunglasses. Sleeves are still a focal point in puffed, frilled, or exposed cuts, while violets, indigos, and purples dominate the spectrum, and excitingly, shoes are available in any colour you can dream.
Stephanie says race day fashion always follows the doctrine of decorum.

 

Westfield Riccarton

 

If ‘elegance is refusal’, today is the day to refuse to flash the flesh and consider hem and necklines carefully. Obviously, the stylish don’t end up barefoot, so your shoes need to have ‘legs’ to see you through the day, plus the ability to adapt to the temperature with layers is a sign of the soignée.

 


Maddie Traditional Fascinator from Forever New, Declan Sandal in pink from Mi Piaci, Miu Miu Pearl Sunglasses from Sunglass Hut, Lila Circle Bag in Monochrome Floral from Forever New.


 

The Fitting Room

Fitted perfection: The Fitting Room


The best dressed understand it all begins with ‘what lies beneath’. You wouldn’t contemplate building on shifting sands, nor should you consider slipping that gorgeous dress over your head until you have established the ideal foundation garments.

 

The Fitting Room

 

Visible lines or (quelle horreur!) peaking bra straps decimate chic. Deborah Lewthwaite of The Fitting Room stores says they can create the perfect foundation if your party or Cup Day dress is strapless, or if you are looking for firm support under silks or chiffons. There are strapless bras in body sizes 8-22, as well as cup size D to H. If your backless dress doesn’t lend itself to strapless, the stores also stock a breast uplift tape in three sizes, up to cup size H.

New in store is shapewear by Miracle Suit, the High Waist Thigh Slimmer and Extra Firm Sheer High Waist Brief, and Deborah says often all that is required is the perfect nude, moulded t-shirt bra to perfect the way a dress sits. Whether you need to streamline, lift, hide, or enhance, there is a happy solution for every issue. Simply come in with your dress and let the fitting commence! Access is a breeze. Box fresh in April of this year, The Fitting Room store opposite The Colombo on Colombo Street has joined its established sister in Fendalton Road.

 


Both specialise in fuller cup bras plus swimwear in all sizes (all year round) and clients receive friendly, personalised service from the experienced fitters. Find them at
www.thefittingroom.co.nz.


 

Metal Detector

Metal Detector


Precious metals are having their moment in the sartorial spotlight, with silver, platinum and gold blending together with hues of emerald, red and blue.

 

Metal Detector
MBFWA CAMILLA AND MARC PHOTO BY TIM DA-RIN FOR FLAUNTER

 

Metallics transform fashion into a dazzling style statement and it’s not just ‘going out’ clothing that is making its metallic mark, with puffer jackets and sneakers emulating the latest looks.
Its prevailing popularity in the style stakes suggests the shine won’t be rubbing off any time soon, which is rather an exciting prospect, when it comes to our inner-magpies.
So how do you make the most of metallics?

With their ability to reflect light, metallics can enhance facial imperfections. So if you want to take the attention away from your face, incorporate metallics through skirts, trousers or smaller metallic details.
Stick to one metallic piece, rather than mixing and matching, pairing metallic pieces with simple and minimal pieces. An all-metallic look can have you looking like Saturday Night Fever.
Keep accessories and makeup minimal too, allowing your metallic look to stand on its own. It’s time to shine!

 

 

Metal Detector
MAC MIRAGE NOIR LIPSTICK
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DIANA FERRARI FIXEL GUNMETAL

 

Metal Detector
TK MAXX SILVER PUFFER COAT
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KARMME METALLIC LEATHER CLUTCH

 

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Death by Denim

Merivale’s Denim Heaven: Death by Denim


Denizens of Merivale will be excited to hear that Death by Denim is opening its second Christchurch store in the Quinns building on Papanui Road.

 

Death by Denim

 

Owners Kirsty and Scott Malcolm, along with new store manager Mandy Rowe, are thrilled to open the lifestyle boutique in mid-October.
Kirsty says their philosophy of old school customer service will carry through to this new venture, where the pleasure of using the five senses in your shopping experience is paramount (yes, every taste is catered for, as Kirsty and Scott love to offer a glass of champagne to clients at weekends).

 

Death by Denim

Kirsty has been working with denim since she was 17 and the specialty service of fitting jeans to any body shape is her art and passion. Recognising that our bodies change shape at different life stages, Kirsty loves to help clients find the fit and style that makes them feel great. She says, “Come for the denim – stay for the tees, shirts, dresses, ponchos, vests, skirts, shoes, accessories…” You get the idea. Kirsty says they stock items at a range of price points and the selection of labels is vast. Loved Californian brand Johnny Was is exclusive to Death by Denim in Christchurch, while the range of ‘John Lennon’ shirts would make a stylish statement under a race day suit.

 

 


Death by Denim offers not only stunning lifestyle clothing and accessories, but also shopping as genuine retail therapy. Enjoy Death By Denim Merivale opening mid-October, or visit the current store – BNZ Centre, Cashel Street and find them at
www.deathbydenim.co.nz.