The concept of ‘earning your stripes’ has its foundations in the military chain of command and, although it refers to hard work and accumulated experience, we wholeheartedly believe you can earn your stripes by adopting a stylish striped selection.
A staple of both wardrobes and fashion collections the world over, stripes seem to sidle their way into the sartorial consciousness every few seasons, with a refresh courtesy of the biggest designer powerhouses that quickly trickles through to street level.
This season stripes are putting their sweet foot forward, with the ‘candy stripe’ pegged as the pretty new player in the fashion game.
For the longest of times, the handbag was the essential status symbol, but it looks as though the new ‘it’ accessory has shifted the focus to our feet.
Encapsulating street style – both in the literal and figurative sense of the expression – sneakers are trending in a very big way.
We’re seeing updated retro sneakers from the likes of Adidas, Converse and Vans setting the tone when it comes to shoes. Chunky soles are back in, while embroidered flowers are also making their mark and simple slip-ons offer casual chic.
Jewel hues and pastels are just some of the colours creeping into the consciousness, though traditional white never really lost its cool cred.
If you need an excuse to clear some closet space for some sneakers this season, other than the serious comfort factor they bring to the fashion fore, then we’ve got it right here.
We hit the pavement to get you a sneak-er peak of the hottest styles when it comes to this fashionable footwear.
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!
As the temperature plummets, here’s what’s on the fashion horizon. Hold onto your hats, coats and scarves, for there is something for everyone here. Never has a fashion season been so full of contradiction.
CLEAN LINES: A belted wool trench. A perfectly crisp shirt. The perfect pair of pants. With environmental factors pointing harshly against fast-fashion, expert tailoring and clean lines are seeing a resurgence. The buy-once, buy-better philosophy is on the up-and-up as land-fills rise to house cheap mass-produced clothes. Classic cuts and colours are also following suit in hues guaranteed to stand the test of time. Think grey-marl roll-neck sweaters and belted camel coats in high quality natural fibres. There has never been a more relevant time to think about the longevity of what we wear on our backs.
BERRIES, SPICE & ALL THINGS NICE: The new winter hues see rich colour palettes of berry tones and spicy shades – with the colour of mustard reigning supreme. Great news for black lovers everywhere, these new shades pair perfectly with existing monochrome wardrobes. Knitwear comes in the form of rich raspberry reds, deep blueberry tones and dense saffron shades.
EMBELLISHED JACKETS: Last year saw a surge of embellishments on jackets and coats which continues throughout winter. Decorated coats and jackets, while lavish, are also more refined in their detailing. Think finer crystals designed in styles featuring cleaner lines. Beaded embroidery continues for evening – only with even more sequins added than in previous years.
ART ATTACK: While the political landscape on the global stage feels uneasy at the best of times, high-fashion has become decidedly more playful. Dolce & Gabbana sent models down the runway in a thrashing display of hip-hop princesses and modern Shakespeare muses. Closer to home, Trelise Cooper saw butterflies painted on camouflage jackets and bold “I Got This” slogans painted across long utilitarian coats.
KIMONO ME PRETTY: Love them or loathe them, printed and textured kimonos continue their reign through winter and into Spring/Summer. A god-send on fuller arms, a well-placed Kimono can hide a multitude of sins. Worn over a sleek black dress or narrow pants and floaty top – the kimono delivers an air of fashion confidence on even the chilliest winter night. The new season kimonos are adorned with artful prints and velvet cuffs and lapels.
And now for…THE TRENDS TO RETIRE: While these styles have served us well, it’s time to say good-night (for now anyway) to: 1. Over-the-knee suede boots. 2. Bare-shoulder tops. 3. Ironic branded tees. The sun has set for you – quite literally!
At face value, a less is more approach seems at odds with the very basis of a capitalist economy and, in particular, a commercial fashion brand.
Boldly bucking the fast fashion trend, Untouched World is about beautiful, understated designs. With 97 percent of the range made in New Zealand, each piece is carefully crafted in timeless designs that match the quality.
At the heart of this label is an ethos of sustainability, epitomised by the new Autumn/Winter 18 Collection, which features clever new innovations that deliver on style and sustainability.
The new Voyage capsule mixes luxurious milled wool and merino knit with a light, water resistant outer and Ecodown fill made from recycled PET bottles. Offering a fresh take on the popular puffer jacket, the new Ecopossum™ Puffer has organic cotton lining and Ecodown fill. The result is a warm, lightweight jacket that uses up to 10 post-consumer plastic bottles.
Another brilliant addition is their pure organic cotton jeans. Made from fabric from one of the world’s most sustainable denim mills, these consciously made jeans will end the hunt for the perfect fit.
Well known for knits, this season doesn’t disappoint, with beautiful textured sweaters, effortless wraps and cosy felted jackets offering luxurious options in merino, possum and cashmere blends.
Complementing the clothing is a beautifully curated range of luxurious homeware, jewellery and gift lines made by local and international artisans, along with a not-for-profit collection that supports two causes the company is passionate about; helping those less fortunate achieve freedom, and educating and inspiring change in our young people, so they can create a more sustainable future.
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.
When it comes to the latest style fad, this one has the latest look all tied up.
Bound, crisscrossed, laced or tied, we’re seeing them all and the laced-up look is making its mark from head to toe, with this delicious detailing featuring on everything from tops and skirts to dresses and shoes.
Riding on the coattails of the diversity train, this style chameleon is coming through in evening wear as much as casual wear, and dress pants are being laced up as much as joggers.
Sometimes however, it’s the smallest details that make the biggest impact. The smaller application of this style statement are the ties and knots which are coming through, from pretty knit wrist ties on a long-sleeved sweater, to a chic shirt with a twist tie front, even romantic long trailing neck ties are back in the forefront of fashion after a decade-long absence.
Who knew knotty could be so nice?
The perfect throw-over for a t-shirt or turtleneck; the ultimate in effortless, chic cover-ups; a loyal companion to every season – the kimono, a Japanese native, is gloriously adaptable and lives up to its literal translation ‘a thing to wear’.
From flowing tops to floor-sweeping maxis, the kimono silhouette has found favour with multiple styles. The hallmarks of a kimono include its robe style, attached collar and wide, floaty arms. Flattering for every body type given the extensive range of options, the kimono captures the imagination most when made in a bold pattern or plush fabric – we’re a big fan of vibrant velvets right now, particularly in millennial pink or this year’s Pantone colour of the year – ultra violet.
The go-to in Japan for formal events or festivals, the kimono has retained its special occasion status but is also channeling some low-key vibes too. Perfect as a slip-over at the beach or as a resort-wear staple, this stylish shape-shifter is a serious contender for most versatile wardrobe must-have.