The true meaning of bespoke refers to handcrafted design, developed in close consultation with the client.
The talented team at Via Sollertia are the bespoke specialists, delivering a personal design and creation service for clients who want a unique piece of jewellery. “We design and craft creations fully by hand – without using CAD (computer aided design) or cast and assembled design – which is the true meaning of bespoke,” says designer Clare.
There is also a stunning selection of timeless, unique pieces showcased at the store – all beautifully crafted by the on-site jeweller. Located in the heart of the city on iconic New Regent Street, the family-owned business provides a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and can work with any budget.
“Good service is our number one priority and we’re willing to go above and beyond what customers expect.”
Find Via Sollertia on Instagram and Facebook. Phone 366 8001 or visit www.viasollertia.co.nz for more information.
New season fashion is arriving by the day at Lincoln’s destination boutique, DUET, making it the perfect time to reorganise your wardrobe.
Sometimes it can be a little overwhelming with a cupboard full of impulsive buys that don’t work, match, or fit, but with the announcement of their new wardrobe consultation service, DUET is here to help. “It just takes an experienced eye to put some outfits together with what you already have in your wardrobe, and to help you find a few additional garments to fill the gaps,” says co-owner, Lee Parker.
Lee assists with wardrobe reorganisation and offers styling ideas as part of the consultation. To top off this exciting new service, a generous discount voucher will be offered for any purchases made the following week. “This is all part of Duet’s philosophy, to offer a one-stop-shop with real service, for real people.”
Duet features up-to-the-minute designs, including exciting, new labels from Curate by Trelise Cooper, Foxwood, Joe Brown from London, LoLa, and Loobies’ Story. Lee says in-vogue colours of the season, include mustard, khaki, petrol, rose and merlot. “There are new labels and lots of our favourites. Everything from fun casual, to special occasion outfits, not to mention our ongoing in-house alteration service.”
Customers visiting the Lincoln boutique are enjoying the newly-revamped shop layout, which was remodelled last year with a fresher, brighter appeal.
Now open late on Thursdays until 7pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Visit the shop at 12 Gerald Street, and to book your consultation, call the team on 03 325 2390 www.duet.net.nz.
Award-winning New Regent Street jeweller “Polished Diamonds – Jewellery Design” specialises in bespoke jewels that are uniquely you.
Clients can bring in their own precious stones, or choose from 20,000 diamonds and 3,500 ring designs. Architectural CAD technology and equipment such as an MRI laser scanner ensure that any stone, any metal and any ring profile can be produced to utter perfection and brilliance, not to mention matched more exactly to existing jewellery.
Owner Dan Joines says if people can dream it, they can create it. “In a little over a week we can reproduce a client’s ultimate vision from their photos, images or design ideas.” Backed with a lifetime guarantee and at affordable workshop direct prices – why go anywhere else?
A colourful style shift is taking place. Our wardrobes are set to be lit up with megawatt hues from orange and green, to pink and blue as designers look ahead to the playful must-have colours of the season.
Turned-up colours are popping up in all the latest fashion collections including Louis Vuitton’s new glow in the dark keepalls, featuring the brand’s signature monogram print.
Saint Laurent’s show at Paris Fashion Week was like a disco with a full range of the seasonal colours in neon form – orange blazers, red stilettos and green feathers.
Day glow brights have also recently hit the runways, further confirming the colourful shift in the upcoming season of fashion.
Bold and beautiful accessory pieces are another way to celebrate this trend and maintain your own personal style without breaking the bank.
Pairing a fluorescent bracelet, bright sunglasses or neon tights with your current ensemble will keep you looking fresh and on trend without having to spend a fortune on fashion.
It seems unanimous that we can expect to be rocking seriously fun fashion this season with colour leading the way – the brighter the better.
The symbolism behind marital rings is of such significance that in trying to find the perfect ring that says who they are, couples can easily become overwhelmed.
Via Sollertia Jewellery has been creating exquisite custom-made jewellery for 23 years, from rings bracelets and bangles, through to necklaces, pendants and earrings, or whatever else is desired. Just like food and fashion, jewellery changes with the times, and Via Sollertia’s jewellery designer, Clare, says there’s a definite shift towards more contemporary, eclectic styled rings nowadays.
“There’s an interesting move towards rings being comprised of a mix of shapes, colours and cuts – as in marquise, baguette and princess, for example. But it’s also about how the ring sits on the finger,” Clare says.
Via Sollertia prides itself on unsurpassable craftsmanship in producing bespoke jewellery that absolutely says it all.
11 New Regent Street
Ph 366 8001
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.
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.
There’s a slight organic shift happening in ring trends, so think Clare and Joel of New Regent Street’s Via Sollertia.
They design and sell mouth-wateringly lovely engagement and wedding rings, amongst other jewellery. The current mood seems to point in the direction of very simple yet hand-crafted, faceted rings in which the uniqueness lies in a certain ‘unfinished, non-uniform quality.’
“People are requesting beautiful buttery textures in which the metal appears soft and fluid,” Clare says. She’s able to design and bring any ring-profile desire to fruition. Every piece is created on-site, to any dreamy specifications. The finish created can be contemporary or traditional; raw, beaten, rough, or glossy.
Animal print is leading the pack this season, as designers tap into their wild side.
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.
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.
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.
Green is the colour most closely associated with envy and when it comes to the field of fashion, the green-eyed monster in us is running rampant. After all, with so many things to covet and collect in this space, there’s always something bigger and better to fix our aspirational eyes on.
This season we’re going green with envy in a much more literal sense as designers use the colours of nature to bring fashion to life and new crops of clothing take to the sartorial street. Green is fast becoming the seasonal go-to, with Kelly Green making its mark. A colour concept which is believed to have originated in Ireland, this happy hue is highly saturated, leaning more towards yellow than emerald green.
Brighter than emerald, deeper than lime and more intense than forest green, this shade chameleon manages to be both cool and warm at the same time, enabling its rich, bold beauty to work for all seasons. The colour of nature, it represents growth, nature and fertility and, when it comes to colour psychology, it adds visual credence to the ‘green movement, with its reported ability to improve self-esteem, reduce anxiety and heighten awareness of one’s surroundings.
As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side and we’re looking forward to adding the lush palette to our wardrobes.
Owning and wearing precious jewellery unfailingly adds sparkle to life.
Dan Joines, national owner of Polished Diamonds, wants people to know that using CAD technology, he can create the ultimate engagement, wedding, and ‘just-because’ rings they’ve visualised. The award-winning ring-designer and merchant has enjoyed so much success here in New Regent Street that North Island boutiques have followed.
Clients can bring in their own precious stones and ideas, or choose from 20,000 internationally certified diamonds and two and a half thousand ring designs. Architectural CAD technology and equipment such as an MRI scanner ensure that any stone, any metal and any ring profile can be produced to exacting specifications. “In less than a week we can reproduce a vision, or transform an inherited or gifted ring into something perfectly bespoke; gorgeous and personalised,” Dan says.