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Checks are still hot property in our wardrobes! They are a geometrically gorgeous fashion feature that’s having a long run on the catwalks. Whether it’s retro, timeless, wild ‘n’ crazy – it’s hip to be square.

 

 

 

Black and white checks are a 90s comeback that’s either cute or classic depending on how you wear them – whether it’s a long floaty off-the-shoulder dress as seen by Oscar de la Renta, or a cute crop top. Chic and classy or kooky and creative, checks draw in the eye either way – and make an outfit look finished and purposeful. Celebrities are all doing their own renditions to get attention. And with the flexibility to wear it in infinitive ways – everyone is a follower of their own fashion style.

Checked blazers and trousers in winter-weight fabrics will look sassy and swish this season. Over-sized coats and double-breasted blazers are a classic design of a checked past, but mixing them with florals and asymmetric-cut tops will make this time round unique. Tartans can go bold and bright. Mix them. Clash them. Green tops with red bottoms perhaps – it definitely doesn’t have to be a check mate. Deep purple and bright yellow, as seen by Versace, is really opulent and out-there. Checks graduating in size are fun visual feasts. Smaller, soft-hue checks, cinched in with a belt is pure demure couture – perfect for the boardroom – whereas larger prints can disguise flaws and take centre stage. Plaid well-cut pants could even be more flattering than your favourite plain pair this season.


 

Louis Who

Clothes to sigh for: Louis Who


It was champagne corks popping at the March 23 launch of the Old School Collective, with Waikuku Primary School former pupil and The Hits Christchurch DJ, Brodie Kane, emceeing the event.

 

Louis Who

 

The Old School Collective comprises a hair salon, florist, yoga studio, antique shop, outdoor furniture shop, café and edgy, high fashion clothing boutique Louis Who. The owner of Louis Who, Lisa Willetts, visits Melbourne four times yearly to source her merchandise. “Everything I buy is one season ahead, so that my customers are right up to date with current overseas trends,” Lisa says.

Labels such as Custommade, Rude Riders, Blaumax, Crossley, and Haikure, give an idea of the quality European ‘one-off’ clothing that is found here. With an emphasis on gorgeous, natural fabrics, these should be considered as affordable investment pieces for your wardrobe.

For girls who adore fashion but are on a budget, Lisa has a good range of preloved clothing, featuring names like Trelise Cooper, Elk, Karen Walker and Camilla, to name a few. “I’m very fussy about what comes into my preloved range; there’s nothing over two seasons old,” Lisa says.

If it’s a complete outfit you’re after, browse Lisa’s scarves, belts, bags and footwear for inspiration. Not forgetting your home, the Eight and Bob scented candles and infusers are fragrantly divine.
So, ladies, what are you waiting for? Round up the girlfriends and point your car north. Located at 1/1429 Main North Road and on Facebook @louiswhoclothing.

 



 

Eco-style

Eco-style


With sustainability fast becoming an integral part of almost every industry – cars, architecture and even technology – it’s no wonder eco-conscious fashion is gaining traction both here and abroad.

 

Eco-style

 

Sustainable fashion doesn’t have to mean drab-coloured t-shirts or scratchy plimsoles seemingly made from a potato sack – Meghan Markle herself has thrown the spotlight on brands with minimal environmental impact during her first royal tour of Australasia.

Paving the way for a 2019 trend, the Duchess of Sussex was photographed wearing multiple sustainable labels – among them, Outland Denim, known for their organic cotton jeans crafted by seamstresses paid the living wage, Rothy black flats, made from 100 percent recycled plastic bottles, and Stella McCartney, who has long been committed to sustainable practices and the use of vegan materials. Lesser known, local brands like Maggie Marilyn also made an appearance and the effect on these smaller fashion labels has been significant to say the least.

It’s not news that a growing number of celebrities are turning away from fast fashion and towards ethical attire – boosting eco-friendly fashion has been on the agenda for celebs from Emma Watson through to Miley Cyrus for years now.

A range of vibrant styles will undoubtedly be seen on the runways this year – but who says you can’t be stylish and sustainable at the same time? Sustainable fashion is a niche that has been growing exponentially around the world and, while it can be pricey, the extra dollar more often than not means extraordinary quality – and you can strut your stuff proudly knowing your fabulous outfit didn’t cost the planet.

 



 

Well groomed

Well groomed


We look at the latest looks for grooms and their groomsmen for 2019. It is never really a casual affair when it comes to weddings – and the gentlemen are stealing the show even more so this season in the latest formal, but fun, refinery.

 

Well groomed

 

Three piece – triple the style
First up, our blokes will be increasingly suiting up in their best three-piece, with looks that are sharper than ever. This offers versality as the night heats up. Guys can ditch the jacket when it’s dance time and still sport the dashing waistcoat to flaunt a sense of occasion.

 


Touchable Texture
Texture, texture everywhere, as in plush velvets and velour, or more streamlined tweeds – all are very welcome to the top table this year. Warm and inviting, the bride won’t be able to resist cuddling up.

 


Patterned partners
A flowery tie can look blooming lovely beside the buttonhole, whereas hounds-tooth indulges a strong depth of character. Along with the emphasis on fine detail and formality, it is a licence to express a playful side. It is not mandatory to be a plain James anymore. Even floral suits would match certain colourful characters, or lively wedding themes.

 


Colour up the couture
Black or grey is the usual top-of-mind groomsman image – but enter more sultry burgundies, gorgeous greens and bright blue hues. However, a token accent is just as cool in these colours.
Mix it for marriage

Mix and matching the outfits adds a whole lot of individual character, while still keeping to the wedding’s theme. Personalities are set to shine here, as they join the brides in expressing individuality. A colourful velvet suit for the groom, for example, can offset the ties or waistcoats for the rest of the gentlemen.

 


Colour-code pairing
Black and blue is a fine partnership in the latest looks. A blue suit with black lapels, sports a dapper modern-day twist, while a racing-green suit with burgundy detailing is a rather royal touch.

 


A handsome silhouette
Taking into account the eclectic license to experiment this wedding season, a suit that is slim fitting, with impeccable presentation and detail, is ideally what is required to woo.

 


Classic detailing
Coat-tails are very English gentleman – and are swishing up the wedding set especially among the taller lads. Slim-fitting, double-breasted suit jackets look great on most builds.

 


Play to a theme
Consider military style with metal buttons, medals and tight cotton pants – a swoon-worthy solider-style groom will be the real gentleman to carry his bride over the threshold. Or try vintage style. Pick an era and play the part, 1920s perhaps? Think big cuffs, silk linings and all the dapper detailing of yesteryear.

 


 

Body & Skin Confidence

Body & Skin Confidence: Viora Skin Tightening and Body Contouring


We chat to skin guru Nicky Quinn about the latest technology in non-invasive treatments – Viora Skin Tightening and Body Contouring.

 

Body & Skin Confidence

 

Can you tell us a bit about your body contouring and skin tightening treatments?
Viora body contouring and skin tightening is a non-invasive and gentle treatment that uses radio frequency and vacuum therapy to tighten and tone the skin, contour the body and shrink fat cell volume. Loose or saggy skin is often formed after pregnancy, weight loss or just through aging as we lose the natural elasticity in our skin. It’s been great for tightening the “mummy tummy” loose skin, reducing cellulite and tightening up the skin around the eyes, jawline, legs and arms.

 

How does it work?
The radio frequency initiates tissue heating in the dermis layer of the skin, as well as the hypodermis below it (fat storage layer) to stimulate new collagen formation and facilitate the reduction of fat cell volume, resulting in improved and tighter skin texture. For body contouring, the combined mechanical vacuum therapy works on lymphatic drainage, minimising the look of lumpy skin and sculpting the body. Treatments take about 30 minutes, and we recommend between four to eight treatments for best results. It’s a fantastic alternative for those not wanting to go under the knife!

 

Are the treatments safe?
Yes, the treatments are FDA approved and clinically proven. The radio frequency energy used is non-ionising radiation, and on a scale of frequency is lower than the radiation from a TV or FM radio. In addition, it isn’t light based energy, so there is no danger of a skin response, unlike with laser treatments. It’s fast, effective and completely pain-free, with no downtime. Most clients describe the treatment as very relaxing!

 

Body & Skin Confidence
Before

 

Body & Skin Confidence
After

 

Skin tightening treatments start at $199
Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa
209 Papanui Road, Merivale
03 355 6400 quinnbeautyspa.co.nz

 



 

DUET

New season style: DUET


New season fashion is arriving by the day at Lincoln’s destination boutique, DUET, making it the perfect time to reorganise your wardrobe.

 

DUET

 

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.


 

Molto Bella

Exquisite olde worlde charm: Molto Bella


With its romantic ‘olde worlde’ charm, and ability to evoke distant images of Positano on the Amalfi Coast, Rangiora’s Molto Bella is a destination store you won’t want to leave.

 

Molto Bella

 

Every single corner of the boutique is adorned with beautiful one-off items to be admired, the highlight being the Purolino Italiano range, that’s been specially created for Molto Bella. From the moment you enter, the tranquil fountain sets the ambient tone and you’re surrounded by elegant posters, furniture, plants and designer fashion.

Owner Anette Drewery says customers are mesmerised as soon as they see the picturesque, easy-to-find store. “People say it’s beautiful when they come in, the reaction is overwhelming.” Formerly known as Fernside store, The Old Meadery, the natural fibre boutique is now located at the newly-renovated former post office building at 199 High Street.

Anette is the only purveyor in New Zealand who directly imports the linen clothing, which comes from Positano on the Amalfi Coast. The range of handwoven linen dresses has been popular in North Canterbury all summer long, quickly gaining a fan following for their light and easy-to-wear floaty fabric.

Other drawcard purchases are the different array of tapestry cushions, linen throws and pure woollen baby blankets from Lithuania, towels from Turkey, and fragrant French soaps. Supporting local producers, Anette also stocks decorations, bags, embellishments, and toys, made by North Canterbury craftspeople.

 


As an environmentally-friendly and conscious store, once you’ve bought that special item, you can walk out the door carrying your new purchases in organic, natural fibre, cotton tote bags.
www.moltobella.nz


 

Kelly Coe

Augustine’s fashionable showcase


Fashion and charity are combining in the most beautiful of ways later this month, as one of the country’s most beloved designers teams up with Breast Cancer Cure (BCC).

 

Kelly Coe

 

 

New Zealand’s only not-for-profit organisation dedicated to funding scientific research to find a breast cancer cure, BCC has teamed up with Augustine by Kelly Coe for a fashion show in Christchurch. Showcase For A Cure will be held at the prestigious Euromarque Showroom, 120 St Asaph St, Christchurch on Thursday 28 March, from 6pm.

Hosted by BCC Ambassador Petra Bagust, it will be a fabulous evening of fashion, featuring collections from Augustine, Charlo, Amaya and Alaska Tees. A silent auction will also be taking place on the night with a wide variety of items up for grabs. All proceeds from the night will go directly towards funding more scientific research into finding a cure for breast cancer.

BCC funded scientific researcher from Central Otago, Associate Professor Logan Walker will be attending the evening and providing an update on the progress BCC has achieved. “We all know at least one person who has been sadly affected by breast cancer, whether it be ourselves, immediate family, friends or colleagues,” BCC General Manager Phillipa Green says.

“Sadly, mortality for breast cancer in New Zealand is 20 percent higher than in Australia. We are slowing the death rate by 1 percent per year, but our ultimate goal is to find a cure. Events like the Augustine Fashion Show enable our supporters to join us and raise more money to help us reach our goal faster.”

Enjoy a Cardrona Cosmo Cocktail by Cardrona Distillery on arrival, The Ned Wines and canapés throughout the evening – plus you’ll receive an exciting goody bag, all included in the price of the ticket! Grab your ticket today ($75.00), as tickets are limited and will sell out quickly.

 


If there was ever an excuse to indulge in fashion, this is it. For more information on BCC, Augustine, Showcase for a Cure, or to purchase tickets visit
www.breastcancercure.org.nz.


 

Skirting the rules

Skirting the rules


Originally part of both the male and female ensemble, skirts of all lengths, patterns and prints now help to define the form of fashion and create wardrobe continuity throughout every season.

 

Skirting the rules

 

Broomstick, flare, mini, pleated, maxi, A-Line and tutus are just a few of the stylishy defined variations offered up by the sartorial skirt. Skirts are one of the oldest garments known to mankind, defined in its simplest form as a single piece of fabric that is draped from the waist. Historically both men and women have donned skirts due to their simplicity and comfort in design. Dating back to 3,000 BC, Sumerian artifacts harken an era when skirts or kaunakes (a sheep fur skirt tied to a belt) as they were then regionally known, were worn by men to show their religious devotion.

In the Middle Ages as men engaged in more rigorous activities such as horse riding, the skirt began to take a shorter form before technological tailoring advancements turned the tides towards trousers and tights. Soon skirts became the standard for women only, with slips, petticoats and long trains being introduced as skilled seamstresses helped to accentuate and redefine the fashion staple.

In the late 60s, Mod fashion designer Dame Barbara Mary Quant was noted for the revival of the skirt, when she coined the term ‘mini’ after her favourite car the Mini Cooper. Soon exposing a bit of leg became a sexy and liberating move away from the previous decade, when more modest attire for women prevailed.

Today the fashion savvy are able to take their pick of the pile when it comes to skirt shopping with a seemingly endless amount of choices for both style and comfort. Even brides are going for the shorter, skirt-esque dresses as an alternative to the more traditional options for the big day.

John Paul Gaultier introduced skirts into his men’s collections to challenge the social codes and introduce a bit of novelty into the fashion world and he notably had David Beckham very famously rocking a couture sarong. This male tradition is still alive and well with the izaar skirt worn by men in the Muslim culture and who can forget the ever-popular kilt for the Scottish, Irish and English gents.

It is the playful wardrobe staple that transcends the seasons with its pair-ability with tights or stockings and finished off with any footwear from flats and boots to stilettos and jandals. Skirt versatility also lends itself to mystery as front panel pieces are often used as a facade for shorts, leggings and even bathing suits. Remember skorts?

Long and lean versions of the skirt have historically been seen as dowdy but designers like Marc Jacobs and Paco Rabonne are redefining the elongated silhouette with hippy-chic appeal to fit the ever-changing world of fashion.
There is no skirting the issue here as the options for both men and women are obviously endless.

 



 

Megawatt Hues

Megawatt Hues


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.

 

Megawatt Hues

 

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.