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Fashion for fall

Autumn’s vivid and vibrant hues are beautifully showcased at Made in the Shade, with quality garments arriving instore daily.

Renowned for non-pilling, Optimum flaunts tops in the full colour spectrum, from black and whites, hot pinks and oranges, greens and ambers through to dashing horizontal stripes in the brightest candy colours.

Team an Optimum top and knitted scarf with a pair of Lisette/L pants for autumnal flair. Made in Montreal, Lisette/L pants are designed with different fibres front and back to flatten the tummy and lift the bottom, and with a fabulous selection of styles and colours in various fabrics and lengths, these pants are legs ahead of the rest.

New Zealand designer Anne Mardell welcomes autumn with skirts, dresses, business pants and culottes that are certain to turn heads.

This label prides itself on creating New Zealand made clothes of which many are of French fabric.

Meanwhile, Bittermoon and Blackstone flaunt an autumnal palette to delight the eye, while NYDJ jeans stay true to its label boast ‘Fit to be Sexy’.

Made in the Shade’s purest linen and cotton garments from Italy will have you travel in style and arrive at your destination looking relaxed, refreshed and the essence of elegance.

These natural fibred garments don’t require ironing and make packing a breeze.

With up to 70 percent off end-of-summer stock, there just might be a little bargain to take home with your autumn harvest.

Find Made in the Shade at 151a Colombo Street, phone 03 332 1238.


Voluminous is vogue

Oversized, floaty and fabulous, this fashion statement for autumn has exaggerated its proportions to both capture attention and keep everyone comfy as the leaves fall and temperatures drop.



Cinderella is donning the pronounced but pretty puff sleeve to show she means business – this time in sexy fabrics from completely sheer and shimmery through to coloured leather.

For long sleeves, it is time for them to balloon, like with the Felix Shirt by Morrison, pictured.

Balance out this festoon of fabric with a micro skirt or slinky pants.


More flattering than the eco-friendly title suggests, these baggy-waisted trousers, stylishly cinched at the waist with a ropey or wide belt, are the sassiest autumn trend.

Pair with a casual crop top, or dress up with a puffed sleeved blouse or smart shirt. Mostly high-waisted, and either cropped or turned up at the ankles, they make generous-fitting comfort look effortlessly feminine.


No need to juggle a multitude of shopping bags; swing an oversized tote instead. Big and very big bags are still here – very practical for those of us that are always on the fly.

Invest, and choose a colour and fabric to look great with an outfit, as this is the boldest of accessories.


Oversize the timeless, chic trench or the puffy, padded parka.

The four-seasons-in-one-day dilemma is solved. Forget oodles of layering – it’ll feel like snuggling into a blanket when the weather turns nippy, after a sun-kissed autumn day in a sleeveless top.


Make you ‘pop’

Edith Head once said “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”.



And yet despite the importance of dressing well, sometimes you just need a little bit of help to look and feel amazing.

After 30 years working across hair, fashion and beauty, Vicki Ogden-O’Fee isn’t just a little bit of help – she’s a whole lot of help! Vicki is offering free 15-minute consultations where she can help clients develop their personal style.

“When you feel good in yourself and how you look, you radiate confidence,” she says.

Whether you’re a university graduate setting up your new professional wardrobe, a mum returning to the workforce, or a busy professional who simply doesn’t have the time to shop, Vicki can make things simple and easy.

“We don’t just do hair, we do beautiful. Whether it’s a style tweak or a top-to-toe makeover; a one-off outfit or a wardrobe reinvention; together, we can uncover your shine.”


A beautiful boutique

It’s a total immersion experience when you cross the threshold of gorgeous boutique New Order.


Owner Nikki Curd has focused on a warm welcome; an experience to relax into and enjoy the gorgeous selection of clothing and accessories as well as the fabulous smells coming from the range of candles and diffusers.

“It’s really important to me to create an atmosphere that is friendly and fun, and where everybody feels welcome,” Nikki says.

Opened over in Faringdon almost three years ago but now in central Rolleston, the store is a dream come true for Nikki, who has years of experience in fashion retail.

Passionate about effortless dressing and clothing that transcends age boundaries, Nikki stocks a beautiful range of New Zealand and Australian labels that meet that brief perfectly.

Building customer relationships is really important and the tight-knit team of Nikki, Izzy and Liv are always happy to give great, honest advice and help customers choose that special something.

New Order is also very child friendly, with a fun kids’ corner, so mums can relax while they browse. “We find the kids don’t want to leave now!” Nikki laughs.

New Order also stocks footwear and a core range of casual menswear.

Growing the home and giftware ranges within the store is something that Nikki is also excited about.

New Order is open at 63-67 Tennyson Street Rolleston from Monday to Saturday, phone 03 347 0778.


Exquisite & Enduring

Paramount to Rachel Ferguson, proprietor of clothing, gift and living store Dalethorpe House, is the desire to enrich the lives of her clientele with merchandise that is focused on quality, integrity and craftmanship.

Visitors to Darfield will find Dalethorpe House on level one of the former General Store building, built in 1914.

Its distinctive white weatherboard exterior and original kauri tongue and groove interior are richly evocative of a past era when quality garments and wares were a given.

What a pleasure to browse this beautiful space where every garment, every item of gift or homeware, has been discerningly curated to provide an exquisite selection of contemporary yet enduring pieces.

The Ferguson family’s long association with ‘Dalethorpe’, one of Canterbury’s oldest sheep stations, encapsulates the ethos behind Dalethorpe House – an understanding of a life well-lived and pride in product.

Find Dalethorpe House at 51 South Terrace, Darfield, phone 03 317 9250.


Pastel Passion

This fashion season calls for a muted, pretty palette of pastel hues; colours reminiscent of macarons and cotton candy. So, what shades will be hanging in your wardrobe this year?



  1. Whether you’re a girly girl or not, there’s no denying that the precious pastel pinks of 2020 – think sugary sweet peach and gentle rose shades fit for a princess – will freshen up any wardrobe. While ‘millennial pink’ still stands strong, a rival is in town; introducing ‘perracotta’, a trendy mashup of pink and terracotta that packs a serious pastel punch.
  2. Wave goodbye to 2019’s neo-mint and say hello to pistachio green! Our new favourite neutral, pistachio has been rising through the ranks over the last few seasons and it has well and truly staked its claim as the ‘it’ colour for 2020. This light and fresh hue works wonderfully well with stark white, denim and other pastel shades. Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for other delicate shades of green like mint and lime!
  3. Calling all minimalists! If you really do want a mellow yellow, then ‘sunlight’ is the shade you’ve been looking for. Sunlight yellow is an ethereal, romantic pastel shade that’s hot topic right now – namely because of its versatility. Keep things sweet and simple by pairing an investment piece – like a chic blazer, linen wide-legged trousers or a silk blouse – with off-white or pale denim.

Great garments!

Located in the new shopping precinct of Rosemerryn Village at Lincoln is Belleza Boutique, a clothing store for women who are looking for something beautiful yet a little bit different.

Soya Concept shirt, available from Belleza Boutique


Owner Anna Green moved her business from its former Tai Tapu site (across the road from The Store) to its current site in 2018.

It’s testament to her discerning eye in sourcing wonderfully wearable garments that many of her Tai Tapu clientele have followed her to Rosemerryn.

Anna predominantly showcases Australian and New Zealand labels, with the occasional European label to fill in the gaps.

With sizes ranging from eight to 18 (larger New Zealand labels can be sourced, if needed), her overarching focus is on style – finding the garment that’s right for the body shape and personality of customers.

“There’s no pressure-selling here. It’s so important for women to feel happy and confident in the clothes they wear.”

Budgets are another thing Anna takes into consideration; accordingly, there’s a good representation of both ends of the price spectrum – from affordable daytime casual wear through to the dressy/eveningwear category.

From the outset with Belleza, Anna wanted women to walk into her boutique and feel there might be something there for them.

“I handpick all the merchandise; it’s very much a curated collection. The strong relationships I’ve built with my customers over the years have stemmed from that philosophy.”

Find Belleza Boutique on the corner of Edward Street and Eastfield Drive, Lincoln. Phone 03 925 9614, or follow online.


Wardrobe Wow!

They work closely with New Zealand and overseas designers to source exquisite fabrics and prints with which to create unique clothing that is exclusive to them. Many of their labels are New Zealand made and of the finest quality.



Magazine Designer Clothing is passionate about making New Zealand women look beautiful, with the point of difference being that the team goes that extra distance for its clientele.

They recognise that every woman is an individual and that her requirements are specific to her.

At their Riccarton store, Nicola and her lovely team ensure that they not only select the right garment, but that they offer genuine, sensitive advice and will happily give guidance on head to toe styling, as well as on those very important accessories to complement the outfit.

For whatever special occasion you have coming up, be it a glitzy cocktail evening, a dress-up work-do, a party or wedding, there’s something here for every lady to make her feel beautiful and confident.

With sizing from 10 through to 26, every shape is covered.

The casual and lifestyle clothing found instore is fabulous too.

For the hectic and demanding lifestyle of today’s woman, who wants to look just as sensational on a weekend as she does during the week, these styles are for her.

The epitome of cool and chic, this is the kind of casualwear that takes her from watching the kids swimming to having coffee with the girls, taking a stroll in the park and relaxing with a wine at the neighbour’s barbecue.

The one thing every woman should treat herself to this summer is a visit to Magazine Designer Clothing because, quite simply, their garments are gorgeous.

If clothes of New Zealand origin, of fine quality, unique fabric, exquisite cut and design are your imperatives, then make space in your wardrobe – it’s about to be dressed as it never has before.

Find Magazine Designer Clothing at 188 Clarence Street, Riccarton. Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Phone 021 686 929 or visit the online store.


Essential autumn staples

It’s nearing the end of summer and autumn is almost around the corner. Bearing that in mind, with a new season comes a new wardrobe. We’ve put together a checklist of the most essential staples when piecing together a fabulous fall collection.




  1. Feet first: This little piggy… got cold.

    Autumn sometimes feels like a transitional season where some days are warm and others are just a bit nippy on the toes.

    If you’re wanting to put them away but still give your feet room to breathe, loafers are the perfect solution to your problems.

    Not to mention they are much more stylish than the jandals you’ve been rocking at the beach.

  2. Bust out the blazer: We’re yet to find a blazer that hasn’t looked stylish or completed any look (maybe grandma’s hand-me-down, but don’t tell her that).

    Whether you run with a petite tight-fitted blazer or go for more of an oversized look, there’s nothing wrong with giving your outfit a bit of personality.

    Not to mention they look very professional at the office and equally as cool and quirky in the bar should you decide to grab a drink after work.

  3. Meet in the middle: Midi skirts and dresses are everywhere. In saying that, it’s easy to see why – they’re just so versatile.

    Dress them up or dress them down. If you’re stressing about what to wear to an event start with a midi skirt or dress and work from there based on what you’re feeling.

    If you find the right one… it’s a match made in heaven.

  4. Feeling snug: A sweater is something that you could quite possibly wear year-round, the summer nights can cool off quite quickly.

    But to make that look feel exclusive to autumn, it might pay to find a sweater in a colour complementary to the season.

    Ideally these will be colours that are both vibrant and warm such as coral, camel or orange.

    If these aren’t colours you’re normally comfortable with trying, there’s no better time to experiment.

    The trees are turning orange and brown and so should your wardrobe.

  5. Try tweed: When you’re feeling a bit clueless on what to wear… sometimes it’s best to channel your inner Cher.

    You should like totally try treed – is probably what she would say and she’s right.

    It’s bold and it’s exciting and it’s definitely a statement staple that could make an appearance every autumn.




In hot demand

Ethical clothing range Willou has been in hot demand this summer, which has seen stylish new designs added to an already evolving collection that’s all made right here in Christchurch.



Founded by sisters Sarah and Dominique Dougall, this sustainable brand aims to create “small collections of trans-seasonal pieces” by supporting local businesses and manufacturers along the way.

By working with New Zealand fabric suppliers, cutters and machinists – and both sisters completing garments themselves – they can track every stage of their product’s lifespan.

The range includes tops and tees, jumpsuits, pants and dresses, all in a chic, natural colour palette of ivory, charcoal, olive, dark navy, paprika and oatmeal.

New styles just launched include the Daisy singlet, Poppy blouse and Paper bag pant available in tones of mustard, sage, ivory and dark navy. Linen hair ties and scrunchies are available to purchase online, as are gift vouchers.

Made from 100 percent linen – a material known for its ability to keep you cool in summer and warm in winter – the high-quality wash and wear collection is designed to last for many seasons.

If your New Year’s resolution was to buy sustainably, Willou’s online store is the best place to start. Visit today to browse the exciting new range.