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Craze-y in love: Craze Fashion


Metropol caught up with Sherie McKinlay from Craze Fashion about some of their latest looks that are must-haves this chilly season. The store’s philosophy is ‘what you wear doesn’t just tell the world a story about who you are – it shapes the way you feel’. And we think this trio of choices will make anyone feel amazing, confident and ready for anything.

 

Jump around: Look and feel cool in this Dricoper Walker Denim Jumpsuit in vintage indigo. Made out of comfort stretch denim – it will hug your body beautifully.

 

 

 

 

 

Berry blast: Who doesn’t love a chunky knit? Especially when it’s the Thing Thing Milo Jumper in the colour berry. Winter-be-gone with this snuggly selection.

 

 

 

 

Stitch up: Add freshness and a pop of colour to your wardrobe this season with the Stitch Ministry Weave Sweater in blush. Pair it with a dress and belt and you’ve got yourself an awesome outfit!


 

Colour Therapy


We’ve long paid heed to the critical nature of colour when it comes to our homes, but it’s high time we took this into consideration when filling our wardrobes. Research shows that fashion is one of the simplest ways we can transform our emotions and confidence may just be a power outfit away!

 

So whether you’re hoping to soothe, energise or simply amp up the serotonin levels of those around you, it’s time you started taking sartorial inspiration from the colour wheel. Let us help you dress for success!

TOMMY HILFIGER NOVA UTILITY PARKA.

Sleepy head: If you wake up in the morning and the coffee just isn’t quite cutting it, your next best bet is to dress in red. The colour is said to evoke strong feelings of energy and excitement and an added bonus is that it draws attention to the wearer. If you want to be noticed, this is the colour to do it in. Add a red lip to your outfit as well to really make those confidence levels seriously soar.

ASOS MICRO MINI CROSS BODY BAG

Never mellow in yellow: If you’re feeling blue, we have the solution for you. Much like the bright summer sun, the colour yellow makes most people happy, probably because memories of sitting on the beach and soaking up the rays are linked to the warm colour. Add accents of yellow to your outfits to bring out all of those positive feelings and lift your mood as a result.

SPORTSCRAFT COAT

Cool, calm and collected: It’s long been said that when you’re feeling anxious, blue hues are calming. Bring a sense of serenity to your outfits by showcasing any shade of blue. And if we haven’t already reminded you enough, the Pantone colour of the year is Classic Blue – so what better reason do you need to incorporate the shade?

SKAGEN AAREN PURPLE SILICONE WATCH FOSSIL GROUP

Creative thinking: They say that if you’re in need of some inspiration, then purple is the colour for you. The hue has long been associated with fantasy and spirit, sparking those creative juices in your head. Not to mention it’s one of Maleficent’s signature colours and that woman is full of confidence! Channel her in your outfit and take over any kingdom… or workplace.


 

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.

MORRISON FELIX SHIRT CHECK AND RHODES PANT

SUPERPOWERED SLEEVES

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.


PAPER BAG 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.


HANDBAGS WITH MORE

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.


COATS OF VOLUME

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.