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Linen loves


No summer wardrobe would be complete without some linen. The heroic natural fibre breathes with you on hot summer days, making it the ideal companion for a trip to the beach, farmer’s market – or even a day at the office.

Seed Heritage Tiered Linen Dress.

 

Pandemic chic. Seed Heritage Face Mask

 

A crisp, yet floaty, white tee. Sara Lila Linen Top White

 

The ever flattering high-waisted, wide leg combo. Brigid McLaughlin Belted Mata Culotte

 

Micro floral patterns *chef’s kiss*. Ruby Bounty Linen Skirt

 

Tiered, floaty and fabulous. Trelise Cooper Linen and Waffles a Day in the Country Dress

 

Last minute outfit heroes


Cup Week is here and with the tail end of the week’s celebrations still in sight, we’ve rounded up our favourite last-minute pick to take you from brunch, to the track – and beyond. Not only are these accessories great for a day at the races, but reuse them for the myriad of summer events on the horizon.

 

Scarf-ing off. Mix it up with a chic and bold patterned head scarf for the ladies, or pocket square for the guys. Ruby Bounty Head Scarf. Working Style Toucan Pocket Square.

 

Bright and right. Nourish your skin between events with a nourishing face mask. La Muse Skin Repair Signature Mask.

 

Ear, ear! Pop on some eye-catching bling. Murkani Hope Earrings.

 

Hat trick. Textured headwear instantly glamourises any outfit – hats for the men, and floral fascinators, puffy headbands and bejewelled hair clips for the gals. Brixton Messer Fedora

 

 

Lashings of style. Add some DIY glamour with stick on fake lashes. Ardell Lift Effect #743

 

 

Eye see you. No outdoor outfit is complete without a slick pair of shades – or choose something fun and funky. Coveteur X Karen Walker Blessed Caramel Marble. Garrett Leight Kinney Sun.


 

summer simplicity: ECCO Shoes


A simple, minimalist shoe is not only chic and on trend, but when lightweight and soft also makes the perfect summer travel companion for those day and overnight adventures.

 

Here come the (wo)men in black, Lace-up Sneaker in Black.

 

The Ecco Shoes Simpil II women’s collection features sleek silhouettes in a range of styles, soft leathers and a choice of playful colours or neutral tones to match your mood.

Why have one pop of colour, when you can have two? Lace-up Sneaker in Shadow White.

Fun, feminine and easy to pair with your summer wardrobe, the range features thoughtfully designed shoes that work with you.

Forget the little black dress, try the little black Simpil II sneaker.

The remarkably lightweight and soft design makes for easy packing when exploring our beautiful country this sunny season.

A shoe that can carry its weight, Mule in Black.

And the signature anatomical fit follows the natural shape of your foot for comfort, support and stability when strolling your favourite holiday hotspots.

Get your dancing shoes on, Ballerina in Volluto.

 

Shoes and so much more: Rangiora Shoe Lines


When Rebecca Barker became proprietor of Rangiora Shoe Lines in June, she was thrilled to be taking on a respected business with a long and loyal clientele.

 

Rebecca Barker

 

The iconic shoe store is an independent business that’s been in the heart of Rangiora’s shopping precinct for over five decades, with previous owners Jill and Sandra retiring after 35 years.

Dedicated to sourcing the best in shoes from all over the world, every shoe is a carefully curated product – handpicked and tested for fit, style, quality, detail and, most crucially, comfort.

Belle Scarpe Rottino Sling Back

Shoe labels such as Alfie & Evie; Django & Juliette; Bresley; Minx; Hispanitas; Josef Seibel and Ziera, to name but a few, give customers immediate assurance their feet are in the best possible hands.

Colour trends this summer see shoes splashed in the brightest prints, while accessories, like Briarwood bags in chocolate and gunmetal, team beautifully with linens.

Platform sneakers are very in vogue (thanks to devotees like Trinny Woodall of What Not to Wear) and Rebecca says the platform sneakers from Minx have taken the concept of the casual shoe to a whole new level.

 

Top End Siobhan

Visit Rangiora Shoe Lines at 162 High Street Rangiora, online, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RangioraShoeLines or phone on (03) 313 8444.


 

You need therapy! Shoe Therapy


Having a bad day? Sometimes all you need is a little therapy. Retail therapy, that is. Lovers of gorgeous shoes and fabulous accessories make your way to Shoe Therapy in Kaiapoi and resident fashion stylist and owner Debbie Reeves will help soothe your wardrobe woes.

Andrea Heel Rose Croc

 

The style superstar’s latest additions to her carefully hand selected collection of goodies includes the comeback of metallics, always-pretty pastels, and ever in vogue animal print.

Debbie says wedges and manageable heels are becoming increasingly popular as wearers embrace the emergence of more practical heights.

Superga 2750

Trusty white sneakers are still really hot right now, and Debbie ensures Shoe Therapy has a large range to choose from.

EOS Jada Blush

If accessories are more your outlet, then a selection of much-loved New Zealand designer, Saben, is available from suitcases to side bags, wallets and handbags in a characteristic rainbow of striking colours ideal for matching to your new statement shoes.

Miss Wilson Susanna Slide Rose Croc

Pop into the store at 178 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, any day of the week because there is always time for some shoe therapy.


 

Rise of rib


Rib might be the elevated basic you’ve been looking for. Its textured effect makes any clothing item appear more elevated, whether worn layered or on its lonesome. Fabricated in natural fibres for softness and breathability, we’re romancing rib in all garments from singlets and tanks to midi dresses and skirts, long sleeve tees, wide leg pants and summer swimsuits.

MARLE ANNABELLE DRESS

 

WITCHERY RACER RIB TANK
SABA HENLEY KNIT

 

CLEONIE SWIM SHELL MAILLOT ONE-PIECE

 

ST AGNI CHIEKO KNIT DRESS

 

FRIENDS WITH FRANK CLEO DRESS

 

Suit-able attire


Thirty-three years after opening its first store in Christchurch, Kiwi suiting experts, Working Style, has launched its new womenswear range here, too. The colourful array of blazers, pants and shirting offer New Zealand women a unique experience to select the fabric, fit and detailing of a custom suit.

 

 

The launch of W, a new custom suiting range for women, coincides with the retailer relocating from Merivale to a modern new store next to Riverside Market on Oxford Terrace, designed by award-winning local architecture firm, PRau Studio.

Founder and Managing Director Chris Dobbs and Christchurch-raised creative director Karl Clausen told Metropol how W is an extension of its bespoke tailored suiting offerings, but now, for women.

The idea for the collection was sparked when staff member, Amanda Vine, had a men’s suit tailored for her to wear to work in the Christchurch store about two years ago.

“That was the catalyst for the women’s collection,” says Chris. “We’ve been working on it for about 18-months now.

“We set out to learn what women wanted from suiting, we didn’t want to dictate to them what we thought they wanted, but we wanted to learn.”

The resulting collection is impeccably tailored suit pants, jackets and shirting, which can be custom made for wearers in an array of luxurious fabrications selected from the in-store library of leather bound fabric sample books, before being made in Portugal.

Every detail of each garment is entirely customisable – from collars to lapels, buttons, pockets, cuffs and leg width.

Karl says Working Style’s philosophy of personalization endures in W.

“Everything we’re doing now is personalized, it’s very, very important. As a company we also value comfort – everything has to be comfortable, easy to wear and can be worn in different environments.”

Current offerings also reflect a more casual approach to suiting – with the garments making their way into more relaxed aesthetics.

“We’re not as formal as the garments we started our life with,” says Karl.

“It’s a contemporary take on a classic, we’re making items which gives the wearer options.”

The launch of W coincides with the recent opening of the new central city store, a fitting milestone for the business – which started its life door knocking Christchurch businesses offer shirt tailoring.

It also follows a challenging period for the world’s retailers, with Covid-19-induced global lockdowns rendering bricks and mortar retailers – and office attire – off limits for many.

 


 

Betting on style


Cup Week fashion is a chance to dress to impress. Whether that is paying homage to the traditions of the track with a dark hued suit, embracing patterned shirts and blazers, or diverging from those time-honoured two-pieces with light-coloured chinos and linen shirts.

SABA

 

Dapper never dates in classic navy. Sportscraft Grant Wool Item Jacket.

 

All punters need a sleek wallet. Deadly Ponies Card File

 

Add flare with tasteful accents like a pocket square. Working Style Diamond Paisley Pocket Square

 

Freshen up any ‘fit with a crisp wide brim. Brixton Marcos Fedora

 

SABA

 

Mix it up in pale pants. J Crew stretch chinos

 

Lighten up with a linen shirt. Sportscraft Stripe Linen Shirt in Oat

 

Slick shades are a must. Moscot Cliptosh in Amber

 

RM WILLIAMS

 

Dressy trou which are not too dark, not too light. Working Style Olive Twill City Chino

 

A designer timepiece elevates any look. Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito

 

Brown leather boots are classy and classic. RM Williams Comfort Craftsman

 


 

Wearing a winner


Dressing for the races is almost as much fun as the day itself; an opportunity to pamper yourself and plan an outfit unlike any other day of the year. From colour blocked pinks and reds, to whimsical florals and old faithful, sleek black – here’s what’s catching our eyes for spring racing 2020.

Bright, bold and fun. Aje Entwined Dress

 

Hot and pink. Deadly Ponies Pleated Bender Mini in Raspberry

 

Shine bright. Isabel Marant Wild Shore Crystal Studs

 

Urban turban. Gucci Silk Scarf

 

Flower power. Morgan & Taylor Alexa Fascinator

 

Brim with good ideas. Sarah J Curtis Take Me to the Party hat

 

Frills and thrills. Coop Ask A Frilly Question Dress

 

Sir Aramis Ruffle Gown

 

Fascinate with clips. Mita Winter Wonderland Faux Pearl & Gold Leaf Clips

 

Chain reaction. Witchery

 

Spring blues. Kathryn Wilson Naomi Heel in Cornflour Croc

 

Trelise Cooper Trail of Tiers Dress

 

Check it out. Ganni Checked seersucker mini dress

 

In case it gets cold. St Agni Hajimie Blazer

 

Puff Piece. Morgan & Taylor Kiana Headband

 

Nude comfort. Witchery natural wedge

 


 

A tailoring pur-suit: The Gentleman’s Tailoress


Detail is king when dressed for best on race day. A dashing outfit wins – when it fits the wearer superbly..

 

 

No one in Christchurch does what Megan Wolfery does. She holds the title of the only true men’s tailoress in town, with the expertise of 35 years, befitting of the finest Italian suit.

“The better the fit, the finer the look,” The Gentleman’s Tailoress advises. Suits, shirts and trouser alterations are her niche.

She says it’s worth investing in fine-fitting outfits in quality fabrics, which can often be handed down from father to son. And beautiful design and fabric deserves bespoke tailoring, to fit comfortably to the body.

Megan can let out trousers and jackets a size, take in shoulders and waists and take up jacket lengths and cuffs, to sit for perfection and comfort.

“Taking in the back-leg for tailored fit removes that saggy back seat area.”

Megan is set up for the social season marathon, and will enjoy every stitch. Having innate passion for the craft, she also tutors tailoring at Papanui High School adult classes.

Getting measured up in The Gentleman’s Tailoress home studio in Mariehau, amongst the well-loved tools of the trade, is where the magic and great conversation happens.

Allow at least two weeks before Cup Day or the big event.

Email wolfrey@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 024 20841.