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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.

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.


 

Dame Trelise Cooper’s: True Colours


The juxtaposition of strength and softness that represents women is something Dame Trelise Cooper always seeks to capture in her designs.

 

 

It’s not unlike the juxtaposition of Trelise herself; the beautiful, elegant and bubbly woman that heads a fabulous fashion empire, with colour at its heart and style in its soul.

It’s also a juxtaposition that was intentionally weaved into her latest collection – both figuratively and literally.

“I think it’s about a new romanticism that transcends the trouble that’s happening in the world,” she says of Trelise Cooper Pre-Fall 2020.

“There’s something kind of romantic, mythical, that takes us out of our every day. The colour palette is soft and strong all at once; it pairs pinks with red; there’s a vibrant green that matches the colour of the earth.

“I think it’s about transcending and going to somewhere dreamy.”

She’s the long-reigning queen of colour and the latest season is no different; there’s pinks, greens, vibrant florals; there’s also polka dots and sequins.

“I definitely have my favourites,” she laughs.

“I really love the green of this season; there’s a green dress that I wear that has a tone on tone embellished ribbon embroidery (Runaway Rudi Dress), I love the Make My Heart Beat Coat and I like the green pinstripe suiting (Like Miss Markle Dress and the Have I Told You Shapely Dress), then I like the red hearts on the tulle (Nothing But Ruffle Skirt) as well actually…

“Towards autumn there’s more oyster and silver together, which I think is a lovely combination; it’s strong and soft at once which captures the strength of women; we can be strong and soft which is always what I try to achieve.”

Though it’s hard to imagine her in black – the day we meet she is wearing the most divine deep tropical pink that is almost impossible to describe in words – she says she has worn plenty of the dark shade throughout her life.

“I love black and have worn a lot of it in my life, I also employ a lot of women who love black and though we are mostly known for our colour, we sell black! All our garments have an option in black just for New Zealanders.”

However, she says, the power of colour is addictive. A couple of the ladies in the Trelise team that were steadfast on their black eventually dabbled in colour and they’ve never gone back.

“When you wear colour people notice and people comment! Those complements become addictive; so many women tell me that story.”

So what are Trelise’s words of wisdom when it comes to going to the colourful side? Start small!

“Stay with your black but try one piece of colour with it, whether that’s a top with pants or one of the girls here wears the bright colour printed kimonos over black.

“Black makes such a lovely canvas for colour. We do a lot of open-front garments that can be worn buttoned up down the front like a dress, or open like a lightweight coat over jeans or when you’re wearing black; that’s a really great introduction to colour.”

She gets her bold inspiration from a life well lived.

“Inspiration is a concept I find really interesting; it’s magical; it’s kind of mysterious. I’m always surprised at how inspiration I’ve come across on a trip whether to Morocco, India, Greece or Mexico, somehow makes its way into my collections through colour, texture and pattern.”

It was domestic travel that has provided that inspiration in recent times.

In Christchurch to give an exclusive preview of her pre-fall collection at Ballantynes, Trelise was impressed by the city’s re-birth.

“It is a slice of heaven! The people are always so welcoming and friendly. This last trip I was struck by how international Christchurch is. I think Ballantynes is the most beautiful department store, at an international level and I was so impressed with how the city has developed.”

She headed to ‘the strip’ for dinner. “All those restaurants along there was so interesting and Amazonita was so cool and casually stylish, I wish we had it in Auckland!
“I think Christchurch has done a really great job of rebuilding and it’s an exciting place to visit.”

Trelise has seen a lot in almost 40 years of business, but nothing has come close to the past six months.

Just before Christmas, her Australian customers were hit with droughts, then the horrific bush fires, then came floods and a retail recession.

As soon as light beckoned at the end of the tunnel, COVID-19 started unfolding.

“This is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The ramifications are uncertain so far, though nothing is ever certain in business really.”

Though she has had to hit the pause button on a swag of international travel, Trelise is feeling optimistic about 2020.

There’s plenty of international opportunities in the works, particularly with her eco bag that the brand has been producing since 2008 (it’s sold millions!).

“It’s a changing feast of ideas at the moment; things are changing daily with what’s happening in the world.

“I had travel planned, first to Mexico, then Korea and rural France, but at the moment that all has a big question mark on it. So I guess 2020 is all about keeping business building and keeping things going; it’s a time where making plans is interesting and we’re just keeping on keeping on.”


 

Celebrating Couture in Canterbury


Young emerging designer Natasha Senior was 14 when she won the top prize at the 2018 YMCA Walk the Line catwalk, part of New Zealand Fashion Week. Her winning entry of linen top and neoprene trousers is now being showcased alongside garments from established designers, such as Trelise Cooper and Adrienne Whitewood, at Canterbury Museum in its Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now exhibition, which opened Saturday, 22 February and runs to 14 June 2020.

 

Photography: Mara Sommer

 

Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now was developed by the New Zealand Fashion Museum.

Co-curated by Doris de Pont, New Zealand Fashion Museum Director and Fashion Journalist Dan Ahwa, the exhibition looks at how Aotearoa New Zealand’s identity is shaped by our place in the Pacific Ocean (Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa), and celebrates contemporary expression in jewellery, clothing, textile, and body adornment in New Zealand.

Both emerging and established designers are included in the exhibition to explore a range of connecting themes, such as; the adaptation and application of technology, mastery and invention in the use of heritage craft techniques, including stitching and weaving; the applications and evolution of cultural motifs, and the ongoing dialogue between wrapping and structured dressing.

Some of the garments and adornments showcased in the exhibition are streetwear from Bill Urale’s (aka King Kapisi) Overstayer label, a missionary-style dress by Trelise Cooper, a Neil Adcock hei tiki that can dance, Steve Hall’s androgynous dress, and a merino wool wrap that’s reminiscent of a muka kaitaka (flax fibre cloak), created by London-based New Zealand designer Emilia Wickstead, in collaboration with Woolmark in 2019.

Canterbury Museum is the first South Island venue to exhibit Moana Currents. Canterbury Museum Director Anthony Wright says the exhibition is a terrific showcase for the extraordinary work of Aotearoa New Zealand’s fashion designers and the pride we have in the way Pacific cultures have influenced our Kiwi sense of style.

“What we wear really does reflect who we are as individuals and as a nation. We think this exhibition will be very popular with both our local and international visitors.”

Doris de Pont says she’s thrilled to be bringing the exhibition to Canterbury.

“Moana Currents shows how our history of migration and cultural exchange is visible in what we wear and how we adorn ourselves. Aotearoa New Zealand’s identity has evolved over time as generations of people migrated here. Who we are and how we dress is a reflection of those journeys, both past and present, and an expression of our aspirations and how we want to be seen.”

This three-part project includes the exhibition at Canterbury Museum, as well as an accompanying book and online exhibition found online.


 

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.”


 

Spectacular Spectacles


Matthews Eyewear Eyecare is paradise found when it comes to highly personalised optometry and a range of stunning top-quality spectacle frames, selected from designers around the world. This calm and airy oasis was based at the Riccarton Clinic before making the move to Riccarton Road.

 

Optometrists Shivan and Grace have a strong focus on eye health and each appointment is personalised, utilising specialised equipment to identify changes in vision and a range of eye diseases.

“We really take pride in finding the perfect frame for everyone and have a range of styles to suit every face shape and budget,” explains Karen who has been Practice Manager for 13 years.

All the spectacle lenses used are Zeiss, while frames are fashion-forward and new stock arrives constantly.

Brands include Masunaga from Japan, Parisian designs Caroline Abram and FACE A FACE, German Frost Eyewear and French trendsetters J.F. Rey.

A large selection of the iconic Maui Jim sunglasses are also stocked, which protect your eyes but bring brilliant colours to life and, of course, you can get your prescription fitted.

Karen and Optical Assistant Natasha also have access to extensive ranges held in the 16 other Matthews Optometry practices.

General Manager Miles says, “We are a New Zealand owned family business and it’s a vote of confidence in both our Christchurch team and our loyal patients to invest in our new Riccarton practice.

We have an exceptional team of talented people providing exceptional customer service and would encourage new patients to come in and experience the difference.”

Located near Church Corner, there is ample parking behind the clinic.


 

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.


 

Say goodbye to summer sun damage


It’s been a hot season full of sunny beach days, barbeques and time outdoors, but along with happy memories, summer is also known for leaving us with skin pigmentation and signs of ageing

 

Even with sunscreen use, UVA and UVB rays can cause freckles, dark sun spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Dermapen microneedling treatments are highly effective for treating sun damage, working by creating microscopic channels in the skin which stimulate your skin’s natural repair process to regenerate, with the help of active skin-boosting solutions containing vitamins, minerals and peptides.

As melanocytes (pigment producing cells) are directly targeted, this process creates a more even skin tone. Dermapen treatments are also a safe and natural way to fight the ageing process, by using the skin’s natural healing response to kickstart elastin and collagen production, rejuvenating and plumping the skin without surgery or injectables.

Nicola Quinn Beauty & Day Spa is a Gold Authorised Treatment provider for Dermapen, using only the latest model device and protocol Dermapen skin products.

To find out more about Dermapen Microneedling and the SkinFit ‘buy three get one free’ promotion, ending 31 March, visit: www.quinnbeautyspa.co.nz/get-skin-fit



 

Stand out in 2020


Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the fashion trend cycle that is constantly spinning. Will it cycle back around, or will it go in a completely new direction? We’ve pulled together all the latest trends in foot fashion to help you stay up-to-date.

Stand out: We’ve all heard of ‘the little black dress’, pairing it with black boots would seem somewhat ludicrous. Hence why we’re telling you to find the brightest knee-high boots you can find. After all, orange is the new black. Well… so is green, yellow, blue and any colour of the rainbow. Make a statement and stand out (literally).

Socks or shoes? Honestly, we’re not too sure we know the answer. But that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t recommend them! Sock trainers are on the rise, from Boohoo to Balenciaga, everyone’s designing a pair. You could wear them to pilates or Saturday brunch and no one would question it. Not to mention they’re extremely comfortable!

Love the lace: Channel your inner gladiator goddess with this 2020 shoe trend. What’s not to love? They can be paired with any outfit whether that includes a dress, jumpsuit or a pair of jeans. As an added bonus, they’ll keep your feet cool too.

Keep it simple: While we do encourage you to try a bright and bold change, for some people that’s an everyday look. So, why not switch roles and take a minimalist approach? Who said simple had to be boring? In fact, it can look quite classy and chic (especially if everything above the feet is filled with colour, patterns and accessories).

Slide on over: It seems that the main trend for 2020 is comfort and we are certainly not complaining. When they say beauty is pain… they’re not lying. Especially when that pain is caused from three-inch heels that you’ve been wearing all day. The solution: slides. They don’t have to be Gucci to be on trend. But sometimes ones with a little quirk to them can really pull together an outfit!


 

Oh my… autumn


Guys, you don’t have to go through a massive makeover movie montage to change up your look. In fact, it could be as simple as putting on a nice shirt. Cutler & Co Menswear Store Liam Strachan has some recommendations for all your autumn essentials.

Love me or leaf me: You won’t find more autumn appropriate attire than the Cutler & Co. Leaf Print shirt. With the signature Cutler detailing of the shirt that everyone knows and loves – it’s the new bold design that takes centre stage for this one.

Camel chic: Name a more comfortable knit jumper… we’ll wait. Comfort is key but colour is cool, especially when it’s camel. The DStrezzed Knit Jumper in camel is a must-have this transitional season.

Oopsy daisy: Clap back at anyone who says flowers are feminine with the DStrezzed Daisy Print shirt. This bold black background makes the perfect base for the complementary blue and orange daisies.

Check out this season’s best sellers online or in store.