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Jack-et of all trades


It’s time trade in those cute cardigans for some heavy-duty winter warmers – we’re talking about jackets and coats. Metropol gets the lowdown on all of the latest jackets we’re seeing coming through in fashion.

 

TRELISE COOPER MAKE MY HEART BEAT COAT

 

TIME TO TAN: Gone are the days of minimal layers and getting a tan… winter is the season to wear tan. The Cocoon Jacket from Ketz-ke is a stylish option that is super soft and snuggly on the inside and sophisticated on the outside.

LET THERE BE LEATHER: The leather jacket is a statement piece that has reigned supreme for decades. Change it up by opting for a non-traditional colour like red or blue. There are even vegan leather options on the market or just go for a faux.

LONGLINE, HERE FOR THE LONGRUN: The longline winter coat is a must-have for the 2020 cold season. With coats that go down to or past your knees, you won’t be feeling that winter chill creeping up your back. Button it up or leave it loose, either way will bring elegance to your closet.

TICK FOR TRENCH: If you find the right one, a trench coat can be a beloved wardrobe piece for years to come, after all, this is a classic that never seems to go out of fashion. The popular double-breasted silhouette is strong transitional piece which will take you through winter and into spring and summer. In 2020, we’re seeing arty detailing, like leather panelling, ruffled bodices, open slit sleeves and double lapels.


 

A Crisp Collection


Caitlin Crisp first won Kiwi hearts on Project Runway NZ, now she’s transformed reality TV success into a design empire, with a fashion philosophy based on timeless, easy to wear pieces that are elegant but still a bit of fun.

 

 

What attracted you to the design field?

It’s one of those things where when you know, you know.

According to mum I was dressing myself before I could talk!

But I have also always been interested in the construction and technical side of producing clothing, so it all grew from there.


You’re originally from Christchurch before hitting it big on TVNZ 2’s Project Runway, where are you based now?

Auckland! I love both Auckland and Christchurch so will always live between the two but needed to be up here to get a head-start in the fashion industry. It was the right move.


It’s an industry that’s said to take no prisoners, how have you been able to take your reality TV success and turn this into a long term business?

It’s definitely a tough industry but I think the way I handled being on the show is true to how I handle the industry – ruthless positivity and by working with like-minded people that share the same problem-solving and forward-thinking attitude!


What’s the most fulfilling part of what you do?

Oh goodness where to start!? It’s the little things like sitting in my studio in the early hours of the morning thinking, “this is my space, this is my business, how amazing!”

And then the obvious ones such as seeing customers and loved ones wearing and feeling amazing in my designs, coming up with new ideas and working with beautiful fabrics.

Sewing and completing garments is a really fulfilling activity in itself!


What do the next 12 month have in store for you and the brand?

I try to separate the two where possible (it’s impossible!), but for starters, we have a great summer collection coming with our first exclusive print!

I’m very excited for that and often find myself wearing the samples around the studio.

I hope to pick up a few new stockists and do my best to get through what I’m sure is going to be an interesting year ahead.

Personally, the only things that are guaranteed are daily phone calls to my darling mother and many wines with girlfriends here in Auckland!

 

 


 

Caped Crusader


There is the saying that ‘not all heroes wear capes’ but maybe in this case, they can! Be the super mum, colleague, friend or partner that you are and make sure to dress the part because capes are making a comeback in fashion. Suit up, caped crusaders – we check how you can style these statement pieces.

 

WITCHERY | STRUCTURED CAPE

 

Little Red: Channel your inner fairy-tale fantasy by wearing a hooded cape. We’re not suggesting go all out and wear a maxi hooded cape in blood red, but instead maybe a subtle nod to the heroine of our favourite fable.

Cape X Blazer Crossbreed: Everyone loves a blazer; it’s a classic classy piece that has been a workplace staple since we can remember. Why not give the cape blazer a try? Give your outfit a bit of a flare… literally.

Dress ups: It’s sometimes easy to walk out of the door and forget to bring a jacket. Avoid that completely this winter by wearing a cape dress to work. Look as if you’ve just stepped off the runway and into the boardroom.

Snug as a bug: We also have the polar opposite option of wearing a blanket cape (we don’t mean – actually wrap a blanket over your shoulders). This piece will look great paired with some knee-high boots. Don’t sacrifice being warm for looking fabulous this season.


 

The power of print


Bold, brave and ultra-feminine, prints are making their mark across the fashion landscape and our wardrobes are all the better for it. Whether you experiment with animal, floral or geometric prints, you won’t know what type works best until you’ve tried them all… so we’ve thrown together some of the trending ways to get a handle on the power of print.

 

A RARE BREED: Usually when we think of animal print, our minds go straight to the classic leopard print. It’s been around since the 1950s, but back then it would be in the form of a leopard fur coat. Commonly the colour combination of black and orangey-browns is used. We’re telling you to mix it up. It comes in black and green or even black and yellow. Add a pop of colour to reinvent a classic.

AN EAR FOR IT: Accessories are a nice and easy way to slowly introduce prints into your everyday wardrobes. Floral or geometric hoops are trending right now!

SUIT-ABLE ATTIRE: If you really want to make a powerful leap, why not go for a printed suit? Just ensure any footwear and accessories are simple so you don’t clash or go overboard after all, too much of a good thing does exist.

THE FINISHER: Winter is here, so that means one thing, scarves! You can never go wrong with scarves… they keep you warm, tie together any outfit and not to mention, they keep your neck warm. Pick out a punching print pattern to add a bit of pizzazz to a little black number.


 

Winter warmers: Made in the Shade


We’re beginning to make the transition into long sleeves and cosy jackets and coats and that can only mean one thing… winter is fast approaching. Make Made in the Shade your one-stop shop to stock up on winterwear.

 

With lots of new stock and a focus on New Zealand made items, you can look fabulous and feel fabulous for supporting local labels. Enter the store and be inspired, with brands such as Anne Mardell, Optimum and Bittermoon on offer


Uma Culottes, Edna Tee & Cato Jacket: It was hard to single out just one item because everything in this outfit is fantastic. From office to outwear – this combination is perfect for your next occasion.

 

 

Karla Dress: This beautiful printed dress, made with fabrics from France, is exclusive to Anne Mardell. Not to mention, the extremely flattering shape that accentuates the body in all of the right places.

 

Grid Pattern Cardigan: This cardigan feels as soft as it looks. This light and comfortable cardigan is a must have this chilly season.


 

Not slowing down: Thea’s Boutique


A tucked away treasure is the only way to describe the newly formed boutique and it’s lovely owner only a short drive away from Christchurch. Robyn created Thea’s ‘New & Pre Loved’ Boutique, to pay tribute to her late mother Dorothea, in September last year.

 

 

It is clear to see that Robyn loves what she is doing and is proud to say, she’s “always been fashion minded; it’s always been a passion that I needed to start again”.

And that passion is reflected in the bespoke boutique for likewise fashion lovers.

The shop offers amazing ranges such as Italian Range, Foxwood, Siren, Hinako footwear, Seeking Lola, and other similar brands all in an affordable price range.

Not to mention, it also has some lovely home wear items on display, making it a one stop shop for all of your clothing, accessory, shoe and homeware to change your home décor.

She really “likes people to walk in and it feels homely”.

This go-getter isn’t showing any sign of slowing down, proudly saying that, “Even though I am 71, I wasn’t ready to just sit at home”.

So, what’s the next step for Thea’s? Robyn explains that “they say with fashion it takes one to two years to establish.

I want to expand the business further, but I want to take my time”.

You can find this hidden gem at 102 Main Street, Oxford. Give them a call on 03 312 4509 or check out their Facebook page for all of the latest updates.


 

Karen Walker’s love affair with denim


They’ve been torn, patched and intentionally abused by stone and acid washes, and despite a troubled upbringing as the unofficial uniform of 1950s youth counter-culture, denim has maintained its standing as a seasonal staple, reinvented and reinvigorated season after sartorial season. We caught up with our fashion favourite Karen Walker about her love affair with this popular fabric.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF SNAPPER ONLINE

When did you fall in love with denim?

I’m a child of the ‘70s and that’s a decade that was awash in the stuff. One doesn’t recover from that romance.


What do you love about this overwhelmingly popular fabric?

It’s a living fabric that improves with age and pays you back every time you give it an outing.


Do you have a favourite pair?

I always have three or four pairs of jeans in my wardrobe but my favourite cut will always be the Levi’s 501.

I’ve been wearing them since I was in my teens and adore them There’s a reason they’re the legend they are.


What do you think makes the perfect pair of jeans?

It’s all about the fit.


How do you love wearing denim?

I guess the thing that keeps denim so central to all our wardrobes is that you can really do anything you like with it and it works; that’s why I reach for denim so often – because you can throw anything into the rest of the look and it works.


Jeans have long been a wardrobe staple and they’re reimagined year after year. Why do you think they’re such a popular addition?

For all the above reasons. They get better with age and they work with everything you can throw at them.


How do you like to incorporate denim into your designs?

Our approach to denim is usually to take it on a fashion journey in terms of really questioning the status quo around what denim’s silhouette and detailing can be.


Michelle Obama pairing your Temptation Blazer and Original Sin Flares on her Becoming book tour was a favourite of ours – and the world’s! They were a darker shade of denim. What are your favourite denim colours right now?

Nine times out of 10 it’s unwashed dark indigo.


Pulling back on the wash cycle has been thrown around a lot recently, particularly as it relates to denim. What are your top tips for looking after denim?

I’m not a huge fan of the freezer over the washing machine thing but neither do I think you have to wash your jeans after every wear and of course, when you do wash them, have them inside out on cold, line dry and all that.

I get the freezer treatment but if you’ve bought a pair of jeans which has been pre-washed, lasered or ripped to within an inch of its life, throwing them in the washing machine on cold every now and then is the least of your worries.

My preference is to start with denim that’s unwashed or had minimal washing and no rips so they last for decades and you earn the wear the hard way.


 

Power Pink


With cooler temperatures welcoming a cooler colour palette, one hot new trend is breaking all the season’s sartorial rules. With both street cred and practical appeal, pink is the colour the fashion world is falling for in 2020.

WITCHERY COLOUR THERAPY

 

From caps to coats, there’s something for everyone in this pretty palette, but not as you’ve ever seen it before.

 

WITCHERY SADDLE SHOULDER KNIT IN STRONG PINK

 

SAINTED SISTERS SCARLETT CHEMISE IN HOT PINK

 

WITCHERY MAGALI WIDE NECK COAT IN RASPBERRY PINK

This year pink has emerged with an intriguing new edge.

The 2020 season is putting its own sartorial spin on this bubble-gum classic – gone is the girly-girl look.

Now it’s taking over as fashion’s new power player.

 

 

MARIMEKKO BAG

 

 

MIME ET MOI HEEL IN BERRY

 

Post lockdown treats – you deserve it!


The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic is a small business run by two local Christchurch women that has been going for more than 15 years.

 

 

Dr Brigid Lee and Denise Prosser have worked tirelessly to provide Cantabrians with the safest, cutting edge anti-aging treatments available worldwide.

It is their passion for helping their clients to get the best results possible that has set them up as the destination for skin rejuvenation procedures in Christchurch.

Unlike other beauty businesses that have seen their clients attempting to ‘give it a go’ at home during lockdown, that isn’t possible with the medical level of treatments done at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic!

What are clients desperately waiting for?

Cooltech – a treatment that targets unwanted bulges by using cryolipolysis (using cold to kill fat cells). Great for mummy tummies, back fat, inner and outer thigh bulges – helpful with wobbly bits that have turned up during lockdown.

Ulthera – this treatment uses the power of microfocused ultrasound to tighten the lower face and neck areas, also great around the eyes. FDA approved as a non-surgical facelift.

Injectables – Botulinum Toxin (Botox® or Dysport®) is used to relax facial muscles, thereby reducing wrinkles on the face. Dermal fillers are a nonpermanent, naturally occurring substance, that can lift and fill where there is volume loss on the face (such as sagging cheeks, lips and under eye areas).

“Now that we are in Level 2, hopefully life is returning to normality. Stay safe and support local!” from Dr Brigid and Denise.


 

Denim delights


Denim may be the mainstay of the fashionable field, but the latest new season designs offer some classic styles – with a twist that make them feel brand new.

 

Levi’s new fit, the Balloon Jean

 


Polished pleats
Pleated jeans – say what? Well, this defining detail is taking a variety of standard styles to the next level in 2020. Set to replace the high-waisted mom jeans that have dominated the denim world for the last few years, these waist-cinching pants are climbing the ranks, championed by big brands and celebs alike. Channel your inner 80’s fashionista by teaming this trend with an oversized blazer and chunky boots.


All about the overalls
Calling all 90’s fashion fans – denim dungarees are back (did they ever really leave?) and 2020’s take on the trend sees these casual silhouettes get an oversized makeover, making them perfect for lounging around at home. Layer over tees, turtlenecks or tank tops – whatever the weather, dungarees have you covered.


Wide-leg moment
Move aside skinny jeans, it’s time for the wide-leg style to return to the spotlight. From the subtle boot-cut to the full-on flare, high-rise wide-leg jeans in all kinds of shades are getting the tick of approval from celebs like Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. Pair them with chic heels, sneakers or your trusty pair of ankle boots.