The countdown to summer is nearly over, meaning it is time to equip your closet for the sunny season ahead. At New Order Boutique in Rolleston there is always plenty to choose from and a great
range of styles.
Owner Nikki is just as excited for the new season as we are. She says jumpsuits are still featuring strongly along with pleated skirts and pretty dresses.
There is an abundance of natural fabrics, soft colours and fabulous prints – but for those who love a pop of colour, she says don’t worry, there are still some brights coming through.
Linen is an especially popular option.
“Linen is a must-have for the new season, it’s perfect for summer as it keeps you cool and comfortable – it’s a durable, sustainable fibre and even the simplest designed piece of linen looks beautiful,” says Nikki.
Whilst colours are an important aspect of any outfit – so too is practicality and Nikki loves finding pieces that can be styled effortlessly.
No fiddle, no fuss.
Layering pieces like kimonos are still a stylish and easy addition to any outfit, and it’s often just a matter of popping on a belt and a great pair of earrings to complete your look.
Head into store at 63-67 Tennyson Street, Rolleston. Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.
The latest in fashion is that it’s cool to be comfy… and we’re all for it. Enter the rise in athleisure: casual and comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for both exercise and every day. From the office, to the bar and the park you want a shoe that can do it all.
ECCO Shoes ST.1 athleisure sneaker series is the perfect fit, for both men and women.
They are cool, colourful and comfortable with the innovative Shock Thru™ point for shock absorption with every step.
But you do not need us to tell you all reasons why you should buy this functional footwear… sometimes a picture says a thousand words.
All beauty gurus start somewhere. And at Kristen Stewart School of Make-up graduates not only earn an industry-recognised diploma in make-up artistry – they gain real world experience alongside the best of New Zealand beauty.
CUSTOM-MADE CLASSROOM KSSM’s huge Brutalist-esque building at 3C/75 Peterborough Street is custom fit so students have ample mirror space, great lighting and luxe chairs for a truly professional feel.
NZ FASHION WEEK
As an official partner to the prestigious New Zealand Fashion Week, KSSM is the only school in the country that takes graduate and attending students to the event – and have been doing so for the last 11 years. Runway makeup is often regarded as a pinnacle of makeup artistry, so students add that notch to their belt early on in their careers.
FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES
The school is sponsored by industry-leading MAC cosmetics and has one-on-one classes with Kristen herself and two of her best graduates; Michelle Raasch and Tessa Taylor. But aside from learning from the very best – students get very hands on work experience including the ARA Pitch Fashion Show, Lynn Woods show, and local productions including school productions, Star Jam, Jump Jam, Christmas in the Park, Cup and Show Week, Ronald McDonald House, and the much-anticipated New Zealand Fashion Week.
KSSM’s top makeup tips: • Focus on creating – not covering – healthy skin • Keep heavy “Instagram makeup” online • Barely there or minimal makeup is trending • Know what you’re doing and if you don’t – find out through courses and industry professionals
Made up your mind yet? Find out how to apply for the October 12 intake online.
Travel might have been put on hold, but when done right you can achieve that “just gotten back from Europe” tan sans passport.
We’re nearing the end of August and coming into a new season; spring! Those big winter jackets are being swapped for lighter layers with bare arms and legs, and that means one thing: tan is needed, stat. So, we’ve put together some essential tanning tips to make sure you get a natural look, without any harmful UV rays.
FINDING THE FORMULA: I was never a big fan of math but what I did learn is, finding the perfect formula is crucial to the end result. The same applies for tanning products. Personally, I’ve found Bondi Sands to be very reliable throughout the years. The lightweight foam gives you that bronzed perfection after just six hours.
AD-MITT IT: I would strongly recommend against using your hands to apply faux tan. Instead, a good quality mitt ensures even distribution, and your hands are kept clean. And if you don’t have a friend to apply it to your back…you can invest in a back applicators, too.
BYE TO DRY: Before applying the tan, and after you’ve showered and exfoliated, make sure to lightly apply moisturiser on your elbows and knees. This will prevent the tan from clinging onto those dry spots! You can also use moisturiser once your fake tan has developed to prolong your tan and prevent cracking.
MEET THE TAN-SIE: A custom-made zip front onesie, the Tansie by Spray Tan Wear is designed to protect your furniture, bedding, clothing – and your tan. Wear it while waiting for your tan to develop or while sleeping, and bid adieu to bronzed sheets, PJs and chairs.
The transition from winter to spring is nearing and with it comes a change in wardrobe staples. It may be time to say goodbye to turtlenecks and high-rise necklines, and hello to our favourite transitional garment – the wrap. We look at what’s trending in the wrap world.
SAY YES TO THE DRESS: and hello to a look that is both elegant and fun. A wrap bodice, cinched waist and a free-flowing hem is a beautiful style of dress in any pattern. Add a pair of hoop earrings and heels for a daytime look with a bit of sass.
PARTY WITH CARDI: There’s been many a time that I’ve walked into the cold with a cardigan on and crossed it over my chest in an attempt to keep in the warmth. Make your wrap cardigan do all the work. Wraps are so diverse that you can wear them to work or a night out!
GIRL IN A GOWN: You may think that we’re about to recommend something exquisite and reserved only for special occasions… it’s quite the opposite. Wrap dressing gowns, robes or kimonos will always be in style because not everything you wear has to be for the eyes of everyone else.
TOP TIP: Fashion tape and safety pins will be your best friend for wraps with a lower neckline.
It’s time to in-vest! This style staple has made a welcome return and this sartorial season, designers are offering up just about every shape, size and silhouette imaginable.
Whether you opt for a sexy tuxedo design sans shirt like Kaia Gerber at Saint Laurent or a fluffy number to keep the chill at bay as spotted in the latest Coach lineup, vests are the optimal layering piece, adding dimension to any look.
Blazing a trail, both figuratively and literally, the fashionably elite have been hitting the catwalk and the red carpet dressed in a selection of shimmer this sartorial season.
There are endless interpretations, with an option for every occasion.
Dazzling diamantes and floor-skimming metallics traditionally reserved for evening attire have been liberated from their after-hour confines and are sweeping into sartorial consciousness as appropriate attire for, well… anytime!
Cut loose in a suitably shimmery midi, step into the limelight with a sequined blazer or bedazzle your tee-and-jeans combo with the sparkliest of accessories.
Minimalism may have dominated on the catwalks for the past decade, with muted colours and shapeless silhouettes, but ‘70s-inspired DESIGNS have trickled down from high-fashion and the last couple of seasons have seen a resurgence of high-octane glamour, glitter, sequins and feathers.
Take the opportunity to shine and add the Midas touch to your wardrobe this season. After all, when it comes to our wardrobes, we’re all about ‘shimmer, spice and all things nice’.
Being fashion conscious is increasingly weighted towards the conscious part of the term. From ecological impacts on the environment to social justice issues in supply chains and modelling campaigns: designers and consumers alike have sustainability in mind.
Smaller collections, less often: Prada’s “refreshingly practical” (as one writer put it) Spring 2021 runway show last month was a pared back collection of well-made, working from home-friendly staples. Such collections may well become the new norm as the industry takes a Covid-enforced rethink of the necessity and eco footprint of large, frequently-released collections.
Cottonised hemp: Made from a hemp yarn that’s been processed to have the look and feel of cotton, cottonised hemp requires less water, chemicals and land to grow than cotton – making it a more sustainable choice. Jean geniuses Levi’s have just released its latest range made of this fabric into New Zealand.
Is pre-order the new order? Instead of releasing fully produced collections, some designers (like Kiwi labels Harris Tapper and Ellis) are opting for pre-order. The antithesis to oft-problematic fast fashion, pre-order might mean a longer wait for shoppers – but could spell the end of left-over, unwanted stock going to landfill.
Tactical textiles: Oranges, pineapples, potatoes, banana and coffee; excellent for eating, drinking and also, apparently, for wearing. New fabrics made from food waste are emerging the world over, with cult New Zealand handbag brand Deadly Ponies recently joining the fray with a trio of vegan handbags constructed from organic cactus leather.