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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

 


 

Sophisticated style afoot: Mikko Shoes


Mikko Shoes’ new season collection is an enchanting offering of energising colourways and sophisticated shapes providing ample inspiration for the warmer months ahead. Metropol spoke with founder and buyer, Michaela, about this season’s trends and the Mikko difference.

 

 

BEFORE WE DIVE INTO THE SS20 TRENDS, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MIKKO AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
I launched Mikko in 2013 to offer an extensive range of European hand selected and handcrafted quality shoes for women who wanted stylish footwear, without having to compromise on comfort. I felt there was an opportunity to provide a truly personalised instore experience – our team are professionally trained in fitting and styling.

WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON EUROPEAN BRANDS SPECIFICALLY?
Europe is the origin of shoemaking with a rich history of quality and excellent craftsmanship. The brands we choose are family-owned businesses, just like us. Each brand has its own story and every shoe has four things in common: comfort, quality, style and value. Since day one, we have prioritised artisanal quality, unparalleled comfort and timeless design that will last.

AND ONTO THE NEW SEASON, WHAT ARE THE MUST-HAVE COLOURS IN FOOTWEAR THIS SEASON?
There are two ends of the colour spectrum to enjoy. Poolside Daydream – punchy, playful, ‘60s inspired tones of fuchsia, coral and teal – and Design Emotion – a Nordic-inspired, earthy palette, think jute, woodgrain and cork; a textural blend of sophistication and warmth.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
We see an evolution of the interesting silhouettes, finishes and features introduced in winter – large scale exotic prints, the ‘90s square toe, brushed metallics and the architectural heel. Also new are corsage trims with glamorous oversized adornments.

HOW ABOUT CASUAL FOOTWEAR OPTIONS – ARE SNEAKERS STILL A MUST-HAVE?
Sneakers are seasonless! We love fresh interpretations like platform soles, metallic touches, animal prints and retro influences. We’ve also launched DL Sport – an Italian luxury casual sneaker range.

AND FINALLY, IF YOU HAD TO SUM UP THIS SEASON’S TRENDS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
The vibe is joyful, inspiring and optimistic – and who isn’t feeling in the mood for that?

Visit Mikko Shoes at 143 Victoria Street or online
www.mikkoshoes.nz.

 

 


 

Effortless summer style: New Order


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.

EB & IVE ZENA DRAWSTRING TOP AND MWANA TOP BOTH IN BUFF BOTANICAL

 

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.


 

Gritty Pretty


When it may be months until we can fully trust an early morning clear blue sky or the slippery frosts they bring, a chunky Chelsea boot is a chic way to take no chances in these changeable climes.

 

 

Thick, flat and platformed, a rubber-soled stomper adds grit to the most feminine of silhouettes while serving as a sturdy and practical companion for the tail end of these cold and rainy days.

Asos Design Aqum Premium Leather Chunky Chelsea Boots

Don’t just take it from us, Vogue touted the style as the must-have shoe of the season and designers like The Row, Bottega Veneta, Prada and Burberry have been leading this grungy ‘90s trend back around, with a chunky Chelsea boot a-foot most of the models in their pre-Covid-19 shows.

 

Dr Marten Quad Boot

Closer to home, Karen Walker stocks a Dr Martens version in her Playpark stores and online, Beau Coop has designed a crocodile print number, and the footwear has been favoured to accessorise the campaign shoots of local designers like Harris Tapper and Paris Georgia. High street heroes Hannah’s, Zara and Tony Bianco also stock more budget-friendly versions.

 

Blundstone Gusset Boot.

Though typically black, we’ve spied chunky Chelseas in a covetable array of tan, chestnut and white hues with plain, suede and patent finishes to give your prettiest floral spring dresses or favourite jeans and jumper combo an edge.


 

Cottoning on to sustainable fashion


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.

A. LEVIS WELLTHREAD RECYCLED DENIM

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.

B. DEADLY PONIES MINI LEOPARD VEGAN

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.

C. LEVIS WELLTHREAD RECYCLED DENIM

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.


 

50 shades of silver: V for Hair


When it comes to embracing the grey, there really is something for everyone, explains V for Hair and Beauty Master Stylist Vicki Ogden-O’Fee.

 

Warm Toned
Cool Toned

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Just because you have silver hair coming in and you want to go grey gracefully doesn’t mean it has to be a ‘silver’ colour,” she says.

“We help you discover if you are warm or cool based on hair, skin and eyes, and from there we help you decide the best look for you.”

Vicki says those with a warm base suit silver hair with soft champagne, sandy iris, strawberry beige, or translucent butterscotch tones, while those with a cool base suit silver dove, champagne lilac or platinum iris.

“Getting your colour under tone is so important and when this is done right it instantly brightens, lifts, and can take years off,” Vicki says.

“Get it wrong and you will feel drab and look drained and older… consultation is key!”


 

A creative trifecta


Lou Heller wanted to be an architect, became a florist and is now styling women! But it’s this creative trifecta which makes her so exceptional at what she does.

 

 

What are some of your key philosophies when it comes to styling women?

I have always stood by working with my clients to bring out the best in them.

Each and every single one has their own thumbprint, style, aesthetic, and sometimes this can get lost over time.

We lose the inhibition of a child to play in our wardrobes like we did as young kids, so I love to be able to give them the ‘permission to give themselves permission to do so’.

For years we have been fed style rules around fitting into four different shapes, or a colour palette that we must adhere to. Yes, I feel there are some elements we can choose to take on board, but these can be limiting and, to a degree, inhibit our freedom to explore our style.

So I don’t use the strict rules of adhering to colour palettes and body shape rules.

We all have that deep knowing of what is the best for us within, so I work by guiding my clients to allow them to work this out however, I still use the principles of line, proportion and colour, within reason. I love sharing tips and tricks with my Instagram followers.


What are some of your hottest tips for looking – and therefore feeling – fab?

First and foremost, learn to love your best bits and trust your gut.

When you do this, it allows you to have less inhibition to know what you love and what you feel great in, regardless of it being a style, trend or influenced by what others might think.

Don’t pigeon hole yourself and your style; embrace your evolution.

Experiment, play in your wardrobe and spend time falling in love with your wardrobe. Learn your silhouette, trust your silhouette, love your silhouette.

If you’re having a crap day and can’t find something to wear, take a deep breath and choose to look at your wardrobe with new eyes.

And if you’re still feeling bad… embrace it. We aren’t built to have perfect days every day.

And if all else fails, put on a bright red lip and get on with it! Or, as I say, “emulate to stimulate” by emulating the outfit of someone you admire, using something you may have in your own wardrobe.


What are some of the key trends we can expect to see coming through this year?

For me, the trend element of fashion will never fade and it’s a never ending evolution of new, old and repeat what has been before, but modernised to fit within life and style.

Being a florist in my past and always wanting to be an architect in my youth, I have discovered that all three (alongside other creative elements) tend to go hand in hand with trends and colours.

I love being able to feel what trends are going to be big and have always predicted style ahead of my time.

Call it intuition, or call it whatever you like, I generally get the feels for what I see being big by spotting something ahead of its time.

I feel lockdown made us shift very quickly and adapt.

Through this time we embraced the casual comfort, so I don’t see this leaving anytime soon, but I do feel styles will re-navigate and almost take on a dressy element of that.

I for one went the opposite way and wore all my dresses and makeup as I felt this helped elevate me with fronting up to my Zoom clients around New Zealand.

I see lots of pastels, but also going off that whole strong feminine vibe of playful floral prints, but done with structure to offset the look. We also have lots of taupes, creams and ecru coming through, worn monochromatic and with structured shoulders to give the muted colour structure and touch of androgyny.

I feel green is going to have a wonderful entrance and it comes in shades of forest, mint and other tones that will pair nicely with multiple colour ways that already exist in our wardrobe.

It’s such a privilege to do what I do and I know my clients will only reach out when the time is right.

A total wardrobe revamp is a cathartic time and something I feel we all deserve to have done at times in our lives.

We become stagnant and forget how to evolve by listening to what we love. I always say our clothes are just an extension of how we “feel” and if we wake up not feeling great, we will choose comfort over putting something on that will help transform this.

I have had multiple amazing clients who felt they had nothing, but then learnt new ways to use their existing options.

This can be freeing and also cost saving, as it will prevent them shopping for the wrong pieces going forward.

Another part of it is seeing and feeling what a difference before and after makes to them. That’s what it’s about for me.


 

A stylish step forward: Style Footwear


The team is back up and running at Style Footwear on Burnett Street in Ashburton. Located in the CBD, the friendly store is packed with comfortable, stylish footwear as well as new ranges of bags, wallets, scarves and jewellery.

Sadie 3 Piece Handbag Set – $129.95

 

After navigating the challenges of lockdown, owner Melissa and her right-hand-woman Trudy are continuing what they do best: providing comfortable affordable footwear with professional personalised fit service and advice.

Melissa, who has owned Style Footwear for seven and a half years, has a local-focussed philosophy – stocking New Zealand-owned designers, with an Ashburton-based jewellery range, and hand-knitted merino scarves making their way in store, too.

Chloe by Black Caviar

“The COVID situation threw some challenges our way, but lockdown provided the time to contemplate and to plan for the future of Style Footwear – which is to keep going,” Melissa says.

Melissa says herself and Trudy are loving seeing their regulars and have enjoyed catching up with everyone now that they have returned to the “new normal”.

As the winter season ends and the spring/summer range is not far away, it is of course sale time – which means great bargains for the customer!

Style Footwear’s online store is also growing quickly with orders being placed from Australia as well as all over New Zealand.

 

Cat Coin Purse by Buxton

Melissa says she wants to thank everyone for their on-going support and she looks forward to seeing you all instore soon.

Be sure to join their mailing list and follow on both Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news happening at Style Footwear.


 

Get ruffled


Where fashion once adopted a minimalist aesthetic, we’re increasingly seeing big, bold, statement-making styles bursting out of the sartorial shadows.

 

COPACABANA RUFFLE DRESS SPANISH POPPY

 

Get ready to don some polka dots, colourful leather and metallic fabrics… we’re even going mad for marigold!

 

BRIGID MCLAUGHLIN TASMIN TOP SUN

So it’s not surprising then that we’re getting hot around the collar for ruffles.

While your collar may just be the thing that gets ruffled up, we’re also seeing this trend embellishing sleeves, skirts, sweaters and even footwear.

 

MIME ET MOI SUEDE RUFFLES BLOCK HEEL

Buyer beware, the tiered silhouette isn’t for the faint of heart.


 

In the trenches


A new decade may call for reimagining the classics, but some things need little updating.

BRAVE + TRUE SAFARI TRENCH.

When it comes to the trench, we’ll never say no to the classic cut, but reimagined iterations have been trickling in for the last few seasons, as the darlings of the design world work hard to ensure it maintains a modern edge.

This year trench coats are coming through in unique materials – including silk, organza and leather. It’s not just the materials that are getting a revamp, with the trusty trench also being paired in unique ways, such as the popular dress and trench combo.

Structured check trench coats make the perfect addition to your transeasonal wardrobe, so you can turn heads come rain or shine.

MORRISON EMMANUELLE TRENCH

It pairs well with a white tee and wide-leg blue jeans, or buttoned and wrapped up with a pair of straight-leg trousers and heels.

If we’re seeing trench coats made of organza and covered in checks, it’ll come as no surprise that we’re also getting clever with colour.

There’s nothing quite like colour to brighten up a chilly day and now we’re giving our trench coats the same treatment.

JAG HOLLY RELAXED TRENCH ALMOND

Meanwhile the classic double-breasted military trench makes its welcome return, with its timeless and universally flattering silhouette.

In 2020 however, it might be time to swap out the soft military trench for a crisp cotton iteration featuring a strong lapel, wide belt and sharp, interesting details.