Cityscape checks out what's hot in the coming spring/summer season.
The 10 (Fashion) Commandments
1 Trelise Cooper Days of Flower Lives Dress (RRP $899) and Filigree Fine Jewels 9ct Yellow Gold Twig and Leaf Pendant ($900) 2 Louche Bergen Dress 3 Rag & Bone 4 Crocodile Leather Tote (RRP $195) from Florian Rhodes 5 Rayban Original Aviators (RRP $199.95) 6 Witchery Seam Detail Ponte Dress (RRP $149.90) 7 Serina Sophia Stella Coral Dress 8 Espadrilles canvas flats 9 Georgia Alice Oh Hunny Shorts (RRP $396) 10 Yves Saint Laurent Platforms
In The Cut
1 House Dress (RRP $450), Forever Tee (RRP $130), House Pants (RRP $345) and Zip Bracelet (x2 worn) (RRP $170) 2 Form Jacket (RRP $670), N Tank Dress (RRP $160) and Long Live Scarf (RRP $150) 3 Light Shirt Dress (RRP $360), Smoking Vest (RRP $530), Halftone Tank (RRP $180) and Zip Bracelet (x2 worn) (RRP $170) 4 Light Bomber (RRP $510, Forever Tank Dress (RRP $160), Pleat Dress (RRP $440) and HAHA Socks (RRP $28)
Christchurch designer on the rise Georgia Currie's upcoming spring/summer collection ‘Flowers’ is based around the concept of heartbreak leading to beauty. Expect voluminous sleeves, v-neck blouses, slinky flares and crisp shirts to feature heavily with metallic fabric highlights and cashmere jumpers.
1 Oh Hunny dress (RRP $529) 2 No Rain shirt (RRP $379) and Oh Hunny Shorts(RRP $396) 3 Beyond Vest (RRP $629) Lovely Flares (RRP $439) 4 G.A. Knit Tank (RRP $139) Heartbreak skirt (RRP $529)
Cityscape taps the experts to find out what's going to be hot in fashion, hair, and beauty.
Fashion On The Fly
With Styling by Jacqui Victor
There’s an amazing shift in the fashion world for the upcoming spring/summer seasons; we are becoming more daring, naughty and nice all in the same outfit, and the design world is pushing our inner femininity to the extreme. Expect natural fibres, suede, boho North American, rock chick, festival, feathers, leather/shear fabrics, metallics (blues to silver), sexy, combat, 1970s mod, trench coats, cotton, delicate embroideries and silks. Accessories are bigger and bolder than ever – hats are in, shoes are extremely boho with loads of lace ups and peep holes, and look for warrior sandals and, dare I say, trainers. It’s about trapping something wild and expressing the inner warrior. Femininity is very much present with clean crisp whites, cottons and silks. Then there’s denim – it's flooding the European catwalks and there’s huge contrasts in textures, patterns, colour and eras. So drag out your old denim and reinvent it, adding that extra special touch of leather, lace and cotton to bring it back to today. www.stylingbyjacquivictor.co.nz
Bling It On
Spring and summer jewellery at Filigree Fine Jewels will see the emphasis being placed on pretty pastels and dainty details, accentuating the delicate elements that make an impression following the harsh winter, says Vanessa Stowers.
Left: Rutile drop 9ct Yellow Gold Pendant with leaf (RRP $1,340), Right: Marquise and Round Brilliant Diamond Platinum Ring (RRP $3,050)
Accents of the 70s
Local fashion and bridal designer Ingrid Brook says to look out for distracting wider off the shoulder designs in print chiffons and luxurious silks this spring/summer. Peasant blouses teamed with full flirty skirts, sleek long dresses and long shorts teamed with a long duster coat are all trending. For cocktail and evening gowns, expect to see plenty of embellished collars, motifs and belts. Blouse (RRP $329), Skirt (RRP $389) and Hairpiece (RRP $265).
Ingrid Brook Fashion and Bridal
Scorching the streets of Europe, the latest poncho incarnation riffs on the cape and runs the gamut from street Aztec prints to lux glam super soft possum and merino blends. Forgiving to most body shapes, comfy and cosy, they’re the perfect accessory – pop over your yoga gear or wear out in the evening over your fave dress. RRP $98 www.themohairstore.co.nz
Hair Today Tomorrow
The multi-award winning salon that was only recently named the NZ Hair Industry Training Organisation’s Training Salon of the year houses a talented, creative team of professional stylists, helmed by Jacqui Victor. Her tips for the seasons ahead: “We are being invaded by the Shag! Remember the likes of Joan Jett? Its back! Very rock chic, very boho and very festival hair – all rolled into one! Blondes go rock chick: icy blonde ends with deep natural roots. Very rock-inspired, yet totally wearable, on-trend colour. Vibrant reds are also ripping up the stages, with deep roots again very wearable and on trend.”
At long-established Beckenham salon Scissortrix, experience joins first-class products in modern surrounds. Director Merilyn Kane believes we should “Expect to see lots of texture, backcombed updos that have never been so windproof before, crimped sections for hair ups and dos for volume and style. Lots of sea salt spray for style and texture – basically the 70s are back! Ponytails are still in, worn crimped, sleek or messed up. There’ll be lots of root lift – wild or sophisticated – partings will be low to the side or centred, lots of twists, knots, and buns, and long hair with a natural finish with movement or a soft wave."
It’s all about attention to detail at Niq James' chic inner-city salon Headspace. He predicts “Upcoming trends include new-look baby-lights, where a few strands of hair are lightened for a softer sun-kissed look. Ombré is still popular, but with some lighter strands though the mid lengths to ends to soften the look. If you are over the highlighted look, don't worry – we'll be seeing monochromatic colours in rich browns, warm blondes and bold reds; warm and cool are making a comeback too. Team these colours up with a new style. Short cropped looks are still big, while longer layered cuts get the glamour treatment from the new GHD curve range, or spritz with sea salt spray for a more casual, textured look. Don’t forget the boys; men’s undercuts are big with extremes in length, shaved sides with swept-back length on top. The beard is making a big comeback – not since the 1970s have we seen the beard so popular. The fashion-savvy Kiwi bloke is fast to follow this international trend, with hair and beard grooming products becoming widely available.”
The Face of Spring
Where To Buy
Shop the look at these killer boutiques.
The name might clue you in – Fridge Freezer Icebox is all about the coolest fashion from the hottest labels. You’ll find the latest in cutting-edge streetwear in their Northlands and Sydenham outlets, with everything from footwear to clothing and headgear. Keep an eye out for brands such as Sneaktip, Akomplice, American Needle, Estevean Oriol, Onitsuka Tiger, LoopHole, and more.
With stores at The Colombo and Re:Start, Stencil are purveyors of hip apparel and footwear, with both design classics and the latest in contemporary looks on their books. Brands Include Nudie, Huffer, Vanishing Elephant, Edwin, Sly Guild, Thing Thing, Five Each, As Colour, Lower, Vans, Suit, Jansport, Status Anxiety, Hue, Commoners, Obey, Nike, Stussy, and Nixon among many.
If you’re in need of new jeans, go no further than the denim wall at EnCompass and the legendary fitting prowess of owner/operator Benji. You’ll also find tees, shirts, waistcoatsand more from international and NZ designers such as Nudie, Edwin, Mavi, LTB, Dr Denim, WeSC, Obey, Lola vs Harper, Carhartt, Duck and Cover, Zanerobe, Grenson, Klou 'De, Bouverie & Co, and many more.
ID sources an eclectic range of designer streetwear, footwear, bags and more from designers around NZ and the world. You’ll find the latest and greatest from Beau Coops, Cheap Monday, Chronicles Of Never, Colab Eyewear, Finders, Herschel Supply Co., Juliette Hogan, Karen Walker Eyewear, Ksubi, Libertine and more.
With their ‘blatant disregard for the ordinary’, Dead Set focuses on avant-garde fashion and select streetwear, with international designers including Melanie Child, Evil Twin, Witchcraft, Youth Machine, Broken Hearts Don't Bleed, and many more sitting alongside their own label DNO and independent brands such as CVLT Nation and Proudrace.
Wellington-based Robyn Mathieson focuses on clothing for women, bringing a clever, colourful simplicity to her designs. A strong eye for creative and innovative fabrics and astute choices have seen the business expand to where it is available in over 20 boutiques up and down New Zealand; in Christchurch we can browse and buy online at www.robynmathieson.co.nz.
All things edgy, stylish and fresh – that’s the mission statement of Raw Nova, who blend a carefully curated fashion selection from both New Zealand and international designers with a boutique collection of desirable homeware. Fashion brands include Karen Walker, Maurie & Eve, Senso, PIA, Celeste Tesoriero, Finders Keepers, Stylestalker, Miss Wilson, and more.
Homegrown designer knitwear company Untouched World are of the opinion that you don’t need to give up luxury to be good to the planet. Their sustainable, stylish garments and accessories for men and women are coveted around the world (and have even been spotted on President Obama!), but we get easy access to them right here!
Head into South City Mall for a look at HALO & HAZARD and you’ll discover an exciting range of distinctive denim, clothing and accessories for women, all sourced from the U.S. The vibe is casual California / West Coast style – a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, a little bohemian, and a lot of edge – although there’s nothing casual about their team’s dedication to customer satisfaction. There’s also a select range of kidswear to keep junior looking good.
Madam Butterfly’s is a delightful little treasure trove of vintage fashion charmers and pieces that have never gone out of style. Drop into the Woolston store to browse the always eclectic range; you’re almost guaranteed to discover something that will surprise and enchant.
Second hand clothing store Recycle Boutique sees no reason that you can’t operate a sustainably in fashion. They specialise in designer clothing for both men and women, as well as offering shoes, jewellery and accessories. It’s the perfect place to get some good karma with your good bargains.
Park Avenue Fashions are specialists in occasion wear for all seasons, offering up a stunning selection of Mother of the Bride or Groom outfits, school formal gowns, black tie events and race wear. There’s also hats and fascinators (imported exclusively from Melbourne) and bags, shoes and jewellery to complete your ensemble.
Big day looming and nothing to wear? Smith & Boston has all your fashion needs for special occasions covered, including mother of the bride or groom outfits, wedding guest attire, race day couture, a complete range of accessories and more. It’s all made locally, and new and interesting stock arrives every month.
Long-established designer of high fashion daywear, evening gowns, and haute couture wedding gowns Ingrid Brook’s Redcliffs showroom is the ideal place to visit ahead of any special occasion. Any design you see in store can be custom made to measure for you, and if you have ideas for your own unique outfit design, Ingrid can help make them a reality.
Victoria Black’s immaculate villa in Merivale houses an exclusive collection of European high-fashion womenswear, straight from the fashion houses of Paris. Designers include Dries
Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Forte_Forte, Rundholz, Damir Doma and more.
Practically synonymous with top-class men’s fashion in Christchurch, Sergios is a boutique destination clothing store that stocks Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Scotch & Soda, Ben Sherman, Diesel, Dom Bagnato, Onitsuka Tigers, Florsheim, No Brand, and Robert Charles Accessories, as well as their own Sergios Collection.
Robin Pierre offers a unique collection of fine fashion footwear from Europe and beyond. There’s an array of gorgeous colours and styles to suit every lifestyle and occasion. They offer exceptional service and a range of brands that includes Progetto, Hogl, Laura Bellariva, Fly London, One Trick Pony, Silent D, Pindiere, Clarus, and La Linea, to name just a few.
Presenting beautifully crafted footwear, Head Over Heels is committed to providing a diverse range of unique, uniformly excellent shoes and accessories. Supporting both local and international designers, they have the biggest selection of Beau Coops in NZ, and their range includes brands such Alex, Ixos, Senso, Strategia and Trippen.
Merivale fashion footwear Mecca Issimo is always looking to the hottest trends to stay as up-to-theminute as possible, bringing you the latest from the likes of LK Bennett, Accatino, Mara Bini, IXOS, Vivienne Westwood, Rebecca Balducci, Le Coq Sportif, and more, along with an exclusive range of bags and accessories from selected designers.
It’s easy to think the beautiful bags at Florian Rhodes have been imported from some exclusive European fashion house, but most are made right here by their team of craftspeople, using the finest materials available. You’ll also find selected pieces from around the globe in their boutique at The Tannery.
Filigree Fine Jewels’ Colombo Street workshop and showroom houses their unique, handcrafted jewellery creations: diamond rings, precious stone rings, wedding bands, occasional jewellery, and an always intriguing and stylish range of fashion jewellery pieces. There’s always something beautiful and unique to look at, admire and covet!
The Mohair Store
You won’t get a warmer or better-looking scarf than the ones on offer at The Mohair Store, who also offer ponchos, blankets, throws, knee rugs, and more. Their shop is chockfull of great gifts for any special occasion, and is a perfect destination at the beginning of winter!
Revamp those old favourites gathering dust in the wardrobe with Mel and Zoe’s alterations, or even have their talented team whip you up a made-to-measure garment. They also offer a complete repair service – they can turn their sewing skills to just about any use you can imagine!
The beating heart of the Merivale fashion district is Merivale Mall, home to over 20 fashion boutiques itself, and the focal point for the cluster of fashion boutiques that surround it in Christchurch’s most style-conscious suburb. There’s no better base camp for your serious shopping expedition!
You can’t be a conscious den of urban retail cool without some serious style on your side, which is why The Colombo in Sydenham houses a collection of hip streetwear, footwear, womenswear and sportswear boutiques. Head there for the latest looks and hottest labels.
The city’s largest mall is not only home to more fashion stores than you can shake a stick at, but also takes the business of looking good seriously, with extracurricular options such as personal and group styling sessions and shopping tours available.
It’s little wonder the mall that’s so innovative it became a tourist attraction contains so much fashion on the cutting edge. You’ll find hip streetwear, fashion boutiques and footwear, snazzy shirts, and much more besides.
Woolston’s slice of Victoriana reborn is home to a wide range of funky cutting edge and high fashion, with stylish womenswear, footwear, accessories and second-hand stores lined up long
its wrought-iron-bedecked arcade.
Flying the flag for high class clothing in the city for well over a century, Ballantynes' gigantic fashion department(s) offer almost any garment imaginable for both men and women, with both classic styling and the cutting edge available.