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City Chic: Belleza Boutique


Loved Lincoln local, Belleza has been providing women with gorgeous garments from top quality brands for years. Owner Anna Green recently opened her second store at The Crossing in the heart of Christchurch CBD. Opposite Country Road, the boutique brings a thoughtfully curated collection to the city, with plans to blend clothing with her passion for interior design.

 

 

MAKE A WISH: This Jocie Cami from Wish the Label, made from 100 percent linen, is a light option for summer. Paired nicely with jeans or culottes, add a pair of heels to go from daytime to night.

 

 

BLACK CAPS: Protecting your head from the sun will always be in fashion. But look good whilst doing so with the Ribbon Tie Cap from Antler NZ. The tie at the back makes it fully adjustable for the perfect fit.

 

 

BAG OF TRICKS: Get two bags for the price of one with the Sloane Reversible Tote from Stella + Gemma. Available in mustard (pictured), black and rose – talk about stylish storage options.


 

It’s in the bag


A bag in the summertime has its work cut out for it. It needs to be versatile to transition from work to play, from formal to beachside lounging. Yet it also needs to be timeless enough to suit more sustainably minded times.

Saben Lulu in White

In a time where people may be examining extravagant purchases, more attention is being paid to the classic and versatile.

Which could be why some designers are revisiting styles from eras past. Gucci, for example, has come back with its iconic Jackie – often seen on Jackie Kennedy in the ‘60s. The popular half-moon shape reminiscent elsewhere, like Kiwi label Saben’s Lulu.

St Agni Rada Woven Tote

Natural materials, like raffia, are a summer favourite for obvious, beach-related reasons, and the SS20 shows saw its re-emergence in more refined, elevated styles by the likes of Celine, Prada and Valentino.

Australian minimalist heroes, St Agni, have the beautiful Rada woven tote which delivers the perfect measures of polished and relaxed.

Yu Mei Luci Bag in Pompeian Red

Size-wise, anything goes. From oversized totes to practical cross body creations, like Yu Mei’s Luci bag designed for a phone, Eftpos card and little else, right down to Yves Saint Laurent’s teeny tiny ear bud-only case.

When it comes to colour, embrace the bold palettes coming through – or, if monochrome is more your bag, consider a texture to add a little character.

Deadly Ponies Mr Mini Verne in Black Croc

 

Black to basics


Kiwis are widely renowned for how much we love draping ourselves in black; not surprising then that black is a recurrent feature on the what’s hot lists, more constant in its forceful repetitions than anything else in the style books.

 

BRIGID MCLAUGHLIN

 

With this humble hue’s ability to make everything look that little bit chicer, it’s time to get ‘black’ to basics. Besides, if Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel and Christian Dior extol the virtues of black, then who are we to argue?

STITCH & HIDE

It was Lagerfeld himself that once said, “One is never over or underdressed with a little black dress”.

So check out our mood board for inspiration, after all, as they say, black is the new black.

MICHAEL KORS WATCHE

Botanical beauty


Nature is undeniably beautiful. Therefore, adorning ourselves in leafy glade renditions or the magical mystique of a lush green forest reflects our free-spirited feminine wiles.

 

THE SHANTY CORPORATION

 

Karen Walker has her own take on the botanical twist. Her ‘Runaway Girl’ pendant has turned woodland nymph, now dangling an adorable oversized acorn as a change from her trademark knapsack.

And for earrings, the elegant silhouette of dragonflies are seen hovering under earlobes.

 

RUBI LILY BLOCK HEEL

 

Green is serene, calm and cool. It’s the big shade for 2020 fashion.

So botanical-inspired prints are a natural flow, branching out in all directions from mint to emerald.

Florals part the way for tropical jungle palm leaves to reign on summer dresses.

Lush rainforests through to sweeter daisy-dotted meadows glam up the green palette.

THE DAILY EDITED WASH BAG

 

Foliage set on a white background is crisp, fresh couture, while retro botanical prints give classic vintage detailing.

Nature provides enough individuality to inspire designs from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and timeless icons like Dior who have been down the botanical path before.

FOSSIL EMERALD GREEN

This time it’s not for shrinking violets, as larger-than-life fronds adorn jumpsuits, summer trench coats and floaty skirts, through to bags, hair accessories and sunglasses.


 

Bonkers for bamboo


This summer we’re bonkers for bamboo. While the material does make for great home furniture, it also takes centre stage in the fashion world – the reason being they’re extremely lightweight and compliment almost any outfit. You’ll definitely be the envy among your peers with this purchase.

 

 

Like most other bags, you can choose the style and shape to suit you. Some may prefer a clutch and others a shoulder strap.

Either way, it’s a wardrobe must-have – think of the ‘summer vibes’ it will bring to your collection of clothes. The bamboo bag or clutch provides a casual appearance without compromising on style.

A great thing about these bags is that you can find them at several different price points. From the high-end designers such as Yves Saint Laurent to the bustling Bali street markets for a bartered-down price – anyone can feel ‘bad and boujee’ as long as they wear it with confidence.

But if you’re sick of hearing about how you can wear must-have items this summer, you could always just prepare for winter by purchasing a bamboo bag in black and pairing it with a huge winter jacket.

They’re really such versatile bags!

Just make sure not to accidentally drop it into the panda enclosure at the zoo…you won’t be getting that back.


 

Style staple: shoulder bags


Shoulder bags are the most practical style staple for an active life, leaving hands free to juggle phones, children, dogs, Christmas shopping – and giving hugs!

 

It’s all about the strap with the shoulder bag. There is a return of the ’80s chain straps seen in slim gold to bold twisted metal through to chunky plastics.

Chains are getting a reaction swung over the shoulder on the catwalk.

Classic structured styles are the latest adventurous shoulder-bag style in mock croc, zebra, calf skin, python and lizard.

Slouchy bags are making a comeback too and these make the ultimate shoulder bag. They hug the silhouette of the body, which makes them comfortable to cart around. The satchel look is also hip.

Bags are generally getting smaller. Designers are also bringing out the teeny tiny bag with the long, long strap; a must-have for hitting the dance floor this party season. However, on the other end of the spectrum, bag lovers are bearing oversized totes with big enough straps to sling over the shoulder – a winner of practicality.

Some bags can now even do a double act and transform from cross body shoulder style to a belt bag.

In essence, a shoulder bag becomes part of your outfit. When choosing one, make sure it’s comfortable on both shoulders before the big purchase. It will be like a pair of ill-fitting shoes if it doesn’t feel right.

A shorter strap won’t look right on a tall frame and a too long strap on a smaller silhouette can swamp. Check the straps are long or short enough to balance out your height and feel comfortable.

Most have adjustable straps, so it’s not a problem. If the strap is long enough to wear across body, even better.

When buying a bag to wear with a certain outfit, try them both together. A great shoulder bag can really finish the overall look.

Getting the style, the balance and the comfort just perfect will ensure the wearer and their bag are inseparable.


 

In the bag

In the bag


They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and that may well be the case, but bags are like family, by your side day in, day out.

 

In the bag
THE ISABELLA BAG.

 

Structured boxy styles in all sizes will be swinging down the streets – with black only one of a multitude of colourways for a vibrant 2019. Conversely, super slouchy is still a huggable shape in soft-leather.

Tiny, quirky bags will be seen hanging off, and even on, wrists – along with little purses with cross body straps. The good news is, it’s cool to carry more than one handbag, as room is always an issue. Belt bags and swanky bum bags are still hands-free heaven for multi-tasking lives.

 

In the bag
DEADLY PONIES – MINI VERNE MINT FUR

 

Silver leather and foil material is a futuristic meets 60s retro vibe. While on the other end of the shiny spectrum, creatively crocheted bags and totes make earthly boho beauties. The latest purses with clasps, evoke fond yesteryear memories while single centre straps are a new thing.

Logos will be brandish and bold for the label loving. Wildly geometric and asymmetric angles – and clever ball shapes – are upstaging each other in the fashion world, just to challenge the classic silhouette.

 

In the bag
IMBELLISHED BY BELLA – THE ISADORA BAG

 

Some designers have included purse-version lanyards to carry travel docs around your neck and the credit card when hitting the dance floor, while others have created mini duffle bags as cute cylindrical carryalls.

Whatever style you go with, a much-loved hand bag is a reflection of personality.