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Sustainable Style: Mini Moocher

It will always be on-trend to recycle your clothing – it adds a sense of sustainability to such a fast-paced and ever-changing market. Kelly Dobby of Mini Moocher agrees and thinks it’s great people are starting to understand the amount of clothing that goes to landfill.



The consignment-based store, in Addington, sells pre-loved goods on your behalf. Which means the hassle of listing, bargaining, and selling to a buyer is taken out of your hands.

Not to mention, the constant flow of recycled clothing means new garments are coming in every day and given a second chance on the runway of life.

When deciding what pieces are right for the store, Kelly believes, “some pieces of clothing are timeless.”

“I base my stock on what I know my customers will love and on the merits of each piece rather than the brand although I especially have a passion for New Zealand-designed and made clothing which is also abundant in the store.”

So, what’s trending this summer? “In-store the trends seem to be bright and colourful prints, summer dresses that are easy to wear matched with sneakers or dressed up for an event/evening occasion.”

Mini Moocher has moved into a fresh new store at 300b Lincoln Road.


A summer stunner: The Fitting Room

As more and more clothing manufacturers worldwide are stepping up to planet responsibility, it’s heartening to see producers of swimwear are contributing significantly to issues around environment.


Deborah Lewthwaite, owner of bra specialist boutique The Fitting Room, says many of the swimwear brands in-store are developing a range of swimsuits of recycled origin.|

“We see swimsuits that have been made from recycled fishing nets, while others, such as all of the Zoggs range, are made from recycled plastic,” she says.

Another big and necessary advancement is swimwear made of fabric with higher resistance to chlorine; no longer need we face the depressing sight of a much loved but also much perished swimsuit.

The Fitting Room specialises in fuller cup bras (sizes C to K), and swimwear, such as Jantzen, Sunseeker, Seafolly and Freya, also come in fuller cups.

For a welcoming, private, one-on-one consultation, Deborah recommends booking an appointment online.

With two locations, Fendalton and Sydenham (the latter has great behind-store parking), make this a stunner summer in something fabulous from The Fitting Room…and while you’re there, why not gift the girlfriends a Christmas voucher? They’ll love you for it! | |


Suit-able attire

Thirty-three years after opening its first store in Christchurch, Kiwi suiting experts, Working Style, has launched its new womenswear range here, too. The colourful array of blazers, pants and shirting offer New Zealand women a unique experience to select the fabric, fit and detailing of a custom suit.



The launch of W, a new custom suiting range for women, coincides with the retailer relocating from Merivale to a modern new store next to Riverside Market on Oxford Terrace, designed by award-winning local architecture firm, PRau Studio.

Founder and Managing Director Chris Dobbs and Christchurch-raised creative director Karl Clausen told Metropol how W is an extension of its bespoke tailored suiting offerings, but now, for women.

The idea for the collection was sparked when staff member, Amanda Vine, had a men’s suit tailored for her to wear to work in the Christchurch store about two years ago.

“That was the catalyst for the women’s collection,” says Chris. “We’ve been working on it for about 18-months now.

“We set out to learn what women wanted from suiting, we didn’t want to dictate to them what we thought they wanted, but we wanted to learn.”

The resulting collection is impeccably tailored suit pants, jackets and shirting, which can be custom made for wearers in an array of luxurious fabrications selected from the in-store library of leather bound fabric sample books, before being made in Portugal.

Every detail of each garment is entirely customisable – from collars to lapels, buttons, pockets, cuffs and leg width.

Karl says Working Style’s philosophy of personalization endures in W.

“Everything we’re doing now is personalized, it’s very, very important. As a company we also value comfort – everything has to be comfortable, easy to wear and can be worn in different environments.”

Current offerings also reflect a more casual approach to suiting – with the garments making their way into more relaxed aesthetics.

“We’re not as formal as the garments we started our life with,” says Karl.

“It’s a contemporary take on a classic, we’re making items which gives the wearer options.”

The launch of W coincides with the recent opening of the new central city store, a fitting milestone for the business – which started its life door knocking Christchurch businesses offer shirt tailoring.

It also follows a challenging period for the world’s retailers, with Covid-19-induced global lockdowns rendering bricks and mortar retailers – and office attire – off limits for many.



Trackside glamour in Hanmer: Fashion Works Hanmer

Very bright and very pretty. This will be the winning look for Cup Week, and is the exciting spring vibe when stepping into FashionWorks.



A day in Hanmer Springs is pure inspiration when creating a top-to-toe outfit of designer creations and accessories. Stand out from the crowd on race day with beautiful pieces from blazers and dresses to jewellery – with that touch of difference.

FashionWorks now has New Zealand-designed Et Alia, with its natural fabrics in gorgeous colour palettes and feminine silhouettes.

Other designer icons include Augustine, Stella, Cooper Street, IvyBlu, Zafina and Seduce.

The classy shoes from Django and Juliette, Mollini and Top End are race day elegance in comfort. Style-savvy staff share their expertise in choosing a perfect fit.

For those that can’t make it to the Conical Hill Road boutique, the fabulous new online store will be up and running in November.


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.



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.


Stand out from the crowd: Magazine Designer Clothing

Walking into Magazine Designer Clothing you’re greeted with an array of colours, beautiful predominantly New Zealand-made clothing, exquisite accessories and most importantly, friendly staff. The store thrives on helping their customers find the perfect style, no matter the size, age or occasion you’re shopping for. Metropol was lucky enough to catch up with owner Linda Savage about what makes her beautiful brand so special.


Nicola Mcmahon and Linda Savage (owner)

When they say they have something for every occasion they mean it, covering casual all the way to mother of the bride.

With new styles coming in almost daily, “there’s always something new and always something special,” Linda says.

With those special occasions finally happening again, make this your destination for all of your outfitting needs.

They also offer limited quantities, “so you’re not going to walk onto the street and run into someone wearing the same outfit,” Linda says.

Not to mention Magazine Designer Clothing exclusive designs that will really set you apart from the crowd.

But that’s not to say that everything you buy there has to be for an occasion. Maybe you just wish to treat yourself with a very special investment piece.

The store offers wardrobe builders that serve as a strong foundation for your clothing and lots of “trans-seasonal items that enable you to make the most of your wardrobe,” Linda enthuses.

Garments aren’t the only thing the store specialises in. While looking at the accessories as they catch the light, Linda says “This is a magpie’s heaven!”

We tend to think it would be an accessory lover’s heaven. After all, the perfect outfit must be complemented with some jewellery or even a bag. All can be found at Magazine Designer Clothing.

You can find this gem at the Windmill Centre in Riccarton.


Just the essentials: Kjole Style

Finding the perfect pair of jeans can leave one feeling a bit like Goldilocks; one’s too short, one’s too long. With their expanding jean range, handpicked to fit lots of different body shapes, Kjole Style can help you find a pair ‘that’s just right’. We caught up with Stephanie Suckling about two new styles in the range and a top that makes the perfect partner.


(NOT) JUST JEANS: These Dranella Pam fit jeans are a must-have! The tight fit gives definition to your legs – giving support in the front and push up in the back. Sizes 8 to 20 are available instore and online.









POPULAR PAIRING: The Denim hunter OT t-shirt is a great basic to complement any jean. It is a good fit, nice neckline and washes well. Who doesn’t love a basic white tee?







ON THE HUNT: Kjole is the exclusive NZ stockist of the brand Denim Hunter. The DHNew Finch Free Jean is a diverse fit for all shapes and the light blue wash is very flattering.








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 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!




Hello Yellow!

Let the summer sun freshen up your wardrobe this season with a flash of our favourite citrus hue: yellow.

Many zesty shades are trending, from pastel and lemon through to marigold and amber.

While these punchy hues aren’t always the easiest to wear, they pair well with existing capsule pieces you’re bound to already have – a white blouse, perhaps, or a pair of washed denim jeans.

You can’t go wrong by injecting a bright bolt of yellow into an otherwise plain ensemble by way of accessories, shoes or even a striking blazer.

Yellow pieces with floral prints or embroideries bring a laid-back, bohemian flavour, while a slinky silk dress in a saturated hue like mustard or marigold is both fun and elegant – and the ultimate stand-out silhouette for all of summer’s quintessential events.

If strong yellow shades are a bit out of your comfort zone, try a more mellow pastel tone.

Shades like buttermilk or lemon give off a graceful chic vibe perfect for that garden party or lunch date.

Top tip: It’s smart to invest in easy, versatile pieces like jumpsuits, maxi/midi dresses and tailored pants that will take you from the high street to the party in effortless sophistication.