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Knit picking

Snuggling into soft, lush and luxe knits is a universally acknowledged joy of the cooler months. Layered over dresses, skirts, jeans and trousers, quality wearable knit jumpers, jerseys and cardigans are always a wardrobe winner. Metropol has you covered with this season’s picks of the knits.


Tonal palettes are trending. Country Road Knit Hooded Poncho and Collared Rib Dress in Barley


Monochrome with a twist. Paloma Wool Yinyang Sweater


Preppy is back. Seed Heritage Cable Knit Cardigan


Toasty toes, thanks. Witchery Luxe Cable Knit Sock


Cut it out. Oroton Button Front Crew Knit in Grey Marle


Blanket or scarf? You decide. Stansborough for Karen Walker Blanket/Scarf


Make a statement. Loewe Oversized Cropped Mohair-Blend Sweater


All about layers. Cos Bubble Sleeve V-Neck Cardigan


Say bye to lint. Ruby Wool Comb


Sweater vests are a hit. Loulou Studios Monbasa Scarf Sweater from Workshop


Snuggly feet are essential. Classic NZ x Karen Walker Slipper


Rug up. Ruby Mohair Scarf


Take care with your knits. Ms Brown Wool and Cashmere Wash


Fluffy indeed. Acne Studios Kanu Sweater from Workshop


Keep warm, stay chic. Marle Cait Cardi in Clover


Wedding guest winners: Zebrano

It may be the happy couple’s big day but that does not mean you can’t look amazing celebrating them. We talk to Christchurch Zebrano manager Michelle Carter on how her team can help you find your iconic look for any wedding.


Mela Purdie Soft Vent Pant in colour Acorn


Whether you prefer a flirty feminine feel or more of a beautifully bold style, finding those clothes starts with impeccable design. Which is why Zebrano stocks high-end New Zealand designers including Maaike, Obi, Jason LIngard, Curate by Trelise Cooper, LaLa, Moyuru and Rundholz Black.

And it is the only Christchurch store to stock Mela Purdie from across the ditch.

Each piece is carefully chosen for its place in the store, considered as much for its design as for its fabrication and reflection of classic and current styles.

Amongst those styles designed for and by New Zealanders, there’s inspiration from what’s happening globally in fashion – from statement spotlight-worthy pieces to elevated essentials. All of which would be a great option for any occasion celebrating love.

Find Zebrano at 169 Victoria Street, phone (03) 962 2035 or online at the website.

Mela Purdie
Saddle Blouse in colour Dune Animal



From tails and tuxes to three pieces, business and lounge suits. There’s plenty to choose from to match your wedding theme, dress code and locations. Here are Metropol’s tips for suiting up, in style.


Mix it up. Working Style


Blue adds a contemporary touch. Saba Gomez Jacket.


“Oxfords, not brogues.” The right shoes. RM Williams Kintore


A three piece is always a winner. Barkers Mayfair ZQ Waistcoat, Jacket and Trousers


Dapper shades are a must. Moscot Dudel Sun


Ignite the scenes with a signature scent. Byredo Sellier from Mecca


The classic. Working Style Delon Peak Lapel Dinner Suit.


Add a touch of colour with a pocketsquare. Working Style


Don’t be late! Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41


Casual cool

Yep, it’s getting cooler out there. And there is nothing cooler than chic, comfortable wintry wardrobe layers. Here are Metropol’s picks of on-trend items ideal for him and her this autumn, winter and beyond.



Shirt jackets, light toned pants and chunky Chelsea boots are this winter’s casual uniform. All from Elka Collective.



Cosy up and cool down a dressy, feminine frock by layering a jumper over the top. Wynn Hamlyn Cable Knit Keyhole Sweater



Coop Floral Last Bud Not Least Dress




Simple and classic gold earrings epitomise cool. Jasmin Sparrow Ripple Earrings



The white shirt will always endure. This year, featuring a whimsical Peter Pan collar. Ganni Blouse from Workshop



Chunky combat boots look definitively cool with everything. Camilla & Marc Jane Combat Boot



Relaxed yet refined. Re/Done High Rise Loose Rigid from Workshop



Bucket-style bags are a practical, on-trend staple. See by Chloe Daria Small Day Bag from Workshop



Quilted is the coat of the season. Oroton Quilted Parka in Golden Olive


Elevate his trackies.Lululemon ABC Pant in Obsidian



Denim will always be casual cool. Levi’s 551Z Authentic Straight



Lace up boots are a high low classic. RM Williams Rickaby



Cord is the new flannel. Saba Clive Cord Shacket



Natural knits are classic for a reason. Jag Mock Neck Knit Grey



Not-too-puffy puffers cut a sophisticated silhouette. Brixton Cass Jacket in Military Olive



Enhance your beauty sleep with a men’s night cream. Paula’s Choice Nighttime Repair



Mix up your shades with coloured frames and lenses. Moscot Lemtosh with Forest Wood Lenses



Sneakers and shirts are a casual cool power couple. All from Saba


Something for every body: Magazine Designer Clothing

Choosing what to wear is one of the first decisions we make each day. Make that decision a good one by stocking up your wardrobe with quality timeless pieces. All of which can be found at Magazine Designer Clothing. Metropol sat down with owner Linda Savage to hear more about the beloved boutique and this season’s standouts.


Christchurch Store Manager Nicola McMahon and Owner Linda Savage


“Luxe and snuggly high neck sweaters, the white suit, statement sleeves and cuffs, vibrant shades of red, berry and tangerine, zebra prints (another twist on the ongoing animal print trend), luxe comfort wear – think sweatshirts with designer detailing especially with gold metal accents, pearl accessories and oversized shirts.”

“We want women of all shapes and sizes to leave our stores looking and feeling amazing! We want our customers to feel good in their clothes every day. Style is confidence and at Magazine we believe it is about how you feel, as much as what you wear. We offer clothing in sizes 10 to 26 for every body.”

“In New Zealand we have some of the world’s most creative designers and we love to showcase their talent. Their designs are of the highest quality and are manufactured to last for seasons to come. Investing a little more in quality pieces that are thoughtfully designed and constructed is a great way to support local and help to combat the throwaway culture that has emerged over the past 30 years.”

IN 2021…
“We aim to continue to grow during these challenging times by providing the best possible service and having our customers leave our stores feeling like a million dollars!”


Autumn Essentials: 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. She shares with Metropol some of the must have looks and accessories for the change of season.


Star quality
You can never have too many sweaters. Add the All Star sweater from Mi Moso to your collection. Wow while keeping warm.



Tall poppy
Wear as a crossbody, bum bag or a purse (with the strap removed). The Poppy Rust Bag from Stilen screams versatility.



Scarfie life
The tones of the Gabby Scarf from Stilen sounds like a recipe for success. Olive, wine, rust and cream – gorgeous!


Back to work

Just because the holidays have come to an end, doesn’t mean getting dressed should be any less fun. Here are Metropol’s picks of pieces to help build a work wardrobe you’ll be excited to get out of bed for – and that will take you from season to season.


Suiting endures as a wardrobe staple. Give the mix and match hero a modern update. Mina Mali Short and Local Blazer in Pecan


New year, new bag. Acne Studios Mini Musubi Bag in Rose Pink


Rise and shine. Karen Murrell Lip Scrub



Vibrant separates to brighten up the office, worn together or apart. S/W/F Boutique Restore Skirt and Top



Pearls of wisdom. Jasmin Sparrow Jewel Earrings in Gold


A black tee with embellished sleeves, yes please. Leo+Be Residence Top in Black


Patterned pants mean business. Moochi Glowed Pant


A chunky soled loafer goes with everything. Kathryn Wilson Samara Loafer in Black


Patterned pants mean business. Moochi Glowed Pant

Summer staples

The Summer season calls for a total wardrobe shift. Think less layers and more sun-kissed skin, with SPF of course. With longer days and warmer temps we want to be ready for all the outdoor get-togethers and celebrations. So, we’ve curated our ultimate summer style inspiration to take you from afternoon to eve with ease.

Stunning separates which work hard alone, and together Juliette Hogan Farrar Pant and Zen Blouse


A day-to-night party dress Ruby Cruise Linen Bow Dress


Rose tinted glasses Karen Walker Afterglow Sunnies


A romantic summer scent Aesop Rōzu


Essential summer blues ReDone 70s Stove Pipe from Workshop


Non-negotiable block Skinnies Conquer SPF50+


Slightly heeled, majorly elegant St Agni Jiro Sandal


Understated bling Jasmine Sparrow Wave Earrings


A goes-with-everything statement skirt Auguste Maui Thompson Maxi Skirt


Day-to-night bag See by Chloe Tilda Braided Tote from Workshop


A throw-on white shirt Ganni Cotton Poplin Blouse from Workshop


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! | |


Betting on style

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.



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




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




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