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Good hair season: Kudos Hairdressing

All year we look forward to spring events and Christmas party time, so a good hair day simply isn’t enough – a good hair season is a must!




Kudos Hairdressers, on the corner of Papanui Road and Mansfield Ave at 204 Papanui Road, offer the colour services, styling and haircare products that will ensure your hair is looking gorgeous for all the celebrations ahead.

Days at the races can often mean new and unfamiliar headpieces, and the team at Kudos would love to help you find the perfect hairstyle to enhance as well as secure your hat or fascinator. If you’ve chosen a headband or are letting your hair make the statement, make a booking for the perfect straight or curled blow wave for short or long hair on the morning of the big day.

Director and Senior Stylist Michelle Farmer says bookings are also filling up with those ensuring their Christmas look is perfect, so do phone as soon as possible to reserve your December spot.

To ensure you can keep your hair looking its best between appointments, Michelle has hand-picked a range of products which make fabulous gifts too. You’ll find System Professional, Wella, and Sebastian Professional, and Kudos stocks the iconic GHD brand of hair straighteners.

Men are catered for too with the brand-new range SEB MAN by Sebastian Professional available in the salon. The fabulous SEB MAN includes The Groom hair and beard oil, The Dandy light hold pomade, The Sculptor matte hair clay, the Purist anti-dandruff/purifying shampoo, and The Cooler hair tonic. “Men are becoming more interested in taking care of themselves and grooming their hair and beards, so it’s great to have this specialised range in the salon,” Michelle says.

Michelle, Vivienne, Corrin, Rachel and Lucinda are the core team of stylists at this well-established salon, and offer years of experience so you know your hair is great hands. Priding themselves on customer service, Kudos is a place to relax. Chat with the team over coffee, or bury yourself in the delicious stack of glossy mags if time out is what you need.



Party season’s hottest styles

Whether your style is classic elegance or ‘of the moment’ attitude, feminine mystique or strictly minimalist chic, there is no better time than Christchurch’s party and event season to revel in your signature style, or to try out a whole new look for the sheer delight of it.




The city’s iconic destination store Zebrano is bursting with new season dresses in joyous florals, prints with a tropical or Miami feel, linens in blues, pinks, and greens, and of course crisp and classic whites and neutrals.

A paradise for fashion lovers, the gorgeous designs in beautiful fabrics keep on coming with pieces from New Zealand and international designers such as Curate by Trelise Cooper, Maaike + co, Chocolat, Euphoria, Obi, Moyuru (from Japan), Megan Salmon, Jason Lingard, Banana Blue, Rundholz Black (from Germany), and more.

Personal service from the friendly and skilled team is part of the joy of Zebrano: clients say a visit to this treasure house on Victoria Street is a real pampering session and they leave feeling wonderful. Sizes start at 14, and styles, cuts and detailing are sourced with an expert eye for what works in these sizes.

Visit for Cup and Show Week inspiration, or pop into Zebrano’s gorgeous art deco building, with parking just outside the door, at 169 Victoria Street, Christchurch. Opening hours are 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 3pm. Phone 03 962 2035.




Sport of Kings

Known historically as the ‘sport of kings’, horse racing dates back to the 1500s, when British aristocracy wanted an excuse to mix and mingle in high society, with a strict dress code ensuring the royal tone of the event was maintained. And so, it continues today.




Whether it’s the thrill of watching exceptional equine champions compete for glory, the rush as your horse bags a win, or getting a piece of the sartorial action, there are a lot of reasons to head to the racetrack… and not just for the ladies.

Men, this is your chance to step up your style game and we’ve got all the stylish secrets ahead to make it a dazzling one. Enjoy.








Showcasing race fashions: Kjole Style

Race day – Melbourne Cup Day; New Zealand Cup Day. So very exciting, but what to wear?




The panic; the anxiety. Relax – Kjole Style in Hanmer Springs has it all in hand. At their Melbourne Cup Day event in the village they will showcase race day outfits, especially a favourite label of theirs – Soaked in Luxury.

To wear this international label is to be on trend, feminine, vibrant and cosmopolitan. Yet it’s also affordable with many great easy-to-wear styles in different colours and fabrics featuring creative detailing. Soaked in Luxury is all about being individual, about being yourself and achieving that by creating your own personal style.

See the range and other up-to-the-minute Danish labels at Salt ‘n’ Pepper Cafe on 5 November. Come along at 4pm for the running of the Melbourne Cup itself followed by a three-course meal and fashion show by Kjole Style.




Wardrobe staples for Cup Week: Country Lane

Rangiora’s iconic women’s fashion store Country Lane has been showcasing New Zealand and international fashion labels for almost 30 years, bringing you timeless wardrobe staples alongside some of the latest trends.



If you’re off to the races this Cup and Show Week, or you’re heading to a wedding, you need to see the range of Moss & Spy, Closet London and Loobie’s Story pieces. These labels offer a mix of modern elegance and classic styles in beautiful quality fabrics.

Match these with an Olga Berg clutch, jewellery by Pilgrim and Four Corners, and footwear from Kathryn Wilson, all of which you can find in store.

If for you Show Week is about relaxation, barbecues and catching up with friends, the store a great selection of New London and Zhrill denim that you can match with an Elk top or Elm tee, and finish your look with a Superga sneaker or an Emporio slide for effortless comfort and style.

To guide you, Country Lane has passionate and experienced staff who share the vision for premium customer service in a no-pressure environment. They’ll help you find something that not only looks fabulous, but will make you feel amazing too! After all, their motto is; “life is too short to wear boring clothes”.

Located centrally in the heart of Rangiora at 140 High Street, Country Lane is the perfect shop to relax and try on items at your own pace. Also, head online and keep up-to-date with the range of new styles at




A bold new look

New Zealand Cup and Show Week is an iconic event that has been loved by the public since its beginnings in the late 90s. Fashion lovers have the opportunity to celebrate in style and showcase all of the latest trends. This year the springtime festival has had a revamp, with the Bloom campaign created to introduce a bold new look.




So, why not take some inspiration from the fashion forward event and introduce your own bold new look. After all, ‘glam’ shouldn’t be relegated to just one week of the year. Check out our top tips for bringing the ‘glam’ to your every day.


Back to school: A blazer is such a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn in almost every season. A colourful cotton blazer can keep you both feeling and looking cool this spring. This item can be paired nicely with jeans and a shirt or a simple dress. Don’t forgot to experiment with colour to really make your outfit pop.

Bless you: Not to be confused with a handkerchief… a silk kerchief is another fun way to be bold with your fashion choices. There are so many creative ways to use this item, whether you wear it around your neck, waist, head or tote bag – you’ll never tire of ways to tie it. You can even pair it with your blazer by tucking it into the chest pocket.

Stand out: There are loads of loafers to choose from when revamping your wardrobe. They’re a fashion staple that moves your everyday outfit into the smart-casual category. Not to mention, they’re extremely breathable and comfortable. These sleek slip-ons come in multiple styles, from tassels to zips, so choose the pair that stand out to you.

Make it click: A pearl barrette hair clip is a simple yet effective addition to your look. This vintage accessory is a statement piece that has made its comeback this year. You can’t go wrong with this classy item as there’s only so many ways to wear a hairclip.

Be bold: Never underestimate the use of a bold lip. While reapplying your lipstick every few hours may not be the most practical beauty tip, taking those extra few minutes to do so can upgrade your look from everyday-ready to bold and beautiful.

In the loop: Fun and quirky earrings are a way to give your outfit personality. The possibilities for styles and colour schemes are endless. Don’t have your ears pierced? Not to worry, clip on earrings are also available so you don’t miss out. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, matching the colour of your shoes and earrings is always a hit.