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Linen loves


No summer wardrobe would be complete without some linen. The heroic natural fibre breathes with you on hot summer days, making it the ideal companion for a trip to the beach, farmer’s market – or even a day at the office.

Seed Heritage Tiered Linen Dress.

 

Pandemic chic. Seed Heritage Face Mask

 

A crisp, yet floaty, white tee. Sara Lila Linen Top White

 

The ever flattering high-waisted, wide leg combo. Brigid McLaughlin Belted Mata Culotte

 

Micro floral patterns *chef’s kiss*. Ruby Bounty Linen Skirt

 

Tiered, floaty and fabulous. Trelise Cooper Linen and Waffles a Day in the Country Dress

 

Style casting: Zebrano


Life is not a dress rehearsal, and the team at Zebrano will ensure you look the part – no matter your character.

MAAIKE YES

Whether you prefer a flirty feminine feel or more of a beautifully bold style, manager Michelle Carter and her team will help you find your iconic look.

“It’s about wearing the clothes you love, everyday – rather than saving them for a rainy day,” she says.

And 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.

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.

EVERYWHERE DRESS MARBLE GOLD

Find Zebrano at 169 Victoria Street, phone 03 962 2035 or online.


 

Tier it up


The season of summery dresses is theoretically on our doorstep, albeit one which may be different to any party season we’ve known before. In turbulent times, we can count on our wardrobes to deliver some instant cheer. So please, save your “tiers” for your sartorial choices.

ELLIS LABEL BASA MAXI DRESS IN CAMEL

 

As the weather warms, so does our propensity to adorn lighter, floatier fabrics. And a new wave of tiered dresses, skirts and tops are rising to the challenge.

Fun and versatile, voluminous tiers are catching our attention for the ability to look impossibly chic, a little whimsical, and extremely comfortable all at once.

A nod to the Prairie dress of last summer, this years’ tiers are more refined; falling in mini to midi and maxi hemlines, with on-trend statement puff sleeves, or no sleeves at all.

SEED HERITAGE TIERED SMOCK BLOUSE

Tiered tops are either cropped or creeping into tunic territory.

Waistlines can be dropped, or high, but one thing is certain: voluminous tiers are roomy enough for lounging, but polished enough to impress.

Admittedly a departure from dresses we might be familiar with, it’s an opportune time to try something new. Especially something new, comfortable and cool.

HEJ HEJ BFF DRESS IN BLUE GINGHAM

If you’re apprehensive the style may add too much fabric to your frame, opt for flattering A-line silhouettes, sleeveless numbers, cinch in with a belt, or team a wafty tiered skirt with a crop top.

Whatever you do, make sure to wear your tiers with pride. And perhaps with a sophisticated pair of sandals, some crisp white sneakers or some chunky Dr Martens.


 

That’s a wrap


The transition from winter to spring is nearing and with it comes a change in wardrobe staples. It may be time to say goodbye to turtlenecks and high-rise necklines, and hello to our favourite transitional garment – the wrap. We look at what’s trending in the wrap world.

 

ALLORA DELILAH WRAP TOP

 

SAY YES TO THE DRESS: and hello to a look that is both elegant and fun. A wrap bodice, cinched waist and a free-flowing hem is a beautiful style of dress in any pattern. Add a pair of hoop earrings and heels for a daytime look with a bit of sass.

MORRISON WRAP TOP.

PARTY WITH CARDI: There’s been many a time that I’ve walked into the cold with a cardigan on and crossed it over my chest in an attempt to keep in the warmth. Make your wrap cardigan do all the work. Wraps are so diverse that you can wear them to work or a night out!

OROTON WRAP SKIRT

GIRL IN A GOWN: You may think that we’re about to recommend something exquisite and reserved only for special occasions… it’s quite the opposite. Wrap dressing gowns, robes or kimonos will always be in style because not everything you wear has to be for the eyes of everyone else.

TOP TIP: Fashion tape and safety pins will be your best friend for wraps with a lower neckline.


 

Get ruffled


Where fashion once adopted a minimalist aesthetic, we’re increasingly seeing big, bold, statement-making styles bursting out of the sartorial shadows.

 

COPACABANA RUFFLE DRESS SPANISH POPPY

 

Get ready to don some polka dots, colourful leather and metallic fabrics… we’re even going mad for marigold!

 

BRIGID MCLAUGHLIN TASMIN TOP SUN

So it’s not surprising then that we’re getting hot around the collar for ruffles.

While your collar may just be the thing that gets ruffled up, we’re also seeing this trend embellishing sleeves, skirts, sweaters and even footwear.

 

MIME ET MOI SUEDE RUFFLES BLOCK HEEL

Buyer beware, the tiered silhouette isn’t for the faint of heart.


 

Connecting the dots


It’s long been said that trends are cyclical and when it comes to polka dots, they most certainly are – both in the figurative and literal sense of the expression.

 

 

If you’re just now connecting the sartorial dots, you might have realised polka dots are everywhere.

 

SKAGEN FROM FOSSIL GROUP AUSTRALIA

A print perennial, this sartorial throw-back has come full circle but this season’s design darlings have waved goodbye to the adolescent polka dots of the nineties and the polka dot is re-emerging with an elegant edge.

 

APERO LABEL EVIE FRILL MIDI SKIRT

Loud and proud, the polka dot is the red-lip of sartorial circles and, after a few years of minimalist trends and solemn ensembles, this fun fashion fixture is becoming the life and soul of the style party, marrying sophisticated style with a light-hearted twist.

 

ORDER OF STYLE REBECCA TAYLOR BOUCLE DOT TWEED BLAZER

While it may have first cemented its cult status in 1926 when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot bikini, the first famous protagonist of the polka dot was, of course, Disney’s Minnie Mouse in 1928.

BEC AND BRIDGE TOP

 

This year designers are reimagining them in micro iterations painted on floor-length dresses and even oversized versions swathed on elegant evening wear.

 

SABA MAXI DRESS


Balenciaga has taken the trend to the next level, with a selection of spotty sock boots, statement shirts and mini totes.


 

Winter warmers: Made in the Shade


We’re beginning to make the transition into long sleeves and cosy jackets and coats and that can only mean one thing… winter is fast approaching. Make Made in the Shade your one-stop shop to stock up on winterwear.

 

With lots of new stock and a focus on New Zealand made items, you can look fabulous and feel fabulous for supporting local labels. Enter the store and be inspired, with brands such as Anne Mardell, Optimum and Bittermoon on offer


Uma Culottes, Edna Tee & Cato Jacket: It was hard to single out just one item because everything in this outfit is fantastic. From office to outwear – this combination is perfect for your next occasion.

 

 

Karla Dress: This beautiful printed dress, made with fabrics from France, is exclusive to Anne Mardell. Not to mention, the extremely flattering shape that accentuates the body in all of the right places.

 

Grid Pattern Cardigan: This cardigan feels as soft as it looks. This light and comfortable cardigan is a must have this chilly season.


 

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

Fake it till you make it


Did you know dressing well or even wearing a certain colour can be an instant mood-lifter? Yes, it turns out confidence may just be a power outfit away! Research shows that fashion is one of the simplest ways we can transform our emotions and overall confidence. So let us help you dress for success!

 

  1. SLEEPY HEAD: If you wake up in the morning and the coffee just isn’t quite cutting it, your next best bet is to dress in red. The colour is said to evoke strong feelings of energy and excitement. Add a red lip to your outfit to really make that confidence level soar.
  2. NEVER MELLOW IN YELLOW: If you’re feeling blue, we have the solution for you. Much like the bright summer sun, the colour yellow makes most people happy. Probably because memories of sitting on the beach or soaking up the rays are linked to the warm colour. Add accents of yellow to your outfits to bring out all of those positive feelings and lift your mood.
  3. COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED: They say when you’re feeling anxious that blue hues are calming. Bring a sense of serenity to your outfits by showcasing any shade of blue. And if we haven’t already reminded you enough, the Pantone colour of the year is Classic Blue – so what better reason do you need to incorporate the shade?

 

Exclusively exceptional: IB Fashion & Bridal


IB Fashion & Bridal extends a warm welcome to try on the exclusive wedding attire by multi award-winning designer, Ingrid Brook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent additions to her exquisite wedding dress collection, housed in shop 54 of The Tannery’s heritage grounds, are Helen Fontaine International and Pollardi European.

For all beautiful brides to be, and mothers of brides and grooms who cannot find the perfect outfit, book an essential consultation with Ingrid for her exclusive custom-making service for bridal-wear or any special occasion.

Complete the special outfit with an exclusive range of boutique veils, hair accessories and jewellery.

For all enquiries, or to make a booking to try on any of the dresses, phone 021 330 600.

View the latest collections on the website.