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.
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.
Find Zebrano at 169 Victoria Street, phone 03 962 2035 or online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 ready to don some polka dots, colourful leather and metallic fabrics… we’re even going mad for marigold!
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.
Buyer beware, the tiered silhouette isn’t for the faint of heart.
If you’re just now connecting the sartorial dots, you might have realised polka dots are everywhere.
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.
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.
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.
This year designers are reimagining them in micro iterations painted on floor-length dresses and even oversized versions swathed on elegant evening wear.
Balenciaga has taken the trend to the next level, with a selection of spotty sock boots, statement shirts and mini totes.
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.
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?
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.
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.