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.
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.
Copious colours, a plethora of plains and a flourish of florals are available at Made in the Shade from an array of sought-after brands like Anne Mardell, Lisette, Bittermoon and Optimum (which can be customised to size and colour). A gorgeous range of accessories are also on full display at the counter. Create your wardrone from start to finish, whether you are loving or learning the labels.
Worthy of a princess: There’s a certain princess who would approve of the Anne Mardell Leia Tee in French Provence print (exclusive to the brand). Viscose spandex knit paired with a scoop neck and slim, a beautiful combination.
Big, bold and Brigit: The 100 percent wool Brigit coat from Anne Mardell is both stylish and snuggly. The cocoon shaped piece offers a flattering silhouette for the wearer. Take your pick of peacock, olive (pictured) or red.
Sculpting in sylvia: Bittermoon offers a shirt that hugs you in all the right places. The Sylvia swing top is sculpting, giving that subtle cinch effect at the waist. We’ll take one in every colour please!
Find Made in the Shade at 151A Colombo Street, Beckenham or phone (03) 332 1238.
Co-ordinating bridesmaid outfits can be tricky business. Deciding to match or mix styles and colours – and getting a universal seal of approval – can be tough work. Here is Metropol’s bridesmaid style inspiration.
Mix it up – Who said all the bridesmaids had to match? Not us! Women come in all shapes and sizes, so too, do outfits – so why not give your girls a colour palette to work from and see what different styles they come up with. This way, they’ll love what they wear, too!
Pattern party – Embrace opulent fabrics and fun patterns by adorning your bridal party in patterns. With so many stunning florals and textures around at the moment, options abound. Your photos will look bright and fun, too.
Big day details – Whether you opt for mixing or matching, co-ordinating small details like accessories not only pulls the final look together, but can leave your bridesmaids with a cute keepsake, too. Necklaces, earrings and rings are all great ideas.
As we all become more aware of the footprint we are making, our purchasing choices are being influenced by product sustainability, says Kjole Style owner Stephanie Suckling. The Hanmer Springs boutique exclusively imports Danish designed clothing labels such as Dranella, Kaffe and Fransa, which is complemented nicely with other brands from a little closer to home.
And just because the brands are on the other side of the world does not mean they are held any less accountable than beloved local labels.
“Our Danish suppliers are very aware of their footprint and put a lot of work into ethical supply chains and sustainability,” says Stephanie.
The Danish suppliers are all members of The Better Cotton Initiative, which is committed to developing cotton into
a sustainable mainstream commodity. The initiative seeks to reduce the stress on
the local environment and create long-term change in the fashion and textile industries.
Stephanie says shoppers can browse the Boulder Point store with peace of mind, because the boutique “prides ourselves in doing our small part towards the environment and sustainability with our clothing.”
Start shopping consciously at Kjole Style Ltd situated at Boulder Point, Hanmer Springs. Contact the store on 027 591 1832, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check it out online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.