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The hottest designer rentals around

The sunny season is just around the corner and with it comes many quintessential summer events that call for lavish ensembles to make you stand out from the crowd. So, what will you wear?!

Well, local news has it that Designer Wardrobe has opened its second rental store here in Christchurch and it has almost 2000 top-quality designer pieces to choose from! Rental is perfect for a one-off wear – you are not only going to look fabulous, but you are also playing your part in being environmentally conscious!

Upon arrival, you will be greeted with a warm, friendly smile and discover beautiful pieces perfect for all ages, styles and sizes from 6-18. Dresses, jumpsuits, two-pieces and more – from the likes of renowned designers Zimmermann, Juliette Hogan, Trelise Cooper, RUBY, Bec & Bridge and more – plus one-off designs created uniquely for Designer Wardrobe by New Zealand designers, all hang in bright and beautiful colour coordination on their racks.

Pieces are generally rented for a four-day period, but this can be extended – fantastic for those well-deserved Christmas/New Year holidays as well as all those summer weddings.

Designer Wardrobe will be open over the Christmas and New Year period, only closing for public holidays.

Visit the rental store at 171 Victoria Street, and browse the latest styles online at


Silhouettes of spring

Jumpsuits and dresses might just be the seasonal style strategy as the temperatures increase and we seek to maximise daylight hours. After all, who has time to plan an outfit every day anyway?




Fast, efficient and trans-seasonal, jumpsuits and dresses can do it all.

A simple black dress or jumpsuit can easily be elevated to corporate-wear with some heels and a blazer, or take you to the beach with sandals and a hat.

Structured yet sweet, a white strapless bandeau jumpsuit is a great investment that can be dressed up or down, making it the perfect companion for the party season ahead.

Meanwhile, if you’re wanting to brighten up your wardrobe, floral prints can do just that and you’ll look right at home at a picnic or at brunch.

Frills and lace or a little satin number is the way to go for a subtly sexy option for a night out, while a halter jumpsuit or dress with a nipped-in waist will show off your curves in all the right ways.

Whatever way you go, dresses and jumpsuits are the silhouettes of spring.




Frock Stars

We’re all about the frocks this season, but they’re not the saccharine sweet styles we’re used to. Why not add some edge to your wardrobe with some of our favourite Frock Stars?


Frock Stars


Sizzling on the international fashion scene, dresses are getting eclectically edgy – the designers are jazzing things up big time, as 2019’s dazzling knockouts are set to surprise the sartorial world – and even shock a little. Add flare to your wardrobe in fire-singed colours from burnished yellows to rusted tangerines. And on a brighter side, neon-coloured dresses are standing out like beautiful beacons. Blocks of vivid colour, as seen by Christian Cowen, are in bold geometrically spaced blocking – the polar opposite from former fussy florals.


Frock Stars

Oscar de la Renta introduces black and white checks, on an off-the-shoulder dress. And just to balance out the colour wheel, pale powder blue has also made the high-fashion stakes. Tie-dyed has jived straight from hippy to high-brow as Prada showcased a pretty pink mini-dress sporting those unmistakable spider webs and Jasper Coran created a tie-dye-over-floral technique and flared-sleeved crocheted frocks are futuristic versions of their former ’60s selves. This year’s neo boho is behaving more floaty, fluid and sensuous – and a real showcase of exotic travel adventures. Fringing has now gone to the frocks too.


Frock Stars

Sequin-smothered dresses are also still very much super stars of the frock fraternity. Pleating is still in, but it’s finer, slinkier pleats and the new metallic plaid is a juxtaposition of effects. Daring dress shapes are ballooning out in all proportions in tulip to bubble skirting, from a frilly tulle frock by Valentino, to mounds of tussled taffeta. Clashing patterns all the better. Puffed shoulders and sleeves are now even puffier – as puffy as you can possibly get – with feminine necklines to make this look work.

Animal prints, which are roaring on the runways yet again, are less cheetah cub and more raging tiger – just to add more bite. Meanwhile, big oversized butterflies are the new bows, according to designers like Zang Toi. Feathers also feature on bright downy dresses.


Frock Stars

More neutral tones, there’s everything from creams to khakis – for those with a pared-back preference. All in all, this year the fashion frontier is certainly proving it does not have to run with repeats.



Dream Dresses

Dream Dresses

Subtle colours and versatile designs, which are playful yet romantic, will appeal to brides this wedding season.


Dream Dresses


Brides of Merivale owner Lisa Dermott says this season’s wedding dresses will again be subtle in colour with metallic golds, silver and platinum featuring. Brides are also opting for adaptable dresses with detachable pieces like sleeves, trains, and overskirts, which can be worn during the day and night.

“They can be two very unique looks but save brides having to buy two dresses,” she says.
When it comes to styles, anything goes. For the modern bride, 90s silhouettes, jumpsuits, sheer fabrics, backless styles and separates will trend giving brides the opportunity to show off their personality. Chicly hidden pockets are becoming popular allowing brides to keep personal things close to them on their big day. Simple and sleek, slip wedding dresses are perfect for the minimalist bride and can look sophisticated with any neckline.

For the traditional church weddings, big skirts with elegant bodices and plenty of tulle will feature and luxurious lace isn’t disappearing anytime soon.

Whatever dress you decide on, remember it should suit your shape and ultimately be comfortable, allowing you to move through your special day with ease.