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Before the (ever) afters

Now you’ve said, “I do”, it’s time to get onto the to-dos. Because nobody turns up to their wedding looking flawless without a little bit of preparation. Metropol has pulled together your beauty checklist leading up to the happily ever after.

Six months
Your skin is the canvas on which makeup artists will do their magic. Many brides opt to prepare their skin for the big day by going on a professional plan which addresses any concerns like acne, pigmentation or fine lines and wrinkles.

Three months
Check in with your skincare specialist to see how any products and treatment are working. Now is the time to get the low down on injectables, and to try out anything new like brow tints or microblading, fake tanning and lashes.

Most injectables start to look their best a few weeks (up to six) after the treatment, so you will want to time this just right. Hair conditioning treatments should be done about a month before the big day, and colour about two. Teeth whitening is recommended three weeks prior.


Wedding guest winners: Zebrano

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.


Mela Purdie Soft Vent Pant in colour Acorn


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.

Mela Purdie
Saddle Blouse in colour Dune Animal


All about autumn: Made in the Shade

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.


Tailored to perfection: MVR Tailoring

There’s a new pairing in Canterbury and their mutual love for detail and implementing a client’s vision to perfection is what saw the two joining forces. Tailor Mark van Roosmalen or MvR Tailoring and artisan shoemaker Louise Ayling of LA Shoemaker are masters of their respective crafts.



Louise honed her craft training and working as a bespoke shoemaker for 10 years in London and is now a welcomed addition to the city bringing her traditional talents with her. Why does she love it so much?

“The best part of my job is seeing a customer walk out smiling,” says Louise.

Meanwhile, Mark has been helping clients suit up for over 30 years. He believes there is nothing quite like the confidence that comes from looking your best in a beautifully crafted suit.

Add a personal touch to your wedding by investing in a custom-made suit or give an older “sole” a new lease of life with an alteration. But much like the rest of the day, there has to be some planning.

Make sure to get in six months (minimum) before your big day. Because no two bodies are the same, sometimes a millimetre can determine the fit, says the duo.

Both artisan crafters are available by appointment and situated conveniently at 140 Durham Street, along with multiple parking options.



Exquisite new season edit: Mikko Shoes

As the leaves begin to fall around our beautiful city, Mikko Shoes presents an exciting collection of quality European footwear and handbags for the cool weather to come. To give us some wintry wardrobe inspiration, we spoke with Mikko’s founder, Michaela Longstaff, about what key pieces we can expect in store this season.


Phineas Pikolinos


Hi Michaela, so nice to chat with you about AW21 at Mikko! Tell us, in footwear this season, what is the key colour palette?

“I think this has to be my favourite season to date, when it comes to colour. Ultra-luxe and ultra-wearable, our focus is on indulgently rich shades of green, understated but chic tones of grey, decadent hues of vanilla, nougat, biscuit and toffee, and, for a pop of colour, a wardrobe-brightening maraschino cherry.”


Sendal Hispanitas



How about new styles – what’s a must-have this season?

“Those who love flats will adore our edit this season, as there are many silhouettes to enjoy with a lower heel. As fashion takes a less corporate tone with a reflection on world events, it’s about comfort, versatility and practicality whilst still feeling sophisticated in the process – think combat boots, ladylike loafers, and metallic embellishments for elevated everyday style.”

And for off-duty moments, can we expect your renowned offering of sports-luxe footwear options?

“Absolutely, our Sporty Chic collection houses a number of versatile and edgy wedges, lace-ups and new takes on the classic tennis shoe. With a polished play on tones and textures and the perfect combination of form and function, sporty can indeed mean sophisticated!”

Egmont Evaluna


Pop in to see the experienced Mikko Shoes team at 143 Victoria Street for a personalised fitting – you’ll feel fabulous in quality European shoes and boots, no matter the forecast! Or, phone ahead on (03) 595 0762, or visit them online.


Beauty in the ’burbs: Helen’s Beauty in Avonhead

Nestled peacefully in the Western suburbs you’ll find an unexpected level of care and indulgence at Helen’s Beauty in Avonhead. Specialising in massage therapy, manicures and pedicures, leaving the salon feeling fresh and rejuvenated is a given.



Director and therapist Helen Sitarz is a fine arts graduate, which takes her nail colouring and nail art to another level.

“I take pride in perfection,” she says. With a focus on healthy nails, gentle cuticle detailing and care for her clients’ skin, Helen uses high quality colours and removers combined with her genuine skill in every manicure.

Every pedicure includes a foot spa, cuticle detailing, shaping and gel or lacquer colouring plus a divine foot circulation massage.

“It’s a beauty treatment and soothing relaxation at the same time,” says Helen.

Footcare including dealing with hardened heels, calluses and uneven toenails is also available, “After the treatment you’ll be very confident in bare feet.”

The massage therapy is there to lift you up: “I understand the stress that women can be under, and this is healing time out. I see clients with headaches, neck, back, and shoulder issues, and I offer full body as well as pregnancy and maternity massage therapy.”

Find Helen at 021 292 4287, or on Facebook at Helen’s Beauty in Avonhead.


Best dressed guest

With few recent occasions to dress up for, weddings are the perfect events to whip out your glad rags. Here is Metropol’s style inspiration for the upcoming season.


Cut out and puff sleeves are on trend. Aje Mimosa Midi Cutout Dress


Sunnies are essential. Gucci


Respectably stylish in beige. Saba Juan Check Jacket


Loafers fit any dress code. Common People


Wedding blues. Saba


Tie your look together. Barker’s Linen Tie


Gold details delight. Karen Walker 9ct Arrow Fob Chain


Strappy and monochrome, tick! Wynn Hamlyn Layered Slip Dress


Block heels for comfort, snake print for style. Miss Wilson Ginger Heel in Rose Python


Florals and weddings are a perfect pair. The Vampire’s Wife The Falconetti Dress


Feminine and floaty forever. Trelise Cooper Fame and Frills Dress


Long and silky is made for formality. Camilla & Marc Abbie Gown




From tails and tuxes to three pieces, business and lounge suits. There’s plenty to choose from to match your wedding theme, dress code and locations. Here are Metropol’s tips for suiting up, in style.


Mix it up. Working Style


Blue adds a contemporary touch. Saba Gomez Jacket.


“Oxfords, not brogues.” The right shoes. RM Williams Kintore


A three piece is always a winner. Barkers Mayfair ZQ Waistcoat, Jacket and Trousers


Dapper shades are a must. Moscot Dudel Sun


Ignite the scenes with a signature scent. Byredo Sellier from Mecca


The classic. Working Style Delon Peak Lapel Dinner Suit.


Add a touch of colour with a pocketsquare. Working Style


Don’t be late! Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41


Maid to wear

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.

Juliette Hogan Amaya Pleat Dress


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!


Ruby Ronnie Silk Dress


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.


Silk & Steel Matriach Hoop Earrings


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.


Down the aisle and beyond

In wedding seasons marked by constant disruption and cancellations, when it comes to wedding dress design it seems brides to be are shirking tradition and focusing on personal style and versatility. According to those in the know, modern brides want a wedding wardrobe that can take them from ceremony to dancing with ease.


Jesus Period 219 Dress


The new grand: Lace, beading and thread work used to symbolise a grand wedding gown. Now, statement frocks are incorporating architectural elements to achieve a less is more aesthetic. Think refined frills and clean layers achieved with impeccable tailoring.


Trish Peng Abby Gown


Simply romantic: Bohemian bridal looks prevail for 2021 and beyond, with the poetic aesthetic exuding romance and femininity. Underpinned by one of bridal’s longest mainstays, lace, modern takes are seeing bolder laser cut designs emerge, or a delicate chantilly top worn over the dress. Low back designs with a row of buttons also add a touch of vintage to modern shapes.


Jesus Peiro 252 Dress and 37 / F Headdress


All in the details: Some brides are turning up the sophistication on simple silhouettes by adding elements of detail. Bold shoulders, intricate headbands and veils, and gloves are appearing in designer’s look books and on wedding aisles around the world.