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Last minute outfit heroes


Cup Week is here and with the tail end of the week’s celebrations still in sight, we’ve rounded up our favourite last-minute pick to take you from brunch, to the track – and beyond. Not only are these accessories great for a day at the races, but reuse them for the myriad of summer events on the horizon.

 

Scarf-ing off. Mix it up with a chic and bold patterned head scarf for the ladies, or pocket square for the guys. Ruby Bounty Head Scarf. Working Style Toucan Pocket Square.

 

Bright and right. Nourish your skin between events with a nourishing face mask. La Muse Skin Repair Signature Mask.

 

Ear, ear! Pop on some eye-catching bling. Murkani Hope Earrings.

 

Hat trick. Textured headwear instantly glamourises any outfit – hats for the men, and floral fascinators, puffy headbands and bejewelled hair clips for the gals. Brixton Messer Fedora

 

 

Lashings of style. Add some DIY glamour with stick on fake lashes. Ardell Lift Effect #743

 

 

Eye see you. No outdoor outfit is complete without a slick pair of shades – or choose something fun and funky. Coveteur X Karen Walker Blessed Caramel Marble. Garrett Leight Kinney Sun.


 

Be Jewelled


Jewellery is an instant outfit elevator. Whether that is up-speccing your every day or splashing out for a special occasion, accessories often hold much more than just aesthetic value. Investment pieces become heirlooms which embellish for generations. So, coming into the gifting season can be a wise time to turn our attention to bold golds, platinum and precious gemstones.

SILK AND STEEL

 

Internationally, jewellery is getting a lot of attention as a seasonal style must have.

Gucci Crystal Double G Earrings

As video conferencing endures as a communication mainstay, adorning the upper body with jewels is one way to let your sartorial taste shine through the screen.

Sophie Divett Jewellery Vesta Ring 18ct Yellow Gold with Teal Queensland Sapphire

According to Vogue, this attention to detail has also shone through in the latest collections of the most influential design houses.

Gucci Pearl Double G Layered Bracelet

From Chanel, Versace and Gucci to Prada, Jacquemus, Miu Miu and Christian Dior – a new wave of regalia is on display.

Karen Walker Voyager Spin Necklace

Pops of colour, chunky chains and hardware joined continued looks of medallions, large brand logos, and figurine details.

Silk & Steel Figaro Earrings

Closer to home less screen time may be required, but the advent of actual social events provides ample excuses to make the most of the influx of new designs.

Meadowlark Fob Pearl Bracelet

Here, local designers are releasing ranges resplendent in gold regalia, none more so than New Zealand designer Silk & Steel’s recent collection, Talisman, as featured on our cover.

Walker and Hall Vintage 14ct Yellow Gold 6.30 Sapphire and Diamond Ring

 

Elsewhere, Karen Walker’s latest collection, The Navigator, combines delicate chains with figurines and medallion relics.

Silk & Steel Grace Ring Black

High end jewellers, Naveya and Sloane, never fail to disappoint with elegant and timeless gemstones, and Walker and Hall’s range of one-off vintage pieces are fabulous bespoke heirlooms ready to be loved for yet more generations to come.

 

Naveya and Sloane Smoky Quarts Knots Ring in Yellow Gold

 

Karen Walker

 

Blurred Lines


Fashion is seen as a point of expression for many. You have numerous styles, colours and patterns. From drag (gender bending) to androgyny, the lines between what is considered masculine and feminine are becoming blurred. As a result, fashion is leaning towards more of a gender-fluid feel.

 

Karen Walker Metropolis Jacket and Pant and Converse Renew Chuck 70

 

For example, take darling Delta Goodrem on our cover. She looks like an absolute powerhouse and doesn’t have to wear a stereotypically feminine outfit to do it.

The celebrity rocks a detailed suit that screams ‘I mean business’. Meanwhile our very own Karen Walker has long courted a utilitarian with an air of androgynous chic aesthetic.

For the very first time, Versace Creative Director Donatella Versace made a bold move in showcasing both the men’s and women’s collections together during Fashion Week 2020.

This beautiful blurring of the lines enables the focus to be taken off who is wearing the clothes and focus on the clothes themselves.

We’re hoping that same attitude will wear off in the storefronts, loosening the limits on who gets to wear what in the world of fashion.

In short, men can rock a frilled shirt and equally women can pull off a power suit.

Wear the clothes, not the stereotype.


 

Karen Walker’s love affair with denim


They’ve been torn, patched and intentionally abused by stone and acid washes, and despite a troubled upbringing as the unofficial uniform of 1950s youth counter-culture, denim has maintained its standing as a seasonal staple, reinvented and reinvigorated season after sartorial season. We caught up with our fashion favourite Karen Walker about her love affair with this popular fabric.

 

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When did you fall in love with denim?

I’m a child of the ‘70s and that’s a decade that was awash in the stuff. One doesn’t recover from that romance.


What do you love about this overwhelmingly popular fabric?

It’s a living fabric that improves with age and pays you back every time you give it an outing.


Do you have a favourite pair?

I always have three or four pairs of jeans in my wardrobe but my favourite cut will always be the Levi’s 501.

I’ve been wearing them since I was in my teens and adore them There’s a reason they’re the legend they are.


What do you think makes the perfect pair of jeans?

It’s all about the fit.


How do you love wearing denim?

I guess the thing that keeps denim so central to all our wardrobes is that you can really do anything you like with it and it works; that’s why I reach for denim so often – because you can throw anything into the rest of the look and it works.


Jeans have long been a wardrobe staple and they’re reimagined year after year. Why do you think they’re such a popular addition?

For all the above reasons. They get better with age and they work with everything you can throw at them.


How do you like to incorporate denim into your designs?

Our approach to denim is usually to take it on a fashion journey in terms of really questioning the status quo around what denim’s silhouette and detailing can be.


Michelle Obama pairing your Temptation Blazer and Original Sin Flares on her Becoming book tour was a favourite of ours – and the world’s! They were a darker shade of denim. What are your favourite denim colours right now?

Nine times out of 10 it’s unwashed dark indigo.


Pulling back on the wash cycle has been thrown around a lot recently, particularly as it relates to denim. What are your top tips for looking after denim?

I’m not a huge fan of the freezer over the washing machine thing but neither do I think you have to wash your jeans after every wear and of course, when you do wash them, have them inside out on cold, line dry and all that.

I get the freezer treatment but if you’ve bought a pair of jeans which has been pre-washed, lasered or ripped to within an inch of its life, throwing them in the washing machine on cold every now and then is the least of your worries.

My preference is to start with denim that’s unwashed or had minimal washing and no rips so they last for decades and you earn the wear the hard way.


 

Botanical beauty


Nature is undeniably beautiful. Therefore, adorning ourselves in leafy glade renditions or the magical mystique of a lush green forest reflects our free-spirited feminine wiles.

 

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Karen Walker has her own take on the botanical twist. Her ‘Runaway Girl’ pendant has turned woodland nymph, now dangling an adorable oversized acorn as a change from her trademark knapsack.

And for earrings, the elegant silhouette of dragonflies are seen hovering under earlobes.

 

RUBI LILY BLOCK HEEL

 

Green is serene, calm and cool. It’s the big shade for 2020 fashion.

So botanical-inspired prints are a natural flow, branching out in all directions from mint to emerald.

Florals part the way for tropical jungle palm leaves to reign on summer dresses.

Lush rainforests through to sweeter daisy-dotted meadows glam up the green palette.

THE DAILY EDITED WASH BAG

 

Foliage set on a white background is crisp, fresh couture, while retro botanical prints give classic vintage detailing.

Nature provides enough individuality to inspire designs from the likes of Dolce & Gabbana and timeless icons like Dior who have been down the botanical path before.

FOSSIL EMERALD GREEN

This time it’s not for shrinking violets, as larger-than-life fronds adorn jumpsuits, summer trench coats and floaty skirts, through to bags, hair accessories and sunglasses.


 

A collaborative collection


What does popular New Zealand fashion designer Karen Walker have in common with an Australian denim production house? A whole lot, it seems. Karen Walker has just revealed her latest project; a collaboration with Outland Denim.

 

Based in Queensland, Australia, Outland Denim is a B-Corp company and one of the world’s hottest right now, because not only does this brand employ vulnerable women in Cambodia and provide them with a full skillset and personal development opportunities, sustainability is also close to its heart, making jeans with a lower environmental impact a core focus.

Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has also caught the Outland Denim bug and the addition of Outland Denim to her wardrobe enabled the company to employ a further 46 seamstresses in their Cambodia-based production house.

We caught up with Karen Walker about the inspiration behind the collaboration and why it is so important to her.

 

The Karen Walker brand has long been committed to prioritising transparency, sustainability and ethical practices over profits. How important are these areas to you?
How you make your product is at the top of the agenda for any leading brand and will continue to be so.


What do you think are the most important areas businesses should be looking at when it comes to ethical business practice?
I think the most important thing is to ask yourself whether people really need the thing you’re making or the service you’re providing. Really consider every product you’re making before you make it and be sure it has a purpose and there’s a need for it.

For us, with this collaboration, we took the idea of utility denim pieces down to their very essence. What does the core of a utility workwear wardrobe look like and it turns out it’s one jacket, two jeans, a skirt, a t-shirt and a tote bag.

At the other end of the spectrum, our Atelier service makes a product only when people actually need it so it’s sparse in the extreme. And then, in the middle, with our ready-to-wear, we’re making about a third of the styles we were five years ago and bringing the collections down to their very core. We believe less truly is better.


Have you noticed change happening in this space?
Yes, I think people understand the urgency now more than they did five or 10 years ago.


How did the Outland capsule collaboration come about?
Mutual admiration and a shared desire to make beautiful, well-considered and needed things.


How did the design process behind this collaboration work, and what did Outland and Karen Walker each bring to the table?
We brought our unique design and Outland Denim brought their unique way of producing.


Why is this collaboration so important to you?
Collaborations are a way for brands to learn from one another. In this particular case Outland Denim’s Cambodian production team have learnt new skills required for the specific elements in our designs and we’ve learnt about new ways to approach the production of denim. Manufacturing of denim clothing has been very problematic for some time and Outland are on a journey to reinvent it and solve those issues that have been so intrinsic.


What was the inspiration behind the collection?
We wanted to create a family of garments that felt engineered and focused on structure and functionality.

 

 


 

All that glitters is gold


Yellow gold is the hot pick to invest in this year and it’s now even hotter to go all out in its gorgeous glitter.

 

KAREN WALKER JUST-LAUNCHED JEWELLERY COLLECTION, SOCIETY

 

People have adorned themselves in gold chains since early Egyptian times – guarantee that bejewelling yourself in the planet’s most beloved precious metal will always spell style. From Cleopatra through to the Kardashians, golden glam has remained a star. Recently the glittery little gold dress has even stolen the spotlight off the little black one. And piling on the gold now is not overdoing it – it’s rocking it!

Karen Walker captures the beauty of yellow gold in her just-launched jewellery collection, Society. She has crafted a signet ring and KW-bow adorned bracelet and necklace with a disc that can be engraved with a personal initial. And how divine are her gold Electric Heart earrings?

With gold prices soaring to a six-year high, maybe our psyches are revaluing its sheer preciousness. The more yellow a gold piece is, the more carats it contains. However, quality gold-plated jewellery and accessories are as affordable as ever. Classic and refined, wear for its beguiling, glittering charm. Yellow gold suits everyone but especially on neutral or warm-toned skins.

For the demure amongst us, a gold necklace on a simple outfit instantly adds a million-dollar feel. Yellow gold buckles and embellishments on a black handbag totally ups the sophistication score. Just like first prize at the Olympics, timeless true gold will always represent number one in the wardrobe.

 


 

Karen Walker

Karen Walker gets the sartorial edge


Karen Walker designs have always had a bit of edge. Described once as the “consummate collision of attitude and aptitude”, Walker has added a more literal edge to her latest collection, Bad Apple.

 

Karen Walker

 

Inspired by a day at an orchard in Upstate New York, the new ready-to-wear collection is marked by apple tree references, but in classic Walker style, there’s a wry twist; look closely and you’ll see that medieval apple tree print has a small serpent concealed within its branches.

We caught up with up with Walker to discuss the collection and what the New Year has in store for one of the country’s most beloved designers.

 

Can you tell us a bit about your new ready-to-wear collection Bad Apple?
It’s preppy dressing for people who want to misbehave with lots of print and tailoring and denim.

 

What does the collection mean to you and what are your favourite pieces?
I love the apple tree with the hidden snake print especially and also the denim suit (featured on the cover) which we’re thrilled to have had to release early after Mrs Obama wore it on her recent book tour.

 

What do your upcoming collections have in store for us?
Our March 2019 collection pays homage to two great female chess players.

 

You’re in a high-paced creative role, how do you unwind and prevent burnout?
Handstands on my yoga mat, chess with my daughter (she’s yet to beat me), reading, playing piano and playing tennis are, I find, all pretty good ways to unwind.

Also, I do find myself anxiously waiting through autumn until there’s enough snow on Coronet Peak to get the snowboard out and I’ve also recently taken up running (thanks to my new Adidas UltraBoost runners!) and I find I love it.

I do also love a history podcast, especially the BBC’s In Our Time. Also, Glenn Gould playing absolutely anything but especially his first version of the Goldberg Variations.

 

What’s your design philosophy?
Does it make me smile?

 

Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Anywhere and everywhere.

 

What does personal success mean to you?
Waking up looking forward to and excited by my day.

 

What are your New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t do New Year resolutions. I try to go into every day of the year with focus, clarity and passion.

 

What are you most looking forward to over the next 12 months?
We’ve got some very exciting projects in place for 2019 and I’m looking forward to pulling them together and seeing what we can create.

 



 

Karen Walker

A runaway success: Karen Walker


Karen Walker’s instantly recognisable Runaway Girl has lent her signature look to one of the most beloved and iconic characters of all time.

 

Karen Walker

 

Ninety years after Mickey Mouse first appeared on television, he has borrowed the stylised stick and bag of the ponytailed girl from one of the designer’s oldest collections. Launched earlier this month, the collection’s central motif is Mickey Mouse toting the Karen Walker Runaway Girl’s signature bindle. The Runaway Girl is 17 this year and is still one of Karen Walker’s most popular fine jewellery pieces and this is the first time she’s ever been modified.

Karen says it felt like the perfect time; like Mickey and Minnie, the Runaway Girl has always stood for adventure and fun. “When Disney approached us to help celebrate Mickey’s 90th, it was an immediate and unequivocal yes,” she says. “Mickey is a true icon and it’s a great honour for me to have an opportunity to interpret his personality, which I’ve always loved, through my own lens.” The collection includes t-shirts and sweatshirts, eyewear, fine jewellery, accessories and a commemorative plate and mug. It will be exclusive to Ballantynes or through www.karenwalker.com, with the jewellery collection available from Petersens Jewellers at the Bush Inn Centre.

The only designer from Australasia asked by Disney to create a collection for its global celebration, Karen Walker is being represented alongside brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Marc Jacobs. The New Zealand brand has also had the royal seal of approval, with Her Royal Highness, Meghan The Duchess of Sussex wearing Karen Walker several times during the recent royal tour.

Meghan was wearing a tailored coat with double-breasted front called the ‘Banks Trench’ as she and Prince Harry arrived in Wellington and the Karen Walker ‘Fathom Jacket’, as she and Prince Harry visited The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy on Auckland’s North Shore. She has also been spotted wearing earrings by Karen Walker, the temptation studs in 9 carat gold with pearl studs and ‘Northern Lights’ sunglasses.

The Duchess has previously worn Karen’s clothing and attended her shows at New York Fashion Week.

 



 

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Tickled pink: this pretty shade is all grown up

With cooler temperatures welcoming a cooler colour palette, one hot new trend is breaking all the season’s sartorial rules. With both street cred and practical appeal, pink is the colour the fashion world is falling for in 2018.

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From caps to coats, there’s something for everyone in this pretty palette, but not as you’ve ever seen it before. Yes, the dusky shade of postmodern girlhood has emerged with an intriguing new edge.
The 2018 season is putting its own sartorial spin on this bubble-gum classic – gone is the girly-girl look. Not so much in the pieces themselves, but rather how they’re put together.
Teamed with masculine cuts and dirty shades of olive and brown, pink is quickly taking over as fashion’s new power player.