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Functional Fashion


High performing clothing you’ll look good in should be a non-negotiable in your winter wardrobe, with items that can take you from activity to après with ease. Metropol has rounded up some cool-weather inspiration.

 

Lululemon

 

Snug and snappy. North Face Salty Dog Beanie

 

The best of a shirt and jacket in one. Patagonia Isthmus Men’s Quilted Shirt Jacket

 

Toasty and tailored. Macpac Merino Blend Footprint Socks

 

A high-performing cardi. All Birds Men’s Wool Cardi

 

Timeless shades. Garret Leight Rimowa X GLCO Sun

 

Cosy and cool. North Face Women’s Oh Mega Fur Pom

 

Go anywhere in this go-to. Patagonia Women’s Classic Retro X Jacket in Nest Brown

 

A boot which can do it all. Timberland Men’s 6-inch Premium Waterproof Boot

 

These boots were made for…everything! Sorel Women’s Winter Carnival Boot

 

 

Far from basic base layers. Icebreaker Women’s Motion Seamless Tights and Anatomica Sports Bra

 

 

Macpac Narvi Down Coat

 

Now trending…


Nineties throwbacks, laidback suiting and loud, whimsy details are tipped to dominate our wardrobes for the chillier seasons. So, Metropol has pulled together the styles beginning to trend as we start reshuffling our wardrobes for the cooler months ahead.

&Daughter Bonnie Tank Top

 

Sweater vests: A throwback to preppy styles of the ‘90s, sweater vests are big. This time around, the vests are slouchier, and worn atop baggy shirts and tees.

 

Ganni Rib Knit Sleeveless Sweater in Fossil from Workshop

 

ASOS V Neck Vest with Argyle Pattern

 

Peter pan collars: A whimsical addition to the beloved blouse, Peter Pan collars have been popping up for a while now. A fun and fresh take on classic shirting, and perfect peeking out over a sweater.

 

Witchery Lace Collar Shirt

 

Blanca Studio Emili Tunic

 

Keep your skin fresh with a coffee scrub.Drunk Elephant Koffee Scrub from Mecca

 

Relaxed tailoring: A standout trend at the recent Shanghai Fashion Week, this laidback look is tipped to keep taking off. Expect to see casual suiting in unfussy, over sized fits paired with chunky boots, sneakers and cross body bags, for guys and girls.

 

Trelise Cooper Pur-Suit of Happiness Me & My Boyfriend Jacket 

 

St Agni Tau Blazer and Erika Pants in Caramello

 

Step A Head Trousers

 

Gold and pearls are a trending duo. Holly Ryan Large Mini Picasso Pearl Drops

 

Probiotics for your skin? Check.
Unconditional Skincare Co. Live Probiotic Hydration Serum

 

Loud coats: What is autumn and winter without a go-to jacket? This season, try a coat with personality. If you’re not one for bright colours, try a bold pattern or flashy texture to lift the mood.

 

Cooper Checkmate Waste Not Want Scott Coat

 

Ruby Rooney Coat

 

Friends with Frank Harriet Teddy Coast in Tan

 

Fresh sneakers with a pop of colour.
Veja V-10

 

Chunky soles are the flats du jour. Alias Mae Nix Shoes

 

A luxe lotion to stay dewy all over. Summer Fridays Summer Silk Nourishing Body Lotion from Mecca

 

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.


 

Fashion & eco-conscious: Kjole Style


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.

 

Kaffe KApetra LS dress

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 kjolestyle@gmail.com or check it out online.


 

Just boot it!


Ask any self-proclaimed fashion follower to name their most cherished wardrobe item and it’s highly likely the answer will be “boots”, followed by a detailed description of the cut, colour and style of the favourite pair and why they’re so revered.

 

Camilla & Marc Jane Combat Boot

 

If this year’s autumn through winter trends are anything to go by, 2021 is shaping up to be the Year of the Boot, and no matter your preference – on-the-knee, below-the-knee, mid-calf or Chelsea style – there’s a boot with your name on it.

With the rule book thrown out the window, boots this year are all about attitude, yet there’s no compromising on comfort.

Grunge is back, and it’s drop-dead cool in colours such as bone, butter, chocolate and black, and in styles such as the pull-on ankle or below-the-knee lace-up with inside zips. Lug soles are ideal for serious striding.

White is white-hot this winter, for boots both long and short, and it’s coming corset-laced, buckled, gem-studded, patented and socked. Boots in off-cream, neutral, sepia and birch provide off-white alternatives that marry the sensational with the subtle.

Cowboy, or western, boots never go out of style and they’re everywhere this year, in both knee and ankle versions; name any colour and you’ll find it.

Animal print fetishists can flaunt the look in crocodile, snake, leopard, tiger and zebra, and with heels ranging from lugs, flats and Cubans through to kittens, stacks and stilettos, it’s promising to be fun times out and aboot in the concrete jungle this winter.


 

Betting on style


Cup Week fashion is a chance to dress to impress. Whether that is paying homage to the traditions of the track with a dark hued suit, embracing patterned shirts and blazers, or diverging from those time-honoured two-pieces with light-coloured chinos and linen shirts.

SABA

 

Dapper never dates in classic navy. Sportscraft Grant Wool Item Jacket.

 

All punters need a sleek wallet. Deadly Ponies Card File

 

Add flare with tasteful accents like a pocket square. Working Style Diamond Paisley Pocket Square

 

Freshen up any ‘fit with a crisp wide brim. Brixton Marcos Fedora

 

SABA

 

Mix it up in pale pants. J Crew stretch chinos

 

Lighten up with a linen shirt. Sportscraft Stripe Linen Shirt in Oat

 

Slick shades are a must. Moscot Cliptosh in Amber

 

RM WILLIAMS

 

Dressy trou which are not too dark, not too light. Working Style Olive Twill City Chino

 

A designer timepiece elevates any look. Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito

 

Brown leather boots are classy and classic. RM Williams Comfort Craftsman

 


 

Sophisticated style afoot: Mikko Shoes


Mikko Shoes’ new season collection is an enchanting offering of energising colourways and sophisticated shapes providing ample inspiration for the warmer months ahead. Metropol spoke with founder and buyer, Michaela, about this season’s trends and the Mikko difference.

 

 

BEFORE WE DIVE INTO THE SS20 TRENDS, TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MIKKO AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
I launched Mikko in 2013 to offer an extensive range of European hand selected and handcrafted quality shoes for women who wanted stylish footwear, without having to compromise on comfort. I felt there was an opportunity to provide a truly personalised instore experience – our team are professionally trained in fitting and styling.

WHY DO YOU FOCUS ON EUROPEAN BRANDS SPECIFICALLY?
Europe is the origin of shoemaking with a rich history of quality and excellent craftsmanship. The brands we choose are family-owned businesses, just like us. Each brand has its own story and every shoe has four things in common: comfort, quality, style and value. Since day one, we have prioritised artisanal quality, unparalleled comfort and timeless design that will last.

AND ONTO THE NEW SEASON, WHAT ARE THE MUST-HAVE COLOURS IN FOOTWEAR THIS SEASON?
There are two ends of the colour spectrum to enjoy. Poolside Daydream – punchy, playful, ‘60s inspired tones of fuchsia, coral and teal – and Design Emotion – a Nordic-inspired, earthy palette, think jute, woodgrain and cork; a textural blend of sophistication and warmth.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
We see an evolution of the interesting silhouettes, finishes and features introduced in winter – large scale exotic prints, the ‘90s square toe, brushed metallics and the architectural heel. Also new are corsage trims with glamorous oversized adornments.

HOW ABOUT CASUAL FOOTWEAR OPTIONS – ARE SNEAKERS STILL A MUST-HAVE?
Sneakers are seasonless! We love fresh interpretations like platform soles, metallic touches, animal prints and retro influences. We’ve also launched DL Sport – an Italian luxury casual sneaker range.

AND FINALLY, IF YOU HAD TO SUM UP THIS SEASON’S TRENDS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
The vibe is joyful, inspiring and optimistic – and who isn’t feeling in the mood for that?

Visit Mikko Shoes at 143 Victoria Street or online
www.mikkoshoes.nz.

 

 


 

Effortless summer style: New Order


The countdown to summer is nearly over, meaning it is time to equip your closet for the sunny season ahead. At New Order Boutique in Rolleston there is always plenty to choose from and a great
range of styles.

EB & IVE ZENA DRAWSTRING TOP AND MWANA TOP BOTH IN BUFF BOTANICAL

 

Owner Nikki is just as excited for the new season as we are. She says jumpsuits are still featuring strongly along with pleated skirts and pretty dresses.

There is an abundance of natural fabrics, soft colours and fabulous prints – but for those who love a pop of colour, she says don’t worry, there are still some brights coming through.

Linen is an especially popular option.

“Linen is a must-have for the new season, it’s perfect for summer as it keeps you cool and comfortable – it’s a durable, sustainable fibre and even the simplest designed piece of linen looks beautiful,” says Nikki.

Whilst colours are an important aspect of any outfit – so too is practicality and Nikki loves finding pieces that can be styled effortlessly.

No fiddle, no fuss.

Layering pieces like kimonos are still a stylish and easy addition to any outfit, and it’s often just a matter of popping on a belt and a great pair of earrings to complete your look.

Head into store at 63-67 Tennyson Street, Rolleston. Open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.


 

Gritty Pretty


When it may be months until we can fully trust an early morning clear blue sky or the slippery frosts they bring, a chunky Chelsea boot is a chic way to take no chances in these changeable climes.

 

 

Thick, flat and platformed, a rubber-soled stomper adds grit to the most feminine of silhouettes while serving as a sturdy and practical companion for the tail end of these cold and rainy days.

Asos Design Aqum Premium Leather Chunky Chelsea Boots

Don’t just take it from us, Vogue touted the style as the must-have shoe of the season and designers like The Row, Bottega Veneta, Prada and Burberry have been leading this grungy ‘90s trend back around, with a chunky Chelsea boot a-foot most of the models in their pre-Covid-19 shows.

 

Dr Marten Quad Boot

Closer to home, Karen Walker stocks a Dr Martens version in her Playpark stores and online, Beau Coop has designed a crocodile print number, and the footwear has been favoured to accessorise the campaign shoots of local designers like Harris Tapper and Paris Georgia. High street heroes Hannah’s, Zara and Tony Bianco also stock more budget-friendly versions.

 

Blundstone Gusset Boot.

Though typically black, we’ve spied chunky Chelseas in a covetable array of tan, chestnut and white hues with plain, suede and patent finishes to give your prettiest floral spring dresses or favourite jeans and jumper combo an edge.


 

Cottoning on to sustainable fashion


Being fashion conscious is increasingly weighted towards the conscious part of the term. From ecological impacts on the environment to social justice issues in supply chains and modelling campaigns: designers and consumers alike have sustainability in mind.

A. LEVIS WELLTHREAD RECYCLED DENIM

Smaller collections, less often: Prada’s “refreshingly practical” (as one writer put it) Spring 2021 runway show last month was a pared back collection of well-made, working from home-friendly staples. Such collections may well become the new norm as the industry takes a Covid-enforced rethink of the necessity and eco footprint of large, frequently-released collections.

B. DEADLY PONIES MINI LEOPARD VEGAN

Cottonised hemp: Made from a hemp yarn that’s been processed to have the look and feel of cotton, cottonised hemp requires less water, chemicals and land to grow than cotton – making it a more sustainable choice. Jean geniuses Levi’s have just released its latest range made of this fabric into New Zealand.

C. LEVIS WELLTHREAD RECYCLED DENIM

Is pre-order the new order? Instead of releasing fully produced collections, some designers (like Kiwi labels Harris Tapper and Ellis) are opting for pre-order. The antithesis to oft-problematic fast fashion, pre-order might mean a longer wait for shoppers – but could spell the end of left-over, unwanted stock going to landfill.

Tactical textiles: Oranges, pineapples, potatoes, banana and coffee; excellent for eating, drinking and also, apparently, for wearing. New fabrics made from food waste are emerging the world over, with cult New Zealand handbag brand Deadly Ponies recently joining the fray with a trio of vegan handbags constructed from organic cactus leather.