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In the bag

They see you through busy days of business appointments, dressed up dinner dates and everything in between – the beloved carryalls sure do spend a lot of time by our side.

Stitch & Hide heidi bag in almond

Whether you need a handbag that can hold your whole life, or a more minimalist style only for essentials, have a little fun with a signature bag to sling over your shoulder.

Maison de Sabre mini tote in Manhattan orange
Deadly Ponies Twister Bag in Espresso


COS Leather tote in amber



The power of red


Classic, passionate, and powerful, red makes a statement, on your lips, over your shoulder or from head to toe. Wearing red can be soft and romantic, it can be bold and assertive; there is a reason it has been seen on runways for decades, always coming back around no matter the season.

Trelise Cooper mary poplin in a mad rouche dress


Strong and serious

Sleek tailoring and structured pieces makes red bold and brilliant; confidence is guaranteed in these styles. To break up the bold colour, try gold jewellery and neutral accessories.

Ruby ima a-line skirt in red
Karen Millen wide leg jumpsuit in coral


Silk & Steel Jewellery estate necklace in gold
Witchery eliza linen belt in cream


Pretty and soft

When wearing red, sheer fabric is the perfect way to soften up the bright colour. Patterns are another way to add an extra layer of femininity to pieces, making for the easiest date night option.

Bohemian Traders billow sleeve midi dress


KETZ-KE hotshot dress in tamarillo


Trelise Cooper on the spot rose and ruffles blouse
Karen Walker leaf drop earrings


Cool and casual

For lazy Sundays, it’s all about comfort. Wearing a pop of red will keep you looking warm and feeling cosy. You can still look bright when running errands or just from the comfort of your couch.


SABA knit
Scanlan Theodore mohair shirt sweater in rasberry
Trelise Cooper smoothing on the prowl trouser
Asics sportstyle gel lyte



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.




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 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.



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




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




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.



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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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




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.



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.