Our favourite looks from Resort 2019 and why the cruise season matters

Once upon a time, designers created capsule collections peppered with bathing suits, sun hats and breezy fabrics for northern hemisphere clients to take away with them on their summer vacations — rendering the prevailing nomenclature ‘cruise’ and ‘resort’ fit for purpose.

Nowadays, the world we live in is far more connected. Major clients for big brands come to them from all over the world, and with an increasingly globalised economy, it no longer makes sense for high-end houses to restrict themselves to a niche aesthetic, especially when the idea of the ‘summer vacation’ takes on many different forms. While the name has remained, the nature of resort has changed, now offering arguably the most commercial collections on the fashion calendar. It has become both a strategic, money-making exercise and a necessary nod to the International customer.

Labels like Christian Dior and Gucci fly their V.I.P clients to far-flung show destinations to view the collections that often end up being their best selling. Generally, where designers use the F/W and S/S to showcase more avant-guard and showstopping pieces, cruise feels inherently wearable.

The season also offers a chance for brands to gain traction in the media and on social channels, away from the highly saturated digital noise of the major fashion weeks. The fickle nature of fashion month doesn’t leave much room for lasting impact, as ‘onto the next one’ becomes the defining mantra. Resort offers an ultra-exclusive, luxury experience — and it’s the perfect opportunity for designers to enjoy a bit of breathing room.

So while this in-between season can sometimes feel arbitrary, its importance to both brand and customer cannot be denied. These are our favourite looks from the Resort 2019 runways.

Christian Dior
Where: Domaine de Chantilly, France

 

Louis Vuitton
Where: Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul de Vence, France

 

Gucci
Where: Promenade Des Alyscamps, France

 

Prada
Where: The Piano Factory, New York City

 

Chanel
Where: Grand Palais, Paris

 

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Indulge in some sensational food and wine at this decadent Winemaker’s dinner series

We never imagined ourselves wanting to venture out in these plunging temperatures, but when we found out two of our favourite things — wine and food — were to unite in the form of a Winemaker’s dinner series at SKYCITY’s The Grill by Sean Connolly, we began preparing the thermals for an evening to remember.

Consisting of a five-course degustation, each dinner from the four-part series throughout June will see delectable plates sumptuously matched with extraordinarily good, award-winning wine. And while no two will be the same, you can rest assured that each will present a sensory overload. The first of the series begins on the 7th of June, where The Grill invites you to dine with Ben Longhurst, a French wine expert from Euro Vintage whose knowledge of his country’s prominent wine-making regions (from Champagne to Bordeaux) will be incorporated into a flavour filled dinner.

If you’re inclined to experience something a little closer to home, the three successive evenings — taking place on the 14th, 21st and 28th of June — will pay homage to New Zealand. You can expect the guest connoisseurs — Brent Marris from Marisco Vineyards, Clive Jones from Nautilus Estate, and Dean Shaw from Nevis Bluff Wines, respectively — to take you on a journey through some of our countries finest wineries, from the cool and diverse valleys of Marlborough to the southern beauty of Central Otago, before blending their wines harmoniously with The Grill’s gastronomic talent.

While each individual evening will be exquisite in its own right, attending all four is a sure-fire way to indulge in a start-to-finish experience like no other. With only 15 tickets available per event, we suggest you book now to secure your place.

The Grill by Sean Connolly

SKYCITY Grand Hotel
90 Federal St

09 363 7067

www.skycityauckland.co.nz/restaurants/the-grill

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L’affare Melrose’s new winter dishes are satisfying our cold-weather cravings

With a philosophy of seasonality that extends beyond simply using the word ‘seasonal’ in an exhaustive, buzzwordy way, L’affare Melrose‘s commitment to altering its menu with each season ensures their offering remains eminently fresh. As temperatures start to drop and we find ourselves eschewing the crisp, fruity flavours of summer for something a bit more hearty and warming, this Newmarket favourite has, once again, come through by adding a number of delicious, new winter dishes to its ever-changing menu.

Featuring lunchtime heroes like a temperate beetroot and farro salad with goat’s cheese and bitter greens and a celeriac and apple salad with pork belly rocket and lemon, the new breakfast-style dishes have equally piqued our interest. An indulgent salted coconut granola with puffed quinoa and fresh, seasonal fruits and a decidedly Instagramable avocado dish with lime, chilli and pistachio on thick-cut toast with a poached egg are providing appetising reasons to get out of bed on brisk mornings. And if you consider yourself something of a caffeine fanatic, Eddie (L’affare Melrose’s resident coffee expert) will be onsite roasting, blending, grinding and packing the signature L’affare blend, for your viewing pleasure. Positioning itself as more than just a place to drop in for a bite, L’affare Melrose is a veritable hub for coffee-lovers, gourmands and those wanting to host their own functions.

L'affare Melrose

22 Melrose Street
Newmarket
Auckland

(09) 378 9416

www.laffare.co.nz

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Video: We recap an evening spent celebrating our Denizen Heroes

It was in the spirit of revelry and with a generous dose of black-tie glamour that we all packed into Shed 10 last Thursday night to celebrate our 2018 Denizen Heroes. Women in flawless finery and jaw-dropping threads, and men looking as suave as a Fred Astaire film celebrated with gusto, four individuals who have been striving (and succeeding) to help the community in their own ways.

Delicious Chivas cocktails like the Chivas Collins and Signature X, kept every whistle wet, while those preferring to opt for a more pared back concoction, sipped delicious drops of Chivas’ 18 Yr and Ultis whisky, neat. Flutes of Perrier-Jouët champagne served on trays were also distributed to the jovial crowd.

Following the formalities, where our deserving Heroes received their awards, The Sweet Mix Kids drew us to the dancefloor in droves, spinning their crowd-pleasing tunes until it was time to depart, everyone thoroughly happy and exhaustively entertained.

Until next year…

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15 things you need to do in June

It would seem winter is well and truly here – marked dutifully by the annual erection of Aotea Square’s ephemeral ice skating rink. In a bid to save you from the temptation of diving under the covers for an all-you-can-watch Netflix session, here are a few of the most promising cultural events this month.

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Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour

If there’s anyone out there who can resist the molten voice of Mr Bolten, we’d like to know who you are. Coming to town to perform all of his soulful hits alongside the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Michael Bolton Symphony Tour will be one to remember.

Tuesday 19th June, The Civic. Purchase tickets here

Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight

Ocean’s Eight

Blanchett, Bullock, Rihanna, Hathaway, Bonham Carter and Holmes. The tides have turned as a traffic-stopping cast takes to the silver screen for this all-female Ocean’s trilogy spin-off. Here, the criminal mastermind is Debbie Ocean, played by Bullock, who corrals a motley (albeit good-looking and sensationally talented) crew to pull off the heist of the century at none other than the Met Gala. Déjà vu never looked so good.

In cinemas 7th June, watch the trailer here

QUINN XCII

QUINN XCII

QUINN XCII

QUINN XCII

A truly Gen Y talent, Detroit native Quinn XCII (pronounced Quinn 92) found fame by way of millions of online streams and viral coverage across the blogosphere. His quirky sound (a little Tame Impala-esque) is best expressed in singles like ‘Straightjacket’ and ‘Fake Denim’. He will be performing live at his first headline tour in New Zealand following 60 consecutive sold-out shows across North America.

27th June, The Studio. Purchase tickets here

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion

Ballet Revolucion

Australian choreographer Aaron Cash and Cuban choreographer Roclan Gonzalez Chavez have blended awe-inspiring contemporary moves with salsa and Cuban dance to create Ballet Revolucion. Leaving sold-out audiences in its wake, Aucklanders best get in quick.

1st & 2nd June, The Civic. Purchase tickets here

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

This century-old play is deemed one of the greatest ever written and follows the story of a rural landowning family who will lose their estate if they can’t meet impending financial duties. Brought to life by an incredible local cast, The Cherry Orchard is sure to delight the theatre-loving crowd.

12th – 26th June, ASB Waterfront Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Lily Allen's NO SHAME

Has Lily Allen finally grown up? Her hotly anticipated fourth studio album certainly suggests so. Departing from the bold, brash lyricism and sun-soaked melodies that were once her trademark, NO SHAME sees a more vulnerable Allen collaborating with the likes of Mark Ronson, Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig, Burna Boy, P2J and Cass Lowe.

NO SHAME will be released on 8th June.

Meremere

Meremere

Meremere

Meremere

This incredibly moving biographical work premiered at the Tempo Dance Festival in 2016 to much acclaim. Consequently, Rodney Bell is returning for a nationwide tour of his award-winning solo performance.

5th & 6th June, Te Pou Theatre. Purchase tickets here

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Touted as the most successful Asian American comic to date, Joseph Glenn Herbert, known professionally as Jo Koy, is set to deliver plenty of laughs via his Break the Mold tour which is coming our way this month.

16th June, Bruce Mason Centre. Purchase tickets here.

Cell Fish

Cell Fish

Cell Fish

Cell Fish

A gripping, dark comedy that plunges Shakespearean themes into the context of a men’s correctional facility, Cell Fish uses the bard’s oeuvre to explore what happens when you disturb the natural order of things.

13th-24th June, Q Theatre. Purchase tickets here

APO does Disco

APO does Disco

APO does Disco

APO does Disco

If you love a good musical mash-up, you need to get in on this pure disco gold, helmed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Get down to the ASB Theatre for a night that captures the spirit of New York’s legendary mirror-balled Studio 54, seeing the APO perform classics by The Bee Gees, Donna Summer, KC and the Sunshine Band, The Jacksons and Earth, Wind & Fire. Best dust those platforms off — 70s attire is essential.

Thursday 14th June, Aotea Centre. Get tickets here.

Festival of Photography

Festival of Photography

Festival of Photography

Festival of Photography

If there were ever a time to appreciate the perspective of a lens, it is now. The 2018 Festival of Photography is set to take over Auckland with a visual feast from a swathe of superlative artists.

31st May – 22nd June. Click here for more info. 

Le Renault French Festival

Le Renault French Festival

Le Renault French Festival

Le Renault French Festival

Delivering just what Auckland francophiles wanted, a festival dedicated to all things Gallic — think One Night in Paris, involving an abundance of cheese, wine and everything fine — this festival is one for European gourmands.

Browse everything that’s happening during Le Renault French Festival here

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

Conor Clarke & Ann Shelton

One of our favourites, Conor Clarke, will descend on Grey Lynn’s Two Rooms gallery, showing alongside photography legend Ann Shelton, with a new exhibition Ground Water Mirror that explores our urban relationship with water.

1st-30th June, 16 Putiki Street, Grey Lynn

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In this thought-provoking film, a technophobe by the name of Grey Trace lives in a utopian near-future when computers control nearly everything. Not long in, he is paralysed in a freak mugging that leaves his wife dead. Taken under a billionaire’s wing, who claims he restore the protagonist physical state, the pair proceeds to work together to avenge his wife’s death.

In cinemas 31st May. Watch the trailer here

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Aotea Square Ice Rink

Back by popular demand, this ephemeral ice skating rink is once again assuming pride of place in Auckland’s central Aotea Square from 15th June – 22nd July. In situ for the school holidays, family and skate fanatics will love the fun-filled atmosphere.

More info here

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Video: Watch us create this decadent chocolate tart with the help of Lewis Road Creamery

As the temperature plummets and winter sets in full swing, so too does our burgeoning appetite for something a little more soul-warming and substantial. Cue: a rich bite of sweet relief in the form of Lewis Road Creamery’s decadent chocolate tart, conceived by their in-house creative baker Liv Glazebrook. Encompassing crumbly pastry with lashings of heavenly dark chocolate and smatterings of caramelised nuts, this dessert of kings serves as a delicious treat that will see you right through this season and into the next.

Ingredients
Chocolate base:
125g Lewis Road Creamery sour cream
210g plain flour
200g Lewis Road Creamery unsalted butter
40g cocoa

Filling:
1 cup Lewis Road Creamery premium double cream
200g dark chocolate
35g of Lewis Road Creamery unsalted butter

Caramelised Nuts:
100g toasted pistachios
100g toasted hazelnuts
1 cup sugar
⅓ cup water

Coffee cream:
300ml Lewis Road Creamery organic single cream
Shot of Nespresso (35-40mls)
1 tbsp Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate liqueur

Method

For the pastry, first, preheat the oven to 180°C. Dice the butter and place it in a food processor with the flour and cocoa, pulsing until the mixture takes on a sandy texture. Add the sour cream and continue to pulse until the dough starts to incorporate into a ball. Wrap the ball of dough in plastic film and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Lightly dust the bench with flour and proceed to roll the chilled pastry out until it reaches 2cm thickness.

Line a tart tin with thinned pastry and gently press it into the edges. Trim any excess, leaving roughly 5mm above the top of the tin to account for shrinkage. Using a fork, prick the base all over and cover with baking paper before weighing down with baking beads (use rice, chickpeas or lentils if you don’t have beads) and placing it into the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beads and bake for another 10 minutes before setting aside to cool completely.

Next, prepare the caramelised nuts by bringing the sugar and water to the boil in a saucepan without stirring. Reduce heat and allow to simmer until the mixture turns golden. Quickly remove from heat and mix in the nuts until coated. Pour onto a lined tray to cool.

For the chocolate filling, chop the dark chocolate into small pieces and place into a medium-sized bowl. Heat the cream in a saucepan until just before it boils, then pour over the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Add the butter and continue to mix until glossy. Pour this into the tart case and refrigerate. Top with the nuts before serving.

To prepare the coffee cream, whip the cream while simultaneously adding the coffee and liqueur. Serve as a perfect accompaniment.

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If you don’t own a Tesla and therefore don’t know what a ‘supercharger’ is. Never fear. ‘Tis much like it sounds; a rocket-powered (not literally) car charger that takes a fraction of the time to energise the beautiful, Musk-conceived vehicles when compared to the regular at-home wall chargers. Currently, there are three tactfully positioned supercharge stations located across the North Island — Hamilton, Taupo and Palmerston North (signified in red below) — but the network is about to increase fourfold, with an additional nine stations set to cover the entire country within the next 18 months.

With the ability to provide a half-charge in just 30 minutes, each supercharge station will be located on the sides of major highways, fully connected to both north and southbound routes, and will allow access to destinations that have so far been off-limits to Teslas due to limited charging access. This aggressive expansion of the supercharger network coincides with an increase in destination charging sites too, i.e. public place where you can charge your vehicle with a regular wall charger.

Such an investment infrastructure can only mean one thing — Teslas are here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier about it. If you’re still contemplating taking the plunge into the all-electric automotive world,  consult our guide to the numbers here.

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A glimpse at all the action from inside our Denizen Heroes Gala

Photographers Jared Donkin and Holly Sarah Burgess were in attendance at last week’s Heroes Gala to ensure no outfit went un-snapped and no moment un-captured. Expertly catching every celebratory second and every angle of the guests’ captivating attire, the resulting photos offer a glimpse into the charming evening of conviviality that was the 2018 Denizen Heroes Gala.

All of Jared’s photos from the night are available to access here

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Many know Mimi Gilmour as the powerhouse hospitality name behind a number of Auckland’s most popular restaurants including Burger Burger and formerly, Mexico. Her entrepreneurial spirit has seen a new breed of casual dining emerge with more than half a million diners known to pass through her doors each year. While hers has become an iconic tale of a businesswoman crushing it in the hospitality industry, what many don’t know is how Gilmour is using her position to encourage young people to gain employment and develop an excellent work ethic. With a goal to be the best workplace for under-25s, she is committed to creating an engaged and energetic workforce via a programme called BB University which will create positive growth by way of incentivised financial opportunities and an unprecedented support network. Gilmour is leading by example and is positioning the hospitality industry as a viable career path for young people.

To read more about the inspiring journey of this entrepreneurial Hero, pick up a copy of the latest Denizen magazine, available now.

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