All the biggest beauty trends to emerge from London Fashion Week spring/summer 2020

From graphic lined lids to the resurgence of classic Brit punk, London Fashion Week s/s 2020 dished out creative inspiration in spades — these are the six biggest takeaways.

Hair accessories
The reign of the humble hair accessory isn’t set to cease anytime soon. Simon Rocha opted for bold and brash adornments via an array of spiked and studded silver headbands and pins, while Bora Aksu kept it simple and feminine with a medley of elegant fresh flowers. Elsewhere, Erdem embellished braids with loose, black ribbons.

Bora Aksu, Simone Rocha, Erdem

Graphic Eyeliner
An ultra-modern take on the classic eyeliner sees a more graphic approach, found at the likes of Victoria Beckham, where models were given a simple, slick line in varying hues, Matty Bovan, whose make-up artist created deconstructed lines from the inner eye to the brow bone, and Simone Rocha, where ashy, black strokes took centre stage.

Matty Bovan, Simone Rocha, Victoria Beckham

Punk aesthetic
From the smudged out black lips — paired with razor-thin black eyebrows — at Molly Goddard and the PVC styled glossy black lip at Marques Almeida, to the thick, bold, black liner at Roberta Einer, it was a serious punk revival that dominated the beauty looks this season.

Marques Almeida, Roberta Einer, Molly Goddard

Side Parting
London Fashion Week shined a spotlight on the classic side part, with deep comb-over type styles spotted everywhere from Ports 1961 — where a sweeping part was rendered breezy and effortless — to Marques Almeida — where a more extreme route was taken, with deep side parts and hair that covered half of the model’s faces. Preen and Marta Jakubowski sported the style too, the former kept it simple and side-swept while that latter gave the look a graphic update via large chunks of hair that were left loose from the bun.

Preen, Marta Jakubowski, Ports 1961

Glitter eyes
Disco isn’t dead, at least according to this year’s runways. Smatterings of glitter adorned the eyelids of models everywhere from Halpern to House of Holland, the former of which saw Diana Ross inspired black glitter-shadowed lids while the latter went full Euphoria, with saturated glitter covering the entire eye, from the eyebrow to the top of the cheek, in holographic hues.

House Of Holland, Halpern, House Of Holland

Braids
Just like hair accessories, the classic braid is a schoolgirl style that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Over at Bora Aksu, hair was parted into twin plaits and kept loose and whispy, while Erdem paid homage to photographer Tina Modotti via strict, centre-parted hair in a low slung plait. Ashish gave the classic braid a more creative gloss over, sending models down the runway with messy, tousled, ragged plaits that protruded from the head in all directions.

Bora Aksu, Ashish, Erdem

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Prada offered a change of pace as it kicked off Milan Fashion Week in style

Miuccia Prada has become known for creating bold collections that build on a foundation of controlled eccentricity. Who could forget the flaming wedge-heels? Or the oversized hats of Resort ’19? Or the brazen Alice bands that became the cult piece for a while? In short, Prada can usually be relied on to deliver pieces that make us say ‘oooh’ and ‘aaah,’ and marvel at the brand’s ability to tread the line between elegance and gaucheness with expert precision.

But for Spring 2020, it would seem Prada is shifting the focus from creating clothes that make their own, autonomous statement to offer pieces that instead, allow the wearer to take centre stage.

Of course, the collection carried the inherent DNA of Prada in its characteristic attention to detail. The set offered a colourful, geometric melange of orange paint, gold foiling and modern mosaic tiling, while the clothes themselves featured pops of pattern, embroidery and moments of luminescence. But beyond that, the collection felt immediately wearable. Fine, knit pieces met elegant, tailored blazers and below-the-knee skirts. It was almost an ode to the office worker, were it not for the line-up of floppy bucket hats that we’re naming a major early contender for street-style infamy in the seasons to come.

See our favourite looks below…

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This adorable new grocer is bringing plastic-free shopping to Birkenhead

In light of the increasing concern over plastic and waste many stores are not only reducing the amount of food and product packaging that they stock, but they are eliminating disposable packaging altogether. One such trailblazer who is paving the way for a more sustainable future is Hannah Paterson, with her new, plastic-free grocery store Sprout the Grocer.

Rustic and welcoming, Sprout The Grocer makes an alluring retail addition to the streets of Birkenhead. Inside, soft-hued flower arrangements adorn the space, neat little jars line the shelves — packed with bright legumes, rice, spices, flours and cereals — filled-to-the-brim refillery stations are stocked with everything from almonds to cleaning products, and household essentials pepper the aisles, a keep cup here — a bamboo toothbrush there. Rotating recipes — think bliss balls and sauerkraut — can be found scrawled across the chalkboard, recipes which the undeniably warm and welcoming staff are always happy to discuss — they have a love and knowledge of food and health that extends to far more than just the shopping list. It is a space where shoppers are, of course, encouraged to bring their own containers, but if you have nothing on hand don’t fret — there are plenty of paper bags and jars to purchase.

The store has only been up and running for a month, but it has been warmly received by the community and has already cemented itself firmly in the hearts of Birkenhead locals. The community, it seems, is eager to engage with the concept of reducing waste through their shopping habits, and Sprout The Grocer provides the most comfortable, homely and welcoming space to do so.

Sprout The Grocer

100 Hinemoa St
Birkenhead

www.sproutthegrocer.com

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Denizen presents Tokyo: An Unorthodox Food Tour by @eatlitfood

It’s no secret that Tokyo has one of the world’s most celebrated culinary scenes. With more than 160,000 restaurants, and boasting more Michelin Stars than anywhere else on the planet, deciding where to begin can be an overwhelming process.

Follow me as I eat my way through Tokyo’s varied food offerings, from a cheap and cheerful hole in the wall, through to an intriguing high dining experience that only serves one dish — and it’s not what you might think.

Harajuku Gyōza-rō
6 Chome-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Midori Sushi
Sushi Nomidori Shibuyaten
1 Chome-12-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya City, Tokyo 107-6302, Japan
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2 Chome-7-14 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan


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With bumper cars and arcade games — Newmarket’s new bar is unlike anything we’ve seen before

Australia’s renowned entertainment group, Funlab has finally brought Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq to our shores and is establishing its new opening as the ultimate social anchor for Newmarket. Step inside the enormous circus-themed space, where the LED lights from the gaming machines illuminate the room and the sound of clunking air hockey pucks fill the air. Whether it’s for date night or a fun night out with friends or family, the new Archie Brothers is an exciting new destination offering an entirely unique experience.

Situated on the third level of the newly-opened Westfield in Newmarket, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is home to over 65 gaming machines, bumper cart lanes, a bowling alley, bar and kitchen. From claw machines to photo booths, to Dance Dance Revolution, to car racing, this entertainment emporium is designed for hours of fun-filled activities. Offering fun and games until midnight, every night, during the daytime, kids are welcome to come and enjoy the fun. But as soon as the clock strikes 8pm, it’s time for the adults to let loose, get a drink and channel their inner child.

With every inch of the enormous space taken up by various games, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. But whatever you do, be sure to try the virtual reality game, Thrill Rider (which the Archie Brothers team tells me is their favourite). With moving seats and a 3D screen, this game feels more like a rollercoaster at an amusement park and is not to be missed.

The bar and eatery embraces the idea of classic arcade treats — think burgers, hot dogs and shakes — and elevates them to an epic level. Instead of just a regular cheeseburger, The Beast features a juicy beef patty, pulled pork and bacon. But it’s the selection of shakes and cocktails that we were particularly impressed by, the Balancing Act shake is a justifiable work of art that included an Oreo crumb, 100s and 1000s a white-chocolate frosted rim, Tim Tam tower, nostalgic chocolate coins, whipped cream and the option to spice it up with a shot of vodka. While the espresso martini was served a decadent Magnum ice cream that slowly melted into the cocktail, making it more delicious with every sip.

Pro tip: Have a feast at the bar and eatery after Thrill Rider, not before and thank us later.

Opening hours:
Monday — Friday: 12pm until midnight
Saturday & Sunday: 10am until midnight

Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq

Level 3
Westfield Newmarket
309 Broadway

www.archiebrothers.co.nz

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Quail dish

Sid at The French Café is implementing a new collaborative approach to fine dining

In a fine-dining restaurant, the accepted hierarchy typically dictates that the menu is strictly created by the Executive Chef and Head Chef. Sid Sahrawat is now the Executive Chef (and owner) of three of Auckland’s top restaurants, Cassia, Sidart and Sid at The French Café, which (understandably) can prove, at times, a challenge — even for one of this city’s most capable chefs. Seeking a creative solution to his ever-growing commitments in the kitchen, Sahrawat has recently implemented a new, more collaborative venture at Sid at The French Café. Tasking his team of seven chefs to work together to create a unique, hyper-seasonal and perpetually changing Friday lunch menu (to sit alongside the à la carte one), Sid at The French Café is fostering the culinary talent working hard behind the scenes at this restaurant, giving them the chance to experiment and grow in both their skills and confidence.

To give us an idea of what this new, collaborative lunch menu might entail, Head Chef at Sid at The French Café Lesley Chandra, invited us in to try a selection of dishes that are on the current collaborative line-up.

We began with Whangamata scallops served raw and accompanied by smoked eel (sourced from the Bay of Plenty) coated in a charcoal crumb that lends depth to the seafood-dominated plate. Pickled onions add a zest, while a green apple dashi granita cleansed and tingled our tastebuds and prepared us for what lay next.

Scallop dish

The following dish saw Kingfish simply seasoned with salt, seared with a blow torch and finished with a drizzle of shiitake mushroom and calamari oil. The combination of flavours and textures was sensational.

Kingfish dish

Tantalising each and every one of our tastebuds was a delicate quail dish that boasted elements of sweet, salty, sour and bitter. The quail was accompanied by roasted celeriac, celeriac purée, beetroot, blackcurrant jelly and a show-stopping duck liver parfait.

Duck dish

Chandra’s final creation was a week-long, dry-aged duck. The process of dry-ageing had allowed the breast to, when pan-seared, form an incredibly crispy skin. Served with two varieties of carrot, radicchio leaves and a humble sprinkle of hazelnuts, the result was both a visual symphony and gastronomic delight.

With the dishes on offer set to change on a regular basis depending on the quality and availability of ingredients and what the chefs are feeling inspired by, diners can expect a number of culinary surprises and unexpectedly delicious twists. The Collaboration Lunch is $95 per person, includes five courses and is available only at Sid at The French Café for lunch on Fridays until 15th November. Click here to reserve a table.

Sid at The French Café

www.sidatthefrenchcafe.co.nz

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These images are from the previous menu and are no longer offered at Luncheonette
These images are from the previous menu and are no longer offered at Luncheonette
These images are from the previous menu and are no longer offered at Luncheonette
These images are from the previous menu and are no longer offered at Luncheonette
These images are from the previous menu and are no longer offered at Luncheonette

Gather your friends for a long lunch at Luncheonette by Culprit

The maestros behind one of our favourite eateries, Kyle Street and Jordan MacDonald, recently introduced a lunch dining series at their Wyndham St restaurant, Luncheonette by Culprit. If you’re wondering whether it’s more similar to the fried chicken joint, Lowbrow, or contemporary dinner restaurant, we’d say that the answer is neither. Luncheonette by Culprit has a completely unique menu, one that’s in a realm of its own and is fast becoming a go-to favourite for the lunch time feast.

With a diverse menu that offers a variety of plates ranging from just $7 to $18, diners are encouraged to pick and choose, with two courses offered for $27 or three courses for $37.

A standout dish has to be the clams and pepperoni pasta, where fresh egg pasta is buttered and served with Cloudy Bay clams and a drizzle of crayfish oil to enhance the seafood flavour. While the oyster and kumara po’ boy sandwich, which sees a toasted roll, filled with creamy dill mayo, punchy pickles and deep-fried oysters is hard to pass up.

Although the menu is succinct, every dish is tempting and enticing enough to make you want to order everything. For your chance to experience their full offering, we’re giving away a table for 10 people to experience Luncheonette by Culprit for a suitably long and flavoursome lunch.

Click here to go in the draw.

*This competition has now closed*

Luncheonette by Culprit

www.culprit.co.nz/luncheonette

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Minimalist and monolithic — this alluring Belgian design brand has just landed in Auckland

Dark, mysterious and monolithic, each piece crafted at the hands of Belgian design luminary Arno Declercq is instantly recognisable as his own. It is a moody aesthetic that has become his calling card, and each signature creation is something to be proudly treasured and showcased in the home — and it is, frequently, by design aficionados the world over.

Crafted by hand from a combination of Iroko — a tropical hardwood the designer stumbled upon during a trip to West Africa — and Belgian Oak, every Arno Declercq creation boasts the infinitely coveted dual-purpose of both furniture and work of art. It’s this use of unique material that resides at the core of each object’s allure, as it gives it its sleek black hue and eye-catching textured finish.

Low Table

Every sculptural object from the sprawling collection is captivating and beautifully formed, but that’s not to say that we don’t have a few favourites. The Rubber Stool, for example, is particularly desirable. Constructed from foam with a waterproof black rubber finish, it makes for a characterful addition to both interiors and gardens. So, too, is the Low Table — a coffee table that, while simple and minimalistic, still brings a momentous presence to a space, one that’s unique and wholly refreshing.

Left: The Rubber Stool

The rest of the collection comprises large furnishings and simple home accoutrements — with everything from vessels and bowls to side tables — meaning that it’s possible for everyone to inject a dose of Declercq’s moody but majestic aesthetic into their space. And it’s never been easier, either, thanks to Auckland showroom Simon James serving as the local stockists for the unique, sublimely enigmatic design brand.

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Why Working Style’s new collection is what you’ll be wearing to the office this summer

Deciding what to wear to the office in summer offers up a classic sartorial conundrum. The question of how to look professional when all you want to do is dress like an octogenarian on a cruise can be a tricky one to answer, and will often have you looking like a hot mess — literally.

In order to nail summertime office dressing, you first need to acknowledge the fact that the code of menswear (especially in the workplace) is changing. A more casual look is outstripping the traditional suit and tie, and menswear designers (the shrewd ones) are reflecting this shift in their creations.

Take Karl Clausen’s new collection for Working Style. Using the slick tailoring and formal foundations on which the brand was built and reimagining them into a pieces anchored by an air of casual sophistication, Clausen is making it easier than ever for the modern man to curate a workable, everyday wardrobe — especially for when temperatures start to soar.

Here, relaxed silhouettes reign supreme and soft, unstructured shoulders remind us how harsh their antithesis can be.

Sneakers and loafers are rendered office-appropriate by balancing laid-back design with elevated, suede and leather detailing. Belt loops have morphed into subtle, practical side straps, and breezy cotton and linen fabrics have usurped the structured wool blends that rule winter.

With a muted, evocative palette of Mediterranian blues, sage greens and various shades of tan and brown, lifted by lighter accents, this collection is offering a cool, calm and collected approach to the season.

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Everything new in the fit-tech realm that you need to know about

Thanks to a wave of revolutionary fitness gadgets, there has never been a better time to focus on getting in shape. From an intriguing app update to a futuristic take on a beloved set of sneakers — this is everything worth knowing about in fitness technology right now. Admittedly, some of these products aren’t yet available in New Zealand, but we still think they’re worth a mention just the same, and given the furore each of them is causing, we suspect it won’t be too long before they are.

The Heavyweight JAXJOX Kettlebell Connect
Saving both time and space, the JAXJOX KettlebellConnect allows the user to add or drop weight to the kettlebell in mere seconds, all while tracking reps, sets, weight and rest time easily thanks to the Bluetooth-connected app.

The Accessory — Whoop
Not your typical fitness wristband, the faceless Whoop Strap collects in-depth, physiological metrics all day long, every day of the week — giving you intriguing and accurate insights into your body’s functionality.

The Gear — Nike Adapt BB Nike air huarache silhouette
Nike has recently unveiled its Adapt Huarache sneaker, a vibrantly-hued, futuristic variation of its widely coveted, classic Huarache. Via Nike FitAdapt technology, wearers are able to lace up hands-free through the app and set the colour of the shoe’s LED lights. Not entirely necessary, admittedly, but still pretty impressive nonetheless.

The Aid — Hyperice Vyper 2.0 Vibrating Fitness Roller
Vyper 2.0, an amped-up variation of Hyperice’s much-acclaimed Vyper fitness roller, features three speeds of high-intensity vibration alongside a dual-zone smooth and grooved exterior ensuring that no knot is left untangled and peak flexibility is just a roll away.

Left: JAXJOX Kettlebell Connect Right: Whoop Strap

The Thirst-Quencher — LARQ Bottle
The world’s first reusable, rechargeable, self-cleaning water vessel, the LARQ Bottle, uses UV light to not only clean itself but to purify the water within -— all at the touch of a button.

The Machine — Peloton Bike
At just a flick of its Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen, the Peloton Bike transports users to cycling studios complete with their own, specialised spin instructors — ensuring that avid pedallers receive ample expertise and encouragement without having to leave the house, or interact with a room full of sweaty class-goers.

The AppFitplan
Workout app Fitplan has been around for quite some time now, having first made waves early last year thanks to its diverse and effective training plans. But the app piqued attention again recently after it was announced that former Yankees player Alex Rodriguez would be joining as an investor and fitness trainer. If the prospect of working out with A Rod and J Lo (she’s set to be added to the celebrity repertoire, too) isn’t enough to get your backside off the couch, then we don’t know what is.

The Recovery Support NormaTec Pulse Recovery System 
Basically a massage therapist in tech form, the NormaTec Pulse Recovery System uses pneumatic compression sleeves to stimulate the blood flow in muscles throughout the body, thus encouraging them to recover quicker. Tapping into the recovery fitness trend — and the only Normatech device to feature a patented pulse massage pattern — we suspect this to be one device that’s going to make a serious lasting impression.

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