Prada Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear
Gabriela Hearst Fall 2021 Ready-to-Wear

Style update: Five trends to try from the international fashion week collections

From New York to London and now Milan, the globally trying times haven’t halted the progress of the seasonal fashion collections. Once again, most of the shows on the international fashion week circuits were digitally-focused, with designers utilising livestreamed runway shows to an audience on the other side of a screen; plus artfully-shot lookbooks and films to showcase their ready-to-wear releases for Fall/Winter 2021.

Of course, it’s still possible (and encouraged) to take inspiration from the likes of Prada, Fendi, Emilia Wickstead, Gabriela Hearst and more for how to style your own wardrobe this autumn — and perhaps what to invest in. Here are five trends we’ve spied to update your sartorial repertoire.

Top of the Crops
Whether rendered as a bra-top under a jacket, or as a rib-skimming knit, designers put the upper midriff on show this season — usually paired with a longer hemline on the bottom, try with some slouchy trousers or a calf-length skirt.

From left: Rosetta Getty; Fendi; Emilia Wickstead; Fendi

Blanket Dressing
Cosy does it with the copious number of ponchos, knits and oversized throws shown from the likes of Gabriela Hearst, Erdem and Alberta Ferretti. When it comes to this look, sleeves are overrated.

From left: Colville; Alberta Ferretti; Erdem; Gabriela Hearst

Lovely Leather
The black biker jacket has been firmly shown the door (aside from one sighting at Simone Rocha) in favour of buttery overcoats in a range of both neutral and saturated shades. Whether you opt for a looser, 80s-inspired silhouette or something more polished and fitted, the leather overcoat is an easy way to instantly look put together.

From left: Jason Wu; Alberta Ferretti; Gabriela Hearst; Proenza Schouler

Creamy Cable Knits
Fine knit jumpers and dresses may be ideal for layering, but a chunky cable knit makes a statement and designers have gone for supersized stitches this season.

From left: The Row; Khaite; Ulla Johnson; Gabriela Hearst

Leg It
Add a touch of sass to an otherwise covered-up look with a skirt that reveals a (still nicely summer-bronzed) leg when you stride about your day. As seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim, it’s a great way to show off statement hosiery — another big trend.

From left: Proenza Schouler; Victoria Beckham; 3.1 Phillip Lim; Emilia Wickstead

Standalone Designer Highlights

For their latest collection as co-creative directors, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons were inspired by change and transformation, and the liminality that exists between two disparate states of being. Harnessing both simplicity and complexity; elegance and practicality; expression and minimalism, the joyful collection is the perfect antidote to dark times with its tactile textures and artful layering.

Prada Fall/Winter 2021 Ready-to-Wear

The Row
With an uncanny ability to make us rethink the proportions of everything we wear, The Row has done it again this season with a perfectly relaxed take on its signature minimalist sensibility. The way forward, it seems, is just the right amount of oversized — from a cream turtleneck tucked into white trousers to a louche yet (naturally) luxurious camel suit.

Kim Jones’ first women’s ready-to-wear collection for Fendi was a masterclass in neutrals imbued with rich interest, proving a muted colour palette is anything but boring. We love the fringed coats, both belted and not, the sumptuous materials and ultra-long sleeves.


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PeterFell’s dreamy new pastel concrete range offers the perfect excuse to embrace soft colour

There is something about coloured concrete that makes you stop and look. Think about LA’s infamous Paul Smith wall or Majorca’s Neuendorf House. It has an arresting effect, transforming something that usually feels stoic and industrial into something that carries a unique presence, and serves to deliver intrigue and dimension.

Known for harnessing the potential of coloured concrete like no one else, PeterFell has cultivated a stellar reputation for its tonal slabs. Already offering a number of bold shades that create attention-grabbing spaces, PeterFell is taking this one step further with the release of its new pastel range.

Offering pastel-coloured concrete in six new shades, PeterFell’s latest collection will work to create dreamy, utopian spaces that stand out against the stark minimalism we so often see trending in design.

Thanks to the use of Aalborg white cement providing a starting point that is significantly lighter than normal, PeterFell was able to achieve a range of true pastels, just as they should be — soft, chalky and perfectly-pigmented. From the cool, dusty tones of Spearmint and Bluebell to the faded, pinky hues of Peach and Blush, PeterFell’s new concrete is giving us the best excuse we’ve had in a while to fill our homes with colour.

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From the team behind Mr. Taco, Miss Torta is the new inner-city eatery serving must-try Mexican sandwiches

Last year, we were introduced to some of the best tacos we’ve ever tried courtesy of Manuel Moreno and his inner-city spot Mr. Taco. Now, Moreno is treating our taste buds to another authentic Mexican specialty with his recently-opened eatery two doors around the corner on Victoria Street: Miss Torta. 

Offering all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner until 8pm, Miss Torta is named for the ubiquitous Mexican torta, or sandwiches, that form the central dishes on its menu. Comprising a soft white bun within which a variety of delicious fillings are combined, the tortas are perfect for a quick, easy and tasty lunch (or dinner) that will leave you full and satisfied. 

From left: The Cubana with crumbed beef fillet, ham, sausages and cheese; Inside Miss Torta’s Victoria Street location

Variations include the Pierna Adobada, with tender and moist marinated pulled pork, Milanesa, a crunchy crumbed beef fillet, a jamón y queso (ham and cheese) — and more. All the tortas include tomatoes, shredded lettuce and thinly sliced red onion, as well as avocado and jalapeños or chipotle. The Cubana is one of the most popular tortas in Mexico, says Moreno, with a hearty filling of crumbed beef fillet, ham, thin sausages and cheese, plus the aforementioned lettuce et al. 

While taquerias are everywhere in Mexico, Tortarias are also extremely ubiquitous, Moreno tells us, and he wanted to introduce New Zealanders to the beauty of the hearty sandwich. He commissions a local bakery to bake his torta buns in exactly the right way, and always uses the freshest ingredients. 

From left: Chilaquiles with tortilla chips, salsa, queso fresco and eggs; The torta buns are specially made by a local bakery

Along with the tortas, the all-day breakfast menu offers a variety of traditional Mexican dishes. Think Chilaquiles — tortilla chips, red or green salsa, queso fresco and two fried eggs — huevos rancheros, and huevos a la Mexicana (Mexican-style scrambled eggs). You’ll also find dishes like tortilla soup, fish tacos, enchiladas and fajitas on the ‘all-day, everyday’ menu, great options for a low key dinner. 

Should you be thirsty, there are colourful Jarrito sodas, but we’d have a glass of Miss Torta’s house-made horchata any day. A delicious, creamy iced drink, we’re told it is made from “rice milk, a splash of sweetened condensed milk, cinnamon… and love.” We’ll have a top-up, please.

Miss Torta
75C Victoria Street West



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Explore more: Get out and about this weekend to some of Auckland’s most delicious destinations

Whether you’ve lived in Auckland all your life or you’re a newcomer to the City of Sails, there are always new (and tasty) things to discover in Tāmaki Makaurau. Get inspired for the weekend ahead and explore your own backyard with these seriously delicious destinations across Auckland city.

Make a date with Mission Bay
If you can’t quite remember the last time you made your way to the Eastern suburbs, now’s the perfect time to get reacquainted. Forever favourite Azabu has opened new outpost Azabu Mission Bay at the historic Mission House site, bringing its famed Japanese-Peruvian cuisine to a prime beachfront location. We suggest making a beeline for the Roku Gin garden and settling in for the afternoon. If you prefer something a little more laidback, Fishboy (the new venture from the team behind Herne Bay’s ever-popular Fishsmith), is the spot to grab some fish and chips. With the sandy shores of Mission Bay opposite, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some good old-fashioned fried bites on the beach.

Say hello to Hobsonville Point
Go west this weekend and make the most of everything Hobsonville Point has to offer. The former defence base turned thoughtfully-designed suburb has all the ingredients for a successful day out. Skip the traffic and hop onboard the ferry, which will whisk you from downtown Auckland to Catalina Bay in under an hour. Once on land, find the likes of farm-fresh produce, artisan cheese and organic coffee at the Catalina Bay Farmers Market. From there, choose from the always great Fabric Cafe and Bistro or family-friendly Little Creatures Brewery to while away the day — or be clever and fit both into your visit. With ferries back into the city running until 11.30pm on Saturdays and 9.30pm on Sundays, you can make your trip last as little or as long as you please.

Hit up Takapuna
Takapuna may seem like an obvious choice for a weekend beach jaunt, but what about as a foodie destination? The North Shore suburb is no slouch when it comes to its dining scene — with an excellent array of eateries to satisfy each and every craving. But before you dig in, we suggest you work up an appetite by trying the Milford to Takapuna heritage walk. Schedule your stroll for low tide and soak up uninterrupted views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto, rock pools and an ancient fossil forest. Post walk, reward yourself with great coffee, top-notch ramen, a casual drink or some of the best Filipino in town — take your pick from our round-up of the best restaurants and bars in Takapuna.

Get carried away in Clevedon
For an injection of rural energy without leaving Auckland, look no further than lovely Clevedon. A day spent in this charming town will be invariably well spent, with delicious attractions abound. First up, the drawcard farmers market (a runner-up in our inaugural Denizen Everyday Heroes awards) is a must, with an exceptional farm-gate-to-plate offering from local purveyors. Oyster lovers best make a pitstop at Clevedon Coast Oysters, where you can park up at a picnic table or dash down to a nearby beach with an ocean-fresh dozen of Clevedon’s finest, while The Farmhouse is the place to be for ice cream and baked delights in a picture-perfect setting. If all this activity has you desperate for a crisp glass of something good, Hallertau’s Clevedon outpost is sure to quench your thirst.



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Find eats, beats and good vibes at the brand new festival on Parnell’s coolest street

If you’re looking for something to do tonight with friends or family that involves taking in the balmy, summer evening air we’ve been enjoying of late and eating some delicious food, then may we suggest Parnell’s brand new street festival?

As part of Auckland’s Summernova series, Food Truck Collective is holding the inaugural Faraday Street Festival in Parnell, and it’s set to be a vibrant and fun-filled night, stacked to the brim with beats, eats and good vibes.

By Carmel

Why not wander among some of Auckland’s tastiest food trucks and gather a varied spread for dinner? For authentic Italian pasta, you can’t go past Amaranto Pasta & Cucina; while the Israeli street food from By Carmel specialises in delicious and generously-filled pita breads. Akemi’s Gyoza has some of the tastiest Japanese dumplings in town, and for dessert (if you still have room), make sure you hit up Lalele Organic Gelato, or maybe a sweet crêpe from Captain Crêpes

Live music from Little Sunday will be providing an upbeat soundtrack to the proceedings, while The Paddington Parnell is setting up a pop-up bar if you’re craving an alcoholic beverage to take the edge off the week.

Faraday Street Festival kicks off at 5pm and will be running until 9pm, so get a crew together and go check it out.

Faraday Street Festival
5pm — 9pm
Friday 26th February
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Parade is the new eatery serving up indulgent Chicago-style stuffed pretzels in Ponsonby

Two words we came across recently have us instantly salivating as we imagine their delicious connotations: pretzel burger. The source of this delightful image is Parade, the new hospitality project from the team behind Newmarket cafe Mutual Friends. Opening in Ponsonby this Saturday, 27th February, Parade’s specialities will revolve around pretzels and buns, made daily from scratch in-house.

Soft and savoury with just the right amount of chew, mastering the delightful breaded creations was the result of lockdown experimentation last year. “We came across some crazy American stuffed pretzels online,” says Parade co-founder Bryan Anderson. “There was nothing like that over here yet, so we started developing the idea that is now Parade.” 

Find burgers with pretzel buns and sides such as loaded fries on Parade’s menu

The Chicago pop-up dining scene, and pretzel variety, was the team of three’s main inspiration (Anderson is joined by Nick Fury and Sean Bones for this venture), and they wanted to create a ‘Kiwi twist’ on an American diner. 

Expect a hearty dose of indulgent Americana in the form of fist-sized pretzels, stuffed with both sweet and savoury fillings, plus burgers sandwiched top-and-bottom with pretzel buns, and a range of decadent sides like loaded fries and mac ‘n’ cheese.

Parade’s team describes it as a ‘limited dining experience’, in that there’s only a limited number of each item allocated each day, plus its Ponsonby Road premises are temporary as they are set to be developed at some point in the next year — “for now this is a stepping-stone to a more permanent location.”

With this in mind, we recommend you get in early when Parade launches. See you there.



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The new Levi’s x Ganni collaboration has landed, blending timeless style with effortless cool

The timeless yet innovative design of Levi’s has been joined by Danish brand Ganni’s effortless cool for a new collection — and it’s set to become an instant mainstay in wardrobes the world over. 

Launching today, the irreverent collaboration comprises denim jeans, jackets, dresses and tops, offering a 14-piece collection of quirky staples that harness the best of Levi’s’ iconic US heritage and Ganni’s playful take on Scandi style — which Ganni Creative Director Ditte Reffstrup calls ‘Scandi style 2.0’. “We wanted to create a super classic denim collection, full of staples you will keep forever,” says Reffstrup. “But, it wouldn’t be Ganni without the unexpected details.” 

A macro floral print on some of the pieces nods to a 90’s sensibility, while several styles are even more hardworking than denim already is, in that they can be worn multiple ways — a denim dress with thin straps, for example, can be shimmied down and worn as a high-waisted skirt. The Peter Pan collar, one of Ganni’s recognisable signatures, naturally makes an appearance. All underlaid with the quintessential Levi’s washes, and customised further on the back patch with Ganni’s love letter icon and logo. 

This is the second collaboration between Levi’s and Ganni. The first, ‘Love Letter’, was a rental-only collection that launched in August 2020. It utilised upcycled denim made with vintage Levi’s 501 jeans, and was conceptualised as an exciting addition to the circular fashion economy — another step from both brands towards investigating more sustainable avenues. “We don’t call ourselves a sustainable brand, because the fashion industry is driven by newness. But I’m excited for us to continue to try and do better. We see it as our moral obligation being in the business of fashion,” says Reffstrup. 

From left: Levi’s x Ganni Collared Dress; Levi’s x Ganni Cinched Dress; Levi’s x Ganni Cinched Short; Levi’s x Ganni Slit Loose Straight

This new collection builds on this through its choice of fabrication: cottonised hemp. A more earth-friendly material that has been utilised by Levi’s throughout many of its recent collections, hemp (compared to cotton) grows more quickly, requires less water to grow, and reportedly leaves behind cleaner, healthier soils. The brand works with fibre technology specialists who have created a cottonisation process to make it look (and feel) almost exactly like cotton. “It’s actually so soft and luxurious-feeling,” Reffstrup enthuses. “You honestly can’t tell it’s not conventional denim. It’s been so cool working with the Levi’s team on this, as it’s a completely new quality and innovative process — and it has that perfect, washed denim look.” 

From left: Levi’s x Ganni Western Dress; Levi’s x Ganni Cinched High Loose Jeans; Levi’s x Ganni Denim Blazer; Levi’s x Ganni Off-Shoulder Trucker Top

If she had to choose a favourite from the collaboration, the Creative Director says she loves the oversized denim jacket — “it can also double as a dress if you are up for something short and cheeky.” 

Community is an important concept for both Levi’s and Ganni — a good example of this is Ganni’s ongoing #GanniGirls campaign on social media. Reffstrup credits this community with helping her team get through the year and do better. “We’ve really been listening to them, creating community-driven campaigns, and launching a podcast. It’s brought our community closer to us and each other, into our campaigns and shoots.” 

The campaign for this Levi’s x Ganni collection is an extension of this community spirit, and a fitting symbol of the cross-continental nature of the collaboration. It was shot by London photographer Rosie Marks using her signature cardboard cutout images. “Because we had to shoot during the pandemic and couldn’t travel, we wanted to bring Copenhagen and San Francisco together.” They photographed some friends of the brand and team members in and around Copenhagen landmarks, made them into cardboard cutouts and sent them to San Francisco to capture US friends of the brand in front of more landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge. “It’s #GanniGirls on the move,” says Reffstrup. “From Copenhagen to San Francisco, with love.” 

The 14-piece ready-to-wear Levi’s x Ganni collection is available to buy from today on, and at Levi’s Sylvia Park exclusively in New Zealand.


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From left: Man Overboard, Anchors Away, Spritz 36, My Seanna

Soul launches a new cocktail collab that celebrates the all excitement of the sailing that lies ahead

With plenty of exciting sailing action set to play out in the coming weeks (and bucket loads more sunshine to soak up), what better excuse to celebrate than Soul Bar & Bistro’s legendary cocktails?

The Viaduct Harbour stalwart is turning things up a notch, working alongside Mumm Champagne to create Club Nautica, the ultimate place to park up for an unforgettable afternoon or evening.  

From left: My Seanna; Anchors Away

Tempting us even more, Soul has crafted a special cocktail menu inspired by Below Deck, Bravo’s number one TV franchise. Embracing the fun of the hit reality show, these limited edition sips are not to be missed, not least because they’re only available from now until the racing has wrapped up.

We have our eyes firmly set on the My Seanna, a swoon-worthy combination of vodka, Aperol, summery watermelon, cucumber and mint with a citrusy burst of lemon and lime. 

For a truly refreshing drop, try the Spritz 36, a light and lovely combination of limoncello, limonata and bubbles, while the Man Overboard packs a punch with white rum, dark rum, peach, pineapple, pistachio, lime and freshly shaved nutmeg to top it all off. 

Gin fans need not look any further than Anchors Away, a fun and flirty number with gin, Campari, Antica formula, apricot and lemon. 

For the pretty price of $15, these libations are worthy of celebration. 

Champagne Mumm will also be flowing, with Mumm RSRV 4.5 on offer for just $145 and $29 by the glass — an indulgence you won’t be able to find anywhere else in Auckland.

As one of the best spots in town to be in the thick of all the waterfront’s unmissable activity, there is no better time to make a date with Soul.



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Celebrate Pride Month with a series of must-watch films at Viaduct Harbour’s pop-up open-air cinema

After the success of Viaduct Harbour’s 2020 Rainbow Pride celebrations, the waterfront precinct is rounding out this year’s Pride Month with an initiative that proves it is still one of the best places in Auckland to celebrate Pride — an open-air Rainbow Cinema, presented by Rialto Channel.

Kicking off tonight, Viaduct Harbour’s Rainbow Cinema will take over the space of Upper Deck to screen a series of critically-acclaimed films covering LGBTQI+ topics and characters every night for the next five days. From award-winning dramas like Rafiki and Portrait of a Lady on Fire to acclaimed documentaries like Celebration: Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier: Freak or Geek, the line-up is offering a fascinating mix.

If you want to elevate the whole experience, we suggest heading out for a pre-movie bite at one of Viaduct Harbour’s many, lauded eateries (think Soul Bar, Oyster & Chop, Saint Alice and more) or picking up some takeaways from the likes of Hello Beasty or O’Hagans before settling in for dinner and a show.

The Rainbow Cinema is a free event, but because there are certain limitations on space, it is generally first-come, first-served. That said, we highly recommend you secure your spot on a beanbag or lounge chair by booking here before you go. Bookings also come with an opportunity to donate some money (any amount) to OUTLine NZ, with all proceeds going to the charity’s rainbow-affirming support line offering free, confidential counselling and trans peer support.

The Rainbow Cinema will kick off at 8pm every night from Wednesday the 24th of February until Sunday the 28th of February. Please note that some films are rated ‘M’ which might not be suitable for younger viewers.

Find tickets here.


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