Fashion Quarterly

Fashion Quarterly WINTER 2017

Fashion Quarterly is the first port of call for readers who, like the FQ team, live and breathe fashion and beauty. Each issue is crammed with stunning photography that is inspirational and aspirational. Informed and insightful fashion journalism helps readers understand trends and how to make the most of them.

New Zealand
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
cool change

Whether it’s hairstyles, seasons or circumstances, if you’re a routine freak like I am, change can be a major challenge. But I’ve recently learned to embrace change, and have discovered letting go can be seriously cathartic. So I say out with the old and in with the new! And no looking back — we’re not going that way. As consumers, our thirst for the new has seen fashion labels make some sweeping changes, injecting smaller drops throughout the year on top of the standard summer and winter ranges. A trend across the board, luxury houses are said to make bigger profits from their ever-growing pre-fall and resort collections than the classic AW, SS and couture. Transeasonal dressing has risen in popularity, and a buy-it-now, wear-itnow mentality pervades in place of the…

4 min.

Remember when mullet dresses were cool, and paisley was the print of the moment? Fashion sure loves a fad. And if the celestial aesthetics of several recent designer collections are anything to go by, right now, it’s all about astrology — and it’s no wonder. The fashion industry is founded on the premise of — if not fortune-telling — forecasting. The trends that emerge from international fashion weeks are born not of coincidence or a kind of fashion telepathy between design houses, but because a boardroom full of corporates decided 24 months earlier what styles, tones and textiles we’d soon be wearing (how delightfully meta to think that a couple of years ago, they were prophesying that we’d be into prophesies). That said, even if the current obsession with cosmology and numerology…

1 min.
middle ground

Show off your sharp sartorial skills with a utilitarian twist on casual or evening wear. All the appeal of a man-style shirt with the allure of an hourglass shape — this combination will up the ante in any boardroom. Bring another dimension to a long coat or slinky dress by belting it to create curves. STYLING JESS THOMSON, MARCEL GULL PHOTOGRAPHY ANGIE HUMPHREYS…

3 min.
have you heard of… hygge?

It’s a Friday night in the depths of winter. You’re bundled up on the couch with your flatties/family/significant other. The lights are low, the fire’s ablaze and you have a mug of hot chocolate in your hand. You’re wearing a hand-knitted jumper, waffle leggings and sheepskin slippers — all in calming shades of oatmeal, camel and cream — and atop a stack of Penguin paperbacks on the coffee table in front of you, a vanilla-scented candle fills the room with the smell of freshly baked cookies. Are you in heaven? No — you’re in hygge. Or more accurately, you’re experiencing hygge. Your life is über hyggelig. Wait, what? Let’s start again. Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga”) is a Danish concept encompassing “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of…

9 min.
jewel citizenship

ELLA DRAKE Monarc Concierge @monarc_jewellery monarcjewellery.com “I think every woman has a bit of dichotomy to her being: a desire to feel strong and intelligent, but also to feel love and show a sense of softness. I try to design jewellery with this in mind.” Meet 29-year-old Ella Drake, the New Zealand-born former face of Gucci and founder and managing director of Monarc Concierge. Launched last year, the brand is every bit as dichotomous as its customers, comprising a ready-to-wear line with a focus on strong, classic pieces, and a bespoke service that caters to those looking for something more elaborate, opulent and sentimental — a future heirloom, in other words. “I’m not one for fast fashion,” says Ella, who modelled for several luxury fashion houses after moving to Europe aged 21. It wasn’t…

6 min.
denim daze

Mufti-day, 2004. I was sitting in my first-period sewing (sorry, ‘textile technology’) class, wearing the same indigo-wash denim flares as everyone else in my entire peer group, and far from being miffed, I felt great. When you’re 14 years old, fitting in is all that matters, so my socially sanctioned sartorial choice filled me with a sense of calm. Little did I know that in approximately six minutes, the most popular girl in Year 10 would walk through the door wearing a pair of black Lee Supatubes and turn my world upside down. I mean, skinny jeans? Seriously? Until then I’d known them as stovepipes, and only because my dad would occasionally resurrect his ’90s versions with a pair of 8-Eye Dr. Martens while I begged him to put on something…