Inside MiNDFOOD STYLE Autumn/Winter 2019

Icons of influence

We take a look at what the influence really means in the world of fashion in the Autumn/Winter issue.

In our swipe-left, swipe-right, double-click-to-like world, the definition of influence has become foggy. With the recent passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion world was abruptly reminded what influence really means. After all, it would be hard to understate the indelible mark Lagerfeld has left behind. As writer James Mottram aptly puts it in the feature ‘The Legend of Karl’, the fashion world will never be the same.

MiNDFOOD STYLE also looks at the undeniable influence Miuccia Prada has had on style and closer to home, the story of James Bartle and Outland Denim reminds us that fashion has the power to uplift not only those who wear it but also those who produce our clothes. 

In this issue of MiNDFOOD STYLE, we take a step back and explore what inspires the latest fashion and beauty trends, and in the process, hope to inspire your own style this season.

Also inside MiNDFOOD STYLE Autumn/Winter 2019 

On the cover: Sophie Turner, from Game of Thrones to Louis Vuitton, burning bright as one of the biggest stars of her generation. Accessories: Metalic shoes, the latest designer bags and Gucci’s Le Marché des Merveilles fine jewellery collection. Beauty: We bring you the latest make-up, fragrance and skincare essentials so you can put your best face forward, including Dermalogica’s latest skincare offering, fragrances to suit all tastes and desires and products and tips to make your lips plumper. Fashion: Embrace classic prints, contrasting textures and a hint of metallic sparkle to make your new-season looks come alive, as we give you all the inspiration you need to shop our stunning on-location fashion shoots.

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The Future of Fragrance is Here

Here’s what you need to know…

Embracing individuality was arguably one of the biggest shifts we saw in the beauty industry in 2018 and fragrance was no exception. Nick Smart, director of Agence de Parfum and the man responsible for bringing some of the most sought-after fragrance brands Down Under, says the biggest shift he’s noticed in fragrance in the past decade is the growing trend towards niche scents. “People want to express individuality,” Smart says. “They don’t want to smell like everyone else.” Thanks to the Internet and the rise of social media, Smart says fragrance connoisseurs are more educated than ever before. “People are more informed about production methodology and the perfume industry.”  

Mass retailers such as Chemist Warehouse, which landed in New Zealand recently, might be bringing cutthroat prices to the market, but Smart says cheap prices mean more of us are starting to think about where fragrances are coming from. “Consumers are starting to question how fragrance is made and the price disparity between department stores and mass retailers,” Smart explains. He says rather than snapping up a bargain a growing number of us are looking for quality and are prepared to pay for it. “Consumers are more aware than ever of quality and are happy to pay for it.” Smart says there are five key things he personally looks when bringing a new fragrance house into his portfolio – which currently includes the likes of Cire Trudon, Creed and Amouage. “Individuality, artisanal expertise, history, credibility, and excellence of raw materials.”

Not only are we investing in more unique, one-of-a-kind fragrances, we’re looking for more than just the one scent to wear day in, day out. For many, the concept of owning one go-to signature scent has been replaced by the idea of a fragrance wardrobe. “As consumers are more aware of how to wear fragrance and when, many now purchase a fresh, everyday fragrance and deeper, more sophisticated fragrances for the evening,” Smart says. While he believes there’s really no such thing as owning too many fragrances, he says a wardrobe of at least four fragrances is ideal. “Having two fresh fragrances for the day and two sophisticated fragrances for the evening always does the trick.”

Smart says the first place to start when searching for a new fragrance is to determine what type of scent you’re looking for. “Always go to a fragrance counter prepared to answer the following
questions: What type of Fragrance do you enjoy wearing? What fragrances have you worn,
and which have been your favourite? “Keep occasion in mind: is it for every day, a special event or evening?” he says. At the end of the day, Smart says there’s one important thing to remember. “Approach the fragrance counter with an open mind and try something you may have not tried before.”