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What the STYLE Editors want from Fashion Month

Now, don’t take this as any indication that we’re ready for summer to end, but there’s nothing like the northern hemisphere’s February and March fashion weeks to inspire a little bit of layering FOMO in us all.

Street style might be basically non-existent this year, with designers and fashion houses opting for lockdown-friendly digital presentations in lieu of live runway shows in packed out venues. But the collections on display are as lust-worthy as ever, featuring all the froth and frills that keep fashion-lovers coming back for more, yet underpinned by our pandemic-driven re-prioritising of comfort and wearability.

As London Fashion Week wraps up and our sights turn to Milan, STYLE’s editors share their favourite Fashion Month moments so far…

 

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There is so much I love about this leather jacket by Simone Rocha the cropped length, the puff sleeves, the feminine frill detail on the shoulder. Being of shorter stature and therefore not built for the oversized outerwear trend of seasons past, it pains me how perfectly its proportions would work on me. Alas I am currently more of that Simone Rocha x H&M level of wealth, so will just have to keep dreaming! Phoebe Watt, associate editor

 

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Emilia Wickstead has created some stunning pieces for her Autumn Winter 2021 collection but it’s the coats that have to be my favourites, like the Elroy trench with its gorgeous merino check pattern and elegant tailoring. Kathryn Chung, concierge editor

The excessive, exuberant use of pink for all is an approach I can fully get on board with, so I love Prabal Gurung’s F21 offering. If the world’s major cities are still in lockdown, or at least socially distancing, when the collection arrives it’s a statement when worn that can hardly be missed from afar, and if not, it’s certainly appropriate for a suitably joyous occasion. There’s no working from home outfits here! Megan Bedford, beauty editor

 

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If I were a Hollywood star making my selections for awards season, I’d be setting aside this gown from NYC brand Markarian. It’s hard to go past a bit of Swarovski crystal trim.  Ashley Wallace, culture editor

When it comes to style, Victoria Beckham can do no wrong in my eyes, but the silver glitter boots from her FW21 presentation are the rightest thing I’ve seen for a hot minute since Saint Laurent’s not-dissimilar holographic, crystal-encrusted boot of 2017 even. You could be forgiven for thinking they aren’t the most versatile pair of boots out there, but VB shows us how by styling them with everything from classic camel coats and bare legs to floaty floral dresses to just a peep showing under smart tailored trousers. Josie Steenhart, sub-editor

Levis x Ganni Collab Launches

Globally, denim sales might have dipped dramatically over the past year, with fewer people feeling compelled to stock up on skinny jeans amid a pandemic that’s kept them locked indoors for the better part of 12 months. But here in New Zealand, where COVID-19 has long-since ceased interfering with our daily lives and wardrobe choices, denim is as ubiquitous as ever.

To that end, fans of Danish brand Ganni should set aside some room in their drawers for the second, limited edition Ganni x Levi’s collab, dropping online and at select Ganni and Levi’s retailers this week. A hotly-anticipated follow-up to last year’s Ganni x Levi’s ‘Love Letter’ collection made entirely from upcycled materials, the 2021 capsule builds upon a brand partnership centred around responsible fashion, sustainability, and design innovation.

Utilising a special cottonised hemp made from rain-fed hemp crops, which significantly decreases the impact of each garment on the environment (denim manufacturing is notorious for the excessive quantities of water required), the 14-piece ready-to-wear collection is just that — a tight edit of ultra-wearable styles you will reach for over and over, thanks to their endless mixing and matching potential.

From chambray shirts with statement Peter Pan collars, to high-waist shorts, flared jeans and and empire-line denim dresses, the silhouettes speak to Levi’s strong, ’70s influences, while unique design details such as the faded rose motif seen throughout the collection imbues it with Ganni’s own distinct style signature.

For his part, Ganni creative director Ditte Reffstrup remembers stepping into the Levi’s HQ “and seeing team members wearing GANNI and Levi’s together and thinking; this collaboration feels so right.” Like the perfect pair of jeans, we certainly couldn’t imagine a better fit.