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It’s official, Charlotte Tilbury makeup is finally coming to NZ!

There’s a coveted new makeup brand on the way.

One of those hard to get brands we’ve previously always searched out when travelling prior to the pandemic, the beloved luxury makeup line created by British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury MBE (above right) has been confirmed to finally launch here.

The only downside it that we’ll have to wait until September when the collection will land in Mecca stores and online, concurrently with its arrival in Australian Mecca stores. 

Prior to starting her own makeup brand, Tilbury was well known internationally for her makeup artistry, creating fashion editorial and runway makeup for top global fashion houses like Prada, Miu Miu, McQueen and Chloe as well as top celebrities. 

It’s this expertise Tilbury poured into the brand, the exceptional high performance skin, eye and lip products recognised around the world for their ease in creating a chic, modern glamour.

Her best-selling products include glow-boosting Hollywood Flawless Filter, A complexion primer that blurs, smooths, and illuminates, highly pigmented eyeshadow palettes in a range of subtle, wearable soft shimmers and mattes and a number of popular lip pencils and lipsticks, including the iconic rosy-nude shade known as Pillow Talk, the ultimate your-lips-but-better shade for many people.

 

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“I am thrilled to finally be launching my award-winning beauty secrets and research-powered glowing skincare in Australia and New Zealand with Mecca,” Tilbury said in a press release.

“I am so inspired by the Mecca universe,” she says. “We meticulously designed the end-to-end digital and in-store experience to fuse easy-to-use, easy-to-choose and easy-to-gift moments of grab-and-go with the glamour and indulgence of a Hollywood red carpet transformation. 

My brand mission is to give everyone the right skincare and makeup so that they can conquer the world, and I cannot wait to bring this to life with Mecca.”

Dressing up with W by Working Style

With 16 years experience creating bespoke menswear, Sharon Orquejo says it’s time the girls had a go.

Sharon Orquejo has three words for women after a quick way to sharpen up their look – “blazer, blazer, blazer”. And if anyone knows the power of a blazer, it’s Orquejo, who for the last 16 years has helped hundreds of people into the perfect tailored jacket in her role at New Zealand suiting institution Working Style.

The heritage brand, which has been in business almost 35 years, has predominantly focused its offering on menswear, but in late 2020 expanded into made-to-order womenswear — a welcome initiative that sees Orquejo well on the way to smartening up the female population too. “I’d love to see women in New Zealand dress up a bit more,” she says, “I think every woman should have a good blazer in their wardrobe.” And it’s not just blazers on offer — W by Working Style currently includes more than 30 women’s styles, including suits, jackets, pants and shirts that can be made to order in an infinite array of fabrications and colourways. Orquejo admits that even in the early days as a fashion and textile design student at AUT, she was strongly drawn to the tailoring. “I remember creating my first suit piece at university and the pattern must have been at least 60 pieces — so that’s a lot of pattern in one garment, and that was just a jacket! It’s one of those skills you don’t lose, if anything you just keep learning — I’m still learning to this day on certain alterations, things that I’ve never heard of but that can be done. I find it very interesting, anything that’s a bit different is a challenge for me, and I love a bit of a challenge.

The W range, which was instigated, driven and designed by Orquejo after she noticed “a real gap in the market,” was a year and a half in the making, and so far has been even more successful than they’d hoped — helped in part by a ready client base in their male customers’ partners. “I had been creating this for almost 18 months, but during that time I had organically been getting clients, the partners of those coming in to look at menswear, and they’ve loved it, so that’s when we were more keen than ever, because we knew there was a market out there.”

With her extensive experience and intuitive understanding of the Working Style brand Orquejo had a strong vision for what was needed to create a collection that referenced its roots, but also ticked all the boxes when it came to great womenswear.

The perfect jacket is the base for the collection, with polished cotton mills, velvet, silk and tweed just a few of the fabrications on offer. “The options really are limitless,” says Orquejo, “so finally New Zealand women can have what men have been enjoying from Working Style for the last 34 years.”

Orquejo says the W customer is women looking for something special, both a product and service that “really gets them”, It’s not just about getting a perfectly made suit or separates — although that is always the outcome — the experience is equally as important. “We really enjoy creating a personal, one on one experience. Just like with the men, we want to share that same experience, because I love that experience, and I’ve never seen anyone offer it to women. And it is so nice for us women to switch off for a bit, so it’s all about you for a minute. A lot of women are so busy, they just don’t stop – when I bring them in here, I’m telling them, “This is your time…”

The process starts with an initial in-store consultation and fitting, where the W consultant gets to know the client, their lifestyle and wardrobe requirements (over a gin and tonic or champagne if they’re in the mood), while looking through samples, taking measurements and talking fit, fabric and function.

Measurements for the more tailored pieces are then sent off to Working Style’s Portuguese atelier of choice, Davion, while the more relaxed-fit suits and shirts, designed specifically with Kiwi style in mind, are skillfully sewn by top local tailors. Ina maximum time frame of six weeks, the customer then returns for a final fitting and styling session.

While Europe is renowned as the epicentre of exceptional garment and fabric production, Working Style has also engaged top local makers in the creation of the collection, with a locally made suit with a softer, looser silhouette, and the brand’s very first New Zealand shirtmaker in charge of making a range for W by Working Style that includes a covetable boyfriend-style shirt.

“Tt’s been great to reconnect with these wonderful people and build a relationship while highlighting their incredible craftsmanship,” says Orquejo. “It’s nice to have options, and the New Zealand style is quite different from the other offerings, which are typically European in influence —a bit more nippy through the waist and shoulder, more tailored.”

“?’m working around our women’s lifestyles and I wanted to be able to produce something that could transition from work to dinner or be worn with a pair of jeans or shorts… Pieces we could get more wear out of as opposed to just the one function.”

The ‘New Zealand’ suit is also the only W style available to purchase off the rack – for now everything else is made to order.

Orquejo says pieces cut in their luxurious linens have been among the most popular to date, but there’s been plenty of surprise standouts, from soft pink and cherry red suits to one of her own personal favourites, a white satin pairing that is “glamorous yet sophisticated, for any special occasions from weddings to cocktail parties.”

SMARTEN UP

W By Working Style includes more than 30 women’s suiting options that can be made to order in an array of fabrications and colourways.