8 STYLE | fashion BIANCA ASTLE of Ivy Blu The inspiration behind my flagship store is to offer a place in which I can have every single style available. I decided to open a flagship store in Christchurch after closing the Auckland store, which was very difficult to manage remotely. This way I can see what’s going on, I can meet my customers and offer oneon-one styling. My favourite piece from the new collection would have to be the Kitty Dress in our signature print Secret Garden. I love strapless dresses but this one has a sleeve so you feel a little more covered up. The print is on a beautiful pink/ peach background and suits most skin tones. My most treasured possession? My nine pairs of Stuart Weitzman boots. I couldn’t live without them! The first thing I do in the morning is let my five-month-old English bulldog out before I start my day with a herbal tea. As a designer I’m motivated by what my customers are telling me – I ask them lots of questions; it’s important I listen to them and get it right. My most recent extravagant purchase? Hmm, where do I start? Perhaps my Stuart Weitzman boots? I think I need to stop now! My dream holiday destination would be the Greek Islands. I’ve hinted so many times to my husband but I’m still waiting to go... maybe next year! Top of my playlist right now would be – I cant believe I’m saying this out loud, but – my daughter loves [British girl group] Little Mix. We listen to it together every day on the way to school, so Little Mix is right up there! The piece of advice I would give my younger self would be: stay positive. Even when life throws you the biggest curveball, stay positive; things always pan out in the end.
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