68 STYLE | fashion FASHION NEWS Words Kate Preece Designers Jessica Grubisa with Madeleine Harman with Westpac staff members Ramya Kanagala (left) and Tina Baxter (right). CORPORATE SWAGGER When it comes to uniforms, out the window goes one’s fashionforward ideals and personal preference – usually. In an interesting twist for a corporate, Westpac has partnered with Kiwi fashion label Harman Grubisa to not only dress their employees in style, but to give them personal choice. Thirty items form a new Westpac wardrobe that includes cultural items, such as a hijab. For fashion designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa (who presented at New Zealand Fashion Week in 2015 and claimed New Zealand’s first International Woolmark Prize in 2018), it’s their brand’s first foray into menswear too. Levi’s Classic Trucker with Jacquard by Google. HEAD GEAR Aussie favourite Avenue was founded in Sydney by gal pals Gabriella Weinstock and Jessie Shand. They’ve dedicated their business to creating hats – and accessories – for women that fit and flatter, starting with their foundation piece, the straw hat. The Noah Classic Boater is calling our name. Find yours at Ballantynes. CONNECTED FASHION In our ever more connected world, technology is making its way, seamlessly, into what we wear. Today, the unisex Levi’s Classic and Sherpa Trucker jackets have been enhanced by the power of Google. Jacquard by Google sees smart technology sewn into the cuff by way of the Jacquard Tag, which is smaller than a stick of gum. This pairs with your phone so that set hand movements over the cuff enable you to take a photo, control music, answer and end calls, and even receive an alert if you leave your phone at home. With programmable coloured LED lights, you can also get an extra warning when a mustanswer caller rings through – and more. Available at selected Barkers stores, including Riccarton.
style noun elegance and sophistication. synonyms: flair, grace, poise, polish, suaveness, urbanity, chic, finesse, taste, class, comfort, luxury, affluence, wealth, opulence, lavishness. LINEN LOVE The fabric of the season, there’s little reason not to turn to linen as the temperatures climb. Kiwi brand Marle has recently released a particularly special capsule dubbed the blush collection. Comprising of two dresses, a tee, shorts and hat, the 100 per cent linen pieces all come with the added bonus of contributing 10% of each sale to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Magazine | style.kiwi Image: DL Photography SEA SOURCED The arrival of RUBY’s 2019 Resort collection on 15 November brings with it the Kiwi brand’s first foray into swimwear. Featuring a scoop neck one-piece, a bandeau and an asymmetrical crop pairable with classic string or high-waisted bottoms, each piece is in the colourful floral Bettina print that graces other pieces within the wider Local Honey collection. Better still, they’re made from Econyl regenerated nylon, a fabric created from recycled fishing nets and nylon waste!