April fashion favourites to combat the colder season

The countdown to colder weather is on and we’ve got everything you need to combat the ever-changing seasons. From new collaborations to the latest collections designed to bring comfort and cosiness, here’s what’s on our April fashion radar. 

Rain ready

As much as we may hate to admit it, the rainy season is swiftly approaching and it’s time to stop being in denial and start prepping with accessories to combat the guaranteed downfall. The iconic umbrella brand BLUNT have been leaders in the industry since their inception, creating high-quality umbrellas that can combat 115km/h winds ( Wellington readers this one’s for you!) Knowing that even an umbrella is now an accessory that many fashionistas need, they have teamed up with Country Road to create a stylish and chic collab that works with every outfit. Based on BLUNT’s Metro umbrella model, the design features a button-operated canopy with an in-built spinning mechanism to avoid damage when bumped and collapses back down to fit into the matching carry sleeve. Kirby Hanrahan, Country Road Design Manager for Women’s Accessories and Footwear, says both brands are delighted with the result “Just as we do at Country Road, the team at BLUNT incorporates design principles into their products that guarantee excellent performance throughout their lifetime – and the thoughtful, innovative way in which the umbrellas are engineered means they really will last for years and years.”


Back to basics 

We all love a timeless statement piece and nothing gets more timeless than Burberry’s Lola Bag. Synonymous with the British fashion house the Lola Bag embodies everything the house stands for, paying homage to the strong women throughout the world. To reintroduce the timeless classic, Burberry has launched a new campaign with a starstudded cast that needs no introduction. Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci introduces the campaign by saying “ I really wanted to celebrate that attitude and all of the facets that make up the Burberry woman, so together with Torso, we created a fantasy world where she is free to exhibit her strength and be captured in all of her beauty from every angle.


Converse collab 

Converse and A-COLD-WALL* continue their partnership, this time with the debut of the Aeon Active CX, an all-new silhouette that applies Samuel Ross’ aesthetic and Converse’s innovative CX comfort technology to deliver a shoe that breaks convention. The futuristic silhouette nods to the ever-changing fashion world whilst the shoe itself is comprised of about 12 per cent recycled scraps from the factory floor, making it incredibly lightweight and sustainable all-day comfort. Available in two colourways you’ll want to get in quick for this release as they won’t be around long. 


Luxury living at home

As the nights quickly grow colder we often look to our loungewear drawer for the warmest, most comfortable ensemble. However, just because it’s cooling down, it doesn’t mean we have to compromise on at-home style. Introducing By Natalies newest Autumn/Winter22 collection which features some of the brand’s most iconic favourites in new colourways, as well as the introduction of new statement styles. Drop one sees a new bias cut Batwing Dress made from luxurious Tencel – a sustainable, luxurious fabric that feels silky soft, comfortable and easily washable. New additions to the favoured Night Owl range are also added, meaning there’s no reason for un-chic sleepwear this season. 


Jewellery for every occasion

Inspired by designs from yesteryears, Silk and Steel’s new Manhattan range is a collection of jewellery designed to love individually or wear in harmony together. From vintage-style chains and pendants to interlocking mesh link chokers, each piece will elevate even the simplest of outfits into an effortlessly chic “I just threw this on” look.


Cosy comforts

One thing we can celebrate about the colder weather is the luxury of wearing woolly slippers and socks. Known for creating some of the most sought after footwear in the game, La Tribe is making all our winter hygge dreams come true with the introduction of their sheepskin slippers and cashmere socks. Crafted from 100% sheepskin and finished with a durable rubber sole, the La Tribe lineup of slippers are designed for cosy weekends spent lounging at home, as are the socks in new autumnal shades using the softest 100% cashmere.  


A breath of fresh denim 

No one does denim quite like Levi’s and their new Fresh collection is going straight to the top of our lust list. Inspired by its namesake, the collection features a range of our favourite styles in a range of vibrant colours, naturally dyed from plants and botanicals.  All dyes in the collection feature a minimum of 50 per cent plant or mineral content. With icy shades of peach, lavender, pink and yellow on offer it’s hard to choose just one. Designed to be worn in a monochromatic head-to-toe look or mixed and matched, the collection features a 551Z Straight Crop jean and a Type II Trucker as well as a soft, oversized anorak jumper, perfect for the changing seasons ahead. 


Knits with a cause 

Standard Issue and Benee have teamed up to create a special limited edition vest with 100% of the profits going to Country Retreat Animal Sanctuary to aid in the building of essential infrastructure and resources for the puppies they rescue. Run by husband-and-wife team Helen and Gavin, Country Retreat focuses on the rescue and nurture of pregnant mothers and very young puppies. Often requiring around the clock care, these are the two most vulnerable groups of dogs with devastatingly high abandonment rates. The vest itself features artwork by Logan Buchanan and is made from NZ merino following Standard Issue’s zero waste production model. This particular charity is close to home for Stella (Benee) as she rescued her own pooch Tui from Country Retreat. As a style queen herself, Stella worked closely with the Standard Issue team to create a vest that was perfect in colour, shape and style. 


Earthday kicks 

With Earth Day hot on our heels ( April 22) Teva is inviting you to shop for quality over quantity and choose recycled sustainably sourced natural materials. It’s estimated more than 220,000 tonnes of textiles end up in our landfills annually - that's about 44kg of waste per person every year. Teva is a brand that's big on sustainability and in 2020 they transitioned 100% of their iconic straps to traceable verifiable recycled plastic using REPREVE® yarn. Since then, they've diverted 40 million plastic bottles from landfills and put them to better use, strapping sandals to your feet. The Zymic style is an earth-friendly sandal that offers a lighter footprint, thanks to its recycled midsole, topsole and webbing, complete with puffier straps for foot-hugging comfort. Sandals are often seen as a summer option but this particular style is made from 100% recycled rib knit and microfibre ensuring that your feet stay toasty warm even on those colder escapades. 


Welcome to the Bulgari family

And just like that, there’s a new member of the Bulgari family! Australian actress, Mia Healey is the newest addition to the already wide array of accomplished partners, joining the likes of Zendaya, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Chiara Ferragni. Known for her role in the hit Amazon Prime series The Wilds where she plays a drama-filled Texan pageant queen, Mia is most definitely on her way to becoming one of the most influential actresses of our generation. This is just the beginning of Bulgari and Mia Healey’s journey and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. 


Show your support 

While Breast Cancer Awareness month is in October, the illness prevails year-round, affecting more than 3,300 Kiwi women each year. Numbers like this make the disease the most common cancer in the world, and, of course, is predominantly found in women. With family and friends affected by a cancer so rampant, show your support in a slightly quirkier way - through your stylistic expression. That's right, the iconic Breast Cancer Cure ‘Tees for a Cure’ fundraiser is back with its first-ever winter iteration, and it’s the perfect way to help a family who has been affected by the illness.