5 things we loved this week

6 September 2023
By Fashion Quarterly

Spring is here at last, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a host of fresh drops and an exciting new Wairarapa wine spot?

1. Inflation sensation

Deadly Ponies is officially back in our orbit. The iconic New Zealand brand has unveiled its Spring ’23 collection, marking their most significant design transformation in over a decade. Drawing inspiration from the rebellious spirit of British art sensation Tracey Emin, this collection radiates anarchic energy. “I have been drawn to her gritty, thought-provoking artistic works,” says Liam Bowden, Deadly Ponies’ founder and creative director. “I love the contrast of the confessional pieces, paired with very playful materials with an innocent undertone.” This collection is a daring departure for the brand, forging a thrilling new path in the world of fashion. The item at the top of our wishlist? The ‘Mr Futon Mini’ bag ($649) in Moonstone. It’s like carrying a cloud – dreamy!

Drop II of the SS23 collection will launch on deadlyponies.com at 6pm on Tuesday 5th September and in stores from Wednesday 6th September.

The Runholder Opens

2. Run, don’t walk

Known for its spectacular landscapes and top-notch vineyards, Martinborough has just welcomed a new wining and dining spot to its midst: The Runholder. Located on a stretch of land at Te Kairanga vineyard, a plot originally held by Martinborough’s pioneering namesake, John Martin, The Runholder is home to an exquisite restaurant, tasting room, cellar door, distillery, and barrel hall space. If you fancy trying some of the region’s finest local fare, the restaurant is now open for lunch and long afternoons of shared plates, charcuterie, antipasti and pizzas. Once the weather warms, its hours will extend to include dinner, and an additional a la carte menu featuring prime cuts such as tomahawk steaks, wagyu and lamb saddle grilled over charcoal will be on offer. Accompanied by an impressive drinks list that includes Te Kairanga and Martinborough Vineyard wines by the glass and bottle and limited-edition barrel aged editions of Lighthouse Gin distilled by FQ muse Rachel Hall, this will be the place to be once summer hits.

Make a booking at The Runholder now by visiting therunholder.co.nz 

3. That’s the one

We’re all for brands like Aleph Beauty who endeavour to reduce their impact on the planet with natural, planet-friendly formulas and recyclable packaging. Having acquired a large customer base thanks to their pigmented, quality products that deliver the coverage you need without the hidden nasties, Aleph has recently added a new product to their vegan skin prep range called The One –  a restorative moisturising cream designed to hydrate and nurture the skin. The day-to-night cream is suitable for all skin types and is packed with powerful plant actives such as New Zealand native Red Seaweed, Black Fern Extracts, and Bakuchiol which are proven to simultaneously improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines. If you’re thinking of investing in a new moisturiser, this is definitely one to sub into your regimen. 

Shop The One at alephbeauty.com now.

4. Californian tuxedo

Denim giant Levi’s are famous for their epic partnerships, and in their latest collaboration, they’ve come together with Venice-based brand ERL who are known for their retro aesthetic, drawing inspiration from skate and surf culture. Blending the casual-cool vibe of these two Californian icons, the collection features an assortment of laid back styles, including a reimagined version of the iconic 501s and various relaxed denim pieces that offer endless styling opportunities. Staying true to the DNA of both brands, each piece in the collaboration embodies the nostalgic Americana essence that both Levi’s and ERL have become known for. And of this collab is like any other Levi’s collab that has gone before, it will be poised to sell out soon. 

Launching worldwide on September 6th, 2023, Levi’s x ERL will be available for purchase on levis.co.nz

5. La dolce vita

Warmer days may be on their way in Aotearoa, but regardless of where you are in the world, Silk & Steel’s new Sorrento collection means you can take a bit of Euro summer with you. Imbued with the essence of the Italian Riviera, the collection features a variety of hand-picked pearls and lapis lazuli throughout its designs. With rope detailing, vintage chains and an abundance of gold, each piece exudes Mediterranean chic. Designed to be worn alone or layered together for a bolder look, these dreamy adornments are a must-have in your summer repertoire. 

Shop Sorrento now at silkandsteel.co.nz


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