5 things we love this week: Prada, Yu Mei, Dolly Alderton, and so much more

26 February 2021
By Courtney Joe

Each week the Fashion Quarterly team rounds up what to read, buy, see, shop, drink and eat.

1. Prada Fall Winter 2021

Who else tuned in to Prada’s Fall/Winter 2021 womenswear presentation in the early hours of the morning? Well, it was certainly worth disrupting our regular sleep cycle to see fashion reignited as it should be, with a digitally intimate display of pure Prada magic from creative directors Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. 

Hypnotic models presented everything in excess – think geometric patterns, texture in leather, fur and sequins, layering of jewel and primary tones – but with a calm air of ease and simplicity. 

Commanding a sense of urgency, Prada’s show has almost forced us to relook the world’s current interpretation of fashion, and to understand the importance of the glitz and glamour’s digestion into the everyday. 

We’ve taken note for the season ahead – don’t be surprised to see us borrowing those sequins for our upcoming winter wardrobes. 

For those of you that missed it, check out Prada’s FW21 show, and Prada Intersections here.

Dolly Alderton. Image by Alex Cameron.

2. Get sentimental with Dolly Alderton

It’s been a minute since we collectively shed tears over Pandora Sykes and Dolly Alderton’s final of their 150-episode love affair on The High Low, yet when we heard that Dolly’s voice would once again greet us through our speakers via another podcast, we couldn’t have been more thrilled.

The host and writer will appear on the next six episodes of Caroline O’Donoghue’s Sentimental Garbage podcast, for a mini-series called Sentimental in the City – where both Caroline and Dolly talk a little too sincerely about Sex And The City, discussing one series per episode.


We’ve been told (by Dolly) to “expect topics such as the shadow of Samantha Jones’ tragic childhood, the loneliness of Big’s granite kitchen, the lost reunion shag of Samantha and Wesley York, Natasha’s past life as a bar-top dancer and whether Pete the dog knew about Carrie’s affair”.

Say no more, we’re tuning in as we speak.

Listen to Sentimental in the City on acast and Apple Podcasts now.

3. Videris ‘pops up’ for the first time ever

In need of a small shopping fix to uplift and empower you? Look no further than local underwear label Videris – enlightened lingerie available in a spectrum of seven different colours, each symbolic of a different intention, meaning and message.

In the brand’s first retail move, Videris will be popping up shop for a limited time only, at Penny Sage Studio in Arch Hill, Auckland, and in conjunction with fellow local womenswear designer Sarah Bell.

Read more about Videris founder and designer Chloé Julian, in the latest issue of FQ, on newsstands now.

Videris and Sarah Bell Pop-Up, February 26 – 27, 10-4pm, 6a Kirk Street, Arch Hill, Auckland

4. Levi’s x GANNI

When two of our favourite international brands collide! Danish fashion label GANNI and the iconic all-American denim brand Levi’s have once again collaborated to celebrate both brands’ efforts towards responsible fashion, sustainability, and design innovation – this time using denim crafted from cottonised hemp, and best of all, available right here in Aotearoa.

The new collaboration plays off the brands’ mutual appreciation for one another by combining their signature design details, with each piece featuring the unique Levi’s x GANNI back patch, the iconic GANNI Peter Pan collars, prints and classic Levi’s ‘70s inspired shapes and hero cuts.

Shop Levi’s x GANNI via levis.co.nz and Levi’s Wellington, Dunedin, and Sylvia Park stores.

5. Learn “The Art of Packing” with Yu Mei

In a nimble shift to navigate our current global climate, Yu Mei will present its Autumn Winter 2021 collection via a digital runway, screening at 7pm this evening on yumeibrand.com. This pivot came as a result of Aotearoa’s changing alert level systems, which saw founder Jessie Wong and her team cancel their much-awaited live presentation at City Gallery Wellington last week, and pull together a dream team of creatives to recreate the Yu Mei experience, on film.

The presentation marks an evolution of the Yu Mei brand, with a new collection that signals Yu Mei’s regenerative practices, utility and celebrates Yu Mei’s community of modern, forward thinking individuals.

Tune in at 7 and get your wishlists ready – we’ve had a sneak peek and Yu Mei’s new season palette is to die for!

Yu Mei AW21 “The Art of Packing”, February 26, 7pm, yumeibrand.com.

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