5 things we loved this week

22 February 2024
By Fashion Quarterly

From the beauty collab we can’t stop thinking about to Laing’s latest luxury collection, these are all the top shops and drops our editors are coveting this week.

1. Under wraps

If you’re already dreaming about draping yourself in luscious layers this autumn, then you’ll want to set your sights on Laing’s latest collection. Having previously focused predominantly on their line of luxury knitwear and sleepwear, the New Zealand label is making its first foray into outerwear this season, introducing a selection of crisp blazer and coat styles that have us clamouring for cooler weather already. Designed for versatility, the new outerwear is joined by a range of the their signature elevated essentials offered in an understated neutral palette with pops of cerulean and yellow for good measure. Effortless, timeless, and – above all – cosy, this collection will be living rent-free in our minds in the lead up to winter.

Shop the first drop of the collection at lainghome.com now

2. Seeing red

Finding the perfect shade of red lippy is never an easy feat but thanks to the new Aleph Beauty and Kate Sylvester collaboration, we have a new frontrunner. Renowned for their natural yet hardworking formulas, Aleph’s cheek and lip tint is a mainstay in their vegan beauty range. To celebrate the launch of Kate Sylvester’s newest ‘Gloria Gloria’ collection, named after iconic muses Gloria Steinem and Gloria Vanderbilt, the two brands have joined forces to release a limited edition ‘Gloria’ cheek/lip tint. Bold, bright and complementary to every skin tone, the Gloria tint combines the perfect hue of red with an unexpected pop of orange. “Everyone who knows me knows I love red lipstick,” says Kate Sylvester. “I wear it almost like armour when I need to step up to a challenge. Putting it on feels like a daily ritual where I can be ready to take on the day.”

Buy the Kate Sylvester x Aleph Gloria lip tint and receive a complimentary Kate Sylvester makeup bag and Aleph lib brush (worth $79). Offer available in-store and online from Tuesday 20th February – Sunday 25th February while stocks last.

3. Out of this world

For their latest collection ‘Occasionally Cosmic’, Twenty-Seven Names have looked to the stars and planets for inspiration, delivering a playful series of styles imbued with otherworldly influence. Split into eight different drops as a nod to the eight planets in our universe, the collection playfully juxtaposes the brand’s statement prints with an assortment of tailored monochrome silhouettes. Welcoming a wealth of layers in the lead up to winter, you can cosy up in the simple alpaca blend ‘Scorpio’ tee or keep it colourful in the rainbow plaid ‘ Forgotten Planet’ jacket. The choice is yours. 

Drop one and two of ‘Occasionally Cosmic’ are available  in store and online now.

4. Magic aqua

Looking for a new emotional support water bottle to add to your collection? In honour of Pride Month in Tāmaki Makaurau, circular water bottle company Anew has teamed up with local queer artist Oliver Cain to give their distinctive  blue bottles a makeover. Known for his bold, stylized works that touch on themes of joy, gender, sexuality and identity, Cain was a natural choice for the collaboration — producing a print for Anew’s bottles that features his signature symbol designs. “Our commitment to design, art, the creative community and inclusivity has always been a driving force behind Anew,” says Anew founder, Jayden Klinac. “Creating limited edition bottles also means people are more likely to keep their bottles long term.” With only 1500 bottles printed with the design, it’s an opportunity to invest in a practical piece of art while also supporting a great cause, as for every bottle sold, the brand will donate one dollar to Rainbow Youth.

The Anew Pride Month collaboration will be available while stocks.

5. Matisse-terpiece

Add a vibrant accent to your everyday wardrobe with SOPHIE’s latest jewellery capsule, ‘In Bold Design’ which celebrates the iconic works of Henri Matisse in collaboration with the Auckland Art Gallery. Unveiled to coincide with the gallery’s newest exhibition, The Robertson Gift: Paths through Modernity, which features multiple works by Matisse, the collection welcomes a handful of joyful styles inspired by the artist. Offering everything from clip-on pins to dainty sleeper earrings, the brand pays tribute to several of Matisse’s most influential creations through the inclusion of bold and colourful motifs. As a lover of the artist and a long-time collaborator with the gallery, SOPHIE founder Belinda Cannon explains “this was a dream brief — combining our admiration of such iconic artistic expression with the introduction of uplifting, bold colours has been an exciting new pivot from our often subtle colour palette.”

The limited-edition capsule collection is available to purchase in-store from 8th February at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki or online  now at sophiestore.co.nz or aucklandartgallery.com.


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