5 things we loved this week

23 May 2024
By Fashion Quarterly

Consider this your sign to splurge. Newmarket is hosting a Lane day; HANA has opened a new studio; plus new collections from Chanel, Ruby and Pandora.

1. Nourish and nurture 

Keen to indulge in a bit of R&R? Since opening its flagship location in 2020,  local wellness studio HANA has been a sanctuary for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Meaning ‘to glow and radiate’ in Māori, HANA has grown in both size and stature in the last few years, culminating in the opening of its second location this month in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Housed within the historic Textile building in Parnell, the new location is a testament to the growing demand for HANA’s offering, which includes infrared saunas, ice baths, red light therapy, and massages. To celebrate the new space, the studio has created an exclusive immunity boosting treatment with Activist Manuka honey. With the goal of nurturing the body from the outside in, the treatment begins with a PBM light pod session with an Activist Honey Mask, followed by Infrared sauna with Activist Immune Elixir, and their Activist Green Botanical Serum to use after showering. We couldn’t think of a better way to treat ourselves. 

View their full treatment list and make a booking at hana.nz

2. She sells sea shells

If you never thought you’d see the day when Chanel made wetsuits, then think again. For their latest runway show, the French Maison ventured to the seaside town of Marseille to showcase their new Cruise 2025 collection. Held in the city’s iconic Cité Radieuse building, models and attendees braved strong winds and rain as the rooftop was transformed into a dynamic runway. Seeking inspiration from seaside fashion for the collection, creative director Virginie Viard debuted an assortment of hoodies, wetsuits, swimwear, fishnets, and platform sandals. “Marseille also has a very strong sense of freedom,” she explained in the show notes. “I was inspired by the codes of lifestyle, of everyday life and by all the things that invite movement. The sea and the wind made me want to play with wetsuits.” While the Maison’s iconic tweed print could still be spotted in some looks, the collection as a whole was a decidedly more casual take on the Chanel girl aesthetic that we’ve become so familiar with. 

View the collection looks here.

3. That’s rich

Striking the perfect balance between practical and playful, Ruby’s new ‘Butter’ collection combines cosy layers with joyful prints. Rich with volume and colour, brand favourites like Sandler ruffle shirt and Eddie shirt have returned in enticing new colourways, along with the Sakura cocktail dress — an iconic silhouette from the 2015 archive. For those who are obsessed with bubble hems at the moment, Ruby has issued their own take on the whimsical trend with the Raquel skirt, a flouncy black mini. Designed to spark joy during the drearier months, Butter offers endless opportunities to have fun with colour and patterns.

Shop Butter in store and online now.

4. Nature’s bounty

When we think of Pandora, we typically think of the brand’s iconic collectable charms and bracelets. But for their new ESSENCE collection, released last week, the Danish jeweller has unveiled a new brand direction, welcoming a selection of fresh, organic adornments inspired by lines and forms found in nature. Touching on Nordic design aesthetics, the range is simple yet elevated — offering a variety of structured earrings, cuffs, necklaces and rings that juxtapose structure with softness. Crafted from high quality materials including sterling silver and 14K gold plating, wearers are encouraged to experiment with mixing metals. Lending an elegant finish to many pieces are baroque pearls, which ensure the collection’s timeless appeal in your repertoire.

Shop the ESSENCE collection in-store and online now.

5. RSVP to shop

Mark your calendars as this Saturday, the 25th of May, the streets of Tāmaki Makaurau will be turned into a shopping extravaganza thanks to Newmarket Lane Day. With over 50 stores between Teed Street, Osborne Street, York Street and Kent Street getting involved, attendees can expect a plethora of special discounts and deals available from their favourite brands and retailers. To further elevate the occasion, many stores will also be offering drinks and treats to savour as you shop, giving you even more incentive to check it out. 

Newmarket Lane Day will be on for one day only this Saturday. View the full list of participants and deals here.


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