Your weekly style edit: the best of Australian Fashion Week, a dreamy handbag collaboration, & more

12 May 2022
By Fashion Quarterly

Read on for the five things you'll want to wear, admire, support, covet, & shop this week.

Covet: Wynn Hamlyn Resort 2023 'Departure Lounge'

Backstage at Wynn Hamlyn.

While the Covid-19 pandemic devastatingly thwarted New Zealand fashion week once again, it hasn’t stopped one of Fashion Quarterly’s favourite designers, Wynn Hamlyn taking to the runway across the ditch.

The Kiwi designer made his impressive debut at Australian Fashion Week with a collection inspired by the reopening of New Zealand borders. Aptly named Departure Lounge, the vibrant collection featured zesty pops of colour – from the boldest orange to lime greens – and fashion-forward takes on holiday attire: let’s just say a floral-print Hawaiian shirt has never looked so good. And while we know they might try, this is one Kiwi we won’t let the Aussies claim any time soon!

Wear: Marle winter 2022 'The River Answer'

Marle 'Faye' top.

A decadent collection of blue tones, sumptuous silks, and cosy wool, Marle’s 2022 winter collection ‘The River Answer’ is designed to ground and calm the wearer. 

“I’ve been called to blue tones so much lately and this collection felt right to bring that to the forefront. Blue brings a feeling of serenity – and that’s something we’re all going to need for some time to come,” explains creative director Juliet Souter.

Signature Marle silhouettes like the Mimi Jumper and Sal Dress make an appearance, bringing a sense of familiarity and a gentle nod to the brand’s ethos of longevity and timelessness. We have our eye on the ruched ‘Faye’ top with puff sleeve detailing, and the full-length bias-cut ‘Isabella’ skirt in deep navy ink. 

With new styles arriving this month, shop the winter collection at

Shop: Esse x Yu Mei collaborate for AFW

Backstage at Yu Mei x Esse.

In case you missed it, leather goods label Yu Mei made its debut at Australian Fashion Week in collaboration with Australian brand Esse. The event was held at the iconic Bennelong Restaurant in the Sydney Opera house and saw minimalist tones of jet black, milky whites and an array of browns (beige, caramel, tans) in both the clothing from Esse, and the bags from Yu Mei.

Although it may have appeared planned, we have it on good authority the similar colour palettes for both collections was nothing more than a coincidence! That said, the seamless pairing was a delight to the eyes and we’re excited to see more of their next venture — a bespoke colourway for a Yu Mei bag to be released alongside the next Esse edition in October.

Shop the Yu Mei collection now at

Support: the Standard Issue 'Jumper for Jumper' initiative

Standard Issue 'Cashmere Snowflake' crop.

With winter on its way, we’re looking forward to simple pleasures like rugging up in a cosy woollen jumper with a book in hand. But not everyone has this privilege — last year, one in nine New Zealand children lived through winter without necessities, including warm clothing.

This is why Standard Issue is partnering with Middlemore Foundation, gifting a woollen jumper to a child in need for every jumper sold online or in-store. If you’re not after a jumper for yourself, you can support the initiative by purchasing a child’s jumper for $30, donated on your behalf.

Visit or in-store at Osborne Lane, Newmarket to show your support.

Admire: 'Inside Dali' exhibition

Salvador Dali’s whimsical surrealist masterpieces will come to life right before our eyes as the crew who brought us Van Gogh Alive returns to Auckland and Christchurch from the end of May. The multi-sensory exhibition is set to take viewers on a magical journey through the career of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Through ground-breaking technology, mesmerising floor-to-ceiling imagery, tangible objects, and illusions, prepare to be immersed in the wonderful world of Dali. The Inside Dali exhibition runs from 28 May to 30 June at Spark Arena, Auckland, before heading to Christchurch’s Air Force Museum of New Zealand from 11 July to 28 August.

Tickets are available at


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