Mercedes Benz NZ Trelise Cooper 2014Mercedes-Benz New Zealand has announced its Elite Partnership with 2014 New Zealand Fashion Week and recognised Dame Trelise Cooper as the inaugural New Zealand recipient of the ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ accolade.

The brand’s partnership with New Zealand’s premiere fashion event builds on two decades of commitment to the international fashion industry. Mercedes-Benz supports events in 27 countries and is the title sponsor of fashion weeks in New York, Berlin, Sydney and Beijing, and the major sponsor of fashion weeks in Paris, London and Milan.

The ‘Mercedes-Benz Presents’ global programme recognises designers who demonstrate dedication to the use of quality materials, unique style and innovative design. Past recipients of the prestigious honour include respected designers such as Carolina Herrera, Derek Lam, Badgely Mischka and Australia’s Carla Zampatti.

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I recently attended Juliette Hogan’s spring / summer media open day and above are some of the styles set to drop later this year. Chic combinations of classic tailoring, floaty silhouettes and muted pastels are used throughout the collection, signaling a nod to feminine, timeless dressing. Above are some of my favourite looks from the campaign shot by Olivia Hemus and styled by the talented Rachel Morton.

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Last week L’Oreal invited us along to the screening of Mademoiselle C at the French Film Festival – a documentary that chronicles the redevelopment of ex-Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld and the production of her new venture CR Fashion Book. The film offers a glimpse into fashion fantasy at its best – there is the beautiful, the theatrical and the supernatural. Above are some of my favourite pictures from recent CRFB editorials. There’s nothing quite like a comeback, and the Parisian style queen has nailed it.

tulumtulum beachtulum ruinscaribbean seamayan ruinstulum mayan ruinstouristsyucatanAn hour south of over-commercialized Cancun lies Tulum, a bohemian wonderland offering culture, cuisine and azure-blue waters flowing in from the Caribbean Sea.

Located on Mexico’s east coast, the eco-friendly beachside area was once home to the ancient Mayan people (300 – 900 CE) – purveyors of the belief that the world would end in 2012. Crumbling temples, columns and hieroglyphs act as Mayan memoirs and are key attractions for first-timers.

Tulum was definitely one of my favourite destinations in North America – a must-visit for any Mexican itinerary.

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New York-based Kiwi writer and fashionista Gala Darling is expressing her positive outlook in a new realm with a jewellery collection designed with a dash of descriptive self-love.

Produced in collaboration with New Zealand Mint Jewellery, the optimistic ‘Moxie’ collection is a fun and colourful range of jewellery full of positive vibes.

And befitting the designer’s name, there is a selection of enchanting words – Darling, Lover, Imagine, Magical, Babe, Dreamer – inscribed in each piece.

Gala designed the collection with her theory of Radical Self-Love in mind. The philosophy is more than an idea, it’s a way of life. Send a love letter to the universe by adorning yourself with a flourish in your daily dress up.

“Jewellery is everyday magic.  We tell stories with our hands, our wrists, our necks, the things we choose to decorate ourselves with,” says Gala.

Moxie, Gala Darling’s first collection for New Zealand Mint, is about how we can harness the power of language to help us construct reality.

With a combination of sterling silver and coloured leather, Moxie can be customised to fit with virtually any lifestyle; mix-and-match it with everything from Cartier to costume jewels.

“Search for the magic in every day. Once you’ve trained your eye, you can’t help but delight in seeing the small and extraordinary things that surround you,” says Gala.

The range is available from NZ Mint Jewellery and selected stockists.  www.nzmintjewellery.com.

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I’ve been working on a fun charity project recently with Sealy NZ and four renowned local creatives and above is the result – beds that are so gorgeous you’d almost want to go sans sheets.

Artist Otis Frizzell, fashion illustrator Kelly Thompson, musician Hollie Smith and fashion designer Tanya Carlson each designed a vibrant and unique print to cover a bespoke Sealy bed.

The beds are on auction on TradeMe until tomorrow and all proceeds raised go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation to support women with breast cancer. Place your bid here: trade.me/SealyNZ.

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