Retail therapy: You look good

The search for New Zealand's most stylish continues. Photo / Supplied
The search for New Zealand's most stylish continues. Photo / Supplied

The search for New Zealand's most stylish man and woman continues.

Have you entered Kim Crawford's NZ Style Search yet? The hunt for New Zealand's most stylish man and woman continues, with prizes being given out to stylish people each day throughout August. Upload a photo of yourself, or a friend, looking good, on to the Kim Crawford Facebook page, and get voting for who you think looks the best - each day, the person with the most votes will win fantastic prizes, including fashion accessories and clothing, vouchers from hotspots around town and more. Viva's editor Amanda Linnell, footwear designer Kathryn Wilson and Huffer's Steve Dunstan will then decide the overall winners, to be announced on August 31 - they'll win a VIP fashion week experience and goodies from various NZ designers.

If you're too shy to upload a photo of yourself, keep an eye out for the four stylish guys behind street style blog Four Eyes, who will be searching for stylish people around town to photograph and feature as part of the competition.

And remember, it's about celebrating individual style and appreciating small details - a beautifully cut dress, a bold accessory, a flash of colour, or a modern update of a classic. What's your style?

Dog lover

Animal motifs have been huge overseas, dogs especially - with alsatians appearing at Balenciaga and rottweilers at Givenchy. If those labels are a little out of your financial reach but you're still keen to show off your love of dogs via your top, then say hello to this adorable Scotty dog top. $75 from Topshop. Ph (09) 489 4229.

Package deal

Stephen Marr have put together some special prize packages for those who want to attend Fashion Week with a touch of luxury. Winners will get a double pass to a fashion week show, a chauffeur-driven ride to the show in a BMW, a glass of Moet on arrival and a dining tab at Ebisu restaurant post-show. And so you look the part, they're also offering a Runway Touch-Up beforehand. How to enter? Book an appointment at a Stephen Marr salon, and look for a Golden Ticket under your seat. To book ph (09) 360 0588.

Online news

A new website is set to launch today, aiming to be a one-stop shop for what's new online. Shop What's New will feature updates from online stores including Ruby, Overland, Storm, Barkers and more, as well as fashion news and features.

Phoenix rises

Local beauty brand Phoenix Cosmetics is expanding, opening four new stores around New Zealand - within Annah Stretton stores in Hamilton, Palmerston North and Christchurch, and a stand-alone store in Wellington in October.

Flag bearer

Auckland's waterfront is looking fantastic, with the opening of the new Wynyard development - and the Viaduct has had an artistic makeover care of fashion designer Miranda Brown. The Auckland City Council asked Brown to design a colourful, 50-piece flag installation, which will be displayed along the CBD waterfront. Called Ecology to Cosmology, the installation features three metre-tall flags embossed with circular motifs that represent navigation to and from New Zealand. Brown explains that it is a "vibrant expression of the navigation cycle".

Welcome to the neighbourhood

The Viva team loves the Britomart precinct, with its offering of cafes, restaurants and bars; and the arrival of various retail stores into the area. Several boutiques have opened recently, from M.A.C.'s new store to Ted Baker's boutique - and stationery store Kikki.K is set to open on Saturday, at shop 8A, East Building, Galway St, Takutai Square, Britomart.

World does shoes

World is set to collaborate with Number One Shoes for summer 2011, with the capsule collection debuting on the runway early next month and arriving in store in limited numbers the next day, on September 3. The womens footwear range is called World Made Me Do It.

Show with a cause

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation will hold its annual In The Pink "Re-Dressed" event tomorrow night, with a runway show featuring designs from Adrienne Winklemann, Liz Mitchell, Yvonne Bennetti, Carlson, Cybele, Huffer, Muse, Zambesi and Zambesi Man. A charity auction will also be held, with bubbles and canapes served from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The event will raise money to support the funding of breast cancer patient registers around the country, which provide vital information to improve survival from breast cancer and service delivery for women with breast cancer.

Limited tickets are available from $104, through the NZBCF website or ph 0508 105 105.

- NZ Herald

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