Retail therapy: Soul shoes

Kathryn Wilson is supporting the YWCA with a shoe auction at Soul Bar. Photo / Supplied
Kathryn Wilson is supporting the YWCA with a shoe auction at Soul Bar. Photo / Supplied

Footwear designer Kathryn Wilson is supporting the YWCA, with a special ladies who lunch event at Soul Bar, featuring an auction of styles from Wilson's summer collection. The event will raise money for the YWCA's Future Leaders mentoring programme; Wilson will talk about the collection and there will be a speech from Year 13 student Ashleigh, who is in her final year of YWCA Future Leaders. Wednesday November 9, 12-2pm, Soul Bar. Tickets $70 per person, including glass of wine, starter, main and dessert. For tickets phone (09) 375 9242 or buy online.

Hi there summer

The new collection from Karen Walker's Hi There line has arrived in stores, and includes some very sweet summer dresses - we like this beige polka dot frock, worn with a white cropped jacket. Hi There by Karen Walker "Skater dress", $210, and white cropped blazer, $220, ph (09) 520 4286.

Pink ladies

Ruby and Rosemount Estate have released a perfectly pink limited edition nail polish, called the Rosemount Ruby O. Opalescent pink with subtle glitter undertones, the polish reflects the sparkling rose blush of the wine of the same name. Front row guests were given a bottle of the limited edition polish at NZ Fashion Week earlier this year, and now Ruby and Rosemount are giving away 100 polishes through their Facebook page. The competition ends November 9, and is R18.

Grow up ...

Miu Miu raised a few eyebrows by featuring 14-year-old actress Hailee Steinfeld in their recent autumn/winter 2011 advertising campaign, but they seem to have grown up with the release of new Resort campaign images - which feature 34-year-old model Guinevere Van Seenus.

On pointe

Tamsin Cooper and the Royal New Zealand Ballet have launched a collection of accessories "fit for a princess", to celebrate the opening of The Sleeping Beauty on October 28. Reflecting the feminine and magical story, the collection features colours and fabrics that match the costumes RNZB dancers will wear on stage - including silk rosebud brooches, head bands, hair ties, a linen shoulder bag ($19.95) and a velvet coin purse, shoulder bag ($45) and eye mask ($25). The collection will launch in Wellington on October 28, and will be available to purchase from selected theatres on the tour, and online.

Summer sessions

The good people at World are hosting a series of summer styling sessions for those who want to sharpen up their looks and expand their fashion repertoire. Get along to the World Deluxe store in High St this evening, between 6-8pm, where the focus will be on business attire. The fabulous Denise L'Estrange-Corbet will be on hand to give advice and share her stories of being a business woman on the cutting edge of fashion. There will also be wine, nibbles and prizes to be won.

Carlson's move

Designer Tanya Carlson has opened her third boutique, in the Wellington space previously occupied by Unity Collection. The space, at 101 Customhouse Quay, will sell Carlson's summer collection alongside garments from New Zealand labels including Company of Strangers, Deborah Sweeney, Twenty-seven Names, Salasai, Cherry Cotton Candy, and Ingrid Starnes.

One day only

Local menswear label I Love Ugly is opening a one day only pop-up store this Saturday, inside The House of Waiwera in Parnell. They'll have the full spring collection, An Unconventional Camouflage, available to purchase. Saturday October 29, 285 Parnell Rd, Parnell, 10am-10pm.

Win with Viva

Brides and grooms looking for inspiration for their big day, shouldn't forget the the Waiheke Wedding and Event Expo at Cable Bay Vineyard on November 5 and 6. Based around a giant marquee there will be a wide range of exhibitors, food, live music and entertainment including a Bollywood wedding and can-can dancers. There will be a free bus from the ferry to the event. Earlybird $12, on the door $15. (Children under 12 free.) Tickets are on sale now online.

Viva is delighted to have two expo packs to give away, each consisting of a double return ferry ride to Waiheke, two tickets into the expo, and two Cable Bay wine tasting experiences. To go in the draw, simply email with "Waiheke Wedding" in the subject line. Entries close October 31. Winners announced November 2.

- NZ Herald

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