Dan Ahwa is fashion editor for Viva and Canvas magazines.

Fashion: Toning up

Autumn's hot styles herald a season for change.
Mahsa raw silk blouse $550. Twenty-seven Names linen blazer $390 and mid-length skirt $280. Karen Walker earrings $949. Mimco heels $229. Citta Design bistro chair $249. Photo / Greg Bowker
Mahsa raw silk blouse $550. Twenty-seven Names linen blazer $390 and mid-length skirt $280. Karen Walker earrings $949. Mimco heels $229. Citta Design bistro chair $249. Photo / Greg Bowker

Every now and then fashion magazines like to trot out the latest colour of the season to wear. And while there are colours that designers and retailers like to push each season, there are certainly some unexpected tones that will be making a cameo come the depths of winter deliveries, from icy pastels to shades of sunny yellow and chartreuse.

But what colour to wear this season? In a retail environment that's beginning to move at a frenetic pace, anything goes. Several local designers explore various hues this season that run the gamut from Zambesi's murky purple tones to the jolts of silk green at Penny Sage.
Jewel tones are a perennial autumn/winter favourite, yet always feel new as designers discover fresh ways to make the most of them.

For those that prefer to err on the side of wearing safe black, there are colours that are a little less confronting and, when approached tonally, can inspire a head-to-toe look that's polished and put-together.

Photographer: Greg Bowker. Hair and makeup: Katie Melody Rogers using M.A.C Cosmetics. Model: Rhianna Porter from 62 Models. Fashion assistant: Tau Subritzky
Photographer: Greg Bowker. Hair and makeup: Katie Melody Rogers using M.A.C Cosmetics. Model: Rhianna Porter from 62 Models. Fashion assistant: Tau Subritzky

Earthy tones are a seasonal favourite, in particular khaki greens, tan and beige. The latter might seem bland in theory, especially to an extroverted dresser's eye, but it's a classy look that evokes a sense of calm (a great approach for the wardrobes of busy people in high-pressure jobs).

The ubiquitous utilitarian separates on offer this season in khaki (bomber jackets, cargo pants, oxford shirts, etc) are a great place to start when thinking about tonal dressing.
Invest in pieces that are varied in shade along with interesting texture - the latter is an ideal way to subtly break up the one-note colour palette for a free pass out of squaresville.

Stockists:

Citta Design (09) 631 0917
Deadly Ponies (09) 376 3469
Harman Grubisa (09) 963 6129
Karen Walker (09) 361 6723
Magic Hollow magichollow.co.nz
Mahsa mahsa.co.nz
Mimco (09) 523 2412
Mi Piaci mipiaci.co.nz
Miss Wilson (09) 367 6865
Penny Sage pennysage.com
Ruby (09) 376 8674
Seed Heritage (09) 524 9550
Shanton (09) 630 7154
The Shelter (09) 3766 544
Twenty-seven Names (09) 360 6127
Zambesi Zambesi.co.nz

- Canvas

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