Spring collections have arrived, referencing a multitude of bygone eras — from the romance of the Edwardian age to the free-spirited 70s. It's a timeless fashion mix that's thoroughly modern, reinforcing a mode of dressing that's both powerful and elegant.

Photographed on location in the Orange Society Room, at Auckland's iconic Orange Coronation Hall.

The Orange Coronation Hall

During World War II the hall opened its doors six nights a week to crowds queuing down its steep steps and along Newton Rd. Also known as The Ballroom, the space helped start the careers of New Zealand musicians and entertainers such as Mavis Rivers, Bill and Boyd, Howard Morrison and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

The Orange Society Room has peep-holes in the doors for members to see who was on the other side of the door (or see if they knew the handshake sign or password) before they were allowed access. The supper room below the dance hall area catered for the crowds and even until the late 1980s served sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee.

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The advent of late-night closing and bands in pubs signalled the beginning of the end of an era for dance halls, and 1987 saw the "last waltz" in the Orange Ballroom.


1940s: Roaring Forties
Post-war utility and broad shoulders reminiscent of Mildred Pierce give tailored jackets a sense of power, particularly with a nipped-in waist and pleated pants. Bianca wears Prada shirt $1130, jacket $4110, corset $1130. Ngahuia wears Rachel Mills wrap blouse $439, Karen Walker jacket $835, Wynn Hamlyn pants $299, Mimco brooch $99.90, nine-carat pearl drop earrings, $99, from Pascoes.