Embracing winter layers on an outing with Admire

 

Thomas's winter layering with Admire

There’s something downright exciting about a sudden chill in the air, making you reach for your favourite sweater, that marks the changing season. Fast forward a month, and dressing well for winter is imperative for those wanting to get out and make the most of frosty recreation. Outfits have to multitask in fluctuating temperatures, functioning for both your cold morning battle scraping an ice-licked windscreen and the subsequent stop at the warm haven of the local cafe. Tempting as it is to forgo fashion to focus on comfort, there is a way to dress cosily for winter and look fabulous doing it. A little visual inspiration goes a long way. Our latest photo shoot with Admire magazine showcases our warmest, comfiest pieces and how they can be worn this season to make you the snug, stylish cold-weather warrior you were meant to be.

In another stunning collaboration with photographer David James, and stylist – Thomas’s own Ingrid Binsted-Pickering, our fashion shoot follows local models Fenella Smith and Josh Thomas as they eke out every last bit of open-air adventure despite the arrival of chilly autumn breezes. Ingrid says the idea for the photo shoot emerged out of, “staff members talking about what they would do on the weekends with their kids, partners, and friends – walks out at the Wairau lagoons, out to Pelorus Bridge, Picton and Marfells beach.” She adds that there was interest in, “how to be comfy, warm and casual but still look cool,” during cooler months.

Armoured with chunky knits and lots of layers, we set our models to explore Marlborough’s natural playgrounds, using White’s Bay, Rarangi, and Monkey Bay as backdrops. Our couple appear dressed in this season’s favoured wardrobe colours, clearly inspired by the transitioning landscape that surrounds them. Hues of khaki and forest green, rich navy, deep copper orange, mustard yellow and ox-blood burgundy feel like the right choice for venturing through the countryside on these cold but striking days.

Ingrid’s key to dressing this stylishly clad couple is working with clever layers. Conquer the flux of temperatures our Marlborough winters offer by adding or removing layers throughout the day to maintain the right temperature as you dart from warm interiors to nippy walks outdoors. It needn’t be complicated: just start with a Mons Royale, Icebreaker or similar merino piece for a soft, thin, warm base that can be worn close to the skin on its own or under chunky knits. Next, add layers with the huge range of long sleeve tees, plaid shirts, coats, puffers and knits from Commoners, RPM and Huffer we see coming through our doors.

Cosy winter fashion with Thomas's and Admire

It’s important to mix texture and colour as you layer for warmth on top while maintaining basic staples – a good pair of jeans for instance, on bottom. Nudie or G-star RAW’s new Lank jean work perfectly – chic and casual on a weekend wander partnered with a Huffer vest, resurging this season with newly released colours for men and women, worn over a long sleeve tee. Your winter wardrobe should let you feel stylishly relaxed and comfortable in whatever task you find yourself embarking on, be it a winter hike, ski weekend, or cosy dinner out.

If you’d like to see how easy finding the right layers can be, stop in to see one of our friendly staff who will be happy to help or have a look online for some ideas. Even if you’re just looking to add to your winter wardrobe, we have new styles and colours this season that are sure to work with your trusty favourites and give them a new lease on life.

 

Photography: David James

Stylist: Ingrid Binsted-Pickering

Makeup Artist: Amber-Louise Connor

Hair Stylist: Lizzie Nott

Models: Fenella Smith & Josh Thomas

Fall Trend Scouting with Thomas’s Stylist, Hamish

Fall trends with Thomas'sA new season is as exciting as it gets for the fashion world, and fall fashion is one of the most anticipated of them all. With so many layering opportunities, there’s a real chance to mix tried and true favourites with fresh-faced trends.

There’s a lot coming through our doors right now in preparation for that shift, and I’m already loving this season’s colourful ponchos and high-neck knitwear in fine merino and cashmere, all showing beautifully in charcoals, classic navy and blacks with highlights in bright yellows, brilliant leaf green and red. Caroline Sills and Kowtow are making an especially good case for grabbing something cosy to put on, as is Gestuz, below.

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Paired with trendy high-waisted jeans sporting a worn look with holes and rips, it’s a memorable look to bring on a season that celebrates evenings by the fire, hot cups of tea in bed, and as much hygge as you can squeeze into a weekend.

Along with go-to knits for the season, here are some wishlist-worthy trends coming to Thomas’s:

Florals and prints– Still right at the front of the trend, from Tuesday’s sweet stitched florals (below left in the Amy dress) and boldly coloured stripes to colourful geometric birds adorning Karen Walker’s distinctive line (below right). We’re loving florals and prints, whether it’s an embellishment or the whole nine yards.


Tuesday Amy dress at Thomas'sKaren Walker Lugubrious dress at Thomas's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bomber Jackets- Continuing with the floral and print motif, be prepared to arm yourself for cold weather with a chic bomber jacket, still popular this season with soft satins and floral motifs decorating the arms and back, as seen on Tuesday’s bomber jacket below.

 

Tuesday bomber at Thomas's

 

Detailed Sleeves-  You’re going to notice that detailed sleeves are embellishing classic styles with a fun, flirty signature look across the range, in the form of frills (Tuesday’s Zena dress); ruffles (Kate Sylvester’s Damaris dress below right); floral motifs; and cut-out details like this from Gestuz, below left.

Fall trends at Thomas's

Kate Sylvester Damaris dress at Thomas's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Denim-  Black is still at the top, but 90s styles take the lead, moving away from ultra-skinny legs and onto straighter cuts with high waists. Ksubi (below), Diesel and G-Star deliver the perfect look for this trend.

Ksubi black jeans at Thomas's

‘Jogg Jean’- If you haven’t heard about Jogg jeans, your life is about to get way more comfortable. Once you put them on, they are like wearing a favourite pair of sweats disguised as jeans. Made from a sweatshirt-like material, they combine comfort with style. Diesel ‘Jogg’ jeans have been around for a few years, but they are quickly changing the face and feel of denim. (See two of our new styles below.) Once they’re on, you’ll never want to take them off.

Diesel Jogg jean at Thomas's

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Wide Legs, Culottes and Skirts-  Wide leg pants (see below right from Gestuz) and silhouette-changing culottes are making a big statement this season. Finishing at the ankle, they beautifully pair with ankle booties and chunky knits on top (like this look from Caroline Sills below left). Of course, high hitting boots, just below the knee or just over, are making a comeback too, pairing perfectly with the parade of skirts coming through our doors. Maxi, circular, or pencil skirt; it doesn’t matter as long as it’s comfortable.

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Don’t forget updating your work wardrobe adds a little excitement to the daily routine. It may be as simple as adding a few new tailored shirts, cool blue or classic white, or one of our gorgeous jackets.

And there are always accessories to transform your old favourites – a new bag, scarf and the right colour lipstick can update a beautiful black dress in a moment. From the ever popular Deadly Ponies come these two beauties.

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Of course, the best trend is the one that suits you. Check out our new fall range online or stop in store to try these trends and discover more ideas.

All this season’s best,

Hamish

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Two powerhouse New Zealand designers now have their own areas in store

Karen Walker concept area at Thomas's Lonely concept area at Thomas'sWe’re delighted to have launched new concept areas recently in store with two powerhouse Kiwi brands – Karen Walker and Lonely.

Karen Walker – one of New Zealand’s biggest fashion exports – made the news over the weekend with her decision not to show at New York Fashion Week this season. She’s been a regular on the New York fashion circuit for a decade but has just announced that with the changes in social media marketing New York no longer works for her. You can read more about it here. Brave call for a brave designer and it is testament to her status and influence that this decision isn’t likely to hurt her sales.

The Karen Walker aesthetic captures a sense of eccentric elegance and her clothes and accessories are beloved around the world, including by personalities such as Alexa Chung, Lorde, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid and Florence Welch. Come in and experience the Karen Walker phenomenon with a new spring range that is all about colour and distinctive patterns.

Karen Walker concept store at Thomas's“Fostering a sense of positive body image and freedom of expression, Lonely eschews conventional marketing, bringing its collections to life via the Lonely Girls Project, a journal featuring women around the world from all walks of life captured wearing Lonely in their way.”

These are the words of Helene Morris, Lonely designer, who along with Steve Ferguson makes up the Auckland-based Lonely duo. The Lonely Girls Project focuses on real women – of many sizes and shapes – being photographed in their underwear. And it is due to this refreshing approach to marketing, as well as the beautiful designs, that Lonely is fast gaining cult status across the globe.

These guys are big on Instagram. Follow along to find out more about the Lonely Girls Project.

Lonely - new range at Thomas'sLonely celebrates women’s strength and individuality with beautiful, and comfortable, lingerie, swimwear and clothing. This latest spring summer 2016 range was inspired by the movie Ghost World, starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson.

Lonely is appealing to a broad range of women here in Marlborough – all ages are snapping up the lingerie and enjoying the flexibility of the clothing which can be dressed up or down. We’ve had great feedback and there’s more lingerie and lounge wear arriving at the end of the month and then again in November, when the swimwear will make its appearance.

Come in store and see what all the fuss is about. Our wonderful staff in womenswear would love to help you discover the Karen Walker and Lonely collections for yourself.

Image credit: In-store photographs by Peter Burge

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Spring into new fashion – what to look out for this season

Trends for Spring 2016 at Thomas's

At Thomas’s we like to stay at the forefront of fashion so we can offer you a broad selection of the best designs available, right here in Marlborough. As well as keeping our eye firmly fixed on design trends, we are also committed to supporting beautifully, ethically and sustainably made clothing, created from enduring and high quality fabrics. We want to sell you great clothes that last – so you can feel good while you look good!

Hamish is our fashion buyer and he and Tim frequent the fashion show front rows to keep up to date. We put some questions to Hamish about what to look out for in spring trends this year.

Spring 2016 Trends – Q&A with Hamish:

Q.  What are the main trends we should be looking out for in spring 2016 fashion?

A.  Off the shoulder styles are going to be strong, especial in preppy blue and white fabrics. Anything Victorian – ruffles, puffy sleeves, high-collar necklines and loads of flowers. Also look for lightweight denims and bomber jackets.

Q.  What’s else is happening in denim – are flares still the thing? Anything new?

A.  All our international brands are showing high-waisted straight leg jeans in light coloured denim, think 1990s, look for holes and raw edge hems. There has been a move on from flares, look for cropped bootlegs such as these from Neuw below. There is still dark and black denim as well as the boyfriend fit.

Neuw flared pant from Thomas's

Q.  What’s up in colours for this coming season?

A. Orange is strong, as is khaki, and look for white, prints, dusty pinks and light-coloured denim.

Spring 2016 Trends with Thomas's of Marlborough

Q. Is there a great difference between new ideas in men’s and womenswear?

A.  Fashion is always lead by women’s trends and men’s styling is taken from there, like colour, fabric and styling.

Q. What would be your favourite NZ label in store this spring – for men and women? What great things are Kiwi designers doing?

A. That would have to be Kowtow for women and Huffer for the guys – you can see both in the photos below. Both labels fit our Kiwi lifestyle, Kowtow uses organic cotton which has an amazing feel, and is so comfortable to wear.  We stock Kate Sylvester, Zambesi, Nyne, Workshop and have just opened our Karen Walker and Lonely concept area which is very exciting. We are so proud to stock so many outstanding NZ labels. It is very important to know your customer and keep true to that, it keeps people coming back season after season and that is what makes NZ labels so popular.

Kiwi cool from Kowtow - Sunday Jumpsuit 2Huffer for men from Thomas's

Q.  Which is your favourite international label in store?

A.  Ted Baker, both men’s and women’s. Their attention to detail is incredible, they use the best fabrics and cuts.

Q.  What labels do you recommend for those who want to be at the forefront of new trends?

A.  Karen Walker (see below left), Zambesi or international labels Ksubi or Diesel.

Q.  How about for those of us who are a little bit slower to get on board or who prefer a more classic look?

A.  Caroline Sills, or Obi, both have beautiful knitwear, dresses and pants and of course both are from NZ.

Q.  There’s a real feel of comfort in the new Camilla and Marc spring range, as witnessed in the image above. Is the comfort factor spread across other labels too?

A.  Comfort is the key to all labels – you will see brands do beautiful dresses for evening wear and casual clothing for the weekends.

Q.  And what’s your take on the must-have accessory for the coming months?

A.  Hoop earrings, mules for shoes and a Yu Mei bag.

You heard it here from Hamish first. Check out the new spring range online or come in store to see it for yourself. We have fantastic friendly staff who’re highly skilled at helping choose the perfect clothes for you.

We’ll leave the last word on the topic to the inimitable Vivienne Westwood, who once said “Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.” Couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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Winter winner! Kate Duncan design evening at Thomas’s

Thomas's Design Workshop with Kate Duncan, May 2016 (1)

Our first event with interior designer Kate Duncan drew a sell-out crowd – and it looks like we’ll need to get her back again for those who missed out, and for those thirsty to know more now we’ve whet your appetite!

With her five years of art and design training and her two decades’ experience in the interior design industry, Kate has some real authority on her subject. She is also passionate about good design – and just as passionate about dispelling the myths of bad design – and we felt lucky to have her here sharing her philosophy with Marlborough locals.

Thomas's Design Workshop with Kate Duncan, May 2016 (2)Kate’s talk covered how to approach a home design project, a brief intro to the design process, some insights into what’s popular in home design currently – colours, fabrics and furniture – but also how to future proof your home so it doesn’t become a victim of the dreaded fad!, and she offered some great tips on how to cosy up your home for winter – good lighting being key among them. All the while she left us drooling over the beautiful photographs she’d curated to illustrate her points.

 

Now we can’t begin to do it justice here, but here are some key takeaways from Kate’s talk:

How to make a happy home that endures

  • Try to buy natural materials that will last and improve with age – metal, timber, wool, leather, cotton, linen. So what if your sheets are creased or your dining table has “character”! Your house is to be lived in and much better to surround yourself with natural, sustainable, beautiful materials which get more interesting with age, than those that will deteriorate quickly and end up in a landfill.
  • The key to future proofing your scheme is classic design. And this may not be what you think! According to Kate classic design can cover any number of styles but it boils down to clean lines, balanced proportions, good materials and quality construction. Your sofa, dining table, bed or sidetable should outlast you!
  • The importance of your home’s connection to nature for your health and happiness (it’s true, the stats say so). Make sure your home is oriented to the view, whether that be the beautiful Marlborough vineyards, mountains or sea, or your own lush garden. And Kate says that no one need miss out; if you don’t have the luxury of your own view – bring the outdoors in with living plants. And again, using natural materials in your house will always help towards a happy and healthy home.

Looking for inspiration?

Check out this beautiful ‘Capella’ solid teak buffet and ‘Bogart’ leather sofa from SM Interiors. We can order these (and many more) for you at Thomas’s. Shop our homewares here – or come in and let us order the perfect piece for you!

Citta Throw at Thomas's Department Store in Marlborough, NZ

Snuggle up with this beautiful purl stitch wool throw from Citta

Have you considered wooden bowls – check out these delectable ones from Nest – or their luxurious natural linen bedding.

Thank you!

Lastly we want to extend a big thanks to everybody who attended last week and made the event such a success.

Come along and talk to us in store about how we or Kate can help you purchase the right, long-term items for your happy home.

And watch this space for our next exciting design event!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Beautiful Homes – Introduction to Design with Kate Duncan

Kate Duncan and Thomas's, Building Beautiful Homes

If you’re planning on building a new house, renovating your current one, or just updating your well loved spaces so they function better and truly reflect the people living in them – then grab a friend and come along to our evening of wine, nibbles and words of wisdom with qualified interior designer Kate Duncan on 26 May.

Kate has an impressive background with a Bachelor of Spatial Design from the Auckland Institute of Technology where she specialised in Architectural Interiors and graduated first place in her year winning the Atrium on Elliott prize for Excellence and Professionalism in Design. Her work since has included upgrading a block of A-listed Heritage Buildings on Vulcan Lane in central Auckland, designing a range of furniture – several items of which are still in production today – and then opening and running her own busy and successful interior and spatial design company, Trinity, in Grey Lynn, Auckland.

Since moving back to Marlborough in 2006, Kate has continued to design under the radar while bringing up her family, with work including private residential homes, a hairdressing salon in post-quake Christchurch and a series of projects for a Marlborough winery.

Kate believes good design is about meeting people’s needs:

“The key is to create spaces where people can live and be happy, be themselves and connect with each other. This means simple, beautiful, quality design that is accessible to everyone.”

Thomas's Homeware, bowls plus marble boards

 

“We are faced with media pressure to have our houses ‘finished’ and magazine ready but we have to take time to build our homes, and build them over a lifetime. Don’t be afraid to leave gaps and don’t feel you have to fill your house up with cheap stuff right now. Give it time. Stories should be attached to each piece in your home, whether it’s something that’s been passed down through the family or something which is new and has your story attached.”

“And we should think about why specific products are a good investment. Natural materials improve with age and the odd scratch not only doesn’t matter, but actually enhances its beauty. We want a dining table that shows its love – that you can have a conversation over and bring up children at.  We should be designing with natural materials – real timber furniture, real leather, cotton sheets, wool throws and furnishings – locally raised Merino wool so we’re supporting our farmers is even better. There is an absolute intrinsic connection between what you buy and what is happening in your town.”

Keen to expand our homewares offerings, our staff got talking to Kate last year and an exciting partnership began.Thomas's Marlborough, homewares

Along with Kate we believe quality, timeless products that are ethically and locally made are imperative to good design. In Kate’s words:

“Thomas’s is such a great family run store which has been here for 105 years. Let’s keep money in the local economy rather than buying out of town. We all need each other. I’d like to encourage people to spend local and to buy things that will last, that you might even pass on to your children – sofas that you can sit on for 30 years, not five years.”

Come along to Thomas’s Homewares department at 6pm on 26 May and you’re in for a treat as Kate discusses:

  • the most important aspects to consider in any successful project
  • a brief introduction to design theory and design process
  • design forecasting and how to future-proof your scheme
  • a presentation of some of the latest fabrics, furniture and finishes
  • seasonal tips for dressing your home for the upcoming winter weather

Over the coming months we’re going to feature more about Kate’s inspiring design philosophy and how to make it work in your home. Watch this space!


Details:

Thursday 26 May, 6pm start

Thomas’s Homeware

Please RSVP to office@thomass.co.nz or call 578 6369

Drinks and nibbles provided