This story is part of Ensemble’s colour week, presented by Resene.
As the weather cools for autumn, all we want to wear are fun, cheerful hues.
And from Havilah and Wynn Hamlyn’s spirited neons to Kowtow and Twenty-seven Names’ saturated pinks and reds, vibrant colour is on offer from most local designers for the season ahead. Even Zambesi, known for its love of black, has embraced full-force colour blocking with tailoring in stand out shades of coral and jade.
The joy of colour blocking is in its creativity and experimentation - the beauty is found in the clash, with unexpected combinations that reject arbitrary ‘fashion rules’. Pink with red, purple and yellow, blue and green, neon green and purple: it’s all fun.
See and shop some of our favourite bold and beautiful pieces of the new season below.
Yuriko wears a Zambesi jacket, $750 (coming soon). Kate Sylvester jumper, $399. Vintage Miu Miu skirt, $495, from Bizarre Bazaar.
Ayuen wears a Havilah dress, $550. Stylist’s own Aeyde boots.
Yuriko wears a Wynn Hamlyn top, $376, and skirt (just seen), $376. Elsie Gore skirt, $265, from Bizarre Bazaar.
Lucy wears Kate Sylvester jumpers (layered), $549 each. Kowtow jumper (just seen), $249. Karaoke Superstars skirt, $180, from Bizarre Bazaar.
Photography & styling: Chloe Hill
Hair & makeup: Courtney Taylor
Fashion assistant: Aditi Tiwari
Models: Ayuen Chout, Lucy Pahina and Yuriko Shiratori from Kirsty Bunny Management