Time for a cool change this winter.
Whether it’s hairstyles, seasons or circumstances, if you’re a routine freak like I am, change can be a major challenge. But I’ve recently learned to embrace change, and have discovered letting go can be seriously cathartic. So I say out with the old and in with the new! And no looking back — we’re not going that way.
As consumers, our thirst for the new has seen fashion labels make some sweeping changes, injecting smaller drops throughout the year on top of the standard summer and winter ranges. A trend across the board, luxury houses are said to make bigger profits from their ever-growing pre-fall and resort collections than the classic AW, SS and couture.
Transeasonal dressing has risen in popularity, and a buy-it-now, wear-it-now mentality pervades in place of the traditional purchase of that key coat to stash away until the temperature drops.
There was certainly no need for us to put our new coats into storage ahead of our recent trip to Queenstown. We were there to shoot New Zealand fashion against a backdrop of snow and, come hell or high water, we were determined to find it. A freak warm snap was forecast to get in our way, but the stars aligned and we were able to access a magical glacier on Mt Aspiring via helicopter.
There’s a reason many consider Queenstown one of the most beautiful places in the country — and with its views, vibe and incredible food, it’s become one of our favourite places to visit. See why on page 180.
Cover model Eden Bristowe (left) in flight mode with Fashion Quarterly’s Jess Thomson and Sally-Ann Mullin.
This issue marks a change for FQ, too. After 36 years of producing magazines dubbed Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring, we’ve decided to name our seasonal editions Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4 — starting now. Enjoy reading Issue 2.