Fashion's Return to Elegance

In a sea of ubiquitous street and sportswear, neat tailoring and delicate accessories provide a welcome reminder of dressing with polished finesse. Look sharp in autumn's most elegant pieces


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The perfect twin set in a scarlet hue commands attention. Helen Cherry boucle jacket, $598, and dress $489. Brooch, $35, from Vixen. Clip-on pearl earrings, $110, from The Mercantile.

Clean cut and versatile, this sunny coat by emerging designer Rachel Mills is one of this season’s standout pieces. Rachel Mills coat $929. Nom*D pinstripe pants $345. Leon & Harper top $315. Vintage gloves, $75, from Liz Mitchell. Brooch, $25, from Vixen. Pearl earrings, $119, from Pascoes.

The timeless elegance of the Chinese cheongsam is captured beautifully by Liz Mitchell in lace and silk. Liz Mitchell dress $1725. Veiled hat, $40, and handbag, $40, from Retro Addiction. Vintage gloves, $75, from Liz Mitchell. 9ct diamond and amethyst ring, $529, from Pascoes.

Mid-century pastels mixed with earth tones make a unique colour combination that’s surprisingly refreshing as the temperature cools. Kate Sylvester jacket, $599, and skirt $399. Lurex skivvy, $160, and brooch (part of earring set), $130, from The Mercantile. Sophie Buhai sterling silver earrings, $1472, from Simon James Concept Store. Ambra polka dot tights, $13, from Farmers. Sapphire diamond ring, $499, from Pascoes. Peter Kaisa heels, $290, from Scarpa.

Slip into this luxurious champagne pink coat and skirt set, carefully cut to perfection by last year’s New Zealand Fashion Week darlings Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa of Harman Grubisa. Harman Grubisa coat, $889, and skirt $459. Brooch, $35, from Vixen. Clip-on pearl earrings, $110, from The Mercantile.

Chic cocktail dressing is made even better with languid velvet pants and a neat boucle jacket. Liz Mitchell jacket $1495. Gregory pants $489. Harman Grubisa x Jasmin Sparrow earrings $540. Swarovski bracelet $249. Harman Grubisa jacquard heels $489.

Sheer hosiery, diamonds and a patent trench conjures up images of Catherine Deneuve’s sensual turn as Severine Serizy in Belle de Jour. Vintage patent trench coat, $310, from The Mercantile. Swarovski necklace, bracelet and studs set $599. Ambra polka dot tights, $13, from Farmers. 18ct yellow and white gold ruby and diamond ring, $4675, from Walker & Hall.

Paris Georgia Basics dress $429. Vintage jacket $75 (part of short suit set), and aeroplane brooch $35, from Vixen. Rachel Mills hat $229. 18ct yellow gold earrings, $2960, from Walker & Hall.

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