Eccentric & Elegant Fashion in Wellington

Wellington native Faye Neilsen returns from London Fashion Week to showcase an elegant mash-up of eccentric prints, bold colours, and plenty of attitude

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CAFE SOCIETY

Dries Van Noten vest, $610, from Scotties. Gestuz shirt $360. Deadly Ponies silk scarf $230, Ingrid Starnes skirt $299. Ambra tights, $28, from Farmers. Karen Walker 9ct gold pearl drop earrings $1969 and matching ring $1079. Shot on location at The Green Parrot Café; Greenparrot.co.nz.

C'EST CHIC

Think (hot!) pink in this outstanding jacket by Harman Grubisa — not for the shrinking violet. Liam top $149. Harman Grubisa jacket $749. Penny Sage jeans $375. Kathryn Wilson heels $269. Deadly Ponies silk scarf $230. Vintage earrings, $99, from Homage Online.

THE CLASH

There’s method to the madness in a daring ensemble carefully thrown together. Magpie elements of embellishment and art prints combine for one standout look. Kowtow T-shirt $99. Dries Van Noten beaded top, $1400, from Scotties. Rachel Mills wrap skirt $409. Lucilla Gray scarf $290 and earrings $229. Deadly Ponies bag $695 and Deadly Ponies Gaga for Gala Bridle neckerchief $140. Ambra tights, $28, from Farmers. Kathryn Wilson heels $269.

BIRD OF PARADISE

Stop by iconic Wellington restaurant The Green Parrot and feast on homely meals served with white bread and butter, or sip an espresso with its charming owners, father-and-son team Costa (pictured) and Jimmy Sakoufakis. Established in 1926, the family-run restaurant counts politicians Winston Peters and Hollywood celebrities Elijah Wood and Viggo Mortensen as patrons. Greenparrot.co.nz. Jojo Ross top $280. Kate Sylvester pants $479. Deadly Ponies belt $170 and bag $845. Gestuz heels $510.

COAST TO COAST

Stop for a breath of fresh air atop the band rotunda at Oriental Bay and take in the maritime views. For lunch, head to Beach Babylon for its famous potato rosti “or after Oriental Bay, take the scenic drive all the way around the coast to Lyall Bay for a late lunch at the Maranui, where they do a delicious brunch with the perfect view”, says Faye. “Then go for a stroll on the beach and watch the sunset from the sand of Princess Bay.” Issey Miyake top $1775 and skirt $2049, from No. 16. Nom*D scarf $110. Kathryn Wilson heels $269. Vintage earrings, $249, from Homage Online. Levante tights, $25, from Farmers.

ART & COMMERCE

The interiors at the Michael Fowler Centre remain unchanged since it opened on Wakefield St in 1983. The perfect example of late 1970s and early ‘80s aesthetics merging into one, the concert hall and convention centre’s gleaming exterior of silver, created by architects Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney, is an iconic Wellington landmark. Marni top, $995, from Scotties. Harman Grubisa pants $449. Gestuz heels $510. Company of Strangers gold bracelets $310 each. Zelda Murray earrings, $290, from Penny Sage.

URBAN SPRAWL

Stop for a slice pizza from Pizza Pomedoro at 13 Leed Street and stroll down Graffiti Alley for some inspired street art. Ganni down puffer jacket, $869, from Caughely. Liam turtleneck $199. Wynn Hamlyn shirtdress $429 and skirt $355. Zelda Murray perspex & bead hoop earrings (pre-order), $360, from Penny Sage. “I really enjoy op-shopping at places like Recycle Boutique and Thrift,” says Faye. “Otherwise Good as Gold is a favourite, as well as Kowtow, and the shops in Old Bank Arcade.”

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