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With the tagline ‘cut to cel­e­brate the curve’, Choco­lat was one of the ear­li­est brands to ac­tively ad­vo­cate “body pos­i­tiv­ity – be­ing happy with the skin you’re in,” says de­signer Kylie Nio­vara-dave.

She cre­ates clev­erly draped clothes to best show­case the sil­hou­ette, the ma­jor­ity of which are made with fab­rics exclusive to Choco­lat. “I spend a lot of time fit­ting and per­fect­ing our gar­ments. Be­cause our pieces are 100 per cent New Zealand made, this al­lows me to have full con­trol of the gar­ment process, so the Choco­lat cus­tomer knows that when they try the gar­ment on, it’s go­ing to fit them beau­ti­fully.”

Choco­lat tops the list when women are shop­ping for an oc­ca­sion, in­clud­ing wed­dings, she says. “I use a lot of nat­u­ral fi­bres: silk, cot­ton, linen and merino. Prints are key too and I source many of our prints from France. We love what we can do with the French prints. I can se­lect the art­work and choose the base cloth, which means that we may be the only la­bel in the world that has used that par­tic­u­lar com­bi­na­tion.”

Choco­lat’s fa­mous Aladdin Pants, a draped trouser made from soft vis­cose crepe, and the Glow Top, are best-sell­ers be­cause of their flat­ter­ing styles, and – along with the nat­u­ral linen sun­dresses and anoraks – are sum­mer es­sen­tials, she says. choco­

Above: Clever drap­ing and qual­ity fab­rics are in­te­gral to Choco­lat’s de­signs.

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