STEAL THEIR STYLE – seven chic women share their fash­ion and beauty in­flu­ences

We step be­hind the scenes with women at the fore­front of fash­ion to get the inside track on their sar­to­rial lives and loves.

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RIANDA GITMANS & JAC­QUE­LINE BURT Gen­eral man­ager; & mer­chan­dise/ de­sign man­ager, Stitch Min­istry What’s a typ­i­cal work­day like for you?

Rianda: My days in­clude ev­ery­thing from de­sign, so­cial me­dia, mar­ket­ing, sales and web de­vel­op­ment meet­ings, to pro­duc­tion and stock dis­cus­sions, fi­nan­cial catch-ups and check-ins with our stores and stockists. But ev­ery day in­cludes a sweet treat; I’m on a hunt for Pon­sonby’s best caramel slice! Jac­que­line: I love the diver­sity of my role. I’m out of bed at 6.30am and at the of­fice by 9am, check­ing emails from our fac­to­ries, prob­lem-solv­ing and driv­ing pro­duc­tion. A few hours of mea­sur­ing and fit­ting sam­ples are fol­lowed by de­sign meet­ings, then it’s back on to com­mu­ni­ca­tion with fac­to­ries.

How would you de­scribe your style?

R: In a per­fect world, I’d wear floaty dresses – but as a mum with three kids and a busy work life, my style tends to be de­ter­mined by the jobs of the day. J: It’s a bit of a kalei­do­scope. I like a com­bi­na­tion of clas­sic and edgy, and mix vin­tage pieces with con­tem­po­rary ones.

What’s your ul­ti­mate style ad­vice?

R: Wear what you feel good in, and al­ways fin­ish off your look by do­ing your hair. J: I take mine from Coco Chanel, who said, “Lux­ury must be com­fort­able, oth­er­wise it’s not lux­ury.”

How do you tackle ca­sual?

R: As a mum, the side­lines of the rugby field and net­ball court are my sec­ond home, so we keep this in mind when we de­velop our more ca­sual pieces. Our merino and re­laxed pants are my go-tos. J: Ca­sual is easy – it’s what you’re most com­fort­able in. For me, that’s of­ten a silk blouse with a pair of jeans and train­ers.

What’s your fash­ion ob­ses­sion?

R: Stitch Min­istry – and Valentino shoes. J: I’m in love with Er­dem Mo­ralioğlu’s col­lec­tions: strong mod­ern fem­i­nin­ity with a vin­tage in­flu­ence.

AMANDA NAKARMI Show­room man­ager, Show­room 22 What does your job in­volve?

The scope of my job in­cludes strat­egy, me­dia re­la­tions, con­tent cre­ation and event man­age­ment. A typ­i­cal day is a com­bi­na­tion of all of these things, plus some or­gan­ised chaos with a sprin­kling of the un­ex­pected!

How would you de­scribe your style?

Clas­sic. I wear cloth­ing that’s time­less: blaz­ers, shirts, denim, black. I try not to over­anal­yse new trends or force my­self into them. In­stead, I wear the pieces that fit me well.

What would sur­prise peo­ple about your wardrobe?

If I find some­thing that works, I’ll buy it again. My favourite blazer, shirt and pants are rep­re­sented in my wardrobe in at least two dif­fer­ent colours, which might seems ex­ces­sive, but I hate wan­der­ing aim­lessly through stores look­ing for some­thing that re­sem­bles its well-worn coun­ter­part.

Do you have a favourite item?

It’d have to be my wed­ding shoes, which were a gift from my hus­band, Matthew Stret­ton. They’re cus­tom-made Prada heels in a nude saf­fi­ano leather with a baby-blue sole, com­plete with my ini­tials in gold. They’re my dream.

What’s your fash­ion ob­ses­sion?

At the mo­ment, it’s the scarf. It’s such a ver­sa­tile item, and a great way to in­cor­po­rate prints into my wardrobe.

How do you tackle ca­sual?

Sneak­ers! They’re no longer just com­fort­able– they’re a fash­ion state­ment. Mine don’t see the inside of the gym as much as I’d like, but I keep a close eye on sneaker trends and believe the hype.

What’s your ul­ti­mate style ad­vice?

It’s some­thing I have to re­mind my­self: wear what works for you, not some­one else.

Do you have a sig­na­ture scent?

I have two: Ac­qua di Parma and Creed Sil­ver Moun­tain Wa­ter.

What does your skin­care regime en­tail?

I’ve re­cently started us­ing prod­ucts from in­no­va­tive brand The Or­di­nary. Most of it is wa­ter-based, so you’re nour­ish­ing your skin with­out drown­ing it in heavy creams.

Do you have any go-to brands?

Har­man Gru­biša – it rep­re­sents the woman I as­pire to be. It’s so­phis­ti­cated and el­e­gant, and ev­ery gar­ment is de­signed with such care. I mix in Camilla and Marc for a bit of an edge, and in sum­mer, In­grid Starnes al­ways ro­mances me with her col­lec­tions.

LIZZIE & JU­LIA LEUCHARS Cor­po­rate events man­ager, SKYCITY En­ter­tain­ment Group; & mar­ket­ing brand com­mu­ni­ca­tion di­rec­tor and code­signer, Trelise Cooper Group What do you love most about your job?

Lizzie: Ev­ery­thing! Events and hos­pi­tal­ity are in my DNA, and Skycity is a very stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment. I never have a typ­i­cal day; it can change in a heart­beat. I work with in­cred­i­ble peo­ple; it never ceases to as­tound me how wel­com­ing and warm ev­ery­one is, and there’s an amaz­ing ‘Yes, we can’ at­ti­tude at ev­ery level of the com­pany. Ju­lia: Wear­ing some­thing that makes you feel good, beau­ti­ful or strong can be in­cred­i­bly empowering, and it’s one of the rea­sons why I love work­ing in the fash­ion in­dus­try. I also value the va­ri­ety, work­ing with a pas­sion­ate team and that I’m con­stantly sur­rounded by sparkly things. Plus, I get to be cre­ative and an­a­lyt­i­cal – what more could a girl want?

How would you de­scribe your style?

L: I dress for me. I’m par­tic­u­lar about it as it’s re­ally im­por­tant to me, for my own per­sonal plea­sure and sat­is­fac­tion. I love colour and sparkle. J: I like to have a rock ’n’ roll vibe, with at least one metal­lic ac­cent at all times – leather and se­quins are my go-tos. But I also like to change it up, so my style evolves through the week as I do.

What’s your big­gest fash­ion co­nun­drum?

L: What not to wear, what not to pack and what to drop into Dress for Suc­cess. All my clothes have a story to tell –they’re my past, my present, my fu­ture. J: That I can only wear one out­fit at a time!

Do you fol­low any sar­to­rial rules?

L& J: If you play by the rules – you’ll miss all the fun!

How do ac­ces­sories fea­ture in your look?

L: I love the drama jew­ellery, shoes, bags, belts, scarves and hats can add to an out­fit and believe in buy­ing qual­ity. They’ll last for­ever if you look after them. J: I never miss an op­por­tu­nity to ac­ces­sorise. I’ve al­ways loved amaz­ing rings, and at the mo­ment I’m in love with Gucci jew­ellery. I’m a hand­bag girl too. Good ac­ces­sories will take you ev­ery­where.

Heels or flats?

L: Heels. I find them empowering – I like that they make me a lit­tle taller. I never drive in heels as it ruins the backs. It’s a pain to change into flats, but it’s worth it. J: Heels. Though I can’t live with­out my leather Kathryn Wil­son sneak­ers.

What’s your fash­ion ob­ses­sion?

L: I love make-up and dress­ing up and clothes that are out of the or­di­nary, and I’m a pas­sion­ate sup­porter of Kiwi de­sign­ers. J: Max­i­mal­ism. I’ve never been a min­i­mal­ist – I don’t think I’d know how. More is more, baby.

Rianda (left) wears top and pants by

Stitch Min­istry,

ear­rings by H&M,

heir­loom jew­ellery (worn through­out), cuff by Cos and san­dals by Steve Mad­den. Jac­que­line wears dress and bracelet (top) by

Stitch Min­istry,

ear­rings from the

Matakana Farm­ers’ Mar­ket and vin­tage boots from The Waste­land.

Amanda wears top by

In­grid Starnes, jeans by Levi’s, ear­rings by

Chris­tian Dior (worn through­out), rings by

Par­tridge Jewellers (worn through­out), heels by Valentino and scarf by

Her­mès, “a ran­dom gift from my hus­band. I was sleep-de­prived in Sydney Air­port wait­ing for a trans­fer when he gave me a lit­tle orange bag. Easy way to cheer me up!”

Lizzie (left) and daugh­ter Ju­lia. Lizzie wears gown by

Adrian Hail­wood, glasses by Tif­fany & Co (worn through­out) and jew­ellery by

Par­tridge Jewellers (worn through­out). Ju­lia wears gown by Adrian Hail­wood, choker found “in a store on the back­streets of Shang­hai” (worn through­out), rings by Gucci (worn through­out) and heels by Valentino.

Be­low: Lizzie wears suit by

Trelise Cooper. Ju­lia wears jacket and skirt by Cooper, camisole by Aritzia, ear­rings by Swarovski, neck­lace from “a lit­tle bou­tique in Paris” (worn through­out) and heels by Valentino.

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