The end of daylight saving, and that stormy weather we’ve been treated to signals winter closing in. It’s a less daunting prospect with warm, lofty outerwear like a puffer jacket at the ready. Traditionally, puffers are sturdy all-weather friends. Huffer’s puffer, from the Auckland-based brand’s most comprehensive collection of outerwear to date, is the classic example. There are men’s and women’s styles available, though some sizes are sold out in certain colours, such is their popularity.
Then there’s showerproof versions (H&M, Sylvester), ideal for commuting, say, or to and from the gym. They’ll work best in bad weather over a layer or so of wool, merino, cashmere or silk – fibres that insulate best when protected by a windproof shell.
A few of the quilted garments here stake fashion ahead of function. First, there’s the AI piece, which Belinda and I photographed from behind, as it so quirkily fits the brief. It’s a one-off by a graduating fashion student from AUT. Contact Showroom 22 for more information
Zambesi’s quilted pieces are part of its current season collection, which closed New Zealand Fashion Week to rapturous appreciation. The Paradise fabric, seen here as a unisex vest, was quilted in-house. The reflective pocket piping is a silver lining. 1/ Zambesi corset, $340 2/ Zambesi The Peninsula vest, $550 3/ Huffer men’s Super Down jacket, $549 4/ Twenty Seven Names Golden Age puffer
jacket, $640 5/ Jojo Ross Secret File skirt, $365 6/ Sylvester quilted parka, $399 7/ Leo+be Ride bomber, $198 8/ Clarks Cabrini Bay boots, $200 at Hannahs,
available May 9/ AI jacket, POA contact Showroom 22 10/ Seed Heritage baby’s knitted vest, $55 11/ Ruby Pandora puffer jacket, $349 12/ H&M jacket, $129 13/ Alba Ribani bag, $590 at Scarpa
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