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Breast Cancer Research Trust - Fashion for a Cure

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Lydia Brewer


We are very proud to once again be involved in the Breast Cancer Research Trust Fashion for a Cure shows in Wellington in October, and Christchurch in November. 

These events are always hugely popular and include shows from New Zealand's top designers as well as drinks, nibbles and a silent auction. 

Get in quick before the tickets sell out!

Posted in bcrt, breast cancer, charity, fashion for a cure, New Zealand fashion designer, taylor

Something exciting is coming...

Posted on September 03, 2014 by Lydia Brewer

Here at taylor we've been busy working on a top secret project that we're almost ready to share with you. 



This Shelter is the brainchild of designer Vicki Taylor and it's going to be hugely exciting, she's been working on it for over a year!  

We'll give you a hint: It incorporates some of the best brands from New Zealand and abroad. And it's not just womenswear… think menswear, homeware, a cafe and even bikes. 

Sign up below to hear more, and follow The Shelter on Facebook and Instagram

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Posted in bikes, cafe, mackelvie st, mackelvie street, menswear, new zealand designer, New Zealand Fashion, ponsonby, taylor boutique, the shelter, womenswear

Runway: taylor at NZ Fashion Weekend 2014

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

On a cold and drizzly Saturday, the NZ Fashion Weekend venue was alive; buzzing with makeup artists and media, curious fashionistas and jewellery designers along with the taylor team putting the finishing touches to their runway show…

NZ Fashion Weekend is a unique way for designers to share their collections. Unlike NZ Fashion Week Shows that are targeted at media and international buyers, NZ Fashion Weekend shows are targeted at you - our beautiful clients. Here you can come and experience the full taylor vision, from hair and makeup, through to accessory choices and styling.

We showed ten looks, featuring our beautiful Point, Line and Plane garments. Some designs are in-store now, others are soon to arrive. You may even spot a garment or two amongst the mix that looks like something you have seen before but with slightly different fabrics!

Each of of our ten looks was complimented with hair by the talented team at Loreal and makeup by our friends at Smashbox Cosmetics. Click here to take a behind the scenes look at the creation of our NZ Fashion Weekend beauty look.

taylor NZ Fashion Weekend Looks

[Look 1] Altitude Dress [Look 2] Additive Corset, Cuffed Discord Pant [Look 3] Emote Tank, Fluide Short

[Look 4] Interval Dress [Look 5] Fluctuate Vest, Bound Top, Peg Pant, Reflect Belt [Look 6] Continuous Dress, Intensify Leggings

[Look 7] Destination Jacket, Formula Piece, Cogent Pant [Look 8] Enclose Jumpsuit [Look 9] Charter Shirt, Union Skort, Edged Camber Singlet [Look 10] Echo Jacket, Vortex Tunic Adjacent Pant

Peruse a selection of photos from our show below, or head to our Facebook to see the full gallery of imagery from both the runway and behind the scenes. Photography is all care of our friends at W studio.

Posted in new zealand designer, New Zealand Fashion, New Zealand fashion designer, NZ Fashion Weekend, NZFW, Styling advice from taylor, taylor boutique, taylor boutique at NZ Fashion Weekend, taylor boutique styling

The art of the understatement: Tracy Neuls

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

We love a story of sweet understatement, the sort of quality, beauty or interesting topic that does not need to shout its existence - instead It just is, and in its being it draws you in. Tracy Neuls Shoes are this exact sort of understatement.

It seems as the years go by the shoes become more - moreish. A giant wafer platform here, a flash of bright pink studded pony there, zebra and cheetah and zodiac inspired footwear. In this world bright and bold, the understated, knowing, simplicity of Tracy Nuels speaks volumes.

Tracy considers her designs more design than fashion, starting with plasticine forms, her shoes have an organic, playful, softness that can only be created with this unique hand-crafted forming process. This same playfulness is pulled through into every aspect of her design process. Shirking the traditional seasonal trends, to instead seek inspiration from an envelope, an egg cup or a stubbed toe.

Each shoe is lavished in fine detail and innovative finishes, from the rubber soles of the Dot Boot which give you a literal bounce in every step, through to the design thinking that lead to the creation of the ‘Bike’ boot, nominated in the prestigious ‘Designs of the year’ awards and crafted with both elegance of wear and ease of use (particularly when biking) in mind. The difference in a TN29 shoe is that these details are designed for the wearer, not for the viewer, Tracy explains that the shoe is for the person who wears them, from comfort to finishings.

Like taylor, Tracy values quality and timelessness. The same shoe shapes loving created each season, because they are enduring in style and use. Each piece designed to be loved by any woman of any style, and any age.

‘Timelessness comes with agelessness, we have customers that grow old with their shoes rather than grow bored with them..” - Tracy Neuls

This season we have a selection of styles chosen to compliment the timeless quality of the ‘Point, Line and Plane Collection’, the first of these pieces having arrived into store recently.  The Lou Lace up, with its slightly elevated heel and softly rounded features is perfect for weekend wear or work wear alike. Whilst the Dot Boot, is elegant, fun and functional with its rubber sole and front zip. The Georg T bike is a recut of the award winning ‘Bike’ boot, with its hard to beat classic chelsea boot styling.

Posted in Ageless, Design versus Fashion, Dot boot, footwear, Georg T Bike, Handcrafted, Leather Shoes, Lou Lace Up, new zealand designer, New Zealand Fashion, New Zealand fashion designer, shoes, Styling advice from taylor, taylor boutique, taylor boutique styling, Timless, TN29, Tracy Neuls, Tracy Neuls Shoes in New Zealand

Associate Tunic - 4 ways!

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Emma Williams

This week we are featuring the versatile Associate Tunic fours ways, by stylists from our Britomart, Wellington, Ponsonby and Newmarket boutiques.


The Associate Tunic is the perfect piece to transition stylishly from day to evening. Featuring a twisted button plaque, which can be worn done up, partially buttoned or left loose this garment is for the true creative dresser. The Associate Tunic can be worn in a multitude of ways and is a flattering fit for any body shape.


At Britomart I created a classic look with a point of difference. A Taylor Slip (1) is our base piece with the Silk Mesh Camber (2) creating gorgeous sheer sleeves. The Associate Tunic (3) is worn over the top buttoned at the waist and the Notion Jacket (4) brings this outfit to a casual and classic place. Finish off with accessories - the Segment Chain Necklace from Artikle and the Dot Boot in Black Calf By TN29.


Harriet in Wellington styled her Associate Tunic as an edgy daytime look. Starting with the Silk Mesh Camber (1) she then added the Cogent Pants (2) in White Pixel. The Associate Tunic (3) in Delta blue goes over the top and she has done up all the buttons in this look. Her final layer is the Inscribe Jacket (4) in White Pixel and one of our gorgeous new Artikel necklaces, the Plait Necklace, finishes her look.


Rosie in Ponsonby created a stunning monochromatic outfit using the popular Edged Camber Tunic (1) in black and the Peg Pants (2) in White. Her Associate Tunic (3) in black then went over the top – she missed one button hole and went straight to the second, lifting the tunic. The classically tailored Reflect Jacket (4) finishes her look and the Monochrome Necklace from Artikle creates length down the body.


In New Market Jade created a relaxed daytime look playing with textures. Starting off with the Continuous Dress (1) and the Intensify Leggings (2) as her base she then adds the Associate Tunic (3) in Delta blue. To finish her look and add a layer of warmth she adds the Venetian Cowl (4) in ivory.

Posted in Artikle, Associate Tunic, Continuous Dress, Dot Boot, Edged Camber, how to wear, Intensify Leggings, Notion Jacket, Peg Pants, Reflect jacket, silk dress, Silk Mesh Camber, Styling advice from taylor, taylor boutique, taylor boutique dress, taylor stylists, TN29, Venetian Cowl

Shorts and Sweet: Why shorts should be in your wardrobe

Posted on September 02, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

Favoured for uniforms and weekend jaunts this week we muse how this sometimes overlooked garment could be the true revolutionary in your wardrobe.

I chanced upon the above image about a year ago on one of those websites full of pictures of cats and rundowns on pinterest life-hacks. The caption ‘Women wearing shorts in public for the first time cause car accident’, and even doubting the authenticity of that statement, the fact that it has sat in my ‘inspired’ folder for the last 12 months is telling perhaps because for me, shorts should stop traffic.

The truth is that shorts in my mind are inherently one of those rebellious pieces of clothing. Equal parts sexy and practical, a good short can see you clambering over rocks with your kids or dancing the night away. Transformative, one pair of shorts moves from a day at the office with a low heel, to a weekend of relaxing with your trusty old chucks and an oversized knit, or layered with hosiery for a chill brisk day. In short, shorts do the impossible – and do it well.

This season the short has many guises, soft and supple in silk, printed and fun for beach time parades and effortlessly versatile.

Left to right: Fluide Short in grid tweed, Fluide Short in black cotton

The Fluide short is an old taylor favourite, designed to take you from day to night, with soft volume in all the right places. Cut to fall just above the knee, we love to finish this look with the soft float of the bound top.

Left to right: Union Skort in Alabaster and Black contact us to pre order

For those in search of the perfect skirt, who also want the versatility of a short, look no further than our Union Skort. Soon to arrive, this piece gives the feminine flowing lines of a skirt with all the practicality of a short, the perfect do-it-all that can be dressed up with a swathe of elegant silk, a beautiful shoe and a good sense of adventure.

Posted in Fluide Short, history of womens shorts, how to wear shorts, Shorts, taylor boutique, Union Skort

How to wear tweed: from office to weekend with ease

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Anya Merryfield

The word tweed may bring to mind Chanel suits replete with pearls and monogram buttons or the swinging sixties, with flashes of smudgy black lining. When taylor thinks of tweed, it is classic, stylish and easy to wear.

Tweed exudes classic style with the very warp and weft of its fibres, informed by a past that is part history and part love affair.

Traditionally handcrafted, tweed was long relegated to the wardrobes of the upper-crust, with inherited tweeds bestowed with family names clothing the landed gentry of the British social elite. The beautifully detailed fabric also clothed some of our favourite literary characters, from the toad from toad hall right through to Sherlock Holmes.

The joy of this fabric is in the interplay between modern innovation, and classic, timeless appeal. Tweed long associated with the classic cuts of Edwardian English riding wardrobe, is unexpectedly frivolous (yet stylish) cut into a form fitting dress, or finished with a flash of lace, and it this idea that we delved into when styling our tweed looks today.

We all know that tweed makes a fantastic suit, but the classic fabric makes it easy to take risks whilst still looking understatedly chic. Break up your tweed suit into separates to pair with swathes of silk or textured tops. Layer with sweat shirting, or a heel or add a splash of silk always remembering that the best love affairs are like your tweed basics dependable from day to day bur can also be shaken up for a splash of fun!

All in interval
An unexpected dress in tweed and silk, layer up for work, or wear in the weekend with flashes of white, grey and beige.

Interval Dress in grid tweed, Destination Jacket in white pixel, Dot boots in grey

Reflect it all
Add even more texture to this artful silhouette with the Conditional Top.

Reflect Jacket in fleck tweed, Factor Skirt in fleck tweed, Conditional Top in black pixel

Always Fluide
A tweed shirt offers a great basic that can be worn to work or truly explored for versatile and stylish weekend options.

Fluide Short in grid tweed, Location Shirt, Bisector sweater in grey marle

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