Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Trend-Plate: Enchanting Auckland

Spring is beckoning in the City of Sails. Sprawling over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, Auckland is cloaked by a vast cloak of rainforest that covers the surroundinghills, while dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf.

Though Auckland is located within the inviting watersof the South Pacific, the city revels in the four season cycle - spring, summer, autumn and winter - throughout the year. What's more, Auckland also boasts a dynamic melange of diverse cultures such as the Maoris, the Europeans and Asians.

Aside from its well-manicured gardens imbued with deciduous treesand an eclectic array of architecture offerings, the city is also home to many talented designers such as Jimmy Lim and the globally-renowned Karen Walker. That said, revel in the joy of the southern spring by immersing in the cosmopolitan spirit of the city with these beautiful offerings. All items are available now at net-a-porter.com.

Row 1: (L-R) Hosta printed silk dress by Jonathan Saunders, £949; Karen Walker FW2010; Pipe-detail wool-jersey top by Marc Jacobs, £550.

Row 2: (L-R) Justine twill printed shorts by Tory Burch, £135; Harlequin printed cashmere-blend scarf by Matthew Williamson, £281; Printed triangle bikini by Matthew Williamson, £191.

Row 3: (L-R) PS1 Large leather satchel by Proenza Schouler, £1,470; Marilyn espadrille sandals by Paloma Barcelo, £183; Square-frame acetate sunglasses by Yves Saint Laurent, £187.

*All photos courtesy of Net-a-Porter.com and Style.com

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