Zara's international April look book is rife with the kind of pieces that perfectly capture this season's breezier sensibility. That's not to say there aren't more polished styling counterparts — because there are — but if we're to forecast the month ahead according to Zara, it's looking like a laid-back affair. The floral prints, which are reminiscent of scenes stolen right off of a vintage china plate, take shape on cap-sleeved shifts, shorts sets, relaxed blouses, and pencil skirts. The quintessential blazer comes oversized with bold buttons, in a soft pastel blue tuxedo iteration, and cut in a longer double-breasted silhouette. And where there's silky texture, there's a flowing red jumpsuit, a sportier colour-blocked maxi dress, and palazzo trousers to indulge in. Zara's latest is certainly something to be inspired by, so let's hope the full collection makes it way to a Zara near you (and me!). See the complete look book here.
All year it's turned out collections that hone in on our favourite trends (at our favourite price points) — and Zara's last looks of 2012 are just as awesome. Perfectly on-point for the party season — without any festive dressing clichés here — the December line-up is a mix of black and white stripes, sophisticated houndstooth blazers, sequined minis, a touch of plaid, and a hearty helping of leather. It may not be rife with the most obvious choices for party dressing, but a printed t-shirt, statement jewels, and a blazer might just be a cooler alternative to your average Christmas dress anyway, as evidenced by look book muse Kasia Struss. They're also the kind of pieces you'll keep in rotation long after your holiday party and NYE obligations.
We think of Zara's TRF line as the younger, more casual little sister to the Spanish chain's sophisticated main line offerings, and despite the cold-weather skew, the November look book is full of off-duty essentials and versatile separates that we think we could make work for our southern hemisphere Spring. A sleeveless anorak would work a treat over a floral-print frock, the military toppers would make a cool night-time topper over tailored shorts and those Breton knits? Always in need. Step inside to get a preview of what you can expect in-store this month from Zara.
Behold! The latest sneak peek at what Zara has in store for us for October. This is the internationally released look book, so it won't be necessarily be the entire Australian-store drop, but it is a mighty good indication of the trends that will be heading our way and hopefully the key pieces we'll be able to nab in any one of the five Aussie footholds. Highlights for us include the bordeaux-hued leather, embellished mini skirts and camoflage-print pants. Step on in and see Aymeline Valade modelling the very latest from the Spanish chain store.
Zara Chadstone opened on Wednesday of this week, making it the second Victorian store after the Bourke St flagship and fourth national outpost after the Sydney Westfield and Adelaide Burnside stores for the Spanish retailer. We haven't see it in person, but according to our sources the dual level, 1400 square foot emporium is gorgeous in that shmick, European way (figures, as the fitting were flown direct from Spain) — with a whopping 28 change rooms for the ladies. Now that's forethought! As we saw in Sydney, the flagship is currently selling a range of exclusive to Chadstone, limited edition pieces, created especially for the launch. Step inside to get the grand tour, then snoop the so-special Chadston-only offerings. Because we know how you operate, we got Zara Chadstone's opening times so you can plan your next in-store re-con. Who's free this weekend?
Opening weekend trading hours:
Friday 10th, 9am - 9pm
Saturday 11th, 9am - 7pm
Sunday 12th, 10am - 6pm
Monday 13th and Tues 14th 9am - 7pm
Regular trading hours:
Mon to Wed 9:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm
Contact: 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, VIC, (03) 8567 0800.
The trans-seasonal months give us Aussie shoppers reason to rejoice. During these change-over months, our favourite international chain stores are stocking new season gems designed with the shift from Summer to Winter in mind, but that luckily work just as well for our transition into Spring. No more shopping out of season! Zara's August look book is full of such trans-seasonal treats; think lightweight tweed toppers, slick leather shorts, pearl-embellished blouses and peplumed tees. If you're Melbourne-based we suggest you pop into Zara's fourth Australian foothold at Chadstone shopping centre (it opened just yesterday!) and see for youself if these goodies are on the racks yet.
Anytime we hear the word Zara, or see it in print — with pictures — it's a very exciting day in the Sugar office! Australian Zara domination is progressing nicely, with the announcement of the Bondi Junction store in Sydney set to open in the very near future. Their latest offering is all about basics and separates; think chic embellished collars, studs and lace. But the best part? The jewels! With a lot of luck, we'll get some (hopefully most) of the key pieces in time for the Bondi opening. Click through to see all the looks and earmark your favourites.
This is what a great wardrobe is made of: Zara's April collection is steeped in chic whites, tweedy jackets, crisp denim, and breezy sundresses, striking the perfect balance between seasonal must haves and closet staples. Again, the brand zeroes in on this season's key trends; we get a dose of peplum, a shot of lace, '70s flares, photo-prints and fringing, all in truly wearable iterations. It's hard not to want nearly all of Zara's new goodies, especially when they look even better mixed and matched — it's really not just about the pieces, but how easily they wear together. Here's to hoping the whole shebang makes it to a Zara near you.
The head design honchos at Zara HQ prove they still have their collective fingers on the fashion pulse. We were privy to the Spring Summer collection, and all the big hitting runway trends are accounted for; graphic prints, white on white, sheer, sports-inspired detailing and plenty of pastel hues. Model of the moment Saskia de Brauw works her elfin looks for the Spanish chain store, showing she can do commercial as well as she does Chanel. We suggest you check in your nearest Zara flagship soon, as these goodies are due to drop o/s in a matter of weeks. Let's hope the full range lands in Oz sooner rather than later.
Adding to its crop of covetable party season looks, Zara's latest batch of evening styles arrived just in time for the end of year soirees that are filling our calendar. Styling up a worthy look for your next cocktail hour will be easy enough with this collection of sharp blazers and blouses, chic trousers, killer frocks, and a hint of sparkle. As you're plotting what to wear for Christmas, to your office soiree, and New Year's Eve, these pieces will serve you well beyond the holidays. Striking a perfect balance between statement pieces and wardrobe essentials, these are the goods you'll wear again and again (and rake in the compliments each time you do!). Let's hope the full drop lands in-store soon, coz we've got a shopping list to attack. Take a spin. . .