Morrison Styles

Centre Manager, Angela Leonard

I have always enjoyed Angela Leonard’s style! And so it was exciting to photograph her as the first of the Silk Purse Oily Rag sponsored shoots for Morrison Square.  Thank you Angela for agreeing to part of this, and to Morrison Square for sponsoring the fortnightly blog posts…

“Yes I do love fashion!  I have a Diploma in Fashion and before coming here I was involved in personal styling, corporate styling for Air New Zealand, and fashion retail management.  Given our focus on fashion here at Morrison Square, it did make a lot of sense for us to part of the blog.  We love the real style focus, of the style choices that women make for themselves.  It’s going to be great to showcase our fashion in this way.  Today I chose to wear a contemporary classic look from Portmans.  It’s very much my style, which I think of as ‘classic with a twist’.  I really like Olivia Palmero’s style.  Do you follow her?  She is always so elegant, fashion forward and interesting, but still very classic and timeless at the same time”

Ange wears Portmans Milla Metallic Rose Gold Tee ($59.99), Pipe Ponte Blazer ($129.99), GW Black Coated Jeans ($119.99).  Her sunglasses are from Sunglasses Style and are by Kate Spade ($350.00), and her bag is from Merric ($69.99).  All styles are available from  Morrison Square.



My current curiousity in fashion is how a woman’s style evolves over time.  How does it change and why does it change?  Here is how Kellie’s has changed in the last twenty odd years…

“I have always been a bit alternative and resourceful.  That hasn’t changed much at all.  But in my twenties I was more hippy and grungey.  There was a lot of op-shop in my outfits in those days, like old man’s pants and vintage flares and the like.  Then in my 30s I discovered vintage, especially the 1950s.  It was a bit pin-up or rockabilly I suppose you could say, although that was before rockabilly was a ‘thing’.  These days it is less about the look and more about valuing individual pieces and outfits that work.  Like, ‘it’s an oldie but a goodie’ type approach to my wardrobe.  I still love my op-shopping but I don’t seem to have much time for it these days”.


I am curious about how a woman’s style evolves over time.  What are the triggers?  Why do we change?  I chatted with Annabelle about how her style has changed in the last decade, and this is a snippet of that conversation…

“Ten years ago I was living in Wellington, and for a lot of my time there I was a student.  I was very “indie” back then.  It was an experimental kind of a time, fashionably speaking.  It was creative and I had to be resourceful.  No, not really grunge, but eclectic.  I would wear unusual things together, and there were a lot of opshop things. I would buy interesting things that caught my eye.  Could be anything really!  I wasn’t so fussed on the quality and condition of things back then as I am now. Yes, I am much fussier.  My look is more preppy than indie now.  It’s tidier and more conservative but in a good way.  I think that when you get close to your 30s and you are trying to build a career, you need to look the part”.


Maria and I talked about the differences people have around the idea of clothing value, especially in buying second-hand clothes and “labels”.  Here is some of that discussion in relation to quality vintage things…

“I don’t really understand it, to be honest.  There are some really amazing vintage things around, and people don’t seem to see value in them.  People will quite happily spend a few hundred dollars on chain-store items, but not on a really good quality vintage garment.  The new garment will date and have to be replaced a few seasons later, whereas the vintage garment is usually timeless.  And the quality is so much better.  They go on being beautiful, a little bit different and stylish year after year!  You just can’t buy really good quality anymore.  Even some of the designer labels out there.  When you study them, the quality is okay, but nothing on what it used to be.  I am often surprised at how much people seem prepared to pay for a big designer label”.



Julie’s work environment demands that she wears a uniform, so it is when she is off duty that her style really shines.  I asked her why dressing well in her own time was important to her…

“I work part time and I am a Mum, but recently I have cut back on my hours.  I have been wanting a bit more balance.  I now do a Pilates class during the day since my youngest started school, so I’m finding a bit more time for me.  No, I don’t get dressed up for work as I wear a uniform.  So it is during my time off that I dress for myself.  Why is it important?  Well, clothes make me happy. If I am dressed nicely, then I feel good.  It is something for me.  Does that make sense?  I like clothing that is casual and comfortable but still smart.  These boots are by Beau Coops and the shopper is by Saben.  My t-shirt is by Sassind, a fab brand.  Shirt is Elk, love Elk.  The rest is Max”.


A common theme amongst all of the women I photograph, and myself, is the acknowledgement that we enjoy fresh ideas, new (to us) clothing or accessories, and different ways of putting things together.  I asked Kate about her approach to new and different, and how she shops to find it…

“I do tend to wear the same things to work.  But when I go out and on the weekends and stuff, I like to do things a bit differently each time.  I think that it’s the creativity that makes it enjoyable.  I do like new things too.  Don’t we all?  My shopping strategy is fast!  I tend not to look at each thing on the racks, just what I am attracted to, the colour or the style.  I also like to find things that are a bit different, like these boots that have the goldy-coloured wedge on the heel.  I knew I wanted boots, but I wanted them to be a bit different.  They are by Molini and I bought them online from a shop called Churchfields that is based in Masterton.  They were the last pair”.



When I caught up with Judy, she was feeling the sadness of having suddenly lost a very dear friend.  We discussed this, and how what we wear can reflect how we feel, comfort us and even help us get through the day…

“Yes, my style has always been a bit on the edgy and dark side, but lately I just haven’t felt very upbeat.  You know I even struggled to put lippy on this morning, as somehow it felt wrong because of how I was feeling.  Clothing is definitely an extension of who we are, and also how we are on the inside.  I do like to hide sometimes.  You too? I think that it makes you feel safer, when you are less visible.  I think that I choose to wear clothes that are comforting if I am feeling vulnerable.  The coat is by Umitunal Turkey and the dress is by Rundholz.  I bought both of them from the Et Vous store.”



Jana and I trade in secondhand clothing, and so always have plenty to chat about.  This week we talked about attachment, the intrinsic value of some clothing, and how letting go of things isn’t always that easy….

“Oh but you should see my wardrobe!  It is chokka, and there are lots of amazing things in there.  Many of them I don’t and never will wear.  Yes, I could try to sell them but do you know I actually get really attached to some things. I like them too much for what they are, and cannot bear the thought of someone else having them where they might not be appreciated.  I would hate to see them end up in some landfill somewhere because they’re not looked after.  Yes I suppose you could say that I love clothing for its own sake.  Like you might like art or something.  This handbag has particular value to me because it was my Grandmother’s, and she passed away very recently.  I inherited it from her.  The shoes I borrowed from a friend.  They have barely been worn, and are Orla Kiely for Clarkes.  Yeah they’re pretty groovy alright”.

Brooke & Nikaia

It wasn’t planned this way, but when Nikaia tagged along to her Aunty’s real style shoot, we decided to capture both of their styles.  Which happen to be rather similar…

“No, no, we didn’t plan it this way, honest.  I didn’t know what she was going to wear!  Yes, she is my niece, and now that you mention it we do have similar styles.  The beige Wanoa Four jumpers, the white sneakers, the sunnies and the ripped jeans! We both love fashion and the love of it does run in the family.  I think that for us great style is about being contemporary and fashion relevant, but then having your own twist.  Making it your own.  Like this bag, which is actually a Calvin Klein shoulder bag.  I used the shoulder strap to fashion a belt and then turned it into a bum bag”.




I love it that Catherine’s style changes from week to week.  I love it that she swings from vintage inspired, to designer classic to fashion contemporary, and then back again.  This week she shares a more contemporary look, but it’s still Catherine and she adds a contemporary art spin to it…

“My jewellery is by New Zealand ceramics artist Marita Green, a brand we sell at the Gallery.  The little hand is especially cute, and I love the ring, which is gold leaf.  My daughter Bella gave it to me for my birthday.  My bag is from my daughter Aria.  Well, it was a birthday present from me to her!  I sneaked it out to use today.  She will know it now!  Yes, I suppose you could say that my look is quite contemporary-classic today.  Lots of neutrals.  It used to be much more “vintagey”, although I tended to buy new pieces to create that vintage look.  I bought my shoes from Taylors and they were such a great purchase, I love them!  Yes, they are unusual but still quite classic at the same time.”