New Zealand designer Natalie Chan is bucking the recent trend of economic doom and gloom in the fashion industry with the opening of her store in Auckland.
The new space is below Chan's workroom in Parnell and is a reflection of the designer's love of vintage and opulence.
She says the shop is 'an overflow of pieces from her home'.
Chan previously worked for designer Trelise Cooper and has made a name for herself designing one-off bespoke outfits, fascinators and bejewelled headpieces.
Her current collection is filled with bright jewel-coloured silks and whimsical vintage fabrics sourced from her travels overseas.
She says her aim is to bring back femininity and the hey-day of the headpiece and beautiful dressing.
"I want to see the confidence expressed in women who dress to show off their individuality and femininity."
Key pieces include a silk, backless, reversible halter dress which can be worn in a multitude of ways. BY TRACEY BOND
Last updated 11:10 26/02/2009