Prepare to swoon, because there’s an exciting new fashion label that you are going to love!

Love Hotel is designed by Harriet and Ella Garland-Levett, Wellington-based sisters from Hawkes Bay. They recently showed at the first-ever Wellington Fashion Week in the Young Designer section, and carried off the Kirkcaldie and Stains Buy New Zealand Made New Designer award. Sweet! Even sweeter, this means they get to stock their fab collection at the famed Wellington department store, plus they get a cash prize from the Buy New Zealand Made organisation, helping them to manufacture their lovely threads.

The current collection, titled Avec Amour, is super-feminine and features beautiful chiffon in flattering shapes, with hand-drawn screen-printed designs. So pretty! I knew you be enthralled, so I took it on myself to go check it all out in person. Hard life.









My fave is the Marie-Antoinette dress in cream; the fan design is gorgeous. Can’t wait to wear mine with a belt, patterned black tights and either a black blazer (funky formal) or a pastel-toned cardi (cute casual). I think it would also look great worn knotted at the waist with jeans. Or as a top tucked into a black skirt with a nice bright cardi or blazer over top. Oh, the possibilities! Am also in lust with the spotted dresses; pink for me, please.


The label is also being stocked at a newly-opened pop-up shop in Dukes Arcade, specialising in New Zealand designer labels. Check it!

For more info and inspiration from New Zealand fashion and designers, you should check out our collection. May I suggest this book in particular; it has rants on a number of local favourites (including Starfish and WORLD, woot) and also features patterns as well as a few how-to guides, if you are craftily-inclined. I would suggest reserving this one to avoid disappointment, as it’s proved pretty popular so far. Do that here.

Syndetics book coverHome sewn : with patterns from 10 leading New Zealand designers.
“Profiles 10 leading New Zealand designers, each of whom share a pattern from one of their stunning collections. With gorgeous colour photographs, simple instructions and how-to tutorials, Home Sewn gives you the tools you need to create your own designer garment at home”–Cover verso.