RUBY LOVES: THE HOUSE OF CHOCOLATE

HOUSE OF CHOCOLATE

For those with a similar predilection for hand made, fine chocolate, you'll be pleased to be introduced to the House Of Chocolate, a Takapuna-based chocolatier raising the bar for fine chocolate connoisseurs.

To celebrate the recent opening of our Takapuna store, we collaborated with the talented team from House of Chocolate to create bespoke, hand made chocolates, inspired by our youthful and feminine spring 16 collection, No Drama.

We caught up with Marilyn from the House of Chocolate to find out how her background in fashion lead her to become a chocolatier...

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How did you become a chocolatier?

After completing a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Fashion at AUT, I found myself wanting to further explore different areas of design. The role for Marketing Executive at House Of Chocolate came up and it was a wonderful opportunity to be part of a team where I could explore the roles of graphic design, marketing, product design and of course, learn about being a chocolatier!

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What do you love about being a chocolatier?

In my opinion, there is a gap in the New Zealand market for hand-crafted and beautifully designed bonbon chocolates. This collaboration with RUBY allowed me to explore this vision. It's still early days for us and I'm learning so much, however, chocolate is always a beautiful and delicious gift so makes it really engaging!

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Talk us through your design process? When it comes to designing a new chocolate we put together a mood board to decipher the direction we are heading in, taking into account colours, flavours, packaging, trends and different products we can use e.g. 24 carat gold flake. From there we sample, examine and refine!

What do you love most about collaborating ? I love the coming together of different visions and ideas to create one unique product. Working with RUBY was the perfect opportunity to create a feminine and youthful collection of colours and flavours. I love being able to explore these different moods while designing towards a specific idea! It's always a challenge but a lot of fun - I have met some amazing people along the way!

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What are your favourite pieces from the latest RUBY No Drama collection? My favourite item is currently the Firebird Silk Dress, that silk is so luxe! It's such a feminine and flattering style!

Thanks Marilyn x

LOOKBOOK: Liam Grace Spring 2016

Liam Grace Spring 2016

Liam spring 2016 celebrates two women of different worlds, whose similarities are a shared first name and an inimitable inner strength.

The first, Grace Jones; the bold transgressive Afro-punk musician. As a self-designed disco queen with total control over her image, Jones’ experimental and androgynous look tells a story of defiant power.

The second, Grace Kelly; the late silver screen actress who was crowned Princess of Monaco upon her 1956 marriage to Prince Rainier III. Kelly exuded untouchable elegance, playing all of her roles, on set and in her life as European royalty, with conviction.

The two are often imitated, never duplicated. Together they embody the spirit of this seasons Liam collection. Here are clothes that ask the Liam woman to summon a personal strength, take charge of her reality and express herself.

Present are nipped in waists, flared calf-skimming skirts and buttoned up tops, the kind that Kelly wore with such confidence, although subverted in ways that play into Liam’s signature irreverence.

Elsewhere, there is an invitation to pick out and play with separates. Designer Emily Miller-Sharma overthrows classic four-piece suiting by swapping the waistcoat for a long, narrow tunic top. It’s designed to be layered over a shirt, pants and pulled together with a trench coat.

As tribute to two wildly opposite icons, Grace encourages us to ditch the demons, seize liberty by the hand and harness our own inner sparkle once and for all.

Liam Grace spring 2016 arrives in store & online on Friday 29th July x

Photographer: James K Lowe

Model: Natarsha Orsman @ Red 11

Stylist: Paris Mitchell

Makeup: Josie Wignall @ M.A.C Cosmetics

Hair: Matt Benns @ Stephen Marr

Footwear: RUBY Sonnet Heel & Liam Monaco Heel

Jewellery: The Mercantile