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What they wore: Melbourne Cup 2016 November 09 2016, 0 Comments

The calibre of outfits seems to get better and better every year, here are the Natalie Chan girls pick of best dressed from the spring racing season over in Melbourne!

Photos sourced from Australian Elle, Australian Harpers Bazaar and the Myer Blog.

We hope you have enjoyed our edit, it has certainly got us day dreaming about amazing outfits here at Natalie Chan HQ


Until next time
The Natalie Chan girls

Natalie Chan x Melbourne Cup 2016 November 07 2016, 0 Comments

Melbourne Cup Day was upon us again, and we love getting out to join in on the festivities. We get to re-live the day afterwards too, as we view photos of our gorgeous clients out and about wearing our designs!

Three fifths of our team out enjoying a rare day off celebrating the Melbourne Cup at Harbourside!

Amber Peebles the fashion editor at Remix Magazine was lucky enough to travel to Melbourne for Cup day and is seen here wearing our 'Absolutely Resplendent' floral headband.

The gorgeous Olga is wearing a bespoke Natalie Chan headpiece based on our 'Hepburn' design

The fabulous Anne Batley Burton from the hit show 'Real Housewives of Auckland' attends Euro's festivities and is wearing a bespoke headpiece adapted from our 'Pintar' design

Our dear client Di is wearing the piece 'A Certain Charm' from our 'Savoir Faire' collection,

Karyn on the right pictured here with her lovely daughter is a longtime Natalie Chan client and is pictured here wearing a 'Hepburn' hat that we have added bespoke touches to.

Julia Sloane from the 'Real Housewives of Auckland' looking fabulous in our 'Lilies Afloat' headband

Janetta Mackay the beauty editor for Viva attends Melbourne Cup celebrations in our 'In the Moment' headpiece

Ali is wearing a bespoke piece, and we love her chic ensemble! Ali and her husband won " Best Dressed Couple" at Habourside Restaurant.

Olga wears her second Natalie Chan piece-a specially designed bespoke number adorned with butterflies.

Maria attended Euro and is seen here wearing our 'In the Moment' headpiece and won best dress on the day!

Our client Charlotte travelled over to Melbourne and we were delighted she chose to wear one of our pieces with her stylish outfit.


We hope you enjoyed having a little glimpse of our day out, it is back to the workroom for us now as bridal season has officially started! 


Do stay tuned for our next blog on Melbourne Cup fashions over in Melbourne,



'Savoir Faire'-The Launch October 20 2016, 0 Comments

Held at our newly renovated boutique and to kick off the racing season, we showcased ‘Savoir Faire’ our couture millinery collection for the 2016-2017 season. A select group of media, clients and friends were invited to an intimate soiree, where the newest collection was on display. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with Natalie’s favourite choice of French champagne, Champagne G.H.MUMM, with a charcuterie platter, sweet treats from Vaniye and macarons from Milse also on offer. Gorgeous flowers from Cartier For Flowers adorned the showroom as well as peeking out from gift bags. Adding to the bespoke experience, guests were invited to choose their favourite new style and have talented illustrator Rebecca ter Borg live sketch a portrait of them poised, wearing the hat. 

The scene is set as we wait for our guests to arrive

A sneak peek of a special 'millinery in the making' video, more on this to come!

Guests at the launch

The lovely Rebecca who did such an amazing job live sketching our guests on the day


Belinda from nzgirl with her portrait, is wearing our 'Starry Eyed' headband

Janetta from Viva being sketched, and wearing our 'Floral Delight' hat (the black has since sold)

Media personality Colin sits for his portrait, wearing the 'Floral Delight' hat in navy

Natalie with one of her guests, the ever lovely and chic Di

The NC team!


It's all go here in our atelier as we work through our many bespoke millinery and bridal orders, as well as selling through our new range!

Until next time,

The Natalie Chan girls


Natalie Chan Presents: ‘Savoir Faire’- The Millinery Collection October 17 2016, 0 Comments

Savoir Faire’ is Natalie's latest couture millinery collection for the 2016-2017 season. Translated ‘Savoir-Faire’ means “capacity for appropriate action; especially: a polished sureness in social behaviour", and it is this innate sense of poise and etiquette know-how, which captured Natalie's attention when designing her latest range. This collection sees Chan create with her continued fascination of old world meets modern day- as always the pieces are imbued with a feminine romance, but look closer and observe the striking confidence within the styles.

The 'Alluring Muse' disc hat in nude

The 'Feeling Pretty and Witty' pillbox hat in navy

The 'Floral Delight' canotier in cream

The headwear shapes vary from petite headbands to button, pillbox and percher hats to oversized structural designs and with an effortless ease are adorned just so. Embellishments appear in the forms of deconstructed butterfly wings, charming silk lilies, clusters of leather chrysanthemums and silk organza folds. Throughout, a bold colour palette of classic ivory, black, french navy, dove grey, and nude plays its part in the collection, highlighted by pops of scarlet red and rose pink.

The 'Spring has Sprung' disc hat in dove grey

The 'A Certain Charm' peak shaped hat in cream

The 'My Heart's a Flutter' disc hat in red

The 'In the Moment' peak shaped disc hat in rose

The 'Starry Eyed' headband with veil in gold

All of the designs are made in Chan’s atelier according to artisanal techniques relevant to millinery production. Hat bases are blocked on wooden forms, before being assembled by hand; the featured embellishments too, are constructed by hand in favour of precious craftsmanship. The ‘Savoir-Faire’collection features exclusive designs for the races and social occasions, and is available for viewing in the boutique or online here. A personalised bespoke service is also on offer.

The 'Absolutely Resplendent' headband in silver

The 'Captivating Muse' hat in black

Stay tuned next for some images from the 'Savoir Faire’ launch held in the boutique.

Photography: Aric Man
 Makeup: Bobbi Brown NZ
Model: Arehana from 62 Models
The Natalie Chan girls

Boutique Makeover September 12 2016, 0 Comments

Because there is never a dull moment here at Natalie Chan HQ, over the course of a week we decided to close up shop, to renovate and update our beloved boutique's decor. With fresh paint on the walls in the most darling shade of dove grey, sleek new racks, an extended consultation area, and a charming doorbell service, we are so excited to greet clients old and new in our elegant new showroom.

Thank you again to Aric Man for capturing these images.

The Natalie Chan girls



Classic Capsule Bridal Collection: The Press August 27 2016, 0 Comments

We have had such a great, positive response to our capsule bridal collection! Below are a few snippets of coverage as seen in magazines, websites and blogs.

From New Zealand Weddings Winter 2016 Issue

 From Truly and Madly

“Swoon! NATALIE CHAN and her team have truly outdone themselves with this stunning bridal shoot photographed by KIRSTY PETA STONE PHOTOGRAPHY! I’m loving the array of modern, romantic, classic and feminine choices on offer from her collection and can’t wait to see these beauties in real life!”

From FashioNZ

"...making for some truly delightful imagery which is hard to describe without overdosing on superlatives. Brides will no doubt be lining up to get their own sublime Natalie Chan creations from this wonderful collection."

From Paper and Lace

"I have always been a fan of the unique Wedding Dresses by local designer Natalie Chan, but her latest collection has me doing a wee P&L woop woop dance...And what better way to showcase these beautiful dresses but in a stunning shoot by a bunch of extremely talented local creatives (seriously you guys, this is freaken amazing!!!). Whether you are inspired by boho, vintage, classic or city chic, there is wedding inspiration here for everyone, including some gorgeous hair and makeup looks to bookmark/pin. Enjoy!"

From White Magazine

 "With an aesthetic steeped firmly in feminine romance, Natalie Chan Boutique has created a capsule bridal collection that encompasses the essence of a modern day bride"


Having worked on this gorgeous collection for a few months, we are so pleased and overwhelmed it has been so well received in the bridal community. Thanks again to all involved!

The Natalie Chan girls



Classic Capsule Bridal Collection: The Photoshoot July 04 2016, 0 Comments

One autumnal morning Natalie and her team took to the beautiful Lippincott Dining Room, inside Auckland’s most iconic department store Smith and Caugheys to stage their latest bridal photoshoot. Fresh flowers and greenery by Cartier for Flowers adorned the spacious room, with glassware and candles by Creative Style while chairs were provided by design specialists Kartell. The gorgeous bouquets also by Cartier for Flowers were held together with trailing silk ribbons by Feathers and Stone. Nicole and Zoe from Unique Model Management were the faces for the newest range with their hair tended to by Dry and Tea and makeup by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, wedding photographer Kirsty Peta Stone with assistance by Kimberly Elizabeth rounded out the dream team. The fanciful footwear was from Mi Piaci and all dresses and headwear from Natalie Chan.


Dresses and Headwear: Natalie Chan
Floral Design: Cartier for Flowers
Footwear: Mi Piaci
Glassware and Candles: Creative Style
Makeup: Bobbi Brown
Photography: Kirsty Peta Stone
Photography Assistance: Kimberly Elizabeth
Seating: Kartell
Silk Ribbon: Feathers and Stone

Natalie Chan presents: Classic Capsule Bridal Collection July 03 2016, 0 Comments

Here at the Natalie Chan atelier have been working steadily away at our latest bridal capsule collection, which we can unveil to you today! This full range will now sit alongside our exclusive couture designs in our physical and online boutique. The gowns are fluid with winsome detailing and are included alongside an assortment of charming separates perfect for the contemporary bride and her bridal party, think fitted lace tops, slim cut modern bodices, gathered skirts, and voluminous silk dupion skirts with deep pockets. A palette of ivory, dove grey and rose-pink is used, while textured tulle, quality silks and fine laces add just the right amount of whimsy.

The 'Charlotte' tea length dress

The 'Margaux' chiffon gown

The 'Violetta' bodice with the 'Sylvie' tulle skirt

The 'Cora' lace top with the 'Opera' silk dupion skirt

The 'Delphi' camisole with the 'Wilma' tulle skirt

The 'Sloan' gown

The 'Cora' lace top with the 'Cherie' skirt

The 'Delphi' lace gown


All of these designs are handcrafted in our Auckland based atelier and are available in a size range from 8-14.

View the full collection here.

Stay tuned as next we share with you our styled photo-shoot of this range, that we worked on with a clever bunch of wonderful creatives!


The Natalie Chan girls