Susan Axford selects outfits for the former Mayor
of Auckland, Dick Hubbard
The Herald on Sunday asked Susan Axford
to select outfits for the new Mayor of Auckland, Dick Hubbard to
wear to the official opening of the maternity ward at Auckland Hospital,
and a visit to the Pasifika festival.
This is the interview
that the Herald on Sunday published to accompany Susan's selection
Herald on Sunday , 24th October 2004 issue
After considering Dick Hubbard's skin tones and
personality, image consultant Susan Axford, of Your Style, thinks
he suits warm, golden brown tones, which are the basis for his first
outfit (to wear to the opening of the maternity ward).
"I wanted something that suited his colour, and
was also in stark contrast to John Banks' style, which is usually
dark suits with white shirts," she says. "Nothing too strong - he
still needs to look like the mayor, but not too imposing."
The single-breasted jacket was chosen to work
with Hubbard's physique, and the straight, flat-fronted trousers
give a streamed lined look. The shoes are modern but classic, and
interest is added with the colour and detailing of the shirt and
tie. "I'd love to change his glasses," she says. "He has a strong
face that needs balancing with strong frames."
For the day at Pasifika, Axford chose to dress
Hubbard in a pinstripe jacket over a casual long sleeved t-shirt,
shirt and jeans. "As a mayor, he should have a jacket, but it's
good to have the option of being able to take it off if it's hot."
The detailing on the white shirt ensures it does not seem too businesslike,
as does the distressed finish on the shoes. The lenses of the sunglasses
are graduated so his eyes are still visible, showing he's open and