Our next issue, which we've just sent to press, is our annual focus on the connections between fashion and home design.

One of the things we think New Zealand homes could do with more of is colour, so for this issue of the magazine our stylists Tanya Wong and Jessica Allen decided to do a shoot that took its colour cues from the catwalks.

We wanted the colours to be really strong and graphic, as evidenced by some of the flats we used on set in the image above. Coincidentally (we planned the shoot before this happened) there appeared to be a lot of this bold, block colour on the catwalks at the recent Milan Fashion Week.

Tanya and Jess sourced clothes, art and furniture, chose a colour scheme to suit each of the four scenarios, and then designed sets for our shoot in photographer Toaki Okano's studio. Here are some behind-the-scenes pics from their shoot. Here, Toaki shoots the green-and-yellow setup, with a Kate Sylvester dress on the mannequin and a photograph by Richard Maloy on the wall:

Here's Toaki in the blue-and-pink setup, with a photograph by Anne Noble on the blue wall, and a dress by Karen Walker:
And there's the first spread of the final result in the magazine (somehow the colours on this JPEG don't look as vivid as they do in the final printed result, but you'll get the idea). The issue is on sale on October 11. Thanks to Resene for helping us out with the shoot - all the colours are from Resene The Range 2011/12. And well done to Tanya, Jess and Toaki for creating such a great series of images.