I love a monochrome dress code so I was excited to attend Derby Day at The Championships over the weekend as attire was all about black and white.
I went for a classic look for the day having found the ideal houndstooth print mini dress by Balmain to wear on the day. I loved being able to work a little old school glamour into my outfit via the dress but wanted to still maintain a modern feel with my accessories.
When it comes to monochrome I think gold is the ideal accent colour. So I incorporated a few gilded accessories into my look with a black and gold Victoria Novak headband and gold statement earrings by Clover accessories. I then kept things simple and sleek with black Aquazurra pumps and a dainty top handle Oroton bag.
I think there’s always something about autumn racing events that just inspire me to channel classic looks. And really how can you ever go wrong with the classics?
Photography by Paul McMillan
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Dress: Pied de poule dress with buttons by Balmain (from Harrolds) (Similar)
I flew down to Melbourne this week to attend the David Jones show at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). I attend this event almost every year and it’s always fun to spend some time in Melbourne checking out the upcoming trends.
I wanted to keep my look sleek and sophisticated for the show so I couldn’t go past a monochrome colour palette. Dion Lee never fails to deliver when it comes to event attire, especially when it comes to needing a particular piece that’s got a little edge and elevated finishing touches. As such I couldn’t pass up this gorgeous white tank dress with sheer panelling from the range. The weather can be a little unpredictable in Melbourne so I opted to pair the dress with my trusty black Balmain blazer and minimalist Stuart Weitzman heels.
I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the gorgeous new Chanel at Marais ephemeral boutique in Melbourne and of course, any event that involves such an stylish and iconic brand requires a sleek and chic evening look. I opted for a slinky satin Bec & Bridge dress with a thigh high split to bring a touch of glamour to my outfit. To help the champagne hue of the dress to take centre stage I paired it with black accessories—my Balmain blazer provided a structured counterpoint to the fluid nature of the dress and my Balenciaga ankle boots helped ground the ensemble. And what else to wear at the opening of Chanel at Marais than a piece from the label itself. I wore my favourite Chanel quilted bag to carry my essentials for the night and pay homage to the inimitable fashion house we were celebrating.
Derby Day is all about monochrome and last year having worn all white I decided to go for something completely different and opt for an all black look from head to toe.
I wanted to wear something that was sophisticated and sleek and the Balmain dress I wore perfectly fit the bill, with its high neck silhouette and intricate metal detailing. The midi length is a favourite of mine at the moment so the cut of the dress really caught my eye. One of my favourite Alaia heels perfectly complemented the look and headband by Hatmaker was just the piece to give the look a touch of drama.
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They say that on average we only wear 20 per cent of our wardrobe regularly. I know that I often rediscover things in my wardrobe from years ago and enjoy having them in rotation again, but there are definitely some things which I will always wear without fail. These following items have definitely been worth the investment purely based on the cost per wear factor. They’re the building blocks of plenty of outfits and I’ve been able to wear them in myriad ways.
1. Balenciaga leather jacket
I have had my Balenciaga leather jacket for years. It was a bit of a splurge at the time I bought it but it has definitely lasted the test of time. It’s a really good quality and it’s really warm so it’s a winter staple. I take it everywhere I go (including to interview supermodels like Erin Wasson!). Also, Balenciaga sells this jacket all the time so it’s not a trend item that you can identify with a certain season.
2. Balmain blazer
I just get so much wear out of my blazer. I actually bought it on sale at Net-a-Porter. They’re so expensive so my tip is to be patient and keep an eye out for it to go on sale. I didn’t want to buy it full price so I was consistently on the look out for it to go on sale. It took me a few seasons but I eventually found one. I wear this blazer to death so it was definitely worth the investment.
3. Proenza Schouler clutch
My mum gave this clutch to me as a present and I am always using it. It’s really great because I can dress it up and down. It’s just a plain black clutch with detailing but it’s really versatile; I often wear it dressed down with jeans but it doesn’t look out of place worn at night for a more formal occasion. If you can find a go-to black clutch, you’re set for so many different occasions.
4. Balenciaga Le Dix Cartable bag
I have always said this bag is one of my wardrobe staples. I like that I can wear it as a handbag slung over my arm or wear it with the strap over over my shoulder to keep my hands free. If I’m ever buying a designer handbag I make sure that I can get plenty of use out of it and it’s not just a bag I save for certain occasions. Being a mum, having my hands free is really important to me when I’m out and about with Sophia so this bag is perfect.
5. Scanlan Theodore Raw backpack
I have not taken this backpack off since I got it. I only got it a couple of months ago and I haven’t stopped using it because a backpack is so easy when you have a baby. It’s also the perfect bag to take when I’m travelling. I brought it on my trip to Dubai this year and it was ideal as I was able to take all my essentials and still keep my hands free to deal with my other bags.
6. Alaia fringed suede sandals
I buy two pairs of statement heels a season and this was one of them. These sandals have seen me through Fashion Week and also many events I’ve attended throughout the year. They’re great as black goes with virtually everything in my wardrobe but they also add a unique touch to an outfit because of the fringed detail. I love anything that’s got some interesting detail that makes it stand out.
7. Alaia ankle boots
If I splurge on a pair of statement heels I make sure I can wear them to death. In winter I always buy a boot and as soon as I saw these I knew I’d get a lot of wear out of them. I always opt for black purely because I know I can make them work in so many different ways. Now that summer is almost here, I’m on the look out for a pair of strappy black statement heels and a nude shoe to get me through the warmer months.
What are the items in your wardrobe that you wear to death?
I’m really loving Christopher Kane’s collection this season. I’m not usually a fan of fluoro but the print on this dress just worked. I found this at Belinda International which always stocks an amazing collection of international designers. I think this dress is really versatile and I could see myself wearing it to the races or to a wedding.
I knew I wanted something glamorous to wear to attend the opening night of Fashion Week and I already had the perfect dress in mind! I spotted this Salvatore Ferragamo dress in a fashion editorial and knew I had to have it. It’s a beautiful knit with a great snakeskin detail around the collar so I wore my snakeskin Aquazzura heels to match. I popped a black blazer on over the top which I find is a great way to make it through autumn when the weather is a little unpredictable during the evening.