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What I Wore: 2019 Derby Day

2nd November, 2019

Derby Day is always one of the chicest race days on the spring racing calendar because of its monochrome colour palette. Working with black and white is always guaranteed to look stylish and it’s one of my favourite events to dress for. This year I centred everything around this knitted Christopher Kane dress. What initially drew me to it was its interesting shape. I loved its fitted style and the tiered hem, and the high neckline with long neck tie feature at the back gives the dress focal points from the front and the back. And I can’t go past glam embellishments such as the oversized crystal buttons.

I wanted to add some statement pieces to this look as I find a black dress is given a little extra depth when paired with accessories that pop. In keeping with the glamorous feel, I worked the look back with a black and diamante custom headpiece by Viktoria Novak. Headbands are such a huge trend right now and such an easy option when you want headwear that’s simple yet stylish. Also I opted for a Jimmy Choo clutch with a similar feel, the statement bow edged with diamantes to help tie the look together. And Giuseppe Zanotti embellished heels were the perfect finishing touch to this look.

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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Credits: Dress, Christopher Kane; Head-piece, Custom Viktoria Novak; Bag, Jimmy Choo; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti.

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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Your guide to spring racing dress codes

14th October, 2019

There are a few key days in the spring racing carnival calendar that will require you to dress in a certain way. It’s important to respect these dress codes and choose an outfit fitting of the day. One of the key things to remember is that whatever look you go for is that it maintain an element of polish. So leave overly casual things like denim and sneakers at home and instead enjoy this opportunity to get dressed up. Make sure that you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing  as a day at the races can be long so you don’t want to constantly be fidgeting or adjusting something or worse having to hobble along in uncomfortable heels for the rest of the day. It’s a big no-no to take your shoes off at the races so be sure to have broken them in beforehand and have put in additional padding to make walking or standing for long periods do-able. Overall take advantage of the fact you get to wear a great outfit and just enjoy the day!

Derby Day

Derby Day has a black and white dress code. You can either go for an all black or all white ensemble with accessories in either colour. Monochrome is a great colour palette to work with as it looks so chic and it’s relatively easy to pull pieces together given the colour scheme.

Melbourne Cup

As far as spring racing carnival go, Melbourne Cup is the day to go bold. It’s all about colour so you can either go for a vibrant shade or print. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries a little and be sure to have fun with your look —this is the day for it.

Oaks Day

Oaks Day is ladies day so the dress code is quite pretty and feminine. This is the time to embrace florals and soft pastels. Keep this theme going throughout your accessories and go for accoutrements that incorporate a slightly girly touch such as bold flowers or bows.

Stakes Day

There’s no formal dress code for Stakes Day but it is family day so it’s the most casual and relaxed of all the key dates in the spring racing calendar. Whilst there’s no strict colour scheme or stipulations on what should be worn on the day it’s still important that whatever outfit you choose is polished and elegant.

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What I Wore: 2018 Derby Day

3rd November, 2018

Derby Day is always a favourite of mine as the black and white dress code is so sleek and elegant. In recent years I’ve worn everything from a jumpsuit to a 70s style co-ord set but this year, I wanted to tap into the current suiting trend. But of course, a racing event requires more than just an ordinary suit. This Alessandra Rich blazer is a modern take on an 80s power suit with its strong silhouette but is simultaneously softened by the peplum and crystal embellished buttons making it event-appropriate. Paired with the matching mini skirt, it made a statement without being too overwhelming.

Solid black pumps seemed a bit too harsh so I quickly scoured my cupboard and unearthed an old favourite of mine as the perfect option. These Christian Louboutin heels are a few seasons old but I still love them to this day. I love the contrasting styles — the clear PVC panelling is studded by tiny silver spikes which is then balanced by the sweet black bow at the front.

Headwear for this particular look was particularly exciting as I eschewed a traditional hat or fascinator option and went for a tiara instead! Chaumet offered me a tiara and earrings to use on the day so how could I pass it up? No woman can resist having a bit of a princess moment, right? Also I think it provided an interesting contrast to the power suit vibe of my outfit and softened it up a little. The danger with an all-black outfit is that sometimes it can come across as a little flat but I think with the help of elevated accessories and finishing details, this outfit was anything but.

Credits: Blazer & Skirt, Alessandra Rich; Shoes, Christian Louboutin (old season); Bag, Bvlgari; Tiara & Earrings, Chaumet

Photography: Dan Castano

This post was produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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Derby Day: your outfit, shoes and headwear sorted

27th October, 2018

One of the big spring racing events on the calendar is Derby Day. The dress code is black and white which lends itself to a sleek and sophisticated ensemble. I’m a huge fan of a monochrome look so always love pulling together outfits for this particular day. It’s also a great exercise in how elevated details and textures can make understated shades pop.

Dresses and Jumpsuits

Whether it’s classic and elegant, a subtle print or floaty and feminine, a dress or jumpsuit in monochrome makes for a striking look.

Shoes

Elevate a subdued colour palette of black and white with luxe finishing touches and fashion forward silhouettes.

Headwear

Keep your headwear understated and chic. An oversized bow, a crisp white boater or a fine veil will make the ideal finishing touch to your outfit.

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My 2017 Derby Day Diary

7th November, 2017

Derby Day is a family affair for me every year as we all fly down to Melbourne for the event. Luke and the girls and I usually stay at my parents’ apartment whilst my brother, his wife and their kids stay nearby. It’s almost always a full house on the morning of Derby Day and Melbourne Cup as we all get ready together. The kids love it as they can watch as we get our hair and makeup done and see the adults get all dressed up.

As a Lexus ambassador, I’m usually lucky enough to be picked up by a Lexus car and driver on the day and driven to Flemington.  Luke and I made our way over together and as soon as I got to the race course it was straight into radio and TV interviews which took up a fair bit of time. Lucky I’m able to head over to the Lexus Design Pavilion in the Bird Cage throughout the day to have a little breather. The three-level site has been designed by sustainable artist Joost Bakker and as expected it was next-level. The flowers, the decor, the furniture it was all seriously on point. We’re usually treated to a spectacular lunch too and this year the menu was curated by Ben Shewry of Attica so I was beyond happy to sit down and enjoy a meal after the busy morning I had had. It was also great to catch up with friends like Anthony Minichiello who was also there as a fellow Lexus ambassador.

The day as it always does goes by really quickly. As soon as the event is over it’s usually home then out again for dinner with friends…

For my full outfit details, check out What I Wore

Photography and videography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: 2017 Derby Day

4th November, 2017

As one of the more traditional days on the racing calendar, Derby Day is all about classic pieces in black and white. This year I wanted to stick to a mostly white ensemble and couldn’t resist this Roland Mouret jumpsuit from Net-a-Porter. I am really loving jumpsuits as an option for race day as it’s reminiscent of traditional suiting but with a more modern silhouette. With the sea of dresses on show it’s also nice to do something a little bit different and opt for a chic all in one look. To give the ensemble a ladylike and feminine touch I opted for a Jennifer Behr headpiece with net veil and oversized bow detail. My favourite Alaia studded heels and Salvatore Ferragamo bag help round out the look, and achieve a monochrome colour palette that’s in the spirit of the day.


Credits: Jumpsuit, Roland Mouret, Heels, Alaïa; Bag, Salvatore Ferragamo, Headpiece, Jennifer Behr

Photography: Sophia Athas

This post has been produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

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What I Wore: Derby Day

31st October, 2016

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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.

Haven’t sorted our your Cup outfit yet? Check out my other favourite looks for Spring Racing here

 

 

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Fascinator: Hatmaker 

Dress: Balmain 

Heels: Alaïa

 

Photography: Danielle Castano.

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4 ways to accessorise your spring racing look

25th October, 2016

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When it comes to your spring racing look your accessories should definitely be a key consideration – don’t relegate it to a last minute choice as you dash out the door! Each of the key days in the racing calendar will allow you to explore some great accessories options and as bags are always one of the first things I think about, I’ve teamed up with The Daily Edited to showcase the right bag and accessories to help you pull together a wining race day look.

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The event: Derby Day

The monochrome dress code of Derby Day is generally really easy to follow when it comes to accessories because virtually every woman has a black clutch in her wardrobe. It’s like the LBD of the accessories world. If you want to opt for something different though a nice alternative is a cream bag.

As everyone will be wearing black and white it can become easy to get lost in the crowd so to stand out, attention to detail and beautiful craftsmanship with your accessories is important. One of the reasons I love the bags from The Daily Edited is because little touches like personalisation and being able to monogram your bag allows you to differentiate your accessories from the rest.

The thing with accessories is to make sure you’re comfortable and that you won’t constantly be fussing with them throughout the day. If you’re fine to put your clutch under your arm then great but otherwise opt for a shoulder strap so you can juggle champagne and a pen for writing down tips.

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The event: Melbourne Cup

For Melbourne Cup Day you can afford to go a little more bold with your look. You can inject a little bit of colour in your outfit but I think that if you’re going to opt for a striking headpiece try and tone it down a bit with the rest of your accessories because you have to have one standout item. I’ve always liked rich burgundy or a classic navy for a bag that will look classic but still make a statement. Also don’t forget about texture. For example something like a faux ostrich fabrication makes for a really nice and interesting alternative if you want to be a little more daring.

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The event: Oaks Day

Traditionally known as ladies’ day, this particular event is all about super feminine dressing. Think floral prints and really soft, pretty hues. With your accessories, go for a soft approach. I think gorgeous pastels are a great option when it comes to choosing a shade of handbag to bring with you on the day. It’s classic with just a touch of girliness so it’s the perfect finishing touch to your outfit on the day.

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The event: Stakes Day

Stakes Day is family day so don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun with colour. Also instead of a clutch why not try something different and opt for a shoulder bag instead? It makes for an effortless look and when you go for a bag in an interesting shade such as grey, it’s one way to ensure that you set yourself apart from other racegoers. As for the rest of your look don’t be afraid to be quite playful in your other accessories and try a unique headpiece or bold jewellery.

For more Spring Racing looks check out my other blog post 

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My Melbourne Cup Carnival Diary

5th November, 2015

 

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I can’t believe Melbourne Cup is over for another year! I’ve been attending Derby Day and Melbourne Cup since I was a little girl (though I wasn’t allowed to go to Cup day until I finished school as it always fell on a school day) and it’s an annual family trip. These days with Sophia and my niece and nephew it’s a much bigger family affair. We now stay at mum and dad’s place so we can all be together and it’s always one of my favourite times of the year. That said, it’s a whirlwind few days and we’re always really busy in the lead up to it. This year I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at what I get up to over the few days at that is the Melbourne Cup carnival right from beginning to end…

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I always have my hat and outfit sorted before I fly to Melbourne but sometimes I don’t get to try the full outfit on until the night before or even the day of the race as I often don’t pick up my hat until the morning we leave. This is why I always bring a few bag and shoe options with me just in case. I pack light when I head to the races but I always have my media accreditation, some lip gloss, concealer and my phone.

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This was right before Derby Day and I was getting my hair and makeup done with Mum. My makeup artist Blanka Dudas also did my makeup for my wedding so it’s always really lovely to see her.

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Squeezing in some family quality time and hanging out with the kids. My sister-in-law Hoda was also in Melbourne with my niece Rosie and my nephew Will and Sophia always has the time of her life being with her cousins.

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When I arrived at the track it was straight into media interviews. I did an interview with a local radio station for Lexus and was interviewed by Melissa Hoyer from news.com.au.

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At the gorgeous Lexus Design Pavilion with fellow ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Margaret Zhang and outside with Dion Lee. Stay tuned for more shots of the interior – it was amazing.

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This was Melbourne Cup day. Blanka was doing my makeup again and this time around we had to make sure my bronze turban was going to stay in place the whole day. Thankfully it did!

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Luke and I arrived at the track and were greeted by photographers as we made our way through the crowd. It’s always a bit crazy during Melbourne Cup.

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At the Lexus Design Pavilion doing an interview with Channel 7. It’s like my home away from home during Melbourne Cup Carnival.

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I was honoured to be invited by Myer to judge Fashions on the Field this year. I was on a panel with a few big names in fashion media including Harper’s Bazaar’s Fashion Director Thelma McQuillan, publisher Jackie Frank and the Daily Telegraph’s Elle Halliwell. It’s always really fun and the designs are always amazing.
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And who else would I want to watch the race with than my mum? Here we are taking selfies before the race. Mum looked gorgeous as always. And with that, Melbourne Cup Carnival is over for another year. Bring on 2016!

PHOTOGRAPY: Adam Nalapraya

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What I Wore: Derby Day

2nd November, 2015

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Derby Day is all about monochrome and this year I decided to opted for an all-white outfit with accents of black. I had fallen in love with this look from Stella McCartney’s latest collection and wanted to wear something that had a 70s flair so this ensemble was perfect. The tailored flared pants and wide brimmed hat were a great way to mix up a traditional race day outfit. I love a white on white look but I have to admit that I spent the entire day trying to avoid puddles!

TOP: STELLA MCCARTNEY

PANTS: STELLA MCCARTNEY

BAG: Bulgari

HAT: Nerida Winter

Photography: Adam Nalapraya