Derby Day is one of my favourite dress codes as it’s ultra sleek and elegant as everyone has to wear black and white. With only two hues to work with, there’s still surprisingly so much versatility when it comes to what you can wear. I’ve gone for all white one year, all black another and a combination of the two. This year, I went with black and white but added a light splash of colour with a gold Bulgari bag. However I couldn’t let anything outshine this Maticevski look. I’ve worn a number of Toni Maticevski’s designs over the years and there’s always so much drama and theatre to each garment that it’s a brand I love to bookmark for big events. This particular outfit is of course, all about the skirt. With the asymmetrical hem and feathered embellishment, it’s a little playful but also quite a theatrical piece and everything else about my outfit was really anchored to this piece. The strapless top was all about the curved neckline, and added a strong silhouette to the whimsy feel of the skirt, helping to strike a good balance.
Apart from the gilded touch the bag added, I kept to all black accessories as I wanted the skirt to take centre stage. With a simple Nerida Winter headband and black Jimmy Choo pumps with crystal straps, I think I struck the right balance between adding pops of interesting details without going over the top. Another Derby Day done and dusted – bring on Cup Day!
Credits: Top and skirt, Maticevski; Bag, Bulgari; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Headband, Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Jan Logan
A print or a pattern can really make an outfit. Whenever I want my outfit to make a statement, it’s always one of my go-tos, particularly when it’s bold like this pinstripe suit by Louis Vuitton. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of suiting for event wear, so I needed no convincing to wear this particular look to this year’s Caulfield Cup. I was on reporting duties once again for 7Racing so I wanted something that would work well on camera and the strong colour contrast on the suit ticked all the right boxes. I decided to wear the double breasted jacket buttoned up which gave this look a much stronger silhouette, and worked back with the matching pants it felt sleek and modern.
Headwear is always one of my key considerations for a race day look and this pillbox hat by Nerida Winter added a gorgeous feminine touch. Given the suit is already so vivid and bright, I needed the rest of my accessories to ground the look so I opted for a black Louis Vuitton clutch and a heels with a floral embellishment by Tony Bianco. Wearing more subdued hues when it came to my accessories really allowed the colour and pattern of the suit to pop.
Credits: Blazer, pants, and bag, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Tony Bianco; Headpiece, Nerida Winter
Experimenting with patterns, profiles and hues is one of the things I love best about racewear. Attending any race day is of course underpinned by looking polished at all times, but there’s also plenty of opportunity to explore the dress code in myriad ways. For another incredible day at the Kentucky Derby, I wanted to go all out and embrace all things colour. The Kentucky Derby is all about embracing colourful attire so as soon as I saw this mosaic-like dress by Rebecca Vallance I knew it would be perfect for the occasion. The striking kaleidoscope effect makes a statement but I love the softness it evokes with the puffed sleeves and the knotted bodice. Also, the maxi style feels very contemporary, tapping into the current trend towards longer hemlines.
The jewel tones in the dress inspired the accessories I wore, starting with the orange Nerida Winter straw hat. What sets the Kentucky Derby apart from other sporting events in the US is that attendees are required to wear hats or fascinators, and ever since the 1960s, it’s been all about embracing extravagant designs when it comes to headwear. The bold, oversized brim coupled with the vibrant hue and veil definitely nailed the brief. I loved that it embraced the vibrancy of the dress, and added a playful hit of colour to the outfit while honouring the race day dress code. Additionally, I wanted to highlight the emerald tones in the dress so this acrylic clutch by Katherine Land was a great fit. With its marbled effect and curved lines, it was the ideal finishing touch to this ensemble.
Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Heels, Jimmy Choo; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Katherine Land
This post was produced in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby
As one of the most iconic racing events in the world, I was so excited to be at Churchill Downs as a guest of the Kentucky Derby. I was thrilled to be attending Kentucky Oaks and also judging the Longines Fashion Contest. Kentucky Oaks was founded in 1875 and is the premier racing event for fillies in the US and takes place the day before the Kentucky Derby every year. Being able to attend such a historical event was such a fun experience, particularly as I was invited to judge the best looks of the day. Everyone really put forward their sartorial best with such a great array of outfits and headwear. I was also happy to see a few Aussie brands like Zimmermann and Aje amongst the sea of well-dressed ladies.
The dress code entailed incorporating pink into your outfit in an effort to drive awareness to the fight against breast cancer and ovarian cancer. I wanted to honour this while also embracing an Australian designer so I immediately gravitated towards this midi dress by Rachel Gilbert as the ideal option. It’s a quintessentially classic look and it also features a touch of pink in the floral motif. The beaded floral detail not only adds a feminine touch to the dress, it adds a beautiful flourish of colour which allows the crispness of the white to really pop.
Being on the petite side, I’m all for a pair of sky high heels so this pair by stylist Lana Wilkinson was a no-brainer. I liked the fact it continued the white colour palette, while the slimline profile and tie-up straps made for an elegant pairing with the dress. I considered a few different options in terms of the bag I was going to carry, but I eventually settled on the Jimmy Choo Micro Cloud clutch which features a delicate, oversized bow which I thought added a playful touch to this outfit. Headwear is of course a must for any racing event, and this fuchsia pillbox hat added a fun pop of colour while also honouring the dress code. Sometimes a little simplicity and elegance (and a touch of pink!) is all you really need for an outfit to make an impact.
Credits: Dress, Rachel Gilbert; Hat, Nerida Winter; Shoes, Lana Wilkinson; Bag, Jimmy Choo
This post was produced in collaboration with the Kentucky Derby
Ladies’ Days at the races usually call for ultra feminine styling. It’s one of my fave race days to dress for because I love that the dress code can be interpreted in different ways. This year, I wanted a look that had some feminine touches but was still quite bold. This dress is a new season piece by one of my go-to Aussie labels, Manning Cartell and I was drawn to the fact it looks like wearable art. The print is striking and the splashes of high octane colour really make a statement. The silhouette is also perfect for autumn racing—I’m a huge fan of long sleeved dresses as they always looks so polished. Plus it’s a perfect option during transeasonal weather when temperatures can swiftly change from hot to cold and back again.
I didn’t really want to do much colour with my accessories as I felt the dress was already quite vibrant so I dialled it down with a few pieces in black. The Jimmy Choo heels are quite pared back, but I love that the crossover design gives it an element of interest. I often incorporate Bulgari bags into any event or race days looks as their designs are always elegant in an understated way, and this bag with its quilted texture and signature Serpent clasp helped round out my key accessories. Meanwhile, no race day is complete without headwear, and as the dress was already quite busy, I went for an oversized bow by Nerida Winter. This was a nod to the dress code, but also with hair bows trending of late, this also added a contemporary touch to my ensemble.
Today, I’m throwing back to this sunny look that I wore to the Melbourne Cup Carnival launch earlier in the month because it was such a fun one to wear. And yes, spring racing is back! I wanted to wear something bright and playful to such an event and this yellow Camilla and Marc dress definitely delivered. I think you can always make an impact simply by dialling up the saturation and embracing colour and this dress in all it’s golden goodness was the perfect way to welcome one of my favourite times of year. While it’s a simple silhouette, I loved that it had some wow factor not only from the colour but also from the lacing on the side and the cut-out feature.
I mostly wanted the colour of the dress to do all the talking so when it came to accessorising I stuck with black to really make the yellow pop. My failsafe Bottega Veneta heels once again proved their worth in cost per wear terms as I have been able to get so much use out of them. They were such a great buy. Plus they’re easily worked back with so many pieces. I then opted for a straw hat by one of my go-to milliners, Nerida Winter and a simple Dior bag to cap off my ensemble. Making a splash with colour always makes for great event attire.
Credits: Dress, Camilla and Marc; Hat, Nerida Winter; Bag, Dior; Shoes, Bottega Veneta
It was my last day attending Royal Ascot and rather fittingly it was Ladies’ Day so I went all out and embraced a thoroughly feminine look. The summer weather called for something bright and bold, so this pastel blue dress by Rachel Gilbert was the perfect fit. What drew me to this dress is that it has a lovely softness to it, with the puffed sleeves and texture fabric, but the corset design gives it a bit of edge to avoid it becoming to saccharine. Also I do love dresses that also give consideration to the back design and in this instance the keyhole feature achieves a striking finish. While this straw boater was the ideal choice for Ladies’ Day with the cluster of florals peeking out from beneath the brim. It adds a prettiness to the look, but the boater silhouette still gives it some structure.
One of my favourite things about pulling together racewear is considering my jewellery options for my look. I was thoroughly spoilt for choice in this instance, as having been lucky enough to work with French jewellery house Chaumet for the last few years, I was able to select a few pieces from their collection to wear with this look. I opted for a few elements from the Josephine collection, which was inspired by the Empress Josephine. Each piece is designed to layer beautifully and features signature elements such as the aigrette and pear cut shape which are woven throughout the collection. I love the fact these pieces are so elegant and have a graceful feel to them, making them the perfect accoutrements for an event such as Royal Ascot.
Day Two of Royal Ascot called for a shift in sartorial direction so I went all out with colour. This lemon yellow ensemble is perfect for a day at the races, and it’s light and bright— ideal for summer in London. This Mariam Seddiq dress is such a strong silhouette. The shoulder pads give it a bold, statement feature, while the high neckline and oversized sleeves give it a modern touch. Also in keeping with Royal Ascot dress code, it’s also midi length which is always guaranteed to be an elegant and classic look. There’s also something about a long sleeve dress that’s always guaranteed to be sophisticated and sleek.
Headwear is of course key to such a day, and I wanted to keep this look quite tonal so went with a Nerida Winter raffia headpiece featuring an oversized yellow bow that finished at my hips. It’s ultra feminine and (plus I’m a big fan of anything that features a bow) and it’s softer vibe helps balance the stronger, bolder silhouette of the dress. I opted for Louis Vuitton pieces for the final finishing touches. A silver monogrammed chain strap bag worked well to provide some contrast against the softer pastel yellows of my ensemble, while silver cap toed black pumps help ground the look and give it a little edge.
Credits: Dress (similar here), Mariam Seddiq; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Bag and shoes, Louis Vuitton
I’m in London attending Royal Ascot and as far as racing events go, you really have to bring your A-game when it comes to what you wear. Given it’s often attended by royalty, and the dress codes are quite strict, I definitely had to make sure that the outfits I’m wearing over the three days I’m attending are up to Royal Ascot standard!
For day one, I went for a demure, ladylike outfit all anchored by some beautiful Gucci pieces. I worked with stylist Jess Pecoraro to help pull this look together and it was all about this pleated cream skirt (below the knee of course!) worked back with a polished silk blouse. I went for a bold blazer, with statement shoulders and chain link to really tie this outfit together. While a classic pair of black Mary Jane style pumps added another feminine touch. I liked that the overall vibe was elegant without being too over the top and it shows the beauty in embracing simple pieces but working them together to create an outfit that still has presence and impact.
As far as accessories go, it was all about elegance and simplicity—but with some subtle statement making elements woven in. This gorgeous Nerida Winter raffia headpiece with veil added a dramatic touch yet the raffia fabric kept it understated. While a simple monogrammed bar clutch by Gucci added a gilded element and just a touch of glam.
It was all about monochrome over the weekend as I took on reporting duties at The Championships and embraced this black and white look by Zimmermann. While I usually associate Zimmermann with beautiful feminine pieces such as dresses with intricate detailing or bold prints, or tops with a flourish of colour and embellishments, this time around it was all about a sleek black and white ensemble that had a distinctly masculine edge. While I can often be found in dresses whenever I’m trackside, I do love to mix it up with the occasional suit or pants look. In this instance I opted for these harem pants, which can look traditionally quite casual but this iteration took on a decidedly polished feel with its adjustable cuffs and buckles at the waist. I paired it with a white waistcoat, which with its deep neckline and cinched in waist, provided the perfect counterpoint to the more voluminous cut of the pants.
I wanted to pair this look with accessories that were sharp and had a bit of drama. These Jimmy Choo pumps with the chandelier accessory added a sexy touch and were definitely a talking point. Headwear is of course a must on any race day and I love the veiled feature of this beret by milliner Nerida Winter. It’s sophisticated and understated, and it worked seamlessly as I needed something that was quite strong, without being over the top or too decorative. Last of all was this gorgeous chain strap Chanel bag. I don’t think you can ever go wrong with anything featuring interlocking Cs and it was the perfect size to hold all my essentials while still looking chic.