Dress: Dion Lee
Headpiece: Nerida Winter
Heels: Tabitha Simmons
You may have seen Nerida Winter’s gorgeous creations on a recent episode of Fashion Bloggers and been in awe of how amazing they are. I can attest to the fact that she is one very talented lady! Nerida’s creations have been seen on everyone from Princess Mary to Jesinta Campbell and her work has featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle. Here I talk to Australia’s milliner extraordinaire…
Getting started in millinery…
“I studied fashion at college and fell in love with millinery straight away. I loved that you could make something really different every day.”
My first client was Barbie…
“The first hat I made was a miniature one for my Barbie as a little girl. I would always enlist the pros (my mum and grandmother) to make her look as I saw fit! Many years later I had the pleasure of making some more miniature ones for Barbie in Grazia magazine. I absolutely loved this so much – I felt like I was 5 all over again.”
My design process…
“Some hats take around 5-8 hours and some take weeks and weeks; it depends on the complexity of design and construction. It all starts with a thought and endless possibilities then the hard labour comes in.
We start with a malleable fibre and manipulate it into a shape with industrial strength steam. From there it gets treated to keep its shape and waits to dry. After that is when the fun begins – trimming can be elegant, pretty, edgy and fun and very time consuming. If we are making to order for a client, it involves fittings to achieve what the wearer has imagined.”
My inspiration comes from…
“My head is a giant melting pot of music, art, fashion and history so whatever I am loving at the time will come out in the form of headwear.”
I’d love to create a hat for…
“I would have loved to play with Anna Piaggi – her spirit and love of fashion was so inspiring, so when I think of the ultimate, it would have been her.”
My rules for race day headwear…
“Putting on a hat should make you feel fabulous. There’s a fine line between fashion and race etiquette, so finding the balance is all up to you but being respectful is a must.”
My rules for dressing for the races…
“Making daywear glamorous is a good place to start – so no miniskirts and crop tops and the all important rule: keep your shoes on no matter how much they hurt.”
How I feel when I see my ideas become a reality…
“I still get such a great buzz from seeing my pieces come alive. As they are all new creations each time, the joy is always the same. I am very fortunate to have so many incredible people to work with so I never take that for granted.”
Photography: Georgina Egan
Shop Spring Racing Derby Day look HERE.
Shop Spring Racing Cup Day look HERE.
Shop Spring Racing Oaks Day look HERE.
Oaks Day is ladies day so opt for a more feminine approach on this day. Think soft, pretty and feminine when putting your outfit together. You can never go wrong with floral prints and beautiful lace but this season it’s all about pretty pastels. When it comes to headwear opt for a gorgeous floral headpiece, bejewelled headband, lace veil or fine netting, as they are the top trends for this day. When it comes to accessories you can’t go wrong with heels and clutch in a neutral tone.
HEADPIECE: Nerida Winter
PHOTPGRAPHY: Cara O’Dowd
For the behind the scenes footage from this shoot make sure you check out Fashion Bloggers on the Style Network on October 29.
Shop Spring Racing: Derby Day looks HERE.
Shop Spring Racing: Melbourne Cup looks HERE.
See ‘What I Wore: Derby Day 2013′ HERE.
See ‘Autumn Racing Headwear’ HERE.
Shop race day accessories, perfect for Oaks Day attire:
Rock N Rose Cressida Halo Headband, Palladium-plated, Swarovski crystal and faux pearl headband, Gold-plated Swarovski crystal headband, ASOS Rose Bud Veil Headpiece – Red, Alexandria silver-tone Swarovski crystal headband, Padlock leather clutch, Pigalle 100mm pumps, Suspenodo 85mm slingback pumps
Here are some race day tips to really make your Oaks Day outfit stand out from the rest:
– It’s all about ladylike elegance on Oaks Day.
– Pretty pastels and floral headpieces are key trends this season.
– Nude coloured accessories offer a softer approach than black.
– When it comes to nails, to compliment the feminine theme opt for a pastel nail colour. See my favourite Oaks Day nail colours HERE.
– Try and avoid wearing black on this day as black is bettered suited to Derby day.
– Don’t overload on fake tan. Keep your make-up soft and pretty.
– Taking your shoes off on a race day is not an option so try taking a pair of foldable ballet flats in your handbag.
Melbourne Cup day is all about having fun with your outfit so opt for bold and bright colours and make a statement with your headpiece. This season I’m loving this Camilla and Marc dress, which I teamed with Nerida Winter pom pom hat. If you can’t find accessories to match the exact colour of your dress or headpiece then don’t stress as black and metallic’s are great options this season.
Spring racing is here and Derby Day is my favourite day of the carnival because I love the tradition of black and white attire. But this season it’s all about white-on-white! I think head-to-toe white is such an elegant look as it really makes you stand out against the sea of black. If you want to keep to tradition you can still incorporate a monochrome look with a hint of black through your accessories.
Actor and singer Tim Campbell is due to release his debut album in April. Campbell is best known for his work on Home and Away and, most recently, House Husbands, where he played Tom Parker, the working husband of Gyton Grantley’s character, Kane. Kane and Tom marked the first time that an Australian drama has featured a gay couple raising a child. However, last month it was announced that Campbell’s character has been written out of the Nine drama and will not return for the third season. I caught up with the 38-year-old to chat about his album, the shock announcement of his departure from the show and his off-air relationship with singer Anthony Callea.
Headpiece: A custom co-designed Nerida Winter for Hardy Brothers Jewellers headpiece.
Headpiece: A custom co-designed Nerida Winter for Hardy Brothers Jewellers headpiece. Made with vintage lace and 1.55 Carats of Hardy Brothers diamonds.
British model Poppy Delevingne has modelled for the likes of Louis Vuitton, is an ambassador for Chanel and is a regular in the front row at London Fashion Week. I caught up with the 27-year-old while she was in Australia to chat about starting a new career as an actress, being labelled an “it girl” and her sibling rivalry with her supermodel sister Cara.
What are you doing while you are in Australia?
I’m out here just for Lavazza and Derby Day. Being English I’m so used to the horseracing scene but I’ve never been to Melbourne, so I jumped at the chance.
How does Australian racing compare to Royal Ascot?
Well, Ascot is all about the Queen and sipping tea, and this is one big party, it’s outrageous and wild!
What are you up to at the moment?
I’m living in LA part-time because I’m trying to get some auditions down and I’m trying the whole acting thing.
Has it been an easy transition from modelling to acting?
No, not at all, it’s a lot harder than I thought it would be. I’m having to start at the bottom, so it’s like I’m 17 starting modelling again. It’s quite a hard pill to swallow but I really enjoy the challenge. It’s interesting because in LA I’m completely unknown, so it’s nice, but in London casting directors couldn’t really see past the whole sort of model thing so hence it’s a big move. I have to prove myself even more than before.
Do you want to go into TV or films?
At the moment I’m trying to do TV because I think TV is so big and has longevity in it, so that is my first challenge.
If you could be cast as any character, who would it be?
The things that I’ve been closest to getting have always been the bad roles: the nasty bitch at school, the evil queen and I was really confused by that because I always thought I would be cast as the heroine, leading lady and suddenly they are like “no, you’re definitely the bad role”. I think it might be because I talk like a man [laughs].
What was your first big break in modelling?
I was spotted at Cara’s sports day in London by the owner of Storm Model Management, Sarah Doukas. Her daughter was in the same class as Cara and she approached me and I thought it was the funniest thing I had heard. I was a very gawky teenager, I had limbs that I couldn’t really control, not attractive whatsoever, but she saw something past the freckles and the mad blonde wiry hair, and I decided to give it a go because I needed money so I could go travelling.
You get labelled as an “It girl”. What do you think of that term?
The “It girl” thing is not as much of a problem as it used to be. I feel like now, it means models or girls who do more than one thing so that does not bother me as much as it did four years ago.
Why did it bother you?
I always assumed that an “It girl” was a girl who didn’t do anything and just went around from party to party, and I’ve worked for the last 10 years so it would piss me off, but now I’m fine, it doesn’t bother me.
You count Princess Beatrice as a good friend and Sienna Miller is your former flatmate; does that feel surreal?
Not really because they are some of the most down-to-earth people that I know and they have also been relationships that I’ve had for years. So, no, it feels very normal. They are very low-key and down-to-earth in their private lives.
You top best-dressed lists all around the world, is there pressure to look your best every time you walk out the door?
Not really. I’m bit of a spontaneous dresser, I never really think about it too much, but at the same time I don’t really get hounded [by paparazzi] as much as poor Cara – she gets hounded all the time, and she doesn’t give a shit what she wears.
Tabloids seem to try to create rivalry dramas between you and your sister Cara. How does that feel?
I find it hilarious because we couldn’t be closer. We are as thick as thieves, we have lived together all our lives, we still do live together. I have my telephone on 24/7 and I got a call from her last night at 3am. I mean, we just don’t stop talking and people always want to cause dramas and say there are issues, but we are just two normal sisters who bicker over who stole whose lip gloss and who stole whose last cigarette, that type of thing, like normal sisters. She is the love of my life, really.
Congratulations on your engagement to your long-term partner James Cook. Can you give away any wedding details?
It’s only seven months away now but I don’t even know what I’m wearing yet. I’m very behind, but my future husband is kind of like the groomzilla. He is fully organised and knows what flowers we are having and I am letting him do it all so he is kind of in charge.
What do you do for fun?
I’m a huge bookworm and I’m a lunatic dancer and, after a couple of beverages, I think I am Carmen Diaz out of Fame.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I would like to have a baby. I’ve suddenly become quite broody, out of nowhere. And I would like to be a fully blown actress living in LA.
WE WENT TO The Lavazza marquee, Flemington Racecourse.
WE ATE Costoletta di Agnello – Parmesan-crumbed Riverina lamb cutlet, shredded radicchio, pea and mint salad with lemon dressing.
WE DRANK Lavazza Gran Riserva cafe latte.
I WORE a BALENCIAGA Sculptural backless dress, Nerida Winter and Hardy Brothers Jewellers headpiece.
POPPY WORE a J’Aton dress and Dolce & Gabbana crown.