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How to stand out from the crowd this race season

11th October, 2016

When it comes to racewear gone are the days of erring on the side of super conservative as opposed to looking fashion forward. These days you can easily get away with following the trends on the runway and applying a few race day rules to your look to keep it both occasion-appropriate and modern.

When it comes to being trackside, whether it’s Melbourne Cup or Derby Day I always tell people to think of racewear as being similar to an outfit you’d wear to a wedding or a really nice lunch with your family. It can be dressy but also keep in mind it’s a daytime event. This means nothing too short or with a plunging neckline, nothing too flashy like sequins or showing lots of skin. You can still go for a showstopper of a look but just remember to keep it tasteful.

Upping the cool factor on your look is easy, it’s just about knowing the right finishing touches to apply so you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.


There are so many great options to choose from when it comes to headwear. Gone are the days where everything had to be matchy-matchy and your hat had to perfectly coordinate with your outfit.

If you don’t go to the races very often there are so many great pieces that can easily work for a party or a wedding so you can wear it afterwards and don’t end up spending a lot of money on just one amazing hat that you’ll rarely wear. Headbands are one easy and simple way to accessorise without going too over the top, and fascinators have always been a failsafe option. And if you do go down the hat route just remember when it comes to fabrication straw is for spring/summer and felt is for autumn/winter.






Prints, patterns, metallics and even a quirky cat face are all fair game when it comes to your arm candy for the day. When it comes to your clutch don’t be afraid to have a little fun and be slightly more daring with your look. If you’d rather keep your hands free to carry a glass of champagne or nibble on a canapé, just find a bag with a strap instead.


Rainbow Bright

I love wearing colour to the races as it’s so perfect for spring carnival. You can never go wrong with a bright hue or colourful floralsand it’s particularly appropriate for Oaks Day which has a more feminine dress code. Even with a more traditional print such as florals, you can always give it a more modern edge by going for an of the moment silhouette such as an off the shoulder look. Keep in mind too that when accessorising, headbands made from metal and jewels work particularly well with bright colours.



Sleek and chic

Wearing monochrome is a requirement on Derby Day but black and white is a failsafe option when it comes to achieving a contemporary look on any other day of the racing calendar. You could even go for an all black or all white look to give your look an eye-catching point of difference. This year I am loving dresses with a midi hemline and that particular length works well on a little black dress.




Jumpsuits and Suits

Last year I wore white Stella McCartney pants and a matching top to Derby Day so do think outside the box when it comes to your outfit. I particularly love jumpsuits which can look both on trend and classic and are a point of difference to the sea of dresses that will inevitably be there on race day. Even a beautiful tuxedo suit would make a great alternative.




Vibrant colours, a heel with an interesting finish or strap detail are all great options for footwear. Just keep in mind that comfort is key as it’s a really long day and you’ll be on your feet most of the time. If you think that you may face a long trek to the car or to catch public transport be sure to pop a pair of flats into your clutch to change into later. Taking off your shoes is a big no-no.




Consider your entire look before adding jewellery. If you wear jewellery to the races you have to keep your headwear really simple. For example if you were wearing a sleek black hat, accessorising with jewellery can work really well but if you have a bejewelled headband I would keep accessories to a minimum. Statement earrings are having a moment and are a great way to dress up an outfit, alternatively a beautiful cuff or choker is also one way to inject the cool factor into your look.

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What I Wore: Melbourne Cup

4th November, 2015








Melbourne Cup is a day when it’s fine to push the fashion boundaries and try something a little out of the ordinary. I was searching for a dress to wear on the day and once I spotted this beautiful Altuzurra dress on Net-a-Porter I knew immediately that I had to wear it. I loved the beautiful textures, the high lace neckline and panelling and the touches of metallic throughout the fabric. It was slightly Victorian but with a modern silhouette.

My metal turban was a piece that was so elegantly simple but in fact was a few weeks in the making. The jewelers Sarah and Sebastian collaborated with milliner Jonathan Howard and created the beautiful bronze headpiece I wore yesterday. The design went back and forth for awhile before we eventually settled on the final design. It’s definitely different to anything I’ve ever worn to the races and I loved that it was so unique.

How did was your Melbourne Cup?

DRESS: Altuzurra

BAG: Bulgari

HEADPIECE: a custom bronze turban designed and handmade in collaboration with Sarah and Sebastian and Hatmaker.

Photography: Adam Nalapraya

Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: Derby Day

2nd November, 2015






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!



BAG: Bulgari

HAT: Nerida Winter

Photography: Adam Nalapraya


Spring Racing Style Guide

14th October, 2015

One of the best things about spring racing is that it’s the perfect excuse to get dolled up in a gorgeous outfit. However with so many different race days on the Spring Racing calendar it’s not just about picking something that ticks all the style boxes, it’s also important to make sure your outfit adheres to each day’s specific dress code. So whether you’re heading to Melbourne Cup or Oaks Day, here’s how to make sure you get your outfit right.


Derby day is traditionally a black and white dress code. You can either go for an all black ensemble with a few key white pieces to accent your outfit or go for a full monochrome look.

VALENTINO dress, PHILIP TREACY headpiece, ROLAND MOURET dress, ACNE STUDIOS suede pumps, MARK CROSS shoulder bag.



Cup Day is all about colour! It’s all about having fun with your outfit so opt for colour or a vibrant print. Melbourne Cup is the craziest day as far as dress codes go in the spring racing calendar so dare to go bold.




Oaks Day is ladies’ day so its all really pretty and feminine. You can’t go wrong with pastels and florals but this year, why not pack a punch by mixing maroon and blush pink, but work it back with floral accents to keep it soft and pretty.



For more racing outfit selections See NET-A-PORTER Spring Racing edit HERE. (And if you do fall in love with an outfit you’ll be glad to know that Net-a-Porter have a next day delivery service to Sydney and Melbourne.)



MBFWA Q&A: Gabriele Hackworthy, Editorial Fashion Director of PORTER Magazine

16th April, 2015

Gabriele Hackworthy, Editorial Fashion Director, PORTER

As PORTER magazine’s Editorial Fashion Director, it’s no surprises that Gabrielle Hackworthy is front and centre at MBFWA. Here she reveals her current wardrobe faves, the collection that’s always stayed with her and what’s in store for PORTER magazine…

What’s your philosophy when it comes to fashion?

Less is more.

Why do you think PORTER Magazine has been such a success?

PORTER has exceeded all expectations and been a huge hit on the newsstand around the world. We are delighted by how quickly the magazine has grown and the amazing response we’ve had from readers and the industry. PORTER has been a success for a variety of reasons; we have privileged access to an incredible database of 1.5 million women and Net-A-Porter’s 6 million customers worldwide, so understand the needs and desires of our audience – in other words, we have unique and sophisticated insight into the PORTER woman that other brands might not have. PORTER is also the only women’s fashion magazine to offer a truly global perspective and combine the intimacy of print with a state-of-the-art digital shopping experience. We have successfully tapped into the opportunity to innovate and monetise one single set of international content to engage the new global luxury audience, in contrast to the existing market.

Where do you see PORTER Magazine heading in the future?

We have ambitious plans for PORTER including double digit growth in key markets, an increase in the number of retailers that stock PORTER from 25k – 35k and breaking into new markets. We are also launching an exciting new editorial global initiative which will be announced later this year.

What’s your number one tip for shopping online?

I always start a wish list at the beginning of every season on and then add to it every time something new comes onto the site.

Who are your favourite Australian designers?

Zimmermann, Ellery, Tome, Lee Mathews, Dion Lee and Bassike.

What’s currently in high rotation in your wardrobe?

Flares and gypsy blouses.

What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever received?

Buy less but invest in quality, only buy pieces you think you will wear in 5 years’ time.

Who are your favourite style icons?

Betty Catroux, Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger and Charlotte Rampling.

What are the top 3 trends we should be looking out for?

Deconstruction, Gypsy Folk and the 80s revival are all big stories for FW15.

What do you think is Australian fashion’s unique selling point compared to its international counterparts?

Australian designers need to “own” the Resort Collections because we do casual elegance and effortless dressing better than anyone.

What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?

My Hermès “Constance” bag.

What’s one collection or runway show that’s always stayed with you?

Nicolas Ghesquière’s first collection for Balenciaga in 1997, where he first showed high waisted skinny pants.

What are your essentials for getting through fashion week?

Tabitha Simmons shoes are always super comfortable, 2 mobile phones and Persol sunglasses.


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What I Wore: bold prints

8th April, 2015


I love the trend of matching printed sets. I bought this Dolce & Gabbana top and skirt combination from Net-a-Porter awhile ago and regularly wear it together and separately. If you want to go for something slightly different this is a great alternative to wearing a dress to the races. I don’t know about you but I can’t live without having a nude coloured heel in my wardrobe. I’ve had these Pierre Hardy heels for awhile and find they work back with virtually everything in my cupboard.




Top and skirt: Dolce & Gabbana

Heels: Pierre Hardy

Photography: Tamika Keioske