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Style masterclass: the perfect spring racing look

28th September, 2017

I’ve lost count of how many spring racing looks I’ve had to pull together over the years but if there’s one thing that’s a constant it’s that I’ve got a few key rules I stick to. It not only makes it easier to zero in on the perfect outfit it also ensures that I am able to adhere to the dress code for each race day event with minimal fuss. If you’re planning to head to the races this spring carnival you may fall into two camps: colour or muted tones such as black and white. I always like to mix it up so I’ve done both multiple times and either can be a standout option—it’s just a matter of keeping in mind a few crucial style and beauty elements…

How to do colour

If there’s one day to go all out with vibrant colour it’s Melbourne Cup day. It’s the one day of the spring racing calendar where it pays to be a bit daring and embrace bold hues such as pinks, yellows and purples. The more striking the better! When it comes to Oaks Day you’ll want to dial it down and embrace feminine hues—pretty pastels are always a winner or do florals if you want to go with a print.

The important thing to keep in mind when you’re doing colour is that your accessories should complement not compete with your outfit. Headwear is a must at all race day events and if you’re doing colour a great choice would be an elegant headband (such as what I have in my outfit below) or crown for something fashion forward. A straw boater is great for something a little more traditional. It’s better to go for a simple, classic headpiece as opposed to being too over the top—way too many embellishments can really make your outfit look dated. Invest in the best quality headwear you can as it can really be the finishing touch that elevates your look from so-so to sensational.

When it comes to handbags it’s best to carry a clutch or a small bag with a strap. Leave your big carryall at home! You can either go for an equally bold colour or dramatic features such as metallic accents or a textured finish.

Shop the look: Dress, Roland Mouret; HeelsAlaïa; Headpiece, Cornelia Webb

 

My Top Colour Picks
Dresses

Heels

 

Headwear

 

How to do monochrome

If there’s one day on which you must wear black or white (or both!) it’s Derby Day. I’ve often either opted for an all white look or an all black look as I find it’s more impactful as a top to toe ensemble. However the one thing both have in common is that in order for the outfit not to look flat there have to be textural elements and also a hint of contrasting colour with your accessories. In the case of my outfit below the ruching on the dress adds another dimension to the overall look, the same goes for my shoes which have a studded feature.

Monochrome accessories are often the easiest to work with as both colours are generally able to be worked back with a multitude of looks. Generally headbands work well when in a black and white colourway and are a great option for headwear as you’ll definitely be able to use it again. This season there are so many beautiful headband options with accents such as bows, flowers and pearls (such is the case with mine below) that you’re bound to find one to suit. You could also opt for a turban or a veiled headpiece for something a little more dramatic.

When it comes to your bag choice for a monochrome look keep it strictly black or white for Derby Day but on other days you may want to experiment with a little pop of colour or embellishment.

Shop my look: Dress, The Row; Heels, Alaïa; Headpiece, Gucci
My Top Monochrome Picks
Dresses

Heels

Headwear

 

How to do a winning beauty look

The most important thing to remember about a spring racing beauty look is that it’s a day event. So leave the ultra glam makeup for a big night out and instead opt for a fresh faced approach. I like to focus on having good skin on the day so ensure that I am sticking religiously to my skincare regimen and may even have a facial in the lead up to it to ensure my complexion is glowing. I find if you’ve got great skin as a base your makeup will sit well. Most of my routine involves at-home treatments, one in particular that I am loving is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask which helps to reduce pores and brighten dull skin. If I find my skin is looking a little puffy I always use Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes which helps to tighten skin and reduce puffiness (it’s perfect in the lead up to a big event).

With spring racing beauty I think it’s important to look polished yet still very natural. In this instance I went for a bold eye and a neutral lip (I always choose one feature to highlight, never both) which I found complemented both outfits. To ensure my makeup lasts all day I use Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer which is a nourishing serum that acts as the ideal base for makeup. I will always use a highlighter and a subtle bronzer to achieve glowing skin and accentuate my features, and I find both work well in the daytime. Lashings of mascara are always a part of any dramatic eye look I do and at the moment I really like Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara in Noir—it gives a great falsh lash effect. As the final finishing touch I have a mani and pedi and either go for a dark polish to add a bit of punch to an outfit or a neutral shade for a subtle, understated effect.

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

Produced in collaboration with Net-a-Porter

 

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My 2016 Melbourne Cup Diary

3rd November, 2016

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Another year, another Melbourne Cup done!

This year, my day started early at our apartment in Melbourne. That is where we stay with my family so it was great to be able to spend Cup Day with them. With three kids and a baby present it was certainly busy but it was nice that my girls and my niece and nephew were all with us. I spent the morning getting ready with Mum and my sister-in-law Hoda and as always it was fun for us to all get our hair and makeup done together. My outfit was already sorted (it’s always something I like to lock in well in advance) so it was just a matter of putting the final finishing touches to it and I was ready to walk out the door.

We were lucky enough to be picked up by a Lexus car to take us to the Birdcage and when we got there headed straight for the Lexus Design Pavilion, which as per usual was on another level. It was definitely the place to be in the Birdcage and stood out as the most stylish and sophisticated marquee. The interiors were amazing and the architecture of the entire building was striking. Guests in the Pavilion included Jessica Gomes, Emma Freedman and Margaret Zhang so it was a great opportunity to catch up with a lot of people. We had an amazing lunch experience in there too which involved a three course tasting plate hosted by Ben Shewry, the head chef and owner of Attica restaurant in Melbourne. Needless to say, the food was delicious.

I was also on Lexus ambassador duties on the day so I had to juggle multiple media interviews including TV and radio spots which is always fun! However the most enjoyable part of the day is definitely being able to watch the race with my family, Mum especially. She had a runner in the race called Excess Knowledge so we watched the it with her in the owners’ stand. It’s always really nice being able to take in the race with her as I know all the hard work that goes into making it to the Melbourne Cup.

Cup Day is always a crazy busy day and it often passes by in a whirlwind of admiring all the beautiful outfits and headwear, toasting the day with champagne and race day duties for me but it’s something I look forward to every year. Counting down to 2017!

Getting dolled up with the help of my go-to makeup artist Blanka Dudas

Test driving my Gucci heels

Selfie for Instagram

Sophia hanging out in the apartment

Outfit details close up

All smiles with Mum and Hoda

Heading to the Birdcage with a little help from Lexus

Walking in with Luke

Catching up with Nadia Fairfax

Doing a radio interview

… and more interviews!

The media at the Lexus Design Pavilion

A peek at the interiors inside the Lexus Design Pavilion

So many beautiful finishes

Gorgeous blooms

Impressive set of wheels on display!

The outdoor area

We were truly spoilt in the food and drinks department

Guests at the bar

Cheers!

Jessica Gomes and Louise van de Vorst

Emma Freedman

Margaret Zhang

Enjoying the day with Luke

Photography: Adam Nalapraya and Karon Photography

Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: 2016 Melbourne Cup

1st November, 2016

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When it comes to attire for the Melbourne Cup it’s all about going bold. And this year, I decided to embrace colour and opted for this beautiful pink and forest green dress by Gucci. The sweet ruffles on the sleeves give the dress an air of playfulness which really works for today and whilst the unexpected colour combination is striking it’s the pearl detailing on the back and front that really caught my eye – it’s so unbelievable in person that it definitely cemented the dress as THE dress for Cup Day.

Pink and green can be a little tricky when it comes to shoe options however it was Gucci to the rescue again. The gold heels dotted with pearls that I spotted in their latest collection perfectly offset the hues in my dress. With such a bold look, I wanted to strike the right balance between making a statement with my headwear whilst not overpowering the dress and shoes. The flower crown by Hatmaker was just on the right side of understated to really complement my overall look. The gems throughout the crown also subtly picked up some of the colours in my dress and really helped highlight the pink and green.

I hope you’re having a great Melbourne Cup day!

Shop more of my favourite racing looks

Credits: Dress, Gucci; Crown, Hatmaker; Heels, Gucci (sandal version)

Photography: Danielle Castano and Adam Nalapraya 

 

Fashion, What I Wore

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

 

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Fascinator: Hatmaker 

Dress: Balmain 

Heels: Alaïa

 

Photography: Danielle Castano.

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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.

Headwear

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.

Fascinators

Headbands

Hats

 

Clutches

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.

 

 

Shoes

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.

 

 

Jewellery

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

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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

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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

Fashion

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

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.

 

MELBOURNE CUP DAY

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.

ELIE SAAB dress, OSCAR DE LA RENTA dress, MARY KATRANTZOU dress, BOTTEGA VENETA clutch, ROSANTICA headpiece, FENDI heel.

 

OAKS DAY

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.

DOLCE & GABBANA hair slide, VALENTINO mini dress, PHILIP TREACY hat, NEEDLE & THREAD top, OSCAR DE LA RENTA bag, CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA heels.

 

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.)

 

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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 Net-a-Porter.com 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.

 

Fashion, What I Wore

What I Wore: bold prints

8th April, 2015

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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.

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Top and skirt: Dolce & Gabbana

Heels: Pierre Hardy

Photography: Tamika Keioske