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How to elevate a spring racing outfit

10th October, 2018

And just like that spring racing is upon us once again. This is always a hectic time of year for me as I have multiple events to juggle which means a number of outfits that I have to co-ordinate. And even though I’ve done it for years, styling just the right outfit can still be a little tricky at times as I have to take into account the dress codes, current trends and staying comfortable throughout the day.

One thing I do try and do every spring carnival is take a few style risks, experiment with different trends and elevate my look in various ways. It’s the perfect time to get dressed up and have a little fun with fashion. If you’re off to a few events, here are a few ways you can take your look next level, whether you’re opting for a bold, colourful ensemble, or a classic look of muted tones such as black and white. Here’s how to stand out in a crowd and pull together a winning outfit.

If you’re doing colour…

A colourful look makes an impactful statement so if you’re doing it, don’t be afraid to go bright and bold. Wearing a striking hue that packs a punch whether it’s shades such as fuchsia, a bright sunshine yellow or a rich green makes for a strong look. Now is the time to get in touch with your inner rainbow and try a few fun colours. I guarantee you’ll turn heads.

With coloured pieces it’s a great idea to also work with different silhouettes to give the look some further depth. A dramatic neckline, an elegant split or statement sleeves are all elements that can take your look to another level. The dress I’m wearing below works a vibrant pink with a Victorian neckline and an understated balloon sleeve and gives it a modern, yet classic feel.

It’s important to let your outfit take centre stage but that doesn’t mean you can afford to neglect your accessories. Quite the contrary. The right complementary pieces will enhance your look not detract from it. Headwear is a must at all racing events, so it’s a crucial component of your look. When wearing colour try having fun with your headpiece, incorporating texture and subtle embellishments.. My go-to is a great headband which is understated yet still hold its own, such as the star one I am wearing below. Other options I like include a straw hat or a beautiful turban, both of which I’ve worn in the past. Accoutrements should be the final finishing touch that completes your look.

Credits: Dress, Alessandra Rich; Shoes, Alaïa; Headpiece, Jennifer Behr

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If you’re doing muted tones…

When you’re doing slightly more muted tones such as black and white, it’s important to try and be a little more daring with the style and finishing touches to help elevate it. The black dress I’m wearing below features an on trend off the shoulder neckline, a textured finish along with a dramatic ruffled effect, all elements that that make it look far from an ordinary LBD. It’s a fun spring racing ensemble but with contemporary touches that make it stand out.

With black you can incorporate the colour head to toe, by wearing black accessories too, but choose pieces that have a little more edge to them to give the look some added depth. In the looks below I’m wearing two different headpieces, both of which are strong pieces in their own way. One is a beret which I feel gives the look a bit of a stylish edge, and adds an unexpected element to my ensemble, the other is an oversized bow headband which has a more playful feminine feel. Both are a great example of experimenting with headpieces—when you’re wearing black you have to ensure that your headwear is a knockout so the look doesn’t present flat.

Muted shades that are guaranteed to work—they’re classic, strong and have presence but it’s important to elevate them with the right finishes and accoutrements. By adding these touches, you are able to turn them into something that’s striking and different, whilst maintaining their general classic feel.

Credits: Dress, Marchesa; Headpiece 1 (Beret), Clyde; Headpiece 2 (Bow), Miu Miu; Shoes, Alaïa

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Photography: Sophia Athas

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What I Wore: The Everest 2017

19th October, 2017

In keeping with post this week on wearing the same colour from head to toe, I worked with a similar concept for my look at The Everest 2017. However instead of playing with graduating tones I opted to work with the same ice blue when it came to my dress and headpiece. Dion Lee can always be relied upon for a dress that’s thoroughly modern yet remains classically understated. I couldn’t go past this dress with its pleated skirt and asymmetric bodice as it married both those design elements beautifully, whilst the colour made it look fresh and contemporary. A Nerida Winter piece is often my go-to when it comes to headwear at the races and for this particular look I opted for a floral garland in the same colour of the dress for cohesion, but chose a whimsical style to offset the angular lines of the dress. I needed a bold colour to accessorise this particular look and thought my Bulgari shoulder bag was the ideal complementary piece.

Credits: Dress, Dion Lee; Headpiece, Nerida Winter, Bag, Bulgari

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

 

 

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Fascinator: Hatmaker 

Dress: Balmain 

Heels: Alaïa

 

Photography: Danielle Castano.

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Celeb looks of the week: Melbourne Cup

7th November, 2014

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As far as fashion goes, you can always count on the ladies who attend Melbourne Cup to up the style stakes. Here are some of my fave looks from the day… starting with Alexandra Agoston and Bambi Northwood-Blyth who were both a picture of quirky cool.

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Nikki Phillips in bold and bright colours stood out from the fashion pack.

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Rebecca Judd always looks picture perfect.

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Rachael Finch looked amazing in this fire engine red dress and matching veiled head piece.

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Does Nicole Warne ever put a stylish foot wrong?

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Gigi Hadid in bubblegum pink and statement shoes was a show stopper.

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Emma Freedman looked adorable in this printed dress.

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Megan Gale was the epitome of glamour.

Photography: elle.com.au, news.com.au, heraldsun.com.au, myer, daily mail, go fug yourself, 

Beauty, Fashion

On my way to Oaks Day

6th November, 2014

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Another big day in the spring racing calendar is Oaks Day. As it’s ladies day I went with a softer, more feminine approach to my outfit. Here’s what I got up to this morning as I was getting ready for today’s event.

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A peek at the shoe options for today. A girl can never have too many shoes, right?

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A beauty addict’s dream come true!

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A little mother daughter time today. Love getting ready with mum.

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Adore the beautiful floral print on this dress. What do you think?

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Make up all done and almost ready to go… See you there!

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FASHION PROFILE: NERIDA WINTER

5th November, 2014

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty, Fashion

Getting ready for Melbourne Cup

4th November, 2014

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Melbourne Cup – it’s the biggest event of the racing calendar and undoubtedly so much fun to get dressed up for. Here’s a sneak peek of what I got up to this morning as I got ready to head to the races. Looking forward to a great day. And good luck with all your race picks – hopefully you’ve picked a winner!


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Sophia hanging out with mum and joining in the fun. You can never start too early, right?

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Today’s nail polish of choice – Sally Hansen peach of cake

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And we’re off! Luke and I on our way…

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Loving this cat eye look… What do you think? Would love to hear about your Melbourne Cup looks. What are you wearing today?