It was a funny day today in Sydney today with it being overcast one minute, sunny the next, then a downpour. So, choosing an outfit to wear while reporting for 7Racing at the Golden Eagle at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse, it was all about embracing something striking. When the weather’s like this it’s always nice to be able to wear something that’s bold and vibrant — I’ve always found about a great outfit that can really lift your mood. So, I went with this stunning Aje dress which dialed up the drama with its statement features. The bottle green shade, the one-shoulder neckline, side cut-out and voluminous puff sleeve ensured this dress was anything but ordinary, and perfect for a day reporting trackside.
I’ve worked with milliner Nerida Winter for several years and this veiled headpiece was just the right accessory to keep up the dramatic feel of this ensemble. I went for a metallic snakeskin Bulgari bag, which with its structured style really helped to balance the softer lines of the dress. Once again, I had the opportunity to wear some beautiful jewellery by Chaumet. A fine necklace, along with a delicate stack of bangles and a ring were just the right amount of bling to add some understated sparkle and finesse to my look.
I was trackside again this weekend, this time for the world’s richest turf race, The Everest. On reporting duties for 7 Racing, I wanted to embrace something soft and feminine and this look by Fendi ticked all the boxes.
I loved the silhouette of the fitted top with peplum and the cinched in waist is a flattering detail. The padded shoulders also give it a statement feature while simultaneously giving the outfit a little edge. The matching skirt gave the ensemble continuity and the clean lines added to the polished feel of this look.
Accessories are always so important at the races and in this instance I wanted to work with the pink hue of the top and skirt so opted for a bag and headband in the same colour family. The textured headband with ruching added a playful, yet elegant touch. I also went for a top handle bag with a woven texture to complement the rest of my look. While the final finishing flourish, were some truly stunning jewels by Chaumet. The earrings, bracelet and ring, all worked together to give my outfit the sparkle that completed it.
A gorgeous spring day calls for a riot of colour—particularly when it comes in the form of a gorgeous Louis Vuitton dress. I was on reporting duties for 7 Racing again today at the Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day and I decided to go for something bold and vibrant. With such a striking print and eye-catching hues, it was made for a day at the races. I also loved the 60s silhouette, with the finishing details really elevating the dress. The waist belt, Peter Pan collar and blouson sleeves give the modern print, a more classic feel.
While the dress definitely does most of the heavy lifting with this look, the accessories tie it all together. I kept the Louis Vuitton thread going, opting for a diminutive lemon yellow bag and classic white pumps by the brand. While my headpiece was simple yet impactful—a crisp white padded headband by Nerida Winter.
Jewellery is always important, being the final finishing flourish. I was lucky enough to wear some beautiful pieces by Chaumet today, while an elegant man-style timepiece by Jaeger LeCoultre helped balance the soft, feminine feel of my entire ensemble.
After the year we’ve had, it’s been so nice to get back to familiar things. I was able to be back trackside again with my 7 Racing family and couldn’t have been more thrilled. I was at the Everest Carnival Lunch at Royal Randwick today and truly loved the opportunity to do event dressing again.
I went for this polished suit by Oroton, because I will welcome any chance to wear a suit these days! The relaxed double breasted cut of the blazer, worked back with cropped tailored trousers was elegant but in such a light and bright hue it was the ideal spring look.
When it comes to race day outfits accessories are key to truly finishing off an ensemble. So I went with a pair of white Louboutin pumps with a polished vibe—something that always works beautifully with suiting. My headpiece was a Nerida Winter wide brimmed straw hat with an elegant statement bow and face veil, had a simple, yet striking look and feel. While a Dior shoulder bag with chain strap added a bold touch. And I couldn’t have been more thrilled to wear a selection of stunning pieces from Chaumet, the pearl drop earrings, and accompanying ring and necklace helped elevate this look into something truly special.
Out of all the race days during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Stakes Day is the most relaxed in terms of dress codes. It’s a family friendly event, with no formal dress code, so you can afford to go for something that’s slightly more casual. The only non-negotiable is that it you still look polished and elegant. It’s one of my favourite days as I’m also able to attend with Luke and the girls which always makes the day really fun.
I decided on a Dior maxi dress with earthy/navy tones for the event as I felt it worked perfectly with the attire this particular race day required. I loved the pattern on the dress and the flared 50s style skirt. The neckline featured a deep V-neck which gives the dress just a little edge. With such a voluminous shape, it was important that the dress have a little cinched in element so it didn’t look like it was swamping me, so I decided on a waist belt worn over the top. It gave me a flattering nipped in silhouette and helped give the dress a little more structure. Plus I love the shape of the belt, which features the iconic saddle bag shape of the brand.
Working with a mix of shades can make accessorising tricky but in the end I felt white would work best to complement the colour palette of the dress. I ended up going for a Dior wide brimmed straw hat, which looks relaxed but still polished and finished it with white Dior pointed toe heels with ankle straps. It was a way of doing accessories in a pared back way, but in a colour that would still allow it to pop against the dress. The ideal balance of making a statement without being overwhelming.
Credits: Dress, Christian Dior; Belt, Christian Dior; Shoes, Christian Dior; Hat
I have always styled my racing looks and really enjoy doing it but it’s also labour intensive. I have to source multiple options for every race day, and that includes my outfit, shoes, jewellery, and headwear. This year, I not only had several race days to attend but I had presenting commitments with 7 Racing that saw me having to also style outfits for those occasions, and not only that I had to ensure that my outfit was able to work on camera and co-ordinated with the other presenters. That’s a lot of outfits! So I enlisted the help of stylist Jess Pecoraro to make it happen.
Jess is the go-to fashion and celeb stylist for the likes of Jesinta Franklin and Gemma Ward and Delta Goodrem. She’s got a great eye and knows what I like and gets my style which is critical when you’re working with a stylist. We’ll often start by taking a look at the events I have coming up and what each look requires. For example there are strict dress codes for big race days like Derby Day and Melbourne Cup which we need to adhere to, and if I’ve got TV commitments I need to ensure that what I’m wearing works well on screen as well as the other presenters I’m working with. Additionally I work with a few key brands during spring racing so it’s important that we factor them into the styling process. It’s a big process and there are so many considerations to be made that it’s great to have someone to look after it all as it makes everything a little less hectic.
I’m quite open to trying new looks and Jess pulled together a number of different outfits for me to try. We did a few fittings at home to see what would work and the accessories to match. This can become quite a lengthy process as we experiment with different options to lock in the final outfit, all the while making sure that I’m keeping to dress codes and incorporating certain brands. I’m always able to direct the outfits where I want them to go but Jess is able to put forward combinations and suggestions of how everything could work together which is great as often it can be hard to have a vision for every outfit. That’s the great thing about working with a stylist.
I often get asked why I work with stylists and one of the reasons is that it’s great to be able to collaborate with someone else and get a fresh opinion or point of view on fashion. I know what I like but sometimes I might miss something that would look great, that someone else from the outside looking in might see. And being able to push boundaries and try something new is what fashion is all about.
Oaks Day is traditionally ladies’ day so the dress code is all about soft feminine looks. It’s the perfect time to embrace my girly side, so I always have a lot of fun with my outfit on the day, favouring pretty prints and accessories.
I saw this Prada dress and thought it was perfect for the occasion. The accordion pleat skirt and the frilled bib detail is classic and polished, but the playful lip print gives it a more modern feel. It’s always fun to work a print into a race day look and I tend to gravitate towards those that are fun and have a vibrant energy.
It’s always great to designate a focal point to any outfit and in this instance it was definitely the dress. Pink and black is always a fun colour combination so I decided to accentuate the touches of pink on the dress with dark accessories. Of course, I couldn’t go past the black textured Maticevski Prometheus clutch with urchin-like beaded detail—it added a fashion forward element to my look and I love accessories that are unique looking. Black heels with knotted detail and an oversized bow worked well with the rest of my outfit. But it’s always fun to incorporate some truly beautiful jewellery into any race day look and the Chaumet bracelets I was wearing added a luxe touch to my ensemble.
The varied dress codes during spring carnival mean that there’s an opportunity to play with lots of different looks. This floral beauty by Alessandra Rich would be ideal for Melbourne Cup or Oaks Day with its feminine feel and vibrant pink shade. Working with pieces incorporating striking details is always a guaranteed way to achieve a winning look, especially when there’s also a strong silhouette in play. The statement sleeves and high neckline along with ruffled finish work together to create an ensemble that’s a little bit different.
A statement dress requires a pared back approach to accessories. It was a no brainer to work a Prada headband into the look, especially when it’s a complementary pink colour which creates additional cohesion within my look. A headband is seriously one of the easiest ways to tick the headwear box when it comes to spring racing outfits, not to mention it’s on trend so definitely make it a go-to. Working with such vibrant hues I opted to keep my shoes simple and chic—two-strapped Giuseppe Zanotti heels with a crystal heel for just the right touch of glam.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Dress: Ruffle-trimmed Floral-print Silk-organza Mini Dress, Alessandra Rich
It’s without a doubt one of my fave events to dress for and this year’s Melbourne Cup I wanted to go for a look that was pretty and feminine. Enter this pastel pink Macgraw dress. I wanted to wear a local designer this year and this frock definitely fit the brief. What I loved about this dress was that the overall design is pared back but elevated by the finishing touches. The diamante flower buttons gave it a touch of playfulness whilst injecting a bit of bling. Meanwhile the blouson sleeve and A-line skirt offer up some on trend elements.
The vibe of the dress demanded interesting accessories. Headwear is so important on Cup day and this Sylvy Earl straw boater in a similar shade to the dress provided the ideal complementary piece. It was also great to be able to incorporate a little texture. The feathered bag was a lot of fun and worked well with the pretty vibe of my ensemble. Lace up heels provided a slightly little grittier element. The final finishing touch was the selection of beautiful Chaumet jewels I was wearing. The gorgeous rings really lifted my entire outfit whilst adding a luxe touch that was just made for Cup day.
Credits: Dress, Macgraw; Bag, Olga Berg; Shoes, Tony Bianco; Hat, Sylvy Earl, Jewellery, Chaumet.
Michael Brown is my go-to makeup artist for many an event. He’s worked with me on everything from Fashion Week to the races and many a launch, and one of the great things I’ve learned from him is how to ensure makeup lasts. For long days trackside, you want to take the proper steps to keep your face looking as fresh as it did when you walked out the door. There’s nothing worse than being all dolled up, only for your makeup to let you down because your eye shadow’s all but disappeared or your T-Zone is looking shiny. But there’s an art to makeup longevity and here’s how to do it, with tips from the man himself.
Prep your skin
As with most things, the more you prep the better the result. Michael says, “Trackside beauty needs to go the distance and it all comes down to good skin prep, so your makeup has that perfect bond.”
The combination of a long day and standing in the harsh sunlight can mean that your makeup is very visible and that means you need to ensure that you hydrate your skin as much as possible for a nice finish. To do this Michael says, “I recommend a sheet mask before you apply foundation/concealer. Sheet masks hug the skin, trapping all the moisture and goodness so that it can be absorbed correctly.” The more hydrated your skin is the better your makeup will look.
Have the right finish
All good makeup needs to look polished and if your skin has a tendency to go shiny Michael suggests using “a mattifying or blurring primer on your T-Zone to minimise shine coming through your makeup as the day goes on.”
It’s also important to ‘set’ your makeup. “[Use a] translucent powder and dab into shine prone areas with a Beauty Blender — this can really lock powder to skin. But you don’t want to be over powdering all day, as this can look dry, so invest in an appropriate primer to match your skin’s habits, such as going shiny when wearing makeup.”
Blend, blend, blend
Adopt the right technique when applying your eye makeup and you’ll find that most of the time it won’t budge. “Eye makeup generally stays put, once it’s applied, if its really pressed or blended correctly,” says Michael. “Try smudging and really blending product into eye skin, so there is a bond, rather than just dusting on top where it can easily fade.”
Dab your lipstick
A beautiful pout is perfect for a day at the races and Michael suggests opting for a long lasting lipstick which will stay in place throughout the day. “For those that prefer comfort over long wear (as they can feel dry) try dabbing your lipstick with your fingertip for application. This will bond and drain the pigment, so it’s actually in the lip, not sitting on top,” says Michael.
What’s the number one thing every girl should have in her bag at the races? “Concealer! You never know when you might need a little brighten around the nose, mouth or under the eye, it can be that instant fresh effect we all sometimes need,” says Michael.
So if you want your makeup to stay Insta-worthy throughout the day, it’s worth investing the time and effort to ensure that you’ve locked your look in with the right prep. A few extra minutes spent in front of the mirror will avoid any makeup dramas and keep you looking fresh faced whilst trackside.