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What I Wore: Caulfield Cup 2023

23rd October, 2023

A print or a pattern can really make an outfit. Whenever I want my outfit to make a statement, it’s always one of my go-tos, particularly when it’s bold like this pinstripe suit by Louis Vuitton. I’ve waxed lyrical about my love of suiting for event wear, so I needed no convincing to wear this particular look to this year’s Caulfield Cup. I was on reporting duties once again for 7Racing so I wanted something that would work well on camera and the strong colour contrast on the suit ticked all the right boxes. I decided to wear the double breasted jacket buttoned up which gave this look a much stronger silhouette, and worked back with the matching pants it felt sleek and modern.

Headwear is always one of my key considerations for a race day look and this pillbox hat by Nerida Winter added a gorgeous feminine touch. Given the suit is already so vivid and bright, I needed the rest of my accessories to ground the look so I opted for a black Louis Vuitton clutch and a heels with a floral embellishment by Tony Bianco. Wearing more subdued hues when it came to my accessories really allowed the colour and pattern of the suit to pop.

Credits: Blazer, pants, and bag, Louis Vuitton; Heels, Tony Bianco; Headpiece, Nerida Winter

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: The Everest 2023

17th October, 2023

As the richest race on turf, The Everest is always one of the biggest events in the racing calendar. I was there on hosting duties with 7 Racing over the weekend and it’s the kind of event that requires something big and bold. Enter this colour blocked dress by Rebecca Vallance. Pastel blue and green is always such an impactful colour combination and in this instance its vibrancy was perfect for a gorgeous spring day in Sydney. It’s also a design that embraces one of spring racing’s biggest trends. Hot tip: bows are going to be having a major fashion moment over the coming months.

I wanted to provide some contrast with my accessories and pastel pink was the ideal complementary colour. It adds a feminine touch and lifts the pastel tones in the dress. Continuing the bow theme I opted to wear this headpiece by Somewhere Here, the oversized bow paired with the pink veil added a classic touch to such a playful look. Weaving some more pink into this outfit (if Barbie taught us anything there’s no such thing as too much pink), I opted for a Rabanne bag. With its intricate disk design, it added some texture to my look while tying into the pink hue of my headwear. Spring racing is definitely licence to have a little fun with your outfit, and this look at Everest certainly set the right tone for the coming weeks!

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Headpiece, Somewhere Here; Clutch, Rabanne

Photography: Ashleigh Larden


9 spring racing trends to embrace in 2023

11th October, 2023

Spring racing is one of my fave times on the racing calendar as there’s always plenty of room to have fun with fashion. Whether it’s a colourful Melbourne Cup day look or something feminine and classic for Oaks Day, there’s scope to level up your ensemble with everything from your colour choice to accessories and most importantly your outfit. Luckily there are so many spring racing fashion trends that will resonate with any style or budget.

Adhering to the dress code is obviously top priority but if you want your look to be up-to-the-minute there are definitely some big trends you should have on your radar. From the colours to embrace to the silhouettes that will be huge and the finishes and details that will take centre stage, every fashion lover will definitely want to jump into all the big looks for spring racing this year. They’re all winners!


Maxi skirts

If you’re not really a dress person or you just want to change your look up a little, the maxi skirt is a great option for the races. A skirt with a longer hemline looks ultra elegant and put together making it easy to adhere to any race day dress code. Also, there are so many gorgeous iterations of the maxi skirt available now, with everything from prints to ruffles and embellishments all levelling up the look.



Suiting is here to stay. It’s such a sleek look for the races and it’s ultra comfortable too. Also, there’s a plethora of options and styles available right now, from pastel hues to origami folds or just a classic double breasted style, you can’t go wrong with a suit.


Fancy flats

If you’re tired of the agony of being in heels for the entire duration of a race day, this spring racing fashion trend is for you. The humble flat has had itself a bit of a makeover and it’s now ready to make a statement. Look for bold embellishment or interesting textures to turn flats into something that can not only anchor a look but turn it into something glam.




Look for lace to be a big trend trackside this season. Don’t be deterred however it wearing top-to-toe lace in one garment such as a dress isn’t your thing. You can embrace pieces with lace as an accent piece whether it’s a lace collar an insert detail or sleeve.



It’s not for the faint hearted, but red is most definitely one colour that is going to be everywhere when it comes to racewear. It’s big, it’s bold, it has extra personality and it’s the kind of hue that will take any spring racing look and make it one that will most definitely turn heads.



Art prints on dresses

I wore a piece like this earlier in the year (see above) and it’s a spring racing fashion trend that’s definitely going to be huge this season. What’s not to love about a dress that’s a walking piece of art? Artistic flourishes whether it’s a watercolour print or splashes of paint, will turn any outfit into a standout piece.



Off the shoulder dresses and tops

There’s always something ultra flattering about an off the shoulder dress or top. Show off your decolletage at the races this season, whether it’s an elegant midi dress or a flirty mini style. It’s definitely one to bookmark for some of the big race days in the calendar.




If look-at-me red isn’t really your thing the other colour palette that’s going to be huge is all things pastel. The soft hues are perfect for spring racing events, and look great in any iteration whether it’s a dress, skirt or even a suit.




Details are everything in a winning race day look and this season, you can embrace all things with a bow on it. Whether it’s bow finishes on a dress or bow headwear or playful bows on your shoes, this sweetest of trends will be everywhere.


Hottest spring racing trends you’ll be seeing trackside

19th October, 2022

Spring racing is here and with it all the upcoming trends you can expect to see trackside. What I love about dressing for the races is there’s so much scope to tap into what’s currently very “now”. While I always adhere to the dress code, there is something quite fun about being able to unleash your individual style into every outfit. It’s also the perfect opportunity to roadtest a few of my fave trends. There are a few below that I’m embracing now, and a few more that I have my eye on. So whatever race day you’re heading to (don’t forget Melbourne Cup Day is just around the corner!) here are a few trends to bookmark.


I’m all about suiting when it comes to events and you can definitely do it for the races. Try to embrace a little extra flair by opting for vivid, bold colours and always make sure that the suit fits perfectly. It can make or break the look so make sure you get any jackets or pants tailored beforehand.


60s vibe minis

You can thank Valentino for this trend. You can feel comfortable embracing 60s inspired minis trackside, just make sure to strike the right balance with the rest of your look by taking a slightly more conservative approach with what you wear up top.


Long dresses

At the opposite end of the spectrum to the mini are the longer hemlines you can expect to see trackside this season. There’s something about a longer dress (think midi or maxi) that always strikes the right elegant note.



Once again, thank you Valentino for this particular colour making a splash this season. Think bold and bright — go forth and embrace your inner Barbie! Whether it’s a dress, a skirt, a suit and more you can’t go wrong with embracing a vibrant pink.



Don’t be deterred by the height! I’ve actually found platforms to be quite comfortable for the races as they give you slightly more support than regular heels. I’ve seen some really fun iterations of this trend but my fave would have to be the Mary Jane style heel.


Textured florals

Zimmermann have done some really beautifully textured florals and it’s certainly inspiration for a great race day look. ‘Tis spring after all! Look for pieces embellished or printed with gorgeous blooms — think ultra feminine and romantic.


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What I wore this week: Spring racing

11th November, 2021

I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few spring racing events over the last few weeks and as a result, had the opportunity to have some fun with a few new looks. After months in lockdown it’s certainly a nice feeling to get dressed up again! I love dressing for racing events because there’s something nice about being able to wear a polished look from head to toe, complete with headwear and I’m often lucky enough to be able to work with some amazing designers when it comes to my outfits. While I didn’t wear all these looks this week, I thought it might be worth sharing a few of my favourite looks so far this spring racing season.

I was attending the launch of the Lexus Melbourne Cup on this occasion and adored the chartreuse colour of this Mariam Seddiq dress. It was also such a bold silhouette with the dramatic cape, the bold shoulders and ruching, that I really felt it made a statement. I decided to cinch the look in with an Alessandra Rich belt and paired it with a simple Viktoria Novak headband as a finishing touch.

Credits: Dress (similar here), Mariam Seddiq; Belt, Alessandra Rich; Headband, Viktoria Novak; Bag, Bulgari

I was doing a live cross with Channel 7 and loved the vibe of this blazer dress by Rebecca Vallance. Blazers are a staple in my wardrobe and I like the twist on it when it’s worn as a dress. The houndstooth print added some boldness to my look and with the contrasting lapels and pearl buttons, it was a polished ensemble that was both classic and modern. I didn’t want to overwhelm with my accessories so I opted for an oversized black bow, which is always one of my faves when it comes to headwear.

Credits: Dress, Rebecca Vallance; Bow, Roxy Jacenko

Sometimes I get to wear dresses like this and I have to pinch myself! I wore this for a shoot with The Daily Telegraph newspaper to promote The Everest race day and didn’t want to take it off. I felt like a bonafide princess, plus who doesn’t love tulle when it’s at it’s pink hued best! I loved the tiered skirt and the plunging neckline, not to mention the statement sleeves on this particular design and it was so much fun to wear.

Credits: Dress, Steven Khalil

Hanging with Emma Freedman at a Lexus press day. I really liked the combination of pink and red in this particular look. There’s something about those two hues together that just gels really well, so when I went for this one shoulder Mossman mini dress, I knew I had to pair it with this this adorable pink headband by Ford Millinery. My Aquazzura heels are shoes I’ve had for awhile and it’s so funny when I revisit favourites such as these shoes, because I always fall in love with them again.

Credits: Dress, Mossman; Heels, Aquazzura; Headband, Ford Millinery

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What I Wore: 2021 Golden Slipper

1st November, 2021

Spring racing is very much in full swing and I couldn’t help but want to embrace a look that was inspired by the season. For 7 Racing hosting duties at the Golden Slipper, it was all about beautiful, vibrant pastel hues. I couldn’t go past this Oscar de la Renta one-shoulder dress, with its ethereal draping and shades of pink and orange. It was feminine and also had a fun energy to it which made it the perfect look for being trackside.

With such a bold colour palette to work with I didn’t want to shy away with my choice of accessories and wanted to go equally as striking. The brief was well and truly met with these Bottega Veneta mesh heels. They’re a playful pink and feature a sprinkling of sparkles which definitely ticked the statement box. Plus, how great would they be for a festive occasion? In terms of bag choice, I definitely wanted to embrace pink again so this shoulder bag by Bulgari was the perfect piece to accompany me. As always headwear is a must so I went with this gold hair accessory by Ford Millinery. I loved the fact that it was sleek and and simple and just the right piece to add a bold touch to my ensemble.

Credits: Dress, Oscar de la Renta; Shoes, Bottega Veneta; Bag, Bulgari, Headpiece, Ford Millinery

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Golden Eagle

31st October, 2020

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.

Credits: Dress, Aje; Bag (similar here), Bulgari; Shoes, Aquazzura; Headpiece (similar here), Nerida Winter; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: The Everest

18th October, 2020

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.

Credits: Dress, shoes, bag, headband, Fendi; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh. Larden

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What I Wore: Moët & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day

10th October, 2020

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.

Credits: Dress, bag and shoes, Louis Vuitton; Jewellery, Chaumet; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Watch, Jaeger LeCoultre

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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What I Wore: Everest Carnival Fashion Lunch

3rd October, 2020

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.

Credits: Suit, Oroton; Shoes, Christian Louboutin; Headpiece, Nerida Winter; Bag (similar here), Christian Dior; Jewellery, Chaumet

Photography: Ashleigh Larden

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