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.
When it comes to evening attire I think one of the chicest colours to wear would have to be white. There’s something quite fresh whilst still being elegant about the hue, and it’s a definite go-to when I’m looking for a look that’s chic and impactful. This beautiful gown by Philosophy Di Lorenzo has a textured satin finish which gives the look a little extra depth, whilst the subtle lace trim on the thigh high split adds a demure touch. The silhouette of this dress is quite understated and simple but I think the colour really lifts it and gives it an overall luxe feel.
When it comes to accessories, you can do myriad things with a white dress, such is the versatility of the colour. In this instance I opted for something monochromatic, with few subtle embellishments to add a little extra glamour to my overall look. The black Jimmy Choo suede sandals with crystal detail and the elegant shoulder bag echoing a similar feel to the heels, help bring the look to life by providing strong accents with a statement feel. A sleek up-do and simple drop earrings help complete the look and have me ready to tackle any after dark soiree this party season.
Photography by Sophia Athas, Hatrik
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Dress: Lace-Trimmed Hammered-Satin Gown, Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini | Net-A-Porter
Derby Day is always one of the chicest race days on the spring racing calendar because of its monochrome colour palette. Working with black and white is always guaranteed to look stylish and it’s one of my favourite events to dress for. This year I centred everything around this knitted Christopher Kane dress. What initially drew me to it was its interesting shape. I loved its fitted style and the tiered hem, and the high neckline with long neck tie feature at the back gives the dress focal points from the front and the back. And I can’t go past glam embellishments such as the oversized crystal buttons.
I wanted to add some statement pieces to this look as I find a black dress is given a little extra depth when paired with accessories that pop. In keeping with the glamorous feel, I worked the look back with a black and diamante custom headpiece by Viktoria Novak. Headbands are such a huge trend right now and such an easy option when you want headwear that’s simple yet stylish. Also I opted for a Jimmy Choo clutch with a similar feel, the statement bow edged with diamantes to help tie the look together. And Giuseppe Zanotti embellished heels were the perfect finishing touch to this look.
Photography: Ashleigh Larden
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Credits: Dress, Christopher Kane; Head-piece, Custom Viktoria Novak; Bag, Jimmy Choo; Shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti.
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Spring time always has me seeking out beautiful dresses — I think it’s just the perfect time of year to embrace them, particularly when they feature a great print or interesting embellishments. It’s precisely why I was drawn to this navy and white Alessandra Rich dress, the sweet bow print and the crystal buttons give it a really feminine touch. The subtly ruched skirt and the elbow length sleeves evoke a hint of 50s styling which I really love.
I decided to complement the look with white strappy heels by Billini to pick up the hints of white in the dress, plus their streamlined, minimalist feel still allows the frock to be the focal point. I’m embracing the hair accessories trend of late and love this cluster of clips by Alessandra Rich. It adds a glam touch to an otherwise quite pared back and classic look and I think you can’t go wrong with a hint of bling here and there!
Light, easy breezy dresses are a mainstay of my spring/summer wardrobe. And for good reason. They’re versatile, easy to wear and look effortlessly chic. The elegant colour palette of vibrant yellow in this Aje dress worked back against crisp white is perfect for spring and is an easy go-to. The sweet embroidery helps lift this look and gives it an accent feature that allows the dress to pop. The simple silhouette also makes the dress a style chameleon, making it easy to pair with everything from a blazer to a cardi to understated accessories or something that pops.
I could easily wear this dress with slides or sandals for a more casual look but I wanted to add shoes that would ground the look a little more. Ankle boots worn with a dress is always a great combination so I opted to pair the dress with Louis Vuitton ankle boots. It’s also a great shoe for such a setting as it gives the overall vibe of the dress a slightly more rustic feel. To finish off the look I went for a relaxed approach to accessorising and layered two of my favourite necklaces. An easy yet impactful look.
I’m on reporting duties for the Caulfield Cup today and it was the perfect opportunity to rock one of my favourite trends this spring racing season—a beautiful, vibrant suit. This Rachel Zoe pants and jacket combination in a punchy bold hue is event appropriate and features a great silhouette including bell bottomed pants and a double breasted jacket and sophisticated finishing touches like an accent lapel.
A bold look requires some fun accoutrements. I decided on a small black bag by Rixo which is enhanced by a colourful beaded bracelet handle and gold shell clasp. The structured, boxy shape and patent leather finish make it the perfect piece to complement this look. Whilst a monogrammed Burberry scarf worn as a hair accessory elevates this look and gives it a classic feel.
During a recent photoshoot at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley the picturesque setting was the perfect time to showcase some of my favourite spring looks. Enter this gorgeous Aje dress. There’s nothing I love more than a crisp white look which has a relaxed yet polished vibe that’s perfect for this time of year. The beautiful wattle pattern on this dress adds a slightly rustic feel, which is perfectly offset by the modern cut-outs on the dress. I’m all about a statement sleeve these days and these blouson sleeves add a soft, feminine touch to my overall look.
Whenever I’m wearing something that’s quite pretty in its silhouette, I like to add accessories with a little more grit. Which is why I opted for these Louis Vuitton ankle boots. They help ground the look and cut through the softer elements of the dress. To let the frock take centre stage I decided on simple jewellery, adding a Dior necklace as my final finishing touch.
It was another day of reporting duties for 7 Racing today and it called for another vibrant look. I tend to incorporate a little colour into my outfit whenever I’m on camera so this Rachel Gilbert dress fit the brief perfectly. I love the unexpected contrast of pink and orange in the houndstooth pattern on this mini dress. And let’s not forget the sequins! I’m all about a long sleeved dress right now as I think it looks elegant and modern and the style helps to make sequins a little more day time appropriate.
It can be tricky to find the right colours to work back with such a distinct colour palette so I played it safe with neutral pieces. A white headpiece by Nerida Winter and small structured Bulgari bag were able to work back with the dress without being overwhelming. I find anything in white can be complementary whilst still being able to hold its own. I wanted to wear heels with a unique design and these Scanlan Theodore pointed slides were the ideal option—the perforated effect gave them a point of difference and an edgy feel.
I recently had the opportunity to shoot in the most picturesque of locations at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley located in Sydney’s Blue Mountains. The surrounds are simply spectacular. Nestled amongst mountains and lush green valleys, it provided the perfect backdrop and I knew I wanted to do a shoot wearing something with just the right amount of drama to work against the natural and raw surroundings.
Enter this black Toni Maticevski gown. The construction is simply beautiful. With its cascading ruffle, the deep V in the back, coupled with an off the shoulder neckline, it had all the theatre I was after.
With such a dress as the focal point of this look I knew I needed to keep the rest of my outfit simple. I opted for a sleek pair of Gianvito Rossi heels. Minimalist and the perfect complementary piece for a statement gown.