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Spring Racing – Oaks Day is Ladies Day

During Spring Racing Carnival Week, Oaks Day is also known as Ladies Day. It’s become a day for the ladies to go to the races. There are races that focus on fillies and mares and one that is just for the greys, because we women have a thing about grey horses. My 93-year-old mother-in-law, myself and my 6-year-old grand-daughter all will tip a grey if there is one in a race. It’s a much harder call in a race where they are all grey!

Anyway, as Ladies Day, the fashions on the day tend to be a little more on the girlie side. Things like lace, florals, pastels and all fabrics floaty are in abundance. Nude colours have been big for the past two years. This year I’m thinking sweet pastels and all things floral are going to the must have look of the day.

Oaks Day  - Pastels

Oaks Day – Pastels

Pastels: As 2012 has been a big year for pastels, think Louis Vuitton and Chanel, I expect this palette to have a major impact on Oaks Day. Mint green and the palest yellows are expected to be seen on the lawn and in many marquees. Even hats will be in lady like sweet colours and styles. The good news is you can wear last years nude heels with this look and still be right on trend.

Oaks Day - Florals

Oaks Day – Florals

Florals: Another big trend for Spring that lends itself perfectly to Oaks Day would be florals. Really, does it get more girlie than this? Flowers in your hair on your dress or even your shoes. Graphic florals, vintage florals it doesn’t matter as long as there are enough flowers to create a lovely bouquet.

Oaks Day - What I Would Wear

Oaks Day – What I Would Wear

What I Would Be Wearing: I love this body conscious dress, the little kick of a ruffle at the hem, how the curve accentuates the waist and the knee-length. As the dress is modern in its style I would pair it up with a nice little pillbox style hat, veil a must and these floral closed toe pumps would finish the look off perfectly.

Do you think this it is lady like enough for Oaks Day? Would you do pastels or florals? Maybe a mix?

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Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – Day 1

I’m heading to Melbourne this morning to catch the next two days of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week!

I promise to take lots of photos and keep you all updated but for this morning I’m sharing with you some photos from yesterdays David Jones runway on Day 1. The David Jones show was all about looks for the Spring Racing Carnival that starts in October with Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate and runs through the beginning of November with Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day, Oaks Day and finishes with Emirates Stakes Day.

I’ll cover fashions for each of these racing days later but for now, some of the highlights of Day 1 at MSFW 2012 thanks to David Jones.

All photos by Nicole Cleary

MSFW 2012 Day 1 highlights

Trelise Cooper yellow lace dress with Nerida Winter pink floral headpiece.

Ladylike: Pastels and Lace – perfect for Oaks Day (aka Ladies Day)

MSFW 2012 - David Jones Highlights

Camilla and Marc jacket with peppermint dress and Nerida Winter nude headpiece

MSFW - Thurley Floral Suit

Thurley Floral print suit and Morgan and Taylor flower headbands.

Dion Lee Dress at MSFW 2012

Dion Lee razer back dress with Nerida Winter yellow headpiece

Melbourne Cup Day: Brights, Prints, Colour Blocking – all great looks for Melbourne Cup Day…after all, it is the race that stops the nation!

Josh Goot dress at MSFW 2012

Josh Goot printed dress and Nerida Winter yellow headpiece

Willow jacket seen at MSFW 2012 Day 1

Willow grey jacket, white silk blouse silk magenta pants, Gregory Ladner silk scarf and Hills Hat Trilby.

Black and White for Derby Day at MSFW 2012

Zimmerman black strapless dress with lace blouse and Fiona by Fiona Powell white hat.

Classic Derby Day: It’s all about Black and White for Derby Day.

Carla Zampatti Black and White dress at MSFW 2012

Carla Zampatti Black and white dress with Morgan and Taylor wide brim black hat with white silk flower.

Black and White Lover Suit for MSFW 2012

Lover black and white print suit, white lace blouse and Max Alexander black cloche.

Bianca Spender indigo suit at MSFW 2012

Bianca Spender indigo suit with blush blouse and Hills Hat Trilby.

Emirates Stakes Day: I love this indigo suit by Bianca Spender for Emirates Stakes Day. It’s family day, you may be running around after the young ones and if you have been in dresses all week a suit may be the perfect way to finish up Spring Racing Carnival. Plus it’s just a fantastic suit!

Over the next few days I will keep you updated about the runways, trends and street style going on in Melbourne during Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2012!

Hope you all enjoy it as much as I hope to!



Derby or Darby – It’s All Black and White to Me!

It’s not spring racing carnival time here in sunny Australia…but it is in the US and England. Or at least it will be soon enough.

In the US you have the Kentucky Derby (pronounced der-bee). When I moved to Australia, I quickly found out that there is Derby Day (pronounced dar-bee). Even though the Kentucky Derby is part of the US’s Triple Crown of Racing and huge racing event for the country, I’m afraid it can not compare to the spectacle of the Spring Racing Carnival here in Victoria and one of the big racing days is the traditional Derby Day, where the focus is on Black and White.

And if you aren’t familiar with horse racing in Australia, can I tell you it is a big, BIG deal! I’m sure I’ll go in to it more at sometime as I love horse racing but part of what I love about it here in Oz is how they get the women involved by making fashion such a focus at the races. That was some smart marketing!

So Derby Day, it’s the first race day in the week-long carnival and as I said, it’s all about the black and white. Which means that I can’t help but think of the scene from “My Fair Lady” when Audrey Hepburn was heading off to the races in her black and white attire trying to impress everyone with her manners and style. Kind of the same thing happens here! Myer, one of the large retail stores here sponsors the Fashions on the Field competition at each race day and let me tell you it is taken seriously! Women spend big money on outfits hoping to win the car, the tens of thousands of dollars in prize money and all the other goodies and perks that come with.

Obviously some things have changed since Eliza Doolittle went to the races. As seen here hats are still a must have item for race day but size varies dramatically. Even though styles are of each contestant are different on Derby Day it is best to play off the classics. Each of these looks is lovely and ladylike. The big surprise was seeing the fabulous #197 do as well as she did in the comp wearing slacks! I thought that was fantastic! She looked great and would still be comfortable heading down to the stables to get a good look at her horse before the race! Keep in mind, these are the regular girls getting frocked up, not a bunch of celebrities.

On the right, we have some celebrity looks from Derby day. Over the past couple of years some of the ladies have been putting a bigger influence on white, but the LBD remains a race day staple. Although stilettos are beautiful and most of the ladies will wear them, because I do like to get closer to the racing and be down on the lawn for some of the races, I tend to work with either chunkier heels or wedges so I don’t sink into the grass! If you are a celebrity spending the day in the birdcage you don’t need to worry about being on the lawn so stilettos are fine.

Unfortunately, Derby Day is one of the race days I have not yet attended but hope to remedy soon. It won’t be this year because we will be in Spain but maybe next year. By then I should come up with something amazing to wear! Not that I would ever dream of going in the Fashions on the Field competition, I just want to fully embrace the spirit of being dressed in proper race day attire.

Have any of you attended Derby Day? What would you go with the LBD, LWD or some variation?

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