Melbourne Cup is always one for the fashion calendar. The day is a chance for fashionista’s to dress up, have fun and show off individual style. This year the fashion is bold feminine, with designers challenging women to step outside their comfort zone– wear an amazing piece that is new, different and fresh.
“Trends are risky,” said Dana Firstman. “For example, we had a mask that has cat ears for a headpiece. I think people are letting go of what used to be more traditional headwear. ManiaMania have done this amazing headpiece which has been very popular for the races.”
Ashlee Watkins from Josh Goot agrees. “Feminine style, prints in a matching skirt and blazer are becoming very popular for the races.”
“They aren’t replacing beautiful dresses, but they are becoming more and more common.”
Dana Firstman, manager of Tuchuzy boutique, said “Two piece outfits are becoming more popular, skirts with tops and even blazers.”
Prints are also making a splash this carnival season. Soft florals to bright pops of colour, team a jacket over a dress or pants with a top. This recurring trend can be seen across numerous Australian designer collections.
“Moodier colours like navy are lifted with bright pop prints,” said Harriet Martin from Sass & Bide. “Wearing a print head-to-toe has been very popular to those shopping for the races.”
Fascinators are also being replaced by wide brimmed hats, decorative headbands and even ethereal-style headpieces.
Laura Collins, fashion news editor from Shop Til You Drop magazine said, “Fascinators are on their way out this Spring racing carnival. This year it’s more about interesting head pieces that offset the colour of your dress.”
The key to looking amazing this racing season is to branch out, try new styles and make whatever look you choose, your own. — Sarah Jones