In my view, there is a distinct difference between style and fashion. An accessory that is the essence of style is the Capeline Hat.
These hats transform casual to casual chic and are ideal for a more relaxed country race meets like this weekend’s Picnic Races at Healesville.
They come in variety of designs both for summer and winter and as they are wide brimmed and made from close weave fabrics offer sun and rain protection.
No matter what the design, the Capeline has an air of refined elegance, which never goes out of style.
There is a certain way you carry yourself when wearing a head piece. In my view, the spring carnival is enjoyed by most for the rare opportunity it gives us to get dressed up.
My sentiment is shared by Milliner Jess Collett, who since her debut in 2004 has been making cool and quirky hats for all occasions.
Jess’s hint of irreverence is perfect for this weekend’s Dunkled Race’s. This gem in the country racing calendar is growing in popularity; striking a balance between the formality of a feature race meet and the casual atmosphere of country racing.
With this in mind, I have chosen Jess’s ‘Cotton Club’, a natural straw headpiece with ivory feathers adorned with coloured butterflies.
For a true country race look, clash the raffia hat with a splashy print wrap dress and accessorise with orange sandal wedges and an envelope clutch. I couldn’t go past this two toned leather beauty from Celine
You will wear it again” is a phrase uttered during many bridesmaid dress fittings, but as we all know there is never an appropriate occasion for the dress and it is consigned to the back of the wardrobe.
Oaks Day however, would be the ideal occasion to wear one of Anna Campbell’s range of soft tonal bridesmaid dresses with their delicate beading and hand crafted silk flowers. All dresses are made to order, mine was purchased from the Armadale Boutique for my sisters wedding in December.
A lady like enchantment is the feeling you have when you wear this dress, so to continue the feel I have chosen Jane Tailor’s “Heather” hat with lilac quill and rose detail.
All of Jane’s creations are contemporary in design with a hint of theatrical drama. The Duchess of Cambridge wore two of Jane’s hats during the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Other members of her famous clientele include; the Countess of Wessex, Zara Phillips, the Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Princess Marie of the Netherlands and finally Crown Princess Mary .
Finally to finish off my look, I’m wearing the Nine Wests Mela court wedge shoe.
Dresses pictured: Valentina and Indianna
For a day when bubbles is the main drink of choice, the stinking yet simple bubble hat will be making a big splash this Cup Day.
Pink is a great colour for Spring Racing and this Phillip Tracey creation is made of fuchsia parisisal straw and matching buntal swirl trim.
For a minimalist look team Bubble’s with block colour dresses such as french blue (another trend colour) or use them to edge up a floaty floral number.
For more information on Phillip Tracey or to purchase head to http://www.lovehats.com.
Sequined headpieces are going to be a big trend this Spring Racing Carnival. Whilst they are my absolute favourite, they can be tricky to style.
With Derby Day only days away I thought I would profile three head pieces, two for the filly’s and one for the mare.
The first is this charcoal and black pill box. The hat is made out of felt trim sequins and feather spray. The design is structured so it will complement an outfit with clean lines such as a pencil dress. This hat is versatile enough to work with a tailored coat for winter 2014. Worn with a cross over bag and charcoal wedges your outfit will look sleek and pulled together.
The next is this ultra feminine headpiece with feather and flower detail. This will work perfectly with a dress with a fuller skirt. Complete the look with a pretty clutch and peep toe wedges.
The last is this striking black cocktail hat with veil, quill and bead detail. This hat feels more mature than the others and should be teamed with a black silk A – line dress and a white cropped jacket. The Chanel 4 x4 will also set this look off nicely.