The period of the Melbourne spring racing carnival has ended, but I wasn’t going to let it go without discussing it. Sorry it’s been a while; I have just been released from the chains of the exam period. I was freed for a short duration of time however to attend Stakes day, because how could I not resist the chance to celebrate the majestic creatures that own the track and to observe the lads and ladies donning their finest to watch from the stands? A fashion blogger cannot surpass this opportunity, I am pleased to report that the fashion is getting better and better.
This year it was clear that tradition has taken a back step in order to pave the way for welcome unconventionality. Pants, culottes and jumpsuits were fabulously displayed by fashion-forward women to show that style and comfort can marry well together, even for a formality like the races. In a more traditional sense, modest skirt lengths were the norm this season, which created an elegant silhouette on every woman who chose to wear it. Essentially, it was clear that every man and woman had exerted at least some effort as the fashion showcased was beautiful.
Crowns, wreathes and bejewelled headbands were the new fascinators this season. Some complimented their outfits perfectly (as exhibited above), while others had a Statue of Liberty feel to it. Generally there were some lovely pieces, but I couldn’t help but feel that they were slightly underwhelming because I prefer the traditional flair of a loud fascinator or an over-sized hat.
As for the boys, blue suits and brown shoes were the winning combination.
I opted for a more traditional races style with a blue dress, white accessories and orange lippy.
The hat unfortunately continued to fly off despite my best efforts, and although I couldn’t help the wind, I was grateful that I brought my red coat with me. Having a warm and stylish coat that can be worn with formal/cocktail wear is one of the best investments. I was so pleased because I didn’t need to purchase anything new, as I just flung together various pieces from my closet. Every piece I was wearing was under $80, so it’s quite achievable to throw a relatively cheap outfit together for the races, as long as the colour scheme is established and the quality of the brand is of no concern!
Dress: Forever New
Bag: Forever New
Belt: Cotton On
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I never thought I that I would line up for 7 hours for anything in my lifetime – for anything – but I proved myself wrong. The Balmain x H&M collaboration was one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year, with flagship stores selling out of the collection instantly upon opening. I heard that people in Turkey were tearing clothes off the mannequins and that people in London were getting into full-blown arguments over a top, while others set up camp at the store door from 2pm the previous day. Its bizarre and ridiculous considering the amount of hype and effort being exerted over a bunch of clothes. But it’s in the name of Balmain, and for those who are familiar with Olivier Rousteing’s mesmerising work at La Maison Balmain, that’s enough said.
Firstly, the collection is everything that Balmain stands for: bling, beautiful fabrics and attention to detail, plus a hint of 80’s inspiration. For the majority of us who can’t afford Balmain’s ready-to-wear prices, it’s a chance of a lifetime for regular people to have a piece of Balmain at an affordable cost. For a 19 year old student with a dismal bank account and an infatuation with Balmain circa the 2012/2013 A/W collection, it was a miracle. So off I went, dragging my confused sister with me at 2.30 in the morning.
The line had already at least 100 people in it, all chilling in their camp chairs and wrapped in blankets. Everyone was in high spirits though, and it didn’t take too long for 7 am to roll around. By this point I was concerned that we wouldn’t even receive a wristband, but my concerns were dismissed once we found out that we were in the 9.15 slot. In order to cater for the masses, people in line would be given a wristband saying which slot they had to shop the collection, and each slot was strictly confined to 10 mins each for 20 people per slot. The store officially opened at 8 am but they started giving out wristbands at 7 am. Once it was our time to shop, it was such a surreal experience. People were in a flurry trying to get the items they wanted and were viciously taking things from racks- including me. You literally just took anything you could get, because so many of the items had already sold out in the short space of time. Naturally I had high hopes to purchase a couple items in particular which I was vying for ever since they released the campaign pictures, but alas, they were already gone. HOWEVER I was lucky to come out of the bizarre experience with three dresses, one very furry jacket, a t-shirt and a fabulous belt – with help from the lovely sister, of course. Honestly we were the lucky ones, because those who were a part of the 10 am session really did not have much to wait for which would have been extremely disappointing. But I suppose all is fair in love and fashion when it comes to designer collabs.
Despite the lack of sleep and lengthy waiting period, it was actually a pretty great experience. It was an undeniably exciting event and I feel SO content with my purchases that I wanted to wear them at my exam today just ’cause (but I didn’t FYI). I know it’s cruel not to show my purchases now (taking photos of the pieces alone doesn’t do them justice, and I can’t be bothered putting them on right now), but I can guarantee that I’ll feature them on the blog sometime soon, so stay tuned!
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Happy Friday everyone! You can never make a mistake by wearing black, white and a splash of silver. Dressing up a smart-casual evening outfit can easily be done through a statement headband or hair accessory, granted that its not the Blair Waldorf type. Ensure that it matches with your bag to keep the outfit consistent and you’re ready for a fabulous night.
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On my recent travels to the U.S, I found this lovely light blue/grey coat in Zara. It was so different (and on sale!) that I had to buy it, and although it’s not very warm, it is gorgeous to look at. Due to the black-stemmed-flower prints scattered on the coat, I wore it with a cropped, black turtleneck top and a black faux leather skirt. It resulted in a slight 60s/90s mod theme with a kimono-style coat!
Although I often have my hesitations about leather skirts, they are never trashy when matched with a turtleneck (while maintaining the same colour scheme). The combination is sexy but never cheap, as confirmed by style queen Miss Alexa Chung wearing Versus:
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I imagined that flared sleeves would take a while to get used to, because for me, they are associated with daggy 70’s discos that I am sure my father would have attended back in his heyday. But I saw this Abercrombie and Fitch dress and I was converted, because who does not eventually roll around to the idea of daggy dancing in a beautifully bohemian-patterned short dress with voluminous sleeves?
I matched the dress with hexagonal Chloé sunglasses, an engraved bag my sister bought me from her Europe trip, and some clogs to keep the boho-chic vibes going.
Culottes are possibly one of the most comfortable garments created specifically for women that does not undermine their physical abilities. They are so comfortable, yet stylish, and I have worn them out to the shops and also to the clubs. It is a garment for any occasion as demonstrated by some lovely women below:
So whether they be high-waisted or resting on your hips, culottes can be worn with any styles of shirts, jumpers and tops similarly to the flexibility of jeans, and if you are feeling a bit unusual, shirts can even be worn over the culottes for a loose/relaxed look. Personally, I am a fan of anything which accentuates the waist and hips, so high-waisted culottes with a tucked-in shirt or top tends to always appear chic and complimenting.
On a wonderfully sunny Melbourne day, I decided to show off my black culottes which were referred to by the shop assistant as ‘shallots’. He thought he was cracking a funny.
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I have been going on about the beauty and brilliance of boho for some time now, and you will be pleased to know that there is no chance of that stopping. Naturally we must confront a fabric which defined the 70’s and for some reason has not made a commendable comeback until now. You all know what I am referring to- suede. It made a substantial resurrection on the catwalks of spring fashion week earlier this year and now that the temperatures are warming up for us Australians, I officially declare spring as the season of suede.
Here are some lovely ladies showing us how to nail suede:
When donning an earthy-toned suede piece, wearing simple shades such as black and white compliment suede without taking any attention away from it. A suede anything is a statement piece, and Miranda demonstrates how a suede fringe jacket can be made classy by pairing it with a white jumpsuit and black accessories.
I don’t know how fond I am of denim flares, but there is no doubt that denim is suede’s no.1 pal. There is never a chance of a clash when wearing denim with suede and they look superiorly 70’s combined.
Below-the-knee skirts are also a prominent trend this spring, so why not combine two trends with a tan suede below-the-knee skirt as sported by Alexa Chung.
Ah yes, the iconic fringed mini skirt. Pair it with some suede cowboy boots and you’re ready to go riding in an American desert. Except for the fact that it would be extremely uncomfortable to do in a mini skirt. Contrasting the suede with a black or white lace top showcases a more feminine look.
In my opinion, nothing screams retro fashion like a suede fringe jacket. And when I saw one with an affordable price tag attached, I almost screamed. Elvis had his blue suede shoes, I have my retro-suede fringe jacket. So I took my retro-wear to the Melbourne Botanic Gardens one sunny afternoon and had fun immersing my free, suede-wearing spirit in the greenery and flowers.
I took note of the ladies’ styles as featured above and combined a white lace top and denim skirt with my suede piece.
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