Oct 02, 2014

Popularly known as ‘Ladies Day’ and a highlight on the spring racing calendar, Oaks day is an opportunity for the ladies (and some of the lads if they’re keen!), to showcase their most stylish and graceful race wear looks whilst enjoying the trackside festivities.

Traditionally, Oaks Day fashion is all about expressing your personal style through elegant and romantic looks in feminine and delicate fabrics.  Think voluminous and ladylike skirts, pencil dresses in delicate lace and a bevy of classic midi dresses in pastel, citrus and vibrant blue hues.  Prints will also be key, in particular a variety of floral print designs, which range this season from sweet and feminine to dark and moody.

Once the dress shopping is sorted, how does one choose the perfect hat for a knockout Oaks day look? We caught up with Hatmaker Jonathan Howard, who shared some trends we should expect to see trackside as well as his top picks for elegant and lady like millinery. 

Jonathan Howard: To embrace the Oaks day tradition men will be wearing a pink rose.  The ladies will be maintaining a more courtly approach, think elegant and gracious. Look out for pretty dresses featuring floral prints, soft fabrics and alluring hats and headpieces.  My favourites for Oaks day include bejewelled headbands, floral headpieces and also large brim hats.

Written by Greer De Burgh, Contributing Fashion Editor

MILLINERY

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Mimco X Tastic face screen $99.95 here

Morgan & Taylor Adela floral headpiece $89.95 here

Mimco Flirtsville Aliceband $99.95 here

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Ace of Something $79.95 here

Rock n Rose floral crown headband $72.25 here

Lack of Colour Montana Classic splice $119 here

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Mimco Jitterbug headband $149.95 here

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Kerrie Stanley Blue Twister $410 here

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FASHION

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Scanlan Theodore webbing full skirt $600 (top sold separately) here

Cameo Night Sky dress $199.95 here

Scanlan Theodore Scuba faille drap back dress $1000 here

Finders Keepers easy easy dress $149 here

Lover Vee Vee Splice dress $795 here

oaksfashiondressesManning Cartell Neo Couture strapless dress $799 here

Manning Cartell Wallflowers column dress $549 here

Zimmermann Back beat rose plunge dress $595 here

Manning Cartell Frostings Strapless dress $599 here

oaksfashionKarla Spetic Hazard rose dress $599 here

By Johnny the white knife pleat dress $380 here

Talulah Beautiful disaster mini dress $199 here

Karla Spetic Tutu visions dress $565 here

By Johnny silk ribbon one shoulder $400 here

oaksfashionmixed1Lover Dandelion sleeveless dress $795 here

 Portmans Lovely lace dress $129.95 here

 Camilla and Marc Wildcard dress $399 here

 Portmans lola embrace lace dress $149.95 here

 Lover Libra midi dress $895 here

fashionoakscarlazampattiCarla Zampatti stripe diamond cut halter sheath $699 here

Carla Zampatti the Bardot brocade bubble dress $799 here

Carla Zampatti walk me down the aisle mini gown $899 here

Sep 30, 2014

Introducing Cherie and Nareen of Marmoset Found, a gorgeous homewares and furniture business which combines on-going product lines with one-off limited pieces. Their aim is to provide an ever evolving collection of everyday pieces and rarities. Think stunning ceramics and glass, incredible woven pendant lights and interesting baskets and decorative objects.

The current range showcases a muted colour palette of mint, lemon, duck egg blue and chalk white. The stand out pieces are the Laguna Wallhanging, the hand crafted paper mâché Bam Bam Bowls and the ever popular Cloud ceramics.

Sick of seeing the same products everywhere, the Marmoset Girls wanted to find new and beautiful pieces to bring to the market, and have been travelling the world, working along side artisans and crafts people in Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, India and the Philippines. To see more, head to marmosetfound.com.au 

Images by Armelle Habib and styled by Julia Green.

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