Oaks Day with the promise of debutante beauty amidst the frolicking fillies and rose garden at it's most glorious, there was the dreaded Melbourne weather. From what looked could be an OK day we were threatened with a Tornado, yes, a Tornado!
I was thinking back to Super Saturday probably about 6 years ago where we basked in 30o heat only to have a super storm come from the south and turn the day to a sheet of hail and call a phantom meet.
Well at Melbourne Cup Carnival or shall I say Melbourne in general you never know what is going to happen with the weather. A tornado was not foreseen.
Something that we did predict was a splendour of fashion with trimmings of magnificence and the last chance for the most beautiful ladies all ages, sizes and shapes to strut their stuff in Fashions on the Field. Something was for sure that there was just no room for me to be happy with one hat, or two, in fact I was working on my 'Hat Trick' and wore 3 different hats during the same meeting. Beginning with Richard Nylon, then Zorza Goodman's piece to sit and take a few snaps then the last being her creation which I loved for the Millinery Award.
Lace really did dominate this season and when we saw the Sydney NSW finals, it was a certain favourite that 'Self Portrait' dresses would make a statement and be the 'Dress of the Season', but we were delighted to see so much colour and sheer fabrics. It was interesting to see what the judges deemed fashionable for the day enough to go through the next round, but that is just what the judges thought and I thought everyone looked amazing and special. What is so unique about the races is it is your interpretation of fashion and we don't all have to agree. Even if I don't like an outfit or a colour, it may look terrible on me, but shine a light on another person. It is all in the eye of the beholder. What I am happiest about was to see those dreaded stomping heels on the catwalk, platforms are gone for now and they won't be back for some time so put them into storage. Keep the fun clutches for dinner parties as speaking pieces, rather than taking your eye away from your face and dress in general. More demure handbags rather than 'Hello Kitty Moments of Madness' are of the hour.
Racing Fashion did predict a more demure year with more sophistication and less kitsch than other years and it shone through. There was more elegance, less drama and more ease about the fashion. It was more wearable to more events and the idea of the brim was a winner with Georgia Gardiner Winning the Oaks Day Final. We loved the red hues and the hat was just gorgeous showcasing her face.
It was not long before Georgia would be presented with the Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day winners to be put up for judging. It is seems the ease of the Maticevski Inspired Style dress was not just going to be a winner for Victoria, but a Winner for all states.
Something is really special when you see the winner who was in tears when she won her state heat, and then the family were on stage all crying, even her dad. (What is it that we love about seeing a dad so proud of his daughter that he is brought to tears?) It was a truly majestic moment and full of love and happiness.
Both 'Self Portrait' dresses came in Runner Up and 2nd Runner up with Whitney Berry coming in close behind. My mum loved this outfit. I think all ladies are winners and not just the ones in the competition, but the ones who take time to dress. This is what coming to the track is all about, the dressing and the tradition.
I will go into more detail of talking about the Millinery Award, as these images are just a taste of what is to come. Racing Fashion will always be a philosophy of embracing all women who want to feel fabulous. I don't care about what others feel about your fashion, I care about how you feel about your fashion and when you wear it.
It is difficult to compete with young, beautiful girls and as for the more mature ladies, we know that we relish in looking at youth, just hope that time treats them well and we can still embrace the feeling of putting on an outfit and feeling special. No one can take that away from us unless we allow it.