Welcome to Spring Racing Carnvial Perri Cutten Style. Racing Fashion Australia has been given an exclusive sneak peek at what the hottest trends are going to be at the track the Spring Racing Carnival.
When I began in this industry it was a labor of love, which it also is now. But as I often judge and report I found myself needing to know more about the industry. Hence I undertook basic hat making, silk flower course and gained knowledge to promote my favourite accessory 'The Hat' and be able to know the difference between a good hat and a great hat.
With fashion, I have been undertaken styling, fashion editing and visual merchandising courses, but unfortunately getting your hands dirty and seeing the (glamour, laughing) real world of fashion.
During the week the staff of Perri Cutten and select guests of the VRC and Terrace Restaurant were given a spectacular insider view of an 8 month process of mood board and musing over trends colours and prints to a final product. This was amazing to see behind the scenes and behind the seams.
I find like everything you do, it takes time and watching and watching parade over parade to be able to pick the great products and see how they sit and the fabric moves when walked. It is an amazing process but now I know why all those stuffy editors sit stiff upper lipped in the front row.
I was so impressed to hear that Perri Cutten is 80% made in Australia/Melbourne with the finest laces sourced from Switzerland and other exotic locations.
As you probably know there are no copyright in dress design, but Penelope, head designer explained her process of being inspired by the big names of Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Chanel but bringing them into an inspiration for Australian women. When given the story board and choosing fabrics, Penelope purchases exclusive prints in amazing fabrics to make sure that the trend is going to be fashion forward and Perri Cutten Classic.
Once the design and fabrics have been decided pattern making begins by computer. Totally mind boggling as I have enough trouble with my site. Michelle that works closely with Penelope begins to make the pattern and is put on a dummy to see the fit and the final product. You will see an example of this with a red and white trimmed jacket. After seeing the mannequin they were deciding to put an extra detail of white around the mid section. This process is amazing and tedious. Every effort is given to perfection.
Once the garment has met the satisfaction of Penelope and Michelle the patterns are then put into the different sizes (graded) of 10, 12, 14, 16 etc. The patterns are then printed.
Then the patterns are cut out with every consideration of maximising the fabric. This is not just to save costs but it is to consider the land fill as textiles has a high rate of landfill.
After Cutting the fabric with the patterns, the machinist or (sample machinist on first sample) then proceeds to sew the garment. This is all done within Melbourne with different specialist agents as one will be better than another with certain fabrics. Also with everything done locally this gives Perri Cutten the ability to keep check on the quality control of each garment.
I cannot express my gratitude to the entire Perri Cutten team enough. This was such a wonderful personable event where I was encouraged to ask questions and after seeing the works of such wonderful designers and minds, their work is sheer brilliance.
OK, well you want to hear about the racing trends!
Pastels and lace, great lace that have been inspired by Louis Vuitton, with a real sense of lady like freshness. Of course the pastel tones are huge, but I do love the black and gold lace for a vintage feel. The suit is a hit and there are many different styles to choose from. Classic in a manner of Chanel influence or a larger lapel and coat for added comfort. There are so many choices of how to wear the outfit. Of course there are many dresses and skirts but even pant options look spectacular. The real hit for the season is going to be the influence of the scarf. You will see right at the beginning of the mood board the scarf of blue and green that has influenced the suit around it and the colours are divine. Strong Watermelon is also a hit with bursts of orange. The colour block is still there just now quite as obvious as last years trend.
The look is a crisp clean all over well styled look. Head for good clean lines and attention to fabric and there will be plenty of prints for you to choose from this season.
If you stick with a plain suit of blue, black, green etc, you can mix and match all seasons as long as you purchase classic, and just purchase accessories to bring a classic suit up to date.