Beautiful Girls Luncheon is always a good way to see what 'Myer' had to showcase for the coming season, but really I use the day for time with my mum and a good chat with friends that I only catch up with a few times a year.
It is really difficult in the financial climate for retailers and designers. My husband is a customs broker and knows exactly what is being imported and how much. Unfortunately let me say that because of the high Australian dollar it is harder for us to be exporting and as for importing, well there are really not enough sales right not.
If you go to shopping centres and gauge what is being sold, you will see that home wears will always be selling and somehow are always on special in some shape or form, although the rag trade is suffering.
Allot comes down to the consumer to blame as consumers are choosing to shop online attracting no sales tax or purchasing 2nd grade goods without them knowing and cutting out the middle man, sales people and overheads of the shop, rent, lighting electricity etc.
Department stores are looking for things to sell themselves.
Myer showcase was good, but still for the very young, although the audience is an older demographic and really pushing the idea of boots with socks or opaques. Love the idea of hosiery as I constantly get told I am old fashion, but in Melbourne Winter it is a no brainer and well for the boots, unless you have the model pins, they are going to bulk you down.
It was a very Melbourne look with Black, Grey and if we had colour, throw in some more black, but there were prints. The prints came out all together in different garments and somehow I feel they lost a bit of personality all coming out together. It showcases the different looks, but certainly shows that they were purchasing heaps of roles of fabric for a signature look. The only thing is print is dating very quickly. As soon as it is in, it goes out just as fast. In saying that, Mat
ichevski and Yeojin Bae showed different shapes and design which really stood them apart and Leona Edminston we can rely on to give us different patterns, textures and moves beautifully as she is a design master. My stand out items for winter will be OPAQUE hosiery, a great winter coat, and as for Millinery, there is allot of talk on thermoplastic, but ANISS has stolen the show. If I was purchasing, an ANISS hat would be on the top of my list for Autumn/Winter headwear. It is distinctive and whatever you wear everything will be brought from the heaviness of Winter to your face. ANISS head wear is outstanding and the key 'Racing Fashion' must have for Autumn/Winter.
What has really been apparent is the structured dress and hemlines are getting longer. Wearing opaque hosiery can keep you warm and give added protection from the elements during Winter at the track. Remember Racing Fashion is not just about be judged in Fashions on the Field, it is about making it around the course for about 8 hours inside dining, betting ring, going to stables to see horses if necessary, parade ring, talking to jockeys and trainers and the lawn. Fashions on the Field contestants often just stay in the realm of their district where in Winter you will be there in 10o or under in the dark. Getting through the day is a priority. Most think Racing and Racing Fashion is just about Spring Racing Carnival and the Birdcage. Most following this site see this differently and I ask you next time you are at the races, don't stay at Fashions alone, head down to see the strappers with the horses grooming them and getting them ready for the race. There are so many aspects to this sport.
Perri Cutten is always a favourite at Myer for the more sophisticated lady and has beautiful lines and fabric. These are classic pieces that will not date. I am still not a fan of the mid riff look, but it is an exciting element for the young for the after 5 look or special occasion. I don't think this trend will last past two years. The best be is to stay warm at the track so a Coat is a must and there are fun faux fur shrugs and wraps. Felt is a must during Winter and Autumn, but in Northern Queensland, I am not a fan of this trend as in late Winter it gets to 36o on track. No Brainer to me! Leather Gloves are always a wonderful accessory for the cooler days and a big floppy hat for Winter in felt is good, but make sure you can see eyes. Ears for Winter is not really my favourite and Winter is meant to be more sophisticated that the whimsical fun of Spring. ANISS is my favourite for the season, and is an investment as they are pieces of wearable art. Leather is heading out for the cooler months on the head and thermoplastics are sort of here nor there. At present I don't think they are perfected, there are some good pieces around, but within a few years we are going to see exactly what people can do with this medium so it may date very quickly. The track is about keeping lines clean and being well groomed so if you keep that in mind you cannot go wrong.
Designers Showcased in this parade,
Arthur Galan AG, Jayson Brunsdon, Cue, Aurelio Costarella, Perri Cutten, Kate Sylvester, Brent Wilson, Yttrium, David Lawrence, Basque, Leona by Leona Edmiston, Dom Bagnato, Karen Walker, Jane Lamerton, Hi There from Karen Walker, Charlie Brown, Wayne Cooper, Ellery, Yeojin Bae, Maticevski.
Favourite Millinery Items, Kim Fletcher Millinery Art, ANISS, Melissa Jackson
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