It is a tradition for the beginning of Spring and Autumn that my mother and I attend the Flemington Myer Fashion Launch o see what is going to be the top trends of the season.
It is a time to catch up socially, sit next to mum and chat with friends that we may only see twice a year. 2015 has a spectacular beginning to the Autumn Carnival with Super Saturday starting the season with grazing trails. Flemington/VRC has focused on the food and beverages that did not disappoint, myself having the amazing Portland Snapper with the alternative being Slow baked Plains Paddock Lamb. I thought the could not surpass the entree being Autumn vegetables from the Yarra Valley with Whipped Goat Curd. Sumptuous!
Nicky Riemer was the Chef who came onto stage and talked about the produce and the way the flavours had been entwined to really showcase that Flemington/VRC are not only Racing and Fashion headquarters, it is now boasting Flavour Favourite.
I really did enjoy meeting the Myer Designers and Milliners who were there and were happy to talk about their aesthetic and thoughts for the season. Arthur Galan and Johnny, (by Johnny) were both there as well Millinery by Kim Fletcher who talked in general to the audience about the Autumn/Winter season to come.
The must to know about Millinery for Autumn/Winter is to know the 1st Rule, no straw! The Brim is back so full hats with Brims in felt are the look of the season and don't be scared to play with Berets in different colours. Sculpted leather pieces are great and to incorporate throughout with your shoes, handbag, belt etc. The look of the season is to wear a veil. Kim Fletcher has made the most divine veils that sit perfectly. Look for her name in store at Myer as these looks were sported at all the latest Fashion Weeks internationally and can take you from the track to anywhere stylishly.
You can see that Pantone colour of the year has been a flop, 'Masarla', no one has decided to opt for their collection in this colour. Do we blame them? No!
The look is classic lines and distinguished. Autumn/Winter does not give the same freedom as Spring where you can play with Avant Garde silhouettes and fun couture. Make sure that your dress and skirt ensemble have great lines and are good fabric. This season you can opt for flowing fabrics and have opaque, or faux leather leggings and sleeves under your garment. The layered look is something to keep in mind and you can layer up with fabulous overcoats, scarves and gloves.
The track can be cold and icy at the best of times, but keep warm. Dress and skirt lengths are below the knee and longer unless you are opting for the 70s inspired season where you can go shorter with a shift dress.
Autumn/Winter would have to be one of my favourite seasons for dressing, as we can wear layers and fabulous boots.
Fashions on the Field will be looking for clean lines, layers and hosiery. Keep your look simple and sophisticated. Autumn/Winter is not about having the head to toe couture Fashions on the Field look that we see during Spring Racing Carnival it is about keeping the warmth throughout the day and looking nonchalant in your attire. Have an air of ease about you that it has all just worked together beautifully even though you have thought through your styling to the nth degree.
Designers in the parade are Arthur Galan, Lisa Ho, Cue, Leona Edmiston, Morrison, Dom Bagnato, Jayson Brunsdon Black Label, Aurelio Costerella, By Johnny, White Suede, MJ Bale, YB, J'aime, Alex Perry and Maticevski the showstopper. Milliners included Morgan and Taylor, Kim Fletcher, Jill and Jack, Melissa Jackson, Ann Shoebridge, Nerida Winter.