BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival 2017


Over my years working as the official stylist for the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival I have had the pleasure of dressing high profile ambassadors and guests including Nicole Warne, Rebecca Judd, Elyse Knowles, Montana Cox, Scherri Lee Biggs and Nadia Bartel.

I am so thrilled to be back for my fourth consecutive year, and this year’s BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival is going to be bigger and better than ever!  It is such a great partnership, one that I look forward to each year as my style ideals are synonymous with those of Melbourne Racing Clubs, when it comes to race wear – tradition meets trend. 

I have always been a lover of race wear as it provides an opportunity to blend structured looks with natural beauty. For this season I will be styling the racing elite in romantic frills, primary colours such as red and cobalt blue, pink and pastel hues and bold stripes to achieve effortless glam.

This Spring Racing season is the most upbeat fashion has been in nearly a decade – there are almost no rules. The BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival major sponsor, David Jones has got your race wear covered. all about romantic frills, primary colours red and cobalt blue, pink and pastel hues, bold stripes and effortless glam.

This season, the styles the most popular styles will be those that balance femininity with a little sleekness. One shoulder ruffled dresses will be huge! Think asymmetrical dresses, one-shoulder tops and voluminous skirts. Prints and rich hues of deep olives, golden yellow and fuchsia are also key.

If you’re looking to make a subtle statement, it’s all about walking the line in bold prints, stripes and/or bold colours. Bright red saturated hues imbue Spring/Summer 17 silhouettes with a strong sense of power, particularly when worn in head-to-toe outfits. This is the season for red!

Keepsake Shooting Star Dress $229
Rebecca Valance Cortona Midi Dress $689
Bec Bridge Honeysuckle Asymm Dress $350
Thurley Coachella Dress $649
By Johnny Shell Stripe Drop Frill Midi Dress $380
Self Portrait Bellis Lace Trim Dress $589
Manning Cartel Blossom Girl Balconette Dress $599
Christopher Esber Looped Resin Button Contour Dress $1100
By Jonny Perspective Strapless Dress $380
Rachel Gilbert Asta Dress $799

One of the great things about the Spring Racing season is that you get to play with lots of accessories in ways that you normally wouldn’t. It’s the one time of year you get to really style the statement pieces, whether that’s a striking shoe, bold millinery or a fabulous bag. For me. it’s all three of those things that can make or break a race day outfit. Experiment and this year, more is more!

Oscar De La Renta Pearl Sun Star C Earring $529
Samantha Wills Here Comes The Sun Hoop Earring $99.95
Oscar De La Renta Crystal Filigree C Earrings $715
Witchery Layered Geo Ear $39.95
Valentino Vitello Rockstud Pouch $1470
Olga Berg AVAH Rectangular Pod $99.95
Olga Berg ZIGGY Lightning Acrylic Pod $169
Gregory Ladner Matte Pu Bag $79.95

In terms of millinery, this season look for metallics and jewel tones with a mix of monochrome. Think boaters, jeweled and metallic crowns and bold turbans. When you’re styling your looks for the racing season, it’s all about the accessories – big earrings, sunglasses and head wear. ‘More is more’ should be the approach.

Morgan & Taylor Pu Laser Cut Leaves Crown $149.95
Ford Millinery Jubilee $169.95
MIMCO Botanica Headpiece $249
Suzy O'Rourke Pearl Fringe Band $590
Stephanie Spencer Millinery Burgundy Silk Turban $239
Louise Macdonald Millinery Silver & Pastel Abaca Turban Headband $239
Morgan & Taylor Super Wide Brim White Shallow Crown Boater $149.95
Suzy O'Rourke Rafael White Panama Hat $290

Detailed stilettos or block heels with an emphasis on the ankle are on point this season. From ruffles to buckles and loose ties, our ankles have never been more accessorised. The kitten heel has also never been cooler, with sleek versions of the ladylike staple from Phoebe Philo at Celine, a logo-ed version at Dior and a party shoe from Miu Miu. They’re a great alternative for those of us who can’t stomach pain at a race day. Comfort is very much in fashion right now!

Tony Bianco Kalipso Heel $199.95
Valentino Rockstud Heel $1399
Aquazzura Sweet Lover Sandal $839.30
Tony Bianco Ader Heel $229.95
Zimmermann Filigree Cuff Heel $495
Aquazzura Forever Marilyn Pump $899
Tony Bianco Camila Heel $189.95
Christian Louboutin Colankle 120mm $1575
Mimco In The Fold Heel $99
Kurt Geiger London Izzy $189
Tony Bianco Kiko Heel $199.95
Kg Kurt Geiger Horatio Red Sandal $295


My Tips for Racing

  1. Ensure you hair and makeup compliment your outfit, it’s so important.
  2. Make sure your tan isn’t orange.
  3. Make sure you wear inner soles (or carry them in your handbag) if you a prone to getting sore feet – a day at the races is a long one.
  4. Do not wear more than three colours on any given day, unless it’s a print clash.
  5. For the guys, make sure your suit fits you well and always wear a pocket square.
  6. Hydrate and eat well – especially if it’s a warm day.
  7. Never ever end the day with your shoes in your hand, it’s never a good look. Bring a pair of flats with you.

All styling in imagery by Lana Wilkinson// Imagery by Fiona Hamilton and Liz Sunshine of Streetsmith,