ALLENS SPRING RACING EVENT


I had the pleasure of presenting at a Spring Racing-themed event for Allens law firm in Melbourne, just before this Spring Racing season kicked off.  The firm hosted an event for their clients to network, enjoy drinks and canapes and hear talks from myself on ‘Spring Racing Style’ and betting advice from ‘Friday Experts’.  The function room was cleverly transformed into what felt like a races marquee!

I presented on ladies and mens millinery, fashion and accessory trends for this season, and several brave staff from the law firm modeled the latest trends in stunning ladies headpieces from wonderful milliner Kim Fletcher Millinery Art http://www.kimfletcher.com.au/ .  Dapper chaps modeled the latest gentlemen’s hats from the talented Michael Albert at Smart Alec Hatters. http://www.smartalechatters.com.au/

 WHICH HAT IS BEST FOR YOU? YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT YOUR LOOK IN TERMS OF WHETHER IT SUITS YOUR FACE SHAPE, HEIGHT, COLOURING AND PERSONALITY.  WHAT WOULD MAKE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE BUT FAB AT THE SAME TIME?  CHOOSE EITHER YOUR DRESS OR YOUR HAT FIRST AND WORK AROUND THAT – REMEMBER TO INJECT YOUR OWN STYLE INTO THE LOOK AND IF YOU LOOK AND FEEL FAB, YOU WILL HAVE A WONDERFUL RACE DAY!

THE BIG FLOWER: FEMININE AND FLATTERING.  AT THE ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON, WIFE OF BRITISH  DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER LOOKS STRIKING WITH THIS BLACK 40’S INSPIRED TURBAN WITH LARGE CORAL FLOWERS  BY MILLINER CONCHITTA.

THE DISC: AGAIN AT THE ROYAL WEDDING, ZARA PHILIPS MAKES A STATEMENT WITH THIS PHILIP TREACY OVERSIZED BLACK DISC HEADPIECE EMBELLISHED WITH A WOVEN FLORAL ARRANGEMENT ON THE UNDERSIDE.  KEEP IN MIND YOUR HEIGHT AND SCALE WHEN WEARING A LARGER DISC HAT – OFTEN, TALLER LADIES CAN CARRY OFF LARGER HEADPIECES THAN SMALLER LADIES.

THE SCULPTURAL HEADPIECE / LARGER FASCINATOR: THIS GORGEOUS LOOK WILL BE VERY POPULAR THIS YEAR.: (the term Hatinator has been used but ‘headpiece’ is preferred by milliners!).  AS SEEN HERE ON PRINCESS DIANA’S NIECES AT THE ROYAL WEDDING, THIS TYPE OF HEADPIECE LOOKS LIKE A STUNNING SCULPTURAL PIECE OF ART.

THE FEDORA: A CONTRAST IN STYLE, MODEL NATASHA POLY SHOWS US THE VERY COOL NEAT FEDORA – FOLLOWING THE BIG TREND FOR 2011/12 FOR MORE MASCULINE DRESSING.

WIDE-BRIMMED HAT: THE PERENIALLY POPULAR AND FLATTERING WIDE BRIMMED HAT, WORN HERE BY A GORGEOUS ENTRANT IN THE DUBAI WORLD CUP FASHIONS ON THE FIELD THIS YEAR.  THIS TYPE OF HAT WORKS THE ’70’S LOOK PERFECTLY.

THE 1950’S PILLBOX: A CAULFIELD FASHIONS ON THE FIELD ENTRANT SHOWS US BEAUTIFULLY HOW TO WEAR THE 1950’s PILLBOX COCKTAIL HAT, VIBRANTLY UPDATED TO SUIT 2011 FASHION. THIS LOOK WILL BE HUGE THIS YEAR, WITH LADIES ENJOYING THE CLASSY, LADY-LIKE VINTAGE-INSPIRED LOOKS OF THE 1940s, ’50s and ’60’s. TV PROGRAM MAD MEN, SET IN THE 50’S HAS BEEN AN ENORMOUS INFLUENCE ON FASHION THIS SEASON.

THE SCULLCAP – BASED ON A 1920’s CLOCHE CAP, THIS VARIATION IS WORN BEAUTIFULLY BY A RACEGOER AT THE 2011 DUBAI WORLD CUP.

THE QUIRKY TOP HAT: AS SHOWN HERE ON THE NEW YORK CATWALK FOR S/S ’11, THIS LOOK IS STRONG, SEXY AND CONFIDENT.  LOVE IT!

IF IN DOUBT, THERE IS 1 KEY HAT RULE – WEAR FIBRANT HATS AGAINST SIMPLE DESIGNS – OR THE OPPOSITE – MORE SIMPLE HATS AGAINST MORE FLAMBOYANT OUTFITS.  YOUR OUTFIT AND YOUR HAT SHOULD NEVER BE FIGHTING EACHOTHER FOR ATTENTION!

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