Thursday, 17 November 2016


The Spring Carnival 2016 is done and dusted for another year and what a carnival it was!

First stop was Sydney. I would like to say a big congratulations to the ATC for organizing such a great carnival once again and special thanks to Brett deVine for being so helpful throughout the carnival. 

Between the Group One racing fashion and entertainment, it truly was one of the best carnivals I have ever attended. 
Below are my race looks from the carnival.

 Dress: Her Wardrobe -Thurley
Headpiece: Heather McDowall
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Dress: White Runway-Love Honor
Hat: Miss Shop
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Dress: Grace & Hart Offcial
Company: White Runway
Jewellery: Nicholas Haywood
Shoes: Nine West
Dress: Grace & Hart
Headpiece: Mimco
Jewellery: Nicholas Haywood
Shoes: Tony Bianco

The racing codes were followed very well this Spring carnival with a great level of decorum. Girls avoided dresses that were too short, midriffs and party dresses which was great to see.

A trend that was common this carnival was the jumpsuit. I must say it was refreshing to see girls trying something new with the standout being Jennifer Hawkins rocking an all red Misha Collection jumpsuit in the Myer Marquee. Absolutely stunning!

Girls embraced Spring with lots of bright bold colours, floral prints and lace in and on their dresses and fascinators. My favourite trend of the season was definitely the boater and I saw plenty of them trackside.
Then it was off to Melbourne. With William Hill being the proud sponsor of the Cox Plate, I was lucky enough to spend the day in our Marquee which was right on the finishing line. Even with the rain and heavy winds, nothing was stopping race goes from watching the great mare Winx in attempt to win a consecutive Cox Plate and she didn’t disappoint!

Here are a few photos from the day shot by the talented @karonphotography

Dress: Grace & Hart
Company: White Runway
Jewellery: Nicholas Haywood
Spray Tan: Spray Tan Salon
 Darren Lockyer and partner

 Presenter: Rachael Finch
Dress: Misha Collection
Millinery: Viktoria Novak
 Myer Ambassador: Kris Smith
Suit: M. J Bale
 Dalton Graham-Founder of the Tailored Man
Hoda Waterhouse 
 Winx winning the Cox Plate!

Jockey Hugh Bowman -Winner of the Cox Plate 2016 

Philip Bowcock Interim CEO- William Hill Global & Tom Waterhouse CEO William Hill Australia 

Every year it's a guessing game as to which international celebrity will touch down trackside during the carnival. However, this year, besides Usain Bolt speeding into town for Emirates Stakes Day, the Australian stars held their own and dominated the carnival showcasing lots of our wonderful Aussie brands and really doing our rag trade proud.

The Melbourne cup carnival has become an international spectacle and the coverage of our local social set and celebs went far and wide. I found it hard to choose my favorite looks from the carnival but here are a few that really stood out!


Always a favourite of mine! The beautiful Stephanie Claire Smith wearing a By Johnny dress, Nerida Winter headpeice and Bell Frankie + Co earrings and styled by Kate Gaskin. This was my favourite look of the carnival!! 

The lady in red! Jennifer Hawkins wearing a Misha Collection jumpsuit and hat from Melissa Jackson Millinery. Loved that she did something daring!

Nadia Bartel wearing an Alex Perry dress with a Christie Millinery headpeice matched with killer Christian Louboutin shoes and Bulgari handbag. Stunning.  

Elyse Knowles wearing a Herve Leger dress, Suzy O'Rourke headpiece matched with Mode Collective shoes, Sarina Suriano jewellery and Marc Jacobs bag. Styled by Dale McKie. LOVE!

 Stylist to the stars Lana Wilkinson wearing a Cappellazzo Couture dress + corset, Aquazzura heels with a Suzy O'Rourke veil. 

Jeniffer Hawkins again wearing a Talulah label dress, Natalie Bikicki headpeice & Giambattista heels. Styled by Marina Didovich. 

Rachael Finch was glowing in a Toni Maticevski black and white dress on Derby Day matched with Kurtgeiger shoes. 

Nadia Bartel again wearing a white Dion Lee dress, Suzy O'Rourke hat, Christian Louboutin shoes + bag. Styled by Lana Wilkinson.

Again, Stephanie Claire Smith wearing a black Misha Collection dress, N21 Official heels, headpiece by Natalie Bikicki, earrings by Clover accessories. Styled by Kate Gaskin. 

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