Tuesday, 7 March 2017


If anyone knows how to bring horse racing enthusiasts together it is Sharon Lenton and to kick off the Autumn Carnival, I was lucky enough to attend ‘The Royal Luncheon’.

Dress: Grace & Hart  
Jewellery: Nicholas Haywood 
Hat: Decjuba 

For those of you who are not familiar with Sharon’s events, Thoroughbred Events Australia is a company that supports and promotes all talent within the thoroughbred industry including people, ex racehorses and of course fashion in racing. 

Special guests included the lovely Kellie Fewster Portelli; Amelia Ann Curic, president of Northside Riding Club; newly appointed director on the ATC board, Angela Belle McSweeney and Trish Egan, the Vice Chairman of the ATC.

 One of the great parts about the luncheon is the millinery exhibition which showcases some of the best milliners in Australia including the likes of Neil Grigg, Cynthia Jones Bryson, Kathleen Brenda Watson, Sandy Aslett, Wendy Scully, Sophie Allport, Jane Stoddart to name a few and a personal favourite of mine, Heather McDowall. 

Milliner- Neil Grigg

 Milliner: Sandy Aslett

Some of the milliners I had not been familiar with prior to attending The Royal Luncheon, so it was a great opportunity to check out some different talent on the racing scene.

One stand out for me was Allport Millinery. Sophie Allport is a young milliner based in Brisbane and her designs are young, fresh, bright yet simplistic and caught my eye as soon as I walked in the door.
I tend to be attracted to more simple and timeless headpieces and her designs reflect just that.

Autumn Carnival colours tend to be deep rich tones such as navy, grey, burgundy, mustard, emerald green and traditional black and white and Sophie has it all!

Another milliner on the day was the one and only Heather McDowall who never disappoints. Sydney based Luxe headpeice designer knows how to dress women for the races. Between her floral headwear to her delicate crowns, Heather has a headpiece for everyone. 

Her new range is unique, classy, bold and a step outside the square. You will stand out from the crowd and that’s what it is all about on race day. 
 My favourite headpiece would have to be the gold and floral crown as it is delicate and simple.
 The perfect headpiece for Golden Slipper Day!

Wendy Louise is an award winning designer, milliner and stylist.
She has been making jewellery for thirty years, with shops in Newtown, Double Bay and Sky Garden. After moving to Brisbane ten years ago, she discovered millinery was her true passion.
With her jewelled eye, Wendy is drawn to jewel colours and metalics as she is a big fan of vintage fashion.
If you love the vintage look, Wendy's pieces are perfect for you as she uses antique materials and sprinkles her pieces with timeless jewels.
In particular, Wendy’s crowns are what caught my eye as they are dressed up in perfect textures and tones for the Autumn carnival.
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All milliners on the day are so talented and vastly different to one another and whether you prefer a hat or headpiece, vintage style or modern- there was something for everyone.

Thoroughbred Events always put on such fabulous events to get in the swing of racing so jump on their website and book their next event.

Also, I have attached the links to all milliners below so make sure you check them out for the Autumn Carnival.

See you trackside!



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