The 2012 Spring Racing Carnival officially began last weekend and so now’s the time that I switch StyleMelbourne from a Melbourne Spring Fashion Week focus to “what to wear to the races?” mode. A fusion of both was Flemington’s annual Spring Fashion Lunch during MSFW. Particularly special this season is that Fashions on the Field celebrates its golden jubilee after 50 years of competition. So it’s perhaps fitting that metallics are emerging as a Spring trend; alongside racewear-appropriate printed suiting and the ever-present florals (this time in illustrated botanical or digital incarnations) and lace (go pastel this year).
Reinforcing this trackside fashion focus is the release of a glossy new book ‘Fashion & Flemington‘ edited by my fellow Fashion Torque panellist the lovely Emily Power (StyleMelbourne even gets a tiny, unexpected, shout-out). Taking a look at racing fashion from the era of the very first Melbourne Cup in 1981 to modern day, the tome proves there have always been rule-breakers. Yet while the definition of racewear has broadened, the call for hats, gloves and hemlines veering towards the knee remains from the races savviest taste-makers. Fashion & Flemington could be a handy reference guide to those looks you may want to resurrect during this year’s Spring Racing Carnival, or a tribute to those we should forever avoid.
Plenty of what-to-wear inspiration from the lunch below courtesy of the likes of Myer’s Ellery, Karen Walker, YB J’aime by Yeojin Bae, AG by Arthur Galan and Maticevski.
Runway photography by Scott Gick