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DressCode: A rose by any other name

I was at Flemington last week and the famed roses are not quite blooming just yet. Though you wouldn’t expect them to be, since an entire team of gardeners stick to a strict schedule to ensure the buds burst ceremoniously on time for Cup week. Yet a touch of Flemington

Portmans x Grazia x StyleMelbourne

Last night Portmans kindly invited me to share a stage with the market editor of (newly revamped) Grazia magazine Monique Santos. We chatted about Spring Racing trends and how to incorporate special event pieces back into your everyday wardrobe. Our models, recent face of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Annaleise, Ania

Yellowglen House launches at Flemington

Doesn’t Yellowglen House sound like a stately manor? Like something fit for an appearance on Downton Abbey? In fact it’s a golden-gated, three-storey marquee at Flemington reserved for those lucky few racegoers who receive a gilded key from Yellowglen’s trackside scouts. It officially launched this past weekend as inclement weather determined

My Best Ever Hat exhibition

My Best Ever Hat exhibition

Today I find myself among the wonderful company of some be-hatted ladies as part of a new Spring Racing fashion exhibition; My Best Ever Hat! Amelia Coote – buyer at le Louvre, designer Arabella Ramsay, Emma Freedman, Jennifer Hawkins, Lady Melbourne, Harper’s Bazaar editor Kellie Hush, model Samantha Harris, ex-Vogue

Flemington Spring Fashion Lunch

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

50 years of Fashions on the Field

Originally conceived 50 years ago as a honeypot to lure more males trackside; Fashions on the Field has evolved into a highlight of any  decent Spring Racing event. Celebrating this golden jubilee, the VRC and Myer hosted a high tea yesterday at the Mural Hall. It naturally applauded classic styles of the

The Caulfield Cup Carnival is coming

Caulfield Cup Fashion 2012

I’ve got a lucky 13(!) spring racing related events to find hats and trackside-appropriate dresses for so far. So thinking about the carnival already probably isn’t too early. Caulfield Racecourse’s celebrations start next month and their hunt for two fresh faces is underway. Kelly Bannister, Kate Hopkins and Hetty Kate are

Fashion on the Field: Millinery Award 2011

Local milliner Rebecca Share has won the 2011 Millinery Award at Flemington with a curvy navy and red creation; almost a hat within a hat. Second was Mandy Murphy with a classic rose studded piece and thirdly Louise Macdonald’s design also mimicking flora. Both runners-up are also based in Melbourne which is

Fashions on the Field 2011: A Grand Finale

Dunaden wasn’t the only winner this past week at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. NSW Fashions on the Field regular Angela Menz  also left the track with glittering prizes after taking out the coveted crown of Best Dressed at Flemington this year. Queensland’s Louise Struber was runner up in a lemon

Champagne at the Louvre

“You are invited…” To me, those are possibly the three sweetest words in the English language. When what follows involves proper champagne and the name that almost single-handedly gave a certain section of historic Collins Street a nickname of ‘the Paris end’ you tend to R.S.V.P. (a.s.a.p.) Though no longer situated