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Oaks Day not far away…

Crown Oaks Day, as the traditional “ladies day” at Flemington, is hands down the event on the racing calendar that is the most serious about racewear. One that attracts “as many tips on style as it does on stayers” according to the VRC’s Fleur Salisbury.

Crown Oaks Day launch 2010

This year the Fashions on the Field competition will be held in a specially built double storey enclosure for the first time, while the “Gentleman to Help” also return. Having spotting the well dressed gentleman carrying pink and white bookie bags at the track previously I never guessed the bags were stocked with all manner of fashion aids. Brilliant!

Crown Oaks Day launch 2010

The launch of Oaks Day (at Metropol’s awesome 28 sky bar) yesterday saw renowned milliners Stephen Jones and Freddy Fox share directions on what to place on your crown. Jones (who has produced headpieces for films such as Elizabeth the Golden Age, Coco Avant Chanel and the upcoming W.E.) says this season he is into assymetry and fluid movement. “Anything boxy seems out of place”. He also favours pale colours and would rather see a white hat topping off an all-black outfit. Fox discovers his present taste in a similar vein, finding his clients “don’t want to wear fascinators any more”, opting for “proper hats” instead. Fox also recommends considering “soft, pastel colours” as it’s “going to be a very pretty season.”

Crown Oaks Day launch 2010

For Ann Peacock, to attain true style “one doesn’t have to follow the rule book slavishly”. She sees nothing more stylish trackside than “a gorgeous girl with a smile on her face”. One that come from knowing you are comfortable and being you. So as she launches Grazia’s Oaks Day Ultimate Style Guide we concede it is all in name of a bit of fun, a cute keepsake and a celebration of the day. The Ultimate Style Guide features the best and most scandalous moments from racewear history, mix and match fashion and a map to the spots to be seen at Flemington. Of course it’s clutch sized so you may be tempted to swap your form guide for this style guide.

Crown Oaks Day launch 2010

Can’t wait for November 4th!

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