November 3, 2013

It's arrived, the much-anticipated Derby Day and Mother Nature also came out to play gifting us with a beautiful sunny day. As you know Derby Day is my favourite race day and there are so many reasons for this. It's the first day that kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival so everyone is excited...

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It’s arrived, the much-anticipated Derby Day and Mother Nature also came out to play gifting us with a beautiful sunny day. As you know Derby Day is my favourite race day and there are so many reasons for this. It’s the first day that kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival so everyone is excited and ready to play, 9 times out of 10 the weather is perfect (proven again yesterday) and it allows us to embrace my favourite dress code, classic white and black.

This year I called on my beautiful, talented stylist and friend Lana Wilkinson to help with my outfit. We both love clean, lean and sharp lines so we turned to no other than genius Josh Goot. I love this crisp white bandage dress with its peek-a-boo cut outs around the back, stomach and one shoulder to show a little skin but not too much as we are at the races and need to keep it classic not trashy. I felt so spesh wearing one of my favourite Australian designers.

I’m in love with netting and leather this season so was over the moon when Lana introduced me to Aniss. The Sydney milliner uses amazing fabrics such as leather, lace and felt together to create pieces that standout in a refined way. I thought this laser cut leather and lace piece complimented my dress perfectly and I love the height of the piece, always good for making me look a little taller than I am.

Now to the hair and makeup, of course I turned to my favourite duo Marie from Uva Salon and Chantelle Baker. These two are true miracle workers. I think its worth paying a little extra to get your makeup and hair done for the races (even if you can only afford one day, which is what I normally do) as the day is long so you need your makeup to stay put all day.

I wanted to keep my hair sleek and fresh, I didn’t want it too hard or wet looking. I wanted it away from my face and shoulders so you could see the detailing of the dress but I still thought it would look better out as it was a little more relaxed than tied back. Marie styled it with a big round bristle brush that she blow waived with lots of volume (no hair straighter or curler was used). I wanted my makeup dewy, bronzed and illuminated (this is what I ask for all the time) but I also got Chantelle to throw in a smoky brown eye to give my look a little oomph as I knew there would be black lace covering my eyes. Its all about a bold lip this season so I went for a MAC orange/red colour (lady danger) that really popped against the sea of white and black.

Josh Goot ‘Bandage Wrap’ Dress | Aniss ‘Antique Wave’  Headpiece | VP The Label ‘Montauk’ Clutch | YSL Tributes

Photo Credit | Robert Anthony + Liz  Mcleish for vogue.com.au

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