The average butterfly takes about four weeks to emerge from its chrysalis, which is about the same time most racegoers spend putting together the perfect outfit.
So it’s no surprise that the winged creatures are once again one of the star motifs set to appear trackside at this year’s spring carnival.
Hot for headbands … model Hailey Baldwin poses in one of the most dominant accessory trends for this year’s spring carnival. Photo: Antonio Calanni
Speaking of stars, the celestial beings are back for 2017 but there has definitely been a shift away from geometric shapes and towards more fluid flowers, insects and other shapes from nature.
Ailsa Roe, head of design at Mimco, said its collection takes its cues from surrealism, “so the collection feels really feminine and romantic”.
“We’ve re-imagined elements of the natural world, focusing on an eclectic mix of insects, voluminous, parachute-like blooms, and botanical foliage. We’ve played with proportion and scale, with clashing fuschia pink and lipstick red to giving a fresh sensibility,” she says.
And while it’s not strictly a motif but a material, straw is set to take a starring role, in raffia headbands and enough wicker bags to line the home straight at Flemington. Cult Gaia’s Ark bag is the odds-on fashionista’s favourite but jump on Etsy or re-sell websites such as Vestiare Collective to bag yourself a clutch or cross-body bag with a difference.
Bold turbans are going to be a hit at the races, as seen at Marc Jacobs’ show in New York last month. Photo: AP
One designer taking a slightly different tack is Lucy Folk, whose Angler collection takes inspiration from the fishing trips she took with her father as a child.
“I think the races are much like the adventure of going fishing,” she says, explaining that there’s the “lure” of receiving an invite to a marquee, the long days waiting to catch a glimpse of a celebrity and the attraction of netting a big fish (that is, a win on a horse).
Folk, who last week showed her forthcomings collections in Paris, has incorporated knots, rope textures and nautical colours into her collection, which offers a great alternative for women who aren’t natural (social) butterflies.
As for how to accessorise for the races, Folk loves to stack her jewellery for a voluminous effect.
Wide brimmed hats, as seen in Gucci’s Paris spring show, are another trend for this year’s carnival. Photo: PA
“I’m all about a pop of colour be it in my sunglasses or my clutch … I tend to opt for a bit more of a statement in my earrings. For me it’s jewels first, hat last.”
Speaking of jewels of the sea, expect to see a small resurgence of pearls at the track, with a number of beauty bloggers jumping on the hair trend shown by Gucci at its last Cruise show, where pearls are threaded into the hair to look as though they are floating on a follicular sea.
Given the domestic spring racing carnival follows on the heels of fashion month in Europe, forward-thinking fashion girls (and their stylists) will be jumping on some of the trends straight off the runway.
Bows are also set to appear at a rate of knots, thanks to Delpozo, whose bow headbands for next spring are sure to inspire milliners across Australia. Can’t wait? Check out Florencia Tellado for a fabulous technicolour style that will go with any block-coloured outfit.
Turbans (Marc Jacobs) will continue to reign supreme – check out local milliner Felicity Northeast for some mid-priced styles – while expect to see more than a few bumbags at the track. Just the place to keep all those winning tickets.
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From St Xavier, $130.
Lucy Folk, $375.
Florencia Tellado at The Eternal Headonist, $399.
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