From sleek mono­chrome to na­tion-stop­ping at­tire, take note from the de­sign­ers who know best about wear­ing a win­ner this spring rac­ing season.

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Take note from the de­sign­ers who know best about wear­ing a win­ner this rac­ing season.

In the world of fash­ion, the lines are so fre­quently blurred that race day dress codes are a welcome hark back to the tra­di­tions that kicked off the spring rac­ing car­ni­val. “A race day out­fit works best when it’s a con­tem­po­rary look but fol­lows the rules of the track,” says Karen Walker. Wear­ing a unique head­piece also gives a nod to his­tory. “They’re the es­sen­tial ac­ces­sory come race day, whether you’re wear­ing a crown, leather head­piece or a back piece,” says milliner Vik­to­ria No­vak.

Most spring styling advice tells us to ex­per­i­ment within the themes, but that’s not to say you can’t bend the sta­tus quo. “It’s not just about dresses. It’s also about tuxedo pantsuits or jump­suits or dresses over pants – any­thing goes,” points out Daniel Avakian. Per­haps the only rule worth abid­ing by is best summed up by Kate Sylvester: “Never, ever wear some­thing if it makes you feel awk­ward or fool­ish. You’re stuck in it all day!”


“Be­ing a long day, opt for some­thing that is well cut that you can eas­ily walk and stand in. It doesn’t mean you have to be bor­ing – go for a vi­brant pop of colour and de­tails such as fring­ing, pleat­ing or a fab­ric drape.” – Yeo­jin Bae “I al­ways like see­ing a bit of un­con­ven­tional styling, like a lay­ered look with a dress over trousers and a great blazer on top.” – Daniel Avakian “It’s im­por­tant to keep a strong sense of per­sonal style and to have an el­e­ment of cur­rency – a mid-length skirt is on trend and also race ap­pro­pri­ate.” – Ed­wina Robin­son of Aje “Of­ten out­fits have too many ideas. I’m all for one point of view rather than a whole lot of ideas slammed into one look.” – Karen Walker

Back­stage at Gi­ambat­tista Valli au­tumn/win­ter ’16/’17.

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