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