Elizabeth Debicki shines in her new role as ambassador for the Australian Turf Club Autumn Racing Carnival.
Actress Elizabeth Debicki shines in her new role as ambassador for the Australian Turf Club Autumn Racing Carnival.
She perfected flapper style in The Great Gatsby and holiday chic in The Night Manager, but here Elizabeth Debicki gives her tips on racing elegance. What is your top racing style advice? Elizabeth Debicki: “Wear something you’re comfortable in and be weather-appropriate; maybe something floaty if it’s a hot day. And shoes: make sure you’re comfortable. No-one likes sore feet. And don’t take them off and put them in your handbag!” When choosing headwear, what should we look out for? ED: “Headwear can be so glamorous. I think you can either go subtle or you go really big.” Fascinator or hat? ED: “I think both are timeless: it depends. Both are beautiful, but I think everybody knows what suits them best.” What is your favourite racing fashion? ED: “You can’t beat Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady; it’s so iconic. But the thing about the races is that when people look the most beautiful is when they are speaking to their own sense of fashion and their own identity. They’re doing what makes them feel good. And I think that’s what stands out on a race day: when someone does something that makes them feel good. So mix it up and match it up and use your outfit as a form of expression. And have fun with it! Do something that makes you feel beautiful.” What is your advice for surviving a day at the races? ED: “Pace yourself. Go one for one water and champagne. The classiest thing you could do is drink lots of water in between your champagnes!” If you had a horse what would you name it? ED: “I would name my horse Hurry Up! because I think you could scream it across the greens. I would bet on that horse!”
Elizabeth Debicki wears an Asilio dress, $390, from Myer. Nerida Winter hat, $220, from Myer. Cartier earrings, $4,500, worn throughout.
Vetements dress, $2,580, from Harrolds. Nerida Winter hat, $1,395. Longines watch, $4,700.