Woohoo, we are well and truly into Spring. The sun has been shining (intermittently), the flowers are blooming, and oh yes how can we forget, Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing!

It is hard to believe that we are already at this time of year once again. It feels like only yesterday that we were at the Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival having a fabulous time watching the horse racing, indulging in delicate canapes with bubbly G.H Mumm in hand. However here we are, almost once again time for the race that stops the nation. From September onwards, to be honest there is nowhere I would rather be than in our much loved Melbourne. The city is buzzing with events and exclusive experiences, all in the lead up to the exciting racedays.

If you are like me and have been holding out for these events for months, 12 to be exact, then by now you would know all about the glamorous Myer Spring Fashion Lunch. One of the largest and most anticipated events on the social calendar, the luncheon held at Flemington’s Atrium kicks off the racing season in real Melbournian style. The racing and fashion elite gathered together to celebrate the Spring Racing Carnival and the fashion that comes along with it. When it comes to the Spring Races, we polish up and go big, and boy I mean big! Not only do women showcase exquisite out-there headpieces and fine jewels and frocks, but the men look dapper as ever, experimenting with colour, fabrics, and textures, in their polished suits and spick and span shirts.

The event treated guests to a two-course lunch with accompanying beverages (featuring a dessert that replicated a work of art). Featured on the centre of each table was a breathtaking centrepiece of floral arrangements inside a large cube of ice which of course caused a social media frenzy. Australian musician Nathaniel did his thing treating the audience to a spectacular performance, and then it was time for the nitty gritty. The fashion.

Straight off the back of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, retail superstar Myer put on a show and a half giving everyone a small taste of what trends are to come for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival, and showcase what are soon to be the most sought after pieces in racing fashion.

Kicking off the show was Australian mega-model Rachel Finch donning an intricate lace red Preen dress. Following her were a number of jaw dropping designs from Australian and international designers including Maticevski, Alex Perry, By Johnny, Karen Walker, Yeojin Bae, White Suede, Arthur Galan, Giambattista Valli, Roland Mouret, Peter Pilotto, and Perri Cutten. Custom made millinery by some of Australia’s finest were debuted, such as Kim Fletcher, Melissa Jackson, Richard Nylon, and Phillip Rhodes.

Key focuses on the runway were black and white ensembles (as well as the two together – hello monochrome!), which are a definite go-zone for Derby day, with the traditional dress code being black or white.

Being Spring however, we are all dying to get into some bright and bold colours, and the designers know that. So for the remaining days, and in particular Melbourne Cup Day, we will definitely be channelling beautiful bright colours, with pinks and yellows being the centre of attention this year.

Of course the menswear could not be forgotten. We saw pure sophistication in a number of dapper tailored suits and bold statement ties. It is clear that this year the men are going to be anything shy from colour, with shirts and ties playing a vital role in bringing out the Spring tones for their looks.

Next up – Sofitel Girls Day out! See you there.









Images: Myer

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