From the monthly archives: "February 2013"

So many people spend time picking out that fabulous outfit…from the shoes, to the skirt, which shirt to wear, and then finally they finish it off with trendy accessories. Is the outfit finished? Not in January or February it isn’t! You cover all that up with a coat! Many people don’t think that a coat is important but when you walk into someone’s home, or a restaurant, or the races, the first thing people see is you in your coat. So…duh…of course it’s important…It’s the wrapping around the present!

Liz HurleyThe end of summer doesn’t just signify the end of tropical cocktails, or floppy sun hats, or espadrilles, it signifies the start of Fall Fashion which opens up a whole new world. Fall Fashion has become a huge phenomenon all over the world, bigger than spring, bigger than summer. Why? Well simple answer? There are more articles of clothing that you can style. Layers, fabrics, leather, boots/booties/pumps … the possibilities are endless. Heading from fall to winter, the excitement isn’t there anymore. We all seem to get the ‘Winter Blues’ and it begins to show in what we wear. Well WAKE UP! Fashion never sleeps, nor should you try and give it the chance to.

There is a place for Uggs and Puffy Eddie Bauer jackets (speaking from experience), but there is also a place for a constructed wool coatTan Coat with a fur collar and brown suede booties (also speaking from experience, Thank You Santa!). The races are one of these places.

As we can’t stress enough, the horse races are the last sport with a standard of fashion. Even on a cold day you can still dress up and be perfectly comfortable. Wearing a warm coat plays a big role in both staying warm and comfortable but also showing off your fashion personality.

If you’re only a one coat type gal, choose a neutral color that can pair with any outfit, grey, white, black or a light khaki. These jackets are timeless and can be jazzed up with colored accessories such as belts, hats, scarves, and gloves. If you want only one jacket but can’t do the solid color, go for a patterned jacket but with those neutral colors. A herringbone style is a standout piece but can be mcx-graphics-4-lgnpaired with any outfit and looks great against a pop of color. Also, every designer/company has a different herringbone style so you won’t look the same next to a girl with the similar pattern.

Buying more than one jacket this year? Make your second choice a “ballsy” one! Bright bold color! Or killer pattern that will make people look twice! Bright pink or yellow makes any cold cloudy day a brighter experience. Even better, pair this colorful coat with a fur color like Elizabeth Hurley at the races in Ireland. Add a jeweled belt for some added Pizazz, like First Lady Michelle Obama. Only then can you call yourself a “Race Fashionista” from the inside and out!


Coats aren’t just material to keep you warmer, they are an added fashion accessory to give you another chance to make yourself stand out and express yourself through Fashion.  Don’t think ‘puff is enough,’ instead pick a dressy coat to go with your dressy outfit at the races. Besides, why should the horses get all the attention? ;)


Here’s more of our favorite coats:



Red Animal Print black and white MK red fur red black leather

Black fur

Which one is your favorite?




J_B_Met_2013_fashionSouth Africa’s thoroughbred racing industry has been growing in popularity in the past few years. Much of that growth can be attributed to its run and sometimes outrageous fashion component.

The J&B Met is a grand raceday that is in its 36th year. This annual get together is a “must-attend-event to rub shoulders with the Cape’s elite.” This event attracts an estimated fifty thousand people from all over the country to the picturesque setting of Kenilworth Racecourse in the heart of Cape Town.

” This intense and vibrant gathering of the rich and famous, the fashion junkies and those who seek the thrill of thundering hooves of majestic thoroughbreds as they compete for glory in the greatest race on the Southern tip of Africa is enveloped in a cauldron of sensual excess that sets the pulse racing.”

As always we love the racing, but we wouldn’t be called ‘Fashion at the Races’ just for the horses. “Why should the horses get all the attention?”

Very similar to our ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition the J&B Met holds a ‘Most Elegant Couple’ competition which has grown so large in the recent years that it has become and invite only as well as consists of a pre-judging to keep the numbers manageable. Each year has a theme and this years theme is “Made to fly.”

Here’s J&B’s own description: ” It is in this spirit that J&B challenges all of us to wear groundbreaking outfits to flaunt our unique and excessive personalities to the J&B Met. This year’s theme calls on supporters to break the rules and transcend fashion and style to new heights.Those attending this year’s J&B MET are invited to take up the challenge and arrive at Kenilworth in over the top, groundbreaking, outfits.”

Over the top was an understatement! Enjoy the photos!




Both shirts, dresses, and skirts, this look is feminine, constructed, and modern. You can tweek this everyday piece with accessories and also the fabric. More feminine? Pick a floral print paired with a pearl necklace. More of the Rocker type? Go for a leather peplum piece and pair with silver bold jewelry. Both looks perfect for the races!



Printed Bottoms

So for some reason pajamas found their place on the red carpet. Although some people took the trend too literal and looked like the rolled out of bed, with a glam squad, the idea of the printed pajama pants wasn’t all bad. Pajama pants, jeans, or  jeggings (leggings crossed with jeans) that have a great print can really take your outfit to the next level.  Make sure these pants are not TOO TIGHT…nothing bad then printed roses that look like they are wilting. ;)




The Baroque era began in late 16th century Italy and thank goodness we remember it! This style incorporates a lot of golds and intertwining patterns. With this trend your clothes become the ‘centerpiece’ and usually serve for a conversation starter! If you don’t want to go all out Baroque from top to bottom,  just pick a great top that stands out and pair with a solid bottom. Millinery is a great way to incorporate this trend into your race day outfit! Roses, pearls, gold accents etc.

Stand out at the races with this trend!



Leather Accents

People used to make fun of the leather pants rock stars would wear on stage…well not anymore! Everyday girls head out of the house in leather skinny pants, or skirts, or of course the famous leather jacket! Even better though, leather is serving as an accent rather than the main course. Jackets are now served up with a rocker flair with leather sleeves, flowing dresses (BCBGMAXaria) paired with leather bands, and leggings with leather pieces. This is the perfect trend to go to if you’re feeling a bit dull in your wardrobe. Oh and its good for Spring, summer, and fall!

Perfect modern flair to the remembered vintage style at the races!



Spring Racewear



  1. Be comfortable-no one looks good in “someone else’s” clothes or shoesRacewear Runway

  2. Leave the night club dress at home. Think classic and feminine when putting together you race outfit

  3. Wear headwear! Hats and Fascinators are very fashionable and take any outfit from pretty to STUNNING!

  4. Dress for the weather–if it’s hot– don’t risk “pitting out”–chilly? Wear stockings or a shawl/sweater.

  5. Lastly, SMILE. Too many times girls are too busy giving the b**** look to each other–and it’s never flattering.


  1. Shine your shoes before you arrive. Girls do pay attention to this. (Obviously NO SNEAKERS)

  2. Tie your tie or bowtie correctly–need help? Check out this link: Racewear

  3. Make sure your suit fits. It’s so easy to recognize when your suit isn’t fitted. Spend the extra and Get R Done!

  4. Sunglasses…great for outside…UNNECCESARY INSIDE. Take them off or look like the tool—your choice

  5. Smell good (PLEASE!) We are all attracted to good smells…don’t find yourself in the other category.

Winner Stylish Ladies Mornington Fashions on the Field


This fabulous fashion competition took place yesterday at the Mornington Racing Club featuring stylish ladies, gentleman, and of course our good friends of millinery. Here’s the introduction on the racing clubs website:

This competition was hosted by 2012 Face of Caulfield Hetty Kate and judged by iconic Melbourne milliner Peter Jago, Lea Rajendran, Founder of Sundari Cosmetics and Rebecca White, Velvet Styling.


Wednesday, 13th February 2013

Enjoy the glamour and excitement of the Mornington BMW Fashions on the Field on Centrebet Mornington Cup Day.

Entrants will be in the running to win a share of the $70,000 prize pool over four categories;

  • Stylish Ladies 18 – 40 years
  • Stylish Ladies 40+ years
  • Stylish Gentlemen
  • Marvellous Millinery

Hosted by 2012 Face of Caulfield Hetty Kate and judged by iconic Melbourne milliner Peter Jago, Lea Rajendran, Founder of Sundari Cosmetics and Rebecca White, Velvet Styling.

All entrants receive a gift just for entering.

Entry is open to persons 18 years and over and millinery is mandatory in all categories.


The competition had a great turn out! The weather was hot hot hot! Around 90 degrees kept these ladies fanning themselves and shipping champagne. We noticed the trends of the day consisted of two colors! Bright green colors and coral…can’t go wrong with coral. Here’s some of the best dressed ladies:

From the Herald Sun:

Fashions on the field judge Rebecca White said the entrants demonstrated a great selection of “fast-forward fashion”.

“It was really lovely to see lots of bright pops of pinks and citrus and it was nice that a lot of the girls were a bit daring,” she said. Winner of the stylish ladies 40+ category was 40-year-old Vicki Petkoski from Kensington, who wore a dress from her own label Vezzano Couture.She wore an elegant spearmint green silk dress with a delicate tangerine lace overlay.Her hat was created by a milliner who used left over fabric from her dress to create the matching headwear.

Twenty-nine year old Zorza Goodman from Richmond claimed the winning spot for the Marvellous Millinery category.She said she was inspired by the bright pink and yellow colours in her dress to create the stylish headwear.Winner 40+ Mornington Fashions on the Field

“I’m really overwhelmed,” Ms Goodman said after the win. “I spent 40 hours making my hat, which I hand painted, and I made headpieces for many of my friends here today.” Judge Peter Jago said Ms Goodman’s design was a standout entry this year.

Mt Martha local Rodney Paterson took the prize for the wining men’s outfit in the Stylish Gentlemen category.The 50-year-old investor wore a sleek grey Ted Baker suit paired with a striking navy and white striped shirt. A navy bow tie and woven hat finished his look.

Natasha Raleigh, 25, of Wattle Glen claimed the most coveted prize for the Stylish Ladies 18-40 category.The interior design student said it was the first time she had ever entered a Fashions on the Field competition.

“I’m still in shock,” she said.”I had the day off work today so decided to come to the races. I only decided to enter the fashions a couple of days ago.”
Ms Raleigh’s complete outfit is from Bettie’s Boutique in Mornington.

Winners from each category took home incredible prizes from local fashion and beauty brands, as well as a paid weekend away sponsored by BMW.

Read the full article here.

Leaopardstown Races Fashion

We caught up with Penny Zygmante from England to tell us about her fun trip to the races in Ireland. With her own blog about fashion at the horse races in England, she’s no newbie to whats expected for a stylish day at the races.


All week there were ‘what shall we wear?’ ‘what’s the weather going to be (very pertinent for a days racing in Ireland!)?’  and of course the all important ‘what shall we wear on our heads!!’ the talented Irish couture milliner Aoife Hannon was given a brief of orange, teal, grey and gold with feathers and as mad as you dare and I was not to be disappointed!!! Also nails – what colour winter/spring??  A trip to the beauty salon is an absolute must for any Irish girl prior to an outing and each small town/village will have it’s own salon providing good value professionVintage Fashion at the Racesal treatments.

Suitcase packed I headed for Dublin for the first ever time to attend the Irish Hennessey Gold Cup at Leopardstown, I have been all over Ireland but never experienced the delights of it’s capital. My excitement was immense and all I could mutter on arrival to our penthouse apartment was ‘I can’t believe I am here, OMG, OMG!’ We then made our way around the block to the fabulous bar in the swanky Shelbourne Hotel, what a treat! I thought I would test the barman as I do all over the world by giving him the task of making me a Cosmopolitan, one which I gave him a gold star for as he even very importantly burnt the orange…… that got us started on a VERY long night during which we met lots of equally excited race-goers both English and Irish. In good Irish fashion the ladies in the bar had dressed for the occasion and looked very feminine and classy with just the right amount of cleavage and hemline!

Rather bleary eyed the next morning we started the process of making ourselves look as gorgeous as we possibly could for the day of high fashion and racing ahead. Again questions, questions, hair up/down? gloves on /off? which earrings… then should Aoife wear her fabulous lace leather collar?? Was it overkill?? The answer? YES! But we went for a gorgeous handmade feather brooch to hold her fabulous cape in place. Then the cherries on the top of our outfits were fitted, mine being an explosion of orange feathers with a few teal ones ‘thrown’ in for good measure on a soft grey satin cocktail base finished off with a stunning veiling and a dramatic feather sweeping out the back, well done Aoife!!! Whereas I OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhad gone for what I call my ‘racing dress’ a beautifully cut wrap dress from a small boutique in Kilkenny Ireland (one of the many things I love about the green isle is that in every small town there  is also a ladies dress shop/boutique that will stock feminine pieces that are just that bit different) that has an array of colour, Aoife had gone for a dramatic black look with her headpiece bringing in the colour in a fabulous deepest red felt saucer beret base with an array of natural plumage bursting out of the top with hints of handpainted gold accessorized with a vintage tan ‘Kelly’ bag and co-ordinated butter feeling gloves. Smokin’ hot!

Dressed to kill we hit the streets, racing handbags attached praying that the weather would be kind, as we passed race-goers whilst in the comfort of our taxi we got a first glimpse of what the ladies would be wearing for the day. Our first impression was that there was far too much sinnamay on heads because in our opinion one should never wear that fabric until after the Cheltenham festival in mid-March, similar to not wearing white before Memorial day and after Labour day.  Our second was that they had made a mighty effort with their looks. On entering the racecourse we immediately saw the complex that had been erected to stage the Hennessey best dressed lady, a catwalk, cocktail bar serving Hennessey based glasses of deliciousness and a pamper area for hair and make-up. Here we found gaggles of beautifully turned out ladies waiting expectantly to have their photographs taken. The Irish girls are very clever in that they show off all of their assets in such a way to look sexy without giving it all away, something that the English girls have a lot to learn about! It has a lot to do with their mothers who are very strong of opinion and of wise words and Aoife’s mother is no exception with Aoife always coming out with what her mother would have to say (one of her best is if you have a bit of a tummy, you must ‘hold it in’ the theory being it will learn to do it itself (old fashioned pilates)!! Also shoes, they are gorgeous, high and fashionable but are not ‘no pain no gain’, you rarely see bare foot girls in Ireland whereas in England it is a common sight to see girls circling a pile of unwalkable shoes in their bare feet!!!! What else was most notable was the amount of tailoring which is most flattering, with even the younger girls doing this to great effect – fur as ever was a popular accessory and this finished off the looks perfectly. The vintage look is also very popular  and mixed with high fashion really works.

Once we had taken in the sights of the gorgeous ladies, we indulged in what is a very important Irish tradition, that of meat and 3 vegetables prior to racing to prepare one’s body for the days festivities ahead. So there were Aoife and I dressed to the nines sitting down eating our food with 3 typical Irish race going men – who were most charming and gave us a tip for a horse that they have a share in, Pique Sous for  the Cheltenham festival in March, which is the pinnacle of National Hunt racing and again a different culture from Leopardstown – on arriving home I looked up it’s form and it looks to have a nice Irish Fashion at the Raceschance!! A friend of ours a fierce gambling man who I will call ‘Your man from Ballinasloe’ (YMFB) told me to back Our Conor in the first at 100/30, did I ?? no! so he duly romped home. After a few more fun bets I decided  to retire from the gambling life, as felt I it was not my day and we concentrated on yet more fashion.

On closer inspection there were some really inventive and exciting headpieces made from brightly coloured felts, velvets and satins (and yes too much sinamay!). So how disappointed were we when we watched the final line up of 10 ladies and the winner was chosen, head to toe black with a cheap mass produced sinnamay piece on her head! Yes she looked lovely but this was a national hunt meeting and the other ladies were wearing clothes appropriate for the occasion and the winner was not. There were HUGE mutterings over the choice but once the decision was made that was that.

Once the competition and racing was over we all decamped to the fillies bar where there was live music and a DJ. So for a couple of hours we all danced and socialized with all manner of racegoers all of whom love to talk about their winners (not so keen on the losers!). We met the charming owner of Paddy Power bookmakers (one of the largest in Ireland) being very normal a pint of Guinness in hand enjoying a day at the office and also trainer Paul Nolan who had Joncol (3rd)in the big race, discussing his recipe for fresh clams in wine and garlic. Amongst other revelers were lots of my fellow countrymen who were most charming feeding us champagne and compliments (I wish they were like this back in England!) the Irish men are very chivalrous all of the time and will always make sure that us ladies are well looked after and entertained (although can be just that little bit cheeky!!).

We left with a suitable amount of people still partying and headed back into Dublin town to indulge in another food related tradition, early supper. This is like a pitstop to partying…. It was after this that we returned to the bar of the Shelbourne for more cosmopolitans followed by a late night visit to the New Buck Foleys  townhouse nightclub a Dublin institution.

The next morning we looked back at our day and night and decided we had experienced a full day of Irish racing and lived the culture of après racing. Next stop Cheltenham the home of National Hunt racing in March.


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