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Lady-like looks rule the field as summer changes to autumn

MODERN SILHOUETTE: Myer ambassadors Kate Peck (centre) and Kris Smith (left) during the Myer Beautiful Girls Fashion Lunch.Photo: SDP Photography/Victoria Racing Club
MODERN SILHOUETTE: Myer ambassadors Kate Peck (centre) and Kris Smith (left) during the Myer Beautiful Girls Fashion Lunch.Photo: SDP Photography/Victoria Racing Club Contributed by SDP PHOTOGRAPHY;

AS SEASONS both outside and in local stores are in the middle of transition, people can expect to see a combination of summer and autumn fashions on the race field today.

Investing in race wear fit for fashions in the field success in the colder months is smart in Gladstone, with Ferguson Park hosting numerous events annually.

There are also many annual ladies days, where pretty frocks will take centre stage.

When looking for what to buy to revamp your closet, there is plenty of inspiration in gorgeous imagery emerging from the Myer Beautiful Girls Fashion Lunch held on Wednesday and the latest from various designer autumn/winter collections hitting the catwalk recently.

VINTAGE: Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese in Jean-Paul Gaultier haute couture. Photo: AP/Zacharie Scheurer
VINTAGE: Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese in Jean-Paul Gaultier haute couture. Photo: AP/Zacharie Scheurer Jacques Brinon

Texture is big this season and lace is an elegant choice for the races, adding an air of sophistication.

Lady-like looks in general are set to be popular- think 50s glamour and look to stars such as Dita Von Teese for ideas.

Prints are still big and winter florals are a key trend this season.

Rather than pastel shades, winter florals offer deeper colours and a more dramatic look.

WINTER FLORALS: A model presents a creation for Louis Vuitton during the 2014-15 autumn/winter ready-to-wear show on March 5 in Paris. Photo: AFP/Bertrand Guay
WINTER FLORALS: A model presents a creation for Louis Vuitton during the 2014-15 autumn/winter ready-to-wear show on March 5 in Paris. Photo: AFP/Bertrand Guay BERTRAND GUAY

Adding modern silhouettes and leather to your race day look is also on-trend and can add punch.

Leather detailing works well, paired with prints, used in detailing or in the form of gloves.

With the warmer weather hovering, delicate materials such as lace and fine cottons are still appropriate to accompany your race day ensemble.

LADY-LIKE: A model wears a creation for the Valentino ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2014-15 collection in Paris on March 4. Photo: AP/Jacques Brinon
LADY-LIKE: A model wears a creation for the Valentino ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2014-15 collection in Paris on March 4. Photo: AP/Jacques Brinon Jacques Brinon

But the big "no-no" is for your hemline to be short - unless you are going in the direction of a shift dress.

More sleeved dresses seem to be appearing and a mid-arm length is a fantastic option.

Black and white continues from summer as a strong trend. Invest knowing you can wear a staple dress in that theme to work or other events.

But try to step out of your safe-zone with monochrome in stripes, blocks or florals.

MONOCHROME: A model presents a creation by Agnes B. during the 2014-15 autumn/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 4 in Paris. Photo: AFP/Miguel Medina
MONOCHROME: A model presents a creation by Agnes B. during the 2014-15 autumn/winter ready-to-wear collection fashion show on March 4 in Paris. Photo: AFP/Miguel Medina MIGUEL MEDINA

If your plans for today are already made, the Easter races on April 19 are likely to pull a large crowd, so you still have the chance to show off, or mix-up, your autumn style.

Since many Gladstone store owners and milliners in the region are on top of the latest trends, put it on your to-do list to go in and get glamorous with their help.

For information on a local store selling fascinators perfect for attending autumn races at extremely cheap prices, as well as all the latest in millinery trends, pick up a copy of The Observer's Weekend edition and check out the special races lift-out.

ELEGANCE: 2013 Ipswich Cup Race Day Fashion on the Field winner Lisa Wellings showcases race-day style to perfection.
ELEGANCE: 2013 Ipswich Cup Race Day Fashion on the Field winner Lisa Wellings showcases race-day style to perfection. David Nielsen

Race fashion tips

  • For day-time glamour, keep your foundation base fresh and dewy and add sleek liquid eyeliner or bold orange lips to add impact.
  • Try natural waves, a simple chignon or vintage-inspired curls when styling your hair.
  • Pay attention to detail in all aspects of the outfit, including shoes, handbag and accessories. Invest in pieces that can be worn with other outfits or at other occasions.

Topics:  designers, fashions in the field, gladstone fashion, gladstone races, gladstone turf club




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