Racewear Trends 2018 Style Tips

What are the racewear trends for Melbourne Cup 2018? How will you ace the racewear trends 2018?

The trick to getting it right is about adding a central focus to your outfit. Accessorise a  flamboyant frock with muted accessories. A bejewelled clutch should be offset with minimal jewellery. A statement hat should be worn with an understated dress.

Monochrome Musings:

The inaugural event of Melbourne Spring Racing Festival, Derby Day is a traditionalist’s delight.  Derby Day is set in the classic mode, with strict etiquette and dress code to follow. Derby Day is about monochrome,  tints and tones of black and white. 

Black and white, in all its avatars, took over the city on Derby Day 2018. The sea of monochrome seemed to complement the grey skies. Men veered towards tints and tones of grey, ranging from silver to charcoal. Women wore lace dresses – white lace on white – black lace on white. Polka dots, big and small, were visible on swinging wrap dresses. Some women shimmered in head to toe silver. There were solid black dresses or white. Colour blocking on dresses, alternating between black and white, made bold statements. Clutch bags in black, white and silver completed the Derby Day outfits. Hats ranged from fascinators to the more versatile tiaras, boaters and sun hats. Some brave racegoers defied tradition and chose to dress as colourful as the Rosellas.
 
What are the racewear trends for Melbourne Cup Day 2018?

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Fashion Trends 2018 – Style Tips from Deidaa

Coming back to blogging after a brief hiatus. Was snowed under with wholesale orders and Valentine’s Day sales at the beginning of the year.

Some of you have written to me asking for a post on fashion trends 2018. Here it is then, the top fashion trends 2018.

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Get Your Re-gifting Karma Right in 2018

Holidays are over, a new year has dawned on us with the promise of new beginnings. A niggling problem persists. After every Christmas, most of us end up with gifts we have no use for. Do we regift these unwanted gifts? Emotionally speaking, using a gift is the least we can do for someone who has spent time, money and effort to source the gift for us. Rationally thinking, re-gifting is not a sin. Re-gifting is recycling. It minimises waste. One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. The digitally printed kaftan you received as a Christmas gift may be too flamboyant for you. It is an ideal regift for your cousin in Cairns who would love some colourful throw-overs for bathers.

New Year’s Eve 2018 Fashion Tips

Caught up in the Christmas festivities? Did not realize when the New Year’s Eve party snuck up on you?
 
Here are some quick and easy tips to get you sorted for the big night tomorrow.

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Boxing Day Sale – How Not To Commit A Faux Pas

Boxing Day sale works around two myths.

Boxing Day sale is an annual event.

Boxing Day sale used to be a much awaited annual event. Since the economic downturn, markets have never recovered. Retailers are capitalizing on every opportunity to declare a sale. Easter weekend sale, Anzac Day sale, Mothers’ Day sale, Valentine’s Day sale, EoFY sale, they have it all. Boxing Day sale has lost much of its sheen. Before you flash your plastic fantastic, ensure the discounts  are genuine.

There are genuine markdowns on full priced goods at Boxing Day sales:

 This may be partly true, at best. Many stores create a ‘seconds’ line for sales and factory outlets.

 
Follow a few simple rules to shop savvy at the Boxing Day sales:

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Art and Craft 7 benefits – Deidaatip

I visited the Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Show Grounds this weekend. I was hoping to do the rides, pet farm animals and come away with a couple of show bags. Little did I know, I would stumble upon some amazing works of art and craft at the Spotlight Makers’ Pavilion. Crochet flowers, hats, embroidery, and quilts had me transfixed.

And here I was, thinking, art and craft were losing ground to mechanization in today’s world. That’s when it struck me, art and craft are more relevant today than ever before!

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Brownlow Awards 2017 5 Fashion Trends

I will let you into a secret. I am very ‘unsporting’, and yes, the pun is intended. I have no interest in sports.The only game I play with a degree of skill is a game of chess. Why do I, then, await the Brownlow Awards night? No prizes for guessing. It is the WAGS, of course! The AFL Brownlow awards night has an aura of anticipation. This sense of anticipation and excitement is not far removed from the Oscars or Emmys.
 
What will the wives and girlfriends of footballers wear? Who will make it to the best-dressed list and who will the critics demolish? What trends, emerging from the Brownlows, will rule local fashion in the coming months?
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The Brownlow awards 2017 – larger than life:

The silhouettes of the red carpet dresses were larger than life. Meringues, trains, pleats, frills and ruffles dominated the red carpet. Tiers of tulle were cheek by jowl with beaded lace. Sculpted pleats rivalled oversized sleeves. Deidaa’s Mimi skirt replicates this trend of tiered lace. This skirt requires 40 metres of lace. Lined with soft voile, it is available in blush or black.
 

Pretty in pink:

Every second person wore pink. The entire palette of pink was on show, ranging from candy floss to oyster to coral. Marsala, emerald, yellow and fire engine reds were the other popular colours. Deidaa has included the pink palette in her silk and wool pashminas. These pink scarves, known for their warmth and soft feel, are flying out of Deidaashop.
 

Score with a clutch:

Almost every WAG was carrying a boxy minaudière or an envelope bag. Deidaa’s clutch bags are popular on the red carpet and as racewear. That they come with a side sling is the icing on the cake. The sling allows the hands-free option as you nibble on canapes’. The sling goes into the bag, when not in action.
 

Shake a leg:

The WAGS took a leaf out of Angelina Jolie’s fashion book and wore dresses with sky high slits. Sheer overlays shimmied over short shift dresses giving a glimpse of ample derrières. Wear Deidaa’s sheer floral maxi dress or kaftans over short dresses to achieve this look.
 

A bun in the oven:

Several WAGS sported baby bumps. You have to get that on your own! Deidaa’s kaftans are, nonetheless, very popular with would be mums. They are free flowing, easy to wear and have room for growth. Some have zips down the front and are ideal for breast feeding.

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Melbourne Fashion Week 2017 – Deidaareview

As the spotlights switch off, what trends emerge from Melbourne Fashion Week 2017?
 

Melbourne Fashion week 2017 In full bloom

 
At Melbourne Fashion Week 2017, florals ruled the runways. Bold flowers in vivid colours complemented demure floral sprays in primrose. Deidaa’s floral maxi dresses, adorned with poppies and daisies, resonate with this theme.

In sync with nature

 
Tropical themes influenced the prints, silhouettes and embellishments on playsuits and dresses. Cockatoos and Macaws
nestled amidst hibiscus and frangipani. Designers at the Global Indigenous Runway excelled in this. They gave a contemporary twist to raffia dresses, woven corsets and face masks. Deidaa has a close affinity with the Pacific nations. The tropical theme is close to Deidaa’s heart. Deidaa’s digital tropical printed kaftan and hibiscus silk scarf are best sellers.
 

All stitched up

 
Cow girl embroidery adorned sheer frocks, playsuits, midi and maxi dresses. Deidaa works with master embroiderers. Deidaa’s beaded clutch bags are an ode to beaders and embroiderers.
 

Over the rainbow

 
For once, the Spring – Summer runway felt like spring. Fire engine reds, hot pinks, yellows and tangerines took precedence over winter colours. Deidaa celebrates colour in all its manifestations. Deidaa’s Australia scarves celebrate the colour of Australian flora and fauna.
 

Borrow stripes from drapes and awnings

 
Bold stripes from the furnishing department reinforced the resort look. Preppy black and white stripes were cheek by jowl with curtain and awning stripes. Deidaa’s kaftan dress, with bold black and white stripes, incorporates this trend.

Sparkle in silver

 
Metallics are not going away. Silver bomber jackets and dresses paired up with understated skirts and blazers. Do you yearn for the metallic look but will not wear metallic all over? Deidaa’s beaded clutch bags in gold and silver tones can add the metallic quotient.
 

Swinging sixties

 
Frills and ruffles were everywhere. Red dresses with tiered ruffles, palazzos and culottes, playful tops showed up everywhere. Deidaa’s ruffled lace skirt is a fine example of this.
 

Embrace diversity

 
This show was inclusive. It catered to women of all sizes. Models belonged to different ethnicities, age groups and genders. Deidaa applauds fashion week for doing this. Deidaa upholds diversity. Deidaa caters to women of all sizes, ethnicities and preferences.
 
Melbourne Fashion Week 2017 was by far the most eclectic show. It showcased new talent alongside veterans like Carla Zampatti.
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Christian Dior and Deidaa The Love Affair Continues

In the post World War 2 era, there was an overwhelming yearning for security and conformity. Men emerged as the primary breadwinners. Women were mothers, wives, and homemakers. In spite of criticism, feminine silhouettes resurfaced. Corsets and crinolines re-emerged. Christian Dior was a low profile freelancer for Elsa Schiaparelli and Balenciaga. He seized the opportunity and created the now famous ‘New Look’. ‘New Look’ dresses had nipped waist lines, sloping shoulders, and full skirts.
 
‘I designed clothes for flower like women’, said Dior. He inherited a love of gardening from his mother. Blossoming flowers inspired his Corolle (ring of petals) collection. Deidaa takes a leaf out of Dior’s book. Local flora and fauna inspire Deidaa’s collection of Australia silk scarves and floral maxi dresses.
 
An aspiring architect turned diplomat, Dior had a penchant for form and shape. He achieved the structural quality with layers of heavy boning, padding, and corset. Deidaa’s kaftans and silk dresses are free flowing. Deidaa embraces the structured quality in beaded clutch bags and minaudieres.
 
In ten short years, Dior became one of the most beloved couturiers of the world. He produced 70 collections in ten years. He died of a hear attack in 1957. Yves Saint Laurent took up the mantle of Dior after Christian Dior. In his later life, YSL developed his own aesthetic. Yet YSL inherited his love of couture and drama from his mentor. He acknowledged, ‘working with Dior was a miracle for me. My admiration knew no bounds. He has created a fashion house that was unique…. He was an extraordinary master, who taught me the fundamentals of my art. I owe a large part of my life to him… I will never forget the years spent by his side. Like Dior, Deidaa continues to nurture and mentor emerging designers.
 
Jacques Fath created similar silhouettes with a nipped waist, full skirt, and sloping shoulders. In later years, Vivienne Westwood and Gareth Pugh abstracted the Dior silhouette. Alexander Mcqueen used symbols and silhouettes from Dior.
 
John Galliano became the design director of Dior in 1996. His first collection for Dior coincided with the 50th anniversary of the House of Dior. Galliano rejuvenated the luxury brand.
 
Raf Simons followed Galliano. Simons gave Dior’s classic legacy a contemporary edge. He had a stellar collaboration with visual artist Sterling Ruby for Dior.
The Dior legacy continues, in the sculpted dresses, in the Lady Dior bags, in the signature perfumes, Poison and Miss Dior. Watch this space for a full review of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria.
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Travel tip – how I survived a trans – hemisphere flight

Petrified! That’s what I was, faced with a 15-hour trans-hemisphere flight from Melbourne to LA! How did I finally manage to take off on a chilly winter morning and make a smooth landing on a sizzling LAX runway? I followed travel tip 1 – 5.
 

Travel tip – STACK UP THE LAYERS:

 For this long haul flight, I paired stretchy stovepipe pants with a crisp cotton top. A leopard print trench coat camouflaged the cotton top – an anomaly in Melbourne winter. After all, camouflage is the original function of leopard prints, isn’t it? When I reach LAX, a leopard print fringed cotton scarf replaced the leopard print trench coat. The leopard print scarf added an edge to a basic trouser-top outfit.

 Travel Tip – Go with the flow:

 
On board a flight, I abandon structured blazers in favour of flowing kaftans. Kaftans are lightweight and fuss – free. They travel well and are very comfortable on long – haul flights. Striped or digitally printed kaftans can be dressed up and down. These tunics work well across cultures and climates.
 

Travel Tip – Wrap up:

I cannot sing enough praise of my burgundy pashmina scarf I carried on my long haul flight. It kept me warm at Melbourne airport. On the flight, it doubled up as a throw and kept in – flight chill at bay.
 

Ease the crease:

Very often, I have to walk straight into a meeting from the airport. Crease free and lightweight tunics keep me from looking like a scarecrow and preserve my board room persona.
 

Be ready for the paparazzi:

On every trip, a couple of formal events seem to sneak up on me. In anticipation of this, I pack a couple of silk dresses, in vibrant colours like cobalt blue,  that roll up into nothing. Combined with a statement clutch bag, these dresses ensure I am ready for the red carpet.
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