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 Lessons Learnt from the Royal Wedding

There was much anticipation. We waited with bated breath to see what the bride would wear on her wedding day. I am, of course, talking about the royal wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex to Meghan Markle. Come D- day and there she was, walking down the aisle, in a Givenchy gown, elegant in its simplicity.

Fashion lessons learned from the royal wedding, elegance prevails:

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Dior and Deidaa: Lessons Learnt

“We were leaving a period of war, of uniforms, of soldier women with shoulders like boxers”. “I turned them into flowers, with soft shoulders, blooming bosoms, waist slim… and skirts opening up like blossoms. ” Christian Dior, thus summarised his ‘New Look’. Continue reading Dior and Deidaa: Lessons Learnt

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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Deidaa reviews Oscars 2016 fashion

Oscars 2016 fashion: Pastel rules

The curtains have come down on Oscars 2016. Leo De Caprio has finally taken home the golden man. For us fashionistas, it is time to take stock of the frocks or take a closer look at Oscars 2016 fashion. Who wore what? Who ruled the red carpet and who was slammed by the fashion pundits?

At Oscars 2016, the pastel palette ruled the roost. Emily Blunt was royalty personified in a quartz pink gown handcrafted with beads and crystals. Lady Gaga in an Oyster pink dress made an unusually subdued entry, as did Jennifer Jason Leigh and Louise Roe.

Deidaa has incorporated the pastel palette in her dresses, kaftans and scarves.

Oscars 2016 fashion: Abundance of colour

Oscars 2016 fashion had its quota of staple blacks. However, colours like cobalt blue and flamenco red were worn with a stunning effect. Charlize Theron won hands down when it came to wearing colour. Her flamenco red spaghetti strap gown with a deep cleavage and a long train had us gasping for more. Tina Fey accentuated the stark simplicity of her cobalt blue Versace evening gown with a statement Bulgari choker.

Cobalt blue and flamenco red will be seen in Deidaa’s range of scarves and dresses in 2016.

Oscar 2016 fashion: Ode to nature

Oscar 2016 fashion paid homage to all things natural. Green colour found favour with many celebrities who walked the red carpet. Australia’s very own Kate Blanchett wore a pale green Armani Prive’ dress embellished with hand crafted silk flowers and crystals. Isla Fisher wore a Marchesa dress emblazoned with larger than life flowers. Amy Poehler added the oriental touch dressed in an Andrew GN dress, decorated with orchids and butterflies.

Nature plays a big role in Deidaa’s 2016 scarf collection. Team@deidaa has been doing extensive research on Australian flora in 2015. Results of that research will be manifest in Deidaa’s 2016 scarves.

Oscars 2016 fashion: Metallic shimmer

Not everyone was subdued at the Oscars. Naomi Watts provided the glamour quotient, dressed in an oil spill, sequinned Armani Prive’ dress. Morgot Robbie dazzled in a metallic gold Tom Ford dress accessorised with a stark black clutch bag.

Puffball dresses and off shoulder gowns were high on popularity charts. Branded jewelry and hand beaded boxy clutch bags completed the red carpet look.

As Oscars 2016 drew to an end, it was obvious that in 2016, fashion will be ruled by nature, the pastel palette and the sensuality of Spain and its flamenco dancers.