Put a Hat on Your Head and Get Noticed

Put a Hat on Your Head and Get Noticed Introduction

…  put a hat on your head and you’ll get noticed … in just a few words Tziporah from Advanced Style Documentary summed up the importance of fashion accessories in a woman’s wardrobe. And on occasions like the spring racing carnival, the importance of fashion accessories assumes mega proportions.

Hat Options

After all, what is race wear without head gear?  Who can forget Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, hiding her flower girl persona at the races at Ascot under a wide brimmed hat? Hats in all shapes and sizes, wide brimmed, fedoras, triibys, fascinators and top hats have been a part of the race wear tradition since the 19th Century. However, the trend setters among us have always dared to think differently and redefine tradition. From Paul Poiret to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, men and women have worn turbans with aplomb. Why not tie your favourite scarf as a turban or a bandanna? A crochet snood, a flapper headband or a sequined cap can be alternatives to the traditional fascinators. More versatile than the hattinators and the fascinators, the head scarfs, snoods and beret can be used later at pre Christmas or New Year’s Eve parties or at bar be ques by the beach.

Clutch Bag Options

A racewear frock needs a racewear headgear and a racewear clutch bag. The boxy clutch is trending at the moment. Fashioned out of chain mail, hand beaded embellished with rhinestones, the variety is endless.  Opt for a classic Gatsby clutch or add a hint of ethno chic with a brocade bag with danglers. A classic clutch bag does not have side slings, hence the name clutch. Side slings are a recent modification to classic clutch bags. They make room for fluid movement and keep your hands free for the mint juleps and the canapés.

Footwear Options

Racing footwear should be sensible footwear. Stilettos look cool but do not feel cool, especially when stuck in the grass. Worse still, they can result in painful injuries. Smart wedges in patent leather are a wise choice and save you the embarrassment of walking bare feet at the end of the day.

The trick to getting it right is about giving your outfit one central focus. It is wise to accessorise a  flamboyant frock with muted accessories. A bejeweled clutch should be offset by minimal jewelry. A statement hat should be worn with an understated dress.

Follow Deidaa’s ‘Frocks and Fillies’ series for an event by event breakdown of fashion tips for the racing season.

Derby Day 2016

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, about tints and tones of black and white.

On Derby Day 2016, monochrome will manifest itself in every avatar, ranging from grids and checkerboards to graphics, chevron and black and white stripes. Stark whites or solid blacks with a few examples of black and white colour blocking will be visible. Lace will be abundant in sheath dresses, maxi and midi dresses and dainty hatinators. Speaking of headgear, a few avant garde shapes will nestle cheek by jowl with fedoras, sequined hats, floral wreaths, miniscule pearl numbers and spiked tiaras.  The frocks will be complemented with boxy minaudiere clutch bags and envelope bags with side slings.

This Derby Day, do not be afraid to experiment within the traditional monochrome dress code. Intersperse stripes with florals, combining the two seemingly conflicting trends. Offset the monotony of neutral dresses with bold and bright metallic bags. For an on – trend racegoer look, wear a ’70s dress with fluted sleeves or a ’90s off shoulder dress with a touch of shimmer. Metallic accessories are ideal for adding the glamour quotient to your Derby Day outfit without going overboard.

If you are generously endowed, you may wish to stay away from the ruched ‘new look’ dresses. Wear a kaftan dress by itself or over a pencil skirt. Define the waistline with a slim belt.

Do not write of the classic LBD. It can look stunning combined with a fascinator and a bejeweled clutch bag.

Men can do their bit to keep the spirit of Derby Day alive by sporting a cornflower – Derby Day’s official flower – on the lapel.

Follow Deidaa’s ‘Frocks and Fillies’ series for an event by event breakdown of fashion tips for the racing season.

BMW Caulfield Cup 2016

How to Dress for BMW Caulfield Cup 2016

Curtains rise on Melbourne Spring Racing season 2016 with BMW Caulfield Cup Day. The elaborate marquees with their opulent décor offer intimacy and comfort. Each year the marquees have different themes ranging from over indulgent Rococo to provincial shabby chic. A safari themed marquee can be cheek by jowl with an English garden.  You can rub shoulders with celebrities, sip Moet & Chandon and nibble hors d’ oeuvres created by master chefs.

BMW Caulfield Cup 2016 Fashion Forecast

While there is a strict dress code that rules out shorts, denims, parkas, pullovers and thongs, among others, the atmosphere at the BMW Caulfield Cup 2016 is a little more relaxed and youthful. The weather is benign this Caulfield Cup Day. Sunshine will yield to windy gusts.  Mid length dresses with fitted torsos will be abundant.  Punters will opt for the classic white on white or vivid colour blocking. Neutral dresses will be complemented with bright hats and clutch bags and vice versa. If you happen to be in a Safari themed marquee, a luxe animal print dress will flaunt your wild side. Go easy on spaghetti straps and cropped tops, warm weather notwithstanding. Too much skin showing is frowned upon. If you are unsure about how much skin to show, you may carry a light floral scarf, in case you are caught unawares.

BMW Caulfield Cup 2016 Fashion Accessories

Race wear is incomplete without accessories. Opt for the classic fascinators or you may dare to be different and wear your favourite scarf as a turban, a sequined beret in a fluorescent colour or a flapper headband. If you are having an anti – fashion moment, you may tie a bright graffiti patterned scarf around your head.  A handbag with zebra motif will add pizzazz to your entry into the safari themed marquee while the ethnic bags with pompoms and danglers will infuse boho chic into your racewear wardrobe. There is a ‘70s revival on the runways and flower girls and psychedelic prints are hot trends to be followed.

Innovations like clutch bags with side slings or mobile bags are a boon to the 21st century race goer. They combine classic elegance with contemporary convenience. So does footwear like wide pumps or wedges that save you the discomfort of twisted ankles and trips to the podiatrist after the races. The floral printed ones or the nautical themed ones complement your floral or striped dresses. Bright coloured patent leather shoes are a safe choice if you prefer the spotlight to be on your bejeweled clutch bag or headscarf turban.

More on the next Spring Racing event next week!!

Deidaa Frocks Fillies

Deidaa Frocks Fillies… Fashion Tips for Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2016

Come spring and Melbourne wears a festive look. Board shorts and scruffy t-shirts are replaced with dapper suits, ties and pocket squares. Women vie with one another to get the right mix of dresses, heels, hats and bags. Melbourne Spring Racing Festival is as much about the frocks as it is about the fillies. The races are attended by celebrities and royalty from all over the world.

Fashions on the field at the Melbourne Spring Racing Festival sets many a heart aflutter. However, one must appreciate the subtleties of race wear before attempting to put together a spring racing carnival ensemble. One should follow some cardinal rules, when dressing up for the spring racing festival.

Deidaa Frocks Fillies Rule No 1.

Do not wear cocktail dresses to the races. Race wear and club wear are not the same. Fashions on the field is a blend of elegance and pizzazz. A race wear dress can be off shoulder or can have a deep back. If you are not comfortable with hosiery you may go bare legged. But do not combine bare legs with deep back and plunging décolletage. Draw the fine line between sexy and crass.

Deidaa Frocks Fillies Rule No. 2:

Do not follow fashion blindly.  Fashions on the field is about highlighting your positive assets and minimizing your negative features. Wear shapes that suit your silhouette and colours that complement your skin tone

Deidaa Frocks Fillies Rule no. 3:

Fashions on the field apply to the complete outfit, from head to toe. Start with the dress and match the shoes, bags and scarves.

Deidaa Frocks Fillies Rule No. 4:

Accessorise correctly for fashions on the field.  Add a new lease of life to your classic LBD with an on trend boxy clutch bag. The boxy clutch bag or the oversized envelope bag with jewels and rhinestones are what the fashion punters are backing this season. Clutch bags with extra features like side slings leave your hands free for the canapés and champagne.  Combat possible rain and chill with a Pashmina or a silk scarf that can be discreetly tucked away and brought out if the weather plays a few tricks on you. A note of caution, do not over accessorise. If you carry a diamante clutch bag, go easy on the jewelry.

Deidaa Frocks Fillies Rule No. 6:

Be comfortable: Sky high stilettos look cool but do not feel cool when stuck in the grass. Spare yourself the embarrassment of walking bare feet at the end of the day. Fluorescent wedge heels in smart patent leather offer colour, comfort and safety for fashions on the field.

Deidaa Frocks Fillies Rule No. 7:

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Bulgari Deidaa Handmade

Bulgari Deidaa Handmade Introduction:

In the movie, The Visit, Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman wore a brooch that replicated the effect of quivering flowers. The brooch was created by Bulgari. This Italian jewelry and luxury goods company was founded by Sotiris Boulgaris, a Greek immigrant in Italy. He developed a unique Italian style, combining contemporary design with artisan crafts.

Bulgari Deidaa Handmade Aesthetic:

Bulgari has, since, continued to strike a balance between contemporary design and artisan crafts. Bulgari’s design aesthetic strikes a chord with Deidaa. Deidaa has been relentless in her effort to blend contemporary fashion trends with artisan crafts, using traditional techniques and artisan input to create the Deidaa range of scarves, hand beaded clutch bags, kaftans, dresses and other lifestyle items.

Bulgari Deidaa Handmade Serpenti:

Diana Vreeland, the high profile editor of US Vogue, began a trend when she wore a specially commissioned Bulgari serpenti belt.  The serpenti or the snake shaped bracelet watch with a time piece concealed in the bejewelled snake’s head, has been a signature piece from the Bulgari collection. Borrowing heavily from history, folklore and mythology, the serpenti bracelet uses time tested techniques like enameling to create the ‘scales’ of the serpents. Deidaa too, uses traditional techniques like weaving, block printing, crochet and tie dyeing to create her kaftans, bags, scarves and dresses.

Bulgari Deidaa Handmade Melone Bag:

The iconic Melone bag from Bulgari’s repertoire is an oval shaped clutch bag with a mirror, comb and lidded compartment inside. This bag is inspired by its predecessors from the 1920’s, when women began to smoke and apply make – up publicly and carried lipstick, rouge, perfume and cigarettes in compact oval shaped or cylindrical bags. The Melone bag can be hand held or suspended by interchageable silk cords with tassels. Like the Melone bag, all of Deidaa’s clutch bags come with metallic side slings, thus providing the hands – free option.

Deidaa emulates Bulgari’s prolific use of coloured gemstones, beads and coins to achieve vivid elegance. Deidaa is inspired by Bulgari’s bespoke convertible jewelry that can be worn as a neck piece or pulled apart to be worn as two bracelets. Deidaa’s trans – seasonal kaftans can be worn across seasons and contribute to versatility and sustainability.

Patronised by royalty and celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Gina Lollobrigida, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and the royal family of Qatar, Bulgari continues to be a trendsetter. As Richard Burton pointed out, in the nine months Elizabeth Taylor spent in Rome, filming Cleopatra, she learned only one word of Italian, ‘Bulgari’.

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