Racing fashions

Heavenly headwear
(a) Along with only a handful of other ?true? silk flower designers in the world, each flower Sasha creates is a labor of love. Petals are individually hand cut and then heated and curled with metal tools, before being assembled around a hand beaded stamen?. Delicate and incomprehensibly ornate, each piece is truly ?bespoke? and one of a kind. Sasha Dalziell has just opened her first showroom at Suite 4, Level 6, 46-58 Holt Street Surry Hills.
(b) Sandra Buchanan designs and produces exquisite headwear and ladies wear from her Camberwell studio. Her discerning clientele are treated to ‘one off’ designs, as well as a sought after ranger of prea-porter hats and headpieces created with a delightfully fashionable play on color, textile and form. All pieces are finished with the meticulous detail of a skilled craftsman.

Fab frocks
During the spring racing carnival all round Australia you see the latest fashions, teamed up with dazzling hats and hair pieces. Race-wear?s signature glamour style is the hot topic weeks before the race and today Fashion on the Field is more than just a competition; it?s a fashion statement. What we step out in at the races must be all class and style, an outfit that can be worn from day through to night? and one that flatters your shape and style. A dress is one of the easiest things to wear, simply slip it on, style your hair and make-up, slip on your shoes and out the door you go. Dresses more often than not make more of a statement than a skirt and top combination, and are easier to accessorise ? that fascinator you?ve had your eye on will match perfectly! The dress is always in style, weather it be floaty, floral, shift, wrap or retro. For an affordable, inspirational, classic and flattering dress for your next race day look for MR K in a David Jones, Myer, Hearts or specialty boutique near you. www.mrk.com.au

It?s time to glow in pieces that are flirty and fun. Fuller skirts and sexy dresses have been embellished with extra special attention to detailing. Sparkle in the ivory sequined beaded skirt teamed with the chocolate mesh tank and a string of long dangly beads. Pull the outfit together with the metallic beaded sash belt to look every bit the princess. The exquisite smoky flower dress with its divine sheer leaf print overlay is this season?s hero piece. Sitting just above the knee, with a low neckline and overlay front split, this dress will have you shining at any springtime soir?e. To add the racing touch, the stunning peacock feather fascinator ensures a winning combination. Inspiration for Jacqui E?s Spring 2005 range has been drawn from botanical references of fragrant flowers, dandelions, the warmth of the sun and nature?s palette of all things feminine. Jacqui E?s latest range will be available in stores from 11 September 2005.

Stunning shoes
nude footwear has this season’s most gorgeous heels, perfect for race day. (a) HOLLY – RRP $119.95. (b) ALI – RRP $119.95. (c) ELENA – RRP $139.95. (d) HAYLEY – $139.95 Available from SELECTED MYER STORES NATIONALLY and leading Melbourne boutiques: Shubar / Cactus Jam / Venus & Mars / The Yellow Store / Tati & Mink / Philips / Denim Lab
For full stockist details call 0439 688 018.

Beautiful bags
No outfit is complete without the perfect bag. Embrace boho beauty with the Vincona collection of clutch and hand bags that will complement any outfit. Design FSB-89-225 comes in black, pink, gold or olive and can be viewed at www.vincona.com.au