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RACHELALEX Spring Racing Must-Haves

Who else is looking for items to add to their summer wardrobe? Australian fashion brand RACHELALEX has just released their new lookbook and we’re already lusting over the pieces (and how to wear them for the upcoming summer).

Created by sisters Rachel and Alex, the collection has a strong focus on occasion wear and is perfect for Spring Racing and summer cocktail events, which are luckily just around the corner!

RELATED: Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Stuck on what to wear? We have picked some of our favourite pieces from the new collection, which is set to hit stores over the next few months.

Strapless dress

Make this special piece your spring racing outfit which is the perfect way to welcome the warmer weather. Wear with slicked-back locks or a classic updo with minimalist jewellery.

RachelAlex Resort Collection Must-Haves

Shirt dress

Every girl needs a shirt dress in their wardrobe and this one by RACHELALEX provides a fresh twist to an old classic. The three-quarter sleeves are perfect lengths for all occasions and are so flattering!

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Crop top

A crop top is a summer essential since it’s so easy to style with almost anything. This vibrant blue colour in a navy pleated print makes for a stunning statement piece.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Spaghetti-strap dress

Don’t be alarmed, we have just found the perfect dress for spring racing season! This stunning dress is flattering for all skin tones and falls beautifully around the hips and waist.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

Sleeveless dress

Finish off your spring/summer wardrobe with this stunning sleeveless dress. The colour is on-trend for the warmer weather and would look amazing with heels, flats, or anything in between.

RachelAlex Spring Racing Must-Haves

August 5, 2015

What Are You Doing This Melbourne Cup Day?

It’s hard to believe but the Melbourne Cup raceday is just around the corner and if, like us, you feel it has crept up all too soon, we have decided to take the weight of deciding where to go off your shoulders. The SHESAID team has scoured the east coast to find some of the best happenings to get to next Tuesday and bring your co-workers along for the ride.

SYDNEY

Ravesi’s, Bondi Beach

Start the day as Marilyn Monroe once did, with a glass of Piper Heidsieck – all Melbourne Cup guests of Ravesi’s will receive a flute of Piper Heidsieck champagne on arrival. Then, enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch prepared especially for the day by Ravesi’s Executive Chef Darren Elmes. Be sure to pick your most glamorous outfit and your most spectacular hats and fascinators for the day, as there will be Fashions on the Terrace and fantastic prizes up for grabs for the best dressed.

$90pp, ravesis.com.au

The Argyle, The Rocks

The Argyle is renowned for hosting Sydney’s biggest and most exciting Melbourne Cup party, and this year is no exception with over 3000 party goers set to gallop through the gates from 11am to experience its five unique bars and outdoor cobbled courtyard. Special guest celebrity MCs will host this year’s renowned event and punters should come dressed to impress for the venue’s annual Fashions on the Field competition, where prizes will be awarded to the best dressed throughout the day. A selection of food stations as well as large screens and TAB facilities will also be available.

$99pp, urbanpurveyor.com

Yellowglen Pop-up Cup, Paddington Markets

The Yellowglen Pop-Up Cup will be hosted by Yellowglen brand ambassador and NYC-based jewellery designer, Samantha Wills. From 12noon-5pm Paddington Markets will be transformed into a bustling laneway style festival complete with a Yellowglen wine bar, beer bar, Yellowglen cocktails served on the hour, street style food, big screens showing the race that stops the nation, bookies and DJ tunes. The perfect event to pop some bubbles and enjoy the best of the Melbourne Cup in the heart of Sydney. Tickets are $90 each and include food, drinks and entertainment all day.

$90pp, ticketebo.com.au/yellowglen-pop-up-cup

MELBOURNE

Sheraton Melbourne

Located in the heart of the city, Sheraton Melbourne Hotel is the ideal raceday meeting spot. Enjoy a champagne breakfast or opt for lunch at Little Collins Street Kitchen. The celebrations continue into the evening at The Terrace Bar, a contemporary-designed rooftop space serving refreshments in an exquisite outdoor setting overlooking Little Collins Street.

sheraton.com/melbourne

Lavazza Marquee at Flemington

The best place in the world to be on raceday is at the actual race, of course! Queen of neo-soul Erykah Badu will be in attendance at the Lavazza marquee – Caffé Lavazza – on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day. All eyes will be on Badu not only for her performance but also her choice of hat, which is generating talk due to Badu’s love of signature high, eclectic and unique headwear. This year marks 12 years of Lavazza’s involvement in the Melbourne Cup Carnival, with an ever-strong entertainment line-up. In that time, guests have been entertained by the likes of Richie Sambora, Mel B, Roger Sanchez, Heather Small, Sarah De Bono, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Vogue Williams and other talented performers.

premier.ticketek.com.au

October 29, 2014

Target Ups The Fashion Stakes With Georges Antoni

Target Australia has upped the fashion ante for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival, releasing a gorgeous 18-piece spring racing collection and becoming the shopping destination for the 2014 racing season.

RELATED: Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

 

For the first time, the retailer has united with fashion photographer Georges Antoni for the collection campaign shoot. The Australian-born fashion photographer’s work has been published in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, Oyster and V Magazine.

The spring carnival collection comprises special occasion dresses fit for racing festivities and spans across two central themes – monochrome and sorbet floral – both hugely on trend this season.

Gillian Ridley-Whittle, Target’s general manager of womenswear, said:

“It has been a delight to team up with well-known fashion photographer Georges Antoni for our spring carnival photo shoot. Georges is a true professional and he has captured our pieces in a beautiful, complementary way. I think Australian women are going to love what they see.

“Monochrome is a timeless fashion statement. Black and white dresses from the collection are both classic and versatile and can be styled with neutral metallics or a pop of colour for a bolder look.

“In addition to monochrome, nothing says ‘Spring dressing’ like feminine florals and a lush colour palette. These dresses are your outfit heroes. They have great flow and are perfect for the sun-kissed days and balmy nights of spring and well into the summer months.”

The spring racing collection is available in store and online at www.target.com.au now, with prices starting at just $49.

October 23, 2014

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

This weeks’ Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day at Royal Randwick attracted a fun and fashion-forward crowd. Playing host to the NSW State Final of Myer Fashions on the Field, punters were dressed to impress in lots of bold hues and modern, body-con silhouettes.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

(Dresses pictured above by Mackenzie Mode)

Vogue’s Edwina McCann confirmed from the judging panel that this season, racing is “all about colour!”

Having fun with the trend, Zanita Whittington of Fashion Bloggers (left) wore multi-coloured floral ears by Nerida Winter.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Fashion Bloggers co-star Sara Donaldson (right) of harperandharley.com who wore a delicate lace fascinator with her Dion Lee dress offered another style tip, “Pick a hemline that is to the knee or just below. This will give you elegance – something that sadly is missing from race days in recent times,” she said.

The Winners of the Fashions on the Field final had all noticeably taken this on board, mixing up conservative lengths with fresh colour blocking and geometric detailing.

The well deserved winners who will share in a prize pool worth $100,000 are:

Myer Fashions on the Field winner Shavnna Dennett

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

First Runner Up Melissa Hann (pictured here with her Designer Johnny Schembri of By Johnny).

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

Second Runner Up Djanna Malnersic

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

And Millinery Award Winner Sally Morris.

Spring Racing Fashion Forecast

I can’t wait to check out the competition when the National Best Dressed Winner is announced on Oaks Day!

With a background in publishing, Allison Voight has written for numerous local and international fashion magazines. She also has her own style blog, StylistaSister. She is Creative Director at Voight Photography and Design, which she co-owns with her photographer husband. Their work has appeared in publications including Vogue Australia, Cielo, Elle, En Vie and Fashion TV. Catch her on Instagram at @stylistasister

October 19, 2014

Trend Report: Spring Fling

‘Tis the season to stop and smell the roses, put on your flirtiest, feminine frock and spend some girl-time with the ladies at the races. But what to wear? This season is all about colour, bright or pastel, and all kinds of prints. Tone it down with a simple heel or amp up the sexy with some animal print.

SHESAID has taken the worry out of getting glammed up with this selection of on-trend outfits that can be delivered right to door (and within 3 hours, in some cases)!

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(Left to right):

River Island Bandeau Strapless Pencil Dress

River Island Bandeau Pencil Dress

Cooper St The Source Dress

Atmos&Here Lace Dress

Atmos&Here Harbour Dress

And don’t forget the shoes:

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http://www.theiconic.com.au/Helaine-Open-Toe-Heels-151642.html/?wt_af=au.affiliate.comm_factory.18123.Text+Link.&utm_source=comm_factory&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=&utm_campaign=Text+Link&dclid=CP7Euq-s_MACFQaBvQodWSYAcghttp://www.theiconic.com.au/Sydney-Ankle-Strap-Heels-151613.html/?wt_af=au.affiliate.comm_factory.18123.Text+Link.&utm_source=comm_factory&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_content=&utm_campaign=Text+Link&dclid=CP7Euq-s_MACFQaBvQodWSYAcg

(Left to right)

Crystal heels by Spurr Basics

Senso Riley IV

Spurr Helaine Open-Toe Heels

Spurr Sydney Ankle Strap Heels

What are you waiting for? Start shopping!

September 26, 2014

Spring Racing Fashion on a Budget

Strapped for cash but desperately need a new outfit for the Races? Rest assured, it is possible to find an outfit on a budget!

Read our helpful hints on how you can dress for the Cup, but still have enough money to place a bet!

Priorities
Be honest with yourself – are you really going to wear that crazy fascinator again? The biggest mistake a new race goer can make is spending hundreds on a designer hat, when there’s so many affordable options available.

Buy something plain and dress it up with feathers, ribbon or other accessories.

Or if millenary isn’t your thing, turn to your shoes to spruce up your outfit. Remember, standing on your feet all day calls for an appropriate pair of shoes… which is also more likely to be a pair you can wear again.

Hunt for bargains
At this time of the year, and with the change of season, a lot of retailers are clearing stock, so don’t shy away from those sale racks. Getting your dress half price means you won’t feel so guilty about that new bag purchase!

Don’t forget to visit your favourite factory outlets, like Uni Hill Factory Outlets in Melbourne, where you can pick up a new frock, shoes and accessories for the price of just one full-price dress alone!

Jazz it up
There’s nothing wrong with reinventing an old classic.

Take out your favourite LBD or a block colour dress and hit the shops in search of some accessories. If you’re accessorising a monochromatic shade like black or white then don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour.

Chain store chic
Large retail stores are a great place to start when shopping for affordable race wear. They always cater to the spring racing season, which makes it easy to find an outfit to suits your personal style.

What’s your Spring Racing style?

Image via Ozsale.com.au

October 18, 2013

Spring Racing Style for Every Body Shape

Spring has certainly sprung and as any fine filly will tell you, frocking up for Sydney or Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival is fun with a capital ‘F’ – especially if you know what works best for your shape.

Brisbane fashion designer, mum of two and authority on dressing a woman’s body shape, Sacha Drake, says it’s all about identifying your shape and dressing accordingly.

“I am an ‘hourglass with pear tendencies’” laughs Sacha, who is dressed in her stunning ‘Fumetta’ silk kaftan dress when we meet in her Woollahra store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

“I’ve been in business – and keep loving my business – for over 10 years now because I listen to my customer and come up with design solutions for various problems. It’s all about helping.” says Sacha, whose celebrity fans include Kerri-Anne Kennerly, Deborah Hutton, Georgie Gardner and Jesinta Campbell.

To make flattering choices even easier, Sacha identifies the five most common body shapes – hourglass, column, pear, apple and pregnant – and lists what body shapes her individual garments work best for on all her clothing’s swing tags and online.

Sacha’s Spring Racing Styling Tips for:

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Hourglass – typically have curvy bust and hips, narrow waist, medium width shoulders and slim or shapely thighs.

Celebrity inspiration – Scarlett Johansson

  • Show off your slender waist! Accentuate your curves and avoid anything too roomy in the waist. If you have a bigger bust, keep your look streamlined with tailored panels and simple silhouettes. A lean pencil skirt or A-Line shape will be flattering.

Go for:

  • ‘Tatum’ fitted cotton dress (above). A streamlined tailored fit which can create shape, perfect for an hourglass figure. The cap sleeve balances out the hip and the v-neckline draws focus up to the face. It’s a classic shape.
  • ‘Simone’ cotton wrap dress. Versatile. The broad collar frames the face and draws attention to the face whilst the wrap shape adds structure and the A-line skirt streamlines the hips.

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Column – typically have shoulders and hips of same width, thicker waist with flat tummy, small to medium bust, slender legs and arms.

Celebrity inspiration – Nicole Kidman

  • Flaunt those lean limbs! Look for styles that can be wrapped or tied to create a waistline. Styles with wider shoulder lines will make your waist appear narrower. Lean pencil skirts or A-line shapes will suit.

Go for:

  • ‘Liza’. You want to show off those long, lean limbs. It’s a high neck with a tie at the back and hangs loosely which you can leave fluid or belt it with our ‘invisible’ belt that creates shape by blousing the dress.
  • ‘Lylah’ and ‘Blair’ silk wrap dresses (above). Effortlessly glamorous. A softer style that works well, in either the long or short sleeve. Underneath is a stretchy slip and it works because it is a wrap and very flexible. It fits nicely across the body and the flare of the skirt accommodates any hip.

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Pear – typically have narrow shoulders, a neat bust and waist, wider hips and curvaceous thighs, shapely calves.

Celebrity inspiration – Jennifer Lopez

  • Show off your slim upper body. Create a wider shoulder-line with sleeve details or bare shoulders to balance out hips. A-Line styles that skim hips and thighs work well. Hem length should be on your knee to show off shapely calves.

Go for:

  • ‘Reuben’ fifties style dress. The structured bodice, flared skirt and easy fit waist with a tie which can be tightened to create shape will work for you. The square neckline works for small or large busts too. If you’re self-conscious about your arms, a shrug, bolero or ballet-wrap style cardigan will work.
  • ‘Bennie’ fifties style dress (above). A classic best-seller of ours. A fitted, panelled bodice and square neckline flatters small and large busts. The cap sleeve provides upper-arm coverage and balances your proportion if you have narrow shoulders. The flared skirt hides a larger hip and bottom.

venezueladress

Apple – typically have broad shoulders, a voluptuous bust, a rounded tummy, slim hips and thighs.

Celebrity inspiration – Oprah Winfrey

  • Flaunt your cleavage. Choose garments with open necklines to draw the eye to your face. Soft draping and ruching that skims not clings to a fuller tummy is best. Look for clean, tailored lines to streamline your body and show off slim legs.

Go for:

  • ‘Tyler’ one shoulder kaftan dress. One shoulder, asymmetrical shapes are perfect for apples because it draws the eye up to the shoulder, away from the wider bust. It hangs loosely from the bust and shows off the slim leg.
  • ‘Venezuela’ stretch shirt dress (above).  Streamlined and fitted with a v-neck and a pencil skirt. This creates an hourglass shape by cinching in the waist. It’s especially flattering because it skims over the body and it doesn’t ‘cling’.

martinadress

Pregnant – typically tummy is most prominent feature. Bust and hip size will vary for the individual.

Celebrity inspiration – Kate Winslet

  • Be proud of your bump! Keep a feminine silhouette by creating shape under your bust. Choose open necklines and show off your slim legs to ensure you’re not ‘all tummy’. Soft, stretchy dresses are easy to wear as you grow, plus perfect for post-pregnancy.

Go for:

  • ‘Martina’ jersey dress. You want to be comfortable and it depends how pregnant you are. You also don’t want to invest in a $500 dress! The fluted sleeves, adjustable ties to fit and flatter any bust and fluid, soft jersey that skims the body grows with most pregnant shapes. It’s plain but you can really jazz it up.

 Visit Sacha’s online boutique at www.sachadrake.com.au.

Tell us about your spring racing style – do you prefer traditional or more on-trend dresses for the races?

October 1, 2013