Stylist Jenelle Basten gives us the low down on this season’s Spring Racing trends and where to get the look locally from our Kalgoorlie Boulder retailers. Click on Jenelle’s gorgeous flat lay images to see product in more detail!
One of the happiest days in a Kalgoorlie fashion retailers’ year is opening couriered boxes and finding feathers and flowers, because it signifies the start of the local spring racing season.
Kalgoorlie boasts a lively fashion crowd that treasures our famed race round; including our local retailers and retail staff. While it is tempting to shop online, I would urge you to investigate your local outfit and accessory options.
Using the current racing fashion trends as a microscope, let’s have a look at what you can find in Kalgoorlie’s stores.
PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR
Pantone has declared 2016 the year of Serenity and Rose Quartz; a “cooler tranquil blue” and a “warm embracing rose tone”. The rosey blush pink is often strong in spring racing styling due to its effortless femininity and availability, but the pale blue has been banished to the 90’s for some time. It’s started popping up at racecourses throughout Australia this year and Kalgoorlie has plenty of Serenity and Rose Quartz options available:
We love this custom couture fringed dress by local designer Bel Cappello in duck egg dupioni silk and pearl beads. The outfit is complemented by a diamond blocked headpiece in off white leather with a whisper of rose pink/mauve.
To complete your look, Indulge Cosmetics and Fragrance suggest OPI nail colours Gelato On My Mind and Heart Throb, Napoleon Blush Patrol, Vani-T Bronzing Custard and new Lancome fragrance La Vie Est Belle.
Jumpsuits and felt aren’t traditional spring racing options (if you’re planning on entering Fashions on the Field I’d advise you keep them for a winter race meet), but if you’re looking for a point of difference, they can make your outfit a stand-out. This theme brings a richness of colour and lots of texture through traditional crafting methods like weaving, leatherwork and felting. There’s plenty that you can take from the era to adapt to spring racing; think wide leg pants, stacked heels, vintage straw, paisley and cool sunglasses. We saw a lot of this style throughout the 2016 winter races, let’s have a look at Kalgoorlie’s offerings:
Indulge Cosmetics and Fragrance recommends the Lancome Juicy Shaker lip colour in Cherry Symphony, describing it as the ‘it’ product that’s all over Instagram. OPI nail colour Conga Line Coral will stand out perfectly against a tan shoe.
It wouldn’t be the 70s without a wide brim hat, like this Maker Millinery offering, complete with suede and tassels:
I’m a tactile kind of girl- if you’re like me and love some texture and embellishment, you’re going to love 2016. Lace overlays were strong last year, and remain in 2016 in more geometric patterns and alternative fabrics like silk mesh. There’s plenty of embellishment and beading led by a DIY movement that is picking up speed in spring racing circles. Throw in some fringe, tassels and pompoms and you’ve got yourself an outfit party. There’s some amazing items to be found locally:
This beauty at Lola’s Boutique has a lot of visual interest with its tulip skirt, cold shoulders and lace/burnout fabric:
If you’re going for texture you have to have some lengthy lashes! You can find Napoleon Perdis lashes at Indulge Cosmetics and Fragrance, along with the new Black Opium perfume by YSL.
Metallic designs and fabrics often allow you to choose more subtle pieces as the material itself does the talking, without the need for scale. You also don’t need to stick to gold or silver; rose gold, copper and brass have been increasingly popular in racing fashion. There’s something about the shine that makes people feel special, which accounts for its popularity. Rose gold and copper also work perfectly with the Pantone colours, and add interest and opulence to block colour outfits.
If jewellery is your thing, can find a great collection of modern jewellery designed by WA racing fashion label Only One Ashley at Smales Jewellers. Lisa Freeth Designs also offers a range of jewellery designed in Kalgoorlie.
Kalgoorlie IS the gold mining capital, so metallics are strongly represented here:
These makeup items are perfect staples for every spring racing outfit including Estee Lauder Colour Envy shadow palette in Fiery Saffron, Napoleon Ultimate Contour palette, Napoleon Bronze Patrol and Napoleon Silk Road lip rouge.
If you’re the kind of girl that likes her racing style easy AND straight from the runway, you may want to consider foregoing the headpiece in favour of the Glitter Part, a catwalk sensation that the girls at Mesmerised Hair Boutique recently picked up from Hair Expo in Melbourne:
Live Footage is also welcoming millinery label Studio Aniss in 2016, famous for its edgy metallic laser-cut crowns that are a fashionistas dream. They’re arriving at the end of August and they’re seriously sought-after so keep your eyes out for release details:
Without being too cliché, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and beautiful in whatever outfit you choose. Looking forward to seeing you all trackside this September!