Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2013: David Jones’ Spring Racing Fashion Show

31st August – 8th September 2013 is Spring Fashion Week here in Melbourne, Australia. So, if you’re a local gal who loves fashion, you’ve just GOT to head to the city and get amongst the fashionable festivities! The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Hub in City Square is the place to be with lots of great beauty displays and free daily fashion shows.

On Monday 2nd September, I ventured down to ‘The Hub’ to check out the David Jones’ Spring Racing Fashion Show and find out what’s hot in trackside fashion this year.

The show began with David Jones’ Spring Racing Carnival Ambassadors Emma Freedman and Jessica Gomes warming-up the crowd and explaining that the show would be divided into sections according to ‘Race Day.’ I thought that this was a great idea because some race days have very particular dress codes with proud histories and it can all get a bit confusing! The last thing a girl wants is commit a fashion faux pas at the races! The layout of this fashion show was a clear how-to guide for race day style! The unpredictable Melbourne weather had graced us with a beautiful sunny day, which was perfect for the presentation of this show, allowing us to see what the outfits will look like in the natural light out on the field.


Above: David Jones’ Spring Racing ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Emma Freedman.

The first section of the show was dedicated to Derby Day. Derby Day is all about black and white combinations. I predict that the Derby Day looks are going to be extra memorable this year since monochrome is such a big trend this spring. Emma explained that she predicted more ladies in suits on the field this year, rather than the traditional cocktail dress. The looks that were presented combined slinky and stiff fabrics, with a mixture of dresses and suits. The accessories were mainly leather or plastic and statement head pieces were all the rage.


Above: My favourite Derby Day looks from the show.

The iconic Melbourne Cup was up next and this collection was all about big, bold and bright outfits. Lots of mixed textures were presented together along with colour blocking and bold prints. The headpieces were a little wacky and brave, giving the collection a cartoonish feel that reminded me of a garden party a la ‘Alice and Wonderland.’ It was clear that Melbourne Cup is going to be all about having fun with fashion!


Above: Memorable Melbourne Cup looks.


Above: my favourite look from the Melbourne Cup collection. Ginger and Smart cobalt blue dress with Suzy O’Rourke headpiece.

The family fun day of the spring racing carnival is Stakes’ Day. The looks that were presented in this section were all about style, simplicity and comfort, so you could still look gorgeous as you chase your kids around the field. The ambassadors explained that this is the day to experiment with the ‘sports luxe’ trend and, when it comes to the fellas, “the man bag is back!”


Above: My favourite looks from the Stakes’ Day collection.

This year Caulfield Guineas Day is supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, so the ambassadors predicted that pink would be a popular option. Therefore, I expected hot pink numbers to grace the runway. However, I was surprised that this spring the popular hue is a very sweet, almost white, pastel pink teamed with lady-like accessories.


Above: a gorgeous feminine look that pays homage to the Victorian era. Ted Baker pink blazer, Willow crème top and pants with a hat by The Two Mrs Grenvilles.


Above: a great look for a cooler Melbourne spring day. All pieces by Alannah Hill.

Traditionally, Oakes’ Day is ladies’ day, so of the entire racing season, it’s the day to go all out! This year the looks are ultra-girly with lace, florals, headbands and statement pieces. Cute a-line dresses that emphasise the waist will be out in full force!


Above: My favourite look from the Oakes’ Day collection. Ellery black floral dress and Neil Grigg head piece.


Above: standout from the crowd is this gorgeous Trelise Cooper red jacket and dress. Headpiece by George Giavis.

Last, but certainly not least, was one of my favourite collections, the Caulfield Cup section. The ambassadors shared that this section was all about the Parisian Chic trend, which personally I just love! It was very tricky to pick a favourite, so please see below some gorgeous looks!


Above: Dress by Carla Zampatti and headpiece by Neil Grigg.

Above: dress by Lover and hat by Max Alexander.
Above left: jacket and pants by Scanlan & Theodore and headpiece by Neil Grigg. Above right: suit and shirt by Jack London.

I loved the David Jones show and this year’s trends are chic, feminine and so wearable. Check out the David Jones website for more information about the looks or to buy online.

Make sure you head down to the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Hub this week and check out some more FREE fashion shows! Click here for details.

Till next time,

Ms This n That xx


2 thoughts on “Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2013: David Jones’ Spring Racing Fashion Show

  1. Wow there’s some spectacular designs there for the races! I love the Trelis Cooper red number and the Ellery black lace dress, so elegant, chic yet still trendy! I missed out going to this year’s MSFW. I think I had “fashion week fatigue”. But next year I’ll definitely hope to attend at least one. 🙂

    • Yeah there were some fab styles! I’m loving the spring racing looks this year.

      This was my first MSFW, but I could only get to one show! Next year I’m gonna plan a head and see lots more. Hopefully I don’t get “fashion week fatigue.” Hehe x

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