As we get close to Shoalhaven City Turf Club’s Nowra Cup / Girls Day Out, we thought we would talk to our Fashion Judge Sally Martin.
Happy Fashion Friday to all.
Last week our SA Ambassador Cathrin Marie Gill was lucky to attended a showcase of the couture label – couture + love + madness by Adelaide designer Cristina Tridente.
This week Cathrin has had the pleasure of chatting to Cristina to get some background on her beautiful range, her new store and her racing fashion. Cathrin was lucky enough to see Cristina’s graduation show from TAFE in 2009 and shared the stage with her for Cathrin’s first fashions on the field experience in 2011 on Adelaide Cup Day.
Ladies we hope you have your autumn outfits ready for Adelaide Cup as prediction for Adelaide is perfect weather of 22 degrees (maybe some light rain).
So let’s get to meet this extraordinary designer.
Q. Could you please tell us about your own FOTF experience?
A. I first entered FOTF when I was still studying at TAFE SA back in 2009. It was a fun way to showcase my designs to a wider audience.
Q. Cristina we know your outfit are no stranger to FOTF locally and interstate – but can you tell us a little about some of those collaborations ?
A. I’ve known Melissa Barnes (MYER FOFT SA state finalist 2017 and Adorn Collection) for many years through the industry. It has been so lovely to have collaborated and worked with such a well known racing fashion enthusiast over the past few years. Through Melissa I was lucky enough to meet Rebecca Butcher and a few other clients (who are now great friends).
Q. What do you forecast for the season?
A. Living Coral (being the pantone colour for 2019) will play a major part in fashion all round for this year. Lilac is still a very strong colour and these two colours actually complement each other.
Q. What is your favourite look/piece?
A. I’m still very fond of leopard print, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to die. It always makes a comeback and when worn correctly, can look very elegant.
Q. What drives you or inspires each range?
A. I get inspired by fabric. I won’t buy a piece of fabric unless I more or less know what I’m going to make out of it. Designers work in 2 different ways, they either design and then source fabric or they source fabric then design. I’m the latter.
Q. Who or where does your inspiration come from?
A. As previously mentioned, fabric plays a big part in my designs but I’m also inspired by things in our everyday world such as architecture and nature.
Some of Cristina’s career highlights include:
- being in this month Vogue,
- studying at Central Saint Martins in 2017 and
- her brand new shop in Norwood South Australia
As Cristina now reaches 10 years in the industry, Cristina now ventures into bricks and mortar at 260 The Parade, Norwood, will also house Cristina’s new label, ‘Tridente’, which has a more architectural aesthetic.
Thank you so much Cristina for your time. We are very much looking forward to seeing your amazing designers this season.
Words by Cathrin Marie Gill
Pictures from Cristina Tridente’s collaboration
Millinery is a crucial element to ensure your outfit is FOTF fit. In 2018 boaters dominated FOTF compitions across Australia, however, 2019 is set to showcase ladylike elegance in the form of over sized bows. TEA Ambassador Bethany Brajkovich shares why she loves bows
Words by Bethany Brajkovich
We head to South Australia with our Ambassador Cathrin Marie Gill who attended the Superloop annual Advertiser Sunday Mail Foundation Ladies Day Luncheon.
Adelaide’s stylish ladies were all out to celebrate a different type of horse power in the form of V8 super cars for the Superloop series held at the stunning Adelaide Hilton.
A regular fashion on the field judge, Anna Vlach, spoke about the trends for the season including the must have colours. Our Cathrine said she is really excited about “valiant poppy”
and it sounds like a great name for a horse too!
Photo credit Savvy Tokyo
Fashion parade was showing beautiful fashion by Cristina Trident and Cathrin spied a dress that Adelaide racing fashion gal and milliner Melissa Barnes premiered at Derby day in Melbourne.
Photo credit Liz Sunshine
Watch out for our up and coming story with Cristina next week.
Cathrin is looking forward to sharing more stories from Adelaide who is currently caught up in Mad March with Adelaide Fringe, the highlights from the Adelaide Festival, Superloop V8s and of course – March 11 Adelaide Cup.
We look forward to seeing you all at the track as there is nothing like a day at the races.
Words by Cathrin Marie Gill
Autumn is fast approaching and FOTF ladies are busy planning their Autumn outfits. In Perth this means the iconic Karrakatta Plate Autumn FOTF competition at Ascot Racecourse on the 6th of April. Our West Australian Ambassador Bethany Brajkovich will be there to capture all the fashion and excitement of the day. Here are some tips for what is trending in FOTF this Autumn.
Silver is the new Rose Gold
Boots with skirts and dresses
At racecourses around Australia and New Zealand we are continually noting the incorpation of high end runway looks into racing fashion. Last year when Kerrie Carruci stepped out in the Milva Carruci custom design she put her best foot forward by adding these head turning red pointed boots from Tony Bianco which paired perfectly with this super cute red beret from ASOS. Bethany explains:
‘I love getting a one off outfit made. I enjoy the creative process that allows me to include eclectic elements and merge them seamlessly into a complete look. Previously I’ve worked with both designers and dress makers and find it to be a exciting experience for both of us. One of my favourite memories is going to the track with other ladies who were all wearing custom made outfits from award winning Perth Designer Only One Ashley. We all felt so special and so unique, it was a wonderful experience from start to finish.’
Today’s Fashion Friday is with a focus on polo fashion. We have just completed Polo in the City series which starting with Sydney and ended with Adelaide and …. wow!!!! There is no better way to soak up the sun, watch the thrill of the game, enjoy admiring the magnificent horses, partake in exquisite food and beverages from one of the stylish marquees and … best of all … a great reason to get dressed up in a fun, flirty and fabulous outfit.
To quickly understand the game, there are 4 horses and players per side (with No 3 being the most skilled player). It kicks off with the day’s “celebrity” throwing the ball in and then it is time to get to the ball and hit it to the end of the field to score a goal. Not only are the players playing this game, but it is fun watching the polo ponies chase the ball and get their rider in position. These horses are highly trained and very skilled. It is that simple.
(Of course there is lots more to it but that is enough for a beginner’s guide.
When it comes to fashion at the polo, it is more a relaxed, glamorous style. Hats are a must to have “the look” and to ensure you don’t get burnt. There is plenty to do on the day other than enjoying champagne and canapes. Makes sure you take part in the stomping of the divots, enter the fun race, cheer your polo team to hopefully victory, meet polo players and their horses at the end of the game, walk around the grounds and check out all the exquisite marquees and of course “faces and style”.
For the girls, polo is eye candy. The polo players look oh so hot in their white jodhpurs and long boots and the men in attendance put just as much effort into their appearance.
And for the men, well … the girls are showing their class but on the flirty side!!!! Definitely lots of “Pretty Women” out there.
So for anyone who has not been to a polo game, it is a must on your calendar. You will find lots of polo on. Go to http://polointhecity.com/ and see when a game hits your State.
Note: there are various polo games – polo in the city, polo by the sea, polo in the vines. I am sure you will find one near you.
It’s all go in Perth:
Perth Punter this weekend we have a lot to look forward to. Not only is it Polo in the City at Langley Park but its also the Magic Millions Kingston Town Classic at Ascot Racecourse. Here are a few tips we have put together to get you through this weekend and the festive season racing carnival.
Its all in the preparation!
The day before:
Getting your race day look right starts inside! If there is one thing that goes hand in hand with a fabulous day out with the fillies its champagne. Before a big day make a special effort to drink a lot of water the day before, between drinks on the day and especially after the big day to avoid a hangover.
Now your body is feeling refreshed get that summer fresh look by getting the quickest and safest tan around, spray tan!!! Personally Beth does not feel her look is at her best without a tan on. Everything looks better tanned.
The big day:
Woohoo its race day, the best day of the week, month, year! To start your day right you need to load your body up with lots of energy so eat a hearty and healthy breakfast. Think smashed avocado on wholegrain toast with a side of mushrooms and a delicious fresh coffee. Don’t forget some water too.
Check in with yourself. How are you feeling about the day? It’s normal to get some nerves before a big day particularly if you are entering Fashions on the Field. How you talk to yourself sets the tone for the day. Instead of doubting your outfit choice, who’s going to be there, etc, tell yourself ‘I look great’, ‘I’m going to have fun’, ‘I can only control me’, ‘I can’t wait to get there’. Then repeat!
(Quote by Brene Brown)
At the track live in the moment and have fun. Take it all in, there is always something fun happening at the track, the horses, the fashion, the food, the larrakins, the punters and so much more!!! You will walk away with more friends, fun memories and laughs.
The day after:
Take it easy and let your body recover. You more than likely have consumed your fair share of food and alcohol, danced in high heels and laughed so hard your belly aches. Enjoy a day to recover by drinking water, eating healthy and resting. While your resting laugh some more while flipping through your photos.
Lots of love
Words by Bethy B (our TEA Tinkerhealth)
Photos by Sharon Lenton (TEA’s own supply)
A fabulous Milliner who showcased for the first time at our event was Rachael Henson Millinery.
Having recently won the latest Millinery Association of Australia’s Design Award 2018, we were elated to secure Rachael to showcase. Her winning piece was a knock out, showing such style and grace. Rachael expresses her work as “a combination of feminine shapes, designed to be a blend of elegance with a dash of high spirits”. And that Rachael does.
Rachael goes on to say “I love helping to create memories of those special moments in your life whether it is a wedding, a special occasion or if you are going to the races”.
Rachael started making hats in 1998. She studied millinery in Canberra, and then Adelaide, Australia, On returning to Canberra, she started her own millinery business and has been making hats for dignitaries, race goers, brides (and their mothers) ever since. Her hats have jetted off all over the world, including to royal weddings. Rachael also makes head wear for theatrical productions.
In 2015 Rachael was fortunate to work for Phillip Rhodes in Melbourne in his workroom for the spring carnival.
Rachael says, “A great hat is like a new pair of shoes or a fabulously cut dress or pair of trousers, it will make you walk confidently with your head held . Why does this happen? I suppose the reason will inevitably be different for everyone, but I suspect the right hat will tap into a part of the personality the wearer likes, and without words, shows this hidden or underused part to the world…. or maybe it just feels good.
Someone wise and anonymous once said ‘Happiness is a New Hat’. While this could be a bit ambitious, the right hat will certainly make anyone feel special. I’ve seen it.”
Good luck Rachael Henson into the talents of the millinery arena
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What a privilege it is to bring to you a Milliner who has taken fashions on the field by storm – the talented Mininery by Mel. Here is her story brought to you by Thoroughbred Events Australia.
Take it away, Mel ….
A little about me:
My full name is Melanie Atherinos and I am the owner, designer and the creative hands behind my Millinery label – Millinery By Mel.
I have always been a very creative person that loves everything pretty and matching, so millinery is the perfect profession for me. I have been very fortunate in my life to have had many opportunities and diverse career paths. After leaving school I studies Child Care where I worked for 6 years on the Sunshine Coast before moving to Mount Isa and being given the opportunity to study Marketing and take up the position as Events and Marketing Manager for a large Hospitality venue in the town. After having my son, I was started my own ‘work from home’ business specialising in Costumes and Event decorating.
After several year my husband and I decided a change was needed and we bought a caravan, packed up our family and started on our next adventure of seeing more of this wonderful country we live in. We spent 3 years travelling around but then decided to return to Mount Isa when our son turned 8 as he wanted a ‘normal’ life again. Outside of millinery my interest include camping, gardening, anything creative.
A little about my business: Millinery By Mel
My business is Me, myself and I…. It started as a hobby and with the help of Social Media and the internet, it is now a full time plus business that sends fascinators both nationally and internationally. In the last month, I have had a dramatic increase in the amount of international sales and I have been sending many designs to countries such as United state, Italy, China, New Zealand, Ireland, England and even Dubai.
Are you from a horse racing family or a fashion family background ?
No – not from either
Before starting to make Millinery, I had only ever been to 1 country race meet and wore a fascinator that I bought off Ebay and stuck a few extra feathers on to match my outfit.
I have ridden a horse once and decided it was better (and safer) for me to admire them in the paddocks. I am fortunate to live only 500m from our towns horse paddocks so I enjoy walking each day with my dog through the paddocks.
My favourite race meets now and definitely the Outback Country Races, you get to meet so many people from all different places and is wonderful to see the effort the ladies from the Stations go to when dressing up.
My greatest fashion belief is that you should always wear what you feel comfortable in – if you don’t feel confident and comfortable in what you are wearing – your true beauty will not shine through.
Have you Always lived in Mount Isa?
I was born in Cowra NSW where I lived for a couple of years before my family moved to the Sunshine Coast where I completed all my school and lived till I was 22. I then moved to Mount Isa for a change of scenery. I have called Mount Isa home for the past 17 years. I love living in the Outback and at this stage have no plans to leave.
Are you single or married with a small family?
I have a small beautiful family consisting of my husband, 12 year old son and a 22 year old stepson. I also come from a small family with only 1 sister. My mum lives in Mount Isa also and is often found helping out in my studio.
My family is my greatest support and fans – followed by my friends. Without these special people in my life I would never achieve my many great successes.
As much as my son says tracing leather leaves and flowers is ‘boring’ he always fronts up to the studio to help when needed. My husband steps in and is a fantastic ‘Mr Mum’ during the busy times and keep the household functioning when I am working long hours.
When did you discover your passion for millinery.
After travelling, I returned to my job as a Marketing Manager and I decided that in my spare time I needed something creative to do. So, I bought a few Millinery supplies from online… little did I know where that first fascinator would lead me to.
For 12 months I continued working as well as making Millinery in my spare time, however the demands of my business became to great and I chose to quit my job and take up millinery full time. Since then I haven’t looked back and I just keep getting busier and busier.
Initially my work space was a table beside my bed in our bedroom, it then took over the spare room and now rent a 2 bedroom unit that is home to the expanding Millinery By Mel Studio.
Did you study or are you self taught?
Learning millinery skills has been a lot of trial and error as well as completing online training through Hat academy. Unfortunately, due to living in Outback Queensland, it can get very expensive and difficult to attend training held on the coast however I was fortunate attend a few workshops including learn skills from Carole Maher and will also be flying to Melbourne later in the year to attend a Louise MacDonald Workshop.
I do look forward to in the future completing further studies and training with well know milliners in the industry. I do not claim to be a Milliner rather just a designer of beautiful headwear, one day my goal is to complete studies in Fashion and Millinery, however at this stage I am enjoying what I am doing.
My favourite material to work with is leather, I love the many ways it can be used and the fact that is it tran-seasonal and can be worn at any time of the year.
The most unique designs I have ever had to make were for a hairdresser for hair shows and were made from many hair extensions.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1541132825633-1546ded4-abeb-6″ include=”6246,6245″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Have you been to Melbourne Cup?
In 2016 I attended Melbourne Cup for the first time – we went on a P&O cruise from Brisbane to Melbourne. We had a lovely time in the Home Straight Marquee however this meant we didn’t get to see a lot of the fashion and festivities that Melbourne Cup is renowned for. I hope to make my way back there one day with friends to experience the full week of racing and fashion.
My dream to achieve
To be completely honest – I think I am living my dream (ok maybe my dream has a few more hours sleep in it. LOL)
As I always say…. If you find a job doing something you love, you will never work another day in your life.
This pretty much sums me up, every day I get to go to work and be paid to create beautiful designs. I am so fortunate to work with a large number of lovely ladies who truly appreciate and praise my efforts. It is so rewarding to receive the glamourous photos of the my clients dressed up for Race days.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1541132825643-529b50d6-bfbe-3″ include=”6248,6251″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1541132825664-f0bdf9db-2607-1″ include=”6252,6250″][/vc_column][/vc_row]