Myer spring racing 2015

The Perfect Pairing

Finding the right piece of millinery to wear with your new raceday outfit is no simple task, so this season we asked some of Australia’s most talented milliners to custom-design headpieces to be worn with a selection of stunning Australian Designer dresses. As you can imagine, the outcome was breathtaking. We caught up with two of the milliners, Ann Shoebridge and Natalie Bikicki, to talk through their pieces…

Myer spring racing 2015

Rachael Finch wears custom Ann Shoebridge headpiece, designed to be worn with the Alex Perry Maude dress

ann shoebridge & alex perry

Myer: What was the inspiration behind this piece?
Ann Shoebridge: The inspiration was graffiti – I had been playing around with spray paints and loved the vibrant tonal effects. I also liked the contrast of classic style hats against the rebellious nature of graffiti.

M: What defines spring racing style?
AS: Spring Racing style is all about elegance and a thoughtfully constructed outfit. It’s a balance of colour, texture, and line – for me a great race outfit is a mix of classic tailoring with a bold twist in accessorising.

M: How does the art and history of millinery align with spring racing?
AS: Spring racing is one of the greatest events for showcasing the art and technique of millinery; they both represent risk-taking, innovation, and style.

M: How should racegoers approach their ensemble?
AS: A successful race day outfits begin with one knockout item, whether that be a beautiful hat, tailored dress or fabulous shoes.  This piece should be the foundation for all the other elements.

Myer spring racing 2015

natalie bikicki & white suede

Myer: What was the inspiration behind this piece?
Natalie Bikicki: While designing my capsule millinery range for White Suede, my inspiration came from luxe fabrications. I wanted to utilise interesting textures mixed with modern metallics, soft leather, white latex, sharp origami which sat really beautifully with White Suede’s structural pieces.

M: What defines spring racing style?
NB: For me, spring racing style is defined by elegance mixed with imagination, very feminine silhouettes and unique combinations. I love seeing ladies who embrace the pageantry of the Spring Racing Carnival, and create a signature look.

M: How does the art and history of millinery align with spring racing?
NB: Art and the history of millinery are strongly intertwined with spring racing. There has been a constant evolution between the two – different techniques and styles can be seen for decades making the Spring Racing Carnival a spectacular visual event in fashion.

M: How should racegoers approach their ensemble?
NB: Don’t play it safe! The races are the epitome of glamour, so be imaginative, create beautiful combinations by trying many pieces on, find the trends you love and put your own stamp on it with your accessories, especially your millinery – it should be the cherry on top of your cake, the perfect complementary finish.

Myer spring racing 2015

Left: Milliner, Natalie Bikicki
Right: Jennifer Hawkins wears custom Natalie Bikicki headpiece, designed to be worn with White Suede’s Lace Ambiguity dress

Left: Jennifer Hawkins wears KERRIE STANLEY handmade fascinator, designed to be worn with the BY JOHNNY Tie Clash dress
Right: Jennifer Hawkins wears NERIDA WINTER handmade fascinator, designed to be worn with the YEOJIN BAE Lisette dress

These exclusive millinery pieces are available in very limited numbers at Myer Melbourne only. You can shop our millinery edit online here.

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