Derby Day is a great opportunity to showcase how simple yet stylish monochrome can be. As the sunny autumn days lead into chilly winter temperatures it signals the time to bring out your felt or leather hats and headpieces. We were on the look out for ‘season appropriate’ headwear and a fresh approach to current trends. Mixed patterns, jumpsuits, off the shoulder and sheer cut outs were popular style choices. Many ladies we spoke to even had a go at making their own millinery, which adds a personalised touch to any outfit.

Let’s take a closer look at the attention to detail and stories behind some of our favourites…

This outfit ticked ALL the boxes for us and we loved hearing the story behind the little details Laura added to complete her look. It was mix of old, new, classic and modern touches. Although Derby Day is traditionally only black and white we did see some small pops of colour in Laura’s accessories. Her on trend crochet dress with bell sleeves was a perfect backdrop for her ‘Mexican’ themed ensemble. From the boots to the hat we instantly fell in love with each element Laura was wearing.

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-DRESS: Vintage purchase
-BOOTS: Wittner
-HAT: embellished it herself
-NECK TIE: Traditional hand embroidered Mariachi bow
-BAG: Mexican markets

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derby day
derby day


A cute and practical outfit, Stella’s jewelled top caught our eye on our way around the Clique Magazine precinct. With a handmade headband to match she was perfectly dressed for the weather and for comfort.

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-SKIRT: Country Road
-SHOES: Zara
-TOP: Bardot
-HEADBAND: made it herself


Talented Adelaide designer Jaimie knows his fashion trends and was sporting black from head to toe, literally. Little details like the jacket lining and tie up bow added interest and style to the outfit.

-BLAZER: Jack London
-TOP: So It Goes
-PANTS: Alexander Wang
-SHOES: Jack London


With a trendy layered boho vibe Emilee was another race goer who decided to add her own touch to her hat. We loved her playful take on black and white and were instantly drawn to her beautiful pearl ring and matching accessories.

-BOOTS/BAG: Milana
-TOP and SKIRT: Zimmerman
-HAT: Suzanne (with her own embellishments)
-BLAZER: Ellery


This outfit was a standout example of how stylish a pant suit can be and how you can tailor this look for the races. Stephanie’s accessories were on point and the statement sun glasses were a favourite of the day.

-BAG: Chanel
-SHOES: Valentino
-SUIT: Zeitgeist
-HEADPEICE: unknown


Going strapless is a ‘no-no’ for the races, especially for Fashions on the Field, but we were impressed that Heidi had cleverly disguised her strapless dress with a stunning cape. Her edgy handmade headpiece was eye catching and the use of stylish accessories, such as her ear cuff, brought the entire outfit together perfectly.

-BAG: Gucci
-DRESS: Carla Zampatti
-SHOES: Wittner
-HEADPEICE: made it herself
-EAR CUFF: Kookai
-CAPE: Kookai


The petite weather presenter played host to Craniofacial Luncheon held in the Derby Pavilion. Her Liza Emanuele dress, aptly named the “Amelia dress”, was a perfect choice for the Derby Day dress code. Her millinery was provided by local business, and event sponsor, Adelaide Hatters. Amelia’s fashion tip is to invest in a pair of nude heels because they go with everything!


Not only did we explore the trackside fashion we were also invited to the Craniofacial Luncheon fundraising event. We saw a wonderful parade of new season Liza Emanuele garments ranging from casual wear to evening dresses. Liza explained how she is looking at tailoring her upcoming collections to more occasional wear and the new range ‘Shadow Play’ is a wonderful example of how versatile her pieces are.

The parade started out with traditional black and white outfits and was followed by some stunning formal wear and also included options that cross over from work to a day at the track. The use of textured fabrics and layering throughout the show is a sign of trends we will see throughout autumn and winter. We couldn’t help but love the little details like white collars and black neck ties. Liza’s ability to spread her talents across various clothing categories is a testament to her hard work and passion for the fashion industry in South Australia.

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