The culture of Races seem to have been prevalent in Australia for a while now but its influence into mainstream fashion is one of the most recent developments that I have come across here. First at Vogue Fashion Night out, GQ did a styling put together session around menswear for races and this time it was TOPSHOP to do the same. For those who are not aware of the fashion at the races, its smart, structured, chic and polished experimenting within that same area without going too crazy or outlandish. As Kate Waterhouse said at the event, its all about elegance.
At the recent launch of their STEP INTO SPRING event, one got to see a lot of monochrome dresses, structured separates as well as layered ones as well which could be styled easily with some chic accessories, a headpiece and killer heels. The collection centering around races also saw printed dresses and lace themed ones too. I also found out that the store had two in-house personal shoppers who could be booked for sessions as well as would be around store to help out depending on the occasion. Its all about understated polished look and TopShop provided quite a lot of options for women to choose from.
Over to the menswear section, one saw prints making quite the bang with printed ties and pocket squares with herringbone and tweed suits with classic notch lapel in checks and windowpanes. And guys step out of the black, blues and navy are such better alternatives with keeping it classic without looking stuckup or boring. For much more experimental ones, it was floral jackets and printed shirts and some really fun and extra downward pointed bowties that were rather unusual but fun to add that certain jazz to any look (need to go back to get one for myself).
The event wrapped up with Kate Waterhouse sharing her race experiences and the fashion to follow giving suggestions as to what and how could ladies hit the races with panache without going overboard. One useful tip: break into your heels before you decide to take them for a spin at the races
*Also a shoutout to the nectar&stone… those boutique chocolates were bang on perfect.
*Images by TopShop