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Millinery Trends for 2018 Spring Racing Season

Victoria Gardiner

What a year 2018 has turned out to be!  So much inspiration for this year's Spring Racing Carnival that I almost don't know where to start.

First off was the Met Gala with the most beautiful elaborate headpieces that got everyone talking.  Is it a crown? Is it a costume? Is it Jewellery for the hair?  So many discussions but one statement got me thinking.  It's a 'Work of Art for the head'.  Indeed, I have always considered my passion for Millinery an art-form and I take every opportunity to play with new themes.  We'll certainly see plenty of Baroque-inspired headpieces and elements of gold coming through the more traditional Spring Racing wardrobe in 2018.


Next up was, of course, The Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  Full of glamorous guests and a Royalty who's who list with all the spectacle, pomp and ceremony we have come to expect.  Except this was rather different.  The styling of the choir caught my attention with an array of pastel pink in luxurious fabric, not forgetting Kitty Spencer's vintage-style glam and Philip Treacy's Millinery art-form everywhere.  It was like all my Christmasses in May!  Simple Millinery designs executed and worn with grace and confidence.  Something we can all aspire to, as a Wedding guest.

Flower crowns

We have seen gold crowns, flower crowns and halo crowns everywhere in the last few years so I am really looking forward to the slight change in headwear and a tip towards more classical headwear such as the Boater.  Personally, I have worn one once since I was 4 and can't get enough of them.  Totally versatile, beach and poolside worthy as well as options to dress-up your Summer Boater for The Races to ensure to get the most out of it.  On the plus side, the extra coverage a large brimmed boater gives in the harsh Australian sun can be very welcome, not something a traditional fascinator or flower crown can do!

gold crown

We look forward to updating our social pages in the lead-up to Spring Racing with hat and fascinator trends and ideas.






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