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Lana Wilkinson and Chris Kontos dress Bel Sloane for your Oaks Day Inspiration

Where Melbourne Cup is classic Chanel No. 5, Oaks Day is the Coco Mademoiselle of the family. Traditionally known as Ladies Day, this racing carnival is an opportunity to learn as much about yourself as you will about fashion, encouraging women to define their bespoke brand of femininity in their ensemble.

In a time that constantly demands women to be stronger, this is a day for letting your guard down, celebrating your delicacy and all the ways in which you beautify the world. While typical ensembles capture the essence of spring in a palette of pastels, we called in stylist to the stars Lana Wilkinson, whose clients have included Elyse Knowles and Nicole Warne, to give you an update on fusing glamour, grace and race for Oaks Day.

At Australian Fashion Labels, Lana joined Chris Kontos for an elite game of dress-ups with Bel Sloane, where they settled on Adelaide’s own celebrity-adored label Acler. Featuring sleeves and a cinched waist worthy of covering a modern romance novel, Lana and Chris finished Bel’s printed dress with a scintillating piece by Sylvy Earl millinery, further flattered by an enchanting hair and beauty look by Media Makeup. Observe the genius collaboration below and take notes for your next Oaks Day adventure.

Q&A with Lana and Chris

We chose this look because: It’s non-traditional and fun!

When it comes to accessorising for Oaks Day it’s all about: A statement shoe or hat (must be cool!)

Headwear should be: Floral - the bigger the better.

Oaks Day is all about: Women expressing themselves through fashion.

Chris, what are you most looking forward to at this year’s Oaks Day at Morphettville? Having celebrity stylist Lana Wilkinson show us how it’s done! Boss lady.

We love this look for Bel because: She looks feminine, cool yet sophisticated! It’s the Oaks Day ethos.

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