Dressing for Derby Day is the sartorial equivalent of being asked to make a truffle risotto on a reality cooking show. A black and white dress code; it seems like a simple request, but the details can be damning. Your essential components of Arborio rice (your clothing), stock (your shoes), seasoning (your bag) and truffle (your millinery) must sing a harmony with a structured flavour profile and a fluidity like it was the destiny of each ingredient to fall into your pot.
The judges are yearning for texture, good knife work and layering of flavours, all while you must honour tradition and unveil your personality on a plate. However, with some careful planning, your final product can appear just the right amount of effortless; celebrity stylist Lana Wilkinson and Chris Kontos visited Australian Fashion Labels with Bel Sloane to show you how.
Beginning with a Keepsake the Label dress, Chris and Lana paid royalties to the institution of racing fashion. Conservative, feminine and elegant, this posh-prairie garment is an idyllic silhouette for a day to embrace all the enthralling aspects of Derby Day with its gentle structure. Paired with a sophisticated Kurt Geiger pump, Lana and Chris crown Bel with Sylvy Earl Headwear – a decadently black piece bound to be a blue-chip wardrobe investment. A little sparkle for Bel’s ears set off her glowing skin and expertly applied highlighter by Media Makeup.
Press play on Lana and Chris curating a distinguishing Derby Day ensemble below.
Q&A with Lana and Chris
This look is all about: Being classic and chic.
We chose this because: Derby day is the most traditional day of a racing carnival.
Derby Day is all about: Everyone dressing beautifully in black and white and being on their best behaviour.
Our favourite Derby Day memory is: Attending the Myer Marquee for Spring Racing Carnival in Victoria. It’s like Christmas Day.
We love this look because: It’s so chic and that's what Derby Day is about.