Off to the Races with Kate Freebairn

With the races approaching faster than the horses set to race, the time crunch to find that perfect outfit is becoming realer by the minute. To provide some much need inspiration, South Australian Style spoke to Network 10’s Races Fashion and Entertainment Co-Host, Kate Freebairn.

What are the biggest trends that you’re expecting to see this racing season?

Coming out of COVID restrictions, this year’s Carnival is a big celebration and I expect the fashion to reflect that. We’ll be seeing lots of bold, bright, block colours and balloon sleeves. I’m a big fan for tailored suits and I think they’ll be big this year.

When it comes to headwear – a classic hat is always beautiful but this year headbands are the new fascinators. They’re fresh and fun and so easy to wear.

What are the fashion faux pas of the races?

Elegant is always best for a day at the races. Don’t go too short with your dress, too low with your neckline, or show too much skin. This season, cut-outs are everywhere but they’re on the banned list at the races in Sydney and Melbourne. Although Adelaide’s race days are generally a little more casual, it might be best to err on the side of caution.

This goes without saying – the ultimate faux pas is taking off your shoes. You’ll have big regrets the next day!

With that being said, what’s a full-proof races outfit?

For me, it’s a tailored suit with a classic wide brimmed hat. It’s classy, flattering and comfortable to wear all day. Add a statement pair of shoes and a bag and you’re set.

So…what will you be wearing?

I’m hosting the TV coverage on all four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, so I’ve mixed it up. I’m usually a minimalist but we’ve pushed the boundaries for Cup Day! I’ve teamed up with an incredible designer, who is creating something amazing for me. It’s bright, bold and will be a lot of fun to wear.

In terms of entertainment, what’s on offer this season?

You can catch the broadcast of the Melbourne Cup Carnival on Network 10 and we’ve got plenty in store for people watching at home or on the big screens at events across the country.

I’m teaming with up with Rob Mills to host the fashion and entertainment and as part of that we’re featuring the best dressed racegoers from across the country for Myer’s Fashions on Your Front Lawn. There were some great entries from SA too, so I’m looking forward to chatting to some of the entrants and seeing how our locals go.

Now, I hear you have some exciting news to share…

I’m having a baby! It’s a little girl and my partner, Nick and I couldn’t be happier. I’m almost halfway, so pregnancy has made dressing for the Carnival a little more challenging this year but it will be nice to see the bump on the screen! I’m due at the end of March and can’t wait.

Be sure to catch all the racing coverage on Network 10 this racing season.

Melbourne Cup at Morphettville

There is no better place to enjoy the race that stops the nation than at Adelaide’s premier racecourse, Morphettville. The Melbourne Cup is hosted this year by the South Australian Jockey Club on Tuesday, 2 November with gates opening up at 10am.

On the day, Morphettville Racecourse will be hosting amazing on-course racing, available to view, and also presenting the prestigious Melbourne Cup live from Flemington on their big screens.

With a range of hospitality packages to choose from, you can get down to the races with corporate guests, friends or family and feel taken care of appropriately.

Date: Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Gates Open: 10am

Where: South Australian Jockey Club, Morphett Road, Morphettville.

Parking is available at The Junction on Anzac Highway for $10.

VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day

With racing season just around the corner, it’s time to get your tickets to race day and find the perfect outfit. The South Australian Jockey Club is presenting the VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day at Morphettville Racecourse and they invite you to dress up in your best black and white outfits and enjoy a day of racing.

This event is not only a must-attend for all racing enthusiasts, but also anyone in search of an entertaining day on the backdrop of fashion, racing and hospitality.

You can watch premium local racing on the track or be captivated by the big screens playing Sydney’s Golden Eagle and Victoria’s Derby.

Date: Saturday, 30 October 2021

Gates Open: 11am

Where: South Australian Jockey Club, Morphett Road, Morphettville.

Parking is available at The Junction on Anzac Highway for $10.

Calèche: A South Australian Story

After migrating from France to Australia in 1973, Colette Foubert’s flair for fashion and Olivier Foubert’s business acumen led to the founding of Calèche. Offering bespoke European-inspired evening wear and bridal gowns, Calèche by Colette Foubert began stocking in boutiques across Europe. The years to follow would see Calèche grace the catwalk at the 1985 New York Fashion Week and be the only South Australian label to be invited to show at Paris Fashion Week.

In 1992 a London-based designer Liz applied for a job to work under Colette. Little did she know then, but this would lead to a romance between Liz and Colette’s youngest son Herve. Liz continued to work under Colette, taking over the helm of head designer in 2003, with a style and flair notably similar to her late mentor.

Almost 50 years later and Calèche has survived the rapid decline of the Australian manufacturing industry, competing heavily with offshore labels. 

“We try to keep up with the new European trends and styles” says Liz, “however, where we have been able to stand out is that we have focused on providing an exclusive and individualised made-to-measure experience to our Adelaide brides”. 

Recently moving away from wholesale manufacturing for Australia-wide stockists, Calèche decided to concentrate on providing exclusive couture gowns for Adelaide brides. Today, brides fly interstate from all over Australia to have the Calèche team create their very own bespoke gown. 

Now, Calèche is a second-generation family business with sons Eric and Herve taking over the management, Liz as head designer and Herve and Liz’s daughter Jess recently joining the team. Still proudly family owned and operated, Calèche will soon enter its 50th year of business, making it one of the longest enduring South Australian style icons. Designer Liz attributes the success of Calèche to their talented and carefully chosen team.

“Everyone is passionate about creating the best quality workmanship for the brand. When you think of Calèche we want you to think of exclusivity, quality and individuality,” says Liz, “this is what our team has worked so hard to achieve”. 

caleche.com.au

La Dolce Vita: Lauren Dilena

Ahead of her December wedding to fiancé Sam Willis, Adelaide darling Lauren Dilena plays dress-ups in a selection of stunning gowns from some of the beautiful bridal stores along Payneham Road, The Parade and across the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters.

Photographer Simon Cerere
Photographer’s Assistant Alessia Lunetta
Creative Director Chris Kontos
Creative Director’s Assistant Laura Ursino
HMUA Kelly Allison

Autumn Heir: New Season Fashion

Fashion takes a cosy turn with warm knits, structured coats and wide-leg pants that mean business.

Olivia Rogers dressed by Rundle Place

Witchery herringbone blazer, $329.95; rib turtle neck, $59.95; modern tailored flare, $169.95; kora suede boot, $229.95. Seed spiral earrings, $19.95. Country Road woven detail crossbody bag, $99.95.
Trenery mock neck half sleeve t-shirt, $59.95 and cropped pleat pant, $149. Mimco unite necklace, $149.
Country Road wool double breasted blazer, $349, Australian cotton zip collar sweat, $119, and wool wide leg pant, $199.
Witchery pin tuck trapeze dress (worn as top), $159.95, and ruffle tiered skirt, $139.95.
Witchery high neck cut out top, $79.95, faux leather skirt, $139.95, and Morgan leather boot, $349.95.
Ted Baker Rose wool wrap coat, $739, Zaaraa one shoulder fold detail midi dress, $449. Witchery Morgan leather boot, $349.95.

Model @oliviamollyrogers
Photographer @gretlwb_photo
Stylist @maryfranz_
HMUA @kellyaallison
Shot on location @transformafurniture
Dressed by @rundleplaceadl

What to Wear to the Polo

Say hello to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s first Vale Polo Classic. On 3 April McLaren Vale welcomes the region’s first 20/20 style polo match, which you can watch while grazing on food and wine from some of the best local restaurants and wineries. The all important fashion won’t be forgotten either, so begin your planning now! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Shona Joy Clemence High Neck Midi Dress – Olive, $360, Shona Joy; Oroton Atlas Small Satchel – Cognac, $209.40. Oroton; The Sota Collective Lainie Earring, $32, Sooki; Sportsgirl Wide Brim Floppy Hat – Natural, $19.95, Sportsgirl; Zimmermann Liquid Patchwork Bootie – Cognac, $1250, Zimmermann; Aje Thick Fold Cuff – Gold, $180, Aje

Scanlan Theodore Silk Tie Front Shirt – Dusty Rose, $400, Scanlan Theodore; Scanlan Theodore Tailored Drape Leg Trouser – Calico, $550, Scanlan Theodore; Alias May Lilah Heel – Natural Leather, $219.95, aliasmae.com.au; Decjuba Yasmin Pearl Hoop Earrings, $19.95, Decjuba; Mimco Rebel Alabaster Sunglasses – Alabaster, $149, Mimco; Seed Heritage Gathered Zip Pouch – Peru, $49.95, Seed Heritage 

@valepoloclassic

Australian Fashion Labels Goes into Voluntary Administration

Adelaide-based fashion empire Australian Fashion Labels, which is home to the likes of C/MEO Collective, Finders Keepers, Keepsake and The Fifth Label, is the latest Australian fashion company to go into voluntary administration.

Founded in 2007 by South Australian husband and wife team Dean and Melanie Flintoff, the company employed over 100 staff at the height of its success. In 2019, changing consumer behaviour and increased costs forced the company to close the doors of its bricks and mortar store BNKR and embark on a company restructure.

The global pandemic has further impacted the once successful South Australian business, which as a result was last night sent into voluntary administration. With a prospective investor currently in talks with the administrators, the next 48 hours will be critical to the company’s survival and the continued employment of its 57 employees.

Our Summer Picks

Warm weather fashion must-haves from one of Adelaide’s favourite shopping destinations, Unley Shopping Centre. Here’s our pick of this season’s essentials.

(Clockwise) Sally spot shirt, $79.99, Noni B; Bling Ring earrings, $29.95, Taking Shape; Pascal handbag, $79.95, Sussan; 7/8 pull on linen pant, $89.99, Noni B; Braided headband, $14.95, Sussan; Chock jean belt, $29.95, Sussan; Charlotte sneakers, $79.95, Liberty Boutique; Pretty Precious earrings, $9, Taking Shape; Kerastase Nutritive 8hr Magic Night Hair Serum (90ml), $64, XINK – The Element of Hair

Celebrating The New Adelaide

These celebrated faces are in hot demand, appearing on the pages of fashion magazines globally and fronting campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. 

Left to right: Vaibhavi Lath, Hollie Brown and Madison Stubbington
vaibhavi lath

She’s fashion’s hottest new commodity, with premium labels vying to have her as the fresh face of their brands. The New Delhii-born beauty moved to Adelaide at the age of seven. Before that she spent time in Mauritius and London. Since her 2018 debut the 18-year-old has appeared in a long list of Australian fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and has worked for iconic Australian labels including Viktoria & Woods, Aje and Nobody Denim.  

It’s been a speedy rise to the top since you were signed with Finesse back in 2018. What has that been like for you?
It’s been so surreal and incredible. I honestly can’t believe all the opportunities I’ve received so far. As I am still new to the industry it can get daunting. But I can say that I have definitely met some of the most humble creatives along the way. It has been quite the journey so far. 

You’re doing well nationally and have had some interest from international agents, tell me about this.
One day I received a call from my agent at Finesse informing me that I had a big international agency, Elite Worldwide, interested in me. That same night I did a conference call with three Paris agents, including the director of the Worldwide Women Division. Long story short, after my slightly nervous rambling and background conversations in French (which I couldn’t understand!), the agency decided they wanted me in Paris immediately. I was set to make my debut there at the end of 2020, however due to COVID my travel plans have been stalled.

What’s been your career highlight so far?
I have worked on so many amazing projects so far, it’s really hard to pick a single favourite moment. But I will never forget what started it all – walking for Paolo Sebastian at the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. It is definitely a career highlight for me, working with such a renowned Australian designer. I am very proud of that achievement. 

Hollie Brown

Holly’s career kicked off when she was named as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. She appeared in the Spring issue of South Australian Style that same month. Since then she has shot for some of the country’s biggest brands, gaining the attention of UK-based agents along the way.

Describe the moment you were announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018.
Being announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival was the most memorable moment in my career so far. I was so grateful and lucky to have been a part of such a great event, connecting with amazing South Australian creators and everyone that made the festival happen. 

We worked with you on a fashion shoot for South Australian Style during that same year (our Athletica shoot!), what have you learnt about the fashion industry globally since that time?
I have learnt so much. I have travelled to many different countries, [experiencing] different cultures and styles [while on] different shoots.

You were supposed to be in the UK this year but have remained in Australia due to COVID…
Yes, my plan was to travel to the UK to visit my family. I was also hoping to explore more opportunities in London with IMG Models. 

madison stubbington

She was hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue, has walked for Louis Vuitton, Gucci and YSL, and has been named as one of the top 50 models on the planet.

You started modelling at the age of 14 after winning a model search, describe what that was like.
Definitely unexpected. I went from being this shy year 10 who’d never caught Adelaide public transport by myself to suddenly being in Tokyo on my own, navigating my way around this new, busy city and shooting for magazines and fashion brands. It was a whirlwind and a major learning experience. 

You have now been in the industry for nearly 10 years and have been on the cover of some of the world’s biggest magazines and walked on international runways for some of the world’s most iconic labels. What has been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment?
Yes, almost 10 years now, it’s pretty crazy! To pick that one favourite job or moment is difficult, because they all mean so much to me, but up there would definitely be my Gucci campaign. Seeing it on the side of the Fifth Avenue Gucci store in New York City and in airports all around the world – so surreal. 

Tell us about being hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue.
What a highlight that was! The story featured redheads of the moment and to be considered with the likes of Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Florence Welch and Julianne Moore was pretty crazy. Just a 16-year-old from Adelaide, picked by Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington to shoot with Annie Leibovitz (who has not only done portraits of the royal family, but almost every celebrity, too). This was one of the moments that really kick-started my career, so I’m extremely grateful.