Social Snaps: The Parade’s A Day of Fashion

The Parade was the height of shopping, style and sophistication, with A Day of Fashion taking place along the boutique street. Fashion lovers enjoyed a Sip & Swap clothing exchange, an exclusive movie screening of House of Gucci and an industry panel event discussing the future of fashion and its role in sustainability with researchers and advocates of the slow fashion industry Josie McKenzie, Kyla Raby and Erin Skinner.

Images by Gerry Canatselis

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5 Minutes with House of Campbell’s Creative Director

Not many designers debut their launch collection at New York Fashion Week. In 2019, House of Campbell’s creative director, Abby Potter, did just that.

House of Campbell has been in growth mode ever since, appearing digitally at Australian Fashion Week during COVID, releasing a second collection, Reverie, and featuring in British Vogue three times this year alone. We caught up with Abby to talk modern femininity, escapism in fashion and how her grandmother inspired her to create her label.

House of Campbell celebrates modern femininity. Why is this important?

My family is very female dominant and there are a lot of strong forces around me. They helped me embrace what I think modern femininity is and what it means to me – being a strong woman and having opinions while having fun with fashion and enjoying it.

What was the inspiration behind your latest collection, Reverie?

Reverie means to daydream; the collection is inspired by the beginning of the pandemic when I was turning to movies like Marie Antoinette and old Australian Ballet recordings for escapism.

What was the inspiration behind your latest collection, Reverie?

Reverie means to daydream; the collection is inspired by the beginning of the pandemic when I was turning to movies like Marie Antoinette and old Australian Ballet recordings for escapism.

Do you think fashion is tied to an element of escapism?

I think so. We’ve seen it throughout history – look at the 1920s, when women started wearing straight silhouettes and cutting their hair. They were trying to bring a masculine edge into fashion and reflect the environment at the time.

House of Campbell is a tribute to your grandmother, Annie Campbell. How has she inspired your label?

My grandma is one of my best friends. It was really difficult for her when she moved here from post-war Glasgow. A neighbour gifted her a Singer sewing machine and it became her outlet. She taught me to sew and to focus on what I love.

You’re about to jet off to Paris –tell us about that.

We got invited to the official partnering trade show of Paris Fashion Week –only 150 designers are invited globally! The trade show is an opportunity to have garments on display and to coordinate meetings with buyers from international department stores like Selfridges and Bergdorf.

That’s exciting! And when can we expect your next collection?

We’re planning to launch certain pieces of the next collection this October. You’ll see power suits with a feminine edge in rich velvets and beautiful textiles that are a little bit more elaborate.

Quick Fire Questions

Your fashion muse:
Coco Channel. She was so innovative and completely changed fashion.

The song that soundtracks your life:
Anything Spice Girls.

Favourite item in your wardrobe:
The Andie jacket from my first collection.

Your top three dinner party guests:
Alexander McQueen, Edwina McCann, Emma Watson.

Your go-to scent:
Maison Margiela Replica – Under the Lemon Tree.

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Your Guide to the Morphettville Spring Carnival

The spring racing season is upon us, which means it’s time to get your tickets to the latest events and on-field fashion sorted. The Spring Carnival at Morphettville kicks off October 8, with some of the hottest events, experiences and luncheons happening at the premier racecourse.

Guinness on Guineas Irish Spring Fling DayOctober 8

If you’re partial to a pint of Guinness, this is the race day for you. The Guinness of Guineas Irish Spring Fling is a jam-packed day featuring luxe long lunches, a ‘spring fling’ party, pints of the Irish brew and more.

With two luncheon experiences to choose from, enjoy an afternoon at Restaurant 1873 overlooking the finishing straight and Winning Post. Or, see if you’re as lucky as a leprechaun at the Irish Spring Fling Party in the Diva Lounge. A ticket to the event – hosted on the ground floor of the grandstand – includes a five-hour drink package, a food voucher and access to betting facilities. General admission tickets cost $30, and gates open at 11am.

Find out more.

The Everest & Caulfield Cup Day | October 15

The second thrilling event in the spring calendar combines two of the largest racing events of the season. Watch The Everest live from Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on the big screen and experience the excitement of the “world’s richest race on turf” – the prize money standing at an astonishing $15M. Then, catch the prestigious Group 1 Caulfield Cup streamed live from Melbourne. Some of the best South Australian racing will also be happening.

The first-class racing events are paired with a range of premium hospitality packages perfect for punters searching to enjoy the day in style. Celebrate at the CC Giddy Up Club, close to the action of the racing track or unwind at The Stables with a luxe two-course lunch experience overlooking the Mounting Yard.

Find out more.

Cox Plate Day | October 22

The Cox Plate Day is one of the best springtime race events, welcoming the warmer weather while showcasing exceptional interstate racing live on the big screen. Enjoy local produce platters and SA wine amongst good company, or try your luck on the biggest race day in Moonee Valley. 

Book the VIP section at the CC Giddy Up Club and enjoy a four-hour drinks package (including Canadian Club), a cheese platter and a private booth close to the track action. The race day fun begins at 11am.

Find out more.

Victoria Derby & Golden Eagle Day | October 29

The spring races are renowned for their on-field style, with the VIC Derby and Golden Eagle Day at the Morphettville racecourse a day of flair, fashion and fun. Dress to the nines in your best black-and-white style and enjoy a day of racing entertainment.

Sydney’s Golden Eagle and the prestigious VIC Derby will be streamed to the big screens, with local racing also taking place on the day. Settle in for one of the most fashionable days in the spring calendar, and enjoy the best Morphettville has to offer.

Experiences on the day include a premium luncheon at Restaurant 1873, the CC Giddy Up Club (and its VIP booths), or access to the perfect viewing spot for track action at the Diva Lounge.

Find out more.

Melbourne Cup Day | November 1

Experience the magic of the race that stops the nation at Morphetville’s Melbourne Cup Day, streaming the famed race live from Flemington. Enjoy a day of thrilling live racing, participate in the sweepstake and try your luck on a horse in the nation’s most historic race event.

The prestigious event is matched with several luxury hospitality packages, helping you enjoy Melbourne Cup Day in style. Toast the day with a glass of GH Mumm champagne at the Morphettville Champagne on the Lawns event. The premium event is in prime position for racing action and includes a five-hour drinks package (including GH Mumm), roving canapés and live entertainment.

Find out more.

Stakes Day | November 5

The final race in the spring calendar arrives as we begin to gear up for the holiday season and the weather warms up. End the Spring Carnival on a high with the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes streamed on the big screen at Morphettville Racecourse, with live local racing taking place throughout the day.

This final spring event sets the tone for the end-of-year festivities and is the perfect opportunity for corporate celebrations looking to beat the busy December period. Dress to impress in your on-field fashion, book a private suite or long lunch and soak up the thrilling race action.

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The New Romantic

Intricately detailed flowing fabrics, overskirts, high necklines and a daring dash of colour, this season’s brides are having a fashion moment.

Alexis George A-Line beaded lace gown and veil, POA; 9ct white gold 5 round and 4 marquise cut diamond stacker ring, $1900, 18ct white gold bezel set 0.50ct diamond slider on trace chain (50cm), $5130, and 18ct white gold diamond set tennis bracelet, $12,000
Alexis George multi layered Italian tulle full skirt, POA; 18ct white gold 4 claw diamond studs, $4850, 9ct white gold chain with 18ct white gold South Sea pearl and diamond pendant, $2360, and Autore South Sea white pearl bracelet on stretch thread, $1340 
 Alexis George hand beaded gown, POA; 18ct white gold 5 row pave set diamond ladies dress ring, $9885, and 18ct white gold diamond set day and night hoop earrings, $5895
Atelier Milano Giardino di Amore rose silk taffeta gown, $POA; Adelaide Hatters net headpiece, POA; 18ct white gold bezelset diamond bracelet, $5090, and 18ct white gold South Sea pearl and diamond drop earrings, $2055
Alexis George slim strapless gown with detachable overskirt, POA; 18ct white gold 4 claw diamond studs, $4850, and Autore strand of white, yellow and grey South Sea pearls, $6980
Atelier Milano Giardino di Amore floral butter rose embordered tulle gown, POA; 18ct two-tone 7 diamond ring, $7485,18ct yellow gold open twisted diamond set ring, $2695, 9ct yellow gold diamond set marquise shaped hoop earrings, $3230, and 18ct yellow gold diamond slider on chain, $1075 
Atelier Milano Dolce Vita sheer beaded gown, POA; Sylvy Earl Dandelion headpiece, $199; 18ct white gold South Sea pearl and diamond stud earrings, $6960, and 18ct white gold pave set wedding ring, $4350
Atelier Milano Dolce Amore crystal beaded bodice with lace gown, POA; Tony Bianco Mylo clear vinylite/skin heels, $219.95; 18ct rose gold ornate morganite and diamond halo ring, $3500,18ct rose gold
diamond set open cross over ring, $3075, and 18ct rose gold morganite and diamond long drop earrings, $4795 
Atelier Milano Giardino di Amore pink Calais lace gown with sequin overlay, POA; 18ct rose gold morganite and diamond ring, $7025,18ct rose gold split share claw diamond wedding ring, $2990, and 18ct rose gold diamond set necklet circle of life, $2485 

Dressed by Atelier Milano + Alexis George

Jewellery by Wishart Jewellers

Photography: Gretl Watson-Blazewicz

Stylist: Mirella Romano

Stylist’s Assistant: Josh Flinn

HMUA: Crystal Terreu

Event Stylist: The Stylist’s Guide

Florals: Adelaide Flower House

Talent: Isabella House @ The Models

Location: The Station Kapunda

Fringe Fashion

The Adelaide Fringe brings out the best in our city. From closed laneways to street sideshows and the glittery Garden of Unearthly Delights and Gluttony duo in the East End – the CBD is electric. 

Alongside the eccentricities and festivities, you can’t help notice something brewing in Adelaide’s fashion scene. The vibrancy from performers and Fringe pop-ups infiltrates its way through Adelaidian’s subconscious, down to the tips of their toes. 

The license to do as you wish, fashion wise, grants closeted extroverts the chance to slip into the sparkly gem that’s been hiding at the back of their cupboard. Loud prints and bold colours usually make for a clothing clash. But during the Adelaide Fringe, anything goes. 

Hoping to catch a glimpse of the Fringe fashion moving through Adelaide’s CBD, South Australian Style headed to Gluttony. La Niña’s storm clouds and cold nights weren’t enough to keep the colourful outfits at bay.  

“I’m here for the Fringe, dressed for the Fringe,” says Gluttony-goer Huffy. “When I think of the Fringe, this is the outfit that came to my mind.”

Dressed in a metallic pink jacket and acid wash jeans, Huffy’s vivid 70s-inspired outfit cut through the bodies of people hurrying to performances. A pop of neon yellow was fastened in her hair, contrasting with her bright blue crocodile handbag from Kate Spade. 

By the bustling food vendors and the Alpha Box and Dice vintage pop-up bar (and online store) Sometimes Always, a flash of neon green moved past. In a matching skirt suit, paired with a white tank, Reeboks and Prada handbag, Fringe-goer Georgia says the time of year inspired her to whip out her brightest ensemble. 

“I decided to put together an outfit that’s really colourful for the Fringe,” she says. “It’s a fun time of year. People are creative and that makes you want to be creative with your outfits.” 

Keeping within the vibrant colour theme, Gluttony-goer Chloe sported a black Michael Kors bag stamped with the designer’s name in neon yellow ink. Styled with leather pants and an orange tank top, she looked effortlessly cool while capitalising on the Mad March vibe. 

“I picked my outfit based upon wanting a pop of colour,” Chloe says. “The neon orange bounces off the colour of the bag and makes two statement pieces, while the white pants tone it down a bit.” 

Searching to score a new piece to add to your Fringe fashion collection? Head to the Found Market at this year’s Garden of Unearthly Delights. 

Nestled beside the iconic Pineapple Brothers bar, the row of decked out vintage stores, bespoke jewellery makers and the quirky Dulcie’s Vintage Bus means you’ll find a piece to continue your Fringe fashion long after Mad March wraps up.  

Words Zara Richards

Seasonal Staples

Westfield stylists Jamie Reilly and Damian Porcaro shop for this season’s essentials at Westfield Marion.

“Glassons and Gorman are the newest retailers to join the fashion mix at Westfield Marion,” says stylist Damian Porcaro, and this season both stores are celebrating colour with playful prints and vibrant block colours.

Colour is going to be everywhere and the advice from the Westfield stylists is to have fun with what promises to be the look of the season. “Block coloured matching separates are on the must-have list”, says Damian. “Think linen blazers with a matching wide legged pant, a crop and matching skirt, or even a shirt and matching shorts. These items also work double duty when paired back with other pieces in your wardrobe.”

Jamie agrees, saying to go for “anything with a pop of colour” and to slowly introduce the colour into your wardrobe if you’re unsure. Accessories are a great place to start, so begin by adding a colour-blocked bag before working your way up to a complete colour-blocked outfit by experimenting with different combinations.

Not to be forgotten, coloured shoes will also be a big trend. Damian says to go for a baby blue or emerald green heel, paired back with a neutral outfit.

If you’re unsure of how to make this daring colour trend work for you, why not enlist the help of a Westfield stylist and a personal styling session. Jamie and Damian can help with seasonal staples, or perhaps it’s just a single outfit for an upcoming event. “We can help with anything”, says Jamie, “as well as offering tips and tricks on how to dress for your body shape.”

Stylist’s Top Picks

1. NARS Air Matte Lip Color, $37, Mecca; 2. Chelsea Gingham Blazer, $149.95, Decjuba; 3. Acrylic Matte Ring 2 Pack, $12.99, Glassons; 4. Knot Heel, $199, Gorman; 5. Kaitlin Johnson x Gorman Resonance Canvas Tote, $59, Gorman

Hire a Rack

Sustainable fashion is good for the environment – and your bank balance!

Shopping sustainably has become easier, especially with businesses like Prelove in Hove and West Lakes. Inspired by similar concepts in Finland, Prelove is a second-hand shopping experience that hires racks to customers and sells their clothes for them. It’s here you can find the sold out Aje skirt you’ve been searching Facebook Marketplace for or that Scanlan Theodore dress for less than half the retail price.

“In the future, big fashion companies will take a step towards sustainable fashion,” Prelove owner Katie says, “By shopping sustainably you’re creating pressure to change things and hopefully positively impact our planet.

“Every piece of new clothing has gone through a complex manufacturing process that uses a high amount of electricity, water and other energy sources,” she says, “Recycling clothes saves energy by reducing or eliminating the need to make materials from scratch.”

Plus, it comes at a fraction of the cost. Prelove sells all of the top brands including Aje, Kookai, P.E Nation, Gorman, Spell & Gypsy and Tigerlily, as well as classic brands like Seed, Country Road, Witchery and Tommy Hilfiger, all in great condition. Their collection of clothes comes from the wardrobe of sellers who hire racks 
at the store.

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Spring cleaning?

Why not hire a rack and sell your wardrobe at Prelove.

50 clothing items + 5 pairs of shoes = $89/week + 10% commission

100 clothing items + 8 pairs of shoes = $139/week + 10% commission

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.