As Myer’s Senior Buyer for International and Australian Designer Womenswear, Teneille Ferguson certainly knows style, trends and fashion. Fresh back from Paris Fashion Week and a buying trip in Europe, Teneille took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about raceday styling.
Myer: Where’s the best place to start when planning your race day outfit – the clothes or the headwear?
Teneille Ferguson: It really depends on what your hero piece is going to be. I generally prefer to choose the outfit first, as the colour and style of your dress will then dictate what headwear you need to finish your look. However in the instance that your headwear is the absolute hero, then you might want to pair it back with a low key dress which would be easier to find, so in this case your priority can change.
M: What are some of your race day ‘Dos & Don’ts’?
TF: Do dress like a lady and Don’t wear something suitable for a night club.
M: What do you recommend for footwear?
TF: It is important to choose a shoe that is suitable for the day and something that you can walk and stand in for a long duration. A pointed (non-platform) pump is always versatile and very chic.
M: What are some key trends you expect to see at the races this year?
TF: This year I think girls will be having fun with their millinery and not taking themselves too seriously. I expect to see lots of kitty or bunny ear headpieces with delicate veil detail. I also think the circle midi skirt will be popular as it is very lady like and suits a lot of body shapes.
M: After having just returned from a buying trip in Europe, what would you recommend to be ahead of the trend?
TF: Primary colours were a major trend evident throughout multiple SS15 main collections in Milan and Paris, from Balmain to Peter Pilotto. Bright red, yellow and blue across RTW and accessories will be seriously trending next season so get on it now to make an early statement.
M: What are some of your tips for when selecting millinery?
TF: I would suggest that when shopping for millinery that you have your dress with you so you can determine what is going to compliment it the best. It’s also a good idea to take a photo of yourself when trying on headwear so you’ve got a visual reference of your options. This will also help you determine what suits you the best.
M: What’s your number one style rule for a day at the races?
TF: Be a lady.
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