Louise Macdonald is one of Melbourne's leading milliners with over 20 years experience in crafting fabulously stylish and exquisite fashionable headwear. I thought it was only fitting to seek her expert advice on what was this year's millinery trends.
The wonderfully talented Louise Macdonald
MB: What do you believe are the top 3 trends for this year's Spring Racing?
LM: Berets, bright colours and small but bold hats!
MB: Will this year's Spring Racing see Hats or Fascinators as the most popular millinery choice?
LM: Fascinators imply a bit of fluff and veiling from where we sit! That style of headwear is completely over and done with. However there are still more or less brimless hats to be seen this year, like a pillbox, beret or sculpted straw headpieces.
MB: What should one consider when coordinating their hat/fascinator with their outfit?
LM: Keep the silhouette in proportion and flattering to your face shape and build. For example, if you are short with a round face, wear something that gives you a bit of height. See here.
If you have a long face, you need a headpiece that adds width to your face. See here.
MB: What was your inspiration behind your Spring collection?
LM: Movement and colour! This year’s range of Spring Racing hats is named after literary and film heroines. For example Amelie, Frida (Kahlo), Mata Hari, Betty Boop.
MB: Who are your Spring Racing Fashion icons?
LM: Dita Von Teese, (she’s coming to the races this year!), Melissa George and Gai Waterhouse. Strong women with a strong sense of personal style!
Here are some key looks from Louise's 2011 Spring Collection.
Dita - black and white perfection, ideal for Derby Day.
Carmen - gorgeous in colour and fashionable flare. This says Melbourne Cup.
Lorelei - beautiful earthy and neutral tones with a touch of class.
A Crown Oaks "Ladies" Day piece for sure.
Matilda - innovative and stylish. I can see this at Emirates Stakes Day.