MAArvelous Millinery a cocktail and millinery event was held by the Millinery Association of Australia on Thursday 3rd October at the Leopard Lounge, Melbourne Zoo. It was run to showcase the work of the Millinery Association in the lead up to spring carnival and raise awareness for mental health research in conjunction with Rotary Health.It was a great night with 27 milliners (including myself) taking part in the event. Given the location of the Melbourne Zoo for the event a jungle theme was declared for the evening. MAA President, Richard Nylon was host for the night in a very appropriate animal print hat.Dancentre and their fabulous dancers put on a show with specially made animal hats to open the night. Then as guests nibbled on canapes and sipped on champagne each participating milliner showed their top looks for the Spring Carnival on stage.After the show and some prizes given out for the night, guests had a chance to speak to the milliners and go shopping! I saw a number of guests leaving with newly acquired hat boxes in hand with the contents ready to make an appearance at one of the many race days coming up.A very special thanks must go to fellow milliner Sandy Forrester who put an enormous amount of work in creating and making the event happen.It was also great to hear from a number of people that said they have seen and are enjoying On Track On Trend!By Angela
This year I was lucky enough to attend the Cairns Amateurs as the plus one of my friend Craig Braybrook. This was my third Amateurs Carnival and I was stoked to get the chance to escape Melbourne for a long weekend in sunny Far North Queensland. I arrived in Cairns late Wednesday night and had three very busy and fun days before heading home on Sunday.Thursday was the start of the Carnival with the Annual Ladies High Tea held at Cannon Park. This was great to get a glimpse of some early spring racewear. The women of Cairns know how to wear colour and as a great lover of bright happy colour I loved seeing everyone's outfits. The Ladies High Tea also showcases local boutiques and emerging designers in a series of fashion parades that ran throughout the morning. Craig had brought some of his couture gowns to display and milliner and Fashions on the Field judge Rebecca Share from Geelong had also brought some of her work to parade on stage. There was a mini "Fashions on the Field" with each table selecting a representative to go up onstage for the chance to win a table for the following year. The judges Craig and Rebecca didn't have an easy decision. There was also a charity raffle and lucky door prizes making for a very enjoyable and action packed morning.
I had a great day at the races and the Amateurs carnival continued into the night and the next day. I'll continue my wrap up in part 2 shortly.I also took photos of (I think) every contestant in Fashions on the Field. If I haven't put one up of you, feel free to email me at email@example.com let me know what you were wearing and I'm happy to have a look and email you any pics I have.By Angela