If you follow miliner Margo Nickel’s line of thought, you’re already set this spring and know what this post is all about. Rewind 40 years, no lady would be seen in public without a hat and her gloves. In our modern society, unless you are the Queen or a milliner, people rarely don hats. We reserve headpieces for special functions, weddings, fashion weeks, Races, dress-up parties, and far and few in between. It’s a shame though, just as shoes and bags are an extension of our style and one would never leave the house without either, hats and headpieces adorn our most prized possession, our heads, and so should be key accessories in every girl’s wardrobe. Something Kerrie Stanley, renowned Melbourne-based milliner, said, really struck chord with me: “People aren’t wearing hats because of number and confidence.’ The more people wear hats, the more will also (more confidently) wear them.

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So of course I jumped at the opportunity to don a hat (a Kerrie Stanley piece), and attend the Spring Fashion Lunch hosted by Lara Reynolds, stylist and founder of The Paper Doll (and my new girl-crush), with Carrie, my wonderful photographer for the event, Iolanthe, who rocked a pair of Pins by Lydra leggings, and Yahav (owner of Paris 99), who was also on the style panel. The luncheon featured delightful dishes and Yellowglen sparking wines, a spring fashion presentation of the latest SS/12 trends, a catwalk boasting gorgeous looks from LuiHon, Nevenka, Karen Walker and the like, as well as an incredible showcase of headpieces from the finest Melbourne milliners, Myer ‘Fashions on the Field’ Millinery award winners: Kim Fletcher, Kerrie Stanley, Liza Stedman and Serena Lindeman. I was stoked to also meet the creator of Goldie jewellery, Daniella Balscheit, her pieces are breath-taking. See what I mean [HERE].

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The designer of Goldie, Daniella

Everybody loves LuiHon. Lara looking exquisite in Givenchy (Paris 99)

Fabulous tailoring by LuiHon

The Ladies that Lunch

No I’m not singing:) I was so honoured to deliver an accessories presentation about shoes and bags!

Smiles! With Carrie

Kerrie Stanleyheadpiece/Karla Spetic dress/vintage earrings/Habbot shoes

I spoke about the latest Spring/Summer shoe and bag trends: ladies, embrace pumps, ankle strap heels, clutchesmini bags with chain straps; what to wear to the Races, how to be comfortable and stylish on the day, but the best advice I dished out was :”The best accessory is a great smile and a great lippie.”

And of course, a fabulous hat!

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