Traditionally known as Family Day, Stakes Day is often the most relaxed and informal as it is the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Although times have somewhat changed, many of the children in attendance are raising the fashion stakes, which in turn mean we, adults, cannot let our game down.
This year, my overall colour palette was very neutral and natural. So I decided to do the Spezzato (broken) look, which means contrast jacket and trousers.
Earlier this year, I made myself a beautiful sports jacket, which I only got to wear once. I decided to recycle it with the addition of a new pair of trousers, shirt and accessories. The jacket I speak of is this amazing white wool and cotton jersey weaved from Dormeuil in France. The cloth was part of a very limited collection called D Philosophy that is all about the creation of unique pattern and weaves in innovative summer weights. The cloth merges active wearability and luxurious fashion textiles to create something that is incredible to wear.
The sports jacket is also completely unstructured but really holds its own due to the heavy textured weave. It is almost like a heavy weight pique cotton with stretch and has no need for canvas, shoulder pads or lining. However, I did place a small amount of lining around the shoulders for a bit of protection. The jacket is finished as “Tre Su Due” (Three-Roll-Two) with a broad notch lapel and jet pockets, quite sporty and relaxed but with plenty of charm.
I paired the white jacket, with a pair of olive green bespoke Gurkha pants also from Dormeuil. The cotton stretch cloth from Doremuil’s Naturals collection is perfect for a summer weight dress pant but with the casual look of a chino. The Gurkha pant was experimental for me, but I loved it. The style consists of a double pleated front with a wrap around waistband, which ties up at the side with aid of a buckle. I finished the hem with a 4cm wide cuff that broke just above the foot, exposing some ankle. I really love it especially when wearing a loafer.
The shirt and tie combo was a play on shades of green, with a wide striped dark green and white linen shirt offset against a deep green motif silk tie. This outfit was meant to be fun but can also be the perfect ensemble if you are attending a beach of garden wedding, or even the polo perhaps.