Flame Trees and Urban Myths

 

 

A blazing bouquet of flame-red flowers, the Poinciana Tree at Darwin’s Botanic Gardens is arguably the City’s most beautiful tree.

The ‘Flame Trees’ are also home to one of the town’s urban myths – The Poinciana Woman.

A haunting ghost story, only kids who grow up here during the 80s and 90s would recall it.

As the story goes the ‘Poinciana Woman’ hung herself from a branch of a Poinciana Tree after she was raped and fell pregnant. Apparently, you can hear her high-pitched screams in the dark and you can call her “back” if you stand under one of the trees and call her name three times… (*eeeeep!)

Whether you believe the myth or not, the trees are truly beautiful.

But, like a ghost in the night, blink and you’ll miss them.

The ‘Flame Trees’ are only in full bloom for around 4-6 weeks traditionally during October-November.

Just in time for Halloween…

 

Hat: Akubra

Skirt: Rowie the Label

Top: Rowie the Label

All set for Fashions on the Field

In Part Two of our Darwin Cup preview, we get down to the nitty gritty about the Dos and Don’ts if you’re planning on entering this year’s Fashions on the Field (FOTF).

With a mini competition for the kids at Family Day tomorrow (check out our inspo featuring our beautiful nieces above) Fashions on the Field gets down to serious business on Ladies’ Day with the ultimate winner to be crowned on Darwin Cup Day.

With a Darwin filly winning the coveted FOTF title on Melbourne Cup Day not once, but twice, the local competition is of high standard and you can expect the fashion race to be just as fierce as the Darwin Cup itself!

So, if you’re planning on entering this year, here are some hot tips from style guru and head FOTF judge, Georgie Murphy, which may just help get you first past the post.

DS: Hi Georgie, welcome back and looking forward to judging a few of the FOTF race days with you again this year! Let’s start with the top. Hat or fascinator?

GM: I like a hat, but I think the shift from fascinator to headbands and crowns is great one!

DS: Me too, amen to that!

DS: Moving on to the rest of the outfit now, which can be overwhelming at times… What bag? What shoes? What colour nails? Eeeeep! To break it down for us, what are five quick tips for anyone planning on entering FOTF?

GM: Ok here goes:

  1. Let your personality shine through in your outfit (and smile!).
  2. Consider current fashion trends but remember you’re at the races.
  3. Embrace the carnival of colour theming (see previous post for more on that here).
  4. Think of your outfit from top-to-toe, headwear, accessories, shoes, nails, make-up and hair style included – it’s the overall picture that counts!
  5. Have a try on your full outfit in advance of race day and visit a seamstress (unless of course, you’re handy with a sewing machine yourself!) for any last minute tailoring – it might be a hem, cuffs or collar that needs quick attention that could make all the difference.

DS: And I’m going to add to that and say take your time on the catwalk! Remember, it’s not a sprint and the more time we have to take in your whole outfit, the better it is for us to judge.

DS: What about any big No Nos?

GM: You need headwear. That’s a non-negotiable.

Short skirts, low cut tops and lycra are also something that won’t score well. Leave them in your wardrobe for the dance floor later on in the day.

For everything else, it’s about how it’s worn and how the complete outfit looks. For example, a smattering of sequins or embellishment could make a FOTF outfit a winner. A gown that is top to toe in glitter won’t do as well.

DS: So that’s the ladies covered, now what about the men?

GM: For the guys, think about fit – doesn’t matter whether you’re donning the suit or a pair of shorts and a casual collared shirt, it’s a good idea to make sure it flatters you. Remember you’ll be in our outfit all day, so make sure it’s suitable and comfortable.

Consider summery fabrics like cotton and linen for your top half, and have fun with prints, colours and textures for your shorts or trousers.

Don’t forget accessories, like a cool belt, perhaps some new shoes or a pocket square for a pop of colour. Don’t be a slave to exactly match your tie, pocket square and your belt, it just get’s a bit much.

Men entering Fashions on the Field would typically wear a hat, but it’s not a definite must do. Hats are a great to complete an outfit for the track, whether you’re hitting the FOTF catwalk or not.

The good things about men’s hats for the track is they are typically a little more practical than the millinery women wear, and provide some shelter from the Darwin sun. Look for light weight material wide brimmed numbers like a panama.

DS: Great advice as always Miss Murphy! Looking forward to seeing some handsome men line up for FOTF on Cup Day!

 

Find out more about the 2017 Darwin Turf Club children’s, men’s and women’s Fashion on the Field competitions here.

 

Blue dress –Just Looking Boutique

Girls headbands – Monsoon Millinery

Blue earrings, pink flower headband – Pink Hill

Giddy up for the Carnival of Colour

We’re thrilled to be teaming up with the Darwin Turf Club this year to promote the Darwin Cup Carnival!

This year’s theme is ‘Carnival of Colour’ which is a great fit for the Top End’s vibrant lifestyle.

The month-long Carnival includes a host of on and off-track social events as well as eight race meets culminating in the Darwin Cup on the first Monday in August, a public holiday in Darwin.

For those un-initiated to the Darwin Cup Carnival, it’s far more laidback than its southern counterparts. While Flemington has its famous roses, the Darwin Cup Carnival is more renowned for its dirt track which turns into a dance floor after the Darwin Cup.

In other words, the emphasis is on fun.

But, while the mood may be relaxed, the fashion stakes are just as high as you’ll find in Melbourne or Sydney.

So, the question is what to wear?

To help you out, we’ve put together a few race looks for inspiration and got some hot tips from Darwin Turf Club Head Fashions on the Field Judge (and our style crush) Georgie Murphy.

DS: Hi Georgie, let’s start off with what are your top three race wear trends for the Carnival?

GM: In no particular order, three of my faves are the midi length skirt, mixing textures and the use of accessories to complete a look.

The midi-length skirt is flattering, can be worn a variety ways (my personal favourite is the pencil skirt) and to me, the midi length is the epitome of race day elegance.

Using a variety of textures in one outfit, be it lace and leather or even heavier fabrics like a wool or felt with lighter fabrics like linen, allow racegoers to create a unique take on any look. It also means Territorians can embrace autumn and winter fashion trends despite our warm climate!

Accessories are no longer just an afterthought to an outfit. That’s been shown across catwalks, to street style and of course trackside.  They’re available at all different price points and can allow you to add a new edge to clothes you already own.

DS: Yes! We loooooove big earrings at the moment!

DS: What about your tips for embracing the carnival of colour theme?

GM: This year’s carnival of colour will allow racegoers to embrace their favourite colours and maybe even try a new colour palette too. Rather than going top-to-toe in one colour, mix different shades, into your look.

Bypass old rules like “blue and green should never be seen” and instead, experiment with colours that might clash or loud prints and patterns.

With eight race days across Darwin Cup Carnival allow each day at the track to have its own personality – some are more casual, others more chic. Keep this in mind as you decided what to wear!

DS: Thanks Georgie, see you at the track!

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**Thanks to the beautiful Mavericks for being such a handsome model on this shoot 🙂

 

Red dress, shoes & gloves – Love thy Label

Red Hat – Maria Koko Designs

Earrings – Christie Nicolaides

 

Orange dress – Pink Hill

Multi-colour fascinator – Monsoon Millinery

Blue shoes & blue bracelet – Stomp Shoes Darwin

Blue bag, yellow bracelet & gold earrings – Pink Hill

 

End of the Wet Season

The nights are getting cooler, the sky is getting bluer… the Wet is almost over. So we thought we’d make the most of all this greenery before it’s gone.

Burn-offs have already started in some areas of Darwin turning that electric green speargrass a rusty brown. But as you can see, we found a patch untouched.

Here, the pandanus trees were still a vibrant, vivid green, the landscape still lush.

But, what do you know… soon after we arrived storm clouds rolled in, the sky started to turn black, the wind whipped up and raindrops began to fall.

What started as brief shower, quickly escalated into a full-blown storm over the City complete with sideways rain.

Proving perhaps, that the Wet Season still has some life in her yet.

Top: Cue

Skirt: Zimmermann

Boots: Country Road

Sunshine On A Rainy Day

Darwin turned all grey and gloomy last week with a Category 4 cyclone off the coast bringing with it a torrential downpour all-day-long.

It also made for a pretty cool backdrop down at Casuarina Beach, where we thought we’d brighten things up a little in an oldie but a goodie, neon yellow Bianca Spender dress. And for the record – yes we got wet … the break in the rain didn’t last long.

Dress: Bianca Spender