Carena West is back this season with her look at runway trends she predicts - or hopes! - will make it trackside.
Keep reading to hear her take...
Well, it certainly doesn't feel like it today, but yes, Spring most definitely is in the air, and that means that spring racing is just around the corner!
This season I wanted to touch on how fashion week season (New York, Paris, Milan) can show us trends that can be translated into racewear to give your outfit the edge. Whether you compete in fashions in the field, or just want your outfit to look c’est chic, turning to the runway can give you a healthy dose of inspiration.
Below I’ve found some spring and summer racing looks for you direct from the biggest fashion weeks in the world. Just remember - taking inspiration from these divine colour pairings and textures is the key, as sometimes you will need to interpret these trends so that they are appropriate for a race day!
TEXTURES, COLOURS & SHAPES I WOULD LOVE TO SEE AT THE TRACK THIS SEASON:
Draw inspiration for new and exciting colour combinations
The flash of tonal feature colour on the left really elevates the Hennessy dress (left) beyond beautiful draping alone.
Pairing pastel pink with a muted mustard (such as on the Johanna Ortiz combo below) draws the eye with its unusual colour pairing. How about those ruffles too! Drool.
Never underestimate the power of texture
Mixing textures such as on this Prabal Garung dress (left) adds drama and shape. Incorporating a crochet knit can add extra dimension. Just remember to keep it race ready – thick straps or a layered undershirt wouldn’t go amiss on the left, and underwear showing through your racewear is definitely a no no!
Unexpected colour and print mixes are clever and fresh - there is just something that screams “well put together” when it is done right.
Do your research though!
Some mixes are in, some mixes are out. And ensure that you play with proportion with this one, just a flash of a print mix can be perfect at times.
(Left: Erderm, Right: Carolina Herrera)
Add some softness
Accents of tulle and organza are very hot right now, and can be used to soften an otherwise uptight outfit, or can be all over for an ethereal effect, a la the Marchesa number on the left.
Top tip: Experiment with different lippy colours when wearing a soft, one colour outfit to give it a bit of oomph.
The Temperley number on the right is just exquisite and is a gorgeous use of texture and print mixing.
Fringing and wrap look skirts are having a resurgence at the moment (notable skirts include Jacquemus' fringed spot skirt from SS17 on the right).
The Oscar De La Renta skirt below left would be divine with a structured white top.
Last but not least, orange is popping up everywhere at the moment and, used cleverly, can create some beautiful results.
The Prabal Gurung dress on the left has utilised clever texture mixing for a luxe look, whereas the dress on the right (also Prabal) has incorporated a touch of orange to modernise and edge up this dainty pink dress.
That’s all from me for now, happy racing!
Don’t stress too much about your outfit, it should be an enjoyable process, and an opportunity to play dress ups.
(And don’t forget, I’m always here to help if you ever have any questions regarding your upcoming racewear)
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