It's all black & white in racing fashion

Kate Stead

IT was all about black. And white. Black and white, black and grey, black and something at the Purple Pearls marquee. Curiously, with the single exception of one string of whoppers on a choker, there weren't many pearls on deck purple or otherwise. There were, however, masses of Gucci, Chanel and Armani sunglasses. Mostly black the second most important accessory of the day. The most significant accoutrement was, of course, what went on top. Roughly 40 percent of head fashion was a hat of some description (mostly brimmed), but the majority of Purple Pearl ladies and guests, who paid $70 to mingle in this ultra-fashionable tent, wore the fascinating fascinator. Committee members, Lisa Dougherty and Kate Fahey, set a high standard at the marquee entrance, Lisa in black and white stripe jacket and fabulous big black hat, and Kate in one of the chicest racing looks a belted coat dress (black) and little brown fascinator. Michelle Page, of Copmanhurst, looked fantastic in something that was neither hat nor fascinator a kind of delicate miniature gauzy top hat decorated with black rose and feathers. While her elongated pencil skirt with kick pleats was bought out of town, this delicious item of millinery flippery was bought locally at Mackellys (of course). Alex Bernard, of Brisbane, would get the best colour combination prize if there was one. Her black and white tweed jacket and lipstick-pink satin (almost cloche) hat was truly elegant. Baby Ardon Rose Langford looked equally gorgeous in her pink chenille number. Bree Adams, from the Grafton Regional Gallery, would win the award for 'best-put-together-vintage-look' if there was one of those too. Her white dress with black embroidered skirt, black wool cardi, and heavenly straw Dior New Look hat were all vintage shop finds and the best bit her suede and leather hail spot gloves were a serendipitous gift from a friend.



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