RETRO FIT: Emma Binns made it to the finals at Fashion on the Field at Flemington wearing this hat and dress by Virginia Hundt. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
RETRO FIT: Emma Binns made it to the finals at Fashion on the Field at Flemington wearing this hat and dress by Virginia Hundt. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Designer has vintage trends well sewn up

HEMLINES are going down and necklines are going up in what has been dubbed the vintage revolution.

Femininity, class and glamour have taken over contemporary trends on the main stage, and Grafton designer Virginia Hundt, of Hundt and Family Fine Millinery, has proven her 1950s designs are the flavour of the moment.

Ms Hundt's 1951 inspired dress and hat, worn by face of the Grafton races Emma Binns at the Melbourne Cup, made it to the finals in fashions on the field.

"I didn't know she had made it into the finals until that evening, and I was just so proud - more for the region than myself," Ms Hundt said.

"Grafton really showed that we can do it here and do it well. We don't have to be in the city."

Ms Hundt made Ms Binns' outfit to suit her style and her look.

"She's into that pin-up girl look so we went with that, and with her dark hair and fair skin, the colour really complemented that," Ms Hundt said.

She said the vintage style was oozing onto runways across the globe.

"It's huge! I can't keep up," Ms Hundt said.

"It's giving women the chance to really dress up and wear gloves and hats, which contemporary fashion doesn't really have attached to it."

She said it allowed women to stand out among the crowd.

"Skirts are getting longer, pieces are getting much more flattering and the best part is, it doesn't matter if you're a size 18 or an eight, it's still flattering," Ms Hundt said.

She predicted the vintage craze would continue for at least the next five years, gaining in popularity.

Ms Hundt had 47 hats at Flemington this year, more than double last year's tally.



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