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AAMI Derby Day Emirate Stakes Day 2014 Fashion Melbourne Cup Carnival


Spring racing in Melbourne with my favourite ladies. Nothing better. #yeehaa

Wearing (1): Dress from Cooper St, aviators by D&G, shoulder flower – vintage silk scarf with brooch from Shag; (2 + 3): Dress from Zara, lace fascinator by Melissa Richards Millinery, vintage Dior earrings from Hawkeye Vintage, vintage red clutch from Savers (yup). xJ

Robin’s: The jeans giving me wings.

Robin's Jean Black Wings

My sister-in-law is a bad influence. She loves beautiful, expensive things. So when she found out that I was headed to the USA last month, she pounced with just one request: a new pair of Robin’s Jeans.

Excuse me? Robin’s Jean. The denim brand famous for its angel wings, aptly made in the ‘City of Angels’ by French designer, Robin Chretien. Currently, there are only four stores in existence – Beverly Hills, New York, Laguna and Ibiza, Spain.

I’d never heard of them before.

Naturally, this made me want them even more.

So as soon as I got to New York, I was there.

Robin's Jean NYC store

Walking into the Soho store, I was hit by a rainbow of denim. The walls were piled with hundreds of exciting, colourful styles, while vintage motorcycle memorabilia added ‘go away’, grungy cool. It was like Disneyland for jeans. I didn’t think it could get any better, until there it was – a French accent, greeting me. Turns out the designer’s (very charming) nephew manages the NYC store. And swoon I did. I spent $360 without blinking. As for my poor sister-in-law, her jeans had sold out!

Luckily, it was Robin’s to the rescue. The jeans were put on hold for me in the Beverly Hills store. I picked up the infamous black Marilyn jeans for her, swapped my $360 French-accent-induced pair for the signature black skinny’s … and I ran. Really fast.

Looking back now, I wish I’d kept both. I mean, what an investment. The denim is just right – thin enough for comfort yet firm enough for wobbles; they feel expensive on, like velvet (seriously, I can’t stop touching them); and the wings, well … say hello to one “fly” bootay. Did I mention Nicole Richie wears them? Sold.

Get your Robin on in Australia at Sambag stores nationally (full stockists below).

Robin's Jean Silver Wings

The verdict?  Incredible don’t-tell-your-boyfriend jeans (mine almost cried). Stick to the signature styles and you won’t break the bank.

Size?  Generally smaller to size, I went one up.

Stockists?  Order online, or if you’d prefer to try Robin on in person, Sambag stocks them nationally here in Australia, as well as:

Studio MG ~ Prahran East, South Yarra
Oscar & Wild ~ Camberwell
Durance ~ Armadale
RPM ~ Carlton
Island Luxe ~ Bangalow, Byron Bay
Scoop ~ Bondi Junction
DDs ~ Pinjarra
Finity Concept ~ Geraldton
Torso ~ Mt Hawthorn
Stellar & the Chief ~ Magaret River
Element ~ Marina Mirage and Oracle

Excuse me? Missing the Spring Carnival?

For any born and bred Melbournian, including myself, it’s unheard of. Well, that is until this year. It marks the first time in 13 years that I’ll be missing the races. No Derby Day, no Stakes Day, no dresses – whatsoever.

And I must admit: a little part of me is relieved.

Sure I’m getting pangs of jealousy as I write, but in all seriousness, going to the races is no mean feat. This coming from a severely addicted internet shopper who dedicates months of research into a single outfit – let alone three or four.

It hasn’t stopped me looking for outfits either. I’ve been browsing ‘options’ for ‘next year’, just in case. I always tend to start with the dress, then work in the shoes and accessories from there. From experience, it’s far easier to match a fascinator to a dress than find a dress to match a fascinator. Plus, having the dress is the perfect excuse to get your headpiece made.

Not that it really matters by the end of the day. I’ll never forget at one Cox Plate, as my sister and I stumbled obnoxiously behind two older women, carrying on with our overflowing champagne glasses, we overheard one of them say (loudly) to the other, “It’s elegant now, but wait ’til later”. And how true that statement was – and still is.

By 7pm in the Nursery carpark at Flemington, the races are anything but elegant …

Crowds chant as vodka is sculled straight from the bottle. Grown men carry other (slightly more intoxicated) grown men on their shoulders. Phantom friends turn up in tears or sprawled in garden beds, while once respectable ladies pick immaculately groomed roses for fun on their way out … or maybe that’s just me.

Yes, it’s safe to say I’ll be celebrating my break from all the racing action this year.

But hypothetically, if I was going, I’d be wearing these drool-worthy combinations.

Derby Day


Derby Day: Arrogant Cat beret from ASOS, Alexander Wang dress, Deux Lux clutch, Barneys T-strap sandal from Barney’s Warehouse (huge discounts plus shipping to Oz is only around $40).

Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup Day Outfit

Melbourne Cup Day: ASOS Jewel Hair Crown, Yeojin Bae Tilda dress (exclusive to MYER Melbourne City and Sydney City starting this week, 28th October 2013!), Barneys T-strap sandal, Klear Klutch pink transparent clutch.

Stakes Day

Emirate Stakes Day Outfit Ideas

Stakes Day: ASOS flower crown, AQ AQ Gritz dress, Deux Lux clutch, ASOS FLO Leather sandals.

In fact, I’ve already bought the Deux Lux clutch. For $29USD, it’s divine (and comes in burgundy too).