The Derby Day Dress Code: A Black and White Fashion Fair That Didn’t Disappoint! Olivia Molly Rogers, Aaron Mitchell, Tess Shanahan & Christian Wilkins are amongst our favourites.

The Derby Day Dress Code: A Black and White Fashion Fair That Didn’t Disappoint

When it comes to fashion, there are few events that can rival the elegance and sophistication of Derby Day. The first official event during the Melbourne Cup Carnival also happens to be my favourite. This year’s Penfolds Victoria Derby Day, with its black and white dress code, proved to be a fashion fair that didn’t disappoint. Count Nikolai of Monpezat the nephew of Princess Mary was suited up by P. Johnson of Sydney and his partner Benedikte Thoustrup was dressed by Armani both are currently residing in Sydney while they complete their studies.

The simplicity and elegance of black and white never go out of style, and this year’s Derby Day attendees embraced this timeless colour palette with grace and panache. From chic monochromatic ensembles to bold patterns and contrasting accessories, the fashion choices on display were nothing short of breathtaking.

Olivia Molly Rogers was breathtaking in Drenusha Xharra and Stylist Aaron Mitchell a visionary, skilfully incorporating leather gloves and bows onto his footwear.

One of the most striking aspects of the Derby Day dress code was the sheer versatility it offered. While some opted for classic black and white dresses and suits, others took a more creative approach, experimenting with different textures, patterns, and silhouettes. The result was a visual feast for the eyes, with each attendee showcasing their unique style interpretation within the confines of the black and white theme.

Schweppes ambassador & model Tess Shanahan in Oglialoro Couture donned a cut-out halter neck creation that showed us that fashion is expressive as she broke the rules of traditions and was authentic to herself and fearlessly graceful at the same time.

What made this year’s Derby Day fashion even more special was the attention to detail. Accessories played a crucial role in elevating the outfits to new heights. Delicate lace gloves, wide-brimmed hats adorned with feathers and flowers, and statement jewellery added a touch of glamour and refinement. It was a reminder that even within the constraints of a dress code, personal style can shine through.

Christian Wilkins always one to make a statement was bold in a black with a stylish hooded shirt. His fashion choices embrace individuality, effortlessly cool, this was a standout for me!

As I observed the sea of black and white ensembles at this year’s Derby Day, I couldn’t help but feel inspired. The simplicity and elegance on display proved that fashion doesn’t need to be extravagant or flamboyant to make a statement. Sometimes, it’s the understated grace and timeless appeal of black and white that leave the most lasting impression.

By Melinda Sullivan

Images Toby Sullivan @Justpose_