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On track for vibrant fashion mix at Cairns Amateurs

Caitlin Guilfoyle
Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Racewear Dress by Cairns Fashion Designer Sajeela Jamie

Show stopper: Alia Kaderbhai models a sunny creation from Sajeela Jamie. Picture: REGI VARGHESE

IT IS a sure bet this year’s Amateurs fashions on the field competitions will be an eclectic mix of spring’s top trends.

Trackside fashion has always reflected shifts on the runway, from Louise Struber’s winning 2011 yellow and floral ensemble to Jaydee Paino’s $18 horse print Mad Men style dress which saw her go on to claim the national award at the Melbourne Cup in 2010.

Earlier on, the ’90s saw structured jackets and bright colours take centre stage while wide-brimmed hats and longer dresses were out and about in the ’80s.

Black and white outfits are anticipated to be the go-to garb this year but Cairns fashion designer Sajeela Jamie said she thought colour would retain a huge presence as well as flowing dresses.

“I have noticed there is a lot of black and white, but also a lot of colour,” she said.

“Dolce and Gabbana just put out a fabulous red collection and there’s a lot of variations of red and orange.”

Sajeela said racegoers should follow a comfortable look that suited their bodies.

“I think if people are happy with what they wear, they will feel confident,” she said.

Sajeela Jamie stocks her label at The Pier’s Sugar Boutique.

A Classic French Jacket: 70 Hours to the Dream!


Ok, let’s start with a cliché: Chanel jackets are one of the most coveted garment pieces for women all over the world. Check! Their Haute Couture versions reportedly sell for some $30,000, while a ready-to-wear version sells for around $5,000 and up. Check! It inspired countless imitations, by runway designers as well as home seamstresses. Check!

Pictured: The jacket that spawned a thousand copies – a Chanel tweed next to jackets by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Milly and Tory Burch which have obviously been inspired by the original.

While an Haute Couture version remains unaffordable for most of us (right?), I was keen to find out more about techniques used in the construction of the legendary garment. And more, I wanted to make my own Chanel-inspired jacket! So, after reading every available article or book on the subject, watching movies and combing the web for bits and pieces of information, I decided to join a Classic French Jacket Class by Susan Khalje, the author of a sought-after Bridal Couture book, a contributing editor to the Threads magazine and the founder of the Couture Sewing School.

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