Moss & Spy’s latest release of Spring Racing fashion is a confident response to the debate of flamboyance vs tradition that has further fuelled Sydney/Melbourne rivalry following the extravagance of The Everest in Sydney.
Releasing her picks for the big Spring Racing events, Lia Tsimos, the designer behind Moss and Spy, said ‘The subdued themes of white and baby blue predicted by fashion writers were somewhat swamped by striking florals, bold pinks and reds as flamboyant Sydney women turned out to experience The Everest.
‘However, the race is only young and I’m sure in a few years it will develop its own traditions to match the fashion trends of the more iconic races like The Oaks, Derby Day and the Melbourne Cup.
Highlighting six pieces from her Spring/Summer collection, Tsimos said it was important to find outfits that left a striking impression while remaining elegant and letting your personality shine through.
With eight weekends until the season officially ends with regional Victorian races on 26 November 2017, Moss & Spy has styles to suit every racing event and spring party.
The soft pastel pink of the Arielle Dress comes to life with a stunning floral design which is even more captivating when you look closer at the subtle metallic embroidery and appliqued tulle.
‘It’s light and breezy enough to keep you comfortable even after a full day in the sun at the races’, Tsimos said.
‘Staying with the theme of strong, feminine pastels, we designed the Sherbet Dress with a cut to flatter any figure. The fitted waist kicks out to an A-line shape finished with box pleats to just above the knee – for a demure and confident look’ she said.
‘The textured fabric creates a strong impression with a subtle pattern of intersecting lines. As a day at the races turns to evening you’ll still look good and can go anywhere in the Sherbet Dress’ she added.
For a more distinctive black and white style (just great for Derby Day), Tsimos recommends the Arielle Black & White Dress.
The big bold applique floral embroidery captures an Art Nouveau feel and is unmissable as it wraps around the pure white cotton voile dress and lining.
Tsimos said ‘The dark organza trimming on the sleeves adds a theatrical flourish which will guarantee a striking impression, not lost among the race-day crowds.’
The stunning Tuileries Dress really is for all seasons (and all Spring Racing events).
‘Inspired by my last visit to Paris, I wanted to capture the exquisite detail of the Jardin du Tuilleries in an intricate design of hand made floral embroidery against a soft nude or striking navy background. The result is a unique soft flowing design that seems to glow in the sun and takes me back to summer in the Tuileries’ Tsimos said.
‘Dramatic in its understated artistry, you can confidently head out in the Tuileries dress – no matter what the day (or night) might bring,’ she said.
‘For a bolder look, the Cezanne Dress will carry you through the transition from evening to night, perfect for early cocktails followed by dinner on a Spring evening.
‘It features laser-cut 3D applique with metallic embroidery over a fine floral lace which gives it a wonderful depth, as if the flowers are in full bloom with the sun sparkling off the petals,’ she said.
Tsimos’ final selection is the Petal Dress, which truly lives up to its name.
Tsimos said ‘For me it epitomises what being a strong, feminine woman is all about. Wear it and you’ll feel like you’ve been covered in a shower of petals that have fluttered towards you like butterflies on a sunny day.
‘The bold colour of the sheer black organza provides the perfect backing for hundreds of antique-rose, royal-blue, deep yellow and black flowers. The result is a dress that will turn heads and leave a lasting impression at any cocktail party or Spring racing event.
Source: Moss & Spy Pty Ltd
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