Chris Kontos talks race-day fashion

Chris Kontos, Creative Director of Vogue Festival and South Australian Style Magazine, clues us in on his race-day fashion favourites ahead of AAMI Victoria Derby Day at Morphettville.

Image credits: Katie Fergus, Vogue Australia

“Racing season is my favourite time of the year because everyone I know is shopping up a storm and having the most exquisite hats made for the Spring racing carnival.

Fashion has evolved so much over the past 12 years that I have attended the carnival. Women are dressing even more lady-like with hemlines and all details considered, while gents are stepping up to the plate and wearing custom suits and designer shoes.

At the moment, I’m obsessed with a few looks…

Power suit for the ladies, created in big bright bold colours or pastel tones. Ladies wearing matching jackets and bottoms with traditional straw hats or a head band.

Voluminous dresses with large 80s sleeves and volume lines, with beautiful cut outs brining a modern edge to the traditional style.

Depending on the day, you can really relax the vibe of dressing by wearing just a chic and cool summer dress. Take my beautiful mate, Nadia Fairfax: she is wearing a divine knit stripe dress, bringing a relaxed vibe to the Caulfield Cup.

I am so excited to see what Derby Day has install this year as that’s my favourite day of the year. See you at the track!


AAMI Victoria Derby Day at Morphettville
2 November 2019

AAMI Melbourne Cup Race Day at Morphettville
5 November 2019