With the Spring Racing Carnival in full swing, compiling a successful race day look doesn’t end with the dress. Accessorising your race day look adds to the frivolity and excitement of the day, and the addition of a statement head piece is key to completing your look. Award winning, Melbourne Local Felicity Northeast has quickly established herself as one of Australia’s best bespoke milliners. Used throughout Anthea Crawford’s S/S 2019 campaign, Felicity Northeast’s handmade collection offers exquisitely made, race ready styles that are the perfect accompaniment to any look.We recently asked felicity her insights on the key to perfecting your Spring Racing style.
What inspired your latest collection, Herbs & Spices?
This year I have drawn inspiration from my travel to Morocco as the repetitive geometric patterns in mosaics, carvings and copper work fascinated me. This certainly has influenced many of my sculptural shapes and some designs, such as my take on a modern turban. The Moroccans love of herbs and spices and the artistic way they displayed them certainly led to the names of my pieces.
What led to your career as a Milliner?
I have always enjoyed a range of textile art, design and fashion, and this was my hobby while I pursued my first career as a paediatric dietitian.
One weekend I did a short course in millinery and I was hooked. It was a way I could combine different textiles with different sewing techniques. I continued to study millinery and after a few years I established my millinery label.
Can you share your top tips for accessorising your Spring Racing looks?
Go with your style, wear a headpiece that reflects your personality. For the races I love a hat. It is one of the only times you can have fun with different millinery styles and looks. A hat just adds that extra special detail.I’m always drawn to patterns and shapes within the dress and I love using these to help select accessories.
What is your favourite piece from your latest collection and why?
The turban ‘Cinnamon’ is my favourite this year. I enjoy creating pieces which require a bit of maths in their development and look different from a variety of angles
What other events during the year can & should we incorporate millinery? (Mother of the Bride, wedding guests etc.)
When we consider sun hats we often think of a hat that is just worn to the beach, however with summer functions, parties and sporting events a statement fedora, boater or brimmed hat can complete an outfit as well as being sun smart.
Wearing a headpiece or even a statement flower to weddings adds a wow factor to the outfit.
Shop Felicity Northeast’s latest Spring collection, ‘Herbs & Spices’ at https://felicitynortheast.com/