The High Fashion High Tea featured spectacular, fashion-forward headpieces presented by millinery royalty Dale Olsson of The Hat Box, from the boutique's current Spring Racing Carnival Collection, accompanied by Mumm Champagne and sweet treats.
The showcase included a range of hats tailored to the three major race days of the Spring Racing Carnival, including stunning black and white options for Derby Day, bright colours for Melbourne Cup - think hot pink, lime green and orange, and feminine sorbet colours such as pale pink, baby blue and nude, in elegant styles for Oaks Day.
"When selecting a headpiece for Spring Racing Carnival, a woman should take into account which specific day she is dressing for. Be it Derby Day, Melbourne Cup or Oaks Day, there is a certain style of hat or headpiece for each occasion..." said The Hat Box founder Dale Olsson.
"This season will see a return to the wide brim, in both straw and crinoline, trimmed with silk roses and ribbons. Dainty little hats will still be worn however, adorned with beads, and fascinators will be larger, statement pieces, often seen with face veils..."
Calling the gallery level of the beautiful heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade in Brisbane's city centre its home, The Hat Box dresses both men and women and is unlike any other millinery establishment in the country, with its core business being intricate original hats created by a select group of the finest milliners in Australia. Dale Olsson gathers the designs of talented milliners including Patricia Balmer, Ann Boyle, Kim Fletcher, Neil Grigg, Kylie Heagney, Jonathan Howard, and the famed Melbourne-based Phillip Rhodes.
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