Off To The Races With OnceWas



With the change in season, Melbourne truly does come alive. There is no doubt Spring is our most adored season of the year! We kicked off the month with our VIP Spring Launch Event. Hosted by celebrity stylist Rachel Dennis, we showcased, celebrated and styled our latest collection Riviera with our VIP customers, influences and celebrity supporters.  Rachel styled attendees for their upcoming Spring events with beautiful millinery provided by Melbourne-based designer Rachel Henry & Lisa Hughes.
Rachel remarks “I loved spending time with Bel and the OnceWas team styling the Riviera Collection. The collection is the perfect mix of relaxed glamour which means it works for so many occasions and lifestyles. I love the way Bel has created it so it can be worn to events like Melbourne Cup Carnival or out to a special lunch but it can also be part of your everyday wardrobe. The beautiful D'Azur blouse with the matching Jolie skirt would be stunning for the Melbourne Cup with a classic headpiece or with a straw hat for Stakes Day. Then after the event, I'd team the skirt with a t-shirt and sandals for everyday wear. So much of the collection offers this flexibility.”
If you own any of our pieces, you know that our garments possess a timelessness that has been carefully crafted by Director & Head Designer Belinda Glynn. With the Spring Races around the corner, Belinda showcases her favourite Riviera pieces that can also be packed for holidays and worn for years to come!
Belinda tells us “Teamed with the gorgeous designs from Rachel Henry, I have had so much fun styling my favourite looks for the upcoming race days. After the last few years of lockdowns in Melbourne, the anticipation for this year's Races feels more exhilarating than ever!”
“Our newest collection is full of beautiful mix and match pieces, punchy patterns and a wide variety of cuts to compliment all body shapes. Designed with versatility in mind, they are head-turning, easy-wearing & trans-seasonal.
“Although I like to stay abreast of international fashion trends, I believe in designing investment pieces that can be worn season after season in a variety of ways, mixing and blending back with wardrobe updates. With the multitude of mass produced, disposable fashion brands on the market, particularly around this event season, our customers turn to us for something unique to wear, knowing that we create versatile pieces in small quantities to ensure that we can help them style their own unique event look. Because of the versatility & timelessness of each piece, our customers know that their purchase will last well beyond the racing season”
We invite you to shop the Riviera for your next Spring event with free* shipping & easy returns or visit us at our periodic Styling Studio open days.
OW x

Derby Day

Regarded as the most glamorous of the main race days, keep it classy on Derby Day in timeless black and white separates that mix + match effortlessly.
Belinda is wearing the Margot Pant, Margot Bomber & Castro Belt (left) and the Margot Pant & Occitan Shirt (right).

Melbourne Cup

As the biggest event on the spring races calendar, Cup Day calls to dress to the nineties in a fun and colourful ensemble.

Belinda is wearing the Jolie Shirt & Estelle Pant (left) and the Occitan Shirt Estelle Pant  (right).
Belinda is wearing the Estelle Top & Estelle Pant (left) and the Estelle Top reversed with the Estelle Pant (right).

Kennedy Oaks Day

Whimsical and feminine designs reign at the races commonly referred to as ‘Ladies Day.” The event calls for floral patterns and romantic shapes like the one Belinda flaunts below.

Belinda is wearing the Oceane Dress (left) and D'zur Dress (right).

Belinda is wearing the Margot Dress (left) and the Grace Pant & Oceane Shirt (right).


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