How Jesinta Franklin's Stylist Decides What She Wears to the Races

Attending last weekend's Caulfield Cup, Jesinta Franklin shone in another outfit that was once again styled by Sydney-based stylist Jess Pecoraro. As Pecoraro has had such successful results dressing Franklin time and time again, we chatted to the celebrity stylist to find out how the process of pulling together a show-stopping outfit actually works. While it seems fairly straightforward, there's a bit more involved than you'd think. And for this race day outfit, it all started with a trip to New York.

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WHO: Jesinta Franklin

Pecoraro fell in love with the intricate-detailed grey dress at the Dion Lee showing at New York Fashion Week earlier this year, and thought of Franklin as soon as she saw it. "After Jesinta wore a feminine floral Zimmermann number at the Spring Champion Stakes Day, it was time to go with something a little sharper, edgier, and structured," Pecoraro says.

When it came time to matching accessories to the Dion Lee dress, Pecoraro worked with Australian jewellery brand Sarah & Sebastian collaborating ideas revolving around minimal jewellery, as well as a headpiece that would work with the dress. Pecoraro wanted something completely fresh, and there was no chance an ordinary hat or fascinator was going to be complement the stunning piece. 

After weeks of preparing and adjusting each part of the outfit to make sure all of the custom elements perfectly fit, often the completed look doesn't come together until the very last minute, which Pecoraro explains is the toughest part to styling. "Trust is essential from both sides, that's what's really crucial to being a stylist," says Pecoraro.

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WHO: Jesinta Franklin and Rachael Taylor  

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