Our long time style crush Louise Roe arrived for Melbourne Cup duties this week, and as always we were super keen to see what she busted out frock-wise. Not familiar with our girl Louise? You may have spotted her hosting the Plain Jane makeover series (which will hopefully be airing in Australia early next year), reporting from the Oscars or starring in The City. No? Well, trust us when we say Louise Roe is the shiz! Hence why we've given her the Fab fashion interrogation treatment, and quizzed her on everything from her Melbourne Cup get up, to how she got her fashionable foot in the door:
We love your ‘aspirational but obtainable’ ethos: What is the single easiest way to look expensive on a budget?
Great shoes! Simple skinny jeans and a white shirt or tee can be revamped by a great pair of bright, patent ballet flat or ankle boots. You can get fab shoes on a low budget all over the place now.
Best place to bag a bargain?
How did you get into the industry?
I started out as an intern at Elle, and worked my way up the ladder, making tea and photocopying and crashing on friend's couches because I wasn't earning a thing! About a year later I was offered some TV work and things grew from there.
What will you be wearing for Melbourne Cup Day?
Definitely bright colours and heels — even though I'll probably sink in the mud! Possibly Sass & Bide and a gold head piece instead of a hat.
What are your Dos and Don’ts for track-side dressing?
Don't wear stilettos; go for a wedge or stacked heel instead. Don't overdo the make-up, remember it's a daytime event so wear bright colours, and don't get too drunk!
What’s your view on fascinators — naff or fab?
If they're full of skinny feathers flapping around everywhere and in neon pink then, no! I prefer something small and simple perched on the side of the head.
For more from Louise, keep reading . . .
Biggest trends that you have seen in race wear this year?
Tassels and fringing are everywhere! <strong>
Do Australians do race-wear differently to the States and UK?
</strong>No I think there's a universal love for beautiful bright dresses, enormous hats and a bottomless glasses of champagne.<strong>
Best Australian style snippets you’ve picked up?
</strong>I think Aussie girls wear their clothes with a great, laid-back attitude — which for me is how you pull off an outfit best. I love the slightly grungy beach vibe in Sydney and the more European, groomed chic vibe in Melbourne. <strong>
What, so far, has been your career highlight?
</strong>Definitely when Tom Ford told me I had great style! I was interviewing him for Vogue TV, and he asked me to take my heels off because they made me taller than him. So I stood there barefoot. He was brilliant.<strong>
For those who don’t know, tell us about Plain Jane:
</strong>It's like a romantic comedy movie masquerading as a TV show! I take a shy wallflower each week and make her over inside and out. She has to face her biggest fear, be it jumping out of a plane or swimming with sharks! Each girl has a secret crush — usually on her boss or her best friend — so I set her up on a blind date with him too. I've never had so much fun making a TV show.