Behind the Brand: Manning Cartell

The Manning sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle talk their latest collection, global expansion and Spring Carnival racewear.

How has Manning Cartell evolved since its inception?

It has evolved quite organically. Currently direct retail makes up 85 percent of our business, however when we first launched Manning Cartell it was 100 percent wholesale. We’ve established an incredible team in our six standalone boutiques who make the in-store experience special for our customers. We also sell internationally, having just launched Manning Cartell in the US through a partnership with Barneys New York. The beginning of our global expansion.

Who is the Manning Cartell woman?

The Manning Cartell woman is fearless with a modern style and an adventurous spirit. Robyn Lawley, who wore one of our Everest Carnival Silk garments to Colgate Optic White Stakes Day, is the perfect example of this.

 Tell us about your plans for our spring wardrobes. What inspired your latest collection and what can we expect to see from you this season?

Our Spring Collection is all about modern florals, saturated brights, head-to-toe looks that make a strong visual statement such as print on print or tone on tone. The collection combines 90s’ minimalism and 80s’ futurism and celebrates sustainability and bold, feminine styles for women of substance and strength.

Let’s talk racewear. What will we see trending trackside this spring season?

The Australian Turf Club is encouraging racegoers to leave boring behind at Everest Carnival this spring. In a world first, we’ve collaborated with the ATC to create a range of garments inspired by the racing silks worn by the jockeys themselves. The collection is called the ‘Everest Carnival Silks’.

What Manning Cartell pieces should we wear to the races?

With such a diverse range, there is a piece suited to everyone’s race-day style. The Everest Carnival Silks will be auctioned off on the Australian Turf Club’s eBay page with proceeds going to Sydney’s Dress for Success charity. If you can get your hands on one of these silk garments you will be wearing a unique piece that you can be sure no one else has.

What aspects of footwear deem them race-appropriate?

Formal footwear is a must. Ladies, get your heels out and men, your best dress shoes. There’s no footwear more race-day appropriate!

What are your favourite millinery pairings?

A personal favourite of ours was the first Everest Carnival Silks design that Robyn Lawley flaunted at Colgate Optic White Stakes Day. She wore a dress inspired by Winx’s winning silks pattern, combined with the red, white and black colour palette of Colgate. This beautiful combo was perfectly paired with a Nerida Winter headpiece.

What defines a good racing ensemble?

In a league of its own, the Everest Carnival is one of the largest fashion events of the year. While there’s a unique set of rules and long-held traditions, the fashion options are endless! If you want some inspiration, head to the ATC website and check out the Harrolds Look Book, designed to inspire your spring look and reveal everything you need to know about your race-day dress code.

When the major race days arrive, who will you be watching on social media?

We followed Robyn Lawley on social media at Colgate Optic White Stakes Day as we dressed her – she looked stunning in the first garment of the Everest Carnival Silks collection. We also followed other seasoned fashionistas like the beautiful Jen Hawkins.

 If you had to attend any racing event in the world, which would you pick and what would you wear from your latest collection?

Our first pick would be The TAB Everest held at Royal Randwick, being the world’s richest race on turf you need to look the part. From our latest collection, our pick would be our natural selection heel, the perfect height for comfortable all-day wear. The cylinder heel is ideal for the trackside grass and the thin straps and nude tone pair perfectly with every look.