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Style File: Robyn Brooks

With Auckland Cup Week fast approaching, we thought it only fitting to talk to Robyn Brooks, creator of the uniquely feminine Ooby Ryn label as well as a talented milliner and designer of award winning race day fashion. 

Based in the equine hub of Cambridge, Robyn comes from a family of horse trainers and evidently has mastered the art of creating award winning race wear fashion.


Robyn shares with FashioNZ, her inspiration, what race day fashion we can expect to see and of course what we’d never catch her wearing....


Tell us about the inspiration behind Ooby Ryn?


I’m forever intrigued by the forties and how fashion evolved on a circumstantial basis, developing a completely new aesthetic aligned with the demands of fabric shortages. The era perfectly personified minimalistic yet flattering shapes and it was these attributes that I wanted to explore. 


What can we expect to see this Saturday at the Derby Day in Ellerslie?


A lot of black and white as these are the traditional Derby Day colours. Fifties trends will no doubt be in abundance as this an era attributed to ladylike fashion and perfectly epitomises race day fashion etiquette. Peplum detailing is also very popular at the minute.  


What would you recommend to those on a budget this season?


Pattern and prints is big again this season, winter florals and polka dots are a particular favourite. I recommend investing in at least one wow piece and build around this with inexpensive basics. 



Who would your style icon be and why?


I have a few different icons I draw inspiration from although Anna Dello Russo is a particular favourite, her style is crazy but always well put together. 


What is your favourite look for this Winter?


Anything vintage inspired, trends from the forties, fifties and sixties are in full force this season. 


Describe your personal style?


Classic with a twist. I adore well-tailored, simple silhouettes modernised with a fun fabrics and textures.


What item or trend will never die in your eyes?


A classic trench coat. An investment buy for the season but it is well worth throwing a little extra into a quality coat that will last season after season than skimping out on something poor quality.  


If you had the chance to dress anyone, who would you dress?


Kimbra, I love her quirkiness. 


Complete the sentence, you’ll never catch me wearing…a corporate suit- where’s the individuality in that!