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A model showcases outfits at the David Jones Spring Racewear Launch in Melbourne. Picture: Getty Images

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is off and racing as the David Jones spring race wear collection opened the week of shows and events.

At the City Square catwalk on Monday stylists bucked the trend of playing it safe with track-side style.

Jumpsuits and neon flip-dresses appeared alongside dresses in more classic, feminine styles.

Model Samantha Harris opened the show in a white and orange sorbet-coloured tweed outfit by Willow finished with a Nerida Winter headpiece.

The combination set the tone as fresh but modest; the colours were daring but hemlines were conservative.

As hosts of the David Jones Spring Racing show, Emma Freedman and former Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell warned, you're not going to a nightclub.

But the coterie of designers featured in this year's collection showed that doesn't mean racing fashion can't be fun.

Models wore suits by Lover, Bianca Spender and Willow showing the humble pants-and-jacket combination can be just as elegant as dresses.

Thurley's floral print suit, a bouquet of pink, orange and lime, was brave and beautiful.

Printed headscarves were paired with hats to give an edge to the grandstand staple.

For the more traditionally minded, the lace and applique dresses synonymous with spring were not forgotten.

A black and white Carla Zampatti dress paired with a wide brim Morgan & Taylor silk hat recalled old-world glamour.

There were soft spring colours like peppermint and peach but fashion watchers also saw neon tangerine (by Camilla and Marc) coupled with a purple and green head piece (Gregory Ladner).