Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Looks from Melbourne Cup 2018 at Thoroughbred Park

Well what a day!

The races are always such a fun day out and yesterday Melbourne Cup at Thoroughbred Park did not disappoint.

The skies cleared by the time the race track started filling up with fashionable ladies and dressed up lads. The crowd gathered around for the several races that ran over the course of the day eagerly awaiting to discover if they placed lucky bets and awaiting the biggest race of the calendar year- The Melbourne Cup.

A day at the races is about horseracing however for me, it’s all about the fashion! I love seeing everyone dressed up from head-to-toe and with every detail considered. Racewear should be polished, classic and in-season- all the elements which make up great style and fashion.

This year, I was backstage running the Canberra Centre Fashions on the Field and got to see every outfit up close. This race day I favoured colour and I got to see a few stand-outs including a white and yellow ensemble with a killer statement bag, worn by ex-racing ambassador Kate Speldewinde. Her partner was also looking very sharp in navy and yellow which was favoured by several FOF menswear entrants paying homage to the Melbourne Cup flower – the yellow rose.

There was some beautiful millinery on show and this white and teal boater was one of my favourites

I also loved a vintage style look featuring a very on-trend jumpsuit in a polka dot fabric with matching hat and perfectly accessorised with a feature bag.

This year’s judging panel included our very own Janette Wojtaszak and HerCanberra’s Amanda Whitley, Emma McDonald and Nick Rysk from 106.3. The judging panel awarded a winner and runner up for both Classic Men’s and Classic Ladies with over $1200 worth of prizes including a trip to Paris. The winners embodied traditional racewear looks with a feminine touch and a modern edge. 

Nick Rysk, Kristen Henry (emcee) Ladies Winner, RunnerUp, Emma McDonald, Amanda Whitley and Janette Wojtaszak.

The winners

Image by Eric Piris, Red Photography

Image by Eric Piris, Red Photography

What we wore

I decided to opt for colour and knew this Bec and Bridge dress would be perfect. I just loved the red and the simplicity of it and instantly knew it could be worn dressed up or down or even at the beach with sandals. I teamed it up with a Piper boater which was lucky, as it saved my makeup from the light morning rain! I styled the look with Kookai tassel earrings, black strappy heels and my favourite silk clutch from Pineda Colin. I have now worn this clutch to several race days as it is perfect for adding a polished touch. 

Janette was dressed by the Canberra Centre and opted for an amazing forever new fuschia pink off the shoulder jumpsuit which is perfectly in-season and very much expresses Janette’s vibrant and colourful style. She teamed it up with a straw boater (also from Forever New), a custom-made clutch and a pair gorgeous earrings from her latest Statement life collection.

Image by Eric Piris, Red Photography
I loved Beth's colour combination of a lace pink dress from David Jones, Canberra Centre, red hatinator and earrings by Christine Waring Millinery and pair of white pumps. She exuded ladylike elegance. Her makeup by Jessica Dorothy looked flawless.

That’s it for the spring racing carnival for us this year! I am already looking forward to Black Opal Stakes next year in March.

Words by Sofia Polak @sofiapolakstyle

Image by Eric Piris, Red Photography.


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