Fashions on the Field during Caulfield Cup is a showing of what is to come, but not showcased. The outfits for the year are usually held in top secret waiting for the Melbourne Cup Carnival and is a mere run through for the next few weeks. Ladies are Primped and Preened and looking fantastic and are as competitive as ever, but with Caulfield you really never know what to expect.
The Fashions on the Field, I feel runs far too long and although I am a lover of Fashion, I am still there for the horses and the Fashions seen like a showcase of commercials of sponsors in-between heats. This drags on and even I am going to say the races are not all about Fashion.
This year I decided not to attend the Heath enclosure as going to and from the Fashions area to Heath is too much of a walk and decided to send my media camera man and photographer down to this area. There was a lacklustre of prestige this year with marquee's filled with 20 something bloggers intagraming themselves with the likes of others. I do love the pegasus marquee, but again was filled with the young bloggers and no one really in racing although Gai Waterhouse did make a surprise entry.
This year I decided with 'Hard Luck Motty' to enjoy the Black Caviar restaurant which did not disappoint. It would have to be one of the best dining experiences world wide with a new upgrade and executive chef. There was five star dining and five star guests, including the owners of the Caulfield Cup winning connections from Japan. I did spy that they were eating Mac and Cheese, Sausages and Cheese on the side. Not very Asian cuisine, but put it down to what they wanted for luck and with the odds of 40:1, they did very well and I had to back this horse as I love to share the excitement.
The fashions were colourful and exciting with some heats tougher than others. I totally expected serial contestant Kelli Odel to final as she looked exquisite, but the judges obviously did not see the same as me. Her outfit was tasteful and polished although, this is Caulfield not Flemington. I do believe she was disappointed, but you win some, you loose some.
Others were totally put out of place not making the finals, but what does it matter, it is fashion, not world peace. For some of the competitors it was more difficult as it was their first time on stage since loosing a loved one. I expect emotions here.
There were some looks that were not to my expectation, but gave people a chance to get up and have a go. They will see in the future where they went wrong and what they need to do for next time to final and put the finishing touches on. Always remember the length of your garment, Fantastic Millinery and keep cleavage away from the stage.
Most importantly don't get greedy. This is happening too much. There are ladies who have won so much and expect to final or win. I think VRC has made a great move to encourage new faces not having the winners from each state from last year and giving new faces and younger ladies a step in the door. This is a wildly competitive showcase and really don't rely on your friends.
I can say that the sportsmanship of the new breed of Fashions on the Field ladies is heart warming. Brodie Worrell decided to send her best friend dressed up to the day and she came 2nd runner up and Brodie was every bit as excited for her friend as she would have been for herself. This is great to see. A big congratulations to Crystal Kimber winning on the day and Jo Gear coming 1st Runner up. Crystal looked amazing and has a wonderful attitude. She will not be competing in the Melbourne Cup Myer Fashions on the Field as she won the Qld state final last year. Crystal is happy with this and glad to give others a sporting chance.
Everyone looked amazing on the day and did not disappoint. There were cheers, some tears but mostly smiles. Remember this is a competition of Fashion and we are lucky to live in a country where we can showcase what we wear. Keep your head firmly on your head as this is for fun and pleasure. The minute it becomes anything more than that, you are really in the wrong competition.