Melbourne Cup Day is usually the stand alone day where you can play with your fashion to a theatrical level with carefree abandon, although in the case of 2014 it is an exception.
Each year 'Racing Fashion' gives guidelines to contestants wishing to climb the ladder of Fashions on the Field and wear garments on a competitive level.
2014 has given a strong standpoint that shunning lady like ways and ability to conform to establishment will not be tolerated. This began before the carnival when the mid riff was going to be refused into the members and corporate areas. I will not tell you I did not see any bare flesh belly's, but even the young trendiest fashionista were in the know that disregard for tradition is a no no.
Every year I have the pleasure of chatting to judges, sponsors and deciding factors and gave a very descriptive outline of what the judges would be looking for. This year, I was leaning toward a big, tone it down and if you did not notice I was also on a demure change for Melbourne Cup Day. Currently VRC/Flemington are the Fashions on the Field leaders of the world and everyone is watching. Fashions on the Field, is about to change forever!
In the wind when talking to Jeff Banks, he is taking the concept of Fashions on the Field to United Kingdom where the British Aristocracy will be maybe onlooking for the first couple of years then their curiosity may lure them to take part in the forging of Fashions on the Field UK. “This will be a first and will give an opportunity for the UK winner in the future to come to Australia as the face of Britain”, said Banks. Banks says they are still in negotiations with channel 4 in UK.
If this is so, Australian ladies and gentlemen, step up your game for the stakes and prestige is going to be higher than ever. With strict guidelines of the 'Royal Enclosure' at Royal Ascot, VRC/Flemington wants to be seen with just as much prestige and elegance as Royal Ascot and I can accommodate Australia in saying our facilities for racing and the showcase is higher than anywhere in the world.
With fashion being the subject, please keep colours to a maximum of 3 although tones were a winner with wearing a recycled Camilla Caftan turned into a asymmetric hemline. Fractal art were something that was huge in the 60s and 70s dubbed the “Thumbprint of God” with the forever changing equation. Looking up the equation and art on computer you will see so many designs, but the combination of the colours, clever design and amazing headwear really took this ensemble to the next level. I was in awe of the headwear as the design was around her bun and gave the shape of a boomerang and a superb line around the head. I am not one for new age hats, unless they are perfected and this one had been. I would say this outfit was very close to being a state winner. Headwear is to become smaller in some cases and you all know I love a big hat, but you have to remember the attention to detail and the aesthetic to the wearer and how it incorporates with the individual and their outfit. You don't just wear a big hat, unless you have specific reason and the hat has to be very well made as there is no room for error.
Enjoy the heats and we welcome everyone who was on stage and we applaud you. Every year we are graced with a delightful round of contestants and you really cannot tell who will final or for what reason, first and foremost you are appreciated by 'Racing Fashion', we will not mock you, we will encourage you to see how and why others may be winning and attempt to help you to continue to compete and embrace feeling fantastic in your own skin. If you are on stage you have already won, the ability to be confident and enjoy being you.