Caulfield Guineas is the official start to the high end Fashions on the Field and this year there was more choice and colour than we could have asked for.
Fashions on the Field at Caulfield has never been so well formulated where it is not an all day event with infomercials in between of sponsors which left everyone tired and annoyed, instead it was straight to the event of what every one had come to see and participate in.
The under 40 ladies category had beautifully presented ladies of an exceptionally high calibre and some not drawn into the finals. I have decided to pretty much retire from Fashions on the Field judging at present, but again you really need a team of people who are in the know with current trends at the track. You have to know the latest Millinery pieces and shapes and the headwear of two seasons ago, not to mention the aesthetic of Millinery. I think allot of ladies should have been given a second look in when being judged and left me wondering, but you never really know with this competition.
I feel more than ever that people are wearing clothes for themselves rather than wanting to wow the judges and Em Scodellaro really stepped out of her comfort zone wearing a laser cut overlay. The interesting medium had everyone looking twice and it really set her apart from other competitors showing that she will take a risk and dress for her own statement.
The renown designer Peter Pilotto, who I had the pleasure of speaking to in Dubai had a strong presence at Caulfield yet to know avail for ladies to make the final.
The looks I loved was the Blue with White and just looked so elegant for 2015, I loved the big red flower with simple white and the colour of the year Marsala was taken well into a direction with a hint of metallic to keep it current. I cannot wait for the final next week and to see what the ladies bring to the table next week.
The 40+ Classic lady always gives us a lovely category where we can showcase the mature lady in her own realm without having to compete with the younger competitor. Hemlines were kept modestly low and I loved the modern take with the green and Rebecca Share headwear that just had a modern edge yet a classic twist. This is very fashion forward and loved the lines. Both veterans, Lisa Wellings and Amanda Macor, the usual ladies who take out first and second every year are both back again looking wonderful and both made the final. Be careful as you mature that wearing all pastel tones does not wash out your look. Maybe with a pop of darker headwear this will balance the skin tone. I loved that all ladies in the 40+ category, looked like they were achieving a sophisticated, classic approach rather than wanting to keep their finger on the beat of the younger demographic. All looked splendid.
Gentlemen were all beautifully turned out and I feel the competition takes steps up each year. Men are now not just dressing well at the races, they are translating this look to the streets which we are loving. I feel that we must take into consideration, in all categories, that people come in all shapes and sizes and it is very difficult for the dapper gentleman who is over 6f to stand next to someone of 5'6. I think the judges have to be mindful as the turnout and the styling is what you are looking for with a flare, not just tall model looks.
For 2015 I think Caulfield is off to a fantastic start and cannot wait for Caulfield Cup where the ladies will all show up for the under and over 40 finals. Last week there were allot of interstate competitors flying up to the NSW State final, but next week will be huge.
I was really battling on Saturday with a terrible flu, but Racing Fashion TV as most of you know has been sold to Lifestyle Channel of Foxtel so I have new presenters who are doing a splendid job and you will see them next week with the likes of Crystal Kimber a crowd favourite and Lee Suba-Cleal taking over with the help of our wonderful Arni James. Arni James and Brodie Worrell have proven to be just what Racing Fashion TV needed. A breath of fresh air. I am more than happy for these fabulous new faces to take over the reigns and add some new light while I move further into the production side.
Until next week, stay frocked and fabulous.