Spring Racing Carnival has begun with the 1st of the Chadstone Fashion Stakes that usually takes place at Caulfield Racecourse. Fashions on the Field is changing as now being held in shopping centres and in hotels. I must admit, I am old fashion and I do want to see Fashion at the Races as it is totally taking away from the sport of kings. It does seem a little more like a beauty/fashion pageant in a shopping centre and maybe this just comes down to sponsorship $$$$ as everyone is without the large corporate $$$ behind them right now.
One thing again missing this year is the good old FOC, (Face of Caulfield). Again, I an not sure why this event is not taking place, I would say due to the financial climate.
The die hard 'Fashions on the Field' competitors were in form for the Chadstone Fashion Stakes at Chadstone Shopping Centre, but I do find that it was for more the fashion contestant rather than the love of horses and getting up and having a go. When looking at the contestants, you will see a very high calibre of contestant that are always present. I am looking forward to seeing the competition at the Track, this will give ladies the ability to showcase at the races. I congratulate all who participated and they all looked amazing. It is very hard for the competition to have the ambiance of the races and what the feel of 'Fashions on the Field' is really like, but maybe this is a showcase for Melbourne Racing Club to show the event to get more competitors. A big Congratulations to Brodie Worrell who was a stand out winner. I did spot the Chanel Clutch with is one of the most coveted items right now and at a price tag of over $3000. All in all, we know it is not and should not be a competition of price tag yet well constructed garments and attention to detail.
I would love to see judges wear a hat and be an example of what they wish to see, but the correct winner was chosen. Beige with a hint of colour is right on trend right now. Look out for pastels as well and softer neon shades.