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Purple Pantsuit takes out 2020 Myer National Fashions on the Field Title

For the first time in the history of the Myer National Fashions on the Field competition, a pantsuit has taken out the National Title! And it wasn’t just any pantsuit, but a rich purple linen pant suit, featuring wide legs and orange binding. Magnificently designed and made by one very creative FOTF entrant. Christine Spielmann [...]

January 6th, 2021|DIY, Interviews|

The First Virtual National FOTF Competition – COVID Edition

In what has been a very unusual and uncertain year, the racing fashion community was no exception when it came to succumbing to the perils of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Usually by midyear, FOTF lovers are excitedly planning their race day looks for the highlight of the racing calendar; Spring Carnival week at Flemington Racecourse.  But [...]

December 21st, 2020|Race Day Updates|

The Virtual FOTF | Keeping Fashion Alive During COVID-19

2020. Wow. What a strange one! It will forever be remembered as the year we saw a pandemic sweep through the entire world, shutting down businesses and borders, hibernating humans, creating toilet paper aisle chaos, and cancelling our much-loved and anticipated racing events. One by one came the announcements of canceled race days across the [...]

May 7th, 2020|Race Day Updates|

2020 Bag Inspiration | 87 Trendy, Funky, Cute, Cool and Quirky Bags

I am addicted to funky bags. I can easily waste weekends sifting through them. In fact, that’s quite essentially what I just did, but this time I decided to put my past-time to good use and do some sharing! This blog post showcases a selection of my favourite trendy, funky, cute, cool and quirky bags [...]

March 12th, 2020|Shopping, Trends|

Wellington Cup FOTF | My International Judging Experience

Being asked to judge a Fashions on the Field event is such an honor for me. My first international invitation was two years ago, at the Ellerslie Prix De Fashion races in Auckland. This year’s Wellington Cup was my second. The lovely ladies, Bridget, Lucy, Jess and Caitlin from the Wellington Race Club committee invited [...]

February 6th, 2020|Race Day Updates|

2020 Magic Millions Race Day Update | A Look at the Stunning Outfits

The first major race day of the year is Magic Millions on the sunny Gold Coast. There aren’t many FOTF events there, so the local ladies look forward to this day. Many others fly in from interstate for the event too, adding to the glamour. It’s always expected to be a very hot day, so [...]

January 31st, 2020|Race Day Updates|

The Woman Behind the Sash | 2019 National Winner Carena West

It has been a while since an international entrant has taken out the hotly contested Myer National Fashions on the Field title. But if anyone could do it, it was going to be Carena West. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, this striking beauty has impeccable original style and a gift for some seriously quirky accessorizing. [...]

January 16th, 2020|Interviews|

Creating My 2019 Spring Carnival Outfits: Part 3 of 3 – Oaks Day

Welcome to Part 3 of my 3-part blog series, where I show you how my three 2019 Spring Carnival outfits came to life. In this post I’ll share how I created my Oaks Day outfit. In previous posts I covered how I made my Derby Day and Melbourne Cup Day outfits. My 2019 Spring [...]

December 12th, 2019|DIY, Race Day Updates|

Creating My 2019 Spring Carnival Outfits: Part 2 of 3 – Melbourne Cup

Welcome to Part 2 of a 3-part blog series, where I show you how I made my three 2019 Spring Carnival outfits. In this post I’ll share how I created my Melbourne Cup Day outfit. You can also read about the making of my Derby Day and Oaks Day outfits. My 2019 Spring Carnival [...]

November 29th, 2019|DIY, Race Day Updates|

Creating My 2019 Spring Carnival Outfits: Part 1 of 3 – Derby Day

I know I say this every year… but, seriously, I think this spring season would have to be my favourite compilation of FOTF outfits ever!! My fabulous new dressmaker, Mark Blake, created two gorgeous custom-made dresses for me and my third dress, equally as stunning, came from brand, Solace London. My outfits this year [...]

November 14th, 2019|DIY, Race Day Updates|

Fabric Covered Belts – A Closer Look at this Popular Belt Trend

Belts come and go with the seasons, but when they’re trending, they are a useful little item to add extra detail and feature to your outfit. They can help blend colours, refine a skirt and top combination and even accentuate your waist! Image: Anthony Rice This season, fabric covered belts that match the [...]

November 6th, 2019|DIY, Trends|

Working with Pleats | Transform Fabric into High Fashion Garments

I’ve become a pleat fanatic! I just love the way a pleated dress or skirt looks as it makes fabric look so tres chic! It was my recent experience with Specialty Pleaters in Melbourne, who hand pleated detail on a dress for me, that inspired this blog. Upon chatting with Simon, the owner of Specialty [...]

October 31st, 2019|DIY, Fashion Tips|

2019 Myer FOTF State Finalists | The Story Behind Their Winning Outfits

This will be the second year the National Myer Fashions on the Field state competitions have been held via the photo competition format. In previous years, the finals were held throughout the year at various race days with an on-stage competition and winners announced during the event. Now days, the State finals take place in [...]

October 20th, 2019|Interviews, Race Day Updates|

2019 Spring Racing Fashion Trends | What to Wear to Spring Carnival

With Spring racing now in full swing and ladies busy planning their Melbourne Cup week outfits, I thought it was a great time to share a snippet from my 2019 Spring Racing Fashion Trends Report. Each year I write a report on what is trending this Spring/Summer race season, covering topics such as popular race [...]

October 3rd, 2019|Fashion Tips, Trends|

The Woman Behind the Sash | 2018 National Winner Carle Rutledge

With the Myer National Fashions on the Field competition just around the corner and the excitement with the first of the State Finals taking place, I am so thrilled to be sharing this interview with the lovely Carle Rutledge who was sashed the 2018 winner. I love Carle’s impeccable style and quirky styling. She is [...]

September 19th, 2019|Interviews|

Talking Trends with Racing Style Guru Turned Milliner Claire Hahn

Claire Hahn is well known in the Fashions on the Field Circuit, and not just for her own sense of swanky style. A self taught milliner, Claire Hahn Millinery can be seen rocking catwalks across New Zealand, Australia and beyond. With many client sashes under her belt, including two out of the last three NZ [...]

August 22nd, 2019|Interviews, Millinery|

The Shining Star that is Lindsay Ridings | Learn from a Fashion Risk Taker

With legs that never end, a face for cover shoots and an innate sense of style, Lindsay Ridings is a shining star in the Fashions on the Field circuit. One of the (many) things I love about Lindsay is that she always creates something unique. She isn’t afraid to take fashion risks. In fact, sporting [...]

August 8th, 2019|Interviews|

2019 Winter Racewear Trends | 5 Popular Trends to Try this Season

Luxurious wintery fabrics, layered ensembles in jewel tones and rich hues, smoky eyes and crimson lips…. I love the cooler seasons for racing fashion! As we are well into the chilly seasons, I have taken some time to identify five popular trends seen at the track this autumn and winter. Enjoy! 1) The Colour Mustard [...]

July 25th, 2019|Fashion Tips, Trends|