Bold colours trackside
FRESH, bright and summery pieces will dominate trackside fashion at this year’s Cairns Amateurs.
While some will be drawn to the event for a punt and a beer, fashionistas will be vying to be the best-dressed beauties.
Cairns Amateurs ambassador Lucy Biggs predicted prints, vintage, bling and signature styles.
Barbarella and Swan owner Barbara Dippenaar said many of her customers were searching for colourful yet feminine outfits that would stand out in a crowd.
“The ’50s full skirt style is definitely coming back,” she said. “I think people who want something a little bit different are looking for statement dresses.
“With the very colourful dresses that make a statement accessories should be kept to a minimum but a hat or a fascinator to match, yes, but not much jewellery because you want the dress to make the statement.”
Ms Biggs agreed that bold colours, in particular deep shades of purple and green, were hot this season. She will be dressed by Cairns designer Vivienne Francine during the racing carnival.
The perfect place for fashion-conscious racegoers to strut their stuff is at the Fashions on the Field competition.
Cairns Amateurs Carnival chief executive officer Graham Thornton said the winning male and female entrants would each win a trip for two to the Caulfield Cup.
“We even have people flying up from Melbourne to enter because the prize is worth so much,” he said.
An emerging designer competition will be held for the first time as part of Fashions on the Field for aspiring racewear designers.