Bold colours trackside

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CAIRNS AMATEURS FEATURE -

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.

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