FASHION, FROCKS AND FILLIES WERE JUST SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE CAIRNS RACING SEASON
Cairns Amateurs arrived in all its usual glory last weekend, kicking off with the Cairns Central Ladies Fashion High Tea.
One of the highlights of this event, aside from the goodie bags, is the display of fashions both in the crowd and on the runway.
The event’s annual fashion parade was on-trend and highlighted this season’s latest looks. Each table then nominated their own best dressed person to represent them on stage.
The eclectic mix of favourites went to show that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to style.
There was a mix of looks from typical winter wear through to all-white ensembles with a pop of headwear colour.
Florals proved popular again and gave a good indication of what to expect at Ladies Day.
Leading milliner and Amateurs ambassador Angela Menz commended the line-up of local racewear.
“It will be tough competition this year,” she said.
Angela wasn’t the only racing identity in attendance. I spied
magazine editor Cathryn Meredith at a table brimming with VIP guests, including one of Australia’s most awarded milliners, Kerrie Stanley.
More low-key than Cup Day, Ladies Day was the epitome of trackside entertainment.
Cup Day was racing madness as usual. Savvy racegoers took advantage of the Pier Bar’s champagne breakfast, including a shuttle direct to Cannon Park.
Fashions went off with a bang this year, especially in the QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field tent.
Sparks shooting from a transformer fire above the tent sent ladies in flammable finery into a brief panic, but rest assured, the problem was soon fixed and the party continued, especially in the Winning Post Bar where drinks were cold and spirits were high.
Those with staying power headed into the city, fascinators (mostly) intact, for more revelry.