We can’t believe another year of searching for the bold and the beautiful looks of this racing season has come to an end!
We kicked off the season with a beautiful champagne breakfast at South Australian’s home of racing, Morphettville Racecourse back in September 2017. We loved having our Adelaide's media and favourite fashion identities there to launch the new Fashion At The Races season.
As you all know the judging criteria commends the traditions of the past and welcomes the new, and this year it all came down to the finishing touches. We are thrilled to announce our finalists who will join us at our upcoming launch on September 6 - where we will announce our overall competition winners and People's Choice Award winner.
Don't forget you can vote for your favourite look here. Voting is open until September 4 for our People's Choice Award.
The top 5 women are, Melissa Barnes, Leah Habel, Brooke Walter, Mija Reynolds, and Dana Abimosleh. And our top 3 men are Robbie Lippett, Ben Seekamp, and Chris O’Neill. Let’s take a look at what we loved about these looks.
Melissa Barnes - Murray Bridge Cup
How can your eyes not be drawn to the emerald green watering can? Not to mention it’s a fully functioning leather tote bag, accessorised with a playful patterned scarf.
The look Melissa Barnes created played with the traditions of racing fashion whilst featuring this season’s statement pieces, combining a range of textures and materials together in one, and the pop of colour featured perfectly from head to toe.
Leah Habel – Naracoorte Cup
Colour continued to shine bright this season and especially through the pop of orange and blue Leah featured within her raceday outfit. This elegant look was designed by Leah herself ticking all of the judge’s boxes – hat - tick, handbag - tick, jewellery – tick and appropriate footwear - tick.
Brooke Walter - Penola Cup
The use of colour blocking with pink and red is what caught the judge’s eye – both on the day of Penola Cup and for the judging panel.
Brooke played with a range of textures and fabrics whilst stepping back in time with a two-piece crop and skirt – elegancy at its finest.
Mija Reynolds - Port Augusta Cup
Have you ever wondered how you to dress for winter racing fashion? Then look to Mija for inspiration. Mija seamlessly styled her ‘all black everything’ outfit for a cooler racing occasion and the judges were impressed.
The perfectly paired and popping accessories were a unique stand out for this look, with great use of textures and materials echoing throughout the style.
Dana Abimosleh – Oaks Day at Morphettville
With her Flemington style, Dana wowed the judges with this modern, on trend look. This bright pink jumpsuit paired with a crisp white shirt was a refreshing modern race day look that was loved by many – perfectly accessorised with appropriate footwear, a matching bag and an autumn racing approved hat.
Robbie Lippett - Melbourne Cup at Morphettville
This look for Robbie was a tailored woollen check jacket, which certainly caught the judges eye.
The pastel blue colour palette was seamlessly featured head to toe, blending a range of textures and patterns to help create this sophisticated raceday look.
Ben Seekamp - Port Lincoln Cup
Ben pulled off the miss-match suit combination with the perfect contrast against the textured nude blazer and tailored navy pants.
This look is extremely chic and is part of the contemporary culture today. This broken suit look is also known as ‘Spezzato’, which is consider an art in Italy.
Chris O’Neill - Port Augusta Cup
The Spezzato trend is the trend of the season don’t you think? Another great example of a balanced and adaptable look.
Chris paired a classic tailored navy jacket and check vest, with a taupe trousers and the judges loved it. Not to mention the stand out tie and lapel pin to go with it.