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Caulfield Spring Racing 2009

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Face of Caulfield for 2009 has been announced. Rebecca Warren, a 25 year old Graphic Designer takes over the reins from Sarah Vick for the upcoming Caulfield Spring Racing Carnival. She is looking forward to the star treatment she will be receiving, which has already begun, as Rebecca initially won long-stemmed red roses, a diamond Adrian Lewis necklace and a tropical holiday along with her role. A bloomingly pregnant Livinia Nixon, her husband Alistair Jack and Neradah Blake were also announced as ambassadors for the carnival.

For the fashion-minded, the festivities begin as early as this weekend as the first heats of the Fashion Stakes for women begin at Saturday’s Underwood Stakes.  There’s $60,000 worth of prizes up for grabs for the super stylish ones across the carnival so why not get in early? The heats continue up until Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 17th October when I imagine the winner will feel like queen for the day! Men also have a chance to win with the Mens’ Fashion Stakes heats and final at Guineas Day on Saturday October 10th.

Guineas Day also sees the winner of the Caulfield Classic Style Award crowned. This competition is for designers only to show off their Spring Racing outfit designs. T. L Wood won last year with Alexi Freeman taking out the People’s Choice award. Speaking of the people’s choice you can vote here for one of this years 21 designer entries and win a $2500 Caulfield Cup experience. While the winning designer overall receives $20,000 and the people’s choice winner receives $5000.

This year entries are going against the colourful trend of this Spring Summer with the majority of designs either black, white or both. Metallic gold or soft pink are the hues of choice if you do want a little colour in your outfit and polka dots are the print du jour (where else can a grown woman get away with lots of spots these days?) My favourite entrants are House of Baulch, with a modern flattering (!!!) take on a vintage jumpsuit with statement pearl capelet and gold chain tassels; Megan Park with cornflower blue, polkadot-ed 50’s frock and embellished beaded bolero; Mathieu Salem with a cleverly sculpted hem, collar and hat in black and cream, Leopold with a Prada-esque silk turban, nautical-meets-jockey wide slacks and red blouse; and Gripp Jeans with a rock and roll take on racewear in a black sequined and vinyl ruffled one shoulder dress.

And don’t forget about the horses!

PS for House of Baulch fans, designer Kathryn told me that a limited clothing line is a project that’s not out of the question for the jewellery label in future. Her entry is the first attempt at clothing design and an impressive one at that (considering my usual railing against the jumpsuit). She says it would be perfect basics, envisioning it to be like 90’s Donna Karan.

Caulfield Shoot credits – Photography: Andrew Vukosav Styling: Virginia Dowzer Hair & Make Up: Bernadette Fisers

Additional image courtesy Caulfield

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