Racing with style and fun!!

12 Oct

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve loved a day at Ascot!

I grew up with families who lives and breathed racing and even back then I was drawn to the glamour and excitement. My uncle was the judge at Ascot and my dad loved a punt, so on the occasional family day I remember being there with Dad soaking in the trackside fashion. Women were dressed from head to toe in outfits that were stunning….and I used to go home dreaming about shoes and hats that were colour co-ordinated with bags! Seriously!

So with the upcoming Spring Racing carnival, I couldn’t wait to share with you a taste of the Ascot ‘race day’ experience!

The carnival kicks off in Perth on October 20 with the Crown Perth Opening at Ascot. This is one of the more glamourous days on the calendar as it features the Myer Fashions on the Field parade whereby race-goers can enter on the day to be on the running for some fabulous prizes.

Those with an eye for Fashion, work on co-ordinating outfits for months in advance, so it is quite a spectacle for those who love racing fashion!

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Tanya Cull is the Sponsorship and Promotions Coordinator at Perth Racing and she gave Stylewa an insight into Spring Racing at Ascot…….

Stylewa – The upcoming Spring Racing Carnival at Ascot is upon us. The first key date for the diary is the Crown Perth Opening Day at Ascot on 20 October, what can people expect from this exciting day out?

The festival kicks off with Crown Perth Opening Day at Ascot showcasing all of the fun and excitement of spring racing and featuring the Myer Fashions on the Field State Final. Register on the day for this runway spectacle and showcase your raceday look for a chance to win fantastic prizes.

The best thoroughbreds will be returning to Ascot for the 9 race programme with WA’s leading jockeys ready to get their campaign off to a winning start. It’s just another reason to be trackside for an afternoon of raceday excitement at Ascot.

Stylewa – The Myer WA Fashion on the Fields is held on this special Raceday whereby entrants can register on the day for their chance to win some fantastic prizes…. What are some ‘must haves’ for those who may considering entering this event on the day?

An expression of your own sense of racing style. Focus on the appropriateness of the outfit for the raceday and your individual personality

A demonstration of your understanding of the current fashion trends. A key trend for the spring summer season is “colour and print clash” it’s all about bold, bright colours!

Attention to detail with accessories and millinery.

Person presentation – superior grooming and deportment are essential!

Suitability and appropriateness of the outfit for the climate

Stylewa – What are the fashion trends that people can expect from the 2012 Spring racing calendar and what are some basic ‘do’s and don’ts’ for guys and girls attending Ascot on certain racedays?

For the ladies

Bold Brights – Kick start your spring wardrobe with a bold statement of explosive colour. This new season look of bold brights is the perfect eye catcher for a sun soaked day at Ascot

Soft Pastels – Soft and sexy come together with a versatile palette of refreshing pastels. This smart elegant look brings together popular appeal of refined race day glamour

Psychedelic & Clashing Prints – Nothing screams confidence on the catwalk like this seasons mix and mismatch of bold prints and psychedelic fabrics. It’s the trending style from some of Australia’s favourite designers

Texture – Vintage inspired lace and fine metallic detail ooze class as designers create the latest collections of race wear. The beautiful detail of these textured fabrics give this season’s look a stunning new edge

For the guys

Colour Hits – Spectacular colour clashes are a man’s domain too and what better opportunity for braving the colour craze than a day at Ascot? Be brave, mix and match a look that only you can own

Stripes and Checks – Quality dress shorts are the smart answer to WA’s hottest summer fashion. Teamed with bold, coloured shoes this look is finished off with old school stripes and checks. Feel good and look good with this Ascot wardrobe tip!

Effortlessly Chic – Remember guys, effortless doesn’t mean no effort! It means styling an outfit with simple wardrobe essentials. Try a clean smart t-shirt with relaxed chinos and smarten up the look with a nice jacket. Roll up your cuffs and throw on your shoes and you are away!

Stylewa – If you were going to plan a stylish day out at Ascot… Where would you start? (ie should we book a restaurant? Go gen admin? Marquee? Etc)

There are options to suit everyone’s style and budget – visit for all of the raceday options!

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Race day fashions

Now is the time to start planning your race day outfits!

Here is some inspiration from some our our talented WA designers…

Teamed up with accessories from retailers to create an outfit that make heads turn at Ascot this racing season!


Photographer:Romain Duquesne Model: Rachel Brewer 

Photographer:Romain Duquesne Model: Rachel Brewer 

Silk crepe wrap dress- prefect for spring racing events. This dress flatters the figure, drapes beautifully and is comfortable for the long day ahead.

This dress comes in grey/white for the spring races, black – which would suit Derby Day… and red silk – which would suit Oaks Day.


Image: Stefan Gosati (PFF)

Summer cool and statement colour with this Lisa Marjanovich design


Team these sweet numbers with some nude heels and an elegant headpiece to make an effortless race day outfit!


Grand hat! Every great outfit deserves a head start like this!

Revolutionary jacket and pencil skirt… Classic race day outfit featuring gorgeous fabric!




These gorgeous clutches by Jessica Bratich add a splash of colour to your outfit!



Offering bespoke, personalised service, Cher Renea Millinery creates headpieces that are hand blocked and dyed to match clients outfits.


Tailor made millinery for clients in Western Australia. Fiona Dixon Millinery offers a quality service as well as offering a ‘learn millinery’ class to those wanting to know what is involved with making your own head piece! If you’ve ever been curious…. Enrol today for an intensive workshop and be wearing your design tomorrow!

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Enjoy the fashion, style, excitement and glamour this coming Spring Racing Season…. Stylewa x

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More on the festival of Perth Racing events at Ascot

6th November – Yellowglen Melbourne Cup Day

Share in the excitement of Australia’s most iconic race as Ascot hosts WA’s biggest Melbourne Cup Day celebration.

It’s all part of the Festival of Perth Racing and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever with a ticketed event to suit you.

Ascot ultimate Melbourne Cup Day function is the Yellowglen Marquee. Located in the heart of Tentland, you’ll be treated to a premium food and beverage menu with reserved seating. Exclusive entertainment and fashion parades.

The Champion’s Enclosure is another Tentland favourite. A value packed buffet and drink packages ensure your afternoon of trackside racing is fully catered for.

If you want to get amongst the party at Ascot you can’t beat General Admission entry. It’s your ticket to bars, entertainment and trackside excitement.

With so much on offer it’s easy to see why Ascot is Perth’s favourite destination for Melbourne Cup Day celebrations.

17th November – Skyy Vodka Champion Fillies Day

It’s Ascots answer to Ladies Day and it promise to be another popular day on the Festival calendar!

Enjoy an afternoon of fashion and fun as Skyy Vodka creates the perfect raceday party I the beautiful surrounds of the Flame Tree Lawn.

24th November – Carlton Draught Super Saturday

It’s Carlton Draught Super Saturday – on of the most exciting days at Ascot Racecourse

As part of the Festival of Perth Racing the 10 race programme features the Group 1 $1 Million Carlton Draught Railway Stakes, Group 1 Crown Perth Winterbottom Stakes and Group 2 Sky Racing WA Guineas

Plus after the last race well rock on as the sun goes down with Perth’s very own Jebediah – live on stage!

Get your tickets to the Ascot Enclosure and you’ll party in style with a three course luncheon, premium beverage package and exclusive entertainment. The Carlton Draught Beer Garden is the popular choice for unbelievable value! Located in a private enclosure on the stunning Flame Tree Lawn your ticket includes entry, racebook, four food and beverage vouchers plus entertainment throughout the afternoon.

General Admission tickets are also available. With easy access to trackside bars and tote facilities, you’ll have everything you need to make it a big day out at Carlton Draught Super Saturday.

8th December – Kingston Town Classic

The Kingston Town Classic is a day full of pure racing excitement!

Don’t miss the feature race the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic. With a full 9 race programme there’s no better place to be than Ascot for an afternoon of thoroughbred racing at its best.

Plus is your looking for the best Christmas party in town, enjoy it all at Ascot’s Christmas Carnivale. Whether it’s your workplace, sporting team or a group of mates get into the festive spirit with a three course buffet luncheon, five hour beverage package and live entertainment.

1st January – Golden River Developments Perth Cup

There’s no better way to celebrate the first day of the 2013 and the last day of the Festival of Perth Racing. Here you’ll enjoy an afternoon of trackside entertainment, New Year festivities and first class thoroughbred racing. Want the VIP treatment while you’re there? Well pop the champagne in the Moet Marquee. This exclusive trackside marquee has become the hottest ticket at Ascot. Here you’ll be spoilt with a three course luncheon, premium beverage package and complimentary Moet for the first hour!

If you’re looking to party in style you’ve got to be seen at the Ascot Summer party. This is Ascot’s one stop party for fashion, entertainment and music. Kick back with an all-inclusive beverage package and cocktail food throughout the afternoon.

To avoid any queues on the day you can also pre purchase your general admission tickets. Buy your tickets now and there will be nothing to worry about on the day!



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