Sunshine, Sweepstakes and Style at Ascot 

20 Oct
With a glorious blue-sky day on the forecast and an afternoon free for fun, we headed to Ascot for the Crown opening day.

I always enjoy the walk up to the main gates of Ascot racecourse. The gardens are beautifully manicured, the flowers are in bloom and inside the gates, a buzz of excitement awaits!

I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were no lines at the gate and no cues at the bar, just a good turn out of race-goers in good spirits celebrating a sunny day at Ascot.
Today was not only the opening day at Ascot but it was also the day whereby fashionistas adorn their best raceday outfit to compete in the MYER fashions on the field. Women around Australia work on their outfits for months in advance in order to be in the running to win some of the amazing prizes up for grabs.

This year there were many Perth entrants and it was lovely to see so many women having fun with fashion and style. In each group of lovely ladies that walked the catwalk, a few we’re selected to compete in the final line-up. 

The panel of judges included amazing Perth designer Aurelio Costarella, Myer ambassador Laura Dundovic, Kylie Radford of Morrison and last year’s WA finalist, Elicia Anderson. The panel also included Myer inhouse stylist Andrea Tonkin and jewelley designer Tegan Sewell of Sewellery.
They had a tough job in selecting the final few finalists who were all required to meet certain criteria to be in the running for the major prize which included;
  • A nine day trip of a lifetime for two to Melbourne to compete in the National Final at the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival, including flights, accommodation and a raceday hospitality package valued at $10,000
  • Myer Shopping Spree to the value of $1000
  • $700 Antler Luggage Package
With so many fabulous outfits in the line-up, the judges managed to select the runners up and the all important winner – Emma Reynolds who teamed Cue with Country Road, Mimco and Hedonism to take home the major prize! A peplum white top with black pencil skirt and belt, teamed up with lashings of fresh yellow tones was the winning combination! 

After checking out all the style from Fashions on the Field, we headed to the grandstand for a glass of cool bubbles and (for those of our friends that were lucky enough) to cash in some winnings…

This day at Ascot proved to be a fantastic one….. Great atmosphere, respectful crowd, exciting racing and above all, a fabulous spectacle of fashion and style!

If you haven’t been out to Ascot for the opening day in years gone by, do plan a day out for 2013 as it really is one of the best days track-side. There are, however, many fabulous days on the upcoming 2012 calendar worth checking out at Ascot – plan your race day outfit and enjoy a day in the sun with friends!!

Atmosphere and style from Ascot…..

The WA winner of MYER Fashion on the Fields – Emma Reynolds

One of the lovely runners up!

The finalists with the host for the day – Gorgeous Angela Tsun!

The colour, the crowd, the style from Crown opening day at Ascot 
Stylewa x


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