Fashion Friday – Cristina Tridente, Designer

Happy Fashion Friday to all.

Last week our SA Ambassador Cathrin Marie Gill was lucky to attended a showcase of the couture label – couture + love + madness by Adelaide designer Cristina Tridente.

This week Cathrin has had the pleasure of chatting to Cristina to get some background on her beautiful range, her new store and her racing fashion.  Cathrin was lucky enough to see Cristina’s graduation show from TAFE in 2009 and shared the stage with her for Cathrin’s first fashions on the field experience in 2011 on Adelaide Cup Day.

Ladies we hope you have your autumn outfits ready for Adelaide Cup as prediction for Adelaide is perfect weather of 22 degrees (maybe some light rain).

So let’s get to meet this extraordinary designer.

Q. Could you please tell us about your own FOTF experience?

A. I first entered FOTF when I was still studying at TAFE SA back in 2009. It was a fun way to showcase my designs to a wider audience.

Q. Cristina we know your outfit are no stranger to FOTF locally and interstate – but can you tell us a little about some of those collaborations ?

A. I’ve known Melissa Barnes (MYER FOFT SA state finalist 2017 and Adorn Collection) for many years through the industry. It has been so lovely to have collaborated and worked with such a well known racing fashion enthusiast over the past few years. Through Melissa I was lucky enough to meet Rebecca Butcher and a few other clients (who are now great friends).

Q. What do you forecast for the season?

A. Living Coral (being the pantone colour for 2019) will play a major part in fashion all round for this year. Lilac is still a very strong colour and these two colours actually complement each other.

Q. What is your favourite look/piece?

A. I’m still very fond of leopard print, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to die. It always makes a comeback and when worn correctly, can look very elegant.

Q. What drives you or inspires each range?

A. I get inspired by fabric. I won’t buy a piece of fabric unless I more or less know what I’m going to make out of it. Designers work in 2 different ways, they either design and then source fabric or they source fabric then design. I’m the latter.

Q. Who or where does your inspiration come from?

A. As previously mentioned, fabric plays a big part in my designs but I’m also inspired by things in our everyday world such as architecture and nature.

Some of Cristina’s career highlights include:

  • being in this month Vogue,
  • studying at Central Saint Martins in 2017 and
  • her brand new shop in Norwood South Australia

As Cristina now reaches 10 years in the industry, Cristina now ventures into bricks and mortar at 260 The Parade, Norwood, will also house Cristina’s new label, ‘Tridente’, which has a more architectural aesthetic.

Thank you so much Cristina for your time.  We are very much looking forward to seeing your amazing designers this season.

Words by Cathrin Marie Gill
Pictures from Cristina Tridente’s collaboration

Fashion Friday – Bows are the New Boaters

Millinery is a crucial element to ensure your outfit is FOTF fit. In 2018 boaters dominated FOTF compitions across Australia, however, 2019 is set to showcase ladylike elegance in the form of over sized bows. TEA Ambassador Bethany Brajkovich shares why she loves bows

“Firstly bows are so elegant and simple and compliment our outfit rather than the other way around. Now as a self confessed millinery addict this may sound shocking but it is a welcomed refinement to racewear which I for one am ready for. Secondly incorporating a bow means a new hairstyle! For years chignons have been the hair style of choice, however, the dramatic lengths of this stunning bow from Eve till Dawn means we can wear our hair in a playful ponytail and really show this stunning trend off’
Eve til Dawn

Words by Bethany Brajkovich

Owner, Best Dressed Accessories

Fashion Friday – Autumn Racing Fashion Trend Alert

Autumn is fast approaching and FOTF ladies are busy planning their Autumn outfits. In Perth this means the iconic Karrakatta Plate Autumn FOTF competition at Ascot Racecourse on the 6th of April. Our West Australian Ambassador Bethany Brajkovich will be there to capture all the fashion and excitement of the day. Here are some tips for what is trending in FOTF this Autumn.

Silver is the new Rose Gold

As a self confessed clean metal girl Bethany is thrilled to see the return of silver to a fashion accessories. This Autumn you can quickly and easily incorporate silver through your accessories to get that on trend interpretation of current fashion trends which is crucial to puting together a winning outfit. Bethany says
“In previous years rose gold has dominated FOTF but it is firmly taking a back seat to silver and gold. The elegance of silver and gold make it so versatile to incorporate into our A/W FOTF outfits. Silver and Gold really pop against the darker and richer tones that we wear this time of year and accessories are so important in winning FOTF outfits.

Boots with skirts and dresses

At racecourses around Australia and New Zealand we are continually noting the incorpation of high end runway looks into racing fashion. Last year when Kerrie Carruci stepped out in the Milva Carruci custom design she put her best foot forward by adding these head turning red pointed boots from Tony Bianco which paired perfectly with this super cute red beret from ASOS. Bethany explains:

“Kerrie is always one to watch, as a fully qualified stylist we can all learn a thing or two from her. Always ahead of her time Kerrie has seamlessly blended on trend styling through the use of boots and beret with a stunning custom made Milva Carruci dress”.

Custom Designs

Thoroughbred Events Australia love to see women express their unique style through custom made outfits. Not only do these outfits make a great statement on the day but being a one off they create interest amongst the community and provide a great opportunity to make new friends by admiring and discussing the elements of their outfit. TEA Bethany Brajkovich has had some amazing outfits custom made in the past and says

‘I love getting a one off outfit made. I enjoy the creative process that allows me to include eclectic elements and merge them seamlessly into a complete look. Previously I’ve worked with both designers and dress makers and find it to be a exciting experience for both of us. One of my favourite memories is going to the track with other ladies who were all wearing custom made outfits from award winning Perth Designer Only One Ashley. We all felt so special and so unique, it was a wonderful experience from start to finish.’

“As the Perth based TEA Ambassador I’m am so excited to see what you will all be wearing this Autumn”
Words by Bethany Brajkovich
Owner, Best Dressed Accessories


Country Racing – Welcome Home!!!

Last weekend, our WA Ambassador Stacey Reynolds headed to her home town for her annual race day meeting.  We asked Stacey to take us through what it is that makes this day so special.

Growing up in Waroona, a small country town 15 minutes from Pinjarra Park, Stacey and her family loved their outings to the races. As Stacey grew up these race days became even more important to her – it was a way to catch up with old friends and family that she had not seen in ages. In a country town like Pinjarra, a big race day literally brings the town to a halt with everyone heading to the track for a day of fun, laughter & hopefully a few wins!

Racegoers: Aimee Holmes, Philippa Kupsch, Susan McCloy, Bernadette May, Stacey Reynolds & Sarah Christie

Pinjarra Park without a doubt, is Western Australia’s most picturesque racecourse. Its huge array of shady trees and expansive lawns provide the perfect atmosphere for a great day at the races, and for Stacey, the Magic Millions WA Race Day held at Pinjarra Park is one date she has penciled into her calendar every year!

Stacey’s excitement was building up for weeks. She had booked a small shade gazebo through the race club, as all her gorgeous friends were coming and she had the perfect outfit planned (an amazing dress from a West Australian Label, Only One Ashley and a custom made head piece from Love Lotus Millinery). As she had moved away from the area 12 months ago, (to approx. 10hrs north of Pinjarra) the prospect of heading home filled her with sheer joy.

Stacey Reynolds photo credit WA Fashions on the Field

I could not wait to have that race book in one hand and a glass of bubbly in the other Stacey said.

The countdown was on!

Not only was the race day part of the Magic Millions, a series of two races that showcases the rich prize money on offer for graduates of Magic Millions yearling sales in WA, it was the WA Country Cups Peel Fashion On The Field Heat for the Peel Region. WA Country Cups is an initiative by Racing and Wagering WA to foster the development and promote the longevity of country racing across the State. It is a state-wide racing fashion competition, open to fashionistas from all over Western Australia, and consists of nine regional heats held at major country race meetings across WA. The winner of each regional heat receives a trip to Perth and is invited to compete in the WA Fashions on the Field Final to be held at Ascot Racecourse in November. The then overall winner will take home a trip for two to London to attend Royal Ascot plus $10,000 spending money and a $5,000 Linneys jewellery voucher!!

Photo credit: WA Fashions on the Field

Wowee!! To win a prize like that would be a dream come true. For a country girl like Stacey, this is about as exciting as it gets, so she made it a point to try and attend as many of these regional heats as she can.

I am just so passionate about country racing as I not only believe it plays a vital role in the sustainability of the racing industry across WA but it also has an important role in the economic, cultural and social development of our local communities. I have seen first hand what these race days can bring to a country town, weather it be the from race goers booking accommodation and boosting the tourism industry or supporting local fashion or retail outlets in preparation for a big day at track Stacey said.

The day finally arrives!

The weather gods had shined on the town  and it was a beautiful, sunny day. With a huge crowd attending Stacey  was once again glad she  had booked a shade gazebo for our group. The day was a whirlwind of bets (everyone you talk to at a country race meet has a tip that’s sure to win), fashion, bubbles and friends. Everything Stacey loved about the races. The gorgeous Bernadette May took out first prize for the FOTF competition wearing a striking printed, pleated skirt and her own self made millinery.

Bernadette May & David Houston

Stacey was fortunate enough to be invited into the Magic Millions marquee and had a chance to speak to Barry Bowditch, the Australian Managing Director. Barry spoke of how the Australian Racing Industry has the most progressive racing industry in the world. As only here in Australia was the racing industry so accessible for people to become involved, weather it be as an owner, trainer or simply a race goer. It was fascinating to talk racing with him and discuss the vital role the racing industry can play in bringing vibrancy to a small community. Stacey was interested as why Pinjarra Park (her “home” track) had been chosen as the venue to host Magic Millions in WA. David Houston, the WA manager for Magic Millions explained that Pinjarra Park provided everything Magic Millions was looking for in relation to a picturesque venue and proximity for local stables and race goers travelling to the event.

Jenine Harrison & Sharon Sinclair

So, if you are looking for somewhere special to spend the day with your family, a place to go on your holiday or just an escape from the city, experience the excitement of horse racing at this beautiful country racecourse that is Pinjarra Park.

As a Thoroughbred Events Australia Ambassador for Western Australia, I intended to bring to you my passion for country racing and country racing fashion. WA is a hugely diverse state and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing events it has to offer  Stacey concluded.

What a fabulous story and we look forward to hearing more exciting stories about Country Racing in WA


Country Racing – Braidwood Jockey Club

Our ACT Ambassador Sally Martin, headed to Braidwood Jockey Club once a year race meeting to enjoy a day at the races with her family.

Located in the southern tablelands of NSW – about 200 kilometres south west of the Central Business District of Sydney and approximately 60 kilometers inland from the coast.

This one race meeting was regarded as “Girls Day Out” but now it looks like it should be changed to “Family Day Out”.

We catch up with Sally to hear all about it.

What is it you love about this race day?

I love a day out at the races, choosing an outfit, catching up with friends, having a few champagnes and hopefully a win or two on the horses. It’s not often that I take my family with me as not all race tracks cater for children.

What is different about Braidwood Jockey Club’s race day?

Braidwood Jockey Club managed to create a welcoming, family friendly environment where they had the most extensive list of FOTF categories for children. I took great delight in organising everyone’s outfit, even doing flat lays! (laying every outfit out to see it all come together)

My children were happy enough to enter and even received lolly bags for their efforts. I’m pretty sure Oliver ate his before getting off the stage!

It was really lovely to be able to spend the day together in such a safe and relaxed environment. Usually there’s a jumping castle but the strong winds prevented this happening. But my kids didn’t seem to mind, being able to run around freely, look at those horses in their stables and get really close to the action of the horse racing.  It certainly kept them amused.

Though we didn’t all receive sashes (just me), it was a great day for making memories. And maybe a quick stop at the Braidwood bakery on the way home was prize enough!

Winner of the Day – Stephanie Kwong

Country Racing – A Fashion’s Tale, Gosford

We would like to tell a tale of a picnic race meeting where it was all FUN in the fashion arena.  

Set the scene:  all the professional fashions on the field girls had headed to Melbourne in their most exquisite outfits – polished from head to toe.  An understated race club called The Entertainment Grounds put on a day filled with “what a girl needs” – hair, makeup, jewelled cups to put in your champagne and where you could even make your own flora headpiece.  There was no excuse not to look your best. 


Every hospitality area was sold out – function rooms and marquees.  What set this day apart was the first time Sharon Lenton as MC and assistant coordinator had seen the fashion stage become a dance floor.  

The band was amazing nd boy, did they get the men and women dancing to the stage and on the stage. Just as well we didn’t have a ceiling!!!! 

“I have never enjoyed my role as MC as much as this day.  Everyone was in such a party mood and with the best music in the background we were all grooving!!!”  Said Sharon. 

The general atmosphere of the day was relaxed and the crowd needed no encouragement to come out to the lawn area and participate in the very lively fashions on the field.

With over $6,000 in prizes, the locals were beside themselves to take out the titles – it was truly ecstatic to watch.  

The judges sipped (thank you to our ongoing supporter – Debortoli) while deciding winners from the largest number of entrants to date.  

No event is possible without our sponsors so a huge thank you for your ongoing support. Thank you to: Lendlease Erina Fair, Polo by the Sea, Milk & Honey, Thoroughbred Events Australia, Kathleen Mobile Millinery, the Entertainment Grounds, Lauren Alyce Floral Design, Emirates, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, the Australian Turf Club, Glitz Coasters, Debortoli, Sephora and Sage Cafe.

The tale ends with so many princesses – dressed in their best attire complete with crowns – just having a fun filled day with their friends. 

The central coast was certainly a royal playground.


2017 Country Racing – Fashion on the Field, a “Knock Out”

Country NSW – “it has been an incredible year running fashions on the field around country NSW” 

Today we congratulate all the amazing fashion around the countryside.

Getting prepared for a race meeting can take a lot of time as well as can leave a huge hole in the pocket.  It is becoming so evident that women at every meeting Thoroughbred Events Australia (TEA) have organised or attended (and not to mention all the other tracks we are not at) women certainly have leaped to a high standard of fashion.

Why?Personally TEA thinks it is due to being able to access fashion over the internet.  Today woman can see various racing fashion sites, who are showcasing all the “winners” and country girls are able to see first hand what other winners are wearing.  With a vision in mind, they are then able to try and emulate and reach the high standard that is required to take home the sash in their own home town at fashions on the fields.

While Thoroughbred Events Australia has been showcasing for over 8 years in Sydney and country NSW, we would like to thank the other bloggers and fashions sites such as Its All about the Sash (with huge thanks to Em Scodellaro), Racing Fashion (though no longer blogging but was a pioneer), Milano Imai (with so much useful insight to getting ready); Racewear Carousel (not only showing you the trend but also can buy on line) and a much favourite of ours On Track On Trend (just love what these 2 get up too – Angela Menz & Lisa Tan).

Today there is so much help not only being able to buy direct to shops over the internet but also with the recycled winning outfits on Millinery and Racewear for Sale – Australia and it is evident it is a winner with 29,000 followers.  This site has made it easy to find a winning outfit and to buy at a much reduced price.  While it is not for everyone (especially for milliners who work so hard to come up with new designs but see their pieces on-sold) it is a winner for girls on a budget.

Today even milliners and designers have the most stunning websites and they are too just a click away to assisting you get a look that will certainly put you in the finals.

So with all this help, no wonder women all over Australia are looking so incredibly stunning.  We applaud you – GIRLS!!!  Thank you so much for attending fashions on the field and making a day at the races not only fun but visually beautiful (and this is not only to the men but actually for other women to admire).



2017 Goulburn Racing Club – It Certainly was Girls Day Out – 11 November

I had a blast hosting Girls Day Out – NJB Racing Fashions on the Field. The staff at the club run a fantastic meeting and the Spring fashion was outstanding. The Goulburn country girls certainly love to dress appropriately for the races – there was so much effort put into coordinating their outfits from head-to-toe.

It was great to launch the first Hooves, Heels & Hats where by there was a category for the best spring heels.

Well done girls.


2016 Country Racing – The Entertainment Grounds – Melbourne Cup Day

After a fabulous time in Melbourne for the AAMI Victoria Derby, it was time to come home and head straight to Gosford.

This year, for the first time, The Entertainment Grounds hosted a Melbourne Cup Race Day and it was incredibly successful.  Well done to Hannah Klomp who is their marketing manager (the Entertainment Grounds’ secret weapon) .  The whole of the track including the marquees, looks like one beautiful big party, full of flowers and even horse ornaments.

The Directors were overwhelmed with the numbers that showed and it certainly proved that their idea on holding a non TAB race day, was SPOT ON.  The whole day was so carefully planned.  Not once did I have to line up for longer than 5 minutes to get a drink or put on a bet.  These are key points to make the day a stand out – plenty of staff, beautiful decor, friends and meeting new friends.  The Entertainment Grounds definitely had the formula for a winning day.

Fashions on the Field proved to be another part of the day that was a hit with the crowd.  The prize value was over $7,000 on the day.  All sponsors should be praised on coming together and promoting such a great day for their local community.  Special mentions to:

Lend Lease Erina Fair (major sponsors on the event),
the Australian Turf Club, Kathleen’s Mobile Millinery,
Quinn Fine Jewellery, Emirates Airline, Gazman, Milk & Honey Hair & Beauty,
The Coast Bar & Restaurant, De Bortoli, Zac & Tallulah,
Octopus Gardens, The Entertainment Grounds and
Thoroughbred Events Australia.

Congratulations again to The Entertainment Grounds for a wonderful Melbourne Cup Day at the Central Coast.

WATCH this short clip to see through my eyes The Entertainment Grounds Melbourne Cup Day


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2016 Fashion Friday – An exception to the rule

How much… is too much? Sometimes it’s OK to make an exception to the rule.

In this edition of SHARON’S TOP TIPS, Sharon Lenton discusses appropriate necklines for a day at the races and how you can bend the rules.

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