Style a winner at Caloundra Cup race day
CARLA Ford forgot one of the key elements to her Caloundra Cup outfit yesterday, but luckily her mother was on hand with a sewing needle and a haberdashery store was nearby.
The Ipswich make-up artist landed herself in the top six selection for the iSTyle TV Fashions on the Field competition wearing a pair of tailored pants and lace top, with a fascinator and faux fur.
But the fur nearly didn't make the cut.
"I left the fur at home, so we pulled into Spotlight and mum sewed it in the car," Carla said with a laugh. "That's commitment."
As for the top, it was a refashioned dress.
"This was a dress my mum made for me years ago and we cut it off and made a new outfit. It's the second time I've worn this outfit," she said.
With her fashionable friends, Natalie Zielke and Cheryl, they said winter race meets were by far the best.
"It's a good Queensland winter's day," Carla said.
"I love the below-the-knee style dresses that are in fashion for winter race days," Natalie said.
The Cellar Maintenance Australia Caloundra Cup was the final race meet at this year's Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. With $880,000 in prizemoney on offer, Alla and Steven Dimech were happy to share in the stakes taking out the Most Fashionable Female and Most Fashionable Male. Alla made the skirt herself.
"My friend gave me the blouse as a gift and I was waiting for the time for it to blossom... because the colour is not really me. I love bright colours," she said.
"I found the fabric in Spotlight and loved how the design could work."
Alla also fashioned her fascinator.
"We were so surprised to win, we've been in the Fashions of the Field before, but we're so shocked," she said.
"We loves the races...dressing up and having fun with friends, as you can see we love the atmosphere. It was so surprising today."
Steven said he enjoyed heading to race days with his wife, and would put together his outfit around a few key items.
"I like earthy colours," Steven said.
"I always have a hat to match, and I'll wear this outfit around now."
The pair will now travel to Melbourne for Ladies Oaks day.
"I didn't even know what the prizes were until we got here," an excited Alla said after winning.
"We always love the Sunshine Coast. It was such a lovely drive here this morning."
A crowd of more than 5000 flocked through the gates at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.