The craziness has already dawned upon us. It was a bit of a different start to the racing season. This year, both hubby and I were both hired to work for both the Caulfield Guineas and the Caulfield Cup. It’s normally just Andreas who’s running around the racecourse taking pics while I’m able to just join in on all the fashion fun. For the first time, they wanted both of us on board. I’m not complaining! It was a busy and sometimes stressful job, having to capture so many people and important moments – but I loved photographing the super stylish attendees of the event. The V.I.P’s of the Caulfield Cup Carnival were always so happy to pose and smile when asked for photos. One of the highlights of the Caulfield Cup Carnival is the FOTF competition. As a photographer at Caulfield, I get to cover all the fashion fun!

Digital Photo FOTF

I’ve been attending the Caulfield Cup Carnival for a couple of decades now and have seen all of the changes that the FOTF competition has gone through. None have been bigger than the transition to the digital photo competition. The traditional catwalk was left behind a couple of years back and has been replaced with photo booths where the contestants pose for photographers and pick their best images for the judges to ponder over. This year, we also saw the Myer FOFT interstate competitions follow the move into the digital photo format. They’ve taken the competitions and photographing them ‘street style’ rather than in photo booths.
Some regular contestants have boycotted this move and have chosen to attend race meets elsewhere. There are still enough stylish ladies who have embraced the digital photo format and flocked to Caulfield to compete.

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Colour Burst at Caulfield Cup Fashions 2018

Bright colours filled the fashion enclosure, with red and pink being the popular colour choices for both the ladies and the gents. The winner of the ladies (under 35), Courtney Moore, wore a red top and pants with a large pale pink bow on her shoulder and on her ponytail. Michael McAlpine won the gents competition in shades of bright and pale pink with black and white. Maree Horseman won the over 35’s competition wearing a modern silver ensemble. The Squad competition was taken out by Peta Bell and her partner, Danny Archer in a very colourful combination. Elis Crewes wore a Zorza Goodman crown and took out the millinery competition.

The Caulfield Style Stakes is a great warm-up for the bigger competition ahead, where the fashion just gets better and the competition gets tougher. Expect to see a lot of bright colours bursting through on Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day after Derby Day is done and dusted. What colour will triumph this year and take out the National FOTF title to take away over $100,000 in prizes? Will you dress to impress and join in on all of the fun of the biggest FOTF competition? Hope to see you on the catwalk!

 

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