There is a distinct feel to race day. As droves of Sydney-siders migrate to parks and beaches in athleisure, the city’s elite in sport and style, equally, can be seen flocking to Royal Randwick. Heels clip and clop along the pavement, dresses ride with the Spring breeze and wide-brimmed hats can be spotted a mile away. October 17, will be no different.
In one of the biggest race days of The Australian Turf Club 2020 Everest Carnival, the namesake event, Everest Day, attracts high stakes and high-end style. On the track, the world’s richest turf race will attract the best sprinters, and amid the field, Sydney’s socialites will cast a spotlight on style and flair. Returning to Royal Randwick in the heart of the east, sunshine and champagne is forecast for Saturday as racegoers don white and blue in a nod to the traditional dress code.
“Sustainability is in fashion”, this season with guests of Everest Day asked to recycle a past race day look. Florals have made an apt comeback for the Spring Racing calendar in acknowledgement to tradition and heightened femininity, with romantic silhouettes and soft fabrics trending in racewear. For the men, tailored suits in navy hues are a fail-safe go-to.
Australian Turf Club 2020 Everest Carnival Official Stylist, Jess Pecoraro suggests experimenting with headpieces and fashion-forward accessories for an unexpected twist. “It’s the perfect way to be fashion forward while also sticking to the race day rules,” she tells GRAZIA. And when it comes to accompanying your race day-ready look, Australian Turf Club Beauty Expert, Michael Brown puts emphasis on natural beauty, below.
DRESSING TIPS FROM CELEBRITY STYLIST, JESS PECORARO:
WHEN IT COMES TO RACE DAY DRESS CODES, HOW STRICTLY SHOULD WE ADHERE TO THEM? CAN YOU SHARE SOME WAYS WE CAN BE A LITTLE MORE INVENTIVE WHEN INTERPRETING THEM?
KEEPING IT SIMPLE IS DEFINITELY KEY TO ACHIEVING AN OVERALL RACE DAY LOOK. EXPERIMENTING WITH HEAD PIECES AND FASHION-FORWARD ACCESSORIES IS THE PERFECT WAY TO PUSH THE ENVELOPE WHILE STICKING TO THE RACE DAY RULES.
WHAT ARE YOU FAVOURITE TRENDS / STYLES THIS RACING SEASON?
A HUGE TREND IS TIE-DYE, WHICH HAS BEEN NICE SEEING THAT STREAMLINED TO MORE RACE DAY APPROPRIATE LOOKS AS WELL AS ANYTHING WITH VOLUME AND TEXTURE.
ARE THERE ANY TRENDS / STYLES THAT SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY FROM THE TRACK?
DENIM AND ACTIVE – LEAVE THEM AT HOME.
WHAT ARE THE BIG HEADWEAR TRENDS THIS YEAR?
LAYING A MIX OF HEADBANDS AND CLIPS IS A REALLY FUN WAY TO ACHIEVE A RACE DAY LOOK AS WELL AS ADDING A FACE VEIL, A BOATER AND FUN HAIR ELASTICS – ANYTHING GOES.
WHO ARE YOUR GO-TO MILLINERS THIS RACING SEASON?
WE LOVE SUPPORTING LOCAL MILLINERS SO NERIDA WINTER, NEIL GRIGG, VIKTORIA NOVAK AND ANN SHOEBRIDGE ARE ALWAYS A FAVOURITE.
YOUR FAVOURITE RACING RULES TO LIVE BY?
NEVER TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF.
BEAUTY TIPS FROM CELEBRITY MAKE-UP ARTIST MICHAEL BROWN:
“Don’t forget the races are a daytime event,” Australian Turf Club Beauty Expert Michael Brown tells GRAZIA. As a makeup artist to the stars, the man is dubbed as the “go-to guy for beauty” in Australia, with his resumé boasting work from the catwalk to national television. With his finger on the pulse on all things face, Brown also knows a thing or two (read: everything) on easy, lasting makeup for the field.
“One of my biggest tips for trackside beauty is skin prep. I like doing the eye makeup first so we can put moisturisers and serums on, so it really soaks in before you start the foundation.”
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“Another tip is using a highlighter that isn’t so sparkly and metallic. Don’t forget the races are a daytime event. I’m using a creamy one that looks more like your own skin highlight, than a make up highlight.”
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“For Spring, I love lips that have a glossy sheen to it, but not necessarily a lip gloss. So, lipsticks that are a balm texture are perfect for long wear and use a brighter colour for Spring.”
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For those fillies who like a little dressage, don’t forget to enter the Spring Fashion Stakes competition for your chance to win a share of $20k cash. And the best part? You don’t even need to be trackside to enter. A new digital format will see keen fashionistas able to partake at home: simply capture a photo or video of your outfit in portrait mode and upload via the entry form here. Winners will be announced on the big screen at Royal Randwick or via the Australian Turf Club’s social media channels.
As one of the most glamorous days at Royal Randwick, Everest Day is not to be missed.