Cup fever spills into fashion stakes
By RACHEL AFFLICK
FOR Lennox Head resident Janine Russell, tomorrow's Ballina Cup race day is not about the horses, the TAB or even the champagne.
It's having a great day out with the girls, and looking fantastic in the process.
The cup is one of the few days of the year when Janine, who owns the Red Rooster franchise in Ballina and Lismore, can change out of her work uniform and into a fabulous frock.
"It's the one day of the year when locals really get to dress up in this area," she said.
"I'm going with a bus full of girlfriends so it's going to be a great social day out."
The cup day is also a chance to win great prizes with Fashions on the Field. Janine, who has been planning her outfit since March, said she would be lining up to vie for the title for best-dressed lady.
She has her fingers crossed for fine weather so she can wear her favourite pair of strappy heels.
"I just hope it doesn't rain," Janine said.
"I've bought new shoes and if it's wet I won't know what I'll do. I'd hate to ruin them."
Fashionistas on the day will be also able to compete for the titles of best-dressed male, best-dressed couple and best hat of the day.
Owner of Lennox Head fashion boutique Le Chelle, Michelle Chandler, said that in the lead-up to the cup lots of ladies had been coming into their shop looking for the perfect outfit.
As for what everyone will be wearing this year, the most popular fashions include soft feminie silks and satins, and plenty of metallics and bright colours.
And don't forget the headwear.
"If you don't have fabulous headwear it's just not the races," Michelle said.