Fascination with cup-day fashion
By EMMA O'NEILL
A PALE apricot and chocolate dress sat in pieces on Tarlia Bryen's cutting table yesterday.
The owner of No Rules dress shop in Lismore was planning to wear the pastel creation to today's Lismore Cup.
"I have three cup dresses to make before I get to mine; hopefully I'll finish it in time," she said.
In change-rooms and in front of mirrors across the region, thousands of decisions have been made on cup-day outfits.
While some punters are vying for Fashion on the Field titles, you could safely bet that a few Beer Box Hats will also make an appearance.
A best dressed male category is being staged for the first time this year and the best dressed title winner will earn themselves around $2000 in prizes. Another safe bet today is that a few 'fascinators' will make an appearance. There are also good odds a few male patrons will be asking what exactly these much talked about fascinators are.
According to Co-Owner of Lismore Bridal, Michael Gates, the fascinator the bit of veil that hangs from some women's hats was introduced to do the job these days covered by face-lifts.
Mr Gates, who made the show-stopping red sequin dress worn by Nora Vidler-Blanksby last year, said it seemed old was new in fashion trends. Mr Gates said balloon skirts and taffeta were back in fashion and may make an appearance at the track today.
Mrs Bryen predicts neutral colours and varying shades of brown may dominate dresses this year. It seems varying shades of brown tan will also be popular, with local beauticians busy spraying during the week.
"Everything has definitely gotten shorter too and people are choosing fascinators over hats," she said.
Turf Club Vice Chairman, Nick Harrison is one of the judges this year and said he hasn't been studying the recent edition of Vogue.
"I don't look at what's in fashion each season and I try not to look at what won at other race days. There are usually a few outfits which stand out for me," he said.
While opinions vary on what to wear and what will win today, according to Mrs Bryen, everyone in Lismore seems set to relish a rare opportunity to take a punt and dress up.