Ladies Oaks Day winner off to Flemington for fashion
SHE won with her savvy fashion sense on home turf, and now Woombye resident Eliza Icke is hoping to be ahead of the fashion pack when she heads to the Flemington in November.
Eliza said her and her husband only joined the Sunshine Coast Turf Club this year and the Ladies Oaks Day at Corbould Park was the second time she'd attended an event, but the first time she'd had such a big win in the fashion stakes.
"I was lucky enough to be chosen by the judges from 28 as a final three Best Dressed Ladies 40+ and then win my category out of those three taking home prizes to the value of $2,300," Eliza said.
"I then went up against three other finalists - Best Millinery, Best Dressed, Best Dressed Lady 39 Under, where I was selected as overall winner, collecting a $3,000 travel prize from Ambassador travel to attend and compete in Myer Fashions on the Field at Flemington on Ladies Crown Oaks Day, November 3 representing the Sunshine Coast."
Eliza also received a $1000 gift card to spend at Morayfield Shopping Centre, which she will no doubt put towards a new outfit.
"I had a fabulous day of walking away with approx $6,300 worth of prizes," she said.
"I was absolutely overwhelmed and surprised with my in each category and overall.
"The standard of fashion was high and the ladies all looked beautiful."
Eliza said the race day was a fantastic social event.
"To get dressed up and just be confident and happy within yourself," is how she described the day.
"It is also great to see the gentlemen getting out to the track and also up there and competing in the fashions on the field and showing their style in some gorgeous suits and hats.
"We try to attend race meets, local and interstate, whenever possible... we found the SCTC to be of a high standard with excellent amenities and track with an overall great atmosphere for a great day out at the races."
Having moved from Melbourne two years ago, Eliza said she competed in the Myer Oaks Day Fashion on the Field and made it to the preliminary finals.
She said when putting together an outfit, she takes a few things into account.
"When deciding on my outfit I tend to stay with what is bet suited and season race wear appropriate opting for a classic look," Eliza said.
"I source different milliners and custom-made outfits.
"I research season trends in fabric, look, colour, and create ideas from there.
"The outfit I was wearing on the day was made by Shelley Barton from Live Love Race Fashion in Western Australia. she is an amazing and talented dressmaker."
With her millinery made by a designer in South Australia, Eliza credited her hairdresser Rhonda Billett-Haire from Uptown Hair Salon in Nambour for helping pull her entire look together with her 'do.
"(It's) very hard to find a good hairdresser that can do up styles and races appropriate," Eliza said.
"She is amazing... my make-up was done by Cathy J from Glamerous Make-up Artistry at Woombye - there are many local milliners and dressmakers I look forward to working with in the future especially the talented Sandy Aslett Hats By Sandy - her millinery is amazing.
"I love fashion, racing, horses and everything associated with the events and it is great fun with groups of friends or just as an outing for a couple."