Racing fashionistas Carena West and Claire Hahn in 2018. The pair will mild up the race observe at Melbourne Cup. Picture / Norrie Montgomery
Racing fashionistas Carena West and Claire Hahn flip heads at racehorse competitions round New Zealand and can undoubtedly be among the many stars of the present at this yr’s Melbourne Cup in November.
West gained the Fashions on the Subject at Flemington in 2019 and with this yr being the primary reside trend extravaganza because the pandemic, she’s trying ahead to attending as a previous winner. So too is Hahn, who has unwittingly grow to be the poster woman for this yr’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, which is celebrating 60 years of Fashions on the Subject.
Hahn, a milliner by commerce who created West’s profitable headwear, was stunned to see herself on billboards round Australia lately in an outfit she wore to Oaks Day in Melbourne three years in the past.
“Oaks Day is conventional, very female and fairly, however I needed to modernise that feeling with the ostrich-feather costume which was custom-made for me,” Hahn tells Spy.
“I do not keep in mind the actual photographer who took the shot but it surely did go in to win him a images prize.”
Hahn says it may be fairly overwhelming with media and photographers swarming at Flemington, significantly once you seize their consideration.
In West’s profitable yr she attended the total week of Melbourne Cup occasions, together with Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day.
“On the primary day of racing, I arrived aspiring to enter the Fashions on the Subject competitors, and boy was it an eye-opener,” says West.
She says the scope of all the pieces from The Park venue to the unimaginable outfits was one thing she had by no means seen earlier than.
“I entered not considering I stood an opportunity and managed to take residence third place on that first day, which I used to be satisfied with.”
On Melbourne Cup Day, at 20 weeks pregnant, she scooped the highest prize in opposition to tons of of girls. West then returned for Oaks Day, with the winner of every day competing for the nationwide title, which she famously gained.
“I gained a Lexus UX, a Graff diamond pendant, about $12,000 of Myer vouchers, TVs (a number of!), baggage, and a keep on the Sofitel on Collins. It was unimaginable, it nonetheless would not actually really feel prefer it truly occurred!”
This yr, for the primary time, New Zealanders may also give you the option take part within the digital part of the Fashions on the Subject competitors at vrcfashionsonthefield.com, with a visit to Melbourne for Cup Week for the winner. Entries shut on October 9.
West and Hahn who’re shut associates and sometimes collaborate on seems to be, are glad to present entrants some recommendation to assist extra Kiwis flip heads throughout the Ditch.
“Be sure you personally love your outfit as it is going to present by your footage. And make sure you take them in pure lighting.” says West. “Funnily sufficient, an overcast day is greatest for constant lighting.”
Hahn’s recommendation for an award-winning outfit is combining a nod to custom with expressions of the wearer’s individuality and persona, one thing new and contemporary. However a very powerful factor is to present it a go.
“You need to be in to win. So, if you have not mustered up the braveness but, why not?”
With Ellerslie closed this racing season whereas the observe is overhauled, each West and Hahn will as an alternative be strutting their stuff at Pukekohe racing meets.