Nadia Bartel is no stranger to pulling off a stylish trackside look. The fashion and lifestyle blogger is this year’s Caulfield Cup Carnival style ambassador, and will judge the Westfield Style Stakes at the carnival. We asked Nadia and Caulfield Cup stylist Lana Wilkinson to share their tips for looking chic this season.
BMW CAULFIELD CUP CARNIVAL
- October 14 with the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day & continues through to the BMW Caulfield Cup on October 21
When do you start planning your race-day outfits?
It’s probably a month beforehand. I start with my dress first and work up from there.
Favourite racewear labels ?
I love Aussie labels and love to support local talent. I absolutely love Dion Lee. His pieces are quite minimal, but always in really vibrant colours and it’s all about colour this season. Thurley is awesome for racewear because they’ve got beautiful lace pieces.
I’m also into Macgraw. They’ve got a really big ’70s vibe – it’s all sort of really high neck and buttons and bows. I think you can really play up that preppy vibe for the races.
Do you go traditional or more out there?
I think you want to adhere to those really beautiful racewear rules. I do keep it quite classic, but I still like an interesting print or texture, and play it up with headwear and accessories.
Top tip for looking stylish all day?
Have a little survival kit in your bag with essentials to help get you through the day. I tend to have eyedrops because it’s often very windy, so that keeps you looking fresh, Party Feet to pop in later in the day, mints and a great lippy that’s going to last.
Where will you be at the races this year?
The David Jones Fashion Stable at Caulfield is incredible. Last year it was a closed-off marquee but this year it will be all open to every racegoer.
How long have you been going to the races?
Forever! The first time I would have been about 19. As soon as I started going, I just absolutely loved it.
How do you pick a winner?
My husband (former AFL star Jimmy Bartel) is a real punter and always gets amazing tips – I don’t even know where he gets them, but they’re always incredible. In the past I’ve just looked at names or numbers that I like and then go for those horses. Sometimes it works.
Trackside trends with Lana Wilkinson
There’s going to be a lot of bold colour for the first time in probably a decade. The ’80s are in, with bold shoulders, cutouts, romantic frills and clashing prints. This season’s really in your face, but in a cool way.
Designers to watch
Dion Lee has killed it this year with silhouettes that suit a lot of different body shapes. Carla Zampatti has nailed suiting – you’re going to see a lot of that on track. And Zimmerman is always a go-to for me, with really big prints and florals.
Millinery and accessories
It’s still about the crown. But there’s also an ’80s turban vibe and big bold earrings. For shoes you’ve still got stilettos and block heels, but kitten heels are back. You’ll also see the statement heel – with balls or metallics or treatments.
Hair and makeup artist Chantelle Baker
There’s a real pop of colour this year. Lots of oranges, pinks and fuchsia on the eyes – it’s very ’80s inspired and it suits any skin tone and hair colour.
Leave it out with a centre part and tucked behind the ears to show off earrings and headwear. A textured pony is also really great.
Nadia Bartel styled by Lana Wilkinson with clothing and accessories from David Jones.