It's that time of year again when we all dust off our fascinators, have a flutter and enjoy a glass of bubbles or six - welcome to 2017's spring season of racing.
Spring racing has the innate ability to bring together a diverse crowd, perhaps unmatched by any other sporting event, and the start of the Ascot Racing season at the Crown Perth Opening Carnival on Saturday October 21 was no exception.
You'll have seen punters talking odds and wagering bets, owners and trainers anxious to see their horses in full stride, fashionistas dressed to the nine flaunting their most elegant side and the general public out for a day of food, drink and festivities.
While Silverstream stole the show on the track, the west end marquee was the scene of sartorial excellence, with the glamorous stage of the Myer Fashions on the Field competition crowning the day's festivities.
Boasting the largest amount of entrants the event has seen, women from all around WA came to showcase their most elegant garments and accessories. On this occasion, quality wasn't affected by quantity with Perth Racing Ambassador Brittany Taylor saying this year’s competition was of the highest standard she had seen.
“Every girl looked so incredible,” Ms Taylor said.
“Spring racing attire is all about elegance and we were looking for that elegance and class over say what you might wear on a night out.”
The esteemed panel of judges, including stylist Teagan Sewell and founder and designer of Morrison Kylie Ranford, focused on a number of criteria including style and originality, appropriateness of the outfit to the theme of spring carnival racing, and attention to detail. This saw accessories including intricate handmade fascinators, rings and staple earrings playing a big part in crowning best dressed.
Judge and Stylist Teagan Sewell loved the extra details in the accessories that the women had showcased this year.
“I do believe in minimal style, but the key is accessorising accordingly,” Ms Sewell said.
Ultimately the judges found all these criteria in winner Annabel Davy from Bicton who wore a stunning rose red floral lace dress from globally recognised Perth designer Steph Audino.
Ms Davy will now represent Western Australia at the Myer Fashions on the Field National Final at Kennedy Oaks Day at Flemington in early November.
Visit perthracing.org.au for this season's program of races and events.