GLAMOUR GIRLS: Chantelle Barber and Tiana Walker dress to impress for the racing fever in Rockhampton today.
GLAMOUR GIRLS: Chantelle Barber and Tiana Walker dress to impress for the racing fever in Rockhampton today. Megan Lewis

Fashion stakes high for race day

WHEN Tiana Walker makes her way to one of the biggest racing events of the year in Rockhampton today, the striking blonde will turn heads with her glamorous cobalt purple dress.

The fashion stakes will be sky high as the ladies of Central Queensland frock up in the latest spring fashions for the St Peter's Caulfield Cup Race Day 2009 at Callaghan Park.

Tiana, 23, who manages one of the city's newest fashion stores, yesterday said spring was all about feminine pastels like mushroom pink as well as bright colours for a bold look.

She said the 1950s-style gloves were back in fashion to add that edge and complete a look and headband fascinators were big.

Lots of pretty floral patterns with a mix of vibrant and pastels are also one of the biggest new trends this spring and girls are dressing up in black with hot pink and other bright colours.

Tiana is wearing a cobalt pencil dress with a sweetheart neckline and a stand-out frill on one side.

She is mixing her look up with a pink and cream clutch that brings in a touch of silver and gold to tie in with her heels.

To complete her look, the bubbly blonde will be wearing a pink fascinator.

Her friend Chantelle Barber will be meeting the girls out ready to party and decked out in a completely different race wear look tonight.

“I went for a girly look with an edge,” the 22-year-old said.

The cute blonde will strut her stuff in a little black tulle number with a big oversized bow headband, black lace gloves and a red flower to break up the black.

Fashions of the field will be judged by guest Julie McConnell who is being brought to Rockhampton for the event by Kate Gordon of Something Different.

Julie was the ex-advertising director of Vogue Australia and previously the marketing manager of the Brisbane Arcade and designer of her own clothing range.

Meanwhile police yesterday warned they'd be out in force at the race track and racegoers would have to be on their best behaviour.

They will specifically targeting unwelcome minors and said security at the gate and through the venue would be strict.



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