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Race to embrance creativity


Race to embrance creativity

The theme for this year’s Ladies Oaks Day Fashions on the Field calls for ‘unique, fun and flirty’ outfits that reflect individual style. WORDS: Caitlin Zerafa.

It’s one of the biggest days on the local racing calendar and will once again showcase all the glitz, glamour and show-stopping colour of this season’s fashion.

One of local radio’s biggest personalities even says the event gives off “Flemington vibes”.

The 91.1 Hot FM Ladies Oaks Day returns to the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on May 31, promising the excitement, dining, hospitality, thoroughbred horse racing and headline music entertainment it’s legendary for.

In between the racing, all eyes will be on the Billy J Boutique Fashions on the Field and brand manager Nikki Ralph says the theme for this year’s event is: “Unique, fun and flirty”.

“Keeping with tradition, Billy J are back yet again as this year’s major sponsor of Fashions on the Field ’24 and cannot wait to be wowed,” Ms Ralph says.

“At Billy J, we strongly believe in being your bold, beautiful self and embracing what makes you unique.

“Ladies Oaks Day is the perfect opportunity to show your personality by choosing an outfit that represents you, whether you’re drawn to bold colours, playful prints or timeless classics.

“This year’s theme is all about celebrating your authentic self. Bonus points for creativity.

“(It) encourages you to embrace your creativity and express your individuality with confidence. From vibrant colours to bold accessories, let your imagination run wild and create a look that truly reflects who you are.”

Categories will include best millinery, best dressed female under 40 and over 40 and best dressed male – with prizes up for grabs.

Ash Gierke, the 91.1 Hot FM breakfast presenter, says it’s one of her favourite days on the annual events calendar.

“Fashions on the Field is one of the highlights of Ladies Oaks Day as each and every year there seems to be something different on trend – whether that’s pastels, bright colours or patterns,” she says.

“I feel like it’s going to be a pattern year this year.

“I also love how the men get into it with their top hats – it really brings out all the characters of Oaks Day.”

Ms Gierke says the event is growing year on year with somewhere to suit all ages – from the members area to trendy marquees and the Red Hot Garden Party.

“We’ve been a part of it now for the last 14 years that I’ve been at 91.1 Hot FM,” she says.

“I haven’t missed one yet and each year, it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. With all the extra venues around the turf club itself, I think it’s opened it up to more of a Flemington vibe.”

Gates for the 91.1 Hot FM Ladies Oaks Day open at noon. Visit for tickets. This is an 18+ event.

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