Catch Up with 2016 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival Style Ambassador Nadia Bartel.

Melbourne Racing Club  just launched their new fashion concept and style ambassador for the 2016 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, Nadia Bartel.

Melbourne Racing Club have doubled their investment in their fashion stakes this Spring Racing Carnival with a $500,000 new premium fashion precinct open to all racegoers. Located just 5m from the edge of the track, the 1,000m2 David Jones Fashion Stable is an open marquee dedicated to all things fashion. Featuring twice daily runway shows, illustrators on hand to sketch your look, the David Jones Fashion Stable will be the place to mingle with A-listers and designers alike.

Also housed under the marquee will be the new Westfield Style Stakes – Caulfield’s new-look fashion competition. Saying goodbye to the traditional Fashions On The Field concept, fashion-ready racegoers at Caulfield will be invited on a professional photo shoot experience, complete with hair and make-up artists, photographers and an editing suite, before entering their top three photos into the Style Stakes – all managed digitally.

We caught up with the lovely Nadia about her new role and what we need to be wearing this racing season.


Firstly, a massive congratulations lovely, what does this new role mean to you?

 I was thrilled to be offered this role as it combines my two passions of racing and fashion. It’s an exciting time to be working with Melbourne Racing Club as they are shaking things up with their new fashion offering, the David Jones Fashion Stable, and I can’t wait to be part of it. 

It’s a big move saying goodbye to the traditional Fashions On The Field concept, it’s obviously a really interactive way to get more people involved, what are the other benefits?

 The new Westfield Style Stakes is delivering a modern, fresh approach to traditional Fashions on the Field. It is a new fashion competition where entrants are judged on their photograph and stylistic flair rather than their runway walk. Say goodbye to traditional heats and sashes, and prepare to pose for a photographer onsite at Caulfield Racecourse. Each entrant arrives at the Style Stakes Photographic Studio and poses for the photographer, then submits their best three shots for judging. A great benefit is that a link to the photo entry is also sent to the entrant’s phone so it can be uploaded to social media immediately.

There are four categories to the competition – Lads, Ladies, Professional Millinery and for the first time, “Squad”. I love this new category as up to 8 people can pose for a pic together, and people are going to have so much fun with it. The new Westfield Style Stakes competition will connect with a wider group of racegoers and will encourage new entrants to get involved as there are no daunting runways – it’s just a fun photograph!

Your number one race-wear tip?

My number one race-wear tip is to always choose your outfit first and then coordinate your millinery with your outfit.

What trends should we be looking out for this year?

I think the biggest fashion trend this spring racing season is going to be the influence from the seventies. We are going to see a lot of seventies inspired details such as bell or fluted sleeves, off-the-shoulder necklines and the return of ruching! The return of the 90′s will also be a strong trend this spring racing with suiting and separates in metallic hues.  Lace in baby blues, pink and lilac is another favourite look of mine.