If you’ve found yourself at the very exclusive Melbourne Fashion Week or the Carlton Draft Caulfield Cup carnival, chances are you’ve spotted an ultra-sleek pocket rocket featuring a woman streaking past the Channel 7 cameras. Or, if you’ve got a finger on the fashion pulse, you probably own a pair (or seven) of her Billini-collab shoes. We are of course talking about Rozalia Russian, it girl of Australian fashion. With a healthy 250,000 Instagram followers and collaborations with luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Fendi, the Russian is adding another feather to her hat as an ambassador for this year’s Carlton Draft Caulfield Cup Carnival 2022 Style Stakes. We sat down with her to get the gossip about Spring Race Style and the 411 on this year’s Style Stakes competition.
We all know the good old Fashions on the Field tent, but this year, instead of being housed in one location and attracting only those who choose to participate, the all-new Style Stakes format will see an army of roving photographers in search of the best runway-side fashion. . The candid photos end up being your entry into the contest and are shared on screens around the pitch and all over social media, just like those street roundups that end up on your Pinterest board. Photos will be judged by a top-level jury including iconic fashion stylist, Lana Wilkinson, multi-award-winning designer, Jason Grech, celebrity hairstylist, Joey Scandizzo, as well as our daughter, Rozalia Russian, who will select not one but two winners! Make sure your fit is one of your best – winners of Best Fashion Moment and MRC Members Best Fashion Moment will each win $10,000. Take out the audience prize and you’ll also win a prize of $2,500. So how do you nail the brief? We have you.
Embrace traditional looks with an added twist
According to Russian, it’s all about getting a classic outfit on race day this year. “I hope to see bold, unique looks that give a nod to traditional running fashion in a more individual way,” she says. So with that advice in mind, try starting with your fascinator, helmet or trendy shoes and build your fit around the star of the show. As an avid participant in the Carlton Draft Caulfield Cup Carnival, Rozalia not only exudes unparalleled energy, but is honored to be one of the judges of such a massive and innovative style competition. “I’m excited to see the entries from those who may not have thrown their hats or helmets into the ring,” she shared.
Pop with trendy colors
Russian suggests replacing that sleek minimalist Melbourne mood with bursts of color and excitement. “For me, this spring is all about pop and assertive colors – pink, lilac, yellow,” she revealed. Nothing is off the charts. Add playful and bright feathers to the sleeves and hems, chunky jewels or even day pieces with a touch of shine. The collections from AJE, Acler and 16ARLINGTON are as vibrant as they are distinctly individual.
Push the limits
Nobody does spring racing like the Carlton Draft Caulfield Cup Carnival and nobody does fashion like Melbourne. Rozalia couldn’t be more excited to see what her Melbourne compatriots bring to the track. “I challenge my fellow racing enthusiasts to push their style boundaries, because after all…Caulfield is the place to do things differently and stand out from the crowd,” she says.
Good luck to all our fashion-forward racing friends and be sure to get your picture taken on Neds Guineas Day or Carlton Draft Caulfield Cup Day to be in contention to win the Style Stakes competition. Find more information about here, or on Rozalia Russian’s Instagram.
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