A Profile on Fashions on the Field Royalty | Georgia Gardiner

Fashion Weekly spent a few minutes getting to know Georgia and the nature of the competition.

Georgia started her Fashions on the Field journey at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has not looked back since. Sporting the most recent of Australian style in Shakuhachi, Georgia took out first prize and celebrated the win in Paris.

"It was completely and utterly surreal and one of the best days of my life," she says of the experience.

Georgia Gardiner

"Fashions on the Field has influenced my life in a way I could have never imagined. It has inspired my desire to become a milliner and I now, as of this year, am a student of millinery at MSIT (Metropolitan South Institute of Tafe). Two years ago I probably wouldn't have been able to tell you a thing about millinery or what a milliner did. Now it's all I ever think about and I'm inspired daily to push my creative boundaries to produce something unique and truly beautiful."

Since Magic Millions last year, Georgia has competed across Queensland and New South Wales, taking out multiple titles with her hand-crafted bespoke outfits and millinery. Her partner is also major contender for in the mens' and couples Fashions on the Field categories, the pair together making a racing fashion power couple.

"He's always had a great eye and natural sense of style so when it comes to the couples category we work as a team to create a matching look that represents us individually but also as a couple. I'm extremely lucky to have him by my side," she says.

Fashions on the Field is the ultimate opportunity for contestants to step away form the realm of every-day street style and take advantage of a well-thought out outfit with impeccable attention to detail.

"I love the challenge that racing fashion and Fashions on the Field presents. It's an opportunity for fashion lovers to really express themselves through an extremely feminine and elegant style of dressing. It's almost like there's a special recipe to create the perfect racing look. Maybe something along the lines of... a pinch of trend, a dash of colour, a litre of confidence baked in the oven of sophistication...

"Above all however, I'm drawn to the millinery. I believe you can't help but feel beautiful when you're wearing a hat and I love that racing fashion presents an excuse to adorn in most instances what I consider wearable art. It's a crazy mix of creativity, beauty and chaos and I just can't get enough," Georgia says.

Georgia Gardiner

The Brisbane Carnival fashion and style is heavily influenced by current Australian fashion trends and Georgia knows only too well what to expect of the season upon us.

"I think we will see a lot of tartan trackside this season. It's really making a comeback for AW14 and could easily be incorporated into any winning look especially teamed back with winter textures such as leather and quilting. I personally love the rush of metallic for the season. The hints of gold and the silver coming through in prints and footwear really excite me. Lastly, I hope to see some beautiful dark florals. Larger Japanese inspired floral prints are popping up all over and I think are well suited to the racetrack," she says.

While many of Georgia's competition pieces are her own designs, she knows the value in contemporary Australian style.

"I must say given the chance I'll always support Australian designers. I adore Shakahachi and Cameo the label... and if I had it my way I'd have a wardrobe full of Scanlan and Theodore! I think there is so much incredible talent in Australia it's important to support the homegrown designers."

Georgia gave us some tips on the do's and don'ts of racing fashion and style.

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Do

• Keep an element of classic style! Embrace the ladylike lengths and more
conservative styling the races dress code encourages.
• Have fun with colour. Unless it's Derby Day, have fun with your outfit and make a colour statement. Every season brings a whole new set of colours to play and create with.
• Personalise your look with something that really represents you. Maybe you borrowed your grandmother's jacket to finish your look or made your own head piece. Whatever it is... trust me you'll enjoy wearing your outfit a whole lot more when you add that element of love.

Don't

• Don't over do it on accessories! Your added extras should lift your look not drown it.
• Don't wear heels to high! Save those bad boys for the dance floor not the racetrack.
• Don't match your everything to your everything else. Be clever with how you tie your outfit together – this way your outfit won't look contrived just effortlessly styled!