Cairns Amateurs arrived in all its usual glory last weekend, kicking off with the Cairns Central Ladies Fashion High Tea. One of the highlights of this event, aside from the goodie bags, is the display of fashions, both in the crowd and on the runway. The event’s annual fashion parade was on-trend and highlighted the season’s latest looks. Each table then nominated their own best dressed to represent them on stage. The eclectic mix of favourites went to show that there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to trends and styles. There was a mix of looks from typically winter wear to all-white ensembles with a pop of headwear colour. Floral proved popular again and gave a good indication of what to expect at Ladies Day. Leading milliner and Amateurs ambassador Angela Menz commended the line-up of local racewear fashions. “It will be tough competition this year,” she said. Angela wasn’t the only racing identity in attendance. I spied Ladies in Racing Magazine editor Cathryn Meredith at a table brimming with VIP guests, including one of Australia’s most awarded milliners, Kerrie Stanley. 

More low-key than Cup Day, Ladies Day was the epitome of trackside entertainment. Sparkling wine in hand, I watched on as the jockeys crossed the finish line and excited racegoers jumped to their feet to cheer them on. Cup Day was racing madness as usual. Savvy racegoers took advantage of the Pier Bar’s champagne breakfast, including a shuttle direct to Cannon Park. 

Fashions went off with a bang this year, especially in the QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field tent. Sparks shot from a live power line above the tent, sending ladies in flammable finery into a brief panic. Rest assured, nobody was hurt and the party continued. Rest assured, nobody was hurt and the party continued, especially in the Cairns Post Winning Post Bar where drinks were cold and spirits were high. 

Those with staying power headed to the Pier Bar, fascinators intact, for more revelry.