TELEVISION presenter Lauren Phillips will head the judging of Myer Fashions on the Field at Friday’s Commercial Club Albury Gold Cup.
Ms Phillips, who is a Myer ambassador, said she is looking forward to returning to the Border, where she holidayed as a child.
“This will be my first Albury Gold Cup and I can’t wait — anyone I talk to who has been to the cup says it is a fabulous day out and everyone really makes a huge effort to dress up,” she said.
“I know the area well as I spent school holidays with my dad’s extended family doing things like swimming at the Hume Weir and in the Murray River, so I am very excited to be returning for such a great day out.”
Ms Phillips said she enjoys racing and attending everything from relaxed country meetings to showstoppers such as the Melbourne Cup.
“There’s always a great vibe connected with racing and it is the perfect excuse to look your best,” she said.
Ms Phillips is a keen follower of fashion.
“When I was about 18 a friend convinced me to go in the Oaks Day fashions on the field during Melbourne Cup week and we had so much fun, I ended up in the final 10 so I can well understand the nerves,” she said.
She said the most important thing about entering fashions on the field is being dressed appropriately for the day.
“If it is really cold nothing looks worse than someone up on stage in a skimpy, strapless dress shivering and looking uncomfortable,” she said.
Ms Phillips also suggests not leaving a fake tan until the morning of the cup.
“I have seen some disasters when it comes to spray tans — even colour dripping off girls when it has rained unexpectedly so it is much better to have it a few days before,” she said.
As for the eternal debate about hats or fascinators, Ms Phillips said there’s plenty of scope for both.
“You should wear whatever suits your face shape and your outfit,” she said.
As for what she will be wearing at Albury’s social event of the year, she’s not sure yet.
“I always have two choices depending on the weather,” she said.
These days Ms Phillips doesn’t have a spare minute as she is also a presenter for Postcards on Channel 9 and a co-host on Kids WB.
She will be joined by fellow judges Melbourne fashion blogger Rozalia Russian, Melbourne milliner Brett Morley and Albury’s style expert Alex Falconer with Louise Arnold as emcee.
There will be prizes of more than $20,000.