BORN in the UK, and sporting a dress made in her homeland, Burrumbuttock’s Lauren Howson was the most fashionable lady at the races on Friday.
Mrs Howson’s black and white number, made by English dressmakers LK Bennett, was enough to top a strong field at the Wodonga Gold Cup.
“I fell in love with this dress when I saw it, it’s got the big skirt which is all the rage at the minute, and I had the headpiece made to match.
“The only other time I’ve entered fashions on the field was at the Bourke races, although I have won best millinery before.”
Delphine Nicholson Millinery fashioned Mrs Howson’s headwear, while her gloves were crafted by Queen’s Appointed glove-maker Cornelia James.
Former contestant on the Bachelor, Olena Khamula, was on hand to lend her expertise to proceedings, and said she was impressed by the Border’s fashion sense.
“Big prints, big hats, lots of flowers, things that are fun and really out there are the things I’m looking for,” Ms Khamula said.
“I’ve really loved the crowd here today, it’s been totally amazing.
“It’s like a big family, everyone wants to come up and have a chat.
“Every woman loves to get dressed up, I love getting dressed up, it’s my favourite part of going to the racing.
“Everyone has nailed their outfits today.”