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Meet Gawler Cup winner - Rebecca Butcher

Meet, Rebecca Butcher. She was sashed with the 2018 Gawler Cup Best Dressed Womenswear title in October. We spent sometime with Rebecca after her win to get to know her (and her racing style) a little more.

Tell us about your winning outfit. What are you wearing today?

  • Dress: Custom piece by Cristina Tridente of Couture + Love + Madness
  • Millinery: Murley & Co 
  • Bag: Olga Berg
  • Shoes: Nine West

What process did you go through to plan and choose this ensemble? This outfit was one that I originally wore to Flemington to compete on Melbourne Cup day in 2017. Being such a beautiful spring day, I thought I’d give it another wear!

Where did your love for racing fashion begin? I attended the Cox Plate back in 2012, and was amazed at all the beautiful fashion and the millinery. It didn’t take long to realise there was a whole world of racing fashion, and I was hooked!

What was your first racing event and how has your style evolved since? My first Fashions At The Races was the Strathalbyn Cup in 2013. I have always loved colours, prints and classic silhouettes, but have probably simplified the way I create outfits!

Who are your racewear style icons? Kate Waterhouse always looks elegant and sophisticated. 

What are your favourite labels for racewear? I love Roksanda for their unique colour combinations and timeless styles. BNKR & Scanlan Theodore are great for some more casual outfits. In terms of millinery, Jill & Jack, Murley & Co and Sylvy Earl always create beautiful pieces.

Tell us about your makeup. What look did you choose and what key products did you use? After all these years of getting ready for the races, I have a pretty simple daytime look down pat! It includes NARS foundation and blush, a Stila eye palette, Too Faced mascara and an Hourglass highlighting palette to finish!

What products do you always take in your bag for a day at the races? Lippy and powder for touch-ups. My phone for those all-important photos and a sneaky look at Sportsbet! Spare bobby pins will always help you to make friends too!

How did you choose a hairstyle for today? What styling process did your locks go through? Very simple - a high ponytail. I wanted my millinery to stand out! 

How would you describe your personal style? I like classic styles and shapes, but enjoy experimenting with colour, prints and details- frills, asymmetry and texture will get me every time!

How do you spend your time when you’re not at racing events? You’ll find me eating and drinking with friends, finding a new trail to hike around Adelaide or at KX Pilates!

Why should everyone book in a day at the races this year? Adelaide has so many great racing events to choose from. The country events are a lot of fun and great way to visit somewhere new. Morphettville is stepping up the game with some beautiful new marquees and hospitality options!

What is your favourite race day to go to and why? Visiting Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington is a must-do. The colour and excitement at the racecourse is electric! Closer to home, my favourites are the Strathalbyn and Gawler Cups.

What is the biggest mistake women make when dressing for a racing carnival? Not being true to themselves and their personal style. Dressing in something that is comfortable and highlights your best assets will always make you feel a million dollars!

What is your style advice for first-time racegoersDon’t be afraid to dress up and have fun! What other event gives you the chance to wear a beautiful dress & an amazing hat!

Rebecca is a qualifying state finalist for Fashion at The Races 2018/19. To be sure you have a chance to win, make sure to dress your best at one of the next qualifying events. To see the full list of qualifying events click here.

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