It’s Time! Enter Myer Fashions On The Field

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The famous and ever growing Myer Fashions on The Field are back as part of the coming Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington… and NOW is your moment to enter, with amazing prizes on offer.

First introduced in the 1960s as part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Myer Fashions on the Field competition has become an integral part of the Spring racing season, a showcase for latest trends in formal and semi-formal wear.

The menswear competition was first introduced in the early 2000s and in the intervening years, entries to the competition have grown rapidly, with men displaying an admirable commitment to contemporary takes on both the timeless elegance and etiquette of racewear.

This year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival is expected to see one of the biggest Myer Fashions on the Field competitions yet, with competitions held on both AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Emirates Melbourne Cup day (see the prizes on offer below).

We spoke with 2017 Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador and prominent menswear influencer Dalton Graham (@daltgraham) for inside advice on how to dress for the big race days and how to approach the Myer Fashions on the Field competition if you’re so inclined to enter (details below – online registrations close Wednesday, November 1).

Dalton Graham

Welcome Dalton – how do you go about putting together your looks for the various race days?

When it comes to putting together a complete outfit I pretty much start with the two main dress components –  jacket and pants. For the four days of the Carnival, keeping to tradition is paramount, especially on AAMI Victoria Derby Day. However, with the trend of wearing a different pant to the jacket, which a lot of people call ‘mix n match’, you need to look at a few key things if you’re going down that path. The first is obviously colour and fabric – do the colours go well together? Does a certain fabric go with the other? Next is pattern. Normally either the pant or the jacket will have a pattern, so it’s important to make sure the two items don’t clash too much. Most times you would be safe in wearing a pattern jacket and a plain fabric pant.

How strictly do you follow the official dress etiquette of each day?

I’m definitely one for keeping to tradition, so I always endeavour to stick to the specified dress code of each race day. In saying that, there’s definitely room for a little bit of individuality.  For example, AAMI Victoria Derby Day is traditionally black & white, but you can get away with greys as well.  I wouldn’t stray too far from tradition though; the last thing you want to be is the guy that wore his navy suit in a sea of black, grey and white.

When it comes to accessories, what’s something you can’t do without when it comes to dressing for the Carnival Days?

The best accessory on race days for me is definitely a great pair of sunglasses.  The racetrack can often get quite glary, especially on a sunny day, so by having a pair of sunglasses handy you can make sure you never miss a moment of the action.

If you had some advice for men considering entering Myer Fashions on the Field this year, what would it be?

This year the men’s competition will be run on both AAMI Victoria Derby Day and Emirates Melbourne Cup day.  This not only gives first time entrants two shots at entering but also gives them an opportunity to take it up a notch by experimenting with a bit of colour. In previous years, with the competition only held on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, entrants were limited to black, white and grey colour palettes so I’m excited to see some more colour in this year’s competition. My biggest tip for first time entrants is not to go too over the top. The key is to show a pinch of personality, whether that be as subtle as a pocket square or even the shoes you’re wearing – just showing a little bit of you goes a long way.

If a guy is unsure, is it better to go classic and elegant, or be more daring to reflect your personality and stand out?

If you look at a lot of the past winners, all of them have abided by the dress regulations and traditions. Whether it’s adhering to the VRC Members dress code or having a few essential elements to mix into your look, I’d recommend guys stay classic and elegant – look at the dress code and you’ll be half a chance to walk away with the major prize.

What are the best ways to bring some individual flair and personality to your look?

When it comes to showcasing your personality a lot can be achieved by adding a subtle burst of colour in a tie or a pocket square, but to be honest sometimes it’s got nothing to do with your outfit. By simply having a big cheesy grin and being confident in what you’re wearing, that’s what will get people’s heads turning.

Any other survival tips for getting through the whole carnival

My survival tips for getting through the Melbourne Cup Carnival would be to have comfortable shoes. On race days there’s not much time for sitting down, especially when you’re jumping up and when your horse wins so making sure your feet don’t get sore is a must. My next survival tip would be to stock up on some SPF moisturiser for the week. There’s nothing worse than when the day wraps up and you’re sitting on the train home, you pull off your sunnies and find that your Ray Ban Cubmasters are still on.

PRIZES FOR 2017 MYER FASHIONS ON THE FIELD WINNERS

Presented on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Emirates Melbourne Cup Day only

Daily Top Three Finalists

  • Myer Gift Card to the value of $1,500
  • Antler luggage to the value of $250
  • A flute of Seppelt Sparkling on event day

Finalists x 7

  • Antler luggage to the value of $150
  • Myer Gift Card to the value of $100
  • A flute of Seppelt Sparkling on event day

Men’s Online-Registration Competition
(Presented on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day only)

  • Myer Gift Card to the value of $500

Men’s Racewear Final
(Presented on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day Only)

Winner

  • IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase. This timepiece is courtesy of Kennedy and retails for $18,900.
  • A trip for two (2) to Hong Kong valued at $10,000
  • Myer Gift Card to the value of $4,000
  • A TCL TV package including 55″ Ultra HD Smart TV plus a 40″ Full HD LED TV valued at a total of $2,298
  • Antler luggage to the value of $1,100
  • A flute of Seppelt Sparkling on event day

Second Place

  • Myer Gift Card to the value of $2,000
  • Two (2) nights’ accommodation for two (2) people in a classic king room at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins valued at $1,200 valid for six (6) months from the date of the event (breakfast not included)
  • Antler luggage to the value of $500
  • A flute of Seppelt Sparkling on event day

Third Place

  • Two (2) nights’ accommodation for two (2) people in a classic king room at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins valued at $1,200 valid for six (6) months from the date of the event (breakfast not included)
  • Myer Gift Card to the value of $1,000
  • Antler luggage to the value of $100
  • A flute of Seppelt Sparkling on event day

TO ENTER

Register online by Wednesday, November 1 at www.flemington.com.au