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Last minute outfit heroes

Cup Week is here and with the tail end of the week’s celebrations still in sight, we’ve rounded up our favourite last-minute pick to take you from brunch, to the track – and beyond. Not only are these accessories great for a day at the races, but reuse them for the myriad of summer events on the horizon.


Scarf-ing off. Mix it up with a chic and bold patterned head scarf for the ladies, or pocket square for the guys. Ruby Bounty Head Scarf. Working Style Toucan Pocket Square.


Bright and right. Nourish your skin between events with a nourishing face mask. La Muse Skin Repair Signature Mask.


Ear, ear! Pop on some eye-catching bling. Murkani Hope Earrings.


Hat trick. Textured headwear instantly glamourises any outfit – hats for the men, and floral fascinators, puffy headbands and bejewelled hair clips for the gals. Brixton Messer Fedora



Lashings of style. Add some DIY glamour with stick on fake lashes. Ardell Lift Effect #743



Eye see you. No outdoor outfit is complete without a slick pair of shades – or choose something fun and funky. Coveteur X Karen Walker Blessed Caramel Marble. Garrett Leight Kinney Sun.


In spectacular fashion

Christchurch kicked up its heels in spectacular fashion for the last Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup of the decade.




It was a perfect sunny day for the 116th Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day at Addington – the event of the year that approximately 20,000 people would not have missed. This month also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Cup Day’s naming rights sponsor and principal partner Christchurch Casino.

Glass clinked and fine food was feasted upon as the music, merriment and head-turning outfits bedazzled the year’s most coveted and anticipated event.


On the roof of the luxurious Lindauer Lawn, with its views across the racetrack, revellers in their finery danced to the R and B vibes of Vince Harder, the Kiwi band most renowned for number one song Everything. Retro DJ band Automatic 80’s unleashed nostalgia and inhibitions with tracks from a colourful era in The Edge Public Village.

It was unanimous among judges and organisers that fashionistas in The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition had upped the stakes this year to a very high standard. And colour was everywhere.


The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Lady went to Nikki Pagen for her sublime ensemble in white, red and blue – stunning in simplicity, yet with impeccable detailing. Runner-up Stephanie Murray matched the day perfectly in sunny yellow from head to toe.

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Man Matt Anderson was sophisticated in his locally custom-design hand-stitched checked jacket in cobalt blue paired with cool white trousers.


Twelve exciting races set hearts pounding. The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup was won by Cruz Bromac, driven by first-time winner Blair Orange. The Australian-owned winning horse was trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen – their fourth consecutive win.

One dollar from each race book sold at both the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day and Show Day Races went to St John, while 50 percent of revenue from the sale of the Cup Day Pin went to Ronald McDonald House South Island. The gold coin donation entry for the Show Day Races supported the Māia Health Foundation, where the kids’ entertainment zone and petting zoo proved to be a hit.




Shoes, Glorious Shoes: Wink Shoe Store

Finding that perfect pair of shoes to wear at the race-track can be a frustrating process, especially if you’ve filled long, fruitless hours trudging from shop to shop with nothing to show for it but blisters and disappointment.




Is it too much to ask for a pair of shoes that both flatter our feet and go with our race-day outfit; that draw lovely compliments; that are comfortable, and can be worn more than once? One shoe retailer ticking all these boxes is WINK Shoe Store – it’s a riot of colour as the change of season brings the dressiest, comfiest shoes in a glorious spring palette.




Kathryn Wilson showcases slides in black and white stripes, lollipop plaids, leopard-print and shimmering silver, while sandals in pastel pinks and blues, butter yellows, moonlight whites and dreamy florals feature in the Miss Wilson range.

Stegmann, Django and Juliette, Oli, and Top End keep tootsies cool in mesh and cut-out designs, and Eos and Origini flaunt fabulous low-heeled and platform-wedged sandals.




Once you’ve found your perfect shoes, cast an eye over the small but select clothing collection, featuring labels like the romantic Briarwood, the edgy Elk and the avant-garde C.Reed, all renowned for their commitment to creating quality, unique garments constructed from beautiful fabrics to make you stand out in the crowd.



Find WINK Shoe Store at Shop 5, 1027 Ferry Road, Ferrymead and on Facebook and Instagram. Shop online and find opening hours at




From top to toe: Magazine Designer Clothing

For a stunning Cup Day outfit, the team at Magazine Designer Clothing can dress you from top to toe.



Choose from the beautiful selection of predominantly New Zealand-made designer clothing and an exquisite range of accessories to complement your outfit, including jewellery, fascinators and bags. Whether you are off to the races or need an outfit for another special occasion or event, the Magazine team can help create your individual look with feminine, flattering and contemporary clothing, tailored to suit your lifestyle and personality.

Working closely with New Zealand designers to ensure most of the range is exclusive to the store, the business also has its own label, Magazine.

Stocking sizes 10-26, the friendly staff can find your perfect style – whatever your size, age or the occasion. Offering an exceptional in-store experience, they have extraordinary styling ability, masses of creativity and fashion flair – and an absolute commitment to deliver the ultimate service.

Located at the Windmill Centre, 188 Clarence Street, Riccarton, Christchurch. Visit




Getting a fabulous fit: Blackwell’s Department Store

The perfect foundation will set off every Cup Day and special occasion outfit. When investing in fabulously fitting lingerie, the results will be a flawless shape.





Blackwells’ lingerie expert Lynn Fairbairn says, “it’s what’s underneath that really enhances the whole outfit”.

Lynn works closely with every customer to guarantee the best fit, offering excellent bra brands that range from A to K cup. “We can fit your shape with the appropriate lingerie to complement your outfit.

It literally gives you an uplifting experience – the right contours are sure to set your garment off.”

Blackwell’s has an outstanding variety of lingerie brands, including selected styles from Europe’s favourite Fantasie and Elomi collections, designed specifically for fuller busts. Blackwell’s also offers a selection of leather dress shoes, ties, hats, women’s fashion and gorgeous jewellery, to complete a winning Cup Day ensemble.




Catering to the crowds: Halswell Bakery

Whether you’re hosting an event or planning a picnic for Cup Day, the talented team at Halswell Bakery can provide fresh, delicious catering to suit any requirements.

From tasty club sandwich platters, bacon and egg slices, mini quiches and savouries to yummy birthday cakes, donuts and sweet treats, everything is freshly handmade on-site. They are renowned for their delicious pies, and steak and cheese is a best seller, says owner Ruth Buckley. “We make everything from scratch, including the pastry, and all our fresh meat and vegetables are sourced locally.”

With a focus on fast, friendly and efficient service, the team encourage customers to bring in reusable cups for a discount on their delicious Three Llamas coffee, made by the talented baristas. “Minimising our impact on the environment is really important to me, and we go by the motto ‘simply delicious and deliciously simple’ – we don’t do fancy – just good, tasty, wholesome food.”




Adorn it with flowers: Ilam Florist

Renowned for their flowers and quality service, Ilam Florist brings more than 20 years of experience and expertise to customers in Christchurch and beyond.



They have a beautiful and wide selection of flowers for all occasions, be it births, weddings, bereavements, corporate events, anniversaries, flowers of congratulations, or even just to treat yourself to gorgeous flowers for your home.

With Cup Day just around the corner, a lady never looks lovelier than with pretty, sweet-scented flowers adorning her hat or fascinator; and a gentleman’s suit should never be seen without a flower at the buttonhole. Take your thoughts along to the lovely team at Ilam Florist and see what magic they can weave!

Be inspired by their stunning website and take advantage of their same-day flower delivery by ordering before 2pm.

Find Ilam Florist at 203 Waimari Road, phone 03 358 5396 or 021 262 9980. Email, visit or Facebook,




Race Day Round Up

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for. From horseracing and entertainment through to fashion and food (not to mention bubbles!), Christchurch’s most iconic event on the sporting and social calendar is creeping closer. Here’s a curated collection of some of the hottest happenings to help you celebrate Cup Week in style.




Bubbly Breakfast
The Tannery, 12 November, 9-11am
The Tannery’s Atrium will be transformed into a Cup & Show breakfast celebration, with shared-style breakfast – think croissants, danishes, fruit salads, granola, spiced sausages and more, alongside bubbles, beer, mimosas and juices!

The Crossing’s Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition
The Edge Public Village, Addington Raceway, 12 November
If you’re a fashionista looking to become Christchurch’s fashion icon of the year, this is for you! Entries are now open for both Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man, so fill out a form and purchase a gate entry ticket – head to

NZ Trotting Cup Day After Party
Louis, 123 Victoria Street, 12 November, 5pm-1am
After a fun-filled day of fashion, food, bubbles and racing, you’ll need something to keep you partying the night away… Head along to Louis for an after party like no other, complete with live music, magnums of Mumm (at the standard bottle price) and fabulous food!

Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus
Savoire Café of Merivale, Merivale Mall, 12 November, from 9am
If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale with a delectable set menu? Bookings required.

Cup Day Breakfast and Bus
No.4 Bar, 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale, 12 November
No.4’s legendary Cup Day Breakfast and Bus sets the day up nicely. Not only does the bus get you there in style, it brings you back in plenty of time to continue the celebrations into the evening, with a lot happening back at No.4 all week for those staying behind as well.

Show Day Races
Addington Raceway, 15 November, 10:30am-7pm
Check out all the racing action at the Show Day Races, a fun day out for the whole family! Hang out on the Lindauer Lawn and enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks and a free kids’ entertainment zone (with a petting zoo!)

The New Zealand Agricultural Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park, 13-15 November, 8am-5:30pm
The New Zealand Agricultural Show returns for 2019, complete with fairground rides, demonstrations, competitions, live entertainment, the iconic Hazletts Farmyard, woodchopping, gumboot throwing and all things food and retail.




Are you the Best Dressed?: Q&A with Jackie O’Fee

The whispers of Cup and Show Week are starting to be heard around town, so Metropol caught up with Jackie O’Fee of Signature Style and six-time judge for Addington Raceway’s Fashion Competition to get her take on how to prepare for this year.




Signature Style is your company/brand. What do you do for your clients?
I work with them to create a look they love. I’m old school – trained in colour and body-shape analysis. I know the science behind what it takes to make my clients look fabulous.

Where are you from?
Although I was born in Auckland I grew up in Dunedin and Gore and I lived in Christchurch for seven years. I visit Christchurch often and have family there.

How did you come to be a judge?
I think initially through my work for one of the key fashion sponsors, but I loved it and I love that they have kept asking me! I’ve been lucky enough to judge/MC six times and this year will be my seventh!






What do you love most about judging?
The fashion is incredible. Where else do you have a chance to wear hats, gloves, and take an outfit to such an extreme level of detail?

What is the golden rule of race day fashion?
It’s all in the details – every single element must be considered from top to toe.

What will you be looking for on the day?
Immaculate presentation. Over the past few years judging at Addington has become so difficult as the standard has been incredibly high, which means you are eliminating finalists on the smallest of mis-steps: a scruffy shoe, a jarring note with a bag, poor finishing on a hemline etc.




What is the best way to catch the eye of the judges on the day?
Be on trend (yes, race wear also follows trends), have every part of your outfit working together and have fun up there – we want you to enjoy your day.

Local milliner Susi Meares of Seventh and Fig or Show Pony Millinery are quite popular in Christchurch. What are some NZ hat makers/milliners that you could recommend?
Monika Neuhauser is very clever, Belinda Green does beautiful work and Claire Hahn has made several of my own hats. Maria Wright is also brilliant.

How far in advance should contestants start planning their look?
I think some probably start when they are still at the track on Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day! Given how closely the Addington Raceway’s Fashion Competition community monitors international trends I think the planning begins as we start to see looks coming through from the many international meetings like Royal Ascot, Dubai World Cup (which was won this year by New Zealander Eleanor Campbell).

Coco Chanel was quoted as saying that ‘beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself’. How can women enlist this mantra on Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day?
I think you can tell when someone is uncomfortable in what they are wearing so it’s important to wear something that you love and feel good in.





Heart of the city: The Crossing

Feel the pulse of the heart of the city at The Crossing, where energy and spirits are sky high. This destination shopping hub within the CBD realises what we dreamed of for our reborn city. “The vibe is great, you get the sensation of shopping in Sydney or Melbourne, wandering the al fresco lanes where retail, dining and office space are mixed with intoxicating vigour,” The Crossing Centre Manager Kelly Morison says.



There is an amazing selection of stores and always something more to find. Kit yourself out for Cup Week and seasonal events with beauty, nails, shoes and accessories, as well as a stunning selection of men’s and women’s fashion, cafés and restaurants to keep your energy levels high while you hunt and gather your killer look.

“The team at The Crossing are so excited to be part of the movement bringing Cup and Show Week, wedding festivities and seasonal functions back to the central city,” Kelly says.

To celebrate, The Crossing has named the ‘Best Dressed’ competition at Addington ‘Fashion Starts Here’, reflecting its philosophy ‘The City Starts Here’. Visit for information on the fashion competition.

The Crossing hosts flagship H&M, Country Road, Ruby and Seed stores. Ivy Blu and Workshop stores carry their own stunning collections, as well as desirable pieces chosen from international labels. Renowned florist Bourbon Rose is upstairs, along with the food terrace – Joyful Express, and Cookai sushi train are a hit with families.


Madisons Off Broadway has the best range of special occasion wear in Christchurch, bringing in pieces from Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Ralph Lauren. Men have so much more choice than usual with Barkers, Country Road, Rodd and Gunn, H&M, and Workshop geared to fit out the discerning gent.

Stirling Women has wonderful leisure and workout gear, The Gift Shop is awesome for a forage for unusual gifts, Fresh Choice City Market lives up to its name, and an award-winning Coffee Culture sits in the middle of this meandering den of delights.

Parking is a dream at $2 for the first two hours and easy access on Lichfield Street opposite the central bus exchange, but the best kept secret is that The Crossing carpark hosts Christchurch’s newest, state of the art preschool. Open this month and taking bookings, this gorgeous facility has separate spaces for different age groups, a classroom for those transitioning to school, and a playground that your little one won’t want to leave, not to mention views across the city.

Open 9am-6pm weekdays, 10am-5pm weekends and holidays, plus extended hours for Christmas shopping, Customer Service always has someone to help. “The Crossing in the heart of the city is a vibrant fun place to be in our wonderful developing city,”  Kelly says.