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Betting on style

Cup Week fashion is a chance to dress to impress. Whether that is paying homage to the traditions of the track with a dark hued suit, embracing patterned shirts and blazers, or diverging from those time-honoured two-pieces with light-coloured chinos and linen shirts.



Dapper never dates in classic navy. Sportscraft Grant Wool Item Jacket.


All punters need a sleek wallet. Deadly Ponies Card File


Add flare with tasteful accents like a pocket square. Working Style Diamond Paisley Pocket Square


Freshen up any ‘fit with a crisp wide brim. Brixton Marcos Fedora




Mix it up in pale pants. J Crew stretch chinos


Lighten up with a linen shirt. Sportscraft Stripe Linen Shirt in Oat


Slick shades are a must. Moscot Cliptosh in Amber




Dressy trou which are not too dark, not too light. Working Style Olive Twill City Chino


A designer timepiece elevates any look. Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito


Brown leather boots are classy and classic. RM Williams Comfort Craftsman



Wearing a winner

Dressing for the races is almost as much fun as the day itself; an opportunity to pamper yourself and plan an outfit unlike any other day of the year. From colour blocked pinks and reds, to whimsical florals and old faithful, sleek black – here’s what’s catching our eyes for spring racing 2020.

Bright, bold and fun. Aje Entwined Dress


Hot and pink. Deadly Ponies Pleated Bender Mini in Raspberry


Shine bright. Isabel Marant Wild Shore Crystal Studs


Urban turban. Gucci Silk Scarf


Flower power. Morgan & Taylor Alexa Fascinator


Brim with good ideas. Sarah J Curtis Take Me to the Party hat


Frills and thrills. Coop Ask A Frilly Question Dress


Sir Aramis Ruffle Gown


Fascinate with clips. Mita Winter Wonderland Faux Pearl & Gold Leaf Clips


Chain reaction. Witchery


Spring blues. Kathryn Wilson Naomi Heel in Cornflour Croc


Trelise Cooper Trail of Tiers Dress


Check it out. Ganni Checked seersucker mini dress


In case it gets cold. St Agni Hajimie Blazer


Puff Piece. Morgan & Taylor Kiana Headband


Nude comfort. Witchery natural wedge



Bold colours a Cup Week winner: Wink Shoe Store

“Start with the shoes, and work upwards.” This is Cup Week fashion advice from Lenore Farrelly of Wink Shoe Store when falling in love with a show-pony pair.



The boutique shoe store is gorgeous, with local-designed clothing and accessories to complement the unique range of footwear.

“Colourful as a candy shop,” is how Lenore describes this season’s fabulous shoes. Bold colours are hot to trot, such as hot pink and orange together.

“We curate our own collection of footwear with that point of difference, and comfort. If your shoes are dressy and exciting, they become the statement piece, dressing up a simple outfit. It’s important they’re super comfortable – we’ll be asking a lot of our feet, if you don’t have to think about them, you’ll enjoy the day more.”

New Zealand designer Kathryn Wilson is a Wink favourite with her gorgeous detailing, beautiful and super comfortable designs.

A winner in the hand-picked clothing ranges is the beautiful brand Briarwood.

This season includes a gorgeous poppy print in various styles, or vivid apple-green skirt with hot pink leopard spots. Accessorise with fabulous jewellery from Elk, Four Corners, and Antler.

Pick out a pair online at or visit the boutique at 1027 Ferry Road.




A tailoring pur-suit: The Gentleman’s Tailoress

Detail is king when dressed for best on race day. A dashing outfit wins – when it fits the wearer superbly..



No one in Christchurch does what Megan Wolfery does. She holds the title of the only true men’s tailoress in town, with the expertise of 35 years, befitting of the finest Italian suit.

“The better the fit, the finer the look,” The Gentleman’s Tailoress advises. Suits, shirts and trouser alterations are her niche.

She says it’s worth investing in fine-fitting outfits in quality fabrics, which can often be handed down from father to son. And beautiful design and fabric deserves bespoke tailoring, to fit comfortably to the body.

Megan can let out trousers and jackets a size, take in shoulders and waists and take up jacket lengths and cuffs, to sit for perfection and comfort.

“Taking in the back-leg for tailored fit removes that saggy back seat area.”

Megan is set up for the social season marathon, and will enjoy every stitch. Having innate passion for the craft, she also tutors tailoring at Papanui High School adult classes.

Getting measured up in The Gentleman’s Tailoress home studio in Mariehau, amongst the well-loved tools of the trade, is where the magic and great conversation happens.

Allow at least two weeks before Cup Day or the big event.

Email or phone 021 024 20841.


Winning days each way: Addington Raceway

The thrill of sport, glamour of fashion, fun of socialising and luxury of hospitality come together for a day at the races. And this extraordinary Cup Week, Addington Raceway has two excitement-filled race days to look forward to.


Tickets are selling fast – and some areas are sold out for both the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day and the Show Day Races.

With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington is sparing no effort to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.

The IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday, November 10 is the infamous mid-week party of the year – and 2020 is shaping up to be even more standout.
Capacity may be reduced, but organisers have added bespoke cocktail bars, live music, DJs, delicious cuisine offerings – and even a rooftop party.
Five of the seven hospitality areas have already sold out by early October, with tickets also selling fast to the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, too. TAB have upped the stakes, and are offering new users of its app bonus bets of up to $100. No walk ups, so get your tickets before they sell out. Visit for more information, to buy tickets and to check out The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition prizes.

The Show Day races on Friday November 13 is a fun family day out on Canterbury Anniversary Day. There will be no surcharges despite the public holiday, and entry will be via gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.
All attendees can relax on the Lindauer and Lanson Lawns, and in the Christian Cullen Lounge, or purchase entry to a hospitality area – one of which is already sold out. A free kids entertainment area includes bouncy castles, face painting, bungy and petting zoo.

• Hospitality areas for the ultimate hosting experience, 5 areas sold out • Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party, $70 per ticket, 70% sold out, cocktail lounge, live music from the Sweet Mix Kids, access to The Edge Public Village • The Edge Public Village, $35 per ticket, bespoke cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, food trucks, The Edge DJ party area, Speights Lawn

• Hospitality areas, 1 already sold out • Free general admission with gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation • Free kids entertainment zone, with bouncy castle, face painting, petting zoo and bungy • Free access to Lindauer and Lanson Lawns and the Christian Cullen Lounge


Racewear style picks: The Crossing

The Crossing is the heart of fashion, beauty and retail in the Christchurch CBD, so Metropol asked those in the know what their style picks are for nailing Cup Week looks – and beyond.


Elise Dickson – Ruby Store Manager



“My pick for spring is anything from our Lucy floral print – they are perfect for all events from long lunches to spring weddings. The beautiful colours in the floral is enough to brighten any day.”










Karina Collins – Dry and Tea Salon Manager





“The wedge heel from country road. So effortless and comfy. Can be worn with a little black dress, or casual with a linen short/skirt. The texture of the shoe is definitely what we are seeing this summer with hair…texture and shape, casual and cool.”










Anna Walsh – Coffee Culture Owner




“I’m loving the Trapeze dress from Witchery paired with white sneakers to make a cute day look. It also comes in bright pink for a fancier look! It’s the perfect dress for these warmer days.”








Roisin McCullough – Seed Heritage Store Manager




“I’m really excited to be wearing linen this summer. It’s a beautiful fabric to wear in the warm Christchurch weather and easy to style up or wear casually. There will be beautiful colours coming through in linen this season.”










Trackside glamour in Hanmer: Fashion Works Hanmer

Very bright and very pretty. This will be the winning look for Cup Week, and is the exciting spring vibe when stepping into FashionWorks.



A day in Hanmer Springs is pure inspiration when creating a top-to-toe outfit of designer creations and accessories. Stand out from the crowd on race day with beautiful pieces from blazers and dresses to jewellery – with that touch of difference.

FashionWorks now has New Zealand-designed Et Alia, with its natural fabrics in gorgeous colour palettes and feminine silhouettes.

Other designer icons include Augustine, Stella, Cooper Street, IvyBlu, Zafina and Seduce.

The classy shoes from Django and Juliette, Mollini and Top End are race day elegance in comfort. Style-savvy staff share their expertise in choosing a perfect fit.

For those that can’t make it to the Conical Hill Road boutique, the fabulous new online store will be up and running in November.


A twist on Cup Day catering: Maroma Creative Limited

Maroma Creative Limited has sumptuous ideas for Cup Week, for all styles of celebratory feasts.


\Mother and daughter team, Sally and Kate, create magic in their kitchen with a pinch of “kaos” (how they describe their fun and exuberant approach).

The Twisted ladies specialise in creating bespoke cakes, delicious grazing platters and individualised catering for special events. The gourmet grazing boxes are a fantastic way to keep everyone nourished during the festive social season.

From the Brunch box to the Premium grazing box, the wide variety suits every individual requirement.

They also cater for events with canapés, morning and afternoon teas, and spectacular grazing tables. Sally and Kate’s amazing Kids’ Party grazing boxes keep all ages happy.
The spectacular cakes – from dainty treats, eye-catching showstoppers, to stunning, glamorous creations – all taste as good as they look.


The place to party: The Elmwood

As the horses are gearing up to race down the tracks at the Melbourne and New Zealand Cups, so, too, are the team at The Elmwood Trading Company gearing up for the grand gallop to Christmas.

Melbourne Cup Day will see a frenzy of activities happening, with everything from sweepstakes, a full TAB facility, prizes for the best dressed, and complimentary nibbles.

For our own fabulous New Zealand Cup Week, meet friends for drinks before heading out to a Cup Week event, or even better, stay out of the sun and have the coolest time, watching all the action on the bar’s big screens.

Christmas is just around the corner, so now is the time to book your lunch or dinner function.

The food comes from Trevinos top chef who made the move to The Elmwood with former Trevinos owners, Marty and Naomi Fuller.

With dining options of à-la-carte, set menu, buffet, or drinks and nibbles, and space options of the private room, al fresco, bar or restaurant, there’s plenty of scope to plan the best party.

As Marty says, “We’ve great locals, we’ve a great vibe, and the food’s fantastic!”

1 Normans Road, Strowan, (03) 355 5345


From the Editor: 15 October 2020

And just like that, we’re halfway through October. Which in Canterbury can only mean one thing: Cup Week is right around the corner.


While this extraordinary year’s festivities will look different, sans A&P Show and with pandemic-induced capacity reductions – there is no denying we could all use some celebrations to look forward to.

So, in this issue, we’re celebrating everything Addington Cup Week; from the thrill of racing to the glamour of fashion, and joys of socialising.

Get a rundown on the race days and hospitality packages on offer at Addington on page 39. See our racewear fashion picks for women and men on pages 48 and 59, respectively.

As well as some bonus style tips from the fashion insiders at The Crossing, on page 41.

We’ve also got your culinary requirements covered; whether you’re heading out for a pre-races champagne breakfast or brunch, looking for a post-party dinner or hosting an at-home soiree in need of catering.

No matter if you’re an equine enthusiast, sporting buff, fashion lover or social butterfly – there’s never been more reason to dust off your fascinator and enjoy a day, or two, of Canterbury’s famous Cup Week.