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Style insider


Canterbury’s Bridget Hope is behind beloved boutique Magpie Style, and her Cup Day look inspired our cover. She chats with Metropol about all things style.

 

PHOTOS NEIL GUSSEY

Magpie Style stylist and model, Marga Bastings, wearing hat by Seventh & Fig, outfit by Paula Ryan. Wardrobe Director, Bridget Hope in Neil Grigg hat and Trelise Cooper dress.

You looked incredible! Describe your raceday outfit – from hat to toe – and what inspired the look?
Thank you! Cup Week is such a wonderful opportunity to dress up, and this year was no exception! Dame Trelise Cooper made me my dress, and we were so happy with the results its been added to the Trelise Cooper holiday collection in two colours, which we will be selling in-store and online. My hat was designed by Sydney milliner, Neil Grigg, to match the dress.

You not only looked phenomenal at Cup Day, but you were a judge for the fashion competition at the New Zealand Cup Meeting on Saturday. In your opinion, what makes a winning race day outfit?
One word – effort. It’s about that perfect recipe of dress or separates, hats and accessories. I always admire the time, energy and often, money, people put into their race day fashion to achieve a polished look.

What trends or new looks did you see coming through this year, and why did those stand out for you?
Every year hats are getting bolder and bigger: Fascinators are now taking a back seat and almost look wimpy compared to the large hats and highly decorated headbands. I thought Covid-19 may see a quietening of race day fashion, but I think the reverse happened – everyone went all out!

When you’re not turning heads at the track, you’re running a fashion empire. Tell us about your business and your exciting new Rangiora store.
We run three businesses from our new location in High Street, Rangiora; Magpie Style fashion boutique, magpiestyle.co.nz and paularyan.com. I am so happy to be in Rangiora, it has been wonderful working from a smaller town, and the people are so welcoming.

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is all about prints, I often complain that my own wardrobe has so much action and not enough quiet! I am a total magpie in that I love anything sparkly, bright and printed.

We’re at the start line of summer. What are some of the seasonal styles you’re observing, or predicting, we will see for summer 2020/2021?
I continue to be surprised as to how animal print continues its reign every year and this summer is no different, but with cheetah and right through into accessories and scarves as well. I am also seeing a lot of white coming through. A top to toe white look can be so fresh for the festive season.

As we mature, our tastes and personal preferences evolve, too, but there have long been conflicting stereotypes around women dressing “too young” or “too frumpy”. What is your advice for women to help them embrace new stages of life, without losing their style?
The only thing we really need to consider as we age is very short hemlines and cleavage. Other than that, I think women don’t need to be too worried about dressing their age. I have sold some of our most flamboyant looks to women over 70. It’s about having a level of confidence to own it and not apologise. Confidence when it comes to fashion is half the battle. If you have the confidence, I say own it!

What is your go-to style tip for anyone, whether they are already a fashionista or someone looking to evolve their wardrobe?
Buy the dress, but own the look!


 

Pink ladies of racing


Cup Week is as much about the fashion as it is the sport, so Metropol has pulled together a beauty look book to help inform your race face. This year, we’re all about fresh dewy skin with fun and vibrant pops of pinks. Afterall, the horses won’t be the only ones with thousands of eyes on them as soon as they pass through those gates.

Make up by Liv McCloskey – Kristen Stewart School of Make Up. Model, Milla from Portfolio Models.

 

 

 

 

Stila the spotlight. Stila Suede Shade Liquid Eye Shadow in Sassy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An on point soft and subtle shade. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles in Ballet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shadows made to be seen in daylight. Maybelline Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette.

 

 

 

 

 

MECCA

 

 

 

 

Ready, Set, Go! Make your makeup stay the day. Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Setting Spray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Put some horsepower behind those lashes. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add a burst of colour to your look. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eye Shadow Singles in Electro.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Fashion, frocks & fascinators


A spectacle of racing will entertain the crows, celebratory bubbles will clink and fabulous fashion will feature because, for as long as we can remember, fashion has been inextricably entwined with horse racing.

 

TRELISE COOPER JUICY SUIT POWER PLAY

 

And although fierce competition between trainers, drivers and breeders is a timeless feature of the sport, the fashion stakes too are high as stylish racegoers prepare for this iconic event.

Off the track, hats, shoes and dresses which are as colourful and creative as the jockeys’ silks will as ever draw eyes from the national and international world of fashion, at this year’s Cup and Show Week.

Despite – or perhaps even because of – fashion’s increasingly casual constitution, the opportunity to honour a much more traditional aesthetic when it comes to refining a race day look offers an exciting change of sartorial pace for most.

Irrespective of the conservative nature of the day, there’s still plenty of room to have some fun with fashion. Hats, fascinators and block colour are just some of the ways you can stand out from the style crowd.

 

DIANA FERRARI
MAC LOVE ME LIPSTICK
ASOS
OLGABERG CLUTCH
MEADOWLARK WILDFLOWER RING

 

 

 


 

Breakfast of kings: Universo


Breakfast is of course the most important meal of the day on Canterbury’s most highly anticipated race day of the year, and beautiful Universo will set you up in style.

 

 

Tuesday 12 November launches the Christmas and summer social season and we must start as we mean to go on!

A glass of French champagne, a free transfer by bus to Addington Raceway and breakfast à la carte, or canapé-style while you mix and mingle with your squad in the bar area or al fresco, is yours for just $50 per person at Universo from 9am.

You will be transported from Universo just after 11am, arriving in plenty of time for the first race – the perfectly stylish, delicious and hassle-free start to a glorious day of fashion and racing. Reservations are essential – so phone Universo on 03 379 5214 to reserve your place.

 

 


 

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!
www.thetannery.co.nz


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 www.addington.co.nz.
www.thecrossing.co.nz


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!
www.louischampagne.co.nz


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.
www.facebook.com/savoirecafe/


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.
www.no4bar.co.nz


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!)
www.addington.co.nz


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.
www.theshow.co.nz