National Fashions on the Field (FOTF) icon Angela Menz is set to raise the style stakes of the Far North’s biggest racing and fashion event once again, returning for a second year as Cairns Amateurs Carnival Ambassador.
The renowned milliner and designer is known at race tracks across Australia as a darling of FOTF, and brings to her role in Cairns an incredible sense of style and finesse that saw her crowned winner of the national Myer FOTF event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Cairns Amateurs Carnival CEO Graham Thornton said he was delighted to announce Ms Menz’s return as the national public face of this year’s pinnacle social event, taking place between Thursday 6 September and Saturday 8 September.
“After doing such a stellar job in 2017, we are honoured to have Angela back for a second year, flying the Cairns Amateurs flag as Ambassador for this year’s 60th anniversary diamond jubilee carnival,” Mr Thornton said.
“Many racegoers will already know and love Angela’s vibrant persona and outstanding sense of fashion from her previous roles with us, including as a judge for Fashions on the Field.
“As a race fashion blogger and experienced Fashions judge, she has her finger on the pulse of contemporary racing across the nation, and we feel her infectious spirit of fun, creativity, and flamboyant style are an ideal fit for Cairns Amateurs, which at its core is a celebration of the tropical lifestyle,” he said.
Ms Menz’s duties as 2018 Cairns Amateurs Carnival Ambassador include joining the judging panel for FOTF, as well as attending race days and events including the Pimm’s Ladies Fashion High Tea which will be held at the Eastern Event Lawn – a stunning waterfront location on the famed Cairns Esplanade.
A regular at race tracks across Australia and internationally, the Melbourne-based Ms Menz shares her observations via her definitive blog, On Track On Trend.
Honing her critical eye as a competitor in FOTF events nationwide since 2003, Ms Menz was sashed Fashions winner at the 2011 Melbourne Cup Carnival in an ensemble she designed and made herself.
Ms Menz is now a veteran FOTF judge and said Cairns Amateurs has long been a highlight of her annual schedule.
“I’m so thrilled and honoured to be the Cairns Amateurs Ambassador and look forward to another fantastic carnival,” Ms Menz said.
“The Cairns Amateurs Carnival is a highlight of the racing calendar and I thoroughly enjoy the community spirit and excitement when I step out at Cannon Park Racecourse,” she said.
Having judged many Fashions on the Field events, Ms Menz said she appreciated contestants who dressed to please themselves, allowing their individuality to shine through.
“The ladies and gentlemen of Cairns always put their best fashion foot forward at the track and as a lover of bold colour and texture it is a treat to see all the stunning outfits come together at Fashions on the Field,” she said.
“Whilst judging Fashions on the Field, I will be looking for attention to detail, outfits that show personality and a great overall look – fitting for this year’s 60th diamond jubilee anniversary.”
In 2018, the Cairns Central Fashions on the Field showcase event for Cairns Amateurs will take place in the main arena for all to witness and enjoy the spectacle of colour and style.
Fellow judges will include Sydney milliner Carole Maher, and Cathryn Meredith of Ladies in Racing Magazine, while milliner Kerrie Stanley will MC the event.
Now in its 60th year, Cairns Amateurs Carnival has set its sights on beating last year’s impressive attendance of almost 17,000 racegoers with a refreshed and glamorous blend of tropical fun, fashion and racing.
Cairns Amateurs Carnival is held between Thursday 6 September and Saturday 8 September 2018 at Cannon Park Race Course, with a number of key events also taking place on the city’s picturesque waterfront.
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About Angela Menz
Angela Menz currently resides in Melbourne and treats everyday as a day to dress up and explore the fun of fashion.
She is a milliner and designer with a love of horseracing. Her design aesthetic is varied but is underlined with a passion for bold colour, pattern and texture.
Since 2003 she has been a regular competitor in FOTF competitions at major Australian race meetings, winning many sashes along the way. Her ultimate highlight was being sashed as the winner of the national Myer Fashions on the Field competition at the Melbourne Cup Carnival in 2011 in an outfit she designed and made herself.
She was thrilled to have her winning ensemble on display at the National Sports Museum as part of their Racing Style exhibition and was part of the Fashion and Flemington book, celebrating 50 years of FOTF.
Angela enjoys sitting on the other side of the stage these days and has judged various Fashions on the Field competitions all around Australia.
A regular at racetracks across Australia and internationally, she has recently returned from a trip to Royal Ascot (U.K) and the Prix de Diane (Chantilly, France) and can be found at her blog, On Track On Trend, sharing her racing and fashion adventures.
Aside from racing, she has kept herself busy creating millinery and working full time in the fashion industry. Angela is originally from Canberra and studied fashion design at the Canberra Institute of Technology.