The Crossing Fashion Starts Here

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Race wear sits in its own category within the realm of fashion.  It is elegant, sophisticated, stylish, reflects the celebratory atmosphere of the races and most importantly it is daywear.  Race wear should not be confused with evening-wear and care should be taken not to dress for a night out but for an exciting day at the races.  A hat, fascinator or hairpiece is an essential component for women.

Understanding and interpreting current fashion trends scores additional kudos. Not all fashion trends can be translated into style-worthy race wear, but outfits that reflect appropriate elements of the season’s latest silhouettes and colour palettes may give an original and modern edge.

Often, it’s the little things that count.  Women please ensure that stocking seams are matched, heels are not chipped, and hair is in place.  Men make sure your accessories include a hat.

If you wish to become fashion royalty of the year and to be in to win thousands of dollars in prizes, make sure you enter this elite event.
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We are excited to release details of our competition this year.  The competition format will change this year to allow each entry to stand on its own.

Contestants will not be allocated a heat, rather they will receive a competition number when they check in at The Crossing Fashion Registration Marquee.  Contestants will then proceed through to photos and a walk through with the judges in number order.  The judges will be able to view these photos after the contestant has done their walk through.

The judges will then score each entry as they come through, rather than choosing 3 or 5 entries from the heats.  Once all contestants have completed their walk through, the judges will then decided on their finalists for both the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man competitions.  The finalists will be contacted at 1.20pm (approximately) and advised to return to The Crossing Fashion Registration Marquee for the finals.

This format will apply for both the ladies and man’s competitions.

The preliminary competitions commence at 11am and concludes at 1pm.  The finals will be held in the main presentation area at 2pm (approx.).

While entry into the competition is free, you will need to purchase a gate entry ticket to the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day 2020.


The 2020 The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition promises to deliver an amazing array of prizes including a shopping spree at The Crossing, custom jewellery by Roccabella, a 3 night cruise with Blue Lagoon Cruises in Fiji, flights with Air New Zealand, body treatments from Total Body Concept, hair care from Modshair and much more.

Click here for the full list of prizes.
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We are excited to announce the line-up of amazing judges for The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition:

Stylist – Lou Heller
Designer – Juliette Hogan
Barkers fashion – John Bruce
MC – stylist, Jackie O’Fee

Click here for their full details

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Discover Christchurch’s retail heart at The Crossing – a diverse yet intimate, one-hectare precinct of heritage facades, cutting edge architecture,
enticing laneways and open public spaces.

Lose time in the most delightful of ways as you browse local and international fashion, indulge in a continually evolving mix of food, and sample exciting beauty and lifestyle brands.

Anchored by flagship Christchurch stores for H&M, Seed and FreshChoice City Market as well as celebrating New Zealand designers such as Ruby, IVYBLU and Workshop. Within the laneways you will find hidden gems and unique offerings and with parking just $2 for your first 2 hours it is the heart of the City.

The Crossing sets the benchmark for retail in post-earthquake Christchurch. It’s the only retail precinct within the central city where you can shop, eat and park.

Welcoming and rewarding, stylish and exciting – a memorable experience awaits your next visit to The Crossing.
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