Fashion & Style

The cutting-edge fashion heats and semi-finals of The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition will be held in The Edge Public Village.  Online entries are now open!

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.




Heats and Semi-final

Best Dressed Lady
There will be 4 heats of up to 25 contestants (depending on the numbers registered). Between 1 to 6 contestants out of each heat will go through to the semi-final to make up to a maximum of 24 semi-finalists.

Semi-finalist are selected on a point’s based system of 5 points awarded to 1st, 4 to 2nd, 3 to 3rd etc.

Semi-finals will be held on The Edge Public Village stage.

Addington Raceway & Events Centre reserves the right to enter up to a maximum of 4 contestants directly into the semi-finals.

Best Dressed Man
The men’s heats will be run similarly, but the number of heats will be dependent on the number of entries.

The men’s competition will not have a semi-final.


Best Dressed Lady & Best Dressed Man
The Best Dressed Lady finalists will be chosen from the semi-finals (approximately 10 contestants) and the Best Dressed Man finalists will be chosen from the heats (approximately 8 contestants).

Both finals will be held in the main presentation area.

Please Note:
That while entry into the competition is free, you will need to purchase a gate entry ticket to the 2019 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day.


Download The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Judging Guidelines for 2019

Download The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Terms & Conditions of Entry for 2019