Fashion & Style

Congratulations to our winners and all our competitors in the 2019 The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition.

Best Dressed Lady: Nikki Pagan
Best Dressed Lady (Runner-Up): Stephanie Murray
Best Dressed Man: Matt Anderson

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.


Key Times

The times shown below were correct for the 2019 event.  As details of our 2020 event are confirmed they will be updated here.

Please Note:  If you have registered online you still need to make yourself known at The Crossing Fashion Marquee prior to the registrations closing so that you can be allocated into a heat.  Failure to make yourself known by the required time may mean that you are unable to compete.

10.30am The Crossing Fashion Registration Marquee opens
11.35am Best Dressed Lady Heats Commence (The Edge Public Village Stage)
12.00pm Best Dressed Lady Registrations close
12.30pm Best Dressed Man Registrations close
12.45pm Best Dressed Man – Heats commence
1.15pm Best Dressed Lady Semi-Final (The Edge Public Village Stage)
1.45pm Best Dressed Man & Lady Finals (The Presentation Area Stage)


The details shown below were correct for the 2019 event.  As details of our 2020 event are confirmed they will be updated here.

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 6 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 2020 Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day.