Consider your summer events calendar sorted with a series of glamorous events popping up at Ellerslie Racecourse over the next few months.
Even those that aren't into racing will still love a day at the races, because the sport goes hand in hand with fashion and socialising too (not to mention celeb spotting - Riverdale’s KJ Apa was spotted at the last event!).
So, to get you in the racing mood, we have all the info you need for the upcoming events and some headpiece inspo to get you inspired.
Saturday 27th January
New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million
This highly anticipated event is the perfect excuse to go all out and get dressed up with your crew. Guaranteed to be one of Auckland’s most exciting events on the social calendar (guests fly in from all over the world for it), sit back, sip some Champagne Mumm and watch some of the best jockeys compete for one of the two-million dollar prizes on offer.
This event calls for luxury fashion with a touch of glamour so play up your dress and heels with a statement metal hair comb from Gucci to feel a little more glamorous. Or step it up with a headband from Jennifer Behr.
Saturday 17th February
The Rising Foundation Avondale Guineas Irish Raceday
Deemed the unofficial warm up to Auckland Cup Week, the Irish Raceday is filled with free festivities and plenty of bars to help you fully immerse yourself in the Irish spirit.
Despite the day being a little more light-hearted & casual than other more formal racing events, going all out with a headpiece is always a good idea (maybe one with a little green?). Headpieces can be found at Net-a-porter and Gucci.
Saturday 3rd March
Auckland Cup Week - Vodafone Derby Day
The most important week on the city’s racing calendar, Auckland Cup Week is not something you're going to want to miss out on. Between the socialising, champagne, fashion and racing, we doubt there'll be a dull moment. As per international tradition, a black and white dress theme is in place so get creative and even try competing for the national ‘best dressed’ title with the day’s Prix de Fashion competition. Here are some of our picks that are monochrome enough to fit the brief, but will still give you a shot at the prize. The headpiece pictured below is available from Miu Miu.
Saturday 10th March
Auckland Cup Week - Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day
The city farewells its summer of racing with Auckland Cup Day – one of the country’s most prestigious day’s racing. Get amongst the action this March and you'll quickly understand the reasons behind this event’s popularity. If you were waiting for a special occasion to go all out with your wardrobe choices, this is it. With the event page urging ticket holders to wear something blue, check out these statement headpieces from Christine Nicolades and Eugenia Kim that'll help you get behind the style theme.
With all of these glamorous events to choose from, there’s no excuse not to spend an amazing summer day at Ellerslie Racecourse in fabulous clothes with even more fabulous people.
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Image credits: Net-A-Porter, Gucci, Christie Nicolaides