Q: Sally tell us how long have you been entering FOTF events for?
My first FOTF entry was Peninsula Cup Day at Mornington in 2013, I was actually lucky enough to win on the day and officially caught the FOTF bug. Since then, I have entered multiple over the years at both VIC Country and Metro meetings as well as in NSW and the NT. I’m always keeping and eye on the trends via social media and love watching at the races, when I’m there with my friends and family.
Q: Why did you decide to enter virtual FOTF?
I actually didn’t make the decision to enter until around 9pm the night before the Sunday deadline. That’s when I found myself in my wardrobe trying on all of my dresses, layering and playing with different looks and trying to come up with something unique. First thing Sunday morning, I put my mask and gloves on and headed to target, to collect some finishing touches. With my husband at work on Sunday, my 5yo Son Archie had to put his photographer hat on for the day and I must say, I was pretty impressed. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him that our Photos won, it was just beaming with pride.
Q: We love that your outfit is a mix of high street, designer and DIY fashion, tell us how you brought the concept together?
I like the idea of starting with an item and layering or adding onto it, to create a unique look. For example; I had the hat and added the veil, I had the handbag and added the belt from the dress underneath around the handle, I had one dress and added another. I also like the idea of affordable/adaptable fashion. Pieces put together that can all be worn on their own to create multiple FOTF and casual race looks, as I go the races quite a bit. I also like to finish with a timeless investment piece like a handbag, to create a more high-end feel, where I can.
Q: What do you think about the autumn fashions we’ve seen so far and do you have any favourites?
I love that every single look is so different and unique. Everyone’s take on Autumn/Winter fashion is so fabulous and fun. I tend to favour the more contemporary looks rather than a vintage vibe. The shots where the ladies look like they are enjoying themselves also really stand out for me.
I just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved in @virtualfotf, the team, the entrants and the judges. We are all going thought a difficult time at the moment. We are all feeling the effects and with the racing industry dramatically changing we have all been able to adapt and create something positive. I love horse racing and I love fashion and the community that surrounds this industry is something special. So thank you x