Ipswich's Queen of hats says be bold at the Cup
DON'T be afraid to make a statement - that's the advice of third-generation milliner Amy Zischke as the city counts down to the biggest day on the racing calendar.
The trackside regular and fascinator extraordinaire said there was still time to put the finishing touches on race day outfits ahead of Ipswich Cup on Saturday.
Style stakes are high at this year's QT Fashions on the Field with massive prizes on offer, including a $2500 holiday and $300 in vouchers for the best dressed female and $1000 in gift cards for the best dressed male and couple.
Mrs Zischke, who owns millinery business Pink Lane Hats, said this season was all about big, bold head pieces.
"Leather and felts are huge - they are the key elements at the moment," she said.
"Modern, simplistic styles are really popular.
"Red and black hats are all the rage this season, as well as bright oranges and pinks.
"Some people prefer small and subdued fascinators, but a lot of people are going way-out big this year."
Mrs Zischke learned her trade from her grandmother when she was 16. She now decorates heads for living from her farm studio at Glenore Grove.
Her creations are donned by ladies across the country with one model placing in last year's state finals at Melbourne Cup's Oaks Day.
For those still deciding what to wear, Mrs Zischke said: "Find something unusual to stand-out or something unique to make a statement. Or go the exact opposite and keep it simplistic."
Entrants in this year's Ipswich Cup Fashion on Field will be judged on their seasonal suitability, originality, choice of hat or fascinator, accessories, attention to detail, deportment skills and elegance.
Pre-registration closes tonight at 9pm or register on the day at Ipswich Turf Club's Fashions on the Field marquee between 11.30am and 12.30pm.