THEY have spent the past few months in daggy overalls, with splodges of paint in their hair, furiously competing in the hit show The Block.
This time next week Charlotte Ekas and Josh Terrett will glam up and guest judge Wagga’s fiercest race –Myer’s Fashions on the Field.
The young couple – known for producing sophisticated rooms with a glamorous touch – promise to be fair but kind when they front up the panel at The Gold Cup.
Charlotte, a self-confessed classic fashion lover, is looking for daring but sophisticated looks this year.
Natalie Bikicki, responsible for the worlds most expensive millinery piece has dared race-goers to don luxe winter fabrics for the day.
While her premier piece comes in at $3 million a pop Ms Bikicki said fashion lovers on a budget should look for classic colours that suit them.
Ms Bikicki – a Myer Milliner – will judge alongside Ms Ekas and Mr Terrett – with her discerning eye firmly focused on the millinery
Ms Ekas said she would be on the prowl for people who know what’s on trend.
“I want to see people on trend, wearing outfits that are weather appropriate.
“Men should be wearing modern shirts – I want people to being wearing really bright clothes with burgundy suits.
“Lookswith different textures are good too.”
Ms Ekas had yet to decide what she would be wearing to the races but said she would stick to what suits her.
“Personally I like classic pieces,” Charlotte said.
“I like the timeless look."
Ms Ekas said picking an outfit was similar to picking designs for a room – but it allowed for a little more flair.
“We’ve spent the last few months focusing on designing a room – how to soften our a room or accentuate a hero piece – there are definitely cross overs.
“With an outfit you can be a little bit more daring.”
Ms Bikicki – who hates the term fascinators – said leather crowns, berets and oversized, stiffened fedoras accessorised with leather strips were a must.
She said it was essential that contestants struck the perfect balance between outfit and their millinery.
“It’s a question of how to you put the icing on the cake without overpowering it?
Ms Ekas said she was looking forward to stepping out in style with her beau in something the public had not seen them in yet.
“Tradies love getting into suits – it’s always a thrill.”
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