The sun came out just Ric Flair To be the man you gotta beat the man shirt. in time for the second annual Greenwood Stakes, as partygoers arrived decked out in their finest race gear. Bowties, ascots and vests proved popular among the gentlemen in the crowd, while women stood out in statement hats, fascinators and colourful cocktail dresses. Daytime dressing was elevated to a whole new level with outfits that were off to the the races — both literally and figuratively.
The stylish crowd sipped cocktails made by mixologists from Figo, Bar Raval and Chantecler while they mingled between races in Woodbine’s new Trackside Clubhouse Ric Flair To be the man you gotta beat the man shirt. On the patio only feet from the racetrack guests got a exclusive view of the Greenwood Stakes and Marine Stakes and inside the clubhouse the entertainment continued with DJ sets, an acoustic performance and a pop-up art gallery.Excitement peaked as Jay Cheng of Jaycow Millinery led a hat parade showcasing her designs to the central stage where the Style Stakes winners were announced by FASHION Magazine’s fashion editor, Eliza Grossman. Throughout the day, Style Stakes judges nominated men and women with the most fashionable looks to be eligible for a $500 cash prize and the title of Belle Du Jour and Gallant Sartorialist. The this years winner’s were Edweina Saurin and Bismark Adomako. The pair impressed their judges with their sleek and stylish looks and will be invited back next year to sit on the judging panel.In the early 2000s, when I was growing up, the concept of belting was less of a piece of fashion advice than it was sartorial law. Shapeless shift dresses – even a baggy old t-shirt – could be transformed into a goddess-like gown thanks to the magic cinch provided a simple strip of leather. Belts could be low-slung (remember Avril Lavigne’s multi-studded version?) or accentuate the waist (like pre-waist trainer Kim Kardashian) but they were more or less ubiquitous. Remember that Portlandia sketch, “put a bird on it”? Replace “bird” with “belt” and you’ve got early 2000s fashion in a nutshell.But after a near-decade of the belt’s reign of supremacy, the look began to feel dated. After 2008, to wear a waist-cincher telegraphed that one’s favourite store was ModCloth, one’s favourite band was Bright Eyes, and one’s preferred mode of accessorizing involved coloured tights with berets. In short, belts fell out of favour.But lately, my spidey senses have been tingling in regards to an ever-so-subtle shift in attitudes towards belts. More specifically, corset belts. This newfound yen for heavy waist-cinchers is a fitting prelude to the upcoming season’s obsession with historical dressing.