Di Goldsworthy is ahead of the field

By Zoe Walker

There isn't much Di Goldsworthy doesn't know about raceday fashion.

Di Goldsworthy is a regular judge at the Boxing Day Races. Photo / Natalie Slade
Di Goldsworthy is a regular judge at the Boxing Day Races. Photo / Natalie Slade

Mention Di Goldsworthy's name to racewear enthusiasts, and you're likely to hear breathless proclamations about her racewear knowledge and chic personal style. A former model, Goldsworthy is now the membership manager at the Newmarket Business Association, and will be bringing her expertise to the judging panel of Viva Fashions in the Field on Boxing Day at the Ellerslie races.

What will she be looking for? Goldsworthy explains that the key to successful racewear is the total package. "It is the opportunity to go "all out" accessory-wise - a hat, gloves and so on. On Boxing Day I'll be looking for just that. It may be smart, tailored elegance or stylish and feminine; the key being, keeping to the theme chosen."

My love for fashion began when I was 13-years-old and took part in local fundraising fashion parades. Although, I will share with you that when I was three-and-a-half, my mother entered me in a beauty competition. Much to her delight (and surprise), I won it. However, her pleasure was short-lived, for when I was asked to make a comment I simply said, "when I saw the other kids I knew I'd win it!".

That was my stage debut and hopefully modesty came with age!

My relationship with racewear began in the late 1950s, when I attended race meetings with family friends and was always impressed by the way women dressed, especially those within the racing industry, owners, trainers and jockeys' wives.

There are so many, choosing my favourite racewear outfit is difficult. A favourite was a Patrick Steel design, very fitted jacket, full skirt and hat made from the skirt fabric, matching pink shoes and bag.

If I could have anyone's wardrobe, it would be Givenchy's designs for Audrey Hepburn.

Having been around for so long I have favourite designers from way back like Chanel, Valentino, Carla Zampatti and locally Kevin Berkahn, Barbara Lee, Liz Mitchell and Jane Daniels to name a few. Total admiration too for World, Karen Walker, Andrea Moore, Helen Cherry - too many to mention. I could fill a page and then still leave someone out.

The most treasured item in my wardrobe is a cocktail dress designed by Colin Cole.

The wonderful thing about maturity is having the confidence to wear whatever you feel right in. Years ago it seemed important to be like everybody else. Often I'd call to friends to check out what they were wearing - not today.

My approach to beauty is that it's hard work! Always cleanse, tone, moisturise (or nourish). Never skip those steps, regardless of how tired you may be. A healthy skin ensures a good base, a fresh palette to colour.

On my Christmas wish list is quality time with family.

My best Christmas Day entertaining tip is preparation and keep it simple.

This summer holiday I'll be wearing ... colour. The shops are full of fabulous vibrant colour - mixes well with sunshine.

* To enter Viva Fashions in the Field register at ellerslie.co.nz.

- NZ Herald

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