Racing Style Nation is over.
First and foremost, to those of you who have supported us in creating a contemporary platform for the racing style industry, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.
It has been an absolute thrill at times to be an integral part of this incredible culture. However, if I am completely honest; delving into the FOTF and racing style industry has at many times been a tumultuous journey trying my best to avoid toxicity from industry professionals who held claim to the 'invention' of racing fashion.
It was my deep love of millinery and admiration for our talented milliners in addition to my awe of contemporary racing style that became my motivator to ensure deserving racing style enthusiasts and industry professionals represented the world’s greatest racing style culture. The goal was to envelope myself in all the aspects that I adored and promote FOTF to those unaware of this addictive and thrilling past time.
To those of you who elected to not utilise a free and accessible platform to promote racing style aligned events to the right audience, I feel it is a huge pity. I certainly do not want to spend any more of my time building, managing and curating a product that is not being used to it’s full potential.
Another huge eye-opener stemmed from a multitude of FOTF event organisers treating racing style enthusiasts and FOTF like a second rate priority. I am sure this has never been deliberate however, it became increasingly frustrating to see FOTF details being left to the last minute. Forums of excited potential entrants were seeking the details to no avail or response from the organisers until sometimes the day of the event.
As you can imagine, this does not sit within the formula of running a FOTF directory. FOTF start times, locations, categories and style guides tend to be a requirement for this type of product.
On the lighter side, I truly appreciate and admire all venues, racing clubs and organisers who submitted their events to RSN and those who made the information easy enough for me to hunt down and provide to Australia. A huge shout out to to the numerous members of the Millinery Association of Australia, racing style enthusiasts, photographers and supporters I have met along the way too. You know who you are.
Over the last two years I am so proud of what I have achieved. The promotion of FOTF events and milliners through RSN has been to excess and I would like to think that over this brief period of time I have been able to contribute to the growth of this country’s unique racing style culture.
To all the racing style enthusiasts and FOTF competitors who thrive off the planning process, the creative outlet that is putting together a winning FOTF look; and to all of those who have time and time again questioned outcomes, winners, judges and accountability of the racing style game I say, "I 'get' you." My love of millinery and contemporary racing style has not waned.
My tolerance and standards have however, and for that; I AM proud.
What I am also proud and excited to share is that I will be taking my creative outlet in a new direction in 2017 and would love to have you along for the ride. 'Speaking of Style' will shift the focus of RSN to discussions not confined to racewear but the exploration of what 'style' really is in the form of my personal life hacks, tips for styling your life, and exploration of the social intricacies of acceptable self expression in Australia.
I'm looking forward to showing a little more of who I am and what I am about to the people who have supported me through the successes of RSN and hopefully we can continue to connect through like-minded thinking, style perspectives and my personal favourite, observational humour.
All the best,