That's not very ladylike! Zara Phillips shows off a racy red bra strap as she models Ladies Day looks in Australian photoshoot
16:15 GMT, 13 November 2012
Hard-working royal Zara Philips is known for her love of adventurous fashion, but her latest lingerie-on-show look has caused some raised eyebrows.
Fortunately the fashion faux-pas was just part of a photoshoot as Zara modelled stylish racing day looks to help promote Australian race meeting Magic Millions.
Despite being granddaughter of the Queen blonde Zara has always liked to carve her own career path rather than rest on her royal laurels.
And this week the Olympian is on a flying visit to the Gold Coast in Queensland to publicise the race meeting as part of her duties as the glamorous events latest ambassador.
Zara Phillips was modelling fashions at the Magic Millions horse stables, Bundall on the Gold Coast, Queensland as part of her ambassador role to the 2013 Magic Millions carnival
The laidback royal surprised many on set as she casually strode through
the stable yard that was the scene of the shoot, minus the high heels and stockings normally reserved for
the Royal Family.
Instead she opted for comfortable flip-flops, which are also known as
'thongs' in Australia, for most of the day when she wasn't posing in high heels for the promotional images that will be used ahead of January's event.
The Magic Millions Racing Carnival on the Gold Coast is a two-week multi-million dollar event and Zara was snapped up as Magic Millions Racing Women
ambassador just days after she won silver in the London Olympics.
Zara was accompanied by a large entourage on set including a camera crew for TV show 60 Minutes
From the front the designer dress seemed demure enough worn with T-bar wedges, a studded skinny belt and a stiff hat, but as soon as Zara turned around a bright red bra was visible
Fashion fan Zara was shooting the images ahead of the multi-million dollar carnival held each January
Included in the day's wardrobe was a red and taupe dress featuring an open back which appeared to be slashed to the waist.
SECRETS OF THE STYLIST
It is the stylists' job on a photoshoot to make every outfit look as good as possible for the final shot … and that often means cheating.
Here Zara's Australian stylist has left the dress completely open at the back to make sure that it isn't pulled too tightly across the chest – probably because Zara is between sizes and her hips are too slim for the larger dress.
A skinny belt has also been used to pull in the dress around the waist and on camera the dress will appear to fit perfectly.
Other techniques employed by experts in the pursuit of the perfect fashion shot include heavy duty crocodile clips used to pull in larger sizes, double sided tape to smooth down seams, hems and belts, talc or baby oil applied to squeeze models in to too small separates and in extreme measures entire outfits and even shoes slashed down the back and held together with lines of safety pins.
From the front the knee-length dress
seemed demure enough worn with T-bar wedges, a studded skinny belt and a
stiff hat, but as soon as Zara turned around a bright red bra was
on set had made sure the bra matched the dress to cover Zara's blushes
as much as possible, and most photoshoots employ techniques like this to
make sure every outfit appears perfect in the shot.
But seeing the 14th in line to the throne showing off her red underwear is likely to upset some more traditional royalists.
Horsewoman Zara, however, seemed unfazed by the styling mishap and insiders on the shoot say she was relaxed and friendly.
The 31-year-old chatted with those on set,
which included a film crew for the 60 Minutes TV show, and was spotted
relaxing in flip-flops between shots and takes.
According to Australian website goldcoast.com Zara was well liked by those charged with capturing her image.
'She's great with horses — it was such a relaxed shoot,' an insider said.
'She took it all in her stride and had a lot of fun with it. Zara certainly won friends with her efforts.'
Other race day looks modelled by the blonde
included a sequined shift dress featuring a dip-dye effect worn with
diamond earrings and a cuff and a navy straw hat, as well as a floral print
sleeveless summer dress worn with an elaborate gold headpiece.
The royal was friendly and relaxed on set, wearing flip-flops between shots as she chatted to the crew
Silver medallist Zara was shadowed on the two-hour shoot by a 60 Minutes crew filming a segment on the
fashionable royal and also attended a formal function at the Marriott
Hotel on Monday night.
Magic Millions co-owner, retailer Gerry Harvey, confirmed he had flown the popular British royal out to the Gold Coast.
'I'm here looking after royalty,' he said when quizzed outside his five-star hotel Monday night.
The two-week Magic Millions event
will be headlined by a $500,000 female incentive race in which $2million
prize money will go to the first four 'all-female owned or leased'
horses to cross the line.
Insiders on the set said Zara was well-liked by the crew and worked hard to make sure they got the right shots
Other looks modelled by the royal included a sleeveless sequined shift and a dress featuring a sunny graphic print