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Fashion to the fore

Monday, 19th March, 2012

EFFORT REWARDED: A 120km trip to the races on muddy outback roads was worth it for Joanna Gall who won Most Stylish Lady. EFFORT REWARDED: A 120km trip to the races on muddy outback roads was worth it for Joanna Gall who won Most Stylish Lady.

By Emily Roberts

Flyaway feathers, trend-setters wearing black and white and an always popular fashions competition made this year’s St Pat’s a success, according to organisers.

The Fashions on the Field had a windy start at the St Pat’s races on Saturday but that couldn’t stop style coming to the fore.

St Pat’s Fashion Co-ordinator, Dana Farcich, said the fashions were changed a little bit this year.

“We brought it forward because we have had people in the past tell us they can’t enjoy the day while they are dressed up,” she said.

“It was beautiful and so well supported.”

Mrs Farcich said she wanted to thank all the entrants of the Fashions on the Field for putting in so much effort.

She said a popular trend was feathers and black and white combinations.

“There were a lot of feathers in the hats. It was really stylish and the hats were magnificent,” she said.

“Miss Teenager was stunning and black and white is always a stunner.”

Fashion judges Kate Freebairn, Ute Petersen and Annabelle Homer had some tough decisions to make.

They awarded Junior Paddy to Jude Grillet and Junior Colleen to Isabelle Trengrove.

Miss Teenager went to Desley Edwards who also won it last year.

“It was very exciting to win,” she said.

Desley came back from university in Adelaide for the races. She bought her dress in Adelaide but got her fascinator from Sampson’s.

She said her grandmother had to help fix it up so it would fit on her head.

The judges said they had trouble choosing the Most Stylish Lady but the prize went to Joanna Gall from Langawirra Station.

“I am shaking, I’m very amazed, very excited, it’s unbelievable,” she said.

Mrs Gall said she spent a lot of time hunting in Adelaide for the right outfit but her hat was bought locally.

“This is the first time I have won.”

Joanna and her husband had trouble getting for the races as their station received 23.5 millimetres of rain on Friday.

“We had to come in the long way. It was wet and boggy on the road. My husband opened all the gates so I didn’t get muddy.

“We left at 10am. Langawirra is approximately 120 kilometres from Broken Hill.

“It is just perfect and just what we needed. I would like to thank the sponsors of St Pat’s and my husband for getting me here.”

Judge Annabelle Homer said the entrants for the Most Elegant Lady were “absolutely fabulous”.

The section was awarded to Bev Davis from Kiama, NSW.

She said it “fabulous” to win.

“It is awesome that all that work didn’t go unnoticed,” she said.

“It has been a great time and a great day and with such great weather it was perfect.”

Ms Davis owns a shoe shop in Kiama and so she started her outfit by choosing her shoes and worked up from there.

“The most important thing is to be confident,” she said.

The Millinery section also had the judges working hard to make a decision.

“It was so confusing. We are seeing so many beautiful hats, garments,” said judge Ute Petersen.

The winner was Prue Gilby from Adelaide.

“I got my hat from Sassy Millinery online,” she said.

“It is awesome. I didn’t expect to win.”

For the Most Debonair Gent, judge Kate Freebairn said ‘geek chic was in’.

The prize went to ex-local Chais Pascoe.

“I’m ecstatic. I’ve been in finals in the couple of years we have been here but this is the first time I have won.

“I won the fashions on the field with a similar outfit at the Darwin Cup. The competition is so good here.”

The most popular event of Fashions on the Field, Colleen of the Course, was won by Rebel Bell. Rebel is from Bono Station near Menindee.

“It is awesome. I put a lot of effort in over the last three days. I bought my dress in Mildura and my friend helped make my headwear in Broken Hill,” she said.

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