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The judges’ verdict: We’re up with the best

Monday, 18th March, 2013

Chaile Torney - Colleen of the Course Chaile Torney - Colleen of the Course

By Emily Roberts

The standard of fashions in Broken Hill was exemplary, according to the St Pat's fashion judges.

Fashion designer Charlie Brown and Leanne Whitehouse, along with model Ute Petersen, were judges of this year's Fashions on the Field.

"The quality and standard were very high and the women were certainly design-forward," Ms Whitehouse said.

"The attire was varied and was raceappropriate, which is really important."

Ms Brown said a lot of the women had the "whole package" when it came to their race wear.

Ms Petersen said she could tell the women had also been working on how to stand and carry themselves.

"Deportment has been worked on. They are working so much better than in previous years," Ms Petersen said.

Fashion co-ordinator Dana Farcich said all the entrants looked "beautiful".

"There has been lots of colour and some quite elegant and longer style dresses," Mrs Farcich said.

"The judges definitely picked the fashion of the day."

But Mrs Farcich said they had some difficult decisions.

Mrs Farcich thanked all the business houses for their donations and support.

Junior Paddy was awarded to Jackson Learmonth and Junior Colleen to Emily Degoumois.

Emily picked out her dress which was green with pink flowers and her mum chose her headband.

Jackson was "pretty chuffed" he had won, according to dad William.

Miss Teenager went to Demi Tiziani.

"I bought my fascinator and bag from Sampsons," she said.

"I hadn't tried on my entire outfit before and I came here and just entered into the fashions."

Most Stylish Lady was won by Joanna Gall from Langawirra Station for the second year in a row.

"It was very surprising, but also very exciting," she said.

Fashion judge Leanne Whitehouse said the next category, "Most Elegant Lady", had a lot of amazing entrants who all looked "incredible".

This award went to Sheryl Rowlands.

"I am ecstatic. It is great to have won," Sheryl said.

"This outfit was "Plan B". The hat on my first outfit didn't fit, so I had to go with this."

The Colleen of the Course was awarded to Chaile Torney.

Fashion judge, Ute Petersen, said Ms Torney's outfit was a modern take on the "Great Gatsby style".

"I am a little shocked, but excited," said Ms Torney.

"I wasn't going to enter into the fashions today. I think I won because that 1920s look is back in."

Most Debonair Gent was a very difficult choice, Ms Peteresen said.

The winner was White Cliffs resident, Richard Allen. Mr Allen said his outfit was picked for him, but his hat came from England.

"It is excellent. I didn't expect it. There was good competition but it made the drive from White Cliffs worth it," he said.

The winner of the Millinery section was ex-local Katie Dax who came from Quilpie for the races.

"I made my hat myself. I did a millinery course," she said.

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