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Fashionistas dress to impress

Monday, 17th March, 2014

Fashion judges Trish McIntyre, Madeline Briggs and Ute Peterson. Fashion judges Trish McIntyre, Madeline Briggs and Ute Peterson.

By Emily Roberts

Fashionistas provided the judges with some tough decisions on Saturday with outstanding outfits.

This year’s judges included former model Ute Peterson, Wish Clothing’s Madeline Briggs and Women in Racing’s Trish McIntyre.

The judges were very impressed with the calibre of fashion and had a difficult time choosing the winners.

“We are thoroughly impressed, especially with the Colleen of the Course category,” Madeline said.

“I didn’t have any expectations, it is such a success at the level of stylish outfits.”

Despite a wet start to the race’s, everyone looked fabulous.

“No one looked soggy or bedraggled,” Madeline said.

“I said to Ute, we wouldn’t take points off, if that was the case.”

Trish said the Most Elegant Lady category was excellent.

“I give credit to that category, the presentation was great,” she said.

“I think bold colours were very popular. But no one ventured into hatinators, they kept with smaller head pieces.”

Ute said advice she had given in previous years was taken on board.

“They have all improved with their deportment, which is fantastic,” she said.

“There was a lot of style, grace and elegance.

“The participants’ posture is beautiful and they were very graceful in the way they move.”

Fashions on the Field co-ordinator Dana Farcich said the fashions were very successful.

“Everyone looked beautiful and once again, the judges are thrilled with the participants,” she said.

“They made it a hard choice for the judges.”

Dana said she was very happy with the day and the event.

“What started as a bad day turned into an amazing day,” she said.

Junior Paddy went to Sam Jackson from Rowena Station. Jordanah Hibberd was awarded Junior Colleen.

Miss Teenager was awarded to Mercedes Tonkin who purchased her dress in Sydney.

“I was very surprised to have won,” she said.

Most Stylish Lady was awarded to Sheryl Rowlands - who has taken out the award two years in a row.

Marie White was given the Most Elegant Lady award.

“It was a lovely surprise, I didn’t think I would win - this is the first time I have.”

Colleen of the Course was awarded to Rayshell Harkin-Allen who wore a Cameo dress and made her own headpiece.

“I was really prepared, I bought my dress in October last year,” she said.

“I worked really hard to put my outfit together. I was worried I wouldn’t get anywhere and I had made so much effort.”

Paddy of the Course was awarded to Morgan Florence, who was very happy to have won.

The Millinery Award went to Jessica Byrne. Jess made her own fascinator.

“I’m really interested in millinery and I ordered all my materials from Melbourne for the fascinator,” she said.

“I tried to bring out lots of colours, I’m really glad I won - I love millinery and I’ve never won this award before.”

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