Monday, 16th March, 2015
By Emily Roberts
A slight change in the Fashions of the Field didn’t discourage anyone from entering with organisers saying the fashionistas did Broken Hill proud.
The Colleen of the Course went to Desley Edwards, the judges said she “had the whole package”.
“Everything matches in her outfit,” said judge Cristina Tridente.
“From her gloves to her bag and shoes - she is absolutely stunning.”
Desley said she purchased her dress from an online site in the United Kingdom.
“I thought I would come and try today,” she said.
“It’s nice to have won.”
Junior Colleen went to six-year-old Emily Degoumois - her grandmother Sharon said she loved dressing up - while Junior Paddy was awarded to Riley Hatton (5) who was excited to have won.
In the Miss Teenager category, the judges said they were all very polished.
Imogen Pryor took out the award with a dress from Fashion Den.
The Most Stylish Lady went to Fran Whitelaw, who said she was very excited to win.
“I purchased my dress in Melbourne,” she said.
Kerri Harrington won the Most Elegant Lady award.
“I am ecstatic to have won the award,” she said.
“I won the Silver City Races fashions recently.
“I did win a long time ago – in the 70s.”
Paddy of the Course was awarded to George Cole, who also had a “complete outfit”.
“I am elated to have won,” he said.
“I purchased my outfit from Ed Harry’s and the tie and handkerchief, I borrowed from my brother.”
The winner of the Millinery Award was Michelle Terry who purchased her hat from Grand Accessories.
Cristina Tridente, Nicole Cornes and Steve “Sandman” Abbott were this year’s Fashions of the Field judges.
They said they had a tough time choosing winners for each category.
“There were so many people dressed up,” Cristina said. “Everyone looked beautiful, they really had the whole package.
“In the end, we picked the winners on little things - like longer length dresses, gloves or having your nails done (if you didn’t wear gloves).”
Nicole said it was also important how the entrants held themselves and how they smiled.
“It was important to see how they walked and how they held themselves,” she said.
“A lot of effort has gone in.”
Both Nicole and Cristina agreed a couple’s category should be introduced for next year.
St Pat’s Races committee member Dana Farcich said the fashions were very popular.
“Everyone was happy to enter,” she said.
“We had a really good response - I would like to thank everyone who took part.”
There were a few hiccups.
“This year we did decide to do it all in one go,” she said.
“Normally we do the final judging at 3.30, but it was hot and we didn’t want people in the sun for too long.
“The stage was slightly smaller and we do apologise for the stairs.”
Dana said the locals always impress the judges.
“The judges are always blown away with the top quality, high fashion and the pride everyone takes in their outfits.”
She said there was a lot of black and white outfits as well as longer dresses in a vintage style.
“Everyone was dressed in a very classic style,” she said.
“There is always a lot of colour.
“Broken Hill people really know race wear."