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Fashions in fine form

Monday, 21st March, 2016

Most Complementary Couple Jason Rendell and Nardia Keenan. Most Complementary Couple Jason Rendell and Nardia Keenan.

By Emily Roberts

Once again, a high calibre of fashionistas has won over the judges at the Fashions of the Field on the weekend.

According to fashion co-ordinator, Leanne Barber the judges were very impressed with the effort from locals at the races.

“The fashions were very good, it ran very smoothly,” she said.

“People were impressed it was over and done with quickly and they could get on with their day.

“The fashions are always popular and with $15,000 in prizes why wouldn’t they be?”

Leanne said she was also impressed with the effort put into the event.

“Everyone looked beautiful,” she said.

“The judges loved it, they said the calibre of dresses was magnificent and something you would see in the city.”

The judges included former Southern Cross journalist Kate Somers, Ute Petersen, Steve “The Sandman” Abbott and Gloria Zou.

Kate said it was nice to be back in Broken Hill and see all the fashionistas.

“Everyone put in a lot of effort, there were so many standout entrants,” she said.

“Everyone was dressed with the season’s styles and made an effort to match everything.

“It was also great to see so many young entrants dressed to their age group.”

She said the Complementary Couple were a stand out with their vintage style.

“It was so hard to chose winners, everyone was really close.

“All the outfits were well put together and had lots of colour.

“The vintage look was very popular, plus a plain colour with a bold hat or fascinator.”

Kate said she loved seeing familiar faces.

“I’m happy to be back for the first time in two years.

“It’s great to see so many faces and everyone is still very welcoming.

“St Pat’s is such a big event.

“The atmosphere is incredible.”

The Colleen of the Course was awarded to Rayshell Harkin-Allen with her navy, A-line, off-the-shoulder ensemble.

Her fascinator matched the pattern on her dress which she teamed with green gloves.

“I started with the dress and made the hat to match the dress,” she said.

“I tried to put lots of effort in, it’s always my goal to win.

“I’m very happy to have won.”

The Millinery Award went to Simone Lewis for her gold fascinator which she had custom-made.

“Maria Koko Headwear in Darwin made it,” she said.

“I told her what I wanted and she made it.

“It was great to win, I’ve been trying for years.”

Most Stylish Lady was awarded to Karen Grundy who said she was overwhelmed with the win.

“I bought my whole outfit as a package, last minute.”

Most Elegant Lady was awarded to Sheryl Rowlands for her beautiful navy ensemble.

“My dress is from Scanlon and Theodore and my fascinator is from Louise McDonald Milliner in Melbourne,” she said.

“I didn’t think I would win, all the finalists look beautiful.

“I think if you make it into the finals you are winning.”

The Paddy of the Course went to Mark Jackson from Budgewoi, NSW.

“I came up for St Pat’s, my partner and I are Country Cup Carnival enthusiasts.

“I was keen to enter the fashions, I’m a little bit overwhelmed and embarrassed to have won.”

Miss Teenager was awarded to Indiana Shamroze-Tumes who was ecstatic to have won with her playsuit.

“I’ve been in it every year I could and this is my last year as I’ve turned 18,” she said.

“I’m so excited. I just focused on matching everything together.”

Junior Colleen was awarded to Ellejoy Yamomo and Junior Paddy went to Nate Sparrow.

Both awards were given by junior judge Gloria Zou.

A new category this year, Most Complementary Couple, went to Jason Rendell and Nardia Keenan for their vintage-inspired ensemble.

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