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Fashionistas steal show

Monday, 20th March, 2017

Chantelle Ross steps out during the preliminary judging rounds behind the Mick Robins grandstand. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Chantelle Ross steps out during the preliminary judging rounds behind the Mick Robins grandstand. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

It was an outstanding turnout for the Fashions of the Field at the St Patrick’s Races on Saturday, with strong numbers in almost all categories.

The judges had to make some very difficult decisions, especially in the Colleen of the Course category which attracted 30 entrants.

Eventual winner Jessica Byrne was stunning in an outfit that appears to have been inspired by Frida Kahlo, the iconic Mexican artist with a very distinctive style.

Jessica wore a semi-sheer, mid-length dress with a red tassle trim on the sleeves and lower hem, beautifully matched with a stunning red hat, short gloves and shoes. This year’s most fashionable woman of the course made her own hat and her dress was by Alice McCall, whose label was launched in 2004 during Australian Fashion Week.

Paddy of the Course was again the most stylish man in the Silver City, George Cole. George wore a two-piece, three button charcoal grey suit. He accessorised with a black trilby hat, a grey and red pattern tie and mirror-finish black shoes. George shopped at Ed Harry.

The Most Elegant Lady (56 years and over) was Colleen Gates, who chose a red mid-length lace overlay, short sleeve dress, and accessorised with a broad brim black hat, black gloves and black peep-toe heels. Colleen bought her dress locally and accessorised at Sampsons.

The Millinery category was another strong field with 28 entrants. Winner Yvette Pomroy wore a black broad brim hat with ornate embellishment, well matched with a black mid-length dress, a sheer-white overlay, black detailing on the upper-part of her dress and she accessorised with black short gloves, handbag and black and white pumps. Yvette purchased her headwear from Pink Lane Hats.

The Best Couple award winners were Chantelle and Greg Ross. Chantelle was a wonderful floral explosion in a short sleeve, knee-length floral-patterned dress and matching headpiece, while Greg wore a blue blazer, black fitted trousers and a boutonniere matching Chantelle’s headpiece. Chantelle’s outfit came from New York while Greg was dressed by men’s designer label, Politix.

Junior Colleen Emily DeGoumois, 8, wore a pretty, pale pink embellished baby doll dress with a lovely matching headpiece and handbag. Mum picked up the outfit on eBay.

Junior Paddy Marcus Purcell, 12, chose a crisp white shirt and chino shorts, and finished off with low-cut Converse sneakers for a smart casual look. Marcus went on the internet for inspiration.

Miss Teenager Eilis Quinn wore a midnight blue, cold shoulder maxi dress, accessorised with a floral headpiece and matching handbag. Eilis shopped at Fashion Den.

Most Stylish Lady (36-55) Jodie Pearce was styling in a wonderful, fitted sleeveless dress with geometrical ascents in pink, purple and sky blue, with well-matched accessories of a hat, handbag, short gloves and shoes. Her dress and hat were designed by contemporary Australian women’s wear label By Johnny.

“It was fantastic,” said Fashions of the Field co-ordinator Dana Farcich after the event.

“One again the people from Broken Hill and all our guests all look amazing, a million dollars, they all go to so much trouble.”

She was particularly pleased that the new couple’s category was well supported.

“I am looking at them now and I’m thinking, wow, how good do they look.”

The judges were equally impressed with all the entrants.

“It’s been wonderful, the competition has been very high, everyone put in a lot of effort and it was really hard to pick a winner,” said Adelaide fashion designer Greta Kate.

“They went to a lot of trouble especially with the hats ... I was very impressed with everything.”

Milliner Sylvy Earl said everyone did “such a beautiful job.”

“It was really difficult to judge the millinery award, the standard was so high.” 

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