October was a jam-packed month for Fashions on the Field, with five of the state finals held around the country. For the first time ever, the state finals introduced an innovative new way to enter; digital format via a photo competition!
The 2018 winners have now been announced for New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. As per previous years, the Victorian state finalist will be chosen from the three winners of Derby Day, Melbourne Cup Day and Oaks Day. The six state winners will then compete for the coveted Myer Fashions on the Field National Winner title, on stage at Flemington on Oaks Day.
It’s an exciting time for me, as I love hearing about how each finalist came up with their outfit.
Call me nosey, but I love the details and tend to ask a thousand questions! I want to know how long it took, what brands they are wearing, the personal anecdotes that go along with how they pulled together their own individual look…everything!
So, for other lovers of racing fashion stories, I have compiled the tales behind our state winners’ amazing outfits…
New South Wales State Final | Elis Crewes
Mrs Sippy, Saturday 6th October 2018
Elis, no stranger to FOTF, won the very first Myer State Final Photo Competition, held at Mrs Sippy in Sydney.
Elis wore a canary yellow top and skirt set by Myer brand Acler. She first saw the set worn by Lana Wilkinson in August and hunted it down, specifically to wear to this competition.
She enlisted the help of Melbourne-based milliner Zorza Goodman, from Taboo Millinery, to make her a hand-sculpted and painted boater style hat in a contrasting colour to her outfit.
Zorza said that over 200 hours were spent hand painting this work of art which she began work on in August. Zorza also painted Elis’ hand held clutch in an intricate pattern to match the hat, an element that brought this outfit to the next level.
Elis finished off her look with blue Tony Bianco heels and earrings from Gorman.
Second and third place were taken out by Chantel and Marlia respectively.
South Australia State Final| Kimberly Rose
Murray Bridge Racecourse, Friday 19th October 2018
Kimberly won the second State Final held on the 19th of October at Murray Bridge Racecourse, wearing a French blue spotted dress by brand Lela Rose.
Kimmi started planning her outfit in April, sifting through numerous ideas before settling on this dress. She felt it would be perfect, given a few additions to the design.
She ordered some blue pleated fabric from Specialty Pleaters in Melbourne and researched different ways pleats could