One of the things that I really love about the Fashions on the Field competition is that most of the women who enter it keep it classy and classic. Derby Day was awash with black and white as race-goers stuck with tradition. Even though a lot were not appropriately dressed for the weather on this particular day, these ladies smiled and composed themselves beautifully. They strutted the catwalk as if it was on a warm spring day.
There were not a lot of high hemlines or low cleavage to be seen. Lengths of dresses were well below the knees and classic tailoring was a winning look. Floaty dresses were swept wildly around, something which I love for photography. It adds movement to photos when clothes are swishing around the wearer. The Fashions on the Field enclosure was too much of a wind tunnel. All those within the enclosure suffered goosebumps and shivers!
Stunning derby day dresses – eyelets & mesh
One of my favourite designers is Toni Maticevski. There were many of his dresses floating about on the contestants and the judges. Eyelets and mesh were a favourite with the fashionistas. My favourite dress of the day was seen on three different contestant in the Fashions on the Field competition! It’s the first time that I have seen this happen. Em Bodinar took out the Longines award of Elegance wearing one of the divine Maticevski designs and a Jill and Jack headpiece. Em won a Longines watch worth $3000!
Winning outfit on Derby Day
The winner of the Derby Day Fashions on the Field was the stunning Brodie Worrell, also wearing the same Maticevski dress with Felicity Northeast millinery! It was a very close competition with a tie-breaker vote having to be made between the first runner-up and the winner. Brodie was clearly overjoyed with her win and will be back on Thursday to compete in the Victorian finals of the Fashions on the Field competition.
Scroll down to the end of the post and you will find her some beautiful shots of her.
Men’s racewear for Derby Day
The men’s Racewear competition saw some very stylish gents hitting the catwalk as well. Some chose to go bold with colours and checks, but as usual, the classic gray suit conquered. Congrats to Peter Tran who took out the men’s Fashions on the Field competition! This is nothing new to Peter, having already won the same competition a couple of years back. Peter has also won the Caulfield Fashions on the Field comp (last year). Peter wore a three piece suit from Oscar Hunt Tailors. This guy definitely knows how to wow the judges. We’re looking forward to seeing him add a few more sashes to his collection!
See you on Melbourne Cup?
Tuesdays Melbourne Cup is the next big day. The forecast is for a warm start with a cool change later on. Will it be a repeat of previous years where, the sky just opened up and sent everyone running for cover? We’ll be there to catch the fashion and the action.