Fashions on The Field 2017 – The Winners – State Finalists

Myer Fashions on The Field 2017 – State Finalists

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the gorgeous interstate finalists of the Melbourne Cup Fashions on The Field competition. These fashionable women will be eagerly awaiting the Victorian winner, who will join them in the national final which is held on Kennedy Oaks Day. The lucky overall winner will take home an amazing stack of prizes, including one flashy red Lexus.

The Myer Fashions on the Field 2017 State Finalists are an impressive bunch this year. Most of the outfits are custom designed so it’s guaranteed that no-one else will be wearing anything which they are. It’s a tough job for the judges this year, and the Victorian winner is still to be added to the equation! Each year, there is normally a stand-out in the competition. This year, even I find it hard to pick the winner out of this lot – and I’m really good at picking the winner! I have my favourites but it’s really hard to know who will take home the National Fashions on The Field title.

It’s not too late to hunt down that perfect outfit and enter yourself into this phenomenal event which just grows bigger and better each year it is run. You can still enter the Victorian Myer Fashions on the Field competition 2017. Take a look at the winning styles of the State Finalists and let them inspire your outfit.

The Fashions on the Field 2017 State Finalists include:

Queensland: Stacie Galeano

Tasmania: Amanda Southwell

New South Wales: Crystal Kimber

South Australia: Melissa Barnes

Western Australia: Annabel Davy


Fashions on the Field Winner Western Australia: Annabel Davy

Annabel’s red lace dress was designed by herself and created by Steph Audino Couture. Red seems to be the colour of the season! The pale blue hat (Reny Kestel Millinery) and Christian Louboutin heels turns this traditional red lace dress into something more modern.

Can Annabel’s magnificent blue hat, which rebels against this season’s turban and crown trend, help her take out the National Fashion’s on The Field title? You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out!

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Fashions on the Field Winner South Australia: Melissa Barnes

Melissa’s geometric Roksanda skirt was purchased off The Outnet  – a website which sells discounted designer clothes. She says that she saved around $1000 by purchasing it there! The blue and cream skirt with a front drape and contrasting stripe fabric is definitely an eye-catcher. The navy twist-front top was custom made for Melissa by a local South Australian designer. This is one classy ensemble with a modern edge. The blue modern boater was Melissa’s own creation.

An Olga Berg clutch, on-trend tassel earrings and cream heels complete Melissa’s winning look.

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Fashions on the Field Winner New South Wales:  Crystal Kimber

There’s a sweet story behind Crystal’s winning dress. It used to be her grandma’s embroidered skirt! Crystal’s grandma has since passed away and I’m sure she’d be so proud that her beautiful granddaughter has made great use of her special garment.

Crystal has won many Fashion’s on The Field competitions in designs which she designs and creates with mum, Gail. Gail transformed grandma’s skirt into a modern shift dress with pink and blue strategically placed straps. The so on-trend, turban-like headpiece with raffia straw flowers was designed by Crystal, who then had a friend make the base and embellished it with raffia flowers herself to flow with the dress. The outfit is perfectly complimented with floral statement earrings and a gorgeous pink bag with a ring handle.

The Melbourne Cup Fashions on The Field title has eluded Crystal so far – will it be her time this year? We’ll find out very soon!

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Fashions on the Field Winner Tasmania: Amanda Southwell

This talented lady spent approximately 40 hours to complete this garment from scratch and without a pattern to guide her. Red is very on trend this year and so are ruffles. Amanda’s inspiration for the outfit came from current catwalk trends. Maroon was chosen as the contrasting colour and Amanda created both her millinery and clutch. She even spray painted her shoes to co-ordinate with the whole outfit. We do love it when someone gets this creative and is rewarded for their efforts!

Simple earrings and a bracelet completes Amanda’s look.

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Fashions on the Field Winner Queensland: Stacie Galeano

wearing a custom made dress. The black lace was an Alexander McQueen design which Stacie had her dressmaker, Pauline Fenech, construct into her winning outfit. The yellow under-dress really helps accentuate the lace. Stacie’s headwear is classy and simple, designed by Jill and Jack Millinery. The headpiece is so on trend, looking like a very architectural turban. Turbans are so on-trend this year! It’s nice to see the turban re-invented into different styles.

Black statement earrings, a simple black clutch and Kurt Geiger stiletto heels makes this ensemble hard not to stare at!

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Make sure you have a look at the photos of the Melbourne Cup Launch event here.