Mornington Cup has always been one of those places which attracts a lot of fashionista’s from Melbourne. Years back, I remember prizes of overseas trips luring hoards of FOTF (Fashions On The Field) entrants to Mornington. Nowadays, the number of entrants seem to be down and nobody has any idea of what prizes are up for grabs, but the competition remains high.
Fashions on the Field 2016
Lots of familiar faces made it down there. There were some hats and fashion which we’ve seen previously but there were also some lovely fresh designs as well. The brief for racing fashionistas was ‘relaxed racing fashion’ which some ladies embraced well in chunky heels while others ignored and fought to balance on the grass with their heels. There was one young lady who resigned to sitting down to remove her heels as she was unable to keep up with her friends!
Lisa Bell (of Lisa Alexander Designs) took out the Millinery award with her Audrey Hepburn inspired hat with oriental textures, worn by Alex Hecker. The teens looked a lot older than their years as they sashayed down the catwalk in their stiletto heels. Seventeen year old Jessica Dunn won the teens section in a white lacy dress and a red Felicity Northeast headpiece.
The men’s FOTF was also held on the day, with some very dapper looking gents fighting it out in the comp. It’s always nice to see some men are not afraid to wear pink in the sea of blue suits.
Fashions on the Field Stylish Ladies Winner
Joanne Maillet took out the winners sash with an elegant (one-off design) ensemble in classic colours, finished off with a very creative perspex hat and accessories which she acquired from an op-shop!
Here’s what Joanne had to say about her winning outfit:
“My hat price is from Jo Maree Millinery. The hat has a straw button base, topped off with a type of melted Perspex which is arranged in a Turkish influenced ‘mosaic’ pattern.
The wonderful outfit was created by a talented student designer called Sam Mayya-Irs. It’s made from 100% wool crepe. The outfit is simple, elegant and minimal.
The inspiration all started with this dress and then came the hat from Jo. She is just fabulous and has a keen eye for detail. My look was finished off with a pair of red classic shoes and a bag which I found in an op shop! I love op shops!
This is my favourite outfit by far which I have worn to the races! It says ‘me’ all over. I would describe my personal style as individual, minimal and clean with a touch of elegance.”