Darwin is the best kept secret in the racing community or is it really?
Last year I was blessed enough to be a guest of the Pearl Galleria to judge 'Fashions on the Field'. When I arrived I was greeted with some of the most beautiful people I have ever met and now have the pleasure of knowing. These friendships will last a lifetime. In fact when I arrive in Darwin, I never have the time to catch up with all the people I want to. To be amongst wonderful personalities and beautiful weather is the way I want to spend my Melbourne Winter.
I have dubbed the 'Darwin Cup' as the great Migration like the African Migration of Water-buffalo. All the southerners, (Melbournenians) grab a flight that is jam packed to Darwin and ready for festivities.
Last year I was dealing with the death of the beautiful Paris Kyne and then to add to the sadness the loss of the racing community Simone Montgomery. Although there was sadness of the beautiful memory of Simone, the community came together for mindfulness and love to the family. Sometimes smaller communities or cities can capture this love is such a special way.
Moving onto happier events, I thank the Pearl Galleria at Waterfront in Darwin for their generosity to bring my up for the event.
Something I am well aware of is politics with 'Fashions on the Field' and feelings that it may be rigged. My two fellow judges Zoe and Emily sat their poised beautifully and we all met eye to eye on the finalists.
What I love about Darwin Fashions on the Field is that if I don't ask a competitor to come back for the next round of judging, I give them constructive criticism of why they do not make it through. It may make them feel sad at the time, but gives them something positive to work on for next year to be competitive. So many times, people say they do not know what the judges are looking for. I feel obliged to tell people so it does not come back to the club. Things may be too short of fleshy, but maybe the hat was appropriate to bring back for Millinery. Some things looked too heavy for the weather in Darwin. I don't care if it is Winter in Melbourne, Hello! This is Darwin, the climate, people and fashion are different and I welcome that.
All judges came down to their favourite three. Then I told no one who the winner was. No sponsor or anyone had a clue, so everyone could throw tomatoes at me when done. Mind you I will hunt you down and make you pay for my dry cleaning.
The far North and if not really all Fashions on the Field community is a very small place, I will never be persuaded by personalities or especially favouring for any reason. I was pleased with my efforts of judging and many around seemed happy. Although their were many that did not make finals, it is about having a go and feeling fantastic. A few people I just grabbed bottles of champagne and handed it to them to have a fabulous day. That is what Darwin is about, enjoyment of the day, and when you look at the comparison of last years competitors you can see the effort and understanding. I find being able to communicate with competitors and also thank them for their efforts so much more personable. Thank you Darwin, Darwin Turf Club and of course Gaynor of the Pearl Galleria for giving me the honour of a tedious task yet allowing some to have a learning curve.
Is the south not knowing what they are reckoning with? Chloe Moo you fabulous lady; you swooned on down to Melbourne and took out the major prize of Australia's Fashions on the Field most prestigious event and you deserved it. Watch out Melbourne, not only do you have the Far North Queenslanders eyeing off your prizes, but Northern Territory ladies show that they are women of style and class even though the heat of the tropics keep only one season in mind. Thank you Darwin Again, blessed to have a wonderful community that greets me so beautifully. Always Grateful.