Whenever I come to the Gold Coast I know I am on my way for colour and excitement, which gave me the confidence to go and see one of the sponsors, Kitten D’amour and deck myself out with the latest Australian Designed trends. I loved feeling curvaceous and girly with burlesque glamour adorned with one of Kim Fletcher’s headpieces to be sent straight to ‘The Hat Box’.

I always find it difficult to judge especially when I know just about every contestant. Let me tell you, that I am honoured to be friends with all and make new friends, but once I sit in a chair I sit with fresh eyes and personalities are taken out of the equation.

Queensland can be difficult to judge at times with headwear as there is a big no straw, no sinamay rule. In Melbourne and Sydney we have been fazing in and out the transeasonal collection which can also save a few pennies. Mildred won best dressed and I do not think that anyone could take that away from her. From head to toe, she was flawless, any one that disagrees may be jealous. The shoes had been re heeled with the dress fabric, and the dress had a feeling of the 60s neckline and a gorgeous lace up back. What really made Mildred stand out was the way that the focus slowly came up to the face with the Pink Phillip Rhodes headwear. Her handbag and laser cut pink gloves drew your eye up to her beautiful face. These colours were perfect for her and also her skin tones. Also I am a huge fan of hosiery like ‘Freddie Fox’.

Dale also had the right idea with allowing your eye to come upward to her face with gloves in red with a gorgeous bow in red on a small leopard beret by Jonathon Howard, Hatmaker. The thing is, I can spot a piece of Jonathan’s work a mile away and it was superb. Dale your suit was immaculate without having too much. I love the slight bright colours to warm our Winter.

In the mens division, I really do love a man with a top hat, although it can be hard to pull off and you do need the confidence to wear it. Of course we saw the wonderful Troy Martin looking dapper in the Pale Blue, but I loved the confidence of the red with a lapel of a rose with a touch of lavender ribbon around it, just to top off the look with the tie and handkerchief. There were many honourable mentions, and I loved the horsey handbag. It is just sometimes a matter of knowing when to edit. Thank you to the Gold Coast Turf Club for being such hospitable hosts and a special shout out to Larry Olsson from Sky Channel. You are a true gentleman. Jennie Bartels and Baslyn Beel always look tremendous and I love seeing more and more ladies wearing the women in racing badge.

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