The highlight of the Winter Carnival AAMI Stradbroke Day is the really the main day for fashion. The only thing missing is a sash for the winners. Now, really, we all know it is just about the ‘sash’. It was looking to be a cool day so as a Melbournian, I was in my element with heavy clothing.

This really gave us a good look at what Winter fashion was meant to look like. When I started seeing ladies coming through the gates, I could not believe the high standard of fashion, there were only a few misses like there is always a bride to be, wondering if she is drunk enough to hop on stage.

I loved the look of really modern racing attire. I love Tricia Molachino looking fabulous in Vintage millinery. One of my favourites was Mildred again looking fabulous in an equestrian feel, but I must say, I think a lovely Jill Sander inspired long skirt would have looked gorgeous, as some believe pants on ladies is a no no at the races.

A special mention to Glenda Newick that did not final but looked simply beautiful with accessories bringing your eye up to the face with one of Patricia Ann’s beautiful feather pieces, you looked 10 years younger and your figure looked svelte and striking.

A big congratulations Blessing for just looking so wonderful and being such a beautiful person, Amanda Gore came first runner up looking gorgeous of a mixture of muted neutral tones and then Kelli Odell scooped the pool again. I don’t take in Sydney Melbourne rivalry, that lady does it so well and deserves her win. A modern clean line on racing fashion took her to the next level , be inspired by your own body type and know what looks great and know what to hide, with no particular era in mind.

I would just like to acknowledge all the entrants that had such beautiful couture garments on and I know how much time it takes to get ready and look that gorgeous. I was so surprised more couture garments did not final. I know no other state that embraces all age groups so beautifully as well. Queensland ladies, you were magnificent.

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