Fashions on the Field is always a hotly contested event but I felt so fabulous that I threw caution to the wind when I picked up my millinery on Saturday morning and said, “I am going to enter, millinery”. I had no idea of the hat only that it was going to be fabulous and knowing it was black. This is what I love about Fashions on the Field is that it is open to all figures of the Australian public. I felt fabulous, so why not. It is my motto right!

I went out in the first round BANG!!!

Not to worry, I had a brilliant time with the girls out the back taking me back years and years ago and I do want to make the remark that it was ‘fashionably friendly’. Not a meow in sight. I was interested though to find out exactly why I did not make it into the final and began to ask the judges. I believe if someone really wants constructive criticism you should ask the judge. You should be able to justify your decisions. This is something Peter Jago has taught me and it is a valuable tool for people continuing in the competition.

I asked if the judges knew the difference in the different types of classic materials used in millinery and one answered “vision”, when I asked about 20/20. This is where I do think that ‘Myer’ does have a brilliant platform as they usually always have a milliner on the panel of judges. When I was in Cairns we had the wonderful Brett Morley. I feel every panel should have a good number of judges and take it seriously as I was told Saturday that I was taking ‘Racing Fashion’ “way too seriously”.

I said “Of Course, these ladies spend sometimes thousands on their outfits”. .

I would love to congratulate all the contestants as well as the winners and especially the millinery contestants for welcoming me into this event. I thank you all for the great time we all had. The judges, I do not criticize you at all, as I believe there should have been a milliner present to guide the decisions.

One thing when judging in Cairns, I let the other judges know. I take personalities out of the competition and judge the outfit, grooming and fashion first. I do not care if someone has said something about somebody’s cat, uncles, vet who said to their neighbor that looked in the window of the church and saw the same lady wearing the same hat as last Sunday. (exactly! that silly) When I judge I look in the next round of the final with fresh eyes. I will not judge in a way that some judges say they “have a long memory”. I will not hold a grudge against a contestant that would just be plain ridiculous!

I did have a marvelous time catching up with Jesinta Campbell talking about her Celebrity Apprentice GIG coming up on Channel 9 and Neil Grigg about decisions, but thank you to Nerida Winter for having a chat at the end of the day. I was charmed by you all as well as the contestants.

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