There is something very special about racing at Caulfield. Maybe it is the friendly community atomosphere or maybe it is because the fashions on the field has become so highly contested. I was overwhelmed by the number of well dressed women and gentlemen attending the track this year, everyone with some exception of coming out of the Cruiser tent were looking fabulous.
What a day! I was judging with some of the most well noted fashion gurus in the country including Alannah Hill, Anna Byrne, Peter Jago and the list goes on.
I am always so respective of Peter's judging and Jan Breen-Burns who I had the pleasure of interviwing sharing her experience over 30 years of watching fashions on the field develop. I felt quite humbled as I look to have been on the scene for 5 minutes compared to Jan being a veteran in this field. I am blessed to have such esteemed mentors to only hope one day to have such brilliant knowledge. As my leg was aching, I did lay low and sat in the 'Hob Nob' tent for a while with my dear friend Brett Morley, adorning one of his fabulous creations. It was a pleasure to catch up with Neil Grigg and Blessing while passing by. Jesinta Campbell does not have a bad bone in her body and Pauline Hansen and I were chatting. I must admit Warick Capper had on a suit which was nicer to see than the less than devine ensemble at Gold Coast last year.
Ladies you ALL looked perfectly groomed. It was a pleasure to watch you all and the colour is fabulous. I am almost not looking forward to Derby this year to go back to black and white, but Cup Day will show us the colour.
The winner Annaliese Cordell sported an elegant dress in red, with Christian Louboutin shoes and a black and red headpiece made by her mother who she ‘made take a millinery class’. In second place Blanche Milford wore a nude ensemble and Cecylia Kee took out third place with a neon yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress and black accessories.
The Members Best Dressed Award went to Vanessa Gore of Sandhurst VIC for the ladies category and to Dean Larwood of Colonel Light Gardens, SA for the men’s.
But the biggest surprise of the day came just as the first heat was coming to a close. A gentlemen in the front row with a grey suit, complete with hat, jumped on stage, professed his love to the girl in orange and, on bended knee with ring in hand, proposed! – A very special day for the newly engaged Will Kruss and Nataliya Slebs.
The five finalists of the Lightway Solar Design Challenge were also presented on the Fashion Stage. James Sanders from RMIT took out the $5000 first prize with his design combining ancient worlds with sun worship and powerful feathered serpents using solar cells to represent the scales of the serpent.