Mornington Millinery Award was something to behold as a spectator and a judge. This is the highest calibre of entrants with the most beautiful millinery with matching outfits for us all to admire and the judges be taunted with the decision of picking a winner.
In all honesty, this was a difficult task with Felicity Northeast who judged last year remarked after the judging. Felicity did have a piece that did final and it was stunning but did not become a winner on the day.
Coming back to Melbourne, the Capital of Racing Fashion, I was expecting the same as always and the mundane shy walk onto stage. I was in seventh heaven as the stroll had been turned into a confident strut with all contestants happier than ever, posing beautifully, and had real zest in their stride. What on earth was in that goodie bag??? What ever they had, I wanted some!
Finally after allot of deliberation with the fabulous 'Showgirl' himself, Mr Peter Jago, we had Marlene in 1st Runner up, (sorry Marlene, don't know your surname) wearing Grey and a modest fittingly mature outfit with springs of Raspberry. Racing Fashion and Millinery knows no age, and as I say can be worn at all times of your life and therefore is an 'investment', that is what I tell my husband and sticking to it as a fantastic excuse. Congratulations goes to the beautiful Breanne Fanning who won the 'Hat of the Day', in a design by her Aunt, Mandy Fanning. Breanne Fanning is also the Face of Country Racing in Victoria for 2011, and showed us why she won this award with her beautiful grace on stage as well as a personable manner and de-meaner.
The choice was simple elegance on a hot day by the sea at the races. It was simplistic elegance personified, simple structure in a Summer colour and made beautifully. The judges were unanimous, well done to all for competing and I look forward to seeing you all looking fantastic at the next Fashions on the Field meeting, Blue Diamond.