Blue Diamond stakes never disappoints although the crowd was definitely down from last year on the fashionable stage. This week I took a week off judging and spent time with friends. The fashions at Morningtion Cup seem to have trumped the fashions at Blue Diamond. Everyone looked fabulous! There was only one mishap involving a horse and black caviar jockey on the catwalk, sorry, I don't get the joke and allot of ladies and gentlemen do spend allot of time and money on this fashion sport.
I was very surprised to see some people final and others not, but hey, I was not the judge. There were conflicting views from the Mornington Cup and Blue Diamond saying sheen fabric, such as silk and satin should not be worn. I must say I disagree. Angela Menz had wonderful blocking sheen last year in her fabric and we all know I am partial to Karen Millen dresses as they fit my body so well. I do also know that the satin does me no favours in trying to hide my baby belly, but I am a mummy who has earned her stripes.
I did love Lisa Wellings outfit in Navy and her stunning Liza Stedman head wear although I personally found the colour too hot to look at although Lisa did assure me it was a cool fabric. Jacqueline Russo looked fabulous in Runner up and I loved the dress although the leather flowers, a fantastic technique did feel heavy but I loved the texture. The whole of the ladies 18+ section was amazing and Brittany from Sydney I thought looked spectacular in a slimming white with black trim. I loved her bold costume necklace with a hint of Prada 2012. Lisa Xu looked stunning and I will not have Lisa talking about her lack of height as she stands shoulders above in the fashion line up. Lisa did wear black, but having a burst of bling to reflect gave a cool touch.
Demi Brereton looked simply beautiful as just like her mum Debbie, a wonderful competitor taking out the girls 13-17. The cream with red additions looked fabulous. A big congratulations to Demi, you are a wonderful Junior competitor.
Amiee La Rocca and Michael McAlpine saw each other at Registration and saw how their outfits complimented each other and took out the fashions on the field Duo, this was a fantastic win. A big congratulations, there was no one even close to both of you. A perfect combination.
The day was a huge success even though Black Caviar did keep the numbers down. One additive I have seen is pointing fingers, name calling and gossiping over the past year. There is no need for this as the competition should be between you and the judges not each other. Every week there is a winner and many losers. This is a hobby, not the current Australian Leadership.
There will be difference of opinion but please save the antics for classroom. Ladies one thing, hosiery was not appropriate yesterday although neutral fishnets are a fabulous alternative to make your pins more beautiful. Please make sure your outfits FIT! All ladies, shapes and sizes are beautiful, just make sure you wear the correct size.
A big Thank YOU to Juanita Henry who loaned me her beautiful piece from the millinery award last year that was modelled on the beauty of Far North Queensland. I was honoured to wear such a stunning piece that took my eye on stage last year. I thought it was definitely a finalist, but I was not judging.