Golden Slipper is over for another year with two Melbournians, scooping the pool, Congratulations to Aimee La Rocca and Michael McAlpine. This was a showdown between all states with a panel of judges as long as the number of finalists on stage. There were milliners, designers, reporters and of course beauty queens. The star studded panel of judges had camera shutters going crazy and I was more interested in watching all the photographers swooning over Jen Hawkins than Jen herself, although I adore her.
Kate Waterhouse looked simplistically perfect in a Nerida Winter delicate head piece and Gucci drop waistline, with Jen wearing Richard Nyon head wear with Karen Millen. Somehow my Karen Millen never seems to look the same on me as it does Jen. Why is this so????? ha ha
The 'Sass and Bide' Gals, wearing their own threads threw on Jonathan, (Hatmaker) head wear and looked delicious, as I decided to begin the festivities of Easter with Jonathan strategically placing bunny ears in his showroom, which of course I did inspire, although I cannot believe, with my excitement I managed to detach one his millinery marvels.
Michael McAlpine was flawless in the gentlemen's division and quite clearly won. The ladies strutted it out with over 150 other competitors of some first timers, as well as seasoned competitors. It was really tough to pick the finalists and the winner, but Aimee La Rocca wearing an Ellery dress and Annette Sanfillippo headpiece was the judges favourite with Aimee unable to control her excitement dropped her bag of prizes, but made sure the sash did not come away from her shoulder.
The competition was particularly high but a few ladies still had on their party dresses from the evening before. Please, look at the finalists and understand why they are placing. Attention to detail is paramount and it is not a beauty competition and does not discriminate nor it should , age, weight or size are not factors as there were plus size ladies in the final.
Hosiery is back big time, which I know I harp on about, but even a hosiery maker who entered dazzled us with her lace pins. It does show that with Duchess Katherine always being seen with opaques and sheer hose are crating trend as we are adding to our wardrobe.
During the final line up, it was clearly unclear that I could see any sort of trend that the judges were looking for. Everyone looked so different, an array of colours although Melbourne Staple of Black trumping. Thank you to everyone for the efforts of participating and although not everyone had the polished race day look, I think people are learning that grooming and deportment is the winning key. Also thank you to all my dear interstate friends for saying hello, and some who I have not had a chance to welcome into my arms in too long. We must all unite in this fashion sport, as their will always be winners and losers, but their can only be one on the day.
Thank you to Richard Nylon for your warm friendship and I look forward to seeing photos with Kelli Odell. Thank you to Megan from Myer for extending her hospitality to me for the remainder of my time at the track to have a glass of bubbles before departing to FNQ to play Easter Bunny.