Derby Day 2013 at Flemington shows the most innovative silhouettes, shapes, and fabrics as we only have tone to work with. The Millinery must be outstanding and show quirks, but sublime design and style.
There was what we call allot of 'Home Hobby' Millinery on stage and that is OK, but when you are on a level competing with hat that are made with the likes of 'Louise Macdonald, Neil Grigg, Kim Fletcher' as well as a plethora of names that host the title 'Master' your structure, balance and all angle pleasing aesthetic must be apparent.
In the first round of judging you will see that the judges, are not sitting with a Milliner in the judging round and a few hobby pieces will make it through, and have final led in the past.
Many professional Milliners and Designers have been disappointed with the fact that the 'Terms and Conditions' of 'Fashions on the Field' have changed although I think this makes it fair for all ladies attending the track to 'Have a Go'.
In my opinion, if you are making money in any way from this industry, why would you want to compete with amateurs. It has been done allot in the past where, contestants would compete, enter and win in the amateur division only for the next couple of days to enter in Millinery and Design Award.
If you choose to compete, choose your competition wisely. If you are very competitive, you will always be entering, and that is your decision and right, but everyone like you is welcomed to an opinion. There are no rules on opinion.
Derby Day was the beginning of carnival and showing off much 'Bunnings (Hardware) Couture', as we go further forward in 'Fashions on the Field', we will see fabric and textures mixed to show innovation to the judges.
There are keys and formula to this competition, that I don't believe in sharing as it is everyone's individual journey. There are professional 'photo fashion bombers' that I will slowly teach through out the fashion year and you will see the tricks you can use to have your face on camera more than others. A finely mastered illusion, like a magician. These are used by many of the 'Fashions on the Field' regulars and many that you see in the paper all the time. You may not be liked by fellow fashion competitors and friends, but again, it depends what you want to make out of it.
Recently I have had international agencies ring me and ask, “Who is that girl, and what is she like? Height, Hair, Attitude etc.” When I was 17, my first job was a model booker, so I have a few friends in the BIZ!
2013 was a year where we said goodbye to Jean Carroll (Milliner) who was much loved as was Paris Kyne Master Milliner. Freddie Fox, Milliner to HRH Elizabeth R as well passing in the year 2013. We can only hope that with so much tragedy in the Racing Industry and 'Racing Fashion' world 2014 brings along, new 'Masters', happiness and growth of positive competition.
Racing Fashion Australia started and is about to celebrate it's 5th birthday at Blue Diamond Stakes, with a Celebration of 7 Seasons of Racing Fashion TV. It is only fitting that Racing Fashion steps into a new realm to bring a bigger audience and more for you.
If you were interviewed by myself this year, you will notice, I did not care who's name you are wearing as usually everyone knows the designers, I want to know how you feel.
What does 'Racing Fashion' meant to you?
Be excited about the new generation of 'Racing Fashion'.
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