The state finalists of Myer & # 39; s Fashions on the Field exhibited their stunning style during the launch of the event at Flemington Racecourse prior to next week's Melbourne Cup Carnival, the most popular ticket in the Australian racing calendar.
Full of resilient balloon sleeves, larger than life headwear and floral print straps, five representatives from New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia stormed the catwalk for a photo call with judges Crystal Kimber, Lindy Rama- Ellis and Elliot Garnaut on Wednesday.
The Victorian finalist is selected from the daily winners of the Women & # 39; s Racewear competitions in Flemington, which are being held on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day, before a national winner is awarded by a jury with the Editor-in of Vogue Australia -Chief Edwina McCann later on Oaks Day on November 7.
Three of the finalists designed their own dresses, while others chose styles from native Australian brands, including Keepsake the Label and Only One Ashley.
This year's participants in Fashions on the Field will battle it out for more than $ 118,000 in prizes, including a Lexus UX with a value of $ 51,345 and a Graff butterfly pendant that costs $ 50,900.
The state finalists of Myer's Fashions on the Field exhibited their stunning style during the launch of the event at Flemington Racecourse prior to next week's Melbourne Cup Carnival (photo from left to right: Tasmania & # 39; s Ellie Sheridan, Bernadette May in Western Australia, Jaimee-Lea Bruggemann in South Australia, Queensland & Mildred Ellwood and Peta Bell from New South Wales)
The five representatives stormed the catwalk for a photo call with judges Crystal Kimber (center left), Lindy Rama-Ellis (center right) and Elliot Garnaut (far right) on Wednesday
How does Fashions on the Field work?
Throughout the year, Myer Fashions on the Field State Finals are held throughout the country.
Every state finalist wins a 10-day trip to the Melbourne Cup Carnival and an invitation to participate in the Myer Fashions on the Field National Final at Flemington on Kennedy Oaks Day.
The Victorian winner is selected from the daily winners of the Women & # 39; s Racewear competitions in Flemington on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Lexus Melbourne Cup Day and Kennedy Oaks Day.
On Kennedy Oaks Day, the three winners then compete to determine who will become the Myer Fashions on the Field Victorian State Winner.
The winner then proceeds to the National Final to compete against the other State Finalists for the coveted national title.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Representative of New South Wales is Peta Bell, who stunned jurors – including 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Crystal Kimber and Kim Wilson Herald Sun Executive Fashion and Lifestyle Editor – with a self-designed floral midi dress with pearl buttons, puffed milkmaid sleeves and exaggerated collar.
She added humor to her look with a baby pink headpiece from Ali Moor Millinery and matching strapped stilettos from Sheike x Billini.
Mrs. Bell showed a vintage silver box bag and proved that no detail was overlooked with a pale pink manicure and pedicure that matched the detail on her dress.
Based on the inspiration behind her custom look, Mrs. Bell told judges that she wanted to create an outfit that was perfect for a European summer vacation.
& # 39; I immediately fell in love with this vintage-inspired embroidery anglaise when I found it! I love a statement sleeve and an oversized collar, which I feel (are) super trendy right now, "she said.
This year's representative is New South Wales Peta Bell (photo), who surprised jury members with a self-designed floral midi dress with pearl buttons, puffed milkmaid sleeves and an exaggerated collar
This year's finalist in Queensland is Mildred Ellwood, who surprised the jury with a striking self-designed dress with half-balloon sleeves and an asymmetrical polkadot print.
She added height to her frame with a pair of electric pink Prada heels, inspired by the cult flame sandals from the label that debuted for the first time in 2012.
Mrs. Ellwood wore a white mini-bag from TKMaxx and completed her look with Mimco jewelry and a matching fascinator from Brett Morley Millinery.
Mrs. Ellwood, who has been taking part in the Fashions on the Field competition every year since 2010, said the state finalist means a lot to her.
Her design was inspired by Melbourne-based fashion designer Toni Toni Maticevski, known for his full skirts and puffed sleeves from the 80s.
This year's finalist in Queensland is Mildred Ellwood (photo) who surprised the jury with a striking self-designed dress with half-balloon sleeves and an asymmetrical polkadot print
Bernadette May took the Western Australian title home with a multi-colored floral sequined midi dress from Only One Ashley and a white, structured baker's boy's hat.
She accessorized with a trendy fuchsia bucket bag and a pair of white block heeled slingbacks, impressive judges with her quirky style.
Speaking of the inspiration behind her outfit, May told the jury that she had hoped for a & # 39; contemporary look & # 39; and she revealed that she made her hat the day before the WA final.
Bernadette May (photo) took the West Australian title home with a multi-colored floral midi dress with flowers from Only One Ashley and a white, structured baker's boy hat she made herself
Ellie Sheridan, from Hobart, will represent her home state of Tasmania at Flemington Racecourse on Kennedy Oaks Day.
Mrs. Sheridan surprised jury members with a pink and white flower dress from Keepsake and an extensive headpiece from Cessiah Alice Millinery, designed and made in Tasmania.
They accessorized with teal lace-up shoes from fast fashion retailer Forever 21, and a pearl handbag from the Spanish brand Zara.
From the inspiration behind her look, Sheridan said she hoped to imitate the designs of royalty.
& # 39; I am always inspired by royal fashion trade – I wanted to create a royal look, but tried to keep it up to date by incorporating trend elements such as puff sleeves and pearls, & # 39; she told the Australian researcher.
Ellie Sheridan of Hobart (photo) represents Tasmania at Flemington Racecourse on Kennedy Oaks Day, in a pink and white floral dress from Keepsake and an elaborate headpiece from Cessiah Alice Millinery
This year's South Australian finalist is Jaimee-Lea Bruggemann, who stole the show at the regional final in a baby blue, custom-made contemporary version of a 1950s party dress.
To contrast the flowing, pleated midi skirt and relaxed balloon sleeves, she added structure with a white hat from Simply by Lou Lou Millinery and accessories from Beads on Parade.
Mrs. Bruggemann kept her shoes tight and simple with a pair of white point-toe stilettos.
Mrs. Bruggemann said about the inspiration for her appearance that she put the British ladies of Royal Ascot first.
& # 39; Royal Ascot was the inspiration behind this dress. My style is very classic, but I wanted to add a little more color, so I went yellow in the skirt, & she said.
This year's South Australian finalist is Jaimee-Lea Bruggemann (photo) who stole the show at the regional final in a baby-blue, custom-made contemporary version of a 1950s party dress
To achieve the title on Oaks Day, participants must impress a jury, including editor-in-chief Vogue Australia Edwina McCann, ELLE Fashion Editor Genevra Leek and Australian model Nicole Trunfio.
The overall winner takes a Lexus UX with a value of $ 51,345, a Graff butterfly pendant that costs $ 50,900, a TV with a value of $ 2,247, $ 2,000 in luxury Antler luggage and a $ 6,000 Myer voucher.
The second place receives a Myer voucher of $ 2,000 and $ 1,000 in Antler luggage, while the second number two runs away with a Myer voucher of $ 1,000 and $ 500 in Antler luggage.
For the past 57 years, Myer & # 39; s Fashions on the Field has established itself as the largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event in Australia, attracting media attention and jury members from celebrities from all over the world.
The competition was first organized in 1962 in an effort to attract more women to the male-dominated racecourse, with heats and finals that took place during the four days of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Since then, participants from all over Australia have won the prestigious national prize.
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