Fashions off the Field
Racewear's all-new virtual competition
Who had what it took to make the final field?
Fashions off the Field was the LAST chance for one lucky woman to pre-qualify for the regional final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2021 - New Zealand's fashions in the field final that boasts a $20,000+ winner-takes-all prize package and the all-important title of being the country's best dressed racegoer.
Congratulations to our winner:
Nicola May of Auckland (pictured)
This was a photographic competition - there was no in-person judging
One entry per person (women only, sorry gents!)
Each entrant could submit up to five (5) images which should have included at least one full length shot and a close-up of a chosen aspect of their outfit's details
Entrants could also submit one (1) 15 sec video should they wish
Contestants had to be at least 18 years of age and residing in New Zealand
This was a points-based competition with no conferring among judges
Other Ts & Cs also applied
Who were the judges?
Prominent Australasian racewear blogger and highly-regarded fashions on the field contestant, Milano is also a seasoned fashions in the field judge and had her first taste of NZ racing fashion when coming to Auckland to judge Prix de Fashion in 2018.
Having previously sat in the role of Auckland Racing Club Ambassador, Bridgette - wife to champion jockey/trainer Lance O'Sullivan (who won the 2021 Vodafone New Zealand Derby) - is well-known in racing and fashion circles for her effortless style and has MC'd and judged many a fashions in the field competition over the years.
Three-time Auckland Racing Club menswear competition winner, with host of other sashes to boot, Matt is undoubtedly one of the best-dressed gents to have set foot on a racecourse and is making his debut on a judging panel at Ellerslie.
2014 Prix de Fashion national winner (NZ), 2016 Melbourne Cup Day Myer Fashions on the Field winner and designer for a leading jewellery house, Olivia is no stranger to a sash and joins Matt in making her Ellerslie judging debut.
Hannah Marinkovich (pictured LHS)
Auckland Racing Club ambassador & ARC’s 2017 Prix de Fashion national winner (NZ), Hannah - who mixes a day job with running a vintage designer jewellery business and an enviable instagram account - is well-versed in judging fashions in the field competitions.
Carena West (pictured RHS)
Being an Auckland Racing Club ambassador & VRC’s 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field National Final winner (Aus) isn't her only experience in racing with Carena also moonlighting as a Club member, winning owner and seasoned fashions in the field judge (she's a horse rider too!). In between attending racedays, Carena is kept busy with running an activewear label with her sister, a stylish Instagram account and motherhood.