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FASHION | All you need to know about Fashions in the Field at the SkyCity Boxing Day Races 2020

Fashions in the Field, an event steeped in glamour & tradition, returns to the SkyCity Boxing Day Races in 2020.

One of the most competitive & colourful fashions in the field events in the country, this runway-based competition is free to enter & open to all racegoers aged 18yr+.

Scroll through the gallery to see some photos from last year's competition

Today we've outlined what to expect from this year's competition, what amazing partners have come on board to sponsor our categories (including a new addition!) plus have answered some FAQs.

Fashions in the Field - how does it work?


Womenswear

The womenswear category is open to all females aged 18yr+. The contestants are competing for the following awards :

  • Best Dressed Woman (winner and runner-up crowned - each prequalify for the Regional Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion)

  • NEW for 2020: Classic Lady

  • Best Millinery

  • Best Accessories

Soraya Gurney on the runway in last year's competition where not only did she place second overall, but took out the Millinery Award
Soraya Gurney on the runway in last year's competition where not only did she place second overall, but took out the Millinery Award

Menswear

The menswear category is open to all males aged 18yr+. The contestants compete in the following category:

  • Best Dressed Man

Get some menswear inspo from this line-up of last year's finalists
Get some inspo from this line-up of last year's Menwear Award finalists

What can you win?


We're excited to announce the following category prizes this season:

  • Best Dressed Woman in association with Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker wines | $1000 prize pack from Invivo x SJP; a night's accommodation for two people at The Grand by SkyCity including Breakfast at Gusto plus a $200 food and beverage voucher from SkyCity Auckland; $500 Thin Lizzy prize pack; a weekend rental from My Designer Handbag (4 day rental - value up to $150); & pre-qualification for the Regional Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2021

  • Best Dressed Woman - Runner Up | A magnum of Invivo X, Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc; a night's accommodation for two people at The Grand by SkyCity including Breakfast at Gusto plus a $100 food and beverage voucher from SkyCity Auckland & pre-qualification for the Regional Final of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2021

  • Classic Lady in association with Joseph Ribkoff | $2500 of Joseph Ribkoff apparel; & a VIP showroom experience

  • Best Millinery in association with Laser Clinics New Zealand | $500 voucher from Laser Clinics New Zealand

  • Best Accessories | $300 Thin Lizzy prize pack; & a weekend rental from My Designer Handbag (4 day rental - value up to $150)

  • Best Dressed Man in association with RJB Design | $1000 prize pack from RJB Design and a night's accommodation for two people at The Grand by SkyCity including Breakfast at Gusto plus a $200 food and beverage voucher from SkyCity Auckland

  • Best Dressed Man - Runner Up | a night's accommodation for two people at The Grand by SkyCity including Breakfast at Gusto plus a $100 food and beverage voucher from SkyCity Auckland

FAQs

Last year's Fashions in the Field sash winners and judges
Last year's Fashions in the Field sash winners and judges

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry into the Fashions in the Field competition is free to all racegoers (who are over the age of 18yrs).


What do I have to do?

  1. Register between 10.30am and 1.00pm at the Fashion Registration Desk (or online now)

  2. Make sure you're in the contestant area ready to go for your heat

  3. Strut your stuff on the runway before the judges to show off your outfit

  4. Stick around to hear which contestants have made it through to the semi-finals

  5. Take to the stage for a second time if you're lucky enough to have made the semi-final. The top three will then be announced

  6. The big announcement takes place on the main dais at approximately 4.45pm.

Win, lose or draw - entering Fashions in the Field is always a fun time for those who get involved
Win, lose or draw - entering Fashions in the Field is always a fun time for those who get involved

What time do I need to enter by?

Registration is between 10.30am and 1pm in the Fashion Marquee. You can also pre-register online here but make sure you still swing past the marquee on the day before 1pm to collect your number and sign the Ts & Cs.


I'm not sure what to wear. Any suggestions as to where I can get some inspo?

We recommend checking out our previous winners page here and we'll also be updating our blog regularly as we count down to the event with tips and tricks from those in the know.


Do I need to enter specific categories in order to be eligible to win the awards on offer?

The only category you need to enter is either Menswear or Womenswear. From the Womenswear contestants, the judges will allocate points to those they believe should win the categories - whether that's Millinery, Accessories, Classic (judging is based on the outfit; not the age of its wearer) or Best Dressed Woman.

Can I win multiple awards?

Technically yes! You may win, for example, the Millinery Award and then go on to take out the Best Dressed Woman in association with Invivo X SJP award too.


Must I have won an award in order to be in to win the Best Dressed Woman in association with Invivo X SJP award?

No. The winner of Best Dressed Woman can come from any female entrant, whether they win another award or not.


I have already pre-qualified for The Ned Prix de Fashion - can I still enter this competition?

Of course! If you end up being announced as an award winner, you will get to keep the listed prizes.


If you are announced as either the winner or runner-up of the Best Dressed Woman award, you'll keep the prizes but it will be at the judges' discretion as to whether they then offer another deserving contestant the opportunity to pre-qualify for The Ned Prix de Fashion.


Who are the judges?

We're excited to announce our judging panel for 2020 is the very experienced:

  • Hannah Marinkovich | ARC Ambassador; winner of Prix de Fashion 2017

  • Carena West | ARC Ambassador; winner of MYER Fashions on the Field 2019

  • Sarah Stuart | Celebrity stylist, head of styling at TV3 & Prime News, make-up artist

  • Aleisha Mitchell | Winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion 2019

  • Ronald Biddick | Owner, RJB Design

Our thanks to: