Blog

FASHION | Our Grand Finalists have been chosen...

It's been a long season for racing clubs, sponsors and fashionistas alike with cancelled racedays, postponed racedays, limited-crowd racedays, ongoing regional border closures, delayed shipping, reshuffled fashions in the field competitions, cancelled fashions in the field competitions, limited-crowd fashions in the field competitions and even virtual fashions in the field competitions.

So, to have finally made it to the long-awaited national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion (which has again moved online due to restrictions around attendance for Vodafone Derby Day 2022 thanks to COVID-19), is feat in itself.


This year's competition line-up features 13 regional finalists from around the country who have each won a qualifying competition held at racedays (or virtually) over spring / summer.


These qualifying competitions were held as far south as Invercargill and as north as Auckland, with several virtual qualifier competitions held meaning entries could open up to entrants living anywhere in New Zealand who could enter from their front lawns if they so wished.


Our panel of six judges from New Zealand and Australia then had the unenviable task of narrowing the field down to five grand finalists. However, due to the scoring format of the competition, we found ourselves with a tie so we are excited to announce that this season we have not five, but SIX grand finalists.


Today we are pleased to announce who those Grand Finalists are (listed in alphabetical order by last name):

Click the arrows to scroll through the gallery or click on an image to enlarge

  • Sasha Boyens - Winner of the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers, run by Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

  • Eleanor Campbell - Winner of SkyCity Fashions in the Field - The Online Edition, run by Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

  • Pauline Pattullo - Winner of Gazley Mercedes-Benz Wellington Fashion in the Field, run by Wellington Racing Club

  • Lily Simons - Winner of the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers, run by Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

  • Samara Singh - Winner of The Ned Fashions in the Field at Riccarton Park, run by Canterbury Jockey Club

  • Tess Woolcock - 'Lockdown Winner' of SkyCity Fashions in the Field, run by Auckland Thoroughbred Racing


Each of these six women remain in the running to be named 'Supreme Winner' and take home the winner-takes-all $20,000 prize package from The Ned and Victoria Racing Club - plus the coveted title of being New Zealand racewear's national titleholder for the 2021/22 season.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Supreme Winner of The Ned Prix de Fashion which will follow sometime next week and be announced on this blog and our social channels.
 

What next?

  • To see all the finalists and what outfits they entered, click here

  • To learn more about the judges and The Ned Prix de Fashion, click here

  • To read more content on The Ned Prix de Fashion, click here


Our sincere thanks to our judges for freely providing us their time and expertise:

  • Jill Humphries (AUS/NZ) – award-winning Kiwi milliner now based in Melbourne

  • Crystal Kimber-Peters (AUS) - ​Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Ambassador

  • Bree Laughlin (AUS) - VRC's 2014 Millinery Award winner

  • Hannah Marinkovich (NZ) – ARC ambassador and NZ’s 2017 Prix de Fashion National Final winner

  • Sarah Stuart – Celebrity stylist and make-up artist

  • Carena West (NZ) – ARC ambassador & VRC’s 2019 Myer Fashions on the Field National Final winner


And a heartfelt congratulations to all the regional finalists - the judges commented on how high the standard was and how much they agonised over their selections.


527 views